New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
Vandals, hunters cause headaches for Bell
Shotgun vandalism to telephone terminals sprung up near the Garden Ridge area last weekend, but that's not the worst of Southwestern Bell's problems this time of year.
C.J. Fremin, SW Bell’s manager of residence installation and maintenance, in Seguin confirmed Wednesday that he was notified of the terminal damage on Sehoenthai Road Saturday morning. The damaged terminal was in front of Gene Miller’s ranch, and service to the affected area was restored by Monday.
“Apparently, the cover on the terminal had either been removed or inadvertently left off. Anyway, the 50-conductor terminal was shot up,” Fremin explained. “Not every
conductor in that terminal was damaged, but we have a lot of multiparty line customers in that area, and it s possible around KH) customers were affected."
In his four-and-a-half years at the Seguin office, Fremin said the shotgun blasting of a terminal was not common. However, the shotgun is the culprit to another problem this time of year.
“We have quite a problem around this time of year with hunters shooting doves off our cable w ires. That damages the w ires, to say the least, and it’d be much better for us if the hunters would wait ’til the bird takes flight before they shoot,” Fremin said
Comal County skies will be fair to sunny this afternoon, with northerly winds at 10-15 mph. Tonight will be clear and cool, with winds diminishing to 5-10 mph. Thursday should bi* a beautiful day. partly cloudy and comfortably warm.
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High hemlines have school officials skirting the issue once again
HOUSTON (AP) — The opening skirmish in what may be Miniskirt War II has been fought quietly this fall at a school district here. The battleline has been drawn at the top of the kneecap and, so far, the score is School Administrators 13, Miniskirts 0.
Administrators at the Pasadena Independent School District first fought the miniskirt war in the 1960s when styles sent the hemline over the knee and up the thigh.
“This business of measuring skirts is something we don’t want to get into,” said assistant superintendant Elmer Bendy. “But we did it once and we can do it again.”
School leaders won the first war, with the treaty line drawn at five inches above the knee. They remained vigilant until, eventually, styles changed, hemlines dropped to a less startling level, and the war was forgotten.
But this fall, Paris designers or
whoever decides such things sent the hemlines creeping upward again. And w hen school started, the Pasadena school leaders found themselves once more in the battle of the hemline.
Two or three female students at each of the district’s 13 secondary schools have shown up in miniskirts this year, Bundy said.
School administrators once more manned the barricades and cracked down on the district’s dress code. Some of the offenders were sent home and others had different skirts brought to them. It was a decisive loss for high fashion.
Bundy admitted the hemline issue is not as extreme as it was in the 1960s. Hemlines then had only a distant acquaintance with the wearers’ knees School leaders battled back with rulers used to measure hemlines, and with letters and public comment.
In neighboring school districts, female
students iii questionable skirts were required to kneel and hemlines could be no more than five inches from the floor.
At Pasadena, Bandy said, women administrators would talk with girls whose fashion was too high. Sometimes, he said, the girls were instructed to reac h over their head or to bend over and pick up something from the floor. If the exercise showed too much student, she was sent home to change.
“It was a question of modesty,” recalled Bundy.
Now, he said, it’s a question of interpretation.
The school district’s dress code does not spell out the precise proper height of the hemline, but states only that dresses cannot be “revealing or excessively tight.”
This year, he said, anything generally an inch above the knee fails the dress
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Parker county's first jail administrator
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Comal County Jail is now being run by a jail administrator — the first in its history.
Forty-seven-year-old James “Pat” Parker, a former investigator with the Comal County Sheriff’s Department, took over that post this month.
In the short time that Parker has been jail administrator, a post created by Commissioners Court in August, he has implemented many changes in the county jail system — the most notable being the policy he wrote covering policies and procedures for the jail.
Sheriff Fellers, with Commissioners Court approval, approached Parker over a month ago asking him to write a jail policy.
That 18-chapter policy, which Parker said is currently “in implementation,” covers every facet of the jail’s operation and outlines procedures to be followed in emergencies.
Specifically, the policy outlines the procedures to follow for classifying prisoners, inmate visitation, telephone use, medical and dental plan, female supervision, inmate disciplanary and adjustment board, and grievance procedure.
It also covers inmate mail and correspondence, religious services, commissary plan and inmate use of the county lawr library.
In the event of an emergency, there are also policies covering procedure if an inmate were to take a hostage or if a prison riot or fire were to break out.
Parker thinks he was selected for the
job of jail administrator, which pays approximately $1,500 a month, because of his background in the detention field.
He’s been with the Comal County Sheriff’s Department since August, 1977, during which time he said he’s “worked in all phases” of the jail’s operation. Prior to serving as a detective with the county department, Parker ran a security agency in Florida.
