New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 4, 1982, New Braunfels, Texas
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Hinman Island project gets okay
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Relief is in sight for Hinman Island Park.
Shortly after noon Wednesday, the Texas Parks & Wildlife Commission approved New Braunfels’ application for a $120,000 grant to improve the much-used recreational area.
City Finance Director Jim Jeffers and acting parks director Court Thieleman met with the grant committee Wednesday morning, and state Rep. Bennie Bock II put in a good word with Executive Parks Director Charles D. Travis. The city manager and I had met with Bennie last week to ask if there was anything he could do to help,” Thieleman said.
The grant money, matched by at least $120,000 from city and other sources, will pay for Phase I of
the Hinman Island Redevelopment Project.
Plans call for more than a mile of hike and-bike trail along Hinman Island Drive, a terraced sunbathing area and installation of an automatic irrigation system and erosion controls. Thirteen new picnic units will be added, and the 20 existing ones will be improved.
The plans also include three watersports platforms, which will allow swimmers and tubers to enter the Comal River without causing severe bank erosion.
City personnel expect to start on the project right away, but construction won't begin until March at the earliest. "We’re going through the phase that no one sees, except the people that work on the drawing boards," Thieleman said.
"We’re going to sit down next week and decide
exactly what portions of the project we’re gonna start with,” he added. The project is scheduled for completion in April 1984, which means that some of the work will have to be done while the park is in heavy use this summer.
Thieleman's tentative timetable calls for detailed specifications to be completed by mid-February, at which point they’ll have to be approved by the state.
Except for the hike-and-bike trail, which will extend all the way to the Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad bridge over the Comal. Phase I stops at the end of the “civilized” portion of Hinman Island, Thieleman said. The steeper, more wooded banks to the west belong to Phase II. to be considered at some future time.
“I don’t know yet how we’re going to finance that, but there is a Phase II,” he said.
Manslaughter charges may be filed today
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Four counts of involuntary manslaughter are expected to be filed today against William Dale Savage, in connection with the deaths of a New Braunfels family last Saturday.
Ruben Sauceda Sr., his expectant wife Ortencia, their 28 month-old daughter Victoria and ll month-old son Ruben were walking to the V Cafe, when all four were struck from
behind by Savage s Volkswagen on U.S. Highway 81. Dead at the scene was Sauceda Sr. The two children died at McKenna Memorial Hospital, and Mrs. Sauceda died at 2 a.m. Sunday at Brooke Army Medical Hospital.
Savage, a private stationed at Fort Sam Houston, was charged with driving while intoxicated, and was taken back to the base by military authorities The insect BARKES. Page ll
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White, Clements eye smooth transition
AUSTIN (API Texas’ present and future governors have agreed there will be a businesslike exchange of administrations next January.
“We will leave our state in good lands and with good grace,” said Republican Gov. Bill Clements, who suffered a surprise defeat Tuesday at the hands of Democrat Mark White, the state’s attorney general
Clements said his top aide. Hilary Doran, would work for an orderly transition White named his first assistant, John Fainter, to be his chief transition man.
However, the two did not agree, in separate Wednesday news conferences. on the cause of the transition
“I the k if we do our job well, we loa . oe will be able to see al least HIO years of uninterrupted Democratic service to the people of Texas,” White said.
“We tieket-sphtters took a licking,” conceded Clements, “but when you
take a shellacking, which we did. you lick your wounds and come back for another day. The Republican Party of Texas will rebound."
Clements, however, said he would never run again for public office.
“I told all of you before, that this would be my last campaign,” he said. "I was not running for any other office and I have no political ambition whatever."
White 42, was the winner in an avalanche that swept every Democratic statewide candidate to decisive vitones, despite the largest and best-financed slate of Republican candidates ever fielded in Texas
Reports from the National Election Service Wednesday showed an unusually large turnout for non-presidential year elections ot more than J million voters, compared to the 2.3 million when Clements sprang his political surprise in 1978.
