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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 22, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Today's Weather A cool day in Comal County will lead to a mostly cloudy night, with winds out of the northeast at 10-15 mph. Saturday will be partly cloudy and not too warm. No rain is in the forecast. On the Road Again Both New Braunfels and Smithson Valley hit the road tonight, as the Unicorns play Kerrville in Kerrville and the Hangers travel to Randolph Air Force Base to play the KoHawks. Canyon has the night off. CLASSIFIED.......................10-15 COMICS.............................9 CROSSWORD.........................9 DEAR ABBY..........................2 ENTERTAINMENT......................8 HOROSCOPE.........................2 OPINIONS............................4 PUBLIC RECORDS.....................2 RELIGIOUS FOCUS.....................5 SPORTS............................6-7 STOCKS............................16 TV LISTINGS.........................9 WEATHER...........................2 Dalla:;, Texas #75?~ h icrop lax > lac .••-ct: Hitch womb Ie 4*0. DOX ^5^30dalles, Texas 75?M Comp.Absentee voting continues at rapid pace By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer With the November general election only ll days away, county absentee voting for that election is gaining momentum — due mainly to the six locally contested races. As of Friday morning, 259 absentee votes had been cast, according to the County Clerk’s office. Of this total, 227 were “in-person” absentee votes and 32 were “mail-in” absentee votes. In addition, however, 137 (minus the 32) mail-in ballots had been sent out to those county registered voters requesting them. When absentee voting began on Oct. 13, Deputy County Clerk Linnell Hinojosa predicted that as many as 400 of the county’s 18,000 registered voters would vote absentee for this election. “Although this isn’t a presidential election year, we’re still expecting a good voter turnout because of the locally contested races,” she said at that time. And now, with only six days of in-person absentee voting left, Hinojosa is even more optimistic. “We’ll probably go over 400 (absentee votes),” she said in a telephone interview. “Maybe we’ll even make 500.” In the last governor’s race, which was in 1978, Hinojosa said 501 local absentee votes were cast. In the last presidential election in 1980,1,400 absentee votes were cast in Comal County. Although this isn’t a presidential election year, Hinojosa still believes that the locally contested races will bring this year’s absentee total close to what it was in 1978. “It’s quite a change” over previous year’s ballots when there have been few if any contested races, she noted. In 1978, for example, there were no locally contested races, Hinojosa said. This year the races for county judge, county clerk, justice of the peace precinct 4, and county commissioner, precincts 2, 3, and 4 are all contested. Running for these offices are Fred Clark, Republican and Chester Pehl, Democrat, for county judge; Betty Moorhead, Democrat and Rosie Bosenbury, Republican, for county clerk; and for precinct 4 justice of the peace, Carrol R. Matheny, Democrat and Howard “Curly” Smith, Republican. In the commissioners races, Alden “Al" Benson, a Republican, is challenging the incumbent, Monroe Wetz, a Democrat, for precinct 2; Lorenzo “Yankee” Camarillo, Republican is challenging the incumbent, Charles “Tart” Mund, a Democrat for precinct 3; and Republican W.N. “Bill” George is challenging O.R. Heitkamp, a Democrat and the incumbent, for precinct 4. Absentee voting will continue through Friday, Oct. 29 during regular office hours at the County Clerk’s office. Mail-in absentee ballots, which can be obtained from that office, will continue to be accepted through the mail until Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. Anyone who expects to be absent from the county on election day, or who is over 65, or who is unable to appear at the polls due to sickness or physical disability, is eligible to vote absentee. Zeitung FRIDAY October 22,1982 25 cants 16 Pages    (USPS    377-680) Unemployment rate high in South Texas Comal County rate below state, S.A. figures From STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS The Texas Employment Commission’s latest figures show parts of South Texas are approaching national Depression-era levels. However, Comal County is not among those areas, according to TEC figures. Comal County’s unemployment rate is lower than the state average and San Antonio metropolitan area rate, the figures show. “We’re wall to wall with claimants,” said Alfredo Ixipez, assistant manger of the TEC office in I^aredo. “I’ve seen foremen, managers, supervisors — people we have never seen in the past. They’re shocked. They’re trying to digest what’s going on, wondering what their next move will be.” TEC Commissioner Ken Clapp said TEC offices now are crowded with “first-timers.” “It’s especially tragic — the person who is out of work for the first time in his life. They come into our offices discouraged, afraid and frustrated,” he said. The TEC’s latest figures, showing the September unemployment rate in 25 metropolitan areas, put Laredo at the top of the list at a whopping 23.2 percent, the highest jobless rate for any Texas city since the TEC began keeping such records in 1970. liOcally, Comal County’s unemployment rate for September was 6.5 percent — an increase over August’s rate of 4.9 percent. This compares with the San Antonio metropolitan area unemployment rate of 7.9 percent recorded in September. The second and third worst figures came from two urban centers in the Lower Rio Grande Valley. The September rate for McAllen-Pharr-Edinburg was 21.1 Percent, and Brownsville-Harlingen-San Benito stood at 15.8 percent. The Department of I^abor did not keep employment statistics during the Depression, but it has estimated the jobless rate peaked at 24.9 percent in 1933. However, labor statistician say the impact then was much greater than it is today because there were no government benefits such as food stamps and unemployment then. Clapp said unemployment in Texas has not “bottomed out” yet, but he said he saw a glimmer of hope in the payouts of unemployment benefits. “They are still increasing, but at a much less rapid rate,” he said. “I have a feeling the thing is slowing." Officials blame the state’s unemployment problems on a slump in oil drilling, Mexico's peso devaluation, a national recession and hard times for farmers. Statewide, the seasonally adjusted rate for September, announced earlier this month, was a record 8.4 percent. The raw figure was 8 percent It