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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Unicorns carry on the tradition of strong defense See Page 6 50 CENTS Gomal County Courthouse Pages in two sections Wednesday August New Braunfels Herald Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of MINNA HAAS MUELLER Vol 143 No 198 Inside Sports Stammtiseh Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels eilung extends birthday wishes Haas Mueller 95 De Anndra Baker Sabri na Rodriguez Sandy Santelan Fulisa Camareno 18 Nol berto Farias Jr Happy anniver sary wishes go out to Rick and Yvette Castaneda 9 Vlanard and Dorothy Ivy 56 Sandy and Sandy Sanel an 14 Leonel and Yolanda Rojas nine and Nolberto and Grace Farias 40 System would answer child support questions River and aquifer information tomal River 262 cubicfeetper second down 4 from yester day Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 02 NBHS Class of 1966 to reunite NBHS Class of 1966 is mak ing plans for its 30th reunion If you can help with addresses and or telephone numbers for classmates call Kathy Rhein lander ONeal at 6295192 Vicki Roth Hamel at 6080865 or Sherry Seiler Toney at 625 6653 Next meeting is Wednesday Augr 16 OAces on River Road at 7 NARFE to gather National Association of Retired Federal Employees chapter 666 will have a meet ing and luncheon at Ryans Family Steakhouse 11 Aug 18 Program is on the Texas handgun law Bake a cake for the Womens Center The Comal County Womens Center invites you to support the center by donating individ ually wrapped items for a bake sale which will be held Aug 19 at 5 on the Plaza Bring your goodies to the shel ter 1547 Common any time Friday or before 4 Saturday Call 6207520 for information Immunization clinic A free immunization clinic will be held from 9 to Saturday Aug 19 at Krueger Elementary School in Marion The clinic is provided by Santa Rosa Childrens Hospital Parents are asked to bring the childs immunization records and letter from the school nurse if applicable Immunizations will be given to infants children and teen agers Appointments are not needed but are recommended Call 4169323 or 9142646 Model train show New Braunfels Summer Model Train Show will be held from 9 to Saturday Aug 26 at the New Braunfels Civic Center 380 S Seguin Admission is for adults and for under 18 Under five yearsold are free Call 9352517 for information Optimist Club to meet Monday The New Braunfels Optimist Club will meet at Aug 21 at Molly Joes Restaurant The speaker will be Jack Melton of Hospice New Braunfels By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The district clerks portion of the county bud get has been presented and if it is approved res idents may soon have a new way to check the sta tus of child support payments District Clerk Margaret Herbrich said the bud get she presented to the commissioners court in July included the addition of a new system a voice activated computer system She said her office was spending the majority of its time taking calls checking on the status of child support payments In an attempt to limit Equipment would save time at county clerks office make getting information easier this the office limited the hours in which such calls would be taken and if a call is received after 10 it is forwarded to a recorded mes sage The message tells the caller to try again between 8 and 10 The office usually receives about 25 calls just during the twohour period The thing is when they call after that some one still has to pick up the phone and forward it to the said Herbrich The system Herbrich is requesting would allow callers to access their accounts by phone through a computer They would then be able to find out when the last payment was received She said this would free up the staff to concentrate on getting the payments out of the mail and then forwarding them on Herbrich included the system in her budget proposal and said it would cost the county a one time fee of She said this is for having the program loaded into the current software The maintenance would then be included in with current maintenance costs County Judge Carter Casteel has left the request in her current budget proposal A public hearing on the county budget will be held on August 24 at 10 and The approved county budget will be filed with the district clerks office on Sept 29 Docs Guns gears up to start handgun safety classes By DAVID SULLENS Editor and Publisher Proficiency with a handgun accounts for only about a fourth to a third of the content of classes aimed at enabling participants to meet the certification requirements to obtain a Texas Con cealed Handgun License The first of a series of those classes is to be taught in New Braunfels Sept 67 According to Mike CantuWithoff owner of Docs Guns in New Braun fels who with his wife Cordelia will instruct the classes a significant portion of the 1015 hour course will be devot ed to peaceful conflict resolution ways to bring down the level of conflict and restore some level of sanity to the Both Mike and Cordelia underwent extensive training in Austin to qualify themselves to teach the course Other course elements include according to CantuWithoff hand guns and the law looking pretty close ly at the penal code Based on those statutes CantuWithoff said participants will be strongly encour aged to use a handgun only to protect your person not to protect And CantuWithoff said the course will include instruction on handgun safety and handgun storage The gun shop owner noted that with a new law that goes into effect Sept 1 You are criminally liable if a child gets a gun because it wasnt stored Range safety will also be taught as a part of the course and a written test will be administered In addition to two classroom ses sions class participants will also be required to demonstrate handgun pro ficiency on a range CantuWithoff said each course ses sion will include about 20 people He said that as of last week 140 had already signed up to take the course but some of those are hus band and wife so the number is Course needed to carry concealed weapons HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Cordelia CantuWithoff takes a handgun safety course registration form from Keegan Arnke actually higher than that The first two class sessions will be held in the evening CantuWithoff said and the second set of sessions will be in the afternoon on September 1314 Dates for subsequent sessions have not yet been finalized he said The license will be issued in one of two categories CantuWithoff said The first categoiy is any To qualify for that category he said an applicant must use a semiautomatic pistol for the range portion of the course The other categoiy is any handgun except a semiautomatic and it will be issued to those who use a revolver for the range portion of the course In other words if a participant shoots with a revolver at the range he or she will be licensed only to carry a revolver If a semiautomatic handgun is used the applicant can be