New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 5, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Cold threatens state’s natural gas supply
HOUSTON (AP) — Texas may face a natural gas shortage if the severe cold weather in the state continues into next week, Texas Railroad Commission Chairman Kent Hance said. “If this continues past Monday, we’ve got real problems .”
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Vol. 137, No. 61
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
February 5, 1989 50 Cents
Five Sections, 62 PagesFour deaths reported in cold Constable pay
By STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Vehicles slipped and skated off Comal County roads Saturday evening as the arca iced over because of the frigid Alaskan air mass that moved into Central Texas Friday.
“The whole town is iced over,” said New Braunfels Police Department dispatcher Trisha Keele at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.
At one point, an 18-whcelcr truck had skidded sideways on the FM 306 bridge while other motorists sliding on Interstate 35, Kohlenberg Lane, County Line Road and other areas in town.
More of the same conditions are forecast for the arca today.
The wicked w inter weather claimed at least four lives as bone-chilling temperatures spread throughout Texas and the bitterly cold conditions were expected to continue into the week.
The National Weather Service on Saturday night wanted of dangerous accumulations of snow and ice on roads across much of the state and the Texas Department of Public Safety had one word of advice for prospective travelers: “Don’t.”
“We are getting icy roads all over the state,” said DPS spokeswoman Sara Farrell. “We’ve been getting calls all day and night and arc telling
See COLD, Page 2A
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Salary disparities among county constables stretches across the state of Texas, but that’s not stopping one Comal County constable from fighting for every dime.
Another constable has given up his fight.
“I’m just tired of fighting for
what I ileal to do my job,” Fidel Tame/, said Wednesday when he announced he was resigning as Precinct 4 constable.
Comal County Judge Fred Clark maintains the annual salary of $9,000 for constables is sufficient.
See CONSTABLE, Page 2A
Man charged with more child abuse
Lanyon Stanley, left, personifies the attitudes of the Smithson Valley soccer players as he was tough enough not to bundle up like the players from Lockhart, at right. It was so cold Saturday that the New
Braunfels-San Marcos game was postponed until Feb. 23. For more on the game, see Page 13A (Photo by Deryl Clark)
A Canyon Lake man recently charged with abusing a 6-year-old Bulverde Elementary School student remains in the Comal County jail today on additional child abuse charges.
Carlos Melgar, 23, who has been in jail since Jan. 25 in lieu of a $15,000 bond, was charged Friday with aggravated sexual assault of a 2-year-old child.
Richard Alvarez, Comal County sheriff’s department detective, obtained a felony warrant issued by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart Friday on the new charges. Magistration is pending. Aggravated sexual assault is a first-degree felony.
Melgar and his 46-year-old wife Virginia Melgar, of the Open States
See JAILED, Page 2A
It’s cold outside today and it’s
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BABIES ON PARADE...
Group raising money for profitable downtown
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
New Braunfels business people are pulling together to raise a portion of the funds necessary to mount a downtown revitalization program.
City Council Jan. 23 unanimously voted to hire a downtown coordinator as part of a downtown revitalization effort. The city will provide 75 percent of the funds to hire the coordinator. The remaining 25 percent will come from the private sector includ
ing individuals, downtown businesses, financial institutions, and service organizations. Council gave 120 days for the private sector to raise the capital.
“I’m real impressed with the private support that has already been shown,” said City Manager Paul Grohman. “I think this is indicative that there really is a need because people wouldn’t be paying their money if they really didn’t feel there was a need.”
Council Member James Goodbread
has been working with Bob Smith, president of I exas Commerce Bank-New Braunfels: Marian Benson, president of the Downtown Association; and Carroll Hoffmann, a downtown businessman, to raise funds from the private sector. More than half of the money already has been raised, he said.
“We’ve had a very positive response,” Goodbread said. “I think most people realize that downtown
belongs to the whole community and it’s important that we project a progressive, successful image. We’re not doing that now .”
Goodbread said the group has been trying to get two-year commitments to raise $13,(HK) annually to support a $50,752 budget. The budget includes $21,132 for a director; $12,480 for a clerk; $2,020 for travel and training; S3,156 for equipment; $480 for office supplies; $1,200 for telephone and $200 for dues and subscriptions.
