Friday, February 4, 1994

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 4, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas v v FRIDAY Area coaches finalize their football schedules see Page 15 nrf New Braunfels CdUMTDOWNf 414 AYS Serving Corta County tor more than 142 years Home of JESSICA BRIDGES INSIDE Stain m tisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitiing The New Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Kitty Tuttle Jessica Bridges Mike Noble Earl Noble and Hazel Mulllns Northcliffe sets Meet the Candidate night The Northcliffe Community Homeowners Association is pre senting an opportunity for voters to meet and hear candidates run ning in the March 10 primary election The Meet the Candidate night will be Thursday Feb 10 at 7 at the Northcliffe Country Club Both Democrat and Republican candidates for county and state offices have been invited to speak in a timed forum A spaghetti buffet dinner will be available prior to the event To get there drive eight miles south f New Braunfels on 135 and turn into the fountained entry of North cliffe For more information call Joanne Wells at 2106092576 or 8202159 Hummel Museum dinner slated theHununel held Monday Feb 7 at at the China Kitchen Spouses arc welcome Attendees can order a la carte and pay as they go RSVP no later than 12 Feb 5 to Ursula at 6255636 or Ernestine at 6293955 NBISD hosting Tri County textbook hearing Thursday The TriCounty textbook hear ing will be held at New Braunfels High School from to in the B wing in the newpartof the school on the right side of the building when facing it Textbook publishers will be on hand to describe the various fea tures of their texts and accompa nying materials and answer ques tions 1 For more information call Mike Fitsko at 6206200 Mardi Gras party at K off C Hall Mardi Gras New Braunfels 1994 will be held Saturday Feb 12 at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 8 pjn to midnight Seven Dutchmen Prizes for best costume BYOB beer and setups for sale Advance tickets are at Henne Hardware the Chamber of Commerce Centex Office Center China K Things and New Braun Tickcts will be at the door Proceeds benefit GermanAmeri can Society Scholarship Fund Childrens Museum reception The opening reception and awards ceremony for the Chil drens Museum DreamMakers whibit will be held Sunday Feb 6 from 2 pan to 5 pjn at the Far Wot Gallery The exhibition will run through Feb 27 Stmmntisdi Plea bargain reached iii Canyon Lake murder i V By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer A man accused of killing an Odessa woman in December plead guilty Thursday afternoonLto charges of murder Michael Lynn Waller 21 agreed to a 40year sentence for die murder of Colleen Tallant 38 of Odessa Tallants body was found on the south side of Canyon Lake The plea was offered by Comal County District Attorney Bill Reimer Waller was originally charged with capital murder A person can be charged with capitalr murder if the act was committed while the person was in the course of commiting another crime In this case deputies believed Waller had sexually assaulted Tallant however fceimer said thetf was little evidence to prove a sexual assault took place Basically what happened is officers found the body nude from the1 waist he said They assumed she had been Reimer said results from the autopsy did not confirm there had been a sexual assault Waller will be required to serve at least half of his sentence before being eligible for parole Reimer said because the offense is classified as a 3G offense by the Texas Penal Code the amount of time required to serve will be more than if Waller had received a life sentence for murder In a murder case a person has to get life to ensure that he will not be eligible for parole for 15 He said Rfiimer said the statute was changed Sept 1 and changed the required time from onefourth of the sentence to onehalf of the sentence Waller had also been charged with theft over Reimer said the district attorneys office will hot pursue those cases at this time When you get 20 flat you dont mess with stuff like that He will be 41 before he ever gets the chance to get out of he said Waller had not yet been indicted by the Comal County Grand Jury The case was investigated by the Comal County Sheriffs Office Waller was arrested in Seguin on Dec 15 He was located by officers from the Seguin Police Department who knew the Comal County Sher iffs Office was looking for the man A fisherman found Tallants body at 11 on Dec J land immediately called the Comal Coun ty Sheriffs Office It took seven days for the CCSO to identify the woman Investigators believe the Tallant who was confined to a wheel chair was visiting Comal County and was ning 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 parse had earlier been found by Schertz police officers Officials said the death was reported to be the