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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas 4G iChqolbus rn in I jiH rf II II Bus accident investigation leads to recommendations WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal safety officials are calling for tougher drunken driving laws and want the oldest one-fifth of the nation’s school buses off the road, in response to the United States’ worst alcohol-related highway accident.    _    _    __ See Page 5A Travis stuns NBI-0 in bi~district soccer For the second consecutive year, the New Braunfels Unicorns were knocked out of the soccer playoffs in the first round. On Tuesday the Unicorns lost a 1-0 decision to Austin Travis, despite several close scoring opportunities. See Page 13A *-I WW-7 XV/ C.C./ VV    IOO SO-WEST MICROPTJBLI SH I NG 2201 BROOKHOLLOW PUZ SHUTTE 300 ARLINGTON, TX 76006 children all day long Mom still knows best. Children who eat breakfast tend to perform better in their classes, according to new research that supports what Mom-and many tcachcrs-havc long believed. See Page 1B New Braunfels -LUI, # Zeitun Wednesday Vol. 137, NO. 98 707 banda St. New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 March 29, 1989 25 Cents Two Sections, 24 Pages Regulators take control of MBanks Local bank retained by corporation DALLAS (AP) — Less than two days after Dallas-based MCorp announced it would seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. transferred the deposits of 20 insolvent MBanks to a newly chartered institution wholly owned by the FDIC. The failed banks, subsidiaries of MCorp, were to reopen today as units of The Deposit Insurance Bridge Bank, National Association, of Dallas. The move late Tuesday night came after the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency declared the banks insolvent, said Lee Cross, director of communications for that agency. “From the depositors’ standpoint, they won’t notice any difference, except for a change in name,” Cross said. The comptroller determined the 20 institutions were insolvent and turned them over to the FDIC’s bridge bank. The banks are in 20 different Texas cities, including Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston and Austin. The five remaining banks in the MCorp system are not involved in the transaction and continue to be owned by MCorp, federal officials said. MCorp spokesman George A. McCane did not answer telephone calls to his office early today and did not return a telephone call placed to his home by The Associated Press. “All banking services to customers of these banks that failed will continue uninterrupted,” Cross said, “The only difference is ... the management selected by FDIC will be operating these banks.”Sm REGULATORS, Page 2A MCorp is retaining ownership of MBanks in New Braunfels, Brownsville, Corpus Christi, El Paso and Waco as well as the trust and investment subsidiary MTrust. Federal banking regulators late Tuesday night declared 20 of the corporation’s 25 banks insolvent. The deposits of those banks were assumed in a newly chartered bridge bank owned by Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. “Tile five remaining banks and MTrust form the nucleus of a new beginning for MCorp as the parent company intends to reorganize under protection of Chapter 11 of the Federal Bankruptcy Code,” MCorp officials said this morning. “The managers and directors of MBank New Braunfels consistently attempted to make our bank a good institution for New Braunfels,” said Joe T. Scibold, chairman of the board and chief executive officer for the local institution. “The staff represents many years of experience and the majority have been with the bank dating back to the Guaranty State Bank days,” said Scibold. The local bank had been Guaranty until 1984 when Mercantile Bank and Southwest Bancsharcs merged. It retained its name until 1985 when it was renamed MBank. See LOCAL, Page 2A Police seeking robbery clues By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer An almost four-month record of no local robberies was broken this month when an elderly woman was robbed in the Wal-Mart parking lot and two convenience stores were hit New Braunfels detective Mario Guerrero, who works robbery detail, said he has received a couple of leads to help solve the robberies, but he is continuing the investigation. The Pit Stop, 1015 S. Seguin St., was robbed Monday night at 9:35 when two Latin males collaborated and robbed the clerk at knifepoint of $14 worth of beer. Police said the clerk observed a Latin male, approximately 18 years old, 5-fcct 5-inches tall and 130 pounds, walk into the store and ask to use the restroom. “He went into