Thursday, November 21, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Full slate of basketball games this weekend See Page 5 50 CENTS M To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 NewBraunfels Herald 14 pages in one section Thursday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of MARILYN ZENQLER Vol 1H No 268 Inside Shimmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Anji Heidrich Oscar Schneider Iris Johnson Darrell McLain Dennis Chandler Mark Gettys James Racanelli Jessie Willis Marilyn Zengler Glen Hartman 20 Ruby Schwab Lupe Dominguez Sr 21 David Morales Jr 18 Buddy Millet Lu Boykin and Jim Lehr Anniversary wishes are extend ed to Debbie and Floyd Fendley 4 Nancy and Todd Granzin 15 years and Bertha and Ernest Slowe To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Cedar Elm Ragweed trace Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Tuesday and no well water was used Builders association to liiiit tonight The Comal Builders Associa tion meets at 6 today at Tree Tops Restaurant Cost is at the door by today Call Steven Lange at 6256039 for information Veterans for Christ collecting clothing The Veterans for Christ Min istry is collecting donations of blankets adult coats jackets sweaters and gloves mens and for its fourth annual Christmas Homeless Outreach These items are pro vided to homeless veterans Call 6256375 for details Weihnachtsmarkt tickets on sale There are still tickets avail able for todays Weihnachts markt Preview Gala at the New Braunfels Civic Center Tickets are and include a buffet and preview of All That Glit ters in the German Christmas Market held annually to benefit the Sophienburg Museum and Archives The gala ticket also covers admission to the market through Sunday Call 6291572 for information Reading council to meet this afternoon The Comal County Reading Council meets at today at the Memorial Primary School library 1200 W County Line Road in New Braunfels A representative from Rigby Publishing Co will present the companys new materials Admission is free for members Nonmembers must pay but they will be able to attend the rest of the councils meet ings during the year at no cost Eagles Fish Fry to benefit cancer center The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary will sponsor a fish fry from 6 to 8 on Saturday at Eagles Hall 257 E South St The cost is and proceeds will go to the Eagles state pro ject The Texas Childrens Can cer Center Texas Childrens Hospital in Houston Old meets new at Weihnachtsmarkt By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Residents wanting to get a real jump on their holiday shopping will have a chance to browse a variety of great gift ideas under one roof at this years Weihnachtsmarkt which starts tonight The Sophienburg Museum and Archives sponsors the yearly Weihnachtsmarkt which means Christmas market The event which is advertised across the state is a major fundraiser for the museum and archives said Sophienburg Museum and Archives Director Michelle Oatman Oatman said this years event in the New Braunfels Civic Center will include 52 booths from both local and outoftown businesses and private vendors Some of the goods and services available at the market will include gift ideas fudge gift wrapping holiday ornaments floral creations wood carvings and stained glass Its a great way to get in the Christmas spirit and get some of your holiday shopping done all at one Oatman said Oatman said the eighth annual event contin ues to grow Last years attendance hit the mark and were hoping for that plus some this year she said The 1996 Weihnachtsmarkt theme is All That It starts with a preview party at 6 tonight The holiday shoppers extravaganza which is part of Festtage in New Braunfels will be open to the public Friday through Sunday at a cost of a person Children under 10 are admitted free Doors will be open 10 to 7 Friday 10 to 6 Saturday and 11 to 5 Sun day Lake pipeline to Bexar County residents studied By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The GuadalupeBlanco River Authority is looking into building a pipeline from Canyon Lake to provide up to million gallons of water per day to Bexar County area residents GBRA General Manager Bill West said Thurs day The proposed project could benefit water customers in both Bexar and Comal counties he said We are talking about a treatment plant which would serve 8 million gallons per day and serve the immediate Canyon Lake West said Then there is the potential of serving areas south into northern Bexar County as well as Bulverdc and Fair Preliminary plans call for an 8 million gallon treatment planl in the Canyon Lake area and a 15mile transmission pipeline that would run from Canyon Lake to Bul verdc eventually ending up at Fair Oaks The proposed project would use acre Iecl per year of Canyon Lake water Canyon Lake already provides