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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 13, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Sports Slammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Roy Coy Aubry Fernandas Ramoqa Lopez Brian Ormonde Mary Mar garet Chatham Jean Morris Shayna Lynn Jacobs 1 year Stacl Reeves 14 years old Charles Richard 8 years old Arnulfo Villela Tina Qulnn Happy anniversary wishes go to Otis and Lenora Mueller 44 years Cecil and Inez Fortson 56 Lee Clarice Stange 44 Ron and Darla Ruhl 14 years Satur Sonny and Rachel Luna 25 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 La Leche League meets Wednesday La Leche League of New Braunfels will be meeting at 10 Wednesday in the meet ing room of NBNB Center North 1000 N Walnut St Breastfeeding mothers and babies and motherstobe interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend For more information contact Dana at 6251240 or Mary at 6092889 Community Chorale concert today The New Braunfels Commu nity Chorale will present a con cert of Broadway tunes at 4 today at First United Methodist Church Tickets may be pur chased from chorale members ChinanThings or Johnson Fur and will be available at the door Rural schools reunion today The 32nd reunion of schools will be held from 1 to 6 today at the Knights of Colum bus Hall Bring sandwiches cake pie cookies or chips Tommie Vanek will provide music For more information call 9047242 Meet the candidates at Paul Davis Park The Garden Ridge Area Republican Women will host Meet the Candidates Night with optional barbecue dinner at Paul Davis Park at 6 Mon day Dinner tickets must be pur chased in advance from mem bers or call 6519061 or 651 5732 Candidates will be pre sented at 7 NBHS Band boosters meeting The New Braunfels High School Band Boosters will meet at Tuesday in the high school band hall The execu tive board will meet at All interested in supporting the band are encouraged to attend Walking club luau at Landa Park The New Braunfels Marsch und Wandergruppe Club will meet at 6 Tuesday at Landa Park Pavilion 16 for a Hawaiian Luau Call 6250742 or 6292229 by today to make reservations Canyon Lake blood drive slated Thursday The Canyon Lake community will hold a blood drive from 9 to 7 Thursday in the parking lot of Franks Supermar ket 8010 FM 2673 in the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center vehicle Call 210 8997810 or 210 8992173 for information Beauty inside and out workshop Melanie Rae Ambs Mrs New Braunfels 1997 is holding Beau ty Inside Out A Workshop for The halfday workshop is for girls ages 13 through 18 Speakers are local business owners Mayor Jan Kennady and Melanie Rae Ambs Proceeds will benefit Family Outreach of Comal County The workshop is April 19 and costs Call 643 0223 for information New Braunfels Herald SUNDAY EL PftBO TX 79903 26 pages in two sections Sunday April Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years Home of Otis and Lenora Mueller Vol 145 No 108 Rodriguez wins Disk 28 seat Staff and wire reports SAN ANTONIO State Rep Giro Rodriguez soundly defeated fellow Democrat and former San Antonio City Council member Juan Solis in a runoff election Saturday to succeed the late Rep Frank Tejeda Rodriguez and Solis emerged as the top two votegetters in a 15candidate March special election to fill the House seat formerly held by Tejeda who died of brain cancer on Jan 30 Rodriguez 50 a state House mem ber since 1987 beat Solis by about 2 to 1 to win the District 28 seat With 100 percent of the precincts reporting Rodriguez had votes or 67 per cent to Solis or 33 percent Election officials reported that percent of Comal County voters with in the District 28 boundaries turned out to vote Saturday and in the early voting period COMAL COUNTY VOTE Representative District 28 totals Votes Percent Ciro Rodriguez 251 Juan F Solis HI 133 Comal County registered voters in District 28 Total ballots cast 384 Percent of voter turnout Source Comal County election results County Clerk Joy Streater said with only 384 votes cast out of a possible the turnout was meager Im disappointed with the turnout I had hoped for more and we didnt get Streater said I just wish people would vote for people that will make decisions that will affect them for the rest of their lives but whatcan you do Rodriguez declared victory shortly before after walking into a bingo parlor where supporters gath ered amid red white and blue balloons and mariachi music Rodriguez thanked his volunteers and repeated his campaign themes ensuring Social Security for the elder ly and protecting veterans programs Its our obligation to ensure the young people have access to Social Security This campaign was also a commitment to our he said Congressman Tejeda worked hard for our veterans Its our