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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 21, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas AlO . px I^0• H1^'h WOMBLE W a5A36P.O- ®c Tx 752A^ Local Rezonings on Council agenda Page 16A Water Watch Comal River............ 308 cfs (up 5) Canyon inflow....... 405    cfs (down 61) Canyon outflow ........ 800 cfs (same) Edwards Aquifer ....... 625.71 (up .09) Canyon Lake level .... 911.43 (down .13) Sports Graham, Langer lead British Open Sports, Page 11A Flower features, Page 1B New Braunfels Herald New Braunfels. Texas Sunday July 21,1985 50 Cents 32 Pages —2 Sections Four dead, 30 injured in bus accidentInside ACKERLY (API — A church bus overturned on a rain-slick highway near this West Texas town Saturday night, crushing four people to death and injuring 37 others, officials said. The bus, which came from San Angelo and had picked up passengers in Odessa and Midland, ran off U.S. Highway 87 about 25 miles northwest of Big Spring, flipped over and trapped the four under its roof, Department of Public Safety spokesman Jim Nance said. Dawson County Judge Glenn White said he pronounced the tour dead but did not know they w ere He said three of them were between 14 and 15 years old, while the fourth was about 5. About 30 other passengers were taken to Malone-Hogan Hospital in Big Spring after the 8 30 p.m. accident and were being treated for minor to moderate injuries, hospital supervisor Barbara Holdamps said. She said many of the victims suffered broken bones and lacerations. The bus. from the Deliverance Tabernacle Church of God In Christ in San Angelo, was headed for a Northwest Texas Jurisdictional Conference in Lubbock, said a spokesman for the Ford Memorial Church of God In Christ in Lubbock. DPS officials said they had not deternuned the accident's cause, nor did they know the dead people’s identities. They said the bus landed in a cotton field about IOO to 150 feet off the highway.Today's Weather It will remain partly cloudy and warm with a 20 percent chance of afternoon and evening thundershowers through Monday. Winds will be from the southeast at 10-15 mph and daytime highs will reach the mid-90s, while nighttime lows drop to the mid-70s. Saturday’s low was 72 and the high was 91. Sunset today will be at 8:30 p.m. and sunrise Monday will be at 6:44 a m. BUSINESS 6.7A CLASSIFIED 7-16B COMICS GB CROSSWORD 5B DEAR ABBY GB DEATHS . SA HOROSCOPE GB KALEIDOSCOPE I-GB OPINIONS GA PUBLIC RECORDS GA SPORTS 11 UA GOP chairman says competition healthy County eyes road repair financing Bv LILLIAN THOMAS Staff Writer County commissioners are looking into ways to finance $16 million of road repairs that the county engineer said were needed. “The growth and development committee a couple of years ago told us there were $14 million worth of road repairs needed then.” Commissioner J L. ' Jumbo" Evans said in a telephone interview. "So the new s really came as no surprise. But that is w hy I pushed so hard for us to hire a professionsal engineer. And this is the first results of it.” Evans admitted he helped County Engineer Clark Mac” McCoy a little in putting the inventory together, but 95 percent of the work behind it was McCoy’s and his department's. Evans said. The inventory that McCoy presented in Thursday commissioners court showed 350 of the 625 miles of county roads being below standard. Arterial roads make up 150 miles and subdivision streets make up 200 miles of the total. In the cover letter to his report, he wrote. “The combination of the drought of 1984, the moisture and freezes of 84-85 and the heavy rains and flooding of the summer of 1985 have caused severe deterioration of many miles of road surface.” Most of the sections of roads built before 1973 have caliche base material, generally susceptible to swelling when moisture penetrates, the letter continues. "Further the budget limitations have restricted road maintenance for many years to a worst first' ap proach and a fix it good enough for now' limit in order to stretch available funds,” McCoy wrote. All of the commissioners who were reached said they had thought about whether a bond issue was the right approach. "It’s too soon to form an opinion yet,” Evans said. "Until we know how much we can budget this year, which means getting into the budget process, and until we know what our tax rate for next year is going to be, I don’t think we can talk about a bond issue yet.” Commissioner Bill George in a telephone interview said, "Sure I’ve thought about it (a bond issue), but I don’t think we can do it. There is no way at this time. I don’t think the See ROADS, Page I6A Residents use the Old Faust bridge as a shortcut Old Faust Street bridge 'An accident waiting to happen' Bv LII LIAN THOMAS Staff Writer Neighbors living near the old Faust Street bridge see it as an accident waiting to happen and want something done at»>ul it Albert Boeing of 394 E k alist i ame lit commissioners court Thursday asking for im-t repassing signs t> be put up. and Hie county commissioners accommodated Recently the commissioners have looked into putting the bridge up for auction or accepting bids on it. bul Hie ownership of the bridge is still iii question between the city and county County Judge Fred Clark joked, "Why don’t we deed it over to the city?” It seems no ut wants to claim it iii its present condition. I live adjacent to the bridge and I’ve owned property adjacent lo it since 1926,” Boeiug