New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 19, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Private drug testing to be decided in court
x AUSTIN (AP) — An official of the Texas Civil Liberties Union says he expects the question of whether private companies can test workers for illegal drugs to be decided by the state Supreme Court.
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_ Teen Connection seeking HIM53 thrift shop workers
Can you give one day (five hours) a month to help a troubled teen-ager? Volunteers working in the Teen Connection Thrift Shop provide food, shelter, counseling and education for young people through their donation of lime. See Page 7
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Normally Miami is one giant party when the Super Bowl comes to town. This year, violence in the city has cropped up in Miami at the worst of times, with the nation’s attention already focused on it and the NFL championship game. See Page 8
Vol. 137, No. 49
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
January 19, 1989
One Section, 12 Pages
County probes hiring practice of new official
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Concerns surfaced in Comal County Commissioner’s Court Wednesday after .discussions transpired on how County Attorney Nathan Rhcinlander filled positions in his office without advertising the slots.
“This is a very serious matter,” said County Judge Fred Clark about positions not being advertised. “He (Rhcinlander) has taken the position that it’s not necessary for him to
advertise for the positions of his staff. That is very regretful.”
Rhcinlander, who took office Jan. I, was requesting salary changes Wednesday when commissioners inquired about how he filled positions.
“It’s an attitude problem,” Rhein-landcr said after the meeting. ‘They arc trying to influence my running of this office and my only responsibility is to the entire population of the county and not to commissioner’s court. It’s just a smokescreen.”
But Clark said it wasn’t fair no one else had an opportunity to apply for the positions.
“What we were trying to do is lo encourage between the departments Ute opportunity lo look at other jobs (in-house),” Clark said. “The community is better served by elected officials and department heads who advertise positions of employment and meet our obligations by way of equal opportunity — which we advertise that we are.”
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Trustees renew contract for CISD superintendent
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
Trustees of Comal Independent School District unanimously voted to renew the contract of Superintendent Bill Brown for another three years.
“I’d like to move that Mr. Brown be assigned to the position of superintendent of schools and a contract be authorized for three years beginning on July I, 1989, and ending June 30, 1992, with a 3-percent cost of living increase and a 3-percent merit raise based upon the 1987-88 salary, the
number of work days to be determined by board action,” said Trustee Bill Hays, making a motion for contract renewal during a regular board meeting of the board Wednesday night.
“For the short time I’ve been here, I’ve been impressed with the work that Mr. Brown has been doing. I look forward to working with him for a long time,” said Trustee I^arry Wenzel, who was elected to the school board in May making a second to Hay’s motion.
Brown was hired as Superintendent of Comal Independent School District in January 1985. His salary for 1987-88 was $65,900.
“This is my fifth year working with Mr. Brown. I think Bill has done an excellent job and I think it comes to play here that the administration and the people that we have working for our school district and I’m certainly for him at this point,” said Leroy Goodson, board vice president.
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Committee recommends Baker for cabinet post
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate Foreign Relations Committee, giving an early boost to the incoming Bush administration, voted 19-0 today to recommend dial the full Senate confirm James A. Baker III as secretary of state.
The full Senate will act on the nom-
ination later, probably next Wednesday.
Today’s committee vote followed two days of hearings in which Baker fielded questions on problem areas around the world and dealt comfortably with foreign policy issues rang
ing from the momentous to the obscure.
Virtually every member of die committee praised Baker’s performance, applauded his appointment by Bush and said his confirmation was assured.
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Troutfcst ‘89 has been extended by the New Parks Parks and Recreation Department for one day. The fourth annual event at the spring-fed pool in Landa Park will now end on Monday. The hours are IO a.m. to 8 p.m. for the event sponsored by Tri-City Distributors.
Marcus Tonish, aquatics director, said the extension was to give youngsters an extra day for fishing. Students in bodi school dis-. tricts will have a holiday Monday for a teacher work day....
Some members of the New Braunfels High School Class of 1969 need help in planning the class reunion. A planning session will be tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Landa Station for anyone interested in helping make the reunion a success. Call 629-2788 for more information....
The youth group of the New Braunfels Pcntecostals extends an invitation to all to the Apostille Fire Youth Rally to enjoy a lime of enthusiastic worship, singing and preaching Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the New Braunfels Civic Center. The United Pentecostal Church International, 104 Melody Lane, hosts Sunday School each week at IO a.m., an Hour of Power at 6 p.m. and Celebration of Praise at 7 p.m. Thursday evening Family Life begins at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call 629-2904....
