New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Bulverde residents to decide on incorporation Saturday
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Elections to incorporate two villages in the Bulverde area will be held Saturday.
Reports indicate there isn’t much chance of the proposal’s passing. But residents will need to vote, lf the turnout at the polls is extremely low, it takes only alew votes to swing an election.
A number of citizens expressed strong views against incorporatoin at a town meeting held Jan. 3. Members of the committee that called the election conceded that they had moved too fast, and advised residents to vote “no" at the polls this Saturday.
“All the signs say no," said Ervin R. Watson on Thursday. “There’s signs up everywhere that say, ‘Vote no.’’’
The election committee (of which Watson is a member) thought incorporation might help this
southwestern Comal County community find solutions to its problems of limited water supply and protecting the quality of the water that’s there. An incorporated city would have ordinance-making powers, could control development to some extent,* and could also set up its own police department.
See Maps, Page 16
Watson, a member of the election committee, still thinks Bulverde will need to incorporate at some time in the future. “I’m for it, but not this fast,” he said. “There are too many unanswered questions.
“For one thing, we need qualified, responsible people to run for office," Watson said. If residents of the two proposed villages opt for incorporation, city
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Circle K store held up— again
The Circle K Store at 1289 W. San Antonio has now been the target of two armed robberies in less than a month.
At 12:47 a.m. Friday, a tall Latin male wearing a gray “Bear Bryant' hat (a hounds-tooth style hat which became the trademark of the longtime University of Alabama coach) entered the store, displayed a knife, and left with an undetermined amount of cash. On Dec. 14, the same store was robbed, by a man in a stocking cap flashing a small caliber pistol.
Police are looking for a Latin male, about 25 years old, 5’8", 140 pounds, in connection with Friday’s robber) He was last seen wearing a blue jean
jacket, blue jeans, and a light-colored shirt.
He is not a suspect in the December robbery. The Circle K and the Y Cafe on the III 35 access road were both robbed on the same day — Thursday, Dec. 9 — and police, who suspected the two hold-ups were committed bv the same man, later arrested a suspect in connection with the Y Cafe robbery.
Texas Ranger Ray Martinez said Friday the suspect possibly left the store in a 1982 or 1983 Oldsmobile, with a white vinyl top and a maroon bottom." Martinez added there may have been another individual in the car.
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(USPS 377-880'I nf lation dropped to 11 -year low i n '82
WASHINGTON (AP) Wholesale prices climbed 3.5 percent last year, the smallest rise in ll years and less than half the gain of 1981, the government reported today.
In December alone, the I,abor Department said, prices rose a minuscule 0.1 percent markedly off from November’s 0.6 percent and the smallest one-month change since prices fell 0.1 percent in September.
Economists, assessing the year’s greatly improved inflation picture, point to the worldwide oil surplus, which has held down gasoline and heating oil prices; bountiful harvests; and the li\gering recession, which has driven the unemployment rate to 10.8 percent. the highest sin'. 1940.
Supporting that view, the department’s own analysis said to*lay that energy prices actully
fell 0.1 percent since December 1981. In comparison, such costs had soared 14.1 percent in the preceeding 12 months.
Food prices, the department added, rose a modest 2.1 percent in 1982, up only slightly from the 1.4 percent gain of 1981.
The full-year wholesale price gain was sharply under the 7.1 percent registered for all of 1981. Wholesale prices rose 11.8 percent in 1980 and 12.8 percent in 1979.
The 1982 increase was the smallest since the 3.2 percent of 1971.
Wholesale prices actually fell in four months last year, the department’s Bureau of l.abor Statistics said. The sharpest monthly climb w as a I percent jump in June.
For ail of last year, the department said, the moderation in energy and foot! prices actually
restrained the overall w holesale price gain for consumer goods, which, if those two areas were omitted, would have risen 5 percent.
The department gave this breakdown of specific changes in the Producer Price Index for finished goods, as the wholesale price calculation is formally known;
Energy costs: Gasoline prices fell 8.6 percent last year, helped by a 0.3 percent drop in December. Natural gas prices, which had soared following congressional price decontrol rn 1978, surged 20.7 percent in 1982, although dipping 0.8 percent last month Home heating oil costs were unchanged for the year despite a 0.4 percent drop in December.
—Food prices: The moderate 2.1 percent yearly gain was helped by a tiny 0.1 percent jump in December. Pricey for fresh fruits
tumbled 11.9 percent last year and were down 4 percent for the month of December Vegetable prices tumbled 12 percent for the year, compared with a sharp 12 percent gain in December. Beef and veal prices fell 2.9 percent last year, including a 0.7 percent drop in December. Pork prices, however, skyrocketed 19.7 percent in 1982, although rising 1.1 percent in December. Poultry prices rose a modest 2.2 percent for the year, even though tumbling 2.7 percent last month.
—Automobile prices rose a moderate 1.9 percent last year, compared with a I percent increase in December. Light truck prices were up 18 percent for 1982 and 0.5 percent in December.
-Capital equipment costs rose 4 percent for
the year and 0 6 percent last month. Those costs are for machinery and transportation equipment used by business and industry.
All the increases are adjust! I for seasonal variations.
In all. the unadjusted Producer Price Index for finished goods stood at 285.1 in December, meaning that goods costing $10 at wholesale in 1967 would have cost $28.51 last month.
If prices rose for 12 straight months at December’s rate, the yearly rise would be 0 8 percent. In reporting its inflation figures, the department bases its compounded annual rate on a more precise calculation of monthly changes than the figure it makes public for the one-month change.
