New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 30, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Begin resigns, leaves Israel in turmoil
JERUSALEM (AP) - Prime Minister Menschen^ Begin wrote his letter of resignation Tuesday after telling his political colleagues, “I cannot go on any longer.”
However, it was still not clear when he would submit it to President Chaim Herzog.
Cabinet ministers who called on the 70-year-old prime minister in a last-ditch attempt to change his decision said they found him in his office writing his letter of resignation.
They asked him to delay sending it to Herzog for a few days, until they
could choose a successor, and Begin promised to let them know by Wednesday morning whether he would hold up the letter.
The eight Cabinet ministers from Begin’s Herut (Liberty) faction of the Likud bloc were to meet later Tuesday to try to pick a successor.
The likeliest candidates appeared to be Foreign Minister Yitzhak Shamir, 68, and Deputy Prime Minister David I^evy, 45, with former Defense Minister Ariel Sharon an outside possibility.
“I think they’re trying to do it very
fast, maybe today or tomorrow morning,” said coalition chairman Avraham Shapira.
Ronnie Milo of Herut said he expected a decision within hours.
Begin spent almost three hours meeting with members of his political party and left his office without speaking to reporters. As his car sped away from his office building, he slumped in the back seat and a crowd of supporters chanted “Begin, king of Israel” behind the security fence.
Shlomo Lorencz of the Agudat Israel Party said Begin told his
visitors over and over, “I cannot go on any longer.” He did not elaborate.
Begin’s spokesman Uri Porat told reporters: “The prime minister said explicitly that he intends to give the president of Israel his letter of resignation. It has not yet been decided when he will go to the president.”
Shapira said Begin appeared determined to step down as soon as possible and was reluctant even to accede to requests that he delay for a few days. “He was barely willing to do even that,” said Shapira.
Ehud Olmert of the ruling I^ikud bloc said, “All we asked the prime minister to do was to put off the implementation for a few days so that in the meantime we can establish new political facts and set up an alternative government.”
Begin’s motives were unclear. Israel radio quoted him as telling his political partners the reasons for resigning were personal, and said he denied rumors that he felt too ill to lead the nation at a time of economic
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Shuttle has night launch
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla (AP) — The space shuttle Challenger, a manmade comet trailing a 500-foot geyser of fire, set the sky ablaze in a brilliant show of sight and sound as it left Earth in the wee hours today. Aboard was a five-man crew, including America's first black astronaut.
Only hours before liftoff there was another celestial spectacle: thunder boomed across the Kennedy Space Center, lightning danced around the spaceship and rain drenched the launch pad and thousands of spectators drawn to the area for the first night launch of a shuttle. The remnants of that storm delayed the launch by 17 minutes, until 2:32 a rn. EDT, and almost resulted in a scrub.
“You should have seen it from here!” spacecraft commander Richard Truly said of the launch as the ship neared orbit. “It was daylight almost all the way up ”
Later, he described the liftoff as "Uke driving through a fog bank, except there was an external orange light source within the fog bank.” Truly added: “You couldn't see anything because of the light... it got brighter and brighter” until the two solid rocket boosters burned out and fell off. Then, Truly said, “the light from the solid rocket motors was about 500 times more than I remember on STS-2.
Truly was aboard the second shuttle flight in November 1981.
Fellow astronaut Daniel Bran-denstein said the separation of the boosters "was the inside of a bonfire.
That was a real experience.”
It was quite an experience for those watching from below as well. Flame billowed from the base of the shuttle, fanned across the pad with white-hot light and steam.
And then Challenger, illuminated at the birth of Hight by 800 million-candlepower floodlights, rose swiftly off the pad, the flame from its sohd rocket boosters building to a tower of fire that could be seen from the launch area for 2 minutes and 42 seconds.
The sky grew ever brighter as the flame bounced off the clouds. It looked like a murky, gray dawn created by a white-gold sun. It was bright enough at the press site three miles from the pad to read a newspaper,
First the light, then the sound: loud, louder and still louder until it shook the ground and rattled windows. Still the shuttle climbed, its boosters pumping hellfire for more than two minutes.
As Challenger circled the Earth 184 miles high some of the conversation with the ground was relayed through a communications satellite for the first time. One of the flight’s major tasks is to check out the orbiting Tracking and Data Relay Satellite system which promises, eventually, to give the shuttle round-the-world communications.
President Reagan, in a message read to the astronauts, said: “Good luck and may God go with you.” He said that “we acknowledge proudly the first ascent of a black American into space.”Car theftsCounty, Zipp seek compromise on budget requests
By OYANNE FRY Staft writer
County Court-at-l<aw Judge Roil Zipp made a good case for computer equipment m a Commissioners Court budget session on Monday.
U was Court-at-l,aw Clerk Diana Guerrero who did most of the testify mg. She convinced the commissioners that the $4,000 Zipp requested for computer equipment would be money well spent
County Judge Fred Clark told Zipp he would likely be getting a 14-percent salary increase. That’s not nearly
what the trial judge requested, but, “It's more than anybody else is getting,” Clark pointed out.
Commissioners indicated they’d approve Zipp’s taking a two-week course next year at the National College for the Judiciary. But they agreed there was no way he was going to get $20,000 to remodel the court-at-law offices.
"We’re looking at an expansion in the next four years,” dark said. Negotiations are already under way to buy the Doeppenschmidt property just north of the courthouse annex. Once the new jail gets under way,
commissioners want to start design work on a building that would relieve congestion in the present courthouse “We’re not at all satisfied with your present arrangement,” Clark agreed with Zipp However, he said the commissioners court was ‘‘reluctant to spend money on major renovation,” when that would provide temporary relief at best.
This year, having just passed a jail bond issue, the court has taken a hard line on keeping the 1984 tax rate as low as possible.
