New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 22, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Mattox, Richards trade charges over mailings
AUSTIN (AP) — The two Democratic gubernatorial hopefuls — state Treasurer Ann Richards and Attorney General Jim Mattox — are at odds over material they have mailed to Texans at state expense.
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Lawmakers wary of school funding decision
AUSTIN (AP) — House education leaders had guarded reaction to the Texas Supreme Court’s decision to hear arguments in a lawsuit challenging the state’s method of public school funding.
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CINCINNATI (AP) — Baseball’s evidence against Pete Rose includes an expert’s determination that his handwriting is on betting sheets involving Cincinnati Reds’ games and that the FBI has determined the slips of paper bear Rose’s fingerprints as well as his handwriting. See Page 8
Vol. 137, No. 159
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
June 22, 1989
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By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
The Water Oriented Recreation District voted to hire a consultant to look at water releases to supplement the declining flow of the Guadalupe River.
Dave Brown, a resident of Tennessee who once lived in San Antonio and Austin, is known for his success in getting water releases from the Tennessee Valley Authority and other river authorities. He was hired to research the potential of obtaining water releases from the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority and to give advice to the board on its situation.
"We will get his complete review and written analysis,” said Betty Walls, WORD administrator. ’’This
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Hampton vs. city lawsuit
Jury returns for testimony
Local city vehicles, including Parks and Recreation Department cars and Sanitation Department s garbage trucks are sporting “Conserve Water” signs this month in an effort to remind residents that water
conservation is necessary to prevent the depletion of the Edwards Aquifer and the Comal Springs flow. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
at 4.4 percent rate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew ai an annual rule of 4 4 percent in the first three months of die year, slightly better than previously believed, the government leponed today.
However, the Commerce Deportment said more than half the growth in the gross national product came from a rebound from last summer’s drought, a one-time boost that is more of a reflection of the government’s accounting methods titan a measurement of the real economy.
Discounting the bookkeeping entry to return expected farm production this year to its pre-drought levels, grow th actually slowed dramatically in the January-March quarter.
The non farm economy grew at a sluggish annual rate of I 9 percent, compared with a 3 5 percent rate in lite final three months of
Tins slowdown is rn line with
many economists’ expectations. Private analysts predict die U.S. economy will slow dramatically this year under the impact of an anti-inflation campaign waged by die Federal Reserve. The central bank in March 1988 began to drive interest rates higher in an effort to dampen demand.
The new CNP rqiort contained some good news on die inflation front as a CNP price index rose at an annual rate of 4 6 percent, dow n from a preliminary estimate of 5 percent a month ago.
The increase in the GSP price index that measures a fixed mark-etbasket of goods was up only slightly from a 4.2 percent increase in the fourth quarter of 1988,
Many analysts are predicting that overall growth will slow this year to what is known as a growth recession, a period when the economy keeps expanding but at such a sluggish jckc dug unemploy ment rises
Police seek suspect
New Braunfels police have a suspect today in the reported rape of an 18-ycar-old New Braunfels woman Tuesday night in the HHK) block of Coll Street “She was hysterical” when *she waved an officer down at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and U.S. 81. said Ll Felix Roque.
“She said that die had been at a party. She went to the bathroom and a man grabbed her and pulled lier into a
bedroom. He had sex with her and hit
her on the nose and the face w ith his
fist," he said.
'Hie woman scratched the man on his back and hit him on his face, Roque said.
As the woman rejoined the party, a fight ensued, he said.
The victim said she knows the man’s first name and where he works, Roque said. She also described him as about 27 years old.
After two days off, the 12-membcr jury hearing the Richard Hampton verses the City of New Braunfels lawsuit returned today laking up where they left off Tuesday when two jurors became ill.
Hampton, who operated the city-owned Prince Solms Park Tubc Chute in the late 1970s and up to the mid-1980s, continued testifying this morning that he continually made improvements to the park after he first signed the first lease in 1978.
Local man assaulted
A New Braunfels man was assaulted with a sharp object Wednesday night at the Conoco service station on Spur 3, according to a police report.
A 20-ycar-old man was parked at the station to use the outside pay phone when a Latin male approached him ant?”asked tor a ride, the policy
“When he entered his vehicle to leave, an unknown laitm male subject walked up to his vehicle speaking Spanish and asked him for a ride,” said Lt. Felix Roque.
When the victim refused to give him a ride, the man punched him “in the up|vr chest arca with an unknown metal object. Victim had a visible
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PUC looks at LURA rate request
Hie Texas Public Utilities Commission w ill conduct a formal hearing on the Lower Colorado River Authority ’% request for rate increases today iii Austin.
