New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 13, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
Polls open Saturday for council election
City Council election polling places will be open Saturday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at three locations.
Mayor O.A. “Skip” Stratemann Jr. and Joe Rogers are running unopposed for Places 6 and 7 on the Council. Both men were elected in 1979 and are seeking a second term.
Voters in Precincts I, 2, 3, 6 and 7 can cast their ballots at First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio.
Residents of Precincts 8, 9, 12, 22 and 23 can vote at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, 373 Howard. An error in Wednesday’s Herald Zeitung incorrectly directed voters from these precincts to First Protestant Church.
Those living in Precincts ll, 15, 16,17 and 20, as well as parts of the city in Guadalupe County, can vote at Eagles Hall, 257 E. South St.
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Facing a 'fluke'
Hightower lucky to win, opponent says
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
It was a “fluke” that Jim Hightower won the Democratic nomination for Texas agriculture commissioner in the May primary, GOP candidate Fred Thornberry said Thursday.
Hightower, who was challenging fellow Democrat Reagan Brown, the incumbent, won the nomination because of mistakes made by Brown during the campaign, Thornberry noted during a brief campaign stop in New Braunfels.
“It was a fluke due to Brown’s misstatements,” he said. “It was the smallest voter turnout — the liberals turned out, the conservatives didn’t,” said Thornberry, himself a conservative.
“And Brown’s misstatements (which included an accidental racial slur at a campaign speech)
contributed to his downfall and Hightower’s (winning),” the 45-year-old candidate added.
Thornberry replaces former candidate Donald Hebert, whose name orginally appeared on the GOP primary ballot. Herbet resigned after the primary, Thornberry said, because of “family committments.”
“His family didn’t want him to run,” Thornberry said.
Thornberry resigned from his position at Texas A&M University — where he’d been extension project group supervisor and state specialist since 1971 — to campaign for the agriculture commissioner’s post.
He was chosen to replace Hebert because “of all the potential candidates, they wanted someone who
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Some people turn the air conditioning on the battle the Texas heat. Some roll their windows down.
Staff photo by John Senter
Canyon Lake resident Casper Kneese had his doors “rolled down" as he drove down FM 2673.
July inflation rise 'moderate'
WASHINGTON (AP) - Wholesale prices, fueled by the biggest gasoline price hikes in eight years but restrained by the sharpest food cost declines since 1976, rose at an annual rate of 7.1 percent in July, the government said today.
Gasoline costs, picking up momentum after falling earlier in the year, rose 7.9 percent last month, almost twice the increase posted in June and the largest jump since March 1974, the l.abor Department said.
But food prices tumbled 1.5 percent, the bigggest drop since February 1976. Falling prices for beef and veal accounted for much of the decline.
July’s overall increase seemed moderate, however, in comparison with the 13.3 percent rise posted the month before.
Even with the sizable increases in June and July, inflation at the wholesale level was running at a modest annual rate of 3.1 percent for the first seven months of this year — well under the 7 percent of 1981 and 11.8 percent of 1980.
Economists are still predicting that wholesale-price inflation for all of 1982 will be about 5 percent.
Buttressing that argument, the department’s Bureau of I^abor Statistics revised its estimate of April wholesale price activity to record a 0.1 percent drop. The revised April figure, following declines of 0.2 percent in February and 0.1 percent in March, means that wholesale prices fell for three straight months for the first time since early 1967.
Overall, the Producer Price Index for finished goods, the official name for the
wholesale price measure, rose a seasonally adjusted 0.6 percent in July.
If prices rose for 12 straight months at July’s rate, the yearly gain would be 7.1 percent after seasonal adjustment. The annual rate reported by the I.abor Department is based on a more precise calculation of monthly changes than the figure the department makes public.
Today’s report said that for the 12 months ending in July, prices at the wholesale level rose 3.6 percent.
The 7.9 percent gain posted by gasoline prices last month outpaced the 5.7 percent overall jump recorded for energy prices.
Prices last month for home heating oil rose 5.4 percent, compared with 7 percent in June.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Henry Fonda, dead at the age of 77, was remembered from Hollywood to New England, the setting of his Oscar-winning role in “On Golden Pond,” as the unpretentious hero he portrayed so well in more than IOO stage and screen performances.
With his wife, Shirlee, at his bedside, the veteran actor died peacefully Thursday at Cedars Sinai Medical Center of respiratory failure brought on by his long fight with heart disease.
Fonda, who appeared in more than 80 films and dozens of plays during a career that spanned a half-century, had worn a pacemaker since 1974 and had been in and out of the hospital since his most recent heart surgery in May 1981. He was hospitalized on Sunday for the last time.
“He was comfortable and was in no pain,” Mrs. Fonda, flanked by the actor’s children, Jane, Peter and adopted daughter Amy, told reporters gathered outside the family’s Bel-Air home. “He had a good night. He talked with all of us and he was conscious at all times. He woke up this morning, he sat up and just stopped breathing.”
In accordance with his wishes, Fonda’s eyes were donated to the Manhattan Eye Institute and his body was cremated hours after he died, family spokeswoman Pat Kingsley said. She said there would be no funeral and the family had not decided what to do with the remains.
A tall, lean man with an honest face, Fonda played presidents and senators, lawyers and soldiers, farmers and indigents with equal skill.
“We’ve lost one of a kind ... he was a real super, super, super actor,” said Lucille Ball, who worked with Fonda in “The Big Street” and “Yours, Mine and Ours.”
