New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Bush vows veto in minimum-wage showdown
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush promises to veto “faster than the eye can see” a raise in the minimum wage and Republican lawmakers are confident Bush will win his first domestic-policy clash with Capitol Hill’s majority Democrats.
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TEAMS changes OK’d, dropout license banned
AUSTIN (AP) — The House tentatively approved legislation that would eliminate the student basic skills test for first-grade students and broaden the exam for other grades. In other action, the House tentatively approved a bill that would prohibit driver’s licenses tp for dropouts under age 18. See Page 5
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After letting Game I slip away from them in Austin, the New Braunfels Unicorns promise to show no mercy in the second game of the the best-of-three series with Travis High tonight at Unicom Field.
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Vol. 137, No. 134
May 18, 1989 25 Cents
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Mostly sunny and hot today with a high near 94. Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low around 68. The outlook for Saturday through Monday shows a chance of thundershowers Saturday with otherwise sunny, hot and humid conditions. Highs will hover around 95 with lows in the 60s.
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The Concerts in the Park return tonight and the weather should be great for the first night of the annual event in Landa Park. Concerts in the Park are sponsored by the city Parks and Recreation Department, Miller Wholesale Beer, Gayncs Productions and KGNB Radio and feature Thursday-night musical entertainment under the stars.
Tonight’s band, with free admission, will be the Fifth Army Band from Fort Sam Houston. The next concert is May 25 (that band has yet to be determined). June I entertainment will be provided by Grucnc’s Crossing. Last year, between 3,5(X) and 4,000 people took advantage of the loci family-atmosphere entertainment. Remember, no glass containers are allowed in the park, but bring your lawn chairs, blankets and coolers....
Our traveling photographer,
Dcryl Clark, this morning found a somewhat soiled, but nicely wrapped wedding present in the middle of the street at the intersection of Walnut Avenue and San Antonio Street. We have the gift here and if you call and identify the names on the card attached to the present, it’s yours....
All students at Smithson Valley High School are invited to party chemical-free at the Beach Party at Canyon Lake Beach (in Hancock) at Shelter #1 Saturday from 4 to ll p.m. The celebration will feature a hayride, swimming and dancing and is sponsored by the Smithson Valley Parent-Student Network, lf you have any questions, call Sharron Sharp at 885-7602....
Comal County Sportsman Association is hosting a fish fry Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Sportsman Hall at 252 S. Kowald Lane. Tile public is invited to partake of some good fish....
Several streets will be closed beginning this week for various reasons. Riverside Drive between Summerwood and Saddlewood will be closed today through May 26 for a small drainage project.
Crews will be installing pipe so travelers will have to find another route.
New Braunfels Utilities crews will be working cm sewer projects in the West End and Grape Street from Mill to Bridge will be closed Friday through Monday. Then, Mill Street from Grape to Hidalgo will be closed Monday through Friday. These are partial closures and traffic can go through, but slowly.
Meanwhile, Santa Clara from San Antonio to Eikel remains dosed for drainage work there....
In preparation for the opening of a Puppet Theatre, New Braunfels Children’s Museum is offering two puppet-making workshops Saturday. From 10:30 to 11:30 am. or from I to 2 p.m., young-
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State gets temporary custody of children
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
After a two-day child custody hearing, visiting judge Herman Gordon of Houston has upheld a previous temporary order putting seven children under the auspices of the Texas Department of Human Resources temporarily.
The department will serve as the managing conservator of Virginia Melgar’s children until August, when another hearing is scheduled.
The court upheld Wednesday the prior temporary order signed by County Court-At-Law Judge Ronald Prichard May 8, but recorded into record in February, allowing DHS to take custody of the children after Virginia’s husband Carlos Melgar was released from county jail.
When Melgar was released May 8, DHS went to the Melgars’ trailer in the Oakland Estates Subdivision and took custody of all children.
Mr. Melgar, 23, an illegal alien, pleaded guilty to indecency with a child May 8 and was given 30 days to leave the United States and return to Guatamala for IO years. He is the father of three of the seven children and step-father of the other four.
The children, ranging in ages from 6 months to 13 years, will remain under the care of DHS. The department has the authority to allow visitation between the mother and the children. Carlos Melgar has been ordered by the
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WORD will ask state for help at two parks
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
Concern over the decline in quality of fishing and park usage on the south side of Canyon Lake has prompted the Water Oriented Recreation District board to appeal to Texas Parks and Wildlife for help.
Darold Wingert, president of die Startzville Business Owners Association, addressed the board during its regular meeting Wednesday. According to Wingert, Comal and Cranes
Mill parks have declined in quality and are suffering lost patronage as a result. Wingert said the parks have not been maintained and the fire ants have scared away visitors.
“We spend $80,000 in Potters Creek Park and we can’t even clean out the brush in Cranes Mill and Comal parks,” Wingert said.
In his recommendations lo the board, Wingert suggested changing Cranes Mill and Comal parks into recreational vehicle centers. He also
asked for the board’s support in encouraging Texas Parks and Wildlife to stock more hybrid striped bass in Canyon Lake.
The board decided to write a formal request to Texas Parks and Wildlife to study and restock the area. The board also decided to look into private donations and restocking the fish itself.
Another issue considered by the bor rd was the debate with marina
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Local administrators support decision on teacher reports
Recent rains quenched the thirst of Comal County and left behind some hot humid weather. The needed water gave an extra growing boost to flower beds and vegetable gardens, along with weeds, such as these which have shot up along the picket fence. The forecast calls for highs in the 90s for the next few days with another chance of thundershowers Saturday. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writar
Local administrators applaud the State Board of Education on its decision to require school superintendents to report terminations of teachers due to criminal activity.
