New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 31, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tonight is the big night for youngsters to dress up and collect goodies. Several organizations have planned activities to make sure that this Halloween is
a safe one for youngsters.
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Donations count in United Way drive
“You make a difference” to the 1989 United Way of Comal County and 23 area agencies are counting on that difference this year.
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It’s a beautiful fall day with sunny skies and a high of 70 degrees. The overnight low will be 48 degrees. Another cold front is on the way and will bring clouds and a chance of some welcome rain on Thursday.
The city will welcome the Village Musicians from the Black Forest region of West Germany tonight at 5 p.m. on Main Plaza in downtown New Braunfels. This all-brass band will whet the appet-ities for all music lovers to attend their concert at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 7:30 p.m. For more information, call April Goldsmith, Downtown Project director, at 625-3425....
The Wurstfest Association in New Braunfels wants to “polka” little fun this year during the appearance of accordion great Myron Floren at the 1989 celebration. As always, Floren will be celebrating his birthday during Wurstfest and the hometown “volks” want to do something special. So they arc calling all accordion players, professional and amateur, to come forward at noon on Nov. 5 on the Wurstfest grounds to play a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” to Floren. Players who participate will receive two gate passes into Wurstfest for that day.
The volunteer players will meet in the Wursthalle and, under the direction of music master Ed Kad-lecck, will go through the number a few times before performing for Floren. There is no limit to the number of accordionists who can join the celebration, so come one, come all.
To participate in the event, call the Wurstfest Association at 625-9167, and request an information packet, which will include the sheet music and a registration form.... \
By the way, advance tickets to Wurstfest, which starts Friday, still are available at the Wurstfest office in Landa Park if you want to a get a jump on the crowd....
Oak Crest Inn Convalescent Home will be hosting its annual Mini-Wurstfesl for family and friends of residents on Nov. 9. Serving and entertainment starts at 5 p.m....
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Comal County Sheriff’s officers will have a “candy hotline” to check with confection experts about suspieious-looking treats collected on Halloween.
Safety precautions also have been offered from the Consumer Product Safety Commission in conjuction with the PAAS com-pany to help protect little ghosts and goblins from tricky treats and real ghouls who may be lurking or driving.
llic candy hotline is in place for the use of law enforcement officials only but is a channel which allows the public to be in touch with candy makers in the event a person is concerned about the appearance of Halloween candy.
Using the hotline, local law
officers can help determine whether a treat presents a dangerous threat or if it is a “common and harmless occurrence” which may have happened during die shipping or manufacturing process, a spokesman from the Comal County Sheriff’s Department said.
Should parents have any questions about candy neats retrieved on Halloween, they are urged to call the Sheriffs department at 625-9141. Persons there will in turn contact candy makers on the hotline.
Safety tips for parents of Halloween monsters which have been compiled by the Sheriff’s department and safety commission include:
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Congress near deal on minimum wage
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and congressional leaders today appeared near agreement on a plan to raise the hourly minimum wage to $4.25 by April 1991.
Such an agreement would end a lengthy political stalemate and bring the first boost in the base wage since 1981.
“This is not a done deal yet but in principle there is an agreement,”'said Rep. Vincent Penny, D-Minn. ‘There is a chance that things could fall apart. But given that there is agreement on the major items I would expect that Ute remaining issues would not stand in the way.”
President Bush told a news conference die Democratic Congress “ought to move now....We’ve told them what we want and I wish they’d get some
action going. I think the American people are entitled to that.”
Bush said he would “take a look at” changes proposed by the Democrats but if their proposal contained elements “that I can’t take...I’ll send it right back.”
The movement came a day after Democrats and Republicans alike complained that the Bush administration was showing no willingness to compromise and that another veto-ovcrride battle was likely.
A Democratic minimum-wage bill was scheduled to be debated Wednesday and a Rules Committee session was scheduled this morning to set the ground rules for that debate. But the Rules meeting was delayed as the
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Public Utilities Commission says it acted properly in approving a recent rate increase recrease but New Braunfels Utilities is continuing with its appeal of the decision, which allowed Lower Colorado River Authority to hike its charge to wholesale customers.
PUC issued a general denial Monday in Travis County District Court answering the appeal filed against it by New Braunfels Utilities.
Richard C. Balough, council for NBU in the appeal, said the PUC gave a general denial, which essentially says the council did nothing wrong.
“They arc asking for a hearing on merits, which is just what we expected them to do,” Balough said. “TTiis next week, we will try to get a
court date scheduled to hear the appeal.”
