New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 8, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 81
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
March 8, 1991
One Section, 14 PagesBest wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday greetings today to Helen Wehman, Lil Smith, Clobie Cayse, Jon David Gonzales, Janie Munoz, Hilmar Schriever, Glenn Mack Sr., Juana Garcia, Robert Hofer, Gary Wayne Kennedy, and Julie Offer. Saturday birthday greetings are extended to Patty Scheel, Celina McNeill, Frank Saenz, Andrew Farias, Amulfo Villela, Alma Vil-lcla, Sandra Preuss, Fred Clark, Robert Woodward and Karen Morin. Belated wishes to Mike Welsch, whose birthday was Thursday.
Happy anniversary to retired US AF Ll. Col. David L. Cook and his wife Helen on their 50th anniversary today.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Call our receptionist the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in die greetings.McGruff at Kroger’s
Area youngsters are invited to visit with McGruff the Crime Dog Saturday at Kroger’s grocery store on U.S. 81 between I and 5 p.m. McGruff will give the youngsters tips on “taking a bite out of crime,” along with Safe City Commission Director Mike Grist. Grist will return to Kroger’s March 12 and 13 from 9 a.m. to I p.m. both days to register vehicles in the HEAT program. Help End Auto Theft utilizes car stickers that allow law enforcement officials to stop your car if it is on the streets between I and 5 a.m. The program is free and is an attempt at curbing car theft. Jog-A-Thon Day
Today, students, parents and friends of New Braunfels Christian Academy will be participating in die school’s major fundraiser — the sixdi annual Jog-A-Thon. Each participant has collected sponsors who have pledged money for each J lap die jogger completes around a measured course. This year’s Jog is the largest ever with participants turning in approximately 3,2(X) sponsors. Tile fun began at the NBCA campus, 995 Mission Hills Drive, at 9 this morning,Volunteers needed
(hi March 13, geologists from the Texas Water Commission will be in New Braunfels lo conduct two training sessions for anyone assisting diem with the Edwards Aquifer Protection Project. The project will taken an inventory of potential sources of ground water eonian ii nation surrounding public supply wells that draw water from the Eld wards. There have been approximately 30 wells identified in Comal County, but the majority of these are located within the New Braunfels city Imutes, Volunteers
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Attorney applauds Comal County’s tax levy
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
An Austin attorney working with the delinquent tax accounts of Comal County says the amount of taxes the county imposes has dropped over the
“Every place else where I go the levy just goes up year after year after year," said Gilbert T. Bragg of McCleary, Veselka, Bragg & Allen. “Your citizens here ought to be real happy.”
Bragg presented an annual reported to Comal County Commissioners Court Thursday during a workshop session on the status of delinquent taxes in the county.
In 1986, the county levied S6.7 million in taxes; in 1987, the county levied $6.6 million; in 1988, the county levied $5.8 million and in 1989, the county levied $6.3 million, according to county figures.
County Tax Assessor-Collector Gloria German said the county’s sales
tax helps supplement the budget.
Bragg also said the amount of delinquent taxes being collected also is encouraging.
“Over a seven-year period, of every dollar of delinquent taxes you’ve given me to work on we’ve collected 75.4 cents on the dollar," he said.
The Austin firm has worked for Comal County since March 1983.
Bragg said in the past seven years, Comal County has given the law firm more than $2.3 million worth of delin
quent taxes to collect.
As of March I, 1991, the county lias $575,706 of delinquent taxes owed to the county.
Bragg said the percentage of tax levy going delinquent also has been steadily decreasing since 1986.
“If that trend continues IMI be out of a job one of these days so I really hope it doesn’t, but it’s good for you, he said.
Bragg said each July the firm
begins working on the most current delinquent tax year. On March I, 1991, the updated files shows the reduction in delinquent taxes fun
• 1984 reduced by 82.91 percent.
• 1985 reduced by 86.81 percent.
• 1986 reduced by 82.04 percent.
• 1987 reduced by 79.95 percent.
• 1988 reduced by 67.49 peaxm.
• 1989 reduced by 41.08 percent.
Bragg said he never stops working on collecting delinquent taxesStammtischGood Day
After a high Thursday of 69 and an overnight low of 45, New Braunfels will experience more spring-like weather today with partly cloudy skies and a high expected of 67 to 70. Tonight’s low should drop to about 41, The weekend will continue to be die same with highs iii die low to mid 60s and overnight lows in the lower 40s. No rain lias been recorded in March, leaving the year’s total to date at 7.67 inches. For a forecast, see Page 2.
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WEA THER...................... 2Worker injured in 15-foot fall
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Start Writar
A contractor working Thursday at die Gruene Wastewater Treatment Plant fell approximately 15 feet and landed on his back on a concrete slab.
