New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 26, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 92 - No. 126
68 Pages—4 Sections
June 26,1983 50 cents
Bush receives rude welcome
KREFELD, West Germany (AP) — Hundreds of masked youths screaming anti-U.S. slogans battled riot police and hurled rocks, bottles and paint-filled balloons at Vice President George Bush's motorcade Saturday during celebrations saluting German-American friendship.
"Bush go home!” the rioters •creamed. They dented his limousine, damaged three squad cars, smashed windows of a bus carrying guests to a state luncheon and splattered black paint on several cars.
Authorities said about IOO people were injured and more than 150 arrested in the two cities Bush visited. Two police were hospitalized. None of the motorcade travelers was injured.
Security was tight during the visit because an unexploded bomb was found Friday outside a U S firm in Dusseldorf, where Bush’s Jet landed and departed.
The biggest demonstration — involving more than 20.000 anti-nuclear protesters here — was ‘'completely peaceful,” Police Chief Ulnch Nord-beck said.
But about 1,000 others — many
wearing black leather clothes, black masks and helmets, the garb of West Germany's anarchists — threw gasoline bombs at police, who routed the rioters with clubs
About 200-300 youths in similar garb later surged toward Bush's motorcade, hurling pavement stones, bottles, balloons filled with black paint and even rose bushes yanked from gardens
Bush shrugged off the demonstrations.
"They are entitled to do this,” he said at his next stop to open a museum 30 miles northeast in Bottrop, where another 2,000 protesters gathered. "They couldn't do that in Red Square in Moscow."
Police detained 21 Bottrop protesters after about IOO tried to advance on the museum. No injuries were reported.
Bush then flew by helicopter to Dusseldorf and flew aboard Air Force Two to Norway, the fourth stop of his two-week, eight-nation European tour. He arrived in the west Norwegian town of Bergen late Saturday.
T.L. Walker outlines the bank's expansion plans
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It will be partly cloudy today, fair tonight, and mostly sunny on Monday. Winds will be from the south near IO mph today.Back home again
The space shuttle Challenger returned home Friday and its astronauts had a surprise: only 44 days af debriefing instead of three weeks. Story, pope TOABank on the growNew Braunfels National plans massive expansion
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writ af
By next spring the 1000- block ut North Walnut Avenue won’t look the same
New Braunfels National Bank. which calls that block home, is planning to expand its facilities to four limes the current size.
Plans drawn by the bank’s architect — Joel Reitzer and Associates, Inc , of San Antonio — call for a 24,000 square-foot addition to the present offices Construction costs for the project, not including furnishings, are estimated
to be near $2 million, Joel V. Reitzer. Jr., said Friday.
‘The plan is to build a two-story 22.000-square foot building adjacent to our present building with a < onnevltng lobby of 2.000 square feet.” explained Herbert K. Schneider, chairman of the board Upon completion of the project, bank president T I, Walker predicted that “1000 North Walnut will be an office and financial center unsurpassed in quality ”
Hank officials are ainung for a July 28 (the bank's anniversary) groundbreaking date and completion of the
project is estimated to be eight months after that Renovation of the current facilities should take six to nine months, Walker said.
The financial growth of the bank has more than exceeded the expectations of banking officials, which is one reason for the expansion project. New Braunfels National first opened for business, capitalized for $1.2 million, on July 28, 1975. Now not quite eight years later, the bank has total assets in excess of $43 million “We appreciate the tremendous
See BANK. Page 12APEC gets rate hike approval
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
The Pedernales Electric Cooperative won a bid for an interim rate request Friday, but not before it took its battle with the Public Utility Commission (PUC) all the way to district court.
Judge Charles Matthew of the 201st State District Court in Austin granted a temporary restraining order allowing the cooperative to implement its interim rate increase, despite the PUC’s April I denial of the rate increase.
"This definitely shows that the courts are willing to look hard at rulings of state regulatory agencies,” said Bill Cunningham, spokesman for the PEC.
The temporary rate increase request is the result of a PUC ruling last year that the utility company could no longer pass on the lxiwer Colorado River Authority’s excess energy charge to its customers. PUC members agreed to the temporary rate increase on March 23, but changed their minds and denied Uh* request on April I.
Because the PUC only has jurisdiction outside city limits, this rate structure caused different rates for PEC members who do not live in the 13 cities within the PEC service area. At a special meeting of lite PEC board of directors June 9, the board ruled that rates in cities be lowered to match those in unincorporated areas, equalizing rates until the matter of a rate increase could be resolved
The PEC has been operating in a negative cash flow situation since April I. Hearings for a new permanent rate structure begin Monday.
Cunningham said lite judge was
See PEC, Page 12A
City Council to consider restricting local wreckers
By DV ANNE FRY Staff writer
An ordinance to prevent "ambulance chasing'’ by auto wrecker services will be considered by City Council Monday night.
