New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Unemployed man gets job after saving blind man's life
NEW YORK (AP) — A job reference from President Reagan and a new job arrived in quick succession for an unemployed father of eight who risked his life to save a blind man from being crushed by a subway train.
President Reagan called Reginald Andrews on Tuesday, but it took awhile for Andrews to believe it.
“I thought it was (comic impersonator) Rich Little at first. I didn’t know if it was a crank or for real. The more he talked, the more I realized it was him.”
The president called to congratulate Andrews for saving 75-year-old David Schnair, a blind man who mistook the space between cars for a train doorway and fell to the tracks at a Manhattan subway station.
‘‘I wasn’t thinking about the danger, just that somebody needs help,” Andrews said of Monday’s
Andrews, 29, who had been unemployed for about a year, rescued Schnair while on his way home from a job interview at a Manhattan meat packer, where he was competing with nine other men.
Reagan also called Ed Marbach, vice president of Jamac Frozen Food, the meat-packer, to put in a good word for the unemployed man.
“‘Bless you, Mr. Marbach. Bless you,” Marbach quoted the president as saying.
Marbach then called Andrews and told him the job was his and that he could start work in two weeks, when torn knee ligaments Andrews suffered in the rescue are healed.
Andrews said that the president “asked how I was
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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 are extremely pleased with the response, however, as contributions continue to come in.
Here are our most recent contributors:
New contributors Comal County Medical Society Auxiliary
E.O. Jack Kneupper . canned goods and
Dianna Gunn ..........canned goods
Robert Boehle.........canned goods
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A note about the “balance”: it reflects only the monetary contributions. In addition to that bottom figure, we also have a large stockpile of canned goods. Since it would be difficult to calculate a dollar value on these items, they are not included in the total.
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.
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There should be even more green around the monument in Landa Park commemorating park founders Joseph and Helena Landa. City
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workers John Coronado (left) and Raymond Zavala plant trees around the monument Tuesday.
Fraud suspect dead in car
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
A Brownsville attorney whose name has been linked with bank fraud and financial schemes in several Texas towns was found dead in Comal County Tuesday morning.
The body of Peter Watts Dean, 35, was found in the back seat of a Chevrolet Blazer off Smithson’s Valley Road, one mile north of FM 1863. The Blazer was parked next to an abandoned house on the property of Dean’s father-in-law, Paul Silber.
The Sheriff’s office said Dean’s body was discovered by a neighboring rancher at approximately 10:30 a m. Peace Justice R.G. Blanchard pronounced hun dead at 12:40 p.m.. and sent the remains to the Travis County Medical Examiner for an autopsy.
Cause of death had not been determined at press time; a report was expected some time today. Sheriff’s investigator Rudy Rubio said a hose had been connected to the Blazer's exhaust pipe, leading into the cab. But Sheriff Walter Fellers said,
“One of the windows was open, as I understand it.”
A handgun was found in or near the vehicle, but reports indicated it had not been fired. County authorities also found a portable television set on the hood of the blazer, plugged into a house electrical outlet. The TV was on when officers arrived.
Since the body was found, Rubio said the sheriff's office has been flooded with calls, mostly from the San Angelo and Brownsville areas, requesting information about Dean. Apparently, his whereabouts has been a mystery for several days. Sources indicated the phones in his Brownsville law office were disconnected more then a week ngo.
Wow had inquiries from the FBI,” said Fellers. “We’ve got nothing complete that we can give 'em yet.”
Stones published Tuesday and Wednesday in the San Angelo Standard Times said Dean was involved in Central Texas Factors, a company linked to the Nov. 19
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New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 91 — No. 248 28 Pages —2 Sections
WEDNESDAY December 22, 1982 25 cents
(USPS 377 880)Bulverde villages eye voteResidents mull incorporation
Two proposed villages, Bulverde and North Bulverde, have applied for incorporation and orders for their elections have been posted.
The two villages, located within the area between Highway 46 along Bulverde Road to U.S. Highway ‘281 to Cibolo Creek, will include most of Bulverde Estates, Bulverde Hills and Bulverde Oaks Subdivisions.
Residents of both villages are concerned about the protection of the quality and quantity of water in the Trinity Aquifer the sole source of water for that area.
They also want their police and fire protection upgraded and wish to obtain ordinance-making powers. Orderly and planned growth, locally empowered, is the residents’ main objective.
A village meeting w ill be held at the Bulverde Community Center on Jan. 3 at 7:30 p m to give Bulverde residents a chance to ask questions and share their thoughts concerning in-
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vote on Pickett contract, review panel members
Directors of the Comal County Appraisal District decided to tackle the heavy questions next year. Two items on their Monday night agenda were tabled for reconsideration at the first meeting in 1983.
The board members weren’t suffering from holiday lethargy. They simply thought the district’s new appraisal contract with Thomas Y. Pickett & Co. needed looking over before being approved. And chairman l^roy lioodson said the group should take nominations from participating taxing entities before filling seats on next year’s Appraisal Review Board.
“Some names have been tossed out,” he told Chief Appraiser Glenn Brucks “It may have been in the heat of the reappraisal ... but I think we should see if any of our governments have any suggestions.”
The review board was established early in 1982. Three of its six members (Erwui R Watson, Ferd Wirth and l4»rry Evans) were appointed to one-yeai terms. Brucks had recommended that all three be re-appointed to full two-year terms.
The review board met Dec. 13 to clear up a few last-minute problems with the tax roll.
The directors’ consensus on Pickett’s contract for the next two years was summed up by Charles Lewis: “I don’t like to sign anything drawn up by the guy who’s asked me to sign it, without having my lawyer look at it first.”
