The Galveston Daily News from Galveston, Texas on September 27, 1978 · Page 2
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Galveston, Texas
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Wednesday, September 27, 1978
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2-A 3V tTuUirs County Police Beat p.-ttlij Nrtus Wednesday Morning, September 27, 1978 Three Injured In One-Car Mishap ALTA LOMA-Three persons were injured Monday night when the car in which they were riding rolled down the Karankawaty Levee and struck an embankment about 17 miles south of here, sheriff's deputies reported. A passenger in the car, Lonnie Wood, 31, of P.O. Box 110 in Alta Loma was transported by Life Flight helicopter to Hermann Hospital. A hospital spokesman Tuesday said Wood was treated in the emergency room and later was released. The driver of the car, Lyn Rye, 26, also of P.O. Box 110 in Alta Loma, and another passenger, Ronnie Beck, 25. of the same address, were treated for minor injuries at Memorial Hospital of Galveston County, according to police reports. Deputy Bill Foreman said the vehicle was traveling north on the levee late Monday when it incurred mechanical trouble and rolled down the 14-foot levee. RAPE ATTEMPTED TEXAS CITY-A 49-year- old woman told deputies she was forced into a vehicle here and was taken to San Leon, where the driver tried to rape her. Police found the woman walking on the shoulder of FM 517 in San Leon early Tuesday. She was unharmed. CASH MISSING KEMAH-Sheriff's deputies are investigating a burglary at a seafood processing plant here which resulted in the loss of about $2,500. Henry Hulls, owner of the plant, in the 1400 block of Lawrence Road, told police Tuesday someone broke into his business and made off with $2,578, which had been stored in a desk drawer. MAN ASSAULTED A Galveston man was treated for facial injuries at John Sealy Hospital Monday night after he apparently was struck on the head with a pistol in front of his apartment, police here reported. Kenneth Murphy, who lives in the 700 block of 27th Street, told police he was approached by two men as he walked to the steps of his apartment. The weapon has not been recovered, according to police reports. RADAR LOCATIONS The Galveston Police Department Traffic Division will man radar from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. today at the following locations: Broadway to Seawall: 61 st Street; Ferry Road; Highway 3005; O'Connell Senior Campus and Burnett Elementary. Passing Parade (Continued From Page 0 Deaths and Funerals By Clear Creek School Board Athletic Facility Action Postponed LEAGUE CITY-The Clear Creek School District board of trustees again postponed action, by a 3-1 vote Tuesday night, on physical education facilities for six of the district's elementary schools. After nine months of study and consideration, a low bid of $890,000 had been presented, which was about $240,000 above that allotted under the budget for the six facilities. Architects Brooks and Collier, acting on recommendations by the administration, talked to contractors and presented a reduced bid of $715,000 during the meeting. The reduced figure came mostly through a 40 percent slash in the facilities' square footage and a four- foot lowering of the ceilings. Dimension requirements had to be altered to meet funds allotted for the program. Trustees were divided about whether they should postpone action for further consideration. Board members will lose the 5715,000 bid if action is not taken by Oct. 1C. After that date, a whole new list of bids will be presented. The district. Superintendent John F. Ward said, could end up with a much higher bid. But Ward said he believes it is best to postpone action to insure that the district is making the right decision. Trustee Herbert Medsger. who cast the single dissenting vote, actively voiced disapproval of further delay. "I'd like us to move ahead on this proposal," said Medsger. "Now is the time to tackle the problem. Just sitting and waiting isn't going to do anything for us. We're just fooling ourselves by waiting." Trustee Dean Woodruff initiated the motion for postponement until the administration could rethink the concept for the type of facilities they want. The school board also was told that the district will have to pay about $22,000 for each month it postpones a decision on the school district's proposed $1.3 million transportation center. Plans for the transportation center have been completed, but the administration