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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 8, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas Discovery blasts off By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) -Shuttle Discovery vaulted spectacularly into orbit today and began pursuit of two wayward satellites that free-flying jet-propelled astronauts are to retrieve in a daring salvage mission. During eight days in orbit, the crew of tour men and one woman also is to deploy two communications satellites for paying customers and conduct crystal-growing experiments that could lead to a major new industry in space With tens of thousands watching. Discovery roared away from this spaceport at 7:15 a in EST and rose swiftly through partly cloudy skies on 7 million pounds of thrust, darting eastward over the Atlantic Ocean. Nine minutes after liftoff. Mission Control center in Houston reported the winged ship was in orbit 184 miles above the globe, speeding along at 17.400 mph ‘ We look good,” said astronaut Rick Hauck, mission commander The others in Hauck’s crew are pilot David Walker and mission specialists Anna Fisher. Joe Allen and Dale Gardner. Within an hour, the astronauts triggered Discovery 's maneuvering engines in the first of 44 firings designed to track down two off-course satellites for the rescue attempts next week. They were to capture the first payload Monday-after a chase of 16 million miles, 64 tunes around the globe. liftoff was a day late. The flight was postponed Wednesday, just 32 minutes before the planned launch time, because of strong high-altitude crosswinds which could have severely damaged the shuttle. Shuttle managers decided later Wednesday to proceed with a new count after analysis of balloon and radar data showed the wind threat had vanished. The flight is the 14th in the shuttle program, the second for Discovery . Mrs. Fisher, a physician, is the fourth American woman and first mother named to a space flight. She and her astronaut-physician husband. Bill, are parents of a 14-month-old daughter, Kristin. The astronauts' goals during eight days rn orbit are to deploy two commercial communications satellites for paying customers and to track dew n and capture the Palapa B2 and Westar 6 payloads, which have been drifting in useless orbits See SHETTLE, Page 12A Sabre-rattling Reagan, Demos already drawing political lines By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS President Reagan and the Democratic opposition in Congress are losing no time drawing partisan battle lines, with Reagan calling his re-election landslide proof of public approval of his conservative program and the Democrats pledging opposition to “any wild ideas” for new budget cuts. “People made it very plain that they approve of what we are doing, approve of the fact that things are better, the economy is expanding, and that’s what we are going to continue to do,” the president told a news conference in Los Angeles on Wednesday. Reagan, who defeated Walter F. Mondale in an unprecedented electoral vote landslide, vowed to continue fighting for his conservative program and said that if Congress tries to block it “we’ll take our case to the people.” However, the election also put in doubt the extent of Reagan’s coattails. While he was winning easily, Democrats picked up two Senate sets and held Republican gains in the House to 14 seats with three more to be decided. Republicans were See REAGAN, Page 12A 410    ..    "‘Mur MI CR’-'F'L-E * MITCH WOMBLE P.O.    4j DALLAS,1X7Local woman hurt in wreck By DEBBIE DeLO ACH Staff writer A 69-year-old New Braunfels woman was in stable condition at McKenna Memorial Hospital this morning after she was injured in a two-car accident on Iioop 337. At presstime today, a spokeswoman said Viola Seiter, 69, of 1223 Gruene was being admitted to McKenna for observation of a head injury. New Braunfels patrolman Martin Mayer said witnesses indicated Mrs. Seiter, driving a 1974 Dodge Coronet, was attempting a left-hand turn onto Church Hill Drive when she turned in front of a 1976 Ford truck going north on Loop 337. The driver of the truck, Edward Reininger, 44. of 1152 W Bridge, was not injured. The accident occurred about 7:23 a.m., and Mayer said no citations had been issued yet “Mrs Seiter will probably be cited for failure to yield right-of-way, but it’s a little tacky to hand somone a citation when they’re in a hospital bed,” he added Mayer was assisted by Sgt David Wilson and patrolman Kevin Stevens in the accident investigation. Cougars seek first playoff berth Friday — Details in Sports New Braunfels Herald New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 94-No. 217 Thursday November 8,1984 25 Cents 24 Pages 2 Sections Garden Ridge to contribute to Bracken fire department Inside By DANA STELL Staff writer Garden Ridge City Council Wednesday night tentatively agreed to allocate $2,500 of its 1985 budget to the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department's operations fund The agreement includes a July review by Council to determine whether to give the department another $2,500 from the city’s contingency fund. Garden Ridge Council plans to approve its budget next month Members of the Bracken department told Council Wednesday that because Garden Ridge (one of the areas served by the Bracken firefighters) is an incorporated city, the county can no longer completely support the department. The county gives volunteer fire departments $5,000 from the general fund for each fire station rn the service area For example, Canyon I-ike Volunteer Fire Department has five stations, so it is given $25,000 by the county. According to the proposed county budget, explained county auditor Bate Bond this morning, the Bracken department is set to receive $1,250 