New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Few cast early ballots to fill Tejada seat
By DENISE DZIUK
fairly vising In the rate to fill the ll S Congressional District 28 teat ended Tuesday, and slightly more than I percent of the county'* eligible voter* cant ballot*
I.innctl Hinojosa «ald roughly 8,20(J of the county'* registered voter* are eligible to vote In the special election to fill the seat that became vacant in /annary when US, Hep, frank I ejeda died after a battle with cancer, Hi no) ova Mid that at the clone of early voting Tuesday, 87 re*ident« had vined and 72 people bad been turned away because they did tun live in district 28 Hinojo»a Mild IV of the 41 ballot* that have been mailed out were returned a* well The remaining mail out ballot* need lo be returned by Saturday,
“We may get Hic maturity of (tile mail mil balliH*) back Mill/’ Hinojosa *aid.
Site *aid the early voting turnout
wa* lower than expected. She added that early voting usually account* for about one third of the Uital balun*, *o election day turnout may be low a* well
**A I percent turnout over tw<* and a-half week* of early voting »* not very good Hopefully Saturday will be better/* Hinojosa *aid. "Special election* don’t u*ua!ly get a large turnout, but we expected a little more.”
f/ariette Hick*, who nerve* on the Comal County League of Women Voter* board and i* chairwoman of the voter forum*, *aid die league trie* to increase voter participation. She *aid it I* discouraging that the early voting turnout ha* been *o low
"I don’t think people really think about what kind of impact the elected per*on can have on their live*,” flick* said
Hick* »aid there could be numerous reason* turnout wa* low, Only a portion of the county wa* eligible, there wasn’t much time for
voter* to become familiar with candidates, and voter apathy might have played a role,
“I think if we amid figure oui why people don’t vote, we would be on the way to figuring out a way to get them to vote,” Hick* said,
She said there i* now way to predict the number of voter* that will bead to (be poll* on election day, bid she Mid she hoped it wa* more than the number that turned out during early voting "We would encourage everybody to get out and vote because it can really impact their live*,” Hick* said four polling place* will be open on Saturday from 7 a rn to 7 p m For fbi* special election, precinct* 8, IS and 27 will vote at Lone Star School, precinct* 14 and 28 will vote at United Methodist C hurch, precinct* 15, 29 and 30 at Eagle* Hall and precinct* 16 and 17 at Frazier Men let it ary School
Rain pushes yearly total above average
By DAVID DE KUNDER
( omparrd to last year’* serious drought, New Hraunfel* I* above Hie im (final for rainfall,
Ka rut showers have boosted the total rainfall amount for the New Hraunfel* area to more than 4 inches of rain for January and February A* of March I, the New Hraunfel* area had received 4 12 inches of rain compared to 0 69 in 1996 for the
same months I be normal average is 4 07 inche*. making the rainfall average 0,25 inches above normal, Daryl William*, National Weather Service forecaster at the New Hraunfel* office, said this morning people reported receiving between 40 to half an inch of rain I ucsday William* *aid there wa* a 40 percent chance of rain this morning He said the chance* of shower* would decreased throoglmut the day
"There i* a slight chance, drizzle, of Ie** than 20 percent tonight,” Williams said, "Tomorrow it will be mostly cloudy with no chance of rain”
Today's Fdward* Aquifer level was 655.6 feet, which I* about a brot above last year's level of 654 feet on March 12, today'* level is Mill 11 feet below the average of 668 feet, EAA spokesman Linn Sailer said
Complaints raise questions about Army sex inquiry
By DAVID DISHNEAU
AHI KUI I N, Md (AF) The Army, already <kslirig with a growing sex scandal, now face* allegation* from five while female recruit* who say Oley were pressured into dunging their black superiors with rape,
"Now jhey have a dual scandal going on,” said limy Falm, a retired Navy sexual harassment investigator "Art investigator* inflating their charges? And they still have the original sexual harassment scandal/* And the women'* statement will cast doubt on the lex scandal that him spread lo military base* worldwide, Falm said " I bere'* going lo be a question nixmt Omi validity of all the claim* in Ow perception of the public,”
the women privates at the Aberdeen Fruving (/round said I ursday Oley refused lo make rape allegations, end are upset the military Ila* not come through with incentive* Oley were promised for cooperating with investigator*
”1 wanted to leave the po«t and get (rn with my life, They promised me I could do that if I cooperated with them," said Fvt Hrandi Krewson of Dallas, expressing frustration al
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But Lf. Col. Gabriel Kiesco of Aberdeen's ordnance training school, where Ole alleged sexual misconduct happened, denied that investigators tried to pressure the women into making false statement* Although several servicemen were charged as a result of the women's sworn statements, none was charged with rape, according to Kiesco Since the scandal first broke last November, at least 30 women recruits have made official complaints of sexual abuse at Aberdeen On Monday, investigator* charged Staff Sgl. Herman Gunter, JO, with rape, assault, sexual harassment and other offenses, bringing to eight the number of servicemen at Aberdeen charged with sex crimes Another six
have gone through nonjudicial proceeding* on similar charges,
I he five women, who are all white, spoke Tuesday at a new* conference held by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. The NAACP has claimed the Army unfairly targeted black soldiers.
