New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 3, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Firm will pay fine for Texas blast
WASHINGTON (AP) — ARCO Chemical Co. has agreed to pay a record $3.5 million fine for worker safety violations relating to last year's explosion at a Texas plant that killed 17 woikcrs, the government said today.
Georgia Tech * Buffs both selected as No. I
For the first lime since 1978, the two major wire services disagree as to who is the best team in college football. The Associated Press named Colorado as its national champion, while United Press International selected Georgia Tech.
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Teacher will follow* students through school
ALDINE, Texas (AP) — Kindergarten teacher Ingrid Sherwood likens her students to bowls of Jell* O. Gelatin must be shaped before it is chilled. And Sherwood wants to reach these disadvantaged children, many of them from low-incomc families, before they aie molded. _ _ _
The chance for rain decreases siighty this afternoon, but cold, cloudy and wet conditions seem destined to continue through the weekend. A high of 46 today should yield to an overnight low of about 39. High Friday should reach 45 with a low of about 40 forecast.
Comal County Women’s Center is planning its advocacy training for Jan. 7-21. The classes will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesday, and Thursdays at the Women’s Center office at 193-1/2 W. San Antonio. The advocates will learn about domestic violence, sexual assault, Texas law, volunteerism, family relationships and abuse. New advocates also will gain insight to the reality of domestic abuse and crisis support through role-playing. The center’s goal is lo end the cycle of domestic violence through insight and education, and provide a safe haven for battered women and their children. For more information about advocacy training or the program, call 620-7520....
The New Braunfels High School Class of 1971 will have an organizational meeting Jan. 8 at 7 p.m. in the party room at Lee and Mindy’s restaurant on Union. For more information, call Janet at 625-4482....
Any food- or beverage-related business that is interested in learning more about participating in die third annual T astes of the Town benefit for the New Braunfels Children’s Museum is invited to all Carolyn at 620-0939....
This month’s Nature’s Way ’'Building Bird Feeders,” sponsored by lite New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Deparuneni, will be Jan. IO from 4 to 5 p.m. at picnic area 7A or al the Landa Recreation C’enter (if the weather’s bad). Children ages 5 to 14 will join die park ranger in making bird feeders. The children will learn trow to attract their favorite birds in their own backyard. TTiey
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GBRA board adopts plan for region
A regional water plan for the Guadalupe River Basin was adopted by the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority’s board of directors in its December meeting
Joiuuiy Taylor, cliairinan of the GBRA board, told the gathering in Seguin dial the plan provides a ’’thorough analysis of growth in population and water demands, and alternatives to meet these needs of the Guadalupe River Basin over die next 50 years.”
Copies of the draft regional water plan were distributed to officials in each of the ten counties within its area for review and comment. The plan also was reviewed by GBRA’s long-range planning committee, chaired by Herb Scluieider of New Braunfels and including Jen Ripley of Gonzales, Bill Blackwell of Cuero and Jay Moore of San Marcos. Final copies i f the plan, developed by the GBRA in oopera-tion with the Texas Water Envelopment Board, should be available for review in February 1991.
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By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Newt Editor
Gritta the German shepherd, the newest member of the New Braunfels Police Department, helped make the first drug bust of 1991 in die city Wednesday.
’’It adds a whole new dimension to the department in that she (Gritta) can locate dope that’s not so easy for the officers to find,” *aid Police Chief C.R. “Dick” Headon.
During the execution of a search warrant Wednesday night at a residence in the 1800 block of Michigan Street, Gritta was able to sniff out about a half-pound of marijuana stuffed in a garbage can.
“I don’t know if that would have been done or not,” Headen said about an officer finding the marijuana in a garbage can. ”1 doubt I would have dug through the garbage looking for it. The dog doesn't hesitate."
Arrested during the search Wednesday was Stephen Clennan, 36, of Route 8, and charged with possession of marijuana over four ounces. Clennan is the son of Comal County Tax Assessor-
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Gutta the German shepheid looks over weapons, drugs and cash was seized from a New Braunfels house Wednesday Gritta sniffed out the marijuana from a trash can rn the house She is pictured with her handler, police officer Spencer Gremmer. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)Threats of war, recession greet returning Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress revives today from a brief winter hibernation to face a perilous year, from the wrists in the Persian Gulf to a worsening national economy and an intractable budget deficit.
Over it all hangs a cloud of uncer tainty. Congress’ Democratic leaders have listed a few legislative priorities such as addressing health care needs and reversing President Bush’s veto of a civil rights bill, but have yet lo put forth a comprehensive plan for the year
And on the dominant issue facing lawmakers, the crisis in the Middle
East, leaders on Capitol Hill arc reluctant to plunge into a debate until they see how Bush's diplomatic efforts play out.
The 102nd Congress convenes formally at noon, with the primary item on its agenda the swearing in of new members.
Iii the House, the new members include 25 Democrats, 18 Republicans and one independent, socialist Bernard Sanders of Vennont. The new Senate class includes duce COP members and one Democrat.