is waiting for permission from Houston Lighting & Power Co. to drain rain water into the company's canal. Officials had the option to either contract with HL&P to use the canal or to build a retention pond for drainage. Further action on the transportation center was delayed until notice from HL&P. GISD To Set Tax Rate Tonight The Galveston school board will conduct a special meeting at 7:30 tonight to set the school district's 1978-79 tax rate and to consider a proposal concerning the enrollment at Morgan Elementary School. The district's S20.6 million budget for 1978-79 already has been adopted, but school officials have not yet been able to set the tax rate because they have not received the district's certified tax rolls. According to R.H. Roquemore, the district's business manager, in order to fund the $1.7 million increase in this year's budget, the district will need an effective tax increase of 16 cents. He told the board in a memo that, based on a rough figure obtained from the county, the district's assessed value at this time is estimated at about $1.554 billion. If that figure remains the same, the district would need between 76 and 77 cents per $100 valuation for school operation and about eight cents per $100 Continued From Page 1 consulting us courtesy of about it." Clifford responded by saying he was well within his rights as mayor to initiate an advertisement for city administrator. "As chief administrator, if I see fit for something, this is my prerogative. As far as selection, it's up to the vote of the commission," Clifford said. Morgan succeeds former City Administrator Jerry McFadden, who resigned in April, saying his "authority had been undercut by Mayor Charlie Clifford and Commissioner Bubba Cruse." "The next guy that comes in here is going to be very concerned about why 1 left. I'm going to tell him," McFadden said as he resigned April 26. Continued From Page 1 approved the motion to set up a review committee using volunteer physicians, with the stipulation that if this plan were not approved by the state agency, an emergency meeting with the medical staff would be called to decide what steps to take next. The motion also included a provision that, within a short period, the board would contact the state agency and try to develop a more permanent solution to the problem. A main point of discussion during the meeting was the possibility that the hospital might be forced to refuse Medicaid patients. The board also welcomed its newest member, Al Goodson, and chose Eugene Morehead of Dickinson as its new president. Other new officers elected were Betty Conner as vice president and James Crowder as secretary. They also voted to renew the hospital's contract for emergency room services with Gulf Coast Emergency Room Physicians and approved a medical staff recommendation that fathers be allowed to witness childbirth with the consent of the attending physician and after completing a course in natural childbirth procedures. Utility Continued From Page by the legislature was "an insignificant amount of money." To Hitchcock and La Marque, that same tax revenue is direly needed cash. La Marque Mayor Howard Choate was impressed enough to recommend retaining the tax when a group of senior citizens, appearing before the city council to request an increase in property tax exemptions, indicated they were willing to pay the utility sales tax built into utility bills, since the revenue went directly into a city street repair fund. To Mayor Charlie Clifford of Hitchcock, the tax meant one thing — "revenue." "We're poor enough now. And this is a fair way (to tax). A lot of people who don't own property pay equal taxes with people who do own property," Clifford said. Statewide, 125 of 900 cities have voted to repeal the tax. Another 127 have notified the state comptroller's office they will not repeal the tax. Houston, the largest city in Texas, declined to repeal the tax but has not yet notified the comptroller's office, Bullock said. Other major metropolitan cities, San Antonio, Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin, voted down the 1 percent city sales tax on utilities. valuation for debt service. That figure, officials said, would be based on the newly adopted assessment ratio" of 100 percent of market value. In the past, the district used an 80 percent assessment ratio, but it was changed in order to make the tax-setting process more easily understood to taxpayers. The school board also will discuss a proposal concerning enrollment