New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 20, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Volleyball teams win as 28-4A race tightens
Canyon fended off a tough Kerrville Tivy team while Smithson Valley kept Alamo Heights winless in District 28-4A volleyball action on Tuesday. New Braunfels rallied to beat Providence in a non-district contest.
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Bryant calls for contribution limit
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Attorney General candidate John Bryant said state lawmakers should respond to the public outcry over the mixture of money and politics by limiting campaign contributions.
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Grilled fish making a hit w’*’ ’ericans
nencans are enjoying he grill, with fresh v-fat foods gaining
Vol. 137, No. 223
September 20, 1989 25 Cents
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
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Trustees approve CAD budget plan
New Braunfels Independent School District became the fourth taxing entity to ratify Comal Appraisal District’s budget Tuesday night despite the controversy surrounding the CAD’s continued participation in a private retirement system.
City of Selma approved the budget in its city council meeting Sept. 18. Each taxing entity within the district must have the opportunity to approve or disapprove the CAD budget before Sept. 21. If four entities had disapproved the budget, CAD officials would have been forced to hammer out a new budget for approval.
Comal ISD board of trustees approved the budget in a special meeting Sept. 14. New Braunfels City Council failed to take action on the budget, and therefore approved it by not casting a nonapproval vote.
Comal County Commissioners Court was the only entity to disapprove the budget.
The controversy surrounding the proposed budget stems from CAD’s participation in a private retirement system provided by the Texas Association of Assessing Officers. Attorney General Jim Mattox staled CAD’s participation in the private retirement system is unauthorized because the appraisal district is a political subdivision.
NBISD trustees voted Tuesday night to approve the budget with a stipulation concerning the retirement program. In a motion to approve the budget, Trustee Arlon Hermes suggested NBISD withhold $4,475.06 from the appraisal district until the attorney general changes his opinion or the appraisal district decides to participate in another retirement system, such as the Texas County and District Retirement System.
Hermes explained $4,475.06 is NBISD’s pro rata share
School board sets bond vote
New Braunfels Independent School District taxpayers will vote Nov. 18 on a $4.5 million bond issue, trustees decided Tuesday.
The $4.5 million bonds arc needed to finance the construction of a new sixth-grade facility in the Oak Run arca. The facilty will cost $4.1 million, including costs for building and site development, construction con
tingency fund, engineers’ and architects’ fees, survey testing and miscellaneous costs, furnishings and equipment and utility costs.
Additional money is needed for repair and renovation of Lamar Primary School and construction of two additional classrooms at the same
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Panel recommends site for tennis courts
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
New city tennis courts will be built in Prince Solms Park if City Council next week accepts the unanimous recommendation for the site from the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board and New Braunfels Tennis Association.
City Council tabled selecting a site at the Sept. 11 regular meeting upon advice from city staff to continue reviewing site selections.
“There was some question about,‘did we take everything into consideration?’ and rather have a situation where someone cast a stone that we didn’t do a completely thorough job, we
were willing to undertake the project again,” said City Manager Paul Grohman. “We felt we had done a thorough job the first time.”
Funding to build the courts is made possible by a $35,(XX) grant from HEB Foods. The tennis association will add $22,000 cash and City of New Braunfels will contribute $23,000 cash and land for the project.
HEB withdrew its grant portion in 1984 when the'city applied for the grant, but the parties couldn’t agree on a site for the courts. The city re-applied for the grant in 1988.
“There was a disagreement as to where they should put it,” said Parks Board President Lupe
Castillo. “So (after) the inaction, they went ahead and rescinded the grant. We were lucky that they came back and decided that they were willing to invest in our community again after we did that.”
The Parks Board met in executive session Tuesday night concerning the tennis courts. They never reconvened in open session.
“We studied a iot of sites. The one that we kept coming back to dial had more advantages, which was more centrally located for everybody was Prince Solms,” Castillo said. “There are some disadvantages, they are minor in this case (such as) parking.”
Other locations considered included: Lower Colorado River Authority property, Landa Park, Cypress Bend Park, and Camp Comal Park.
The best location was Prince Solms park because there is the ability to expand the four courts there and no trees will have to be cut down to build the courts, Grohman said.
The only requirement HEB requires by donating the money is to name the tennis courts the ‘HEB Tennis Center’, he said. HEB’s President Charles Butt is a tennis buff and the food corporation has donated money for tennis centers across the state of Texas.
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sparks jail nostalgia
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Jail nostalgia is being preserved at the New Braunfels Police Department this week in the fomi of jail doors and storytelling as the old jail cells are ripped out of the building during remodeling.
“I’ve preserved my little piece of (history) by purchasing the door from the salvage company (for $19),” said Sgl. John McEachem. “What I’ll do with it I have no earthly idea, but I’ve got me a door.”
Some police officers were attempting to buy toilets at presstime.