The NES* latest figures showed White with E683.608 or 54 percent of
reported vole, compared to 1,455,020 or 41) percent for White.
A happy W hite called his win “the biggest political victory rn the history of Texas.”
He credited his w in mostly to the big turnout and to the “broad-based candidacy” of all statewide Democratic candidates, particularly Et Gov Mill Hobby, who at times campaigned with White. He also gave thanks to his political mentor, former Gov. Dolph Briscoe of Uvalde.
Briscoe said Tuesday night that “The Republican Party ut Texas is now relegated to where it was IO to 15 years ago.” when Texas w is considered a one-party state.
But Clements disputed Briscoe's conclusion.
Surely, we are disappointed,” be said “I thought vie not only got beat at the line of scrimmage, but we probably needed another quarterback in the sense that maybe I called tile wrung plays.”
Local party chairmen analyze results
By JACQUELINE SMITH Stall writer
Republicans don’t elect Republicans. Democrats do “by not getting out to vote,” said Tom Bluntzer, chairman of the Comal County Democratic Party, in reflecting Mark White s defeat of Gov. Bill Clements Tuesday.
And this year the Democrats got out, an elated Bluntzer noted, referring to Tuesday’s statewide races.
Clements’ election four years ago “was a fluke," in Bluntzer’s opinion. “But when the Ikmiocrats united, we sent him home,” the local attorney said.
Charles Berger, chairman of the Comal County Republican Party, had a different perspec tive
I’m elated over the local races,”
said Berger, referring to the tact that Republicans captured four of the six locally contested races and the state representative’s race.
But, he added, T in disappointed over the governor’s loss I thought he’d been a good governor,” the local doctor noted,
“I don’t like what s facing us for the next four years," Berger added. “White w ill be a bigger spender.
“Things are not going to be as good for the state as far as our budget is concerned because if he does some of the things that he's said he's going to do taxes are going to go up,” Berger added.
Berger felt Clements’ loss was due to two main issues * the economy and the phony issue of the fuel charge adjustment made by White."
The local GOP chairman also thought the Floyd Benison-J im Collins
race for the U.S. Senate "had a tot to do with the turnaround in the state races."
Bentsen, a GI-year-old Democrat, was challenged for his senate seat by Republican Jim Collins, GG. This race drew a lugh number of Democratic voters to the polls, according to election reports.
Bluntzer, on the other hand, thought Voters ousted Clements because they were unhappy with his performance as governor and with the state's economy.
■'Clements was a high profile governor. He was in the news a lot and lie said a lot of things that people like to hear,” said Bluntzer. But be didn’t get much done as governor and Hie voters showed him that they weren't happy.”
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Reagan, O'Neill see compromises
WASHINGTON < AP» The talk is of compromise but the outlook for confrontation as President Reagan and House Speaker Thomas P. O’Neill Jr. lead partisan analyses of a midterm election that offer a mix of triumph and loss for Republicans and Democrats alike.
We will extend to turn (ReaganI the hand of cooperation,” the Democratic speaker said Wednesday.
At the other end of Pennsylvania Avenue, the president pledged in the White House Rose Garden to work with Congress "in a bipartisan fashion to
solve the major problems that still have to be* solved.”
But there is every likelihood the partisan differences of the past two years over how to deal with those problems will continue in the 98th Congress that takes office in January with a markedly more Democratic House but with a 54-46 Republican majority in the Senate holding steady.
The talk of cooperation Wednesday was reminiscent of statements made immediately after
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Garden Ridge cable up in air
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Cable TV is one thing the Garden Ridge City Council just can’t seem to agree on.
Councilmen!ber David Hencshel, appointed six months ago to make in-depth comparisons of proposals from different firms, couldn’t be at Wednesday’s meeting. But he left a new recommendation with Mayor Betty McGranahan: Don’t do anything about cable right now.
