New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 3, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
Dallas, Texas #75^*.
County braces for Labor Day
mc ropier j Inc..i-tt • i'iltCh womfc P.O. cox ^5 ^3 c rexes ?
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
It depends on who’s talking, whether the I>abor Day weekend crowd will be as big as usual in New Braunfels.
The hotels say yes, we’re full Saturday and Sunday. Most of the water-sport businesses along the Guadalupe River say the river’s level is too low. And parks in Canyon Lake expect an excess of
100.000 visitors — not quite reaching the record
163.000 persons over the July 4 weekend.
Canyon Lake Reservoir Manager Philip Parsley said the outflow from Canyon Dam would remain at IOO cubic feet per Secor d through the holiday weekend. That’s not good news for river outfitters.
A spokeswoman for as Canoe Trails said the business expects to rent out its equipment with
walk-in traffic, but “the water level is low enough that some people may just stay home and watch football.”
Bad press coverage will keep the usual large crowd away this Labor Day weekend, a spokeswoman for Gruene River Co. said. “The Houston and San Antonio newspapers and magazine articles are saying the river’s too low, the river’s too low. We’ve even had some people call for this weekend and ask if the Guadalupe River is closed!”
White Water Sports, on the other hand, had no complaints. “We expect to be quite busy. Campers are coming in on a first-come, first-serve basis.
The cabins are rented, and calls are steady to reserve equipment,” a spokeswoman said.
American Red Cross volunteers and Civil Defense personnel will once again be on their river
patrol this weekend. Albert Smith said volunteers will be stationed at approximately nine locations along the Guadalupe, numbering about 20 people from each group. While Smith and others stay on the river 24 hours, most of the workers will see duty between 9:30 a.m. Saturday and 3 p.m. Monday.
In 1981, there were at least 12 drownings in the Guadalupe River (flowing at 1,000 cfs), and the Comal River. For 1982, Parsley could recall only one river drowning, which was the result of a diving accident. However, there have been four drownings in Canyon I,ake so far this year.
For those traveling by car, and not by innertube or canoe, the New Braunfels Jaycees club will have its hospitality booth at the southbound reststop area on Interstate 35 from 6 p.m. today to 6 p.m. Sunday. President Doug Miller said coffee, pastries and punch will be available at no cost.
Capital murder suspects served with indictments
Two San Antonio men, each indicted on three counts of capital murder Aug. 19, were brought from Bexar County Jail to 274th District Court in Comal County Thursday.
George Edwin Pittmann, 37, and Francis Irving Chandler, 41, were served with their Comal County, three-count capital murder indictments: the three counts being robbery, rape and aggravated kidnapping. The pair is also charged with aggravated kidnapping by Bexar County.
The indictments stem from a July 23 incident, in which Robert and Josephine Williams were kidnapped from their San An
tonio home. Mrs. Williams was raped, and Williams was hanged in a shed off Bear Creek Road in Comal County. His body was recovered July 25
The tw'o men were transported back to Bexar County Jail Thursday, after presiding 274th District Court Judge Fred Moore determined attorneys would ha1, e to be court-appointed for them They are being held in Bexar County under $60,000 borid each.
“They (Chandler and Pitt-mann \ have to have attorneys, before we can arraign them," District Attorney Bill Schroeder said Friday. “So they were taken back to Bexar Countv.
A New ssasielsi Braunfels
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91 - No. 173
FRIDAY September 3, 1982 25 cents
Garden Ridge annexation 'cools off'
By DY ANNE FRY Staff writer
Annexation, viewed from the prospect of a green, shady lawn, looked much better than it did in the sweltering confines of the Garden Ridge City Hall.
Some people still don’t want to be part of the city. But everyone seemed in a better mood when Thursday’s public hearing broke up at 8 p.m. Mr. and Mrs. Don Ashby’s front yard at Gloxinia and Hoya was at least 20 degrees cooler than City Hall had been Wednesday night. Noisy fans and air-conditioners weren’t needed. Comments were heard with no interference, except for the occasional jet plane passing over.
“Would you like to rent out this oak tree'”’ City Councilman Neal Craigmile asked the hostess.
Much of Wednesday’s audience showed up at the second hearing, bringing the same complaints.
“I think we’re biting off more than we can chew,” said Adela Luekett, already a city resident. She said, as she did Wednesday, that Garden Ridge wasn’t taking adequate care of drainage and street right-of-ways in its present territory.
Luekett was especially concerned about FM 2252, which is being re-routed by the Texas Department of Highways. If the annexation goes through, part of the old road will become a city street.
