New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 22, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 91
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
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The New Braunfels llerald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Rick Zavala, Margaret! “Mickic” Matthews, Veronica E. Hernandez, Stephan Sassman, Jennifer Allison, Louis Montcz, Kenney Rose, Alton Hanz, Opal Bar-ganicr. Bonita Martinez, Vance Braunc, Linda Bchrcndt, Frankie Pace, Edmond Bchrcndt, Janie Villareal, Rafael Martinez and Irena Mac Ivey.
Celebrating Saturday birthdays arc Dane C. Musto, Ray Dittmar, Richard Dittmar, LuLu Salgcr, Rob Choate, Kelvin O’Bryant, Becky Krueger, Margaret Turner and Brian Ridgeway.
“Happy anniversary” today to Richard and Debbie Davidson.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Call our receptionist the day before at 625-9144 we’d like to share in the greetings.
Benefit car wash
Burger King employees Saturday will be washing cars to benefit the Comal County Senior Citizens’ Foundation’s fund drive for the new senior center on Landa Street. They’ll be washing cars at the Burger King at Interstate 35 and Seguin from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and at the new center at 655 Landa St. during the same hours. They’ll wash the car for free but arc asking for donations to help with the renovation of die old shopping center into a facility for senior citizens.
New Braunfels artist Simon Medina unlay will submit a painting lo the folks organizing the Tejano Conjunto Festival in hopes that they’ll select it to be the artwork for their 1991 poster promoting the May 13 festival. Medina who works al Symons Corp., said the artwork will be judged Saturday at Rosedale Park. Good luck, Simon.
McKenna Memorial Hospital is hosting a Saturday morning call-in radio show called “To Your Health,” on KGNB AM 1420 This Saturday’s guest is oncologist Dr. John P. Whitecap who will discuss breast cancer. He’ll return next Saturday to talk about colon cancer. Tile show is from 8 to 8:30 a.m.
Storteller Orli Roictn and puppeteer Natasha La Ghana will join forces next Thursday to present a shadow puppet performance and workshop at the New Braunfels Children’s Museum in Courtyard Shopping Center. Rotem specializes in interactive storytelling and creative drama, while la Gitana’s specialty is shadow puppetry, lliey will present a show based on
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County to seek legislative aid
Expansion of County Court-at-Law’s civil jurisdiction sought
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON New* Editor
Comal County Commissioners Court approved a resoluuon Thursday to seek the Texas Legislature's assistance in expanding the civil junsdicuon of Comal County Court-at-Law at the request of Judge Fred Cark.
“b’s an issue of streamlining and the administration of justice iii the county,’’ said local lawyer Thomas Blunuer.
Commissioners will forward U) Rep. Edmund Kuempel the resoluuon that asks the Legislature to increase the junsdicuon of the co un by increas mg the amount in controversy of civil cases from $20,000 to $50,000.
lf legislation is passed. County Coun-ai-Law Judge Fred Clark’s work load will increase because he will be hearing some civil cases normally heard down the hall rn Distnct Court.
“I think this is an opponumiy for us not to act in a crisis situauon but to agaui plan for the future as we do in anything,” said County Judge Carid Casteel “This county has been very fortunate that it has never waited unul it got hit ut the fate with a mud pie and then tried to get oui of a mess.” District Court Adnumsuaior Martin Allen said the legislation would provide another avenue for attorneys to have quicker access to the court Three district judges and one visiting judge serve Comal County.
There are many umes when you go to district court... and because emu mal cases have priority by statute, and by our Consniuuoii, you end up in a situation where you are there somcumes tour to five hours waiting to be hcaid on a very simple mailer,” said local lawyer Bruce Boyer “To hell with the lawyers, I don’t care ti they have to sn there, but I do have lo care in my own mind that the clock is ticking,” said Precinct I County Cutiunissued J L. “Jumbo” Evans, who made the mouon to pass the resoluuon.
lf legislation were to tass increasing the jurisdiction, attorneys would have the option of tiling those civil cases in cither district coml en county court-at-law.
Judge Clark was unable to .mend the thursday Commissioners Court meeting bul sent a letter lo conuiussionejs mat slated: The judge nas nine to handle more judicial duues .aal has a vacant coumooiit lo try mole civil cases if filed.’’
Currently Comal County Court-at-Law has a S20,UUU I mu muon on cases. House Bill ob is pending in the State Legislature that would met case the civil junsdicuon uiKrum to $100,UUU in all coun-at-laws rn the state. Casted said the legislauon the court will ask kucmpci to poi sue will not include an auiomauc salary increase for the judge.
In the letter, Clark stated tort and Deceptive Trade Prucuce Act cases rn most instances exceed $20,000 and therefore are not filed rn Comity Court-at-Law.
I he $20,000 limit has not changed locally since 1977, Claik said. “Twenty-thousand dollars in 1977, when adjusted by inflauou, is equal to $40,000 in 1991.”
The Comal County Bai Assocrauon passed a resolution recently in support of lncieasmg the junsdicuon of the court.
Pf tx met 2 Commissioner Ned Omguulc voted against Ute resolution.
"That court is busy, there s no question dial it is busy and they are actively working,” L>aigmde said. “'This will increase the workload. There's no quest!on iii my mind the addruonai clerical staff will be required to hear these UXI eased junsdicuon (cases). '
ConuiussroncJ bv ans, Preciixi 3 Commissioner Patricio Pat Hernandez, Precinct 4 Conmussiouer Moms “Moc" Schwab and County Judge Canel Casteel voted for the measure.
