New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 8, 1993

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 08, 1993

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 8, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Recipes galore in today's Cuisine! - i,2B 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN! 468 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995 New Braunfels 16 Pages in two sections ■ Dec. 8, Herald -Zeitung 1993    Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of DENNIS HEITKAMP ■ Vol. 142, NO. 19 Obituaries.............2    4 Opinion...............A    s Sports Day...........7,8    2 Cuisine!.............1,2 Classifieds...........3-6I    el    paso,    tx    7?903 IO no 1.6 10/22/99    178 0- WEST n ICR0PLlBLISLl ING 627 E YANDELL DR a homicide KBBBnttBM Birthday wishes! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Dennis Heitkamp, Jim Scheels, Jr., Rosa Fey (99 yrs!), Brittany Williams, Beverly Maddox, Elsie Paredez, Muriel Ost-berg, Annie Buck, Sr., Jack Chip-man, Margaret Corbett, Calvin King, Sr., Frank Marx, John Stroh. Happy Anniversary to Hector A Mary Lou Molina (20 yrs! ) Herald-Zeitung Cheer donations continue The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung's Cheer hind campaign donations continue to pour in, according to Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery. The fund's proceeds assist local needy families. To donate, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144. Today's donation was from: ■ Johnye L. Smithee - $25 ■ Wallace & Dorothy Johnson - $25 Bob & Ruth Alford - $25 ■ Annonymous - $25 ■ Kenneth & Betty Triesch - $25 ■ Mr. & Mrs. R. H. Givens - $25 n Tessye Maurer - $25 Today's Total — $4,763.02 Symphony guild holds holiday lunch The Mid-Texas Symphony Guild New Braunfels Chapter will hold a Christmas luncheon Monday, Dec. 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Tea Loft. Members should make reservations by calling Arlene Buhl at 625-6411 by Wednesday, Dec. 8. New mem-bers*are welcome. Rail Authority board mooting changod The Texas High Speed Rail Authority Board meeting has been changed from Dec. IO to Dec. 17 at IO a.m. at 125 E. 11th St. in Austin. The meeting is open to the public. For questions or additional information, contact Charlene Fem at 1-800-735-2989. Local church shows living nativity scone Oakwood Baptist Church, 2154 N. Loop 337, invites the public to their living nativity scene on Dec. 9, IO, 11 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. each night. The presentation will be walk-up viewing. NBHS Fall Sports Banquet Thursday The NBHS All Sports Booster Club will hold its Fall Sports Banquet Thursday, Dec. 9 at 6 pin. at the civic center. Tickets are on sale at Unicom Food Mart, NBHS office or call Lynne Simons at 629-5277. Tickets are $5 Toys for Tots event slated for tomorrow The New Braunfels Toys for Tots auction will be held tomorrow night at the Watering Hole at 8 p.m. until 12 a.m. Cover of $3 plus new toy or $7 will go to benefit Toys for Tots. Investigation into death continues Sfimmtisch (The New Braudels HeraldIe it wig invite,I Us readers to submit items to Slammlisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and member* of this German community, "Stamm bch represents a sluing place for members of the community lo gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.) Comal County officials are continuing their investigation into the death of a Statesville man, who was severely burned in a fire last week, and has now officially been ruled as a homicide. Results from an autopsy conducted by the Bexar County Medical Beamier show that Raul Ramiro Hernandez, 31, had some type of substance splashed on him before he was burned in the fire. The autopsy was conducted Tuesday after noon. The case is being investigated by Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann and Sgt. Davis Oft of the Comal County Sheriffs Office. In interviews earlier this week, Willmann said the fire did not appear to be accidental. Further interviews with witnesses are being conducted today. No suspect information is being released at this time. Raul Hernandez was found outside his mobile home after the fire. He was taken by Canyon Lake EMS to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio. He died Monday afternoon. Reports show he suffered severe bums over three-fourths of his body. The fire occurred at 1:12 a.m. Friday in a mobile home behind the Startz Cafe in Startzville. The mobile home was owned by Comal County resident James Startz, who also owns the Startz Cafe. It was being rented to Hernandez. Reports indicate emergency personnel at the scene had called both AirLife and MAST. helicopters to transport the man; however, neither helicopter would travel to Canyon Lake because of storms