New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Ethics law overhaul overdue, says Rains
AUSTIN (AP) — A sweeping overhaul of state ethics laws is needed to overcome the influence of lobbyists and special interest groups, a Republican gubernatorial candidate says.
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Speaker says House will approve pay raise
WASHINGTON (AP) — Consumer advocate Ralph Nuder is starting a campaign against it, but Speaker 'Thomas S. Foley says lie’s confident the House will approve a 33 percent pay raise and ethics reform package.
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Thompson, Jentsch ComaVs top players
New Braunfels’ Michael Thompson, one of the best linebackers in the state, was named Comal County’s top offensive player, while Canyon’s Clint Jentsch picked up the honor for his defensive work on \ Friday.
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Child injured by flying glass
Glass from a rock-shattered windshield could cause a 3-year-old boy to lose sight in one eye, according to Officer Martin Mayer of New Braunfels Police Department.
The incident was one in a suing of reported crimes that occurred Saturday, according to Mayer.
The child is the son of Ryan and Cindy Thomason, Mayer said, and was injured when a “projectile” — believed to be a rock — shattered the windshield of the family’s car while on Loop 337 at 9:54 p.m. Saturday.
Mayer said other rock-throwing complaints had been received from that area on Saturday.
The boy was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital where his condition is improving, according to a spokesman there.
An emergency room doctor told police said the child may lose sight in one eye although the hospital declined
to comment on the prognosis.
No suspects have been arrested in the incident.
In a related suspected rock-throwing incident, Mayer said at least nine windows in the Frazier Elementary School had been broken. Mayer said police believe the window's were broken before 7 p.m. on Saturday.
A 28-year-old Canyon Lake woman was injured Saturday when she was apparently shot in the neck, according to Mayer who added that details are sketchy.
The woman told police she was driving a car on Interstate 35 when she felt something strike her in the neck. Mayer said the woman apparently entered a bar and die bartender asked if the blood on her neck was real.
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Attendance was up 6 percent at this year’s Wurstfest with 137,000 vistiors enjoying the festivities.
Along with the increase in attendance, Wurstfest concessionaires are reporting an average increase of 12 percent in sales, with some vendors reporting as much as 20 percent. Final numbers for vendors will not be determined until later in the week.
“This was a very good festival with no problems to speak of,” said Suzanne Hcrbelin, executive director of the Wurstfest Association. “There was a growing number of families enjoying themselves. There was a lot of attention on Wurstfest because of the news out of Germany. The events in Germany were a cause for happicncss at
See WURSTFEST, Page 2Pascual Flores of San Antonio Convention Decorating Services pulls down the streamers inside Marktplatz Monday as part of the clean-up following the 10-day celebration of the 29th annual Wurstfest. (Photo by Desmond Bostidk)
On split vote
Berlin Wall to stay
New premier says barrier needed iii Germany
BERLIN (AP) — East Germany’s new premier said tearing down the Berlin Wall would create “chaos” and the barrier is needed to keep AIDS, crime and oilier Western problems out of bis Communist country, a newspaper said today.
Hails Modrow, considered a reformer, also called for a coalition government and said he has begun consultations on the Cabinet he must form.
A leader of East Germany’s biggest opposition group, New Forum, said today that the movement could work with a revamped Communist Party but that naming Modrow as premier was not enough.
Modrow was chosen Monday in a session of unprecedented liveliness in East Germany’s Parliament. Lawmakers, long subservient to the Communist leadership, voted by secret ballot for the first time and endorsed opposition
calls for free elections. They also elected their first noncommunist Parliament shaker.
Some deputies even called for stripping the constitution of a clause that designates the country “socialist.”
Modrow, 61, is an anti establishment Communist figure who built his power base from his former position as Dresden’s Communist Party chief. He replaced Willi Stoph, who resigned last week along with his entire 44 member Cabinet.
'The new premier supports step-by-step economic reforms, including the scaling down of East Germany’s jxmderousgovernment bureaucracy.
Still, Modrow said lh. government has no intention of tearing down the Berlin Wall, despite carving new passee GERMANY, Page 2
News prompts laughter, tears
When the East German government announced its borders, including die Berlin Wall, were to be permanently opened, Helmut Schultz and Belgard Suhr met the news with shock and disbelief.
“I was astounded,” said Schultz, who was at Wurstfest when he heard the news. “I had tears in my eyes."
“I could not believe it,” said Suhr, who was in San Antonio when she heard the news. “I laughed and cried at the same time.”
Schultz was bom in New Braunfels’ sister city of Braunfels, Germany. Suhr is from Potsdam, East Germany.
Schultz, who maintains a business in West Germany, said he did not
believe die news until he saw the reports on the television.
“I didn’t believe die wall would be opened iii my lifetime,” Schultz said. “If someone would have told me a week ago that the wall would be open, I would have thought they were crazy.”
Suhr also saw the wall opened on the television.
“I couldn’t believe it," Suhr said “The TV showed die wall being opened, and I wus kind of scared. I was wondering what West Germany was going lo do with die ^ million people entering the country. I didn’t think the wall would ever be opened. I was there when diey built it (in 1961) and I never thought it would come
County approves water resolution
Comal County joined a resolution Monday to have water in die Edwards Aquifer declared publicly owned although two commissioners strongly protested the wording of the document.
