New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Skies will be sunny with warm temperatures today and Monday, with fair weather tonight. Winds today will be from the east and northeast at 10-15 mph.Fair Queen's Contest
Some 44 young ladies will be competing for the title of Comal County Fair Queen tonight at 7:30 in the New Braunfels High School commons. The winner will reign
over the ahnual fair, which kicks off Thursday.
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Felder handed 60-year sentence
Jury returns punishment after three hours' deliberation
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
The jury which found Michael Ross Felder guilty of murder Thursday, sentenced him to 60 years in the Texas Department of Corrections Friday afternoon.
It took over three hours of deliberation for the jury of seven women and five men to decide Felder’s fate. The punishment range available to the jury for the first-
degree offense was five to 99 years, and a fine up to $10,000. However, if the assessed punishment had been IO years or less, probation could have been granted.
The jury retired at IO a.m. Friday to begin its deliberation, recessed an hour for lunch, then returned to the jury room. A knock on the door signaling a decision had been reached, came about 3:30 p.m.
Felder, 24, was found guilty of killing Clifton James Slate, a
Palestine man missing since May 27, 1981. Testimony indicated the offense occurred on or about May 19, 1981, and that Felder shot Slate while he was sleeping at the defendant’s ranch house.
Slate’s skeletal remains were found on Nov. 21, 1981, in a wooded area near the ranch house off Bear Creek Road. The property was, at that time, owned by the Felder family, but has since been sold.
Felder was indicted for Slate’s
murder on Nov. 24 by a Comal County Grand Jury. The cause of Slate’s death was ruled a shotgun blast to the back of the head by the chief Travis County medical examiner.
274th District Court presiding Judge Fred Moore ordered Felder remanded to the custody of the Comal County Sheriff’s Department Friday, and ordered Felder’s immediate transport to TDC to begin serving his sentence.JHS. NewBraunfelsHerald-Zeituug
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Hundreds killed in Beirut carnage
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) — Christian militiamen raided the Chatilla and Sabra Palestinian refugee camps in west Beirut, killing hundreds of civilians in a massacre that began Friday and lasted until early Saturday.
The International Red Cross in Geneva said “hundreds of women, children, adolescents and old men’’ were killed, while the Palestine Liberation Organization asserted the death toll was “in the thousands.”
In Washington, a senior State Department official told reporters the United States believed that at least 300 people were killed, with the estimate based on American Embassy witness accounts and reports from friendly embassies in Beirut, according to The New York Times. The official was not identified, but said it was feared the death toll probably would be higher.
The Israeli Foreign Ministry said the Chatilla attack was carried out by gunmen loyal to the Phalange Party of President-elect Bashir Gemavel, slain last Tuesday in a bomb attack. It
said Israeli troops fired on the marauders and used “all possible means and measures” to stop the killing.
But the PLO blamed Israel for the massacres and appealed for international intervention. It claimed the militiamen slaughtered “every man, woman and child in sight."
Associated Press newsmen William Foley and G.G. LaBelle, who visited the two camps Saturday, said they each counted 50 to 60 bodies, most of them apparently shot in the head or back and left in bloody piles in the streets and shell-shattered houses.
Some residents said the "Lebanese Forces," the Christian militia once commanded by slain President-elect Bashir Gemayel, carried out the attacks. Others said the killers were from the militia commanded by Saad Haddad, a renegade Christian army major who controls a zone along the Israeli border that he calls “Free lebanon.”
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River Road parking hearing scheduled for Monday morning
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Another hearing will be held Monday to discuss the parking situation on River Road.
Comal Commissioners are hoping, however, that this hearing will be different from similiar hearings held earlier this summer in that they’re looking for a temporary solution to result from Monday’s discussion.
Monday’s hearing is set for 1:30 p.m. in Commissioners Courtroom, first floor of the Courthouse.
The goal of this proposal — as in the other proposals considered by the court this summer — is to ease traffic congestion on River Road (specifically during the tourist season) and to allow better access to the area for emergency and law enforcement personnel.
The court’s latest proposal for coping with River Road traffic is to ban parking on holidays and weekends along specific areas of the right-of-way of River Road.
This proposal stems from a recommendation which was presented to the court early in the summer by a citizen’s committee composed of River Road businessmen and residents.
Commissioners adopted the committee’s proposal two weeks ago, but made two charges in
the orginal proposal. They disagreed with the committee’s recommendation for a public loading zone to be placed somewhere along River Road, so they deleted that portion of the proposal.