the restroom and the (clerk) started mopping the floor. She heard the door buzzer go off about three minutes later and started to turn around when another Latin male” entered the store, the police report stated. The second male, described as approximately 18 years old, 5-feet 7-inches tall, 125 pounds, stopped SM BURGLARY, Page 2A ■    NEW    BRAUNEIS POLKE DEPT. Tnr J 'un MiM'Trifi    m    m    t A Latin mate held the clerk at the Pit Stop on Seguin Stn&efat knife point while his partner stole beer from thecooler, He is described as approximately 18 years old, 5-feet, 7-inches tall, 125 pounds, messy hair and unclean. Man arrested for burglaries A New Braunfels man remains in the Comal County jail in lieu of a $20,(XX) bond on charges of burglarizing Lone Star School and a local residence in February. Bonafacio Torres, 17, 1849 W. Michigan St., is charged with burglary of non-habitation for the school burglary and burglary of habitation for the residence. Both charges carry a $ 10,000 bond. Austin police officers arrested Torres March 22 in Austin while serving the two warrants issued by the New Braunfels Police Department. Torres was arrested without incident at his residence there, said New Braunfels Police Department detective Mario Guerrero. Lone Star Primary, 144 Hidalgo, See ARREST, Page 2A Downtown drive reaches fund goal NBISD backs plan to eliminate TEAMS testing for first graders By DAVID BUILTA Start Writer New Braunfels Independent School District has joined with a number of districts across Texas to endorse proposed legislation to eliminate the Texas Educational Assessment of Minimum Skills test for first graders. tb Trustees unanimously adopted a resolution in support of legislation to eliminate the first-grade testing at a regular board meeting Tuesday night. Two bills in opposition to first-grade TEAMS testing have beal introduced in the House and one in the Senate. “Almost every state educational group has come out against criterion-referenced testing for first graders,” said * Mike Fitsko, NBISD assistant supertindent for curriculum and instruction. “I think it’s crazy. There is no research that supports testing for that age of children.” Superintendent Charles Bradbcrry said all administrants and teachers in the district’s primary schools support legislation which would be sent to the Texas House and Senate to eliminate TEAMS testing at grade one because they believe it is a needless and ineffective exercise for the students and teachers. “I personally support it (legislation). I feel like it is a worthwhile endeavor for us to try to be cooperative and oppose the testing,” Bradbcrry said. “The New Braunfels educators appreciate your support TESTING, Page 2A New Braunfels business people have raised more money than originally anticipated lo revitalize downtown New Braunfels. City Council voted Jan. 23 to hire a downtown coordinator as part of a downtown revitalization effort. It challenged the private sector to raise 25 percent of the money to fund the position with the city providing 75 percent. Council gave 120 days for the private Rector, which included individuals, Downtown businesses, financial institutions, and service organizations, to raise its portion of the funds. With more than a month remaining, $21,800 has been received in the city manager’s office. Council approved a $50,752 budget for the director, a clerk, travel and training, equipment, CISD gets Learning the ropes new deal for buses Comal Independent School District will purchase 20 new buses using a new method of finance which lowers interest costs. Trustees Monday unanimously authorized the issuance of public property finance contracts in the amount of $700,000 to finance the purchase of the new buses. The contracts will extend over a five-year period. Bus warrants traditionally have been used to finance bus purchases, said Abel Campos, CISD finance director. Public property finance contracts became available to school districts more than a year ago and arc less expensive than bus warrants or lease-purchase agreements. Campos anticipates the finance contracts will have interest rates ranging from 7 percent to 7.5 percentover a five-year period. CISD will earn interest on funds from the sale of the contracts before    Annecke Goetz©, left, and Katja Kuntz, employees the buses are delivered in about IO    0f the City of Braunfels, Germany, worked with Car- m<^s-    .    .    .    ....    .    olyn Hawk, right, in the Parks and Recreation even/Va^” explaining^    department last week. They are working with the Will invest in govemmem securities to    Flre Department this week and will work at City Hall offset expenses.    