New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 1, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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By DANA STELL Staff writer
Businessman Yale J. Simpson entered the contest for a spot on the Qty Council Thursday, making the list of district 3 candidates a little tongue-tying in the process.
Along with Simpson, District 3 has dentist Edward Sciantarelli, 35, and investment broker F. Darrell Sollberger, 38 vying for a Council seat.
District 4’s candidates are former mayor George Erben and independent businessman Rolf Moore.
District 3 incumbent Joe Rogers chose not to run again, while incumbent O.A. Stratemann Jr. could not seek reelection because he doesn’t live in District 4. A new election plan, which comprises four districts and three at-large places, has taken effect since Stratemann was re-elected in 1982.
Candidates have three more days to step into the ring as filing ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday. A candidate must live in either district 3 or 4 and may file for office in the city secretary’s office in city hall during business hours.
The election is April 6.
Simpson, 60, believes that growth should be controlled as city leaders should concern themselves with the environmental aspects of that growth. “I am obviously concerned about growth because, in spite of itself, New Braunfels is going to grow,” Simpson said.
‘‘What I’m for is very good, controlled growth — what it is, where it is and how it is.”
In order to do that, he explained, the city should be concerned about the environment. ‘‘Keep the rivers clean, keep the industries clean, keep
the smokestacks out, and keep the atmosphere going that has been prevalent in New Braunfels.” Orderly growth is controlled by annexation, Simpson said, adding that annexation “should be done very Judicisiously.
“Every time you annex, you commit the city to money,” he said. And that means “tightening your belt for a little bit (as services are extended to annexed areas) and loosening up as the revenue comes in, which it will.”
Simpson favors the proposed city bond issue. “I feel this is the most
equitable way to get the many things accomplished that are so badly needed, for example, street improvements, drainage, parks, and the like,” he said.
Simpson, a native Floridian, attended college in Florida before serving as headquarters commandant in the U.S. Army.
He was a member of the Florida State Legislative Board and is presently serving on the city’s Options and Opportunities Committee.
Simpson moved to New Braunels three years ago and has owned Steel Products here for two years.
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Vol. 94-No. 44
March 1,1985 25 Cents
22 Pages —2 Sections
Residents don't want Walnut project
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Residents of Green Meadows and Walnut Estates categorically opposed a developer s plan to buy land adjacent to their property and rezone it. and they said so at a meeting Thursday.
Donald King Ryckman and Associates of San Antonio had come prepared to compromise with the residents in this prepatory meeting before the issue is heard in Tuesday’s Planning and Zoning Commission meeting.
But the homeowners steadfastly refused to agree to any change in the zoning of the 34-acre tract from R-2 (single family dwellings and duplexes) to a mixture of R-3 < multifamily dwelling) and C-l (local business district 1.
After the developers' opening presentation and two residents’ responses, more than half of the 100-120 residents left en masse to show just how little they wanted to compromise
The landowner, Rennie Guenther, is selling the tract which includes a pecan orchard The planned Walnut extension will cut through the tract.
Ryckman said he was offering the city the nght-of-way and perhaps some paving material to put in the extension of Walnut, but residents were not impressed
“It's not as if without you giving the nght-of-way free the road won’t get built," one resident said
“No, but it could cost the city $100,000, '* the developer said.
Ryckman offered to create a barrier of hedges between the back of apartments and the houses that would share a property hne with them.
But Dr. Richard Brodtmann pointed out, "It would take a 37-foot high barrier to hide any two- to three-story apartment building from my view as I sit on my back porch.”
Ryckman also offered to put rn a street of R-2 houses as a buffer zone along the property line that is shared by the Walnut Estates and Green Meadows development.
One resident agreed that that would be better, but most remained unconvinced.
Several residents expressed the
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Defense attorney Jack Zimmermann (hat), David Port and his mother Janice Biggar — all that s needed is a jury
Port jury selection may come Monday
Final jury selection for the murder trial of David Port probably won't occur until Monday.
That was part of Judge I D. McMaster’s instructions Thursday to five prospective jurors who qualified on publicity only. They were told to report to the Comal County Courthouse at 9:30 am. Monday for the final selection process.
Prosecutor Mary Milloy and defense attorney Jack Zimmermann questioned only 13 prospective jurors Thursday, and qualified fivi of them. That put the total number qualified on publicity only at 37 since proceedings began here Monday.
A minimum of 32 prospective jurors is required by law for the final selection process. But Judge McMaster has said he would like to keep going until he has at least 50 on the panel.
Port, 18, is accused of murdering a 23-year-old Houston mail earner on June 7. The trial was moved to New Braunfels last December on a change of venue because of extensive publicity on the case.
Questions on publicity were scheduled to continue today and if necessary, on Saturday, to reach McMaster’s goal. Extensive publicity surrounding the Port
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Bush: Congress' plan won't help farmers
AUSTIN (AP) - Congress’ decision to provide emergency loans for financially strapped fanners will be only a “Band-Aid” for farm banka and not a bletting for rural America, Vice Preaidant George Bush says.
“We don’t think this kind of a Band-Aid, which largely la going to bail out tha financial institutions, la the way you’rs going to aal vt the farm problam,” Bual) said Thursday.
gfrf iring to a joint session of the Texas Legislature, Bush said the fedartal government must trim its dtftdt, but giving more > to farmers won’t do that. i malt pat this gargantuan af a on a diet, or it will
swallow up our future prosperity.” Bush slid. “And...the United States Congress moved In the wrong direction in terms of getting this budget deficit under control.”
