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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPY 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. See Page 5A 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. See Page13A 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 See Page 1B New Braunfels <tjls!slsLh Vol. 138, No. 21 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Sunday December 10, 1989 50 Cents Three Sections, 44 Pages Christmas wishes 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 See JAIL, Page 2A 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 Dilemma 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 CROSSWORD.........................!...3A    rn    rn    rn •    I    I se*!!/”:...............................“    Czechosiovakian head ENTERTAINMENT.......................8B    •    a    • xssssr  ."J    announces    resignation SPORTS^.............................tali    sa    PRAGUE. Czechoslovakia (AP)— Speaking on national television, TV listing^    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. Call 620-0939. 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 8m STAMMTISCH, Pag* 3A 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 Reformer vows a ‘clean sweep’ 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- Sm SERVICE, Pag* 2A ;