New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 1, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
UNICORNS IN BASEBALL PLAYOFFS — See Sports, Page 8A
Stammtisch ' Interest in May 4 races mixed
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday today to Gina Padilla, Valeska Kruckemeyer, Jamey Johnson, John Kuck, and Doroteo Rios.
Belated birthday greetings to Frances Mendoza, Armando Valadez, and Chance Herbelin.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Although Saturday will be busy with local city and school board elections, the family is encouraged to attend the Kindermaskenball Parade beginning at IO a.m. Parade line-up begins at 9 a.m. at the NBISD Education Center on Mill Street. Don’t forget about Folkfest ’91 that afternoon at Conservation Plaza on Churchill Drive. Tickets for Folkfest are on sale for $3 for adults. (Children under 18 enter free). 7 *c.. _l» in0* . >o,. tdmit sion on the grounds of Conservation Plaza and the Museum of Texas Hand: .adc Furniture Saturday. Pick tickets up at New Braunfels Resorts, Chamber of Commerce, and Sophienburg Museum.
AARP to meet
The American Association of Retired Persons will meet May 8 at 9 a.m. for greetings and coffee at the Senior Citizens Center, 142 Comal St. To honor Mother’s Day, a catered meal will be served at noon. Reservations must be made by May 3 by calling Treasurer Raymond Voges at 625-1363.
Comal 1SD Superintendent Joe Rogers will conduct a special meeting with parents of children who live in the Purgatory Road arca of the school district to discuss the possibility of realignment of attendance zones for the 1991 -92 school years.
All parents and interested persons arc invited to meet with Rogers al 7 p.m. Monday al Mountain Valley Elementary School.
New Braunfels High School Project Graduation committee will sponsor an outdoor movie on the football field Thursday 8 p.m. Admission will be $1. The screening will benefit Project Graduation, which is planning special alcohol- and drug-free panics graduation night at each of the county’s three high schools. The public is invited to attend.
Red Stocking Revue
“1992 Red Stocking Revue” has been set for June 19-21 at the New Braunfels Civic Center, according to Liz Urban of the Community Service Center. Committees are now forming to get the fundraising production off on the right foot. Persons interested in performing or servng on the commute are invited to call general chairman Jan Kennady at 625-6739, or coordinators Clarence and Liz Urban at 629-1389.
Salute to summer
Make plans now to attend the fourth annual Wasserfest, New Braunfels' “Community Salute to Summer” sponsored by the Wurs-tfest Association. Festivities will be the banks of the Comal River on the Wurslfest grounds Friday and Saturday, June 7 and 8. Entertainment Friday evening will be Johnny Dee and the Rocket 88s. Salur-S— STAMMTISCH, Peg* 2
Yesterday’s high in New Braun-
fels was 84 and the low dipped to
56 degrees. For more
information, please see Page 2A.
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
With Election Day three days away, candidates in the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees and New Braunfels City Council races are busy putting up signs, buying advertising and knocking on a lot of doors.
But, so far, interest in the city elections has been low at the ballot box, according to absentee or extended voting totals. But interest in the CISD election is up, according to totals.
Absentee voting ended 5 p.m. Tuesday.
In the race for the District 3 City Council slot — currently held by Mayor Amo Becker, who is not seeking re-election — 380 registered voters have cast ballots, said City Secret-
City Council Candidates
ary Bonnie Sarcozi. Running in that race are, Rudy Seidel, 66, businessman and Joe Kuehler, 47, dentist.
In the race for the District 4 City Council slot — currently held by Eddie Temple, 36, businessman, who is seeking re-election — 198 people have cast absentee ballots. Challenging Temple are Paul E. Fraser Jr., 57,
retired Marine, and Susan Curtis, 42, school teacher.
According to past records on past city elections absentee voting totals have been higher. The non-binding referendum at the beginning of the year on the issue of Lafarge/Systech brought 584 people to the polls during absentee voting.
And in the 1988 rollback election, 1,599 people voted absentee.
In the race for Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees, 13 people are running for four slots open on the board.
According to CISD Public Information Officer Sandy Jackson, 288 people voted absentee this year, as
Flanking “Small Business Person of the Year” Marion Benson, center, as they hold up a banner proclaiming the honor are New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Week representatives. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
Benson earns small business honor
New Braunfels business owner Marian Benson received the honor of “Small Business Person of the Year” today, in conjunction with Small Business Week, the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce announced.