told commissioners I believe in its present condition it is a safety and health hazard." Bm*nig recounted seeing kids bicycling over it. playing on it and climbing down into ilk* burnt out hole {fiat was created by a fire on it several years ago Since the recent rains it looks to me like where that burnt out plate is. the bridge has sagged eight more inches,"Boeing said "I guess from the weight of tile water-soaked wood, I don’t know Another neighbor on Nacogdoches Street was concerned that if the bridge was taken down it would cause a hardship on workers at Mission Valley Mill that use it to walk to and from work every day "I hope tfiey don’t close it off or take it down for the guys that work over at the Mill,” she said "Some ptniple may liave only one car, and the other spouse goes to work with it Some may not own a car. May bt* they the commissioners) should just erect a go on this at your own risk sign on it, and leave at that." This neighbor felt it was safe enough for pedestrian traffic on the left-hand side. Bob Janca with Guadalupe Realty Co. that is handling some property for Boeing near the bridge attended tile commissioners court as support for his client and fiad intended to speak for hun. We only know about it from what Albert has told us.” Janca said But it s only common sense that with any piece of equipment, you either fix it or get rid of it When it just sits there in a fiad state of repair, it s a liability. It encourages more vandalism And from what we have heard it is a hazard right now ” Janca suggested that the commissioners could have a public hearing and see if there is any public interest in saving the bridge as an historical structure "Then periiaps the conunissioners could sell it.” Janca said, "to some historical group interested in restoring it for Hie cost of repair, maybe $50,000 May be they could just See BRIDGE. Page ISA AUSTIN AP i State GOP Chairman George Strake. predicting his party could have up to five candidates Necking its gubernatorial nomination next year, says it’s healthy for Republicans to have so many * antedates scrapping for the same job Nearly IO months before the 1986 primary, two well-funded Republn an candidates are preparing to run for governor, while two others already have declared for attorney general i’m ecstatic having this kind of interest in our nominations,” Strake said in an interv iew It s the first time in history it was front page news 18 months before the election who the Republican candidates might be This kind of publicity is very helpful,” he said Rep. Tom Unifier, chief deputy Republican whip in the U S House. and Democrat-turned-Republican Kent Hance, who lost the 1984 Democratic U.S. Senate nomination by fewer than 1.400 votes, have indicated they will run for governor. Former W.lliamson County prosecutor Ed Walsh of Round Rock. who switched to the GOF in March, and state Sen. J E Buster” Brown. of I .ake Jackson, both have declared their candidacies for attorney general. Others are said to be considering each race. Strake. of Houston, said the interest in statewide races among Republican candidates is a sign of the party’s growing strength in Texas. "It s like raising your kids through their teen-age years. If we’re going to go from childhood to adulthood and become a major party, we’re going to have to go through these experiences,” Strake said A benefit of having hard-fought primary elections is that Republican candidates are getting more publicity, earlier, than ever before, said Strake. the party’s candidate for lieutenant governor in 1982. "I made a mistake in 82. I was hoping for no primary opposition. I didn’t become a viable candidate until August or September before the election,” he said. "This (attention! is invaluable for us as far as this is concerned. I’m convinced we can’t win if we don’t have active primaries.” While declining to name names, the GGP chairman said he sees several possible GGP candidates for governor. i’d say there are going to be from three to a potential of five,” he said. "That’s an honest estimate.” Strake said having active primary contests is "not without its hazards,” however. See PRIMARIES. Page 16A New County voting system expected to save time and money By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer Guadalupe County lias purchased a new vote counting system that is expected to reduce the cost of county elections by almost $10,000 "The reason we bought the system is because it was just taking us too long to get results,” said County Judge James Sagebiel. in the 1984 election the counting lasted until four or six in the morning.” said Mary Matthies, elections administrator of Guadalupe County. The system, which cost $38,000, is an optical scanner that automatically counts votes as ballots are fed into the machine. "It should not take us later than ll p.m. to count votes." Matthies said Matthies said that in the 1984 electon the county had 370 clerks and election judges. She expects to use only 164 people in 1986 Tile 1984 election cost the county $28,000, Matthies said. She expects the 1986 election to cost only $18,000 The new system is expected to pay for itself in four to six years. County employees will try the system out in the November elections. "We wanted to try it first in an off-year election w hen voter turnout will be lower,” Sagebiel said. The system, purchased from Hart Data Services of Austin, is used by several other counties in Texas according to Matthies. ;