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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 14, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Canyon Cougarettes fall short to Fredericksburg See Page 5 so CENTS COUNTDOWN 35 DAYS New Braunfels Sesqulcentennlal March New Braunfels 10 pages In one section Tuesday Feb MO 16 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of BETH HAMMEL Vol 143 No 67 I Inside Texas briefs Sports Sliimniliscli birthday wishes from the HeraldZeltung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Matthew Castllleja Ernest Arredondo Waymond Sanders Shirley Hayes Valentine Luna Beth Hammel 14 Lillian Weber Gary Gaston 16 Bennle Miller Jim Possum James L Gravattl Happy Anniversary to Mary Cruz Gomez 30 Ernest Martina Arredondo Wayne Ginger Effenberger Gary Barbara Gilbert Henry Olga Diaz Mr Mrs Alfredo Acevedo Jr 25 Pat Alfredo Resales Sr 20 Hortence Daniel Rojo 43 HeraldZeitung seeks Citizen off the Year nominations The HeraldZeitung is current ly accepting nominations for the annual Citizen of the Year award and also the Unsung Heroes awards Deadline for submitting nomi nations is Wednesday Feb 15 Nominations can be mailed or brought by the HeraldZeitung office located at 707 Landa St Citizen of the Year is awarded to the person in our community who has contributed significantly to the betterment of the commu nity and members of the commu nity during the past year Unsung Heroes are members of the com munity who regularly do things to help others but do not normal ly receive much credit for it For more information contact managing editor Mark Lyon at 6259144 AARP tax help continues AARP tax aid continues through April 15 at the Dittlinger Memorial Library each Tuesday from noon to Thurs day from 10 to 1 and Saturday from 10 to 1 AARP assistance can also be obtained at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center Monday from 8 to noon Wednesday from 1 to 5 and Satur day from 9 to 1 AARP assistance can also be obtained at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Sattler on Wednesdays from 1 to 4 and Saturday from 9 to noon All who are interested are asked to bring returns from 1993 and 1994 Dalhart Windberg coming to Hummel The Hummel Museum will host the celebrated Artist of Dalhart Windberg at a special exhibit and print signing on Saturday Feb 25 from 11 to 4 to coincide with the New Braunfels Youth Art beat 95 Festival Many collectors have discov ered Windberg through the reproductions published from his originals Collectors now own more than prints from his 86 soldout limited editions This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint VALENTINES DAY SHARING A BEAUTIFUL THING Eden Home couple share their simple secrets to true love By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The institution of marriage may be in a lot of trouble these days but nobody told the residents of Eden Home There more than 14 couples are still hap pily married after many many years We have a lot of said Eden Home Unit One Manager Stella Jimenez These people have something very Take Viola A and Ernest C Zipp They met for the first time in 1926 or 1927 Then they fell in love and got married Theyve now been married for 28 years I was playing in the Hermann Sons band in San Antonio when we said Ernest The couple dated a few times then drift ed apart In the mean time each married another person Viola moved to Sugarland Ernest stayed in New Braunfels Then in 1967 Ernest was writing a check while Viola was standing nearby She looked at his name on the check Should I know you said Ernest said Viola Have we dated he said she said Then we might have something in com hersaid They did They married in San Antonio and have been together ever since The ceremony was performed in a Catholic church because Viola is of the Catholic faith Im not Catholic but thats all right HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Ernest and Viola Zipp have been married for 28 years I just love everything about her All she says is that she doesnt want to live with out Ernest Zipp with said Ernest The Zipps have covered many miles together To a group bus trip to Florida They even ven tured to Canada We left out of Spokane on a ferry about five six years said Ernest The Zipps secret They dont stop to worry about it Weve always been getting along fine had no said Ernest I just love everything about her All she says is that she doesnt want to live without Another Eden Home couple celebrated their 70th anniversary before the husband passed away The care and attention these couples give to each other is a beautiful said Jimenez Even couples with only one living iivihe home spend most of their time together These husbands and wives are here all the time caring for the other she said There is nothing more wonderful than the love thats shared between these peo said Jimenez Valentines is big day for some retailers By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Like many other special days on the calendar Valentines Day has its own array of rituals and items associated with it not recognized as a holiday but important just the same especially if someone forgets about it For business owners this day can mean the busiest time of the year as people rush to buy something for that special someone In fact Valentines has become the biggest of days for businesses like florists For florists Valentines is the busiest day of the year That and Mothers said Kyra Brandt of Comal Flowers The numbers back that up Brandt said they plan to make 500 deliv liiltiilinc cries with seven vans rolling and triple the num ber of employees Most deliveries include roses between three and four thousand There are red roses yellow roses purple roses and even a peachcolored rose called KISS Most of the roses come from Colombia and will last three to four days if kept out of sunlight and watered Valentines is big big for chocolate or any kind of said Beverly Lacy of the Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory in the Factory Stores Outlet Mall Chocolate sweets for the sweet are traditional Valen tine treats but the old traditional chocolate items now compete with new ones No fat no sugar and no salt are among several options in the age of healthy diet A lot of people are on diets or dont want the salt or maybe they are diabetic and cant have she said Giant strawberries dipped in chocolate are also popular They even have dog bones dipped in white chocolate for that special best friend Jewelry can also be a popular gift at Valentines George Goepf at Goepf Jewelry said many people want something not so expen sive as a diamond engagement ring