New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
A one-car accident claimed the life of a Spring Branch youth Tuesday afternoon on Rebecca Creek Road.
Johnny Raymond DeLeon, 18, died of massive head injuries after being transferred by Spring Branch EMS to Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio following the mishap at 3:20 p.m.
DeLeon, a senior at Smithson Valley High School, was one of seven passengers in the bed of a truck driven by Stephen Charles Schedlbauer. DeLeon fell from the bcd when he stood up as the vehicle rounded a slight curve on Rebecca Creek Road near Cypress Cove Road, according to the report by Department of Public
A cool front is blowing through the area today, you have noticed the high winds this morning. But those winds were supposed to blow the cool right down to the coast by this afternoon. Today’s high is expected to reach 75 with an overnight low of 56. Thursday will see partly cloudy skies with a high of 75 and a low of 63. Friday will see a high of 80 and a low of 56. Saturday and Sunday will see highs in the upper 70s and lower 80s and overnight lows in the mid-50s. No rain in the forecast.
If your youngsters have spring fever this weekend, Saturday’s kite workshops at the New Braunfels Children’s Museum in Courtyard Shopping Center may be the solutions. Children can participate in the workshops, at I and at 2:30 p.m. (no new projects will be started after 2:45 p.m. Saturday), for $2 which includes admission to the museum and the cost of supplies. Kites made in the workshops will hang ai the museum until the March 30 Tastes of the Town at the Civic Center. That evening, visitors to the ‘Tastes’ will sample treats from 30 area food-related businesses and will vote on their favorite kites in such categories as most colorful, etc.
Tickets to the Tastes of the Town, from 6 lo 9 p.m., are available at the museum, Buck Pottery, Citizens National Bank, Krause Books, The Gold Bow, Whataburger, Sizzler, The Overlander in Marion, Lack’s Furniture in Seguin, and Zales in North Star Mall....
Safe City Commission continues its neighborhood meetings Thursday at 7 p.m. at Canyon High School for residents living in the Paisano, Kuehler, and Seville sn eel neighborhoods. For more information, call 620-SAFE....
Canyon High School drama department presents Scapino a one-act play Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in the high school commons area. Tickets are $2 in advance and $3 at the door for the comedy....
Foothill Country Personal Computer User Group has established regular monthly meetings each
Safety Trooper Michael Heitkamp.
The vehicle was traveling at approximately 30 miles per hour at the time of the accident, Heitkamp said.
Schedlbauer, who was driving a vehicle owned by Inez DeLeon at the victim’s request, was cited for not having a driver’s license.
Other passengers were Jason David, Debbie Reddish, Marie Davis and Rose Davis all of Spring Branch; also Laura Rios, Yvette Gutierrez, and Charles Michna of Bulverde; and Robert Kittcr of Mirana City.
The other passengers were not injured.
votes for fees
Water-oriented businesses using Cypress Bend Park as a pick-up point may be asked to pay a fee for using the city facility.
The Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is recommending City Council charge a flat $500 annual fee to businesses using Cypress Bend Park to pick up tubers.
“I’ve been talking to Rick Rivers of Rockin R River Rides for the past three weeks. They are the primary users of Cypress Bend Park as a customer takeout,” said Parks and Recreation Director David Whatley.
Rockin R and Guadalupe Outpost have made voluntary donations for use of the park. Whatley said oilier businesses also use Cypress Bend Park as a takeout, but do not contribute anything. At least five outfitters have used Cypress Bend Park in the past.
“I don’t have any problem,” said Zero Rivers of Rockin R. “We use die park a whole lot and the main reason we use it is because it is cost effective
work program for prisoners
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Keeping low-security prisoners out of jail and on highway cleanup crews would save Comal County money and benefit those convicted by performing some good old-fashioned labor, says Comal County Court-At-Law Judge Ronald Prichard.
“I personally don’t think laying around watching TV” is as rehabilitative “as a little elbow grease,” Prichard said.
Prichard and other county officials are exploring the feasibility of a prog
ram, which allows certain low-risk prisoners to choose between picking up trash along highways or sitting in jail for their punishment.
“It sounds like a good idea,” said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer. “I think it would help the overcrowding situation and it would also benefit the county.
“I certainly would be interested in it and willing to give it a try.”
Persons who can’t pay their fines and ultimately end up in jail also
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Locals back payment bill
Spring break is coming just »n time for all.the cases of spring fever in town. The recent March winds have been blowing in some warm weather and helping to feed the kite-eating trees such as this one The forecast looks like it will be good kite weather all week with highs in the 70s and 80s and lows in the upper 50s and low 60s. Never fear, spring break actually starts Friday afternoon for local schools. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
From STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS
A bill recently approved by the Texas Senate allowing judges to charge probationers up to $50 for payment to local Crime Stoppers organizations will hurl those trying to straighten out their lives, critics of the legislation said.
