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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas P»fle 2A Herald-Zeitung. New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, October 14,1987Weather Book Water Watch Comal River..........................412 (up 5) Canyon Lake inflow...............325    (down 71) Canyon Lake outflow................336    (same) Canyon Lake level.............902.77    (down .02) Edwards Aquifer.................627.92    (same) Forecast    lows 40s. Permian Basin, Concho Valley and far west: highs 80s, SOUTH TEXAS:    Generally    lows 50s. Big Bend area: highs partly cloudy through Thursday lower 70s to mid-80s, lows lower except cloudy central and west 40s to upper 50s. Thursday morning. Warm Thurs- NORTH TEXAS: A slight day with highs in the 80s to near chance of showers west Friday, around 90 lower Rio Grande No rain expected Saturday or plains. Lows tonight near 60 Hill Sunday. Highs upper 70s to mid-Country to near 70 immediate 80s, lows mid-50s to lower 60s coast, 60s elsewhere. Port Arthur    Texas    Weather to Port O’Connor * Tonight and Thursday southeast wind IO to 15 wldely    and knots. Seas 3 to o feet. Port O Con-    thunderstorms were expected mr to Brownsville - Tonight and    across Wesl Texas tonlght and Thursday southeast wind near 15    across portions of North Texas - r,    .    Thursday as an upper level storm NORTH TEX AS: Partly cloudy    tem moved closer t0 the state tonight with lows ranging from ^ approachlng stortn svstem near 60 west to the upper 40s east    and other sys(ems located around Increasing clouds on Thursday    Texas and to the east caused area wide with scattered showers    st    t southerly winds or thunderstorms west and north    across the Hm Country and Low Highs in the upper 70s to the lower    Rolling plalns early today, pro- Lct tpvac. d~.*i    .    ^    mpting the National Weather Ser- ^ Partly cloudy    vice to issue lake wind warnings through Thursday most sections^    The storm system located ear. 1 e ' scattered showers and    iy today to the west of Texas, also thunderstorms across much of the    produced high level clouds over area tonight and Thursday A lit-    Lst otthe sUte. ie cooler mirth Thursday Lows    Forecasts ca„ed (or partly tonight do Panhandle and moon- cloudv skles statewlde througj, tams to near 60 south Highs tonight Thursday 69 Panhandle to 81    Uws , h, wln ^ mostly in south and upper 80s Big Bend    the 50s and 60s. ranging from near val eys.    -q in panhancue to the mid 60s a    in the Lower Rio Grande Valley Extended Forecast    Highs    Xhursday will ^ mostly Friday -Sunday    in the 70s and 80s Early morning temperatures SOUTH TEXAS Mostly sunny    were mostly in the 50s and 60s, and warm days, generally fair    ranging from the 40s over the Big and mild nights Friday through    Bend and portions of East Texas Sunday. Highs 80s, near 90 Rio    to the lower 70s along the Texas Grande Plains and lower Rio    coast Extremes ranged from    43 Grande Valley. Lows 50s Hill at Marfa in the Davis Mountains Country and inland Southeast of Southwest Texas to 73 at Cor-Texas. near 70 lower coast and pus Christi lower valley. 60s rest of South    Other early morning Texas    temperatures around the state m- WEST TEXAS: A chance of    eluded 58 at Amarillo, 54 at showers or thunderstorms most    Wichita Falls. 59 at Fort Worth. 57 sections mainly east of mountains at Waco. 55 at Austin. 58 at San Friday and Saturday, then partly Antonio, 48 at Houston. 62 at cloudy Sunday No significant    Brownsville, 61 at San Angelo.    52 change in temperatures Panhan-    at Lubbock, 58 at Midland and    64 die and South Plains: highs 70s.    at El Paso Downtown Continued from Page 1A former downtown merchant and still owns property downtown said he believes after attending the conference that one of the keys to success with a revitaliza Hon program is keeping quality merchandise available ‘We’ve got to offer something that makes people want to come downtown,” the councilman said He learned some innovative ideas at the conference one of which would give property owners a new way to use downtown property He said property owners in other cities with successful revitalization projects have turned their upstairs floor space into assets by installing bed and breakfast facilities Although that particular idea might not be right in New Braunfels Goodbread said there are other innovative uses for va cant space downtow n He said he thinks that with the support of merchants, the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce and the general public, the downtown area will be a winner New Braunfels downtown merchants considered a revitalization program about three years ago At that time a survey was made of the 56 downtown property owners The majority of pro perty owners, almost 80 percent, agreed that additional off-street parking w as needed and 75 percent were interested in