New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comp.New laws needed for tourism, county panel feels
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
New legislation is needed to help meet Comal County’s growth and recreational-related problems, according to preliminary reports from the county’s growth and development committee.
The specific type of legislation needed, however, has not yet been decided. But by March, the committee plans to have a final report outlining its findings, suggestions and any proposed legislation needed to meet the county’s growth and tourism-related
The committee’s final report will be given to Commissioners Court, which charged the committee last summer with studying how growth and tourism are affecting the county.
The committee, which will “self-destruct” at the end of February, plans to in turn charge Commissioners Court with proceeding immediately with the “implementation of legislative action,” according to one committee report.
Appropriately, a man who can help the county in the new state legislature (which convenes Tuesday) was in attendance at
Thursday’s committee meeting.
After listening to committee discussion for over two hours, newly-elected State Rep. Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin) had but one suggestion:
“The more precise data you can include (in proposed legislation)...graphs, figures, etc....the much better off it’ll be for the Legislative Council (which considers proposed legislation),” he told committee members gathered in Commissioners Courtroom.
The 13-memher county-wide committee, chaired by Spring Branch resident Charles Knibbe, consists of six subcommittees
studying different areas of the county’s growth and recreational areas.
Five of these six subcommittees, which are studying the upper and lower Guadalupe River area, Canyon I^ake, the county’s water supply (quantity and quality) and roads and public safety, will turn their findings into the financial subcommittee.
The financial subcommittee, headed up by Dr. Dorris Brown, will be responsible for coming up with ways in which the other subcommittee’s suggestions could be funded.
Preliminary suggestions for coming up with funds to meet the county’s growth and tourism
have included the implementation of a “users tax” (which would require new legislation) and-or raising county taxes, which would require Commissioners Court action.
Between now and Feb. 17 when the main steering committee meets again, these suggestions and the subcommittee’s findings will be studied by members of the main committee who will work on a final summary report to turn in to Commissioners Court.
The committee will review this final summary report Feb. 17, prior to turning it into the court in early March, Knibbe noted.
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Panel members Ken Karger (left) and Oliver Haas listen to discussion Thursday
Staff photo by Jackie Smith
Count/ wants your responses back soon
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
If you haven't mailed iii the survey sent to you by the Comal County Grow th and Development Committee, you’ve got a week to do so.
Next Friday, January 14, is the last day the committee, which met Thursday night at the Courthouse, will accept the survey responses.
Not everyone in the county got a survey since the committee mailed it out to only IO,IMH) county households shortly before Christmas.
The names of those receiving the survey which asks residents what they think the county’s most pressing problems are in relation to growth and tourism, were randomly chosen from
the 19.1(H) registered county voters.
Response to the survey has been good thus far. Spring Branch resident Charles Knibbe, who heads up the growth committee, said Thursday.
Knibbe's 13-member committee was appointed last summer by Commissioners Court to see how tourism and growth are affecting the county.
The committee, which will “self destruct” at the end of February , is currently working on a report for Commissioners Court that will recommend how the county can meet problems caused by growth and tourism.
The findings of the survey will be considered by the committee when it finalizes its summary report for
Tim Darilek, Commissioners Court administrator who serves on Knibbe’s committee, estimated Thursday that ‘ anywhere from 1,200 to 2,000” surveys had been returned.
‘lf there’s an indication (from the survey » so far...it’s make the user of the facility Im* the one who should pay for it," Darilek said, referring to the “IOO or so” surveys he had already seen.
After next Friday’s deadline, the surveys will lx* hand-delivered by Knibbe to Texas A&M University, w here they w ill be tabulated electronically.
The surveys w ill then be brought back to Comal County where the committee will hand tabulate those portions of the survey which required a written answer.
Jobless rate inches higher
WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s unemployment rate climbed to 10.8 percent of the labor force in December, a slight rise from the previous month’s revised 10.7 percent, as the number of Americans giving up the search for jobs reached an all-time high, the government reported today.
