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Clark—active judge needed
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Fred Clark, Republican candidate for county judge, thinks its time for whomever is elected to that office to take a more active leadership role in county affairs.
“Besides judicial proceedings, the county judge has other responsibilities,” the 45-year-old lawyer said in a recent interview.
The judge should be performing many leadership roles, Clark noted, specifically mentioning the judge’s position with the Alamo Area Council of Governments. “But in the past this hasn’t always been the case,” he said.
“Many times now the county judge sends a spokesman for him, Clark said. “I believe the people of the county elect their representative (judge) to handle all the duties — not just those at the Courthouse.
“He should serve as an active representative on state agencies and boards and to lobby for legislation if needed,” Clark said.
Clark also thought it’d be a good idea for the county judge to appear more before local civic and religious organizations informing them of various county problems. This would help build community support, Clark said — specifically when it comes
See CLARK, Page 10A
By JACQUELINE SMITH Staff writer
Previous county judges who have not had legal experience have done pretty good for the county, in the opinion of Chester Pehl, Democratic candidate for that spot.
And Pehl, a car salesman at Bock Motor Company, thinks he could do a good job too. This is why he’s running for the position which will be left vacant upon County Judge Max Wommack’s retirement at the end of this year.
“All previous county judges have learned from experience and I feel I’m as qualified as they were,” said Pehl. “I feel I’m as qualified as
Since the May primaries — when GOP candidate Fred Clark won over W.W. Amacher — qualifications have become a main issue in the campaign.
Clark, a local lawyer for 20 years, has emphasized the need to have someone in that office who has legal experience. Pehl, on the other hand, does not feel legal knowledge is necessarily needed by a county judge.
“We have lawyers on retainer fees for that,” he said in a recent interview.
“If any kind of legal matters come See PEHL, Page 2A
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Spanish Socialists win first victory since 1939
MADRID, Spain (AP) Chanting “Viva Espana!” tens of thousands of joyous Socialists celebrated a momentous election victory' that returned their party to power for the first time since fascist dictator Francisco Franco drove them into the political wilderness 43 years ago.
The shouts of “Long Live Spain” rang out across Madrid’s 17th century Plaza Mayor Thursday night to mark the Socialists’ capture of majority control in Parliament, which put the premiership in the hands of their 40-year-old champion, Felipe Gonzalez.
“Democracy and the Spanish people were the winners," Gonzalez, a Seville-born labor lawyer, told cheering supporters at a rally at the Plaza Hotel across town.
Extending an olive branch to his political foes and a military still wary of democracy, Gonzalez said no Spaniard should feel “left out of the beautiful task of modernizing Spain."
In announcing the final result, election officials said 79.5 percent of 26.6 million registered voters
went to the polls Thursday. That total eclipsed the exuberant 68 percent turnout in the 1977 elections, Spain’s first democratic balloting after the death of Franco.
Campaigning on a moderate platform that turned away from Marxism and shunned industrial or commercial nationalization, Gonzalez’ Socialist Workers Party won 46 percent of the vote, earning 198 of the 350 seats in the lower house of the Cortes.
The party’s nearest rival was the right-wing Popular Alliance, led by Manuel Frags, 59, a hardline Cabinet minister in the Franco government. The rightists took 104 seats and 25 percent ol the vote, underscoring a left-right polarization.
Popular Alliance, part of a tiny bloc thai held nine seats in the last Cortes, emerged as the principal opposition party. Fraga vowed it would provide a “loyal but effective” counterfoil to the Socialists.
The results were disastrous for centrist parties.
The ruling Union of the Democratic Center led
bv outgoing Prune Minister I^eopoldo Calvo Sotelo
who called the elections five months early as his coalition began to fracture gained only 7.2 percent of the vote, according to the official tally.
Calvo Sotelo was swept away in the Socialist tide and the centrist union was reduced to 13 seats from 168 in the 1979 elec tion, the second post-Franco ballot.
The other main centrist faction, the Democratic and Social Center, led by Spain’s first popularly elected premier, Adolfo Suarez, won only two seats.
Election results also were a sharp disappointment to the Communists, whose share of the vote fell from 1979’s IO 8 percent and 23 seats to 3.8 percent aud five cats.
