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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY Basketball season reaches the midpoint See Sports Page 6 N6w Braunfels 50 CENTS HeraldZeitu TX 79903 The Mergele House 708 W Mill 10 pages in one section Thursday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of AMERICA NOEL VALENZUELA Vol 144 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Bonnie Slimpin America Noel Valenzuela Sharon Romero Merry Saegert Connie Waltisperger Jonnie Resales and Alex Resales Happy 40th anniversary to Ernesto and Elida Sotelo New Years dance Holy Family Church will hold its third annual New Years Eve Dance Sunday Dec 31 from 9 to 1 Music by La Distancia Advance tickets are or at the door For more information call 609 5320 or 6207678 between 9 and 5 Live nativity scene The Holy Family Church Youth Program will hold its fourth annual live nativity on Dec 22 and 23 from 7 to at the Holy Family Church CCD Center at 245 South Hidalgo Street Sesquicentennial book on sale The radio program New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Minutes that has been broad cast during 1995 has been reduced to a book and is available for sale The price is plus sales tax Exact delivery date is not available But the Sophien burg Museum and Archives will have book gift certificate available for sale until Friday Dec 22 If you have ques tions call 6291572 or 6291 City offices holiday schedule set All city offices will be closed Dec 25 and 26 and Jan 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays The Sanitation Department will not pick up garbage on Christmas day but will be available for regular service on the 26th and on New Years Day For more informa tion or asistance call 608 2140 from 8 to 5 on any business day Cheer Fund The HeraldZeitung spon sors the Cheer Fund every hol iday season to provide food for the needy New donations include Ernest and Bertha Stowe Aid Association for Lutherans Branch 2382 r Richard and Dona Cald well and Mr and Mrs Richard Schuetz Delivery of food will take place at 9 Saturday Dec 23 Volunteers are needed to help deliver the 200 food bas kets To donate or to volunteer to help deliver baskets come by the HeraldZeitung at 707 Landa or call 6259144 The winning numbers Lotto Texas Est million jackpot UTTERV Suspect held in west side double shooting Two injured in attack early this morning By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A New Braunfels man is in stable condition at University Hospital after a shooting incident early this morn ing A New Braunfels woman was also shot and is in fair but guarded condition at University Hospital The shootings occurred at two hous es on Plum Street shortly after mid night Ricardo Ortega 28 and Maria Orte ga 60 were flown by AirLife to Uni versity Hospital with gunshot wounds accordingjp New BraunTeTFPolice took Javier Hernandez into custody and charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon according to NBPD records Bond has yet to be set for Her nandez age 23 of New Braunfels Shots were also fired on a house at the 400 block of Plum police records said A handcuffed man Is watched at the scene The shootings may be gang related but police are not yet certain said NBPD Detective Sergeant B B Boa tright Its possible that this is anoth er shooting in a string of shootings among the same he said More than one person was shooting from more than one weapon Boatright said Police have one weapon that they found at the scene New Brauntels Police are still inves tigating the incident We are antici nganng tne incident we are airaci j riaraiazeitungptv paringmore Boatright said j man onto an AIrLife for transport to a San Antonio hospital itos by MICHAEL DARNALL Community rallies to help boy stricken by leukemia Gruene River Company donates bringing the total raised to help Charles Luna to By DEMISE Staff Writer Charles Luna HeraldZeltuna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Ann Dlckerson sorts packages on one of the the busiest days of the year af the post office MOVE EM Our Postal workers hustle to get Christmas packages delivered on time By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer If you should happen to go behind the scenes at the post office stay out of the way those people are FLYING The scene looks like an old movie version of San tas workshop where the actors are moving faster than reality Theyre sorting packages and letters faster than humanly possible One pereon literally run ning dragging two huge bins of packages through heavy doors And believe it or not they have smiles on their faces Parcels are up over last year about 25 said Hardy Hobbs officer in charge of the post office The areas growing People are more mobile they live farther away from their folks and its too expensive to This past Monday probably the heaviest day of the season for outgoing mail area residents filled four semi trucks with their cards letters and packages Postal workers expect today to be the heaviest for incoming mail Some things that normally would