downtown beautification Less than half of the property owners indicated that they were “somewhat interested” rn historic preserve Hon Fifty-four percent of the property owners indicated in the 1985 survey that they were interested in the city restoring sidewalk areas and lighting fixtures. Also during the program the chamber conducted studies of the traffic and other activity downtown Goodbread said downtown merchants’ attitudes have chang ed in recent years I think there s a different mindset” among merchants he said The councilman added that if this revitalization attempt is to be successful, the community and all groups will need to put egos aside and work together The councilman stressed the fact that cities that have been successful with their downtown revitalization projects have bit the bullet” and hired full-time project coordinators He said one person is needed to draw ideas and expertise from persons and groups involved in the project “A lot of people in this com triunity like to nickel and dime things and that s the results they get .” he said. adding that a qualified downtown project coor dinator would be able to help all the groups and individuals in volved to work together effectively “I would say downtown has the things they don t have anywhere else We have the quaintness there s nothing quaint about a shopping center — and we need to capitalize on what we have Goodbread said The councilman added that tax abatement programs, similar to the one offered Wal Mart because of its distribution center and low-interest loans might be something New Braunfels could instigate He said joint efforts such as the planned pumpkin carving contest are a good example of simple ways to keep the downtown area active, Some business people already are looking toward the downtown as a place to locate because rents generally are lower than similar property in shopping centers the councilman saidStammtisch Continued from Page IA the rural teens who are usually from families involved in agriculture. The kickers also favor western attire — wide-brimmed cowboy hats, western boots and shirts. Their dress code is the membership card to their club. Shaw sees the kickers as a group of individuals who like to party and drink. “I think they are ignorant as a whole And their ignorance is why they are rigid and narrow-minded, of course. Ignorance comes from lack of knowledge, not stupidity, so maybe some of them will change,” she said. “These people who call themselves independents are not afraid to show themselves. They are not fakes. They come from a lower social group and their families have less money and they don’t have the trendiest clothes. They lack selfesteem,” Shaw said “Many of them are smart I think there are more drugs than alcohol in this group. Some of them steal for their drug money Nothing comes easy for them,” Shaw said. Shaw has also traveled to El Salvador where she studied 17-year-olds. There, according to Shaw, most teen-agers lack opportunities to succeed and many face resentment and frustration. “Many figure they’ll get their high school degrees and go to the United States, while others will go into the army or the guerrillas,” she said. According to Shaw, more than 4.000 students in El Salvador will not go to college, while a majority won t even finish the compulsory Farm Bureau Queen Continued from Page IA will be forwarded to the Foundation Trust Fund in Austin Locally, depository accounts are set up at New Braunfels National Bank. I OOO N Walnut, and First Federal Savings and Loan Associa Hon, 199 Main Plaza, in New Braunfels Conact local silver-haired legislature representative Lucille Biegel at 899-3610 (Canyon Lake) for more information ... Patty Scheel of New Braunfels is Jeanne Konz, daughter of Mr and Mrs Mike Dwight was named the 1987 Comal County Farm Bureau Queen in an Oct r contest Runner-up was Roxanne Veit daughter o* Mr and Mrs Max Veit Jeanne will represent Coma1 County at the* district 10 contest Oct 24 at Inn of the Hills in Kerrville to com Pete for scholarships — $500 at district and an additiona ST 500 available at the state contest (Photo by Deryi Clark) Public Meetings The New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees will hold ,1 special meeting at 7 30 p rn \Sednev.ia> at the NBH meeting room The board will consider approx al of the yearly maintenance contract for computer equipment The board also will consider approval of the sewer line installation contract for County Line Road After discussing the capital equip ment auction the hoard will go into executive or closed session to discuss land acquisition for the surface water treatment facilitv and for a water Budget board paves way for pre-release prisons AUSTIN AP Negotiating for private prisons should begin next week now that the Legislative Budget Board has set prices for con tractors prison director Jim Lynaugh says The legislative Budget Board on Tuesday said private contractors