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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 2, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                FRIDAY Navarro names new athletic director See Page 1B NewBraunfels 50 CENTS Herald W TX 20 pages in three sections Friday May Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than t o nome of Jerry and Mary Lewis Vol 145 No 122 Inside Guadalupe Co man faces charges for pointing gun at teens Stammhsch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Joyce Millett WUlie Doege Mar cos C Torres Betty Hunt Jean Schnautz Stephanie Bergquist Noelia Davila Annette Fuqua Gary Skin ner David Menden hall Sam Girlando Herbie Snowden Mark Villalongin Rosie Moreno Chris Caballero Julia Schmidt 16 years Happy anniversary wishes go to Jerry and Mary Lewis 37 Jeff and Beth Stafford 16 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count mold oak pecan mulberry 46 grass 52 River Information Comal River 278 4 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 Canyon Dam discharge 750 cfs The Army Corps of Engineers will maintain the outflow throughout the Weekend and will reevaluate the dis charge Monday morrling Canyon Lake inflow 885 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfeis Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Thursday and million gallons of well water were used Outstanding small business person Small Business Week is observed nationally this year June 1 through June 6 The Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce has desig nated that time to honor our communitys small businesses and to give special honor to the business person who is select ed as the Small Business Per son of the Year During the week posters will be displayed in businesses public service announcements will run on TCI Cable and KGNBKNBT and a special tabloid calling attention to small business will be published by the HeraldZietung Any business with 50 or less employees qualifies as a small business in New Braunfels and the Chamber takes this oppor tunity to call attention to the impact they have on the local economy Nominations will be taken for the Small Business Person of the Year through today and nomination forms are available at the Chamber office Individ uals are encouraged to nomi nate a small business owner or manager Call the Chamber at 6252385 for information Folkfest and kickoff dance on tap The music of the Grapes of Wrath and special guest artist Tim DuBois will kick off Folkfest 97 from 8 to 11 today at Conservation Plaza Folkfest runs 10 to 6 Satur day and 11 to 5 Sun day Exhibits and demonstrations of pioneer traditions entertain ment food and drink will fill Con servation Plaza Adult admission is chil dren younger than 18 enter free Call 6292943 for information By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A Guadalupe County man was arrested Thursday for allegedly point ing a gun at two Canyon High School students as they attempted to pass his vehicle Monday police said Kevin Lee Gonzales 25 was arrest ed on two warrants for deadly conduct Thursday and put in the Comal Coun ty Jail on a bond of Deadly conduct is a class A misde meanor punishable by up to one year in jail and an optional maximum fine of The two students are 17 and 18 years old and were driving behind Gonzales toward New Braunfels near Clear Springs New Braunfels Detective Basel Boatright said The two teens apparently were dri ving too close to Gonzales vehicle caus ing him to tap his brakes he said They attempted to pass Gonzales when they heard him shout Hey and then saw him point a gun at them Boatright said They and Gonzales pulled over to the side and came to a stop he said According to the police report Gonza les got out of the car and pointed a blue steel revolver at the teens They attempted to back up away from him but their car stalled Gonzales then got back in his car and drove off Boa tright said The girls remembered his license plate number which led police to iden tify a suspect and make an arrest Thurs day Boatright said The teens also identified the suspect he added A 61 yearold New Braunfels man was arrested Thursday on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a 13year old police said Police executed a warrant for Paul Luna of 1285 W Katy after the Monumental effort HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Bobbie Purdum chairwoman of the Sesquicentennial Commitee stands in front of the German Pioneer Monument at Landa Park The com mittee found itself with funds left over after the 1995 celebration and decided to use them to restore several monuments and markers around New Braunfels Monuments get muchneeded face lifts By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Though praised as beacons of heritage and romance the Confederate and World War I sol diers standing prominently on the Main Plaza are not immune to having bad days like the rest of us No one questions the special attention they receive by thousands of tourists theyre eternal symbols of the sacrifices made by Americas war heroes But while accustomed to celebrity life through out the year Mother Nature reminds them of the price they must pay each time heavy rains hail high winds and the relentless heat of the Central Texas sun chip away at their existence Its not easy being a monument in New Braun fels but fortunately for them some concerned citizens and unexpected funding are in the process of smoothing the wrinkles left by Father Time The Sesquicentennial Committee found an extra that it decided in 1995 should be spent on refurbishing eight monuments 21 plaques and the creation of four new plaques The committee served as the official organizer for the city and the Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce as New Braunfels celebrated its 150th anniversary The money which was generated by sponsor ships fundraising drives and donations is kept in the Braunfels Foundation Trust Monuments across the city quickly shed their Rodney Dangerfield status when the project began in January of 1996 Pieces of dirt and grime nestled within small crevices of statues and plaques no longer blocked the beauty of these creations The largest