New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
An Austin court ruled today that Westlake quarterback Todd Maroney can compete in the football playoffs, meaning that the every other Class 4A playoff team will have to take an open date during post-season play. Sports, Page 12A.
New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94- No. 221
November 14,1984 25 Cents
36 Pages-3 SectionsShuttle corrals 2nd stranded satellite
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) - With a shout of “Amazing!” Discovery’s spacewalking salvage crew made it 2-for-2 today, corralling a second stranded satellite and securing it in the shuttle’s cargo bay during a dramatic excursion captured in extraordinary television pictures.
“We have two satellites latched in the cargo bay,” commander Rick Hauck reported after Dale Gardner and Joe Allen had locked down the Westar 6 payload on a pallet next to the Palapa B2 satellite recovered on Monday.
Ifs actually 3-for-3, if you count a wayward wrench that Gardner had to chase down after it floated away and headed for outer space.
The double rescue completes one of the most ambitious and important operations in the shuttle’s brief history, vividly demonstrating the versatility of the reuseable space plane.
Westar 6 was latched in the bay 3 hours after Gardner cast free of Discovery to float across a 35-foot chasm and spear Westar w ith a lance-like docking pole.
“Ifs perfect ... beautiful,” Gardner exclaimed as he
speared the satellite’s engine nozzle with a lance-like locking pole.
A magnificent television picture from the spaceship showed Gardner slowly approaching and then snaring the slowly-spinning target against a backdrop of the blue, cloud-mottled Earth and its horizon.
“You do good work,” commented his space-walking companion. Joe Allen, who had captured another wayward satellite, Palapa B2, on Monday.
Gardner latched onto Westar just 8 minutes after he cast free of Discovery’s open cargo bay to cross a 35-foot
chasm between the two spacecraft. He was propelled by spurts of nitrogen gas from his rocket backpack.
Allen attached a tether to Westar and then gripped an antenna on the top, holding it steady so that Gardner could attach a berthing collar on the bottom.
Together they would lower the satellite into the bay and latch it next to Palapa for return to Elarth on Friday.
Allen’s mount was a change worked out to make it “a heck of a lot easier” to secure the satellite than tile unplanned muscle job they were forced to use in placing Palapa in the bay on Monday.
T oo soon
Kuempel, Traeger discuss HB 72 problems
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
A panel discussing House Bill 72, the education reform bill, agreed that most of the problems school districts are experiencing occur because the bill went into effect too soon.
The panel, sponsored by the Parent Student Teacher Association of Canyon Middle School, consisted of Sen. John Traeger. who supported the bill, Rep Edmund Kuempel, who opposed it. Dr. W.N. Kirby as the interim commissioner of the Texas Education Agency who has to work on interpreting it. Gay Watson, interim superintendent of Comal 1SD and Roy Linnarz. principal of Canyon Middle School
All agreed that the bill should have included a year in which to un-piement the changes, to give time for tile new board of education to get then sea leg ” md have some definitive interpretations in place by tile time the law went into effect But that is not what happened
“So what has happened is that the new school board was just getting
seated when school started. School districts had no guidelines to go by to make decisions and what we have is some implementations in some school districts that are overly restrictive and in others the school boards have maintained a common sense approach,” Traeger said.
Teachers and administrators were most concerned with the changes in the rules on discipline and promotion: one coach brought up the changes in grading that affected the students partcipation in activities; students and parents directed their questions to discipline and extracurricular activities. Administrators and parents also voiced concerns on the funding changes that have adversely affected Comal ISD in particular.
Traeger defended the basic elements of the bill, saying it was the first chance to get a substantial teacher pay raise and some needed improvements in the puoii education system for the entire 23 years he has been in the Texas Legislature
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P8-Z recommends zoning for shop center
By DANA STELL Staff writers
Planning commissioners Monday night recommended conunercial zoning on a piece of I Atop 337 land that is being eyed for a shopping center
After nearly a two-hour public hearing, the Commission changed the zoning on part of nine acres at the southwest corner of Ixxip 337 and Texas 46 North from residential to commercial.
The commission’s re-zonmg recommendations now will go before City Council.
Developer John Thomas appeared before the commission several months ago with proposed plans for the tract But because of opposition at that time, Thomas withdrew his proposal
He returned to the comnussion last night with two plans for the property — one a residential area containing two-story duplexes, and the other a
one-level shopping mall and small office park Thomas, who is developing Camp Warnecke’s Phase III, told the overflow crowd that although the residential plan could be profitable, he believes the shopping center is a better project.
