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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 12, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY District golf tournament begins today at Kerrville See Sports Day P 6 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 344 DAYS New Braunfels Sesqulcentennfal March March New Braunfels MMMMj HeraldZeituns 10 Pages in one section Tuesday April Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of BOB SOHN Vol 142 No 108 Inside Sports The Marketplace Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Ethel Canton Mary Moore Joyce Nettle Wan da Roberts HA Schlameus Katherine Voelger Democratic GOP run offs today Runoff candidates in both parties will count the votes today to see who advances to the general elec tion in November The only runoff featuring local candidates is the Democratic race for the 207th District Court Judge Nile Riedel of New Braunfels and Jeff Van Horn are vying to see who will face Republican Jack Robi son in November to claim the seat held by longtime judge Robert T Pfeuffer who is retiring Other Democratic races on the ballot are the Senate race between Jim Mattox and Richard Fisher and several judicial races The Republican ballot features races for State attorney General and judge of the the Court of Crmi nal Appeals Place 2 Polls are open from 7 to 7 A list of polling places was printed in the Sunday Herald Zeitung Masonic Lodge to meet tonight New Braunfels Masonic Lodge 1109 will have a stated meeting tonight at Members and visitors are urged to attend Fountain dedication set for Saturday A ceremony to rededicate the Main Plaza fountain will take place Saturday April 16 at 10 on the Main Plaza Mrs Lunelle Anderson of Preservation Texas and Texas Historical Commission will be the keynote speaker and a bronze plaque documenting the foun tains restoration and honoring major donors will be unveiled All New Braunfels citizens are encouraged to attend For more information call 6082100 Music study club to meet Thursday The New Braunfels Music Study Club TFMC NFMC will be having the April meeting on Thursday April 14 at at the Seele Parish House Auditori um Featured will be a program on dance including ballet and tap A second important feature will be the final presentation of the clubs study book on the life of Johannes Brahms This will be presented by Susan Deschner member Class of 42 to meet Thursday at Krauses The New Braunfels senior class of 1942 will meet at Krauses Cafe on Thursday April 14 Meeting will start at am For more information call 625 3837 Stammtisch The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Stammtisch represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with ity moves closer to receiving By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Groups receiving funding this year from Com munity Development Block Grant money may be able to access their dollars in just a few weeks The New Braunfels City Council approved resolution Monday night authorizing the city manager to enter into an agreement with the Department of Housing and Urban Development According to Main Street Director Penelope Church this brings the city one step closer to receiving the available through the Community Development Block Grant program Church said the agreement will allow the city to gain access to the funds Agreements will then be made with the groups receiving the money Council okays venture with AANTF again Church said two of the groups the Womens Center and Habitat for Humanity will be required to undergo environmental assessments on their projects before they can receive funds because they are construction projects Several drainage projects are also receiving funding however these projects include only planning and will not require an environmental assessment In addition the police and parks summer recreation program is being funded In other business the New Braunfels City Council also approved a resolution allowing the city to once again participate in the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force The task force is funded by a grant This year the state of Texas is requiring some dollar portion match just in case seized assets do not cover the costs New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen said the program should not impact the general fund He said if the states seized assets do not cover the costs then the costs can be covered by the police departments own seized assets fund This years program is expected to work more closely with the schools and may include the addition of a gang unit Headen said he is supporting the program more this year because plans have been made to target antfuni the New Braunfels area more than it has been in the past Other business covered by the council includes approval of a resolution allocating funds from the occupancy tax and from Texas Commission on the Arts Grant Funds were awarded to the Circle Arts Theatre Compania de Danza Folklorica Greater New Braunfels Arts Council The Hummel Museum MidTexas Sym phony New Braunfels Art League New Braun fels Childrens Museum New Braunfels Ger man Folkdancers The Heritage Society New Braunfels Conservation Society New Braunfels Historic Museums Association New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers and the Sophien burg Museum and Archives Family gets new home through HFH By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer A New Braunfels family will soon have a new home because of efforts by the Comal County Habitat for Humanity The orga nization has secured a lot and closed on the place Monday at Stew art Title A groundbreaking ceremony is slated for Sunday April at 951 Lipan St in the Northview II subdivision The house will be built entirely through volunteer efforts Vivian Nuhn is heading volunteer efforts and said they need people to pound nails even if they cant pound them Mrs Nuhn said volunteers are signing up through church or to work as crews are also wel come The organization would also appreciate any donated materials that can be used on the project Habitat for Humanity International was founded in 1976 in Americus Ga People might remember President Jimmy Carter lending his hand to the project The nonprofit