New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Two moro porjury counts lodged against educator in wife's death
CALDWELL, Texas (AP) — A second peijury indictment has been returned against a smalltown school superintendent for statements he gave after the August 1996 death of his wife.
Frank Cook, who is on paid leave from his job as school superintendent in the Brazos Valley town of Snook, was indicted on two counts of aggravated peijury Monday by the Burleson County grand jury.
The charges accuse Cook of lying twice to the grand jury about a relationship with another woman.
Investigators said Janet Cook, 38, shot herself in the chest with a shotgun last summer. Charles Sebesta, district attorney for Burleson and Washington counties, contends that her husband drove her to suicide.
“Even though it is formally ruled a suicide at this point in time, the investigation into her death continues,” he told the Associated Press on Tuesday.
Texas Lottery scratches 'Scotchman'
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The Texas Lottery has scratched “Scotchman,” the supcrhero-11ke character used since 1994 in instant lottery commercials, after complaints that the caped pitchman appealed too much to youngsters.
“Scotchman is Hying off into the sunset,” Austin-based lottery spokeswoman Leticia Vasquez told the San Antonio Express-News. “He’s
The advertising campaign for scratch-off tickets began in January 1994. It was only this year that House Appropriations Committee Chairman Robert Junell, D-San Angelo, likened the masked character in red tights to Joe Camel, the hip cartoon animal used by R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. to sell cigarettes.
“I think the same correlation can be made between Joe Camel and enticing young people to smoke as can be made with Scotchman unduly influencing young kids to become
gamblers,” Junell said.
Junell’s committee, in unanimous vote, ordered the Texas Lottery Commission to spend less money on
advertising. Committee members were particularly critical of Scratchman.
Lawmaker running for Railroad Commission
AUSTIN (AP) — State Rep. Steve Holzheauser, a six-term Republican from Victoria, entered the race for Railroac Commission with a blast at the federal government and pledge to promote the state’s energy industry.
Holzheauser will seek the seat being vacated by Commissioner Barry Williamson, who running for attorney genera next year.
By Michtlte Oatman and John Molar, photo editor
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
We did pretty well last week with our translation. (AA-97-050) the baseball photo, did very well — only a couple of unnamed players now. Walter Sippel, Jr. and Wallace Oberkampf both helped us get all of the following names. Row I — Leroy Pantermuehl, Harry Pantermuehl, Gilbert Katt, James
Jonas “Spider” ; row 2 — Weldon Bynum, Kenneth Ikels, Walter Sippel, Jr., George Geoph, Gilbert Lay, ?, Tommy Ortiz, Gale Harper Nelson; row 3 — W.C. Kiesling, Jerome Biendsiel, Dan Preiss, Harvey Vogel, Roland Tausch, Alfred Muchow, Aldolf Castlleja; row 4 — E.J. Oetken, Arnulfo “Curly” Villela, Billy Highsmith, Ellis Winglield, James Willis, ?, Marin Dean, Jr., Jimmy Froclich; row 5 — Clarence Alfrey, Robert
Billins, George Miller.
The “Cookware Shower Honors” from last week was also identified. (AA-97-049) is the bridal shower for Julie Ortiz and Jeff Ball. From left, the women are Virginia Ortiz (mother of the bride), Janis Wohlfahrt Wommack, Julie Ortiz (the bride), Pat Ortiz Maranda and Betty Ball (mother of the groom). Thank you to Debbie Bartels Lain and Virginia Ortiz for making sure we got these names.
This week we found some FUN pictures. We found three men that seemed to be clowning around for a good cause. (AA-97-051) is the Lion’s Club Shoplifting Committee, and from the age of the cars it probably was taken in the 1950s or ’60s. We would like the “clowns” identifications, and when they did this great deed for the Lion’s Club.
The second fun photo is a picture from one of our Landa Park river parades. (AA-97-052) is the Public
Service Co. float and there are two pretty young ladies riding and a gentleman who probably is the driver of the boat. Who are these people and what year do you think this parade took place?
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Poll finds one in four call selves Texans first
By MICHAEL HOLMES
Associated Press Writer
AUSTIN (AP) — Nearly one-fourth of the state’s residents consider themselves first a Texan and second an American, a new poll finds.
That's a stunningly high rate of identity with a state, and it’s probably unmatched in any of the other 49, pollster Frank Luntz said Wednesday.
”1 would argue that there’s no state in the country that would have a higher state personal identification than Texas does,” said Luntz, who operates a Washington-based consulting firm.
In his survey, 500 Texans were asked: “lf you had to choose one or
the other, would you consider yourself a Texan first or an American firsflai**. .
Twenty-three percent said TSxan; 73 percent said American; and 3 percent said both. Others said they either didn’t know or declined to answer.
Luntz said he was startled by the response.
