New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 7, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Surging NBj SV take hot streaks on road
Two of the hottest teams in District 28-4 A baseball, New Braunfels and Smithson Valley, will both face road tests tonight. The first-place Unicorns will travel to Boerne to meet the second-place Greyhounds while the Rangers meet Samuel Clemens in Schertz.
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CHS ’ Gillispie named TABC regional head
Billy Gillispie, Canyon’s head boys basketball coach, was selected to serve a two-year term as a regional director for the Texas Association of Basketball Coaches. The Cougar coach was selected from more than 40 nominees. SP 8
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to keep actions secret
WASHINGTON (AP) — Oliver North testified today he tried unsuccessfully to persuade former national security adviser Robert McFarlane to refuse to answer congressional inquiries about the Reagan administration’s secret assistance to the Nicaraguan
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Vol. 137, No. 105
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April 7, 1989
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Divers look for SA man
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
STARTZVILLE — Divers searched the murky waters of Canyon Lake Thursday for a San Antonio man who was seen going below the water’s surface by friends IOO yards off the Comal Park shore and never surfacing.
The 28-ycar-old man, whose name was not released by the Corps of Engineers and not known at the Comal County sheriff’s office, was riding a personal water craft when the incident occurred.
“He was attempting to go to the jct ski, he did not reach it, he was heard calling for help twice, loudly,” said Canyon Lake Reservoir Manager Jerry Brite.
“He was then seen to go down,” he said. “He was not seen again.”
Two friends of the victim were on the shore when the accident occurred around 3:45 p.m. The 21-year-old friend swam out to help the man. The victim wasn’t wearing a personal flotation device.
The 21-ycar-old “apparently retrieved it (water craft) and returned it to shore,” Brite said.
The other friend was a 23-year-old male from San Antonio.
“He’s in a deep, cold part of the lake,” Brite said. “This is cold water. The decomposition rate will be very slow.”
Decomposing could be 25 to 30 percent below the regular rate because of the cold water, which is averaging in the high 50s to low 60s, Brite said.
When the decomposition rate is faster, the body will float sooner.
The victim went down in an area where the river current runs through the lake. He was wearing short lignt-colorcd pants and tennis shoes.
“The river current may carry the body downstream,” Brite said.
The channel where the man was seen going under has been measured at 155 feet, he said, adding that dragging the bottom to find a body is difficult.
Four divers from Pleasure Divers in New Braunfels were called to look for the body.
“I wish we could have done something more,” said diver Darrell Woody after diving 85 feet down.
Because of silt in the water, visibility was hindered, said John Garrett, who said he couldn’t see the other divers because of the murky water.
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Man arrested for indecency
A Bulverde man remains in the Comal County jail today in lieu of a $20,000 bond on two charges of indecency with a child.
James Radcrstorf, 29, Old Smithson Valley Road, was arrested at his residence Tuesday night.
“He was arrested as the result of an incident that occurred April 3, 1989, that involved two 9-ycar-old boys of Oak Village North,” said sheriff’s office detective Richard Alvarez.
Two warrants were issued by Comal County Court-At-Law Judge Ronald Prichard.
Bond was set at $10,000 for each charge of indecency.
Trees in city
Crews ready to trim
Comal Sheriff's Deputy Johnny Gray and Game Warden Bob Wolford drag Canyon Lake early this morning searching for the body of a 28-year-old man who was last seen last night. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Unemployment rate dips to 5 percent
Texas9 jobless rate drops to lowest point in years
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s unemployment rate dipped in March to 5 percent, the lowest rate in more than 15 years, despite a slowed rate in the creation of jobs, the government reported today.
The Labor Department said 180,(XX) new jobs were added to nonfarm payrolls last month, the lowest figure since 154,000 in August 1988 and down from a revised February figure of 280,000.
The slower rate of job creation, affected somewhat by the Eastern Airlines strike, indicates some slowing in the economy. But there were signs of continued strength as well.
The number of factory jobs remained stable and the average factory work week fell slightly, by 0.2 hours to 40.9 hours. Average overtime was unchanged at 3.9 hours.
The 5 percent civilian jobless rate, the lowest since December 1973
when it was 4.9 percent, defied predictions that unemployment would edge up slightly from the February rate of 5.1 percent, which itself had matched a 15-ycar low.
The bulk of the new job grow th was in the service sector. Service industries alone added I IO,(XX) jobs, with health services accounting for 55,(XX) new positions.
The job growth is tracked through a business survey that neats strikers as unemployed. Because of that about 25,000 striking Eastern airlines workers were counted as being out of work, meaning the new-job total would have been somewhat higher had it not been for the one-month-old strike.
The strike does not affect the unemployment rate, however, because that data is compiled through a separate household survey that counts strikers
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DALLAS (AP) — Texas’ unemployment rate fell to its lowest level in almost 4/j years during March, despite the absence of any real growth in the job market, federal labor officials reported today.
Last month’s decline to 6.0 percent matched the rate for November 1984 and reflected U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that almost 7.8 million Texans are working.
“What we’re seeing is people coming off the unemployment rolls and moving into jobs with no real growth in the labor force,” said BLS analyst Nic Santangelo. “That, in itself, is something of a weakness.”
