The Seguin Gazette-Enterprise from Seguin, Texas on May 13, 1986 · Page 2
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Page 2 - Tuesday, May 13,1996 • The Sequin Gazette- Enterprise STATE TV helicopter crashes, kills 2 PINE SPRINGS (AP) - A Dallas television station's operations manager and a pilot died when KDFW-TV's helicopter crashed in gusty winds at Guadalupe Mountains National Park, officials say. The Bell Jet Ranger was returning from Van Horn and preparing to land Monday night when it crashed about 250 yards east of a small field used as a helicopter pad, park manager Ralph Harris said. He identified the victims as Irving Patrick, 54, a contract pilot for KDFW, and Scott "Buster" McGregor Jr., who was projects manager for Channel 4 on a remote crew that was filming in West Texas' Guadalupe Mountains. Lewis summons House members AUSTIN (AP) - House Speaker Gib Lewis is calling members of the House to a rare meeting May 30 to discuss the state's financial condition and major education issues. Lewis, D-Fort Worth, said the other 149 members were being asked to attend the one-day meeting. The entire House membership hasn't assembled since the end of the 19B5 session last June. Plunging oil prices have caused a dramatic drop in the state's income. Comptroller Bob Bullock earlier this year forecast that revenue likely would fall $1 3 billion short of the $37.2 billion budgeted for 1986 and 1987 by the Legislature. Gov Mark White, who praised Lewis for calling the House session, has urged state agencies to trim their spending by 13 percent in the wake of that crisis. Deputy finds two more bodies GILMER (AP) - A preliminary autopsy indicates that two young people from Hawkins probably were shot to death, Upshur County chief deputy James Beasley says. * The bodies of Bryan Boone and Gena Turner, both 20, were found Saturday in a drainage ditch beside a farm road near Ore City about 10 miles from the roadside park where the almost-nude body of Suzanne Harrison, 18, of Hawkins was found five days earlier. Using dental records and clothing found on the bodies, the Dallas County medical examiner's office positively identified the victims as Boone and Miss Turner, Beasley said Monday. Miss Turner's body was nude from the waist down, officials said. Boone, Miss Harrison and Miss Turner disappeared after an outine on' Lake Hawkins the night of Sunday, May 4. Sesquicentennial bull hurts back COLLEGE STATION - The state's Sesquicentennial mascot, a 1 524- pound longhorn with a Texas-shaped mark on its forehead, has lost the use of its hind legs and may have to be destroyed. The animal, named Texas USA, disappeared last Wednesday on a ranch where he had been kept northwest of Fort Worth. He was found on the ranch Saturday, injured and unable to move. The bull was moved to the Texas A&M large animal clinic for treatment. Dr. Jan Cornick a veterinarian at the clinic, said the bull may have fallen or been involved in a fight and suffered a broken back. "The bull is a parapalegic and unable to use its hind legs," Dr. David L. Morris said. Morris said a decision on keeping the animal alive would be made in three to five days NATION Firefighters halt forest fire HAMPSTEAD, N.C. — Cooler weather and calmer winds helped firefighters halt the spread of a stubborn 75,000-acre fire that has raged for nine days, and officials were optimistic today that a rise in humidity would help contain the blaze. "We're babysitting it now more than anything else," John Mclnnis, Cumberland County Emergency Management coordinator, said early today of the 14-mile-long wildfire that has eluded containment for nine days. An estimated 5,000 people have voluntarily left their homes in the course oHhe fire. One death, a firefighter who died of a heart attack last week, and about 50 injuries have been blamed on the fire. Two buildings have been reported burned. Letter warned of seal danger NEW YORK (AP) — A letter given to NASA nearly six months before the Challenger disaster warned of the possibility the seals in the booster rockets would fail in temperatures of 50 or below, according to a report published today. The newly disclosed letter, written by an engineer for the rocket's manufacturer in Augut 1985, describes the results of laboratory tests designed to determine whether a backup O-ring seal can remain in contact with the rocket casing during launching, The New York Times reported. Ruptures of both the primary and backup seals of the booster rockets have been blamed for the Jan. 28 disaster, which killed the seven astronauts aboard. The Challenger was launched in with temperatures in the 30s, colder than any previous shuttle launching. It disintegrated 74 seconds later. WORLD mmmmmmmmmmmmm Italy, Libya eject diplomats ROME — The Italian government ordered a Libyan diplomat in Palermo to leave the country, a news agency reported today. The report by the news agency ANSA said the Libyan diplomat was ordered to leave Italy as soon as possible for engaging in activities "incompatible with his diplomatic status." It did not elaborate. The order came a day after Libya announced the expulsion of 36 diplomats and staff from seven European Community embassies in Tripoli. Libya's official JANA news agency said among those being expelled were six Italian diplomats and 19 other employees of the Italian Embassy. Narcotics trade strains relations WASHINGTON (AP) — A sharp increase in narcotics trafficking from Mexico is causing strains in U.S.