Wednesday, February 9, 1994

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas Special meals with a Valentine touch See Cuisine Page 10 IMMtftti If IlM A I Cl M III f i i i lf I1 I if i I I 20 Pages in two sections Wednesday Feb Comal County for mere than 142 years Horrte of ALMA BRANDT INSIDE 2A Crossword Letters to the Texans Supermarkets Sports IB Club 28 Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitungl The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following jirthdaywishes to Hatto Berg Robert Kinkel Elotse Mullins jene Rush Marvin Sablatura Louise Walker James Bredewa ter Larry Wiley 40 Marc Valadez Leonard Hummel Ben son Velez Mary Ellen Cabello Alma Brandt 93 years Happy Anniversary to Jimmy Cathy Petrie Railroad crossings reconstruction set Union Pacific Railroad Co will be working on the crossings at Jahn Elm Castell and Comal Streets starting Thursday Feb 10 through Monday Feb 14 from 6 until 1 Citizens are advised to plan alternate routes ahead of time to avoid any undue delays because ofthis work DRT to meet Saturday at Forke Store The Daughters of the Republic ofTexas Ferdinand Lindheimer Chapter will meet on Saturday Feb 12 at 12 at the Forlce Store A salad luncheon will proceed the meeting Those attending should being a salad and the recipe for the salad The guest speaker will be Dr George Burke who lives folk music and has played guitar since he was 11 years old His semiprofessional singing career began with per fbtming at Steak and Ale Restau rants in Dallas and the Guadalupe Smoked Meat in Gruene Jonathon Burke will accompany his father and will read the Travis letter Call Delitha Guenzel hostess chairman to make reservations Valentine balloon fundraiser scheduled Emergency Childrens Shelter volunteers began cutting and curl ing ribbon last week in prepara tion for their annual Valentine fundraising project Materials will be gathered and assembled during the upcoming days for delivery on According to project chairman Susan Heidrich this very success fill method of raising funds for the shelter has been conducted for the past five yean and is one of three major fundraising activities Balloon baskets are and may be ordered by calling the Shelter at 6290523 for New Braunfels deliveries or by calling or 3791282 for Scguin deliveries Orders must be pre paid Proceeds from the Valentine Balloon Basket project will assist in providing the basic needs of food clothing and medical care as well as recreation and supervi sion Individuals interested in faring for the workday scheduled for Saturday Feb 12 or to make deliveries on Monday Feb 14 miy ctUIdi at or379 U82lnSeguin Stanuntisch 0 On SopUtHtort ArcMvu vu Murder victims father files grievance against defense attorneys By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Charles Balonis father of murder victim Kathie Balonis has filed a grievance against two of the defense attorneys who have repre sented the man accused of killing his daughter Balonis a resident of Comal County said he filed a grievance against Houston attorney Stan ley Schneider and New Braunfels attorney John Curds Both have represented Jack Warren Davis the man accused of killing Kathie Balonis The grievance was filed with the Texas State Bar in late January The grievance covers 17 areas with which Balonis disagrees He said the areas deal with the appeal filed by Schneider andCurtis Balonis said he recently received a letter from the state bar saying he would receive further information about his grievance in 30 days At that time Balonis should benotified if his griev ance was accepted or rejected Balonis daughter was killedin her Hew Braunfels Oaks Apartments in November of 1989 She had been beaten and stabbed Davis was arrested shortly after the incident and charged with capital murder He was con victed of the offense in 1990 However the viction was later overturned Davis case has been brought into die spotlight recently after a hearing was held to determine if enough evidence was available for Davis to stand trial The judge in the hearing determined Dayls should stand trial However during anothei head ing the same judge approved a motion for a bond reduction and Davis was released oh a bond He is currently living in Gulfbort Mississippi with his family Curtis said he had no comment at this time since he has not had the opportunity to read the grievance Efforts to reach Schneider were unsuc cessful as of press time Bees make uninvited stop LCRA officials assure public of investigation Richard Wygle a private beekeep er In New Braunfels vaccums a swarm of bees which were found all over a gas pump at the Tiger Tote 1081 Highway 81 W yester day afternoon The bees were dis covered by the convenience stores manager Leonard Sellstrom and was reported to a New Braunfels fireman who was passing by Wygle Is called on to assist the county when problems with bees are reported Wygle said he was not sure whether or not the swarm was Africanized bees or Killer bees or American honey bees He said he will take the bees to his home hives and monitor them photos bvJOHNHUSETH By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Representatives fiom the Lower Col orado River Authority assured New Braunfels residents that further inves tigation will be done concerning arsenic found in the soil near Landa Park Officials from the LCRA and sever al city residents met Tuesday night at the New Braunfels Civic Center The town meeting was sponsored by Secur ing a Future Environment an environ mental group based in