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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                SNS8DE TODAY After being missing for six weeks local mother seeks help locating son 2A COUNTDOWN 249 New Braunfels Sesqulcentennial March March Inside Letters to Sports 9A 12A 15A SacNPao River conditions Guadalupe cfs Comal cfs cubic feet per second Birthday wishes from the The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Rhonda Preusser Sarah Lynette Pare dez Sweet Oralia Torres Leo Schmidt Mary Ortiz Matthew Hanbauer Rev Fred Martin Alma Her nandez Marvin Gooden Delia Rahe Gisella Vogel Sat Marc Herman Satur Gwindelin Metcalf Satur Lillian Soechting Satur Roy Wood Mary Ann Anderson Dorothy Campbell Frankie Neeley Dean Raymond Liz Rose Sally Thorn Lula Belle Walker Lucille Corron San ford Crabill Bertie Dailey Richard Lib by Chris Kerry Ken neth Odenwelder Frances Romer Maude Compton Marguerite Pape Guilford Boeder L Carl Fox Gerald P Hinman Happy Anniversary to Silverip Eva Tobar Rey Lucy Resales MHMR to hold celebrity auction The Comal County Mental Retardation Cen ter is holding a celebrity auction on Friday July 29 in the New Braunfels Civic Center 380 Seguin St The auction will begin at 6 Chairman of the board for the Comal County MHMR is Sheriff Jack Bremen Tickets are each and the silent auction will be followed by a buffet dinner entertainment and a live auction Anyone wishing to participate may call Leland Cox at 620 6200 Business After Hours planned for July 27 Business After Hours will be held this month at The Watering Hole Saloon located at 1390 Old McQueeney Rd on Wednesday July 27 from 5 to 7 Business After Hours is spon sored by the Greater New Braun fels Chamber of Commerce and is an informal gathering of cham bers members and is an opportu nity for networking For more information call the chamber office at 6252385 Stammtisch The New Braunfels HeraldZeilung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Stammtisch represents a sil ling place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings We invite you to share with The winning numbers Lotto Texas 2629 3139 4o LOTTEBV This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Youth to action New Braunfels summer work and youth programs help keep gang activity out of community 1B ilverde Tour of Comal a look at the com a See 6 A New Braunfels Herald SUNDAY 75 CENTS 40 Pages in three sections Sunday July Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of REV FRED MARTIN Vol 142 No 182 Explosion fire destroy Clear Springs home Explosion accidently caused by work on leaking water tank By CHRISTINE MARTIN Staff Writer CLEAR SPRINGS No one occupied an old frame house in the 2100 block of Highway 46 South which burned to the ground minutes after an explosion Friday at about in Clear Spring Firefighters from New Braunfels Seguin and Geronimo as well as New Braunfels police fought to contain the blaze as it spread to Scott Wordens yard across Highway 46 I heard an Worden said The win dows Capt Robert Reed New Braunfels fire depart ment investigator said the explosion was appar ently accidentally caused by a worker from the Spring Hill Water Supply Corp of Seguin Theres no doubt in my he said Jesse Davila of Seguin was one of four Spring Hill Water Supply Corp workers on the property leased by Canyon Regional he had just finished filling in some ground where a leak from a new water tank had sprung when he heard the explosion Turning around he saw the windows from the house had all blown out 25 feet from the house Reed said one of the Spring Hill Water Supply Corp workers later admitted he had had his machinery near the house about 30 minutes prior to that when he set in motion the life of the fire Apparent from fresh scrapes on a propane line that had lain exposed on the ground near the house the machine had jerked the propane line breaking a propane pipe underneath the house The gas leaked up through the floor where it found a lit pilot light on a water heater The big bang Reed said We had a fuelfed fire from underneath the Davila ran toward the house when he heard the explosion Is anybody he recalled hollering Inside the flames already climbed the walls and Davila saw the place stood empty so he ran back out to where the rest of the crew was calling for help Keith Steffen another of Seguins Spring Hill Water Supply Corp field servicemen claimed he had been nearby turning some valves to redirect water toward New Braunfels It was the first time they had used the water tower on the property leased by Canyon Regional Water Authority The house on the property had been occupied until a couple weeks ago Workers at the site said the water tower had not been ready to be used for another couple of weeks But New Braunfels had needed the water New Braunfels Utilities depart ment staffer Rocky Rodriguez said they had a huge watermain break between 135 and Clear Spring ear lier that day because of the heat The ground shifts and the metal pipes dont have anywhere to he said The house owned by Harvey Vogel of Seguin also still had electricity running to it NBU workers came to the scene to disconnect service to the house but said the fire blew a circuit keeping electrici tyfrom being cut off from too many others Steffen said the water had been turned off how ever The house had previously been occupied by Chct and Charles Hadlock The Hadlock brothers were sentenced this week to 10 years probation and resti tution for organized crime activities including car theft HeraldZeltung photo by JOHN HUSETH Firefighters from New Braunfels Seguin and Geronimo responded to Fridays at Clear Springs The fire was fueled from underneath the house by a propane tine New Braunfels earns Clean Texas 2000 designation from TNRCC this week ByMARKLYON Managing Editor The Texas Natural Resource Con servation Committee this week named the city of New Braunfels as an official Clean Texas 2000 city according to Mike Grist liaison for the New Braun fels City Council to the citys recy cling committee The recycling committee submitted an application to the TNRCCs Clean Texas 2000 program in late February The program enables the city to gain points when the city achieves mea sures that significantly reduce the citys solid wastes Those points are then taken into consideration when grants are applied for by the city to the TNR CC The TNRCC recently rejected a grant application from the committee which asked for for a chipper to be located at Landa Park Another grant application from the recycling committee still has not been answered by the TNRCC a grant that would call forapproximately to establish a regional recycling program The regional program would include all of Comal and Guadalupe Counties and portions of Bexar County The funds would finance buildings in Comal and Guadalupe Counties a full time employee no equipment and publicity Grist said being named a Clean Texas 2000 city would help the citys chances in the grant application I process Its going to take a great deal of working together among officials and residents in both counties Comal and he said There is some prestige in this too Once again New Braunfels is doing something to help save the Grist said the next step would be for the recycling committee to present a plan to the city council The committee has done a fabu lous he said Theyre ready to present their plan to the dry coundl and hopefully well see curbside recycling begin in New FFR to begin river clean up plans Thursday night From staff reports Friends For Rivers a local organi zation which works to preserve the Guadalupe and Comal Rivers will hold a meeting Thursday night FFR members will begin organizing the next Guadalupe River clean up scheduled for Sept 17 Thursdays meeting will be held in the Herb Schneider room of the Vic toria Bank Trust building on Walnut St at 7 The Sept 17 clean up will include 22 miles of the Guadalupe River from Canyon Dam to the New Braunfels dry limits and will be the second such clean up of the summer tourist sea son FFR representative Cathy Talcott said that the group will need at least volunteers for the project Anyone interested in volunteering for the clean up or helping to orga nize it are encouraged to attend Thurs day nights meeting There are no spe cial requirements to be a volunteer Talcott said However the group will need several scuba divers involved in the clean up to effectively clean the bottom of the river Persons interested in volunteering for the clean up but cannot attend Thursdays meeting can still sign up by calling David Davenport FFR presi dent at 609054 3   

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