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New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 92 - No. 23
WEDNESDAY February 2,1983 25 cents
32 Pages —3 Sections
(USPS 377-8001Snow brings West Texas to standstill
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Schools, businesses and highways were closed today across the Texas Panhandle in the wake of a winter storm that created snow drifts of up to IO feet, hampering road cleaning efforts and prompting warnings for residents to stay indoors.
Scattered snow continued to fall across the Panhandle and South Plains early today and the National Weather Service warned that another winter storm could arrive in the Panhandle on Friday or Saturday.
Snow showers were falling before dawn in the Permian Basin, near Midland, and east of Longview in far
East Texas, the Nationa a ti ca ..her Service said.
Temperatures dipped into the 20s and 30s over most of the state before dawn as northwesterly winds at 15 to 25 mph buffeted all but South Texas, where readings were in the 50s before dawn. Wichita Falls endured wind chill readings below zero.
“Travel is practically non-existent in the northern parts of the Panhandle, and is extremely hazardous in the southern areas," an NWS spokesman said.
Law officers asked residents of the Panhandle and South Plains to avoid travel for the third straight day.
Charles Ball, executive vice
president of the Texas Cattle Feeders Association, said the two storms that have hit the Panhandle were as severe as the storms during the winter of 1972-73, which proved to be disastrous to the cattle industry.
The U.S. Postal Service in Amarillo canceled mail deliveries Tuesday and the Amarillo International Airport remained closed throughout the day because of snow-covered runways.
“They just can’t plow it. It’s too windy," said airport tower secretary June Beardon.
Drifts up to IO feet deep were reported in many Panhandle communities. and winds gusting up to 25 mph blew the dry, powdery snow back
on the roads behind snow plows. Five deaths in traffic accidents were blamed on the storm.
Volunteers in Amarillo, used four-wheel-drive vehicles to take nurses and medical workers to the city’s hospitals. The city’s emergency medical service helicopter was grounded.
Workers at the nearby Pantex nuclear weapons assembly plant were told to stay home for the first time in nine years, and all the schools were closed.
Potter County Sheriff T.L. Baker said there had been “a good many wrecks” and stranded vehicles, but that no injuries had been reported in
the county since the storm began Monday.
“We have weather like this two or three times a year, but it does seem like it’s a little worse this time,” he said. “We have IO inches on the ground and it hasn’t let up all day.
“You could definitely ski Amarillo if you wanted to."
One auto supply dealer said finding tire chains in Amarillo was next to impossible, and estimated he could sell tire chains Tuesday for $250 per set.
Lynne Holt of the Dalhart Police Department in the far north Panhandle said major highways in and out of town were closed bv the
drifting snow .
It’s just real bad,” she said. “People’s cattle have been walking over fences and getting out, and several were killed by the train before snow shut it down. All the schools in Dalhart. Stratford and surrounding areas are closed."
Authorities in Dumas reported eight inches of snow w ith drifts to eight feet. The storm stranded about 25 people there, including a group of Fort Worth students on a ski trip.
Meanwhile, residents in the Southeast Texas city of Beaumont began totaling the damage from a
See WEATHER. Page 16A
NBISD trustees make plans for February 12 election
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The $9.3 million bond issue proposed for the expansion and renovation of New Braunfels Independent School District facilities has not generated much interest in terms of absentee voting.
As of Wednesday morning, six absentee votes had been cast with the district’s administrative office. Absentee voting, which began over a week ago, will continue until 4:30 p.m. Feb. 8.
Nonetheless, district officials are busy planning for the bond election set for Saturday, Feb. 12, which they hope the public will approve.
For over an hour Tuesday night, NBISD trustees met in executive session discussing the district's contract with Jessen and Associates, the Austin architectural firm handling the district's expansion plans.
The board also discussed acquisition of land to be used for another elementary school, which according to the proposed bond issue, is needed to meet the district's growing population.
The addition of this new school will take much of the load off the present elementary schools which are reaching capacity, architects have said.
Following the closed session, trustees instructed the district’s attorney, Jack Borchers “to continue negotiations” concerning the acquisition of property.