But not only does McEachem — who was hired by the city in Sept. 1970 — hold his claim to fame of purchasing the first door, he also claims he arrested the first prisoner, which was held at die city jail when it was moved in February 1975 to the renovated police department. The police department was a renovated car dealership on Garden Street.
The first prisoner was the town drunk, McEachem said, adding he had Sgl. Kevin Clayton chase him down.
“I made Clayton chase him down to catch him but I saw him first so he’s
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ITic partly cloudy and warm conditions are expected to continue for the next couple of days. But a cool front is expected just in time for the beginning of autumn on Friday. Today’s high will be around 94 degrees and the overnight low will be around 67 degrees.
'Hie board of directors of the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District will meet tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Justice of die Peace building in Sattler (behind die VFW Hall). Items on the agenda include discussion of the administrator’s salary, a new meeting location (Canyon Lake Action Center), Social Security agreement, budget amendments, repayment to die county for die district's start-up money and delinquent accounts. The board also will talk about die funds for the final clean-up and will hear an ujxlate on die lake shore cleanup....
Dancin’ Man Rudi Harst will return to New Braunfels Saturday morning for an encore performance at New Braunfels Children’s Museum. His catchy, infectious songs invite the children in the audience to participate and become a human orchestra and to feel good about themselves and others. Singer, guitarist, dancer, composer, Harst has developed his own style — a blend of rock, folk and country, with Carri bean and Latin rhythms. His training in modern dance, theater, tai chi, improvisation arid his desire to express himself fully, honestly and spontaneously has brought a following from coast to coast.
Tickets for Saturday’s concert at 10:30 a.m. are $3 per child, $2 per adults, or $1 for members (of any age). After the concert, the audience is invited to stay and tour the new exhibit, “Where in the World?” which features geography and information on New Braunfels, Texas, the country, and the world, and focuses on China, India, Kenya and Saudi Arabia The new exhibit will run through mid-January and will include many special activities such as Saturday’s concert....
The New Braunfels Republican See STAMMTISCH, Page 2A
High speed chase
Police find men hiding in river after wreck
Two San Antonio men remain in the Comal County jail today after allegedly stealing a vehicle in Bexar County and leading law enforcement officials on a highspeed chase through New Braunfels early this morning.
Stacey Vasqucz, 18, and Mark A. Holtzclaw, 18, were waiting to be magistrated this morning at presstime. Both were charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.
A New Braunfels police dispatcher was notified by a San Antonio dispatcher that two Repeat Offenders Program Enforcement officers were following an allegedly stolen vehicle from San Antonio and needed assistance in stopping it, said police spokesman Martin Mayer.
“Our officers intercepted the ROPE officers and located the vehicle and in an attempt to pull it over a high-speed chase ensued,”
Officers chased the 1983 Chevrolet Suburban down the Interstate 35 frontage road in excess of IOO miles an hour around 1:15 a.m.,
The suspects wrecked the vehicle they had allegedly stolen after crossing the Seguin Avenue intersection and hitting a billboard after failing to negotiate the curve
^“ThcyC ^n’f U^ahz.rrthafgthe Juan Garcia of the street department replaces a stop sign at the corner
of Kuehier Avenue which was just one of the signs knocked down dur-See chase, Page 2A in9 a hi9h speed chase this morning. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Two Texans aboard downed French plane
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Two Texans, including a Peace Corps volunteer returning home after 27 months of service, were aboard the French airliner that exploded over central Africa, officials and family members say.
The wreckage of a UTA DC-IO was found early today in a desolate stretch of northern Africa. The plane was carrying 117 passengers from the Congo and Chad to Paris. There was no word on survivors.
A southeast Texas man and a Dallas woman, who was a Peace Corps volunteer in Chad, were on board the plane.
East coast preparing
MIAMI (AP) — Disaster officials and coastal residents from Florida to North Carolina began preparing for Hurricane Hugo’s expected assault in the wake of its trail of death and destruction through the Caribbean.
While forecasters were no closer to making a firm prediction on where or when Hugo would strike the East Coast, chances of a hit late this week were steadily increasing.
Pat Huff, 38, of the Robertson County community of Franklin was onboard, his mother told the Houston Chronicle.
Janice Huff told the newspaper that her son, an employee of Tulsa-based Parker Drilling Co., was on his way home after working in Chad for several months on a drilling project.
She said the French airline notified the family that Huff was on the plane.
Margaret Schutzius, 23, of Dallas was also on board the plane, said Jim Flanigan, a Peace Corps spokesman in Washington.
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residents for Hugo
Most projected paths had Hugo hitting between Cape Canaveral and Cape Hatteras, N.C., by Saturday.
Bul next in line to feel Hugo’s effects today were the Bahamas as the killer storm blamed in at least 25 deaths in the Caribbean brushed northeast of the chain of islands.
Hugo, packing 105 mph winds, was
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A welder cuts through the metal ceiling as another cuts through the door in the old city jail which is being taken out during remodeling of the New Braunfels Police Department.