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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Donations far To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 Holidays over for high school teams See Page 5 New Braunfels Herald 50 CENTS 10 pages in one section Tuesday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Larry Alexander Vol 145 No 34 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Larry Alexander Vera Joyce Koepp Jason Filla Jack Pope Judy McLcaird Isabel Annette Saenz 6 Jean Whiteside and Adriana Marie Aguirre Happy anniversary wishes go to Mary and Carl Terry 41 Lisa and Tim Schossow 8 years and Sheryl and Dan Bremer To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Interagency Council meeting rescheduled The Comal County Intera gency Council will meet the sec ond Wednesday Jan 8 at the Senior Center 655 Landa St at noon Susan Casey Prevention Ser vices Program Specialist for Teen Connection will be the guest speaker Please contact Jan Harrison 6298181 for further information Polio Survivors to meet Saturday The New Braunfels Polio Sur vivors Support Group is meet ing at 10 Saturday at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center Patricia Rasor of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service will present a program on food Interested polio survivors rel atives and friends are invited For more information call Deb bie at 6065556 Rena at 620 4473 or Raymond at 6251363 City NBU to recycle Christmas trees The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities are spon soring the 10th annual Christ mas Tree Recycling Program Residents can drop off live trees at the Olympic Swimming Pool parking lot off of Landa Park Drive through Jan 20 Residents are asked to remove nails and other metal fasteners from the trees trunk to protect the employees and chippers used to convert trees into mulch Cancer society needs drivers The American Cancer Soci etys Road to Recovery Program for Comal County needs more drivers to transport ambulatory cancer patients to and from their treatments For details call Bob Peter son coordinator at 6253252 Family Outreach seminars continue Family Outreach of Comal County continues to have its For Kids Sake seminars They will run twice a month for the next two months This seminar is to teach par ents how to help their children through the transitions of divorce Stay safe this New Years Eve Local law enforcement offi cials are cautioning people to drive safely and practice mod eration when ushering in the new year tonight New Braunfels and Comal County police said they will be looking out for people who are drinking and driving which car ries steep fines of up to for ihe first offense Gruene Top Yellow Check ered Taxi will offer free rides between midnight and 2 on New Years Day HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL of thfc now Kerns Monday afternoon that are on the shelves for the bennfd inside the city llmltt but are allowed In the county since the burn ban wayto ch yiolatibn of policy safety main concern any violators we catch so of violators jump However he urges residents to n find an alternative way to celebrate this year pireworks pose Brisk of injury Were trying to help he said Theres the bound to be another way to celebrate the new year thai with the use of aerial fireworks isnot restricted How ever Wtllmann people need to keepthe fire on their own property use caution and make sure children are supervised They need to heed the warnings on fireworks They all have warnings on said Willmann Safety is the main Elected officials ready to take office By DENISE OZIUK Staff Writer Wednesday will be the first day of 1997 and for a group of local public officials it also will be the first day in office Wednesday morning at 9 10 elected officials will take their oath of office followed by numerous deputies for the Sheriffs Department The purpose of that is to make sure we dont have any elected offices uncovered and to provide said District Judge Jack Robison Robison will swear in the first nine officials On tap to take the oath are Jack Dawson commissionerelect precinct 1 Cristina Zamora commis sioner precinct 3 Jose Gomez con stable precinct 1 Lester Leissner con stable precinct 2 Jim Hanley consta ble Precinct 3 Ed Mullins constable precinct 4 Bill Rejmer county attor neyelect Dib Waldrip district attor neyelect and Gloria Clennan tax assessorcollector County Judge Carter Casteel will then swear in sheriffelect Bob Holder Following his oath Holder will swear in his deputies Its our annual thing Many of them bring their friends and families to wit ness the said Casteel Its a very nice ceremony Were trying to honor those people and by having family and church representatives pre impress on them the magnitude of the position they Two pastors from local churches will also be on hand to provide the invocation and benediction Casteel