New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 18, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
August 18, 1991
Vol. 139, NO. 195
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Mr. and Mrs.
Three Sections, 42 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Reynaldo Aguirre Jr., Brett Quinn, Ben Alan West, Greg Pospisil, Miguel Chapa, Chris bailey, Mary Caballero, Patsy Vann, Anthony Ayala, Arnold Sandy” Sandburg, and Ronda Kraft.
Best wishes Monday to Vinco Koeglc, Debbie Clark, Dana Overstreet and Charles Grohman.
Belated birthday greetings to Cristina Constance, Marty Monce-ballez, Rick Suarez, Tracey Cabel-o, Silvia Cindy Beck and Heather Pugh.
“Happy anniversary” today to Linda and Jesse Dominguez, Rickey and Tracy Preiss, John and Terri Kaufmann, Kermit and Shirley Vetter and John and Mary Ester Rodriguez on Monday to Wayne and Pam Roitsch, Joe and Anne Kuehler and Rudy and Lily Guerrero.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Final preparations are being made for the 1991 Fair Queen Contest. Any junior girl enrolled at a high school in Comal County is eligible to participate. If you arc interested in being a candidate, please call Peggy Meckel at 629-3953 or 625-8942, or Shirley Kivlin at 6254279 or 629-3554. Your immediate response is needed to be included in all publicity-
Commissioners of Agriculture Rick Perry will be the featured guest at the Aug. 25 Comal County Republican Party fund raiser barbecue and auction. The 7 p.m. event will be held at the Clyde Johnson & Sons Ranch, Farm-to-Markct Road 1863 near U.S. Highway 281. All are welcome. For reservations, contact Robbie Bor-chcrs at 625-3170.
Back-to-school immunization clinics are being conducted by the Comal County Health Department at the Knight’s of Columbus Hall across from the main entrance to Landa Park. Tuesday’s clinic will be open to persons of all ages and Thursday’s will be limited to those at least 4 yean old. Hours are 9-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. For more information call 620-5595.
The Teen Connection Thrift Shop will be closed Tuesday through Saturday in preparation for a grand reopening and summer clearance sale Sunday. Among the items to be marked down drastically are books, belts and tics.
• New Braunfels Independent School District has an August classes to assist commercial drivers in passing Texas Department of Public Safety tests, Aug. 26-28. For details, call NBISD at 620-6200.
• Tuesday and Thursday are the next dates for defensive driving, offered at the Comal Independent School District boardroom. For enrollment information, call CISD at 625-8081.
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A 20 percent chance for thundershowers punctuates the forecast for today and Monday, with highs in the 90s, lows in the 70s and winds from the south at about IO mph anticipated. For weather details, please see Page 2A.
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Redistricting plans attract limited input
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Members of the Comal County Commissioner’s Court heard input from the public on plans for redistricting precincts in the county for commissioners, justices of the peace, and constables at hearings Saturday.
The redistricting is an effort to make districts meet U.S. Justice Department standards for ’one man — one vote’ and minority representation requirements following last year’s census.
Commissioners and the public were presented with seven plans by consultants Mike Morrison and David Guinn, both professors from the Baylor University Law School in Waco.
County Judge Carter Casteel and commissioners J.L. “Jumbo” Evans (Precinct I), Neil Craigmile (Precinct 2), Pat L. Hernandez (Precinct 3) and Moe Schwab (Precinct 4) attended both hearings.
The redistricting plans resulted from studies undertaken by the consultants with input from a citizen’s advisory committee and the commissioners.
The population in Comal County increased to 52,000 from the 36,000 counted ten years ago with a breakdown of 78 percent anglo and 22 percent minority. Guinn said.
“Based on the federal census, some radical changes have to be made,” Morrison said.
Precinct I, represented by J.L. “Jumbo” Evans is now overpopulated while precinct 3, represented by Pat L. Hernandez is underpopulated. Populations must be close to equal in the precincts to fulfill the ‘one man — one vote’ provision.
“The citizen’s committee wanted to get Precinct 3 over the 60 percent minority mark,” Morrison said.