Counc.lmember Bobbie I.andrum had also talked to Hencshel, and she said he was watching tile fast-growing communications technology.
“There are some things going to come out in a year or so that would make cable virtually ob-
McGranahan doesn’t want to see the city stuck with a 15-year franchise on an outdated system Councilman Neal Craigmile said that shouldn’t be a problem. If individual citizens find out they can see better TV cheaper by purchasing their own satellite-broadcast antenna, then no one can force them to subscribe totable.
“If they (tile cable company) don’t have the customers two years from now, that’s their risk not mine, and not the City of Garden Ridge’s.” The franchise doesn’t guarantee a profit or a minimum number of subscribers, Craigmile said.
He wanted to go ahead and offer a contract to
See LABEE TV, Page 14
Comal County forecast calls for clear and not as cool today, clear and cold tonight with heavy frost
likely, and sunny and a little warmer Friday. Winds Edmund kuempel, newly elected
will be from the north at IO mph today, becoming state lepiesentative tm this ai en, was
light and variable tonight. Sunset will be at 5:42 fur.P!lf t,uv dements
p in., and sunrise Friday will be at 6:47 a.in ° ^ tul re-election to
Democrat Mark White
A new Democratic governor, however, will not affect the Texas Volleyball Playoffs * legislature or Kuempel, the 39-year-
old Republican noted iii a telephone It’s post-season tune in the world of high school interview Wednesday volleyball, and two local teams enter that "second • nqj |lave no affect one way or the
season” tonight. The New Braunfels Unicorns host ottu,r j in ^olim up there to do a job
South San West at 7 p.m., and the Smithson Valley for gle people 0f district 46,” a
Range re ttes travel to Iii Grange to face Boling See jubilant Kuempel said
5- District 46 includes Comal,
Guadalupe and Kendall Counties. Kuempel lives in Seguin, where for 18 ^ D 1012 years he s worked as a soles
COMICS 13 representative for Structural Metals.
PRI13 Unlike statewide races, which were
nFAR ARBV ........................ 9 dominated by Democrats, Kuempel
ne a q ..........................^ t°°k approximately GI) percent of tile
DEA HS......................... > • voje in j^ajjug Democrat John
HOROSCOPE ..................2 Taylor
KALEIDOSCOPE......................^9 Taylor, a former newspaper
OPINIONS......................... 4A pubUsh
er from McQueeney, received
SPORTS............................ 5,6 10,067 votes to Kuempel’s 15,351 total
STOCKS............................14 from the three counties. Closer to
TV UST INGS.........................13 home, Comal County voters cast 6,234
WEATHER...........................2 ballots for Kuempel, compared to
Kuempel, Taylor mull campaigns, results
Taylor, who received 3,963 votes.
Contacted at bis home Wednesday, Taylor congratulated Kuempel for a job well done,” referring to the campaign. “Eve never seen anybody work as hard as him," said 57-year-old Taylor. I just hope he ll be able to do a good job for the people ot the district., in Austin.”
Taylor said he was not too "terribly surprised” by the results of Tuesday’s election “We knew this was a tough district for a Democrat to win...because of the make-up of the district which is mostly Republican,” he said.
Asked if he would consider running for this office again, Taylor said it’s much to early to know about another campaign.”
I .ate in the race Taylor labeled Kuempel a “special interest candidate” for accepting contributions iii excess of $40,000 from \ anous groups, organizations and individuals.
Kumepel denied this, saying that these contributions came from a “broad-based group of supporters ”
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Mandy Maxwell and Kyle Kolacek offer life size imitations of the famous Hummel figurines during a Hummel look alike contest Wednesday night at the Wursthalle Maxwell and Kolacek were the
Staff photos by CtnOv Rit ha/dso/i
winners in the boys' and girls' divisions, while Lisa Sciantarelli and Zach Alexander placed second. The figurines are on display at the Goebeifest in Landa Recreation Center.