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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDA Rains keep 2844 teams off the diamonds Monday night See P 6 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 324 New Braunfels Sesqu icentennial March 21 1845 March New Braunfels Herald I I i 10 Pages in one section Tuesday May Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of GWEN MINOR Vol 142 No 123 Inside Texas Sports The Birthday wishes from the HeraldZertung The New Brauttfels Herdd Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Gwen Minor Cruz Rosa Zavala Lisa M Ala nis James Clement Nina Pace James Stoufler Connie Rydell Martha May Larry Burgen heimer Mary Jones The Lighter Side Newspaper in Minnesota pays staff with bills A newspaper in Minnesota found a way to create a greater awareness in the business com munity of the newspapers work force and payroll For two con secutive paydays employees of the newspaper received their wages in twodollar bills instead of their regular check The publisher encouraged his employees to only use the two dollar bills when they shopped locally As a result merchants saw how the staff of the news paper practices what they preached they shopped locally The assistant publisher even paid his rent in twodollar bills He then encouraged his landlady to continue circulating the bills in the community rather than just depositing them in the bank The promotional idea was enhanced by the fact that most cash drawers do not have a place for twodollar bills Con sequently any purchase using the bills gained additional atten tion Disabled American Veterans to meet The Comal County Disabled American Veterans Chapter 163 will meet at Wednesday May 4 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars VFW home on Peace Avenue Canyon Lake Art Guild sponsoring show The Canyon Lake Art Guild is sponsoring a Fine Arts Crafts Show on May 21 from 10 to 5 The show will take place at the Bradley building on FM 2673 across from the post office in Saltier Booths are For more informa tion call Bunny at 210 9643002 Masonic Lodge having called meeting tonight The New Braunfels Masonic Lodge will have a called meeting tonight at 7 to have a examination and confer a degree Members and visitors are urged to attend Social Security extending hours during May June The Social Security Referral Office located at the Senior Citizens Center will extend its hours during the months of May and June to 12 to 5 weekdays The office is located at 655 Landa St The telephone number is 625 6996 Stammtisch The New Braunfels HeraldZtilung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Stammlisch represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with Crime decreased in March figures show By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer After a slight increase in February major crimes in the city of New Braunfels showed a small decrease during March Major crimes numbered 171 in March of this year This is a decrease of 26 from the 197 major crimes in March 1993 All major crime cate gories decreased except for sexual assaults and robberies New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen said the figures are staying fairly consistent He said he did not know if there was one particular reason that the number of sexual assaults increased It could be that women are more aware and centers to deal with rape and crisis intervention are becoming more and more he said Sexual assaults increased from two in March 1993 to seven in March 1994 Also showing an increase were robberies which numbered three in March 1993 and four in March 1994 The number of burglaries decreased in March Total burglaries were down from 44 in March 1993 to 41 in March 1994 Within this category burglaries of a habitation increased from eight to 15 burglaries of a non habitation decreased from 12 to three burglaries of a motor vehicle decreased from 22 to 15 and other burglaries coinoperated machines stayed the same at two The decrease in the total burglaries could be attributed to better neighborhood watches said Headen He also said the departments are getting more help from the prison system We are being more and more successful in our he said The first quarter seems to be encouraging We are cautiously said Headen We are getting ready to go into the The following statistics compare March 1994 to March 1993 Murders remained the same at zero Assaults decreased from 50 to 52 decreased from 71 to 57 Auto thefts decreased from 15 to 10 Incidents of arson decreased from two to zero IDWI arrests were up from 15 to 16 I Total arrests were down from 182 to 166 Number of unemployed falls below 5 By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer After a brief increase in February the unemployment rate in Comal County has shown a decrease and has fallen below 5 percent for the first time this year According to statistics from the Texas Employment Commission the unemployment rate for Comal County is percent In February the unem ployment rate was percent The unemployment rate is usually cyclical according to Michael Meek Executive Vice President of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce He explained that the workforce and the number of people employed is con tinuing to grow which proves that peo ple are finding Meek also wrjlained that the decrease in the unemproyment rate could be attrib uted to the fact businesses are hiring more people to prepare for the tourist season In San Antonio and New Brainfels people are gearing up for the spring and summer tourists he said Retail businesses hotels resorts entertainment centers etc are all get ting ready for the influx of tourists according to Meek According to TEC statistics people are in the labor force in Comal County Of that number people are employed and are unem ployed The unemployment rate for the San Antonio Metropolitan Area which includes Comal County was per cent in March The number of unem ployed was in March below the February figure Total employment increased by from February to March The unemployment rate for the state is percent Rain takes its toll HeraHZeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Rains closed Live Oak Street at Dry Comal Creek yesterday and Sunday due to high water A 20 percent chance of rain continues through today according to the National Weather Service Treatment of