New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 20, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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MADD urges lawmakers to approve container bill
AUSTIN (AP) — An open-container bill being pushed by Mothers Against Drunk Driving is “stupid,” says a state lawmaker, whom the group has accused of tying up the measure in his committee.
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Meadows showcase wildflowers’ beauty
There is excitement, surprise and sheer beauty in a meadow of native plants. Every season, every week, the grasses, weeds and flowers show themselves in a different dress to soften the contours of the land and to keep guarded watch over the precious soil.
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Winter dart tourney
Leo’s Lounge took the championship title Wednesday in the New Braunfels Dart Organization’s Winter League tournament at Heidelberg Hall with a 7-5 victory over Tony’s Satellite.
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April 20, 1989
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$9.3 million plan presented in workshop
Council reviews budget
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Council praised the proposed $9.3 million budget for the 1989-90 year presented Wednesday during a workshop session and mentioned a possible raise for City Manager Paul Grohman.
Calling the upcoming budget year a “year of adjustment,” Grohman asked
council to adopt the effective tax rate of $0.3844 as the tax rate.
Action to adopt the budget and tax rate will be considered in upcoming City Council meetings.
The effective tax rate will create the same amount of money to fund the city’s budget that the city received last year on the same properties that were taxed last year, said Comal Appraisal
District Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes.
Grohman presented to council April IO the tax rate of $0.3945, which was a decrease from last year’s rate of $0.4090.
“There was a 1.8 percent differential (between the proposed tax rate and effective tax rate) and we’re going to drop it back ... it’s so close
District board reviews patrols for River Road
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Raul Alvarez, who has been greens keeper at the Landa Park Golf Course for 26 years, sets the cup on the second hole in preparation for the three-day Golf Fest tournament, which begins Friday. The three-day event will be played at five courses in the area and will feature 880 golfers, the largest number of entrants the Golf Fest has ever drawn. The two-man team, best ball tournament will also be played at Starcke Park and the Chaparral Country Club in Seguin, Quail Creek in San Marcos and Wood Creek in Wimberley. The final rounds will be played Sunday. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
District picks up club’s contract
SATTLER — Providing a safe, orderly and clean environment along River Road is a goal of Water Oriented Recreation District members, but they must decide how to do that — courtesy patrols, certified peace officers or both.
“We’re ready” to assist, Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer told board members Wednesday night. “There’s sufficient money in the budget to pay reserve officers, so we can bring on additional officers.”
Bremer said, during the regular WORD meeting, he will continue to provide law enforcement services on River Road as in the past. River Road runs along the Guadalupe River.
Board members also are considering hiring courtesy patrols to provide services along River Road.
“I think there can be a combination,” said WORD President Melvin Nolle Jr. “I can see where the sheriffs department is overloaded.”
Some board members and river
business owners expressed concerns about previous law enforcement services and courtesy patrols.
“We who have been here for the last IO to 15 years have been the eyes on die river,” said Bud Bond, who manages Little Ponderosa Rentals with his wife. “We have seen everything happen ... we have a system that does not work.
“When we call the sheriff’s depart-
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Battleship arrives at base, prepares for investigation
Saving lives, giving directions and assisting vacationers on River Road will continue for members of the New Braunfels Emergency Communications Club after the WORD district assumed the contract Wednesday.
Precinct I Comal County Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans recently recommended the Water Oriented Recreation District assume the county’s contract with the club.
“It’s my opinion that its services have been greatly appreciated in the past and are needed out on River Road,” said WORD administrator Betty Walls.
Other board members agreed the club was needed to provide services
on River Road.
“We do have training... we’ve been doing this out on River Road every weekend now for probably 15 years," said club president Ernie Hassold.
The $2,500 contract states club members will provide traffic control on River Road on the weekends from Easter to Labor Day.
Members also have provided lifesaving services.
“We come under the Good Samaritan Law,” Hassold said, adding that club members will never refuse to help any citizen who needs assistance. “Minutes count and we can be at the scene within a few minutes after we are notified."
ROOSEVELT ROADS NAVAL STATION, Puerto Rico (AP) — The battleship USS Iowa arrived off this sprawling naval base today, carrying the bodies of at least 47 sailors and facing an investigation into the worst naval disaster in more than a decade.
Navy officials said the bodies of those killed in Wednesday’s explosion were being brought ashore by helicopter and then would be flown to a military mortuary in Dover, Del.
The Pentagon today put the death
toll at 47 and said other crew members were accounted for. Earlier, spokesmen had said the death toll could be higher.
Ten to 12 crew members suffered minor injuries. “Most of these ... were in the firefighting party,” Pentagon spokesman Fred Hoffman said at a briefing this morning. “Most of these who have been hurt have been treated on board ship.”
