New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
★Leaders agree on statewide school tax
AUSTIN (AP) — A plan by stale leaders lo replace local school properly taxes with a statewide tax has drawn concern from school boards and some lawmakers.Se* Page 5Soviet crackdown in Baltics continues
VILNIUS, U.S.S.R. (AP) — Lithuanian officials today said the Soviet military detained six people after soldiers wounded one person while shooting at two cars passing a military convoy in the secessionist republic.
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Two more arrested
in drug crackdown
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Maws Editor
The war against alleged neighborhood drug houses is stepping up in New Braunfels as police officers arrested two more local residents on drug charges Thursday.
“We’re still chipping away at them," said Police Chief C.R. “Dick” Heaven.
Officers of the New Braunfels Police Department executed a search warrant in the 200 block of Faust Street Thursday and arrested two people.
“We found several prepackaged, rcady-to-scll baggies,” Headen said. "We seized scales, cash, weapons. It appeared to be a dealing house.”
William Barganicr, 20, of the residence was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana over 2 ounce-s, under 4 ounces. He was released from the Comal County Jail on a $500 pre-set bond.
Heath Hanley, 20, of Marion, was arrested and charged with posession of marijuana under 2 ounces. He was released from jail after posting a $300 pre-set bond.
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favor allies in gulf fight
DHAHRAN, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Allied warplanes roared into clear skies today, redoubling their drive to destroy Iraq’s military machine. But the Baghdad government insisted it is winning the war.
“For the past seven days the Iraqis have proved that they are in control of the battle, firmly led by the son of Iraq and the Arab nation. God-supponcd Saddam Hussein,” Baghdad radio said today. “The coming days will witness the defeat of the covetous invaders."
In Saudi Arabia, there was as much military traffic on die ground as in the skies. North-south and east-west highways were clogged with convoys of newly arrived U.S. forces and armor, some freshly painted in desert camouflage.
Dozens of fuel tank trucks headed north today to new desert fuel depots that will be needed to keep the helicopters Hying and tanks moving.
U.S. Marines, meanwhile, were
honing their amphibious assault skills for possible attacks on Iraq or Kuwait. American military officials refused to specify how many Marines were involved in the exercises in the gulf region, but said it was the largest amphibious assault force assembled since the Korean War.
In the waters of the Persian Gulf, the allied fleet was more watchful than ever. On Thursday, two Iraqi Mirage FIs armed with Exocet antiship missiles were shot down by a Saudi F-15 as they swooped south along the Saudi coast. It was the war's first air-to-air kill by a Saudi pilot.
“I just rolled in behind them and shot them down," said the pilot, who asked that he be identified only by his first name, Aycdh. "It was easy ... It was my day."
A Soviet report, meanwhile, said two lop Iraqi commanders were executed by order of Saddam.
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Main Street mission
Surveying businesses on Main Plaza in downtown New Braunfels is Dick Ryan, an architect with the Texas Main Street Project in Austin. His Thursday stroll through the area was one in a series of monthly visits to assist building owners with restoration of property His services are free to downtown merchants. (Photo by
Erik Karlsson)Giants, Bills look for Super stardom
The Super Bowl has traditionally been both a showcase for superstars and a place where superstars have made names for themselves, a fact that the con fcrcncc champion New York Giants and Buffalo Bills arc well aware of.S««Pag*8
Lafarge challenges ‘watershed ordinance9
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weekend is expected to be part y Q^ai passed an ordinance pro-
cloudy, cooler Saturday and Whiting the storing and burning of
warmer Sunday with anticipated hazardous waste in the city, attorneys
temperature ranges of 57-60 for a for Lafarge and Systech are asking the
high and 40-42 for a low. Texas Water Commission to rule on
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Registration for all persons interested in umpiring ASA softball, adults and children, will be on Feb. I at 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room at Wholesale Beer, on Interstate 35 in New Braunfels...
American Red Cross Volunteer Orientation will be held at McKenna Memorial Hospital 2nd Floor Conference Room Saturday al 9 a rn. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer at the hospital or nursing home is invited to call Lula Behrens at 625-9764, or Jinuny Allen at 625-3260 or leave your name and telephone number at die volunteer front desk at the hospital....
While oilier downtown areas struggle to make ends meet. Downtown New Braunfels will celebrate the private reinvestment of more than $1,000,000 at its “Million Dollar Party” next Tuesday, Jan. 29, at Wolfgang’s Keller. Cocktails (cash bar) start al 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. arui a program featuring Allice Read, director of Ute Texas Main Street Project begins at 8 p.m. Tickets for the dinner are $15. For reservations or more information, call the Downtown Project Office at 625-3425. Reservations will be accepted through Monday, Jan. 28, while tickets are available. ..
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so-called ”watershed ordinance” were passed, attorneys representing the Lafarge Corp. and its subsidiary Systech Environmental Corp. filed a petition for review Thursday with the TWC.
