New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Red Ribbon Week activities
Comal County Commissioners will read a proclamation today recognizing Red Ribbon Week to combat drug abuse. Ribbons will be exchanged by students during high school football games Friday.
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Vol. 137, No. 249
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
October 26, 1989
One Section, 12 Pages
The sun will come peeking through the clouds this afternoon but there is still a chance for isolated showers. Today’s high will be between 82 and 84 degrees and the overnight low will be between 64 and 66 degrees. It will be cloudy with a chance for isolated showers for the next few days. The highs will be in the 80s and the lows will be in the 60s.
City crews ready for street project
City construction crews will begin work on rebuilding Mesquite Street Nov. 6, responding to requests from residents of the area.
“The Mesquite Street project bubbled to the surface with citizens’ requests,” said New Braunfels City Manager Paul Grohman. “The road has been in poor shape for several years and continually deteriorating. I can’t emphasize how terrible shape the road is in. This is also the largest job we do and we want to get it out of the way before the bad weather months set in. During that time we will only have day-to-day projects to do.”
Tile area under construction will be from the Mesquite Street intersection of Interstate 35 to Old Marion Road.
Grohman said the paving project would cost from $30,000 to $35,000 and would take a maximum of one month to complete.
Funding for the project comes from remains of the 1985 bond issue. Grohman said the city had saved money on other construction projects and the remaining money is being used on Mesquite Street.
The construction is being done in-house by the city paving crew. Grohman said the city is saving a great deal of money by using the city construction crews instead of bringing in an independent construction firm.
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While you’re thinking about what costume you will wear for Halloween next week, it’s a good time to start considering how you will costume yourself for the annual Turn of the Century Texas Ball at Gruene Hall Dec. I to benefit the Mid-Texas Symphony. Costumes are to be tum-of-the-century or old-time western dance hall type....
Holy Family Catholic Church’s 8m STAM MTISCH, P*g* 2
PASADENA, Texas (AP) — Crews worked around the clock at a Rhillips Petroleum Co. plastics plant, clearing tons of rubble and searching for 17 workers who apparently died in an explosion at the complex.
Five bodies have been found so far at the plant, which was ripped apart Monday afternoon by a series of explosions. Work crews used heavy equipment today to continue the cleanup process, while investigators tried to determine the cause of the blast.
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Man reports to sheriff
A Comal County man who turned himself into authorities Friday has been charged with Class A misdemeanor theft (over $200 and under $750).
A story in Sunday *s New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung stated Shawn Rustin, 19, had not turned himself in by Saturday evening. He actually had been in the Sheriff’s Department Friday afternoon, posted a $1,000 bond and was released that same day. The warrant
was issued last week by Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart.
The Herald apologizes for the error.
Rustin is charged in connection with the Oct. 17 theft of an outboard motor in the Canyon Lake area. The property was located in Columbus, Texas, and has been returned to Comal County, authorities said.
Rollie Mader, second from right, last week spent a day building up the star on the island at Landa Park Drive and Hinman Island Drive. The island previously featured a star-shaped hole in which Four Seasons Garden Club had been caring for plants. Then the group decided to make the island’s attraction more visible. From left are Tracy Klein, president of the club; Millie Mader, chairman for civic beautification, and Parks Director David Whatley. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
HELSINKI, Finland (AP) — President Mikhail S. Gorbachev of the Soviet Union today unveiled a major plan to rid the Baltic area of nuclear weapons, including removing four nuclear-armed submarines.
In a goodwill gesture to northern Europe, the Kremlin chief said the Soviet Union has removed all tactical nuclear missiles that could strike the region and will take certain types of sea-launched nuclear weapons out of the Baltic Sea.
He made these announcements in remarks prepared for delivery to 1,500 Finnish politicians, businessmen and other invited guests.
Gorbachev said the steps were being taken unilaterally and that they were a follow-up to a speech he gave two years ago in the Soviet port of Murmansk. Many of his proposals in that speech — including a call for a nuclear-free zone in northern Europe — were dismissed by NATO.
It’s the day for Enchanting Folktales at die New Braunfels Children’s Museum. Famed storyteller Daryl Fleming will delight youngsters with his tales of Saudi Arabia today. The Thursday afternoon storytelling sessions are at 4:30 p.m. so youngsters can get there after school. It’s a pan of the current exhibit, “Where in the World?” which focuses on local, state and national geography along with special emphasis on Saudi Arabia, China, Kenya and India. Children are invited to visit the exhibit before the Folktales stan or to stay late. Admission to the museum is $1 for children non-members (free for members) and $2 for adults, who also are welcome to view the exhibit.