but rather something just so theyll remember Heartshaped lockets are a common gift as are ID bracelets and heartshaped lings or earrings Council considers adding to sales tax By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Increased revenues Possibly lowering the citys prop erty tax rate More of the citys financial burden falling on the local tourism industry These are the reasons the New Braunfels City Coun cil considered a new halfcent sales tax last night Bob Beardon of the state comptrollers office explained the tax Voters could decide whether to add the new tax on the May 6 ballot if the council approves it If approved the tax would be added to the present one cent city por tion of the total sales tax in New Braunfels The revenues from such a tax would come to approx imately million a year The new revenues could be used several ways for industrial development for property tax relief for a vari ety of city improvements or for a combination of these A new library is one possible use of the tax money gen erated Infrastructure such as roads is also a possible use Like the present sales tax tourists coming into the city would contribute a sizeable share of the tax burden with city residents The extra tax would make New Braunfels eligible for the Texas Leverage Fund This is essentially an uncollateralized loan from the said city manager Mike Shands New Braunfels could borrow money on very low interest below the prime rate for city improvements No action was taken on the half cent sales tax option last night The city council did schedule a workshop to consider the particular iniittie to add it to the May 6 ballot Voters in Dist 4 will determine on May 6 if Paul Frascr Jr stays in office or if he will be recalled A proclamation putting the recall on the ballot passed last night with all council members voting in favor except the mayor who abstained When the city council received a valid petition requesting the recall vote it was required by the city charter to hold a recall election Another May 6 ballot item will be the charter amend ment giving voters a chance to change the way they elect New Braunfels mayor If the amendment passes the mayor would be elected at large by the whole city The mayor would be elected by a plurality meaning any candidate with the most would win rather than the candidate needing more than half the votes to win The new system would open up the possibility for a minority mayor to be elected since almost 40 percent of the population is Hispanic The new system would also avoid a runoff election in a campaign with more than two candidates If no candi date had a majority of the votes there would still be a clear winner in a plurality election If the charter amendment passes council members would be elected from six single member districts instead of the current system with tour districts and three atlarge council members Dist 1 and 2 voters will choose their city council rep resentatives May 6 Council seats in Districts 1 and 2 were officially placet on the ballot last night Prospective candidates can file to be on the ballot beginning Feb 21 The deadline to apply is March 22 County targeting environmental offenders By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Last December Stephen Ohlman of San Antonio pleaded guilty in dis trict court to dumping drums of paint thinner into a creekbed near Lower Smithson Valley Road According to an agreement with state prosecutors Ohlman owner and operator of Steves Paint Shop in Bracken received five years proba tion his business was fined and he agreed to contribute to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for use in environmental crimes investigations Restitution payments could also range in the thousands of dollars Although this was a state investi gation headed by the Texas Envi ronmental EnforcementTask Force the issue of environmental crimes and enforcement is starting to gain steam on the county level In the very near future Comal County plans to hire an environmen tal attorney as well as an environ mental enforcement officer County Attorney Nathan Rheinlandcr said the state would still handle the major environmental crimes leaving the county to enforce regulations on lire dumps junked vehicles and septic tanks for example They pretty much told us We think you ought to handle Rheinlander said The new attorney was budgeted for this year The position has not been filled as the county is still trying to figure out space requirements for this and other departments in the cour thouse annex Rheinlander said the enforcement officer hopefully will come about through state giants at least in the initial year I think were pretty much on the cutting Rheinlander said feel like well have a prose cutor and enforcement officer in place once this comes Is there u need Rheinlander says yes When the county judge holds her community meetings this is one of the main things we he said Were mainly hearing this fiom peo ple in the While cities often have strict rules applied to this area counties are lim ited Last year the county passed an order with strict rules regarding junked vehicles and has others with septic tanks and tiie dumps Until now however most olthcse violations except those dealing with septic tanks were ignored because the county attorneys staff did not have the time or people to prosecute Rheinlander said the environmen tal health office just cleared 10 cases of septic tajik violations Another case had a man running raw sewage out buck of his mobile home Add this to junk being tossed throughout the county and the backlog is large he claims The county could pursue eithei criminal or civil means against these people Since neither has been done yet Rheinlander said they must wait until the staff is in place He indicated the goal was not to anesl people or break them financially it enforcement would depend on the lie said Mostly what we want to see is com pliance with the Local man in McKenna ICU after shooting By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writei Bret Conner of New Hiattnfels is in the intensive cure unit of McKenna Memorial I lospital follow ing a shooting last night New Biaunlcls Police responded to a family distuilunce call at the 300 block of S Union at said Detective Scigeanl Basel Boatright Ionnei and Yolandu who resided together on S Union were apparently arguing The man intro duced a gun into the said Boatright and i at her than using if on her he apparently turned it on Conner is being treated at McKenna for a gunshot wound to the upper left chest Happy Valentines Day from the HeraldZeitung family
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