The ordinance, slated for a first reading at 7:30 p m. in the council chamber, would make it illegal for a wrecker to follow an emergency vehicle on its way to answer a call, unless that wrecker was summoned by a law enforcement agency II also forbids unauthorized wreckers to park on a public right-of-way near the scene of an accident "New Braunfels has 13 different, registered wrecker concerns,” said City Manager EN. Delashmutt. That's a lot for a town this size Apparently. competition has been stiff enough to spawn some complaints at the Police Department Both the police and the Comal County Sheriff's Department use a weekly rotation schedule for calling tow trucks In fact, said county deputy Victor Stnegler, they use the same 13-company roster,
taking the top two names each Monday morning. One gets all the calls from the county, and the other from the city. At the end (rf the week, they go to the bottom of the list So every wrecker gets duty about every seventh week But Delashmutt said there was nothing specific rn city regulations to prevent their hanging around accident scenes in the lean weeks between, hoping to pick up a little extra work He'd like to correct that, cutting down on the possibility of wreckers actually getting in the way of lifesaving efforts Also on Monday’s agenda is a report from City Attorney John Churm on the status of the city’s district election plan, now being reviewed by the U S Department of Justice. Delashmutt said he didn't know what, lf anything, Churm would have to report
Council will also consider advertising for bids to re-roof the central fire station, and to build extra parking spaces along Elizabeth Avenue in I .anda Park
Prison no piece of cake, Houston man learns—too late
HOUSTON (AP) — It has been a long, hard ride, but Louis C. I ara has learned his lesson tar a thought he was too independent to report to a probation officer for five years after being caught with nine USD tablets He decided he'd rather go to prison than face unemployment and a faltering marriage
Leas than four months behind bars have changed his mind
”1 thought it was going to be a piece of cake,” Lara, M, told the Houston Chrometo. “But anything la batter than being inside this hell hole.”
Lara, formerly an unemployed bulldozer operator, bow la serving a two-year sentence in the Texas Department of Correction's Darrington Unit •outhaaat cf Houston A guard Wads Lara into the visiting room Lara talks through a wire mash and Woks at his visitor through a wire-reinforced glass plate “How can I explain It without getting in trouble?” Lara auld “When you walk Inside these walls it’s
another world I thought it would be like being in a eouny jail, but I’ve learned a lot of things in here that will stop me from doing things wrong on the outside ”
Lara said "you have to be in here to realize what the situation is, to feel the pressures of living in prison
“You got to watch out for yourself in here. You can’t associate with just anybody You've got to keep mostly to yourself and keep your nose clean,'' he
Lara worked on the prison farm, like most new inmates, until suffering some health problems He hasn’t been assigned to another job. but is attending achoo) to get his high school equivalency diploma. The rest of the time, Lira said, he reads old newspapers.
"Imagine doing nothing all day but going from your bedroom to your living room,” he said “The only time you get some fresh air is when you go outside and work.”
Positive approach touted by Boatner for CISD problems
Staff photo bv John N Santa/
This is June?
Two young swimmers try to keep the chill off Saturday morning as a cold front brought rain down on swimmers at a meet in Landa Park The latest rain has added another damp chapter to an unusually wet June.
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A cloud of controversy has stalled over the Coma! Independent School District since "Concerned Taxpayers” went public on May 24 Allegations — many personal iii nature — were dished out, and thrown back. The school board responded by naming an advisory committee, currently hard at work to dissolve Die somewhat-tense situation.
There are those who don’t acknowledge tile trouble at all There are others who can’t see anything but the bad, and then there are those who are trying to work things out...Uke school board trustee David Boatner.
“To understand the current problems, you tiave to go back three or four years ago. Our administrative staff was very large, three assistant superintendents, and not one of them directed at curriculum,” Boatner said during an interview in San Antonio Thursday. “CISD was behind the national norm in testing, because support was not given to instruction, and the national norm isn’t a lot to take pride in.”
A group of patrons concerned over ClSD’s poor educational quality sprung up in Bulverde, and went before the board looking for action.
They didn’t see a lot of movement on the board in the directions they wanted, but the key was there were never any personal attacks made on anyone. They decided to change things by electing board members they believed would make those changes happen I was one of those board members," Boatner added The rookie trustee soon found out "the superintendent <at that time, James Richardson) was all excuses and no action And that’s why we changed the leadership ”
Richardson’s contrail was bought out, and the search was on for a new superintendent. Boatner was cochairman of the selection committee, looking for someone with an expertise in curriculum, Instruction, personnel management, budget operations, and bond knowledge.
Supt Edgar Wtllhelm quickly "came into tin* forefront,” Boatner said, as having all those traits l>r Willheim quickly recommended Uh* board evaluate every policy for consistency, and work out curriculum guals through policy statements.
"Here’s where we assumed too much We said to ourselves. ‘We’re doing Bus lf people are interested, they'll come to Uh* meetings, Boatner admitted. "Wrong. We should have communicated better. If we had, the iiusunderslandings would have been less.”
Tile lack of communication caused misunderstandings, or misconceptions, as Boatner put it. about new policies Take teachers wearing blue jeans,.."this board felt like the teacher is a role model, and should wear professional attire That doesn't mean suits every day, but we fell that jeans are not totally professional ”
Or how about Hie elimination of extra-curricular activities'* ‘i’d have to leave home lf I tried to do away with athletics,” Boatner said “Every policy has been adopted to strengthen instruction areas, but still trying to minimize the effect on extracurricular activites.”
Or how about the accusation that (wrsonal leave isn’t "personal'’ anymore? "Our objective is to keep the teacher in the classroom, because a substitute loses the continuity. Personal leave was never meant to be on the whim of Ute teacher, but
See CISD, Page UA