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November 30,1983 25 centsNew Braunfels, Texas Vol. 92 — No. 238 32 Pages—3 Sections (USPS 377-8801
For the second year, the Herald Zeitung will hold its "Cheer Fund" food drive to help feed needy families this Christmas We were overwhelmed with your response last year, and we're hoping it will continue in 1983 As mentioned previously, we are accepting cash or uon-penshable food den* The goal is to provide a Christmas dinner to local families who might not Cheer Fund have one without your help You can bring your contribution to our offices at 186 S. Casted Ave or mail it to PO Drawer 361, New Braunfels, 78131. Names of contributors will be published
daily. Pickup of donated food items can be made by contacting
Circulation Manager Don Avery, 62S- 9144
A cloudy morning, backed by a 40 percent chance of rain, will turn into a cool, partly sunny afternoon, with winds from the north at 15 miles per hour Tonight will be partly cloudy and cold, with increasing cloudiness and cool temperatures Thursday Winds will be light tonight and Thursday. Sunset today will be at 5:32 pm, and sunrise Thursday at 7:08a.m.
San Antonio firm gets air conditioning bid
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
New Braunfels 1SD trustees unanimously accepted a K*d Tuesday of a San Antonio firm to air-condition five schools
And it means the schools will be air conditioned by next school year at the latest, a consultant said.
Guarantee Plumbing and Airconditioning of San Antonio was the lowest of three bidders with a bid of $1,622,000.
We certainly are pleased not only with the bid, but with the quality of the contractor," Glenn Meredeith of Ham-Mer Consulting Engineers, Inc. told the trustees.
The bid ‘ was well within the budget that was established," he said.
“It’s gratifying to be able to bring it in within the budget and to get what all we wanted," Meredeith said.
"Certainly, we will have air conditioning by next school year, if not before.
"We feel happy and pleased with the type of st pc rtencc they’re putting on tile job,"he noted.
Meredeith reported his firm had checked Guarantee Plumbing’s references in San Antonio. Those past customers "were very pleased and gave good recommendations.
"They plan to go right down the line following specifications,” Meredeith said. "They’re just cooperating in every way.
"That’s not to say we won’t have any problems — you do on every construction job — but we're starting out on the right foot," he said.
in making a motion to accept the firm’s bid, trustee Bob Self said, ‘ I’m familiar with Guarantee Plumbing and they’re a fine organization."
After the vote was taken, board
president Margy Waldrip suggested, "By May I, I’m sure we’U have it all ready togo."
Noting that the legal deadline to f rush the* project is July 6. Meredeith said, ‘ I’m not sure if we’ll turn on one or five switches at the same time."
The first school to be air conditioned will be Ixine Star Primary According to Meredeith. Guarantee Plumbing will "try to get as much done as possible during Christmas i break I.
"We just have to hope it goes well," he added
The other schools to be air conditioned are Carl Schurz Intermediate. Seele Elementary, New Braunfels Middle School and (.amar Special Education.
Meredeith suggested Guarantee Plumbing limy be able to send two or three crews for the NB1SD project.
See NBLSl), Page 14A
Appraisal district gets new directors
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
The City of Selma never bothered to cast its half a vote, but the new Board of Directors for the Comal County Appraisal District got elected without that
I Axal realtor Esther Boa met came in at the top of the list with 1,150 votes Incumbent director George Erben was next with 1,007 votes.
S D David and Charles I*wis were seated with 997 5 voles apiece, and Arnold Moos Sr got 834 votes Moos and liewia will be sworn in for their third terms in January, having served on the' appraisal district board since it formed in 1980 Erben will be starting his second two-year term David and Boarnet have never sat on the board
See APPRAISAL, Page 14A
Florida man J executed
STARKE, Fla. (API — Convicted murderer Robert Sullivan was executed today in Florida's electric chair, ending a 10-year fight against death that won the attention of Pope John Paul II Florida thus became the first state to execute two people since the Supreme Court reinstated the death penalty seven years ago. He entered the death chamber at 9:59 a m , and the first surge of 2.000 volts of electricity began at 10:11. The current was shut off two minutes later.
Sullivan was pronounced dead at IO 16 a rn by Dr Cahn Nugtun.
Despite the pontiff's plea for mercy and last minute legal maneuvering. Sullivan was executed for the April 9, 1973. shotgun slaying of Donald Schmidt, an assistant manager at a Howard Johnson's restaurant in Homestead, south of Miami The victim’s watch and credit cards were found on Sullivan when he was arrested, but the 36-year-old inmate contended he was in a homosexual bar at the time of the killing.
Sullivan fought his case to the U S Supreme Court The Florida Supreme Court and the lith U S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta today denied last-mmute requests for a stay; his
final appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court failed Tuesday night.
Sullivan had been on death row for a decade, longer than any other inmate currently under a sentence of execution.
Witnesses had a clear view of the death chamber through a large window Sullivan's eyes were watery when he entered, with his head and lower right leg shaved and his pant leg rolled up He sat down, was handed a microphone at 10:01 and read passages of the 62nd Psalm w ritten on a legal pad: "And God alone is my soul at rest, because my hope comes from within."
He also had a final statement: "To all my peers on death row, despite what is about to happen to me. do not quit." He thanked Pope John Paul for "his personal interv ention asking that my life be spared."
