New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 21, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Racing backers ready to tackle state taxes
AUSTIN (AP) — Texas horse racing backers say they arc ready to present a unified front in the pitch to lower the state’s tax take from parimutuel wagering.
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San Francisco blanks struggling Astros, 4-0
SAN FRANCISCO XAP) — The San Francisco Giants put their defensive skills on display in Tuesday night’s 4-0 victory over Houston and have a 2-0 lead over the Astros going into the series finale this
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Vol. 137, No. 158
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June 21, 1989
Two Sections, 24 Pages
A train passes by the wreckage of a 1985 Honda Accord driven by Hector Saldana of San Antonio. The Honda and an eastbound train collided at the FM 3009 crossing. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Passengers hospitalized after auto-train wreck
Governor signs bill for full-time office
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Dedicating eight hours a day prosecuting criminals became official for Bill Reimer this week when Gov. William Clements signed a bill creating a full-time district attorney’s office in Comal County.
“It sets a standard that from now on that anybody that comes in here is going to have to make the commianent to public service,” said Comal County’s district attorney. “Essentially, prosecutor offices for so long have been used as a springboard to a lucrative private practice.”
Reimer, who took office January 1989, began work on creating full-time status for the office the summer of 1988 by asking Comal County Commissioners Court to sign a
resolution supporting the move.
After commissioners signed the resolution, Reinter went to State Rep. Edmund Kucmpcl, whose district includes Comal County, for help. State senators Judith Zaffirini and Bill Sims also were recruited.
Then House Bill 600, which creates the professional prosecutor’s office in Comal County was signed by Clements June 16 and is effective Sept. I.
“I personally feel that public officials can’t serve two masters,” Reimer said. “You can’t go out there and be trying to run a real estate practice and a probate practice and come in and then try to also be an expert in the criminal
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GARDEN RIDGE — A San Antonio man and two
women from Columbia, South America, remain in serious and fair condition today after their vehicle was struck by a train Tuesday afternoon on FNI 3009.
The mangled 1985 Honda Accord driven by Hector Saldana. 45, remained in the ditch as Schertz Area Facility for Emergency Service ambulance began transporting Saldana to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and passengers Monica Sarmiento, 20, and Clara Sarmiento. 19. to Medical Center Hospital
also in San Antonio.
I he two Sarmiento sisters remain in fair and stable condition today. Clara has a fractured right thigh and is scheduled for surgery. Monica has forehead lacerations and is under observation. Saldana is in serious, condition.
The accident occurred around 4:30 p.m. when Saldana, who was southbound on FM 3009, entered the rail-
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Officers identify drowning victim
The body discovered floating in Canyon Lake June I has been identified as a San Antonio man who was presumed drowned in August 1988.
“Just a whole lot of circumstantial evidence enabled us to identify him,” said Ll. Rudy Rubio, Comal County sheriff’s office. “By die clothing, by die jew'clry. He had two different sets of vehicle keys in his pocket that matched both of his vehicles.”
The body was identified as 59-ycar-old Robert Daniels, who drowned Aug. 27 off the peninsulas of
Canyon Park and Jacobs Creek Park. He was seen falling out a boat and he wasn’t wearing a personal flotation device.
Travis County Medical Examiner Dr. Robert Bayardo also detected a surgical scar which indicated the man had undergone heart bypass surgery, Rubio aiid. “His wife confirmed that he hadji ypass surgery.”
An investigation revealed Daniels’ body probably was caught in weeds
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1990 gubernatorial nomination
Williams announces COP bid
High court to hear school funding suit
AUSTIN (AP) — Midland oilman Clayton Williams, pledging to make a war on drugs his top priority, today became the first Republican to announce his candidacy for the 1990 gubernatorial nomination.
Kicking off a cross-state lour, Williams said he was prepared to spend S3 million on the jwrunary race.
Williams, 57, said his business experience — including ranching, oil arui telecommunications — had pre
pared him to take over state government.
“As your governor, fighting this battle against these drug dealers will be my lop priority. I will attack drugs on every front. I say it is rime to kick in the revolving door of our prison systems right back into die teeth of these vicious people," said Williams.
Williams is the first lo formally enter what could be a crowded GOP primary.
Former Secretary of State Jack Rains, who resigned last week, said he will decide within 45 days whether lo make Ute race, -
Republican Party sources say al least three other potential candidates are considering the race: Amarillo oilman T. Boone Pickens, Railroad Commission Chairman Kent Hance, and George W. Bush, the president’s
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AUSTIN (AP) — The Texas Supreme Coml today agreed to consider the lawsuit brought against the state by poor school districts claiming the state’s method of funding public education is unconstitutional.
The high civil appeals court scheduled oral arguments July 5 in the landmark Edgewood vs, Kirby case.
Poor school districts have challenged the state system, sa>ing they cannot raise enough property taxes to enrich education funding with local dollars to the same extent that wealthy districts can.
