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Lake-area group to restore Fischer Store School
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
A forgotten old school once used only by a small group of students who grew up in rural Comal County is now the focus of a community project in the rapidly-growing Canyon Lake area.
The project — restoring the old Fischer Store School into a community center — began as mere wishful thinking by a group of ladies at Canyon Lake. Since then, it has blossomed into a community effort, and restoration of the school is no longer a dream.
Members of the Canyon I .ake Extension Homemakers Club began the project over two years ago. A board of directors for the Fischer Store School Community Center was formed, and details have been worked out with Comal Independent School District for use of the property.
The goal of renovating the old building began to take shape when a $1,013.50 donation from the homemakers club began the actual restoration work.
The 18.68-acre tract is located on EM 32, near Fischer, but a motorist could easily miss it, since the old road leading to the school is now nothing but an overgrown path.
Although the stone building appears to be much older, it was built in 1940 to replace its predecessor, which was destroyed by fire. The original school was built on land given for that purpose by Otto Fischer Sr., in 1886.
Even though this schoolhouse served rural Comal County, it is not the typical one-room school building of yesteryear. The building consists of two classrooms, connected by a folding door which can be opened to make one big room. Each classroom had its own cloakroom and
shelving for teachers’ books. At one end is an elevated stage area with a dressing room to the side.
The old stage curtain is gone, but members of the board have discovered that it is now the property of the Conservation Society, and it will be returned to the Fischer Store School. Some who remember the days when it still hung recall that it was covered with advertisements.
The old merry-go-round that was once in the school yard has also been located. It was removed some years ago with the intention of installing it at Mountain Valley School in Sattler. However, it was deemed too dangerous, according to spokesperson Ann Toussaint, and was never used there. It w ill be re-installed at Fischer, but, out of a concern for safety, will not be usable.
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(USPS 377-880'Police detective named recipient of annual award
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A humble Mario Guerrero received a very serious award from the Breakfast Lions Club Tuesday morning.
“We d heard some jokes this morning, but the award I’m about to present to Mario isn’t a humorous award,” County Attorney Bill Reinter said. ‘it's a memorial to Ed Murphy (a Sheriff's investigator who died iii a helicopter crash in September, 1981), which exemplies other officers who w ould lay dow n their lives in the line of duty.”
The first such Officer of the Year award was presented to Sheriff’s Investigator Gilbert Villarreal last year. Tuesday morning, it was New Braunfels Police Detective Guerrero’s turn.
But before the award presentation, there was always those who say a few words on behalf of the honoree. District Attorney Bill Schroeder and Police Chief Burney Boeck filled those shoes gracefully.
“Maria is one of the finer younger officers I’ve seen in my 16 years in criminal justice. He has proven his worth, his capabilities and his knowledge of the law time and time again,” Schroeder said. “But he is one of the few who doesn’t let his ego get in the way...if lie’s unfamiliar with a particular .situation, he’ll come into my office, sit down, and say, U*t’s go over this (case), and see how to put this together the best way for us, and not just me.”’
Chief Boeck credited Guerrero with a decrease in city-wide house burglaries the past two years. “Mario applied to the department two or three times before we accepted him. But he was so persistent, we hired him to get even,” the police chief said.
“We put him on dispatch, and boy, don’t think we
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Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
Mario Guerrero - 'Officer of the Year'
Reagan budget freeze faces tough sledding
WASHINGTON (AP) President
Reagan’s midterm appeal for a standby tax hike and the “strong medicine” of a domestic spending freeze faces trouble in Congress, even though Democratic leaders say they will accept his summons to find a bipartisan cure for the nation’s economic ills.
The president, in his national!) broadcast State of the Union address to a joint House-Sena ie session Tuesday night called for holt. federal spending at about roughly 5 percent above current levels except for defense programs.
And he urged a I percent income tax hike to take effect Oct. I, 1985 if economic recovery fails to materialize. Reagan also called for excise taxes on domestic and imported oil.
Reagan said eost-of-living increases in Social Security and government retirement benefits should be delayed for six months.
And he said federal pay and retirement benefits, both military and civilian, should be frozen for one year “The state of our union is strong, bul our economy is troubled.” Reagan declared. adding: “We have a long way to go ... but America is on the mend."
He called his plan “bipartisan, fair, prudent i and» realistic.”
And while praised by Republican leaders, the president’s prescription was greeted with skepticism and even sharp
criticim from leading Democrats. They complained the proposed freeze would still permit an increase of defense spending of around 14 percent a year.
“I found the speech was neither fan nor realistic,” said Senate Democratic I cadet Robert CV Byrd. ITW Va “He’s freezing the wrong thing. He offering a freeze on Medicaid pay meals instead of a nuclear freeze," said Sen Edward M. Kennedy. I)-Mass.
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strong bipartisan feeling on the fbi! I try to work together on the principal issue of the economy .”
Assistant White House press set rotary Anson Franklin said this morning that by ll :15 p.m. EST Tuesday, 90 minutes after the speech ended, the White House had received 633 telephone calls indicating support for Reagan and 124 opposing him.
Treasury Secretary Donald T Regan, iii testimony prepared for the House-Senate Joint Economic Committee, said today that, while the best way to cut the federal deficit is to pare spending, “lf we alc not successful in reducing outlay s sufficiently. and deficits still loom in the out-y cai s even as the economy recovers, we are prepared to request additional revenue-raising measures to be effective in those y ears Congressional leaders oil both sides of the aisle said Reagan would have a hard time winning approval for his provisional tax increase, either in the GDP controlledLoeffler backs Reagan's plan
Congressman Tom Loeff let’s response to President Reagan's State of the Union address was basically a big j
“The president is quite right.” ;
I Loeffler stated iii an early-moaning communication to the Hern/d Zeituny.
