New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
Agency considering program expansion
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
Discussion on proposed expansion, budget approvals and executive session topics dominated the Community Council of South Central Texas (CCSCT) board of directors meeting Wednesday night in Floresville.
Six counties — Atascosa.
Wilson, Karnes, Frio, Guadalupe, and Comal — were previously funded by the Community Services Administration, Michele Rowcroft, agency executive director, told board members.
"At the request of the Texas Department of Community Affairs, expansion is tentatively being considered under block grants for 1983 to the five counties we weathered in 1981,”
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“This expansion is all very tentative, but TDCA asked us to look at adding Medina. Kendall, Kerr, Gillespie and Bandera counties, along with the six counties already CSA-funded, as CCSCT counties,” Rowcroft explained. The expansion move would be a good one in some ways, and costly in other ways, the director added.
“However, everything is still up in the air. The TDCA will now send up information letting us know if those five counties are open for us to take on. There’s a lot more discussion needed on the subject before we make a decision.”
A proposed Aging budget of $473,157 for 1983 from the Alamo Area Council of Governments and other private funding sources was approved by the board members, as well as a Family Planning sliding fee scale effective Sept. I,
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Christian singer among 12 crash victims
they apparently did not develop sufficient power to climb or their air speed was too low. It went into the trees ... the trees,” said Paul Long, a pilot who witnessed the crash while doing maintenance work
LINDALE, Texas (AP) — A twin-engine plane that plunged into a wooded area killing 12 people including eight children and a popular Christian music singer — was designed to carry seven people but that didn’t necessarily mean it was overloaded, federal investigators said today.
The Cessna 414, leased by the Last Days Ministries here, crashed shortly after takeoff Wednesday night from the ministries’ private airstrip near this town about 90 miles east of Dallas.
“I can’t say it was overloaded until I know the size of the bodies, the amount of fuel, the amount of luggage,” said Randy Brooks, a federal Aviation Administration investigator from Shreveport, La.
However, Brooks said the manual specified tile plane had seven seats and a toilet seat. Five of the children were four years old or younger.
Police and ministry officials said the crash killed Christian music singer Keith Gordon Green, 27, two of his children, the pilot, and eight members of a Simi Valley, Calif., family.
The plane was en route to a Dallas airport where members of one of the families were to connect with a commercial flight, said ministry spokesman l^arry DeGraff. FAA spokesman T.C. Miller in Fort Worth said the pilot did not file a flight plan.
“The plane rolled down the airstrip and took off For a moment everything appeared normal. But
at the airstrip's tower.
“All that is left is just a few pieces of burnt metal... just an old burned hull,” said Brooks.
Warren V. Wandel of the National Transportation Safety Board in Fort Worth said today at the scene that it would be two or three days before his investigation is complete.
Cessna representatives were enroute to the site to see if the plane had been modified for more seats, he said.
“I don’t believe it could ever be modified to seat 12,” Wandel said.
“The possibility exists, of course. With that many people on board, it could have been overloaded. But we have to calculate a few things before we can say that. Wandel said.
The wreckage still smouldered this morning in a gully where it nosedived.
Smith County Deputy Larry Willbanks said authorities had a tough time getting through the trees and underbrush to the burning aircraft.
“By the time we had. most of the fuel had splattered on the ground so it burned pretty quick,” said Willbanks. He said t ie bodies were burned beyond recognition.Reagan to extend Soviet grain sale
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan, expected to announce a one-year extension of grain sales to the Soviet Union, says such trade is justified because it drains the Soviets of “hard cash, and they’re not too flush with that right now.”
The president sought to draw a distinction between continued U.S. grain dealings with the Soviets and his opposition to the help Western Europe is giving Moscow for construction of a trans-Siberian natural gas pipeline.
Despite strains with the allies over those issues,
Reagan maintained that “we do have a fine relationship” with Western Europe. “This is kind of like a fight inside a family, but the family is still a family,” he said Wednesday at a nationally televised news conference: Reagan also made a pitch for a constitutional amendment banning deficit spending except with a three-fifths vote of Congress, and said that “slowly and surely we’re working our way back to prosperity.”
He said that acceptance by the Palestine Liberation
Organization of Israel’s right to exist “would be a step forward,” and said he remains hopeful that a political solution will found to end the bloodshed in Lebanon.
Reagan’s grain-sale decision, which administration officials say will probably be announced before the weekend, was anxiously awaited in the Midwest grain belt. Reagan is expected to extend the existing agreement for one year, even though farmers have pressed for a long-term arrangement.
In Denver, Agriculture Secretary John R. Block said a long-term sales agreement with the Soviet Union was “not in the cards at this time.”
“I would favor that, at least at some point, but not today,” Block said.
Reagan sought to halt pipeline construction in response to the Soviet role in the military crackdown in Poland.
“We have made it clear” that if the military rule is relaxed, “we’d be very happy to review our position with regard to the pipeline,” he said.
But, the president said, “There are a couple of very important differences” in his support for continued grain sales and his opposition to the pipeline, which would carry fuol from Siberia to Western Europe.
“The technology for the pipline is mainly only obtainable from the United States,” he said. “Grain, the Soviet Union can get in other places, if they want it.”
Refen ing to the Carter administration’s refusal to ship grain I Hie net Union in the wake of ‘.he Soviets’ militan move into Afghanistan in December 1979, Reagan said We w ouldn’t be achieving very much if we had used” such an embargo. “It didn’t hurt the Soviet Union, but it was a terrible economic blow to our farmers.”
