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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas                                TUESDAY Local teams get ready for basketball soccer games tonight See Page 5 New Braunfels 50 CENTS Market Plaza Historic Landmark Herald 8 pages in one section Tuesday January Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of JARED MOORE Vol 144 No 50 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Jared Moore Sara Holtman nine Randy Adams Rosalinda Rivas and Rubin Montanez Happy 5th anniver ary to Eddie and Sam Davis Pollen Count Cedar 600 Mold Pollen measured in pans per cubic meter ol air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel Water Information Comal River 290Cubic Feet Per Second up 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 Annual Chamber Banquet Friday The 77th Annual Meeting and Banquet of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce will be held this Friday beginning at 7 in the New Braunfels Civic Cen ter The theme of the banquet is A Sesquicentennial A drawing for one of the spe cial Sesquicentennial quilts will be held as well as the cer emonial sealing of the time capsule For more information call the Chamber at 6252385 Hispanic Chamber to meet The Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will meet Saturday Jan 27 from 9 to 3 for a workshop at the Faust Hotel For more information call Sylvia Sanchez at 6259213 Fire Department Auxiliary to meet The New Braunfels Fire Department Auxiliary will hold a short business and social meeting at Fire Station on Loop 337 at 7 on Mon day Jan 29 in place of the regular meeting Feb 5 Its a Touchdown Dinner New Braunfels Christian Womens Club is hosting a guest night dinner Saturday Feb 3 from 7 to 9 at the Holiday Inn Tickets are per person Music by Jim Wesolick and Diana Grohman Speaker will be Bruce Collie former San Francisco 49er who played in two super bowls Reservations necessary by Thursday Jan 25 Call 6060400 or 899 2277 Free Nursery call 899 2277 The club will also hold a prayer coffee Tuesday Jan 30 at the home of Michele Bateman 1936 Squire Circle Youth Show registration Registration for the Comal County Youth Show Home making Art Department is under way Entry is open to anyone from grade 3 to age 19 Entry forms are available at the County Extension Office Call 6203440 for details Deadline to enter is Feb 1 All Boy Scouts Girl Scouts FFA FHA and 4H members are welcome to enter This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Deputy constable stabbed to death By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A New Braunfels deputy constable was killed yesterday morning not in the line of duty but allegedly from a family dispute Benjamin Kiesling chief deputy con stable for Precinct 1 had already been stabbed when NBPD officers answered a 7 assault in progress call at the Tiger Tote on South Highway 46 Kiesling 34 was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital where he later died Paul Scott Ullrich has been charged with murder in Kieslings death Ullrich turned himself in at the New Braunfels Police Department at not long after he allegedly stabbed Kies He was a really good peace said Dist 1 Constable Joe Gomez He was a really good worker He had a lot of friends got along well with a lot of The family had filed a complaint with the county attorney and just last Friday had got ten a temporary restraining order against Ullrich Kiesling Gomez said There have been numerous threats over a said a friend It was just apiece of paper there was no pro she said Family violence is getting way out of Gomez said He wanted to take care of it the right way appar ently that wasnt Judge Ray Martinez magistrated Ull rich and he is being held in the Comal County Jail on bond Well miss him more than hell ever the friend said Barrys Underpass Saloon is host ing a the Kiesling family Superbowl Sunday at noon Its for loved ones friends anyone who wants to help the said an organizer His county pension was about enough to cover the funeral expenses and thats she said Preservationists property rights backers square off at meeting By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Passionate historic preservationists turned out in force at last nights city council meeting to urge passage of the second reading of a historic preser vation ordinance amendment They went head to head with sup porters of property rights Passage of the ordinance amend ment would make New Braunfels a certified local eligi ble for grant dollars for promoting historic buildings and areas The ordinance allows historic dis tricts to be designated in the city Property owners in such an area would follow construction and upkeep rules more strict than the regular zon ing rules to keep the areas consis tent historic look Once these beautiful old homes are gone thats said a supporter The historic district is a tried and true idea a supporter said citing Arlington Jackson Hole Wyo and Fredericksburg as examples Supporters showed a video of sev eral streets like Mill Street and Comal Avenue where many resi dents have voluntarily restored beau tiful old homes The video also showed homes not restored some left in relative disre pair What does the city plan to do about these said David Wallace who has invested in restoring old New Braunfels homes Mill Street resident Allen Seelhammer said the First Unit ed Methodist Church parking lot expansion and Wesley Hall addition have driven down property values of nearby homes Let me apologize for my ancestors for building churches and stores next to a historic said Mike Grist former safe city director The ordinance as presented last night requires approval by 100 per cent of the residents of an area before it can become a historic district The effect of the 100 percent is that you probably would never have a said Luke Speckman of the Historic Landmark Commission The city council first voted to change the 100 percent approval to 75 percent Three council members vot ed for the 75 percent rule But they were outvoted by council members Jan Kennady Ray