Meanwhile, on Saturday the Museum will host a tile-making workshop titled “Bits and Pieces.” Museum artist Mike McMahan will conduct workshop session I at 10:30 a.m. for 5- to 7-year-olds; and session 2 at 1:30 p.m. for 8- to 10-year-olds. Fee is $3 per child; $1 for members, by reservation only. Call 620-0939 now to make yours....
Canyon High School students will be able to order their 1989-90 yearbooks Oct. 31. Cost will be $22; contact a yearbook staff member to sign up — they’ll all be wearing special T-shirts identifying themselves....
Pope John Paul has urged the world’s catholics to observe Oct. 29 as World Day of Youth, a day in which we pause to pray for and reflect upon our youth. In commemorating this day, the youth at Saints Peter and Paul will have a special Mass at 11:15 am. Special prayers, a slide presentation of high school activities, and the release of a hundred colored balloons will highlight the day....
CISD taxpayers face bond issue decision
Economy grows at moderate rate
WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a moderate annual rate of 2.5 percent from July through September despite the poorest trade performance in six years and a $4 billion income loss from Hurricane Hugo, die government reported today.
The Commerce Department said tile increase in the gross national product, the broadest measure of economic health, matched a 2.5 percent rise in the April-June quarter. Third-quarter growth was aided primarily by a boom in consumer spending that resulted from heavy car sales.
Inflation showed a marked improvement in
the third quarter, with a price index tied to the GNP climbing at an annual rate of just 2.9 percent, down significantly from a 4.9 percent annual advance in the first half of the year.
Through the first nine months of 1989, the economy has grown at an annual rate of 2.9 percent, exactly on target with the Bush administration’s forecast for the whole year.
But many analysts are predicting that growth will slump dramatically in the final three months of this year in the absence of the auto sales boom that spurred consumer spending from July through September.
Many economists predict the country will flirt
with a possible recession over the next 12 months because of expected weakness in such areas as trade and business investment.
Signs of deterioration were evident in the third quarter as the U.S. trade deficit, as measured by the GNP, surged by $22.9 billion. It was the worst trade figure since the second quarter of 1983.
Trade had been one of the economy’s brightest spots as a boom in export sales had spurred a rebound in U.S. manufacturing. However, economists have warned for some time that hefty increases in the value of the dollar threatened to derail the trade improvement by making Ameri
can goods more expensive on overseas markets.
In the third quarter, imports shot up at ail annual rate of 15.1 percent while exports did not grow at all, the poorest showing for exports since early 1986.
The economy was also held back in the third quarter by a $4 billion loss in personal incomes attributed to the devastation from Hurricane Hugo, which hit the Southeast in September.
The estimate of income loss was attributed to uninsured losses and loss of rental income by property owners.
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Park Ranger Iris Haecker invites the public to the Second Annual Haunted House Oct. 27 and 28, sponsored by New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department, along with co-sponsors Kmart, Kroger’s Food Store, Handy Andy, New Braunfels Candy Company, Winn’s No. 87, and The Balloon Works. The “thriller" takes place at the Landa Park pool bathhouse from 7.30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $1 per child and $2 per adalt. For more information, call 629-PARK or 620-PLAY. Youngsters who color and bring in the flyers featuring Dracula will receive extra treats. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Comal ISD residents will face a three- to five-cent tax increase if the Saturday bond issue passes.
"This is minimal compared to what our tax increases could be if we have to build classrooms out of the general operating budget," said Superintendent Bill Brown.
"I just want to be sure our folks know what the alternatives are if the issue fails on Saturday,” the superintendent explained.
Based on the certified lax roll, taxes needed for the $7 million bond issue will be from three to five cents per $100 valuation. The first payment
on bonds would be due in February, 1991,
The average appraised value of a home in the CISD is $62,1 (X). At three cents per SKX), taxes on that home would increase SI. 12 per month or $13.40 per year. At five cents per SKX), taxes on the same home would increase $1.86 per month or $22.34 per year if the bond issue passes.
"Truth in taxation" laws contained in the Education Code provide that a school district can only tax what is needed to satisfy the debt.
Taxpayers who are age 65 or older will not have any increase on their
homestead taxes. The property tax code states that "A school district may not increase the total amount of ad valorem lax it imposes on the residence homestead of an individual 65 years or older..."
If taxpayers own other property, their taxes may increase on that property. Or, if improvements are made to their homestead, their taxes may increase.
But, if the homestead of a person age 65 or older is his only property and if no improvements are made to the
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Workers find bodies in rubble
Gorbachev unveils plan to remove