New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 9, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
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State of alert
Nicaragua prepares for invasion from U.S.
Huck replaces Panebianco as electric superintendent
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — The Sandinista government says it is arming civilians, including 20,000 student volunteers who normally help harvest coffee, to defend itself from a predicted U.S. invasion.
Claiming that an “escalation of aggression” indicated an invasion was imminent, Foreign Minister Miguel d’Escoto announced Thursday night that the leftist government was mobilizing its reserve defense forces.
He also told reporters ard foreign diplomats that Nicaragua was requesting an urgent meeting of the
U.N. Security Council to denounce the alleged acts of aggression, saying they “pose a situation that is extremely grave.”
He charged that a U.S. spy plane caused sonic booms Thursday over Managua and listed several other complaints. These included “harassment” of a Soviet freighter by U.S. Navy frigates inside Nicaraguan waters, deployment of U.S. warships in the Caribbean and Pacific, and “very suspicious movements” in at least three U.S. Army bases in the United States.
Pentagon spokesmen refused to
comment on the overflights, but denied that U.S. Navy vessels had entered Nicaraguan waters. They also denied a Sandinista claim that a U.S. military plane was chased away by gunfire Wednesday near the Pacific port of Corinto, where the Soviet frieghter docked.
In Washington, Reagan administration officials raised the possibility the Soviet vessel may not contain MiG fighters, as had been suggested, but less sophisticated Czech-built L-39-ZA trainer plane.
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By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
New Braunfels Utilities has a new electrical distribution superintendent, but his face is already a familiar one around the office.
John G. Huck Jr., has worked at Utilities for IVt years as an electrical engineer technican. He has now been promoted to replace Frank Panebianco, who’s been with Utilities nine years — four of those as electrical distribution superintendent.
Before coming to New Braunfels, Huck worked over 30 years for City
Public Service in San Antonio. “I ve enjoyed NRU,” he said, “and think my new job will be challenging.” Panebianco's new job, effective Jan. I, will be with Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative as operations manager. Headquartered in Giddings, Panebianco said Bluebonnet serves 45,000 electric customers from
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Unicorns face Pace in race to state
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Bv DANA STELL Staff writer
An Austin woman was being a bit corny at Wurstfest.
She proved it Monday night when she ate a corn on the cob in 16
She defended her com speed-eating championship two more times that night and w hen all w as said and done, she had downed five ears of corn.
According to one of the Breakfast lions working at the corn on the cob booth, “a young lady was at the booth, when a man came up and bought an ear of corn She said she could eat an ear of corn in 45 seconds.
“He said he could eat an ear of corn in 30 seconds. Then, she said that if he would buy her one, she'd do it. So, timed with an official digital watch, she finished her corn in 16.67 seconds.”
The woman returned to the booth twice and challenged two other hearty eaters in the corny contest — her slowest time was 22 seconds.
But that appears to be the exception rather than the rule at Wurstfest so far this year Of course, there have been the usual chicken dances, and Jim Villarreal, in the Babe Ruth league booth, has seen people with antennas on their heads performing bullfights in the middle of the food hall.
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Dressed for the occasion, Naomi and Pete Zimmermann dance in The Big Tent at Wurstfest
Controversial plan before state board
AUSTIN (API — A proposal that high school athletes, along with band and pep squad members, be allowed to continue their out-of-classroom activities while making up failing grades has been placed in the hands of the State Board of Education.
The proposal was approved Thursday. 6-2, by the legislature Education Board, which monitors actions of the new appointed education panel.
The state board also will consider an LEB-approved provision that limits out-of-school practice, such as athletics, band and pep squad, to eight hours per vs eek for each activity.
Jon Brumley. chairman of the state board, told the LEB another matter that the board would have to consider was the problem of providing competency tests for public school teachers. He said the state has enough money to present the initial tests to teachers but studies are being made of future, more-detailed tests.
One estimate calls for $5 million to prepare the second round of tests and another $6 million to administer them.
Speaker Gib lewis and Rep. Bill Haley. D-Center, an author of the 1984 school reform bill that barred participation in athletics by students who fail one course, strenuously opposed the grade makeup provision at Thursday’s li£B meeting
Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and Sen. Carl Parker. D-Port Arthur, the Senate sponsor of the reform act, said the proposal carried out the ‘ spirit” of the public school changes made in the summer special session.
Haley said he agreed with the eight-hour limit on out-of-school practice but said the makeup plan put too much responsibility on teachers and added to their duties
“Don't put all this on the teacher to have to deal with something other than their academic duties,” Haley said.
Jack Strong of Longview , the chairman of the students committee of the State Board of Education, said the proposal actually would strengthen the legislature's intent that public school students devote more time to their studies during school hours and leave extracurricular activities to after-school time.
