New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 9, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
10/22/99 1°3Home school supporters rally against law change
AUSTIN (AP) — Proponents of home schools should stand ready to fight proposed changes in state law, which could be affected by an appeals court ruling this year, a home education supporter says.See Page 3Cougars-Unicorns meet in season-ending game
Canyon visits New Braunfels at 7:30 p.m. today on the final night of the District 28-4A baseball season. New Braunfels, which fias already clinched the title, can finish 28-4A play with a 12-0 record while Canyon is seeking its fourth consecutive victor/.
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S'J I TE 300 arlington,W million on cleanup
VALDEZ, Alaska (AP) — Exxon says it has spent more than $95 million to clean up the Alaska oil spill and could have contained much of the crude if authorities hadn’t blocked the early use of chemical disper-sants. _ „ ^See Page 8
Vol. 137, No. 127
May 9, 1989 25 Cents
707 Landa St.. New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
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Lone Star expansion depends on state loan
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
A local company will create UK) more jobs in the next two years if a loan application prepared by the City of New Braunfels is approved by the Texas Department of Commerce soon.
New Braunfels City Council unanimously approved a resolution Monday night, in a regular meeting, to apply for money from the Texas Capital Fund to enable expansion at Lone Star Die Casting Corporation.
“If you want to have economic development in today’s highly competitive arena you must be willing to invest the time and effort,” said Tom Purdum, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. “The chamber staff has already
invested a great deal of time and effort and some money.”
Lone Star, located on FM 306, can’t expand or stay in New Braunfels unless funds are made available through a loan from the City of New Braunfels and the Texas Department of Commerce, said president Mans Scharringhausen in a recent letter lo Mayor Doug Miller.
Funds are needed to expand the existing facility to meet the needs of a major customer — Poulan/Wccd Eater of Arkansas — or lose that business.
lf the loan of $394,000 is approved, the local manufacturer will retain 55 current jobs, create 27 new jobs within the first stage of the project and crc-
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Miller elected mayor by majority
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Hometown boy Doug Miller unanimously was re-elected New Braunfels’ Burgermeister Monday night by City Council, while Councilmember Ramon Chapa Jr. was chosen to serve again as mayor pro-tcm in a 6-to-l vote.
“I just want to say before we go any further, I want to thank each and every one of you,” Miller told councilmcmbcrs after the vote. “It’s been a pleasure serving with you. I really do appreciate the honor that you’ve again bestowed upon me and I hope that this year I can be worthy of your nomination and your vote.”
Miller is an insurance agent-partner in the insurance firm Witting and Miller Insurance in New Braunfels. Miller was elected to
City Council members named Doug Miller mayor for another year Monday night._
city council in 1987 and elected mayor in 1988. Miller, who grew up in New Braunfels, was named as outstanding citizen by the Chamber of Commerce in January when he received the Besserung Award.
Miller, who is involved in many local organizations, said he wants to continue with expansion at the local airport and industrial development in his next mayorial term.
“I hope to see our city continue to attract new industry and businesses,” he said.
Miller said he also plans to take an active role in the 1990 Census.
“The Census ’90, I think is going to be important to our community because that will last our community for a decade,” Miller
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Grab a tall glass of lemonade and fan and sweat out today’s expected high of 97. Tonights low will be in the high 70s. Winds will be out of the south at about IO mph. Tomorrows high will be around 85 degrees with a slight chance of thunderstorms.
The United States Census Bureau has issued another call for temporary workers in this area. The work involves preparing address lists for the 1990 census. These outdoor jobs will last between two mid eight weeks, lf interested, go to the National Guard Armory,
2253 Interstate 35 N. at IO a m. thursday to apply. Interested per sons may call 512-841-5400 for more details....
Comal County Democratic Women will meet tonight at 7 at Otna’s Haus. Special guest for the evening will be Betty Walls, administrator of the Water Oriented Recreation District. Anyone interested in hearing more about lite district and its work is invited to the meeting....
In observance of National Music Week, the New Braunfels Community Chorale will present a musical program at 7:30 pm. tonight at Eden Heights. The New Braunfels Music Study Club (TMFC, NFMC) is sponsoring the week’s musical activities in New Braunfels....
The New Braunfels Music Study Oub (TFMC, NFMC) will meet at 7 pm Thursday at the Langston House Restaurant. Allen Moore, the scholarship winner for this year, will perform and Bill Knight will be at the piano. All members should make their reservations through Dorothy Johnson ...
The final New Braunfels Band Boosters meeting is tonight at 7:30 p m. All parents are encouraged to attend ....
The mutual alumni meeting and scholarship dinner for the Comal County chapter of the Texas Tech Ex Students Association is Friday night at Schwamkrug’s Steak House RSVP by tomorrow by call mg Mike Doheny at 635-7551 (work) or 629-2163; or Nile Riedei ai 625-7366 (work) or 625-1240 A reception is at 6:30 pm with the dinner at 7:30. Program will be by Taylor Mc Nee I, assistant athletic director al Tech; and Jim Douglass, assis
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Chances for law enforcement grant die when Guadalupe County backs out
Joe Meza, with his wife Clara, was honored last week upon his retirement atter 35 years at McKenna Memorial Hospital. His cake featured a fishing scene arx! thats what Meza plans to ’ do now (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Retiring Meza planning lots of fishing, golfing
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For 35 years, Joe Meza has been everyone’s favorite handyman at McKenna Memorial Hospital. He retired last week lo become his wife’s favorite handyman.
