Friday, November 19, 1982

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Herald New Braunfels New Texas 91 225 16 Pages FRIDAY November 2SC0MS USPS 377880 Local speed lab linked to massive drug roundup From staff and wire reports Federal agents say they have broken a ring that was manufacturing and distributing millions of dollars worth of also known as in Louisiana and New The investigation turned up illegal drug labs in New San Marcos and Attorney Edward Prado and Chuck special agent in charge of the Drug Enforcement Administrations San Antonio announced that 20 people were accused in sealed indictments and were being rounded up late Comal County Sheriffs Investigator Gilbert Villarreal said arrests had been made in San Marcos and possibly Wim but none Carter said drug traffickers called the organization DOPE and Company or an acronym for Epperson and he the names of the organizations principal He said Charles Michael Oberski and Norman Richard Epperson were among the defendants arrested Names of the other defendants will be withheld until all arrests are he Comal County law officers have uncovered at least four methamphetamine labs in the past two Investigations are usually turned over to federal Villarreal said he wasnt sure which of those labs was involved in this particular We made a bust on River one in Canyon Cypress Lake That one was within the past And once we rounded up a bunch of people at Canyon Lake he The lake area is popular with drug he Investigators sometimes find remains of labs whose owners have moved on to avoid getting Theyre looking for rural areas where they can cook methamphetamine and its harder for the neighbors to smell It takes 24 hours to complete one Sometimes theyll just rent a house for a Carter said DOPEC operated since 1978 in New Mexico and Louisiana and was formed solely for the purpose of trafficking in the lucrative methamphetamine It was a closeknit and highly skilled criminal organization consisting of about 50 members throughout the threestate Carter It was a gigantic It did million last See Page 16 No upturn yet Quarterly GNP figures not encouraging Inside WASHINGTON AP Revising its national growth figures the government said today the national economy stayed flat in the July September quarter rather than inching upward as first The Commerce Department report also said corporations profits rose slightly in the they remained at a low Neither piece of news was likely to surprise government officials and private who are generally agreed that the recession moved into a 16th month in October and may well be continuing The or gross national product stayed at an annual rate of the same as in the second the new report Commerce Department economists had estimated last month before all economic data for the third quarter was in that there had been a gain at an annual rate of Since officials said newer reports especially one showing the foreign trade deficit higher than expected for the quarter made it likely real GNP would be revised Real GNP the broadest measure of economic activity is a figure designed to include all goods and services produced in a given Before adjustment for the GNP rose percent to a rate of trillion in the See Page 16 Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for mostly cloudy today and and partly cloudy There is a 40 percent chance of showers or thun dershowers Winds will be from the southeast near 10 mph today and The extended forecast for Sunday through Tuesday is partly cloudy to cloudy with a chance of showers PUBLIC No contest Heitkamp wont challenge results By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Although several of his supporters have urged him to file some sort of election con County Commissioner Heitkamp has decided against who was seeking his third term as precinct 4 wasdefeated in the November general election by Bill George by 329 a Democrat received votes to Georges Many of my supporters have called to my attention that there were certain alleged irregularities in the Republican the precinct 4 commissioner stated in a press It seems that 42 absentee ballots were cast from the River Gardens Mental Retardation Facility and it is alleged that most of the ap plications appear to be in the same hand he After careful I feel that what happened in the Republican Primary was simply a party matter and I will not get involved in their party he The voters have made their he and I will respect that I wish George the very best in his efforts as county The allegations Heitkamp referred to in his statement came from Canyon Lake businesswoman Lois who ran against George in the Republican primary and lost that race by 19 Duggan asked Commissioners Court not to certify those votes cast from River Gardens in the general election saying my premise has been and still is that the Commissioners Court has the authority to void those See Page 16 Playoff tracks Staff photo by John There are now official Unicorn tracks in the New Braunfels High School parking and Unicorn tracks are what the football team hopes to leave on the Carrizo Springs Wildcats tonight in San The playoff begins at at Nor thside See Page Rock n roll pros and cons to be discussed at symposium Does Rock n Roll play a role in the problems youths face today The answer to that plus many others affecting involving