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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 16, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY City Classic offers strong tournament field 150 CENTS COUNTDOWN 460 DAYS New BfaunteU Semicentennial Match March New Braunfels I Herald 12 Pages in one section Dec Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of PATTIWESTBROOK I Vol 142 No 25 Leadership New Braunfels 5 Sports STAMIVI risen Birthday wishes The New Braunfels Herold Zeitung extends the following birth day wishes to Patti Westbrook Mtlba Guerrero Pete Martin Musch HUdebrand MarceUa Dai ley Jaylane Seibert Happy Anniversary to Amo Olivia Schorn HeraldZeltung Cheer donations continue The New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs Cheer fund campaign donations continue to pour in according to Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery The funds proceeds assist local needy families To donate call the Herald Zeltung at 6259144 Todays donation was from Henry Bet zy Lane Anonymous Mr Mrs Frank Weber Todays Habitat for Humanity open house slated Comal County Habitat for Humanity will hold an open house on Saturday Dec 18 from to at Tree of Life Fellowship Church 652 N Loop 337 back of the building Anyone interested in learning more about Habitat for Humani ty is welcome to attend For more information call 625 7005 Tickets still available for First Silent Night Tickets are still available for the Comal County Senior Citizen Centers JOY group production of First Silent The play will be presented Fri day and Saturday nights at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center starting at 6 both nights Tickets are For more information call 6294547 SOS Food Bank sets grand opening The SOS Food bank will hold grand opening ceremonies at its new location at 248 Merriweather Street between S Castell and Old McQueeney Road at 10 A brief dedication service will be presented NBISD offering step aerobic classes NBISD is offering step aerobic classes Monday through Thurs day from to at Academy St Gym Cost is per class or a month Asa Christmas present January is free For more information call 620 9636 nimtlim outl Them ore wily 9 mpreihoppingdayi until ThtNfwBrawftliHeraldZtUuitg invites itt rtadtn to submit items to SlammtiscH According to the Sophltnburg Anhivet and members of the Qtrman community represents a tUttng place for members of tiit community to gather and short the days happentngt We invite you to short with Arrest made in Canyon Lake murder By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Comal County sheriffs deputies placed a 21 yearold man in custody Wednesday on charges of capital murder in connection with the death of an Odessa woman Michael Lynn Waller was arrested in Seguin He was located by officers of the Seguin Police Department who knew the Comal County Sher iff s Office was looking for the man A warrant was issued by Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Howard Curley Smith He was brought to Comal County by CCSO Detective Bond for 21yearold to be set this morning Jimmy Limmer and Texas Ranger Richard Ben nie He was then placed in the Comal County Jail Bond will be set this morning He has been a suspect all said Chief Deputy Wayne Hoherz We had to develop our evidence There were several indications that pointed toward Last night we gathered evidence at the place he stayed He apparently had no permanent home He sometimes stayed at the lake and sometimes in Schertz He worked at the lake during the sum said Hoherz We want to thank the Seguin Police Depart ment and the Schertz Police Department along with the Schleicher County Sheriffs Office for helping us with the said Hoherz The body of the woman Waller is suspected of killing was identified Tuesday as Colleen Kay Tallant 38 of Odessa The body was identified by two friends of the woman from West Texas Investigators believe the woman was just vis iting Comal County and was planning to camp at the lake Her car a 1986 Ford Escort was found behind the VFW Hall in Schertz by officers from the Schertz Police Department Tallants purse had earlier been found by Schertz police officers Tallants body was found in the lake at Saturday The body was found on the south side of the lake near Cranes Mill Park According to reports the body was found by a fisherman on the lake An autopsy was conducted on Sunday by offi cials from the Travis County Medical Examiners office Officials said the death was reported to be the result of strangulation and drowning Growing a Christmas tradition HaraldZeitungphoto by JOHN HUSETH Oscar Hahn owner of Hahn Tree Farm has bean selling Afghanistan pine Christmas trees on his farm Hahn planted his Christmas trees some 10 years ago and will not be In business next year Local Christmas tree fanner ending 10 years of growing Afghanistan pine Christmas trees By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer If you want to pick out a Christmas tree and cut it down yourself this is the last year youll be able to at the Hahn Tree Farm Its been a good said Uscar Haftn owner But this will be my last year Whats left after this weekend Ill cut down If Id sold half as many as I have Id have been happy I sold some big trees to people as far away as Abilene San Angelo Dallas a 16footer and Bay Hahn said he originally planted trees about ten years ago He now has about 80 big trees left He plans to sell off the tops of some of them because theyre really too big now for indoor display in most homes 10 to 15 feet No matter how big your tree may be Hahn offered some tips on keeping a freshly cut tree in good shape for up to three months First put it in very hot water to open up the pores so it can drink said Hahn Then keep it in fresh water and it will stay until Generous as Santa Hahn was happy to recommend the three other Christmas tree farms in Comal County Santas Forest which is