The l.abor Department sa’d the ranks of “discouraged workers” — those no longer counted as unemployed because they have left the labor force — swelled by more than 200.000, to 1.8 million, the highest since the government began keeping this statistic in 1970.
While the unemployment rolls swelled by 130,000 last month, well above the 12 million of November, only 87,000 people entered the labor force in search of work.
The department’s Bureau of l*ibor Statistics initially had reported that November’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate was a post-Depression high of 10.8 percent. But in today’s announcement, which took into account annual, end-of-the-year revisions in labor-force statistics, the agency lowered the rate to 10.7 percent.
Thus, the one-tenth percentage point rise in December meant that joblessness had risen for the fourth consecutive month.
The increase, however, was well below the three-tenths percentage point rise from October to November.
The bureau also reported that the number of longterm unemployed Americans, those out of work for at least six months, rose to a post-World War II
See JOBLESS, Page 14
T exas rate now 8 percent
DALLAS (AP) — The jobless rate in Texas rose slightly in December, mainly because Christmas just didn’t come for many retailers, the U.S. Department of I^ibor announced today.
The seasonally adjusted figures, released the first Friday of every month, showed that in December, 598,000 Texans were out of work, a jobless rate of 8.0 percent.
In November, unemployment in Texas was 7.6 percent. I^ibor Department analyst Nick San-tangelo said that in December 1981, unemployment in Texas was 5.1 percent.
Unadjusted rates showed that 7.4 percent of Texans were out of work in December, about 554.000 people The jobless rate among adult males was 6.3 percent. 6.5 percent among adult females, and 20.0 percent among teen-agers.
The breakdown by race showed that 6.4 percent of whites were looking for worn, while unemployment among Texas blacks was 14.5 percent, and 12.0 percent among Hispanics.
“Adult women represented the most significant increase in Texas last month." Santangelo said9 “They were the new entrants and re-entrants in the labor force, and they were the job losers through layoffs, reductions, and
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Two Fort Worth J Ps ba I k at interracial marriages
FORT WOR IU (AP) - The refusal by three Tarrant County peace justices to marry interracial couples has drawn criticism from their colleagues and civil rights spokesmen.
The justices deny that their policy stems from racism — they say they just believe such unions don’t work.
"I don’t mind them getting married, I just don’t want to be a party to it," said Peace Justice John M Forbes, who has refused to marry a white and a black on two occasions in the last two weeks.
“I must stick to my own convictions." said Peace Justice Eldon Sheffield, who has turned away three mixed-race couples. “I’m not racist. If the good Lord intended for us to mix up like that, he’d have made
us all the same color.”
Performing marriages is one of a peace justice's powers, but state law does not require them to marry all couples who come to them, said Jim Hambleton of the Texas State I .aw Library in Austin.
But I.aughlin McDonald, head of the southern office of the American Civil Liberties Union in Atlanta, said such refusals are "clearly unconstitutional.”
“It's a classic form of discriminatory state action As an elected official, a justice of the pc ce has no discretion to discriminate by refusing to perform a
See JPs, Page 14
Drownings, fatalities down, but 1982 was still a violent year
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Statistics brought good news to Comal County in 1982 — a lower traffic fatality count and drowning tally than iii 1981.
There were 14 fatality accidents in 1982, compared to more than 30 the year before. Seven persons drowned last year, instead of 1981’s total of at least 17.
However, the violence increased on another front, as Comal County was the setting for several bizarre murders, one of which brough the county its first capital murder case in recent memory. They were by unusual means — one man was beaten to death, another was hanged, and a woman was shot, then burned, along with her house.
The beating death of Arnulfo E. "Shorty" Martinez, 48, in July remains unsolved. The same goes for Mrs. Sandra Griffith, whose April arson-related death became a murder, once an autopsy revealed she had been shot twice in the upper part of her bal k. Lt. Felix Roque and Texas Ranger Ray Martinez said this week investigation is continuing.
