New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 9, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Economists predict lower interest rates
WASHINGTON (AP) — In an move that many economists expect will make borrowing easier, the Federal Reserve eased credit conditions for the second time in four weeks.
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Though Jonathan Jarrett probably didn’t fit the locals’ stereotype when he arrived in Guam two years ago, the 15-year-old cross country runner wasted no time in impressing Guam citizens with his athletic
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Vol. 137, No. 171
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
July 9, 1989
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First show a hit
Aircraft dipped, flipped and left a trail of smoke as spectators glued their eyes to the skies as the first New Braunfels Airport airshow got off the ground Saturday.
The- show and response was “fantastic,” said airshow director Bernie Coleman.
Approximately 3,(XX) people came out to see 45 airplanes fly in to the airport; 65 airplanes on display and airshow performers.
The show kicked off with three men parachuting to the runway with Texas and American flags attached to their-suits as the National Anthem blared in the background.
Spectators also witnessed the daring performances of Gene Soucy in his Grumman Ag-Cat he calls the “Showcat” and Jan Collmcr in his 1989 two-seat Pitts S2B.
A female wing walker also entertained the crowd as she held on as the plane went through flips and dips.
The Federal Aviation Administration required the main road leading into die airport to be closed during the airshow for safety precautions. No injuries or mishaps were reported.
Specht murder trial set to start Monday
A Spring Branch woman, charged with attempting to murder and later murdering her husband, is scheduled to stand trial Monday on the attempted murder charge in Comal County District Court.
Virginia Specht, HCR I Box 39B, was arrested days after she allegedly shot her husband Larry Wayne Specht March 2.
Comal County sheriffs office detectives said evidence revealed Mrs. Specht shot her husband in the back with a high-powered rifle while he was in his driveway, located off U.S. 281. He died later that evening in surgery at Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio.
The attempted murder charge stems from another incident when the deceased survived a shot in the shoulder in June 1988, again near the driveway.
Mrs. Specht was indicted on the murder and attempted murder charges by a Comal County grand jury March 15. She was released on a $ 130,000 bond.
A restraining order keeping Specht away from her three daughters was granted a change of venue March 27 to Kendall County because the three children lived in Kendall County at that time. The restraining order is still in
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Local teen-ager killed
Gene Soucy's Grumman Ag-Cat called “Showcat” leaves a trail of smoke as it climbs straight up. A wing walker posed on top of the aircraft during the maneuvers. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Total value at $784,470
Building permits drop
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
A 17-ycar-old New Braunfels girl died early Saturday morning from massive head injuries she sustained from an automobile accident on Interstate 35 late Friday night, local officials say.
Gina Haas, a New Braunfels High School student, was pronounced dead at McKenna Memorial Hospital at I a.m. by Precinct I Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger, said a hospital spokesman.
The two-vehicle accident occurred before midnight when a southbound Chevrolet pickup truck crossed the median, became airborne and “landed right on top" of Ms. Haas’ Nissan pickup truck traveling north on Interstate 35, said New Braunfels Police Officer Scott Lange.
After the Chevrolet truck landed on top of the Nissan, it continued onto the shoulder of the road and the Nis
san truck traveled approximately 2/10 of a mile further before the passenger was able to stop the vehicle, a police source said. The wreck is still under investigation.
The accident occurred at 11:05 p.m. between Solms Road and Ruckle Road. Both Mc. Haas and her passenger were wearing seatbelts.
Hic driver of the Chevrolet pickup was admitted to McKenna Memorial Hospital and remains in stable condition, the hospital spokesman said.
The 17-year-old New Braunfels passenger of Ms. Haas’ vehicle suffered minor injuries and was treated and released from McKenna.
Names of the driver and the passenger were withheld from publication by the New Braunfels Police Department. The driver of the Chevrolet is not a resident of New Braunfels.
New Braunfels Emergency Mcdi-
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By MARGARET EDMONSON Start Writer
Building activity screeched an almost grinding hall in June with only two single-family residential and one commercial permits issued.
Compared to June 1988, last month’s activity was considerably lower. The total permit values for June 1989 was $784,470, much lower
than the June 1988 total value of $1,641,349. Twelve single-family residential and one new commercial permits were issued in June 1988.
Last month’s building activity was also comparably lower than May’s. New Braunfels Planning Department issued 133 permits valued at $1,114,859 in May 1989 while it only issued 115 permits in June at a value
On June 2, Seidel Camera obtained a permit for a tenant finish-out for a camera shop at 1551 Walnut. J.T. Enterprises was the designated contractor for the $ 19,(XX) project.
Jorge Luis Perez was issued a permit for a single-family residence val-
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Program putting mailmen on alert
Elderly cautioned about heat
Approximately 4,(XX) people die in the United States each year from heat stroke, with the majority of these deaths occurring in the elderly population. Considering the temperatures of the last few weeks, elderly people in the New Braunfels area need to be aware of heat-related problems and how to deal with them.
