New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 16, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Andropov criticizes Soviet economic program
MOSCOW (AP) — Communist Party leader Yuri V. Andropov, criticizing the “half-measures” of the past, is urging skeptical party veterans to back his plan to revamp the sluggish Soviet economy by rewarding good workers and giving factory managers more leeway.
He told a gathering of conservative party oldtimers Monday that the country’s leaders should be dissatisfied with the current pace of economic development.
“It seems that in looking for ways to resolve new tasks we were not vigorous enough, that not infrequently we resorted
to half-measures and could not overcome the accumulated inertia fast enough,” the 69-year-old leader said.
“Now, we must make up for what we have lost,” he said. “This will demand, among other things, changes in planning, management and the economic mechanism. And we are obliged to make such changes in order to enter the new five-year (economic planning) period, so to speak, fully armed.”
The Soviet economy, which grew at an annual rate of 8 percent in the 1970s, has slumped to a rate of 2.5 percent because of
problems that many blame on the rigidly controlled centralized system
Nett January, the government announced two weeks ago, experiments will be launched in certain industries and rn certain regions aimed at decentralizing decision-making and giving local managers more responsibility for running plants and rewarding workers.
Andropov, who succeeded the late President l^eonid I. Brezhnev nine months ago, was pleading his case for reform before a group considered the most resistant to change.
Erben to replace Seay at Guaranty State Bank
Local banker George Erben has been elected president and member of the Board of Directors at Guaranty Slate Bank The announcement was made by Joe T. Seibold, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the bank Erben replaces former Guaranty State Bank president Donnie Sea), who resigned to pursue personal business interests Seay announced his resignation as president of Guaranty at the beginning of August His resignation is effective today.
Erber was previously senior vice president at
New Braunfels National Bank His resignation there was effective last week
Erben who has been a New Braunfels resident for more than 40 years, served as mayor of New Braunfels from 1975-1977 He has served as an ex officio member of the New Braunfels Utilities Board, on the Community Council of South Central Texas board of directors and as chairman of the Prince Sol ms Park Improvement Committee
Erben and his wife. Betty, are members of Cross Lutheran Church He is vice chairman of the congregation there
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Vol. 92 - No. 162
TUESDAY August 16,1983 25 cents
Motel robbery suspect jailed in California
Sunfest ends Sunday with no incidents
About 12,000 to 15,000 persons attended the March of Dimes Sunfest ’83 at Jacob Creek s Park during the weekend
Appproximately 7,500 cars entered the park Saturday and Sunday, according the US Army Corps of Engineers reports. The Corps estimated that 2.5 persons per car attended the event
Not all who entered the park headed for Sunfest '83, according to Corps reports. Some went to the Fort Sam Houston and Randolph Air Force Base recreational areas as well as other parts of the park Kesevior manager Phil Parsley said that a special events permit was issued for Sunfest 83 because it was sponsored by a chantable organization, the
Melro-&tn Antonio Chapter of the March of Dimes The weekend's activities included outdoor concerts. food and beer booths, sailing and a water ski show
The ( orpe» office reported that despite the large attendance, there were no major accidents resulting from Sunfest ’83
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Kenneth Woodson, accused of robbing motel guests in in New Braunfels and murdering a Garland man in Corpus Christi in a robbery that went sour, is no longer a fugitive
Woodson, 19. of San Antonio, gave himself in to Los Angeles police Friday, and now awaits transfer to the Nueces County Jail in Corpus Christi
•‘We plan lo go and get him sometime today * Tuesday*, as soon as we can make all the arrangements,” Corpus Christi U. Rodney noble said “I don’t know if these other people who want him will let us have first priority, but I hope so."
Woodson was also named in a Comal County warrant, in connection with the May 22 robberies ai one room at the Gourmet Inn and two rooms at the Hill Country Inn. Craig Mathis, Albert Bonner Jr., and Kevin Hill, all suspects in the same robberies, remain in the Comal County Jail for aggravated robbery under 850,000 bond each
A 357 magnum belonging to an Alvin highway patrolman was stolen in one of the New Braunfels robberies but has been recovered However, Ll Roble is investigating the possibility
the weapon was used to murder Gabriel Gengler, 67. at the Travel
Ixidge motel June 15 in Corpus Christi
“I don't know if Woodson is the ringleader, but he’s certainly a suspect,’’ Ll Hohie said And I certainly feel like he’s the shooter in this case "
Gengler was shot to death in the doorway of his motel room, after a scuffle at the ice machine with a lone gunman
Two other murder warrants were issued last week from I orpus Christi in connection with the Gengler
homicide Shawn Freeman, also a suspect in similar motel robberies in Kerrville, was transferred from the Kerr County Jail to Corpus Christi Monday
A third female suspect has not been arrested
The motel robbery bandits
trademark was a lightning fast kick to
the room door, surprising the sleepy motel guests The victims were then told to cover their heads, while they were robbed
San Antonio police, who were instrumental in the Comal County
warrant arrests, believe the arrests so far represent the major persons in a loosely-knit gang, responsible for about two dozen over a year's span of motel rooms along or near Interstate IO and 35Appraisal district budget approved on 3-2 vote
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The Comal County Appraisal District will try to get through 1984 with 830,000 less than it had in 1983 But directors Charles ljewis and Arnold Moos still think 8442.150 is too much
The board approved next year's budget un a 3-2 vote Monday night. The numbers hadn't changed since they were last reviewed at the July
meeting. Chief Appraiser Glenn Hrucks said no specific changes were requested at that tune, and none were made.
