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New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 92 — No. 69 16 Pages
THURSDAY April 7,1983 25 cents
(USPS 377-8801Astronauts "push up' walk in space
CAPE CANAVERAL. Fla. (AP) — Two astronauts entered Challenger’s airlock and put on their $2 million suits today, eager for an early start on the first U.S. spacewalk in nearly a decade.
Mission specialists Story Musgrave and Donald Peterson were running about an hour ahead in preparations for the planned 4: IO p.m. EST start of their walk into the shuttle’s open cargo bay and asked if they could start early.
Mission Control told Commander Paul Weitz the astronauts could ad
vance the space stroll by exactly an hour, because at that time they would have good television and radio contact over a Florida ground station. Such coverage is required by mission rules in case somthing goes wrong at the outset.
‘‘If you want to shoot for that, press on.” capsule communicator Guy Gardner told the orbiting ship after Musgrave and Peterson had entered the airlock leading to the cargo bay and begun putting on their suits.
“If we get ready to prebreathe an hour early, we’ll do so and let you
know,” Musgrave replied. The astronauts must breathe pure oxygen for 34 hours to purge their systems of nitrogen that could give them the bends once in space.
All four astronauts were roused by Mission Control playing the theme song from the old TV series “F Troop." NASA gives each shuttle crew an alphabetical designation, and since this is the sixth flight, Challenger's crew is the "F crew."
Musgrave and Peterson were to slip into the 60-foot-long cargo bay clad in cumbersome $2 million spacesuits
that provide life-giving oxygen and protect them from meteorites, radiation and extremes of heat and
Weitz and pilot Karol Bobko will monitor from Challenger’s cabin during the 34 hours the space strollers work outside, testing the suits and the tools and techniques for future satellite service and repair missions.
A " re Sands, N.M., meanwhile, en* aeers firmed up plans to correct the rh1 of the huge communications satellite that went astray after being
ejected from the shuttle on Monday. They said they would start firing the craft’s jet thrusters on Sunday to move it into its intended high orbit over a period of several days.
To prepare for their excursion, Musgrave and Peterson thoroughly checked their suits in the ship’s depressurized airlock on Wednesday, doing everything short of leaving the spacecraft.
‘The checkout ... was totally normal,” Musgrave reported.
We’re all looking forward to tomorrow. I’m sure you are,” Mission
‘‘You bet! ” was the reply.
Irater, as the astronauts relayed television pictures of the cargo bay to the control center, Peterson said: "You’re going to see some additional stuff out there tomorrow."
The purpose of the test was to pinpoint any troubles in advance. On the fifth flight of the shuttle Columbia in November, technical problems developed in the suits just hours before two astronauts were to take a
See SHUTTLE, Page 16
Volunteer fireman arrested for arson
Garden Ridge suspect located in Alice
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Garden Ridge’s Chief of Police had a busy month of March, but he didn't get the pleasure of arresting the man charged with setting the January 16 fire at I.adshaw-Miller Development Company.
The Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Office did that Christian E. Kehi, originally of San Antonio, was picked up in Alice March 19 tm a wan ant issued by Comal County Peace Justice R G. Blanchard He is now cooling his heels in the Comal County jail. Peace Justice Harold Krueger set his bond at $2,500
Garden Ridge Chief Walter Pardaen said Kehl was identified as the prime suspec t within three days of the Iaidshaw-Miller incident. Finding hun was something else again At the tune of his arrest, the 18-year-old Kehl had recently become a member of the Alice Volunteer Fire Department.
"He’s a certified fireman," said Comal County Investigator Gilbert Villarreal. He had worked as a volunteer in San Antonio."
Kehl’s permanent address is 4202 Fondren. Villarreal said he was also a suspect in two other arson cases which occurred several weeks prior to the laidshaw-Miller incident. "We’re not going to file on those, because there s no damage.”
While all that was going on in south Texas, Pardaen answered two suspicious-person calls, warned away three people soliciting for business purposes within the city limits, and dealt with three traffic incidents, two family disturbances, one burglar-alarm call and a few animal complaints.
