New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 8, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
U.S. Senate reviewing
ic care law
(AP) — Tax-writers swamped by complaints from retirees are weighing whether to raise Social Security taxes to help pay for Medicare catastrophic insurance for older Americans.
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Study blasts failure to clean up dumps
SANTA MONICA, Calif. (AP) — Only 34 of America’s 1,175 worst toxic waste dumps were cleaned during the first eight years of the Superfund program, and polluters paid less than one-tenth of the cost, the Rand Corp. said today.
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NB trustees looking at bond election call
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
Voters in the Comal Independent School District may not be the only ones heading to the election booths this fall to vote on a bond issue for their school district. Trustees in New Braunfels ISD are considering a bond election, too.
NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry said the trustees will consider the bond election at its next regular meeting on Sept. 19. The estimated $4.5 million bond issue could possibly go before the voters on Nov. 18.
“A majority of it will go toward building a sixth-grade
campus which will help relieve some of the overcrowding in the middle school,” Bradberry said. The campus will cost approximately $4.06 million.
The bond issue also includes renovations at Lamar Primary School and possible expansion and storage space at the New Braunfels High School band hall.
Bradberry indicated the trustees would discuss the issue and make a decision at the next regular meeting.
Lonnie Curtis, NBISD’s assistant superintendent for finance, was not sure how much the bond issue would affect the future tax rate at presstime today.
Commission OKs plan to cut juvenile crime
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Safe City Commission members voted Thursday to forge ahead with the framework of a parental responsibility ordinance, designed to reduce the number of unsupervised juveniles on the streets of New Braunfels during late hours.
The proposed ordinance is designed to reduce juvenile crimes by keeping youngsters out of public places during designated times and making parents along with their children responsible for ordinance viola
tions, which will be Class C misdemeanors.
“Our purpose to to make the parents responsible for the child’s actions,” said Commission member Peter Lingamfeltcr. ‘‘We’re going to try to hold the parents accountable.” The framework will now be sent to City Attorney Barry Moore, who will draw up a proposed ordinance that will be presented to the public for input and possibly to New Braunfels City Council for final approval.
“We’re a pro-active organization. We want to take a pro-active approach
(in) reducing juvenile crime,” said Commission member Cash Hermes, who served on the special committee that researched the issue. “This has been a very hard issue.”
Commisson member David Kramer voted against pursuing the ordinance stating it’s impossible to legislate parental responsibility while dealing with a social problem.
“You just can t create a law and expect it to solve the problem,” he said. “To make a law that’s directed at
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Police seek students after school attack
Bexar County to join lawsuit forcing state to take prisoners
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Bexar County Commissioners Court has voted unanimously to sue the state to remove from its jail prisoners awaiting transfer to the Texas Department of Corrections.
The suit, supported in a unanimous vote Wednesday by the court, would also seek to recover millions of dollars local taxpayers allegedly have paid to house and feed those prisoners. *
“We do it reluctantly, bul we do it with the idea of being treated fairly,” County Judge Tom Vickers said after the vote. “We haven’t been, and we’re not going to take it anymore.”
Bexar County plans to join Nueces County and 11 other counties in a lawsuit to force the state to remove its prisoners from the jails.
Two New Braunfels High School students are wanted by police today after they allegedly assaulted a high school football coach Thursday at the school.
The two brothers, Andreas Gomez, 17, and Vicente Gomez, 18, both of 881 W. Bridge St., apparently hit Junior Varsity Football Coach Donald Gann as he attempted to break up a fight in the hall.
Warrants for their arrest were issued by County Court-At-Law Judge Ronald Prichard Thursday around 4 p.m. Andreas will be charged with Class A Assault of an Educator, and Vicente will be charged with Class B Assault by Threat. Bond has been pre-set at $2,000 for Class A and $ 1,000 for the Class B offense.
“Apparently Coach Gann was called to break up a fight between Andreas and another student and in an attempt to break up the fight, and in escort to the office he was assaulted by Andreas and shortly thereafter (by) his brother,” said police spokesman Martin Mayer.
The scuffle began shortly after 8 a.m., he said, adding both brothers fled the school after breaking away from Gann.
Gann did not require hospitalization, Mayer said.
“It’s just an unpleasant incident that we want to make sure docs not reoccur," said High School Principal John Turman.
Turman said no attempt was made to chase the boys.
Local council fighting problem of illiteracy in tri-county area
Approximately 15 to 20 percent of Comal County residents above the age of 17 cannnot read and write and approximately 40 percent of that same group do not have a high school diploma or General Education Diploma, according to Maggie Cunningham, director of the Comal, Guadalupe and Kendall Counties Literacy Council.
