New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 23, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Gramm pledges to help solve health care woes
LEVELLAND (AP) — Sen. Phil Gramm pledged to work to whittle the disparity in Medicare reimbursement between urban and rural hospitals, calling rural health care U.S. medicine’s No. I problem.
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Hot Cross Buns are delicious Easter treats
“Nearly eleven o’clock,” said Pooh happily. “You’re just in time for a little smackerel or something...” The little smackerel Winnie-the-Pooh is inviting you to might be a basket full of rotund, traditional English Hot Cross Buns.
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Smithson Valley and San Marcos will battle for the second and final playoff spot from District 26 in a winner-take-all soccer match tonight at Rattler Stadium. New Braunfels has already clinched at least a share of the district title.
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Vol. 137, No. 94
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
County officials say merger saves money
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By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Two Texas county tax assessor-collectors say consolidation of taxes saves money and is good for taxpayers, but warns there is some stiff opposition from other entities.
“The schools don’t like it,” said Betty Cleveland, tax assessor-collector of Jack County. “They have fought tooth and toenail against it. They are giving me a very hard time.”
Weather forecasters say the weather scene will cooperate this holiday weekend. The sunshine is expected to continue at least through Monday with a high today of 76 and a low tonight of 49. Friday should see early morning fog, with sunshine by afternoon and a high near 85. Highs through Monday are forecast to be in the low 80s with overnight lows in the low 60s.
The Safe City Commission neighborhood meeting for the Hillcrest, Carnation and Summerwood Drive area originally scheduled for tonight has been postponed until next Wednesday, March 29, at 7 p.m. at Faith United Church of Christ....
Landa Park and Hinman Island traffic barricades will go up at 7 a.m. Saturday to kick off the 1989 season. The barricades will be used during the weekends and holidays through the Labor Day weekend from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Weather permitting, all park operations, including the Spring-Fed Pool and the Prince Solms Park Tube Chute, will be open.
The Parks and Recreation Department offices will be open during the Easier weekend from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., but will be closed for Good Friday. The Landa Recreation Center will be open Friday. For more information, call die Parks office at 629-PARK....
Exotic cat breeds and champions from all over the United States will be displayed at the American Cat Fanciers Association Club cat show at the New Braunfels Civic Center from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 arn. to 4 p.m. Sunday. The taxdeductible entry fee for the show is $3 for adults and $2 for children and senior citizens and may be purchased at the door. Proceeds will go to a local animal foundation and to pay travel expenses for eight judges who will come from as far as illinois and Kentucky.
Sunday will feature an Easter Egg Hunt at noon at the Civic Center.
The American Legion Comal Post 179 is sponsoring a Country and Western Dance Saturday for
the membership and the public. Advance tickets are $3 per person (or $3.50 at the door) and may be purchased at the Post Home, 410 W. Coll, or at C’Bck’s, 121 E. Zipp Road ...
The voters of Jack County voted by a2-to-l margin Aug. 13,1988, to consolidate taxes at the North Texas county.
Comal County commissioners Neil Craigmile, Precinct 2, and Clyde Jacobs, Precinct 4, announced Monday they will start circulating a petition April I to gather 3,000 signatures needed to call an August election to consolidate tax assessing and collecting on the county level.
New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Charles Brad-berry, Comal Independent School District school board president Carter Casteel, and CISD Superintendent Bill Brown have expressed opposition to the move.
Brazos County, approximately 150 miles west of Comal County, completed consolidation of taxes in 1986
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Local business unaffected
Bill to improve business climate
Exempting certain Texas businesses with short-term inventories from property taxes — through proposed legislation — won’t affect the local Wal-Mart Distribution Center if passed, say local officials.
A bill introduced by State Rep. Stall Schluetcr (D-Killecn) proposes to exempt from properly taxes inventories and goods in transit that come into Texas to be assembled, stored, manufactured, processed or fabricated and then transported out of Texas in fewer than 175 days.
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eral manager Larry Duff said the New Braunfels center, which opened September 1988, won’t be affected by the legislation.
“We’re not servicing any stores outside of Texas,” Duff said. “What we receive here from all of our sources is being redistributed to stores within the South Texas area.”
State Rep. Hugh Berlanga (D-Corpus Christi) introduced a bill similar to Schluetcr’s.
“Berlanga thinks (the bill) is an
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Offices plan to close for holiday weekend
City garbage collection routes will be operated as usual Good Friday, but City Hall and other city offices will be closed.
New Braunfels Utilities will be open during regular business hours, while all Comal County offices will be closed.
Comal Independent School District’s tax office will close at 3 p.m. today and will be closed all day Friday. New Braunfels ISD offices will be closed.
Comal Appraisal District offices will be closed Friday.
MBank New Braunfels will close at 3 p.m. Friday. Other New Braunfels banks will be open as usual Friday.
The offices of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung will be open for normal business hours Friday.
