New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 11, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Weather experts have doubts about new system
LONGVIEW (AP) — The National Weather Service’s new radar system, designed to cover the country “like an umbrella," has serious snags that could leave large areas of the United States, including parts of Texas, out in the rain, some radar experts say.
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Bentsen plans legislation to raise earnings limits
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lloyd Bentsen said Saturday he plans to introduce legislation that would allow older Americans to keep more of their Social Security earnings.
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Pat Mcares hit a two-run homer in a 5-3 victory over error-plagued Texas.
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Vol. 137, No. I bl
707 Lands St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144SundayJune 11, 1989
50 Cents Four Sections, 42 PagesGood day
Comal County commissioners voted Thursday to hire a Southwest Texas State University professor as a personnel consultant for the county.
The county will pay Howard Bala-noff Si6,OCK) to perform such duties as preparing an employee compensation and classification plan, updating the pcrsoiuiel policy manual and performing a comparative study of salary levels with other relevant entities.
A personnel committee, appointed by County Judge Fred Clark, recommended at the June I commissioners court meeting that Balanoff be hired
“They (commissioners) arc aware the employee policy manual is outdated in some respects — it needs to be updated," Clark said recently. “There is a need to do equity among all die employees and work out some kind of compensation and classification plan (and) evaluation of the employee's performance.’’
The personnel committee consists of Sheriff Jack Bremer, County Engineer Mac McCoy, Tax Collector-Assessor Gloria Clcnnan, County Judge Fred Clark and administrative assistant Mary Hitch.
Hostages reported in Iran
LONDON (AF) — The Observer newspaper, quoting unidentified sources, reported Sunday that six Western hostages in Lebanon — five Americans and one Briton — have been moved to Iran to ensure their safety.
The weekly identified none of the Americans but said the Briton was television journalist John McCarthy.
Quoting unidentified sources in Beirut, Damascus and lehr an, it said McCarthy and two of the Americans were disguised as injured Lebanese, transferred to the Syrian capital May 24 and flown to Tehran.
The newspaper said three of the seven other Americans abducted by Iranian-backed Moslem extremists since 1985 were moved to Iran on May 29.
The Observer quoted the sources as saying Iran’s interior minister, Ah Akbar Mohtashami, decided to move the hostages alter intensified fighting between Moslems and Christians since March that has left hundreds of people dead. The newspaper said Mohtashami “has powerful leverage w ith Lebanese kidnap gangs.” McCarthy, 32, was snatched bv gunmen as he
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Chinese arrest protest leaders what s in a name
BEIJING (AP) — Authorities on Saturday began a nationwide political crackdown, announcing the arrests of more than 600 workers, students and oilier participants in the movement for democracy.
Leaders of the student campaign in Beijing and officials of independent labor unions in the capital and Shanghai were in custody, the state run news said. Oilier protest leaders were ordered to surrender themselves lo police or face “serious consquences "
Scores of people also were arrested in the provincial capitals of Jinan, Lanzhou, Chengdu, Xian, Harbin, Shenyang, Changsha and Nanjing Disturbances broke out in all of these cities last week.
Tile anesis came as authorities intensified a propaganda campaign that blamed “troublemakers and counterrevolutionaries" for confrontations last weekend in which die People's Liberation Army killed hundreds of unarmed
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Back to nature
Students voice frustration
BEIJING (AP) — Students whose stubborn calls for democracy brought a military crackdown that left hundreds dead said Saturday they were still trying to understand what happened and ride out a campaign of political
“I’m just trying to leave the country," one Beijing University student said gloomily. “For more than 2,000 years Chinese have put up with governments like this. It will lake a long lime to change.”
The mood of confusion and frustration on Beijing college campuses contrasted sharply with the spirit one week ago, when most students were confident die government would have to bend to their demand for dialogue.
Then came last weekend’s military assault on student protesters in Tiananmen Square in which nearly 300 peo-
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Workshops bringing wildlife closer to students
Texas Parks and Wildlife Depart mein and the Safari Clubs of Texas are now sponsoring workshops to show teachers how to bring their students closer to nature
Project Wild is an interdisciplinary and supplementary environmental and conservation education program, according to Texas Parks and Wildlife Designed for teachers on the elementary and secondary levels, the program provides instructional activities for die students to learn more about wildlife.
In May, a Project Wild Workshop was held on the banks of Cibolo Creek in Boerne. Approximately 40 teachers from New Braunfels, Boerne and San Antonio attended. Susan Curtis and Penny Jost from Comal Elementary were present as well as Betty Walls, administrator of die Water Oriented Recreation District.
“I am really impressed with die program," walls said. “I ani going to recommend that the WORD, as a part of our educational goals, help facilitate Project Wild Workshops being
taught here in New Braunfels. Both the Wildlife and Aquatic guides with their lesson plans, objectives, background information and evaluation have been classroom tested to ensure their effectiveness in accomplishing their staled objectives at the grade level indicated."
