New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Survey: White students use more drugs, alcohol
WASHINGTON (AP) — White students are more likely than black students to use all kinds of drugs — from liquor to cocaine and hallucinogens — according to a nationwide survey of drug use by sixth to 12th grade students.
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Mattox blasts Clements on political lawsuits
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox and Gov. Bill Clements exchanged political fire over major lawsuits hanging over the state.
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Houston still reeling from Bengal blowout
Houston’s 61-7 loss in Cincinnati on Sunday not only denied the Oilers’ their first AFC Central title, it created a rift between the two teams that will not soon be forgotten as Bengal Coach Sam Wyche verbally assualtcd his counterpart in Houston.
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Vol. 138, No. 27
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December 19, 1989
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T rustees disallow freeport
Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees joined the area’s other taxing agencies in not allowing the “Freeport exemption” in last night’s meeting.
The Freeport exemption, which was made into a Texas Constitutional amendment this year, would make exempt taxable inventory that is not in the state for more than 175 days. The Freeport exemption has always been available, according to the Comal Appraisal District, bul with the passage of the amendment the exemption is automatic unless the taxing entity docs not allow for it. C1SD, New Braunfels City Council, New Braunfels Independent School District and Comal County Commissioners all voted not to allow the exemption.
According to appraisal district officials, the Freeport exemption is a way to attract business and industry into Texas. In the past, however, no industry in the county has petitioned to have its inventory exempt.
“The Freeport exemption would have shifted die burden of taxes from businesses to property owners,” said Abel Campos, director of finance for CISD. ‘That is why we rccomcndcd to not allow the exemption. Based on one estimate by the CAD, if we were to grant the exemption, the school district would lose $715,000 in taxes.”
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Grand jury returns murder indictment
Jack Warren Davis was indicted Monday on charges of capital murder in the November slabbing death of Kathic Balonis.
Bond for Davis was denied. Bond had been set at SKK),(XKI bul was retracted Monday because of the capital murder charge.
Davis was one of 2X persons indicted by a Comal County Grand Jury on Monday which returned 32 indictments on 34 counts, according to Nancy Filkins at the District Attorney’s office. No acquittals were returned, she said.
Davis, 42, was arrested at 3 a.m. Nov. IX for the murder of Bulverde Elementary School teacher Kathic Balonis, who was found stabbed to death in her apartment at around 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 17.
Balonis, 24, was found dead in her second-floor apartment at the Oaks Apartments at 4X3 laurel St. in New
Braunfels. Reports at the time of the discovery indicate she had been stabbed repeatedly. No motive has been made public and the murder weapon has not been revealed.
Other indictments included:
Charles Empctt of New Braunfels was indicted on a charge of attempted murder stemming from a shooting incident in Comal County on Aug. 6.
The Grand Jury charged eight co-defendants with illegal investments on a drug deal involving 50 pounds of marijuana. The persons involved reside in Corpus Christi, Austin, and Dallas.
Juan Delgado was indicted for assault with a deadly weapon and carrying a weapon on a licensed premise.
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Cold weather Good Day
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10-year-old Irene Jaime shares her breakfast with Santa Claus as she lets him in on the secret of what she’d really like to have under the Christmas tree during the New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club's annual breakfast and shopping spree for area youngsters Saturday morning. (Photo by Desmond Bostick)
Witnesses report gunfire, 400 dead in Romanian city
Colder weather adds to the burden of persons already in need and the low temperatures of the past few weeks have increased the need for assistance to the needy.
The Community Service Center has seen an increase in requests for assistance, with many families asking for help in paying utility bills.
“A lot of people come here just for help with their utility bills,” said Su/ic Garcia, director of the Community Service Center. “At times, we’ve had as many as 20 people on a waiting list for assistance with their utility bills."
Garcia said many homeless people living in their cars are being referred lo San Antonio by workers at the
“We arc giving them a bus ticket and arranging a place for them to stay in San Antonio,” Garcia said. “Bul San Antonio is already loaded down w ith people looking for shelter.’’
Garcia said that the center is not fiexHied with people looking for help, but a large number of people are seeking assistance in buying warm clothes, blankets and heaters.
“People have been coming in and going through our rummage area to see w hat they could use.” Garcia said. “The clothing is at a very affordable price and if we get a call from a school nurse or counselor asking for help. we
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Cloudy and cold conditions continue in the area with the high temperature today expected to hit 47 degrees. The low tonight will hit the freezing mark. Wednesday will be slightly warmer with the high near 56 degrees and the low near 37 degrees.
Only six shopping days until Christmas!!
VIENNA, Austria (AP) — Gunfire was reported early today in the streets of a western Romanian city where witnesses say security forces have shot and killed dozens of people in anti-government rioting that began over the weekend.
Unconfirmed reports have put the death loll al up to 400 and one witness was quoted as saying he saw helicopters fire on crowds in the city of Timisoara.
Romania has virtually scaled its borders in an apparent attempt to prevent details from emerging of the unrest, which a Hungarian newspaper said had spread to two other Transylvanian cities — Arad and Brasov.
The unrest is the most serious since November 19X7 in the country whose leaders have refused lo stray from orthodox Communism.
State-controlled Romanian media have made no mention of the unrest, and Western reporters have been prevented from entering the country. Most reports have conte from travelers leaving Romania or from news agencies able to reach residents by telephone.