in the area. According to reports, a man and two children were walking away from the home when the fire started. They returned when they saw the flames and went to Startz’s home to ask him to call 911. Canyon Lake EMS and the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire. Final numbers indicate extent of collection day’s success From staff reports "With an average of 92 vehicles coming through every hour on Saturday, it really kept us hopping," said New Braunfels Asst. Fire Chief Elroy Friesen-hahn. "But we're delighted 557 households took part in the first joint city/county Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day." For Laidlaw Environmental Services (LES), the company hired to dispose of the materials that could be recycled, the event was also on: of the most successful ever. " We've conducted more than 1,000 of these collection days around Texas and throughout North America," noted Bill Hallam of LES. "I'm happy to say this program had one of the highest _______ turnouts we've ever seen anywhere. The whole community is to be congratulated." The program was kept running smoothly on Saturday by 15 volunteers, mostly county volunteer fire fighters recruited by County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann. Willmann serves on the program's board, along with New Braunfels Mayor Rudy Seidel, Precinct 4 Comal County Commissioner Moe Schwab and Chief Phil Baker of the New Braunfels Fire Department. Friesenhahn is the project manager. Friesenhahn said many of the people who brought in their hazardous waste on Saturday had been saving it up for a long time. "I asked one couple where they got the pickup load of used oil they brought in," he said. "The husband said he'd been changing his oil himself for 30 years, and the wife said she'd been after him for almost that long to find someplace to get rid of it" A breakdown A breakdown of the major materials collected on Saturday. ■ Car batteries - 650 (all recyclable) ■ Used motor oil - 1,000 gallons (to be recycled into lubricants) ■ Used oil fitters - 55-gallon drum full collected. (Oil to be pressed out A recycled. Remaining filters are no longer harzard A can ba landfilled) ■ Antifreeze -110 gallons collected (recyclable) ■ Latex pain - 200 gallons of original ook>rs to ba distributed by New Braunfels Community Service Center to local charities and needy individuals. A 55-gallon drum full of mixed paint can be used as primer ■ Oil based-paint - 40 cubic yards of paint containers will ba incinerated in a commercial hazardous-waste incinerator. ■ 86 drums of tab packs* tor unwanted pesticides, fertilizers and household cleaners were created. In lab packs, compatible chemicals are embedded in absorbent material in 55-gal ion drums Each product is itemized for consolidation and appropriate disposal elsewhere 'source -city of Now Braunfels A Worthwhile Wait After 42 years, Lopez awarded Silver Star By JENNIFER ROM PEL Staff WrKar After 42 years of waiting patiently, Felipe M. Lopez, 64, of New Braunfels, has been awarded the Silver Star Medal for heroism in the Korean War. The Silver Star is the nation’s third-highest award for valor. The medal was presented by Fifth Army Commander Lt. Gen. Tom Jaco during a ceremony at Fort Sam Houston. “I am glad I am getting it (the medal). I believe it is well deserved. Very few people do have a Silver Star,” said Lopez. The citation presented with the certificate states Lopez received the award “for gallantry in action on Aug. 2,1950 at Chinju, Korea. His unit had been hastily placed in a defensive position and was without sufficient ammunition on hand at crew served weapons. When the enemy launched a savage attack, and with his unit under heavy fire, Corp. Lopez, without regard for his personal safety, took a jeep and made several trips back and forth to the battalion ammunition dump. This supply of ammunition permitted his company to repel the enemy attack. When the enemy withdrew beyond small arms fire, Corp. Lopez voluntarily went Fallpa Lopaz admItm his new Sllvar Star modal hor horolam. forward of friendly lines and recovered an M18 scout car that had been abandoned. “His fearless example and courage reflects high credit on Corp. Lopez and the military service." ‘I saved 186 lives. My part of the company was cut off... They were hollering for ammunition on the radio. The two drivers before me refused to go... I jumped in the jeep and went to battalion headquarters and loaded up with ammunition,” said Lopez. “The enemy was trying to stop me from going through. I made four to five loads. When I stopped, there were 17 to 20 bullet holes in my jeep. I could feel bullets buzzing by,” he said. “God saved me. I give credit to God for that." Lopez first joined the U.S. Army during World War II when he was 15. He said his mother called officials