New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 1, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Bush signs reform act giving hefty pay hike
WASHINGTON (AP) — Members of Congress and senior government executives are getting a hefty raise from a new ethics law that will also bar members of the House — but not senators — from accepting fees for speeches starting in 1991.
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Coogs, Rangers win tournament openers
The Smithson Valley Rangers hung Qn to beat TMI 48-44 after a 15-4 first-quarter lead, while the Canyon Cougars started slowly before routing Carrizo Springs, 85-32.
Holiday Cookbook may be seen Sunday
The winners, and their recipes, of the 1989 Herald-Zeitung’s Holiday Cookbook Contest will be featured in the annual Cookbook, along with recipes contri-hntpH -He finalise.
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See Sunday’s HeraldSA man dies in collision
A 30-ycar-old San Antonio salesman was killed in a two-vehicle accident on U.S. 281 near Spring Branch Thursday night.
Mark L. Knocppcl of San Antonio was killed instantly when his 1989 Ford Acrostar van collided with a 1974 White truck tractor towing a trailer loaded with 80-foot power transmission poles.
The truck driven by John W. Stal-nakcr of Austin was traveling north on U.S. 281 and was making a left turn into a private drive. The southbound van struck the poles which extended
from the rear of the trailer and came to a stop after hitting a barbed wire fence.
Knocppcl was killed instantly and pronounced dead at the scene by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart at 7:15 p.m.
Both men were wearing seatbelts, according to the investigation report prepared by Department of Public Safety Trooper Roger Garza and Cpl. Lyn Munford of the New Braunfels office. Garza and Munford were continuing the investigation today.Regulation of aquifer
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The arrival of Santa Claus, illumination of the lights on Main Plaza, a performance by the Community Band, dances by Toby’s School of Dance students, playing of the Courthouse bells by three area youngsters, and entertainment by the Lone Star School students were all a part of the annual Plaza Tree Lighting Ceremony and Santa Claus Visit Thursday night. Lights for the Plaza, above, were paid for by community donations to the Light Up the Plaza campaign. Near right, as he does every year Santa Claus arrived at Main Plaza with the help of the New Braunfels Fire Department and the Canyon Middle School Band. He stayed downtown to listen to many children tell him their Christmas wishes. The event was preceded by the Hospice Tree of Lights ceremony, followed by a performance by the Community Chorale, which included Pauline Reynolds, far right.
(Photos by Desmond Bostick)
Cloudy skies and light rain will continue through Saturday afternoon. Today’s high will be near SO degrees with the low dropping to 42 degrees by Saturday morning. Saturday’s high will hit 57 degrees.
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Judges refuses to hear lawsuit
A federal judge this week refused to hear the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority’s Edwards Aquifer regulation lawsuit, saying the issue could be better handled by slate court.
According to OBRA General Manager John H. Spccht, Federal Judge James W. Nowlin said the issue is a state one and that it is better addressed in state court. Specht also said GBRA has no preference about where the case is handled.
“We were not overly concerned with where the case is handled,” Specht said. 'The federal court would probably have worked faster, but you can also say that it is a state issue and should be handled in state court. We are perfectly happy to have it in state court.”
The case was returned to Hays County Court, where it had originated. No judge or specific venue has been assigned to the case yet, Specht said.
The suit was filed by GBRA in Hays County after efforts to achieve a regional water plan through the state legislature failed.
GBRA also announced this week a second suit considered by the GBRA board of trustees will be delayed pending settlement of the first suit. GBRA previously provided notice to the Secretary of Interior of potcntia' violations of the Endangered Species Act. The notice alleges that reduced spring flow would adversely affect endangered species living in the springs.
Specht said the river authority could go forward with the suit at any time. However, he said OBRA would temporarily hold off filing the suit while die Texas Water Commission develops and presents a plan for regulation of the aquifer.
“Simply stated, as long as there is a
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Lawmakers uncertain of reform plan’s fate
AUSTIN (AP) — The lengthy battle over workers’ compensation reform was back in the Texas Senate today, with sponsors of a business-backed plan uncertain about its fate.
