New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 21, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal County forecast calls for sunny and mild today and Wednesday, and fair and cool tonight. Winds will be north to northeast at 10-15 mph today, and light tonight. Sunset will be at 7:29 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 7:19 a.m.Fair Queen
l^avonne Schlabach was crowned the 1982 Comal County Fair Queen at Sunday’s pageant at New Braunfels High School. Details on the pageant and the county fair are in a special section today. Page 1-4B.NFL strike
It finally happened—the NFL players went out on strike. More on this black day for sports fans, Page 6A.
County okays River Road plan
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Monday afternoon Comal Commissioners wrote what they hope will be the last chapter in the River Road saga for at least another year.
And as they did, a round of applause could be heard from the handful of River Road residents who showed up in Commissioners Court Monday. Beneath the applause, County Judge Max Wommack was heard to whisper an “Amen.”
During one of the shortest River Road discussions they’ve had this year — it lasted all of IO minutes — commissioners approved the final no-parking restrictions for River
Road. These restrictions, when put with those approved two weeks ago by the court, call for no-parking on the majority of River Road year-round.
Specific traffic signs, outlining which areas of the road’s right-of-way cannot be parked on, will be erected as soon as the county road department has constructed and painted them.
The recommendation for where these traffic signs should be placed stems from a proposal made to the court earlier this summer by a River Road citizens committee.
Joe Davis, chairman of this committee who was present in court Monday, was pleased with the
court’s action. “This is fine — we can accept this,” he said.
“I’d like to commend the Commissioners Court for the action and for taking a stand,” he added.
“I think this will be a year we all look back on and remember that something’s been done as far as the citizens are concerned,” Davis concluded.
Commissioners altered the committee’s proposal slightly by rejecting their plan for a public loading zone on River Road and by calling for no parking at all between the second and third river crossings. The committee had allowed for some
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New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91-No. 185
18 Pages — 2 Sections
September 21,1982 29 cents
Victim's brother to lead Lebanon
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
The Lebanese Parliament today elected Christian Amin Gemayel to replace his slain brother as president-elect, and Israel’s Cabinet endorsed the planned return of 800 U.S. Marines and other foreign peacekeepers to Israeli-occupied west Beirut.
Israel also proposed a committee of five nations — Israel, lebanon, the United States, Italy and France — to ensure “the bloody terror will not return” to Beirut, where the Red Cross recovered 160 corpses from a massacre at two refugee camps in the Moslem sector.
The Red Cross said it fears hundreds of victims of the slaughter, blamed on Christian gunmen, eventually will be found in the camps.
In an unusual show of Moslem-Christian cooperation, the 39-year-old Gemayel was elected by a vote of 77-0 in a special session of the 92-member Parliament, held in the lebanese military academy outside Beirut. Three of the 80 deputies who attended abstained.
His election came one week after his brother, militia commander Bashir Gemayel was killed by a bomb and troops moved into west Beirut in what Israel said was a peacekeeping move after the assassination.
The new president-elect spoke in Parliament, pledging to “shoulder the monumental responsibility ... of reuniting and reconstructing Lebanon in the fashion my martyred brother hoped to accomplish.”
Amin Gemayel’s main rival, former President Camille Chamoun, withdrew Monday, saying he was afraid Israel would try to force a new president to sign a peace treaty as it had done with Bashir Gemayel.
Under world criticism for failing to prevent the slaughter with the troops it sent into west Beirut, the Cabinet met in Jerusalem early today and a Cabinet spokesman said it endorsed the reconstituted peacekeeping force of 2,100 U.S., French and Italian troops.
The Cabinet rejected President Yitzhak Navon’s call for an official inquiry into the camp massacres, but Cabinet Secretary Dan Meridor said it would discuss “the manner to conduct an appropriate examination into the facts."
Arab protests erupted for the second day in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, Israel’s military command said, as youths threw stones at Israeli military cars in Ramallah and Nablus, and strikes temporarily closed shops in Ramallah and Hebron.
The new peace force was approved by the United States, France and Italy Monday after a formal appeal by the Lebanese government that the troops come back for at least 20 days. The United States and France said advance elements of the force, including 800 U.S. Marines, could be in Beirut within 72 hours.
In Paris, a Foreign Ministry spokesman, who asked for anonymity, said deployment of the force “implies the free use of the port and airport and the evacuation of Beirut by Israeli forces.”
The spokesman said the exact mission of the force and length of its stay was not set, but President Reagan said in a nationwide address Monday night that the Marines would not be in Beirut long.
“It is now urgent that specific arrangements for withdrawal of all foreign forces be agreed upon. This must happen very soon,” Reagan said, and warned Israel to get out of the lebanon “quagmire.”
Utilities work may give city chance to dredge Landa Lake
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
It’s a big “if,” but if New Braunfels Utilities Co. decides to repair an existing bar screen — it could be a chance of a lifetime for the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board.
“This is all still in the discussion stage,” Parks Director Don Simon told the board member Monday night, “but we have to be ready to jump on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Utilities has discussed repairing a bar screen where the Comal River water enters its hydroelectric plant in the park. “In order to repair it, the water level would be dropped IO feet from that point all the way back to Heidelberg Lodges,” Simon said. “At that level, we could possibly get permission to dredge Landa I .ake, and do some work along the river banks.
“I don’t really know how much we could get done in a week or two (the Utilities’ proposed timetable is in November after Wurstfest), but we
could work like mad,” Simon said. The board agreed wholeheartedly, stating if the opportunity does indeed present itself to do something constructive about Landa Lake, “we’d better hop on it,” member Sharon Phair said.
The parks board also hopped on some stringent recommendations, to City Council, sparked by some “food for thought” presented by Councilwoman Barbara Tieken. She left with these recommendations to take to the council: (I) permanent, concrete-type trash containers at the top and bottom of the public river exits at South Union and Garden Street; (2) the hiring of at least two more park rangers in order to extend patrolled hours; and (3) that council proceed with an ordinance to prohibit the use of glass containers in all river park areas within the city limits, and park-related sporting areas.
The parks board also recommended that the City Council further explore the Comal River littering monitor program, for possible implementation in the summer of 1983. “It’s like when you see a
police car, you slow down,” Tieken said. “Well, if we had a boat in the river marked River Patrol,’ I think that would serve as a strong deterrent against littering.”
A petition from residents, asking that River Acres Park be closed to public use after dark, was tabled by the parks board because of lack of neighborhood representation. Member Carl Fox, who lives in the addition, said, “I don’t think closing the park at dark will solve the noise problems, and if we do that, it means we • the residents) can’t use it either. But I would like to get more input from other residents before we take any action.”
“Technically, our property line is three feet from the river there,” Simon told the board. “We don’t own to the middle of the river. So someone could walk down from the bridge and you’ll lose it on a technicality.”
Also tabled was any action concerning the future
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PUC to hold hearing on Texland certificate
A hearings examiner for the agency has recommended that it be denied, and the Texas Public Utility Commission is expected to rule today on a Certificate of Convenience and Necessity sought by Texland Electric Cooperative.
The three-man commission will hear final arguments between Texland and the Lower Colorado River Authority over a lignite power plant permit, and consider the recommendation of the commission’s hearing examiner Rhonda Ryan, that Texland’s application be denied.
The Texland-LCRA competition began in early September of 1981, when LCRA declined to participate in the proposed Texland
power plant in Milam County. In May of 1982, Texland filed an application with PUC for the certificate to build its proposed generating units. And about the same time, LCRA filed a similar application to construct Unit No. 3 of the Fayette Power Project.
The LCRA proposal is to use lignite from its leases in Bastrop County to fire a new 400-megawatt plant (Fayette III) to be added to its Fayette Power Project in LaGrange, which already includes two 550-megawatt units burning Western coal. Total estimated costs, including the lignite mine, are $1.2 billion.
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Heritage theme— The First Fifty'
“The First 50 Years” will be the theme of this year's Heritage Exhibit. Looking at a model of an exhibit are (from left) Helgard Suhr, Fred Fey, Rosalyn Fey, Paul Carter and Ann Kuehler (chairman).
Photo by Frances Bridges
With Wurstfest just a little more than a month away, Chamber of Commerce officials are gearing up for their lith annual Heritage Exhibit, which will begin Oct. 29.
The theme of this year’s exhibit —
“The First Fifty” — centers around New Braunfels from 1845 to 1895, Ann Kuehler, chairman of the exhibit committee, told Chamber directors Monday.
“We’re trying to stress the progress our city had made at these early dates,” she explained during the Chamber’s monthly meeting at the Faust.
To do this, displays featuring transportation, communication, government, the hospital-fair, and artisans and
businesses during this time period, will be featured. An exhibit centered around New Braunfels sister city — Braunfels, Germany, is also being prepared.
These displays are in addition to the traditional sausage-making exhibit, the Timmermann sister’s Christmas room and the audio-visual room, which are included in the main exhibit every year.
Chamber directors heard progress reports from subcommittee chairmen Paul Carter, Fred Fey and Helgard Suhr, who also brought along exhibit artifacts and minature displays of their proposed exhibits.
After these reports, Tom Purdum, executive vice president of the NB
Chamber, noted that 300 to 400 people were volunteering their “time and effort” to produce this year’s Heritage Exhibit.
“The out-of-the pocket expense to the Chamber...is anywhere from $6,000 to $7,000 to $8,000,” said Purdum. “If you add on staff time, you can add $2,000 to $3,000 to that figure.
“Altogether,” he continued, “you’re talking about a $10,000 project. And with that magnitude of a project — sometimes I think we treat it too lightly and take it for granted.”
The exhibit is scheduled to be held Oct. 29-Nov. 7 at the Civic Center.
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o .. Staff photo by Cindy Richardson
Two carnival workers set up one of the rides at the Comal County Fairgrounds in preparation for the 89th annual county fair, which begins Thursday.MALDEFinputCharter review panel to extend invitation
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
lf New Braunfels comes up with a new city election system, chances are MALDEF (Mexican American l^egal Defense and Educational Fund) will have something to say about whether ifs accepted by federal courts.
In view of that, the Districting Charter Review Committee has decided to get MALDEF’s input before going any further in its work.
Chairman Margaret Naegelin told the 17-member panel Monday night that she had already been in contact with MALDEF attorney Jose Garza in Austin.
“They’re willing to work with us,” she said.
“Mr. Garza is very helpful, and as unprejudiced as a person can be who’s working for one segment of the population.”
She hopes to have Garza or one of his fellow attorneys present at the next committee meeting on Sept. 27.
“Would it be in order to adjourn this meeting, then?” a panelist asked. Monday’s public meeting lasted just 30 minutes.
It was preceded by a half-hour executive session with Walter H. Mizell of Austin. Mizell is attorney for the City of Lockhart, now defending its at-large election system in two lawsuits, one filed in Austin by MALDEF, and one filed in Washington by Lockhart. The city has held no elections since 1978.
“He’s very well versed in the problems that face us at this time,” Naegelin said.
City Council created the charter review committee to study the possibility of single-inember districts for city elections. The present charter provides for all seven council members to be
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