New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Legislation hoped to curb drug abuse in Texas firms
AUSTIN (AP) — Labor, business and the Texas Civil Liberties Union are supporting legislation that would require some companies to adopt a policy to eliminate workplace drug abuse.
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Unicorns among winners on 28-4A’s opening night
New Braunfels’ boys basketball team defeated Smithson Valley Tuesday on the opening night of the District 28-4A basketball season. Preseason favorite Alamo Heights downed Canyon and Clemens knocked
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Vol. 137, No. 38
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
January 4, 1989
Two Sections, 18 Pages
Students coping with tragedy
By TIM WAITS Staff Writer
Members of the Smithson Valley basketball team are undergoing the most painful of circumstances — the tragic death of one of their teammates.
David Hall, a senior forward for the Rangers, was killed Monday morning when his car skidded into oncoming traffic on rain-slickened FM 306, 7.2 miles northwest of Canyon City. Hall was reportedly on his way to basketball practice at 8:50 a.m. when the accident occurred.
Now, Hall’s teammates and friends must deal with the painful loss.
“It’s the hardest thing we’ve ever had to do in our lives,” said Ranger Coach Roger Kraft. “There is every emotion — pain, frustration, hurt, sense of loss.”
The first step the team took was playing their first game without him last night against New Braunfels at Unicom Gym. The Rangers exuded remarkable courage and poise by just stepping on the court.
“The way to make Dave proud would be to play just as hard as we were,” said Ranger postman Matt Merritt, after the Rangers’ 60-41 See TRAGEDY, Page 2A
David Hairs No. 32 is taped to the jersey shoulder strap of each of the players on the Smithson Valley boys basketball team in memory of their late teammate. The Rangers played their first game Tuesday night since Hairs death in an automobile accident Monday. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Board reviews plans for park
Building permits show increase
Revenue from December building permit applications at New Braunfels City Hall increased significantly compared to the previous month and to the December 1987 value.
In December, 89 permits with a total permit value of $4,544,957 were issued. The total permit value in December 1987 was $595,736 with 68 permits issued. In November, 94 permits totaling $598,855 were issued.
A permit valued at $ 1,999,000 also was issued to the Lower Colorado River Authority for alterations
to its building on Landa Street. The project includes removal of asbestos and the gutting of the interior of the structure.
The December 1988 increase can be attributed to a new commercial projects including a K-Mart development valued at $1,700,000 and additions to Schlitterbahn valued at $103,000.
The K-Mart development at Interstate 35 East has Coogan/New Braunfels Venture using Tribble and Stephens to construct a 16,479-square-foot K-Mart store with 9,000 square feet of lease space.
Bad Schloss Inc. is using Robert Henry to add a wave pool, tube chute, decking, and hot tub to the water park at 305 W. Austin. Texas Commerce Bank is using Bartlett Cocke to construct an ATM in WestPoint Pepperell Mill Store Plaza for SSO,OOO. Les Edmondson hired Harrison construction to build office and storage space at 134 Trade Center Dr. at a cost of $28,000.
Builders last month applied for eight single-
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City stocks spring-fed pool for fourth annual Troutfest
New Braunfels area residents will have an opportunity to experience the thrill of trout fishing as Troutfest ’89 opens Saturday for a two-week run.
Troiilfest, in its fourth year, will be at the spring-fed pool in Landa Park Saturday through Jan. 22 from lOaan. to 8 p.m.
New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller, City Manager Paul Groh-man, Parks Board Chairman Lupe Castillo and numerous dignitaries will host opening ceremonies for invited guests Friday.
As part of the opening festivities
lunch will be served by New Braunfels officials to senior citizens and some Mental Health/ Mental Retardation clients.
Troutfest is sponsored by the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Tri-County Distributors, and Rivercrest Inn.
David Whatley, New Braunfels parks and recreation department director, said the event started four years ago after he and aquatics
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Court rejects request for school rehearing
AUSTIN (AP) — The 3rd Court of Appeals, which earlier upheld the state’s school financing system, today denied a request for a rehearing in that case.
Poor school districts that filed the original lawsuit against the state financing system sought the rehearing
last month after the Austin-based 3rd Court issued a 2-1 ruling in favor of the state.
Today’s rejection clears the way for an appeal to the Texas Supreme Court.
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More charges filed on Georgia trucker
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Two more charges have been filed against a Georgia trucker accused in last week’s four-county driving rampage that injured several people and left more than a score of wrecked vehicles.
