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Vol. 92 - No. 56
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Former justice finds home in Huntsville
AUSTIN (AP) — Don Yarbrough, who had told reporters they would “witness a miracle" when he assumed office as Texas Supreme Court justice in 1977, was in a Huntsville prison hospital this weekend facing five years in prison.
Despite his complaints at an extradition hearing in the Virgin Islands that he was “kidnapped’’ by authorities and feared he had suffered a heart attack, Yarbrough was flown back to Texas Friday.
Prison officials said Yarbrough would spend about two weeks in the Texas Department of Corrections diagnostic unit before being assigned to the unit where he will serve his perjury sentence.
Travis County District Attorney Ronald Earle said he greeted Yarbrough with, “Hello. Don. Long time
no see,” when he boarded the private jet that brought Yarbrough back from a 19-month sojourn in the Caribbean.
“Fellows, ifs good to be back," Yarbrough shouted to reporters as he was led away to the state-owned plane that would take him to prison.
Dallas millionaire H. Ross Perot loaned the state the jet that brought the 41-year-old former judge back to Austin from the island of St. Thomas.
U.S. District Judge David O'Brien approved Texas Gov. Mark White’s request to extradite Yarbrough, even though Yarbrough protested that his arrest was “a kidnap in the purest sense of the word.”
Yarbrough, who had been out of the reach of U.S. authorities while living on the socialist-controlled island nation of Grenada since 1900, was seized by federal agents when he
ventured to the island of St. Vincent in the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“I may have suffered from some kind of coronary deficiency. I may have had a heart attack," Yarbrough told the judge at the Friday extradition hearing. Yarbrough was represented by a court-appointed attorney.
Texas officials said Yarbrough was uncooperative at the hearing and refused to stand when the judge entered the courtroom
Yarbrough was convicted of aggravated perjury in March 1978. He appealed the conviction and, free on $5,000 bond, moved with his wife, Julie, and three children to Grenada where he began studying medicine.
In August 1981, after his appeals
See justice, Page UA Leroy Goodson seeks a higher bid
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County trims revenue sharing requests
Commissioners Court started cutting up the federal revenue sharing pie Friday and soon learned, not surprisingly, that there wasn't enough to go around Requests for these funds, made by 25 county service organizations and fire and ambulance groups, totaled $410,645, almost twice the amount the county will get this year According to estimates released Friday by County Auditor Bate Bond, the county will get $143,144 in 1983 federal revenue sharing funds. In addition, the county has $56,034 in surplus revenue funds saved from 1961 and 1982, Bond noted.
Even with the surplus, this year’s requests far exceeded available funds, County Judge Fred Clark pointed out during a court workshop Friday afternoon.
The court each year holds workshop! si to set prion tex for revenue sharing funds. No final decisions were made Friday, although Clark gave his suggestions for dividing the money.
The court could take action on the requests at another meeting tentatively set for Friday, Clark indicated.
Noting that they "perform critical, essential services” to the county, Clark suggested that a sizeable portion of the funds go to the county’s fire and emergency medical service departments.
However, Clark did not agree with all their requests — some of which amounted to more than the 1963 estimate.
As an example, the judge cited
Bracken's Volunteer Fire Department’s request, which he said totaled $175,000. “That's too much...it exceeds all we're expecting to receive this year."
After reviewing requests, commissioners tentatively agreed to set aside $100,000 for fire and ambulance departments. Specifically how the money will be split up among the groups will be decided at a later date (possibly Friday) after the court has had a chance to review each department's request in detail.
Clark also suggested another big portion of the federal funds be set aside to buy land for future expansion of county government.
The judge proposed that the court 'tentatively set aside $75,000“ for this purpose.
"We have to have an objective of
retaining some money for capital improvements," said Commissioner J.L. "Jumbo” Evans, following Clark's suggestion.
Commissioners followed Clark’s guidance in attempting to grant smaller requests made by other organizations.
The court tentatively agreed to the full requests of the Hays County Womens Center (which it was noted serves Comal County) for $1,040; $1,000 to the Canyon Lake Action Center Inc.; $1,500 to the Senior Citizens Center; and $3,000 to the Home Care program.
But not all service organizations will receive their total requests.
Commissioners cut the original $7,000-plus request made by the Comal County Juvenile Center to
$5,000, the Citizen's Task Force on Water request of $1,000 to $500; and MHMR’s $5,000 request to $4,000.
Other requests cut (and the original amount asked for) included; Community Service Center, $4,000 (out of $4,900) and the Community Council-Aging Program, $3,000 (out of $5,000).
Commissioners withdrew requests from Tye Preston Memorial Library, Dittlinger Memorial Library and the County Extension Service after hearing that these requests were met in the 1983 county budget. The total of the three requests amounted to $75,105.
The court also cut a $40,000 request for the city-county landfill after Bond told them the city did not approve its portion of payment for the landfill, which is run by both governmental entities.Two tracts head list of jail sites
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Commissioners Court has tentatively narrowed the three recommended jail sites down to two.
In a special Friday meeting, the court hired Curtis Bremer, a local real estate appraiser, to conduct a “preliminary appraisal" on two of the sites recommended by the jail-site selection committee.
Bremer estimated that his fee would not exceed $1,000 to survey the “Hanz property” and the “Water Lane property" — the committee’s top two recommendations.
