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'Mr. Jaycee' named Texan of the Year
John Ben Shepperd of Odessa has been chosen as Texan of the Year by the Texas Legislative Conference, Conference Advisory Committee Chairman Dolph Briscoe said Wednesday.
Former Governor Briscoe said of Shepperd, “No other Texan is more deserving of this honor than John Ben. His activities and participation in the public affairs of this State have covered more than four decades.”
Shepperd will receive the award at the Texan of the Year Reception to be held in New Braunfels on Thursday, March 22. The event will kickoff the 18th Annual Texas Legislative Conference, scheduled to begin the next morning at the New Braunfels Civic Center, arrangements Committee
Chairman Doyle Krueger indicated.
Krueger said the main topics to be addressed by state and national leaders at the conference will be taxation and education on the state level, and Central American policies on the national level.
Shepperd is a legendary Jaycee figure and was awarded the first lifetime membership in the Texas Jaycees. He was made an honorary member of 153 local Jaycee Chapters in 32 states and dubbed “Mr. Jaycee” in perpetuity by the U.S. Jaycees.
He served as President of the Texas Jaycees in 1942-43 and President of the United States Jaycees in 1947-48.
Shepperd served as Secretary of State of Texas from 1949 to 1952, and then Attorney General from 1953-1957.
He was the organizer and first Chairman of the Texas Fine Arts Commission, which is now the Texas Commission on Arts and Humanities.
He has served in leadership rolls in hundreds of organizations representing various interests from arts and historical activities to governmental and civic affairs. He has also been an active leader in professional organizations and in industry and business
Shepperd is currently a member of the Advisory Council of the Insitute of Texan Cultures and a member of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission He is a former President of the Texas Historical Foundation and still serves as a Director today. He is a Past President of the West
Texas Chamber of Commerce and still serves as one of its Directors, as well as a Director of the East Texas Chamber.
Shepperd is also an active businessman, having served on Boards of a number of local, state, and national business concerns He is currently a Director of Blue Cross, Blue Shield Insurance Companies, and a Director of Texas Commerce Bank rn Odessa.
The awardee and his wife, Mamie, have three children and nine grandchildren.
The Texan of the Year Award is given each year in conjunction with the Texas legislative Conference to emphasize the need to recognize those individuals who have given valuable
leadership in the field of public affairs for the benefit of Texas. Krueger said.
Previous recipients of the award include U S. Senator Uoyd Bentsen, Vice President George Bush, Ambassador Anne Armstrong, Judge Abner B McCall, Governor John Connally, George H. Mahon, Briscoe, I^dy Bird Johnson, Former Special Prosecutor I^eon Jaworski and Judge Robert W Calvert.
The conference is co-sponsored by the Texas State and New Braunfels Chambers of Commerce and attracts community and state leaders from throughout Texas. Krueger said. He noted that the Conference format allows a large amount of time on the
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N«w Braunfels. Texas
Volume 93 —No. 23 °° o
WEDNESDAY February 1,1984
28 Pages —3 Sections
Defense heads list in red-ink budget
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan today sent Congress a $925.5 billion budget plan for 1985 that would rein in domestic spending for another year but press ahead with a military buildup. The result; a $180 4 billion deficit that will occupy much of Congress’ attention.
Despite the hefty budget deficit, the financial blueprint offers no major action — either through sharp spending cuts or a major tax hike — to wash away the red ink.
If the president's financial guide is followed, there would be a decade-long freeze on domestic spending, after adjustment for inflation.
Nevertheless, the deficit would imp*we (luge burdens. The budget projects that taxpayers will pick up a $164.7 billion tab just in interest payments on the national debt in the upcoming fiscal year that starts on Oct I Those payments are estimated at $149 5 billion this year.
