New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas
N BIS D i ncu m bents file for new term
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writar
Two New Braunfels ISD trustees filed for re-election to their places Wednesday.
School board president Margy Waldrip and treasurer Garland Lloyd will seek to hold their current positions of Place 2 and Place I, respectively.
The election, which will be April 7, was called during Tuesday’s school board meeting. Filing will continue through midnight March 7 at the district’s administration office.
The district will continue with its present system
of electing at-large by numbered places, although it has approved a new election plan.
The implementation of the new system, which has five single-member districts and two at-large districts, has been delayed until the district receives a Justice Department ruling. The department extended its initial study period through March 17.
The April 7 election also may be postponed through legal action by the Mexican American I/egal Defense Fund.
Waldrip and Lloyd will both be seeking their third three-year terms on the board. Both were first elected in 1978 and re-elected in 1981.
Safeway, Kroger to remove items containing EDB
From staff and wire reports
DALLAS — Two of Texas’ largest supermarket chains, both of which operate stores in New Braunfels, have begun removing from their shelves products contaminated with the pesticide EDB.
Safeway Stores Inc. and Kroger Food & Drug Stores began removing the products Wednesday, a day after state officials issued emergency guidelines limiting the presence of cancer-linked ethylene dibromide in grain products.
Both chains removed Duncan Hines Spicy Apple Mix, Duncan Hines Blueberry- Muffin Mix and Comet Natural Brown Ixing Grain Rice.
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CUSPS 377-8801Marines waiting for orders
BEIRUT, lebanon (AP) - U.S. military helicopters flew civilians from Beirut to warships off the coast today, and Moslem militiamen skirmished with lebanese army soldiers across the “green line” dividing east and west Beirut.
But except for scattered shooting, Beirut was relatively quiet after a week of heavy fighting that saw Moslem militias take over west Beirut and defeat the lebanese army. And on Wednesday, shells from the huge guns of the battleship New Jersey thundered over the city as the American ships pounded rebel-held hills beyond the capital.
With the government of President Amin Gemayel weakened by the fighting, efforts were underway to evacuate British civilians and South Korea ordered the immediate evacuation of its embassy.
Syrian-supported opposition leaders consulted in Damascus with Syrian President Hafez Assad as continued to maintain public silence.
The 1,400 U.S. Marines at Beirut airport, buoyed by President Reagan’s announcement Tuesday that they will gradually be redeployed to American ships offshore, remained at their posts.
“We’re hanging in here, awaiting orders,” said Manne spokesman Maj. Dennis Brooks.
The U S. Navy sent reconnaissance flights over the capital and neighboring hills at daybreak, apparently to survey damage from Wednesday’s shelling — the heaviest American naval bombardment of targets in lebanon — Beirut radio stations said.
A Pentagon spokesman in Washington said the battleship New Jersey and destroyer Caron hurled more than 550 shells into the mountains on Wednesday. A Marine spokesman in Beirut said at least some of the fire was in support of and at the request of the lebanese army..
American officials did not coiiunent on the effects of the shelling, but a lebanese government official said about 30 military positions were hit in the mountains, including a Syrian army headquarters 15 miles east of Beirut. Police said 30 people were killed and 135 wounded in the shelling and the fighting in Beirut and its suburbs.
The 115-man British contingent was transferred Wednesday from its suburban Beirut base to a Royal Navy ship off the coast.
Italy ordered a gradual withdrawal of its 1,400 troops assigned to the multinational force, while the 1,240 French soldiers rn lebanon dug in at their positions and halted patrols of their area.
Although order appeared to be returning to west Beirut, four U S. helicopters were seen soaring off from the barricaded seafront boulevard in front of U.S. and British embassy offices with groups of civilians, including some children.
The number of the evacuees could not be determined, and U.S. Embassy press secretary John Stewart refused to talk to reporters. About 90 American civilians were evacuated to U.S. warships off Beirut during the two previous days and then flown to Cyprus.
Assad, the Soviet Union’s closest Middle East ally, today met in Damascus with former lebanese President Suieunan Franjieh, a leader of the Syrian-backed lebanese National Salvation Front that opposes the Gemayel adnunistraUon.
Homestead tax: new petition dueExhausting work
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A New Braunfels firefighter douses the engine of a van belonging to Florentine Sosa, 124 W Katy, after it caught fire Wednesday night at the corner of U S. 81 and Avenue A A possible leak in the exhaust system was suspected as the cause.
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
A new petition to put the 40 percent homestead tax on the April election ballot is circulating in New Braunfels. Douglas Miller, unofficial head of the drive, is sure he’ll have no problem getting enough signatures.
But it’s hard to be sure what the City Council will do with the petition when Miller presents it Monday night.
The new petition was draw n to the specifications of City Attorney John Chunn, and lias a sample homestead-exemption ordinance attached “There shouldn't be any doubt about what we’re signing,” Miller said.
An earlier petition, presented Jan. 23 with more than 200 signatures, was ruled invalid by Chunn. who said it didn t meet the •initiative'' requirements of the New Braunfels city charter.
The* trouble is. Chunn isn't sure the homestead-exemption issue can be decided by initiative and referendum at all He’s had numerous talks with the Stale Property Tax Board and the Texas Attorney General’s office, and they don’t seem to know either.
