New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 20, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Hospitals report higher mortality
WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 3 percent of the nation’s nearly 6,000 hospitals had higher-than-expected death rates for Medicare patients and 32 — including six in Puerto Rico — had excess rates three years in a row, the government reported today.
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Canyon & NB boys earn non-district wins
Travis Riedel scored 26 points Tuesday night as host New Braunfels edged llth-ranked Gonzales, while Michael McBride and Dal Hunter combined for 45 points as Canyon outmanned Memorial in nondistrict basketball games.
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New recipes brighten up cookie tradition
’Twas the night before Christmas ... the cookies were done for the season with care, left for St. Nicholas and others to share. In boxes, in tins, in baskets, on plates, cookies were everywhere, lovingly baked.
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Vol. 138, No. 28
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
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Officials warn of outbreak
Contagious infection diagnosed in school, day care
County and school officials are warning parents their children may have been exposed to an outbreak of Hepatitis Strain A.
Comal County Nurse Shel McWilliams said the strain is highly contagious and can be life threatening.
A parent volunteer who assisted with the Friday Christmas parties at Goodwin Primary has been
diagnosed with Hepatitis Strain A.
The mother and her two children, both students at the primary school, were diagnosed Tuesday afternoon. The volunteer helped prepare and serve food to students at the Friday parties where she iced cupcakes.
Dr. Arlen Tieken, director of personnel with Comal Independent School District, said he and his
staff are making every effort today to contact parents of every student in the kindergarten class of Rara Green and the first grade class of Janet Tabler to advise them of the situation.
McWilliams said that children who attend New Braunfels Child Development Center also have
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military bases in Panama
SA hospital to receive casualties from attack
Enjoy today’s sunny and cool weather because a change is on the way. Today’s high will hit 54 degrees with the low tonight at the freezing mark. On Thursday afternoon, another cold front will push through the arca keeping the high in the 40s. Friday will be much colder with the temperature dropping to 22 degrees early and going up to 32 degrees for the high. Wind chills will be extremely cold because of the northerly winds.
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PANAMA (MFY, Panama (AP) — American troops backed by fighter jets and waves of U.S.-based reinforcements attacked Panamanian army bases today in a bid to capture Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega and break his defiant grip on power.
Noriega fled and was in hiding, and his top bodyguard said on Panamanian radio that the ruler was directing his battered forces to resist the vastly superior numbers and firepower of the advancing U.S. units.
A man ^identified only as Major Caballero said on National Radio that “40 Americans have been detained,” but that figure could not be confirmed. In an earlier radio report, he said 41 were being held. Also, two soldiers who said they were Noriega loyalists seized three Americans from a hotel in the capital. Thousands of U.S. troops attacked Panamaninan military bases in and around the capital at midnight. Preliminary reports said more than 50 people were dead, including at least nine Americans, but
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SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Air Force’s Wilford Hall Medical Center will receive soldiers injured in the U.S. attack in Panama, an official said.
“I can confirm that we arc a reception point,” hospital spokesman Bob McNaughton said late this morning.
McNaughton said he could not say how many of the injured will be at the medical center until they arrive and did not know what time they were expected. He referred further questions to the office of the Secretary of Defense in Washington.
Ray i 'cry, spokesman for Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, said his hospital had not been notified of any incoming casualties from Panama.
“lf they want us to take care of casualties, we’ll take care of them,” Dory said.
5 shopping days to Christmas
New weather station waiting for federal funding approval
The Holy Family Catholic Youth Organization will sing Christmas Carols Thursday from 5 to 6 p.m. on Main Plaza downtown. The Thursday evening concerts are sponsored by the New Braunfels Downtown Association....
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Nightly newscasts show radar weather reports from Hondo, but by 1993 weather information for the arca from San Antonio to Austin will come out of New Braunfels.
The National Weather Service, the Federal Aviation Administration and the New Braunfels Municipal Aiqxjrt are cooperating to install a weather station at the airport to provide weather information throughout the Hill Country.
