New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Hightower: Criticism based on party politics
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower said criticism of the use of funds on a state-federal crop inspection program was based on partisan political attacks.
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Candidate files suit to get name on ballot
AUSTIN (AP) — One Republican has announced his candidacy for attorney general, while another says he has put his fate in the hands of a Democratic judge.
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MB guns for playoffs, Rangers play for pride
Both New Braunfels and Smithson Valley will have important goals to shoot for in Friday’s football games. The Unicorns can clinch a playoff berth while the Rangers can clinch a winning season.
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November 2, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 14 PagesCity calls for bids on office renovation
By MIKE CROUCH Staff writer
The City of New Braunfels is making room for its administration and announced Tuesday bids are being taken to renovate the police building and the old Lowe’s hardware store to be used as offices.
The city is planning to renovate the police station by moving the Municipal Court out and moving the 911-emergency system in. The new emergency system is scheduled to
come on line in January.
The Municipal Court will be moved into the former Lowe’s lumber and hardware building across Casted Avenue from the police building.
City Manager Paul Grohman said the plan is to renovate the police station and the former hardware store to add 2,000 square feet for police use and 16,000 square feet for administrative use in the Lowe’s building.
Grohman said the city’s top priority is to
find a place for the 911 system, which also means moving the Municipal Court, and finding a place for the Fire Department administration.
“There was no room in the police building for the 911 system, so we are going to move the Municipal Court over to the Lowe’s property,” Groman said. “Our second priority is to get the Fire Department administration out of the County Line (Road) fire station. The County Line station was built to be used as a
working station, but we have not had the people to run the station.
“In January, we do have six new firemen coming in so we will use the station, but we have to move the administration to the Lowe’s Building.”
Grohman said the city is looking for bids to come in under $5(X),(XX). The funds used for the construction will come from the city’s general revenue and capital improvement fund.
The city also plans to turn obsolete jail cells in the police building into office space.
Along with the municipal court and fire department administration, the Lowe’s building may include the City Planning Department, and as many city administration offices that would fit.
“We will move in as much as possible. This will take place over the course of the next two
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Sheriff expects arrests to clear area burglaries
Warrants have been issued for the arrest of three San Antonio men who may have been involved in nine burglaries in the western portion of Comal County in the past two months.
By working with the San Antonio Repeat Offenders Program, Comal County Sheriff’s Department Detective James Emory turned up evidence that led to the issuance of warrants for the three San Antonio men. One currently is in the Atascosa County Jail on charges there and will be sent to Comal County to face charges here.
Comal County Chief Deputy Wayne Hoher/. said bond has been set at SIO,(XX) each for the men.
“We have cleared up with this group nine different burglaries, all in the Bulverde area ... in the western portion of our county,” Hohcrz said, adding that the department docs not yet know the total value of Ute items stolen “One man alone lost $9,000 worth of stuff, another lost about $4,(XX),” he said.
“Emory is working on picking up a lot of the stolen stuff today to get it back for the owners," Holier/ said.
Hair’s a new exhibit
The Sophienburg Museum and Archives has installed a new exhibit that features some interesting, and surely unusual, items that families once used as accent pieces in their homes. Finishing touches often were added with items bought in stores, but also items that had been made and used in social activites Many pieces were framed in shadow boxes or displayed under glass domes. A variety of human hair pieces, as well as horse hair, was designed as floral arrangements and personal jewelry, including necklaces and earrings, such as the ornate item above right. Sometimes seeds and other legumes were formed into decorative shapes. Beeswax often was manipulated into delicate flowers and buds. The new exhibit also features the white marble bust, above left, that was commissioned with Italian artist Felice Morelli in 1897. The bust is of Paula Schramm, a descendant of the country's first postmistress, who was postmistress here from 1858 until after the Civil War. (Photos by Deryl Clark)
Colombian lawmaker calls for talks after assassinations
County talks about phones
Comal County Commissioners breezed through a short action agenda at IO a.m. Thursday, but became entangled in a discussion in the earlier agenda workshop.
County Auditor Bate Bond responded lo requests from county employees for telephone service in outlying areas of Comal County and presented two options for commissioners to consider before it became listed as an action item.
Bond recommended that an “FX” (or 885-prefix) number could be installed at a cost of around $350 and used for a flat rate of $3,180 per year.
A second option Bond presented was an incoming “800” number at no
installation charge and a $240 per year fee in addition to 33 cents per minute of use. He stressed that the phone would only be able to handle incoming calls. Sheriff Jack Bremer had also requested a phone in the Canyon Lake arca for his employees.
If someone wants to call and talk to a county employee on the 800 number just to arrange a lunch date. county taxpayers would be paying for the call. County Judge Fred Clark said. “No, I can’t support that," he said.
"I don’t sec it as an actual problem because we can rely on the integrity of our county employees," Precinct 4
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BCXjOTA, Colombia (AP) — The assassinations of a federal judge and a congressman are further proof dial the government must negotiate with drug traffickers, a leading lawmaker said today.
Meanwhile, leaders of a union representing 5,000 judges and other court workers met to consider a strike over what they consider inadequate protection.
Medellin Judge Mariela Espino/a was the second judge slain since the government began its crackdown on traffickers 11 weeks ago. Congressman Luis Francisco Mad-ero was an active opponent of the powerful drug bosses.
