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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 27, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas My Choice Drug Free Red Ribbon Week activities Today wraps up the observance of Red Ribbon Week to show support for a I drug-free Texas. Students at high school football games tonight will exchange Ired ribbons to show their support. Wall-to-wall weekend siof sports begins today The weekend in local sports is already under way as New Braunfels takes part in the Region IV tennis tournament. All three football teams are on the road tonight and the District 28-4A cross-country meet is Saturday in Kerrville. See Page7A Spooky fun planned for Halloween 'ii    Spook    houses,    parties    and    trick-or-treating are the fun of Halloween. A listing of special activities for 1 •    _    a for almost evervone. aid MQ09 10/22/99 SO-WEST MICROPUBLISHINb 2627 E YANDELL DP .EL PASO, TX 79903 103 See Page 1B New Braunfels Vol. 137, No. 250 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144 Friday October 27, 1989 25 Cents Two Sections, 14 Pages Voters W* to head for polls Saturday is election day in Comal Independent School District. Voters will decide a $7 million bond issue to build an elementary school and add classrooms on two other campuses. Because CISD is located in parts of five counties, election precincts are different than those used by other governmental entities. The precincts and polling places are: •Precinct I: Bulverde Elementary School. The precinct consists of all territory of CISD within County Election Precincts 9 and IO and all territory in included from Bexar County. •Precinct 2: Smithson Valley Middle School. The precinct includes all territory in County Election Precincts 14 and 21 and territory included from Kendall County. •Precinct 3: Starkville Store. The precinct includes the territory within County Election Precinct 13. •Precinct 4: Comal Elementary School. The precinct consists of all territory within County Election Precincts 3, 4 and 7 and territory within Guadalupe County west of Guadalupe River. •Precinct 5: Bracken Volunteer Fire Department. The precinct consists of all territory in County Election Precinct 5. PUC to answer suit over rate increase By MIKE CROUCH Staff Writer The Texas Public Utilities Commission will respond Monday to a lawsuit filed in Travis County District Court by New Braunfels Utilities, appealing the July I decision to allow Lower Colorado River Authority’s rate hike. NBU contends LCRA is charging the New Braunfels system an extra $441,161 for transmission and substations built by NBU. The utility is seeking credit for the construction of the facilities. Richard Balough, the attoumey representing NBU in the appeal, said they are appealing to the court to have PUC to allow for LCRA’s rate increase only, not the combination of the rate increase and the cost of the substations and transmission. Balough said PUC allowed for the combination increase in July not by looking at the evidence produced by NBU, but in a political move of trading votes. “Commissioner (Marta) Greytok was for giving the facilities credit to NBU, and so was Commissioner (William) Cassen. Commissioner (Jo) Campbell was against NBU. Cassen agreed to vote with Campbell if Campbell See APPEAL, Page 2A Tennis greats The sun will make its appe ready to play A real cutup Se* VOTING, Pag* 2A Pull out the knives and get down to work on those jack-o-lanterns for the Downtown Association pumpkin carving contest Saturday starting at noon on Main Plaza. Those wanting to show off their artist talents should bring their carved pumpkins ready for judging Prizes include $25 for first place. City selects engineers for drainage project The local engineering firm of Schultz-Cude and Associates has been selected by the City of New Braunfels to design a new drainage system for Main Plaza. The Main Plaza Drainage Project is the final project from the 1985 bond issue. Steve Schultz, of Schullz-Cude, said the plans are expected lo be approved by the middle of December and bids for the work will be called for by the end of December. Right now, Schultz said, they plan to install a 60-inch drain pipe going around the plaza in the parking areas with water inlets at the street intersections. The pipe will drain out of the plaza and into the Comal River. “This will alleviate the problem completely. The design will stop any ponding that occurs,” Schutz said. ‘There is no place for the water to go now, and the drainage system is basically non-existent.” The current system consists of an eight-inch pipe, which Schultz said is partialy plugged, and one inlet. “The inlet structure right now could not accommodate any water, you could turn the hose on and it would not be able to handle it,” Schultz said. Se* DRAINAGE, Page 2A By JOE BELK Staff Writer An era of tennis replaced by extravagant purses and teen-age millionaires is alive and well at John New-combe’s Tennis Ranch outside of New Braunfels this week, where eight former greats are preparing for this weekend's double.-, tournament and first-ever tennis shootout. “There’ll never be another dynasty like that,” said John Ncwcombe of himself and his peers. “We’ve all experienced playing tennis for $5 a day." "We played together and we traveled together,” added Marty Rics-scn, the only American in the Australian-dominated Aussic-Tcxas Shootout. “We played with the same people we practiced with we couldn’t afford not to.” Now, these players receive more money for 35- or 45-and-older lourna-ments than they did while on the younger circuit. For Ncwcombe, twice the number one player in the world and probably the most successful of die group, die largest paycheck us a professional was $50,(XX) — a pittance by modem tennis standards. Fred Stolle said he never was paid more than $10,000 for a tournament “And that was for a 35-and-ovcr tournament." Also participating in the shootout are Ncwcombe’s doubles partner and nnis Ranch Coach Owen Davidson, along