New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 22, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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War looms in Central America
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) - The leftist San-dinista government says it verges on war with neighboring Honduras because of escalating fighting between army troops and Honduran-based rebels that has killed 270 people since February.
“Our troops, planes, tanks, artillery and our entire armament are ready to take action against the anti-Sandinistas and the puppet armies of any country,” Defense Minister Humberto Ortega told a news conference late Monday.
“The situation is serious, not from the threat of the (rebel) bands, but from a danger of war with Honduras because of the support that the Honduran army gives these groups.”
The government identified one of the rebel organizers as Adolfo Calera Portocarrero, a businessman who owned a Coca-Cola bottling concession in Nicaragua until he left the country in December for exile in Costa Rica.
Two hours after the news conference, 20 policemen took over the bottling plant, telling workers that they were “intervening” because the plant’s earnings had been used to support the “counterrevolution.”
It was not immediately clear if the government intended to close the plant, which employs an estimated 1,000 Nicaraguans.
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Hearing scheduled tonight on new hunting regulations
See nicaragua, Page 14 Nicaragua, Honduras — hostilities rising
The annual hearing on proposed hunting regulations for next season is tonight at the New Braunfels Police Department.
According to next year’s regulations — proposed by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department — shooting spike bucks would be legal in Comal County.
This is in direct opposition to the regulations adopted by Com
missioners Court for this last hunting season which ended in January.
Last year the court vetoed the regulations proposed by the state commission, thus making it illegal to shoot spike bucks.
Tonight’s hearing, which begins at 7, is held each year to allow local hunters to voice their opinions about proposed regulations prior to adoption.
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Witnesses say suspect 'drunk'
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Testimony txgan late Monday afternoon in the involuntary manslaughter trial of Thomas Henry Young, in connection with the April 19.1982. death of Jimmie Muemch Seventeen-year-old Muemch, a long-distance runner at Canyon High School, was killed when he was struck down by Young’s Jeep Wagoneer. Muemch was jogging on the Interstate 35 access road near Richter's Trading Post mobile home park when he was hit.
‘ The state intends to prove that Thomas Henry Young was intoxicated when he left the Gourmet Inn, that Jiminy Muenich was struck in the back by Young's jeep, and that he died of a busted neck and massive internal injuries," District Attorney Bill Schroeder said in his opening statement Wednesday Testimony began in 274th District Court, with Judge Fred A. Moore presiding, at 3:30 pin The state’s first witness was Clement Richter, owner of the mobile home park near the accident scene He was sitting on his front porch on April 19, and heard a noise from the highway “It was an unusual noise, because it wasn’t metal to metal It was a sound like something hit
something else it shouldn’t have hit," Richter testified, adding he saw Young’s jeep slow down after the noise "The jeep started backing up, and the farther away it got. the faster it went.”
In cross-examination, defense attorney Ken Furlow of Beaumont asked Richter, “From the time you heard the noise and drove to where Muenich’s body was, did any cars pass by on the access road’1" Richter said he could not recall accurately after almost a year had passed Testimony indicated that Young drove to the Sac-n-Pac at the intersection of Highway 46 and Highway 81, where he was arrested by New Braunfels police. He was arrested for driving while intoxicated, and later indicted for involuntary manslaughter by a Comal County Grand Jury.
The state's second witness was the Sac-n-Pac cashier on duty the night of the fatal accident. She testified that Young stumbled several times, getting from his jeep to the door of the store. She stated, in her opinion, that Young was drunk."
She testified Young came into the store, said he had hit something or someone, and asked the clerk to call the police "Did the defendant tell you where the body was?," Schroeuer asked the witness.
See TRIAL, Page 14
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morning. Free surplus cheese was being given away there, and the business was brisk, as the photo showsComputer, map firms irk appraisal directors
ByDYANNE FRY Staff writer
Directors of the Comal County Appraisal District talked about personnel Monday night. Outside contract services were as much discussed as the in-house office employees.
The board is keeping a close watch on Thomas Y. Pickett Inc., whose 1983-84 contract for commercial and industrial appraisals was approved over the protest of two board members. Brocks reported that the firm’s appraisers have been to the district's two main cement plants, owned by General Portland Inc. and Texas Industries, respectively. They’re scheduled to make the rounds of the commercial properties in the next few weeks, he said
Pickett also holds the contract for computer service. Director Arnold Moos asked Brucks whether the company was doing as well as he would like on that end of the business.
"They’re doing a real good job, but I think they could be doing a little bit better," Brucks said.
"If they could be doing better, that’s not doing a real good job," Moos said.
Brucks had some problems last year with getting things out of the computer the way his staff, or tax assessors from the district's participating governments, wanted them. He told directors that this year, he was trying to correct some of those problems by suggesting program changes here and there.
"But you have to be careful with computers," he added. "If you change a program one place, more often than
not. you’ll mess it up somewhere else.”
‘i’m afraid they (PickettI overextended themselves, they took on more than they could handle," Moos said.
Brucks and board chairman I^eroy Goodson admitted that could be true. When the board first contracted with Pickett in 1981, appraisal districts were a new entity. And T Y. Pickett was, apparently, relatively new to the computer business.
Brucks said that even today, the company seems to have a high turnover in the computer-service department.
"It seems like every time I call down there (Pickett’s home office is in Corpus Christi) I talk to somebody new. They’ll say something can be done, and then they’ll find out later
that it can’t,"he said.
