New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 14, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
President to attend summit in Colombia
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush, in a gesture of personal solidarity for Colombia’s battle against the drug cartels, will join the leaders of the Andean nations in Cartagena, Colombia, on Feb. 15 for a one-day summit on the drug war.
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Unicorns honored as team of the decade
The New Braunfels Unicorns were honored as the winningest Class 4A football team of the decade Wednesday night at the school’s fall athletic banquet. Cross-country runners and volleyball and football players were also recognized.
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Canyon Classic starts play today
The annual Canyon Classic opens today, with the Cougar boys playing Floresville at 3:15 p.m. and, if they win, Fredericksburg at 8:30 p.m. The Cougaret-tes host Edgewood at 6:45 p.m. The Unicom boys play at 8:30 p.m., and the Rangerettes play 5 p.m.
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Vol. 138, NO. 24
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144ThursdayDecember 14, 1989 25 CentsOne Section, 14 Pages
Man hospitalized following shooting
Down home holidays \
Ricky Turpin, left, on fiddle and Bob Kelly on guitar entertained residents of Kirkwood Manor this week with a combination birthday and Christmas party. Turpin is a member of the Clay Blaker Band and has won many awards as a champion fiddler. Kelly is a member of the Johnny Bush band and is a song writer. The party was sponsored by member of Eagles Auxiliary 2999 under the direction of President Shirley Jarisch. (Photo by Desmond Bostick)
City listed 14th in growth
New Braunfels was listed 14th among Texas cities in growth rate, according to statistics released by the State Comptroller’s office this month.
The city achieved this with a 14.76 increase in sales tax rebates as compared to last year.
At this point in 1988, New Braunfels had $2.12 million in tax rebates from the state. This year, that figure has risen to $2.43 million. The month also showed a 16 percent increase in rebates, receiving $194,832 as opposed to last year’s $166,551.
City Manager Paul Grohman said the sales tax rebate increase is directly related to the number and types of businesses currently operating in the city.
“A lot of the increase can be attributed to the Mill Plaza,” Grohman said. ‘‘Also, businesses are doing better and there arc better businesses."
Surrounding cities also fared well.
San Marcos was 24th on the list with an 11.39 percent increase and Austin came in 25th with an 11.34 percent increase. Seguin did not make the top 50, despite posting a 5.51 percent increase over last year.
Texas, for the first time in history topped the SI billion mark in sales tax rebates, according to the comptroller’s office.
The lop five cities in Texas in terms of growth were Galveston, 49 percent, Brownsville, 24 percent, Laredo, 23 percent, Bedford, 22 percent, and Pharr with a 21 percent increase over last year.
This year’s payment totals reached $1.04 billion, nine percent more that last year’s total of $956 million at this time. Payments to cities this month totaled $72 million over 13 percent more than last December’s payments of $64 million.
Houston received a check for $12
A 20-ycar-old man is in intensive care at McKenna Hospital following a shooting Wednesday night at the Cypress Grove Trailer Park near Schumannsville in Guadalupe County.
Chief Deputy L. Taft of the Guadalupe Sheriff’s Office said Jerry Wayne Whitaker was taken by private car to McKenna with a gunshot wound to the abdomen, just under the Oldage on the right side. A nursing supervisor at the hospital said he was in guarded condition.
Taft said the it has not been determined if the shooting was accidental. He said Whitaker was alert at the hospital and said a .22 caliber rifle had accidentally discharged while it was being cleaned.
Upon arrival at the trailer park, officers found a .22 caliber rifle and one empty cartridge. Taft said the rifle had apparently been fired only once.
Taft said Whitaker may have been alone in a bedroom
of the mobile home when the incident occurred.
Whitaker had returned home at about 8 p.m. and was in the living room watching television with a 16-year-old girl and a seven-year-old boy, according to Taft.
Witnesses said Whitaker had allegedly had an argument with his 21-year-old girlfriend, Christina Butler, about arriving home late from work. The witnesses said the argument had apparently been settled before the shooting and Buller was taking a shower.
According to Taft, Whitaker ran from the bedroom, screamed he had been shot, and asked for help from Butler, who immediately transported him to McKenna Hospital.
Both juveniles said Whitaker left the living room and walked into a bedroom before a shot was fired. The
Probe uncovers stolen goods
Pair arrested for possession
million, whic is 12 percent more than last Dcccmbcrs’s payment. Dallas received the second largest payment at $8.2 million.
This month’s checks to cities and counties reflect taxes collected in October by businesses that file monthly income tax returns.
County wide, Comal County posted a 33.07 percent increase over last year, Guadalupe County had a 44.38 percent increase and Hays County registered a 28.69 percent increase.
