New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 92 - No. 205
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Prayer services planned for injured NBHS girl
heat up on hydro
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Protests against the proposed Canyon Lake hydroelectric unit have spawned a bumper sticker, a lake area citizens association, and lots of ill feelings.
The bumper sticker, “No Dam Hydro," shows water from Canyon Lake draining into a funnel, which forms the “y” in hydro.
Wallace M. Greene has come up with the Canyon Lake Area Citizens Association, and his written comments on the contract New Braunfels Utilities has with the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority for the unit’s power, got at least one Utilities trustee visibly hot last month.
“All of the above gives rise to wonder how many other sick agreements, written or oral, legal or illegal, do they have besides this agreement that they are not divulging to guarantee that GBRA gets what they want?,” Greene wrote.
“The word illegal’ really bothered Mr. (Robert) Orr at our last board meeting,” Utilities Manager Bob Sohn said. There, Orr gave public notice that “we’re just not going to roll over and play dead.
“Their (Pedernales Electric
See HYDRO, Page IZA
Silhouetted by the afternoon sun. Kasey Smith demonstrates proper skateboard form on River cr est Drive. Pleasant fall temperatures should
By PATRICIA YZNAGA-KING Wire editor
While New Braunfels senior Julie Clonts remains in critical but stable condition in Methodist Hospital in San Antonio, her friends and schoolmates pray for her recovery.
New Braunfels High School
homecoming ceremonies were dedicated to her and a get-well banner signed by students at the high school was given to her family this week.
Clonts, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Clonts of New Braunfels, suffered multiple skull fractures in a pre-bonfore accident Oct. 6, on Highway 46, one mile from Loop 337.
She was riding with another student in the back of a pickup when a gust of wind lifted her and a pile of brush and threw her onto the road.
She was rushed to McKenna Memorial Hospital for treatment and later transferred to Methodist Hospital.
Her recovery since the accident has
been steady, her father said Saturday night. Julie is unconscious, but doctors are optimistic about her recovery, he said.
Gonts’ older sister, Jenny, who is a student at Southwestern University in Georgetown, said Saturday night that her family is doing well.
“She had a little setback a couple of
days ago,’’ Jenny said, adding that the problems set Clonts’ recovery back about two days.
Doctors could not predict when Gonts would regain consciousness, Jenny said.
“It could be tomorrow, it could be a couple of weeks,” she said.
Meanwhile, a community prayer
service will be held nightly this week, except for Friday and Sunday night, at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 312 S. Guenther. The first service will be Monday.
The church will open at 7 p m Services will be from 7:364 p.m., led by area pastors. The church will ako be open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p m
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continue Sunday, making conditions ideal for this form of land surfing, or for any other outdoor activity, for that matter.
SEOUL. South Korea (API -President Chun Doo-hwan declared Saturday that North Korea was plotting an invasion, and North Korea charged the United States with spying on its coastal waters. The top U.S. general here postponed a trip to Washington
Chun said the invasion plot was tied to the bombing in Burma Oct. 9 that killed 17 officials of his government — including four Cabinet ministers. South Korean investigators said North Korean agents mark the explosive with ball bearings and an incendiary device of “anti-tank warhead type."
Speaking before the country 's top military men. Chun said: “It is being proved that the barbarian act by the North Korean puppets in Burma was a well-premeditated scheme for war to assassinate myself as head of the nation and perpetrate an armed invasion of the south. ...
•Therefore, the Burma incident was an apparent declaration of destructive war against our survival and security. Their attempt for a second invasion of the south has ob-
“The Burma incident was an apparent declaration of
destructive war against our survival and security.” — President Chun Doo-Hwan.
viousiy failed and the only way left for them is self-destruction," Chun said
North Korean broadcasts earlier denied accusations that North Korea was involved in the Rangoon bombing. and on Saturday North Korea said a U S SR-71 reconnaissance plane flew an espionage mission over North Korean coastal waters Friday in a “crude violation" of the 1853 Korean war armistice.
Similar charges involving the highflying “Blackbirds” are common, but the North Korean broadcast monitored in Tokyo said of this one “We are paying serious attention to
See KOREA, Page UA
CISD questions share of appraisal budget
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Officials of the Comal 1SD think they may be paying more than their fair share of the Comal County Appraisal District’s annual budget. They've posed some questions that the board of directors will try to find answers to at its meeting Monday night.
Directors will meet at 7 p.m. in the board room of district headquarters, 130 E. MiU.
The appraisal district gets its operating funds from the IO independent governments it serves. Each government pays a pro-rata share of the annual budget, based on the amount of taxes it levied in the previous year.
A government’s tax levy also determines its voting power in the election of new directors, which is coming up next month.
GSD covers a lot of territory, and collects more than twice as much in taxes as any of the other entities on the appraisal district’s list. It’s the
only government that carries enough votes to seat two directors on the five-member board, and it has always paid the biggest share of the budget.
But ClSD’s superintendent and business manager noticed something odd when they got their notice about this year’s election.
“We’re paying 43 percent of the budget, but we only have 39 percent of the vote. We asked them how come”’ said business manager Hugo Nowotny.
