New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
New economic data shows signs of 'growth recession'
WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. economy went into a more pronounced slump from July through September than previously thought, growing at a sluggish rate of 1.9 percent, the government reported today.
The C ommerce Department said the gross national product — the broadest measure of the country’s economic health — advanced at the slowest pace since the fourth quarter of 1982, the end of the last recession.
The Reagan administration has described the slowdown as a momentary lull and not the beginning of another recession, but many private economists have said that at the very least the country has entered a growth recession.
In a growth recession, the economy expands at such a low rate that unemployment also rises. In an actual recession, the economy does not grow at all.
The 1.9 percent figure for growth in the third quarter marked the second time the government has revised downward this estimate of economic activity. It first said third quarter growth would come in at 3.6 percent and then last month that was revised to 2.7 percent.
While many economists were expecting another downward revision, few were predicting the rate would fall below 2 percent. That meant the economy expanded at less than one-fourth the pace it had exhibited in the first six months of
From January through March, the GNP surged ahead at an annual rate of 10.1 percent. From April through June, the rate was a still-robust 7.1 percent.
One of the weakest segments in the economy in recent months has been the building industry, which was hit hard when mortgage interest rates rose sharply earlier in the year. The government reported today that housing construction fell again in October.
The Commerce Department said housing starts dropped 9.8 percent last month, falling to an annual rate of 1.52 million units, the lowest pa* *
See GNP, Page 8A
Couple charged in burglary of local mini-warehouse
By DANA STELL Staff writer
A Kirby couple suspected in the break-in of a mini warehouse here remain in Comal County Jail under $5,000 bond each today.
The couple, charged with burglary of a nonhabitation, are suspected in the Oct. 14 break-in of a mini-warehouse here. The pair also is being questioned about their involvement in other mini-warehouse burglaries in the area
James Hornbuckle, 33, and his wife, Benita Hornbuckle, 27, of 4015 Enchanted Sun in Kirby, were arrested about noon Saturday by New Braunfels Police Sgt. David Wilson.
“I had been after these people for a while in connection with a burglary at Williams Mini Storage on IH 35,” said Detective Juan Gusme. “I
got information Saturday that they were at Bussey’s Giant Flea Market, but when I got there, they had already left.
"A patrolman spotted his travel trailer and stopped him for not having a driver’s license and for other traffic violations.”
Gusme said he took a photograph of the suspect to Bussey’s where some vendors apparently identified the suspect as the man who had sold some stolen articles, including furniture, clothing, and other household items.
Seventeen vacuum cleaners stolen from Universal City were reportedly recovered from Hornbuekle’s travel trailer,
'We’ve had bunches and bunches of the ministorage burglaries,” Gusme said. “In the last six months, we’ve had 20 or 30 of them.”
Comal River .....168 cfs (same)
Canyon Lake inflow .... 130 cfs (up 25)
Canyon Dam outflow 150 cfs (same)
Edwards Aquifer ...... 622.51 (up 02)
Canyon Lake level 899 98 (down 06)
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New Braunfels. Texas
November 20, 1984
16 Pages - 2 Sections
Blast, fire kill 2 near Mexico
MEXICO cm AP)- Troops on alert for looters sealed off devastated areas of Tlainepantla and anxious survivors waited today at crowded relief centers for w'ord of relatives missing after one of the worst natural gas explosion-* on record.
By early today ‘264 bodies had been recovered. Red Cross and police officials said at least 506 people were seriously injured by the explosions and flames that turned the working-class district into an inferno Monday.
Arm tromps patrolling the Mexvo City > tburb ar rested 20 looters who were trying to take ad\ anlage of the chaos that followed the blasts, which Federal Police deputy spokesman Hector Garcia Vasquez said forced evacuation of more than 100,000 people.
The troops refused to allo a evacuees to return to their homes while the search for bodies continued.
Officials said the death count was expected to rise today because the toll did not include people taken to hospitals who may have died later or workers at the liquefied natural gas storage site where the explosions occurred.
Homes on about 20 square blocks were destroyed or badly damaged and Mexico state officials said more than half a square mile was evacuated.
Mexico City Police Chief Ramon Mota Sanchez said the blaze was under control at
“There were people corning out of there all ablaze," said Isidro Escamilla, a rescue worker.
mid-day Monday, but flames from one tank still lit the night sky as the fire burned itself out.
Witnesses and residents said one tremendous blast shook the crowded suburb at 5:42 a.m. (6:42 a m, EST), followed by perhaps a dozen more explosions. Balls of fire shot into the air and rained fiery debris on homes and businesses. Plumes of dark smoke rose a mile into the sky as the fire raged out of control for more than seven hours.
