New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Clements pressures senators on comp bill
AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Bill Clements has put the pressure on five senators to vote for a business-backed reform plan of the workers’ compensation system.
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NB finishes unbeaten, Cougars throw a scare
New Braunfels finished the regular season undefeated, but the Unicorns had to survive a second-half threat from Canyon before winning Friday’s Wurst Bowl, 17-12. New Braunfels will play Bastrop in an area playoff game Saturday in Austin.
Carrera puts home on the big screen
In the film community, New Braunfels will never be confused with Hollywood, New York or even Waxahachie. But if Raul Carrera and Norbert Lucius have their way, the city will at least find a place on the map.
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Vol. 138, NO. 6
707 Lancia St., New Braunfels. Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
November 19, 1989 50 Cents Three Sections, 42 Pages
Temperatures will be increasing gradually today, but be prepared for more rain today. The high will be in the mid 60s with a 50 percent chance of rain and winds from the east-northeast at 5 to IO mph. Tonight, expect mostly cloudy conditions with a 20 percent chance of rain and a low in the upper 50s. On Monday look for high temperatures in the mid 70s and a 20 percent chance for rain.
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The Community Council of South Central Texas will be issuing United States Department of Agriculture commodities to income-eligible housholds Tuesday morning.
Under the guidelines of tne Texas Department of Human Resources, all recipients will be required to complete an application in order to determine eligibility and must bring proof of identification and proof of income, such as food stamp identification, Medicaid card, paycheck stubs, or Veteran’s Administration identification.
Because the supply is limited, commodities will be issued on a first-come, first-serve basis. Commodities will be issued from 9 arn. to noon at the National Guard Armory, Interstate 35 South, Tuesday morning....
Hospice New Braunfels will conduct a memorial service to celebrate the lives of patients who have died this year today at 2 pm. at St. Paul Lutheran Church chapel. There will be a brief service followed by fellowship among the board of directors, staff, volunteers and hospice families. An invitation is extended to the community and all former hospice families...,
Comal County Health Department will NOT conduct its usual Immunization Clinic Wednesday; however, all immunizations and TB Skin Testing will be available Monday from 9 to ll a.m. and I to 4 pm. Individuals needing immunizations are encouraged to arrive early to be assured of service. The Health Department, as well as all other county offices, will be closed Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holidays.
The regular Wednesday Immunization Clinic will resume Nov. 29 and will continue each Wednesday from 9 to ll arn. and I to 4 pm. These services are available to all residents of Comal County, regardless of income. Fees for immunizations are $3 per visit for infants and children birth through age 3 and $6 per visit for children 4 and older and all adults.
The health department is in Suite 210 of the Comal County Courthouse...
The first of two rehearsals for the Advent Vespers Massed Chou-Concert is Tuesday from 7 to 9 pm. at the First Baptist Church. The 30th annual concert sponsored by the New Braunfels Music Study Club (TFMC, NFMC) will be presented Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. at the First Baptist Church. All singers of the area are invited to participate.
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Police arrest man in woman’s death
By JOE KINCHELOE Staff writer
A 24-year-old New Braunfels woman was found dead Friday night, the victim of an apparent stabbing. A 32-year-old man has been charged with murder, according to police.
Kathie Balonis was found dead at
10:20 p.m. Friday at her residence at the Oaks Apartments at 483 Laurel after a resident called police. Reports indicate she had been stabbed repeatedly.
Jack Warren Davis, 32, of New
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Voters approve 6th-grade bonds
A $4.6 million New Braunfels school bond election passed by an avalanche Saturday as virtually 70 percent of votes received were in favor of the proposition.
Of the 1,266 persons voting in the district, 877 voted in favor and 388 voted against.
Approval of the proposal means the
construction of a new $4.1 million sixth-grade facility and renovations to Lamar Primary School of $410,000, which includes and adding two new classrooms.
Superintendent Charles Bradberry said the new school will be built on a 32-acre site and has been designed for See BONDS, Page 2A
The Canyon Cougarettes earned the distinction of being the second-best Class 4A volleyball team in the slate over the weekend in Ausfln-Jiyi OfKi+froMe won their state semifinal match against Santa Fe Friday at the Burger Center, above, then fell Saturday to defending state champion Dumas in a tough three-game match. At left, Canyon Coach Donna Boehle gives Jennifer Kyle a hug to mark the conclusion of a season which saw the Cougarettes win 29 of 33 matches. Canyon s Melissa Daffin and Jody Tyler were named to the 4A alltournament team. For the full details on the tournament, see Page 13A. (Photos by John Senter)
35-year-old ‘temporary’ frontage roads to change
Grandparents, friends visit students
More than 725 visitors flooded three New Braunfels schools as a special lunch was given for student’s grandparents on Friday but it turned out a little differently than anyone had predicted.
At Memorial Elementary, principal Karen Simpson said not only grandparents but parents and friends showed up so students could show off their school and their grandparents.
The same tiling happened at Carl
Schurz school and al Lone Star Primary, according to principals Jane McDonald and Marilyn Buckner.
The affair was for students in grades one though four, according to Leslie Kriewaldt, NBISD public information officer.
“Lunchtime ran a little late,” Simpson said. “We had a lot of people to feed."
At Memorial, 275 persons attended the lunch in their honor as die “special
lunch bunch.’’ Memorial has an enrollment of 402.