-Mexican relations, with each country accusing the other of not doing enough to resolve the problem. State Department deputy spokesman Charles Redman said Monday that "deeply entrenched corruption among (Mexican) officials nominally engaged in anti-narcotics programs" is partly responsible for the increase. But Mexican Embassy spokesman Leonardo Ffrench said his government is doing its best to fight drug trafficking and pointed out that 300 Mexican agents have died or been wounded in the struggle over the past decade. &e0um 1100N. Camp, Seguin Continuous service to Seguin and Guadalupe County since 1888. Member Associated Press, Texas Press Association, Texas Newspaper Advertising Bureau, Texas Daily Newspaper Association, Audit Bureau of Circulation, U.S. Suburban Press Inc., and Advertising Checking Bureau. Published: Sunday morning and Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday afternoons each week by the Seguin Publishing Co in Seguin, Texas Entered as second class postage paid at Seguin, Texas 78155. Telephone 512-379-5402 Subscription rates (including applicable sales tax): By carrier and mail delivery In Guadalupe, Bexar, Caldwell, Comal, Goniales, Hays and Wilton Counties- '33.84 for 12 months, '18.82 for alx months and '10.78 for three months. Mall delivery In Texas and outside above stated counties-'47.33 for 12 months. Mail delivery outside Taxes '80.00 for 12 months. USPS488-/CC Gaiette-Enterprise Staff Mike Graxiola Bob Thaxton . Joy Osteen . . Gary Myers. l.arry Moreno John Taylor Publisher ft Editor Managing Editor Business Manager Retail Ad Manager Production Manager Publisher Emeritus Death toll at six in nuclear meltdown MOSCOW (AP) - Crews at the Chernobyl nuclear reactor stopped the white-hot core from burning into the earth and it now will have to be buried in concrete for centuries, Soviet officials said today. Also today, a Soviet official said a total of six people have died since the April 26 accident at the Ukrainian power plant spewed radiation over much of Europe. A vaguely worded government statement, issued Monday, led to speculation that eight people might have died. In a report from Chernobyl, the Communist Party newspaper Pravda quoted Yevgeny Velikhov, a coordinator of the cleanup at the plant, as saying it could take months to finish encasing the reactor in concrete to seal off Its radioactive core. Ivan Yemelyanov, deputy director of the organisation that designed the reactor, said today the concrete also would be poured into the reactor's cooling apparatus and other portions of the system. Once sealed, the reactor would have to remain "entombed" for hundreds of years while its radioactive core decays into harmless substances, Yemelyanov told West European reporters in Moscow. A transcript of his comments was provided by one of the reporters present. Velikhov, vice president of the Soviet Academy of Sciences, told Pravda a crisis developed 10 days after the accident, which began when an explosion rocked Chernobyl's No. 4 reactor and it caught fire. "The reactor was damaged. Its heart was a white-hot core, a scorched, active zone that was somehow 'hanging,'" Velikhov said. Scientists had feared that tons of sand, lead and other material dumped on the reactor to stop leaking radiation would force the burning core into a reservoir of water below the reactor, he said. "Would we manage to keep It intact or would it go down into the earth? No one in the world has ever been in such a complex situation," hei said. ! Velikhov said scientists averted a catastrophe by pumping out the water and drilling holes to draw heat from the reactor. It was not clear when the holes were drilled, but Velikhov said the effort succeeded. Other reports have said workers began pouring concrete below the reactor to reinforce its foundation. Yemelyanov repeated assertions by U.N. experts that the chain reaction within the reactor stopped immediately after the accident. He said the reactor contained 192 tons of uranium, but that there was very little of the more dangerous uranium-235 left. Citizenship Day SEGUIN HIGH SCHOOL students recently were elected to city and county offices for a day. On Thursday, May 8, students took over the offices. Students (seated) and city officials (standing) are (from left) Stephanie Johnson, Malcolm Tigett, city treasurer; LeAnn Ermel, Leroy Schneider, police chief; Van Sampleton, Bill Polasek, manager of utilities; Bill Mast, Betty Jean Jones, mayor; Karen Brasfield, Bobby Forshage, city tax assessor-collector; Martha Nash, Roger MyCue, fire chief, LaVonne Caffey, Linnette Habermann, city secretary; Anna A, Tellez, Ellen Carlsen; city personnel director; and guest speaker Joe; Salano. (Staff photo) STUDENT OFFICIALS were honored at a luncheon Thursday, May 8, at the Elks Lodge. Students (seated) and county officials (standing) are (from left) Veronica Carillo, Walter Bargfrede, justice of the peace; Mary Glenewinkel, Margie Reinhard, county treasurer; Jude Willoughby, Mary Beth Powers, juvenile probation officer; Gretchen Helberg, Jim SagebieJ, county judge; Craig Thomas, Melvin Harboth, sheriff; Chris Lange, Elizabeth Jandt, Bounty attorney; Christi Hargett.; and Randy Hrechko, Betty Boyd,'"tax assessor-collector; Julie' Pomerantz, Fred J. Moore, court-at-law judge; Julie Harding, James'•" Behrendt, district clerk; and Melissa Leal, Lizzie Lorenz, county clerk.