New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 22, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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t * i 11C h a o iii ir* J p a* oo> ^5^3-:Outages knock out Hunter area, Academy Avenue
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
New Braunfels Utilities had a busy night Thursday, with a blackout in Hunter and a minor meltdown on Academy Street.
A crane got tangled in a transformer at IH 35 and Kohlenberg lane at around 6:15 p.m., taking out a main line from just north of FM 306 to Hunter, said electric superintendent
The crane belonged to the contractor who's putting up new signs on the interstate. A good-sired section of north Comal County was without power for approximately an hour, but Panebianco said it could have been a lot worse.
“Somebody could have been seriously hurt,” he said. Luckily, the crane operator was the only man directly involved in the
electrical flash, and he wasn’t grounded If he had been, he could have been electrocuted “We can always put the line back up,” said Panebianco Emergency crews had just cleaned up that damage when they were called to the 400 block of Academy Street, where a secondary overload left eight to IO homes dark from just after 8:30 until almost I a.rn Residents of those homes spent most of the
evening outside watching the fireworks “I swear I saw a fireball go up that wire," said one man.
Panebianco said there were some sparks, all right. He added that this type of overload shouldn’t happen, but it sometimes does in older sections of town, when residents acquire electrical gadgets faster than Utilities can put in the line to handle them “ft’s when you have a transformer feeding
open wires down the block,” he explained “The secondary line excet'ds its carrying capacity, overheats, and starts to melt down ”
Residents said that lights started flickering around 8 30p.m., then went out Repaircrews showed up just before 9, did some things to the wires and told everyone to turn their air conditioners on again When they did. the wires caught fire and the power went bark off
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Now Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 92 - No. 145
FRIDAY July 22, 1983 25 cents
18 Pages - 2 Sections
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Mattox denies threat on firm
DALI AS (AP) — Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox has denied allegations that he threatened to force an influential Houston law firm out of the bond business in Texas unless it withdrew a subpoena for Mattox’s sister, the Dallas Times Herald reported today,
Travis County District Attorney Ronnie Earle, whose office is looking into loans to Mattox' 1982 campaign, is investigating the allegations of Thomas R McDade of the law firm of Fulbright & Jaworski, The Dallas Morning News reported in today’s editons
The Times Herald quoted Mattox as denying he threatened the lawyer and labeled the accusation an attempt by the law firm to try in the press a lawsuit in which Mobil Oil Corp. is pitted against the state Mattox confirmed to the Times Herald, however, that he had instructed his staff to “closely examine” any proceedings or paperwork involving the lawyer's finn because of the way he’s conducted his business ’
The News said Mattox failed to return its calls to him ami said the attorney general's aides refused to comment on the allegations.
Fulbright & Jaworski had subpoenaed Janice Mattox for questioning in connection with a $1.7 billion lawsuit that South Texas oilman Clinton Manges has filed against Mobil Oil Corp Thomas J McDade, a partner in the firm, is representing Mobil in the suit. Mattox has joined Manges in behalf of the state.
“He just basically threatened to put this law firm out of the bond business at the expense of innocent dents unless I backed off from taking his syiter’s deposition,” McDade said.
“I was told the attorney general said I had gone crazy and wanted to question his sister, Janice, and unless
I back off that deposition, this law firm is out of the bond business in the great state of Texas,” McDade said
Mattox denied to the Times Herald that he had suggested he would hurt the company’s business
“I have never said that I was going to put them out of the bond business, never. Now as far as closely examining their business to make sure they’re not trying to put something over on the public and the attorney general's office, I freely admit I’ve done that.” Mattox said.
“I told him that because of the way he's conducted his business that I am going to make sure they don't do anything that's inappropriate to embarrass me or to embarrass my office.”
Bond issues are used by cities, counties, school districts and other government bodies to finance construction and other capital projects
The attorney general’s office must review such bonds to ensure they comply with state law, and McDade said his law firm’s attorneys feared Mattox would slow or stall movement of their clients’ bonds by ruling they did not comply with the law.
The first threat was to J. Wiley Caldwell, chief of the firm s bond division, the News quoted McDade as saying. McDade said he talked with Mattox later and the attorney general repeated the threat.
“He was babbling and ranting and raving — insane-type ramblings of a hysterical man,” McDade told the News. “He wanted me to compromise the rights of a client to get his sister off the hook I told him I wasn’t going to do that.”
Mobil attorneys want to question Ms Mattox in connection with their efforts to disqualify State District Judge Ruben Garcia, who is scheduled to hear the case, McDade said.
Most people ride tubes canoes or rafts through Gruene crossing on the Guadalupe River Seeing a stationary object, like Lou Ann Gajewski, in a chaise lounge soaking up a little
sun, is a 'ittle out of the ordinary So is the sur for 'hat matter which is supposed to be bact* today atter a eny y absence
Checking the list
CISD group analyzes report, lists 7 suggestions
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
The report on communication within the Comal Independent School [Astrict, released Tuesday night, charges the superintendent and the school board to correct problems they may have created That concerns “Concerned Taxpayers,” which met Thursday night to analyze the report, authored by an 11-member advisory committee of the school district. The report listed 19 recommendations on how to solve the district’s communication gap, and discussed how the problems may have reached the botling point.
