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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 2, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Dallas, Texas C'omi --L Lii: Ch womb Ie x . 0. box ^5 ^3 6 las, Texp«; ?5?U$Jobless rate still high; many have given up WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's unemployment rate held steady at 9.5 percent in June, but the number of Americans who gave up looking for work because of the tight job market set a record, the Labor Department said today. Although the jobless rate was unchanged from May, the number of people out of work actually fell — from 10.5 million to 10.4 million. But 1.5 million people fell into the “discouraged worker” category — a statistic reported by the government every three months. The number of discouraged workers rose by 160,000 from the first quarter. The department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics attributed the steady unemployment rate to the process of seasonal adjustment, by which it adjusts raw unemployment data to to account for such routine, predictable variations as school closings and the weather The jobless rate normally rises in June with the influx of school-age job-seekers, but because far fewer youths entered the labor force than expected .he overall adjusted rate held steady. The labor force actually shrank by 475,000 last month. The number of people working declined 353,000 and the number of people thrown out of work fell by 122,000. more than offsetting any tightness in the labor market that would have otherwise driven the rate up further. In advance of today’s report, several private analysts said unemployment is certain to remain at post-war record levels through the summer. The economists said they doubted the IO percent cut in income tax rates or the 7.4 percent boost in Social Security benefits that took effect Thursday would produce enough of a spurt in consumer spending to cut into the unemployment toll. The nation’s unemployment rate was 9.5 percent in May, a fractional rise from the previous month. Nonetheless, 10.5 million Americans were out of work and new records were set for joblessness among blacks and adult males. Before this year, the previous post-World War II record was 9.0 percent, which was recorded in May 1975 as the nation emerged from a recession brought on by the Arab oil embargo. The bureau reported Thursday that initial claims for unemployment compensation benefits totaled 550,000 in the week ending June 19, a decrease of 45,000 from the prior week’s total on a seasonally adjusted basis. That would not take into account, however, any futile search for jobs by out-of-school teen-agers who do not qualify for jobless benefits. See JOBLESS, Page 16 State figures WASHINGTON (AP) - Here are the seasonally adjusted unemployment rates for the IO largest industrial states in June, compared with May, as reported by the Labor Department today: — California, 9.5 percent, unchanged from May. — Florida, 7.5 percent, down from 7.9 percent. — Illinois, 11.3 percent, up from 11.0 percent. — Massachusetts, 8.8 percent, up from 8.7 percent. — Michigan, 14.4 percent, up from 14.3 percent. New Jersey, 8.2 percent, down from 9.2 percent. — New York, 8.8 percent, up from 8.2 percent. — Ohio, 12.3 percent, up from 11.7 percent. — Pennsylvania, 9.7 percent, down from 10.4 percent. Texas, 7.0 percent, up from 6.4 percent. A New "1-1—LL Braunfels New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeltuns Vol. 91-No. 129    16    Pages FRIDAY July 2,1982 25 cents (USPS 377-880) Holiday activities set; fireworks safety urged Staff photo by Cindy Rn. fund sonSwing of things Sarah Hessman, 7, gets a push from her older brother Frank, 9, on their homemade rope swing at 207 E Torrey, recreation will be on everybody's mind this weekend, as Comal County braces for the Fourth of July weekend. By HENRY KRAUSSE and JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writers The city’s annual Fourth of July parade anti celebration will be held Saturday, July 3, so it won’t conflict with churchgoing the next morning, but the fireworks display at Lamia Park is set for the traditional holiday (Sunday I at dusk. "People have called me about it all week. Of course we’ll have the fireworks on the Fourth,” City Manager E.N. Delashmutt said. The show should last about an hour. The “Pre-4th“ celebration will begin at 9:20 a.m. with Waiter Faust playing the courthouse bells on Main Plaza. A concert on the Plaza by the New Braunfels High School Band, directed by Wayne Tucker, will follow at 9:30 a.m. With police blocking traffic, time will momentarily slip backwards io another age as a parade of dignitaries makes its way to the Plaza in antique cars, accompanied by high-wheeled bicycles, some over a century old. City, county and museum officials will enjoy the brief ride, but Mayor O.A. “Skip” Stratemann won’t be iii a car he’ll be on one of the old bikes with his family. The parade starts at the Sophienburg Memorial Museum, where coffee for museum association members and special guests w ill be served at 9 a.m. Acknowledgements and welcoming remarks are set for IO a.rn. by association president Dr. Fred Willard and Gaston Haupert, celebration co-chairman (his wife Barbara is the other co-chairman. I A Marine J.R.O.T.C. color guard from New Braunfels High School will present the flag and Stratemann will lead the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. Then comes the singing of the national anthem, led by Elizabeth Elliott and Kenneth Triesch. A barbershop quartet formed by Willard, Gary Wittenborn, Brian Wostal and Dr. Bill Reeves, will entertain the audience with patriotic songs. If you don’t know the words to "God Bless America,” brush up on Fireworks safety it. Elliott will lead the crowd in this closing song, and announce the sale of ice t ream and lemonade in the New Braunfels Utilities parking lot and last, but not least, the pumper races by the New Braunfels volunteer firefighters. Garden Ridge Fourth of July Picnic Local Scouting organizations will raise the flag at 5 p.m. Sunday at Paul Davis Park to mark the start of Garden Ridge’s annual July 4 festivities. The Lions (Tub will serve a barbeque seppei af 6 p.m. Residents are asked