l^wis, apparently aware of how the vote would go, said he would still like to state for the record that I’m opposed to this budget And I d like to state why I’m opposed *’
last spring, an od hoc comiiuttee chaired by lawis did a study of the appraisal district operation to see if its efficiency could be improved
After two weeks of investigation, the comiiuttee decided the most efficient thing to do would be to get rid of Hrucks and start over, with County Tax Assessor Gloria Clennan directing the operation through her office
The board of direc tors chose not to take that recommendation But the committee still thought the district could be run for much less money than Hrucks was spending law is said he felt duty-bound to support the
cofiuiuttee's budget outline.
• I feel the same way Mr. lawn. does" said Moos “We’re still 891.000 off ”
Board chairman laroy (Woodson said he had looked at the ad boc committee's budget, and the only cuts he could see were in personnel “I’m not sure the appraisal district could have carried out the >ervices I with fewer peoplei.” he said “That’s one person’s opinion over another person’s need.”
If the office got to the middle of the year and iound it wasn’t going to be able to get the tax rolls out in tune, the board would have to go back to the taxing entities and ask for more money to hire additional help, Goodsonsaid.
The 1983 budget is 8472,435 Next year, Brucks won't be making a 850.000 payment to Tobin Research Inc for maps; the company s 8150.000 contract will be paid off this year But the 1984 budget includes a 82,500 in
crease in the cost of industrial appraisal services, and 85,000 more for data processing It also includes a five percent merit raise fund bringing the total payroll budget up to8277,150 Comal County Commissioner J U Ex ans thought the salaries were still too high,” Bracks said He told the board that was the only complaint he got from local taxing entities all of whom had a chance to review the budget before the board voted on it Monday night
Withdrawal of advisers 'reasonable' official says
TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras (AP) — Nicaragua's offer to tradea pullout of Cuban advisers for a withdrawal of U S. advisers from Central America “seems reasonable” and should be explored at upcoming talks, Honduran Foreign Minister Edgar do Paz Barmca said.
But Paz Barnica, who says he detects an apparent softening in Nicaragua’s position, insisted rn an interview Monday any such deal must be part of a regional agreement that includes a reduction in armaments, a halt to arms traffic, and elections in Nicaragua.
And, the Honduran said, “I think Nicaragua is only playing — to make the goats of the (ontadora peace initiative go down the drain"
Pas Barnica has been a key figure in regional negotiations that grew from the peace efforts by the lour Contadora group countries - Mexico, Panama, Colombia and Venezuela.
The group takes its name from the Panamanian Inland where foreign ministers from the four countries launched the peace drive lait January,
primarily to ease tensions between Honduras and Nicaragua.
Paz Barnica also said he believes the United States would send combat troops to help his country if it were invaded by leftist-led Nicaragua
In Washington, U S officials, who declined to be identified, said Cuba's recent offer to negotiate withdrawal of its military advisers from Nicaragua is insincere and unverifiable
Cuban President Fidel Castro maintains he has sent 200 military advisers to Nicaragua, but American officials say there are about 2,000, with another 4,000^,000 Cuban construction workers, doctors and teachers stationed in Nicaragua apparently available for military duty
Asked about the advisers trade-off idea, Paz Barmca said. “to me that seems reasonable — to withdraw all advisers — military, security and similar types"
“But a withdrawal (of advisers) has to be negotiated in a global and regional context ”Today s Weather
Today will be sunny and hot with light variable winds, followed by a fair night and a partly-cloudy Wednesday, with a 20 percent chance cif thundershowers Winds tonight will be from the northeast at 5-10 miles per hour, increasing to IO-15 mph on Wednesday Sunset today will be at 8:11 p.m . and sunrise Wednesday at 7 a mStealing the Spotlight
Dallas whipped the Im Angeles Rams 30-7 Monday night, but Ranis rookie Enc Dickerson attracted the most attention, gaining 67 yards and rave reviews Sports page 6
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San Antonio teen-ager drowns in lake
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
A San Antonio youth who drowned at Jacob s Creek park Sunday was ev idently not part of the huge crowd attending the March of Dimes Sunfest '83 held there during the weekend
Hugo Sotelo Jr , 14, was with his family on the northwest side of the park between the double boat ramp area when he disappeared from view at approximately 5 JO p m Sunday, according the U S Army Corps of Engineers reports
Sunfest was held on the ©opposite side of the park
An off-duty New Braunfels fireman located Sotelos body shout IO minutes after he
disappeared The urn denoted fireman was working at Sunfest st the time
Sotelo was given cardiopulmonary resume latten by per sonnet from the Canyon lake Volunteer Fire Depatment He was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, a Comal County sheriff’s spokesman said
“I don’t think he could swum,” said Park Ranger Judy Scott, who was at the scene Scott said she had a hard time (earning the details of the incident because the boy's father could speak very little English
“The mother spoke Engirt quite well, bid was very Scott said
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Sailboats jammed Canyon Lake this weekend for the March of Dimes Sunfest