New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 17, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Democratic candidates duel over utility rates
I I AUSTIN (AP) — The Democratic candidates for |h| lieutenant governor are dueling over utility rate reg-ulation, with each accusing the other of being too cozy with utility companies.
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Congressmen vote no at last minute on hike
WASHINGTON (AP) — Several Texas congressmen who waited until the last minute to vote against a $30,000 pay raise — when it was clear the bill was going to pass — say they had already made up their minds.
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District titles claimed by Cougars, Unicorns
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Vol 138, No. 5
707 Lands St., New Braunfels. Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
November 17, 1989
Two Sections, 18 Pages
Committee OKs workers’ comp bill
AUSTIN (AP) — Stale lawmakers moved a step closer to revamping the Texas workers’ compensation system as a Senate committee approved bills that would raise benefits and require employees to carry the coverage.
Action by the Economic Development Committee on the two bills by Ll. Gov. Bill Hobby came Thursday after the State Board of Insurance approved a 22 percent increase in workers’ comp insurance rates and berated special interests that take advantage of the system.
“Everyone is abusing the system,’’ said board
member Richard Reynolds of Flower Mound.
Board member Jo Ann Howard of Austin described the current no-fault insurance designed to compensate injured employees as a quagmire dominated by doctors, lawyers, employers, and employees.
The new rates, upping premiums by approximately $600 million, will go into effect no later than Jan. I.
The two bills by Hobby would raise weekly benefits from $238 to S416 and phase in mandatory comp coverage by 1995 for all employers that have
four or more employees.
But critics of Hobby’s plan say it will deprive workers of a basic right — a meaningful jury mal in disputed comp claims and it would set a specific schedule on what an injury is worth, regardless of how it affects the employee.
In the middle of the fray are Hobby and Sen. Carl Harker of Port Arthur, who has co-wriuen an alternate reform plan with Sen. Kent Caperton, D-Bryan, that is preferred by labor and by attorneys
See PLAN, Page 2A
Official to probe massacre of priests
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — The U.S. ambassador said today he will personally investigate lite brutal massacre of six Jesuit priests, and he offered protection to any witnesses who come forward to testify.
Hours after the killings Thursday,
uniformed security officers raided a Lutheran Church office and arrested 12 missionary workers, including four Americans, a Canadian consular official said.
Also today, sporadic fighting was reported six days after leftist rebels launched their biggest offensive in a
10-year-old civil war.
U.S. Ambassador William Walker said the United States is pressuring the right-wing government of President Alfredo Cristiani to investigate the killings of the six Jesuit priests, their cook and her daughter.
Walker offered protection to citi
zens providing information. He also said in an interview, “I will try to find and solicit the testimony of people who are or who claim to be witnesses.”
He said he planned to contact offish MASSACRE, Pagt 2A
investigating death of man
Comal County Sheriff’s Department officials are still investigating the death of James Hamer Frizzell of San Antonio who died Wednesday in a fire.
Chief Deputy Wayne Hohcrz said Frizzell, 41, died of massive bums and smoke inhalation while apparently burning brush near the Fischer community. Hoherz released the name after family members identified a watch and ring belonging to Ute man and following examination of dental records.
Frizzell’s wife reported him missing Tuesday night but the body was not discovered until about 9 -a.m. Monday by Comal Deputy Ed Whitman.
An autopsy ordered by Justice of the Peace Howard Smith revealed the man actually died of bums and smoke inhalation. Earlier reports indicate Frizzell had a history of high blood pressure and fainting.
Justice of the Peace Howard Smith
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Conflicting stories cloud investigation
Conflicting stories have clouded an incident which occurred around IO p.m. Nov. ll, in which a 3-year-old boy sustained severe eye damage. Latest reports indicate a New Braunfels Utilities truck was involved, according to Bob Sohn, general manager of NBL).
Ryan Thomason sustained severe injuries to an eye when a projectile struck the windshield of the vehicle in
which he and his mother were passengers.
Confirmations now conclude a New Braunfels Utilities employee was on call die night of the incident and was driving an NBU service truck which was white with blue lettering. The projectile, believed to be a rock, was not thrown from another vehicle
See STORIES, Page 2A
Kmart gathering goods for holiday distribution
The New Braunfels Kmart department store will be giving away 20 turkey dinners Tuesday as it participates in a national program of disti-buting food lo die needy.
The local Kmart is planning to distribute 20 baskets of food, consisting of a turkey, potatoes, stuffing, vegetables. bread, and pumpkin pie.
Yvonne Desfosses, personnel manager for the New Braunfels Kmart, said the store will be working with the New Braunfels Community Sevice Center ill distributing the baskets.
“The Community Service Center is selecting 20 needy families to give die baskets to,” Desfosses said. “People
need to apply at the community center to be eligible for the food The Community Center has alway picked out people who we feel arc very deserving. and it makes us feel good that we could help.”
Kmart stores across the country are participating in the project and are giving away more dun 42,000 turkeys across the United States. The program has been in existence since 1985, and the New Braunfels Kmart has been given away 20 baskets each year.
Desfosses said that the store picks up the bill for the turkey, bread and
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Volunteers lining up to help Cheer Fund
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund would not be a success without the help of community donations and volunteers.
Members of New Braunfels Fire Fighters Association not only donated $100 to the drive Thursday but also volunteered to help
pack and deliver baskets on Dec. 23.
The drive was kicked off earlier this week and has a goal of providing Chrisunas dituiers to 200 families in the area. A total $5,000 will be needed to purchase items to fill the Chrisunas baskets.
The administrative costs tare paid by the newspaper and volunteers provide all the labor to package and deliver the Christmas baskets each year.
Each year since 1982, die newspaper has sponsored the drive to provide a Chrisunas dinner to die 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
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Keep the jackets and umbrellas handy through the weekend. Today will be cloudy and cool with a chance of rain The high will be 56 degrees, dropping to an overnight low of 48. The cloudy and cool condiuons will continue through the weekend. There is a chance for rain and temperatures will be in die upper 50s for highs and mid 40s for lows.
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Rolling Oaks Mall will start the holiday season Saturday with a list of activities including the arrival of Santa, a snowman building contest and snow sledding.
Santa will arrive at IO a.m. as
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NB voters to decide bonds
Voting will begin at 7 a.m. Saturday in the $4.6 million bond issue election that could finance a new sixth-grade facility and improve facilities at Lamar Primary School. Polls will close at 7 p.m., according to Connie Waltisperger of the New Braunfels Independent School District.
The sixth-grade school is expected to cost $4.1 million to complete, and renovations to Lamar Primary School will cost $410,000. The Lamar renovations include the addition of two classrooms.
Superintendent Charles Bradberry said the new school and improvements at Lamar are to accomodate students already in the school systems who will be moving up when construction is complete.
Voters living in the following New Braunfels school district area will vote at the following school precint locations:
• Trustee District #1 — Lone Star Primary School at 144 Hidalgo Ave.
• Trustee District #2 — Seele Elementary School at 540 Howard St.
• Trustee District #3 — New Braunfels Middle School at 659 Guenther Ave.
• Trustee District #4 — Lamar Primary School at 240 N. Central Ave.
• Trustee District #5 — New Braunfels High School at 2551 Loop 337 N.
See the accompanying map to determine precinct areas and voting locations.
Packing up for a good cause
Members of the Gruene Kountry 4-H Club last went conducted a doer-to-door solicitation for food to fill the SOS, Inc.-Food Bank shelves. Packing up the more than 400 items collected are, from left, Club Secretary Michelle Duncan, Parliamentarian Coby Baese; and Food Drive Chairman Janet Ward. (Photo by Desmond Bostick)