The number of Texans looking for
jobs dipped to 495,(XX) in March, he said. When combined with the growth in total employment, the Texas labor force was virtually unchanged at just under 8.3 million.
Still, the Texas economy shows signs of the slow, steady growth it began in early 1987. The March rate was almost two full points below the 7.9 percent recorded one year earlier.
“We’ve seen a steady downward trend over almost two years from ’87 through most of ’88,” Santangelo said.
Health care and business services have combined with growth in the
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A firm which New Braunfels Utilities recently contracted with for tree trimming services is expected to begin work here Wednesday.
Roger Biggers, NBU’s technical services manager, said some customers have expressed concern when contacted by Blume Trees of Willis, Texas, because NBU crews always have done the trimming.
“We did enter into a contract for tree trimming,” Biggers said. Representatives of Blume Trees are going to homes in the areas where they will be trimming. They arc leaving “door knockers,” pamphlets that hang on doorknobs, if residents arc not at home. Biggers said the firm will not trim trees before making j>ersonal contact with the resident.
At its March meeting, NBU’s board approved the contract with Blume Trees, a firm used by City Public Service in San Antonio. NBU has budgeted SKX),(XX) for the contract. Payment is based on the crews’ approximate cost of $30 per hour.
NBU contracted with the firm because its one five-man crew can not keep up with the trimming needs. NBU has a five-year program under which crews try to trim trees in each area of town at least once in five years.
FDIC takes over G’Dqyy’al1 ll more thrifts
DALLAS (AP) — As federal regulators placed ll more savings and loan institutions under federal conservatorship, the Federal Home Loan Bank Board of Dallas said depositors withdrew $2.25 billion from the state’s 204 thrifts during Feburary, an improvement from January’s record $2.77 billion.
Nationally, depositors withdrew $9.4 billion in February, compared to $10.6 billion in January, it was
Meanwhile the FHLBB’s deposit figures show a total of $79.35 billion was on deposit in Texas thrifts in February, down from $81.4 billion in January and $87.54 billion in February last year.
Murray Savings Association in Dallas, the 18th-largest savings and loan in the state with $1.45 billion in
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Association team to evaluate schools
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
A 38-member tfcam of educators will visit schools in Comal Independent School District next week to evaluate the district’s compliance with educational standards set by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
C1SD is seeking initial accreditation in the association. Membership in the association is not required by the Texas Education Agency.
“We have never sought accreditation before with the Southern Association,” said Sandra Jackson, public information officer for the district. “Membership would improve educational offerings by the district above what is required by the state so the district can give more."
The team, chaired by Gene Blanton, assistant superintendent for curriculum in Kerrville ISD, will arrive in
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San Antonio Zoo representative Susan Bare, left,
brought a huge Koala Bear to New Braunfels this morning to promote the zoo’s new Australian Walkabout featuring two Koala Bears on permanent loan from the San Diego Zoo. Business owners around town, such as Ross Granzin of Naegelin’s, are plac-
ing zoo posters in their windows. Attendance at the zoo has declined since Sea World opened, but the zoo has added many new exhibits such as the Koala Bears and a new big-cat exhibit featuring one of largest collections of big cats in country. (Photo by
Nice spring weather is continuing in the New Braunfels arca. Today’s high is expected to reach 86 degrees under partly cloudy skies. The low tonight will be 62 degrees. It will be a little warmer Saturday as the high climbs to 89. The low Saturday night will drop to 60 as a weak cool front moves through. Sunday will be cooler with 82 for the high and 50 for the low.
Members of the New Braunfels Harley Davidson Owners Association will meet at 8:30 a.m. at the Lone Star Ice House at the intersection of PM 306 and Interstate 35 for a protest run to the state Capitol. Riders opposing the mandatory helmet law arc invited, for more information, call Dave Clark at 629-4601....
West Mill Street from North Live Oak to Hidalgo will be closed today through April 29 as New Braunfels Utilities contractors replace sewer lines in that area....
Garden Ridge Republican Women will have a flea market Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bracken Fire Station. The public is invited lo look through and buy items from the large number of tables set up for the event....
Speaking of rummage sales, the Canyon High Project Graduation will hold a garage sale Saturday at the Nights of Columbus Hall on Landa Street. The money earned at the sale will help Project Graduation throw a graduation night, all-night, drug-and-alcohol-free party at Guadalupe Cattle Company June 2. Donations for the sale will be accepted today from 3:30 to 8 p.m. at the KC Hall....
Tomorrow’s the big day lo Rendezvous with Rubbish along River Road. Persons interested in helping members of Friends for Rivers clean uip River Road are asked to meet at Molly’s Tube Rental on River Road at 8 a rn. Bring your gloves and wear your tennis shoes. Transportation from Molly’s to the cleanup site and lunch, etc. will be provided....
Several local members of Texas Mothers of Multiples will be Foot Loose in Fort Worth next weekend as they attend the 16th annual convention of the MOMS Organization. Texas Mothers of Multiples, founded in 1973, is an organization comprised of 35 Texas clubs made up of more than 1,250 mothers of twins, triplets oi quadruplets. The convention includes workshops on twins’ psy-
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