New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Clements*plans include prison construction
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas House and Senate leaders say they don’t see much alternative to paying for prison construction with bond money, as proposed by Gov. Bill Clements in his criminal justice program.
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One game into district, SV girls enjoy the lead
The District 28-4A girls race is just one game old, but Smithson Valley has already matched the number of wins it had last season. The Rangerettes will get a chance to prove themselves again tonight in Kerrville against the Tivy Lady Antlers _
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‘become’ for the 1989 Maskenball sponsored by Ute German American Society and Helen Kraybill’s Costume Chalet is the place to find that new person-ality.
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Vol. 137, No. 45
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USHS 377-880) 512-625-9144
January 13, 1989
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Old Man Winter arrived this week with a vengeance, bringing with him rain, wind and colder temperatures. Be careful when you’re driving around town today and Saturday because the rain will slap a leaf
on your windshield just like this. The rain is expected to continue through Saturday, with slightly warmer temperatures arriving Sunday — maybe. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Judge drops key charges
County to receive food, shelter funds
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
Comal County has been selected to receive funds to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the New Braunfels arca.
A national board made up of national voluntary organizations and chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, selected Comal County to receive $55,166. United Way of America will provide the administrative staff and function as fiscal agent.
The board was charged to distribute funds appropriated by Congress lo help expand the capacity of food and shelter programs in high-necd areas around the country.
A local board made up of Comal County Judge Fred Clark, Dick Koegle and Herb Schneider representing
ComFund, and representatives of S.O.S. Food Bank, Community Council of South Central Texas, Red Cross, and Salvation Army will determine how funds awarded to Comal County are to be distributed among emergency food and shelter programs run by local service organizations in the arca.
“We received a notification that Comal County had been aw aided $55,166 available to us and that they would send half of it immediately if we could provide them an authority that would be responsible for choosing and making sure any particular agency was capable of managing these funds,” said Dick Koegle, who was asked by Judge Clark to chair the local board.
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Police question pair in burglary
Classified documents block North trial
WASHINGTON (AP) — The judge in the Iran-Contra case today dismissed the two criminal charges that accused fired National Security Council aide Oliver North of illegally diverting more than $14 million in U.S. Iran arms sale proceeds to the Nicaraguan rebels.
U.S. District Judge Gerhard Gescll said he had no choice but to grant the motion by independent counsel Lawrence Walsh to dismiss the conspiracy and theft counts against North. The Reagan administration had refused to allow use of some classified documents bearing on the charges in the trial.
“It is apparent dial the attorney
general and the independent counsel are unable to proceed... (are) unwilling to proceed in connection with the conspiracy and theft charges,” said
“The court is powerless to direct the case to proceed” on the two main
The judge dropped the charges under a section of the Classified Information Procedures Act in which the attorney general may certify that a trial may result in the disclosure of classified information.
Attorney General Dick Thornburgh made that certification in a declaration filed Thursday with Gesell at the judge’s request.
Walsh last week gave up his pursuit of the conspiracy and theft of government property charges against North after the administration refused to declassify portions of documents that Gcsell said were needed in order for North to get a fair trial.
At a hearing today, Gcsell touched on one of the areas of classified material that was among the most sensitive with the administration. He pointed to the portion of his order Dec. 12 that said that in many cases the government must provide die full text of intelligence reports in open court in any trial of North.
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By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Two Austin men being held in the Bell County jail on burglary charges may be responsible for a rash of car dealership burglaries in South and Central Texas, including the break-in of Mill Ferguson Motor Co. iii New Braunfels.
Ricky Vargas waits in the Bell County jail in lieu of posting two $50,000 bonds and Ron Wagner, a
former police officer, waits to post one $50,000 bond, said Sgt. Mike Hughes, Temple Police Department.
Both men arc charged with burglary and may be responsible for burglarizing Milt Ferguson Motor Co., 699 W. San Antonio St., said detectives.
New Braunfels Police Department detective Mario Guerrero said Vargas
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Plant prepared for dedication
All systems arc go for die Saturday’s dedication of Canyon Hydroelectric Plant.
Directors and employees of Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority and New Braunfels Utilities are hosting dedication ceremonies at 11 a.m. Saturday at the project site. The pro
ject is adjacent to the discharge channel of Canyon Dam just off FM 306. Signs have been placed in the area to direct visitors to parking areas.
Speakers for the 30*minute dedication featuring die ceremonial throw-
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1988 retail spending shoots to 4-year high
WASHINGTON (AP) — Retail spending shot up 6.7 percent in 1988, the fastest pace in four years, despite lackluster Christmas and automotive sales in December, the government reported today.
Sales for all of 1988 totaled a record $1.61 trillion, the biggest’ annual gain since a 9.8 percent increase in 1984, the Commerce Department said. Sales had increased by 5.1 percent in 1987.
December’s retail sales of a seasonally adjusted $138.0 billion were led by a 1.9 percent gain over the previous month in sales at hardware stores. Overall sales had increased a revised 0.9 percent in November and 1.7 percent in October.
