New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 91-No. 154
FRIDAY August 6,1982
(USPS 377-880)Jobless rate jumps to postwar high
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s unemployment rate pushed closer to the IO percent level in July, hitting a 9.8 percent rate, the highest in 41 years, the government reported today.
The jobless rate had held nearly steady as the recession conttinued through the spring — rising only from 9.4 percent in April to 9.5 percent in May and June. But today’s Labor Department report was filled with newly discouraging figures.
In July, the report said, about 10.8 million Americans were officially unemployed — actively looking for jobs but not finding them — about 360,000 more than in June. About 1.5 million more have given up, the government reported last month.
July’s jobless rate for adult males, who make up the bulk of the nation’s blue-collar workers, rose to 8.8 percent, a post-World War II record. Unemployment for blacks held steady at 18.5 percent, although the jobless
rate for black teen-agers declined slightly to 49.7 percent from June’s 52.6 percent.
Unemployment rates rose 0.3 percentage point to 8.7 percent for whites and to 8.4 percent for adult women of all races.
The current overall jobless rate is already the highest since the 9.9 percent for all of 1941 at the end of the Great Depression. Unemployment hasn’t been over IO percent since the 14.6 percent of 1940.
In advance of today’s report, economists cautioned that unemployment could well climb even higher, despite some encouraging signs that a modest recovery from the recesion is beginning — or is about to begin. Employers, the economists noted, are typically slow to rehire laid-off workers until a recovery is well under way.
The number of people who involuntarily accepted parttime work for lack of full-time jobs rose by 48,000 to 5.5 million. The number of such workers rose sharply earlier
in the recession, which set in last summer, then declined in May and June before last month’s gain.
Total employment held steady at 99.7 million in July, down from the 99.8 million reported for June.
Those figures were all adjusted by government economists to discount for normal seasonal variations, such as increases in the labor force that typically occur each summer. The adjustment is aimed at making the figures more useful in analyzing long-term trends in the economy.
Before such adjustment, employment rose about 800,000, but department economists said that increase was almost exactly in line with what would normally be expected at this time of year.
Without such adjustment, July’s unemployment rate would have been 9.8 percent, the same as the figure for June.
The labor force increased more than would usually be
the case in July, accounting for the rise in the adjusted rate despite the fact that the unadjusted rate remained constant.
On a seasonally adjusted basis, the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics reported, the labor force in July rose about 330,000 to 110.5 million.
The department reported these details of July unemployment rates:
—Adult men, 8.8 percent, up from 8.7 percent.
—Adult women, 8.4, up from 8.1.
—Whites, 8.7 up from 8.4.
—Blacks, 18.5, the same as in June.
—Hispanics, 13.9, up from 13.5.
-Full-time workers, 9.5, up from 9.4.
The government reported Thursday that first-time claims for unemployment insurance in late July fell to the lowest level in more than five months.
River group seeks water flow input
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
Representatives of river and tourism-related businesses, meeting Thursday to start their own organization, said they wanted a greater say in the amount of water released from Canyon Dam.
The group discussed ways of influencing the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority to pay closer attention to the needs of recreational users of the Guadalupe River below the dam.
Recreation isn’t mentioned in the dam’s charter and is a low priority for determining river flow. The dam was built for flood control and water conservation, but hotelier Ed Karnes told the assembly, “We’ve got to find some way to get recreation inserted in that list of priorities.”
Karnes, owner of Maricopa Lodge Inc., said “millions of man-hours of recreation are going down the drain” because of the GBRA’s “irresponsible manner of handling the water when they had plenty of it.”
GBR A general manager John Specht was unavailable for comment Friday.
“We think the dam can be effectively used as a conservation lake and still give us water in the summer,” Jane Abbott of Abbott’s River Outfitters said in an interview.
The range of “common problems” was so broad — parking on River Road, litter, river flow — that the acting chairman, Joe Sherman, said he felt like “a mosquito at a nudist colony. I don’t know where to begin.”
It was a preliminary meeting for a group that doesn’t yet have a name, based loosely on a River Road business association that hasn’t met formally in two years. leaders hope to expand the organization to include New Braunfels as well.
A membership committee was formed and officers will be nominated at a meeting at 8 p.m. this Thursday at Holiday Inn here.
T-Bar-M Inc. donated its conference room and said the group was welcome to use it in the future, but declined to join, preferring to “remain neutral,” a spokesman said.
About 50 persons from at least eight businesses attended, plus several representatives of companies who were there as “observers.’
The meeting focused on the flow of the Guadalupe, a sore spot with river businesses. The water is running at IOO cubic feet per second (cfs) this summer, and that was far too low, the members agreed.
