New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 6, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Rangers, CHS advance in playoffs. See Sports, Page 1B.
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16 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, November 6,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of PETE DELAFUENTE JR.
Vol. 144, No. 257
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Birthday wish** from tho Harold Zaltiaiflf
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Art Brinkkoeter, Pete De Laverne Jr. <50 years), Susan Phillips (40 years), Marjorie Bal-mos, Tim Vandelden (40 years),
Cai Hildebrand, Angel Femandez 118 years), Jacquelin Perez, Adam avier Paiz (belated) and Daniel Jalmos (belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Comal River —171 cubic feet per second, down 3 from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wen — 622.97 feet above sea level, down .02 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 264 cfs Canyon I .ake inflow —159 cfs Canyon Lake level — 906.34 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
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NSU reports pumping 7.20 million gallons of surface water Monday, and no wet water was used.
Symphony society to hold Apodal mooting
A special meeting of the Mid-Texas Symphony Society with toe hetctat 7:30 pm Monday at Norwest Bank in Seguin. The purpose of this special meeting is th consider a change in the bylaws to include a provision for endowments. Anyone who has contributed tgthe Mid-Texas Symphony for the current season is a member of the society and is encouraged to take part.
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The annual Heritage Exhibit continues its run from 10 arn. to 5:30 p.m. daily through Sunday at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin.
This year’s exhibit theme is “The Thirties: Winds of Change." It focuses on the Depression-era life of New Braunfels in the 1930s.
Admission is $3 for adults;
50 cents for children 6 to 12; children under 6 get in free
Canyon FFA Boosters hold show mooting
The Canyon FFA Booster Club will hold their most important meeting of the year at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the CHS Commons.
Registration for all shows will take place.
Mlddls school book sate continuos today
Canyon Middle School’s benefit book sale continues from 8 arn to 4 p.m. today through Friday in the school library.
The sale features books for all ages. Parents may come to the school at any time to review books in the sale collection.
Book orders are paid for at the time of selection and will be filled and ready for pick-up on Nov. 15. The library receives one book for every five sold.
Family Outrsach seminars continua
Family Outreach of Comal County continues to have its “For Kids’ Sake” seminars. They will run twice a month for the next two months.
This seminar is to teach par-, ents how to help their children through the transitions of divorce.
Dole carries Texas but falters in other GOP strongholds
By MIKE FEINSILBER
Associated Press Writer
President Clinton is savoring another political comeback, a second-term 31-state sweep that he says carries an appeal from Americans to “put aside the politics of division.” But he confronts a Republican Congress strong enough to check his dreams
See more election coverage, Page 5A
and investigate his dealings.
In a vote for the status quo — and the legislative gridlock it sometimes produces — the country rebuffed Bob Dole and Ross Perot’s attacks on Clinton’s character and instead endorsed Clinton’s handling of the economy.
The Democratic president’s emphasis on edu
cation and family issues appealed especially to women.
Still, Americans opted again for divided government, marginally strengthening the GOP’s hand in the Senate but weakening it in the House. Republicans will hold all the chairmanships, assuring Clinton of a new round of investigations of him, his wife and his administration on a range of ethics issues, the latest being foreign donations to the Democratic Party.
“Obviously there’s going to have to be some questions asked,” Republican Senate Leader Trent Lott told The Associated Press in a post-election
And Newt Gingrich, one of the nation’s most divisive politicians, retains his speakership of the House.
Divided government over the past two years has led sometimes to stalemate, sometimes to compromise. It shut down the government but also produced ground breaking new laws on welfare, family leave and health insurance portability.
Everything about Tuesday’s election spoke of a public uninspired by its choices.
“To be honest,” said one Clinton voter, Mike Morris of Fishers, Ind., “he was the best of the three, but I'm not happy with any of them. It was a tough decision.”
The turnout at the polls was down sharply. A
Turn to Clinton, Page 5A
By ABE LEVY
Edwards Aquifer Authority Board Member Doug Miller was elected to another term Tuesday as the District 9 representative after garnering an unofficial total of 56 percent of the vote in Comal and Guadalupe counties.
”1 think this is a vote of confidence for the job I’ve been doing for both Comal and Guadalupe counties,” said Miller, who collected a total of 11,351 votes. “I’m anxious to get started with the directors (newly) elected (to the board) to seek long-term solutions on a regional basis.” Miller served as an appointed board member since the EAA began operations on June 28 after legal challenges halt-
ed its birth for 34 months.
Turn to EAA, Page 5A
Bradberry still mulls Keller offer
By ABE LEVY
Charles Bradberry, superintendent for the New Braunfels Independent School District, said his acceptance of a job offer to become the supenntendent for another school district is still pending due to unexpected delays in negotiations.
