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claims man's life
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff Writer
A 64-year-old Spring Branch man died in a one-oar accident about 2 p.m. Wednesday at the intersection of U.S. 281 and FM 306.
Richard Falas Garcia of Star Rt. I Box 12, Spring Branch, was pronounced dead at 2:20 p.rn at the scene by Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart who ordered an autopsy.
“The car ran into a tree beside the road, but the car did not appear to be going over 30 mph," said Trooper Tim Jackson of the Department of Public Safety.
“There were no witnesses, no skid marks, and no apparent injuries. So we aren’t sure of the exact time of the accident, and we don’t know the cause," he said.
Stewart said the car could not have
been going very fast because the tree Garcia hit was three feet in diameter, but the pickup had only minimal damage to it.
“The steering wheel was bent, that’s about all," Jackson said.
Stewart said the accident could not be certain to have caused the death under these circumstances, and Travis County Medical Examiner Dr. Roberto Bayardo will make a determination.
Garcia was traveling south on U.S. 281 when he left the road 200 yards south of the Comal-Bianco County line.
A truck driver spotted Garcia’a car beside the road and stopped at a highway department construction site near by. The flagmen at the
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Artist Dan Blat tries his hand at capturing a little bit of history as he paints the First Protestant Church's Day Care Center The
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artist found a shady spot in front of the church to paint the scene.
Drainage ordinance work continues
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
Although some quesUons still remain, the city and a special committee are closer this week to agreeing on a drainage ordinance for the city.
“It was a producUve meeting,’’ said City Manager Joe Michie of Wednesday night s workshop between City Council and the drainage committee
“It was a good exchange between the Council and members of the drainage committee and the developer community. We have a direction of where we need to be going in drainage planning and drainage control."
The drainage committee, appointed by City Council last year,
recommended in December that the city pass an emergency drainage ordinance and complete a master drainage plan, which would lead to a permanent ordinance
Prior to the passage of the emergency ordinance, developers followed drainage regulations set forth in the city's subdivision ordinance.
However, since December, builders and developers have reported difficulty in complying with the ordinance and in June, the Comal County Builders Association called for a moratorium on the emergency ordinance.
The association requested it be in place until the city conducts a drainage study and hires a fulltime city engineer.
Responding to the moratorium
call, Michie said in July that the city should not act on the request until the drainage committee has specific recommendations about new regulations.
Drainage committee chairman Gene Rutherford agreed last May that there were some problems in
enforcing some of the stipulations of the emergency ordinance.
And Wednesday, he presented Council with a list of six recommendations, including the development of an interim or-
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AUSTIN (AP) — Tobin Armstrong, prominent South Texas rancher and former close associate of Gov. Bill Cements, will head a statewide gubernatorial campaign committee for U.S. Rep. Tom Loeffler, it was announced Wednesday.
Armstrong, Clements’ appointments secretary, will be chairman of a steering committee of “Texans for Loeffler” which supports Loeffler’s “pending gubernatorial bid," according to Richard McBride, director of the committee.
Co-chairman will be Holly Decherd, Austin, secretary of the
Texas Republican Party who served as co-chairman of President Reagan’s campaign in Texas and that of U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm.
"I am convinced that he (Loeffler) is the best possible candidate the Republican Party can field to defeat (Gov.) Mark White." Armstrong said. “We in Texas are fortunate to have someone of Tom’s character and leadership abilities seeking the governorship."
Armstrong’s wife, Anne, is a former co-chairman of the National Republican Party and former U.S. ambassador to England.
C/SD bond issue update presented
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Architect Mike McChesney didn t let money stand in his way at Tuesday night s Comal ISO meeting He gave OSD trustees a progress update on the district’s $19.96 million
Gramm seeks to prevent audit
AUSTIN (AP) - U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm is making a federal case out of the Federal Election Commission's attempt to investigate his 1904 campaign spending.
FEC officials say a preliminary probe showed evidence of discrepancies in campaign fundraising and spending. They want to take a more detailed look, but Gramm has filed suit asking a Dallas federal judge to bar the investigation.
Larry Neal, Gramm’s press secretary, said Wednesday there were minor, clerical errors in the voluminous campaign finance report. But there were no major violations of election law, according to Neal and James Schooner, the Washington lawyer who filed the suit on behalf of Gramm’s campaign committee.
"There were what amounted to clerical errors in the course of dealing with 50,000 and more individual contributions... We had a lot of volunteers doing a lot of work on an enormous report," Neal said.