The problem is finding ways to get more minorities into the precinct without taking in anglos lo get to the minority pockets. Adding more anglos defeats the purpose, Morrison said.
“Something that needs to be said is that precinct lines now follow both geographic lines as well as survey lines,” Commissioner Evans said. “(This time) we have tried to stick with geographic features — survey lines are just imaginary lines.”
Morrison added that the lines may need adjustment after the city and state set their boundaries “to avoid creation of tiny new election precincts” in between the lines.
“Our plan is to submit to the Justice Department by the first of Scptem-
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Jury acquits man accused of sexual assault of child
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
A Kirby man was acquitted of the charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child by a Comal County jury Friday.
Michael Thompson, 51, was found not guilty by the jury after only an hour of deliberation.
The closing argument by defense attorney Karen Crouch of San Antonio emphasized a lack of evidence in the prosecution’s case and contamination of Department of Human Services interviews used in evidence.
Crouch said that DHS interviewers used leading questions that suggested answers in the videotaped interview. She also said that DHS workers used positive reinforcement techniques
such as nodding to influence the child’s answers.
Crouch’s presentation axed the full 45 minutes allotted.
Assistant District Attorney Robert H. Fisher said in his closing statement that he thought the state had proven it’s case and appealed to the jury to do the right thing. He had no comment following the verdict.
“That’s what I thought that they should have done,” Crouch said of the jury’s decision. “I thought that was the truth.
“I feel like if the case had been properly investigated from the beginning that it would have never come to trial.”
Crouch and co-counsel Albert Acevedo Jr. are both from San Antonio. The trial lasted ten days.
Displaying tbs 12 gaugt pump shotgun to bs awarded the teller of the best hunting tale Is Doc Cantu-Whlthoff of Doc’s Guns. (Photo by Annettes Schllckenrieder)
That old campfire story might just win you a new shotgun
That funny hunting story you've told and retold so many times over campfires and in the coffee shop might win you a new shotgun.
Doc's Guns and the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung have joined forces to sponsor a contest to find and publish the area’s funniest hunting story.
The purveyor of that story will receive a new 12 gauge pump shotgun.
Here are the rules:
• The story must be true and it must have happened to you or someone you
• You have to tell the tale in 500 words or less — in writing.
• Send the story to: Hunting Story, The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, P.O Box 311328, New Braunfels, Texas 78131.
The deadline to submit your story is Monday, August 26.
The winner will be named and his or her story published in the Sunday, Sept I, edition. That is also the first day of dove season, the first day of Fall ’91 hunting,
New Braunfels Boy Scout Jason Henderson Meuth places a retired flag on the coals, ending its service in a ceremony sponsored Friday by the American Legion. Behind him, Joey McBrayer prepares another flag for its dignified end. (Photo by Annexes Schlickenrieder)
Fiery ceremony consumes flags frayed in local tribute
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
About 150 United States flags were burned in New Braunfels Friday night—but it wasn’t a protest.
The Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post 35 in New Braunfels held a flag retirement ceremony at Comal Park.
“This came about due to Desert Storm,” Post Commander Leon Hclmke said. “We had more families flying flags and asking us what to do with old flags that were tom and faded that they didn’t want to fly anymore."
The retirement ceremony adhered to strict procedures and protocol to maintain the dignity of the flags. Step by step instructions lined out in the group’s official ceremonies guide were followed.
“Sergeant of arms, advance your detail for disposal and inspection,” Helmke recited. “These flags have become worn over the graves of our departed soldiers.”
Boy Scouts from Troops 119 and 163 served as the honor guard which presented the flags to American Legion first ami second vice-commanders for inspection.
“These flags have become unserviceable. I recommend that they be retired from service,” the vice-commander reported to Ute commander.
“They have reached their present state in proper service,” Helmke said, “... a precious symbol of all that we have lived for and died for.”
The American Legion color guard then led the Boy Scouts in a march to the waiting fire. The chaplain said a prayer.
Every erne saluted as a flag was unfolded and spread out over the hot coals as a bugle sounded.
