New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 3, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Rich districts want compliance delay
AUSTIN (AP) — A lawyer for wealthy suburban school systems has asked a Travis County judge to delay for one year implementation of a school funding reform plan that would provide additional dollars to poor districts.
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Vol. 138, No. 16
Basketball teams bring home the metal
Five of the local high school basketball teams brought home trophies this weekend. Canyon won the Uvalde boys tournament while both New Braunfels teams and the Smithson Valley girls won the consolation title. The SV boys took second place in the Antonian tournament. _ _
Program provides more than lessons
Deep within the corridors of Carl Schurz Elementary school something primal is being reborn. It is something old, almost forsaken, something magical: v Children are learning to think, to read, to believe they
, are important.
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December 3, 1989
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Today’s high under mostly sunny skies should be near 60 with a north wind at IO to 15 mph. Tonight will be fair and cold with a low in the mid 30s. Monday will be partly cloudy and warmer with a high in the mid 60s. Tuesday’s high under partly cloudy skies will be in the 50s with a low in the 40s. Temps will stay in that range most of the week.
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Employment news is good
The October unemployment rate in Comal County was below the state’s average and statistic-watchcrs say the job news should continue to be good.
Comal County was just below the average state unemployment rate in Octobcr, posting a 5.7 unemployment rate compared to the state’s average of 6.0.
The unemployment rates for surrounding counties also are below the
state average. Guadalupe County posted a 4.9 mark and Hays County had a 5.5 rate.
Gary Seaton, manager of die local Texas Employment Commission, said the three counties were stable in October and have historically been that way.
“The unemployment rate had been See EMPLOY, Page 2A
City receives $26,000 to ‘beautify’ median
During the Thanksgiving season, the people of New Braunfels exhibited their concern for die ongoing needs of SOS Inc.-Food Bank. Ihroughout the year, response has been generous and steady. The board members of SOS, Inc. wish to express thanks to all of you — individuals, clubs, churches, organizations and school children.
Your caring has made it possible to carry out this worthwhile project....
The Alamo Area Council of Governments is accepting applications for persons interested in obtaining GEDs. This project will provide appropriate academic remediation for the development of literacy/academic skills and enhancement programs; and is designed to serve two target groups: I. At-risk, out-of-school youdi (non-high school graduates); and 2. Hard-to-scrve adults. Interested persons may contact die local AACOG office at 629-2949 ...
Tell Santa what you want for Christmas in a letter. Have your child write the letter and donate $5 to die United Cerebral Palsy campaign, and Circle K #772 al 508 N. Union will donate the envelope and stamp to mail the letter to Santa. Then see the surprised look on your child’s face when he or she receives a personalized letter from Santa Claus. Deadline is Dec. 13....
Hie Canyon Adiletic Booster Club is sponsoring an appreciation roast banquet for Coach Troy Burch Jan. 11 at 6 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Tickets are $4 for students and $5 for adults in advance (available starting Monday at Canyon High School, Rivercrest Drive lim, Wendell & Sons Auto or from any booster club officer). All tickets will be $6 at the door. RSVP by calling 629-0400 and leaving a message on the recorder. Dress will be casual- Anyone who wants to help may call any booster club officer or Canyon High School....
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The City of New Braunfels has received a grant for more than $26,000 from the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation to landscape the medians at the intersection of U.S. SI and South Seguin Street.
The state is providing $26,3(X) for the project, and the city will match that amount in non-cash contributions of labor, materials and site maintenance.
The project originated in the spring of 1988 when the New Braunfels Council of Garden Clubs approached the city’s Parks and Recreation Department about improving the appearance of the state highway medians at U.S. 81 and Seguin Street.
City Manager Paul Grohman said the city has to provide only the labor
and materials, and not any money. The highway department will handle the bids and design*
Parks Director David Whatley said the highway department’s resident landscape architect in New Braunfels, Laura Bucci, is developing the landscape scheme.
“The landscape design will be in xcriscape, which highlights plants native to Texas and that are able to withstand drought conditions,” Whatley said.
Whatley said the bids would probably be accepted in the spring and work would begin in May or June.
Whatley said the parks department is looking at similar projects at other spots on the highway, bul has not made any plans.
