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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 410 MOSS MITCH WOMBLE BHX A5436 TX 75245 Judge rejects plea bargain irfGhiid sexual abuse case ByLlLUANtHOMAS Staff writer A than convicted of aggravated child sexual abuse was sentenced Monday to id years in the Texas Department of Corrections after District Judge Robert Pf euffer turned down a proposed plea William Harold Smith is the first Comal County person in two years convicted of that crime to have to serve his sentence in the Smiths case is also the first Comal County child sexual abuse case that used a videotaped interview of the child Pfeuffer viewed the videotape which had beeh made in Bexar County by the Department of Human Resources along with a presentence report to arrive at his decision on Smith had faced three counts of aggravated child sexual but two of the in dictments were dropped in the plea And Pfeuffer sentenced him on only a common The plea bargain had been for the maximum amount of shock 180 as part of a 10 year probated This was an unusual plea bargain in that it was District Attorney Bill Schroeder I See Page 12A Former principal files suit for back pay By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer A former principal who won her dismissal case with the Commissioner of Education last October has brought a federal lawsuit against Comal ISO for reinstatement and Lilta Mae former principal of Smithson Valley High has filed the new lawsuit in federal district Court in San The suit asks for a jury compensatory and punitive and reinstatement as a high school principal or some other position of comparable status and It lists defendants as former superintendent Edgar Willhelm and his board of and present board president Leroy Goodson and current Cogdllls attorney James Heidelberg said It should be understood that the current board members who were not involved with the non renewal of her are only being sued In the event reinstatement is The only individuals were suing for damages are the ones on the board he Those trustees are Judy Ray David Karen David Kenneth Wunderlich and Jim Last former Commissioner of Education Raymon Bynum signed a letter agreeing with Cogdills claim that she was a nonprobationary employee when See Page It A NBA Scoreboard Bullets Spurs 104 Mavericks Blazers 98 Rockets Suns 122 New Braunfels Herald New Texas Thursday February 25 Cents 20 Sections On the grow Impressive GNP growth brings good economic news WASHINGTON AP The nations economy rebounded in the final three months of last year at an even more vigorous pace than previously the government reported The Commerce Department said the gross national the broadest measure of economic grew at a robust percent rate from October through The revised figure is more than 2 percentage points above the initial estimate of percent made in December before the quarter had That initial projection was revised upward last month to percent and boosted again today based on more complete data for economic activity in the Economic growth for all of 1984 was also revised upward today to percent from the earlier estimate of The revision still left 1984 with the best economic growth in more than three decades since an percent rise in The latest report showed that despite the rapid inflation remained well under control during the as measured by a gauge tied to the rose percent in the same increase as the previous The percent gain was slightly higher than an original estimate last month of which would have been the best performance since The new report painted a picture of an economy vigorously shaking off the effects of u pronounced drop in growth that occurred from July through During that the inflation adjusted had risen at a rate of only percent as a leading force behind the slowed Personal consumer spending grew at a slight percent rate in the third in the final three months of the year that pace had jumped to The big rebound in activity during the final three months of 1984 has led to widespread optimism among economists that the momentum will carry over and help to assure steady Gross National Product In percent change fromprevious year in constant 1972 dollars 7 S 4 1970 71 72 73 74 75 76 77 78 79 80 81 82 83 Chicago Trtbufift Chart Source Department of Commsrce 84 Council facing several options on room tax GNP growth for 1984 would up at a little higher than the projected here growth this year as There isrib questionthat the economy began to pick up in November and December and I think that momentum carried through into Robert an economist with the Philadelphia forecasting firm of Wharton said on the eve of todays Westcott predicted that growth in the first quarter this year would be in the range an expectation shared by many The Reagan administration and privatei economists are predicting growth this year of around 4 While this would be down from the 1984 it would still represent a healthy increase for the third year of an economic recovery and should supply enough activity to drive unemployment The percent GNP growth in 1984 compared to a percent increase in 1983 and a percent decline in the lowpoint of the last ByDANASTELL Staff writer Tourism and attracting visitors to New Braunfels is heavy on the minds of City Council this Council soon will decide what the new hotelmotel room occupancy tax will be and just how much the three recipient groups will And to prepare for that Council met Wednesday night with members of the Chamber of Com some resort and hotel and the chairmen of the Arts and Cultural Commission and the citys options and opportunities We as a Council have quite a lot to look at and mull said Mayor Barbara Tieken after the nearly threehour Do we want to continue as we are with the room do we want to create a separate convention and tourist do we want to increase or keep as is the appropriation for the arts and do we want to keep as is the appropriation for the city to pay for restorations in the parks to take care of the pressures caused by winter visitors the city levies a 4 percent room in addition to the states 4 percent Arts groups currently receive 10 percent of room tax the city is given 10 and the convention and tourist fund of the Chamber of Commerce is given 80 The city is obligated to spend at least 25 percent