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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 2, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas i*i 1° r O f 1.1 >, i j.c .    Corn    3Dallas, Texas    ct    •    nitcL 11 it Ch wombIeasg New ■hi—VI- Braunfels ■■ M    OaiifcB—jivx/*^    m    aHerajdjeitung SUNDAY January 2, 1983 50 cents New Braunfels,, Texas    Vol.    92    —    No,    1    62    Pages—4 Sections    (USPS    377-880’ Comal county officials sworn in Saturday Fourteen take oaths By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer Fourteen elected county officials embarked upon new terms of office New Year’s Day before a jury of    ' their family, friends and peers.    * As it was, however, the “jury” turned out to be the newly-elected officals. Shortly after Ii a.m., the 14 marched single-file into the jury box of the district courtroom of the Comal County Courthouse to officially be sworn into office Friends, families and spectators bunched together in the courtroom’s benches and crowded around the sides of the room to watch as 207th District Judge Robert T. Pfeuffer recited the oaths of office. Officials repeated their vows in unison to the sights and sounds of flashing and clicking cameras and children whispering. This was quite a change from previous swearing-in ceremonies which often took place at midnight New Year’s Eve. Pfeuffer. who called for the late Saturday morning ceremony as opposed to the midnight swear-in, did so to make it easier for county officials' families, friends and the news media to attend. Included among the 14 officials were the new heads of three big county offices — incoming County Judge Fred Clark, County Clerk Rosie Bosenbury and County Court-at-Law Judge Ron Zipp. These three will replace County Judge Max Wommack, who has served since 1970; Irene Nuhn, county clerk since 1964; and D.H. “Buck” Buchanan, judge of the County Court-at-l*aw since its creation in 1977. In his opening remarks, Pfeuffer made special recognition to these three, who all decided to retire this year. Joining Clark, Bosenbury and Zipp were the four county commissioners — J.L. “Jumbo” Evans, Monroe Wetz, Charles “Tart” Mund and W.N. “Bill” George, of precincts I, 2, 3, and 4, respectively. In addition to Clark. George is the only other new face on the 1983 Commissioners Court. George defeated former Comm. O.R. Heitkamp in the November election Joining them in reciting their vows were incumbent Justices of the See OATHS, Page 14A Clark in for Worn mack In the same courtroom where he has practiced law for more than two decades, Fred ( lark was sworn in as the new » ’>mal County Judge shortly before noon Saturday. Forty-five-year-old Clark joined 13 other newly-el cted county officials in a brief swearing-in ceremony in the district courtroom of the Courthouse. 207th District Judge Robert T. Pf oui tor ad :tried die oath of office to the cheerful group of officials, assembled in the courtroom’s jury box. Clark, a former justice of the peace, will replace County Judge Max Wommack who is retiring after being judge for 12 years. Prior to introducing Clark, Pfeuffer noted that the county judge could be compared "to the county as the governor is in relation to the state.” Clark, who was the only county official to make a speech at the public ceremony, offered (on behalf of all the incoming county officials) his congratulations and gratitude "to our predecessors for a job well done with honor and dignity." That day’s swearing-in demon strated, Clark noted, the temporary nature of public service,” whit h makes up this nation’s democracy. "I think Judge (Max) Wommack and Mrs. (Irene) Nuhn (retiring thi-» year after 18 years as county clerk > will agree that it seems just like yesterday that they began their terms of office,” said Clark. He then solicited tilt “help and participation” of the itizens of county to help the incoming elected officials to meet our goals.” In an interview following the ceremony — which he called a “joyous occasion," Clark said he felt real good about” starting his work as judge. That work won’t start with Commissioners Court until a week from Monday, however, since the court will not meet Monday. Meantime, the new county judge plans to begin working on probate (court) matters” this week and said he is anxious to get started on the agenda for the following Monday meeting (Jan. IO). Clark, who has been a practicing attorney for more than 20 years, is See CLARK, Page 14A Taking the oath Fourteen Comal County officials were sworn in Saturday morning at the courthouse. At left, new county judge Fred Clark addresses the crowd of relatives and wed wishers