Directors also asked about Tobin Research Inc, whose maps of the district are overdue.
“They promised us March,” Moos grumbled The project is reported to be 20 percent complete. The appraisal district includes all of Comal County and outlying areas of the Comal Independent School District, New Braunfels ISD and the City of New Braunfels. Brucks has maps of some portions of Comal County, and company representatives say they are 20 to 30 percent finished with other areas, he said.
The report is essentially the same as it was last month, but Tobin still thinks it will have the maps done in a couple of months, Brucks said.
He gave directors a brief review of his own staff, and what each member
Goodson asked the bottom-line question. "Do you have enough personnel that you’ll be able to get the tax roll out to the entities on time?"
Brucks showed his usual caution in answering. "Yes ... I think so."
His staff started from scratch last year in re-appraising every property in the district, and assimilating records from at least four different tax offices. This year, he said, the workers have a "feel” for how long it will take to do a particular job, and can manage their time better.
Right now, they’re checking the records for coding errors, trying to clear up some of the discrepancies that showed up on last year’s rolls. Brucks doesn’t promise he’ll have them all weeded out by the end of the year — maybe next year.
When CTSD tax assessor E W. Neuse got his roll late last fall, he complained that some properties which had been sold over a year ago were listed under the previous owners’ names. Brucks thinks he’s gotten to the bottom of that problem.
His staff relied on the deed records in the county tax office. However, in some cases where property has been sold but hasn’t been paid off yet, the deed remains in the old owner’s name.
Appraisal office clerks listed it that way on the roll. But that caused problems, since the new owner, in most cases, was the one that was supposed to pay the taxes.
"Now, we’U list them "care of” the new owner, and put it under his name in the alphabetical listing." Brucks said.Right-to-work bill gets support from Chamber
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
A bill being considered by the Texas House proposes that an amendment being added to the state’s constitution relating to an individual’s right to work.
The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce has gotten behind this bill and plans to urge Sen. John Traeger (D-Seguin) and Rep. Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin) to do the same.
“The right-to-work law is a great incentive to Texas’ business and a great incentive to our future,” said Tom Bluntzer, chairman of the Chamber’s state affairs committee.
Speaking before the Chamber’s board of directors Monday, Bluntzer sought that group’s approval to a resolution that called for the amendment’s passage.
Chamber directors unanimously granted their approval to Bluntzer’s proposal and Chamber president Donnie Seay noted that “as a part of the constitution, it makes it much harder to revoke it (right-to-work law).”
According to this bill, known as House Bill 28, the constitution would be amended by adding the following:
“A person may not be denied employment because of membership or nonmembership in, or payment or nonpayment of a thing of value, to a labor organization.
See CHAMBER, Page 14
Principal hires lawyer after contract non-renewalInside
Smithson Valley High School Principal Lilia Mae Cogdill has hired an out-of-town attorney for “advice,” following the non-renewal of her contract for next year.
"What happens next will depend on his recommendation," Cogdill said Tuesday. “My actions, a hearing in front of the school board or whatever, will be based on his advice.”
Cogdill’s two-year contract, which was set to expire this year, was not renewed March 15 by Comal Independent School District board of trustees after a marathon executive session. But Cogdill said she has never been "officially notified” why her contract was not renewed.
“I received a letter from (board member) Dr. (Kenneth) Wunderlich, that said my contract was not being renewed," Cogdill said. "But no reason was given why.
"I have discussed with (Superintendent) Dr. (Edgar) Willhelm what I’ve been doing out here (at SVHS). But I do not know why my contract was not renewed.”
On March 16, Dr. Willhelm said Cogdill’s contract was not renewed, “based on overall observation of Mrs. Cogdill in the fall and the spring. The board acted on my recommendation,
which was the contract not be renewed,” he added.
Mrs. Cogdill said Tuesday, "I have a copy of the fall observation report, and he’s sending me a copy of the spring report.” Asked if there was anything on the fall report that would be substantial enough to cause her non-renewal, she said she had no comment.
Ads of support for Mrs. Cogdill, signed by the "Faculty and Staff at Smithson Valley High School," appeared in local newspapers last week. Asked for her reaction, Mrs. Cogdill said, "I appreciate the support, but I don’t want the teachers to do anything to get themselves in trouble.
“We have an outstanding faculty here, good students, and we’ve all been working together for a fine school. The students’ parents are very involved. We’re unified, and the improvements have not been overnight.”
Before she came to SVHS two years ago, Mrs. Cogdill said she had heard "the students were horrible, and the faculty was worse. That’s just not so," she said Tuesday. "Scholastically, and in extra-curricular activities, our students are very competitive.”Today's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for cloudy and cool today, cloudy tonight with a 20 percent chance of light rain, and cloudy Wednesday with a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms.Around America In 365 Days
It doesn’t have quite the same ring that Juies Verne’s classic tale does, but Ben Cohen’s story has some highlights of its own. Cohen quit his job and is in the midst of a one-year "perimeter tour” of America — by bicycle. Cohen jiedaled through New Braunfels last week, and his story is on Page JSomething Fishy At EPA?
A White House aide admitted yesterday that he discussed upcoming governor’s races — including Texas’ — with Superfund administrator Rita I^avelle, fueling suspicion that the Reagan administration used the fund, created to clean up hazardous toxic waste dumps, for political purposes. See Page 3.
Staff photo by Frances bridges