New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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CompRecord low recorded, but rain doesn't show up
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Central Texas’ chance for a white Christmas dissipated with the National Weather Service’s “winter storm warning,” which was cancelled before midnight Wednesday.
The storm never came, but it’s winter, all right. The weather service had predicted up to an inch of sleet and snow, and temperatures in the mid-20s. Comal County residents
awakened instead to a dry, very cold world, with temperatures hitting record lows in the teens.
KGNB Radio’s thermometer registered a low of 18 degrees Fahrenheit. The low at Canyon Dam was 15 degrees. San Antonio’s official low was 17, which sets a new record for Dec. 22, a weather service spokesman said. The previous record, set in 1977, was 20 degrees.
“We just lucked out and stayed cloudy,” said the weather service spokesman, trying to explain why the expected storm didn’t materialize. “We had just a few flakes — not even enough to carry as snow.”
Judy Scott, park ranger for the Corps of Engineers at Canyon Lake, said a light snow was falling when she came to work at 5:30 a.m. — so light, you almost wouldn’t notice. Reservoir manager Phillip Parsley saw some snow near Purgatory Road, and the weather
service had reports of slightly heavier flakes in the Kerrville-Junction area.
If there had been any precipitation to speak of, traveling could have been very dangerous Thursday morning. As it was, the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation didn’t even have to put sand on the bridges.
“We had a few anxious moments, but we didn’t do anything,” said resident enginner Bob Hasert, after checking with the main
New Braunfels Utilities had a few reports of frozen water pipes, “but nothing major,” said an employee. All the complaints concerned water pipes in private homes; there were no breaks in Utilities’ public system, she said.
The one most severely affected by the weather seems to have been Justice of the Peace R.G. Blanchard, who reportedly had to close his office today because of a frozen heater.Button up your overcoats
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New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 92 - No. 254 18 Pages—2 Sections (LISPS 377-880)
anonymous donor all contributed $50, while two other nameless donors chipped in $25 and food. Mr and Mrs. J. Kubiak gave us $10 and some food, and Wallace and Dorothy Johnson contributed $20. Baese and Baese Inc. and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Smith both added $10 to the pot.
That brings our balance to $3,381.76, and that doesn't include donated food.
The drive winds up Friday, but you can still bring contributions — cash or non-perishable food items — to our office at 186 S. Casted during regular business hours. 8:30-5 Monday through Friday. You can also mail a monetary contribution to Post Office Drawer 361, New Braunfels, 78131.
lf you would Uke to donate food but can’t bring it by, Circulation Manager Don Avery can arrange to have it picked up. You can caU him at 625-9144.
We sincerely appreciate your help.Cheer Fund
The 1983 Cheer Fund drive is drawing to a close, and the donations are sUU coming in. Nine more were received Wednesday.
And, as previously mentioned, the Heraid Zeitung will be able to feed 120 local famiUes this Christmas, far exceeding our original goal for this year of IOO, and last year's total of 60 You folks can pat yourselves on the back for that.
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Winter arrives with a blastExtremists warn Marines to get out
Texans shivered under record and near-record cold temperatures today as winter made its official debut complete with icy highways, the threat of a power brownout and the possibility of a white Christmas over northern sections of the state.
Forecasters looked for cold temperatures to continue into the weekend and warned that another icy blast of Arctic air could bring snow and freezing rain to North Texas on Christmas Day.
Winter officially began at 4.30 a m. CST today, but it was winter in Texas starting Sunday, when icy storms began moving into the state. The treacherous weather had claimed at least six Uves and record low temperatures were recorded across wide areas of the slate today.
