New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Budget a top priority as Legislature opens
AUSTIN (AP) — State lawmakers gathered in Austin today for the opening of the 71st Texas Legislature with their sights set on prisons, public schools, workers’ compensation problems and, as always, the
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Education money is needed for prison reform
AUSTIN (AP) — Education and drug counseling programs are priorities in corrections that are being overlooked in the proposed state budget, the chairman of the state prison board said.
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Vol. 137, No. 39
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130. (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
January 10, 1989
One Section, 10 Pages
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A Guadalupe County couple Monday filed a million-dollar lawsuit against the Comal County Fair Association, Elroy Jonas and son, Lance Jonas, regarding an incident when a steer struck them during the 1987 fair.
Raymond Haas and wife Virginia Haas are asking for $1.3 million in damages incurred in the incident on the fairgrounds Sept. 24, 1987.
Haas claims a steer, owned by the Jonas family and weighing approximately 1,300 to 1,400 pounds, got loose from the younger Jonas and violently struck him, knocked him down and continued to bult him.
“Plaintiffs would show that at that time plaintiffs sustained their said damages, the said steer had broken loose, had run some distance through a crowd of people and was totally uncontrolled at such time and that it was a dangerous animal by the time it struck the plaintiff,” the suit stated.
Haas sustained head, neck, back, hip, and leg injuries.
Virginia Haas claims she suffered “serious loss of the affection, solace, comfort, companionship, society and assistance from her spouse.”
The fairgrounds on Common Street is owned by City of New Braunfels, but leased to the Comal County Fair Association.
Funds are essential for office, says DA
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Discretionary funds in the district and county attorney’s offices ate essential in prosecuting criminals, obtaining equipment and sometimes buying a meal for staff members, says Comal County’s new district attorney.
“So long as we are at the mercy of people who would rather pave roads than combat crime, they (discretionary funds) are absolutely essential,” said Bill Reimcr.
During commissioner’s court Monday, Rcimer asked permission to operate die district attorney’s discretionary funds the same way he operated the county attorney’s hot check fund. Commissioner’s did not act on the matter because it was not on the agenda.
As county attorney, Rcimer purchased flowers, dinners, computer equipment and night sticks and gave employee bonuses with money from the hot check fund.
Former District Attorney William Schroeder used approximately $13,000 from his Department of Human Resources welfare fraud fund to purchase dinners, groceries, furniture, seminars, gifts and other supplies between 1984 and 1988.
“Though it’s under our discretion on how to spend the money, it’s still public money,” Rcimer said. “If (commissioners) are unwilling to (set policy), I’m just not going to sit here and not collect the funds — that would be stupid.
“Just because I’m honest doesn’t mean I’m a damn fool.”
Rcimer, who previously gave Christmas bonuses out of the hot check fund, said he stopped that practice when an attorney general’s opinion came out against it.
“I was willing to give that up,” he said. “At the time, it
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City adopts plan for extra funds
Drivers on Landa Street today, especially those wanting to drive onto Fredericksburg, will have to use some care, manuevering around construction work in the area. Crews today are pulling up the abandoned railroad tracks near the intersection of Landa and Fredericksburg and making the street smooth there, while other crews on Fredericksburg work to complete the Landa-Fredericksburg watershed drainage project, approved by city voters in 1985. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
New Braunfels City Council adopted the city manager’s street construction plan to utilize excess monies from the 1985 bond program during a meeting Monday night.
“The plan has three major components,” said City Manager Paul Groh man. “First, there is approximately $700,000 set aside to do specific projects. Second, approximately $300,000 will go to purchase street construction related equipment so that
we may continue to save money by doing many jobs in-house. Third, $150,000 will be used for street construction projects to be determined on an as-needed basis.”
He said the plan sets a path which will propel the city in the right direction for the next several years. “Some of our worst problems have been addressed, we will have equipment to
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Men jailed on charge of burglarizing home
Two New Braunfels men remain in Comal County jail today in lieu of a $5,000 each on burglarizing a home and stealing rifles.
Richard Earl Rhodes, 23, 301 Castlewood, and Gary Gray O’Donncl, 33,169 U.S. 31 W., burglarized a home in the Canyon Lake area Dec. 31, said Lt. Rudy Rubio, Comal County sheriff’s office.
All the rifles were recovered, he said. The men were arrested Friday after Precinct I Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger issued a warrant for their arrest.
Crash probe continues
City to make offer for old post office
Investigations into the cause of the crash of a singleengine aircraft, which went down Friday night on a ranch in Comal County, continues today.
“It may be several months before we finish the investigation,” said Warren Wandel, of the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board in Fort Worth.
“There are several areas we are looking into” to determine the cause of the crash, he said. “The wreckage has been picked up and brought to Dallas.”
The Jan. 6 crash on a ranch approximately IO miles from New Braunfels on Texas 46 killed pilot John M. Hammond, 42, of Lugoff, S.C., and passenger Warren Koon, 40, of Waco.
The bodies were “burned beyond recognition” when the 1961 Bcechcraft fixcd-wing plane crashed at 9:36 p.m., according to law enforcement officials. No other passengers were reported on board.
“There’s no evidence of an in-flight lire,” Wandel said.
The plane skipped across the ground for approximately 250 yards after impact, Wandel said. “It caused a pretty substantial ground fire."
The fire covered approximately IO acres, according to firefighters.
The airplane had been flying southward toward San Antonio when it starling going down at a shallow angle which led to an impact, authorities said.
Flight records indicate the plane left Waco at 6:50 p.m. Jan. 6. The flight originated Jan. 3 in South Carolina.
There was low cloud cover at the time of the crash.
