New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 138, No. 31
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
December 24, 1989 50 Cents
Three Sections, 40 Pages
Cold creates new records
With temperatures low enough to make it a frozen Christmas, there were only minor power outages in New Braunfels and no major problems encountered by the Utilities.
The low Saturday morning was recorded at 3 degrees, but the temperature leveled off at 27 degrees in the afternoon. Bob Sohn, general manager of New Braunfels Utilities, said they had only a few reports of outages.
“We only had a few outages, but things settled down by ll a.m.," Sohn said. “The LCRA was still having trouble, and Friday we had an all-time high of usage and I expect there was quite a bit more Saturday."
Sohn said the Lower Colorado River Authority, which is NBU’s
wholesale supplier, experienced a 1,900-mcgawatt demand Friday. Sohn said he docs not expect any trouble for the rest of the week.
“lf people arc careful from 7 to 11 a.m. they should be all right," Sohn said. “Cold weather has a real heavy spike in the morning, with people taking showers and using electricity for water heaters, but by IO a.m. things usually clear up."
The National Weather Service predicted Christmas Day would be clear and cold with a high of 50 after a low of 20 for the arca. Sohn said temperatures in the 20-dcgrcc range cause no problems for the utilities.
“Three degrees is lough,” Sohn said. “Bul 20 degrees is okay."
The fountain at First Federal Savings and Loan Association on Main Plaza decorated the plants and surrounding structures thanks to some extremely cold weather and gusty winds. (Photo by Desmond Bostick)
Enjoy the reprieve. It is not supposed to be as cold as it has been lately with a high today expected to reach all the way into the mid 40s. Winds will be from the southwest at IO mph. Santa will have no problem seeing where he is going tonight with clear skies; temperatures should drop into the 20s. Christmas Day will be sunny and cool with a high in the mid 40s.
I CAN NEVER SLEEP ON CHRISTMAS EVE.
JP #4 Smith plans 4th term
Carol Jacobs has announced her intentions to run for the of fice of Justice of the Peace, Precinct 4, in contest with incumbent Howard A. “Curly” Smith.
A registered nurse, she is the wife of Precinct 4 County Commissioner Clyde Jacobs.
“We are at the point where we must move beyond the archaic concepts
See JACOBS, Page 2A
Howard A. “Curly” Smith, Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace, has announced plans to seek a fourth term at the post. Smith is running on the Republican ticket.
Smith said he is running on his record of having fulfilled promises to be a fair and honest judge, to be available when needed, and “that my door would always be open to
See SMITH, Page 2A
Precinct I Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger filed for re election friday, vying for his fifth term as the law in that precinct.
Krueger will face competition from Comal County Sheriffs Ll. Rudy Rubio for the Democratic nomination during the Democratic primary March 13. The general election is in November.
See KRUEGER, Page 2A
Candidates announce intentions
Jacobs seeks JP #4 spot
JP Krueger faces Rubio
District Judge Pfeuffer files
State District Judge Robert L. (Bob) Pfeuffer announced his intentions to seek a fifth term in office. He has served as judge of the 206th District for almost 16 years.
Felony trial cases, civil cases, and juvenile matters are undertaken in Pfeuffcr’s court. Pfeuffer said he serves the people in the
See PFEUFFER, Page 2A
Retailers pleased with sales
By MIKE CROUCH Staff writer
The Christmas shopping season was good to the merchants in New Braunfels, with many local retailers reporting they saw more customer traffic than ever.
The increased shopping in New Braunfels was experienced throughout the city — from the downtown merchants to the department stores on Interstate 35.
“A lot of the people downtown are saying that they are doing better just by the traffic they arc seeing," said April Goldsmith, director of the Downtown Project. “There have not been any real numbers in sales. They usually don’t figure those numbers out until after the holidays, but a television station in San Antonio reported that sales along the entire Austin to San Antonio corridor arc up 4 percent.”
Goldsmith said the downtown area has had promotions since Thanksgiving to increase commerce.
“On Thursdays, the shops stay open until S p.m.,” Goldsmith said. “We have also had music playing at the plaza. We are also having a ‘Count the Gingerbread Men’ contest where the winner gets $350 in gift certificates.”
Goldsmith said Thursdays later hours would extend through the holidays only.