“The ordinance constitutes a violation of petitioners’ constitutional rights to equal protection and substantive due process under the Texas Con
stitution and the United States Constitution,” the petition stated.
The petition asked the TWC to determine if the ordinance is “invalid, arbitrary, unreasonable, inefficient or ineffective in its attempt to control water quality.”
The petition was filed by attorneys of the Dallas firm of Thompson & Knight.
Councilmembers passed the ordinance Nov. 26, 1990 despite promises from attorneys that they would fight the ordinance. City Manager Paul Grohman told City Council the city was en comfortable ground with the ordinance, but it could be challenged.
Basically the ordinance prohibits the storing and burning of hazardous waste within the city limns and within
AUSTIN — When Comptroller John Sharp sent checks totaling $11.7 million to 219 counties and 446 cities that lax mixed drink sales, Comal County’s glass didn’t go empty.
The checks represent the counties’ and cities’ share of the state’s 14 percent mixed drink tax, collected last October, November and December.
Comal County's total county tax revenue of $64,274.98 resulted in a remittance of $6,886.61. Garden Ridge revenue was $384 with a remittance of $41.40 and the figures for New Braunfels were $54,351.44 and $5,823.38.
Sharp said die stale collected $56.6 million in mixed drink taxes in die four lh quarter of 1990, up 23 percent from the $46 million recorded iii die same period of 1989.
Counties received $6.1 million, compared to the $5.7 million received the prior year; the cities’ share was $5.6 million, up from $5.4.
The state’s General Revenue Fund received $44.9 million, up 29 percent from 1989’s fourth-quarter collections of $34.9 million “That increase doesn't mean that Texans drank more last year than they did in 1989," Sharp noted. “Revenue is up because the slate raised the gloss receipts tax Bom 12 to 14 percent, effective July 1,1990 “
Allhough die increase raised the state’s percentage of the mixed drink tas, the portion allocated to local areas stayed the same
Under stale law allowing the sale of mixed drinks, lcxas lilies and counties each receive a 10.7143 percent share of the state tux collected on mixed drinks sold widiin their boundaries.
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Building a foundation
Today is Senior Citizens Day in Comal County. New Braunfels Mayor Amo Becker, front right, presented a proclamation saying so to Les Thorn, president of the Comal County Senior Citizens' Foundation. In the back are volunteers who are renovating a shopping center on Landa Street to be the new Seniors Center of Comal County. Today is the kickoff of the foundation’s drive to raise money to help complete the building and pay off the mortgage. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
5,000 feet of the city limits. The Balcones Cement Plant, owned by Lafarge, is located just outside of the city limits and would be affected by the .ordinance. Lafarge and Systech have applied for permits from the Texas Water Commission and the Texas Air Control Board to store and
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Historical commissioners are appointed
Comal County Commissioners Court appointed members to the local county historical commission during a regular meeting Thursday.
The commissioners court of a county may appoint a county historical commission for die purpose of initiating and conducting programs suggested by tire court and the Texas His-torical Commission for the preservation of the historical heritage of the county.
Die commission must be composed of ai least seven residents of the county. The members of the commission shall be appointed during the month of January of odd-numbered years and aie appointed Bm a term of two , years.
Appointed to the Comal County Historical Commission Thursday were: Sud ie Wray, Gladys Erben, and Carolyn M Rapp, all of Canyon Lake; and Curtis R re mer, Frances Bridges, Aniia Cook, Ruth E. Doeppensc-hmidt, Dr. Fred Frueholz (cochairman), Rosemarie Gregory, John Karbach, Michele D. Kelly, Carolyn K. Barly (secretary treasurer), Edna SM HISTORY, Fag* 2
Fire appointments expected in February
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N#w» Editor
County commissioners expect to appoint board members to the recently created Comal County Rural Fire Prevention District #4 in early February,
“It will take a while to get it started out,” said Precinct I Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans. “It’s a very critical selection."
Commissioners will handpick five persons living in the recently formed district, which includes the Canyon
Lake-Staruville area, to serve on the board.
“You are creating a governmental entity and they are going to have to follow the law under which they are created under," Evans said. “They will have to follow all of the Open Meeting Laws. You’ve got to have people that are not only interested, but have the time to serve.”
“Certainly, Commissioners Court will want to get a balance of folks in terms of where they live,” said County Judge Carter Casteel.
Under the law, the five board members will have the authority to levy and enforce the collection of taxes not to exceed 3 cents per SKX) valuation. Taxes for the district will first be collected this year and will be used to help fund equipment and efforts of the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department.
“Any taxing emily that’s created before I July can in fact levy a tax and collect taxes thai calendal year," Evans said.
Taxes for the district will be col
lected in October, said Tax Assessor -Collector Gloria Clennan “Gelling the monies from her (tax assessor-collector) may not occur until early January (1992),’’ Evans said about the district using the money.
Commissioners, during a regular meeting Monday, canvassed the votes from the Saturday election which created the district. Formation of the district passed by more than 200 votes.