New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comf und closes out banner year
By DEBBIE DELOACH Staff writer
The Comal County Community Fund M3 drive exceeded its $100,000 goal by slightly over 13.6 percent.
Behind the theme, ‘With you, it works,’ Comf und 1963 ended Oct. I on a $106,373.78 note. “But money’s still bern trickling in, so we wanted to update you folks,” drive chairman Jesse Garcia said Thursday.
The total now stands at $113,609.75. “The total may go up slightly, but I think this Is going to be pretty close to what we wind up with,” Garcia said.
As drive chairman, Garcia did something different this year. “Before we’ve had an idea which group the money was coming from, but we’d only break it down into advance gifts and lump everything else together,” he said. “This time, we really broke it down into
The breakdown went like this: Advance gifts, $46,240.80; Combined federal campaign, $7,187.97; Contribution envelopes included in bank statements, bills, etc., $8,516; Government (schools, city and county employees), $8,727.35; Industry, $25,082.10; Small businesses, $9,065.53; Financial, $3,549.20; Professional, $1,190.80; Agencies, $1,360; Health care services, $2,089; and
“The small bittiness group is where we really shined this year,” Garcia said. “And I want to reemphasize how I feel about Comal County. The entire community is generous and caring. We appreciate those who gave, big and small, and those who had die desire to give, but nothing to spare.”
The agencies that will benefit from 1983 Comf und dollars include: Salvation Army, Comal County
Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center, Humane Society, Crisis Line, Youth Fair, American Red Cross, Head Start, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, Home Care, Senior Citizens Center, Arthritis Foundation, Children’s Habilitation Center, Child Welfare Board, Hays County Women’s Center, Canyon Lake Voluntee Action Center, Texas Society for Autistic Children, Bibl Rehabilitation Center, and the national United Way chapter.
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instruments at Earth and outer space. These maneuvers bum fuel, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration wants to to be sure there is an adequate margin for an additional day.
Round-the-clock experiments were continued today by mission specialists Garnott and Bob Forker and payload specialists Byron Uchtenberg and West German Ult Mer bold.
Spacelab cames the largest and heaviest astronomy instruments ever taken into space, and the astronauts were using their unique platform above the obscuring veil of Earth’s atmosphere to observe the sun, stars and mysterious energy and radio sources such as quasars and pulsars.
Sophisticated telescopes and cameras were gathering information about vast regions of the sky not observable from RfcriD. recording stars of differing brightnesses, solar activity and radiation as scientists seek more knowledge about the universe Early targets were Cygnus, a star, and a cluster of galaxies
lacting Circulation Manager Don Avery, 625-0144.
Thursday we received a $15 contribution from one of our earners. Charles Burgess That brings our current balance to $740.31.
Comal County skies will be cloudy today, with a 60 percent chance of light rain or drizzle, and east winds near IO miles per hour
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Members of the drum corps perform during halftime of last week's game
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On the march
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
A cold nip is in the air. the sweaters are out and the high school football season is reaching its climax
With teams narrowed down to the this weekend's quarterfinals, fewer and fewer schools are able to showcase their talents
And fewer bands are getting a chance to strut their stuff as well.
At least through tonight’s game, the New Braunfels High School band keeps marching on.
For the Unicorns, a large, loud, prize-winning band is as much a tradition as post-season football action.
The number of students marching rn the band is particularly impressive. Most Class 4A schools march around 140 students The Unicorns perform with 215 members — about 18 percent of the school’s enrollment of 1,200.
Although 76 trombones don't lead the band, 20 trombones. 32 trumpets and 43 clarinets, the band’s largest section, do provide a strong, solid sound.
“In this part of the state, we’re well above the (membership) average," said NBHS band director Wayne Tucker.
Long football season means extra duty for Unicorn band
“I think a lot of it is community interest,” he said. “There s a neat tradition in New Braunfels that makes it nice to be a part of. ’’
Senior drum major Darryl Marsch agreed. "When you join the band, it’s like you have a whole family of friends waiting for you. You don’t have to go and be alone.”
Future interest is growing “because our middle school program is large,” Tucker said. "We work with the middle school as much as we can from up here.”
“We look at approximately 230-240 (members) next year,” he said.
Aspiring musicians can begin band in the sixth grade. Between 130 and 140 students are currently enrolled.
Performing in the Unicom band is the pinnacle, which is a constant activity throughout the school year. “We have no off season,” the band director explained.
"Everybody involved in band is in the marching band,” Tucker said.
Marching season, which begins with August practices, takes a great deal of time to perfect a program.
“I go and watch a lot of competitions and see what
they’re doing,” Tucker explained, adding that he tries to fit the music "to what we’re able to play and we go with that.”
Learning the program takes a great deal of time, Tucker said, “but we try to get as much done as possible around the school day.”
Much of the work that goes into a strong marching performance comes from the drum majors Marsch explained, "During the summer, you have to teach the new people how to march” and help them with their music.
As the season goes on, drum majors “make sure everything goes as smoothly as possible” and “make sure everything comes off well on the field,” the senior said.
“Sometimes you make the difference between a good performance and a bad performance; generate a little enthusiasm,” he said.
