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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas Lawmakers argue over workers’ comp plan AUSTIN (AP) — Now that the Senate has sent its workers’ compensation reform package to the House, the war of words has begun. Opponents said it doesn’t change the current system which has brought skyrocketing insurance rates and low benefits. See Page 2 Cookbook Contest finalists announced The response was outstanding to our call for recipes for the annual New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s Holiday Cookbook Contest. Two hundred ninety-five recipes were entered this year, including 124 in the Dessert category alone. See Page 9 410 SO-WE 2627 Cougars win opener, Rangerettes nip MF Canyon’s boys basketball team opened its season on Tuesday with a victory over Texas Military Institute, while Smithson Valley’s girls team won its first game of the season by edging Marble Falls. IO/22/99 See Page 14 EL E ''ANDELL DP NG PASO, TX 7 New Braunfels A Vol. 138, No. 8 707 Lancia St., New Braunfels. Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 trifling JDC Q77 com CIO coe CHAA weunesday November 22, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 18 Pages School board OKs TY for classrooms By JOE KINCHELOE Staff Writer New Braunfels school students will be exposed to new technology which is designed to keep them in touch with current news, the school board voted Tuesday. Known as the Channel One broadcast agreement, the system is targeted for students in high school and middle school. A decision to adopt the system passed unanimously Tuesday, but not before scrutiny by board member Bob Clark. Any major concerns about the system and its possible effect on New Braunfels students were apparently quelled when Trustee Arlon Hermes said, “I’ve seen the commercials and they arc in good taste. They blend in very well and I can tune them out just like I do at home.” Hermes did, however, express concern over reliance on television taking Community spirit Kmart employees spent the morning putting together 20 food baskets to be distributed throughout the community via the Community Service Center. Helping some of the employees put the finishing touches on the baskets today were Manager Walt Miller, second from left, Assistant Manager Brett Dye, center back, and Merchandise Assistant Brad Evans, at right. (Photo by Desmond Bostick) Lebanese president dies in West Beirut explosion State to appeal jail suit ruling BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — President Rene Mouawad was killed today when a bomb exploded on a street in Moslem west Beirut as his motorcade passed by. He had been president for only 17 days. A police spokesman said Mouawad died instantly in the blast, which came minutes after the president held a reception marking Lebanon’s 46th year of independence. Tile spokesman refused to say why police initially reported Mouawad was not hurt. At least IS other people were reported killed by what police first described as a car bomb. There was no immediate claim of responsibility. The bomb went off at 1:45 p.m. in the Sanaych district. Mouawad’s top aides, Prime Minister-designate Salim Moss, a Sunni Moslem, and Parliament Speaker Hussein Husseini, a Shiite Moslem, also were in the 10-car convoy, in the vehicle behind the president’s. Police said they were not hurt. Tile bomb exploded outside a shop about 500 feet from the Government House and 1.6(H) feet from Hoss’ home. Mouawad, 64, a Maronitc Catholic, had long advocated Christian-Moslem reconciliation in his country. He was elected Nov. 5 at a special Parliament session as part of an Arab League-sponsored peace plan aimed at ending Lebanon’s 14-year-old civil war. See EXPLOSION, Page 2 AUSTIN (AP) — Attorney General Jim Mattox said the Texas Department of Corrections doesn’t have the cells to obey a judge’s order that it take inmates sentenced to state prison from local jails in 12 counties. “There is just not enough room at the inn," Mattox said Tuesday, vowing that the state will apfval or seek other legal remedies. Suite District Judge Joseph Hart, who said there arc a number of state options for taking prisoners, also ruled that the state must pay “reasonable costs that the counties have incurred in the care, treatment, feeding, clothing and management of die inmates and to raise the revenue to pay such costs.” Mattox urged Gov. Bill Clements to allow the current special legislative session to consider payments to counties. Clements wants a quick appeal, said his press secretary, Rossanna Salazar. “The governor believes that Judge Hart’s opinion should be appealed on all fronts,” she said. Numerous counties have complained they are being forced to house state prison-bound inmates who can’t immediately enter TDC due to a federal court order limiting inmate population. Hart’s ruling directly affects only the 12 counties that arc involved in lite case, said lawyer Ann Clarke Snell, because their lawsuit wasn’t a See SUIT, Page 2 U.S. military personnel barricaded in tower Guerrillas end siege at hotel Construction work ahead of schedule SAN SALVADOR. El Salvador (AP) — A group of U.S. military personnel left a luxury hotel in San Salvador this morning, ending a 28-hour siege that began when leftist guerrillas seized the building. The U.S. soldiers ran from a five-story hotel annex that had been taken over by the insurgents and abandoned by the rebels, apparently before dawn. The soldiers ran crouched, carrying M-16s with grenades on their belts to waiting police pickup trucks that sped off with diem. Reports of die number of soldiers trapped overnight in the building varied from seven to 12. In Washington, a senior Bush administration official expressed “delight and relief’ that the siege was over. The leftist guerrillas apparently slipped away during the night, avoiding a confrontation with Salvadoran soldiers surrounding the El Salvador Sheraton Hotel, which is no longer part of the U.S.-based hotel chain. The raid on the hotel by the guerrillas Tuesday was their latest action in an offensive against government troops that began Nov. ll. At least 1,000 people have been killed in the offensive, the biggest in the rebels’ decade-old war against a succession of U.S.