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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas Il i hit oh New Braunfels Horald New Texas 92 247 12 Pages TUESDAY December 25 cents USPS 377880 ships blast Syrian positions Lebanon AP warships shelled the Syriancontrolled mountains of central Lebanon staterun radio Spokesmen for the peacekeeping force of Marines at Beirut airport refused to comment on the Beirut radio said Navy vessels off the coast north of Beirut opened fire at not say how long the reported barrage Witnesses told The Associated Press they saw two American warships firing from about six miles One witness said he saw two ships fire two separate salvos of about 15 shells About 10 minutes before the reported shelling gunmen firing from five directions ambushed French soldiers patrolling a crowded thoroughfare in west killing a a spokesman for the French peacekeeping force Elsewhere in President Amin Gemayel rejected the resignation of his prime dropping efforts to weld Lebanons warring factions into a coalition In Syrianbacked Palestinian rebels accused PLO chief Yasser Arafat of stalling his evacuation from Tripoli and threatened to dislodge him by force if he still there on A Druse spokesman in Beirut a long awaited evacuation of thousands of Christian refugees trapped in a mountain village by their Druse enemies would begin Describing the ambush on the French soldiers during the morning rush hour in west Beiruts Corniche Mazraa a spokesman for the French peacekeeping Philippe de said that one paratrooper died of gunshot Since the French force arrived in Beirut 15 months 78 of its soldiers have been De Longeaux said gunmen on the street and in buildings overlooking the Corniche Mazraa fired on a French patrol of two jeeps and one The attack came at A presidential statement said Gemayel decided not to accept the resignation of Shafik Wazzan after consulting with opposition and Parliament bloc leaders on how to bring about a national The president told a Cabinet session at his palace today that current conditions do not permit a government the statement Homestead exemption defeated on Mayors tiebreaking vote ByDYANNEFRY Staff writer The optional 40 percent homestead exemption was one of City Coun cilwoman Betty Lou Rushings campaign issues this and she hasnt given up on it Rushing brought the issue up under old business at Monday nights council meeting the second time she has done this since council first voted down the exemption on For the second Rushings new motion was defeated with Mayor Stratemann breaking a tie in How Council voted Heres how the vote went on the proposed 40 percent ad valorem rax exemption on city homesteads FORBetty Lou Jose Valdemar Barbara AGAINST Mayor Stratemann Mayor Pro Tern Lavorne Joe Donnie Motion favor of the Rushings proposal this week was to put the homestead exemption to a public vote in along with the 2 drinking The council was ready two weeks ago to pass an or dinance pushing the bar curfew back to When local bar owners said they would demand a referen the majority of the council members decided not to pass the and voted to put it on the ballot Council members Barbara Tieken and Valdemar Espinoza voted with Rushing on the homestead Mayor Pro Tern Laverne See Page 12 Pickup game Stall photo by John Senter Dwarfed by the steeple of Peter and Catholic several local youngsters get in a little football on a warm It may soon be too cold to play without a as a cold front is due to hit South Texas Johnson City set to help By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer The mechanism is now in place for Johnson City to issue billion in bonds to build a power plant for Texland Electric But a joint venture which involves Pedernales Electric power supplier to Canyon might not use that PEC spokesman Bill Cunningham Texland officials want to build a lignitefired power plant in Milam County in Central and would operate that plant if Johnson City officials decide to build In a special meeting the Johnson City City Council voted to create a nonprofit corporation to issue industrial development and scheduled a public hearing for 23 at 10 in the Travis County Courthouse in Austin to discuss issuance of the billion in bonds to build the The council also appointed City Attorney Pat Rehmet to preside at the Although the plant would be owned by Johnson it would be operated under a management contract by formed by PEC and the Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative in The cooperatives formed the new company in an effort to provide an alternate source of energy other than the Lower Colorado River The two cooperatives are LCRAs biggest wholesale and New Braunfels Utilities also buys its power from Texland officials have said the Milam County plant would provide a more economical source of the Texas Public Utilities Commission denied Texlands ap plication for the certificate needed to See Page 12 It may soon cost more to feed the Landa Park ducks from a picnic table goes free if polygraph test passed DALLAS AP Lenell serving a life sentence on a robbery conviction