New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
See what’s happening “Around Town” in Roxolin Krueger’s column on Page I
Canyon holds off Smithson Valley 16-9. See Page 7A for details!
Check out a flea market where treasure’s can be found.
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Birthday wishes from
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Gertrude Soefje (Monday, Oct. 16), Beck Jean Crabill (13 years), Mildred Neill (Monday) and Lori Stewart (15 years).
Happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Johnnie Mondin (45 years) and Bill and Gay Wimberley (30 years).
Saturday night's winning numbers
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Tickets still available for Ducks Unlimited banquet.
Only 42 tickets to the upcoming Ducks Unlimited banquet and auction remained available Friday afternoon, according to Jim Cook, chairman of the '95 version of the annual event
Individual tickets to the Nov. 14 affair are $50 a table for 10 can be purchased for $500 The proceeds from the banquet and its associated auction and raffle activities help preserve wetlands habitat essential to the preservation of more than 600 wildlife species, including ducks, geese and endangered species like the whooping crane and bald eagle.
Last year, Cook said, the local DU chapter raised $28,889 at its annual event He hopes this year to see that figure reach $35,000. he said Friday. For tickets information, call 625-7775
Antique Show and Sale
The 45th semi-annual Antique Show and Sale continues today at the Civic Center 380 S Seguin St. Hours are from noon to 5 p m today
Admission is $2 50 For more information, call 625-0612 or 620-4934
Jr. Miss Coke Party
All Junior Class girls - Smithson Valley, Canyon and New Braunfels high schools - there will be a Junior Miss Coke Party held Tuesday, Oct 17 at 7 p m at Memorial Elementary on Walnut Street Bring one or more of your parents and come hear about the New Braunfels Junior Miss Scholarship Program and pick up your packets to participate
A headline on Page 1 of the Friday Herald-Zeitung contained incorrect information. The tax foreclosure sale referred to in the article was for properties whose owners owe taxes to the city and to the New Braunfels Independent School District, not the Comal Independent School District, as stated in the headline. Also, the headline should have referred to properties,
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C1SD bond issue approved
Vol. 143. No. 240
By MELANIE GERIK
Comal Independent School District voters Saturday approved a SI 7.95 million tax bond issue by 11 votes, 1077-1066.
“I’m absolutely ecstatic that it passed, but I'm dismayed it was that close," said Trustee Dan Krueger.
The SI7.95 million tax bonds will fund a new 800-student middle school on the west side of the county and expansions and renovations to some existing campuses.
“There was a question in the minds of some people about the need of a bond issue a year
Margin just 11 votes in low voter turnout
after we passed one, and the package wasn’t as neat as last years’,” Superintendent Jerry Major said, explaining the close vote.
Low voter turnout also may have made the election close. Trustee Robert Loop said.
The turnout of 2,143 voters was 50 percent less than last year's turnout, when voters approved a SI7.6 million bond issue to finance three new' schools.
“I think that if we had a larger turnout, it would have passed by a larger margin,” he said.
Abel Campos, director of business operations
for the district, has said normal turnout is 4,000 to 5,000 people.
Approximately 22,000 to 25,000 are registered to vote in the district, Campos said.
Major said another tax bond election would not be necessary for at least four years.
“I hope that this will address our needs through the turn of the century,” Major said.
But he added that he is cautious about promising no more bond elections because of the district’s growth.
"The growth is the key issue," he said.
Attempts by the Herald-Zeitung to contact members of the Association of Citizens for Education, who opposed the bond issue, were unsuccessful.
In early voting. 356 people voted for the bond issue and 187 voted against.
The results from election day are:
• Bulverde Elementary, 243 for. 113 against;
• Bill Brown Elementary. 98 for. 84 against;
• Startzv die Cafe. 45 for, 257 against;
• Comal Elementary. 12 for, IO against;
• Garden Ridge, 70 for, 93 against;
•Canyon High, 178 for. 131 against;
• and Mountain Valley Elementary, 75 for. 191 against.
Herald-Zeituna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Football fans from across the county witnessed a clash of rivals Friday at Ranger Stadium in Smithson Valley as Canyon High School downed SVHS16-9 in the annual Comal Bowl. For more on the battle, see Page 7A.
Landa Park is setting for vigil on domestic violence
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Next Tuesday evening the Comal County Women's Center hopes to see a throng of people in Landa Park. Not for a picnic or a party, but to join in observing Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
"At precisely 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17, church bells throughout Comal County will ring as a memonal to all who have suffered and lost their lives this year as a result of domestic violence.” said Jodie Mytro, Comal County Women’s Center program coordinator.
A candlelight vigil will start at 7 p.m. at Pavilion 16 in Landa Park. Mytro said. "Victims and surv ivors of domestic violence w ill speak about their experiences.” she said. Kathleen Krueger and possibly Ambassador Bob Krueger are slated to speak. Participants are encouraged to bring their own candles, she said.
The candlelight vigil is pan of a state and nationwide observance. "In the last 15 years in this country', as many women have been killed by their
abusers as the number of Americans killed in the Vietnam W ar. yet these women are often forgotten and many have died in vain.” Mytro said.
"Our purpose is to commemorate their lives as well as to enlist greater community unity and support,” Mytro said.
The Comal County Women’s Center is a shelter and victim advocacy program for battered women and their children. The center offers a 24-hour hotline, legal advocacy, social serv ice referrals, support groups and transitional room and board for the victims of domestic violence.
