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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Dal l Texas Simons resignation still a mystery at City Hall The New Braunfels Department of Parks and Recreation is getting by without Don His unexpected submitted last is just as big a mystery now as it was I havent heard from and Im hot asking said City Manager He found the former parks directors letter in his office late Friday It contained one sentence stating that Simon was resigning his post as of 5 That carne as a surprise to who had talked to Simon just a few hours before and received no indication that he was unhappy with his Since receiving the he hasnt seen the man at I dont know of anybody thats even talked to said city ad ministrative assistant Court who has been placed in temporary charge of the parks Simons wife said Saturday that he was not available for Phone calls to his home during working hours go His Mclitta gave a vagvie clue to his whereabouts Thursday morning Hes out on a job with a See Page 14 MitQh womble vox ALCO Comfund time Key phase of drive to begin Saturday COMMUNITY FUND By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer The goal is The taker is the Comal County Community and the giver is This years Comfund employeremployee drive will officially take off and its organizers are determined to hit the magic The goal represents a drop from last years We want to stress that Comfund is a Cornal County effort that benefits the whole said Vladimir publicity and information committee Thats a key Comfund will supply 19 locallyoriented agencies with funds from this drives Specific amounts and respective approved for funds at the Comfunds budget June 25 include American Red Arthritis Bihl Rehabilitation Boy Scouts of Cerebral Palsy Treatment Comal County Head Comal County Mental HealthMental Retardation Comal County Senior Citizens Comal County Youth Community Service Crisis Hays County Womens See Page 14 New Braunfels New Texas 192 14 Pages THURSDAY September 25 cents USPS 377880 Economic gauges contain bad news Fire safety Peter and Paul student Colin Creel gets fitted for a fire hat courtesy of fireman Victor Firemen visited Peter and Paul as part of activities for Fire Staff photo by Cindy Richardson Prevention which officially begins next Firemen will be visiting other area schools stressing fire safety and demonstrating WASHINGTON AP The governments main gauge of future economic health turned down in and initial claims for unemployment benefits soared to a record level in officials reported today in a new batch of bad economic The decline of percent in the Commerce Departments Index of Leading Economic In dicators followed four monthly which had built hopes of recovery from the lingering The initial claims for state jobless benefits for the week ending 18 as reported by the Labor Department seemed to indicate that things werent improving much in Commerces report also said a separate measure of current conditions indicated the economy hit the lowest point of the recession last Officials had said last week the leading in dicators index probably Had dipped in so todays news was not But itstill was bound to be read as a discouraging economic The index is designed to forecast future trends in the Todays report said five of the 10 leading in dicators showed worse performance in August than in They included a decline in the work an increase in initial claims for unem ployment a dropin factory orders for consumer a big decline in building permits for future construction and a drop in prices for sensitive crude Five indicators but not enough to balance the big drops in the five that Those rising included delivery performance and increases in orders for new plants and stock total liquid assets and the money Todays Labor Department report on initial unemployment claims showed that that important component of the leading indicators index had continued deteriorating in Initial claims had averaged in Labor officials said the 18 figure was the highest since they began keeping track of the numbers in the present seasonally adjusted form in The Commerce report also included the Index of Coincident Indicators a currentconditions gauge that showed the economy was still declining in 13 months into the The coincident indicators dropped percent in August to 132 percent of the 1967 base of dipping below the July level of which had been the recessions low The leading in dicators index fell to percent of the base but remained above the percent March low President Reagan himself made it a point in his Tuesday night news conference to try to take the edge off todays expected bad Carnival rides need liability House panel feels From staff and wire reports AUSTIN House committee rejecting a suggestion for state regulation of amusement have recommended mandatory liability insurance for ride The action drew criticism from committee member Paul DSan who said insurance does nothing to protect riders against Upon hearing that four Comal County citizens were hurt after a carnival ride malfunctioned at the recently completed Comal County Elizondo contacted the HeraldZeitung Wednesday for information surrounding the It was unclear whether the San Antonio representative mentioned the local mishap in the committee take the in formation with him to and told HeraldZeitung reporters he planned to use it for A portion of the one of the fairs 35 carnival broke leaving six people who were riding in that portion of the ride which broke off according to reports from the New Braunfels Fire Four of the six were taken to McKenna according to where they were treated and released for minor injuries An