tainted by charges of will be freed if he passes a lie detector District Attorney Henry Wade Wade said Monday that he still believes Geter is guilty of the 1982 robbery of a Balch Springs fast food but said that even if Geter fails the he will get a new On behalf of this I am joining with the defense attorneys for Lenell Geter in asking that the courts grant him a new Wade said in a prepared I have reviewed the record of the previous which is The evidence indicates his since all of the five witnesses who were robbed identified him as the guilty But in View of a recent television and other media I believe some doubt has been raised in the minds of many people concerning the fairness of his trial as well as his The case was the subject of a report on the CBS news show 60 Minutes on Geters case drew national attention because of charges by the National Association for the Ad vancement of Colored People that he was convicted Geters case drew national at tention because of charges that he was convicted because of racism and shoddy police because of racism and shoddy police We intend to investigate the case more thoroughly and will offer him Geter a polygraph test given by a local polygraph operator selected by his local said If he passes the test as to guilt or we will Wade called the 60 Minutes segment but said it and other press reports about the case influenced his decision not to oppose a new trial for I would like to do anything I can to improve the perception of the public in our criminal justice See Page 12 going up Council approves ordinance on first reading Legislation involving city parks again proved to be a controversial issue as City Council approved an ordinance raising parks fees on first reading by a 42 Council approved an ordinance raising picnic swimming pool admission and the price for renting certain areas of Landa Park on the first of three Councilmembers Valdemar Espinoza and Betty Lou Rushing were Espinoza said he thought the picnic fee would keep many MexicanAmerican families out of the Rushing said she didnt want to see local people paying the same fees as This is only on Coun cilmember Joe Rogers pointed In our previous we have determined that local people dont go to the park on the Mayor Pro Tern Laverne Eberhard told who took office in Her statement was supported by Carl a member of the Parks Advisory Board which recommended the higher How Council Voted Heres how the vote went on the first reading of an ordinance raising certain parksrelated fees FOR Pro Tern Laverne Joe Donnie Barbara AGAINST Valdemar Betty Lou First reading 42 goes to second reading in Fox quoted data from one of several past which showed that only 14 per cent of the people entering Landa and Hinman Island parks on summer weekends had New Braunfels Some of those Fox were just driving and not coming to use the park Rushing said shed gotten many phone calls from local people who would like to visit the parks on and held out for establishing some kind of discount season Donnie Seay pointed out that the fees read Monday night were drawn up by the parks board after a joint workshop with the City at which time the council indicated that higher fees were what it Theyre making a recom mendation that we recommended to he and called for an im mediate Councilmember Barbara Tieken sup ported the but wanted to use the additional revenue to hire an extra reserve police officer to enforce litter laws in Hinman Island Weve had two up there for the past two City Manager Delashmutt told I dont know what we but its not said adding that there were ring tops to say nothing of beverage cans all over the Tieken went so far as to suggest banning cans with detachable ring Other See Page 12 Inside Cheer Fund A who wishes to ramln aaanyroow crisp bill to our Cheer which another good day Monday as a jnjiftlhto five we to our anonymous Mayor and and and Dcfawty contributed Jones gave and James Rogers That brings IB and that thisis to hojji Fund The HeraldZeiwngs goal is to provide a Christmas dinner to needy local families families who might not have one without your You can bring contributions cash or nonperishable food items to our office at 186 Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for sunny and windy Winds will be out of the northwest at 1525 mph and Lake wind advisories will be in TV County OKs 1984 budget By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer Comal County Commissioners approved the county budget for the 1984 fiscal year during Mon days regular According to County Auditor Bate the countys expected income will be which will go into the general Bond predicted Comal Countys expenditures will be leaving in expenses unac counted Bond expects a 1983 surplus of to cover the So well have enough surplus to carry over for these 1984 Bond The budget includes five changes from the original One addition allots the Sheriffs Department to hire a new dispatcher and to give raises to two A budget addition is to pay justice of the peace offices for tracing Department of Public Safety Sec Page U
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