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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY One on one interview with CISDs Douglas Kirk Page 3A 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 481 DAYS New Braunfels Semicentennial March March New Braunfels 18 Pages In two sections Nov Daryl Higglns THANKSGIVING MESSAGE A time to reflect in the spirit of gratitude Of all our national holi days Thanksgiving is the one that is committed uniguely to gratitude It began in 1621 when the Plymouth Colony institut ed a special day of prayer and thanksgiving follow ing a successful harvest In time Thanksgiving became an annual obser vance which spread to oth er colonies and states In 1864 President Abraham Lincoln made it a national holiday and issued the first proclamation call ing upon the people to give thanks to God for the nations blessings Thanksgiving Day in a very unique way is more than a day of commemoration of some thing that happened in the distant historical past It is an occasion for doing again what our forefathers did hundreds of years ago We express again our gratitude to Almighty God for all that has happened to us good and bad right down to the present day This makes Thanksgiving difficult Many dedicated people hesitate How can we be so thankful they ask when there has been such pain suffering and difficulty We arc more mindful of our problems as a nation in this modem era of the mass media and telecommunications The whole world is aware of our shortcomings as a nation In light of all of this can we still be truly thankful The answer is a resounding yes The rea sons are many First there is the biblical experience It finds expression supremely in the Psalms where the theme of gratitude and rejoicing is paramount Psalm 100 is a simple example Enter His gates with thanksgiving and His praise Give thanks to Him bless His namei Men and women are to thank Almighty God for protection and guidance not because of their successes but in spite of their sufferings and failures The life of Jesus Christ was a symphony of gratitude Never do we find Him even in His greatest trials removed from His identity as the Son of God He expressed it in love and obedience and praise In what was perhqps His most sacred utterance the prayer on the eve of His Crucifixion we find Him expressing His gratitude for Gods gift of the disciples and His supplication to God that God will continue to favor and protect them In a day when our secular society is groping for values is there any sentiment more ele mental in all of our relationships than sincere gratitude The kind of gratitude required for all of us for Thanksgiving Day however must be tempered with confession and selectivity To celebrate Thanksgiving does not call for undifferentiated approval of everything in our history or everything in our present life as a people On the contrary it provides an occa sion to reflect to assess to in the spirit of gratitude Ours is a land of freedom and liberty The most basic of our freedoms is religious free dom on which all of our other freedoms rest Freedom is a question of sacred values which come from and are rooted in Almighty God our Heavenly Father The blessings of America are indeed many But it is not the part of gratitude either to ide alized pur American way of life or to con demn it but rather to come to it in honest grat itude the kind of gratitude that discriminates that tests the spirits to see whether they be of It all comes down to the perception of the individual Each of us should put to himself or herself some very important personal gues tions this Thanksgiving Day 1 What is my gratitude level 2 Am I truly grateful to Almighty God whose will it was that this great nation should be bom and who has been with us all along the way 3 Do I practice the kind of contagious per sonal gratitude that makes me a better human being a better neighbor and a better citizen of my country 4 Am I able in giving thanks for America to affirm what is good help correct what is wrong and strive always for liberty and jus tice for alir If the answers to these guestions are affir mative then Thanksgiving Day 1993 will be a real celebration Daryl C Higglns Is Senior Minister at First Protestant Church in New 42 years Home of KRIS KAT KUEHLER I Vol 142 No 10 I Snooting leaves one man dead Canyon Lake man fires on guntoting suspect yesterday By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer A 47yearold man from Flower Mound was killed Wednesday afternoon in a shoot ing that occurred at a home on Tamarack Drive near Canyon Lake Roger VanMatre was pronounced dead on arrival by officials at Baptist Medical Center in San Antonio He was taken to the hospital by AirLife helicopter The incident was reported at by residents of the home Comal County Sheriffs deputies responded to the scene along with ambu lances from the Canyon Lake Emergency Medical Services According to officers VanMatre was shot by Morris Waitschies the owner of the home where the incident occurred The incident occurred in the 1400 block of Tamarack Initial reports at the scene showed VanMatre had approached Waitschies home and had a gun in his hand According to officers VanMatre had allegedly been to the house previously this week He had returned and allegedly made threats to Waitschies wife who was in the house Initial reports show Waitschies drove Morris Waitschies explains to Comal from an area behind his house and saw Van Matre in the driveway He then allegedly shot VanMatre The shooting occurred at the gate in front of the Waitschies home Reports show VanMatre carried a 38 cal iber pistol His vehicle was also at the home He had been driving a Chevrolet Silverado HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH County deputies how he fired upon an armed man In front of his home Wednesday Blazer Officers said they do not know why Van Matre had come to the Waitschies home According to officers VanMatre was shot by a 45 caliber revolver Deputies said they did not know in what part of the body Van Matre had been shot At this time no arrests have been made in connection with the incident The case will be taken to the district attor ney to decide if he will take it to a grand jury or make a ruling out of said Deputy Chief Elwood Hoherz who was at the scene