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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1984, New Braunfels, Texas t<: i r ro, e x , ine*. . -tit Wit Od w omp ie i\0. cox 45^3^ )n" I r>c    ).‘rt>; '*-■ 175° t{'^ • ompNohrn, Dietert widen City Council field to 7 By DY ANNE FRY Staff writer Two local businessmen joined the race for City Council Wednesday. Michael Dietert, manager of the New Braunfels Smokehouse, and building contractor Robert L. Nohrn will be vying for at-large seats on April 7. Both candidates are involved in city government now. Dietert is serving his second term on the Planning and Zoning Commission. Nohrn was on the City Council from 1972 to 1975, and has been a member of the Airport Advisory Board for the past four years. Like most of the other candidates in the race, Dietert feels that the next few years will be critical to the growth and development of New Braunfels. “I’d like to see that the quality of life we’ve become accustomed to is maintained,” he said. “I’ve had a lot of friends ask me to run,” Dietert said. “Besides, I’ve lived here all my life, bom and raised here. The city has provided me with a good living, and I think I need to repay the city for some of that.” In addition to his city duties, Dietert has been president of the New Braunfels Conservation Society for three years. The 33-year-old candidate is vice president as well as general manager of the smokehouse, where he has been employed for 18 years. “I started out when I was 15 years old, washing dishes,” he said. Dietert lives at 295 E. Garza. Nohrn, 46, has been in the building business for four years. At the time of his last council term, he was employed by the federal government, and he said the demands of his job kept him from running again in 1975. Today, Nohrn feels that he has the time. "I have no axes to grind, and I’m not out to make any drastic changes. I would just like to once again serve the citizens of this community,” he said. He wants to promote the “orderly economic growth” of New Braunfels, and said he would serve as “an independent representative of all the people.” Nohrn helped organize and served as first liaison officer for the city’s reserve police force, which, he says, has saved the taxpayers a lot of money. He also feels that council accomplished a lot during his previous term, without raising taxes in the process. Nohrn lives at 12 Trailview, just down the street from another council candidate, Esther Seidel. Seidel is in the contracting business, too, but Nohrn says he has never discussed politics with her. “I wasn’t aware she was going to run, and I’m sure she didn’t know I was going to run, either,” he said. Other council candidates to date include incumbent Barbara Tieken, retired resort owner Bob Henry, dentist Joe Kuehler and designer Roll Moore. New Braunfels Nm Braunfels, Texas Hgrald-Zeituno THURSDAY February 16,1984 25 Cents Volume 93—No. 34 18 Pages — 2 Sections (USPS 377-880) MALDEF suit 'on hold' Federal District Judge William Sessions has issued an abeyance on a motion for partial summary judgment in the case between the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund and New Braunfels ISD. The abeyance delays Session’s ruling on a portion of MALDEF’s case against the district until the Department of Justice has finished reviewing NBlSD’s proposed election plan. MALDEF director Jose Garza explained that his organization is opposed to the school district’s current election system which is by at-large places. MALDEF has proposed a seven-single member election system while NB1SD has offered a five single-member district, two at-large district plan. That ‘5-2’ plan, which was approved by NB1SD trustees last fall, is being reviewed by the Department of Justice. Garza said if the Department of Justice review approves the ‘5-2’ plan, MALDEF will be satisfied with the five single-member districts. The organization still will be opposed to the two at-large districts. Garza said the abeyance will not have any affect on MALDEF’s request for a preliminary injunction to halt NBlSD’s election called for April 7. Two places will be on the ballot — Place I, held by Garland Lloyd, and Place 2, held by Margy Waldrip. -DORIAN MARTIN Grass fire scorches large tract BySANDRAJACKSON Staff writ* Several hundred aer* of unimproved land in the western part of Comal County burned Wednesday afternoon when a trash fire got out of hand. “Somebody who was burning trash had a bad day,” said R A. “Bob” Harm, president of the board of directors of the Canyon Lake Area Volunteer Fire Department. Two trucks from the lake respnded to the call, along with units from Bulverde, Spring Branch and Now Braunfels. Hann said, “Three to four hundred acne burned — maybe more,” in the fire that was reperiod at apprerimataty 1:30 p m. in Stoney Ridge Subdivision, near Texas 46 and Old Smithson Valley Road. Fire trucks were hampered in their efforts to control the blaze by rough terrain. But Hann said that is typical of firefighting in the Texas Hill Country. No injuries were reported as a result of the blaze, and no structures were involved, Hann said. Most firemen were gone from the scene by 9:30 p.m. However, the fire could easily re-ignite. “It could be like the one we had in Jlays County last week, and start again,” Hann said, if the wind got stronger. Most of the property in Stoney Ridge appeared to have been told to individuals who were making preparations to build, he added.InsideToday's Weather Weather today will be fair and warm, with north winds near IO miles per hour. Tonight will be fair and cool, with a low in the upper-40a and light winds. Skies will become mostly cloudy on Friday, and winds will be from the south at 10-15 mph. But temperatures will stay warm. Sunset today will be at 6:21 p.m., and sunrise Friday at 7:09 a.m.Skiing Gold American skier UU Johnson won the United States’ second gold medal of the XIV Winter Olympic Games today, aa he finished first in the downhill skiing. Sports. Papa SA. 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HOROSCOPE......................8A KALEIDOSCOPE....................Ii OPINIONS........................4A SCRAPBOOK............  ta SPORTS........................MA STOCKS.........................*A TV LISTINGS......................< WEATHER........................TA Gemayel to junk treaty with Israel By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS President Amin Gemayel of Lebanon has decided to scrap the US.