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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 30, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Kit Oh Latest economic data points to recovery WASHINGTON AP Nearing the years end on a promising the government said today its main forecasting gauge for national economic health rose percent in the seventh gain in the past eight Although many economists say the recession probably was persisting last the November gain in the Commerce Departments Index of Leading Indicators appeared to be a new signal that there will be at least moderate recovery early in Commerce Secretary Malcolm Baldrige The good advance in Novembers index points to an economy moving toward Both the size and the breadth of the improvement were The leading index has shown a net increase of percent since he said in a This is below the average postwar gain of percent over comparable periods and probably indicates that the business upturn will be moderate in the early In a separate report the Labor Department said Americans initial claims for unemployment benefits rose from to in the week ending But the new claims were still far fewer than the weekly totals that exceeded during most of the The leadingindicators index is a compilation of 10 separate economic statistics covering a wide variety of including stock prices and orders for factory When most of those com ponents overall business ac tivity is supposed to rise soon In the report seven of the indicators led by a big increase in the nations money Also showing improvement were an increase in the average work a decline in initial unem ploymentbenefits claims and in creases in orders for consumer building permits for future housing prices of certain raw materials and stock Indicators showing weaker per formance in November included business total liquid assets and contracts and orders for new plants and After declining for 11 straight the index began a rise that has been interrupted only by a percent decline in The index rose percent in September and percent in Those three results were revised downward in the new They had been reported earlier as a decline of percent and gains of percent and respec The new November figure is also subject to later revision when more complete surveys are In the the national economy has at least begun significant recovery within a few months after See Page 14 New Braunfels New Texas HeraldZekunq I 254 14 Pages THURSDAY December 1982 25 cents 91 254 USPS 377880 Lawyers death ruled suicide By DYANNE FRY Staff writer The death of Brownsville attorney Peter Watts Dean has been ruled a suicide by Justice of the Peace Blanchard made his pronoun cement having just returned from a holiday In vestigation into Deans and an autopsy of his were com pleted before The Travis County Medical Examiner deter mined that cyanide poisoning was the cause of Texas Ranger Ray Martinez and Comal County Sheriffs Investigator Rudy Rubio worked on the We all felt pretty strongly that it was Blanchard said But this guy was in volved in so many we had to check things Deans body was found on the morning of 21 in the back of a Chevrolet Blazer parked off Smithsons Valley A tumbler of cyanidelaced CocaCola was found in the Blanchard said Dean had also written a note on a piece of asking whoever found him to call his or his Paul Silber of San Phone numbers were Silber owns the property where Deans Blazer was Another city Mike leases the land for cattle Crocker told authorities he saw Dean and spoke with on the night of When he came back the next he found the A hose was hooked to the Blazers exhaust leading to the interior of the The autopsy showed some carbon monoxide in the at torneys but not in lethal When the official business was Deans remains were A memorial service was held 23 in the Porter Loring Funeral Home Lawrence son of and Chester Ludka of See Page 14 Police set for busy New Years Eve From staff and wire reports New Years Eve revelers who drink and drive will risk a visit to jail after their night on the thanks to some beefedup local law en forcement of drunk driving Department of Public Safety statistics estimate 43 persons will die on Texas highways over the New Years Eve holiday DPS stats also predicted 52 trafficrelated deaths over but only 44 persons died on state ac cording to the San Antonio DPS Of New Braunfels DPS Trooper Jim Shea said Thursday all available patrol units will be scoping out the roads over the New Years Eve holiday which goes from 6 Thursday to midnight Driving while intoxicated will be the main hazard well be looking we will be spending most of our time getting drunk drivers off the New Braunfels Police Patrol Division John McEachern echoed Sheas Our normal shift overlap will give us a double whammy of patrols out on the and we of aware of the aboveaverage alcohol consumption during this Getting drunk drivers off the road will be our primary McEachern We know whats killing people on the And so does the That same public has seemed to lose patience with individuals who drink and drive and endanger the lives of Several states have enacted tougher drunken driving In a new state law requires at least 48 hours in jail for and in New the drinking age rises from 19 to 21 when the clock strikes Three new provisions of California law on drunken drivers take effect tightening rules on blood alcohol tests and license suspension The California Highway Patrol expects some drunken driving arrests statewide over the See NEW Page 14 House fire The cause of a house fire at 295 West End Street Wed nesday afternoon is still under in vestigation by New Braunfels Fire Department When firefighting units arrived at the house at the back portion was fully engulfed with a NB Fire Department spokesman