New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 94-No. 17
January 23,1985 25 Cents
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Fog delays search for plane
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Fog and stormy weather during the night forced U.S. officials to interrupt the search for a U.S. Air Force plane carrying 21 Americans that went down in the Caribbean about 500 yards off Honduras’ coast, a U.S. Embassy spokesman said.
Robert Callahan, the embassy’s press attache, said the C-130A transport was on its way to the Honduran coastal town of Trujillo from Howard Air Force Base in Panama when it splashed into the water about ll a.m. EST Tuesday.
The embassy spokesman said the first reports of the plane going down came from
Honduran fishermen, although no wreckage was sighted by searchers.
He said the search was suspended after several hours because of a combination of rain, fog, wind and high seas. The search was expected to be resumed today, as soon as weather permitted.
Callahan said the five crew members and 16 passengers were “all U.S. personnel, that’s our understanding.”
The plane was assigned to the 440th Tactical Airlift Wing, an Air Force reserve unit based at Billy Mitchell Field in Milwaukee, he said.
“No hostile action was indicated in the mishap,” according to a statement issued by
U.S. military officials at Palmerola Air Base, 90 miles northwest of Tegucigalpa, the Honduran capital.
The Americans were at the Honduran base for training exercises.
Trujillo is about 240 miles north of Tegucigalpa and is near a regional military training center for Honduran and Salvadoran troops.
Lt. Col. Gene Sands, a Defense Department spokesman, said earlier in Washington: “They’re in the water. We can’t even get in for sea rescue because of the weather.”
The statement said the aircraft was on a
“routine airlift mission” from Howard, headquarters of the U.S. Southern Command, which has jurisdiction over U.S. military activities in Central America.
An Air Force source in Washington, who spoke on condition he not be identified, described the flight as “a normal rotation of people.”
Sands said it was unclear whether the plane crashed or ditched deliberately.
The United States has been holding joint military exercises with the Honduran army. The next major joint maneuver, Big Pine III, is scheduled to begin this spring. The starting date has not been set.The plane was en route to Trujillo when it ditchedCaptured ducks hot items at shelter
By DANA STELL Staff writer
The city’s Adopt-a-Duck program is working so well, Animal Shelter workers hardly even see the ducks before they’re adopted.
Since last week. Parks and Recreation Department workers have been capturing Muscovy ducks at Landa Park and transporting them to the shelter to await adoption.
Demand is exceeding supply.
“We’re moving them out as fast as we get them in here,” said Olen Elliott, shelter manager. “We’ve gotten rid of 62 so far.”
Elliott has a list of people who want to adopt the free ducks. Persons living ourside the city limits may adopt a duck, and Elliott said many of the new duck parents want the fowl for stock tanks.
City Council decided Jan. 14 to begin the adoption program in an effort to rid the park of an enourmous amount of ducks, which contribute to the total bacteria count in the lake and are a nuisance to park patrons.
There were about 300 Muscovy ducks, said parks director David Wliatley, along with Mallards, Khaki Campbells, Pekins, mixed breed ducks, Emden, and African Geese.
Muscovy ducks, Whatley said, are the least aesthetic and the easiest to catch.
But that may not be the case. It seems the ducks are learning to stay away from the men with the nets.
“Day by day, it gets a little harder to catch them,” Whatley said. “They know what’s going on. I mean when you see a couple of guys coming at you with a net, you know.”
Whatley said parks workers are going to give the ducks a day or so to calm down before trying to catch them again. He expects the roundup to go on for about two more weeks.Utilities board may acquire Sol ms water
New Braunfels Utilities trustees will consider the acquisition of the Solms Water Supply Corporation at their Thursday board meeting, beginning at 4:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center.
Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said the acquisition would involve property from Solms Road down both sides of Interstate 35 to the rest stop area near Northcliffe.
"We’re mainly proposing the acquisition to provide an adequate water system for the development of that area,” Sohn said. “There’s not too many people there right now, but the potential is certainly there.”
Sohn also estimated improvements to the area, including a major 12-inch water main down IH 35, would develop over the next seven or eight years, and that utility customers in the area would not be paying rates any higher than they presently do with the Solms Water Supply Corporation.
I .ast month, trustees approved a similar memorandum
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This tree on Katy Avenue appears to have captured a tricycle which wandered by, perhaps for a mid winter snack. Let's hope the tricycle was unoccupied at the time.
Kuempel bill would alter discipline procedures
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Rep. Edmund Kuempel has filed a discipline management bill with the Texas legislature to give back the authority House Bill 72 took away from local school districts last summer.
Current state law denies school districts the authority to immediately expel a student for drug or alcohol use or possession of a deadly weapon on campus. Instead, districts are now required to place a suspended student in an alternative program somewhere in the community or at home. The suspended student must be declared “incorrigible” and a danger to the Sfcdtooi before lite student eau be suspended, and if the student appeals the suspension, he or she is allowed to remain in class during the appeal
Kuempel s House Bill 310 would allow local school districts to establish their own list of “incorrigible” offenses which would enable the districts to suspend or expel pupils without having to use alternative education programs as a first step.
“School districts can now expel only after going through the guidelines set up in House Bill 72,” Kuempel said Tuesday. “My bill
“My bill would give complete authority on discipline management back to local school district where I think it belongs.”
would give complete authority on discipline management back to local school district where I think it belongs.”
