Tuesday, January 4, 1994

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY New Braiffifefs Smithson Valley boys square off Rf0 ISO CENTS 443 DAYS New Bwurtteli At A iliWt rt AA BMauiOBrnonrMa March March New Braunfels Herald 0 rx Sheriffs Dear Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitungl The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes toJoe Pina Roger Estrada Linda Stone Clarence Timmermann PatKoepp Rhonda Mueller Smock Janet Gilbert Walker Bea Shafer Lolite Wagner Joetta Crowell belat John Tajchman belated Jennifer Carbajal Ruby Rubio Linda Ann Rodriguez Janie Gonzales Rosetta Cavanaugh Joan Crowell Martha Ulbricht Frances CarrU lo John Chary belat Edward Langham Pearl Marion Edna Weber Marie William belat Happy Anniversary to Felipe Habitat for Humanity meeting Jan 6 Comal County Habitat for Humanity will meet at Thursday Jan 6 at Dittlinger Memorial Library Members of the Advisory Board will be intro duced at the meeting Anyone interested in helping to eliminate poverty housing in Comal County is welcome to attend Call 625 7005 for more information For those unable to attend the meet ing donations for the first home to be built soon may be sent to CCHfH Box 310487 New Braunfels Texas 781310487 DRT to sponsor special seminar The Daughters of the Republic of Texas District is sponsor ing a genealogical seminar featur ing Mr Brent Holcomb as the dis tinguished speaker He will keep us all engrossed in his lectures about South Carolina He is a native of Clinton and has spoken all through the south from Maryland to Texas in Colorado on the west coast and at several national conferences The seminar will be held at the Terrace 200 Academy in Austin The cost is This charge includes luncheon Four names for surname list and the registra tion fee may be sent to Sharon Hardin 4205 Wildwood Austin Texas 78722 before Feb 4 Late registration at the door will be The proceeds from the seminar will be donated by District Yin DRT to the French Legation Museum 820 San Marcos Austin Troutfest 1994 set for Jan 6 at Umda Troutfest 1994 sponsored by the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will be held at the Landa Park spring fed pool Jan 6 through Jan 16 The program is for the disabled and Comal County residents to fish for rainbow trout and for channel catfish The channel cat fish will arrive on Friday Jan 7 Times for the Troutfest are form 4 to 8 weekdays and from 10 to 8 ends Stammtisch Tht Ntw Braunftls HvaldZtitung imltts Us rtadtrs to submit ittau to Stammtisch According to tht Sophltnburg Archivts and mtmbtrt oftht German community Stammtlsch rtprtstnts a sitting plactfor mtmbtrs oftht community to gather and short tht days hap penlngs Wt invite you to short with Real estate foreclosures down by 15 percent in93 Foreclosure Postings in Comal County By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor The New Braunfeis real estate mar ket surged in 1993 with the number of sales and sales prices up and the num ber of foreclosures and homes on the market down Realtors expect the mar ket to continue its strong performance in 1993 spurred by low interest rates and a generally improving economy Its been unusually active for the said Toya OhlrichLindsey of Jack Ohlrich Better Homes and Gar dens We have more buyers than we have properties to show them The inventory is really The mar ket has been improving going on two years now and a strong real estate market is an indication of a healthy economy in general Realtors said singlefamily homes have shown the strongest recovery from the late80s bust and they expect sales of multifamily homes retail industrial and raw land to start showing strong gains Figures provided by the New Braun felsCanyon Lake Area Association of Realtors show the number of sales of single family homes in the area increased 19 percent from 1992 to 1993 from 541 to 644 At the same time the number of homes on the mar ket decreased from 518 to 393 a 24 percent decrease One strong indication of the strength ening market is me dropping number of foreclosures Real Estate Foreclosures Inc of San Antonio tracks the number of postings for foreclosure in Comal County but not the actual number of foreclosures A posting is simply a for mal notice to the owner that the prop erty will be foreclosed and sometimes the owner can avoid the foreclosure Officials at the company said about 60 percent of the posted properties actually go to foreclosure Last year showed the first drop in foreclosure postings in recent years when the number fell from 803 in992 to 679 a 15 percent decline in one year The drop in foreclosures reflects the strengthening market but also helps cause the market to keep strengthening It shows we finally bottomed said Michael Meeks executive vice president of the New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce Of course New Braunfels never had the problems some places did We were not totally depen dent on oil We have tourism retail First baby of 1994 and manufacturing too So when the oil bust hit it did not hurt us as bad as some i Meeks said the oil bust of the mid 80s coupled with a 1986 channge in tax law that made interest no longer tax deductible on second homes was a double hit for real estate in Texas With large number of vacation homes and condominiums in New Braunfel s that change hurt the local market j It devalued those properties Imme Meeks said A lot of those properties never sold in the first tjlace They were foreclosed on befo re the builder ever sold them A lot of those properties havobeen cleaned up now That inventdry is gone Getting those properties off the market helps the whole Mwks said OlrichLindsey said the lower num ber of foreclosures has helped tiome prices recover Even people