New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 3, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Bomb threat warnings upset flight schedules
GENEVA (AP) — Bomb threats forced a four-hour stopover by an Alitalia airliner at Zurich’s Kloten airport and delayed Pan Am and Dan Air departures from Geneva, police said today.
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Education reform a problem for legislators
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas is spending each school year $500 less per student than the national average on education, a loss in the reform movement that is bound to be a major problem for the state legislature when it convenes next week. A
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Top-ranked Notre Dame claimed the national championship in college football with a 34-21 victory over third-ranked West Virginia Monday in the Fiesta Bowl. The Fighting Irish finished the season with a perfect 12-0 record under Coach Lou Holtz.
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Vol. 137, No. 37
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
January 3, 1989
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Collision injures two
A two-car accident at 1:20 p.m. on Schumann’s Beach Road Monday sent two people to McKenna Memorial Hospital. Drivers of both vehicles were injured in the head-on collision a quarter of a
mile off FM 725. The accident was investigated by the Department of Public Safety in Guadalupe County. A report had not been filed as of presstime today. (Staff photo)
Lawmen investigate man’s shooting death
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Guadalupe County lawmen arc investigating the murder of a 68-year-old New Braunfels man who was found shot to death in the bedroom of his River Bend home New Year’s Day.
Glen Knickerbocker was found lying across his bcd early Sunday morning by his son-in-law and granddaughter, said Guadalupe County Sheriff Melvin Harborth.
The autopsy revealed the Lake Dunlap man was shot
with a .38-caliber pistol. Knickerbocker lived at 170 Kelly Lane and would have been 69 years old Jan. 8.
“We do have a suspect in custody being held on an unrelated assault charges out of Brazoria County,” Harborth said.
The Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Knickerbocker’s son-in-law around 10:40 a.m. New Year’s Day.
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Teen dies in car crash
Local schools keeping tests in ‘perspective’
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Wednesday will be a little cooler DALLAS (AP) — Elementary
with the high near 65 degrees. school students are being deprived of
The low Wednesday night will be complete educations because admini-
52 degrees. stators push teachers to boost stu-
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such as social studies and science.
“The test becomes the almighty thing,’’ said Bob Baker, president of Classroom Teachers of Dallas.
The Genealogy Society will “You’re teaching to a specific test, meet today at First Federal Sav- which is, by nature, limited.”
ings and Loan meeting room at Dallas Independent School District
7:30 p.m. Program will be the officials deny issuing such orders, the
survey of the old and current Dallas Tunes Herald reported,
cemeteries in the Comal County State education officials, who have
area. Information compiled will be taken note of such complaints in Dal-printed in the Genealogy Magazine las and other Texas school districts,
1989. Anyone having information agree that some overzealous schools
on private cemeteries may mail it might be compromising the test’s
to P.O. Box 583, New Braunfels, original purpose, and the state plans to Texas 78130. Guests and members change the exam because of that.
are welcome to the meetings, The test was introduced in Fall
which are on the first Tuesday of 1985 as part of the sweeping educa-each month.... don reforms. It was designed to pin
point students’ weaker areas so dis-
A 17-year-old Spring Branch youth was killed Monday when his car skidded on a rain-slickened road into oncoming traffic.
David Ashley Hall was pronounced dead at McKenna Memorial Hospital at 11:20 a.m. by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace R.G. “Doc” Blanchard.
Hall, the leading scorer for the Smithson Valley’s boys basketball team, was reportedly on his way to practice Monday at 8:50 a.m., according to Trooper Archie Harben of the Texas Department of Public Safety. Hall’s 1980 Toyota station wagon was eastbound on FM 306, 7.2 miles northwest of Canyon City.
As Hall’s car rounded a curve, there were two cars stopped in the eastbound lane waiting to turn left, the report stated. The road was wet and there was a light fog in the area. Hall apparently applied his brakes, but because of the wet street, his car
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began to slide sideways into the opposite lane.
Hall’s vehicle was struck on its
right side by a 1970 Dodge pick-up truck driven by Gene Kuyrkcndall, 60, of Austin. Kuyrkcndall is listed in stable condition at McKenna with facial lacerations and broken ribs. He was wearing his seat belt.
When the two vehicles collided, Hall’s car caught fire. Kuyrkcndall was able to get out of his truck, while passers-by pulled Hall from his car, the report suited. Hall was not wearing a scat bell.
Harben estimates Hall was traveling between 55 and 60 miles per hour and probably slammed on his brakes when he saw the two stopped cars.
Smithson Valley Ranger Coach Roger Kraft said he learned of the accident when he returned home following practice Monday morning.