Public school education in Texas is
funded through a mixture of state and local funds.
In 1987, poor school districts won a round in the battle when a state district judge held that education is a fundamental right and dial equal access to funds was lacking in die state’s financing method.
But the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin later overturned that decision. Plaintiffs in the suit appealed lo the stale Supreme Court.
Gov. Bill Clements recently signed into law a S450 million school finance
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Trustees choose name D°9 dQys of summer for elementary school
By MARGARET EDMONSON Sun Writer
New Braunfels Iud pendent School District board of trustees named the new elementary school and changed the first day of school during tis regular board inceimg Monday.
The controversial name of Memorial Elementary was designated for the new school in a 4-3 split vote.
Trustee Arlon Hermes made the motion. “I feel the name is appropre ate since tile two schools will be oper ating on one campus and under one administration,"* he said.
Dick Robtneu, another trustee, disagreed with the choice because he felt die new school needs its own identity.
“I’ve had people call about this They don’t like it, and they don’t want it... All we are doing is attaching a name to a school..1 do not feel a should be named Memorial Elementary ”
Die board also changed the first day of school for the 1989-90 school year to Aug. 28 instead of Sept. I. School holidays were scheduled for April 13 and March 9 (Coned County Youth Show).* These holidays will also serve as make-up days for inclement weather A staff development day was scheduled for April 16.
In other action, board members ordered the trustee election for Aug
12. Only Districts No. 2 and 4 will be electing trustees. Jean Ward currently represents District No. 2 while Bob Clarke represents District No. 4. Both trustees announced Tuesday they will be filing for re election to the board. To qualify as a candidate for trustee, a person must live in the state for 12 months and in the trustee district for six months prior to filing.
NB1SD will post orders and notices at the Comal County Courthouse, Guadalupe County Courthouse and the Education Center of NBISD.
NB1SD trustees also named Robert Biggers as election judge for trustee district No. 2 and Clinton Ludwig as judge for district No. 4.
The removal of asbestos from the New Braunfels High School science labs became a concern for board members on Monday as they declined an emergency under die Te vas Education Code to waive the formal bidding process, louie Texas Installation of San Antonio was gianled then bid of $24,567 to remove the asbestos ton rue Curtis, assistant superintendent for finance, said IO days will be needed for die company to receive a permit from the Environmental Bro lection Agency. After that, officials from Little Texas Installation say die
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They certainly are the dog days of summer. Today
is the first day of summer and the longest day of the year — summer solstice — when the sun is the sun is farthest from the equator in the Northern Hemisphere. The weaker is cooperating with the *ofti etal” start of summer, too, with highs expected in the mid to upper 90s for the next few days lf you are so
hot you don’t know whether you are coming or going, it might be a good idea to spend some time in the cool river, which may be why this dog looks as if he is trying to figure out a way he could get off the bridge and into the water. Remember to conserve water as you try to keep cool (Photos by Deryl Clark)
Hot and sunny skies continue to send the temperature soaring. Today’s high will be 98 with an overnight low of 74 degrees.
There will be a few clouds in the morning, bul sunny skies will return by aftcmoon with a high of 96 degrees. Cloudy skies on Friday will cool things down a little with the high reaching 93 degrees.
The New Brauncls Jaycees are planning a July Fourth Celebration at Schlitterbahn. Tickets to the holiday event arc $6 and the water park will be open to all Itcketholdcrs from 6 to 11 p.m.
Live entertainment will be provided by Flashback, and The County Line Band, along with, of course, the fireworks exhibit choreographed lo patriotic music. Tickets are available at The Bier Haus, Landa Station, Librado’s, Robar’s, and Century 21. A limned number of tickets will be sold in advance only. No tickets will be available at the door. For more information, contact Dean Haugen at 629-9052, or any member of the Jaycees.,.,
Seniors, get in shape now for the Sept. 11-15 Senior Games hosted by the City of New Braun fels and several other organizations The Senior Games, open to area folks age 50 and older, will feature events such as dominoes and 42, along with golfing, tennis arid bowling. The week-long activities will be at local nursing homes, retirement complexes,
Landa Park and lite Recreation Center. For the $3 registration fee (additional fees for golfing and bowling), seniors will receive a T-shirt and lunch on die final day. The Senior Games will open Monday at IO a.m. and close dial Friday with ceremonies and lunch. Area organizations interested in donating prizes may call Iris Bowden, activity director at Colonial Manor Care Center, 625-7526...
Mesquite Avenue will he closed for drainage weak in the West San Antonio and Santa Clara Avenue area for the remainder of die month. Meanwhile, Mesquiie-San Antonio area will be partially closed Friday. Half the areel will be closed at a lime, so traffic can get through...
Children, get those fingers nimble because the New Braunfels Children's Museum is set to open
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