Lockhart Post Register

November 06, 1980

Issue date: Thursday, November 6, 1980
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Lockhart Post Register (Newspaper) - November 6, 1980, Lockhart, Texas THURSO AY November 6, I $80 44 Pages, 4 Sections Lockhart, Texas Volume 108, Number 44 (USPS 317-200) Cardwell, Holmes win Reagan wins; Carter carries county By DAVID BOGGAN Post-Register Staff If the citizens of Caldwell County were solely responsible for electing the President of the United States, Jimmy Carter would be in the White House for another four years. But Texas overall - and most of the nation - elected Ronald Reagan as its See ELECTION RESULTS, Page 5A 40th president in Tuesday's general election. In contested local races, Forister Car-dwell won the justice of the peace, Precinct 4 spot decisively, receiving almost twice as many votes as his nearest opponent. An error in tabulation of ab- sentee votes caused a delay in declaring a winner of the justice of the peace, Precinct 3 position. Throughout most of the evening as the county's 18 voting boxes were tallied, Reagan actually held a slim lead over Carter. But when the final box, Box 17, Job bank created in Lockhart A new service being initiated by Lockhnrt's Community Education Center is kind of like the commercial for a Japanese car: You asked for it; you got it. A free job placement service is part of a $28,000 training and placement program for dropouts and unskilled adults in Lockhart According to program director and job placement specialist Theresa Kuban, this service is just what Lockhart employers have been asking for. "Everybody says Lockhart needs something like this." Kuban said of the job placement service, which will strive to place students of the program as well as 100 persons not enrolled in the training sessions. "Lockhart needs job placement assistance to help these people get jobs." The federally funded program will provide employers of the area with a list of potential employees and persons seeking employment will benefit from the list of jobs the service will keep up to date. The first step in compiling these lists of employers and employees - a job bank - is to make employers with possible job openings aware of the service. Kuban has prepared an explanatory mail-out pamphlet that soon will be mailed to businesses in Lockhart. Luling. San Marcos and Austin. "We want to try to hit a blanket rural area and let employers know we have this service and it is free." Kuban said. "There are employment services in Austin that charge a fee for this service and we're doing it for free." The pamphlet says that the service offers the employer pre-screening of potential employees, pre-testing of clerical skills, counseling of the potential employee and references on qualified applicants. "My biggest concern is this." Kuban said. "Is the business community willing to work with us to make this program successful?" How soon will the job bank be well Fest salutes agriculture Instead of the annual A''t Fest this year. Lockhart Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an expanded event on November 22 and calling it Harvest Fest 1980. Harvest Fest's theme is to show appreciation for Caldwell County's agricultural com m unit y The event will be held in city park starting at 8 a in. and will last until midnight Muring the day. booths will be open selling foods, crafts and flea market items; and in the afternoon. hlu� grass band 'Dewberry Jam" will be on hand providing general entertainment. Square dancing also will be held in the afternoon, and in the evening there will be a dance with music by "The Kchoes." Anyone interested in running a booth at the Harvest Fest should contact the Chamber of Commerce at 398-2818: 12'x 12' spaces will be provided with electricity for $1."). established and able to serve the people of Lockhart? "If industries respond quickly (with job opening information), we could possibly start placing people in January," Kuban said. "But if industries are slow and drag their feet, we're probably looking at April or May." In the meantime, Kuban and Lockhart Independent School District vocational director Harry Meyer will strive to prepare potential employees through actual job training as well as training in interviewing techniques, application techniques and resume writing techniques. "We're not necessarily going to get these people a job," Meyer said. "But we're going to prepare them to get a job. "The first few people we send out will be a reflection on the program." Meyer said the program's applicant screening would be intensive. "We don't want to burden industries by sending them unqualified people." he said. At the same time we don't want to embarrass job seekers by sending them to some job they're not going to get anyway." It is possible that this program, which Kuban explained is experimental, will be implemented throughout the state, should it work in Lockhart. What will it take for the program to work in Lockhart? "It is going to take three things to make this program a success." Meyer said. "First, we'll need the cooperation of industries in Lockhart and the surrounding areas. "Second, we'll need the cooperation of the job seeker. He or she must come here and listen to the instructor and go through a sort of training session. "And third, we'll need the