New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Tower’s nomination faces new allegations
WASHINGTON (AP) — Defense Secretary-designate John Tower visited the White House this morning and the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee said there were “new allegations” concerning the nominee.
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Rangerettes defeat CHS in Comal battle
Smithson Valley’s girls basketball team tripped up Canyon 51 -48 in overtime at Rangerette Gym Tuesday night, snapping a five-game losing streak. Both teams will conclude District 28-4A play on Friday.
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Vol. 137, No. 63
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144Wednesday
February 8, 198925 CentsTwo Sections, 20 Pages
Weather gets credit for freezing crime
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Freezing temperatures drove local residents — even criminals — into their homes last weekend to wait out the ice and wind an Alaskan front dumped on South Texas.
The number of crimes in the city dropped slightly Saturday, Sunday and Monday while streets and bridges iced over and stalled outside activities.
New Braunfels Police Department spokesman Martin Mayer said criminal activity dropped from IO to 20 percent during the freezing weather.
“We haven’t seen a complete reduction of crime,” Mayer said.
A surge of reports turned in Wednesday morning indicate criminal activities picked back up Tuesday night, Mayer said.
San Antonio Police Department statistics indicate burglaries and thefts dropped significantly in San Antonio during the cold snap.
Though crime reports dropped slightly, the number of street accidents didn’t.
“There was a tremendous increase in accidents,” Mayer said.
New Braunfels police, firefighters, Emergency Medical
See CRIME, Page 2A
Skies arc clear today, but they probably won’t be tomorrow. Today’s high was expected to reach 44, but die clouds should roll in tonight and keep the temperatures from dropping too far. Tonight’s low is expected to be about 31 with a slight chance of showers. Thursday will be cloudy and a little cooler widi a high of about 40 and a low of 30. The chance for showers continues into the weekend.
New Braunfels High School’s Queen of Hearts Fun Night, originally scheduled for tonight, will now be tomorrow night — that’s Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Fun Night features events such as an egg and spoon race, orange pass, piggyback race, and tug-of-war.
Money raised from Queen of Hearts activities helps offset the costs of producing Yhe Unicorn yearbook....
A Valentine’s Dance open to members of the Colts in Action at New Braunfels Middle School will be Friday from *7:30 to 11 p.m. at the New Braunfels High School cafeteria. Carl Nowotny will be the DJ for the evening, which will be chaperoned by middle school parents....
A Queen of Hearts dance is set for Saturday at Holy Family Catholic Church from 8:30 p.m. to I a.m. Music will be by Jaime Dc Anda y Los Chamcos. Tickets are $10 per couple or $6 per person....
Smithson Valley Middle School PT A is sponsoring a Dance Get-Together in the cafeteria Friday from 7 to IO p.m. All Smithson Valley Middle School students arc welcome to attend. A Duke and Duchess (sixiii grade), Prince and Princess (seventh grade) and King and Queen (eighth grade) will be chosen by the students attending. Students will be given ballots on which to write in their choices for their grade level. The dance will be 30 minutes longer to allow for the competition. Instant photographs will be taken for students wishing to purchase them. Cost will be minimal — $1 to $1.50. Admission to the dance is $1 and CDs are required. Sodas will cost 25 cents and other refreshments will be available. Parents wishing to help out may call Cynthia Champlin at 438-7298 or Sherri Grubb at 899-2306. Parents are asked to pick up their children promptly at IO p.m....
Winter storm accidents
Agents file claims
Icy roads and bridges were synonymous with driving hazards and accidents during the cold spell Comal County experienced Friday through Monday.
And now insurance companies come into the picture.
“The police report is essential to fast” claim paying, said insurance
agent Arlon Hermes, Ferguson-Hcrmes Insurance Agency.
Hermes said “we’ve had very few — maybe two” automobile accident claims related to the bad weather. “I think people have been very careful.” Norris Insurance Agency had three
See INSURANCE, Page 2A
Automotive Audio owner Gene Saegert surveys the damage at his shop at 1001 N. Walnut Ave., which really isn't a drive-through, following a Tuesday night burglary. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
After driving through Automotive Audio’s plateglass store front, assailants stole stereo equipment and then left the way they came in Tuesday night, according to New Braunfels police.
“I haven’t finished checking out how many dollars worth of stud was stolen,” Automotive Audio owner Gene Saegert said this morning.
Saegert said the amount of damage hasn’t been determined.
A 1988 GMC Suburban, stolen from Bill Conc, 1320 Patio Drive, Tuesday night could be the vehicle
See THIEF, Page 2A
NBISD forming strategy
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
New Braunfels Independent School District is forging a plan for the future.