Hic healing comes only alter nearly 40 percent of LCRA’s wholesale customers failed lo agree with a stipulated agreement between LCRA and us wholesale customers. According to Robert Sohn, general manager of Ne w Braunfels Utilities, NRU took part in die agreement along with Pedemales Electric Cooperative and Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative. A Bastrop city group failed to agree w uh
the stipulated agreement,
PUC Hearings Examiner Amalga Hodgins did not approve die stipulated agreement on the basis that there was not enough vupfiort on the part ut the customers.
Hodgins will present her recommendations lo the commission in die hearing Thursday. Part of these recommendations include cutting ECK A’s request of 546 7 million in rate increases from its customers to S 16.7 million.
Sohn said live stipulated agreement allowed for $25 million in rate increases to LCRA Pan of this
amount was lo go toward a payment on unused mining equipment dial has been earning interest. Hodgins ruled this out because, she said, she did not believe it was nght for LCRA to charge its customers for materials that are not used and useful.
The three commissioners will decide today on what rate LCRA can charge its wholesale customers. That rate will be what NRU pays to get most of its electricity.
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WIC program opens permanent NB officeAward all sewn up
He contends in the suit the city terminated the lease before it was tv. expire and therefore he lost profits.
City Aquatics Director Marcus Tonish also is named in the suit for allegations he slandered Hampton when he reportedly stated Hampton was stealing tubes from the city.
The suit is being heard by a 10-man 2-woman jury with visiting District Judge Charles Lance of Milam Coun-
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Partly cloudy and hot conditions continue today with the high temperature reaching 93. The low tonight will be 74 degrees. There will be more clouds on Friday with a high of 92 degrees and a low of 73. Cloudy skies with a chance of showers moving into the arca arc forecast for Saturday. Hie high will be 91 degrees.
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All former students, their fan s lies and parents, along with teach ers and trustees of the Danville School are invited u> attend a reunion Sunday at the Comal County Sportsman Club on Ronald Lane. The reunion will be from 3 to 7 pm. Attendees are asked to bring sandwiches, chips and dips, or desserts. Coffee, tea and eating utensils will be fum ished. For more information, call 557-6720, 625 2097 or 629 2341. ..
Garden Park Pharmacy will conduct a health screening Monday from ll am. to 3 pm. at lite pharmacy. 894 Loop 337, Suite J
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By MARGARET EDMONSON SUH Multi
A special supplemental food prog ram for women, infants and children is now located permanently in New Braunfels rn order to help the city’s expecting women and young children obtain the food and nutritional education ilk:) need
WC (Women, Infants, Children) is a federally funded program operated out of San Marcos Representatives
from San Marcos previously came twice a week to provide services to New Braunfels residents. However, as Nutritionist Beth Schlameus explained, there were loo many peo pie to serve in just two days “We were always so booked that we needed to he here full time,” she said.
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This’ll Keep You In Stitches., extends
[ rangers’ contracts
Group asks county to vote on budget
Keep Glass Off The River. It’s the Law.
A petition from the Coalition of Concerned CMizens — with approx! maieiy 30 signatures — was presented rn Consol County Commissioners Court today concerning the Comal Appraisal District's budget “We will get copies to all Use taxing entiles," said coalition member Margie Rahorn
The petition stated taxing enuues are only required to vote on the appraisal district budget if they disap prove of it. “Whereas such failure to take action permits said budget to pass by default and allows the elected oft! vials to avoid accountability to the
Oasis Advertising of New Braunfels was the winner this week of the Lower Colorado River Authority's 1989 Environmental Award At me third annual awards presentation in Aust»n, the city of New Braunfels and Oasis Advertising were recognized for me “This ll Keep Yeu in Stitches” campaign. Oasis Advertising co owner ark) graphics designer s#« petition,Pag* 2 Wade Franks accepted me award. The city
approached Oasis owners Franks and Pete Ling amteiier tor assistance with a glass container cam pa*gn and me Chamber of Commerce provided approx mately $500 toward me printing of posters which were distributed throughout me county Other competitors spent up to $100,000 for their cam pa.gns (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Ihc Water Oriented Recreation District board of directors extended the nver rangers’ contract Wednesday during their regular board meeting, much to the chagrin and disajiprova! of several river outfitters.
The board of directors voted to extend die nver rangers contract for four weekends arid re-evaluate the program at die next regular board meeting The rangers will be pa d $8 33 per hour for 24 hours every weekend, totalling $1,600 for die two rangers. River Rangers John Mullins and Mike Burrow will meet with the WORD committee and and work up guidelines during die extension.
Mark Kypfer, represeruatmg sever a1 WORD permit holders, addressed the board with concerns about how much the river rangers were being
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