These figures come into greater focus today which has been named International Literacy Day by the United Nations.
“It’s very embarrassing to admit (you can’t read),” Cunningham said. “A lot of it is psychological in that a lot of them don’t want to admit they can’t read.”
To combat the illiteracy rate in Comal and surrounding counties, the council provides trained tutors and classes for people who need to learn to read and write.
Some people feel they have lived their lives without
knowing how to read and feel they do not really need to learn.
“Sooner or later it does catch up with them,” Cunningham said. “They have to lean on somebody to help them out.”
The Literacy Council serves any adult over the age of 17 and out of school who carmot read and write. Individual tutors are provided for these students on a one-to-one basis.
Persons in Comal County interested in learning to read can contact Coordinator Linda Tyler al 629-9701 during the evenings. They can also call Cunningham at 658-5936.
Interested residents can also register for the following classes to be held in New Braunfels:
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British hostage reported dead
Folks at the New Braunfels Children's Museum are gearing up for the
fall exhibit, “Where in the World?," which will open Sept. 19 after an open house Sept. 16. Where in the World? will feature exhibits that focus on geography. As part of the promotion, museum officials are printing a poster that will feature this picture and will be sent to other locations asking where in the world those youngsters are. Volunteers are needed to act as docents and to help out in other ways during this exhibit, which will run through mid-January. For more information, contact the museum at 620-0939. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Tile wife of missing Briton Jack Mann, a World War II fighter pilot, said today she had been told he died and that she believed the report to be true.
Mann, 75, disappeared May 12 as he drove to a bank in Syrian-policed Moslem west Beirut.
None of Lebanon’s kidnap groups has specifically identified him as a hostage. But a previously unknown faction, the Cells of Armed Struggle, claimed that it kidnapped an unidentified Briton in Beirut the day Mann disappeared.
It demanded the release of Arabs jailed in Britain for the 1987 killing of Palestinian cartoonist AH Naji al-Adhami But Scotland Yard said no
arrests had been made in that slaying.
There has been no word since then about Mann's whereabouts.
His wife, Sunny, said she received a telephone call Monday from an unidentified man who told her: “I have bad news about your husband."
She said she later met the man at a shop in west Beirut’s Hamra commercial thoroughfare and “he told me that Jack is dead.
“I waited, but there was no news about Jack on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday,” Mrs. Maim told reporters at her West Beirut apartment.
“I don’t know. There’s no pi oof that he’s dead at the moment,” she said.
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husband’s alleged death “seems correct.”
Mrs. Maim refused to answer any more questions.
A British Embassy spokeswoman, who asked that her name was not used, said the embassy “has no information at all about the reported death of Mr Marin.”
The Manns lived in Beirut for 43 years. Marin worked as a pilot with Lebanon’s national airline, Middle East Arlines, for more than 20 years before retiring to manage a bar in Beirut.
He is one of 16 Westerners missing in Lebanon. Most are held hostage by pro-Iranian Shiite Moslem militants.
Keep a watch for more late afternoon showers and thunderstorm todny sud through the weekend. Today’s high will reach % degrees with an overnight low of 76 degrees. The weekend’s temperatures will range from around 95 for the highs and 76 for the lows. A cold front is expected to move into Texas Sunday with the possibility it will reach the area by late Sunday-night.
All you Refrigeration Service Engineers Society members have through Sunday to sign up for the three courses offered by the Tri-County Chapter of the society. All the courses will start in October and the deadline for registration is Sunday. The courses include Refrigeration II by Roger O’Brien, Electrical II taught by Wayne Yates, and Healing I by Lynn McDaniel. Courses arc available only to members of the society and cost of each is $95, which must be paid in advance. Call Insco Distributing at 625-7743 for more information....
The Learning to Live with Arthritis Course is scheduled to begin Sept. 13 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Central Texas Medical Center classroom in San Marcos. Classes will continue to meet on Wednes day afternoons for three weeks.
This class is designed for people who suffer from arthritis to help them learn to manage the disease. The classes emphasizes three concepts — each person with arthritis is different and there is no one treatment that is right for everyone; there are a number of things people can do to feel better; and with knowledge, each individual is the best judge of which selfmanagement techniques are best for him or her.
Classes will cover arthritis diseases, exercises, joint protection, relaxation techniques, diet, medicines aid working with doctors There ae more thai IOO types of
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Late summer thunderclouds
Farmers have had little to cheer about this summer
with below-average rainfall hampering the growing season for hay. But one farmer in the area bailed the winter forage earlier this week. Rolling rain clouds have dominated the skies the past few days
and brought welcome relief from the intense summer heat. The weekend forecast calls for a continued chance of late afternoon rain showers and thunderstorms. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
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