New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Togetherness builds children’s playground
Volunteers sweated and gave their time Saturday to construct a playground in Villa Serena to keep children off the streets and in to fun. “Getting them off the streets is our main goal here,” said resident Alejandro Rodriquez as he shoveled sand into a sandbox.
Cougarsy Unicorns continue hot streaks
Both Canyon and New Braunfels lengthened their District 28-4A baseball winning streaks on Friday. The Unicorns made it 11 in a row by blanking Samuel Clemens while the Cougars won their third consecutive game •
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Vol. 137, No. 126
707 Landa St.. New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
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Kraft, Chapa, Casteel returning
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Voters re-elected New Braunfels City Council members Loraine Kraft and Ramon Chapa Jr. Saturday and chose incumbent school board president Caner Casteel and school teacher William S. “Bill” Smith as members of the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees.
Unofficial votes for the District 2 City Council race showed Loraine Kraft with 150 votes and write-in candidate David Wallace with 75. Wallace operates the W and W Water company in Fischer.
Unofficial votes in the District I City Council race indicated Chapa received 201 votes while write-in candidates Mario Ortiz received 47 and Mario Rodriguez received I.
In the CISD race, Casteel received 601 votes and Smith got 515. District Court Coordinator Martin Allen garnered 378 votes while Bulverde businessman Dan Mitchell received 336. The two candidates who receive the top votes are chosen to serve on the board.
City Secretary Bonnie Sarkozi said she is surprised at the high number of votes cast for write-in candidates.
“I’ve never had any real write-in campaign before,” she said. “I’ve never had one that was anything more than one or two votes. I’ve never had anything like this.”
Kraft and Chapa said they arc both ready to jump into three more years as city councilmembers.
“It’s been a long day and I’m excited,” Kraft
“We just have such great potential for this beautiful city,” she said. “I’m looking forward to a good three years. I think with the combined efforts of our council and our citizens we can’t do anything but continue to prosper.”
“Actually, I wasn’t surprised (at the write-in votes) I know deep inside my heart that my district supports me whole-heartedly,” Chapa said. “I think I have the support out there.
“I want to thank the people of my district... for giving me the opportunity to serve for three more years,” he said. “I will try and work and give them 150 percent. When I came to city council, I was a
Se* ELECTION, Page 2A
Yohey again mayor of Garden Ridge
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
After a heated city of Garden Ridge mayoral race, incumbent Walter Yohey has come out on top by 26 unofficial votes after Saturday’s election.
Walter Yohey received 251 votes while opponent Richard “Dick” Igou received 225. Norman Wcil-bachcr received one write-in vote.
Also in the Garden Ridge City Council race, with 233 votes,
Charles Jordan squeaked by Kitty Owens with her 222 in the district three race. L.G. Wellman received one write-in vote.
Place 2 Councilman Don Haven, running unopposed, received 347 votes. There were IO write-in names for that position.
Tile votes will be canvassed Wednesday at 7 a.m.
“I’m glad it’s over. I’m glad I
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Former SA mayor Kindermasken kiddies
elected to old job
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — Former Mayor Lila Cockrell won back her job from out-going four-term Mayor Henry Cisneros, sailing lo an easy victory over six other candidates Saturday.
Cockrell, 67, who served three two-year terms before turning the reins over to Cisneros in 1981, had 59 percent, or 45,300 votes, with all of the city’s 243 precincts reporting.
Among the other six candidates, only insurance executive Carl S. Mauthc offered a slight challenge, drawing 24,107 votes, or 31 percent.
Mrs. Cockrell spent about S137,(XX) on her campaign, compared with about $20,000 for Mauthc.
Cockrell had said she can provide proven leadership to the city, which is trying to continue on the economic development track that surged during the Cisneros tenure.
“I’m just very, very grateful to the citizens for giving me this opportunity again and I think it’s a matter of my having gone back to the voters and gottc reacquainted and worked very hard and offered my services if the voters wished to have mc return,” he
“I recognize this is a very' special privilege given to mc,’’ she said.
Cockrell said she would try to keep up with Ute agenda set by Cisneros, who did not seek re-election.
“We want to keep up the momentum, bul it would be difficult for anyone to match the pace Henry has done, so I want to keep forward progress, but I also want to devote attention to the quality-of-lifc, ncighborhoood concerns that have not received quite as much attention during these years of spectacular big events,” she said.
Mauthc, meanwhile, argued that he offered strong management experience and an alternative to a “recycled mayor.”
“I certainly expected to win it. I can’t image this coming down the way it did,” he said.
