New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Racing board hobbled by bureaucracy
AUSTIN — Two years after voters overwhelmingly approved it, pari-mutuel horse racing in Texas hasn’t paid off, and instead has cost taxpayers $5 million while only bringing in $181 .CKX) to state coffers.
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Basketball teams keep cruising in Comal Co.
Both New Braunfels and Smithson Valley captured consolation championships in girls basketball tournaments over the weekend, while the Unicom boys ^ placed seventh in a 20 team event in Corpus Christi.
B laker returning for Saengerhalle concert
For the past IO years Clay Flaker has enjoyed the atmosphere of New Braunfels and on New Year’s Eve will present a celation of the sup
port he b^ C>CJ
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Vol. 138, No. 21
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
December 10, 1989
Three Sections, 44 Pages
Christopher O dea, 4, poses on Santa s lap for photos Saturday morning at Kmart as part of the corporation s hational Good News Program Area needy children were fed breakfast and visited with Santa who gave them gifts before they were each presented a $20 bill to shop in the store before the public was allowed in Kmart New Braunfels has participated in the program several years (Photo by Desmond Bostick)
County: No complaints over inmate population
By JOE KINCHELOE Staff writer
While many Texas counties are clamnioring for state aid because they must house Texas Department of Corrections prisoners, the Comal County Jail is using the overflow opportunity to bring in money to operate the facility.
Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer told county commissioners Thursday the jail is holding prisoners bound for TIX'1 and federal prisoners and is making money doing it. Bremer said the program brought in more than $750,(XM) last year and substantially lowered taxpayer costs.
Bremer said the net cost to taxpayers to run the jail w as at almost $1.1 million, while the jail brought in three-fifths of that amount. He
said he intended to ask commissioners to revise the rules for holding prisoners so other counties could be involved with the program.
“We have been able to reduce costs in that area,” Bremer said. “And our net costs should be less titan in years past.”
County Judge Fred Chirk said the net cost to taxpayers is less than in years past even considering times before the new jail was built. Clark said the new jail costs less to run than the old jail as a result of the program.
Deputy Alan Trollinger of the Sheriffs Office said other governmental agencies such as counties and the federal government were
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AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Senate will return Monday to an empty House.
After a day of chaos, during which lawmakers failed again to break a workers’ compensation deadlock, the House and Senate couldn't even agree Friday night whether to continue the special session that wasn't scheduled to end until Wednesday.
Gov. Bill Clements, who called the second special session on workers’ comp, blamed the stalemate on trial lawyers who oppose a House-approved. business-backed bill. “Texans deserve better,’’ he said.
Here is a rundown of the es ems that left die Legislature in limbo:
— The House adopted a workers’ comp plan Thursday, then adjourned Friday. That left an unamendablc workers’ comp bill in the Senate’s lap.
— T he Senate rejected the House plan, 17-14, and passed a resolution to send it back to a conference committee for further negotiations
— House Speaker Gib Lewis said he will call his members back into session only if 17 senators pledge to support a plan ihat House negotiators OK.
The situation was so bleak, Ll. Gov. Bill Hobby said, that the Texas workers’ comp system may have to collapse before lawmakers can find a solution.
“I think we’re veiy close to that actually,*’ he said.
Tile state’s largest worker’s comp insurer recently said it would no Ion ger provide such insurance.
The Legislature has been deadlocked since January over fixing the system.
Lewis, D-Fort Worth, was visibly frustrated Friday and said he wasn’t sure "whether or not we need to continue returning to Austin to beat our heads into the side of this granite wall.”
Good Day Downtown
It’s going to be a beautiful day today with a high expected in the 70s and a southwest wind at IO to 20 mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low in the low 40s. Monday will be cooler again, however, with a high only in the mid 50s.
I LOVE WHEN THEV SIN6 PE CK THE MALLS WITH BOUGHS OF HOLLY.
Survey shows shoppers like downtown atmosphere; desire variety, longer hours
l l rfV By MIKE CROUCH location, friendliness and historic
Staff writer architecture. Survey respondents said
Like a leaky faucet, New Braunfels downtown is clean, safe and both day-
is losing shopping dollars to San and night-accessible.
Antonio and, according to a survey of The main problem uncovered by
local shoppers, lite leakiest spot is the survey is a general lack of overall
downtown. variety downtown.
Survey results, released this week, The survey showed a need for a
concluded the lack of variety in pro- variety of restaurants and retail shops.
15 Shopping duct and price in the downtown area is The hours kept by the shops down-
j tn Ohrietmac l^C *cat*'n8 causc ^or rcta'l salcs losses town were found lo be inconvenient to
□ ays TO unrisimas to San Antonio. city shoppers because most busincs-
Inside: survc> sa*d people who live in scss arc not open after 5 p.m.
BUSINESS.. 10 11A ^cw Braunfels ^ happy with die “Most hours are not as convenient
CLASSIFIED g 120 accessibility of the downtown arca, \
COMICS 6B1-9C ihc atmosphere, the available parking, Se* SURVEY, Page 2A
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xssssr ."J announces resignation
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TV listing^.......................in.ifir Premier Marian Calfa and opposition Calla said the Communists and
WF ATH FP ....................... OA ,cat,crs agreed Saturday to form the opposition representatives decided on
WEA (Hen...................................2A gOVCmmcnl jn morc lban four die ‘‘government of national under-
a decades not dominated by standing’’after a “very difficult’’day
StammtiSCh Communists. of bargaining. He did not say how the
yiMl I ll I lllvvi I Calfa made the announcement portfolios would be distributed.
