New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 1, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
Former midwife, husband killed in auto accident
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
Lina Chapa Delgado, a well-known New Braunfels midwife who helped deliver over 1,600 babies, and her husband Claudio were killed in a one-car accident Tuesday night on U.S. Highway 57, 2.3 miles west of La Pryor, in Zavala County.
Witnesses said Mrs. Delgado was pulled from the wreckage alive, but died 15 minutes later. She managed to tell witnesses the car had had a blowout. Mr. Delgado, driving the 1974 Oldsmobile, was pinned inside the car, and had to be cut out of the wreckage.
Both were pronounced dead at the accident scene by La Pryor Peace Justice Rosa Quijano. Department of Public Safety Trooper Manuel Espinosa said Wednesday the Delgado vehicle, which had a
blowout on its left front tire, left the road approaching the Turkey Creek Relief bridge.
The car hit the guard rail on the outside several times, then skidded onto the bridge railing and flipped. It fell 14 feet top-first, hitting the creek bottom with enough force to crush the top of the car flush with the car’s body, and then skidded another 40 feet before coming to a stop.
Mrs. Delgado was a midwife for 40 years, from 1931 to 1971, when she retired. During that time, she estimated she had helped bring over 1,600 babies into the world. She delivered four sets of twins during her 40 years, and the 1951 First Baby of the Year (Josefa Rodriguez».
For every baby Mrs. Delgado delivered, she saw to it that baby received a birth certificate — even if
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National joins Victoria holding company
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After nearly one year of negotiations, it’s official — New Braunfels National Bank is a member of Victoria Bankshares Inc.
Victoria Bankshares, headquartered in Victoria. is a $717,373,000 bank holding compny.
Formal ceremonies officially announcing the merger were attended Monday by T.L Walker, bank president and Herbert R. Schneider, chairman of the board of directors. Dennis O’Connor, chairman of the board and P.K. Stubblefield, president of Victoria Bankshares Inc., were also on hand.
New Braunfels National bank, designed to serve the growing economic community of the Comal County area of the Texas Crossroads, was founded in 1975. On June 30, 1982 the local bank listed assets of $33,551,000 and deposits of $30,339,000.
Victoria Bankshares, which over the years has added five banks and three financial service companies to its family, began operations in April, 1974 with six member banks.
The merger of Victoria Bankshares and New
Braunfels National will increase the local bank’s capacity to serve the New Braunfels area, Schneider said.
“Since our bank and Victoria Bankshares share similar interests and objectives, we felt the merger with them will enhance our moving forward,” he added.
In welcoming the new bank, Stubblefield said, “We are extremely impressed with the progress this bank has made since its beginning in 1975, and we are delighted to include it in our banking
In conjunction with the New Braunfels National Bank-Victoria Bankshares merger, it was also announced at Monday’s ceremony that Victoria’s merger with Hays County National Bank in San Marcos has been completed.
Victoria Bankshares now consists of ll bank members and three financial .service companies, all located in the Texas Crossroads area. Merger
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Vol. 91 No. 171
September 1, 1982
WARSAW, Poland < AP) Police dodging bricks and firebombs fired on a crowd of demonstrators in the town of Lubin Tuesday, killing two and wounding 12 in the most violent incident marking the second anniversary of Solidarity, the official PAP news agency said today.
In Warsaw, mourners fashioned a cross of spent tear gas cannisters today and placed a red banner with a black stripe and a piece of paper above it reading: “To the memory of those killed in Lubin August 31 ”
Thousands of Poles responded to the calls of their underground leaders Tuesday and staged demonstrations in a least a dozen cities in a massive show of support for the suspended union.
PAP said 600 pet pie were arrested in Warsaw during the protests, 645 in Wroclaw and IOO in Szczecin.
Western diplomats said Polish officials told them between 65,000 and 75,000 people took part in the protests, and that 136 policemen were hurt. No overall figure on civilian injuries was available.
Meanwhile, the wife of interned Solidarity leader Lech Walesa said after visiting him that lie “was not of the opinion to turn out iii the streets and fight. But the workers know that the law is not respected < by the authorities i and workers should fight with the appropriate measures.” She did not specify which measures would be appropriate. Mrs. Walesa spoke to a reporter in Gdansk.
