New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 8, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Airline appeals ruling for pilots during strike
MIAMI (AP) — Eastern Airlines was appealing a judge’s refusal to force its pilots to cross Machinists’ picket lines as the pilots’ union reported a new overture from the paralyzed carrier, which warned it was sliding toward bankruptcy. See Page 7A
Canyon stuns Unicorns ^ with 2 last-minute goals
Canyon scored two goals in the final four minutes to pull even with New Braunfels and force a 2-2 tie in a District 26 soccer game Tuesday night. The deadlock v forces both teams to have to win all of their remaining games to keep their playoff hopes alive.
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financing for plan
The Edwards Underground Water District has approved $62,500 in initial financing of a lobbying fund for a proposed regional water resources plan.
The bill is considered crucial for a proposed 50-year, $1.6 billion regional water plan to be a success.
Directors of the water district voted 7-2 during a special meeting Tuesday night in San Antonio. Bexar County Directors Bill Fink and Charlie Rodriquez cast the dissenting votes. Three other Bexar County directors voted in favor of funding the effort.
Hays County director Harry Bishop amended a motion by Bexar County director Jo Ann DcHoyos with the $62,500 amount. Comal County Director Dr. Kenneth Ikels seconded the motion.
“The proper action has been taken,” Ikels said of the board’s action Tuesday. “It’s money well spent to educate the legislature for the development of a regional water plan.”
On March 2, the board unanimously voted to endorse the bill proposed by an ad hoc committee which included New Braunfels officials and Comal County Directors of the water district.
See PLAN, Page SA
Canyon's Albert Flores takes a cut in the Cougars’ first home
baseball game of the season on Tuesday. Canyon got off to an inauspicious start with a 26-8 loss to Austin McCallum. The Knights won the game on 11 hits and with the benefit of 20 walks The Cougars are 2-1 on the season. New Braunfels and Smithson Valley both won their games on Tuesday. For the full details on all three games, see Page 13A. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Woman arrested for man’s death
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
The wife of a Spring Branch man fatally shot last week was charged with his murder Monday night and remains in the Comal County jail without bond.
Virginia Spccht of HCR I, Box 39B was charged with first-degree murder at the Comal County sheriffs office when she was brought in for questioning, said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer.
Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Howard Smith set a bond of zero.
She is charged with shooting Larry Wayne Specht in the back with a high-powered rifle March 2 while he was in his driveway. He died later that night in surgery at Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio.
The 44-ycar-old civil service worker at Kelly Air Force Base was en route to his home when he was shot at the entrance of his ranch, located off U.S. 281 North and FM 306.
He survived a gunshot wound in June when he was shot
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PUC plans hearing on plant agreement
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
Controversy surrounding transmission of power from the Canyon Hydroelectric Plant continues although the facility has been operating for more than two months.
After reviewing documents filed by Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority
concerning interconnection facilities, a Public Utility Commission of Texas hearings examiner has set a hearing in Austin. GBRA filed the documents in response to a second remand which the commission issued Nov. IO, 1988.
The March 23 hearing was called because the examiner is unable to conclude from documents filed bv
Burglary suspects sought
Crime Stoppers is paying up to $1,000 this week for information leading to the arrest and indictment of persons involved in the recent burglary of Woodlands County Club in Canyon Lake.
Unknown suspects entered the club by prying the front door onto the grounds open Feb. 16 or 17.
Suspects drove a golf cart over the course and greens
after taking four golf cart keys. Golf shirts, a golf bag and several golf balls were also taken.
Later in the week, an employee of the club located some of the stolen items in a wooded area across Canyon Park Drive, but not all property was recovered.
Persons with information about the burglary should call Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS. Callers are not asked to be identified.
blocks 1-35 traffic
Two northbound lanes of Interstate 35 near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center were blocked early today when a stolen 18-whcclcr flipped after hitting a guardrail.
“The driver struck the guard rail, lost control and rolled over,” said New Braunfels police spokesman Martin Mayer.
The driver of the truck walked away and has not been located, he said.
The 1987 truck hauling a 1980 nailer was stolen from D.J. Malinger truck sales in Austin. “The truck was there on consignment,” said Sgt. Kevin Clayton, New Braunfels Police Department.
The accident occurred at 4:46 a.m. in the 1600 block of Interstate 35. Traffic was diverted onto the access road, Mayer said.
Commission looking for format approval
The City of New Braunfels Arts and Cultural Commission is asking City Council to approve criteria and a format for submitting grant applications for allocation of hotel/motel room occupancy tax.
The commission has established a
uniform grant application format so all organizations will submit the same information on similar forms.
