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Armadillos, leprosy link explored
From staff and wire reports
Leprosy, a feared human blight since biblical times, has been found to occur naturally in the wild armadillo, star of the once-annual “Armadillo Alympics” in New Braunfels.
Dr. Jerome H. Smith, of the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, said a two-year survey of 450 wild armadillos caught in 16 Texas counties showed about 5 percent of the animals are infected with naturally-occurring leprosy.
Some of the infected animals were found in Comal County. Others were picked up in Willacy, Bee, Brazoria, San Patricio, Victoria and Matagorda counties.
“We’re the farthest north,” noted Comal County Extension Agent Bill Schumann.
He said he’d been invited to a seminar on the the subject, held Wednesday at the Galveston medical school, but that he hadn’t been able to attend.
However, this was not the first time Schumann had heard of leprosy in armadillos.
“Hawaii has been doing some research on it,” he said. “They contacted us (about three years ago) through the Lions Club and asked us to send them some armadillos that they could study. They felt like if this creature could live with leprosy, they might learn something that could help control human cases.
“It was quite a chore to get them over there,” Schumann added. The armadillos were shipped air freight, but his office had to wade through some red tape to get medical permits.
Until the 1970s, it was thought that humans were the only species that could contract leprosy. But researchers found that they could infect armadillos by injecting serum from infected humans. In the process, some researchers discovered cases of the disease occurring naturally in the animals. This prompted the definitive study of wild populations
undertaken by Smith’s team.
“This is the first time we have been able to prove that leprosy exists outside of human culture,” said Smith. The data indicates that armadillos may pose a potential health hazard in Texas, but he stressed that more research is necessary to determine the risks.
“We don’t know if armadillos get leprosy from people or people get it from armadillos or if they get it from a common source,” Smith said. He recommended, however, that people wear rubber gloves when handling the armored critters.
The geographical distribution of armadillo leprosy roughly corresponds with reported cases of human leprosy in Texas. Approximately 440 are on record, according to Associated Press reports. But Dr. T.C. Brever, president of the Comal County Medical Association, said he doesn’t know of any cases here.
See ARMADILLOS, Page 16
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New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 92 - No. 34
February 17, 1983
Hendricks' move was no surprise
Reagan lashes foes of arms negotiator at press conference
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
School administrators were not surprised when Supt. O.E. Hendricks submitted his resignation Tuesday.
The main reason being that all of them are — in addition to being just co-workers — friends with the man who has managed the New Braunfels Independent School District for the last 17 years. And most already knew of his plans before Tuesday.
The board of trustees first learned during a January 4 executive session that Hendricks planned to retire June 30. At that time, Hendricks said trustees asked him to reconsider.
He declined, but agreed to wait until after the bond election to make his plans public, .school board president Margv Waldrip said Thursday.
“He didn’t want to adversely affect” the uond election, which was held Saturday, she said. “And there wasn't any need to bring it up...or announce it then.”
Waldrip, like other NBISD school officials, noted that Hendricks would be “a hard man to replace.”
“He’s done a lot to get the district in good financial condition... things were not always as rosy,” remarked Waldrip, who has known Hendricks since he first came here in 1966. At that time Waldrip, who first became a school board member in 1978, was a part-time teacher. “I guess he hired me," she laughed.
The school board president pointed out that
because Hendricks was “so knowledgeable in many areas” — particularly in the “education field and school law...that he made a lot of things easier for the(school) board.”
She also complimented him for running an “efficient district office.”
One of the first people to learn of Hendricks retirement plans was Claudette Holliman, his secretary for the past IO years.
“I feel like he’s been an excellent superintendent...why else would he have been here for 17 years?” she asked. “I don’t mean that there aren’t others. But to find someone equally as good...you can’t just pick them up off the street.”
Administrative assistant Flo Pacharzina, who has worked with Hendricks for 15 years as a teacher, counselor and administrator, did not think it would be hard to find someone who would “want to take over the leadership of the school district.”
But finding someone able to fill Hendricks shoes would not be as easy, she said. “It takes someone with experience which is his biggest aspect...to be manager of the largest employer in any community..which is usually the public school system.
