New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 7, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Witnesses watch as fire officials and divers search the Guadalupe River for the body of a paraplegic f nan who drowned.
By Heather Todd Staff Writer
Divers with the Canyon Lake Dive team recovered the body of an unidentified paraplegic man who apparently drowned in the Guadalupe River Saturday evening.
Battalion Chief John Berber with New Braunfels Fire and Rescue said divers recovered the body at 9:30 p.m. after rescue workers spent three hours searching the river in the 1200 block of Sleepy Hollow.
Herber said he did not know the age
or name of the victim or where he was from. He said he turned the investigation over to New Braunfels Police Department. Officials with NBPD could not be reached for comment.
Emergency dispatch reported a possible drowning on the Guadalupe River in the 1200 block of Sleepy Hollow about 6:30 p.m.
Herber said a group of people, including several paraplegics, were tubing down the river Saturday evening. Witnesses reported the victim was tubing behind the main group when he got out of his tube to swim.
Witnesses said they saw the victim — reportedly an avid swimmer — dive into the water, but he never came back up, Herber said. The body was recovered in the area where he last was seen, Herber said.
Herber said his limited obversations of the body did not indicate any signs of an accident or trauma. The coroners’ olfice will determine cause of death.
The dive team from Canyon Lake arrived at the scene about 7:30 p.m. At that point emergency workers were performing a recovery operation rather than a rescue, Herber said.
LaRue unseats Jonas in CISD
By Ron Maloney
BULVERDE — District 5 voters dumped incumbent Comal Independent School District trustee Lester W Jonas Saturday in favor of the man he replaced three years ago.
Former trustee Der-ald LaRue received 134 votes to LaRUE Jonas’s tally of
112 Saturday. Rose Cervin trailed both candidates, getting 59 votes.
Jonas said he was saddened by the results but said he would remain involved in the district.
“We sacrificed a lot of time, money and effort into this campaign and during the past three years. It’s been rewarding and I believe we’ve done a lot for the district with the passing of the $141 million bond,” he said.
Jonas said he believed low voter turnout — about 10 percent contributed to the election result.
“I lost by 22 votes. That just shows that people did not get out and vote,” he said.
Jonas, who has a daughter enrolled in CISD, said he now would have more time to become involved in other activities.
“I still want to be involved. Now I can sit back and see what occurs,” he said. “I wish Mr. LaRue well — I wish him the very best. I’ve really enjoyed
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Vol. 149, No. 121
44 pages in 4 sections
May 7, 2000
Serving Comal County since 1852
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
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Hot and breezy — that’s the forecast for the next several days. Expect highs to reach into the 90s with overnights only dipping to the low 70s. Partly cloudy skies are predicted, and a chance of rain does not show up until Wednesday.
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Flume, Kendrick winVoters OK Special Election I
One proposition - communication system - passes
Voters approved Special Election I Saturday, basically telling New Braunfels city council they want to vote on whether bed tax revenue can be used to fund a convention center.
The measure was approved by
52.74 percent of the voters Saturday — sending a message to New Braunfels City Council to listen to the people, a supporter said.
“This is one step in taking our city back,” said Betty Dunkin, an organizer of the petition to prohibit council from spending its portion of hotel/motel occupancy tax revenue on a convention center until another public vote.
Dunkin was one of many people collecting signatures for the petition signed by more than 1,000 registered voters.
At the polls, 2,803 voters, or
52.74 percent, approved Special Election I; 2,512, or 47.26 percent, voted against it.
Residents voted down Special Election 2, which would have frozen the money for two years — a move council can do anyway. Only 1,526, or 28.93 percent, voted for it, and 3,748, or 71.07 percent, voted against it.
Carter Casteel, who helped organize a political action committee that spent $26,000 campaigning against Special Election I, said she believed her group, Citizens for New Braun-fels’ Future, did a good job “bringing the issues to the front.”
But that group “started out in the hole,” she said.
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. president Michael Meek agreed.
“They started 1,200 votes behind,” he said. “They had a lot of education to do in a short time.”
District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson, a supporter of Special Election I, said the election results indicated the people want-
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Betty Dunkin (left) and Walter Sears (right) celebrate Robert Kendrick’s win in the District 4 city council race and the voters’ approval of Special Election 1 on Saturday’s ballot. The celebration party took place at the home of Susan Phillips, campaign coordinator for Debbie Flume. Flume, who won the District 3 council seat, was in New York Saturday for a different kind of run — a 5K event to raise money for cancer research.
NB votes down 6 of 7 issues
By Heather Todd and Peri Stone-Palmquist
New Braunfels probably won’t borrow any money to fund the seven bond propositions presented to voters Saturday — even the one proposition that passed.
Of 23,651 registered voters, 23 percent, or 5,439 voters — a 50-year record — defeated six of the propositions and approved only one — the cheapest.
Residents approved the new $700,000 emergency communications system by 57 percent of the vote, or 3,027 votes. About 43 percent, or 2,316, voted against it.
“I’m elated that it passed and I’m surprised that out of all the things they could vote for that they supported this. I think this is a vote of confidence for us,” New Braunfels Police chief Ray Douglas said.
Although the voters have authorized the city issue bonds in the amount of $700,000 for the communication system, council could decide to fund that item through the general fund.
“It’s not big enough,” Mayor Stoney Williams said. “We can handle it with the general fund.”
Williams said he was surprised at the election’s outcome, especially the defeat of the $11 million proposition for street and drainage improvements — the issue that prompted the bond election in the first place.
“After the flood everyone was screaming about streets and drainage,” he said. “I guess our streets aren’t bad enough. I guess our drainage isn’t bad enough.”
At the polls, 2,410, or 44.79 percent, voted for Prop. I; 2,971 or 55.21 percent voted against.
Williams said council might consider bringing another bond ballot before the voters within the year — bringing the narrowly defeated streets and fire station propositions up for consideration.
“Maybe we need to be more specific on streets,” he said.
Williams said he attributed the defeat to “negative campaigns” claiming the ballot was too vague and increased property valuations.
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By Heather Todd
Local resident Robert Kendrick will sit on New Braunfels City Council for the next three years — not as mayor, as he had hoped in 1999, but as the District 4 council representative.
Kendrick, who lost the may-oral race against Stoney Williams this past year, defeated challengers Dave Pryor and Mary
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(Cameron) Wall in the District 4 race Saturday with 55 percent of the vote.
Kendrick received 582 votes against Pryor’s 372 votes and Wall’s 94 votes.
District 3 candidate Debbie Flume also defeated opponents
Don Talley and Gale O'Hara Pospisil with a little more than 50 percent of the votes.
Flume received 921 votes while Talley received 185 votes and Pospisil got 725 votes.
Council members Randy Vanstory and Jan Kotylo, who represent district 3 and 4, respectively, did not run for re-election although they were eligible.