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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 30, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas c rn lift) rat rrnui BB Legislature passes school finance bill AUSTIN (AP) — A plan to pump $450 million more into the public school finance system squeaked through the Legislature in the regular session’s final minutes, when backers won the votes to leap over a procedural hurdle.    _    _ See Page 4 Edwards and Bullock heatLt. Gov.’s race AUSTIN (AP) — State Comptroller Bob Bullock and state Sen. Chet Edwards, likely opponents for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor, lobbed shells at each other after Edwards questioned “allegations of wrongdoing” by the comptroller’s office in regulating bingo.    page    5 MO BPOOKHOU.OW PV. • o 9 0 I ^' soil® 300 TX 760oa     „ ff state all-star game Rico Herrera, third baseman for the New Braunfels Unicorns, was selected to play in the Texas High School Coaches Association’s All-Star Game in July. Herrera will play for the South in the contest at the Astrodome in Houston.    ^ See Page 7 New Braunfels Vol. 137, No. 142 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144TuesdayMay 30, 198925 Cents One Section, 10 Pages Good day Accident Nature’s beauty The weather won’t change much this week as the expected highs    •    • continue to be in the mid to    I    111 I* O CJ    / upper 90s. This afternoon will be    IJH    I ULM    Mad breezy and hot with tonight    ** turning fair with lows in the mid    By MARGARET EDMONSON 70s. Wednesday will start out    Staff Writer mostly cloudy but should turn    A    one-car    accident on FM    1863 breezy and hot in the afternoon.    injured two people Sunday. Highs will be in mid to upper    Elaine Stuart Powers, 33, of 90s. The extended forecast for the    Bulverde, was rushed to Medical Ccn- rest of the week includes mostly    ter Hospital in San Antonio after the cloudy mornings and partly cloudy    1987 blue Ford Taurus LX station and hot afternoons with warm    wagon she was driving went into a nights. Lows arc expected in the    broadside skid and hit a utility pole. low to mid 70s.    She was treated and released. Inside-    ^cr 9*ycar-°,d dau8^tcr Lisa also /n. Aeeinen    «    sustained injuries. She was treated CUSPED.-----.,10 and rc]cased as well CROSSWORD...............................3    e    0    0 See ACCIDENT, Page 2 DEAR ABBY.................................3 HOROSCOPE................................3    I^V* A •    A SPORTS.........................  7,8    I IlSlTlCl TV LISTINGS.................................3    M    I, WEATHER...  ........................2    # retains Stammtisch Project Graduation, the all-night, chcmical-frcc graduation panics being organized by seniors of all three Comal County high schools, needs your help. Donations of money, services and merchandise for prizes still arc being accepted. To find out more about making a donation, contact Jan Wingate at 629-0212 or Merle Kadcrli ?t 625-1239 after 5 pm... “Make Waves fen Kids” is the name of the game at Schlittcrbahn Water Park in New Braunfels as gate proceeds benefit Children’s Hospital at Santa Rosa June 4 ‘’Schlittcrbahn opened its gates to the summer crowds April 29 and kicked off the “Makes Waves for Kids” program," said Jana Wilkinson, director of marketing and retail for the water park. “We expected hundreds of people throughout the month of May and on into summer. We have expanded our grounds this year in honor of our 10th anniversary summer and lots of new and exciting features have been added, including a family wave pool, Lazy River, adult hot tub, activity pool and a new tube shoot." Coupons for SI off gate admission in Schliiicrbahn can be picked up at all participating Pizza Hut restaurants. One dollar of that will benefit Children's Hospital... Find out what kind of shape your cardiovascular system is in ai the next free Help Your Heart session at 7 pan. Thursday at Village Oaks Regional Hospital. Dr. George Troller will explain what your blood analysis uhs you about the condition of your heart and arteries Interested persons should get their blood tests before the June I program Stop by the Village Oaks lab any day between 7:30 a,rn and 8 pm for a complete blood screening which includes cholesterol (total, HUL, LDL), triglycerides and fasting blood sugar I here is a HO charge for the teals No appointment is necessary, but a 12-hour fast is reclined For details, call the Help Your Heart Program at Village Oaks, 646 5(144 Employee owned and tolerated, Village Oaks is located at Interstate 35 North and Topper went Road in northeast San Antonio.... Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire and EMS Department is sponsoring us annual barbecue (beef sausage) Sun day from noon to 8 p m Live music for the dance is from 7 lo ll pm. The bar becue, auction, game s arid bingo will be at Eire Station # I on FM MJ6 Plates are $4 50 for adults and $3 SO for children. As we all know, volunteer departments depend on this kind of activity to help diem pay Use operating costs of keeping us all safe ... Canyon Lake Computers is offering Fundamentals of Computers in June. This class is for beginners and tor those who warn to review some of the fundamentals of computers and MS POS The book for the class is new and will serve as a good reference later In July, die Arm will offer Intel mediate Computer Basics There is no SM ST All MT ISCH, Pag* 2 tax rate By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer The Water Oriented Recreation District board Saturday decided to keep the same tax rates for campgrounds, water-oriented recreation, hotels and motels. “We felt there was no need to change to change die tax rates," said Board President Melvin Nolle. "The prior hoard set the rates in 1988, and Se* TAX. Page 2 Attorneys begin final arguments in city’s lawsuit Esther Wise of the Guada Coma Garden Club this morning tends a flower bed on Aquatic Circle in Landa Park Four years ago. Parks Director David Whatley approached area garden clubs about taking care of flower bods in the park Th*, city paid for the xenscape plants and members of the local clubs planted them and now make sure they stay watered, fed and trimmed so local residents and visitors alike may enjoy their beauty. (Photo by Deryl Clark) By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer SAN ANTONIO — Attorneys gave closing arguments this morning in the multi-million-dollar lawsuit between Schlitterbahn water park and the City of New Braunfels, while the six-member jury began deliberations. In closing arguments, attorneys representing owners of the water park said members of city council got off track in 1984 and intentionally meant to hurt business for them. “We arc telling you that the city got to a point in 1984 where it was misguided,” said the attorney. The city’s attorney. John Lewis, said the city was attempting to strike a balance between unrestricted business growth and people concerned with the environment. Former Mayor Barbara Tickcn, former couneilmcmbcr Betty Lou Rushing and former city manager Joe Michie testified Memorial Day to allegations they intentionally conspired to hurt business at the Schliucr-bahn and Landa Resort. The Robert R. Henry family, which owns the Schlittcrbahn water park and Landa Resort in New Braunfels, claim city officials and personnel conspired against them 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. New Braunfels Councilman James Goodbread, former councilman Jose Espinoza and former city administrative assistant Court Thicleman were dropped from the suit Friday after Lewis made a motion for a directed verdict. The New Braunfels Police Department and local organizations Rivers and Lakes Action Council and Coalition of Rivers Environment Protectors also were dropped. The jury will consider allegations of tortuous interference with business relations and civil conspiracy to restrain trade. The jury also will consider whether the Henrys’ Constitutional rights were violated. A directed verdict is a formal request by the defendant that a verdict of acquittal be issued because there is a lack of evidence to support a charge. The trial has been at the U.S. District Courthouse located on East Durango and heard by U.S. District Judge Lucius Bunton. Much of die testimony has surrounded water testing in the Comal See SUIT, Page 2 AACOG job program helps dropouts get their diplomas By MARGARET EDMONSON Slatt Writer In Texas, it is estimated that one out of ever) three students will drop out of high school and never receive a high school diploma To combat ibis tragic statistic in Comal County, the staff of the Alamo Area Council of Governments Job Training Partnership Act is offering a sjiecial program to dropouts in order to give them job training and a chance lo receive their General Education Diploma TRY-OUT is a federally funded isogram which involves education and job training for people 17-21 years of age who didn t finish high school. With their salaries funded by the program, participants are jtaid for time in class and at the work site The eight vkck session will begut June 12, and all ( omul (*ounty dr opals are invited to apply. The goal of the program is to get people in the job market who would odierwise be unqualified tor most st tbs “It's really hard,’ said Carole Hansen, AACOG staff member "The parents are embarrassed, die kids are unmotivated, and this is something that is a necessity. Most employers require a high school diploma These kids turn 18 without it, and they stand a slim chance at success.” The program involves preparing the participants for S«« JOBS, Pag* 2 30 die on state highways during holiday weekend Bv THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A Texas sheriff was among at least 29 people who died in traffic accidents on Texas roads and highways during the long Memorial Day holiday weekend, officials say. At least three people were killed Monday. James David Hatfield, 21, of Benton, was killed when his motorcycle collided with a pickup in Bell County. Irene Esparza, 20, of Dallas, died and five of her relatives were injured in a one-car accident on Interstate 15 near Buda in Central Texas. Officers said a car driven by her husband hit the supporting wall of an overpass after he fell asleep, DPS trooper Dana Moore. Marlin Espar/a, 35, the driver, and four other