New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 13, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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3-vehicle chain reaction accident sent one person to University Hospital yesterday at about 1 p.m. Two trucks, ie driven by Vanessa C. Campbell of Dallas and the other driven by Dennis Hamilton of Wimberley, were south-
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Vol. 144, No. 87inside | Bremer, Holder in runoff; Reimer wins CA race
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Frank Knight, Becky Shock-ey, Steve Smith, Joanne Espinoza, Mary Torres, Jon Ellis, Jeff Mitchell, Patrick Clifton, Leandro Pineda, Jose Angel (Leo) Urias, Margi Handpick, Jovida Aguirre, and Regina Sauceda (21 years).
Happy anniversary to Ben and Gloria Gomez.
Mold — not available Elm —NA Cedar—NA Ash —NA Mulberry — NA Hackberry — NA (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel)
Comal River — 242 cubic feet per second, up 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.28 feet above sea level, down .01.
American GI Forum meets
The American GI Forum will hold its monthly meeting March 14 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 179 hall on Coll Street.
NARFE to meet
National Association of Retired Federal Employees meet at 9:30 a m., March 15 at the Senior Citizen Center. Program will be preented by Kyra Brandt on her trip to the Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena, California, to help decorate the floats. Visitors welcome Refreshments will be served.
Lake Dunlap Property Owners meeting
The Lake Dunlap Property Owners Association annual general membership meeting and election of officers will be held at Riverbend Park at 7 p.m. Friday, March 15.
Class of ’43 to meet
Class of 1943 New Braunfels High School to meet at Ryans Steakhouse March 16 at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. For information, call Rudy Schrey-er at 625-5352.
Did you miss out on buying your Girl Scout cookies this year? Do you still have a craving for Thin Mints? The New Braunfels Girl Scouts will have a Cookie Blitz this Saturday, March 16 from 8 a m to 6 p.m. They will sell the cookies for one day only in the HEB parking lot at the corner of Walnut and Highway 81. Don't miss out on the very last chance to purchase cookies in 1996 For information, call Karen McDonald at 625-9548 or Sherryl Gerke at 620-7275.
Win a vacation
The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce is selling raffle tickets for $1 each. Win airfare for two to Las Vegas, plus $200 spending money Stop by the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce to buy your ticket, or call 964-2223.
The New Braunfels Conservation Society is pleased to announce that on June 1, at the New Braunfels Civic Center, the Society will hold its first Collector's Showcase and Sale. Dealers wishing to participate with fine collectibles or antiques, call 629-2943.
Wommack throws endorsement to Holder
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Retired Texas Department of Public Safety trooper Bob Holder forced incumbent Sheriff Jack Bremer into a runoff Tuesday night for the Republican race for Comal County Sheriff.
With all of the votes tabulated, Bremer garnered 3,713 votes (40 percent). Holder came in second with 3,031 (33 percent) while Marion Police Chief Max Wommack finished third with 27 percent of the vote with 2,431 votes.
The runoff will be Tuesday, April 9.
“Well, I don’t like being in a runoff, but I have been in runoffs before,” Bremer said from his election-night celebration in the Faust Hotel. “I am very proud of my record so I will mn my campaign like I have done in the past. I won’t change a thing.”
After he was eliminated from the possibility of being in a runoff, Wommack went to Holder’s party at the Treetops Bar and Grille Restaurant and endorsed Holder.
Wommack encouraged his supporters to rally behind Holder in the runoff against Bremer.
“Bob Holder is a good man and the best qualified man to represent the citizens of Comal County fairly and with accountability,” Wommack said. Holder was extremely happy with Wommack’s endorsement.
“I am very gracious for his endorsement,” Holder said. “I appreciate it very immensely. I feel excellent about our chances in the runoff and I will stay with the issues that I ran with in the primary such as that crime is too high in our county and the implementation of community policing to get the citizens involved.”
The winner of the runoff will face no Democratic opposition.
Also in the Republican primary. Precinct #3 Constable Jim Hanley was re-elected to another term after he defeated challenger Gary A. Zimmerman by a margin of 2-1. Hanley got 845 votes (68 percent) to Zimmerman’s 396 (32 percent).
