New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 25, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Texas House adopts $46.5 billion budget
AUSTIN (AP) — Budget leaders say House and Senate spending plans may be headed for a quick resolution, a far cry from the extended battles of recent red-ink Legislatures. “It just goes to show you, if you got a little money how things can go smoother,” House Speaker Gib Lewis said Monday. Se© Page 3
Couple charged in timeshare scam
BEAUMONT (AP) — A Virginia couple was arraigned in federal court on charges stemming from an alleged scheme to lure people to time-share resorts with false promises of valuable prizes.
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Three local players reached today’s Class 4A Region IV finals to qualify for the state tennis tournament in Austin. Rachel Forney is battling Alamo Heights’ Ann Flannery for the girls singles title today while the Unicom team of Kayci Kahlcr and Brenda Hicks will vie for the doubles crown. Se© Page 7
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Vol. 137, No. 117
707 Landa St.. New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 3.77-880) 512-625-9144
Jacobs told to move on
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Wearing Levis, tennis shoes and a cowboy hat, Comal County Commissioner Clyde Jacobs gathered his clipboard full of names, cranked the engine in his borrowed motor home and headed down Seguin Street to find another camping spot this morning.
Since Saturday afternoon, Jacobs has been camping in a motor home in front of the U.S. Post Office on Seguin Street gathering names for the tax consolidation petition.
But city officials have had enough.
“Saturday morning I went over, saw the camper parked there. I went over to the camper — didn’t go inside ... Mr. Jacobs was there,” said City Manager Paul Grohman. “I told him at that time he was in clear violation of our ordinance which prevents habitation of a motor home or camping device outside a mobile home park or RV center.
“I told him that I would appreciate him moving ... we didn’t want to get into a big hassle, but we wanted him to comply with the law like everyone else,” Grohman said.
Ll. John Wommack, New Braunfels Police Department, approached
Jacobs around 10:30 this morning and both entered the motor home. Jacobs was given 30 minutes to vacate the roadway.
“That interpretation that we got from our lawyer in Austin which stated it was a public issue, it is a public person doing the petition, and it is a petition to get something on the ballot brings it under the Election Code,” Jacobs said, adding he isn’t in violation of the law.
“Paul mentioned the city ordinance when he came over here,” Jacobs said. “He said that city ordinance was designed to keep people from parking an RV in front of their house or trailer ... and then renting out the trailer and moving into their RV.”
“Obviously I’m not inhabiting this trailer, my habitation is in Tamarack Shores in Canyon Lake and if it’s a matter of a parking regulation — that has to be for a specific time period so I am willing ... to move this every three hours. I will move it one inch forward” and then back.
“There’s a letter of the law and intent of the law,” Grohman said. ‘The intent of the ordinance was to prevent people from living in motor
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Hospitalized in San Antonio
Man ignores dive warning
A Georgetown man remains in serious and guarded condition in the surgical intensive care unit today at Southwest Methodist Hospital in San Antonio after jumping Sunday from the Garden Street Bridge.
Daniel Shortlidge, 19, ignored the ‘no-diving’ signs on the bridge and performed a one-and-a-half flip into the water, said police spokesman Martin Mayer. The accident occurred before 5 p.m.
After jumping he apparently hit his head on the bottom of the Comal River, Mayer said, adding the teen suffered neck and spinal injuries.
Police constantly are writing citations to people jumping from the bridge “because it is so dangerous,” Mayer said. “We’ve even arrested people off it to get the point across.”
Georgetown is in Williamson County.
City divides tax revenues
Clyde Jacobs moved his motor home to a new location today. He is heading a petition drive for tax consolidation out of the recreational vehicle. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
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commissioners to consider applying for a grant to help fund the position.
The Comal County Health Department will not sponsor its regular immunization clinic Wednesday; however, a make-up clinic will be April 28. Hours will be 9 to ll a.m. and I to 4 p.m. at the Comal County Courthouse. Appointments are not made for this service, but individuals are encouraged to arrive early to assure service. Appointments can be made on other dates for infants up to I year old or for residents of the Bulverde or Canyon Lake areas by calling 620-5595....
Cub Scout Pack 387 and the American Legion Home Comal Post 179 will conduct a fiag-retircment ceremony tonight al 7 at the dance slab in Landa Park. The public is invited to tonight’s ceremony; there is no admission charge....
The Cibolo Bowling Club invites the public to its annual barbecue supper Saturday from ll a.m. to 9 p.m. Meal prices are $4 for large plates and $3 for small. There will be carnival games for the children, along with a drawing, bake sale and team cash bowling. The club is on North Main between FM 78 and FM 1103 in Cibolo....
Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts 8800 and 8573 will hold a Loyalty Day observance Saturday at I p.m. at the VFW Post 8800 home in Startzville. Clyde Jacobs, Precinct 4 county commissioner, will be the guest speaker and snacks will be served....
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The $31,395 annual grant, offered by the criminal justice division of Gov. Bill Clement’s office, will pay UK) percent of the salary and 50 percent of equipment costs. Equipment includes a radio for the vehicle, a camera, and other “specialized equipment” for investigations, he said.
The county’s portion is $2,200. The five-year rotating grant stipulates the entity must apply for funding each year. The state’s contribution reduces 20 percent each
year, torcing total funding of the position in five years on the county.
“The money the criminal justice division from the governor’s office uses for these grants is money that we as law enforcement entities collect on each and every fine through our court system,” Hohcrz said. “We’re trying to bring back some of the money to our county that we collected.”
The officer will investigate cases involving both juvenile offenders and juvenile victims. His main duty will be to establish files, statistics and identify repeat offenders.
“This is a very exciting concept,” said Precinct 4 Commissioner Clyde Jacobs, adding he wants more information from juvenile authorities before making a decision.
“You need a person that is familiar with all the different agencies of the county like Department of Human Resources and juvenile probation,” Hohcrz said.
Deadline to submit the grant application is May 22.
Another grant in the works involving six local law enforcement agencies will help formulate crime statistics, Hoherz said.
Entities involved include: New Braunfels Police
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Thirteen local arts and cultural organizations were assured funds from hotel/motel occupancy tax revenues Monday night after a unanimous vote by City Council.
The Arts and Cultural Commission recommended to City Council that 25 percent of the first 4 cents of each 6 cents of hotel/motel room occupancy tax collected during 1989 be distributed to the organizations.
Organizations to receive a percentage of the first 4 cents include: Circle Arts Theatre — 6.(X) percent; Mid-Texas Symphony Society — 6.(X) percent; Sophienburg Museum and Archives — 2.75 percent; Greater New Braunfels Art Council — 2.25 percent; New Braunfels Children’s
Museum — 1.75 percent; Compania dc Danza Folklorica, Inc. — I .(X) percent; Heritage Society of New Braunfels, Inc. — I .(X) percent; New Braunfels Conservation Society — I .(X) percent; New Braunfels Community Chorale — .75; New Braunfels German Folkdancers — .75 percent; New Braunfels Art League — .75 percent; South Texas Sound — .50 percent; and New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modeler’s Society, Inc. — .50 percent.
All organizations submitting requests, except for the New Braunfels Jaycees, were granted one-year contracts for funding.
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Earthquake shakes Mexico City suburbs
MEXICO CITY (AP) — A strong earthquake shook Mexico City and its suburbs this morning for about 30 seconds, cracking buildings, breaking windows and sending frightened people into die streets.
Ambulances raced around the capital, sirens blaring, but there were no immediate reports of injuries from the 8:35 a.m. (9:35 a.m. CDT) tremor.
The U.S. National Earthquake Information Center in Golden, Colo., said preliminary readings indicated
the quake registered 6.8 on the Rich ter scale.
ITic tremor cut off power to the nation’s largest television network for a few minutes, knocking it off the air.
Associated Press correspondents reported broken windows and panic in the Polanco, Condesa and Napolcs neighborhoods. Traffic was snarled in central Mexico City.
In the Condesa section, a resident
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State unemployment Overturned onions
drops by I percent
AUSTIN (AP) — The state’s unemployment rate last month dropped from 7.3 percent in February to 6.3 percent, according to figures released by the Texas Employment Commission.
The March figures released Tuesday also represent a drop from March 1988, when the rate was 8.3 percent.
The reduction in unemployment between February and March “looks really more promising than the past few months,” said Dianne Dobie, .a labor market analyst with the TEC.
She said state wide economic indicators showed gains, but it is still too
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Bush announces plan for civil rights chief
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush today announced his intention to nominate William Lucas, a black Republican critic of affirmative action, as the Justice Department’s civil rights chief, setting up a potentially bruising Senate confirmation fight.
The previously announced opposition to Lucas by the NA ACP, the nation’s largest civil rights group.
could energize liberal opposition to the nominee.
Benjamins Hooks, executive director of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, said in a statement Monday that Lucas is not qualified to be the government’s chief enforcer of civil rights laws.
The White House formally
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No one was injured Monday morning when this 18-wheeler carrying a load of onions ran off the southbound lane of Interstate 35 near Northcliffe subdivision. The truck went down the embankment
and turned on its side on the access road According to reports, the driver had fallen asleep just before the accident occurred. Schertz police officers responded to the scene. (Staff photo)