New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
Texas 'truly blessed' Allen damage no worse
By MACK SISK
CORPUS CHRISTI (AP) - Two people died, thousands were twice forced from their homes and damage will probably exceed $200 million. But Gov. Bill Clements says Texas is “truly blessed” that Hurricane Allen did not obliterate the Gulf Coast.
“We all feel very fortunate and truly blessed that we didn’t have more of a catastrophe than we did,” Clements said Monday following an aerial survey of the flood-ravaged lower Gulf Coast.
State Agriculture Commissioner
Reagan Brown said he did not want to downplay the damage to Texas crops but “we came out better than expected.”
Allen, downgraded from a gargantuan hurricane to a soggy tropical depression as it meandered over northern Mexico, flung drenching rains and flooding as far as the Hill Country of Central Texas and the Big Bend of Southwest Texas Monday.
The resulting flash floods sent residents in several Texas cities scampering for temporary refuge less than 24 hours after many had returned home from emergency storm shelters.
However, coastal residents from Corpus Christi northward began returning home and police reported floodwaters were subsiding in most areas Monday night.
Corpus Christi police Monday reported finding two people drowned, the first known U.S. victims of the hurricane, not counting two who died from heart attacks when the storm hit Saturday.
Ruby Bohler, 73, and her small dog were both found dead in her car, covered with water in a ditch near the North Beach area of town. Irater in the day, a 52-year-old man was found
drowned on the beachfront. His name was not released.
Heavy rains up to 16 inches drove thousands of Rio Grande Valley residents from their homes and closed almost every highway south of Corpus Christi.
“This is the worst flood we’ve ever had,” said Mayor Ronald Case of Edinburg, where 13 inches of rain fell Monday, flooding parts of the city four feet deep. About 850 people were rescued from their homes.
Their switchboards flooded with calls for help, the Edinburg fire department called on the National Guard to aid
evacuation efforts, Mayor Pro-tem Pearl Mathis said.
“We'd go to a house to pick somebody up and all the neighbors would run out of their houses and climb on the truck,” she said. “We had people wading In the Corpus Christi area, Nueces County Judge Bob Barnes said damage would exceed $100 million. County Conunissioner J.P. Luby took a boat tour of Mustang Island, off the coast from Corpus Christi, and said a 4,000-foot-long protective seawall was destroyed. It will cost $10 million to replace it, he said.
Ten officers of the Federal
Emergency Management Agency arrived here late Monday to help process government relief efforts. Team leader Dale Milford said the government would continue sending relief agents “until we have the manpower we need to help the people of the Gulf Coast."
President Carter declared six South Texas counties disaster areas Monday, making residents eligible for a variety of state and federal aid programs.
“It was like a hurricane with eyes,” said Ned Frank at the National Hurricane Center in Miami.
NBHS pupil found shot; autopsy ruling pending
District to request court order to lift ruling
No ruling has been made in the death of a New Braunfels High School student who was found dead in his yard Sunday morning, Guadalupe County Justice of the Peace Charles Davis said.
Davis said a ruling will be made by late this afternoon, adding that the Travis County Medical Examiner’s
office in Austin is performing an autopsy at his request.
Guadalupe County Sheriff Leslie Rallies said Russell Dave Schnautz, 15, of Bt. 2, Box 801, was found dead in his yard near his house at approximately 8 a m. Sunday. Schnautz had been shot once rn the head with a 12-gauge
shotgun, Rallies said.
Schnautz, who was born Nov. 12, 1964, in Austin, had been a Guadalupe County resident for four years, and had participated in football. Funeral services for Schnautz were scheduled at 2 p.m. today at Zoeller Funeral Home. Burial was to be at Lockhart City Cemetery with the Rev. Richard Ryder officiating.
Survivors include his parents, Weldon Schnautz and Marie Satterfield Schnautz of Guadalupe County; two sisters, Jeanette and Robin Schnautz of Guadalupe County; one brother, Gregg Schnautz of Guadalupe County; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Ansel Satterfield of Lockhart and Mrs. Agnes Schnautz of Maxwell, and one greatgrandmother, Mrs. J.E. Satterfield of Brownwood.
Deciding they didn’t like it much, Edwards Underground Water District’s board of directors Monday voted to file suit to void a ruling handed down last month by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
That ruling designated the San Marcos Springs as a critical habitat for four species of aquatic life which the Fish and Wildlife Service considers endangered or threatened.
The vote, which came in an emergency meeting in San Antonio, was 9-2 in favor of filing the suit, with one abstention. Comal County directors Oliver Haas, Carroll Hoffmann and Bill Brown all voted “aye.”
The suit should be filed in U.S. District Court in San Antonio no later than Thursday, an EUWD spokesman said.
Despite overwhelming opposition to the proposal at a public hearing in San Marcos May 12, the service (a
division of the U.S. Department of the Interior) voted last month to designate the springs as a critical habitat for four species of aquatic life- the San Marcos salamander, the San Marcos gambusia (a type of minnow), Texas wild rice and the fountain darter.
All but the salamander have been listed as endangered; the salamander is listed as “threatened. ”
The suit will charge that the Fish and Wildlife Service “failed to consider the economic, environmental and regulatory impact of its action,” the spokesman said.