must be lo percent below a cost of $41 67 per inmate per day in fiscal year 1988 to be considered for a state contract to build and operate a pre release facility The lo percent provision is in the private prison law approved by the 1987 Legislature The board approved amount is the estimate for the Department of Cor rectums to build and run up to four proposed 5oo-inmate facilities for prisoners who are about to be releas ed The cost goes up to $42 53 in fiscal year 1989 and $42 95 in fiscal year 1990 Property and franchise taxes paid by private contractors will not be included in their costs under the board action ninth grade, and will work instead in the fields. The country faces a 50 percent unemployment rate. “I think that people right here In Texas are the most normal of all We Just try to get by and do our best with what we have, and locally here in Comal County, we don’t have the power or prestige,” she said “I guess we’re just the average, everday people who will grow up to have 17 kids, a $75,000 mortgage and pay taxes to support a government that doesn’t really serve our interests ” New Braunfels ISD seeks community ed teachers Disregard the saying, "Those who can’t do, teach." Nothing is further from the truth! People who can teach arc in great demand, especially by the New Braunfels ISD Community Education Program. Community Ed is gearing up for the spnng agenda and searching for ’Teachers "who are interested in teaching what they know to others. Community Ed has received requests for classes in the following areas: remedial math (for those entering or rc-cntenng the work force), business English, sign language, landscaping of yards. calligraphy, understanding the game of football, cheerleading and medical terminology. Also requested are: beginning and conversational German, beg inn mg and advanced conversational Spanish, advanced shorthand and nauve Texas plants/flowers. If you arc interested in teaching any of these courses or any other course, please contact Leland Cox or Marsha Rhodes at 620-6200. If you are currently teaching a course for Community Education and would like to offer it again next spnng, please contact them also SVHS homecoming week ending with Queen contest storage tank and pumping facilities adjacent to Interstate 15 at EM M*> The board also will consider land ac quisition for water system facilities adjacent to County Line Road The Guadalupe Bianco Wiver Authority Board ot Directors will hold its mon!his meeting ai lo a rn Thursda.v at the GBR A offices in Seguin Along with considering regular business the directors will consider apprm a1 of bond ratings for financing of the Canvon Lake hydroelectric plant now under con struction Students at Smithson Valley High School have planned a full week of activities leading up to homecoming this weekend Friday night’s football game against Mass Consolidated will be highlighted w uh a pre game show as well as a special halftime perform arve and announcement of the home coming queen Finalists for queen are seniors Shannon Anthony. Shannon Knibbe, Bridge! lavanoand Shelley Rettcle Members of the court will be junior Jill Craighead, sophomore Holly Countryman and freshman Vicki Mathis A homecoming dance will be held Saturday night in the school cafeteria from H pm to midnight Dress w ill be semi-fomul and music w ill he bv the Elephant Sounds Cost is $2 per student or S1 per couple Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of this week are designated "spurt days", when students will dress according to a specific theme each day The Athleuc Booster Club is sponsoring a noisemaker contest and will aw ar J Smithson V alley windbrraker jackets lo students who have the "most creative" and "loudest” noisemakers Friday has been designated color day. with students dressing according to class Freshmen will wear red. sophomore white, juniors Noe, and seniors will come lo school wearing red. white and blue A pep rally will he held at VO* p m when w inners of the hall and car decorating contests will be announced All activities for homecoming week are being coordinated by the Smithson Valley High School Student Counc 11 and c hcerleaders SV high school organizations choose officers for 1987-88 The prison board will meet Monday to decide which contractors it will negotiate with during the bidding priKt*s> said TIM’ Director Lynaugh Lynaugh nukI bt* does not know how long the negotiation process *ill take I haven t spoken with ans of their attorneys and contract negotia lions can drag The board earlier narrowed a list of 33 proposed bidders to six qualified bidders we can negotiate with,” he said The cost set bv the budget board was higher than the figures board staff came up with after reviewing figures provided bv the corrections department The staff numbers I (7 42 in 19158 $38 28 in 1989 and $38 70 in 1990 were higher than the figures developed bs the department. Lynaugh said Sen Ray Farabee I> Wichita