New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 18, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Racing commission awards dog track license to Corpus
AUSTIN (AP) — Corpus Christi Greyhound Racing Associates, the only Nueces County track applicant, said racing at the newly licensed pari-mutuel facility will begin Sept. 1,1990.
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Babe Ruth All Stars advance to state event
L The New Braunfels Babe Ruth All Stars swept ^ through the district tournament with a 3-0 record to advance to the state tournament in Cuero next week. The team clinched the title with a 12-7 victory over Seguin on Sunday.
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campaign finance reports
AUS TIN (AP) — Attorney General Jim Mattox says he has some $3.7 million in the bank for his expected race for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination next year. Mattox’s primary opponent, state Treasurer Ann Richards,Juts $ 1,065,(XX) cash on hand,
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Vol. 137, No. 177
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
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Police clean up on river
The City of New Braunfels took a stand against river crimes Sunday in a special operation on the Comal River involving 35 arrests for offenses such as disorderly conduct, criminal trespass, resisting arrest and alcohol -related crimes.
The operation was conducted by the New Braunfels Police Department in cooperation with the city manager’s office and the Parks and Recreation Department.
“I feel the operation was a great success. Many disruptive people were removed from the arca, cited and arrested. The message we want to send is that New Braunfels has no place for criminal activity. Out city is, and will remain, safe for its residents,” said New Braunfels Police Sgt. John McEachcm.
Eleven Police Department employees were present as well as personnel from the parks department.
According to McEachcm, four police officers and two civilian female employees were put in the water dressed as tourists to watch for crimes and make arrests. A police officer in plain clothes was on the shore to make arrests.
Suspects were arrested and taken to
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CAD board to review mm opinion on contract
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New Braunfels city employees this morning spent some time up to their boot tops moving the stagnated aquatic vegetation over the dam in the Mill Race in Landa Park. Because of low Comal River flow, the vegetation has been getting stuck at the dam and causing a stink. A machine now will be able to lift the vegetation out of the river and dispose of it elsewhere. Parks Director David Whatley said many people dump their aquariums in the river and the foreign vegetation goes wild, which causes big headaches for the city. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Officials offer different opinions on issue
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff writer
After almost four months of campaigning for the passage of tax consolidation in the Comal Appraisal District, County Commissioner Neil Craigmilc maintains it will be efficient despite New Braunfels Independent School District’s separate lax year.
‘‘The split tax year docs result in some collection inefficiency, but it has been the position of the proponents of die tax consolidation effort that the decision must be one to be reached by the citizens and taxpayers within each individual taxing jurisdiction,” Craigmilc said.
lf the voters in lite appraisal district agree to consoli
date during the Aug. 12 election, County Tax Asscssor-Collector Gloria Gentian will assess and collect for Comal Independent School District, New Braunfels ISD, the City of New Braunfels, Comal County, and other smaller taxing entities.
But German said because NBISD and the City ol New Braunfels have a tax year that is different from the other local entities’ tax year, it would not be cost effective to assess and collect for those two entities. NBISD currently handles tax assessing and collecting for die city.
Speculation that NBISD would be forced to change
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Comal County Commissioners Monday awarded a bid for a County Extension Service building.
Spirit Builders of Kerrville was awardcu Ute contract for its low bid of $149,700 for the standard construction of an extension building to be located next to the sheriff’s office at 3005 W. San Antonio St.
Funding for the project will come from revenue sharing funds on deposit for the commisssioners and from unexpended carry-over funds from 1988.
The commissioners voted to put the issue of paving on the agenda for July 20. The low bidder for the paving project at the extension building’s site will not be able to do the project at the cost he estimated because he bid on the construction of the building as well as the paving. He told Commissioners Court Administrative Assistant Mary Hitch he could not pave the area at the cost he bid.
According to the commissioners, they can throw out all bids and rebid the project or they can ask the road department to pave the project.
What a pane
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
The Comal Appraisal District board of directors will uke an action during its next regular meeting concerning the state attorney general’s opinion that appraisal districts arc not authorized to enter into contracts with private retirement agencies.
“I don’t think it’s in our realm to make a decision until it is brought to a legal opinion,” said Vice Chairman James Hendricks.
Neil Craigmilc requested that the attorney general’s opinion be put on the agenda for the next regular meeting.
‘‘I certainly don’t want to put this board or myself in the position where we arc working contrary to the opinion of the Attorney General of the State of Texas,” he said.
Richard Rhodes, chief appraiser for the district, indi
cated he had been contacted by five attorneys, three representing other appraisal districts and two representing private retirement systems. He said these attorneys told him they were filing briefs requesting ascension of the attorney general’s opinion.
According to Pat Fox, deputy chief appraiser for CAD, there arc approximately 160 appraisal districts in the sutc involved in a private retirement system.