A spokesman for the government-run petroleum monopoly PEMFX sam a gas truck apparently exph ded, touching off subsequent blasts, first at Urugas Co, natural gas holding tanks and then at the adjoining FEMEX natural gas storage and distribution center, built in 1961.
Mota Sanchez said four storage tanks holding more than 3 million gallons of liquefied gas each exploded, and two others burned. Authorities had feared the fire would trigger more explosions at nearby tanks, but
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The government put into action an emergency aid proLiam that included the distribution of clothing and other necessities and installation nj mobile kitchens to iced those evacuated. Lira Mora said th* state of Mexico will pay for the funerals Throughout the day. ambulances and rescue trucks raced in and out of the area, carrying the injured to seven nearby hospitals and several emergent \ centers.
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Wal-Mart, new center planned
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Bavarian Place will soon be the largest shopping t enter in New Braunfels, and Wal-Mart will be its major tenant.
Luke Speckman, selling agent for the land, Mild Wal-Mart’s formal announcement and ground-breaking will be at 9 a.rn. Tuesday.
The externum of Walnut Avenue and
construction on the center are being coordinated, so hopefully they ll both be done about the same tune,” he added.
The Irshaped center w ill feature German-style architecture and will boast 250,000 square feet when completed. It w ill also face both Interstate 35 and Walnut Avenue once the road is extended.
Speckman said Wal-Mart will start out with 80,000 square feet, but plans to expand to 100.000 square feet within one year. The
store should bo open by August of 198;’
Other tenants include an unnamed grocery chain, an unnamed drug chain, a five piex Cinema theatre, and one or two more department stores, Speckman added
Gaz Green Real Estate is the exclusive listing agent for the shopping center. The property is owned by Jokinen Centers, w ho is also currently developing a similar shopping center in Seguin.
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Wing of New Braunfels National Bank, The wooden railing is the only thing that gives it away.
trI fin hit says LORA rate increase
nuauy luny III Will double electric billsInsideToday's Weather
The forecast includes a 30 percent chance of ram today and temperatures slightly above freezing for overnight. Skies will remain partly cloudy through Thanksgiving, but a warming trend will begin Wednesday and carry on through the holiday. Winds will vary between 10-15 miles per hour, arid temperatures today should reach the mid-50s and drop to the high-30s overnight. Monday’s high was 58, and this morning’s low was 40. Sunset will be at 5: 34 p.in. and sunrise will be at 7 a.m.
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
Pedernales Electric Cooperative officials Monday said their customers could have their power bills doubled in five years if the Lower Colorado River Authority is successful in its rate hike plan.
PEC officials say that would be the result of the LCRA’s latest rate hike request, even though the URA says the increase would only be 15 percent.
“It would be more like 1995, and that includes planning for additional generating,” said Elof Soderberg, LCRABy LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Videotaping suspects charged with driving while intoxicated is paying off for the taxpayers, county attorney Bill Reinter believes.
Fewer trials have resulted from the videotaping of the physical sobriety test. Not only more defendants have pleaded guilty when they see themselves on the tape, but
general manager. He also said the increase is needed primarily to retire the debt ol the company.
Soderberg added that the increase LCRA is requesting is “somewhere around ll percent,” indicating that the exact figures have not been finalized.
“We’re trying to prevent a drastic rate increase for our customers,” said PEC spokesman Bill Cunningham, following PEC’s monthly directors meeting Monday in Johnson City.
At the meeting, PEC general manager Bennie Fuelberg recommended that the board intervene in the LCRA adion. Upon his recommendation, board member
Renner has dropped charges on defendants who appear sober and the lab test was not taken.
“l^ast year out of 980 DWI cases, 36 went to trial; this year we w ill probably not have 850 DWIs for the year, but so far we have had to go to trial on only 16. That will probably work out to about half as many trials or less,” Reimer explained.
The videotape not only backs up the officer's conclusion of intoxication, but also will prove that the blood
Kit Carson made the motion. Roland Erben seconded, and the board voted unanimously to intervene.
PEC. which supplies electric pow er to c anyon I .ake, is a wholesale power customer of LCRA, as is New Braunfels Utilities,
Cunningham said that it was stated in an Austin American Statesman article that all LCRA wholesale customers have agreed to the rate increase.
“We have never been asked,” Cunningham said. “It is our understanding that Bluebonnet (Electric
test was offered as an alternative to the breathalyzer, that the Miranda (reading of rights) warnings were read to the defendant, and that the officers were not physically abusive, when the defendant claims otherwise In a recent case, 42-year-old Uvalde man was sentenced Nov. 12 to 60 days in jail for driving while intoxicated after a jury saw a videotape of his arrest
See TRIAL, Page 8A
See LCRA, Page HA
Videotaping cutting down on county DWI trials