New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 4, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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School finances won’t wait, says lawmaker
AUSTIN (AP) — A lawmaker says a lottery would solve school finance problems, while a Republican candidate for governor says he would support a tax increase if it would make Texas No. I in public education.
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Volleyball teams win to begin second half
New Braunfels and Smithson Valley opened the second half of District 28-4A volleyball Tuesday night the same way they began it, with relatively easv victories. Canyon polished off a tough Poth team ir4 I 0 non-district match. - q _ ;.j r ~
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Spotlight on 4-H club during special week
A lot of special programs and activities are being planned for the week of Oct. 1-7, National 4-H Week, ' M’ers join others in festivities
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A<M>Vol. 137, No. 233
October 4, 1989
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USES 377-880) 512-625-9144
Two Sections, 24 Pages
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New Braunfels Utilities supports efforts by the Guadalupc-Blanco River Authority for regulation of the Edwards Aquifer to maintain spring flow, the NBU board of trustees decided late last week.
According to Attorney Ben Hooper, the local utility company’s pleading will be similar to the one filed by the City of New Braunfels, passed by City Council in August.
The litigation, filed in Hays County District Court June 15 and bumped up to the federal court system in August, seeks a declaratory judgement naming the aquifer an underground river. As an underground river, GBR A maintains, the aquifer is subject to regulation by the Texas Water Commission.
GBRA also states unregulated pumping from the aquifer depletes the flows of the Comal and San Marcos springs which provide habitat for endangered species such as the San Marcos gambusia, the fountain darter, the San Marcos salamander, the blind salamander and Texas wild rice.
The city’s answer, filed in Hays County District Court in August, stales New Braunfels recognizes the need for maintaining spring flow through regulation of pumping by the Texas Water Commission.
The City of New Braunfels filed another response in federal court in September, adding the public trust
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School officials see gains, losses in suit
Local school districts may see a revamping of their state funding thanks to the Texas Supreme Court, which unanimously decided Monday the state’s public school finance system is unconstitutional.
According to the Texas Supreme Court in the Edgewood vs. Kirby decision, the finance system violates the provision in the Texas constitution which provides for an “efficient system” of financing public schools.
The decision sends legislators into special session this spring in an effort to meet the May I deadline established by the court yesterday to revamp the finance system. Gov. Bill Clements said he will call for the special 30-day ses
sion to fix the problem after a task force has mad it recommendations. The task force has yet to benamed.
The changes made by the Legislature could if! cc: th local school districts differently.
“It (the decision) should give us additional money,” s. Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance at Ne Braunfels Independent School District “I bojic it mean we’ll have more money to work w uh."
Officials at Comal Independent School District less optimistic.
Former resident indicted for theft
Counting the haul
New Braunfels Police Detective Felix Roque, left, and Detective Montgomery Kama check through recovered merchandise with Mill Store Plaza supervisor Suzanne Mazac. A search warrant obtained Tuesday for a vehicle led New Braunfels police to $8,626 worth of stolen property. The vehicle was confiscated after four people were arrested at the Mill Store Plaza last weekend for shoplifting. Arrested were Maria Louisa Penunuri, 55, Laredo; Ivan Velasquez Serrato, 39, Nuevo Laredo; Maria Louisa Godines, 51, San Antonio; and Alma Letitica Estrada, 31, San Antonio. All remain in the Comal County jail on felony theft charges. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
A Houston orthodontist is continuing an internal audit of his books after an employee, formerly of New Braunfels, was indicted recently on embezzlement charges.
Cynthia Lou Aderhold Quinney, 38, of Katy was indicted by a Harris County grand jury in September on felony theft charges and faces up to 20 years in the Texas Department of Corrections and/or a SHMXX) fine, said Harris County Assistant District Attorney Brian Benken.
Quinney, who is charged with embezzling more than S2(X),(XX) from Houston orthodontist Dr. Everett Rcngcr, is scheduled for a non-issue setting Oct. 12. in Harris County.
“The Houston Police Department
began the investigation,” Bcnkcn said.
The thefts allegedly occurred between Sept. IO, 1984, and Nov. 17,
1988, he said.
Dr. Rcngcr said in a recent telephone interview that Quinney was employed in 1980.
“She paid my bills and what she was doing was forging checks to herself with my name," Rcngcr said. “And she would also, if a patient came in and wrote me a check, she would say ‘just leave it blank’ and she would stamp it and she had her on little (bogas) company. We have verifiable evidence in excess of over S2(X),(XX).
Dr. Renger said the discovery was made in December 1988 during an audit. “And we’re still discovering it.”
Government files lawsuits for pollution
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department announced today it had filed suit against the cities of San Antonio, Beaumont, El Paso and Nacogdoches, alleging they failed to control toxic industrial discharges into their public sewage treatment systems.
Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency said San Antonio and Nacogdoches, however, had .settled their cases with a consent agreement and would pay fines of $225,(XX) and
$60,(XX) respectively, for past violations.
