New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Baker selling stocks after conflict of interest probe
WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State James A. Baker III says he will sell his large stock holdings in a major international lender, after questions were raised about the potential for conflicts of interest.
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Mattox urges policy for financial industry
AUSTIN (AP) — Top state leaders need to meet — and soon — to determine what Texas’ policy should be for dealing with the troubled financial industry, Attorney General Jim Mattox says.
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Canyon and Smithson Valley battled to a 2-2 deadlock in a District 26 soccer match Tuesday night. The Cougars were happy to bounce back from their loss to New Braunfels while the Rangers were happy to escape with the draw. gee 10A
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Chris Barfoot, who paced New Braunfels with 28 points, goes inside for two points in the Unicorns’ victory over Samuel Clemens in Schertz Tuesday night. The victory means New Braunfels can guarantee itself at least one more game with a victory over Canyon in the district finale on Friday. The Cougars are also still alive in the playoff chase after downing Smithson Valley. See Page 10A for the full details.
Water useGroup working on plan
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
Supporters of a proposed $1.6 billion regional water plan in Comal, Hays and Bexar counties are moving closer to legislation to back up the plan.
New Braunfels and Comal County arc represented on the ad hoc committee by Mayor Doug Miller, Dr. Kenneth Ikcls, Jack Ohlrich, and S. Craig Hollmig. Ikcls, Ohlrich and Hollmig are Comal County directors of the Edwards Underground Water District board. San Antonio City Councilman Weir Labatt is heading the lobby group which has met numerous times in San Marcos.
The committee also includes representatives from the San Antonio River Authority, Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority, the City of San Marcos, and Edwards Directors from Bexar and Hays counties.
It was formed by Edwards Underground Water District representatives for the three counties after Medina and Uvalde counties voted to withdraw from the district Jan. 21.
After meeting for nine hours Mon-
S«e WATER, Page 2ABoard approves insurance hike
AUSTIN (AP) — The State Board of Insurance today approved a 7.2 percent average statewide property insurance rate increase.
The increase means property owners will be paying $104 million more in property insurance. Most of that figure — $95 million — would be paid for homeowners insurance.
The rates will go into effect June I.
In approving the increase, the three-member insurance board adopted the staff s recommendation. The insurance industry had recommended a 9.1 percent increase, and the insurance consumer counsel recommended a 0.5 percent decrease.School break-in focus of group
The burglary of Memorial Primary School in the 1200 block of County Line Road is this week’s Crime Stoppers Crime of Ute Week.
On Jan 23 or Jan. 24, unknown suspects entered the New Braunfels Independent School District school by breaking out a door window. Three fire extinguishers were stolen and a VCR and television were broken. Books were scattered and the glass door to the library was shattered.
Persons with information about this burglary are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS.
Callers arc not asked to be identified. Crime Stoppers pays up to $ I .(XKJ for tips which lead to the arrest and indictment of persons involved in felony crimes.
Its getting cooler today. The high today will be 59 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. There is an 80 percent chance for showers or thundershowers tonight. The low tonight will be 48 degrees.
The high Thursday will be in the mid 50s.
Comal Street from Nacogdoches to Seclc will be closed to through traffic today and Thursday because Of construction....
Tile Comal County Child Advocacy Inc. board of directors will meet Thursday at 7 p.m. at St.
Paul Lutheran Church’s Family Life Center. Advocates and advisors tire encouraged to attend also. The hiring of an interim director is included on the agenda....
The regular monthly meeting of SOS Inc. — Food Bank board of directors will be Feb. 20 at 11 a.m. at 165 W. Coll St. Representatives of the participating churches and organizations are reminded to attend.
During the first six months of operating, SOS Inc. provided assistance for 463 families (1,136 times for 4,521 individuals) with 25,327 items of food and necessary items. Eighty-seven volunteers have worked 1,699 hours.
Organizations and groups in the New Braunfels and Canyon lake area arc challenged to help provide food items. Consider beginning regular food drives for canned, bulk, perishable and nonperishable items as a community service. The food bank is open weekdays from I to 5 p.m. For more information, call 629-FOOD (629-3663) or Gladys Barding.
This Lenten season is a good time to remember the less fortunate in our community....
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Officers recover four stolen autos
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Quick eyes of local law enforcers have helped recover four motor vehicles stolen recently in Comal County.
