New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 20, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91 -No. 164
FRIDAY August 20,1982 25 cents
Over 300 picnickers lined the Wurstfest riverwalkChamber picnic draws 300 to Comal banks
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
In many cities, town picnics are a thing of the past — but not in New Braunfels.
Thursday’s picnic, sponsored by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and Wurstfest Association, captured the flair of an old-time outdoor get-together, with a little German culture thrown in.
Although there was a purpose to the picnic — to visit the newly landscaped Wurstfest grounds next to the Comal River and to hear a report on the Chamber’s 1982 activities — there was definitely more fun than work going on at I .anda Park.
Folding chairs, quilts, blankets and lots of boxed lunches - not to mention approximately 300 people lined the hillside near the riverbanks of the Comal River to listen to brief reports from Chamber President Mitch Sacco and Wurstfest President Ed Kadlecek.
Sacco reviewed the work of the Chamber’s numerous committees throughout the year and outlined the Chamber’s own duties. He also noted how much the Chamber has grown.
“For a chamber our size we should have (a membership of i 400 to 600 people,’’ said Sacco.
“We now have over 1,000 members.”
Sacco also offered the crowd the chance to ask questions or offer suggestions about the Chamber, but none were forthcoming. “I guess when your belly’s full you don’t feel like fighting,” Sacco joked with the group.
Kadlecek, on the other hand, spoke briefly about the new landscaping of the Wurstfest grounds and suggested that after the picnic “everyone take a walk along" the river bank to see it. He also invited everyone to the opening day of Wurstfest when Myron Floren will float down the river on a barge to open the ceremonies.
With their short business reports completed,
Sacco turned the picnic over to Barron Schlameus and his accordian, who led the crowd in German songs.
Sacco, who was very pleased with the amount of local citizens who showed up for the picnic, noted,
“It’s good for the local people to get out here to enjoy what the tourists normally enjoy.”
This is the first time Chamber officials have planned an outdoor picnic in conjunction with their mid-year meeting.
I^ast year’s inid-year meeting was held at the Civic Center. But not near as many people showed up for that meeting as for this year’s picnic, Sacco said.
Reagan pulls off tax bill victory
Staff photos by Cindy Richardson
WASHINGTON I AP) - The bill nobody wanted — a measure raising taxes by $98.3 billion over the next three years — is on its way to President Reagan after winning the support of a Congress that overcame election-year jitters.
The bill, which also includes $15.2 billion worth of social-spending cuts and up to IO weeks’ extra federal benefits for unemployed workers in every state, likely will be signed into law by Reagan during his two-week California vacation.
The Republican-controlled Senate approved the bill 5247 Thursday night on a touch-and-go roll call whose outcome was in doubt until the last minute. Vice President George Bush was on hand in case his vote was needed to break a tie.
Nine Democrats, most of them lured by the extra unemployment benefits, joined 43 Republicans in backing the bill. Eleven Republicans and 36 Democrats opposed it.
In the House, where Democrats are in charge, the final margin was 226-207 — wider than had been expected. The measure drew support from 123 Democrats and 1U3 Republicans, but many of the conservative COP members who are among the president’s most consistent backers, deserted him on the vote.
The bill will double the federal cigarette tax to 16 cents a pack; triple the I percent tax on telephone service; require that IO percent of most dividendsLoeffler votes 'no'
As promised, U.S. Rep. Tom Loeffler (R-Hunt) voted against the $98.3 billion tax increase proposal, which passed the House Thursday, 226-207. Loeffler opposed the measure because it did not contain more spending cuts.
The Texas House delegation cast IO votes for the package and 14 against it. Texas’
Democrats in Congress voted 10-9 for the package, but all five of the state’s Republican Congressmen voted no’.
Texas’ GOP Senator John Tower supported the President’s measure, while Democratic Senator Lloyd Bentsen voted against it. The measure passed the Senate, 5247.
and interest be withheld for taxes; reduce deductions for medical expenses and casualty losses; raise the 5 percent tax on air fares to 8 percent starting Sept. I; toughen the “minimum tax” on high-income investors and, in an effort to catch some of the $98 billion in taxes that are evaded each year, require better reporting of in-
See TAXES, Page 16
NBISD waiting for hearing on Tart-Armke suit appeal
Two former New Braunfels High School students are about to begin their second year of college.
But a lawsuit, which centered around the New Braunfels Independent School District and these two students last summer, continues.
The school district, which lost the first round in district court last year, is still waiting for a hearing date to be set for its appeal to the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin.
Kenneth Armke II and Kathleen Tart, then seniors at New Braunfels High, filed an injunction against NBISD toward the end of the 1981 school year to prevent the district from deducting academic points from their six-weeks grade point averages.
Tart and Armke (along with another student who was not involved in the suit) were suspended from the school for three days in March, 1981 for being in possession of alcoholic beverages while on a school-sponsored trip.
