New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 26, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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With this year’s $80,000 goal within light, the active push for Community ?und dollars is over, and the board of iirectors can coast for a while, a jubilant Jim Cook announced to a board meeting at the Chamber of Commerce offices Tuesday.
But only for a while. Bob Smith, who will take over as Comfund president next year, wants to get an early start at identifying possible donors and additions to the list of 20 public service
and charitable organizations that benefit from the annual drive.
"The whole purpose of the Community Fund is to band together those agencies that need money. We’ve added two new ones this year. In the last four years it has suddenly become a whole lot bigger; ifs got to be a year-long effort,” Smith said.
But for now, "nothing but smiles are in order,” Cook said. A balance of $77,682 in cash or pledges has been
secured, and "the balance will trickle in during this last month,” he said.
From past experience, many donors customarily send their checks in December, he said.
"Based on past performance, we’ve passed our goal. I hate to declare it officially over — people might not send in their donation.”
Cook showered congratulations on everyone in the room, singling out Roxolin Krueger and Margaret
Naegelin for special praise.
"It was a tough row to hoe. The agencies we represent can all breathe a sigh of relief. Two or three weeks ago I wasn’t sure we’d make it. The goal seemed ambitious to most of us, but not to you. Hoxie, or to you, Margaret," Cook said.
"We live in a community that supports those within it I can’t emphasize the importance of that enough,” Naegelin said.
Cook would not disclose the size of the largest single contribution, or who donated it, but he and other board members cited TXI, Inc., Westport Pepperell, Symons Corp. and other area industries for their corporate gifts and payroll deduction programs. Both local school districts also were praised.
“We don’t want to leave anybody out. We’re grateful to everybody, for every size donation,” Cook said.
The fund also benefited from $7,700
earmarked from the Combined Federal Campaign.
"We were going only by word of mouth, trying to reach anybody living here who worked for the government. We got a lot more designated gifts than we expected,” Cook said.
A nominating committee was named to fill seven board positions whose three-year terms of office expire Jan.
I. Voting will take place at a dinner meeting Jan. 18.
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New Braunfels, Texas
Drivers had to battle ice on the windshield...
Mercury dips to 7 in Amarillo
Snowfall sets record in Lubbock
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A record-breaking winter storm blanketed the South Plains with snow this morning and temperatures dropped into the teens in many communities.
The travelers’ advisory for the region was lifted early today, but police urged motorists to use extreme caution because of the icy, snowy conditions.
Lubbock broke a record Tuesday when the cumulative snowfall total for November reached 22 inches. The previous monthly record of 16.8 inches was set in February 1956.
Amarillo, covered with a four-inch carpet of snow, tied a record when the mercury plunged to 7 degrees shortly before 4 a.m., matching the record for the date set in 1952.
But the National Weather Service expected the worst to be over by tonight, although forecasters cautioned that the storm-lashed regions would warm only slightly and driving conditions would remain hazardous.
No major roads or highways were reported closed, but the Department of Public Safety urged motorists to keep driving to a minimum.
“It’s colder than blue blazes and everybody wants to go to Grandma’s house for Thanksgiving,” said DPS officer Burt Sinclair.
No power outages were reported in Lubbock, but officials in far West Texas towns of Canutillo and Denver City noted brief blackouts.
Jim Goodwin, public relations manager for Southwestern Bell in Lubbock, said the company was handling about 100,000 calls per hour during the morning — about 50 percent above normal.
The storm shut down schools, closed airports, and curtailed Christmas shopping. At least one large Lubbock shopping mall closed at 6 p.m., three hours early. Texas Tech University, due to start the Thanksgiving holidays Wednesday, canceled classes Tuesday.
Maintenance crews at Lubbock’s airport kept the runways cleared, but
.. .and scrape peepholes on the rear window Wednesday
zero visibility grounded all planes.
The weather also caused the cancellation of a closed-circuit telecast at the Lubbock Civic Center of the Sugar Ray I^eonard-Roberto Duran welterweight championship fight.
Snow and sleet were reported late Tuesday as far south as Austin and as far east as the Tyler-Longview area. Clouds and l ain blanketed much the rest of Texas.
In Austin, snow began falling during the height of the evening rush hour and police reported 122 minor car wrecks
as motorists slid on icy highways and bridges.
At least one rural school district in the Austin area cancelled classes today and other school officials kept a close eye on the storm.
Snow mixed with rain also fell Tuesday night over wide sections of the Texas Hill Country.
Winds gusted briefly to over 50 mph in the Corpus Christi area as heavy rains of more than one inch pelted the coastal bend area. The Coast Guard airlifted rescued several crewmen
Staff photos by John Senior
from a pipeline barge after gale-force winds snapped the vessel’s moorings loose.