Thursday's vote followed a tense, three-week campaign which began inauspiciously with the government’s announcement that a group of right-vvmg army men had been caught plotting to seize power on elec tion eve.
ComputersUtilities eyes cost controls
By DEBBIE TURNER Staff writer
New Braunfels Utilities took a giant leap into tile 1980’s state of the art computer world Thursdav night.
The board of trustees approved the purchase of an enviable computer hard wa re-soft ware system for an initial first-year cost of $109,000. Over a five-year period, the total cost of the projec t will approach $239,650.
"We don’t generate power here, so we can’t control the cost of fuel too much,” said Barry Allison, Utilities management information services manager. “What we can control is our costeffectiveness...making our employees more productive, and our time more useful.’’
I’he hardware hid was awarded to Data General, a company involved in the space shuttle program, headquartered in Connecticut, hut with a branch office in San Antonio. MMS out of Henrietta, Ga., was awarded the software bid.
“With this step, we went from a 1960’s accounting environment, to a 1980’s on-line state of tin* art computer system,” Allison said.
The size of New Braunfels Utilities had an influence on the purchase of the new computer system, since “the larger we get, the more regulations we tall under,” Allison added. “And the computer becomes necessary to gather the continuous data these regulations require."
The board of trustees took another big step in the
See UTILITIES, Page 10A
Stott photo by John SerumNew meets old
Karen Knippa (left) and Rebecca Gordon take a look see at the county government display during Thursday night's sneak preview of Hie 1982 Heritage Exhibit at the Civic Center The exhibit opened to the general public Friday morning
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Warning sign erected to reduce DWIs
By DYANNE FRY Staff writer
Wurstfest visitors rolling in from the east will read a sobering note on the way to the party .
A large billboard just west of Clear Spring on Texas 46 states in no uncertain terms that the past year saw 812 people arrested and jailed for Driving While Intoxicated in Comal County.
The sign, erected Friday, was County Attorney Bill Reimer’s idea
“The county isn’t responsible for it,” Reimer said. “It’s a little experiment I’m
running to see if a warning will reduce the number of DWIs.”
The number of local cases has dropped since the County Court-at-Ijiw cracked down on drunken driving. But Reimer says, “A tough policy is no good if the people coming from San Antonio and Houston and other places don’t know about it. Ifs like a mugger: if you have a weapon and he knows about it, he may not mug you. If he doesn’t know about it, he’ll probably try.”
Reimer would just as soon see fewer people trying to get away with drinking and driving, even if it cuts down business
in court, lf we can reduce the number of cases filed, then I can do a better job on the ones we have,” he said.
The billboard will stay up for 30 days. The county attorney will collect traffic-arrest data from that period and compare it with last year’s statistics. A driver’s address will tell whether or not he passed the sign on the way into town. “Then I can get a computer analysis of its effect,” Renner said.
The fact that he put the sign up in time for Wurstfest doesn’t necessarily mean
See DWI, Page 2A
Absentee total climbs to 608 with more due in
The deadline for absentee voting cuts off today, but the total is still climbing and will continue climbing until Tuesday, since mail-in absentee ballots will continue to be accepted until then.
As of Friday morning, 608 absentee votes had been cast for the November general election, according to the County Clerk’s office.
Of that total, 498 were personal appearance absentee votes and HO were “mail-in" ballots. Another additional 116 "mail-in” ballots are still out, however, according to the County Clerk’s office.
The six locally contested races have been credited for drawing in the large number of absentee votes. These races include the race for County Judge, County Clerk, Justice of the Peace, precinct 4 and County Commissioner, precincts 2, 3 and 4.
County Clerk officials at first predicted that approximately 400 of the county’s 19,191 registered voters would vote absentee in this election. As absentee voting continued, however, they adjusted that prediction to 500.
Anyone who expects to be absent from the county on election day, or who is over 65, or who is unable to appear at the polls because of sickness or physical disability, is able to vote absentee.
Comal County skies will stay mosily cloudy through Saturday, but the National Weather Service is not expecting rain. Today will be cool, with winds blowing near IO mph out of the northeast, shifting to east tonight. Saturday will be warmer.
Good Ship Wurst
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It’s that tune of year again time to push the clocks back an hour Saturday night and enjoy an extra hour of sleep. Dalight Savings Time ends at 2 a in. Sunday.