New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 1983, New Braunfels, Texas
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Air conditioning (Proposition 2) would close these windows at Lone Star Primary
Bond issue draws heavy turnout
Bv JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
There was an early morning rush of New Braunfels Independent School District voters to the polls Tuesday.
As of 9:30 am. more than 500 votes had been cast in NBlSD's Sh.85 million three-issue bond election, according to early election reports
But that's only a start since polls, which opened at Tarn . will stay open until 7 p.m.
Those living in voting precincts 8, 9. ll. 12. 17. 18, 22 and 23 should vote at Seele School, 540 Howard Street Residents of voting precincts I. 2. 3. 6, 7. 15. 20 and Guadalupe County 362 should vote at New Braunfels Middle School, 659 S Guenther
By mid morning 204 votes had been cast at New Braunfels Middle School, election judge Kina Schwab reported
I .ikewlse business was brisk at Seele Elementary where election official Clinton Ludwig said 309 ballots had been cast.
Ludwig attributed some of the morning rush to the fact that many working people wanted to vote before going to work
"We had 127 (votes! in the first hour.” said Ludwig who added that many of the early votes cast at Seele were from NB1SD teachers prior to their going to school.
At the time the Herald Zei tang contacted Schwab, voters were still coming in making it impossible for her to stay away from the polling place but for a few seconds
"We've had a very good turnout.” she hurriedly said in a telephone Interview , noting that she couldn't talk “but just a second '' School officials, who are optimistic about passage of the bond package, presented their last public presentation Tuesday at an early morning meeting of the New Braunfels
Downtown Merchants Association.
For one final time NBISD Supt O.E. Hendricks outlined the district’s growth, financial status, needs and proposed improvements through a visual screen show
Hendricks kept his presentation brief Jokingly noting that "I ve got a guy over here that says if I do keep it short., that he'll go out and vote."
The superlntendant explained that the district's $8 85 million bond package is split up into three propositions with the first proposal being for the construction of a new elementary school and renovation of current facilities Proposition one amounts to $6 5 million, or 73 45 percent of the total package
Proposition two, which calls for airconditioning all schools * and the new school proposed in proposition one - amounts to $2
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Rec Center future grim
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Its no secret that the Landa Recreation Center was running out of money, and its days seemed numbered. But after the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board meeting Monday night. Un-story' has gotten a bit more complicated
Parks Director Court Thleleman took part in a city team inspection of the building last week. and reported his fin dings to the parks board ‘ My part in the inspection was recreational in nature I was to clarify exactly what materials in the facility were owned by the rec center, and what the city would acquire at the etui of July," Thleleman said
His report included an in ventory list of recreational equipment, with the conclusion. ‘ There s not much recreational equipment remaining in the building at this time With the
exception of weight sets, ping pong tables and several basketballs and volleyballs, no other equipment exists "
Board members were surprised. but they hadn t heard the worst of it "The majority of the facility's interior was in an unkept, unclean, run down and unsanitary conditions." Thieleman's report stated ' Walls were in need of cleaning and or painting c filing tiles were missing or town up. commodes were filled with shoes and clothing, and certain floor areas contained structural deficiencies."
Board member Hot) Ha mil gave his peers a more detailed description of other structural shortcomings "There is exposed electrical wiring that could be hot in the loft tumbling room. there are studs for a wall, and paneling is just leaning up against the studs," Harnii said
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Stuff ttfwht JiOn> Sente'Dog day afternoon
Getting a little Sunday afternoon sun is this back seat pooch whose owner thoughtfully left the top down for turn while at Gruene Hall Dm* sun
vanished under cloud cover Monday but returned Tuesday to dry up streets soaked by a morning thundershower
Fetus unprotected in Texas, expert says
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
I Is cut and dried, plain arui simple The Texas Penal Code does not provide for the rights of an unborn child
"Texas, It s true, is an eternal disgrace." University of Texas lacw Professor Joseph Wither spoon, a noted authority on the rights of the unborn, said Mon day "We couldii t find it in our hearts to do what the Supreme Court has said we can do as a state, and that is. to protect the 'viable unborn child by statute
That s been the goal of
Witherspoon and countless others since, at least. 1973. when the Supreme Court made its famous ruling in Hoe versus Wade The court's ruling that an unborn person was not a person, served to invalidate Uie Texas abortion statute But the court added a state could protect a 'viable unborn child by statute
in a brief news conference last week. Un- Committee of Justice for All Joined Witherspoon's allied fort es, with a statement supporting the rights of the un born child More specific ally. the group wanted to know why William Dale Suvage was not
indicted for the death of the seven-month old fetus Mrs Ruben Saucedu was carrying when she was struck and killed < hi 30 by Savage's Volkswagen Savage was tried for the death of Ruben Sauceda Sr . and given a 10-year probated sentence Indictments for the death of Mrs Sauceda. anti their two small c hildren are still pending against Savage, and are scheduled for u peek by tin- Attorney General's Office Further prosecution against Savage will be ruled tai May 16 by District Judge Robert Pfeuffer
Professor Witherspoon, who
holds the Thomas Shelton Maxi*-t hair at CT, confirmed District Attorney Bill Schroeder s claim thai Savage could not legally lie indicted for the death of Mrs Sauceda's fetus "An individual is defined in the Texas Penal Cotie, Subdivision 17. Subfaction A. Section I 07, as a human being who bus been born anti Is alive Mrs Saueeda's baby was neither," Witherspoon said, "so there was no way Mr Savage could have been indicted for that death
"That is tragic, but true,” the professor added "More than bali of the states in this nation have