NBU is suing the Public Utilities Commission for improperly approving rate increases by the Lower Colorado River Authority. The local utility company is asking the court to have the utility rates charged by LCRA include only electricity bought and is asking that LCRA give credit to NBU for building transmission and substation facilities. NBU is asking for $441,161 in credit for the facilities.
NBU contends the Public Utilities Commission did not properly weigh the evidence in the question of facilities credit, and charges that commission members traded votes to arrive at the decision.
CISD certifies election results
It’s official. Comal Independent School District patrons Saturday approved the sale of $7 million in bonds to finance construction of a new elementary school and to add classrooms af existing district campuses.
Comal ISD’s board of trustees Monday night canvassed the election returns and announced the official results, which were unchanged from Saturday totals. A total of 1,735 voters cast their ballots Saturday, with 979 voting for the bond issue and 756 voting against.
Of that $7 million, approximately $5 million will be spent to construct an elementary campus in the area of U.S. 281 and Texas 46 to relieve overcrowded conditions in the Bulverde area.
The balance of the proceeds will be used to add 11 classrooms at Comal Elementary, which has a projected growth of 42 percent in the next five years, and to create three new classrooms in existing buildings at Mountain Valley Elementary School, which is expected to grow by 22 percent.
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Conflict causes contest changes
In the 1950s, it was Elvis Presley. In the ’60s, it was the Beatles. Then, in the ’70s, Saturday Night Fever had a grip on America’s youth.
It’s 1989 now and heavy metal music seems to have school administrators worried about its effects on young minds.
Two weeks ago. New Braunfels High School Student Council hosted a Rocktobcr Battle of the Bands. Five bands competed in the Friday-night event. It ended abruptly in the middle
While many around New Braunfels are preparing for Halloween festivities tonight, volunteers for the annual Wurstfest are making final preparations for the 10-day event starting this weekend. Getting everything ready are Dailey Bishop who offers advice while Cameron Brad-fute, center, and Frank Witting, right, hang a new sign for Noon Lions Club booth in Marketplatz next to Wursthalle
New Braunfels Independent School District is hoping that it can follow the success of Comal Independent School District’s bond election.
NBISD is asking voters to approve $4,595,(XX) in bonds to be used for two projects. If approved, the issue would increase the tax bill by $25 for a home listed at $50,000 on the tax rolls.
The first project will be a sixth-grade center at a cost of $4,185,000. The new school would be built near New Braunfels High School on Texas 46.
The second project before voters is for $410,000 for two new classrooms along with repairs and renovations'at Lamar Primary School.
New Braunfels Middle School has an enrollment of 1,066 with a capacity of 1,075 students. Enrollment projections are the school will have 1,094 students next year and 1,185 students in 1991-92.
I^amar Primary has a kindergarten enrollment of 154 students and a capacity of 176 students. The enrollment is expected to reach 183 students in 1990-91 and 200 by 1991-92.
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Bush announces plans for December summit
of the fifth act.
School administrators said the lyrics of a song by the band Fortress were offensive. Band members and their parents said administrators overreacted.
“Kids don’t ‘dance’ to this kind of music,” said Kathy Smith, the mother of guitar player Clayon, an NBHS student at the time of the concert. ‘They stand in front of the stage and they
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Bush announced today he would hold an unexpected, early summit with Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev on Dec. 2 and 3 aboard American and Soviet naval vessels in the Mediterranean. An announcement was also under way in Moscow.
“It’s a chance to put our feet up and talk,” the president said.
Bush said, “I made the proposal,” for the meeting. He said an arms control summit w ith Gorbachev will take place as scheduled next year, “separate and apart” from the two days of talks next month.
Bush said the Mediterranean meeting would be to permit the two men “to deepen our understanding.” He said neither he nor Gorbachev expected “substantial decisions” to be made in the two days of talks.
“In this time of change, I didn’t want to miss something,” Bush said. “I don’t want to have two gigantic ships pass in the night because of failed communications.”
He spoke at a hastily arranged news conference at die White House. Soviet Foreign Minister Eduard Shevardnadze was making a simultaneous announcement in Moscow.
The unusual midwater summit was to be held one day on an American ship at sea, and the other day on a Soviet
Bush said there was no formal agenda but that the two men would discuss a "wide array of subjects." The president stressed that the success of the summit should not be judged on whether decisions on reached.
Today’s surprise announcements in Washington and Moscow came at a time w hen Bush is under pressure from congressional Democrats to demonstrate more flexibility in responding to the dramatic changes in the Soviet Union and especially in other Eastern European countries, including Hungary and Poland.
Gorbachev is under pressure of a different sort at home — to demonstrate that his policies of perestroika, or economic restructuring, can improve the daily lives of mil-
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Lawsuit over rate hike
NBU ready for hearing
bonds set for