and the Police Department before heading back to Sm buses, Pag* 2A    Braunfels. Goetz© and Kunz are employed by the office space, supplies, telephone, and dues and subscriptions. Originally, revitalization supporters hoped to raise $ 12,700. “We arc about $10,000 over the goal,” said Texas Commerce Bank President Bob Smith. “I would expect that it will be very possible to be in the $24,000 range. This is a two-year pledge so we have $22,000 for 1989 and a like amount for 1990.” The project was organized by Smith, Council Member James Good-bread; Marian Benson, president of the Downtown Association; and Car-roll Hoffmann, a downtown businessman. Smith said there have been 52 contributors, including individu- See DOWNTOWN, Page 2A Officer uninjured in wreck City of Braunfels and will be working in various local departments during their stay in New Braunfels. They arrived March 20 and will leave April 15. Goet-ze and Kuntze are currently guests in the home of Amo and Jimmie Becker. Other hosts will be Dennis and Cash Hermes and Helgard Suhr. (Photo by Deryl Clark) A New Braunfels police officer was not injured when he wrecked his police car on Seguin Street Tuesday night while attempting to stop a traffic violator. Two-year police veteran Bill Spence, driving a 1988 Ford police car, and Vicki Marie Mitchell, driving a 1979 Jeep C-J were northbound on Seguin Street when the accident occurred. The wreck happend in front of the Sonic Drive In, 700 block of South Seguin Street, at 8:37 p.m. “The police car activated his overhead emergency lights to make a U-tum to pursue a traffic violator and in the process of the U-ium was struck by the other car (Mitchell) in the rear comer panel behind the back door on the driver’s side,” said New Braunfels Police Department spokesman Martin Mayer. Both cars received a damage rating of 3, Mayer said. “That’s not exactly a fender bender, but it’s not a total either.” Damage ratings range from one to seven. Sa* WRECK, Pag« 2A Good day Be prepared for plenty of sunshine. Today’s high, under partly cloudy skies, is expected to reach the mid 80s with southwest winds between IO and 15 mph. Tonight should be fair and mild with a low near 60 and southwest winds between 5 and IO mph. Thursday will be warm again, with a high in the upper 80s and an overnight low of 57. A cool front will keep temperatures in the 70s Friday with a low Friday night in the upper 40s or low 50s. Inside: CLASSIFIED............................4-7B COMICS.....................................12A CROSSWORD.............................3A DEAR ABBY.............................11A EDUCATION................................3B ENTERTAINMENT.....................10A HOROSCOPE............................12A KALEIDOSCOPE.....................1-3B OPINIONS....................................4A SPORTS...............................13-15A TV LISTINGS.............................12A WEATHER...................................2A Stammtisch Canyon High School seniors and their parents arc invited lo a Project Graduation planning session tonight at 7 p.m. at Canyon High school.... Carl Schurz Elementary PT A will have an open house at the Thursday meeting at 7 p.m. Officers will be elected and interested parents arc urged to attend this important meeting.... Rain or shine, ducks will race down the Comal River Saturday at noon. The Rubber Ducky Race will raise money for the Comal County Women’s Center as the ducks race with the tide in Landa Park. The Women’s Center offers emergency shelter and a 24-hour crisis line for battered and abused “We will have lite race no matter what type of weather we have,” said center director Patty Yznaga-King. “Rain or shine, the ducks will he in that water.” Registration forms are still available at local stores and at the Women’s Center office. The deadline to purchase your ducks is today. AII entries must be postmarked or turned in today. Entry fees will not he accepted at the park. Tile ducks will begin the race at Pat’s in the Park and float to the mill run. The first ducks to cross the finish line will be declared the winners. First place prize is $5(X); second place, $250; and third, SKM). KENS-TV anchor Gary DeLaunc will be the celebrity guest and will start the race at Pat’s. Safe City Commission Director Don Ferguson will emcee the race. Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer will judge the winners. For more information, call the center at 620-7520. The Women’s Center crisis line number is 620-HELP.... Area residents will have an opportunity to go “Behind Closed Doors” Saturday from IO a.m. to 4 p.m. to view six beautiful homes in New Braunfels ami SM STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2A ;