New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Two local men killed in crash north of Seguin
By OYANNE FRY Staff writer
Sunday morning’s foggy weather proved fatal to two New Braunfels men traveling in Guadalupe County.
Sam Ciarella and Fabian Caballero Sr. were pronounced dead at the scene of an 8:45 a.m. accident at Texas Highway 123 and FM 1339 near Seguin. Ciarella, 52. was a resident of 1355 Edwards Blvd. Caballero, 60, lived at 1663 Post Road.
Their 1979 Ford pickup was hit by an International truck tractor pulling an empty cattle trailer. The driver of that vehicle, 25-year-old Reymundo Sanchez, was admitted to the Guadalupe Valley Hospital
complaining of back pains.
The state highway trooper in charge of the case didn’t think the truck’s speed was a factor in the accident. However, visibility and road conditions probably were.
“It’s hard to stop an 18-wheeler even on dry pavement,” he said. “As slick as it was Sunday ... and visibility was approximately one-quarter (of a mile),” he added.
The truck was northbound on 123. Caballero and Ciarella came up 1339 from the east, approached the T-intersection of the two roads and attempted to go south on 123, turning left across the tractor-trailer's path.
The 18-wheeler struck the pickup broadside and
knocked it more than 200 feet to the north. The top was sliced off, and both occupants thrown from their seats.
Funeral services for Caballero were to be held at Our I^ady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church at 4 p.m. today, with the Rev. Joe Audet in charge. Burial was to be in the Sts. Peter & Paul Cemetery. The rosary was recited Monday night at Zoeller Funeral Home.
Caballero was a lifelong resident of New Braunfels, born Oct. 21, 1922 to Antonio Caballero and Narzisa Estrada Caballero. He was a construction supervisor by trade, a member of American legion
See WRECK, Page 14
Diver's body still lost offshore at Canyon Lake
Eighteen-year-old Angie Marie Kowalik, who disappeared Sunday while diving in Canyon Lake, was still missing as of 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.
“We’ve failed to find anything yet,” said Comal County Sheriff Walter Fellers. The young Seguin woman, resident of 1048 Country Club drive, went down offshore at Comal Park at approximately 11:15 a.m. Sunday. She is presumed drowned, but officials haven't been able to locate her body in the deep, heavily silted water.
Fellers has requested the loan on
an underwater camera from the Corps of Engineers station at Canyon Dam, to help in the search. “We’ve used it before,” he said.
Several years ago, another person drowned at the same spot in the
“It’s a treacherous place, the way I understand it,” the sheriff said. One of his workers reported steep underwater banks, with water depths varying from 30 to 120 feet.
At the time of her disappearance Sunday, Kowalik was with a 10-person class from Dive World of San Antonio.
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91-No. 227 14 Pages
November 23, 1982
WASHINGTON (AP) Lifting the lid on secret arms control talks, President Reagan is accusing the Soviet Union of turning its back on his proposal to eliminate nuclear weapons from Europe.
In a report to the nation Monday night, Reagan sharply criticized the stance taken by Soviet negotiators, saying they offered nothing dramatically new to curb the nuclear amis race.
The president, who accused the Kremlin of bad faith in arms control negotiations, focused his criticism on the SS-20 missile, calling it the most threatening of the Soviet nuclear forces.
“Although the Soviet leaders earlier this year declared they had frozen deployment of this dangerous missile,” Reagan said, “they have in fact continued deployment.”
He said the Soviets are adding a three-headed missile to their SS-20 arsenal each week, and now have 600 targeted on Western Europe, the Middle East and Europe while the United States has none aimed at the Soviet Union.
'The bar has gone through the roof,” Reagan told his television audience while a graphics display flashed on TV screens across the land. A thick red line marked the Soviet buildup while U.S. blue remained al zero.
A year ago, Reagan offered his “zero-option" plan. Under it, the United States and its NATO allies would shelve the scheduled deployment of 572 Pershing II and cruise missiles in West Germany, Britain and Italy if the Soviets would scuttle their
City Council delays action on redistricting proposal
MALDEF wants to take the map home and look it over The City Council thinks it’s just as well if City Attorney John Chunn does the same.
With everyone’s legal counsel still checking angles, Council chose not to take any action Monday on the district election system proposed by the Charter Review Committee.
Chairman Margaret Naegelin presented the committee's recommendations in detail, with complete legal descriptions of the four proposed districts as drawn from census block data. District I contains 61.87 percent Mexican-American population. District 2 contains 30 percent; district 3, ll 8percent and district 4,33 percent.
The plan calls for one council member to be elected from each of the four districts, with three other members to be elected at large by plurality vote, all in the same year.
In making its decisions, the charter committee received input from Jose Garza, an attorney for the Mexican American I>egal Defense and Education F und Judith Sanders-Castro, an associate of Garza, came to Monday’s council meeting and coiiuiiended Naegelin’s committee for its work. However, she said her group would need to make a careful study of the plan before it could “safely give an endorsement.”
“I thuik there’s some possibility that 61.87 percent figure can be increased," she said. MALDEF had asked the committee to establish one district with a minority population approaching 65 percent.
Sanders-Castro also outlined the legal defense group’s preferred rules for election of at-large council members: they’re to be elected all in one year, and the three candidates that get the most votes win. No place system, no runoffs for a majority, and no “anti-single-shot rules.”
The council was a little confused on that last point, and so was the charter committee when it met Dec. 15. At that time, Naegelin said she thought MALDEF wanted to make sure no one was casting more than one vote for a particular person.
