New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 25, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Red Ribbon Week activities
The community is urged to take part in Red Ribbon Week, Oct. 22-27, to show support for a drug-free Texas. Today is Wear Red Day and everyone is encouraged to wear red ribbons to show support for a irug-free community.
Tivy downs Unicorns to force a third match
Kerrville Tivy rallied to defeat New Braunfels in three games Tuesday night, leaving both teams tied for second in the final District 28-4A standings. A third game has been set for Thursday to decide which team will advance to the playoffs.
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Savory sweets so simple for sorcerers
Halloween magic will be in the air when you bake these tantalizing chocolate treats. Ghosts, ghouls, and goblins will rush home after an exciting evening of trick-or-treating to sample these bewitching sweets.
Vol. 137, No. 248
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
October 25, 1989
Two Sections, 22 Pages
Poll reveals drug use among area students
There is a drug problem in New Braunfels and Comal County. That was the consensus of a panel of speakers Tuesday evening at Memorial Primary School, during a drug symposium sponsored by New Braunfels Safe City Commission.
Panel members included David Quilter, director of the San Antonio Division Drug Enforcement Administration; Lindall Rose, Texans War on Drugs and Safe City Commission member; Burney Boeck, New Braunfels police chief; Bill Reimer, district attorney; and Don Reynolds, Comal County Sheriffs Department. The panel was moderated by Don Ferguson, director of the Safe City Commission.
Ferguson started the discussion of the drug problem by reading from a High School Health Risk Factors Survey conducted in May 1989. The anonymous survey was taken at Canyon, New Braunfels and Seguin high schools and New Braunfels Middle School. The survey asked students if they have ever used drugs and the frequency of doing so. More than 3,000 area students participated in the survey.
The survey showed that 88.3 percent of Canyon High students
Panel members were, from left, David Quilter, director of the San Antonio Division Drug Enforcement Administration; Lindall Rose, Texans War on Drugs and Safe City Commission member; Burney Boeck, New Braunfels police chief; Bill Reimer, district attorney; and Don Reynolds, Comal County Sheriffs Department. (Photo by David F. Kramer)
have at least tried alcohol, compared to 78 percent at New Braunfels High, 79.3 percent at Seguin High and 61.1 percent at New Braunfels Middle School.
The percentage of students trying marijuana were Seguin High
35.6 percent, New Braunfels High 32.3 percent, Canyon High 30.7 percent and New Biaunfels Middle School 12 8 percent.
The figures for those students
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Odor causes families to leave Solms homes
A foul, pungent odor permeated the Solms area early this morning causing about eight families to be evacuated. The odor disappeared within an hour and officials are unsure of its origin.
“We don’t know what it was,” said New Braunfels Fire Chief Phil Baker today. “We did do some preliminary investigation trying to rule out where it came from. We were unable to prove either way where it came from or didn’t come from.”
Baker said a resident of Solms called the fire department at 12:55 a.m. to report that she was having difficulty breathing. “The first units went to check on her and then it escalated from there,” Baker said.
Officials decided to evacuate approximately eight families in the arca, Baker said. They were allowed to return about an hour later.
“From what I can tell, it was there about an hour or so,” Baker said. Because the winds were calm, although they
shifted frequently, and there was a light fog, it was difficult for firefighters to determine the source of the smell.
The dispatcher at the fire department called officials at surrounding industries to alert them of the smell and find out if any operations would be causing the odor.
“We responded immediately and checked out the operations within the plant to assure we were not experiencing any problems,” said Herb Schneider, administrative service manager at Lafarge. “We confirmed the odors were not emitted from our plant.”
Baker said the odor could have come from a number of sources, including the interstate and railroad.
“We are still doing some investigating,” Baker said. “We have no way of knowing — at that time of night and without someone seeing something. At this point, it is going to be real difficult unless someone comes forward with some information” about the source of odor.
Baker said residents experienced no long-lasting effects of the cloud.
Area man jailed in drug lab fire
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Stat! Writer
A Wimberley man remains in die Comal County jail today in lieu of $5,300 bond after he was arrested in connection with a drug lab fire.
Seth Ryan, 37, was charged with possession of a controlled substance — methamphetamine and DWL
Comal County authorities were called to a fire in a building Sunday morning and about 1/2 mile east of the intersection of FM 484 and Ranch Road 32 in Fischer.
“When they got there they discovered that there was a lot of lab equipment
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Trustees look for backing from voters for bond issue Mexican officials
return stolen cars
Trustees of the Comal Independent School District are hoping they don’t have to consider an alternative plan to meet an anticipated 26 percent growth in enrollment by 1994. A $7 million bond issue election has been called Saturday to finance construction of the needed classrooms.
If the bond issue fails, additional classrooms will still be needed and portable building will have to be placed on some campuses. Cost of the 60 classrooms that will be needed to meet the expected growth is estimated
at $1.5 million. This money would have to be expended from the general operating budget and the school district would be forced to either pay cash at the time of purchase or secure a short-term loan.
