New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Carl Davis who wants to replace Sheriff Walter Fellers in the next year and a half — is the first candidate to push open the doors of Comal County’s 1984 political arena.
Davis, a 47-year-old former state trooper, made his political intentions known at a Republican Party fundraiser Sunday night.
When told of Davis’ plans. Fellers, who will be 71 in July, thought it was too early to be making political announcements. Fellers, who will have served for 32 years bv the end of his
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1984 term, said he had not yet decided w hether he would seek re-election.
Throughout Sunday’s fundraiser — w hich honored Republican State Rep. Edmund Kuempel of Seguin references were made to Comal County’s first 1984 GOP candidate.
The official announcement didn’t come, however, until the end of the program when Comal County OCR1 Chairman Charles Berger introduced Davis.
“...and the way things are going, he may not be our only candidate (for Sheriff I," Berger noted, prior to pointing out Davis.
In an interview after the event.
Davis said he is currently assembling his campaign, but preferred not to go into detail. He did say. however, that his main reason for seeking this office is that “I think I can do a good job’’ in providing both safety and service to the county’s citizens.
Fellers has not yet in dicated whether he will seek another term.
Presently Davis is serving as a “relief jailer" for the Comal County Jail. Married, with three grown sons, the former U S. Marine was a state trooper for 21 years.
The name of Precinct I Justice of the Peace Harold Krueger has at times also been mentioned as another possible candidate for Fellers' job should he not run again.
When told of Davis’ announcement and asked for his comment Monday. Krueger said he was not ready to make any announcements.
But Krueger added. “It always crossed my mind...but I suppose officer holders always consider another office as we grow in tile county.”
In addition to the Sheriff’s post there are several other offices up for re-election in 1984 Among them are
district attorney, county attorney, all four county constables, tax-assessor-collector, and 22nd district judge, said County Clerk Rosie Bosenbury.
Precinct I County Commissioner J I. “Jumbo” Evans and Precinct 3 Commissioner Charles “Tart” Mund will also be up for re-election, even though both had to run for office in November, 1982 election.
Elections were enjoined in these two precincts in 1980 due to a lawsuit filed by the Mexican American U*gal Defense and Educational Fund (MAEDKE! over the county's redistricting.
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June 14, 1983 25 cents
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Fort Worth fire kills 5 in hotel
FORT WORTH (AP! At least five people were killed and 29 injured early today at a hotel fire that sent some guests jumping from their second-floor rooms when alerted by car horns after the main alarm failed
District Fire Chief Jim Neah said four men and one woman were killed in the five-alarm fire, wfilch started about 3:24 a.m. at the two-story Ramada Inn Central on the city's east side. The blaze burned out of control for about three hours
An alarm system in tile hotel's main building did not go off because its batteries were corroded, said Fire Marshal Don Peacock.
“There was no alarm system in that wing” where the fire broke out, he said, adding that the hotel was not required to contain amoke alarms when it was built.
Tile victims were identified as Elison A Speaks. San Angelo; E. Scott Van Cleve, Skokie, 111.; Nick Moreno, Wichita. Kau ; Randy Young, liberal, Ran .and Wesley litmus. Enid,Okla
The fire was confined to the hotel's northeast wing. in which 88 guests were registered in 88 rooms Although the wing was tile only part of Hie hotel officially evacuated, about 150 guests fled their rooms
"We had a bunch of people trapped, and they had to jump from Uh* second floor. We fwd one woman taken to a hospital with a broken ankle," Noah said "I think from a life hazard point, this is the worst fire I've seen."
Peacock said investigators believed the fire
started rn some rolled carpeting which was ready to Im* laid Two occupants tried to put it out with an extinguisher . Carpet puts off tremendous, black, acrid smoke."
“There were four or five rolls of carpet stacked iii an entryway and they were burning,” said guest Ricfuird I’rain. who had bandages on his face, hands and back lf we had had a few more fire extinguishers, we might have been able to put it out. I came out of my room, and the security guard was just standing there, I shook him and asked hun w lie re the fire extinguishei s were The he came to "... We almost had it out but then the fire extinguishers ran dry and iii a matter of minutes it was burning out of control.”
Peacock and Deputy District Fire Chief Withe Cole Hind tin* first four victims found apparently died from smoke inhalation.
Three of the victims wert* found upstairs in a bathroom, beside a bed and at the foot of a bed The fourth victim was found at a downstairs window "They were up trying to figure out what to do Smoke tends to disorient people.” he said The fifth victim was found later in an upstairs room. Noah said.
Firefighters, hampered by heavy rain, brought the fire under control about 6:30 a.in,
Many guests said they were awakened by vehicle horns blowing outside Guests pushed through thick smoke and broke windows to jump to safety, some tossing mattresses to the ground to land on.InsideToday s Weather
It will ne partly cloudy to cloudy today with a 20 percent chance of showers or thundershowers. Tonight alai Wednesday will be mostly clear arui UUU* cooler Winds will become north westerly at lb-15 mph today, shifting to Uh* north near IO mph tonight Sunset will be at 8 32 pm, anti sunrise Wednesday will be at ti 30a.inFly Your Flag
Today, June 14, is Flag Day, which honors tin* birthday of Old Glory. Comal Countians will Im* flying their flags in observance of this special day,
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2Herrera case depositions taken Friday
Attorneys in Hie Domingo Herrera vs City of New Braunfels suit took five sworn depositions at City Hall Friday City Attorney John Chunn indicated the lawsuit is professing as might Im* expected at this tune “We’re still in the discovery phase," he said Tuesday morning .