The deficit hit a record $195.4 billion in the 1983 fiscal year and is projected at $183.7 billion this year Reagan, in his message ac
companying the document, took note of the red ink, saying:
* Only the threat of indefinitely prolonged high budget deficits
threatens the continuation of
sustained non-inflationary growth and prosperity. It raises the specter of sharply higher interest rates, choked-
WASHINGTON IAP) H#*# ai a glance ara htghhgM* of Prudent Reagan % proposed budget for the 190S ftecai veer which starts, neat
Spending 4925 5 tuition an increase of 171 J tuition over fiscal ’ 984
Revenues 1745 I brteon. an increase of 175 billion
Deficits The budget torsoes a fiscal 1985 deficit ot *180 4 billion down from the 1984 deficit of now estimated at *183 7 tattoo Deficits are forecast to drop to *152 briton by 1988
The national debt interest on the national
debt « expected to total *184 7 briton rn 1985 up from *149.5 briton this year
Taies Reagan urges tightening loopholes rte says now snst in th# ta* code They would include piecing restrictions on ta* e**mpt leasing improving «to system of taamg life insurance companies and nnwtmg the growth rn private purpose ta* e**mpt bonds He also suggests that star tug nest January, emptgyeet ba requaed to pay social security and income lases on pan of the health insurance premiums. now (sud by thee employers
Defense The budget caHs for *284 4 tattoo tor the Defense Department up 14 5 percent There would be a 5 5 percent pay raise for the 2 I milton men end women rn uniform
Foreign Aid The administration attn wants mort money for foreign aid both economic and military which would nae tass then *500 minion
to *15.2 briton The bigg ast chun* would go for Israel end Egypt
Space station The budget proposes *150 milton m start up money for a permanent manned orbiting space station that a estimated to cost *8 billion or more by 1992
Education A record *'5 5 billion budget a proposed for the Department of Education in 1985 en increase of *100 milton Reagan also proposed tuition ta* credits tor parents who tend thee children to private O' parochial schools and to let middle end lower income families set up special savings accounts tor their children's
Social Program* Spending tor mn*t social program* stars about the same. although reductions are proposed «gam for Medicare Medicaid and welfare Spending on the food scamp program would drop to *10 8 Oilton horn *113 mlton this year
Housing rhe budget tor toe Department et Housing and Urban Adairs would be pared sharply by *3 2 briton to *10 5 billion
Justice The budget lecommends a 6 8 percent increase tor the Justice Department to •3 74 Oilton Pan of the ne tease would go to hire I OOO new employees tor the Immigration and Netufaii*ation Service to help cut the Mow of iuagai akan* min the United States from Ma «ico
Labor Th* president rn *••* ng *3 9 billion tor a lob training program 'teat year about th# same as test year to help prepare more than 3 maimr of th* unemployed tor permanent robs
off investment, renewed recession and ruing unemployment.”
He called for the deficit problem to be "laid to rest’’ through a bipartisan effort to curb spending He also urged, as he has previously,
Doctor's testimony previewed by judge
enactment of constitutional amendments that would require a balanced budget and give the president Une-item veto authority so he could pare
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Time lapse photo of IH 35 — the freeway could be expanded to six lanes soon, if the money is availableSix lanes proposed for IH 35
By MARJORIE COOK
Expansion of IH 35 to six lanes and widening the Seguin Street and luanda Drive railroad underpasses. Ixjop 337 and Highway 46 from New Braunfels to Seguin to four lanes will be recommended by District 15 of the Texas Department of Highways and Public T ransportation.
The projects, to be submitted within two weeks to the state office in Austin as part of a new 20-year plan, could begin amy time from 1985 to the year 2005, said Garrette Wilson, distnct design engineer Wilson stressed that the time schedule depends upon funds made available by the State legislature and upon volume of traffic, a major factor in setting priorities The design engineer • predictions un time — which he emphasized are entirely personal — would place IH 35 expansion to six lanes within three to six years: four lanes in five to IO years for Highway 46 from IH 35 to IH IO in Seguin and for the railroad underpasses on Highwa) 46 here, and four lanes in about IO years for l>oop 337
Right-of-way for the Ixrop 337 expansion has already been purchased. Wilson said Bob Hasert, resident highway department engineer for Comal County, said conventional designs
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GEORGETOWN (AP) — A defense attorney today tried to poke holes in the harrowing story a Kerrville doctor has told about six children who mysteriously went Ump in her office while being attended by murder defendant Gene ne Jones-
State District Judge John Carter previewed Dr Kathleen Holland s testimony Tuesday and listened to defense attorney Jim Brookshire’s cross-examination this morning.
Brookshire conducted detailed questioning of Ms Holland about times and descriptions noted in medical records of the six children.
Jurors were sent home Tuesday while lawyers in Ms Jones’ murder trial argued whether the “extraneous” testimony should be allowed. The jury remained outside the courtroom during this morning’s proceedings
Ms Jones, 33, is being tried in the Sept 17, 1982, death of Chelsea McClellan, a 15-month-old girl who died after receiving two injections from the nurse Prosecutors say Ms Jones injected the girl with a fatal dose of succinylchoUne, a powerful muscle relaxant
Ms, Holland calmly recalled Tuesday that Chelsea was one of six children who suffered mysterious seizures during the month Ms. Jones worked for her.
“In retrospect, there was a pattern of physical signs m each of the children, similarities,” the doctor testified.
There also was a pattern of occurrences, according to her testimony Each child fell ill after either being alone with Ms. Jones or getting sn injection from her.
Chelsea was the first esse. SheMs. Holland calmly recalled Tuesday that Chelsea was one of six children who suffered mysterious seizures.
came to the office on Aug 24.1982, one day after Ms. Holland opened her practice. The baby went Ump while alone with the nurse, but recovered.