In an interview following the meeting, Supt. O E. Hendricks said
the property being considered by the district “could be used in place of or in addition to” property the district has already put money toward.
The district has taken a $10,000 option (down payment) on a 20-acre tra< t of land off FM 725 to be used for the new elementary school.
Discussion of the district’s contract with Jessen and Associates concerned “fine-tuning” and minute details (such as wording and phrasing) of the contract, Hendricks noted.
Hendricks, who was optimistic that the district would come to an agreement on the architect’s contract, said he did not forsee the district changing architectural firms.
If approved, approximately $2.4 million of the $9.3 million bond issue would go toward the construction of the new elementary school.
Approximately $2 million would go toward air-conditioning all of the district’s schools presently not airconditioned and the remaining money would be used to expand and renovate current campuses and build a new administrative complex.
The bond issue is needed, according to district officials and Jessen architects, to meet the district’s growing population, w hich it has been estimated will increase by more than 50 percent in the next decade.
NBISD’s current enrollment is approximately 4,070, however, architects have stated that the total capacity of the district is only 4,324 — meaning the district has little room to grow.
See BONDS, Page IGA
Local man wants to start chapter here
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Grant and Helen Butler and their desire to form a Mothers Against Drunk Drivers I MADI)) chapter in New Braunfels have the “Welcome” mat from County Attorney Bill Reimer.
“I welcome it (a local MADD chapter). In fact, I look forward to it,” Reimer said Tuesday. “I can appreciate the counterweight it might give, and I like the idea of what MADD groups are doing.”
There hasn’t been a tragedy in the Butler family to spur this deep feeling against drunk drivers. In fact, there’s no personal motivation behind their efforts other than concern for getting drunk drivers off the road.
“It’s not as easy as I thought it would be to get one of these chapters going,” said Butler. First, there was the idea. Then came the questionnaire for the MADD National Headquarters in Fair Oaks, Calif., which required extensive research on Driving While Intoxicated laws and surrounding circumstances, and also background on the formation of MADD.
The people contact has started now, with Butler’s most recent appearance as a guest of the Ministerial Alliance. “They (the ministers) were receptive. They said they were ready to help with announcements in their church programs, etc., as soon as I hear from the national headquarters,” Butler
The first MADD chapter was formed in May of 1980. There are currently 104 chapters in 34 states. In Texas alone, there are six, with at least another 15 in the forming process. Those* statistics have die potential of a lot of influence.
So do these...250,000 people have died in the last IO years because of drunk drivers. In 1981, 1,082 (x*r-sons were killed in Texas, and currently, 70 people die per day in D W.I. accidents.
l^ast year, there were 834 PWT arrests in Comal County. And that’s where the County Court-at-l^iw and Reimer come in.
“There’s no doubt about it. Over 05 percent of the cases that appear in County Court-at-I^aw are DWl cases,” Renner said. “In fact, DWI has the potential of the most severe misdemeanor you can be charged with, carrying up to two years in jail tune The best function MADD chapters serve, as Reimer sees it, is “to keep the public aware of the dangers of driving while intoxicated." And he added. “and keeping us (public officials) in line with public opinion. The chapter’s influence can be their best asset at making DWI unacceptable.”
Where Reimer does not see eye-to-eye with MAL)!) practices is "putting pressure on a particular judge on a particular case. Just like in San Antonio
See MADD, Page ISA
Comal County forecast calls for fair, windy and cool today, becoming mostly cloudy and cold tonight, w ith increasing clouds Thursday Winds w ill be from the northwest at 10-20 mph today, then light northerly tonight. Sunset will be* at 6:10 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be at 7:19 a.m.Bloody Battle
The fighting continues to worsen in El Salvador, as leftists who captured the town of Berlin brace for an assault from government troops. The capture of the town — the leftists’ most significant victory of the 39-month-old civil war — left it largely in ruins. See Page 6A
Reimer, Self to seek re-election in NBISD
Three spots on the board ot trustees of the New Braunfels Independent School District are up for grabs
As the result of action taken by that board Tuesday night, any one wishing to run for these places may now file their candidacy with Hie district’s administrative office.