Herrera, a former police officer who was fired in February 1982, filed suit against the city and Police Chief Burney Bocck in U S District Court on March 7 Attorneys for both sides have until Hie first week in July to complete discovery, and a pre-trial order isn’t due until September Herrera, an 11-year veteran of the police department, was accused of stealing $50 from a charity fund drive conducted by patrolmen. He is accusing the city of racial discrimination and failure to provide due process in terminating his employment'Posse' blasts PEC board's 3 additions
SvSANDRA JACKSON Stott writer
Three new advisory directors-at-large have been added to Uh lioard of directors of Uh* Pedernales Electric Cooperative Inc,
The action cann at a special meeting Thursday iii Johnson City PEC Board Chairman Walter Burnett and PEC General Manager Berime Kuelberg recon unended Ural representation la* provided to Uh* three largest communities in terms of power usage, which did not previously have representation *»n Uh* board.
Pedernales Posse -.pokesman Jim Dwyer of Kyle said Uh- actions of tin* PEC board were "a classic example of too little, too late."
The Posse is a group organized bi fight for control of Uh* PEC, which is backing two candidates win* are attempting to unseat incumbent directors M C Winters and O C Harmon
Phair, Marion Benson (rmtldle) and Marion
See PEC, Page 12 Clark offer a toast to Kuempel
CISD rumor millPraise for performance underneath the humor
By JACQUE 11NI SMITH Staff wutor
Although among friends, State Representative Edmund Kuempel of Seguin did not escape teasing from all angles at a Republican fundraiser Sunday night.
Everything from ins persona) appearance, his freshman legislative term and his campaign tai tics were a source of amusement at a GDP “Roast and Toast."
But Kuempel or "Kissin’ Ed" as in* was affectionately called was among those laughing hardest at tilt* Sunday event which was held to honor hun and raise funds for the Republican party.
Adults! the fun (and funds being raised* there was some serious talk about state politics and the state GOP.
Prior to turning Uh* program over to Hue iii pel’s tribute, Diana Denman, vice chairman of the state Republican party, attempted to drum up supiHtrt for Uh* party noting that "we need to deliver Texas hack (olla* Republican party next year.”
And tile best way to start, Denman stressed, "is with grass-roots support You build a party” from that
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'Concerned Taxpayers' panel not formed to boost Tieken, Casteel says
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Controversy feeds on rumors and gossip, and Uh* present trouble inside the Comal Independent School District is no exception
One rumor in particular brewing in the black (tot, lias been reprated by several sources, and goes something like this: The motive behind tile Concerned Taxpayers group is a well-conceived, well-thought out plot to make Dr Arlen Tieken superintendent.”
The reasoning behind such a statement, Uiese same sources contend, is that "Carter Casteel (a Concerned Taxpayer spokesperson I was an instrumental campaign worker for Barbara Tieken when she ran for re-election on the (Tty Council,” and that “when Arlen Tieken was interim
superintendent, Uh* principals liked Ult way in* ran tin* show, and they want him back "
Now that that's all out in Uh* open, let s have sonic response Kirst, Casteel: “I’m floored Tiiat’s as hot as a potato, isn’t it? Repeat it for me, I ( an’t believe what I’m hearing.”
The aspiring lawyer gave Uh- accusation some thought, then said, “I liave decided not to respond to such a ridiculous statement, because* that would give Uh* idea too much validity I really don’t want to acknowledge it at all ",
But as a spokesperson for (Tmteemed Taxpayers, Casteel did wish to speak out “This group was born as a response lo a Letter to Uh* Editor, written by Eat Nis.son and Jane Burr, published in Uh* Httmid /eifung during Uh first part of May The group’s concerns brought before Uh* school
board on May 24 were, and still are low teacher morale; lack of communication between Uh* school boaid, the superintendent and Uh teachers; anticipated resignations of quality teachers; and inflated salaries for proposed additions to Uh Central Administration Office staff
“This group,” Casteel concluded, will not be diverted from these issues by rumors or innuendoes Nor will it quit until these concerns are answered iii a positive manner,”
And what about Uh rumor’s subject, Dr Tieken' Wiiat was Ins reaction'' “Tell ‘em I’m not interested," Tieken said “I don’t ever anticipate being superintendent It’s not ray goal in life.”
Tieken said those behind Uh rumor were “reaching for a far-out situation If Dr Wdihelm were to resign, I would think the
board would appoint Gay Watson ((’ISI) assistant superintendent) as interim superintendent,” Im added “But I don’t want Dr WiUhelnt lo resign, and I don’t expect him to resign Either way, I don’t want to Im- superintendent,”
I leken was named interim superintendent last spring when ( ISI) bought out James Richardson's contract and began a search for his successor “I was Uh* interim superintendent from December of 1981 to May IO, 1982, when they lured Dr Willhelm," Tieken retailed “All we tried to do was keep school going, and make unproven Hills where we could But everyone was playing the wailing game for Uh new superintendent "
The school board, along with Dr. WilllHlm, will meet at 7 30 p rn Tuesday
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Edmund Kuempel gets a belly laugh out us Sharon Phair unveils his caricatureKuempel gets GOP 'roast'