to bring salads and desserts, and their own folding chairs if possible. Guadalupe River safety watch Water safety volunteers from the N.B. Emergency Communications Club, the Comal County Civil Defense Rescue Squad and the Red Cross will patrol the Guadalupe River from a camper headquarters at the Huaeo Springs Campground gate house off River Road. Canoeists, rafters and tubers are urged to wear life vests, avoid excessive drinking and use common sense on the river. The Guadalupe will be running at 395 feet per second, a relatively low amount. Also according to this ordinance, Wilson is the only one who can authorize “supervised public (firework! displays.” “Just in case” an accident might occur at luanda Park, Wilson said the fire department will have un ambulance standing by,” along with a fire truck. So far. however, New Braunfels has been lucky. Wilson remembered that besides a few fires i including grass fires), there have been no serious accidents in New Braunfels as the result of fireworks. According to the U S Consumer Product Safety Commission, the Fourth of July and Christmas holidays are when most of the estimated 6,000 to 7,000 firework injuries occur in this country each year. About 20 percent of these are eye injuries, caused primarily by firecrackers and bottle rockets. In Texas last year, fireworks caused 72 reported eye injuries, 48 of which involved bottle rockets. Dr. Richard D. Cunningham, an    # ophthalmologist at Scott and White Clinic in Temple, said. "Again this year, a number of Texans will bt* subjected to potentially blinding injuries from fireworks because of our ignorance or indifference to the hazards posed bs these devices,” Cunningham wrote in the June .ssue of I < .rn*\/. ,h. „, . "Nearly all blinding injuries could be prevented if all participants would use protective eyeware,” he added. The Fourth of July is usually thought of as an enjoyable holiday. But for those who carelessly play around with fireworks, an enjoyable day can quickly turn into a tragic one. For this reason, New Braunfels fire marshal Jack Wilson encourages local citizens to attend public firework displays such as the one which will be held at Lamia Park beginning at 9 p.m. Sunday. To prevent accidents from happening Wilson suggested local citizens leave the fireworks to the professionals. Fireworks, either being sold or used, are outlawed by a city ordinance which states that "it is unlawful to possess, store, offer for sale...use or explode fireworks within the the city limits and within 5,000 feet of the city limits,’’ Wilson noted. Staff photo by Cindy Richardson Fireworks should be handled with care, if at all A matter of money Utilities still seeking repayment from Sledge Garden Ridge council eyes '83 budget requests By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer Former New Braunfels Utilities manager Richard Sledge may bt* out of prison on parole. But the $23,000 he owes the Utilities has not been forgotten. “That money is ours,” current Utilities manager Bob Sohn said Friday. “It belongs to all of us, and rest assured, we will keep on doing everything we can to get that money back.” Sledge was convicted in 1980 of stealing $23,000 in Utilities funds in 1976. He spent all of 1981 fighting the five-year conviction, until the Court of Criminal Appeals denied his request for a rehearing He was taken to the Texas Department of Corrections on Jan. 16, 1982, to begin serving his time. He wasn’t behind bars long four months and two days — before he was released on parole to Hidalgo County on May 18 Officials at TDC and the Texas Parole Board have indicated Sledge was given jail time credit from his sentence date of Feb. ll, 1981, although he wasn’t sent to Huntsville until January, 1982. But the $23,000 debt has not been erased, Utilities attorney Tom Burrus stressed Friday. “Just because Sledge is out, this is, by no means, a closed case. By no means at all.” * In 1981, Utilities won a civil lawsuit against its former general manager and the bank in which he deposited the stolen funds. Sledge didn’t fight the lawsuit, but Canyon Lake Bank did. A summary judgment against the bank was signed on Jan. 7, 1981, by 207th District Court Judge Robert Pfeuffer. Edwin Nolan, the bank’s lawyer, promptly appealed. As for Sledge, Pfeuffer ruled against him and ordered him to pay back the $23,000. But the order didn’t become effective until the bank also lost the case, which is still pending in the Third District Court of Civil See SLEDGE, Page 16InsideEnd of the road Atter a string of upsets, Billie Jean King met her match at Wimbledon in Chris Evert Lloyd, who bested her in an exc.ting three set semifinal contest. Page 7. CLASSIFIED.............11    15 COMICS.................10 CROSSWORD.............10 DEAR ABBY................2 DEATHS...................2 ENTERTAINMENT...........9 HOROSCOPE..............16 OPINIONS.................4 PUBLIC RECORDS..........16 RELIGIOUS FOCUS.........5    6 SPORTS.................7-8 STOCKS..................16 TV LISTINGS..............10 WEATHER.................2 By DYANNE FRY Staff writer “Get out the hatchet,’’ said alderman Bob Harmon. The Garden Ridge City Council had just toted up i s first draft of the 1983 budget. It came to $49,300. But after looking at revenues from the past three years, and comparing them with projected revenues for 1983, Harmon agreed with the rest of the council that the budget “isn’t that far off.” Even if it is, the council has time to work on it. Completion date on the city tax roll, now being processed by the Comal County Appraisal District, has been moved back to mid-July at the earliest. “Right now I’m working as bard as I can, trying to get it ready by the middle of this month,” said chief appraiser Glenn Brucks. “Of course, I’d been hoping for the first already. We ran into some computer problems, and it slowed us down.” Garden Ridge has cancelled a budget hearing scheduled for July 19. Mayor Betty McGranahan thinks it may be three weeks before the city gets its property-value printout. Until the council knows what those values are, it can’t set a tax rate. Members discussed basic city needs and penciled in preliminary figures iii their first budget workshop Thursday, They may trim See GARDEN RIDGE, Page ll ;