“We’ve made an honest effort to try to do the best we can with the land planned and zoned as it is. This I the residential plant will work,” he said. “But I think this t the shopping center is a better plan. This project is a better project, economically for you and economically for me "
The Planning Commission placed a special permit stipulation on their recommendation to Council. That "special” use states, among other things, that Thomas must provide an eight-foot masonry fence to act as a buffer along the back of the property. Thomas said he also planned to plant a row of trees along the fence.
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Bryce McGuire, looking down, and Martin McLaughlin of Telecom Inc. of Houston are adding a 20-foot section to a 180-foot radio
tower on Kerlick Lane. The Utilities radio tower will be 300 feet tall when it is finished today
Great American Smokeout looks for quitters
Soviet ships head for Nicaragua
WASHINGTON (AP) - Additional Soviet vessels bearing military' equipment are headed toward Nicaragua as part of an arms buildup for the Sandinista government that already has gone well beyond the small nation’s defensive needs, the Reagan administration says.
The White House, the State Department and the Pentagon all issued statements Tuesday expressing concern about recent and impending weapons deliveries and about Sandinista intentions toward other Central American countries.
At the State Department, deputy spokesman Alan Romberg said even though there is no indication Nicaragua has received advanced combat aircraft, the Level of heavy weaponry that the Sandiruslas have been acquiring ‘ exceeds anything which is justifiable in purely defensive terms.”
An administration official, briefing White House reporters on condition he not be identified, said the Nicaraguan buildup “has reached an unprecedented rate” in last six weeks or two months.
At the Pentagon, spokesman Michael I. Burch said the United States would be prepared to provide military assistance to El Salvador and Honduras should they face an invasion by Nicaragua.
Privately. U.S. officials expressed concern over the Sandinistas’ recent acquisition of Soviet Mi24 helicopters, a high-performance aircraft that the Soviets have used extensively in counter-insurgency operations in Afghanistan The officials, who asked not to be identified, said the air-to-ground capability of the Mi24’s will be extremely useful for the Sandinistas against U S.-backed rebels but also will pose a danger to Nicaragua’s northern neighbor, Honduras. Weaponry aboard the Mi24 is capable of firing 25,000 rounds per minute, according to official estimates.
While concern here over the possibility of a Soviet delivery af MiG-21’s has receded, the administration is worried over the implications of recent deliveries of other equipment and of a “bunch” of Soviet vessels now steaming toward Nicaragua. At least some of the vessels are carrying military equipment, one official said.
By DEBBIE DoLOACH Staff writer
Statistics from the American Cancer Society show 45 million people would like to quit smoking. How about tomorrow?
Thursday is the 1984 Great American Smokeout, but a pep rally this afternoon will kick off local Smokeout efforts. The rally, sponsored by the Comal Nurse Committee of the American Cancer Society, will be in the New Braunfels Utilities parking lot, beginning at 5:30 p.m.
“This ut going to be an informal-type, fun kickoff with the release of helium ballons donated by McDonalds and plenty of materials on hand for distribution tomorrow,” Debbie Williford said. She is on the board of directors for the Comal Unit
of the American Cancer Society.
Drs. Cary I Everett and Jack Bergfeld will also be at the pep rally to represent the medical profession, and music will be provided by the Mariachi Cardenas.
“If we can get smokers to give it up for 24 hours, then why not give it up for good?,” Williford added.
Cancer Society statistics also show that 18.7 million Americans stopped smoking last year. That’s the same theme behind the “Adopt-a-Smoker” campaign set for Thursday at both Canyon and New Braunfels high
“Some of the students have
adopted their parents. Some have
fnends who smoke, and others are concentrating on their neighbors,” Joanie Garza at NBHS said. "We have adoption papers to sign to make it more real, and those who stick with it will receive little treats as rewards during the day.”
At Canyon, Betty Kyle said Student Council members have packets
complete with adoption papers and buttons that read, ‘Be nice to me. I quit today.’ “We also have a film entitled The Decision is Yours,’ and
red-and-white diplomas for those who make it through the day,” Kyle
Both Kyle and Garza are on the Comal Unit board of directors for the American Cancer Society.
A computer program is also available at both schools to provide health and money projections on smokers. “You punch in the person’s age, how long they’ve smoked, which brand, and the computer tells you how much tar and nicotine you have in your lungs already and how much money you’ve spent supporting the habit,” Garza said.
“One little girl punched in her father,” she added, “and found out he’d have $10,000 for her college education... if he hadn't spent it on cigarettes.”
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In Tuesday’s Herald Zeitung, Tom Purdum, executive vice president of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, was quoted as saying Wurstfest visitors spent $1,250,000,000 on the grounds during the 10-day festival, The correct amount was $1,250,000. We regret any inconvenience the error mav have caused
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