New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 16, 1994

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

February 16, 1994

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas 410 NOIA 10/22/9?    188 SO-WEST NXCROPUBLISHlNCj 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 79903- WEDNESDAY!An SWC - Big Eight merger? Commissioner says not yet - so cam COUNTDOWN! 402 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995 New Braunfels 16 Pages in ohs section B Wednesday, Fob. Herald -Zeitung .16,1994    Serving    Comal    County    for    more    than    142    years    ■    Home    of    OLGA    GESSNER 142 years ■ Home of OLGA GESSNER ■ Vol. 142, No. 69 INSIDE Obituaries...................2 Crossword...................3 Opinion......................4 Farm & Ranch news............5 Cuisine!.....................6 Comics......................7 Classifieds...............13-15 Texans Supermarket advertisement  16 Stiimmtisch DlrffciSai,    ___«,n Bar unsay wisnss Tram UMI HwraMMMtung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following nrthday wishes to; Debbie Lane, Megan Lana, Olga Ginner, Myrtle Nowoiny, Guadalupe Vela, Kathleen Turk,Jeannie Medrano, Vernon Wilson (Happy 10th I), Joanna Gonzales, Richard Beech, Melvin Jochec, Irene Reirdnger. Happy Belated Anniversary to Robert A Amalia Orth (25 years!) City strate dept to dos* ibMt today The city street department has announced that Lands St. to Wood St will be closed from 7 un. to S p.m. today. Winter Visitors recaption Thursday The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and the Wurstfest Association will sponsor a Winter Visitors Reception on Thursday, Feb. 17 from 5:30 pm. to 6:30 pjn. at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin St. Door prim will be given away. Music will be provided by Oma & (he Oompah!. JOY group to rn—I Thursday nlyht JOY group will meet Thursday night at 7 p.m. in the Comp! County Senior Citizens Center on Lands St Awards for the production Tint Silent Night" will be given and reports from various committees will be presented. For more information, call 629-4547. St Ann’s to mil Fab. 17 at KC H«H St Antichristian Mother's Altar Society will meet on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall. Penelope Church, Dowtown Projects Director, will be the guest Canyon AriitOGEts win Swuapatakas The 1994 Mayor's Prayer Breakfast will be held March 21 at 6:45 p.m. in the New Braunfbls Civic Center. The festnrod speaker will bs Lt. Col. John Eidsmoe. Col. Ridsmoe is currently professor of law a Faulkner University in Alabama and holds five academic degress. He will speak on the men and women who Aimed the Constitution and those who laid a philosophies! half fjggg thai He || thy    |nd the riwHhirinw,11 Tickets will ba available, beginning March IS, et Kwik Kopy, 2158    _ Lands. For mote S. Seguin or Norris Insunnoe Agency, 245 L information, call 625-0404. Coming tomorrow! Canyon AHotoooU In yestaidayl Herald-Zettung, a feature story on the Canyon Aria-.neats was publicised fin today's edition. That feature will publish in Thursda/s edition instead. ftDm N$w ■pmar^^ees dt^o jmuua^e^wpHi na rwfpwmmm a    ag do tommies neath* end dan Ila agkeepmmp.WvMuseeudur* Two men seriously Injured in early morning accident By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer_ Two men were seriously injured Wednesday morning in a one-vehicle accident on Interstate Highway 35. The accident is reported to have occurred in the north bound lane of Interstate Highway 35 near Spur 3. The time af the accident is estimated at 4:45 a.m. Witnesses at the scene said the car apparently drove off the interstate, went through the guard rail and landed underneath the overpass. New Braunfels police and paramedics were called to the accident scene. Witnesses said both victims were thrown from the vehicle. The driver and the passenger were rushed by ambulance to McKenna Memorial Hospital. They were later transferred to Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio. The identities of the victims was not released as of Dress time Wednesday. Reports show that officials tried to call Airlift to the scene; however, the helicopter was not able to take off because of dense fog in the area. A fatal accident was reported at the same area several months ago. One woman died in that accident. Henkt-ZUilung photo by JOHN HUSETH TWO man ware seriously Injured early Wednesday morning in • one-vehicle accident on 1-39 now Spur 3. Both driver and passenger ware thrown from their vehicle, reports Indicate. Alzheimer’s support group forming here Mu leyfiMRB doubci