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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Kickers 58yard field goal earns him Player of the Week status Page 6 CENTS The Comal County Courthouse New Braunfels Herald 184 16 Pages in one section Wednesday Sept Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years Home of TIFFANY WEIDNER 2627 E EL PASO TX Vol 143 No 223 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Felix Aguirre Bobby Friedel Tiffany Weidner Kimberly Mil lett Ed Sonier Paul Dailey and Dustin Barsch 13 Happy anniversary to Edward and Maria Samudio 54 River and aquifer information Comal River278 cubicfeetper up 36 Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level up 06 Guadalupe River 110 Fair Queen contest Sunday The Comal County Fair Queens contest will be held Sunday Sept 24 at Canyon High School Commons The event begins at There will be 19 young ladies from the three area high schools participating in the contest The Fair Queen and her court will represent the fair association at surrounding festivals for the upcoming year The cost is per per son with preschool children free Rodeo tickets on sale The contestants of the Comal County Fair Association Rodeo Queens contest are now selling tickets for the PRCA Rodeo to be held Sept 2730 You may contact the fair office at 625 1505 for more information on how to purchase tickets from these young ladies Bond election subject of forum The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a forum featuring a discussion of the Comal Inde pendent School District Bond Election Panelists include Superintendent Jerry Majors and Scott Watson of the Long Range Planning Committee The forum will be at the Guadalupe Valey Telephone Coop on Sept 21 at 7 Call Rose Marie Eash at 980 3188 for information Violin lessons offered The MidTexas Symphony is once again offering lessons to local students interested in learning to play the violin or another string instrument The symphony board has hired a new instructor Her name is Eliz abeth Blackerby and she will also be associated with Texas Lutheran College Call 6516789 or 6190336 for more informa tion Bargain Box marks everything down In preparation for its Sept 29 closing the Bargain Box has marked everything in the store down to half price The store is located on Castell near the Civic Center Chili cookoff planned in Gruene Gruene Eyed Chili KickOff the first annual chili cookoff to benefit the United Way of Comal County will be held at Rockin R in Gruene Oct 7 Judging will be at 4 CASI rules Entry fee is and to get on grounds For more information call Russell at 6292305 Entry deadline is 10 Oct 7 Train wreck Southern Pacific train jumps tracks in Marion By DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer MARION Fourteen boxcars from a Southern Pacific train jumped off the road tracks last night in downtown Marion and the cleanup is expected to con tinue into this evening What happened is the lead boxcar jumped the tracks and opened the switch letting the other cars Marion Volunteer Fire Department chief Roger Scheffel said Karen Lott a member of the Marion Volunteer Fire Department said she received a call of the train derailment on her pager at fire depart ment and the Marion Police Department were the first onthe scene Deputies from the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department and the Marion Police Department helped direct traffic throughout the night and the early morning hours Scheffel said the track was to be opened by 10 Work crews had taken the carsoff the tracks and were in the process of cleaning up the tracks as thun derstorms came through the area We have had four inches of rainj Scheffel said That really slowed us down But the track will be opened this morning and the rail has already been No one was injured at the scene The boxcars were carrying dry goods TVs plastic pellets and There were no hazardous chemicals being carried and residents did not have to be evacuated The train was traveling westward towards San Antonio from Houston Four boxcars were standing sideways going over into the ditch just like an accordion being compressed The railway itself was bent and train wheels from the cars were broken and scattered over the bent track Southern Pacific Railroad Police and work crews arrived at the scene at around at Four trucks of Caterpillar cranes and bulldozers were brought in to haul the derailed cars off the tracks The train derailment caught the residents of Marion off It sounded like a regular train then it shook and rattled my saidMarion High School senior Jeremy lives across thetracks on Farm to Market 78 My sister Jennifer looked out the window and saw the sparks of the train being derailed I then got out of my chairarid ran though the back door and saw the dust and dirt coming ovrt pf fgot aflashlight and saw jwhat Richie Woody was with his friend Elch Wiljdewicz both joh High when the happened Woody had just filled his truck wjth gas at the Hitching Post on FM 78 and was pulling out when he heard the screech ing of the train wheels Iheard a big old crash and then we saw what looked liked smoke coming out of the flipped Woody said I then drove down the highway and told peo ple not to go near the wreck because it was smelling real bad We did not know what was in the cars and we thought it was going to Wilkiewicz said the train shook the truck as they were going down the high way I heard a bunch of screeching sounds from the Wilkiewicz said I saw dust and smoke As we were going down the highway it shook the Lightning strikes keep fire department jumping By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Bad weather kept emergency per sonnel busy last night and is being blamed for an early morning structure fire New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Donald Zercher said they got a call for a fire at the Log Haus restaurant at 4875 IH35 at about Zercher said the fire was actually at an old wooden house about five feet from the restaurant Lightning hit the roof of the house and caught it on fire When firefight ers arrived at the scene the roof line was starting to cave in he said When you get a fire out away from the city it becomes a problem because you dont have fire hydrants to hook up to and you have to worry We didnt go to bed at all last night We were extremely stressed and busy despite the extra Chief Donald Zercher about having enough said Zercher Zercher said he kept a hose for use on the outside while a crew went inside He said that when they entered the house the fire was confined to the attic They were able to gain entry through the center of the ceiling A one point the fire