New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 5, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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New school in works
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Talk of building a new elementary school in New Braunfels Independent School District is no longer just talk.
Supt. O.E. Hendricks revealed Monday that the district has “taken an option" on a 20-acre tract of land to be used as a site for the new school.
The district has paid a down-paymer.t of $10,000 for the land, located on County Line Road off FM 725 toward McQueeney, Hendricks said in a telephone interview.
“This is payment for the option to buy," he said. “If we don’t buy it, we lose the money.”
As for the location, Hendricks noted, “We feel this would be a good place to put an elementary school.”
Funds to pay for the new school would have to come from a public bond issue, as NBISD officials have acknowledged for some time now.
NBISD pays $10,000 for property off FM 725
Hendricks said Monday that he’s still looking for that bond issue to be called later this year, possibly in November or December.
He did not yet know how big a bond issue it would take to pay for the new school, as well as finance the changes recommended for the other schools, as proposed by the district’s long-range planning committee.
“These people are going to have to tell us (how big a bond issue to call for),” Hendricks said, referring to the district-hired architectural firm of .lessen Associates Inc. from Austin.
“And I don’t think they know yet,” Hendricks added.
Currently Jessen architects are studying the long-range planning committee’s recommendations for meeting district-wide growth. The committee predicted that within the next IO years, NBISD’s student population would increase by as much as 50 percent.
To meet this growth, the committee recom
mended that a new elementary school be constructed and that all campuses and the district’s administrative office be expanded.
Tonight when the NBISD board meets at New Braunfels High School, architects from Jessen will present their findings, Hendricks noted. The meeting, which will be held in the high school library, will begin at 7:30 p.m.
This will be the architects’ first presentation since they began studying the district’s growth. Hendricks expects them to present drawings of how current schools can be expanded to accomodate more classrooms.
Hendricks does not expect the architects to have cost estimates for their recommendations Tuesday.
“They took the plans and have been studying the recommendations of the committee,” said Hendricks. “They’ve put the pencils to some of them, but not all."
See NBISD, Page 14
Universal City woman dies in one-car crash
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
An 18-year-old Universal City woman was pronounced dead at the scene of a one-car rollover on Texas 46 Sunday morning.
Susan Ann Weaver, a senior at Providence High School, reportedly was on her way home from a party in Bandera when her 1982 Mercury Lynx went off the right side of the road, skidded 550 feet and flipped three times, throwing the driver 40 feet.
The accident occurred at 6 a.m., eight tenths of a mile west of Blanco Road. The victim was pronounced dead by Fred Stewart, Justice of the Peace for
Comal County’s precinct 3.
Two San Antonio men got away with minor injuries when their vehicle flipped on an IH 35 entrance ramp Monday afternoon.
Ricky I>ee Royal, 23, and Samuel Anderson, 21, were headed onto the expressway’s southbound lanes by way of the ramp just beyond Seguin Avenue at 3:12 p.m. According to tile police report, Royal, the driver, took the ramp at an unsafe speed, hit the curb and broke a light pole. The vehicle, a 1968 Mercury two-door owned by Bo’s Auto Sales of San Antonio, turned over several times.See WRECK, Page 14
A New -Ijalrir Braunfels
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Alcoholism's victims must face facts — Doling
By CINDY RICHARDSON Staff writer
"lf alcoholism were a communicable disease, a national emergency would be declared. Dr William Mennmger.
There are an estimated 9 million alcoholics in the United States, and over 425,000 in Texas according to a recent pamphlet published by the Texas Commission on Alcoholism. Only a small percentage of these are on “skid row.”
“It’s most definitely a problem," said Steve Doring, alcoholism counselor at the Comal County Mental Health Center. “And people deny it right lo the end. That’s the hardest thing to overcome.”
Doring has been working with alcoholics for about 20 years, and professionally counseling them for ten. He’s seen people from all occupations from “skid row to U.S. Congressmen, stock brokers, insurance executives, businessmen, doctors, even an aerospace executive. You name it, all segments and races are represented.’’
