Friday, October 21, 1994

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 21, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY New book falls history of First Protestant Church see Page 6A 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 153 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicefitennial March New Braunfels Herald HO NO 200 wEs i PI 1 i sH i Ho 2627 E YAH DELL IR EL PA30 IX 7V903 18 pages in two sections Friday Oct ServingComal County for more than 142 years Home of DOUG MILLER Vol 142 No 247 Inside Church 7A Sports 9A Archives The Stammtisch Police chief bids farewell today Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Dennis Koepp Karen Har borth Courtney Marie Juarez 5 years Renee Juarez 1 year Carol Gonzales Pam Brandt Jane Abbott Joe Artimez Eleanor Danis Rosalea House Cecilia McCormick H L McGuffey Goldie Nowotny Wanda Schef fler Irene Taylor Carmen Rusch Theresa Armendariz Keri DuBose CISD bond rating elevated toAT Moodys Investors Service has upgraded Comal ISDs bond rating from A to A This rating reflects the school districts overall financial health and stability our proven ability to responsibly manage district finances and our reputation within the financial Abel Cam pos CISD Business Manager said We are pleased to make this announcement This is certainly to the credit of the superintendent business manager board of trustees and the entire administra Floyd R Westerman senior vice president of southwest securi The districts increased rating is particularly significant because Moody has generally not upgrad ed credit ratintgs for Texas organi zations according to Westerman This could foavorably affect the interest rates for the sale of the bonds approved by patrons on Sept 10 While the bonds from that election will receive a AAA rating because they are guaranteed by the State the districts own improved bond rating may eventu ally resuUin a lower rate of inter Campos said Moodys and Dunn and Brad street establish financial industry standards for government and business credit ratings Smith representative to speak in Sattler A member of Congressman Lamar Smiths staff will be in Sat tler Wednesday October 26 to assist Comal County residentss with problems or questions they may have involving federal agen cies or programs Shelby Graves will be available to meet with constituents from 9 until noon at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Sattler No appointment is necessary Congressman Smiths district office is located at 1100 Loop 410 Suite 640 San Anto nio TX 78209 210 8215024 Pecan Fest moved to new location According to the Guadalupe Blanco River Authority recent rainy weather in the Seguin area has made it difficlut to access the roads to the outdoor pavailion area at Nolte Island Park For this rea son the Pecan Fest Celebration will be moved to the Seguin Guadalupe County Coliseum located on South Austin Street at the fairgrounds The event will be held this Saturday at 11 This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint By TECLO J GARCIA Staff Writer New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen said his is effective pressure from the city manager after the chief suspended three officers in July Headen said City Manager Mike Shards called him several times with anonymous complaints the manager was receiving ranging from those involv ing the suspended officers to someone alleging that Headen plagiarized a college paper and might have his degree pulled Shands accepted Headens resignation last Fri day after he offered the police chief the choice of taking an administrative position with the city or submitting his resignation and receiving six months severance pay Headen earns an annual base salary of The chief points to the summer suspensions as the catalysts for the resignation request Some of the complaints had to do with the detective that worked Internal Affairs on one of the officers that an appeal board reversed the decision on and put him back to work He the officer had three major charges against Headen said It was after this that the complaints started coming in from the city manager He Shands did not even know who they were coming Headen says he was pressured into resigning Mike Shands Its like any relationship between people when you just kind of grow apart Its hard to look back and say Oh that was the Dick Headen Shands is the sixth city man ager I have served under in the last 13 years and this was the first time I felt I was treated unfairly totally Detective Sergeant John Villarreal who inves tigated the charges initially leveled against the trio of officers would not comment on the specifics of the situation It is a closed he said It was an internal Headen said he did not feel the request for his resignation was deserved The bottom line is he wanted my resignation and hes got said Headen Apparently he had a system where even though he did not know who it was someone could call him and complain he would believe them over what turned out to be the Shands dismissed Headens comments by say ing that things of this nature might come up when highprofile employees In anything like this there arc going to be sto ries and even rumors but what I base my action on are things I sec and said Shands The basis of this decision were true differences between the chief and Shands said he did not receive calls specifically addressing Headens job performance but instead it was some community discussion that brought the police department into discussion Headen said he suspended the officers because it was the right thing to do He wanted me out of the department for some may be the wrong reasons but he wanted me he said Everybody else has checks and balances except the department Shands is the sixth city manager I have served under in the last 13 years and this was the first time I felt I was treated unfairly totally unfairly totally wrong and Ive been sitting here taking Philosophical differences Shands said between he and Headen was the primary reason the two decided to pan ways To me there is nothing real specific that you could put your finger he said Its like any relationship between people when you just kind of grow apart Its hard to look back