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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 22, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas • '. O. rxj/ 45 V31: *>OllPSSf i>:X^ 75^^rjFair gets off to chilly start; parade Friday By DYANNEFRY Staff writer Undaunted by the chilly weather, local residents took advantage of the first night of the Comal County Fair Wednesday. “Seems like anywhere you go these days, you have to stand in line,” said City Coun-cilmember Valdemar Espinoza, noting the popularity of the fair carnival on Family Night. At $5 to ride all night, there were a lot of people standing in line, despite the weather. Fair official Irene Bartels said the manager kept the show running past the originally scheduled closing time, giving the crowds a chance to get more riding in. A power outage darkened the scene at approximately ll p.m. But hobby-horse operator Ricky Droddy said “it was starting to slow down” by that time anyway. The carnival rides are powered by truck-mounted Diesel generators. One of those generators went down Wednesday, leaving most of the “kiddie” section in the dark. “The lights just fluttered and fluttered, and then they went off over half the park,” said an eyewitness. “They went off on the slides, and — Events calendar, Page 2A — Dance winners, Page 10A on the ferris wheels.” The giant wheels also stopped moving, she said. Luckily, business was slow. One was empty, and the other had young passengers in just two cars. “They were up there, yelling, ‘Mommy, Mommy’!” she said, but added that the operators were able to turn the wheel by hand and get the youngsters off. The rides were down for 20 minutes by one estimate, at least 45 by another. “Everybody kept thinking we were shutting down. We said, ‘no, we’re not,”’ said Droddy. Electricians got everything back in order, and the carnival was set to run again at I p m. today. Children visiting this afternoon will again be able to ride all they want for $5, at least up until 5 p.m. Rides will be available at regular price tonight until midnight, or “whenever they come and tell us to shut down," Droddy said. Poultry exhibits will be open until 9 tonight, and so should the clothing, cooking and food-growing exhibits, which were all judged in the past two days. Livestock will be coming in all afternoon, as owners prepare their animals for show on Friday Winners of the 1963 Rodeo Queen’s contest will be announced at 8 p.m. in the Comal Corral, where The Abbey will (day country and western dance music. Friday is parade day. Kids will bring their favorite animals to Wuest's parking lot at 1:45 a.m. for judging, then take them on a promenade downtown at 9:30. The big Fair Parade will follow at IO a.m., forming up in the H E B parking lot and disbanding across the Comal River at Prince Solms Park. Exhibits at the Fair Grounds on Common Street will be open through Sunday.New .JJ—LL Braunfels New Braunfels, TexasHgrald-Zeitung Vol. 92 — No. 189    10    D—— 0 e— THURSDAY September 22,1983 25 cents 18 Pages — 2 Sections (USPS 377-8801 S.A. youth leader, robbery suspects indicted by panel By DEBBIE OeLOACH Staff writer The former executive director of the Catholic Youth Organization in San Antonio was indicted on two counts of indecency with a child by a Comal County Grand Jury Wednesday. Duncan Cameron Whitney, 46, of Canyon Lake, was included in 34 other indictments returned Wednesday. The two counts against him relate to an incident Aug. 4, involving two San Antonio boys under the age of 13. Sheriffs Ll. Gilbert Villarreal investigated the complaints, at the request of the Texas Department of Human Resources. Whitney turned himself Into Comal County authorities Sept 1ft, the same day he resigned as CYO director. Ako indicted Wednesday on four counts of aggravated robbery was Kenneth Woodson, the alleged leader of a motel robbery gang which hit New Braunfels May 22. The other three suspec ts in the New Braunfels robberies at the Hill Country and Gourmet Inns were indicted by the August Grand Jury. Woodson, a San Antonio resident, was picked up in Im Angeles Aug. 12. He was later transferred to the Nueces County Jail in Corpus Christi, where a warrant had been issued against him for the murder of a Garland man at the Travel Lodge motel June 15. The Corpus Christi robbery was similar in MO (method of operation) to a string of South Texas motel robberies In other action Wednesday, seven New Braunfels men were indicted for See GRAND JURY, Pue MAInside Today's Weather It looks like the season’s first cold front has fizzled. Skies will be sunny, turning fair tonight and Friday Winds will be from the east at IO mph today, light and variable tonight, and southeasterly at 10-15 mph Friday Sunset will be at 7:28 p.m., and sunrise Friday will be at 7.20 a.m. Gramm's In Texas Rep Phil Gramm, who turned Republican early this year after a tiff with fellow Democrats over his support for President Reagan’s economic programs, formally launched his bid for a U S Senate seat today See Page 5A CANYON LAKE....................9A CLASSIFIED.................... 5    7B COMICS..........................3B CROSSWORD.....................3B DEAR ABBY.......................1B HOROSCOPE.....................10A KALEIDOSCOPE....................1B OPINIONS........................4A SCRAPBOOK.............  2B SPORTS....................... 