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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY Diamonds Softball team heads to national tournament Page 8 ISO CENTS New Braunfels The old LCRA building 12 Pages in one section Thursday July Herald2 410 M016 183 8 0 W E 8 T MIC R 0 P U B LI8 HIN 0 E YAMDELL DR El PASO TX 79903 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of ANDREA CAMPOS Vol 143 No 179 Inside Sports Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Andrea Campos Amanda Kennedy Gilbert Guerreo Barbara Smart and Irene Zapa ta River and aquifer Comal River 294 cubicfeetper second same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 05 Guadalupe River 385 cfs Private property rights meeting clarification The meeting scheduled for Monday July 24 featuring Ed Hodges state director for Senator Phil Gramm spon sored by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce is a luncheon meeting Mr Hodges will discuss the Private Proper ty Rights Restoration Act as well as updating our communi ty on other hot topics in the Senate The luncheon will be held at the Holiday Inn at a cost of per plate Seating is limited and a reservation is required to attend Call Anna Lee Hicks at the Chamber of Commerce 6252385 by noon Friday July 21 in order to attend Musicalcomedy rehearsal Rehearsals for Sisters in Suffrage will take place on Thursday July 20 at City Hall Conference Room The event will take place on Aug 19 at Partici pants will take part in the parade the show and enjoy the picnic and music provided v There are small parts avail anyone interested call 6082100 NARFE to meet at Seniors Center The National Association of Retired Federal Employees Chapter 666 will meet at the Citizens Center Friday July 21 at There will be a film Missions game to benefit museum The Childrens Museum in New Braunfels invites baseball fans to New Braunfels night at the San Antonio Missions Sun day July 30 at Tickets are general admission and are available at the museum or Vivroux Sports Call 6200939 for information Concerts in the Park series continues Walker will perform free at the dance slab in Landa Park Thursday at as the summer Concerts in the Park series continues Bring a lawn chair to sit on but no glass containers are allowed The winning numbers lotto million lOTTEHV WORD looks at stopping river pirates9 By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Water Oriented Recreation Dis trict has yet another river issue it must deal with This time the board is look ing for ways to stop pirating on the river before it gets too far out of hand This is a problem we need to address because its only going to get said Eddie Gillespie from Camp Huaco at Wednesdays WORD meeting Gillespie said there is a problem with pirates flipping rafts and then taking personal belongings that fall out before the owner can gather them back up People are also jumping in the raft and looking inside If they see something valuable they take it and then jump out before the At Slumber Falls you cant jump out and run down the sidewalk after your Zero Rivers people in the raft can do anything about it Gillespie said he decided something had to be done when he saw men act ing like they were helping female rafters and then pulling off their tops When 1 saw that I said no this has got to stop and I went to Zero Rivers and said we need to do Gillespie said WORD manager Jim Inman said there are four areas on the river that pose the biggest problems These are Huaco Falls Slumber Falls Clutter and the Chute Inman said he has asked the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority if there was something they could do to limit the activity Inman said he would like to see safe zones where no swimmers or divers can be within a certain perimeter of each area Inman said it is uncertain whether there is anything GBRA can do However they are looking into it Zero Rivers WORD board mem ber and owner of Rockin R River Rides said he has personally removed several people that he has seen pirating He said that several years ago the problem got so bad that pirates were actually stabbing the tubes and rafts He said something needs to be done to protect the tourists because there is lit tle victims can do to get their posses sions back At Slumber you cant jump out and run down the sidewalk after your stuff You can see where the problem he said Board member Charles Stephens said some of the activity is illegal and questions why a deputy cannot sim ply cite them An attorney for WORD said part of the problem is that the offi cer must see the pirating take place Rivers said that leads to the problem that pirates know who the officers are before an officer knows who a pirate is This discussion led to the question of putting more officers in the area or hiring offduty officers to watch the areas Several board members have requested additional officers in the past and were told all the manpower was already being used on weekends Rivers said one solution to the prob lem may be for outfitters to get tough on these individuals He said outfit ters need to ask the pirates to leave and then escort them off the property The outfitter could then get a license plate number and pass that number on to other outfitters Then when they go to the next out fitter and ask to park there for the day instead of taking their and saying okay they can check their Rivers said The WORD board assigned the issue to the law enforcement committee for further consideration The committee will look at the problem and the pos sible solutions and will make a pre sentation at a future board meeting Stats show more crime for first half of year By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Crime increased in New Braun fels from the first half of 1994 to the first half of 1995 according to New Braunfels Police records The number of criminal offenses increased by 259 about 10 percent The NBPD EMS and Fire Department processed a total of calls January through June 1995 Thats more first half of last year about 10 per cent Total burglaries were down about 1 percent from last year but thefts were up almost 20 percent from 515 last year to 616 this year There were fewer assaults and sexual assaults this year than last year Driving while intoxicated arrests were down the first half of this year from 67 to 52 about 22 percent That could be due to police officers