New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Cities, customers urge cuts in phone rates
AUSTIN (AP) — Southwestern Bell officials say employees would be “walking the streets” if the telephone company was forced to cut rates by more than $500 million, as residential customers and 80 cities recommend.
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Tennis teams battle for District 28-4A title
All three local high school tennis teams began competition for the District 28-4A fall title in Kerrville today. New Braunfels is the top seed and favorite to defeat defending champion Alamo Heights in the tournament, which concludes Saturday.
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Vol: 137, No. 245
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
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October 20, 1989
Two Sections, 18 Pages
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Seconds is all it takes for a professional thief to steal a vehicle and minutes is all it will take Saturday to get the windows of a vehicle etched to prevent car theft.
The Safe City Commission is offering to etch the Vehicle Identification Number on windows for $15 per vehicle to deter the bad guys.
Because vehicle theft is on the rise in New Braunfels, Commission Director Don Ferguson urges all residents to have their vehicle windows etched.
Auto theft reports have increased 61 percent in New Braunfels in the past five years resulting in a $3 million loss, he said. For the first six months of 1989, the city of New Braunfels saw a 12 percent increase in auto theft compared to 17 percent statewide.
Etched windows reduce the black-market value of the vehicle
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County approves office in lake area
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
A satellite county office in the Canyon Lake area will give residents increased access to services without having to drive into town.
Comal County Commissioners Court approved Thursday during a regular meeting to lease office space in Saltier to give county residents probation and law enforcement services.
“We’re just looking at an increased level of service at a minimal cost and minimal travel for the people,” said Precinct 4 Commissioner Clyde Jacobs.
Adult Probation Officer Jack Williams said the office is a step in the right direction.
“They need office space and there is a sufficient case
load demand right now in the lake arca,” Jacobs said about the probation department.
By leasing office space, commissioners arc responding to the possible passage of Constitutional amendments in November which call for the sale of 5400 million in bonds for corrections, mental health and law enforcement facilities to help take the burden from overcrowding prisons.
“They’re kind of anticipating those Constitutional amendments will be passed.” Jacobs said. “I’m fairly certain they will.”
Office space — which will probably open Nov. I — and utilities will cost the county around $565 a month, Jacobs said. Rent for the remaining months of 1989 will be paid
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Damage estimates rising
Red Ribbon Week focuses on drug-free communities
Comal County is gearing up for Red Ribbon Week next week to show support for a drug-free Texas.
The Safe City Commission announced this week activities scheduled for Oct. 22 through 27.
• Sunday — 6:30 p.m. a prayer vigil will be conducted on Main Plaza for
substance abuse victims and their families. A kick-off rally for Red Ribbon Week will follow at 7 p.m.
• Monday — Mayor Doug Miller will proclaim Red Ribbon Week at the City Council meeting at 7:15 p.m. Councilmembers will be presented with red ribbons.
SA council chooses new stadium roof
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The domed stadium city voters approved won’t have a bubble-top roof after all.
Instead, City Council has decided to go with a cable-suspended system that likely will support a vaulted rectangular-shaped ceiling.
While nine council members Thursday voted for the unique design, one councilwoman warned the roof wasn’t what voters were promised before they approved funding for the Alamodome earlier this year.
“I’m sorry. I don’t like it,” said a grimacing Helen Dunner, the only council member voting against the roof proposal. “If you put some plastic flags on it, maybe it can be a circus.”
Agents arrest workers at Arlington auto plant
ARLINGTON (AP) — Six General Motors workers were arrested following an undercover investigation into narcotics trafficking at and around the company's assembly plant, police said.
Five already have been charged with delivery of marijuana, officials said. The other worker arrested is still being held in jail, but ne charges were immediately filed against him, according to the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office.
Sharon Hines, a OM spokeswoman In Detroit, said an investigation was launched after other employees told supervisors about the drug sales
• Tuesday — 7 p.m. a drug symposium al Memorial Primary School is scheduled for community leaders to discuss the local drug problem.
• Wednesday — Wear Red Day — everyone is encouraged to wear red
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Ms. Dutmer also likened the design to a cattle bani and an airplane hangar.
The $160 million multi-use building will feature 30-story towers supporting a cable at each of the building’s four comers. The system is intended to support a nine-acre roof for the rectangular-shaped building.
Councilman Walter Martinez was quick to defend the unconventional design.
“I like it,” he said. “This jumps out at you with a little bit of class.”
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“The vast majority of our employees neither condone nor panicipate in (drug use),” Ms. Hines said.
The sales involved amounts range from a quarter-ounce of marijuana to a pound of marijuana, said Arlington police spokesman Dee Anderson.
The undercover operatives provided by a private company hired by GM began their investigation in May.