licensed to carry any handgun revolver or semi auto CantuWithoff said the new con cealed carry law does not provide for licensing for a specific make or model of gun He said there have been many questions and there seems to be sig nificant confusion on that point A frequently asked question Cantu Withoff said is whether or not once a permit is obtained a handgun must be carried concealed or if it can be earned openly CantuWithoff said the law requires that the gun be carried con cealed Successful completion of the course is a requirement for obtaining a con cealed carry license but it in no way ensures acquisition of that license Those successfully completing the course will be given a card that can be completed and submitted to the state The card will require basic personal information and a preliminary check will be conducted on the basis of that information before a concealed carry license application is issued to the applicant That application will require indepth personal information a series of back ground check authorizations a certifi Mike CantuWithoff owner of Docs Guns says 140 people have already signed up for his courses cate of handgun course completion and must be accompanied by two finger print cards and two passport photos when it is returned The fee for permit application is or for those over 60 years of age or those who are The state will have up to two months to grant or deny a permit after the appli cation is submitted CantuWithoff says the law provides 15 separate eligibility requirements for those seeking a concealed carry permit Some of those include Must have been a legal resident of Texas at least six months Must be 21 years of age or older Must not have been convicted of a felony or of a class A or B misde meanor Must not be chemically depen dent Must not be of unsound mind Must not be delinquent in child support payments Must not be delinquent in tax pay ments Must not be in default on an edu cation loan and Must not be under any restraining order with regard to a spousal rela tionship CantuWithoff said anyone getting a permit is a squeaky clean Opponents of rezoning celebrate victory By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer District 2 voters came out in force and their voices counted at Mondays city coun cil meeting The residents celebrated a vic tory as the city council denied a request to rezone a triangle of land between FM 725 and Old McQueeney Road from R2 Single Family and Two Family District to M1A Light Industrial District We objected to an industry coming so close to our neighborhood because we dont think its good for the value of our said resident Ray Martinez Consultant Ted Alexander presented Iselin Acquisition Limiteds request to rezone the land so an industrial park could be built there The added jobs and expansion of New Braunfels tax base made the rezoning beneficial in the long run Alexander said Although we have some very concerned citizens we feel what is more important is the good of the broad Alexander said Iselin changed its original rezoning request after the residents outciy at Planning and Zoning Commission meetings The compa ny proposed thai a 120foot strip of land next to Old McQueeney and 46 acres next to land owned by Fricke Jr be kept R 2 That wasnt good enough for area resi dents Residents gave a petition to city council on July 11 requesting that the rezoning be denied It contained close to 400 signatures mostly from residents of the Northpark and Palace Heights subdivisions Were not antiindustry were pro indus try but industry has to be in its proper Martinez said 1 dont care if it smells like apple blossoms its still an The developer bought this as R2 he ought to use it as said Maurice Fisch er whose family owns a large tract of land across Old McQueeney from the land in question Alexander cited the chamber of commerce target industry list as a guideline for the type of clean industiy to be sought for the rezoned area The chambers target list was not con nected in any way to the Iselin rezoning request said chamber President Michael Meek Our target industry list has nothing to do with where you put an Meek said Nora Morales of the Main Street Advisory Board and the Comal County Greater His panic Chamber of Commerce urged that residents keep cool heads and a balanced perspective What price progress and Morales said Were constantly changing were not living in a little bub ble thats going to protect us from the changes that will Residents were inflamed by a letter cir Were not anti industry were pro industry but industry has to be in its proper Ray Martinez culated through the Northpark and Palace Heights subdivision a few days ago The letter accused Dist 2 Councilman Ray Schoch of orchestrating the rezoning protest Schoch was directed by his clients the old to create fear in your neighbor the letter said It accused Schoch of being deceitful and The letter made us seem like a bunch of morons lead around by a pied Mar tinez said We are The main objection I had to the letter is that it was full of innuendos falsehoods and misleading Schoch said It insulted the intelligence of the When the rezoning request carne up for action the motion was made to deny the request Only atlarge Councilman Tim Walker voted not to deny the rezoning We agree with what the council said Alexander the consultant for Iselin It was a tough New numbers show decline in DWI arrests By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal County Sheriffs Department maintains that it is too early to see the effects of the change in the countys drinking hours The county commissioners changed the hours bars are allowed to serve alcohol in March forcing the bars to close one hour earlier each night Figures provided by the Sheriffs Department last week showed little change in the number of driving while intoxicated arrests since the change However the latest numbers from the Texas Department of Public Safety show a significant decline in the number of dri ving while intoxicated DWI arrests Sheriff Jack Bremer said he questioned whether figures used last week were accurate due to the fact that a computer search was done several times and each time a new set of numbers was generated He said he contacted DPS and asked them to do a count The DPS office in San Antonio which houses the records did a hand count of all DWI arrests in the unincorporated areas of Comal County for the period of March 1 to July 31 from to 4 for both 1994 and 1995 In 1994 the total was 73 and in 1995 the total was 43 Bremer said these numbers are a good sign However he said the ban would still have to be studied over several years to determine exactly how effective it is 1 wouldnt hang my hat on it just yet because we dont know that this isnt just some sort of said Bremer I think in the next couple of years well see that this was the right decision and the numbers will bear this Who cares about maroon carrots lets solve this fire ant thing See Page 44   

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