In Florida, as well as in Texas, Parker attended many conferences and “did a lot of study in Texas Jail Law.” He was also involved in a drug-rehabilitation program in Florida.
Calling himself “a jack of all trades,” Parker noted that he has experience and interest in many areas, including civil engineering, boat building, building and
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More rioting reported in Polish shipyards
WARSAW, Poland (AP) New rioting broke out today near the newly militarized Gdansk shipyard, witnesses said, after two days of bloody protests and work stoppages over the outlawing of Solidarity.
The witnesses said the riots were in central Gdansk, near the shipyard gates, but it was not immediately clear if shipyard workers were involved.
The government news agency PAP claimed the Gdansk shipyard worked “normally" today, but other reports said some workers had refused to do their jobs, risking swift summary punishment.
Authorities put the shipyard under military rule Tuesday, and workers were warned they could face up to five years in prison for striking. The penalty is more moderate than normal punishment for violating military rules, which ranges up to death.
Unconfirmed reports said two people were killed and many injured Tuesday night battling riot police in Gdansk.
Underground leaders of Solidarity in Gdansk circulated a leaflet, meanwhile, urging workers to boycott new trade unions authorized by the martial law regime and prepare for regional general strikes. Western reporters in the Baltic port said.
Reporters in Gdansk said that workers leaving the yard said they had been “technically” drafted into the army and made subject to military discipline after the yard was declared “militarized" by the government Tuesday in an effort to break the spirit of some 10,000 workers who staged eight-hour strikes in Gdansk and nearby Gdynia Monday and Tuesday
Police firing tear gas, water cannon and smoke and stun bombs routed protesters at the shipyard monuments Tuesday evening, chasing them through city streets. Witnesses said many rioters were beaten, and the streets were littered with rocks and debris. Authorities reported 148 arrests.
Martial-law spokesman Jerzy Urban
told reporters in Warsaw the uprising will not affect plans to release 308 more interned unionists, but he declared that Solidarity chief I^ch Walesa and about 780 others will not be freed.
Militants who organized strikes Monday and Tuesday demanded Walesa’s release and the reinstatement of Solidarity, banned Friday by Parliament under a tough new labor law that erases reforms won by the independent union before martial law was decreed IO months ago.
The militarization of the shipyards where Solidarity was born in August 1980 carne after riot squads battled with an estimated 10,000 shipyard workers and supporters in two cities.
Police fired tear gas, sprayed water cannon and lobbed smoke bombs at an angry mob of about 1,000 protesters who surged toward Communist Party headquarters after authorities dispersed
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New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 91 - No. 201
Staff photo by John Seater
Two Houston men have bought the Schmitz Hotel
Houston duo buys Schmitz Hotel
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
The outer appearance of the Schmitz Hotel on Main Plaza, restored by the New Braunfels Conservation Society, will soon represent more than just a facade.
Two Houston men, Lee Lybrand and Andy Meyers, closed the purchase deal on the hotel with the Society on Sept. 27, and have already begun architectural studies on how to best use the hotel’s prune space and location.
"I personally have no idea of what their definite plans for the building are,” said Mike Dietert, president of the Conservation Society. “They did talk about making the first floor into commercial space, but never talked about the second and third floors. But I do know they are doing architectural studies now."
Attempts to contact the two men in Houston Wednesday were unsuccessful.
The two-story hotel, then called the Guadalupe, was built in the early 1850s by Rudolph Nauendorf on a 55-foot Plaza frontage. In 1858, hotelier Jacob Schmitz bought the Guadalupe, and in 1873 added the third floor and balconies.
The Schmitz Hotel was a popular stagecoach stop until the railroad came to town in 1880.
The front appearance of the structure was restored by the Conservation Society, but Dietert said there was no money left to restore
the interior. * It was a good-size undertaking for anyone, and we didn't have the funds or the expertise to manage the entire restoration of the building.
“By selling it, the building can bt* improved, increasing its worth and its value on the city’s tax rolls," Dietert said.
It was reported by several sources that the hotel’s selling price was around $185,000. Dietert said one local group was very interested in the purchase, but “didn’t want to pay the price.”
The hotel was put on the real estate market, Dietert said, bac k around the first of this year.
It was originally listed with Banda Association, but that contract expired. And the actual sale of the building was handled by the Society itself.
The hotel bears a historical plaque, which in turn, puts restrictions on what, if anything, can be done to the front of the structure. “The building front is protected by the historical zoning of the town, and deed restrictions requested by the grants we received,” Dietert added, “so yes, they 1 Meyers and Lybrand) are very tied down as to what they can do to the front of the building.”
And what does the Conservation Society plan to do with the sale’s proceeds? “We plan to put the money in a trust, and hopefully, be able to live off the interest from here on in,” Dietert said. “We will be able to maintain the property the Society has now, and purchase more in the future."
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