New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 Pages in one section ■ Aug. 17,1993
993 Serving Comal County ■ Home of HEATHER PUGH
Vol. 141, No. 192
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Heather Pugh, Lynn Rheinlaender, Tracey Cabello, Ronald Pope, Marshall Schaoke. Happy Anniversary to Pam & Bob Blackwell, Jimmy & Betty Merkel (belated) 29 years.
1993 Rodeo Queen contestants
Comal County high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors are invited to compete in the 1993 Comal County Rodeo Queen's Contest. Contestants must be single and enrolled in either Comal County school district as of Aug. 16.
Posters and information sheets will be available at the local high schools.
Blood drive for Tom Bluntzer scheduled
A blood drive for New Braunfels resident Tom Bluntzer has been scheduled for Aug. 23 from IO ajn. to 6 p.m. at the law offices of Reagan, Burrus, Dierksen, Lam on and Bluntzer, located at 205 N. Seguin.
Two blood mobiles will be on hand in the back parking lot to take donations. Walk-ins are welcome or appointments can be made by calling Debbie at 625-8026.
Eagles Auxiliary hosting Supper
The Fraternal Order of Eagles #2999 Auxiliary will have their Birthday Supper tonight at 6:30 pm
June, July and August birthdays will be recognized. Members are asked to bring a vegetable, salad or dessert
McKenna seeking historical info
McKenna Memorial Hospital needs your help in acquiring any information pertaining to the history of the hospital. McKenna is celebrating its 40-year anniversary in October of this year. The hospital was built in 1953.
A brief submission consisting of a short written summary of something unique that happened in a particular year, trivia, photographs of any items of interest in relation to the hospital through the years would be beneficial.
Please submit your items to McKenna Memorial Hospital, attn. Tim Brierty, Hospital Development, 143 E. Garza,
New Braunfels, 78130.
Art Lugut to host
The New Braunfels Art League annual membership potluck supper is set for tonight (Aug. 17) at the Arts Center at 6:30 p.m. The League will provide the meat, drinks and tableware, and the members will bring either a salad, vegetable or dessert dish. Members will show-and-tell artworks, explaining inspirations, the challenges and solutions or perhaps ask for a critique.
(The Ntw Braunfels Herald IeHung invites tis readers lo submit items to Stammtisck. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisck* represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you lo share with us )
Judge denies summary judgement
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Visiting District Judge Derwood Johnson denied a motion for summary judgment Monday in the case of Peter Lingamfelter versus the City of New Braunfels and Councilman James Good-bread. ,
A hearing was held at the Comal County Courthouse Monday morning. A trial will now be held to determine if Goodbread is eligible to serve on the council. The motion for summary judgment was made last month by Lingamfelter. A motion for summary judgment is a request by one party that the judge make a ruling in a case based on law rather than taking the case before a jury.
Members of the courtroom audience applauded the judge's decision after the hearing had concluded. Goodbread said he was pleased with the
Courtroom audience applauds decision
judge's decision as well as the large amount of support shown at the hearing.
“I think the original 2,400 people spoke and the judge listened to them," he said. "He made his decision using common sense. "I’m very fortunate. I’ve gotten tremendous support all the way through this. . .I think the people of New Braunfels want to be represented by someone who stands up for them.” said Goodbread.
Lingamfelter said he was not surprised by the judge’s decision. He said the motion was filed in order to bring the case to a speedy conclusion.
"We were interested in seeking a speedy and cost effective route," he said.
Lingamfelter is represented by New Braunfels attorney John Churm. Churm argued during
the hearing that the question of eligibility is all a matter of law.
"We believe this is all a question of law. There is no fact issue to be submitted to the jury," he said. "We see tire construction of the argument to be the interpretation of the amendment."
According to Churm’s arguments, the wording in the amendment is not ambiguous and does apply to Goodbread.
Churm said arguments dealing with ex post facto law are not relevant in this case because ex post facto law can only be applied to criminal matters.
Arguments were also heard from Qty Attorney Barry Moore and Goodbread's attorney Atana-cio Campos.
Moore said sections of the local government
code and Texas Constitution state charter amendments should be "prospective in nature" not retrospective. He also said discussion during council meetings in November 1992 show council members did not intend for die amendment to apply to the May I election.
Campos said voters always meant for Goodbread to serve. He also said questions have been raised over whether the amendments were officially adopted by die council when council members canvassed the vote.
Goodbread’s eligibility as a council member became an issue after voters passed an amendment to the city charter limiting the terms a council member can serve.
The amendment limits the terms to two consecutive three-year terms and three three-year terms in a lifetime. Goodbread has served three terms on the council.
CISD budget increased by
9.29 % over *92
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By ROSE MARIE EASH
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees received copies of the $27,371,714 proposed school budget for 1993-94 at last night’s workshop meeting.
Copies of the budget are available at the Central Administration Office for the public. The budget is scheduled for adoption at the Aug. 23 CISD Board of Trustees meeting. The $27.3 million budget is a 9.29 percent increase over last year’s budget with enrollments estimated to be a 6.63 percent increase over last year.
