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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 28, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas House to deal ‘calmly’ with flag-burning issue WASHINGTON (AP) — The House will not rush to nullify a Supreme Court decision on flag-burning, says House Speaker Thomas Foley, who contends the issue should not be used for “crass political purposes.” See Page 5A Spurs draft Arizona forward Sean Elliott SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs, saying Arizona’s Scan Elliott was the best player in the NBA draft, selected him in the first round and said he would play a big part in rebuilding an ailing team. See Page 11A Use grill for en*"- -r va eat y to cook, an add fla--uumg unwanted See Page 1B New Braunfels radoBs!fii9> Vol. 137, No. 163 707 Lancia St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144Wednesday June 28, 1989 25 Cents Two Sections, 26 Pages Good day Today will have partly cloudy skies with the high reaching 92 degrees. Winds will be out of the northeast at IO mph. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low in the low 70s. Thursday will be mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of rain and a high near 90 degrees. There is a slight chance of daytime showers Friday and through the weekend. The highs will be in the low 90s. Inside: CLASSIFIED .........  7-1    OB COMICS........................... CROSSWORD_____________ ......4B ...........3A DEAR ABBY................... 5B ENTERTAINMENT.......... 6B HOROSCOPE................. 4B KALEIDOSCOPE............. 1-12B OPINIONS ............4A SPORTS........................... .... 11-13A TV LISTINGS................... 4B WEATHER ...........2A Stammtisch I Evidence in lawsuit trial Lawyers take tube to court An inner tube was admitted into evidence and Aquatics Superintendent Marcos Tonish testified to slander charges as the Richard Hampton verses the City of New Braunfels trial came to an end today. Closing arguments were expected to begin at I p.m. in suite district court at the Comal County Courthouse. Visiting Judge Charles Lance of Milam County will present the charge to the jury today to render a verdict. Hampton, who is suing the City of New Braunfels along with Tonish. took the stand Monday testfying the City of New Braunfels without basis terminated his lease to operate the Prince Sol ms Tube Chute before it was to expire and therefore lost profits. See LAWSUIT, Peg* 2A Economic indicators drop for third month Learn more about the future of our water at an informational forum Thursday at 7 pm. at New Braunfels National Bank Annex. Friends for Rivers is sponsoring “Our Water Future,” which will feature a film titled “Clear Cool Waters” produced by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department The 28-mmute education film focuses on the Edwards Underground Aquifer and its effects on the Comal Springs and San Marcos Springs Following the film, Dr. Julius Krochewsky will present a slide show He is assistant director of education at the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center in San Marcos Also present will he Craig Holl-mig, a member of the board of directors of the Edwards Underground Water District, with an update of current legislative im natives concerning the water district A question and-answer session will follow the presentations. All interested persons are invited to attend and learn about water issues that will affect their future WASHINGTON (AP) — The gov emment’s chief economic forecasting gauge plunged 1.2 percent in May, the biggest decline since the stock market crash in late 1987, the Commerce Department reported today. Tile decline in the Index of Leading Economic Indicators was the third in the last four months, as the gauge designed to foretell economic activity six to nine months into the future continued to flash strong signals of a significant decline in economic activity. The 1.2 percent decline was signif icantly steeper than analysts had been expecting. However, economists generally believe the economy can escape a recession this year, although they are looking for a major slowing in economic growth accompanied by rising unemployment. The 1.2 percent drop in May followed a 0.6 percent gain posted in April. The index had fallen 0.6 percent in March and 0.3 percent in February. City bragging rights Emergency medical technicians raced to the rescue of Hilda Woelke, 68, of Seguin Wednesday after she ran off the road and into a fence. According to New Braunfels Police Officer Anthony Celli, Woelke was driving her 1986 Ford Tempo west on Texas 46 when she went off the road shortly after 9 a m. Woelke was conscious when EMS technicians arrived and told them she passed out. She drove in a culvert for 432 feet, missing three trees and a utility pole, before going through a fence and coming to a stop. Her condition was undetermined at press time. (Photo By Beryl Clark) Attorney discusses laws affecting Texas families SM ECONOMY, Png* 2A By MARGARET EDMONSON Stab Writer An assistant attorney general expressed his concern Monday in the New Braunfels Civic Center about recent legislation that sets up child support requirements and visitation schedules. “There's never before been a statewide visitation schedule," said Howard Baldwin, a representative from the state attorney general's office speaking on recent