New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 21, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
North trial opens afteryears delay
WASHINGTON (AP) — Oliver L. North, the decorated former Marine at the center of the Iran-Contra affair, was summoned before a jury today to face charges he tried to cover up the Reagan administration’s most embarrassing foreign policy debacle.
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Bill proposed to credit teachers for child care
AUSTIN (AP) — A state lawmaker predicted opposition to her bill requiring school districts to deduct the cost of child care from their employees’ salaries, a move she said would help the districts in the long run.
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Vol. 137, No. 72
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144Tuesday
February 21, 1989
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S ix begin fasting to protest policy
BROWNSVILLE (AP) — More than IOO Central Americans lined up early today to apply for political asylum, most of them apparently unaware of a new, expedited procedure in which rejected applicants arc subject to immediate arrest and detention.
Six people, including three nuns, began a fast outside the facility today in protest of the new Immigration and Naturalization Service policy.
“We don’t plan to finish this fast until we have a spiceifie answer” from the U.S. government, said Jose Amaya, a Salvado
Amaya, two other Salvadorans and the nuns said in a morning press conference that they would camp out and fast near the entrance to die detention center, demanding refugee status for Salvadoran aliens and an end to ll.S. military aid to their country.
Meanwhile, most of die Central Americans who showed up to apply for asylum said they did not know the procedure had changed, said EJ. Flynn, an attorney with the Harlingen-based Proyecto
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Sheriff submits plan for more jail inmates
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Housing inmates from other counties in the 147-capacity Comal County jail would mean an increase in revenue to hire additional jailers, says the Comal County sheriff.
“lf we could pick up IO or 15 additional prisoners from other counties,
then we could bring in some additional revenue that would help pay for the new jailers we need,’’ said Sheriff Jack Bremer.
Comal County commissioners Monday failed to act on an agreement presented by Bremer to solicit additional prisoners before ironing out contract details.
During a commissioners court workshop Jan. 27, Bremer requested 14 additional employees for the jail after Jack Crump, executive director of the Texas Commission on Jail Standards, toured the facility and found an employee shortfall.
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CISD looking at ways
It’s crisp and cool outside. The high today is expected to reach 61 with winds gusting to 25 miles per hour. The low tonight will dip down to 31. The high Wednesday is expected to be a cool 59. The low Wednesday night is forecast to drop to near 28. The high Thursday will be in the 50s and the low again in the upper 20s.
to meet class mandate
New Braunfels High School Band Boosters arc reminded of tonight’s meeting at 7:30 p.m....
Burglars hit school
March is going to be a busy month and several deadlines arc approaching if you want to participate in the fun.
March 4 is the big American Heart Association golf tournament and USO Rig Band dance and March 5 is the second annual Chocolate Extravaganza to benefit the Comal County Child Welfare Board.
The Get in the Swing of Things golf tournament, sponsored by Miller Beer at Woodlands Country' Club, will have tee times at 8 a.m. and I p.m. Entry deadline for the two-man bcst-ball full-handicap tournament is March I. Entry in the golf tournament will allow the golfers a practice round, lunch and style show and tickets lo the dance. Golfers’ spouses, both men and women, will get to have their own fun in the day’s card tournaments from IO a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. The luncheon and style show will be from noon to ? p.m.
Hie big USO dance is that night at Heidelberg Halle and participial is arc asked to wear fashions from the 1940s. Organizers are trying to find some extra 1940s outfits and if you have some stuck away and you don’t need them for a while, they’d sure like to borrow them. Drop off extra clothing items at Ott Plumbing. Music for the evening will be by the Dorsey Brothers Orchestra. Tickets arc available at Vollbrccht’s Pharmacy, City Pharmacy and Hoffman Insurance Agency. They are SIO in advance or $12 at the dtxir. For information on becoming a sponsor, patron or friend, call local AHA president Mary Lou Erben at 625-2826....
Lone Star Primary was burglarized twice recently after assailants entered through die same window each time, according to New Braunfels police.
“Point of entry was determined to be a window which was used in the point of entry in a burglary reported at the same school,” said police spokesman Martin Mayer.
“The investigation indicates that more than one actor was involved” in die latest burglary “due to extensive damage,’’ Mayer said.
Tile school, 144 Hidalgo, was burglarized first Feb. 15 or 16 and then again Feb. 17 or 18.
Schools are easy targets because “they have something in them — VCRS, audio-visual equipment,” Mayer said.
Hie nurse’s office was broken into during each burglary, which indicates the burglars could have been looking for drugs, Mayer said. 'The fact that they went into both nurses’ office is probably an indication that they did.”
