New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 14, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 Pages in one section ■ Dec. 14,1993
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of LINDSEY NELSONShantis promoted to city manager
weather. . Obituaries. Opinion.... Sports Day, Stammtisch
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Council mem-hers voted unanimously Monday night to name Assistant City Manager Mike Shands as city manager effective Jan.
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Tamayo is retiring in February. ^ I
He will continue to be employed by I
the city as a consultant in order to make J
the transition easier. '* I
“I didn’t know what to expect,” said \
Shands, after being named to the posi- -k J |
don. “I am very pleased” \ /
“I see what the council wants in a city \n I V
manager. It’s what anybody wants in an . f
employee — responsibility and account-
ability.” MBI ll J i
“Employers always like to promote M|. QhanHc
from within if they’ve got people with M,Ke :>nanas
the qualifications and capabilities,” he
said. feeling of the council that Mike Shands
Shands has asked that the city not fill is the man for the job,” said Council-the position of assistant city manager, man Chris Bowers. “He has a strong “The position will be eliminated,” he bus ness approach to management.. .He said. will do well for the city. There was no
He said he does not see any great reason to go outside of the city.” problems ahead for the city. “Like any “I have been working with Mike on
organization we will deal with our bud- city committees for seven years. Nothing
get We want to capitalize on our success but the best comes from him. He is a stories,” he said. man of integrity, knowledge and forti-
Tamayo said he is pleased the council tude,” said Council Member Jan Ken-selected Shands. “He is going to have a nady.
full plate,” he said. “He is better qualified Shands will receive a salary of
than any ether city manager that I know. $63,000 and the standard city benefits The council has done a good job. He is package. He has served as assistant city familiar with the city and familiar with manager for one year and worked as the people.” director of planning and development
City council members also showed for nine years, additional support for Shands. Before coming to New Braunfels,
“We were afraid to go out of town Shands worked as the planning director and out of the state,” said Mayor Rudy * irrtJniveisal City. He has worked in city Seidel. “We are familiar with Mike. He related positions for 20 years, has been around IO years. He knows the Shands, 50, is married to Shiela
ropes and we know how good he is.” Shands.
“I think it is the complete, unanimous They have one son, Justin, 21.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes lo; Lindsey Nelson, Ken Frazer, Zachary Martin Davit, James Moot, Led* Bond, Kitty Cook, Ruby Deboer, Dorm* Bes-mao, BUx Gommeotholer, Viola Hosier, Claude Overstreet, Marshall Turner, JoAno Haosmann aod a belated birthday lo Mike Shoods,
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Herald-Zehung photo by JOHN HUSETHSilent night
Visitors to Oakwood Baptist Church on Loop 337 last weekend were treated to a living nativity scene. Holly Reynolds was Mary, Bryan Koerlin was Joseph, Angels were Natalie Duvall and Alisha Williams, shepherds were Christina Williams, Cory Wells and Danny Pharo and wisemen were Lindsey Jordon, Brandi Bray and Taj Koerlin.Want to ran for city council? Tommorrow is your last day to file
2. He lost the election by less than 50 votes.
A special election to choose a District 2 council person will be held Jan. 15. Only those residents in District 2 will be allowed to vote.
According t6 officials from the New Braunfels City Secretary’s Office, eight filing packets have been requested by prospective candidates.
Packets can be picked up at the city secretary’s office at the New Braunfels Municipal Building, located at 424 Caste!! Avenue.
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A talent show will be held at New Braunfels Middle School's gymnasium on Wednesday, Dec. 13at6pjn.
Admission is $1 for students and $2 Cor adults.
Proceeds from the event will benefit girls athletics at NBMS.
Prospective candidates for District 2 City Council person have only one day left to turn in filing packets.
The deadline for filing is Dec. 15. Candidates who have already filed are Mary Serold and former District 2 counoT member Dan Bremer.
Both Serold and Bremer announced their intention to run on Nov. 24.
Serold spearheaded the effort to recall Bremer. Bremer was recalled in a specially called election on Nov.
The New Braunfels Service League annual Christmas luncheon will be at Langston House ] from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 15. Members with questions, call Lynette Chapman at 625-1653.NBHS yearbook*
The New Braunfels High School yearbook staff encourages you to give the gift that will last for years to come: A 1994 yearbook. For a special prices of $35, you can give a yearbook to the special Unicom for Christmas. Special price lasts until Friday, Dec. 17. Call Stephanie Ferguson at 625-6271 for information.
