Thursday, May 11, 1995

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Cougar athletes honored at annual sports banquet Page 7 50 CENTS The Landa Park train New Braunfels Herald 14 Pages in one section Thursday May Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of KENNY MATTHEW MEJIA Vol 143 No 128 Inside Class of the Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Kenny Matthew Mejia five Happy belated birthday to Espi Torres 30 and happy anniversary to John and Betty Evans 45 Bradzoil Lubeathon to help Cancer Society This Saturday May 13 is the Bradzoil Lubeathon benefit ing the American Cancer Soci ety Have your cars oil and fil ter changed fluids and tires checked windshields washed and interior vacuumed all for and within 10 minutes All proceeds will go to the local unit of the American Can cer Society There will be free Carlton sausage dogs and Pepsi as well as other giveaways Bradzoil is located on Mis sion Drive at Landa Street The Lubeathon runs from 8 until 5 For more informa tion call 6250401 or 629 3338 The Cancer Society thanks Cameron Bradfute for this gen erous donation Red Cross orientation set Anyone interested in becom ing a Red Cross volunteer is invited to an orientation May 20 at the McKenna Memorial Hospital second floor confer ence room at 9 Volunteers are needed at the hospital and at area nursing homes For registration or for more information call Lola Behrens at 6259764 Natures Way to explore migration The City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is offering this months Natures Way Time to Head North It is summer and some of our feathered friends are going to be leaving to head back north Join the park rapger and learn where and why these birds migrate Enjoy games and activities about migration The program is Saturday May 13 from 10 to noon a1 Landa Park Area across the river from the miniature train The fee is per person Preregistration is required and will be taken until Friday May 12 at the parks office Monday to Friday at 110 Golf Course Road For information call 6082160 Sign up kids for science camp Guadalupe River State Park is offering a Science Camp for kids Saturday May 13 Camp session is and lasts two and a half hours Two ses sions morning and afternoon will be offered Subject is rep tiles amphibians and aquat ics Call 9354012 The winning numbers Lotto Texas 25 31 million jackpot TEXRS LOTTERV Sheriffs Department pledges to step up presence on the river By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer New marker HeraldZeitungpMo by MICHAEL DARNALL Gene Mornhinweg vicechairman of the Comal County Historical Commission unveils the new historic marker in front of the Comal County Courthouse at a cere mony Tuesday Officials met with homeowners along the Guadalupe River Wednesday night to ask for their help and cooperation is controlling crime on the river this summer The main question on citizens minds was what can they legally do to protect their families and prop erty from drunken trespassers Sumner Bo wen Executive Officer for the Comal Sheriffs Department said this years goal of the department is visibility He said he wants every per son on the river to see several officers Bowen said the department plans to almost double the presence of uniformed officers by bringing in law officers and paramedics from San Antonio He said a gang task force will also be present at high inci dent areas this summer Each year a goal of the department is to improve service on the river Well measure this by the qual ity of the environment and life not by the number of arrests This year well focus on visibility to achieve said Bowen Bowen said citizens could need to ask trespassers to leave and if they refuse call the authorities He said it is also important that the property owner make notes of physical traits which may be helpful in iden tification at a later court date He the trespasser is drunk abusive and by the time he gets to you hes antagonistic We dont want you to aggravate him You do the easy part by calling us and then well do said Bowen Bowen also said the Sheriffs Department is in the process of blowing up a detailed map of River Road which will show alternative approaches to a loca tion A map will be given to each officer and should Not everyone is bad Sometimes they are cold hungry or sick Were thinking everyone is a Bridget McDougall be ready by Memorial Day Weekend He warned though that response time may be a minute or two longer during the summer clue to heavy traffic and a large quantity of calls for minor offens es Bowen also asked that the 91 1 be used only in emergency At other times he said peo ple should call the Sheriffs Office directly at 620 3400 or 8854883 However several citizens attending the meeting were concerned that people on the river are not given enough places to exit the river and arc forced to tres pass in order to get off Not everyone is bad Sometimes theyre cold hungry or sick I would rather have these people get offon my property than have them go further down the river and cause problems Were thinking everyone is a said Bridget McDougall who lives on FM 2673 Jim Inman