He's just getting used to his badge, having stepped into the police job on Jan I After making his report on cruiie Wednesday night, Pardaen discussed
money matters with the City Council.
He wasn’t complaining about his rate of pay; he knew before he took the job that it wouldn’t pay a salary. What Pardaen wanted to know was how much discretion he has over the city's $4,500 security and law enforcement budget Councilmember Keith Richter had drawn up a set of guidelines to answer the chiefs questions City Council approved them, despite Tame duck" flayer tietty rtcGrananan's suggestion that they postpone action until the new mayor and place 3 councilmember are sworn in Friday night.
"I don’t see any reason for putting it off. This is something we’ve talked about before,” said Councilmember Ned Craigmile The guidelines as approved give Pardaen the right to charge vehicle expenses, including gasoline, parts and moderate repairs, on the city's Exxon credit card. For equipment and supplies, he can spend up to $25 without consulting the council The policeman had been wondering w hat he should do if the city car suddenly came in need of a new battery, or a brake job. Even an oil change, he said, probably couldn’t be done for $25.
He looked happier when the council told him that limit wouldn’t be imposed on the credit card But apparently, he still doesn’t think the guidelines cover all bases. For example, Pardaen isn t sure the Exxon station would have the best prices on gas and batteries.
The police chief said that sooner or later, he’d be needing a walkie-talkie i an item that was also listed on his predecessor, Bob Howey’s, list of desirables). Since that’s a costly piece of equipment, Pardaen is willing to wait and lobby for it when next year’s budget is drawn up.
WdlkinQ tdll Staff photo bi John Santar
Or climbing tall, as the case may be. Silhouetted against the sky, a roof worker heads to the top of a downtown building building during a recent repair project. His silhouette and the electric lines form an interesting geometric study.Screen and screen againApplications pour in for Hendricks' post
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
In view of the number of applications received, quite a few people want O E. (Pete) Hendricks’ job — although he doesn’t want it any more.
“Evidently Pete (New Braunfels school superintendent) didn’t tell everybody that it was a very hard job," quipped school board member Rudy Reimer.
Approximately 40 applications have been received, said Renner, head of the three man committee screening applications for Hendricks’ replacement.
And his group, which also includes Trustees Bob Self and Garland IJoyd, is expecting "about that many more *40 applications)" between now and April 15 — the cutoff date for accepting applications, Reimer said.
Hendricks, who has served as the NBISD superintendent for 17 years, decided to retire earlier this year. His resignation, which the school board reluctantly accepted on Feb. 15, is effective June 30.
Hendricks first announced his retirement plans during a school board executive session. At that time, trustees asked Hendricks to reconsider. On Feb 15, however, the superintendent tendered his final resignation.
Applications for Hendricks' job have come from all over the nation, Reimer said. "The bulk are from Texas but there are several from out-of-state — such as Nebraska, Missouri and Colorado," he noted.
Hendricks’ decision to retire was not conntected with the failure of the district’s $9.3 million bond issue February 12. "It has nothing to do with the
See NBISD, Page 16
Hemstreet wins Merit scholarshipInside
New Braunfels High School student l^eslie A. Hemstreet was among the 1,500 winners of corporate-sponsored four-year Merit Scholarships recently announced by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC).
This announcement was the first of three the corporation plans to make. At the conclusion of the 1983 competition more than 5,300 lugh school seniors will have been awarded Merit Scholarships amounting to a total of $18 million.
Hemstreet, daughter of Mrs. Gail Prof ant, plans to pursue a career in either law or teaching. She has been quite active while a student at New Braunfels High School.
She is listed as a member of Mu Alpha Theta, Circle Arts Theatre, American Field Service (president), French Club, Student Council, Drama Club, National Honor Society, and U.T. Honors Colloquium. She was also an actor and assistant director in a one-act festival, has participated in a UIL one-act play and in UIL ready writing. Hemstreet was also enrolled in UTSA’s Gifted and Talented summer program.
Her particular scholarship will come from the Xerox Corporation, which has an educational aid program that endeavors to recognize and support people, programs and institutions committed to quality education.