shortly after President Gustav Husak, Husak, 76, was one of the hard-
Still stumped for a gift lor your the last hard-line Communist in a pos- liners put into power after Warsaw
brother and his w ife and lour ition of power, announced he will res- Pact tanks crushed the I%8 “ Prague
children. Or how about a treat for ign as soon as the new government is Spring” reform movement. The
your own family? Tho New installed others, including party chief Milos
Braunfels Children s Museum is prcmjcr thc government Jakes, have been ousted in a stunning-
sclnng filmily memberships Tor will be sworn in Sunday and will have ly successful pro-democracy
$30 and bas just sent out him- IO Communists, including Calfa him- movement.
drcdsI of letters explaining what a aM(j j j non-Communists — two ‘‘Right after thc naming of the new
members ip can mean to a amily. mcmbcrs each from the small Social- government, I will resign ... to make For more cal1 lhc ist and People’s parlies and seven further development easier,” said
museum at 620-1 ). 9. ministers with no political affiliation. Husak, who has held thc largely ccrc-
Meanwhile youngsters are ^ Socialisls ^ Pcopl(..s partics monia, job sincc 1975.
invite to I ay s oc . cruggs wcrc f(>rrncr|y docile Communist all- Husak had been the focus of many
concert at tie Civic Center. jcs ^ have helped thc pro reform anti-government demonstrations, and
amission is M per person, wa movement by playing an increasingly the opposition had demanded he quit
til proceeds going lo support the illdcpendctu rnle. by Sunday,
hands-on programs of thc New 7 7
Braunfels Children’s Museum.
On Tuesday and Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m., the museum will host “German Christmas Customs” featuring special ways to celebrate Christmas hosted by Edda Buchner. From St. Nicholas to gingerbread, German traditions arc part of our culture. In three sessions,
Buchner will teach children to make traditional German Christmas ornaments, to sing German carols and more. Fee is $5 per child, $3 for mcmhcrs, by reservation only.
On Wednesday, youngsters arc invited to a Stained Glass Workshop from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. to make gifts and/or ornaments. Call thc museum for more details....
Sen. Washington wins Leland’s House seat
“Musical Journey,'” on KGNB-AM 1420 each Sunday through Christmas Eve is featuring a German Christmas program full of poetry, music and stories about the holiday. Thc program is hosted by Edda Buchner from 5:05 to 6 p.m....
New Braunfels High Sch(x>l Cheerleaders invite die public to join diem at Pizza Hut Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. The restaurant is donating funds from the evening to help the girls attend a national cheerleading competition in Nashville later this month. The bullet is $3.99 and the cheerleaders and their advisor Debbie Fits ko appreciate all the sponsors who are supporting their efforts to earn a national title....
For nearly six years, Travis and Ella Hamilu n have provided a loving home for children who
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HOUSTON (AP) — Suite Sen. Craig Washington defeated Houston City Councilman Anthony Hall in Saturday’s runoff election to fill the 18th Congressional District seal vacated four months ago when Rep. Mickey Leland was killed in a plane crash.
With 91.7 percent of thc vote counted, Washington had 21,688, or 56.5 percent, to Hall’s 16,708, or 43.5 percent.
Washington and Hall qualified for the runoff Nov. 7 when they emerged as the two top vote getters in a Held of 11 candidates.
Both men are Democrats in a district that has been described as among the most staunchly Democrat in the nation.
Washington, 48, is an attorney and former law schix>l instructor. He has served in die Texas Senate since 1983 after a 10-year stint in the suite House.
Hall, 45, also an attorney, gave up his Houston city council scat to run for die Leland vacancy.
Although Hall was favored in the November balloting, Washington captured 41 percent of the vote to 34 percent for Hall.
A poll last week showed the race nearly deadlocked, with Hall ahead 41 percent to 38 percent with 21 percent of thc voters undecided. Thc poll, conducted for KPRC television in Houston, had a five-point margin of error.
Washington and Hall agreed on many issues, with both favoring increased money to battle drug trafficking and abuse, and for health care to the poor and elderly and military cutbacks in Central America. Tile race came down lo a question of style, w ith the flamboyant Washington contrasting with the more low-key and businesslike Hall.
Annual Cheer Fund deadline is Friday
There are five days left to raise the $945.15 needed to reach this year’s Cheer Fund goal to provide Christmas dinners to 200 area families.
The annual drive sponsored by the tit! ald /chung accepts dona lions from the community to SM CHEER, Pag* 2A
EAST BERLIN (AP) — East Germany ’s Communist Party apologized Saturday for leading die country into crisis and overwhelmingly elected as its new chief Gregor Gy si, a 41-year-old reformer known for defending thc rights of the opposition.
Gysi promised that thc Communists arc willing to enter into a government coalition with other partics after free elections proposed for May.
He also said the party is abandoning its claim to absolute rule and held up a huge janitor’s broom, symbolizing bis determination to make a clean sweep and start anew.
Gysi, 41, a bespectacled, blunt-talking intellectual, is the youngest Communist Party chief in Eastern See GERMANY. Paqe 2A
Senate will return to an empty House
Convicts pay restitution by cleaning Courthouse
The Comal County Courthouse is receiving some tender loving care from an unlikely source.
County Court A I-Law Judge Roil Prichard has implemented a program for people required lo do community service or serve time for misdemeanor crimes lo clean and fix up tile county courthouse.
Prec inct 2 Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger Jr., bal iff and warrant
officer for the County Court At-Law, is director of the program, which began Saturday.
“We have people who are convicted dust oft shelves, clean benches, polish brass, and fixing things around the building,” Krueger said ‘There are so many things that can be .done that the janitor doesn’t have lite man-
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