Lockhart Post Register, October 16, 1997

Lockhart Post Register

October 16, 1997

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Lockhart Post Register (Newspaper) - October 16, 1997, Lockhart, Texas Lockharf's Marcia Proctor recoivos prestigious Hometown Leadership Award - see page IB of service Caldwell County ockhartS ost-Register f�jF Volume 125, Number 421 (USPS 317-200) 'Serving Lockhart & Caldwell County Since 1872' Published in Lockhart, Texas 16 Pages, 2 Sections 's inside... Martindale News............page 2A Baker fundraiser.............page 6A LHS sports wrapup.........page 7A Military Notes.................page IB Dale News......................page 3B Lockhart Happenings.....page 3B Area obituaries...............page 4B Up and coming...  The regular meeting of the Caldwell County Commissioners Court will be held at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 20, in Room 302 of the county courthouse.  The Caldwell County 4-H Horse Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21, at the Ag Extension Office on FM-20 East.  M Last week, the community's highest usage was 1,560,800 million gallons on Oct. 6. The lowest usage was 1,160,900 gallons, with the average at 1.4 million gallons. The number of complaints about "brown water" are down, partially due to less water usage. City officials are asking anyone who still sees brown water in their home or business to call 398-3461, extension 400, to report it. Ml A puppet show presented by the Clark Library staff will air at 8 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. on the following days: Monday, Oct. 20.; Wednesday, Oct. 22.; and Friday, Oct. 24. Deborah Watt and Lytle Arche of the Texas A&M Agricultural Extension Service present weekly reports on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 1 p.m. Watt presents a weekly home economist report, and Arche a weekly agricultural ag^nt report.  The monthly news report of the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) airs at 6:45 p.m. every Wednesday.  On Wednesday, Oct. 15, a replay of the Lockhart-Hays football game will air at 7 p.m. Go Lions!  On Thursday, Oct. 16, at 7 p.m., a replay of the Lockhart-Del Valle football game will be replayed. Go Lions Go! Following is the tentative agenda for the Oct. 21 session of the Lockhart City Council:  Consider grant match for Airport Terminal Building.  Survey and recommendation on policy for waiving park fees.  Resolution supporting grant application and match to LCRA for Town Branch Creek Project.  Approve city manager's recommendation to restrict vehicle access to Medina in conjunction with TxDOT safety enhancements at San Antonio and Medina Sts.  Consider staff recommendation regarding Cable TV.  Consider creation of Senior Citizens Building Fund and Board of Directors.  Approve contract for administration of HOME Grant and First Time Home Buyers Grants.  Consider chemical treatment program to lessen "brown water " condition. fool for tku$L "The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool." - George Santayana YEAH, IT'S RAINING OUTSIDE - Cute little Estrella Gonzales, 4-year-old granddaughter of Vicki Bryant, spent some of last Friday out playing in the rain in front of Bryant's house on Center Street. A newspaper photographer was alerted to her activities by a bemused member of the staff at Lockhart High. Cracking down on 'crack' Recent indictments latest salvo in war against local drug dealers By Greg Densmore News Editor A half-dozen residents of Lockhart were among the nine people indicted this week by the Caldwell County Grand Jury. on charges of -delivery of cocaine. Those indicted were caught in the web of an undercover sting operation conducted by the Travis County Narcotics Task Force, of which the local sheriff's department is a member. By Wednesday, all but two of the nine had been rounded-up, according to Caldwell County Chiefl List of grand jury indictments, page 4A Deputy Mark Hanna. "We have two warrants outstanding, and we think they had already left town. The rest are in custody." The nine suspects are alleged to have sold quantities of crack cocaine to undercover narcotics officers posing as drug customers. Hanna said that the indictments "should put a little bit more of a dent" in the local narcotics trafficking trade. "It should definitely slow things down for a while," added Hanna. "We definitely got their attention." . .Hanna said the nine indictments are just the latest salvos fired by law enforcement against local drug dealers. The chief deputy also had high praise for a recent jury trial that resulted in a 99-year prison sentence for a Lockhart man who was a major dealer in illicit drugs. In that trial, Held last month in the 20th District Courtroom of Judge Charles Ramsay, a Caldwell County jury found 42-year-old Saul Roland of Lockhart guilty of delivering 9 "rocks" (2.61 grams) of crack cocaine to an undercover narcotics officer. After a short deliberation, the same jury sentenced Roland to 99 years in prison and fined him $10,000. "That should really get them to thinking," said Hanna. "That [99 years] is a pretty good lick. They didn't slap him on the hand, that's for sure." (See BUST, Page 4A) Defense shines as Lions slosh past Del Valle, 21-7, in important District 28-4A clash By Greg Densmore Playing last Friday night in a steady rain on enemy territory, the Lockhart Lions scored twice during a 3-1/2 minute span in the first half and went on to nail down an important 21-7 win over the Del Valle Cardinals. With the win, the Lions find themselves in the thick of the hunt in the battle for supremacy in District 28-4A (see related article, this page). Lockhart now stands 2-1 in district play, 4-2 overall. Except for a brief stretch in the fourth quarter, when the Cardinals took advantage of a Lockhart fumble deep in its own territory, the Lions controlled the tempo of the game. The wet conditions bothered both teams, with each fumbling four times. It also caused several bobbled snaps and played general havoc with the passing game. The Lockhart offense, all but abandoning the airway because of the wet conditions, ran DIE-HARD FANS - A couple of hundred loyal Lockhart Lion fans turned out in a steady rain last weekend to watch their team down Del Valle by a score of 21 -7. Pictured are some of