Austin American-Statesman from Austin, Texas on December 30, 1994 · 30
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i c Page B10 Friday, December 30, 1994 Neighborhood news from the communities of the greater Austin area State ready to restore Mount Bonnell bridge vtiom:: By Sharon Jayson American-Statesman Staff The one-lane Huck Slough Bridge at Mount Bonnell Road ends 72 years as a vehicle crossing on Tuesday when the state closes the historic structure for construction of a new bridge. The original bridge, which is a city landmark, will be restored and used as a pedestrian and bicycle bridge. The new two-lane concrete Elected officials set to be sworn in ; American-Statesman Staff ' SAN MARCOS Swearing-in ; ceremonies for 15 newly elected Hays County officials will be at 10 ! a.m. Monday at the Hays County ; Courthouse. ' Charles Ramsay, judge of the 1 22nd District Court, will administer the oaths of office at the ceremony in the county commissioners meeting room. "They can go to a justice of the i peace to be sworn in if they're going to be out of town Monday," 1 said Hays County Elections Ad- ministrator Joyce Cowan. ' Among the new faces taking the i oath will be Russ Molenaar, who ousted Oran "Pug" Rippy as 1 Precinct 4 commissioner in the Nov. 8 election; Michelle Tuttle, !who succeeds Dorothy Sims as county treasurer; and Rex Baker III, who succeeds John Burke as ! justice of the peace in Precinct 4. 1 Returned to office by voters were County Judge Eddy Etheredge, Precinct 2 Commissioner Jeff Barton, District Attorney Marcos Hernandez, District Court Clerk W.H. Moore, County Clerk Ronnie Dan-, nelley, Tax Assessor Collector Lu-anne Caroway, County Court-at-Law No. 1 Judge Howard Warner, , County Court-at-Law No. 2 Judge ;Linda A. Rodriguez, Precinct 1 'justice of the Peace Becky Y. Sierra, Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Albert Busse, Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace James Stowe, and County Surveyor Kelly Kilber. Hays County commissioners will meet at 9 a.m. Tuesday. County offices will be closed Monday for the New Year holiday, except during the swearing-in ceremonies. Tree trade offers 'pine seedlings Cedar Park and Buttercup Creek residents can get pine seedlings this weekend by bringing in Christmas trees for mulching at the Cedar Park City Hall parking lot, 600 N. Bell Blvd. The seedlings will be given away between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Cedar Park Boy Scout Troops 158 and 172 will unload the Christmas trees and give away the seedlings. Trees can be brought in for mulching through Jan. 8. Cushion MMm Queen I King 10 to bridge will be built to look rustic, said Debbie Pitts of the Texas Department of Transportation. During the eight-month construction project, neighborhood residents and visitors to Mount Bonnell will have to take alternate routes. The old bridge will be repainted Poaching On The Rise City Park Road area residents to receive extra patrols By Daniel J. Vargas American-Statesman Staff Residents along City Park Road in western Travis County are getting help to deter a different sort of drive-by shooting that has been plaguing their neighborhood recently. During the nighttime hours, shots ring out along the road as poachers fire at deer from their cars. The animals that are hit are sometimes left behind or fall in residents' yards. At least one house has been struck by a stray bullet, police said. While the problem isn't new to the area, residents say more poachers than usual are making rounds through their neighborhood this year. To combat the illegal activity, the Travis County Job program to lay foundations By Sheryl Kennedy American-Statesman Staff Reuben Olivo sees it every day. "The enthusiasm is in their eyes," he said. "The youths in this community want to work but have no idea how to go about getting and keeping a good job. It's about time something was done to change this." One of the ways Olivo and other community leaders want to better prepare youths in Southeast Austin for the work force is through the Pancho and Lefty Academy a training and job placement agency that will help young people develop skills to get and keep a job. The academy is for Johnston High Schools students, ages 16 to 21, who live in the 78744 ZIP code. The 20-week program is scheduled to start next month. Twice a week, students will meet in the evening to learn interviewing techniques, how to fill out an application and appropriate professional behavior. Academy officials said they will place 60 percent of the students in jobs by the end tPRDCE SACtRDFQGE Firm 40 Reference Now Twin 299.00 $197 Full 389.00 $247 449.00 $297 oay.uu 5397 40 OFF ALL MERCHANDISE! in the same rusty color used in the early 1920s. The new paint color has been named 1922 Austin Bridge Company Red Lead Paint, said Pamela Mayo Clark of the city's Department of Public Works and Transportation. The city public works department sent about 50 letters to people who live nearby informing them of the city's plans. Paint chips were included in the letters, and residents were asked what , "- . - Increased patrol by Ik U ( sheriff's department II ,-. and game wardens V jl h Emma Long .' because of poaching ; , ? V Metropolitan jn this area ' ' ' y Park I I .1 " t Area VS? I . . $ Y7 ' '' ' ' r-. detailed! V I. sheriff's department has stepped up patrols in the area with help from Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife game wardens. Sgt. Roger Lawrence, who oversees the special operations unit of the sheriff's department, said officers and game wardens have arrested three people in poaching incidents during the past two weeks. He said special operations officers are deployed wherever there is a disproportionate amount of crime. "We have a lot of houses in that area, and some are scattered," Lawrence said. "If they're shooting out here at night with high-powered rifles, that's pretty reckless." He would not say how many officers are patrolling the area of the program. The academy can only enroll 100 students. "The curriculum will involve role playing and a lot of interaction between the students and instructors," said Olivo, Dove Springs Multipurpose Center manager. "We assume that everyone has learned theieeded social skills, and that's not true. We need to provide youth with the right foundation." Jim Robirds, Pancho and Lefty director, said the academy will help build self-esteem and seeks to reduce the dropout rate of youths in the 78744 ZIP code. "Last year, 230 Johnston High School students in the 78744 ZIP code dropped out of school," said Robirds, who is also active with many community organizations in Southeast Austin. "We hope the academy will not only give them the valuable job skills training, but also motivate them to complete school. "Of the 1,700 plus students at Johnston, 736 live in the 78744 ZIP Solid Wood Bunk Bed From Ready For Mattresses Hjf'TM.'-' they thought of paint colors. "Not a single person called," Clark said. Although the new paint doesn't contain lead, the original paint did. In some areas, the paint will be hand-scraped from the bridge, and Pitts primer will be applied to make the lead-containing paint adhere to the bridge. During the process, the old bridge will be encased in a tent-like structure. Staff graphics or when the patrols would end. Residents also are making an effort to report suspicious activity Last year, residents put up a sign on City Park Road near RM 2222 that reads: "Poachers Beware: We will catch you." Lee Webb, who has lived in the area for 37 years, said his brother-in-law helped pay for the warning sign. He said he and other residents are on the lookout for poachers. "Every once in a while you'll see someone cruising around looking at a deer with a spotlight," he said. "The deer around here are pretty tame. Some of the neighbors feed them. They're not afraid of people; so, they're easy targets." code," Robirds said. "So, Johnston is a great place for the program to start and for us to start seeing results in the community." Robirds will network with employers to secure jobs for Pancho and Lefty participants. Robirds said four instructors have been hired to teach the classes. The academy is funded through a one-year Texas Education Agency grant. Austin Community College and AustinTravis County Youth Services Inc. collaborated to write the grant proposal. "We hope to keep the program ongoing, but we need to find other grants or ways to fund it," Robirds said. The name of the program comes from a Willie Nelson song. m 2234 I WILD TURKEY 101 1.75 25"B BBN Seagram's 7 Crown WHISKEY $J99 1 .75 SKYY VODKA $4099 1.75 l0 Crown . Bfual TENNESSEE SIPHV WHOkEr m mm I Canadian Whisky'V ( QQ ) 1 XytyJr 1 I . -a Pitts said the old bridge, whose weight restrictions have kept many modern vehicles from using it, is "functionally obsolete as well as structurally deficient." She said it is not a safety hazard. The $545,000 cost of work on the two bridges is funded by local and federal money and is being administered by the state agency The Austin Bridge Co., the contractor, is the same firm that constructed the original bridge. Search continues for slaying suspect By Zeke MacCormack American-Statesman Staff After a year of searching, officers have no clues about the whereabouts of Lee H. Wackerha-gen Jr., who has been charged with murder in the Dec. 27, 1993, slaying of Latricia White of Caldwell County. White and Wackerhagen dated briefly while they were students at Lockhart High School, and the relationship revived more than a decade later after each had divorced, said Susan White, Latricia White's mother. Wackerhagen, a 40-year-old truck driver, was believed to have fled the area with his 9-year-old son, Chance, after White was shot to death as she slept in her home. "We're still working on the case but we haven't had any leads," Mark Hanna of the Caldwell County sheriff's department said Thursday "I don't think he's anywhere around here." Wackerhagen's ' pickup was found abandoned in Austin on Dec. 30, 1993, the day an arrest warrant was issued charging him with murdering White, who was a nurse for a San Marcos physician. 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Mark Hanna, Caldwell Co. sheriffs dept. investigation, and the case has been featured on the television show America 's Most Wanted. Susan White said after Latricia was killed that her daughter's friends decribed Wackenhager as a jealous man. "I think she just told him the relationship was over and he just couldn't take the rejection," she said Thursday. Lee Wackerhagen Sr. said Thursday that he has not heard from his son since the time of the shooting. The mother of Chance Wackerhagen could not be reached for comment. Happy New Year! TO Seagram's Vq Kmyr "iSLiieivV:! $-1 799 1.75 $259 S9C99 1.75 06H CH CHECK ON W ITEM8 RS ALL SRRnB 80 UNU2S8 NOTED

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