music and will be explored in a month long series of public symposiums entitled Livewires sponsored by the New Braunfels High School Student The series will be opened 30 with a three part special entitled Drugs and Rock n Roll Fact and The first special will deal exclusively with Rock n Roll Fact and student council picked the topic of Rock n Roll for this series since often rock n roll music is held to blame for numerous problems of todays such as the generation gap and the drug said student Mark who is in charge of the publicity for the Until we can get through the fallacies and distortions surrounding rock n roll we will be unable to explore the true causes of those Kennedy Other reasons why this topic was he were because rock n roll is unusually predominant in our town which is also well known for its traditionalist Kennedy also mentioned New Braunfels incredible growth noting that the town is centered right between two major cities and two major FM rock n roll stations KISS San Antonio and KLBJ New Braunfels also has a large elderly he who feels in timidated at least are highly critical of rockn The student council is hoping that the intensity of this program will be com parable with shows such as Phil Donahue and be as intimate and personal as the real Livewire show a teenage talkshow on cable Due to the size of the issue we are dealing Kennedy said the council is seeking the help of trusted professionals who can speak authoritatively on the The student council has contacted various San Antonio radio disc jockeys to be guest speakers at the 30 sym which will be held at the New Braunfels High School band hall from 7 to 9 Others who have been asked to speak at See ROCK N Page 16 Junior Miss coronation due Saturday night 19 young women will be going through final preparations for the crowing of New Braunfels Junior Miss at the Civic Set to begin at the contest aims to determine the representative high school senior girl who is a wellrounded individual with the per promise and perception to serve as a able spokeswoman for her says a representative of Lambda Psi which sponors the Judging by a panel of five focuses on scholastic mental poise and ap physical fitness and creative and per forming This pageants theme is Salute to New Braunfels and will feature a dance number with the con testants wearing German dresses a physical fitness routine with the girls wearing leiderhosen and carrying small inner tubes and a poise and ap pearance routine with a Mistresses of ceremonies will be Marion Cookie Judges will be Mario Linda Anita Linda Bailey and Edward War Contestants for the annual competition are Brenda Cristi Ann Pam Kimberly Paula Kay Shannon Lee Roseann Lisa Susan Carolyn Jo Sarah Melissa Elizabeth Ann Dana Natalie Yvonne Sarah Staci Elaine Christina Sara Beth Zipp and Angle Also taking part in the pageant tomorrow night McKenna rates honor from hospital panel will be past participants or Forget Me Nots in cluding the first Junior Miss from Gerry Other past contestants include winners from the past five years Lisa 198182 Laurie 198081 Susan 19791980 Lisa Kay 197879 Kristi who was also Texas Junior Miss and Kathy The winner of the New Braunfels title will not only advance to the state competition in January but also win several scholarships and prizes including an scholarship from Mary Hardin Baylor College a scholarship from Lambda Psi a diamond pendant two savings bonds three savings accounts in gift certificates and other practice Junior Miss contestant Elaine Weichsel works to get a leg up on her talent performance in preparation for Saturday nights which will begin at at the Civic A total of 19 local high school girls are competing for Staff photo by Cindy Richardson For its ability to control costs and to better meet the new Medicare costpercase McKenna Memorial Hospital lias been recognized by the American Hospital McKenna an 86bed hospital currently undergoing renovation and expansion was awarded the 1983 Hospital Administrative Services HAS certificate of recognition by the American Hospital said Tom hospital ad This allows McKenna Memorial Hospital to provide higher quality services with greater staff efficiency and help us keep patient charges he And by participating in the voluntary program from which the certificate is the hospital is also in an excellent position to keep its costs within new federal guidelines for Medicare Mc Neal The information gained from monitoring its performance through the HAS program is also used by the hospital to meet Medicares reim bursement McNeal Due to changes made in the Medicare reimbursement hospitals will be reimbursed for patient care according to the average length of stay which Medicare has determined each diagnosis Theyre Medicare going to start paying us per disease diagnosis per McNeal They take diseases state wide and determine how long an average hospital stay is needed to recover from For McNeal lets say theyve assigned an average stay of six days for then theyre only going to pay for a patients who has pneumonia care for six The Medicare reimbursement program changes will not become until either 1 or July McNeal noting that thtdate had not been For 10 McKenna has par ticipated in the voluntary com paritative management information program sponsored by he Under this McKenna monitors its employee