Remains of Koon, who was employed by Woodward Corporation in Waco, and of Hammond were taken to Docppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels. The bodies later were transported to Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy.
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
An old United States Post Office in downtown New Braunfels will be city property if the government decides to accept an offer by New Braunfels City Council.
Council unanimously voted to offer $1 for the building and property at the comer of North Casten Avenue and West Mill Street.
“We finally made the right contacts with the government — went through all their red tape — and this is a process we must go through in order to be considered to get that building,” City Manager Paul Grohman told council.
“I think the price tag is somewhere in the $300,000 neighborhood. I do not believe, for our purposes, we should spend anywhere near that amount,” Grohman said. “If you want to make an entry or some type of
request for the building, my suggestion is a token of a SI, $5, $100 or somewhere along that line.”
He said the city would not want to look at purchasing the old U.S. Post Office except for a token fee.
“I’ve been asking that we do this for a long time,” said Council Member Bill Arnold. “It’s not being used at all. We can do something with it.” Asbestos has been removed from the building; however, roof repairs are needed to prevent water damage and there is a water problem in the basement. The property also does not have adequate parking to comply with city regulations.
If the purchase is approved and the old Post Office becomes city property, it could be leased to eliminate a vacant building in the downtown business area
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Council renames airport, accepts downtown report
New Braunfels City Council approved a request by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce to rename the New Braunfels Municipal Airport and accepted a report from the Chamber’s Target Downtown Committee during a regular meeting Monday night.
S.D. David Jr., chairman of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Task Force on Streets and Highways, said the Chamber’s Industrial Development Committee has worked with an increasing number of aviation-related industrial prospects who have considered locating at
"In order to facilitate the Improvements necessary to the downtown area, It Is the general consensus of the sub-committees, and agreed to by the Chamber’s Board of Directors, that the city consider hiring a downtown coordinator.”
Target Downtown Chairman Ted Cook.
the New Braunfels Airport in recent years.
Because of the lack of infrastructure and, especially because of inadequate road access to the airport, the businesses have not moved to New,Braunfels.
David said the chamber created a Task Force on Streets and Highways
to study and formulate recommendations for imporving and expanding routes, which could have a significant impact on economic development.
“Good road access to and from the airport is a primary objective of the committee,” he said. “Since the air-
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Gadhafi vows retaliation if U.S. attacks plant
ROME (AP) — Col. Moammar Gadhafi said if the United States attacks a Libyan plant it claims is intended to make chemical weapons, Libya will respond by destroying “anything American which we can reach.”
In a speech broadcast live Monday by Libyan radio and monitored in London, Gadhafi again denied U.S. allegations the plant is intended for chemical weapons.
“We built a factory for medicines,” the Libyan leader told a meeting of the Basic Peo
ple’s Congress in Tripoli, a grass-roots political committee.
“They said this constitutes danger. America with all its greamess said, ‘I want to destroy this factory.’ Why? Because it is a factory that constitutes a danger.
“Even the factories which make atom bombs are a cause of danger and so we should destroy them. And this is what should happen. If they (the United States) destroy this factory we should get ready to destroy anything American
which we can reach.”
President Reagan has said he could not rule out the option of a military strike on the plant, about 60 miles southwest of Tripoli, the Libyan capital.
In an interview published today in USA Today, Gadhafi said “the whole world is amazed and surprised” by the U.S. claims.
Asked if he approved of chemical weapons, Gadhafi said: “We are against the use of any type of weapons.”
Gadhafi also said he expected relations with Washington to improve when Reagan leaves office.
“We should bury this silly and stupid policy with the previous administration,” he said.
The Libyan leader again denounced last week’s shooting down by U.S. fighters of two Libyan jets over the Mediterranean. U.S. officials said the incident was an act of self-defense unrelated to the Rabta plant.
Cloudy skies with warmer temperatures are on tap for today with the high around 60 degrees. More clouds will move into the area tonight and the low will be 50 degrees. Wednesday will be mostly cloudy with a chance of rain and a high of 64 degrees. The low will be 50 degrees.
Tonight’s the night for all the brides to be to grab their fiances, moms and attendants and head to the Bridal Fair, hosted by the New Braunfels Bridal Fair Association. The doors to the Civic Center will open at 6:30 p.m. and a fashion show arranged by Celebrations will begin about 7:15 p.m. Brides will be eligible for major prizes and will be treated to displays by 17 exhibitors, where she may make decisions on such details as china patterns, caterers and the honeymoon....
Learning that you, or someone you love, has cancer is frightening. The fears of the unknown can be devastating to ourselves and our families, but accurate information is one of the best weapons to help deal with the diagnosis of cancer. To that end, Southwest Oncology Associates, Hospice New Braunfels and McKenna Memorial Hospital are sponsoring an eight-week cancer support group for cancer patients, their family and their friends.
The first meeting is tonight, with “What is Cancer?” presented by Dr. John P. Whitccar of Southwest Oncology. The program will include an education portion, a time of sharing, questions and answers, and general discussion.
The program is free and will be at the Garza Street Classroom, across the street from the main entrance to the hospital, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The group will meet each Tuesday for eight weeks, then members will decide how often they want to meet. Other topics to be presented include “What’s needling you” (Chemotherapy — Fact vs. Fiction), “Eat, Eat, Eat, Yuck, Yuck,
Yuck," "God didn’t give you cancer,” “Staying fit when in the pit,” “Sally’s Social Survival Services,” “What do you do with all that blood?” and “Go for the gusto.”
For more information, call McKenna’s Social Service Department at 625-9111, extension 199...
Democratic Women of Comal County are meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at JJ.’s Subs in downtown
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