New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Federal appeals court stops Oliver North trial
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court halted Oliver North’s Iran-Contra trial today because of national security concerns after a jury was chosen to decide the fate of the fired White House aide.
See Page 4
Valentine’s Day customs full of flirting, romance
Wear your heart on your sleeve, because Valentine’s Day is not just another invention of business to make us buy yet another card or present. There is an astonishing little history about the origins and customs of Cupid’s official day. _
See Page 7
Unicor * j* *>
stay in k E 3oo 06
i.o-4A boys basketball game in Kerrville. The Unicorns now face Boerne, the team they hope to surpass for second place, at
home on Friday night. See Page 10
New Braunfels nesday night in a
Vol. 137, No. 64
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
February 9, 1989
25 Cents One Section, 14 Pages
plans return to court
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
BULVERDE — If Comal County Court-At-Law Judge Ronald Prichard and his wife behave for 180 days, charges of disorderly conduct and assault on a peace officer will be dropped, according to a settlement reached Wednesday in justice of the peace court here.
“I want to get back to the business of the court,” Prichard said. ‘‘We arc not going to detest the charges. The main reason for that is that this whole affair has had a very devastating effect on my family ... my reputation.”
Former Precinct 4 Constable Fidel Tamcz arrested the judge and his wife Darlene Sept. 9,1988, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8800 hall in Saltier.
Tamez charged the couple with public intoxication and disorderly conduct. Mrs. Prichard also was charged with assaulting a peace officer after kicking Tamcz.
Public intoxication charges, originally filed Sept. IO in Precinct I Jus-
The high today is expected to reach 52 degrees under sunny skies. Tonight, skies will be mostly fair but it will be quite cold with the low near 32 degrees. It’s going to warm up Friday when the afternoon high will be 55 degrees under partly cloudy skies. Inside:
tice of the Peace Harold Krueger’s court, were dropped.
“Should they violate the terms of this deferred disposition and a conviction is entered against them, they arc waiving their right to appeal to county court-at-law,” said special prosecutor Andrew Forsythe. “We’re trying to basically put an end to this.”
The couple sat quietly in the cramped quarters of Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart’s court around 3:15 p.m. as the case came to a close.
The case was moved to Stewart’s court after Krueger and Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace R.G. “Doc” Blanchard refused to hear the case becaasc of imparity. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Howard “Curly” Smith, Prichard’s father-in-law, is ineligible to hear the case.
“We’re not happy with the whole situation,” said Prichard’s attorney Jack Robison after the proceedings. “We feel like this is the most expose* JUDGE, Page 2
Prichard reflects on events
As Comal County Court-At-Law Judge Ronald Prichard found himself on the wrong side of the bench Wednesday, he reflected on the events since his September arrest.
“I’ve learned from this experience,” he said. “I’ve learned that a lot of folks perceive elected officials sometimes as being super human. I’m the first to admit I am human — flesh and blood. I’ve made mistakes in the past and I’m not through making mistakes.”
Prichard and his wife Darlene were arrested Sept. 9 at the Sattler-area Veterans of Foreign Wars hall by forsee EVENTS, Page 2
Gravel on roadways aided drivers contending with icy conditions during New Braunfels’ four-day winter storm, but the gravel now is causing problems of its own.
Loose gravel may have been the contributing factor in two wrecks in the 700 block of Lakeview Boulevard Wednesday night.
City of New Braunfels Engineer Bill Dobrowolski said the city currently is sweeping the gravel from hills and curves. “We’re starting to pick up the gravel today.”
Ryan Alan Dillard, 18, 535 Riverside, rolled his 1980 convertible over
around 9:28 p.m. as he traveled south on Lakeview. He sustained no injuries.
“(He) lost control, went left of center, spun around, then left roadway and struck fire hydrant and flipped over,” stated the accident report filed by New Braunfels police officer Mike Rust.
Kami Elizabeth Schiller, 18, San Antonio, wrecked her four-door Subaru around 10:28 p.m. when she lost control and left roadway and made slight contact with a telephone pole,
See GRAVEL, Page 2
Deputy to take constable post
Plan established during workshop
City moving ahead on goals
Safe and healthy snacks that youngsters can prepare themselves will be demonstrated, and practiced, at the New Braunfels Children’s Museum this afternoon. The after-school snack-making workshops will begin every 30 minutes between 3:30 and 5:30 p.m. and will be led by Extension Agent Pat Anderson and Program Assistant Debbie Williford. Cost is the SI admission to the museum and children are invited to tour the Kitchens and Cultures exhibit following the snack workshop....
A Parade of American Music will be presented by New Braunfels Music Study Club (TFMC, NFMC), along with some special guests, tonight at Seele Parish Auditorium at the First Protestant Church at the comer of Seguin and Coll. The program, called “It’s Showtime,” will feature tunes and melodies from Broadway musicals, including tunes from Oklahoma, South Pacific, Brigadoon, Camelot, Porgy and Bess, The Fantastiks and The King and I.
Dr. J. Bert Neely will perform with some students from the Southwest Texas State University Opera Workshop and the New Braunfels Community Chorale will appear on the program. Also appearing will be Ronnie Schwab from Toby’s Dance Studio and other guests will be Donna Smith, Jane Haas, Stephany Goodbrcad, Lois and James Gerhardt and more. This program is open to the public, at no cost, so head on out and join them for a musical evening....
The Comal County chapter of the American Red Cross will host
See STAMMTISCH, Page 2
By DAVID BUILTA Stall Writer
The city is making considerable progress in accomplishing goals set during a New Braunfels City Council retreat and staff workshop in the fall.
