New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 27, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
DPS predicts 52 deaths during July 4th holiday
AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Department of Public Safety predicted as many as 52 persons could die on state roads during the holiday period, while health officials urged caution when using fireworks.
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Reformers encouraged by damages ruling
HOUSTON (AP) —✓ Texans who arc fighting for limits on jury awards in civil lawsuits said they were encouraged by a Supreme Court opinion on a Houston company’s appeal, although the court rejected its request to overturn a $6 million judgment.
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Vol. 137, No. 162
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
June 27, 1989
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Suit trial continues JusL° without one juror
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
The Richard Hampton versus City of New Braunfels lawsuit continued today in state district court, one juror short and one hour late.
Testimony delayed approximately an hour this morning while juror Michael Hciikamp, a local Department of Public Safety trooper, testified in an assault on a peace officer case next door to lite Hampton trial.
Another juror called in sick for a second lime Monday prompting visiting Judge Charles Lance of Milam
County to proceed with an 11-member jury.
Former city managers Joe Michie and E.N. Dclashmutt testified Monday.
Hampton claims the City of New Braunfels, without basis, terminated his lease in 1987 to operate the city-owned Prince Solms Tube Chute before the lease was to expire and therefore lost more than $179,000 in profits. He signed the original lease in 1978.
Property owned by Kenneth and Lillian Fiedler adjacent to die city
property also was operated by Hampton. He testified Thursday he decided not to pay the city in 1986 a percentage of the receipts from the Fiedler property. He moved the entrance gate and tube rentals from the city property onto private property.
“He made the claim ... since it was private property he didn’t have to pay,” Michie said.
The lease outlined Hampton would pay a percentage of the gross receipts to the city made from entrance fees,
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partly cloudy and hot over the AAA #
next several days. The highs today II I ______ _ _ _ 4^m
will remain in the 80s, but the \JLT ll I O ll/ CT* I I I | temperature will crawl up to die ▼ y I I I (I ▼ ▼ U I A/
90s tomorrow. Mild nights return
as well with Parl|> cloudy skies New Braunfels City Council met in
and lows in the 7C s. executive session Monday to discuss
Inside: taking a stand in the recent lawsuit
CLASSIFIED.............................9-11 filed by Guadalupe-Blanco River
COMICS......................................... 6 Authority to regulate Edwards Aquif-
CROSSWORD...............................3 cr water withdrawals, but took no
DEAR ABBY.................................7 action.
HOROSCOPE 5 city is in a unique position —
sports 8-9 we're on both sides of the issue.” said
TV LISTINGS 5 Ncw Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller.
WEATHER 2 * ‘l was nct'essary to have an
executive session and try to inform the council on as many issues about this litigation as possible.”
OBRA filed suit June 15 iii state Santa Clara Avenue from Mill district court in Hays County after the to Katy is closed and will stay 71 st Texas Legislature failed lo iron
that way until July 7 for work on out a regional water plan, which
the city’s drainage improvement would have regulated groundwater
project in the neighborhood.... rights.
The suit seeks to require users of The Sophicnburg Museum will ^ aquifer to obtain a Texas Water
be accepting articles for the anna- Commission permit. Persons who
a1 Rummage Sale at the old Ma/* own a well or pump water from the
da building at 4/2 W. San Amo- Edwards Aquifer can be named as
nio from IO a m. to noon other parties in the suit as plaintiffs or
beginning July 15 and each Saturday thereafter until die sale begins Aug. 25 and 27. Clean out those things you aren’t using anymore and donate diem to the museum lf you have large articles dial need to be picked up, call 629-1572....
Miller said he did not know what position City Council would take in the suit.
“Not only arc we on the side of OBRA that without our spring flow there would be no downstream water; we need the spring flow for our tourist economy. We need it for our land value for all the property owners along the Comal River,” Miller said. ‘‘Bul we’re on the other side along with San Antonio. Uvalde and Medina counties in that we pump water out of tile Edwards Aquifer.’’
The suit was filed to halt severe and irreparable harm to the Comal and San Marcos Springs, the San Antonio Bay and Estuary and the Edwards Aquifer.
“I think they are at this point they (City Council) are still very inquisitive and there are still some questions that need to be answered," Miller said.
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This new addition to the Main Plaza is New Braunfels Utilities' way to remind citizens about the situation of the Edwards Aquifer and to Keep them abreast ot the conservation stages as defined by New Braunfels City Council. The 14-by-4-foot sign was erected Monday, and while the gauge represents the level of the aquifer at the Panther Canyon test well, the top level only goes to 625 feet above mean sea level. ‘After that we figure the aquifer is okay," said Jim Ruppel, NBU s resource services coordinator. According to Hup pel. the measures are only in quarter-feet so the sign will not necessarily be changed every day. "Its just to make sure everyone knows what stage the aquifer is at," Ruppet said (Photo by Deryl Clark)
From gulf storm
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
The cloudy, overcast skies looked promising all weekend, hut the Texas coast was the only arca of die state that appears to have received any substantial rainfall from a tropical depression.
