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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Dallas, Texas #?!,?-WIcroplex, Inc.'-tt: witch zombie i .0. t>ox ^5^3c Dallas, i>xr*<s 75?/$5 Comp, Cheer Fund Time is running out to contribute to our “Cheer Fund," since our plan is to distribute the food baskets Christmas Eve, which is this Friday. We continue to be overwhelmed with the response, however, as contributions continue to pour in. Here are our most recent contributors: Old balance.................$1,292.70 New contributors Lt. Col. (ret.) James and Mary Cagle . $35 John H. Lux....................$30 Mayor and Mrs O.A Stratemann Jr. $25 Clarence and Odette A Lindsey .... $25 Mr and Mrs. George R. Shepherd . . $25 Anonymous....................$25 Anonymous...............  $25 W Frank and Helgard Suhr........$20 Wallace and Margaret Sullivan $15 Dick Hueser....................$10 Anonymous....................$10 Anonymous.....................$5 Anonymous.....................$5 Kari Mitchell............canned    goods Square Dance Club of Canyon Lake. . . . .................. canned    food New balance............$1,547.70 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. Wild mule chase takes toll— one crunched animal warden truck ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer A neighborhood nuisance led to a major traffic incident Monday morning, when the city animal-control truck was destroyed in pursuit of a stray mule. Animal Warden Roberto Vela was back at work Tuesday morning after X-rays and a quick examination at McKenna Memorial Hospital. He was taken there by ambulance at 10:30 a.m. Monday, after his truck flipped and slid across luanda Street at Mission Drive. The animal truck had been hit by a pickup and horse trailer loaded with hay. The truck driver, 17-year-old Gregory Charles Guenther, was not in jured. And it was Guenther’s father, Rennie, who finally caught the wayward mule and took it to the animal shelter. According to the police report, both vehicles were traveling west on luanda. Guenther was in the far right lane. Vela passed him in the inside lane, then cut back over to the right to turn on Mission Drive. The report said the animal warden turned from the wrong lane. Vela said he thought he had come over, but hadn’t made it .squarely into the right lane before turning. In any case, Guenther, pulling the heavy load of hay, couldn’t brake quickly enough to avoid a collision. He struck the truck, which flipped See WRECK, Page 3 /AV New Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitumi Vol. 91-No. 247    16    Pages TUESDAY December 21, 1982 25 cents (USPS 377-880) Reagan signs spending bill; funds for MX missile cut Inside Today's Weather Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy and warmer this afternoon, then by tonight considerable cloudiness with areas of fog. Clouds will continue Wednesday morning, with skies turning partly cloudy by afternoon. Winds will be from the south at 10-15 mph today, and near IO mph tonight. Sunset will be 5:36 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7:22 a.m. CLASSIFIED.......................11    13 COMICS..........................14    15 CROSSWORD........................15 DEAR ABBY.........................16 DEATHS.............................3 HOROSCOPE........................16 OPINIONS............................4 SPORTS............................6    7 STOCKS.............................3 TV LISTINGS.........................15 WEATHER..........................16 WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan will sign a compromise catch-all money bill, replenishing the pockets of government agencies that technically went broke three days ago, deputy White House press secretary larry Speakes said today. “The levels are consistent with what we sought,” the White House spokesman said. He said the legislation reached the White House at 11:55 p.m. EST Monday and would be signed sometime today. The special lame-duek congressional session, rushing toward adjournment, passed the spending measure Monday night with its $9,138 Christmas pay raise for House members and none of the public service jobs for the nation’s unemployed that both the House and Senate had approved earlier. Speakes sought to portray the special session as a success, because Reagan, he said, called it in to deal with appropriations measures and that is what the Congress did, although defense spending was not quite as high as the amount Reagan sought and a major immigration bill w as stalled The president also lost the $988 million lie wanted to produce the big new MX nuclear missile. Early today, the Senate approved a mckel-a-gallon hike in the federal gasoline tax that Reagan had wanted The measure, which must go back to the House for additional action, is designed to pay for highway and bridge repairs and create jobs. One administration official, who asked to remain anonymous, said Reagan’s early strategy was to hold off signing tile spending bill when it came to his desk Monday night to keep pressure on senators to act on the gas tax. Meanwhile, tile Office of Management and Budget said late Monday night that some 350,000 federal employees rn Washington and around the country should report to work today. Inflation continued low in latest official figures WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices rose a minuscule 0.1 percent in November, the smallest gam since March, the government said today. For the year, inflation is running at a modest annual rate of 4.5 percent. The new report, which attributed much of last month’s moderation to tumbling mortgage interest rates, bolstered economists’ predictions that, for a1! of 1982, inflation could be at its lowest in a decade. At the White House, presidential spokesman larry Speakes said, it s clear we have brought about a dramatic decline in the underlying rate of inflation in the two years since the president has been in office.” In a separate, somber assessment made public today, Commerce Department economists said their preliminary indications arc that the economy, after six months of growth, is declining in the last three months of