at the Morgan school. At the last school board meeting Superintendent Frank Vollert said his administrative staff was in the process of going through a list of all students enrolled at Morgan to find those students who may not reside in the Morgan zone and who have not been officially transferred to the magnet school through the district's minority to majority transfer policy. The work is being done to pare the overcrowding problem at the school. Vollert noted that the program to relocate Postman paints postal stations ST. LOUIS (UPI) - The mural in the new postal station at the Cervantes Convention Center was painted by postman James Stinebaker, who took time off from his letter-carrying route. Stinebaker, 49, has enlivened the walls of four post offices with scenes depicting the city's history. "Painting is a lot harder than letter-carrying," he said, "because after you carry mail you go home and forget about it. This goes home with you until it's done." Stinebaker never signs his murals. "If they want to know who did it," he said, "I figure they can call the post office." Tbe Galveston Daily News misplaced students would be completed by this week and that "if at that time we find we need further reduction, we might want to consider rezoning of the school." Other items on Wednesday's agenda include consideration of a budget amendment to increase the hourly wage scale of the district's janitorial and maintenance staff and consideration of an increase from S6.000 to $10,000 for the district's homestead tax exemption for senior citizens. Directors and Planners, sponsored by the Texas Department of Community Affairs' Drug Abuse Prevention Division. He is director of training and clinical affairs at the Gulf Coast Regional Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center... It's a wedding anniversary for Henry and Cnris Lausen of Texas City. . .Birthday kids are Roland demons, Patsy Scarbrough, Emma Lemons, Mrs. Agnes Marie Thomas, Mrs. Annie Lee Smith, Henry J. Temple, Albert Medina, Leon Max Banks Sr., Richard Fogaley, Allen F. WiHiams, Kenneth Young, Andre Crockett, C.D. Wilson, David Poydran, Bernice Balderas of Texas City, Melba Lois Gibson, Diane Hunters, Mrs. Margaret Jewell, Mrs. Barbara Locklin, Deborah Jean Powell, Cynthia A. Sumblin, Catherine Simmons. .. Humor Column To Begin The humor of Brian Robertson will be shared with readers of The Galveston Daily News each Thursday beginning this week. A native of Houston, Robertson writes about everyday topics in an out- of-the-way manner that will have you chuckling over your breakfast cereal. A graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a degree in psychology, Robertson now lives in Edinburg, Texas, where he works with a crisis phone service and writes poetry, short stories and humor. At the suggestion of several editors, Robertson began syndication of a weekly humor column. The Galveston Daily News is one of the charter newspapers in the self- syndication network. So look for and enjoy Brian Robertson, beginning Thursday in The Galveston Daily News. Mary Drees Sister Mary Immaculata Drees, 82, died at Tuesday morning at Ursuline Convent Infirmary in San Antonio. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Thursday at Ursuline Chapel in Galveston with the Rev. John C. De Forke officiating. Burial will follow at Ursuline Cemetery in Galveston under the direction of J. Levy & Bro. Funeral Home. A rosary will be recited at 7:30 p.m. tonight at the convent. Sister Drees was born May 6, 1896, in McCartyville, Ohio. During her years as an Ursuline Sister, she taught at St. Patrick's Church, Sacred Heart School and Ursuline Academy in Galveston. Sister "Drees served as principal at St. Partick's Church and Sacred Heart School. She spent some years teaching at the Ursuline Academies in New Orleans and San Antonio. Survivors include one sister, Veronica Bogatto of La Marque, and nieces and nephews. Visitors may call at Ursuline Convent after 3 p.m. today. Joan Driskell HOUSTON—Funeral services for Mrs. Bobby Earl (Joan Marie) Driskell, 44, of 14132 Interstate 10 East will be at 10 a.m. Thursday at Veterans Cemetery in Houston. Burial will follow under the direction of Jack Rowe Funeral Home. Mrs. Driskell died Saturday night at North Shore Hospital in Houston. She was born Sept. 16, 1934, in San Francisco. She was a housewife. Survivors include her husband; a son, Richard Cruise includes flight NEW YORK (UPI) Free air transportation between the West Coast and Singapore will be