New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 15, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Rains vows ‘partnership’ for women in government
AUSTIN (AP) — Jack Rains became the first GOP candidate to file for governor after a news conference in which he said women would be full partners in state government if he is elected.
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Comal Co. undefeated
in the Canyon Classic
All four local teams competing in the Canyon Classic basketball tournament won their games on Thursday. The host Cougars won two games while the Smithson Valley girls upset top-seeded Jourdan
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Youngsters tell Santa their hopes, wishes
Second-grade students in Comal County recently sat down to send letters to Santa Claus. The letters stopped off at the llerald-Zeiiung on the way to the North Pole.
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District approves ‘no pass, no work’
CAD policy requires advanced training
By JOE KINCHELOE Staff Writer
It’s ‘No pass, no work’ for Comal Appraisal District employees, who must either pass required college courses or face “reassignment or termination,” according to a 4-1 vote Thursday night by the CAD Board of Directors.
Neil Craigmile cast the only opposing vote to an amendment in the district’s personnel policy which will require employees to receive classroom instruction or college credits within an allotted time frame or face reassignment or termination.
Craigmile said, “If they arc performing satisfactorily, then why dismiss diem? If they arc not performing satis-lactorily, then dismiss them.”
Board member Raymond Soechting said, “Are you say
ing not to educate our employees?”
“No, but if they go to school and sleep through class but pass the test, docs that (make them qualified?)” Craigmile asked.
“That’s part of live and learn,” Soechting replied.
Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes said later, “Because our business requires certain educational performance, we’re required to be certified by the State of Texas. If you arc not certified, then you arc out of this business basically.
“This is not a case where we arc trying to get rid of a good employee. We’re trying to put certain processes in line to insure that our employees continue to be good
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Bundle up because the arctic front will arrive this afternoon.
The temperature was expected to reach 53 degrees by noon but drop to 38 degrees by 5 p.m. and down to the 20s by morning. The next few days will be cloudy, windy and cold with highs in the upper 30s and lows in the lower 30s.
Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R Phillips makes a point during the meeting of the Noon Lions Club Thursday. (Photo by Desmond Bostick)
Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Phillips visited with the Noon Lions Club Thursday in New Braunfels and spoke about sonic of the problems facing the state's judicial system.
Phillips noted that a major draw back in working with the courts is the cost, which prohibits many people from utilizing the system.
“The high cost of litigation cats away the claims,” Phillips said. “Too many people forego the legal system because of The cost.”
Phillips said that one way the system could cut down on expenses is to stop creating new judgeships and concentrate on increasing the efficiency of the courts.
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Reopens as Victoria Bank
Sattler bank Firefighters stress need
for emergency district
Canyon Lake Bank and Trust in Sattler was declared insolvent by the Texas Banking Department Thursday, bul was reopened today as Victoria Bank and Trust Canyon Lake, according to T.L. Walker, regional director of Victoria Bank and Trust.
The Texas Banking Department closed the Canyon Lake Bank at 3 p.m. Thursday. The bank was reopened at 9 a m. today under the name Victoria Bank and Trust Canyon Lake. Canyon Lake Bank’s Smithson Valley location was also
closed Thursday and Walker said it will not be reopened.
The bank was placed in receivership to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation bul all accounts were transferred to Victoria Bank and Trust, according to Cheryl Bennett of the FDIC. She said all accounts were protected. The FDIC paid over S12 million to Victoria Bank and Trust to take over the Canyon Lake bank.
Walker will assume immediate
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IO shopping days to Christmas
Looking for a cold holiday neat? New Braunfels Rotary Club has 12 cases of chcesecakc-on-a-stick left and is selling the treat for $10 a case. Proceeds will be used to provide food baskets for the needy in the area. For more information, call Bob Dinglebein....
lf you have a golden blonde fur coat, check it out. Apparently two coats were mixed up after the Elks Ladies Christmas party on Dec. 8 at the Elks Lodge. If you find that you have a different coat, call Elks Lodge at 625-5217....
It’s too cold to think about swimming now, but the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is selling 1990 season swim passes. Resident passes are good for the luanda Park spring-fed pool and Olypmic pool as well as Prince Solms Park tube chute. Season tickets arc available at Lamia Recreation Center or luanda Park Information Office. For more information, call 620-PLAY or 629-PARK....
Community Council of South Central Texas will be issuing USDA comn.odities to income eligible househomes on Dec. 19
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City schedules date for 911 system start
By MIKE CROUCH Staff Writer
The 911 emergency phone system, previously scheduled to come on line in late January, is now expected to be fully operational in late June.
Martin Meyer, spokesman for New Braunfels Police Department, said the 911 system should begin “hot testing” by March 27.
"We will begin testing no later than by die end of March,” Meyer said. “Tile hot test is when all the equipment is in place and really lo work. June 27 or 29 is the latest and most definite schedule we have."
Meyer said the reason the original target date of late January “was very,
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When talking to Rolo Skinner, the conversation is always in danger of coming to a sudden halt something Canyon Lake area residents can be thankful for.