The forecast called for precipitation to end today except for some lingering showers in the southeast. Highs were expected to range from the 30s in Northwest Texas to the 50s in southern sections.
The National Weather Service predicted a slow warming trend to develop by Thursday, although temperatures were expected to remain below seasonal norms through the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
Trucker charged intrain collision
KENNER, La. I API — A gasoline truck ran through a barricade at a railroad crossing, collided with a freight train and burst into flames, torching a neighborhood bar, killing seven people and forcing hundreds of people to flee their homes, authorities say.
The truck driver, identified by police as Glendon R. Russey, 36, of Baton
Rouge, an employee of Mobil Corp., was booked on seven counts of negligent homicide following the collision Tuesday night. The crash sent flames IOO feet high and plunged much of this suburb of New Orleans into darkness.
Kenner's chief administrative officer said the driver passed a stopped car and a barricade at the crossing and
drove onto the track, where the tanker, loaded with 8,600 gallons of gasoline, collided with an Illinois Central Gulf train.
Administrative Officer Jimmy Warren said interviews with several witnesses indicated the truck "attempted to out-run the train to the crossing.”
"There was a collision. The truck
broke in half,” Warren said.
Warren said six of the victims were in the bar, Buck’s and Chuck’s, a popular after-work watering hole. The bar was leveled by a fire sparked by explosions which followed the collision.
The seventh victim was identified as 6-month-old Heidi McGill, who was in the car the truck allegedly passed, officials said.
Sledge given 5-year term
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
Richard Sledge, former New Braunfels Utilities general manager, was sentenced to five years in the Texas Department of Corrections and fined $2,000.
The sentence was pronounced by 22nd District Court Judge Terry L.
Jacks shortly after 11:15 a.m. today.
“Well, what can I say? I feel like I deserved any punishment I got — I’ve felt that way all along,” a subdued Sledge said after the sentencing.
“All I can say is, it’s my own fault. I can’t blame anybody else,” he added.
Sledge said he will not file for a new trial.
“There’s no point in it. I pleaded guilty, and that was it. It would just cost the courts a bunch of extra time and money. No more agony,” he said.
Sledge pleaded guilty Dot 23 to a charge of second-degree felony theft of $23,000 worth of New Braunfels Utilities funds in July of 1976.
Sledge, represented by attorney Fred Clark, testified for IO minutes in his own behalf.
His wife, Johnnie, and two character witnesses, insurance agent Merritt Schumann and the Rev. Fred Rest, associate pastor at First Protestant Church, also spoke.
"This is not an easy case to rule,” Jacks said after Clark finished presenting his witnesses and resting his defense with arguments that Sledge was clearly repentant and unlikely to repeat the offense.
“I don’t have any reason to question or disbelieve the testimony presented in his behalf. The principal offense was the betrayal of a public trust," the judge said.
Sledge was stoical during the pronouncement of sentence but had to comfort his wife, who broke down. Sledge quietly thanked his witnesses and escorted her from the courtroom.
The Adult Probation Office’s presentence investigation resulted in a highly favorable recommendation for probation, Clark said.
Sledge told the court his one brush with the law had “not only affected my life, but my family and my friends. I lost the trust of the community, and that’s what affects me the most.” Sledge said he took the money because he was threatened with a foreclosure on the mortgage to his home.
“I got desperate, I couldn’t find the money, looking back, it seems an awfully .shallow reason,” he said.
The Sledges plan to sell their home in San Antonio to make full restitution, and Sledge added after the sentencing that his punishment will not change this resolve.
"I’ll have no peace of mind until ifs paid back,” he said.
"I never really expected probation.
A lot of people stood up for me on my behalf, but if I were the judge, I’d probably have made the same decision.”
Sledge said his business partners in San Antonio will help provide for his
RICHARD SLEDGE .. waiting outside courtroom
family. He has two daughters.
“I won’t be able to assist my partners in the task of making a living. That’s the main thing that concerns me more than anything else. That and whether it will affect my further ability to earn a living.
“I have a strong need to make a comment on the Utilities board. I feel they have taken an undue amount of punishment for this thing. They’re a bunch of good men. They had some decisions to make, and in their own way they stuck by me, no matter what.
"In some areas they’ve been ridiculed for being insensitive, and it’s not true.
"This community has been good to me, up until now. It will continue to grow and prosper no matter what,” he said.
Plea bargaining with District Attorney Bill Schroeder resulted in the dropping of an aggravated perjury charge Oct. 23 Two official misconduct indictments also returned against Sledge were dismissed in July by Jacks, who ruled the statute of limitations had expired.
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