New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 12, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy today and Friday, and fair tonight. Winds will be from the south at 10-15 mph today, becoming light tonight. Sunset will be at 8:14 p.m., and sunrise Friday will be at 6:57 a.m.Toll rising
Police have now linked Coral Eugene Watts with the murders of ll women in the Houston area, and he is suspected in murders from Texas to Canada over a 10-year period. See Page 5.Near miss
Nolan Ryan threw his eighth career one-hitter as the Astros swept a three-game series from San Diego. See Page 6.
WEATHER...........................2Oops!'Boy' baby becomes girl after Mom takes a peek
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - Clayton James Schimmer isn’t exactly what he was wrapped up to be.
Mainly, he’s a girl.
That’s not what the midwife told mother Donna Schimmer when she gave birth to the infant at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart General Hospital.
‘When the midwife delivered the baby, she said it was a boy and wrapped it all up and put it on my stomach, and he just rested there,” Mrs. Schimmer said.
“About two hours later when they took the baby into the nursury to clean it up, they unwrapped it and looked at it and said it was a girl,” she said. “There was no doubt about it. Clayton wasn’t a boy.”
Clayton James has been renamed Katherine Jane, but Donna and husband Jeff had some explaining to do.
The couple had called family and friends in Los Angeles with news of their son’s arrival. They spent the rest of the morning setting the record straight.
“I certainly wish I’d unwrapped it,” Mrs. Schimmer said. “I will next time.”
Israelis launch heaviest air attack on West BeirutBy THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Israeli jets today launched their heaviest strikes on west Beirut in the 9-week-old war. lebanese leaders suspended talks with the United States on evacuating the PLO and appealed to President Reagan and King Fahd of Saudi Arabia to intervene to stop the bloodshed.
Lebanon’s state and private radio stations said a cease-fire was negotiated to go into effect at 5 p.m. (ll a.m. EDT), but there was no official confirmation.
The air strikes continued after more than IO hours, and the radios claimed more than 300 people killed or wounded.
They said the operating room in the Berbir Hospital in west Beirut took a direct hit and that patients were evacuated. The stations also reported more than IOO buildings destroyed in at least 92 divebombing raids by the howling jets.
“These wholesale massacres and mass obliterations of innocent lives and civilian
casualties by Israeli warplanes must be stopped,” Lebanon’s Christian president, Elias Sarkis, said in telegrams he dispatched to Reagan and Fahd, the state radio and television reported.
I^ebanon’s Moslem prime minister, Shafik Wazzan, and Sarkis met for one hour with U.S. presidential envoy Philip C. Habib in suburban Baabda, then suspended the talks. Wazzan said the “unwarranted and unprovoked” air attacks were a “clear proof that Israel was determined to destroy the Lebanese capital anyway.”
“I have told Philip Habib that I cannot carry on in these talks while these thousands of tons of explosives are wreaking mass destruction in my city, my capital. I did not break up the talks. But I have told him I cannot carry on and hold him as well as the United States responsible for the consequences.”
Prime Minister Menachem Begin told his Parliament in Jerusalem although “a great deal of progress” had been made in talks to get the Palestine Liberation
Organization out of Lebanon that U.N. and French participation in a proposed peacekeeping force remained the main obstacle to a final settlement.
Gunships, tanks and artillery joined in the jet strikes, which continued without letup after more than eight hours, and the chief spokesman for the invasion command said all preparations have been completed for a final assault into the PLO enclave if one is ordered.
There were also mounting fears that Israeli and Syrian forces would clash anew to the north and east of the Lebanese capital.
The PIX) said the warplanes dropped 2,000-pound bombs on Palestinian camps and divebombcd densely populated districts, where it said no Palestinians live. PLO spokesman Bassain Abu Sharif said at least 250 people were killed or wounded in Verdun and Aish Bakkar alone.
Lebanese police said Israeli jets divebombed areas surrounding the Soviet Embassy compound.
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Growth, parks StratemanrYs concerns
Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a two-part series on this year’s candidates for City Council. Both Mayor O.A. “Skip” Stratemann Jr. and councilman Joe Rogers are unopposed in theif bids for their second terms, but we feel it is important for the voters to know where they stand on issues afftecting the city.
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
New Braunfels has controlled its growth satisfactorily and now has a better grip on park problems than it has had in years, Mayor O.A. “Skip” Stratemann Jr. said.
Interviewed Wednesday, Stratemann said he is running for City Council, not mayor, and said the distinction was important.
“There are seven individuals on Council, all trying, somehow, to come up with
solutions. Being mayor is insignificant: you’re a City Council member first. That’s my first responsibility and the most important one,” he said.
Stratemann cited a need for flexibility in applying the city’s master plan to specific growth and zoning questions.
“You have to be open-minded enough to bend your way of thinking to incorporate some things that might not fit that plan,” he said.
“You can’t have a hard-set rule. If you’re close-minded, you’re going to stagnate.”
The master plan should be examined every five years or so, but changes shouldn’t necessarily be automatic, Stratemann said.