“That almost one out of four see themselves first as Texans is remarkable,” he said.
“There is something special about this state. There is a community here that doesn’t exist in other states. Even though it’s so large, even though the population is so diverse.”
Luntz said he’s never scientifically polled on such a question in other
states, but he has asked it of is that the Texas identity isn’t participants in smaller focutegwp’r cen fined to the cowboy legend.
“*‘They“just dWCtinde what I’m asking,” he laughed
He attributed the Texas loyalty in part to the state’s unique history. After rebelling against Mexico, Texas was an independent nation before joining the United States in 1845.
”1 think it began with how Texas became a state, how it left Mexico and became a state. And it has not changed. A lot of people who were bom here stay here. And people who move into the state tend not to move out. That’s why you’re growing so fast.”
An unexpected finding, he said.
‘I had'•ssudled Agt there was ‘cowboy m>%»ology* that people
who lived in this state for generations had this identity to the flag, to the ranch. And it’s not there. It doesn’t exist that way,” Luntz said According to his analysis, the four demographic groups most likely to see themselves as Texans first are:
individuals earning under $20,000 a year (34 percent); blacks and Hispanics (28 percent); those with incomes between $20,000 and $39,000 (28 percent); and women between 18 and 39 (27 percent).
The telephone poll was conducted July 19-20 for the public relations firm Temeriin McClain The margin of error was plus or minus 4.6 percentage points.
Insects give voice to Texas summer
By RICHARD STEWART
HOUSTON — They are like a symphony of tiny tambourines, the snare drum soldiers of the insect world.
They are cicadas, and this time of year it seems they are in every Texas tree, beating their own drums to the frantic tune of insect lust, sending their screeching messages on waves of heat, giving voice to the savage Texas summer.
Yet for all their noise and annoyance, they are fairly benign beasts, biting neither people nor pets. All they ask of life is a tall tree to sing from and to live under. For cicadas spend most of their lives not in trees, but in the ground under them, drinking sweet sap from the roots and slowly growing and waiting for their brief, noisy days in the sun.
‘ They’re a lot better than the fire ants you have down there in Texas,” said Donald Lewis, an entomology professor at Iowa State University.
Earlier this summer, Iowa and several other Midwestern states hosted die strange and wonderful 17-year cicadas. With as many as 1.5
million popping up per acre, it may be a good thing that such a cacophony of cicadas comes around so rarely
The 17-year cicada is found only in North America east of the Rocky Mountains. A close cousin does much the same thing, only in 13-year cycles. Of the 12 known “broods” of 17-year cicadas (five are considered extinct) the biggest stretches from Tennessee to Massachusetts and is next due to emerge in the summer of 2008, Lewis said.
For once, it seems, there is an insect that is not at its most numerous, worst-stinging and biggest-biting in Texas. In the world of cicadas, Texas fares fairly well.
Texans rarely see, or hear, these Methuselahs. Although the longest-living of all insects, these cicadas spend an amazing 17 years as tiny juveniles burrowed I 1/2 to 2 feet underground before warm weather tells them to dig to the surface and climb onto trees, posts, poles — anything that’s handy.
Once there, the nymph’s outer shell splits along the back and an adult emerges to unfurl its wings and prepare for the most active — and
last — five or six weeks of its life.
The 40 or so species most common to Texas do the same thing, but spend only a year or two — sometimes more — underground. “You have the annual cicada,” Lewis said. “We call them ‘dog days’ cicadas because they show up in the dog days of summer.”
In all species, it’s the male that makes the noise, with a tiny drumlike membrane on its abdomen that it vibrates. The male abdomen is largely hollow and serves as a sort of sound chamber amplifying the noise.
“It makes noise for the same reason all males make noise,” Lewis said. “To be noticed.
“These are woodland creatures,” he noted. On the Iowa State campus on the prairie in Ames, he said, he may hear one or two cicadas in a tree. Ten miles east, in the ancient woodlands along the Des Moines River, there may be as many as 40,000 in each of the many trees.
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Cattle ranchers restocking effort could lower beef prices
HOUSTON (AP) — Cattle ranchers are restocking their herds now that meadows are lush again after a wet spring and
summer broke the 1996 drought.
That has sent beef prices skyrocketing. Beef calves are selling for $40 more per hundredweight than they were a year ago.
That worries some economists, the Texas Journal of The Wall Street Journal reported today. Some say the rebuilt herds could cause a meat glut that could bring on a collapse in beef prices.
“lf we don’t have a liquidation (of cattle), we’ll have tremendous increases in prices in 1997, and in 1998 the first half will be good,” said Ernest Davis, a livestock economist at Texas A&M University. ‘‘But then those prices will really collapse in the last half of 1998” because of oversupply.
Davis estimated the size of the nation's beef herd this year will total 34.3 million head, 1.8 million more than what is needed to support currently strong prices.
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