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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                FRIDAY Cougars Harper makes plans for comeback 50 CENTS New Braunfels HeraldZeituiUi 22 pages in two sections Friday October Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of David Vol 145 No 232 Inside Stammtjsch iy wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to David Jonas Janis Stocks Dickie Guthrie Bet ty Kraft Denise Kraft Pat Sim monds Buddy Swen son Ola Green 92 Ash ley Willingham 1 Ann Hannan Helen Braune Jerry Jr Magana Lorenzo Perez 31 years and Ricky Sotelo 13 Happy Anniversary wishes go to Tully and Sherri Maugum 15 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Not available at presstime Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Infomrafon provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 299 cubic feet per sec ond up 5 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 05 from Thursday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and million gallons of well water were used Partly cloudy skies slight chance of rain Tonight and Saturday Some late night and early morning cloudiness Other wise mostly fair skies this evening partly cloudy Satur day Low around 70 High in the lower 90s Light southeast wind tonight and southeast near 10 mph Saturday Sunday Partly cloudy with a slight chance of show ers or thunderstorms High in the 80s to near 90 Monday and Tuesday Partly cloudy with a chance of showers or thun derstorms Low in the 60s High in the 80s Gruene merchants set garage sale The Gruene Merchants Association of the Gruene Historic District will have the 3rd Annual Biggest Garage Sale in Texas this weekend The garage sale starts on Saturday at 9 and Sun day at More than25 shops will take their merchandise onto the sidewalks and into tents and slash prices A portion of every dollar spent at the garage sale will go directly to Habitat for Humanity For more information call Nicole Meyer at 8268899 Watch for road work ahead City of New Braunfels street crews will be working on Oasis Street from Busi ness 35 to Ridgewood Avenue through Oct 10 Construction is sched uled to seal coat Old McQueeney Road Morning side Drive Mesquite Avenue and Old Marion Road through Oct 10 Overlay of those streets will begin the week of Oct 14 New Braunfels Utilities crews are working on Schmidt Avenue between Becker and the Interstate 35 access road Traffic will be olocked State panel OKs jail plans Construction could begin in April By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The Texas Commission on Jai Stan dards has given the green light to Comal Countys jail expansion plans This past Thursday Sept Lt Bill Collins and architect Norris Fletcher met with the jail commission in Austin and it gave its approval to pro ceed with the jail administrator Jim Middleton told Comal County Commissioners Court Thursday Middleton updated county commis sioners on the million expansion plan Commissioners court has approved expanding the county jail by 192 more beds from its current 145bed size In August the jail commission recom mended that the county jail have a total of 336 beds by 2006 The recommendation was based on Middletons projections that the coun tys inmate population would grow over the next nine years In 2000 the inmate population is projected to be at in 2003 and 272 in 2006 Middleton said the jail commission recommended a few changes to the jail expansion plan j We made a two minor changes to the he said Three of the 48 beds in two of the 24bed dormito ries will be changed from minimum to medium security which will be at a little cost and add a little more room to the multiplefacility room for religious education services education services and AA Fletcher architect for BSA Inc of Fort Worth said the design and devel opment phase on the project should end in March and that construction should start during the first of April In other county business Commissioners approved the estab lishment of a temporary early voting place at the Justice of the Peace Precinct building in Bulverde for the Nov 4 Bulverde incorporation election Early voting will be from 2 to 7 Oct 21 and from 2 to 7 Oct 29 Heard a report from County Engi neer Tom Hornseth who informed the court that he would speak to both the Comal and New Braunfels Indepen dent School Districts and the New Braiinfels City Council later this month aboiit participating in the indoor pool project Authorized county judge to close on purchase of property at 205225 N Seguin Ave across from the court house and authorized county auditor to issue payment for the property The county is considering renovating the property and using it for the tax asses sorcollectors new offices Buy the book HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Cody Quent examines a few of his favorite books Thursday at the Friends of the library Book Sale at the New Braunfels Civic Center The sale continues today with a special fill a bag for sale at 4 Life Chain to form Sunday at Plaza By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Concerned New Braunfels residents many from area churches and local support groups will join hands Sunday to make a peaceful statement about life Life