project was the overhaul of the Ger man Pioneer Monument in Landa Park whose surface had not been touched since its dedication in 1936 The cactus at the front and the little twig at the side you never saw any of it said Bob bie Purdom a committee chairwoman and a native of New Braunfels who said she visited the German Pioneer Monument countless times 1 just feel like the money went for a marvelous restoration project that benefits the whole community 1 think every one who was a part of that Sesquicentennial ought to be proud Its been very Bird droppings and wild moss no longer cover the head and back of the World War I soldier a welldeserved reward in light of the doughboys troubled past The target of a drunk driver in July of 1986 the statues head both arms and part of a leg fell across the Main Plaza lawn and had to wait anoth er five months to be reunited But life should be getting better for the WWI soldier The 65yearold structure will receive a new musket it has been missing for an unknown num ber of years and his Confederate partner will receive a new bayonet both gifts resulting from the project organizers said Enough extra money spilled over to encase a Braunfels Castle flag donated by citizens of Braun Fels Germany in 1970 The flag will be hung on a wall in the Civic Center organizers said The restoration is nearing completion and orga nizers plan to celebrate at 10 May 30 on the Main Plaza with a rcdedication ceremony Local elected officials and veterans are scheduled to make presentations in the ceremony If the monuments could speak theyd thank us for putting them back in one said Herb Skoog the general chairman of the Sesquicenten nial committee There was a crying need to refur bish these monuments The city didnt have the budget for it Who was going to do it Area resident brings back wealth of ideas from volunteer summit By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A local resident who attended the Presidents Summit for Americas Future in Philadelphia this week said he was affected by the ideas he heard at the summit There were delegates from literally all across the Lee Bai ley 35 of New Braunfels said Every single delegate had a background in volunteerism and they were all there to identify ways to come back and increase volunteer efforts in their own communities especially relating to the Bailey was one of 10 people in the San Antonio delegation who went to the three day summit The summit was called by Presi dent Bill Clinton to promote a Lee Bailey nationwide cam paign of volunteerism and community service Former presidents Jimmy Carter George Bush and Gerald Ford attended the summit as well The two year nationwide volunteer campaign is being led by retired Gen Colin Powell former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Bailey said between 100 to 150 Texas cities were represented at the summit Bailey was chosen as a delegate to represent the corporate sector in San Antonio He works at Valero Energy Corp as manager for investor rela tions During the large meeting sessions Bailey said he heard Clinton Powell and inspired youth speak about vol unteerism and the youth Bailey was inspired by wluit he heard 1 would have to say kids our are he said A lot of kids fall by the wayside although a lot of work is being done by kids for the community It is our responsibility as adults to encourage children to achieve their true There were five themes that were stressed in Philadelphia Bailey said All children should have access to an ongoing relationship with a caring adult safe places and structured activ ities during nonschool hours a healthy Turn to Summit Page 2A offense was reported on April 19 Police said the girl asked Luna whom police said she knew as an acquaintance for a ride to Cypress Bend Park on April 19 Luna is accused of assaulting the girl at the park and his bond was set at by Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez Aggravated sexual assault is a first degree felony punishable by impris onment for life and an optional maxi mum fine of Limits on lawns mulled Garden Ridge considers yearround restriction on landscape watering By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE Following the example of other cities the city of Garden Ridge is considering a pro posal which would ban landscape watering during afternoon and early evening hours year round Mayor Jay P Millikin said he made a recommendation to the citys water commission at its meeting Tuesday night The water commission recom mended the proposal which will be considered by the city council at its meeting Wednesday Millikin said The proposal would prohibit home owners from watering their lawns with automatic and regular sprinklers between 10 to 8 Watering with handheld hoses buckets and a drip irrigation system would still be Turn to Limits Page 2A HZ names Borchardt marketing director From staff reports Jason Borchardt formerly the assis tant publisher at the Brehnam Banner Press has been named marketing direc tor at the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung according to Doug Toney edi tor and publisher at the HeraldZeitung Borchardt 31 will be in charge of the advertising sales and market ing for the Her aldZeitung Jason Borchardt Toney said Jason brings a wealth of experi ence to our news Toney said Before working in Brehnam which happened to be his hometown he was the adver tising director at the St Augustine Record in Florida Jason has a very successful record of helping business es market themselves in very compet itive markets We know he will be able to use his expertise to help our cus tomers Before specializing in advertising at community newspapers he worked in the advertising departments in Austin Dallas and Lubbock Bonphardt graduated from Texas Christian University where he played baseball in 1989 with a degree in eco nomics Were extremely excited about being Borchardt said New Braunfels is one of the best if not the best place to raise a family in Texas My wife and 1 are both looking forward to becoming involved in the Jason his wife Kristi and his daugh ter Makenzie will be living in the OakRun subdivision   

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