New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comp,f Tower resigns, Krueger might run again
JSTIN (AP) — If Sen. John Tower, ;xas, resigns to become secretary ifense, as some speculate, it would n another all-out political war reen Texas Democrats and ublicans.
though the dust is just beginning to ie from the GOP sweep of Texas in presidential race, a special Senate tion would stir everything up in.
owever, it’s hard for a number of nocratic, and Republican, leaders elieve it could happen.
I don’t believe ifs true for one lute,” said National Democratic lirman John White, who may be a didate if there is a vacancy for
Tower’s seat. “My immediate reaction is that it is just a bunch of horsefeathers.”
“I just don’t sec how it could happen,” said a prominent Republican campaigner who did not want to be quoted, “but it will be a hell of a race if it does happen.”
The Texas speculation started after published reports that President-elect Ronald Reagan might select Tower to be secretary of defense and Texas Gov. Bill Clements might name former Gov. John B. Connelly to replace Tower until a special election could be held.
‘‘That’s the nuttiest thing I’ve ever heard,” Clements said of the report.
“I have not been offered the job of
secretary of defense,” said Tower. “I understand that several names are going to be presented to Presidentelect Reagan.”
Some close Tower associates in Texas predicted he would take the cabinet job if offered.
The most likely Democrats to oppose Connally, if he is appointed, would be Robert Krueger of New Braunfels, ambassador-at-large to Mexico who lost a hot race to Tower in 1978 and former Attorney General John Hill, who lost to Clements in 1978, and White.
Under state law, Clements would name a temporary successor to Tower if Congress is in session to be sure
Texas is represented. He must call a special election within five days after a vacancy occurs for the next 60 to 90 days to fill the remaining four years of Tower’s term.
After Lyndon B. Johnson was elected vice president in 1960, he resigned as a Texas senator and Tower won a "high man” special election in 1961. Later, the Texas Legislature changed state law to require that U.S. Senate races must be won by a majority vote, with a runoff if necessary.
Tower won the 1961 special election and was re-elected in 1962 with considerable help from liberal Democrats unhappy with the conservative faction of the party, particularly Connally. He
was re-elected in 1972, defeating Barefoot Sanders, Dallas, now a federal judge. Connally was head of Texas Democrats for Nixon that year but did not support Tower.
"I couldn’t pretend that there would be no interest but it’s a bit premature to indicate any definite plan,” Krueger said from Washington. "I think clearly I would look at it very closely and there certainly would be that possibility. This speculation has been around for some time.”
White said "if there is any substance to it, I might think about it (running for the seat). Right now I wouldn’t give it a second thought.”
White said he thought Tower would
be just as powerful as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which he is slated to become in the 1981 Congress, as he would be as defense secretary.
Hill also said he thought it was premature to comment.
"I’m still interested in public service but I think at this time I will not
Hill said in a recent interview with The Associated Press that he was not interested in any political campaign except that for governor in 1982.
"My overriding interest is still in the governor’s race,” he said Tuesday.
Changes eyed for stadium
New Braunfels football fans wishing to purchase food or drink during games next year may notice a change, depending on what Supt. O.K. Hendricks finds out during the next few weeks.
I^ast night trustees of New Braunfels Independent School District decided to give Hendricks and Lonnie Curtis, business manager, permission to look into the possible re-location of the concession stands at Unicorn Stadium.
The concession are currently located directly under the bleachers. They have created a bottleneck for some time, Hendricks said.
"We just can’t serve enough people and we’ve gotten some complaints,” he said. "We want to make it so you don’t have to miss a full quarter of the football game just to get a drink.”
He suggested moving the stands away from the bleachers to provide more room to serve more people at one time, since people could be served from all four sides of the stands.
Hendricks said the biggest problem facing the district if it is decided to move the stands would be the cost of transferring water and sewer lines.
The present concession stands under the stadium are located next to the restrooms and they use the same water and sewer line. However, Hendricks said, when the stands are moved 50 yards or more, "it will take some cost to run water” out to the stands.
Although at the meeting Hendricks was merely asking for "the board’s blessing to conduct a study to come up with facts and cost estimates,” he suggested that to solve the problem of congestion, two new stands and one large portable concession stand would be needed.
Hendricks added the concession stands presently used will probably be kept in storage.
In other business last night, trustees approved repair work to be done on the Academy Street gymnasium.
The board had received a letter from the high school basketball coach asking trustees to make the gym suitable for his players to practice and play in.
Noting that this was the first time the board has had a request to repair this gymnasium, Hendricks suggested that it would take around $18,000 to "put it into shape to use it.”
Board members apparently agreed because they voted to grant the request to replace hot-water heaters to make one side of the dressing room useable and generally fix that one area of the dressing room. Although the lighting is in need of some repair, Henricks said, "we may be able to wait a year.”
Gus Kanz, maintenance supervisor of NBISD, said the fixtures that have been there for a very long time have to be replaced with bigger fixtures. He also said, "There is a panel in there that is dangerous.
In any event, the board unanimously agreed to spend $18,000 to renovate, upgrade and improve the gymnasium. We are "doing it as economically as we possibly can,” Hendricks said.
Suggesting to trustees that they "primarily think about gas economy,” Rudy Renner, president, introduced another item on the agenda — that of purchasing a pickup truck for the school district.