A 7-year-old boy died Wednesday in the Oak CUff section of Dallas in a fire apparently ignited by a space heater, authorities said Farber in the week, storm-related traffic deaths were reported in Denton and Plainview. A 72-year-old Fort Worth woman died in a fire caused by a space heater, as did a 8-year-old Grandview girl, aQd a 46-year-old transient apparently froze to death in El Paso
Texas Pubbc Utibty Commission Chairman Al Erwin warned today that controls had frozen at several major power plants, threatening a statewide brownout if electricity use wasn’t curtailed “I know there’s no way they (residents! can cut back on heat, but don’t use any excess electricity,” he said. “This is not just a Dallas problem or a Houston problem. It is statewide *'
Power was knocked out to about 3.000 customoers rn the Dallas suburb of Grand Prairie this morning because of ice that damaged a transformer, said George Hendrick, a spokesman for Texas Electric
Texas Public Utility Commission Chairman Al Erwin warned today that controls had frozen at several major power plants, threatening a statewide brownout if electricity use wasn’t curtailed.
Some of the coldest weather in recent memory continued chilling residents of the Panhandle. Between 6 and 7 a.m., Amarillo dropped to minus 7 degrees, breaking the coldest temperature on record for December, when minus 6 degrees was set rn 1924.
Shortly before dawn, Dadas broke a record set in 1916 when the temperature dipped to 6 degrees. The previous low for Dec. 22 was 13.
San Antonio broke a record low for the date today when the mercury fell to 19 at 6:22 a m. Houston broke the record low of 22 degrees, set in 1977, with a 20-degree reading at 8 a m today.
Other record lows were recorded before dawn included 6 at San Angelo; 22 at Victoria; 14 at Austin; 8 at Midland; 19 at Del Rio; and 13 at College Station.
The Texas Citrus Mutual, a growers organization in McAllen, said the Rio Grande VaUey was spared freezing weather as temperatures in the area hovered around the high 20s and low 30s this mor-
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BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) - The Islamic Holy War extremist group today claimed responsibility for bombing the French regimental headquarters and gave a “last warning'' to U.S. and French peacekeeping forces to leave Lebanon in IO days.
“This is the last warning for the American and French forces. We shaU give them IO days to leave Lebanon. Otherwise, we shall make the earth shake underneath their feet,” an anonymous caller told the Agence France Presse news agency in Beirut.
The pro-Iranian Shiite Moslem group also has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks against U.S. and French positions, including the Oct. 23 suicide bombings of a U.S. Marine barracks and a French headquarters in Beirut that killed 241 American servicemen and 58 French paratroopers.
They also claimed responsibility for April's U.S.
. Embassy bombing in Beirut in which 63 people died.
The telephoned threat came as U.S. warplanes swept low over Beirut and searchers dug through the rubble of the French headquarters where a truck bomb exploded Wednesday night, followed minutes later by another bomb going off in a hotel bar. At least 14 people died in the two bombings, according to various sources.
The twin-tailed F-14 Tomcats from the aircraft carrier USS Independence streaked overhead from the Mediterranean Sea toward the Syrian-controlled central mountains east of Beirut, witnesses said.
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Lacking earmuffs, Maggie Quinn uses her gloved hands and jacket collar to protect her ears during this week s freezing temperatures. The mercury dropped to the teens Wednesday night, setting record lows throughout South Texas.
The U.S. Marine contingent based at Beirut International Airport was ordered to stand by its highest state of alert, apparently anticipating a possible bombardment by Syrian-backed antigovernment militiamen because of the overflights, Associated Press photographer William Foley reported from the base. .
Lebanon's state radio said the Tomcats were on reconnaissance over the hills above the lebanese capital.
The truck bomb exploded beside a French regimental headquarters after it was touched off by remote control. Minutes later, the other bomb exploded at the Marble Tower Hotel bar in the Hamra shopping district.
Police estimated the bomb at the French headquarters contained nearly 2,700 pounds of dynamite and the second bomb contained about three pounds of explosives.
The explosions were the latest in a series of errand truck-bomb attacks, attributed to little-known terrorist bands, that have killed more than 300 people at U.S., Israeli and French military and diplomatic facilities in Lebanon and Kuwait.
The French Defense Ministry communique said some of the wounded French soldiers were evacuated by helicopter to French navy ships stationed off the Beirut coast.Inside
Zoning changes keep pace with '82
ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer
Growth and changes in the land use pattern have kept the New Braunfels City Council busy this year. Ten of the 34 city ordinances passed rn 1983 were rezoning ordinances.