“The person selected has to be involved in the community and show innovative marketing skills.
Their company has to be in New Braunfels at least three years and they must employ less than 50 employees,” said Rosemary Allen, committee chairperson of Small Business Week.
The honoree owns The Collection At Landmark Square in Downtown New Braunfels.
Bensen said she credits her success to listening
to her customers, adding her goal has been to bring a sense of style to New Braunfels.
She will be featured in the Herald Zeitung’s Sunday special section honoring Small Business Week, which runs May 5-11.
For a list of activities planned for the week call the Chamber at 625-2385.
Bexar election funds missing, prosecutor says
SAN ANTONIO, Texas (AP) — An investigation is under way to determine wliat happened to more than $100,000 in stale funds awarded to the office of Bexar County Elections Administrator Tony Gomez, who has resigned, a prosecutor says.
Gomez resigned unexpectedly Monday, citing “personal reasons’’ and has not been available for comment since, the San Antonio Express-News reported today.
“We are gathering information for possible presentation to a grand jury and for a possible eventual request for an indictment,’’ Assistant Travis County District Attorney Mike Lynch, chief of the public integrity unit, said Tuesday.
“We’re still in the evidence-gathering stage and no decision has been made” on presenting information to a grand jury, Lynch said.
“The inquiry does involve the Secretary of Suite’s office and suite monies,” Lynch confirmed, declining to discuss specifics.
Bexar County Auditor Oliver Lewis said Don Archer, director for internal audit with the Texas secretary of state, contacted his office about a month ago trying to to find out how funds awarded to the Bexar County
Elections Department were being spent.
Archer declined lo comment Tuesday, the San Antonio newspaper reported.
Auditors in Lewis’ office have only accounted for about $115,000 of $260,000 in suite money that has been allotted to Bexar County elections accounts over the past four fiscal years, Lewis said. Bul county auditors were unable to account for all the money made available to Gomez’s office during dial time, Lewis said.
“We’ve been told some of the (suite) checks were made payable to him (Gomez),’’ Lewis said. “What he did with it, we don’t know.’’
Lewis said he could not say how much state funds were involved.
Lewis also said that Gomez said he had paid out some money in cash to temporary election workers, but was unable to provide auditors with acceptable documentation.
A spokesman for Secretary of Slate John Hannah declined comment on the investigation, the newspaper reported.
The state funds in question are from money given to counties for conducting voter registration promotion projects.
In that race Clay George and Connie Cantu are running for the one-year unexpired term of former trustee Carter Casteel. Incumbents Lee Heels and Tom Potter have filed for re-election to full three-year terms. They are being challenged by Bryan Kraft, Jim Middleton, Charles Burt, Elizabeth “Bridgette” Griffin, S.G. “Hap” Becker, Don Craighead, Harriet W. Aristeguieta and Martin Allen. Dan Mitchell filed to compete in the election and his name will appear on the ballot; however, he has unofficially withdrawn and said he no longer considers himself a candidate.
Polls open at 7 a.m. Saturday and remain open until 7 p.m.
CISD may profitfrom TV access
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
Comal Independent School District is expected to profit in electronic equipment and television access, according to a 15-year agreement signed Monday with a wireless cable company in Fischer.
The agreement between CISD and RuralVision, Inc., was unanimously passed by the board of trustees during a regular meeting Monday. Nina Grantham, computer coordinator for the school district, explained the agreement.
RuralVision is applying to the Federal Communications Commission for 13 commercial channels to be broadcast from its soon-to-be constructed tower in Fischer. The company also wants to apply for the 20 additional channels allocated for education institutions. But to do that it must first sign agreements with the affected institutions in the area to take to the FCC. Those districts are in Comal County, Johnson City, Blanco, Dripping Springs and Wimberly.
“For us it’s a good alternative because right now all of our town schools have cable and we’re working on getting one at Comal (Elementary). Guadalupe Valley gave us an antenna for Smithson Valley High School, but we’re having difficulty getting this service for our other schools,” Grantham said.
The agreement now will allow all of the rural schools to receive antennas and recording equipment at no charge to the district, allowing for the schools to have access to all television channels, such as CNN, Discovery, and CSP AN.
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lf practice makes perfect, it looks like Little Leaguer Matthew Siv-ors has his game down pat. Sivers was practicing his hitting in the batting cage at the National League fields on Frederick-burg Road before Tuesday night’s game (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
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