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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY COUNTDOWN 488 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21 1845 March New Braunfels Herald 12 Pages in two sections Nov Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of DEREK WARNECKE i Vol 142 INSIDE Looking Sports STAMM risen Birthday wishes The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung extends the following birthday wish es Derek Warnecke Alice Urblna Angle Valdez Jason Ellis Sandra Aguilar Bruce Boettcher Howard Goldstucker Betty Harris Charles Manes Claire Stafford Dan Weaver HeraldZeitung Cheer fund donations sought The New Braunfels fferald Zeitungs Cheer fund campaign to provide food for local needy fam ilies is continuing with much suc cess according to Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery Avery said that any type of nonperishable food item can be donated as well as money The Cheer fund goal is to assist 200 local families this year Over families have received Cheer fund assistance over the last 11 years Avery not ed This has been possible due to the generosity of the commu To donate call the Herald Zeitung at 6259144 Todays donations were from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 from bingo proceeds District 2 League of Women Voters training The League of Women Voters will conduct a onehour observer corps training session on Thurs day Nov 18 at 7 at the Herb Schneider Room of Victo ria Bank and Trust The corps members attend meetings of local government bodies and provide reports on policy issues to the League for development of its policy action program Call Thea Chessher at 629 4262 or Olga Lara at 6252187 Plaza tree lighting ceremony slated The annual Plaza tree lighting ceremony and holiday festivi tiesx will be held Tuesday Nov 30 beginning at This years program sponsored by the Downtown Association includes Lone Star Elementary Choir Hospice tree Community Band Mariachis and photos with Santa who will arrive in town by firetruck Call 620 5683 or 6082100 for more information Jingle Bell Run The First Annual Downtown Jingle Bell Run will be held Tuesday Nov 30 before the Plaza tree lighting Wear a cos tume and join the fun Registra tion is children through Nov 23 after that date Call 6253778 or 6294832 for information Stammtisch The Nsw Braunfels Herald Zeilung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German communi ty Stammtisch represents a id ling place for members of the com munity to gather and short the days happenings We invite you to short with m IN NAFTA wins suiprising victory in House From staff and wire reports The North American Free Trade Agreement could have significant impact locally according to Tom Purdum President of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Were pleased that it said Purdum We supported it all Although Purdum said there are good and bad sides to the agreement but in the long run it would benefit the community NAFTA is expected to especially benefit Texas and the Interstate 35 corridor although Purdum caution it would be a long term process The major impact will be in the area of man ufacturing and he said For example we are currently working with a company that would do initial manufacturing here ship their product Local impact could be significant official says to Mexico for finishing and ship it back here for distribution It would be an expansion of their business not just a relocation so it would mean new President Clinton who had been told by many members of Congress as well as some of his own senior cabinet members that NAFTA was doomed fought to seal the trade agreements vic tory in the House The House passed the agree ment by a 234200 margin and brought the unusu al circumstance of Republicans and Democrats fighting on the same side We chose to compete not retreat to lead a new world economy to lead as America has done so often in our Clinton said after the vote Purdum said that most people opposed to NAF TA were afraid of it due to a lack of understand ing and some misinformation He noted that improvement in Mexicos economy could mean less of an illegal immigration problem for the and a bigger market for American products U S Senator Phil Gramm was pleased with the House vote and intends to work hard to assure Senate passage for We will look back on the decision approving NAFTA as a critical turning point in the history of our said Gramm In considering this agreement America stood at a crossroads We could either embrace our neighbors or shun Mex ico in favor of surrounding the United States with a wall of tariffs quotas and barriers It was a close vote but the House made the correct choice NAFTA is right and protectionismis Gramm said he was par ticularly pleased with the House rejection of protec tionism and that no nation has ever been hurt by a free trade agreement When Americans looked at the facts they found that while fear said no to NAFTA history and logic said Gramm said My view from start to finish has been that NAFTA will create jobs growth and opportuni ty throughout North President Clinton Davis to stand trial despite Zain ruling By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Local school teacher Kathie Balonis 24 was murdered in her New Braunfels Oaks Apartment on Nov 17 1989 and now four years later the man arrested for allegedly commit ting the murder has not yet been finally convicted Murder suspect Jack Warren Davis has been in jail for the past three years and according to a judges ruling on day he will be required to stay in jail until he is tried again or until he can post bond A hearing concerning a writ of habeas attorney was heard this week in the Comal Coun ty Ramsay Ramsay decided Davis will be required to stand trial despite the fact Davis attorney Stanley Schneider cast doubt on all of the serology testing submitted as evidence in the last trial Hospice open house HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Standing In front of a house recently acquired by Hospice New Braunfels for conference space are Hospice staff members from left front row Shauna Lange Patsy Thomas Jackie Schneider Christina Smith Opal Umplerre Back row front left are Connie Rogers Larry Leahy Nancy Krai Elaine Craig Rita Remington Harriet Sollberger Carolyn Simpson Kathy Gwllllm Anna Vlsco Edna Schmledlng and Minga Hill An open house