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Comfund total reaches $24,000
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
Pledges are coming in daily, making the 1982-83 Comal County Community Fund $85,000 drive goal at least $24,000 more of a reality.
That was an informal total figure from Comfund secretary Suzanne Herbelin Thursday, who added that was a conservative figure.
Organizers of Comfund this year are concentrating on those $1, $5, $10 contributions coming from people who have never before given. In fact, that’s the underlying theme this year —
“a little bit here and there will take care of it.”
“I feel very strongly about those $1 and $5 contributions,” attorney John Chunn said at a Comfund board meeting Monday. “Add those amounts up, get enough of them together, and we’ll be in business."
Herbelin reported the group is tapping a market that’s never been reached before through the new yellow return envelopes. “Those things are having a real impact, because they’re in the mail this thick every day. We received at least $1,500 from
See COMFUND. Page 14
Comal Grand Jury returns 11 indictments
Comal County Grand Jury-returned ll indictments against ll individuals Wednesday.
Damacio Hernandez Mendez of 274 Napolean, ai. I John McCurry Earls of Route 2, Box 566-G, New Braunfels, were each indicted for driving while intoxicated — subsequent offense.
Theft over $200, but less than $10,000 indictments were returned against Walter Allen Cook of 215 S Polaris, San Antonio, Richard Diaz of 1524 W. Basse Rd., San Antonio. and Francisca Cortez Pena of P.O. Box 164, Kames City.
Lance Sterling Burdette and
Gerald I<aughery, both of Star Route 3, Box 104-A, New Braunfels, were each indicted for possession of a controlled substance — tetrahydrocannabinol. Charles Wayne Kelley of 214 S. Plaza. San Antonio, was indicted for possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and Rudan I Laverne Forkey of Route I, Box 116 A-6.
Spring Branch, was indicted for possession of marijuana over four ounces
Other indictments returned were:
- Brian Joseph John Shermer
See GRAND JURY, Page 14
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91-No. 206
THURSDAY October 21,1982 25 cents
Lebanese leader wants more troops
ROME i API Helicopters flew overhead and guards were deployed with submachine guns as authorities took extraordinary security precautions today for the arrival of lebanese President Amin Gemayel, one day after the bombing of the lebanese Embassy here.
Gemayel came from Pans, where he called for increasing the multinational peacekeeping force in his country to 30,000 troops, nearly IO times its present size.
The president’s special Middle East Airlines jetliner touched down at Rome's Ciampino military airport at IO a m. (5 a m. EDT) and the Maronite Christian president left immediately for the Vatican and an audience with Pope John Paul II.
He also was scheduled to confer with President Sandro Pertini and visit the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, which is headed by fellow lebanese Edouard Saouma.
As police helicopters hovered overhead, patrol ( irs cruised the route of Gemayel’s motorcade. Riot police wearing bulletproof vests and toting submachine guns guarded key points along the path.
An FAU source described security at the U.N. complex as “overwhelming.’’
The stiff precautions for Gemayel — whose brother, President-elect Bashir Gemayel, was killed in a Beirut bombing in September - apparently were tied to Wednesday’s explosion outside the lebanese Embassy in Rome.
No one has claimed responsibility for the blast, which injured a bystander. Police said they were searching for two young blond women seen fleeing the scene.
Before leaving Paris. Gemayel told a news conference Wednesday that his visits to the U.S., French and Italian governments also had “the specific objective of extending the role of the multinational force” the three nations deployed in Beirut last month to maintain order following the slaughter at two Palestinian refugee camps.
Gemayel, a rightist Christian sworn to unite his divided nation, repeated his oft-made demand for withdrawal of the Syrian, Palestinian and Israeli forces that made lebanon a battleground this summer.
He told the news conference that he wants the 3.800-man multinational force, which was the second foreign peace force sent to Beirut since the
See LEBANON, Page 14
Edwards board candidates can file soon
Filing for candidacy for election to the board of directors of the Edwards Underground Water District will begin Nov. 5 and continue through Nov. 22.
According to the EUWD office in San Antonio, one director will be elected from each of the five counties in the district — Comal, Bexar, Hays, Medina and Uvalde — in the bi-ennial election set for Jan. 15.
Directors whose terms of office expire at the end of February are Oliver O. Haas, Comal County; Henry Van DeWalle, Bexar; Robert Kmspel, Hays; Charles W. Rothe, Medina; and Rodney E.
There are three directors from each county, and terms are for six years. Haas, who serves as county chairman, has represented Comal County on the board since 1977.
Carroll Hoffmann and Craig Hollnng are Comal County’s other board members.
