Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas on April 16, 1971 · Page 7
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Del Rio News Herald from Del Rio, Texas · Page 7

Del Rio, Texas
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Friday, April 16, 1971
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\ Laughlin Ranks Among Busiest More than 40,000 landings and takeoffs were recorded on the three runways at Laughlin AFB during March, making the base one of the busiest military facilities in the world. The 40,000 figure, when divided by the hours per month the field is open, breaks down to one operation every 15 seconds, . The figure is even more impressive, in view of the fact that the traffic was handled .without an accident, or even an operational hazard, officials INSIDE-Air Traffic controllers inside the RAPCON handling aircraft on, over, and around Laughlin AFB, left to right, are Sgt. Tommy C. Williams, TSgt. Michael O. Prejean and TSgt. Phillip C. Pancake. They were presently awarded ATC Certificate of Appreciation for assisting a disabled T38 to a safe landing. (Official USAF Photo) said. Such a large number of aircraft puts' considerable pressure on air traffic controllers, said Capt. George McDonnell, Flight Facilities officer of the 2108th Communications Squadron. The captain pointed out the fact that three air traffic controllers with the squadron ,were recently awarded the Ak Training Command Certificate of Appreciation for their efforts in assisting a T38 which had lost its directional indicating system. The troubled aircraft was directed through the clouds by the controllers and made a safe landing. • '' Radar controllers at Laughlin operate from one of the most unique pieces of equipment in the Air Force Communications Service inventory — the Gin-Andy," Captain McDonald said. The Gin-Andy is a mobile radar set used to run heavy traffic. "Last month's traffic load for the radar approach control unit totaled 12,482 and this much radar traffic compares with such busy overseas stations as Da Nang and Tan Son Nhut in the Republic of Vietnam," the captain said. The 2108th Communications Squadron provides Laughlin with ah* traffic control, navigational aids and many other services. DEL RIO (TEXAS) NEWS-HERALD. Frkfry, April 16,1971-7 Zoning Suit Slated Today in Eagle Pass CONFlRMED-The United States Senate has confirmed President Nixon's appointment of Maj. Gen. Homer I. "Pete" Lewis of Eagle Pass to be the new Chief of Air Force Reserve. (Official USAF Photo) EAGLE PASS-A hearing Is set for 3:30 p.m. today before District Judge George Thurmond in Eagle Pass in a case involving a physician who is constructing a medical clinic in a neighborhood that is zoned for residential buildings only. A request for an injunction has been filed against Dr. Auturo Batres by two residents of the neighborhood who are seeking to have him enjoined from any further construction and from conducting business in the building. Mrs. Margarita B. Rodriquez t and Mary Heed Simpson claim in their petition that the proposed clinic violates provisions of the city zoning code which classifies the area as R-l, which is for residential use only. Under the ordinance a person may conduct a private business in a residence; however, he is limited to one assistant and the sign advertising the business outside the building is limited to one foot by one foot in size. The ordinance specifies the private practice of an attorney, architect, physician and other related businesses. Batres, a pediatrician, has one of the most sizable practices in Eagle Pass and employs several persons in his present clinic. Included in the contested building are three examining rooms, a laboratory and other medical service facilities. The construction permit for the building was originally denied by city building inspector John Morgan but was later granted after a written letter from Batres claimed that the building would be his residence with a limited medical practice. Batres further stated in his letter that he was not in violation of any of the provisions of the ordinance. Based upon his letter, Morgan granted the permit and construction is near completion. TO HEAD USAF RESERVE Eagle Pass General Wins Senate Approval Morgan stated that the permit was granted because it does not prevent him from building but rather from engaging in business. He said that the city could not do anything until Batres actually was found to be engaging- hi business in violation of the zoning ordinance. The! two women bringing suit to halt Batres from moving into the new location are represented in the case by Attorney Vem Knickerbocker of Midland-Odessa who also E Bctices in Eagle Pass with ume and Hume law firm. Knickerbocher said this morning that an answer to the petition for an injunction had just been received from Batres' attorney and that Batres had denied every allegation charged in the suit. Knickerbocher's suit alleged that Batres owned the property and that he is in fact a practicing physician. The lawyer said that Batres' answer has complicated the proceedings now because the plaintiffs must prove that he owns the property and is in fact a practicing physician. LAUGHLIN'S RAP.CON-The MPN-14C Radar Approach Control precision approach service. The Laughlin RAPCON assisted (Official USAF Photo) provides area surveillance and over 12,000 aircraft during March. Mr' Grant Approved AUSTIN (AP) - The Texas Office of Economic Opportunity approved today a $526,285 federal grant for a full year of a Head Start program in Brownsville. Special to the News-Herald W ASHINGTON-The nomination by President Nixon of Maj. Gen. Homer I. "Pete" Lewis of Eagle Pass, Texas, to be the new Chief of Air Force Reserve has been confirmed by the Senate. General Lewis, who owns and operates farms and feedlots in Maverick County, Texas, and cattle ranches in Mexico, becomes the second man to head the 500,000 member Air Force Reserve since the position was established in 1968. He replaces Maj. Gen. Tom E. Marchbanks who retired Feb. 1. Locally, General Lewis is also a director of the Frontier State Bank in Eagle Pass. He is married to the former Dorothy Lehrer of Garwood, Texas. The Lewis' have three sons, Peter William, Stephen Wayne and William Lehrer. r The general has nearly 30 years of active and reserve military service, including combat duty as a group gunnery officer with the 8th Air Force in Europe in World War II. He has also served on many planning boards and committees charged with various aspects of Air Force Reserve management and programming. When nominated to be the top Air Force Reservist, General Lewis held the mobilization assignment of Reserve Deputy to the Commander, Headquarters Command, USAF, at Boiling AFB, D.C. He was also a member of the Air Reserve Forces Policy Committee, and a past National President of the Reserve Officers Association of the United States. General Lewis was born in WfcWfta::::!:;::.^ Asheville, N.a, Feb. 1, 1919. After living and attending schools in the New York City area, he moved with his family to Texas in 1932. He attended Culver Military Academy, Culver, Ind., and was graduated in 1938 as class president. He won a competitive appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy, entering in July 1938. After a year at Annapolis, General Lewis resigned and entered the University of Texas: While still a student at Texas he was commissioned as a reserve second lieutenant in the Infantry in December 1940, and was called to active duty with the Army Air Corps on July 8,1941. After initial duty as an administrative officer at Randolph Field, Texas, General Lewis served in various training assignments until entering aerial gunnery school in September 1944. Upon completion of the basic aerial gunnery and combat officer gunnery schools, he was assigned overseas in Feb. 1945 to the 8th Air Force. He served as group gunnery officer with the 486th Bomb Group and flew 50 combat missions over Central Europe in B17s before the unit returned to the United States in July 1945. He was relieved from active duty at Ft. Sam Houston, Texas, in January 1946. Since World War II, General Lewis participated in various reserve programs in Eagle Pass and at Brooks AFB. Texas. On April 1, 1968, General Lewis became Reserve Deputy to " the Commander, Headquarters Command, USAF, at Boiling AFB, D.C., a position, he held until his present appointment. Uvalde Clean-Up Campaign Slated Special to the News-Herald UVALDE-'' Trash Round-Up Week in Texas" sets the theme for a massive clean-up drive to be conducted in Uvalde beginning April 26 and continuing through May eighth. Customs Inspector Cole Transferred Del Rio Back When. twwftssfci^^ FROM THE. FILES OF THE DEL RIO NEW-HERALD FIVE YEARS AGO April 16,1966 Consolidation of the Del Rio Independent School District and Common School District Five became effective when a mandate from the Fourth Court of Civil Appeals at San Antonio was filed with District Clerk Emma Stewart. Site preparation is underway at the location of Del Rio's new $750,000 Holiday Inn. **** TEN YEARS AGO April 16,1961 . Hawley, Pettit has been named by the Del Rio Jaycees as the Del Rio Man of the Year. R.J. Waddell, principal of Garfield Elementary School, has announced that the Del Rio Independent School District will offer a language orientation program for non-English speaking children who will enter school for the first time in the fall. ****. TWENTY-FIVE YEARS AGO April 16,1946 : Ann Fleetwood won the Teen Town ping pong tournament. Mario Soto won first place and Fermin Calderon won second in an essay contest sponsored by the American Legion. • THIRTY YEARS AGO April 16,1941 E.P. Hoover, chairman of the Del Rio Jaycee softball committee, has announced that work has started on a softball diamond at Roosevelt .Park. Betty Jo Rains' poster for the current Little Theater play, "The Importance of Being Earnest" won first place in the contest conducted in the schools. **** FORTY YEARS AGO April 16,1931 Henry Bridge, Del Rio police chief, warns ;all dog owners of the approaching deadline for having their dogs vaccinated. Justice Court Judge Charley Miller, levied a $28 fine for selling fish without a license. Saturday will be the last day on duty here for Carl G. Cole, U.S. Customs inspector at the Port of Del Rio. Effective next week, Cole will be assigned as the only representative of the U.S. Bureau of Customs at Marathon. As inspector there, be will be handling mostly the entry of fluorspar shipments from mines in Mexico. Cole, a native of Brownsville, entered the Customs service in Eagle Pass In February 1961. He served later at Brownsville and Hidalgo before coming to Del Rio on March 23,1969. With his wife, Susie, and three-year-old son, David, he has made his home here at 131 Ridgewood. The family will move as soon as arrangements can be completed. Tokyo Raiders Slate Reunion SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Members of Jimmy Doolittle's daring "Tokyo Raiders" began gathering Thulsday for their 29th annual reunion. Among those due to attend is Doolittle himself, leader of the first U.S. air strike of World War n against the Japanese mainland April 18, 1942. Plans are in the making to have special awards presented to groups who take part in the operation. State Highway Engineer J.C. Dingwall, in announcing the statewide campaign said that it costs the State of Texas $2 million annually to pickup litter along the 70,000 miles of state highways. Serving on the clean-up committee are Chamber of Commerce Director George Wentz, Chamber Manager Cal Newton, Harold Pratt of the Uvalde Kiwanis Club and Clyde D . Gilbreath of the Gran Chaparral District of the Boy Scouts. The City of Uvalde has pledged its cooperation in the drive which has been designated "Trash * Round-Up Week in Texas" by Gov. Preston Smith. Hospital Notes VAL VERDE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL Admitted Wednesday: Angelina Solorzano, Maria del Carmen Martinez, Donna Hawk, Natividad Lugo, Petra Ortiz, Vernalu Mable Cummings, Ella Diaz, Juan Garza Trevino, Eugenio Padilla, Agustin Rodriguez, Fedelio Cortez Jr., Ramona Valdez, Janie Gonzales, Alfred Gordon, Rosie Urbinia, Jackie Sue Womack and Edister Talamantez. Discharged Wednesday: Antolina Castillo, Thomas Merkle, Estella Rodriguez, Clara McGonagill, Ester Cuellar, Sylvia Cardenas, Joyce Arledge, Guadalupe Acosta and Angelina Solorzano. Admitted Thursday: Rita Sims, Pamela Copeland Nester, Francisca Ramirez, Raquel Ramos, Ramior Cepeda, Mollie Bartlett and Paula Mayfield. 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