the faithful who huddled under umbrellas to watch the action. straight into the teeth of the Cardinal defense and ground out 297 yards rushing. Option quarterback Daniel Ramirez and sneaky-fast fullback Lex Jennings led the Lions' offensive charge. Jennings, a powerful 170-pound senior, blasted out 140 yards and scored two touchdowns, while Ramirez slashed his way for 84 yards and one TD. Tailback Cory Fennell had a good night, too, picking up 58 yards on 10 carries. On the other side of the ball, a stingy Lion defense held Del Valle to 181 total yards and didn't allow a first down until the second quarter. As they have for the past four games, the Lockhart defense was exceptionally tough against the run, limiting the Cardinals to 108 yards on 35 carries. In 16 quarters of play, dating back to the Luling game, the Lions have allowed only one rushing touchdown - and no opponent has scored on the ground in the past 10 quarters. Lockhart received the ball to start the game, and the offense quickly clicked-off three first downs to the opponents' 10-yard-line. A 31-yard burst around the left side by Jennings highlighted the drive, which ended when a Ramirez pass was intercepted at the 3 and returned 18 yards to the 21. The Lion defense began setting the rhythm of the contest on Del Valle's first possession when Cardinal running backs Earnest Carter and Charles Gilden were stopped cold and quarterback Ernesto Gonzales misfired on a pass over the middle. On 4th-and-l 1 from its own 20, Del Valle punted away to Clarence Roland, who fielded the pigskin around mid-field and weaved his way down field to the Del Valle 20. An illegal block penalty against the Lions, however, sent the ball back up field to the Cardinal 37. It took Lockhart's offensive crew eight plays to cross the goal line for the game's first score. With Jennings, Fennell and Joey Sabala attacking the Del Valle defense from all angles, Ramirez capped off the short drive with a 5-yard touchdown run off the option, eluding several tacklers before diving into the end zone with 3:37 remaining in the first quarter. John Sanchez's PAT kick gave the (See LIONS, Page 4A) Win over Bastrop would help Lions' playoff chances The outcome of the Lockhart Lions' homecoming tilt this Friday night against Bastrop will definitely shed more light on which teams from District 28-4A have the inside track on post-season play. Undefeated Smithson Valley is clearly the cream of the crop this year. No team has scored more than one touchdown against the Ranger defense; and the offense - led by tailback Jeff Shin, one of the top rushers in 4A this year - has been on a rampage. Lockhart will face-off against Smithson Valley at Lions Field on Nov. 6 in the final game of the regular season. Though the Rangers are currently sitting (See BEARS, Page 4A) Commissioners clear several requests on work tied to courthouse renovation Meeting in regular session Monday morning, the Caldwell County Commissioners Court approved low bids for renovation work at the Slater Building in Luling as well as various other work requests tied to the Courthouse Restoration Projects. In addition, the commissioners okayed a permit application for Butler Resources to cross CR-128 with two pipelines, gave a nod of the head to a preliminary plat for the Rocky Road Ranchettes Subdivision near Uhland and tabled a request from the City of Mustang Ridge that the county enforce health, safety and environmental codes and ordinances in that municipality. The commissioners approved the following low bids for renovation work at the Slater Building:  HVAC, BOE Electric ,af Seguin, $13,368;  Plumbing, Triad Mechanical of Austin, $17,400;  Electrical, Bryhan Electric of San Marcos, $27,400;  Floor covering, Campbell Flooring, $11,772; and  Termite control, Angel Pest Control, $648. Other courthouse renovation requests approved by the court: an agreement between the county and Absolute Demolition to remove a chiller and air handler in the Judicial Center Annex; another agreement with Absolute Demolition to remove an Isolation Sleeve in the Judicial Center; a change order to roofing contractor Bruton Gomez to provide new The court also voted to appoint Jeff Wright as the county's new Solid Waste Enforcement Officer skids for future roof-mounted condenser units; and a second change order to Bruton Gomez to provide unit cost repairs and reroute existing roof drain at the Judicial Center. The decision to table the request from Mustang Ridge came after commissioners were told of pending litigation regarding septic systems installed in the area."We sure don't want to step into these lawsuits," said Precinct 3 Commissioner Ronnie Duesterheft. New H-E-B store in Lockhart opens with much fanfare The big-city folks just don't understand what all the commotion is about. So a new grocery store opened in town, they say. What's the big deal? It happens all the time. And that's true. It does indeed happen all the time, especially when considering a thriving metropolis like an Austin or a San Antonio. But this is Lockhart, small-town America we're talking about here. And what the big-city folks don't understand is that the opening of the new H-E-B store is a momentous occasion for all of who live in Lockhart and the surrounding area. What the big-city folks don't understand is this: a major grocery in a smaller town like Lockhart is not just a grocery store; it is a community gathering-place where we visit with our neighbors while we're filling our baskets. And, hey, this is a new store, twice as big as the one that burned down, with lots of aisle space, a near mind-boggling array of mer-chadise, a pharmacy (with Sunday hours!), lots of aisle space, a bakery, a deli, a seafood shop - did I mention the the aisle space? - and enough frozen food to feed the whole town. Last Friday's grand opening of the H-E-B drew hundreds of invited guests, including kids from one of the elementary schools, local dignitaries and just plain folks - as well as a couple of television news crews from Austin. After opening speeches from Lockhart Mayor John Allred, County Judge Rebecca Hawener (See H-E-B, Page 4A) WE'RE OPEN! - John Flores, H-E-B manager, gets some help from his family, Mayor John Allred and Judge Rebecca Hawener in snipping a strand of barbed wire to officially open the store. ;