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Funds keep coming in for our “Cheer Fund,” and that makes us pretty cheery around here, to say the least. The fund, which is designed to provide a Christmas dinner to local folks who might not have one otherwise, continues to
Here are our most recent contributors:
Old balance ................. $1,202.70
Howard and Sammy* Dietz .............$25
Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Kraege...............$25
Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Fullbright
If you would like to contribute, you can mail a check to “NB Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund,” PO Drawer 361, New Braunfels, Tx., 78130. You can also drop it by our offices at 186 South Casten.
If you have non-perishable food items to donate, you can bring those by our Circulation Department, or contact circulation manager Don Avery at 625-9144 if you would like us to pick them up. Again, we appreciate your help.
Inspectors shift efforts to Comal, 'rural' counties
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Three persons were indicted by a Comal County Grand Jury last week for welfare fraud. And there’s more to come.
“We have investigations underway on at least 15 cases in New Braunfels, in addition to the three indictments last week,” Cliff Hunt said Friday. Hunt is Region 9 supervisor of the Texas Department of Human Resources’ Office of Investigator General.
Frustration comes easy for Hunt, who is
in charge of finding welfare fraud in 21 counties, including Comal and Bexar. “We have 1,000 referrals from DHR in Bexar County alone on suspected welfare fraud. I have six investigators and four clerks helping me,” Hunt said. “People say ‘hire more investigators,’ and I guess that would help, but more investigators won’t stop welfare fraud.”
So, as a way to fight this losing battle, Hunt has shifted his emphasis to rural areas, where his investigators get better and quicker results. Court dockets aren’t as crowded. The statute of limitations
doesn’t run out before the case gets into court. And the district attorney here is receptive.
“(District Attorney) Bill (Schroeder) is receptive, and I believe, a capable prosecutor. He does an excellent job,” Hunt said. “When I went to him two or three months ago, and outlined our intentions, he said, Bring ’em on. and I’ll do my best to prosecute them.’
“Before last week s Grand Jury list, the previous half a dozen welfare fraud cases
See FRAUD, Page 12A
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FRIDAY December 17, 1982 2S cents
Vol. 91 - No. 245
Senators work 'round the clock
WASHINGTON (Apl — A weary Republican-controlled Senate worked as the sun rose over the Capitol early today to complete work on a stopgap spending bill that includes a 11.2 billion jobs package President Reagan doesn’t want.
Unless the catchall appropriations measure clears both the House and Senate and is signed by the president by midnight tonight, most federal agencies would legally run out of money and might have to shut down.
Winding slowly toward the end of a lame-duck session, the Senate, in an all-night session, voted on a mixed bag of issues ranging from the MX missile to abortion, foreign aid and the Clinch River breeder reactor The votes followed the apparent defeat of the proposed $5.5 billion gas tax increase-highway repair program.
Sen. Mark Hatfield, R-Ore., chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said he hoped for a final vote on the spending measure by noon today.
By shortly after dawn, however, there were more than 30 amendments still awaiting disposition, and no end was in sight
When the Senate does pass the appropriations bill, it will go to a conference committee, where differences between the House and Senate versions will be w orked out.
Both chambers would then have to approve the resulting measure before sending it to the president, who has indicated he will reject the legislation if a jobs provision is kept in the bill.
On the MX question, the Senate agreed early this morning to Reagan s proposal to start buying IOO missiles, but only if Congress approves a basing plan within 45 days after he submits it.
By a vote of 56-42. the Senate approved $988 million
in production funds for the nuclear weapon Reagan wants to deploy in a controversial “dense pack” formation in Wyoming. The House last week rejected money for producing the missile.
On Clinch River, the Senate voted 49-48 to keep the controversial fast breeder nuclear program alive by approving $194 million for continued development.
The House voted earlier this week to kill the program in which uranium would be turned into plutonium in the power plant to be built in Tennessee.
Critics say fast breeder plants cost too much, don’t necessarily work and are a potential source of raw material for terrorists planning to build small nuclear bombs.
Reagan called the Congress back into the post election lame-duck session to handle appropriations measures, but most of the time has been spent on jobs bills the president either doesn’t want or has reluctantly accepted.
The version of the spending bill approved by the Democratically-controlled House includes a jobs program totaling $5 4 billion, five times the total in the Senate measure.
The Senate's $1.2 billion jobs proposal includes $900 million for the pay of workers at water and waste treatment plants, Indian housing and school construction, weathenzation of schools and hospitals, job training and mass transit employees.
There is also $250 million for construction of family housing on military bases, and another $26 million for construction work on the Alaskan railroad.
See CONGRESS. Page 12A
Polish officials kidnapped him to prevent speech—Walesa
GDANSK, Poland (AP) — l>ech Walesa said today he was “kidnapped” by police for nine hours Thursday to keep him from addressing a memorial rally. But he vowed that his outlawed Solidarity movement will "win one day” despite government efforts to crush it.
“I have to find a way to realize our goals,” said Walesa, speaking to reporters for the first time since he was interned in the martial law crackdown Dec. 13,1981. Walesa was released last month.
The news conference was held in Walesa’s Gdansk apartment after police allowed Western reporters through a cordon that had been thrown up around the building. Earlier, they had barred the reporters from entering, questioning some who tried to do so.