Although the court-at-law has shown a substantial increase in ac
tivity and fines collected since Zipp betaine judge last January , Clark didn't think the county could afford the $55,000 salary Zipp had requested for 1964
"I think we’re talking rn terms of raising your salary to $39,500, recognizing that you’ve done an outstanding job,” the county judge said Zipp now makes $34,960 annually.
"Naturally, we d prefer a higher rate, but we understand where you’re coming from,” the trial judge said
Zipp’s request for a second computer terminal, a printer and two
computer tables didn’t impress commissioners on first review , partly because they knew the courthouse computer was already loaded to capacity. Now, a new circuit board has been ordered which should increase the capacity, and it s supposed to be rn by Jan I, noted County Auditor Bate Bond “Wed better plug that back in, then.” Clark said. Guerrero said she and her three court-at-law clerks could use the computer to print warrants, judgments, subpoenas arid jury summons, cutting the office paperwork by a great deal
She said staff members sometimes have to wait in line for the terminal now in the office, but "I’d rather have the printer before I get another CRT terminal That’s how vital it is." Guerrero said.
Salaries for the court-at-law clerks come under the County Clerk s budget Both Zipp and County Clerk Rosie Bosenbury expressed concern about the rate of pay which they feel is not sufficient to keep qualified people on duty Bosenbury said one (rf her newest
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School's killer gets 4 years in prison
John Henry Goforth, charged with involuntary manslaughter in the April 13 traffic death of Marie Bryant Scheel, was sentenced to four years in prison last week.
Goforth, 38, pleaded guilty last Wednesday in Judge Gus Strauss’s 25th District Court, Gusdslupe County. He was sentenced to four years in the Texas Department of Corrections, where he has served time twice before on a Driving While Intoxicated charge.
A blood test taken after the head-on collision in April indicated that the New Braunfels man was intoxicated at the time it happened, according to Department of Public Safety reports.
Scheel, 59, was pronounced dead et the scene of that accident, which occurred just north of Zipp Lane on FM 725. A River Bend resident, she was reportedly on her way home from a Wednesday night church service in New Braunfels.
Goforth was seriously injured, and spent two days in the surgical intensive care unit at Bexar County Medical Center, then was transferred to Audio Murphy Veterans Hospital. The involuntary manslaughter charge was filed some six days after the accident.
The sentenced man gave his addrest as 932 Tonkawa in New Braunfels.Inside
Today s Waathar
It will be sunny and hot this afternoon. Clouds will spring up late tonight, continue Wednesday morning, but becoming sunny and bot again by Wednesday afternoon. Winds will be from the south near 18 mph today and Wednesday, shifting ta the southeast tonight Sunset will be at 7:18 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday wttl be at 7 :«7 amKickoff Dud
Penn State's! aa the national football cbsunpion disappeared quickly Mssidey night, aa Nebraska blasted the Nittany liana ted in the first-ever Kickoff dearie.Sports. pags8A.Another Duad
A French soldier was killed in Beirut today, 24 hours after two UJ. Marines were killed there. Despite that, peacekeeping forces will remain in Beirut.Sew Page •
CISD still waiting on response from TEA
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
There s still no word from the Office of the Commissioner of Education on the Texas Education Agency’s investigation of Comal ISI)
CISD Supt Edgar Willhelm received TEA S report, based on the July 13 visit of a fact-finding team, and was asked to respond to that report by Aug 15. “That's what I did, but there was no time frame (Mi when I’d hear anything back (Mi it," Willhelm said Tuesday.
Willhelm also said the report was "about the monitors visit to this district, and that’s what my response involved ”
One of those monitors was Victor Krejci, administrative assistant to Commissioner Bynum But on Aug 4, Krejci said his report did not become
public information until Bynum makes his report public
While he wouldn't reveal any specifics of his report, Krejci did mention its subject ‘‘My report was geared to the two board members interrupting the Canyon High Sc hool final exam All the other stuff overlapped, and all ties together,” he said
The incident Krejci referred to involved ('ISO trustees Carey McWilliams and Karen Rust, and their alleged interruption of an Advanced English ll final exam on May 27.
Krejci said Tuesday that Bynum s hectic schedule has allowed him to be "rn his office about two days out of the last two weeks,” and that Willhelm’s response was "probably still on hts desk.”
On the carpet
Lone Star Primary students Ronnie Schwab and Colin Hardee eschew desks and chairs for the carpet on their classroom floor as they look
related, police say
through some books NBISD students returned to school Monday or, like these two, came to school for the first time to begin kindergarten
Krueger Chevrolet is still waiting for damage estimates (Mi a Sa turds) morning break-in which resulted in a stolen pickup ti damaged Camaro. some broken windows and several ransacked desks The 1983 Chevrolet pickup was recovered on IH 35 South, along with an undetermined number" of car keys, license plates, vehicle inspection stickers and new-car manufacturers certificates taken from the local business But police are still looking for the culprit A New Braunfels investigator said the Krueger incident is probably related to the Friday night theft of Bruce Thornwell Shepherd’s 82 Chevy pickup, taken from outside Tom’s Exxon That truck was found on Krueger’s ravaged proper:), where the new pickup was missing from the showroom Shepherd s truck, which hadn't yet been reported missing when the police found it, "had apparently been used to get over here,” said car dealer Jack Krueger The investigator said two other weekend vehicle thefts may or may not be related to these incidents. Sometime Frida) night, a white station wagon with wood trim was taken from Benavides Used Cars at 475 U S 81 East Some time between 3 30 p m. Saturday and 2 p m. Sunday. a Honda motorcycle disappeared from Adams Auto Sales at 1296 U S ll West
"We've recovered everything but the motorcycle.’’ the police spokesman said T uesday "The police were really on the
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