said following the swearing in the countys roughly 22 elected officials will take photographs together Refreshments will also be served The ceremony will be held from 9 to 10 in the District Courtroom in the Comal County Courthouse Annex 1150 N Seguin Its open to the pub lic and weld love to have you said Robison Old Indian may have saved Jesse James Photo would be only 20th of outlaw By ROBERT STEWART Special to the HeraldZeitung Looking behind an old photo in a frame produced paydirt when what may be an authentic portrait of out law Jesse James was discovered Joyce Webb Tate owner of Wim berley Stained Glass found the portrait behind an old Indian picture that she saved because she liked the frame She gave the Jesse James photo to her friend Martin DeMasters for his birthday because he is a descendant of the infamous bank and train rob ber DeMasters contacted Tim A Gibson of The James Gang Portrait Studio at Canyon Lake Together with the help of Gibsons father Doug Mosher the trio have embarked on a mission to authenticate the portrait and to per haps develop a marketing strategy to share the find We started just getting every book we could find on Jesse James and the comparisons were Gibson said The group has contacted represen tatives of the Jesse James Museum and will work with them for further authentication A computer analysis has been done comparing another James photo with the new find It matches in almost every detail and dimension This was presented on potato chip paper which was only used in Denver and Chicago and at that time Jesse was in Gibson said There are only 19 true images that have been authenti cated so this would be the 20th one Even photos in the TimeLife books are confirmed as DeMasters said If this picture had not been stuck behind the Indian light would have mined Estimates say the photo was proba bly made when James was age 25 to 28 10 years before his death in 1882 Special to the HeraldZeitung by Robert Stewart From right Tim A Gibson Martin DeMasters and Doug Mosher show off the Jesse James portrait WORD focus on safety cleanup Signs near dam top priority for agency in 1997 By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Guadalupe River safety and cleanup will be the main concerns facing the Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District during the upcoming year WORD Manager Jim Ininan said Ininan said one of WORDS goals for 1997 is to put signs near the second and third dams on the Guadalupe Riv er The dams are located between Highway 306 and the Fourth Crossing The signs would be placed on buoys around the dam directing people to a portage area that would be used for tubers boaters and rafters to get out of the river and walk around the dam We rather would have people portage around the end of the dams rather than attempt to go over the Ininan said Since the portage area would be on private properly Inman said he would have to talk to the property owners around the area before the signs could be put up On Jan 8 the WORD board will meet at the Canyon Lake Action Cen ter to discuss proposed tubing rules and regulations by the city of New Braunfels The proposed rules and regulations are a result of a lawsuit the city settled concerning a woman who drowned while tubing several years ago At its December 18 meeting the board heard from New Braunfels City Manager Michael Shands who explained the rules to the board mem bers The purpose of the Jan 8 meeting is for the board to adopt a position on the proposed rules Inman said I am sure something will come out of the New Braunfels regulations because additional signage will be required on the Inman said The WORD board will be looking to formulate its 1997 and 1999 plans and 1997 budget in January The plans are an outline on what the district wants to accomplish for the year The plan covers 11 areas such as safety education Canyon Lake pro jects river and lake cleanups law enforcement and courtesy patrols which patrol the river during the tourist season in the summer Inman said the WORD planning committee has already met once and will meet again on Monday The budget committee still needs to meet and approve the 1997 budget The board will meet again on Jan 22 to consider both plans and the bud get On Jan 22 I will be ready to pre sent to them the 1947 and 1999 plans and 1997 budget for their Inman said The WORD manager said he hopes the district will continue to make the strides it made in river cleanups last year This summers drought and lack of rainfall made Ihe river How drop which made it easier to clean the bot tom of the iuadiilupe River Last year the river dropped to a low that we made an enormous jump on river lunian said We want to add signage to rein force the issue in the tourists mind reminding them to enjoy the river but to keep it Designate a driver if you plan to drink tonight Page 4
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