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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 22, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas Petition seeking homestead vote to be brought to City Council By DYANNE FRY Staff writer The optional homestead tax exemption has been voted down three times in City On a group of New Braunfels citizens will petition the council to put the question to a public Douglas a Driver Education instructor at Canyon High said Friday that he had at least 80 confirmed signatures on his which asks the council to put the homestead exemption on the April 7 election Voters will elect three new City Council members that and will also decide whether they want the city to continue issuing 2 liquor Miller had first intended to force a referendum on the homestead he told the HeraldZeitung Friday that this may not be I found out that what Im doing is not legally binding on the As I un derstand you cannot petition the city council to call a referendum unless there is an ordinance on the Miller As it stands Were just asking the city to do he But he plans to bring in as many signatures as he hoping they will carry some City Councilmember Betty Lou Rushing proposed just what Miller is proposing a referendum on the 40 percent homestead exemption on and was voted down City Attorney John Chunn isnt sure the council can call a referendum on this even if ft wants because it involves He said hed be prepared to answer that question for sure on Monday A 1981 amendment to the Texas Con stitution allows individual at local to exempt up to 40 percent of the value of homesteads for property tax See Page MA New Braunfels Herald New Texas Volume 16 88 5 Sections USPS 377880 Besserung award goes to Eberhard By PATRICIA YZNAGAKING Wire editor New Braunfels Mayor Pro Tern Laverne Eberhard received the Besserung Award at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet at the Civic Center Friday The award is given annually to the most outstanding citizen in the Besserung is the German word for To serve New Braunfels has always been an honor for Eberhard Its a great place to a lifelong New was honored because of continued leadership and work with the citys religious and academic Eberhard thanked her family for supporting her It dont un derstand how I will possibly follow in the footsteps of other people who have gotten the she The honor was awarded at the end of the after an hourlong show that reviewed chamber activity highlights since it was formed in The program followed the format of the 1950s television This is Your 1983 chamber president Donnie Seay was and local attorney Steve along with voices of the revealed highlights of the chambers 65year including the chambers work with McKenna Memorial dam and flood control projects in the the development of the Comal County Community Fund and the Edwards Underground Water The program poked fun at itself and at its Joe of Houston local attorney Tom Bluntzer blamed the chamber for luring tourists to New Braunfels and ruining it for his But New Braunfels is a little he The city was so the EPA doesnt where New Braunfels is he how could anyone trust the Comal he The Comal doesnt glow in the he To make things Joe Critic announced he would run for the city The program reserved some of its teasing for Local dentist Ed Sciantarelli por trayed the doctor who presided over Seays birth in 1940 Seay was so he said I had to coax him out with a Seay thanked the chamber officers and staff for their work in His year as president has been made very easy by a very competent he He also recognized the Blue Coats for their work during the He See Page 14A Chambers night Laverne Eberhard shows her surprise at winning the Besserung Award as accepts it from 1983 Chamber of Commerce president Donnie who won the honor for a long string of civic received her award at the close of the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet The based on the old TV show This Is Your featured visits from the three Staff photos by John Senter guests from top on the left the played by Joe who recalled the Chambers early days Dryhole Ed the obstetrician who cracked one liners about bringing Seay into the world and Critic Tom who played a transplanted Houstonian who complained that New Braunfels didnt match up to his bir Heavyduty meeting Packed agenda faces Council New Braunfels City Council may be burning the midnight oil Monday with two rezoning three controversial recommendations from the parks board and plans for an upcoming election on the The meeting will commence at in the council chamber at City A request for commercial zoning at 1376 and 1890 McQueeney Road got past the Planning and Zoning Commission in less than five and probably wont create any controversy in City But a request for commercial zoning in a residential district at IH 35 and South Academy drew protests from quite a few Planning and Zoning eventually recommended a singleuse restricted its up tothe council to make the final Council will vote on the second reading of a Ruekle Road rezoning which brought out some concerned neighbors upon first Also up for second reading is an ordinance restricting the operation of aircraft in New Braunfels air And council will vote for the last time on the new subdivision the burglar alarm