Considering a total of six bids by various motor companies, trustees finally agreed to accept a bid of $5,760 made by Becker Motor Co. for a 4-cyliner Dodge D-5 pickup.
Hendricks said that since the school district buys a pickup every two years,
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Stiffer fines sought at blocked crossings
AUSTIN (AP) — Reps. Hector Uribe, D-Brownsville, and Jerry Benedict, I>Angleton, say they considered putting parking meters at railroad crossings but decided stiffer fines would be just as good.
The two pre-filed a bill Tuesday for the 1981 legislature that would allow judges to assess fines of $500 to $1,000 on railroads for blocking intersections. The current law, passed in 1921, sets the fine at $5 to $100.
"The existing penalties are simply too low to provide a deterrent to the railroads,” they said a joint statement. "The railroad companies simply treat them as another cost of doing business. We thought about putting parking meters at railroad crossings but couldn’t find any that would take $500 bills.”
Their bill also would allow any railroad employee to be ticketed, not just the "driver.”
Repeated complaints about blocked crossings have been lodged against the Missouri Pacific and Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroads in New Braunfels. One railroad official here has said the railroads try to prevent blocking the intersections at all. But he has added that the law governing blocked crossings is "like the blue laws, rarely enforced.”
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After going into executive session for i minutes to discuss student matters, omal Independent School District ustees last night unanimously ap-roved the appointment of district rofessional staff members to the 1980-1 textbook committee.
The committee will determine what ;xtbooks will be considered for doption. Supt. James Richardson will ead the committee. Members are ludie Barker, Margaret Brazle, Mary isther Cantu, Mary Fauset, Harvey Calich, Bill Knight, Joyce Loehman, )ebbie Lyons, Dorothy Matschek,
)oris Reinhart, Dr. Jim Russell. Willie Tyler and Mac Walling.
High school subjects in CISD which are up for adoption this year are psychology, sociology, vocational instruction education drafting trades, graphic arts trades and electrical trades, business management and ownership, business communication and business law. Basal reading in Spanish for kindergarten through third grade, basal reading for kindergarten through eighth grades and earth science for eighth grade are also up for adeption.
The board also approved 15 days of extended sick leave for CISD head mechanic leonard Mutchler, who was involved in a traffic accident Sept. 6 while transporting a bus into Canyon I>ake for state inspection purposes.
Mutchler had accumulated 55 days of sick leave, Harvey Pape, director of support services said, and had utilized them.
"He’s stopping by the bus garage now from time to time,” Pape said.
Repair costs for the bus were $5,900, he said.
The extended sick leave would allow Mutchler to recuperate more fully, but would also provide an additional depository of 20 days which he could utilize as board policy stipulates, Richardson said.
District school buses are working with different schedules, Pape said.
"We’re still changing a few of the routes around Canyon I^ke due to (EM) 306 opening up,” he said. High school students are getting home earlier than they had been, he added.
Because some of the district drivers have resigned, the district is looking for more drivers, Pape said.
"We are having some difficulty,” he said.
Pape also reported that school lights and windows which were destroyed by vandals earlier in the year have been replaced.
Several school roofs in the district have leaks, Pape said.
"It seems like ifs a losing battle with holes on some flat-top roofs,” he said.
The district’s cafeterias are "almost in the black,” Pape reported, adding most cafeterias do not begin operating in the black after until school has been in session for three or four months.
The district facility committee, headed by trustee Raymond Soechting, toured Bulverde elementary and middle schools and Encino Park Subdivsion along U.S. Highway 281 Nov. IO.
The subdivision, which has 2,300 acres in the district, will be split between CISD and North East Independent School District. Streets in the area are being constructed and the
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Oh by gosh, by golly...
. . .it's time for mistletoe and holly and Main Plaza Christmas decorations. The weather was brisk enough Tuesday to put everyone in the right mood, including New Braunfels Utilities employees in-
Sratt photos by John Stinter
stalling lights, trees and canes in preparation for the holiday season. The official lighting will Dec. 2 at 5:30 p.m.
Mullins withdraws request
John Mullins, the defeated candidate fur sheriff in the 1980 general election who asked for a vote recount of that race, withdrew his request Wednesday.
Because the Commissioners Court, acting as the county vote canvassing board, tabulated the returns Nov. IO, Mullins said it "failed to honor my timely request to defer tabulation . . . until after questions surrounding errors in the vote totals had been cleared up.” Mullins’ Nov. IO letter to 207th District Judge Robert T Pfeuffer requesting the recount included the phrase, "I understand that this request will defer a
canvass on the office of sheriff until all the procedures pertaining to the . . . request have been completed.”
The commissioners canvassed the votes of all races, including the sheriff contest, but did not certify the results. County Judge Max Wommack, who had a copy of Mullins’ Nov. IO request, telephoned Pfeuffer, who was in San Marcos. Pfeuffer told Wommack to proceed with the canvass, since he had not had an opportunity to study the request.
Pfeuffer granted the request Nov. 12, and the recount was scheduled for
tommorow at 2:30 p.m. at the courthouse.
Under the law, a candidate or petitioner who requests a recount must make a deposit to cover costs.
Article 7.15, subdivision 23 of the Election Code states, "The district judge shall make a preliminary estimate of the cost and shall require the petitioner to make a deposit in that amount before the recount is ordered.”
Although Pfeuffer ordered the recount, District Cuurt Administrator Martin Alien said today he did not know the cost involved.