On Wednesday, tbs U.S. House and Senate passed Mils to provide loan help to embattled fanners. The action came aa thousands of farmers gathered at Amas, Iowa, to protest Reagan administration farm policies which they said threaten many of them with bankruptcy.
Buah’s remarks brought a quick, negative reaction from one of those in his audience — Democratic Gov. Mark White.
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Double transplant fails to save teen
PITTSBURGH (AP > — A Texas teen-ager, who was the third person in the world to undergo a simultaneous heart-Uver transplant, died this morning during a second transplant operation when her new heart failed, hospital officials said today.
Mary Cheatham, 17, of Fort Worth, Texas, went into the operating room Thursday evening to receive a second set of organs after the first set of donor organs proved too large for her body.
She died at 3:36 a m. in the operating room, about six hours after surgery began, according to Karen Lewis, administrative assistant at Presbyterian-University Hospital.
“Both the mew) heart and liver had been implanted but the heart didn’t function,” said Dr. John Armitage, chief cardiac resident at the hospital, who aided in the surgery.
“It wasn’t a question of the body’s rejecting the new organs. The heart simply wasn’t strong enough,” he said.
Miss Cheatham underwent her First transplant operation on Monday when she received the organs of 22-year-old Mark Diggins (rf Columbus, Ohio, during an 18-hour operation that ended Tuesday afternoon. Diggins was 35 pounds heavier and three inches taller than Miss
Airport board approves lease
A fixed base operator is finally set to build at New Braunfels Municipal Airport after the airport’s advisory board reviewed a development plan for the IO acres he would like to lease.
At its Jan. 31 meeting, the advisory board gave Larry Hamlet 60 days to show how and who) he plans to develop the land. That request came after the Federal Aviation Administration asked for a justification for tying up the IO acres for a long period of time.
Hamlet Thursday night said he had a master plan for the first five acres and proposed an exclusive five-year option on the balance of the property.
For the exclusive option, Hamlet said, he would pay the city the agricultural lease rate (about $40 per acre) until he exercises the right to put the property to aviation use. “If I’m going to tie up the land ...I should pay some kind of a minimum payment,” Hamlet said.
“If I neglect to take the option, I understand that I would have to justify the need for the additional five acres,” Hamlet told the board. “At the end of five years, if I do not take the option or justify the five acres, the five acres would revert to the city of New Braunfels.”
Hamlet’s master plan shows three
Doctors said they had expected Miss Cheatham’s first set of transplanted organs to shrink to fit the space around them. But her new heart and liver failed to adapt to the size of her body.
‘‘We knew ahead of time that the initial donor was not ideal,” Armitage said. “But when you’re doing procedures that have never been done before, there are always different ideas. These are very complex issues There are no right answers.”
By Tuesday evening, Miss Cheatham's blood pressure had begun fluctuating because her new heart was crowded, and surgeons opened her chest cavity during two emergency operations that night. They closed her skin but planned to leave the chest bones open until the organs shrank.
In another attempt to correct the situation, doctors removed the left lobe of her donor liver Thursday afternoon, Anrutage said.
"When a microbiopsy was done on the lobe, some damage was discovered,” he said Doctors also discovered that her donor heart was not functioning as
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phases of development for the land — one is the initial building and the ramp, two is the development of the five acres, and three is exercising the option for the rest of the acreage.
The advisory board told Hamlet that because he is leasing the land, he cannot turn around and sublease the optional five acres to a farmer and recoup his payments. ‘‘It’s not your lease,” said board member Robert Nohm. "You’re paying in exchange for an option.”
Hamlet plans to provide sales and service of new aircraft, and maintenance, modification, and fuel sales, along with building hangars to sell.
Also Thursday night, the board reviewed plans for soccer fields at the airport. Jim Mangum, president (rf the Mid Cities Soccer Association, in January proposed leasing airport property for seven soccer fields.
The board asked Mangum to return with a field layout, along with plans for improving the drainage in the
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Deputy collars runaway inmate
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
The “long arm of the law” cut abort an attempted escape by a 27-year-old Comal County Jail trusty Thursday.
Sheriff’s Investigator Dennis Koepp said Abeldaido Escobedo was “hooking U” when he mw him running from the Courthouse around mid-morning.
“I gave chase and caught up with him on the other side of First Federal Savings and Loan. I collared him and he put up no resistance,” Koepp said.
Escobado had been jailed without bond since Feb. 15 on a burglary with
intent to commit rape charge. He now has an escape from custody charge against him with a $5,080 bond attached to it by Peace Justice Harold Krueger.
Koepp said he was in the back portion of the Sheriff’s Office when he saw Escobedo — still wearing his dark green trusty uniform — bolt from the double doors nearby. "I saw him out there in that dark green outfit and knew he shouldn’t be. So I just ran out the nearest door, and took after him.”
Sheriffs U. Rudy Rubio said he wanted to praise Koepp’s “quick*
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It’s going to be partly cloudy and warm this afternoon with a high around 73 and southwesterly winds about IO to 15 mph. Expect clouds and occasional fog tonight with a low near 55. Saturday will be warm and sunny with a high around 78. Yesterday’s high was 57 and this morning’s low was 52
U2 rocks Austin
Tile Herald's self-appointed rock concert critic, Editor Robert Johnson talks about Tuesday’s concert by the Irish band U2 at the Erwin (’enter Entertainment. Page 9A
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