“He wasn’t at prance and he hadn’t called anybody and that was
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Rheinlander outlines plans
Texas Democratic Women of Comal County will meet Jan. IO at 7 p.m. at JJ.’s Subs in down-* town New Braunfels. Speaker will be Lynn Leverty, a legislative research aide in State Treasurer Ann Richards’ office. She will discuss child care issues and anyone who is interested is invited to the gathering, whether you’re a woman or a Democrat or not.,.,
Marvin O. Gold of San Antonio, a member of the Grand Lodge Home for the Aged Committee of the Order of the Sons of Hermann in Texas, will install officers of the four area Hermann Sons lodges and two junior chapters in ceremonies at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Twin Sisters Dance Hall.
Assisting him will be Evelyn Harborth of New Braunfels, member of the Grand Lodge youth activities committee; Mary Ann Klabunde of San Antonio and Jerome Vetter of New Braunfels, both members of the Grand Lodge laws committee; and Colleen Guess of Kerrville, member of the Grand Lodge fraternal activities
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Officials of New Braunfels area school districts do not believe elementary school students are being deprived of a complete education because administrators push teachers to boost students’ scores on the state-mandated minimum basic skills test.
“I don’t think it’s a problem in this district,” said Mike Fitsko, New Braunfels Independent School District’s assistant superintendent of cur-riculm and instruction. “We really feel it’s in perspective here. I think that’s important.”
Fitsko said the Texas Educational Assessment of Minimum Skills measures only very basic skills and does not measure higher level thinking skills. "In this district, our objective is to teach beyond that,” he said.
“I don’t believe we’ve been teaching the test," said Carol Hall, Comal ISD’s director of curriculum. “We’re given the objectives of the test (and) I don’t think it’s fair to test on something that’s not taught.”
Expanding assistance to family violence victims, protective orders and child support collections, are areas newly elected County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander said he is interested in pursuing.
“Family violence is a crime,” Rheinlander said. “Non-support of one’s children is a crime. We urge anyone suffering in these situations to
take advantage of the new services offered by the county attorney’s office and do something about them now.”
Protective orders, formerly handled by the district attorney’s office, will be secured in the county attorney’s office. Rheinlander said in accordance with an agreement between himself and District Attorney Bill
Reimer, the district attorney’s office will no longer handle protective orders.
“I am very pleased that we have been able to secure the services of Jo Ann Hackney, who formerly handled protective orders for the district attorney’s office, to coordinate these
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Absentee voting starts in ELI WD
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Officials take oath of office
Friends, relatives and interested parties packed the Comal County district counroom Sunday morning to watch IO newly elected officials take office.
“I certainly think the voters made a wise choice,” said County Judge Fred Clark.
• Jack Bremer was sworn in as the county’s new sheriff. He replaces Walter Fellers who served as sheriff for 36 years.
• Nathan Rheinlander is the new county attorney. He replaces Bill Reimer, who has gone on to become district attorney.
• Bill Reimer replaces William Schroeder as district attorney.
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Absentee voting for the Jan. 21 election for directors of the Edwards Underground Water District began today and continues through Jan. 17.
Incumbent Comal County Director Dr. Kenneth Heels is unopposed in his bid for re-election to the board. Heels is seeking a six-year term beginning March I. He was appointed to the board in February 1985 after the death of Oliver Haas.
Absentee voting in Comal County will be Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the county clerk’s office at Comal County Courthouse.
Only voters who live within the boundaries of the Edwards Underground Water District will be allowed to cast ballots. In Comal County, portions of precincts 5, IO, 12,13,14,17, and 18 are included in EUWD jurisdiction.
Sworn in early New Year’s Day were, back row from
left, Precinct 1 Constable Max Wommack Jr., Comal County District Attorney Bill Reimer, Precinct 3 Constable Ronald* Steubing, Comal County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander, and Precinct 4 Constable Fidel Tamez. Front row, from left, are Precinct 1 County
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Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo" Evans, Precinct 3 County Commissioner Pat Hernandez, Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer, Precinct 2 Constable Albert Herbrich, and Comal County Tax Assessor-Collector Gloria Clennan. (Photo by Frances Bridges)
In Medina and Uvalde counties, voters be electing one director and deciding whether to withdraw or remain in the Edwards Underground Water District.
Voters in Bexar County will have the opportunity to elect three additional positions to the Edwards Board as well as vote on the current at-large position held by incumbent director Fay Sinkin.
In Bexar County, the ballot will also include the election of three commissioners, a VIA referendum on building a dome stadium and directors for the San Antonio River Authority.
Hays County voters will be electing a director for a six-year term beginning March I. Incumbent Frances D. Emery is unopposed in her bid for re-election to the scat she first won in 1983.
Death toll fewer than prediction
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
At least 31 people died on Texas roads during the 78-hour holiday, with most killed in accidents that occurred on New Year’s Day, the Texas Department of Public Safety said.
The 78-hour DPS counting period began at 6 p.m. Friday and ended at midnight Monday.
The DPS predicted 34 people would die in accidents during the holiday period. During the long Christmas weekend, 36 people died in traffic accidents — four more than officials had estimated.
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