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Casteel files for spot on C/SD board
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Her most recent community identification has been as spokesperson for the Concerned Taxpayers. Now Carter Casteel is running for the Comal LSD board.
Casteel, accompanied with her treasurer Tom Potter, filed this morning. That ups the field to three — incumbents David Boatner and David Way filed Jan. 17.
Her campaign platform is simple. “I want to see that the Advisory
Committee's reports are implemented and the school board become more accountable to the patrons of this district,” Casteel said.
For example, “in Report No. 2, the committee asked all parties to draw back and give this district a corrective period,” she added. “Concerned Taxpayers was doing that, yet the board ignored that ‘all parties’ recommendation and renewed Willhelm's contract last Tuesday. That’s not being accountable.”
The CISD board gave Supt. Edgar Willhelm a two-year extension on his
present contract and a $4,000-a-year raise at its Jan. 17 meeting. The raise will go into effect in July of 1984, and his contract now runs through July ot 1987.
The Concerned Taxpayers group was bom last May with a letter to the editor published in the Herald Zeitung Months of unrest and public concern were addressed by an 11-member Advisory Committee, which came up with three separate reports on how to improve communication and raise morale within CISD.
“There’s a wealth of corrective
information in those reports, but most of it has been buried,” Casteel said. “Granted, the board took one of the committee’s recommendations to heart and hired a part-time public relations man. But we have a highly paid superintendent who should carry the burden of public relations in his daily activities.
“The board also reinstituted the student representative program, but he or she sits out in the audience. The give and take of ideas is not flowing and can’t that way,” she added.
Casteel said she decided to run after
Willhelm’s contract extension, but wrestled with that decision for awhile worrying over interference with her legal career. In October of 1982, she declined to serve again after six years on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board for the same reason.
“My legal studies are still extremely important to me, but my son’s education is equally important — if not more so,” Casteel said. “I want Baron to have the same opportunity to outstanding teachers in
See CASTEEL, Page MA
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Local boy critical
after Tuesday crash
By DORIAN MARTIN Staff writer
A six year-old New Braunfels boy was in critical condition today after being injured in a three-car accident on a rain-slick Highway 46 South Tuesday.
Jason Wenzel of Rt. I, Box 393, New Braunfels, originally was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital, but was transferred to the intensive care unit at San Antonio's Memorial Hospital. Although the extent of his injuries was not released, he was listed in critical condition this morning.
His mother, Unda Wenzel, 34, was hospitalized in McKenna Hospital. She was admitted in satisfactory condition with fractures.
The accident happened at 11:50 a.m. Tuesday. According to the accident report, Mark Pancamo, 29, ot Pearland, was northbound in a 1977 Ford and
turned into the Diamond Shamrock service station driveway without signaling. A witness told police Pancamo reportedly turned into the station from near the center of the road.
Alexander Reyes, 23, of San Saba, who was northbound in a 1980 truck tractor, saw Pancamo beginning to turn. Reyes pulled the truck to the left and hit the brakes, but started to skid on the wet pavement.
The truck crossed the center line and struck Wenzel’s 1979 Datsun, which was southbound. The truck kept skidding and hit a road reflector pole before coming to a halt.
Patrolman John Wommack, who investigated the accident, checked Pancamo’s automobile and found the nght turn signal and the brake light did not work.
Pancamo was arrested and charged with having a defective turn signal and brake lights
Medical expert says he found drug in infant's body
GEORGETOWN (AP) The judge in the Genene Jones murder trial today barred prosecution testimony about additional tests cm tissues taken from the body of Chelsea McClellan.
State District Judge John Carter has allowed a toxicologist to testify he found traces of the drug allegedly-used by Ms. Jones, a vocational nurse, to kill the 15-month-old girl in 1982 But the defense won a procedural victory today by persuading Carter not to allow testimony about more recent tests that also showed the drugs, and an evaluation, done last Saturday, that showed other drugs found rn the girl.
Among the other drugs discovered in the evaluation was a substance used as a earner in the injection of succinylcholine, the drug Ms Jones is charged with using on the girl.
