New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 20, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
Calling it quits
Smith retiring from NBISD after 38 years
By ULLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
After 38 years of service to New Braunfels ISD, assistant superintendent Oscar Smith has decided to retire July I.
Speaking with a catch in his throat, NBISD superintendent Charles Bradberry read a letter of resignation from Smith to the board of trustees in Tuesday night's board meeting.
Smith is on vacation in England and was not present for the announcement.
“Oscar Smith is all-man and all-educator. I have to
say that I have never worked with a man I respected more as a human being and as an educator,” Bradberry summarized his two-year association with Smith.
In the letter the long-time NBISD employee said that after long talks with his wife Virginia, he decided it was time for him to slow down.
Also at the Monday board meeting, members of the restoration steering committee that raised $82,400 for the exterior repair and face-lift on the old Mill Street high school received plagues recognizing their
See NBISD, Page 12A
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Post Office customers head in to join long lines for two-cent stampsLocal Post Office swamped
How busy can two cents and a President’s birthday make a local post office?
“Very busy,” New Braunfels Postmaster Kenneth Rheinlander said Wednesday after a good night’s rest from long lines Tuesday. “We had at least 20 people in the lobby all day long yesterday. We've got plenty of 22-cent sumps, but the majority of people are buying two-cent’ers to try and use up their 20-cent stamps first.
“Monday’s holiday put two days’ worth of traffic in the lobby, and that created some havoc,” he added “So I think Tuesday will be a peak for us, even though it sUrted again at 8 this morning.”
On Sunday, a two-cent increase to 22 cents for stamps was put into effect by the U.S. PosUl Service, and Monday was the observance of George Washington’s birthday.
New Braunfels Wednesday
Nm Braunfels. Taxis Vol. 94- No. 37
28 Pages—3 SectionsMattox 'angry/ lawyer says
AUSTIN (AP) — A key prosecution witness against Attorney General Jim Mattox testified today that Mattox was “mad, angry, upset” when he telephoned a Houston law firm in June 1983 and threatened to “declare war” unless one of its lawyers stopped trying to question his sister.
Wiley Caldwell, head of the municipal bond division of Fulbright & Jaworski, testified under cross examination by Mattox’ lawyers about the phone call in which Mattox allegedly threatened the firm's bond business.
The prosecution has contended that Mattox threatened to withhold hts needed approval of public bonds being handled by Fulbright & Jaworski unless the firm’s lawyers stopped trying to question his sister, Janice Mattox, in a case involving Mobil Oil, South Texas rancher Clinton Manges, and the state.
“He was obviously mad, angry, upset,” Caldwell said of Mattox’ first phone call to him.
“Mr. Mattox stated that he was sick and tired of what was going on, and it would either stop, or he would declare war,” Caldwell said.
Questioned by defense attorney Roy Q. Minton, Caldwell recounted how he had helped raise about $25,000 for Mattox’ 1982 campaign for attorney general. He also said he personally contributed about $5,000 to the campaign.
Caldwell said he considered himself friends with Mattox after the campaign and acknowledged to Minton that he was the most likely lawyer in the Fulbright & Jaworski firm to receive a call from Mattox if Mattox wanted to discuss the firm.
On Tuesday, a series of 17 officials testified that bonds allegedly threatened with disapproval by Mattox were being sought for schools, jails, flood control and other public projects.
However, none of the officials said approval of their bonds was withheld.
Two said their lawyers advised them of a possible “problem” in gaining the attorney general’s needed approval, and a third said he was told the bonds might not be issued by a June 30,1983 deadline.
Under state law, the attorney general must approve such bonds before they can be sold.
Prosecutors called officials from Texas cities, counties, schools and flood control districts to explain why they needed the millions of dollars
See MATTOX, Page UA
Unicorns face tall order
— Sports, Page BA
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City denies Henry charges
The city is denying all allegations made in a Dec. 28 lawsuit filed against it by the R.R. Henry Family — and says it did not conspire to exterminate the Henrys’ business.
San Antonio lawyer John G. Lewis, working with New Braunfels city attorney Barry Moore, filed the answer in federal district court Feb. I.
Moore said no court date has yet been set.
The R.R. Henry family, owners of Schlitterbahn water park and Lands Resort, entities of Bad-Schloss, Inc.,
claim that the city conspired to exterminate their businesses during the summer of 1964.