James Harrison is listed in fair condition today at the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at Methodist Hopital in San Antonio.
“Nobody was working with him side by side, bul apparently he was climbing over a form (concrete model) and for some reason he lost his footing and fell, and that’s the best we know," said Ralph Hoog of Lambda Construction.
Oik; of die other workers saw the man fall and told him to remain sud until an ambulance arrived.
I Ie was taken lo McKenna Memorial Hospital in New Braunfels and then to Methodist Hospital in San Antonio.
“I talked to him rn the emergency room and told him there were some workers who were concerned about him. He told me, ‘Tell them not to worry about ii because PII be back to work in about three or four days’,’* Hoog said.
Brothers David and Michael Gillian try their hand at kite flying Thursday at Memorial Elementary The stu dents flew kites during physical education, music and library periods as part of activities associated with Texas Public Schools Week. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
County, inmate working out their differences
By SI EPHANIE FERGUSON Editor
Comal County Commissioners Court set an expenditure cap OI $35,000 thursday lo make Nome “minor corrections ’ in the jail (nilling the county on the road to settling a conflict with an inmate.
"We think we’ve got a solution to our [problems,’’ ^ard Comal Co laity Judge Carter Casteel.
The county’s ongoing conflict with Robert Delgado K*guu when he tiled a fedeiai lawsuit against the county while he was an inmate in die old county jail. He said die jail was in (lour condition. The judgment in 1982 called for the building of a new jail facility, now located ai 3005 W. San Antonio St., and outlined inlier cond) tons h #>; met by the county.
Then Delgado was arrested ut the summer of 1989 on a lobbery charge and incarcerated at the new jarl facility. He said the jail was not meeting certain conditions set out rn the original judgment decree and filed a complaint Delgado curienUy is incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division.
Attorneys, Delgado and county
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Jury hands up drug indictments
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Na wa Editor
A number of the persons arrested in the latest Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force drug roundup in February were indicted on delivery charges Wednesday by a Comal County grand jury.
Indicted on drugs charges were:
•Armando Ayala, 17,1800 block of Katy Street, delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
•Suzanne Brooks, 25, River Oaks, delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine.
•Bryan Braun, 31, Canyon Lake, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana.
•Fidel Rivera Jr., 24, 1400 block of Jackson Street, delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
•Neal Lawton, 20, Canyon Lake, delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine and delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana.
•Joan Gonzalez, 31, 600 block of Butcher Street, two counts of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
•Michael Barganier, 28, 900 block of U.S. 81 West, three counts of delivery of a controlled substance, methamphetamine.
•Charles Morgan, 31, 400 block of Hackberry Ave., delivery of a controlled substance, marijuana.
•Nancy Weaver, 28, 600 block of Butcher Street, delivery of a controlled substance, cocaine.
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for five holdups
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
A New Braunfels man linked to five local convenience store holdups last year has been sentenced to . IO years in prison on five counts of aggravated robbery.
Andres Cabclle Gomez, 18, of New Braunfels was sentenced Thursday before District Judge Fred Moore on five counts of aggravated robbery at the Comal County Courthouse.
His sentences are to run concurrently and he will be incarcerated in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Institutional Division. He also was assessed a $1,000 fine on each case.
Gomez was arrested Oct. 24, 1990, after New Braunfels police linked him to five convenience store robberies.
New Braunfels Detective Ba^il Boatright said Gomez was unemployed at the time of the robberies and said he needed some spending money.
Second graders at Goodwin Primary School begin a patriotic gala Thursday with a march. (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)
Students host patriotic gala
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
Rousing renditions of Texas Our Texas and Grand Old Flag set the stage Thursday when second graders at Goodwin Primary School hosted a patriotic gala for teachers and parents.
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel gave students a short lesson on how to be good citizens
“I’ve tried to be a good citizen,” the judge told the second graders who asked questions about county government.
“All of us have an opportunity to contribute something regardless of who we are, how tall we are, how short, how skinny, how chubby,” Casteel said. “It doesn’t make any difference there’s a place for everyone of us to do something to make our world a better place."
The second graders gathered in the cafeteria after lunch wearing red, white and blue paper hats and enthusiastic about singing and being patriotic.
Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts wore uniforms, earned flags and led the procession.
School Principal Randy Dry said he was pleased with the patriotic ceremony.
Dry said the students seem to truly grasp the meaning of patriotism and enjoy singing the songs and reciting the pledges.
Goodwin Primary School is in the Comal Independent School District and is located on Church Hill Drive in New Braunfels.
The ceremony Thursday was scheduled in conjunction with activities associated with Texas Public Schools Week, which runs from March 4-8.