New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Hurricane Dean veers away from Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Hurricane Dean, packing 85 mph winds, veered away from Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands today on a wobbly course in the Atlantic Ocean, forecasters said.
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State politicians run up $60,000 in travel expenses
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas politicians who are honing
to move on to higher offices r for almost $60,000 in travel state records.
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SV’s Belcher makes Junior Olympic team
A .333 batting average in competitive summer 9 0 gue play earned Smithson Valley utility player John Ichor a spot on the San Antonio area Junior Olymp-baseball team. Belcher is the only New Braunfels a player on the team. _ _
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Vol. 137, No. 189
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
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Woman dies in accident
A San Antonio woman was pronounced dead early today after the car she was driving had a head-on collision with an 18-whccler truck as she drove on the wrong side of Interstate 35, DPS authorities said.
Janie Castillo Delgado, 37, was prounounced dead at the scene at 12:37 a.m. by Precinct I Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger. The accident
occurred at 11:45 p.m. south of mile marker 183.
Ms. Delgado was traveling south in the northbound inside lane of the interstate in her 1985 Mercedes Benz. Her vehicle collided with the truck driven by Jean Paul Lyonnais, 40.
Lyonnais, who was driving a 1988
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The early August pattern of hot and dry conditions has returned. Partly cloudy skies and a high in the upper 90s today will be followed by partly cloudy skies and a low in the 70s tonight. Partly cloudy and hot conditions will continue Friday and into the weekend. Highs will be in the mid to upper 90s with lows in
Segment set to air later this month
MTV film crew stops off for tubing on Guadalupe
The investigation into possible record altering in the Precinct I Justice of the Peace office — initiated in February — is now in the hands of the county attorney for possible prosecution.
Alicia Chapa, a former clerk in Precinct I Harold Krueger’s office, was discharged in February for “altering records, not for theft,” Krueger told the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung in February.
Ms. Chapa refused to comment on the matter this morning.
Krueger initiated Ute probe, which Texas Ranger Ray Martinez has investigated off and on since February. He finished his investigation in July.
Martinez turned his findings of the investigation over to Comal County District Attorney Bill Reimer, but would not comment on it further.
Reimer, who requested Martinez investigate the allegations, has now turned the investigation over to Coun-
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By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Wrltar
The Guadalupe River became a star Wednesday afternoon when a filming crew from MTV (Music Television) stopped at the Grucne river crossing.
Ken Ober, host of MTV’s trivia game show, “Remote Control,” and VJ Kevin Seal were filmed walking along the bank, tubing the rapids of the “mighty Guadalupe,” and swinging off a rope into the water. The segments were shot near Rockin R River Rides.
The segments filmed yesterday will become a pan of “Amuck in America,” a monthlong filming excursion which will be featured by MTV in various segments between videos during the month of August.
According to MTV officials, “Amuck in America” is an adventure down the “avenues, back roads arid dirt lanes of *his country in search of the odd and exciting in a transcontinental rock and roll road trip.” The trip began in New
York and will end on Sept. 6 in Los Angeles. I he road crew will travel between IOO and 400 miles a day.
“This show is a rock and roll road trip through the places most tourists would never dare visit," said Doug Herzog, MTV’s senior vice president of programming and development. “The adventuresome spirit of our two hosts, combined with the places they’ll go and people they’ll meet, will make for an unforgettable trip through our motherland.”
The film crew taped footage Tuesday at the Astrodome in Houston. Irene Fu, public relations officer for the group, said the crew even stopped in the middle of Tropical Storm Chamal Tuesday and filmed a segment.
“There wasn’t any rain, but it was really windy,” she said.
The film crew headed for Aquarena Springs in San Mar-
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236 cast votes
for tax election
Comal County residents can still vote absentee by personal appearance through Tuesday for the special election on Aug. 12 concerning consolidation of local taxing entities.
According to the county clerk’s office, 232 persons have voted by personal appearance and 11 ballots have been mailed out, four of which have been returned.
Absentee voters can bring their voter’s registration card to the County Clerk’s office in Room 104 in the Comal County Courthouse between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Applications for absentee ballots by mail will be accepted through Fri-
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Economic forecasting gauge down for fourth time
WASHINGTON (AP) — The government said today that its chief economic forecasting gauge fell in June for the fourth time in five months, providing fresh evidence that the U.S. economy is entering a period of sluggish growth.
The Commerce Department’s Index of Lead* ing Economic Indicators dipped 0.1 percent in June. While the amount of the decline was small, the weakness was widespread, with seven of the index’s 11 individual indicators flashing negative signals.
The small decline had been expected by anal* ysts, who are debating whether the economy’s slowdown will worsen into a recession.
Traditionally, the signal for an economic downturn has been three consecutive monthly declines in the leading index. The index, however, rose in April, breaking the string of declines.
