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By JACQUEUNE SMITH Blaff writer
Bond issue changed, but needs haven't
Staff photo by Cindy Richardton
The reason the New Braunfels Independent School District is calling for its Mays bond election hasn’t dunged since Feb. 12.
As with that group’s first bond issue — which voters turned down by 158 votes in February — NBISD needs funds to renovate and expand its facilities to catch up with population growth.
According to district officials, two of the district’s six schools are currently exceeding enrollment capacity. In addition, New Braunfels Middle School, which now has an enrollment of 947, is expected to soon exceed its 1,000-capacity.
The elementary level grades are where classrooms are most crowded. Conditions were such at Lone Star and Seele Elementary that the district moved temporary buildings onto those campuses
for additional classrooms.
But with more and more families moving to New Braunfels, the two temporary buildings on Lone Star and one at Seele won’t help die overcrowded conditions for long, school officials have said.
For this reason, NBISD is proposing in its May 3rd bond package that a new elementary school be built. Of the total $8.85 million package, $2.4 million is earmarked for the construction of a new elementary school.
With the addition of this new school, NBISD’s elementary structure will be changed, Supt. O.E. Hendricks said earlier this week.
Grades kindergarden, first and second will be housed at the new school and Lone Star — which now contains only first graders and kindergarten.
The district has a plan for deciding what school students will go to what school — depending on where the students live in the
district. “We’d re-do the schools (grade levels to try to come up with plenty of classrooms,’’ Hendricks said Thursday.
With the addition of the new school, grade levels at Seele (now for second and third graders), and Carl Schurz (now containing grades four and five), will also be restructered. These two schools will be for third, fourth and fifth graders if the new elementary school is built.
Grades at New Braunfels Middle School and High School will not be changed.
District officials are proposing that the new elementary school be built off County Line Road (off of Old McQueeney Road). NBISD has put a $10,000 option on a 22-acre tract in that area for the school.
The new school, according to the bond issue, would consist of 26 classrooms, a music room, library, administrtive offices, special education rooms, cafetorium
See BOND ISSUE, Page 10A
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April 22,1983 25 cents
(USPS 377 880’New controversy involves jurorMarch inflation rate shows small increase as food prices up
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
News reports have pointed the finger at 207th District Court Judge Robert Pfeuffer for qualifying an alleged illiterate to serve on a Comal County Jury last week.
Meanwhile, four Comal County Jail inmates have vowed to "starve to death" if that’s what it takes to bring Justice to William Dale Savage — a Fort Sam Houston private given IO years probation for involuntary manslaughter last week by a Comal County Jury.
Estacio Guerrero was one of 12 county residents who sat on that Jury. He told KMOL-TV reporter Rene Gonzales Thursday that he understands very little English, and didn’t know what he was voting on. He said he Just smiled when someone smiled at him, and raised his hand when everyone else did.
The problem was initially brought out during the trial's punishment phase, after the Jury had deliberated for over two hours A note was sent out, which read: "We have a problem. One of the Jurors cannot write. He can only read or write in Spanish."
Judge Pfeuffer told the Jurors in open court to handle the problem in this manner: A "I” would mean not guilty; "2” meant involuntary manslaughter; and "3” meant the lesser offense of criminally negligent homicide.
The Jury returned 35 minutes later with the 10-year probated sentence. Each Juror was polled by Judge Pfeuffer with the question, “Is this your verdict?” On his turn, Guerrero answered "yes.”
Prior to being impaneled, prospective jurors are asked a battery of questions, ranging from "Are you a citizen of the United States, a resident of Comal County?” to "Can you read or write?” If someone has a negative response to any of the questions, that person is asked to raise his or her hand.
"He (Guerrero) Just sat there like a stone,” Pfeuffer said Friday. "I went over with the panel the usual questions twice He was even asked by Mr. Schroeder (district attorney) whether a specific question on punishment, and he responded...he understood the question.”
Procedure requires a prospective Juror to take an oath. Applications are filled out, questions are asked, and at any time. a prospective juror is obligated to raise his or her hand.
"He (Guerrero) violated hts oath. He never raised his hand on any id the questions," District Attorney Bill Schroeder said Friday.
