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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas 99 Heated debate on Tower produces partisan sparks WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate debate over John Tower’s troubled nomination as defense secretary is producing its share of partisan sparks after only one day, with one key senator holding out the possibility of airing sensitive information in a closed-door session.    gee Page 3 Committee approves bill concerning insurance tax AUSTIN (AP) — Texas lawmakers are moving quickly on tax bills that would give state government more than $1 billion in revenue. Gov. Bill Clements on Thursday signed a $289 million corporate franchise tax bill to take effect immediately. See Page 6 SO-WEST M?r„10/22/” ARLINGTON, tx 76006 meets jiuv __ Smithson Valley made it two in a row with a 15-3 victory over Somerset Thursday in the first round of the Edgewood ISD baseball tournament. The Rangers face Holy Cross tonight and will play in either the championship or third-place game on Saturday. See Page 9 >gs, )day New Braunfels JSL Vol. 137, No. 80 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Friday March 3, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 14 Pages Toddler found By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE — Two teenagers are heroes today after finding a missing 2-ycar-old boy and ending a massive air and ground search near here. Justin Jerome Lopez of the Siesta Village Subdivision was found covered with fire ant bites in an open field at approximately 8:30 a.m. by Eddy Nandin, 16, and Perry Rusk, 15. The toddler wandered from his home about 4 p.m. Thursday. “He was in an open area just standing there,” Nandin said. “I think he was in shock.” “He was dirty,” Rusk said. “He had little welts up on his stomach and his face was dirty. He started asking for his momma. “I asked him if he was hungry and he said, ‘yes,’ so Eddy peeled him an orange.” See LOST, Page 2 No changes expected in New Braunfels office City worker loses appeal By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer A city employee who was released from his job in the public works department Feb. IO will not be reinstated. A five-member grievance committee voted 4-1 not to reinstate Jose Robledo, who worked for the city for 19 years, following a two-hour open hearing Thursday afternoon. Fire Chief Phil Baker made a motion to sustain termination based on incidents of July 18, 1988, and Feb. 8, 1989. Jesse Guerrero, parks superintendent, voted against the motion. Members of the committee voting in favor of termination were Assistant City Manager Hector Tamayo, Planning and Environmental See WORKER, Page 2 Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer, left, gives his thanks to 16-year-old Eddy Nandin, center, and 15-year-old Perry Rusk who found the lost toddler this morning. (Photo by Deryl Clark) Permit hearing stays on schedule Regulators take over troubled thrifts By Staff and Wire reports Federal officials have taken over management of 37 troubled thrifts, including 12 in Texas, bringing to 73 the number of ailing savings and loan institutions under federal control nationwide. The takeover is not expected to effect day-to-day operation of the financial institutions which include a San Antonio Savings Association branch office in New Braunfels. Eight of the 12 Texas thrifts were in San Antonio, including the 68-year old San Antonio Savings Association, which has assets of $2.6 billion and last November declared itself technically insolvent. The number of Texas thrifts now in federal hands is 15. The eight San Antonio thrifts whose management was transferred Thursday was the most for any one city in one day, federal officials said. Other Texas thrifts now being managed by an oversight committee include one each in Corpus Christi, Brownsville, Kingsville and Kerrville. George Barclay, president and principal supervisory agent of the Federal Home Loan Bank Board of Dallas, said the thrifts will run as they always have been, but now federal officials will work to conserve assets and preserve services to deposit and loan customers. “I think the oversight group will find the managements in place are adequate to continue the management of the institutions under oversight,” he said. “There is an awful lot of bad luck and an awful lot of negative implications of the economy thai have caused some of these institutions to lose money,” he said. “In the cases where there was fraud, in the cases where there was abuse, in the cases where there was gross mismanagcmnet we have long See THRIFTS, Page 2 Mission Valley Mill’s waste-water discharge permit will not have to be refiled after Farley Inc. purchased WestPoint Pepperell Inc. in a $3 billion deal recently, says a Texas Water Commission spokesman. “Change of name is a fairly routine thing,” said Bill Colbert, Texas Water Commission public information director. ‘The only thing that could delay it is if they wanted to change counsel or something.” A public hearing concerning the permit is set for March 7 at 9 a.m. in Austin at the Stephen F. Austin State Office Building, Room 119, 17(X) N. Congress Ave. The mill, located on the Guadalupe River at Broadway, Rusk and Porter streets, is required to renew its dis- School district sets forum for parents Current issues and concerns of an area school district will be discussed this weekend. Comal Independent School District officials arc hosting the second Friends of Education forum beginning at 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Canyon High School. “It is the district’s intent to get as many parents and patrons involved with the schools as possible,” Superintendent Bill Brown said. “We believe the Comal Independent School District schools can only benefit from this additional communications effort.” The program features