The marching season culminates in the contest show, which the Unicorns have performed in full for the Kerrville, Hays and two playoff games The time and effort hasn’t been in vain. The Unicorns won the Westlake marching contest and made all 1’s at UIL contests
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SPACE CENTER. Houston (AP) — Spacelab's astronauts focused cameras on the heavens and Earth and ran through a mixed bag of experiments today while awaiting NASA's decision on whether they will stay rn orbit an extra day.
The six orbiters were in agreement — they’d Uke their journey extends from 9 to IO days That would bring the space shuttle Columbia and its Spacelab cargo back to a landing in California on Dec 8.
“That sounds good to me." mission specialist Owen Garnott said Mission Control told the crew Thursday that no decision on the extension would be made for a day or two until experts review the supplies on board and study weather forecasts for the new landing date. But “everything looks good” for another day in space, officials said.
One factor will be a large number of Columbia maneuver; planned in the next two days as commander John Young and pilot Brewster Shaw twist and turn the shuttle to permit Spacelab's four scientists to aim their
For the second year, the H»r»id fatung will hold its “Cheer Fund” food drive to help feed needy famihes this Christmas As mentioned previously, we are accepting cath or non-perishable food items The goal is to provide a Christmas dinner to local famihes who might not have one without your help You can bring contributions to our offices at 186 S. Casted Ave. or mail a monetary contribution to PO Drawer 361, New Braunfels, 78131. Names of contributors will be published daily. Pickup of donated food items can be made by con-
County OKs jailer pay hike, hires dispatcher for Sheriff
With only three members present at the regular Thursday meeting, the Comal County Commissioners Court approved salary increases for two Sheriff Department employees and hiring an additional dispatcher.
The court abo discussed the future of the county’s telephone service but postponed a decision until their meeting Thursday Commissioners W.N. “Bill” George, Monroe Wetz and J.L. "Jumbo” Evans were present to review the five-item agenda.
A salary increase to $18,500 was approved for two Sheriff Department supervisory positions — the sergeant in charge of patrol administration and the chief jailer.
After informing the court that the increase "was an oversight on the budget,” four Sheriff Walter Fellers explained the raise would put the salary for the two employees above deputy salaries and would "make It equal for each one of them.”
The raise will go lido effect Jan. 1.
Commissioners also approved creating a position for an additional dispatcher “I’m having quite a tew problems with dispatchers,” Fellers told The sheriff explained that with only two full-time
and one part-time dispatcher, another dispatcher was necessary due to vacations and sick leave.
He said on several occasions, a dispatcher has had to work two shifts.
In other action, commissioners heard and discussed a report by consultant Sharon Jetelina of Communications Management Company on the county’s telephone services
Jetelina said she had toured the county offices to inventory both current equipment and uses, as well as evaluate needs and problems.
After the tour, she formed and presented a preliminary cost projection which compared the proposed PBX system and the current system.
By taking the new system, Jetelina told com-miaaioners, the "difference over a 10-year period is $111,991.60” which will give the county a five-year pay back period. She projected yearly savings after that time to be $23,796.32.
AU projections were based on a IO percent per year increase.Estimating county use on the new system would require 95 telephones, 15 trunks and three private lines, Jetelina said, “When you go in a PBX
See COUNTY, Page 12AShooting victim said recovering at McKenna
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The victim of a Thursday morning shooting at Vista Del Sol apartments is reportedly doing well at McKenna Memorial Hospital. Charges are still pending against her attacker, who is reported in fair condition at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio.
“If he’s going to live, we’re going to get a warrant on him. It looks like he’s going to live,” said a police spokesman, who didn’t want to release the man’s name at this time. Statements taken from witnesses indicate that he broke into the apartment of Joni Gilliland at 4:30 a m Wednesday, shot and beat her, and then shot himself.
Gilliland underwent surgery at McKenna Thursday morning, and is considered stable and in fair condition today.
Jury deliberating in forgery trial
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The guilt or innocence of a New Braunfels woman, charged with forgery by passing and on trial in 207th District Court since Wednesday afternoon, was still undecided as of presstime Friday.
The charge against Julie Thompson stems from an $80 check cashed at H E B on April 17,1963 She aUegedly forged her father-in-law’s signature, Melvin Thompson, (Mi the back of the check.
In her testimony, Thompson said she didn't know how Melvin’s name got there. She said she signed her name on the hack of the check. She said Wanda Jean CaUoway, whose signature was on the check front, was visiting her and was short on cash.
The "pay to the order" portion of the check was left blank, but H E B cashed the check because former pharmacist Mike Buckmeier
recognized Melvin Thompson’s name The pharmacist testified that Thompson did a lot of business with the H E B pharmacy.
Calloway testified that Julie stole the chec ks out of her car She said the account had been closed, but she had not thrown the checks away yet Julie Thompson showed up for court Tuesday morning 15 minutes late and still in her robe. Judge Robert Pfeuffer revoked her bond, and she s been in jail since The trial started about 3 p in Wednesday. Testimony concluded, and the jury began its deliberations about 3 pm Thursday. But Judge Pfeuffer called it quits shortly after 5 p.m.
The jury returned to deliberations at 9 a m. Friday.
If Thompson is found guilty, the possible range of punishment would be two to IO years rn the Texas Department of Corrections, and up to a $5,000 fine