New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 9, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Comfund tops $25,000 in first week of annual drive
By DEBBIE DELOACH Staff writer
The IMS Comal County Community Fund campaign officially took off on Sept. I, after slightly over 123,000 was collected in advance gifts The grand total’s now grown to 925,004, and Comfund publicity chairman Leland Cos said Friday, “That’s not bad for a week’s worth of work.’’
Cos also said this year’s theme, “With you, it works,” seems to be doing Just that — working. “The reception we’ve received from people in Comal County is the beat I’ve seen in several years. We put a presentation on at the lion's Club, and got a terrific
reception,” he added.
To schedule a Comfund presentation, any interested organization should call Suzanne Herbelin, Comfund secretary, at the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
Herbelin said Friday that most of the progress this past week has been legwork We're still out there working,’’ she added “So hopefully more will be coming in neat week.”
Part of the immediate response has been with the blue pledge envelopes, which were sent out in most bank statements from Guaranty State, First Federal, New Braunfels National and New Braunfels Savings and Loan, and customer bills from
Guadalupe Valley Telephone Co-op.
"We had just a good response last year — the envelopes were yellow instead of blue — that we decided to try it again this year,” Herbelin said.
The 1963 drive goal is 9100,000 Comfund went over its 995.000 goal last year, when more than 996.000 was collected in pledges
lf the 1963 goal is reached, the following Comal County organizations will reap these benefits: Salvation Army, 99,000; Comal County Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center, 912.500; Humane Society, 9*00. Crisis lane, 9500; Youth Fair, 93,720; American Red Cross, 94,500; Head Start, 91,000; Boy Scouts of America, 914,000; Girl it outs of America, $14,000
Also, Home Care, 96.000, Senior Citizens Center, $2,000, Community Service Center, 912,000, plus 92,500 for capital improvement; Arthritis Foundation, $500 Children's Habilitation Center (former!) known as the Cerebral Palsy Treatment Center), 9500; Child Welfare Board, $650 Hays County Women's Center 1800
Also. Canyon lake Volunteer Action Center, $2,000; Teitas Society for Autistic Children, $500, Bihl Rehabilitation Center, $1,000; and 9263 for the national United Way payment
The Chamber of Commerce will also receive $6,300 for clerical services, and $4,947 has been designated for supplies
Architect gets go-ahead on new county jail
Th* word is go for Jail architect Chria Di'Stephano to got to the nitty-gritty of the now Comal County Jail.
Comal County Commiaaionors voted unanimously Thursday to allow Di'Stephano procood with the engineering drawings. Once those have been approved tin court can begin lookii* for bids to get tho Jail built.
Di'Stephano la head of the Houston firm pinning the Jail.
The plans for the ll J million Jail, which will ba built on Water Lane with frontage on Weet San Antonio Street, have not been
changed since the last court workshop, Di’Stephano said.
“The plans should meet the federal regulations aa well as state regulations,” he told the commissioners Di’Stephano assured the commissioners that he would keep in touch with them (haring the planning and building of the Jail.
“As the plane progress, 1’U be bringing them to the court,” he said. ‘We’ll make dectolons as we progress. ”
The proposed 97-bed facility will house three times as many prisoners as the
present jail, Tim Darilek, administrative assistant to the commissioners’ court, said after the meeting.
The new Jail is adaptable tor expansion, Di'Stephano said. The plans include one central control ares which provides visibility throughout the jail.
"There are no blind spots in this jsil,” Di'Stephano laid.
Di’Stephano told County Judge Fred Clark that the jail would be built by late
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Comal County forecast calls for mostly cloudy today and Saturday, becoming partly cloudy tonight. Probability for thunderstorms is 60 percent today and Saturday, and 20 percent tonight. Winds will be southeasterly near IO mph. Sunset will be at 7:44 p.m., and sunrise Saturday will be at 7:13 a m.
High today will be in the upper Ma, low tonight in the aud 70s, and a high Saturday in the low 90s This warning** tow was 72, mid yesterday's high was 91.
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New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 92 - No. 180 18 Pages - 2 Sections (USPS 377-880)
U.S., Korean jets spying — Soviets
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A top Kremlin general said today a U.S. spy plane rendezvoused with a South Korean airliner that entered Soviet airspace on Washington’s orders and ignored at least 120 warning shots before a Soviet warplane destroyed It with a missile.
“The plane obviously must have been flying toward Soviet airspace fulfilling a spy mission ... Why did it proceed in no other place than the one with Soviet installations?” asked Marshal Nikolai V. Ogarkov, the Soviet military chief of staff.
In a rare news conference at the Soviet Foreign Ministry televised overseas, Ogarkov told foreign reporters that Soviet defense forces detected Korean Air Lines flight 007 flying side by side with an American RC-135 surveillance aircraft for IO minutes near a sensitive Soviet military zone in the Sea of Japan, 310 miles off the jetliner’s intended course.
“Their flights were certainly coordinated so as to make
our task more difficult and confuse our air defense forces,” the marshal said.
He said the South Korean Boeing 747 later tried to flee when interceptors scrambled to meet it and defied 120 warning shots before a Soviet warplane blasted it with an air-to-air missile.
This was the first Soviet acknowledgment that one of its planes downed the South Korean jetliner with a missile, one of two Ogarkov said were fired. Previously, the Soviets had said only that the flight was “stopped.”
On the warning shots, Ogarkov said Soviet pilots fired two sets of warning shots, including a series of “four bursts” totalling 120 rounds of tracer shells.