In Timisoara beginning on Saturday, thousands of peo
ple have violently vented rage at hard-line President Nico-lae Ceausescu for his intolerance and the hardships he has forced Romanians to endure.
Greek dental students, who had been attending school in the city, said late Monday after crossing into Yugoslavia that they had seen soldiers shoot indiscriminately at protesters, “killing dozens.”
The students said they heard protesters shout “Freedom!” “Down with Ceausescu!” and “Bread!"
A Western resident of Timisoara who crossed into Yugoslavia told The Associated Press that the extent of the weekend violence was “horrifying” and that he saw several corpses on the streets.
“Tiananmen is nothing compared to Timisoara,” he said, speaking on condition he not be further identified. At least 5(H) people were killed in June when Chinese troops crushed the pro-democracy movement in Beijing.
Budapest radio said a caller from Timisoara — 30 miles from the Hungarian and Yugoslav borders — this morning
Newspaper chain buys publication
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Southern Newspapers, Inc., owner of the New Braun/els Herald -Zeitung, finalized the purchase of the Paris (Texas) News Monday.
The North Texas ncwspajicr is a seven-day afternoon publication with a circulation of approximately 13,(HK).
“The purchase of the Paris News indicates the strength of Southern Newspapers and its potential for growth,” said David F*\ Kramer, llerald/eitung publisher.
In announcing the purchase. South
ern Newspaper officials also announced that Michael D Graxiola has been named publisher at the Baris newspaper. He had been publisher al the Seguin (Jazetle-Cnterprtse, another Southern Newspapers publication, for five years.
Ron Filkins, publisher of the Southern Newspaper-owned Hie Moore County News-Press in Dumas, has bevil named publisher of the Seguin paper. The Dumas paper, also owned by Southern Newspapers, is a twicc-weekly publication.
Chamber of Commerce draws up plans for ’90s
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce sewed up the ‘80s and made plans to kick off the next decade during a joint meeting of both the 1989 and 1990 board of directors at noon Monday.
The Chamber made three special award presentations, planned the 71 st annual meeting, and announced having obtained a Federal Communications Corporation license to broadcast service information to travelers along Interstate 35 in New Braunfels.
Officers inducted for 1990 include David Lamon, chairman of the board; Manard Ivy, chairman elect; Charles Berger and Mike Dietert, vice-chairmen; and immediate past president Dan Sedgwick as Blue Coat Chairman.
The 71st Annual Meeting and Banquet is scheduled to be held at the Civic Center at 7 p.m. Jan. 26, according to program chairman Helgard Suhr.
She said Carl Hurley has been con
tracted to appear as the principal speaker at the affair. Hurley has been billed as “America’s Funniest Professor,” Suhr said, adding he is expected to be “hilarious and should be both entertaining and informative.” She said a slide show and a review of the 1989 awards program will be included as entertainment.
Tickets may be purchased from board members, Blue Coals, and committee members after Jan. I. The Chamber staff will deliver tickets.
Inducted into the Chamber’s Hall of Honor were Helen Hoffmann, Joe Rogers, and Barron Schlamcus. Only three individuals per year may be inducted into the Hall of Honor and their photographs will be on permanent display in lite Hall of Honor Conference Center.
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Volunteers gear up to deliver baskets
Volunteers have set aside Saturday to [lack up and deliver Christmas baskets for the eighth annual New Braunfels Herald-'Aeitung Cheer Fund.
Although baskets will soon be delivered, the fund will continue to accept donations to pay for the goodies and to start a beginning balance for next year’s drive.
Tile fund’s goal is to raise contributions to fill baskets with Christmas 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 lo 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 at least $5,000 has been set to buy the goodies to fill those baskets.
All of the tax-deductible contri-butions are used to purchase die
food items contained on the Cheer Fund shopping list. The administrative and distribution costs are provided by the llerald/eitung and community volunteers.
In the past, contributions have exceeded the goal and provided a beginning balance to start the drive each year This year, a balance of $1,033.67 kicked off the annual drive.
The llerald/eitung will publish the names of contributors to the Chm Fund each day. Donations
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6 shopping days to Christmas
During the month of November, the Canyon Middle School Industrial Technology department, sponsored by Mark Koen, held its annual Thanksgiving Canned Food
Drive. Ry the end of the drive,
CMS students had collected a tot
al of 1,300 cans of food. Mary Ann Richmond’s first-period class collected 455 cans to win a pizza party, but her students chose to include their party money ($35) with the rest of their donation.
Ihrough arrangements made by CMS teacher Mike Pcinemann, all of the cans and money were distributed to Spirit of Sharing, Inc., a local food pantry which distributes food lo needy families in Comal County throughout the year....
Teen Connection’s Thrift Shop is hosting a Midnight Madness Sale Wednesday and Thursday and this could be the perfect place for some last-minute shopping. The sale will be from 5 to 9 p.m. both days and will feature By-thc-Bag s|x*cials, Blue Balloon specials, door prizes, refreshments and the usual bargains. Proceeds benefit Teen Connection, a foster group home and alternative school at 1414 W. San Antonio St....
Tickets for the Canyon Athletic Booster Club’s appreciation/roast banquet for Coach Troy Burch still are on sale at Canyon High School, Rivercrest Drive Inn, Wendell & Sons or from any
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