The only murder file marked “case closed” is that of Robert E. Williams, flanged by a rope* strung across a support beam in a small shed off Beal Creek Road. Two San Antonio men, George Edwin Pittmann and Francis Irving C handler, were each
assessed two consecutive life prison terms in November, after botli pleaded guilty to capital murder and aggravated kidnapping.
Comal County’s first traffic fatality of 1982 was courtesy of a two-car accident on Interstate 35 on Jan. 20. Timothy J. Krumenacker, 29, of San Marcos, died four days later in an Austin hospital.
On Feb. 3, one foot from the Bexar County line at U.S. Highway 281 and the Cibolo Creek bridge, a pickup driven by Marvin James Popham, 47, of Adkins, was traveling at a high rate of speed. The vehicle struck a guardrail, flipped three times, and Popham was thrown out.
A high rate of speed also contributed to Fatality No. 3, on March 18. A Datsun driven by Mark Alan Ferguson, 18, of Boerne, left FM 2673 out of control, spun sideways, struck a small embankment, and flipped three times. Ferguson was also thrown from the car.
No. 4 came on March 24. Mazie Iah* Hill, 35, of San Antonio was killed in a one-car accident on Highway 46. Her '79 Chevrolet veered, and struck a cement culvert. Falling asleep at tile wheel was listed as probable cause for the accident.
May brought one of two involuntary manslaughter cases to Comal County in 1982 Ruben I*mdaverde, his w ife, and three children were leaving a company picnic at luanda Park on May 2, when the compact car he was driving swerved off Lamia Drive and
struck a pecan tree. Mrs. Marie Christina Lan-daverde, 27, was killed. Ruben. 23, was charged w ith involuntary manslaughter.
The summer tourist season opened w ith the death of 16-year-old Malva Hawley , who drowned in the lagoon area of the Sehlitterbahn. She w as on a band trip w ith Ellison High School in Killeen.
Fatalities took to the air on May 29, when four members of a Colorado family were victims of an early morning plane crash near Curry Creek Road. Killed were the pilot, Lloyd R. Meyers, 46, his wife Wilma, 44, both of Westminster, Colo., their 19-year-old son Dana, a University of Colorado student, and daughter Deborah, 24, of Denver.
Canyon I .ake claimed former principal of .Mountain Valley School, Van McIntyre, as its first victim in 1982. McIntyre went fishing on April 7, and never came home. His body was located five days later, near the mouth of Tom Creek on the lake’s Southside.
On June 14, the body of James Sylvester Gilstrap, 24, of San Antonio, w as found in Canyon I .ake, within 200 feet of where shouts for help were heard in Cranes Mill Park.
A 25-year-old man from Switzerland leapt to his death on June 19 at Preiss Heights Park. Identified as Carl Stefan Henricsson, the Swedish attorney was
See GRIM, Page 14InsideToday's Weather
This afternoon will bt* sunny and mild, moving into a fair, cool night Fog will form toward morning, and Saturday afternoon should tx* fair and mild. Expect variable winds today and tonight, at 5-10 miles per hour. Sunset tonight will bt* at 5,48 p.m., and sunrise Saturday at 7:27 ain.SV Wins Again
The Smithson Valley Rangers defeated Dripping Springs 73-63 Thursday night to post their 15th victory. The win gave high-point man
Rocky Neuman his seventh 20-point game and put the Rangers* record at 15-3. See Page 7A
Edwards Board to mull surface water fund
Next week directors of the Edwards Underground Water District will consider the first transfer of money into the district’s new Surface Water Development F u n d.
The 15-member board of directors will discuss this fund at its Jan. ll meeting at IO a.in. in the conference
room, fourth floor of the Tower Life Building in San Antonio.
When the board adopted the budget for fiscal year 1983, which began Get. I, directors created the surface water development fund. They also authorized the transfer of up to $2.1 million into the fund during the year.