The report by PAP was the first announcement of fatalities in demonstrations in at least a dozen cities Tuesday. They were the first deaths caused by clashes between police and protesters since the early
days of martial law last December.
PAP said three of the 12 wounded in Lubin were hurt seriously. Eleven police officers and one volunteer police reservist were also reported hurt.
“Investigations so far show that firearms were used because of the aggressive behavior of the crowd, who were attacking the (government) forces with gasoline bombs, stones and bricks," Warsaw radio said in a report monitored in London
Lubin was not mentioned in earlier reports about the rioting that erupted in at least 12 Polish cities on Tuesday. It is a copper-mining town of 67,000 people, where few incidents of unrest have been reported previously. Authorities responded to Tuesday’s deaths by imposing an 8 p.m. to 5 a rn. curfew on the town’s youths and an ll p.m. to 5 a.in. curfew on adults.
Similar curfews were reimposed in Wroclaw, Dzierzoniow, Bielawa. Klodzko and Swidnica, official sources said.
Warsaw- radio, meanwhile, said police had arrested a “terrorist group” planning “political murders" in Katowice, southwest Poland’s coal capital where protests were also reported Tuesday.
“In the apartment of one of the group’s members...police found methodical instructions on killing people w ith specially devised bullets," the radio said.
The radio said the group planned to execute officials in public, sabotage state facilities and provoke demonstrations and riots by Solidarity members who failed to accept their conspiracy.
Chief Appraiser Glenn Bracks (standing) and his appraisal district staff prepare appraisal forms for mailing
Appraisal district mails tax notices
Staff photo by Dr Biti Snead
By DYANNE ERY Staff writer
Forty-eight thousand appraisal notices hit the mail Tuesday, ending one phase of the Comal County Appraisal District’s work.
Approximately 17,000 notices went out Aug. 18 to property owners in the New Braunfels Independent School District. This week’s mailing takes care of the rest of Comal County, plus outlying areas of the Comal Independent School District.
Property ow ners who get their notices this week will have until Sept. 20 to file a notice of protest with the Appraisal Review Board. No one will be heard who has not filed for an appointment.
The board will start hearings Sept. 7 for the notices mailed two weeks ago. “We have around 40 appointments so far," said district appraiser Pat Fox
Out of 17,000 notices, that’s not many. But there are still a lot of confused taxpayers out there The office is getting between 300 and 400 phone calls a
day. said Fox. Many are from people who apparently still don’t understand what the appraisal district is all about.
It was created two years ago by a new state law, and its sole purpose is to determine market value for every piece of commercial, industrial, residential and agricultural property in Comal County.
“All property bas been looked at,” Fox said. “Some has experienc ed a very small increase, because it was appraised close to market value already."
That category includes mostly business, industry and some residential properties north of Canyon Lake. Most homes went up 50 to IOO percent. Fox said. And “there was suing property, especially bare land, that hasn’t been looked at in some time."
A drastic increase in value does not necessary mean taxes will go up drastically. The appraisal district doesn’t collect taxes, and it doesn t set tax rates. It really lias no idea what next year’s rates
will be. despite the estimated “tax amount" printed above the red arrow on every notice form.
We’re required by law to make that estimate," said Fox. It’s based on the best information the district could get. Tax rates will be readjusted by individual governments 1 the Comal County Commissioners Court, the New Braunfels City Council, the Comal Independent School District board of trustees, and so on i as soon as those bodies get final tax rolls from the appraisal district.
“The basis for filing a protest is if they (taxpayers! felt like the value we placed on their property is more than they could possibly sell it for," Fox said That's what it conies down to. Or if they feel it's valued inequitably with similar properties."
Protests may be filed at district headquarters, 130 W. Mill. Propers owners who received notices in mid-August still have until Sept 7 to file for a hearing.
Bond issue due
NBISD eyes price tag for school plans
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
While New Braunfels Independent School District officials are busy getting this school year off the ground, district architects are busy planning for future years and possibly a new school.
