New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 8, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Workers* comp heads to Senate showdown
AUSTIN (AP) — The battle for the hearts and minds of the Senate has turned into a struggle between Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and Sen. Carl Parker that will be the main attraction today in a showdown over workers’ compensation reform.
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Manpower added to country*s S&L probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department’s probe of savings and loan fraud will get 400 more investigators to look into what Attorney General Dick Thornburgh says may be the nation’s “biggest white-collar swindle.”
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Duran loses uno mas as Leonar4 breaks tie
LAS VEGAS (AP) — No more “no mas.’’
Sugar Ray Leonard bored the crowd but won the judges to score a lopsided decision over Roberto Duran and retain his super middleweight title in a battle of two old adversaries.
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Vol. 138, No
707 Lands St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144FridayDecember 8, 1989 25 CentsTwo Sections, 18 Pages
One person was hospitalized after a passenger train struck a car on Rusk Street near Churchill Avenue Thursday night.
The driver of the car, Patrick * Thornhill, 25. was treated and released at McKenna Hospital following the accident but a passenger remains in fair but stable condition with contusions, according to the nursing supervisor at the hospital.
Lt. John Wommack of the New Braunfels Police Department quoted witnesses as saying the train was “moving slowly” at IO to 20 miles per hour when the car apparently slowed down at the railroad track and “gunned it to beat the train.” Witnesses also said the train was using its horn at the time of the collision. Wommack said the train consisted of two engines and eight passenger cars.
The collision occurred at 8:05 p.m. Thursday and the car was dragged 750 feet. Wommack said the car was travelling southeast in the WX) block of Rusk Street and the train was travelling northwest on a route toward San Marcos.
Both persons inside the car were transported to McKenna Memorial by Fire Department EMS ambulances and no persons on the train were reported injured.
Officials with AmTrak said they had no knowledge of a collision involving one of their trains. They
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Board seeking grant to study dropouts Good D°y
JI The sun is out but it’s not
By JOE KINCHELOE Staff writer
New Braunfels 1SD will apply for a $5,(XX) state grant to study how to prevent dropouts and how to hold students who are at risk of dropping out.
The grant application was approved at Thursday night’s board meeting, where trustees heard a report on dropouts and special education and became the second local government in as many days to strike down uniform acceptance of Texas’ freeport law.
Slate surveys have shown students who drop out of school do so because they want to go to work on a full-time basis, they do not like
school, they believe sch<x>l offers nothing they need, arid because of teen pregnancy. Some would continue school if they could also work full-time.
The survey, expected to begin in August 1990, could show which programs may be put into effect to better prepare students for the workforce or specialized training for those students at risk of dropping out.
A recently published report shows New Braunfels schools with a dropout rate of 7.45 percent and Comal 1SD with a dropout rate of 4.46 percent. A report by New Braunfels schools shows the dropout rate to be 6.06 percent in grades seven through 12. A report at
Thursday’s meeting put the dropout rate at 6.04 percent.
Statewide figures for dropouts shows an annual rate of 6.4 percent, which would put New Braunfels schtxils under the suite average in grades seven through 12 but above the suite average in overall dropouts. All figures, including the 7.45 percent overall dropout rate for New Braunfels schools, are based on 1988 statistics.
A sharp rise in the statewide dropout rate became apparent after the enactment of House Bill 72 which slashed funding for vocational programs. Those program cuts are believed to be a major contributor to student attrition seen in
Texas schools today.
State funding for vocational programs is about 1-1/2 times the funding for academic programs.
New Braunfels schixils are above state averages in the percentage of students enrolled in special education programs for mentally retarded, emotionally handicapped, learning disabled, and autistic students. The district is below state averages for speech handicapped, visual and auditory handicapped, orthopedically handicapped, and multihandicappcd students, according to figures provided by the school.
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The sun is out but it’s not bringing much warmth. Today will be breezy and cold with a high of 52 degrees. There is a freeze warning in effect for tonight with the temperature dropping to 30 degrees. Winds will be out of the northwest at 15 to 20 mph (making it feel colder than it is). The weekend will be sunny and cool with the highs in the 60s and the lows in the 30s.
