New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 16, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Youth director pleads guilty
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The former executive director of San Antonio’s Catholic Youth Organization has pleaded guilty in New Braunfels to two counts of indecency with a child.
Duncan Cameron Whitney of Canyon Lake entered his plea Monday before 22nd District Court Judge Charles Ramsay. Sentencing was set for Jan. 17.
Whitney was indicted by a Comal County Grand Jury Sept. 21. The two counts against him relate to an in
cident that occurred on an Aug. 4 youth retreat involving two San Antonio boys under age 13.
Sheriff’s Lt. Gilbert Villarreal investigated the mother’s complaints, at the request of the Texas Department of Human Resources. Whitney turned himself into Comal County authorities Sept. 15, the same day he resigned as CYO director.
The charge against Whitney is a third-degree felony with a minimum punishment range of two years and a maximum of IO years in prison, and a fine up to $5,000.
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Inflation rate, food prices dropped in November
WASHINGTON (AP) — Spurred by November’s 0.2 percent drop, the first in eight months, inflation at the wholesale level is running at just 0.3 percent for the year, the government said today. Food prices last month plummeted I percent, their steepest fall since July 1982.
The new report virtually ensures that, for all of 1983, wholesale price inflation will be less than I percent, which would mark the economy’s best performance in nearly two decades.
Even in advance of today’s annualized 11-month calculation, showing an even smaller inflationary gain than had been expected, economists were cheering the year’s anticipated results.
“Fantastic,” exclaimed Edward Yardeni, chief economist for Prudential-Bache Securities Inc. And Michael Evans, an economic consultant here, said, “It’s amazing considering where we were three
years ago” when wholesale prices had surged 11.8 percent.
Prices rose 7.1 percent in 1981 and 3.7 percent last year. Not since 1964, when the gain was 0.5 percent, have wholesale prices risen at a rate below I percent.
The department said energy prices, as expected, also fell last month — down I percent. Those prices had been off in October after six months of increases.
On the good news for November food prices, the department said vegetable prices were down 16.5 percent. Fresh fruit prices fell 9.5 percent. It attributed those sharp declines to improved supplies of bananas, citrus fruits, corn, lettuce, tomatoes and beans.
Beef and veal prices fell 1.6 percent. Pork prices were off 2.9 percent. Meat prices have been down
through the fall as producers sent their livestock to slaughter rather than pay feedgrain prices driven higher by the summer’s drought.
As for energy, gasoline prices fell 1.1 percent last month while natural gas prices were up 0.4 percent. Home heating oil prices fell a sharp 1.8 percent.
Over the last 12 months, the Producer Price Index for finished goods rose only 0.7 percent, the smallest 12-month rise since the 0.6 percent pace set from September 1964 to September 1965.
Prices had risen 0.2 percent in September and 0.3 percent in October of this year.
Price changes that show up in the wholesale measure are a good barometer of how food, energy and other commodity prices will move at the retail level. The Consumer Price Index, though, checks for
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FRIDAY December 16,1983 25 cents
18 Pages —2 Sections
Icy winter storm chills Texas
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
A winter storm dumped up to six inches of snow along the Red River this morning, left behind hundreds of accidents on sickened roads across much of North, West and East Texas and closed some schools, authorities said.
Travelers advisories were in effect for much of the northern half of the state because of the snow, which began falling Thursday afternoon in the Panhandle.
The snow resulted from a low pressure system, driven by strong winds at upper levels, that pushed across the state overnight, the National Weather Service said.
The heaviest accumulations of snow were at Wichita Falls, where six inches had fallen in six hours by 3 a m., and Denton. Interstate Highway 35 in Denton was impassable this morning as a result and a few area schools were forced to close for the day or to open late, authorities said.
Most of the snow in North and West Texas had stopped by early morning, but heavy snow continued to fall to the Longvtew-Marshall area of East Texas, which had about five inches by 9:30 a.m., officials said.
“We’re being swamped. We've had a lot of fires and power lines down. There have been several major accidents, with some injuries,” said Longview Police spokesman Gene Noble.
“It’s coming down like crazy,” he said "Our switchboards have been clogged since early this morning. The number of snow-related calls is astronomical'
In Dallas, two to three inches blanketed the ground at dawn. The snow snarled rush-hour traffic and caused numerous minor accidents as overpasses were glazed with a layer of ice, authorities said.