of the 4 cents collected on motel and hotel rooms on direct promotion of conventions and The city may dedicate another one fourth of that tax to the An amendment to the state law governing the room Tieken allows the city to increase the citys 4cent tax to 7 with the extra 3 cents going toward tourism See Page 12A On the river front officials get close look at Guadalupe The Guadalupe is clean right but the issues facing it are muddy and an oc cassional mad dash through rapids marked the peaceful Sunday canoe trip down the Guadalupe But representatives of the city were there not only to enjoy the beauty and see what the tourists come but also to witness first hand the management problems facing the river outfitters in preserving sttte conditions for watersports enthusiasts and ad jacent City parks and recreation director David Marcus recreational program and city councilman Max Winkler were among those taking the trip down a 14mile stretch of the Guadalupe We wanted to give those who will meet with the National Park Service March 2021 a unique opportunity to become familiar with the problems we are facing and give them a little more information about the con ditions on the as well as the fun and beauty that draw people here from all over Betty owner of Texas Canoe Trails and president of the Lower Guadalupe Business Along the litter was minimal because the recent higher flow levels of the Guadalupe haa carried most trash Even Whatley said the human impact on the river was We like to kayak and but we had always heard that the Guadalupe was The trip helped me make the comparisons I need to direct the attention of the Park Service people to our biggest Whatley I saw only two trash barrels along the river and even though this is winter and almost no one is using the there were broken beer bottles and a little sand bar full of beer Another thing is where do the people go to the bathroom I saw no the city parks director pointed The dangers that beginner canoists can run into even when the river was flowing at 250 cubic feet per second became apparent Before the trip 15 minutes of instruction on safety tips and canoing skills were The fact that the entire length of the Guadalupe from Canyon Lake to the Comal County line is private property creates problems for canoists and land Wall See Page 12A Mattox lawyer grills key prosecution witness Inside AUSTIN AP The Houston lawyer allegedly threatened by Attorney General Jim Mattox says the 1983 threat was unlike anything he had heard in three decades of practicing I had been practicing law for 33 years I have known every at torney general during that some of them very well I have never yet seen that kind of conduct out of any of Wiley Caldwell of the firm Fulbright it Jaworski testified I suggest that you didnt from this man responded Mattox lawyer Roy I told you that I Caldwell Mattox is standing trial on a charge of commercial a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a He is accused of threatening to delay or withhold his needed ap proval of public bonds handled by Fulbright Jaworski unless a lawyer in the Thomas stopped seeking a deposition from Mattels sister in an oil lease case involving Mobil South Texas rancher Clinton Manges and the Crossexamined for 6 hours by Caldwell said the threat came during a phone conversation on June Caldwell said Mattox voiced unhappiness with court motions filed by who represented Mobil in the other He said Mattox told him the firms legal work would get very careful review from the attorney generals Until that dispute was he quoted Mattox as saying no bond approval would be Mattox has described the discussions as nothing more than tablepounding and a spitting contest between and Minton sought to downplay the alleged He reminded Caldwell that state law allows a bond lawyer to appeal quickly and directly to the Texas Supreme Court if an attorney general fails to approve otherwise proper Minton also noted that Caldwell said he played golf at a Houston country club the day after the June 17 you just dont impress me as a man who would lie down on his bond clients and go to the golf Minton Why not Hold youre going too Ill have you in court before you get up in the morning This was a very difficult Caldwell The man sitting over there had threatened and I was trying to work matters Caldwell said the word bond never came up in a June 15 conversation with when the attorney general allegedly threatened to go to war with Fulbright Minton described Mattox as being the victim of sarcastic and unethical personal attacks from Cold spell fatal to warmwater biologist says Local residents recently spotted a Urge number of dead fish along the Ouidalupe River near the Interstate 36 prompting state agencies to Parka and Wildlife viiitMl Comal County Monday and determined that a tingle injured by the recent cold map was the only one A resident who called the agency said he had called numerous local and state agencies trying to find out who would come and look Into the possibility of The biggest problem is knowing who to Chuck Pfeiffer The resident reported he had seen a hundred or so fish scattered along the We found only dead a warmwater fish originally from This fish is very sensitive to temperature drops and only survives in power plant reservoirs in Texas because of the warm In the winter they will stack into these places like sardines to stay in the warm Tim biologist with the San Marcos Fish Hatcheries field office of Texas Parks and Another fish hatchery Vernon more familiar with the local said the fish could not survive in the but could on the Comal River because the springfed river stays at a more constant With that cold the Comal temperatures probably dropped considerably cooler than usual and stunned them then they got carried into the Guadalupe and the colder water See Page 2A Water Watch Rivor Canyon inflow Canyon Dam outflow Edwards Aquiftf Canyon Ldke level 238 cfs down 41 222 cfs down 3 375 els isamel 62387iup 021 up 021 Todays Weather Comal County forecast calls for occasional light rain or drizzle becoming mostly cloudy tonight and Friday with a 40 percent chance of CLASSIFIED 68B COMICS CROSSWORD SB 4B DEAR ABBY DEATHS 1B 3A HOROSCOPE 4B KALEIDOSCOPE OPINIONS 1B 4A SCRAPBOOK SPORTS 2B STOCKS 2A
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