New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 6, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Child-care backers say Texas to benefit
WASHINGTON (AP) — Backers of a $22.7 billion child-care package say the bill will increase the availability and quality of day-care, but opponents claim the federal government will instead be trying to manage programs around the state.
See Page 4AAgents move cocaine, search for homeowner
HARLINGEN (AP) — A veteran of the war on drugs says recent large seizures of cocaine are not an indication that lawmen are winning the war. “But while we’re hitting them with salvos, we’re not winning the war.”
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Two Sections, 16 Pages28-4A football teams play for keeps tonight
The 1989 District 28-4A football season kicks off tonight, highlighted by the matchup between the district’s only undefeated teams, Smithson Valley and r,"Minfels. Canyon will look to get back on the - , MO * q O ’ Alamo Heights.
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Court rules youth to stay in detention
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
A San Antonio juvenile, allegedly involved in robbing a local letter carrier, was adjudicated as a delinquent Thursday in Comal County juvenile court.
“In juvenile court, if a person is essentially found guilty, he’s cither found to have been engaged in delinquent conduct or to be a child in need of supervision,” said Comal County Juvenile Probation Officer Frank Allen.
The case will be set for disposition in the future. The 16-year-old male remains in the Guadalupe County Deten
tion Center, he said.
The juvenile was apprehended with two adults Sept. 14 in connection with the robbery of postal carrier Martin Charles Norton, 50, of New Braunfels.
Daryl Wayne Smith, 21; and Ronald E. Wilson, 20, both of San Antonio, remain in the Comal County jail on aggravated robbery charges.
The robbery occurred when three men approached Norton as he was sorting mail in his postal jeep in the 1500
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high today will reach 92 degrees ti
with the low at 72 degrees. Cooler air will move into the area Workers’ compensation and the
tonight dropping the temperatures need for a new system were the sub-
to around 85 degrees for the high jects of debate Wednesday during a
on Saturday. The high Sunday New Braunfels Rotary Club
will be around 80. There is a luncheon.
continued chance for rain through- Mike Davis, a director of the Texas
out the weekend. Trial Lawyers Association,
inSjde. exchanged views with Bob Leonard
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COMICS sa ccrnm8 'he controversy surrounding
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DEARRY .............................SA f3Ccd hy 0,6 U^'a‘urc.
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ENTERTAINMENT.......................7A sjons ()f thc Legislature failed to pass
HOROSCOPE..............................8A any ncw legislation addressing the
RELIGIOUS FOCUS...................6B serious compensation insurance costs
SPORTS.................................9-10A faced by Texas businesses today. The
TV LISTINGS...............................8A matter will be dealt with again at a
WEATHER...................................2A second special session of the Legisla
ture, called by Governor Clements to begin Nov. 14.
According to Davis, problems with
— workers’ compensation stem from a
Smithson Valley High School downturn in the economy. Because Principal Joe Rogers urges football thc economy is down, Davis said, fans to carpool to thc Ranger- insurance companies arc losing Unicom game Friday night to help money on their energy and real estate case the anticipated traffic jam in investments. In order to get back the the parking lot. A shuttle bus will money they lose, Davis said thc insurant from the parking lot at Smith- ancc companies arc charging higher
son Valley Middle School beginning at 6 p.m. to handle overflow parking. Shuttle buses back to thc middle school also will be available after thc game,...
“Thc problem is high rates,” he said. “House Bill I would not have lowered rates.”
Davis also said the proposed legislation would have eliminated jury trials for hearing workers’ compensation claims which, he said, will take away an inherent right in thc American system.
“In 1988, 87 percent of all workers’ compensation cases were filed by insurance companies because they disagreed with what the insurance board wanted done,” Davis said. “It’s an insurance problem, not a workers’ compensation problem. Maybe it’s time to stop trying to change a system that has worked pretty well for 70 years.”
According to Davis, the controversy surrounding workers’ compensation could end if insurance risks were spread through thc system, rule-making were regulated and workplace safety increased. Davis said Texas’ workplace safety record is thc worst in the nation, driving up thc cost of the system.
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Having a T party
Members of the Space city T Chapter of the Model T Ford Club of America are causing quite a stir throughout New Braunfels this week as the approximately 200 people paraded along the streets in their restored vehicles Thursday. Four-doors, coupes, coupe roulettes, racers and roadsters, as well as Model T pick-up trucks and vegetable wagons comprise part of the collection. Two Model T cars will be on display at Bluebonnet Motors through Sunday. Club activities today and Saturday include a trip to Rosanky, home of the Central Texas Automobile Museum, and to Canyon Lake. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Volunteers to dive for trash in annual clean-up festival
More than 500 scuba divers and volunteers from across thc state will gather in Hillman Park to rid thc Comal River of trash in the 14th Annual Trashfest beginning at 8 p.m. Saturday.
Sponsored by the Texas Gulf Coast Council of Diving Clubs, Trashfest is designed to clean die Comal River and its banks while offering d<x>r prizes and T-shirts for competitive events.
