New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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New voting system doesn’t alter look of Navarro board
By CONNIE SWINNEY
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Under the shadow of a new voting system, two incumbents on the Navarro Independent School District school board managed to recapture their seats during the May school board election, v Voter participation nearly doubled Z* compared to last year as the district >used a process known as ^‘‘cumulative voting” May 3, v Superintendent Harold Besson said.
% “We anticipated a very large ^turnout,” he said. “The diverseness >of the field of candidates we had helped, too.” About 300 voters cast ballots last year compared to 575 this .year.
. ■ Cumulative voting developed in I Navarro when an Hispanic J organization threatened the district ; with a lawsuit in 1995 to create : * single-member districts, Besson said.
I ■ The district currently has seven at-•; large school board members who are I 'all white.
I: Under the system, tried for the first
J • time this school year, a voter has the
* option of casting both of his or her I ; votes for the same person.
I “When we found out their was no
* ward (area) that was a majority < hispanic for the purposes of drawing : ; single-member districts, we offered I; cumulative voting,” Besson said.
J, The district also mailed about <♦2,000 notices and instructions to the
> registered voters in the school ^•district.
v Two of the five candidates for the • • • current positions were Hispanic.
> Gail Randle and Ronnie Klaehn
- will return to the board for another
- two-year term.
\ Woman in stable
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'••From staff reports
A woman was flown by AirLife to University Hospital in San Antonio after being stabbed once Saturday morning in a Canyon Lake subdivision.
Lt. Dennis Koepp of the Comal County Sheriffs Office said Yvonne Dasher, 36, was stabbed once in the back at about 9:12 a.m. on Appaloosa Street in the Stallion Springs subdivision, which is off FM 32 in northwest Comal County.
As of Saturday afternoon, Dasher was reported in stable condition at University Hospital.
No suspect has been formally charged at this time and the Sheriff s Office is still investigating the case.
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The following action was taken by Comal County commissioners at Thursday’s meeting.
■ Approved claims
■ Voted for final approval of Morrwoods Ranch subdivision, Unit 2.
■ Voted for amendment to plaLtp resubdivide several plats orthe Crystal Heights subdivision.
■ Directed the County Engineer to release permits No. 77975 for 2.161 acres of land out of a 211.61 acre tract out of the Alex Foerster Survey No. 138, Abstract No. 168, within Comal County, Texas. (Owners: Howard Batey and Michael and Baibara Henk).
■ Acknowledged new hires and authorize county judge to sign new hire checklist and job descriptions as appropriate.
■ Approved proposed street names assignments within the county during a public hearing.
■ Revised tax abatements which had been previously approved by commissioners for Alamo Holly Sales & Services, Inc., Intel Southwest and Vestal Steel Specialties to correspond with the tax abatement formula matching the city of Schertz.
■ Acknowledged Peach Blossom Transportation, Inc.’s, proposal for a grant award for application to the Alamo Area Council of Governments to enhance rural transportation in the
■ Approved the reclassification of a Sheriffs office receptionist position.
■ Approved the purchase of 15 new Sheriffs Department patrol cars with five to be purchased immediately from the county’s general fund reserves.
■ Approved the purchase of a personal computer for the County Clerk’s Office for vital statistics. The new computer would accommodate a software change from the Texas Department of Health and approved a budget amendment from Commissioners’ Court Contingency to County Clerk’s Capital Outlay.
■ In executive session, the court ratified the settlement regarding
D’Antuono v. Comal County lawsuit in which Yolanda D’Antuono would be rehired as a county employee effective Monday and would receive back wages and a modest settlement.
■ Approved the reassignments concerning office space in the old courthouse building for County Court at Law and Justice of the Peace Pct. No. I.
■ During the workshop session, Tax Assessor-Collector Gloria Clennan and the Tax Office staff were recognized by the Texas Safety Association on their efforts to make their workplace a safe and healthy area. In the 21 years Clennan has been in office there has been no loss time injuries.
TCI looks to earn customer forgiveness with new service
HOUSTON (AP) — Tele-Communications Inc.’s Houston-area manager, Dan Hebert, hopes the launch of a hot new service will make cable customers forgive TCI’s past errors.
The company created a public outrage by dropping such popular networks as Arts & Entertainment and The Nashville Network on the brink of a Jan. I rate increase and without notice.
The decision cost the company some business, produced a class-action lawsuit and became a public relations nightmare.
Lead neotiator with separatists: Looking back, we were really lucky
FORT DAVIS (AP) — As he worked toward a peaceful compromise with Texas separatist Richard McLaren, Texas Rangers Capt. Barry Caver tried not to think about April 19,1993.
That morning, Caver was stationed along a state highway outside Waco, watching the Branch Davidian compound. He and fellow Rangers were waiting to arrest David Koresh and his followers when they walked out of their home and ended their 51 -day standoff.
They never came. At exactly noon, fire swept through the sprawling wooden structure. Hours later, Caver stood guard on the night shift beside the charred remains of 80 people.
That grisly day has been on Caver’s mind since April 27, when he was called out of church in Midland and sent to this remote part of West Texas.
Early that day, several McLaren followers had stormed the house of neighbors Joe and M A. Rowe to protest the arrests of two Republic of Texas members.
Caver became the lead negotiator,
and his first concern was getting the Row^s out safely. He got it done early the next morning by going against the conventional approach and swapping one of the arrested Republic members for the hostages.
Over the next six days, Caver maintained a firm but patient stance.
The Rangers were the lead agency at the scene, but they were by no means alone.
Scores of state troopers joined practically every officer from every agency in every nearby county at the site.
The National Guard created a virtual hospital. The Border Patrol brought in heat-seeking and night-vision equipment. The FBI also made its presence felt.
So did the ghosts of Waco.
“It did enter my mind, but just briefly,” Caver said this week, back amid the comforts of his Midland office. “I had to dispel those thoughts and try to combat the situation. I tried not to let it get in the way of my decisions.”
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