New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 92 - No. 163
Alicia to hit coast today
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) — Thousands of people fled inland today in Texas and Louisiana as Hurricane Alicia bore down on the Gulf Coast with sustained winds of 85 mph, torrential rains and pounding waves.
But thousands more in the Galveston area, which the National Hurricane Center said was most likely to absorb the brunt of the storm later in the day, chose to ride out the hurricane and flocked to supermarkets for food.
We just hope they’re out getting their canned food, their candles and their bottled water,” Steve Harned, chief meteorologist of the National Weather Service in Galveston, said late Tuesday.
Air Force reconnaissance reports indicated Alicia "continues to strengthen and is moving slowly toward the west northwest,” the weather service said. "Increasing probabilities indicate that the greatest threat is along the upper Texas and western louisiana coasts.”
At noon EDT today, Alicia was centered about 90 miles south-southeast of Galveston, near latitude 28 0 north, longitude 94.5 west. The eyee was "wobbling and nearly stationary,” the weather service said, a common occurence when a slow-moving hurricane approaches land The storm was expected to resume a 5 mph drift to the north northwest later today, forecasters said.
Along the Galveston seawall, souvenir shops were closed but not boarded up. A few displayed signs “Closed For Alicia ” A trickle of sightseers took pictures of the waves hitting the wall and splashing over the sidewalk.
The wind began howling early in the day. Rain was steady but not heavy immediately.
Mayor Gus Manual said he was not ordering the city evacuated.
“There has been no change in Alicia’s intensity or direction that would cause us to alter our plan. We are encouraging those citizens living in the low-lying areas to leave,” he said.
The hurricane neared landfall exactly 14 years to the day after Hurricane Camille slammed into the Gulf Coast of Mississippi, killing 255 people and leaving 68 missing. A hurricane which hit Galveston in 1900 with 77-mph winds killed 6,000 people, mostly as the result of storm tides which inundated the city. It was the nation’s worst hurricane disaster.
While about 6,000 southwestern Louisiana residents and hundreds of workers on offshore oil rigs heeded warnings to leave, most of the 60,000 residents of Galveston apparently chose to remain
Bill Bloom, at the National Weather Service m Galveston, estimated the evacuation warnings rn
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Victor Rodriguez pulls fellow scout Koury Kohler out of the spring fed pool in Landa Park under the watchful eye of student instructor Bo Allen Rodriguez was working on his Red Cross certification
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in junior lifesaving Twelve boy scouts tested for merit badges in lifesaving or swimming at the pool recently
CISD trustees create public relations post at panel's urging
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Comal ISD trustees took 19 recommendations from the Advisory Comnuttee to task Tuesday night, and approved a part-time public relations person who’s got a lot of responsibility. ..even before he takes the job.
At trustee David Boatner’s suggestion, the board took each recommendation and tossed it around The P R person was number one on the list, and carried an allocation of $8,000 to $10,000, plus $1,500 for travel.
Board members who spoke out saw the person as a consultant-type with the expertise to coordinate several other committee recommendations. "But its difficult to get anything goiog until we get something in the budget,” Boatner remarked
Col. Robert Van Horn, advisory commitee chairman, agreed Wednesday. "I thought the response to our recommendations was quite positive. I don’t know if we could have asked for much more," he said. "The board voted to make the funds available for some of these things, and now what remains is implementation. They've taken the first step. I assume they'll take the next one.”
Committee recommendations that may be included in the P R person’s duty list are coordination of a school district newspaper, a monthly
calendar to the news media, a press release program, and communication between parents and teachers.
Another committee recommendation was better availability of the district's policy manual, but trustees felt two copies per campus was sufficient.
The board asked Supt. Edgar Willhelm to come up with a format to reinstate the Super-SAC concept of informal meetings between the superintendent and students, and the school board student representative program. Trustee Carey McWilliams suggested a different student serve at each meeting "That’s a good idea. It gets more people involved, and I wish I'd thought of it,” Boatner added Trustees asked the superintendent and campus principals to formulate guidelines for the representative program for the Sept. board meeting On the committee’s recommendation for more training for school board members, Trustee David Way suggested holding formal seminar with a consultant to educate new and old board members in April or May. Way’s motion was approved to the tune of $1,800 Trustees also expressed the desire to hold campus open houses distnct-wide, but chose to let the super intended coordinate such things with
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Garden Ridge chief resigns; Boynton named
.. ex police chief
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
When the clock hand* edge past midnight tonight. Garden Ridge will have a new police chief
Waiter Pardaen. the city’s head lawman since Jan I, exchanged sharp words with the Qty Council on Tuesday and announced he was resigning as of Wednesday. It happened in executive session, but those waiting outside could scarcely help hearing the tone, if not the substance, of Pardaen's complaints.
Re-con vening in open session, council members read Pardaen’s letter, which stated his decision was "irrevocable and not subject to change”; accepted with regret; and proceeded to pick a replacement from the pool of recruits they ’d interv iewed
just before Pardaen made his speech
Their choice was John Boynton, a retired colonel who volunteered because i've got plenty of time," he said But Boynton apparently hadn t planned un being Chief of Police rtghl away.
"It sounds Uke a rat race. but we’ll give it a whirl,” he said after the meeting.
Parus Dudley, an auto wrecker by day, will be serving as an officer under Boynton's direction Robert Lee. another retired colonel, requested and got reserve duty And Ijirry Swain, who was captain of the reserves under Pardaen. will keep his job.
