New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 24, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Governor signs request for n utritional grant
AUSTIN (AP) — After a day of disputes on the status of a federal grant request to feed 42,000 needy Texans, an aide said Gov. Bill Clements will approve the proposal in time for today’s deadline.
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Dallas owner denies team has been sold
Despite published and broadcasted reports, officials of the Dallas Cowboys are denying that the team is about to be sold to an Arkansas businessman who wants to replace Coach Tom Landry with Miami Hurricanes Coach Jimmy Johnson.
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Farley buys out WestPoint
Cathy Houde dances across the stage in a practice session this week for the New Braunfels Junior Miss competition. The 27 local contestants have been practicing this week in preparation for the preliminaries today at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center. Final competition will be 7 p.m. Saturday at the Civic Center. Tickets are $3.50. The winner of this weekend's competition will advance to the Texas Junior Miss contest this summer in New Braunfels. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Casteel announces for third CISD term
FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
Ifs another day at New Braunfels’ two WestPoint Pepperell mills today following the Thursday announcement that Farley Inc. has won its four-month battle to purchase WestPoint Pepperell Inc. in a $3 billion deal.
Georgia-based Pepperell and Chicago-based Farley made a joint announcement in an Atlanta news conference Thursday that Farley will pay $58 per share in cash for Pepperell^ outstanding stock and refinance Pepperell^ debt.
Farley chairman William Farley began his hostile takeover bid in October when he offered to pay $48 per share, or $1.4 billion, for all outstanding common shares of West
port Pepperell, Inc. Following that offer, WestPoint Pepperell officials advised stockholders to reject Farley’s bid, saying the offer “was not in the best interest of shareholders, nor in the best interest of WcstPoint’s employees and their communities.”
Farley later raised his bid to $52 per share, or a total of $1.54 billion. Following the most recent offer, however, Pepperell directors “determined that the terms of the offer and the merger arc fair” to shareholders. The merger is to be effective in 30 days.
Pepperell slock closed at $57.25 per share Thursday afternoon — up $1.25 on the New York Stock Exchange.
WestPoint Pepperell claimed to be
the largest publicly held textile and apparel manufacturing company in the country, with sales of more than $2.5 billion. The firm employs a total of 41,000 employees, with manufacturing facilities in 12 states and six foreign countries.
There arc approximately 1,020 employees at the New Braunfels Mission Valley and Iselin mills. Local employees were notified of the decision Thursday afternoon. A Westport Pepperell spokesman in Georgia said this morning she is not privvy to any information about what changes, if any, would occur on the local level.
The WestPoint company was
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NBU budget ends in black
Ending cash balances and short-term investments for New Braunfels Utilities arc 5.6 percent ahead of original budget projections.
Utilities trustees approved mid-year adjustments to the 1988-89 operating budget during a regular meeting Thursday evening. The review showed NBU to have an additional $2(K),5IO in ending cash and short-term investments. The budget for the fiscal year projected the utilities
would have an ending cash and short term investments of $1,843,518. The revision showed NBU had $2,044,028 mid-year.
NBU Assistant General Manager Karl Zipp said the $2,044,028 will be the beginning balance for the next fiscal year which begins in August.
The budget is adjusted at mid-year to fine lune the original projections arc approved in July.
“We know now what the picture looks like,” said Zipp.
A New Braunfels lawyer is seeking another three-year term on the Comal Independent School District board of Trustees in a May 6 election.
Carter Casteel said she likes what she has done for the past five years and announced she will run to keep her scat on the board.
“I’ve cither been a student, teacher or on the (school) board for the last 40 of my 46 years. I want to continue working in the education field,” said Casteel, who is seeking her third term on the CISD panel.
Casteel has bachelor’s and master’s
degrees from Southwest Texas State University and received her law degree from St. Mary’s University in 1985. She currently is president of the board and has served as secretary.
“The last five years have been real rewarding to mc. I hope they’ve been of benefit to the district,” Casteel said.
She said the board’s major concerns arc growth of the district’s student population and the board’s acountability to taxpayers.
“It’s very important for the board to
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Board denies zoning variance
A New Braunfels man will not be allowed to rent his mobile home and live in a recreational vehicle on the same property.
The Zoning Board of Adjustments denied a variance to allow Wesley Tilton to rent his existing mobile home and park a recreational vehicle on the property for his use as a home. The vote was by a 4-1 margin Thurs
The city received 14 negative and five positive responses concerning the variance request. Most of those opposed to the request said they believed if it were approved, property values would be lowered.
“They (the board) felt like the request violated deed restrictions,” said Planning and Environmental
Area man Pulling it together
arrested for theft
After allegedly stealing approximately 3,500 pounds of aluminum from his employer in February, a Seguin man remains in the Comal County jail today on theft charges.
Norman Eugene Johnson, 44, remains behind bars in lieu of a $30,000 bond on theft more than $750 but less than $20,(XX) charges.
He is charged with stealing aluminum from Lone Star Die Casting Corp. where he has worked for eight months, said detective Juan Gusme,
New Braunfels Police Department.
