New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 26, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Offices closing for Memorial Day weekend
Area city halls, the Comal County Courthouse, utilities companies, area banks and the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung will be closed Monday in observance of Memorial Day. City garbage collection in New Braunfels will operate normally Monday. Office hours will return to normal Tuesday.
Clements: Don’t place bets on race tax lowering yet
AUSTIN (AP) — Lawmakers trying to lower the state’s share of race track wagers have gotten a tip from the governor’s office: don’t place that bet yet. “I think it’s premature,” Gov. Bill Clements said Thursday.
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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) — Chris Zimmerman’s two-run double highlighted a three-run seventh inning as sixth-seeded LeMoyne defeated top-seeded Arkansas 7-5 Thursday in the opening round of the NCAA Division I Northeast Regional baseball tournament. See Page 11
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Vol. 137, No. 140
May 26, 1989 25 Cents
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
One Section, 18 Pages
Judge: Lawsuit petty
Today’s weather will continue t—7 JIL %/ ^
in the same hot yen with a high By STEPHANIE DAVIS
near HK). Tonight will turn fair staff Writer
with cloudy skies in the morning. SAN ANTONIO - Petty accusant Saturday, there is a slight Uons ^ a |m of ..yacking» is ^ wa
chance of isolated thunderstorms ,, s Distric, Judgc Lucius Buntion
in the afternoon with a high in describcs ^ |awsujt bedeen „wncrs
Ihc low VOS, Otherwise, look for a of Schm,crbahn and ^ city of New partly cloudy and hot weekend Braunfels
with warm nights and mostly ,crriblc ... „ makcs ^ cil of
cloudy mornings. Expected highs Ncw Braunfcls look ,ike a uck |ildc
are in die mid lo upper 90s and ,own... Rumjon M Tbursday aflcr
ows in e ow s. lwo days 0f lcsbmony. The trial con-
Inside: tinucd this morning at 8:30 in the U.S.
CLASSIFIED...........................13-17 District Courthouse located on East
CROSSWORD...............................3 “I’ve heard a lot of yacking and a
DEAR ABBY...............................18 lot of petty things,” the 64-year-old
ENTERTAINMENT......................8,9 Judgc told persons in the courtroom
HOROSCOPE 10 aflcr l^c seven-member jury left
RELIGIOUS FOCUS..................6 7 around P m- “* rcscnl lh,s law-
SPORTS 11 12 su‘1- lawsu'1 should not be filed
TV LISTINGS IO in federal court.
WEATHER ............................... 7 ^ Henry family, who
...................................... own the Schlittcrbahn water park in
Ncw Braunfels, under the name of
Bad-Schloss Inc., claim city officials
, and personnel conspired against them
There are only a few more
days left to sign up for the King
and Queen Contest for the
Lagunas-Zamora Scholarship Fund.
Janie Cantu is looking for students
between 13 and 18 years old to
compete for King. Prince and
Duke and Queen, Princess and
The Lagunas-Zamora Scholarship Fundraiser will be Aug. 12 and 13 at the Civic Center. Interested teens should call Cantu at 629-2972 before May 30....
to ruin their business. The family claims, among different allegations, the city released inaccurate information on results of watcr-quality tests during the drought of 1984 to create bad publicity for water-related businesses, drained the spring-fed pool in Landa Park to hinder water flow to Schlittcrbahn, and towed visitors’ cars from Schlittcrbahn.
The City of Ncw Braunfels denies all claims.
The trial began today with Ncw Braunfcls Utilities General Manager Bob Sohn testifying about water quality tests taken during 1984.
Much of the testimony has surrounded water testing in the Comal River during the drought.
Jeff Henry, 33, son of Bob Henry, told the court he had private tests performed along the Comal River. Texas Water Commission experts told the jury they had taken tests. Former city councilmcmbcrs also discussed city-performed water tests.
Water tests were conducted to
determine fecal coliform levels in the Comal River. The city eventually posted signs along the river warning swimmers of the bacteria level. The state’s maximum limit of the bacteria is 200 colonics per IOO millimeters.
The deposition of former city sanitarian Rick Lane was read to the jury this morning. Lane testified to a lack of rain and the number of sewage leaks along the Comal River increased die fecal coliform levels during the summer of 1984. He said the reason the city ran its own tests was cost. It cost IO cents per sample to run water tests at the city’s non-certificd lab compared to the state’s cost of S10 per sample, he said.
Tile Henrys say the city misrepresented the numbers, while the city claims the figures were accurate. Testimony shows all tests varied.
The question of who drained the spring-fed pool in Landa Park in July 1984 has been a regular topic during
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Water authority bill waiting for signature from Clements
The rummage sale at Holy Family Catholic Church continues today and Saturday at the hall.
The sale is until 2 p m, today and from 8 a m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and will also feature food and a bake sale. Proceeds will benefit Patsy Valcn/uela, Queen Candidate for the church. On Saturday, a car wash will be held at the CCD Center from 9 a m. until 3 p m ...
Project Graduation, the all-night, chemical-free graduation parties being organi/ed by seniors of all three Comal County high schools, needs your help. Donations of money, services and merchandise for prizes still are being accepted. To find out more about making a donation, contact Jan Wingate at 629-0212 or Merle Kaderli at 625-1239 after 5 p.m....