The outgoing chief was annoyed partly because no one invited him to interview the new volunteers 'None of the Garden Ridge lawmen get paid
for what they do > Council closed the meeting and called them in one by one, sent them out and then asked for Pardaen
The shouting started shortly after he went in Soma 20 minutes later, the
ur a formed officer strode out of City Hall and distributed copies of his resignation letter to anyone who wanted them
I didn t get a chance to question em or anything. I told <council* they could have their job.” said Pardaen, a fully -certified peace officer
That’s true.” said Mayor Paul Davis in a telephone interview Wednesday "'Interviewing is the council s responsibility They do the hiring. the police chief doesn’t."
He said he hadn t quite expected
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Air conditioning won't be ready when NBISD schools open this year
By DAVID KING Statl writer
Despite the hopes of one mother, the air conditioning for five New Braunfels ISD schools will not be ready for the fall semester.
Maybe the fall of 1984, but definitely not this year.
Glenn Meredith of J essen and Associates, architects of the air conditioning systems for NBISD, went over design development plans for the
systems with school board trustees Tuesday night Those plans were approved by Supt. Charles Bradberry, allowing Jessen and Associates to advance to the development stage of the project Meredith said the company wanted to issue specifications for bids in September, take bids rn October, sign the Conrad in late October or early November and get work started as soon as possible after that
We would hope that we d be far
enough along or even have some finished by March to use the spring break to do a little cleaning up," Meredith said
But if anyone asks, say it’ll be ready next September," he added Not this year, as (me mother thought. As she was registering her child for kindergarten this week, she overheard Meredith talking about the air conditioning plans and "got all excited," as he put it
it’s been fun to go to all the schools
because everyone gets so excited when they find out you re there about the air conditioning,’’ Meredith added
Most of the project will be accomplished with chilled water-type systems, Meredith told the board And each school principal will have a main cutoff switch to control the flow of air to different parts of the school Units which are not off the ground
See NBISD. Page 16AInsideToday's Weather
Comal County forecast call* for partly cloudy and hot today. Clouds will increase tonight, with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms. That chance increases to 30 percent on Thursday, along with mostly cloudy skies. Winds will be from the northeast at 5-10 mph today, riffling to the northwest near IO mph tonight. Sunset will he st I: IO p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be st 7 a.m.Bracing For Adda
Galveston has been tut hard by plenty of hurricanes — witness the HSI storm which almost leveled the town. Once again, residents are getting ready for another one. Some folks are leaving, and some aren’t. Son Pogo 12A.
CISD passes budget, faces tax hearing
No one had anything to say at the Comal ISD public budget hearing Tuesday night In fact, no one even showed up.
Board President Kenneth Wunderlich opened the 7 p.m. hearing at the Administration Office, and closed it minutes later "It always seems to be this way," Wunderlich sighed. "It’s a matter of later on that they have some question. ’ ’
Trustees then moved the regular 7:30 p m meeting next door to Frazier Elementary, in anticipation of a bigger crowd. The first order of business came in the form of a lifesize $10,000 check from the Canyon Athletic
Club president Ernie Wendell presented the check that he said represented the final two payments a year in advance for lighting at Cougar Stadium "We begged to accomplish what we did, and we ll go begging again,” he added, if the board doesn t install stadium seats on the other side of the stadium comparable to the home section
Wendell said the booster club had spent $51,900 over the last four years for Canyon High School. The inventory list included weight room and equipment, concession stand equipment, travel expenses to send
two coaches to football clinic, press box improvements, and paving around the concession stand and walkways, entrance and base under the stadium seats.
That averages out to $12,975 a year, and the number of people who participated in this thing wouldn't fit in the stadium seats.” Wendell said He concluded his presentation with a desperate request for a trainer during football season Trustee Jim Rector said he’d been interested in securing a trainer * since I coached there And I’m not scolding anyone But we just had a budget hearing and no one
came,” he added * We need your help The school board needs as much support as the football team "
A member of the audience accused the board of not publicizing the hearing until Tuesday “I really don’t think you can pin us on a cover up on the budget hearing. Wunderlich responded Trustee Cares McWilliams also recited a portion of the minutes from the July 25 meeting, where trustees set the hearing date Once the board got down to dollars and
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'Sniffer dogs' program to be trimmed slightly
Drug-sniff mg dogs will be back on New Braunfels LSD campuses this school year, although for not as long.
The NBISD Board of Trustees approved the purchase of approximately 18 hours per month of services from Security Associates International Inc. of Houston at Tuesday’s regular meeting.
last school year, SAI provided an average of 21.4 hours per month of searches, and the company suggested that the district consider 28 hours per month this year.
But Supt Charlet Bradberry recommended 18 — and asked for different solutions to the problem of drugs on NBISD campuses
"I would be willing to listen to suggestions for a better method,” he said. "We’re trying to rid schools of the symptoms, we’re not dealing with the problem ”
But for now, the dogs appear to be the best method he added Trustees Don Bedford and Gene Scott both voted against the contract.
i’m opposed to having dogs on campus because of the resentment it has caused in the students, ’ Bedford said "And they (dogs I do not deal with our No. I problem — alcohol.
"Alcohol is the No. I drug problem in this country; we don’t have nearly the problem with marijuana and other hard-core drugs The searches have proved that. ’’
Few drugs were found rn searches by the specially trained dogs last school year Searches were conducted mainly at New
Braunfels High School.
"The dogs have proved that the drugs are not involved on campus ” Stott said "And we’re finding resentment and non-trust on the part of the students "I think we should bring the dogs back only if there’s the suspicion The student council looked into it last year, and the students don’t think we trust them ”
Patrons who waited through a 90-mu lute
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