New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Gramm seeks more aid for Texas farmers
WASHINGTON (AP) — Farmers in some parched Texas Panhandle counties have lost up to 80 percent of their winter wheat crop, while ranchers in the Rio Grande Valley are burning the thorns off prickly pear cactuses as a last resort for feeding their cattle.
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Change could expand care, say lawmakers
AUSTIN (AP) — By changing its medical practices law, Texas could bring in more federal Medicare money and increase the availability of health care in rural areas, lawmakers say.
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New Braunfels shot an impressive 313 in the cold and wind at the Schreiner Golf Course in Kerrville on Monday, but remain three strokes off the pace set by Alamo Heights. The final round of the District 28-4A golf tournament is under way today. Page 7
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County approves request for sheriff’s equipment
Comal County commissioners took another $6,(HK) from the contingency fund Monday to buy Sheriff Jack Bremer security car cages, shotgun holders and two handguns.
County Judge Fred Clark chiseled Ute original request of $8,195 to $6,118 by nixing more than $2,000 Bremer wanted to use to redesign the physical appearance of patrol
“It’s not an emergency,” Clark said about redesigning vehicles.
Bremer requested $2,655 during a commissioners court workshop meeting April 3 lo establish a new image for the
sheriffs department by changing the door emblems and seals on patrol cars and adding black and gold striping.
He also requested $5,540 to improve the safety for officers by adding plexiglass security car cages and 21 shotgun holders and two additional handguns.
Precinct 4 Commissioner Clyde Jacobs made a motion to approve the entire $8,195 which was seconded by Precinct 2 Commissioner Neil Craigmilc. Clark then made a motion to amend and take away the $2,655 for vehicle dressing.
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Building drive gets boost
Cool weather will hang around for several more days. The high uxiay is expected to be 66 degrees. The low tonight will be 52 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Clouds will increase Wednesday and the high will be 68. Winds will be out of the southeast at 15 to 20 miles per hour aud gusty. The low Wednesday night will be 55.
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Officials backing basic 911 service
City and county officials voted to put basic 911 emergency service on line early and enhance the system later during separate meetings Monday.
Questions remain about how many 911 answering points will operate and the possibility of centralized dispatching.
The 911 telephone number is a nationwide emergency number for police, fire and ambulance services.
“One thing that I think we should explore (is)... the possibility of a central dispatch with the city and sec if they would be interested in talking about it,” said Sheriff Jack Bremer during the Comal County Commissioners Court meeting Monday. ‘‘You could have a real fine operation if the city and county merged their dispatch operations. And there is no reason why it can’t be done.”
During Monday’s New Braunfels City Council meeting, city officials also voted to move forward with exploring dispatching options.
‘‘I recommend that we approve this with the understanding that ... our staff and the county staff will work out what is the most beneficial — one or two dispatch loca
tions,” said Councilman Eddie Temple.
City of New Braunfels and Comal County signed resolutions in 1988 choosing Bexar Metro 911 Network District to enact the emergency service in the area.
Jerry Marshall, executive director of the Bexar Metro District, told city and county officials April 4 that basic 911 service could be enacted now and could be enhanced later.
“What we want to do is give you something that will make you feel content up front, but we will be happy to do it any way you want,” Marshall said.
The emergency phone service could be on line in approximately seven months after officials establish how many answering points there will be and where they will be located.
“It would be a step forward,” said City Manager Paul Grohman about going on line with the basic system. “There is no extra cost added by going to this system first.”
Enhanced 911 — which is the final goal for New Braunfels and Comal County — speeds calls
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Lawmen search for trio
Proposed effective tax
at lower rate
Men escape from jail; considered dangerous
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Three escapees from a Louisiana jail could be in the San Antonio-Canyon Lake area and should be considered extremely dangerous, said a law enforcement official Monday.
Richard Montgomery, 47, originally of San Antonio; Dennis Daniels, 21, Louisiana; Ronald Gillespie, 30, Louisiana, and Jerry Kelly, 25, escaped from the fifth floor of the 131-inmate jail in Bossier City, La., March 29 with the help of
Montgomery’s step-daughter, Vicki Vanderburg of Canyon Lake Shores.
Kelly was apprehended in Colorado County, Texas.
Vanderburg was arrested and charged Friday at her home with helping the three escape. She remains in the Comal County jail in lieu of a $150,(XX) bond. Louisiana authorities are attempting to extradite Vanderburg to Bossier Parish.
“(Montgomery) was kind of the whole mastermind behind the whole escape from what we’ve
A decrease in homestead exemptions and an increase in sales taxes as well as adding new property to the tax rolls have helped lower the proposed effective tax rate for the City of New Braunfels, says the city manager.
During a regular City Council meeting Monday, City Manager Paul Grohman released the proposed effective tax rate of $0.3945 per SHK) property valuation. That rate dropped from last year’s rate of $0.4090.
