Wednesday, October 13, 1993

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Canyon hands Rangeraftes defeat Jgee Sports 50 CENTS COimttWWlU 430 DAYS New Braunteli March 21 1045 March 21 1995 New Braunfels 18 Pages in two sections Oct Ill v Serving Comal County Home of Pat and Bill Plstor Vol 1 41 No 233 5 ii 1 INSIDE Home destroyed by li Sports STAMMTLSCH Birthday wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeifung extends the following birthday wishes Brian Huber Mendoza Melissa Ann Guerrero and Frances Garcia Happy belated birthdays to Mark Bear Garza and Jes sica Dominguet Bluobonnet Grange observes anniversary Bluebonnet Grange will be Observing its 50th anniversary ottSunday Oct from to 5 at the Extension Service meeting room located at 132 Water St The Grange is a family ser vice organization for men women and children 14 year old and older A charter member of the local chapter Mrs Vera Hoffmann will be given special recogni tion at the ceremonies Canyon Lake Trade Show on tap Oct 14 The Second Annual Canyon Lake Trade Show will be held Thursday Oct 14 from 5 to 9 at the Woodlands Country Club located off FM 2673inStartzville The event is sponsored by the omen InBusi isparked fibre All ptixeeds will go to a scholarship fund for local stu dents Friends of Dittlinger meet The next regular meeting of Friends of Dittlinger Library will be Thursday Oct 14 at 7 at the library 373 Magazine Home schoolers meet Families Advocating Instruc tion in the Texas Home a sup port group for home educators will meet Thursday Oct 14 at 7 For the meeting location and more information call Don na ai 6204905 Community Chorale resumes rehearsals The Community Chorale will resume rehearsals at 7 Tues day Oct 12 in the Friendship Room downstairs at Eden Home Ms Marsha Carlisle assistant music professor at SWTSU will direct music from classical to show tunes as well as music by Bach Singers are wel come Call 6256420 for more information NARFE meets New Braunfels Chapter No 666 of the National Association for Retired Federal Employees will meet Friday Oct 15 at the Senior Citizens Center 855 Lan ds Street at am A New Braunfels police officer will pre sent a program on protecting your home when you are away and Congressional legislation will be scrutinized Everyone is invited Coffee and refreshments wW be served Call Wilbur Wieding at 6296522 byitu it rto4tn to tubnil ittmi to Sttmmtbch According If On vw and wmfcri of UuQtrmon community rtfrutntia filling ptactfor mtmlun cftiu community to gatktr an4 then tlm thyt Wt bvUt yott to No injuries reported in early morning blaze By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Wrltor Lightning touching down in north New Braunfels resulted in a fire this morning that destroyed a home on Sad dletree Drive New Braunfels firefighters respond ed to the call at this morning The fire was located at 418 Saddle tree Drive No one was injured in the blaze New Braunfels Fire Department offi cials said the fire was started when lightning hit the roof Of the home Reports show one woman was living in the home According to Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn the woman in the home heard the thunder but did not realize it had hit her home He said a neighbor from across the street also heard the thunder and saw the roof of the home onfire She went to wake the lady up and told her the roof was on he said Friesenhahn said when firefighters arrived on the scene the roof of the home was twothirds involved Hie said the rest of the house burned quickly Two engines responded to the fire as well as several members of the New Braunfels Volunteer Fire Department Friesenhahn said approximately 25 firefighters were on the scene Firefighters had the blaze under con trol in approximately 45 minutes said Friesenhahn Officials were still at the scene of the fire at press time Final reports will be returned later this afternoon Friesenhahn said the heavy rains last night had little effect on the efforts of the firefighters I dont think it hindered our opera tion at he said Friesenhahn said neighbors were extremely helpful in aiding the fire victim He said he believes she will be staying with her son HtnUZrtung photo by JOHN HUSETH Members of the New Braunfels Fire Department and the New Braunfels Volunteer Fire Department battle a fire sparked by a lightning early Wednesday morning No one was hurt but the home at 418 Saddletree Drive was a total loss Heavy storms cause power outages traffic problems in county Comal and San Antonio members clash at EUWD board meeting By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Comal County board members at Tuesdays Edwards Under ground Water District meeting were interposition to San Anto nio representatives as usual For example the EUWD board placed the General Manager Russell Masters on administrative leave with pay for 90 days pending a review at Tuesdays board meeting I think it was out of said Kenneth G Ikels a Comal County representative on the board The vote was 64 with the Comal County delegates and two of the Hays County delegates voting against Ikels said although there had been some problems with the general manager he felt strongly that the action taken by the board was out of order On another report in the ExpressNews regard ing new estimates which boost the levels of water in the Edwards Aquifer Heels said that report had not be officially released and he had not seen it The ExpressNews story indi cated that the newly discovered levels of additional water could be used to artificially augment the springs a position favor able to San Antonios interests How much of that water could be recovered we dont said Ikels I personally am not in favor of it If you take the level down below the springs to pump them all the counties on the recharge zone would be losing The board also adopted a tax rate of per val uation for the current tax year although they will not collect the taxes for 1993 because they expect the new aquifer authority to take over management of the aquifer