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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas With hypothermia even not-so-cold can kill You may think that Texans and other southerners don’t really have to worry about the cold and the possibility of freezing to death. After all, snow is a rare occurence and “I’ve got icicles hanging off my nose” is only an expression and not a reality. See Page 4 Tearful driver says he’ll atone for crash CARROLLTON, Ky. (AP) — The chemical plant worker convicted of causing a crash that killed 27 people on a church bus pleaded for a chance to atone, saying he could warn s< 4 ! o MOO? 10/22/99 drinking and driving. SO-WEST MICROPUBLISHING 262? E YANDELL DR Which Houston team will play on Saturday? Houston apparently is ideally equipped to rebound from devastating defeat. Handling success is more difficult. The split-pcrsonality Oilers have lived through 34-0 and 61-7 losses in the last four games but can still can win the AFC Central title Saturday. See Page 9 EL FASO, TX 79903 New Braunfels Zeitun Friday Vol. 138, No. 30 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Troops chase stubborn Panamanian fighters Blaze destroys home PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — U.S. troops today chased stubborn bands of Panamanian fighters through parts of this chaotic capital and had still not captured Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, whose loyalists controlled much of the countryside. Late Thursday, fighting intensified in Panama City as two U.S. warplanes bombed enemy positions. Flares lighted the nighttime sky, and helicopters flew low over rooftops, shining bright searchlights. Forty-eight hours into the invasion, U.S. armored personnel carriers rumbled toward the northeastern working-class neighborhood of San Miguclito, site of the Panamanian military garrison of Tinajitas. Elsewhere in the capital, machine guns rattled and explosions boomed near Cerro Patacon, close to U.S. Army communications installations. Capital residents said people they believed were Panamanian combatants were fleeing to more secure areas. Troops loyal to Noriega controlled parts of the country. See PANAMA, Page 2 San Marcos center ready for soldiers The Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos was alerted Thursday it might have to handle injured soldiers coming from Panama. Gary Nelson, vice president of medical center, said the hospital was contacted around IO a.m. by the Veterans Administration and told to prepare the hospital to take as many as 30 injured soldiers. By 7 p.m., it was again contacted that the center was no longer on alert, but should remain prepared. “The San Antonio hospitals were able to discharge some of the patients they have received and made bcd space down there,” Nelson said. “By 7, they had con- See INJURED, Page 2 A 3 a.m. blaze destroyed a frame house and kept firefighters in subfreezing weather for more than six hours this morning, according to New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Fricscn-hahn. No injuries were reported. Bracken Volunteer Fire Department had two units on the scene and two units from New Braunfels responded to die call. One ambulance responded to the call, which occurred ^___ii wMBI____ A winter storm warning is in effect with bitter cold and a 20 percent chance of freezing rain, sleet or snow. Light snow or ice accumulation is possible and temperatures arc for highs in the mid 20s with a wind chill factor of minus IO to 20 degrees. Lake wind advisories arc in effect with north winds from 20 to 30 mph. Decreasing clouds arc predicted for tonight with a low of around IO degrees and north winds at 10-15 mph. Saturday will be mostly clear with a high temperature near 30 and north winds near 15 mph. Sorry, but chances for a white Christmas arc almost nil. OBVIOUSLY, A REP NOSE . WOULF BE HELPFUL. about 200 feet outside the city limits of New- Braunfels at the end of Rush Lane, said Fricscnhahn. Fricscnhahn said the one-story, single-family dwelling was destroyed and the cause of the fire is not known but is under investigation. Fire department officials said the home was being lived in at the time of the fire, but no occupant has yet been discovered. He said the smaller hoses on one of the New' Braunfels units which stayed on the scene had frozen and was taken to a station so it could be thawed and returned to service this morning. Six New Braunfels firefighters who responded to the fire were relieved at 7 a.m., Fricscnhahn said. —JOE KINCHELOE Wal-Mart delivers the goods Hepatitis A Continued caution urgedfor residents 3 shopping days to Christmas Inside: CLASSIFIED.................... .......11-13 COMICS........................... ............10 CROSSWORD................. ..............3 DEAR ABBY................... ..............8 ENTERTAINMENT........... ..............8 HOROSCOPE.................. ............10 RELIGIOUS FOCUS....... ..............6 SANTA LETTERS........... ...........5,7 SPORTS........................... .........9,11 TV LISTINGS................... ............10 WEATHER....................... ..............2 By JOE KINCHELOE Staff writer Officials at the County Health Department arc advising arca residents the recent outbreak of Hepatitis A poses no immediate threat but are warning persons to be cautious and watch for symptoms. Persons believed to have been exposed to the disease are urged to contact their doctor to determine if they should be treated for the disease, said County Health Nurse Shel McWilliams. McWilliams returned to her office in the Comal County Courthouse today, cutting short her Christmas vacation plans. She said the discase has an incubation period of at least 15 days and cannot be contagious until that period had passed and symptoms of the disease had appeared. McWilliams had planned to return lo her office on Dec. 27 and administer gamma globulin shots to persons who believe they may have been exposed to the disease. She also urged others who have concerns to call or come by her office at the Comal County Courthouse. Communicable disease authorities say that individuals who receive gamma globulin shots within 30 days of exposure lo Hepatitis A will not develop the discase, according to McWilliams. Although the disease carries a minimum of 15 days incubation period, it could be as long as 50 days before symptoms appear. McWilliams said the average time period is about 28 days. Although two Comal County individuals died from this infection last year, McWilliams said the cases were extremely rare and other health circumstances were involved with the individuals. Parents were warned their children may have been exposed to the highly contagious discase following a Christmas party al Goodwin Primary School See HEPATITIS, Page 2 Software battle hard fought -i ii .    \    / Residents who received the Fear of Crime survey distributed by die Safe City Commission are asked to complete the form and return it soon iii the stamped envelope included in the mailing.... Local Texas Tech University alumni will get together Dec. 28 at the Faust Hotel to watch the All-American Bowl.... Several residents of Eden Home, 8m STAMMTISCH, Page 2 Fred O’Neal, Comal County computer services manager, argued this week with commissioners regarding the payment for software and training which Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans said had proven ineffective. The dispute was brought up during the workshop session of county court, which also included dental bills for inmates of Comal County Jail and a variance request because of a tiger kept as a pet. Commissioners disputed paying extra for training on a new word processing system when the old system was supposed to have worked. They said they did not want to pay for the same training twice. O’Neal said the county put a new software package into effect to better handle the computer duties of the county. However, the word processing package in the new system would not do all of which is required by the county systems. “We changed in midstream," O'Neal said later. “We had already been trained on the old system and when we got into the system we realized the word processing wouldn’t work to fit the needs of county. We will have to add another word processing package onto the existing software. “Tile commissioners just felt like they should not pay out an additional $ 1.5(H) for training," O’Neal said. “I was trying lo emphasize that the cost of the other software is SS,9(H) and we wouldn’t be charged for training." Commissioner Evans said, “Tile point is, die cost isn’t justified. The software didn’t work.” “I dont want to spend any more money than I have to spend," Clark said. “Hie bottom line is Comal County is getting a good product out of it...” O’Neal said. “I realize that, but are we paying for something we should already have? This is my concern,” Clark said. Commissioners set the dispute aside for future consideration. In other action, commissioners: • heard a request from William Berchclmann, attorney for Ken Black, for a variance from a county ordinance which prohibits the ownership and keeping of wild animals. Bcrchelmann was instructed to file a written letter with the County Court-at-Law. “We don’t want to try the case here," Clark said. SM COUNTY, Pap* 2 Cheer Fund donations arrive at Herald today The groceries are arriving this afternoon to fill the 2(H) 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 dona- lions to pay for the goodies and lo start a beginning balance for next year’s drive. The fund’s goal is to raise con- tributions to fill baskets with Christmas dinner for 2(H) area families selected by the Community Se* FUND, Page 2 December 22, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 14 Pages A member of the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department surveys the area where a house was destroyed at 3 a.m. this morning. (Photo by Desmond Bostick) By JOE KINCHELOE Stall writer Workers and associates at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center north of New Braunfels have collected and delivered goods to the Texas Department of Human Services ror distribution to the needy. All of the items collected filled a Wal-Mart truck. The truckload of food, clothes, toys, and other needed items was loaded Wednesday and taken to the Department of Human Services in Comal County. The donations arc part of a program started by the wives of truck drivers for Wal-Mart. Lowell MiIhrandt, personnel manager, and Sandy Bradley, personnel coordinator, had started a program to enhance other employees’ programs. The items will be given to the elderly, Teen Connection, and the Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter. Truck drivers throughout a 27-statc territory in 1,330 tractor -trailcr rigs also will participate in the MADI? “Red Ribbon” program. The Mothers Against Drunk Drivers program has used the red ribbon campaign several times lo fight the drunk driver problems throughout the country. Of the company’s fleet of trucks, 64 arc stationed in New Braunfels and will he adorned with red ribbons to participate in the M ADD campaign. According lo Kent Horton, Wal-Mart truck drivers, 1,470 strong, are wrapping up another record safety year for the ... reutil cham. So far this year, over I,(HH),(HH) ‘safety’ miles have been driven between accidents. In a continuing effort lo promote safely ... red ribbons will be tied on all Wal-Mart tractors to promote safe and sober driving during the holiday season. “Wal-Mart drivers pride themselves in delivering merchandise for our customers in an efficient and Doris Maddon, left, and Kathy and Jeremy Kilcriese display a stocking made by Gloria Garcia and filled with toys for area youngsters Below Don Whitener, a five-year driver for Wal-Mart, ties a red ribbon on his truck door in support of the MADD program. (Photos by Desmond Bostick) timely fashion," said David Glass, president and chief executive officer of Wal-Mart, whose headquarters are in Bentonville, Ark. “But more importantly, they drive every single mile with safety as their foremost thought,” he added. All goods collected arc distributed through the DHS st) those identified as needy arc sure to get the goods. Also, most individuals at Wal-Mart would desire to remain anonymous because the project is purely a group effort. Milbrandt said, “We feel that Wal-mart as a company should share with the less fortunate of die community. It’s just our philosophy and our people really get behind it.” See WAL-MART, Page 2 t ;