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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Senior League AllStars win a tough one over Seguin See Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels 410 The old LCRA building HeraldZeit 14 Pages In one section Friday July Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of BETTY JEAN PANKAN Vol 143 No 175 Inside Sports Church Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Betty Jean Pankan Janie Zerchcr DeAngelo C Aguirre Charlotte Bennett and Michelle Timmerrnann River and aquifer information Comal River 304 cubicfeetper second down 4 cfs from yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea leveli down 02 from yesterday Guadalupe River cfs Habitat house to be dedicated The newest Habitat For Humanity home will be dedi cated at a ceremony Sunday July 16 at 3 at the home at 1618 Bridge Street Local ministers will say a few words and refreshments will be served Bowling we will go On Sunday July 16 Spring Branch Lodge will gather at for a short busi ness meeting and an after noon of bowling at Spring Branch Bowling Lanes The lodge will furnish sandwiches so bring your favorite chips condiments or desserts and let the fun begin All you can eat barbecue The Canyon Lake Masonic Lodge will hold an all you can eat barbecue July 15 from 11 to 2 at VFW Post 8573 in Sattler Cost is for adults for children under 12 Public invit ed Gruene Market Days this weekend Historic Gruene Market Days will be July 15 and 16 from 10 to 6 on the grounds of the Guadalupe Valley Win ery More than 100 Texas artists offer everything from home made hot sauce to hand carved furniture Musical per formances at Gruene Hall will include Tracy Lynn Rotel and Hot Tomatoes and the Tailga tors Republican Women to host luncheon The New Braunfels Republi can Women will host a Patriotic Luncheon July 17 in the home of Robert and Cristabell West our newest 1220 Fox Glen in Gruene Royal Masset from the Republican Party of Texas will be the guest speaker Guests are invited to wear patriotic colors to this Appreciate America event Join the fun at noon Bereavement Support Group meets Share advice about how to cope with prepare for and go on living after the death of a loved one at the Bereavement Support Group meeting at 3 July 13 at the Senior Cen ter Eagles Auxiliary meets The Eagles Auxiliary will meet at Tuesday July 18 Officers meet at 7 Social and anniversary of 43 years All charter members and Past Presidents are to be honored Camp Thunderduck kids HeraldZeltung photo by DOUG LOVEDAVf Children taking part In the citys Camp Thunderduck were at Comal Bowl yesterday Pictured are Evan Matney Courtney Swain Avery Riordan Chelsay Cornelius kneeling and Kyle Bowers Vest The camp Is for kids ages six to 12 Boy kills brother in accidental shooting By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A 14monthold child is dead following a shotgun accident in his home last night Paul Alfred Dickens born May 10 1994 was pronounced deaftlat the scene said Guadalupe County Sheriff Melvin L Harborth Two children the 14monthold and his 12yearold brother were allegedly at home alone when the accident happened Harborth said The 12yearold allegedly took the shotgun out of the closet thinking it was not Harborth said He apparently aimedit at the 14monthold and shot he said Guadalupe County Sheriffs officers responded to the 911 call at Harborth said The address was Placid Cove in the River Bend subdivision in Guadalupe County but a part of New Braunfels The Travis County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy on the boy Harborth said The boy said the gun had always been kept unloaded Harborth said Steady river flow means happy tubers this summer By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer This weekend should prove to be another exhilarating weekend for tourists on the Guadalupe River thanks to cooperation between outfitters and those responsible for releasing water out of the Canyon Reservoir Weve been very pleased to work with them Its benefiting everyone and its working out said Judy Gardner public communications River Update Hispanic chamber thrilled with turnout By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND ChaJm ber of Commerced first mixer was true to its name OHCC officers and members rubbed shoulders and exchanged ideas with the likes of Mayor Paul E Fraser Jr and New BraUnfels Chamber of Com merce Blue Coats and city council mem bers Jan Kennady and C Ray Schoch last night at the Adobe Cafe Its a better crowd than I expected its a good Schoch said If they keep things moving along this track plenty of good things can be done for everybody in the I think its a good turnout for the first Fraser said It was great to see so many I expected a few doors to be closed to us but they havent Ron Gonzales GHCC chairman Main Street Director K C Crandall said Im looking forward to an exciting new growth in the Community support for the GHCC is stronger than expected GHCC Chair man Ron Gonzales said I expected a few doors to be closed to be said but they havent GHCC charter members are going door to door in their drive for new mem bers Gonzales said I have quite a few meetings scheduled as said business community ening the entire community said GHCC Chair of International Trade and Cultur al Affairs Cristina AguilarFriar said The idea is to show the community that were not a threat that we want to contribute to the whole she said This is an to unite us and build up all of our she said The evening is going greatj GHCC