New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 1980, New Braunfels, Texas
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u, Box A5«6 callas, Texa: 75235State official to check vote canvassRecount of sheriff's race canceled
Mullins charges violations
A special investigator for the Texas Secretary of State’s Election Division was expected here today in response to charges raised by defeated sheriffs candidate John Mullins.
In a prepared statement issued yesterday, Mullins said county officials “apparently violated the Texas Election Code” by ignoring his request to defer canvassing the 1980 general election vote until after a recount could be made.
However, the canvass was never completed because Commissioners Court never certified the results, 207th District Judge Robert T. Pfeuffer said yesterday. The court will meet today at 2:30 p.m. to consider certification.
Mullins’ statement also charged county officials with failing to impound the ballots “until all questions could be cleared up,” and said they attempted to certify the results “as they stood on Nov. IO.”
The alleged violations are “now a matter for the Texas Secretary of State Election Division investigators to decide,” Mullins’ statement said.
Shad Jeffries, a staff attorney for the Election Division, said in a telephone interview yesterday he could not comment on the allegations but confirmed, “I’ll be down there tomorrow afternoon.”
Jeffries said Mullins did not request the investigation, but his office was contacted by Joe Shields, editor of the weekly Canyon Lake Times Guardian.
“He just informed us of what he thought was going on,” Jeffries said.
Commissioners Court, acting as the canvassing board, tabulated the unofficial election results Nov. IO, but stopped short of certifying them.
Because they did not make the results official, they did not complete their canvass, Pfeuffer said.
“I would not consider it a completed canvass,” Pfeuffer said. “That’s the way I read it.”
When Mullins requested a recount of the vote for the office of sheriff, a copy of his request was hand-delivered to County Judge Max Wommack by Shields before the vote tabulation began.
Wommack contacted Pfeuffer, who was in San Marcos, and was told to proceed with the ballot counting. The commissioners decided not to certify the results, citing distrust of the computer system and a discrepancy of 61 more voter signatures than ballots received.
Some commissioners expressed a desire to recount all
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By HENRY KRAUSSE Staff writer
There will be no recount of ballots for the 1980 sheriff’s race. Robert T Pfeuffer, 207th district judge, said Wednesday it was never officially ordered in the first place.
Candidate John Mullins requested the recount Nov. IO. and Pfeuffer granted it Nov. 12. However, Pfeuffer said, Mullins promised but never provided the legal order for him to sign.
So when Mullins withdrew his request yesterday, the recount, already scheduled for this afternoon, was canceled automatically.
“We requested Mr. Mullins get his attorney to draw up an order, and requested that he have a person designated to carry out the recount as required by law, and to submit to me his qualifications,” Pfeuffer said.
“Al Herbrich was designated, and he told me orally what his credentials were. I told him to submit them in writing. He had a resume which included these credentials, so he mailed it in.
“Everything was set up and ready to go, but I never - received the official order, so I never signed it,” Pfeuffer laid.
Mullins, the Republican candidate for sheriff, was defeated in the general election by incumbent Walter Fellers by a margin of more than 2,000 votes in the unofficial canvass.
Mullins asked for a recount under Article 7.15, Subdivision 23, breaking his request down into six separate steps allowed by law.
Pfeuffer granted all but the last request, which was for a manual recount of the ballots. The judge said he would consider it after the first five procedures were carried out.
By law , Mullins would have been responsible for paying the cost of the recount. He would not have been required to make a deposit, as was erroneously reported in Wednesday’s Herald Zeitung in a story headlined “Mullins withdraws request.”
The deposit requirement applies only to the manual recount, which was not immediately authorized by Pfeuffer.
Herbrich himself is disputing the county’s claim that he was not legally appointed deputy to Precinct 2 Constable Kermit Vetter. A request for an attorney general’s opinion to clarify the matter was sent to Austin last week.
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Senate panel says energy status bleak
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a grim report on global oil supplies, the Senate Energy Committee said today the United States is fooling itself if it believes reduced oil imports will insulate the nation from the hardships and possible conflicts resulting from the continuing energy shortage.
The committee, reporting on a yearlong investigation into the international implications of the energy shortage, said the U.S. focus on reducing imports ignores the fact that energy self-sufficiency “is highly unlikely within this century, let alone within the next IO years.”
The committee said the stress on long-term energy independence has led the United States to neglect the urgent need to stockpile oil — for both civilian and military needs — to prepare the nation for likely supply disruptions. I.ack of such stockpiles could throw
the United States into a panicked world market in a severe disruption, the report said. And the political deals that would be made in such a market — and are being made now by some consuming nations — could threaten the Western Alliance.
“Unless the industrialized countries rapidly develop a common approach to dealing with oil supply stringencies, more intensive competition among the consuming nations could drive ever-deepening divisions among the allied countries, creating new openings to be exploited by potential adversaries and increasing the danger of violent conflict in the Middle East,” the report said.
It also said that producing nations have turned oil into a powerful political tool.
