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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Local family celebrates Las Posadas tradition See 1B CENTS COUMTDOWNi 4S4 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquioentennlal March March New Braunfels 20 Pages in two sections Deo I YAH DEL riR PASO TX iIG more than 142 years Home of REBA DELBERT 3TRUBE I Vol 142 No 29 INSIDE Letters to the Sports StnmnUiseh Birthday wishes The New Braunfels Herold Zeitung extends the following birth day wishes to TonyAquirre Louii Rose Adam G Torres Richard Gray Julian Barboza Curtis Ryab Happy Anniversary to Mr Mrs Nor man Kraft 53 Reba DelbertH Strobe Stephanie Tim Bergt Volunteers sought to help distribute food Volunteers to help distribute food and toys from the New Braunfels HeraldZeltung Cheer fund to local needy families are asked to step forward and sign up according to HeraldZettung Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery the project coordinator We will be packaging and delivering them at 12 Thurs day Dec 23 Anyone who would like to help package and distrib ute the food should call me at she said The HeraldZettung Cheer fund built on community dona tions was enough to purchase 250 baskets of food this year 25 more than last year Todays donations include Susan Childs Anonymous Ira Adeline Schmidt Anony mous Joe Worl Ernest Bertha Stowe Anonymous 10 Gale Pogue DavisS10 Roland Elnora Kraft Elks Ladies Richard K Koegle John Laurie Todays Total 13th Bridal Fair scheduled for Jan 3 On Tuesday Jan 4 the New Braunfels Bridal Fair Association will host its 13th annual Bridal Fair at the New Braunfels Civic Center located at 380 S Seguin St Admission is Doors open at All facets of planning a wed ding from engagement to honey moon to moving into a first home are represented by the bridal con sultants participatingincluding jewelry hair styling and nail care flowers and other special decorations catering photogra phy wedding dresses hotels reception rooms honeymoon travels chinaware and more A bridal gown fashion show will be interrupted only by the awarding of exquisite prizes giv en by participating businesses This years prizes will include grooms gifts as well Youre invited to visit the booths of each participating business to see what services and items they have to offer and to register to win each consultants giveaway running outl f TherBareonlyS more ehopplng dayi left until Chriitmoil Stunintisch The New Braunfels HeraldZtitung invitu tar readers to submit items to Stammtlich According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community represents a fitting place for members of the community to gather and than the days happenings Wt invite you to share with Local retail sales Drove fast and furi By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer This Christmas is expected to be a merry one for retailers in New Braunfels and across Texas State Comptroller John Sharp is predicting that retail sales across the state will run 7 percent higher than last year For the last several months all of our eco nomic indicators have been telling us that retail ers could expect a great Christmas said Sharp Since the shopping season officially began the day after Thanksgiving weve been in touch with retailers mall managers and check clear inghouses They all say sales are up compared to last he said Calls to several New Braunfels stores show the same is true in our area As far as Im concerned it business is won said Danna Rice owner of Gifts and Glitter located in the Downtown Plaza My business has done better this year than last year There are a lot more people in town Ive Merchants reporting higher sales than in 92 been really she said Bob Dier store manager of Bealls Depart ment store in the Courtyard Plaza said the same is true on his end of town Its been going good Our sales are up from last year Even charge sales are up from last he said We also have a delayed payment program that seems to be working well for The last four days have been fast and he said After Christmas we will have returns We will be open Sunday from 12 to 7 By Monday and Tuesday after Christmas busi ness will be Weiners Store also in the Courtyard Plaza is reporting good business this year Its going pretty good for said Marissa Cantu Weiners floor manager Its not as busy as expected but we have been especially busy this Usually after Christmas we will have some returns and exchanges Some people will do a lit tle extra shopping and will catch the after Christ mas she said Virginia Hughes owner of Gruene Haus and the Gruene General Store said business is boom We have a lot of customers from both in town and out of town The Christmas merchandise is moving very fast this year We are happy with all of our she said Weve done very well We are generally busy through the New Years Day weekend We will have a lot of visitors from San Antonio and Austin and people who come to New Braunfels for the said Hughes Sales at Kmart have been strong this year according to manager Stanley Bird Its better than last year It seems like every body is buying lots of Christmas decorations We are practically out This time last year we had a lot of that kind of thing left We are trying to get items from other he said Other popular items at KMart this year have been basic toys games and puzzles said Bird He said the store also sold out of the new LifeSize Barbies Rice said visitors to her store have been search ing for unusual gifts People have been looking for more expen sive gifts and something she said At Bealls the popular gifts have been jewelry womens sweaters coats mens sweaters and boxer shorts Even girls are buying boxer said Diers Popular purchases at Weiners have includes leather jackets oversized sweaters tennis shoes and blue jeans Most people have gone away from the tradi tional ties and said Cantu The state comptroller surveyed 14 major retail ers across the state The survey showed that their cumulative sales are running about percent ahead of last year Texas discount stores report gains of 8 to 10 percent over 1992 Mall managers say total mall sales are up nearly 6 percent The comptrollers office surveyed 21 malls in both large and small cities Fireworks blamed for morning blaze Fire destroys storage shed in 1800 block of San Antonio By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer A fire that occurred last night on the west side of New Braunfels might have been avoided if