New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 5, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
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Party: White will run for governor’seat
AUSTIN (AP) — Former Gov. Mark White will enter the gubernatorial race, state Democratic Party chairman Bob Slagle said Saturday during a meeting where party officials approved a resolution calling for positive and fair campaigning.
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Heritage Exhibit showcases treasure
big sports weekend
The New Braunfels Unicorns had a big weekend in The importance of the ^omal Springs to this com-
sports, taking second in the state in tennis (sec ^2 mun*ly W‘N ta^ce on new meaning to those viewing
below), while the girls cross-country team earned a ' this year’s Heritage Exhibit dedicated to early indus-
state berth and the football team guaranteed itsel 410 M0 09 10/22/99 101 the river.
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Vol. 137, No. 256707 Landa St., New Braunfels. Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
November 5, 1989
Three Sections, 42 Pages
Car causes chain reaction in Interstate 35 smashup
By JOE KINCHELOE Staff writer
A five-car crash on Interstate 35 left one person in serious but stable condition and injured five others when a car went out of control, setting off a string of collisions.
The accident occurred at approximately 6 p.m. Friday when a southbound 1977 Honda Accord attempted to exit to PM 1103, south of New Braunfels, according to Trooper Tim Jackson, the Department of Public Safety officer who investigated the accident.
Jackson said the driver of the Honda apparently lost control and swerved back onto the highway in the southbound lane, striking a Toyota pickup. The car then bounced into another lane and struck a 1989 Chevrolet pickup pulling a trailer.
The Chevrolet pickup then veered to the left and went across the highway median and struck two oncoming 1986 Fold pickups in the northbound lane.
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New law aimed at hunters
Deer season may be open but a new Comal County ordinance is in effect which prohibits hunting in subdivisions on properties of IO acres or less.
Precinct 4 County Commissioner Clyde Jacobs said the ordinance was passed following a statewide statute issued by the Texas Legislature. Violation of the ordinance is punishable by a Class C misdemeanor.
Nobody has been directly injured by a hunter’s stray bullet recently in Comal County, according to Jacobs, “but several bullet holes have appeared in people’s houses."
He said although a person inside a house stands a reasonable chance of not being struck by a bullet, the possibility still remains and so docs the ordinance.
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Small turnout could decide amendments
AUSTIN (AP) — lf past trends hold true on election day Tuesday, a small minority of Texans could decide the fate of the 21 constitutional amendments placed before voters.
The amendments range from such weighty matters as providing water improvements for the state’s substandard “Colonia” developments to local issues such as abolishing the offices of several county surveyors.
Also at issue is whether the salaries of members of the Legislature should be more than tripled, to $23,000-plus, along with a near tripling of their dai ly expense allowances.
“Unfortunately, history tells us that despite the importance of the constitutional amendment elections, they generally yield low statewide voter turnout totals,” said Secretary of State George Bayoud.
Since its adoption in 1876, nearly 500 amendments have been proposed to the Texas Constitution, and 307 have been adopted.
“The issues arc too important to let a small number of people decide their outcome,*’ Bayoud said.
During the 1980s, lite turnout of
voters for amendment elections has ranged from 11.6 percent to 12.8 percent.
The exception was 1987, when the lengthy list of proposed amendments included a referendum on legalizing pari-mutuel gambling on horse and dog races.
That year, turnout was 30.6 percent of the 7.34 million registered voters, said Mark Toohey, a spokesman for the secretary of state.
Bayoud noted that the small amendment turnouts are a sharp contrast to other recent elections.
"Sixty-six percent of registered Texas voters cast ballots in last November’s presidential election,” he said. “In years when Texas elects a governor, the turnout rate usually hovers around 50 percent.”
While the ballot is long and several of the propositions have been criticized as confusing, Bayoud said, “Any attempt to alter language in the Constitution is significant and should be thoughtfully considered by all Texans.”
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Committee wants aquifer issue settled
New Braunfels’ Brenda Hicks won her state finals singles match Saturday, but the Unicorns lost their first match of the season in falling to Highland Park. (Photo by Joe Belk)
Unicorn tennis team goes out a ‘’
The Texas Legislature has made a committment to address the Edwards Aquifer and in doing so created a joint select committee to study the complex under water source and its control.
The Special Committee on the Edwards Aquifer is made up of seven members of each house and is designed to identify and study the controversy surrounding the aquifer.
The committee is co-chaired by Rep. Terrell Smith (R-Austin) and Sen. Cindi Krier (R-San Antonio). The other members include Senators John Montford (D-Lubbock), Ken Armbrister (D-Victoria), Gonzalo Barrientos (D-Austin), Bill Sims (D-San Angelo), Frank Tejeda (D-San Antonio), and Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo).
House Representatives include Orlando Garcia (D San Antonio), Jel l Wentworth (R-San Antonio), Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin), Libby Linebarger (D-San Marcos), Harvey Hildebran (R-Uvalde), and Elden Edge (D-Poth).
“The committee will provide an avenue for all sides to discuss the issue," Linebarger said. “We are going to study all sides of the issue,
from the history to the lawsuit the Guadalupe Blanco River Aihority has filed.”
