New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 13, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comp.Washington edges Epton in Chicago mayor's race
CHICAGO (AP) - Harold Washington, narrowly elected the first black mayor of the nation’s second-largest city after a divisive campaign charged with racial tension, today offered his hand “in friendship and fellowship to every living soul in this city.”
The two-term congressman, who defeated Republican Bernard Epton in Tuesday’s election, will become mayor on a date to be set by the City Council today. He promised a “new Democratic coalition” in his four
years in office, and said his first step would be to meet with Epton at a prayer breakfast — as both candidates had promised, win or lose.
“We must work as one people for our common good and our common goals," Washington said after defeating Epton in an election marred by angry mob scenes, watermelon lapel buttons and “Vote Right, Vote White” T-shirts.
Washington overcame a 1972 misdemeanor tax conviction, suspension of his law license and an
array of unpaid Mils to dash Epton’s hope of becoming Chicago’s first GOP mayor in 52 years.
He won on a record 1.3 million turnout with a powerful outpouring of black votes, strong support among Hispanics and unexpectedly strong backing from reform-minded “lakefront liberals” at odds with City Hall for years.
With 2,885 of 2,914 precincts reporting early today, Washington had 656,727 votes, or 51.4 percent, to Epton’s 617,159, or 48.3 percent.
Socialist Ed Warren got 3,725 votes.
Ninety-seven percent of blacks cast their ballots for Washington, compared to 18 percent of whites, according to an exit poll. That was an improvement over the Democratic primary, when Washington got just 6 percent of the white vote in a three-way race.
“History was made tonight, oh yeah,” the beaming victor said as an estimated 15,000 supporters chanted “We Want Harold” and broke up his acceptance speech with frequent
whistles and applause.
“The whole nation is watching, and Chicago has sent a powerful message,” he told those who greeted him at Donnelly Hall with nearly three minutes of chants of “Harold, Harold, Harold.”
“Out of the crucible of this city’s most trying election ... blacks and whites, Hispanics, Jews, Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics of all stripes have joined to form a new Democratic coalition,” he declared. Washington will succeed Mayor
Jane M. Byrne, who was defeated in the Feb. 22 Democratic primary, promised a write-in effort, then changed her mind. He promised city reforms, but stressed the need for healing.
“I charge you ... to rededicate your efforts to heal the divisions that have plagued us. Each of us much reach out and open our arms,” he said.
Hoarse and weary, Epton left the Palmer House late Tuesday after
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Savage— I never saw Sauceda family
By DEBBIE DELOACH Staff writer
The atmosphere in 207th District Court was tense Wednesday morning, as a man accused of killing a family of four said, “I never intended to do harm to anybody.”
William Dale Savage took the stand in his own defense, against an involuntary manslaughter charge that revolved around the death of Ruben Sauceda Sr. Oct 30. Savage’s 1970 Volkswagen also struck and killed Sauceda’s expectant wife Hortencia, and their two small children, as they stepped from the curb of U.S. Highway 81 West near the Peach St. intersection.
‘ As I passed by the cemetery, I threw a cigarette out the window. I looked ahead. I didn’t see anything I looked down to adjust my radio, looked up and that’s when I hit them,” the 23-year-old Fort Sam Houston pileate recounted “The windshield shattered I felt a bump, as I tried to get the windshield out of my way.
“I put on my brakes, stopped, set my emergency brake and flashers, and went back to see what I had hit. I found a body. I
asked him if he was all right. I bent down, and he wasn't breathing,” Savage said, as his voice began to break. “I tried to give him mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, but I couldn’t hear anything.”
Savage said someone came up behind hun. and told him to go sit down “I wanted to help, but I went over and sat on the curb.”
"Do you remember talking to anyone?” defense attorney Richard Wood asked. “A little.” Savage said, as he began to cry, "I think I wanted to withdraw from everybody. I never intended to do harm to anybody.”
Savage testified he had approximately six beers at Wurstfest the night of Oct. 30, and that he was at the festival about one hour.
Mr Savage, what does it take to make you intoxicated?” District Attorney Bill Schroeder asked in cross-exanvnation. “Can you drink a six-pack of boor in an hour and not be intoxicated ? ”
"I could, probably,” Savage replied. “It depends on what I did that day, I guess.” “Were you aware when you took your eyes off the road, that you were putting
anyone rn front of you in danger’’” Schroeder questioned
The state rested its case at IO a.rn Wednesday, following testimony from Peace Justice. Precinct I, Harold Krueger, who pronounced Sauceda Sr., dead at the accident scene.
