New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 24, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Mew Braunfels, Texas Vol. 92 — No. 168 32 Pages — 3 Sections (LISPS 377-880’
Henry and Betty Green (nee Marsh) got married Sunday night, and their three grandchildren got to work Monday washing the graffiti off their
Tower says he'll stay in politics
has been the Senate champion of Reagan’s bigbury et defense programs.
Tower said reports there might be a cabinet post in his future were “pure bunk.”
“I’ve been offered no such appointment, nor do I expect one,” he said.
Tower, 57, said he’d like to return to teaching, perhaps one course a semester at a university. Before his 1961 election to the Senate, he was a professor at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls
“It’s time for me to turn my attention to other endeavors I intend to return to Texas and I’m anxious to get back to Texas I love Texas very much,” he said, adding he had not decided where in the state he will live.
The decision not to run was made about three weeks ago. There are no health problems, political fears or anything dramatic” in his life that sparked the decision, he said “I’ve got quite a few useful years left and there’s a number of endeavors I’d like to pursue,” he said. “It just seemed to me that it was tune. I just felt perhaps this was the best time for me to alter my course and pursue something else ”
Tower’s exit stirred the Texas political pot. which already had attracted a stew of candidates for the Senate race
See TOWER, Page 12A
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newlywed grandparents' car. The energetic crew includes (from left) Becky Dillon on hose and Clint Green and Karma Kumlin on sponges.
AUSTIN (AP) — After 22 years of cutting against the Democratic grain in his home state, Republican
U.S. Sen. John Tower says he’s had enough The signals were all there for Tower, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, to make a 1984 race for a fifth term in Washington. He had raised over $1.5 million; President Reagan, who ran well in Texas in 1978, appears ready to run; and the Democrats were heading for a bloody primary But Tower said Tuesday he’s out of the race. State GOP Chairman George Strake said Tower talked to him about being “burnt out.” Tower said burn-out is not precisely the right phrase “One doesn't get bored representing the state of Texas,” he said at a news conference in the Texas House. “But the longer you stay around, you probably run the risk of getting maybe a little cynical and not having as much vigor for your job.
“I still have a great deal of vigor for my job. a great deal of enthusiasm for it. I think that is the time to leave. I’ve seen some of my colleagues stay around longer than I believe they should have," he told reporters.
He complained that Congress is in session too long, and "we've gotten too far away from the founding fathers’ notion of a citizen legislature."
Although there’ll be no Tower campaign in 1984. the state’s senior senator says he’ll be politically active — working, in any position the president deems appropriate, for Reagan’s re-election. Tower
Tower retirement decision doesn't stun local GOPs
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Sen. John Tower’s announcement that he would not seek re-election in 1984 came as a surprise to some, but local Republicans appear to be taking it in stride
"I’m not too surprised," said Robbie Botchers, state committeewoman for senatorial district 21. "He’s been apparently weary for several years.” Although Democratic candidate Bob Krueger is now considered the frontrunner in the race, she doesn’t think the GOP is necessarily going to lose Tower’s seat.
Borchers said there seemed to be “a lack of zest or enthusiasm" even last April, when Tower kicked off his fund-raising with a rally in Houston. He reportedly raised more than $1.4 million before announcing Tuesday that he wasn’t going to run.
Tower, 58, has been a senator since 1961, when he won a special election and took over the seat vacated by newly-elected vice president Lyndon Johnson, who had defeated him the previous year.
Dr. Charles Berger, chairman of the Comal County Republican party, said Tuesday that the office has changed a lot in those 20-odd years.
"It’s become a bureaucracy in itself," he said. “There are committees to handle everything, and the committees themselves have employees. He doesn’t like it any more.”
Berger also said that Tower, despite his experience, doesn’t enjoy campaigning. (Another local Republican described the senator as “the RadarAlicia victims to get help from local groups
By PATRICIA YZNAGA KING Wirt editor
They're moving on and shipping out today, taking food, clothes, appliances and funds to victims of Hurricane Alicia.
Red Cross Disaster Chairman Lanita Ross said the weekend food and article drive for hurricane victims was a success.
"It was fabulous what we got,” she said.