“That’s why we have a Planning and Zoning body. If they feel we should change it, I don’t find it that difficult. Rules and regulations are fine, but they’re only a
guideposts Council members shouldn’t get “too involved in trying to direct” the Planning and Zoning Commission, he said. “We delegate the authority to them. We may give them a set of ideas, but they’re the ones who should get the information, and see whether those ideas can be implemented legally and effectively.”
City parks are “75 percent cleaner than they were two years ago,” Stratemann said.
The effects of tourism are highly visible for “three months out of the year” but the parks have “improved tremendously. Crowds are controlled better. Litter has been less. We’re getting it under control,” he said.
“I’m a tourist myself. I love to travel. You ought to see some other places where cities aren’t addressing their problems. Also, I have to be a realist — this community has had tourism as a basic entity
for IOO years,” Stratemann said.
“You can always show the bad things. I drive through Landa Park at least once a day, and visit twice a day on weekends.
I’ve seen garbage cans dumped in the lake out of sheer meanness.
“Basically, it’s a lack of self-respect that causes the problems. If we have no respect for ourselves, then we have no respect for our parks and our city as a whole,” Stratemann said.
Education will be more effective than enforcement, although both are needed, he said. Stratemann doesn’t think “river monitors” will work, but will look favorably on things like trash cans at more strategic spots, and “prudent programs” for collecting trash, once the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board comes up with recommendations.
“Extra park rangers won’t solve
See STRATEMANN, Page 16
O.A. Stratemann Jr.
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New Braunfels, Texes Vol. 91 - No. 158Roof suit still eyed by NBISDBy JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Last November New Braunfels school trustees considered taking legal action against those responsible for the construction of the orginal New Braunfels High School roof.
Now, nine months later, they are no closer to a decision than they were back then. But the idea of filing suit has not been abandoned by the New Braunfels Independent School District.
Jack Borchers, the school district’s attorney, reported Tuesday that he is continuing with an investigation to determine if the district has grounds for suit.
Portions of the roof covering the high school gymnasium and cafeteria were found to be faulty by consulting engineers last summer.
At the advice of these engineers, Supt. O.E. Hendricks ordered those portions of the high school closed (at the beginning of the 1981 school year) until the roof could be replaced.
Five months later after the roof had been replaced and the gym and cafeteria re-opened, NBISD school trustees instructed Borchers to begin his investigation to see if the district could sue the orginal roof contractors.
Since that time, additional consultants and an attorney have been hired by the district to help with the investigation. Upon Borchers’ recommendation, the school board employed Martin Dies, of Orange, Tex., last year.
“He has extensive experience in this type of investigation pursuit with this type of case,” Borchers told trustees.
Dies’ fee was not revealed. But according to a board-approved resolution, “if no recovery is obtained (from a possible lawsuit), the attorneys (Borchers and Dies) will receive no fee.”
Two San Antonio engineers have also been hired by the district to help
See NBISD, Page 16
Staff photos by Cindy Richardson
Henry Fonda dead at 77
Send in the clowns
River Gardens clinic resident Susan Sherman applies makeup to Susan Aniol, while (lower photo) Brooke Fell (right) shows twin sister Erin the basics of balloon animals. The occasion was a Community Education class at the clinic given by the “Clown Club" and included tips on makeup and costumes.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Henry Fonda, the plain-speaking Midwesterner whose gentle manner and sense of fair play epitomized for 50 years what Americans wanted in their heroes, died today after a long battle with heart disease. He was 77.
The Academy Award-winning actor, who starred in such film classics as The Grapes of Wrath, Mister Roberts, Young Mr. Lincoln and Twelve Angry Men, died at 8:15 a.m. (10:15 a.m. COT), said Larry Baum, a spokesman for Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
Fonda’s wife, Shirlee, was at his side when he died. His Academy Award-winning actress daughter Jane and actor son Peter arrived just afterward, Baum said.
The veteran actor had been hospitalized Sunday for a readjustment of his heart medication.
Fonda, a giant of the stage, screen and television, kept up a vigorous acting schedule until 1981 despite implantation of a heart pacemaker in 1974.
Fonda, a giant of the stage, screen and television, kept up a vigorous acting schedule until 1981 despite implantation of a heart pacemaker in 1974. He underwent exploratory heart surgery in May 1981 and had been in and out of hospitals since.
According to his wife, Fonda had been virtually bedridden for more than a year. Prior to his last hospitalization, he was hospitalized for two weeks in July for a urinary tract infection, abcessed tooth and adjustment of his heart medication.
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Fonda and Katherine Hepburn in a scene from 'On Golden Pond"
Fonda won the 1982 best-actor Oscar for his role as a retired professor in On Golden Pond, but was too ill to accept in person. While he watched the telecast at his Bel-Air home, his daughter Jane accepted the award for him. His wife said he wept.
It was his first acting Oscar in three nominations, although he had won an honorary Academy Award for his distinguished career the year before.
A funeral was unlikely.
“I don’t like funerals,” Fonda told his biographer. “And it’s in my will that there won’t be one.”