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2-A VL!U- <''>:ihv,Um Oaihj Friday Morning, September 22. 1978 Blast Rips Apart Oil Reserve Rig Passing Parade (Continued From Pa Re t) Budget OK'd By Santa Fe Deaths H.-U'KBKKRY. La. <lTli An explosion ripped through a rig alop the government's strategic 7 million barrel crude oil reserve cavern Thursday, touching off a roaring fire and arching flames 300 feet into the air Firefighters furiously doused the bla/.e with water to contain it at the small, workover rig perched atop the underground supply of oil. Heavy bulldozers arid drag lines moved in to b e g in dirt m o v i n g operations to help contain the blaze. Officials feared a larger, "cactus" rig located about 150 feet from the blaze might also catch fire. "It's burning all over the place," said William A. Parker, a deputy director of the federal project for strategic petroleum reserve. "The winds are blowing the smoke away (from the cactus rig). Those men are in there close." Parker said the explosion, in which two workers sustained extensive burns, happened as Ihe rig was extracting small casing from the underground cavern. "We just had a routine workover operation," Parker said. "They were just pulling up casing and they were rigged properly with a blowout preventer. Everything was standard oil field practice." "The flames and smoke are rising to the stratosphere." said state police Sgt. Brooks Arrant. "It's unbelievable." Parker said high pressure was pushing oil from below up through a small pipe, causing the crude to spray out the cavern, located 3.2-40 feet below sea level. The force of the spray caused a rainbow of flame as high as 100 feet into the air. A team of firefighters headed by Asgar Boots Hansen flew into the isolated, alligator-infested area of southwestern Louisiana to begin salvage operations. Parker said he was not immediately sure how Hansen, a protege of blowout expert Red Adair, would attempt to extinguish the blaze. Continued From Page 1 punctuated the session but failed to budge the commission into change. The final adopted budget passed intact with the exception of three figures. An 518,000 credit was eliminated when the commission indicated it will annex the Mecom Industrial Tract rather than take payments in lieu of taxes from the major tract owner, John Mecom. Revenue from drilling permits was raised from $10,000 to S15.000, and gross sales tax receipts were increased from $55,000 to SM.OOO. Holt had strong words for the budget, charging the city had cut back on vital services to provide the surplus. She added, "Any figure from a bank is not a LM Continued From Page 1 struclion in the native and the means bv which the language for any student having such deficiencies. It was noted that no additional state funds would be available to implement the programs with the exception of $25 per pupil for materials. If the district did not provide bilingual education for eligible students, it could be subject to state review of, accreditation. The board declined to pass the district's Policy 6151 regarding bilingual education on the first reading after several members requested additional information as to the requirements of the law district would fulfill these requirements. The board also decided to enter into a lease agreement with Galveston County, by which the latter would receive a two-year lease for the WoodJand gymnasium, which it has used for storage of voting machines, if it will install its own utility meters and pay all utilities for the building. In the past, the county had paid utilities in advance based on school district estimates, a practice that had cost the district a considerable amount of money on. several occasions when estimates were too low. Budget Continued From Page 1 following a citywide revaluation program, Muehlenbeck said the tax rate would be about 86 cents per $100 valuation if the council chooses a 100 percent assessment ratio. The budget approved Thursday is essentially the same as the document submitted to the council by Muehlenbeck Aug. 17. Various line-item changes approved in budget workshops reduced the total operating expenditures from $24,904,817 to $24,863,220. Suggestions for major budget cuts have not materialized. Virtually all of those proposals drew staunch opposition from segments of the community. The new budget includes an across-the-board 7 percent salary increase for city employees. That item accounts for about half of the $1.3 million increase over the 1977-78 budget. The 1978-79 fiscal year begins Oct. l. Library Continued From Page 1 said, money to correct the low salaries was not available. In a letter written in response to council inquiries, library officials also suggested that the problem be bypassed by delaying adoption of the revaluation program until next year. The letter said the library is agreeable to another charter amendment this spring which would assure adequate funding for the library while preventing a recurrence of the windfall which resulted from the