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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Three accidents spill 3.35 million gallons of oil NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Heating oil drifted at least 20 miles and washed onto Rhode Island shores Saturday from a tanker that grounded in one of three accidents that together spilled as much as 3.35 million gallons of oil. See Page 3A Bentsen to propose cut in surtax for insurance WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Lloyd Bentsen said Saturday he will propose cutting the surtax Medicare-eligible Americans pay for the new catastrophic illness insurance, and said the Senate Finance Committee also will consider making the program voluntary. See Page7A 6 0 0 6 Judge Norbert A. Naaei win rule at noon today wunced I today 4 I 0 - " M 0 0 9 •] o / ? ? / v 9 SO —WEST MICPOPTTBI ISHINO 2201 BROOKHOLLOW p? STJ ITF OOO „ APLINGTON, TX ~ #■*    ri ,    *    whether Cincinnati Reds Manager Pete Rose has to attend a hearing Monday with Commissioner A. Bart-jL    leu Giamatti — the final step before the commissioner J/    would take any action concerning Rose’s alleged gam- ll    SS    bung involvement.    See Page 11A New Braunfels Vol. 137, No. 161 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144SundayJune 25, 198950 Cents Four Sections, 42 Pages NRU looking at hike after PUC decision By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities customers may have to pay higher rates thanks to a Public Utilities decision to raise the Lower Colorado River Authority’s wholesale rates without making allowances for investments in transmission equipment. NBU officials were disturbed after Thursday’s hearing. “I am very disappointed,” said General Manager Bob Sohn. “After all the time and effort, it became almost a flip of the coin. People in New Braunfels will sec an increase in their utility costs beyond what we projected.” NBU officials were particularly disappointed about the commission’s decision against rate differentiation for those customers who had invested in 138 kilovolt trans mission lines. According to Sohn, LCRA does not have to pay as much to supply power through 138 KV lines as it docs through 69 KV transmission lines. The commission decided against the differentiation, and so wholesale customers with 69 KV lines will pay the same rates as customers with 138 KV lines. NBU receives most of its electric power from LCRA and uses 138 KV transmission lines. “We are now called upon by state officials to subsidize other customers who have not made the investment,” Sohn said. “It makes me wonder if people care about system efficiency and system care.” The commission also voted against lowering rates for See RATE, Page 2A Good day Kraft killed After Saturday’s rain, residents    ms    M. can expect more of the wet stuff for the rest of the weekend with £    'U a good chance of thunderstorms in    'W/%    vvTYl    I    T' the forecast. Highs will hover    I I I    A around the mid 80’s with lows in JI. JI JIL    rn * JIL ▼ V JL    JL    jK the mid 70s. A New Braunfels man was killed In stud* OI ICI kl tree    CA    Friday afternoon on Interstate IO ri Accicicn...........................tuiVr    whcn he was    from a vehicle CLASSIFIED..................... 8-12B    ^ a Ur(J blowou, COMICS............................6B,    1-8D    Larry    Kraft,    32,    was pronounced CROSSWORD.............................3A    jcat| al ljic sccnc according to DEAR ABBY....................  5B    Department of Public Safety Trooper EDEN HOME SALUTE 9-10A    T R Robison. ENTERTAINMENT.......................7B    The    1985    Chevrolet    Suburban, dri- HOROSCOPE..............................6B    yen by Brian R. Focrster of New KALEIDOSCOPE.....................1-8B    Braunfels, was travelling cast on 1-10 OPINIONS  ....................4A    when lite right rear tire blew, sending SPORTS...............................11-13A    lite vehicle across the inside lane and TV LISTINGS...........................1-8C    ejecting the driver and Kraft. Tile WEATHER...................................2A Suburban rolled two-and-a-half times before coming to a stop. The accident occurred at 1:48 p.m., approximately five miles cast of Seguin. Focrster was sent to Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio where he is in coronary intensive care. Phyllis Focrster is at Medical Center Hospital where she is listed in fair condition. Debbie Kraft and Leonard Kraft, the deceased’s wife and father, were also in the vehicle. They w ere treated Se* WRECK, Page 2A Police officer John Villarreal handcuffs one of the two adults arrested Saturday. (Photo by Deryl Clark) Police recover stolen goods Two adults were arrested Saturday afternoon after a manager at WestPoint Pepperell noticed them attempting to take property from the store located on U.S. 81. “They dropped it as they were exiling,” said New Braunfels Police Officer Robert Parchmann. “The manager approached them. We got a description of the vchi- • cie, got it stopped.” Police stopped the 1980 Ford van, which was driven by a juvenile, near the intersection of U.S. 81 and FM 725. “We recovered what appears to be stolen merchandise from out of San Antonio,” Parchmann said. “Over SI,OOO worth of clothes from Dillards were in the vehicle.” The subjects were transported to the Comal County jail. Stammtisch The Order of die Eastern Star will have its installation of officers June 26 at 7:30 p.m. at Masonic Hall. 1157 W. San Antonio St.... Overstuffed bookshelves? Recycle your unwanted books! To have your donated books picked up for re-sale by Friends of the Diulmger Memorial Library (Oct 6 and 7), call Lucille Douma at 629-3048 or Blanche Sanders at 625-0520... Applications are now being accepted by the Comal County A&M Mothers Club for student* currently attending Texas A&M University who meet the following criteria: 1. have currently completed at least 2 semesters at A&M. 2. have completed 90 or more semester hours and classified as a senior. 3. holds a scholastic grade point average of 2.5 or above. 