New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 13, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Rustin Adams wins City Juniors crown
When we last heard from Rustin Adams, he was helping to lead the New Braunfels Unicorns in the Class 4A state golf tournament in May. On Friday he captured the city’s junior golf championship at the Landa Park Golf Course with a 2-over-mr 74
Local creation teaching nation how brisket tastes
One area restaurant owner is helping to turn a Texas staple into a national gourmet rage. Jane Macrcdie, president of the Guadalupe Smoked Meat Company, was a finalist with her brisket in the National Association of Specialty Foods Trade, Inc. Fancy Foods
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Back to school section includes supply lists
The Herald-Zeitung’s annual Back to School special section includes important information for parents and students in the last-minute rush before Aug. 28. Supply lists for public and private schools in the county are included. ^
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voters reject tax consolidation bid
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Voters ended more than six months pf political mudslinging and turned down the proposal of consolidating tax collections within the Comal Appraisal District by 64 votes during Saturday’s special election;
More than 2,(XX) local people went ; to the polls to decide if putting tax collections for New Braunfels ISD, Comal ISD and tho City of New Braunfels in the hands of the county tax assessor-collector is cost effective.
“I’m disappointed” voters turned the issue down, said Precinct 4 County Commissioner Clyde Jacobs, who initiated a petition drive in April to get
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the issue of consolidation on the ballot.
Anxious election result watchers at the Comal County Courthouse anticipated the outcome as postings indicated close races in various precincts.
Twenty-five voters in Precinct I voted for consolidation and 24 voted against. In Precinct 16, 80 voters were for consolidation and 88 were against.
“It’s extremely close and the folks have had their opportunity to vote on it,” said Precinct 3 County Commissioner Neil Craigmile, who also helped initiate.a petition drive for consolidation. “We got it out before the voters — that’s what we wanted to do.”
The election called for the county tax assessor-collector to collect for
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the two school districts and the City.
Weeks before the election, GSD hammered out a tax-collecting contract with County Tax Assessor -Collector Gloria Clennan calling for the same functions the election would have provided.
“The door is still open to the New Braunfels Independent School District and the City of New Braunfels to execute a contract as the Comal Independent School District did, which i’m still convinced will save the tax
payers a considerable amount of money,” Jacobs said. NBISD and the City have separate tax years than GSD and the County making total consolidation among all four entities not feasible.
“I’m very grateful to all my friends that supported me by voting against forced consolidation,” Clennan said after the results were posted Saturday night. “We have made some real progress here which will benefit all us taxpayers.”
The Comal Ladies Monday Afternoon Bowling League will have an organizational meeting for the fall league Aug. 21 at. 12:30 p.m. at Comal Bowl. Ladies, are needed to fill up the league and anyone who is interested is asked to call Maxine Rciningec at 625-3674 or Comal Bowl for information, or just go to the meeting...,
The Alamo Schuetzen Verein • (shooting club), which Is located 6 miles south of New Braunfels on Nacogdoches Road near Gifford Hill (Sertex) and near Comal on FM 482, will have its annual Prize Shoot and Family Style Sausage Dinner Aug. 20. The shoot will sum at 9 a m. and the meal will be served from noon to 2 p.m. The price for the meal will be $3.50 for adults and $1.75 for children under 12. Desserts and sausage sandwiches will be sold later in the day. The public is welcome....
New Braunfels High School Class of 1954 is planning its 35th reunion for Nov. 3 and 4. On the third, there will be a reception at Schwamkrug’s party room from 5 to 7 p.m., followed by the home-, coming football game at Unicom Stadium at 7:30 p.m. The classmates will sit as a group.
On Nov. 4, the group will enjoy a buffet breakfast at Krause’s Cafe at 9 arn. followed by a tour of the New Braunfels High School the class attended on Guenther Street. To finalize the reunion weekend, the class will attend Wurstfest that night.
The class is missing a few addresses — If anyone knows the addresses of the following, please call Tommy Zipp at 625-2345 or 625-8708: Malcom Bartels, George Durwachter, Wallace Enders,
Robert Martinez, Rose Ann (Schneider) McKenzie, Billy
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Amy Cook comes back from a sixth-place first lap to finish second in Saturday’s national AAU Junior Olympic meet. Cook ran a 2:23 800-meter dash, finishing one second out of first. For full details, see page 10A. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
NBU plans outages for equipment repair
Several locations in New Braunfels will have a power outage Wednesday so New Braunfels Utilities personnel can repair and perform maintenance on electric system equipment.
The following locations will be affected:
• 1308 to 1521 South Mesquite.
• 1404 to 1755 Old Marion Road.
• 1500 block of Daisy Lane.
• 1626 to 1658 Pahmeycr.
• All of Devin Lane, Allison Drive, Kraft Lane and Rolling Valley.
