New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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Hot air heaven
General Portland, Inc. supervisors Fred Koester, Charlie Fink and Harold Ritterbush lift off from a field near GPI and glide across New Braunfels this morning in a hot air balloon as a gesture of appreciation by Midcap
Bearing Corp., a supplier to the cement plant. The men floated ap proximately 200 feet above the city and ended their journey by sipping champagne in Cypress Bend Park.
GPI supervisors get eye view of city
By JOHN SENTER Staff photographer
Early morning mist was just dissipating as a red, white and blue cloud floated lazily into the sky beginning a trek across sleepy-eyed New Braunfels.
Riding in a small gondola below the hot-air balloon were three General Portland, Inc. supervisors: Fred Koester, Charlie Fink and Harold Ritterbush. The three were approached by Midcap Bearing Corp., a supplier to GPI, with the opportunity to drift over
New Braunfels Thursday morning.
Donning their crash helmets, the men were escorted across the blue skies by pilot Marty Pearlman after the ground crew filled the polyester sphere with air.
After heating the air inside the balloon with propane- fed flames to 220 degrees, the balloon lethargically floated over the city causing local residents to croon their heads skyward, squint their eyes and point at the multi-colored balloon in disbelief.
Cypress Bend Park’s open grassy field invited the
balloon to descend back to earth.
Glued-on smiles were seen on the men’s faces as they ambled out of the balloon, followed by Fink’s remark, “It was a completely different kind of feeling; it was like floating along on the river, but you are on a bed of air.” Koester grinned and said, “It was quite a thrill," while Ritterbush said, "That’s fantastic.”
Champagne corks popped around the gondola as the participants followed the 200 year old tradition of drinking the bubbly liquid to celebrate a perfect landing.
Grand Jury returns indicts 13
After almost three hours of deliberation, the Comal County Grand Jury yesterday handed down 13 indictments against 12 persons.
The grand jury no-billed Jimmy Jennings of New Braunfels and passed the cases of Delfin Sanchez of Canyon l,ake and Sammy Davis of 105 E.
Guada Coma Drive for further investigation.
Sanchez remains in the Comal County Jail in lieu of $55,000 bond after
being charged with the arson of his home and three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The names of five persons are being witheld pending their arrests.
Jesus P. Garcia of 711 Torreon, San Antonio, Olivia V. Alvear of 043 W. Elmira, San Antonio and Jose Luera of 811 Torreon, San Antonio, were indicted for the criminal attempt to burglarize a habitation. They are being
held in the Comal County Jail in lieu of $15,000 bond each.
Cynthia Head of 180 E. River St. and Jesse Edward Gallaher of 582 Willow Ave. were indicted for forgery. Javier Ortiz of 1497 Stonewall St. was indicted for attempted murder and Juan Manuel Quintanilla of 2850 W. San Antonio St. was indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.hlcofllm Center Comp. r. O, Box 451+36
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Chrysler adopts plan
NEW YORK i AP) — Directors of Chrysler Corp., which expects to lose $200 million in the final three months of this year, today approved a survival plan for the automaker that includes wage freezes and an additional $400 million in federally guaranteed loans.
Chrysler Chairman lA»e A. lacocca told reporters following the board meeting in New York that the plan was approved unanimously by the directors. Only Douglas Fraser, president of the United Auto Workers union, failed to attend the meeting.
Chrysler Vice President Wendell Ixirsen told reporters the application to the Chrysler Loan Guarantee Board would not be made today, as spokesmen had said earlier, but could occur within a few days. He said the board had not asked for the application, and Chrysler was awaiting that request.
Ixirsen said Chrysler expects to lose about $200 million in the final quarter of HIHO, a loss that would boost its 1980 deficit to $1.7 billion, more than any American corporation has ever lost in a year.
At a news conference in Highland Park, Mich., on Wednesday, lacocca
said the No. 3 automaker probably can stay afloat through January, but “has no future” after that unless it gets the $400 million in government-guaranteed loans.
Chrysler is confident of conditional approval for the guarantees, lacocca said. “I would hope to get a signal to say that this plan looks terrific and ifs viable; let’s get on with it,” he said.
The automaker already has received $800 million in loan guarantees out of the $1.5 billion Congress first authorized last year when the loan guarantee board was created. Each time Chrysler wants more loan guarantees, it must get approval from the board.
To get that approval for the $400 million, Chrysler has undertaken a far-ranging, money-saving survival program.