and told them Lopez was underage and he was then discharged. “’’As soon as I became of a Herald-Zeitung photo by MARK LYON legal age, I went back and volunteered, “ said Lopez. Lopez, who currently resides in San Antonio, received the award with the help of U.S Rep. Henry B. Gonzalez. Lopez told hit story to Gonzalez, who then found the records .and recommended Lopez for the award. Lopez served in both World War ll and Korea and took his discharge just before the Vietnam War. He served in the Army for 16 years. Committee to try to recover CISD losses through lawsuit By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer An ad hoc committee met Tuesday to discuss the possibility of recovering pro rata losses for Comal Independent School District through a suit claiming the state is in a breach of contract with the district and has violated “good faith’’ agreements with the people of Texas. Lots Duggan of Canyon Lake and other interested patrons of the district met with district officials to ask that the CISD board to adopt a resolution supporting the efforts of patrons to try to recover the losses through a suit. The patrons will bear the expenses for the <mit.orivatelv so as not to obligate the district to spend any money on legal fees, Duggan said. The suit would be based on the commitment the state makes each year for funding local school districts. In ClSD’s case $2 million could be recovered if the suit is successful. “I do feel that the school district cannot breach its contracts with vendors or staff, but the state seems to be able to. It should be a two-way street,” said Abel Campos, CISDs Director of Finance, “lf successful, it would sure help local taxpayers. I’ll settle for the $2 million we’ve lost,.” Duggan also cited the governor's efforts to seek recovery from the federal government of expenses the state has incurred for the superconducting supercollider (SSG) project as a like situation. Both the board members and the administration support the effort and will have the district’s lawyer review a resolution of support drawn up by the patrons. The resolution will be considered at next Monday’s board meeting. Drop out percentage dropping down at NBISD Board of Trustees hear encouraging report of declining drop out rate at Tuesday meeting By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees received good news at last night’s board meeting concerning the dropout rate in the district which declined again to 2.36 percent. “NBISD has followed state and national levels at the ninth grade,’’ said Mike Fitsko, Assistant Superintends of Curriculum and Instruction. “In 1992-93 we only lost nine compared to 1988-89’* 51. That’s a real turn around to me.” The total number of dropouts in NBISD had steadily declined since 1989 when 133 students were loft In’89.’90 115 were lost, in’90-’91 111 were lost and in ’91-’92 65 were lost. In 1992-93 only 56 were lost and Fitsko said there was a possibility that the district would recover three of those. ‘He’s gonna find out who’s naughty or nice’ — but it’s not Santa Caus that’s coining to NBISD, it’s ’big brother.’ The board also heard and saw a report on the utilization of video cameras on the dis- mnmemmmmmm tricfs school buses Introduced by the Transportation Department for monitoring student management, loading an unloading procedures, route schedules and driver training. “In 1992-93 we only loot nino compared to 1988-89's 51. That’s a real turn* the cameras are being put in “black around to mo.” boxes’’ that are currently being    .    Fjtsko installed on ill the buses    _ Bob Templeton, Manager of the Transportation Department showed the board videos that have already been made on some of the routes to illustrate the way he will use the cameras. According to the report students and drivers will not know whether or not a camera ii actually inside the black box on a particular day. The tapes will be reviewed by Templeton to monitor drivers for training purposes and document student response in emergency situations. m^msmmessuemm However, the tapes will also be use to assi ft drivers with discipline management, recording all activities going on behind the driver. When problems are noted the campus principal will be advised that the documenting tapes are available if necessary to solve the problem. Only approved NBISD employees and parents of children involved in the video tapes will be allowed to view the tapes. In other business, the board the administration to advertise for bids for a standing seam metal roof for Carl Schurz and Seele cafetorium*, Hmei&Zehung photo bf JOHN HUSETH Ooopsl Haw Braunite' Mika Slorra ahowa hit frustration aa th# Ball •Hp# through hit honda during aooond quart ar adion lad night. Baa Sports, Fag# TADon't miss tho first-ovor Wassailfcst downtown tomorrow night! k A I I ;