“This opinion will have far-reaching effects across the State of Texas, ” said CAD Board Chairman S D. David. “You can be sure this will be challenged in the courts.” Several local citizens voiced their concerns about the liability of the district if the decision is ukcn to court and the district loses.
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Officials search for lake victim
Comal Comity Sheriff’s Department officials continue lo search today for a woman who presumedly drowned Saturday near the north shore of Canyon Lake.
Avrora Elyas, 22, of San Antonio disappeared between 8:30 and 9 p.m. Saturday while swimming near North Park.
She was out on a boat with two other women near Lake Canyon Yacht Club. The three women were
swimming when their boat surted drifting away. When they tried to swim to the boat, Elyas went under and never resurfaced.
According to Detective Sergeant Dennis Kocpp, Elyas probably became exhausted and was not able to swim to the boat.
“We’ve been searching since then,” he said. “We were out this morning dragging the lake trying to find her. We’ve had divers out there.”
Board looking at four budgets
After reviewing four versions of a proposed budget, Comal Appraisal District board of directors is expected to make a decision July 31 about the district’s 1990 budget.
Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes presented the directors with the four budgets during Monday night’s budget workshop The directors decided then to wait until July 31 to make a dccison about which budget
they wish to adopt.
The new budgets account differently for the amounts budgeted for the private retirement system, the employment of a part-time appraiser and the placing of car allowances under the category of ‘salary.’
According to Rhodes, the first and third budgets assume the private
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Chamber planning trade show
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce will sponsor a business trade show this fall and organizers hope the event will draw exhibitors back year after year.
A list of prospective exhibitors is being prepared, said show chairman Eddie Temple Monday during the chamber’s monthly board of directors meeting. Invitations and registration forms will be sent to those prospects this week.
The show, Oct. 3 and 4, will feature a sneak preview Oct. 3 with entertainment, cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. The show will continue all day Oct. 4 in New Braunfels Civic Center.
The maximum number of booths for this year’s show has been set at 64 and the minimum number is 40 booth-s. Discounts will be given for registrations received before Aug. 15. Final deadline for registration is Sept. 15.
Sub-committees for the event include Exhibit and Ticket Sales, chairman Cash Hermes; entertainment and program, chairman Dick Kocgle; advertising and public relations, chairman Lee Rodriguez; physical arrangement, chairman Bob Schima.
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It’s another scorcher unlay with the highs expected to hit 102 to 104 degrees. The overnight low will be 76 degrees. Wednesday will be more of the same with morning clouds and extremely hot afternoon. The high is expected to hit 101 degrees. There will be a slight break Thursday when clouds arc expected to keep the high in the 90s.
Drug abuse and alcoholism seem to be problems that only affect other people but the sad truth is that no sector of society has remained untouched by the nation’s substance-abuse problems.
Leant the faces about chemical dependency at a free lcctin*. on Tuesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Charter Real Outreach Services of New Braunfels, 707 Walnut,
Suite 103. The lecture, “Answers to Common Questions About Chemical Dependency," will be presented by Lupc Gonzalez,
M A., C.A.D.A.C., program administrator of the adult chemical dependency program at Charter Real Hospital.
Gonzalez will answer questions like “What arc the effects of com birling drugs with alcohol?”,
“What is a blackout?”, and “How do I know if my friend is using drugs?" For reservations, call (512) 629-6239....
A Children’s Book Fair will be held during the week of Vacation Bible School, July 17-2-1, at die First United Methodist Church,
572 W. San Antonio Street. An “ice cream social” is scheduled for Wednesday from 6-8 p.m. in Wesley Hall lo allow visitors to browse through die Book Fair. Popular books and children’s favorites will be featured. This is sponsored by die United Methodist Women with the proceeds going to local missions. The public is invited to attend.
Tickets are available now and through the week for Saturday’s dance to benefit the Comal County Mental Health Mental Retardation Center. B.C. Bocck and Mostly Country will provide the music for the dance ai the Elks Lodge, 353 S. Seguin, from 7 to ll p.m. Tickets are S5 for adults, $3 for students and senior citizens, and are available at Librado’s, the MHMR Center at 511 North St., and at the door Saturday night. Along with the music, the dance will feature a drawing for many prizes donated by area businesses and organizations. Money raised
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Kathy Eiler of Preusser Builders today was among the folks painting the Goepf Jewelry building, owned by the Weiderman estate, on Main Plaza. George Goepf Jr., owner of the jewelry business, recently renewed his lease and is having the building repainted and fixed up. Goepf Jewelry has been in downtown New Braunfels since 1925 in various locations. George Goepf Sr. opened the store at 337 Main Plaza in the early 1930s — half the
downstairs was the Weiderman grocer store and the other half was the jewelry store. He moved it to the Brauntex building during World War ll. George and Rose Goepf Jr. operated the store in several locations downtown, moving to 337 Main Plaza in 1969. Goepf plans to keep his business downtown. “lf I can’t make it downtown, I can’t make it anywhere else,’’ he said. (Photo by Deryl Clark)