trainers doing a good job." was counted at 2:30 Wednesday morning, the voters of that box had awarded Carter 321 votes to Reagan's 43. In the county's unofficial final count, Carter received 3,155 votes, Reagan received 2,879, Libertarian candidate Ed Clark received 38, and independent John Anderson received 109. "I figured it would be much closer than it was," Caldwell County Republican Chairman Annette Matthews said, referring to the national presidential race, which Reagan won by a landslide. "I guest I listened to the pollsters too closely. We held a telephone survey before the election and Reagan led Carter, but the undecided voters were only two percentage points below Reagan. We had no idea how they were going to vote. "In Lockhart, there were definitely a lot of Democrats who voted for Reagan on the top of the ticket and then went back to the Democratic party for the rest of their ballot." Despite reports of heavy crowds throughout the day at local polling places, only 60.7 percent of Caldwell County's 10,302 registered voters participated in Tuesday's election. This fell short of the 63.9 percent who voted in the county in 1976 and 67.1 percent who voted in 1972. In the race for justice of the peace, Precinct 3, between James Alexander and Mike Holmes, there was a discrepancy in the number of absentee votes cast and tabulated. This error was discovered at 1:30 Wednesday morning by a citizen reading the chalkboard outside the county courthouse and brought to the attention of the election officials. The error, which gave Alexander 96 absentee votes and Holmes four, was corrected to 10 absentee votes for Alexander and four for Holmes. Holmes won the race with 358 votes to Alexander's 322. County election official Leonard Scott said that Box 10. the box from Lytton Springs, was missing one ballot after counting and double checking with the sign-in sheet. A voter probably walked out of the polling place with the ballot in their hand unknowingly, Scott said. He said state election officials instructed him to get the precinct judge to initial the discrepancy report and the matter would be cleared up. Other than those two incidents, Scott Above, a student helps clean up the mess caused by vandals. This window is one of 30 broken early Friday morning. Right, this typewriter was one of the more expensive single items destroyed. Vandals went so far as to smash frames holding personal pictures on secretary Dot Schnautz' desk, and break the glass in frames holding Principal Bill Dumas' diplomas. (Photo by John Webb) Keagan and Caldwell County Republican Chairman Annette Matthews. said that the election went smoothly. In the justice of the peace, Precinct 4 race, Cardwell received 98 votes, Norman Chambliss received 50 votes, Willie Johnson received 44 votes and Carol Leggett received 29 votes. Other local races were uncontested. Caldwell County voters supported in- cumbents "Chick" Kazen, Representative from the 23 District, and J. J. Pickle, Representative from the 10th District. County voters also supported the six ammendments which were passed by Texas voters, including local option Bingo and unmanned bank teller machines. Police arrest 17-year-old, juvenile in high school's vandalism incident Police have arrested 17-year-old Tommy Mireles of a Brownsboro Road address, in connection with the vandalism Friday morning at Lockhart High School. A 14-year-old has been referred to juvenile court, according to Lockhart Police Chief Mark H.'nnenkamp. Destroyed were some 30 windows, an electric typewriter, memeograph machine, telephone, a carpet, a cushioned desk chair and 10 pounds of hamburger meat taken out of the cafeteria freezer. "It wasn't so much that stuff was destroyed, but that things were messed up," said high school vice principal Don Lightfoot. The vandalism was discovered at .3:30 a.m., and according to Lockhart patrolman Stacy Robinson the vandals were nearly caught in the act. Robinson was making his usual rounds when lie noticed something unusual at the primary school - sonic soft drink cups by a water Cancel with the water running. On further rounds at the high school the vandiilims was discovered, and the soft drink cups turned out to match the type used in the hii,rli school concession stand. The "mess" caused by the vandals was left until after Friday's pep rally so high school si udenls could see the damage. "It's cra/.v what thev\e done to llie school." said sophomore Junior Lope/. "I don't know who would have done a thing like this; probably somebody that didn't like coming to school." "The insurance adjuster was here Tuesday." said vice-principal Lightfoot." so we don't know yet exactly how much dollar damage was done." "I just hate to see the whole of the students suffer for the actions of a few. Being in need of facilities at the high school. I'd hate to see the community think -- what's the use of buying new facilities when the students don't respect or take care of them. This was the action of just a few," said Lightfoot. "Most of (he students were very disappointed thai something like this had to happen. The students cleaned up the mess; nobody told them to, they just volunteered,"said Lightfoot. '\'\\f vandals smashed the windshield on Light Coot's car. which was parked at the school because two tires had been slashed Thursday night. ;