Grocery stqre sets Oct 27 opening By ROSE MARIE HASH Jj SX xt vVt v Its awarehousetype store with a whbte new look services a video department with 24hour drop Off a newdeli beautiful pro said the local night manager Jay Schubert Schubert is from Seguitt and the new local manager is Ron lives in the Comal County area According to Schubert some of the former Kroger employees were hired The Mesa grocery chain is ing the Texas stores as Warehouse The logo for the new Texas stores is TBXANS in Jted white and blue over an outline ofTexas Megafbods spent appxoximatety million to renovate the storest Statewide the chain lias s By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Heavy thunderstorms raging through South Texas early this morning left many parts of the Comal County with out power and caused several traffic As of 9 ajruths morning most elec trical power had been restored accord ing to Bob Sohn general manager of New Braunfels Utilities Sohn said the power outage was a result of a direct hit of lightning to the Comal Substation near Landa Park The hit occurred at Sohn said this hit damaged a main transformer Those areas losing elec tricity as a result included the areas on Highway 81 near the New Braunfels Smokehouse and West Point Pepperell area Before the damaged transformer can be put back in place testing must be conducted according to Sohn He said the transformers are valued at approx imately We are having to do some extensive testing on the big said Sohn Sohn said a few other hits caused the company to lose a few small circuits As of this morning the Comal Inde pendent School District reported hav ing several schools without electricity However classes were still being held Traffic lights across the city were also out according to Lt John Worn mack of the New Braunfels Police Department Wommack said officers placed many flares around area intersections in order driVersP Four accidents were reported this morning Wommack said three of these were minor accidents and one was a threecar wreck Wommack is urging drivers to drive carefully this afternoon People are not used to the weather They need to be more alert The roads are slick and they need to give more following he said Officials at both the Comal County Sheriffs Office and the Department of Public Safety did not report any problems related to last nights storm Officials at the National Weather Service said golf ball size hail was reported on the south side of Canyon Lake near Startzville at They said an exact amount of rainfall for County area would not be available until later this afternoon The forecast for this afternoon shows a slight chance of showers throughout the day LIGHT Crisis Line and Drug Dependency Council rely on United Way By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer The Crisis Line and Drug Dependency Coun cil is dependant on the United Way of Comal County for all of its funding The Crisis Line has been in existence for 20 years and for many years it was the only crisis line in town Many helping agen cies now have their own crisis said Crisis Line President Gladys Battling We are the last link in the helping chain for Comal We would have to UnlbadWbu fold up if they the United Way didnt help she said The Crisis Line is used for information and referral Bartling said it is also used as a listen ing When people cant cope anymore its hard to make decisions We try to provide alternatives for them to she said When a person is in a crisis they sometimes cant cope with common sense Were there when everybody else is she said Bartling said the crisis line receives approxi Peters serves United Way as allocations chairman Board members main job is behind the scenes of local organizations activities By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels resident Ken Peters 48 became active in the United Way of Comal County just after he moved to this area four years ago Peters pastor for New Braunfels Presbyterian Church said friends and associates of his who were on the board encouraged him to become involved in the United Way He has been on the board for four years Peters currently serves the United Way board as allocations chairman He said his main jc working with the committee in j budget We work with setting goals and trying to make sure we meet as many needs of the orga nizations as he said My main job is behind the he said Peters said the budget is prepared by asking agencies to submit requests looking at budgets and makinginquiries as to scope of the of activ ities Petenrsaid he also works with committees in fgoals and deciding how much money the lip would like to raise Peters has also been working with the speak ers bureau in older to help get donations He said in order to encourage donations he empha sizes that 98 percent of the money donated to UnitedWay goes to local agencies We have low over head and low executive Thirty agencies benefit The United Way does a very good and effective he said Peter is also on the board of directors for the Community Service Center and Communities in Schools He is married to Marilyn Peters They have two children John and Meredith Ken Peters mately 100 calls per year The calls are callfor warded to the volunteers homes on evenings and on the weekends During the week the calls come to the Comal County Senior Citizen Cen ter Bartling said she is currently working on hiring someone to man the lines during the day and to answer Social Security questions The funds to pay this person will come from the Seguin Social Security office Battling said they are looking for a person who is bilingual and over the age of 55 The United Way is expected to give the Crisis Line this year The expenses of the crisis line include telephone lines and advertisements in the yellow pages Bartling said this year the prices are going up for the phone lines She said donations will be needed to keep the line operating The crisis line is operated 24hours per day by approximately 12 volunteers For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144