There is no single cause of alcoholism, but it usually starts when a person drinks to escape his problems. Recent research has indicated that a person’s tendency towards alcoholism might be hereditary, Doring said, but this link has not been proven.
“It’s a complicated and insane disease,” he said. “And alcoholism doesn’t stop once you’ve contracted the disease. It’s a progressive, yet treatable disease. It’s a time bomb waiting to explode."
Self-denial is the worst problem most alcoholics have, Doring said. “The alcoholic knows it (alcohol) is a problem and yet he denies it and continues to drink. He says it’s not that bad.’ They sure will kid themselves. No one wants to be labelled different’. Everyone has their own concept of what an alcoholic is.
“You can’t force people to accept treatment,” he noted. I can’t live their lives for them. I offer empathy, not sympathy."
Alcoholics usually seek help when “they hit their bottom, when* enough has liappened to them,”
See COUNSELOR, Page 14
Vol. 91 -No. 195
TUESDAY October 5,1982 2S cunts
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Parliament is expected to outlaw the suspended Solidarity union this week and set up a two-year timetable to restructure Polish unions under tight control of the ruling Communist Party.
Excerpts of a draft law obtained Monday by The Associated Press would sharply restrict the right to strike and allow walkouts only as a “final resort” requiring a week’s notice. Violators would face stiff penalties including prison terms.
“This law takes effect the day it is enacted,” the draft law states. “Registration of trade unions effected before this law ... lose their legal force.”
A Polish journalist and longtime union observer said the measure apparently is aimed at fragmenting the labor movement “into myriads of mutually exclusive unions.”
Solidarity, the first union in the Soviet bloc free of Communist Party control, was formed during August 1980 shipyard strikes in Gdansk. The government suspended it last Dec. 13 following waves of strikes and challenges to party authority. At its peak the union had 9.5 million members.
Archbishop Jozef Glemp, primate of the nation’s powerful Roman Catholic Church, has expressed fears that violence might erupt if Solidarity were banned. Supporters have staged sporadic bloody protests since the government suspended the union and detained its top leaders.
Church sources in Rome said the tense situation in Poland had prompted Glemp to cancel his visit
Steve Doring offers empathy in counseling alcoholics
Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
eyes ban of Solidarity
to the Vatican on Thursday. They said his 12-city North American tour, including a possible meeting with President Reagan, also hung in doubt.
Parliament, which has always operated under strict Communist Party control, is expected to vote on the proposed union law during a two-day .session opening Friday.
The measure provides for a new union structure based on professions and initially limited to the factory level, erasing Solidarity’s immense power as a national force. Unions also would be forbidden to tack names like “Solidarity” onto their titles.
Although trade unions could be established in workplaces, nationwide organizations would be forbidden until 1983. National organizations could form inter-union central boards, or federations, beginning in 1984.
Some Western observers said this timetable would allow the Communist Party to monitor union development and guard against the swift, independent growth Solidarity enjoyed.
In other developments, the martial-law regime sentenced Poland’s former ambassador to the United States to death for treason, the official PAP news agency said Monday.
It said former diplomat Romuald Spasowski, who defected to the United States shortly after the December crackdown, was sentenced to death in absentia after the Supreme Military Prosecutor’s office appealed an unspecified lighter penalty handed down by a lower military court Aug. 28.
Comal County forecast calls for hazy and warm by this afternoon, then becoming fair and mild tonight, and partly cloudy and continued warm Wednesday. Winds will be southeasterly at 5-10 mph today, and light and variable tonight. Sunset will be at 7:12 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7:26 a.m.
No, it’s not the big football rivalry, but in many ways, the Canyon-New Braunfels volleyball matchup is more interesting. The two teams split last year, and both coaches expect a lot of action when they meet tonight for the first time this season. See Page 6
FBI hunting pill poisoner
CHICAGO (AP) Two dozen suspects in the cyanide poisonings of seven people range from "a young hippie to an old man,” say investigators who are trying to find a link between the murders and hundreds of Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules dumped in a motel parking lot.
At a press briefing Monday night, Illinois Attorney General Tyrone Fahner said some of the suspects have a history of violent crime. He did lid comment further on ihe people under investigation.
