New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 21, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Congress leaders eye deficit-reduction deal
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional leaders hope their long-sought deal on a $14.8 billion budget-cutting package will spur a separate effort to eliminate some Medicare benefits and put an unusually early end to this year’s session.
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Local VB players fill All-Academic team
Twenty-three volleyball players from the three local high school teams were named to the District 28-4A All-Academic team. Smithson Valley led the way with ll players, while New Braunfels had eieht on the team and Canyon four. ^ ^ q
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Finalists selected in Cookbook Contest
It wasn’t easy, but the five local judges who pored over nearly 300 entries in the llerald-Zieiung's Hob n st have selected finalists in each imes and what to do next will be
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Vol. 138, No. 7
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November 21, 1989
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A Spring Branch man died Monday after he lost control of his pickup on Ranch Road 2722, four miles north of New Braunfels, said Department of Public Safety Trooper Archie Harbcn.
Vivian William Braune, 55, of Spring Branch was driving a 1984 GMC pickup in the northbound lane of Bear Creek Road (FM 2722) when he steered to a paved shoulder to allow another vehicle to pass.
Braune apparently drifted off the pavement in the direction of a ditch and steered sharply back toward the road. The pickup skidded across the road where it struck a fence and a tree and came to rest against a utility pole, facing south, Harben said.
Braune was thrown from the pickup when it struck the tree. He had been not wearing a safety belt and “alcohol was involved,” Harben reported. Braune was found about IO feet from the pickup.
Harben said a blood test could not be performed because of blood loss and fluid infusion by paramedics in a rescue helicopter from Brooke Army Medical Center.
The driver of the vehicle attempting to pass Braune stopped and was able to summon a Military Assistance to Safety and Traffic (MAST) helicopter from BAMC in San Antonio.
Paramedics administered life support until the air ambulance arrived at
$100,000 bond set for murder suspect
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By JOE KINCHELOE Staff writer
Bond has been set at $100,000 for Jack Warren Davis, 32, who is charged with the Friday-night murder of Kathic Balonis, a 26-year-old elementary school teacher.
Davis was arrested Friday about four hours after Balonis’ body was found at approximately 10:30 p.m. in her apartment at 483 Laurel St. She had been stabbed repeatedly, reports indicate.
New Braunfels Police officers would not comment on anything regarding the alleged murder this morning and it is not known what weapon was used. Police also declined to comment on a motive behind the murder.
Balonis was employed at Bulverde Elementary School in Bulverde, according to Sandy Jackson, Comal Independent School District public information officer. Jackson said several counselors were available to assist students in Balonis’ third-grade class understand the situation. Counselors also were av ailable to explain to other students and teachers at the elementary and middle schools. -“On Sunday, all counselors and principals met and discussed how to handle the situation and devise a plan,” Jackson said. “We called the parents of every child in her class and all faculty at both schools.”
OAS official reported safe
Rebels storm hotel
Spirit of sharing
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Children at Rare Bear Land day care center for a couple of weeks filled the turkey’s empty tummy with canned and dry goods to donate to the SOS Inc.-Food Bank. Center owner/director Betty Woods said the youngsters learned that many other children do not have full tummies and they filled the turkey so full that another box had to be decorated to carry the spillover. Representing the center in giving the food to the food bank were Joseph Krivacka and Candace Hughes.
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Armed rebels today stormed a luxury hotel in the northern part of the capital, and U.S. authorities said the guerrillas had taken over pan of the building where American guests were slaying.
Six helicopters flew over the homes and tennis club around the Sheraton Hotel in the wealthy neighborhood of Escalon. Hundreds of soldiers advanced slowly from corner to corner, frequently pinned down by guerrilla fire.
The army moved several tanks into the neighborhood to combat the attackers, who were renewing an urban offensive that had appeared to be dying out.
U.S. Embassy spokesman Jeff
Brown said the guerrillas were in the hotel, which was the scene of the Jan. 3, 1981, killings of the president of die Salvadoran Institute for Agrarian Reform and two U.S. labor advisers.
The secretary-general of the Organization of American States, Joao Baena Soares, had been in the hotel during today’s attack, said a U.S. official in Wallington. The official said Baena Soares, who had been on a peace mission to El Salvador, was reported safe.
There were a number of American citizens in die hotel, die Bush administration official said. “We are trying to determine the location of the Americans in the hotel," the official
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Chamber to seek OK for economic plan
Citizens of New Braunfels may have an opportunity to give a major boost to economic development in the area, said the Chamber of Commerce’s Industrial Development Committee chairman this week.
“This year, the state legislature adopted an amendment to the Development Corporation Act of 1979 which allows cities in a county w ith a population of 500,000 or less to create a corporation that can carry out industrial development program,” said Joe Seibold, chairman of the industrial development committee. “This means jobs, and more jobs.”
The corporation would be funded with a 1/2 percent city sales and use tax that, if approved by the voters, can be used only for industrial
development, Seibold said. “Under this Act, the city must hold a referendum to authorize the tax by the majority of those qualified voters in a city election.
“The Chamber of Commerce, at its regular board meeting Monday, approved the concept and will seek support from the City Counc’l at its regular meeting Nov. 27,” Seibold said. “The proposal is that the city call an election on Jan. 20 to allow the voters an opportunity to decide the fate of the Development Corporation and establishment of a 1/4 percent sales and use tax for industrial purposes only."