Mayor Betty McGranahan said Wednesday night that she had been “informally told” that the state would put the road in good order before turning it over to the new owner I whether that be Comal County or the City of Garden Ridge.)
Councilwoman Bobbie Ixmdrum, who went to look at the road Wednesday, reported it in good shape now.
A few people in the audience had questions about police protection, which is essentially the only service Garden Ridge has to offer its prospective residents. Ifs a two-man department, run by Chief Robert Howey with part-time help from Dee Crisp.
“Is the policeman a certified peace officer? Certified by the state?” asked l^irry Swain of Primrose Drive, part of the proposed annexation area.
“Yes, he is," said McGranahan.
Swain told the council he saw a young man (probably Crisp) at the Bracken Volunteer Fire Department’s fish fry, wearing a badge but no gun. “Is he certified? If so, why didn’t he wear a gun? Do the police officers of Garden Ridge not carry guns?” he asked.
Jobless rate 9.8 percent
WASHINGTON (AP) - The nation's unemployment rate held steady at 9.8 percent in August, matching the highest rate of the last four decades, the government reported today. On the eve of the Ixibor Day holiday, some 10.8 million Americans are out of work.
I«ibor Department analysts cautioned against reading any good news in the new figures, which were essentially unchanged from July.
“I wouldn’t necessarily use the word stable’ at this juncture’’ to describe the unemployment picture, said statistician John Breggar.
Deborah Klein, another analyst with the department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, said. “I think it s important to keep in mind that, although there appears to be some stability, there are still pockets in the economy that appear very weak.”
The repetition of July’s 9.8 percent unemployment rate was due largely to the fact that total employment rose by 107,000, while unemployment rose by only 15,000, after the government adjusted the figures to reflect seasonal variations.
Among adult men, the jobless rate
edged up to a post-World War II high of 8.9 percent. For other population groups, unemployment remained at record post-war levels.
For all workers execpt those on farms, the bureau said employment fell by 210,000 in August to 89.5 million — the lowest level since April 1979. The bureau said the cutbacks were concentrated in durable-goods industries, such as autos, which lost 130.000 jobs, and in wholesale and retail trade, which was down 80,000.
In testimony prepared for the congressional Joint Economic Committee, Janet L. Norwood, commissioner of labor statistics, said, “The unemployment rate for auto workers, which had been moving downward since January, increased sharply in August, to 20.8 percent.”
At this time a year ago, 7.6 million Americans were out of work and the unemployment rate was 7.2 percent.
The August rate marked the sixth consecutive month joblessness has matched or exceeded the previous post-war recession high of 9 percent, set in May 1975, during the business slump brought on by the Arab oil embargo.
County jail settlement awaiting judge's okay
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The out-of-court jail settlement agreed upon by Commissioners Court in July has still not been approved by a U.S. District Judge.
But county officials aren’t worried.
County Attorney Bill Renner feels certain the agreement, which calls for the construction of a new county jail by August of 1985, will eventually receive the judge’s approval.
“It’s (caught in) the squeaky wheels" of justice, Renner said Thursday. “It’s not that it’s (the agreement) going to fall through or anything."
Tim Darilek, administrative assistant to Commissioners Court, had simiiiar feelings. “It’s (the judge’s signing the agreement) a matter of procedure," Darilek noted Friday.
Although the settlement has not officially been approved by the courts, the county is proceeding w ith plans to meet guidelines set out in the settlement.
County officials and county-hired
architects are going ahead with their plans since once judge signs the settlement papers, the county will be faced with a 30-day deadline to make changes in the present jail system.
“That’s when the clock officially starts clicking,” Darilek said in a telephone interview “We have to proceed and ne ready with everything called upon (in the settlement),” as soon as the judge signs the papers, Darilek added. “That’s what we agreed upon in the settlement.”
Reimer noted, however, that the county did not actually have to have completed all it s plans for renovations on the current jail within 30 days. Instead, the county has 30 days (from when the judge approves the settlement) to “show proof" of what it plans to do, Reimer added.
Among those things which will have to be immediately changed in the current jail are new written guidelines for visitation, Reimer said.
Also, the county is presently
See JAIL, Page 16
See annexation, Page 16 The city wants to annex the shaded area
l,abor Day is a holiday for schools, government offices and most businesses, and the Herald Zeitutiy is no exception. We will be closed all day Monday so that our employees may enjoy the holiday with their families.
Staff photo by Dyanne Fry
Garden Ridge council members listen to annexation discussion Thursday