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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 22, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer With the November general election only 11 days away county absentee voting for that election is gaining momentum due mainly to the six locally contested As of Friday 259 absentee votes had been according to the County Clerks Of this 227 were inperson ab sentee votes and 32 were mailin absentee In 137 minus the 32 mailin ballots had been sent out to those county registered voters requesting voting continues When absentee voting began on Deputy County Clerk Llnnell Hinojosa predicted that as many as 400 of the countys registered voters would vote absentee for this Although this isnt a presidential election were still expecting a good voter turnout because of the locally contested she said at that And with only six days of inperson absentee Voting Hinojosa is even more Well probably go over 400 absentee she said in a telephone Maybe well even make In the last governors which was in Hinojosa said 501 local absentee votes were In the last presidential election in absentee votes were cast in Comal Although this isnt a presidential election Hinojosa still believes that the locally contested raced will bring this years ab sentee total close to what it was in Its quite a change over previous years ballots when there have been few if any contested she In for there were no locally contested Hinojosa This year the races for county county justice ofthe peace precinct and county precincts and 4 are all Running for these offices are Fred Republican and Chester for county judge Betty Democrat and Rosie for county arid for precinct 4 justice of the Carrol Democrat and Howard Curly In the commissioners Alden Al a is challenging the Monroe a for precinct 2 Lorenzo Yankee Republican is challenging the Charles Tart a Democrat for precinct 3 and Republican George is challenging a Democrat and the for ptiicinct Absentee voting will continue through 29 during regular office hours at the County Clerks Mailin absentee which can be obtained ffom that will continue to be accepted through the mail until 2 at 7 Anyone who expects to be absent from the county on election or who is over or who is unable to appear at the polls due to sickness or physical is eligible to vote Braunfels New Texas 207 FRIDAY October 25 cents 16 Pages USPS 377880 Unemployment high in South Texas rate below figures From STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS The Texas Employment Commissions latest figures show parts of South Texas are approaching national Depressionera Comal Cpunty is not among those according to TEC Comal Countys unemployment rate is lower than the state average and San Antonio metropolitan area the figures Were wall to wall with said Alfredo assistant manger of the TEC office in Ive seen people we have never seen in the Theyre Theyre trying to digest whats going wondering what their next move will x TEC Commissioner Ken Clapp said TEC offices now are crowded with first Its especially tragic the person who is out of work for the first time in his They come into our offices afraid and he The TECs latest showing the September unemployment rate in 25 metropolitan put Laredo at the top of the list at a whopping the highest jobless rate for any Texas city since the TEC began keeping such records in Comal Countys unem ployment rate for September was percent an increase over Augusts rate of This compares with the San Antonio metropolitan area unemployment rate of percent recorded in The second and third worst figures came from two urban centers in the Lower Rio Grande The Sep tember rate for McAllenPharrEdinburg was and Brownsville HarlingenSan Benito stood at per The Department of Labor did not keep employment statistics during the but it has estimated the jobless rate peaked at percent in labor statistician say the impact then was much greater than it is today because there were no government benefits such as food stamps and unemployment Clapp said unemployment in Texas has not bottomed out but he said he saw a glimmer of hope in the payouts of unemployment They are still but at a much less rapid he I have a feeling the thing is Officials blame the states unem ployment problems on a slump in oil Mexicos peso a national recession arid hard times for the seasonally adjusted rate for announced earlier this was a record The raw figure was 8 It was adjusted upward to compensate for such things as summer workers leavingthe The figures for each urban which are released by the TEC about weeks after the statewide figure comes are not seasonally Were seeing people now who have been working 15 to 20 years in the same job and have never been said district director of the TEC office in See Page 16 Inside Todays Weather A cool day in Comal County will lead to a mostly cloudy with winds out of the northeast at 1015 Saturday will be partly cloudy and not too No rain is in the On the Road Again Both New Braunfels and Smithson Valley hit the road as the Unicorns play Kerrville in Kerrville and the Rangers travel to Randolph Air Force Base to play the Canyon has the