The board again delayed hiring a Public Information Officer. The position has been open since the end of the school year in May. School registration information and public notice of the proposed budget availability are among the items that have not been effectively communicated, according to school administration personnel, due to the absence of a public information officer. ThoKiistrict is apparently considering not funding the position.
"We are considering the funding for the position," said Superintendent Jerry Major. "But, I do anticipate it being filled at some point. We’re taking a look at it. We’re certainly behind. All I can tell you is that we’re continuing to look at it.”
In other business, the board heard a report from Abel Campos, the CISD Financial Director on the consolidation of the schools voting places with the county. According to Campos voting polls will be located at schools whenever possible and early voting for school elections will also be held at the county courthouse. In CISD the
CISD’s TEA rating not bad
By ROSEMARIE EASH Staff Write*
Comal Independent School District patrons concerned with the unacceptable rating given the school district recently should know that the rating is based on last year’s figures and has since moved into an acceptable range below the six percent cut off.
"Our Hispanic rate reported right on six percent," said Carol Hall, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction. We have since recovered two, dropping us below the six percent cut off. Out of a population of 14 African-American students, we've had one drop out but that one put us over the cut off. If you have small student population, one or two drop outs will throw you way up there — that’s the problem with the system.’’
The Texas Education Agency verified the district’s situation.
"That was only in relationship to the drop-out rate,’’ said Larry Garcia, Regional Director at TEA. "Comal’s drop-out rate was over 6 percent — over the cut off rate. That was based on last year’s rate—this year’s rate is acceptable."
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Homld-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Benjamin Ham, a member of the New Braunfels Dolphins Swim Team, works hard during the 50-yard breast stroke at a junior meet held at Lands Park recently.
Suicide still a mystery to police
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
consolidation will mean that voters will only have one place to go to vote for city, county and school elections.
Campos also reported that he will ask the board to approve $3.6 million in Tax and Revenue Anticipation
Advanced Gifts Drive has already exceeded it’s goal
By DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher
With a week remaining in the Advance Gifts Drive of the current United Way of Comal County campaign, the drive’s goal already has been exceeded.
According to Advance Gifts Chairman Don Maxwell, as of Monday morning, $26,792 had been contributed or pledged to the drive.
"The Advance Gifts Drive’s significance in the overall United Way campaign derives fro the momentum it builds for the start of the general campaign,” Maxwell said Monday.
"And this year’s campaign is off to a fantastic start!"
By comparison, according to United Way of Comal County Executive Director Joe Wed, by Aug. 14 of last year some $20,000 had been contributed to the Advance Gifts drive and on August 19, with 138 pledges or gifts, that total was at $21,242.
"So, with 163 pledges and nearly $29,000 in pledges and contributions," Wort said Monday, "we’re well ahead of last year ”
The Advance Gifts drive ends Aug. 24, Maxwell said, and the general campaign begins Aug. 25, continuing through Nov. 12.
The overall campaign goal is $260,000, Maxwell said, "Our highest ever."
New Braunfels police say they still do not know why William Franklin Sproles, 24, of Seguin, killed himself during a police pursuit on Saturday morning.
Sproles died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head and neck.
According to New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Hearten, Sproles did have a criminal history but was not wanted on any warrants. Headen said he did not know why Sproles shot himself or if he intended to shoot himself.
“We do not know one way or the other. The nearest officer was 40 to 50 yards away," he said.
Police are awaiting reports from the Bexar County Med
ical Examiners’ office to determine if alcohol or dregs were a factor. Headen said these reports are routine and it will take several days to get results.
According to reports, the incident occurred after police had responded to a disturbance in which Sproles was involved at 2 a.m. Saturday. Reports show, officers were fired upon by Sproles who then eluded police and fled the scene.
The suspect was later found on Farm to Market 725. A chase ensued involving Canine Officer Scott Lange Police said Sproles then apparently turned and fired on Lange before killing himself.
He was prounounced dead on the scene by a Guadalupe County Justice of the Peace.
Monday fire levels house, 35 acres in Spring Branch
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Staff Writer _
Three area fire departments responded to a house fire Monday afternoon that occurred at the Indian Hills Subdivision in Spring Branch.
No one was injured in the fire, according to officials. Departments responding to the call included the Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department, the Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department and the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Bulverde EMS also responded to the call.
Reports show, the fire was reported by a Comal County sheriffs deputy
at approximately 12:35 p.m.
According to Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willman the fire appeared to be caused by a trash fire that spread to the house. The house was unoccupied at the time.
Willman said the house and 35 acres of brush grass were completely destroyed. No value of the damage has been set at this time.
Firefighters were at the scene until 9 p.m. in order to extinguish the blush and grass fires that resulted from the house fire.
Willman said his office will continue to investigate the cause of the fire.
Friday Night Faces debuts Aug. 29 in the Hemld-Zeitung
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung will preview the 1993-94 football season with the publishing of "Friday Night Faces," which will debut in the Sunday, Aug. 29 edition.
The publication will contain team profiles, irterviews with players and coaches, an area-wide sportswriters poll, and a special story on former area players who are playing collegiate football.
The special preview will feature a full-color front page this year.
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