“It’s a chance for us to take something we all are certified in and use as an ecology thing and to preserve a beautiful spring-fed river,” said Gene Raughcr, chairman of
Up to six certified divers and two non-divers act as a team to collect trash from the river between 11 a.m. and 3
Teams will be honored for four competitive categories: most bottles, cups and lids; most aggregate weight; most pop tops, bottle caps and lids; and most shoes.
An award will be given to the individual who finds the “Most Unusual Item."
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Collins recovering following accident
A New Braunfels man is in satisfactory condition today after he was involved in an automobile-pedestrian accident as he was leaving the Comal County Fair last week.
Fred Andrew Collins, 59, 892 Mcr-riweather St., suffered internal injuries when he was struck by a 1979 Volkswagon as he attempted to cross Common Street around 11 p m. Sept. 27.
Collins was in critical condition at Methodist Hospital in San Antonio for several days.
I Ic was struck by the center front of the eastbound vehicle, driven by Mindy Leu Murphy, 36, of Route 8, Box 948. He rolled up onto the hood of the car, hit the windshield and was throw n off thc vehicle.
No charges have been filed in the case.
Unemployment rate posts small increase
WASHINGTON (AP) — Thc nation’s civilian unemployment rate edged up 0.1 percent to 5.3 percent in September as a rise in joblessness among adult men more than offset a decline among women, die government said today.
The unemployment rate was up from 5.2 percent in both July and August, the Labor Department said in thc government’s first comprehensive look at the economy last month.
The report was a bit weaker than many analysts had expected. The unemployment rate for adult men jumped to 4.8 percent last month from 4.4 percent in August, while the rate for women fell to 4.5 percent from 4.7 percent a month earlier.
'The jobless rate is derived from a survey of American households. A
separate survey of employers showed that thc economy added 209,000 nonfatal payroll jobs in September, bringing the total to a seasonally adjusted 109.1 million. August job growth was only 88,(XX), revised dow n from a previous estimate of 110,000.
September growth was artificially bolstered by thc return of 75,000 striking telephone workers. In the household survey, strikers dre counted as employed, so their return did not affect the unemployment rate.
The deparunent said more industries lost titan gained jobs in September. Goods-producing industries, representing about one-fourth of the economy, was particularly hard hit, losing 108,000 jobs.
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Rainbow Girls are hosting a Rummage Sale Saturday to raise funds for the annual convention next June in San Antonio. Thc sale will be in the parking lot of Tri-County Office Equipment, 645 N. Walnut, beginning at 8 a.m. There will be clothes, household items and lots of miscellaneous items to rummage through....
The local chapter of the American Red Cross still is taking donations for Hurricane Hugo relief. Donations may be made payable to Comal County ARC Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 311097, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1097. All funds will be forwarded to help victims on the East Coast.
For information concerning the national relief efforts, call 1-800-453- 9000, or 1-800-453-4487 (Spanish speaking)..,.
New classes for the Continuing Education program at CISD are ready for registration:
— Water Aerobics, ongoing.
— CPR and CPR Recertification, Oct. ll and 12.
— Computers, throughout November.
— “55 Alive” Defensive Driving, Oct. 23 and 24.
— Folk Art for Beginners, beginning Oct. 9 for six weeks.
— Genealogy, beginning Oct.
16 for five weeks.
— Shirt painting, finish the project in one session, Oct. 19 at 6:30 p.m.
— Tennis, for every age and ability.
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shoot down drug plan
WASHINGTON (AP) — A measure to allow airborne federal agents to fire on cocaine-carrying aircraft has been rejected in the Senate, with lawmakers expressing concern that the plan’s safety features might be unworkable.
“Let’s not go into a piranha-like feeding frenzy every time somebody mentions drugs,” Sen. John Glenn, D-Ohio, said Thursday. “Let’s send it back where it came from before we kill some innocent people out there.”
Reversing an action it look only weeks ago, the Senate voted 52-48 to kill die measure that sponsors had sought to add to a wide-ranging drug bill.
The Senate then peppered the drug bill with more than a score of mostly minor amendments and unanimously approved it. Thc measure now goes to the House.
Glenn, a former combat pilot and astronaut who still flies civilian planes, scoffed at claims that the safeguards built into the measure would protect innocent aviators who might be mistaken for drug smugglers.
He said the safeguards were guaranteed to fail because they didn’t take into consideration what frequencies would be used for radio warnings and how pilots flying at night would see visual warnings.
Supporters said such a measure was needed to combat cocaine being flown into the United States from South America.
Stacks of bargains
Book bargains abound today and Saturday at the Friends of the Dit-tlinger Memorial Library's annual fall book sale at the library, 373 Magazine, from 10 a m. to 5 p.m. Myrtle Clark and Jeane O’Brien were smart to get an early start because stacks of people are expected to the sale, which raises money to help the library purchase needed equipment. Member of the Friends also are offering handmade book bags for customers to carry home their tomes. (Photo by Deryl Clark)