Who bought at the peak of the markest can get out from under their now I havent seen a seller to bring money to the closing table for a long time and that was common for a she said We have absorbed all the sure properties that were 850 600 750 700 650 600 550 500 803 1990 1991 1992 1993 Source Real Estate Foreclosures Inc said John Tillman of Tillman and Till man Realty It is evidence of a strong market There is a lot of demand for He said the lack of distress sales of foreclosed properties will help prices keep rising since prices are based on other recent sales in the area Tillman said that while sellers will benefit from the strength of the real estate market buyers can still get good deals since the low interest rates will keep monthly payments reasonable even though the sales price may be high The way it looks now 1994 is going to be a very good said Tommy Zipp of Town and Country Realtors Canyon Lake couple arrested Monday for By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Comal County sheriffs deputies arrested a Canyon Lake couple Mon day after the couples children were found abandoned at their home in the 400 block of Rockport near Canyon Lake According to Chief Deputy Wayne Hoherz the names of those arrested are not being released He said the childrens mother was arrested for public intoxication and a male suspect was arrested for operating a motor vehicle without a license Hoherz said a neighbor had called the sheriffs office because the chil dren were alone The childrens ages are and 4 Hoherz said there was no heat in the home The couple was arrested after they drove by the home The arrest was made by Comal County sheriffs deputiesTim Knowell and Russell Biandau The children have been placed in the custody of Child Protective Ser vices An investigation will be con ducted by the Department of Human Services The couple could face charges of abandonment and endan gering a child Purchase of airspace discussed at workshop HtrtldZtitwo photo by JOHN HU5IETH Tht flrtt baby of 1994 bom it MoKenna Memorial Hotpltil WM born to lurry I Lowak ind Deborah Ami Orott Tht newborn ninepound girl wit named Angela Maria Lowak Tht flrtt baby of 1994 ttooklnej Wit donated by Texas lota Mitttr HeraldZeitung begins Gene Shelburne column From Staff Beginning today tie NcwBrmufitt will welcome a new columnist to its fold Gene Shelbume 54 of Amarillo will be writing weekly columns for the HeraldZeitung appearing each Tuesday Shelburne was bom in Abilene He attended elementary school and junior high school at Tivy in Kenvtile He holds a bachelor of arts in Bible ftom Abilene Chris tian University and a masters in English from West Texas Stale University Shelbume has worked fcr 31 yean as the senior editor of Christian a devotional magazine that circulates worldwide He has served for 26 years as a minister for the Street Church of Christ in Amarillo He is also in his 20th year as a teacher of the academic Bible course at Aimirillo High School He is the president of the Amarillo Ministerial Associa tion and is the past president of the Amarillo West Rqtary Club He has been married for 34 years to Anita Qrick Shelburne He has three children and eighth grandehilidren By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Discussions at a workshop of the New Braunfels City Council and the Municipal Airport Advisory Commit tee once again centered around the 1994 grant and acquisition of airspace from land owners near the airport The workshop was held Monday evening at the New Braunfels Munic ipal Building Representatives of the Texas Depart ment of Transportation Aviation divi sion were on hand to answer ques tions from all interested parties The 1994 grant is distributed by the feder al government through the TxDOT The grant is expected to fund the acquisition of a runway protection zone and improvements to runways David Fulton director of the aviation division said the 1994 grant only requires the acquisition of airspace for the runway protection zone and will not require any land The project the city has requested is not an expansion project ft is merely a maintenance he said Hope fully it will have little if any According to Fulton the acquisi tion will give planes the right to fly over the land and should have no irrpw 01 turning He said the families will still have title to the land The only restriction will be that they will not be able to build certain structures that would disrupt the airspace It will certainly have no impact on moving farm equipment or cattle As long as the land stayed in fanning I can see where it would have no he said The airspace required is currently owned by the Westmeyer family vin Westmeyer said he and his family simply want to keep their land We dont want this cloud hanging over it We want to pass it on to our children and he His daughter Nancy Krueger who also lives on the property agreed with her fathers statements Weve heard a lot of different stories It doesnt mat ter if you dont need the land right now Further down it will probably be required I wish we could give it Oand to my kids without this hanging over our she said By doing some of these improve merits you are affecting our lifestyle We are fighting to keep our home the way we love she said Suggestions were also made during the meeting that the city attempt to change the primary runway from 1311 to 1735 Runway 1331 is the one pointing toward the Westmeyers land Runway 1735 could be extended using existing airport property However city engineer William Dobrowolski said the city has asked the FAA to change the primary runway several times and has been turned down For news subscription or advertising information call 6259144

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