The proposal also will restrict school administrators from dismissing classes for pep rallies, class pictures and assemblies.
It would require an average grade of 70 in all courses in order to take part in athletics and other extracurricular activities.
However, Strong said. a student failing in one course for a six-week period could make up the work during the follow ing six weeks with the teacher’s permission and a written parental request The student would be required to attend at least two tutorial sessions each week. usual!) after school and on w eekends
The provision would expire in two years unless continued by the 1987 legislature
Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby (left) is for the proposal, while House Speaker Gib Lewis, who helped author the education reform passage, is against it.Developer, commissioners eye flood plain action
A developer Thursday proposed a way to amend the federal flood plain and flood way map to make it more accurate without costing the county anything.
Rob Eversberg, developer of Guadalupe River Estates, told county commissioners that property owners in that subdivision have retained the Epsey and Huston engineering firm to study the accuracy of the flood plain map. The county would only have to submit their appeal to the Federal Emergency Management Ad
“The initial study of this subdivision shows that the base flood elevation may be inaccurate. It will take 18 months for a restudy.” he explained.
According to FEMA regulations, only a governmental entity can submit an appeal. Once the engineers prepare a preliminary study, and the county submits an appeal, FEMA could grant an 18-month moratorium on using the new map since its accuracy would be in question At that time the old flood plain map would be in effect until the 18-month study was completed
The county will not have to join in any of the cost of the study, but help only in submitting the document that the engineers prepare "A lot of people who have bought property in these areas now designated in the flood way were ready to build, but they cannot get building permits and are in a position to lose a lot. If we go back to the original flood map during the interim, they can proceed.” he said Eversberg also assured the court that the engineering firm was chosen because it has done studies on both sides of the issue, for FEMA and
State runs wrong tests on river
Officials of the state health department this week finally came aud took samples from different points along the Comal River and from I anda lake.
But, the San Antonio laboratory used by the health department ran the wrong type of test on the samples.
Back to square one.
‘‘The samples that were pulled Monday were turned over to the lab by the state health department,” said city manager Joe Michie. “The lab ran the wrong tests.”
The San Antonio lab conducted tests that determine a total bacteria count in the water. The city of New Braunfels is interested in only the fecal coliform count.
The health department was called last month to test the river water, but late October rains caused the sampling to be postponed.
High fecal coliform counts in parts of the Comal and in Landa Lake prompted the city to post warning signs in several areas along the river.
counties such as Fort Bend and Brazoria, and have sucessfuliy challenged FEM A's maps.
In other business, commissioners agreed to participate with the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation in building two railroad crossing warning devices along Watson l,ane. The county will pay 5 percent of the costs of the project, the state, 25 percent and the federal government, 70 percent.
The warning device where the Missouri-Pacific tracks cross the road will cost the county an estimated $4,750 and the warningInside
City officials hope that the early fall rains have increased the water flow enough to lessen the bacteria level, and want state verification of a lower level before taking the signs down.
Michie said health department workers may return today to pull samples from the water and he expects to have test results by Monday.
“The state apologizes and will run the samples again,” the city manager said. “That’s the story, pure and simple.”
Comal River ..........166 cts (up 3)
Canyon Lake inflow 133 cfs (down 12) Canyon Dam outflow . 300 cfs (same)
Edwards Aquifer 622 48 (down .011 Canyon Lake level . . 900 23 (down 04)Today's Weather
It will be cloudy to partly cloudy today with a high of 85, becoming cooler tonight with a low of about 52. Expect sunny and pleasant
device at the Missoun-Kansas-Texas tracks crossing w ill cost $4,500 “The MoPac crossing is where we have had three trucks torn up We put in a stop sign there after that, and there have been no more accidents, but I was told that we had probably the only railroad crossing in the state that had a stop sign at it. Commissioner Bill George said “I’m glad to see something more being done. With the increased traffic out there, its only a matter of time before someone will get seriously injured or killed.” he said Commissioners also created the
position of electronic data program manager to begin Jan. I and decided to hire Freddie O'Neal of Plano His first year which would be a probationary period
‘I think it going to take at least that long before we can really evaluate the results of anything he has done. It will probably take six months before he has studied everything and begins to make recommendations.” Commissioner J I,, i Jumbo) Evans said.
County Judge Fred Clark will
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weather tomorrow with a high reaching 75. Winds today will be from the southwest at IO to 15 mph. Yesterday’s high was 83 and this morning’s low was 68 Sunset today will be at 5:39 p m. and sunrise tomorrow will be at 6:51 p.m.Snubbed
Bruce Sutter and Rick Sutcliffe, two of baseball’s most successful pitchers last season, weren’t nearly as popular as some less talented — but lower-priced — players at baseball’s free agent draft Thursday. Sports. Papa BA