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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Local building permits skyrocketing See Page 2 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 411 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennlal March March New Braunfels HeraldZeitu 8 Pages in one section Nov Serving Comal County Home of CYNTHIA BURNS Vol 141 No 247 INSIDE Sports STAMMTISCH Birthday wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishesGeri Jordan Irene Setf Pat Rosales Mar garet Trayhan Happy Anniver sary to Douglas Patricia Fuege MidTexas Symphony meeting slated Monday The MidTexas Symphony Guild New Braunfels chapter will meet Monday Nov 8 from 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 Rita Kerr to appear at NBC A tomorrow 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 Planning workshop set for today Planning for a work shop designed to aid small busi nesses in developing successful short and long term business plans will be presented today at 7 at Honors Hall and will examine writing techniques financial components and lend ing requirements for strategic plans Sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce and the Main Street Pro ject the seminar will cost to chamber and downtown associa tion members and for others For more information call 608 2100 Weihnachtsmarkt to begin Nov 19 The Fifth Annual Weihnachts markt Vi knocks marked Ger man for Christmas sponsored by the Sophienburg Museum and Archives in New Braunfels will be held in the Civic Center at 330 South Seguin on Nov and 21 The event marks a Christmas shopping extravaganza with 50 merchants under one roof This years theme Hansel promises inspired decorations to delight the eye The Kaffec Haus in the lobby is a great place to meet friends and sample some of the home baked goodies delicious potato soup and many other foods and beverages The S3 admission is good for all three days and chil dren under 10 are free Door prizes will be given away every hour Hours are Nov to 7 Nov to 6 and Nov to 5 Stammtisch The New Braunfels Herald Zeiiung invites its readers to sub mit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of he German communi ty Stammtisch represents a sit ting place for members of the com munity to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with Fate of Dan Bremen to be decided today By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Voters in District 2 will go to polls today to decide whether or not to recall District 2 Council Member Dan Bremcr The decision on whether or not to recall Bremer became an issue after a petition to have the recall election was presented to the New Braunfels City Council in July The petition was presented to the council by District 2 resident Mary Serold The petition contained more than 200 signatures from residents in District 2 Campaign signs for both side began appearing throughout the city particularly in District 2 in the last two In past interviews both sides said they have support in the upcoming election Bremer said he has been attending meetings and talking to people in his district in order to pre sent his side of the issue Serold said those supporting the recall have been making phone calls and getting the word out to area residents She said she is optimistic about the outcome Brcmcrs supporters have published a second petition in the New Braunfels I teraldZeitung that contains 400 names of people in his district who are pledging their support Only citizens in District 2 will vote on the issue If Bremcr is recalled a special election will be held in January to determine his replacement Precincts will be open until 7 Election polls will be open from 7 to 7 for the special election today There arc 16 Amendments to the Texas Constitution pro posed which range from prohibiting a state income tax without voter approval to the abol ishment of the county surveyors position in specific counties Citixcns may vote at the following places Precincts and 19 Canyon City Fire Station on Farm to Market 306 Precincts 16 22 and 24 Faith United Church of Christ at 970 North Loop 337 Precincts and 23 New Braunfels Presbyterian Church at 373 Howard St Precinct 5 Cafe in Startzvillc Precinct 11 Garden Ridge Municipal Complex Precincts 18 and 13 Lone Star School at 144 North Hidalgo Precincts 7 12 17 and 20 Memorial Ele mentary School at 1900 South Walnut Precincts 14 and 15 Eagles Hall on South St Precincts 6 10 and 21 EMS station on Highway 281 Foster parents painting smiles on young faces By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer When Sue Ponfick walks into the room the faces of both oneyearold Lindsay and threeyearold Stephanie light up with delight Ponfick along with her husband Walter share a special relationship with the two girls They are Stephanie and Lindsays foster par ents But even among foster parents the Pon ficks stand out Theyre home is known as a habilitative home meaning they specialize in taking care of children with special medical The Ponficks began working as foster in 1986 and took care of children without special medical needs for several years We decided we wanted to care for med ically needy children as said Sue We initially became a foster family because we had been blessed by a large fam ily with healthy children decided we had enough love and enough time to help children who didnt have that she said The Ponficks have been caring for Stephanie since she was 13 months old Stephanie has cerebral palsy a form of paral ysis caused by brain injury during or before birth The disease is by difficulty in controlling voluntary muscles Stephanie was born to a 17yearold who decided she couldnt handle the medical part of the disease She was placed in a high risk adoptive situation Her adoptive father who was 38 died of a heart said Sue When we got her she was on valium We worked with her for 1 5 she said Stephanie was then adopted by a couple from the northern area of the United States At the time she left she was starting to walk and was working on sitting said Sue We got a call saying Stephanie was in a hospital near death She