So does New Braunfels ISD Supt. Charles Bradberry. “We’ve been in close contact with Hep. Kuempel in formulating House Bill 310. We feel that authority should be loyally set forth, and we’re very supportive of Rep Kuempel’s efforts.
“Four years ago, this board took a real stand on drugs and alcohol on campus,” Bradberry said. “We have the finest discipline at any high school I’ve ever seen, and it’s because our expectations are greater than those accepted as the norm by the state.
“Our standards are higher than what the state has imposed, and we’d like to have the authority to keep them that way,” Bradberry added As of presstime today, Comal ISD
Supt. Bill Brown was unavailable for comment. His secretary said he was in Austin, attending a meeting of the Texas Association of School Administrators.
Other legislation aimed at the local discipline comeback has been filed by Sen Hector Uribe, D-Brownsville, and Hep. Bill Haley, D-Center. Haley is chairman of the House Education Committee.
That’s where Kuempel said his bill is headed for debate in the first part of February. “The bill is expected to be referred to the committee during: the first couple of weeks in February, and the committee will either pass it out or kill it,” Kuempel said.
But House Bill 310 does address more issues than j*- * tpline management at scnool. Another section of the bill would eliminate the two parent-teacher conference rule, and replace it with a requirement that conferences be attempted for students who are failing or any other reason a teacher deems necessary.
Kuempel said secondary teachers are encountering some difficulty holding two school-year conferences with parents of each student. He added that in some instances, a teacher could be required to schedule a minimum of 300 parent-teacher
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Philippine army officials charged in Aquino murder
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A government prosecutor today charged the armed forces chief, Gen. Fabian C. Ver, two generals and 23 other men in the double murder of Benigno Aquino and the man the army claimed killed the opposition leader.
The assassination of Aquino on Aug. 21, 1983, as he stepped off the airliner bringing him home from three years’ self-exile in the United States shocked the nation and led to a year of protests against the pro-Western regime of President Ferdinand E. Marcos.
Marcos, who initially indicated he supported the military’s claim that Aquino was assassinated by com
munist agent Holando Gallium, later appointed a five-member fact-finding board whose 10-month probe led to today’s charges.
Justice Bernardo Fernandez, government ombudsman, essentially followed the recommendations of the board s majority report
Brig. Gen. Luther Custodio, chief of aviation security, and 16 other soldiers were charged with direct participation in a military conspiracy to kill Aquino.
Ver, Maj. Gen. Prospero A. Olivas and six other soldiers were accused of being accessories in a military attempt to cover up the assassination and blame it on Galman. A civilian businessman, Hermilo Gosuieo, was
accused of being an accomplice to the conspiracy The charges against Custodio and 16 others of being principals carry a possible death penalty Olivas headed an early military investigation which concluded Galman was a communist agent and that he killed Aquino Ver s lawyer refused to file a motion for dismissal, saying the general wanted to prove his innocence in court Aquino, a former senator and leader of the Liberal Party, was widely considered the opposition’s best chance to unseat Marcos in elections scheduled for HIST. Marcos has been in power since 1965.
Coloring the issue\
Faust House work resumes after confusion over paint
Restoration work at the 80-year-old Faust House, 361 W. San Antonio, began again this week after a stop-work order was lifted by the city’s planning director.
Prompted by a directive from the city Historic landmark Commission concerning repainting of the historic structure, planning director Mike Shands had asked the contractor to stop painting the exterior.
“What they (commission members) saw was the gray (a primer coat) and they assumed they should have input into the choice of the color,” Shands said.
Commission members met with architect Ken Frizlen on Jan. 17, where they saw a color rendition of the plans for the house. Those plans included a red tin roof, which met the Commission’s approval, and light green trim, which didn’t set so well.
The next day, Shands met with one of the owners of the house, Mike Pickering of Austin, “to try and
see if he would voluntarily agree to change that color and he did,” Shands said.
“We thought we might have had a problem, when we didn’t have a problem at all," Shands said. “The only question was what he was actually going to do with the paint.
“And Pickering, who hadn’t really decided on a color, has no problem with it,” Shands continued. “He has confirmed that the gray is very definitely a primer. And he is willing to go so far as to actually paint a portion with the intended colors and let the Commission go by and look at it and see what they think.”
The yellow tinted brick and much of the wood work have been almost covered with the gray primer this week. Shands said Pickering will paint the house in shades of white and “will get the brick back like it was and the roof back like it was, which they intended to do all along. ”
The Victorian two-story house with a wraparound porch was built in 1905 by John and EmiUe
Faust Pickering and partner William S. Norman plan executive offices in the remodeled liouse.
A city ordinance for historic landmark preservation states that “repair or maintenance which does not involve changes in the exterior architectural features and which does not otherwise affect the historical value or style shall require a building permit, but shall be expempt from the provisions of this article.”
If restoration includes remodeling, altering, or removing any part of the exterior of a historically designated building, the Commission must first approve the plans.
“That’s where the confusion lies,” Shands said. “Apparantly, the Commission feels that painting is included (and does alter the exterior). And I have talked to Planning and Zoning Commission chairman David Hartmann, who lives in a historically-designated house and he said he understood that he could not paint his house.”
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Today s Weather
Comal County forecast calls for cloudy today and tonight, becoming mostly cloudy on Thursday. Winds will be from the northeast at IO mph. The chance for light rain is 30 percent today and 20 percent tonight. The high today will be in the upper 40s, low tonight in the upper 30s, and a high Thursday in the mid 50s. This