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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 15, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDA Ms Huff s Mountain Valley kindergarten is Class of the Week COUNTDOWN DAYS NewBraunfels Sesquicentennial March 21 1845 New Braunfels 14 pages In one section Thursday Dec 15 Inside Arts The Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to J Don Sulli van Edmund E Proske Vicente Criollos Mary Jane Cathcart Emma Jean Crabill Mary De La Fuente Durward Peterson Leonard Prell Donald Staats Regina Wersebe Ashley Lahela Friesenhahn 11 Timmy Schrlewer Martha son Eli Hernandez Dina Arlene Gonzales of Donations to HZ Cheer Fund continue Area citizens have begun to submit donations to the Herald Zeitungs annual Cheer Fund campaign which provides food to needy local families for the Christmas holidays Anyone wishing to donate can do so in person by coming by the HeraldZeitung office at 707 Landa or call Cheer Fund Director Carol Ann Avery at 62519144 Volunteers for food delivery are needed Avery said Anyone wishing to sign up for delivery can do so by calling Avery Todays donations include Anonymous Ann Maggard Mrs Dorothy E Wimberiey Mr Mrs Herb Schneider Citys Christmas tree recycling begins Dec 26 The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities will be sponsoring the 8th annual Christ mas tree recycling program in Landa Park beginning Dec 26 An area in the swimming pool parking lot will be designated as the site to receive the trees Approximately trees were converted to mulch last Christ mas Approximately trees have been mulched during the last seven years Nails and other metal fasteners should be removed from the trees officials said The program is used to promote water conservation within the area The mulch is available tree to residents United Way kudos A round of applause to the employees of Whatapurger Restaurant and Longhorn Grill for their 100 Unltad INhu percent partioi pation in the 199495 United Way campaign The winning numbers Lotto mlBon Tnls newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint COURT ADJOURNED Judge Robert By CRAIQ HAMMETT Staff Writer M any people around this county probably refer to him simply asv theThe For 21 years Judge Robert T Pfeuffer has held court in Comal Coun ty Hays and Caldwell as well all part of the 207th Judicial District Appointed by Gov Dolph Briscoe in 1973 he is the only judge the District has ever known Judge Pfeuffer and his court reporter Don See Editorial Page 4 Moorhead who is also retiring started together in 1973 It was just the two of said Pfeuffer who said office space and accommodations were somewhat quaint to say the most We lined law books most of them were out of date along the wall We used them as The judge will tell you things have changed quite a bit The numbers not to mention a new courthouse annex point to the enormous growth the county has experienced The 207th was created to give preference to criminal trials After a few years another district was already needed The 274th I got that going because I could see the population of the county continuing to he said Every aspect of the 207th court has grown In 1974 the Probation Department held three employees with a budget of Today those numbers are 62 employees and million The county collected 1 million in probation supervision fees last year County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander believes Pfeuffer is especially good in the juvenile area one that as the numbers suggest has grown and is now a hot topic He is one of the most conscientious juvenile justices Ive ever seen Ive seen him be any thing from a fatherly figure to the voice of God He can come down on them like nobodys busi said Rheinlander Judge Pfeuffer and his staff used to handle everything from speeding to murder trials Now a computer links the three counties in the district and chooses the potential jurors Family law cas es such as divorce and child support are held at the county court level something Pfeuffer also helped institute yean ago to adapt to the increas ing burdea Although the court does give preference to criminal trials the civil cases dominate filings In 1983 the court in Comal County alone disposed of 711 civil cases By 1993 that number had risen to Weve become society that files 8 lawsuit at the drop of a said the Jt used to be rare that someone would file a UwBuit and repre sent themselves Now we see it all the time especially in divorce Although there is tremendous population fjrjf yp y s w v friends with m aisaacafced that most out or said judge be getting for his ff leaves the court bo reflected on HYety few people happy Hardly anycme leaver may bavc Hes leaving with his growth in the county many as Judge Pfeuffer were bom and raised here and chose to make their professional living here Sometimes being a judge one has to learn how to deal with situa tions where acquaintances show up in court under various circumstances If I felt a little queasy in the stomach I better not handle Judge Pfeuffer says a longtime judge once told him The integrity of the system must be He is your honor when hes on the bench when hes off the bench were on a firstname said longtime local attorney Jack Borcters who graduated law school with Pfeuf fer arenas known him all these yean Hes ftir i gentleman There were some erroneous judgments sometimes from my perspective of Pfeuffer haj seen this countrys judicial sys tem grow to where there ii even a cable tdcvi channel Court TV tint shows nothing actual trials The O J Simpson trial has thrust the courtroom into primetime Judge Pfeuffer never imagined anything such as this Most of it is boring as the devil Jury selec tion is said Pfeuffer JuHoe Pfeuffer apparently has many interests He raiscb 7hids on a largescale basis tends to his cattle and likes to hunt to name a few things He has been active in many community organi zations over the years One of the nicest things is that he never brought home his said his wire of 37 years Jean He realized that pretty And he is not really quitting the bench only retiring judge who is only wfll become a Senior District Judge which enables fti like when Tom LawJty left the Dallas Cowboys Hei the only judge the 207th hw ever sild District Attorney m Rebner ft1 U take some getting used 50 CENTS A i A HeraMZeitun 51994 Serving Comal County for more than 143 vearsH Home of MARTHA VWLSOM I W 4 143 No 24 O J fire strikes Molly Joes Popular eatery sustains minimal damage last night By TECLOJ GARCIA Staff Writer A fire probably caused by an elec trical short in a neon sign at Molly Joes forced fire fighters to respond to the popular New Braunfels eatery last Wednesday night Fire officials said damage was minor at the restaurant however flames were visible when trucks arrived at Molly Joes The fire was doused quickly and the restaurant sustained minimal damage to its exterior No one was hurt in the incident Employees evacuated the building before fire fight ers arrived iyye yif0re New fels Fire shai Eiroy Happened Friesenhahnsaid When H early detection by employees hraham helped keep the drfmage in MOIiyJOOS check manager Molly Manager David Graham said he was working when the fire was discovered Graham said should the fire have started later in the evening no one would have seen it and the damage would have been much worse We were lucky it happened when it he said Molly Joes will be open for business today he said Drop out rate on the decline at NBISD By CRAIQ HAMMETT Staff Writer Dropout rate figures for the New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict dropped dramatically in 1991 92 and continue to hold steady the past few years according to NBISD officials Rates presented to the school board this week show dropout totals over the last six years Total numbers for the district in 199091 had 111 stu dents drop out of school That number fell to 65 in 199192 Superintendent Charles Bradberry said several programs were initiated to curtail the dropout rate That 1990 number was just way too he said There were about 10 or 12 different things we Bradberry said programs such as HOSTS high school GED programs and an attendance officer were just of few of the items implemented In the last three the total dis trict number has remained about the same with 56 in 199293 and 61 in 199394 under three percent of grades 712 Bradbcrry said results of the Ombudsman alternative Khooi stait this year will not be known until next year Of the fix grades lined the ninth grade had the highest number of dropoutsinfiveoftheaixyeari Only 9 more shopping days until Christmas Shop New Braunfels First   

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