from the general fund:    Bexar- Bulverde will get $10,000; Spring Branch, $10,000; and Bulverde-Sprmg Branch EMS, $5,000. Revenue sharing money given by the county to the fire departments is usually used for equipment purchase, but can be use for operations, Bond said. The county’s proposed budget shows that the Bracken fire department will get $10,000 and the Bracken EMS will get $2,000. Bexar-Bulverde fire department, if the budget is approved Monday, will receive $19,000; while Canyon l-ake will get $25,000; Spring Branch. $19,000; and Bulverde-Spring Branch EMS, $12,000. But Wednesday, Bracken Volunteer Fire Department president Fred Moos said the county has cut its allocation to Bracken from $10,000 i $5,000 each for the fire department and the EMS) to $3,500. “The Commissioners Court has put the Bracken Fire Department on notice that they will not pay more than 3,500 to the maintenance operation of the fire department.” Moos said. "They requested us to go to the city of Garden Ridge. “We would have gotten $10,000 and they cut us back to $3,500,'’ Moos said. "And that’s tough when you have five trucks sitting rn one station.” Moos said it is unfair that other fire departments get more money because they have more stations. “We are penalized by the county because we only have one station,” he said. Moos said the Bracken department service area consists of about 72 square miles, with Garden Ridge comprising about 2.5 square miles. “The majority is still on the outskirts (of Garden Ridge I,” Moos said. “Why should those people suffer?” Garden Ridge Council agreed to give the fire department the money See GARDEN RIDGE, Page 12A Wrung Ruse In Wednesday's page I picture. Sheriff Walter Fellers is receiving congratulations from Rosemary Newman, not County Clerk Rosie Bosenbury Sorry about that it was a long night. Comal River Canyon Lake inflow Canyon Dam outflow Edwards Aquifer Canyon Lake levelWater Watch 162 cfs (up 3) 145 cfs (down 11) 300 cfs (same) 622 49 (same) 900 27 (down 06)Today s Weather Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy and warm this afternoon, turning cloudy late tonight, mostly cloudy Friday morning, and partly cloudy by the afternoon. Winds will be south-southeasterly at 15-20 mph today, southeasterly near IO mph tonight and southerly 10-15 mph on Friday. Sunset will be at 5;40 p.m., and sunrise Friday will be at 6;50 a in. Highs today and Friday will be in the low 80s with a low tonight in the upper 60s. This morning’s low was 67. and yesterday’s high was 78 CLASSIFIED 6 SB COMICS 10B CROSSWORD 5B DEAR ABBY 3B DEATHS 2A HOROSCOPE 5B KALEIDOSCOPE 3B OPINIONS 1B SCRAPBOOK 2B SPORTS 8 10A STOCKS 3B TV LISTINGS 10B WEATHER 2A 18,101 ballots cast in Comal When all the votes were counted. 18,101 ballots were cast in Comal County including absentee ballots, county clerk Rosie Bosenbury said Things went smoothly, we felt All boxes were in by 9 pm With the number of votes cast and the distance some of these boxes came from. I would call that very good,” the county clerk said The only snag .til evening was in counting the box from election precinct 13, the last box tallied after midnight. ’Die number of ballots used did not check with the number of people who signed the sheets It was a calculation error, but it took a little while to discover what the problem was,” Bosenbury explained This year’s general election was a reversal of the I98t situation, when equipment problems delayed results until the early morning hours. Results were in earlier this year than iii 1980 despite the record turnout. LILLIAN THOMASVideotape By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer Sexually-abused children usually bear physical or emotional scars (or both) from their experiences, and having to testify about the abuse in court can be equally traumatic. As a result, officials of the Department of Human Resources Child Protective Services and local law enforcement agenices have begun videotaping the victims of child sexual abuse as an alternative to giving direct testimony in court. The law that allows the videotaping of child abuse victims went into effect Aug. 29,1983, but being used in sex abuse cases local authorities have not had the equipment until recently. The videotape camera and recorder is being shared with County Attorney Bill Renner, who bought it out of his hot-check fund. This equipment must remain in the Courthouse to be of use to all departments who need it. Joan Tieinann, caseworker at Department of Human Resources, Detective Ray Douglas with the New Braunfels Police Department and Investigator Dennis Koepp with the Sheriff’s Department coordinated their schedules and met for the interview on the new videotaping equipment. Tiemannn said she hoped eventually a videotaping room will be set up at her office soon, so that on the weekends when emergency cases come up, the interviewer can take the child for an immediate interview. The Comal County Child Welfare Board has talked about trying to come up with money for the equipment Or it may Uke cooperative funding by several public agencies and individual contributions. “The idea is to have as few interviews with the child as possible. The more he or she repeals the tes^mony, the more the child will be traumatized by the event, many people feel. We want the victims to return to their normal routine and let the slow healing process of forgetting to begin,” the social worker pointed out Detective Douglas said another advantage to not putting the child through multiple interviews was that the videotaping was a stronger piece of evidence. “With each repetition, the child’s response to the questions becomes less spontaneous. The kid will get kind of numb to the events It lias a rehearsed look to it That is what you do not want,” Douglas said See VIDEO, Page IZA ;