New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Rangers come close, but Unicorns prevail
Smithson Valley fell 20 yards short of its biggest football victory in school history as undefeated New Braunfels took a 6-2 decision at Ranger Stadium on Friday in their District 28-4A opener.
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ond respectively in the District 28-4A volleyba with victories on Friday. Canyon, 7-0, topped ~T Heights while New Braunfels, 7-1, downed Sm.
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light. Jeanette Skelton is not a i opening a business. She is a usiness. And she happens to be ike a golfer, Skelton uses that mage.
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Vol. 137, No. 236
707 Lands St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
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October 8, 1989
Four Sections, 42 Pages
Members of the Texas Gulf Coast Council of Diving Clubs returned this year for their annual Trashfest and, as usual, found a lot of trash. (Photo by Stephanie Davis)
Comal gives up trash for annual dive fest
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Everything from a stop sign to a full boule of wine was found in the bottom of the Comal River during the 14th annual Trashfest Saturday.
“It’s just amazing. It’s just like the first year you do it,” said Chairman Gene Baugher about all the trash collected.
Baugher, along with his wife Gene,
help organize Trashfest, which is sponsored by the Texas Gulf Coast Council of Diving Clubs out of Houston.
“(The rain) got us off lo a slower start,” Baugher said, adding the amount of trash collected could set a new record.
Approximately 680 volunteers
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City plans memo re: drinking
As Trashfest participants climbed out of the Comal River and city crews began loading the trash, Tri-City Distributors capped the day off with a Bud.
And uniformed city workers. See BEER, Page 2A
Teaching children not to play with fire is one of the major messages of Fire Prevention Week 1989.
The special week, starting Monday and ending Saturday, will bring special events to youngsters in New Braunfels.
New Braunfels firefighters will conduct special presentations at areas schools.
Children attending New Braunfels schools from kindergarten to second grade can build a fire truck from an adult shoe box for competition and third through fifth graders can write a one-page essay about what fire prevention means to them.
The contest began Oct. 3 and ends Oct. IO. All entries submitted after 9 a.m. Oct. IO will not be accepted.
A pair of winners from each classroom will receive a certificate and a chance to win the grand prize from
Fire prevention lessons start at early age
This year’s message for Fire Prevention Week is “Big Fires Start Small: Keep matches and lighters in the right hands.”
And New Braunfels firefighters encourage the public to heed the following national facts:
• More than 300 people die in residential fires each year as a
See SMALL, Page 2A
Winners of the grand prize will get
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Child support: Is system fair to both sides?
“He knows the system. He knows how to beat it. They might as well just put him in jail because they knew that he wouldn't have the money. Isn’t that what you’re supposed to do? They told him he had to pay this money or else, now they are telling him he doesn’t have to.”
Editor’s Note: When a for mer spouse doesn't pay child support for whatever reason, the children are the ones who suffer most As attorneys, judges, ex-wives and ex-husbands muddle through the process of making someone pay, it sometimes seems there is no answer. The Herald-Zeitung this week will examine the problems associated with the child support system. By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Bills are due. The children are hungry. And to top it all off, the car has broken down.
Everyday problems such as these are compounded when the mother,
struggling with a minimum-wage job, can’t meet all her financial demands because her ex-husband is more than $4,000 behind in child support. ’ This New Braunfels woman, who will not be identified, has filed criminal not-support against her husband in the Comal County Attorney’s office. She says she still isn’t seeing die relief she needs from the courts.
“Their attitude toward the whole situation is like criminal non-support cases are not important,’’ she said.
Atm Hackney, who works with exspouses who don’t pay child support, paints a different picture.
“They think once they sign that
magic paper that everything is going to be OK for them,” she said. “They don’t realize the legal process we have to go through.”
The woman says the legal process has failed her family.
She recently took her husband — who has rarely paid his child support in a timely maimer — back to court for non-support. County Court-At-Law Judge Ronald Prichard ordered him to pay $450 the following Mon
day. When he failed to appear in district court to pay the money, a warrant was issued for his arrest.
