New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 28, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
Candidates for New Braunfels City Council plan to keep campaigning until the polls close at 7 p.m. May 5.
Heading into the last week of the campaign, Councilman Larry Alexander and challenger Walter Sears are hitting the streets, visiting with constituents, participating in several candidate forums and sharing their views with voters in District 2.
“I don’t plan to wind down,” said Alexander, who is the incumbent in the race. “I plan to keep working just like I have since the first day of the campaign.”
Likewise, Sears has no plans to slow down campaigning as the race heads into its final week.
‘It’s been a long campaign,” he said. “I think I’ve at least left a flyer on almost everyone’s house. I plan to reach everyone by Election Day.” Alexander is cautiously
optimistic about his chances for a second term. He ran unopposed for his first term, so this is his first time to face an opponent.
“I’ve been hearing good things,” he said. “But you never know if people will vote or what they will do once they go into the booth.”
So far, early voting turnouts for the District 2 race have been low. Since polls opened on April 18, fewer than 200 people have voted, according See CANDIDATES/1 OATo vote
Early voting In the New Braunfels City Council election:
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. today; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Tuesday.
Where: Comal County Courthouse Annex Election Day voting: When: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. May 5
Where: Memorial Elementary School
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President George W. Bush and wife Laura help dedicate the new Bob Bullock History Museum in Austin on Friday.
The museum is named for former lieutenant governor Bob Bullock, who died in 1999. Bullock and Bush developed a close friendship while Bush was governor, despite the fact that the two men hailed from different political parties. The museum, which is home to 700 artifacts of Texas history, was Bullock’s project.
Bush visits state capital to dedicate Bullock History Museum
By Kelley Shannon Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN (AP) — President Bush returned to the state’s capital Friday to remember friend Bob Bullock and dedicate the museum named for him. Protesters shouting “He’s not our president” greeted the former governor.
Bush did not acknowledge the IOO demonstrators, who could be heard from about a block away and throughout his speech.
“We’re sure glad to be home,”
Bush said. “I’ve got to confess, I miss my friends in Texas.”
Bush was helping to dedicate the Bob Bullock History Museum, named for the late lieutenant governor and Bush’s political mentor.
“With time passing, fewer visitors
will know Bob Bullock as we knew him, and we are the lucky ones,” Bush said. “He spoke with experience and conviction and authority.” The museum opened to the public this past Saturday, but this was its formal dedication.
Bush developed a close friendship with Bullock after he became governor in 1995. Bush, a Republican, honed his bipartisan governing skills in Texas by working with Bullock and House Speaker Pete Laney, both Democrats who controlled the Legislature.
The museum got its start in 1996, when Bullock was recovering from a hunting accident and pneumonia and began discussing the idea for a state history museum near the Texas Capitol.
As lieutenant governor, he saw to
it that the $80 million in funding for the project was secured.
Bullock attended the groundbreaking for the building two years ago, shortly before his death at age 69 in 1999.
The museum is packed with 700 artifacts that tell the story of Texas from the people who lived here hundreds of years ago through its modern-day role in aviation and space exploration.
Neil Armstrong’s astronaut suit is on display. So are items from the Texas battle for independence from Mexico in 1836 and European exploration that began in the late 1600s.
The role of the cattle and oil industries are featured in the museum as are the stories of integration and the emergence of women as a force in politics and the economy.
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18 pages in 2 sectionsHerald-ZeitungVol. 150, No. 144 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents
CISD trustees OK $15 million bond sale
Money to cover pre-construction of new school
By Martin Malacara
The Comal Independent School District is a step closer to building a new Canyon Lake high school.
The district’s Board of Trustees approved the sale of $15 million in bonds to pay for pre-construction costs for the new high school.
Board members also granted interim Superintendent Dr. Anthony Constanzo their permission to start negotiations for purchasing land for the high school.
The district wants to locate the school on the north side of Canyon Lake.
Board members voted 5-1 to sell the bonds. Trustee John Bertelsen opposed.
Board members Dora Gonzales, Robert Loop, Nick Nichols, Deraid LaRue and board president John Clay voted in favor of the sale.
Board member Dan Krueger did not attend the meeting.
Bertelsen has said he would not support the sale of any bonds until the board developed a plan for the new high school.
The bonds are part of a $52 million bond package approved by voters in 1999.
Alleged victim, 9, testifies in trial
By Ron Maloney
Joseph and Yevette Heis-er’s accuser wore a lavender dress to court Friday, with a matching sweater knotted about her neck and hanging across her shoulder.
She pledged to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth “to God and the jury,” and as the young girl sat in the witness chair, Yevette Heiser wept quietly at the defendants’ table, dabbing at her eyes and her nose.
Up on the stand, Yevette Heiser’s 9-year-old adopted daughter set a turquoise teddy bear named Blueberry beside the microphone and told the jury her name.
So began the testimony of the girl who is the subject of
a child injury and endangerment trial that could send her parents to prison for the rest of their lives.
The pretty, precocious girl on the witness stand bore scant resemblance to the emaciated and disheveled waif admitted to a hospital nearly 16 months ago, who in pictures shown in court looked at that time like a little boy who nearly had been starved to death.
Child Protective Services officials took the then 7-year-old girl from Liberty Hill Elementary School on Jan. 5, 2000. She was hospitalized, treated for malnutrition and placed in a foster home with her then-15-month-old halfsister.
Her parents have been charged with injuring and
Cops take plunge for river security training
By Ron Maloney Staff Writer
Makalah, 4, Stephany, 5, and Elizabeth Gibson, age 1-1/2, went fishing on the Guadalupe River Friday afternoon with their father, Jonathan, and their uncles, Daniel and Luis Alonzo.
They didn’t catch anything. The water was too fast and too stirred up.
They also had a little too much company — about 25 New Braunfels police surrounded them.
About 25 officers took the plunge Friday and participated in lifesaving, boating and swift water river training on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers Friday in preparation for the city’s river security patrols this summer.
On Wednesday, another 25 will
take the training, which is being conducted by the New Braunfels Fire Department.
Lewdness and rowdy behavior on the Comal River this past summer prompted city council to mandate increased patrols on the rivers in the city limits similar to enforcement conducted on the Guadalupe River by the Water-Oriented Recreation District and the Comal County Sheriff’s Office.
Equipment is arriving to help achieve the city’s goals, and New Braunfels police are preparing to provide the increased patrols.
In briefing the officers Friday, Chief of Police Ray Douglas told the officers they were on the river to help people, to keep the peace and to do it in as low-key a manner as proves practi
“We’re not looking for numbers, and we’re not looking for stats,” Douglas told the assembled men and women. “We’re looking for good behavior, and we’re going to get it one way or another.”
New Braunfels firefighter and rescue instructor John Sheppard took the officers through water safety classes, a course in river hydrology — how to “read” a river for dangers and obstacles — boat handling and use of rescue equipment.
“We spent most of the morning doing basic boat handling, righting the boat, working on your comfort zone, working with the throwbags. Its like anything else. We train and prepare for the worst. If it doesn’t See TRAINING/3A
New Braunfels Police Officers James Rackley and Joseph Tovar right a raft while Officers Mike Cochran and Larry Hildebrand look on Friday during their boat and kayak training in the Comal River near the Prince Solms Tube Chute.