He sui I the aik of “grain will result in the Soviet Union having to nay out hard cash, and they’re not too flush with that right now.”
The pipeline, when finished, will result in the Soviet Union getting hard cash, which it does net now have and
which it can then use to further build up its military might,” the president said.
Reagan opened the newrs conference, hi*- 12th since taking office 18 months ago, by saying, “We’ve begun to rescue this economy and the first evidence of recovery has been sighted, but it’s only a beginning.”
“Many of our people are still suffering and nothing has been more painful to me than the slowness of our progress,” he said.
The economy is in a period of transition and “we’re going to see an improvement in the second half of this year,” he said.
Once, a reporter asked Reagan, whose 1983 budget incorporates a deficit greater than $100 billion, whether the president’s support for the balanced budget amendment was akin to his saying “there ought to be a law against what I am doing.” The president responded: “I
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Goodwin shifts to grade units
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Students returning to Goodwin Primary School this fall won’t just be facing a longer day. They’ll find their classes a bit reorganized.
Three “mixed” units, each composed of some kindergarten, some first-grade and some second-grade students, will be replaced by three single-grade units.
“It’ll be more like most traditional schools would be,” said principal Randy Dry. “The only difference is that we’re in a (teacher-)teaming situation, instead of individual classrooms.
“We’re not 'doing away wrth any of the good things we’ve been doing,” Dry added. “We’ll continue to emphasize continuous-progress learning, and will keep the program as individualized as possible.”
Teachers will be grouped into teams of four and five. As in the past, these teams will divide each unit into basic “skill groups” to work on specific subjects.
Under the new plan, “second-grade teachers can spend more time on second-grade skills,” said Dr. Victoria Post, assistant superintendent in charge of curriculum for the Comal Independent School District. Math, reading and language arts will be emphasized.
Post helped work out Goodwin’s new system. But Dry said, “This is an idea that our faculty has kicked around for some time now.”
His campus began working with multi-grade units in 1974, and he thinks teachers have handled the system well. “But we always had some reservations about putting kindergartners and second-graders together,” said Dry. Some teachers thought the older students weren’t concentrating enough on academic subjects, and that kindergartners might be getting too heavy a dose.
“We’re hoping it won’t be quite the
culture shock when they go to third grade," Dry said.
He has the only “primary school” in the district. After second grade, his students graduate to Frazier Elementary, where they attend third, fourth and fifth. CISD’s other elementary campuses < Bulverde, Mountain Valley and Comal) each serve grades K through 6, and teaching teams have generally worked with just two levels at a time.
Frazier established a separate third-grade unit last term. This year, it will be split into three single-level groups, just as Goodwin will. Bulverde has been moving in the same direction, Post said, and this year their students, too, will be divided differently.
“It’s a better use of teachers for the larger campuses,” she said. If there are enough teachers at one level to work with fast, medium and slow skill groups, Post feels ifs more efficient to keep teachers in the grades they were trained for.
In smaller schools like Mountain Valley and Comal, that isn’t always possible. Post said. Multi-level units will probably continue there to some extent.
A longer school day fits right in with Goodwin’s new emphasis on academics. Dr. Edgar Millheim, CISD’s new superintendent, set a minimum number of minutes per day to be spent on the three basic subjects. Goodwin’s old schedule, with the last bell at 2:50 p.m., didn’t allow enough time for all the necessary activities, Dry said.
The new release time, 3:35 p.m., will coincide with Frazier’s.
The new class system, means that some students will have a different advisory teacher this year. Parents should call the school at 625-2822 on Aug. 17, 18 or 19 for teacher assignments, Dry said.
Primary students new to (’ISI) should register on the above dates.
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THURSDAY July 29,1982 25 cents
14 PagesMcKenna expansion groundbreaking due in August
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Hospital officials have their eyes on the calendar looking for a special date.
That date, which will be determined within the next week, is something they’ve been looking forward to for a long time — the groundbreaking date for the expansion of McKenna Memorial.
Hospital administrator Tom McNeal thinks the groundbreaking will be held within the next couple weeks. "It could be as soon as the second week of August sometime,” he said Thursday.
One thing which cleared the way for the groundbreaking date to be set was the 20-month construction contract unanimously approved Wednesday by the hospital’s board of directors.
This contract, with Clearwater Constructors Inc., of Austin, was one of ll construction bids sub-mi tteed. Clearwater's bid of $6,490,000 was ti*’ lowest one.
At the time the bids came in (in early Juno McNeal and the hospital’s architects Jason Frye Architects Incorp. of Houston, were quite surprised at both the number and dollar amount of bids submitted.
They were “especially delighted” to discover that Clearwater’s bid was $310,000 lower than anticipated.
The two second lowest bids, which amounted lo $6,845,000 and $6,919,000, were submitted by El
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Litter is one of the unpleasant signs of summer in Comal County. The aesthetics of
Staff photo by John Senter
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A San Antonio man who pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal traffic accident iii Comal County last November has been sentenced to five years iii the Texas Department of Corrections on each count.
Merrill J. Thompson pleaded guilty July 20. He received the two live-year sentences from 207111 District Court presiding judge Robert Pfeuffer. They will run concurrently, District Attorney Bill Schroeder said.
Formal sentencing has been scheduled for Augsut 19.
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