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WEATHER: COLD, SUNNY, Page 2 Kerrville's Billy Sherman March of Dimes fund raiser ambassador Lifestyle, Page 6 Past presidents gather at Ronald Reagan library Dedication today in California, Page 5 One and only 'Groucho' Tonight on HBO Entertainment, Page 11 HCemrill? Vol. 83 No. 176 Kerrville. Texas MONDAY November 4, 1991 The Dallas Cowboys outclassed the Phoenix Cardinals, but the Houston Oilers suffered a heartbreaker in their big game with Washington. Stories on Page 8. In brief Substance Abuse Coalition to meet • KERRVILLE — The Substance Abuse Coaltion of Kerr County will meet tonight at 5 p.m. in the Inn of the Hills, Frio Room, 1001 Junction Highway. Mapping, addressing focus of 911 meeting • KERRVILLE — Kerr 911 Emergency Network board members will continue their ongoing discussion of creating a mapping and addressing system of the county for 911 when they meet at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday in the Municipal Courtroom, 600 Main Street. Board members also will get a monthly report from Executive Director A.E. "Butch" Dixon and will hear a financial report Ingram council again considers property tax • INGRAM — Ingram councilmen will again consider the pros and cons of adopting a property tax inside the city when they meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Ingrain Municipal Building, 409 Texas 27 West. Council also will consider a request by the Ingram Visitors Service Commission for funds from the city's hotel- motel tax rebates and they will decide on an official newspaper. INDEX Ann Landers 10 Bridge 10 Classified 12-14 Comics 10 Crossword 10 Editorials 4 Entertainment 11 Horoscope 10 Lifestyle 6.7 Sports 8.9 Stocks 14 Television 11 Weather 2 BIBLE VERSE "O Lord, thou hast searched me, and known me.'' Psalm 139:1 Cool Weather, Page 2 Sunday's high: 43 Overnight low: 21 Historic talks over, but will continue later Israelis find Palestinians warm, Syrians icy in talks on Mideast 14 Pages 25 Cents Roundup Page 5 There had been indications on Sunday that further contacts could occur in Madrid today, but Israeli delegation announced plans to leave this afternoon. The architect of the talks, Secretary of Slate James A. Baker III, departed on Sunday. Israel negotiators said the Syrians, whom they were meeting face to face for the first time in 43 years, refused to budge from their insistence on a full Israeli withdrawal from occupied territory. The Israelis said every suggestion they raised was flatly rejected. Syria's chief negotiator, Muafaq Alaf, likewise complained that Israel refused to budge on its resistence to territorial concessions. "Although we are not at all satisfied, we will continue talking with them," he said. But the mere fact that the Madrid peace conference reached a second round, with Israelis and Palestinians talking across the negotiating table as equals for the first time, was a U.S. diplomatic triumph. "The bottom line is, the direct face-to-face negotiations have be(Continued on Page 2) Bareback flying MADRID, Spain (AP) — Archenemies Israel and Syria concluded a historic round of direct talks on a divisive note today, a sharp contrast with the groundbreaking initial meeting between Israeli and Palestinian officials. Israel's five hours of talks with Syria, which started late Sunday after much diplomatic wrangling, were characterized as frustrating by the Israelis although the parties agreed to meet again. The tenor of Sunday's talks between Palestinians and Israelis was amicable and both sides said they hoped to begin serious negotiations on such issues as Palestinian autonomy within days or weeks. The Israelis also met Sunday with the Lebanese and Jordanians. The Israelis agreed to hold further direct talks with all four Arab parties, but left unresolved the question of where and when. Israeli officials said the Lebanese even indicated the talks might not resume for a few months,-. '<«*-•-•. *"* According to the Israelis^Syria insisted that contacts over the short term be made through U.S. intermediaries. By contrast, Jordan and the Palestinians agreed to direct contacts with Israel in negotiating further talks. Public invited to view Arcadia Open house Tuesday KERRVILLE — "Light Up the Arcadia" is the theme for an open house for the downtown theater building from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday. The public is invited to view the historic Arcadia—built in the 1920s — with live entertainment and music. Carmen A very, whose donation enabled Guadalupe Arts Alliance to purchase the building, will be pan of a special lighting ceremony during the event. Guadalupe Arts Alliance hopes the open house will attract continued Tlmes Phow public support in the form of new Volunteer workers dean up the lobby area of the old Arcadia members, volunteer help and dona- Theater. The downtown theater will be