According to Dr. Ronald R. Cohlc, a family practitioner in New Braunfels, heat stroke and heat-related problems occur if people do not take in
“We don’t sec too much of it around here maybe because there is so much air conditioning here or they (the elderly) arc acclimatized to it,” he said. “It can occur if they don’t take in enough fluids.”
Heat exhaustion can set in if the body becomes dehydrated, said Cohle.
Cohle advises watching for the symptoms of undue fatigue, h\pcr-ventilating, headaches, lack of con
centration, lightheadedness, muscle cramps and dizziness when standing.
Family members who observe these symptoms should encourage the victim to drink plenty of fluids.
“Water, fruit juice, tea, most any kind of fluid will do,” Cohlc said. “They should also stay out of the heat. If someone looks pretty bad, you should probably take them to the hospital.”
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Letter carriers in New Braunfels will soon be on the official lookout for unusually high accumulations of mail and newspapers — signifying residents could be in trouble.
The Carrier Alert program — unanimously supported by the Safe City Commission — will put mailmen on the lookout for New Braunfels’ homebound.
The carriers always have unofficially looked after senior citizens, said New Braunfels Post Master Brent Moland, but this program will formalize that special care.
“They know who has problems and who doesn’t and when the mail stacks up they’ve always sort of kept an eye on it,” he said.
Safe City Commission Director Don Ferguson said once letter carriers notice a potential problem they will alert the commission office, where participants in the program will be registered.
The commission office will then notify the proper law enforcement officials.
“We are going to be the group dial starts the ball rolling,” Moland said. “We don’t want lo get in the situation of having that carrier go in the house."
The program geared to help mainly senior citizens is free to anyone who wants to participate. Thousands of jieople in the United States who have
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MOSCOW (AP) — The Soviet Union detonated a nuclear device with a force of 20 kilotons on Saturday at its lest site in Semipalatinsk in Kazakhstan, the official news agency Tass reported.
“The test was carried out for the purpose of upgrading military hardware," the report said. “Radiation levels at and outside the test-sitc were within the norm.”
The detonation occurred at 7:47 a.m.. Tass said.
A kiloton has the explosive force of 1,000 pounds of TNT. The atomic bomb dropped Aug. 6, 1945, on Hiroshima, Japan, in the first use of the bomb as a weapon had the explosive force of 20 kilotons.Good day
Tile partly cloudy and hot weather pattern will continue for die next several days. There is a 20 percent chance for scattered afternoon showers today and Monday. The highs will be around 98 to UK) degrees and lh£ lows will be around 75 degrees.
Brenham retailing consultant Herb Penning will meet with New Braunfels business owners July 19 and discuss plans for profits, how to merchandise effectively and increase sales.
New Braunfels Downtown Association and New Braunfels Downtown Project will host the seminar Planning for Profits at 7:30 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Penning is a consultant with the Small Business Development Center. He has worked as a buyer for Neiman-Marcus, Saks Fifth Avenue and Marshall Fields before working with the Small Business Development Center in Brenham. His specialities include auto supply, hardware, restaurants, jewelry, and apparel.
For more information contact New Braunfels Downtown Project Director April Coldsmith at City Hall at 625-3425....
Don B. Koenig recently wrote in to ask if a group or club in New Braunfels is collecting newspapers for charity. He recalls the Boys Scouts once collected the
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ComFund joins forces
Comal County citizens who donate money to the Community Fund this year may notice something different.
It’s not “Community Fund” anymore and 1989 drive officials hope the new association with United Way of America will be just as successful — and even more so — than the profitable ComFund has been in the past.
“We’re excited about the drive this year and looking for all the citizens of tire county to support United Way to the fullest and in turn support the agencies it funds,” said Herb E. Schneider, president of the United Way Board of Directors for 1989-1990.
“It is still a local organization and even though we joined United Way, the money raised here stays here,” Schneider said.
As General Drive Chairman, Dennis Heitkamp is in charge of the drive to raise $165,000 this year, assisted by the board of directors including officers Schneider. Vice President Elton
Reneau, Immediate Past President Dick Koegle, and Treasurer Miriam Weiss.
Heitkamp said he became involved with Comal County Community Fund, now United Way, because of the important role the drive plays in die community as “one entity that serves all the agencies.”
Through one fund drive, he said, the 23 agencies served this year will raise a substantial portion of their operating budgets.
“It is important to reach everyone in the community through one effort,” Heitkamp said.
The Community Fund Board of Directors, Heitkamp said, decided to join United Way for many reasons, including the importance that has been attached to the national drive.
“We are getting more and more of an influx of people from all parts of the country and many of them were associated with United
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General Drive Chairman Dennis Heitkamp, left, talks over plans with Herb E. Schneider, president of the United Way Board of Directors for 1989-1990.