New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 25, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
House tentatively approves education, fair housing bills
AUSTIN (AP) — Amendments addressing sex education, drug and alcohol abuse and the motor fuels tax were added to a bill continuing the Texas Education Agency before the House tentatively approved the
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Senate approves bills for career ladders, health
AUSTIN (AP) — A bill to reverse the decline in rural health care has been approved by the Senate, and its sponsor says it shoiild lead to the reopening of hospitals and to the development of better hospitals for people in the country. _ _
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Just as they had all season long, the New Braunfels Unicorns dominated the All District 28-4A baseball team, with eight of the 13 players named to the first team from the district-champion Unicorns. Canyon had one player named to the first team while Kerrville Tivy had four. gee page 10
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Look for the hot weather to continue today with partly cloudy skies and a high near IOO. Lake wind advisories are in effect this afternoon. Tonight should be partly cloudy with a low in the mid-70s. Expect Friday morning clouds with a partly cloudy and hot afternoon. Highs will be in the upper 90s. For the weekend, there is a slight chance of showers, but mainly there will be mostly cloudy mornings and partly cloudy and hot afternoons. The highs will be in the mid to upper 90s and lows in the low to mid
Friends for Rivers will meet tonight at 7 at the New Braunfels National Bank annex. A representative from the Koch pipeline project will address the group. This is a public qucstion-and-answer forum concerning the proposed pipeline that will cross the Guadalupe River north of McQueeney.
All interested persons are invited....
Tickets are on sale now for the live musical entertainment at the second annual Wasserfesi, the community salute to summer, June 2 and 3. The two-day festival begins Friday night with a waterfront concert featuring Paul McLaughlin and a dance with Clay Blakcr. On Saturday, it continues with a river parade, 5K run, arts and crafts, live music, tube relay races, sprints, and loss and lug. A IK walk or run for youngsters under 12 and a barbecue cookoff also are scheduled.
The continuous musical entertainment Saturday will feature Lonesome Louie from IO a m. to noon, Mogan David and the Grapes of Wrath from noon to 4 p.m., and Southern Breeze from 4 to 8 p.m. A dance/concert with Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88’s begins at 9 p.m. in Wursihalle. Tickets for Clay Blakcr are $3 and tickets for Johnny Dee are $5 in advance or $6 at the door. Dance tickets include admission to Wasserfest, so they are a pretty good bargain. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce,
New Braunfels Resorts (comer of Seguin and Garden), and at the Wurstfest Association offices in Landa Park.
Wasserfest will opal at 6 p.m. Friday and 9:30 am. Saturday. Admission is $1 and proceeds will benefit community projects of the Wurstfest Association, sponsors of the event. Oliver sponsors are Coca-Cola, Texas Commerce Bank, Natural Bridge Caverns, Schlitierbahn, Patio Haus, New Braunfels Re sons. New Braunfels Smokehouse, KGNB/KNBT and the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung...
Talmage Higginbotham said this morning he knew all along he was not guilty of deceptive trade practices. (Photo by Deryl Clark)Local jeweler cleared
A local jewelry store on*Tier was found not guilty on a second charge of deceptive trade practices Friday by a Comal County Court-at-Lawjury.
Talmage Higginbotham, 52, was found not guilty of selling a ring to a local couple for more than it was worth.
“Justice has prevailed,” he said today. “A survey was taken, and it is now a matter of public record that Jewels by Talmage has the very best values in diamonds in
this part of the country.''
Higginbotham owns and operates Jewels by Talmage at 332 Landa. He has been in the jewelry business for 35 years, three of them in New Braunfels. He says that he has received a lot of support from the community.
“I was never really worried because I knew I wasn’t guilty,” he said.
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Henry family testifies at trial in San Antonio
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
SAN ANTONIO — A multimillion dollar lawsuit between the owners of Schlittcrbahn water park and the City of New Braunfels continues today after the park’s owner spent more than five hours on the witness stand Wednesday.
Robert “Bob” Henry told the five-woman two-man jury Wednesday he had come to New Braunfels in 1966 to buy Camp Landa, which is now Land-a Resort, and eventually retire. “I did the work myself along with my children,” he said.
The 62-year-old businessman opened Schlittcrbahn in 1979 and said city officials and personnel have harassed him numerous times by such acts as towing visitors’ cars from his place of business and releasing inaccurate information on results of watcr-quality tests to create bad publicity for water-related businesses.
City personnel conducted tests to determine fecal coliform levels in the Comal River during the drought of the summer of 1984. They eventually posted signs along the river warning swimmers of the bacteria level.
’ Former council member and mayor
Donnie Seay testified this morning that test results varied when the water was tested for fecal coliform. As councilman, Seay said, he asked questions about how tests were done and was told it was easy to mess up a test.
Attorney John Lewis, representing die city, said the I lenrys had violated several city ordinances, noting a fire broke out at Schlittcrbahn in June 1983 and was caused by a gas pipe dismembered from a heater that wasn’t properly vented. Lewis said a letter to Henry from the New Braun-
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Burglary suspects jailed
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
Four teens were arrested and charged with attempted burglary of a residence yesterday and are under investigation for burglary of a vehicle in Comal Park.
Approximately 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon, police were notified by a witness that a vehicle in Comal Park
had been broken into by four individuals. With the suspects’ license plate number provided by the witness, an officer was able to slop the suspects on FM3159.
At the same lime the officer had tile suspects stopped, a burglar alarm was sent to the station from a home in the Woodlands. Witnesses said a car bearing die same license plate number
as the car in the Comal Park incident was seen backed up to the home.
