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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Texas lor op Compi Leftists capture El Inside MERCEDES El Salvador AP Leftist guerrillas have claimed their biggest prize of the 39 monthold seizing the city of Berlin after two days of heavy fighting and bombing that witnesses said left the town in flaming Forty civilians were killed in the battle for the coffee and sugar cane Red Cross spokesman Humberto Castellanos said late Journalists coming out of Berlin reported seeing the corpses of two soldiers and said they saw at least three policemen taken The Berlin numbered about 100 government troops and The guerrillas clandestine Radio Venceremos said 22 prisoners had been The military of fered no immediate comment on the the claims of prisoners or Journalists who witnessed the attack gave this account Just before dusk government troops made what appeared to be their last stand in the national police headquarters in downtown The rebels fired potshots at the building for an and repeatedly ordered the garrison to When no one left the rebels fired a powerful bazooka blast followed by a salvo of rocket propelled grenades that set the building They seized several boxes of ammunition and new rifles that had been stored inside and declared total control over the whose population normally is about was largely in flamed by that time and the journalists said the claim of control appeared justified at least They said the guerrillas vowed to stand and fight if the government tried to recapture Late about 500 of the residents who were unable to flee the city when the fighting broke out were huddled into temporary structures set up by the Red and Green Large white crosses were stretched out on the street to prevent air force bombers from ac cidentally bombing civilian Until this week about 70 miles east of the capital of San Salvador and seven miles south of was untouched by guerrillas in their war against the In the attack that began at midnight about 500 rebels overpowered less than 100 govern ment including national policemen and local members of the civil defense The government fought the guerrillas attack on Berlin with bombing runs that began before dawn Sunday and ended at about 3 EST Many residents of Berlin fled to Mercedes where about 500 of them gathered in groups to talk over their Some said at least six people were See EL Page 12 I Weather Comal County skies will be partly cloudy with cooler temperatures and winds out of the northwest at 1020 miles per Tonight will be mostly cloudy With wind shifting to the blowing colder at 1520 Wednesday will be partly cloudy and cooler than COMICS Budget Blues President Reagans proposed lM4 budget had been on Capitol Hill less than 24 hours before legislators fromboth parties and both houses were proposing major The most theme so far cut the defense increases arid delay or eliminate the tax 2 New Braunffels New Texas 92 22 12 Pages TUESDAY February 25 cents MHBHMBBMi USPS 3778801 Getting to the bottom Channel dredging popular attraction By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Some stop in cars and watch the clam bucket drop a few Others stand along the opposite channel bank and observe the methodical rhythm of the crane The bucket looks like a monsters as it plunges into the and grabs mud and silt between its The crane swings the bucket over to an awaiting dump the bucket the mud and silt and the bucket plunges in for another Empty and loaded dump streaked on the side with drying mud and come and Spec tators watch the crane fill a truck or then go And with each theres a little less muck in the channel between the main Landa Park area and the peninsula with the circular Dredging was an unfamiliar subject to those in high before the present But Its incredible how much weve learned from just the little bit were Parks Director Court Thieleman said Before we started we didnt know what to Now we know what equipment can and cant go in that We know how to get the muck how much support time the crane It was something we were going to learn about only by doing All that knowledge will come in handy later Thieleman We still have a lake that will need dredging not that it doesnt well be able to put some of our mistakes on this project to good use More than cubic yards of mud and silt have been removed from the main Any im provement is hardly visible during the because the channel stays muddy from the dredging Some people have we cant tell any Yall arent accomplishing a But thats not From the first drop of that clam bucket in the to See Page 12 Solms residents dont want jai By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Comal County is in the beginning stages of looking for a place to build a new county But already opposition has arisen from citizens in Solms who dont want it built in their Officially the county has not discussed building a criminal justice which would include a new in that although the Sheriffs Posse has offered the county an eightacre tract east of IH 35 between the Rueckle and Solms Road Kenneth outgoing president of the made the proposal to County Commissioner Jumbo who is the liason in jail negotiations for Commissioners Court and Sheriff Walter The eight acres being offered is part of a 25acre tract on which the posse already has a building and Youth Approximately 40 Solms area who oppose the posses signed a petition that was presented to Commissioners Court Residents objections ranged from fear for the safety of our wives and to concern over the Solms water This being a residential we feel it is not a sutiable place for a correctional the petition They also expressed concern about future ex pansion of the jail facility if it were built in their The site being only eight we are concerned about future expansion and possible eminent domain The petition went on to say that already an electrical substation and several 100 foot volt latticeworktower easement have come through this Residents also feared that the jail if built on the eight acres would be too close to existing yards of at least They were also concerned that the proposed jail See Page 12 Group wants jail kept downtown Staff photo by John Senter Thats just grate Clad in scuba New Braunfels Utilities employees Jimmy Williams bottom and David Hilton guide a new grate