NBU customers in these locations will not receive power between 9 and 10:30 a.m. and are asked to unplug all major appliances, computers and microwaves. Refrigerators and freez-
NBISD trustees to meet
By MARGARET EDMONSON Staff Writer
New Braunfels Indei>endent School District trustees will kick off the new school year early with a regular monthly meeting Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Education Center at 430 W. Mill.
Newly elected trustees will be sworn in during the meeting, and trustees will approve the 1989-90 testing program. Other agenda items include
Trustees Ward, Clarke re-elected to board seats
There were no surprises in Saturday’s election of two incumbent members on the New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Both incumbenets, District 2 Trustee Jean Ward and District 4 Trustee Robert Clarke, were elected to serve second three-year terms on the board.
Ward received 17 votes in Saturday’s election, while Clarke received 27. District I saw one write-in vote for William J. Kolod-
zie; District 2 had two write-in votes forC. Cox.
Ward is a retired teacher who was elected to the board in 1986. Clark is a senior counselor at San Marcos High School with 26 years experience in education.
Both trustees have served on the district’s Strategic Planning Committee; and Ward served on the Long Range Planning Committee, while Clark served on the Short Range committee.
Death Row inmate maintains he didn’t kill five men in 1985
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
HUNTSVILLE — Sitting in a Death Row cell with a typewriter, radio and fan, Rodolfo Hernandez maintains he is innocent and will some day leave the Texas Department of Corrections a free man.
The San Antonio native, often called Rudy, is one of 303 inmates on Death Row (including four women in Gatesville) at the Ellis I Unit, located in the middle of swamp lands approximately 20 miles east of Huntsville.
“This is something that’s hard for me to believe,” Hernandez said about spending his days in a cell. “I can’t get over it.”
The 39-ycar-old man, charged witn robbing and shooting five Mexican nationals on a Comal County hillside in 1985, told the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung recently he is innocent. Members of the media are allowed to interview willing Death Row inmates every Wednesday between 9 and 11 a.m.
Separated by bars, Hernandez tells of his fears of being
put to death by lethal injection and his frustrations of knowing he is innocent.
“I write a lot of articles in reference to the death penalty,” Hernandez said. “My personal self, I think it’s cruel and unusual.”
Hernandez’s appeal is currently under submission by the Third Court of Criminal Appeals in Austin pending an opinion. If the court denies the appeal, Hernandez’ case will be bench warranted back to Comal County where a district judge will set an execution date. There is always an automatic appeal with death sentences. The appeal was submitted to the court June 6, 1988. He was sentenced to death by lethal injection by a Comal County jury in 1987.
On March 7, 1985, on a hillside in the SkyRidge Subdivision off FM 1863, five men were robbed of their few possessions. They were shot and left to die. One man did.
Lt. Rudy Rubio of the Comal County sheriff’s office said the Hernandez case was a great example of how law
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Local bus resident leads deputies on lengthy chase
A 59-ycar-old Canyon Luke man, who lives in a bus,, was arrested Saturday afternoon after he rammed a deputy’s car and led oilier officers on a chase throughout the county.
The man, whose name was not released late Saturday, will be charged with aggravated assault with a vehicle, DW I and evading arrest, said Comal County Chief Deputy Wayne Hoherz.
The chase begun after the man drove through the gate at Potter’s Creek Park.
“He drove through without stopping doing about 30 miles per hour,” Hoherz said.
When a deputy followed him and tried to make contact, the man refused to talk. When the deputy Was back in his vehicle, the man rammed the vehicle with his bus.
“He purposely just started up and rammed our deputy sheriff’s car about 6 feet across the roadway,” Hoherz said. "Then he took off and he
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Men jailed on charges of beating
Three New Braunfels men remain in the Comal County jail today after they allegedly robbed a Mexican national and attempted to commit capital murder.
Joe Tristan Jr., 2579 W. San Antonio St.; David Howard, 280 Faust; and Edward Billegas, 1505 I-orch Lane, all remain in jail.
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Guten Tag! America
‘It’s really routine work that we’re doing. We’re also going to change out the insulators In that area, and It’s easier lf we just de-energize the line to do It.’
Bob Difonzo Electric dept.
ers should be kept closed.
“It’s really routine work dial we’re doing," said Bob Difonzo, superintendent of the electric department.
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authorization to use existing signature plates, acceptance of resignations and appointments, approval of the 1989-90 board meeting calendar and approval of various payments to judges, clerks, architects and contractors.
NBISD trustees will discuss facilities planning for the school district and hear a report on strategic planning for the district.
Wurstfest Association Omas and Opas and their families gathered early Saturday morning to be recorded wishing America good morning. The greeting will be aired on ABC’s Good Morning America on the opening day of Wurstfest, Nov. 3, at
8:30 a m. The taped greeting also includes a happy birthday wish for the morning show which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year. (Photo by Deryl Clark)