Sunday, June 2, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas vp Vt f Smil Bus HI PSS Week bCMins odav inside Sports Stiimmtisch Birthday wtehM from THei Braunfels Herald Zeitorig Extends the following birthday wishes to Mrtthaw Sultemeter 14 yMrt Satur Mttchrt I Smith 15 Archte Schmidt Margarita Zanriarrlpa Satur Nancy Jdmlgan Dantol Walker 11 and Richard Qlanvllte Happy anniversary wishes to and Mary Garza 1 Qena and Frances Roqere 50 Sandra and Jose Gtonzatoa Monday and RonandBrendaDeStefano Cancor survivors to col American Cancer Society Survivors Celebration Day will begin at 1 today at Cypress Bend Park the event promotes awareness of and celebrates cancer survival Dr John Tieman president of the local unit of the American Cancer Society will speak Refreshments will be served and games are planned Starlight Gala reservations bolng accaptad Reservations are now being accepted for the fourth annual American Cancer Society StarlightGala A Night in gourmet buffetcaterecl by Word of Mouth Catering from Austin and dancing to the music of the Fairmonts A silent auction will also be held and the winner of a years lease of a 1996 Chevrolet Tahbe will be announced Tieketprices start at per couple with all proceeds ben efitting the local unit of ACS cair6296153 or 6064115 Material about powar plant sought The Power Plant Protectors a group of more than 300 volunteers dedicated to saving the building for a cultural has announced iforr nation of a her itagehistorical chairmenBucky Smith and Gerry Belton are looking for photographs news clippings information and stories from retired employees relatives of employees or any one who had connections with the building Anyone who can help may call Bucky Smith at 6259309 or Betty Lou Rushing at 625 6362 Nowcomors Club to moat the Newcomers Club will hold its monthly meeting Tues day at the Senior Center 655 Landa St Coffee and donuts at meeting at 10 Meisters and the Hill Country Dancers will vide Peter son of the American Cancer Society will give a presenta tion Mission Vallay Lunch Bunch tc meat The Mission Valley Lunch Bunch will meet at am Tuesday at Mr Gattis Pizza This newspaper is printed onrecycled newsprint it HI fi I V03J2 MOJ6 ou wrin mf L rAHLl I1 PABO TX 7990 r mmm S 48 Pages in four sections Sunday June SenHnfe the Cofnal County area for more of ABC r i i Hot tempers cooled by By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Despite shouting that at times drowned out the message the Ku Klux Klan was trying to spread officials say the security measures at the rally were successful and only three arrests were reported t New Braunfels Police Lt John Woin mack said the rally which drew a crowd of between 400 and 500 people went well There were three minor incidents resulting in two people being arrested for public intoxication and one for crossing police barricades Everything went just like we want ed it Wommack said Security Saturday consisted of about did everything We possibly could and did everything 111 officers Police Chief Ray Douglas i said numerous agencies assisted the Sheriff a Department County Police Department Comal and Bexar county gang units and Department of Public Safety Douglas estimated he would pay out less than in over time to officers Mayor Jan Kennady said thecost was worth it We want to be sure she said We feel very justifieifih plaza spending whatever it will Douglas said ft large part of the secu rity effort consisted of researching how othfer cities Handled similar rallies He said they took the good and left the bad of each plan Wommack said the orily changed niade once the rally got under way was moving officers around did everything we possibly could and did everything he said Kennady and Comal County Judge Carter Casteel thanked all the agencies that assisted in the security at the ral ly and commended the officers on a job well done They were also pleased and stay home They estimated about Saturday although no vlotonce WM reported adozen sof those present were actuaUy A mawlve show of police force was credited with from New Braunfels keeping both iMM In line Images of anger HeraldZeHung photos by MICHAEL DABNAU Messages came In many forms on Saturday Clockwise from top lett Klan organizer Michael Lowe was the target of Insults throughout the event Other signs displayed protesters anger at the presence of the Klsn in New Braunfels Through no fault of Its own a baby was also used to send a message of hate Klan sideshow attracts mostly outof By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Most young people found to Klan event By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer V The few New Braunfels youth who attended the Ku Klux Klan rally on Saturday went for curiositys sake while other area young people decided to avoid the rally altogether Thirteenyearold Brandi Guzman went to the rally with her friend Rosie Resales 13 because she wanted to send a message to the However most young people decided to heed the advice of city and church leaders who urged residents to ignore the KKK f Loretta Guzman 22 and her husband AJbprt Guerrero 21 went to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church festival held Satur day night I have a daughter who is 20 months old and she shouldnt be around that stuff the rally and I decided to come with my Guz mansaid I will be at the unity rally tomorrow and check it out and see they have to Guerrero said At The Walnut 6 movie theaters brothers Travis and Glen Newsom decided to take in a night at the movies instead of viewing the Klan on the square My girlfriend panted tp gq to tne 14 said I was going to gp to tiie but my didnt want me to get in photo by MICHAEL DARNAU Unity of spirit The community Is invited to a special Unity Rally orga nised by area pastors at tonight on the plaza The plaza will closed to traffic from until 9 Anyone wishing to be a part of a community choir should be at the plaza at 630 A raucous crowd of about 400 to 500 protested the recruitment ral ly of Ku Klux Klan members on the Comal County Courthouse steps Saturday police said Other crowd estimates were as low as 206 and only about five members of the Klan were on the steps dressed in jeans and white militarystyle Klan shirts Klan supporters numbered about 15 and included a 4 monthold baby dressed in a Klan outfit The Klans message was met with loud boos from the mostly minority crowd which city and county officials said was largely from out of town Members of the crowd shouted profanity at times spitting oh rally organizer Michael Lowe and threw rippedup pieces of Klan literature at him At other times the crowd chanted Go KKK go and Down with the The majority of the crowd was young and included mainly His panics and a handful of African Americans I dont even think they should be doing this This is just like forming a gang but its said Marcos Dubois 20 an AfricanAmerican from Seguin They shouldnt even be pro tected but this is a German town and youve got to accept Klansmen countered the crowd with speeches affirming the rights of We see more and more pf pur white heritage is being stripped from said Michael Lowe the Klans regional director whose group included one woman and a 17yearpld from Waco Lets be honest the crowd showed the real hatred Three arrests and numerous cautions by police kept the oFowd mostly subdued during the two hour ordeal Officials who estimated time cost for police was about were relieved when it residents followed what we talked about and that Please do not come down here I didnt see more than 12 from the Carter Casteel Gomal County judge was over and were told the Klan did not plan another stop in New Braunfels I was very pleased Local res idents followed what we talked about and that was Please do not come down Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said Twas pretty proud of the citi zens of New Braunfels and Comal County I didnt see more than 12 from the Were glad this is over I dont think this hurt New Braunfels at Lowe spent more than an hour of his twohour limit passing out literature and speaking to the roughly 35 media from Austin San Antonio and surrounding communities We were founded to be a white Christian Lowe said We can never give minori ties enough We can never low er the standards in school to sat isfy Lowe said he gained two new members and plans a rally on June 29 in San Antonio an Amarillo rally in September and other rallies in Galveston and Corpus Christi Art Riklin cochair ofthe San Antonio chapter of the Anti Defamation League who attend ed the event was disappointed by the number of onlookers but said most of them seemed to be emtiKlan demonstrators epunterdemonstators includ ed Amnesty International frpm Sputh San Antonio and United Skinheads Local from Austin an antiKlan group Israeli voters display anxiety for nations security See Opinion Page 44