was held yesterday for the public to view the new facility and to meet new administrator Lawrence Leahy Chappa not same man as first reported In Wednesdays edition of the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung it was mistakenly reported the for mer Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Cha pa Jr had been arrested and placed in the county jail for not paying child support Reports later showed the man arrested was Raymond Chapa and is not the same man as the one who served on the city council The information that the man arrested was the former mayor pro tern was provided to the Herald Zeitung by the Comal County Sheriffs Office Officials reported that this mistake has been made before The HeraldZeitung apologizes for the mistake and hopes no inconvenience was caused Turkey day dinners planned By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer St Johns Episcopal and Adobe Cafe will again host Thanksgiving dinners for the com munity We will be serving anyone who is alone or said Rev Robert F Keith of St Johns Episcopal Weve been doing it for about eight years Weve fed up to 600 and always had food left over It really is like the loaves and fishes Its a blessing for According to Keith St Johns Episcopal start ed their annual Thanksgiving dinner eight years ago when his family had no plans for Thanks giving and thought back to the best Thanksgiv ing theyd ever had to plan for the holiday They agreed it was when they had invited 15 people who had no where else to go He suggested to the congregation that there might be some people in New Braunfels who had no where to go and the church might offer a meal for them The con gregation agreed and has enthusiastically sup ported the event People donated their time or money for turkeys and helped said Keith We planned to serve 330 at about a 100 an hour because thats all the room we had We found that we could feed twice that St Johns Episcopal works through the Com munity Service Center to find the people in the community who may need a place to go for a Thanksgiving meal No one is ever turned away but the church does ask that those interested contact the Community Service Center for a ticket which tells them what time to come The church can only accommodate 100 at a time so the tickets are used to manage the crowd flow We can also send food home for those who cant said Keith We start serving at noon on Thanksgiving Adobe Cafe will also be providing a hot meal for Thanksgiving on Tuesday Nov 23 The restaurant plans to serve tortillas and 700 pounds of ground beef in a free Hot Meal for the Holidays that will be held at the New Braunfels Civic Center from 4 to 8 This will be the fourth year Adobe has served senior citizens and families experiencing finan cial hardships Schneider presented evidence concern ing the testimony of Fred Zain a former serologist at the Bexar County Crime Lab Last week the West Virginia Supreme Court determined that work conducted by Zain in 600 cases in that state was invalid Zain testified in the Davis case about DNA tests concerning blood found at Balonis apartment and on articles of clothing However a review of Zains work in San Antonio was conducted by Dr Irving Stone chief of physical evidence at the Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas Stone who at the hearing said his review and report of Zains work shows the work conducted in the lab is now suspect He said three people conducted reviews of the work and each person reviewed 50 to 60 cases There were two things wrong with almost every he testified No 1 was insufficient No 2 was poor procedures for marking He also testified that statements about blood stains could only originate from two people would be wrong DNA profilesis notj as the news media says a he said Schneider said he is surprised at the judges decision I was expected him to grant it the This is the most egregious facts base I have ever seen I am shocked Fred Zain has done this to this he said Schneider said notice of appeal has already been given and a bond reduction hearing has been requested and should be held in the next two weeks Davis is currently being held on a bond Balonis father Charles Balonis said he believes the judge made the right decision We concur with Mr Ray Taylor He Davis is guilty he said There is no doubt in my mind I know he killed he stressed Special prosecutor Ray Taylor said he believes he can still convict Davis without Zains testimony Watch carefully when we pick the jurors Im going to try this case and try it he said One way or another we will get this to a New Braunfels said Taylor Taylor said he estimates it will be at least a year before a new trial will be held New telephone plan allows tollfree calling to Seguin San Antonib From staff reports Local telephone service was expand ed earlier this week into the San Anto nio area under a new optional tollfree calling plan for New Braunfels cus tomer The new optional calling plan allows New Braunfels customers tollfree call ing to and from San Antonio Seguin and Marion for a flat monthly fee The expanded tollfiee calling plan is Optional plan can be installed when customers return mailin cards San Antonio the result of an application filed by customers officials have said Southwestern Bell Telephone and city For customers subscribing to the and county government officials and approved by the Texas Public Utility Commission For New Braunfels customers the expanded tollfree calling plan is avail able for per month for resi dence customers The serivice will cost between and for business and Marion hJIV optional calling plan within the first 90 days of its availability the installa tion charge which is for resi dence customers will be waived to dial local calls as before continue Calls to other locations will contin ue to be dialed as or lonaX tance calls wmrw Howevw of technological reasons customers electing to sub to the optional calling dan must n mus also change SSSphone numbs Customers should have received information about the expanded calling plan in the mail said Tim Tippit area manager of Southwestern Bell Telephone Residence customers may order the service by returning the mailin card from the information packet and busi ness customers may order the service by calling For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144   

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