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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Former Unicorn star turns to coaching See Sports Page 6 50 CENTS Braunfels The Mergele House 708 W Mill pages in one section Thursday January Herald Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of JOANNE COUVILLON ing Vol 144 No 52 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Elise Keoghan Stanley Barth Thadeus Brzozowski two Laura Rodriguez JoAnne Couvillon Maria Juarez and Larry Lehr Happy 54th anniversary to Lidio and Carmen Solis Pollen Count Mold Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampet Water Information Comal River 286 Cubic Feet Per Second same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 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 informa tion call 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 Red Cross planning first aid course The local Red Cross will be holding a First course Jan 27 at 8 at 178 E Mill in the Appraisal District Board Room The cost is and participants must preregister and prepay to be assured of getting in the class For more information call 6061999 Youth Show registration Registration for the Comal County Youth Show Home making Art Department is under way Entry is open to current members of Comal County Boy Scouts Girl Scouts FFA FHA 4H or stu dents taking a homemaking photograhpy art or craft class in conjuction with the class room curriculum from grade 3 to age 19 Entry forms and rules are available at the County Extension Office Call 4382772 for details Deadline to enter is Feb 1 The winning numbers Lotto Texas Est million jackpot IHfouw mm LOTTERY Drug roundup nets six suspects By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Area law enforcement agencies have cooperated to round up six New Braun fels residents on drug charges Agents from the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force New Braunfels Police officers and Comal County sheriffs deputies got sealed drug indictments for the six before they made the arrests according to Sheriffs Department records Undercover officers bought mari juana cocaine or methamphetamine from the suspects Those arrested on the narcotics deliv ery warrants include Johnny Joe Men doza 19 Alonzo Lagunas 19 Alfredo Ozuna Acevedo 20 Darrell Lee Pierce 21 Abby Lou Leos 22 and Fernando Mendoza 17 Abby Leos and Johnny Joe Mendoza Jr were also charged with engaging in organized crime said sheriffs reports They each were booked into the Comal County jail under bond This is the fifth roundup weve have in New Braunfels since the inception of the task said Comal County Lieutenant Sumner Bowen It has dra matically impacted the local drug trade It has dramatically impacted the local drug Lt Sumner Bowen oh the drug task both in price and in The Comal County task force began in 1988 Local officers from Bexar and Comal counties including the sheriffs department and the NBPD work togetheron the force It shows the abilities of municipal ities and small county units to work together and really do some good things in the rural counties with assis tance from the governors Bowen said The AANTF opened a Comal County branch in 1995 The task force was ranked second most successful in Texas from June 1 1994 to May 31 1995 The local task force ranked first from June 1 to Aug 30 1995 according to Eddie Hebisen director of the Texas Narcotics Control Program I think were all in agreement that were tremendously Bowen said Certainly the drug deal er insiders and user insiders know that the task force is here and they look over their shoulders all the time They are aware that they dont have carte blanche in the drug This is a prime example of people working together toward a common goal and gives smaller jurisdictions capabilities that they otherwise might not have because of manpower and financial said Sheriff Jack Bremer Area law enforcement agencies are combining forces on a gang task force unit Our gang task force is a pilot program for the Bowen said Its the first of its WalMart plans summer opening for super store By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer WalMart has put years of anticipation and speculation to rest as it announced plans to open a super store here by the summer of 1996 Until we move further along with the construction phase there wont be a specific open ing said spokesman Kei th Morris of the WalMart Cor porate Office in Bentonville Arkansas Theres a wide vari ety of factors that could come The super center will be located ftt 1209IH35 South the lot has been cleared and work has begun Itll be the traditional Wal Mart Morris said with more added including groceries a deli and a McDonalds restaurant Morris said the WalMart McDonalds probably wont take any business away from the McDonalds located next door at IH35 and Walnut The WalMart McDonalds is usu ally a satellite or an additional franchise of another McDon alds in the he said The super store will have spaces other franchises or small businesses can lease Its not unusual to have a video rental drycleaner hair salon or full service bank within the com Morris said WalMart expects to hire 265 new employees in addition to those working at the current WalMart to staff the super store The new positions will include department managers cashier supervisors receiving clerks jewelry sales cosmetic sales sporting good clerks cashiers and automotive tech nicians A month or two before the super store opens WalMart will hold an open job fair where interested area residents can learn about employment oppor tunities Morris said Whether or not WalMart holds an official groundbreak ing ceremony depends on how interested the community is he said If theres enough interest with the Chamber of Com merce the mayors office whatever that may be a possi WalMart works with United Way and the Childrens Mira cle Network at the corporate level Morris also at each store vote and