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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 2, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Unicorns hope Rockets continue downward orbit Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels HeraldZei E YAM EL PASO IX 7990 16 pages in two sections Thursday October Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of ViolaJonas Vol 145 No 231 Inside Dear Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Viola Jonas Ruby Castilleja Dianna Conley Manuel Her nandez Sue Phillips Tony Ramos Travis Weishaar 4 years and Delicia Montanez Happy Anniversary wishes go to Buddy and Leora Swenson 47 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Pigweed 12 Ragweed 326 Cocklebur 38 Cedar Elm 76 Pollen measured in parts per otic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 5 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge 176 cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and gallons waS used Warm fall weather expected to last Tonight Fair evening skies becoming partly cloudy after midnight low in the upper 60s Light southeast wind Friday Partly cloudy and hot High in the lower 90s Southeast wind near 10 mph Saturday Partly cloudy Highs in the 80s to near 90 Sunday and Monday Fair Evening skies otherwise partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers Lows in the 60s Highs near 90 Today is ozone I action day i The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Com mission has notified the San Antonio metropolitan area which includes Comal Coun ty that today is an ozone action day People should do what they can to make the air cleaner including avoiding excessive driving and reduc ing driving by carpooling Dont forget that area code change After Monday the transition period for the area code change in this area will end Calls made with the 210 area code will no longer be con nected in New Braunfels Library book sale begins today The Dittlinger Memorial Library annual book sale will from 9 to 7 today and 9 to 5 Friday at the Civic Center No admis sion will be charged Watch for road work New Braunfels Utilities crews will be working on Schmidt Avenue between Becker and the Interstate 35 access road this week New Braunfels street crews are working on Oasis Street from Business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue Construction is sched uled to seal coat Old McQueeney Road Morning side Drive Mesquite Avenue and Old Marion Road through Oct 10 In good times City enjoys marriage of increased spending healthy growth By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Business in New Braunfels is booming according to economic indicators city and state officials and local proprietors Just ask Connie Worley own er and manager of Celebrations a shop specializing in bridal and formal wear how 97 compares to 96 Were up about 56 percent said Worley making rough estimates on the economic progress this past year of the spe cialty business serving New Braunfels and surrounding areas for about a decade Worley acknowledges that proximity to other populous areas has helped her business grow but she adds that staying competitive as a small business is a fulltime Revenue for New Braunfels has increased thanks to a half cent economic development sales tax created in 1995 City sales and use tax comparison surveys reveal New Braunfels 1997 sales tax payments to date total compared with a96 todate total of This is a per cent increase in sales tax revenue according to documents released in September by State Comptrol ler John Sharp Similar documents indicate that 97 yeartodate sales and use tax revenues for Comal County were only a decrease from 96 yeartodate totals of This is a per cent drop in sales tax revenue for Comal County The current sales tax rate in New Braunfels is percent of which percent goes to the state percent to the city of New Braunfels and percent to Comal County said Michael Meek Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president The new halfcent sales tax is dedicated to economic develop ment projects said Meek noting the construction of a new library and police administration building are in the works and have been made possible through sales tax revenues We New Braunfels and the immediate area had a good Meek said estimating that 6070 Connie Worley owner and manag er of Celebrations Formal Wear straightens her new wedding gown display Wednesday after noon A healthy economy keeps business lively for small business owners like Worley HeraldZettuhg photo by Michael Darnall percent of the total sales tax rev enue that the city generates is paid by visitors to New Braunfels and Comal County Heavy rains this past June and exceedingly dry weather in 96 threatened to impact a county so dependent on tourists and income from its rivers and water recre ation activities A piece of a larger puzzle New Braunfels fits into the overall Texas economy which is thriving too according to state comptroller officials who delivered September sales totaling million recently to Texas cities and 117 counties That reflects a percent increase over Turn to Economy Page 2A Economic report card New Braunfels tax through August 97 tax through August 96 permits issued 97 down permits issued96 permit total to August97 permit total to August 96 Comal County tax through August 97 tax through August 96 permits issued97 county 540 permits issued96 county 654 permit total to August97 permit total to August96 Dad takes up signs after rape suspect gets arrested By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall The sign was displayed in front of a home in the Lake Dunlap area A Lake Dunlap man took matters into his own hands when he thought Guadalupe County law enforcement had not done enough to protect his 6yearold daughter When the father found out that a 16yearold