New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, March 15, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

March 15, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas New NFELS Herald-Z > a n Q 3 0 / - *■ ^ C \-\ X Uv~; 2033^CJ?XCROP^5-JartCE'J' ' ') ft i T* o WG — - Vol. 149 No. 83    18    pages    in    2    sections    March    15,    2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Chamber proposition survey complete By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff writer If recent survey results are any prediction, five of seven city bond propositions will pass in May, raising the 32-cent per $100 valuation property tax more than 15 cents. It would give the RESULTS ARE IN city $11 million to spend on streets and drainage, $700,000 for a new police communication system, $2.5 million for fire department improvements and equipment, $2.63 million for a sports complex and $7.5 million to expand Walnut Street. But the city wouldn’t have $7.25 million for an activity center or $1.14 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, Inc., could serve as an indicator. “It’ll give us an idea on how the election will go,” Mayor    Stoney Williams said. More than 1,700 surveys were sent in February, meaning 30 percent of members receiving a survey cast a vote. The    survey allowed members to check yes or no to the seven bond propositions. See sidebar for exact results. The chamber’s board of directors voted unanimously in February to support the streets and drainage proposition but decided to poll the membership on all seven propositions for informational purposes. Chamber president Michael Meek said the board could not reach consensus on the six other propositions. “We decided it wasn’t wise to take a stance on the other propositions until we consulted the The following are results from a survey concerning the upcoming city bond election. Five hundred chamber members completed the survey. ■ Prop. 1: $11 million for streets and drainage 90.4% yes 9.6 % no ■ Prop. 2: $700,000 for a police communication system 73.2% yes 26.8% no ■ Prop. 3: $2.5 million for fire department improvements and equipment 69.8% yes 30.2% no ■ Prop.4: $1.14 million for park improvements 49.2% yes 50.8% no ■ Prop.5: $2.63 million for sports complex 51.3% yes 48.7% no ■ Prop.6: $7.25 million for activity center 41.9% yes 58.1% no ■ Prop. 7: $7.5 million for Walnut Street improvements 59.2% yes 40.8% no See SURVEY/3A Family-owned Wuest grocery stores, founded in 1938, are being bought by Handy Andy Supermarkets K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald- 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 Antonio-based supermarket go through as planned. Handy Andy Supermarkets announced plans Monday to buy the seven-store Wuest Grocery Stores chain, including two Wuest stores in New Braunfels. Harvey E. Wuest founded the family-owned, Seguin-based 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 acquisition of the Wuest grocery stores w as expected 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 decor 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 retagged,” Salazar said. He said physical changes to the stores could begin in the next couple of weeks. The company plans to retain all 180 fulltime Wuest grocery stores employees, Salazar said. He said there would be little changes facing store customers. “We just perceive they will see more aggressive, advertising specials,” he said. The deal would allow Handy Andy Supermarkets to grow to 26 stores and expand into outlying markets such as Seguin, New Braunfels and Lockhart, Salazar said. “For us, it’s growth in a market we already have a presence in,” he said. Harvey E. “Buddy” Wuest Jr., Wuest Corp. vice president and general counsel, said the See WUEST/3A I...........................................■ Inside ------- Abby.......................... .....5 A Classifieds.................... ...4-8B Comics......................... ......2B Crossword.................... ......5A Forum........................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Movies........................... ......5A Obituaries..................... ......3A Sports........................... .8-10A Today........................... ......2A Television...................... .....2B www.herald-zeltung.com Key Code 76 Dawson retains Pct. I seat Primary results ►    Comal    County    Commissioner    Pct.    I Republican Party Douglas Kirk...............35.58%    Jack Dawson..............64.42% ►    Comal    County    Tax    Assessor-Collector Republican Party Sherman Krause 59.93%    Sherry Higdon.............40.07% ►    Comal    County    Constable Pct. I Democratic Party Joe Gomez.................26.53%    Randy Galindo............73.47% ►    Comal    County    Constable Pct. 4 Republican Party    Lee Hernandez..............8.77% Wylie I. Queen..............7.30%    J. Ronald Star’ Carey ... 30.6% Ben Scroggin.............32.89%    Jim Higdon.................20.44% ^    Guadalupe County Attorney Republican Party Elizabeth Murray-Kolb 64.07%    Bob Covington............35.93% ►    Guadalupe    County Sheriff Republican Party Tom Tannehill...............42.7%    Arnold S. Zwicke........48.64% Edgar Kutscher............5.88%    Chris Lopez..................2.79% K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung David Renken (from left), Gloria Clennan and Ben Scroggin review the latest tallies shortly before final results from Tuesday’s election were annnounced. Scroggin and J. Ronald “Star” Carey will face off in a runoff election April 11 for the Pct. 4 constable Republican nomination. ‘Maximum’ Bob falls in Guadalupe By Ron Maloney Herald-Zeitung Correspondent SEGUIN — Almost a fourth of registered Guadalupe County voters turned out Tuesday to help Elizabeth Murray-Kolb upend incumbent County Attorney Bob Covington in the hotly-contested Republican primary. Lisa Adam of the Guadalupe County election office said shortly before IO p.m. Tuesday about 11,600 of 50,000 registered voters cast ballots. Murray-Kolb defeated Covington, the eight-year incumbent, by a margin of 6,108 to 3,425 votes, roughly 64 to 36 percent. “I’m disappointed,” Covington said Tuesday night. He blamed the loss on “an expensive and negative campaign” waged by Murray-Kolb. Murray-Kolb was unavailable for comment. The four-way race for the Republican nominee to replace retiring Guadalupe County Sheriff Melvin L. Harborth was a closer affair, ending in an April I I runoff election between Tom Tannehill and sheriff’s sergeant Arnold Zwicke. Zwicke got 4,724 votes, or about 48.6 percent of the votes to Tan-nehill’s 4,147 votes, or almost 43 percent. Tannehill is a 31-year San Antonio 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. “I’m excited about the election,” Tannehill said late Tuesday. “I knew I was kind of going uphill against a man who was handpicked by the incumbent.” Zwicke was unavailable for comment. In Precinct 3, incumbent county commissioner Jim Wolverton defeated challenger Robert Thomas by a margin of 1,594 to 1.177 votes, or 57.5 to 42.5 percent margin. Wolverton will face Democrat Rick Svatora in the November general election. Twenty-one percent of Comal County voters go to the polls By Heather Todd Staff Writer Comal County commissioner Jack Dawson once again defeated challenger Douglas Kirk Tuesday night in a rematch for the Republican nomination to _ the Precinct I post.    More local, But Kirk vowed    Tues-    state and day he was “defeated    but    national not out”    results/7A. Daw son, w ho was elect- - ed Pct. I commissioner in 1996, won the Republican primary election with 1,959 votes, or 64 percent. Kirk received 1,082 votes, or about 36. During early and election-day voting, 10,804 of the 51,645 registered voters in Comal County, or 21 percent, cast their ballots in the Republican and Democratic primary elections. In the Republican races, 9,233 Comal County voters went to the polls while 1,571 local voters cast their ballots in the Democratic primary races. Dawson won Tuesday’s 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 four-way 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 Pct. I commissioner post. With most of the precincts counted Tues- See DAWSON/7A Presidential Race — Comal County Democratic Party Al Gore.......................87.56% Bill Bradley.................10.66% Lyndon H. LaRouche    Jr. 1.79% Republican Party Charles Bass Urban    ........08% Steve Forbes ..................22% Gary Bauer ....................16% George W. Bush .........84.86% Alan Keyes ...................6.34% Orrin G. Hatch.................04% John McCain................7.37% On to November$ I_ I ;

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