During the suspension they received a zero on all classwork missed during that time. Also as a part of their punishment, three points were to be deducted from their (then fifth) six-weeks grade point averages.
In their court testimony, the students did not deny that they had violated school policy by having the alcoholic beverages while on a journalism-sponsored workshop in Austin. But they did contend that the “academic penalty (three grade-point deduction for each day suspended) was illegal punishment” and filed the injunction.
In the injunction both accused the school district of having no specific written policy in the student handbook which “gave them prior notice that as a part of their penalty, three grade points would be
deducted for each day.”
22nd District Judge Charles Ramsay ruled in favor of the students in May, 1981, stating that "the reduction of grades is not proper because of lack of notice." He also said the school district did not have the authority to impose academic punishment for non-acadmemic actions.
Shortly after this decision was handed down, the school district through its attorney, Jack Borchers, filed an appeal with the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin.
Borchers is currently waiting for a hearing date for the appeal to be set. But he does not expect a date to be set before “mid-winter.”
“It’ll be at least another two or more months before a (hearing) decision is made,” he estimated in a telephone interview.
To prevent the district from being involved in any future disputes over the district’s absentee, conduct and behavior policies, the school board last September approved a revised student handbook.
It was stated in this new policy < which is also in the 1982-83 high school handbook), that the “student is to be penalized three points from his six weeks grade average for each day absent.
Work may not be made up."
The new policy also noted that other than excused or pre-arranged absenses “from school other than those previously stated as excused and any others — including but not limited to supsension from school, absence approved by the parent but not the school shall be considered unexcused.”
- JACQUELINE SMITH
President Mitch Sacco welcomes the groupToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for a 20 percent chance of afternoon thundershowers today and Saturday. The 20 percent chance of rain will carry into the early evening hours, then become fair later tonight. Winds will be from the southeast at 5-10 mph today, becoming light and variable tonight. Sunset will be at 8:07 p.m., and sunrise Saturday will be at 7.02 a.m.
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Comp.Capital murder charges returned against pair
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
Comal County, which hasn’t had a capital murder case in years, now has its hands full after Thursday’s Grand Jury session.
Two San Antonio men were indicted with three counts of capital murder; the counts being robbery, rape and aggravated kidnapping. They were also indicted on those three counts as acting together.
Capital murder is punishable by the death penalty. One of the avenues toward a capital murder charge is if the murder occurs during the commission of another felony.
Comal County District Attorney Bill Schroeder has plans to try George Edwin Pittmann, 37, and Francis Irving Chandler, 41, together. But in case a judge grants
a probable defense motion to have separate trials, “I’ll still be covered,” Schroeder said Friday.
Pittmann and Chandler, both of 3519 Blanco Road, are in custody in the Bexar County Jail, in lieu of $60,000 bond each. The two men are accused of kidnapping Robert Williams and his wife Josephine from their San Antonio home July 23, raping Mrs. Williams and later killing her husband.
Williams’ body was recovered July 25 in a brushy area off Bear Creek Road in Comal County. An autopsy ruled the 58-year-old man was hanged by a rope.
In other indictments returned Thursday, four men were indicted for burglary of a non-habitation: Rivas DeLaGarza of 1507 Flanders and Albert Mireles Guerra of 318 Anton, both of San Antonio, and William Earl Skaggs of 935 Interstate 35 South, No. 84, and Eddie
“Rusty” Vollmer of 614 Bavarian Manor, Apt. No. 703, both of New Braunfels.
Howard Kemper of 2001 Burnett, and Walter Allen Cook and Brenda Annette Cook of 215 S. Polaris, all of San Antonio, and Diana Trejo of 2293 W. Bridge, were each indicted for theft over $200 but less than $10,000.
Charles Wayne Kelley of 214 S. Plaza, San Antonio, and Mark Vivion Baker of 8701 S. Braeswood, No. 109, Houston, were both indicted for possession of a controlled substance (tetrahydrocannabinol).
Other indictments returned included:
David K. Bell of 648 S. Castell, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon; Margarito Robles of 763 W. Mill, aggravated assault with serious bodily injury; Juan Delgado of 2552 W. Katy, aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon.
Also, Jaime Campos of 115 Elm Dr., Box 421, Cibolo, burglary of a vehicle; Richard Claude Westerman (also known as Richard Charles Webster) of 5002 Lakewood, San Antonio, aggravated assault by deadly weapon; I^irry R. Rhoades of Star Route 2, Box 343, Fischer, theft of property by check.
One person, who was indicted for aggravated assault on a peace officer, had not been arrested as of Friday morning.
The grand jury passed on the following cases pending further investigation: Christina Wilkins, William C. Wilkins, William E. Wilkins, Richard E. Willis and William Huelster. The jury also recommended misdemeanor charges against Elvin D. Eioff, display of weapon; and William E. Skaggs, theft.