protected a ‘viable’ child, Hut Texas Un t one til them
Technically, a viable child is defined as able to live outside- the mother's womb.’ or "after 24 weeks of gestation,'’ Witherspoon said
The viable child is addressed by a measure, currently before tin* legislature authored by Rep LB Kubiak, D Rockdale "What Kuhiak's bill does is add a fourth paragraph to Un- murder statute that would allow for tile in diriment of a person who iii tentionally or knowingly commits
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IUSPS 377 880*Downtown group backs jail bonds
Now that they've picked the site for tile new Jail, county officials are hurriedly preparing for Saturday s $3 9 million bond election
Monday the court took care of last minute election plans by appointing Charles Michael "Mike" Grist as election Judge of voting precinct 20 for Saturday's election
And on Tuesday unbeknownst to them, county commissioners gained tile support for the county's jail plans from u group t Hilt has Iii the past opposed
At its early morning meeting, the New Braunfels Downtown Merchants Association agreed to back tile county's bond election and complimented Commissioners Court on its handling of file matter
In a letter that will tie band delivered Tuesday to County Judge Fred Clark, tile association went "on record in support ot the county boral issue tor tile con ■tructton of a new Jail at the Water Lane site "
This nine acre site was picked by tin- court last week over a tract off Loop 337 between Gruene Road and Hail/. Drive Tile downtowners not only voiced their support to the Water Lane site but they also hacked the county's plans of purchasing "...much needed property ail jacent to tho Courthouse complex for future expansion of tile very overcrowded current fuddles," The Downtown Association's decision "is in Iiglit of tile court's decision that all county govern ment except tin* jail, sheriff's office and a JI' court remain iii tile downtown location," the letter signed by association president < iene t ’bollett read The association complimented Commissioners Court for
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Shultz hopes for troop agreement soon
BEIRUT. Lebanon (AIG - Secretary of State George I* Shultz said today he is making "lots of headway" and hopes to complete by this weekend an agreement on the w ithdrawai of Israeli troops from Lebanon
"My sense of it is that things are coming to a point wiiere closure on this is possible Shultz told reporters on a flight from Jerusalem to Beirut, his third trip here since his peace mission began nine days ugo
(inly In the last 24 hours have U.S. and Israeli officials begun to voice optimism that an agreement is now within reach
Shultz did not flatly predict success but obviously was encouraged by his marathon meeting with Israeli officials, including Prime Minister Menschen! Begin, un Monday and early today
"We still have some major problems left, but we've made lots of headway over the last two or three days." Shultz said "I now have a good Idea of what Israel will agree to ."
Another official traveling with Shultz told reporters the secretary Is bringing the latest version of a proposed draft of a withdrawal accord for President Amin Gemayel and other Lebanese officials "lf they accept it, we will be very close to a final agreement."
After Monday's sessions, both Israeli and I S negotiators reported significant progress for the first time since Shultz started his peace shuttle nine days ago
There has been no mention of imposing a deadline on the talks, but U S officials have made » lear to Israeli and Lebanese negotiators that Shultz must be in Paris for a meeting May 9 An official said Shultz has no plans to leave a negotiating team behind lf an agreement is not completed by then.
In Beirut. Lebanese Defense Minister Issam Khoury said Monday that failure of the Shultz mission could result In new fighting between Israeli and Syrian troops in lebanon.
Khoury. In an interview with The Associated Press, said there would be "serious and dangerous" consequences for Lebanon and for US credibility lf Shultz "fails or even stumbles" in his effort to arrange an Israeli withdrawal
Palestine Liberation Organization chief Yasser Arafat, meeting with the PlXJ's military council In Damascus. Syria, said 10,000 PIX) guerrillas In Lebanon's east Bekaa Valley were put on a "full alert" because of "a
See SHI ITZ, Page SAToday's Weather
Today will be partly cloudy, with nor therly winds at IO 15 miles per hour to blow some of the steam away. Tonight and Wednesday will be fair and mild, with winds shifting to the northeast at to 15 mph Sunset today will be at 8 09 p m,, and sunrise Wednesday at 6:46 a rn.Go West, Young Quarterback
Stanford football star John Elway had made his position clear—he would not play for the Baltimore Colts, who had drafted him No. I last week in the college draft So the Colts <lnl the smart thing; they traded the tights to Elway to the Denver Broncos, who immediately signed him lo five one year contracts See Page 6A
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First aid training saves student's life
By DYANNE FRY Stuff writer
One recreational accident this past weekend was handled without the help of the Emergency Medical service
The victim, un lh year old University of Texas student, suffered nothing mon* than a concussion and a few contusions But his friend Kempton Kothpiatz is well aware that tilings might have been different, because Jimmy Nelson stopped breathing when he fell from a rope swing over tile Guadalupe River
"I just used the basics * I gave him mouthtomouth
resuscitation until in* started breathing again." said the 19 year old Rothplatz He had first aid training at Highland Park High School in Dallas But lie s not sure he would have been able to use it, if this had happened a month ago.
"The interesting part is, I just joined this Alcoholics Anonymous
group lf I hadn t, I might iiuve been in a worse position - riot known what to do " When Nelson hit the bunk, "I was in a sane mind." Rothplatz said
Ile just recently came to New Braunfels, where Ins uncle. Glen Elliott, lives, and moved into the AA bunkhouse at 746 S Seguin just two and a half weeks ago "Pm working for u friend of my uncle’s, mowing lawns and stuff ♦ good, hard work," be said Kothpiatz, Nelson and some other friends were swimming in the Guadalupe near Elliott's home at 958 Albert St Sunday afternoon Nelson lost bis grip, Rothplatz said. as the rope swing veered back toward the bank Ile fell with Ills head between two rocks
"I thought he was playing with me at first," Rothplatz said Hut when he turned his friend over, Nelson's fat e was blue.
After his rescuer revived him,
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