Smack in the middle of a telephone interview with Skinner, a volunteer fireman at Canyon Lake, a chiming noise came over the telephone and Skinner said, “I have lo go. That’s our fire phone."
Skinner had been talking about the proposed fire and emergency services district election on Saturday stressing why residents in that area of the county need to form the district, and discussing his personal reasons for devoting so much time and energy to the volunteer fire department.
At age 62, Skinner is the oldest member of the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department bul he still responds to over 90 percent of the fire calls.
“He almost never misses one," said Larry Ratliff, a director of the Canyon Lake VFD
The fire Skinner had responded to turned out to be a grass fire which was
only temporarily out of control. Hic fire was back under control quickly and the firefighters returned to work or home or any variety of other things volunteers do.
Before the emergency Knik him away from the telephone. Skinner had lime to get in a few words about his call to duty.
“I joined in ... 1975 because they needed people just like they do now," Skinner said, “I enjoy it. I hate to see people suffer.”
Skinner said all members of the volunteer fire department feel the same sense of duty and fulfillment from their actions.
"I hate to sec peoples’ homes burned. We all do," Skinner said, "But sometimes you feel so helpless.” “lf we can save a home or even pasture land, that’s gratification enough. We have done somebody some grxxl and that’s a good feeling,” said Skinner.
“lf someone’s home is on fire or they need to be taken to the hospital — we’re there. Those people we help thank us and that makes it all worth
while,” Skinner said.
Ratliff said the proposed fire and emergency services district has been in the works for about three years but has come lo maturity within the last 60 days.
“The primary reason to establish the district is so the fire department and (ambulance services) can have funding through a tax supported base,” Ratliff said, “Previously, funding has come from donations and membership dues.” Comal County also gives money to those organizations. The county gives money to other fire districts such as one in Bulverde and one in Spring Branch,
“We’re talking about IO, 15, S20 a year from people who live in the district," Ratliff said, “The (emergency services) up here is one of the largest volunteer (organizations) I’ve ever seen. Different estimates put the population from 4,(HK) to 10,000 people but 8,OCK) to 10,000 is more realistic."
Most opponents say the propositi is
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Fund continues accepting donations
Christmas baskets for the eighth annual New Braunfels llerald-Zeitung Cheer Fund will soon be packed up for delivery but the fund will continue to accept donations to pay for the goodies.
The fund’s goal is lo raise contributions to fill baskets with Chrisunas dinner for 200 area families selected by the Community Service Center. Any monies not used this year will be used to start next year’s drive.
The administrative costs are 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 Chrisunas dinner to the less fortunate in the area who might not otherwise enjoy a holi-
day 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 at least $5,000 has been set to buy the goodies to fill those baskets.
All of the tax-deductible conui-butions are used to purchase the food items contained on the Cheer Fund shopping list. The administrative and distribution costs are provided by lite Herald Zeilung and community volunteers.
In the past, conuibutions have exceeded the goal and provided a beginning balance to start the drive each year. This year, a balance of
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A -$1,033.67 kicked off the annual drive.
The Herald-Zeitung will publish the names of conuibutors to the Cheer Fund each day. Donations are lax deductible and may be made at the newspaper office at 707 Lamia. For more information or lo arrange for pickup of donations, call Carol Atm Avery at 625-9144.
The fund total today is $4,828.89 with donations from:
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Trade deficit climbs to $10.2 billion record
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s merchandise uade deficit soared to S 10.2 billion in October, the biggest imbalance in IO months, as imports climbed to a record level, the government said today.
The Commerce Department said the October deficit was 19.8 percent higher than the September imbalance of $8.51 billion
The worsening trade balance reflected a big jump in imports, w hich climbed 5.1 percent, to an all-time high of $41.21 billion.
U.S. exports were also up, by Ll percent, rising to $31.01 billion. The trade deficit is the difference between imparts and exports.
A worsening in the trade deficit had been expected, given the fact dial imports normally shoot up iii October as merchants restock shelves in preparation for Christmas. However, the size of the increase caught many economists by surprise.
For the first IO months of die year, the U.S. merchandise uade deficit is running at an annual rate of $109.4 billion, down a modest 7.7 percent
from last year’s deficit of $118.53 billion.
Many economists are looking for very little improvement in the trade imbalance in the coming year, a forecast w hich would spell trouble for the U.S. manufacturing sector, already suffering job losses because of weakening sales.
The Bush administration is likely to come under growing pressure in Congress to erect uade barriers in an effort to stop the flood of imports into Upcountry.
As usual, the biggest deficit in October was recorded with Japan, an imbalance of $4.9 billion, almost half of the total for the month, as imports front Japan hit a record level.
Other large deficits included a $1.28 billion imbalance with Taiwan, an $843 million deficit widt Canada and a $783 million deficit with China
The Soviet Union continued to be one of the few counuies with which the United Slates enjoys a uade surplus, with the October surplus totaling $123.2 million.
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