The other candidates were:
William Camps, 44, a medical clerk who ran unsuccessfully for mayor in 1985 and 1987; Joseph V. Cisneros, 40, a public notary and unrest COCKRELL, Pag* 2A
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Area youngsters had a blast Saturday dressing up and participating in the 133rd Kindermasken parade from the Elks Lodge to Landa Park. From left, 5-year-old Ashley Wersterfer prepares to swim off; 5-year-old Amber Sur-prenant sits still in her mermaid suit; and
6-year-oW Erica Erben celebrates life in an
inner tube. Kindermasken, which was begun in 1856 by teacher Hermann Seele. is a German tradition in New Braunfels of welcoming spring through a children’s costume parade. The parade is conducted annually on the first
Look for thunderstorms tonight after a hot day of almost 90 degrees. Winds will be out of the south today at IO mph. Tonight’s low will be in the low 60s. Next week will be filled with hot temp cralurcs and afternoon and nightly showers.
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The annual Rose Family Reunion will gather this morning at ll am. at Saengerhalle. All descendants of Jacob Rose and Fritz Rose are invited to come and share the day with friends and relatives. Bring food for the noonday potluck meal. Utensils, coffee and tea will be furnished, lf you have any questions about the gathering of this clan, call Leal-rice Saur at 625-3945 or Cerci ta Daunt at 625-8937....
There’s still ume to otter your toddler in the second annual Toddler Run sponsored by the McKenna Memorial Hospital. The 10-yard run will be May 12 at the hospital and is for children between IO and 24 months. Late registration is $7 and will be accepted through May 9. Call 625-9U1, extension 190 or 194, for more information. The youngsters will get'special T-shirts for participating....
Meanwhile, McKenna Memorial SM STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2ATogetherness builds playground
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Volunteers sweated and gave their lime Saturday to construct a playground in Villa Serena to keep children off the streets and in to fun.
“Getting them off the streets is our main goal here," said resident Alejandro Rodriquez as he shoveled sand into a sandbox, “lf the community gives them something to do, they would go for ii.”
The Safe City Commission and the New Braunfels Housing Authority decided to construct the playground recently to keep young children off the streets.
Commission Director Don Ferguson said he started pushing for a playground when he saw a 2-year-old girl walking barefoot on glass-laden streets. “It drove home the need to have a place for young children to play"
The authority bought monkey bars, chinning bars, parallel bars, and benches. LaFarge Corporation donated sand and the City of New Braunfels public works department donated railroad lies for the sandbox.
“We’re glad we got this one off the ground,” Rodriquez said. “We want to make our stay comfortable "
The playground, which is located on Rosa Parks, was constructed in about eight hours. Villa Serena is low-income housing subdivision off FM 725.
Resident Robert Gomez, also helped construct the playground, “It’s a small example of what people can
Volunteers built a playground at Villa Serena in about eight hours (Staff photo)
do when they work together.”
“With tins (playground) it will help a lot,” said worker Frank Ortiz “Sometimes people just don’t care We’ve got to get them off the streets ” “I love doing these kinds ol things,’' said housing authority maintenance supervisor George Zavala “They did a good job."
“People that live out here really have an attitude ... like they don’t care,” said worker Javier Castilleja, adding if someone shows they caic lite residents will change their ways “They’re run that bad out here, he said. “The kids have nothing to do.”
As die workers constructed the playground, children aire**!) were gathering to play .
Tile children are “waiting like buzzards,” Casiilleja said.
But they had to wait until the cement dried.
“Playgrounds are a lot safer than the streets,” said lestdent Luis
Resident James Willis also helped build the playground
“It was a gtHxl cooperative ellort, Ferguson said. “An ellort we would love to see in other neighbor floods
Teen leads police on high-speed chase
Thomas Williams is put into a police car Saturday by officers Bdl
Spence and Dennis Keating after rolling his Chevrolet Impala over on Interstate 35. He was taken to Comal County jai! and charged with driving while intoxicated Nobody was injured in the wreck that occurred after 6 p m. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
A New Braunfels man was arrested Friday night after leading New Braunfels police down Texas 46 in a highspeed chase which ended in a cornfield near Bd/bur os a Road.
Billy Joe Renohaio, 18, Route 6, Box 436, was arrested and charged with attempting to elude a peace officer. He was released from the Comal County jail after paying his fines.
I Tie chase began when police officer Doug Dunlap clocked Reno balu driving 53 miles per hour in a 35 mph zone, He activated his overhead lights and pursued Reno halo, who was driving a 1979 Pontiac.
During the chase, speeds reached above 80 miles per hour as Renohaio drove south on Texas 46 and then down Alves Lane where he stopped 25 yards into a cornfield No injuries were reported.
Saturday in May. “Kindermasken Memories”
and “Grandma’s Attic” exhibits wh-ch feature many costumes and dress-up opportunities continue through May at the New Braunfels Children’s Museum in the Courtyard Shop ping Center. (Photos by Deryl Clark)
No one injured