New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
IRS mailing out 107 million forms
WASHINGTON (AP) — Taxpayers receive their annual holiday greetings from Uncle Sam starting today, as the Internal Revenue Service mails out more than 107 million tax forms and instruction packages.
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Educators react to second-chance ruling
FORT WORTH (AP) — Just how much of a second chance should a failing student get? This is one question Texas educators are grappling with in the wake of a 1986 Texas ruling mandating that students who fail a test should be given a second chance.
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Mathis becomes new NB rec superintendent
John Mathis, a former recreation supervisor in LaPorte, has completed one week at his new job, coordinating New Braunfels’ recreation needs from his office at die Panda Recreation Center.
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Vol. 138, No. 32
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
December 26, 1989 25 Cents
One Section, 12 Pages
House fire claims victim
Local officials blame heater
An 83-ycar-old New Braunfels man died in a fire that may have been caused a liquid-fueled heater.
Hilmar Bading was pronounced dead at the scene Monday.
New Braunfels Fire Chief Phil Baker said the fire is believed to have started from a liquid-fueled heater located in the living area of the house.
Three firefighting units and two ambulances responded to the fire which was located at 760 Hill St. Bading is believed to be the owner of the house.
Dispatcher Trisha Kecle said the call came in at 9:40 p.m. and 14 firefighters arrived on the scene two minutes later to find the structure “fully involved in flames.”
Chief Baker said an autopsy on the man is pending.
The fire was brought under control in about 20 minutes, according to Baker. Damage to the house was said to be about SI5,(XX) and it is considered a loss.
Local firefighters responded to a blaze Monday at a home in the 700 block of Hill Street. (Photo by Carol Ann Avery)
Freeze drops aquifer level
Dripping faucets add problem
Heavy fighting reported overnight
Loyalists captured in Panama
PANAMA CITY, Panama (AP) — More than 400 troops loyal to Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega were captured in airborne assaults and scattered combat empted overnight throughout pans of the capital, U.S. military spokesmen said today.
Noriega remained in the Vatican Embassy after seeking asylum on Christmas Eve. The United States has demanded his surrender to face U.S. drug charges, but church authorities refused. Spain has denied political asylum, and there was no new word about where he might go.
Army Ll. Col. Jerry Murgia said 440 Noriega loyalist troops and about the same number of weapons were captured in airborne assaults Monday on David, 200 miles to the west, and La Palma, just
southwest of Panama City.
He also said Noriega’s intcliicgcnce chief, Col. Guillermo Wong, surrendered Monday. Wong had been arrested after a coup attempt in October, but was released.
Murgia said 30,(HK) pounds of emergency medical supplies had arrived in the past day and civilian relief agencies would send workers starting today to help with redistribution.
Twenty-three American soldiers are known to have died and another 330 wounded, Murgia said. The figures for the number of wounded rose because of late-arriving reports, he said. Two U.S. dependents were killed.
Panamanian casualties were listed as 293 killed.
123 wounded and 4,446 captured, according to U.S. military authorities. Panamanian doctors said more than KH) civilians were killed and hundreds more injured.
Heavy fighting was reported overnight near a downtown sector where many embassies are located, and the building housing the Banco General was burned. Bank officials and U.S. soldiers said the bla/e started after American troops returned fire coming from the building.
There also was fighting near Santo Tomas hospital close lo the American Embassy. Caches of anus and ammunition have been found hidden in the
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The Edwards Aquifer level showed a noticeable decrease during the weekend as residents let faucets drip to keep pipes from freezing.
Edwards Undcrgound Water Districts Senior Environmental Analyst Mike Albach said the aquifer level dropped all weekend, but has risen a foot since Monday.
Albach said the weekend readings of the aquifer were 643.6 feet above mean sea level Friday; 642.8 amsl Saturday; 641.0 Sunday; 639.7 amsl Monday and 640.7 this morning.
“It is a result of people trying to
Center damaged by freeze
Kirkwood Manor retirement home fell victim to the near-zero temperatures Saturday when a thawing-out sprinkler system pipe burst.
Kirkwood Administrator Sharon Sutton said the pipe burst around noon Saturday and damaged three rooms, an activity room and a hallway.
“What happened was when the pipes began to thaw out, there was a malfunction and the sprinkler pipes burst," Sutton said. ‘Thank goodness no one was hurt."
Sutton said no one was hurt because most of the residents had cither left for the Christmas holiday or were in the dining hall having lunch.
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DPS reports 28 fatalities during holiday weekend
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Three people died when two pickups collided head-on near Center and a pedestrian was killed trying to cross a Dallas freeway on Christmas, bringing the holiday traffic death toll lo 28, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
The figure was well below die prediction by state troopers before the long weekend began. DPS officials estimated 40 would die in traffic accidents during die counting period, which began at 6 p.m. Friday and continued through midnight Monday.
The DFS said a pickup driven by a still-unidentified driver was traveling east on State Highway 7 about 5 miles
east of Catter when the truck crossed the center line and collided with a westbound pickup.
Both drivers were killed and four other (vople injured when they were ejected. Eddie Joe Plunkett, 22, and 2-year-old Corissa Parker, both of Center, were killed when they were ejected.
The accident, which occurred a In ml 10:25 p.m., was the second triple-fatality of the long holiday weekend.
In Dallas, the DILS said Bertie Mac Pierce was killed as she tried to cross Marvin D. Love Freeway Christmas night.