night CLASSIFIED 15 2 PUBLIC RELIGIOUS 5 67 Ground water control says ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer Changes in Texas ground water rights will have to come sooner or said Glenn director of the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center in San I dont see any way around Longley told the 30odd people who attended a Chamber of Commerce sponsored at the Civic Center Thursday I grew up on a farm and I want you people to realize I feel very strongly about a mans right to use the water under his Longley But it may be that someday were going to have to somehow get to the point where we decide whats more In the next couple of water is likely to become a crucial factor in the Edwards Underground Water It has already reached that point in some parts of Texas the state as a Longley is now mining or pumping it out of the ground faster than its being Texans get 60 to 70 percent of their water from Average annual use right now is million And on the only million acrefeet a year flow into the states underground The San Antonio gifted with one of the largest artesian aquifers in the isnt exceeding average annual recharge But new wells go down every week or Studies predict the population of Bexar County will double by year with corresponding increases in Hays and Comal And See Page 16 Firemen sift through the rubble Staff photo by John Senter Arson blamed in house fire By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer A 14yearold girl was charged with arson in connection with a house fire at 1549 Mill in the New Braunfels firefighters fought the blaze for over an Extensive damage was confined to the kitchen and but heavy smoke and heat damage occurred throughout the According to the fires origin vas traced to a pile of clothes in the The juvenile gave a confession to the New Braunfels Police and was released to her legal a sister in San The house was owned by and rented by Felipe Three fire department units were dispatched to fight the which was reported at Recreation Center makes but citizens help still needed No treats Tylenol poisonings may kill Halloween By CINDY RICHARDSON Staff writer Those who work up a sweat at the Landa Recreation Center will now be able to wash that sweat off there as A a new ventilation system and the mens and womens showers are just a few pf the im provements at the and more are being planned for the A complete weight system is also expected in the Last month air vents were installed near the and exhaust fans were placed high in the in addition to two large help keep the unairconditioned building That sure made it more pleasant to said Mike president of the Landa Recreation Center board Alter construction will begin on the exterior of the building and the groundsPlans include awnings and landscaping in the The front of the building will be possibly sandblasting the old paint ruturning the front wall to its original A permanent sign will also be and hopefully this will aid the buildings Doherty A lot of people dont even know were Participation in the centers activities slowed down after school but its picking up as cooler weather he But were cer tainly not We have a big need for Doherty Not just from high school but from junior senior We have a little bit to offer Daily activities include ping pong and other table video volleyball and weight There are also self defense and dance classes as well as club meetings See REC Page 16 By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Tylenol scare and fears of copycat killers are prompting more and more communities to ban trickor or at least urge parents to keep their little ghosts and goblins at home this Earlier this an Associated Press survey found only one town with a Halloween But by weeks end at least five cities had outlawed trickor treating and dozens of others were strongly suggesting that parents keep their children off the Its like banning Santa Claus but keeping explained City Council President Bernard Chartrand after banned Halloween trickortreating by saying the safety of our children is at Four other Massachusetts towns voted similar bans and at least one other community is scheduled to consider such a resolution next All cite the Chicagoarea deaths of seven people who took ExtraStrength Tylenol spiked with Since the deaths three weeks authorities have discovered isolated cases of acid or poison in products such as mouth wash and eyedrops in several including Ohio and Our concern is for the said Police Chief Harold Olson in where selectmen voted unanimously Wednesday to ban trick Its not to punish the Benton com missioners approved a resolution urging parents to keep their children home or throw private Although they didnt make trickor treating against the Commissioner Mildred Wells said Were not sanc tioning Maybe well have to do away with said Russell chief of disease prevention for the Iowa Department of Maybe its a custom that has outlived its A hospital in Des and another in will be offering free Xrays of trickortreat Im afraid its corne to said Mary Ellen a spokeswoman at Northwest Community Hospital in See Page
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