New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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FRIDAY April 8,1983 25 cents
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(USPS 377-8801Recount—fluoride amendment still loses
New tally shows proposal lost by one voteBy DYANNE FRY and ROBERT JOHNSON Staff writers
The tie was broken Thursday, but the result was still the same — fluoride will remain in the New Braunfels water supply.
Amendment IV, which would have ended fluoridation of city water, ended in a flatfooted tie after Saturday’s city charter election — 1,133 votes for, and 1,133 votes against. But when the votes were recounted Thursday, the count was 1,135 for, 1,136 against.
A vote for the amendment was a vote against fluoride, and vice versa.
Since the amendment needed a majority
vote to pass, a tie actually meant failure by one vote, City Attorney John Chunn had said. Amendment supporters asked for a recount as a result, hoping to pick up that lone vote.
However, the three recount committee members came up with five additional votes — two for, and three against. Each box had at least one change except for New Braunfels Presbyterian Church.
The biggest changes came in the First United Methodist Church and absentee boxes. An additional three “no” votes were counted at the church, making the total 335 for, 284 against (instead of 335-281). Two more “yes" votes and one less “no’ vote were counted in the absentee box, making the total 81 for, 120 against
(instead of 79-121). An additional “no" vote was also counted at Eagles Hall, making that total 332-234.
The committee, which included Clinton Ludwig, Jan Estes and Ema Schwab, drew praise from City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi
“I was very impressed with the judges," she said. “They were very conscientious and did a very good job."
Sarkozi and Harold Boettcher, who represented fluoridation opponents who sought the recount, were the only other persons present besides committee members. The recount began at 9 a m. and ended at 3 p.m. Thursday. Results were
See FLUORIDE, Page 8A
Louisiana flood waters force residents to flee
Jim Cagle, chairman of the local chapter of the American Cancer Society, takes a look at his risk of cancer as the computer prints the results of a cancer risk assessment test
Tests like these will be included in the Comal County Health Fair, which will be held from 14pm Saturday at Canyon High School '
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Four Louisiana rivers were surging to record heights today and Gov Dave Treen declared a state of emergency rn 14 parishes after almost a foot of rain paralyzed parts of New Orleans.
Treen also dispatched 86 mobile National Guard units around the state to assist neighborhoods hit by what meteorologists said w as the worst flooding In decades, affecting an estimated 40.000 homes.
“We have a very, very severe situation," the governor said after overseeing a sandbagging operation 'n Baton Rouge. “We’re taxing all the measures we possibly can and hopefully we won t have any life-threatening situations."
Rain continued early today, but with less intensity than the heavy storms that soaked southeastern Louisiana with up to 20 inches of rain Wednesday and Thursday.
Three men drowned in two separate incidents Wednesday w hen their vehicles became trapped in the floodwater.
“This is the worst flooding we’ve ever had," said Capt. Mack White of the East Baton Rouge sheriff’s office. “Just about every subdivision out here is flooded.”
“It’s definitely the worst flood that this city’s had in modern history," said Aaron Broussard, mayor in the low-lying New Orleans suburb of Kenner.
About 20,000 people had to evacuate their homes, Treen estimated.
New Orleans’ I million residents spent much of Thursday without phone service after water surged into South Central Bell’s main office via underground cable ducts. Crews worked frantically to rcstu e communications, but it remained spotty in many areas today.
Gail Purpura, a spokeswoman for American Telephone A Telegraph Co., said water knocked out power to the main office and disabled switching machines controlling both local and long-distance calls.
In New Orleans, hit with ll inches of rain in ll hours, streets were eerily silent as businesses and services shut down
Thursday. There was no transit, no mail and little traffic as most residents stayed home.
On historic St. Charles Avenue, trolley lines were under water and blocked with abandoned cars. Floodwaters lapped at the doorsteps of plush hotels. But the French Quarter remained high and dry and it was business as usual on Bourbon Street.
By early today, most of the flash flooding had receded but officials said worries were far from over elsewhere in the stKe.
Tnt National Weather Service said the Amite River would crest today at 41.5 feet in Denham Springs, 12 feet higher than its banks and a half-foot higher than the record set in April 1977. The effect would be “widespread severe flooding," the weather service said.
Sections of the Comite River were 2 to 3 feet above the 1977 record. The Tickfaw and the Pearl were also at record or nearrecord levels.
Bullock's criticism off target—Kuempel
From staff and wire reports
After Comptroller Bob Bullock told freshmen House members Thursday that they would have almost a billion dollars less to work with in writing a new state budget, he said, “get off your ass and get to work."
State Representative Edmund Kuempel iR» Seguin I didn’t take too kindly to Bullock s advice.
“Perhaps Mr. Bullock should stick to race-driving,” Kuempel quipped Friday. The representative was referring to a recent incident in Georgetown, where Bullock was ticketed for driving 106 mph.
Bullock, who addressed the lawmakers at a Thursday breakfast meeting, blamed a "vacuum” in legislative leadership for lack of action on state spending in the face of decreasing revenues. "The Senate leaves it up to the House and the House acts like it isn’t there,” the comptroller said.
Kuempel doesn't agree with that assessment, either. “He (Bullock) is paid to do a job. We’re elected to do another, and we will get it done,” the representative vowed. "I think Bullock is talking just to hear himself talk.
“We haven’t even gotten our first glance at the House Appropriations Bill — ifs still in committee. But we’re pressing forward with gusto. We will hold up our end, and if it takes working until 2 in the
morning like last week, that’s what we TI do.”
Since January, Bullock has lopped more than $3.3 billion off his revenue forecast, which now stands at $30.9 billion. Lawmakers may not spend more than the amount of his estimate.