“I think it’s going to be lough, realistically” to win enough Senate votes for the measure, said Rep. Richard Smith, R-Bryan, who won House passage of the proposal on Wednesday. “It’s about 50-50.1 would not be real optimistic...”
The House approved 122-23 a business-backed workers’ comp overhaul similar to one that was written by Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby. The socalled Hobby plan was gutted in the Senate by Sens. Kent Caperton and Carl Parker.
The House bill is up for a Senate vote Friday, mid if its fails a second time the issue likely goes to a conference committee between the chambers.
Gov. Bill Clements has predicted dial pressure w as strong enough to cause several senators to sw itch their votes when die Senate considers the bill Friday.
But Parker, D-Port Arthur, said he wasn’t convinced the governor had marshaled enough forces to win.
“ Hie governor said he was going to run over us like a freight train to begin with,” Parker
recalled. Parker said he believes 14 of the 31 senators would vote for the House-passed plan.
“I think it’ll go to conference committee. I hope we can get a compromise (there),” Parker said.
One House-Senate conference committee, during the summer special session, already fail-
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Economic index drops for sixth time in 1989
The public has chosen this year’s winners of the Gristmill’s Scarecrow Contest. Individuals, businesses and other organizations were invited to concoct scarecrows to display on die fence at the
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s chief economic forecasting gauge fell 0.4 percent in October, the sixth month of declines or no gain this year, the government said today.
The drop in the Index of Leading Economic Indicators, which is designed to forecast economic activity six to nine months in advance, followed gains of 0.3 percent in September and 0.6 percent in August. Both gains were revised in today's report to reflect a slightly better increase than earlier reported.
The October drop was in line with most economists’ expectation.
For the first IO mouths of 1989, the index has fallen five limes, risen four times and remained unchanged in one month.
The various changes left the index at 144.6 percent of its 1982 base of IOO. That represents a 0.4 percent decline at an annual rate for the year so far, compared with a 3.8 percent gain in the first IO months of 1988.
The economy, as measured by the gross national product, expanded at a moderate 2.7 percent rate in die July-Scptcmber quarter. But analysts say the economy has slowed sharply in the current quarter.
A few economists believe the country is on die verge of toppling into a recession after an unprecedented peacetime expansion of seven years, but most express confidence that the Federal Reserve won’t let that happen.
“We’ll skirt die edge of a recession, but not fall in,” said Bruce Steinberg, an economist at Merrill Lynch brokerage. “llic reason is ... interest rates are coming down substantially.”
Indeed, an expansion of the money supply by the Federal Reserve Board was one of four forward-looking business statistics that partly offset six negative indicators in die index.
Stock prices, despite the Friday-
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Cheer Fund seeking help from community
The latest contributors to the eighth annual New Braunfels Herald-Ae dung Cheer Fund have brought the to slightly more dun $2,500.
Time is running short to meet the goal of raising $5,000 in contributions by Dec. 15 lo provide Christmas dinners to 200 arca families.
Tile annual drive sponsored by the newspaper accepts donations from the community to purchase items to fill Christmas baskets for area families selected by the Community Service Center.
The administrative costs are paid by the newspaper arid volunteers including members of the New Braunfels Fire fighters Asso-elation and Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department as well as newspaper staff members provide the
labor to package and deliver the Chrisunas baskets each year.
Each year since 1982, the newspaper has sponsored lite drive to provide a Christmas dinner to the less fortunate in the area who might not otherwise enjoy a holiday meal. That first year, the drive netted $1,807.70 and spent $1,260 to provide baskets to 60 families.
The drive has grown and now provides baskets to 200 families in the area. This year, a goal of $5,000 has been set to buy the goodies to fill those baskets.
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All of the tax-deductible contributions are used to purchase die food items contained on the Cheer Fund shopping list. The administrative and distribution costs are provided by the Herald Aeitung and community volunteers.
In the past, contributions have exceeded the goal and provided a beginning balance to start the drive each year. This year, a balance of $1,033.67 kicked off the annual drive.