Falls, said the budget board figures are higher because thev include more counselors in more areas for the inmates and higher construction costs Students at Smithson Valley High School continue to clat offi cav of vinous clubs and organize lions fix the 1987-88 school year French (.Tub officers fix ihc >cai are Kcvm Burdin, president. Anne Welch, vice president. Deanne kcxh, vee re larv, Ms. helicCsr. treasurer. and Gina Hardy, reporter In the SciciKe Club, new officers arc Scott Campbell, president; Joanna Jilck. sue president, Amie Mach, wcrctary; Shcr>l Ko!od/ie, treasurer, and Amber W urthev, bisti Vian Officers of the Octagon (Tub are Chnsiopher Dees, president. Kim baile Tuttle, vice president. Tracy Williams, secretary; Jennifer Roberts, treasurer. Dee Dee Ramey, h iv lonaa Ye porter. Kim liar I lee. par I ame mar I an. and Robert Black, sergeant at arms Tons of lawsuits/ files threaten to break floors HOUSTON AF Justice could come crashing town if more files are crammed into a near buckling store room in the Civil» ourts Building say Harris County engineers Structural analysis showed the store room floors could literally break under the weight of added files where tons of paperwork from more than a half million civil cases is now stored Harris County District Clerk Ray Hardy proposed last January con solvating files from five courts in the room A county engineer said that ad ding more files could compromise the ability of the floors lo hold although there is no danger now Reams of files fill floors closets and cubbyholes in the six story cour thouse built in 1915 ' There are 25 courts and for each may tie 25 locations for files,’ said Hardy who would like a centralized storage area on the courthouse first floor ‘ It s a zoo trying to keep up with It. he said Something v got to give I hope It’S not the roof County Building Superintendent J E McCain said Hardy s desired quarters have already been designated for < curt Clerk Anita Rodeheaver whose fourth floor files also have presented structural pro blems Hardy is asking for a motorized transport system that would move files between various courts and he also wants increased staffing to put records on microfilm House approves retirement benefits bill spending some time in Dallas at the State Fair and asked her mom Stella Addison to tell anyone who might be going to the fair before Oct 26 to stop by her booth and say HI ’ For the past 16 years, Fatty has had a booth at the State Fair and again this year is selling her arts and crafts, including jeweled sweatshirts She also has been asked to be a judge in the clothing division in the women's building at the fair Patty works all year making items to sell at the State Fair and at Wurstfest, her mom said ... WASHINGTON t AP) — The House joined the Senate in approving legislation designed to protect the health benefits of retired workers, just days before a stopgap measure was scheduled to expire By a voice vote, the House on Tues day passed legislation offering a measure of protection to the medical and life insurance benefits of retirees whose companies enter Chapter ii bankruptcy proceedings ”It will protect retiree benefits as much as possible in a bankruptcy,” said Rep Peter Rodino, D-N.J., sponsor of the bill Under the measure, the retirement benefits would tx- given a higher priority among claims on a company undergoing reorganization The benefits could be modified or terminated only by voluntary agree ment of the company and the retirees, or by the bankruptcy court if the judge determines the move is necessary for the company to reorganize The legislation came in the wake of Dallas-based LTV Corp s 1986 attempt to suspend medical and life insurance benefits when it filed for Chapter ll protection The payments were reinstated two weeks later under orders from a bankruptcy court in New York Rodino said LTV retirees with pen ding applications for benefits are protected under the bill but that the court would still have the flexibility to change the amount of benefits if necessary for the company to reorganize “There s no question that the LTV situation is covered by this legisla Hon,” said Rep Martin Frost, D-Texas “It is a change in the law that clearly needs lo be made ” Rep Hamilton Fish, RNY., said that while the bill raises “troublesome concerns.” he supported it. “If we prevent business from reorganizing, we may be hurting rather than helping both employees and retirees ” Fish said “(But! the imminent expiration of stopgap relief legislation means that many retirees may face benefit cutoffs if we don t act today ” A stopgap measure requiring con tlnued payment of the benefits it scheduled to expire Thursday Rep James Traflcanl, D-Ohio, said he opposes the clause that would allow bankruptcy judges to modify or terminate the benefits “We leave a subjective opportunity for some Judge In some courtroom to say whether or not thew benefit! will be paid.” Traflcant said ;