New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 25, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
Comal ISD losing battle to keep Encino ParkBy DEBBIE DaLOACH Staff writer
Comal ISD looks like it has lost its bid Wednesday to keep the Encino Park subdivision from joining San Antonio’s Northeast ISD.
CISD attorney Lonnie Chunn said the longawaited decision came in a hearing conducted by officer Judy Underwood Wednesday in Austin. "She made her recommended
decision, which goes to the Commissioner of Education. He is more likely to adopt it as his own than to change her recommendation," Chunn said.
If Raymon Bynum, the Commissioner of Education, approves that recommendation as expected, the battle will be officially over.
The fight to keep Encino Park has been in CISD's boxing arena for over three years. The Bexar County Commissioner's Court, acting as that county’s Board of Education, rang the
bell last December, despite a personal appeal by CISD Supt. Edgar Willhelm.
He told them the deannexation would set a dangerous precedent for future attempts of detachment of CISD territory. The commissioners answered with a ruling in favor of the detachment.
The disputed area involved a 4 84-squa re-mi Ie tract within CISD, which includes the Encino Park subdivision. Only a handful of school-age children live in the area now, but
an estimated 2,500 students are expected to reside there by 1995.
"The principal issue of the hearing was if the action of the Bexar Commissioner’s Court, acting as that county's Board of Education, required the concurrence of the Comal County Commissioner’s Court," Chunn said. "The hearing officer ruled against the concurrence requirement, and held the detachment ruling valid."
After hearing of the decision. CISD Business
Manager Hugo Nowotny said, "The greatest loss to the district is future enrollment, and not tax dollars. But I think our main thought behind the fight was setting a precedent ” Encino Park’s maul reasons for detachment included an anticipated population influx, and a concern that support for additional facilities would not be provided by CISD Another factor was that existing facilities in NEISD were closer and more accessible to the territory in question.
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National Guard to aid Alicia cleanup effort
HOUSTON (AP) - National Guard troops, who have been patrolling storm-ravaged Galveston against looters, will help clean up debris littering Houston because of Hurricane Alicia.
Mayor Kathy Whitmire said Wednesday that the troops were needed to prevent potential health and fire hazards.
Ll. Gov. Bill Hobby ordered the troops to help clean up dried leaves and broken branches. Gov. Mark White was out of the state.
Mrs. Whitmire said she was uncertain how many troops would be sent or when they would arrive.
As many as 95,000 Houston Lighting k Power customers still were without power today, one week after Hurricane Alicia hit Galveston and moved inland, killing at least 20
Utility officials said Houston customers could be without electricity until the end of this week. West Galveston Island and other areas hit hard by the storm could be without power for another two weeks.
At the height of the storm, electrical power was knocked out for about 750,000 people — the highest number of power failures ever recorded by the utility company.
About 40,000 Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. customers remained without service, said spokesman Ken Brasel. About 1,100 Bell workers from the area and across the country were working to repair phone lines but nationwide, "everybody is in kind of an emergency situation" because of the 18-day-old strike by about 675,000 Bell employees. Brasel said.
White said Wednesday that estimates indicated the need for $1.2 billion in federal disaster assistance for six counties in Southeast Texas hit hardest by the hurricane.
The reports were prepared by officials for the disaster declaration already granted for those counties and do not represent a new request from the governor's office, said a spokesman for the governor.
More than 9600 million is needed for individual assistance and $100 million is needed for crop damage relief, according to the reports made by disaster officials in the six Houston-area counties hit hardest by the storm. An additional $500 million is needed for local government assistance, the reports said.
See ALICIA, Page SA
Picking up steam
Gramm looks strong; Loeffler not running
DALLAS (AP I — The day after Sen. John Tower announced he would not seek re-election, Rep. Phil Gramm gained momentum to lead the list of possible GOP contenders for the seat.
Gramm, who won reelection this year to Congress after switching to the Republican Party, said Wednesday that he would not announce his decision about running until after labor Day. Nevertheless, he received encouragement and near endorsements across the state and from all factions of the GOP.
Republican officials said they are optimistic despite Tower’s status as a lame duck next August, and former Texas Gov. Bill Clements’ loss.
But officials are counting on Gramm to keep the Republicans on track in the shifting political winds since GOP leaders decided to hold their 1964 convention here.
One Republican insider who asked not to be identified said, "Gramm is so new to the party, he hasn’t made anybody mad yet." Another political analyst said Gramm of College Station, could have the nomination "locked up within IO days."
In the face of such support, the number of possible GOP candidates dwindled.
Republican congressmen Bill Archer of Houston and Tom Loeffler of Hunt, whose 21st District includes Comal County, both announced they would not be candidates. Republican businessmen H. Ross Perot of Dallas and T. Boone Pickens of Amarillo also said they would not make the race.
The only announced GOP candidate is Rep. Ron Paul of Lake Jackson. Former state Sen. Walter Mengden of Houston is expected to join the battle for the Republican nomination.
Meanwhile, Gramm seemed to be
putting together a campaign team comprised of political players previously employed by Tower and Clements.
Brad O’Leary, Tower’s ace fundraiser. was on the phone Wednesday with Gramm. If Gramm and O'Leary work out an arrangement, Gramm will have landed two of Tower’s top political consultants.
He has already acquired the services of Republican pollster V. Lance Tarrance of Houston who was Tower’s pollster and helped Gramm in his congressional campaign.
He also picked up an endorsement from Dallas businessman Jim Francis, who managed Clements’ campaign in 1982 And H R. (Bum) Bright, Clements’ finance chairman, said "if all of them (GOP candidates) are typical of Gramm, we’ll have a good bunch to choose from."