“It’s asking the same things we’ve always asked,” said City Secretary
See APPLICATIONS, Page 2A
Nuclear plant calls alert after accident
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A small amount of radioactive material was released from the McGuire nuclear power plant, but officials said today there was no danger to the public.
An alert, the second-least serious emergency classification, was declared at 11:45 p.m. Tuesday at die
plant by officials of Duke Power Co., which owns die plant. The utility notified state and local authorities of the alen at 12:01 arn. today.
Utility officials said the release of radioactive material is “within the conservative operating sped Please* NUCLEAR, Page 2A
Hugh Parmer plans run for U.S. Senate
AUSTIN (AP) *— State Sen. Hugh Parmer, a Fort Worth Democrat, said he will announce a bid for the U.S. Senate today with a rally in the Texas Senate chamber and a statewide tour beginning with a visit to San Antonio.
Parmer, 49, will seek he Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Sen. Phil Gramm in 1990.
A Fort Worth native, Parmer first was elected to the Texas Senate in
1982. He was an honors major at Yale, and holds a master’s degree from the University of Texas-Arlington.
Gramm, a former Democratic congressman from Bryan, won die Senate seat previously held by John Tower in 1984. In winning that seat, he defeated a Democratic state senator, Lloyd Dogged of Austin.
County officials hammering out duty transfer
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Transferring payroll duties from county auditors’ offices to treasurers’ offices has been called a “statewide fight,” an outright political battle and a “fight for survival” in Comal County.
And the 10-month battle continues locally as Comal County Auditor Bate Bond and Treasurer Betty Engelhard! try to hammer out who docs what.
“As long as we have the treasurer’s office, it should remain in the treasurer’s office,” Engelhard! said Tuesday about payroll duties. “I think we will eventually get jt straightened out.”
“Who cares who does the payroll?" Bond asked Monday after another round in commissioners court. “What difference does it make as long as your paycheck is right?"*
“Maybe you better get back together” to work out details, Judge Fred Clark told the two. “I don’t like the division here myself.”
The war was waged May 26, 1988, when Texas Attorney General Jim Mattox released an opinion calling for payroll duties to be delegated to county treasurers.
But Bond’s former payroll clerk — now the treasurer’s payroll clerk — moved to her new office Feb. 14 with more than payroll duties. She took personnel files, workman’s compensation, deferred compensation and retire-
County Auditor Bate Bond
ment filing duties.
For practical purposes everything was moved associated with that job, Bond said. “But Commissioners Court had designated me to be the correspondent in all three of those areas.”
A written agreement between Engelhard! and Bond was presented lo commissioners Monday slating the payroll clerk would prepare the reports and the auditor would audit and sign the reports and serve as correspondent.
Confusion mounted when Engelhard! said she understood she would be correspondent.
Precinct I Commissioner J.L.
Treasurer Betty Engelhard!
“Jumbo” Evans expressed concern about where people would go for advice about retirement and other compensation.
Bond said Tuesday he will “attempt to try to work with the treasurer," The battle isn’t a protection of turf as some think, he said.
The battle “seems to be that way statewide," Engelhard! said.
Bond said in June it was a “statewide fight that has come home to roost in Comal County.
“County treasurers in the state of Texas are in a fight for survi-
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GF.RA Jan. 23 whether interconnection and interconnection facilities arc located on federal property.
The commission sent the case, which was filed against the river authority by Canyon Lake Arca Citizens Association, back to the hearings
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Today is to be a real nice day with plenty of sunshine and the trend is expected to continue. The high unlay will reach 65. Tonight will be cool with a low of 40.
The high Thursday will climb to near 70 under sunny skies and the low Thursday night will be 48.
New Braunfels Middle School PT A will host a meeting Thursday at 7 p.m., to be followed by an open house in honor of Texas Public Schools Week. Everyone interested is welcome and youngsters who will attend middle school next year and their parents also are invited to attend....
American Red Cross will hold its general membership meeting March 20 at 3:30 p.m. in the Friendship Room at Eden Home.
All Red Cross volunteers arc urged to attend....
A new set of colors donated to American Legion Comal Post 179 by 14 members of the Schneider family will be dedicated Sunday at 5 p.m. at the post. Erwin A. Schneider was a 43-year member of Comal Post 179. The ‘old set’ of colors will be used strictly for funeral honors for departed veterans. On the program for the 70th birthday of the American Legion will be guest .speaker Ken Wallingford, field representative for the Vets’ outreach program of the Texas Land Bank. A 20-minute movie by Anthony H. Doerfler, public relations representative for the Confederate Air Force museum in Harlingen, will be shown.
At 6 p.m., a meal of sausage and beans will be served. Women are asked to bring a covered dish.
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