Bul Don Ferguson, director of New Braunfels-Comal County Crime Stoppers, said the legislation is needed to ensure some income for the program’s reward fund.
“In these times of a faltering cco-
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Organizations facing deadline
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Organizations wishing to receive a portion of the city’s revenue from Hotel/Motel Room Occupancy Tax must submit an application to the City Secretary no later than 5 p.m. April 5.
New Braunfels City Council approved criteria established by the Arts and Cultural Commission to use in considering funding. The commission also has formulated a uniform application form to use this year.
The council-appointed commission will be using the following criteria when considering requests for funding:
— applicant groups should be an ongoing ans, cultural, or historical preservation group serving
the New Braunfels community.
— the primary objective of each applicant group should be the encouragement, enhancement, or preservation of artistic, cultural, or historic endeavors.
— each applicant group must demonstrate that hotel/motel tax funds are expended in a manner directly enhancing and promoting tourism and the convention and hotel industry.
— applicant groups should be tax-exempt, nonprofit orgaiuzations with a 501c-3 designation by the Internal Revenue Service. The commission will consider applicants who have made application and
Ikels elected chairman of Edwards directors
A Comal County Director of the Edwards Underground Water District has been elected lo serve as chairman of the panel for the next two years Dr. Kenneth G. Ikels, who has rep resented Comal County in the district since February 1985, said lite position he was elected to Tuesday will be a challenge. He replaces Bexar County Director Robert Hasslocher as chairman.
“It’s a big job,” Ikels said. “We are going through some difficult times since we lost two western counties. Our main concern will continue to be conserving, preserving and protecting the aquifer.
“We have a vestal interest in legislation now at the legislature,” Ikels
said, referring to a bill to regulate groundwater in the Edwards Aquifer. He and other representatives of the water district worked on the bill which was introduced to the House and Senate Friday.
“We even contributed money for lobbying,” Ikels said.
In addition to electing officers, directors of the water district also selected Gordon M. Clark as the new general manager. He replaces Tom Fox who resigned several months ago to join a San Antonio engineering-firm,
“With the new general manager and a new chairman we will go through a transition period then we’ll start moving on,” Ikels said.
Bank holding company estimates 1988 losses
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DALLAS (AP) — The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. says Dallas-based MCorp has estimated its banks’ losses in 1988 will exceed $900 milion, including a loss of $213 million in the fourth quarter.
FD1C officials said Tuesday the 1988 loss projection for MCorp’s 25 banks is the first revealed by the troubled holding company, which is undergoing an extensive audit by federal regulators and has not yet
reported final financial figures for last year.
The loss is the largest annual loss ever recorded by a Texas banking company and is further evidence of the company’s deteriorating condition, analysts say.
MCorp last fall requested a federally assisted bailout as problem real estate loans mounted.
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After looking over the city’s newest garbage truck, D.E. Jackson, left,
city sanitation and fleet management director, talks with driver Johnny Garcia about the new state-of-the-art garbage collection vehicle. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
are awaiting receipt of their non-profit status.
— each applicant will comply with all regulations and requirements pertaining to grant recipients including but not limited to financial reporting, and non-discrimination.
— groups should actively endeavor to involve the community in its management, and membership, and attempt to promote and educate regarding its artistic cultural, or historical objectives.
The commission will review funding requests at a meeting April 11 at 7:30 p.m. in the New Braunfels Utilities Meeting Room.
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writar
The city has received new equipment that is expected to bring local commerical garbage collection up to a state-of-ihe art level.
A 1989 Peterbilt front-loading commercial refuse collection truck was delivered to the city Tuesday. It is an addition to the fleet of two used front-end loaders recently purchased by the city. The new truck was budgeted in this year’s fiscal plan at a purchase price of $102,948.
“When I came in IO months ago, we recognized the need of commercial routes to upgrade our service to commercial and residential alike,” said City Manager Paul Grohman. “We have already made great strides iii better service with the two used front-end loaders, and this truck will just expand a good program.”
Features on the new garbage truck incorporate the latest technology and advanced design, said D.E. Jackson, director of sanitation and fleet management for the city. The vehicle’s capacity is 28,000 pounds of refuse, carrying 32 cubic yards in compaction and another eight yards in the hopper.
The three front-loading trucks are more efficient than (Mies which have
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Analysts say Bush plan to cut taxes for wealthy
WASHINGTON (AP) — Eighty percent of the tax benefits from President Bush’s proposed cut in capital-gains taxes would go to people with incomes over $100,000 a year, congressional analysts say.
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Rangers suffer I st loss;
NB closes in on playoffs
New Braunfels edged Smithson Valley 2-1 in a District 26 soccer match at Unicom Stadium on Tuesday. Both teams can now reach the playoffs with victories in their remaining games.
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with scrumptious pies
The month of March is full of special days to be remembered — the Ides of March on the 15th, St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th, and St. Joseph’s Day on the 19th.
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