“They’re getting craxy,’’ Schooner said of the PEC.
Gramm’s reports abow he spent |0.8 million to beat Democrat Lloyd Doggett last year. The
reports came to the FEC’s attention after Donna Mobley of Austin, former director of Texas Common Cause, filed a complaint last October, before the election.
The commission staff persuaded the commission that there was “reason to believe" there were violations. A full audit was ordered.
But on June 19, Gramm filed suit in UJS. District Court in Dallas, alleging the deadline had passed for the FEC to audit his 1984 campaign books.
The campaign committee will respond to specific questions, but it doesn’t believe a full audit is proper, Schooner said.
"An audit Is terribly expensive, probably somewhere between $60,000-870,000. They want to rummage through things. That’s too costly and too wasteful of the taxpayers’ money and the campaign’s money," he said.
FEC officials, who claim they are bound by confidentiality requirements, have little to say about the case.#
The agency’s response to Gramm’s lawsuit is to be filed in the Dallas court by Aug. 19.
"I cannot divulge what is going on in the investigation until the matter is closed,’’ said Lots
Lerner of the FEC’s general counsel staff.
The six-member commission is made up of three Republicans and three Democrats.
The allegations against the Gramm campaign include charges that it mishandled donations to a joint fund-raiser breakfast at the Republican National Convention in Dallas
An FEC staff report said at least one contributor did not realize that some money from the Presidential Nomination Breakfast Ball would go to Gramm’s campaign.
“The Gramm committee appears to have deposited these checks into the committee’s account instead of depositing them in a separate joint fund-raising account as required," the report said. “A review ai reports does not appear to indicate how or when the committee distributed these proceeds. "
The FEC report said the Friends of Phil Gramm committee reported illegally large contributions from several sources. Federal law limits individual contributions to $1,000 and political action committee donations to $5,000 for each primary and election.
bond issue, then got his $81,450 check for completing 35 percent of the required plans and specifications.
That check was the second C1SD payment to the Austin firm, Bradley and McChesney Architects.
The first was for $96,000 for preliminary work up to May 18, whenSMI plant meltdown controlled
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
Red-hot metal melted through a furnace at Structural Metals, Inc. in Seguin Wednesday morning, spilling through three floors of grating and piling about 18 inches on the ground floor.
No one was injured in the incident which occurred about 10:45 a m. said McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department Chief Guy Weldon. "I don't know why it happened, but it melted through the side of the furnace.”
Weldon said there were no major flames when his men, about a dozen, arrived. "But there was lot of heat,” he said. The McQueeney crew was assisted by the Guadalupe County tanker truck, which is housed in Seguin.
"The main problem was that it (the melted metal) was right next to some argon (compressed gas) bottles and we had to cool it and the bottles so they didn’t rupture," Weldon said.
The chief said it took crews about
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C1SD patrons passed a $19.96 million bond issue by almost a three-to-one margin.
McChesney said the $96,000 would be rebated throughout the term of the contract over a two-year span.
“We’re working on a 5.9 percent fee, so you take the total amount of construction times 5.9 percent, and the $96,000 is deducted from the total figure,” he added.
The $81,450 payment was postponed at a July 16 board meeting, because of what trustees called “poor timing."
“We’re not questioning the amount of work that's been done. It’s more (about the) timing," Board President Leroy Goodson said.
“All of this is owed by the district as part of the overall issue, and we’ll have to pay it. But we’d like to delay it until we have the bond proceeds," Goodson added.
The bond sale is scheduled for Thursday.
McChesney said the eight new classrooms at Bulverde Elementary got off to a slow start “due to the weather, and lagging behind on the general contractor’s part. But the pace has picked up the last three weeks.
"Their intent is to be completed by the time school starts, and there is a chance they may be able to," he added.
Wall installation at Mountain Valley School is also behind schedule, but could be finished by next week.
"Our intent is to issue plans by Sept. 3,” McChesney said. “We should be able to meet that deadline."
In other action Tuesday night, the
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The forecast for today is partly cloudy and hot with temperatures reaching the upper-90s and dropping to the mid-70s overnight. Humidity was 82 percent this morning with a low of 74. Wednesday’s high was 97. Sunset will be at 8:23 p.m. and sunrise will be at 6:51 a.m.
Talks aimed at averting a Major League baseball strike stalled Wednesday, and the two sides met today merely to decided when to meet again. If an agreement is not reached, the players will walk out Monday. Thursday Special, Page SA.