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Comp.Sunday crowd broke county fair record
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The recent strike called by the National Football League may be disliked by many, but not by the Comal County Fair Association — at least not last weekend.
Retired Air Force Col. James Wilson, president of this year’s association, thinks they have the football strike to thank for the record number of people who visited this year’s fair, which ended Sunday.
More people walked through the gates of this year’s fair than ever before, Wilson noted in a
telephone conversation Tuesday. “I think the National Football League helped us out alot with that on Sunday.
“There weren’t any games to watch so people came to the fair,” he quipped.
Saturday was the fair’s biggest day, said Wilson, who estimated that anywhere from 20,000 to 25,000 were on the fairgrounds that day.
“This is almost double of previous years’ (crowds),” he noted. “It was the largest crowd we ever had — like one big family reunion.”
The rodeo and horse races were also “completely packed,” he said.
As to why this year’s fair was so successful,
Wilson credited the improved facilities on the fairgrounds. Since last year, the food mall, livestock barn and poultry and rabbit barns have undergone improvements, he said.
He also mentioned the numerous exhibits displayed this year. “Kendall County wondered why we have so many exhibits,” he said. “It’s because we give a free ticket to those who enter something in competition.
“People know that if they bring in a jar of pickets (to be judged in one of the exhibit contests) we're going to give them a ticket.”
A main reason why more people attended this
year’s fair, however, was the Fair Association's decision to reduce the price of entrance fee tickets, Wilson noted.
"My golly — local people felt that instead of getting taken, they felt obligated to meet us half way,” said Wilson referring to the reduced prices.
With this year’s fair just barely completed, plans for next year’s - which will be the 90th one held will soon begin.
Wilson said the board of directors of the Fair Association have planned to meet on Oct. 6 to critique this year's fair and discuss how next year’s can be improved.
New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 91-No. 191
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U.S. Marines back in Beirut
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
U.S. Marines landed at the port of Beirut today on their second peacekeeping mission in a month — an assignment President Reagan says will last until Lebanon’s government can maintain order and all Israeli and Syrian troops are out of the country.
The U.S. landing ship Manitowac docked about noon (6 a.m. EDT) and was followed by the Saginaw. About 200 Marines landed with jeeps and trucks and were to head for the airport after the Israelis relinquished control.
Associated Press correspondent Clara Hemphill reported from Beirut airport that the Israelis lowered their flag there at 12:15 p.m. (6:15 a.m. EDT), just after a C-130 transport left with 70 Israeli soldiers.
U.S. Ambassador Robert Dillon met the Marines at the harbor and said, “I’m very glad to see them ... We’ve not set a time limit. They’ll be here long enough to do the job — to assist the government of lebanon in establishing control over Beirut and the surrounding area.”
Asked why the Marines were bringing tanks and other armored vehicles, which they did not have on their last mission, Dillon said, “The difference is it’s a larger unit, and they are going to have all the appropriate equipment. Actually I wouldn't read anything into that.
This is the regular equipment that they would have. There is no special significance to that.”
The tanks were scheduled to land Thursday. About 1,200 Marines are being assigned to peacekeeping duties this time — 400 more than during the last mission.
Dillon said he did not expect the Marines to be fired upon, but they had the authority to “defend themselves.”
Marine Col. James M. Mead of Boston, Mass., who also commanded the 32nd Marine Amphibious Unit during the last mission, was asked by reporters how he felt about being back in lebanon.
“Very mixed emotions from the standpoint that there have been two
very big tragedies recently, and it was because of these tragedies that we’re back,” he said.
He referred to the assassination of President-elect Bashir Gemayel on Sept. 14, and the massacre of hundreds of men, women and children at the Palestinian refugee camps of Chatilla and Sabra Sept. 16-18.
The Israelis invaded Lebanon June 6 to drive Palestine Liberation Organization forces out of lebanon. There also are an estimated 30,000 Syrian troops in eastern lebanon, formations that moved into the country in a peacekeeping role at the end of the 1975-76 lebanese civil war.
The Marines, who had been aboard U.S. 6th Fleet ships cruising off Beirut’s coast for three days, delayed their arrival for about an hour because commercial ships were still in the harbor at the time.
Their arrival came as Israeli Prime Minister Menecham Begin in Jerusalem formally asked Supreme Court President Yitzhak Kahan to appoint a commission to investigate Israel’s conduct during the slaughter of hundreds of Palestinians in two Beirut refugee camps nearly two weeks ago. Begin’s move came one dajsafter the Cabinet requested such a probe.
At a Washington news conference Tuesday night, Reagan said the Marines would enter Beirut to join their French and Italian comrades after the Israelis withdraw to a line south of the international airport.
Reagan said the leathernecks would stay until the government of President Amin Gemayel is “able to preserve order.” Reagan said he did not know how long that will take, but “the Lebanese government will be the ones to tell us when they feel that they are in charge.”
Reagan said he believes all Syrian and Israel forces will leave Lebanon “rapidly” following full deployment of the tri-nation peacekeeping forces.
The president’s comments were the first he has made on the Marines’ latest tour of duty in Beirut. Under the War Powers Act, Congress has authority to withdraw U.S. forces 60 days after their deployment to a hostile zone.
