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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Il’s not too late to volunteer as a counselor for the AARP sponsored Tax-Aide program. Training for counselors will begin Jan. 8. In six four-hour sessions, volunteers will study tax laws and leant to prepare income tax returns for senior citizens and low-income persons. It is a rewarding job to be able to help senior citizens complete their tax return to secure proper credit where allowed by law and to give assistance in computing the proper tax credit as appropriate. If you’d like to volunteer as a counselor or would like more information on the IRS-sponsored training course, call Yvonne Smith at 629-3005, Us Thom at 629-4711, or Yale Kalmans at 625-1004.... The City cf New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department Sat 8TAMMTISCH, Page 2Machine overheats, sparks small blaze New Braunfels firefighters responded to a fire at the Coleman Company plant at 766 PM 306 Thursday but the fire was virtually extinguished when they arrived, according to Ll. Wesley Meyer of the department. No injuries were reported. A molding machine used to make ice chests, or “coolers," had become overheated because of an electrical failure, Meyer said. The overheated machine ignited polyethylene plastic and a small fire broke out. Meyer said employees at the plant had the fire extinguished upon before firefighters arrived but routine checks were made to insure die fire would not rekindle. Tom Brace, facilities engineering manager, said the fire created “a lot of smoke" but caused little damage. Meyer said the damage was estimated at $900. Economic index up Gauge indicates slowdown during 1990, say analysts WASHINGTON (AP) — The government’s main forecasting gauge of economic activity edged up a modest 0.1 percent last month, die Commerce Department said today in a report dial analysts took as a sign the economy will slow in 1990 but not topple into a recession. The small rise in the department’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators for November followed a revised 0.3 percent decline in October. In all, the index, which is designed lo forecast economic activity six to nine months in the future, has exhibited a sawtooth pattern this year, rising in six of the past 11 months and falling in the other five months. Through November, the index was down by 0.3 percent for the year, compared with an increase of 3.9 percent for all of 1988. To economists, this provided evidence that economic activity in 1990 will be more sluggish than in 1989. Many analysts are predicting that the economy, as measured by the gross national product, will expand at a modest annual rate of 2 percent or less in 1990, compared with expected growth of 3 percent this year. However, analysts generally expect the economy will be able to escape a recession. That belief based in pan on the fact that the leading index has not yet declined for three consecutive months, the traditional though not infalli hie — sign of a do* rn urn The 0.1 percent rise in November, which was tight in line with expectations, was led by a strong jump in ordcis for consumer goods. Ibc oilier four indicators providing strength were a drop in weekly unemployment claims, an increase in plant and equipment orders, a rise in the moue> supply and an increase in the backlog of manufacturers unfilled orders. Six other indicators acted as a drag on the index last month, with the biggest negative coming from a drop in the price of raw materials. While such a.decrease is con sidered good news for inflation prospects, it is counted as a negative in the index because it also can reflect declining demand. Se* ECONOMY, Peg* 3 AVJ.l—LL Vol. 138, No. 35State looking to water conservation AUSTIN (AP) — State officials are beginning to tout conservation instead of construction as a way to meet the state’s water needs. The last statewide water plan in 1984 called for the construction of 65 reservoirs that could have cost $43 billion. See Page 5Texas wins approval of toxic waste plan AUSTIN (AP) — Texas — the nation’s largest hazardous waste-producer — became the first state to win federal approval of a plan that officials said assures the state can safely dispose of toxic wastes for the next 20 years. See Page 7Cougars, Unicorn roll on to victories Canyon struggled and New Braunfels regrouped, but the results were the same in boys basketball games Thursday. The Cougars squandered a lead but held on to beat Keendcy, while the Unicorns bounced back from a big loss to Austin LBJ to pound Hays See Page 10 Board eyes TV addition New Braunfels Utilities is hoping the citizens of New Braunfels arc cable ready. General Manager Robert Sohn said NBU staff is studying the idea of becoming a cable television vendor for the city. “We have been investigating NBU getting into cable television. We have been looking into the economics and to see if our customers want us to provide cable,” Sohn said. “I believe it is a good marriage. The Utilities has the utility poles, equipment, rights-of-way, and trucks, but don’t have the television equipment, but that is ne a problem. Our profits would bs' used to be put back into the system. We feel like in the 1990’s, electronics is g lug to be important to the communis Sohn said NBU will poll its customers in the next month’s billing by putting a “yes or no” question on the customer’s bill for response If customer response is favo abu and the NBU board of trustees approves the motion, Sohn said he utilities could be in the cable business See CABL E, Page 2Friday December 29. 