Walls indicates that WORD and Friends for Rivers (a non-profit environment group) are looking at the workshops in the “belief that coriser-
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The old familiar round Gulf signs that have seen few changes through the years are being taken down to be replaced by Chevron signs. The company acquired Gulf Oil and is phasing out the round signs
All former students, their families, teachers and trustees are invited to attend the Danville School Reunion at the Comal County Sportsman Club on * Kowald Lane June 25 from 3 to 7 p.m. Folks interested in attending are asked lo bring sandwiches, chips and dips, or desserts. Coffee, tea and eating utensils will be furnished. For more information, call 557-6720, 625-2097, or 629-2341....
Overstuffed bookshelves? Recycle those unwanted books by donating them to the Friends of die Din Ii liger Library’s fall book sale at the Ditllinger Memorial Library. To have your books picked up for re-sale by Friends, call Lucille Douma at 629-3048 or Blanche Sanders ai 625-0520....
The Class of 1959 is having a reunion July I and reservations are due by June 15. Members of oilier classes also are invited. Call Butch Oil at 625-8031 or Sandy Schlarneus al 625-1428 for information....
Colonial Manor Care Center,
821 U.S. 81 W„ is hosting its first Father/Son Fishing Tournament June 17 at IO a.m. It will be held on the back patio of the center Where? Thai’s right, the back patio. Horse troughs will become the lake and will be stocked with two-pound catfish ready to be caught. What could be better durn dial? How about a grill, hot and ready, and just right for frying those fish? AII me men al the center have invited tlieir sons, grandsons and so on to spend a special Saturday with them the day before Father's Day...
“Freedom from Fear” is the topic of a workshop June 13 at 7:30 p.m. at The Riva, 273 E.
Mill St. Nick Martin, author of An Operator's Manual for Successful laving, will discuss the purpose and sources of fear, taking command of fear, ami replacing fear with confidence. Tile
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Board approves budget
Figures show NBISD one of ‘poor’ districts
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees approved the 1989-90 budget and tax rate during a special meeting Friday, but not without negative input from the public.
The 1989-90 tax rate was established at $1.06 per $100 valuation, a 3.0026 percent increase over last year’s tax rate. Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent of finance, indicated that 82 cents will be designated for maintenance and operations and only 24 cents will be used for debt services.
The new budget, established at $18,593,373, bears an increase in expenditures of $1,620,788. Included in these increases are a $1,608 salary increase for teachers across the board
with a 3 or 5 percent pay increase for all other employees. Other increases in expenditures include the hiring of 17 additional people and expenses incurred in operating a new elementary school.
“I don’t know what we can do to control our costs,” said President Bob Self. “Everyone in the district tried to keep their figures down.” He added that the addition of a new school as well as the expansion and upgrading in the high school account for many of the increases.
Trustees approved the budget with only one change. Charles Bradbury, superintendent of schools, suggested salary increases of only $250 for those' employees who topped out the pay
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New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees increased its property tax rate Friday night, much to the disapproval of some local taxpayers who arc caught between wanting a better education for their children and not wanting to pay more for it.
In justification of the increase, Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance, presented figures during Friday’s tax and budget meeting that indicate NBISD is one of the poorer districts in the arca if not tile slate.
One figure that placed NBISD below other districts in the arca was
total cost per student. Out of 13 area schools, NBISD placed 12th at $3,184 in 1988, below the state average of $3,484. Alamo Heights paid more per student than any other district at $4,482. The lowest amount paid by a district was $3,123 per student by Judson. Comal ISD paid $3,884 per student and placed fifth.
In 1988, NBISD teachers made $23,823 on the average while the state’s average salary was’$23,841. In a comparison of 17 other arca schools,
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Tami Schafer works on a cup during a workshop in anticipation of the Magical Child Creative Workshop June 16 at Buck Pottery in Gruene. The workshop is sponsored by New Braunfels Children's Museum. (Photo by Deryl Clark)Commissioners
City counting on 30,000
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Stand up and be counted because New Braunfels’ mayor wants to break the 30,000 population mark when the 1990 census rolls around.
“I think this is one of the key factors of the future of our community — obviously for the next decade,” said Mayor Doug Miller about the upcoming U.S. Census.
The two-term mayor recently attended a conference in Galveston concerning the 21st census and came hack home to get the ball rolling. He plans to organize a local committee*to educate the public on the importance of the count.
“I felt like it was an inherent duty of mine to get involved for die benefit of
our community,” he said. "And, besides that, I think it’s something good.”
The census, sent out by the U.S. Department of Commerce every decade, provides demographic information to state arid federal governments to accurately allocate money for government-dependent organizations and persons.
The U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission uses census figures to determine where the minority population lives. The Federal Emergency Management Agency uses the information to plan for evacuations during emergencies.
Census totals also arc used to detcr-
See CENSUS, Page2AWorkers heading into neighborhoods
Hie U.S. Census Bureau will soon be sending 31,(XX) temporary workers into neighborhoods across the country to complete collection, checking and rechecking of housing unit addresses in preparation for the 1990 census.
Census day is April I, 1990 and about KXI million questionnaires will be delivered lo housing units nationwide by late March 1990. Accurate address lists arc vital for prompt delivery and lo monitor the return of completed census forms through and
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Today will be mos»'y cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers in the late afternoon and evening. Tile high temperature will reach into the low 90s with the overnight low dropping to 75 degrees. Winds will be out of the southeast at 15 mph.