New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Survey: Schools requiring classics, no female writers
NEW YORK (AP) — High schools are requiring students to read almost exactly what they did 25 years ago: heavy on Shakespeare but light on works by female and minority authors, according to a survey.
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Pistons, Bulls clash in pivotal fifth game
The Detroit Pistons and the Chicago Bulls will battle it out tonight in the fifth game of their best-of-seven Eastern Conference NBA series. Detroit’s Isiah Thomas and Chicago’s Michael Jordan have been the catalysts in each of the four previous games.
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Mom used to be home to serve lunch and afterschool snacks, but today Mom often isn’t home. More than half of mothers work. Almost three-fourths of those with kids ages 6 and older are employed. Some things don’t change though — kids still come home
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Vol. 137, No. 143
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
May 31, 1989 25 Cents
Two Sections, 8 PagesGood day
Don’t expect the weather to change much over the next few days. The mostly cloudy mornings and partly cloudy and hot afternoons should continue through Sunday. Highs will again be in the mid 90s with lows in the mid
70s. Today, look for the fair skies
to turn cloudy late tonight with lows in the mid 70s.
Last year, June I was the opening day for the local Food Bank, or SOS, Inc. During this first year, a great deal has happened at 165 W. Coll. Thirteen churches and agencies now provide more than IOO volunteers each month. These volunteers have worked 2,874 hours responding to 2,266 requests for food. A great deal of appreciation goes to each volunteer because without volunteers, the program could not work. A special “thank you’’ also has been issued by the board of directors to all those persons in the community who have provided many gifts of food and money to stock the Food Bank. “It is amazing how quickly shelves of food can be filled, and yet can also be emptied just as quickly,” said Gladys Barding, president of the board.
To celebrate its first anniversary, the board of directors will host a coffee Thursday from IO to ll am. at 165 W. Coll for all interested persons and volunteer workers.
The churches and agencies have been challenged to have a special food drive Sunday in honor of the anniversary and at that time, volunteers aiid supporters of the Food Bank also will be honored ...
Visitors to the New Braunfels Children's Museum this week are invited to continue trying their hands at making hand puppets in preparation for Saturday’s performance by a puppeteer and story teller from Austin, recommended by the Austin Children’s Museum Manda Pie makes all her puppets, which range from 16 inches to 5 feet tall. She will entertain youngsters in the museum’s new Puppet Theater at I pm and at 2 pm. and will be available to talk with children. Supplies are available now and will be available Saturday for youngsters to make their own puppets The theater will be a permanent fixture at the museum Admission is $2 for non member children and includes the SI regu lar admission price; and SI for children members Adults and children under 2 are free.
Reminder Adults interested in volunteering during the Magical Child Creative Clay Workshops at Buck Pottery next month are asked to sign up now by calling Museum Director Carolyn Lehmann-Burrow at 620-0939 Volunteer training will be June 8 at 7 p m at Buck Pottery rn Greene....
Learn how to spot dangerous foot problems ai the next free WomanTalk seminar, “Oh, My Aching Feet," June 5 at Village Oaks Regional Hospital. Podiatrist Dr. Stephen Snider will discuss everything from bunions and coms to diabetic foot care and correctly# surgery. The 90-nu note prog ram begins at 7;30 p m and includes a question-and-answer session Th# seminar is open lo all area residents and no reservations arc required.
Conservation urged as aquifer level drops
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
As the water level of the Edwards Aquifer drops, officials in New Braunfels and San Antonio warn citizens that conservation is needed to prevent a water shortage.
Record-breaking heat, lack of rain and increasing demands for water have been blamed for the problem.
Today’s aquifer level dipped to 622.45 feet shove mean sea level in New Braunfels, while it reached 633.5 in San Antonio at the J-17 well at Fort Sam Houston.
The Edwards Underground Water District reports the historical average for the J-17 well in San Antonio is 665.7, putting today’s level at 32.2 feet below normal.
Many people can remember the mini-drought of 1984 when the Comal Springs almost went dry and the level of the aquifer was within a foot of Landa Lake’s starting to dry out. Fecal coliform levels in the Comal and Guadalupe rivers rose to alarming heights, arx! water-oriented recreation businesses in the area were heavily affected.
In New Braunfels, the key figure for officials is 622.7 feet. At that level of the aquifer, the Comal Springs become affected and start flowing less. This figure was reached sometime Sunday or Monday.
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Water officials are urging citizens conserve the natural resource to keep the aquifer from dropping to a dangerous level The Comal River, pictured, today is flowing at 136 cubic feet per second, which is 166 cts lower than the river s historical flow (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Jury decides for city in suit
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
SAN ANTONIO — A multimillion dollar lawsuit between owners of Schlittcrbahn and the City of New Braunfels ended Tuesday as a six-member federal district jury washed city officials clean of wrongdoing.
"I’m on cloud nine,” said former Councilman Max Winkler after the jury’s verdict. “It’s beautiful in every way. I think justice prevailed throughout.”
The jury deliberated almost four hours after hearing five days of testimony and arguments in U.S. District Court. Visiting U.S. District Judge Lucius Bunton of Odessa presided.