hydrilla problem on Lake Dunlap postponed By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Heavy rainfall in the last few days has caused Texas Parks and Wildlife officials to postpone spraying an aquatic herbicide on the hydrilla at Lake Dunlap According to the GuadalupeBlan co River Authority the spraying will be delayed only a day or two and could start as early as Tuesday after noon or Wednesday morning based on present weather conditions said David Welsch GBRA director of planning and development We dont want to spend on the spraying have it dillute almost immediately and not do any he said The GBRA and some local resi dents are contributing to the project conducted by Welsch said water use restriction schedules would remain in effect based on the weather Any modifica tions to previous schedules will be announced by the GBRA Rains help replenish aquifer By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor The rainstorms of this past weekend were just what the doctor ordered for the aquifer and the area fanners The rain that started Friday had dropped two to three inches of rain throughout the Comal County area with up to four inches falling in a few areas said Al Dreumont area man ager at the New Braunfels National Weather Service office The soaking rains are expected to significantly recharge the Edwards Aquifer which has been dropping for much of the spring the time of year when it is usually rising But the farmers in particular were in very bad need of a rain like this Now the soil is saturated We ought to have good Dreumont said He said the weekend rain was light enough that it did not cause any sig nificant damage or flooding but still saturated the soil completely Mayor signs proclamation From staff reports New Braunfels Mayor Rudy Seidel signed a proclama tion declaring the month of May as Bet ter Hearing and Speech the Beltone office on South Seguin May is the national observance of Better Hearing and speech month and more than 30 million Americans currently suffer from hearing or speech problems The annual observance is designed to educate the public about the warning signs of hearing loss and speech problems and to get help For more information call LaDonna Ferguson audiologist at 6062030 Fire destroys top floor of home Sunday By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Firefighters from across the county responded to a fire Sunday that destroyed the top floor of a twostory home Officials said the fire was caused by lightning striking the home Three departments were called to the fire which occurred at 520 Elm Creek Road The home was owned by Joseph Rushton Reports show the occupants of the home were in the house when the fire started but no one was injured Those departments responding to the fire were New Braunfels Bracken and Canyon Lake New Braunfels Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesen hahn said a full team from NBFD was called to the scene The home had been struck by light ning The whole roof was on fire when firefighters got there Due to the dili gent efforts of the firefighters they were able to save the first he said Officials and the homeowner con firmed the cause of the fire Reports Firefighters from across county respond to blaze show lightning struck the home and traveled through the structure via the pipes and wires Friesenhahn said no estimate has been made on the monetary value of the damage The call reporting the fire was at i53 Sunday Friesenhahn said firefighters at Fire Station No 2 were able to see smoke coming from the home Firefighters remained at the scene until Sunday Friesenhahn said one firefighter suf fered minor injuries in the blaze The firefighter had been burned on the back of the neck by scalding water Friesenhahn also explained that heavy rains over the weekend did not help with extinguishing the fire It did not help us since the fire burned from the inside out Structures are built to shed he said Elks converge on NB for 69th convention Convention runs Wednesday to Saturday By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks commonly known as the Elks will hold their 69th annu al state association convention begin ning Wednesday and running through Saturday at the New Braunfels Civic Center Nearly members and their wives are expected to attend the con vention hosted by the New Braunfels Elks Lodge No 2279 The convention is expected to bring an estimated to the local economy Two years ago we competed with Fort Worth for the opportunity to host the convention With the help of the Chamber and others we felt we did pretty well competing with the bigger said Al Malmsten Exalted Ruler of the local lodge which hosted the state convention eight years ago The people love to come The Grand Exalted Ruler of the national organization Charles F Williams of Piano Texas will be in attendance Wednesday evening Mayor Rudy Seidel a member of the local lodge will make a special presentation and other civic leaders will speak at the opening ceremony Special events slated for the week include a walking tour of historic New Braunfels a Germanthemed State Presidents Dinner Thursday followed by a Western Night on Friday evening and a Presidents Ball Saturday at the Civic Center In addition to normal business the Elks will elect a new state president at the convention The fraternity claims over mil lion members with national head quarters in Chicago and subor dinate lodges in every state The order was founded in 1868 by a group of New York City actors Essentially a charitable organiza tion in 199293 the Elks spent million nationally for college schol arships for high school seniors The Elks have also spent over million in various youth programs The state association has nearly members and 74 lodges State associations are involved heavily in projects to aid handicapped children The local lodge was founded in 1963 and today claims over 630 mem bers and a ladies auxiliary The New Braunfels Lodge is one of the top ten in membership within the state of Texas Elks members must be male 21 years of age and citizens of the United States All candidates must also believe in the existence of God and promise to commit themselves to the objectives and purposes of the Fraternal Order of Elks For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144 or Metro 6060846
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