Officials from the Keller Independent School District offered Bradberry the job two weeks ago and came to New Braunfels Thursday to continue negotiations.
Bradberry, who was expected to announce his decision on Tuesday, said two Keller board members have been out of town and unable to continue discussions, making the process slower than anticipated.
“Their board hasn’t been able to meet and I simply haven’t heard from them,” Bradberry said Wednesday morning. “It takes some coordination to be able to get together. I’d like to bring closure to it as quickly as possible.”
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By DAVE) DBCUNDER
Jade Dawson, Bill Reinter and Ed Mullins were all landslide winners in the only three contested county noes on Election Tuesday.
All three Republicans turned away their Democratic opponents by margins of more than 3-1.
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estate agent, will become the next county oommistano-sr in Precinct 1. Dawson g*. oared 5,686 votes, or 75 percent, to Louis “Charlie” Mil-lican’s 1,912 votes.
Votws gsv* Mullins a ascend term ai constable of Precinct 4 with 5,188 votes (71 percent). His opponent, VRNM* Jim Sutton, received2,170 votes.
Renner, who ran on tbs issue of consolidating the county Moray's office with the district attar* niy’s office, raid his ovowhefaning victory over the voters’ wishes.
think ft indicates the judgement of the people that the two offices should be combined,” Reimcr said. “Next week I will ask commissioners court to send a resolution to the Legislature ttiding than to abolish the office.”
. Reimer, who served as county attorney from 1981 to 1988, said if the Legislature approves the change, the office could be abolished by Sept. 1,1997.
He said on dun day he will resign as county attorney and will never run for another political office. Reimcr has served as district attorney for the past eight years.
He will be succeeded by Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip, who ran unopposed for election.
“I want to get out of politics in a way which will benefit the community and say thanks to the people who have voted for me over the years,” Reinter said.
For Langham, it was her first time to run for an elected office, and despite losing, she said she
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enjoyed the experience very much.
“I had an exciting opportunity to present my ideas,” Langham said. “I had a ball meeting people and knowing what their concerns where. I met a kit of people I wouldn’t have met otherwise.”
Millican, a political newcomer himself, said he knew coining in he would be a long-shot candidate against Dawson in the heavily Republican Precinct I.
The precinct covers most of southern Canyon Lake and part of northern New Braunfels.
But he said the run for office was well worth the effort.
“It was just a stroke for democracy,” said Millican, a former economics professor. “A lot of people ought to try this. It is an experience.”
Mullins said he was very grateful to the voters who gave him another term as constable.
He said he hopes his constituents will begin to
appreciate the efforts he and his deputy constables are making to try and make the streets of his precinct safe.
“I hope to improve the way people look at the constable’s department and die way they perform their duties.” he said.
Sutton said it was just an uphill fight going against Mullins.
“I guess Jack Bremer said it the best in the last election: ’This is just a Republican county,* ” Sutton said.
“I appreciate everything everybody did for me in the election and I thank the Democratic Party for accepting me into their party,” he said.
Sutton was originally going to run against Mullins in the Republican Party but switched parties last year when he said a Canyon Lake Republican Women’s Club officer favored Mullins.,
Fifty-eight percent of the registered voters, 26,178, turned out and voted Tuesday.
Judge makes pitch to keep 210 area code
By ABE LEVY
In an I lth-hour plea to the Public Utility Commission, Comal County Judge Carter Casteel asked the three-member board to keep the county within the 210 area code as the board tries to compensate for the boom in telecommunications.
The PUC will consider Thursday a request by a working group of industry professionals and experts to retain the 2 IO area code for the San Antonio area and create two new zones to the south and north, including Comal and Guadalupe counties.
The 210 designation was introduced in 1992 and was a change from the former 512 area code. The additional change is needed to account for the growing number of pagers, cellular phones, fax machines, and residential and commercial requests for extra lines, proponents of the change said.
Casteel sent a letter to the PUC Monday in which she said, “Comal County would prefer to retain the current area code, since it was only a short time ago, that we were changed to the 2 IO (area code) ” However, Casteel said she understands the San Antonio area has a higher population.
“I understand that as we grow, we’ve got to have
more numbers, but I still wish that we didn’t have do that,” Casteel said.
“It’s going to come, and people are not going to be happy. People, including myself, have a difficulty with change. Unfortunately, it’ll be the second time for Comal County.”
The commission is expected to approve the area code recommendation T hursday, but officials said the number of the new area code will not be determined until early next year.
Phone users will be given about a six-month grace period before the new area code will become the official designation.
Clinton cruises to second term
President Bill ClintonPope s change of heart on evolution troubles columnist. See Opinion, Page 4A.