Reimer defeats Burris 52 percent to 48 percent in county attorney’s race; promises to eliminate office
By DAVID DEKUNDER
District Attorney Bill Reimer fought off a strong challenge from Assistant County Attorney Stephanie Smith-Burris to capture the Republican Party nomination for county attorney during Tuesday's primary voting.
Reimer captured 52 percent of votes cast, 4,337 to edge out Burris, who garnered 48 percent of the vote, 4,042.
The big issue in the race was Reimer’s call for the consolidation of the district attorney's and county attorney’s office, which would in effect eliminate the county attorney’s office.
“It was the only issue I ran on since I didn’t put any signs up or go door to door,” Reimer said. “I believe the common sense of the people prevailed in Comal County. The voters of Comal County are a conservative group and know when to economize and not to economize. I see no downside on it (consolidation).”
Reimer said he intends to keep his promise on the consolidation issue.
“The first thing I will do when I take office is ask commissioners court to formulate a resolution to send to our legislators in Austin asking them to combine both offices,” Reimer said.
Even though she lost by a close margin, Bums believes she did the best she could and that she lost the race based on Reimer’s name recognition, not the consolidation issue.
“I ran a great race,” Burris said. “I think since Mr. Reimer has been around for 16
years he has name recognition so it is a little tough to beat him. I think if the consolidation issue were the big issue, the margin would have been wider (for Reimer). I would have liked to start my campaign earlier instead of starting it on January 22. Reimer If I would have started it earlier, I could have met more people face to face.”
Reimer got a huge lead in early voting by netting 56 percent to Bums’ 44 percent. That huge lead was enough to put Reimer over the top. Reimer next faces Democrat Vicki Langham in the general election. State Senator District 25
State Senator Jeff Wentworth of San Antonio overhwhelmingly won re-election to a third term by defeating Leander Mayor Pro-Tern Randy Staudt in the Republican primary. Distnct wide Wentworth led by a 2-1 margin over Staudt. Comal County’s results mirrored the race with Wentworth captunng 71 percent (5,413) to Staudt’s 29 percent (2,159). There is no Democratic opposition in the fall.
Stale Representative District 45
State Representative Edmund Kuempel of Seguin will enter his eighth term in January in the legislature after he defeated Seguin businessman Harold T. Bratcher, Jr. in the Republican primary.
Kuempel beat Bratcher by a margin of 3-1 in the distnct, which covers Guadalupe
and Comal counties. Kuempel won Comal County by gamenng 6,289 votes (77 percent) to Bratcher’s 2,027 (24 percent). In Guadalupe County, Kuempel netted 71 percent of the vote (5,029) to Bratcher s 29 percent (2,014).
Kuempel said his hard campaigning earned him another term as state representative.
“No question, continuing to meet people throughout the distnct and listening to their concerns helped me a lot,” Kuempel said. “I will continue to push tort reform and reforms in education, criminal justice and welfare (in the legislature).”
Senator Phil Gramm rolled over his two opponents, Hank Grover and David Young. Gramm netted 85 percent of the vote. Young received eight percent while Grover netted seven percent. In Comal County, Gramm received 82 percent of the vote, Grover eight percent and Young, nine percent.
Gramm will face either Victor Morales or Congressman John Bryant in November. Morales and Bryant were forced in a runoff Tuesday. Morales, a Mesquite schoolteacher, garnered 36 percent to Bryant's 29 percent, state legislator Steve Chapman received 29 percent while Houston lawyer John Odam netted seven percent.
Bryant won Comal County by gamenng 483 votes (46 percent). Morales finished second with 326 votes (31 percent) while Chapman and Odam finished third and fourth respectively. Chapman received 159 votes (15 percent), Odam 72 votes (7 percent).
Precinct I race heads to runoff
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A real estate agent and a freelance wnter will battle it out for Republican nomination for county commisioner in an April 9 runoff.
Jack Dawson and Douglas Kirk will vie for the Republican nomination for the Precinct #1 County Commissioner’s seat being vacated by the retiring J.L “Jumbo” Evans.
