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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Merry Christmas New Braunfels from the Operation i Santa i deputies help needy families enjoy Christmas See Page B1 Veterans benefit checks OKd by Congress WASHINGTON AP Con sure given final approval by the Senate hours earlier to authorize gress headed home for the Christ mas holiday putting negotiations over the federal budget impasse on hold for a week but not before assuring benefit checks for mil lion veterans and dependents and million welfare families President Clinton signed a mea distribution of the payments The Senate also approved a pro posal to declare the federal workers who have been furloughed essential and allow them to return to work on the promise they would be paid later Inside Market Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Janet Pomeroy 14 years Ysidro Carrizales Barney Handrick and Glenn Timmer mann Happy anniversary to Ken neth and Christine Ryals Good morning 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 Dis tancia Advance tickets are or at the door For more infor mation call 6095320 or 620 7678 between 9 and 5 GOP filing party The Republican Party of Comal County will have a filing party at New Braunfels Smoke house Tuesday Jan 2 from to 7 The candidates for the 1996 primary election will be introduced Come meet and visit with the candidates For more information call Dona Bruns at 6250872 City offices holiday schedule set All city offices will be closed Dec 25 and26 and Jan 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays The Sanitation Department will not pick up garbage on Christ mas day but will be available for regular service on the 26th and on New Years Day For more information or assistance call 6082140 from 8 to 5 on any business day The perfect gift Still looking for that last gift for someone on your shopping list Its the Entertainment 96 Book like giving over gift certifi ates This coupon book is packed with hundreds of two forone and up to 50 percent off discounts at your favorite restau rants Save on top local and national attractions airfare cruis es car rentals and over hotels plus much more The book is specifically designed for the San Antonio area with many participating New Braunfels establishments like Gruene Man sion Applebees and the Chil drens Museum The book sells for Call 6293920 The book is a benefit for Blitz Soc cer HeraldZeitung holiday schedule The HeraldZeitung office will be closed on Monday Dec 25 and Monday Jan 1 in obser vance of Christmas and New Years Day NBISP closed for the holidays New Braunfels ISO schools and offices will be closed through Tuesday Jan 2 Stu dents return Thursday Jan 4 while teachers return a day ear lier for staff development The NBISD tax Office where school and city taxes are paid will be open Mondays through Fridays from 8 to 5 with the exception of Monday and Tuesday Dec 25 and and Monday Jan 1 Lotto Texas Texas Lottery numbers will resume running in the HZ on Wednesday Dec 27 New Braunfels Herald SUNDAY 48 Pages in three sections Sunday December Serving Comal County and the surrounding area BARNEY HANDRICK Vol 144 No 30 Danger Higher speed limits worry Scheel By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Shooting yiGtims inwrong place at wrong time Because of the recent change in the speed limit law Precinct County Commissioner Danny Scheel is urg ing Comal County Commissioners Court to pass a resolution asking the Texas Department of Transportation to move up its planned grade separation of Highway 281 andFM 1863 The resolution will be on the agenda for the Jan 4 he said The increase in the speed limit law from 55 to 70 compounds the danger at the intersection Since it is a busy intersec tion a grade separation is Scheel believes a resolution by com missioners court can put the pressure on TxDOT to do something quickly The purpose of the resolution is to get TxDOT to move the beginning of the project from Aug 1997 to January or February of that same year The FM 1863 and Highway 281 intersection which is one of the busiest in the county has been known in recent years for the number of minor and fatal accidents that occur there The four lane Highway 281 has traffic coming northbound and south bound to and from San Antonio Motorists sometimes have to wait sev eral minutes before they can get across Highway 281 from either FM 1863 or Bulverde Road Plans for the grade separation call for Highway 281 to be built as an overpass over FM 1863 The costs for the project is million said TxDOT resident engineer David Kopp Kopp said he is encouraged by Scheels seeking of the resolution and his support for the project It resolution will help definitely not hurt the Kopp said A lot of things will have to be set tled such as the acquisition of rightof way environmental documentation and the opportunity for a public