New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 9, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Authorities spotlighting local vandals
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Vandals continue to shoot out street lights and New Braunfels Utility and Safe City Commission officials want to spotlight the problem.
“The time has come for citizens to recognize the value of street lighting as far as security goes and they need to realize those street lights are important to our neighborhoods,” said Safe City Commission Director Don Ferguson. “A dark street light does no good when it comes down to security.”
Since March, New Braunfels Utilities has spent more than $3,000 replacing 44 broken street lights.
“We feel that in many cases the kids are responsible,” Ferguson said, adding a pellet gun has been used to shoot out most of the lights.
“It’s not a new problem to the city and for the utilities. It’s an ongoing problem,” Ferguson said. “It’s just that we get hit sometimes harder than others and unfortunately we’ve been hit extremely hard in the last few weeks.”
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VoteCandidates gearing up for 1990 state elections
AUSTIN (AP) — With more than a year to go before the 1990 elections for statewide office, candidates for state comptroller and agriculture commissioner are getting a jump on endorsements and campaign organizing.See Page 3AComptroller: Texans pay less per capita
AUSTIN (AP) — Texans paid less state taxes and Texas spent less money per capita than any other state during 1987, according to an analysis by the state Comptroller’s office.See Page 5A
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It wasn't the pitcher’s duel it was supposed to be, but Texas advanced to die College World Series finals with a 12-7 victory over Louisiana State Thursday night. I he Longhorns will play either Florida State or Wichita State on Saturday for the championship.
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Broken street lights can be a precursor to burglary so residents are being asked to be on the lookout for the vandals responsible.
Algal bloom causes river to turn green
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
Residents were alarmed Thursday when a large section of the Guadalupe River appeared to have been dyed green, but local officials believe the river was suffering from an algal bloom.
A resident downriver from West Point Pepperell^ Mission Valley Mill noticed the bright green water around 12:30 p.m. and called die Herald-
Zcitung. The resident and his stepson boated to the area and obtained a sample of the green water for closer inspection.
They first thought it might be the dye that Mission Valley is permitted by the Environmental Protection Agency to dump in the river.
“I’ve seen it (the river) blue like that before,” Oscar Carpenter said. “Real blue.”
Bill Morton, plant manager of Mis
sion Valley Mill, including its wastewater treatment plant, said the mill’s test results indicate the plant is releasing one-third below standard emissions.
“I feel very positive that what they are seeing is not coming from Mission Valley,” Morton said.
Officials from the Guadalupc-Blanco River Authority said what
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June 9, 1989
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Water running down street
Residents report waste
New Braunfels Utilities reports approximately 12 calls have been made to its office this week concerning water waste.
Jim Ruppel, NBU’s representative in the water waste matter, said most of the calls reported water running into the streets from lawn sprinklers. One incident concerned Memorial Primary School where water had been running for several days without any apparent
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wholesale inflation came roaring back in May after a two-month lull, rising a steep 0.9 percent, the government said today.
The rise in the Labor Department’s Producer Price Index primarily reflected higher prices for cars, fresh vegetables ami gasoline.
For the first five months of the year, wholesale inflation for goods one stop short of the retail level was running at
Thursday afternoon, a concerned citizen reported that water had been coming out of a fire hydrant near Vista Village Center. Ruppel said the water was coming from a leak in the main line near the hydrant and that crews were working on it.
“I imagine that once we get into mandatory conservation, we’ll get more calls." Ruppel said.
a 9.4 percent annual rate, more than double the 4 percent rise in 1988 and quadruple the 2.2 percent 1987 gain.
The index’s performance troubled economists earlier this year, when it soared Ll percent in January and 0.9 percent in February. But moderate rises of 0 4 percent in both March and April were seen as a sign that inflation had retreated at least a bit.
In advance of today’s report, many economists were predicting a
The water waste-reporting number was established during last week’s press conference. Mayor Doug Miller presented his water conservation plan Friday in effort to conserve water th the rccecding aquifer. Mandatory conservation measures will go into effect when the Edwards Aquifer reaches 621 feet above mean sea
modcratc-to-brisk 0.5 percent gain. The sharply higher actual number could disturb financial markets, which have been rallying in recent weeks on evidence that the overheated economy is cooling enough to produce lesser price pressures.
Energy prices in May rose 3.3 percent, a steep increase but less than half April’s 30-month record of 7.2 persia PRICES, Paga 2A
A 27-year-old New Braunfels man look an overdose of an unknown substance Thursday night while serving time in the Comal County jail.
Mike Quintanilla, who is in jail for revocation of probation on narcotic and robbery charges, was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital for treatment and released that night to the jail.
“He is segregation now for observation,” said jail administrator Brian John. “He wasn’t trying to kill himself However, we’re observing him.”
