New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Area man dies after shooting
A Comal County man died early Saturday morning quickly after sustaining two bullet wounds he received while at his father-in-law’s house in the Canyon Lake Hills Subdivision, Comal County sheriff’s authorities say.
Jerry R. Durbin, 48, Lot 2, Mountain Oaks Subdivision, was pronounced dead at the scene around 8 a.m. by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Howard Smith. An autopsy was ordered and the body sent to the Tra
vis County Medical Examiner’s Office, said Sgt. Detective Dennis Koepp.
Mr. Durbin was shot in the chest and right side with possibly a .38-caliber pistol, he said.
Three people at the house when the shooting occurred were questioned, Koepp said. No arrests have been made.
Comal County sheriff’s office was notified of the incident at 7:52 a.m.
The mercury will climb to almost IOO degrees today with only a slight chance of rain. Tonight’s low will reach about 72 degrees. During next week the high temperatures will range from 96 to 98 with 20 percent chance of rain each day.
Gramtti threatening to stall S&L bailout
WASHINGTON (AP) — U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm is threatening to use the Gramm-Rudman deficit-reduction law to send a major savings and loan bill back to Senate and House negotiators — apparently with the backing of President Bush.
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Robinson electrifies 'ans in SA debut week
In only 20 minutes of playing time in the last game this week’s Midwest Revue, David Robinson scored 19 points and grabbed ll rebounds — both team highs. The Naval Academy graduate also blocked three shots and stole the ball twice while only committing one turnover. See Page 18 A
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24 young women to compete for title
Twenty-four young women arrived in New Braunfels Friday with hopes of becoming the next Texas Junior Miss. The next Texas Junior Miss will be chosen during final competition Saturday starting at 7:30 p.m. in the Civic Center.
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Vol. 137, No. 186
707 Landa St,, New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
July 30, 1989
50 Cents Four Sections, 52 Pages
Getting everything in place
Consolidation issue sparks county feud
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
As the tax consolidation election approaches, a feud between a Comal County commissioner and the tax assessor-collector continues to heat up.
Precinct 2 Commissioner Neil Craigmilc says Tax Assessor-Collector Gloria Clennan “has now changed her direction completely” since making her proposals in 1987 to consolidate tax assessing and collecting for local entities.
“For someone to even suggest that
nothing has changed since May 1987 makes me wonder where they have been,” Clennan said. “I haven’t lived in a vacuum since May 1987 ... I had no idea that elections for consolidation could end up in lawsuits, but they have. I have been attentive as to what has been going on in the state with regard to changes.”
State District Judge W.A. Hughes overturned the results of a Parker County election that transferred all tax collecting duties from the apprai-
See CONSOLIDATION, Page 2A
How voters came to A ugust election
When taxpayers residing in the Comal Appraisal District enter the ballot box Aug. 12 they can vote for or against placing all tax collections in the hands of the county tax assessor-collcctor.
Listed arc events shaping the consolidation issue.
• March 13, 1985—Comal County
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By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
A human skull law enforcement authorities found recently in a rattlesnake aquarium while executing a search warrant at a Comal County house is under identification reconstruction by a local police artist.
“There’s very little information on it because of the fact it had been handed down from one person to the other... they don’t know where it originated,” said artist Guillermo “Willie” Padilla.
Detective Sgt. Dennis Koepp,
Comal County sheriff’s office, said the owner, who was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, said a friend gave him the skull and when the friend was a local police artist is using proven methods to reconstruct the
see skull, Page 2A facial features of the skull.
Finishing touches are being applied by staff members at schools in preparation for the return of students in late August. At left, Lou Balderas touches up a seam at Memorial Elementary. He is employed by David Bara Painting Contractor for work at the new school for second and third graders. At right,
custodians Bonfacio Sanchez, left, and Robert Garcia are moving teaching supplies for Memorial Prim* ary and Memorial Elementary. The bathtub is used in the reading corner of one teacher’s classroom. (NBISD photo)
Hanz waits through uprising in China
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
The world watched in horror June 3 as Chinese troops stormed Tiananmen Square, crushing a direc-wcek student sit-in for democracy. Helmeted soldiers shot and beat their way through the square followed by eight tanks. The soldiers removed a monument to democracy built by students in the center of the square.
Americans in China were reportedly anxious to leave because of the precarious situation.
One New Braunfels resident decided to wait before trying to leave the country because she felt she was safer where she was.