Many of the newly-zoned areas are small tracts; in some cases, just one or two lots. Half of the new ordinances created commercial districts in areas formerly zoned for residential or local-business use. One was a spot local'business zoning in a rural residential area, and the other four were for different types of residential districts.
City Council also designated one historic landmark this year: the Clemens A Faust Bank building on West San Antonio, recently known as Ye Olde Music Shoppe.
The total is more or less on a par with 1982, when council passed ll rezonings and three historic-landmark ordinances.
Planning Director Debra Goodwin seemed to think these figures were normal for a growing town. “If you look at our building permits for the
year, it’s probably on the low side,” she said. The city has seen $26 6 million in new construction starts so far this year, and that’s not counting permits issued in December.
Goodwin also noted that not every landowner who’s asked for a zoning change this year has gotten it. “The (Planning and Zoning) Commission has learned that it can say no,” she said.
Planning and Zoning hears all proposed zone changes before they are presented to City Council. The commission’s recommendation is not final, but carries considerable weight when the City Council makes its decision.
In some cases, the zoning commission will support a modified version of the landowner’s request. Contractor Rudy Seidel asked for M-l (light industrial) zoning on four Loop 337 frontage lots in Comal Industrial Park. The rest (rf that subdivision is already M-l, but most of the loop is zoned OI (local business). On the commission’s advice, City Council compromised on C-3 (conunerical
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Skies will turn partly sunny this afternoon, but winds will stay in tbs north, blowing 15-20 miles per hour and gusty, and keeping high temperatures in the mid-30s. Tonight and Friday will be mostly cloudy, and a little bit warmer. Winds will be light tonight, and will turn easterly at 5-10 mph on Friday. Outlook for the Christmas weekend is mostly cloudy and cold, but snow and ice are not predicted. Sunset today will be at 5:37 p.m., and sunrise Friday at 7:22 a.m.Holt* Hired
Lou Holts, former football coach at the University of Arkansas, is the new football coach at the University of Minnesota, the Associated P^ess learned. Holtz recently resigned his Arkansas job for personal reasons, and now takes over a team which posted a MO record and lost several games by IO points in 1913.
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County gets good news on jail bids
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
Comal County Commissioners opened 17 bids for the construction of the new county jail during a special meeting Wednesday.
The general contractors bids included three calculations: a base bid for construction of the new facility; an alternate bid which added the cost fpr a 48-bed addition to the facility ; and another alternate plan which deducted the cost of paving the site from the base bid.
Mary Brotze, the assistant to the commissioners court, said all bids came in under the budgeted sum
of $3 million.
Commissioners reviewed the bids as a lump sum of the base bid and the alternate bid for the addition.
The lowest bid was made by Hill Engineering, Inc. of Houston with $2,726,000 The San Antonio finn of Davis-Camposy, Inc. had the second lowest bid at $2,799,000 while McIntosh Construction, Inc of San Antonio offered $2,799,732.
Calling these “the apparent low bids,” Brotze said these now will be looked at by the architect, Chris DiStefano.
The bid will be awarded during the commissioners’ regular meeting Jan. 5.
Krueger sent to Huntsville
By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer
Kent Krueger was sentenced to three years in the Texas Department of Corrections Wednesday for revocation of probation.
Krueger, who escaped from the Comal County Jail Sept. 24, was taken to Huntsville immediately after 22nd District Court Judge Charles Ramsay declared his sentence Wednesday afternoon.
Court Administrator Martin Alien said Krueger
was on probation for unauthorized use of a motor vehicle when he was arrested for driving with a suspended license Krueger hid 44 days left of a 60-day sentence on the OWLS charge when he escaped from the jail’s exercise area. Law enforcement officials caught up with him three days later in Duncanville, a Dallas suburb.
Allen said District Attorney Bill Schroeder used the escape charge to file a motion to revoke Krueger’s probation.