New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 12, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Dallas, Texas #75
New park going up near
By DYANNE FRY Staff wrftar
It’s just a field of Caterpillar tracks right now. But Southern Slides Inc. hopes to turn 26 acres of IH 35 frontage property into a large-scale water park by July I.
“We wouldn’t be starting if we didn’t think we were going to make the date,” said job superintendent Brian Bourdages with an air of confidence.
The construction is taking place four
miles north of the New Braunfels city limits, just off the northbound side of the highway and directly south of Chemical Express.
The finished park will contain two pools, a number of water slides ranging from simple to really scary, a picnic and barbecue area, tennis and basketball courts, an arcade, a gift shop and parking space for I,OOO cars.
It will be a family-oriented place, Bourdages said, designed to handle up to
3,500 visitors in one day. His employers are pretty sure the Austin-San Antonio area will provide those visitors.
“A lot of research went into this site,” said the superintendent, noting it was midway between the two cities.
The 26 acres now under development, plus an additional 34, are owned by a group of Canadian investors, Bourdages said. However, Southern Slides is an American
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'Gandhi' sweeps Academy Awards
IXJS ANGEI£S (AP) — “Another 20 years9 Without question I would do it again,” said a clearly gratified Richard Attenborough as his two decades of struggle on the epic “Gandhi" paid off with eight Oscars, including best picture Attenborough, who produced and directed "Gandhi,” said his wildest expectations were more than fulfilled Monday night at the 55th annual Academy Awards. The movie also earned him the best director award and. for Ben Kingsley, best actor honors
Six and a half months pregnant with her second child, Mery! Streep admitted that attending the ceremony had entailed a certain amount of physical discomfort: "The baby was kicking all night tong," she smiled ruefully.
Meryl Streep, who won the best actress award for her portrayal of the tortured Polish war refugee in “Sophie's Choice.” said she thought she d given her best performance ever in the role.
“I don't think ITI ever see one like that again.” said Ms. Streep.
Six and a half months pregnant with her second child. Miss Streep admitted that attending the ceremony had entailed a certain amount of physical discomfort . “The baby was kicking all night long,” she smiled ruefully.
It was Miss Streep's second Oscar — she won for supporting actress in 1979 in “Kramer vs. Kramer ” liouis Gossett Jr. became the first black actor since Sidney Poitier's best actor award for 1963’s
“Lilies of the Field” to gamer an Oscar, winning best supporting honors for his steel-hard drill sergeant in “An Officer and a Gentleman."
Only one other black performer has ever won an Oscar — Hattie McDaniel tor Hone With the Wind” in 1939. Gossett previously won an Emmy as the slave Fiddler in the miniseries "Roots.”
Noting that his Oscar-winning role was not written for a black man, Gossett offered some advice to other black actors: “Don’t look at black parts — look at parts.” He added that the part was not changed in any way after it was given to him.
Speaking to reporters backstage. Attenborough said of “Gandhi” that “no British film has ever won this many Oscars."
Attenborough commented on Gandhi’s influence on Poland’s l^ch Walesa and the late Martin Luther King Jr ‘What we should be saying to Mr. Reagan and Mr Andropov and Mrs Thatcher is. We don’t want to accept confrontation.’" he said backstage.
Kingsley, who played Mohandas Gandhi from his davs as a young lawyer battling discrimination in South Africa to his assassination after India s independence. said he thought the Mahatma would have been delighted" with the film.
“We're quite overwhelmed that we’ve been able to capture the popular imagination with a hero of peace," said the bespectacled actor, who is part-Indian. He is an experienced classical actor on the British stage, but “Gandhi" was his first movie.
Miss Streep’s primary competition this year was Jessica lunge’s performance in “Frances," the harrowing story of actress Frances Farmer. But Miss Ixinge seemed content with her consolation prize as best supporting actress for her soap opera star role in “Tootsie."
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Savage's mental state, test key points as trial opensPowerful job s'"'"
Believe it or not, there is a man working on this electric transmission line outside New Braunfels But you have to look real close to see him as he works on the left side of the tower. Talk about getting to the top.