The state board voted to require that if an educator is fired for any of five reasons, the superintendent must report that person to the commissioner. Teachers will be reported if they are found guilty of sexual or physical abuse of a minor child, possession or sale of an illegal drug, illegal transfer or expenditure of school property or funds, or commission of a crime occurring in whole or part chi school grounds.
They also will be reported if it is discovered they have attempted to fraudulently obtain or alter any certificates or permits that would entitle them to higher professional postions or additional compensation related to those positions.
“I support it. I feel that any time you have a problem like that in your district, you don’t want to pass that problem chi to another district,” said Bill Brown, superintendent of Comal Independent School District. “You want to get that file out to the rest of the school districts.”
“If that’s what the state wants, I have no problem with it. I don’t see how it’s going to benefit NBISD any, since we check out all our employ
ees,” said Charles Bradbcrry, superintendent of New Braunfels Independent School District.
The state board also voted that half of all teacher observations must be scheduled by day and time with the other half to be scheduled within reasonable limits by local officials. The first observation must be scheduled while the second can either be scheduled or unscheduled.
“I think that’s fair,” Brown said.
District 5 also has several representatives on State Board of Education committees. Dr. Byron Steele, superintendent of Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City 1SD, has been
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Urban areas inundated with water after storms
By THE ASSOCATED PRESS
The aftermath of a deadly storm that unleashed twisters and flooding, resulting in at least four deaths, continued today to threaten some urban areas with high water that inundated homes and caused evacuations.
Dallas firefighters evacuated an undetermined number of residents from low-lying homes along the Trinity River flood plain in South Dallas as runoff continued to raise the waterway’s level along levees.
In a four-square-block area near South Central Expressway, firefighters evacuated more than IO homes,
with at least five more leaving voluntarily and others considering whether to flee.
“Well, I’m thinking should I get out or should I stay,” said one resident, Betty Rogers. “It’s been a long time since the water’s been up this high, maybe 15 years or so.”
Although the seventy of the storms lessened this morning, flash flood watches and warnings and tornado watches were posted throughout the state, especially in southeast Texas. Forecasts called for more thunderstorms today.
The American Red Cross in Dallas
opened six emergency shelters Wednesday. By this morning, only two remained opened, said spokeswoman Sandra Pomeroy. She said a shelter rn suburban Grand Prairie had most people of the six with 50. She did not immediately know the total number of people who stayed in the shelters.
“We served 150 breakfasts today. We served 200 dinners last night and yesterday we served 300 lunches,” Ms. Pomeroy said.
Harris County flood control authorities were keeping a close watch on three bayous which traditionally flood during heavy rains —Cypress Creek,
Greens Bayou and White Oak Bayou, all in northern Harris County.
Some voluntary evacuations were recommended in a subdivision which borders Cypress Creek.
Meanwhile, a tornado Wednesday afternoon cm a quarter-mile-wide swath for as much as 30 miles through East Texas, destroying homes and injuring at least nine people. Another twister that touched down near Houston injured eight Prairie View residents, authorities said.
North of Austin, a mobile home
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City sales taxes payment shows decrease over 1988
State Comptroller Bob Bullock said recently that May’s statewide sales tax payments to cities, counties and transit authorities continued to follow this year’s steady upward trend.
“We’ve watched sales tax rebates across the state grow by more than ll percent overall this year. More money is being pumped into our economy, which is great for the state and for local
governments ” Bullock said.
Checks totaling $117.8 million were sent Friday to 1,047 cities that impose local sales tax at either I cxr more than 1-1/2 percent, according to Bullock.
New Braunfels received $208,517.25, a decrease of 0.56 percent from last year’s May payment. Garden Ridge, however,
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County receives check
State Comptroller Bob Bullock sent first quarter 1989 checks totaling $2.2 million to 65 counties and 105 cities that have legalized charity bingo and levy da; 2-percent local gross receipts tax on the game.
Comal County received a check for $6,292. Among the other counties receiving Friday’s payment, Dallas County received the largest check, which totaled $197,277. Harris County’s check was for $190,739. Tarrant County received $166,381 and Bexar County received $84,946.
The city of Dallas received received the largest check among
cines which levy the bingo tax — $125,961. Houston’s check was for $98,649 ara! Fem Worth received a payment of $88,237. San Antonio’s check totaled $61,343. The city of New Braunfels does not levy a tax on bingo.
The Comptroller’s office collects the 2-percent local bingo gross receipts tax and the two-percent state bingo gross receipts tax on the game The local tax is returned each quarter to communities where local voters have legalized bingo and where local
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Gas hike fuels price
WASHINGTON (AP) — An all-ume record increase rn gasoline
prices fueled a large, 0.7 percent jump in consumer inflation in April, the government said today.
Last month’s climb in the Labor Department's Consumer Price Index followed advances of 0.5 percent in March and 0.4 percent in February, It was the steepest one-month increase since an ideo lical 0.7 percent rise in January 1987.
For the first four months of the year, inflation at the retail level ran at a 6.6 percent annual rate, sharp ly higher than the 4.4 percent annual increases in both 1988 and 1987.
However, analysts said most of the momentum this year is coming from a 30 percent rise in crude oil prices. Once that works its way through the economy, analysts
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