“We have made remarkable progress in almost all areas that were set as goals,” said City Manager Paul Grohman. “There were a total of IO goals with many sub-goals under each set for the staff to try to meet.”
He said progress has been made by implementing personnel policies, a new pay plan, and the beginning of an employee evaluation system.
Grohman designed the pay plan and evaluation system in-house representing a $25,(XX) savings to the city. Council approved the merit-based pay plan Jan. 23 and Friday’s paychecks will reflect the change.
“We arc currently working on next year’s budget, involving many people who have not been active in the process in prior years,” Grohman said. “We arc gearing up to make major changes in our computer system, and looking at setting up a capital improvement program as called for by the charter.
“We are still very optimistic about 9-1-1 and the good things it can do for the people of New Braunfels,” he said. “At present, the 9-1 - I operation has very severe space limitations. This was also a concern of the entire city council at the workshop retreat.”
The emergency service could be offered in New Braun-
Judge Ronald Prichard appeared
With his wife. Darlene, before Pre- A man who scrvcd xs ^ rlght. cinct 3 Justice of the Peace f red hand man for Precinct 4 Constable Stewart. (Photo by Deryl Clark) Fidel Tame/, for four years is now fill
ing his shoes.
George Wolf was appointed to the constable’s position Wednesday by Comal County Commissioners Court. He will serve a two-year term.
Tamcz resigned from the position to lake a job as deputy at the Comal County sheriff’s office Feb. I. Tamcz said one of the reasons he resigned to take a position with the sheriffs office was because he wasn’t receiving an adequate salary.
The position is allotted a salary of $9,173.
“I enjoy working with people,” Wolf said. “I hope to make Precinct 4 a safer community for our people to live in.”
See CONSTABLE, Page 2
“By getting more people involved in the management process, we can do our jobs efficiently, quickly, and usually at a lower cost.”
_—City Manager Paul (irohman
fcls in November or December of this year; however, the police department docs not have room to accommodate the 9-1-I system.
Grohman said a properly implemented computer system could save the city almost SKX),(XX). Currently in development stages, the changes in the computer system for the city do not include additional employees, although the city manager said some could be required in the future.
He said council members recognized the major problems confronting the city arc building space, computers, adequate staffing and pay.
He said some minor goals have already been implemented. They include the installation of suggestion boxes and the placement of photos of department heads, Mayor Doug Miller, and himself in public buildings. Grohman said the photos will give the public knowledge of who is in charge of a particular facility.
The city manager said minor costs were incurred with the photos, but were well within the budget. “The costs
Schools delay tests
See CITY, Page 2
Some students in area schools have been given a short reprieve on taking the Texas Educational Assessment of Minimum Skills test.
Texas Education Agency gave Comal and New Braunfels independent school districts one-week extensions for the TEAMS testing period for grades 3, 5, 7 and 9 because of inclement weather which closed school Monday and Tuesday. The test had been set for Tuesday, Wednesday
CISD will test all four grades Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week (Feb. 14-16) and give make-ups the following week.
NBISD is testing third and fifth graders today, Friday, and Tuesday. Students in the seventh and ninth grade will be tested Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week. Make-ups will be given the following week.
Study puts district on track for growth
Queen of Hearts
A demographic analysis and enrollment projection study will help New Braunfels Independent School District track student population and make long-range plans.
The district recently received the study it hired the Austin firm of Har-ner and Associates to complete.
Charles Bradbcrry, NBISD superintendent, said the demographic analysis would be used in long-range planning in terms of moving boundaries, looking at school sites, and planning for transportation.
“I guess we always had a feeling but we never realized that 76 percent of our students arc inside the boundaries of County Line Road and Loop 337,” said Bradbcrry. “More than three out of four youngsters are within those boundaries.”
He said knowing where the majority of the students live enables the district to plan for school sites.
“We can gang schools together like we have Memorial (Primary) and the new school. It really works better for us because our population is congregating in a very small arca,” he said.
NBISD has been growing steadily throughout the 1980s and Dr. Dennis Hamer, principal investigator for the study, expects it to continue to grow.
“Short-term economic problems will not .alter the long-term, healthy grow th of the area.” _—Dr. Dennis Hamer
“Short-term economic problems will not alter the long-term, healthy growth of the arca,” said Hamer.
He said location is the primary key lo growth. Because of Interstate 35, New Braunfels is within easy commuting distance to San Antonio. In the 1980 census, 15 percent of workers from New Braunfels were employed in Bexar or Guadalupe counties and more than 3 percent worked in the Austin metropolitan area.
“In all likelihood, these percentages have increased in the last eight years,” Harrier said. ‘The building of the Wal-Mart regional distribution center just north of New Braunfels also shows how attractive the location is for serving die population of central Texas."
Hamer prepared three scenarios for the study — high growth, mid-range growth, and low growth.
See STUDY, Page 2
New Braunfels High School students have been active this week with many Queen of Hearts fundraising activities to help pay for the production of The Unicorn yearbook. Each class has sponsored fun activities, including tonight's Fun Night at 6:30 p.m. which will pit the classes against each other. The week will end Saturday night with a dance at NBHS cafetorium when the class raising the most
money crowns a King and Queen of Hearts. Candidates are, back row from left, Kim Bing and Jimmy Simmons, seniors; Melinda Villanueva and Marcus Perez, juniors; and seated, Lisa Gomez and Andrew Martinez, sophomores; and Moses Campos and Courtney Hermes, freshmen. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Judge settles charges,