“We’re working at it simply as concerned citizens. We were very encouraged by city council’s position to
endorse and underwrite the lion’s share of the project.” said Smith.
“We feel like the private sector needs to demonstrate their support, thus James anti I are actively try mg to raise the 25 percent per year — to raise the cash for '89 and to get pledges for ‘90.” lie said. “We’ve
See DOWNTOWN, Page 2A
NE banks tough it out through rebuilding year
Hie Comal County Health Department wishes to inform the public of a change in their immunization schedule for early February. Immunizations will NOT be given Wednesday, that’s Feb. 8, but will be given Monday, tomorrow, from 9 to 11 a.m. and I to 4 p.m.
Infants 12 months of age and younger may be scheduled for immunizations by appointment.
Call the Health Department at 620-5595 for more information..,.
The United Methodist Women of the First United Methodist Church of New Braunfels will hold the annual “Call to Pray and Self-Denial Program” observed at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday in Wesley Hall. More than one million members and guests nationwide will participate in this observance. The theme will be “Building a New World Through Children and Youth.” Guests and members are encouraged and welcome to attend the special program....
Holy Family Catholic Church will host a Queen of Hearts Dance Feb. 11 with music by Jaime De Anda y Los Chamcos. Tickets are $10 per couple or $6 per person. The dance will be from 8:30 p.m. to I a.m....
Tnc New Braunfels Music Study Club (TFMC, NFMC) will hold its scholarship competition March 4 at Seele Parish Auditorium. The competition is open to residents of Comal County planning to enter a college or university in the fall of 1989 majoring in music or dance. Winning stu-See STAMMTISCH, Page 2A
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
Financial institutions in New Braunfels continued lo grow in 1988 despite tough economic conditions.
A local banker said 1988 was a year of rebuilding and expects 1989 will be similar.
“The only thing I’m concerned about is real estate,” said Bob Smith, president of Texas Commerce Bank-New Braunfels. “In terms of manufacturing employment and other employment, job creation is wonderful, something like over 7(X) jobs last year which would compare extremely favorable lo any community.
“San Antonio is excited about Sea World, our job growth compared lo . theirs is probably excellent,” he said. “Retail sales with the December numbers that the chamber put out were up 36 percent, which is a marvelous number,” said Smith.
“Retail sales are very strong, employment is strong. The only weak
sister in the whole argument is real estate and that’s simply something that we’re going to have to grow our way out of and job creation is the single most important answer to that.” Texas Commerce Bank-New Braunfels reported year-end assets of $151,125,000 with liabilities totaling $144,499,000. That’s up from the 1987 statmcm of assets totaling $126,314,000 and liabilities of $119,277,(XX).
“I think 1989 is going to be another rebuilding year in real estate. It will take us a few years to get out of Otis situation we’re in now — we’re overbuilt. We’re cautiously optimistic.” “As the whole Texas economy recovers in our area, our real estate market will recover," said A! Leach, senior vice president and trust officer of Texas Commerce Bank-New Braunfels, He said that would take several years.
See BANKS, Page 2A
Uhr again named leader of jail standards board
A New Braunfels man will continue as chairman of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards after he was unanimously re-elected to die position he has maintained for two years.
R.J. “Bob” Uhr was first appointed to the commission in October 1975. The commission must elect one of its members as chairman for a two-year term each odd-numbered year.
As one of the original commissioners, Uhr assisted in developing standards, hiring staff, and providing early guidance for the new agency.
Uhr was selected as chairman initially in January 1987 and has been instrumental in providing guidance to
an agency which is responsible for implementing policy for all county jails, including certain minimum standards of construction, maintenance and operation.
The agency publishes rules and procedures establishing minimum standards and has the responsibility to review and approve plans for construction and major modification, provide consultation and technical assistance, inspect jails and enforce compliance.
The commission, continues programs to provide housing for an increasing inmate population.
Second graders from Lone Star Elementary School performed a parachute routine as the halftime entertainment at the Friday night New Braunfels High School basketball game in New Braunfels.
Part of the routine involved curling up inside the huge pieces of fabric, above, then uncoiling. (Photos by Deryl Clark)