Most areas of Comal County received between 0.40 inches to 0.75 inches of rain all weekend. Royal Forest received the most rain iii the county with 0.75 inches.
Despite the gray skies, tubers and river rec real ion isis alike were still on the water.
“By just talking with a few businesses, several people were still out,” said Betty Walls, administrator of lite Waler Oriented Recreation District.
“ There w as not much of a slack off on Saturday. bul there was on Sunday."
Walls said that because of reservations and long drives from all areas of die state, many people still take advantage of the services offered b> river and lake businesses.
“We would have liked to have seen more rain,” she said.
Water Consultant Dave Brown will arrive in New Braunfels July 8 to begin his research concerning water releases down die Guudalu|ic River He is expected to offer advice to die \V( JRO board and river outfitters as to
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Nurses are in high demand diese days and jobs are available right hero in New Braunfels and surrounding communities. The St. Philip’s College Nursing Program, iii affiliation with McKenna Memorial Hospital, offers a one yuear program in vocational nursing. Graduates of this program have enjoyed a high success rate on state licensing examinations and in finding fulfilling employment.
That program, under the supervision of Gary Siogsdill, is now accepting applications for the fall 1989 semester Deadline for applications is Aug. 3. Classes are conducted at McKenna Hospital in New Braunfels. Fix more information, call 625-9111, extension 244....
SOS Inc. — Food Bank continues its first birthday celebration this month. The food bank opened its door June I ai 165 W. Coll St. and presently has 14 churches and agencies participating rn its corps of volunteers. Schlitterbahn and KTFM-Radio in San Antonio had an innovative idea June 5 with the first 500 persons with two donation items received free passes SOS received a total of 674 items and the San Antonio Food Bank received an equal amount. Summertime usually is a lean time for food banks and the volunteers appreciate the donations.
SOS, Inc. is open from I to 5 pm. weekdays to receive duna-
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Storm batters Gulf Coast area
Bush wants amendment to prohibit flag burning
HOUSTON (AP) — The remnants of. Tropical Storm Allison battered pans of die Gulf Coast today with torrential rains, sending streams and bayous over their banks, turning roads into canals and killing at least one person
Before it was downgraded to a trop-
Oasis Advertising of New Braunfels, New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce were honored last week by the Lower Colorado River Authority for their efforts rn an aim-glass container campaign in Comal County
LCRA awarded Oasis Advertising the first-place its Environmental Award in the business category for the “This’ll Keep You in Stitches" campaign The company, owned by Peter Lingamfelier and Wade Franks, donated services in the City’s campaign to discourage the use of glass containers near waterways rn Comal County.
“Though our emphasis is primarily
Mi the lower Colorado, we encourage
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teal depression early today, the first named storm of the Atlantic hurricane season also was blamed for the partial collapse of the roof at Nonhlme Mall in Houston, and for capsizing a tugboat in Galveston Bay. No serious
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush, reacting lo a Supreme Court decision that protects the right of protesters to hum the American Hag. called today for a constitutional amendment that would jsrohibit desecration of the Hag Bush said “support of the First Amendment need not extend” to desecration of the flag, which he termed “the unique symbol of America.”
Bush fielded questions on subjects ranging from international diplomacy tq.child care legislation to baseball in a free-wheeling 45-minute news conference in the White House briefing room.
The president said:
— He will carry a package of economic aid when he travels to Poland next month, hut vs anis to first make sure
Former Sheriff Walter Fellers thanks the volunteers who raised the funds for the bronze bust on display at the Walter Fellers Law Enforcement Center. (Photo by Stephanie Davis)
that the communist government there will follow through on economic and political reform. He said Soviet leaders shouldn’t he “uptight" about bis journey to Poland and Hungary.
He still favors U S. contacts with China despite the continuing crackdown iii Beijing against pro-democracy leaders.
— He bas no plans to call for legislation to alter recent Supreme Court rulings on affirmative action that drew criticism from civil rights groups
— He intends to make sure dial any wrongdoing ai the Department of Housing and Urban Development is thoroughly aired and remedied.
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Fellers statue un veiled
8y STEPHANIE DAVIS Stall Wrttar
He’s been honored, toasted, and recognized for his service to Contd County. Now alter 36 years of service, former Sheriff Waller Fellers has been bronzed A life-size bust of Fellers was unveiled during ceremonies at the Walter Fellers Law Enforcement Center Monday with county dignitaries and local businessmen un hand “I appreciate the honor,” Fellers told die group of approximately 20 at the sheriffs office. "I warn to thank the good people of Comal County that have contributed to the cause. And I also especially want to thank those people thai worked so hard to get it done ”
The five minute ceremony ended a
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