“There’s no generation gap in the cafeteria,” Simpson said, “and the grandparents (and guests) were so wonderful that they sat with other children who didn’t have anyone as their guest. It is one of my absolute favorite times of the year.
“They talked about how much love
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Concerns over safety and growing volumes of traffic have prompted the Texas Department of Highways and Public Transportion to develop a plan to change the interstate 35 frontage roads from two-way to one-way.
The plan calls for changing most of the existing entrance and exit ramps as well as the frontage roads. It is still on the drawing board, but Bobbie Hasert, resident engineer for the highway department, said they will submit the plan for restructuring the frontage road system in New Braunfels by the first of the year.
"We recognized diat the existing system cannot handle the growth in the amount of traffic using the roads,” Hasert said. “The system now is confusing to drivers unfamiliar with the arca. Our top priority is to meet transportation needs of the area safely.”
The existing system has had ‘Temporary’’ two-way fromage roads for the past 35 years. Hasert said. The “temporary” system is called temporary because when the frontage system was first constructed, the city’s government wanted two-way fromage roads. The highway department wanted one-way roads, Hasert said. So, a deal was made that the roads
would be made into a one-way system some day, but would be temporarily two-way.
Along with improving the traffic flow for New Braunfels, Hasert said, the new plan will enhance the value of the property of the area.
“A by-product of the scheme we have is that it will not damage any property value, but enhance many properties through the area,” Hasert said. “I know that many people think that if we go one-way on the frontage roads their businesses will be hurt, but that, I don’t believe, will be the case.” Hasert said businesses on the existing frontage road do not get as much traffic exposure as they would on a one-way road.
“On a one-way frontage, you can always go the same way up and down a frontage road and never encounter a business on the other side of the highway,” he said. “On a one-way system a driver will have to encounter the business because they will have to use both sides of the highway. Improving business development is not the goal of our plan, but we do what we can to take into account the areas that are
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Cheer Fund gifts continue to arrive
The 1989 Cheer Fund drive is only five days old and has raised more than $1,500. The annual collection campaign has a goal of providing Christmas dinners to 200 families in the area. A total $5,000 will be needed to purchase items to fill the Christmas baskets.
The administrative costs
paid by the newspaper and volunteers including members of the New Braunfels Fire Fighters Association provide all the labor to package md deliver the Christmas baskets each year.
The Community Service Center provides the list of 200 families to fictive the baskets. Tile center coordinates wife other agencies and the churches lathe city.
Each year since 1982, the news-paper has sponsored the thrive to " ‘ to the
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 goodies to fill those baskets.
All of the tax-deductible contributions are used to purchase the food items contained on the Cheer Fund shopping list. The admini-
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East Germany approves cabinet, warns of black-market damage
WEST BERLIN (AF) — East Germany’s Parliament approved a reform-minded Cabinet on Saturday as the Communist government begged millions heading West to avoid black-market currency dealing that further damages their economy.
Lawmakers created a committee to study possible constitutional changes, including stripping the Communists of their 40-year monopoly on power. And new Communist leaders threatened to investigate their hard-line predecessors for corruption and abuse of power.
About 10,000 peopled joined a pro-democracy protest in Leipzig, where organizers said many skipped the rally to go shopping in West Germany. Protesters demanded free elections and a genuine political opposition force.
Pro-democracy supporters also took to the streets in three other cities, Plauen, Eberswalde-Finow and Suhl, the official East German news agency ADN said late Saturday. It estimated 22,000 people took pan.
Hundreds of thousands of other East Germans jammed trains and highways into West Germany, creating a 19-mile backup at one Bavarian border crossing and overwhelming public transpon headed West.
For more than 1.6 million other East Germans, Saturday was a day of shopping and sightseeing in West Berlin and West Germany, fueled by $54 in “welcome money" per person from the government in Bonn. West Berlin’s shopping avenues became pedestrian malls.
Hundreds of thousands of other East Germans jammed trains and highways into West Germany, creating a 19-mile backup at one Bavarian border crossing and overwhelming public transpon headed west.
Some trains were “recklessly stormed” by impatient
travelers who filled the cars two or three times over capacity, the official ADN news agency reported.
People in West Germany greeted tourists with free lodging, well-stocked store shelves and just plain curiosity.
In East Berlin, Premier Hans Modrow’s 28-member Cabinet was immediately sworn in after receiving approval from the 500-member People’s Chamber. The Cabinet was named as the government came under increasing pressure to institute reforms and loosen the Communists’ grip on power.
Eleven deputies are non-Communists, but they belong to political parties long aligned with the ruling force. Reform groups like Democracy Now and New Forum also are agitating for a role in government affairs.
At a news conference attended by several new Cabinet members and other government officials, Foreign Minister Oskar Fischer said: "I see concern abroad about a possible instability occuring in this country.” Fischer added that the other European countries are not interested in seeing any such political “shock" on the continent.
The foreign minister also expressed interest in better ties to the European Economic Community.
Also al the news conference, Finance Minister Uta Nickel appealed for patriotism in refraining from currency speculation.
Illegal trading of non-convertible East German marks has become rampant over the past week as East Germans visiting the West trade money for 20 times less than the official rate set by East Berlin.
“Immediate measures are needed to protect the currency,” Mrs. Nickel said.