Tuesday, October 28, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Canyon eighthgraders enjoy success Page 6 50 CENTS New Braunfels HeraldZeif OR TX 799 12 pages in one section Tuesday October Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Shealee Brumffold Vol 145 No 244 Inside 8 Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to James Ray Whitaker Suzanne Winters jay Schriew er Jackie Quarles 51 Phyllis Foerster Martin Luis Gonzales 3 years and Ashley Ann Hernandez 7 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Molds 862 Ragweed Cedar trace Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 317 cubic feet per sec ond same as Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as Monday Canyon Dam discharge 327 cfs Canyon Lake inflow 199 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and no well water Chance of rain lingers through week Tonight cloudy with a slight chance of rain Lows in the mid 50s to upper 40s Wednesday Cloudy witha chance of rain Highs near 70 Wednesday night cloudy with a chance of rain Lows in the lower 50s to near 60 Thursday Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers Highs in the 70s Friday and Saturday Partly cloudy Lows in the 50s Highs in the 70s Blood drive set at Canyon Lake The Canyon Lake American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor a blood drive from 9 to 3 Friday in the South Texas Blood Tissue Center vehicle in the parking lot of Franks Supermarket 8010 FarmtoMarket 2673 To sign up or for information call 899 7198 Free flu shots available for seniors Influenza vaccine will be available free to Comal Coun ty senior citizens age 60 and older from 9 to and from 1 to 4 Oct 31 at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center 655 Landa St The service is provided by the Downtown Rotary Club and the Comal County Health Department An additional free clinic will be conducted the same hours Nov 7 at the Canyon Lake Action Center Exhibit organizers set dedication The Heritage Exhibit will be 7 Thursday at the civic center This years theme is Spreading the depicting the changes brought about by inventions and innovations in human communication during the 150 years since the founding of New Braunfels The exhibit will be open 10 to daily during Wurstfest Local brokers Investors should hold on for the long ride By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Do not panic thats the advice local invest ment experts are offering investors after Mondays 554point drop in the Dow Jones stock index Stan Cunningham a broker with Edward Jones Dow plunges again Page 5 in New Braunfels said people should hang on to what they have and only sell if they get a good deal Most folks should hang on to what they have and not be making any Cunningham said If they bought good quality stocks in the first place those stocks will be back up probably sooner than The 554point drop Monday was the largest in terms of points for the Dow Jones but represent ed only a percent decline The 508point drop in 1987 was a percent decline James Dunks an investor for HFS Securities said investors should hang on to what they have I think those people who are investors are in the market for a long Dunks said People who are in the market right now I think ought to sit tight because we have a good economy and Turn to Investors Page 2 CISD adjusting tax impact of bonds By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer Comal Independent School District officials were crunching numbers this morning to clarify for voters exactly what impact the proposed mil lion bond issue would have on their tax bills The CISD business office released figures last month showing the tax rate would increase cents over a sevenyear period increasing taxes by for a home over the same period However district offi cials are now trying to give voters a clearer picture of what the actual tax bill would reflect Those numbers are said CISD business manager Abel Campos The question Im being asked now is What am I going to pay in The question is different Campos said the projections look at each year separately For example the tax rate wotlld increase 4 percent the first year resulting in a change In year two the rate increases by 2 cents or However in terms of the total tax bill the increase would be greater than in year two The 4 percent would cost more the second year because of an increase in values Campos said The increased values were used in figuring the 2percent impact You need to take into account the increase in the value of the he said Im trying to be as realistic as The confusion mayhave been com pounded by a CISD press release that states The total increase in taxes over the seven year period from to is This is an average of a Campos said to find out what the average increase Turn to CISD Page 2 Haunted Haus preview HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall City Manager Mike Shands takes a deep breath after a sneak preview of the New Braunfels Fire Departments haunted house at New Braunfels Marketplace for merly the New Braunfels Factory The haunted house will open to young sters on Thursday and Friday nights Testimony begins in murder trial Bulverde residents crunch taxing numbers By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer BULVERDE With a week to go until Bulverde residents decide on incorporation one resident is trying to figure out how much money it would take to operate a city of Stan Blaylock a Bulverde Hills resident said he was putting