In the New Hampshire community of Holderness, whose Squam Lake was the setting for Fonda’s Oscar-winning performance in “On Golden Pond,” word of his death hit hard.
“We feel we’ve lost an old-timer from this area, even though I think it was his first time here,” said Malcom Taylor, president of the Squam I^akes Association. “He much preferred to eat lunch with members of the crew — the roustabouts, cameramen, sound people. He just sat right down among them and was right at home.”
Born Henry Jaynes Fonda in Grand Island, Neb., on May 16,1905, Fonda grew up in Omaha and got his start in acting at the Playhouse with a bit part in 1925.
The son of a printer, Fonda quit journalism studies at the University of Minnesota to study at the Playhouse under Marlon Brando’s mother, then
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Henry Fonda, portraying Norman Thayer in 'On Golden Pond'
moved east to work at the University Players Guild on Cape Cod.
After starring with Imogene Coca in “New Faces” in 1934, Fonda won a $l,000-a-week contract with movie producer Walter Wanger and began his film career with “The Farmer Takes A Wife” in 1935.
Five years and 20 films later, he got his first of three Academy Award nominations for his portrayal of Tom Joad in “The Grapes of Wrath.” Another would follow in 1957 for “Twelve Angry Men,” in which he played a juror who singlehandedly persuaded his ll colleagues to acquit a young murder defendant.
In 1981 he was awarded a special lifetime achievement Oscar. But it was not until this year that he won an Oscar for his performanc, in “On Golden Pond” as Norman Thayer, a retied professor who masked his fear of death with grim humor. Too ill to attend the awards ceremonies, Fonda wept as he watched daughter Jane accept the Oscar on television.
Friday the 13th
Run for Your Life
You can do yourself and the American Cancer Society some good by showing up at luanda Park pool Saturday at 8 a.m. The 5,000-meter ‘Run-for-Life’ starts there, and the society gets the proceeds. A 3.1-mile run on a Saturday morning might help the shape you’re in as well.
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy skies through Saturday. Winds will be south to southeast at 10-15 mph. Sunset will be at 8:13 p.m., and sunrise Saturday will be at 6:58 a.m.
No Pity for PLO
Columnist Jack Anderson, who visited war-torn Beirut recently, says he has little sympathy for Yassir Arafat and his boys despite the constant Israeli .shelling of his battered enclave. After all, Jack says, the PLO came to Beirut uninvited years ago and have terrorized its citizens ever since.
IH 35 service stations targets of recent robberies
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
“It’s going to happen with irregular regularity,” said Criminal Investigation Division Lt. Felix Roque.
“That’s right. Ifs an opportunistic type of crime,” echoed Patrol Lt. John McEachern. “It pops in the guy’s mind, he does it, he hops on the interstate, and he’s gone.”
So far, the record isn’t all that alarming — two service stations a block apart along Interstate 35 robbed in the last two weeks. But the lack of a definite pattern could mean the statistics might get worse before they get better.
On July 27, a Latin-American male, dressed in a t-shirt and cut-offs, walked into the Pit Stop behind the Cinema building. He picked up a six-pack of beer, tried on some sunglasses and a cap, while he waited for some other customers to leave.
The suspect then pulled a .32 caliber automatic, silver in color, and took the money from the register, and wallets belonging to the cashier and a customer. He instructed the two to go into the bathroom, and stay there. The robber got away
with $132.13 in cash and checks.
Then, on Aug. 7, Wiegreffe’s Exxon and its male cashier fell victim to a black male, wearing bluejeans and a black motorcycle helmet.
The robber was in the office before the clerk realized it, and demanded money while displaying an unknown handgun. The clerk was told to go into the storeroom, and stay there.
As the clerk obeyed the man with the gun, he thought he heard a motorcycle leave south on the access road, but he isn’t sure. The register came up $377.98 short.
“I think probably the July 27 robber was a tourist, who’d been on the river all day, drinking beer. He’d run out of money, and figured TTI just get me some more,’” said Roque.
“With no distinct pattern, it’s more difficult to put something together,” Roque added, “but we have responded with more patrol units along the interstate more often.”
“Yes, unfortunately, I think of myself as a planner, but police action is mostly reactionary,” stated McEachern. “We don’t have the manpower to do much more, except react.”
New Braunfels’ location on the corridor from
Austin and San Antonio also helps make it an appealing target, Detective Jim Buntyn said.
“You have to remember, there’s a lot of traffic out there. A suspect can go down the interstate a short distance, get off on a country road, and he’s gone,” Buntyn said. “If he’s got those first three or four minutes ahead of you, he’s hard to catch.”
But New Braunfels isn’t the only town with such problems. A Sigmor Shamrock station on Highway 80 in San Marcos was robbed Tuesday, Aug. IO, by a black male wielding a large butcher knife. The suspect entered the store, put the knife to a customer’s throat, and demanded money.
He then picked up a six-pack of beer, told everyone to step into the cooler, and left.
“I don’t think these guys have sat down and singled out Interstate 35,” Roque stated, “but I do think two in two months is something to take notice of. And we have.”
“New Braunfels has lived in a fool’s paradise longer than most places,” added McEachern. “But crime does exist here, too, and instead of ignoring it, you confront it head-on.”
And maybe then, the crime will pick up and go somewhere else, less willing to fight back.