During the latest burglary, a VCR valued at $300 and approximately $20 was taken, Mayer said, adding the
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Get some rest after the dance because lite Chocolate Fxtravanga at the New Braunfels Civic Center Sunday from 2 to 5 p.m. will feature lots of chocolate fun, including chocolate puzzles solved by local professional!. The lawyers who lost last year said the doctors cheated and they are out for revenge tins year. Along with loads of chocolate offered for tasting and sale by arca vendors, the Extravaganza will feature a Cook^i mg With Chocolate Contest, with a new division for children. Entry deadline for the cooking contests, with divisions such as pies and tarts, cakes and cupcakes, cookies and brownies, other desserts, and candy, is this Friday at 4 p.m. Entry forms are available at HEB, Wuest’s, IGA Foodliner and The Gold Bow and should be returned to Marzetta Gaskamp, 1971 Palace Drive, New Braunfels 78130. The $2 entry fee should accompany the entry form. Youth entries, ages 8 to 14, should be limited to recipes easily prepared by an 8-to 14-year-old. For more information on the contests, call Gaskamp at 620-0840, Ann Moore at 625-2475, or Sand! Estes at 625-7355. Tickets to the Extravaganza are $3 for adults, $1 for
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By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
Voters in the Comal Independent School District could be faced with voting on another bond issue in October.
District trustees approved a class-size waiver renewal request for this semester during a regular board meeting Monday night because CISD is not in compliance with the 22-to-l class-size ratio set by the Texas Education Agency for kindergarten through fourth-grade.
The district surpasses the 22-to-l ratio by a total of 32 students at its six elementary schools. Superintendent Bill Brown said the only way the district could be in com pliance with the 22-to-l ratio would be to hire additional teachers and add classrooms.
CISD plans to be in compliance with the mandate for the 1990 spring semester. The district must file a waiver each semester it fails to comply with the ratio. Brown said
Texas Education Agency usually approve waiver requests for growing districts such as CISD.
“It depends if we decide to pay for (additional classrooms) it out of our budget,” Brown said when asked about die possibility of a new bond issue. “We’re going to have to cross that bridge when we get to it.”
He said the district might pay for additions to most elementary school campuses from die district’s budget rather than asking voters to approve a bond issue. Trustees on the building committee will be considering facilities needs for the district.
A building program funded by a $20 million bond issue which voters of die district passed in April of 1985 is completed. Funds from the issue were used to build the new Smithson Valley High School and Canyon Middle School, remodel the old Smithson Valley High School building for Smithson Valley Middle School, and renovate all existing schools.
Incumbent City Council members from District 1. Ramon Chapa Jr., and District 2,1 oraine Kraft were the first ones at City Hall this morning io sign up to run in the May 6 council election. Both have served one three-year term. Filing continues through March 22 at City Hall. Candidates must reside in one of the two districts. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
School district working out details to update bus fleet
Citing growth and a need to replace older buses, the superintendent of Comal Independent School District has asked district trustees to consider purchasing 20 new buses.
“Twenty new buses are required because of the increased enrollment, new bus routes, and the need to replace older buses,” said Superintendent Bill Brown in a status report to trustees during a board meeting Monday night. “In the future, the district would need to purchase only two to three buses per year to maintain a bus rotation system.”
The problem facing the district is how to finance the purchase of 20 buses at one time. The district’s finan
cial advisor, working, with CISD Finance Director Abel Campos, has made a recommendation to Brown for a lease/purchase with a five-year payout. The buses would cost approximately $700,000.
“The would allow us to reduce some of our buses which are 15 years old, in most cases,” Brown said.
If the purchase is approved, 20 buses from the district’s fleet would be put out of service. Those to be removed would be from 1970, 1972, 1973, 1975, and 1977. The change would leave the fleet with buses from ’77, ’78, ’79, ’81, ’84, ’85, and IO 1987 models which recently were delivered.
“Worn out school buses are expensive,” said Transportation Director Kenny Franklin. “They must be constantly inspected and major repairs to engines, transmissions, steering gear and the like must be made because of mileage and general wear and tear. Perhaps even worse are minor items like the alternator that will not keep the batteries fully charged. 'Fhese can deadline a bus even more frequently than major items,” he said.
Franklin said new buses require only routine maintenance, reducing time and cost of operation. CISD has added new buses almost every year since 1984.
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Three cases of measles have surfaced in New Braunfels and Comal County Health Nurse Shel McWilliams is asking all parents to have their children immunized.
“It looks like we have one German measles and two Red measles (cases) at this time,” she said.
Children 15-months-old and older should be immunized, she said.
McWilliams said the cases could be related to the outbreak of measles plaguing Houston, Lubbock, Dallas and Del Rio.
State officials are trying to conserve measles vaccine.
Measles, which has an incubation period of about IO days, is caused by an airborne virus. Symptoms include a red rash that spreads on the skin, red spots in the mouth, high fever and cold-like symptoms. It occurs must often in children.
There have been 12 confirmed cases of measles in Ector County while the Lubbock area has reported more than 170 cases, health officials said.
Mid-Texas Symphony Debutante Amanda Bradber-ry, performing her Texas Bow escorted by Jason Higginbotham and her father Charles Bradberry, was among the teen-age girls who debuted at the
Mid-Texas Symphony Debutante Ball Saturday
night at the New Braunfels Civic Center. For a closer look at the Ball, see Thursday’s Kaleidoscope. (Photo by Deryl Clark)