choose what local organi zations they want to represent in addition to what we do at the corporate WalMart Stores Inc employs people in Texas HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Trash fire gets out of hand Fire trucks were called to 535 Daniels Drive off Rusch Lane near 482 yesterday at about 6 When firefighters arrived they found a large trash fire that had spread because of high winds Deputy Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said the homeowners were fined because the fire violated the burn ban in place in Comal County Benefit slated for Thompson family A benefit barbecue auction and dance to benefit the family of Boyd Thompson will be held Saturday Jan 27 at the Texas Nation al GuardArmory Boyd Thompson died at the age of eight months of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome on New Years Day Arts and crafts will be on sale and bicycle field events includ ing a slow race will be held A live band will also play Barbecue tickets are and a raffle will be held with tickets sell ing for 1 Food will be served from noon until 3 with the auc tion at 4 and the dance from 6 to midnight For more information call Gene Lopanex Jr at 6252624 Arbor Day celebration scheduled The annual Arbor Day cele bration will be held Feb 1 at 10 at the Landa Park play ground Steve Spalten the new owner of Schulz Nursery will be the guest speaker Seele School students will also take part The public is invited Call 6256739 for more information One last Sesquicentennial souvenir goes on sale By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer After several years of researching com piling writing and editing its complete The Sesquicentennial Minutes have been made into a book and yesterday there was a book signing Bobbie Purdum chairman for the His toric Committee for the Sesquicentennial said she approached Iris Schumann from the Sophienburg Museum and Archives in 1992 She said she asked her to help lead a Sesquicentennial project Purdum said the project was to develop minutes much like the ones Walter Cronkite has done I asked her if she would do some work on the project and be the chair of the committee doing the said Pur dum It covers 150 years of New Braun Schumann began the research and soon an abundance of material was collected Work then began on taping the minutes for radio Roger Nuhn began editing the copy for publication The whole thing was one big volunteer effort They spent countless hours working on said Purdum A lot of the people involved have fulltime jobs and dont have time to volunteer But for this project they found the Purdum said a copy of the book will be included in the time capsule which HeraldZeitung photo by DENISE DZIUK Bobble Purdum Wilma Heberling Ron Zipp Virginia Baker Mary Jo Meyer Alice Oberkampf John Heberling Herb Skoog Iris Schuman and Roger Nuhn sign the new books will be sealed at tomorrows Chamber of Commerce Banquet She also said the book is a Sesquicentennial souvenir which means 10 percent of the cost of each book will be donated to a Sesquicentennial fund to be used for the restoration of existing monuments The remaining money will go to the Sophienburg Museum and Archives She said the books are 15 plus tax and will be available at the Sophien burg Archives and at the Chamber of Commerce Committee members working on the minutes include Margaret Adams Vir ginia Baker Carolyn Barry Isabella Cam pos Jimmy Castillo Deanie Chollett Martha Crist Rosalinda DeLaCerda Gil Deaton Jeannette Felger John Heberling Wilma Heberling Dorothy Johnson Glo ria Kaufman Mary E MacArthur Mary Jo Meyer Nathan Milieu Alice Oberkampf Bobbie Purdum Iris Schu mann Carol Smith Joyce Smith Cathy Crist Talcott Betty Triesch Ella Wilson Jean Wilson Elvira Zengler and Ronald D Zipp Unemployment figures show county economy still growing By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Despite an increase in unemploy ment figures a labor market analyst with the Texas Employment Commis sion said the economy is in a growth due to a rise in the number of employed In a San Antonio Labor Market Report from TEC for December total unemployment went up by 80 from the previous month However TEC market analyst Alfred Debarros said the monthly figures fluctuate and do not provide a good picture of the econ omy He said the annual figures are a better indication However the annual figures also show an increase in unemployment The countys total number of unem ployment increased by 16 since last December from to people unemployed However Debarros said this is still an insignificant number because it is so small He said the total employment also increased by over the year from to He said this is the significant number because it shows how many people have jobs The increase in the number employed brought the unemployment rate to percent down from per cent last December employment is kind of the significant number to look said Debarros Thats the key thing here If you have an increase in unemploy ment and in employment people are still finding jobs Were going on three years of strong Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said the increase in the employment numbers shows a strong growth pat tern More people were in the labor mar ket than before The significance is that the vast majority of those people have found he said Meek also added that the countys unemployment rate is still good He said the countys rate percent is well below the states unemployment rate of percent In a list of unem ployment rates for metro areas Bryan College Station had the lowest rate of percent and Comals rate was the same as the third best area which was Lubbock When you look at the numbers our economy is doing well Its on a steady increase The county is growing and employment is increasing proportion said Meek Chamber of Commerce celebrates a great year tomorrow night See Opinion Page 4
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