“It takes a long time for people to get used to different hours," Goldsmith said. “And from experience in other cities, it lakes about a year liefore any results can be seen for having longer hours” sear round.
Gene Chol leu, ow ner of Chollett’s
See SHOPPING, Page 2A
Offices closed for holidays
day to Christmas
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Here is a list of businesses and services which will be closed for the Christmas holiday:
• Garbage in the city will not be picked up on Christmas Day for those customers on Monday/Thursday schedules. Garbage will be picked up on Thursday and all other schedules are unchanged. Garbage pickup will continue as usual on Jan. I.
• Comal Independent School District central administration offices will be closed Christmas Day, Dec. 26, and Jan. I. The tax office will be closed Dec. 25,26, and Jan. I.
• New Braunfels Independent School District administrative offices will be closed Christmas Day and Jan. I. Trustees will hold an agenda study session on Jan. 2. the day students and administrative personnel return to work.
• All banks and savings and loan insidious will be closed Christmas Day but will resume business Dec. 26.
• All federal government offices will be closed for Christmas Day but will re-open on Dec. 26.
• All state government offices will be closed on Christmas Day but will
re-open on Dec. 26.
• Comal Appraisal District will be closed on Christmas Day and Dec. 26 but will re-open on Dec. 27. The offices w ill be closed on Jan. I only.
• New Braunfels Utilities will be closed Christmas Day and Dec. 26 but will re-open Dec. 27. The office will be closed on Jan. I but will re-open on Jan. 2.
• Comal County Courthouse will be closed on Christmas Day and on Dec. 26. The courthouse will be closed on
Set CLOSINGS, Page 2A
New Braunfels Christian Church will have a Candlelight Service Dec. 24 at 6 p.m. and the public is invited. The church is located at 734 Loop 337, one mile west of Interstate 35.
St. Paul Lutheran Church, 181 S. Santa Clara, will host candlelight services Sunday at 6 p.m. and ll p.m....
The third annual Christmas tree recycling project begins Wednesday in Landa Park. This program is jointly conducted by the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and New Braunfels Utilities. The spring-fed pool parking lot will serve as Ute Im 8TAMMTI3CH, Pag* 2A
Vigilantes set up barricades, leader tries to restore police
PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — The U.S.-installed president struggled Saturday to form a government and create a security force to restore order, as pockets of fighters loyal to die fugitive Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega held out against the invasion.
Two Americans who were taken captive al the outbreak of the invasion were freed. About 2,000 new U.S. troops began reinforcing the thousands of troops who have met unexpectedly stiff resistance by forces loyal to die ousted dictator.
Troops continued the hunt for the elusive Noriega.
Lt. Col. Jerry Marguila, spokesman for the U.S. Southern Command, said Noriega’s Dignity Battalions are "increasing their activities of harassing attacks with small arms and mortar fire, threatening the civilian population, and hostage-taking."
Gen. Maxwell Thurman, chief of Soudiem Command, said U.S. forces are not yet "over and done widi the Digni
ty Battalions.’’ He said earlier that an estimated 1,800 members of the battalions were active, broken up into small groups.
Tile Pentagon reported dial 25 U.S. servicemen, four more than listed Friday, had been killed in the fighting. Officials also said two American dependents had been killed, 241 U.S. troops had been wounded, and one was still missing.
The military said 139 Panamanian soldiers had been killed and 95 wounded. There was no official count of casualties among Panamanian civilians.
There were reports of higher casualties. Dr. Elmer Miranda, deputy director of Santo Tomas Hospital, said his morgue held 2(X) bodies. He said a colleague said there were 60 more in Gorgas Hospital,
"Noriega destroyed everything when he fell. Everything went back to zero," said President Guillermo Enda-ra, who was sworn in Wednesday morning.
Sophienburg Museum Director Clyde Blackman touches up the decorations on the Victorian Christmas tree that is one of six Christmas tree displays at the museum during this holiday season. This tree features candles lit on Christmas Eve and is decorated with reproductions of glass balls and figures, paper cards and wax ornaments. Other trees include the Liebscher Tree, which really features three trees placed in the bay window of their home; the Betty Reinarz Tree with cookie ornaments and cookie cutter collection; the Schnabel Folk Art Tree constructed by a cabinet maker; and the Feather Tree which features some original ornaments. (Photo by Desmond Bostick)