additional eight who were also riding the Octopus at the time of the were stranded on top of the ride and had to be rescued by the NB Fire Departments ladder Elizondo told the House Com mittee on State Affairs Wed nesday that mandatory in surance only protects people who own the It doesnt protect people riding the Despite Elizondos push for state regulation and inspection of the committee voted 64 for the mandatory insurance which requires million in liability insurance for ride Bill said the insurance companies would have inspectors check the Ceverha said the state has no right to regulate amusement park although there have been several injuries and deaths in recent years at Texas carnivals and He said the number of injuries and deaths has been in significant and far less than the number in other nonregulated A great many of the injuries are cuts and bruises where the people are treated and said adding that children suffer similar injuries on bicycles every and we dont regulate A great majority of the in juries on rides are caused by the actions of the said Amusement park ride injuries rank 164th on a federal report about causes of ac cording to Elizondo complained that the committee seemed more in terested in protecting Earlier the com mittee recommended stiffer penalties for promoting dog See Page 14 Deans list Felons roster recalled to Austin before tax office could check it By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer There are 47 convicted felons and eight deceased persons listed on Comal Countys voter registration according to thftfjiow infamous felons by secretary of State David Dean last County Tax AssessorCollector Gloria whose office handles voter registration records as would love to check that statistic But she wont after she received Deans it was snatched out of her We were going to start checking them Clennan said in a telephone interview But before we he Dean recalled Orginally Clennan planned to contact the Comal County Sheriffs Department to verify the felon as instructed in a letter from Her findings were to be returned to Deans office by The next Clennan received a MailGrain from Dean which stated that pursuant to an agreed court order he was requesting that all materials hed sent out earlier be returned im mediately to his Dean recalled his felon after a suit was filed against him by Austin resident Jerry a Democratic candidate for state Angerman filed suit because he said hed never been convicted of a felony and his name was included on Deans He told the Austin AmericanStatesman last week his most serious offense to date was a parking Normally Clennan said her office receives notification from the Sheriffs Department whenever someone is convicted of a We usually get notice from the Courthouse and then well purge it the countys voter registration list she The same is also true when a county registered voter Clen nan Her office receives notification from the state and the deceaseds name is then We try to keep it the voter registration lists pretty she But we dont have the staff or the funds to update the lists our We dont update it unless were she Dean distributed his lists last week to clear state voter registration rolls of convicted felons and deceased but still registered Deans goal was to make sure that convicted felons wouldnt be able to vote in the November general In Deans provided to him by the Texas Department of Public contained the names of Local voters must register this week for election Inside Eligible voters who have not yet registered to vote must do so by Sunday if they wish to cast their ballot in the 2 general eligible voters may register at the County TaxAssessor Collectors office in the Courthouse In person voter registration may be done until mailin applications will continue to be accepted if they are postmarked no later than a spokeswoman from that office All that is involved is filling out an application card available at the county voter registrars of said Joe with the county officials program of the Texas Agricultural Extension Texas University Every Texas Senate and Congressional seat is up for reelection this fall along with nearly every statewide the extension agent So its especially important for all eligible voters to get to the polls on Only 24 percent of those eligible voted in the May 1 Texas the lowest in 30 years for a gubnatorial primary he High school seniors are particularly encouraged to register to Rothe Those who are 17 years and 10 months of age are eligible to register and may exercise the right to vote on or after their 18th Approximately high school seniors should be eligible to vote in Texas this Everyone eligible to vote but unable to do so on 2 should apply at the county voter registrars office to vote said 29 is the deadline for voting absentee in mailin absentee ballots will be accepted until the day of the Any of the following conditions qualify an in dividual to vote absentee Absence from the county of residence on election Age 65 or older on election Inability to appear at the authorized polling place on election day due to physical disability or religious Service as an election clerk or a poll watcher in an election precinct other than the precinct of Under certain voters confined to jail may be eligible to vote Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for partly and warm through Winds will be from the southeast at 15 mph decreasing tq Sunset will be at 7 18 Friday will be at 7 24 Rivalry time The crosstown rivalry between New and Canyon kicks off Friday night at Coaches and fans says its a friendly Page 11 CROSSWORD 810 TVLISTINQS Ii
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