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'■'ornMFired CISD employee loses first round to TEA
By DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer
Lester Jonas lost round one with the Texas Education Agency Thursday in fighting his dismissal by Comal ISD trustees last year.
Jonas was dismissed last September from his CISD duties as bus driver and security officer at Smithson Valley High School. No specifics on the dismissal were released to the Herald-Zeitung immediately following the board’s decision, other than Jonas had violated school policy and was not entitled to a hearing because he was a non-certified em
CISD attorney Lonnie Churm said Friday that Jonas’ contention was that board members had made derogatory statements about his dismissal which were published in a KGNB-KNBT “Kable" newsletter the day after his dismissal.
“The newsletter said that sources indicated a set of parents were alleging Jonas had bought their son alcohol and allowed him to spend the night in Jonas’ trailer (on the SVHS campus) on at least one occasion,” Churm said. “Jonas said those sources were board members, and that those statements were an infringement of his liberty interests.”
Jonas went to Austin Thursday, seeking to prove that principal issue before hearing officer Mark Robinett (also head of TEA’s hearing and appeals division). Among the witnesses, Don Ferguson, a radio station newsman, was put on the stand and asked to identify his “sources.”
“Ferguson refused,” Chunn said. “and Robinett ruled he wasn’t required to reveal the sources, based on a federal district court decision, unless Jonas could show he was unable to obtain the information from another source, and that the information wasn’t true.
“Jonas has admitted the newsletter statements
were true,” the attorney added. “But he has also said there were extenuating circumstances that needed to be explained.”
Chunn said in presenting his case. Jonas never took the stand Thursday. When it came CISD’s turn, Chunn made a motion to dismiss the case “We said there was no evidence the statements were made by board members, and even if they were — which we deny — the statements didn’t constitute a liberty infringement.
“Nor was Jonas able to prove he’d been harmed in
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New Braunfels, Texas Volume 93 — No. 40 18 Pages - 2 Sections (USPS 377-880)
GBRA applies for state permit
The paperwork has been filed, and now Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority officials are awaiting word on a hearing date on the Canyon I -ake hydroelectnc project.
General manager John Specht told GBRA directors at their meeting last week that the authority has filed for a water appropriation permit with the Texas Department of Water Resources A hearing on the application should be set within 30 days.
GBRA has also filed for a license to build the hydroelectnc facility with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, and Specht expects the federal agency to issue a notice this summer which w ould set up a 60-day comment period on Die project The Authority wants to build a six-megawatt hydroelectnc generation facility in the outfall of Canyon Dam. with the power contracted to New Braunfels Utilities Once completed, the facility will produce 25 million kilowatt hours of electricity annually, according to GBRA figures The project has been opposed by a Canyon I .ake citizens group, which fears more water will be released from the lake to run the facility. resulting in environmental damage to the lake. Specht has maintained no water will be released just to generate electricity The authority’s mne-rnember board, which includes H E Knox of New Braunfels, was also briefed on the status of interim financing for the project The GBKA staff is now preparing a presentation for a bond rating to be made to Moody's Investors Sen ice Inc. in March Moody’s uses nine ratings, ranging from Aaa i highest quality) down to C ■ greatest risk >.
In other Comal County items. Specht said a water supply evaluation is being conducted by the GBRA
See HYDRO. Page 10AFiling pace slacks off
The rush for New Braunfels City Council elections, has slowed to a standstill in the past week. In the smaller municipality of Garden Ridge, there hasn’t been a rush at all.
As of press time Friday, New Braunfels City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi hadn’t had a filing since Feb. 15, when Michael Dieted and Robert Nohrn added their names to the list.
Three candidates plunked down their fees on Feb. 6, the first day of the filing period. Dr Kenneth Joe Kuehler, a local dentist, was first in line, followed by retired resort owner Robert Henry and selfemployed designer Rolf Moore.
By the end of that week, the field had grown to five, with contractor Esther Seidel and incumbent Councilmember Barbara Tieken filing Feb. IO.
New Braunfels will elect three at-large council members on April 7, using a plurality vote. There are no numbered places
Garden Ridge will hold elections April 7 for City Council places I, 4 ami 5. So far, incumbent Bobbie Landrum is unopposed for Place I.
David Hencshel and Keith Richter, who now occupy places 4 and 5, have announced that they will run again. But so far. neither has filed.
“But you know, a lot of people out here like to wait until the last possible minute,” said acting City Secretary Betty McGranahan.
The plurality-vote provision was part of the settlement of a lawsuit filed last fall by a group of local Mexican-Americans, represented by the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund.
Last April, New Braunfels voters approved a chance from seven at-large council seats to four single-member districts and three at-large seats. One af the districts has a predominantly Hispanic population. But the three at-large council members wore to be elected by numbered place and majority vita, and MALDEF charged that this system discriminated against minority voters.
City Council and MALDEF settled on a 4-3 system with at-large msmhers elected by plurality vote.
Tho filing den dhne for both city elections is March
Tbs Comal County forecast calls for sunny and warm teds* remaining clear tonight Sunny and warm Saturday. Northerly winds today lb-15 mph, becoming light and variable tonight Saturday’s winds will be out of the southeast at lb-15 mph. Today’s sunset will be at <:S7 p m, with aunrias Saturday at 7:01 a.m.Raising prices
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Scientists learned much from 'Bubble Boy's' death
HOUSTON (AF) - David. who lived virtually his entire life in a series of germfree bubbles because he had no antibodies to fight disease, died when one type ot antibody proliferated and ran amok through his body, doctors say.