The eight men formally charged with sexual misconduct are all black. Aberdeen spokesman Fd Starnes said Hut the Army says (he accuser* also include black women, and Kiesco denied race was a factor NAACP national leader Kweisl Mfume has demanded an independent probe of how the military has handled the Aberdeen scendal, which prompted investigation* into sexual conduct at U S military bases worldwide,
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Jock W. Barrett
Jack W, Harrett was bom Aug 6, 1921, in Beaumont, Texas, he moved with this family at 5 years of age to Houston, Graduated from ban Jacinto High School, Houston, Texas class of 1918, Attended Kilgore Junior College and Louisiana State University on a football scholarship He married Emmagene Sappington in 1939, (/ne child, Kathleen Ann Harrett, was bom to the union, He served in the Pacific Fleet of the U S, Navy during World War ll, After the war he opened Barrett Mfg with his father and brother. March 22, 1952, he married Glady* Barnard and became the proud father to Gladys* daughter Linda, Jack W, Harrett Jr. was bom in 1962. Mr Barrett retired in 1979 and moved to Sandy, Texas, and then to New Braunfels in 1985. He was a proud grandfather to Frankie and Su/y Sosa and Johnathan Hordes. Visitation will he from 11 a rn Wednesday at Zoeller Funeral Home, with services in the /ocher Funeral Home Chapel at 2
p.m. Interment will he on T hursday at the Memorial Oaks C emetery in Houston, Texas, at 11 a m In lieu of Bowers, the family has requested that memorial contribution* he given to the charity of one'* choiceferWHI ML HOME
Funeral arrangements are pending at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels for Mrs, Alma ( Jppermann, who (bed at Eden Home on Tuesday, March 11, 1997, at the age of 92 year*,
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Edwin K. Feists
Edwin E, Pelata passed away Monday, March IO, 1997, at the age of 48 years, Mr. Pelata was retired from the city of Houston ss a firefighter after 20 year* of service, Mr Pelata was preceded in death by his parents, Albert and Lula Pelata,
and brother Albert Palate, He is survived by hit loving wife, Jean Pelata of New Braunfels; two sons, David and Bryan Pelata of New Braunfels; on brother, John Pelata and wife Pal of Houston, Texas, two sisters, Georgic Benavides of Webster, Texas, and Juan Pesek and husband Sylvian of Houston, Texas; mother-in-law Rosemarie feigner of Houston, Texas, and numerous nieces, nephews and oilier relatives. Visitation will begin at 5 p m. Wednesday at Zoeller Funeral Home, with a rosary to be recited at 7 p m. at Zoeller Funeral Home A mass will ba celebratad at noon on Thursday at the Sis, Peter and Paul Catholic Church, with interment to follow in the Sis. Peter and Paul Catholic
Names in the News
NEW YORK (AP) Dylan McDermott, who's seen his share of had film scripts, is looking to television for good material McDermott is starring in "The Prat lice," AIK '** new legal series by David E Kelley, creator of "Picket Fences” and "Chicago Hope.”
"It was a hard decision to go to television,” McDermott sard. "It’s a gamble, hut I feel like you just have to go with your instinct, and my instinct says that with David Kelley, I'm going to have good material ” Film credits for McDermott, 35, include "In the Line of Fire" and this month's "'Til There Was You,” He also appeared in libre calved films like "Destiny Tumi on the Radio”
and "The Cowboy Way ,”
"I've tried like hell to make bad movie* good, and I can't,” he said in Uh magazine's April edition, "Maybe Marlon Brando has been able to do that at time* But even he has a hard time making 'The Appaloosa’ a good movie "
(AP) Sulk, sex kitten Joey Heatherton is recapturing her pinup status thank* to Playboy magazine Heatherton, a regular on "THa Dean Martin Show" in 1968 and a former Las Vagas headliner, will appear nude in the April issue of Playboy.
"Why not? I thought ti was a great
idea,” said Heatherton, 53, They asked me when I was a kid I was intimidated by the idea, And now, I just felt I like the person inside I was flattered.”
AUBURN, Als. (ApT^ABC anchorwoman Carole Simpson says gains made by minorities in network news don't extend past "window dressing" jobs,
"lf you turn on the TV, all over the country, the networks may have a black weatherman, a black sport* guy, an Asian anchorwoman,” she said at Auburn University, "In top management, where the real power ie, those jobs are still being denied