Mike Fitsko, assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction, informed trustees Tuesday night of a strategic planning project on which he will be concentrating.
Strategic planning will take the district two years and involve a 30-member committee made up of the district’s existing long-range planning committee and a cross section of the community.
Fitsko said it will cost the district approximately SI,500 for the planning process, which includes a two-and-a-half day workshop with an out-
“The ‘80s have been called the age of transition and we’re dealing with that. In some districts, it would frighten me to take this on. I think strategic planning in this district can be a lot of fun. I think it will put us in the forefront —Mike Fitsko, NBISD assistant superintendent
side facilitator. Fitsko is serving as die internal facilitator for the district. The workshop could lie scheduled in March.
“Our plan is the poor man’s way. We have a person (to be the outside facilitator) we think is available for a very nominal fee,” said NBISD
Sujicrintendcm Charles Birdberry.
“The ‘80s have been called the age of transition and we’re dealing with that,” Fitsko said. “In some districts, it would frighten me to take this on. I think strategic planning in this district can be a lot of fun. I think it will put us in the forefront of where we want to be,” he said.
Fitsko said the plan will help NBISD cope with changes in society including family life, values and the economy. Trustees viewed an eight-minute video by the .State Board of Education stressing those changes.
“Strategic planning is not necessarily for districts not doing a good job. We have a good quality district in NBISD," Fitsko said. “It will keep a commitment for a secure future.”
Reward offered in school break-in
Hie burglary of Bulverde Elementary School and Bulverde Primary School are this week’s Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week.
Unknown persons entered the elementary school Jan. IO without force, while they cut die locks on a door at lite primary school.
Suspects stole a small amount of change along with some small equipment. Books were thrown around, VCRs and televisions were broken, desk drawers were opened
On hand to receive Tree City U.S. A items from Mark Peterson of the Texas Forestry Service, third from right, were Mayor Doug Miller, Council Member Eddie Temple, NBU Technical Service Manager Roger Biggers, Council Member Ramon Chapa and Se* stammtisch, Page 2A Parks Board President Lupe Castillo.
and contents scattered and other items were broken and thrown around. It is believed the suspects knew their way around the schools.
Persons with information about this crime or any felony crimes should call Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS, day or night. Callers are not asked to give their names. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $1,(KK) for information leading to the arrests and grand jury indictments of persons committing felony crimes.
Tree City USA
City the first for designation
The City of New Braunfels officially became a Tree City USA Tuesday night as Mark Peterson of the Texas Forestry Service presented plaques, signs, and a flag to city and parks officials.
“Tree City is very important because it educates the public on the importance of trees,” said Peterson. He said New Braunfels is the first city in south central Texas to receive the honor.
Peterson said one goal of the forestry service is to increase the number of cities designated as Tree City USA because the citizens become more involved in tree care after receiving die honor.
“It’s not just the council passing a resolution, it’s a team effort,” New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller said in thanking the parks staff, New Braunfels Utilities, and Bruno Schwab, who helps care for trees in New Braunfels.
“We’ve been trying to make people in New Braunfels realize we have a gold mine in trees in this town,” said Delores Schumann who has worked with the arboretum since 1981. This is a great day.
“I think whenever tourists drive on Interstate 35 and look at those (Tree City USA) signs they are going to know that people in New Braunfels do know trees and do know the value of them,” she said.
After school program starts at gymnasium
A free After School Program — a cooperative effort of the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department, New Braunfels Independent School District, and Southwest Texas State University — gets under way this afternoon iii the Lone Star Primary gymnasium.
The program is aimed at providing supervised activity for youngsters whose parents are not home when the school day ends. Participation is open to all children ages six to 12 years old; however, transportation is not provided.
At 3:35 p.m., program counselors will meet children at Lone Star Prim-
ary. On sunny days, the children will be escorted by program staffers, who will be wearing staff shirts identifying themselves, to Hi Lei Park. Planned activities will be conducted from 4 until 6 p.m. Parents must pick up their children at 6 p.m. .Sponsors will not be responsible for children at the site after program hours.
Six physical education majors from Southwest Texas State University are supervising the activities with die children. The volunteers are using the program to fulfill field work requirements.
See PROGRAM, Page 2A
Kip Anderson is a tired cowboy after sitting through three basketball games, one of which ended in overtime, Tuesday night. Kip found comfort, though, in his mom Mary Anderson's lap Kip s dad is larry Anderson, assistant coach for the Canyon High School girls basket ball team. (Photo by Deryl Clark)