The unqualified Juror dispute is the latest development in the controversy surrounding the Savage trial. A hunger strike grabbed headlines April 15. when inmates Juan Lopez, Marganto Maldonado, Richard Willis and Gilbert Gonzales said they would not eat until Savage was tried for all the killings. Sauceda's pregnant wife and their two small children were also killed in the traffic accident that took the life of Sauceda Sr.
Then, sign-toting protestors began picketing the courthouse Wednesday, hailing the name "The Committee of Justice for All ” Headed by Virginia Pacheco, the group has promised to picket the courthouse until "justice is done." They want at least one more trial.
"A judge is supposed to ensure that jurors are competent. Where was Judge Pfeuffer when this jury was picked?" Pacheco asked “How is it possible for a jury to come to the unanimous verdict, when Es tat-to Guerrero doesn’t read or write, and understands very little English’* Is that what Schroeder meant when he said he had done his best?”
In addition to continued courthouse picketing, the group will hold a grand march from 2-4:30 p m Monday from Eikel Park to Mam Plaza
VIIfs time to push clocks up
WASHINGTON (AP) - For Frank Taylor, an avid softball player, this Sunday is the Sunday he's been waiting for.
But for John Datt, who grew up on a Pennsylvania dairy farm, it brings back memories when his family used to keep two clocks — "one my Dad called God’s time” to run the fann and another his mother always used to keep appointments.
It’s the weekend when at 2 a.m. Sunday most of the nation will usher in daylight-saving time, long a scourge to farmers and a blessing to sports enthusiasts.
Americans will lose an hour's sleep and, if all goes right, wake up
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WASHINGTON (AP) - Food prices soared at their sharpest rate since June to more than offset fresh falls in gasoline and fuel oil costs and send consumer prices overall up a small 0.1 percent in March, the government said today.
For the first three months of the year, prices rose at an annual rate of 0 4 percent, the am alif ut gain for a calendar quarter since 1965
Today’s Labor Department announcement of Marc! price activity means the 36 million Social Security recipients will get a cost-of-living increase of 3.5 percent next January.
That will be the smallest inflation adjustment since 1975, when automatic yearly increases were tied to the Consumer Price Index The benefit increase was 7.4 percent last year and 11.2 percent in 1981.
The new adjustment will translate into an average increase of $14 for a single retired worker and $24 for a retired husband and wife who both receive benefits.
The department said a 4.4 percent increase in fruit and vegetable prices accounted for almost the entire food price gain of 0.6 percent, which matched the increase of last June. Since then, food prices had posted small gains — or none at all.
Today’s report said that, “in particular, fresh vegetable prices rose sharply, reflecting reduced supplies caused by the rain storms in California and Florida."
Economists expect fruit and vegetable prices to rise even more sharply in the months ahead, partly as a result of this week’s severe frost in the South and partly because of the lingering effects of wet weather in crop-rich areas of the country.
For the last 12 months, however, food prices overall have risen only 2 8 percent.
Energy prices contined to fall last month.
Gasoline prices fell a full I percent and stood at an average level 17.4 percent below their peak of two years ago.
Fuel oil prices were down a record 5.2 percent, the fourth straight monthly decline.
Natural gas prices rose 1.5 percent. In the last 15 months, those prices have soared nearly 30 percent. Analysts generalh attribute the gains to congressional decontrol of new-gas costs.
The modest increase in the overall inflation index, following five months of little or no gain, bolstered economists’ predictions that the 1983 inflation rate would be as small as — or even lower than — last year’s 3 9 percent.
The bright inflation news has been widely attributed to the serious recession, which the economy is only now pulling out of, and the worldwide oil glut.
For the last 12 months, consumer prices overall have risen 3.6 percent.Syrian troop buildup worrying Israeli officials
By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Israeli officials say Syria may be gearing up for war in Lebanon but they add that Israel has no intention of launching a preventive attack and wants to avoid any action which Syria might view as a provocation.
In Lebanon, a U.S. delegation headed by Undersecretary of State Lawrence S. Eagleburger arrived today to escort home the bodies of Americans slain in the bombing of the
U.S. Embassy in Beirut.
Syria, which has an estimated 38,000 troops in Lebanon, is sending soldiers back to positions on Lebanon’s eastern border they abandoned in the fall when the winter snows began, Israeli military sources said Thursday.
Israeli news reports said that the Soviet Union is rearming Syria and that Syria has staged war games recently, both considered signs of a possible Syrian offensive. The reports
originated from a background briefing Defense Minister Moshe Arens gave to Israeli military correspondents.
