New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Retail sales increase in January
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail sales rose 0.6 percent in January as 1989 opened with a strong showing despite a slowdown in the pace of auto transactions, the government said today.
The Commerce Department said retailers sold SI38.9 billion worth of goods last month, up $760 million from the December sales level after adjusting for seasonal variations but not for price increases.
January’s jump in sales was the best performance since a 1.3 percent increase in November and followed a revised 0.1 percent decrease in December.
The overall rate was held back by a 0.9 percent
drop in car sales last month that followed a 0.4 percent dip in that category in December.
Excluding autos, which account for about one-fourth of the retail total, sales in January would have been up I percent, following an unchanged sales pace in December.
The only category besides autos to record a decrease in January was clothing and accessory stores.
Retail spending is seen as a key barometer of economic health because it represents about one-third of the gross national product.
The important general merchandise category, which includes department store sales, shot up 1.7
percent in January after inching up 0.1 percent in December.
Earlier this month, major department store chains reported strong sales in January, aided by mild winier weather that encouraged shoppers and added to sales volume. In addition, lean inventories resulted in higher prices that boosted overall sales figures for January.
Sales of durable goods, “big ticket” items intended to last three or more years, edged up 0.1 percent in January following an identical rise in December. Non-durable goods surged 0.8 percent
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Hard to believe Comal County was under an ice attack only a week ago. Cloudy skies, a chance for showers and warm temperatures will be the prevailing weather for several days. The high today under mostly cloudy skies is expected lo reach the upper 70s. Tonight’s low should drop to about 60 with a good chance for showers. The high Wednesday will be 67 under mostly cloudy skies. The low Wednesday night will be 52.
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Study: Students learning basic skills, but little else
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. educators are succeeding in teaching basic information to larger numbers of students but failing to help them use their knowledge intelligently, says an analysis of student achievement released today.
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Vol. 137, No. 67
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
February 14, 1989
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Safe and healthy snacks that youngsters can make themselves will be demonstrated by County Extension Agent Pat Anderson and Program Assistant Debbie Williford at New Braunfels Children’s Museum this afternoon from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. The snack-making workshops will begin every 30 minutes and children will be able to practice preparing the snacks with the help of the agents. Cost is only the $1 admission to the museum’s exhibit, Kitchens and Cultures, which the children may tour following the workshop. Another workshop will be Thursday afternoon....
New Braunfels Toastmasters Club will offer an eight-week Speechcraft course every Tuesday at 7 p.m. beginning March 7. The total cost, including materials, is $15. Speechcraft is a program designed by Toastmasters International to teach public speaking and develop leadership activity in a seminar workshop formal. Serving New Braunfels and the surrounding area, Toastmasters meet at the Summit Center, 2405 Interstate 35 W. Call 625-6739 for more information or send your check to Toastmasters Club No. 1722 to 206 Elmwood, New Braunfels 78130....
Tomorrow’s the deadline for
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Unicorns, Buffaloes battle for playoff spot
New Braunfels and Schertz Clemens, currently tied for third in the District 28^tA boys basketball race, tangle in Buffaloes Gym tonight with the loser being eliminated from the playoff hunt. The winner must still hope second-place Boerne loses at least once
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County Heart,elt agrees to job
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
A job program aimed at giving economically disadvantaged persons an edge in Finding jobs was approved by Comal County commissioners Monday in a regular meeting of the court.
“There are no glitches to it,” said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer about the program sub-contracted by Alamo Arca Council of Governments.
Bremer asked commissioners to approve the program during a commissioners’ workshop Feb. I to help fund positions at the sheriff’s office.
The federal program, co-sponsored by Vice President Dan Quayle and U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy and subcontracted by Alamo Arca Council of Governments, offers help to persons trying to re-enter the job market after a layoff or economically hard times.
“We’ll be hiring a dispatcher immediately because we have funds for that,” Bremer said. “All we have to do is put job descriptions with it and it’s in effect.”
Contract terms stipulate AACOG will reimburse the county up lo $49,446 for half of the employee salaries during training.
"It’s our money and it’s out there and it’s an opportunity to get some of our tax money back," Bremer said about the contract.
“We have a budget for dispatchers, so we don’t have to do anything. All we do is save some money,” Bremer said.
AACOG will pay the county $1,323 for each dispatchers 45-day training period, he said.
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Two escape after chase
New Braunfels police today continue their search for two assailants who stole a vehicle at the Log Haus Restaurant and led Department of Public Safety officers on a chase down Interstate 35 Sunday night.
Francisco Romero, 25, of San Antonio, was arrested and charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle while the other two men got away after they wrecked the stolen Chevrolet Suburban. Romero remains in Comal County jail in lieu of a $35,000 bond.