provided passengers booking either of the two Orient-Alaska Trans-Pacific cruises aboard the M.S. Prin- sendam in 1979. The Holland America cruise ship will leave Singapore on April 30 for Vancouver on a 29-day voyage which includes calls at Manila, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Japan and the Alaska Inside Passage. Somoza Declares Amnesty; Peace Talks Slated To Start Texas' Oldest Newspaper Dedicated lo the growth and progress of Galvestoo and all of Galveston County. Published every morning by Galveston Newspapers, Inc., 8522 Teichman Road. P.O. Box 628, Galveston, Texas 77553. Second class postage paid at Galveston, Texas. United Press International is entitled exclusively to the use or replication of all the local news of spontaneous origin printed in this newspaper. Subscription rates by carrier, J4.2S per month; by mail, JW.OO per year anywhere in the continental United States, $106.00 per year outside the U^. TtfcftaeTMXll The Galveston Daily News welcomes letters to the editor. They must be limited to 300 words and the writer's name must be signed and Ihe address given. MANAGUA, Nicaragua <UP1) — The government declared an amnesty for political prisoners Tuesday, granting opposition leaders one of their two demands for agreeing to sit down to peace talks with President Anastasio Somoza Debayle. A terse communique issued late Tuesday night said only that "all persons except for those detained in connection with the commission of common crimes" would be released from Nicaraguan jails. It did not say how many persons would be released or clearly state when. But diplomatic sources estimated that some 350 political prisoners should be affected by the amnesty, including at least six members of the Broad Opposition Front, a coalition of political, business and labor organizations opposed to Somoza'sruie. Freedom for political prisoners was one of the two demands made by the anti-government coalition in return for agreeing to sit down with Somoza to negotiate an end to Nicaragua's bloody civil strife. The communique made no mention of the front's other demand — the lifting of censorship imposed nearly two weeks ago during the height of the fighting between the National Guard and Sandinista guerrillas. Front spokesman Jaime Chamorro said Somoza offered to negotiate only because he had "his arm twisted" by the United States. In an about-face of its past stand, the government Monday accepted a mediation offer delivered by President Carter's special envoy William Jorden but did not say who would be asked to take part in discussions. In Washington, a State Department spokesman said Jorden met with Somoza again Tuesday as part of the U.S. effort "to get the dialogue moving, a dialogue in which the opposition groups would have a chance to work out with the government a peaceful and democratic solution in Nicaragua." But the spokesman confirmed the Sandinista guerrillas were not being considered as a direct party in the negotitions. Earl Driskell; and a daughter, Theressa Marie Driskell; all of Houston. Lillian Hein TEXAS CITY-Mrs. Lillian Frances Hein, 79, of 302 12th Ave. North died Tuesday morning at Memorial Hospital of Galveston County. Funeral arrangements are pending. Services will be at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in New York City. A rosary was recited Tuesday in the chapel of James Crowder Funeral Home with the Rev. John Ulm officiating. Burial will follow services in New York, under the direction of Donovan- O'Leary Funeral Home of New York City. Mrs. Hein was born Aug. 3, 1899, in Brooklyn, N.Y. She had lived in Texas City for the past three years. Survivors include two daughters, Joan Adams and Denise Dunkle, both of Texas City; a son, Paul Hein of Staten Island, N.Y.; a sister, Irene Fugazy of New York; and a brother, Dennis Cronin of Florida. Horace Horton Funeral services for Horace Horton Jr., 47, of 2617 Ave. L will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Haynes Chapel in Hope, Ark., with the Rev. Bill Davis officiating. Burial will be at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Hope under the direction of Fields Funeral Home of Galveston. Funvrala TODAY Robert Calhoun, 26, of Alta Loma died Sunday; services at 9:30 a.m. today at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church in Alta Loma with the Rev. George Olsovsky officiating; burial in Grace Memorial Park under the direction of Broadway Funeral Home. Georgia Rosier, 61, of Galveston died Thursday; services at 11 