The drive, which began Thursday and ended Monday, was helped by local groups, including the New Braunfels Jaycees, the Red Cross, the Volunteer Action Center of Canyon lake, the Senior Citizens Center, Home Care Center, the Civil Defense and the New Braunfels Fire Department.
Central Freight lines Inc. of New Braunfels was taking the items to the Galveston area this morning, Jim Schmidt of the Jaycees said.
"We called the Red Cross and were asked to deliver (the items) to the Salvation Army,” Ross said. "The Galveston area was most in need,” she
A truckload of items was picked up at Fire Station No. S on Hans Drive, the major donation point, Schmidt said.
"The storage room (at the fire station) was full,” he said. ”1 guess people knew what people needed.” A long van full of boxes was picked up from the Senior Citizens Center, he said.
Schmidt said that clothing was tits most-donated item* followed by panned goods and household
See AUCIAt Page ISA
O’Reilly (rf the party”; a shy. quiet man who prefers to do his job without too many public appearances, t Berger speculated that Tower might have run again if he had thought it would be an easy race. However, competition was already building. Krueger, who was narrowly defeated by Tower in 1978, has an impressive organization behind hun. Former Democratic governor Dolph Briscoe has been looking at the seat, too. along with Texas Sen Lloyd Doggett and Congressman Kent Hance.
The incumbent senator would probably have faced some competition in the Republican primary too. Now, said Berger, "what I hope will happen is that we’ll have three good men running Phil Gramm, John Connelly, maybe Bill Clements...”
Borchers said Rep. Gramm and Ron Paul, a congressman from Lake Jackson, had made some pretty strong indications that they would run. In fact, she’s been invited to a Gramm event in San Antonio this Saturday.
"You certainly can’t rule out Tom Loeffler," she added, saying that she wouldn't offer her support to anyone else until sh* knew what the Dist. 21 Congressman was going to do.
Other possibilities include Houston Congressman Bill Archer and former Dallas Cowboys quarterback Roger Staubach, "a reluctant candidate, but always being pushed." Borchers said.
She thought White House Chief of Staff James Baker III, whose name has also been mentioned in GOP circles, would most likely keep his present position.InsideToday's Weather
Today and Thursday will be sunny and hot, with winds from the southeast at 10-15 miles per hour. Tonight will be fair, with light southerly winds. No rain is in the forecast. Sunset today will be at 1:02 p.m., and sunrise Thursday at 7.04 a.m.Rerun Wars
CBS swept last week s Nielsen ratings with six shows in the Top Ten. Although that series and others were canceled, they are doing better now than they did during the regular season. See Pape SANews For You at Canyon Lake
The New Braunfels Mf aldZmtung is offering something new for its readers: a Canyon Lake page with news for Canyon Lake. The page will be published in Thursday afternoon's HfldZoitung and this week's Comal County News.
School bells ring in CISD
L School bells will ring Thursday for a lot B more Comal 1SD students than last year.
Initial reports on projected enrollment Z figures indicate that preregistration was greater this year, particularly at the elementary school level. As an example, Bulverde Elementary School’s projected JBK enrollment for 1963-84 was WW 455, but 499 students have W already registered to attend classes there.
Total projected enrollment for CISD schools for the I school year is 4,370.
The biggest projections belong to Mountain Valley at 560, Canyon Middle at 615, Canyon High School at 740, and Smithson Valley High School at 665.
Other projected enrollments are Mountain Valley, 560;
Bulverde Middle. 350;
See CISD, Page UA
No Savage'bargain' yet, attorneys say
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Rumors are hard lo ignore, and ever, harder to stop Bul Rick Woods, attorney for William Dale Savage, and Luis Vallejo, assistant attorney general and special prosecutor in the Savage case, are trying to undo the damage that's already been done
The latest rumor in the Savage saga is the existence of a plea agreement between both parties, involving the three remaining involuntary manslaughter indictments against the Fort Sam Houston private
Savage was convicted, fined $5,000 and placed on IO years probation in April for the involuntary man-slaugher of Ruben Sauceda Sr The remaining indictments against Savage involve the deaths of Sauceda s pregnant wife and two small children last Oc tober
Woods denied an agreement has been struck on the IO o'clock newscast on Channel 4 in San Antonio Monday night “They (reporters! came to my office, and said they’d heard rumors," Woods said Tuesday. “I said that a plea agreement has not been reached, but if there is one in the future, fine
“I hated to say anything, because the more publicity we have before Sept. I the pre-trial hearing date), the more it hurts our chances to hold the trial in New Braunfels," he added. “And I think that's where it belongs ”
Vallejo, in an interview Tuesday, said he agreed with Woods’ statement. When asked if an agreement was a possibility or a probability, he said, “There is no agreement. Certainly, in any criminal case, there’s a possibility of that outcome But in this case, no agreement has been reached, as of yet."