“When the water goes down, people are still here, sitting around. They end up drinking a lot more,” Betty Walls, owner of Texas Canoe Trails Inc., said.
Walls said tourism tripled in 1979. “We need to work together as a business community and get control of the situation,” she said; otherwise, they could be “overwhelmed by the numbers of people.”
A major advantage of having an organization, Karnes said, was to give input to state and federal agencies. Karnes said he has
See RIVER, Page 16
Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
Elliott Knox and Mrs. H.C McKenna turn the first shovelsful of dirt
Ground broken for McKenna expansion
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
A three-year dream came true Friday morning for McKenna Memorial Hospital officials.
Before a crowd of county and city officials, citizens and businessmen, ground was broken for the three-story expansion of McKenna Memorial.
“This has been a long time in the making,” hospital administrator Tom McNeal said in opening the ceremony. “There have been times in the past three and one-half years that we were not sure that we’d be able to do this.
“But it’s here today,” he proudly told the crowd gathered on the south lawn of the hospital grounds.
Serious planning for the hospital’s expansion began more than two years ago when hospital officials first contacted their architects, Jason Fry? Arcitects Incorp., of Houston.
High interest rates delayed their plans, however, until last month when more than $10 million worth of revenue bonds were sold to finance the construction.
See McKenna, Page 16
Israeli gunboats resume shelling
Funeral home officials remove the body of Marty Brandt ll, killed in a fire ThursdayFire claims four-year-old boy
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
A four-year-old New Braunfels boy was found dead in the bathtub of a home destroyed by fire Thursday morning on Camp Willow Road.
Marty Alan Brandt II, was pronounced death at the scene by Guadalupe County Peace Justice Roy Dreibrodt. The child’s
mother, Christine Brandt, and his sister, Trina Machell, managed to escape from the burning duplex.
Seguin Fire Marshall John Jandt said the cause of the fire is still under investigation, but added one theory under consideration is the boy was locked in the bathroom, playing with matches.
Two New Braunfels Fire Department units, and one Seguin Fire Department
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Israeli jets and gunboats bombarded west Beirut today after Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s government refused U.S. and U.N. demands to give up new military gains in the Palestinian guerrilla stronghold.
The warplanes bombed near the lebanese prime ministry, collapsing two four-story apartment buildings in rapid divebombing sorties that shattered a 30-hour lull in the war.
There was no immediate word on casualties. But ambulances rushed victims to the American University hospital from the bombed buildings, which are about 300 yards from Prime Minister Shafik Wazzan’s office.
One gunboat salvo struck near the abandoned beachfront Summerland Hotel about a half mile south of west Beirut’s downtown. Guerrillas fired barrages of anti-aircraft fire but they scored no
Police said 12,000 people streamed out of west Beirut on foot and in bumper-to-bumper traffic Thursday after Israeli forces opened one exit for eastbound travel, and that the exodus was continuing this morning. But Israel maintained its 12-day-old blockade of food, water and power supplies to the 480,000 civilians believed remaining in west Beirut.
Correspondents in Beirut said Israeli tanks had dug in about 1.2 miles north of the Beirut international airport near the Henry Chehab lebanese army barracks in order to tighten a noose around the Palestinian refugee camp of Bourj el-Barajneh, a major PIX) stronghold.
But PIX) spokesman Mahmoud I^abadi said Israeli armored forces pulled out of the barracks and rolled back to the golf club ground near the airport.
unit responded to the call for help at 10:30 a.m. One side of the duplex (241 Camp Willow Road) was “pretty well involved,” a fire department spokesman said. The other side of the duplex sustained smoke and heat damage.
Services for Marty Alan Brandt II are set for IO a.m. Saturday at Zoeller
See FIRE, Page 16
Jail staff expansion due
The effects of the out-of-court settlement, which requires that a new county jail be ready for occupancy no later than August of 1985, are beginning to surface.
In a special meeting Thursday, commissioners began complying with this settlement by authorizing the county auditor to advertise for additional jail employees — including a jail administrator.
After conferring with Sheriff Walter Fellers in closed session Thursday, the court agreed to advertise for a jail administrator, two additional jailers and two cooks, (one of which would be a “relief” cook).
The salary of the jail personnel will be decided at a later date, Comm. Monroe Wetz
One commissioner suggested, however, that County Auditor Bate Bond “come back (to the court) with a recommendation or range on the salary scale of these new employees.”
In recommending that the court advertise for this personnel, County Judge Max Wom-mack said, “These are part of the requirements that we need to abide by in the judgment.”
Commissioners voiced concern, but took no action, on other portions of the settlement which the county will “soon have to abide by,” as one commissioner stated.
See JAIL, Page Ii
Staff photo by Cindy Richardson