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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 3, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPY Senate votes to reinstate Oliver North’s pension WASHINGTON (AP) — The House must decide whether to go along with a Senate vote to reinstate Oliver North’s $23,000 annual pension, revoked after he was sentenced for illegally shredding documents in the Iran-Contra scandal. See Page 4 Vol. 137, No. One Section, 16 Pages Canyon, NB take first steps to state Canyon and New Braunfels each won their opening volleyball playoff matches Thursday night to move to the regional semifinals next week. The downed Hays while the Unicorns blitzed Austin Tra- 410 29th annual Wurstfest starts 10-day run See Festivities start today for the 29th annual Wurstfest with the Wurst Navy landing on the banks of the °    ■ r - A complete guide to Wurstfest events is rn SS* ie Herald-Zeitung. SO-WEST    Dp c YUDELL See Sunday’s Herald Local station Districts could face school consolidation is sold General Manager of radio station KGNB/KNBT Bob McDonald announced the sale of the radio station today to New Braunfels Communications Inc., pending approval from the Federal Communication Commission. The FCC must approv e any transfer of broadcasting licenses before the sale is closed. McDonald said approval should come between mid-Dcccmbcr and mid-January, and doesn’t expect any trouble in having the sale approved. The station will not change ownership until the FCC approval. The KGNB/KNBT is currently owned by the New Braunfels Broadcasting Corporation. “We arc the licensees and will remain and run the station until the FCC aprovcs the sale,” McDonald said. Mal S. Widstcn, of San Antonio is the principal buyer from NBC Inc. Widstcn, along with William Rainer, and Ed Knctzcr, both of Greenwich, Connecticut make up NBG, Inc. Widstcn said there arc no plans to change the staff or format. “I have no plan at this time to make any changes in the staff. I think the Staff right now is wonderful,” Wid-steti said. “The format is something that has proven to be successful, and I don’t sec any reason to change it. Although we can’t do or make any See STATION, Page 2Dedication Each year since presenting the first I tentage Exhibit during Wurstfest, Heritage Society volunteers have dedicated each event to a special volunteer. Helgard Suhr was surprised with that honor Thursday night during the “Champagne Picnic in the Park" gala for persons who had worked hard to put together the exhibit Heritage Society President Carolyn Reed named some of the many organizations in which Suhr is involved before announcing her name and presenting tier with a bouquet of roses. (Staff photo) By JOE KINCHELOE Staff writer Get out the deer rifles because the season is about to open but make sure there’s plenty of ammunition left because a real Texas shoot-out may be oil the way when school funding reform starts to hit next May. Dr. John Shields, District 5 representative to the State Board of Education, told the Downtown Rotary Club T hursday a Texas constitutional amendment may be on the way and to at least expect the suggestion of only one school district per county. Shields said while there is no actual fiver tried to get from Common Street lo EM 306 in four minutes or less? The challenge is difficult although some daredevils may have tried by either racing through town or bolting up Loop 337 to Gruenc Road and through Gruenc. Back by popular demand is the proposal to extend Common Street lo TM 306 by way of an approximate two-mile S-shaped linkup. Bobbie Hasert, resident engineer for the Texas Highway Department said the extension will connect the “push” for school consolidation, a sensitive issue at times, some form of consolidation will be recommended. All this in the wake of the recent Texas Supreme Court ruling on lite Edgewood vs. Kirby case, which has reached the pinacle of the Texas judicial system and now will be kicked over to the legislature for resolution. The Supreme Court did not consider and did not affirm the trial court’s position that the current system violates equal protection under the law but came to the same conclusion that public school funding is not equal, especially in respect to state cduca- central business district to FM 306 and industry in San Marcos and Canyon laikc. Hasert said an opportunity for public hearing hits been posted and if requests for a public hearing arc received, a public hearing will be held and the project can be started. Hasert said the plan is the “result of good planning on the city’s pan” and will be funded under the Federal Aid for Urban Assistance, although the linkup must be a part of the street sys- See STREET, Page 2 lienal guidelines. The case began in Austin when die Texas Constitution and its school funding was tested in a Travis County District Court. Some school districts in the state spend S3,(KM) and up jx-r student per year while other districts spend as little as $1,600 per year, Shields said. School taxes per SKX) propeny valuation in some areas were substantially higher than in others and the higher tax rates still could not provide the educational requirements under the See EDUCATION, Page 2Good Day After a cold start to the day, teinperalures will climb to near 70 degrees. Tonight’s temperature will drop into the 30s. The weekend will be partly cloudy with die highs near KO degrees and the lows near 55 degrees. Inside: CLASSIFIED...........................11-15 COMICS................................8 CROSSWORD..............................3 DEAR ABBY...............................11 ENTERTAINMENT................... HOROSCOPE................................8 RELIGIOUS FOCUS.....................6 SPORTS....................................9-10 TV LISTINGS.................................8 WEATHER.....................................2Stammtisch Common Street plans discussed 4,000 refugees pour into