ordinance and the ordinance setting higher picnic and pavilionuse fees in Landa Three emergency ordinances are on the one to abandon the rightofway for Marys Street leading to the Guadalupe and two setting city elections on April council will be calling two elections on that date election of three atlarge and a referendum on the latehours drinking or But voters will only have to go to the polls Mayor Pro Tern Laverne Donnie Seay and Barbara Tieken are the council members are See Page 14A Precinct 3 showdown Camarillo to challenge Mund in Demo primary Lorenzo Yankee Camarillo will challenge Charles Tart County Commissioner for Precinct in the Democratic primary this former owner of Don Lorenzos Restaurant in New filed Tuesday with Democratic chairman Tom It will be his second bid for the 3 He ran on the Republican ticket in November and the incumbent Mund defeated him to 776 at the Inside This the 42yearold Camarillo has decided to switch Were looking at a predominantly Democratic he Research has convinced him that a number of people who might have supported him in 1982 voted a straight Democratic not noticing that Camarillos name was on the GOP This we think I have a better chance of who lives at 1065 also ran for New Braunfels City Council in He was defeated by Laverne who is now mayor pro The candidate said he was con cerned about Comal Countys runaway and the lack of long range planning by the present com missioners See Page 14A LORENZO CAMARILLO Todays Weather Today will be cloudy and not as cold with a 30 tfctnt chance of rain or Highs will be in with light easterly A 60 percent of rain is in the forecast tonight with lows in the low Mondays tenv pwttura will to in the high 40s with a chance of CLASSIFIED 4JB 12A cnotswoAp MAMMY Hfl 1IA VONTt hero Weissmuller dies in Acapulco at age 79 Mexico AP Johnny who won five Olympic gold medals as a swimmer and went on to movie fame as Tarzan of the has died at the age of The cause of Weissmullers death at his Acapulco home late Friday was not He suffered a series of strokes in 1977 and was an invalid at the home where he had lived with his since It boat him down little by said his Johnny Weissmuller of San He went in his His wife tried to get him up and Weissmuller was of the greatest swimmers of all dominating bis events at the and 1921 setting a total of 17 world records and winning Sfi Amateur Athletic Union swimming My fathers proudest moment was when he carried the flag for the United States at the Am sterdam Olympics in his Lisa said by telephone from her home in Beverly But his greatest fame probably came as the star of 18 Tarzan films between 1931 and He was the fourth film actor to play the mythical hero created by Edgar Rice I went to the back lot at they gave me a G string and Can you climb a tree Can you pick up that girl I could do all and I did all my own swinging because I had been a YMCA champion on the Weissmuller once When producer Sol Lesser refused to give him a larger share of the profits after making Tarzan and the Mermaids in Weissmuller dropped the role and turned to a series of Jungle Jim He also played thst t role on television for 10 He estimated his film earnings at but See Fife 14A Jones murder trial tough on family GEORGETOWN AP Three days into the trial of a little girls the childs grandmother said no strong emotions boiled in her when she looked at the nurse accused of being a Two days she said she had changed her After testimony in Genene Jones murder trial Judge John Carter moved the case across the rotunda into a courtroom only three rows So Robin her mother and daughter now sit within 15 feet of who prosecutors say used a powerful muscle relaxant to kill Chelsea McClellan on in When the testimony began from medical one recalling a very pretty girl and another in ventorying the parts he took from the Alexander said she found her emotions I guess its her attitude I dont She never quits I think she loves the she If I was on that side on the damned if Id be Sam Alexanders daughter and Chelseas harbors no thought that Jones did not kill the 15monthold Where theres smoke theres If I didnt think she was guilty I wouldnt be she I think the last day Id like to pounce on Jones demeanor has been consistent with the events of the When the lawyers and audience laugh at a oneliner from the Jones When the testimony borders on the she stares At times she drinks milk to calm an At other times she scribbles notes and questions and pushes them to her Alexander said the family members planned to sit through every day of the Im no good sitting in the house she told a But on Alexander and her 72yearold mother Hester Turner of Longview left the courtroom when Bexar County Medical Examiner Vincent DiMaio took the DiMaio examined Chelseas body when it was exhumed eight months after Kerr County District Attorney Ron Sutton had told the family that DiMaios testimony would be Ron said it has to be done and we may prefer not to I thought I had the guts of a secondstory said Other testimony also proved to be emotionally Chelseas relatives were in the courtroom when a pathologist listed the parts of the little girl he took from the body during an I examined the brain I took the brain and put it in a James Fletes adding See Page UA
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