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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY Little League holds opening day ceremonies Sports Day page 6 SO CENTS The Plaza bandstand 10 pages in one section Tuesday April New Braunfels Herald 11016 SOljEST MICRDPUBLISHIHG 627 E YAHDELL DR PASO TX Serving Comal County for more tfian 143 years Home of KIM WUEST Vol 143 No 107 Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeltungI The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Kim Wuest 23 Liz er and Catharine Anna Walborn Good afternoon Todays weather Mostly sunny and mild high 75 low 54 On the trail from Indianola Editors Note New Braun fels resident Werner Kiesling is calling each the Sesqui centennial Trail Ride with a report on the events of the day before The trail riders will arrive in New Braunfels Friday They left Indianola on the Texas coast Mondays Report We left yesterday with 12 wagons and buggies and 60 riders We trav elled 20 miles It has been pret ty uneventful so Nobody has gotten hurt and everyone is having a good time Gerd Rupert andxhis wife Karen from Germany are riding with us Gerd is riding a horse the whole way We will be at the Civic Center in Victoria at lunch today The weather is good It is overcast today but we are not expecting rain If it does well just keep going down the road Tuesdays Report Were about tojeave from Nursery and its cloudy windy and riders are holding up real well They unveiled a marker in Victoria yesterday All the city officials were there and it was real nice The weather was perfect yesterday but its cold today Were making good time so far Everybodys having Music Study Club to meet The New Braunfels Music Study Club TFMC have its April meeting on Thurs day 20 at at Seele Parish House In view of Holy Week the meeting will be a week later than usual and will feature Junior Festival winners and the final book study portion given by Ethel Saur City election forum Thursday at NBISD Education Center The Comal Area League of Women Voters will host a city election forum Thursday April 13 at 7 at the New Braun fels ISO Education Center 430 Mill Street Candidates for Districts 1 2 will make 5minute presenta tions followed by an audience question and answer period Mayor Paul Fraser and a rep resentative of the recall peti tion will address District 4 con stituents Presentations will be made on city charter amendments and the onehalf cent sales tax proposition This newspaper is print ed on recycled newsprint Wagons Ho The New Braunfels Sesquicentennlal trail riders left Indianola Sunday morning on their trip recreating the route the original German settlers used to reach New Braunfels Above the riders leave the beach in Indianola Above Mysti Nicholson and Ron Lavach of Karnes City ride their horse At right area officials and several members of families of the original city founders unveil the historical marker placed at Indianola The riders will arrive In New Braunfels Friday afternoon and a ceremony will be held at the New Braunfels Civic Center HeraldZeilung photos by MICHAEL DARNALt Pepper spray attack suspected Saturday night incident at WalMart sent 17 to hospital By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer WalMart employees and customers may have been victims of vandalism Saturday night Seventeen people went to McKenna Memorial hospital McKenna spokesman Tim Brierty said One stayed overnight for treatment The others were treated and released Eleven employees and six customers were affected WalMart employee Dolores Bustos said New Braunfels Fire Department and Police Department officials responded to the call from the WalMart at Walnut and Interstate 35 at about Saturday Employees in the checkout area complained of diffi culty breathing and burning eyes They were taken to the hospital and the store was closed for the night A freon leak in the air conditioning system was first suspected to be the cause of the symptoms Blood gas tests run at McKenna were inconclusive Brierty said Some WalMart employees now believe a vandal was responsible for the incident Someone had gotten pepper spray that we sell in the store and sprayed it in the fans just to be Bustos said Employees said similar incidents have happened atother Wal Mart stores according to Bustos At press time WalMart officials in Bentonville neither confirmed nor denied that any incidents have occurred at other WalMart locations New Braunfels Fire Department offi cials have determined that a freon leak was definitely not responsible for the Saturday night injuries Assistant Chief Elroy Friesenhahn said What substance caused the symptoms has not yet been determined pepper spray has not yet been ruled out he said The Fire Department is unaware of any similar incidents at other locations officials said Rumors swirl that retaliation planned for park shooting HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung welcomed Doug Loveday Monday as the newspapers new managing editor Loveday 32 comes to New Braun fels from Angleton in Brazoria Coun ty where he worked as managing edi tor of The Angleton Times a sister paper of the HeraldZeitung Both publications are owned by Southern Newspapers Inc Im excited that we were able to attract someone of Dougs caliber both as a professional and as a per said David Sullens publisher of the HeraldZeitung I hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to meet Doug within the near future Im sure anyone who docs will quickly he ns impressed with him as 1 Sul lens said Loveday received his Bach elor of Journalism degree in 1985 from the Univer sity of Texas at Austin He has worked as a sports editor at the Wise County Messenger in Decatur and at the EchoNews in Alice He was also a general news reporter with the Calveston County Daily Ntnvs anoth Lcveday aliasing editor cr Southern Newspapers Inc publi cation Lovedays wife Holley is a school teacher at Bellaire Christian Academy near Houston and will be joining him in New Braunfels at the end of the school year Were