Friday, March 24, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 24, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Unicorns Cougars head for soccer sectional playoffs Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels The Plaza bandstand HeraldZt 16 pages in two sections Friday March Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of MARK CULBERTSON Vol 143 Inside Sports Church Birthday wishes frbvn the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Gabriela Velez Ruby Helen Kiesling Mike Timmermann Jaime Aleman Callye Johnson 18 Rafael Martinez and Mark Culbertson 25 Good afternoon Todays weather High 89 low 63 partly cloudy and a chance of thunderstorms Tomorrow cooler chance of thun derstorms high 81 low 59 First founders invited to participate in parade The Comal County Geneal ogy Society extends an invita tion to the First Founders descendants to participate in the Sesquicentennial Parade on April 22 1995 in New Braunfels The Society is trying to reach the families by mail however we do not have addresses and names of all the descendants If your ancestor arrived by July 1845 to what is now New Braunfels we would like for you to be in the parade or have somebody to carry a sign with your family name on it We would prefer that you dress in clothing of that peri od or you may wear casual clothing If you want to ride a horse or ride in a horsepulled wagon or buggy you are wel come to do so Family groups are also welcome Forms can be picked up at the Comal County Genealogy Society at 200 N Seguin New Braunfels 78130 or call 2106291900 for more infor mation These forms must be filled in and returned no later than April 10 New restaurant opens Sunday in Gruene The Gruene Mansion Restaurant located on the Guadalupe River behind the Gruene Mansion in Downtown Gruene will open for busi ness Sunday for lunch and dinner Hours will be 10 to 10 The fourstar restaurant features a large menu of Ger man and French cuisine with dinners averaging about All major credit cards are accepted First Protestant Church plans blood drive First Protestant Church is sponsoring a Community Blood Drive on Sunday April 2 1995 The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will be accepting donors from until at The Family Life Center behind the church at 172 W CollSt Appointments may be scheduled by calling the church office at 609PRAY This newspaper is print ed on lecycted newsprint HeraldZeltung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock was all smiles as he was honored as the Texan of the Year yesterday at the Texas Legislative Conference The conference continues today at the Civic Center with speeches by Governor George Bush Bullock and Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison Texan of the Former Lt Governor Bill Hobby presents Bullock with his award By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The New Braunfels Civic Center was chock full of Texas politicians last night Thats when the Chamber of the Com merce opened the 29th annual Texas Legislative Conference and honored Lt Gov Bob Bullock as Texan of the Year The people that made the trip from Austin probably outnumber the people from here in New said Ben nie Bock II a former legislator and chair of the TLC Arrangements Com mittee Former Lt Gov William P Hobby gave the Texan of the Year award to Bullock This award represents what state government in Austin is Bullock said State officials set aside their party differences to do whats best for Texas he said Its not the award that honors you its the people behind the award that honor Bullock said The office of governor is probably not the most powerful in Texas Hobby said Bob Bullock is pretty he said Ask casino gambling Ask Texas As state comptroller Bullock brought the office into the computer age Holly said I want John Sharp to know hes the second best comptroller in the state of Bullock said As lieutenant governor Bullock is known as Mr Tort Hobby said I pledge to give all my energy all the talents 1 might have to make the state of Texas that we all love a better place to Bullock said Rapist agrees to 30year plea bargain Kirk Wayne McBride was originally sentenced to four 99year terms By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Kirk Wayne McBride has entered a guilty plea on three counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of aggravated kidnapping in Comal County District Court said District Court Administrator Martin L Allen Special Prosecutor William J Gibbons recommended a 30 year sen tence a plea bargain that outraged the victim of McBrides attack McBride was convicted on those same charges in Aug 1990 and sen tenced to four 99year sentences Allen said The victim in the case expected a full trial yesterday morning We had witnesses in from out of state and the jury was ready to she said Im extremely disappointed that the prosecutor would cop out to a 30 year McBride will be sentenced April 11 Allen said Im a survivor of sexual assault but Im a victim of the legal the victim said The original case was appealed and the verdict overturned in appeals court Allen said because the prosecutor had gathered some evidence improperly It was then remanded back here to District Court for retri he