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New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 91 - No. 189 64 Pages-4 Sections (USPS 377-880)
Parks director resigns his post
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
At the close of Friday’s business day, the City of New Braunfels found itself minus a parks director.
Don Simon, Director of Parks and Recreation, submitted his resignation in the form of a letter to the mayor, city manager and other key personnel. The letter contained just one sentence: “As of 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 24,1982,1 resign as director of the parks and recreation department for the City of New Braunfels.”
Simon joined the parks department some IO years ago, and has been director for more than half that time. Reactions to his letter indicate the resignation was quite unexpected.
City Manager E.N. Delashmutt said he found his copy lying on top of his briefcase when he got ready to go home Friday, and that he “couldn’t even fathom a guess” as to the reasons behind it.
“I had talked to him about 3 o’clock on the matter of this Trashfest that was to be held (Saturday),” Delashmutt said. At that time, Simon said all plans were “go”; that he would have his trucks at Hinman Island Park to haul away the trash.
Simon, apparently, had also talked to a representative of the Gulf Coast Council of Diving Clubs, which sponsored the river cleanup. At that time, he said he would meet the divers at 7 a.m. Saturday, Delashmutt said. Neither he nor the Houston man got the impression Simon was about to quit work.
Sharon Phair, chairman of the Parks Advisory Board, also received a letter. “Ifs as much a surprise to me as it is to you, and there’s no explanation (in the letter,)” she told the Herald Zeitung.
Councilwoman Barbara Tieken didn’t get a letter, and said she was “shocked” to hear of the resignation. She attended the Sept. 20 parks board meeting, and had the impression that the department was running smoothly.
Mrs. Simon, contacted at home Saturday, said her husband was not available for comment.
Despite Simon’s absence, the red parks department trucks were much in evidence at Trashfest on Saturday. Delashmutt said he would put his administrative assistant, Court Thieleman, in the parks office “until I can get it squared away and find out what the story really is."
Record march protests Beirut massacre
TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people jammed the Square of the Kings of Israel Saturday night, expressing outrage over the Beirut massacre in the largest antigovernment demonstration Israeli has ever known.
Organizers of the rally said 400,000 people gathered in the square for the protest demonstration. Police refused to estimate the crowd size, but the throng topped the crowd that attended a pro-government rally in July, which government supporters said drew 250,000.
Israel has a population of about 4 million.
Speakers demanded the resignations of Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Defense Minister Ariel Sharon, as well as an independent judicial inquiry into the conduct of the army and the government during the slaughter of hundreds of men, women and children in the west Beirut
Palestinian refugee camps of Chatilla and Sabra.
“Never have we stood before such a string of wretched decisions arousing such doubt, sorrow and distrust among the citizens,” opposition I,abor Party leader Shimon Peres said in his address.
He claimed Begin had not uttered “a word of sorrow or of condemnation of the killers,” and asked the prime minster, “Why do you describe it as a natural disaster instead of a policy disaster?
The mass rally climaxed a week of almost daily demonstrations against Begin and Sharon, who is accused of failing to act promptly to stop the slaughter Sept. 17-18.
It has been blamed on Christian Phalangist militiamen who were allowed by the Israeli army to enter the Chatilla camp in what was to have
See ISRAEL, Page 12A
County fair one big reunion
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Ask someone what conies to mind when they think of a county fair.
Off the top of their head, most people might mention carnival rides, games and bright lights. Still others might talk about the food, music, handicrafts, livestock, or Aunt Sally’s canned pickets (which they hope will win that first place ribbon).
But just ask any native Comal Countian what he thinks of his county fair and the answer might be surprising.
To most Comal Countians the fair is one
thing — a social gathering a time to meet friends who you haven’t seen in awhile or to visit with those who you see every day.
As one native New Braunfelser put it: “Everyone comes back to the fair. Even those who have gone off to the big city to make their living. It’s (the fain a chance to come back and see all your old friends.” The Comal County Fair, which this week is celebrating its 89th anniversary, is one — if not the number one — social event of the county.
This year’s Fair Association president made this observation shortly before noon
just as the fairgrounds began bustling for that day’s events.
“Mainly it’s a tune to meet old friends,” retired U.S. Air Force Col. James Wilson, said leaning back in a folding chair in the Fair Association’s office.
Throughout the years, the fair has been able to sustain its “quaint country-feeling” which prompts the community to become more involved in it, said Wilson.
“More than 90 percent" of those who attend the fair yearly “come from a 70-mile radius,” Wilson estimated. And most
See WU.SON, Page 12A
.ivestock judge must be a cut above'at fair
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
He stands in the middle of the corral, probably the only man at the Comal County Fair sporting a tie and dress shirt. He’s not wearing a cowboy hat either, even though the hair’s a bit thin on top. But maybe that’s part of the hazards of being a cattle judge.
It’s a tough job that goes to some poor soul, who, this year, is James Rathmann — an Elgin school teacher living in Bastrop. Rathmann has been judging since 1973, and was on the Texas A&M Livestock and
Meat Evaluation Team in 1974.
He judges five or six fair shows a year, arid that’s a lot of bull (or heifer, as the case may be). That’s also a lot of sometimes “eould-go-either-way” decisions that Rathmann has to live with.
“At this show, I’ve tried to stick with what I think the industry is paying attention to in cattle this year, and make decisions accordingly,” Rathmann said Saturday during a 15-minute break between the Showmanship competition and Reserve European Champion judging.
See FAIR, Page 12A
County Fair Forecast
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy and warm today and Monday, with southeasterly winds at 10-15 mph today.
County seeks tax rate data
The new county tax rate may be one step closer to being set after Monday’s Commissioners Court meeting.
Glenn Brucks, chief appraiser of the Central Tax Appraisal Office, is scheduled to be in the court’s spotlight Monday as commissioners have asked him to speak on the “availability of property evaluations.”
A final roll of the county’s property evaluations is needed by the court before it can set the new tax rate.
Monday’s meeting will begin at IO a.m. in Commissioners Courtroom on the first floor of the Courthouse. Brucks is listed fourth on the court’s morning agenda.
I^ast week the court issued a statement to clear up confusion county taxpayers might have concerning this year’s taxes since the new tax rate hasn’t been set.
“The statement recently received by Comal County property owners contains intial calculations and is not final,” the court’s statement read.
Due to a “delay in receiving an official dollar amount of the expected property evaluations made by the Central Tax Appraisal Office,” the court noted that it could not set the county tax rate.
I .ast year this time, the court had already set the tax rate and had gone through a series of financial workshops. This year’s budget, which went into effect Jan. 1,1982 had also already been adopted.
This year, however, commissioners have has not yet begun their budget workshops, although they’ve received preliminary copies of the new budget. Commissioners have held off working on the new budget until more final property evalutions are available.
But they still have plenty of time to adopt the
See COUNTY, Page 12A
Staff photo by John Senter
Yes we can
It was called Trashfest 82/ and it was aptly named, as volunteers from the Texas Gulf Coast Council of Diving Clubs pulled a mountain of beer cans and other assorted junk from the Comal River Saturday.
You see all types of concentration at the Comal County fair, although some have more at stake than others Top, these
kiddos concentrate on Fridays parade, although the noise
seems to be getting to one of them. Left, livestock exhibitors put their animals through their paces for the judges. Fair
results, pictures, pages 2. 5A.
Staff photos by