Public schools in both Dallas and Fort Worth remained open.
Schools in Wichita Falls opened about 14 hours late. Dozens of accidents were caused by the snow, but no serious injuries were reported, police spokeswoman Niki Houwers said.
“We came out of this pretty well. I was a little worried early this morning,” she said
Scattered rainshowers were also falling over South Central Texas as a cold front was slowly pushing through South Texas and the upper Gulf coast
By late Thursday night in the Panhandle, Paducah had received three to four inches of snow. Amarillo more than four inches, Tulia two inches, Plainview
Freeze expected tonight
Today s dark skies and cold winds could ba an early warning lot what may be coming lo Comal County tonight City sheet sup**nriienoent Joe Robledo said his send cn-ws are reedy and waiting" for possible cy conditions tonight A National Weather Service spokesman indicated Ti'day that Cornu) County residents should aspect the thermometer to dip doyen to the upper 20* tonight And it the dampness of today's 40 .wit ant chance of ram spills over into the night local budges and roads could gat icy quick
Some siusn was reported on runways at Austin s Huber* Mueitei Allport The same weather spokesman said conditione weien t bad yet but there could be cy possibilities ahead " Austin t low Friday night is me same es whet'e forecasted in Comal County
There ere also stockmen and take wind advisories in a Her t today. with northerly winds between 20 2% mph making today s «• spatted highs in the low 40s seem much colder So fill up the fireplaces with wood fit some hot chocolate and spend a warm weekend at home That might be the best piece to be this weekend
an inch and a light duping also fell to Lubbock. Freezing rain was reported as far south as Midland.
About one to two inches fell around Midland and Odessa and about an inch around San Angelo. Another one to four inches fell on the South Plains.
Two to three inches covered North Texas, where crews started sanding icy freeway overpasses after the snow started late Thursday night.
Another four inches of snow fell around Sherman and Tyler reported half an inch.
Authorities in Amarillo said today that the snow there had caused 185 accidents since 7 a iii. Thursday. but there were no serious injuries
Three separate tractor-trailer accidents Thursday blocked north and southbound lanes on U.S. 87 between Canyon and Amarillo for up to an hour after each accident.
Ten cars also were involved in the first truck accident and 30 cars were involved in Ihes second, according to the DPS.
Skies this morning were cloudy over all of the state but small portions of far West and far South Texas.
Temperatures at 4 a.rn. varied by more than 60 degrees over the state. It was IO degrees at Amarillo and 71 at Brownsville. Readings were generally in the 30s behind tile front and in the 50s ahead of it with some readings in the 20s over West Texas and the Panhandle.
The forecast called for the snow to end over North Texas this morning
Sohn wants fuel adjustment reinstated
< Editor’s Note This is a follow-up to a story that appeared in the HeraldZeitung Thursday, Dec. 15 on "CCRA fuel adjustment woes,”)
He isn’t one to complain. But he did this time, and it might do some good.
New Braunfels Utilities Manager Bob Sohn wrote a two-page letter to Public Utilities Commission Chairman Al Erwin. His focus was an alarming $1.6 million under-recovery in fixed fuel factors for the Lower Colorado River Authority in just two months, His message was for Erwin to consider “obvious, straight-forward, professional solutions to the objectives of fuel charge regulations.”
This scenario started with Gov. Mark White’s
campaign promise to abolish automatic fuel adjustment charges The PUC obliged, and established fixed fuel factors effective in September based on fuel mix ratios, fuel supply contracts, weather conditions and hypothetical fuel cost escalation factors.
In two months, LCKA has an under-recovery of $1,635,496.35 NBU customers could be held responsible for about IO percent of that figure, if and when LORA goes before the PUC few a rate hearing.
A regular annual hearing is scheduled for September of 1984. But projections indicate the under-recovery could reach over $7 million by then.
See UTILITIES, Page 18A
Community Sing planned Sunday
Local people will have a chance to express their Christinas spirit at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, when everyone gathers on the Main Plaza for the second annual Holiday Community Sing.
For those who havent found the Christmas spirit yet, the Sing might be a good place to get some Ilia Greater New Braunfels Arts Council, sponsor of the event, will paaa out song sheets to the crowd. Approximately 400 singers showed up last year, and the council hopes to see even more this time around.
