New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 122
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The New Braunfels Herald-Teitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Lynne Smith, Doyle Brinkkoetcr, Sondra Paine, Chris Brandt, W.A. “Schmalz” Walthcr, Joshua Langhorst, Priscilla D. * Kastner, Carmcla Velez, Oscar Padilla and F.A. Hausc.
Belated best wishes to Ramon Diaz. Jr.
“Happy anniversary” today to Leslie and Anna Lane and Jon and Cheryl Romans.
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.
Wal-Mart Distribution Center #6016 in New Braunfels will host a softball tournament Saturday, with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon. Playoffs begin at X a.m. in Comal Park and spectators arc invited to come out and cheer the teams.
The Marion Independent School District is offering a defensive driving course from 6 lo IO p.m. May 14 and 16 at Marion High School. For questions on tliis or other Marion Independent School District community education courses, call Tom Dc Kunder at 512/420-23112.
Splendors of Mexico
Has the “Splendors of Mexico” exhibit piqued your interest in Mexican art and artists? Look for these new books at the Dittlinger Memorial Library: Casa Mexiia-na: I he Architecture. Design and Style of Mexico by Tim Strect-Porter and F rida, A Biography of FritUi Kahlo by Hayden Herrera. Ihe videocassette Mexico: Splenic* of thirty Centuries based on the exhibit also is available for check out Come by the library at 373 Maga/inc Ave. or call 625 8919 for more information. San Marcos fly-ln
The San Marcos Radio Control Association will host a fly-in for remote conliol aircraft at IO a.rn. Saturday, May 26. The location is off Interstate Highway 35 in San Marcos, at the Wonder World Diive exit. For information, call Don l uff al 629 1127.
Just a start
Bob Dingeldein, a board member of the Comal County Senior Citizens’ Foundation, reminds contributors to seniors work through the years that the list of donors appearing in Sunday’s edition of the Herald Zeilung covered only donations to the purchase of the first center and its early support. Additional lists are being prepared.
To reserve a place at the Vista Village Mother’s Day luncheon and style show, call 625-1202. Cost is $6. A number appearing in a Sunday story was in error.
Longhorn Grill is urging local day care centers lo sign up now for magic shows scheduled at 8:30 and 9:30 a m. June 14 and August 14. The shows arc offered free of charge, bul interested school directer must contact Samm Byme or Kent Lucas at 620-1344 to reserve
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renews threat of suit
GARDEN RIDGE — An ousted Garden Ridge City Council Member Keith Richter, who ran an unsuccessful campaign for mayor, said he will continue with his intent to sue the city for removing him from office.
Richter, who was removed from his Place 5 seat at the initiation of Mayor Walter Yohcy earlier this year, lost his election bid for mayor to former city secretary Linda Klckar. Richter missed a number of city council meetings when he was called to active duty in Operation Desert Storm earlier this year.
A hearing in a Comal County district court has not been set.
Votes from Saturday’s election were canvassed during a regular Garden Ridge City Council meeting Monday night. During the meeting Richter also questioned how one of his campaign signs was vandalized and ended up on city property.
"I had my sign on private property and it was taken down,” Richter said. “I found the bottom part of the sign in a city-owned barbecue pit where the other (mayoral) candidate was hold mg a victory party. The rest of the sign was piopjx*d lip on a post as you go into city park.”
Yohcy, who did not seek re election, said he personally knew nothing about the missing sign.
Richter said Garden Ridge Police Chief Parus Dudley look pictuies of the sign before it was taken down and broken apart.
A citizen at the meeting spoke out in support of Richter.
“Other places welcome people home after they’ve served in Desert Storm but we kick ’em off the City Council. It’s just not right. I feel so bail ” said the 18-ycar-rcsidcnt of Garden Ridge, who left die meeting in tears.
Richter Iud promised lo sue the city for removing him from office if he was not elected to the mayor’s post. A hearing in a Comal County district court has not been set.
Votes also were canvassed Tuesday in the Garden Ridge City Council elections. John Curtis won the election for the Place 2 seat and Reed Switzer won Place 3. Jay P. Minikin had the most votes for the Place 5 seat, but has not been officially declared as the winner because of the pending lawsuit.
In oilier City council news:
Yohey discussed with the city’s general revenues were reduced by $15,365 dollars.
“A variety of city expenses had to be reduced to balance the budget," he said, adding die city’s revenue had to be reduced because of a lack of revenue from the city municipal courts.
Councilmembers also discussed how much to set aside for pending
While the boys likely were willing to play in the rain. baseball custom dictated play should stop during Tuesday afternoon s showers until clearer skies came around. This game was delayed but resumed on the Optimist Field. (Photo by Erik Kansson)
CISD sets swearing-in of trustees
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writar
The Comal Independent School District board of trustees met Tuesday evening to canvass results of Saturday’s election.
ll was confirmed that incumbent board president Lee Roy Ikels and board secretary Tom Potter were re-elected to new three year terms with 604 and 623 votes respectively. Don Craighead of Spring Branch was elected to a three-year term with 550 votes.