As part of that plan, Chrysler is asking the United Auto Workers to agree to a 22-month wage freeze that would hold the hourly wage at $17.50 through September 1982. The wage otherwise would rise to $22.11 an hour.
All the company can offer workers in exchange for that concession is “their jobs,” lacocca said.
Store robbed second time;
New Braunfels police are searching for two Latin males believed to be involved in the armed robbery of a convenience store Wednesday night.
An undetermined amount of cash was stolen from Sac-N-Pac, 513 Highway 81 West, at approximately 10:15 p.m. police said. The store has been robbed twice within the last five months.
Police said a I,atin male of slim build wearing a black ski mask with yellow stripes, faded blue jeans jacket and pants and armed with a rifle was involved in the robbery. He was accompanied by short Latin male of medium build wearing a blue ski mask and blue jeans, police said. Both males are believed to be teen-agers, police said.
Police said the men entered the store, threatened the cashier with the rifle and told the cashier to go into the cooler. The men then took money from the cash register and left the store. Passersby told police they saw two men of the same description running
towards Magazine Avenue, police reported.
Detective Mario Guerrero said the suspects are believed to have been involved in an armed robbery at Bud’s Fins Service Station, 2250 State Highway 2, Monday at 7 p.m.
Police said two Latin males of the same description approached the station manager outside the station and demanded he give them money from the cash register. One of the suspects threatened the manager with a revolver, police said.
When the manager refused to get money from the register, the suspects demanded forced the manager to give them money from his pockets, police said. The suspects then ran from the scene.
No one was injured in either incident, Guerrero said.
Guerrero said that police are keeping a special lookout for the two suspects.
If any person sees the suspects they should contact Guerrero or Criminal Investigation Division head Felix Roque at 625-7181.
Faust, Nolte receive foundation recognition
Two outgoing directors of the New Braunfels Industrial Foundation received letters of appreciation at the corporation’s board meeting at Krause’s Cafe Thursday.
President Merritt Schumann thanked Joseph Faust, a charter member, and Ed Nolte for their service on the board and presented framed copies of his letter.
“Without your advice, counsel, and active leadership, we would not have come as far as we have," the letters read. “People who have been involved in industrial development through the years are well aware of your willing support and effective leadership."
Faust and Nolte were replaced on the board by Robert Orr and Maurice Fischer, elected by the membership in September to three-year terms. Orr was also elected secretary-treasurer.
The purpose of the foundation, Faust explained, was to “attract new industries and keep the old ones happy."
In a business meeting following the presentation, the board reviewed plans
for development of an industrial park.
A possible site along IH-35 and FM 482 within the current city limits was discussed.
“It’s the only one at this point we have really explored,” Schumann said in an interview after the meeting. “The general feeling is, we don’t want industry spread all over the community. We’d like to find a site with access to the highway, to utilities.”
The proposal is still in the talking stages, he said, and a committee to study possible sites will be appointed within the next few days.
The Industrial Foundation has bought and sold land before to introduce new industries into the area, but has been careful not to make a profit, sometimes selling the property to incoming companies at the “exact price” it was acquired for.
An industrial park would be somewhat different, Schumann said.
“We’d probably have to borrow money, and sell the land for more than we paid to redeem our costs,” he said.
Merritt Schumann, center, president of the Industrial Foundation, presents letters of appreciation to Joseph Faust, left, a charter member of the group, and Ed Nolte for their work. The two men are outgoing members of the foundation's board of directors.
Change in rate up for decision
New Braunfels Utilities trustees were to decide today whether to recommend changing a rate increase provision in the new electrical ordinance now before the City Council.
The trustees meeting was scheduled for 4:30 p.m. in the Utilities board room.
The choice between two methods of passing on rate increases has caused the council to postpone a final reading of the ordinance until it meets Jan. 12.
A workshop session was held Monday to explain the proposed change to council members, even though the board itself has not yet voted to recommend it.
The i/ower Colorado River Authority has requested a rate increase of 8.18 percent, but the earliest it can take effect is April 1981, subject to the
approval of the Public Utilities Commission,
In order for Utilities to deal with any size increase, a cost adjustment paragraph will be included in the ordinance.
Instead of averaging the cost of the increase per kilowatt hour and applying it to a customer’s bill based on kwh consumption, Utilities Manager Bob Sohn recoiimiends another approach : increase each energy bill by the same percentage as the total rate hike.
In other words, if the commission approves the LURA request for an 8.18 percent increase, each customer would be assessed an extra 8.18 percent.
This method works to the advantage cf some users, especially those industries that have a high “power factor” or use energy more efficiently.