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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas Krueger, Sharp sworn into office AUSTIN (AP) — As tow Comptroller John Sharp begins a streamlining effort, former U.S. Rep. Bob Krueger lakes the oath of office as Texas Railroad Commissioner. See Page 3 vUi A I CHS Cougars extend winning streak to 3 FLORESVILLE—The Canyon Cougars extended their winning streak to three games with a 48-39 Thursday night win al Floresville, coming from v, \ behind with a 20-point fourth quarter to beat the Si, | Tigers. Seepages Richards pushing quick ethics reform AUSTIN (AP) — Tough new ethics legislation must be passed quickly after the Legislature convenes next week, says Gov.-elect Ann Richards, who sees it as “the No. I thing I want." See Page 7 Accident injures woman A New Braunfels woman was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital this morning for X-rays after she was involved in a two-vehicle accident on Loop 337. Laurie Jay Kirkland. 31, of New Braunfels was transported by New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service from the accident scene in front of New Braunfels High School to McKenna Memorial Hospital, said New Braunfels Police Department spokesman Marlin Mayer The accident occurred around 8 The accident occurred when Kirkland, driving a 1980 Mercury, attempted to turn left into the high school parking lot. but was hit from behind by a 1970 Chevrolet pickup Puck driven by Jennifer L. Phelps, 24. of New Braunfels Mayer said. “Kirkland was attempting to make a left turn into the high school when Phelps ... ran right into the back of her,” he said. New Braunfels M009    10/22/99 ‘iVsT"««OP»BUSH.HS ;627 E YANDELL DF EL PASO, TXJ^03 Vol. 139, No. 37 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 -rarer EC talks turn to debate on gulf continued today with a high of 48    ,    #    »•! m Cloudy    iraqi leaders still studying Bush*s offer to open dialogue and cool    through    the    weekend,    By THE ASSOC!ATED PRESS slightly warmer but still with the The diplomatic scramble to head strong    possibility    of    rain.    off a possible war in the Persian Gulf shifted today to tiny Luxembourg for CLASSIFIED............———.10-12    a European Community conference. COMICS.........................................4    while President Bush awaited word CROSSWORD...............................3    from Iraq on an offer for talks. DEAR ABBY.................................S    Meanwhile,    military    forces    in    the ENTERTAINMENT.........  S    gulf region have exceeded I. I million HOROSCOPE. .........................4    troops and continue to grow. The Pen- RELIGIOUS FOCUS.....................6    tugon this week plans to begin vacci- SPORTS......................................8-9    Hating U.S. soldiers against germ TV LISTINGS....................... 4    warfare. WEATHER.....................................2    Th® °^cr ^    00    Thursday    for “one last attempt” at peace was wel-> corned by world leaders and drove oil prices to their lowest levels since With the new year comes a new stale government and the people are being invited to celebrate with the new governor and lieutenant governor on Jan. 14 and 15. There will be many activities on those days and some will require attendees lo mail in their own reservation forms. Deadline for these reservations is Jan. S. The schedule includes the “Texas Our Texas” gala Jan. 14 at 8 p.m. at the Frank C. Erwin Special Events Center ($10 per person); The People’s March to the Capital on Congress Avenue beginning at Fifth Street at IO a m. Jan. 15; Inaugural Ceremony on the State Capitol grounds at noon Jan. 15, followed by the Inaugural Luncheon on the Stale Capital Grounds at I p.m. ($5); Inaugural Parade oil Congress Avenue from 3 to 4:30 p.m.; Texas Balls at 8 p.m. ($50 per person); and the Bluebonnet Bails at 8 p.m. ($15 per person). lf anyone wishes to join a bus ride or carpool to attend the events, call Mary Hitch at 620-1522, Thea Chessher at 629-1681, or John Curtis al 629-3624 (members of Comal County Democrats and Comal County Democratic Women) on Jan. 5 or 6. The interest displayed in transportation will dictate the type offered (carpool, bus, cara van) and the cost, if any. For information about reservations lo the galas for the 19s’ Texas Inauguration, call 1-800 235-7591.,.. Circle of Arts Theatre's sale of 1991 season passes has b» en extended to Jan. IO. Pas* i are on sale at China-n-Things on Landa SM 3 TAM MUSCH, Page 2 Hangers on shortly after Iraq’s Aug. 2 invasion of Kuwait. Congress today resumes debate on the gulf crisis, with some lawmakers favoring taking up a resolution staling that congressional approval is needed for any military action against Iraq. Others urge delaying a vote until the Bush administration ends it latest diplomatic efforts. Congress will remain in session throughout January, canceling a planned three-week recess. ‘They keep asking me, ‘Will there be war?”’ said Rep. Hamilton Fish, R-N.Y., recalling questions from constituents. “‘What’s going to happen?”’ The United Nations has set a Jan 15. deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait or face the threat of war. European Community officials predict the 12-nation trade bloc will seek direct talks between Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jacques Poos and his Iraqi counterpart, Tariq Aziz. Luxembourg holds the rotating EC presidency. Bush (Mi Thursday offered a meeting between Aziz and Secretary of State James A. Baker III any time between Monday and Wednesday in Geneva. Bush had earlier said talks could begin no later than last Wednesday. Baghdad did not rush to accept the proposal. “We are studying it,” said an Iraqi Foreign Ministry official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. But several leaders, including those in Germany and Britain, quickly supported Bush’s offer. “This is a good step and a very important step.” said King Hussein of Jordan, who visited British Prime Minister John Major in London on Thursday. The