He also said IO to 12 more officers w ould be added to a task force of more than IOO people probing the murders of the seven Chicago-area people, who died after swallowing the Tylenol that had been spiked with cyanide.
He also disclosed that preliminary lab tests found no trace of cyanide in the empty Extra-Strength Tylenol capsules and powder discovered in a suburban motel parking lot by two sheriff’s deputies on Sept. 28. the day before the first deaths.
The lab results, however, don’t rule out a possible link between the poisonings and the discarded capsules, said Fahner, who has called the incident “one of .several very-substantial leads" under investigation.
“We still don’t know why someone would throw out all those pills in a parking lot," Fahner said, adding the material will be tested further.
After the officers handled the capsules, they suffered dizziness, nausea and vomiting. But Fahner said Monday investigators are “reasonably certain" these were not symptoms of cyanide poisoning.
Meanw hile, a trade group representing manufacturers and distributors of over-the-counter drugs planned to meet with representatives of the Food and Drug Administration today to discuss safety in packaging.
“We think that perhaps there are
ways we could make them (drugs) more secure once they have left the factory or the warehouse and are in fact in a drug or grocery store," said FDA Commissioner Arthur Hill Hayes.
Investigators believe the deaths are the result of one person “salting" store shelves with single bottles containing a few poisoned capsules.
The Proprietary Association, a Washington, D.C., trade group, set up task force to w ark with ♦ne EDA on the problem.
Also today, funeral services were set for three members of one family who died last week after taking the poisoned drug. Adam Janus, his brother Stanley and Stanley’s wife, Theresa, were to be buried after a joint Roman Catholic service in Chicago.
The city has banned the sale of the best-selling pain remedy, and state officials have urged consumers not to use it until the source of the cyanide-tainted capsules is firmly-established.
On Monda\, 1.300 volunteers combed Chicago streets to try- to alert all 3 million residents to warnings issued about the deadly capsules.
“We’re going door to door in some places like senior-citizen complexes," said Deputy Police Superintendent Ira Harris. “We canvassed a lot of churches yesterday, and it will be a continous effort. This is the first time we’ve been able to mobilize this many volunteers for one effort."
The volunteers handed out warning leaflets in Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic and Polish in the city’s ethnic neighborhoods because of ct ncern that residents who speak lit*Ie English might not have understood the ban on Ty lenol products.
I .ab technicians have tested more than I million capsules of F.xtra-
See TYLENOL, Page 14
Students named to district choir
Comal County has a voice in the high school District Choir.
Twenty-two voices, in fact. At tryouts last Saturday, New Braunfels High School placed eight students in the honorary choir. Smithson Valley and Canyon each placed seven.
Glenn Green of Smithson Valley went all the way to the top, named first chair in the first tenor section. His classmate Mike King came in sixth in the same section. Joe Trullender, Curtis Hinze and Hon Comer were respectively ranked second, fourth and fourteenth in the low bass section.
Also placing from SVHS were Katie Heifer, Soprano ll, sixth chair; and Stephanie Zerbel, Soprano I,
Canyon’s winners included first sopranos Tracy Ohm and Elizabeth l.aShomb, ranked 10th and 13th; second sopranos Amy Mazy and Tina
DeVillez, ranked fourth and eighth; Teresa Moehrig, 15th-chair second alto; and John Rayborn and Patrick Voss; ranked ninth and 15th in Bass ll.
Placing from New Braunfels were Robin Richardson, Soprano I, eighth chair; Bori Pettyjohn, 13th-chair Alto I; Sabrina Koch, 15th-chair Alto I and Georgic Tamayo, lOth-chair Alto ll.
Four men from NBHS also placed. First tenor Kevin Schmidt was ranked lith, and second tenor Shawn Jack ranked 14th. David Perez was fifth in the low bass section, and Robert Compton got 10th chair in the high basses.
Of the 580 students trying out at Churchill High School Saturday, 256 were named to the choir, with 16 in each of the eight sections. All district winners will proceed to region tryouts on Oct. 30.