-backed governments. Earlier today, the Americans remained holed up near a stairwell on the fourth floor of the five-story "VIP See REBELS, Page 2 Work on die Grucne wastewater treatment plant is months ahead of schedule and the plant should be in operation by February or March, according lo New Braunfels Utilities. Roger Biggers, NBU’s director of technical services, said the contract had called for an April IO deadline for die work on tile plant. Under the current schedule, the work should be done by February or March. "We are extremely pleased with the the contract being so far ahead of schedule," Biggers said. “We are beating the deadline by two months.” The sewage plant is being upgraded from a capacity of treating 250,(KH) gallons per day to a 1.1 million gallon-per-day capacity. Biggers said the treatment process will be the same, just on a larger scale. Work began on the plant in late March. The Texas W'ater Commission requires treatment plants to expand when they reach 75 percent capacity . Biggers said they had projected when the plant would reach capacity and had started work on expansion by die lime capacity was met. Funding for the SI .9 million project comes from three sources: $744,395 from die 1987 series C bond issue; S569.810 from die 1989 series E bond issue; and $76,440 from a 1985 bond issue. Local offices close Annual drive aims for Thanksgiving Business in Comal County is slow-uig down today for a long holiday weekend. Government offices as well as banks and other businesses will be closed tomorrow and some will remain closed Friday. New Braunfels City offices will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving but garbage pickup will run as regularly scheduled on those two days. AII county offices will be closed Thursday and Friday as well as state 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. All New Braunfels banks will be closed Thursday only. This includes Cibolo, Citizens Stale Bank, MBank, Texas Commmerce Bank, and New Braunfels National Bank and Trust. Savings and Loan institutions will also be closed Thursday only. This includes Executive Banc, First Federal Savings and Loan, New Braunfels Savings and Loan, and San Antonio Savings Association. Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union will also close Thursday only. Comal County and New Braunfels schools will be out Thursday and Friday. New Braunfels Utilities will be closed although payment deposit boxes will be accessible and emergency numbers will be active. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung will be closed Thursday, although a Se* HOLIDAY, Peg* 2 at filling baskets As you are silling down tomorrow to enjoy Thanksgiving dinner, Like time to think about the blessings in your life. Then think about those less fortunate and lake time to make a donation to the annual New Braunfels Herald/.eiiung Cheer Fund. Tile annual drive sponsored by the newspaper has a goal of $5,000 which is needed lo purchase items to fill Christmas baskets for 200 area families selected by the Community Service Center. The administrative costs are paid by the newspaper and volunteers including members of the New Braunfels Fire Fighters Association and Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department as well as newspaper staff members provide the labor to package and deliver the Christmas baskets each year. Each year since 1982, the news- paper 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. Tile 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 die Herald ZeHung and community volunteers. Even the palier bags and boxes used lo pack up the baskets have been donated. In the past, contributions have exceeded the goal and provided a beginning balance to start the drive each year. This year, a balance of $1,033.67 kicks off the annual drive. The He raid-Ze Hung will publish the names of contributors lo the Se* DRIVE, Pag* 2 the place of teachers in the classroom, saying teachers could try to use the system instead of traditional, personal instruction. The entire proposal includes dirce educational and informational channels but one of the channels does include commercial advertising. Tile advertising and additional costs were questioned by Clark. See SCHOOL, Page 2Good Day Today will be partly cloudy and breezy with a high temperature of 73 degrees. A cold front will move through the area later today and shift the winds out of the north-northwest. Tonight will be fair and breezy with a low temperature of 49 degrees. Thanksgiving will be sunny and cool with a high of 64 degrees. Inside: CLASSIFIED...........................16-18 COMICS.......................................12 CROSSWORD...............................3 DEAR ABBY...............................11 EDUCATION..................................8 ENTERTAINMENT.......................13 HOROSCOPE..............................12 KALEIDOSCOPE......................9-11 OPINIONS......................................4 SPORTS..................................14-16 TV LISTINGS...............................12 WEATHER.....................................2Stammtisch Thanksgiving is the time when families gather to remember and appreciate things for which they arc thankful. Adopted families are no different. On Thursday, many parents who could not have children, and children who needed parents, will be giving thanks for finding each other. This week is National Adoption Week and if you are interested in adopting a child, are an adopted child, or already have adopted a child (or anyone else interested), you’re invited to join an Adoption Support Group dial is forming in the area. For more information, call Cindy Wallace at 2523 Comal County’s Aggie Moms are taking orders for their annual Chrisunas Cookie Bake, which raises money for scholarships. Cookies to be baked lins year are Pfaffenbrot, Weiner Zollen, Molasses, Mandel Kran/e. and Zinunet Sleme. Cookies are $2.50 per dozen and orders will be accepted through Dec. 4. Cookies then may be picked up at Canyon High School from IO ani. to 3 p.m. Dec. IO. To order, call Wallie Haas, 625-2832; Gennic Stackhouse, 899-3303. Shirley Moore. 438-2532; Pauline Becker, 625-2833; and Karen Haas, 629-6304.... The first annual New Braunfels Unicom Band Family Reunion will be at New Braunfels High School Jan. 13 at 6 p in. All former band members and band boosters are invited to enjoy an evening of band memorabilia, entertainment and food. Everyone is encouraged lo wear a band shirt (not mandatory) and if possible, bring your instrument to play as a group whatever songs you can still remember. Famous a1 uhuh such as Glenn Richter, UT band director, and Joe Rogers, Smithson Valley High School principal, will be there, too. Tickets are $5 each and are available at die Band S*« STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2 4 I ;