The faded and frayed colors turned to flames and black
smoke as the Scouts filed ahead to place flag after flag into the fire.
Scouts then picked up another flag from a nearby table and went through the line again.
The flames continued for over two hours as all the flags were consumed.
Many of the flags had flown in downtown New Braunfels in the flag holders located on parking meters and buildings.
The ceremony was attended by about 20 people including New Braunfels Mayor James Goodbrcad.
“This is an impressive ceremony.” Goodbrcad said. “I’ve never attended one of these and consider it an honor that you invited mc.”
Helmke said that the cooperation of David Whatley, city parks director, helped make the use of Comal Park possible.
“I want to thank all of you for coming, especially Mayor Goodbrcad,” Helmke said. “I do want to thank all you Boy Scouts and Scoutmasters — I know it got hot over there.”
American Legion members at the ceremony included Cecil Konkcl, Glen Morris, Erwin Schraedcr, George Boord, Ron Riggs and Harry Pantermuehl Jr. The American Legion Post 35 auxiliary was also represented.
Boy Scouts participating in the ceremony were Jason Henderson Mouth, Trey Hill, Joey McBrayer, Jason Fricsenhahn, Stephen Brockman, Andrew Kolath and Joey Kolath. Scoutmaster Stephen Meuth of Troop 119 and assistants Johnny Fricsenhahn and Susan Kolath also were present.
This was the first time for American Legion Post 35 to conduct a flag retirement ceremony but Hclmke said that with the increased interest by citizens in flying the flag, it will become a more regular event.
County raises average 5 percent
The county's recommended 1992 budget proposes salary increases averaging about 5 percent for top elected and appointed county officials, according to County Judge Carter Casteel.
But some officials will see higher increases, while others will receive no increases, largely based on merit and the outside job market, in the proposed $13.2 million budget, scheduled to receive approval in September after upcoming public hearings.
Recommended 1992 salaries for county officials, followed by the 1991 salary in parenthesis and percentage increases, are:
• County judge, $40,754 ($38,813), 5 percent: auto allowance, $3,000
Amendment may affect plans for regional toll road
By MARK WARNKEN •tall Writer State Sen. Judith Zafflrini’s amendment to a bill passed during the recently concluded special session of the Texas Legislature may affect an Austin corporation's tentative long-range plans for a private toll road through the New Braunfels area.
The Texas Turnpike Corporation, which flied for a state charter on May 30, was one of nine corporations planning private toll roads in the state to be grandfathered in under a sunset bill for the Texas Turnpike Authority passed by the Legislature last May.
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• County commissioners, $25,500 ($22,925), 11.2 percent; commissioners auto allowance, Precincts I, 2 and 4, $4,800 ($3,600); Precinct 3, $2,400 ($3,600).
• Precinct I justice of the peace, $26,651 ($26,375), I percent.
• Precinct 2 justice of the peace, $26,651 ($25,875), 2.9 percent.
• Precinct 3 justice of the peace, $26,651 ($25,875), 2.9 percent.
• Precinct 4 justice of the peace, $18,593 ($13,593), 36 percent.
• Precinct I constable, $10,170 ($9,874), 3 percent.
• Precinct 2 constable, $10,170 ($10,065), I percent.
• Precinct 3 constable, $9,874
• Precinct 4 constable, $10,170 ($10,065), I percent.
• County Court kl Law judge, $57,391 ($54,658), 5 percent.
• County attorney, $42,539 ($42,539).
• County auditor, $44,600 ($42,539), 4.8 percent.
• County treasurer, $27,063 ($25,774), 5 percent.
• Tax assessor-col lector, $40,000 ($34,393), 16 percent.
• County clerk, $32,562 ($31,011), 5 percent.
• District clerk, $30,500 ($28,966),
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Comments from New Braunfels City Manager Paul Grohman, pictured, and Dr. Glen Longley of the Edwards Aquifer Research Center at SWT In San Marcos are among those In me River Guardian, a publication of the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority Included with today's New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung