Sunday, September 19, 1982

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Texas Inc Inside Todays Weather 1 11 Skies will be sunny with warm temperatures today and with fair weather Winds today will be from ttpe east and northeast at 1015 Fair Queens Contest Some 44 young ladies will be competing for the title of Comal County Fair Queen tonight at in the New Braunfels High School The winner will reign over tht annual which kicks BUSINESS BB CLASSIFIED 7108 COMICS 11B CROSSWORD 12A 48 DEATHS 2A ENTERTAINMENT 67B HOROSCOPE 118 KALEIDOSCOPE 14B OPINIONS 4A PUBLIC RECORDS 2A WEATHER Felder handed 60year sentence Jury returns punishment after three hours deliberation By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer The jury which found Michael Ross Felder guilty of murder sentenced him to 60 years in the Texas Department of Corrections Friday It took over three hours of deliberation for the jury of seven women and five men to decide Felders The punishment range available to the jury for the first degree offense was five to 99 and a fine up to if the assessed punishment had been 10 years or probation could have been The jury retired at 10 Friday to begin its recessed an hour for then returned to the jury A knock on the door signaling a decision had been came about was found guilty of killing Clifton James a Palestine man missing since May Testimony indicated the offense occurred on or about May and that Felder shot Slate while he was sleeping at the defendants ranch Slates skeletal remains were found on in a wooded area near the ranch house off Bear Creek The property at that owned by the Felder but has since been Felder was indicted for Slates murder on 24 by a Comal County Grand The cause of Slates death was ruled a shotgun blast to the back of the head by the chief Travis County medical 274th District Court presiding Judge Fred Moore ordered Felder remanded to the custody of the Comal County Sheriffs Department and ordered Felders im mediate transport to TDC to begin serving his New Texas HeraldZcituno i nt M HOA RA DoncicA Qortinnc SUNDAY September 1982 50 cents 184 64 Pages Sections USPS 377880 Hundreds killed in Beirut carnage Lebanon AP Christian militiamen raided the Chatilla and Sabra Palestinian refugee camps in west killing hundreds of civilians in a massacre that began Friday and lasted until early The International Red Cross in Geneva said hundreds of adolescents and old men were while the Palestine Liberation Organization asserted the death toll was in the In a senior State Department of ficial told reporters the United States believed that at least 300 people were with the estimate based on American Embassy witness accounts and reports from friendly embassies in ac cording to The New York The official was not but said it was feared the death toll probably would be The Israeli Foreign Ministry said the Chatilla attack was carried out by gunmen loyal to the Phalange Party of Presidentelect Bashir slain last Tuesday in a bomb It said Israeli troops fired on the marauders and used all possible means and measures to stop the But the PLO blamed Israel for the massacres and appealed for international It claimed the militiamen slaughtered every woman and child in Associated Press newsmen William Foley and who visited the two camps said they each counted 50 to 60 most of them apparently shot in the head or back and left in bloody piles in the streets and shellshattered Some residents said the Lebanese the Christian militia once commanded by slain Presidentelect Bashir carried out the Others said the killers were from the militia commanded by Saad a renegade Christian army major who controls a zone the Israeli border that he calls Free See Page 12A River Road parking hearing scheduled for Monday morning s By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Another hearing will be held Monday to discuss the parking situation on River Comal Commissioners are that this hearing will be different from similiar hearings held earlier this summer in that theyre looking for a temporary solution to result from Mondays Mondays hearing is set for in Com missioners first floor of the Cour The goal of this proposal as in the other proposals considered by the court this summer is to ease traffic congestion on River Road specifically during the tourist season and to allow better access to the area for emergency and law enforcement The courts latest proposal for coping with River Road traffic is to ban parking on holidays and weekends along specific areas of the rightofway of River This proposal stems from a recommendation which was presented to the court early in the summer by a citizens committee composed of River Road businessmen and Commissioners adopted the committees proposal two weeks but made two changes in the orginal They disagreed with the committees recommendation for a public loading zone to be placed somewhere along River so they deleted that portion of the the court disagreed with allowing parking along any portion of River Road between the second and third river The committee had allowed for parking at a few specific spots between these Other topics of discussion to be considered by commissioners Monday include the appointment and approval of presiding election judges for the November general Commissioners will take up this topic at their 10 Also on the morning agenda is the courts con sideration for passing a resolution which would designate the Community Council of South Central Texas as the agency in the county to continue administering community Another which would voice the courts support of action taken by the Edwards Un derground Water District as a result of district is also up for the courts Commissioners have only one subdivision plat to consider Monday and that is Oak Hills Section which is seeking the courts final ac ceptance of its roads into the countys unit road Staff photos by Cindy Richardson Urban removal Its not too often you see a house waiting for a traffic but thats what happened earlier this week on San Antonio The house in question was being moved down San Antonio after leaving its former home on Guenther At two yearold Alan Bueche was fascinated by the whole Canyon release drops below summer level The flow of water out of Canyon Reservoir has been lowered to 75 cubic feet per down from the previous release of 100 which had been held for 50 Dry weather conditions across south central Texas continue to affect reservoir John general manager for the GuadalupeBlanco River says inflows for the past two weeks have been in the range of 60 to 80 If the 100cfs release had been kept it would have placed a draw on the water stored in the Canyon conservation The Canyon Reservoir is operated under a permit from the Texas Water It requires the GBRA to pass keep the flow high enough to satisfy downstream water use permits that were in existence before issuance of the Canyon Inflows in excess of prior rights are stored in the conservation pool and are released only to satisfy contractual commitments approved by the Texas Water The GBRA currently holds the stored rights to Canyon Reser which will yield acre feet of water per Located in Comal the lake was built in 1964 by the Army Corps of Engineers with an initial contribution from the The Corps operates the reservoir for conservation and water supply purposes under contract with the river and assumes direct responsibility for flood control City options Social Security exit expert tells TML conference By DYANNE FRY Staff writer Everybody talks about Social But a Texas Municipal League representative warned area cities Friday night to think very carefully before they try doing anything about State and local unlike private have a they can opt out of the federal benefits program and set up their own life insurance and medical care Bill addressing the TML Region 7 meeting held here in the Civic admitted there were some good reasons for wanting out of Social The system takes more money each year from workers and their yet its still going In said financial experts predict it will be bankrupt by mid1983 if Congress doesnt take some decisive action bet ween now and the systems weaknesses may also be its The Social Security system as it stands is impossible to said Thats probably why its a member of TML Region is in the process of withdrawing at this For the 30 Texas cities which have already opted out of the setting up an alternative retirement plan was relatively Martin Survivors benefits are no real and disability benefits can usually be purchased at a cost amounting to approximately one percent of the total Where you get into problems is replacing said Medicare accounts for more than onethird of Social Securitys total Its probably doing more than its share to drag the system But its difficult to find a comparable program on the commercial Local governments and private insurance dont operate in the He mentioned some other advantages of Social Its portable employees who leave to work somewhere else can take it with Benefits are And the system has a builtin inflation hedge it escalates automatically with the consumer price Privatelypurchased medical insurance may escalate Martin leaving a city locked into an unbudgeted What insurance costs in todays marketplace isnt necessarily what it will cost And once out of the Social Security there is mi getting back Thats the clinker in the Martin The list of cities that have dropped out of the program represents a good crosssection of size and with population and some is the But Martins research staff studied them all and found a sort of In most the cities took a straw poll of their employees to find out whether they favored opting Those that could afford it hired expert consultants to devise their alternative and Martin thinks thats certainly a good Getting out of Social Security is not a spurofthe moment decision with fast A city must first file a notice of intent to withdraw at the Employment Retirement System of After two calendar years must pass before See Page 12A