and say Oh that was the Headen said there were other situations he was involved in that may have drawn the ire of Shands or certain people in the community For the record I would do this Head en said I have never been subjected to this kind of unwarranted ridicule by someone you respect as a capable The city manager said the search for a new police chief will not start until after the new yeaf and after a search committee is formed Shands also said Police Captain Ray Douglas will serve as interim chief until someone else is named First Protestant eyes dedication service Sunday From staff reports Sunday the members of First Protestant are inviting the communi ty to celebrate with them as they icate their new Family Life Center Tours of the facility will be given from to 3 with refresh ments and music provided by a string quartet The Family Life Center houses First Protestant School Daycare Kindergarten church offices music department Reno and Evelyne Schu mann Fellowship Hall and a com mercial sized kitchen Architectural beauty of the new building includes the Walk of Faith which leads from Coll Street to the Good Shepherd Statue located at the entrance to the building Enhancing the Walk of Faith are the Trinitarian Fountains symbolizing the Father Son and Holy Ghost The Heritage Wall contains scriptures in German and artifacts from the first service held on Good Friday March 21 1845 The Reflecting Pool reminds of the pas sage He leads me beside the still This structure is the latest in the evolution of the First Protestant build ing through the years first corner stone laid in 1875 first construction completed in 1 879 tower added 1 889 bells added 1894 clock added 1905 enlarged chancel and chapel with interior remodeling 1955 New jackpot is million From wire reports No tickets correctly matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday night for the twiceweekly Lotto Texas game state lottery officials said The jackpot was worth S18 million The numbers drawn Wednesday night from a field of 50 were 1 7 2 1 23 25 29 and 39 Although there was no jackpot winner there were 162 tickets sold with five of the six numbers with each ticket worth S 1 777 There were tickets with four of six num bers with each winning And there were tickets sold with three of six numbers with each worth an automatic S3 Lottery officials estimate the jack pot for Saturday nights game will be million 1 j Deputies given okay for more hours per year By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Endless pumpkins Tiffany Brandt of the youth group at First United Methodist Church stands In a col lection of pumpkins which are to be sold by the youth group as part oi their fall fund raisers Thousands of pumpkins were delivered to the church on Oct 19 and sale began the next day The group Is offering Halloween face painting and story telling while people pick out their pumpkins The youth are raising money for their mission trips retreats and other activities Free flu shots available today for seniors ty Health Department flu vaccine is plentiful this year The free flu shots are being made available by the New Braunfels Downtown Rotary Club the Comal County Senior Citzens and the Comal County Health Department Additional free clinics will be held at Holy Family Catholic Church and the Canyon Lake Action Center during November From staff reports Influeza flu vaccine will be available iree to Comal County senior citizens age 60 and over today at the Comal County Senior Citizens Cen ter 655 Landa St The free clinic began this morning at 9 and will continue through 4 this afternoon According to officials with the Comal Coun Commissioners Court Thursday revised a policy to allow the deputy constable in Precinct 2 to work more than the 900 hours per year Much of the added work comes from serving hot checks said Preston Overstrect deputy constable for Precinct 2 He said that he has collected over in hot checks and routinely works at least 35 hours a week The problem is not a new one said County Judge Carter Cas tcel If the county increases hours they have to include bene fits I want to know what is the solution for this topic she said This comes up year after It certainly is expanding all the said County Attor ney Nathan Rheinlander of the hotcheck problem who are responding and doing the job give them what they Constable Ed Mullins of Precinct 4 said his precinct also spends great amounts of time with hotdiecks He said if the hours are not increased for deputy constables the county would have to hire more sheriffs deputies some for the only purpose of serving warrants on hot checks Commissioner Morris Moe Schwab suggested the issue of increasing the hours be taken on a case by case basis Tax abatement approved for American Freightways By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Commissioners Court Thursday approved a tax abatement for American Freightways a company that plans to move into Comal County The trucking company plans to build a 72door truck facil ity including square feet of office and maintenance areas on acres of land off FarmtoMarket Road 3009 within the Schertz city limits This does not look like an old truck facility We run a clean said Project Director Jim Trammel He said 23 tractors would increase the size of the operation which would run 24 hours He also said 40 new employees would be hired by the company many of whom he said would most likely live in Comal County Were looking at 18 to 20 people for the shop right off the he said The abatement extends over an eightyear period at 80 per cent for the first three years 60 percent for the next three and 30 percent for the next two This is the same abatement peri od that was given to Casco and American Direct two com panies expected to expand and move into Comal County We will try to be somewhat said County Judge Carter Casteel who questioned if the county wanted to be aggressive in bringing businesses to the county We were consistent before the last said Commis sioner J L Jumbo Evans who said the county had a short er abatement period before the Casco and American Direct deals Evans voted against the abatement For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144 Metro 6060846