city ordinances concerning fireworks had been followed according to New Braunfels Fire Department officials The fire which destroyed a storage shed in the 1800 block of West San Antonio began at approximately 4 ajn Wednesday New Braunfels Fire Marshal John Herber said juveniles in the area were playing with fireworks between 7 and 10 Tuesday He said one of the fireworks went into the storage shed and started a mattress on fire The owners of the storage shed pulled the mattress out and extinguished the fire said Herber He said the owners then leaned the mattress against the storage shed and the fire rekindled itself at approximately 4 The storage shed and its contents are reported to be a total loss Minor damage was done to some homes in the area Herber said he advises that people do not let children play with fireworks and that they attend professional shows Shooting fireworks inside the city limits of New Braun fels is against city ordinances Herber said there will be more and more violations of this ordinance during the hol iday season We will see more and more of this happening The wet weather we had last night will help with grass fires but it weather will make no difference on this type of he said HeraldZaitung photo by JOHN HUSETH New Braunfels firefighters battle a blaze on the citys west side In the 1800 block of San Antonio at 4 this morning where a storage shed was destroyed The fire originally started earlier Tuesday night when fireworks caused a mattress to catch fire Though the mattress was extinguished the blaze rekindled Itself and erupted again this time claiming the entire storage shed The storage shed and Its contents were reported to be a total loss Ikels Specht are candidates for new water monitor position By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Federal District Judge Lucius Bunton in will soon appoint a water monito or water guardian to watch over the issues and problems concerning the Edwards Aquifer until a solution is found that will bring about a regulatory body to oversee the aquifer What will be the water monitors role and who is likely to be chosen This question a critical one for the area was put to local citizens who have played active parts in the fight to keep the Comal Springs flowing The results are as follows According to Doug Miller who has sd as water representative for Comal County the Sier ra Clubs request for a water monitor was irre spective of what ultimately happens with the Edward Aquifer Authority which was created by the legislature to oversee the Edwards Aquifer The proposed water monitor would act as an information gatherer and a direct reporter to Judge Lucius Bunton who would make any deci sions necessary to protect the aquifer The monitor may offer suggestions to the judge but does not have authority to regulate Miller said the Sierra Club is concerned that some action must be taken soon because water levels are dropping in the Edwards From our side the water levels are said Miller Out in the Uvalde area there are reportedly 18 to 22 inches of dry soil now For a The right of capture is still in place until SB1477 is Kenneth Ikels All of us locally want to see that jurisdiction remain on a local or state John Specht Kenneth Ikels spring crop they will have to turn on the pumps Some thing needs to be done now The water monitor is the best thing that could happen for New Braun Miller said he thought someone not closely associated with any of the parties involved in the issue is most likely to be chosen as the mon itor Kenneth Dcels is being considered by the Sier ra Club and was recently endorsed by his fellow board members of the Edwards Underground Water District As a result of what happened with the EAA there is no entity that has authority to do any regulation of the said Ikels It the monitor wont be a master position which does have some authority to regulate and control Im not sure that even the judge has that authority I dont think anybody really Dcels also discussed how critical the need for a water monitor at this point might be John Specht Since October we havent had a good he said In early February irrigators will start what they call prewatering their land if we dont get some decent rain before then The aquifer will start dropping The monitor would be able to relate that to the Dcels said that there is no way to stop pumping from the aquifer at this time and that issue is still a significant one The right of capture is still in place until S31477 is he said John Specht headed the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority during the fight to protect the spring flow of the Comal and San Marcos springs He pointed out that the appointment of a water monitor is central to maintaining the achieve ments of that effort The critical issue at this point is to under stand the judges ruling that the springs must flow even during a drought of record drives some sort of regulation affecting the allocation of that said Specht That has an impact on the entire Guadalupe River basin The Fish and Wildlife Service is determining what the Comal Springs flow must be to protect the endangered species The appointment of a water monitor dri ves this issue to its keeps the state moving on putting in some sort of regulating system The thing that keeps the pressure on is his retaining jurisdiction All of us locally want to see that jurisdiction remain on a local or state he said The only way we can be sure of that is with an entity with the authority to meet the requirements of his order to protect the springs The purpose of the lawsuit was to provide a driving force to protect the aquifer That favorable outcome needs to be sustained Thats what we achieved and it will continue to drive this According to Specht the Sierra Club request submitted to the court for a water monitor sug gested that the monitor would Review currents and projected withdrawals recharge aquifer levels and spring flow Monitor the activities of the state relating to the withdrawal of water from the aquifer Review plans for regulating the withdrawal of water Monitor the activities of municipal and industrial users of water relating to the develop ment of additional sources of water Monitor the extent to which federal agencies authorize funding or carry out withdrawals ftom the aquifer or other action that would result in For news subscription or advertising information call 6259144
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