The work that went into the report should be commended,’’ Carter Casteel, a Concerned Taxpayer spokesperson, said “It was carefully worded to keep those who will implement it from getting defensive, but the recommendations were strong ” Some Concerned Taxpayers felt there were too many recommendations “I think 19‘s too many, because it’s not feasible to get them all done May be
it would have been better to have five or six real strong recommendations, because this way, somevfie’f Rotng to have W p*et oat the most important ones.” one group member said
So the group took the suggestion to task, assigned their own order of importance to the committee’s findings, and came up with seven recommendations They include
• Make board policy more readily available
• Provide the media with a monthly calendar of CISD school activities and events
• Reinstate the so-called Super Sac idea a committee of teachers, students and parents who met with the superintendent on a regular basisi. and put a student representative hack on the school board
• Encourage the superintendent to visit each campus regularly
• Establish a memo program to articulate board policy changes
• Re-emphasize the upward and downward movement of communication with respect to the
chain of command, inc auding the proper channels for parents to navigate
• Enhance the *n-at r*u'*a ed * ale *id ..*r, *•» rd
members, including seminar* by prof‘-ss.< ma< consul tarts
Concerned Taxpayers a* reed as a whole that :.v> committee\ recommendst. ,n of establishing a paid public relations position was good, but a little ex travagant I think that could be r* .rp*-rated velsewhere in the present staff, and the messa* e would get across just as effective; a cr? up member said The advisory committee s initial report mack
public at the Tuesday board meeting Committee chairman Col Robert Van Horn said th* next report will involve morale problems, but could not p.ace a ready dale on that one Regardless the comm:tree reports are just paper,” Casteel said They still have to bt adopted and implemented The committee is wicking hard,
See CthU Page IBAInsideToday's Weather
No rain is in the Comal County forecast for the next few days, and highs will reach the mid 90s. The low will be in the mid 70s and winds will be from the east at 5 to IO miles per hour Sunset tonight will be at 8:30 p.m. and sunrise Saturday will be at 6 .45 a m.Falling Costs
Falling food costs in June helped keep the inflation level almost balanced last month, according to federal reports The food costs helped American consumers spend about the same amount of money for commodities in June as they did in May . See Raga 3AOld Laws No Loss
Although martial law has been lifted in Poland, citizens don’t have much to cheer about New, tougher laws have replaced the old, tough laws. As one Polish woman commented, there is no difference Sa* Pag* IB
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Local man out on bond Thursday after Monday mail fraud indictment
By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wire editor
A New Braunfels man was released Thursday afternoon from the federal prison in Bastrop after posting a $5 OOO bond in connection with a mail fraud indictment
lambert D SUsz. 43. of 1043 Lone Star Drive, was released from prison Thursday. His bond was reduced at a bond-reduction hearing in federal district court in San Antonio Slisz’s bond was originally set at $50,000 but was reduced to a $50 OOO personal recognizance bond, or IO percent
of the original bond San Antonio resident Alien L Chavis was also released from prison on $100,000 personal recognizance bond.
SUsz and Chavis were indicted Monday by a federal grand jury for defrauding persons through the mail with mail-order businesses SUsz was indicted on seven counts of mail fraud and Chavis was indicted on 20 counts of mail freud.
The indictment aUeges that since 197$. the men had used the mail to defraud persons through two businesses: Homeworkers Job Opportunities and the .American FideUty Company, both listing a
New Braunfels address Puatal Inspector J R Price of Fort Worth said SUsz was arrested Tuesday at his home
Price said Homeworkers Job Up port urn ties bad been out of operation since 1961 The company was issued a false representation order in February 1981 Price said no orders had been issued against the American FideUty Company False representation orders are civil actions whicn forbid the postmasters at the offices of address from delivering mail
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More money allocated to patrol River Road
By OAVIO KING Staff writer
River Road will still be patrolled by deputies of Constable Pct. I, thanks to an emergency appropriation from Comal County Commissionars Thursday.
Constable Weratr Kieslmg told commissioners that the 800 hours -$5,100 at $7 per hour — allotted for the deputies this year was going to run out at the and of tho month, after the next pay period.
‘And we’re going to need to patrol the area six or seven more weeks,” KiesUng said.
River Road, which follows the Guadalupe River from New Braunfels to Settler, is packed with tourists every summer weekend
Commissioners agreed, giving Kieslmg the $1,575 — 225 hours at $7 per hour — that he requested. The money will come from the court’s contingency fund, County Judge Fred Clark said.
The constables patrol the River
Road area from 6 p rn. to midnight on Fridays, IO a m. to 2 a rn on Saturdays and IO a rn. to 8 pm on Sundays for a total of 32 hours, Kieslmg said.
The patrols supplement a two-man unit from the sheriff’s office on the weekends
Kieslmg said he had used 626 hours and 24 minutes of the budgeted IOO hours by July 15, and he anticipated that the remaining 173 hours and Si minutes would last through thor next pay period
Governor's panel to hear Canyon High principal
Canyon High School Principal Larry Moehnke is in San Antonio today, appearing before Governor Mark White s Select Committee on Education Moehnke is one of four high school principals from the Austin-San Antonio area invited to the Mariott Hotel He was selected by the Texas Education Agency to meet with the Independent School District as CHS principal for eight years He has previously served on the Texas Education Agency Steering Committee for Demonstration Programs for School Improvement, and the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals Curriculum Committee
biue-ribbon committee chaired by H Ross Perot
“The main topic for the Friday session will be what it takes to have good schools,” Moehnke said I am excited bout having the opportunity to meet directly with members of the committee and I hope to provide input which will affect decisions at the stale level ”
The Select Committee will also meet with four elementary and tour middle school principals The committee will divide into sub-groups, and each group of principal* will have approximately two hours Ie present their views to committee members
Moehnke has been with the Comal
Relaxing in style
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