open to the public during lions. A major goal is raising money an open house Tuesday. to fund improvements and renovation of the theater. Bringing the building up to city code is the first phase, while major Times Phoio by Carol Hamilton Jay Staats of Harper takes a dive in the bareback riding competition during the Cowboy Gala rodeo Saturday night at the Kerr County Youth Exhibit Center, the last of the season for Aubrey Henderson Producflons. The rodeo and a dance featuring Wild Rose, a Nashville all-woman band, was held as a benefit for the Hill Country Junior Livestock Show Association. City gets unexpected financial windfall when company pays back taxes renovations are planned for later phases. GAA wants to use the building to enhance Kerrville tourism, for conventions and seminars and performing arts events. By GREG PERLISKI Times Staff Writer KERRVILLE — The city of Kerrville received an unexpected financial windfall at the end of its 1990-91 fiscal year A property owner paid two years' worth of back taxes totaling nearly $95,000. Pacific Mutual Insurance Co., the new owner of River Hills Mall, paid $94,703.36 for 1989 and 1990 property taxes. This money helped to increase Kerrville property tax collections $136,672 above the $3.310 million estimated by assistant city manager Dane Tune. In addition, incomes from investments and franchise fees also came in above city staff predictions. This extra revenue combines with low expenditures to boost the city's general fund balance $373,728 above the predicted $774,941. However, city manager Glenn Brown said the money wUl not have an immediate impact on the city's budget. "Our recommendation is that the council be aware of the projected fund balance and the projected staff figures," Brown said. "But it is not anything we will change until the auditors are finished." The city should have its accounts audited by the end of February, Brown said. Tune said the city supervisors and division directors held down expenses $ 135,604 below budget in the last fiscal year that ended Sept. 30. "We feel positive about the statement that this makes," he said. The city also spent less than expected in Kerrville's second major budget, the water and sewer fund. Expenses came in $48,329 below expectations, Tune said. Finally, the city returned $224,399 to the general and water and sewer funds that was transferred out last year to help pay for the troubled pay-as-you-go capital improvement plan. Kerrville had planned to spend $1.7 million in 1990 on capital improvement projects, but ended up spending only S721,623. "We reshuffled a lot of projects," (Continued on Page 2) Starkey publishing lab aids would-be Hemingways By MICHAEL BOWLIN Times Staff Writer KERRVILLE — A new language arts class at Siarkey Elementary allows parents and children to work together to create a book. More than 700 students, in kindergarten through fifth grade, along with 12 parent volunteers are involved in the program where a student or class writes a book. After die would-be Hemingways finish their masterpieces, the parents go to work typesetting, laminating and binding the work to create a 'publishea book. 'This has been real exciting for the kids as well as (he parents, said Starkey Principal Deb Wells. "The parent volunteers enable us to publish so much more of what the children write. They feel like liulc geniuses." she said. Wells said the publishing lab program was first tested last spring with positive results. "We pulled in a few parents, trained them to use word processors and all of the machinery. About 15 children were also involved," Wells said. "We revised the program some and restarted out training out training last week." she added. While the publishing lab doesn't officially open until today, Wells said a class of fourth grade students got a head start and have already written a book that's been tunfcd over u> the parent group. Several different levels of publishing are going on in the lab. 'The students in a regular language arts classroom can write a story or a book of poems which is part of a language arts assignment or an individual student may do it on their own at home and bring it in," Wells explained. "The teacher wUl the.i help them edit it, then they'll send it to the lab to be typed. Once that's done, the parent volunteers will then send it back 10 the child to illustrate and to design the cover. Then it will be sent back to the publishing lab for laminating, binding and copying." If a siudciu would like 10 typeset his or her own work, Wells said there are before and alter school mini- courses where a student can learn to use the word processor. Two mini-courses for fourth and fifth graders were complaed two weeks ago and a new one for second and third grades started last week. Weils said. Tune* Hboio By Ken Schmidt ; antha Wheatfall works at the keyboard in a new publishing ir Starkey Elementary School.