The Smithson Valley PTA is
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Inflation What dedication
County jail inmate attempts cell suicide
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer prices rose 4.4 percent in 1988, the same as a year earlier, as hefty, drought-induced increases for groceries offset stable energy prices, the government said today.
Worry about inflationary pressures preoccupied many economists last year, but that pressure has not produced an acceleration in inflation thus far.
The 4.4 percent gain in the Labor Department’s Consumer Price Index matched the 1987 increase, which was die highest since 1981 but was four times the 1.1 percent rate in 1986, a 25-year low.
A 0.3 percent rise in the index in December, which followed a 0.3 percent November increase, helped inflation finish the year at a moderate pace.
The summer drought, which shriveled crops and seared pastures, pushed food prices for die year up 5.2 percent, the steepest rise since 1980.
Poultry and egg prices jumped 17.9 percent and 16.5 percent, respectively, because of die drought.
On the other hand, beef and pork prices, which rose for the first six months of the year, fell during the second half as farmers sent more animals to slaughter as a way of avoiding high feed costs.
Energy for the year rose only a slight 0.5 percent following an 8.2
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An inmate in the Comal County jail attempted suicide Wednesday night by slashing her upper arm twice with a razor blade, said a nursing supervisor.
The woman inmate, in jail on robbery charges, was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital after the incident
around 7 p.m., said Chris Camarera).
“She’s back in jail,” Camareno said. “She’s in a room where we have a monitor 24 hours. She’s segregated now.”
There were seven to eight inmates in the cell she was in at the time of the attempt, she said.
‘Business as usual’ for local attorneys
The Jan. 13 filing of Chapter 7 bankruptcy won’t disrupt business at Churm and Chunn Law Offices in New Braunfels.
John C. and Charlotte Chunn and Lonnie E. Chunn, doing business as Chunn and Chunn Law Offices, are asking the Western Texas District of
the Federal Bankruptcy Court to discharge their debts.
“It’s my personal life, I’m not a public figure,” John Chunn said today. “I’m not going out of business. I am going to continue to practice bus-
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Grand jury returns indictments on four
Comal County grand jury handed down four indictments Wednesday including one delivery of cocaine charge.
Johnathan Reich, 1565 U.S. 81 E. #224, was indicted on a charge of delivery of cocaine.
Other indictments include:
• Rafaye Armstrong, Canyon Lake, forgery by passing.
• Aldwin Crowder, Dallas, theft of more than $750.
• Bobby Preece, 272 Anholt, DWI — third offense.
Police statistics fall by 4 percent
Be sure to carry your umbrella today because the chance for rain and thundershowers continues for the next couple of days. The high temperature today will be 62 degrees. The overnight low will be 54 degrees. Temperatures will be a little cooler Friday with a high of 56 degrees. The low will
be 44 degrees.
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Two murders were redried in New Braunfels during 1988 — one more than in 1987 — but overall, calls for police service fell by 4 percent, according to statistics released this month by the New Braunfels Police Department.
A local resident was arrested, charged and sent to prison for New Braunfels’ first murder of the year in late 1988. Daniel Campos Sanchez,
25, was sentenced to 30 years in Texas Department of Corrections for killing an illegal alien in October.
The unsolved murder of 1988 was that of Marilyn McCarty, a San Antonio prostitute. Her body was found Nov. 9 near the New Braunfels Utilities power plant on Loop 337. She had been shot once in the back of the head.
Statistics also revealed robberies climbed to 39 in 1988 from 24 in
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When two Buicks collide
Two youngsters were slightly injured about 8 a.m. today when the 1985 Buick Skylark in which they were passengers, foreground, was struck by a 1986 Buick Century driven by Sandra Lee Biety of San Antonio. Biety eastbound on West San Antonio Street at the intersection of Guenther when she attempted to pass a Pontiac turning left into Milt Ferguson's used car lot. Elsa Salazar of New Braunfels was westbound on West San Antonio Street in the Skylark when she began to turn left onto Guenther.
The Pontiac apparently blocked the drivers’ views and the two Buicks collided, knocking Salazar's car into a 1965 Chevrolet pick-up driven by Charlotte Drury of New Braunfels who was stopped on Guenther at the intersection. No tickets were issued because the accident was attributed to heavy traffic and wet streets. Edward Salazar Jr., 5, and Elaine Salazar, 10, were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
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Local golf enthusiasts and the winter visitors who come to Central Texas because of the ‘nice’ weather were determined to play golf today despite the drizzle and fog. They probably won’t have any better luck tomorrow either because the chance of rain is expected to continue and it should be a little cooler. (Photo by Deryl Clark)