The news stories said it was not clear whether Syria was preparing a spring campaign or was adopting a defensive posture because it feared an Israeli attack. They added that Israel, which has an estimated 25,000 troops in Lebanon, was deliberately avoiding any action that could be read by Syria as a provocation.
"We do not want to have any conflict with the Syrians,” said a Foreign Ministry spokesman.
The Soviet news agency Tass charged on March 30 that Israel was planning an attack on Syria. Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin assured Syria there were no such plans.
As Eagleburger’s plane touched down at the Beirut airport, searchers combed the wreckage of the U.S. Embassy’s devastated lobby.
cafeteria and visa section looking for two Americans and 16 lebanese believed still buried in the rubble.
The latest U.S. count listed 17 Americans and 30 lebanese confirmed killed or presumed dead in the rubble of the seven-story embassy, devastated by an apparent suicide bombing Monday.
Meanwhile, U.S. presidential envoy Philip C. Habib left Beirut for Israel after five hours of talks on withdrawing foreign troops from Lebanon.
lebanese and Israeli officials say the talks are stalled over security arrangements in southern lebanon, which is under Israeli occupation.
In Washington, officials said Secretary of State George P. Shultz probably will go to Beirut and other Middle East capitals next week.
In Tel Aviv, censors lifted a ban on a segment of an Israeli movie that shows Jewish officers beating a West Bank Arab to make him sign over his land to Israeli ownership.DWI defendant gets two years
A McQueeney man was given one of the stiffest sentences ever by a Comal County Court-at-Law judge Thursday for driving while Intoxicated.
George Woodruff Jr. was sentenced to two years in the county jail and fined $500 in a trial before the court. Presiding Judge Ron app also suspended Woodruff's driver’s license for one year.
The charge against Woodruff stemmed from a two-car collision on FM 2673, 14 miles from Settler, on August 17, 1982. William Eugene Caldwell, 21, of New Braunfels, and a passenger In Woodruff’s Pinto, WM killed in the accident.
But documents in the defendant’s court flit noted Caldwell wasn’t the first victim of Woodruffs driving record. Earlier in INS, Woodruff WM found guilty of In
voluntary manslaughter, and sentenced to six months hard labor by the U.S. Army in Fort Riley, Kan. He was later discharged with a bad conduct record.
His discharge papers stated that Woodruff, while stationed in Zweibruecken, Germany, killed Private Kevin D. Stephens, by operating a vehicle while intoxicated, with Stephens as a passenger. Woodruff’s vehicle sideswiped a truck, left the road, and struck a brick wall in that accident.
In the Comal County fatality, the Department of Public Safety report stated Woodruff’s Pinto «u westbound on FM 2673, when it crested a hill and made a left curve into the eMtbound lane. James Foss WM traveling eMtbound with his wife, when he swerved to the right to avoid
colliding head-on with Woodruff’s vehicle, but hit the Ford in the right passenger side killing Caldwell.
Mrs. Hannelore Iris Woodruff, a passenger in the Ford’s back, received a broken spine, neck and pelvis. All her teeth were also knocked out. Mr. and Mrs. Foss each received facial cuts and bruises, while Woodruff suffered a broken knee cap, bruises and cuts.
All were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital, where Woodruff consented to a blood test. The results registered an alcohol level of .138. The legal limit in Texas is .IO.
As part of his sentence, Woodruff will also be admitted into the county’s work release program, and will attend the alcohol counseling program.
It’s be a good idea to find an umbrella as there’s a 60 percent chance of thunderstorms in Comal County this afternoon. By late afternoon, however, skies should become partly cloudy with a high expected in the mid-SOs. Tonight will be clearer and cooler with a low in the mid-50s. Saturday should be sunny and warm with a high in the low-60s. Winds will be out of the west-southwest 10-15 mph today, switching to northwest 5-10 mph tonight. Sunset will be at 7:02 p.m. and sunrise Saturday at 5:56 a.m.
Gray Breaks Record
Smithson Valley’s Darren Gray broke the District 28-3A record in the 800-meters Thursday
with a high speed of 1:57.48 to become one of three regional qualifiers for the Rangers. The meet was held at Smithson Valley High School for the first time. See Page 6A.