New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, September 2, 1993

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 2, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYJoe Taylor given communications honor - Page 5 50 CENTSINSIDE Obituaries............. 2 Crossword............ 3 Opinion ....... 4 Looking Back............5 Sports Day.............8,9WMW ms Birthday wishes! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Zandra Aguilar, Rita Free. Happy Anniversary to Edgar & Clara Dietert (68 years), Jack & eve-lyn Ohlrich (IO Years). Symphony Guild plans first luncheon The New Braunfels chapter of the Mid-Texas Symphony Guild will hold the first of its regular brown-bag luncheon meetings on Monday, Sept. 13 from 11:30 am. to I p.m. at the Victoria Bank meeting room, 1000 N. Walnut Ave. Meetings will be held on the second Monday of each month. Members participate in a variety of activities which support the Mid-Texas Symphony. For membership information, call Arlene Buhl at 625-6411. NBISD HOSTS seek volunteers New Braunfels Independent School District HOSTS is looking for volunteers to help children with reading skills. Call 620-7533 for information. Registration for Geri-Games started Anyone 62 years old or more is eligible to participate in Geri-Games to be held Sept. 9, IO and 11. Added to the spelling bee, trivia, dominoes/forty-two, and assorted physical games enjoyed in past years is an arts and crafts competition which will be judged by members of the New Braunfels Art League. Registrations are due by Sept. I and my be obtained at the seniors center or from any nursing or retirement center. For more information, call Ida Sing 316254642 Yearbooks on sale at NBHS The New Braunfels High School Yearbook staff has memories (yearbooks) from as far back as 1957 for sale for SIS each. For more information, call Stephanie Ferguson at 625-6271. Habitat for Humanity moating sot Comal County Habitat for Humanity will meet at 7:30 p.m. today at the Diulinger Memorial Library. Anyone interested in helping to eliminate poverty housing in Comal County is welcome to attend. Call 625-7005 for more information. For those unable to attend the meeting, donations for our first home may be sent to CCHFH, P.O. Box 310487, New Braunfels, Texas, 78131-0487. WORD spacial maating tonight The Water Oriented Recreation District (WORD) will hold a special called meeting, tonight at 6:30 in the Canyon Lake Action Center. Stammti$cti (The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invites its readers to sub mil items to Slammlisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German c ommuru ty, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the com munily to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.) COUNTDOWN: 465 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21, 1845 March 21, 1995 New BraunfelsHerald -Zei Serving Comal County ■ Home of EDGAR & CLARA DIETERT 14 Page's in iwo sections ■ Sept. 2,1993 Vol. 141, No. 204 Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETHEdwards kiosk at Landa Park Dedication ceremonies were held at Landa Park for the Edwards Aqulfer/Comal Springs kiosk at Landa Park by the Edwards Underground Water District and the City of New Braunfels Parks & Recreation Department. The new educational kiosk is expected to reach approximately 500,000 park visitors each year. Pictured are (from left) Jack Ohlrich, Kenneth Ikels and Craig Hollmlg. All are directors of the EUWD.Sales tax rebate still shows climb By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels and Comal County sales tax collections are still showing increases over last year’s collections, according to statistics released from the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. Statistics show Comal County to be well ahead of last year’s collections in July. Comal County collections were up 21.7 percent from July 1992. The collections are up from SI77,401 in June 1992 to $25,926 in June 1992. Year to date, which includes eight months of the reporting year, county collections are up 9 percent. This is an increase from $1,070,305 in 1992 to $1,166,605 in 1993. In New Braunfels, a smaller monthly increase of 1.5 percent is recorded. Statistics show in June 1992 S314,066 was collected and $318,835 was collected in June 1993. Year to date, the city is up 4.9 percent, from $ 1,932,440 in 1992 to $2,017,236 in 1993. Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Michael Meek said it’s hard to say why the county has a larger increase than the city. However, he said the city is remaining stable. “We don’t see any big increases in the city. The trend has been fairly flat,” he said. Meek said increases in sales tax collections may continue despite the fact the tourist season is coming to an end He said the approach of the Christmas season should keep sales tax collections strong. Major crime in the city of New Braunfels showed little increase from June to July, according to statistics released from the New Braunfels Police Department. July statistics show the total number of major crimes to be 353, up 84 from June. Categories showing major increases are assaults and burglaries. Assaults number 97 in July compared to 51 in June. New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen said this could be attributed to the large number of tourists in the city during July. “We can’t know absolutely, but it may be attributed to the increase in tourists,” he said. Headen also said more of the assaults may be reported because his officers are on the river and can “deal with” the incidents on the spot. An increase was also reported in the total number of burglaries. Burglaries increased from 73 in June to 101 in July. In this category, burglaries of a habitation increased from 11 in June to 20 in July; burglaries of a non-habitation decreased from 15 to 14; burglaries of a motor vehicle jumped from 44 to 62 and other burglaries increased from three to five. Headen said the increase in burglaries of a motor vehicle could also be attributed to the increase in tourists He said because there are more cars in the area, there is the chance of more break-ins of vehicles. The following categories compare July 1993 to June 1993 unless otherwise noted. ■ Total criminal offenses are up from 560 in June to 732 in July. ■ Total arrests are up 33 from 216 in June to 249 in July. In July 1992, 159 arrests were recorded. absolutely, but it may be attributed to the increase in tourists.’ - Police Chief Dick Headen on explaining an increase of 46 assaults reported in July ■ Murders remained stable at zero. ■ Sexual assaults were down from seven to three. ■ Robberies were up from two to three. ■ Theft/shoplifting were up from 121 to 130. ■ Auto thefts were up from 15 to 18. ■ Arsons were up from zero to one. Compared to July 1992, total crimes are up from 302 to 353. Headen said this is not a drastic increase. He also said one indicator is that the calls for service have increased from 2,987 in July 1992 to 3,604 in July 1993. Headen said this shows that there are more people in town and a lot more going on. He added that the 3,604 calls amounts to approximately 120 calls per day. “We have three to four units who are trying to stay up with those," he said Headen said the number of crimes should drastically decrease after the Labor Day Weekend Crime stats show total numbers up Police Chief Headen says increase not drastic By JENNIFER ROMPEL Stall Writer- ,yye    can'j    kflOW Two-vehicle accident results in one death Well-known businessman killed in mishap By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer A New Braunfels business man died Wednesday after a two-vehicle accident that occurred at 6:04 p.m. at the intersection of Loop 337 and Common Street. Russel R. Koehler, 43, of Marion, was pronounced dead at the scene after his 1978 Cream AM General Jeep was hit by a 1987 Green International tractor and trailer. Koehler was the owner of Koehler’s Lock and Safe on Faust Street in New Braunfels. The tractor and trailer was driven by Michael Dewayne Wright , 28, of Merkel. Wright was a driver for the Ploof Track Lines from Jacksonville. According to reports, the accident occurred when Wright was traveling north in the outside lane of Loop 337. Reports show Koehler’s vehicle was stopped at a traffic light on Common Street and had just begun to proceed west through the light. According to reports, Wright had failed to stop at the stop light and col-lided with Koehler’s vehicle. Koehler’s vehicle was an old mail jeep which had steering equipment on the right side, reports show. Wright was reported to have some injuries but refused medical attention. Two ambulances and four police units were called to the scene. Lt. John Wommack of the New Braunfels Police Department, said officers will discuss charges against Wright with the county attorney. Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH New Braunfels police try to sort out what may have happened at the intersection of Loop 337 and Common Street yesterday where a local businessman lost his life in an accident. He said charges may be traffic charges or possibly Wright was towing a 1993 yellow Great Dane Officers were still cleaning up the debris at I a.m.. more severe.    flatbed    trailer    loaded    with    40,000 pounds of metal. Thursday morning.Todayfs Texas Lottery numbers are 3 - 40 - 27 - 32 - 4 > - 41 Jackpot $25 millionI ( I ;

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