sus pected of molest ing his daughter had moved with his mother into the north Guadalupe County neighbor hood he posted two signs in his front yard stating that a confessed child sex offender was in the neigh borhood The signs warned neighbors to protect their children The father said the signs had been up since last week He gpid he posted theirr because Guadalupe County authorities were not adequately protecting his 6yearold daughter In a confession made to Texas Rangers in Octob T 1996 the teenager is on record saying he attempted to have sex or had sex with the girl on more than one occa sion The father said when he learned the boy was living close to his home he called the Guadalupe County Attorneys Office the sheriffs department and the juvenile probation department He wanted to know why the teen was back in the neighborhood after he had understood the boy was ordered not to be there County Attorney Bob Covington said the teenager had been in juvenile detention for months before he had been released A condition of his release was that he was not supposed to live within 500 yards of the girls res idence Covington said As a condition of his release he was not to be on the the father said Its been a case of whose is going to protect our On Tuesday the Guadalupe County Attorneys Office had the boy picked up and detained when they learned he was living near the girls home Covington said when juvenile court first released the teenage suspect he and his mother were living in the New Braunfels area They later moved back into the Guadalupe County neighborhood Monday morning we found out he was living with in 500 yards of the which was a violation of the Covington said We had a detention hearing today Wednesday and he will remain in detention for 10 days until he has Turn to Father Page 2A Republic of Texas member denied request for new judge By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Republic of Texas member Car olyn Carney will be tried in Judge Charles Ramsays courtroom despite her request for Ramsay to step aside from her case a district judge ruled this week f District court administrator Martin Allen said Judge Schraub denied to hear Carneys motion Carney is charged with aggravat ed assault against a public servant after allegedly pointing a handgun at one of the lawmen executing a warrant in June at her Bulverde home She was wanted for failure to appear in court Carney secretary of council for the Republic of Texas is one of 25 defendaritSin a civil law suit filed by the attorney generals office The suit alleges that the Republic of Texas group filed illegal liens against the state of Texas i Grenade attack nets 15year sentence By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A Canyon Lake man was sentenced by a jury Wednesday to 15 years in prison after being found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Sheldon Wayne Oku 50 was found guilty for injuring his wife Carol in an incident that occurred at their Canyon Lake home on Dec 8 Oku detonated a hand grenade in front of their home off of Simon Crest during a family disturbance sheriffs deputies said Oku Carol Oku and his stepdaughter Megan Ruh 14 suffered injuries Sheldon Okus hand was seriously injured during the blast Oku had fled the scene on foot after he detonated the grenade Law enforcement officers found him about two Sheldon Wayne Oku 50 was found guilty for injuring his wife on Dec 8 Oku detonat ed a hand grenade in front of their andahalf hours later near Simon Ridge Drive Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Oku was con victed of charges for serious injuries against his step daughter Waldrip said he was pursuing another charge against Oku for injuries to his wife a second degree felony Waldrip said if Oku was convicted on the other charges he could face another two to 20 years in prison and a pos sible fine New Braunfels High local police brace for big game By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer With a crowd of people expected for the New BraunfelsJudson game at Unicorn Stadi um Friday New Braunfels High School officials are bracing for the expected influx of fans and traffic The District 265A game which features the undefeated Unicorns 40 and the power house Judson Rockets will kick off at New Braunfels Independent School District spokeswoman Leslie Kriewaldt said the district would hire extra police officers to help with crowd control and traffic Head football coach and athletic director Tim Kingsbury said four to six sets of bleachers would be added in the end zone next to the Scoreboard He said those bleachers would seat 300 people Kriewaldt said students should sit in the bleachers if they could Students and middle school students are encouraged to use the bleachers to free up the stands for Kriewaldt said They are going to put up a fence to separate the student New Braunfels and Judson As for parking fans should arrive as quickly as they can before they game starts Kriewaldt said Kriewaldt said parking was available in the front and back of NBHS and that people would start parking across the high school in the grassy areas on Loop 337 Kriewaldt said fans should not park in fire lanes They need to be careful not to park there or they will get she said People should be advised to buy game tickets as early as possible Kriewaldt said Tickets for the game went on sale Wednesday at the high schools main office Ticket seller Jometa Dees said people were waiting in droves to buy game tickets Before 8 this morning we had a Dees said I have very few reserves tickets left It has been a very busy Dees said tickets would continue to be on sale today from 8 to 3 and on Friday from 8 to 1 in the athletic directors office in the main hall of the high school build ing More fair winners on Page 10A
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