New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 18, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Bush pledges federal aid to quake victims
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush, dispatching top administration officials to California for a quick survey of earthquake damage, is pledging the federal government will “do everything that it possibly can to help” in the recovery from the devastation.
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Bay earthquake puts World Series on hold
SAN FRANCISCO — The World Series is in doubt in the wake of an earthquake that smashed San Francisco and Oakland just moments before the scheduled beginning of Game 3. As of presstime today, no announcement had been made as to when the series would resume. _ _
Honey bee good for more than buzz
On a cool, crisp morning, what better breakfast can '4 one have than biscuits and honey, or Honey Wheat Muffins? One more flavorful honey recipe is Baked Texas Toast with Honey Pecan Syrup.
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Crews search under collapsed highway
OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Aftershocks rumbled today as crews searched for motorists under an elevated highway collapsed by an earthquake that jarred Northern California, killing more than 270 people and injuring hundreds more.
The magnitude of the catastrophe emerged slowly as officials made contact with hard-hit areas, where many telephones were cut off. The quake Tuesday, 6.9 on the Richter scale, collapsed buildings across nearly IOO miles, as well as a section of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge and two spans in the Santa Cruz arca.
Severed gas lines sparked fires, including one in San Francisco that burned a block of buildings, but all were put out or under control today.
As many as I million people were left without electricity and other services.
“The devastation is just horrible and we’re just shocked,” said Gov. George Dcukmcjian, who cut short a trade mission to West Germany. Lt. Gov. Leo McCarthy said damage would total “the better part of Si billion.”
In Washington, President Bush signed a disaster-rclief declaration and said “we will take every step and make every effort" to help. Bush on Tuesday sent Transportation Secretary Samuel Skinner to assess damage.
State emergency services spokesman John Peterson said at least 272 people had died and 650 were injured. At least 253 people were killed when a mile of the upper level of Interstate Sm QUAKE, Pagt 2 A
Red Cross chapter accepting donations
The Comal County Red Cross chapter is now accepting cash donations for the California earthquake
"The local chapter can receive donations of money only," said Penny Rhodes, who is the local chapter’s treasurer. "Red Cross is not accepting canned goods or clothing because they have found it costs more money to actually mail all that out there then
it docs to go ahead and ship money."
Rhodes said the Comal County chapter doubled their quota of $450 for relief for victims of Hurricane Hugo.
The local chapter is also continuing to accept donations for Hurrican Hugo relief. Donations can be made payable to Comal County ARC Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 311097, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-1097.
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It’s a windy and cold day with the high reaching only 60 degrees with winds out of the northeast at 15 to 25 mph. Tonight will be clear and cold with the low in the upper 30s and a chance for frost in some areas. Thursday will be slightly warmer with the high in the 60s. A gradual warming trend will bring the highs to the 70s or lower 80s by Sunday.
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Absentee voting starts today
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People registered to vote in the Nov. 7 election can cast absentee ballots at county courthouses beginning today, said Texas Secretary of State George Bayoud.
Comal County voters may cast their absentee ballots in Room 109 of the Courthouse between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Texans were given the option of casting absentee votes by personal appearance, without having to give a reason for doing so, under a 1987 state law.
"This 1987 law makes it much easier for registered voters to exercise their constitutional right in this election and in all future elections," Bayoud said. ‘Texans now are hard-pressed to find a reason for not voting."
Voters have until Nov. 3 to participate in the in-person, absentee balloting period.
The Nov. 7 statewide ballot will include 21 proposed constitutional amendments. Some local ballots also will include other issues.
A separate period began Sept. 8 for people to cast absentee ballots by mail. Those who vote absentee by mail must give a reason for not being able to cast their ballots on election day.
Historically, proposed constitutional amendment elections have yielded low statewide voter turnouts. But Bayoud said he hopes the in-person, absentee voting option will bring more people to the polls.
Of the estimated 12.3 million Texans eligible to vote, about 8.2 million are registered.
Families, friends waiting for calls
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
News of the California earthquake spread like wildfire Tuesday night and the disaster is hitting close to Texas and New Braunfels as residents wait for calls from friends and family.
Safe City Commission Director Don Ferguson is anxiously waiting for a call from his parents, who moved to the San Francisco Bay arca last week.