Christian ministry was formed to help lowincome families who could not otherwise secure financial support move into their own homes The local affiliate formed in September of last year This their first house will go to Betty Halsell a cashier at Lubys her son Lloyd and her mother Billie Rodriguez Terry Burton site selection chairman of the local affiliate said he read a book by New Braunfels pioneer Hermann Seele The Cypress and other tales of a German which described how early settlers helped each other build civic and res idential buildings Habitat resembles that spirit of an oldfashioned house raising New homeowners must put in a minimum of 300 sweat equity hours on their homes or another project They also make a small down payment and assume a noninterest bearing mort gage Payments are used by the local affiliate to build other homes In December 1993 the home was dedicated by the organization which now includes affiliates Nowhere else but Texas Russian exchange students get to see real cowboy at local ranch recently Official delivery HeraldZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen threw out the first pitch at last nights American League opening ceremonies NBU board to discuss giving city more funds Resolution declaring NBU not for sale expected tonight By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer The New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at tonight to discuss the possibility of giving an additional contribution of financial assistance to the city of New Braunfels In past city budget sessions the city coun cil has determined it will ask for an addi tional the next fiscal year The utilities is already expected to pay to the city in lieu of taxes in the 199495 budget MB1 NDU By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Texas is like no other place in the world according to two Russian exchange students attending the Univer sity of Texas at Austin Elizabeth Scherbina and Vic toria Melmikova both from Moscow had the chance to taste tht true flavor of Texas during a recent visit to New Braunfels Both of the women had a wish to see a cowboy and to ride a horse Their wish was fulfilled thanks to Don L Butch Offer man who operates Offerman Ranch on Highway 46 west just a few miles outside New Braun fels Scherbina and Melmikova vis ited the ranch on Sunday after noon and were treated to a few hours of riding lessons Both women came to Texas in August 1993 and will be leaving in May They are students at the linguistics university in Moscow Part of their stud ies includes visiting the United States for two school semesters HeraldZeitungphoto by JENNIFER ROMPEL From left Don L Offerman Elizabeth Scherbina and Victoria Melmikova The purpose is to see how people study here to get acquainted with people and to practice said Scherbina 21 who is also study ing German I like it here I have traveled a little bit I love Texas it is differ ent from the northern she said When I heard I was going to Texas my friends said go and meet a cool said Scherbina I had heard some stories about them They the sto ries were all in the writings of American I thought cowboys were in the past I didnt think there were a lot of cowboys now I guess there are said Melmiko va 20 who also studies Spanish I like it here in It is exciting Its not like the rest of she said Its real exciting I have been exposed to lots of new experiences Both Scherbina and Melmiko va will graduated in May 1995 They are living in a cooperative in Austin They may visit New Braunfels again to either float down the river During their visit to New Braunfels the two women were entertained by local residents Marie and Don Offerman and Phylis Offerman Also visiting was Austin resident Jane Raeke the host of the two exchange stu dents an additional During the meeting the board of trustees general manaq is also expected to approve a resolution stat r Bob Sonn ing that the electric system of NBU is not for who recently sajfj announced his This became an issue after Mayor Rudy retirement at Seidel discussed the possibility of selling tonights meet the utilities in order to illustrate that the city Ing needs to receive more money from NBU Seidel has explained the numbers were used only as an example and he does not want the city to sell NBU The board will also hold an executive session to deliberate the employment of a general manager to replace the current general manager Bob Sohn who announced his retirement last week Sohn said he will retire after the board hires a new general man ager In a past story it stated that Sohn had received a per month raise Sohn actually received a raise of Officials stated that the raise was given to help in Sohns retirement and because they did not want it to appear that Sohn was resigning because of a conflict with the board NBHS Odyssey of the Mind5 team takes fourth at competition By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer There are a few students from New Braunfels High School who really know their MTV not the kind most teenagers know but one of a more technical nature Six youngsters from NBHS recently competed in the Odyssey of the Mind competition at Judson High School San Antonio where they took fourth out of 21 teams from across the state Sophomores Klint Kingsbury Chris Snider Trey Taylor Alison Damarodas Sarah Moscheau and freshman Kate Bell advanced to state by winning the region tide March 5 in Seguin Coaches are Ron and Carol Snider an art teacher at Lone Star Primary The competition included six categories one which involved running Mini Terrain Vehicles which the stu dents built through eight obstacles and puncturing a balloon at the end Batteries power the MTVs which are not remotecontrolled Points are awarded for each obstacle completed and balloon punctured A skit must be used to illustrated a theme The stu dents used the idea of their vehicles as animals tra versing through a rain forest and the effect which tree cutting has on the rain forest For their efforts the students received an OMER award which recognizes outstanding features such a props design and mechanics For subscription news or advertising information call 6259144 Metro 6060846
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