New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 3, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Men accused in largest bank fraud case
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Three men were arrested in connection with what federal agents described as the largest bank fraud case in South Texas history.
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San Angelo Central interested in Streety
Jim Streety is one of several high school coaches to be contacted by San Angelo Central in its search for a head football coach. The chance to move to a Class 5 A school has caught the interest of the New Braunfels
Unicom coach. _ _ _
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From staff and wire reports
The strong arctic front which has plunged large sections of the country to record-setting low temperatures has pushed into South Texas.
Comal County has experienced warm temperatures for the past several days but the temperatures dropped to near freezing Thursday night. Forecasters call for freezing temperatures through the weekend and are advising residents to take precautions.
Area residents can take precautions against the cold by wrapping exposed pipes or leaving water dripping from faucets to prevent pipes from freezing and bursting.
Call 625-8564, New Braunfels Utilities 24-hour emergency number if pipes should break.
The warm temperatures have caused some trees and plants to begin budding out so precautions should be taken. Tender bedding plants should be covered with blankets, newspapers, or cardboard. Plastic should be used only as a last resort because it allows cold to get through to the plants. Outdoor plants should also be watered well, said local nursery operators.
The city’s Street Department has
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A frigid air mass from Alaska, which moved in New Braunfels • A
late Thursday night is going to I T C!
keep the high temperatures in the IJ \J. M M JI M E
20s until Sunday. A hard freeze is JIL
predicted for tonight with north- t
west winds at 15 mph. Saturday’s rn r|yi/\ Q CJA
high is expected to be 29 with I ll El J ET
winds from the northeast at 15 . , .. .. ..
mph. Chances of rain are slim on . January building I^mui applica-
Sunday when the high could rise t,ons al,Ncw R^unfel-r City Mal b increased approximately 40 percent
compared to January 1988. r.S!!- a The construction cost figure for the CLASSIFIED...........................10-14 fjrst month of 1989 totalled
COMICS.........................................6 $1,206,667, while the January 1988
CROSSWORD...............................3 figure was $931,629. Builders last
DEAR ABBY.................................7 month applied for 96 permits. For the
ENTERTAINMENT.........................7 same period in 1988, builders applied
HOROSCOPE................................8 for 78 permits.
RELIGIOUS FOCUS.....................4 Last month, builders applied for IO
SPORTS....................................9-10 single-family residence permits total -
TV LISTINGS.................................8 ing $559,900; one commercial permit
WEATHER.....................................2 for $400,(HK); eight residential addi
tions and alterations for $71,720; seven commercial additions and alterations for $53,180; and 58 out-of-Ncw Braunfels Branch of the scope pcrmiLs for $89,477.
American Association of Universi- soje commercial permit issued
ty Women invites members and jn j^u^y is for the construction of a
the public to its Monday meeting ltd)C chute. The permit valued at
at 7:30 p.m. in the New Braunfels $400,(HK) was issued to Bad Schloss
National Bank annex. The speaker Inc. Robert Henry is the contractor for
will discuss the problems of being die project.
an alcoholic and how she has In January 1988, a commercial per-
overcome her own problems of mil valued at $209,(KH) was issued for
alcoholism. She also will be die construction of a store at West-
stressing the importance of support point Pepperell Mill Store Plaza,
groups such as Alcoholics Other Jaunary 1988 activity
Anonymous and Al-Anon in aid- See BUILDING, Page 2
ing alcoholics and families of alcoholics....
to stop move
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Crackdowns on Bexar County massage parlors could touch Comal County in more ways than one.
“It’s entirely possible” sexually oriented businesses will move to neighboring counties since Bexar County’s tough stance to move them out, said Precinct 2 Bexar County Commissioner Bob Lee Thursday.
But chances are better the establishments will relocate in metropolitan areas, he said.
“It is likely they will move somewhere else, but not necessarily right up the road,” Lee said. “They want to move to a place where they have the most population and the least resistance — that could be up the road or it could be Dallas.
“It just depends on where they feel they arc going to be the most successful.”
It's hard to predict where they will go, Lee said, adding rural communi-
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Burglars strike mobile home lot
Mobile Home Clearance Center, 3(X) block of Interstate 35, reports more dian $6,100 worth of property has been stolen from mobile homes during a six-day span, said New Braunfels Police Department spokesman.
Doors, a water heater, windows, carpet and a bathtub arc among some of the items stolen, said police spokesman Martin Mayer.
“We got a report that there had been numerous thefts front four of Ute trailers,” Mayer said.
The burglaries occurred between Jan. 27 and Feb. 2, Mayer said.
Police have no suspects, no evidence, no witnesses, he said.
January unemployment rate increases
State's rate unchanged
It finally arrived — the freezing weather from Alaska became a New
Braunfels winter visitor Thursday night dropping temperatures into the 30s and bringing heavy winds with it Temperatures are expected to decrease throughout the day, leading to a b ird freeze tonight. I he weekend highs are expected to remain in the 20s or maybe the low 30s. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
WASHINGTON (AP) Unemployment rose slightly in January to 5.4 percent, bul the number of new jobs created last month rose by 408,000, much higher than expected, the government reported today.