“It’s piled up at home,” said Joe’s wife Clara of the chores site bas wait mg for Joe ai home “I just hope he’ll do them He likes to go fishing and to play golf ”
May 2 was Joe Meza Day at McKenna. Dozens of co-workers showed up to honor him at an afternoon party. Along with a huge cake, Meza watt presented with a certificate and an engraved silver platter honoring him for his dedicated service. His friends in maintenance gave him a rod and reel, tackle box and a lounge chair made by co worker Armando Garcia The employees in the purchasing department presented Meza with a hammock.
Meza was bom rn New Braunfels rn 1923. Fie served in the United Stales Navy during World War ll and when he returned home, he went lo work at Mission Valley Mills, where he stayed for six years
Meza began his hospital career ai New Braunfels Hospital, an institution where Bluebonnet Motors is now located on Seguin Avenue “I didn’t really like that job," he said One month after McKenna opened in 1953 (it, loo, was called New Braunfels
Hospital), Meza began his 35-year stint there
“I started as a yard man. I didn’t last long in the yard and they transferred me to janitor,” Meza said before the party. He was made a shift engineer by his boss, Benito Pfaiuiv tiel, and thafs what he’s been ever since
“I used to help out in OR (the operating room),” Meza said, remembering that he has worked with many of the doctors at McKenna Memorial Hospital. In the “old days,” New Braunfels Hospital, renamed McKenna Memorial Hospital in 1973, employed about 75 people, Meza said And he knew them all.
“We had two operating rooms, one emergency room, one X ray room, one labor room, one delivery room, five maids aid two men," he said “We Iud about seven doctors that I knew real well,
“Now we’ve got four emergency rooms, four operating rooms, and four X ray rooms, a big nursery, four or five labor rooms and two delivery rooms,” said Meza, adding that he knows every comer of the hospital welt.
“He’s performed a variety (rf jobs,” said McKenna Administrator Johnny Johnson “From helping patients in
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4Godmother’ Cactus flower
says she was held hostage
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The woman police call the “godmother” of a drug smuggling cull that killed 15 people said she was held hostage by group members after the ritual slayings were discovered.
Sara Aldrete Villarreal on Monday said she belonged to the cull and described its leader as “enigmatic and mysterious ” But she again denied any role iii the mutilation slayings at a ranch in Matamoros near the U.S. border.
“I have never in my life participated in a human sacrifice,” the 24-year-old woman said at a news conference. “I am sorry because of alt the things that happened, I’m sorry because rf ail the killing.”
“I don’t know how I got into this without knowing what it was,” she said.
Mexican authorities said Adolfo de Jesus Comtanzo and Aldrete, a former honor student al Texas South-most College in Brownsville, directed ihc human sacrifices and other rituals, including mutilations and boiling of brains and organs
Authorities said the rituals were meant to bring occult protection to the drug nng, which allegedly trafficked in marijuana to the United Slates.
Aldrete and four others were arrested at a Mexico City apartment Saturday after a gunfight with police.
Consumo, 26, and his right hand man. Man rn Quintana Rodriguez, were killed Alvaro de Leon Valdez,
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Things of beauty can come from some pretty ugly things sometimes During this week s hot spring weather, prickly pears all over the area are sporting yellow and orange flowers amidst their spikes, making for some wildflower viewing of a different kind . (Photo by Deryl Clark)
A $92,000 diminishing state grant designed to track traveling criminals in Comal County and surrounding towns was killed Monday when Guadalupe County decided not to get involved.
Hic agency, designed to involve Comal, Guadalupe and Hays counties and New Braunfels and San Marcos law enforcement personnel, was geared to solve interlinking city-county crimes. The grant, which decreases each year, requires each entity to pay approximately $2,800 the first year. The crime agency would be totally funded by the local entities after five years.
Guadalupe County Judge James Sagehiel this morning said Guadalupe County is not interested in getting involved and would not take action on the gram.
Comal County and Hays County commissioners and New Braunfels and San Marcos city councilmcmbcrs voted in favor of the task force Monday. All five entities
needed to vote in favor of the grant application for it to he submitted.
“If this program is as successful as I think it can be, next year and the year after that we would probably be able to bring in counties from all over the Hill Country into this system and defray their costs of it,” Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer told commissioners Monday. “That would set up a system of exchange of information on a formal basis that would generate a lot of reports that would give our officers a tool to work with and we wouldn’t be out there shotgunning.
“By combining all the information and having it analyzed, I think we can eliminate or at least help each other solve a lot of these burglaries and other crimes," Bremer said May I during a workshop meeting. “These
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Suspect pleads guilty to indecency
A 23-ycar-old man, living at Canyon Lake, pleaded guilty to a charge of indecency with a child Monday in district court and received a 10-year probated sentence.
Carlos Melgar, who was arrested in February and charged with indecency with a child and aggravated sexual
assault of a child, was sentenced by District Judge Charles Ramsay. Aggravated sexual assault charges were dropped for a plea of guilty on the other charge.
Melgar, illegally in lite United States, was sentenced to leave the United States for IO years, within 30
Javs of the order. He was also fined $500.
Melgar was arrested after an investigation by the Texas Dcpui intent of Human Services and the Comal County sheriffs office. His charges stemmed from incidents involving a 2-year-old child and a 6-ycar-old child.