job to make sure that commitment remains won the special election outright collecting 46 percent of the vote But by failing to claim a majority he was paired against Solis who won 26 percent of the vote in March HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Damall A New Braunfels firefighter looks over the wreckage of a truck near FM 1102 which was hit by a train Saturday morning For the complete story turn to Page 3A Music festival key to expansion By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Pieces of the old Heidelberg Halle dance floor never saw so many feet at one time The building at 1933 E Interstate 35 was a local weekend attraction up until the mid1980s but it wasnt until hun dreds of volunteers from the Comal County Senior Citizens Center got a hold of the floor for its new building that it realized its potential In 1990 volunteers scraped up an estimated wooden tiles hauled them in cardboard boxes to their new building sanded off old glue and then placed the lby6inch pieces into a square grid with masking tape An average of about 30 people per day worked for several months to com plete the project that now lines the ball room and administration area of the senior center 1 thought it would never go It was just a mammoth said Les Thorn thenpresident of the center and one of the volunteer tile scrapers It was real hot and dusty There were no air con ditioners and it was the summer time Everyday wed get so much done and then finally when we got the profes sionals to put the glaze down everyone was so tickled to death You just cant believe the tremendous effort in the Turn to Key Page 11A HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Clifford D Wilson Al Bickham Frank Fleischmann Don Anderson and Buzz Mann stand in front of a large barbecue pit that will be used for the Bluebonnet Music Fest on April 26th at fes tival which benefits the Senior Centers expansion project will have music food and fun of all kinds Hazing probe under way By TOM ERICKSON and ABE LEVY Staff Writers Comal school district officials and New Braunfels police said they are investigating reports of hazing within the athletic department of Canyon High School by at least two students The reports which were filed with the Police Department April 7 and 9 state that two male Canyon students were assaulted with coat hangers by a group of senior football players in October 1996 and January CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said an investigation into the incident began last week and will continue Monday Several names were given to us last week by students and parents so we are in the middle of an indepth investigation and are in the process of determining who is he said Major said he did not know how many students were involved or what their ages were A decision was made to begin the investigation after com plaints were made by parents of the alleged victims he said Major also did not know whether similar incidents had taken place Turn to Hazing Page 12A VohmteerFest honors those who give back By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A peek into an average day of Thea Chessher would reveal the 70year old woman answering phones at the Comal County Courthouse informa tion desk tutoring children at Memo rial Elementary or helping in con struction of a Habitat for Humanity home In pondering her numerous volun teer activities the retired school teacher from the Comal Independent School District summarized the count Turn to Honors Page 12A Area bank AACOG team up to offer home loans By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Several volunteers parade around the plaza in downtown New Braunfels on Saturday morning to kick off Volunteerfest A local bank and the Alamo Area Council of Governments are partici pating in a program which will give some home buyers a chance to own a part of the American dream First Commercial Bank of New Braunfels announced this week that million in home mortgage loans will be available to firsttime home buyers and people who have not owned a home for at least three years The loans are for 30 years and are available at percent interest The Alamo Area Housing Finance Corpo ration which is part of AACOQ has raised the funds for the loans through a million bond issue Rita Kaufmann vice president of First Commercial Bank said her bank wanted to get involved from the begin ning when it learned about the pro gram Our bank made a concentrated effort to learn more about the program by attending the AACOG meeting in Kaufmann said We know with the growth of the county that affordable housing is a necessity and that there is not enough housing available for qualified families We Turn to Loans Page 12A Schools no place to feel threatened See Opinion 44 v
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