“We were never in any danger,” Priscilla Hanz said. “There was trouble with transportation. We would also have to go through one of those big cities (Beijing and Shanghai) to get out of the country.”
Hanz was in China at the time of the uprising, teaching English as a foreign language at Guizhou Normal University in the Guizhou province of China. Her 14-year-old daughci Laurel was with her during her five-month stint there.
“We found out very quickly at one o’clock at night. The speakers went on declaring Ute whole country was in martial law,” Hanz said. “Everything was really peaceful. It came as a shock.”
The Voice of America radio was “jammed” by government officials for the first lime in many years. Hanz said the younger people tended to believe VOA while the older generations believed the Chinese government.
“The news was one-sided. The Chinese government controlled the news,” Hanz said.
Hanz described the students at Guiyang City as very conservative, and their demonstrations were not as “sophisticated” as those in Beijing.
As a teacher, Hanz lived in the professors fiats on the university campus almost 2,(XX) miles away from Beijing. Her apartment was larger than most people in the country have with a small refrigerator and washing machine. She had to boil all of her water before she could drink or use it.
Guizhou Normal University is a small teacher college with around
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Mission Valley Concerned Citizens Association has received notification from Parker Bros. Co. Inc. the company has withdrawn its application for a Texas Air Control Board permit for the construction of a concrete pipe plant for the time being.
George Fischer, co-chairman of the association, said he was contacted recently by Allen Parker, vice president of Parker Bros. Parker said the board of directors of the Houston-based company decided to withdraw the permit for the application because of economic reasons.
The concrete pipe plant was prop-
Priscilla Hanz could not resist buying authentic Chinese crafts during
her five-month stay in Guizhou province.
oscd to have been built near Krueger Lane in the Mission Valley arca. Along with the plant, the company also would have had to build a
1-1/4-mile road from the site lo the “S” curve in Krueger Lane as well as a
2-mile city- and county-approved road from the “S” curve in Wald Road.
The citizens association was opposed to the location because they said dust and other pollutants would come from the plant and linger over the surrounding subdivision and the
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Edwards celebrates 30 years
The Edwards Underground Water District will receive a mayoral proclamation from New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller tomorrow al 7 p.m. during the City Council meeting in honor of the week-long celebration of the district’s 30th adversary.
Dr. Kenneth Ikcls, chairman of the board for the EUWD, will be present to receive the proclamation which also will name the week of Aug. 6-12 “Edwards Aquifer Awareness Week."
New Braunfels officials also will be invited to a reception in New Braunfels to preview a new documentary film on the Edwards Aquifer.
The Edwards district was created in 1959 by the Texas Legislature to conserve, preserve and protect the Edwards Aquifer.
In his proclamation, Miller will proclaim the aquifer awareness week because New Braunfels residents are among 1.3 million people who rely on the Edwards Aquifer for water, “The management, preservation and pro-
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Junior Olympians will be keeping die flame burning as they run through Central Texas in the coming week.
The runners, as many as I,(XX) of whom tire expected to participate, will make a pit slop at Main Plaza in New Braunfels today at approximately 6:30 p.m.
It is the first day of the torch run, which js starting at the steps of the Slate Capitol at I p.m. and taking the long way to San Antonio’s Alamo Stadium. After visiting 50 communities, die runners are scheduled lo reach Alamo Stadium on August 9....
Working to become the “best band in the land,” Unicorn Band members begin practicing in early August.
Freshmen and new band members will start practicing Wednesday, Aug. 2. Practice time will be from 7:30 a.m. to noon each day. Band members need to bring their instruments.
Band practice for all returning band members will begin on Monday, Aug. 7th. Practices will be from 7:30 a.m. to noon.
The first Band Boosters meeting for die 1989-90 school year will be on Aug. 15th at 7:30 p.m. in the New Braunfels High School band hall....
All descendants of Henry Bind-seil and Wilhelm Bindseil arc invited to a family reunion on Aug. 12 at 3 p.m. in Blanco at the Catholic Parish Hall. A pot luck dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Bring a meat dish and a side dish. Tea, coffee, plates, cups and utensils will be provided. Bring pictures and information regarding Bindseil family history. For more information, contact Dan Bindseil at 651-6197....
The Comal County Fair Association is looking for Comal County high school juniors to participate in the 1989 Fair Queen’s Contest. Interested girls should contact Nancy at 625-6916 before Aug. 17....
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