More than one million students from 18,600 secondary schools across the nation entered the current Merit Program, which is the 28th conducted by NMSC. Approximately 15,000 participants — representing 5,400 high schools — were designated semifinalists last fall. Of them, approximately 13,500 advanced to finalist standing.
The awards that the recently-announced winners will receive cover up to four years of college undergraduate study.
The value of a corporate-sponsored four-year Merit Scholarship ranges from $1,000 to $8,000. The average amount received is $5,500 over four college years. Winners of these awards plant to enroll in more than 300 private and public U.S. colleges and universities where they will receive yearly stipend payments from NMSC.
The awards are funded by 300 corporations, company foundations, professional associations, unions and trusts that support merit scholarships for finalists who have particular qualifications of interest to the sponsors.
Most of these scholarships are provided for children of company employees, but some are awarded to finalists who live in plant or office
See MERIT, Page lfToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy today and Friday, and cloudy tonight. There is a 30 percent chance of showers today, a 50 percent chance of thundershowers tonight, and a 40 percent chance of showers Friday. Winds will be northerly near 15 mph today, then 10-15 mph tonight. Sunset will be at 6:53 p.m., and sunrise Friday will be at 6:13 a m.Chinese Retaliate
The Chinese government announced today that all sports and cultural exchanges with the United States would be canceled for the remainder of 1983. The announcement comes in the aftermath of the U.S. decision to grant political asylum to tennis Hu Na, a move highly criticized by the Chinese. Sea Page 8.Spurs Sink 76ers
Philadelphia’s hope to tie the all-time mark for most wins in an NBA season (69) went out the window Wednesday, thanks to George Gervin, who fired in a desperation shot at the buzzer to propel the Spurs past the 76ers, 112-109. The loss leaves Philly with 62 wins and only six games to play. Sports, Page 5.
By SANDRA JACKSON
Phone co-op has 'present' waiting at annual meeting
Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative, Inc. (GVTC), headquartered at Smithson Valley, has announced that it will return over $232,000 in prior years’ profits to its members at its April 14 annual meeting.
This year’s profit distribution, when coupled with previous distributions, bring the co-op’s total refunds to over $1 million in the past five years.
The co-op is obligated to return to its members the difference between the company’s revenues and expenses, as capital requirements allow. In information recently released about the refund, a GVTC spokesman says, "We know of no other co-op in the nation that has refunded over $1 million.”
Included in this profit distribution will be $34,566.21 which represents 50 percent of profits for the year 1972, plus $49,046.77 which represents 25 percent of the profits for the year 1973.
Also, $18,475 which represents 25 percent of profits for the year 1974, and $123,272.23 which represents approximately 2.5 percent of profits for the years 1975 through 1980 An additional $7,198.46 will be distributed to some patrons due to a policy not to write any check for less than $5, unless only less than $5 is owed All amounts needed to make up a minimum of $5 will be applied to each individual customer’s oldest outstanding capital credit balance.
In announcing the action of the board of directors
See CO-OP, Page 16
Woman 'stable' after shooting
A River Bend woman was in intensive care at McKenna Memorial Hospital Thursday morning, reportedly suffering from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
The victim was picked up by a New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service unit shortly after 9 p.m., and the incident was investigated by the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Department. Reports indicated the woman had been shot in the chest with a .357-caliber gun.
Hospital personnel reported her to be in stable condition.
A burglary suspect picked up Monday night by city police was still in the Comal County jail as of Thursday morning, held rn lieu of $15,000 bond, Another suspect in the same case made his $10,000
bond and was released Wednesday.
City officers arrested Margarita Maldonado, 36 and Gustavo Robles, 23, on Eikel I.ane Monday night, after finding what appeared to be a stolen television in their car. The TV was marked with the name of Ken Clark, owner of KC Plumbing at 1162 Eikel. When officers checked the shop, they found that it had indeed been burglarized.
Police stopped Maldonado’s car because it matched the description of a suspicious vehicle reported in a phone call a few minutes before the arrest, said a department spokesman The officers were going to take him in for driving without a license, then found the TV inside the vehicle.
See POLICE, Page lf