St. Nicholas is on hand at the Weihnachtsmarkt at New Braunfels Civic Center, above left, this weekend to pose for photos with youngsters such as 5-month-old Amanda Boardman. The German Christmas Market continues today from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is S3 and benefits the Sophienburg Museum and Arc hives. St. Nicholas will be at the museum Tuesday. Cowboy Kringie was in Gruene this weekend for the town lighting, Turn of the Century Texas Ball and Gruene Country Christmas, a gathering of area artists and craftsmen, which also continues today in Gruene from 10 a rn. to 6 p rn. and features family entertain ment and activities. (Photos by Desmond Bostick)
Communism facing more challenges
EAST BERLIN (AP) — A senior Communist who said he had lost faith in the parly’s leadership resigned Saturday in another blow to Egon Krcnz’s struggling government, and factory workers who linked Krenz to election fraud demanded his replacement.
Krenz has been trying to reassert the Communists’
authority in Ute face of grow ing challenges from both the opposition and the party’s own ranks and disclosures of massive corruption among top party officials.
The official news agenes ADN reported that two high
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Leaders discuss Europe’s changes
MARSAXLOKK BAY, Malta (AP) — President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, their shipboard summit abbreviated by raucous Mediterranean winds, vowed Saturday to respond to the political upheaval in Eastern Europe “with sensitivity and firm initiative,” U.S. officials said.
“Things went well. They talked about everything: arms. Europe, philosophical questions,” said Soviet spokesman Gennady Gerasimov.
Later came the embarrassing announcement that weather had stranded Bush aboard his ship — die USS Belknap — within view of the luxury liner Maxim Gorky where Gorbachev awaited him for afternoonBush marooned, Summit delayed
MARSAXLOKK BAY, Malta (AP) — George Bush, commander-in-chief of the world’s largest Navy, was marooned on his own ship Saturday as a fierce December gale bewildered the best-laid plans of superpower leaders, protesters and local tourism officials.
“This is the type of weather that shipwrecked Saint Paul on these
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talks. The session .was scrubbed. along with dinner. *
Both sides issued a positive report on the talks, and expressed hope the sessions would resume on Sunday as scheduled.
“It may not be today, it may not be tomorrow. Look at the storm. Sit down and relax,” said Vladimir Medvedev, a personal aide lo Gorbachev.
“The meetings were sparked by a spirit of forward-looking cooperation during these increasingly charged limes," said a White House statement issued following the first formal meeting between the two sujvrpower leaders.
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Cheer Fund will feed 200 of area’s families
The fund total for the eighth annual A'cw Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund continues to rise, but the deadline draws near. This year’s goal is to raise $5,000 in contributions by Dec. 15 to pro-
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Lobbyists hitting hard in legislative battle
AUSTIN (AP) — Two votes in the Senate separate the business lobby from a bill it wants on workers’ compensation reform and some senators say the arm-twisting has reached a new level of intensity.
“The lobbying has been more heavy-handed than I’ve ever seen it,” said Sen. diet Edwards, D-Duncanville, who opposes the business-backed bill. “It’s like the difference between minor league baseball and major league baseball.” On Friday, the Texas Senate rejected 17-14 a House bill backed by lop business leaders, Gov. Bill Clements and Ll. Gov. Bill Hobby. The House had approved the bill 122-23.
The Senate’s dismissal of the House bill set up a conference committee that begins meeting today.
Hobby’s selection of five conferees, four of whom voted to accept the House bill, drew immediate cries of foul. Sen. Chet Brooks, D-Pasadena, in a fiery speech, warned die conference committee there were enough
“iron votes” in die Senate to reject what critics say are attempts to cut rights for injured workers.
A two-vote swing could reverse previous Senate votes and both lobby tug sides concede they are waging war.
“This is the No. I issue facing our state. The volume of contacts widi legislators reflects the breadth and depth of concern on this issue,” Dane Harris, president of the Texas Association of Business, said
“I’ve never seen pressure like tins brought to bear on our elected offi cials,” Mike Perrin, president of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, said.
And Edw ards said most of the Sob hying from businesses has been uninformed. “They’ve been sold a bill of goods by die Austin lobby and I resent that,” he said.
He and other senators maintain the House bill would result in higher
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The faces of Christmas
Carving a niche
Pearly Sowell, also known as Oma of Oma and the Oompahs, left, entertains crowds at this weekend’s Gruene Country Christmas celebration. The Bavarian Village Band wiH entertain today at noon, followed by New Braunfels German Folkdancers and the Hill Country String Band; the three will entertain all afternoon George Pounds, right, of Channelview, carves a dog out of a piece of wood during this weekend’s Weihnachtsmarkt at the Civic Center, which features more than 50 vendors in a concentrated Christmas shop ping experience. (Photos by Desmond Bostick)