Defense lawyer Jim Brookshire complained he had not been given advance notice about the additional tests and evaluation On Tuesday, toxicologist Dr. Frednc Rieders testified that he tested tissues taken from the little
“In my opinion, I detected, identified and measured succinylcholine present in a number of the specimens’’ taken from Chelsea McClellan’s body, Dr. Fredric Rieders testified Tuesday.
Prosecutors say it was suc-ciny lchohne — a powerful and hard to detect muscle relaxant — that killed Chelsea after a September 1982 visit to a Kerrville pediatrician's office.
Ms Jones was a nurse at the office, and she gave 15-month-old Chelsea two injections that were supposed to carry routine immunizations.
Rieders. who runs a suburban Philadelphia toxicology lab. did the tissue tests at the Sweden lab of the poison expert who developed the process
On Monday, State District Judge John Carter turned down a defense motion to bar the testimony Defense lawyer Jim Brookshire has called the test a “magic wand” technique not accepted by the scientific community
See JONES. Page MA
Landa Resort on city property—Tieken
seek agency job
By DYANNEFRY Staff writer
A lawsuit still pending in federal court is not the only point of contention between the City Council and the owners of The Schlitterbahn and landa Resort.
Councilmember Barbara Tieken brought up something Monday night that has been mentioned by private citizens several times in the past: that certain portions of the Schlit-terbahn appear to be built on city street right-of-ways leading down to the river.
Tieken found this especially interesting in light of the fact that the city, on that same night, sold the undeveloped right-of-way to St. Mary’s Street for 836,000. That right-of-way led to the Guadalupe River. The Schlitterbahn and Landa Resort are built on the Comal River, and old subdivision plats show that city nghts-of-way for three streets lead right up to the water.
“When anyone wants to buy a portion of a dedicated street, they come before the council ... and arrive at a fair market value,”
Tieken said Monday. She can find no record of this every having been done for Bob Henry, head of the family that owns the abovementioned resorts.
Tieken told the Herald Zeitung Wednesday that the matter was discussed in executive session, and will be pursued further. “The people deserve some response that the city is looking into dungs Uke this,” she said.
Councilmember Betty Lou
Rushing had a different topic. After hearing media reports of statements made by Henry at a meeting of motel and resort owners last week, she wanted to go on record with some statistics from the 1983 hotel-motel tax receipts.
Henry told botel owners that the Chamber of Commerce wasn’t doing nearly the promotion job it might with the four-percent room-tax revenues, partly because of an ti-tourist sentiment on the City Council.
Rushing wanted the council and the people of New Braunfels to know that Henry’s businesses aren't collecting the largest share of that tax She noted that the Hobday Inn and Landa Resort each had 140 rooms. But the HoUday Inn turned in $45,219 in room taxes for the first three quarters of 1983, whereas Landa Resort only turned in $13,000.
Rushing conceded that Landa Resort is a seasonal business, where the HoUday Inn is active all year round. But Camp War-
See HENRY, Page 14A
“I deUvered a box of 181 appUcants to the chairman of the board at the beginning of this month.” Flavin said. He is one of the appUcants vying for the position.
• They did say last night if they make great progress at this meeting in Seguin next week, and get down to the point where a final selection can be made, then a special meeting wiU be eaUed," he added.
The next regular CCSCT Central Board of Directors meeting wiU be Tuesday, April 24 at the Wilson County Courthouse in Floresville Annual election of officers is also slated for that meeting
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New Braunfels Junior Miss Barbara May goes through her paces in rehearsals tor the annual Junior Miss pageant Saturday night. Although the main event is Saturday, preliminaries begin Thursday night A total of 34 contestants are seeking the crown Related stories. Page 3A; related photo, Page 14 A.
Screening 181 applicants for the executive directorship of Community Council of South Central Texas won t bean easy task
That’s why a committee was appointed at CCSCT’s meeting in Floresville Tuesday night to meet again next week and begin “cutting the Ust down to size.” John Flavin, CCSCT acting director, said Wednesday.