said McBride has been in custody since late 1989 or early 1990 Allen said He had been convicted in 1986 on drug he said He com pleted his drug sentence and was then The alleged offenses were committed when McBride was on parole The parole was revoked and McBride was put in the custody of the Texas Department of Crim inal Justice Allen said McBrides court appointed lawyer Wade Arledge was unavailable for comment as was Gibbons The judge in the case Charles R Ram say declined to comment on an ongoing case Jack Davis back in jail From staff reports Jack Warren Davis who faces retrial in the 1989 murder of local schoolteacher Kathie Balonis in 1989 is back in jail today Charles Ramsay judge of the 22nd District Court increased Davis bond from to at a hearing Thursday morning and Davis was taken back into custody His conviction was overturned due to misconduct on the part of prosecutors and Davis has been free and living with family in Mis sissippi since December 1993 Earlier this year an appeals court ruled he could be retried in the case leading prosecutors to ask for his bond to be increased No trial date has been set Suicide ruled in Tuesday shooting death By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Shooting victim Randy Whitmier died from a selfinflicted gunshot wound to the head said Travis County Medical Examiner Dr Roberto Bayardo Bayardo performed the autopsy on Whitmier Whitmier died Tuesday night in a shooting that left his wife Barbara Whitmier and stepdaughter Jennifer Blackstock in critical condition Barbara Whitmier is now in stable condition at Northeast Baptist Hospi tal in San Antonio Blackstock remains critical She is being closely monitored in the inten sive care unit of Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio said BAMC officials Barbara Whitmier told Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department officials that Randy Whitmier had shot her and Blackstock said Sheriff Melvin L Harborth Police were called tothe scene on Zipp Road at Tuesday by a neigh bor after Barbara Whitmiers sixyear old child ran to their house The child was uninjured No one hurt in Wuests holdup From staff reports Two masked men robbed the Wuests Super market at Landa Plaza at gunpoint Thursday night as employees prepared to close the store No shots were fired and no one was hurt in holdup two white males entered the store at One had a rifle or shotgun They were only in the store for about two minutes according to New Braunfels Detective Sergeant Basel Boatright A witness in the parking lot saw the men flee in a small brown foreign station wagon Anyone with any information is urged to call the New Braunfels police at 6082185 Boatright said Four employees and no customers were in the store The employees handled themselves pretty well during the Boatright said Everything turned out as it should No one was hurt but they were all pretty upset crying and Store management is still going through the accounting process to determine how much money was stolen Chamber of Commerce starts seminars to help people who want to start their own businesses By CYNTHIA CASON Special to the HeraldZeitung The Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerces Business Advi sory Committee of the Small Business Council will sponsor an Orientation Program for Small Busienss Start Ups at the Chamber on April 4 from 9 Space is limited and reservations will be taken on a firstcome firstserve basis The Business Advisory Commit tee in alliance withn the UTSA School of Business provides infor mation on the many aspects of oper ating a business for area busienss owners or individuals who are con sidering starting a new business According to the chairman of the Busines Advisory Committee Jim Rice These seminars have become so successful that we have increased visits by the UTSA business devel opment specialist Debbie Schuenc man who visits the Chamber office for the day to confer with individuals desiring this service The program began with a counselor coming once a month then twice a month Now the counselor comes for one day every Ms Schucncmun travels each week from San Antonio to New Bruunfels to meet with small business owners who want the latest information on starting and maintaining a success ful small business 1 counsel each person individual ly because each business is unique with its own set of resource she said A former schoolteacher Ms Schueneman attributes part of her success to her method of politely beginning at the dont assume any new businessperson knows anything about starting a busi ness That way 1 wont leave out any steps or information crucial to the new businesspcrsons success Were here to help people start up their busi nesses and to keep those new startups Ms Schueneman said that age is no factor Ive had retirees start suc cessful businesses because they found retirement was not for them Age real ly doesnt matter but commitment We will continue to develop sem inars and workshops for the small business owner to fill the growing demand we have said Small Business Council Director Anna Lee Seminar space is limited To make reservations call Anna Lee Hicks at the Chamber 2106252385 For more information on subscriptions news or advertising call 6259144