was 30 feet into the he said Just as we started to make headway we ran out of water But another engine arrived at about the same Zercher said the fire was contained in the attic He said the actual house including the walls was not damaged and only a couch was burned when burning material fell on it Zercher said the weather had the department busy despite extra help He said that lightning also struck the chimney of another house and blew sheetrock off the walls in the house He said they received several false alarms before the structure fire and the crew remaining at the station dur ing the fire answered three more calls We didnt go to bed at all last night We were extremely stressed and busy despite the extra he said photo by MICHAEL DARNALU HeraldZeitung photo by MICHA River cleanup nets pounds of trash The Fifth Annual Lower Guadalupe River CleanUp on Saturday attracted more than people including 50 divers She said this was the largest turnout ever and organizers were just hoping to get 700 people The cleanup focused on 20 miles of the Guadalupe David Davenport President of Friends For Rivers said IDS of trash was collected mainly aluminum cans He said divers also recovered a water cannon and a suitcase filled with clothes In this photo divers Salvador Carlton and Doug Rausch hand Richard Santana a bag full of cans and other debris Church festival Rosie y los Muchachos were just one of the musical acts that performed at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Festival last weekend Decision on Bulverde concrete plant may not come until 1996 By DAVID DE KUNDER Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Purdum to lead development council By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Someone forgot to tell Tom Purdum what the word retirement means The Texas Economic Development Council elect ed him president last week at its annual confer ence Thats just after stepping down from a long career as New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and while hes still working as a con sultant for the local chamber Im only the second local chamber member to become Purdum said The rest have been people who were with utilities and private development TEDC members come from chambers of com merce cities utilities private development com panies and the like Purdum said About 30 years old the organization works to draw industry to Texas The TEDC is targeting four types of industry to expand in Texas Purdum said automotive tele marketing and plastics They too are very interested in helping existing business Purdum said Our role as a pri vate organization is to counsel with them to let them know whats going on in the The advent of the half cent sales tax means the chamber of commerce can target selected busi nesses for recruitment to New Braunfels Purdum said Hopefully this will help us zero in on what we really want in the way of economic he said Purdum officially starts as president Oct 1 Im already at it he said The TEDC presidency is strictly volunteer Purdum said His term of office lasts for a year As TEDC president Purdum expects to attend meetings around the state and the nation working to boost the Texas economy I think its going to be a very busy Purdum said It could take until December or January before the Texas Natural Resource Cpnserva tion Commission TNRCC makes a final deci sion on whether or not Ingram Readymix of New Braunfels can apply for a standard exemp tion for its proposed concrete plant in Bul verde a TNRCC attorney said on Monday Each party in the case is now writing their closing arguments to the administrative law judge Bill Ehret to convince him whether or not he should recommend the exemption or reject TNRCC staff attorney Scott Humphrey said The standard exemption is over a proposed concrete batch plant Ingram wants to build at the intersection of Highway 281 and Farm to Market 1863 Since spring Ingram has been eyeing the property at the intersection How ever Ingram has met opposition from the Cit izens League For Environmental Awareness Now an organization of Bulverde residents who are opposed to the construction of the plant CLEAN members are worried that the plant will emit too much dust into the air threaten the water supply in the area and lead to more traffic problems at the intersection which is one of the busiest in Comal County Both sides got a chance to state their case at hearings held before the TNRCC on Septem ber 78 in Austin and last Monday at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative At the hearings Ingram was represented by Pro ject Manager and VicePresident Gary Johnson and attorney John Hohn of San Marcos Attor ney Stewart Henry of Austin and Bob Barton represented CLEAN The hearings ended in Austin on Wednesday Humphrey said the closing arguments for both Ingram and CLEAN have to be turned in to Ehrets office by Oct 25 Two other parties in the case TNRCC represented by Humphrey and the Public Interest Council a TNRCC division which represents the pub lic will also write closing arguments addressed to Ehret Once the closing arguments from all four sides are turned in Ehret will review the argu ments and make a proposal Humphrey said Humphrey said he will review the closing arguments from all four parties and reply in writing to all four of them When Judge Ehret distributes his proposal to all the parties involved 1 will have the opportunity to write exceptions which are legal points made in disagreement to the admin istrative law judges Humphrey said It will be one last chance for him to reconsider his decision based on the excep Humphrey said the exceptions are made only if he disagrees with Ehrets recommen dation After Ehret reviews any exceptions and makes a recommendation the TNRCC commissioners will vote on the proposal at one of their meetings The TNRCC standard exemption allows Ingram to build a plant without getting a permit To be granted the exemption Ingram would have to meet 11 criteria set by the TNRCC for concrete batch plants If the exemption is rejected Humphrey said Ingram would have two choices abandon building at the site or apply for a permit which would start the process over again On the last day of hearings in Austin an engineertechnician called by the TNRCC tes tified that she had reviewed the standard exemption for Ingram Humphrey said the engineer recommended the standard exemption be granted to Ingram because Ingram met all the requirements need ed for the exemption The engineer testified that the plant should not have any adverse impact on the Bulverde Humphrey said For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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