Council takes step to approve board
Students pitch in for Cheer Fund
New Braunfels City Council approved the second reading of an ordinance creating a downtown advisory board without adding restrictions for prospective board members.
Councilman Amo Becker said council should not have any restrictions on applicants because it
approves all board members anyway.
“Why not just say any person who wants to apply," Becker said. “Why have a restriction? We’re going to approve anyone anyway.”
Council must conduct one more
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Survey to measure community’s fears
A fear of crime survey being mailed to 400 New Braunfels residents is the one newest methods of gauging community fears in more than 15 years, according to Dr. Beth McConnell of Southwest Texas State University.
McConnell and Cliff Blanks, both of SWTSU, met with Safe City Commission Director Don Ferguson Wed
nesday to explain how the new survey will help in crime prevention.
Blanks said the city should be proud to have an action agency such as the Safe City Commission to act as a go-between for local government, police, and the community so all can work together in crime prevention.
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Canyon High School students in world geography, world history honors, U.S. history honors and economics classes took time out from school activities to made a contribution to the eighth annual New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund this week.
The youngsters gathered eight boxes of groceries and $ 131.63 for the fund.
Archie and Nancy Ladshaw along with members of the New Braunfels city staff also made large contributions to the fund Thursday.
Cheer Fund is nearing the Dec. 15 deadline to order items to provide Christmas dinners to 200 area families.
The 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
17 shopping days to Christmas
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 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.
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.
All of the uix-deductible contributions are used to purchase the food items contained on the Cheer Fund shopping list. The administrative and distribution costs are provided by the Herald-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 of $1,033.67 kicked off the annual drive.
The llerald-Aeiiung will publish the names of contributors to the
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RELIGIOUS FOCUS ...
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Casteel plans election bid
Council tables plan
Carter Casteel explains her campaign plans during
an announcement party Thursday at the Civic Center
sales tax election
By MIKE CROUCH Staff writer
In an unexpected move last night, New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce asked New Braunfels City Council to table the proposed election to approve an additional half-ccnt sales tax to establish an economic and industrial development corporation.
Reading from a prepared statement, Dan Sedgwick, chairman of the Chamber’s Board of Directors, asked
council to table die election proposal. Sedgwick said the issue needs to be studied further and there is not enough information available currently to make a proper decision. Sedgwick also asked to have the Chamber’s initial proposal for use of the half-ccnt tax w ithdrawn.
Council approved the motion to table the issue indefinitely.
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Carter Casteel announced Thursday she is running for the office of Comal County Judge.
Casteel, a Republican, is attempting to win the office that will be vacated by the Fred Clark, who is not seeking reelection.
Casteel said her platform is based on strong law cnforc-ment and cracking down on drug-related crimes. She also said she wants to be a visible figure in the conservation of the Edwards Aquifer.
Casteel currently is president of the Comal Independent School District’s board of trustees, and is a lawyer practicing in New Braunfels. She is serving her sixth year on the school board.
Smithson Valley’s Richard Sanders (22) goes up for an easy basket in a game earlier this week against Fredericksburg. The Rangers were one of only two local teams to win their tournament opener on Thursday, downing host Marble Falls despite a “sluggish’’ performance. New Braunfels’ boys team was also not at its best, but managed to slip past Kingsville at the Tuloso-Midway tournament in Corpus Christi. For more details on all five of Thursday night's local basketball games, see Page 8A. (Photo by Desmond Bostick)
“I realize that the office is an administrative position, but I can bring leadership to the office,” Casteel said.
Casteel said in a brief statement at her announcement party at the New Braunfels Civic Center that the voters should not be put off because she is a lawyer.
“I hope everyone will avoid putting labels on the candidates, calling mc a ‘lawyer’ and (calling) my opposition ‘businessmen’," she said.
Casteel is the only person to file so far. The Republican primary will be March 13.
Casteel is a native of Monahans. She received her law degree from St. Mary’s University Law School in San Antonio.