Sunday, January 14, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Unicorns cruise past Lockhart Lions 8161 See Sports Page 6A 485TolleSt Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Sharon Bartel Wheeless David Kraft 21 Krystle Weidner 11 Ear lene Reeves Darrel Quesa da Krustofer Bueche Vic tor Granado Trey Hartman Tammy Bar ganier Jerald Schroeder Magea Sosa DeLeon Sat urday and Susie Pina Happy anniversary wish es go out to Heather and Chad two Bernardino and Chala Sanchez 50 Leo and Ruby Miller 48 Landa Park unveils newlymarked arboretum trail The city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Depart ment invites the public to visit the newlymarked Arboretum Trail in Landa Park The arboretum A Living Library of consists of 57 species of trees The trail lies along the Balcones fault line which is a boundary between the Blackland Prairie and the Edwards Plateau This creates a unique environ ment for many species of trees to survive Located along Comal Springs the trail offers a scenic and educa tional picture of Landa Parks history A guide for the arboretum may be purchased at the park office for The guide gives a short description of each tree along with interesting facts The trail is sponsored by the Guada Coma Garden Club For more information call 6082160 Ladies ninehole golf group starting A new ninehold gold group is starting at Landa Park on Wednesday mornings One Wednesday the group would tee off at the fol lowing Wednesday teeoff would be at 9 at hole There is a signup sheet in the pro shop For information call Doris Hammon at 620 1106 Little League registration is Tuesday All boys and girls ages five to 18 as of July 31 1996 can sign up for the 1996 New Braunfels Little League Tues day Jan 16 and 23 from 6 to 8 at the Seele Elementary Cafeteria 540 Howard Registration fee is for ages 5 to 12 and for ages 13 to 18 A birth certifi cate and registration fee are required for registration Adults interested in coaching or umpiring can apply at reg istration Team sponsors are also needed please inquire at reg istration The winning numbers Lotto Texas 26 30 Est million jackpot LOTTERV Clinton visits troops calls them Svarriors for peace9 TUZLA BosniaHerzegovina AP In a shroud of extraordinary security President Clinton paid a front line visit Saturday to American forces in Bosnia praising the mudcaked troops as warriors for In Bosnia you came on a mission of peace a mission for Clinton declared On a slategray day the president visited soldiers in a sandbag bunker at Check Point Lima a perimeter guard post at the end of a road that soldiers named Sniper The president pinned promotions on five soldiers Arriving five hours late because of bad weather Clinton brought soldiers bags of mails 200 cases of CocaCola and Hershey bars Secret Service sharpshooters followed Clinton around the headquarters of Task Force Eagle Apache gunships patrolled the perimeter of the base and villagers from near by Dubrave were not allowed anywhere near the site Kids get a kick out of Aristocats dance clinic PagelB New Braunfels Herald 44 Pages in three sections Sunday January SUNDAY Serving Comal County for more than 144 years of DAVID KRAFT Vol 144 No 35 Youths charged in burglary and vandalism cases From Staff Reports Six juveniles and one adult have been arrested and charged following a lengthy investigation into several burglaries and criminal mischief cases in the Spring BranehBulverde area The investigation has already cleared eight cases and investigation into Bexar County cases continues Jerry Ray Gibson 18 from Bulverde and six 16year olds have been arrested and charged Five of the juveniles are students at Smithson Valley High School and all live in the BulverdeSpring Branch area The arrests cleared eight cases including burglaries at 1030 Oakcliff Bulverde two theft cases at Earls Automotive in Bulverde burglaries at Hill Country Customs on Highway 46 911 Twin Oak Drive and 1171 Sandy Hill Bulverde and felony criminal mischief cases at a Shepherds Ranch Road Bulverde construction area the Honey Creek Store on Highway 46 and at 180 Travis Point Bulverde Investigation continues in Bexar County into several incidents of criminal mischief and thefts there Sheriff Jack Bremer stated these arrests have led to the recovery of a large amount of property for some of the owners involved The juvenile cases have been referred to the juvenile authorities and prosecutors for further action At press time Gibson was being held at the Comal County Jail and his bond was set at by Judge Martinez Justice of the Peace for Precinct Garden Ridge bans guns By DAVID DEkUNDER Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE The sign has been posted at Garden Ridge City Hall No Firearms At a special meeting on Dec 26 the Garden Ridge City Council went the way of a number of cities counties businesses and government agencies that have decided to ban concealed handguns from their premis es The action is in response to the concealed handgun law which was passed by the state legislature last spring and went into effect Jan 1 The law allows citizens to carry concealed handguns legally after they have gone through a criminal background check and after they have gone through many hours of training in classes pertaining to handgun safety The idea behind this law is to protect city employees from people who come to City Hall and get mad at Councilwoman Georgia Eckhardt said We thought about the liability concerning our employees and people visiting from other The no handgun ordinance exempts peace officers and investigators from the federal government It is still legal to carry a concealed weapon in city parks Any violation of the ordinance is punishable from a fine of to At its Jan 8 meeting the Garden Ridge City Council hired the San Antonio law firm of Jones Kurth and Treat as the new city attorney Mil likin said the council chose the law firm because it has experience rep resenting the city of Converse and its an hour fee was lower than the fee that Davidson and Troile out of San Antonio offered for its ser vices The council decided to hire a new city attorney after Harvey Hardy raised his fee from to an hour Hip to be square dancing HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Circle D records hosted square dancers from across the nation at its square dance convention held Friday and Saturday at the New Braunfels Civic Center Traffic deaths up major crimes down in city By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The deadliest force in New Braun fels for 1995 didnt need bullets it went on four wheels Traffic deaths went from five in 1994 to 11 in 1995 more than double Traffic deaths were off the charts this said New Braunfels Police Lieutenant John Wommack We have never had 11 traffic fatalities in our 1996 will see the NBPD stepping up publicity to remind the public that cars can be lethal Seven of the 11 traffic fatalities were alcohol related but a couple of them people were just flat not paying Wommack said Its one of those things where you just say why did it happen Drivers need to realize that driving in New Braunfels no longer means dri ving in a small town he said We have to be aware of all our driving time in all Driving while intoxicated arrests also Traffic deaths were off the charts this year We have never had 11 traffic fatalities in our Lt John Wommack shot up in 1995 over 18 percent New Braunfels residents can expect stepped up publicity on drunk driving in 1996 I think a public awareness campaign about DWI would help bring it Wom mack said Arrests for shoplifting and minor theft were up last year The stores are catch ing the shoplifters and prosecuting Wommack said Some thefts could be easily avoided he said if resi dents would just be more careful to keep bicycles and similar items locked up Although total arrests were up major crime for the most part declined from 1994 to 1995 Sexual assaults were up from 30 to 32 but murder robbery assault and burglaries all declined The year saw only one murder in New Braunfels The NBPD began counting 911 hang ups and misdials in 1995 Police units were dispatched to a total of of those calls test year The average unit on a 911 call youre probably looking at a minimum of to Wommack said That comes out to a conservative esti mate of to tax dollars wasted not to mention police offi cers diverted from real emergencies Prank 911 calls are hard to trace and prosecute Wommack said but some one caught making an intentional false 9 1 call could be prosecuted Residents looking out for each other and working with police will help keep crime down Wommack said Wed like to thank the citizens Theyre report ing things so we can get a handle on them but we still need their Real estate market was strong in 95 and 96 looks good By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor The Comal County real estate market enjoyed another brisk year with strong sales good prices a small inventory of backlogged homes for sale and few foreclosures Local Realtors also expect 1996 to be another good year and say the strong real estate market is a reflection of the areas economic growth It is definitely a sellers market at this said Pat Patton executive officer at the New BraunfelsCanyon Lake Area Association of Realtors Its not as brisk as last summer but it is very very healthy It will probably not accel erate very much this year but it will remain a healthy market thats barring any major change that no one is Patton said 576 singlefamily homes sold in the county last year compared to 659 in 1994 While that is a decrease he said it is still a lot of action for the county and the median selling price last year topped The inventory of homes on the market also grew over the last year but remains small At the end of 1994 there were 306 homes up for sale at the end of 1995 there were 427 for sale Anoth er indicator is the time it takes to sell a Pat ton said Thirtysix homes sold in less than 30 days that is going from being listed to money in the sellers hands Thats remarkable And another 36 sold within 90 At the current rate of sales the 427 homes would last on the market for about 11 months Less than 18 months inventory is considered a healthy Patton said Under 12 is Postings for foreclosure another indicator of the market remained steady in 1995 There were 668 postings for foreclosure in 1994 and 670 in 1995 in Comal County That is down from a peak of 803 in 1992 Melissa Brown owner of Real Estate Foreclosure Inc in San Antonio said many other area counties saw foreclosures decrease last year The area real estate market crashed in the late 1980s prices collapsed building stopped and foreclosures skyrocketed The recovery which has been picking up steam since 1990 has spread from singlefam ily housing to retail and industrial space and finally to undeveloped land said Charlie Gal lagher Realtor for Jack Ohlrich Better Homes and Gardens Realty He said he expects the market to stay strong in the coming year I feel interest rates by the election will go Foreclosure Postings in Comal County 850 803 700 650 600 670 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 HeraldZeitung graphic by ROGER CROTEAU Source Real Estate Foreclosures Inc below six percent and that will spur continued growth 1996 should be as good as 1993 when the economy blossomed after the he said Gallagher said he sees more changes in the market on the horizon We are getting ready to We see nothing locally or nationally to hurt the market and cause prices to stop increasing or Pat Patton see some national real estate companies come into town and changes in ownership at com panies So with a strong sellers market high prices and not a lot of homes to choose from has the time to buy passed Not necessarily With interest rates low buy ers can get a lot of house for their money and with continued growth expected a home is still a good investment local experts said The time to buy and get a great deal is probably past but reasonable deals are still out Gallagher said It is still a very good time to buy Interest rates are at a very opportune Patton said We see nothing locally or nationally to hurt the market and cause prices to stop increas ing or The only thing that could hurt the market is if Congress reduces or eliminates the mortgage interest rate tax deduction he said For advertising or subscription information cull the HeraldZeitung at