Wednesday, November 22, 1995

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 22, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDA Offensive lines The final cog in the Cougar machine See Page 8A New Braunfels Old New Braunfels Academy 18 Pages in two sections Wednesday Herald7 50 CENTS 10SSWB PfcSQ TX iiAEL ANN KLEIN November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 yea No 7 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Rachael Ann Klein 91 year and Angela Farias Happy anniversary to Larry and Mary Bueche Holiday schedule at HeraldZeitung The HeraldZeitung office will be closed Thanksgiving Day The Thanksgiving Day newspaper will be delivered by Thursday A cir culation department phone line will be open Thanksgiving Day however from 7 to 9 St Johns offers Thanksgiving meals St Johns Episcopal Church 312 S Guenther will host a community dinner Thanksgiving day from 11 to 2 If you need assistance getting there call 6252532 or 6063408 St Johns will also have a joint Thanksgiving Eve service tonight at 7 with the members of St Pauls Luther an Church The service will be conducted at St Johns Church 312 S Guenther with desset to follow in the Parish Hall Friends of the Library need storage space The Friends of Dittlinger Memorial Library have sent out a call for help The group needs a clean dry place to sort and store donated books for next years book sale If you have storage space or warehouse space you can spare call 6292359 Optimists selling trees The New Braunfels Optimist Club is operating its Christ mas Tree lot at the same loca tion as last year The lot is on Seguin St across from the Post Office Hours of opera tion are 9 to 9 Come early for the best choice of trees Proceeds are used to sponsor youth activities Womens Shelter Christmas Auction The Womens Shelter Christ mas Auction will take place at Landa Station Tuesday Nov 28 at 8 Admission is toys canned goods or a cash donation There will be an auction and live blues by Monty Tyler If you have something to donate for the auction call 6293311 Cheer Fund donations continue The HeraldZeitung spon sors the Cheer Fund every holiday season to provide food for the needy New donations include Mary G Keyes bringing the fund total to To donate come by the HeraldZeitung at 707 Landa or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 625T9144 Bar owners sue over drinking hours By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Bar owners in the unincorporated areas in the county have dropped their initial suit filed for the change in drink ing hours and have refiled a suit in Travis County The new suit names the county commissioners the state of Texas and the Texas Alcoholic Bever age Commission On March 5 1995 an ordinance passed by the Comal County Com missioners went into effect which said bar owners within the county had to stop selling and consuming alcohol on the premises at 1 on Saturdays and at midnight the rest of the week This shortened the original hours which were 2 every night Many bar owners said this caused a major loss of business and revenue A suit was filed almost immediately fol lowing the ordinance Sam Katz an attorney for the bar owners said the original suit was filed under another attorney Katz filed to have that case dismissed and refiled in Travis Coun ty I think suing county commissioners in their own county presents a real con flict of he said Were not laying down Its quite clear that the county commissioners made a bigtime The new suit names the county com missioners as well as the State of Texas and TABC as defendants and asks for punitive damages from the county commissioners court as a body and each commissioner individually attorney fees and lost profit Katz said he believes the county commissioners acted without authority He said that the law giving counties the authority to adopt extended hours does not say any thing about rescinding those hours Were not laying down Its quite clear that the coun ty commissioners made a bigtime Sam Katz Therefore he said the commissioners did not have the authority to shorten the drinking hours Its our position that Comal Coun ty Commissioners acted totally and completely without said Katz Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said she would not comment on the suit since it is a pending legal issue She said that the bar owners have chosen to try the case in a Travis County court so she did not want to comment on it County Attorney Nathan Rheinlandef said the commissioners legal council would be responsible for commenting on the case However he said hi believes the commissioners were well within their authority Were comfortable that commit sioners court acted totally within its authority and we believe this will end up the same way the one filed a while back did and that was to uphold the actions of the he said Katz said TABC is named because It did not follow proper procedures He said the late night liquor licenses were taken away right away He said TABfc failed to have the proper revocation hearings and never even looked at whether or not the commissioners court action was valid Kevin Bammert TABC agent in Enforcement Division in Comal Coun ty said proper procedure was followed He said he is not required to conduct hearings and simply enforces the rules set by the county The state is included in the suit because Katz said the law that allowed the commissioners to change the hours is unfair He said that according to the law in counties with less than people drinking hours for bars in unin corporated areas are set by the county commissioners and drinking hours for bars in incorporated areas are set by the city council If the county has more than residents bar owners can simply go apply for a late night liquor license They have set us a second class of citizenry out here The bar owners out in Bexar County would never have had this happen to he said Its doesnt treat bar owners City buys land for new ball fields HeraldZeltung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Raising their voices Melitta Frueh directs the Advent Vespers Massed Choir at practice last night Frueh has directed the choir for 25 years The concert sponsored by the Music Study Club will be held at First Baptist Church at 4 Dec 3 Five stores caught in TABC sting By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Officials with the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission held a sting operation in Comal County last week end testing to see if the businesses would serve underage drinkers Kevin Bammert a TABC agent in the enforcement division for Comal County said the TABC went to several convenience and liquor stores within the city limits which sell alcohol on Saturday A 17yearold boy and girl took