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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Six Unicom girls make alldistrict soccer team See Page 1B New Braunfels 50 CENTS 76 20 pages in two sections Friday April Serving Comal County and surrounding an Tv 79903 ing Vol 145 No 112 Inside Market Dear Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Jim McCabe Barbara SchellKetchum Leroy Seibert Jr 21 years Frank Chatham Dennis Kitch Cecil King Amy Tate Jennifer Mose man 13 years old Jeremy Lackey 9 years old Sat Lauren McKinli Schroeder 3 years old Satur Terry Meyer Liz Barboza Darek Maynard 12 years David Herrera Jr 16 years Dan Orth Vanessa Anne Cruz S years old Raven Caballero 1 year Ashley Stafford 14 years old Happy anniversary wishes go to Clifford and Dorothy Pape 55 To Have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 River Information Comal River 274 Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 01 Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Dam discharge will be reduced to 650 cfs by 3 today Canyon Lake inflow 96 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation Nominations sought for lawman of year The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions seek nominations for the 1996 Ed Murphy Memorial Award Lawman of the Residents wishing to nominate a law enforcement officer for the award may pick up nomination applications from 8 to noon and from 1 to 5 Monday through Friday at the Law Office of Ronald Zipp 384 Landa St Completed nominations must be returned to the law office by 5 April 30 Cross Lutheran to hold rummage sale The Dorcas Guild of Cross Lutheran Church is having a bake and rummage sale from 9 to 4 today and Satur day at the gym at 172 Hickory St There will be a brown bag sale a bag from 10 to noon April 21 Spring flowers bloom at Marion library The Marion Community Library presents a program by Schultz Nursery Whats New in Spring from to 3 in the library meeting room today Refreshments will be served Call 210 9142225 for information NB Area Car Club swap meet and show The New Braunfels Area Car Club and the New Braunfels Rotary Club will sponsor the fifth annual Swap Meet at the Comal County Fairgrounds from 7 until dark today Saturday and Sunday The car and truck show will be held from 10 to 4 Sunday only Admission is free to the public Spaces are available for the Swap Meet by calling 6205950 or for the car show at 6200622 Help Canyon fund Project Graduation Lunar Bowling at Comal Bowl from 7 to 9 Sunday will benefit Canyon High Schools Project Graduation The cost is per person CISD suspends 9 students coach Hazing probe leads CISD to disciplinary measures By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal Independent School Dis trict disciplined nine students and a coach from Canyon High School after an investigation revealed hazing occurred in the athletic department According to a CISD prepared state ment the district conducted a thorough investigation into claims of hazing in the CHS athletic department After interviewing students and administra torsi the district determined that nine students participated in some form of hazing in late 1996 or early 1997 Each of the students was suspended for three days and will be counseled on the inappropriateness of The statement also says several students also were assigned to the districts dis cipline center CISD Public Information Officer Don Clark said the district is not releas ing any other information on the iden tity of the students or their punishment Federal law allows us some lati tude in protecting students and thats what were exercising Clark said In addition to the nine students the district reprimanded a coach with a threeday suspension Clark said the coach was suspended because he didnt provide adequate Clark refused to name the coach say ing it was not A parent of one the victims who spoke on the condition of anonymity said he personally did not feel the pun ishment was severe enough He said the students needed harsher punishments and the coach deserved to be fired I think a threeday suspension is making light of the he said Its almost an The parent said hazing has occurred for years and steps should have been taken to stop it Although the superin tendent and principal were coopera tive in the investigation he said more action needs to be taken He said he will discuss the situation with an attor ney and his next move will depend on what the district does Theyre going to act and theyre going to act more than what theyve done if we have to go to court to do he said In addition to the districts investi gation reports were filed April 7 and 9 with the New Braunfels Police Depart ment stating two male CHS students were assaulted with coat hangers by a groups of senior football players in October 1996 and January The police department has complet ed the report which included two vic tims and five offenders As of Friday morning no charges had been filed Clark said that at this point the investigation is complete unless new information is brought to the districts attention Weve done as much as we can with what we Clark said If they turn up something new well go back and look at everything else According to the districts statement it first received complaints of hazing incidents at CHS in January However he said the complaints were in the form of anonymous letters with few Local heritage lives HeraldZeiitung photo by Michael Darnall The Sophienburg Museum has many different displays depicting the rich heritage of New Braunfels and Comal County Here decent Tom Call shows Wayne and Devirdre Wick of LeCenter Minnesota diplays Museum defines local history By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer New Braunfels has museums that display everything from figurines to furniture to cars However there is one association that has been in town for more than 60 years which con centrates its focus on the history and heritage of New Braunfels We were the first museum in New Braunfels and we are the museum of New said Michelle Oatman executive director of the Sophienburg Museum and Archives Oatman said the Sophienburg Memorial Association began in 1926 as a place to house a portrait of Prince Carl Solms The portrait was sent to the city of New Braunfels with the cpndition that it be displayed in the citys museum The H Dittlinger family kept the painting until a muse um was available We didnt have a city Oatman said Basically it was start ed from one painting that was sent from Braunfels Germany to us to be put in our According to a pamphlet high lighting the museum Sophienburg was the name Prince Carl gave the hill overlooking the village that would eventually be called New Braunfels The name means Sophias after his fiance Lady Sophia Princess of SalmSalm The pamphlet goes on to say the site of the museum was originally intend ed to be the