result of strangulation and drowning Students 9t Sts Peter and Paul Catholic School took part In an exercise called Mind Joggers Thursday as pan of the schools Catholic School Week celebra tion Pictured above Stephanie Vandervorste gives directions to Bonnie McLellan and Amera Richardson of the fourth grade as they compete Jn a string puzzle game where the winners get a pizza Pictured left Jennifer Cox and Alison Hernandez play the string puzzle photos by JOtfN HUSKTH Water issues to be raised Saturday at Civic Center By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Recent rainfall has for the moment provided enough moisture so that farmers havent had to irri gate for spring planting yet However since last August rain fall records in San Antonio have been significantly aver age and the Edwards Aquifer because ofithe Edwards Aquifer Authoritys state of limbo Women Voters of Texas sponsored Natural Resources Regional Work shop which will be held at the New Braunfels Civic Center tomorrow Saturday Feb 5 beginning at ajn The workshop will feature Stuart Henry the Sierra Club attorney in the Edward Aquifer lawsuit who will speak Edwards Aquifer The Courts and the Texas Legislature Recently the appointees to the theEdwards Aquifer many EAA were briefed by of the Canyon Lake area nors office regarding the March and the western part of Comal 1 deadline for pumping permits had the EAA gone into effect They basically told us that if the Justice Department happens to approve the EAA with the appoint ed board to serve until an election can be held in 1995 then we need to be ready to address the March 1 deadline said Doug Miller Comal Couhtys appointee to the EAA That deadline was for appli cations for pumping permits from all well owners We would proba bly move the deadline back if happens The Justice Derailment had said that the EAA could not go into effect as planned on Sept 1 of 1993 because the appointed board vio lated the Voting Rights Act According to Miller the Gover nors office seemed optimistic that the EAA would be able to go into effect with the appointed board serving until an election could be held Many local citizens concerned about the Edwards and other water issues will attend the League of County which relies on the Trini ty Aquifer have expressed thejr concerns about water quality and quantity issues in the fece of recent sudden population growth in the county Addressing those kinds of issues will be John Hall Chairman of the Texas Natural Resources Conser vation Commission who will speak on How can we protect the water quality of Texas and Craig Ped ersen Executive Administrator of the Texas Water Development Board will speak onTlahning for future Water The event is the second of four regional workshops sponsored by the state organization on environ mental issues New Braunfels was chosen as a site because of the local interest in water issues and the presence of the new Comal Area Provisional League of Women Voters unit in New Braunfels The public is invited to attend For more information call Dadene Hicks at Commissioners to rule on validity ofpetitiontoditchWXmD By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff VVriter Cornmissionera will decide if the petition to dissolve the Water Oriented Recreation District is valid at a 10 ajn public hearing Thursday Feb 17 If it is commis sioners will then conduct a hearing on the merits According to election records for the 1990 guber natorial election a total of 5 106 ballots were cast witb nation of a candidate for the Coroal Plinipt board of directors was tabled until the next Commission ers Court meeting so that commissioners could consid er nomir Commissjone rs adopted a projects for the Rural 10 Year Project Development Plan as part of the Intermodal Sur face Transportaticw Efficien cy Act of991 According to David Kopp the District Transportation Planning Engineer in San Antonio He is working on the plan forthe 16 county San Antonio area He will in turn send his plan to Austin where they will prioritize the projects for all 25 districts in the the county it asking that Interstate 35 be completed through Comal County as its number one ftfSplB w T V flippy Is reouired to the petition valid Tbat would mean 511 valid signatures must be included A brief petition 8hows453 In other business at the Thiiraflav aaarinn the T new the resolution asks for priorities on road rnentp fof the rottds tipt us part of the National Highway 35 State Highway 46 and High way 281 I wiliwnd the county res olution along with the one from the city to Clay Smith The other two requests are that State Highway 46 be made a fourlane road from Loop 337 to Farm to Market 2722 with a fifth turning ling from the Loop to Farm to Market 1863 and that US 281 be made ji divided high way from the QuadalupeRiv er to the Blanco County line Mulch m Need some extra cash HeraldZeitung Classifieds Sell Fast