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
A New Braunfels Police officer recreated a grim scene to open the involuntary manslaughter trial of William Dale Savage of San Antonio Tuesday in District Court.
Savage was charged with driving while intoxicated the night of Oct. 30. after his 1970 Volkswagen struck Ruben Sauceda Sr., his expectant wife Ortencia. their 23-month old daughter and 11-month old son, all walking along U.S. Highway 81 West. Sauceda Sr. was dead at the scene, the two children died at McKenna Memorial Hospital and Mrs. Sauceda died Oct. 31 at Brooke Army Medical Center.
Charges against Savage were upped to involuntary manslaughter after results from a blood test, drawn at McKenna, were secured. The test snowed his alcohol level was over 22. more than twice the legal limit in Texas.
A pre-trial hearing Tuesday focused on that blood test, with testimony from NBPD investigating officer Dudley Ives and the defendant outside the jury’s presence. Presiding 207th District Court Judge Robert Pfeuffer ruled the consent for the blood test had been given freely and voluntarily, and the test sample would be admissible in the case against Savage.
District Attorney Bill Schroeder read an indictment returned against Savage by a Comal County Grand
Jury on Nov. 9, to the jury Tuesday morning. Savage followed with a plea of not guilty to the charge applicable in this trial, that of killing Ruben Sauceda Sr.
Ives described the scene of the accident for the jury. “The adult male was in the roadway near the center stripe. He appeared deceased. His head was very damaged, and there was blood all over his face,” Ives said.
The investigating officer said his first concern was to aid the victims. While waiting for Emergency Service Medical personnel to arrive at the scene, Savage was pointed out to Officer Ives as the vehicle’s driver. Ives described Savage s demeanor as “upset, crying and talking to the crowd whenever someone would pass by him.”
Schroeder asked what Savage was saying, and Ives replied, “He was saying, I never saw them,’ things of that nature ”
“Was Mr. Savage intoxicated, in your opinion, and based on your 16-11 years of experience as a police officer?,” Schroeder asked. The officer said yes.
Savage was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital for treatment of a scratch on his forehead, Ives said. “I asked him to submit to either a blood, urine or breath test, and he made the choice.”
In cross-examination, defense See TRIAL, Page 12InsideToday's Weather
Comal County forecast calls for partly cloudy and warm today, mostly cloudy and mild tonight, and partly cloudy and cooler Wednesday. Winds will be southeasterly at 10-15 mph today, decreasing to 5-10 mph. Sunset will be at 6:52 p.m., and sunrise Wednesday will be at 6:07 a.m.Long Distance
Shannon Albrecht would like to run in the Olympics. Her coach says Shannon, already a winner of several Texas distance running events, has got the talent and the desire. And she certainly has the time to get ready, since Shannon is only IO years old. S«« Page 5Dwindling Hopes
County plans campaign for bonds
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
The Palestine Liberation Organization has rejected President Reagan’s proposal to led Jordan y^ey want ^e nioney for different purposes. And
negotiate with Israel on behalf of the neither has expressed a public interest to coordinate
Palestinian people. Reagan insists the lts effortii.
plan is not dead yet. however, since it But both Comal County and the New Braunfels still has the support of many Independent School District — which have scheduled
moderate Arab nations. See Page 7 multi-million bond elections within the same week —
are going about it the same way.
CLASSIFIED 9 It Within the next three weeks, voters can expect to
COMICS 8 9 see representatives from both governmental entites
CROSSWORD 9 out act‘ve*y campaigning for their respective bond
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SPORTS.................So organize a bond issue conuuittee whose goal it will
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WEATHER.................2 The county needs the money to build a new jail,
which according to a federal lawsuit settlement must be completed no later than August, 1985.
The school district, on the other hand, says it needs its $8.85 million bond issue passed on May 3 to meet NBISD’s growing population and upgrade current facilities.