Short-term loans generally carry a higher rate pf interest than bond money. Either option will raise taxes more than the projected iii rec- to five-cent increase anticipated if the bond issue passes.
The tax rate increase cannot be determined exactly until the valuation
of the tax roll is known. Comal ISD has no control over valuations placed on properties located in the school district. All valuations are set by the Comal Appraisal District.
“These students arc coming to us and we are obligated to have classrooms ready for them,” said Superintendent Bill Brown. “We are already using a number of temporary buildings on several campuses.”
A major portion of the funds that
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SAN AN ION IO (AP) — Some of the thousands of vehicles stolen in South Texas thai ended up in Mexico arc heading home as Mexican authorities try lo case international tension and combat border corruption, officials said.
Mexican authorities at the Laredo International Bridge have turned over 13 vehicles to the Texas Department
of Public Safety since Oct. 19, the San Antonio Light reported today.
“Five of these vehicles were from the San Antonio area,” said Laredo DPS Investigator Jesse Flores. “But unfortunately, most of the owners are now insurance companies, since the original owners have already been paid.”
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Crews begin clearing rubble from explosion
PASADENA, Texas (AP) — Crews and heavy equipment were brought in overnight to begin clearing tons of charred rubble at a Phillips Petroleum Co. plastics plant where 23 workers apparently died in a series of explosions and fires.
“They have moved in equipment overnight and they are beginning the process of searching for the missing,” said Dick Robinson, Phillips’ director of community affairs. ‘‘It’s liable to be a slow process, but they are working in that area now and we’ll take whatever time it takes to find them."
Robinson indicated it was unlikely that anyone in the debris is still alive.
‘‘We always hope for the best but...” he trailed off.
Miles of twisted strings of pipe are piled haphazardly around the plant, blackened by Monday’s accident. Some buildings are gone, and eight giant reactors now look like huge, battered tin cans.
“Any employee in that wreckage probably didn’t survive,” said Jere Smith, Phillips’ director of public relations, looking on the scene.
Two bodies have been found so far and 21 other workers were still missing, he said. Officials at the company’s Bartlesville, Okla., headquarters late Tuesday released a list of 19 missing Phillips employees and said
four contract workers were also missing.
Robinson said the two fatalities are included in the list of the missing employees, but the bodies have not yet been identified.
Of the 124 injured in the blast, 35 remained hospitalized Tuesday, with as many as six people in critical condition. Robinson said doctors would be reporting to Phillips officials later today with updates on the employees’ conditions.
The plant, which produces 4.5 million pounds a day of plastics used in milk jugs and grocery sacks, exploded in a series of blasts just after I p.m. Monday, sending metal and concrete debris flying as far as six miles.
Officials don’t know yet exactly what caused the explosions, which stemmed from a leaking chemical reactor. At least two government agencies have joined Phillips in assessing the damage.
“We’re going to do a thorough investigation — not only in procedures, not only in systems, but in training the employees had to assure ourselves that every precaution was taken,” said Gilbert Saulter, regional administrator for the Occupation Safety and Health Administration.
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Two swans are missing at Landa Lake and their mates, such as this White Mute, are lonely. An Australian Black and a White Mute have disappeared from the park and officials believe they’ve been unlawfully removed The birds are on loan from an anonymous benefactor and if they keep disappearing, there may be no more on the way. The folks at the Parks and Recreation Department had hoped the birds would mate and produce lots of little swans to beautify the area and are asking that anyone who sees someone trying to coerce the birds out of the water or herd them on the land contact a park ranger or police officer. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Skies will be partly cloudy this afternoon and the high temperature will reach 85 degrees. The low tonight will be 66 degrees. There will be low clouds and fog in the morning which should bum off around noon.
Friends for Rivers will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Herb Schneider Room at Victoria Bank & Trust (formerly New Braunfels National Bank) on Walnut Avenue. A film titled “Pointless Pollution” produced by the Texas Water Commission will be shown and the topic for the evening will be understanding “nonpoint source” pollution of rivers and lakes. Nonpoint source pollution is the name given to pollution that cannot be tied to a specific point of origin, but enters the environment over a broad area. Storm water runoff, improper pesticide and fertilizer use, malfunctioning septic tanks, improperly abandoned water wells, and "midnight dumping” arc examples of potential nonpoint sources of pollution.
Anyone interested in learning about pollution and ways to control it is invited to the meeting...,
A group of citizens in Comal ISD are gathering tonight to discuss Saturday’s bond issue election to raise $7 million to finance construction of classrooms, including a $5 million elementary school in the Bulverde area. Anyone interested is invited to the 7 p.m. meeting at the Sattler VFW hall....
Harmony Baptist Church members will host a Rummage Sale Saturday at 8 a.m. to raise money to complete their new building.
The sale will be next to the church, which is 2-1/2 miles from Interstate 35 on Texas 46 South * toward Seguin....
Holy Family Catholic Church
will conduct a Rummage Sale Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be lots of clothing and kuchen items for sale. Plates of Mexican food will be sold from ll am. to 2 p.m. for $2.50....
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