Security throughout Gdansk also appeared more relaxed than Thursday, when thousands of riot police clashed with Poles angered by Walesa's detention. No injuries or arrests were reported Walesa said armed plainclothes police came to his home about 10.30 Thursday morning (4:30 am. EST), carrying a crow bar that they did not use. “As a reasonable man, I had to go,” he said.
The officers took him to city hall, Walesa said, where he was questioned for 30 minutes about alleged financial irregularities in the Gdansk chapter of Solidarity, which he headed.
He said he was then “kidnapped by men in civilian clothes. You can call it kidnapping since they were not in uniform and did not bother to introduce themselves.”
Police drove him around the city for 84 hours, he said, leaving him at his doorstep about 7 30 p m. (1:30p.m. EST).
The government did not publicly acknowledge that Walesa had been detained.
Walesa said he had expected authorities to stop him from speaking at a memorial rally for workers slain in riots in 1970 and 1981. It was to be held outside the V I. l>enin shipyard, where Solidarity was born in the sununer of 1980 “That’s why I gave you my speech beforehand,” he said, referring to a text distributed to Western reporters in Warsaw on Wednesday.
See WALESA, Page 12A
First 'Community Sing' scheduled for SundayInside
The Holiday Community Sing, a new event sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council, will start at 5 p.m. Sunday on the Main Plaza downtown.
Elizabeth Elliott, president of the council, urges everyone to come.
“It doesn’t take a solo voice ... everyone likes to sing,” she said. “If you feel good singing in the shower, you’ll feel twice as good singing with others. Caroling has a way of making folks feel connected, making us aware of our common humanity.” Instrumental music will start at 4:30 p.m., setting the mood as the crowd! gather. Walter Faust will ring a few songs on the courthouse chimes,
and Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. will offer welcoming remarks.
“Then it will be our turn to sing holiday songs and Christmas carols,” Elliott said. The sing-along will be led by Dick Morris, director of music at First Protestant Church and vice president of the arts council.
Special music will be performed by the Carl Schurz fifth-grade chorus, the “orphans” from Circle Arts Theatre’s heritage drama Orphans on the Guadalupe and a small choral group called The Free Spirits.
The arts council hopes to make this an annual event. Letters of invitation have been sent to all area schools and churches.Today's Weather
Today will be sunny and mild, with winds from the south-southwest at 5-10 miles per hour. Tonight will be fair and not so cold, becoming cloudy by morning. Sunday will be fair and cooler, with a slight warming trend by Tuesday. Winds tonight will be variable at 5-10 mph. Sunset will be at 5:35 p.m., and sunrise Saturday at 7:20 a m.Spurs roll
Denver coach Doug Moe called it his team’s worst effort of the season. The San Antonio Spurs were on the receiving end of that effort, as they blasted the Nuggets, 120-108, Thursday night in Denver. Details in Sports.
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Long distance service disrupted Friday morning
You were out of luck Friday morning if you wanted to talk to anyone out of town.
A long-distance telephone cable was severed at approximately 8:55 a m., cutting off virtually all communication with the outside world.
Local service was unaffected, but • everything between here and San Antonio is out,” said a Southwestern Bell spokesman in late morning. Since all the city’s long-distance is switched through San Antonio, calls to the east, north and west were cut off as well. Repair service numbers couldn’t be reached, and direct lines to the Alamo City weren’t working either.
“They’re all in the same cable," die local switchman said.
“If it makes us feel better, the whole hill country can’t talk to em either,” he added. “They go through here to get to San Antonio.”
The break occurred near Dietz Tractor Company. As of ll a in., work crews were digging up the cable, and men were standing by ready to splice it back together. They were hoping to restore service by afternoon.
“How it happened I don’t know yet,” said the company man.
He declined to give his name. “Everybody that knows me down
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From left, David Drake (Armstrong), Elroy Friesenhahn, Robert Partida, Charles Holder, Victor Sierra and Robert Reed inspect plans
Firemen, businesses eye an ounce of prevention
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Fireman Billy Watts checks out the roof staff photos by Oyamw hy StH. kike, Page 12A
It might have been called a “dry run.”
New Braunfels firefighters brought their ladder truck to Armstrong Machine Works this week. They backed it to the loading dock and sent a man up in coat, boots and helmet.
But the hose wasn’t squirting water. There was no smoke. The rising fireman’s shift-mates, instead of scurrying for hatchets and extra hose, stood calmly watching on the driveway. Assistant Chief Robert Partida even took notes “It looks like the ladder will make it all the way across," he said, meaning that a man laddered up from the loading area could reach any part of the roof. “This building isn t as tall as I thought it was."
He was glad to see that. The extendable ladder has more than twice the height it needs to put personnel on Armstrong's 17-foot roof. But there’s also the problem of where to park the massive truck. The stabilizing ground jacks, which must be extended before the ladder can be raised, require a solid surface. Partida and his compatriots decided the west loading dock was the only really good place.
Guided by Armstrong representative David Drake, the firemen also toured the building They checked locations of entrances, exits, combustible materials, alarms and controls for the automatic sprinkler system.
Drake showed them the difference between tile actual fire alarms and another warning bell that’s tied into the plant cooling system. That one, he said,