Several times during the reading of the Psalm he began to weep. but during his final statement he spoke with a clear voice His face was covered by a black hood before the switch was pulled He twitched, and then was still Some
See EXECUTION. Page UA
Having finished their singing, Lone Star Primary students watch as Santa Claus rides around the Plaza during Tuesday's Christmas lighting ceremony The Plaza lights were turned on
for the first time Tuesday, although somebody beat Mayor 0 A Stratemann Jr to the switch. Apparently, they were turned on a little too early by accident.
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AMSTERDAM. Netherlands (AP) - Police rescued multimillionaire brewer Alfred Heineken and his chauffeur early today from a three-week kidnapping ordeal. They spent much of the tune chained in concrete cells at an isolated warehouse
Both Heineken and chauffeur Ab Doderer, seized Nov 9 by assailants armed with machine guns, were in good condition, according to police spokesman Kees Sietsma, who headed the nationwide hunt for the two.
A ransom of an unspecified amount was paid, and some was recovered, police said Earlier reports liad said tile ransom demand ranged between $8 imiion and $12 nulUon.
Heineken is the nation’s largest brewery and the largest supplier of imported beer in the United States
While the rescue was being carried out, police arrested 24 persons believed involved in the kidnapping during a three-city sweep
Speaking at a news conference, Sietsma said the 5 a in raid on the warehouse in an isolated industrial park on the outskirts of Amsterdam, was mounted as a result of an earlier tip
An anonymous letter received Nov. 16 by a crisis center set up at the brewery indicated that three persons, who operated a "dubious enterprise," in the industrial park, aught be involved in the kidnapping, according to Sietsma.
The three operators, who police have not identified, ran a auto wrecking and carpentry firm in the Hetmng, an industrial park near the Amsterdam harbor
Police, who had delivered the ransom to a site near the Dutch city of Utrecht on Monday morning, had put the site under surveillance, and raided it when no further contact was made by the kidnappers.
Police at first found no one ut a pre-dawn search of See HEINEKEN, Page IU
Stdtf fjTioto bi John /v sn«'Wednesday crash
A child of 22 months received minor injuries Wednesday morning when her mother s car struck this cement culvert on Bear Creek Road (FM 2722). EMS personnel said the little girl fell oH the front seat and hit her head. She was treated and released at McKenna Memorial Hospital. The mother received no injuries requiring treatment.
Mad at LORA
Utilities board airs gripes against power supplier
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
"We don’t get no respect" was the message from New Braunfels Utilities trustees Tuesday, in talking about broken promises and short-conungs of the Ixmer Colorado River Authority.
"I think any dealings with LURA should be in writing and in triplicate," Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr. said, "and then put it in a bank vault for safe keeping. ’’
"We need to be a little more hard-nosed with those people, and show a little more muscle,” Edgar Sahm offe»ed "LURA takes us for granted.’’
Board chairman Bill Brown had a concrete suggestion, asking Sohn to work
up a memo, eluding non-participation in LCRA’s Fayette 4, to be signed by the NBU board
What got the Utilities board so hot and bothered’’
For starters, industrial customers in other nearby LCRA-supplied cities buy their power cheaper than NBU. San Marcos is the main concern there "A typical industry there aught pay $77,000 a month for power from U RA, while NBU’s cost as a LURA customer nught turn out to be more than $88,000," Utilities manager Bob Sohn has stated The average difference is in the neighborhood of 15 percent, he added NBU doesn t get any breaks for being a 138 kv LURA customer, either. "LCRA’s
present rate structure shows no difference between 138 kv and 69 kv customers, even though ifs cheaper for LURA to serve 138 kv customers," Sohn has stated "LCRA’s distribution voltage is 138 kv, and anytime you step pdown the kv, you have to put rn a transformer.
To date, Sohn has been working within the confines of the Wholesale Power Customers group to get these discrepancies changed. The message he got from the NBU board Tuesday night was a little more direct
You’re telling me you want NBU to take some initiative of its own, and I take your comments very well," Sohn said
See U KA, Page 14A
Utilities 'chips' in for study; wastewater plant bid approved
New Braunfels Utilities trustees joined the rank and file Tuesday, agreeing to spend up to $1,500 for more study on a intergovernmental vehicle maintenance facility.
Of the five entities formally approached with the idea on Nov. 17, the Qty of New Braunfels and NBU have each approved the expenditure.
However, New Braunfels ISD appointed a three-member committee Tuesday night to look into the idea and report back to the board Dec. 6. That group has not yet approved the $1,500 expenditure, and Comal County Coiiumssioners Court and Comal ISD have not met since Hie Nov. 17 workshop.Utilities roundup
Currently, each entity operates its own vehicle mamtenance program at different locations But the idea of a shared facility must first be proven econonucal, and that’s where the $1,500 from each entity comes in.
Each approving entity has also appointed two representatives to a steering committee to work with architect Gene Rutherford on the idea’s feasibility. The
representatives will then report the findings — good or bad — back to their respective groups Utilities Manager Bob Sohn and trustee Arno Becker will represent NBU on the steering conuiuttee Board Chairman Bill Brown said he had mixed emotions about the concept. "But it has possibilities, so I think we should sign up and play the game," Brown added "I think the theory is good Any service business is gouig to have priority problems," Becker said, "Uke in my case, whose car is more uuportant — Mr Brown's or Edgar Sahm’s."
See UTILITIES, Page 14A