Stephen Odell Dillard, 41, of Coolidge, Ga., was charged Tuesday with two charges of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle. The charges stemmed from injuries he allegedly caused while driving through Bexar County.
Dillard remained in the Medina County Jail in lieu of posting bonds totaling $ 156,200 on 13 charges.
At least 20 hit-and-run accidents
were reported in Bexar County where the tractor-trailer rig barreled down Interstates IO and 35.
The rampage began Friday morning about 8 a.m. in Kendall County and ended about 9:30 a.m. in Medina County near Natalia.
Three women were treated at local hospitals for injuries they suffered in the collisions, and were in fair or good condition.
Dillard has been charged with felony possession of cocaine by the Medina County Sheriffs Office. Kendall County charged him with IO traffic offenses.
More charges were expected in the case.
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Council and the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board discussed a proposed traffic plan for Landa Park and other concerns during a workshop Tuesday evening.
Parks and Recreation Advisory Board Chairman Lupe Castillo said he suggested the meeting so council would be as informed as possible about the proposed traffic plan for Landa Park.
Council tabled the adoption of a plan outlining traffic changes in Landa Park at a Dec. 12 meeting. It will consider the plan at a New Braun-
Fighters fire on Libyan aircraft
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Navy planes today shot down two Libyan jct fighters over the Mediterranean Sea, according to White House officials who said the American aircraft were “threatened while conducting routine operations in international airspace.’’
The air battle was the first fighting between the United States and Libya since American jets bombed Tripoli in 1986 and came amid rising tension between the two countries over Libya’s construction of a plant the United States says is intended lo produce chemical weapons.
At the Suite Department, spokes man Charles Redman told The Associated Press there was no link bctwcci the plant and the warplane incident. “There is absolutely no connection to any other story or concern you may have,’’ he said. “It may be ironic, but the two things are not related.’’
Deputy White House Press Secret ary Roman Popadiuk, in Los Angeles with vacationing President Reagan, said two F-14 aircraft from the aircraft
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Parks department employees, Ray Villarreal and Jesse Ybarra, feed the Eeger Beever chipper machine some used Christmas trees during the tree recycling program of the Parks and Recreation Department and New Braunfels Utilities. The mulch
will be used in parks facilities and organizers say they have received hundreds more trees this year than last. Trees will be collected through Friday in the parking lot at the spring-fed pool. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
fcls City Council meeting Monday night.
During the past operating season, New Braunfels Police Department Officers who worked the park identified several traffic control and enforcement deficiencies in Landa Park.
Traffic Safety Coordinator Martin Mayer prepared a report for Police Chief B.C. Bocck identifying the problems and made recommendations lo correct the problems by meeting national traffic safety standards.
Bocck presented the report to the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board at its Oct. 4 meeting, The board
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Cloudy skies will be around for the next several days and nights. The high today will reach 65 degrees. The low tonight will be 57 degrees with a chance for drizzle. I here is a chance of rain and thunderstorms Thursday and the high will lie near 70 degrees. Tile low Thursday night will be near 45 degrees. Friday will be partly cloudy and wanner. Saturday will be much cooler with a chance of rain.
Persons thinking about volunteering or who arc interested in the New Braunfels Children’s Museum arc invited to a dutch-trcat lui.cneon at noon Thursday at Pamcra’s Pizza in Courtyard Shopping Center.
The next exhibit, “Kitchens and Cultures," is scheduled to open in about three weeks. Organizers are also planning a fundraiser in March, so there will t>c plenty to discuss...
More than 526 Christmas trees have been recycled through a program offered by the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and New Braunfels Utilities.
The program will continue until Friday at the luanda Park spring-fed pool parking lot NBU will grind up the trees for the parks department to use in its plantings. Last year, the department gathered about 200 trees, so organizers arc pleased with tills year’s response,.,,
Knights of Columbus Council 4183 will host a Free Throw Championship Jan. 14 in the gym at Sts. Peter and Paul School. Registration begins al 9 a.m. and the competition begins at IO a.m, Younsters ages IO to 14 arc dibble to participate and must furnish proof of age and written parental consent. Entry forms and additional information are available by calling John Paine at 629-0750.
All contestants on the local level are recognized for their participation and achievement and winners receive awards at all levels of participation.
Last year, nearly 1,700 local Knights of Columbus council hosted more than 120,0(KJ boys and girls through the local, district, regional and state
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