Bullock warned the freshmen that voters "will eat you alive" for approving the legislative Budget Board's appropriation bill, which is $2.3 billion more than the budget for the last two-year spending period.
“I recommend you junk the IiiB bill. Just throw it out the window ," Bullock said.
Bullock has said reductions in revenues from state sales taxes are the big reason for the latest drop in expected available spending money. A drop in oil and gas revenues hasn’t helped, either.
“You better get off your ass and get to work," Bullock told the freshmen House members, “because there’s a lot of people depending on you. They haven’t got a whole lot more time to be messuig with you, and they’re going to send you home for good.”
Kuempel said the general feeling in the legislature is “to live within our means. For years, we’ve spent money — not unwisely, but more than we should have. We should have been saving some all this time, and we haven’t,” Kuempel added. “We got to learn
See BULLOCK, Page 8A
Savage trial to begin MondayBy DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer
Two headline-grabbing trials will occupy the 207th District Court in New Braunfels soon.
With Jury selection to begin Monday, the involuntary manslaughter trial of William Dale Savage is “a 95-percent sure thing,” Court Administrator Martin Allen confirmed. The Savage case is No. I on the court docket, and as of presstime Friday, no motion of continuance had been filed by Savage’s attorney, Richard Wood of San Antonio.
The four counts of involuntary manslaughter against Savage stem from an Oct. 30,1982, accident on U.S. Highway 81, in which his 1970 Volkswagen allegedly struck and killed four members of the Ruben Sauceda family.
22nd District Court Judge Charles Ramsay denied a change of venue motion involving the Savage case on Jan. 18. Wood wanted the trial moved from New Braunfels because of widespread media exposure to the accident and its possible connection with the Wurstfest celebration.
Then, on May 2, a trial that’s sure to capture its share of statewide headlines will begin here with jury selection. Juan Raymond Ortiz is charged with murdering Ramon Turcios, one of four Salvadorans found shot to death near the Brazos River after they had been smuggled into the United States.
A mistrial was declared on Ortiz’ behalf last month in Richmond by Fort Bend County Judge A. Reagan Clark. The judge then asked 207th District
See TRIALS, Page SAInsideToday's Weather
It will be cloudy and cool today with a slight chance of showers, beconung partly cloudy and rather cool tonight, and sunny and warmer Saturday. Winds will be north to northwest near 15 mph today, and north 5-10 mph tonight. Sunset will be at 6:53 p.m., and sunrise Friday will be at 6:12 a ra. The extended outlook says Sunday will be like Saturday, with partly cloudy skies and a little warmer with highs in the low 70s.Lockhart Whips Rangers
The Lockhart Lions destroyed the Snuthson Valley Rangers Thursday night with a 15-hit, 13-0 shutout. Ranger coach Stan Irvine says the loss was due to the layoff during spring break. See Page 6A.Unicorn Relays Begin
The New Braunfels track team will host the annual Unicorn Relays Saturday minus the girls. Completing their season today with the district meet, the girls will not be eligible for the 12 team meet. Sea Page 6A.Hope for Braniff
Bankrupt Braniff International appeared dead after a deal with PSA-Southwest Airlines fell through last Month. But hope is reborn, thanks to a new proposal from the Hyatt Corporation. Bae Page SA.
Homeless Louisianans tell of escapes from record floods
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Babies slept on tabletops as evacuees described their frustration, loss and terror from the surging waters that forced them into impromptu shelters in flood-stricken central and southeast Louisiana.
“It’s terrible. You’re so isolated," said Jeanne Sanders, 55, whose home near a canal in New Orleans’ Gentilly section was inundated Ms. Sanders and her father, William, 88, spent Thursday night high and dry with about 70 others in a cafeteria at Our l-idy of the Sea School, set up as a shelter by the Red Cross.
The Sanders had to be rescued at the height of flash flooding.
“The water was up to here,” said police officer Tom Phillips, waving his hand just below his neck. “It was sad. She was crying and he was halfparalyzed, lying in bed, and the water was rising.
"The mattresses were floating and the cedar chest was floating around the living room.”
Up to 20 inches of rain left thousands of homes in southern louisiana under water as rivers rose to record levels. Rain continued today, and forecasters warned that more was on the way.
Other evacuees told their stories with the calm acceptance that comes from seeing many floods hit Louisiana’s low-lying regions Rose Hushfield of the New Orleans suburb of Arabi said it was the third time her house was flooded.
"You get to where there are no more tears," she said. “You take it as it comes.”
But for most, the effects of the drenching rain came as an unwelcome surprise.
“I was lying in my bed when all of a
sudden I felt the water coming into it,” said Herman Kirk of Marrero, a suburb of New Orleans.
He said he and his mother, Gertrude, immediately left their trailer home and slept in a service station before shifting to a Red Cross shelter at lincoln Elementary School.
Children and babies slept on tabletops or camp cots, some entertained by Red Cross volunteers.
Many evacuees were lucky to get out with a suitcase — often wading through water several feet deep as cars proved less useful than boats.
Rose Hushfield of the New Orleans suburb of Arabi said it was the third time her house was flooded "You get to where there are no more tears," she said "You take it as it comes."
In Denham Springs to the northwest, where longtime residents have seen many a flood, people were shocked nonetheless as water came sloshing into their homes and businesses.
Ida Higgins, owner of Fine Line Design, a furniture store, said she and her husband had been in the store since I a.m. Thursday getting merchandise off the floor.
Just a few miles down the road, near Baton Rouge, Desire laindry, a resident in a trailer park, said she had never seen anything like Thursday’s floods.
“It’s the worst I’ve ever seen. Seventy-seven and ’79 were nothing like this,” she said.
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