Talk about locating a weather station in New Braunfels has been going on since 1985, but not until 1986 was the airport site decided upon.
New Braunfels Assistant City Manager Hector Tamayo said the weather service confiders die weather station in Hondo obsolete, and it does not provide enough information to the
“Tile weather station will be able to cover the Hill Country and give Austin a better weather reading than the Hondo station could,” Tamayo said. “There will be new equipment and everything will be up to date.”
Hie weather station is expected to be built in 1993 and the weather service is awaiting funding approval from the federal government, Tamayo said. The building of the station is scheduled to be done in six months. Because the city, FAA and NWS arc in agreement about the site, the funding is the only thing delaying the move. Tamayo said federal funds should be approved prior to the 1993 work date.
Officials decided on the weather station’s location al the airport in the
past six months after the original site proposal was discovered to interfere with a New Braunfels Utilities water tower. The location of the weather station, Tamayo said, will be at the entrance of the airport, opposite the proposed water tower.
The weather station will provide a variety of readings for the arca. It will locate rain and determine how much rain is falling. The new radar also will include a Doppler system, which can show the speed of falling rain drops. The system will provide information about wind shear, a major contibutor to many plane crashes.
Tamayo said the weather station will help put the New Braunfels airport on the map.
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Trimming the tree
New Braunfels city employee Pat Ramirez weathers the cold temperatures Tuesday as he trims the trees — with a saw, not with ornaments — along Landa Park Drive. (Photo by Desmond Bostick)
Lamar Smith to seek third term in House
District 21 U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith will file with the Secretary of State for re-election to the House of Representatives today.
Smith, a Republican, is serving his second term as U.S. Congressman for the 21st District and is currently unopposed in the primary for his bid for a third two-year term.
“Residents of lite 21st District care about our strength as a nation, our values as a community, and our responsibilities as individuals,” Smith said. “These tire the values I strive to represent in Washington. I look forward to
Over their heads
By the time some warmer weather rolls into town, this new pavilion on Mill Race Drive in Landa Park should be ready for family picnicking. The pavilion, to be the largest one in the park, will be 34-by-70 feet and will seat 10O people. Park employees Richard Sauceda, left, and Johnny Zamora work on the pavilion which is being constructed with money from the park's capital improvement fund. The Wurstfest Association donated the money to build a deck around three sides of Pavilion 16. (Photo by Desmond Bostick)
Annual drive nears date for deliveries
The groceries have been ordered lo fill Christmas baskets for the eighth annual New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung Cheer Fund.
Although baskets will be delivered by volunteers Saturday, the fund will continue to accept donations to pay for the goodies ami to
start a beginning balance for next year’s drive.
The 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 to provide a Christmas dinner to the less fortunate in the area who
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serving the residents of the 21 st Dis trict for a third term.”
Smith’s career has been highlights this year by his work on govcrnmen ethics reform and by his service ai vice chairman of the House Immigra lion Subcommittee. He also intro duccd legislation this year to ease fed cral prison overcrowding aru strengthen law enforcement on thi U.S./Mexican border.
Smith sits on the Judiciary and Sci once, Space and Technology Commit tees, as well as on the Select Commit tee on Children, Youth and Families.
Officials urge care in travel
CHICAGO (AP) — More people than usual arc expected to hit the nation’s transportation routes during the Christmas weekend, and safety officials are urging motorists to be extra careful.
Some 35.8 million people — the highest number in five years — planned to travel at least IOO miles away from home during the holiday weekend, according to a national survey.
The U.S. Travel Data Center surveyed 1.5(H) nationwide for the AAA-Chicago Motor Club.
About 5.2 million people planned to travel by car, the survey found. The holiday officially begins at 6 p.m. Friday and ends at 11:59 p.m. on Dec 25.
With so many motorists on the highways, between 320 and 420 people could be killed in car accidents, the National Safety Council said.
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