Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 103, No. 44, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 2, 1989 Page: 1 of 36
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Three Sections, 32 Pages
County sees red
Assistant auditor order
Volume 103, Number 44
Thursday, November 2,1989
Our 103rd Ye.
PHOTOS BY JEFF BERGER
ST JOHN'S SCHOOL FIRE ...
The Hondo Volunteer Fire
Department's quick response
Monday evening to a fire in the
basement 61 the oW St. John's
School building kept actual fire
darl^tge contained in the one
roorri&The fire was reported by
an unidentified citizen less than
30 minutes after members had
left the building. Members of the
youth organization had been
preparing a haunted house for
the church's annual Halloween
carnival Tuesday evening. An
electrical problem is believed to
have caused the fire.
Having taken several weeks to
think through his position, Medina
County Judge Donald "Butch''
Campsey announced in Commis-
sioners Court Monday that he could
not agree with a recent order from
District Judge Mickey Pennington
requiring the hiring of an assistant
"I have to go on record to ques-
tion whether or not it (the position)
is needed," said Campsey. "We have
to tax people to pay the salary we
are ordered to create."
Stressing that he has utmost re-
spect for Judge Pennington, he said,
T don t enjoy making these re-
marks, but I think I have to."
Referring to an article in Sub-
chapter B of the Local Government
Code, Campsey said he has to ques-
tion whether or not the procedure
was followed according to the intent
of the Government Code.
Another article in the code, he
said, provides for the joint employ-
ment of an auditor by two counties
when each has less than 25,000
population. Medina County falls un-
der this category.
The assistant auditor position was
ordered by the district judge Sept.
29, along with a separate order ap-
pointing a county auditor for a two-
year period. Douglas Bohmfalk was
sworn-in during the meeting as
Bohmfalk told the court that an
opinion of the Attorney General's
office concludes that all emffoyees
of the county auditor's office are as-
sistam auditors, including clerks and
typists, and that this was the reason
for appointing an assistant auditor.
Saying that he was "kind of up-
set" about the issue, Commissioner
Henry Briscoe pointed out that
commissioners don't have assistants.
"Were representing the people
and have to speak up for them," he
said. "It's the same thing as the state
saying 'you have to do this; you tax
your people to pay for it'."
"We have a county auditor and a
county treasurer and we are man-
dated by federal law to have an out-
side auditor." said Campsey Tues-
day, adding that these should be suf-
ficient checks and balances, without
having to have an 1 ■; tarn auditor
"1 don't have un-
am against the po v
• -;ng against tl:e
■aid C .<mp*ey I
advised the court to file a Request
for Reconsideration of Judge's Or-
der, listing reasons.
Vote- Tuesday, Nov. 7
By Bill Berger
Amendment elections usually draw few voters to the
polls. This time we must not fail to go and vote on Tuesday,
The main thing facing voters of this county is the confir-
mation of the new water district which has been set up by the'
County to take the place of the Edwards Underground Water
We had to leave them when it became obvious that they
had been commandeered by the water users of San Antonio
and those who like to watch the streams flow down from
New Braunfels and San Marcos.
That is behind us. Now we must confirm the action of the
County, and get ready to elect a board for ourselves. The
water hogs of the east are still after us, and we have to be
organized to resist. Please go the polls and vote November
7, and be sure to vote in favor of the confirmation of the
district. Mark the ballot box FOR.
A series of general rains fell over D’Hanis 3.75, south of Hondo 3.00,
the weekend, giving Medina County radio station K.RME 2.70, Quihi
the most moisture it has experienced area 4.10, north of Hondo near Ban-
in a long time. dera County line 5.00.
Reports from across the county Hondo’s official rainfall, recorded
include these rainfall amounts: at the Hondo Radar Station, meas-
downtown D’Hanis 3.60, north of ured2.89.
PHOTO BY HELEN NEHR
D'Hanis football team captains John Paul Reinhart (80) and Gabriel
Rodriguez escort the 1989 Homecoming Queen Donna Lutz.
Hondo Owl Band back
Medina County Clerk Anna Van
De Walle has announced that her
office will be closed for regular
business Tuesday morning, Nov.7,
in order fiat workers may handle
Van De Walle said she expects to
be able to open for regular business
about 1 p.m.
The Hondo Radar Station has sup-
plied the following weather informa-
tion for this past week:
Only nine bands in the District 11
Marching Contest received first divi-
sion ratings, but much to the delight of
the partisan home crowd at Barry
Field, the Hondo Owl Band was one
Of the 24 bands participating, six,
including two in Class A, AA, and
AAA, advance to regional competi-
tion this Saturday at Calallen High
School in Corpus Christi.
Medina Valley and Pearsall were
the two honorees in Class 3A,
Johnson City and Cotulla are advanc-
ing from Class 2A, and Nuces Can-
yon and Asherton will represent area
Class A schools.
Even though his band won t be
going onto the regional meet, Hondo
band director Chuck Young was very
pleased with the results.
"1 was almost speechless Saturday
night," he said. "Our kids played the
best they have all year. 1 think we re
back on track."
Young indicated that several direc -
tors have called him this week to tell
him how pleased they were with the
smoothness of the contest operation.
"1 was nervous all day Saturday
about how things were going to go."
he said. "But everything went well."
High Low Rain
Wed.., Oct. 25
Thu., Oct. 26
Fri., Oct. 27
Sat, Oct. 28
Sun., OcL 29
Mon., Oct. 30
Tue., OcL 31
Avg. high temp, for the week: 77.4
Avg. low temp, for the week: 59.3
High temp, for 1989:104 on May 25
Low temp, for 1989: 21 on Feb. 6
Total rain for past week: 2.89 in.
Total rain for Oct.: 3.37 inches
Number of days in 1989 with
measurable rainfall: 45
Total rain for 1989: 14.08 inches
Rain in 1988, thru OcL 31: 12.88 in.
Rain in 1987, thru OcL 31: 36.55 in.
STEPPING SMART... Members of the Hondo Owl Band put on a
superior performance Saturday, receiving a Division One rating, at
the District 11 Marching Conlest held at Barry Field. A great deal of
PHOTO BY F HANCfcS QUINN
hard work and dedicated effort put forth by the individual band
members, under the direction of Chuck Young and Marina Esparza,
made the achievement possible.
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Hondo Anvil Herald (Hondo, Tex.), Vol. 103, No. 44, Ed. 1 Thursday, November 2, 1989, newspaper, November 2, 1989; Hondo, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth817665/m1/1/: accessed March 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Hondo Public Library.