New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 22, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Esqueda, Cupil pace NB in win over Bowie
Quarterback Danny Esqueda and tailback Tommy Cupil combined for 234 yards rushing Thursday night to lead New Braunfels to a 17-0 non-district football victory over Bowie in Austin.
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Investigation continues into cause of bus crash
ALTON (AP) — This small South Texas town prepared today to bury the first of 19 victims of a school bus accident as investigators try to determine why a truck rolled through a stop sign and rammed the bus into a water-filled pit.
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County Fair info
The Comal County Fair promises its annual week of fun next week with parades, dances, animal exhibits hanrtrraff anH Halrino anH rannino displays,
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Vol. 137, No. 225
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
Sheriff, DA outline Fight,or,irst ideas to cut crime
September 22, 1989 25 Cents One Section, 12 Pages
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Creative prosecution and law enforcement goals recently set by Comal County’s new district attorney and sheriff could nip jail crowding and increasing crime in the bud if county commissioners choose to accept the ideas.
“I work for Comal County and I think we should do things that are good for Comal County,” Sheriff Jack Bremer told Commissioners Court earlier this week during a workshop meeting.
Bremer and District Attorney Bill Reimer, who both were elected to their posts in January, presented IO goals to die commissioners for future consideration.
The main goals include eliminating jail crowding, which has reached 97 percent of capacity in Comal County
and was caused mainly by the Texas Department of Corrections’ failure to accept many inmates because of its own crowding problems, Reimer said.
Reimer suggested building a community corrections and/or restitution facility and using electronic monitoring to rehabilitate persons when TDC is not available.
For example, Reimer suggests prisoners would serve 30 days in county jail, then be sent to the facility, and later would be placed on electronic monitoring before being placed on intensive supervision probation and then regular probation.
“Some of the things we’re suggesting that we do in here are things as an interim measure to try to get that actual
See GOALS, Page 2
then meets with the Bul verde-Comal County Fire District No. 2 boundary and runs to the intersection of the northeast boundary line of Spring Branch-Comal County Fire District No. I and Comal and Blanco county line.
The name of the proposed district will be Comal County Emergency Services District No. I.
If voters create the district, a tax — not to exceed IO cents per $100 property valuation — will be assessed by the county to help the district Financially.
Local lawyer Joe Kidwell is representing residents in that area who want to create the district. He also was responsible for the creation of the current three county fire districts.
The proposed district will include emergency medical services along with fire protection.
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tomorrow but the winds and cooler temperatures will serve as a Fire protection in the Canyon Lake
reminder fall is here. Highs area could get a financial boost if an
tomorrow will approach only 80. election is called by Comal County
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HOROSCOPE................................6 a petition with more than IOO sig-
REUQIOUS FOCUS.....................4 natures was filed with County Judge
SPORTS.........................................7 Fred Clark Sept. 13 seeking the crea-
TV LISTINGS.................................6 non of the district. The proposed dis-
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cos prom lherC| the boundary will go New Braunfels High School to the intersection of Guadalupe and
All-Sports Booster Club will have Comal county lines lo the outer
a general membership meeting boundary line of the ETJ zone of the
Monday at 7:30 p.m. in room City of New Braunfels to the north-
A-10 at the high school, following east boundary line of Bracken-Comal
the football film at 7 p.m.... County Fire District No. 3. The line
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with youngsters and basic reading
skills. Easy-to-follow lesson plans AllApl'lAYir
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the teachers. The volunteers carry j|
out the instructions with the
student. Members of the Comal Indepen-
Volunteers will be provided dent School District building commit-
with training sessions to acquaint tee be on hand one hour before
them with the program, materials the regular Monday night school
and specific duties. The following board meeting to answer questions
sessions are scheduled for about the upcoming bond issue
volunteers: Sept. 25, noon-1 p.m.; election.
Sept. 26, 7-8 p.m.; Sept. 26. Committee chairman Bill Hays will
noon-1 p.m. lf you are interested be at Smithson Valley High School al
in participating in the reading 6:30 p.m. to meet with taxpayers and
program as a volunteer tutor, call patrons who would like to know more
Kristi Ponfick at 620-6200 or Pep- about the $7 million bond package
per Gutierrez at 625-7361.... that will go before the voters Oct. 28.
The proposed $7 million bond issue Teen Connection’s Thrift Shop wil1 8° toward the financing of a new
is hosting a gigantic parking lot mewl roofing system and drainage
sale today until 3 p.m. and Satur- improvements at Bulverde Elemen-
day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. next tary; three additional classrooms and
to the facility. There ought to be a new metal roofing system at Moun-
plenty of good end-of-the-season tain Valley Elementary School; ll
bargains there and the proceeds new classrooms, new parking facilties
benefit the youth staying at the and new metal roofing system at
foster group home. The Thrift Comal Elementary; a new metal roof-
Shop, open year-round, provides a in8 system at Frazier Elementary; a
substantial amount of the money *** metal roofing system at Canyon
used to operate Teen High School; and the construction of a
Connection new 800-student elementary school
near U.S. 281 and Texas 46.