who attended; Top right, Judge Robert T Pleader administers ine St,!!'pf )tt (tv Ch i.'v Rh h0Ttlson oath to the 14; and bottom right, Pteu44^r mc Judge Fred Moore (left) are themselves sworn in bs Judge Charles Ramsay (right). Looking back at 1982 Trials and tribulations of the county courthouse were many Editor’s note; This review covers the activities of the Comal County Courthouse during the first half of 1982. The second part of this review of will appear Tuesday By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer First of two parts Cases on the court dockets of Comal County were the talk of the town in 1982. And that’s being modest. Take the arrival of former Utilities manager Richard Sledge on the doorsteps of the Comal County Sheriff’s Office Jan. 12. Found guilty of stealing $23,000 in Utilities funds in 1980, and finally denied a rehearing by the appellate court on Dec. 23.1981, he began 1982 w ith a humbling "I’m here to give myself up. and begin serving my time ” Sledge departed Jan. 16 for his five-year sentence at the Texas Department of Corrections in Huntsville. He stayed behind bars four months and two days before he was released on parole to Hidalgo County May 18. Huh? That’s just what TDC and Texas Parole Board officials said w hen they discovered Sledge w<i-> given jail time credit from his sentence date of Feb. ll. 1981. But Sledge wasn’t in jail...he was in Louisiana working as a salvage contractor, dismantling an old power plant. Prison of! M la Is placed the blame on the "county of conviction,” and Sledge trekked back to Huntsville July 19 once again, >n a volunteer basis — atter he w 1* notified his May' 18 parole release was in error Then there was the wliat a dif- See (’OI RTS, Page HA'ew Year's Baby, 1983 The girl in the center is Miranda Kay Laine, and she s the first new addition to Comal County in 1983. Miranda made her debut at 5:13 a.m. Saturday, Staff photo by Cindy Richardson weighing in at 7 lbs., 10 oz She is the fust child of her pal ems, Donna and Paul Laine, who are shown here watching the newest member of tile family. Rival Moslem factions shoot it out in Lebanon BEIRUT, lebanon • AP) — Rival Moslem militias in Tripoli battered each other with rockets, artillery and small-arms fire Saturday in fighting so fierce that civil defense workers were forced to leave the dead and wounded lying in the streets radio reports said. Panicked residents of the northern port city formed long lines at bakeries and groceries, seeking to stockpile food supplies as the battle spread out of neighboring slums that have been the center of the Sunm-Awalite battle for dominance* the state-owned radio. The two militias launched heavy artillery and rocket barrages, while gunmen fought in the streets with light weapons, radio reports said. The fighting cut electric tty and water ipplie^ to part s of Lebanon’s second-largest city, they sa11 Civil defense workers reported they had been forced to leave many \ inurns, living and d» ad. in the streets, and police could give no casualty figures because 01 the intensity of the fighting. The fighting had broken out Friday after a wee* See LEBAN'’N, Pug* UACanyon Lake home destroyed By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer Perhaps the wet weather and cold temperatures were blessings in disguise on New Year’s Eve, which for Comal County, was "quiet” and mostly uneventful. But New Year’s Eve wasn’t at all joyous for a Canyon I^ake resident, who lost her home to fire. The Canyon City Fire Department, Station No. 3 answered the call around 11:30 p.m. A spokesman said by the time the two trucks arrived, the house was “in full bloom Despite our efforts, it was a total loss.” The house was located off Cranes Mill Road, across from the 7-11 Ranch. “It (the house) belonged to permanent residents at the Ixike, not weekend visitors,” the fire department spokesman added. See POLICE, Page 14AToday's Weather Comal County forecast < alls for fair skies today with northerly winds .ii 10-15 mph, clear and cold tonight and fair again Monday High today will be in the low >0s, low tonight in the low 30s, and a lugb Monday in the mid 50sCollins Picks Cotton The SMU Mustangs remain the only unbeaten college football team after defeating the Pitt Panthers 7-3 in the Cotton Bowl Saturday See P.»g^ BA BUSINESS  ................1. 8B CLASSIFIED...................II    13A COMICS..........    SB CROSSWORD......................2A DEAR ABBY     7ti ENTERTAINMENT.................. 4B HOROSCOPE .................... 5B KALEIDOSCOPE  ..............2 7B OPINIONS  ................... 4A SPORTS ......................... 810A WEATHER......................... 2A ;