New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 17, 2004
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Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852
Vol. 153, No. 109 14 pages. 2 sections
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DEAR ABBY 4B CLASSIFIEDS 5-6B COMICS 3B CROSSWORD 3B FORUM 4A
OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 6-8A TV GRIDS 4BParker says Zamora violated election law
Cristina Zamora Greg Parker
From Staff Reports
Republican Greg Parker fired the first salvo of the .November general election Tuesday, alleging Precinct 3 Commissioner Cristina Zamora’s primary campaign broke the law.
Parker said he believed
Zamora’s Democrat primary campaign:
B Intimidated voters;
B Provided prohibited assistance;
B Marked ballots other than as a voter directed; and B Didn’t provide voters with information required under the election code.
The charges, which pertain to mail-in ballots, are similar to allegations Ramon Chapa Jr. raised during and after the primary. Zamora beat Chapa 633 votes (56.22 percent) to 493, (43.78 percent), a difference of 140 votes.
Chapa claimed improprieties in the Zamora cam
paign’s handling of mail-in absentee ballots, and said he would ask authorities to investigate.
At his news conference Tuesday on the courthouse steps, Parker said 140 mail-in ballots that supported Zamora were all filled out by the same person — which by
itself is not a crime, officials say.
Zamora’s husband, Nayo, said she was not available for comment Tuesday night.
Parker went to New Braunfels police, who investigated some of the allegations and
See ELECTION. Page 5A
CISD might cut 36 employees to save $755,000
By Dylan Jim6nez
Comal Independent School District officials could eliminate 36 positions after hiring too many employees during the past five years.
The district began Tuesday to analyze the effectiveness of its auxiliary personnel, which include custodians, maintenance workers, food service staff, bus drivers, secretaries and clerks.
“I want this to be a benchmark,” said Superintendent Nancy Puller. “But it doesn’t mean we have to come in and fire a bunch of people because of the budget we have.”
The district could save $755,000 by cutting the jobs, but the district doesn’t necessarily need the money immediately, Fuller said.
The district spends about $2.7 million more on auxiliary staff than the state average, according to a study released Monday by Gibson Consulting Group.
In 2002-03 fiscal year, there were 19 students to every one auxiliary staff member, while
the state average is 27 to I.
CISD has 182 more auxiliary positions than the state average, Nancy Fuller according to Gibson.
Fuller decided to conduct the $9,000 study after the Texas Education Agency reported the district had hired employees faster than student growth.
CISD auxiliary staff grew 36 percent from 1998 to 2003, while enrollment grew 11 percent.
Gibson partly attributes the high number of auxiliary employees to an “overreporting” of full-time auxiliary personnel.
Some part-time employees have been miscoded in CISD records as full-time employees.
“I was relieved to find that out,” Fuller said. Because the information can be corrected
See CISD. Page 5A
BUYING THE FARM
With annexation looming, farmers fear losing their way of life
By Scott Mahon
Clinton Dietert, a fifth-generation resident, knew he would spend his life fanning, but doubts another generation will continue the heritage.
Dietert’s great-great-grandfather settled in Gualle in Guadalupe County in the 1800s.
“There are more Dieterts in Comal County than anywhere in the United States," Dietert said.
His great-grandfather, julius Dietert, eventually bequeathed land to his children, including Paul Dietert, Clinton’s grandfather.
My father, Leon Dietert, in 1946 bought about 150 acres of farm land near Zorn, about three miles northeast of New Braunfels," Dietert said. “I knew I was going to be a farmer, and I never wanted to do anything else."
Uke other area farmers, Dietert grows corn, milo and wheat.
"And some cattle,” he said.
The majority of farm land in Comal County surrounds the New Braunfels Municipal Airport.
Marvin Westmeyer, who farms several hundred acres northwest of the afrport, said the federal government bought property near the airport in 1942.
“They offered people $125 an acre, and said take it or leave it, Westmeyer said. “They wanted
See FARMING. Page 3AUPDATES
Tracking the newsMANSLAUGHTER CASE
LAST WE KNEW: Joseph Mitchell Conrad, 49, pleaded guilty in February to manslaughter and aggravated assault charges in the July 14, 2003, accident in which Matthew Cobble, 7, of Fort Worth died.
LATEST: Conrad will be sentenced at 1 p.m. today by 274th Judicial District Judge Gary Steel.
NEXT: Cobble's parents, Matthew and Amy, are expected to testify. Conrad faces up to 14 years in state prison.
Prince: Settlement was plot to create German state
Prince Hans von Sachsen-Altenburg lectures on German immigration to Texas Saturday evening at the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church.
By Dylan Jimenez
The contents of a small tin can could have changed the political face of Mexican, Texan and IJ S. boundaries, before spies allegedly found the military materials intended for Prince Carl Solms-Braunfeis in 1844.
Word of a plot to build a German military presence and establish a German state from Texas to Arizona hastened the U.S. effort to annex Texas and quashed a potential colonization by German aristocracy and Mexican leaders to block U.S. expansion.
So goes the theories of writer and archeologist Prince I Ians von
Sachsen-Altenburg who presented his research to about 200 Daughters of the Republic of Texas guests.
Von Sachsen-Altenburg is a member of one of the oldest families in European history and has written extensively on the U.S. immigration of Germans.
His research, from German aristocratic family records, has a different perspective from Texas history books written from a colonial perspective.
In 1842, 21 German aristocrats founded an association dedicated to the colonization of Texas. These families included names like Braunfels, Anhalt and Caste!!. They had “constant contact” with Eng
land's Queen Victoria, with whom many wert* related.
The crown backed the colonization. Blocking U.S. expansion west could have led to English occupation of California - then Northern Mexico.
“It was an extreme insider group,” von Sachsen-Altenburg said.
It was from the letters and archives of these families that von Sachsen-Altenburg based much of his research.
The group immediately scouted the lanti and even negotiated with Texas President Sam I louston for a
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Aristocats bring home a national title from tough competition in Florida.
Clinton Dietert. 49, looks out over his farm land behind the Wal-Mart Distribution Center Dietert says he feels that in 15 to 20 years, farming in the area will be a thing of the past.
■ First in a series on local fanners anti the effects city annexation will lune on rural lifestyles.