“Industrial development across die country has become highly competitive and it is imperative that New Braunfels has the financial resour
ces necessary to compete adequately for healthy economic growth,” said Dan Sedgwick, chairman of the chamber’s board of directors. “For years, the chamber has wanted to develop a publicly owned industrial park in order to have a ready site inventory and control over prices and site development offered to prospective industries."
Sedgwick said that having adequate funding will allow for die purchase of land for such a park, the establishment of a loan fund to help existing industry expand,and will provide reasonable incentives for new industry to locate in the area.
The chamber, Sedgwick said, will provide the office space and the funding will provide addi
tional office staff. ‘The enhancement of staff and financial resources will give the chamber die opportunity to aggressively seek those desirable industries that will help keep young people at home," he said.
Seibold said because "a major portion of sales tax revenue comes from the visitor industry. oar visitors will be paying the tab for growth and prosperity.
“This investment in a rejuvenated economic development program will help us spread the tax base and diereby benefit every city taxpayer,” Seibold said. “The additional funding also will provide more flexibility in creating innovative
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Offices to close
New Braunfels City offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving bul garbage pickup will run as regularly scheduled on those two days.
All county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday as well as suite offices, which include the Department of Human Services, Texas Employment Commission and the Texas
Department of Highways and Public Transportation.
Federal offices will be closed on Thursday only. This includes the Post Office, which will not deliver or box any mail on Thanksgiving. Armed services recruiting offices will also be closed.
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Senate approves bill after 9-hour debate
AUSTIN (AP) — Two lawmakers led a Senate lebellion against a business-backed workers’ compensation reform that was written by Lt. Gov. Bill Hobby and supported by House Speaker Gib Lewis and Gov. Bill Clements.
“I don’t think the Senate is going to roll over and play dead,” Sen. Carl Parker said Monday.
After almost nine hours of debate, the Senate gave preliminary approval
to a workers’ comp bill that knocked out most of Hobby’s major provisions.
But Hobby warned, “the legislative process isn’t over yet.”
And Lewis, D-Fort Worth, said, “I think we’re going to be here after Thanksgiving — maybe during."
Lawmakers have been in a special legislative session to try and overhaul
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Lake Dunlap volunteers sign on to help Cheer Fund
Members of the Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department are the latest organization to volunteer their time to help the 1989 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund.
The volunteers will donate their time on Dec. 23 to help deliver the baskets to 200 families selected by the Community Service Center.
The annual collection campaign has a goal of $5,000 which is needed to purchase items to fill the Christmas baskets,
The administrative costs are paid by the newspaper and volunteers including members of the New Braunfels Fire Fighters Association as well as newspaper staff members provide the labor to package and deliver the Christmas baskets each year.
Each year since 1982, the newspaper has sponsored the drive to provide a Christmas dinner 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 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-
strative and distribution costs are provided by the Herald-Zeitung and community volunteers. Even the paper bags and boxes used to pack up the baskets have been donated.
In the past, contributions have exceeded the goal and provided a beg I ruling balance to start the drive each year. This year, a balance of $1,033.67 kicks off the annual drive.
The Herald-Zeitung will publish the names of contributors to the
Cheer Fund each day. Donations are tax deductible and made by made at the newspaper office at 707 Lamia. For more information or to arrange for pickup of donations, call Carol Amt Avery at 625-9144.
The fund total today is $ 1,681.76 with contributions from:
Tommy and Virginia Ortiz $15
Mary and Patricia Keyes $25
Mr. and Mrs. G M. Holzmann
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A storm system is moving into the area late tonight, bringing with it a good chance of thunderstorms. Today will be partly cloudy, warm and humid with the high reaching 82 degrees. The clouds will increase tonight and the low- will be in the 60s. There is a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms late tonight and Wednesday. A cold front will drop the high temperature to 76 degrees.
The first of two rehearsals for the Advent Vespers Massed Choir Concert is tonight from 7 to 9 p.m. at the First Baptist Church The 30th annual concert sponsoied by the New Braunfels Music Study Club (TFMC, NFMC) will be presented Dec. 3 at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church. All singers of the arca are invited to participate.
Melilta Fruch is the director; Joann Lemmon is accompanist. file public is invited....
Canyon Music Boosters will meet tonight at 7 p.m. at the Canyon Middle School band hall. For more information, call Mary Morga at 620-4902 ...
Comal County Health Department will NOT conduct its usual Immunization Clinic Wednesday.
The regular Wednesday Immunization Clinic will resume Nov. 29 and will continue each Wednesday from 9 to 11 a.m. and I to 4 p.m. 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 2IO of the Comal County Courthouse....
Holy Family Catholic Church will host a free Thanksgiving Dance Thursday from 8 p.m. to midnight in the parish hall. Music will be by Calibre and everyone is invited....
The Chorus of the Mid-Texas Symphony — which will begin weekly rehearsals of Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria on Jan. 14 — is holding a special pre-rehearsal meeting Sunday for prospective singers in listening carefully lo a contemporary commercial recording of the G loir a with orchestra. The meeting will be at 2 p.m. in the upstairs meeting room at die Nolle Rank in Seguin.
The •''•cording is provided and
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