An effective tax rate is the rate that would impose the same total taxes as the previous year on properties taxed in both years. It gives the taxing unit approximately the same amount of money to spend as it had the year before, according to the State Proper-
HEB Food Stores this week is sponsoring Community Health Screening by CBS Labs. The screenings began this morning and will run through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, with mammograms being conducted Wednesday. Rose Gomez, head phlebotomist for this screening team, checks the blood pressure of Barbara Jean Freese of New Braunfels before taking blood. Several of the screenings, such as cardiac risk assessment and a complete blood work, require, a 12-hour fast. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
A drive lo raise funds to expand Canyon Lake Action Center’s 1,500-square foot structure is meeting with great success.
The center’s board of directors adopted a building expansion program to add an additional 5,(HK) square feet to the structure at a cost of approximately $240,000. Of this amount, some $60,(XX) must be raised locally.
“I feel real certain we can raise half of $240,(XX) in the local area. We haven’t done too bad so far,” said Fran Muchleisen, director of Canyon
The second reading of an ordinance increasing fees for patrons of the Landa Park Golf Course was passed by city council Monday during a regular meeting.
Third and final reading is scheduled April 24.
With an increase in fees, golfer John Effinger of New Braunfels said he wants more playing time.
“Go ahead and give the people who do belong and pay their yearly fee ... established tee times,” Effinger said.
l^ikc Action Center, of fund-raising efforts which started Nov. I. Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative donated $15,(XX) to the project and the center has received more than $15,000 in response to inserts placed in GVTC phone bills. Canyon lake Republican Women contributed $1,500 and the center has received several $1,000 and $500 donations from individuals and businesses.
Muehleisen has sent information about the center and its expansion plans to 15 foundations which contribute to such efforts. She is hoping
“We pay you money 12 months in advance — we certainly should be able to get on that golf course and play golf."
Effinger said it’s hard to even find a parking place at the golf course it’s so crowded.
“There are so many people from out of town playing golf on this golf course that if the Chamber of Commerce really wanted to put their money where their mouth is they can build another (golf course). We need
they will provided a portion of the funds to match what is raised in the area.
Canyon Lake Action Center consists of a volunteer action center, a senior citizens center and a social service center. It began as a volunteer organization. Volunteer Action Committee was formed in 1981 to fill a growing need in the community for services and assistance to the elderly, handicapped and needy. The organization continued to expand its ser-
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two golf courses.”
Bill Mabry, chairman of the landa Park Municipal Golf Course Advisory Board, said tee times are used on Saturdays, Sundays and holidays.
“To have tee times completely during the week it would be necessary to have another employee,” Mabry said, "We do need an additional golf course, but that takes money too. You’re never going to satisfy every-
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New Braunfels Community Chorale will present its spring concert tonight at 7:30 in the First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio St. Tickets are $4 for adults and $2 for students. Director is Bill Kretzmcicr and the chorale will be accompanied by JoAnn Lemmon. The concert also will feature The Canyon High School Balladier directed by Jeanne Woods....
Dittlinger Memorial Library is hosting an open house today until 9 p.m. The Friends of the Ditllin-ger Memorial Library are presenting complimentary book bags and balloons to library patrons today in celebration of National Library Week and 50 years of service in New Braunfels...,
Katie Gordon of Hospice New Braunfels is looking for some items that have walked away from the Hospice office. She’s looking for a video titled “Walk Me to the Water” and a book titled “Hospice Means Hope.” Katie needs the materials back soon because training of new hospice volunteers begins May I. If you’ve seen either the video or the book, call Katie at 625-7500....
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Final vote set for late this month
Council approves fee hike
been able to determine,” said Tom Myrick, patrol division supervisor of Bossier Parish Jail. “He has a very, very lengthy criminal history and has escaped from several federal institutions” while serving time for bank robberies and drug charges.
Montgomery w'as arrested in Bossier Parish for federal parole violations, Myrick said, adding at the time of his arrest Montgomery was in possession of large quantities of methamphctamincs, a sawed-off
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tv Tax Board.
“If we’re a good stable organization as I said last year, we’re going to be able to keep the tax rate under the 41 cents number — in the 40-, 41 -cent range for four to five years — I still believe that,” Grohman said in an interview last week.
Council members approved the first reading of the lax levy ordinance. Mayor Doug Miller and At-Iargc Councilman James Goodbrcad were not present.
“We (arc) in better shape, I think, than what anybody imagined because we’ve had a good year from other areas,” Grohman stud. “We had some growth we didn’t really expect We See TAX RATE, Page 2
It’s spring in Comal County and flowers and trees are blooming, the
grass is growing ... and the forest tent caterpillars are crawling. Four tent caterpillars create quite a nuisance in Texas by eating foliage and forming unsightly cocoons, The forest tent caterpillar does not form a tent but spins a silken mat each time it molts. Forest tent caterpillars often draw leaves together to form a cocoon, which should not be handled because the crystalline substance may cause skin irritation. The forest tent species prefers Texas oaks, sweet gums and black gums and a combination of cultural and chemical controls may be necessary to rid your yard of the caterpillars; burning is not recommended. The Comal County Extension Service office, 1115 N. Walnut, offers a free, four-page brochure concerning tent caterpillars.