said The flames were extinguished but the back room of the house was entirely The rest of the unoccupied at the time of the sustained smoke and heat The spokesman said three units responded to the and put in over 34 hours in putting out the flames and in cleanup work Fire Chief Jack Wilson surveys the a firefighter sifts through a pile of the familys Staff photos ty Cindy Richflrdson Looking back at82 It was a rough year for the county appraisal district Its been a rough year for the Comal County Appraisal Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks figures things can only get better in I would think it would he said I cant imagine that it would get worse than it was this Brucks and his staff spent 1982 doing something that had never been done They took three major tax rolls plus a handful of minor ones and consolidated them into one central putting one fair market value on each of more than parcels of They created a master file for the various types of exemptions allowed under the and put it all on computer The districts board of directors set up a sixmember Appraisal Review Board to hear The board heard more than made value adjustments on ap proximately half of the properties con cerned and sent the roll back to Brucks for certification and distribution to Comal Countys taxlevying a task of that magnitude couldnt come off without a few General Portland one of Comal Countys largest was not happy with the review boards judgment on its assessed value and filed suit against the appraisal Early in GPI settled out of court on unfair taxation suits filed against Comal County and the Comal In dependent School District in Its tax roll assessed by professional ap praisal service Pickett went up 20 percent for The appraisal district is also facing a suit from the Guadalupe Valley Electric Both suits are still unsettled at this Texas which also made trouble over its taxes last also com plained to the review In the it filed suit on Comal but not on the appraisal Production of the tax roll was delayed again and again by a host of difficulties deed lack of adequate problems with computer entry and sheer volume of Brucks had hoped to have preliminary figures available to the various govern ments by June 1 or When he finally released them at the end of officials of Comal County and the Comal In dependent School District were chomping at the With all property values being ad justed some the governments had very little idea what their actual 1982 tax base would They needed the figures to plan their No one could set a tax rate until the roll was which couldnt be done until the review board had held hearings on the preliminary values releasd in And the law requires a certain waiting to give property owners a fair chance to look at their values and decide whether to com The final roll wasnt released until the first week in Individuals tax statements for Comal County and the City of Garden Ridge went out just before CISD got its last ones in the mail just The countys customary discount for early payment in November and December became a moot In the its the property owner that got By state taxes still must be paid by or be subject to penalties See Page 14 Ring in the new Elected county officials to be sworn in Saturday By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer With the beginning of a new another chapter in Comal Countys governmental history will be written Saturday at the The official changing of the guard in various county offices will take place when 207th District Judge Robert Pfeuffer swears in the newly elected county The to which the public is will begin promptly at 11 in the District Cour second floor of the Following the swearingin which Pfeuffer said will be short and a reception will be held in the rotunda outside the In previous County Clerk Irene Nuhn has done the swearingin of new often clone at the stroke of midnight New Years This Pfueffer agreed to do the honors for who is retiring this year after serving as county clerk since Pfeuffer opted for the Saturday morning ceremony as opposed to the midnight swearingin because he said he felt it midnight was inap propriate for friends of elected officials and the County Judge elect Fred Clark requested that Pfeuffer perform the swearingin Pfeuffer All of those county officials elected in the November election are expected to be on hand for Saturdays Pfeuffer said in a telephone interview Various outgoing elected such as County Judge Max who is stepping down this year after serving as county judge for 12 years and are also expected to be on Pfeuffer Included among those officials which will be sworn in Saturday for their first term of office are County Clerk elect Rosie Bosenbury County Court atLaw Judge elect Ron Zipp and Precinct 4 County Commissioner elect Bill George will be replacing incumbent Com missioner who lost in his attempt to seek reelection in the November a beat her Democratic opponent Betty Moorheacl in the fall Zipp ran a defeated his democratic opponent Chester Pehl in the November Although not certain who would be making speeches at the swearingin Pfeuffer thought Clark would probably say a few Those outgoing county officials present S will also be Inside Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for cloudy and cold tonight and Winds will be from the northeast near 10 mph decreasing to 510 mph Probability of rain or drizzle is 30 percent 50 percent and 70 percent Sunset will be at and sunrise Friday will be at T Tops Providence The New Braunfels Unicorn girls basketball team came home with a 5047 victory over Providence Wednesday Teresa I Thomas is on a roll with another highpoint She had See Pago 13 13 6 2 HOROSCOPE 2 6 4 5 14 TV 13 2
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