revaluation. is appropriated to fund the salary increases. When pressed by council members. Williams said he does not feel the same cooperation would result if the council sticks with the lower appropriation. • "I think it would be extremely difficult for us to explain that to our employees," he said. Williams said library employees on both the clerical and professional levels have been drastically underpaid for years. But u n i. i 1 the revaluation program boosted the city's potential tax revenues, he Continued From Page 1 setting aside of general fund surplus and the road and flood control fund surplus to forestall a future bond issue to provide the county's share of cost requirements for the Texas City-La Marque Seawall Levee. Holbrook said the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers estimates Ihe seawall will require a total expenditure of about $13.7 million in the next four to five years. Galveston County, by agreement, must provide 30 percent of this cost, or about $4.1 million. The county has a credit with the corps and funds on hand v from the 1971 bond issue of about $2 million. That leaves about $2.1 million which would have to be raised — and if inflation continues, that could be much higher. Holbrook therefore recommended in his budget that the general fund surplus of $500,000 and the road and flood control fund surplus of $300,000 be placed in the Mainland Levee Bond Fund and that the practice be continued with any surplus for the next several years to accumulate the required matching funds and to "eliminate the necessity for another seawall bond election." true figure," since bank statements for the city have not been received since October 1977, Holt said. "The money is in the bank," Cruse countered. "This budget reeks of politics," Holt stated after the budget hearing and adoption. "What people see is what they gel. Streets are in poor condition, weeds are grown over, they've cut down in (employee) forces, all to save money." "It's a question of services or savings the people w?';t. I say services and .en hold dosvn the budget. There are streets that need paving," Hoil argued. The commissioner cited both the city street and grant funds for 1977, in which "not a dime has been spent." The city did not use any of the $20,000 allocated last year for street repairs nor the $7,179 set aside for a grant administrator and program which never materialized. "When you're in debt, you have to pull yourself out," Cruse responded. While much of the public hearing on the budget lapsed into a shouting match between Commissioners Holt and Cruse, some city residents questioned allocations in the budget. Responding to a question from the audience, Mayor Charlie Clifford said the commission has made no provision in the budget for a city administrator, although applications for the job will be reviewed tomorrow morning in city hall by commissioners. Another citizen "just brought to the attention"'of the commission that, despite promises to cut back percentage increases in the total budget, it is rising this year by about 27 percent. A third Hitchcock resident questioned whether the city has set aside money this year for purchasing equipment to mow ditches, cut back trees and perform other municipal maintenance. "I'd like to, sir. but I don't know where it would come from," Mayor Clifford told the man. Residents will get a 5- cent tax cut from the city, but water and sewer rates will rise. Stapleton Named TC CD Director News Mainland Bureau TEXAS CITY—George Stapleton succeeded Wally Knox Sept. 1 as Texas City civil defense director, not as Galveston County civil defense director as reported in The News Thursday. Bill Brady of Dickinson will remain the Galveston County civil defense director. A rewrite of the current civil defense plans for Texas City is among Staplelon's plans for the area next year. Announcements were made at the Galveston County civil defense luncheon Wednesday. Texas City is working with local industry, Stapleton said, to coordinate plans and expenses for a GO- to 70-foot fire boat, which would use diesel fuel, that would pump water directly from the bay to fight fires on industrial and pleasure vessels. The new Texas City director said all passes for Texas City issued by former director Knox will be honored and that new passes will be signed by Slaplelon. The Galveslon Daily 'News regrets the error. appreciate him... Hey kids, Spiderman will be at the Port Holiday Mall today and Saturday from 10 a.m, to 0 p.m. Twyla Bagot, bosslady of the mall, says kids who go by to see Spiderman will" have a chance to have their pictures taken with him. . .The Pilot Club of La Marque will sponsor its annual Marzetti supper today from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the La Marque Junior High School cafeteria. Proceeds will go to the project account to benefit the community. Brenda Lera says tickets may be purchased from members or at the door. Price is $3 for adults and $2 for children. Persons wishing to take dinners home