All pre-trial motions on Savage’s remaining indictments will be heard on Sept I rn 207th District Court, with Judge Carl Anderson presiding Motions that could surface that day include a possible violation of the Speedy Trial Act, alleged double jeopardy and a change of venue request
Meanwhile, Fort Sam military officials are still considering Savage'! request to delay convening a board of inquiry until all civil proceedings are concluded Savage made that request to his commander, Brig Gen Robert Bilker, in mid-July.
Houston schools delay opening because of hurricane's damage
HOUSTON (API - Nearly 200,000 Houston public school students remain on summer vacation after the opening of fall classes, slated for today, was delayed because about one-third of the 235 schools in the district were without air conditioning or utilities.
“We have a large number of schools without power, without water and without air conditioning,” said Houston Independent School District spokeswoman Gen Komgsberg.
Rather than open some facilities today and delay opening the blacked-out schools, officials decided it would be easier to put off school for all 194,000 students in the district until next Monday, Miss Komgsberg said.
"Alicia was far more destructive and disruptive than most people realize,” school district Superintendent Billy Reagan told school employees Tuesday.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is set to open two more disaster relief centers today to process aid applications for storm victims. The agency gave applications to moire than 1,100 people Tuesday when it opened three centers.
At least 25,000 storm victims are expected to apply for some type of federal aid made available since President Reagan declared a six-county region in Southeast Texas a major disaster area last Friday.
"It gets hairy and hectic,” said FEMA
worker Marilyn Darby of Dallas “The first days are always the worst.”
Quite frankly, this had been a real good first day," Ms Darby said.
Two more deaths have been added to the hurricane’s toll, bringing the total of storm-related deaths to at least 20
Ervin. H Schell, 72. and his wife, Haddie louise Schell, 68, were found dead Monday night at their Houston home. A spokeswoman for the Harris County Medical Examiners' office Tuesday said the deaths were ruled storm-related because the couple died from inhaling carbon monoxide from a gasoline-powered generator they began using Sunday after their home had been left with no power
At the height of the storm, about 750,000 people were blacked out — the highest number of power failures ever recorded by the utility company
HLfcP officials said most (rf the Houston area should be back on line by the weekend.
In hard-hit Galveston, where Alicia brought 115-mph winds and 12-foot tides, power was back on to about 60 percent of the heavily populated east end of the island community of 60,000, Ma. Mathis said. Crews were rebuilding the power system on the west end of Galveston, primarily an area of vacation homes.
Galveston Police Chief Eddie Barr said Tuesday officials had doodad to lift, for
the most part, the 8 p m to 6 a m curfew ordered after Alicia struck Thursday morning
But the curfew will remain in effect on the west end, where utilities still are out of service.
"The west end is still a shambles,” Ban-said. He added that the National Guard troops called in to help patrol the city during the power outage are expected to be replaced in a few days by Texas Depart ment (rf Public Safety officers, who will patrol the enure island with the police
Up to 42,000 southeast Texas residents remained without telephone service Tuesday. There was no estimate on when phone repairs would be complete
The hurricane, combined with deadly tornadoes in May, could boost local electric rates, HLItP officials said. Utility spokesman Graham Painter said damage costa would not be known for 30 to 45 days. "It will be a lot, though — that's obvious,” he said.
The utility may have to borrow money to finance repairs to its equipment since |6 million from a damage fund was used in May when the am was hit by tornadoes. HHP stopped contributing to the fund about five years aga because Houston had not been hit by a serious storm for a long time. Payments into the fund probably would be resumed, Painter said.