The New Braunfels Girl Scout ^ voters approve the bond
organization this month is con- issue, taxpayers could see a tax
ducting a membership drive for increase of 3 to 5 cents. The average
girls from kindergarten through homestead in the school district is val-
high school. As part of that drive, ued al $62,100. With a 3-cent tax
Se* STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2 Se* SCHOOL, Pag* 2
Canyon and New Braunfels renew their rivalry on the volleyball court today as the two varsity teams meet at 5 p.m. at Unicorn Gym. Both teams are tied for first place in the District 28-4A race with 3-0 records. The two teams met in the Fraulein Volleyfest Championship game earlier this month, with New Braunfels winning 2-15, 15-13, 15-6 at Cougarette Gym. Both teams feature tough defenses, with Mindie Hardeman (left) leading New Braunfels and Jennifer Kyle (right) sparking Canyon. For more details on today's match, see Page 7. (Photos by Deryl Clark)
Hurricane Hugo slams into Carolinas, kills 5
CHARLESTON, SC. (AP) — Hurricane Hugo slammed into this 300-year-old city of antebellum mansions with winds of 135 mph today, leveling dozens of buildings and peeling others open “like a can opener.” At least five people in the Carolinas were killed.
“There’s just destruction everywhere,” Mayor Joseph P. Riley said after a 6:30 a.m. tour of his ravaged
city. “We have on our hands a degree of physical destruction that is unprecedented in anyone’s living memory.” After a direct hit on South Carolina, Hugo weakened and was downgraded to a tropical storm at 6 a.m. by the National Weather Service. At 9 a.m., the center of the storm was just north of Hickory, N.C., at latitude 36.2 degrees north and longitude 81.5 degrees west, and winds had dimin
ished to 60 mph.
Further weakening was expected as Hugo moved northward at 25 to 30 mph through North Carolina on a path that would take it into the Virginias, Maryland, Delaware and Pennsylvania. It was expected to reach New Jersey and New York on Saturday.
At least 700,000 people were with
See HURRICANE, Page 2
Local economy on the upswing
Retail trade in Comal County is on the upswing, according to reports from State Comptroller Bob Bullock’s office.
Bullock released the State Sales and Use Tax Analysis Report for the first quarter of 1989 which showed gross sales in Comal County for that period increased 35.1 percent over the same period last year. The report also included figures indicating a 58.3 percent increase in gross sales in the retail division.
Tom Purdum, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, said the increases could be attributed to a combination of factors.
“We had a very large increase in room taxes in the first quarter. The tourist business was better,” he said. “The Mill Store Plaza has since added to retail sales, especially compared to the same time last year.”
Purdum said the room tax revenue shot up 39.9 percent in the first q«iar-ter of 1989 as compared to the same period in 1988.
“The general economy is up in New Braunfels,” Purdum said.
Tourism plays a big role in the improving economy, along with expansions in the last 12 months. Purdum said 350 jobs have been added in the manufacturing division alone.
Purdum said manufacturing and tourism have been two of the greatest factors in the local economy, but now retail trade is making a big showing.
“Now we can add retail trade centers to that list,” he said.
Tourism plays a big role in the improving economy, along with expansions in the last 12 months. Some 350 jobs have been added in the manufacturing division alone, said Chamber of Commerce President Tom Purdum.
More than 1,000 outlets reported gross sales figures for Comal County at $189,824,603 for January through March 1989. This figure reflects the 35.1 percent increase over the same period last year.
“Outlet" refers to the number of individual business locations with a sales and use tax permit who filed a return. Gross sales indicates the total amount of all sales, leases, and rentals of tangible personal property and service charges made during the reporting period.
Other local counties did not see similar increases in this year’s first quarter. Bexar County’s 18,143 outlets reported gross sales at $4.2 billion, down 4.6 percent from the first quarter of 1988. Guadalupe County had 936 outlets reporting $184,576,411 and a IO percent
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Light Up the Plaza
New Braunfels Utilities, Wurstfest Association, New Braunfels Auto Dealers, TCBY, and Wal-Mart Distribution Center all have something in common — each made a $400-plus donation to the Light Up the Plaza campaign. From left are Downtown coordinator April Goldsmith, NBU Light Up the Plaza representative Bob DiFonzo, Wurstfest President Bob Sohn, Jack Krueger of the New Braunfels Auto Dealer Association and Lowell Milbrandt of the Wal-Mart Distribution Center. Reserve funds still are required for bulb replacement and donations must be in by Sept. 30 for lights to be installed by Nov. 29, when they will be turned on. (Photo by Deryl Clark)