Remember, the annual Texas Agricultural Extension Service spring garden tour and insect and disease control clinic is Saturday. The tour begins at 9:30 a m. arui participants should meet in the parking Im of die Crystal Chandelier at Loop 337 and Common Street. The first stop will be the Men’s Garden Club’s children’s garden arid other stops will focus on landscape maintenance, pecan management, and a well-managed home garden.
The insect and disease control clinic is from 1:30 to 4:30 pm at the Plant Haus at 956 N. Walnut Ave. Bring your problems and Dr. Jerry Parsons, extension vegetable specialist; Dr. Mark Black, extensiMi plant pathologist; and Dr. J.W. Steward, extension entomologist, will a1) be at the lour and the clinic to answer your questions It’s all free....
Buddy Poppies are on sale in the area today and tomorrow by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 and Ladies Auxiliary Throughout the nation, veterans rn need are counting on timely assis lance through the sale of Buddy Poppies, which have been made by disabled veterans Local VFW members will be at several area stores this weekend
Smithson Valley Middle School PIA wiB be honoring all SVMS eighth graders with a Dinner Dance at the Woodlands Country Cub at Canyon Lake June 3 from 7 to ll pm. All students received invitations May IS. Students are
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A bill has been sent the governor’s office which would establish the Canyon Regional Water Authority as a public body and make it eligible for public funding.
Tile Canyon Regional Water Authority is currently a partnership of East Central Water Authority, Crystal Clear Water Authority, Green Valley Water Authority and Spring Hills Water Authority. The purpose of the authority is the development of facilities for the four water companies.
"One thing we’re working on is the development of surface water treatment supplies,” said David Davenport of Green Valley.
“This is very expensive to do as individuals, but together it will not be as expensive, and the customers will not see increased rates in their water bills," he said. “In this way we arc saving the customers money."
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City crews will clean up the construction at the intersection of West San Antonio Street and North Santa Clara Avenue this afternoon to make room for citizens and visitors during Memorial Day weekend For a couple of weeks, crews have been in that area installing a new water line for the drainage improvement project approved in the city’s 1985 bond issue election. City Engineer Bill Dobrowolski said he is pleased with the progress of the project, which should be completed by August. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
February 1989 TRAMS Results Average* far State A N.H.I.S.I),
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Local TEAMS scores higher than average
By MARGARET EDMONSON Statt Writer
New Braunfels Independent School District officials are pleased with the Texas Assessment of Minimum Skills test results released May 13.
On all grade levels, NBISD students scored above the state average on all tests.
“We are pleased with live results, but we are talking about minimum competency, so we are always striving for improvement” said Michael Fitsko, assistant supcnmcndem of curriculum and instruction at NBISD.
In a re pun to the school board last week, Fiisko said students continue to show progress in math and reading at
the third and filth grade levels. He also pointed oui there is improvement in math iii the middle school and high school.
One particular figure that interested and encouraged school officials was a 10-pcrccnt gain in die number of students mastering writing in die ninth grade. When this class took the test as seventh graders two years ago, 79 percent mastered die lest. In 1989, 89 percent mastered the writing test.
However, there is some concern with the w riting lest sc ires decreasing as some students progress through school. A drop in writing achievement
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NBD looking at deposit
By MARGARET EDMONSON SUH Witter
Alarmed about high charge-off figures, New Braunfels Utilities board of trustees Thursday passed
a resolution to approach city council asking to change ordinances concerning deposit and servicc-connection procedures,
NBU officials came up with a polit) which would require a two-mondi deposit instead of one month The policy also says NBU wilt hold deposits for two years instead of one year.
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Annual Art Show prize
Rep. Kuempel satisfied with session’s successes
By MARGARET EDMONSON SUH Writ*!
The regular session ot the state legislature will close in a few days, and State Rep Edmund Kuempel will come away happy with die work lie has accomplished concerning workman’s compensation and employee benefits
“We’re doing well,” lie said Wed nesday from the floor of die House “We’ve Iud a very good session with a lot accomplished in workman’s
compensation and education I’m totally satisfied w uh this session.**
One senate bill that Kuempel sponsored in the House dealt with state
employees’ retirement arid benefits. This bill gave past retirees increases in their retirement and also changed the benefit factor rn the current employer;,’ retirement plan. This change will be funded by the employee retirement system which manages
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WORD rangers clean up river, tips offered
Memorial Day weekend m New Braunfels means
the annual Spring Art Show will be in full bloom once again. Sponsored by the New Braunfels An League, the show and sale will be in the Civic Cen ter, 380 S Seguin, Saturday from 10 a m to 7 p m.
and Sunday from 10 a rn to 5 p m This framed and
signed Dalhart Windberg print will be one of the
many door prizes awarded every hour throughout both days of the show Other prizes will include gift certificates that may be spent at the show and prizes donated by artists Admission is free (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Water Oriented Recreation District Rangers Mike Burrow and John Mullins removal a large ponton of a tai ten tree Thursday rn preparation fur Memorial weekend holiday visitors The tree was located at “S Curve Rapid,” a popular tubing and rafting area
Tile two rangers observed the hazard Saturday, the fust day tai the job as safety patrol, when the Warn Oriented Recreation District adnum stralur got a call that a visitor on a
tube had become tangled up rn the
WORD rangers, the administrator and Emergency Communications Club president Ernie Kus so Id gained permission from land c wners to seoul die area They found a Ute 15 feet long arid 3 feet in diameter was blocking almost three quarters of the river. Die land owner indicated he had it purled it lo the Corps of Engineers
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