New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Benitez believes action stems from his stance on Eikel Held
By JENNIFER ROMPCL
wi» uveal Butch Benitez the city’s
west side, said somebody threw paint on his three cars on Friday morning. All three cars were partied outside. The cars damaged included a Lincoln, Ford Mustang and a Fiero.
Benitez explained he is not at liberty to say much about the incident since an investigation is pending.
"I am not at much liberty to say anything because an investigation is pending My cars were vandalized by someone throwing paint on them,” he said The councilman said he believes the incident is a result of his stance concerning Eikel Field park and a neighborhood watch in the west side.
Benitez has voiced his stance against people having alcohol in the park and has been a strong supporter of crime prevention on the city’s west side He said he will continue to voice his opinions and will not be intimidated by the incident He said their support has been a great encouragementINSIDE - New Braunfels city council members say days of divisiveness are far behind - See Page 3A
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Valerie Ann White, Audrey Schroeder, Jer-amey Allen Aguirre, Felix T. Velez Sr., Karen Relninger,
Raul Longoria Jr. (Monday), Audrey George (SO! Saturday), Marsha Kiesling, Charlene Pittman, Jason Barucky, Lon ie Eickenrohp (80!), Serena Vela (Saturday), M J. Stover, Albert J. Atkins (Monday), Richard P. Heiss (Monday), John L. Lea (Monday), Linda Connally,
Tom Ledbetter, Ruth Long, Lorraine Mammel, Jean Manes, Richard Metcalf, Ann Nixon, Melrose Ott (Monday), Mona Vermillion (Monday), Tommye Weisman (Monday), Viola Haas (Saturday), Lucy Soechting (Saturday), Cleda Vinyard (Saturday), Corinne Westberg (Saturday).
Trad* show booths available Monday
According to Chair of the Business Trade Show Anna Lee Hicks, booth spaces will go on sale to the general public beginning Monday, June 13.
"The show, sponsored by the chamber of commerce, has been a sell-out in recent yean and we anticipate that we will have a waiting list again this year." Hicks said.
The popular event is scheduled to kick-off on Sept 13 with the annual Sneak Preview and nm throughout the next day, Sept 14.
The Sneak Preview, held during the evening, attracts a large crowd and includes live entertainment valuable door prizes, hors d’oeuvres and coccids, and the opportunity to view the latest in products and services in our community. The show throughout the next day will showcase the exhibits and also include entertainment and the opportunity to register for the grand prize.
Hicks said the project wu developed as a vehicle to help area businesses display their product and services and that it had been successful in bringing together buyers and sellers.
Business owners and managers
should contact (he chamber officer at 625-2385 for more information.
Flag Ratiramant ceremony eehodulod
The American Legion Comal Post 179 will be having a "Rag Retirement" ceremony on Rag Day. June 14 at 7:30 p.m.
All veterans are asked to attend. The general public is invited.
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Truck rolls over on bridge
Herald Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Amazingly, no Injuries resulted from an accident Involving this 1962 Dodge truck, driven by Carey Allen Worthy, 16, of New Braunfels. Worthy lost control of hie vehicle when hie load of shingles shifted resulting In the accident. The truck flipped on the Dry Comal Creek bridge on Loop 337 south et approximately noon Saturday.
Hummel Museum attendance continues to increase, interest in art rising everywhere
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The Hummel Museum in New Braunfels is well on its way to being everything its founders dreamed it could be, according to S.D. David, president of the museum's board.
“The museum is definitely what people envisioned it would be and it is gradually becoming more acceptable in the community,’’ he said.
Sieglinde Smith has worked with the museum since before it was opened
She said the museum has ^ exceeded her expectations.
“It has become much more than what I ever possibly dreamed it could be. I believe all of the visitors feel the same way. They expect to see some figurines on shelves like a little hole in the wall. They never expect to see a museum of this magnitude," she said.
The number of visitors to the museum is continuing to increase.
The museum attracted
15.000 visitors in its first year and 30,000 in its second year.
David said the museum is on its way to attracting the
150.000 visitors that were predicted before it opened. —..
“That is an attainable number. We estimate that a visitor spends an hour to an hour and one half in the museum. That allows for a lot of people to come to the museum during the day. It’s an attainable number but it takes a while to get there,” he said.
struggle, as most museums do, according to David.
He said the board is still seeking donations and pledges and volunteers are always needed
“Finances can always use help. We have a debt on the building. We had to borrow money to start operations and money to remodel the bulding. As soon as we get those three debts paid off we will be much better.