But it will take a bond issue to make the plans a reality, Supt. O.E. Hendricks said. And Hendricks predicted a bond election would be called this year.
Jessen Associates Inc., the Austin architectural firm hired by the district earlier this summer, is currently reviewing plans recommended by the district’s long-range planning committee.
“They’ve looked at all the (district’s) facilities," Hendricks said. “They’re working on scale drawings (of all the schools) and are looking at the long-range planning committee’s recommendations.”
Hendricks expects the architects will appear before the school board as early as next week to update trustees on their progress and to receive further advisement.
At this point Hendricks said he did not have any idea how big a bond issue it would take to make the long-range planning committee’s recommendations a reality.
But he did predict that such a bond issue would be held later this year, sometime between mid-November and Christmas.
The main portion of the bond issue would
probably go toward the construction of a new elementary school to be located .somewhere southeast of IU 35.
In doing its study, the district’s long-range planning committee predicted that w ithin the next decade NBISD’s student population will grow as much as 50 percent. This much of an increase would require a new elementary school, the committee proposed.
In addition, however, the committee recommended that a fine arts facility be built on the Middle School campus, thus clearing out classrooms now used for fine arts related classes.
As for New Braunfels High Sc hool, the committee had a list of 14 suggestions which ranged from the recommendation that more classrooms be constructed to the building of a new vocational building.
The committee also recommended that a new office be obtained for the district’s administration, either by way of constructing a new- building or by renovating the old high school on West Mill Street.
The last time the district held a bond issue was in the spring of 1977, when voters agreed to only one of four propositions.
“Proposition 2," which the voters approved by only 20 votes, called for renovation of c urrent schools. Propositions I, 3 and 4, which called for new construction, air conditioning of the sc hools and the construction of a new administrative office, were turned down.InsideToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy today, with late night and morning cloudiness, becoming partly cloudy and hot Thursday with a 20 percent chance of afternoon thundershowers. Winds will be southerly at 5-10 mph today, shifting to the southeast tonight Sunset w ill be at 7:53 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be at 7:09 a.in.Clean sweep
Comal County volleyball teams went 3-0 Tuesday night, as New Braunfels defeated Incarnate Word, Canyon bested Randolph and Smithson Valley blasted Austin Westlake. Details in Sports
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KALEIDOSCOPE................ 1 8B
OUTDOORS.................... 1 8D
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Comal motorists to pay more for auto insurance
From staff and wire reports
Drivers in Midland, Fetor. Scurry and Howard counties will be hit hardest, while the $262 million auto insurance rate increase granted by the State Board of Insurance w ill mean a $34 annual increase for Comal County motorists.
The paekage approved Tuesday in a 3-0 board vote means an average statewide increase of 14 8 percent. The specific increases will vary according to type of coverage and location.
A $64 increase highest in the state was approved for basic coverage for a 1982 low-priced Ford, Chevrolet or Plymouth iii Fetor, Midland, Scurry and Howard counties. Chambers County drivers will be the only Texans facing no increase on basic coverage when the new rates take effect on Nov. I.
A Comal County motorist over 25 years of age, driving a low-priced 1982 model car to work, now pays $310 for: basic liability, $5,000 personal injury protection, $50 deductible comprehensive arid $200 deductible collision. With the approved increase, rates for the same
car will go up to $344 — an ll percent increase.
W hile that percentage is higher than many counties, the dollar increase is on the low side in compar I son.
The $262 million increase upset David Irons, attorney for tile Texas Automobile Insurance Service Office, w hich wanted a $584 million hike, or 33.2 percent.
“I’m dismayed," Irons said. “I think the profit allowed in this ratemaking is grossly inadequate."
Board members Bill Daves, Durwood Manford and Lyndon Olson decided to go with the 14.8 percent package calculated by the board staff, instead of the 17.3 percent increase proposed at an Aug. 12 hearing. Staff actuary Gaylon Daniel said the recommendation was dropped to 14.8 percent w hen updated figures were plugged into the complex formula used to determine rates.
Irons said it would be up to tile approximately 400 companies that write auto insurance in Texas to decide if there will be a court
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Two protesters slain in Poland