New Braunfels Two weeks ago the LCRA announced to the city council that high er than normal levels of had been found on tiie CraialUBbw Plant site arid in some alreas in Officials said the arsenic may be the result of cotton farming that was pre sent in the area at the turn of the cen tury or the result of lignite burning that was conducted at the site between 1926 andl930 The plant was not owned by the LCRA when lignite was burned There could be several sources Arsenic is the 20th most abundant ele ment in the said Dennis Daniel who works with LCRAs environ mental protection team Its me of compounds that we need a little bit of to be he said The metals were found in early Jan uary Daniel said the LCRA is now conducting more tests to address the risk to human health and the environ ment Tests are being conducted at the LCRA lab and a thirdparty lab Daniel said it will take two to three weeks to get results Samples were originally taken on the site and in nine areas outside the site Daniel said the levels were high enough to require further tests We need to ascertain if this is a threat to human health and the envi he said A report concerning the LCRAs findings has been submitted to the Texas Natural Resources Conserva tion Commission Officials said thhe LCRA and the TNRCC will work together to find a method to clean up the site if the find ings are determined to be hazardous will lookto them TNRCC as part of the leadership role on said Daniel The Comal Power Plant has been closed since 1972 and LCRA has been working with the city to find uses for the LCRAofficials to up asbestos found in the building and to eliminate traces of PCBs found in some areas Officials said they have discovered from interviews with past employees that asbestos may have been buried on the site That was the standard practice of the era to dig a hole and put it said Daniel Asbestos is not mobile in water or in Daniel said because asbestos is only a danger if it is in the air it may be best to leave any buried asbestos where it is New Braunfels city council mem ber Paul Fraser asked the LCRA offi cials to keep the city apprised of any findings at the site Daniel assured the audience that LCRA will do this community right LCRA was originally created in 1944 as a soil and water reclamation district to protect the Colorado River The authority put up dams and began selling hydroelectric power The authority currently sells power to New Braunfels Utilities BUSINESS IN THE NEWS No Small Job Local entrepreneur makes living by running errands By ROSE MARIE EA8H Staff Writer Sometimes finding something new means looking at the past I was looking for some thing totally different to said Leslie Moffctt of HustleBustle I didnt want to be just a taxJ I wanted to be an assistant Thats what Ive always been as a Now Moffett it everybodys tant as the owner of i business which provides transporta tion food courier and errand running services She started HustleBustle last September and hai been runnlfii ever sines I take people to the airport both in San Antonio and ihe said I tike them to their medical appoint rnents and I to grocery ihcpping bank ing and post office errands for Indi viduals and Shes had some unusual requests but really enjoys the contact with peo ple and the hectic schedule The weirdest one I ever had was someone calling and asking me to go get some mouse bait for said Moffett And one time the Grey hound Bus Station called and asked me to take four of their passengers in to their station in San Antonio because one of their buses had broken down Once someone called me to go to Wurstfest and get something special from one of their booths for someone who was very sick in the hospital It works with my life Im in and out and Im people person so 1 enjoy talking to HustleBustle is an 8 to 9 busi ness seven days a week and Moffett now has some help forcing her to invest in mobile phone She said shes busiest in the afternoon and sometimes on Sundays She said the new business has made her wish she had a business degree Its been a learn as I go Moffett said I thought it would be busier in the restaurant deliveries and that hasnt turned out to be true The hardest thing is what to charge I had to raise my rates to go to the airport Ive learned there are expenses I didnt think licenses and special insurance for A typieil week seei Moffett tram porting children to various extracur ricular activities driving someone to the airport in San Antonio or Austin taking people to doctor appointments banks the tax office or grocery shop ping Although she gets a lot of repeat business most aw a little hesitant when they first contact her Ill meet them and give them Photo by JOHN HU9ETH Ufllt Moffttt of HurtsButtle etvted unique new bueineM whew ehe If everybodys iMlftwtt said Moffett I want people to feel comfortable You hive to change peoples way of thinking It tikes time They want to know how much its going to cost first but when they find youre going to be on time theyre pleased Moffett his big plans for the future Shed like to start a shuttle service in New Brtunfels for instance New Bnunfcls is little town but we hive a transportation she siid Id like to start a shuttle maybe this summer Eventually I wint to be the dispatcher and hire women to help me Im getting 115passenger van for grwp wPpPif iJflspVfP I do have to wash and vacuum my car said Moffett Its in much better shape thin it used to For more information on Hustle Bustle Moffett at 1251300 advertising or subscription information call 6259144