December’s gain was the slowest since a 0.3 drop in September.
The figures are not adjusted to exclude the effects of rising prices.
While overall retail sales for the
year were posting dicir best showing since 1984, the department store category rose by only 4.5 percent, the smallest annual gain since a 3.4 percent rise in the recession ydar of 1982.
This sluggish performance was offset by a 9.5 percent rise in auto sales for the year, up sharply from a 1.8 percent increase in 1987.
However, auto sales actually fell in December, dropping 0.3 percent from the previous mondi and posting the first decline since a 1.4 percent drop in September.
Excluding autos, retail sales were up 0.3 percent in December, following a 0.6 percent rise in November.
Consumer spending is closely watched as a barometer of the economy’s health because it represents two-thirds of the gross national product. The holiday season is particular -
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Officials warn of local scam
New Braunfels police arc investigating a possible ‘‘pigeon drop" scheme today after a New Braunfels woman was almost convinced by two women to give up jewelry and cash.
On Jan. IO at approximately 11:30 a.m. at the Wal-Mart parking lot,the victim was approached by a black woman and a Latin or Gypsy woman.
The black woman posed as a messenger for a local bank and told the victim she wanted a wiutess to the opening of a found package. The package was opened and a large amount of money was disclosed, police said.
The victim was then taken to a local bank by the messenger who entered the bank and returned under die pretense of having left the money with a bank official.
The woman was later asked to leave jewelry and $7,000 to show good faith ir. sharing the money found. The Latin female accompanied the victim to her personal bank to withdraw $7,000.
While at the bank, the victim requested a bank official call the police. The Latin woman then ran out of die
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Child support group reorganizing in New Braunfels
The Organization for the Enforcment of Child Support is reorganizing in New Braunfels. The first meeting of the year will be Monday at 7:30 pm. at New Braunfels National Bank meeting room.
The organization is a grass-roots group whose purpose is to promote public awareness of how serious a problem child support enforcement has become, to provide information and feedback on laws and court systems and act as a support group for those having problems. Group members also hope to provide a means of getting
stronger enforcement measures through networking with other organizations acress the nation, and to make local and state judges, officials and lawmakers aware of the problems that exist in the present enforcement system.
"Because of the hard work being done by groups like ours, some of our purposes are being met already, but it is not enough," said Augie Schroeder, OECS organizer in Comal County. “Until the day comes when we will no longer have to fight for every nickel and dime, our job condnues.”
Schroeder said non-payment of child support is not only a crime, but also is a form of child abuse. OECS in involved with Agencies United for Child Abuse Prevention, a new group in New Braunfels working to stop child abuse.
"With more and more women joining the ranks of the homeless and hungry, time is critical that we begin to understand child support is a life line to the single-parent family,” she said.
‘These few dollars every month mean survival to most struggling families. Yes, there are some that take advantage of their situations and
use their children as pawns, but for the most part, child support goes for taking care of the children," Schroeder said.
She said children deserve support and custodial parents deserve the common courtesy of not being placed in a position of having to fight the legal system.
“It’s up to us to promote the awareness of this very real and devastating issue,” Schroeder said. "We need help from everybody to help resolve this poverty cycle."
It’s a cloudy, cold and wet day with more of the same forecast for Saturday. The high today will reach 40 degrees with a north wind at 20 m.p.h. The overnight low will drop to 34 degrees. Saturday will be mostly cloudy with a high of 45 degrees. The low will drop into the 30s by Sunday morning.
The Blue Bonnet Grange #1563 will hold its regular monthly meeting at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at die Extension Service meeting room, 1115 N. Walnut Ave.
Business to be acted upon includes projects dial will be carried out during the rest of the year, along with fellowship and refreshments. For more information, contact Frank Knight, master, at Route 5, Box 1118, San Antonio, 78218, phone 651-6146, or Raymond Jemsch at 625-6573....
Valu-Rite Pharmacies in South Texas will sponsor in-store screenings for cholesterol, triglycerides and glucose during the month of January. The three-part screenings are conducted in conjunction with radio station KKYX and proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross.
In New Braunfels, Garden Park Valu-Rite Pharmacy, 984 Loop 337, Suite E, and Landa Valu-Rite Pharmacy, 353 Landa, will conduct the screenings Tuesday between IO a.m. and 6 p.m. There is a charge of $6 per test and persons may take one, two or all three tests, which will be administered by licensed nurses using the ‘finger stick’ method. Results will be available in minutes.
Cholesterol, a fat-like substance, is carried in the blood. Levels of cholesterol vary considerably among people. A high level is considered a risk factor for coronary diseases.
Triglycerides are pan of the same group of fatty substances in the blood as cholesterol and are part of die overall risk assessment for heart disease.
Glucose, sometimes called "blood sugar," is made by the liver from foods we eat and is the body’s energy source. Abnormal levels of glucose may indicate diabetes or other medical disorders.
For more information about die screenings, call Landa Valu-Rite Pharmacy at 625-7777 or Garden Park Valu-Rite Pharmacy at 629-6297.... \