Krier said the main problem facing legislation concerning the Edwards is that the parties involved could never come to a compromise, which contributed to die death of a bill concerning the Edwards in the recent legislative session.
“Politics became the issue more than facts,” Krier said. “In the committee we want the facts to come to the surface."
Some opponents of Krier’s bill have even made it into a constitutional issue, saying that withdrawing groundwater is a “God given right" for a properly owner.
To keep politics out of the study, die committee will use a panel of experts to present evidence about die Edwards. The committee will have its fust meeting Nov. IO in Austin
One person asked lo testify at the hearing is New Braunfels Mayor Doug Miller. Miller said he is happy to see the legislation doing something lo address the issue.
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Factions ponder UBR A ’s strategy
Whether or not the Guadalupc-Blanco River Authority’s lawsuit over the regulation of the Edward’s Aquifer can hold water has been in question
Some have said the lawsuit is a move to get the attention of the state legislature, but dial idea has been refuted by GBRA attorneys.
“This is a very serious lawsuit," Kim Bightwcll, attorney for the GBRA said. “In no way is this a meaningless lawsuit or just an effort to prod the legislature into action.”
However, said State Rep. Libby Linebarger, “The lawsuit does act as an impetus on the issue.”
“I don’t see it as an attention grab ber,” State Sen. Cindi Krier said. “Tile jieople at the GBRA saw nothing being done, so diey filed the suit.”
„ The number of defendants in the case is around 8(H), according to GBRA council Roger Nevo!a. An attorney for one of the defendants
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By JOE BELK Strtt writer
AUSTIN — The New Braunfels Unicorn tennis team completed its most successful season in recent history with a trip to the suite finals, where the team lost 12-6 to Highland Park.
“They just had too much depth,” Coach David Mueller said of the Scots. “The thing about team tennis is you have to have depth and be good
all the way down. We’re good at that, but Highland Park was just a little bit better.”
New Braunfels reached the finals through an incredible 25-0 season, now 25-1. The Unicorns won District 28-4A and Region IV, in both cases beating defending suite champion Alamo Heights.
In the stale semifinals, the Unicorns
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Committee lends Helping Hand
Nobody’s better at passing die buck than the people involved in the New Braunfels Helping Hands Committee.
They pass the buck, the bread, the bus tickets, and the clothes, or just offer a consoling handhold while a friend is being treated in a hospital emergency room.
They also pass the buck on who gels credit for all the work and they are al) volunteers.
Gus Dugger, coordinator for the committee, says really all he does is coordinate and write an occasional newsletter.
Ray Parker of H.E.B. says all he does is allow one of his employees to take time off from work to offer help when he is called.
Randy Haugh of MBank-New Braunfels says all he does is act as an advisor for financial situations.
H.E.B. employee Steve Serna says Dugger, Parker, and Haugh do all the work
ll all started when Dugger read something in a magazine about die organization in New Jersey. He inquired and has extended the organization to this part of Texas. Before Dugger organized Helping Hands in New Braunfels, die article had already helped spawn many other Helping Hands committees in at least 17 states.
Sun ling out slowly bul quickly building up steam, HHC helped 30 cases from Feb. 4, 1988, lo July 31, 1989, according to Dugger.
Of those 30 eases, four happened between midnight and 4 a m., nine were between 5 p.m. and 6 a.m., and eight involved local people.
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The temperatures are not ver> fall-like today but are perfect for Wurstfest because the high is expected to reach the low 80s.
This morning will be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of rain thai will bum off for a partly cloudy afternoon and winds from the south/south west at 15 mph. Tonight’s low will drop to the low 60s, followed by a partly cloudy Monday with a high again in the low 80s.
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American Association of Gruver sit) Women will meet Monday ai
7:30 p.m. at the Dittlinger Memorial Library. Carter Casteel will discuss the Nov. 7 Constitutional Amendment election and a representative from the school district will discuss the NB1SD Bond Issue election....
Last week’s Count the Opa warner was Jerald Schroeder oi New Braunfels. Schroeder correctly counted 20 Opus holding newspap ere in the Herald-Zeilung between Oct. 22 and 27. For his entry, Schroeder received $25 in cash (He was the contest’s first nonsubscriber to win; subscribers win
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Wurstfest Association Bob Sohn, at right in the above photo, opens Wurstfest '89 by biting in a link of sausage, the Wurstfest ‘ribbon cutting.’ Also taking bites are, from right, famed accordion player and Wurstfest favorite Myron Floren, Florets daughter, and Ed Kadlecek. At right, Myron Floren receives a hug from one of his many fans as he steps from the boat carrying the Wurst Navy down the Comal River Friday night. The Wurstfest Association today will honor Floren with a birthday party full of special treats, including a rendition of “Happy Birthday” by hundreds of accordion players from throughout the state, and special visits from former Lawrence Welk coworkers Jack Imel, Barney Liddell, Mary Lou Metzger, and Bobby Burgess Wurstfest continues daily through next Sunday. (Photos by John Senter)
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