sessions on legislation, district goals, curriculum. See MEETING, Page 2 Commission reviews guidelines for dividing city hotel-motel tax Local arts and cultural organizations could receive long-term funding under new guidelines proposed by the city’s Arts and Cultural Commission. Commission members reviewed guidelines to determine which organizations will get a share of the city’s hotel/motel room occupancy tax and discussed the possibility of establishing long-term contracts with some organizations in a workshop Thursday night. Council could consider the changes at its March 13 meeting. Last year, City Council expressed a desire to know and approve guidelines before receiving recommendations for the Arts and Cultural Commission. After council approves the guidelines, the city will request applications for funding from numerous ans and cultural organizations and will meet to consider the requests. The commission also will recommend that a grant SmTAX, Page 2 charge permit every five years. “It will still be considered March 7,” Colbert said. “That will still carry on. “If the new ownership wanted to take a look at any different conditions or something of that nature” the permit could change, he said. “But we haven’t gotten any indication of that yet. That’s not to say they won’t.” lf the draft permit is approved by the commission, conditions and limitations of the existing permit will remain generally the same, states the notice of public hearing. “The renewed permit would make the following changes: lower daily average parameters for chemical oxy- See PERMIT, Page 2 Good day By afternoon, the fog was expected to clear and temperatures should climb to 81 degrees today. The low overnight will be 60 degrees. A cold front is on its way into South Texas so conditions will be windy and humid Saturday with a high of 72 degrees. After the front moves through the area Saturday night, temperatures will be much cooler. The high Sunday will be 54 degrees. Inside: CLASSIFIED...........................10-14 COMICS.........................................8 CROSSWORD...............................3 DEAR ABBY.................................7 ENTERTAINMENT.........................7 HOROSCOPE................................8 RELIGIOUS FOCUS.....................4 SPORTS....................................9-10 TV LISTINGS.................................8 WEATHER.....................................2 Stammtisch The Breakfast Lions Cub Broom Sale will be Saturday from 8 a.m. until noon at the Texas Commerce Bank parking lot on South Casten Street. Brooms, mops and various household items will be sold and proceeds will benefit the blind and the Breakfast Lions’ projects in the community. For more information, call Paul Finley at 629-2006.... Persons interested in proposed legislation on property taxes, appraisal districts, initiative and referendum, and tax limitation issues are invited to meet with State Rep. Edmund Kuempel, R-Seguin, in New Braunfels Saturday. Sponsored by the Concerned Citizens Coalition, the three-county meeting will convene at IO am. at the Bavarian Village Restaurant, 212 W. Austin, near the Schlitter-bahn recreational area. Groups from Comal, Kendall and Guadalupe counties — the 46th Legislative District — are inviting all SM STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2 Detectives investigate shooting death of man Drowning in ducks Dole to outline plan for minimum wage WASHINGTON (AP) — Bush administration officials say Labor Secretary Elizabeth Dole will outline a proposal to raise the minimum wage to $4.25 an hour over three years and create an hourly ‘’training wage” of $3.35 at a Senate hearing today. The plan is to be presented before the Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee, whose chairman Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., has introduced legislation calling for a hike in the minimum wage to $4.55 to be accompanied by automatic periodic increases in the future. Mrs. Dole’s testimony is expected to set the stage for a renewed battle between the administration and congressional Democrats who opposed the training wage last year as a subminimum wage that organized labor says might threaten the jobs of higher paid workers. Sm WAGE, Pag* 2 a gunshot wound,” said Alan Trollin-ger, sheriff’s office spokesman. Specht was air lifted by MAST helicopter to San Antonio, he said. “We do have officers at his residence, on the road, we are continuing with the investigation. I think they have located the scene of the shooting,” Trollinger said. “He apparently got in the vehicle after he was shot and drove himself to someone’s home.” An autopsy will be performed by the Bexar County’s Medical Examiner’s Office. Comal County Women’s Center assistant director Dee Middleton, left, and director Patty Yznaga-King are drowing in ducks this week as they get ready for the April 1 rubber ducky race in Landa Park. The ducks will begin their race at noon when celebrity host Gary DeLaune of KENS-TV will dump the ducks into the Comal River at Pat’s in the Park. Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer will judge the first ducks to cross the finish line. First place wins $500, second place wins $250 and third place wins $100. Entry fee is $5 per duck and registration deadline is March 22. Entry forms are available at several area locations. (Photo by Deryl Clark) Comal County Sheriff’s Department detectives continue to investigate the shooting death of a 44-year-old Spring Branch man who died Thursday. Larry Specht died during surgery at Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio al 10:22 p.m. after sustaining a gunshot wound to the back. The type gun used is unknown at this time. ‘The sheriff’s office was dispatched to the EMS building on Highway 281 (around 6 p.m.) in reference to a male being transported to the EMS building by private vehicle with ;