“This is his pattern," she said about his gelling further behind in payments. “He knows the system, He knows how to beat it. They might as well just put him in jail because they knew that he wouldn’t have the money. Isn’t that what you’re suppose to do. They told him he had to pay this money or else, now they are telling him he doesn’t have to.”
Prichard, though, said if the man is put in jail, nobody will win.
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Comal County Democratic Women will meet Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Dittlinger Memorial Library, 373 Magazine, to discuss organizational plans for the coming political >ear. For more information, call rhea Chcssher at 620-1767....
Someone has misplaced the video, “Walk mc lo the water,” that belongs to Hospice New' Braunfels. The tape is needed for the next Hospice training sessions, which begin Tuesday, lf you know where the tape is, please call Volunteer Coordinator Katie Gordon at 625-7500....
Columbus Day 1989 will be
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Training comes in handy for lifesaving officers
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Two local law enforcement officers who saved the life of a 20-year-old girl last weekend say they arc firm believers in knowing CPR.
Little did Garden Ridge Police Chief Parus Dudley and Comal County Sheriff’s Deputy John Eckols know as they ate lunch in Garden Ridge last Saturday they would end up saving a life.
“We were having lunch, a bunch of us had gotten together, when the mother drove up in the car and she was pretty upset,” Dudley said. “She came running in saying her daughter was having a seizure.”
Shannon Wucst’s pulse and breathing had stopped during a severe asthma attack, but Dudley and Eckols took her into the Garden Ridge Taco
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Holly Countryman, right, was named the 1989 Homecoming Queen at Smithson Valley High School Friday night. The senior and head cheerleader was crowned by 1988 Queen Jill Craighead during halftime ceremonies at the Smithson Valley-New Braunfels High School football game, which NBHS won 6-2. Countryman is the daughter of Mike and Bonnie Countryman. (Photo by beryl Clark)
Week meant to educate Good day
The clouds will begin to decrease but the cool weather will hang around for at least a couple of days. Today’s high should reach near 80 with northeast winds between IO and 15 mph. Tonight should be fair and cool with a low in the upper 50s. Monday will see partly cloudy skies and a high in the low 80s.
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Bond vote starts Monday
Darling stepping down; names Flaherty as CEO
youngsters about fires
Absentee voting begins Monday for the Comal Independent School District’s $7 million bond issue to raise money for a new elementary school and other school improvements.
Voters within CISD may absentee vote at the CISD Central Administration Office on U.S. 81 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. and at Smithson Valley Middle School bctwen 8 a.m. and 3:30p.m.
According to Sandy Jackson, CISD’s public information officer, anyone wishing to vote absentee in the Oct. 28 election may do so Od. 9 through Oct. 24.
The $7 million bond issue called for by the board of trustees on Aug. 28 is needed to finance school improvements throughout the district and the construction of a new-elementary school in the western zone.
The additions and improvements come on the heels of a growth study projecting district-wide growth between 1989 and 1994 at 26.1 percent. Average growth in the western zone is projected at 40 percent while the eastern zone’s projection is smaller, at 10.7 percent.
The improvements scheduled to be financed by the bond issue include:
• Bulverde Elementary School — installation of new metal roof system at gym and drainage improvements.
• Mountain Valley Elementary School — three addi-
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two fiscal year? He also was ranked outstanding in technical matters, accounting, auditing, and corporate income tax.
A certified public accountant, Flaherty attended St. Mary’s University with a major in business administration. He is affiliated with the San Antonio Chapter of the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, the Texas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. The Flaherty family expects to move to New Braunfels soon.
Darling also announced his intention to retire from active management at the end of the year. He will remain on the board of directors. There arc no
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Edward F. Flaherty is the new chief executive officer of First Federal Savings and Loan Association of New Braunfels replacing Arthur Darling, who has served the institution for more than 40 years.
In making the announcement, Darling, president and chairman of the board, said he has known Flaherty for more than 25 years. “He has the experience we need, both in public accounting and management consulting, to help lead us in the coming years.
Flaherty’s experience includes 28 years with Arthur Young & Company and its predecessor, Marfin and Cobb. Flaherty was ranked number one among San Antonio Partners in chargeability, revenue managed and major clients served during the last