The Corpus Christi firm was contracted to appraise industrial and large eonunereial properties during the district’s first two years of operation. The present contract expires Dec. 31. Vice president J.H. Stone said Pickett could get the job done if directors waited until Jan. 17 to make a decision on re-hiring.
Brucks said the new contract is worded much the same as the first
one, which was reviewed by the county attorney before it was signed.
l^ewis doesn’t think the district really needs Pickett, or any other outside appraisal service.
i’ve gone on record as saying this; you all know where I stand,” Ik* told the rest of the board. “We spent $27,000 last year, and $29,000 this year. We’ve got the best appraisers in the county, right here in this office.”
But if the board does decide to rehire Pickett, Lewis thinks the contract language could use some tightening up. To back his argument, he cited problems that arose under the present contract.
“This may shock you, and I hope it does,” he told Stone. “Last year, one of our taxing entities asked one of your people for some information. The answer they got was, “just use last year’s figures.”’ la?wis said that when the roll is ready, he’d like to see copies sent to each board member, and each school, city, and county tax assessor, as well as the chief appraiser.
“Our contract is with the appraisal district,” Stone reminded the board, indicating that any information to the county or school districts should come through Brucks office first.
l^ewis was also concerned about the clause requiring quarterly payments to Pickett. In the past, payments have been made on time, but work has not always been completed on schedule.
“If you laid down a fourth of your work completed, so we could look at it, I wouldn’t object to a payment on Feb. I,” Ikjwissaid.
Director Glyn Coff agreed the district’s legal firm, Ray, Wood & Henderson of Austin, should look at the contract before Jan. 17. He said next time, it might be nice to have sample contracts by October, so that
See APPRAISAL, Page 16A
War of nerves
Senate faces another gas tax filibusterToday's Weather
Don’t expect a white Christmas in Comal County. Temperatures will continue to be unseasonably warm with partly cloudy skies through the weekend. Today and Thursday’s high w ill be in the upper-70s w ith increasing cloudiness late tonight. Farly morning fog is also expected Winds will be out of the south-southeast near 15 j mph today, decreasing to light and southerly less than IO mph tonight. The low tonight will be in the low-50s with sunset expected at 5:37 p.m. Sunrise will be at 7:22 a.m.Padres Sign Garvey
Power-hitting first baseman Steve Garvey signed a five-year contract worth a potential $9.5 million w ith San Diego Padres Tuesday and immediately forecast a division championship. Is he getting Sherrill-itis See Page 6A.Ducking The Issues
The U.S. House has already gone home, but the I lame-duck Senate remains — and after three weeks of haggling, fighting and filibustering, j most of the bills President Reagan asked for were not passed. Still, the president called the session ‘worthwhile’ for what it did produce. See Page j 12A
WASHINGTON (AP) — The House has gone home for Christmas, leaving behind an exhausted Senate held hostage by a test of wills over a proposed nickel-a-gallon boost in the federal gasoline tax.
The House completed its last major act of the year Tuesday night — voting 180-87 to send the compromise jobs-creating gasoline tax hike to the Senate. Then it quit for the year.
But in the Senate, w hich has been haunted by the tax legislation throughout the lame-duck session, conservative Republicans immediately mounted their third filibuster against the tax increase they oppose, forcing another post-midnight session.
Majority leader Howard H. Baker Jr., R-Tenn., vowed to bring the measure to a final vote, but Sen Jesse Helms, R-N.C , was just as steadfast in his determination to prevent that.
It was nearly I a.in. today when Baker and Helms agreed to take a vote Thursday un choking off debate, which would clear the way for final congressional action on the measure. The Senate then recessed, until later today when a pro forma session will be held.
Congressional aides said Baker was pressing
senators anxious to go home for Christmas to stay in town to maintain a quorum when the vote to cut of debate is taken Thursday.
“If we get cloture (cut off debate) we’re going to pass the bill,” predicted Tom Griscom, a Baker aide.
Democrats, meanwhile, pleaded for an end to the Republican jousting and the “agonizing of this Congress."
“We’ve been here 125 hours since Monday a week ago. ... We all are tired ... There comes a tune ... when we ought to show down on this me .sure or we ought to go home,” Democratic I .cade i Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia said Tuesday night as the Senate trudged through another marathon .session
Baker would not budge, telling the Senate: “I intend to go forward with this measure.”
Helms would not budge
“I want all senators to know I love them dearly, but I want all senators to know I did not come to Washington to win a popularity contest among my fellow senators,” Helms said
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Duggan sends brief to Austin to begin election investigation
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Canyon l-ake businesswoman I>ois Duggan is continuing with what she calls her “walk through the Texas election code.”
Friday she presented the necessary legal documents to the Texas Secretary of State’s Office initiating an investigation into the local May and November elections — specifically the precinct 4 county commissioner’s race.
Duggan was a candidate in that race in the May Republican primary. She lost that race by 19 votes to BUI George, who went on to defeat incumbent Commissioner O H. Heitkamp in the November election.
Her investigation request steins from votes cast by residents of River Gardens, a local mental-health facility, iii which George is a limited partner.
In her objections to both elections, Duggan did not question River Gardens residents’ right to vote She did, however, object to their voting absentee rn the May primar)
Duggan contended that the Texas Election Code did specifically outline laws allowing them to vote absentee
“I’m not questioning their right to vote, just the manner in which they voted,” she said earlier. “There is also a deep question in my mind w hether George was entitled to be on that ballot.”
George and his wife Bea, who have invested money into the operating expenses of River Gardens, have contended all along that there was no wrong-doing.
‘‘The residents at River Gardens have a right to vote. And Duggan continues to infer that there was
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