By a#crimrcb nuvnvxL Staff Writer Area residents are in the process of organizing an Alzheimer's Support Group for family members and caregivers of victims of the disease. An organizational meeting was held Tuesday night at the Comal County Senior Citizen's Center. Time* for the nipped group meetings have not been set at this time. The group is being organized by Bulverde resident Gary Collins, who is a volunteer and the chairman of the support groups of South Central Texas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. Collins said support group meetings were being held in New Braunfels last spring; however, the group stopped meeting in early summer. He hopes the new support group will attract at least two dozen people. "Alzheimer's becomes such a tragedy for immediately family because of the terrible emotions for people as they see their parent or spouse gradually deteriorate,” he said. According to Collins, Alzheimer's Disease gradually kills brain cells and eventually causes the patient to become completely immobile. National statistics show that of those people 65 and older; 10 percent have Alzheimer's Disea v* Half of the people over age 85 have the disease. Collins said the cause bm not been determined. "We can't prevent it, cure it or slow it down. All we carl do is give the people tender loving care,” he said. The support group will be led by Collins until t local leader can be found. Anyone needing more information can call the Alzheimer's Anociation at 1-800-523-2007. Edwards Aquifer: Deja Vu If current pattern continues, Aquifer, Comal Springs and fountain darter may all be in jeopardy By ROGE MARIE EASH Staff Writer The Comal Springs are in danger of dropping below the 150 cubic feet per second limit required to protect the fountain darter. A status report on the Edwards Aquifer by Tom Fax, Conservation and Reuse Director for the San Antonio WNer System, says current conditions are similar to those in 1987 and 1988. "Conditions in 1993 and the start of 1994 are similar to those in 1987 and 1988,” said Fox in the report. "In 1988 water levels started at 685 and dropped to 650 in the summer. If conditions for 1994 track 1988 conditions, water levels may drop lo approximately 640 feet by mid year sinoe levels are starting at 675 in 1994. Conditions could be somewhat worse if other pumping is increased or if rainfall is much less than 1988.” The report resulted in a discussion by the SAWS board of what could be done to conserve water in anticipation of current condition! continuing. Local water representatives support any conservation efforts San Antonio can make. In a meeting last night, the San Antonio Water System board amended San Antonio’s drought plan adding 25 feet to the level at which voluntary conservation measures are enacted. Previously that level was 640 feet above sea level. The new level will be 665 feet. On Tuesday, the level stood at 675.3 feet at the Fort Sam Houston monitoring well. The board also heard a recommendation by the utility's staff calling for higher rate increases for large residential users which is intended to encourage conservation. Board members also heard a proposal to begin levying a drought surcharge for customers uring more than 17,200 grilons. The surcharge follows the recommendations of Senate Bill 1477, the Edwards Aquifer Authority bill, for critical periods. Various incentives were also recommended to encourage conservation. The board will review commercial users at the next board meeting March 3. "The springs are holding their own right now,” said Doug Miller, the appointed Comal County representative on the Edwards Aquifer Authority board. "But, we're going to need rains in the spring to maintain the 150 eft (low. I think San Antonio is wise to do what they can to conserve water." The SAWS report aid the continuation of current conditions would result in Comal Spring flow dropping below "jeopardy” levels this summer and in both mid 1995 and mid 1996. If this occurs the report pud the springs would be severely streswd Fox cautioned in the report that the projections are dependent on many factors and are baaed upon the repeat of similar conditions of pumping and rainfall. Any change in there conditions would improve the forecast or could result in even lower water levels his report said    i Based on the continuation of current weather patterns of average to below average rainfall, the report referred to the Climate Analytes Center (National Weather Service) extended forecast for the period January to February ai drier than normal weather with a wetter than nonnal forecret for March. "The analyss ftom the