“Oil has been used to induce the United States, France, Germany, Italy,
Japan and Brazil to trade advanced weapon systems and certain technologies which have military applications to the Middle East,” the report said.
It added that, “As competition for oil becomes more divisive and extends deeply into the political sphere, the strains on the free-world alliance are likely to become severe. Such strains will affect all the industrialized countries whether or not they are ‘energy independent.”’
The energy status of the Soviet Union also bodes ill for the United States, the committee said, because the Soviets can be expected to seek increased Mideast influence.
The report said “because the Soviets are not likely to possess the hard currency to buy oil on the world market, they might attempt to secure it through political manipulation, intimidation or use of force....
“By exploiting local unrest, giving aid to dissident groups, using diplomatic pressure and supporting revolutionary movements sympathetic to Moscow, the Soviets can substantially expand their influence in the region without having to take overt action.”
Another problem with the Soviets, the committee said, is the growing Western European reliance on Soviet natural gas.
Eden Heights Apartments ready for occupants
Elderly, handicapped get independent place to live
New Braunfels High student cut in fight
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
An apartment complex designed for the elderly and handicapped will soon open in New Braunfels.
The first tenants of Eden Height Apartments, located at 627 Lakeview, are expected to move in early next week, according to E E. Shackelford, housing manager.
The four-story multi-level complex contains 35 efficiency units, 57-one bedroom units and two two-bedroom units,
Such things as wood railings around the corridors, peep-holes at low level for tenants using wheelchairs, grasp bars in all bathrooms, smoke alarms, a sprinkler system and an emergency
generator capable of running one of the elevators and lighting the hallways in case of a power failure will offer tenants “security and safety.”
"Many of them (elderly or handicapped) are living in a house or apartment with their relatives, but they still are capable of living independently with a little bit of security. Most of them want to be independent,” Shackelford said in explaining why many elderly or handicapped would enjoy living in Eden Heights.
One of the most important things included in all apartments, he said, is an emergency string which, when pulled, sets off an alarm system alerting both personnel in the apartment office and after hours when no one is in the apartment office at Eden
Home next door.
The emergency strings stuck in the wall in each apartment (where the designer of the building assumed the tenant’s bed would be located) are long enough to reach at least to the floor, Shackelford explained.
This is “because, so many times you hear of an elderly person who has fallen and hurt himself and literally has to drag himself to the phone to call for help.” In this case, these strings will come in handy.
As another security measure he said if one of the tenants is not seen for a day or so, that tenant will be “checked up on” to be sure he is all right.
Other than that however, an “in-
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A New Braunfels High School student was slashed in the arm by another student wielding a razor blade carton-opening tool yesterday as they fought for control of the weapon, police and school officials said.
The student was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital by his parents for first aid, but was not severely hurt, Principal John Turman said.
The student who possessed the tool was taken to police headquarters, questioned, and released.
Both were suspended for three days for violating school rules that prohibit fighting.
Registered letters have been sent to their parents advising them of their right to arrange for a conference with the principal within 72 hours to discuss whether further punishment, such as expulsion, is warranted.
The students “got into a shoving match” in the school’s lunchroom, Turman said, then moved outside to continue fighting.
“Apparently, one of them was getting the best of it and the other brought out a razor tool. He cut the other student on both arms and ripped his shirt, but a teacher was able to break it up before anybody got seriously hurt,” Turman continued.
Dan McGovern, journalism teacher at the high school, said Thursday he found both students on the ground struggling for control of the weapon.
“The kid with the razor was on top when I approached them, so I just grabbed his arm and told them to break it up. They both realized I was a teacher and they stopped right away,” McGovern said.
New Braunfels police Lt. Felix Roque said Wednesday no charges have been filed by police.
“We’re going to let the people involved file any charges, and nobody has done that yet,” Roque said.
“Ifs an unfortunate incident. We have 1,200 students here who play by the rules, and two that didn’t,” Turman said.Leukemia victim
Blood sought for Alves
A blood drive is being sponsored Sunday to benefit Hilmar “Pete” Alves, who has been hospitalized since midsummer.
Alves has been hospitalized in San Antonio where he underwent extensive testing which diagnosed his illness as acute leukemia. He has already received 70 units of blood in an effort to counter the effects of the disease. This must be repaid on a three-for-one basis.
As a result, side effects of the intensive treatments he has received have lowered his resistance to infection. In addition, he has recently undergone eye surgery.
The drive will be held at First United Methodist Church in Room 105-E. It is sponsored by the church as a “community effort to help a friend and a citizen in need.”
Donors must be within the ages of 18 and 66, weigh at least HO pounds and be free of certain blood conditions. A
screening of applicants by a qualified medical person will be conducted to ascertain the eligibility of the donor. This interview should take approximately 30 minutes. Accommodations will be provided for processing three donors each 15 minutes.
Although advance registration is not required, donors may register in advance by calling the church at 625-4513. It is important that donors eat something before giving blood.