New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Candidates trade remarks on issues
AUSTIN (AP) —• Republican gubernatorial contenders spoke out on the sensitive issues of abortion and a state income tax as the month-long filing period for political candidates got underway.
See Page 3AProtests mount against new Czech government
PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP) — Students pressed on with sit-ins today after at least 200,000 people rallied across the country, shoutino gust at the announce' m ; q 9
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DALLAS (AP) — A convicted burglar has told NCAA investigators about alleged improprieties that continued in the University of Oklahoma’s football " program after it was placed in probation in 1988, it was reported today.
Vol. 138, No. 17
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December 5, 1989 25 Cents
Two Sections, 12 Pages
Today’s the big day for die traditional apparance by St. Nicholas at die Sophicnburg Museum and Archive*. Visitors will hear the story of St.
Nicholas, learn the German prayer and have a chance to see St. Nicholas and get candy from him (if you’ve been good) or switches (if you’ve been bad). St. Nicholas will be there at 1:30, 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. today....
Plan now to attend Christmas in the Park Dec. 16 from IO a.m. to dusk. Santa Claus will be on hand for youngsters to share those important lists. Parents can also arrange to have their child's photo taken with the jolly ole elf. Carolers will be entertaining diroughout the day widi favorite Christmas songs while Pat’s In die Park will provide refreshments.
Cap off the day widi a hoise-drawn wagon ride through Lauda Park for $2 per person. Reservations are recommended for the wagon ride by catling 629-PARK.
For more information, call 629-PARK or 620-PLAY (and please take care when you are dialing diose numbers)....
New Braunfels Downtown Association is sponsoring entertainment each Thursday of the holiday season at the Gazebo on Main Plaza. This week, Ballet Folkloric^
Infantil will perform from 5 to 6 p.m.
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Residents respond to annual fund drive
Area residents are responding in the Christmas spirit to the eighth annual New Braunfels Herald-Zenana Cheer Fund. This year’s goal is to raise $5,000 in contributions by Dec. 15 to provide Christmas dinners to 200 area families.
The annual drive sponsored by die newspaper accepts donations from the community to purchase items lo fill Christmas baskets for area families selected by die Community Service Center.
The administrative costs arc paid by the newspaper and volunteers including members of the New Braunfels Fire Fighters Association and Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department as well as newspaper staff members provide die labor to package and deliver the Christmas baskets each year.
Each year since 1982, the newspaper has sponsored the drive to provide a Christmas dinner to the less fortunate in the area who might not odierwisc 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 die area. This year, a goal of $5,000 has been set to buy the goodies to fill those baskets.
All of the tax-deductible contri-
butions are used lo purchase the food items contained on the Cheer Fund shopping list. The administrative and distribution costs are provided by the llerald-Zeitung 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 ol $1,033.67 kicked off the annual drive.
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President briefing Cabinet on summit
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush, briefing his Cabinet today on the superpower summit, says Mikhail S. Gorbachev seems “very much in control” in the Soviet Union and committed to peaceful change as hard-line communist governments are swept from power.
While refusing to proclaim die Cold War over, Bush said Gorbachev’s acceptance of dramatic reforms in Eastern Europe “absolutely mandates new thinking” by the West.
Bush returned to the White House on Monday night after two days of summit talks in Malta and a stop in Brussels to brief NATO leaders. He was greeted by his wife, Barbara, who got a kiss, and dog, Millie, who got a pat.
As soon as he got to his private White House quarters, Bush called Philippine President Corazon Aquino
to express concern for the lives ot Americans trapped in hotels in Manila by rebel forces trying to overthrow her.
Bush paid tribute to her courage in seeking to quell the rebellion, White House press secretary Marlin Fitz.wa-ter said. Mrs. Aquino, Fit/water said, assured Bush her government was doing everything possible to protect Americans.
Bush, in a concession to possible jet lag from trans-Atlantic travel, pushed back his schedule one hour today, receiving his daily intelligence briefing in the Oval Office at 9 a.m. instead of 8 a.m.
But Bush’s optimistic remarks about Gorbachev contrasted with comments by Vice President Dan Quayle in an interview published
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Deputies arrest man for burglary, assault
A Marion man was arrested Monday night and charged with “burglary with intent to commit sexual assault" in connection with a May 29 incident.
James Floyd Allen, 19, of Route I in Marion, allegedly entered a home on River Road last May and attempted to sexually assault a woman, according Lt. Rudy Rubio of the Comal Sheriff’s Department. Rubio has been investigating the case since May arid obtained a warrant from Justice of the Peace Howard “Curly” Smith. Allen was arrested late Monday night near the Canyon Lake Dam access road by Comal Sheriff’s Deputy Fidel Tame/.
According to Deputy Chief Wayne Hohcrz, a white male entered a home on River Road last May and attempted to sexually assault a woman. The woman, in her 30s, was asleep at the time and the door was unlocked, according to Hohcrz.
‘‘She woke up and he was right beside the bed,” Hohcrz said, “She jumped up to go get her gun and he took off.” The man entered through a front door which had been left unlocked for her husband, according to reports at the time of the incident.
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Today and tomorrow will be perfect for getting out and laking care of all those Christmas lists. The high temperature today will be near 75 degrees and the low will drop to 50 degrees. Wednesday will be partly cloudy and warm with the high near 80 degrees. The low will be near 50 degrees. But a cold front is on die way and is expected to reach the arca by Thursday, dropping the high temperatures to the 50-to 60-degrce range.
