New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Dallas, fr-xp«! 75?^5Greyhound buses back on Comal highwaysBy PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wirt editor
Buses began pulling into the local Greyhound Bus terminal on South Seguin Avenue Thursday afternoon with non-union drivers.
Dorothy Albrecht, agent for the local terminal, said that business was picking up since the terminal reopened. The terminal handles three
northbound and three southbound buses per day.
Albrecht said that customers inquired about the company’s half-price fares across the nation. The offer lasts until Dec. 15.
The terminal has been closed since the strike began, Albrecht said. At first, Greyhound tried to transport freight on trucks. When the Texas Railroad Commission informed
Greyhound that freight transportation by trucks under the company name was against regulations, the terminal closed for the strike.
“We all had a vacation,” Albrecht said.
Greyhound has provided extra security for its passengers during its first phase of business, Albrecht said. Each bus has a security guard on board, and a security vehicle
following it. New Braunfels police are meeting buses at the city limits and escorting them into town, Albrecht said.
“Greyhound did this to make the customers feel more ensured,” Albrecht said.
The first phase will last seven to IO days, she said. She said agents have not been told what the second phase of
The Greyhound agent said she was disturbed by national news accounts of violence on buses and at terminals in the north and northeast parts of the country. She said the accounts were unfair to Greyhound, especially to bus riders and employees in Texas.
There have been no accounts of violence at south and central Texas terminals. The local terminal has
been quiet since the strike began.
Albrecht said she doesn’t anticipate any violence along the south and central Texas routes.
“It just doesn’t happen here,” she
The strike began Nov. 3, when Greyhound officials and union employees failed to agree on a 9.5 percent pay cut.
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Vol. 92 - No. 230
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PLO claims capture
of refugee camp
BEIRUT, l>e ba non (AP* - PLO chairman Yasser Arafat’s loyalists claimed they recaptured the Baddawi refugee camp today in a pre-dawn counterattack on Syrian-backed Palestinian rebels in northern Lebanon, Beirut radio .stations reported
The radio reports quoted an unnamed spokesman for the Palestine liberation Organization as saying Synans and PIX) rebels fired a barrage of artillery and rockets on residential neighborhoods in the nearby port of Tripoli to avenge the loss of Baddawi The camp had been Arafat’s final stronghold in lebanon until the rebels seized it Wednesday.
The claims could not be immediately verified.
In southern Iyebanon, meanwhile, the Israeli military command said today that an Israeli soldier was killed and six others wounded when a roadside bomb detonated next to a
military convoy Thursday night.
The command said the bomb killed Cpl. Moshe Ben-Tsur. 20. at the southern entrance to the port city of Sidon. Reinforcements were brought in to search for the attackers.
In Beirut, one radio report said the rebels pounded the four Tripoli neighborhoods where Arafat’s loyalists maintain positions with 50 shells a minute.
The neighborhoods included Zahneh, where Arafat set up his new command headquarters after the fall of Baddawi to the rebels on Wednesday, the Christian-controlled Voice of Iyebanon radio station reported
The other three neighborhoods were Kubbeh, Mallouleh and Mina — all strongholds of the Islamic Unification militia which has supported Arafat in the 15-day-old PIX) war. the station said
The state radio said the loyalists'
counterattack was mounted at 3 a.m. and within two hours Arafat’s supporters regained control of Baddawi, on the northeastern outskirts of
The Voice of Lebanon said “suicide units” of Arafat’s loyalists took the hills north and east of the camp and then moved into Baddawi.
In Beirut, a French army position was fired at Thursday by bazookaarmed assailants but sustained no casualties. The attack apparently was in retaliation for French air raids earlier in the day on Shiite Moslem guerrillas holed up in a barracks and a hotel in eastern l>ebanon's Bekaa Valley.
l,ebanese police said at least 39 people were killed and 150 wounded in the raids on camps of the pro-Iranian extremists, which were staged in reprisal for the recent suicide truck-bombing attacks on French. U.S. and Israeli peacekeeping troops
FM 3009 extension gets state OK
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
A Comal County highway project to extend FM 3009 recently was authorized as a result of the State Department of Highways and Public Transportation Comnuttee’s approval of the 1963-84 Fanil to Market program
Bob Hasert, the department's supervising resident engineer in New Braunfels, said the road will extend from FM 1883 north for 4 2 miles to State Highway 46. This will serve a
large area of the county and provide a needed tie between two major tourist attractions. Canyon Iyake and Natural Bridge Caverns.