Also confirmed was Connie Cantu’s election to fill the one-year unexpired term vacated by Carter Casteel, who is now Comal County Judge. Cantu received 727 votes.
The new trustees will be sworn rn at a special meeting of the CISD board beginning at 7 p m. Monday at Smithson Valley High School, according to CISD Superintendent Joe Rogers
NBISD board votes to uphold coach’s possible reassignment
By TOM LABINSKI Sport* Editor
Hic New Braunfels independent School District school board voted Tuesday n.ght to uphold the possible reassignment of the high school varsity girls basketball coach.
After being told she may be reassigned within the district by Principal John Turman, Linda Isbell-Hart filed a grievance with the principal, and then NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry, before going before the board.
After a three-hour exccutivc-session meeting, the board announced
it would uphold the solution supported by Turman and Bradberry. bul reminded Isbell-Hart that she could come before the board again if she is
“lf they can’t resolve this reassign ment possibility between the two par lies, she still has the right to come back to the board with a grievance.” said Bob Self, board president. “Per sonally, I think this hearing was a little premature if her concern was the possibility of reassignment."
Isbell-Hart, who led New Braunfels to an 8-23 record last season and a 4-8 mark in District 25-5A play in her
second season as coach, declined to comment on the hearing
Bradberry said it was the third Level III grievance hearing brought before the board in his tenure at NBISD, and said he was pleased with the verdict.
“It’s over, that’s it. (The board) upheld a Level II remedy,” he said. "lf there needed to be another decision — that the superintendent made the wrong decision at Level ll — you need to look at the facts and give the remedy. (lsbell-Han and her counsel) have to request a remedy, and we gave them their remedy they requested, and that’s what the board said."
Heavy rains interrupt traffic flow
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writ ar
The spring ‘monsoon season’ continued today with mort soaking rains and flood-like runoff. Thunderstorms drenched New Braunfels and >ur-rounding areas throughout the
The New Braunfels Airport reported 2 inches of nuniaii this morning with a total of 5 inches over the last two daw.
Comal Avenue was closed this morning between Socle Street and
Nacogdoches Street due to high water, according to aulhonucs.
Elsewhere, more than 6 niches of rain fell in Salado Tuesday night causing a section of Interstate 35 to be closed for two hours because of high water
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Commissioners pledge fire fundsGood Day
In the 24 hour period ending at 7 a m. today, .32 inch of rain was recorded in New Braunfels. Tuesday’s high was 79 and the overnight low was 63. For additional weather information, see Page 2A.
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Attorney Joe Kidwell approaches Comal County Commissioners Court during a workshop meeting Tuesday. (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Ntwa Editor
Comal County commissioners are vowing to continue financial support to volunteer fire departments and emergency medical services, despite the fact fire prevention districts now cover the enure county with taxing authority.
“I don’t see the county budget in the near future not including financial aid to the volunteer fire departments ... as well as the EMS,” said Precinct I Commissioner J.L “Jumbo" Evans
While fire prevention districts now cover the enure county, except for the extraterritorial jurisdiction of New Braunfels and San Marcos, the money they raise through taxing authority will not be enough for the volunteer fire and EMS departments. Evans
said, hence the county must conunue to help out w uh funds.
Comal County Commissioners Court met Tuesday night in a workshop session with about 30 reprcscn-tauves of area fire and EMS districts and fire and EMS departments. The workshop was conducted at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperauve in Smithson Valley with some volunteers skeptical of the commissioners intent
Because budget lime is now approaching, the purpose of the meeting is to determine how to filter down money from the county to the volunteer organizations, said County Judge Carter Casteel.
“The way this court operates is to try to get input from the public. We can make our own decisions without
ever asking you jack squat," Casteel said.
“We’re here to ask you since you’re the people thai volunteer You’re the people who fight the fires. You’re the people that serve on the fire district.... We don’t have any games we’re playing I can’t even spell fire truck. And I don’t want to be a fireman. I just want some information."
For years Comal County Commis-sorters Court contracted with volunteer fire departments to provide fire and ambulance service in the county for a specified amount of money. Then four fire prevenuon districts and one Emergency Medical Service district were created by popular vote in the county and those districts have the authority to tax up to 3 cents and 2 cents per HOO valuation respectively.
“Do we want to run it through the fire district and we contract with the fire districts and the EMS district. ... or do we conunue doing exactly what we’re doing rn the past, funding directly with the various volunteer fire departments?” Casteel asked
By a show of hands, the majority of the people at the meeting supported commissioners supplying money directly to the volunteer groups instead of filtering the money down to the districts, which are governed by appointed fire commissioners.
“I feel comfortable with Commissioners Court doing just what they 're doing," said attorney Joe Kidwell, who assisted with legal work in getting all of the prevenuon districts created “lf we don't like what you’re doing we TI go vote you out "