EUWD General Manager Thomas Fox led the opposition to the proposal at the May 12 hearing. Fox saw a future conflict between maintaining the spring flow to preserve the habitats of the four species and meeting the needs of the people who depend on the Edwards Aquifer for water.
The board authorized Fox to negotiate with any other parties interested in joining with the district in its suit.
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Despite complaints county asks U.S. aid
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
. Despite grumblings by individual commissioners that the county’s share of federally supported programs was increasing, Comal County commissioners reapplied for federal grants to continue the court administration and the computerized jury selection programs Monday.
The court also approved unanimously a reapplication for the juvenile probation officer grant. By signing the grant applications, the court agreed to foot part of the bill from revenue sharing funds. Total cost to the county for all
three programs will be $10,247.
In each case, federal money paid for the program’s first year, with the county picking up 20 percent of the cost the second year, 40 percent the third, and so on.
Tim Darilek, assistant to County Judge Max Wommack, told commissioners the courthouse administrator program will total $27,213 and will be in its last year of federal funding.
The local 80-percent share, or $21,570, is divided among the three counties of Judge Robert Pfeuffer’s 207th District. Comal will pay $7,190.
“What choice do we have?” Comm. Orville Heitkamp asked. “When this thing started, it
was for a court ‘coordinator ’ Now we have a court administrator’ and a coordinator in each county. Notice how these things grow' on you?”
A total of $5,945 will be spent on computerized jury selection from voter registration lists. In its second year, the program will rely on 20 percent district funding, and Comal County's one-third share of that amounts to $367.
Also in its second year, the juvenile probation program will require $2,700 in county funds.
Darilek reported there was a remote chance Congress may neglect to appropriate the federal share.
“The legislation has not been passed, but people I talked to who are in a position to know
say ifs just a question of time before they do,’’ he said.
“And what happens if they don’t0 We create these jobs and then the rug is pulled. If these programs aren’t funded, what are we going to do?” Conun. Charles Mund asked.
“Ifs awful difficult to disassemble something you’ve set up for five years.” Heitkamp observed.
Commissioners were also reluctant to spend $1,950 for termite control of the Courthouse.
A bid for that amount was submitted by Areawide Termite and Pest Control, Inc., with a renew able contract for $150 a year for five years. The court agreed it was a “reasonable offer from a reliable firm," as Mund put it. but stipulated in
the final resolution there must be enough in the maintenance budget to cover it.
“We've had quite a bit of maintenance this year. Is there any money left that would cover it?” Wommack asked County Auditor H. Bate Bond.
“Probably not," Bond replied. “We don’t know how much the roof repair or the air conditioning is going to cost.”
“Then why did you bring this to us0” Heitkamp joked.
The court voted to accept the bid if the money was available; if not, to initiate the program in January with funds from next year’s maintenance budget.
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NEW YORR (AP) - President Carter, his path to renomination cleared in a convention floor battle, is playing ardent suitor to his vanquished rival, Edward M. Kennedy, in hopes of achieving a reconciliation that could energize his re-election campaign.
Carter and Kennedy aides met early today to discuss procedures for negotiations that White House press secretary Jody Powell said would be held today to try to resolve remaining platform issues.
The convention reconvened at IO a m. CDT for a session devoted almost entirely to debating the party platform.
Even in ending his presidential bid, Kennedy made it clear he would continue fighting to put his mark on the platform and was going ahead with plans to addr ess the Democratic Convention tonight during the debate on the economic planks.
Kennedy’s long-shot hope to take the nomination from Carter ended Monday night when the convention supported a rule binding delegates to abide by the results of state primaries and conventions.
“The effort on the nomination is over,” Kennedy told a news conference
at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel shortly after that vote.
"I have called President Carter and congratulated him,” said Kennedy.
“My name will not be placed in nomination.”
Powell said the telephone conversation was “a very positive and very productive conversation. . They agreed the task now is to get this party together and to deal with the threat that the new Republican leadership poses.”
Even before the telephone call. White House staff chief Jack Watson told reporters, “I will say to you unequivocally that the Carter-Mondale people at this convention want to unite the party. We want the senator’s support We need the senator’s support.”
The key to getting Kennedy’s support was the platform.
“I continue to care deeply about where this party stands,” Kennedy said in his withdrawal statement. “And I hope the delegates will stand with me for a truly democratic platform.
“I will speak to the convention about the economic concerns that have been the heart of my campaign and about
the commitments in the future of the Democratic Party. “I will speak again for the people I have seen and the cause I have carried across this country.”
Under an agreement reached last week. Kennedy will lead his fight for changes in the economic planks of the platform in a convention debate during prime television time.
He plans to press for a roll-call vote on a substitute plank that calls for a $12 billion program to create 800,000 jobs.
While Carter has conceded adoption of some Kennedy proposals including one that opposes using high interest rates and rising unemployment to combat inflation, he has stood fast against the $12 billion jobs program and the senator’s call for wage and price controls.
At the raucus opening session of the party’s 38th National Convention, the Carter and Kennedy forces were geared for a test of strength on the question of the rule.
But overhanging their internal battle was the reality of public opinion polls showing Republican presidential nominee Ronald Reagan ahead .