Al Benson, owner of Al Benson & Associates, heard from his daughter Denise and son-in-law Ron Stirm. who live in Sun Jose, this morning around 7. He said his daughter reported everyone wus safe including his jtrandchildren.
Sew Braunfels llerald-Zeitung Sports Editor Tom Labinski is trying to get through to his brother-in-law, who lives in San Francisco, works in Oakland and every day travels the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, which partially caved in Monday.
New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller is waiting to hear from an uncle who lives and develops property in San Francisco.
State Treasurer Ann Richards is reported to be fine after she witnessed
firsthand the earthquake as she was forced out of her hotel room in San Francisco, the Associated Press reported today. Richards was in San Francisco for a fundraiser.
“The first feeling that hit me was one of uncertainty... and somewhat of a feeling of emptiness,” Ferguson said. “You hear about things like that happening and you never feel that you will be involved in a roundabout way in such a disaster."
Ferguson said he heard of the news en route to New Braunfels from San Antonio about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday.
At first, Labinski said, he didn't think it was a niqjor earthquake when he heard on the radio the World Scries game had been called off. But when he got back to the Herald offices from the New Braunfcls-Canyon volleyball game he heard the devastating news.
Labinski said he tried calling San Francisco, but couldn’t get through.
Benson said his daughter was visiting her sister-in-law when the earthquake occurred.
"She stood in the doorway in front with her daughter trying to reach for her nephew," Benson said. “She said
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‘We are the champions’
The Canyon Cougarettes clinched their first district volleyball championship since 1986 by sweeping New Braunfels Tuesday night. Canyon raised Its record to 10-0 in District 28-4A and owns a two-match lead over the Unicorns with two games left on the schedule. It will be the seventh consecutive playoff season for the Cougarettes. New Braunfels can guarantee itself a playoff spot by winning its final two matches. For more details, see Page 11 A. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Council OKs sale of bonds
New Braunfels City Council, during a special meeting Tuesday, approved the sale of $9.7 million in bonds with an interest rate of barely more than 7 percent.
The money will be used for capital improvements for New Braunfels Utilities.
Bids for the utility system revenue bonds. Series E were opened at 4 p.m. and later awarded to Underwood Neu-haus & Associates at 7.02745 percent. The three other bidders were: Dean Witter, Blunt Ellis & Hoewi, and Lovett Mitchell Webb & Garrison.
The bonds are scheduled to be repaid from 1990 through 2010, said Floyd R. Westerman, financial advisor to the New Braunfels Utilities. The bonds of this issue are rated "A-l" by Moody’s Investors Service, Inc. and “A+” by Standard & Poor’s Corporation, a rating increased from "A" since the last issue, he said.
The last issue of Utility System Revenue Bonds sold by the City of New Braunfels was in the amount of $9.4 million and sold on Sept. I, 1987, at an effective interest rate of 7.7493 percent, Westerman said.
German Communists replace Honecker
BERLIN (AP) — Erich Honcckcr has been removed as the head of East Germany’s Communist Party, the state-run news agency ADN reported today.
ADN said that Egon Kren/, 52, a Politburo member in charge of security issues as well as government-run youth groups, had taken over as the party chief.
Honcckcr, 77, was removed as the ruling Politburo and the policy-making Central Committee met today to discuss the exodus of East
Germans to the West and the growing prodemocracy protests.
The hard-line leader, under whose government the Berlin Wall was built, steadfastly resisted social reforms being embraced by other Soviet bloc nations.
Honecker had been under increasing pressure to resign after a wave of protests swept the country, and pro-dcmocracy movements picked up growing support.
Krcnz, long rumored to be the No. I choice to
succeed the Honecker, is believed to be a hardliner who is likely to resist calls for sweeping pro-dcmocracy reforms.
The Central Committee meeting had been scheduled for late November or early December, but widespread public unrest had prompted speculation that it would meet sooner to discuss possible leadership changes.
Under East Germany’s system, the power is in the hands of the ruling Politburo, which is dominated by hard-liners. Formal approval of
the 163-scat Central Committee is needed for any changes in leadership at the top.
On Tuesday, East Germany’s chief prosecutor Guenter Wendlandt, promised to investigate charges of police brutality against pro-dcmocracy activists and the Communist leadership stepped up a campaign to win back citizens’ confidence.
Since early October, tens of thousands of peo-
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