Filing information can be obtained from the county area chairman < Haas, who lives at 286 Napoleon) for the EUWD in each county or from the EUWD office, 1200 Tower Life Building, San
Expect a cool, cloudy afternoon, with a 20 percent chance of showers and w inds out of the northeast at 10-15 mph. The same conditions should persist through the night, with a 20 percent chance of light rain. Friday will be partly cloudy and a little warmer.
The St. I Amis Cardinals came back one more time Wednesday night, erasing a 3-1 deficit and winning Game 7 of the 1982 World Series, 6-3. Joaquin An-dujar notched his second win of the series and Bruce Sutter came in and nailed down the game for the high-flying Cardinals. Catcher Darrell Porter was named the Series’ Most \ aluable Player. See Pages 8 and 9
Fund-raisers concern CISD board
The best way to describe fund-raising activities in the Comal Independent School District is ‘too much, too many, too often.”
That was the consensus of the district’s board of trustees Tuesday, who reluctantly approved an 18-page listing of fund-raising activities on the different campuses. But the board’s stamp of approval is subject to Superintendent Edgar Willhelm’s ultimate okay.
“I hate to put all the heat on Dr. Willhelm,” trustee Carey McWilliams said.
“I’ll take it,” said Willhelm, who was given the final control over approving each fund-raising activity by the board’s motion.
McWilliams’ first motion was to send the list back to the respective principals, and tell them to curtail the activities on their own. “There’s too much, too many, too often, and we’ve asked them as a board before to curtail and cut back,” he said. “And all we get are more activities.”
But this motion was rescinded, because it lacked guidance. “I think there is a strong consensus on
this board that something needs to be done, but there’s a right way to do it,” trustee David Way said. “The fair thing to do is approve the list this year, and then set up some guidelines for next
“Changes in this year’s activities can be done administratively, and that way we’re still being fair to those organizations which wait toward the latter part of the year to raise funds,” Way added. “Otherwise, we’re cutting those people off. The ones who had their activities at the beginning of the year still have their money, and the one who didn’t have nothing.”
“These kids have to own wheelbarrows for all the candy, carnations, etc., they sell during the year,” McWilliams joked. “And most of these kids are in two or three organizations, each with two or three fund-raising activities.
“And why does the Canyon Middle School band need $1,200 selling candles and holders, and the Canyon High School band $4,000 selling cheese, sausage and magazines?” McWilliams asked.
Several of the activities on the submitted list only expect profits of $30. That small amount for so much work concerned the board.
Some of the explanations on the purpose of the fund-raising activities bothered McWilliams, too. “One of the explanations says to purchase articles and equipment benefiting the student body which may not appear as a budget item for district funds.’ I’d like to know what that means,” he said.
“I didn’t stop any of these activities this year, because most of them are already in motion and the money’s been allocated,” Willhelm said. “But we definitely need to develop some kind of restrictive policy. There are too many activities for too small amounts, taking too much time from our students’ studies.”
Of particular concern to Willhelm is the middle school level. “I don’t much like putting children at that level in a door-to-door selling situation. You never know who’s behind that door.”
See CISD, Page 14
'Candyman'drops round in try to stay execution
HOUSTON (AP) - A man sentenced to die on Halloween for poisoning his 8-year-old son with cyanide-laced candy lost a third attempt to stay the execution, but his lawyers vowed to take the case back to a higher court.
U.S. District Judge Ross Sterling on Wednesday refused to stay the scheduled execution of Ronald Clark O’Bryan, dubbed the “Candy Man’’ by fellow inmates for his crime.
O’Bryan, 37, could become the first convict executed in Texas since 1964 and the first ever to die by lethal injection. Since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the death penalty in 1974, five condemned
men have been executed.
iXTense attorneys Will Gray and Stanley Schneider argued three potential jurors were dismissed improperly because they expressed reservations about the death penalty.
They also claimed the jury was not told to give consideration to favorable evidence presented during the trial’s punishment phase nor adequately instructed on the range of punishment.
“We had 18 witnesses who got up and said he was a good, church-going fellow and the state presented nothing,” said Gray,
SeeCANDYMAN, Page 14
New Biaunfels' six financial institutions, the Industrial Foun dation and Chamber of Commerce honored local industries at a reception and dinner Wednesday at the Holiday Inn. Above, Gerald Free (left), Mitch Sacco (second from right) and Bennie Bock ll (right) chat wit ti Dr. Jared Hazelton, head of the T exas Research League, who delivered a humorous and iii formative speech on Texas' growth. Riyht, Dan Sedgwick (left). Bob Fisher and Jean Pfeuffer exchange thoughts.
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