Put on your armor Put on Your Armor invites you to a Country Christmas Dec. 18 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. st the Forks Store in Conservation Plaza behind Goodwin Elementary School on Church Hill Drive. Dinner and music, games I and fellowship. RS VP at 629-3485.
Sorvlooo for Krogor workers
The Alamo Area Coundul of Governments In cooperation with dis Texas Department of Com* meres, is providing services for Kroger Food Store employees affected by the store closures.
If you are interested in employment or training services call 629-2949 and ask fbr Anita Hernandez. Services are ftee.Marting oanoaNad
The Carl Schurz Elementary Parent Meeting tonight bu been cancelledCISD board to ask Potter to finish termWoman still unidentified; murder ruled
the number of students in CISD will exceed 10,000 — a conservative estimate according to the presenters. More than 115 new classrooms were predicted as necessary over the next seven years.
The committee is considering solutions such as implementing year-round multi-track school, split shift school, temporary classrooms with expanded cafeterias and libraries, enrollment caps and bussing, lease space, increase class sizes, half-day kindergarten or building permanent buildings.
The committee first met Nov. 3 and has since met several times to evaluate current demographic data and past growth patterns, visit schools and get financial and architectural advice.
They are requesting additional input from patrons who may contact Scott Watson at 88S4400, Robert K. Loop at 980-3339 or Sandy Stewart at 899-3769. Anyone interested in contributing information to the committee may also contact the Superintendent’s office at 625-8081 for the location and time of the committee’s next meeting.
In other business, the board
■ Asked Superintendent Jerry M^jor to forward a request to the Attorney General asking for a ruling on whether or not the 1992 tax rate calculation was correctly done. Msyor said the district has spent $7,500 researching this issue. The consensus of the board was not to spend any additional money, but to forward all information gathered to the Attorney General.
■ Heard a report from Transportation Director Kenny Franklin. He reported 79 buses need replacement. He said some of those buses are 1975,1976,1977 and 1978 models.
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Comal County Sheriffs deputies are continuing efforts to identify the body of a white female that was found in Canyon Lake on Saturday.
Justice of the Peace Howard “Curly” Smith ruled the death a homicide Monday.
An autopsy was conducted on Sunday by officials from the Travis County Medical Examiner's office. According to reports, the death was repotted to be the result of strangulation and drowning.
Officials do have a suspect in the case, according to Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz, of the Comal County Sheriffs Office.
Hoherz said the case is currently being investigated as a murder but if feather information is found, charges could be raised to capital murder.
Hoherz said the sheriffs office also has a lead on the identity of the woman.
The woman’s body was found by a fisherman on Canyon Lake rn 11 am. Saturday, seconding to sheriffs department officials. Her body was found in the south side of Canyon Lake near Cnute'i Mill Park.
Officials said the fisherman immediately called the Comal County Sheriffs Office.
The woman la believed to be approximately 40 years old
Other deputies working on the ate Comal County Sheriffs Office Detective Jimmy Limner and Sgt. Don Reynolds.
Winners of the Wassail Contest at Thursday's Wassallfest were: Chouette, first place; Comal Flower Shop, second place; and the team of Vollbrecht's, Goepf's and Gifts and Glitter, third place. Almost 300 people voted, and 500 people attended, pictured ate Kyra Brandt of Comal Flower, Deannle Choller of Chollets and Diana Vollbrecht.
Judge says Zain lied at Davis trial
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
that he performed scientific tests on blood and other evidence in connection with the case. It also states that Zain did not in feet conduct DNA tests noted in his report.
Ramsay’s findings also state "It is highly probable that Zain committed aggravated perjury in testifying at the applicant’s trial concerning the results of some or all of the scientific tests he said he conducted”
The document states Zain’s scientific evidence wu not reliable, Zain was not credible under oath and “Zain’s conduct wu intentional and outrageous and shocked the conscience of the court.”
The findings of fact also discusses conduct by Comal County District Attorney Bill Reimer and evidence from the New Braunfels Police Department.
Judge Charles Ramsay of the 22nd District Court issued findings of fact last week concerning the testimony of Fred Zain, former aerologist for the Bexar County Medical Examiner's Office.
Zain testified at the Comal County trial of Jack Warren Davis. Davis stood trial in 1990 for allegedly murdering local school teacher Kathie Balonis. He wu found guilty, but his conviction wu later overturned by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
A hearing concerning a writ of habeu corpus filed by Davis’ attorney wu conducted earlier this year. During that hearing, Defense Attorney Stanley Schneider cast doubt on Zain’s testimony.
The document written by Ramsay states that Zain testified it Davis' trial