As Sanders-Castro explained it, an anti-smgle-shot rule says a vote must be cast for every place on the ballot. If three candidates were running, a ballot that had only one or two votes would be thrown out. MALDEF doesn’t like this idea. It contends that a citizen has the right to vote for only one candidate if he thinks only one is qualified. The at-large ballot should say, “Vote for no more than three candidates."
In any case, Naegelin said, the charter review See COUNCIL, Page 14
Purdum demonstrates the sophisticated audio visual controls
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
A dream will come true for Chamber of Commerce officials when dedication ceremonies are held this afternoon for Honors Hall, an audio visual conference center Tom Burr us, chairman of the Chamber’s building expansion committee, proudly gave his final report on the progress of the facility at the Chamber’s board meeting Monday With the exception of a “few little polishing” points and “a little bit of “fine-tuning," Honors Hall is basically completed. Burrus said
A few little things like the foundation arid the roof ’” joked Donnie Seay, president-elect of the Chamber’s board of directors.
In giving update reports at the Chamber’s last few monthly meetings, Burrus lias been teased for always saying that the facility was “alme t completed.”
Monday, however, he issued a public invitation to everyone and “their family and friends” to the public .showing of the facility, which will be held today from 4:30 to 8 p.in A reception is planned for the lobby of the Civic Center, from which small groups w ill be taken on tours of Honors Hall, where a slide show presentation will bt* shown, Burrus said.
Ground was broken on Honor’s Hall (located behind the Chamber’s existing offices) in September, 1981. Chamber directors solicited contributions from the community to pay for construction costs The community came through for the building,
See HONORS H AI.!., Page 14
The arms control negotiations rn Geneva, Switzerland have been conducted in strict secrecy. But to make his point, the president lifted the veil a little and accused the Soviets of foot-dragging.
“The Soviet Union thus far has shown little inclination to take this major step to zero levels,” he said.
He also urged action at the negotiating table on his proposed treaty to cut by one-third the current total of U S and Soviet intercontinental ballistic missile warheads.
“Our proposals would eliminate some 4,700 w arheads and some 2,250 missiles,” Reagan said. “I think that would be quite a service to mankind.”
In his appeal to the Soviets, Reagan suggested measures the superpowers could adopt to cut down the possibility of nuclear war by accident or misunderstanding.
These included advance notification of all U.S. and Soviet test launches of intercontinental ballistic missiles and improving the emergency "Hotline ' teleprinter between Washington and Moscow.
And fie offered the Soviets unspecified basic information about U.S. nuclear forces “in order to clear away some of the mutual ignorance and suspicion between our two countires."
“It still takes weapons to prevent war,” Reagan said of his decision to bunch IOO MX nussiles —
Staff photos by John Senior
Tom Purdum (left), Wayne Cope and Suzanne Herbelin look over the new audio-visual room
Chamber to unveil
See KEI AG AN, Page 14
new facility today
County sets hearing on tax rateToday's Weather
It will be cloudy, windy and cold tins afternoon, tonight, and Wednesday with rain likely. Winds will be from the north at 15-20 mph and gusty this afternoon, increasing to 15-25 mph tonight. A lake wind advisory is in effect for this afternoon. Probability of rain is 40 percent today, and 70 percent tonight and Wednesday. Sunset will be at 5:33 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7 02 ain. The extended outlook for
Thanksgiving Day is cloudy, cold and rainy.High School Hoops
Monday night was opening night for five of die six area high school basketball teams. The Canyon girls beat the Snuthson Valley girls, the New Braunfels girls lost, the Snuthson Valley and Canyon boys both won and the New Braunfels boys start play tonight. See Pages 6, 7.
Following the letter of the law especially tax law — can result in confusion as Conunissioners Court found out Monday.
Even though county taxes will probably be going down IO cents from last year’s 33-cent total county tax rate, the court is still legally required to hold (and advertise for) a public hearing to discuss a “tax increase,” County Auditor Bate Bond noted Monday.
“There’s only going to be about a 16 percent increase in taxes over last year,” Bond told commissioners “But the paper (advertisements) will show over a 50 percent increase in tile
effective tax rate.”
And because of this increase in the effective tax rate, the court is legally required to advertise and hold a public hearing. Commissioners called for this hearing to be held on Dec. 6 at 5:10 p.m. in their courtroom.
“The actual county tax will probably amount to 23 cents per HOO valuation, Bond noted. “We’re decreasing the total (county) tax rate from 33 to 23 cents ”
But property values listed oil this year’s county tax rolls have gone up because the Central Appraisal District reassessed each parcel of land at fair market value. So even if
the tax rate goes down, an individual property owner might still be paying more taxes.
Still, some homeowners might still be paying less taxes this year since the court approved a 40-percent homestead exemption earlier this year for qualifying homeowners.
This exemption was the result of a 1981 state constitutional amendment passed by the legislature giving counties the authority to grant an additional 40 percent homestead exemption to those taxpayers who qualify.
This amendement is designed, Bond noted, to shift a bigger burden onto
business arid industrial taxpayers from residential taxpayers.
But b> granting this 40 percent exemption, “this has lowered the amount of tax that can be raised by Comal County below last year’s taxes,” Bond said ui an earlier interview
Actual taxes total tax revenues coming into the county will go up 16 percent, he explained. “But according to the tax code the percentage has got to be the percentage of increase over the effective tax rate,” which will be near 50 percent, he said.
See COUNTY, Page 14