Dr. William T Shearer said at a news conference Thursda) thai the “lolall) unexpected’ proliferation of the white blood cells was probably caused by an Oct 21 operation intended to give the 12-year-old the immunity he never had
But the Roman Catholic priest who pronounced the last sacraments IO hours before the boy’s death at 8 p m Wednesday said doctors at Texas Children’s Hospital had no choice but to attempt the procedure designed to let David enter the dirty outside world
“It was the only thing to do,” the Rev. Laurence Connelly said of the transplant of specially treated bone marrow into the
bo) ’s system. “It was the right thing to do. And the next person will make it I just thought he would make it.
“I don’t think there are any regrets” about the operation. Connelly said
Science should not regret it. the family should not regret it, the loved ones should never regret w hat has happened This was the right and the proper thing to do.”
Private Catholic funeral services for David were scheduled for Saturday
Coiuieliy was one of several visitors at the home of David’s family Thursda) afternoon.
The boy’s faiiuly has never allowed hospital officials to release their child’s last name David’s privacy was guarded as jealously in death as it had been in life
Neighbors cabled in law officers, who set up barricades around the suburban home of David’s family to keep back the curious
David left his bubble at Texas Children’s Hospital Feb. 7, but not as doctors had planned at the time of his operation Shearer said the boy, sick for the first time in his life. had become severely dehydrated by vomiting and diarrhea which had plagued him off and on for weeks
David deteriorated rapidly over the next 15 days, suffering first from bleeding alem and later frum fluid accumulations in his heart and lungs. Shearer said The rampant antibodies, a type of white blood cell called a B-cell, caused ulcerations in the boy’s intestines, lungs and spleen. Shearer said.
“He knew his health was failing and told us so” during his last day of life, said Shearer, who paused several times to fight back tears during a news conference “He said something to the effect that, Here we
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Utilities delays water, sewer hike
Approval of new water and sewer rates didn’t happen at Thursday’s meeting of the New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees.
instead. General Manager Bob Sohn asked the board to “postpone consideration until some nunor adjustments can be made,” and that’s what the) did At a Feb IS workshop, trustees scrutinized proposed water and sewer rate increases, based on cost-of-service and new customer classifications. An example included in the proposal was to increase the water rates from $4 to 86 base cost, and
from 37 to 50 cents per I,UUU gallons above the 2,000 gallons included in the base costs
But some questions raised at the workshop about rate design caused Sohn to lake another look, and he's still in that process Thursday .
The overall objective iii slowing down is to make sure we’re being fair We don’t want to over-collect,” Sohn said. “We want to take out as much as possible and still feel comfortable that what’s left will meet our revenue requirements ”
Even so, the proposed water and sewer rate increases are inevitable To secure federal funds for the Kuehler Wastewater Treatment facility expansion, NBU was given a mandate to make the water and sewer departments pay for themselves For years, those departments have operated in the red, and have been subsidized through the electric department Sohn said Thursday the increases would appear agaui on an agenda “within the next couple of months ’’
-DEBBIE De LO ACH
Cease-fire begins in Beirut
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — A cease-fire mediated by Saudi Arabia took effect on Lebanon’s civil war fronts today. Two hours later, police and witnesses reported sporadic bursts of rocket-propelled grenades and machine gun fire in Beirut.
Commands of various Shiite Moslem, Druse and Christian militias said their men were ordered to observe the cease-fire. Their statements came as police reported the first cease-fire violation and said contacts were being established to avert further infractions.
The cease-fire, aimed at halting the fighting so Ubanon’s political disputes can be negotiated, began on schedule at ll a.m. (4 a.m. EST).
Police said 12 people were killed and 27 wounded in batties in Beirut and the Chouf mountains overnight.
The cease-fire was announced Thursday night by Prince Bandar bin Sultan of Saudi Arabia after eight hours of meetings in Damascus, the Syrian capital. He said it does not address the political disputes between President Amin Gemayel and Syrian-backed Shiite Moslem and Druse insurgents.
The prince said the agreement dealt solely with the fighting in Lebanon and did not cover the rebel demands that Gemayel scrap the May 17 Lebanon-
Police reported the first violation of the cease-fire and said contacts were being established to avert further infractions.
Israel accord that called for simultaneous withdrawals of Syrian and Israeli troops.
The U.S. Marines continued their phased withdrawal to ships offshore.
In southern Lebanon, U.N. and lebanese security sources said Shiite Moslem demonstrators stoned Israeli troops who stormed into the village of Maaraka early today, and the Israelis opened fire. A spokesman for the U.N. peacekeeping force said there were an unknown number of casualties.
The security sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said four people were killed and 25 wounded when the Israelis opened fire.
Gemayel met Thursday with advisers and right -
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Local man charged in robbery
By DYANNE FRY'
A 26-year-old New Braunfels man was in custody at the Comal County Jail Friday, charged with the aggravated robbery of a Circle K Store Wednesday night.
Keith Allen Moore was being held in lieu of $50,000 bond, set by Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger.
Moore was arrested at approximately ll p.m. Wednesday by a policeman on the way to investigate a reported robbery at 508 N. Union. A clerk at the Qrcle K store there told police that a man matching
Moore’s description entered the store, threatened him with a knife and took an undetermined amount of money from the cash register.
The patrol car was on the way there when one of the officers spotted the suspect, traveling on foot a few blocks away from the store. Moore was held overnight and arraigned Thursday.
A car reported stolen at 8:30 a.m. Thursday was found at 12:30 p.m., driven into a creek near Krueger Lane and Wald Road.
The car, a 1978 Corvette valued at $15,000, was reported missing by Kathy Moseley of 1565 U S. 81 East
Mrs Garnell Barnes rolls rn her wheelchair at the Eden Home Thursday with the help of a volunteer from New Braunfels High School. Eden Home residents were on a rock n roll binge Thursday they rocked in their rockers or rolled in their wheelchairs — to raise money for the American Heart Association.