New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Poll: Lobbyists spent $250,000 after session
AUSTIN (AP) —Top lobbyists at the Texas Legislature spent more than $250,000 in the four months following the May 31 end of the 140-day regular legislative session, and public interest groups say that shows the need for tighter regulations.
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Best of times,
Wurst of times
New Braunfels and Canyon will slug it out Friday night in the annual Wurst Bowl at Unicom Stadium, but unlike last year, the two football teams are approaching the contest from different perspectives.
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Canyon confindent going into Final Four
Canyon will be among a lough crowd at the state volleyball tournament in Austin beginning on Friday, but the Cougarettes have played too well all season to not be confident now.
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Officers find man
Man leads officers to murder victim
A Bexar County man was found dead Wednesday by Comal County Sheriff’s officers after his wife reported him missing Tuesday night.
The man’s body was found severely burned near the Fischer community in northern Comal County, according to a Sheriff’s Department spokesman.
The identity of the man is being withheld pending an autopsy scheduled to be performed Thursday. Comal County Justice of the Peace Howard Smith pronounced the victim dead at die scene and said no positive identification could be made at the time.
The death is the second this year in which a person apparently died while burning brush during high humidity and high-hcat weather conditions. The Sheriff’s Department classifies the case as an unattended violent death, the first of which occurred on - Oct. 2.
Deput> Ed Whitman found the body in-'a I ire-charred arca which is believed to be used to burn brush.
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A burglary investigation led to the discovery of the victim of an apparent murder-for-hire scheme Tuesday in Austin County by Guadalupe County Sheriff’s officers.
Late Tuesday night, Marvin Overturf, 28, of Route 2, New Braunfels, led Guadalupe sheriff’s officers to a shallow grave in a creckbed two miles east of Bellville. The body of Barry Bryson, 47, of Houston, was found in the grave. He had been shot, execution style, several times.
Guadalupe County Sheriff Melvin Harborth said Overturf told officers he and Larry Noakes, 32, also of Route 2, New Braunfels, had been hired to kill Bryson.
Bryson was reported missing since Nov. 3 from Houston.
Harborth said Ovcrturf called the sheriffs office Tuesday and told officers he had information about Bryson’s location.
Ovcrturf reportedly told the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s department he and Noakes kidnapped Bryson from Houston, and took him to Austin County where they allegedly killed him Nov. 3.
Overturf is in the custody of the Austin County Sheriffs department, charged with capital murder with no set bond Noakes was arrested Nov. 9 by lite Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms on charges of illegal possession of
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Officer denies Good Day
Joe Lagunas of New Braunfels Utilities strings the power lines which will supply the juice for the Annual Plaza Tree Lighting in downtown New Braunfels. The lighting ceremony and Santa’s arrival will begin at 6 p.m. Nov. 30. Entertainment will be provided and several local organizations will be selling fundraising items. (Photo by Desmond Bostick)
Reports that First Federal Savings and Loan of New Braunfels is in danger of collapse have been disputed by Arthur Darling, chairman of the board and president of the institution.
A San Antonio newspaper report the thrift is “in the red’’ is misleading, according to Darling, who said the reports and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation “have taken away our good will.”
"Back in 1982, we bought First Federal in San Marcos and they were $5 million in the red,” Darling said, “Not only did they ask us, bul the
FSLIC asked us, and it was approved by the Internal Revenue Service.
“We have 40 years in which we have to pay this back. We set (the purchase) up as good will. We bought the assets and the liabilities of the San Marcos First Federal. We’re still in the black even if those debts go under.”
Darling said the FDIC is in control of Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation and has drastically cut property appraisals, thus leading
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Temperatures will stay on the cool side through Sunday. Today’s high will be 61 degrees under partly cloudy skies. The overnight low will be near 40 degrees. Cloudy skies with a slight chance for drizzle or rain arc forecast through lite weekend. High temperatures will be between 61 and 63 degrees and lows will be in the 40s.
19 killed, 463 injured in Alabama tornado
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Rescuers crawled through collapsed homes and shops today looking for more victims of a tornado that carved a 3-milc stretch of destruction, killing 19 people, injuring 463 and leaving 1,000 homeless.
“It’s like taking six to IO city blocks and putting diem in a blender and putting it on liquefy," said rescue worker Bob Caraway. He was among those called out to help dig through rubble for survivors or Ute bodies of the dead.