-brokered troop withdrawal pact with Israel and accept a Saudi plan for removal of foreign forces, American officials said rn Washington today One official said Gemayel communicated his acceptance of the Saudi plan to the U.S. ambassador to Lebanon, Reginald Bartholomew There was no public comment from the U.S-backed government in Lebanon on the word from Washington that Gemayel had given in to opposition demands that the Israeli-Lebanese pact of May 17 be scrapped The officials rn Washington spoke on condition they not be named In Lebanon today, anti-government militiamen captured two Christian strongholds on the coastal highway south of Beirut, broadening an offensive that has shattered the Lebanese army and threatened Gemayel’s government According to the officials in Washington, the Saudis’ eight-point plan has little chance of stopping the warfare in lebanon and leaving the nation free of occupying forces One official said the Saudi proposal “was essential a statement of principles, rather than a plan of action” and noted it would need approval from Syria and its allies in Lebanon White House spokesman larry Speakes said the Reagan administration had not been asked its position on the plan We have problems with a number of elements,” he said, without specifying them Police said army troops fought off overnight attacks by Druse insurgents on the key hilltop town of Souk ei-Gharb, which overlooks the U S Marine base at Beirut’s airport and is the last position Gemayel’s army holds in the central mountains near Beirut Druse communiques referred to the action as “routine ezchanges of artillery and small arms fire,” suggesting there was no full-scale attack on the town Druse and Shiite Moslem militiamen have advanced about 14 miles on the southern highway from See MIDEAST, Page MA Anything goes Wan, it docs if you want your data to coma out on top in the Quaan of Haarts competition. Above, New Braunfels High junior Donna Winkler pilots a scooter board during the 'Almost Anything Goes'' competition in the school gym Wednesday. Balow, seniors Tim Doty and Kourtney (Cahier make great strides in the piggyback race. The juniors came out on top, earning pointe toward electing their dess representatives as King and Queen of Hearts. The coronation is Saturday. Staff photo* by John N- Santmt Jones on stand after verdict GEORGETOWN (AP) — Genene Jones, who did not testify during her 44-week murder trial, took the witness stand today before a jury was to begin deliberating her punishment for killing a baby girl. Clutching a tissue and appearing disoriented during her brief testimony, the vocational nurse told jurors she never had been convicted of a crime before Wednesday. Defense sources said Ms. Jones’ testimony was part of an effort to show she is eligible for probation because she has no prior convictions. The convicted nurse and her lawyers fear that the jury, which took only three hours to convict her, will mete out the maximum punishment — life in prison. Relatives of the little girl Ms. Jones was convicted of killing returned to the courtroom today to hear the testimony. “We can finally bury her and they can’t dig her up no more,” said Robin Alexander, whose 15-month-old granddaughter, Chelsea McClellan, died on Sept. 17,1962. The seven-woman, five-man jury agreed with the state’s circumstantial case that pointed to Ms Jones, a mother of two, aa a baby-killer. Testimony showed that Chelsea died of an injection of succiny{choline, a powerful muscle relaxant. The shots were given et e Kerrville pediatrician’s office where Ms Jones worked Dr. Kathleen Holland had ordered the nurse to give routine immunizations One prosecutor said Ms. Jones had killed Chelsea "for her own enrichment.” One prosecution witness had testified that Ms Jones wanted to ‘ find” enough dead children to justify a special care unit for children Six other young patients at the office suffered similar mysterious seizures after shots from Ms Jones. She faces injury to a child charges in those cases, and a similar charge in San Antonio, where there’s an ongoing investigation into deaths at Medical Center Hospital's pediatric intensive care unit. Ms. Jones worked at that special care unit. Wednesday’s verdict sparked tears in the courtroom and cheers outside the courthouse Ms Jones' quiet sobs heightened as jurors were individually asked if they thought she was guilty About IO feet away, Chelsea s family cried and hugged Parents Reid and Petti McClellan walked to a second-floor veranda and cried. “It’s over, it’* over I'm glad we won,” said Mn McClellan, who had given tearful testimony about See JONES. Page MA Landmark case Tart-Armke ruling upheld by court By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer A penalty imposed by New Braunfels Independent School District on two students three yean ago was upheld by the Texas Supreme Court Wednesday The high court upheld an appeals court ruling in which the district took away points from the students' grades during their suspension for drinking alcoholic beverages at a school-sponsored function. NB1SD Superintendent Charles Bradberry said this ruling would have a significant unpact on school districts across the state. He said the districts had been following this case since they use similar “reasonable penalties " The districts were concerned how they would discipline students “without being able to decrease grades or suspend (them 1, ” Bradberry said Two New Braunfels High School honor students. Ken Armke Jr. and Kathleen Tart, along with another student, were suspended in March, 1981 from New Braunfels High School. While on a school-sponsored trip to Austin for a journalism workshop, the trio was seen drinking by a high school sponsor while in an Austin restaurant The students were suspended from school for three days, during which they lost three points from their academic average for each day they were absent They also were suspended three weeks from participating in school organizations An injunction was filed on behalf of the students against NB1SD to prevent the district from averaging their grades with the grades from the days they were suspended NB1SD officials held that school policy stated that students will have three points deducted each day from their average for any unexcused absence. See LANDMARK, Page MA ;