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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 13, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas PELS on312 11009 78 S3lsT MICROPUBLISHIN0 2627 E YftNBELL DR L pflSO TX 79903 Vol 148 No 39 18 pages in 2 sections January WEDNESDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Texas Legislature back in business Bush gets a big ovation AUSTIN AP The Texas Legislature convened Tuesday with money in the bank a billionplus budget in the works and according to the retiring lieutenant gover nor the future president of the United States in the office Those words were used by Democratic Lt Gov Bob Bullock to introduce Gov George W Bush to the state Senate an appearance that sparked a rousing ovation from lawmakers and spectators The Republican governor who said he remains undecided about entering next years White House race moved quickly to decline the honor election to the Texas House 42 years ago Democrat in Texas government Bs projecting additional revenue of billion as well as 1 billion from tobac I really came not to be nominated for anoth He was an assistant attorney general gov er office but to see if ernors aide secretary of state and four the old lieutenant gov term comptroller ernor could still swing Perry the first Republican ever elected to the Bush said the states No 2 post sat on the Senate podium behind Bullock during the opening ceremonies In the House Rep Pete Laney DHale Center was unanimously elected to a fourth term as that chambers speaker Laney a cotton farmer who espouses bipartisanship and has appointed numerous Republicans as chairmen of powerful corn What a great Bullock 69 and Bush 52 have been fast BUSH friends since the gover nor first took office in 1995 Bullock is retiring after next weeks inau guration of Lt Rick Perry wrap ping up a public career that began with his lawmakers will have up to billion for the 20002001 Some lawmakers suggested there could co companies from settlement of be some tough fighteoyettfifrffxtfa money the states lawsuit against the industry and several counsVleacautidn The Legislatures top two budget writers I can imagine that the only thing worse Sen Bill Ratliff RMount Pleasant and that a tax increase bill would be Rep Rob Junell DSan Angelo planned to said Rep Kip Averitt RWaco as unveil a preliminary spending plan on he praised the House speakers skills at forging compromises Recalling earlier budget deficits Laney said The worst mistake we could make is to view this budget surplus simply as a Wednesday The current twoyear budget totals billion With added revenues unspent funds and the tobacco payments Comptroller Car pie a pie to be divided up and parceled mittees becomes the highestranking ole Keeton Rylatader has projected that out among many competing Its quite a problem getting down there with the traffic as bad as it is Navy veteran Earl Sessums CHRIS Earl Sessums a Navy veteran who served in both World War II and Korea shows the wheelchair he takes with him on hospital visits Sessums and other area vets recently lost their van when it was involved in an accident Transportation trauma Area veterans looking for help after accident totals medical van BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Earl Sessums is the kind of guy that is accustomed to helping others Sessums served his country in the Pacific and Atlantic theaters during World War II He later returned to the United States Navy to serve in Korea And now he and other veterans like him need help to get to their medical appointments in San Antonio after an accident nearly totaled the van used to make those trips When Sessums moved to New Braunfels in 1980 he volunteered to be an escort at Audie Murphy Veterans Hospital in San Antonio He would dri ve into the city several days a weiek and take veterans confined to wheelchairs to their appointments and make pharmacy runs for patients in need of assistance But Earl is 80 now and admittedly doesnt see or hear as well as he once did Like many New Braunfels resi dents he doesnt care much for the traf fic on Interstate 35 and Loop 410 So he drives to the store and his appointments in town but avoids dri ving to San Antonio Its quite a problem getting down there with die traffic as bad as it Ses sums said Ive had three heart attacks and I had to quit So when the Comal County Veter ans Council began operating a van last March to carry veterans to their appoint ments at San Antonios military hospi tals it was a blessing for Sessums and other veterans unable or unwilling to face the snarl of urban traffic Gus Culwell the veterans service officer for Comal County who helps coordinate the program said since the program began in March 1998 more than 200 veterans were able to keep appointments at Audie Murphy Brooke Army Medical Center and Wilford Hall Medical Center Some of the programs participants narrowly avoided a tragedy last Thurs day when the van used to transport vet erans was involved in an accident on Loop 410 Sessums the driver and two other patients were not injured in the accident But the prognosis for the van and possibly the program is not as bright The 1986 Dodge van was damaged Speaker shares helpful hints with OakRun students parents BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer Jim Kern asked a room full of OakRun honor roll students a question every parent in the room knew the answer to How many of you have broken some thing in your home About 30 sixthgrade arms shot into the Kern a Smithson Valley resident and nationally known motivational used the simple question as an example of the relationship between parents and chil dren during a speaking engagement at OakRun School cafeteria on Tuesday night could also answer When your parents found out about what you broke did they say it was OK because it was just a thing Kern asked A chorus of voices resounded with No See County constable under investigation for alleged assault Mullins says he is unaware of probe did nothing wrong BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer A Comal County constable remained under investigation Tuesday related to an assault that allegedly took place at a resi dence near Canyon Lake this past Friday MULLINS Comal County Sheriffs Office detec tives confirmed that Precinct Constable Ed Mullins was under investigation for an alleged assault They said that they could not comment further on an ongoing investigation CCSO dispatch received a 91 1 call at 9 10 Friday from a woman claiming someone had assaulted her daughter Two deputies arrived a residence in the 1 100 block of Eastview Drive within 10 minutes of the call The 38yearold Canyon Lake woman who made the call confirmed that Mullins was involved and that the alleged victim was her 12yearold daughter She said her daughter did not sustain injuries from the incident She said her daughter was babysitting at a friends house when Mullins arrived and attempted to enter the residence The deputy who wrote the incident report was at the residence for more than three hours Mullins said he was unaware of the investigation and that he had not done any thing improper Ive been up here for over 20 years hi law enforcement and I know what the law says I can and can not Mullins said I dont ever touch anyone unless I have has been a constable since 1993 said he had as a snelilff deputy for 13 years prior to that Mullins said he was acting in an official capacity when he arrived at the home He said he was attempting to locate an uniden tified person his son had been looking for Capt Dennis Koepp said his office would wrap up the preliminary investi gation and forward the information to the criminal district attorneys office by noon today Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said he would review the case to see if it had merit He said if he determined that a further investigation was warranted he would go through the Department of Pub lic Safety and request that the Texas Rangers investigate the case It is customary to bring in an outside agency to perform an investigation when a conflict of interest is possible Waldrip said he would make a decision on the disposition of the case pretty EAA approves seeding contract BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The Edwards Aquifer Authority on Tuesday approved a contract that would allow for cloud seeding over the aquifer from midApril to midSeptember The cost of the contract with Water Management Inc will be split even ly between the EAA and the Texas Water Development Board This deal will double the money for the ratepayers of the said Doug Miller of New Braunfels an EAA board member Miller said the board had been working on the project for more than six months and there was some relief that a contract had been signed Miller said that most of the seeding will take place over the western counties of Bexar Medina and Uvalde counties so that the entire aquifer would receive the maximum benefit possible He said 70 percent of the aquifers recharge occurred in Uvalde County The aquifer generally flows from west to east OakRun honor stu dent Katie Heefner left and her father Dave participate in the staring contest during a speaking engagement Tuesday at the school Students and parents listed to Jim Kem a Smithson Valley resident who spoke on the tjonahipa between parents and children HUTHWTOOCV INSIDE
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