being too busy with other calls to make the DWI arrests NBPD Lieu tenant John Wommack said NBPD officers investigated just a few less traffic accidents the first half of this year than last down from to NBPD dispatchers and officers had to deal with false 911 calls so far this year Thats about oneseventh of the total calls Every time we send an officer to a misdial location that is a waste of manpow er and NBPD Support Services Supervisor Kelly Holder said Some misdials can be honest mis takes Holder said People calling out of the country start with the dig its 011 Other misdials occur elec tronically when cordless phones are running low on power Wommack said Other calls are deliberate pranks If we catch them thats an offense in Wommack said BEAT THE HEAT Summers sweltering heat is here and people need to be aware of the dangers By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Temperatures are expected to remain in the high 90s this week which wUl leave many people search ing for a way to sweat it out A big part of beating the heat is knowing which precautions to take to minimize Its dangers Sweltering temperatures have killed more than 400 people this summer in Chicago alone Many people are at risk for heat cramps beat exhaustion or heat stroke And while Texans may be used to scorching summers they stfll need to beaware of the risks doctors say According to the American Red Cross minor elevate cqhditton if theyarenot mMagedcojrectry If a person feels hot and is not that should be a red light signalfor them to get out of the sun Thats when can be said Dr Donald Kennedy a local family practitioner Kennady said older and overweight people need to be extra careful in the sun He said people over 50 years of age and even slightly overweight people already have extra stress on their hearts He said the sun makes the heart work even faster and makes it less efficient Heat puts more of a strain on everyones heart and arteries and it may be too much of a strain for these he said The American Red Cross also offered several tips for people to help them survive the sweltering temperatures Avoid strenuous work during the hottest part of the day Stay indoors as much as possible and if no air conditioning is available seek other places to go to escape the heat Anytime youre feeling hot and tired get out of the sun Even a close tennis match should be stopped so the players can re Kennady said Wear lightweight lightcolored clothing to reflect the sun Drinkplenty ohluidX even if you are not thirsty However avoid alcohol and caffeine which cause oure adding fluids to your body but your kid neys are neoipving fluids Patsy and Amanda Bollck beat the heat yesterday at the wading pool at free and the cool water straight from the Edwards Aquifer photo by MICHAEL DARNALl da Park The pool Is Eat snwWmealilnaefttrobre often to help decrease the bodys metabolic heat Avoid using salt tablets unless directed by a physic cian Kennady said an individual who plans to be out in the sun should drink lots of fluids the day before The best fluids are those that are high in potassium such as orange juice tomato and other citrus juices Qatorade is also good for younger people however older people should avoid it because of the sodium it contains He also added that outdoor activity should be done during the cooler hours of the day You would not want to go out in the hottest part of the day to work if you dont have to Go when its cooler and easier on your Kennady said Another important tiling Kennady said people need to remember is not to drink ice water after being outside He said the cold water shocks the body and causes the heart to slow down Its too much of a shock to your system You never want to shock your heart like he said New Braunfels produces four National Merit Scholars By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer It might be something in the maybe our education system is doing something very right The New Braunfels area can claim not one but four National Merit Scholars in 1995 Tillman Cavert and David Dierksen of New Braunfels High School Tim Ousley of Canyon High School and Wendalyn Pursch of Smithson Valley High School Pursch daughter of William and Victoria Pursch of Bulverde was the valedictorian of the SVHS1995 class Her National Merit Scholarship was sponsored by Trinity University according to the NMSC Pursch has written a series of chil drens books and hopes to be an author She plans to major in business and minor in com munications or English at Trinity University Pursch draws inspiration from her close family ties and has a reputa tion for responsi bility and high moral stan dards among Ousley Pursch her classmates Ousley son of Dr Stephen and Julie Ousley of New Braunfels was the 1995 CHS salutatorian He received one of the prestigious Nation al Merit Scholarships Ousley is headed for Texas to major in computer engineering Ousley wants to design computers he said Ousley cred its some of his success to home schooling he received during his junior high school years Cavert the son of Tillman and Kathryn Cavert received his National Merit Scholar ship from the University of Arizona according to Nation al Merit Scholarship Corpo ration NMSC Public Infor mation Director Elaine Detweiler He studied enviDierksen ronmental science physics and advanced biology at NBHS with the goal of majoring in wildlife biology Dierksen the son of John and Kathy Dierksen was the salutatorian for the NBHS class of 1995 Journalism will be his chosen field of study according to the NMSC and he will pursue it at the University of Texas at Austin UT Austin sponsored Dierksens Merit Scholarship Dierksen was a band colonel and drumline captain at NBHS playing in the all district band He edited the literary magazine and was a nember of the German Club and Mu Alpha Theta He was in both the Academic Decathlon and the National Honor Society for two years Dierksen also played tennis at NBHS The NMSC awarded scholarships to high school seniors this year totaling about million Three types of merit scholarships were awarded collegesponsored awards National Merit Scholarships and corporatespon sored scholarships National Merit semifinalists represented only about percent of graduating seniors avert Two Spars stars are coming to town with a message for your kids See Page 44   

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