The ship’s captain had decided not to dock at the base at Puerto Rico but
remain IO to 15 miles out to sea because the Iowa draws 36 to 38 feet of water and the harbor is only 40 feet deep, said Lt. Cmdr. Steve Burnett, a Navy spokesman.
He said the ship would head for its home port in Norfolk, Va., after all bodies were brought ashore. The Iowa is based there.
The explosion occurred during a gunnery exercise at 9:55 a.m. Wed-
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Couple linked to burglary
A Comal County man and his girlfriend have been linked to a burglary in the River Oaks Subdivision and possibly other break-ins, according to sheriff’s office authorities.
Brett T. Conner, 19, and Sandra Williams, 22, McQueeney, were arrested April 18 and remain in the Comal County jail in lieu of $10,000 bond each. Both are charged with burglary of a habitation.
Detectives Bill Boles and Richard Alvarez had enough evidence to link the couple to the burglary and a warrant
was issued for their arrest. The burglary occurred on River Oaks Drive in the River Oaks Subdivision. A television, handgun and jewelry were stolen. Jewelry items have been recovered from San Antonio and Seguin pawn shops.
Conner was arrested al his residence off Hunter Road by deputy David Campos and Williams turned herself in to authorities, Alvarez said.
‘Further charges are expected to be filed at a later date,” Alvarez said.
With more Texans heading outdoors, it’s a good idea to know what we’re up against. The Brown Recluse Spider, such as one caught this week, can be anywhere. The spider’s bite can cause severe skin disfigurement. The perpetrator is harmless looking, about the size of a quarter, and is hairless and shy. Its legs are long and it spins a loosely formed, gray web in undisturbed areas. Its color ranges from light yellowish tan to dark brown. It has six eyes in a semicircle of three pairs and a black, fiddle-shaped marking on its back. Persons bitten by what they suspect to be a brown recluse should kill or capture the insect and seek immediate medical attention. To avoid the creature, be careful around rocks and loose bark, remove collections of papers and boxes and clean webs from living and stor: age areas. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Bush says conscience is clear
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush said today “my conscience is clear” about the Iran-Contra affair and promised to cooperate fully with congressional requests for White House documents dealing with the matter.
However, Bush said it was not clear which documents might still be within his control, suggesting that some have gone to the federal archivists. He said he had no reason to believe that the Reagan administration withheld any documents.
Meeting with a small group of reporters at the White House, the president stuck by his earlier refusal to discuss his role in the Iran-Contra affair. But, he added, “Everything I’ve said, I’ll stand behind.”
Documents introduced at the trial of former White House aide Oliver
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this year — why not,” Grohman said.
“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 recently.
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The rain is gone, at least for today. It will be partly cloudy and wamt today with a high of 87 degrees. The low tonight will be 57 degrees. There is little chance of rain today, but there is a chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms late Friday afternoon. Friday’s high will be 86 degrees with an overnight low of 61 degrees.
Order of the Eastern Star will have its annual dinner and country store Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Eagles Hall. Tickets may be purchased at the door....
Dinosaurs will invade the Bulverde Public Library Saturday at IO a.m. in a puppet show designed to entertain children of all ages. The library is on Cougar Drive in downtown Bulverde and Maggie Gillikin, a professional puppeteer from San Antonio, will entertain children of all ages with her puppets. After Ute show, Gillikin will lead a finger puppet workshop where the children will decorate puppets and learn how to put on their own shows.
The activities are free. At noon, a drawing for a handpaintcd child’s dinosaur table will take place. Materials and labor were provided by Bergmann Lumber of Boerne, Sussanne Sotak and Lauren Weiss, of Bulverde. Tickets for the drawing are available for a $1 donation and proceeds will benefit the library.
Gillikin, who majored in languages and minored in music and drama at Duke University, has been a professional puppeteer for more than 11 years. She developed her style of puppetry that excites and involves the children during her 13 years of teaching and directing at the preschool level.
The library also invites preschoolers to Storyline each Wednesday al IO a.m. Although the library is only three years old, board president Mildred Watson has led its growth from conception to its present size of more than 7,000 books and two buildings totalling 3,000 square feet. Volunteers are needed to help paint and finish out the second building. For more information, call 438-3666....
Southwest Texas State University Association of Mexican American Students will sponsor a special youth workshop tilled “Do You Want lo Go to College?" as part of Hispanic Heritage Month activities on campus. The event is co-sponsored by the Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Student Center and will be from 9 a m. lo I p.m. Saturday in the San Antonio-Blanco Room on the fourth floor
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