king was scheduled to hold meetings today with officials in Se* GULF, Page 2 Edmund Kuempel Kuempel still County Commissioners !?8^ikS5[is agree to lump payment An agreement has been struck between Comal County Commissioners Court and a Southwest Texas Stale University professor, who developed an employee [lay plan for the county. Dr. Howard Balanoff and his plan came under anack for various reasons from county officials since it was first presented. The Court voted Thursday during a regular session lo pay him a lump sum and break all tics. “We have amended the payment schedule to give him one lump sum of $4,000 and we’re finished,’’ said County Judge Carter Casteel. The county contracted with Balanoff to do the study for $16,500. The county already has paid $6,000 of that and will pay another $4,000, which was approved Thursday. “We’ve entered into a mutual release and an agreement that ... we've paid for what we’ve received ami he's happy with what we’ve paid him for what he’s delivered us,” she said. Balanoff worked closely with the county’s personnel committee to devise the plan dial was expected to create pay equil) among county employees. Balanoff tried to amend the plan once to better please officials See COUNTY, Pag* 2 Private services planned for wife of congressman Cloudy conditions and precipitation ranging from a heavy mist to scattered thundershowers persist, and are expected to continue through tne weekend. Here, a tree in Landa Park hangs onto water for a while before drops become heavy enough to fall to the ground. (Photo by Erik Karlsson) The wife of U.S. Congressman Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) died in her sleep Wednesday and private services are planned for the immediate family, a statement from Smith’s Washington office stated Thursday. Jane Shoults Smith, 43, is survived by her two children, Nell Seeligson Smith and Tobin Wells Smith and her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Shoults of New Braunfels. Few details were released about Mrs. Smith's death. She died early Wednesday morning at Lynn House, a non medical Christian Science hospital in suburban Alexandria, Vt. after a short illness. “The family hopes that those who knew lier will join in remembering the Bible passage from I John 4; ‘God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelled! in God, and God in him’,” said a statement released by the congressman’s office. Smith, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 1986, was married to Jane in 1972 Memorials can be made to The First Church of Christ, Scientist, Arthur D. Pinkham, assistant treasurer, 175 Huntington Avenue, Boston, Massachusetts 02115. By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor In lieu of being indicted on two misdemeanor counts of ethics law violations, Fort Worth-Democrat Gib Lewis will have no problems being reelected for a fifth term as speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, says Representative Edmund Kuempel. “I don’t think there's any question about that,” said Kuempel, Republican from Seguin. “Some of the allegauons that I have seen are not substantiated. I just don’t like die innuendoes,’’ be said. Lewis, who denies any wrongdoing, was indicted by a Travis Count) grand jury on charges be accepted a gift from the San Antonio law firm Heard Goggan Blair & Williams, failed to report it and failed to disclose a business interest. “Most of the membership feels that he 's done a good job as speaker of the Texas House and he has been fair and I personally don’t think he would do oil) dung to hurt Texas or Texans,” said Kuempel, who plans to vote for Lewis. Representative Albert Price (D-Beaumont) has called for a secret ballot next week when the voting begins for die electron of a speaker Kuempel said journalists reporting (Mi such situations should weigh facts against innuendoes. “They’ve got their jobs to do as investigative reporters, but I think there is a line that even journalists have to look at on coming up with hard-cold facts and not innuendoes that lead to problems,” he said. Before SM LEWIS, Paget Phone bill insert fans fire dispute By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor Customers of Guadalupe Valley Telephone Co-op will be receiving a retraction to an insert that accompanied January statements supporting a vote for the creation of a rural fire prevention district in the Canyon Lake arca. “We’re going to print a retraction on it and make sure that nobody thinks that we supported the issue,” said GVTC President Ken Brannics. “We're going to send out a retraction to every subscriber that got a nonce." In this month’s telephone bill, an insert was included urging registered voters to vole for the creation of Comal Count) Rural Fire Prevention District *4, Voters in the Canyon Lake-Stan/viile arca will go to the polls Jan. 19 to vote for or against establishing the district. The creation would allow the district to tax residents liv ing in the service arca up to 3 cents per SI OO property valuation. It was a mistake that the inserts supporting a vote FOR the creation of the fire district were inserted into the January billing, Brannies said. “I read a proof copy to them before I sent it up there,” said Brenda Locke, who directs public relations for the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department. “I had it printed up. I had someone drop it off (Mi the 18th ... I just assumed if it wasn’t what they wanted they would let me know.” Brannies said the group was informed they could have information about the issues surrounding the creation of the district inserted into the statements “ll came in during the holidays.” already printed, he said. “It was taken back to the billing department and the billing/stuffing people inserted it and Sm INSERT, Rage 2 One person is prepared for transfer to McKenna Memorial Hospital    High School on Loop 337. Cold winds and rain    may have contri- foilowing a two-car mishap about 8 a.m. today near New Braunfels    Outed (Photo by Erik Karlsson) Friday Jan 4, 1991 25 Cents One Section, 12 Pages ;