The resolution calls for Edwards water to be controlled by the Texas Water Commission. Passage of the resolution means the county supports a lawsuit filed by the Guadalupc-Blanco River Authority which seeks to have the Aquifer declared an “underground river."
The resolution passed by a vote of 3-2 with Commissioners Clyde Jacobs and Ned Craigrnile voting against.
“I have some strong reservations regarding litigation in this area,”
Craigrnile said. “I would like to sec the resolution rewritten lo remove the litigation.” Craigrnile said lie does not support the federal government’s becoming involved in a T exas state controversy.
County Jadge FtcdOark said, “The resolution docs not say we want a federal court to make a decision. It says that Edwards is owned by the state and therefore is subject to state regulation by the Texas Water Commission.”
Jacobs said, “I, loo, don’t like the litigation. I do not want to appeal to the federal government (because) this is a legislative function and they should address it.
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Suhr moved to West Germany in 1949 with her mother and sister. She moved to the United States in 1962, but returns to Germany regularly for visits. Schultz said he is returning next week to Germany.
Schultz said he plans to go into East Germany as soon as he can to try lo locate relatives he has not seen since Worldwar ll.
Meanwhile, Suhr is happy lo see her native country finally freeing itself from the main communist symbol in die Western Hemisphere and hopes the East Germans will be allowed to enjoy the same freedoms and
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Herald-Zeitung kicks off annual Cheer Fund
There are fewer than six weeks until Christmas and it’s time to start making those shopping lists. Something to add to the list of things to do is participation in tire annual New Braunfels Herald-Zeiiung Cheer Fund.
Each year since 1982, die newspaper has sponsored the drive lo
provide a Christmas dinner to die less fortunate in the area who might not otherwise enjoy a holiday meal. Thai first year, the drive netted SI,807.70 and spell! $1,260 to provide baskets to 60 families.
Die drive has grown arid now provides baskets to 200 families in the area. This year, a goal of $5,000 has been set to buy the goodies to fill those baskets.
AII of the tax-deductible contributions are used to purchase the food items contained on the Cheer Fund shopping list. The administrative and distribution costs are provided by the Herald-Zeitung and community volunteers. Even the paper bags and boxes used to pack up the baskets have been donated.
In the past, contributions have
exceeded the goal and provided a beginning balance to start the drive each year. This year, a balance of $1,033.67 kicks off the annua! drive.
The llerald’Zeitung will publish the names of conuibutors to the Cheer Fund each day. Donations are tax deductible arid may be made at die newspaper office at 707 Lamia For more information or to arrange for pickup of donations, call Carol Arui Avery al 625-9144.
Today’s contributors to the drive are:
Beginning balance $ 1,033.67
Dave and Bettie Kramer........SKX)
Dave and Cheryl Duvall.........$15
Gus and Nancy Libel...............$ IO
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Unseasonably warm temperatures :oday should give way by tomorrow afternoon to some that are a tiny bit cooler. Today’s high, under partly cloudy skies, is expected to reach the upper 80s. Temps will drop to the low 60s tonight, with winds from the south al IO mph. Wednesday will be partly cloudy, breezy, and cooler with a high in the mid 70s and northwest winds at 15 to 20 mph. The outlook shows temperatures wanning again by Saturday.
The Texas Downtown Association has named Marion Benson. owner of The Collection in Landmark Square, Business Person of die Year 1989. The award was made at the association’s annual meeting Nov. 8 in Austin.
Die Texas Downtown Association recognized Benson for her accomplishments as a pro-active retailer and for service to the New Braunfels Downtown Association as its president. Benson has owned and operated The Collection in downtown New Braunfels for six years....
A representative of the Social Security Administration will be in New Braunfels Wednesday from 9 a rn. to noon in room 215 at the Comal County Courthouse Annex. Call I-8UO-234-5772 (toll free) to set up an appointment with the representative, lf you can’t make it to the appointment, Social Security business can be handled over the phone by calling that number. For change of address, social security card information, direct deposit and claim filing can be taken care of 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
To file a claim for retirement, survivors, disability, medicare of Supplemental Security Income by phone, call 1-800-234-5772. For information about Medicare claims, call 1-800-442-2620. For details on Medicare catastrophic insurance premiums, deductibles, medical and hospital coverage, call 1-800-888-1770. For information regarding tax liability because of medicare catastrophic coverage, call the IRS at 1-800424-1040..,.
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NB band places in contest
New Braunfels High School marching band Monday showed off die results of months of hard work when it competed in the 4A Marching Band Contest at Memorial Stadium in Austin.
The 228-mcmber band placed 12th in the competition. Two weeks ago, the Big Blue Band was one of two 4A bands to advance from regional competition in Waco to the state contest in Austin.
NBHS Band Director Wayne Tucker emphasized that District 4A encompasses 144 high school bands and being named 12th in the state is commendable.
“I am real pleased with the kids’ performance," he said. ‘They have a lot to be proud of.”
Members of the New Braunfels I ligh School marching band polished their routine earlier in preparation lot the state contest Monday in Ans
tin. (NBISD photo)
Originally, the competing bands were to perform in preliminary competition at Burger Center then move to Memorial Stadium for the finals Because of the weather, however.
bands competed only once Monday.
New Braunfels High School Band play d ‘ Hie Liberty Fanfare,” “Rain-
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