New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 30, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Simon's resignation still a mystery at City Hall
The New Braunfels Department of Parks and Recreation is getting by without Don Simon. His unexpected resignation, submitted last Friday, is just as big a mystery now as it was then.
"I haven’t heard from him, and I’m not asking questions,” said City Manager E.N. Delashinutt. Ile found the former parks director’s letter in his office late Friday afternoon. It contained one sentence stating that Simon was resigning his post as of 5 p.m.
That came as a surprise to Delashinutt, who had talked to Simon just a few hours before and received no indication that he was
unhappy with his job. Since receiving the letter, he hasn’t seen the man at all.
“I don’t know of anybody that’s even talked to him,” said city administrative assistant Court Thieleman, who has been placed in temporary charge of the parks department.
Simon’s wife said Saturday that he was “not available for comment.” Phone calls to his home during working hours go unanswered. His mother, Melitta Simon, gave a vague clue to his whereabouts Thursday morning: “He’s out on a job with a
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Key phase of drive to begin Saturday
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
The goal is $85,000. The taker is the Comal County Community Fund, and the giver is you.
This year’s Comfund employer-einployee drive will officially take off Saturday, and its organizers are determined to hit the magic figure. The $85,000 goal represents a $10,000 drop from last year’s goal.
“We want to stress that Comfund is a Comal County effort that benefits the whole county,” said Vladimir Pospisil, publicity and information committee chairman. “That’s a key point.”
Comfund will supply 19 locally-oriented agencies
with funds from this drive’s efforts. Specific amounts and respective organizations, approved for funds at the Comfund’s budget June 25 meeting, include: American Red Cross, $4,500; Arthritis Foundation, $850; Bihl Rehabilitation Center, $850; Boy Scouts of America, $12,000; Cerebral Palsy Treatment Center, $1,000; Comal County Head Start, $1,000.
Also, Comal County Mental Health-Mental Retardation Center. $12,000; Comal County Senior Citizens Center, $1,200; Comal County Youth Fair, $8,800; Community Service Center, $12,000; Crisis Line, $500; Hays County Women’s Center, $800.
See COMFUND, Page 14
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Sts. Peter and Paul student Colin Creel gets fitted for a fire hat courtesy of fireman Victor Leos. Firemen visited Sts. Peter and Paul as part of activities for Fire
Carnival rides need liability coverage, House panel feels
From staff and wire reports
AUSTIN -• House committee members, rejecting a suggestion for state regulation of amusement rides, have recommended mandatory liability insurance for ride owners.
The action drew criticism from committee member Paul Elizondo, D-San Antonio, who said insurance does nothing to protect riders against injuries.
Upon hearing that four Comal County citizens were hurt after a carnival ride malfunctioned at the recently completed Comal County Fair, Elizondo contacted the Horuld Zeitung Wednesday for information surrounding the accident.
It was unclear whether the San Antonio representative mentioned the local mishap in the committee meeting. He did take the information with him to Austin, and told Herald Zeitung reporters he planned to use it for background.
A portion of the “Octopus,” one of the fair’s 25 carnival rides, broke off, leaving six people who were riding in that portion of the ride which broke off — hurt, according to reports from the New Braunfels Fire Department.
Four of the six were taken to McKenna Memorial, according to reports, where they were treated and released for minor injuries Sunday.
An additional eight people, who were also riding the Octopus at the time of the accident, were stranded on top of the ride and had to be rescued by the NB Fire Department’s ladder truck.
Elizondo told the House Committee on State Affairs Wed-
Economic gauges contain bad news
Shift photo by Cnufy Huh, ii (/son
Prevention Week, which officially begins next week. Firemen will be visiting other area schools stressing fire safety and demonstrating equipment.
WASHINGTON (AP) The government’s main gauge of future economic health turned down in August, and initial claims for unemployment benefits soared to a record level in mid-September, officials reported today in a new batch of bad economic news.
The decline of 0.9 percent in the Commerce Department’s Index of Leading Economic Indicators followed four monthly gains, which had built hopes of recovery from the lingering recession.
The 702,000 initial claims for state jobless benefits for the week ending Sept. 18 as reported by the Labor Department seemed to indicate that tilings weren’t improving much in September.
Commerce’s report also said a separate measure of current conditions indicated the economy hit the lowest point of the recession last month.
Officials had said last week the leading indicators index probably had dipped in August, so today’s news was not a shock. But it still was bound to be read as a discouraging economic sign.
The index is designed to forecast future trends in the economy.
Today’s report said five of the Iii leading indicators showed worse performance in August than in July.
They included a decline in the average workweek, an increase in initial claims for unemployment benefits, a drop in factory orders for consumer goods, a big decline in building permits
for future construction and a drop in prices for sensitive crude materials.
Five indicators rose, but not enough to balance the big drops in the five that fell.
Those rising included delivery performance and increases in orders for new plants and equipment, stock prices, total liquid assets and the money
Today’s Labor Department report on initial unemployment claims showed that that important component of the leading indicators index had continued deteriorating in September. Initial claims had averaged 597,000 in August.
ixibor officials said the Sept. 18 figure was the highest since they began keeping track of the numbers in the present seasonally adjusted form in
The Commerce report also included the Index of Coincident Indicators a current-conditions gauge that showed the economy was still declining in August, 12 months into the recession.
The coincident indicators dropped 0.8 percent in August to 122 percent of the 1987 base of IOO, dipping below the July level of 122.8, which had been the recession’s low point. The leading indicators index fell to 128.8 percent of the bast but remained above the 125.1 percent March low point.