together a preliminary budget on how Bulverde South Bulverde Hills would operate We are shooting for 20 cents per val uation based on the taxable value of Bulverde resident Stan Blaylock Bulverde South is one of three areas along with Bulverde North Bulverde Estates and Bulverde East Oak Village that will vote on incorporation on Nov 4 Blaylock said he and a few other resi dents crunched some preliminary numbers to see what it would take to start a fledgling city It is guess work based on what other peo ple have Blaylock said The estimates have been based on what other incorporated towns such as Fair Oaks Ranch Garden Ridge and Hill Country Village have Turn to Bulverde Page 3 By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer Using Styrofoam heads wooden dowels and pho tographs the Travis County medical examiner explained how bullets entered the heads of two victims in the John Charles Naef capital murder trial Travis County Medical Examiner Roberto Bayardo took the stand Monday as the first witness in the capital mur der trial of John Charles Naef 56 of San Antonio Naef is accused of murdering two Spring Branch residents John Patrick Lamb 44 and Kelly Dougherty 33 in March 1996 Naef pled not guilty and now faces life imprisonment if a Comal County jury convicts him Attorneys picked a jury pof nine women and three men Monday with two alternates The alternates were a man and a woman District Judge Jack Robison said that although the court pro ceedings would end as close to 5 as possible he asked jurors to stay late to hear open ing remarks and testimony from the medical examiner In his opening remarks assistant criminal district attor ney Jim Noble said What youre going to hear about are some very brutal gruesome coldblooded murders com mitted by this Although Lamb operated a legitimate business he manu factured bought and sold methamphetamines Noble said Naef worked for Lamb and occasionally borrowed money from him the prosecu tor said Lamb had to in cash and drugs on him at the time of his death Noble said and Naef killed Lamb and Dougherty in the process of robbing Lamb Defense attorney Jim Pape told jurors that Naef was not denying that he worked with Lamb but contended that it was Lamb who owed Naef for back pay What you will hear John Testimony Travis Examiner Roberto Bayardo testified Monday Kelly Dougherty wais shot in the right cheek about 1 inch in front of the ear canal John Lamb was shot inches above the ear canal Lambs wound was not consistent with a selfinflicted gun shot wound Both victims had amphetamines and rnethamphetamines in their systems Lambs bqoy was wrijppec in comforter and atarp and was bound with electrical cord His head was covered by a bag and wrapped in a terry cloth towel Naef deny is that he owed John Lamb a great deal of said Pape Pape said Naef even at the time of his arrest stated that Lamb killed Dougherty before turning the gun on himself Pape went on to say that both victims had drugs in their bod ies at the time of their death that could lead to violent aggressive and unpredictable behavior If John Naef could turn the clock back he probably wpuld have done everything different at this point right Pape said Travis County Medical Examiner Roberto Bayardo tes tified that Dougherty was shot in the right cheek about 1 inch in front of the ear canal The bullet entered her head at an angle from head to toe and she was shot from a close range he said By that I mean the gun was at a distance of 6 to 12 inches from her Bayardo stated Lamb was shot inches Turn to Trial Page 2 Residents thrive in garden of Eden Home offers living on the wild side By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer A year and a half ago Eden Home resembled many other nursing homes but when animals started taking up residence there and childrens groups began to visit reg ularly things began to change Plants started showing up everywhere Residents could garden The warbling of birds changed the indoor sur roundings into a natural environment Ive been at other homes said Ethel Koester a resident who just celebrated birthday at Eden Home with candy balloons and a feline friend It makes all die difference in the world being A tabby cat named Claire that lives in the facility often visits Koester and rests on her bed This cat gets a lot of Koester explained Raised in Shiner and a resident of Lavaca county then Uvalde for many years Koester moved to Eden Home to be near her daughter who lives in New Braun fels I am pleased she said Eden Home is different for more reasons than its pets and frequent visitors Its said Debbie Wiegand assistant administrator Why should life stop being fun and start being ster ile There are no set visiting hours Residents get to decide when they want to eat breakfast instead of being told when they should Betty Tuch has worked at Eden Home for over seven years and said she has seen dramatic changes in residents mental and physical health since the facility introduced the new living environment 18 months ago Tuch a certified nurse assistant and restorative aide helps residents stay mobile and encourages them to use their range of motion in a weekly program called Sit and Stretch Eden Home has turned residents around said Turn to Eden Page 3 HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Edna Elbe holds parakeets Maggie and Jigs at Eden Home The birds are used as therapy for many of the elderly residents New Braunfels Marketplace throwing out a different kind of Page 4