New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 16, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
Up againEnergy costs spark wholesale prices jump
WASHINGTON (AP) - Wholesale prices, propelled by sharply higher energy costs, took off in June, rising at an annual rate of 13.3 percent, the government said today. It was the sharpest rise since March 1981.
Even with June’s surge, however, inflation for the first half of the year was a small 2.5 percent, calculated annually, well under the 7 percent for all of last year and the 11.8 percent of 1980.
Much of the credit for inflation s small gain so far this year has gone to the stinging recession and to lingering, large oil stockpiles.
But those stocks are dwindling, a development reflected in the sharp 4.1 percent gain posted last month by energy prices. For the first five months of the year, energy costs had fallen 27.5 percent, calculated an
Deputy White House press secretary Larry Speakes told reporters that over the 12 months ended in June, producer prices had increased 3.5 percent, compared with a rise of more than ll percent during the 12 months preceding Reagan’s inauguration in January 1981.
• We’ve always said ifs best to look at these figures,” using an annual rate over the past year, “rather than at month-to-month fluctuations,” he said.
Speakes said world energy prices had dropped in recent months and that this would lead to a lower inflation rate, as measured by producer prices, in coming months.
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By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Gov. Bill Clements will be making a political swing through New Braunfels Aug.
The Republican governor is expected to speak at the Civic Center at IO a.m., John Armstrong, one of Clement’s political aides, said Thursday.
But all the details of Clements visit, such .as the time and place of his speech are tenative at this point, Merritt J. Schumann, Comal County chairman of the Clements campaign, said in a telephone interview Friday.
Armstrong, head of Clements’ round-up committee, said Clements will “probably speak on his record and his plans for the future,” during his New Braunfels stop.
Clements wife Rita will be accompanying the governor, Armstrong said.
“He’ll be speaking about the things he’s done (while in office) — the things he’s proud of and the issues which concern him, ” Armstrong added.
Included in those “issues of concern” will be the “Texas 2000 report,” Armstrong noted. That demographic government study addresses such state concerns as water, energy, agriculture, transportation, research and development and “quality of life” in Texas, he added.
The “reorganization of the educational system of Texas and its emphasis back to basics” might also be a topic of Clements’ dissension, Armstrong said.
Clements’ “war on drugs and crime,” and Texas’ relationship with Mexico will probably also be addressed, the political
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“Texas has such an opportunity for commerce with Mexico and there are so many ways we can help each other,” said Armstrong. “Gov. Clements has probably done more than any other individual in the United States (in this regard).
“The president is falling along the same pattern,” Armstrong added.
In conjunction with Armstrong’s stop in New Braunfels Thursday, it was announced that Schumann had been named as the Comal County Chairman for the Clements campaign.
Schumann, an insurance agent with the Minnesota Mutual Life Insurance Company, serves on the Lower Colorado River Authority Board of Directors.
He is also a member of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Noon
Lions Club and Comal County Texas Exes Association. He also served on the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees from 1956-1959.
Currently, Schumann is president of the New Braunfels Industrial Foundation.
“The governor is very effective because he is a leader and a sucessful businessmen,” Schumann said in a Clements campaign news release.
Armstrong spoke at the New Braunfels Smokehouse Restaurant Thursday before a group of local citizens working to get Clements re-elected.
Included among the local group were former mayors Dr. Stanley Woodward and Jack Ohlrich, who with H.E. Knox (who was unable to attend) serve as county cochairmen in charge of fund-raising for Clements’ re-election.
Staff photo by John Senter
Garden Ridge marks decade of hard work and independence
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Council woman bobbie Landrum can remember when the City of Garden Ridge was just one residential street in the woods north of San Antonio.
“Ours was about the sixth house out here,” said Landrum, who moved there with her family in early 1970.
Two years later, she was an officer in the group that led the drive to make Garden Ridge an incorporated city, with its own independent government.
It was an unusual move in Comal County. Until April 4, 1972, the county boasted a number of unique communities (some very old), but only one incorporated city: New
Braunfels. Garden Ridge’s nearest neighbor Bracken, once a thriving railroad town, had been there nearly a century when Ladshaw-Miller Development Company cut Garden Ridge Drive and started building.
“We were considered the new kids in the country,” said Landrum. “I’m sure they were wondering why we did this.”
Retired Air Force Col. Paul Davis, first mayor of Garden Ridge, has an answer for that.