for the unborn child The demonstration known as the Life Chain is expected to draw about local participants between and 3 in down town New Braunfels Participants will join hands down San Antonio Street and Seguin Avenue sidewalks forming a cross that will intersecton the Plaza This is a positive statement by Christians proclaiming the sanctity of Inside See related 6A7A Patty Vogt cocoordinator Coordinators of the event said the Life Chain ceremony was a nonconfrontational method of taking a stance against abor tion legal in the United States since 1973 The loss of a child is a very personal said Cathy Stewart who is helping coordinate the Life Chain Abortion Turn to Life Chain Page 2A Free wheelin Sean Fitzsimmons 5 rides his bicycle around the track near Canyon Intermediate School while every one else on the track runs or walks Thursday evening HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Crimes related to tourism on rise in 1997 By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor High currents drove tourists from the Guadalupe River and the county to the Comal River in the city limits this past crimes associat ed with tourism in have increased in New Braunfels in 1997 according to New Braunfels Police Department statistics Burglaries of motor vehicles were up about 10 percent from 1996 from 284 from January through August 1996 to 315 through August 1997 Cars parked while tourists enjoy Schlitterbahn or tube the Comal Riv er were easy targets for thieves Lt John Wommack said We had a lot of extra cars parked here in town because of the he said Burglary of a motor vehicle is a crime of opportunity Wommack said A lot of people were just leaving stuff sitting on the seat of their car A lot of these cars werent broken into they were left Rocket science is not necessary to avoid having valuables stolen from a parked car he said Simply do not give burglars the opportunity Keep the car locked and keep valuables elsewhere Assaults and robberies also increased from 1996 to 1997 Assaults were up about 10 percent from 455 to 504 Robberies although relatively small in number more than doubled from 16 through August 1996 to 38 through August 1997 Part of both increases can be attrib uted to more tourists in the city limits Wommack said When we have a lot of people in town our assaults go he said We had several assaults along the river this Some of the robberies stem from Crime Statistics New Braunfels Police Department Crime Statistics January thrbilgh August Crime Total calls 911 calls Hangups Adult arrests Juvenile arrest Traffic fatalities DWI arrests Murder Sexual assault Robbery Burglaries Habitation Nonhab Motor vehicle Other Shoplifting Auto theft 1996 234 2 95 0 19 16 587 110 152 284 41 1997 293 0 60 0 11 38 577 110 102 V 315 50 90 the assaults Wommack said When an argument turns into a fight and then one person takes something from the other person the incident is clas sified as a robbery Some robberies this summer start ed as assaults and turned into rob he said Its not the same as walking into a store and holding it up with a Juvenile arrests went up 20 per cent from last year through August to this year That too related to tourism Wommack said This summer we had a lot more major alcohol violations by he said They were not local resi dents One welcome surprise in the NBPD statistics through August 1997 was the number of fatal motor vehicle accidents zero despite the speed Turn to Crime Page 2A New Home Depot to open Oct 30 HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Home Depot on Interstate 35 looks like It will open soon The massive home Improvement store already Is being stocked by employees Store will employ 100 By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The New Braunfels Home Depot will open its doors at the end of this month The Atlantabased chain is sched uled to open its newest store 1360 Interstate 35 north at the Seguin exit on Oct 30 Store comanager Jerry Blair said customers would find all kinds of home improvement and repair supplies in the home improvement super store We have up to items from paint lumber and Blair said The Home Depot building occupies square feet The store will include a farm and ranch section not featured in most The Home Depot stores That section will be your fence items stock tanks wooden posts pole barns posts sheet metal and lumber Blair said Because of the rur al area around New Braunfels with the farming and ranching that sets us aside from other stores in Austin and San Deborah Seidel company spokes woman said the store would employ 100 people when it opens Seidel said the store will be hiring 55 new employees She said the rest of the employees approximately 40 peo ple have been transferred from other stores in San Antonio and Austin There are a lot of people in New Braunfels who work in Home Depots in San Antonio and Austin who have requested to be transferred to the Seidel said Employment applications are avail able at the store For more information call 6253334 Seidel said Home Depot would invite area contractors and local dig nitaries to a grand opening party Oct 29 Everything you wanted to about liposuctipn Page 11 Afair winners Page 124   

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