New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 7, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Stricter S&L rules go into effect today
WASHINGTON (AP) — Strict new standards for the nation’s 2,900 savings and loans go into effect today, regulations that some analysts say may be the i) industry ’ s “Pearl Harbor.”
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Poll: Americans feel communism declining
NEW YORK (AP) — Half of all Americans believe communism is dying, twic thought so nine months ago, i Associated Press poll has found.
MICROPUBLISHING VANDELL DP
Burch not prepared to remain any longer
on Athletic Director Troy Burch cited the a long-term commitment to rebuild the Cou-oall program as the main reason he has asked ssigned within the school district. Burch will n as of July I, and has some views as to who ssor should be. ^ _
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Vol. 138, No. 19
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
December 7, 1989 25 Cents
One Section, 12 PagesCouncil eyes tax election
Where do Christmas trees come from?
Youngsters at Happy Days Day Care Center spent the morning Wednesday at Hahn's Tree Farm selecting just the right tree to be their Christmas tree (with a little help from Shirley Smithers, day care owner, and Karen Batey, teacher). After they made the selection Clarinet!
Hahn cut the tree for the children to take with them. Once the tree is in place, each class will make an ornament to decorate it. (Photo by Desmond Bosfck)
Today will be cloudy, windy and cool with the high temperature near 60 degrees. The overnight low will be near 35 degrees. There is a chance for a few isolated showers in the arca. Friday will be sunny with a high near 55 degrees and a low near the freezing mark. The weekend will be sunny and warmer with highs near 60 and lows in the 40s.
Constable’s request sparks debate at county meeting
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By JOE KINCHELOE Staff writer
A request for money from Constable Max Wommack Jr. to pay for increased working hours sparked a debate in Commissioners Court unlay when Commissioner Clyde Jacobs objected.
Last week, Wommack complained to the court during an agenda workshop that a constable in another precinct was granted more budget money. Wommack is Precinct I con
stable and Jacobs is Precinct 4 commissioner.
Commissioners that day agreed to pay for HK) additional work hours in another precinct following a request by the constable in that arca. Jacobs had commended the constable who requested more hours for “having the initiative and drive to want to work more.”
The debate was part of a short-but-ladcn agenda which included a review of Comal County Jail expenses, tele-
New Braunfels City Council will take a second look at a proposal to increase the local sales tax by a hareem during a special meeting today at 5 p.m. in the New Braunfels Utilities meeting room.
The meeting is in lieu of the regular meeting scheduled during the Christmas holidays. City Manager Paul Grohman said the council usually doesn’t meet two times in December, but because the council is considering calling an election Jan 20, members have to get prepared.
“If the council goes ahead with the election on Jan. 20 we have to have all our ducks in line,” Grohman said. “Things need to be done first, such as
the ballots need to be printed and that sort of thing.”
The Jan. 20 election is to decide the fate of the proposed addition of a hareem sales tax to pay for an economic and industrial development committee. The consideration for the election is in its second reading with the council and is on today’s agenda.
Council also will conduct the second readings of ordinances establishing a downtown advisory board and establishing new speed limits on South Walnut Avenue.
Each issue is in its second reading and takes three readings by the conusee TAX, Page 2
Jacobs to seek Precinct 4 seat
phone equipment costs, and a resolution for die “freeport” amendment.
When Wommack requested SS(M) for an additional HK) hours of legal employee services in Precinct I, Jacobs Knik exception to the motion.
“I listened to the tape (meeting minutes) ... and I didn’t like what I heard," Jacobs said. “You said it wasn’t fair to the other constables.” Wommack noted a memo from
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Precinct 4 County Commissioner Clyde Jacobs has formally announced his intention to seek re-election.
Jacobs is Currently serving his first term as commissioner of Precinct 4, which extends from the far cast side of Comal County to die far west side of the county. Precinct 4 is the second most populated precinct in the county.
The primary election will be March 13 with the general election following on Nov. 6.
Moo Schwab of the Canyon Lake area has filed to run against him bul Jacobs said he expects at least one or two others.
“Our county government has made great strides toward a level of service and planning which must continue as we move toward the final decade of
this ... century with an ever burgeoning population growth," Jacobs said in a written announcement.
Jacobs said it was no accident dial roads and law enforcement protection have improved and thai ad valorem taxes have been reduced.
“These truths have occurred because I listened to (citizens) and then led the fight to have these concerns addressed by Commissioners Court,” Jacobs said.
He said with each legislative sos sion more responsibility has been shifted to local government and the trend will continue.
“We must respond by electing edu eat od and dedicated officials,” Jacobs said.
Colombian president blames bombings on drug traffickers
18 shopping days to Christmas
BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — President Virgilio Barco blamed a truck bombing that killed 52 people in the capital on drug traffickers and pledged not to allow Colombian democracy lo succumb to their “bloody tyranny."
Barco went on national television Wednesday night after 1,100 pounds of dynamite were detonated in front of the offices of the secret police in Bogota, gouging out a 20-foot-deep crater and wounding hundreds of people.
It was one of the worst terrorist attacks in Colombian history.
"In the last few days, the criminal organization of drug traffickers has begun a vile assault that has cost the lives of many innocent Colombians,” Barco told his countrymen.
Three more bombs exploded in the cocaine trafficking center of Medellin just before the speech was transmitted from Tokyo, where Barco was on a state visit I he bombs, targeting a Mormon temple, an evangelical church and an electronics shop, caused only slight damage and no inju ries, police said.
Today, a bomb exploded on a road in the northern coax tai city of Cartagena, killing two policemen in a car, radio reports said. But pamphlets found ai the scene suggested the attack was carried out by the National Liberation Army, the most active of Colombia’s six leftist guerrilla groups.
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The public is invited to an Announcement Party hosted by Carter Casted, who plans to run for Comal County Judge. The celebration will be from 5:15 to 6:30 p.m. tonight in the lobby of the Civic Center...,
Dec. 7, 1941. “We shall never forget the day when the Japanese armed forces struck the United States without warning and plunged us into World War ll combat. Our military leaders declare it can happen again if we repeat mistakes made in 1941,
Our greatest tribute lo those men who lost their lives to defend our great nation is that there will never be another Pearl Harbor,” said Pearl Biersdorfer, Americanism chairman for the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foriegn Wars Post 7110. The group urges everyone display the United States flag today to honer all veterans....
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Deck the stairs
Comal County 4-H'ers, including Tricia Done, have decorated their Christmas tree that is gracing the first-floor stairwell at the Comal County Courthouse this season. Oscar Hahn of Hahn's Tree Farm donated the tree to the 4-H organization. (Photo by Desmond Bostick)
Annual drive near deadline for goal
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.
The llerald/eiiung will publish the names of contributors to the Cheer Fund each day. Donations are tax deductible and may be made at the newspaper office at 707 Landa For more information
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The eighth annual New Braunfels llerald-Zeiiung Cheer Fund is nearing the Dec. 15 deadline to order items to provide Christmas dinners to 200 area families.
The annual drive sponsored by Ute 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 and volunteers including members of the New Bftiunfcls Fire Fighters Association and Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department as well as newspaper staff members provide the 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 otherwise enjoy a holiday meal. That first year, the drive netted $1,807.70 and spent $1,260 to provide baskets to 60 families.
Ute drive has grown and now provides baskets to 200 families in the area. Ibis year, a goal of $5,000 has been set to buy the goodies lo fill those baskets.
All of the tax-deductible contributions are used to purchase Ute food items contained on the Cheer Fund shopping list. The administrative and distribution costs are provided by the llerald-Zeitung