November’s elections gave Democrats an eight-seat improvement in
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their House majority, to 266-168-1, and one additional scat in the Senate, to 56 44
But instead of adjourning until the State of tile Union speech later in the month, Congress plans to stay in a non-legislative pro-forma session so lawmakers will be available on short notice if needed lo debate die Persian Gulf issue.
“I believe the Senate and the House should debate die Persian Gulf situation and our policy diere,” said Senate Maturity Leader George
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Nuw Braunfels Police Officer Robert Diaz spent Wednesday in the rain directing traffic through the four-way stop at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and San Antonio Street A traffic accident before the Christmas holidays caused some damage in the controller of the traffic lights and the factory from which New Braunfels Utilities ordered new parts has been closed for the holidays NBU expected to receive the parts today and hoped to have the light back to normal as soon as possible. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
Citizens attending meetings of the Comal County Commissioners Court now will be able lo recite the Pledge of Allegiance and join in prayer before the start of each session.
“I recommended that to die court, and all were in agreement, that that would be an appropriate way to start the meeting," said newly-elected County Judge Carter Casteel.
The commissioners tried the new practice dns morning.
“It sort of reminds us that we are American citizens. It gives us an opportunity lo sort of set the tone for die meeting.”Last try at peace talks set
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush today proposed a n.coling iii Switzerland next week between Secretary of Slate James A Baker III and Iraqi Foreign Minister Tanq Aziz “as one last attempt lo go the exua mile for peace.”
Busti told U.S. congressional leaders he was making the last-ditch dip lomatic overture even though Iraqi President Saddam Hussein spumed an earlier proposal for a Baker Saddam meeting in Baghdad.
Wishing the lawmakers a happy New Year. Bush told them: “I hope it will be a peaceful one.”
Earlier. White House spokesman Marlin Fit/wuiei said Baker, who will leave on Sunday for a found of con scullions with U S allies iii the gulf, would be prepared to meet with A/iz between Jan I and Jan. 9.
Fit/.water said there had not yet been an Iraqi response lo the lated offer
There was no answer to telephone calls to tile Iraqi embassy early Uhs morning. But Iraq’s Ambassador to die United States, Mohanied Al-Mashat, said in a I V appearance a few minutes before Fit/water's announcement that his country still was interested in talking.
“We are very flexible. We would like to have this meeting taking place. We would like to have a negotiated settlement,” Mastiat said on the CBS TV program “This Morning.”
Mashat, however, claimed the United Slates lias not followed normal diplomatic procedures in trying lo set up a discussion The U.S. oiler was aiuiounced on the I mal of 15 da>s Bush had sug gcsicd for a possible meeting between Baker and Saddam and came less durn an hour before Bush was lo meet with top House and Senate leaders.
Bush, lefciTing to dial proposed meeting and his companion offer lo meet with Aziz himself iii Washing ton, told congressional leaders:
“Since January 3 lias come and gone and our proposal for (meetings in Washington and Baghdad) with Iraqi officials is I Hushed, I have decided to take one extra step.”
He said he was making the tmal offer alter “close consultations'' with Baker and Defense Secretary Dick Cheney
Bush made die remarks to lawmak < ere al a picture taking session at the beginning of the session He refused to take questions from reporters, who were then usliered out of the room Belute meeting with Bush, Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, D-Maine, said he would tell the president that economic sanctions and dip-8m TALKS, Peg* 2
The pledge and a prayer will be said before the start of the workshop meeting each Thursday when the Court convenes.
“It’s done at all of the other meetings that I attend," she said. “I thought it would be appropriate to do it.” "We’ve been talking about sort of u> mg to make a few changes and that was one and we’re still discussing a little hit about how to do that workshop,” she said.
The Court is debating whether to schedule* the workshop meeting after
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Surgeon ships out Saturday
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
A New Braunfels surgeon is reporting for active duty Saturday and heading to the Persian Gulf lo be ready lo treat injured soldiers if war breaks out ‘ Whether our political motivations arc light, wrong or indifferent, there’s some young men who arc in harm’s way and we need lo have the people tfiere to help take care of them when ihey get wounded,” said Dr Mark Hickman.
Hickman has been in the reserves for approximately six years with the Primus Med Unit Pl(146A, based at the medical school in San Antonio. He leecived word of his deployment New Yeai s Eve.
“Since they vc started calling up reservists hack in the fall. I’ve been pulling some contingency plans together,” he said. “But. ITI tell you. it never really hits home until you actu ally get called.”
Dr. Hickman reports to the Reserve Center Satuiday and is expected to be sent to cither U.S. Navy Ship Comfort or US Navy Ship Mercy, which are hospital ships in the Gulf.
“I did it for a val lety of reasons,’’ he said about joining die reserves. “I fell dial I owed my country something and .wMuetimes the reasons for what we arc do.ng don’t necessarily make very much betise to me. but I took an oath dial if called I would answer that call. So, I’m answering it as an officer rn die Navy and I’m also answering that os a physician and a surgeon ”
He lives iii New Biaunfels widi his wile and IO month old son.
Dr Hickman, who brought die leciutology ut (otoscopic sui get y to New Brauidcls, said die program will slow down while he is gone.
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