of the shooting Bowling Butterballs Chase suspect identified charged with MY assault Suspect ran several vehicles pursuit By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH The New Braunfels High School Student Council sponsored a Turkey Bowl at the high school during lunch periods this week Local businesses donated prizes which students were able to win on the condition that the students could success fully bowl a frozen turkey towards Its Intended target Theyre not called butterballs for nothing New Braunfels Senior stu dent Daniel Hansen pictured gave it a try with careful aim and fluid motion Numerous turkeys had to be used In the pro ject due to heavy abuse during collisions with the pins and from the turkeys thawing out quickly Kevin Wells 24 of Rhome Texas has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle and one count of resisting arrest after a high speed chase that occurred Wednesday morning on Interstate Highway 35 and ended in New Braunfels near the WalMart Distribution Center The chase involved officers from the New Braun fels and San Marcos police departments In order to stop the car officers were forced to shoot at the vehi cle according to reports Lt John Wommack who was also involved in the chase said Wells ran several vehicles off the road dur ing the pursuit One of the counts of aggravated assault resulted from these actions After attempting to stop the vehicle officers were authorized to shoot at the car in order to prevent any other drivers from being put in danger Shots began being fired near the WalMart Distribution Center Both tires on the right side of the vehicle were shot A total of six rounds were shot three from a shot gun and three from a 223 rifle All of the shots hit the vehicle and all of the bullets have been accounted for Wommack said he believes the decision to fire at the car was the last recourse for the officers He said the officers chose to make the shots near the WalMart Distribution Center because of the con crete barriers on the highway prevented any stray bullets from crossing the highway We had to do it there because of the concrete walls Further down there were no he said Wommack also said there were no other cars in the area that would be put in danger by the shots Officers thought the green Ford truck being driven by the man had been involved in a hit and run in Schertz however later reports showed the offense occurred in New Braunfels just north of Engel Road New Braunfels police officer Tony Celli spotted the man driving north on IH35 near the WalMart Dis tribution Center just after 8 Wednesday He then pursued the vehicle and was led through a construc tion zone on the highway before the vehicle stopped in San Marcos According to reports two passengers got out of the truck and handed the officer identification At that point the driver floored the gas pedal and txgan driving north on IH35 The two passengers in the car were not identified No charges are expected to be filed against the pair The chase continued on IH35 to the San Marcos River before the driver changed directions leading officers toward New Braunfels He was stopped in the southbound lane of IH35 near FM 306 Officers said he continued driving for at least one mile after shots had been fired at his vehicle Wells was taken to the Comal County Jail Mary Seroldputs name into hat for Dist 2 council seat By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels resident Mary Serold announced this week that she will run as a can didate for District 2 city council member Serold riled her application packet with the city secretary on Wednesday Serold spearheaded the effort earlier this year to have former District 2 council member Dan Bremer recalled She said one influence on her decision to run was the large number of calls she has received from area residents In the last week and one half there has been absolutely nonstop phone calls from Dan Bremer to seek Dist 2 seat again From staff reports Dan Bremer former city councilman for district 2 in New Braunfels has announced that he will again seek the district 2 seat despite having been voted out of that position on Nov 2 in a recall election Bremer confirmed his filing Wednesday but refused comment saying he would make a statement in two weeks Bremer lost the Nov 2 election by less than 50 votes people urging me and encouraging me to she said Due to the events in recent weeks and days along with the many phone calls of con stant urging and encouragement from across the city as well as my neighbors in District 2 I feel I have no choice but to answer this she said The need is great in District 2 for open leadership and honest leadership and nohiddengamesoragendas Serold said her campaign will be based on the following five principles Electing the mayor at large Protecting the privilege to vote Continuing with the current council to hold the line on taxes Protecting the environment especially against burning hazardous toxic waste Holding open discussions every two weeks with residents of District 2 The meetings will be held at Serolds place of business Marys Kritter Clippers Serold 42 has lived in New Braunfels for 21 years She is a past vice president of the New Braunfels Humane Society and also worked to set up a network for purebred res cue Sports Birthday wishes The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Josh Stolinskl Rufus Fttlp David Sllmpin Kris Kuehler Kevin Chapa Zelda Adams Harold Longmlre Kathy Price Erna Turner Craig Mayfleld Marvin Jentsch NBPD searches for suspect in attempted robbery By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels police officers are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred Wednesday afternoon at the Holiday Inn on IH3S in New Braunfels According to reports the suspect approached a cou ple that was staying at the hotel outside their room The suspect pointed a small caliber handgun at them accord ing to officers Reports show one of the victims began screaming causing the man to flee the scene The incident occurred at approximately Officers are still looking for the suspect He is described as being 5 with dark hair and a mustache Reports show he fled the scene in a red sports car Happy Thanksaivl W w Braunfels HeraldZeitung
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