Small towns join forces on 'corridor'
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
When it comes to the San Antonio-Austin growth corridor. New Braunfels may be a little fish in a big pond But Mayor O. A Stratemann Jr doesn't want the big ones forgetting that all the fish have to swim in the same water
He's afraid that may be happening in the San Antonio-Austin Forum He’s working with the mayors of Seguin and San Marcos to see that it doesn't.
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Back to school cooI
Some youngsters find the first day of school to be rather
traumatic, but Cathy Nguyen seems to be taking it all in stride as she checks out her book bag at Goodwin Primary School Thursday morning Students in Comal Independent School District returned to school Thursday and NBlSD students will start their new year Monday
The forum, a joint project involving the Alamo Area and Capital Area councils of governments, held its initial mass meeting in the spring of 1982, with approximately 30 Comal County leaders present Stratemann found that meeting to be "a disappointment "
"Two cities (San Antonio and Austin ) gave their ideas, and the rest were left to kind of shuffle for themselves," he told the City Council Monday, giving an update report on the situation.
He didnt near much in tne way of followup until earlier this summer, when City Manager E.N Delashmutt received notice of a June meeting to organize a special study committee A 21-member committee was proposed, with seven members from CA PCO, seven from AACOG and seven from the middle region, which includes New Braunfels It would seem a fair distribution, based on population However, Stratemann points out that this doesn’t give the "middle" group much power to push for consideration of issues that San Antonio and Austin seem unwilling to discuss The big cities* concerns are improving education and attracting high-technology industry to the area Stratemann says theres nothing wrong with that But he feels there s too little attention being given to the energy needed to support that industry. or the w ater needed to support the expanded population "You can’t drink silicone chips; you can’t eat silicone chips When you’re
See MAYOR. Page UA
Educator gives 'pep' to NBISD
There’s nothing like starting the school year on a positive note
"The most important industry in New Braunfels is right here. Right here," Dr. Don Clifton told some 400 teachers at New Braunfels High School Wednesday.
He figures every student — every human being, for that matter — is worth $1 million, at least. "When you help a kid grow, it’s for a long, long time,” said Clifton. The president of Selection Research Inc. of lincoln, Neb., he was guest speaker at an inservice luncheon for all teachers in the New Braunfels Independent School District.
His statement may have been no news to a cafetorium full of people who make a living out of helping kids grow. But Clifton used humor, anecdotes and a touch of mime to keep them laughing, and make them see it in a fresh light.
He also called attention to some of the things that might cloud an educator’s view of his basic goal.
"Did you ever live in a house where the dust got to be the important thing? Did you ever belong to a club where the bylaws got to be more important
See NBISD, Page $A
DON CLIFTON .. try service speaker
Report says budget cuts hitting low-income families
WASHINGTON (AP) - Families making less than $20,000 a year have borne 70 percent of the domestic budget cuts endorsed by President Reagan and enacted by Congress over the last two years, according to a study by congressional ec onomists In addition, the Congressional Budget Office study released today said average reductions in benefits per household are greatest for families earning below $10,000 "In 1984, for example, the average reduction in benefits going to this group is projected to be about $430, compared to an average reduction of about $300 for those with incomes between $10,000 and $20,000.
"Reductions for the households in higher income categories are projected to range from $140 to $170 per household," the report said.
The study was prepared by the non-partisan budget office at the request of House Speaker Thomas P O’Neill Jr., D-Mass., who has been the leading Democratic critic of Reagan’s domestic policies.
The report "cuts through the smokescreen of Reagan public relations to the harsh truth of the' Reagan record." O’Neill said. "That truth will have major consequences rn 1984 ’’
In general, the report was consistent with with a series of similar studies — beginning in early 1982 — that the budget office has made of tax and spending cuts
However, the 92-page report cautioned that its conclusions do not lake into account the effects that tax and budget cuts may have had on the economy.
Cloudy skies will become partly cloudy this afternoon, which will be hot and humid with a 30 percent chance of thundershowers Tonight will be partly cloudy.
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Three hurt in Wednesday wreck on U.S. 81
Three local women were admitted to McKenna Memorial Hospital Wednesday after a two-car collision in the 600 block of U S 81 East
Elisabeth Seibert, 57, was listed in stable condition Wednesday at McKenna. Lillian Soechting, 50; and Eleanor Peschel, 52, both from the other car, were judged in satisfactory condition.
The accident happened at ap
proximately 5:30 p m. Soechting, at the wheel of a 1964 Dodge, was coming off the IH 35 frontage road onto 81, and, according to reports, did not observe the stop sign there She collided with Seibert’s 1975 Cutlass, which was eastbound in the inside lane of 81.
Both cars received heavy damage. The Emergency Medical Service report indicated that Seibert hit the windshield and steering column of her
car, causing lacerations to the head, chest pains and possible internal injuries A fracture to the lcwer arm, and a possible fracture to the ankle were also reported Seibert lives at 1377 Rivercrest.
Soechting, of 320 Dollar, had pain in both elbows, a laceration on her chin and a bruised left femur Peschel, her passenger, suffered bruises and possible fractures to the left ribcage.
Two New Braunfels ambulances
took the three women to McKenna.
In other police news, a mmi-storage burglary was reported at Cliff s on Gruene Road, with 81.100 in household appliances stolen. According to the police report, someone broke into Joe Buzek's storage compartment between 5 p.m. Tuesday and noon Wednesday The unknown party took four Montgomery Wards ceiling fans, valued at $600; and a 19-inth RCA television set valued at $500