are asked to supply their own containers. . .Jessie Lee Doreck and daughter, Debbie Watts, have returned from a vacation which included the Grand Canyon, Las Vegas and San Francisco. They report having a wonderful time but came home with less money and lots of memories. . . Baked ham dinners are being prepared today by Al Janke and Ed Campbell for serving to members of the Klks Lodge and their guests starting at G p.m. Price is $2.50. Guitar music will be supplied by Leonard Cegelski... Celebrating a wedding anniversary are Mr. and Mrs. Lionel Selig. . .Birthday kids are Michael Antwine, Deyossie Harris, Kevin Smith, HaJ Pruett, Nadine Celestine, Elaine Mitrovlch, Dorothy Cade, Ernest Arredondo, Carol Currie, Alberta Bristow, Mary Zimmermani), who is 70 years young, Mrs. Vashtt Ivory, W.E. (Little Sonny) Reed, Fred Miller, Suzanne Miller, Mrs. Frank Cobb, Mrs. Betty Dodge, Mrs. Myron Rees... Dr. Gretsky To Speak At B'nai Israel Temple B'nai Israel will host a presentation by Dr. Lawrence Gretsky, a well- known author in German and Yiddish, during an 8 p.m. service today. Gretsky is the first in B'nai Israel's Scholar-in- Residence program for 1978-1979. The congregation will have its regular Sabbath service and then adjourn to the Lasker Library for an Oneg Shabbat and the lecture and discussion. The title of Gretsky's presentation will be "German and Yiddish: An Interface of Two Cultures." Gretsky, who receiver! his B.A. from Brown University and his Ph.D. from Indiana University, established the Yiddish program at the University of Texas at Austin. While on that faculty, he co-authored with the "popular Israeli author Yosi Gamzu f a new book entitled "Lender Fun Dorsht" ("Lands of Thirst"). In addition, he is the author of a work on Elias Canetti, a well-known Austrian author and philosopher. The Saturday service will be at 10 a.m. in the chapel. Gretsky will be present for informal conversation. News Mainland Bureau SANTA FE—Amid an air of expectation and after an hour's deliberation, the Santa Fe City Council unanimously adopted a $33,040 budget during a regular meeting Thursday. During the past several months, ever since the original budget of about $205,000 was presented, councilmen have made drastic reductions. The first revision came when city officials discovered that 1978 property taxes, a major source of revenue, were uncollectable. To accommodate for the S125.000 loss in income, the council reduced its expected revenue and weeded out expenses to coincide. The second major reduction came when council members argued about changing the proposed budget from an accrual basis to an actual collectable revenue system. The latter system would require an additional $64,000 in reductions. Most councilmen seemed predisposed toward one particular budget even before the meeting began. The battle grounds for Thursday's budget adoption had been set last week when the mayor and councilmen split on the issue of whether the budget's revenues should be based on an accrual system or on an actual collectable basis. Under the accrual and actual collectable systems, the city would realize revenues of $71,200 and $53,040, respectively, "The biggest thing that concerns us is how much money we'll receive and how much will go out (in expenditures)," Councilman Perry Morris said about the two systems. "In my opinion, we should spend only the money that we'll receive, which is $53,000." Morris said he believes that if the budget were adopted under the accrual system, the city would be swallowed into deficit spending and would remain in debt for years to come. Several other councilmen backed that opinion. "It looks like we forgot the reason we became a city," Councilman Mike Smith said in reference to an option which eliminated several community services, especially the police department he had backed for so long. "We were going to be a city that could shape our own destiny, that was going to survive. Now, we're talking about $53,000. It comes down to what we can afford and what we told you when we incorporated," he added. Councilmen Johnny Roberts, George Utley and John Glasin re-affirmed their stand behind the $53,000 option, preferring not to enter what they termed as "deficit spending." After the vote was taken, a sigh of relief swept through the council, bringing to a close the pressure that had built on the officials of this newly formed city. As opposed to the original budget, the city's official budget makes no appropriations for an emergency medical service, fire departments or police department. Although the services still will be available, except for the police department, they now must support themselves through community donations and other funds. Large portions of the budget were alloted to engineering expenses, employee benefits, tax collection expenses and municipal court expenses. The city is expecting a surplus of about $11,000. N.J. Court Orders Times Reporter Returned To Jail SYRACUSE, N.Y. (DPI) — Changes in family attitudes may be responsible for a