The proposed project has been a top priority project of the Comal County Comnussioners Court for a number of years," Hasert said This project is the department s next priority after finishing plans on I >oop 1604.
Hasert said the site for FM 3009's extension still needs to be surveyed, but surveyors won t be sent out until after hunting season.
Plans should be put together by early summer, Hasert said, with construction beginning in late summer. The actual construction should take 12-15 months
“It’s really hard to predict a certain day that we’ll be finished on it,” Hasert said.
The early cost estimate, which includes engineering costs, is $900,000-$950,000.
The road will be a two-core surface of liquid asphalt with stone chips added It will be two 12-foot lanes with one bridge crossing the Comal Creek
Stuff photo by Ctntty Rh tiafiison
Youngsters like three year old Ashley Preiss are usually seen from the other end of the lens, but Ashley reverses the roles as she eyes her subject through the lens of her toy camera. She was taking her pictures at Mission Valley Bowling Club on Highway 46.
Firm now a 'Pepper'
NEW YORK I AP) — Analysts in the soft-dnnk industry say that Dr Pepper Co.'s approval of a $512.5 nullion takeover offer from an investment firm should help the company survive in an increasingly competitive market Forstmann little it Co. has agreed to pay stockholders $22 cash for each of 23.3 nullion outstanding shares of Dr Pepper in the transaction, which will allow top management of the Dallas-based soft drink manufacturer to remain in place and keep the company intact.
Officials (rf Forstmann little “bring
money, money, money, money" to Dr Pepper, said Jesse Meyers, whose Beverage Digest newsletter is an industry standard. “There s got to be a lot of joy in Dallas on Mockingbird lane," location of the company’s headquarters
Meyers said Forstmann little, established in 1978. is unlikely to interfere with operations of Dr Pepper, whose board of directors approved the takeover bid Thursday.
“They will absolutely encourage management to do the dungs they do well and just give them financial advice when needed,” he said.
Most analysts believe the sale will
help Dr Pepper gain the muscle it must have to compete. The company has been losing ground as diet and no-caffeine drinks grab an everincreasing share of the market.
The agreement must be ratified by the company’s stockholders and is subject to other conditions.
Forstmann little said it would invest about $150 nullion in the Dr Pepper transaction. Forstmann Little said it had letters of commitment from five commercial banks for unsecured loans to pay the balance of the purchase price.
Dr Pepper’s stock was frozen Wednesday at $17,624 a share when trading was halted on the New York
Stock Exchange pending the directors’ meeting. In early trading today, the stock rose $2.25 a share to $19,874.
Only one day earlier, the investment company announced a $94.5 million takeover of Topps Chewing Gum Inc.
Wm. Brian Little, a general partner of Forstmann Little, said the senior management of Dr Pepper would be offered a chance to buy an interest in a corporation to be created by Forstmann Little as a means of absorbing Dr Pepper.
Speculation that the soft-dnnk producer was considering a buyout offer stemmed from its an
nouncement in September that it had hired liizard Freres ii Co. as its financial adviser and exclusive agent.
Together with the Canada Dry Corp., which it bought last year from Norton Simon Inc. for $144 million, Dr Pepper has 9 percent of the domestic soft drink market. That makes it the third-largest producer after Coca-Cola Co. and Pepsico Inc.
Dr Pepper has 12 company-owned operations in this country’, more than 1,100 bottlers and about 4,000 employees. liist month the company reported that third-quarter profits rose three-fold to $7.5 million on $162 2 million in sales.
Local MADD officials praise Wurstfest in wake of 1983 festivalInside
mulledCosts, priority chief concerns
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
It’s an innovative concept that might work.
Representatives from five entities — New Braunfels ISD, Comal ISD, New Braunfels Utilities, and local city and county governments — gathered at the Chamber Honors Hall Thursday night to mull over a joint vehicular maintenance center concept.