New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service dispatched an ambulance to the jail at 8:49 p.m.
“He wasn’t out or anything,” John said “He was walking around.
“The staff just noticed that he had a swollen face and that he wanted to go out in the (exercise) area and get some air and they noticed that he was acting kind of peculiar ”
Jailers called the jail nurse, who questioned Quintanilla of) what he had taken, John said.
“He said that he had taken some thing ... and was feeling ill,” he said “He wasn’t unconscious.”
John said officials don’t know what he look or how he got the substance.
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Wholesale price index climbs
New Braunfels Conservation Solely member Barney Canion sea led, tries out a leg powered jigsaw (orca 1876) that once was owned by cabinetmaker Paul Jahn Canion and Soph enburg Museum Association member Tom Call are look rig over the jigsaw in the restored Jahn cabinet shop in Conservation Plaza in anticipation of this weekend s Folkfest, a celebration of New Braunfels’ heritage at the Plaza and Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture off Churchill Drive For more information, call 629-1572
Kuehler focusing on positive attitude
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
Susan Koehler’s home is full of pictures. Pictures of daughter Lorelei, pictures of daughter Anneke, pictural of husband Dennis with his plane, and pictures of Susan being named Mary Kay’s Queen of Sales.
Two years ago, however, that picture-perfect world was turned upside down.
Susan’s husband, New Braunfels native Maj. Dennis Kuehler, was killed when the Arr Force F-15 jet fighter he was piloting crashed in rural Amelia County, Va. The jet exploded on impact around 9 a.rn on June 8, 1987, during a low-altitude training mission.
Since that time, Susan, Lorelei and Anneke have had to piece their lives back together. Now, two years Utter, they have returned to New Braunfels, stronger and happier “ll was definitely devastating,” Susan said. “We have our down days where we are in bad moods and we cry Ninety percent of the time we are okay and we cope,. The three of us are much stronger.”
Susan credits two things to her ability to overcome Dennis' tragic death. The first was her involvement rn Mary Kay Cosmetics “I needed the challenge to be the
top person of the company. In 1987 and 1988, I worked really hard with the help of family and the company,” Susan said “I had to keep my thoughts on things that were positive because the company focuses on things that are positive.”
Susan said that ha focus on the positive also helped the children because they took their cues from Susan.
Besides being financially independent for the first lime in her life, she has made her own name in her profession. Her drive and determination helped her earn the utle of Queen of Sales. She also has won a new Pontiac Grand Am as a result of her success, md she could very well win another car that is deemed higher in prize value rn the Mary Kay sales contest Another thing Susan credits to her recovery is seeing a counselor. According to the widow, her counseling sessions provided a forum for her to air her disappointments and grief.
“I really suggest that Your family, no mailer how supportive they are, has a hard enough time dealing with their own grief that they can’t really support you rn your grief,” Susan said.
Dennis’ spirit is kept alive in the Kuehler household through pictures
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Susan Kuehler and her daughters Anneke. left, and Lorelei depend on each other to stay strong since the death of Dennis Kuehler (Photo by Dory! Clark)Trustees to vote on budget
New Braunfels independent School District’s board of trustees will vote on die 1989-90 budget and tax (ate this evening at 7:30 in the Education Cemei boardroom.
Approval of die budget will get under way at 7:30p.m. A special item id concern for board members is ilk. $1,620,788 increase iii expenditures. Iliu increase is credited to salary increases for all employees, the addition cd a new elementary school, arid the hiring of additional staff members
As a result of the increase iii expert dames, the taxes ail! also have lo bx* considered. Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance, suggested a lax rate of $ 1.03 per $ IOO valuation. a 3 0026percehi increase from last year’s tax rate.
Curtis maintains due the increase will only increase die a-cr age laxpay a’s taxes by approximately $ 16
The biggest jump rn expenditures by the district will be $1,001,032 tor nsiructional services
Funding tor the school district is 49.32 percent from local and interne dtate sources, 46 09 percent from state funds and 4.59 percent from federal programsGood day
Partly cloudy skies and hot
afternoons continue lo dominate the forecast with highs in die mid-90s. The mostly cloudy mornings will also continue with lows iii the 70s Tonight, took fur increasing cloudiness toward morning, but those skies should turn partly cloudy by afternoon. For Sunday through Tuesday, there is a slight chance of showers or thunderstorms each day Inside
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live Fischer Store School Com-fullfil | ^ Center’s seventh annual meeting and barbecue will be June 16 at die school on the northeast comer of FM 32 arid FM 484 in Fischer The meeting is set to begin al noun with Chairman Bill Phillips presiding Following the meeting, barbecue will be served from 12.30 pm until 3:30 pun
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