“We wanted to establish our own destiny. We didn’t want anyone else to do it for us,” he said.
By early 1972, the growing subdivision of Garden Ridge housed nearly 200 people. It still gave the impression of being a long way from everything, but San Antonio was moving in.
Davis, as president of the local homeowners’ association, took note when the Alamo City “took in a corner of our fire department” (the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department, which still serves Garden Ridge ana the surrounding area).
The City of Schertz, located on the Guadalupe-Bexar county line, moved its city limits into Comal County, within a mile of the Serv-Tex plant on FM 2252. San Antonio’s next step, planned for May 25, 1972, would have put Garden Ridge into the larger city’s five-mile extraterritorial jurisdiction, making it fair game for future annexation.
The homeowners association decided it was time to move. In March of that year, Davis petitioned County Judge Max Wommack for a vote to incorporate Garden Ridge.
The election was held April 4 in the field office of Ladshaw-Miller Development Company on Timber Rose Drive. Incorporation passed.
On May 2, in the same building, the first city officials were elected. There were no printed ballots; everyone ran as a write-in candidate.
Davis was unopposed for mayor. Nine men and two women filed for the five aldermen’s seats, and two men for city marshal.
Seated on the first City Council were Ben White Jr., Roy Miller, Herman Blank, John ll. Hugman and Arnold A. Wallis. Donald Hays, for marshal, defeated his opponent George Wissman.
That body had its work cut out for
“The first five years I was in office, everything we did had never been done before,” said Davis.
“When you set up a city, you get a lawyer that knows what he’s doing.”
Garden Ridge’s choice was Harvey L. Hardy of San Antonio. He drew up the original incorporation papers, and helped the city government write the ordinances it needed to get started.
"The first ordinance is to establish your boundaries,” said Davis. A community that wishes to incorporate itself must have at least 200 people, and can’t take in more than two square miles of territory.
To meet those requirements, Garden Ridge went outside the original subdivision, taking in some small ranches and isolated homes.
Population at the time of incorporation was 239. There were 125 qualified voters in the city, and 102 of those cast ballots in the first election.
Other ordinances concerned zoning, building codes, street right-of-ways. City fathers spent a lot of time visiting other towns to “borrow ordinances and see if they fit us,” Davis said.
All city council members were reelected, this time for staggered terms, at the first “regular” election in 1973. Davis served as mayor nearly seven years. He resigned before the end of his term in 1979, to be replaced by mayor pro tem Ben White. White chose not to run that April, and the city elected a woman: retired Army nurse Betty McGranahan, who’s still in office today.
While the council established its seat of government (which was, and still is, in Ladshaw-Miller’s portable building on Timber Rose), the people
See ANNIVERSARY, Page 16
By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
With two weeks left before an Aug. I application deadline for state funds, backers of a Hinman Island Park improvement plan are making the rounds, lining up support and possible local funding.
leaders of two groups, the City Council and the Hinman Island Park Improvement Coordinating Committee, are giving the plan their personal backing.
The Hinman Island committee will take a formal vote on whether to approve the project at a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday at the luanda Park office.
At a meeting Monday, the city Parks and Recreation Advisory
SAN ANTONIO (AP) - A woman accused of killing one neighbor and wounding four others insisted she was a man at the time of her arrest and wrote in her private journal that she had returned from the grave, authorities said.
Joyce Ann Van Guilder, 42, was under guard Thursday at a hospital where she was being treated for a shattered vertebra and two broken ankles. She is being held under $110,000 bond on one count of murderInside
Board recommended the project to City Council. Designed by city staff. it calls for a riverfront wall and hillside terraces for erosion control, hike-and-bike trails, access points to get in and out of the Comal River, and relocation of picnic and playground equipment.
The estimated cost runs anywhere from $220,0(H) to $240,000, but the state Parks and Wildlife Department has grant money available that would match local funding dollar for dollar. Deadline for applying for the state money is Aug. I.
City Council will discuss 'he project and vote on it at a regular meeting July 26. In the meantime, Mayor CXA. “Skip” Stratemann Jr.
See EROSION, Page 16
and four counts of attempted murder.
Police allege she is the woman who burst into a neighbor’s apartment in suburban Live Oak, screamed, “You’re going to pay for this; you killed all these people,” * and then opened fire with a .22-caliber pistol.
Susan Bunderman, 29, was killed in the barrage. Four others were
See SHOOTINGS, Page 16
Live Oak shootings
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Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
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