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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 3, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas l crop IPX i Pttmlt In M 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 i 1 i t i i The skys the limit Construction soared to alltime high in January Comal the New Braunfels ISO and New Braunfels Utilities all jumped at once in pushing the local buildingpermit total to an unprecedented Thats more than six times the amount recorded in when new projects added up to only The city building department hasnt seen even half this much construction since July when McKenna Memorial Hospital started work on its million The total for that month was Utilities new wastewater treatment the countys new jail and im provements to six NBISD schools added up to almost that much last month million in Utilities took out a permit for million to build the wastewater plant at 1922 Kuehler County Commissioners held groundbreaking ceremonies this Thursday for the million to be located at San Antonio Street and Water electrical ad justments and repairs to existing NBISD campuses came to The district has not yet taken out a permit for the planned new elementary school on County Line Three new a two restaurants and the rebuilding of New Braunfels Smokehouses meat processing plant made up another Ad ditional including million in residential rounded out the record After the government West Point Pepperell was the biggest spender on the It started work on a mill store and a airwasher both on the newlyplatted section of land between Mission Valley Mills and Beeson Associates took out a permit for the new Bealls store in the Courtyard Shopping which will cost an estimated to The third new store is a job at 336 un dertaken by Harrison Construction for Dwight The Smokehouse will spend an estimated to rebuild its meat plant at 441 Guenther Miller is the contractor on that Permits have been but not issued for a 41unit motel at Texas 46 and Hueco Springs Road and for a steakhouse to be built for Slater Lynn Witters is contractor for the owned by The estimated cost of that project is The Comfort which is already under construction at 1209IH 35 took out an additional permit for a swimming And the Gourmet which added 34 rooms last is now spending See Page IDA New Braunfels New Texas HeraldZdtuno OK 1 O DiiaoO Coftirvnc FRIDAY February 25 Cents Volume 25 18 Pages Sections USPS 377880 Council ignores citizens petition By DYANNE FRY Staff writer The petition presented to City Council on calling for a public vote on the 40 percent homestead tax will not put the question on the April 7 City Council doesnt seem inclined to put it there The council met Thursday to consider action on the but the only action taken was Councilmember Betty Lou Rushing for the third to simply grant the 40 percent For the third she was voted Council made no decision on what to do with the But City Attorney John Chunn says the voters still have time to draw up a petition in proper collect the necessary 109 and force a referendum in Rushing did not seem impressed with Chunns explanation of why the first petition wont do the On the night it was the city attorney told the council that it wouldnt qualify under the initiative and referendum provision of the New How council voted Heres how City Council voted Thursday on a motion which would have established a 40 perdent tax exeption on local homesteads FOR Betty Lou Jose Valdemar AGAINST Donnie Joe Stratemann ABSENTBarbara Laverne Motion Braunfels city he thought it might apply under Article 8 of the Texas The optional homestead exemption was made possible by and Chunn said there was a procedure for calling a public vote on tax Chunn said state law required a petition signed by 20 percent of the people who voted in the last elec where the city charter requires only 10 But he didnt think that would be a because the petition had more than twice the 109 names that would have been needed for the 10 percent See Page 10A Whitney gets probated sentence By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer The former executive director of San Antonios Catholic Youth Organization was given six years probation for indecency with a child by 22nd District Court Judge Charles Ramsay Duncan Cameron Whitney of Canyon Lake pleaded guilty 1983 to two counts of in decency with a Judge Ramsay sentenced him to serve six years in the Texas Department of Corrections Thursday then suspended the sentence and placed Whitney on probation for six The two indecency counts against Whitney relate to an 4 involving two San Antonio boys under age Sheriffs Gilbert Villarreal in vestigated the mothers complaints at the request of the Texas Department of Human Whitney turned himself into Comal County authorities the same day he resigned as CYO He had worked with that organization in various capacities for over 20 Judge Ramsay also fined Whitney and or dered him to pay at least in restitution to the boys Adult Probation Officer Jack Williamson said Thursday the restitution was for counseling and followup the boys had and included an estimate on what will take place in that area through But the judge stressed to Whitney the restitution dollar amount was not necessarily a final Williamson and Whitney fully understands Men of the Staff photo fyy Leslie Kriewaldt County Judge Fred Clark right and commissioners Monroe Wetz foreground and Evans next to Wetz get their shovels in gear as they turn the first dirt for the new county Thats Bob Freimuth of radio station KGNBKNBT recording the sounds of the held Thursday on the jail site at the corner of Water Lane and San Antonio The facility should be ready in Testimony shows pattern in Jones case GEORGETOWN AP Over heated objections from defense a prosecutor put together a chart before jurors graphically illustrating nurse Genene Jones suspicious track record in a Kerrville pediatricians All infants younger