Sitting on their hands
Clements' farewell draws little applause
AUSTIN (AP) The Texas Constitution required Gov. Bill Clements to make a closing address to the Legislature, bul nothing said legislators had to applaud and they didn’t.
legislators stood and applauded when Clements entered and again after he finished his state of the state speech Thursday. But they failed to interrupt his address with spontaneous applause even one time.
Clements noted challenges facing Texas — such as water, education, prisons and jobs but said there is absolutely no reason to enact a new tax bill He asked the Legislature to carry on his crusade of reducing the size of state government and recommended less money for public education, nonpartisan election of judges, an appointed Board of Education, a limitation of two four-year terms for all statewide elected officials and a procedure for bypassing the Legislature in enacting law s. legislators, so to speak, sat on their hands.
There was no applause during the 23-minute speech, which Clements, his voice cracking, con
cluded by saying. "God bless you and may you always have fair skies and a following sea."
"This is the first state of the state speech I ve ever heard that was not interrupted by applause." said Sen. Oscar Mauzy. D-Dallas. “I think it was a perfunctory attempt to justify the last four years, which I don’t think will stand the scrutiny of history."
Two Republicans attributed the lack of applause to the seriousness of the governor’s remarks and Uh fact that he is a lame duck.
“lf he was an incoming governor, full of hope, vim and vigor, his speech w ould have been punctuated by applause," said Sen. Don Henderson. R-Houston.
Referring to applause for Clements before and after the governor s speech. Henderson said. ‘ Ut was well received when he came in and it was better when he left."
Ll. Gov. Bill Hobby said he didn t notice” how quiet it was, but he added that he thought it was ironic that Clements would assert there was no need
See CLEMENTS. Page 16
Sledge awaiting parole decision
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Richard Sledge, former Utilities manager currently serving time iii the Texas Department of Corrections, must wait a little longer to find out exactly w hen he’ll get out.
That was the word Friday from John Byrd, executive director of the Texas Parole Board. Sledge was approved for parole on Dec. 28. That approval was received by the Parole Board on Jan. 12. However, Sledge’s file is still waiting the governor’s approval.
“I expect to hear something by the early part of next week Up until Jan. 18 at 11:59 a m., we are asuming Gov. (Bill) Clements is approving paroles," Byrd said. “Then at noon, Gov. (Mark) White w ill take over.”
To get to the governor’s desk, Sledge had to receive two out of three favorable votes from two parole commissioners and one Board of Pardons and Paroles member. Byrd has indicated Sledge received three favorable voles.
Sledge pleaded guilty in 1980 of stealing $23,000 in Utilities funds in 1976. He was sentenced to five years in prison in Lehi uar\ of 1981, but spent the rest of that year out of jail, lighting his conviction on appeal. His request for a rehearing was denied by the appellate court on Dec. 23. 1981. and Sledge was transported to Huntsville on Jan. 16.1982
He was released in error in May. then returned to TDC in June. On Oct. 15. Utilities attorney Tom Burrus received a $38,901 87 check from Sledge, representing reimbursement plus interest Sledge s parole process began in November.Inside
County eyes six firms for jail plans
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Next week Comal Commissioners Court will begin shopping around foi an architectural firm to work on the county’s plans for a new jail and criminal justice facility.
Selecting an architectural firm is one of the “building blocks" in the county’s schedule for completing a new jail-criminal justice complex, County Judge Fred Clark said
According to a tentative federal lawsuit
settlement, the county is required to have a new jail ready for occupancy no later than August, 1985 That settlement, which still needs the blessings of a federal judge, w ill be the topic of a public hearing Feb. 24 in U S. District Court in San Antonio.
The court, w hich held a special meeting Thursday, has a list of six architectural firms that it authorized Commissioner J E. “Jumbo" Evans to contact for interview s.
Other architects besides the six which Evans learned of through visits he’s made recently to county jails and justice facilities around the state may tx*
For now, however, the court asked Evans to phone Robert Webster & Assoc., of Et Worth: Gondeck & Assoc., of San Antonio; Dailey and Warm of Austin; DiStefano & Associates, of Houston; Jail Planners lneorp., of Texarkana; and Holt-Fatter and Scott of Austin.
At the suggestion of Clark, a letter will be sent (after the phone call) to those firms who “express an interest’’ in w oi king on the county jail plans
See JAIL, Page 16Today's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy and mild today, fair and a little cooler tonight, and sunny Saturday. Winds will be from the south at 5-10 mph today, shifting to the north at 10-15 mph tonight, then to the northeast at 5-10 mph Saturday. Sunset will be at 5:53 p.m., and sunrise Saturday will bt* at 7:27 a in The extended outlook is sunny through Tuesday.Thanks, But No Thanks
Former Solidarity leader Ij*ch Walesa went back to the lenin shipyard in Gdansk, Poland, today to ask for his old job back The eleetrieian-
turned-world symbol of tin* fight for freedom was turned away; it seems not all In'- papers we e in order. See Page IO
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Commissioner J.L, "Jumbo ’ Evans will be busy over the next week contacting architects around the state concerning the construction of a new county jail criminal justice facility. The county is required to have a new jail built no later than August, 1985, according to yet to be approved federal lawsuit settlement. Commissioners Court authorized'Evans to contact six architects during a special meeting Thursday.
Stilt! photo tty John Sontor