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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 31, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas                                SUNDAY COUNTDOWN 413 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March March INSIDE Sports STAMMTISCH Birthday wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishesChad Wehe Erwa L Friesenhahn Alex labowski Alfred Roth Peggy Pape Ambaro Aguirre Lynn Neeley Connell L Bading and Rusty Castaneda Turn your clocks back one hour Daylight savings time began at two oclock this morning so if you forgot to set your clocks back one hour before you went to bed last night you were probably an hour early to church this morning But if you are reading this before leav ing for church relax and have another cup of coffee youve got time to spare Newcomers Club to meet Nov 2 The monthly meeting of the New Braunfels Newcomers Club will be held Tuesday Nov 2 at 10 at the Senior Citizens Center Guest speaker will be Diane Schulz a pharmacist at McKenna Memorial Hospital Schulz will speak on the ences between generic and name brand drugs MidTexas Symphony meeting slated Monday The MidTexas Symphony Guild New Braunfels chapter will meet Monday Nov 8 from am to 1 at the Victo ria Bank meeting room 1000 N Walnut St The Guild has a num ber of activities which support the MidTexas Symphony and new members are welcome Members can bring brown bag lunches to the meeting For more information call Arlene Buhl at 6256411 Wurstfest Highlights Myron Florens Birthday Party the Wurst Soccer Tournament Mill Store Plaza TrickorTreat ing from 4 to 6 and a 7 costume party in Wursihalle are just a few of the highlights at Wurstfest today For a complete guide see the special section inside this newspaper THckorTreat Children and their parents are invited to spend Halloween trick ortreating safely with the resi dents at Oak Crest Nursing Home tonight starting at 6 Call 6256941 for information Rita Kerr hero Rita Kerr a Texas author lec turer and story teller will be at the New Braunfels Christian Academy Nov 3 Her new book based on the original New Braunfels settlers will be avail able Call 6296222 Stanimtisch The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung invites its readers to sub mit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German communi ty Stammtisch represents a sil ting place for members of the com munity to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with Cany on clinches 284 A championship with 1312 thrill en FrWiy Nlghl Canyon 13 failed to convert Clemens 12 a fourth dovvn at the Canyori 14 yard line with one minute to play and the Couflart held Smltfwofi 15 on for a win which clinched the District 284A championship But star fun ntojj back T6dd Mitchell was Alamd 27 injured f 1A Kerrville Texas Texas 13 Kansas New Braunfels Herald COUGARETTES SET FOR PLAYOFFS Canyon defeats San Marcos in a warmup rhittchfof thp playoffs which begin Tuesday in Austin at against Round tiock McNeil i 15 Alamo 11 tiSei votteybaft wrap J Page 11A 56 Pages in foi Crim I 75 CENTS County Home of ALEX LAJ30WSKI JR I VOi 141 No 246 I ilnate debate on Nov 2 ballot By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Nov 2 is Election Day and there are 16 pro posed Amendments to the Texas Constitution that cover a variety of issues There are five Amendments that many citizens arc particular ly interested in today Crime and punishment is the topic of much discussion locally and through out the state Two of the proposed Amendments deal with this issue Amendment 12 and Amendment 14 District Attorney Bill Reimer has mixed feel ings about Amendment 14 which authorizes the issuance of bonds for corrections facilities and some mental health and mental retardation facil ities Basically I think the public was sold a bill of goods on the state jail felony but its better than The new Texas Penal Code which will take effect Sept 1 1994 creates a new class of felonies for some nonviolent crimes Those convicted under these new felonies may be sen tenced to a state jail for up to two years with the remainder of the sentence served in com munity corrections The 1993 Legislature created the State Jail Division to construct and operate these facilities and authorized th building of state jail beds Teri thousand can be built with existing funds but the other depend ohtheapproval 5f NewBraunfels Police Chief Dick Headen alsTPhas mixed feelings about the Amendment What they did with the state jails rewrite the law and put the monkey on the counties said Headen According to Headen the state will be required to take only violent criminals into the state pen itentary system and nonviolent criminals will be sent to the new state jails The rub is that they reclassified felony offens es such as burglary and dealing in drugs up to huge arhounts without anybody involved as non said Headen People convicted of bur glary will have to serve two years but when you compare that to the amount of time served now for a 10year sentence less than one year thats more time under the state jail classification than under the felony classification Its not as good as it ought to be but its some Theyve taken the deterent out of the system and until they put that back and lock these people away or were going to continue to have to build more Both Headen and Reimer are in favor of Amendment 12 which denies bail for certain violent or sexual offenses committed while under supervision The Amendments concerning a personal income tax startup funding for businesses owned by minorities or women and ftmding for veterans land and housing assistance are also of some concern to many citizens Commissioner Cristina Zamora favors Amendment 1 which provides for the issuance of bonds for the statefinancing of startup costs of businesses owned by minorities and women and for Amendment 10 authorizing the issuance of Where to vote The polls will be open from 7 to 7 for the special election Nov 2 Citi zens may vote at the following places Precincts City Fire Station 306 Precincts and 24 Faith United Church of Christ at 970 North Loop 337 Precincts 3 9 and 23 Braunfels Presbyterian Church at 373 Howard St Precinct 5 Startz Cafe in Startzville Precinct 11 Garden Ridge Municipal Complex Precincts 18 and 13 Lone Star School at 144 North Hidalgo St Precincts and 20 Memori al Elementary School all900 South Walnut Precincts 14 and 15 Eagles Hall South St Precincts and 21 EMS station bonds for veterans land and housing assistance She also supports Amendments 14 and 12 deal ing with the building of state jails and denial of bail to persons under the supervision of a crim inal justiceagency On Amendment 4 Zamora expressed con cern about whether personal income tax rev enues would be dedicated to education and lim iting the rate of local school taxes if enacted She does not favor a personal income tax Gov Ann Richards considers Amendment 14 imperative to the fight against crime and urges citizens to approve the building of state jails for nonviolent offenders so that the state can follow through with the new sentencing guide lines passed by the last legislative session which included Any person convicted of capital murder who doesnt get the death penalty will have to serve a minimum of 40 years before even becoming eligible for consideration for parole Violent offenders must now serve a mini mum of 50 percent of their sentence before even becoming eligible for consideration for parole Those convicted of indecency with a child and murder of a child have been added to the cat egory of most violent offenses meaning they will spend decades behind bars She also supports Amendment 4 which pro hibits a personal income tax without voter approval Amendment 10 the state to continue funding the Veterans Land Fund and Veterans Housing Assistance Fund and Amend ment 12 will allow a judge to deny bail to per sons on probation or parole who are charged with a violent or sexual offense County Judge Carter Castccl urged citizens to read the pros and cons provided by Rep Edmund Kuempel the League of Women Voters and others and make their own decisions Best Wurst HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN i Grossje Opa Arnp Becker digs Into a sausage at the Wurstfest opening ceremony Frjday evening Wurstfest is In high gear this music food drink and dozenis Of activities Landa Park is the place Tickets are and the fun starts at March for Jesus set Saturday By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Hispanic Christian com munity is preparing tor a neigh borhood March for Jesus on Nov 6 It willbe like the June 12 citywijde March for Jesus but this will be on West end of town and the music has been translated into said Jaime i Guerrero march coordi Hispanic churches of New Braunfcls hope this will help lsreak some of the racial barriers in our Likje the march held in the summer this march is a cele bration of faith and unity in Christianity The Hispanic Christian community invites all area Christians to participate by gathering at Holy Family Catholic Church at The inarch is scheduled to start at 10 HeraldZeltung photo by JOHN HUSEfH The royal couple Allssa Dyste was crowned queen and Coby Gawllk king at Smlthson Valley High Schools homecoming Friday night The Rangers lost a close one to 18 to 15 For game coverage see Sports 11 A WALTER THE FRIENDLY GHOST By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Wrlttr Late at night at the Faust Hotel doors open and close lights go on and off and objects move from place to place People who work at night say they hear said Ann Dickley manager of the hotel The swinging doors behind the desk will open or the lights in the dining room will go on or off by themselves or theyll hear freaky noises Some times things on a table in a room will be moved nothing malicious no one is frightened they just say hello Walter is assumed to be Walter Faust who was instrumental in the original construction of the Travelers Inn as it was called then According to information provided by the Sophienburg Archives Faust was the vice president of the Chamber of Commerce and sponsored a com mittee that raised the money to build the hotel It was built to provide the community with a firstclass modem hotel to attract conventions tourists salesmen and to provide suitable dining dancing and meeting facilities for the areas many local clubs and organizations Faust donated the land which was the original site of the Faust homestead and to build the hotel It was opened in 1929 to much pomp and circumstance as one of the most modern and luxujrious hotels in the state During World War II it was known as the honeymoon hotel because so many service men from San Antonio used their threeday pass es to honeymoon in New Braunfels In 1975 it closed and reopened in 1982 Since then it has been designated a Texas Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places Faust and his wife actually lived in the hotel for several years before his death in 1933 He was no doubt quite at home on the site of the old Faust homestead In fact after becom ing ill while attending an exhi bition in Chicago that year he reportedly told his son If Im going to kick the bucket Im going to do it in my own He did make it back home and after staying pp quite late he noted the time at just after the chuich bells tolled midnight on Sept 1 he passed that morning at the age of 55 1 ne hotel was renamed in his honor three years later We can assume that he was very active in the community and highly regarded from the comments made about him after his death We will sorely miss him at all our meetings his enthusiasm optimism and energy wcrci an inspiration to all of us and we deplore his untime ly departure more than words can Does Walter Faust still wander the corridor and rooms of the hotel he was so determined to build Does he haunt the original site of the Faust homestead Does Juj linger in the place he was determined to spend his last days In life he was apparently full of energy and enthusiasm Has that spirit remained in the form of a mischievous prankster that occasionally locks guests in their rooms takes the elevators to floors other than the ones you want and flicks the lights on and off Why dont you spend a night in the Faust and see if youll get to meet Walter the friendly ghost Todays Texas Lottery numbers are 1 6 8 10 12 23 Jackpot million   

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