fly come by sur face Hobbs said When theres bad weather all that mail coming out of theres going to be Packages come and go from around globe Weve had lots to Alaska Just a little while ago I had one from Japan they send them said Ann Dickerson who sorts the parcels at lightning speed into what looks like hun dreds of bins Packages are going to everywhere soldiers are stationed Dickerson said Lots to and from the British Hobbs said Are those postal employees working overtime Everyone has been very very nice Everybodys been patient I think Most come in knowing theyre going to have to Ann Dickerson during the holiday season you bet We cant hire enough to be staffed for Christmas all year Hobbs said They hire temps in bigger cities but not They call you in on your day said a mail car rier as he rushed by It goes with the Mail carriers were wearing Santa hats along with their smiles Dickerson had on a Christmas vest Postal customers are bearing the longer lines with out complaint Everyone has been very very said Dickerson who helps serve customers when the lines get long Everybodys been patient I think Most come in knowing theyre going to have to The Christmas spirit at the post office has perme ated both workers and customers One of the stamp machines in the lobby malfunctioned it was giv ing out extra stamps Two ladies came in they both said the stamp machine had given them too many Hobbs said We would have lost a lot more money if it werent for They didnt tell me their names but Id just like to thank them for their he said Employees are opening all letters addressed to Santa If weve found some who are needy we are going to take care of these Dickerson said The employees have set up a The generosity of the community has giv en a local family a special gift this holiday season It has given them the gift of hope in a fight against leukemia Charles Luna a 7th grader at St Peter iaiU School was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia ALL in Sep tember Since that time the community has come together in support of the family Mario Luna Charles father said the leukemia is currently in remission He said a new regimen of chemotherapy has begun and doctors con tinue to use aggressive treatment to prevent a relapse The doctors say that his chances are bet ter if he doesnt have a relapse so were try ing to stop that from said Mario Mario said it is also important that he be in remission because a bone marrow transplant cannot be performed if he isnt Mario said a tentative date of February has been set to go to the University of Iowa for the transplant However he said that is dependent on finding a suitable match and that is where the com munity has helped The tests for potential donors run about each which the familys insurance does not cover Kathy Lokos a family friend said fundraisers have been held and a ben efit fund has been set up to help the Luna family So far has been raised How ever she said they want to continue to raise more The latest donation was a check for from Gruene River Co We were making tamales for another ben efit for Charles when the call just came in No one was expecting it and it was a great sur said Lokos Nan Ebert manager for Gruene River said the money came out of earned income from the year She said they usually make some sort of donation every year at this time to some cause and someone knew the Luna family She said they were able to make the sizable donation because it was a good year for the business and it was total glee when it was delivered This is the biggest donation yet but weve had a good year Some of that credits due to the employees Were just glad we could said Ebert Lokos said support for the various fund raisers has been exceptional Various fund raisers have been dedicated to Charles includ ing an auction a spaghetti dinner and tamale Nan Ebert presents a check to Kathy Lokos were making tamales for another benefit for Charles when the call just came in No one was expecting it and it was a great Kathy Lokos sales A San Antonio firefighter also ran a 26 mile marathon with the pledges going to the fund for Charles Everyones really jumped on this Every one understands that its now and this child cant wait Everyone has been generous with their money and their said Lokos Mario said the communitys efforts not gone unnoticed He said it is not often that they see Charles smile However when he is told about what someone has done he gets a big smile and thats something we cher Hes a real said Lokos Mario said his sons outlook is like a roller coaster ride and the support he receives really does make a big difference He said that same support along with their faith is also getting the family through this time We take it day by day Weve totally committed ourselves to our faith and its art ongoing said Mario Im really proud to see whats going on here in terms of There is a benefit fund set up at First Com mercial to help the Luna family Pool fee increases are too large to swallow See Editorial Page 44   

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