significant drop in the number oi persons who stutter, says Michael Marge, dean of Syracuse University's College of Human Development. Families that place less emphasis on speech perfection and more importance on true communication could be one reason for the decline, Marge says. "About eight-tenths of one percent of the population are stutterers and that is a drop from 1.4 percent 15 or 20 years ago," he adds. Marge says easing up on pressure is the most effective way for parents to deal with stuttering in their pre-school age children. "The best approach is to do nothing," he says. . TRENTON, N.J. (UPI) — The New Jersey Supreme Court Thursday ordered New York Times reporter Myron A. Farber back to jail for refusing to give up his notes in the "Dr. X" murder case. The newspaper said it would appeal the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. The court's 5-2 majority said Dr. Mario Jascalevich's right to a fair trial under the Sixth Amendment outweighed Farber's claims that the privacy of his notes and sources is protected by the First Amendment's free press guarantee. Farber wrote a series of articles that led to the indictment of Jascalevich, identified in the stories as "Dr. X" until his name was made public upon his arrest. The prosecution contends that Jascalevich murdered three hospital patients by giving them fatal doses of curare, a powerful muscle relaxant sometimes used during surgery. Jascalevich maintains that Farber's notes are necessary to his defense. Writing for the majority, Associate Justice Worrall F. Mountain said neither the Times nor Farber had Missionary Workshop Saturday The first missionary workshop of Galilee Baptist Church, 6609 Fairwood Road in Hitchcock, will be Saturday. Registration and coffee hour will begin at 8:30 a.m. Theme for the program will be "Recognizing the Need for Faith in All Things." Classes will be taught on several subjects. A sermon will be presented at noon by the Rev. H.A. Ratcliff Jr. of Barbour Chapel Baptist Church in Texas City. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. in^he fellowship hall. the right in this case to refuse to reveal a confidential news source. Eagles, Auxiliary To Celebrate 1st Anniversary West Isle Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary 3785 will celebrate their first anniversary tonight at the Firemen's Recreation Hall, 74th and Heard's Lane, at 8-.30 with a dinner. Leonard and Kay Compton of Pasadena, who organized West Isle 3785, will be guest speakers. Women are reminded to bring a covered dish for the dinner. All charter members and past presidents will be recognized following the dinner, according to Sandra Falks, president. The auxiliary will meet at 7:30p.m. I Fun*r*l» I TODAY Rodney Guy, 18, of Galveston died Wednesday; services at 10:30 a.m. today at Broadway Funeral Home with the Rev. R. Ralph Noble officiating; burial in Lakeview Cemetery in Galveston. R.C. Head, G7, of Texas City died Wednesday; services at 10 a.m. today at Emken-Linton Funeral Home in Texas City with the Rev. Jerry T. Spencer officiating; burial in Veteran's Cemetery in Houston. William Liddell, 54, of League City died Wednesday; services at 10 a.m. today at Veteran's Cemetery Chapel in Houston under the direction of Jack Rowe Funeral Home. SATURDAY Louis DeClouet, 58, of Galveston died Monday; services at 10 a.m. Saturday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church with the Rev. John Doyle officiating; burial in Calvary KathrynBirchfield TALLAHASSEE, Fla.- Funeral services for Mrs. Charles (Kathryn Haynesj BircMield, sister of Carolyn Adams of Galveston, were conducted Wednesday at Roselawn Cemetery in Tallahassee, Fla. Mrs. Birchfield died Sunday at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital after a brief illness. She was a native of Miami, FJa. Survivors include her husband; her daughter, Kimberly Birchfield of Tallahassee; her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Haynes of Miami; and her sister. A scholarship in applied piano study has been established in her name at Florida State University in Tallahassee. Contributions may be sent to Dean Wiley Housewright, Florida State University, Tallahassee, Fla. Jerry Mutina DICKlNSON-Funeral services for Jerry Mutina, 87, of Route 1, Box 79 will be at 10 a.m. today at James Crowder Funeral Home with the Rev. Eugene Cargill officiating. Burial will be in Mount Olivet Cemetery. Mr. Mutina died Wednesday night at Memorial Hospital of Galveston County in Texas City. He was born Feb. 17,1891, in Czechoslovakia and was a retired boilermaker for Chicago Bridge and Iron, having worked for the company more than 30 years. A resident of Texas City for 4'/2 years, he was a former resident of Dickinson and a member of Shrine of the True Cross Catholic Church. Survivors include his wife, Minnie Mutina of Texas City; two daughters, Irene Mitchiner and Lillian Huckaby of Dickinson; a son, Harold J. Mutina of Blemont, Mass.; a brother, V.F. Mutina of El Campo, Texas; nine grandchildren; and 21 great-grandchildren. Friends may call at the funeral home after 8 a.m. today. Pallbearers will be Jerry Mitchiner, James Mitchiner, John Mitchiner, John Mitchiner Jr., Matt Huckaby and Marvin Stone. George Golden ALIEF—Funeral services for George D. Golden, 38, of 7500 Cook Road in Alief will be at 10 a.m. Monday at J.E. Henderson Co. funeral home in Everette, Mass. Burial will be in Woodlawn Cemetery in Everette. Local arrangements are under the direction of Jack Rowe Funeral Home in League City. Mr. Golden died Wednesday at Clear Lake Hospital in Webster. He was born Aug. 7, 1940, in Boston. He was employed as an insulator for Energy Barrier Systems and was a former resident of Everette. Survivors include his wife, Donna Golden of Alief; three daughters, Alice Marie Golden of Alief and Tracey Golden and Kimberly Golden, both of Everette; his mother, Alice Ittoma of Arizona; and his brother, Bruce Golden of Marshfield, Mass. Gladys Owens STOCKPORT, England- Funeral services for Gladys Owens of Stockport, England, sister of a Galveston resident, were conducted Monday in Stockport. Mrs. Owens died Sept. 13 in Stockport. Survivors include her husband, Michael Owens of Stcckport; her son, Phillip Owens of Stockport; her mother, Mrs. S.E. Hersey of England; three sisters, Edith Tories of Galveston and Doreen Oldroyd and Hilda Parker, both of England; and two brothers, Fred Hersey and Harold Hersey, both of England. Cemetery under the direction of Strode- Armstrong Mortuary. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Holy Name Society. Charles Palmer, 78, of Galveston died Tuesday; services at l p.m. Saturday at Mainland Funeral Home in La Marque with the Rev. M.C. Bridges officiating; burial in Memorial Cemetery in Galveston. DetaJarrell DICKlNSON-Deta W. Jarrell, 90, of 2002 Pine Dnve, died Thursday afternoon at Memorial Hospital of Galveston County. Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Hoelscher Funeral Home in Rosebud, Texas, with burial to be in Woodland Cemetery in Rosebud. Local arrangements are under the direction of James Crowder Funeral Home. Mrs. Jarrell was born May 25, 1888, in English, Texas. She had been a resident of Dickinson since 1963 and was a former longtime resident of Rosebud. Survivors include a daughter, Deta Black of Canyon, Texas; three sons, Hardy Jarrell of Dickinson, James L. Jarrell of Lubbock and Malcolm Jarrell of Joshua, Texas; several half-sisters; 15 grandchildren; 13 great- grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. Fulton Carter DICKINSON-Funeral services for Fulton Carter, 68, of Dickinson will be at 2 p.m. Saturday at Craven Memorial Chapel, 2609 Texas Ave. in La Marque with the Rev. C.N. Hudson officiating. Burial will be in Rising Star Cemetery in La Marque. A wake is scheduled from 7 to 9 tonight at the funeral home, and visitors may call after 1 p.m. today. Mr. Carter died at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday in Clear Lake Hospital in Webster. He was born March 1, 1910, in Clear Lake, La. Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Carter of Dickinson; his son, Fulton Carter Jr. of Texas City; his brother, Melvin Carter of Shreveport, La.; and four sisters, Bell Carter of Shreveport, Nellie Carter of Shacknore, Mich., Alice Mitchell of Frieson, La., id Fronnie Williams of .nsfield, La. , MaxPlantowsky NEW ORLEANS- Graveside services for Max Plantowsky, a former Galveston resident, were conducted Wednesday at Jewish Burial Rites Cemetery in New Orleans with Rabbi Benjamin Groner officiating. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of Tharp Sontheimer Tharp Inc. funeral home of New Orleans. Mr. Plantowsky, who lived in New Orleans, died Tuesday in that city. He was the husband of the late Rose Spice. Survivors include three daughters, Saralyn Bronfin, Esther Light, and Leah Stone, all of New Orleans; and eight grandchildren. The family asks that any memorial contributions by friends be made to the charity of their choice. Pearl Lee TEMPLE-Funeral services for Pearl L Lee 81, of 504 West Calhoun St. will be at 2 p.m. today at J. Levy & Bro. Funeral Home in Galveston with the Rev. Grayson Glass officiating. Burial will follow at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock. Mrs. Lee died Wednesday in Temple. She was born Jan. 12, 1897, in Ball County, Texas. A former Galveston resident, she was a member of the Baptist Church. Survivors include her son, James W. Christian of Panama City, Fla.; two grandchildren; and cousins and nephews. The Galveston Dally News Founded to UC Texas' Oldest Newspaper Dedicated to the growth and progress of Galveston and all of Galveslon Counly. Published every morning by Galveslon Newspapers, Inc., 8522 Teichman Road. P.O. Box 628, Galveston, Texas 7553. Second class postage paid at Galveslon, Texas. Uniled Press International is entitled exclusively to the use or republication of all Ihe local news of spontaneous origin printed in this newspaper. 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