The United States has admitted that an RC-135 spy plane was in the area the day of the shooting, but claims it was never closer than 300 miles to the jetliner and was on the ground in Alaska one hour before the jetliner was shot down Sept I.
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Cigarette suspected in store fire
By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor
Schertz officials have narrowed the cause of the Garden Ridge Pottery and World Imports fire last week to a dropped lighted cigarette.
“Tliat's what is suspected.” Schertz Qty Manager Jimmy Gilmore said this morning. “There’s really no way of saying.”
Gilmore said arson was not a factor in the fire.
The fire began about 5:45 p.m. Sept. 2, shortly before the store's closing time. Firefighting units from all over the San Antonio area battled the flames all night. Gilmore said units remained at the scene throughout the night and the next day to check for hot spots in the destroyed structure.
Damages to the building and merchandise were estimated at 92 million.
Gilmore said he was distressed at false reports by news
media that not enough water was available to put out the fire. Gilmore said the reports indicated that the fire was prolonged by lack of water.
“That is just not true,’’ he said.
Gilmore cited water a water source located 257 feet in front of the building and two sources located 600 feet and 1,000 feet behind the pottery store. Gilmore said there were more water sources surrounding the structure.
“We pumped 250,000 gallons in three hours,” he said. “That kind of stuff (paper, wood and dry merchandise) goes fast. Every precaution was taken.”
Gilmore said he was proud of the firefighters who helped battle the fire.
“I don't think you could ask for more professional firefighters,’’ he said.
Gilmore said Erie White, owner of Garden Ridge Pottery and World Imports, has told him he plans to reopen Get. 15.
“We're real proud of that,” Gilmore said.
VoMeyfost in Progress
Smithson Valtey’s Shalyn Hall dinks daring Friday's match with Ctomans to open th* annual Fraulain Volleyfest. Tbs Ranchettes won to advance in the winners’ bracket. The tournament trill continue today and Saturday it New Braunfels end Canyon high schools.
Romp and Stomp
IHnnaaota and San Francisco both have high-powered offense and a history of playing each ether dose. So what happsned Thursday night? San Francisco turned a dew of Viking turnovers into41-flrst half potato to rout Minnesota, 49-17. It was a mal yawner for ABC’s first Thursday-night game* OntaBn lit Snorts-
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Texland seeks way past PUC
Nicaragua on alert after airport
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Anti-aircraft units were on “maxiurn alert’’ today after rebel exiles in two small planes bombed Managua, destroying part of the capital’s airport and wounding three soldiers and a civilian.
In neighboring Honduras, Defense Secretory Caspar Weinberger attended the graduation of a U.S.-trained Salvadoran battalion at a new regional military training center and visited the center of U.S.-Honduran military exercises.
Eden Pastors, commander of rebels fighting in southern Nicaragua for the Democratic Revolutionary Alliance, claimed responsibility for Thursday’s bombings in Managua and threatened more such raids.
Nicaraguan leaders and their Cuban allies blamed the United States for the attacks, although Pastors has said his group receives no U.S. assistance.
The official Cuban news agency, Prensa Latina, quoted a Foreign Ministry official as saying the United States was to blame because of the Reagan administration’s support for rebels fighting in northern Nicaragua and the “intimidating character” of American military maneuvers in Honduras.
The Reagan administration aids the Nicaraguan Democratic Force, based in the north and includes members of late strongman Anastasio Somoza's na final guard.
Pastoral Costa-Rica based alliance is composed mainly of disenchanted Sandimtas He was a hero in the revolution that toppled Somoza in 1979.
The state of "maximum alert” was declared after anti-aircraft gunners shot down the Cessna 402 that bombed the airport's main terminal, killing its two pilots. The Defense Ministry communique said one of the pilots, Agusfin Roman, carried U.S. immigration and naturalization papers.
Sens. Gary Hart, D-Colo., and William Cohen, R-Maine. were en route to Managua when the bombings took place. Their flight was diverted to Honduras and arrived later in Managua.
Cohen, in a telephone conversation with his office in Washington, called the raid “ill-conceived and amateurish.’’
He said he and Hart saw "lots of smoke damage, broken glass and oil slicks,” with the fuselage of the downed plane sheared in half.
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writ ar Texland Electric Company has decided to try a new angle in its efforts to build a 1,500-megawatt power plant in Milam County.
At a meeting of the City Council of Johnson City Tuesday night, that city’s council members voted unanimously to proceed with efforts to help Texland circumvent the Public Utility Commission (PUC).
“Under the PUC Regulatory Act. cities don’t have to go through the PUC to build power plants," said Bill Cunningham, spokesman for Texland The Johnson City council members voted to file a lawsuit in district court asking for a declaratory judgment reaffirming that statute’s application in this case.
Texland is a joint effort of the Pdernales Electric Cooperative (PEC) and the Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, and was formed in 1980 in an effort to provide an alternate source of energy , other than the Lower Colorado River Authority.
Texland has previously worked with the Qty of Rockdale in a similar effort to bypass the PUC. "We had talked with the PEC attorneys and financial people, and they said that that might be a route to take,” Cunningham said. explaining that no decision had been reached by Rockdale, but research and negotiations were ongoing Cunningham and Bennie Fuelberg, general manager of the PEC, attended the Johnson Cit) Council meeting this week, when the unanimous vote was made "We were told that the declarator) judgment was not absolutely necessary, but it
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Well, not quite. Juan Rivas, 3. might need his firefighter s suit taken up a bit. That s fireman Frank Gonzales adjusting his hat City firefighters and fire marshal Elroy Friesenhahn talked about fire safety Thursday at a local day care center As Rivas found out, their presentation included some "hands-on” exercises.
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