Also, the court disagreed with allowing parking along any portion of River Road between the second and third river crossings. The committee had allowed for parking at a few specific spots between these crossings.
Other topics of discussion to be considered by commissioners Monday include the appointment and approval of presiding election judges for the November general election.
Commissioners will take up this topic at their IO a m. meeting.
Also on the morning agenda is the court’s consideration for passing a resolution which would designate the Community Council of South Central Texas as the agency in the county to continue administering community services.
Another resolution, which would voice the court’s support of action taken by the Edwards Underground Water District as a result of district meetings, is also up for the court’s consideration.
Commissioners have only one subdivision plat to consider Monday and that is Oak Hills Estate, Section II, which is seeking the court’s final acceptance of its roads into the county’s unit road system.
It's not too often you see a house waiting for a ti af tit light, but that's what happened earlier this week on San Antonio Street Hie house in question was being moved down San Antonio after leaving its former home on Guenther Avenue. At left, two year old Alan Buechc was fascinated by th* whole project.
Staff photos by Cinch Richardsn
Canyon release drops below summer level
The flow of water out of Canyon Reservoir has been lowered to 75 cubic feet per second, down from the previous release of IOO cfs, which had been held for 50 days.
Dry weather conditions across south central Texas continue to affect reservoir operations. John Specht, general manager for the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, says inflows for the past two weeks have been in the range of 60 to 80 cfs. If the 100-cfs release had been kept up, it would have placed a draw on the water stored in the Canyon conservation pool.
The Canyon Reservoir is operated under a permit from the Texas Water Commission. It requires the GBRA to pass keep the flow high enough to satisfy
downstream water use permits that were in existence before issuance of the Canyon permit. Inflows in excess of prior rights are stored in the conservation pool and are released only to satisfy contractual commitments approved by the Texas Water Commission.
The GBRA currently holds the stored rights to Canyon Reservoir, which will yield 50,000 acre-feet of water per year.
Located in Comal County, the lake was built in 1964 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with an initial contribution from the GBRA. The Corps operates the reservoir for conservation and water supply purposes under contract with the river authority, and assumes direct responsibility for flood control operations.
Social Security exit possible, expert tells TML conference
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Everybody talks about Social Security. But a Texas Municipal league representative warned area cities Friday night to think very carefully before they try doing anything about it.
State and local governments, unlike private businesses, have a choice. They can “opt out" of the federal benefits program and set up their own retirement, life insurance and medical care plans.
Bill Martin, addressing the TML Region 7 meeting held here in the Civic Center, admitted there were some good reasons for wanting out of Social Security. The system takes more money each year from workers and their employers, yet it’s still going broke. In fact, said Martin, financial experts predict it will be bankrupt by mid-1983 if Congress doesn’t take some decisive action between now and then.
Paradoxically, the system’s weaknesses may also be its strength.
“The Social Security system as it stands is impossible to replace," said Martin. "That’s probably why it’s collapsing."
Schertz, a member of TML Region 7, is in the process of withdrawing at this time. For the 30 Texas cities which have already opted out of the program, setting up an alternative retirement plan was relatively easy, Martin said. Survivors’ benefits are no real problem, and disability benefits can usually be purchased at a cost amounting to approximately one percent of the total payroll.
“Where you get into problems is replacing Medicare,” said Martin.
Medicare accounts for more than one-third of Social Security’s total cost. It’s probably doing more than its share to drag the system down. Rut ifs difficult to find a comparable program on the commercial marketplace. Local governments and private insurance companies, don’t operate in the red.
He mentioned some other advantages of Social Security. It’s portable: employees who leave to work somewhere else can “take it with them.” Benefits are taxable. And the system has a built-in inflation hedge: it escalates automatically with the consumer price index.
Privately-purchased medical insurance may
escalate too, Martin warned, leaving a city locked into an un-budgeted expense “What insurance costs in today’s marketplace isn’t necessarily what it will cost tomorrow." And once out of the Social Security system, there rn no getting back in.
“That’s the clinker in the law," Martin said The list of cities that have dropped out of the program represents a good cross-section of si/* and type, i Arlington, with 160,000 population ami some 1,400 employees, is the largest.) Rut Martin’s research staff studied them all and found a sort of pattern.
In most cases, the cities took a “straw poll’’ of their employees to find out whether they favored opting out. Those that could afford it hired expert consultants to devise their alternative systems, and Martin thinks that’s certainly a good idea Getting out of Social Security is not a spur of tin moment decision with fast consequences. A city must first file a “notice of intent to withdraw " at the Employment Retirement System of Texas.
After filing, two calendar years must pass before
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