acre feet of water year ly with acre feet used by downstream customers Turn to Pipeline Page 2 Bill West Star Trek First Contact plays at the Braun tex 290 W San Antonio at least through Nov and Friday Monday and Tuesday and Saturday and Admission is lor adults for children or seniors and or any showing before 6 Call 6254411 or more information t Davis awarded By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A settlement in a civil rights lawsuit against a former Bexar County medical examiners official will result in the payment of to a man accused with the murder of New Braunfels teacher Kathie Balonis court officials said Thursday Jack Warren Davis sued Bexar County over serologist Fred Zains testimony in Davis 1990 murder trial Davis alleges that Zains certain test results Davis was a maintenance worker at New Braunfels Oaks Apartments where Balonis was a resident and where she was killed He was convicted of murder and served three years of his prison term before the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overturned the I think its ridicu Jack Davis murdered OUT daughter I dOll I think B person ing He has been waiting for a deci sion from that court on whether he can be retried legally tion after the West Virginia Supreme ITIUrder ThlS nothing tO dO With truth or honesty or for the prosecution the tfllth Of the of Zain for allegedly offering Louise Balonis erroneous testimo Mother Qf murder vjctjm ny in several cases there Zain worked as chief serologisl for a West Virginia crime lab between 1986 and 1989 before taking his former job as chief serologisl for the Bexar County medical exam iners office To date Zain has not been a criminal act The settlement was reached through mediation earlier this month with Bexar County prosecutors and is still pending the review of District Judge Orlando Garcia Meanwhile Balonis mother Louise called the settle ment a sham and contends Davis killed her daughter She said she has no control over the agreement I think its Louise Balonis said Jack Davis murdered our daughter I dont think a person should be paid for murder This has nothing to do with truth or hon esty or the truth of the Prosecutors and Zains attorney could not be reached for comment Thursday Integrity goal of housing authority in wake of theft By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Officials from the citys housing authority believe the recent sentencing of a former employ ee who was convicted of stealing money from their agency will help establish greater integrity in its operations District Judge Jack Robison sentenced Helen Juarez Hernandez 40 of New Braunfels on Nov 5 to serve 90 days in the Comal County Jail and 10 years on probation to perform 300 hours of community service and to repay more than to the Housing Authority of the City of New Braunfels The theft which was discovered in the summer of 1995 led to her arrest by New Braunfels police later that fall She entered the jail on Nov 12 jail officials The money Hernandez took was from people who had to scrounge for every penny to pay for Nadine Mardock Housing authority executive director said Hernandez was convicted of taking rent pay ments from lowincome families who lived in projects that she managed The repayment includes money Hernandez stole from the agency legal expenses and unem ployment compensation she collected after agency directors fired her last year We were very glad about the said Nadine Mardock executive director of the housing authority One of the main things for us is that the people who work here have some integrity The money Hernandez took was from people who had to scrounge for every penny to pay for rent Thats why it was really offensive to Hernandez who declined to comment plead ed guilty to the original charge on Aug 1 One of her attorneys Mark Clark declined to comment but confirmed that Hernandez is con sidering an appeal Robert Arellano Hernandezs attorney since her arrest said she will miss her family but accepts the terms of her sentence She accepted the punishment very stoically regretting that she will miss her Arellano said We believe she will be a very productive citizen of society after the sentence She recog nizes she has to abide by it and is willing to abide with the terms of her probation lortunately it wont be forever I think he time will transpire pretty The housing authority provides units for city and county residents with a total annual budget of about million from federal subsidies The program has 12 employees who oversee an average of 550 families per month most of them in privately owned buildings District Attorney Bill Reimer said the judge put a lot of thought into the final sentence In light of getting recovery for the taxpay ers she wont be in that position said Reimer Shes going to be monitored Stop smoking today you may break habit for life See Opinion Page 4