No one claimed responsibility for Wednesday’s killings, but suspicion fell on the traffickers.
lite president of Colombia’s House of Representatives urged in a broadcast interview that the government open talks with drug traffickers.
“I insist dial the door be opened to air these problems," Rep. Norberto Morales told the Colombian radio network
Two weeks ago, Morales told President Virgilio Barco that he had talked with leaders of the Medellin cartel and that they want to negotiate. Barco has rejected such talks.
In Medellin, the national police on Wednesday raided an office building owned by the reputed head of the Medellin cartel, Pablo Emilio Escobar-Gaviria, the police said in a communique today.
The police found records showing that 144 killers were on Escobar’s payroll. The killers were identified by aliases, lite police said.
Meanwhile, the army caught up with a a column of leftist guerrillas in Colombia’s southeastern plains and killed nine of the rebels, RCN quoted an army colonel as saying.
Judicial employees, who struck for three days after another Medellin judge was slain Oct. 17, say the government has not done nearly enough to protect them and wanted of a second strike.
East Germans flee to Prague embassy
BERLIN (AP) — About 8,000 East Germans swarmed into Czechoslovakia after East Berlin lifted a travel ban, and hundreds packed into the West German Embassy in Prague, seeking to follow thousands of countrymen to the West.
Tile resumption of what has been a historic exodus came as the country’s new Communist leader, Egon Krenz, met in Moscow with Mikhail S. Gorbachev and cuHcd mounting protests
for democratic change in his country a "good sign."
Such demonstrations continued across the country on Wednesday: The state-run ADN news agency said 20,000 people marched in Neubran* denburg and tens of thousands protested in Frankfun-on-the-Oder.
The demonstrators have been calling for reforms including free elec-
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S urvey to profile shopping habits
This week, 1,200 area residents will be asked to complete a shoppers’ questionnaire. The survey, sponsored by Southwest Texas State University and the New Braunfels Downtown Project, will profile shopper habits, preferences, and tastes. Each survey participant is eligible to win a dinner for two at either Wolfgang’s Keller or Ute Langston House.
In early August, the New Braunfels Downtown Project and the Business School of Southwest Texas State University formed a partnership to better understand the retail shopper in New
Braunfels. Questions concerning convenient shopping hours, parking, and customer tastes will benefit the overall marketing approach for downtown.
“By understanding the needs and desires of the customer, the downtown area can offer the services necessary to promote retail growth and customer satisfaction," said April Goldsmith, New Braunfels Downtown Project director.
James D. Bell, Ph.D., assistant dean
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Troops attack Contra rebels
MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) —Troops loyal to the leftist Sandinista government attacked U.S.-backed Contra rebels just hours after President Daniel Ortega ended a 19-month truce, official news reports and the rebels said today.
Combat units in 14 towns and villages in northern Nicaragua began operations overnight against the rebels, said Barricado, the ruling Sandinista National Liberation Front newspaper. But it gave few details.
An army company, backed by militias, attacked a group of about 30 Contras in the area around Qui lab, a town in northern Nueva Segovia province near the Honduian border, the newspaper said.
The report could not be independently verified immediately.
An Interior Ministry source, who insisted on anonymity, told The Associated Press that army and
Interior Ministry troops are "working together" in launching attacks against the rebels, but refused to go into details.
Opposition leaders have been accusing Ortega of canceling the cease-fire because he feared holding free electioni.
A rebel communique said: ‘The breaking of the cease-fire by the Sandinista army is already in effect because the Nicaraguan military today intensified its attacks against our forces and positions through widespread operations."
The communique, distributed by the rebels’ Nicaraguan Resistance organization in Tegucigalpa. Honduras, said the leftist government was mounting attacks Wednesday with tanks, helicopter gunships and heavy artillery,
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Good Day '
Sunny skies make it look pleasant but the IO to 20 mph winds arc putting a bite into the air. Todays high will be 64 degrees. Tonight will be clear and cold with a low of 38 degrees. There is a chance for frost tonight so take care of the outside plants. Friday’s high will reach 70 degrees.
If you’re near a television set Friday morning, be sure to catch the Wurstfest Association’s national TV debut as members wish the “Good Morning, America" morning show happy birthday and then say “good morning, America" all in German.
Participants in the television shoot were decked in full costume despite the heat of August (when the segment was taped) and the area around the location was decorated. Ed Kadlecek’s band played in the background.
The segment will air at 8:30 a.m. on KSAT-12 (ABC)....
Approximately 50 Comal County United Way donors and volunteers were recently treated to a night of relaxation and congratulations by the New Braunfels Smokehouse. The Smokehouse hosted the reception to recognize and honor the United Way Advance Gift Givers and Advance Gift Committee CXI. 24. “The Advance Gift Givers and the Advance Gifts Committee are the folks who get the annual United Way fundraising campaign rolling," said Dudley Snyder, president of New Braunfels Smokehouse. "We wanted to show them our appreciation for all of their hard work and dedication and to say ‘thanks’ to the United Way for all it does for New Braunfels and Comal County.”
Tile Advance Gifts campaign generated $35,678 during a two-month period. The campaign started Aug I and ran through
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