“They basically befriended these people, gained their confidence and then purchased marijuana from them,” Anderson said.
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Tensions rise in California
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Death toll estimates shrank but tensions and frustrations grew as Northern California tried to regroup from a devastating earthquake and unnerving aftershocks that continued today.
A moderate aftershock at 1:13 a.m. registered 3.9 on the Richter scale, according to Rick McKenzie at the Seismographic Station at the University of California at Berkeley. It was felt north and south of the city, but the epicenter was not immediately known.
President Bush, meanwhile, was scheduled to tour the area today, hoping “to take a look and to provide encouragement to people.”
Three days after the quake, the need for encouragement seemed to be growing.
Damage estimates by the state
Roll out the pumpkins
Terry Krueger and Betty Eismann of the Wuest’e grocery store on West San Antonio Street show off the variety of pumpkins available for surgery this Halloween. New Braunfels’ Downtown Association is sponsoring a Pumpkin Carving Contest Oct. 28. Youngsters are Invited to take their pre-carved pumpkins to Main Plaza at noon that day for Judging. First-place winner will receive $25; second, $15; and third, $10. Downtown stores also will be hosting Trlck-or-Treating for costumed youngsters that day. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Office of Emergency Services rose to well over $4 billion. A private economist, Frank McCormick of Bank of America in San Francisco, said damage is likely to reach SIO billion. An estimated 12,550 people were displaced, 10,000 in hard-hit Santa Cruz County, the agency said.
In some towns, residents said they were too afraid to sleep indoors because of the Earth’s unrest.
“I can’t stop shaking,” said Marcc-lina Toussaint, a 73-year-old resident of Watsonville, a town near the epicenter of Tuesday’s magnitude 6.9 quake and wracked by four strong aftershocks Thursday.
“I guess I’m surviving, but I’m scared.”
Spirits weren't much higher in
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Local, area tax rebates increase
Suite Comptroller Bob Bullock said sales tax rebates to cities and counties continue to tell the story of an economy that’s steadily growing.
Bullock said October’s city rebates statewide are up almsot I percent from October 1988, and year-to-date payments are up an average of 9.5 percent.
“Consumers have more money to spend and they’re doing just that,” Bullock said. ‘That means another month of increased sales tax rebates for local areas.”
Cities can have a local tax rate of either I or 1-1/2 percent, the comptroller said.
City of New Braunfels received $199,854.79 this month from the Comptroller’s office, bringing total payments to the city for 1989 to $1,975,996.83. Payments for 1989 reflect a 17.03 percent increase from last year.
Garden Ridge, however, received substantially more sales tax refunds from Bullock’s office. The 1989 payments totaling $10,600.55 arc 99.82 percent more than last year’s payments of $5,305. In October, Garden Ridge city officials received a check for sales tax in the amount of $1,296.02.
Bullock sent San Antonio a check for approximately $4.3 million this month, bringing that city’s 1989 payments to $52 million and a 9.9 percent increase from last year over the same period.
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The weekend will be dry and pleasant with sunny skies and temperatures in the mid 70s today-with southeasterly winds at IO mph. Tonight will be clear and cold, with a low in the mid 40s. Saturday will be warmer with a high in the low 80s. Sunday’s high should reach the upper 80s and the low both nights will be in the 50s. A good time to get the lawns fertilized for winter.
Three New Braunfels High School students won cash prizes and ribbons in the recent poster contest promoting the upcoming Wurstfcst Art Show in Elks Lodge. They are Jerry Tschocpe, first; Jared Conners, second; and Eddie Miller, third. They all are students of Patty Smithers. The Wurstfcst An Show and Sale will be open daily from IO a.m. to 6 p.m. during Wurstfcst, Nov. 3-12. Artists will be demonstrating daily and admission is free....
The Bracken United Methodist Women arc having a rummage sale tomorrow from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the church fellowship hall on FM 2252 off Interstate 35 south of New Braunfels. For more information or directions, call 625-1849 or 651-6928....
Grab Fido and Muffin, it’s time for the fourth annual Rabies Drive sponsored by the Comal County Veterinary Medical Association. Rabies immunizations will be given at Fire Station No. I in Canyon City and at Fire Station No. 2 on Oblate Drive from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The vaccination will cost $5. All pets will be issued a county license for an additional $5 to comply with the Comal County Animal Control Ordinance. Proceeds from the clinic arc used to fund the veterinarians’ association student scholarship fund.
All dogs must be on leashes and cats should be in cages....
Jelly Beans (Debbie Field and Roxanne Jones) will present a fun hour of creative dramatics, puppetry and storytelling in the Puppet Palace al New Braunfels Children’s Museum Saturday. The show starts at 10:30 a.m. and is part of the current “Where in the World?” exhibit that focuses on geography of New Braunfels, Tex-
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