New Braunfels Children's Museum hosted Jeremy Neesham of Kites
Etc. Wednesday afternoon to demonstrate the art of kite flying with several of the fancy kites he sells, such as this parafoil kite, in Austin and San Antonio. Youngsters also participated in more kite-making workshops in preparation for the March 30 Tastes of the Town spring fundraiser where the kites will serve as decorations in the Civic Center. For ticket (and activity) information, call the museum at 620-0939. The Easter Bunny will visit the museum Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and children are invited to visit him and decorate Easter eggs. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
March 23, 1989
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warning of hijack attempt
LONDON (AP) — American military personnel, diplomats and their families have been warned of a possible plan by Palestinian extremists to hijack a U.S. airliner in Europe on Easter weekend, British and American officials said.
The London tabloid the Daily Express said the possible hijack threat was detailed in a Friday-dated secret memorandum from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration and that it had been given a copy.
The British domestic news agency. Press Association, quoted an unidentified FAA spokesman in Washington as saying the alert was sent out to American airlines and airports worldwide.
The news agency quoted the spokesman as saying the alert “is very, very urgent. It is coded ‘information credible though not confirmed from a reliable source,’ but I can’t go into details.”
In Washington, FAA officials declined comment on the report. But other officials, who demanded anonymity, confirmed that the memo had been issued.
The Daily Express said: “American military personnel and diplomats and their families have been told of the threat, which centers on U.S. airlines. They were advised to alter routine plans to return home from Europe for
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Company bidding for MCorp
DALLAS (AP) — A Houston bank holding company that was saved with the help of federal regulators last year is now bidding to acquire troubled MCorp, a newspaper reported today.
The Dallas Morning News, quoting anonymous industry sources, said First City Bancorporation of Texas Inc. chairman A. Robert Abbout has approached federal regulators about bidding to acquire Dallas-based
Abboud is working on a bid with the New York investment firm, Donaldson Lufkin & Jcnrettc Inc., which helped raise the $500 million last April that allowed him take over Houston-based First City. That deal included $1 billion in FDIC aid.
Donaldson Lufkin officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday. A First City spokesman told The
News he could neither confirm nor deny any interest in MCorp by Abboud.
Combining First City, with $11 billion in assets, and MCorp, an $18.8 billion institution, would raise a host of issues for the government, particularly because of terms of the previous deal with First City.
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By STEPHANIE DAVIS Stat! Writer
When a child becomes a victim of abuse, his voice often isn’t heard by lawyers and adults, but a caring adult from the Comal County Child Advocacy group can help open those ears.
“Since children can’t speak for themselves ... there has to be someone to listen and (someone) who is trained to listen to a child in the way that he speaks and give that information” to a judge who is making a decision about the child, said advocate Carol DeHaven.
Comal County Child Advocacy Inc., which formed March 1985, allows trained volunteers to serve as independent, objective fact-finders and advocates for children who are wards of the court. Advocates supplement the work of child welfare caseworkers.
The organization became affiliated with the national Court-Appointed Special Advocates Association in March 1986.
“We really think Comal County needs this organization and it will be beneficial,” DeHaven said.
Advocates can be appointed by
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Program targeting high school burglary
Crime Stoppers is asking for the community’s help in solving this week’s Crime of the Week which is a burglary at Canyon High School.
Between March 13 and 14, unknown suspects took a stereo system from inside the band hall. The system consisted of a Realistic turntable, Realistic amplifier, Realistic equalizer and Realistic cassette deck.
There were no signs of forced entry into lite band hall.
The theft occurred between 5 and 7 a.m.
Persons with information should call Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS. Crime Stoppers pays cash for tips which lead to the arrest and indictment of felony crimes.
March of Dimes starts planning for 20k walk
The voices of young abuse victims often is not heard by lawyers and adults, but a caring adult from the Comal County Child Advocacy group can help open those ears. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Tejano music star Patsy Torres will serve as 1989 March of Dimes Walk-America honorary chairman.
“Our children are our future and I believe in what the March of Dimes is working for — a healthy start in life for every baby,” Torres said.
Gary Mathis has been named 1989 March of Dimes WalkAmerica event chairman. The walk is sponsored by Pepsi, SAS Shoes, Southwestern Bell, New Braunfels Kiwanis Club and New Braunfels Herald-Zeilung. The walk will be April 29 at 8 a.m. starting at Pat’s in the Park in Landa Park.
Mathis is a member of the Kiwanis Club and a local attorney. Serving in a support position as WalkAmerica team walk co-chairmen are LaMoyne Davis and Ray Ebert as well as member of the Kiwanis.
WalkAmerica ’89 sponsor forms will be available at K-Mart, Wal-Mart and Pal’s in the Park.
WalkAmerica ’89 is a 20 kilometer family fun walk. Prizes, trophies and awards are given for top money raisers, both team and individual.
For more information, call Mathis at 625-9362.