Comal County Water Oriented Recre ation District Manager said people arc given 18 places on the river where they can get out and rest He said there is also a sign telling them how far it is until the next stopping place We have spots for them to get out of the river They shouldnt need to get on your he said Citizens Bank sale completed Norwest Corporation takes over last locallyowned bank today By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor New Braunfels no longer has a locally owned bank The sale of Citizens Bank to Norwest Corporation based in Minnesota became official at midnight last night But the change in ownership should be nothing but good news for customers bank officials said yesterday Our goal is to make the change as transparent to our cus tomers as said Citizens Bank President Carol Gravis 1 am excited about it Norwests phi losophy is that they like to think of them selves as a group of community banks We will be looking to increase our loans in the she said She added that Norwests huge size will allow the bank to offer more banking and investment options for customers Gravis said the bank will change its name later this summer probably in late July She said she expects few if any changes on the board of directors and no changes among the banks management team or employees as a result of the buyout Norwest announced yesterday the com pletion of its acquisition of New Braunfels Bancshares the parent company of Citizens Bank which has assets of million at its one location 315 Landa St Citizens Banks commitment to quali ty service and local involvement fits well with Norwests philosophy of being an outstanding community said John Stumpf regional president of Norwests banking locations in Texas Employees of Norwest and Citizens Bank look forward to expanding the financial products and ser vices offered in New Braunfels Each employee is committed to continuing to provide To the Nth Degree service to make sure all our customers needs are Were confident that Norwest will con tinue to provide outstanding service for our community and our said Bill Cone president of Citizens Bank Were pleased to bring to our customers the resources of one of the nations most highlyregarded financial service compa Norwest has 137 stores in Texas includ ing 27 Norwest bank stores with total assets of billion 49 Norwest Financial Ser vices Inc stores and 47 Norwest Mort gage Inc stores They are part of Norwest Corporation a billion financial services company providing banking insurance mortgage investment and other financial services through stores in all 50 states all 10 Canadian provinces the Caribbean Central America and elsewhere around the globe Texas House sends aquifer bill to Senate By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Texas House of Representatives passed legislation which would create the Edwards Aquifer Authority as an elected board provided the Senate passes it and the Governor signs it This is good news for the people in New Braunfels because there will be someone to supervise the said Doug Miller Water Negotiator for Comal County New Braunfels Utilities and the City of New Braunfels In 1993 the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1477 which established an appointed board to replace the current Edwards Underground Water District which is responsible for conser vation education and research However according to Miller the Texas Department of Jus tice received several complaints These complaints stated that the bill violated the Voting Rights Act by replacing an elected board with an appointed one Miller said the new bill HB 3189 which passed the House of Representatives Tuesday corrected this problem by making the newboard an elected one Edwards Aquifer Authority will have the same responsibil ities as the old board in addition to the responsibility of man aging and regulating water supply and withdrawal The old board Had no regulatory or managing capacity The new one will have a lot more jurisdiction and Miller said The bill will be sent to the Senate by early next week for a vote If any changes are made the bill it will have to be sent back to the House for a second approval Welcome aboard HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Robert Loop and John Clay take their oaths of office as they are sworn in as the new Comal Independent School District board members Monday No felony charges to be filed in crash that killed teacher No felony charges will be filed against former city councilman Dan Bremer for the auto accident which took Annette Hanleys life New Braunfels Police Lieutenant John Wommack said The Guadalupe County Attorney and New Braunfels Police offi cials will review the case to decide whether to file misdemeanor charges Everybody would like to get everything done that has to be done in this Wommack said The wreck occurred at about 5 Friday March 10 on Highway 46 near Clear Springs Restaurant A pickup truck driven by Bremer skidded across the center line and struck Hanleys car Hanley was a teacher at Smithson Valley High School NRA went too far in calling federal agents jackbooted government thugs9 4