The Labor Department said tile civilian unemployment rate rose by 0.1 percentage point from the December rate of 5.3 percent.
But the first major report of the economy’s 1989 performance showed continued strong growth, something analysts have predicted would feed inflationary fears and perhaps convince the Federal Reserve Board to tighten its reins on credit.
The 408,000 new nonfarm jobs created last month followed a gain of 279,000 in December and nearly
matched November's robust gain of 440,(XX) new jobs.
Analysis had predicted that January job growth would be in the 250,000 range and that any growth of more than 300,000 could trouble the markets.
The Labor Department said the labor force expanded by nearly 900JXK) people, with about 700,(HX) of them finding jobs, and that a record 62.9 percent of die working-age population had jobs.
T he unseasonably warm weather in much of the country helped contruc-tion employment rise by 102JXX) jobs last month, the department said. Manufacturing employment also was up
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DALLAS (AP) — Texas’ job market continued to show small signs of growth last month, although January’s unemployment rate held steady at 7.1 percent, federal officials rcjxirtcd today.
Total employment reached 7.713 million, but the gain of 20,(XX) jobs from December was considered statistically insignificant, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics said.
An estimated 590,(X)0 Texans were looking for jobs — a figure virtually unchanged from the previous month’s report.
“There’s very little change in the labor force,’’ said BLS labor market
analyst Nic Santangelo. “We’re not putting a lot of new people to work.’’ Several factors could be influencing what has been a relatively stable job market. More people may be leaving Texas than are arriving from odter states, he said, and there may be a growing number of people who have given up their search for work.
So called “discouraged workers” are not reflected in the BLS unemployment estimates.
January’s rate marked a modest improvement from the 7.9 percent reported one year earlier.
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The Texas Amateur Softball Association District 40 Umpire Meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7 at Wholesale Beers. Anyone interested in umpiring is invited to attend the meeting.
Umpire dues for 1989 will be colic vied at the meeting. Each person paying their dues will receive an ASA Umpire packet consisting of the 1989 Official Rule Book and Umpire Manual, bat ring, umpire patch and other material. Training dates will be provided.
For more information contact Keith Maxwell at 625-9774 or Cathy Hannington at 964-2285....
The German American Society will meet Feb. 7 at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Hall, 410 W. Coll. A German movie, with English subtitles, will be shown....
In addition to the New Braunfels ISD Community Education classes beginning soon — add Researching Your Family History to the list. Providing beginners with the expertise to start researching their family histories, the class will meet on Saturdays beginning tomorrow and running through Feb. 25. Taught by Iris Schumann, the class will be at the Sophienburg Archives from IO a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuition will be $25....
Forty-five percent of the total
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City meets award wjntenwear as Tree City USA
It’s official. New Braunfels has received Tree City USA designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation.
New Braunfels City Council endorsed the Tree City USA program in August. Following endowment, the city entered a nationwide program to receive the designation upon recommendation of the Texas State Forester’s office. Communities qualify for the award by meeting state standards on a comprehensive forestry program.
New Braunfels is one of eight cities in Texas to qualify for the program.
“It is the first time New Braunfels has received this national recognition,” said New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller. “The Tree City USA honor comes from the National Arbor Day Foundation and is dedicated to encouraging tree care and tree planting programs across the country,” he said.
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Local firefighters answer more calls
New Braunfels Fire Department responded to 256 more calls in 1988 than in 1987, according to a report released by the department recently.
Fire Inspector Lt. Wesley Meyer said the increase came in 1988 because fire trucks respond with the Emergency Medical Service to all calls. In 1988, EMS units responded to 180 calls. EMS responded to 99 calls in 1987.
Last year, the department responded to 870 calls. There were
286 fires and 585 other incidents. In 1987, the department responded to 605 calls.
Statistics show there were 44 structure fires, 62 vehicle fires, 79 tree and grass fires, 20 refuse fires, and 207 unclassified fires in 1988.
The largest increase in fires came in December when firefighters responded to 99 calls,,up 46 calls from December 1987 when the department responded to 53 calls.For the past two years, the clients at the Mental
Health Mental Retardation Silk Screen shop have made sweatshirts designed by manager Richard Ogletree to sell at the Western Steer. Since November, MHMR has sold more than 400 of the sweatshirts which feature three design choices. All the money made by the sales at Western Steer is given directly to the MHMR center. Western Steer waitresses wearing the penguin sweatshirts are, back
row from left, Susan Nicholson, Helen Weber, Lola Murphy and Hazel Pogue. MHMR clients who work in the silk screen shop are, front row from left, Gary Johnson, Harold Burr, Bert Webb, Nita Schertz and Mark Wise. The other two sweatshirts feature ski sweater designs. (Photo by Deryl Clark)