“I was disappointed that the court restricted our time to put on our case
“I must assure you that five of us (defendants) rode over in the car every day and before we slammed the car doors and started out, we prayed like crazy. We really counted on the Lord in this case.”
— Max Winkler Former City Councilmember
— I think that affected the outcome,” said Gary Henry, who is a partner in Bad-Schloss — the holding company of Schlittcrbahn and Landa Resort. “I was disappointed in the judge making
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Dump truck strikes bicyclist
A bicyclist was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital this morning after he was struck by a dump mick near the railroad tracks off Solms Road.
The unidentified male was riding in front of the dump truck as he approached the railroad tracks, said the driver of the truck Burt Medina. "The truck sucked him in.”
Medina drives a truck for Ingrain
Rcadymix Inc., located on U.S. 81 West.
"After it happened, he got up," Medina said “I slopped and then called in on my radio" for help.
New Braunfels police responded to the accident, but because the mishap occurred outside the city limits, Comal County sheriff’s officials were called to the scene. As of pressrimc. they were en route.
Bremer barring contact visitation \ Lake takes
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
By slopping the hugging and kiss mg between prisoners and visitors. Sheriff Jack Bremer says he can eliminate the infiltration of contraband into the county jail.
If prisoners aren’t allowed contact visits with family members, spouses and friends, the chances of smuggling illegal goods will drop, he said
The sheriff said he wants to go out for bids soon to install a glass wall and telephones in the visitation area to eliminate physical contact.
“It s the drugs that are getting into the jail" by physical contact, said jailer Larry Roper
When kissing, people can exchange a balloon filled with drugs, Roper said, adding a recent search of the jail uncovered syringes and medication “They (visitors) know a’s against the law,” Roper said.
Prisoners know all the tricks in the book to get contraband into the jail, according to authorities
Visitors have [louted bourbon into cans alter purchasing the soft drinks at the jail and have given them to the
prisoners, said Bremer as lie holds a Tabasco sauce bottle found w ith bourbon in it.
“But. if we don’t let (prisoners) have a Coke, we violate their civil rights," he said
Prisoners, while hugging another person, have been given shots of drugs in the arm, Brerner said. “It’s a piece of cake."
The federal lawsuit under which the Comal County jail operates prohibits jailers from electronically surveying prisoners and visitors.
Bremer said rn a May 5 Herald
Zetiung article, "I’m doing everything I can to eliminate the contact visitation situation because it does lend itself to allow contraband in.”
County prisoner Patty Watkins said in a telephone interview recently ti is easy to get contraband in the Comal County jail because of the contact visitation. "I do get cigarettes in here,” she said. “The last shake-down they had on me they got three packs out of my room.”
Visitation at the jail is scheduled for Monday. Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Three San Antonio men have tem their lives in the waters of Canyon Lake this year, while only two bodies have been recovered.
Authorities still keep an eye out for Ray Henry Dykes, 29, who went down off the shores of Comal Part April 6. Divers searched (rn his body, but murky waters and trees prevented a successful
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Local graduation rites Thursday, Friday nights
Seeking higher ground
The last week of May always means the end of school and graduation ceremonies Local high school seniors arc gearing up for their graduations, at well ae their Project Graduation parties planned for the nights of graduation Commencement for New Braunfels High School seniors will be at 8 p m Thursday rn Unicom Stadium Rachel Forney is the 1989 NBHS valedictorian, Md
Byron Sch lather is the val autor mn Silver Unicom Awards will be presented to community members who have significantly contributed to the lives of New Braunfels youth.
NBHS seniors are invited to attend their Project Graduation party at the Guadalupe Cauk Co. Thursday from ll pm to 4:30
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Crime Stoppers seeking jewelry burglary suspect
A black male in his early 20s is being sought in this week’s Crime Stoppers’ Crime of the Week Ik is warned for stealing jewelry from M & M Jewelers in New Braunfels
On May 16, at approximately 1:25 in the afternoon, the man walked into the jewelry store located in the Courtyard Shopping Center and asked about some rings.
The clerk pulled out a Ray of rings for the suspect to look at. The suspect then grabbed the tray of rings and fled the store.
The suspect got into a beige station wagon and headed south on Interstate
35 toward San Antonio The owner of M & M Jewelers wt able to obtain a license plate from lh vehicle and authorities discovered the car had been stolen in San Antonio. A total of 12 rings were taken by the suspect.
The male ii described as approximately 20 years old. 5 feet 6 inches tall, 120 pounds, short hair with razor-cut sides He was wearing corduroy pants and a striped shirt The driver of the station wagon is also described as a black male
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Bandit the tree-climbing (abr ador ten I seeking higher ground lo get away from a flood, but he could be looking tor some cooler weather. Owners Tom and Julie Pope of San Marcos, son and daughter in law of Betty Pope of this area, were visiting Landa Park recently when Bandit decided lo climb a tree They
said he started climbing trees on hie own and has
done it all his life Meanwhile, he probably didn t And any cooler weather because temperatures have been hovering in the upper 90s for several weeks They are expected lo stay that way, too (Photo by Deryl Clark)