into place at the hydroelectric plant in Landa The original installed in had weakened and could have damaged the generator had they Scuba gear was necessary to fasten the bottom of the used to filter water going into the The New Braunfels Downtown Merchants Association is on the verge of getting involved in the countys plans to construct a new criminal justice At their monthly breakfast meeting members of this organization expressed opposition to the countys consideration of moving the current jail and administrative offices out of the downtown Currently the county is looking for land on which to build a new criminal justice which initially will include the county Sheriffs Office and Justice of the Peace Commissioners Court has also discussed the possibility of moving other Courthouse offices to the new facility which is why they are referring to it as a criminal justice County Judge Fred Clark has recommended to the countys 11member jail site selection that it look for a tract of land between five and 10 acres to allow for expansion of the We might ultimately move our criminal justice system in part to the new Clark told the citizens which is led by Elliot This proposal would involve moving the district county and offices of the county district attorney and district Clark noted at the committees organizational meeting last It is this proposal moving most of the criminal justice offices out of the in addition to the jail which concerns the Downtown See Page 12 Trucker shot to death as nationwide strike begins By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS One truck driver was shot and killed as he drove along a North Carolina highway and another was wounded in the chest by a Utah sniper as violence and acts of sabotage in 10 states marked the first day of a nationwide strike by independent But the initial success of the protest against higher fuel taxes and user fees appeared limited Of ficials in many states reported near normal truck some drivers expressed more fear of militant strikers than any desire to stop work and shippers reported no major problems moving their George Franklin was shot and killed by a single rifle shot about Monday just outside as he was driving a truck along said Sampson County sheriffs deputy Gerald Officers said bullets from a high powered rifle struck two other trucks on 701 about nine miles knocking out the windshield on one Their drivers were not In truck driver Howard of listed in critical but stable condition today after he was shot in the chest as he unloaded his rig in Brigham Authorities said they were uncertain if the shooting was We dont even know where the shot came from or anything as said Police Chief In talking to the he gave us no in formation that anyone was looking for State police in Pennsylvania and Michigan said two truckers suffered minor facial cuts when rocks or bricks were tossed through their windshields while they were rolling down in Nails were spread on an Oregon Reports of violence came from North West Michigan and In state police said an early report of a gunshot proved to be a tire Although traffic was reported normal at some truck stops and weigh others said activity had slowed to a Its desolate around said Jerry shift manager at Music City Truck Stop in In Highway Patrol spokesman Ralph Biele said highway traffic was down from 10 percent to 60 But in night supervisor Ron Christiensen at Bosselman Truck Plaza near Grand Island Weve done goodbusiness Everything seems to be rolling just Mike president of the Independent Truckers which claims to represent about of the nations owner estimated that up to 70 percent of the independents were participating in the based on a sampling of trucker But Transportation Secretary Drew Lewis said the impact of the shutdown had not been as severe as was an ticipated and estimated that only about 20 percent of the independent truckers were taking The federal truckuse tax that has angered drivers doesnt take effect until July The truckers also want a lid on state highway arollback of the new federal levies and a reconsideration of the 55 mph speed A 5 centagallon boost in the federal gasoline tax takes effect in Pfeuffer approves CISD plan to set up sevenmember board District Judge Robert Pfeuffer ruled Monday in favor of an April 1983 which will shrink the Comal Independent School District Board of He Pfeuffer ruled favorably on our Quo Warranto calling for an election in based on the structure we were shooting CISD Edgar WiUhelm said The toomanytrustees dilemma started back in July of when CJSP policies were reviewed by a staff attorney for the Texas Association of School Boards The board presently has nine the original election process called for the consolidation of eight rural school districts and one atlarge TASB asked CISD to reduce its board to seven compliance with the Texas Education The board has pursued two avenues toward reducing its Pfeuffers ruhng represents the Quo Warranto and sets up an April election on the following structure The school district shall elect one trustee in Page ft Bucks from bingo County renews two percent tax after trial period From March through September of Comal County collected almost in taxes from bingo When fourth quarter receipts come its estimated that figure may jump to as much as County Auditor Bate Bond noted Hearing Commissioners Court re approved a two percent tax on gross receipts from those organisations collecting more than a month from bingo As allowed by the first collected is tax In 1982 the court first approved this two percent tax on a trial basis following a local election which legalized bingo in Comal The state which allows any political entity the authority to endorse a two percent tax on bingo was heartily approved by Texas voters in County voters overwhelminingly ap proved the legalization of bingo in Comal County in the 1982 election which was made possible by the 1981 constitutional Had the court not reinstated the which it did for an indefinite period of County Judge Fred Clark said the tax would have Commissioner Jumbo Evans made a special point of noting that the revenue generated by the bingo tax was a tremendous amount smaller than the money spent by the county each year on social Commissioner Evans point is well See Page 12
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