with Mal Anderson, Cliff Drysdale, Neal Fraser and Roy Emerson. All eight have amassed impressive awards over the years: Fraser, Stolle, Anderson and Emerson have six U.S. Open titles between them, Davidson is the only player to w in a Grand Slam in mixed doubles, Stolle is an eight-time Wimbledon finalist, Drysdale is a Wimbledon doubles winner and Ricsscn is a three-time U.S. Open over-35 winner. Emerson has won all four Grand Slam tournaments and has more world titles than any other player. At Ncwk’s ranch this week, they arc participating in the second annua! dream week, in which people can stay at the ranch and play tennis with the players. Today and Saturday, there will be a doubles tournament, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, Ute shootout — in which die eight players will play tiebreakers that count as the entire match — will take place. The shootout will take approximately 90 minutes to play, and the winner will have survived three tiebreakers. These players, while not actually showing a disdain for today’s tennis greats, think the younger generation doesn’t really have a sense of history. “When Owen and I came up, we watched the (players who were winning at the time),” Newcombe said. “We thought, These guys have won Se* TENNIS, Pag* 2A The sun will make its appearance this afternoon after a cloudy morning. There is a slight chance for showers throughout the day and the weekend. Today’s high will be between 82 and 85 degrees with the low between 66 and 68 degrees. This weekend 'will be partly cloudy with the highs in the low to mid 80s. Inside: CLASSIFIED............................1-6B COMICS.......................................6A CROSSWORD.............................3A DEAR ABBY...............................1B ENTERTAINMENT.......................5A HOROSCOPE..............................6A RELIGIOUS FOCUS...................4A SPORTS...................................7-8A TV LISTINGS...............................6A WEATHER...................................2A Leak temporarily stops plant search PASADENA, Texas (AP) — Crews cleaning up a Phillips Petroleum Co. plastics plant damaged by explosions and fire found two more bodies, and rescuers continued a round-the-clock search for 15 more employees still missing. The two workers were found Thursday night outside a reactor control room, said Phillips spokesman Scott Carlberg. So far, seven victims have been found at the plant. Jeffrey L. Harrison, 36, an 11-year Phillips employee from Houston, is the only victim company officials have identified. Thursday’s search was halted temporarily when officials discovered a hydrocarbon leak at the plant, which was ripped apart by a series of explosions Monday. Work was halted for about five hours so other workers equipped with monitors could determine if the level of vapor was dangerous. “We didn’t want to * take any chances,” Phillips spokesman George Minter said. “When you go into an area like this, with all these pipes, you expect something like this. We feel there is no danger. It’s the workers we’re looking out for.” “This is tbs kind of material we Among the missing at the plastics plant is Richard Leos, 30, of La Porte. Leos is a native of New Braunfels and a graduate of New Braunfels High School. He has worked for Phillips Petroleum Co. for nine years. As of presstime today, relatives had not received word concerning Leos. said we might encounter,” Carlberg said of Thursday’s leak. “We’re taking an extremely conservative safely measure.” Also on Thursday, workers in another pan of the plant scattered when someone spotted a vapor cloud coming out of a pipe that was being purged, Minier said. The cloud, however, was nitrogen, which is not dangerous, he said. Se. PLANT, Pag* 2A Breaking down Students In Genelle Parra’s Texas History class at New Braunfels Middle School put together a display to illustrate the time Mother Nature takes to decompose litter. Helping put up the display at Texas Commerce Bank are, from left, Doralisa Alvarado, Valerie Hellstein and Shawn Snider. Matt Foley, not pictured, also assisted. The students were helped by members of New Braunfels Garden Council and Four Seasons Garden Club. (Photoby Deryl Clark) The German American Society will meet Oct. 31 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m. at the American Legion Hall. At 7:15 p.m., all are invited to the Knights of Columbus Hall on Landa Street to enjoy an hour of music by a band from Germany and dances by German folk-dancers. The public also is invited.... First Protestant Church is sponsoring a blood drive Sunday. The South Texas Regional Blood Bank will be accepting donors from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Scele Parish House located on Coll Street. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the church office at 625-6951. Walk-ins also will be welcomed ... Concerned Citizens Coalition is hosting a in-county meeting Satur day from IO am. to noon at Bavarian Village Restaurant. Persons from Comal, Kendall and Guadalupe counties are invited to hear John Shields of the State Board of Education discuss public school funding, and the state board’s functions. He also will answer questions from the audience. The second guest speaker will be Lynn Gates, chairman of the Texans for Financial Responsibly, who will discuss the Nov. 7 Constitutional Amendment election. Following the meeting, Bavarian Village will be the site of a Dutch treat luncheon for those who’d like to stay and have an informal discussion of issues. For more information, call Bob or Margie Rabom at 629-6241 in New Braunfels, Dick Tatum at 379-TAXT in Seguin, or N.D Westenhaver at 249-2631 in Boerne.... A cutline in Sunday’s New Braun/els Herald-'Leilung stated that New Braunfels High School’s homecoming queen Melinda Villanueva is the daughter of Mrs. Felix Villanueva. She actually is the daughter of Mr. and Mr*. Felix Villanueva. The Herald apologizes for any inconvenience this error may have caused.... SM STAMMTISCH, Rag* 2 ;