the year. Sources who requested anonymity said the department s “'flash” estimate of gross national product showed economic activity is falling at an annual rate of 2.2 percent in the October-December quarter. As for consumer prices, today’s I .a bor Department report said fuel oil and natural gas prices jumped sharply last month while food costs rose slightly, ap parel prices fell and medical care costs posted fresh, substantial gains. The report said the biggest contributor to the tiny overall increase in its Consumer Price Index was the 0.2 percent decline in housing costs. Mortgage interest rates fell 2.5 percent, the most since August 1980, and the prices of homes themselves rose a small 0.2 percent. Home prices had surged l l percent in October and mortgage rates tumbled 2.3 percent. Overall, housing costs rn October rose 0.4 percent. Economists attribute the improved inflation picture to the poor economy, oil surplus and plentiful harvests. If the 4.5 percent 11-month rate holds through December, the full-year gain w ould be the lowest since the 3.4 percent of 1971 and 1972. Overall, last month's 0.1 percent seasonally adjusted increase was the economy’s best monthly showing since the 0.3 percent decline in March. Consumer prices rose 0.5 percent in October and 0.2 percent in September. lf prices rose for 12 months at November’s rate, the yearly gain would be 0.8 percent. The annual rate reported by the department is based on a more precise calculation of monthly changes than the figure the department makes public. The new report said that, for the 12 months ending in November, prices rose 4.6 percent. With the winter heating season beginning in much of the country, fuel oil prices rose a sharp 2.0 percent last month as natural gas prices rose 1.8 percent. In the first ll months of the year, natural gas prices soared nearly 25 percent, the report said. Anaylsts generally attribute that increase to congressional decontrol of the prices of new gas supplies. Since decontrol began in 1978, natural gas customers have seen their bills more than double, congressional investigators said in a report earlier this month. That report, from the General Accounting Office, said producers' share of industry' revenues has risen more than IOO percent while the pipelines’ share has fallen. - Gasoline prices rose a srnail (T.3*,ercent last month. Since March 1981, those costs have declined overall by 6.8 percent. The improved gasoline price picture has mostly been attributed to the lingering w orldwide oil surplus. That surDlus could continue for months to come as OPEC ministers failed on Monday to decide on individual production quotas for member nations at their meeting in Vienna, Austria. County survey to hit mailboxes before Christmas Hall of Honor recipients (from left) Ben Wolle Dr. O.A. Stratemann Sr. and S D. David Jr. Stratemann, David, Wolle in Honors Hall By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer In recognition of their outstanding service to the community, three persons were named Monday by the Chamber of Commerce as this year’s Hall of Honor recipients. The trio — Ben Wolle, Dr. O.A. Stratemann Sr., and S D. David Jr. — will be formally recognized at the Chamber’s annual banquet January 21 at the Civic Center, In addition, photographs of each will be displayed in the Chamber’s newly-completed Honors Hall, the new building located behind the Chamber’s existing offices. These photographs will join the other Honors Hall recipients whose photos are also displayed in the visual conference center, which opened November 23. ‘‘You all will be the first ones to go into the new Honors Hall building,” Chamber president Mitch Sacco noted prior to announcing this year’s recipients at the Chamber’s monthly luncheon Monday. “It’s a milestone for us,” he told the board of directors gathered at Krause’s Cafe. Wolle was chosen, Sacco noted, for his “many significant community achievements” in which he has “played a key role over the past several decades.” Among these were Wolle’s "pioneering efforts as one of the incorporating officers for the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Co-op,” Sacco said. The Chamber president also noted Wolle’s responsibility for the development of the Comal Independent School District “which was accomplished under your leadership as president of the board of trustees,” Sacco told Wolle. Sacco also mentioned Wolle’s involvement with the Comal County 4-H. Wolle was also one of the first incorporators of the Producer’s Co-op, the third president of the Comal County Farm Bureau and served on the Comal County Chamber of Commerce and its board of directors. Stratemann was honored for his “efforts in many civic endeavors (that) will leave an indelible mark on the community,” Sacco said. See CHAMBER, Page 3 Staff photos by John Senior proves to be a common denominator regardless of age; lower right, C. Richard Morris of First Protestant Church leads the singing The event was sponsored by the New Braunfels Arts Council. Along with Santa and his eight tiny reindeer, there’H be another surprise soon finding its way into Comal County homes. The long-awaited public survey, composed by the Comal County Growth and Development Committee, was mailed Monday to 10,000 Comal County homes. Members of this committee, appointed last sununer by Conunissioners Court to study the county’s most pressing tourist and growth-related problems, have been working on this survey for the last few months. Committee members are hoping that county residents receiving this survey will tell them what they think the county’s top problems are in relation to growth and tourism. last week the survey packets (which include a survey, return envelop and explanation letter) were stuffed, sealed and labeled at the New Braunfels Senior Citizens Center. Orginally the committee had hoped to have the surveys mailed before now. But delays occured due See SURVEY, Page 3 Community carols Around 400 people turned out for the first Community Sing on Main Plaza Sunday, filling the air with Christmas cheer. Top, two members of the Carl Schurz fifth grade choir add to the festivities, lower left, caroling ;