' Those looming deficits do represent a clear and present danger.’
“Sustained economic recovery will require the Congress to work together iii a bipartisan manner to achieve responsible solutions to the problems which face all Americans," Loeffler continued. “As a member of the Ap-propnations and Budget Committee. I say let’s get to w ork."
Senate or the Democratic-led House Reagan’s proposed standby tax surcharge would be levied as of Oct. I. HWG only if the deficit is projected to exceed 2.5 percent of the gross national product and only if Congress has first adopted his freeze proposal.
Senate Majority Leader Howard Baker. R-Tenn., called Reagan’s proposals
See REAGAN, Page 14ATexas congressmen not wild about gasoline tax
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Reagan’s proposed cure for the American economy included some particular)’ bad-tasting medicine for Texas, in the form of a possible new $5 per barrel tax on oil.
And following Reagan’s State of the Union address on Tuesday, a number of Texas congressmen said they weren’t prepared to swallow it.
“That (kind of tax) creates a problem for us in Texas," said Rep. Jack Fields, a Republican from Humble, who said it would adversely affect oil refining and exploration. “That’s something I hope does not see the light of day.”
“If (Reagan) really started pushing that one, 1984 is going to be a long year for him in Texas,” predicted Rep. Kent Hance, a Democrat from Lubbock who has generally supported Reagan’s economic programs.
Several Texas congressmen also expressed concern over Reagan’s proposal for a one-year freeze on military pay, which would have extensive impact in a state with a heavy military presence.
“I think military personnel deserve more than adequate pay," said Rep. Mickey Iceland, a Houston Democrat. “His reference to (cutting pay fort them is absolutely crass.”
The oil tax proposal was not immediately evident in Reagan’s address, in w hich he proposed a standby tax program that would begin on Gi t. I, 1985 under certain circumstances. One of those circumstances would be a federal deficit of more than 2l» percent of the Gross National Product.
Reagan did not specifically detail in his speech the kind of taxes he had in mind. But a fact sheet provided by the White House indicated that one was an excise tax on domestic and imported oil that would raise about $5 per barrel.
“I think it’s first of all very tricky of
the president to leave it out of his text,” said Rep. John Bryant, a Democrat from Dallas. Bryant said he “wouldn’t support a tax on the Texas economy to bail him out " of his economic problems.
“That was the biggest shock to somebody from Texas," said Hance, who said the proposal was “’just ludicrous” coming from a president who had campaigned against the windfall profits tax on oil.
“It would run the price of gasoline through the top of the ceiling," commented Rep. Ralph Hall, a Rockwall Democrat.
Hall, Hance and Rep. Martin Frost,
a Dallas Democrat, said they could support such a tax on foreign oil. but not tai produced domestically But Frost predicted that 'this whole idea of contingency taxes...is not going to get far.
"Either we pass taxes or we don’t pass them," said Frost.
Frost also called the military pay freeze “a terrible step backwards ' and said many military leaders would ‘ rather sacrifice some of the fancy new weapons” than provide no pay increases.
“I don’t see that (wage freeze) as the solution to the overall economic problems,” said Rep. Roil Coleman,
an El Paso Democrat.
Rep. Jack Hightower, a Democrat from Vernon, said a wage freeze might be justiiied with a lower inflation rate, but that “'to freeze salaries while we have inflation continuing to grow is going to be very unfair."
Rep Bill Putman, a Ganado Democrat, indicated he might be able to support a military wage freeze if he became convinced it would help solve the nation’s economic problems
“Ifs not really acceptable to me," he said. * But I want to go the last mile if that'll cure our problems."InsideToday's Weather
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NBHS students nominated to academies
Congressman Tom Loeffler (R-Hunt) lias announced the names of 35 young Texans from his 21st District who he’s nominated to compete for military academy appointments.
Included among the 35 are six New Braunfels High School students Michael F. Gajewski, Richard H. Schultz, Christopher J A. Gillrup, Kipling Van Kohler, Dean A. Duan and Deron Patterson.
Gajewski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Francis Gajewski, and Schultz, son of Mr and Mrs. George A. Schultz, all of New Braunfels, were among Loef-fler’s ll) nominees competing for the one vacancy at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo..
Gillrup, son of Mr. and Mrs. Yale J. Simpson, and. Rallier, son of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Kahler, all of New Braunfels, were among Loeffler’s IO nominees competing for one vacancy at the United States Military Academy at West Point, N Y.
Duan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles J. Duan, and Patterson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dolorce Patterson, also of New Braunfels were two of five nominees named by Loeffler for consideration by the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy at Kings Point, N Y.
The 35 finalists were chosen by an Academy Selection Board, which serves each year at the request of Loeffler. whose 2ist Congressional
District includes Comal County.
Loeffler’s nominees were selected from applicants throughout the 21st Congressional District and children of military families whose home of record is iii the 21st District, but who are currently stationed elsew here.
The selection board, which this year was chaired by Army Major General Warren Myers of San Antonio, consisted of Navy Captain Jack Stevens of Hunt; Navy Commander Doug Lynch, Army Captain Dean E. Craig, and Air Force Captain Jeffrey T. Steig, all of San Antonio.
“The board faced a particularly difficult task in reviewing applicants because of the exceptionally high
caliber ut young people who expressed an interest in serving their country in this manner,” said Loeffler.
“I feel very confident about our military leadership in the future if all nominees are of the quality shown by these candidates,” he continued. “They are bright, enthusiasts and committed to upholding the military integrity of our nation.”
Loeffler also expressed his deep gratitude to those who served on the selection board for their “invaluable assistance” and the congressman noted that he wished “to salute them fora job well done.”
Staff photo bv Sandra Jackson
The Fischer Store School soon to be a community center