Ms. Holland on Tuesday gave this account of the other cases in which Ms. Jones is charged with injury to a child:
On Aug 27, Brandy Benitez, 1-month-old, was brought to the office because of diarrhea The baby was left alone with Ms Jones in a treatment room When Ms. Holland returned to the room, the infant “began looking more and more lethargic.”
“Then, she just aU of a sudden went Ump,” the doctor said. The child recovered, but Ms Holland said she could not, at the tune, figure out what caused the incident.
Two Army medics testified about an Aug. 30 incident in their heUcopter, sent to tra infer a 7-year-old patient of Ms. Holland to San Antonio. Jimmy Pearson suffered heart disease and was severely retarded and deformed Sgt David Maywhort said that Ms. Jones looked at the boy, decided he was “really going downhill,” and injected something into his intravenous line. Maywhort said, contrary to the nurse’s diagnosis, the boy seemed stable before the shot.
See JONE8, Page IZAToday's Weather
This afternoon will be partly cloudy and mild, with southwest winds blowing near IO miles per hour. Tonight will be partly cloudy and cool, with patchy, dense fog possible and winds from the south near IO mph. Thursday will be partly cloudy h ami mild, with a high rn the low-60s and south winds at 10-15 mph. Sunset will be at 6:09 p.m., and sunrise Thursday at 7:20 a m.Tapes In Court
CBS News “60 Minutes” reporter Morley Safer has been ordered by a state district judge to testify in the armed robbery retrial of Lenell Geter and to bring with him all videotapes CBS made in connection with the case.Pegs SABast Shot
New Braunfels Middle School Coach David Vaughn gave the U£FL’s San Antonio Gunslingers his best shot But it’s tough for a free safety with Huddle school coaching experience to beat out two players with extensive pro playing time. Sports, Pag* 1B.King for a Day
New York’s Bernard King scored 50 points
Tuesday night as the Knicks defeated the San
Antonio Spurs 117-113 at the HenusFair
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Bynum rules against CISD; appeal mulled
Bv DEBBIE OeLOACH Staff writer
Commissioner of Education Ray mon Bynum has approved the deannexation of Encino Park from Comal to Northeast ISD, and now CISD officials must decided whether they want to appeal the decision
CISD superintendent Dr, Edgar Wilihelm said Tuesday the decision could still be appealed to the State Board of Education. He then added he doubted such an action would take place
District attorney Lonnie Chunn said Tuesday he got the feeling last month the district s board of trustees wanted him to appeal However, Wilihelm stressed Wednesday no final decision has been made yet
The Encino Park issue isn’t a new one to CISD officials The battle to deannex to Northeast LSD started over three years ago and wound up in the Bexar County Commissioners Court, acting as thai county ’s Board of Education, rn December of 1982
The Commissioners Court approved the annexation, and a handful of school-age children rn the
4 Asquare-mile disputed area along U S Highway JBI north of Ijjop 1604 which includes the Encmo Park subdivision, started going to school in Northeast ISD
CISD Tax Assessor-Collector E W Neuse Jr said Encino Park was taken off CISD (ax rolls in 1983 * As of 1982, the taxable value of what was removed was around $5 200.000,” he added, with a tax base . meaning the revenue it produced I of about $34,500 ” CISD sought to reverse the Bexar commissioners decision through the Texas Education Agency, and in August of 1983 hearing officer Judy Underwood recommended CISD s appeal be denied Bynum concurred with Underwood’s recommendation last Friday We knew it was more likely he'd adopt her decision as her own rather than change it,” Chunn said The attorney said ClSD's main argument against the deannexation was that concurrence of the Comal County Commissioners Court, as well as Hays, Kendall and Guadalupe, were required for the detachment order lo be valid. ”
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Residents oppose zoning changes
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Results of a questionnaire filled out by Garden Ridge residents have led the Planning and Zoning Conuiussion to revise its recommendations to the City Council on zoning
When the council meets at 7 tonight, the eorn-uussion will propose four zoning classifications in place of the three that Garden Ridge has now It recommends leaving the Residential and Residential-Agricultural categories just as they are, and replacing the Business category with two types of business districts, to be labeled B-l and B-2.
B-l would be a “neighborhood service district, zoned for fire stations, libraries, recreational
facilities and small retail businesses, said PEZ chairman Bob Kolstad B-2 could be described as an “office and professional distnct, which nught include higher-density use of land Kolstad noted that 67 percent of the residents who filled out the questionnaire liked the idea of a neighborhood service district Response to the office and professional idea was more or less evenly split, he said. although 56 percent said no ” to that.
Zoning for garden homes, smaller single-family lots and light industry have been crossed off the list. All were loudly opposed at a Jan 19 town meeting, and voted down by a large majority of those who answered the survey
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John Ben Shepperd