“We are getting support from the community but we can always use more. We have a lot of good friends in the community, and we would like to thank them for their support,’’ said David. “Like any activity connected with the arts there is always a need for more friends and a need for more money ”
Concerning the future David said he would like to see more displays depicting the life of Sister Hummel before she went into the convent and would like to have a classroom so that seminars could be given to teach the general public about the value of art.
Smith agreed and said she would like people to become more aware of Sister Hummers art.
“I’d love to see people come here and see the an
‘It has become much more than whet I over possibly dreamed it oould be. I believe all of the visitors feel the same way. They expect to see some figurines on shelves like e little hole In wall. They never expect to see a muse
um of this magnitude.'
- Sieglinde Smith Sister Hummel has created
The museum board is currently searching for an executive director who will have expertise in marketing museums.
“If we can find someone we should be able to reach our goal in five years from now," he said Financially the museum is continuing to
not just because they are collectors but because if she would have lived she would have been one of the most world-renowned artists ever,” said Smith.
“We have a world treasure in New Braunfels We want to get the world here to see it. It’s a world treasure not just a New Braunfels treasure,” she said
The Hummel Museum displays the work of Sister Maria lnnocentia Hummel, a German artist whose drawings inspired the Hummel figurines
The Hummel Museum is located on The Plaza in downtown New Braunfels.
Vandals apparentl struck home of District I city council rn e rn b e Butch Ben itez.
Benitez, who lives on the city’
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Local business owner Gary Kahlig filed a civil suit Friday against Mayor Paul Fraser, requesting that alleged actions during the May 7 election be reviewed to determine whether or not those actions were illegal and if the results of the election are valid.
The petition requests that alleged illegal votes cast for Fraser be declared illegal and that Kahlig be declared the winner of the election or that the May 7 election be declared void and a new election be held.
Kahlig ran against Fraser for the District 4 city council seat. Kahlig was defeated by 20 votes.
Fraser said he received notice of the suit at 6:20 p.m. Friday while he was at a reception at Honors Hall honoring the Airman of the Quarter from Randolph Air Force Base.
Fraser said them are 12 or 13 allegations in the suit ranging from whether or not votes were ever counted to harassment of voters during early voting hours He explained that he has not sought legal council yet but instead he is concentrating on conducting city business “Whatever comments were made about the way the election was conducted are totally unfounded. Right now I will do what I normally do and go on with city business,” claimed Fraser. “We have a council meeting Monday and a workshop preceding it. I intend to spend the weekend studying the agenda."
Kahlig said all of his allegations are spelled out in the petition.
"When you feel like you’re right, you’re right and you should stand up and fight for what you believe in. There were some mqor discrepancies in the election. It is in the petition. Those things shouldn’t happen anywhere much less in New Braunfels," he said.
The petition states that irregularities in the conduct of the election were brought to Kahlig’s attention after the date of the election, and it states that the irregularities oould have resulted in a change in the number of votes.
“It is the belief of the contestant that the irregularities did in fact affect the election so that the voters of Distnct 4 in New Braunfels were not given a fair opportunity to express their will,” the petition states, “lf the election had been conducted properly in all respects, Contestant (Kahlig) would have received more votes than Contestee (Fraser) anti Contestant would have been declared by the canvassing authority to be the winner of the general election for District 4 of the City Council for New Braunfels.
One of the allegations in the petition deals with the presiding judge of the polling place allegedly stopping his car during the drive from the polling place to the courthouse and rummaging through the backseat of the vehicle The petition also covers alleged harassment of an elderly Hispanic woman and alleged actions by City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi. Other allegations include improper handling of keys to the ballot boxes, releasing the results of early voting to Fraser, and extending of the legal distance between electioneers and the polling place on election day
The petition also states that the city secretary should not have served as the election judge because she is employed by the city council on which Fraser served and that 38 ballots are unaccounted for in the final tally. It also alleges that voters who did not live in District 4 voted in the District and that people who live in District 4 voted in another district Other allegations are that people who requested mail-in ballots never received their ballots and that people who mailed ballots to the city secretary were not included on the list of people who voted in the election Kahlig claims all of the allegations in die petition are true and said he believes the election was not fair.
“It has got to be fair to me, to the people who voted in Distnct 4, and it’s got to be fair to Paul Fraser If it is not fair to one group then it is not a good deal Somebody has to stand up and ay it is not a good deal I am proud of what I have done,” he said Just few days after the May election, Kahlig requested a recount of the votes which showed a change in the margin of Fraser’s victory by two votes
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