just down Hunter Road from the Hahn Tree Farm Jolly Time Evergreens farm in near Marback Road off Nacogdoches Road in Bracken and Grandmas Garden Christmas Trees on Demi John Road off Rebecca Creek Road in the western part of the county Hahn said shortly after he started his tree farm there was a total of 13 farms in the county but by 1984 his was the only one left The Afghanistan pine is whats grown locally because they require very little water to thrive Today these four farms are the only ones he knows of in the county and next year there will only be three If you havent already bought your tree you might want to be among those who get the last Christmas trees from Hahns Tree Farm If you need a smaller tree try Santas Forest whose trees were planted only three years ago or if you live out in the county try Jolly Time Evergreens or Grandmas Garden Christmas Trees the kids really enjoy it and they all have real nice trees Settlement reached with Catfish farm EUWD Living Waters agree to compromise solution Wednesday Sales tax rebate increases by whopping 34 By JENNIFER ROMPEL Stiff Writer Sales tax payments to the city of New Braunfels jumped approximately 34 percent from December 1992 to Decem ber 1993 State Comptroller John Sharp announced this week that December sales tax rebates were delivered to 927 cities and 111 counties December rebates include taxes collected by monthly filers on October sales and reported to the comp trollers office in November The payment to New Braunfels jumped to year from in 1992 This is good news This is the highest percentage increase we have had in any one said Michael Meek executive vice president of the Greater New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce Payments to date increased percent The 1993 pay ments to date total compared to in 1992 We were in the single digits in percentages going into the Christmas shopping season for New Braunfels If we continue to show increases in November and December sales we could have a 10 percent total growth in said have heard from retail shops that business is good It is a reflection of our Nationwide people are beginning to spend more The refinancing of mortgages is causing an increase in dollars People are buying things they have put off for said Meek By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Reporter The Living Waters Artesian Springs will remain closed at least until 1995 or until a permitting authority is avail able to issue them a withdrawal permit Im delighted to have it out of the said Jack Ohlrich one of tbo Comal County representatives to the Edwards Underground Water District The funds we didnt recover were well spent saving the acre feet of water that would have been Wednesday afternoon the EUWD issued a press release stating that a compromise solution to the issue had been reached which consisted of the following provisions The owners of the catfish farm will be required to meet all water qual ity standards of all discharge permits governing the operation of the facility The agencies which appealed the TNRCCs decision to grant LWAS a discharge permit and an exemption from air quality standards will with draw their appeal and the objections submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency on the issue of water quality The owners of LWAS will pay the agencies the sum of to help defray the costs of pursuing this action It will be divided proportion ately among the cooperating agencies The agencies retain the right to present arguments and to be a part of any permit process in which a decision is made regarding how much water the operation can use Acting General Manager for the EUWD Rick Dlgner said The most important aspect of the agreement is that the District preserved its right to participate in any future permit process in which a decision could be made regarding how much water the opera tion will We met our goal which was to shut them said Kenneth Ikels another Comal County EUWD board member Any future withdrawal has to abide by permitting quantities and we have a permanent injunction so if they violate any permits we can The lawsuit against LWAS was originally filed in October of 1991 by EUWD and the San Antonio River Authority The injunction will be in place until the owners receive a withdrawal per mit from a permitting authority autho rized by law to permit water ftom the Edwards Aquifer or until June 15 1995 after the 1995 legislative ses sion The EUWD SARA TNRCC and Bcxar County were the cooperating agencies involved TNRCC is scheduled to approve the EUWD votes to support s V s i Heels as water By ROSE MARIE HASH Staff Writer The Edwards Underground Water District voted in support of Kenneth Ikels as the proposed water monitor for the Edwards Aquifer at Wednesdays board meeting Ikels me r Guadalupe Blanco River Authority Manager John Specht and the Texas Nat ural Resource Conservation Commission have all mentioned as possible prospects for the water monitor position didnt expect anything from the said Ms after the meeting I gave the Sierra Club my resume as an alternative to John Specht if he couldnt serve for some reason I support John completely for this I only wanted to be considered as an John Spechtwas contacted and said that he considered Ikels an excellent candidate and was fully qualified for the position He would not comment on bfo own candidacy for the position Accoding to the Texas Attorney Generals office Federal District Judge Lucius Bunton ruled last week that he would appoint a water monitor in response to a request by the Sierra Club Ho asked that the parties appointment by Dec 25 TTie Sierra Club asked for the over the overseeing of the aquifer tectuw of the voting rights Issuei rtiaedby ia appoint board It is not known whether the the job agreement ou Friday Todays Texas Lottery numbers are 1 4 6 24 33 Jackpot million   

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