In other fatalities:
Judy Kay Klulls, 31, of White Oak
was killed after the car she was driving ran off eastbound Interstate 20, four miles cast of Canion in Van /.amit County. The DPS said the vehicle struck a guard rail, veered into the median, became airborne and sailed into a creek bed before smashing into concrete pillars on the westbound side of 1-20.
A three-car wreck in Camp County Sunday night killed a Pittsburg woman. Edna Rachael Peckham, 31. died w hen her car struck another car on Farm-lo-Markct Road 2254. The second car, which was attempting a left turn, was pushed into a vehicle
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City kicks off annual drive to recycle Christmas trees
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is inviting people to leave their used Christmas trees with the Parks Department to be recycled.
The Parks Department has set aside a section of I.anda Park’s spring-fed pool parking lot for people to leave their Christmas trees. The trees then will be ground up and used as mulch for the park.
This is the third year for the Parks Department to cooperate with New Braunfels Utilities im the recycling program.
“A lot of people look advantage of the program in the past," said Caroline Hawks, an administrative assistant
with the Parks Department. “It is a good alternative, because garbage men do not like to handle the trees and bunting a dried-up Christmas tree can be dangerous."
Hawks said that last year the program received 1,500 trees which produced enough mulch for the entire year. TTic Parks Department saved $300 to S400 because it did not have to buy mulch, Hawks said.
'Hie mulch is used in all the plant beds and high-traffic areas for erosion control and water conservation throughout the parks system.
Hie program is jointly conducted by the Parks Department and the New Braunfels Utilities and runs through Jan.12.
Romanians execute former president
BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) —- Government television today showed the bodies of former lYesi dent Nicolae Ccnuscscu and his wife after they were executed by a firing squall, and Romanians rejoiced at word of the Communist dictator's death.
Hie new provisional government today appointed its leader, Ion Uicscu, as chairman of the 37-member governing council. The government also named a prime minister.
The videotape showed the Ccau* sescus’ bullet-riddled bodies lying against a wall after an earlier sequence of the couple in captivity. A close-up showed Ccausescu lying with blood on the right side of his head.
The actual shooting by firing squad was not shown, nor was its location disclosed.
Ccausescu, 71, and his wife, Elena, 72, were tried by a secret military tribunal aud executed Chrisunas Day for “genocide" and other crimes. They were captured Saturday, a day after a jxipular uprising forced them from power.
"We are people carried away by a very spontaneous process," llics-cu told French television. “So there was a general demand which pushed us to follow this process, first of all under the pressure of the terrorist groups who wanted to free him."
The new prime minister, Petrc Roman, told the network the tri-
By trying the couple, putting them to death swiftly and showing the bodies, the revolutionary government apparently was trying to persuade Ceausescu's ruthless security troops to surrender to the army, which joined the people in revolt.
burial sentenced Ccausescu to death because officials had information "concerning possible attacks on the place where he was."
By trying the couple, putting them to death sw iftly and showing the Nxiics, the revolutionary government apparently was trying to persuade Ceausescu’s ruthless security troops to surrender to the army, which joined the people in revolt. Thousands have been killed since the revolt began 11 days ago.
The new government blamed Ccausescu for the deaths of 6(),(XX) people. It did not specify whether the deaths occurred during his 24-year tenure or during the revolution. Previous reports said its many as 80,(XX) died in recent
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save pipes by running their faucets.’’ Albach said. ‘There was also quite a bit of water lost from pipe breakage, but mainly the water was used to prevent pipes from freezing."
Albach said even though the aquifer level has dropfvd because of running faucets, he does not recommend people ignore the suggestions made to prevent pipe breakage.
“Running the faucets draws the aquifer level down, bul it could be a lot worse if everyone ignored the prc-
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Record-setting temperatures will only be a memory for the next several days. Today s high will reach 76 degrees under sunny skies. The overnight low will be 45 degrees Wednesday’s high will reach 74 degrees with 50 degrees for the low.
Comal County Child Services Board will Iv contacting local businesses as it j reparcs for the annual Chocolate Extravaganza, which will be I eh. 18 at the New Braunfels Cis ic Center from 2 to 5 p.m.
There will be many vendors al the Extravaganza selling lots of chocolate-related goalies. Activities will include a silent auction, puzzle contests featuring local celebs, a pie-in the-eye contest featuring high school coaches, a pic-eating contest (or high school athletes, a cake walk and live entertainment.
Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Emergency Shelter, Teen Connection, Family Outreach and the foster children of Comal County. For more information, or to request booth space to sell your products, call Margi Handrick at 625-7355 before 4 p.m. or 625-1884 after 5 p.m. or call Susan Karger at 625-5036. ..
New Braunfels Planning Director Mike Shands has been appointed to the Ctxle Interpretation Committee for the Southern Building Ctxle. The Committee consists of 11 persons selected from a nationwide membership based on education, training and experience.
The committee renders decisions on ctxle requirements for the Southern Building Code Congress. As ati interpretation is made, it becomes the legal standard for enforcement regarding methods and materials of construction in all jurisdictions. Congratulations, Mike..,.
Deadline to purchase tickets for the Canyon Athletic Boosters’ appreciation banquet for Coach Troy Burch is ion. 5. The roast and banquet will be Jan. 11 al 6 p m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Tickets are $4 for students and $5 for adults in advance. AU tickets will be $6 at the dtx>r. Tickets are available at Canyon High School, Rivat'rest Drive Inn,
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