than 2 who had a history of illness and who were subjected to intravenous solutions or injections prepared by the vocational nurse inexplicably went limp and stopped the chart One of them is on trial for the muraer of 15 monthold Chelsea who died after a trip to Kathleen Hollands Prosecutors claim Jones injected the child with an overdose of a powerful muscle suc It was the first time Kerr County District Attorney Ron Sutton disclosed whether there were any potentially sick infants under Jones care who did not show the symptoms of succinylcholine in The compiled from Hollands showed there were every time a Jones was the child went down Sutton asked she And every time a child with a potentially serious illness got an injection prepared by the child went down Prosecutors have been tightlipped about a possible motive in the bizarre but have begun hinting that they believe Jones was undertaking a plan to inject infants with the drug and then appear as a heroine by reviving The medical records from Hollands office were first presented to state district Judge John Carter without the Defense attorney Burt Games objected to the evidence as prejudicial and irrelevant since the case histories of children not stricken while under Jones care had not been But Sutton angrily This goes to show the motive and the intent of Genene Every time she got the opportunity on a child with the right that child was I dont see how you can make anything more relevant than this statistical Sutton Carter saying It is County hires hears mail plans Inside By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer Comal commissioners hired a county engineer and heard a report on a system for future naming of streets and delivery of mail during Thur sdays regular Commissioners unanimously voted to hire Clark McCoy of Spring Branch as county effective The job will be provisional for one year and will have a salary of McCoy received his Bachelors of Science degree in civil engineering from Louisiana State University in He did graduate work in business administration at Southern Methodist He has been employed at Pullman Kellogg since In other Superintendent of Postal Operations Walter Mueller told commissioners a new system of identifying streets and delivering mail should begin in the next few The problem is Mueller The currant method has forced the port office to deliver mail through County roundup rural routes and and also has hindered answering emergency calls by police and EMS per This is the universal trend because of growth and nobody has the growth we he Mueller said postal officials will begin implementing changes parts of four subdivisions in March and April to cut down the number of This will mean changing to street ad dresses instead of routes and The rest of the changes will come in a timely Mueller while the full transition will take at least three He hopes this will cut down on the time spent delivering noting currently department workers are covering 711 which include See Page MA Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for sunny and warmer fair and cooler and sunny and mild on Winds will be from the northwest at 1015 mph today and decreasing to near 10 mph Sunset will be at and sunrise Saturday will be at Chopper Crash Honduras AP Four soldiers were killed ud six were injured when their helicopter crashed hi the mountains of northeastern the Embassy said The accident occurred Thursday in bad weather U miles from the border with There are no Indications of hostile the CLASSIFIED RELIGIOUS FOCUS TV Buck Rogers flight blasts off from Florida CAPE AP The shuttle Challenger returned to orbit this carrying five astronauts on an adventurous mission to test a jetpack that for the first time will put man in free flight across the vacuum of If the weather is as cooperative next the shuttle is to make its first FloridatoFlorida round landing here in eight The Buck Rogers flight began with a rumbling ontime liftoff at 8 The 100ton shuttle flashed to life and rose swiftly on 7 million pounds of thrust generated by its powerful With Vance Brand in Challenger darted into partly cloudy skies and and twisted out over the Atlantic Ocean on a southeast its trail of fire and smoke visible for miles to the tens of thousands who watched liftoff from ocean and riverfront viewing It was the 10th shuttle launch in three the fourth for At 2 minutes 6 Challenger shed its two 149foot booster hurling them toward a parachute landing 150 miles where ships waited to recover them for The main order of business following launch was an afternoon deployment of a commercial The jetpack tests are to begin next Tuesday when two astronauts are to move outside the propelled by bursts of gas from canisters built into their Shuttle ataglance CAPE API are the facts and figures of the 10th space shuttle flight Spaceship making its fourth Launch 8 from Kennedy Space Orbit 128 orbits at 190 Mission length 7 23 19 Landing at the Kennedy Space the first shuttle landing at the Florida launch Astronauts Vance commander Navy Robert pilot and mission specialists Ronald Navy Bruce and Army Robert Major objectives Deploy two commercial communications Test techniques for recovering and repairing a crippled including two days of rendezvous exercises with an inflatable balloon and tests by McCandless and Stewart of jet powered back packs in the first untethered space Official designation Flight 41 Under new the 4 stands tor fiscal 1984 the 1 stands for the Cape Canaveral launch The B stands for the second flight of the current fiscal The astronauts hope to complete the first space landing back here in eight guiding Challenger onto a concrete runway just four miles from the launch A shuttle crew tried last July to return to the but was foiled by weather and diverted to The main business of delivery of com munications satellites for paying is to be concluded during the first two
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