4. shows definite need by working during school or during the summer. Application and/or more information may be obtained by contacting Karon Haas, 629-6304. Deadline for accepting applications is July I, 1989..., Comal County Extension Service and Downtown Merchants Association are co-sponsoring an evening session ‘Textiles for Retailers” on Thursday in the Extension Meeting Room, 115 North Walnut. The program will be presented by Mrs. Alma Fonseca, Extension Clothing Specialist. The session will begin at 7 pan. A $5.00 registration fee will cover the cost of the program materials... Garden Park Pharmacy will have a health screening on Monday from ll ain. to 3 pm Gar den Park Pharmacy is located ai 894 Lpop 337, Suite E. Technicians from the Cataract Institute for South Texas and-Heart Man will check for cataracts, glaucome, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes The health fair is sponsored by See STAMMTISCH, Page 2A Clarke seeking term as trustee Attorney tries to collect judgment against bank New Braunfels Independent School District incumbent trustee Robert Clarke has announced his candidacy for re election to the District 4 position. Clarke is serving his first term as a trustee. He said he felt a public official does not truly become effective until he has served three or more years. He is the only active public school educator on tile NB1SD school board He is a senior counselor at San Mar- Downtown coordinator on thejob Downtown New Braunfels added a special attraction last week expecting to boost its economy, look and charm — she’s April Goldsmith, the new downtown coordinator. “The gold mine is there. We just have to uncover it,” Goldsmith said after five days on the job. “I’m very unpressed with what I see." The community and the New Braunfels City Council raised more than $50,000 to hire a coordinator to operate a Main Street USA Project in 1988 and 1989. “I’m very impressed with the downtown area,” she said. “It would seem that New Braunfels is doing a lot of the right things that oilier Main Street towns ui other areas are just beginning to do.” Goldsmith was the Mains tree t project manager for the city of Gonzales for a year and a half She said there are a combination of reasons why downtown areas start slumping, “My argument ... is because you have businesses that perhaps are missing then market and they haven't had the educational resources in order to 8m DOWNTOWN, Page 2A cos High School with 26 years of experience in education. He has taught Headstall, sixth grade science, high school biology and physical science, and post secondary vocational machine shop, welding and drafting. He has served as a vocational and professional counselor for the Seguin Independent School District. “As a tax paying patron, an educator with valuable experience, and as a See CLARKE, Page 2A By STEPHANIE DAVIS Stat! Writer A New Braunfels attorney’s attempt to collect more than $300,000— which he won in a lawsuit with die bank in February — front Texas Commerce Bank stalled Friday when he learned the court order didn’t apply to the bunk “Mr. (Clay) Townsend obtained a w rit of execution and wrongly attempted to seize bank property,” Texas Commerce Bank President Bob Smith said Friday. Townsend won $353,328 from Texas Commerce Bank after a three-day trial in Comal County district court concerning his attorney's trust account, which the bank garnished. The bank is appealing the decision to the Court of Appeals in Austin. “Under normal circumstances I’m entitled to go in just like I did today with a writ of execution and levy on their property to collect my money regardless of die fact that it’s on appeal,” Townsend said. Appeal procedure requires the filing of a notice of appeal, a $1,000 cash bond and a supersedeas bond, w hich the bank didn’t file in the allotted time. “As a national bank whenever a case is on appeal the bank docs not have to file the supersedeas bond,” Smith said. “As authorized by federal law we did not post bond.” A supersedeas bond is eidicr a surely bond through an insurance company guaranteeing payment or a certificate of deposit for the judgment amount. Comal County Chief Deputy Wayne Hohcrz accompanied by another deputy entered the hank around 3 p.m. with the order, said Sheriff Jack Bremer. “Anybody would like to have their money right now * Townsend said. “So, that was chic of the considerations. One other consideration was to make them post the bond which would protect me.” Townsend said he searched Texas law for provisions exempting die bank before asking District Clerk Margaret Herbrich to issue the order. “We exercised due diligence.” A decision from the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1987 — pertaining to an Abilene bank — states a person can’t levy on property of a national bank until a final judgment has been entered. In a Friday night interview at the Herald Ae Hung Town- See JUDGMENT, Page 2A Trustees award bid for roofing project New Braunfels Independent School District trustees were worried about covering their heads Thursday as they awarded a $253,827 bid for re-roofing in the district. Seiler Construction, Inc., of Leming, Texas, was awarded its bid of $253,827 to re-roof several buildings New Braunfels Middle School, Lamar Elementary, Carl Schurz Elementary, Lone Star Elementary, Education Center and tax office will be re-roofed in the project. During Monday’s regular board meeting, trustees approved payments to the Keller Martin Organization, Inc. for work on the high school addition. The Koehler Company also was approved their request fur a payment of $294,797 for work on the new elementary school lessen Inc. will receive a payment for its work on the high school lab. In addition to this $21,875 payment, Jes-sen will receive another for $954.27 for work on the high school addition See BIDS, Pegs2A Group plans meeting to talk consolidation April Goldsmith is impressed with the community after five downtown coordinator. (Photos by Deryl Clark) Chie local group has decided to take a stand on public issues and is pulling Us two cents in the political arena. The purpose of the Concerned Citizens Coalition is to provide a forum for discussion on issues of public concern. Members of the coalition have adopted the goals of increased in for mat ion for citizens, increased accountability of appointed and elected representatives and supjxin for those rep resentatives and issues that are believed to be in the public interest. ; *, The CCC describes itself as a loosely organized “grassroots” cilK /ens group. Bob Ka born chairs the meetings, and wife Margie make* arrangements for the meeting rooms and notifies the media There are not membership fees or dues. SM GROUP, Page 2A ;