“They were stealing the aluminum itself,” Gusme said. “I think it’s a conspiracy with others, but I haven’t been able to identify the others.”
The business, which makes aluminum blocks for chain saws and single piston engines, is located on FM 306.
“He was selling it in Seguin — that’s how I tracked him down,”
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“We are surmising possibly over School are donating their time to help make table-30.000 in the period he has been clothes from material donated by WestPoint Pep; working there. I haven’t proved that perell for the American Cancer Society tour of yet ” homes. The society fund raiser will be April 1. Sea-
Dcvciopmcnt Director Mike Shands.
Tilton will not be allowed the use his recreational vehicle for residential purposes, but little else will be changed by the action.
Shands said the Zoning Board of Adjustments is reluctant to grant a variance which may not by granted in die same circumstances in another arca of die city.
ted, from left, are Stacy Howard, committee member Jan Kotylo and Denise Pugh. Standing are Sharon Knibbe and Joannie Garza. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
HONOLULU (AP) — The fuselage of a United Airlines jumbo jct ripped open shortly after takeoff today and eight to 11 passengers were apparently sucked from the plane, federal aviation officials said. The damaged airliner returned for an emergency landing with at least 11 other passengers injured.
Initial reports had referred to an explosion aboard the Boeing 747, but there was no immediate confirmation. Some passengers described hearing an explosion, while others described a hissing sound and a “tearing away of the plane.’’
National Transportation Safety Board spokeswoman Drucella Andersen said the jet had departed Honolulu International Airport with 336 passengers and 18 crew members at 1:53 a.m. for Auckland, New Zealand, and Sydney, Australia. It returned 40 minutes later with a 10-by-40 foot vertical hole in the forward baggage area on the right side of the airliner.
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It’s supposed to be a beautiful weekend. Today’s high was expected to reach the mid 60s with mostly cloudy skies. Saturday will be partly sunny with a high near 70. Sunday should sec a high in the mid 70s, with a high Monday in the 80s.
Get those chocolate gastronomical creations ready and mail the entry off today or Saturday for the second annual Chocolate Extravaganza’s Cooking with Chocolate contest. The deadline originally was today, but organizers will accept entries through about Monday for the contest open to adults arid youth (8 to 14 years old). Entry forms are available at HEB, Wucst’s, IGA Food-lincr, and The Gold Bow. Send them to Marzetta Gaskamp, 1971 Palace Drive, New Braunfels, Texas 78130. Contestants may enter up to two categories, with one recipe in each; the categories are pics and tarts; cakes and cupcakes; cookies and brownies; other desserts; and candy. Recipes submitted by youngsters must be easily prepared by someone between 8 and 14 years old (adult supervision will be permitted, but the preparation must be done by the youngster). There is a $2 entry fee for each entry. For more information, call Gaskamp at 620-0840; Ann Moore at 625-2475; or Sandi Estes at 625-7355.
The Chocolate Extravaganza is March 5 at the Civic Center.
Other fun events that day will include a silent auction with lots of great prizes, and booths for about 20 vendors, along with a silent auction with many prizes donated by local merchants. Door prizes will be given away every 30 minutes. Entertainment will be provided by jazz bands from New Braunfels High School and Canyon High School, along with the New Braunfels Community Band. Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for seniors and students. Children under 6 will be admitted free. Proceeds from the day will benefit the Comal County Child Welfare Board and the Emergency Children’s Shelter ...
Comal County Texas Exes are invited to the Texas Exes Banquet at Schwamkrug’s Steakhouse March 2 with cocktails at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Dr. Wallace Fowler, a professor of aerospace and mechanical engineering. Cost is $15 per person. Exes are asked to RSVP by Sunday by calling Jayne E. Jochec at 625-6916 (work) or 625-2242 (home).
Texas Exes from all around the world gather on Texas Indepen-
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Officials investigate .IP clerk
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
A local Texas Ranger is investigating a Comal County justice of the peace clerk who was discharged Thursday for possibly “altering records,” says Precinct I Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger.
“This is under investigation by the Texas Ranger on our request,” Krueger said. “The auditor’s office didn’t even find it, I did in the office.”
Krueger told die New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung he discharged Alicia Chapa for “altering records, not for theft.”
“This is premature,” Krueger said about further commenting on the case.
Chapa said this morning she did not want to comment until she spoke with her attorney.
Texas Ranger Ramiro “Ray” Martinez, who is conducting the investigation, was out of town Friday and
unavailable for comment.
Comal County District Attorney Bill Reimer said he requested Martinez investigate the records after Krueger brought the matter to his attention.
“It was brought to my attention diat there was a problem and I did request Martinez to check the records out of the request of Judge Krueger,” Reimer said. “We’re not checking Judge Krueger. It’s just records.
“There were some apparent discrepancies in the records. As an automatic record of course we asked it to be checked,” Reimer said.
In an interview with the Herald-Zeitung this morning, Comal County Auditor Bate Bond said he discovered “unusual transactions” in the justice of the peace’s fee fund after Krueger brought it to his attention.
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More than 1,000 local employees notified