The forecasting gauge dropped in February and March, then rose 0.6 percent in April before plunging 1.3 percent in May. That was the biggest one-month setback since late 1987 following the stock market crash in October of that year.
Economists note that the index is not infallible. The index declined for five consecutive months in late 1987 and early 1988. But no recession followed and, in fact, economic growth accelerated to its fastest pace in four years.
Some forecasters, however, now believe the economy is on the verge of a recession, even if the index has not yet dropped for three consecutive months.
“We are seeing a mild recession developing in the United States right now," said Bruce Steinberg, an economist with the New York
brokerage firm of Merrill Lynch.
Steinberg said he believed forthcoming data would show that the economy went into a slump in the current July-September quarter and the downturn will last until January.
But more optimistic forecasters believe the economy, while entering a sluggish growth period, will be able to scrap by without an outright recession, defined as at least two consecutive negative quarters for the gross national product.
The Bush administration is even more optimistic, forecasting that ONP growth, which weakened to an annual rate of 1.7 percent in the April-June quarter, will rebound in the second half of the year.
The index was held back in June by declines in seven of its 11 components.
The biggest drag came from a decline in prices for raw materials. While that is good for
the economy in that it signals lower inflationary pressures, it is considered a negative for the leading indicators because it can signal declining demand.
Other negative forces in June were a rise in weekly unemployment claims, a drop in building permits, a change in business delivery times, a drop in the length of the average work week, a fall in orders for consumer goods and weakness in the number of unfilled orders.
Four indicators showed strength during the month, with a rise in stock prices making the biggest positive contribution. Other positive forces were a rise in consumer confidence, faster growth of the money supply and an increase in plant and equipment orders.
The various changes left die leading index at
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Is your organization looking for a program to present at its next meeting? Friends for Rivers is making available the video “Cool, Clear Waters” for viewing.
Produced by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, this 28-minute video explains the unique characteristics of our Edwards Aquifer and the vital role it plays in producing the Comal and San Marcos springs. Contact Dec Buck at 629-7975 or 629-6583 for more info....
They’ve been rehearsing for days (in between shopping New Braunfels and having lunch with local organizations, and tonight is the beginning of the ptcliminary competition for the Texas Junior Miss program at New Braunfels Civic Center. Twenty-four teens from throughout the state will spend today interviewing with judges and rehearsing and dien tonight will participate in the first preliminary from 7:30 to IO p.m. Friday will feature more fun activities for the visitors to our town, including breakfast at New Braunfels Smokehouse and more rehearsing before die preliminary competition at 7:30 p.m. Satur day’s finals will top the whole week off and they are set to start at 7:30 p.m. at the Civic Center.
Meanwhile, the public is invited to drop by the Civic Center between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. or 7 and 9 p.m. this week to bid on items offered in the Silent Auction. Included in the offering are an 18-by-24 framed wildlife print by Maryannc Carosella valued at SKX), as well as two unframed Southwest Art prints,
$200 worth of building materials from McCoy’s Building Supplies, four tickets to Schlitterbahn, a I-oz. bottle of perfume by designer Laura Biagotti valued at $175, a solar yard lamp from Andrews and Associates valued at $125, and several weekend packages at prominent New Braunfels resorts. Bidding will end at intermission during Saturday’s final competition....
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Contract for collecting school taxes
County approves deal on split vote
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Two county commissioners fought to the bitter end this morning attempting to pursuade three of their courtmates to vote against a tax consolidation contract between the county, Comal I SD and appraisal district, two weeks before the tax consolidation election.
“I just don’t understand the rush,” said Precinct 4 Commissioner Clyde Jacobs.
Comal County commissioners Neil Craigmilc and Jacobs, who initiated the petition drive to consolidate taxes within the Comal Appraisal District in April, couldn’t
get commissioners J.L. “Jumbo” Evans, Patricio “Pat” Hernandez or Judge Fred Clark to vote against the contract during the regular meeting of die court.
The election will still go on to consolidate taxes of C1SD, New Braunfels ISD and the City of New Braunfels on the county level Aug. 12.
“We’re getting down to where we can get something that’s amicable and if we can get this contract agreed this is the one that we really need — this is die big district,” said County Tax Assessor-Collector Gloria Clcnnan as she
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Practice makes perfect
Twenty-four Texas Junior Miss contestants are
spending their days and nights this week visiting with area residents and practicing, practicing, practicing for the program which features preliminary competition tonight and Friday night. Above, one team of the girts works on a portion of
the program that shows off their athletic prowess.
Below, the team finishes the routine with flair. Preliminaries tonight and Friday at the New Braunfels Civic Center start at 7:30 p.m. Saturday night finals also at 7:30 p.m.