New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 29, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Traeger fears flood of Mexican refugees
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MITCH WOMBLE P.O. BOX 45436 DALLAS* TX 75245
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Comal River...........215 cfs (same)
Canyon inflow..........105 cfs (up 6)
. Canyon outflow ........195 cfs (same)
Water! Edwards Aquifer 623.67 (down .01)
Canyon Lake level 908.15 (down .05)
Canyon Lake private airport planned
County takes hard line on child support
By SARAH DUKE Staff writer
Comal County is taking a hard line WI fathers who are unwilling to pay child support, said County Attorney Bill Retmer.
Since the state attorney general’s recent crack down on delinquent fathers, counties can deduct money from a father’s wages until the support is paid. Penalties for failure to pay child support are stiffer.
Reimer said that while the vast majority of deliquent fathers are unreported, the county receives three or four new filings a week
"Out of about 20 filings in a month,” Reimer said, "we have three or four cases where you just can't find the father...If we can't find
them there is really nothing we can
Between seven and eight men are arrested each month in Comal County for failing to pay child sup* port, Reimer said Most of these men are placed on deferred adjudication, which means they are placed on probation for one year and do not get a criminal record if they begin making payments.
"We’ve found that simply putting the men in jail is like throwing out the baby with the bath water,” Reimer said.
The county practices what is known as a work*release program in which fathers in jail for failure to pay child support can work during the day and
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Officials hope for no holiday deaths
By OEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The state estimates as many as 45 persons will die in traffic accidents this Labor Day weekend But Comal County hasn’t been on that holiday fatality list for years
Our goal is a zero fatuity holiday weekend and as few injuries as possible,” said Department of Public Safety John Holder Local DPS records showed no fatalities over the Labor Day weekend for at least the last four years.
But I^bor Day is the last big
weekend of the tourist season, and we always antic’.pate a great amount of traffic and problems,” Holder said To deal with the higher volume of traffic, none of the locai troopers are allowed a day off during the four-day holiday period, which begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at midnight Monday.
“We call it a special holiday schedule,” Holder said “The troopers are instructed to have their cars in excellent shape We don't want or need any breakdowns. They're to stay out of the office and
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New Braunfels Thursday
New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 94-No. 171
August 29,1985 25 Cents
20 Pages —2 Sections
Edwm Vorhief, Lula Fisher, clown coordinator Margie Fossam, standing, Billie Bennett and Woody Purcell during a per for ma nee Wednesday at Colonial Manor.
Throwing back the big ones,
The River Gardens Clown Club, in addition to working with area school children, performs monthly at the Eden Home, Colonial Manor, Oak Crest Inn and Care Inn. Clown Christine Lee, center right, entertains, with, from left, Louise Haas.
Community downsState will appeal federal judge's ruling on teacher testing
AUSTIN i AP i Denying that a ,I skills test given prospective teachers its racially discriminatory, state education officials are preparing to appeal a federal judge s order to stop I using it
4 Education Comnussioner William Kirby said Wednesday the test is a ■crucial element” in making sure public school teachers “have the basic skills necessary to provide a qualit> education to our children ” k| "People who do not possess adequate fundamental skills in reading, writing and math cannot be allowed to teach in Texas classrooms.” Kirby said Kevin O’Hanlon, assistant attorney .general representing the Texas ^ Education Agency, said the ll \ is
telling colleges and universities to obey U.S. District Judge William Wayne Justice’s order for now.
However, O'Hankm said. the state will ask today or Friday for a stay that would block the preliminary injunction Justice issued Tuesday. Texas will carry that request to the 5th U S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans if necessary. he said.
"It’s just too early in the game to say that minorities cannot pass the test. We don’t think that's the case,” O'Hanlon said.
The temporary injunction Justice issued says college students must be allowed to take education courses even if they haven’t passed the standardized Pre-Professional Skills Test. Justice said he would rule later
on the validity of the test The Texas Education Agency has required prospective teachers to pass the PF^T exam before enrolling in one of the state’s 65 teacher-training programs. The exam was required under a 1981 state law But a coalition of minority groups argues that the test discriminates against blacks and Mexican-Americans. They sought the injunction, say ing the test threatens to deplete the ranks of minority teachers in the state.
“This injunction allows these students to go on with their (college) educations,” said Audrey Little, an attorney with the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.
Juveniles implicated in burglary
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Four Comal County juveniles have been connected with four recent
incidents of criminal mischief and a house burglary rn the vicinity of U.S. Highway 281.
This started the week of Aug. 12InsideToday's Weather
A 20 percent chance of afternoon thundershowers are forecast for today, and a 20 percent chance Friday.Holiday notice
The HeraldZeitung will be closed Monday to allow our employees to spend the Labor Day holiday with their families. Advertising deadline for Tuesday will be Friday at noon. Advertising deadline for Wednesday will be Friday at 5 p.m. Classified advertising deadlines for Tuesday will be noon Friday for display ads and 5 p.m. Friday for word ads. Have a safe holiday.
Albert Kauffman of San Antonio, an attorney for the Mexican-American 1-egal Defense Fund, said results of the five tests given so far in Texas show discrimination.
He said that while 73 percent of white students taking the exam have
passed, only 34 percent of Hispanics and 22 percent of blacks passed it.
• The court found that there was a severe racial impact of this test,” Kauffman said.
"This means that the core (rf minority teachers rn the state sunplv
will no longer be around in a few years The court found that the
children in the public schools will suffer because of a lack of minority role models in the classroom,” he
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when about $8,000 in damage was done to three mobile homes in Indian Hills (subdivision). There were holes in the wall, you know, just flat tearing things up,” said Comal
County Sheriff’s Investigator Kermit Kroesche.
“Then, on Aug. 23, a log cabin under construction on U.S. 281 close to Indian Hills was almost destroyed. No dollar estimates have been finalized on that one, but the damage was considerable,” he added.
"The same two (juveniles)
responsible for the mobile homes were involved with the log cabin, plus two others,” Kroesche said.
He added the juveniles range from ll to 14 years of age.
Kroesche said the same group has been linked with a house burglary on U.S. 281 on Aug. 23. “We’ve
recovered some property on that one from them like a radio, costume jewelry and ladies’ purses,” he
Cutting grass on sloping embankments or hills can sometimes be a chore, but it is a chore the Texas Department of Highways and Transportation is familiar with. Pictured, a highway department employee cuts the grass on the overpass at Loop 337 and Rock Street in New
Braunfels Wednesday. The highway department is responsible for keeping Texas highways beautiful and the trim is being done just in time for the Labor Day weekend, one of the big visitor weekends for this area.Up hill battle
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