site of a castle However Lady Sophia refused to come to Texas so Prince Carl returned to his homeland to get married Oatman said although the associa tion was formed in 1926 the museum did not open until a few years later She said the Great Depression and other economic and social factors delayed the museums construction and it did not open until 1933 When the museum was opened the same building housed the muse um and the city Oatman said It wasnt very big when it start She said Emilie Faust and the ladies of the museum dedicated their time and energy to it and under them it grew Oatman said Faust was the driving force behind the museum for many years and continued to sup port it through an endowment after her death Many ladies were part of the museum and ran the museum but Ms Emilie Faust was the said Oatman She was the secretary of the museum and it was her Oatman said the number of col lections grew and in 1938 the muse um expanded and the library was moved to a new building next door That still did not provide enough room for the history of New Braun Turn to Museum Page 2A details the district could follow up The district took them seriously and an investigation was conducted Letters were sent home with freshman ath letes and administrators spoke with every athlete The statement said the investigation at that time turned noth ing up and the students were warned that hazing would not be tolerated Parents and students came forward last week with more information and the investigation was reopened He said the district spent about two days investigating the claims and found that hazing did occur in January or before Evidently what we did in January was enough to send a message that were not going to tolerate Clark said If that worked this ought to work Safer happier grads sought By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Walking across the stage and receiy ing a high school diploma is an event many people remember for the rest of their lives To make graduation night safer more fun enjoyable all three local high schools will have Project Gradu ation parties with a variety of activities for seniors and guests New Braunfels High Schools event will be May 29 at the First Protestant Church activity center on Coll Street We have some really neat NBHS cochairwoman Kay Reneau said We will have a human gyro scope kids dressed up as sumo wrestlers bungee running a DJ and a casino and lots of Community support for the event has been tremendous Reneau said It is kind of the community pulling together and providing it for the kids because the kids are important to Reneau said We are looking for support from civic organizations so that we can give them a place to go so that tragedies can be avoided We have had positive community Canyon High School will have its Project Graduation party May 30 at Rio Cibolo Ranch off of Interstate 10 between Seguin and San Antonio Janet Allen CHS cochairwoman said school buses will leave the high school at 11 graduation night The ranch lends itself to western Allen said We will hold casino games and there will be vol leyball games We will have some thing called Cowboy Olympics in which there are five to eight people on Turn to Graduation Page 2A Platting tiff is septic nightmare for Garden Ridge couple By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A young family forced to use a porta potty outside its home near Garden Ridge got a temporary respite from Commissioners Court late Thurs day afternoon Commissioner agreed to allow Rolan do and Ramona Gomez to use the septic tank on their property for 30 days until they and the county can settle a legal imbroglio involving the 9acre site which was not platted following county rules and regulations It is a Rolando Gomez said after Commissioners Court met for more than two hours in the morning and thirty minutes after 5 to reach a decision The dilemma stemed from the fact that the Gomezes cannot get a septic per mit from the county because the proper ty has not been platted properly The county requires a 40foot easement pro viding access to the property from a pub lic road The Gomezs property must be reached by a 30foot easement on adjoin ing property The Gomezes acquired the property last year and built the home with assis tance from a loan They began moving into the home in March County Engineer Tom Hornseth said he received an application for a septic per mit March 5 He said a red flag was raised immediately when he reviewed the permit The permit application didnt have a he said Homseth said he received a faxed deed for the lot March 18 and determined it did not meet county subdivision regulations The lot is located off of Valley Park Dr in the Park Lane Estates The developer who sold the lot to the Gomezes William Sutton apparently did not have the property platted before he sold it Homseth said Gomez said he has appeared before Commissioners Court four times regarding his property We have invested a lot of our time and money in the American dream and it has become a he said The Gomezes bought 12 acres from Sutton in 1996 The family then subdi vided the land by selling 3 acres to Tim and Kim Stahl Homseth said records indicated Sutton bought 17 acres on the site 15 years ago before he subdivided it We understood from his Suttons broker at the time that it could be subdi Gomez said I didnt know it was Gomez said the contract said the sell er Sutton would provide the plat for the property The broker who represented Sutton real estate agent Ben Bairanco said an engineer was supposed to plat the lot He said he was surprised to learn it was not platted County Attorney Bill Reinier said commissioners could pursue 1111126 options in solving the problem I a deed with a postscript clause warning potential buy ers that the property has a public right of way which isnt county maintained could be issued 2 both parties could litigate or settle the case and have it platted 3 the county could seek reparation from Sutton which would be costly to the county Reimer said The parties could litigate it them Reimer said That is the tradi tional way of handling Once Sutton and the Gomezes came to an agreement the property could be replatted Reimer said Reimer said the Gomezes could put up a indemnity bond to help the county pay for part of the legal expenses if it should ever litigate The Gomezes and commissioners turned down the idea An agreement was reached in which the Gomezes could use their sewage holding tank for 30 days until a solution was reached County Judge Carter Casteel said she would place an item on Thursdays agen da authorizing the County Attorneys office to file suit against Sutton or work with him in getting the land platted which is what the Gomezes and the Stahls desire Children should be celebrated each and every day See Page 44 T i i i Nh
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