-' (Staff photo) Navarro board hears report on skills testing f^nn**r4 frrtm DM 5 *, . ^^ Cont'd. from Pg. students," David Wasmund, board member, said. "There are students who arrive at college without any study skills." "Isn't this a skill that needs to be started sooner?" trustee Edwin Bading asked. Ingersoll explained that providing such a course before ninth grade would involve a scheduling problem. "I see study skills as a real problem," J.C. Neighbors, high school principal, said. "In grades sixth through 12, this is something we really need to work on." "What kind of preparation do the lower grades have?" asked Geri Donegan, board secretary. Jeff Menking, principal of Navarro Elementary School, said the students practice on memorization, spelling tests held weekly and assignment sheets. "We're probably weak in this area," Menking said. "Their maturation level is not ready for the various levels of study skills." "A lot of the eighth graders are not doing well in reading and language arts and don't have the self-discipline and don't know how to study but will pass," Wolston said. "And when they're in the ninth grade, the requirements get harder." "If we could get them started in sixth grade, it would help a whole lot," Arlan Engelke said. "We need personnel, Wolston said. "We'll kick it around some more and come back with something more specif ic in June," Wolston said. The board also approved participation in the Region 13 Service Center Media lending program at a cost of $2.50 per student for the 198ft- 1987 school year. The program is for films, videos and kits used by the teachers for their classes. "It's a good service, and I want to recommend we continue it," Wolston said. The trustees appointed Bob Mueller, board vice president, as a — -* ——— - —" O —««». •««••«•. 11*, MV^U iTAucAici, uuaiu viuc picaiuciii, aa a to emphasize study skills in all grade delegate for the Texas Association of levels." School Boards'convention to be held If the course were added, it would in September. Chosen as an alternate not require hiring any additional was Donegan. Commissioners discuss computer consultant's contract Cont'd. from Pg. 1 —Heard a report on county septic tank inspection fees; —Approved the county's annual audit report; —Approved the accounting firm of Melick, Thorpe tt Armstrong to again perform the county's outside audit next year; —Heard a report from the county extension off ice; —Took no action on vacation adjustments for employees hired under the CETA program; —Approved Harold Tschirhart as a new Seguin-Guadalupe County Public Library board member, replacing John Marshall; —Selected Fred Penick of Lockhart to serve effective June 1 as the county's new emergency management coordinator; —Were informed by Treasurer Margie Reinhard that Nolte National Bank carries more than $3 million in pledges on county funds; —Reduced the coyote bounty, effective June 1, from $7.50 to $5; —Approved minutes and bills. Mueller is also a delegate in the TASB Legislative Network and delivered a report to the trustees on the two meetings he has attended. Mueller explained that the network is made up of committees with approximately 100 participating in each. "I'm on the committee for school district operation and governments,": Mueller said. "We talked on serveral 1 areas and suggested topics including the 22-to-l ratio, discipline and forced consolidation in the- smaller districts." Mueller said they prioritized their subjects and decided discipline was number one. j "We need more means of discipline, handling of discipline and flexibility of discipline," Mueller said. "I think it will be a good program and hope to see some results." The trustees also approved student transfers for the 198647 school year and the payment of bills totaling $28,444.13. The meeting was presided over by Mueller, vice president, in the absence of Rene Bourlon, newly elected president. Bourlon had been ill and is hospitalized in New Braunfels. Circulation Department Hours Monday 8 a.rn^-5 p.in. Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m. 7:30 p.m. Sunday 7:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. If you do not receive your paper by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday thru Friday or by 8 a.m. on Sunday, please call our circulation department at 379-5402. 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