“I feel like the guys are doing good work recovering four stolen vehicles,” said Comal County Chief Deputy Wayne Hoherz.
Deputies arc noticing the stolen vehicles as they keep an eye out for other crimes, he said. “We’re especially being very alert with some of these burglaries around the lake area.”
Deputies Feb. 11 recovered a 1987 two-door Pontiac on Hubcrtus Road which had been stripped of parts.
“The vehicle is lacking the front seat, radio, battery and all four wheels and the steering column,” Hoherz
said, adding a license plate check revealed it belonged to a Maryland man, but stolen in San Antonio.
“If (a vehicle) looks like it is abandoned, nobody around and it’s unusual circumstances (the deputies) run it and if they get a hit on the computer then they pick it up.”
A “hit” is a confirmation a vehicle is stolen. The deputies then confirm the hit with the agency involved, Hoherz said.
People will steal vehicles sometimes for the parts, said Comal County sheriff’s office Sgt. Dennis Koepp.
“I guess they have a need or demand for those parts,” Koepp said. “They use them for whatever their needs arc.
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Sales tax rebates up for county, city
Local sales tax allocations continue to increase for Comal County and City of New Braunfels.
State Comptroller Bob Bullock on Monday sent counties, cities and metropolitan transit authorities checks totaling $225 million in local sales tax allocations.
“The cities alone got a 12 percent increase over last year’s checks, and 8 percent — more than half — is attributed to higher sales during the holidays,” Bullock said.
He said approximately $670 million was deposited in the state’s coffers because of the strong returns, and state lawmakers could put the unexpected extra $150 million toward planning the 1990-91 state budget.
Checks totaling $145.1 million to 1,048 cities which collect local sales tax at cither I or 1-1/2 percent.
The City of New Braunfels, levying a I percent local sales tax, received $298,598.93 this period, which was more than a 24 percent increase compared to the payment for the same per
iod last year. To date, New Braunfels has received $460,964.68 this year— a 28.45 percent increase over 1988.
Comal County’s total for this period was $300,707.49, up 24.58 percent over last year. To date this year, payments total $463,073.24 — a 28.54 percent increase from 1988. The Comal County total includes New Braunfels and Garden Ridge.
The New Braunfels city manager said the city is using sales tax rebates to meet current needs.
“If these numbers continue — and there is not any real reason they should not continue — we arc going to have a much more comfortable, liveable budget next year and hopefully be able to provide better service over all,” said Paul Grohman.
The increase in revenue provides a good opportunity to replace capital needs such as ambulances and tire trucks that historical get shelved because of budget limitations.
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First grade Queen of Hearts winner Crystal Garcia of Beverly Turman’s class at Memorial Primary participates in the Valentine’s Day and third anniversary celebration. Garcia and her classmates next year will attend a new school adjacent to Memorial. The next school, which will house second and third grades, is expected to be completed by August. Memorial Primary will house pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and first grade. (Photo by Deryl Clark)on reform
AUSTIN (AP) — Representatives of consumers, journalists and a citizens’ lobby say state campaign finance laws need overhauling, and urged a governor’s task force to focus on controlling big money and special interests’ influences.
“We must have an election system where the best ideas mid best candidates have a chance of winning — rather than money being the determining factor in all too many races,’’ said Pam Fridrich, executive director of Common Cause, a citizens’ lobby.
“Common Cause does support contribution limits if they are part of a comprehensive reform package that includes public Financing and limits on expenditures,’' Ms. Fridrich told the Campaign Finance Reform Task Force.
Other people who testified before die task force Tuesday included those from the regional chapter of Consum ers Union, and Texas Media, a freedom of information coalition.
The groups asked for prohibition of corporate and labor union campaign contributions, stronger and clearer reporting requirements and public financing of political campaigns.
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Pat Cantrell, center, and Dee Middleton, left, and Patty Yznaga-King of the Comal County Women’s Center hold the rubber duckies that will race down the Comal River channel in Landa Park during the April 1 Rubber Ducky Race to benefit the women’s center. The race will start at noon at Pat’s in the Park, will go under the bridge and will end at the old
amusement park. Cost is $5 per specially marked duck and the first duck to cross the finish line will receive $500. Second prize is $250 and third prize is $100. Entry forms will be available in area stores. For more information, call the center at 620-7520. (Photo by Deryl Clark)