President Reagan himself made it a point in his Tuesday night news conference to try to take the edge off today s expected bad news.
Felons' roster recalled to Austin before tax office could check it
nesday that “mandatory insurance only protects people who own the rides. It doesn’t protect people riding the rides.”
Despite Elizondo’s push for state regulation and inspection of rides, the committee voted 8-4 for the mandatory insurance plan, which requires $1 million in liability insurance for ride owners.
Rep. Bill Ceverha, R-Dallas, said the insurance companies would have inspectors check the rides. Ceverha said the state has no right to regulate amusement park rides, although there have been .several injuries and deaths in recent years at 'Texas carnivals and fairs.
He said the number of injuries and deaths has been “insignificant” and far less than the number in other nonregulated industries.
“A great many of the injuries are cuts and bruises where the people are treated and released,” said Ceverha, adding that children suffer similar injuries on bicycles every day, and “we don’t regulate bicycles.”
“A great majority of the injuries (on rides) are caused by the actions of the riders,” said Ceverha.
Amusement park ride injuries rank 184th on a federal report about causes of injuries, according to Ceverha.
Elizondo complained that the committee seemed more interested in protecting animals. Earlier Wednesday, the committee recommended stiffer penalties for promoting dog
See CARNIVAL, Page 14
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
There are 47 convicted felons and eight deceased persons listed on Comal County’s voter registration according to tlwniow infamous “felons’ list” issued by secretary of State David Dean last week.
County Tax Assessor-Collector Gloria Clennan, whose office handles voter registration records as well, w ould love to check that statistic out.
But she won’t be. Shortly after she received Dean’s list, it was snatched out of her hands.
“We were going to start checking them out,” Clennan said in a telephone interview Wednesday.
“But before we could, he 1 Dean> recalled them."
Orginally Clennan planned to contact the Comal County Sheriff’s Department to verify the “felon list,” as instructed in a letter from Dean. Her findings were to be returned to Dean’s office by Friday.
The next day, however, Clennan received a “Mail-Gram" from Dean which stated that “pursuant to an agreed court order” he was requesting that all materials 1 he’d sent out earlier) be returned immediately to his office.
Dean recalled his “felon lists” after a suit was filed against him by Austin resident Jerry Alderman, a Democratic candidate for state representative.
Angerman filed suit because he said he’d never been convicted of a felony and his name was included on Dean’s list. He told the Austin American Statesman last week Ills most serious offense to date was a parking ticket.
Normally Clennan said her office receives notification from the Sheriff’s Department whenever someone is convicted of a felony.
"We usually get notice from the Courthouse and then we'll purge it (the county’s voter registration list) ourselves,” she noted.
The same is also true when a county registered voter dies, Clennan added. Her office receives notification from the state and the
deceased’s name is then deleted.
“We try to keep it (the voter registration lists) pretty clean,” she said. “But we don’t have the staff or the funds to update the lists ourselves.
“We don’t update it unless we’re notified,” she added.
Dean distributed his lists last week to clear state voter registration rolls of convicted felons and deceased (but still registered) voters. Dean’s goal was to make sure that convicted felons wouldn’t be able to vote in the November general election
In all. Dean’s lists, provided to him by the Texas Department of Public Safety, contained the names of 28,000 people.
Local voters must register this week for election
Eligible voters who have not yet registered to vote must do so by Sunday if they wish to cast their ballot in the Nov. 2 general election.
Locally, eligible voters may register at the County Tax-Assessor Collector’s office in the Courthouse Annex. “In person” voter registration may be done until Friday.
However, “mail-in” applications will continue to be accepted if they are postmarked no later than Sunday, a spokeswoman from that office said.
“All that is involved is filling out an application card available at the county voter registrar’s office,” said Joe Rothe, with the county officials program of the Texas Agriculutural Extension Service, Texas A&M University System.
“Every Texas House, Senate and Congressional seat is up for re-election this fall along with nearly every statewide office,” the extension agent noted. “So it’s especially important for all eligible voters to get to the polls on Nov. 2.”
Only 24 percent of those eligible voted in the May I Texas primary, the lowest in 20 years for a gubnatorial primary election, he added.
High school seniors are particularly encouraged to register to vote, Rothe emphasized.
Those who are 17 years and IO months of age are eligible to register and may exercise the right to vote on or after their 18th birthday. Approximately 188,000 high school seniors should be eligible to vote in Texas this fall.
“Everyone eligible to vote but unable to do so 011 Nov. 2 should apply at the county voter registrar's office to vote absentee,” said Rothe. Oct. 29 is the deadline for voting absentee in person. However, “mail-in” absentee ballots will be accepted until the day of the election.
Any of the following conditions qualify an individual to vote absentee:
• Absence from the county of residence on election day.
• Age 85 or older on election day.
• Inability to appear at the authorized polling place on election day due to sickness, physical disability or religious belief.
• Service as an election clerk or a poll watcher in an election precinct other than the precinct of residence.
• Under certain circumstances, voters confined to jail may bt* eligible to vote absentee.
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy and warm through Friday. Winds will be from the southeast at 15 mph today, decreasing to 5-10 mph tonight. Sunset will be at 7; 18 p.m., and sunrise Friday will bt* at 7:24 a.m.
The crosstown rivalry between New Braunfels
and Canyon kicks off Friday night at Unicorn
Stadium. Coaches and fans says it’s a friendly
rivalry. Sports. Page 8