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Agency reports leaders’ arrest
20 shopping days to Christmas
EAST BERLIN (AP) — Former Communist Party chief Erich Hon-ecker and other members of his ousted leadership have been put under house arrest al their luxury residential coni-jiound, the official news agency ADN said today.
Also, East Germany’s chief prosecutor resigned amid criticism he eould not handle investigations into abuses of power by ousted Communist leaders. Citizens began to keep vigil at police stations.
Honecker lost his job in a major power reshuffle on Oct. 18 and on Sunday he was ousted from the party he had led for 18 years. He was replaced as party leader by Egon Krenz, who resigned under pressure on Sunday.
“The former general-secretary and president Erich Honecker is among those who are not allowed to leave their houses iii the elegant compound,” ADN reported. Wandlitz, near Berlin, has 21 houses once lived
in by Politburo members and their families.
Honecker and his inner circle arc under investigation Tor suspected corruption; three former Politburo members arc already in prison pending investigation.
Prosecutors sealed off secret [xiiice offices in East Berlin where large sums of money arid tiles had apparently been packaged for transport, ADN said. They acted on a tip from citizens keeping watch outside.
Growing public outrage has led to citizens to try to storm at least one public building, while others have stood guard to make sure that no potential criminal evidence is smuggled away from government offices.
ADN gave no reason for prosecutor Guenter Woodland s resignation.
Woodland was a holdover from Honccker’s hard-line government and
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Israeli planes strike Nidal’s guerrilla base
SIDON. Lebanon (AP) — Israeli warplanes unlay attacked a Palestinian guerrilla base near this southern port city, wounding seven people, most of them Palestinian civilians, police said.
Four fighters struck the base of terrorist mastermind Abu Nidal’s Fauih Revolutionary Council in the Majdali-ouii Valley, east of Sidon, a police spokesman said.
However, an Israeli army announcement in Jerusalem said warplanes struck a headquarters and a base of the Popular Front for the Lib-
A country Christmas
Debbie Robertson displays crocheted jewelry during the annual Gruene Country Christmas celebration this past weekend The three-day event began with a Turn of the Century Texas Ball and Wine Tasting sponsored by the Mid-Texas Symphony, then featured two days of arts, crafts, family entertainment, music and visits with Cowboy Kringle. (Photo by Desmond Bostick)
The number of houses sold so far this year in Coma! County is higher than in the past three years-, and although the increase is not a dramatic one, it docs show a gradual rise in housing sales.
As of November, 369 houses had been sold of the 723 houses on ’.he market. In 1988, 392 houses sold w ith 665 on the market, while in 1987, there were 309 houses sold of the 623 on the market.
James Vaughan, a Realtor with the Century 21 branch in New Braunfels, estimated 425 to 449 houses will be sold by the end of this year.
“There is not a strong upward movement in the housing sales. It is more like a slow upward growth. Overall, the market here is begining to level off. but any Realtor will tell you that the prices arc down. There is more competition, more buyers and more houses," Vaughan said. “On top of that, the house builders arc building cheaper. Newcomers to the arca are more likely to have a house built instead of buying an old house.”
Of the houses sold this year, the most popular sales prices were in the $50,000 to $59,999 price range with 48 houses sold. The second most popular were houses costing between $30,000 and $39,999 and houses priced between $70,000 and $79,999 with 41 houses sold in each price range.
There were 39 houses in the See HOUSES, Page 2A
Compromise on issue
Senator says Legislature could remain deadlocked
eration of Palestine-General Command, headed by former Syrian army Clipt. Ahmed Jibril.
There was no immediate explanation for the conflicting reports.
Tile Lebanese police spokesman said most of the casualties were Palestinian civilians seeking medical treatment at a Palestinian guerrilla-run clinic when the Israeli warplanes struck.
The Israeli army said all aircraft returned safely from the noon raid.
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AUSTIN (AP) — Sen. Gene Green, the “Lone Ranger” on a House-Senate conference committee considering a workers’ compensation reform measure, said if the panel doesn’t accept bis amendments today the Legislature will remain deadlocked on the issue.
“We need to have a compromise bill and dial’s what I’m trying to pass,” Green, D-Houslon, said. The panel is expected to finish its work today and send a bill lo die full House for consideration Wednesday and die Senate on Thursday.
Green is the only member of the 10-member panel who voted against a House reform plan that is backed by business groups, Gov. Bill Clements, Ll. Gov. Bill Hobby and House Speaker Gib Lew is.
Despite the Senate’s 17-14 rejection of the House plan, Hobby, the presiding officer of the Senate, packed die committee with those who supjxiri his position.
But Green said if the House doesn’t give in, none of those 17 senators w ill switch their votes.
Green’s amendments would move die plan closer to the Senate’s projxrsal by maintaining an injured workers’
right to a jury trial and calculating benefits for permanent injuries based on lost wages due lo the extent of die injury.
A two-vote swing in the 31-member Senate would give the business lobby a workers’ comp overhaul that trial lawyers and labor groups say would prevent workers from receiving fair benefits for permanent injuries and impartial treatment in disputed comp claims.
Rumors Hew through the Capitol Monday over whether any oldie 17 senators intended to switch sides
“They’re still solid,” said Sen. Carl Harker, D-Port Arthur, who has led the fight against the business-supported plan. “They will not bv* bludgeoned by an unjust bill and that bill is grossly unjust.”
Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, a target of tile business lobby as a possible vote switcher, said she will demand several changes before supporting a reform plan.
Her message to lobbyists was this “Anybody who questions how lough I am, just tell them I went through 18 hours of labor w uh no drugs."
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