One suspect is a juvenile and has been returned to the custody of his parents.
The suspects arc 17 and 18 years old and are currently being held in Comal County jail pending magistrate.
Zaffirini proud of ‘Mama, ’ ‘tough love’ bills this sessionNRU meeting today
The regular meeting of the New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees is this afternoon al 4:30 in the board’s meeting room at 201 Main Plaza.
Scheduled topics include the adjusted yearly dues to the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, revisions to the city ordinance concerning deposit ami service connection procedures, and extension of an
existing lease with the Humane Society in New Braunfels.
The board also will consider partial abandonment of a utility easement between Interstate 35 and U.S. 81.
In die executive session, which is closed to the public, trustees will look at the litigation between NBU and AT&T.
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
State Sen. Judith Zaffirini will close this week’s regular session of the state legislature with major victories under her belt.
Major issues concerning the senator this session involved drunk driving and juvenile justice.
The Texas Senate has approved a bill by Zaffirini which would toughen the Texas Open Container Law. Under the current law, a person can be arrested for drinking and driving only if an officer secs the action. SB 295 docs away with that stipulation.
The bill also says that open containers are prohibited in the passenger compartments of any vehicle driven by a person who has been convicted one or more limes for driving while intoxicated or for involuntary manslaughter.
“This bill went through seven drafts, as my staff and I worked against forces in Texas who maintain diat drinking and driving is a right,” Zaffirini said. “Some people perceive this legislation from the ‘Bubba’ perspective. I see it from a ‘Mama’ per
spective in striving to make tins great state safer for our children."
In other areas, Zaffirini and her staff arc pleased about the success of a legislative package created lo deal with juvenile justice in Texas. Tile package has passed the Senate and is now on calendar in the House. According to Diane Jacobs, Zaffinn-i’s legislative aide, the package has been tagged a legislative priority.
“The package is a product of months and months of work, and the legislature realizes die depth of such work,” she said. “It’s a solid approach to the problem. It got through w ithout much problem ”
What the package docs is address the problems of drug abuse, juvenile delinquency, truancy, runaways, and various oilier problems listed under the heading of juvenile justice.
SB 1527 will be presented on die floor Friday, ll deals with creating an Office of Prevention which would work toward preventing birth defects and developmental disabilities. The office would be a coordinated effort of similar programs in the Texas Education Agency, Health and Human
Resources and the Texas Department of Health. As a quasi-public/private agency, the office would try to attract private funds. No money will be taken from general appropriations for the endeavor.
Another bill in the package addresses the need for kids who arc at risk of dropping out of school — imams, juvenile delinquents, sexual abuse victims, runaways and others. This bdl w ill allow for the teaching of coping skills to equip these children to deal with lough situations, such as saying no to drugs.
SB 1722 gives the Texas Youdi Commission the ability to provide services to the families of juvenile offenders as well as the offenders themselves. It also allows for transitional residence places in die TYC system for juvenile offenders. These youngsters will be given the chance to do community service under the bill.
TYC will be given the authority to set standards of baseline services under SB 1722. The guidelines would concern probations, detention, oui-of-
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Economists see slowdown, but no imminent recession
WASHINGTON (AP) — Top business ncwnomisis today predicted that economic growth will slow dramatically this year but die nation should be able to forestall a recession until at least 1990.
The consensus of 54 forecasting experts surveyed by the National Association of Business Economists was that America will experience a “growth recession,” in which the economy continues to expand bul at a very slow pace
The slowdown is expected lo be accompanied by a moderate increase in unemployment and higher inflation due to an emerging upturn in food and energy prices, according to the association’s latest quarterly survey.
1990 commaes to be the year economists predict a recession will arrive. Forty-three percent predict a downturn then, while 20 percent expect record peacetime expansion to and this year.
That projection is slightly more optimistic than the group’s last quai terly forecast, issued in February, when 75 percent of those surveyed expected a recession this year or next.
In today's survey. 17 oercem fore
cast a recession for 1991 and 20 percent said it would be 1992 or beyond before a downturn occurs.
Recent government reports measuring the economy’s performance so far this year have suggested thai growth is slowing in response to a Federal Reserve campaign to engineer a socalled “soft landing,” in which the economy slows enough to cool infia non without slipping into a recession But the forecasters wanted that “the real inck from an economic policy perspective is preventing the forces that are responsible for a major slowdown from degenerating into a fullblown recession “Soft landings have often appeared possible ... but inflation has rn variably worsened,” the group said in a summary of iu findings “With the run-up m prices, government policy has been forced to squeeze still harder and soft landings are lost rn the process.”
The analysts’ median forecast was thai the gross national product, the bf cade vt measure of the economy’s health, would grow at an sluggish annual rate of 1.3 percent during the
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Concepcion will be parually closed beginning this afternoon for work by New Braunfels Utilities crews. The work will continue for several days....
The winner of $100 in groceries from Country Boy in Saltier will be selected at the annual Barbecue of the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department at Fire Stilton No. I in Canyon City, The barbecue will be June 4 and tickets are being sold at Country Boy in Sattler and at Hair Affair and Among Friends in Stanzville Tickeu also are available along FM 306 at Kim bo’s, La Casa del
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Employees of trio New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department this morning began working to block a newly found hole at the bottom of a dam in the Landa Park Mill Race which runs from Landa Lake to the Comal River. The parks department
Wednesday raised the dam to hold steady the level of Landa Lake, which is fed by the Comal Springs With the help of New Braunfels Utilities crews, they hope to plug the hole to keep water from flowing under the dam. (Photo by Deryl Clark)