For December, Comal County had a 4.42 percent increase, Guadalupe had a 18.11 percent increase and Hays had a 6.37 percent dccrese in sales tax rebates.
Payments to counties totaled $7.1 million, compared to $6.4 million last December. According to the comptrollers^ office, the increase was because of more counties collecting taxes this year.
A joint investigation resulted in the arrest of two men who have been charged with possession of stolen goods.
James B. Hand, 29, and Alton Harold Morris, 21, have been placed under $20,(HK) and $5,CKK) bond, respectively, according to Chief Deputy Wayne Holier/ of the Comal Sheriff’s Office.
Additional charges of theft and butchering of cattle, criminal trespassing, and possibly automobile theft arc expected to be filed against the two
later today, according to Hohcrz, who said the exact charges have not been completely determined as of 11:30 a.m.
The arrests arc a result of a joint investigation by Southwest Cattle Raisers Association Inspector Ken Miniard, Comal County Sheriff’s Deputies and Bill Ferrell of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
Hohcrz said the exact number of
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Bulgarians postpone constitutional change
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Parliament today postponed action on a motion to abolish the Communist Party’s 43-year-old monopoly on power, provoking an outraged response from
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Enjoy the sunny and warmer conditions because a cold front will move into the area tonight bringing cloudy, windy and cold weather. Today’s high will be near 62 degrees. But late tonight the arctic front will move in and the low will be near 31 degrees by morning. Friday’s high will be near 39 degrees but northerly winds at 25 mph will make for a single-digit wind chill.
Ive been a good beagle. Please send chocolate chip cookies. Now.
tens of thousands of pro-democracy demonstrators.
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State panel to offer settlement
A settlement to the lawsuit to control the Edwards Aquifer filed by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority will be proposed next week by the Texas Water Commission.
Commissioner John Birdwell would not comment on the nature of the settlement, bul did say the proposal published in a San Antonio paper last week calling for splitting the aquifer into three sections is just a rough draft and not a final proposal.
“That is not a final proposal to the settlement,” Birdwell said. ‘‘It is a rough draft and in fact a couple of aspects of that proposal have changed since it was published.”
The proposal, drafted by Birdwell, called for the Edwards to be separated into three conservation districts. One into a West Edwards for Medina and Uvalde counties; an East Edwards for Comal and Hayes counties; and a Central Edwards for Bexar.
The districts would have local regulatory power over the aquifer, and the TWC or an appropriate court would resolve problems or dissagree-ments that may arise, the plan stated.
Birdwell stressed that the plan that
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ll shopping days to Christmas
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is sponsoring the energy and excitement of IOO international performers during Up With People’s Jan. IO to 15 visit.
Up With People is an intercultural exchange program that combines community service, the host family experience and musical performance to create an exciting educational opportunity for hundreds of young people each year.
Cast members stay with local families in each city they visit.
The responsibilities of the host family during the cast’s five-day stay are few: Provide a place to sleep, a few meals and limited local transportation. In return, the families receive a chance to parti cipate in an intercultural exchance of thoughts, customs and lifestyles as well as two tickets to the Up With People concert Jan. 14.
‘‘Face to Face” is the title of the new musical show which encompasses both traditional and contemporary music, dealing with issues such as ozone depletion, prejudices and teen-age problems, as well as audience participation melodies.
Currently, Erie Boyum of Minnesota, Anna loves of Sweden and
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Cheer Fund nears date for deliveries
Precinct 2 commissioner
Craigmile seeks 2nd county term
Comal County Commissioner Neil Craigmile of Precinct 2 announced Wednesday, his intentions to seek reelection for the post.
Craigmile is serving his first term as commissioner of the precinct, taking office on January 1987.
“My primary purpose," Craigmile said, “will be to continue to provide responsible government for the citizens of Comal County,
“I have served as a full-time commissioner, accepting appointments where my time and talent could and would inprove the quality of government in Comal County.”
Craigmile said ad valorem taxes have decreased since he was in office, road improvement and long-term maintenance has improved, and computers have been implemented in the county government.
Craigmile said, “I have and will continue to be a full-time county commissioner. I maintain regular office hours and am available nights and weekends at my residence.”
Christmas will be here soon and the eighth annual New Braunfels llerald-Zeitung Cheer Fund is shifting into high gear. Plans are being finalized for delivery of CHristmas dinner on Dec. 23.
The fund’s goal is to raise $5,000 to fill baskets with Christ
mas diluter for 200 area families selected by the 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 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 tax-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 /eiiung and community volunteers.
In the past, contributions have exceeded the goal and provided a
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