Schoch Freeman and Walker who voted to maintain the 100 percent approval requirement Is it a function of government to protect somebodys Walker said When people go in and buy those houses they know what theyre getting Thirtysix cities in Texas have cer tified local governments Speckman said including Dallas Houston San Antonio and Fredericksburg with only onethird specifying any per centage approval The intent of the historic preserva tion ordinance seems to have changed from getting possible grant funds to rezoning after the fact Walker said I thought the reason we were doing this was to become a Councilwoman Brenda Freeman said What about the guy in the middle of the block who doesnt want to do it The city council agreed to go back to the drawing board a second time They voted unanimously to table the issue and called a Feb 7 workshop with the Historic Landmark Com mission to try to craft an ordinance that reaches a successful compromise between opposing viewpoints Attorney David Pfeuffer works in a building that has been in his family for generations at the corner of San Antonio and Comal he said He and his firm are gradually restoring what they can of the old house scares those of us that have lived here is that these folks move in with their money from Houston or wherever and they either pull up the rope or push people Pfeuffer said HeraldZeitung photo by DOUG LOVEDAY A night to celebrate the arts Patrons of the arts gathered at the New Braunfels Civic Center Sunday night for the annual Dinner with the Arts spon sored by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council At top The Compania de Danza Folklorica dance a tradi tional Mexican dance At right Ann Kleeman pre sents Crandall with the Annual Arts Award the highest award presented by the Arts Council for her support of the arts Crandall was involved in putting on Junior Theater pro ductions and the Murder Mystery Weekends at the Prince Solms Hotel Photo by DANA OVERSTREET Family rescued from fire doing well By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A mother and her three children rescued from a trailer fire at the Cypress Mobile Home Park on Thursday were released from San Antonio hospitals on Saturday Crystal Pape 24 and her son Skyler 5 were released after spending three days in the Brooke Army Medical Center burn unit said a hospital spokesman Crystal had been listed in serious condi tion last week while Skyler had been listed in critical condition The two other children who were rescued from the fire Ciera Pape 3 and Savannah Pape 1 were both released from Womens and Children Hospital according to a hospi tal spokesman The three children and their mother were trapped in the fire that started on Thursday morning during cold windy weather condi tions All four family members in the house were pulled from the front window of the trailer by three quickthinking and heroic individuals before the trailer was engulfed by flames The rescuers home maintenance man Willie Rangel and residents Steve Correction In the Jan 19 issue of the Herald Zeitung it was reported that a one year old rescued from the fire was named Veronica Pape and that the other child was Sierra Pape It should have been reported that the one year old was Savan nah Pape and that the three year old was Ciera Pape In the photo caption it was reported that the woman in the picture was a neighbor It should have been reported that the woman was the mother of the children Crystal Pape and De Wayne Stinson made sure the children and their mother were covered with blankets before firemen arrived on the scene The cause of the fire is still being investi gated The childrens grandmother RitaJohnson said the children are doing fine and that every one has shown kindness towards her family during the ordeal 1 appreciate what everybodys done for Johnson said Johnson said if anyone wants to help the children and their mother in any way they can call her at 6206956 Chamber of Commerce hears good budget news plans coming together for annual conference By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The Chamber of Commerce slides into 1996 on about of gravy in its budget Income was higher than we expected and the Convention and Visitors Bureau expenses were chamber President Michael Meek told the chambers board of directors at yesterdays meet ing We came in a little over more in income than we had he said Dues income was up third quarter room tax was Income for the Texas Legislative Conference was up with two more cosponsors signed on already than last year Some minor budget adjustments were made but most of the extra dollars went into a contin gency fund Meek said Most of the chambers tourism bills are due in the first half of the year but most of the tourism income is realized in the second half We have to carry some over to pay all the tourism he said The 1996 Texas Legislative Conference will focus on national issues said Beanie Bock 11 Arrangements Committee chair for the event A panel of political experts will predict what the This program segment should be very lively and full off humor and Allan Shivers Jr hot topics will be in national campaigns George Christian will moderate the panel Christian is the former press secretary to gov ernors Price Daniel and John Connally and to President Lyndon B Johnson Panelists will include political analysts Karl C Rove and George Shipley Rove and Shipley have advised prominent candidates on opposite ends of the political spectrum This program segment should be very lively and full of humor and said Allan Shivers Conference Advisory Committee chair Herb Skoog chair of the Sesquicentennial Com mittee honored key Sesquicentennial organizers with unique gifts road signs Preparation for the Sesquicentennial began over five years Skoog said The last five mayors the last six Chamber of Commerce chairs and the Sesquicentennial Committee chairs all took home road signs which read German Her itage Center of Texas First Lady headed toward grand jury testimony See Opinion Page 4   

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