"I don’t care about a few votes," he
added. Thirty-nine percent is still enough to seat two directors, and some governments don’t even have enough to guarantee the election of one. * But if we can save some money, well...!”
Guef appraiser Glenn Brucks indicated the problem might have something to do with the off-kilter tax year used by the Qty of New Braunfels and NBISD State law prescribes the methods for figuring both percentages However, since the city and NBISD set their lax rates in the spring instead of in the fall, “we
haven't been able to get current figures," Brucks said
For example, the joint city-NBlSD tax office didn t levy taxes on the 1982 roll until the spring of 1983 So Brucks used the 1961 tax roll to figure those governments' shares of the 1963 budget.
“That’s what they collected in 1982," he pointed out The other governments were also pro-rated according to what they collected in 1962 — but they assessed their taxes on the higher values of the 1962 roll
“We're going to have to discuss it and see if there's another way to do it.’' Brucks said
A discussion of the different computer services available is also on Monday's agenda This item was tabled at the September meeting, when Brucks aid he was not ready to make a recommendation yet The board has considered terminating its present contract with Thomas Y Pickett 4 Co , which doesn’t think it will be able to meet the district’s future needs.
NBISD to examine redistricting plans
New Braunfels 1SD trustees will take a look at their election system at their meeting Tuesday.
The meeting will begin at 7 .30 p.m. in the New Braunfels High School library.
Trustees, who are currently elected at-large by numbered places, will consider two plans: a 0-2 setup (five single-member districts and two at-large places) and a plan calling for seven single-member districts.
Both plans were presented at a public hearing Oct. 4. The 0-2 plan has been drawn up by L. Tucker Gibson and Associates, a finn retained by the district. The Mexican-American Legal Defense and Educational Fund has proposed tbs seven-district plan.
IfALDEF has a suit against tbs district pending In Federal District Court in San Antonio. MALDEP baa charged that tbs currant election system discriminates against tbs district’s minority population.
At the Oct. 4 hearing, MALDE* staff attorney Judith Sanders-Castro said the 5-2 plan was not satisfactory.
The redistricting issue, which is listed on the agenda as “consideration of Section 23.024, Texas Education Code," is only one item on a 19-item agenda.
Trustees will also consider action on personnel matters, ratification of attorney fee payments, out-of-district transfer requests, fundraising projects, overnight trips, the 190445 textbook committee, the September tax office report and the fingerprinting of Lamar School students for identification purposes.
Reports will be given on the October investment schedule, the district’s advisory committees, the chemical abuse program and staff development requirements for tbs 16044 school
An executive session la scheduled ax the last agenda item
Expect coMiderabtt cloudiness this morning, with skies becomiuu airily rloudr by afternoon, and clouding up agate tonight, bringing a IO percent chance af tight rate. Winds today will bt Mgbt and variates. Monday will ba mostly cloudy, with a chance of shawm . Sunrise today will be at Nil*
Canyon’s boys’ varsity team won the Optimal! Cross Country mast Saturday, and New Braunfels’ Kim Whitaker was second in the girls’ varsity division. Sports. Raga 7A.
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To the rescue
Dallas company takes failed Midland bank
MIDLAND (API — The chairman of Republic-Bank Corp. said Saturday that he believes the slump in West Texas’ energy business, which led to the collapse of First National Bank of Midland and to a takeover by the Dallas holding company, has bottomed oat
John D. Berry , RepublicBank's chairman, told a Midland audience that his firm was glad to rescue the failed hank Friday and believed it could turn the 93-year-old institution into a “billion-dollar bank.”
“I think there is ample opportunity today for good, solid loans ut the Penman Basin,’’ Berry said at a news conference. “And certainly our economists and our people that are in the energy field believe that it has bottomed out and that we are now on a gradual recovery.”
First National became the largest bank to fail in Texas and the second largest, in terms of assets, to fail in U.S. history when acting U S Comptroller of the Currency H. Joe Shelby declared it insolvent Fnday evening The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. sold the hank for $511 million to RepublicBank, the nation’s 21st largest bank holding company The bank, which had 61.4 bUUon in assets and 6606 million in deposits, reopens Monday as RepublicBank First National
“We have had lots of experience in the ups and downs (of the oil business* and we’re totally convinced that this is a good business to be in,” Berry said “This is the cornerstone of it - this bank, this city, this area and we’re very pleased to be here ”
RepublicBank will be allowed to pick the loans in the failed bank that meet its standards The rest will be turned over to the FDIC for collection
We will begin as a clean bank and with the clear expectation of soon becoming a bi lb on-dollar bunk.” said Berry.
Thomas Wageman, who will retain bu port as president of the bank, said be was pleased with Republic Bank's buyout of what was Texas’ largaat independent bank.
“A bank needs a lot of things to be successful. You can’t be succesriul without a strong capital baas. You can’t be successful without the confidence of depositors. Without customer confidence and belief, a bank simply cannot be successful," said Wageman.
Presidents of Midland's smaller banks and local banking customers expressed both saddneas that the
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