New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
A stronger chance for showers —30 percent — accompanies partly cloudy conditions, a high near 98 and a low in the mid-70s in the National Weather Service forecasts for today and Friday Winds should shift from light and variable to the southeast at IO mph by tonight. Wednesday's high in New Braunfels was 99 and the overnight low was 70. For weather details, please see Page 2.
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Vol. 139, No. 198
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August 22t 1991
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COM* BOUNTY / Home of Marslal B. Jones one Section, 12 PagesStammtischBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Betty Solomon, Gladys Culpepper, Bobbye Smith, Patricia Ann Perez, Elaine Ortiz, Karen Haas, Minnie Pasqual i, Ernesto Sotelo Jr., Herb Childs, Thusnelda Timmermann, Jana Castilleja, Susie Casteel, Lori Deluna and Joey Vallejo.
Belated birthday greetings to Johnnie P. Zavala.
“Happy anniversary” today to Jerome and Helen Schom.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we'd like to share in the greetings. Society festival
The New Braunfels Mexican-American Heritage Society’s sixth annual Fiesta Mexicana Histories this Saturday and Sunday will feature a coronation dance Saturday night and a day full of events on Sunday. Sunday’s events, beginning at noon, will include a heritage exhibit, mariachis, food and drink booths, a folklore ballet, and a second ai ie Va r u.. ooh.
Admission is free. For more information, contact Guadalupe or Josie Casullo at 625 4156.CIMA anniversary
CIMA Club is sponsoring a free dance for the public Sept. I in celebration of the club’s 25th anniversary.Square dancing
Square dance lessons begin Tuesday, Sept. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at Bracken United Methodist Church. Call Jim or Bernie Mitchell for two free lessons at 625-0484.Queen contest
Final preparations are being made for the 1991 Fair Queen Contest. Any junior girl enrolled at a high school in Comal County is eligible to participate, lf you are interested in being a candidate, please call Peggy Meckel at 629-3953 or 625-8942, or Shirley Kivlin at 6254279 or 629-3554. Contestants can pick up rules and entry forms from agriculture teachers next week. The first meeting of the contestants will be 6:30 p.m. Sept. 4.Business counselor
The Small Business Development Center counselor will be available Tuesday, Aug. 27 at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. The counselor from the University of Texas at San Antonio School of Business spends at least one day each month at the Chamber office counseling individuals who are seeking business information. The service, which is free and confidential, offers information for small businesses and individuals considering starting a business. Hours for the counseling are 8 a m. to 5 p m. To make an appointment call the Chamber office at 625-2385.OOP barbecue
Commissioner of Agriculture Rick Ferry will be the featured guest at the Comal County Repu blican Party fund raiser barbecue and auction slated for Sunday, Aug. 25. The 7 pm. event will be held at the Clyde Johnson A Sons Ranch, Farm-to-Market Road 1863 near U.S. Highway 281. All are welcome. For reservations,
8m STAMMTISCH, Page 2Good Day
A New Braunfels RV-trailer park’s attraction recently doubled with the birth of a fawn to a tame deer, said manager Sandy Hankins. The deer often is visited by residents of a nearby retirement facility and by families with young or handicapped children. Many find the fawn a pleasant surprise. (Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder)
Schools say opening ‘smooth’
By ROBERT STEWART Staff WrttBf
The bell rang and the students converged on area schools Wednesday as the 1991-92 school got under way.
“We were real pleased. From all reports it was a real a smooth opening,” said Joe Rogers, Comal Inde-pendent School District superintendent.
“So far we’ve had no phone calls about lost children or lost bases,” Rogers said. “It’s been a beautiful opening — very, very satisfactory."
“We hail projected an increase ol about IOO — we had (an actual increase of) 102,” said Charles R. Bradberry, New Braunfels ISD superintendent. “We expected the middle school to up a lot and it was — up about 74 students.
“NBISD elementary schools on the north side of town showed slight decreases in enrollment, while die south schools showed increases,” Bradberry said.
“We’re up about 25 at the high school." Blaeberry said.
Bradbmy said dial the only prob leni was “a lot of kindergarten students that didn’t remember their name but they know they rode the bus widi the kangaroo on it. Those animals seem to work real well.”
Bus ridership was low on the first day as many parents took their kids to school, Bradbeny said ‘ We expect enrollment to rise each day,” he said. “It’s more initially when you start on a Monday”
Rogers of CISD also had some comments about the idea of year-
round schools, being proposed for next year for his district.
‘The big thing is the tremendous academic improvement for the children,” he said. ‘Teachers report that it’s several weeks before they can get to teaching new material bec^rejtyey I md to go back and pull it upfflKune last year to get (students) refreshed and remembering what they’ve been taught."
Studies also show that retention is much better with an increase in test scores and attendance as well as a
reduction in disciplinary problems, Rogers said.
“One of the things that we are concerned about (at NBISD) is our community is so recreation-orienaed and a tourist city and a lot of the busineases in town are so dependent on student help in the summer,** Bradberry said. “We’re going to take a real good cloae look at that before we make any decision about whether we’re going to do that.”