Outside the presence of the jury Wednesday, the defense asked for an instructed verdict of acquittal. "The state has failed to connect intoxication with the cause of Ruben Sauceda’s death.” Wood said. Presiding Judge Robert Pfeuffer denied the motion.
In testimony Tuesday. Detective Mario Guerrero provided the trial’s only connection to Wurstfest, in describing one of many photographs admitted into evidence for the state.
“Is there anything unusual in the floorboard of this vehicle’" Schroeder asked. “There are two plastic cups with writing on them, and an empty beer can," Guerrero responded.
"Do the cups have any writing on
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San Antonio officials give permission for march
SAN ANTONIO iAP> — City officials say they can protect the Alamo from “Communists” without the help of the Ku Klux Klan, but will grant robed (Clansmen a permit to march through downtown streets in another section of town The Klan had requested the permit Thursday, saying any where from 50 to 250 of its members wanted to protect the Texas shrine from "Communists.”
■ We can protect the Alamo just fine,” City Manager Iwiu Fox said Tuesday. “We don’t need their help.”
The city suggested an alternate route for a prescribed 45-minute afternoon march, which ends at city hall and the police station.
The group has five days to respond to the city ’s decision, Fox said.
"This decision was made without my personal feelings involved,” he said. “They have a right to free speech.”
But a Klan leader vowed after the city’s announcement Tuesday that Klan
members will guard the Alamo on May Day without city permits because they have a right to visit the structure "as American citizens.”
Klan leaders rejected the city’s alternate plan and angrily denounced city officials for refusing the Alamo parade permit.
Charles l.ee, Texas Grand Dragon of the White Camellia Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, told the San Antonio Express, "If we don’t get a permit to march, we’ll just be tourists that day.
"What we basically want to do is make sure nobody messes with the Alamo,” Lee said. “We’ll just be going as individual American citizens.” He added that some Klan members would be in robes while others would be in fatigues or street clothes.
Eleven people were injured and six arrested during a Feb. 19 Klan rally in Austin. Six people were arrested and none injured during a heavily policed April 2
Klan march in Houston.
“I’m not worried about violence," Fox said. "We feel the city of San Antonio will act positively and ignore them.
“While the Klan has provoked violence,” he said, “in the past few years, they’ve taken a new strategy.”
He said the city would provide “adequate police protection.”
An art group already has booked the Alamo for the entire day of May I, Fox said, leaving no room for the Klan without “congestion and confusion.”
Another group calling itself the Texas Conuiuttee to Defend the Alamo plans a candlelight vigil at the Texas shrine on the night of April 30, and Klansmen say they have been invited.
The City Council passed a resolution Thursday condemning the Klan’s request to march, and Fox said he spent all day Tuesday meeting with individuals representing about 14 groups opposed to the granting of the permit.
Chamber supporting bill to tighten Edwards controlsInside
Staff photo by John Santar
Buttons and bumper stickers urge bond issue support
No bond issue means crowded schools-Hendricks
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
“If you don’t want New Braunfels to grow...then don’t build any new schools...don’t improve your educational sy stem.”
That’s Supt. O E. Hendricks’ answer to those who don’t want to pass the proposed $8.85 million New Braunfels Independent School District bond package.
But regardless of whether the bond issue passes, New Braunfels — and its school district will continue to grow, the superintendent noted Tuesday night before die Parent-Teaehers Association of Carl Schurz Elementary.
A small crowd consisting mostly of district officials, teachers and parents gathered at Carl Schurz to hear the district’s campaign pitch for the bond package which will be put to a vote on May 3. The same slide show which has already been shown around town to civic and service organizations I as well as private groups I was presented.
Unlike the district’s Feb. 12th bond issue, the district this time is actively campaigning for passage of its package.
Evidence of this was readily available Tuesday as many of those in attendance wore buttons showing their support for the bond package and more buttons and bumper stickers were also on sale at the PT A gathering.
Hendricks was among those encouraging the purchase of these items since taxpayers’ money cannot be used for campaigning and more money is needed for newspaper and radio advertisements, he said.
The maul reason why the bond package is needed, according to NBISD officials, is to meet the district’s present and predicted population growth.