The chase began after DPS troopers Rogclio Garza and Lin Manford spotted the 1986 GMC Suburban southbound on Interstate 35 in front of Northcliffe. The vehicle had been stolen at 9:47 p.m. at the restaurant located on Interstate 35 South.
“They tried to stop the vehicle and a pursuit ensued,” according to the New Braunfels Police report. “The Suburban wrecked out on Interstate 35 southbound near FM 1103.”
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bond fund use
A hip heart presides over the chaos at Comal Flower Shop where employee Susan Simmons, pictured among others, is working extremely hard. The folks at Comal Flower Shop started their Valentine’s Day orders at 6:30 a m. Monday, did not stop until 3:30 this morning and were back at it at 8 a.m. today. Owner Kyra Brandt hired 17 extra employees for
today’s work and said they will make more than 500 deliveries, including 1,000 roses and 2,000 carnations — and that’s only one of the city’s shops. Guess what, Valentine’s Day isn’t the biggest floral-business day of the year — Mother’s Day is. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
By DAVID BUILTA Stall Writer
A portion of funds remaining from the street allocations of a 1985 bond issue will be used to purchase road construction equipment for the City of New Braunfels.
Approximately $1,150,(XX) dedicated to street improvements in the bond issue remain in the city coffer.
Road construction equipment will cost approximately $300,000. Council approved a plan to utilize the excess street funds from the 1985 bond issue at a Jan. 9 meeting. In addition to funding the equipment replacement, $700,000 has been set aside for 12 overlay or upgrade pro-
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Boy treated for BB shot
A nine-year-old boy escaped serious injury Saturday when he was shot in the head with a BB gun in the 1400 block of Katy Street.
He was treated at and released from McKenna Memorial Hospital.
The father of the victim told police his son was shot while at his aunt’s residence, said New Braunfels Police Department Lt. Felix Roque. ‘The victim ... said that his cousin and his friend were shooting cans in the backyard with a BB gun.”
According to the victim, his cousin’s friend raised the gun at eye level and shot one time. "The victim was hit... between the eyes about one inch above his nose,” Roque said.
The cousin and his friend told police officer Robert Diaz they were shooting at a can and the victim ran in between the gun and the can and was accidently shot.
The can was set on a tree stump approximately IO inches from the ground, according to the police report.
Officials meet with legislators ,n al1 kinds of weather
New Braunfels officials joined others from around the state at a legislative briefing and luncheon in Austin Monday.
New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller, Mayor Pro-tem Ramon Chapa Jr., and City Manager Paul Grohman attended the conference sponsored by Texas Municipal League.
‘Today’s meeting was significant in that city officials from across Texas met to review issues which will affect the way local governments operate,” said Miller. "Legislative issues such as workers’ compensation, liability reform, utility regulations, and annexation issues were among a few items which were discussed.”
Miller said he will track the items discussed as they travel through the legislature to insure New Braunfels
receives fair treatment.
Highlights of the event included remarks by Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and Speaker of the House Gib Lewis. Legislative updates were given by Texas Municipal League officials and an explanation of the legislative process was given.
“It is important we send representatives to these meetings so we can be informed of what is going on in the legislature which could have an impact on our city,” said Chapa.
Grohman said the New Braunfels delegation had lunch with Rep. Edmund Kuempel and officials from Seguin.
"These meetings are always informative. We are very fortunate to be so close to the legislature as it allows us to have more input as well as firsthand knowledge as to what is going on," Grohman said.
An economic development package proposed by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company has gained the support of the City of New Braunfels.
Council unanimously voted Monday night to approve a resolution supporting the company’s economic development package which is designed to enhance Texas in the eyes of businesses looking to relocate or expand.
Southwestern Bell recently unveiled the package, called ‘Texas First," which it is proposing to the Texas Public Utility Commission.
"I think it’s a real plus program for everybody,” Doyle Bebcc, SWB’s area manager of external affairs, told council. “It’s to the public’s benefit — we’re freezing rates and that sort of thing — we just haven’t had a whole lot of problem out of it.”
The five-year package includes network modernization for communities which currently do not have electronic or digital telephone switching offices, the phasing out of four-party service, expansion of optional calling areas
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There are some golfers who will take to the course no matter what the
weather holds. One golfer took to the Landa Park course recently ready for anything carrying not only his bag, clubs, towel and cart but also an umbrella so he could get out of the weather between shots. The forecast for the rest of the week shows a continuing chance of rain. Today’s high was expected to reach the upper 70s with the high Wednesday hovering in the upper 60s. (Photo by Deryl Clark)