turns going into the businesses to purchase alcohol He said the two had identification that clearly showed were under age He said they were wired and the transactions were videotaped Everythings above board Were providing the opportunity But if youre obeying the law there wont be a said Bammert Bammert said the teens were taken to 16 different businesses He said about half of the businesses were cho sen because of complaints he has received and the rest were chosen randomly All the stores were within the city limits Of those they went to five sold the minors alcohol Of those five three asked for an ID and sold the alcohol anyway They just miscalculated the age Some even used calculators and scratch paper I dont think they were inten tionally he said The five clerks who sold the alcohol face criminal charges for selling to a minor which carries a fine of 100 to The stores also face license sus pension Bammert said If a business is caught three times in one year the liquor license can be revoked Bammert said the sting operations are conducted to keep retailers on their and reduce the amount of underage drinking that is occurring He said he expected to catch about four however five is still not bad Bammert said he would like to do it again in about six months and go to locations out in the county I felt confident about the area The retailers here are good and dont typ ically sell to he said By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The city has bought it When its built Little Leaguers will come The city of New Braunfels has tak en the first step to buy acres of land off of South across from McCoys Lumber said City Manager Mike Shands This is going to be for use by the Little Shands said From what I know about it tjie deal wont close until some time in said Mike Kelly of tjie National Little League I have met today with the president of the Amer ican League and were excited abqut Kelly said yesterday When the new fields are in use the Little League field on Common Street near the fairgrounds will be free for development The space could evqn tually hold a library police station both or whatever else the city council decides Shands said As far as I am aware there is no proposal at this time for use of the Common Street he said Financing and planning the npw facilities will take time Shands said I wouldnt expect to see a game at the new location any time he said Its not something thats going to happen said Tim Mundt of the American Little League first thing well do is form a committee of board members from both Kelly said The committee will look at other new facilities like the one in Lopk hart and ask how they were funded Kelly said I expect we may have a couple of fields ready to go not this season but next he said with the full thing ready the following Some towns have funded similar facilities through Parks and Wildlife grants Kelly said but he doesnt expect similar grant money to be avail able for New Braunfels We will use some of the existing lighting and fenc he said Currently over New Braun fels ball players ages five to 18 use fields throughout the city said Tim Mundt of the American Little League The teams use fields at Common Street and those by Landa Park and three fields at Seele Elementary Kelly said Its kind of a first come first served deal for Kelly said Youre in competition with the softball The Little Leagues borrow fields at Lamar Primary to hold Tball games The Lamar principal graciously lets us use those fields with over 400 kids in just Mundt said With the city growing the way it is were getting such an influx of kids that well need the Mundt said The new lot can hold a central field house with at least four fields around it plus practice fields Shands said There will be room for parking and the surrounding area is heavily wood ed almost he said Building the new fields will take a communitywide effort Mundt said The councils commitment was to buy the Shands said Devel oping it will be up to the Little In the past the city and our sponsors have fully supported both Little Mundt said Its a chance for us to get every thing together and have a complex that the city can be proud he said The kids will really look forward to playing Two teachers picked for state awards By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Two local high school teachers recently received recognition for their efforts and dedication to preparing stu dents for higher education Gail Engler of New Braunfels High School and Lily Barucky of Canyon High School received recognition through the Texas Excellence Awards for Outstanding High School Teachers awarded annually by the ExStudents Association of the The University of Texas at Austin Engler and Barucky were among 188 honorees statewide A selection committee will now look at the nominees and 10 will be select ed to represent the group at a banquet and conference being held in February The award recognizes teachers who make a special effort to prepare their students for higher education while Engler also promoting public esteem for the teaching profession in Texas Heather Ullmann coordinator of the Texas Uly Barucky Excellence Awards said the award is a way of recognizing teachers which is not done often enough Engler has been a teacher for 15 years and was nominated by Principal John Turman Turman said he norni nated her because of her dedication to helping all students even ones that ijire not in her class Shes an outstanding teacher She has gone out of her way to help stu dents both before and after said Turman Shes always available and willing to do what she can to help students Barucky has been a teacher for sev en years and was nominated by Prin cipal Will Krieg Krieg said he nomi nated Barucky because shes an out standing and is active in the extracurricular activities as well ap in the community Based on her relationship with her students and the various activities she takes part in I felt like she qualified as an outstanding he said Improvements new fees planned for Canyon Park The Army Corps of Engi neers will begin making improve ments to the Canyon Park beach area at Canyon Lake and charge day use fees starting March I 1996 Improvements will consist of consolidating two beaches into a larger one on the southeast shore upgrading beach access and park ing and developing the north shore into a group use area The program consists of a 1 fee per person over the age of 12 for use of the swimming beach up to a maximum charge of per vehicle Day use fees were authorized by budget deficit legislation of 1993 and implemented in 1994 The improvements are part of a com prehensive effort to upgrade and effectively manage facilities at Canyon For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144