West German embassy BRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP) — About 4,(KK) East Germans were jammed into die West German Embassy in Prague today with new' arrivals pouring in each hour, all cager to emigrate West despite promises of reform from their Communist leaders. “It’s just the same hardheaded idiots as before,” said a bricklayer from Karl-Marx-Stadt. “What’s going to change? The corrupted socialism in our country is just getting new clothes, that’s all.” “I don’t believe that anything will change there,” said another young man. “The reforms are only for the outside world.” Red Cross workers and refugees unloaded tents and bedding trucked in from West Germany. East Germany has agreed to let its citizens here renounce their citizenship and then go to West Germany, where they are automatically granted citizenship. But with East German diplomats processing only about HK) applications a day, it was feared the embassy and its gardens, which have a capacity of about 5.5(H) people, would be overflowing by the weekend when a rush of new arrivals was expected. Embassy sources, who put the number of East Germans at about 4,(HK) just before noon, said negotiations were under way w itll Czechoslovak authorities for more space. Some people arriving unlay said the roads to Prague were crammed with East German cars. The wave began Wednesday after East Germany’s new leader, Egon Krenz, lifted a month-old travel ban to Czechoslovakia, the only country East Germans can visit freely. Krcnz’s predecessor, Erich Honecker, had imposed the ban to slop an earlier exodus of East Germans to the West German Embassy in Prague. The exodus has mainly involved skilled workers in their early 20s aud 30s. At least 2(H) to 3(X) children played inside the embassy grounds. T hose who have left East Germany include at least l,l(K) doctors and nurses, and this has severely strained health services in the Communist country, an East German health officials said Unlay. East Germans were swift to take advantage of the lifting of lite travel ban. Eight thousand crossed into Czechoslovakia in the first 24 hours, and the number in the West German Embassy swelled from 2,100 Thursday night to some 4,CKK) by noon today. “You’ve just got to use an open bam door to the West while you can,” said one 25-year-old from Leipzig. See REFUGEES, Page 2 New Braunfels Girl Scouts invite die public lo join the group in a historic Neighborhood Walking Tour Nov. 18. Participants can enjoy viewing the historic home and buildings constructed by earls settlers of New Braunfels. All participants may purchase the Neighborhood Walking Tour Patch for $1.50. Tile first walk will be Nov. IS, buyt anyone wishing to take the tour at another time is welcome lo do so. The tour starts at the Lindheimer Home, 494 Comal, and continues past as many as 69 buildings. Anyone interested may contact Neighborhood Direetoi Debbie Richter at 620 6618 On the Comal Seventeen years ago, members of the Heritage Society and a group of volunteers constructed a Heritage Exhibit for display during Wurstfest to showcase memories of life in Comal County. This year's exhibit, titled ‘On the Comal,* takes visitors on a walk along the short river through tanda Park and focuses on the colorful history of the area, including the flour mill, Stinky Falls, and Camp Placid. See Sunday s Herald-Zeitung for more photos of the exhibit. The Comal County Women’s Center needs more volunteers and will offer training for hotline volunteers and other interested persons who want to become acquainted with die program. The Sa# STAMMTISCH, Pig* 2 PUC staff backs phone rates cut AUST IN (AP) — The Public Utility Commission staff has recommended that Southwestern Bell Telephone Co.’s revenues be trimmed by $392 million a year. The Southwestern Bell rate case was filed at the PUC in January by the commission’s general counsel, which challenged die telephone company to justify its level of earnings. In testimony filed Thursday, the PUC staff contends that Southwestern Bell is earning more than authorized by the commission. The company is pushing a plan ii calls “Texas First,” which would freeze local telephone rates for five years and upgrade Southwestern See RATES, Page 2 Unemployment report holds steady for month WASHINGTON (AP) — Unemployment held steady at 5.3 percent last month as the economy added 233,000 jobs, the government said today in a report dial showed continued troubles in the industrial sector. The Labor Department said all of the non-farm payroll growth for October came in the service-producing sector, with most of that coming as schools and local govern ments added jobs for the school year. The department revised September payroll growth downward lo 201,000 from the previously reined 209,(HK). The manufacturing sector, which lost a revised 88,000 jobs in September, lost an additional 13,(XX) in October to {Kist its fourth consecutive monthly decline. Sat UNEMPLOYMENT, Pag* 2 There will be a benefit supper Saturday for young Bobby Salazar, who was injured by a BB gunshot to die head. The supper will bo ai 101 Glenbrook in Village Circle. Plates of barbecue for $3.50 and rncnudo will be served. Call 629-5431 for more information.... The Street Dance/Party in the Smithson Valley High School parking lot after the football game Sept. 22 was such a success, organizers plan another one for tonight after the game at SVHS until 12:30 a m. There will he a disc jockey and volleyball nets will he set up again. Admission is free with drinks, nachos and corn chip pie for sale. Security will be provided. A hat will be passed lor contributions to help pay costs and the group hopes to host more of these parties. The Smithson Valley High School Student Council offered to help the Smithson Valley Student-Parent Network) with the first street dance/party a> well as this one. For more infor mat ion about the party or the meeting, call Sharon Sharp at 885-7602.... ;