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Mexican Ambassador to the United States Gustavo Petricioli addresses conferees at thtCiwic Center (Photo by Erik Kartsson)
Texas ‘bridge budder’ honored
Rep. ‘Kika’ de la Garza feted at local reception
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Nsws Editor
Described as a man who has worked at building bridges between Mexico and the United States, U.S. Rep. E. “Kika” de la Garza was honored as Texan of the Year Thursday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
‘This is an exceptional honor,” said de la Garza, “...you have given my family a great honor.”
The congressman was honored by more than 200 Mexican, American, local and state officials and area residents Thursday night as the 25th Annual Texas Legislative Conference kicked off with the Texan of the Year Reception.
“Everyone has his high noon, his day in the sun and for those who have touched my life along the way, this is it,’’ de la Garza said “For biose who touched my life along the way, the teachers, the parents ... the military, the Navy, die Army, my wife and family and all the friends that have seen me move in the political hierarchy, you made it possible."
A host of United States and Mexico officials touted de la Garza, a native of Mission, as a distinguished man who deserves the title, Texan of the
U.S. Rep. E. ‘Kika’ de la Garza
Year. The congressman has represented the 15th Congressional Distnct for more than 26 years.
Edward R. Madigan, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, read a letter to the audience wntten by President George Bush, who was named Texan of the Year in 1982 and whose wife Barbara Bush received the same honor in 1990
“Congratulations to your distinguished honoree
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Selection always big job
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N#w* Editor
An advisory committee to the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce works each year
to find the “right” person to serve as Texan of the Year
The 1991 Texan of the Year Award was pre senied to U S Rep. E. ”K ika" de la Garza Thursday night at the Civic Center de la Garza also is chairman of the Agriculture Committee.
Last year’s Texas of the Year Award was presented to First Lady Barbara Bush.
Previous awardees include Robert W Calvert rn 1974; Leon Jaworski in 1975; Lady Bird Johnson in 1976; Dolph Briscoe in 1977; George H. Mahon in 1978; John B. Conrail I y in 1979; Abner McCall in 1980; Anne Armstrong in 1981; George Bush in 1982; Lloyd Benisen m 1983; John Ben Shoppers! in 1984; John Tower in 1985; John Traegcr in 19gt>; James A. Baker 111 in 1987; Phil Grimm in 1988; and William P. Hobby in 1989.
Members of the advisory committee are Glenn Biggs, general chairman of Intercontinental Financial Corp., S.T. Burrus, of Reagan, Burros. Dierx-sen, Lamon Blunder; George E. Christian, vice
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Legislative Conference under way
By STEPHANE FERGUSON
The benefits of a possible Mexico-United States-Canada Free Trade Agreement will boost the economies and create new jobs in those countries as a new era of cooperation begins, according to national and international officials.
“We are m the process of historic change,” said John D. Negroponte. U.S. Ambassador to Mexico.
‘Times have changed. The stage is now set for a U.S.-Mexico-Canada Free Trade Agreement which will benefit as all. To state those benefits in a word all I need to say is jobs. ”
Negroponte joined other U.S., Mexico and Canada officials today at the Civic Center in New Braunfels for the Texas Legislative Conference today to discuss the nossible Free Trade Agreement.
“It (FTA) must be understandable Thai is to say it must cover the interchanges between our two countries. That its implementation be established in a reasonable transition.” said Mexico Sen. Mario Niebla. chairman of the Foreign Trade Committee. Niebla spoke with the help of an interpreter, who was Hector Tamayo, assistant city manager with the city of New Braunfels.
The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote on the issue of a Free Trade Agreement in May.
“Mexico is changing,” said U.S. Rep. Charles W. Stenholm, member of me Agnculture Committee. “It’s mr third largest trading partner rn the world. >niv Canada iud iaoan are •triter."
Don 9e worn st. ommissioner of me U.S. mtemauonar Trade Commission. oui Mexico s “drastic voiu-ion” from a closed economy to one of he world's most Den lias not gone innouceo by U.S. policy mixers.
“A new. revitalized Mexico aas lead to the sharply increased UJS.- Mexican trade winch has created mousands of jobs on Doth sides of the Hinders. ’ Newquist said.
Gustavo Petricioli, Mexican Unbassador to U.S., reused the efforts of a Bee Trade Agreement.
“We rn Mexico want to be pan of
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Breaking cloud cover and winds from the north and northwest, gusting to as much as 25 mph, could carry dust into die area today. Yesterday’s high in New Braunfels was 79 degrees, followed by an overnight low of 64. A high of 84 is expected today, with a low dropping to alnmi 50. Weekend conditions could find lcnqicia-lurcs iailing from the mid 80s lo ncai 50 hoi more weather inhumation, see Page 2A.
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Dentist seeks District 3 seat on council
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
Joe Kuehler, a dentist, filed Wednesday for the District 3 seal on New Braunfels City Council.
“I thought about it before ... and dismissed ii, but my patients and friends encouraged me to file,” he said.
Iliey wanted me to seek election for City Council because “Oley fell I was conservative Kuehler and level headed ”
While “i’m IMM out lo change the wot Id, I feel we have a fine conin rara ly here and I would like lo do what I can lo see ii slays dial way,” Kachier said
As a native of New Braunfels aud a 21 ycui resident in Dismal 3, Kuehler believes he undcistands what lite cm zeus in his legion want and teds “ui lune wadi lite district aud needs of die
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