“...the age and function of these (NBISD) buildings range from 1913 and early 20s to the most recent completion of the high school in 1963 — 20 years ago,” according to the slide show, as photos of the district’s schools and other facilities were flashed on a screen.
"The maintenance and efficient utilization of these facilities by the district is remarkable and deserving of note. But the fact is, they can no longer meet our community’s educational demands,” it continued.
In some schools, enrollment has reached or exceeded the capacity for which the schools were built, district personnel said. And according to enrollment predictions for the next five and IO years, the situation is going to get worse.
Referring to the predictions as “conservative estunates,” Hendricks said that in the next five years the district’s enrollment will be approximately 4,580 — compared to now when it is slightly over 4.000. By 1993, however, this figure will jump to 5,255 — which he said is a 28 percent growth over the next IO years.
"Personally, I think it’s (growth) going to be greater," Hendricks said. “I hope (the current bond issue’s recommendations for renovation and construction) last IO years...we’ll have to keep our fingers crossed.
"But I wouldn’t be surprised if we’U have to come back rn less than IO years for" another bond issue, Henricks remarked.
The old bond package, which failed by I? J votes on Feb. 12, was a single-proposition issue amounting to $9.3 million.
Following its failure the district cut the package to its present $8.85 million and divided it into three propositions. Of these three, construction and
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A bill that would give the Edwards Underground Water District more control over the water in the Edwards Aquifer is being backed by the local Chamber of Commerce.
A Chamber representative testified last week before a House committee in support of a bill that would give the district more regulatory control over the transportation of its water supply outside the district.
According to present law, the water district cannot legally prevent someone from drilling any size well into the Edwards Aquifer and then pumping water elsewhere in the state.
House Bill 2161, however, would change all that — which is why D.J. George, chairman of the Chamber’s Natural Resources Committee, testified last week before the House’s Natural Resources Committee.
The bill, sponsored by Rep. Gerald Geistweidt (R-Mason), would require anyone wishing to transport water (derived from the wells located with the EUWD) to obtain a permit from the district.
“It is imperative that the Legislature provide a
means of controlling additional pumpage to areas outside the Edwards Underground Water District,” George testified in support of the bill.
“Furthermmore it is only equitable that the legislature give the EUWD the authority to distribute the cost of maintaining a pure and plentiful water supply to all uses of water from the Aquifer,” he added.
No one spoke against the bill at the hearing, according to the Chamber.
After EUWD General Manager Tom Fox explained the bill to the House committee, the House committee voted to favorably pass the bill to the House for its consideration.
For many years the Chamber has supported the Edwards Underground Water District in its efforts to control and-or regulate withdrawals from the Edwards Aquifer when such withdrawals are transported outside the district’s boundaries.
In addition to George, local resident Oliver Haas, a member of the EUWD’s board of directors, and Chamber assistant manager Gene Neeley attended the committee hearing.Today's Weather
Wednesday has been a warm day, but it’s not summer yet. Winds were predicted to shift to the northwest sometime this afternooi), blowing 10-15 miles per hour and dropping the temperature several points down the scale tonight. However, Thursday will be fair and warm. There is a 20 percent chance of rain today. Sunset is predicted at 6:56 p.m., and sunrise Thursday will be at 6:06 a.m.
Stratemann named to Foundation Trust
Each year the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce sponsors a luncheon for recipients of the Hall of Honors award. At this tune one of the recipients is elected to a three-year term on the Braunfels Foundation Trust.
This year Dr. O.A. Stratemann Sr., was elected to this term, said Elliot Knox, chairman of the trust’s board of directors.
Stratemann was elected by acclamation by his fellow award Winn-ners, noted Robert Orr, presidentelect of the Chamber, who presided over the luncheon in the absense of Chamber president Donnie Seay.
According to the foundation’s charter, three of its nine-member board are elected from (and by) members of Honor’s Hall. Other trustees representing the Hall of Honor which serve on the foundation’s board are Bill Dillen and Tom Burrus.
No more than three Hall of Honor recipients are named each year by the Chamber. This award is given in recognition of “sustained outstanding service to mankind, promotion of human understanding and continued devotion to community development.”
The foundation is currently involved in a fund-raising project for the proposed Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture. The Dillens are giving their property, historic home and large collection of handmade furniture to the Foundation Trust for this museum.
In order to complete the transaction, the foundation’s board has agreed to raise a maintenance fund in order to assure the Dillens that their donated property will be adequately maintained and on public exhibit. The
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