both very excited about the move to New Braunfels and I look forward to working with all segments of the local community as managing editor of the HeraldZeitung Love day said This is your local 1 hope everyone will feel welcome to stop by and share their community news and ideas with us By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A shooting Sunday April 2 in Landa Park and a second shooting hours later on Katy Street shocked New Braunfels residents Both involved juveniles and police fear gangs played a part in the crimes Rumors are beginning to circulate that a retaliatory gang attack is being planned for Easter weekend in Landa Park The same rumors have been heard by police officials Were trying to establish whether there is any fact in those a police spokesman said Whether the rumors are truth or fiction has not been determined he said With that in mind we will still take appropriate steps to prevent a further he said Some have noticed an increased police presence in the park The regular spring police presence in Landa Park has started a week earlier than usual the police spokesman said Regular patrol officers may also have driven through more often in light of the recent he said The first April 2 shooting occurred at about Sunday evening One youth drove in a pickup truck to two other youths near the Fredericksburg exit of the park The three argued then the youth in the truck pulled out a small pistol and shot the other two police said The juvenile was charged with aggravated assaulfwith a deadly weapon Police were called to a second shoot ing at 1208 Katy at about A youth shot Alonso Serna with a large caliber pistol police sources said Ser na had half opened the screen door to his house and he was partly standing on the porch The bullet passed through him but he escaped serious injury Allegedly the youth was across the street from Semas house and fired the pistol He fled the scene in a vehicle waiting nearby police said Police are still investigating the pos sibility that the second shooting was in retaliation to the first Leaders talk about issues with assistant to Phil Gramm PySVSANFMfNT ENOUND Staff Writer leaders talked issues Friday with Bill Christian assistant to Senator PMGranm Christian specializes in areas defense trans t wifein areas of were y would super wprk 011 our own sec TojqaPujdwnsaidj nation system that auto y priority Judge Carter Casteel brought up the issue of the Endangered Species Act and how it has been used here to protect local water supplies The Endangered Species Act is important to Comal Coun she said If the springs go dry people all the way dowftto Port Lavaca will be affected If it were not for ESA San Antonio would probity sjjek dry the Coroal she said Chjjstian said that Gramm is aware of the water situa tion and that he would try to dlvotpe the Endangered Species Act from water issues as much as possible Purdum suggested that Gramm could help support San Antonio leaders who want to develop and alter nate water source City council debates Sunbelt contract By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Debate sparked about whether the city should demand the right to run environmen tal tests at the Sunbelt cement plant during the second reading of an ordinance creating a contract between Sunbelt and the city of New Braunfels The contract would require that Sunbelt not burn toxic fuels in the plant Paul Pennington of Securing a Future Environment argued that the con tract should include the right to conduct unscheduled tests at the plant at least twice a year These tests would aim to prove whether Sunbelt was abiding by the contract and not using toxic fuels Tilings can happen when large sums of money are Pennington said 1 agree with Ronald Reagan trust but The government conducts standard tests at a cement plant to make sure it is operating under the guidelines of its license Sunbelt officials said Under the proposed contract with New Braunfels Sunbelt would not be licensed to bum toxic fuels and the govem would test to ensure the plants com pliance they said The government tests are scheduled well in advance Pennington said giving a plant the opportunity to prepare for the testing Pennington and Sunbelt agreed that Pen ningtons group could submit a testing pro posal to the city The city manager and city attorney would then negotiate with Sunbelt regarding the proposal before the third read ing of the ordinance Each city council member voted yes in the second reading except Councilwoman Mary Serold and Mayor ProTern Chris Bowers who was absent My no vote is like a caution Serold said We need to stay ever cautious and ever At Mondays meeting residents also ques tioned the legality of the charter amendments appeanng on the May 6 ballot Was the amendments threeyearterm mayor elected by a plurality vote against the state constitu tion they said The charter amendments follow the dic tates of a federal order which overrides the state constitution City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom said In this matter were going to be My no vote is like a caution Councilwoman Mary Serold trumped by federal regulations its that Councilman Tim Walker said My legal prediction would be that if we dont change the charter we would be in danger of a Cullom said In other business the community devel opment department presented the Consoli dated Plan and Strategy CPS for its second public hearing The plan names five priori ties for spending Community Development Block Grants for the next five years The CPS will be available for residents to read until Wednesday April 26 at S at the Dittlinger Memorial Library Senior Cit izen Center New Braunfels Housing Author ity New Braunfels Utilities and the Munic ipal Building The city council voted to sell a piece of land on Thompson Street to New Braunfels River Resort for The firm plans to build a 54suite hotel on the site Call 6259144 for information about subscriptions to the HeraldZeitung   

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