Trustees officially called for an April 2 school board election for board places 5, 6 and 7. which are currently held by Trustees William Lee, Jr., Rudy Renner and Bob Self, respectively.
Two of the three incumbents Renner and Self, said they will seek re-election to their fourth and third terms, respectively. I^ee, who if he does run will be seeking his third full term, was not yet ready to announce his plans.
In addition to calling for the trustee election, w Inch will bt* held on the first Saturday in April, board members also handled a variety of agenda items.
Among them was a request from Teen Connection, an alternative school and foster group home planned for New Braunfels.
Trustees agreed to cooperate with the Comal County Juvenile Residential. Supervision Center Inc.
the parent organization responsible for the home, in making application to the Alamo Area Council of Governments < AACXXI) for funds.
According to the board’s motion, NBISD will serve as the fiscal agent for one year "for tile educational part of the center if funds are received."
Nancy Ney, director of Teen Connection, told trustees that she would not know if her group’s funding application had been approved by AACCX! until next fall.
She explained that the “primary goal of the program is to work with (disruptive) students before they get expelled...and to prevent further problems and contact w ith the law.” The alternative school and foster home, which is located rn the old Zoeller Funeral Home on on West San Antonio Street, will eventually will be capable of housing 12 students aged 12 to 17.
The school portion of the program See ELECTION, Page ISA
Lloyd Bentsen Texan of the Year
Bentsen named Texan of the Year'
For his “outstanding career in the field of public affairs,” U.S. Sen. Lloyd Bentsen has been named this year’s recipient of the Texan of the Year award.
Bentsen, who last November was elected to his third term in the Senate, will be in New Braunfels March IO to receive this award at the 17th annual Texas Legislative Conference.
In addition to appearing at a reception March IO. Bentsen. a Democrat from Houston, is attempting to clear his schedule so he may also be the keynote speaker at the conference’s noon luncheon on March ll.
Traditionally, the Legislative Conference offers a program of speakers which include elected and appointed officials, and other public and governmental leaders who are know ledgeable of legislative issues.
The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce co-sponsors the event with the Texas State Chamber of Commerce.
The conference advisory commitee and arrangements committee attempt each year to obtain as speakers a panel of state and national leaders who represent a a wide scope of political philosophy.
For the first time in many years. this year’s advisory committee has a new chairman. Former special prosecutor lx;on Jaworski. who died in December, had chaired. Taking over for him this year is Ben F. Love of Houston, president of Texas Commerce Bancshares Inc. The conference arrangements committee this year is led by New Braunfelser Doyle Krueger.
Bentsen, was chosen because of his “outstanding career in public affairs"
Wade Lorenz, president of the Texas State Chamber of Commerce, noted.
The Texan of the Year award is given each year in conjunction with the Texas legislative Conference “to emphasize the need to recognise, in a favorable manner, those individuals w ho have given valuable leadership in the field of public affairs for the benefit of Texas," Krueger stated.
Previous recipients of this award include U.S. Vice President George Bush, Ambassador Anne Armstrong. Judge Robert W. Calvert. I^dy Bird Johnson. Jaworski. Governor Dolph Briscoe, Congressman George H. Mahon. Governor John B. Connally and Former Baylor University President Abner B McCall.
Bentsen, born in 1922 rn Mission, Tex., received his law degree from the University of Texas School of law in 1942. He served in World War ll as a Major and at the age of 23 was a B-24 Squadron Commander in the Army Air Corps.
During the war. he flew 50 bomber missions over Europe and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters.
After returning to the Rio Grande Vaily. Bentsen at 25 became the youngest county judge in Texas when he was elected to that seat in Hidalgo County.
He then became the youngest member of Congress at the age of 27 in 1948 Following three successive terms ut office he temporarily left the public arena for private practice. In 1970. however, he was elec ted as U.S. Senator from Texas.
Bentsen is past chairman of the
See BENTSEN, Page 16A