people were injured ami taken to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin, Moore said. Kenneth Ray James, 21, of Houston, died Monday when his sports car went out of control on a Houston street and flipped several times, {volice said. Young County Sheriff Ed Shields, 50, who had held the post since 1985, was irapjled in his car about two hocus S«c DEATHS, Pug* 2 NATO Summit ends with compromise, call for ‘new order’ BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) — President Bush and the Western allies hammered oui a last minute com promise over nuclear missiles today and ended unity minded NATO sum mu talks pledging “lo shape a new political order of peace in Europe ” Bush urged Soviet President Mik hail S Gorbachev to accept his challenge to intensify negotiations on reducing conventional NATO and Warsaw Net forces. “I have reason to believe that he knows we’ve been sen ous,” Bush said. The president said Iv hoped Gorha ehev will be persuaded by the “unity of the alliance ’ behind Bush s prop osais for towering troop levels to 275,000 on cash side and negotiating new ceilings for tanks, an craft and other conventional weapons on the European comment “I think it’s a good dung, it’s good for NATO, I happen to think it’s good for the entire free world,” Bush told a televised post summit news confer ©nee be fore he flew lo Bonn for further talks with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl Bush said Secretary of State James A. Baker III had told Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Sties ordinal/e dial the I tined Stales was interested in a superpower summit before tin* end of die year “ll there wa> something construe live lo come out of such a meeting, I would certainly he prepared to meet arid I believe dial Secretary Baker ho* conveyed that to Mini vier She void uad/e,” Bush said. The 16 summit leaders disposed of a potentially disruptive issue by emhrac mg a compromise formula for U S Soviet negotiation* on reducing — bul IWM eliminating — short range nuclear weapons Then, in a final communique ending their two-day talks, die allied leaders acknowledged Bush's goal of com pining East West negotiations on reduc mg conv em tonal arms w idnn the next year bi die first official reaction from Moscow, Col. Gen. Nikolai Chervov, a member of die Soviet general stair, said Bush’s proposals “need lo be carefully analyzed ’ TTM,- summa leaders also welcomed widespread change* under way til the SM SUMMIT, P«9* t It’s a wrap Session ends with no-tax budget, call for summer special gathering AUSTIN (AP) — Although a special session has been called to try to finish reform cd the workers’ coni pulsation system, top suite leaders today praised other work of die 1989 Legislature. Clements announced the June 20 special session on workers’ compensation about six hours before Monday s midnight session end, insisting he wants a reform bdl adopted. “Oui current workers’ compensation system is one of die worst iii the nation ... It s hurting our efforts Ur bring new jobs to Texas,’ ’ Clements said But he said die rest of the session was productive. “Texas is al the crossroads, and the Texas Legislature will be known for its lough and courageous decisions iii a time of historic change in our state,” said Gov, Hilt Clements Clements hailed passage of a $47 4 billion, two-year budget dial won’t require a lax increase, plus the overhaul of the state’s comitial justice system, construction of 11,ODO more prison beds and mergers of South Texas colleges with the Texas AAM and University of Texas systems. The session, Clements said, “will rank as one of the most productive in Texas history.” ti. Gov. Bill Hobby noted those achievements on his list of major accomplishments He also cued legislation to provide water arni sewer service bo Colonias and a six fold increase in funding for AIDS research, treatment arui education House Speaker Cub Lewis called it “a very successful session. We addressed major issues of this state. We made some very hard decisions We were very lucky dial we were able to increase our budget w about a tax bill and al the same tune decrease taxes in some areas.” The $47.4 billion budget that won approval represents a Ii percent increase over the current, $42.3 billion spending plan It also allows about $500 million in temporary taxes passed in 1987 to expire on Aug. 31. Some lawmakers criticized die budget as shortsighted arui virtually requiring a lax hike rn 1991 Money was much on die minds of legislators, who decided to ask for a raise. Their last pay increase came iii 1974, when the salary for their part time jobs was boosted lo $7,200 a year Under the proposed constitutional amendment that sailed through die House and Senate, lawmakers would see their salary tripled to $23,358 if voters agree this November. Under the new plan, legislators in die future would be pard 25 percent of the governor’s salary — which they sex Thai would allow them to control their own pay scale instead of constantly askuig voters to amend the Constitution The lieutenant governor and House speaker would get half the governor** salary, or $46,716 in 1991. Aldiough the 1989 session lacked the extraordinary S#* WRAP, P*g« 2 ;