was adjusted upward to compensate for such things as summer workers leaving the job market. The figures for each urban area, which are released by the TEC about two weeks after the statewide figure comes out, are not seasonally adjusted. “We’re seeing people now who have been working 15 to 20 years in the same job and have never been unemployed,” said I.V. Ferguson, district director of the TEC office in Dallas. See JOBLESS, Page 16New Braunfels, Texas    Vol.    91    -    No.    207 New Braunfels Ground water control inevitable, expert says By DYANNE FRY Staff writer Changes in Texas ground water rights will have to come sooner or later, said Dr. Glenn langley, director of the Edwards Aquifer Research and Data Center in San Marcos. “I don’t see any way around it,” langley told the 30-odd people who attended a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored meeting at the Civic Center Thursday night. “I grew up on a farm and ranch. I want you people to realize I feel very strongly about a man’s right to use the water under his land,” langley added. “But it may be that someday we’re going to have to somehow get to the point where we decide what’s more important.” In the next couple of decades, water is likely to become a crucial factor in the Edwards Underground Water District. It has already reached that point in some parts of Texas; the state as a whole, langley said, is now “mining” water, or pumping it out of the ground faster than ifs being replaced. Texans get 60 to 70 percent of their water from underground. Average annual use right now is 12.2 million acre-feet. And on the average, only 5.1 million acre-feet a year flow into the state’s underground reservoirs. The San Antonio area, gifted with one of the largest artesian aquifers in the state, isn’t exceeding average annual recharge yet. But new wells go down every week or so. Studies predict the population of Bexar County will double by the year 2020, with corresponding increases in Hays and Comal counties. And See EDWARDS, Page 16 Staff photo by John San tar Firemen sift through the rubble Arson blamed in house fire By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer A 14-year-old girl was charged with arson Thursday, in connection with a house fire at 1549 W. Mill earlier in the day. New Braunfels firefighters fought the blaze for over an hour. Extensive damage was confined to the kitchen and bathroom, but heavy smoke and heat damage occurred throughout the structure. According to reports, the fire’s origin v as traced to a pile of clothes in the bathroom. The juvenile gave a confession to the New Braunfels Police Department, and was released to her legal custodian, a sister in San Antonio. The house was owned by Enemencio Saenz, and rented by Felipe Ortega. Three fire department units were dispatched to fight the fire, which was reported at 11:29 a m. Recreation Center makes progress, but citizens' help still needed By CINDY RICHARDSON Staff writer Those who work up a sweat at the luanda Recreation Center will now be able to wash that sweat off there as well. A sauna, a new ventilation system and the men’s and women’s showers are just a few of the improvements at the center, and more are being planned for the future. A complete weight system is also expected in the mail. Last month air vents were installed near the floor, and exhaust fans were placed high in the walls. Those, in addition to two large fans, help keep the unair-conditioned building cool. “That sure made it more pleasant to exercise,” said Mike Doherty, president of the luanda Recreation Center board. After Wurstfest, construction will begin on the exterior of the building and the grounds. Plans include sidewalks, awnings and landscaping in the front. The front of the building will be improved, possibly sandblasting the old paint off, ruturning the front wall to it’s original color. A permanent sign will also be erected, and hopefully this will aid the building’s visibility, Doherty said. “A lot of people don’t even know we’re here.” Participation in the center’s activities slowed down after school started, but “ifs picking up as cooler weather comes,” he said. “But we’re certainly not overcrowded. “We have a big need for participation,” Doherty continued. “Not just from high school students, but from elementary, junior high, senior citizens, everyone. We have a little bit to offer everybody.” Daily activities include pool, ping pong and other table games, video games, basketball, volleyball and weight training. There are also exercise, self defense and dance classes as well as club meetings See REC CENTER, Page 16 No treats? By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS The Tylenol scare and fears of copycat killers are prompting more and more communities to ban trick-or-treating, or at least urge parents to keep their little ghosts and goblins at home this Halloween. Earlier this week, an Associated Press survey found only one town with a Halloween ban. But by week’s end at least five cities had outlawed trick-or-treating and dozens of others were strongly suggesting that parents keep their children off the streets. “It’s like banning Santa Claus but keeping Christmas,” explained City Council President Bernard Chartrand after Fitchburg, Mass., banned Halloween trick-or-treating by saying “the safety of our children is at stake.” Tylenol poisonings may kill Halloween Four other Massachusetts towns voted similar bans and at least one other community is scheduled to consider such a resolution next week. All cite the Chicago-area deaths of seven people who took Extra-Strength Tylenol spiked with cyanide. Since tile deaths three weeks ago, authorities have discovered isolated cases of acid or poison in products such as mouthwash and eyedrops in several states, including California, Florida, Ohio and Colorado. “Our concern is for the youngsters,” said Police Chief Harold L. Olson in Palmer, Mass., where selectmen voted unanimously Wednesday to ban trick-or-treating. “It’s not to punish the kids.” Benton Harbor, Mich., commissioners approved a resolution urging parents to keep their children home or throw private parties. Although they didn t make trick-or-treating against the law, Commissioner Mildred Wells said: “We’re not sanctioning it.” “Maybe we’ll have to do away with Halloween,” said Dr. Russell Currier, chief of disease prevention for the Iowa Department of Health. “Maybe ifs a custom that has outlived its usefulness.” A hospital in Des Moines, Iowa, and another in Cheyenne, Wyo., will be offering free X-rays of trick-or-treat bags. “I’m afraid it’s come to this,” said Mary Ellen Kimball, a spokeswoman at Northwest Community Hospital in See HALLOWEEN, Page 16 ;