The first parcel is a 12-acre tract located in the Gruene area off Hanz Drive between Loop 337 and Gruene Road. The group's second choice was a nine-acre tract off Water Lane, adjacent to Loop 337 between West San Antonio Street and IH 35.
The third site — referred to by the committee as the “Walnut property” is a 6.5 acre tract on North Walnut Avenue along the Missouri Pacific Railroad tracks.
Although the court did no*, employ Bremer to survey the Walnut property, County Judge Fred Clark noted that it “is not excluded on a permanent basis from consideration."
Commissioner J.L. "Jumbo” Evans said the Walnut property "has serious drawbacks because it is located between the creek" and the railroad tracks.
“With Sheriff’s department and emergency vehicles" being used in connection with the new jail, "it does not seem well that they get cut off...by a train blocking the way,” Evans added.
"I don’t believe that's a prime site," Clark agreed. “Even (with) the site selection committee...it was not a high priority."
See JAIL, Page IZA
Hydro plant foes create new association
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
In an attempt to block construction of a hydroelectric generation plant at Canyon Dam, a group of Comal County citizens has organized, and they intend to fight.
Formally organizing as Canyon Lake Area Citizens Association, the group held its second meeting Saturday morning at Fire Station No. I in Canyon City.
The move had been spearheaded by Wallace M. Greene, the first property owner on the banks of the Guadalupe River below the dam. "This whole thing will be right in my front yard,"
Greene said of the proposed hydro installation.
Declaring their purpose “to study the feasibility, practicality and affect (rf the installation of a hydro plant on the ecology, environment and recreational activities on Canyon Lake and the Guadalupe River", association members voted to limit membership to people who owned property or operated businesses in the Canyon Lake area.
Eight members of a nine-member executive committee were chosen Saturday. They include Clyde McMahon of Westhaven, W.T. Sprague of Simon Drive, Dr. Richard Q. Lewis of River’s Edge subdivision, George L. Richards of Village Shores, Jerry
Former EPA chief eyed by Reagan
Like all the other crafts exhibits, this ceramic ET. got to go home Friday night—but not before three-year-old Kristen Rice gave it a thorough inspection. Awards were announced in the homemaking, art and industrial arts divisions of the Comal County Youth Show Friday, and the ribbons had been claimed and exhibits taken home by that night. Results, Pages 6 and 7A.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Reagan is moving to restore credibility to the Environmental Protection Agency by turning to its first administrator, William D. Ruckelshaus, to run the troubled body, an administration official says.
But other officials cautioned that while Ruckelshaus had accepted the job "In principle," a final decision had not been made as of Saturday.
One official, who insisted on anonymity, said the White House was holding off making the anouncement until any possible conflict of interest could be studied.
Ruckelshaus, through a spokesman, declined comment. Larry Speakes, the chief deputy White House press secretary, said "when the president’s ready to announce it, he’ll announce it."
Walker of the Woodlands, Dorothy Baltzo of Mt. Lookout, and Greene, who lives in Deep Acres. The ninth member will be appointed by the committee at a later date.
Attorney John Patterson, who drew up the paperwork for the group, described it as a "plain vanilla organization that can’t be ramrodded by any individual or group."
Greene, who presided, said the group needed to select a permanent legal representative from a firm with experience in this field, and said he had a prospective firm in mind.
Charging the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GBRA) with “irresponsible actions," Greene said that after the hydroelectric plant is in,Inside
Ruckelshaus is a senior vice president of law and corporate affairs of the Weyerhaeuser Co., a timber and paper products firm based in Federal Way, Wash., about 30 miles south of Seattle.
Within the administration, Ruckelshaus was seen as a candidate who may face some opposition from the president’s conservative allies.
But otherwise, he is viewed by the president’s aides as one who has the experience necessary to help patch up the images (rf the agency and the president in regards to environmental issues.
"This guy’s got a lot of credibility, which is what we need. ... he started the department," the administration official said.
See EPA, Page IZAConsoled With A Win
It’s not as nice as the tournament championship — that went to Round Rock Westwood — but the New Braunfels Unicorns did beat up on Temple, 9-4, for the consolation title at the New Braunfels Baseball Tournament. See Page 9A.Horse show time
The annual Comal County Youth Show winds up Sunday with the horse show, as local youngsters compete in a dozen events for the high-point awards. The events are scheduled to begin at 9:30 a.m.Running To Win
Putting together a good team effort, the Canyon girls track team won Saturday’s Gonzales Apache Relays. There was plenty of other local high school track action, too, and it’s all on Page 10A.
the GBRA will “take as much water out of that lake as they want."
That charge is in sharp contrast with a statment made by John Specht, GBRA general manager, who has said that the hydroelectric plant would be “small," and that no additional water would be released from the lake to generate electricity.
Greene also claimed that GBRA spokesmen would not answer property owners' questions until after a feasibility study is completed by Brown and Root.
The Canyon Lake Area Citizens Association plans to conduct an annual meeting each March. The group's next meeting will be April 23.Today's Weather
Today will be partly cloudy and cooler, with northwest winds blowing 15-20 miles per hour. Showers, if any, should subside by noon. Tonight will be clear and cold, followed by a fair, mild Monday. Today’s sunrise was expected at 6:35a.m.
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Staff photo by Cindy Richardson