Michele Rowcroft, CCSCT executive director since March 5, 1981, resigned near the end of 1983 Flavin was named as acting director, but the Jan. 24 meeting was the first for the CCSCT Central Board of Directors since Rowcroft’s resignationInsideToday's Weather
Comal County skies wiU be partly sunny today and Thursday. Tonight will be mostly clear and nippy, with a low in the mid-30s Winds today will be from the north near IO miles per hour Winds will be light tonight, and Thursday, will blow from the northeast at 5-10 mph.Unicorn Breakthrough
New Braunfels' boys ended three weeks of frustration Tuesday night by bombing Hays in a District 1J-4A game at the New Braunfels gym. However, Canyon and Smithson Valley both lost Tuesday night. Sports, Page SA.Phone jungle
With the breakup of AT AT, trying to do anything telephone-related has become an adventure of sorts. Columnist Marjorie Cook waded into the fray this week, end carne up with a short guide to the phone whirl. See Town Talk. Page ISA.
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Five architectural firms make pitches to CISD
Five architectural firms endured a four-hour workshop with Comal ISO trustees Tuesday in hopes of becoming the board’s choice to help the district cope with growth.
No decision was made following the workshop, but CISD Supt. Edgar Willhelm said the board s selection, or even narrowing down the field, could occur at the next regular board meeting rn February.
Trustees Erwin Lehmann, Karen Rust, Kenneth Wunderlich, Carey McWilliams and David Way listened while different representatives pulled out all the stops for their finds. Slides were used in most of the presentations Others just used their speaking talents without any visual effects, while one firm brought three good-size scale models of its recent work in the Boerne School District.
SHWC, Inc., of Dallas made the first presentation The firm completed an existing facility study for CISD in 1971, but more recently, oversaw the construction of the CISD Tax Office and the track at Smithson Valley Highschool.
Vice-president Gary Keep said his firm “could draw from the 1978 study, help the district explain a bond issue, and if it passes, bring a design team here. You see the same faces from start to finish, and that makes us a little unique,” he added
The firm also provides a “project summary book,” Keep said. “It lists every material in that
building, where we ordered it from, phone numbers. We even put paint chips in there, so you can match colors down the line.”
Rick Keeler, Steve Souter and Bill Hays with Ma rn ion Mok Partnership of San Antonio were next. The firm offered somewhat of a local connection, since Hays’ wife is librarian at Smithson Valley High School
In listing current educational building projects, Keeler said, “We’ve worked for the San Antonio Children’s Center for IO years, done several major projects for the San Antonio YMCA for over 15 years, and have a 30-year relationship with San Antonio’s Northeast ISD .”
He also couldn’t help but mention Marrnon Mok is building the $65 billion new terminal at the San Antonio International Airport.
Hays told the board rn the partnership’s 30-year existence, “we’ve never been sued. And that just doesn’t happen It’s because of our organized approach,” he added The next firm, Bradley and McChesney Architects from San Antonio, brought the Boerne ISD case study complete with scale models for the board’s inspection “That district was to expand 50 percent by 1990, which I understand is about half of the growth CISD can expect,” David Bradley said
See CISD, Page 14AVillarreal ponders race for Sheriff
LL Gilbert Villarreal, who submitted his resignation to Sheriff Walter Fellers Monday, hasn’t made a “firm decision” on whether he’ll run for sheriff in 1964.
“I will say there s a strong possibility,” he said Tuesday. “But I’ll decide something before March 6.”
His resignation will become effective Feb f, Villarreal added.
Fellers said Tuesday that Villarreal “got a little cries with one ot his supervisors,” and put in his resignation “because he said he wanted an I (a m.) to 5 (p.m.) job.”
“I quit over some internal problems,’’ Villarreal said Tuesday afternoon “I felt I could no longer be effective here, and I don’t want to continue if I feel I can’t DToduce. ”
Villarreal was named Officer of the Year by the Breakfast Lion’s Club in HRL Fellers said WedMtday be
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won’t be naming someone to MI the lieutenant spot “for a while. I’m going to leeve that up in the air for the time being,” he added. Well have investigators, and, (investigator) Rudy (Radio) will be the organiser.”
Fellers, a Democrat end diet Mf duce 1963, filed for Tuesday