The city’s answer denies allegations that the city was opposed to the nature of the Henrys’ businesses because they compete with city recreational facilities.
The Henry suit carries with it parts of a 1978 lawsuit settled out of court last February. Jeff Henry said the city hasn’t upheld its part of the settlement regarding parking around
See SUIT, Page UA
Arts panel eyes more funds from room tax
By DANA STELL Staff writer
City Council tonight will hear a recommendation that the hotel-motel tax allocation to the arts be increased from IO to 15 percent.
“Since we have so many organizations requesting money — and requesting a lot of money — I think it would be appropriate to ask the Council for more money,” said Mike Walker, chairman of the Arts and Cultural Commission. “If we just had a little bit more, we could give everyone what they need.”
The Arts Commission is charged with doling out its share of room tax receipts to various cultural groups Last year, the Arts Commission received IO percent of the pie, while the city got IO percent and the tourist and convention fund of the Chamber of Commerce got 80 percent.
The total room occupancy tax is 8 percent — the city gets 4 percent of that and the state gets the other half.Room tax division
Here s how the City's Arts and Cultural Commission is proposing to divide a 15 percent share of city room tax money That division will need City Council apprgval. since the arts' current share is IO percent Group Percentage
Mid Texas Symphony...........3%
German Folk Dancers............ Vt
New Braunfels Art League ........1
Greater New Braunfels Arts Council 1 ’A
Texas Junior Miss ..........’A
Circle Arts Theatre ........ 4
Braunfels Foundation Trust 2
Sophienburg Museum .....2
Coma! Independent Men’s Association
City Council la conducting a workshop tonight to discuss the room tax allocations and the possibility of raising the percentage shares The city-appointed Options and Opportunities Committee in January suggested the city’s room tax be
See ARTS. Page 12A
Moore seeking council Place 4
Post Office blues
A self-employed businessman is the second person to file for candidacy in the district 4 City Council seat up for grabs April 6.
Rolf Moore, 31, lost in his bid for City Council in 1984 by coming in last in a field of nine candidates.
This year, he says, he is running a serious campaign. “last year, I ran to raise issues that I felt were important, not to win,” Moore said. “I spent $8 to make copies of my literature and made three speeches.” Moore, a landlord and independent businessman, said that future tax increases are high on his list of concerns “Taxes are going to be the biggest issue this time around, he said. “In District 4, in addition to the U-to-20 cent tax raise from the city bond election, we can also expect a Uke amount from the Comal ISD bond issue,” Moore said ‘This would more than double the property taxes for most of the district.”
Moore said, however, that a tax increase is unavoidable — “We have to have streets and services.”
The candidate proposes adding a third monthly meeting — all day on Saturday — to the Council’s twice-a-
See COUNCIL, Page 12A
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It will remain mostly cloudy and mild through Thursday with a 30 percent chance of rain today and a IO percent chance of rain tonight and
Thursday. Winds will be from the southeast at IO to 15 mph. Today’s high will reach about 70, dropping to a low of 58 tonight and rising again tomorrow to 72. Yesterday’s high was 70 and this morning’s low was 56. Sunset today will be at 6:24 p.m. and sunrise Thursday will be at 7:05 a.m.Perkins hot
Starting at forward instead of center, rookie Sam Perkins scored a career high 28 points as the Dallas Mavericks knocked off the Houston Rockets. Details in Sport*.
Four local students named Merit Scholarship finalists
Two New Braunfels High School and two Canyon High School students have reached the National Merit Scholarsip finals.
Teresa Pinson and Ben LaGueux of Canyon High School and Kevin Schmidt and Michael Orr of New Braunfels High School are among the 13,500 students nation-wide to achieve this honor
Michael Orr is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Orr. Schmidt is the son of Ronald Schmidt and EvangeUne
Howard. Teresa Pinson is the daughter of Mr and Mrs Marvin Pinson; and Ben LaGueux is the son of Mr and Mrs Ted Burnley.
Winners, making up one-half of one percent of the eligible students, will have a chance to receive one of the 5,500 scholarships totaling over $20 million The National Merit Scholarship Corporation, a non-profit organization funded by donations from private corporations, colleges and universities, selects students on the of
academic and extracurricular accomplishments.