SWT professor foresees more Soviet change
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The Soviet coup was misplaiuied and poorly carried out, according to Dr. Dennis J. Dunn, a professor of Russian Studies and director of International Studies al Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.
“I think by the end of the week, die forces for reform will be firmly entrenched,” Dunn said. “It’s clear that Boris Yeltsin is the hero of the hour.”
The Russian president spoke to tens of thousands of cheering supporters at a rally one day after the collapse of die three-day coup by hard-liners.
Dunn said be felt that Mikhail Gorbachev's return would be temporary.
“I feel that Yeltsin will be president of the Soviet Union and that the various republics that are currently unhappy with Soviet rule will be more comfortable widi Yeltsin," he said.
Dunn will be taking a group to die Soviet Union in January.
“I feel we’ll be really on the cutting edge of history and would extend an invitation to anyone in Central Texas who wants to come along with me,” he said.
The cost of the dip will be $1295, including first-class hotels and cultural events, Dunn said. For more infer maiion call (512) 353-5156.
“I’ve been there about a dozen times over the past 22 years,” Dunn said. ’The force of freedom has really taken root — there’s no way they’ll go back lo the old ways.”
The coup would have succeeded without the opposition of Boris Yeltsin, Dunn said.
“Yeltsin and Gorbachev iiave a great symbiotic relationship," lie said.
The Soviet Union is the “last great empire" arui probably won’t continue to exist in its present form, Dunn said.
“I don’t think the three Baltic states will remain in the union after the coup,” he said.
TTie coup plotters probably will be brought to trial with something worked out where they can retire under watchful eyes of the goveriuncm like
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At th© doorLURA sales plans now appear ‘dead’
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Proposals to sell the electric power-generating assets of the Lower Colorado River Authority appear dead, according to state Rep. Edmund Kuempel.
Kuernpel, R-Seguin, actively opposed a sale of LCRA assets despite the fact that the House Republican Caucus recommended the sale during the regular session.
Legislative enthusiasm for the proposal has greatly waned, Kuempel said, comparing the support to a punctured balloon.
But the possibility exists that the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the House could appoint a committee to study the proposed sale after the current legislative session ends, he said.
“There’s been word of that, but it’s just lost so much momentum that they may not do it," Kuempel said.
Bob Sohn, general manager of New Braunfels Utilities, said he has received leucrs from the governor, the lieutenant governor and the speaker of the House saying they believed that selling LCRA would not be in state’s best interests.
Sohn said some legislators who could be considered political enemies of LCRA and other authorities might bring the issue up during future legislative sessions, but he doesn’t think LCRA will be sold. Some of these legislators seek to reorgmize river authorities under the guise of sales, he said.
“I think the sale of that kind of state asset would not only be bad but would be illegal. I don't think under current law that the many people who hold bonds on LCRA or any other authority could legally be considered by the state as an asset to be told or bartered.
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Former county escapee sentenced
Applying a new coat of varnish to the door of New Biaunfeis* historic First Protestant Church are Bruce Watson, on 'adde* and Hank See katz. (Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder)
A federal prisoner who escaped from die Comal County Jail last year was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years in prison without parole for cocaine possession and the carrying of a weapon during a drug offense.
Timothy Carroll O’Leary, 42, was sentenced by Senior U.S. District Judge D.W. Smile in San Antonio on the cocaine charge. The escape charge was dropped in exchange for his guilty plea of both the cocaine and wea
O’Leary had been housed at the Comal County Jail for almost a month when he leaped through a plate-glass window the afternoon of July 4,1990. Law enforcement officers combing the area around the jail, located on 3005 W. San Antonio St., found O’Leary hiding in an abandoned house on Rosedale Avenue.
The Comal County Jail periodically houses federal prisoners.
Kuempel sees no epidemic of Capitol drug use
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON aly Editor
The drug-related death of a Houston state representative earlier this month does not indicate there is a drug problem among lawmakers, says
State Rep. Edmund Kuempel.
“I have never, ever seen drugs at
any funcuon that I have ever been to
— state-rel ared or other — in any way, shape or form,” said Kuempel, R-Seguin.
State Rep. Larry Evans, 42, D Houston, was found dead Aug 7 in his Austin apartment, where crack cocaine was found An autopsy performed at die Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed Evans died as a result of usuig die drug.
Kuempel said while the death is a tragedy, the way Evans died hurts the image of other lawmakers.
“When something like the tragedy that happened to Rep. Evans comes up, of course we’re tremendously remorseful, but we also kind of feel that a’s guilt by association,” he said.
“When something like this comes up it ’> kind of upselling to the elected
officials because it’s just another bloc on a piece of paper that says, ’Hey, look at this’."
Kuempel, who refers to a majority of his colleagues as hard-working and did he doesn't think any of the lawmakers claim to be perfect.
“I guess if you look et the percentages. just out of a 190 people, somebody ii going to do U.H