“It takes a lot of expertise,” she added, pointing out that Hendricks was also involved in community activities.
“A lot of superintendents I have known do not become involved in their community — it’s very important that he has assumed leadership rolls" in
See HENDRICKS, Page 16
Schertz man charged in wreck
A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Donald C. Beal of Schertz for involuntary manslaughter, in connection with the traffic-related death of another Schertz woman last Saturday.
State Highway Trooper Jon Lindley filed the complaint with Peace Justice Harold Krueger, Pct. I, Wednesday. A spokeswoman for the JP’s office said Thursday that a warrant had been issued for Beal’s arrest. However, as of presstime Thursday, a spokeswoman for the Comal County Sheriff’s Office indicated Beal had not yet been arrested.
Ann Michelle Morris, 18, was a passenger in a 1978 Toyota Corolla, driven by Beal, on Interstate 35 about 1:15 a.m. Saturday. The compact car left the
pavement, slid through a muddy central median, plowed over nine barrier bushes, and rolled several times.
Morris was ejected from the vehicle, and suffered massive internal injuries. She was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital, and later transferred to Methodist Hospital in San Antonio where she died.
Beal, 19, received minor injuries in the accident. He reportedly registered a .16 on the Intoxilyer breath test, and was charged with driving while intoxicated (the legal alcohol limit is .10). He posted bond on that charge shortly after 7 a.m. last Saturday at the Comal County Jail.
The Feb. 12 accident accounted for Comal County’s first traffic fatuity of 1983.
Staff photo by Cmdy Richardson
While Mom was out working up a sweat at the recent American Heart Association “Workout for Heart,” two year old Boo Wells found a way to pass the time — playing peek a boo with a photographer in the stands at the Academy Street Gym.
High school hazard?
Asbestos widespread, but not concentrated, at NBHS
Asbestos found in portions of ceilings at New Braunfels High School could be a “potential health hazardous to the student body and faculty,’ according to an Houston asbestos consultant firm.
But legally the school district does not now have to remove or seal off the substance, said Lawrence Simoneaux, of Asbestos Management System and Associates, the firm hired by the district to inspect its schools.
According to law, the New Braunfels Independent School District is not required to do anything about the material, although inspections must be made and an analysis has to be done on any asbestos material found, Simoneaux told school board members T uesday.
The only other requirement of the district, he added, is that the results of the inspections and tests be made available to local Parents-Teachers-Associations (PT As). “In other words made public,” he said.
Simoneaux “made public” his organization’s findings after inspecting all NBISD schools and facilities.
The only place “the district has an asbestos problem” is at the high school, he said. Tests done on the materials found there showed a “IO percent asbestos content (in classroom areas), which is the
percentage most commonly found in public structures,” said Simoneaux.
“IO percent is not a critcally high amount to be found,” added Simoneaux, who said the substance found at the high school was “not highly dusty or volatile."
Although the percentage of asbestos was not high, however, the substance was found in an approximate 80,000 square foot area of classrooms “where a lot of students and staff congregate...for prolonged periods of time,” he said.
Although NBISD is not currently required to do anything about the asbestos, the school board has for the last several months discussed getting rid of it.
Approximately $160,000 was set aside rn the district’s $9.3 million bond package to either seal-off the ceilings now containing asbestos or replace them entirely. But since the public turned down the bond package by 158 votes, the district is not certain where the funds to pay for that are coming from, Supt. O.E. Hendricks said Tuesday.
School board members are, however, considering calling for another bond issue later this spring.
Although he emphasized that currently NBISD was not legally required to do anything about the asbestos — other than analysing it and making the results known — Simoneaux told the board that at
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan, vowing to fight for his choice of a chief arms negotiator, says Senate repudiation of the nomination would hurt efforts to build support in western Europe for U.S. arms control proposals.
At the same time, the president declared his desire to keep out of the West German election campaign in which arms reduction has become an issue.
He added, however, that if the new German government rejects the Pershing II, it “would be a terrible setback to the cause of peace and disarmament.”
Reagan, at his 16th nationally broadcast White House news conference, had strong words Wednesday night for both the Senate opponents of his nomination of Kenneth L. Adelman as director of the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency, and for suggestions that the planned missile deployment in Europe might not be completed.
The Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted 15-2 on Wednesday to delay a vote on Adelrnan’s nomination. The move was said by its sponsors to be an effort to spare Reagan the embarrassment of seeing his nominee defeated.
“I don't believe that they in delaying this have done anything to help us in our efforts to get an arms reduction agreement," Reagan said He said it would be destructive to the effort at building western European support for the U.S. position “to see me repudiated by a Senate committee” on the Adelman nomination.
Reagan vowed to support Adelman despite the senators’ opposition, and said, “I will try to be as persuasive as I can and make them see the light If that falls short, maybe I will try to make them feel the heat ”
When asked the consequences of a possible refusal of a new GermanInside
some future date regulations might be passed that would make the school district do something about the asbestos.
“Because of their youth and their high activity level,” he said referring to the high school's inhabitants, “the federal governemtn could set even stronger regulations.”
Simoneaux offered the board four methods that would get rid of the asbestos either permanently or temporarily. Cost of the methods — which included replacing the ceilings to sealing them off by various methods ranged from $4 to $1.75 a square foot.
“But ITI be honest,” he said. “Removal is the only permanent solution.”
The consultant emphasized that he was not associated with engineers or any other firm that might be used for such a project, which he said would take approximately two months.
During the time the ceilings were being worked on the entire school w ould have to be closed, he said.
Hendricks indicated that if the school district decided to do the project it would probably be during the summer which would mean summer school, drivers education and adult education classes would have to be moved to another school.
government to deploy the 108 Pershing lls that NATO decided to place in that country starting in December, the president said it would cause a setback to peace. But then he added:
“We’re not going to inject ourselves into anyone else’s internal affairs or elections at all.”
In the March 6 West German elections. Chancellor Helmut Kohl is being challenged by Hans-Jochen Vogel, the candidate of the Social Democratic Party.
Vogel has said that only “under extreme circumstances" would he station the Pershing II missiles in West Germany.
The progress of disarmament talks .n Europe is an issue in the election campaign, and Reagan said that Vice President George Bush found “great support all over Europe” for the administration’s “zero option" arms reduction plan. Bush returned from a 12-day European tour one w eek ago.
Under the “zero option,” NATO would cancel its planned deployment if the Soviet Union dismantled its intermediate range missiles in Europe.
In the news conference. Reagan also said he had complete confidence in Anne M Gorsuch, the Environmental Protection Agency administrator.
The House has cited Mrs. Gorsuch for contempt, for withholding on Reagan’s instructions about IOO doc uments involving the “superfund” program to clean up toxic waste dumps.
In his first public discussion of the controversy surrounding EPA. Reagan said, “We will never invoke executive privilege to cover up wrongdoing.”
He also ordered the Justice Department to investigate all allegations of possible mismanagement of the “superfund"
See REAGAN, Page 16Cougarette Recap
The Canyon Cougarette basketball team came a long way this year, and coach Phillip Endicott sees nothing but further improvement in the years ahead. The first of a series of looks back at this year’s cage squads appears today. See Page 6Justice Called In
Saying he w ants to avoid even the appearance of a cover-up, President Reagan has asked the Justice Department to make a full investigation of the Environmental Protection Agency, which has come under severe attack from Congress for alleged “sweet deals” with polluters. Reagan also announced he was withdrawing his claim of executive privilege and would let Congressional investigating committees see subpoenaed EPA documents. See Page 5
HOROSCOPE..............3Today s Weather
Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy through the weekend, with a 20 percent chance of early morning drizzle on Friday. Winds today will be out of the south at IO to 15 miles per hour, diminishing to 8-10 mph tonight. Sunset today will be* at 6:22 p.m. Sunrise Friday will be at 7:08 a.rnGiants Tumble
It was a rough night for two of the current powers in college basketball, North Carolina and Indiana. While the Tar Heels were laking a 106-94 licking from Maryland for their second straight loss, the Big Ten-leading Hoosiers fell at home to Iowa, 58-57. It was the second time this year that the Hawkeyes had pulled the upset. See Page 6
Action at the now-defunct 'Armadillo Alympics' — leprosy found in some of the local critters