hearing even though I believe that is a moot point because we have overwhelming support for the project in Kopp said Also the design will have to be looked As for the issue of the acquisition of rightsofway Scheel said he would do the leg work needed to get that task done I will negotiate with landowners for the purchase of land needed for Scheel said By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The two victims of a Thursday morning shooting were probably inno cent bystanders according to New Braunfels Police records Ricardo Ortega 28 and Maria Orte ga 60 were shot shortly after mid night Thursday morning in the 300 block of Plum Street Ortega apparently left his house to investigate what sounded like gun shots when Javier Hernandez 23 allegedly fired shots hitting Ricardo and Maria Ortega NB Police records said Hernandez has been charged with two Judge Ray Martinez set the bond for each charge at a total bond of At press time Hernandez was housed in the Comal County jail Ricardo Ortega and Maria Ortega are both listed in stable condition at Uni versity Hospital Inspector faces charges in alleged date disclosure EL PASO Texas AP An inspector who has worked for the Customs Service for more than 20 years was released on bond after she was charged with allegedly dis closing confidential border crossing information Estela Aguilar was arrested Thursday by Customs agents then released Friday Magistrate Janet Ruesch set a personal recognizance bond for the senior inspec tor She is the also assistant to the port director in El Paso Investigators said that Ms Aguilar 49 told an unnamed person on July 21 that someone driving a white Mer cedes crossed one of the ports of entry in El Paso and gave the person license plate information the El Paso Times reported in Saturdays editions The investigation also showed that Ms Aguilar alleged ly revealed that an individual known as Woolworth was an undercover federal immigration agent Customs officials also allege that Ms Aguilar told an unnamed person on Aug 18 that a certain family from Juarez was under investigation for drug trafficking A federal indictment charged Ms Aguilar with five counts of unlawful disclosure of confidential information It also charged her with one count of tampering with a witness The fourpage indictment accuses Ms Aguilar of telling an unnamed person on July 15 that a certain person had been detained at one of the El Paso ports of entry The indictment also alleged Ms Aguilar a 25year agency veteran threatened Alvaro Echeverri with exposure as a confidential informant around Aug 1820 All the offenses allegedly occurred between June 22 1994 and Aug If convicted Ms Aguilar could be sentenced to one year in prison on each count the magistrate said Ms Aguilar could be imprisoned for as long as 10 years if convicted of witness tampering she said HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The New Braunfels HeraldZeitungs Christmas Coloring Contest and prizes were made possible by Target and several area car dealers On hand for the presentation of prizes to the winners were sponsors back row left to right Eve Wildes of Target Jim Willis of Milt Ferguson Motors Don Maxwell of Don Maxwell Chevrolet Arno Becker of Becker Motor Spencer Bulger of World Car Mazda and Natalie Schade and Dion Davis both of Target Contest winners were front row Austin Smith 2nd place won from Laura Longer 1st place won bicy cle and helmet from and Timothy Teat 3rd place won from The car dealers sponsored the coloring contest pages in the paper Christmas reminds me that God loved us so much that he sent his Son born of a virgin to live a perfectly sinless life so that He could pay our penalty at the Cross of Calvary only to rise again so that trusting in Him we could live forever with David Beatty Calvary Baptist Church Christ was born to bring salvation to the human race by His teachings Passion Death Resurrection and Ascension in Heaven By His obedi ence to His Father in fulfilling His mis sion on earth He brought peace joy and reconciliation to Fr Edward Bily Sts Peter Paul Church is that time of the year where we are once again brought off the major freeway and find ourselves on the same trail leading to a stable where in the serenity of the night a star led the way for a new world to be born in the person of Jesus Charles DeHaven St Paul Lutheran Church For me Christmas is a beautiful year ly reminder that God comes into our broken world and broken lives in the person of Jesus Christ with a powerful message of salvation hope and Daryl C Higgins First Protestant Church It is the prolound act of love from God the Father for His people in giving the gift of His Son Jesus Christ that we may have eternal Rev Richard Oberstar Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church What was this years biggest local story See Page 44
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