legislation affecting Texas families. Comal County Dcmoctrats sponsored the event. The new child support and visitation law establishes a visitation schedule for the non possession) parent. These (lareuts are given the first and third weekends of every month, one night out of die week for several hours, every other spring break, 30 days in the summer and a full week at Christmas. Baldwin stated the law takes away the {lower of the Supreme Court advisory committee to establish visitation and child support guidelines because they are already established. The new law also sets a flat rate of 20 percent of the parent's first S4,(KM) annually for child support payments for each child. "For example, Akoem Olajuwon (of the Houston Rockets) makes hundreds of thousands of dollars every year, and he would not pay much more than a person who makes S50.000 every year,” Baldwin explained. OOtcr legislation Baldw in discussed addressed the issues of teen age pregnancy, illegitimate children and paternity cases. As die assistant attorney general explained, the stigma of illegitimacy is no longer a legal term. The child is now considered a “child without a presumed father Lawmakers also passed legislation which now requires school districu to address the problem of teen-age pregnancy. They set aside SIO million in funding for model programs to deal with parenting education for pregnant teens. In paternity cases, a blood test that strongly points to the identity of the father can now stand as evidence in dead- SM LAWS, Pag* 2A Utilities seeking hearing By MARGARET EDMONSON Stab Writer New Braunfels Utilities and Gum daiupc Valley Electric Cooperative ave not the only Lower Colorado River Authority wholesale customers that want a re hearing of the Public Utilities Commission's decision lase week concerning the rase hike for LOLA — Beden Laie s Electric Cooperative also wants a re hearing of the decision because of the inequalities in the current rate structure Hie PUC decided last week to raise Li.'KA’s wholesale rate* by approx! mutely $19 million, according lo NBU and GV EC attorney Richard Baiough The commission also failed bu recognize investments in uansmis-sion tines arid substations in the rate sms. lure According to the utility companies. LCRA saves money by supplying power to customers who have invested in transmission lines and substations Customers who have 138 kilovolt (KV) transmission lines also save LCRA money since it is cheaper Casted hints at deal for collecting taxes Close call Bm HEARING, P*g* JA By STEPHANIE DAVIS Stab Writer Comal ISD school board president hinted Tuesday of a possible tax collecting-assessing contract between the school district and the county tax collector if the tax consolidation election fails Aug. 12. “If this election fails,we’re going to try to work out something,” said President Carter Casteel. “I’ve got a plan and I’m not willing to reveal it at this point. We may have a proposal that we can live with.” Since April I when Craigmile and Commissioner Clyde Jacobs launched a petition campaign to call for an election to consolidate taxes — on the county level — for taxpay ers in the Comal Appraisal District, the debates have been hot. Casteel continually stated during the campaign she See TAXES, Page 2A didn’t want to be forced into tax consolidation and would rather hammer out an agreement. Casteel with Comal County Commissioner Neil Craigmile and New Braunfels Independent School District Trustee Richard Robincit were panelists at a public meeting Tuesday night sponsored by the Coalition of Concerned Citizens at First Federal Savings and Loan. All three discussed the pros and cons of tax consolidation. NBISD officials, who assess and collect taxes for the district and the City of New Braunfels, have opposed the issue for fear of being forced to change tax years. The school district and the city have separate tax years from CISD and Comal County. Rock’n’roll with the sounds of Innerview Thursday night at the free Coneen in the Park sponsored by New Braunfels Parks ami Recreation Department and Miller Wholesale Beer The concert starts about 7 p m in Lamia Park and you’re invited to bring a picnic supper and refreshments, but please, no glass containers.... The Comal County Extension Service and Downtown Association me co sponsoring an evening session, “Textiles for Retailers** Thursday in the extension meeting room, HIS NL Walnut Ave. The program will be presented by Alma Fonseca, ex tens ion clothing specialist The session begins at 7 p m. Mid a $5 registration fee will cover the com of program mater His. For more information, call 625 9178.... J un a reminder to all young Bm STAMM TISCH, Pag* 2A District Judge Robert Pfeufter (above left) throws out the ceremonial first pitch Tuesday night at the New Braunfels Little League Majors championship game The game was the first of three championship games to be played this week. The Intermediate title game is tonight while the American and National league Pee Wee champions will vie for the city title on Thursday Jeff Gonzales of Sonic Drive in (above right) is tagged out at second base by shortstop Hector Molina of CrenwelQe Plumbing during a double steal in the first inning of the championship game Stacy Turner scored from third on the play as the Some Astros went on to top Crenwelge, 14 6 For more details, see Page 11A (Photos by Deryi Clark) ;