weather qpedalktN the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission is eomewhat more pated mistic.” laid Fbx in the report. "DM office forecasts continued dry weather through mid Spring. Asteiming the present rate of wmer ure and continued bg thin average rainfall, the Edwards Aquifer wtoer levels are projected to be 665 to 670 feet by mid Fab-mary. Agricultural irrigation pre watering begins in February and is expected to bs extonrive due to die lick of soil "Yogurt Urban usage historically begins to increase in March. These water factors may combine in grafter than average water use in February and March” Agreement between council, landowners still not reached Staff MMtar The New Breuuftls City Ccwicfl frill his Goodly famines concerning thetoquiiitionof (liq** *t the tad of ■ runwty it the New Braunfels Murrfdpel Allport. The council met ta in executive session for more ta two hours last night but no agreemo* was leached "We still haven’t reached a definite dbasion. There are still several factors to be taken cere ct" Mid Now Braunfels Mayor Rudy Seidel. The ainpece ii owned by the Marvin We* meyer andrite Waynum Krueger families. Both families met with council members briefly la* ri|h^ gips iiyf possible igronmeri Wastmeyer hid no    on    the jjjdHttH tis? city will    if Agyria!1! with tire families for t couple of more days. lf no    be    raecbedl    rite city nMty be forced to stsrt file a condemnation suit in (Inhkpi County court. Seidel amsjunced Monday N the New Braun-tide City round) antiN tint en agreement conoemiiig tire ilnpeoe acquisition wee dose N hand An emergency executive session wee Iff* iw crwHtoto ft**1— ti*! tier. Tire 14,82 acres of airspace is needed in older for the city to receive a SU million grant fawn the federal government The grant will be used to make airport improvements and to acquire the airspace. The airspace is needed fort runway protection zone st the airport. During • meeting in January, tbs city council authorized city naff to go ahead with con toid owners were given IO days to make a decision concerning the cityl offer Thedty proceed^*. At th* time, the dr- Mining the city's wtexfei trif Affdiiwf jiff trip IO (fays ami did HOt DCfllt COUR pfDCOGutftfll’ In in earlier Interview, Seidel Mid the city would tike to avoid going to court because of the cost involved and because neither party will benefit ftomh. Itinerary set for New Braunfels Sesquicentennial ’94 Europe tour By JENNIFER ROMRBL Staff Writer Members of the New BnunfeU Seequioen tcnnial Commiwr erateMteSd this week    the itinerary has been aet (br the Sesquicentennial 1994 Europe tour. Information concerning the tour is available from Rennert’s New Braunfels TVivel and Amt Travel. The purpose of the tour is to celebrate New Braunfels' 150th anniversary and to Invite reel-dents of Braunfels, Germany to tile sesquicentennial celebration in 1995. "The purpose is to go over to Braunfels and explain to the Breunfderei the culture of New Braunfels and to encourage and invite them to oome end vttt New Braunfels during our Sesquicentennial activities,” said Berino Engel, chairmen of the tour committee. Engel said mtay people, have already expressed interest in the tour, however, he Mid the brochures have jure been primed. Three tours will be available. The detoe im July 2-18, July 9-23 and July 14-30. All of the tours will be in Braunfels, Germany (torii* the lime weekend. The coat is 31,949 for Tour No. I and 3 end $1,919 (bur Tour Na I Airfare ie $798 plus rex. Travelers may pu rehire air only end pay an extra $50 for the Braunfels Partnership Activ- Cities end tire to be vitiud during the tour include tbs (bitewing: Coburg where travelers will visit the Goebel Factory where Hummel figurines lie made; Munich, where muriate will rn the Bavarian espial and tbs Dechan Concentration Camp; Berchtesgadcn; tafaBrato Austria; Vipitcno, Italy, Ludwig'! Certes and Oberammugau, Liechtenstein; Lucerne, Switzer-land; Grindelweld, Swtdertend; Freiburg, Germany, Heidelberg, Bnunfoie end the Rhein River. Engel caid the coat of the tour inckudee two mettle per day, transportation, travel when in Europe and all betoil. Other expenaw fate may b* tocuiad a, *mdln| aonoy ** to nota natl. Bnpl aid than will bt ( tor aptote f1ffitftfflra fin* thole who an interested. New Bnunfoie will celebrate fie arequioan-lennittl in March of 199$. Plane and fond raking in under way. Fra more information, ceti the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce to 625-2315.For nows, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 ;

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