“It would appear to me ... that the best course of action would be to call the election,” the attorney said Thursday morning. That is the direction in which I am leaning today. It could change by this afternoon
All Chunn could say for sure is. "I’m relatively definite that there is no answer to the problem "
The root of all the controversy is an amendment to the Texas Constitution, passed as “Proposition 6“ in November 1981 This amendment allows governing bodies of local taxing jurisdictions to exempt up to 40 percent of the value of homestead properties from ad valorem taxes.
It’s a local-option amendment The governing bod) can set an exemption anywhere between one and 40 percent, or grant no exemption at all. Comal County and the Comal ISD have granted the full 40 percent for the past two years New Braunfels ISI) and the City of New Braunfels have opted for no
exemption at all.
Council itself has been strongly divided on this issue for the past two years. The present public feedback has made the situation even hotter And the only council member that has changed his position since the whole business started is Jose Valdemar Espinoza Espinoza voted on Oct. 24. 1983 not to grant the exemption for the 1984-85 tax year He sided with Mayor O.A. Stratemann Jr., Mayor Pro Tem I Laverne Eberhard and Councilmember Joe Rogers, and against Barbara Tteken and Betty Ixrn Rushing.
When Rushing called for another vote on Nov IO, Espinoza voted with Rushing and Tieken. Coun-cilmember Donnie Seay, who was absent at the first vote, joined Stratemann. Eberhard and Rogers on the “nay" side that night, and the exemption went down. 4-3.
Three votes have been taken since then, and Espinoza has favored the exemption every time The councilman said he voted against it the first time because most of the citizens he had talked to didn t show any interest in the exemption. Mayor Stratemann also made a convincing argument that the exemption would hurt residents who don’t own their own homes, because taxes on rent property would be raised to make up the difference "I believe in paying for what you need, so I went with what I thought was best for the city,” Espinoza said “As soon as I voted against it, I started getting all these calls from all over creation. I told them, I wish you had talked to me before.’” Actually, Espinoza wasn’t on the council when the whole business started The first public argument on the homestead exemption occurred last April, when City Manager E N Delashmutt presented the 1983-84 budget for approval.
At that tune. Tieken asked the council to consider granting the exemption Delashmutt told her it was too late; that she should have brought it up six months before, when the 1982 tax roll was being prepared Tieken told the Her alo Zeitung that she had
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Genene Jones' side of story to unfold today
GEORGETOWN (API - Its the defense’s turn in the Genene Jones murder trial, but lier law .vers wont give any hints about how they’ll try to show jurors that the nurse is not the bab)-killer the state says site is “The only thing we’ve got on our side is the element of surprise,” said Patty Jones, an aide to court appointed defense lawy er Jim Brookshire The trial was to resume today after a one-day break intended to let the defense prepare its response to the state’s 14-day, 44-w itness case.
Ms Junes is charged in the Sept 17,1982. death of Chelsea McClellan, a 15-month-old girl who went limp and died after two
injections from the nurse at a Kerrville doctor s office.
Dr. Kathleen Holland had ordered routine mununizations for Chelsea, but the indictment alleges Ms Jones injected succmy Ic holme, a muscle relaxant that pathologist said they later found in the girl’s body tissues.
Patty Jones, an aide to Brookshire, said no decision had been made on w hether the nurse w ill testify .
The state case featured relatives of six children allegedly injured by nurse Jones The first parent to testify was Petti McClellan, who said her daughter Chelsea went Ump after the shots from Ms Jones Prosecutors got other parents to the
witness stand after State District Judge John Carter ruled that jurors could hear about five other children Ms Jones is accused of injuring
Parents and medical technicians testified the children went “limp” after injections or intravenous treatment from the nurse.
Nurse Mary Morris, the prosecution’s final w itness, gave the strongest testimony about a possible motive Ms Jones needed sick babies to prove that Sid Peterson Hospital in Kerrville needed an intensive care unit for children, according to Mrs. Morris.
Ixxal businessmen and women will be doing their version of Me and My Shadow’’next week
The Chamber of Commerce s fourth annual Shadown Program begins Tuesday, as area high school students will “shadow’’ businesses and professional offices to learn more about the working world
Tile program begins with a kickoff breakfast Tuesday at 8 a rn. at the Civic Center. Dr. Calvin Kent, director of the Center for Private Enterprise and Entrepreneur slop at Baylor, will be Hie mam speaker.
A total cd 123 students from New Braunfels, Canyon and Smithson Valley lugh schools will be doing their shadowing
rn 49 Chamber member businesses and professional offices Tuesday through Friday Each student will spend a day with tire sponsor at the sponsor’s business
The program is sponsored by the Chamber’s Free Enterprise Education Committee.
“The project is designed to provide a firsthand learning experience about the American free enterprise system,” said Larry Brumbelow, program vice-ciiairman
“We know the sponsors will share their knowledge and experiences rn business with the students to help the students understand our economic system,” he added.
Kent, who was keynote speaker for the
1982 and ’83 programs, won the “distinguished professor” award from the Hankamer School of Business in 1981 He has also received three “outstanding teacher” awards and the Jaycees* outstanding young religious leader” honor
Kent has also received the award for “excellence in private enterprise education," the highest award given by the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge.
Committee chairman Ron Eyres praised the three local high schools, their principals and school superintendents Charles Bradberry and Edgar Willhelm for their cooperation with the program.
“The entire project a evidence of the grass root support for our free enterprise system,” Byres said