a.m. today in the Lundy Mortuary Chapel with the Rev. Rasco Hardiman officiating; burial'in Mainland Memorial Cemetery in Hitchcock. Charles Briggs, 45, of Galveston died Sunday; services at 10 a.m. today at J. Levy & Bro. Funeral Home with the Rev. Jack Bennett officiating; burial in Lakeview Memorial Park. Ardelia Oliver, 80, of Galveston died Friday; services at 2 p.m. today at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church with the Rev. M.C. Battle officiating; burial in Galveston Memorial Cemetery in Galveston. THURSDAY Ursuline Shaw, 63, of Galveston died Saturday; services at 10 a.m. Thursday at First Union Baptist Church with the Rev. James A. Wrenn officiating; burial in Lakeview Cemetery under the direction of Fields Funeral Home. George Mclntosh, 59, of Galveston died Friday; services at 1 p.m. Thursday at Live Oak Baptist Church with the Rev. W.M. Taylor officiating; burial in Lakeview Cemetery under the direction of Fields Funeral Home. James Epps, 73, of Galveston died Friday; services at 3 p.m. Thursday at Live Oak Baptist Church with the Rev. W.M. Taylor officiating; burial in Lakeview Cemetery under the direction of Strode- Armstrong Mortuary. THE SONG tells of the pleasures of a bicycle built for two, but could the writer-have had this situation in mind? Whether he's heard the song or not, the pedal-pusher seems resigned to his chummy passenger on a residential Houston street. (UPI Telephoto) Mr. Horton died Saturday in Galveston. A wake is scheduled from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Fields Funeral Home. Mr. Horton was born Sept. 7,1931, in Chicago. He was a gardener. Survivors include his wife, Mattie M. Horton of Galveston; five daughters, Bobbie Horton and Judy Moore, both of Galveston, Mary Mitchell of Houston, Betty Law of Pomono, Calif., and Dorothy Smith of Shreveport, La.; three sons, Freddie Horton of George AFB, Calif., John Webb of Compton, Calif., and Nathaniel Francis of Menden, La.; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Horace Horton Sr. of Hope; two sisters, Jennie Mae Jones and Bobbie Victor, both of Hope; four brothers, Calvin Horton, John Earl Horton, Jackie Horton and Charles Horton, all of Hope; 10 grandchildren; and other relatives and friends. Visitors may call at Fields Funeral Home after 3p.m. Thursday. Charles Lanier RICHMOND—Charles Herbeck Lanier, 89, of Richmond died Tuesday morning at Poly-Ryan Hospital in Richmond. A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Emken-Linton Funeral Home in Texas City with the Rev. Nelson Lee Herod officiating. Burial will follow at Grace Memorial Park in Hitchcock. Mr. Lanier was born May 16, 1889, in Sneads, Fla. A retired accountant, he was a member of West End United Methodist Church of Texas City and Texas City Masonic Lodge No. 1118 A.F.&A.M. Survivors include his wife, Ivey Lanier of Richmond; three sons, William P. Lanier of Fort Worth, James S. Lanier of Las Vegas, Nev., and Glenn D. Lanier of Pittsburgh; two daughters, Diana Bosworth of Cleburne, Texas, and Mary Collier of Austin; 20 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Donald Skripka HOUSTON—Donald Edward Skripka, 35, of 4000 West 34th St. died Tuesday morning at the University of Texas Medical Center in Galveston. Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Thursday at St. Patrick's Catholic Church with the Rev. Charles Crowley officiating. Burial will follow at Old Catholic Cemetery in Galveston. A wake is scheduled for 7 tonight at Malloy & Sons Funeral Home. Mr. Skripka was born Feb. 13, 1943, in San Antonio. He was a former employee of Ameron Co., a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church and a member of T. A.E. fraternity. He attended St. Mary's University in San Antonio. Survivors include his wife, Kathleen Pesz Skripka of Houston; a daughter, Marissa Pesz of Houston; three sons, Donald Skripka Jr. and Clayton Skripka, both of San Antonio, and Sean Pesz of Houston; and a brother, Dr. Charles F. Skripka Jr. of Union City, Tenn. Pallbearers will be James Schuster, Gary McGee, Joseph Skripka, Dr. Robert Macek, Robert Kledenhagen and Kermit Brown. Visitors may call at the funeral home after 5 p.m. today. r O to know you care. For Sympathy •lowers and plants call your FTD Florist Vour Extra Touch Florists ' symbol of love We offer o complete selection of those distinctive memorials thai ore guaranteed without lime limit. on MONUMENT WORKS INC. 3WMOADWAT 743-1511

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