Uke the school district is now doing, the county plans to speak before various civic and service organizations prior to county's May 7th election, County Judge Fred Clark said Monday.
Unlike the school district, however, the county will hold a series of “town-hall type” meetings throughout the county, Clark noted.
Some of these meeting dates were announced Monday although more dates will be set later on.
Commissioner Bill George said the Canyon l^ake Noon and Evening Uons both planned to discuss the county’s bond election at its noon and 7 p.m. meeting on April 21 But both these meetings, which will be held at Startz Cafe, may not be open to the entire public — especially the Noon Uons meeting, George said.
Hearing this, Clark suggested that George arrange to rent the VFW Hall in Sattler for a town-hall meeting.
On April 30 at the civic center in Cypress Cove, the property owner’s association of Cypress Cove will also meet at 7 p.m. to discuss the jail bond issue, George noted.
A similar meeting is set for April 25 at 7 p.m. at the Bracken Fire Department, Commissioner Monroe Wetz said. And the Bulverde Lions Clr.j has also indicated that it would sponsor a town-hull meeting for the Bulverde community at some future date, Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans said.
Commissioner Charles “Tart” Mund, whose precinct includes most of the city, questioned whether a meeting will be held in town. He also recommended that members of the yet-to-be-appointed bond promotion committee visit with various local civic and service groups.
“We’re talking about forming a committee to
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Council passes Entex increase after Monday's second reading
In these high-priced days, a 46-cent hike in the cost of natural gas service may not sound like much. But City Council found it just as hard to swallow on second reading as it was on the first.
Robert Jones, district manager for Entex, Inc., presented his case when the company first applied for the increase. But Joe Rogers asked him to run it by again on Monday night.
The way Jones explained it, Entex is trying to recoup the increased costs of running its business lait year, of getting gas out to the customers, and keeping the books.
“In 1982, each customer cost us $103, as compared to 986 in 1981,” said Jones. His company divided the difference by the total number of customers in the South Texas division, and divided that by 12, to get the monthly increase of 46 cents.
“These are actual dollars, already spent,” said Jones. The proposed hike doesn’t cover the increasing cost of gas itself. (That will be a separate
item, pro-rated onto each monthly bill.) It doesn’t contribute to retirement of company debts. And it doesn’t provide for any extra profit.
When Rogers asked, Jones said the gas company usually operates with a six-percent profit margin. At present, without the rate hike in effect, it’s about five and a half.
Rogers figured that 46 cents, when multiplied by 100,000 customers, would buy a lot of stamps and pencils.
“It sounds like a lot of money to me, but I guess it’s not for big operators,” he said. “But someday, somebody is going to have to say ‘no’ to these inflationary factors.”
When council voted on the second reading of the rate-hike ordinance, Rogers voted “aye” with everyone else, but not very enthusiastically.
“Who knows,” he said. “Maybe someday our gas will be as cheap as it is in Connecticut.”
Council approves cat show after litter-al debate
City Council has consented to a cat show in the Civic Center sometime next year — provided the honorees bring their own restroom facilities.
Frances Eiserloh, president of the Mission City Cat Club, had already promised plenty of kitty litter, which would be kept inside the cages and neatly disposed of in plastic bags at the close of the two-day show.
But the council, recalling the consequences of two dog shows held there in the past, made the Civic Center’s sinks and mirrors, as well as the water closets, off limits to felines.
Members agreed the club could have its show, “on condition that no animals — well, no four-legged annuals — be
allowed in the restrooms,” said Couneilmember l^iverne Eberhard. Apparently, some dog owners at past
shows had chosen to groom their animals there. Couneilmember Joe Rogers recalled that the Civic Center’s maintenance man became “quite hostile” when leftover fur ended up in the plumbing, and even the air-conditioning ducts.
Max Wuikler wondered if the council should also require cages to be placed a certaui distance from the walls, the lower parts of which had to be masked with plastic for the earlier dog shows.
“Cats don’t do the same thing dogs do,” Rogers pointed out.
The Mission City club has not set a specific date for its show, but it will be
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