6    8A STOCKS........................10A WEATHER........................2ASoviets admit error on jet By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The commander of the U S search fleet voiced optimism today about finding the crucial flight recorders of Korean Air Lines Flight 007, which a Soviet official says was downed by "trigger happy’’ pilots who mistook it for a military spy plane In Tokyo, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said both U.S. and Japanese officials have been invited by the Soviet Union to Sakhalin Island next week to receive “objects and documents'' retrieved from the airliner. And off Moneron Island, north of Japan, U.S. and Soviet vessels searched five miles apart for the flight recorders — which could explain why the South Korean airliner was in Soviet airspace over Sakhalin when Soviet warplanes shot it down Sept. I with 269 people aboard The Foreign Ministry said U S and Japanese officials would go to Sakhalin on Monday to receive items found by Soviet search vessels. The Soviets have not said what they have found and have refused to allow other ships to get close to their operations Rear Adm William A Cockell Jr. said there were “reasonable prospects for localizing some parts of the aircraft ” Cockell spoke to reporters aboard the guided missile cruiser USS Sterett, flagship of the U.S. search operation, exactly three weeks aftey the airliner crashed into the Sea of Japan off Sakhalin Capt Charles L MacLm, supervisor of the operation, said looking for the plane's flight recorders is “Uke try ing to locale a pencil in the desert at night from a altitude of 1.000 feet.” On Wednesday, the Soviet offload, Viktor Unnyk, said the pilots would See PLANE. Page UACounty officials deny rumor on Disneyland By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer Rumors about a possible Walt Disney Productions venture for Comal County resurfaced this week But if there s any substance to the rumors, it's news to County Judge Fred Clark and Pct I Comm J.L. (Jumbo) Evans. Wallace Greene, president of the Canyon Lake Area Citizens Association, told a Sattler crowd Monday, “We have it on good authority that our commissioners already know” that land has been bought (for a Disney parki. Greene, speaking at Monday's meeting of the Pedernales Electric Cooperative board, said the Disney company is quietly acquiring property in the names of individuals who live in Florida “That’s what they’re doing here,'' he charged l.and from FM 306 and Purgatory Road to Devil s Backbone has already been bought, Greene said. However, in a telephone interview with the Hera/a Zeitung, Clark said, • No one s ever talked to me personally about this, and no commissioner has ever discussed it with me I’ve heard unsubstantiated rumors off and on — mostly what I’ve read in the newspapers ” Evans also denied any knowledge of land acquisitions in Comal County by anyone representing Disney “I’ve been hearing that rumor for at least three years, and that’s all it is, to my knowledge,’ he said If I knew about it, I couldn't keep my mouth shut That would be too big a deal," he said, adding that it would require a great deal of planning on the part of the county. No letup in Beirut U.S. ships, rebels exchange more shells BEIRUT, lebanon (API — U.S. warships shelled Syrian-backed insurgents in lebanon* central mountains today and the rebels struck back A rocket ignited the main ammunition dump of Italian peacekeepers and three French soldiers were wounded by a ggrenade. The lebanese army, meanwhile, said it repulsed a new attack by insurgents Mi the strategic town of Souk el-Gharb. The army said 25 rebels were killed and seven of their armored vehicles destroyed The state radio quoted a lebanese army communique as saying gunmen tossed a grenade at a French nulitary truck as it crossed a road between the Moslem and Christian set'tors of Beirut. The communique said the truck was set afire and three French soldiers were taken to a hospital with serious burns The U.S and British contingents of the 5,400-man peacekeeping force said they were untouched by the bombardment. The state radio said a salvo of Soviet-piade rockets struck a position of the French peacekeeping force in west Beirut's Kaskas neighborhood, causing an undetermined number of casualties. Italian spokesman Capt. Corrado Cantator! said the Italian compound near Palestinian refugee camps came under rocket fire. He said at least two rockets struck an ammunition dump close to the Christian neighborhood of Hazmieh. We lost almost all our stores," Cantator! said But he said no Italians were injured. The latest American naval barrage was unleashed about Sam to silence mountaintop Druse batteries that had rained shells overnight around the presidential palace, the Defense Ministry and the nearby U S. ambassador's residence east of Beirut, the state radio reported Nearly five hours later, the capital was shaken by thunderous blasts, and local radio stations said the city’s Christian sector was under renewed bombardment from Druse positions in the Syrian-controlled Upper Metn mountains. The Civil Defense Corps broadcast appeals for people to stay indoors as shells and rockets slammed into the Christian neighborhoods of Ashrafiyeh, Em el-Rununaneh, Museum and Tayyouneh Several fires were reported, A Lebanese amini) communique said its embattled garrison of the U S.-trained 8th Brigade repulsed another onslaught by Syrian-backed Druae and Palestinian guerrillas on Souk el-Gharb before dawn. The U S destroyers John Rodgers and Arthur Radford sent shells whizzing over Beirut toward the See MIDEAST, Page IBA SM* bv Cmdr ** bmdwn Having a Fair time It was a little nippy, but lots of folks turned nut for the first night of the Comal County Fair anyway. Above, twayearotd Nicky Reininger contemplates a feathered (or downed, in this case) friend. Top right, Gloria Schumann (left) and Letts Mae Haas |udge the baked goods Lower right, Gene and Deanie Chollett lead the grand march at the Comal Corral. ;