1989 25 Cents One Section, 14 Pages New Braunfels 410    M 0 0 9 10/22/99    96 SO-WEST MICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL DR A night to remember Theft ring hits EL PASO, TX 79903 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Keep the umbrella handy for die next few days. Today will be cloudy with scattered showers. The high will be between 65 and 67 degrees and the low will drop to 46 degrees. A cold front tonight will keep Saturday’s high al around 50 degrees. Sunday will be cloudy and wet with a high of 52 degrees. Inside: CLASSIFIED...........................11-14 COMICS.........................................8 CROSSWORD...............................3 DEAR ABBY.................................9 ENTERTAINMENT.........................9 HOROSCOPE................................8 RELIGIOUS FOCUS.....................6 SPORTS..................................10-11 TV LISTINGS.................................8 WEATHER.....................................2 area residents Some New Braunfels merchants and residents of Comal County may have been victims of a check and credit card theft ring, said Ll. Tom Polo-nis of the San Antonio Police Department Repeat Offenders lYojcct. Five persons were arrested Thursday and charged with 11 counts of felony crimes involving the stolen cards and checks. Polonis said officers had the five under surveillance for about two months before the arrests were made. He said the suspects would coneen irate on stealing women’s purses at convenience stores, supermarkets, and department stores. “When women would lcav*. die r purse to go do something, thai > whc n (the ring) would steal it," Polon aid, “Then they’d go and cash as many checks as possible and use the credit See THEFT, Page 2 Trustees approve system connector New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees approved connecting the City of Schertz to NBU’s sewage system in last night’s monthly meeting. NBU was planning to extend a sewage line into the southern region of New Braunfels to provide better service while Schertz was considering building a sewage treatment plant. Robert Sohn, general manager of NBU, said the two entities decided to make a connection deal that would be good for everyone. “We talked lo Schertz about connecting with NBL so they would not have to build a plant," Sohn said. “They will be treated just like iv \ customer and will have to j is tar i e capacity of the line .” Sohn said Schcrt/ would pay Sui TO percent of the connection line ..pat ty as well as sewage cost, and a IS See DEAl Pago 2 The Comal County Interagency Gathering hosted by Bowling Green Hospital and planned for Jan. 4 at the Comal Mental Health Clinic has been canceled. There will be no meeting in January.... The Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 2999 will have its joint Aerie/Auxiliary Family Night today at 6:30 p.m. Members arc to bring a covered dish; bread and drinks will be furnished. Members are urged to attend for an evening of fellowship and entertainment.... surrender to Romania rulers Businesses, offices to close for holiday BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) — Thousands of members of the dreaded secret police have surrendered or been captured in the week since Communist dictator Nicolac Ceauscscu was overthrown, Romania’s revolutionary ruling council said today. The prisoners include some generals and high-ranking officers from the security force, known as the Sccuri-taic, Deputy Foreign Minister Come-lieu Bogdan said. The total number was not immediately disclosed. Several hundred hard-line holdouts remain at large in defiance of the government’s ultimatum to surrender or die, said Ca/imir lonescu, a vice president of the National Salvation Front. Tile revolutionary government had given members of Ccauscscu’s despised security police until Thursday to surrender or face execution. Sporadic shooting continued well after the deadline. The ruling council has assumed sweeping powers, changed the coun try’s name and ordered the Communist emblem removed from the national flag, the state news agency reported today. The National Salvation Front took power Dec. 22 in a popular uprising backed by the army, and promised free elections next year. On Thursday it reorganized its governing council as a leadership body headed by a president, who at present See SURRENDER, Page 2 Several area businesses will observe the New Year’s holiday this weekend: • All banks and savings and loan institutions will be closed New Year’s day but will open on Jan. 2. • Garbage pickup by city crews will run on schedule Monday and Tuesday as usual. • The Comal and New Biaunleh school districts’ administration offices will re-open up Jan. 2 Both districts’ tax offices will Iv irised Jan. I. Students return to school Jan 2 • All federal government offices Se* CLOSINGS. Page 2 At left, Gordon Land of Pflash Gordon’s Disc Jockey Service puts on a record during the drug-free dance last night at the Civic Center. Above, are some of the 200 middle and high school students who attended the dance sponsored by Safe City Commission. Director Don Ferguson termed dance “a success.” The dance featured a light show along with the disc jockey. Fruit juice, popcorn and other refreshments were available to those attending. (Photos by Desmond Bostick) Passengers cancel plans after airline bomb threat WASHINGTON (AP) — Northwest Airlines says strict security precautions ensure that a Paris-Dctroit flight Saturday will operate safely despite a bomb threat that today caused at least 30 passengers to cancel reservations. In an unusual public response lo a bomb threat, the airline announced Thursday that any passengers who do not wish to take Flight 51 may postpone their flight or switch to other carriers without penalty. At Northwest’s Paris office, sales manager Frederic Wuatclct said at least 30 passengers had changed reservation by midday today. Earlier reports said between 120 and 130 passengers were booked on the DC-IO. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman John Leyden indicated there was little unusual about the threat itself, which he said came in an anonymous phone call and was one of about 300 received by U.S. airlines each year. Leyden said officials were “working with Northwest and w ith the French authorities to ensure there is extra security on the flight.” Northwest’s public response was a departure from the handling of most threats against U.S. aviation, which generally are dealt with stealthily and not mentioned to passengers. The FAA and airlines have come under pressure to be more forthright in disclosing security risks after 270 people were killed Dec. 21, 1988, when a bomb blew up Pan Am Flight 103 over Lockerbie, Scotland. The plane, which had stopped in London, w as en route from Frank- See THREAT, Page 3 ‘Thousands’ of secret police ;