The program will start half an hour later titan it did last year, and will last 15 minutes longer. Folding chairs and flashlights are recommended.
Song sheets will include many of the familiar carols, as well as some that aren’t sung too often. There will also be fun numbers for the children in the crowd.
Traffic will be barred from the Plaza at 5 p.m. In case (rf rain, the sing-along will be moved to Seek Parish Hall on Coll Street.
We received five more donations to toss into the Cheer Fund pot Thursday.
Mr and Mrs H. Edwin Crow and Forrest and Suzanne Oldham both contributed $25 Mama Grishman contributed some groceries, Fran Thompson chipped in $2 and an anonymous donor gave us $10.
Thai brings our balance to $1,857.76, and that total does not include donated food.
As mentioned previously, this is our second year to hold the Cheer Fund drive The Heraldleitung's goal is to provide a Christmas dinner to needy local families — families who might not have one without your help.
You can bring contributions — cash or non-perishable food items — to our office at 186 S. Casted during regular business hours: 8:30-5 Monday through Friday. You can also mail a monetary con
tribution to Post Office Drawer 361, New Braunfels, 78131.
lf you would like to donate food but can’t bring it by, Circulation Manager Don Avery can arrange to have it picked up. You can call him at 625-9144.
We sincerely appreciate your help
It’s winter time, folks. The Comal County forecast calls for windy and cold today with a 40 percent chance (rf rain Tonight and Saturday will bring partly cloudy skies and cold temperatures A stockmen and lake wind advisory remains in effect today. Winds will be from the north at 20-25 mph today, near IO mph tonight, then shift to the south at 5-10 mph for Saturday.
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Rogers' son returns home Saturday
First U Craig Rogers, U S. Marine Corps, is due home from lebanon at noon Saturday.
The Teltschik Family Band has arranged to give him a musical welcome at the San Antonio airport. The Marine’s father, New Braunfels Cit) Councilman Joe Rogers, said he didn t know who else might show up “All Ann and I know is, we’re going after our son We’re going to feel his whole body, count his fingers and toes,” said Rogers U. Rogers tuts completed a six months' tour of duty in Lebanon It has not been an easy six months for his parents, listening to reports of increasing terrorist activity, and waiting tensely for news of their son after the Oct. 23 bombing of the Marine headquarters in Beirut As it happened, Ll Rogers was on the USS Iwo Jirna at the time of the bombing.
In addition to Ute celebration at the airport, some of the Marine’s friends are planning a reception for him at 6:30 p m Saturday in the Senior Citizens Center “We’re very, very flattered by all the attention our son is getting,” said Joe Rogers. “I know when I came home from World War U, there wasn’t a soul there But I didn’t care. I just wanted to get home ”
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The check's in the mail
NBISD pays share; refunds due soon
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
New Braunfels ISI) settled accounts Thursday with the Comal County Appraisal District. Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks hopes to get refunds out to other participating governments by the end of the month.
NBISD’s final payment on the 1983 budget came to $52,122, putting its annual pro rata share at $115,818.
That's $30,890 more than the school district had expected to pay when the appraisal district's 1983 budget was first approved. A Nov. 21 resolution from the board of directors stated that the shares had been figured unfairly, and authorized Brucks to refigure them and ask NBISD for more money
The board concluded that NBlSD's odd tax schedule gave it an unfair advantage in the appraisal district budget Each government pays a pro rata share, based on its tax levy for the previous year But NBISD and the City of New Braunfels set their tax levies in the spring, using property values from the year before. So when Brucks divided up this year’s appraisal budget, be used 1961 levies for those gov ernments, and 1962 levies for everyone else.
NBlSD’s increased tax base, and increased taxes due to a new bond issue, didn’t get figured in. The school district ended up with a much smaller share than it would have otherwise. The other governments paid the difference
To Avoid this situation in the future, the board of directors told Brucks to get updated figures each fall, and refigure the percentages before the governments make their last quarterly payments.
They made the rule retroactive to 1963, which means Brucks will be sending refunds to governments that had already paid The Coma) ISD's share came up $19,824 less; Comal County's, $7,894: and the City of New Braunfels’, $1,882
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