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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS QO Af NG Vol 149 No 83 18 pages in 2 sections March 15 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Presidential Race Comal County Democratic Party Steve Forbes Al Gary Bauer Bill George W Bush Lyndon H LaRouche Jr Alan Keyes Orrln G Republican Party Charles Bass Urban John Primary results Onto November Comal County Commissioner Pet 1 Republican Party Douglas Jack Comal County Tax AssessorCollector Republican Party Sherman Sherry Comal County Constable Pet 1 Democratic Party Joe Randy Comal County Constable Pet 4 Republican Party Lee Wylle I J Ronald Star Ben Jim K JESSIE David Renken from Gloria Clennan and Ben Scroggin review the latest tallies shortly before final results from Tuesdays election were annnounced Scroggin and J Ronald Star Carey will face off in a runoff elec tion April 11 for the Pet 4 constable Republican nomination Maximum Bob falls in Guadalupe BY RON MALONEY HeraldZeitung Correspondent SEGUIN Almost a fourth of registered Guadalupe County voters turned out Tuesday to help Elizabeth MurrayKolb upend incumbent County Attorney Bob Covington in the hotlycontested Republican pri mary Lisa Adam of the Guadalupe County election office said shortly before 10 Tuesday about of registered voters cast bal lots MurrayKolb defeated Covington the eightyear incumbent by a margin of to votes roughly 64 to 36 percent Im Covington said Tuesday night He blamed the loss on an expensive and negative cam paign waged by MurrayKolb MurrayKolb was unavailable for comment The fourway race for the Repub lican nominee to replace retiring Guadalupe County Sheriff Mel vin L Harborth was a closer affair ending in an April 11 runoff election between Tom Tannehill and sheriffs sergeant Arnold Zwicke Zwicke got votes or about percent of the votes to Tan nehills votes or almost 43 per cent Tannehill is a 31year San Anto nio Police Department veteran who has lived near Seguin for 11 years Edgar Sonny Kutscher got 571 or 6 percent of votes cast To avoid a runoff a candidate must have more than 50 percent of votes cast Im excited about the Tannehill said late Tuesday I knew I was kind of going uphill against a man who was handpicked by the Zwicke was unavailable for com ment In Precinct 3 incumbent county commissioner Jim Wolverton defeat ed challenger Robert Thomas by a margin of to votes or to percent margin Wolverton will face Democrat Rick Svatora in the November general election Guadalupe County Attorney Republican Party Elizabeth MurrayKolb Bob Guadalupe County Sheriff Republican Party Tom Arnold S Edgar Chris Dawson retains Pet 1 seat Twentyone percent of Comal County voters go to the polls BY TODD Staff Writer Comal County commissioner Jack Daw son once again defeated challenger Dou glas Kirk Tuesday night in a rematch for the Republican nomination to the Precinct 1 post More local But Kirk vowed Tues state and day he was defeated but national not Dawson who was elect ed Pet 1 commissioner in 1996 won the Republican primary election with votes or 64 percent Kirk received votes or about 36 During early and electionday voting of the registered voters in Comal County or 21 percent cast their bal lots in the Republican and Democratic pri mary elections In the Republican races Comal County voters went to the polls while local voters cast their ballots in the Demo cratic primary races Dawson won Tuesdays primary election by roughly the same percent as the 1996 runoff election against Kirk In the primary runoff four years ago Dawson garnered 38 percent of the vote and Kirk gained 35 percent in a fourway primary In the second runoff election Dawson garnered 670 votes or 68 percent while Kirk received 316 votes or 32 percent Dawson also beat Democratic opponent Charles Milliken in 1996 for the Pet 1 com missioner post With most of the precincts counted Tues See Chamber proposition survey complete BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer If recent survey results are any prediction five of seven city bond propositions will pass in May raising the 32cent per valuation property tax more than 15 cents It would give the city million to spend on streets and drainage for a new police communication sys tem million for fire department RESULTS ARE IN improvements and equipment million for a sports complex and million to expand Walnut Street But the city wouldnt have million for an activ ity center or million for park improvements While no one knows what will happen in May officials agree the survey filled out by 500 members of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce could serve as an indicator Itll give us an idea on how the election will Mayor Stoney Williams said More than surveys were sent in February meaning 30 percent of mem bers receiving a sur vey cast a vote The survey allowed members to check yes or no to the seven bond propositions See sidebar for exact results The chambers board of directors voted unanimously in February to sup port the streets and drainage proposition but decided to poll the membership on all seven propositions for infor mational purposes Chamber president Michael Meek said the board could not reach consensus on the six oth er propositions We decided it wasnt wise to take a stance on the other propositions until we consulted the The following are results from a survey concerning the upcom ing city bond election Five hundred chamber members completed the survey Prop 1 mil lion for streets and drainage yes no Prop 2 for a police communication sys tem yes no Prop 3 million for fire depart ment improvements and equipment yes no million for park improvements yes no million for sports complex yes no million for activity center yes no Prop 7 million for Walnut Street improvements yes no See Familyowned Wuest grocery stores founded In 1938 are being bought by Handy Andy Supermarkets K JESSIE Zeitung Wuest stores sell to larger chain BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A locally owned grocery store chain will have a new name and look if negotiations with a San Antoniobased supermarket go through as planned Handy Andy Supermarkets announced plans Monday to buy the sevenstore Wuest Grocery Stores chain including two Wuest stores in New Braunfels Harvey E Wuest founded the familyowned Seguinbased grocery stores in 1938 Wuest grocery stores are at 599 W San Antonio St and 355 Landa St David Salazar executive vice president of Handy Andy Supermarkets said the acquisi tion of the Wuest grocery stores was expect ed to close this weekend or early next week Salazar said Handy Andy would rename all seven stores and renovate their exteriors and interiors to reflect the d6cor used in the 19 existing Handy Andy Supermarkets All of the equipment such as the cash registers will be changed out and the store will be remerchandised reset and Salazar said He said physical changes to the stores could begin in the next couple of weeks The company plans to retain all 180 full time Wuest grocery stores employees Salazar said He said there would be little changes facing store customers We just perceive they will see more aggres sive advertising he said The deal would allow Handy Andy Super markets to grow to 26 stores and expand into outlying markets such as Seguin New Braun fels and Lockhart Salajsar said For us its growth in a market we already have a presence he said Harvey E Buddy Wuest Wuest Corp vice president and general counsel said the INSIDE Key Code 76