The tornado was one of a series that touched
down Wednesday in an arc spanning at least seven states from the Deep South to the Midwest. The other tornadoes caused at least 19 injuries and far-flung property damage.
In Huntsville, teams with cranes and floodlights searched for the injured or dead, hampered by wind-whipped rain and temperatures that plummeted overnight from 73 degrees into the 30s.
Gov. Guy Hunt sent 50 National Guardsmen to help.
—In Georgia, 19 people were injured, four critically, and at least 200 people were evacuated after a tornado struck two mobile home parks and an interstate highway near Palmetto, about 25 miles southeast of Atlanta, authorities said.
—In the Carolinas, a pair of tornadoes destroyed a vacant house in Henderson County, N.C., and a tornado toppled trees, downed power lines and damaged 20 houses near Greenwood, S.C. No injuries were reported in either state.
—Tornadoes caused minor properly damage in Mississippi, Kentucky and Indiana.
—In West Virginia, high winds believed to be tornadoes swept Jefferson County early toda>, overturning trailers, blowing roofs off homes and downing power lines, authorities said. Four people were injured, two seriously.
—Heavy thunderstorms destroyed at least a dozen homes in Alorton, 111., killing one person and injuring 20 others, five seriously, authorities said.
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New Braunfels Downtown Association will sponsor “The Stand” at the Bandstand on Main plaza tonight from 5 to 6 p.m. A local entertainment group, “The Stand” performs Christian rock’n’roll music.
Musicians will play every Thursday night on Main Plaza through the Christmas season. On
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New Braunfels High School student Joe Arevalo displays the poster he drew for the local chapter of the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society in to promote the American Cancer Society’s Great American Smokeout. McKenna Memorial Hospital today is offering free pulmonary (lung) screenings for those individuals who want “to leave the pack” behind during the 1989 smokeout. Screening will be performed in the Respiratory Therapy Department until 2:30 p.m. today. (Photo by Desmond Bostick)
Local company gets highway bid
Dean Word construction company of New Braunfels has been awarded a $20 million contract to widen Interstate 35 to six lanes from Guadalupe County to Olympia Parkway in Selma, according to the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportation in New Braunfels.
Highway department Resident Engineer Bobbie Hasert said the project will probably begin near the first of the year and is expected to take 32 months to complete. He said the con
struction will make the drive from New Braunfels lo San Antonio easier and safer as well as more comfortable and convenient.
The bid came in approximately $6 million below what was originally projected, according to Hasert, who said initial guesses placed the cost at around $26 million.
“This is a fantastic buy for the tax dollar even if it does sound like a lot
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Police seeking clues in injury incident
Police are searching for a white pickup with blue lettering which is believed to be involved in a Nov. 11 incident which could leave a 3-year-old boy without sight in one eye.
The child and his parents were in a car driving on Loop 337 at Church Hill Drive when an object struck the windshield of their car. The windshield was shattered and glass splinters flew into the face of the boy.
He was treated at McKenna Hospital and, according to police reports,
might lose sight in the injured eye Crime Stoppers have listed it as a priority for investigation this week.
Police say the incident occurred just before IO p.m. Although they cannot be sure the object which hit the car came from the described pickup, any information about the vehicle could lead to the arrest of those involved.
Also, police say numerous other
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Donations brighten holiday for families
More organizations are asking for donations every day. Often there are questions about where those dollars are going — are they really helping those in need?
The Sew Braunfels Herald-Zeilung Cheer Fund uses all of its donations to help provide a Christmas dinner to 200 families in the
area A goal of raising $5,000 has been :*et to purchase items to fill the Christmas baskets.
The administrative costs are paid by the newspaper and volunteers provide all the labor to package and deliver the Christmas baskets each year.
Each year since 1982, the newspaper has sponsored the drive to provide a Chrisuttas diluter to the less fortunate in the area who might not otherwise enjoy a holiday meal. That first year, the drive netted $1,807.70 and spent $1,260 to provide baskets to 60 families.
The drive has grown and now provides baskets to 200 families in the area. This year, a goal of $5,000 has been set to buy the
gtxxiies to fill those baskets.
All of the tax-deductible contributions arc used to purchase the food items contained on the Cheer Fund shopping list. The administrative and distribution costs are provided by the Herald-Zenana and community volunteers. Even the paper bags and boxes used lo pack up die 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 die annual drive.
The Herald-'/Mlung w ill publish the names of contributors to die
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