Executive Director Nora Morales said Im surprised but if s a very good sur The nights turnout proves that the community can unite towards com mon goals she said It shows the com munity spirit is there the she said assistant for the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority Tommy Hill Chief Engineer for GBRA said the current rate lev el is at 400 cfs and will remain at this rate uritil further notice This is the same rate that was released during the Fourth of July holiday said Hill It is an excellent allpurpose recre ation rate for tubing rafting and Jack Welch assistant manager for Roys Rentals said they are expecting a busy weekend on the river and feel the current release will provide more safety for tourists Zero Rivers owner of Rockin R Rivef Rides said he also expects a busy weekend and the water will be at an enjoyable lev el for everyone He said any release above 300 cfs is great for the tourist industry It will make the entire river perfect for everyone on the river and everything on the river There will be something for everyone from 6 years said Rivers The GBRA is responsible for releasing water from the conser vation pool at or below 909 feet mean sea level Water above this level is considered flood and is the responsibili ty of the United States Corps of Engineers Water at this level is usu ally released at rates sufficient to clear the flood pool This year GBRA Corps officials and rivpr outfitters held meet ings to discuss the possibility of releasing water at a steadier rate The Corps agreed to release recently captured water at a slower rate as long as the elevation of the flood pool continued to decline By releas ing at a slower rate additional water is available to enhance normal river flows Without their cooperation it would havq been another margin al summer They made it a great said Rivers There couldnt be anything that would improve the tourist industry like what theyre doing right Hill said that the rainfall during the Fourth of July holiday caused the Corps to increase the release level to 58Q cfs to remove some of the excess water However the level of the reservoir has decreased and the release rate has been cut back With the current elevation at msl the Corps has approved a reduced release of 400 cfs We expect to continue this rate until the Reservoir reaches 909 said Hill Rivers said the Corps and GBRA shoujd be commended for their efforts in working with outfitters tp make the river more enjoyable He said it has been great for tourism and for the town and he expects things to continue this way for the remainder of the summer This is what we needed to put the tourist industry in Comal Coun ty on the map and keep it said Rivers County buys new voting machines to keep pace with growing voter registration rolls By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer As the population of Comal County con tinues its rapid growth the county must find a way to deal with the large number of registered voters In Thursdays Commissioners Court meeting the county commissioners autho rized the county clerk to obtain a contract for the purchase of 10 Eagle Precinct Vot ing Machines The purchase will also include the necessary software and the Pak Reading Station The number of registered voters in Comal County is increasing at a steady rate As of todays most recent count there are about registered voters in Comal County This is an increase of since Jan 1 The largest precinct now has voters in it and the county must decide how to handle counting the large number of votes in the next election said County Clerk Joy Streater You eliminate the duplication with the machines and thats what takes care of lots and lots of time Thats what killed she said The county is being asked to enter into a contract with numerous other counties The counties will buy them in one big bulk order and will be able to save money said Streater If its as a group everyone benefits Its cheaper to buy anything in she said The cost of the machines will be Streater said that by rearranging her current budget the purchase should not require additional funds Commissioner Joy Streater Jumbo Evans said he was concerned about getting locked into an expensive repair and maintenance contract He asked that Streater get a copy of the contract and present that to the court next week for final approval Whatever they propose bring it back and let us accept the amount said Evans In other court business the commis sioners tabled the County Investment Pol icy until additional revisions could be made Evans said the current wording and structure of the policy led him to believe the primary concern is the income and not the safety of principal Im saying the emphasis should always be protection of principal This is taxpay ers money were playing said Jumbo Evans Evans Before I vote in favor of this pol icy I need to see the The court also tabled a motion to replat a lot in the River Oaks Subdivision The new lot would be acres which goes against the Sacre minimum residents were told was in place when they bought their land The motion was tabled until a lawyer representing several homeowners could meet with the county attorney Judge Carter Casteel said she feels the issue may belong in district court Its kind of like whenyou were a teen ager and wanted to go somewhere and your mom told you to go ask your dad 1 think youre at moms place when you need to go ask dad in District said Casteel Judge still dispensing justice at 91 years old and still going strong See 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