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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 12, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Troops head to    , Bush tries persuasion WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush is following his order to send more troops into Panama with an effort to mobilize diplomatic pressure for the ouster of Gen. Manuel Antonio Noriega, while remaining open to a negotiated departure for the military ruler. See Page 3 Committee considers cutting pari-mutuel tax / AUSTIN (AP) — Opponents of lowering the state’s take from horse race betting said cutting the tax rate now would break a promise to Texans who voted in 1987 to allow pari-mutuel wagering. See Page 6 avo _    r    pv."    Hied 300    7fc00^    l    ravis district champion baseball team F- ■ F.ay Austin Travis in a three-game series next week in the first round of the playoffs. Travis blanked Austin McCallum 4-0 Thursday night to earn the right to meet the Unicorns. See Page 10 New Braunfels ilV JJ L, Ll I am* mmm Vol. 137, No. 130 Friday May 12, 1989 25 Cents 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 One Section, 16 Pages Good day Blue chippers More rain is in the forecast throughout the weekend so keep that umbrella handy. Afternoon highs are expected to reach the 80s with overnight lows hanging in the mid 60s. Inside: CLASSIFIED...........................10-15 COMICS.........................................8 CROSSWORD...............................3 DEAR ABBY.................................5 ENTERTAINMENT.........................9 HOROSCOPE................................8 RELIGIOUS FOCUS..................4,5 SPORTS..................................10,11 TV LISTINGS.................................8 ■J Stammtisch Comal Independent Men’s Association’s 17th annual Fiesta Mex-icana starts tonight with a dance and queen coronation and runs through Sunday at Wursthalle in luanda Park. The fiesta annually raises money for scholarships for local youth. Tonight’s band will be Nick Villareal’s conjunto music from 8 p.m. to midnight. Tickets arc $5 and in New Braunfels, advance tickets arc available at City Pharmacy/Comal Drug, Focus 3 Hair Design, Hernandez Exxon, Butcher Boy, Schnapps House. Admission to the grounds is free and there will be plenty of food and drink, along with mariachi music, folkloric© dance groups, a jalapcno-cating contest, flea market and dart tournament.... Rudi Harst returns lo New Braunfels Saturday for his first performance in this arca. The dancing man will entertain youngsters of all ages at the New Braunfels Children’s Museum at 10:30 a.m. Harst, who conducts sing-alongs, juggles, performs magic tricks, and tells stories to communicate goodness and selfesteem through his songs and activities. Mothers will be admitted free to the concert. Tickets are $2 for the first child and S3 for dads and other adults. Family tickets are $5 for non-members ami S4 for members and arc available at the door. Following the concert, children are invited to participate in handprinting workshops to decorate all sorts of neat items such as aprons and T-shirts for mom or for themselves.,,. Hill Co'intry Lodge 185 SPJST will meet at Bavarian Village June I at 8 p m The youth club will begin us meeting al 7:30 pm ... Hill Country Driver Improvement Programs will host a Defensive Driving program al the Fischer Store Community Center May 16 and 18 from 6 to IO p m. Call Hap Becker at 935-2165 lo sign up.... Seniors from Canyon, Smithson Valley and New Braunfels high schools will be out just about all day Saturday washing cars in the parking lot on Wal-Mart in New Braunfels to raise money for their Project Graduation drug- and alcohol-free parties Support these youngsters and get a clean car at the same time. They’ll be there from ll am. to 5 pm,... Everyone wants to look younger and the drug Reun-A has been touted as the way to do it. At 6 pm. tonight, “Reun-A — Fountain of Youth or Fad?” will be presented at the Garza Street Classroom (across the street from McKenna Memorial Hospital’s main entrance). McKenna has presented a senes of community edu-cauon programs this week in observance of National and Texas Hospital Week. The program is free. Meanwhile, the second annual Toddler Run is Saturday morning Toddlers between IO arid 24 months will toddle IO yards on the grounds of the hospital ai 9 am. The ‘race’ is sponsored rn cooperation with the New Braunfels Runners Club and money raised from the entry fees will benefit the Maternity Center at McKenna. Admission to watch the race is free... Duo charged for drug possession Comal County and San Antonio law enforcement officers confiscated mcthamphetamines and arrested a Bulverde man and a San Antonio woman Thursday at a Bulverde residence. Edgar Albert Bocck, 40, and Susan Lee Dinn, 27, were arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance. Bocck and Dinn were released from the Comal County jail Thursday night after posting $25,(XX) and $10,(XX) bonds respectively, said Comal County sheriff’s office Ll. Rudy Rubio. The duo was arrested at Bocck’s residence at Route 2, Box 2823 by sheriffs authorities and San Antonio Police Department Repeat Offenders Program officers. They were arrested after a search warrant was served at 4 p.m. Approximately 20 officers participated, Rubio said. “We found mcthamphetamines over 28 grams,” said Rubio, adding the drugs confiscated arc valued at $1,400. The case is being handled by SAPD, Rubio said. San Antonio received information concerning drugs at the residence and requested assistance from Comal County, he said. Bocck and Dinn were magistratcd by Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart of Bulverde. The two adults were arrested without reported incident. City hires woman as downtown leader Sophomores Riley Hardy, left, and Paxton Brown, right, helped the New Braunfels Unicorns land in the thick of things at the state golf tournament in Austin Thursday. The Unicorns are tied for fifth in the event, eight strokes behind first place Highland Park. Only 10 strokes separate all eight teams, guaranteeing a dramatic finish in today's final round at the Morris Williams Golf Course (Photo by Deryl Clark) Bringing New Braunfels’ downtown to life will be the goal of a Gonzales woman who has been hired by the City of New Braunfels to coordinate revitalizing efforts. April Coldsmith will start her new job June 19. “The first goal... has to be assessing the current status of the downtown,” said New Braunfels City Manager Paul Grohman this morning. “Finding a baseline of information. At that point, we lay a foundation of ‘this is what we have and this is what we can offer.’ Then we start looking at needs assessment. What do we need lo fill in the gaps and what will make downtown more successful?” Coldsmith is currently the Texas Mainstrect Coordinator in Gonzales, where she has been since January 1988. The downtown coordinator will oversee a $50,752 budget. The budget See DOWNTOWN, Page 2 J ohnson sees hospital as sickness, health center of city As it heads into the middle of its 36th year in New Braunfels, McKenna Memorial Hospital will be “a true community hospital —- the center of health and education." During National and Texas Hospital Week. McKenna Administrator Johnny Johnson reflected on the hospital’s progress and its future. “I am very lucky to be in New Braunfels. It’s a great hospital and we have a great staff — both hospital staff and physicians — and volunteers ... we’d have a hard time without our volunteers,” Johnson said. In 1953, McKenna Memorial Hospital opened as New Braunfels Hospital with 40 beds in a smgle-story building. The hospital was built with money raised in the eommuimy and matched with a Hill-Burton Grant. In 1973, die hospital was re-named after Howard C. McKenna, who served as the board of directors’ first president and remained in that position for 20 years. I he hospital now has 116 beds in three stones. More than 300 people work at McKenna “We were constructed and we operate to provide hospital care for patients administered by physicians in and around the area,’’ Johnson said, estimating the hospital's service area con tains between 40,(XX) and 45,000 people. Approximately 1,200 patients are seen in the emergency room in one month, Johnson said. That number increases to about 1.400 during the summer and drops to about I,(XX) in the winter. which shows that die season has much to do with die number of patients in the hospital. Administrators know, for instance, dial Memorial Day, Labor Day and the Fourth of July will be busy days at the hospital, he said. The weather, the season, the lime of day, die sufficiency of water in the river, and the amount of alcohol consumed all are factors in the number of patients heading to the hospital. “Snowbirds also generate a fair number of patients,” Johnson said, adding that patients spending the winter in the south usually do not go to the hospital because of an emergency, but are admitted for follow-up care or routine tests. He said die winter visitors are good patients arui “are very good for our community.” After the most recent hospital expansion, completed in 1975, Johnson said he does not see any major construction in the near future. “Certainly not any more beds for a number of years to come,” he said. S#« HOSPITAL Pag* 2 Car window etching program continues Take a whirl By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer Nobody noticed die young man in the parking lot slipping in between vehicles and finding what he wanted He opened the unlocked door of a 1989 Suburban and conveniently found the keys in the ignition. This situation has happened more durn once in New Braunfels. And while the recovery rate of stolen vehicles locally is dwindling, local residents have to learn lo protect their property, authorities warn In 1983, authorities recovered 67 percent of vehicles stolen in New Braunfels. In 1988, the recovery rate dropped to 47 percent “The reason we’ve seen this decrease in the recovery raie is the increased profitability of stolen cars and stolen car parts,” said Sale City Commission Director Don Ferguson “A lot of our stolen vehicles are now being recovered in other jurisdictions, if they are being recovered at all. The chances are very good that many of our locally stolen vehicles are ending up in chop shops or south of the (Mexican) border, where they are being resold” The Safe City Commission, along with New Braunfels New Car Deal ers Association and Independent Insurance Agents of New Braunfels have banded loge!lier to drive auto thieves cml of town bv etching win dows with vehicle identification numbers. “One of the most cost-effective deterrents (of auto theft) is the etching of your Vehicle Identification Number into your vehicle windows,” said Crime Prevention Officer Martin Mayer of die New Braunfels Police Department. “It’s very important to etch your windows," Ferguson said. “lf that vehicle is destined for a chop shop, die etching of die windows will help make those paris traceable.” Chop shops are places where per sons illegally break down vehicles for (tarts to sell. Site PREVENTION, Page 2 A* A Arrest clears rash of car burglaries Garden Ridge police oil leers put an end to a rash of car burglaries Thursday after apprehending a 15-year-old Canyon High School student The Garden Ridge youth admitted breaking into 20 vehicles during the last two months, said Garden Ridge Police Chief Pants Dudley. The boy was arrested at Canyon High School, processed by juve-S## CAR Pay* 2 Crime Stoppers tip helps solve April SVHS break-in rf .*• jc r Crime Stoppers helped solve another crime this week when an informant led sheriff’s office deice lives lo two New Braunfels men charged with burglarizing Smithson Valley High School “We received enough information lo obtain two felony warrants,” said detective Richard Alvarez, Comal Couniy sheriff’s office. “The rnvesti- S«« BURGLARY, Pay* 2 Clements on cigarette tax: He’ll still vote no on bill *$\ AUSTIN (AP) — Although some lawmakers say they dunk the state’s short of cash to balance the 1990-91 budget, Gov Bill Clements disagrees Clements also says there s no tea son to consider raising the cigarette tax — or any other levy. With some legislative leaders say Sa* TAX, Pag* 2 Laurence Caldwell enjoys his hobby of woodworking and making small crafts and is selling the more than 20 whirligigs — pelicans, Uncle Sam, geese, ducks and other birds — that are on display in his yard on Butcher Street (Photo by Deryl Clark) ;