In addition, the EPA said it has fined or was proposing penalties against six other Texas cities — Amarillo, Brownsville, Galveston, McAllen, Mineral Wells and Waxahachie — for alleged violations of the Clean Water Act.
“The actions taken today are in keeping with this administration’s determination not to sit idly by while our waters continue to be befouled,” said Attorney General Richard
Thornburgh. “We simply cannot allow hannful pollutants to reach our rivers and streams untreated. Polluters, public and private, cannot he permitted to ignore die law.”
The lawsuit against the city of El Paso cites violations of the Clean Water Act due to the city’s alleged failure to implement its approved pretreatment program at any of the three wastewater treatment plants owned and operated by the city, EPA said.
The plants serve approximately 480,(XX) people and at least 30 significant industrial users, discharging approximately 50 million gallons of wastewater daily into the Rio Grande river basin.
In the case against the city of San Antonio, the city was sued for violations of the Clean Water Act’s pretreatment requirements at the
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Refugees waiting for trains to West
PRAGUE, Czechoslovakia (AP) — About 10,000 East German refugees who fled their homeland waited in Prague for trains to take them to the West today. Thousands of others reportedly lined the rail route to try to join the exodus.
On Tuesday, for the second time in a week, East Germany’s Communist leaders agreed to safe passage to the West for thousands of its citizens who had thronged at West Germany’s Embassy in this capital.
Later in the day, the leaders banned unrestricted travel into Czechoslovakia in a desperate bid to stop the embarrassing flow.
Trains to pick up the refugees in Prague were delayed, and one report suggested it was because other would-be emigres were jamming train stations along the route, hoping to take part in the mass transfer.
The Prague refugees wailed through the night in near freezing weather, huddled in and around the embassy, many in tents.
After a 16-hour delay, the first of 15 East German trains finally arrived in Prague. The exodus West was to begin later today.
Meanwhile, U.S. diplomatic sources in Bonn said IO East German adults and eight children arrived at the
U.S. Embassy in East Berlin on Tuesday and were seeking asylum.
Diplomatic sources also said thai four East Germans were seeking asylum in the West German mission in East Berlin.
There were reports that thousands of would-be emigres in East Germany were lining the route that trains carrying the refugees from Czechoslovakia were to travel en route to West Germany.
Hungarian radio said the railroad station in Dresden, East Germany, was jammed with hundreds of people hoping to jump aboard the special trains but that East German police cleared the station.
In Frankfurt, the Hessischc Rund-funk radio said young East Germans, their bags packed, had jammed other train stations along the route.
The radio quoted Bavarian border police as saying the massive numbers iii the stations were believed to be responsible for the delay in getting the East German trains into Prague to pick up refugees there.
East Germany agreed to have trains leaving Czcchoslovkia pass through East Germany before heading West, a face-saving measure for hard-line ally
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The Business Trade Show, sponsored by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, today features 64 booths manned by local business owners who are displaying exhibits of their products and services Getting ready for the show during Tuesday night’s Sneak Preview were, from left, Alan Rompel, New Braunfels Feed and Supply; Starlyn Thompson, Pran Inc. audio visuals; Robert J. Gravis, Flexonics Inc.; and Dick Wehman, SM Long Distance. Tickets to the show, until 6 tonight, are available at the door. Exhibitors will be awarded registration prizes throughout the day. Food concessions will be open all day and there will be free beer and entertainment after 4:30 p.m. (Photo by Dery! Clark)
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Rain enters the forecast again after a long absence with a 30 percent chance of rain for todav and 20 percent chance tonight. A high of 89 degrees is expected today with a low of 70 tonigh*
The 20 percent chance of rain extends into tomorrow, and the high again is expected at 89 Through the weekend, look for a chance of rain with highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s and -
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Traveling Friends will meet at AC Camp Thursday at 6 pm.
Bring a covered dish for the potluck supper. A travel agent wall promote current tours and a flln will be shown. A social will he the evening’s program
An Antique and Collectibles Auction is planned at the W me-Schmid Haus one mile north of I M 1457 between Shelby and Industry’ (near Fayetteville)
Saturday beginning at I p in Activities begin at IO am with an open house until noon arni again after the auction. Visitors may view- the I860 German fach work house, which is a two story structure with a wine cellar There arc many furnishings in the house At noon, a German-Amcrican D program will be held. There will be singing in the German language and several Austin County residents will speak on their Ger man heritage.
Food and drinks will he avail able; a country store with bornant de and canned goods will bi1 open all day. All proceeds will support the Preservation Project of Has Haus and the continued development of a German Museum. For more information, call 409-836-9127 ..
An open house is planned for Sunday from I to 3 p.m at Cross Lutheran Pre-School and Chi Ai Care Center, 169 S Hickory Families of the students and the general public are invited to take a look at the classrooms and visit with the pre-school teachers arid child care staff ...
Conservation Plaza, especially the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture, is featured in an article in the October 1989 issue of Southern Living magazine. The story relates some of the back ground of the home and how Bill and Nan Dillon restored the Breasted! in 1858 and gave die
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