Staff photo by John Senter
Silhouetted against the clouds, workers from Lower Colorado the intersection of North Street and Veramendi Avenue near
River Authority repair a wooden pole on an electrical tower at the fairgrounds.
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
Chief appraiser Glenn Brucks think he can iron out most of the wrinkles in the Comal Independent School District’s tax roll. CISD tax assessor E.W. Neuse Jr. is not so sure.
Brucks, head of Comal County Appraisal District, met Monday with officers from the three major tax-collecting offices: Neuse; Gloria Clennan, county tax assessor; and Glyn Goff, who handles accounts for the City of New Braunfels and the
New Braunfels ISD.
Brucks said it was mostly a talk session, with he and the three assessors each trying to make the others aware of their own particular problems. “We didn’t really settle anything," he said.
Before the final tax roll is printed, however, Brucks thinks he can work out most of the 40 discrepancies Neuse found in the preliminary roll sent to CISD.
School district trustees have requested a special meeting with directors of the appraisal district. That may still take place, but
Brucks feels that some of those discrepancies aren’t as serious as the tax assessor thinks.
‘ I’d like to get my side in,” he said, after reading a newspaper account of Neuse’s report to the school board.
The tax assessor found quite a few things wrong with the preliminary tax roll given to CISD, but the most significant one was the order in which the roll was printed. Since 1972, the school district has divided its tax roll into acreage, recorded subdivisions, unrecorded subdivisions and personal property. All
categories are arranged alphabetically, with blocks and lots within a subdivision listed iii numerical order.
ClSD’s printing service needs the roll in this form so that it can punch new appraisal figures into the current program. Neuse claims he sent Brucks a letter to that effect iii February 1981, before the appraisal district got started with its work. Bul the preliminary printout was arranged by account number.
Brucks admits to receiving the
See BRUCKS, Rage 16A
Brucks, assessors work to smooth out 'rough spots'
Annexation on hold
Charter revision 'freezes' planners' discussion
The Comal County Growth and Development Committee wants to know what you think.
So much so that this 15-member county-wide panel is making preparations for a public survey that will eventually be sent out to county residents.
Education — in terms of learning what county residents view as the county’s biggest problems, and also in terms of educating the public of the committee’s findings — is the committee’s top priority right now.
To complete this process, Spring Branch resident Charles Knibbe, chairman of the committee, proposed Tuesday that his panel mail a survey in mid-November and a few days later (before the results of the survey was known) hold a public hearing.
Of those nine present at Tuesday night’s growth committee meeting at the Courthouse, ail agreed with the
first part of Knibbe’s proposal — to mail out the survey.
As for the public hearing — or forum as it later became known, the committee could not reach a consensus and tabled action until they meet again in two weeks.
Some committee members felt the hearing should be held long after the results of the survey were known.
“Through the questionnaire we might come up with some problems that we’ve not seen already,” said Texas Ranger Ray Martinez, one of the committee members.
“It (the survey) would give us some ammunition and input as to how the people feel or what they want,” he added.
Dr. Joe Diamond, from the Texas A&M Extension Service, which is advising the growth committee, agreed with Martinez.
See SURVEY, Page 16AInsideToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy, windy and warm through Thursday. Winds will be from the southeast at 15-20 mph with occasional gusts today, decreasing to 10-15 mph tonight.Fair photos
Pictures of the grand champion and tri-color award winners from several divisions of the Comal County Fair appear in today’s edition, along with additional results which were received Tuesday. See Page* 2, SA and 18C.
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A move to revise New Braunfels’ city election system has put a crimp in the plans of the city Planning and Zoning Commission.
Board members convened Tuesday night for an annexation workshop, but cut their meeting short after hearing a report on Monday’s meeting of the Districting Charter Review Committee. Until they get some idea what that committee is going to do, they’re not sure the city can annex anything.
The Mexican American Iiegal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) is asking New Braunfels to abandon its at-large election system in favor of single-member districts, in order to give minority neighborhoods a better chance of representation on the City Council. The powerful special-interest group would like to see changes made before the next election in August.
lf single-member districts are to be established, the lines must be
drawn to suit MALDEF and the Justice Department. Annexation of new territories which could change the population balance in a given area might complicate the job, especially if the annexation occurred in the middle of the redistricting effort.
"As pointed out in one committee meeting, the Justice Department might reject our annexation," planning director Debra Goodwin told the commission.
Commissioners decided to ask for direction from the City Council. In the meantime, they think it’s best to work on annexing land rather than people.
The group’s long-range plan designates IO specific areas to be annexed before 1985. Three of those areas (numbered 8, 9 and 12 on the map) are mere strips of land. They would secure the city’s extraterritorial jurisdiction while bringing few, if any, voting residents
into the population.
Board chairman David Hartmann first suggested a complete freeze on annexation.
“Wouldn't we be spinning our wheels if we were to begin annexation proceedings and be in the middle of it six months from now , then get word from the Justice Department that there would be ahold put on any of our proceedings? We could waste money and manpower at City Hall,” he said.
Commissioner Joe Hartigan didn t think the city could afford to “just sit and wait.” S.D. David agreed with him.
Areas 8 and 9, extending 500 feet on either side of Krueger I .ane, would have to be taken into the city in two separate moves. Annexation of area 8 would extend the ETJ to the far edge of area 9, making it legal to annex that one in a sub-
See PLANNING, Page 16A