“I have seen other shelters around the state,” Mytro said. The Comal County Women’s Center compares favorably, she said.
The local community has been more supportive of domestic violence victims than some communities. Mytro said. “The biggest awareness problem is that there's still a re-victimization or a blaming of the women.” she said. “They don’t stay because they want to be hurt ”
Anyone interested in volunteering time or donating resources to the center is encouraged to call 620-7520.
Sasser has different take on immigration bill
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
(neater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce members heard U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) aide O’lene Stone outline Smith’s “Immigration in the National Interest” bill, now before the congressional judicial committee.
The chamber audience challenged not a single point Stone made. But Comal County Democratic chair Gloria Sasser took issue w ith several aspects of Smith’s immigration bill.
“Of course we shouldn’t allow criminals into this country,” Sasser said. "But the majority of people who are try mg to enter this country are only looking for a better w ay of life ”
Smith s hill would increase Border Patrol agents by 1,000 each year for the next five years.
“For both borders, I hope,” Sasser said.
Smith’s bill would attempt to select some legal immigrants for job and education levels. Quoted from Smith’s newsletter, the bill would:
I "increase the percentage of highly-skilled legal immigrants admitted on the basis of adv anced edu
cation and job skills from 18 to 25 percent” and ■ "eliminate the current employment category for unskilled workers.”
Limitations on citizens would stifle the country’s growth, Sasser said. “The main thing is that we cannot become a restrictive society," she said. “That’s
‘People who come into this country looking for solace and looking for refuge should be treated with dignity.’
— Gloria Sasser
w here these kind of laws take us to."
Smith’s bill seeks to cut down on people coming into this country only to join the welfare rolls. “Immigrants should not become a burden on American taxpayers,” Smith’s newsletter said. “ “Public charge’ has been grounds from exclusion from the U.S. since the beginning of this century. It must be enforced
The Immigration in the National Interest bill will “require legal immigrants to prove that they have a job waiting in the U.S. or that they have a financial sponsor who w ill support them,” said the new sletter.
“I don’t think anyone should be a burden on this country ... When you look at (the bill) on tile surface it doesn’t sound unreasonable,” Sasser said.
“But my grandparents came to this country at the turn of the century,’’ Sasser said. “Like most immigrants who settled this country, I doubt if they knew where they were going to get a job. Thee all took that risk."
Increasing population and unemployment are problems America must try to solve, Sasser said.
“But the fact of the matter is that w e hav e been a refuge for the world for so long,” she said.
Immigration is not a right granted to people of the world by the U.S. Constitution, Stone said.
“People have inalienable rights — not just because of the Constitution, but just because we’re human beings," Sasser said.
"People w ho come into this country looking for solace and looking for refuge should be treated w ith dignity,” Sasser said.
immigrants admitted on the basis of advanced edu- dignity,” Sasser said.
Last testimony in EAA suit likely to be heard by Judge Pennington
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND their land. The LAA hearings are being — thus the current hearing. eral control of the aquifer it the EAA I
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
District Judge Mickey Pennington will probably hear the last testimony in the suit challenging the constitutionality of the Edwards Aquifer Authority, said Steve Rogers, attorney for the EAA
Pennington lives iii Uvalde, where irrigating farmer* want unlimited pumping rights of aquifer w ater under
their land. The EAA hearings are being held in Hondo.
"The judge will take a couple of days and call us back, probably early in the next week, to hear his decision,” Rogers said.
The EAA was originally scheduled to take office Aug. 28, replacing the Edwards Underground Water Distnct. The Medina County Groundwater Conservation District filed suit to stop the authority from beginning its work
thus the current hearing.
Rick Illgner, EU WD general manager, testified Friday. "He testified that he believed there was a need for a regional entity w ith sufficient powers to manage the Edwards Aquifer as a whole,” Rogers said.
Federal Judge Luaus D. Bunton 111 apparently agrees.
He issued an order summoning parties in the endangered species lawsuit recently. Bunion’s order threatens fed
eral control of the aquifer if the EAA is not allowed to operate.
The EAA would have satisfied him as a governing body for the aquifer, Bunton wrote.
“Tills court grow s w eary of this four-year suit in which nothing has been done,” Bunton wrote. “The buck stops here. This court will implement a plan by Jan. I, 1996, that is regulated bv tins court or by a federal agency designated by this court.”
Kahlig pleads guilty to arson
By 8U8AN FLYNT ENGLAND
Former New Braunfels City Council candidate Gary Kahlig pled guilty to a recent arson charge Tuesday as part of a plea bargain. In return Kahlig was given three years deferred adjudication rather than an actual finding of guilty or not guilty.
“With deferred adjudication, there's not a finding of guilty at this time,” said Martin Allen, administrator of the Comal County District Court.
If Kidiltg can stay out of trouble with the law for the next three years, die charge will be dismissed and there will be no felony conviction on bis record, Martin said.
The ‘deferred adjudication” finding is a double-edged sw ord, though, Allen said. “If you do mess up, the judge doesn’t have to stop at three years - he can sentence you up to ten.” * •
Kahlig has served as his own attorney in several legal actions, including his court appearance in his suit against Mayor Paul E. Fraser. Former district attorney William Schroeder of New Braunfels represented Kahlig this
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