Dawson garnered 38 percent of the votes (1, 122) while Kirk came in second at 35 percent (1,020). Canyon Lake real estate agent Marian Whitson trailed both of them with 512 votes (17 percent). New Braunfels resident Bemus Glenn Jackson finished fourth with IO percent (279 votes).
Dawson said he was very thankful to his supporters for getting him into the runoff.
“I am tickled to death to be in the runoff,” Dawson said. “I will campaign just like did before that I care about people and I will get results. I won’t do any bad talking about my opponent. I will base it on the issues.”
Dawson said his strong early voting numbers were based on his emphasis on getting people to vote early.
“In fact, I suggested to my supporters that they vote early so that they wouldn’t have any last minute problems,” Dawson said.
In early voting tabulations, Dawson started the night with a huge margin with 44 percent of the vote while Kirk netted 27 percent.
But Kirk narrowed the margin as the night wore on.
Kirk said he would base his campaign in the runoff on the issues of family values and his experience as school board member for the Comal Independent School District.
“I will emphasize my education and emphasize my experience on the board,” Kirk said. “I will go to the voters and tell about my record as a proven conservative. I will try to get my voters to see my demonstrated ability to focus on goals such as my two-year study to bring a grocery store to Startzville. I believe those issues will distinguish between me and my opponent.” Even though she finished third, Whitson said she still enjoyed the campaign.
“I am disappointed I didn’t do as well as expected, but I met so many new friends I would have not met otherwise,” Whitson said.
Whitson said she would endorse Dawson in the runoff because he is the one who “could handle the job” and because he has business experience.
Jackson said he did what he expected he would do.
“You reap what you sow,” Jackson said. “I should have run vigorously but when you pay your own way and work fulltime it is difficult to do. But I think all the candidates did a good job in the race. They were all very professional.”
Chain reaction wreck
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bound on lnterstate-35, according to Schertz Police Department records.
They were both stopped for construction. A car driven by Lynn B. Cram of Austin hit the rear of Campbell’s car, causing it to hit the rear of Hamilton’s car. Cram was flown by Baptist AirLife to University Hospital in San Antonio, where she was in stable condition at press time.
The other two drivers and Brian Miller, a passenger in Campbell’s car, may have been injured, but were not taken to the hospital, police reports say. Police said that no charges will be filed in the accident.
Livestock shows bring Blackwell family closer together
By DENISE DZIUK
A local high school student has her sights set on college, and is using her involvement in livestock shows to achieve it. She plans to pay her way through college using her lambs.
Nicole Blackwell is a sophomore at New Braunfels High School, and has been active in livestock shows for many years. She said she showed her first lamb when she was six years old, and has been active in livestock shows ever since. She also added that she has always shown sheep.
“My sister used to show them, and then I started. I just never changed ani
mals,” she said.
Blackwell has remained active in the shows for several reasons. She said besides being fun, the shows help her raise money. Although she does not know where she will attend college, she said the money raised at the various shows will go towards paying for that education. She said she already has some money put aside for that purpose.
“All the money I raise goes into a college fund,” she said. “lf I didn’t have lambs, I wouldn’t have any.”
Showing the lambs has been a success for Blackwell over the years. She said she has competed in about 35 shows across Texas throughout the
year. She said she is a member of the Texas Club Lamb Association. As a member, she earns points at the various shows, lf you are among the Top IO. you receive a jacket and patches for every place after that. She said she was in the Senior Division and placed fifth, sixth and seventh. She has already received her jacket and three patches. However, she said it is not unusual to do so well.
“Somebody without a lot of experience may not do so well, but for members of TCL A it’s not unusual,” said Blackwell.
Blackwell said part of her success is due to her family. The family as a whole has been involved with showing
lambs for a number of years. She said this has taught her, as well as the entire family, what a good lamb is, and she is able to get good ones. She said the family involvement also brings the family closer “From the end of June through December, we spend every weekend ♦raveling all over Texas going to shows," said Blackwell. “You get pretty close doing that.”
Blackwell will show her three market lambs at the Comal County Junior Livestock Show this weekend. She said she expects to do fairly well since she has won breed champion for the past three years.Rheinlander explains delay in providing records. See Opinion, Page 4.