Each operates its own vehicle maintenance program. At least three of them have outgrown present facilities and are looking to expand.
“Since there’s a common requirement, we thought we should take a look at building a combination unit that may be more efficient and save money,” Gene Rutherford of T-One Architects said.
In narrating his pre-feasibility study, Rutherford touched on some benefits of consolidation. “Assets would include land and building. There d be more quality control — something probably none of the five entities have now.
“Purchasing possibilities include cost advantages on parts and fuel, inventory simplication. and parts availability,” he added. “In operations, vehicle performance records, if done properly, can eliminate any major maintenance. Contract maintenance could be elinunated. and mobile service teams could be initiated.”
Rutherford described mobile service units as “a small garage in the back of a truck." These units currently work in Dallas very efficiently, he added.
A year-old profile of each entity showed different areas of need, and a combined total of 343 units, including vehicles, light equipment and trailers.
USD and NBISD have buses, service vehicles and mobile units to keep up. Comal County has service and equipment, mobile units and sheriff and law enforcement vehicles to consider. The Utilities has mobile units, service equipment and service vehicles, while the city has the fire department, public works, parks department, police and mobile units to maintain.
“Proper management would be the key to coordination," Rutherford said in outlining a priority work schedule. “The heavy use period for most of these vehicles occurs from 7 a rn. to 3 p.m., so the best service tune would be evening. You could work a split
See VEHICLES, Page 12AByDYANNE FRY Staff writer
The Mothers Against Drunk Drivers think Wurstfest security was very good this year, and they intend to say so in an official letter to the Wurstfest Association.
The Comal County chapter took the vote at its Wednesday meeting. “Everybody here said they thought (Wurstfest) did a real good job,” said president John Reynolds.
No alcohol-related traffic deaths were recorded during this year’s Wurstfest That statement couldn’t have been made in IMS, when four members (rf the Ruben Sauceda family were killed; or rn 1981, when three people died in traffic accidents on the first weekend of the festival.
MADD isn’t basing its whole program on fatality counts, however. Reynolds thinks the overall atmosphere of the festival was better this year.
“I was there ’most every night, and I saw very few people that I would consider drunk, who would be driving,” he told the Heraldlet tong. “It seemed like a different group (rf people this year.”
Department (rf Public Safety Sgt. Bob Holder made a similar comment last week.
The story from MADD’s state office was a little different. Texas president Marinelle Tunmons visited Wurstfest, along with Bexar County president Suzanne Hildebrand and a handful of other members, on the second Saturday (rf Wurstfest.
“I’m pleased that we had no traffic fatalities,” she said. Regarding the general tone of the festival, Timmons said, “I don’t really have anything to compare it with, because I hadn’t been there previously. But I have to say that I saw a lot of underage people drinking.
“I saw kids walking around all night, drinking beer out (rf pitchers,” she added. “They told us they were reducing the size of the cups, but here were these people drinking out of pitchers.” Timmons told the Herald Zettung that she did not go into the Wursthalle; that she and Hildebrand spent most of their time in the Marktplatz and around the beer booths.
Wurstfest official Tom Purdum was gladSee MADD, Page IZAToday's Weather
Today will be partly cloudy and warm, with southeast winds at 15-20 miles per hour and gusty. Cloudiness will increase tonight, while winds diminish to 10-15 mph. Saturday will be cloudy, with a 30 percent chance of showers, turning cloudier and cooler by afternoon. Winds will shift to the northwest, blowing 15-20 mph and gusting The high is expected to be in the mid-70s. Sunset today will be at 5:34 p.m., and sunrise Saturday at6:58a.m.Playoff Time
It’s a big day for two Comal County high school teams, as the Canyon Cougarettes are playing in the state volleyball tournament in Austin this afternoon, while the New Braunfels Unicorns head to San Antonio tonight for a 7:30 bidistrict football contest with Carrizo Springs. See Sports. Page 6A.Stunned Royals
Willie Wilson, Jerry Martin and Willie Aikens became die first three active major league ballplayers sentenced to jail on drug possession charges Thursday. All three will be sent to a federal prison in Fort Worth after receiving three-month sentences. Sea Sports. Papa 6A