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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung January 14, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Unicorns cruise past Lockhart Lions, 81-61. See Sports, Page 6A 485 Tolle St. Inside Obituaries.... Opinion........ Letters......... Sports Day... Marketplace Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Sharon Bartol Wheeless, David Kraft (21 years), Krystle Weidner (11 years), Ear-lane Reeves, Darrel Quesa-da, Krustofer Biteche, Victor Qranado, Trey Hartman (Monday), Tammy Bar-ganier (Saturday), deraid Schroeder (Monday), Magea Sosa DeLeon (Saturday) and Susie Pina. Happy anniversary wishes go out to: Heather and Chad (two years), Bernardino and Chala Sanchez (50 years), Leo and Ruby Miller (48 years). Landa Park unveils newly-marked arboretum trail The city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department invites the public to visit the newly-marked Arboretum Trail in Landa Park. The arboretum, “A Living Library of Trees," 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 environment for many species of trees to survive. Located along Comal Springs, the trail offers a scenic and educational picture of Landa Park's history. A guide for the arboretum may be purchased at the park office for $2. 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 608-2160. Ladies nine-hole golf group starling A new nine-hold gold group is starting at Landa Park on Wednesday mornings. One Wednesday, the group would tee off at 10 30 a m., the following Wednesday, tee-off would be at 9 a rn at hole #10. There is a sign-up 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 Tuesday, Jan 16 and 23 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Seele Elementary Cafeteria, 540 Howard. Registration fee is $25 for ages 5 to 12, and $35 for ages 13 to 18. A birth certificate and registration fee are required for registration. Adults interested in coaching or umpiring can apply at registration. Team sponsors are also needed, please inquire at registration. The winning numbers Lotto Toxas 26, 30, 32, 38, 41,44 Est $8 million jackpot 3A 4A 5A ...6A-7A 3B-11B Clinton visits troops, calls them ‘warriors for peace’ TUZLA, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — In a shroud of extraordinary security, President Clinton paid a frontline visit Saturday to American forces in Bosnia, praising the mud-caked troops as “warriors for peace.” “In Bosnia you came on a mission of peace, a mission for heroes,” Clinton declared. On a slate-gray 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 Street.” The president pinned promotions on five soldiers. Arriving five hours late because of bad weather, Clinton brought soldiers bags of mails, 200 cases of Coca-Cola and 5,000 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 nearby Dubrave were not allowed anywhere near the site. Kids get a kick out of Aristae ats’ dance clinic i Page1B New Braunfels Herald 44 Pages in three sections ■ Sunday, January 14,1996 Serving Comal County for more than 144 years ■Home of DAVID KRAFT SUNDAY $1.00 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 Branch-Bulverde area. The investigation has already cleared eight cases, and investigation into Bexar County cases continues. Jerry Ray Gibson Jr., 18 from Bulverde and six 16-year olds have been arrested and charged. Five of the juveniles are students at Smithson Valley High School, and all live in the Bulverde-Spring Branch area. The arrests cleared eight cases, including burglaries at 1030 Oakcliff, Bulverde, two theft cases at Earl's 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 ha\ e 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 w as set at S40,000 by Judge Martinez, Justice of the Peace for Precinct #2. Garden Ridge bans guns By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE — The sign has been posted at Garden Ridge City Hall — “No Firearms Allowed.” 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 premises. The action is in response to the concealed handgun law which was passed by the state legislature last spring and went into effect Jan. I. 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 them,” Councilwoman Georgia Eckhardt said. “We thought about the liability concerning our employees and people visiting from other cities.” 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 $25 to $500. • 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. Million said the council chose the law firm because it has experience representing the city of Converse and its $90 an hour fee was lower than the $ 120 fee that Davidson and Trode out of San Antonio offered for its services. The council decided to hire a new city attorney after Harvey I lardy raised his fee from $ 150 to $200 an hour. Hip to be square dancing Herald-Zeitung 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 Braunfels for 1995 didn’t need bullets — it went on four wheels. Traffic deaths w ent from five in 1994 to 11 in 1995. more than double. “Traffic deaths were off the charts this year,” said New Braunfels Police Lieutenant John Wommack. “We have never had 11 traffic fatalities in our city.” 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 w ere just flat not paying attention,” Wommack said. “It’s one of those things where you just say, ‘why did it happen?’” Drivers need to realize that driving in New Braunfels no longer means driving in a small town, he said. “We have to be aware of all our driving time, in all situations.” Driving while intoxicated arrests also ‘Traffic deaths were off the charts this year. We have never had 11 traffic fatalities in our city.’ — 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 DW I would help bring it dow n.” Wommack said. Arrests for shoplifting and minor theft were up last year. “The stores are catching the shoplifters and prosecuting them,” Wommack said Some thefts could be easily av oided, he said, if residents would just be more careful to keep bicycles and similar items locked up. Although total arrest 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 burglanes all declined. The year saw only one murder in New-Braunfels. The NBPD began counting 911 hangups and rmsdials in 1995. Police units were dispatched to a total of, 2,257 of those calls last year. "The average unit. on a 911 call, you’re probably looking at a minimum of $30 to $35,” Wommack said. That comes out to a conservative estimate of $67,710 to $78,995 tax dollars wasted — not to mention police officers diverted from real emergencies. Prank 911 calls are hard to trace and prosecute, Wommack said. but someone caught making an intentional false 911 call could be prosecuted. Residents looking out for each other and working w ith police will help keep crime down, Wommack said. “We’d like to thank the citizens. They 're reporting things so we can get a handle on them, but we still need their help.” Real estate market was strong in ’95, and ’96 looks good By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor The Comal County real estate market enjoyed another hnsk year, w ith strong sales, good pnces, a small inventory of backlogged homes for sale and few foreclosures. Local Realtors also expect 1996 to be another gixxl year, and say the strong real estate market is a reflection of the area's economic growth. “It is definitely a seller’s market at this point,” said Pat Patton, executive officer at the New Braunfels-Canyon Lake Area Association of Realtors. “It’s not as brisk as last summer, but it is very, very healthy. It will probably not accelerate very much this year, but it will remain a healthy market — that’s barring any major change that no one is anticipating." Patton said 576 single-family 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 $100,(XX). 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. “Another indicator is the time it takes to sell a home,” Patton said. "Thirty-six homes sold in less than 30 days, that is going from being listed to money in the sellers’ hands. That’s remarkable. And another 36 sold w ithin 90 days.” 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 market,” Patton said. “Under 12 is brisk.” 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 single-family housing to retail and industrial space, and finally to undeveloped land, said Charlie Gallagher, 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 850 800 750 700 650 600 803 1991 1992    1993    1994 1995 Herald Zeitung 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 ... w hen the economy blossomed aller the recession,” 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 tho market and cause prices to stop increasing or decline.’ — Pat Patton see some national real estate companies come into town and changes in ownership at companies. So with a strong seller’s market, high pnces and not a lot of homes to choose from, has the time to buy passed? Not necessanly. With interest rates low, buyers 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 arc still out there ” Gallagher said. “It is still a very good time to buy. Interest rates are at a very opportune level,” Patton said. “We see nothing locally or nationally to hurt the market and cause prices to stop increasing or decline.” 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, call the Herald-Zeitung at    . ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: January 14, 1996

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