had been neglected and said Sue Stephanie was then brought back to Texas to live with the Ponficks She was recently tak en to an adoptive home in this area Sue said Stephanies adoptive mother is trained in tak ing care of children with cerebral palsy Her adoptive mother is very good with she said Davis hearin i delayed again By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Sue Ponfick center with threeyearold Stephanie left and oneyearold Lindsay Lindsay was put in the care of the Ponficks when she was one month old She is a miracle baby She has spinabitlda The doctors didnt expect her to said Sue Lindsays spine was exposed at birth and her head was extremely misshapen Water had so compressed the brain that doctors thought the frontal lobes were gone Weve prayed a lot over her We really believe God will continue to help her Well have to wait and sec how far she can she said Lindsay is paralyzed from the waist down However her brain has been given time to grow and develop and Sue said Lindsay will be having surgery in January for her back Doctors have changed their prognosis to extremely good Lindscy is currently learning to sit up and is sure to flash a smile to any person walking into the room Each day is a challenge for Sue and Walter Their days are usually filled with taking children to the doctor and seeing to the childrens health but Sue said she enjoys this challenge Caring for these children is not a sideline Its a fulltime she said Its exciting to watch these children achieve and develop against all odds When youre deal ing with the brain its a mystery Its a gift I feel we have been given a gift They teach use more about life than we can teach AdecisibtToTwhether or not Jack Warren Davis should stand trial for allegedly murdering a local school teacher has once again been delayed by court officials The decision was delayed because Davis attor ney Stanley Schneider of Houston is in trial this week in Harris County The hearing was scheduled for today Davis has been charged with the 1989 murder of Kathie Balonis at her apartment at the New Braunfels Oaks Apartments on Laurel Avenue Davis was the maintenance man at the apartments Officials said the hearing will be rescheduled for the middle of November An official date is expected to be set today A threeday hearing was held in August concerning the writ of habeas corpus filed by the defense The judge delayed making a decision at that time because attorneys were waiting for additional evidence from courts in West Virginia The evidence concerns past tests and testimony provided by Fred Zain a former employee of the Bcxar County Crime Lab The evidence includes cases in West Virginia where Zain was formerly employed The West Virginia cases occurred between 1983 and 1989 In past interviews Schneider said attorneys discovered discrepancies in Zains testimony and in his reports A judge in West Virginia has requested an inquiry into the matter This evidence is expected to be forwarded to Comal County and will be taken into consideration by the judge The hearing will be conducted before District Judge Charles Ramsay Davis was tried three years ago for the murder of Balonis and found guilty His conviction was over turned by the Court of Appeals Local unemployment figures holding steady at labor force showing slight increase JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Unemployment statistics in September for Comal Coun ty remained same at percent according to statistics released by the Texas Employment Commission According to statistics the unemployment rate was percent in August and percent in July The unem ployment rate was percent in September 1992 and percent in August 1992 The current numbers are still positive according to Michael Meek executive vice president for the New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce The labor force in Comal County increased from in September 1992 to in September 1993 In August 1993 the labor force numbered up from last year Concerning the August numbers Meek said the signifi cant topic is that of those new members of the labor force were employed Meek also said the statistics in Comal County are also dependent on the tricounty area since many people live in other counties and work in New Braunfels or vice versa We have a tricounty he said Twentyfive percent of the work force is driving outside the county but it evens out Were very fortunate that weve got a very mobile work force We will continue to look at new opportunities for busi nesses to expand There will be 700 high school seniors in Comal County If half of those go to college and the other half stays we will be adding 350 people to the work force Weve got to grow just to stay on he said The signs arc positive but we still need to be vigorous on our economic development he said All Souls Day events planned By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Along with All Saints Day Nov 1 All Souls Day has been combined in modern secular tradition with deco ration of graves belief in the return of ghosts or dead souls and pranks that begin at the setting of the sun on All Hallows Eve or Halloween However All Souls Day is a reli gious holiday observed in many churches by praying for the souls of the departed in the hopes that the intercession of the living may bene fit them Holy Family Catholic Church will be celebrating All Souls Day as pan of a four night parish mission which begin last night with a mass to cele brate All Saints Day and will con tinue tonight through Thursday Nov 4 with masses celebrated each night There is a special theme each said Father John Kennedy Last night was the Feast of All Saints and today is the Day of the Dead All Souls Day when we pray for the dead and well have a pro cession tonight around the church property after the mass The mass starts at 7 so the procession will be about On Wednesday the theme will be Family Recon ciliation and Forgiveness and Thurs day is the closing of the mission a Despcdida or farewell party for the For advertising news or subscription information call 6259144
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