New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, October 30, 1997 : Front Page

Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung October 30, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Wurst fest begins Friday — See stones below, Page SA 50 CENTSISsr^<v22/99 ^ e r«££uU%I3HI"G 16 pages in two sections ■ Thursday, ■■ memi IX /9903- Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of ■ TTT-........... Vol. 145, No. 25T — -—"r"1 1    —-I — Inside Editorial........................................4A Sports......................................1B-2B Comics.........................................6A Marketplace .....................2-68 Dear Abby....................................3A SLimmtisch DiimcHiy winns limn th* HaraM-Zattung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Karen Duckworth, Blanche Frey, Rene Garcia Jr., Jacob Velasquez (2 years), Kathy Noble, Rocky Molina n (belated), Marisa Villanueva, Rene Garcia Jr., Lawrence “Snake” Wenzel and Crystal Lunette Martinez-Happy Anniversary wishes are extended to Luis (Fish) and Carol Gonzales (14 years), Bob and Vickie Seder (15 years belated) and Salvador and Sofia Diaz (50 years belated). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollen Count Molds —SOO Ceder Elm — trace Ragweed — 60    Pigweed — trace (Rein measutd h parti par cubic meter of air. Herndon podded by Or. Fork Hanpel) River Information Comay River — 312 cubic feet per second, up 5 from Wednesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wet —625.78 feet above sea level, same as Canyon Dam discharge — 327 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —199 cfs Canyon Lake level — 906.04 feet above NRU reports pumping 6.265 mtton gallons of surface water Tuesday and 268400 galore of wet water. flaMIP Tonight — Variable high clouds. Lows near 60 to mid 40s. Friday — Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 80s. Friday night, clear. Lows in the mid 50s to upper 40s. toturdoy — Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 70s to lower 80s. Sunday — Mostly clear, breezy and much cooler. Lows near 50 to 40s. Highs near 70 to 60s. Monday — Mostly clear. Lows in the 40s south central to 30s. Highs in the 60s. Canyon I aha blood drhr* aal Friday The Canyon Lake American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor a blood drive from 9 a m. to 3 p.m. Friday in the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center vehicle in the parking lot of Frank’s Supermarket, 8010 Farm-to-Market 2673. To sign up or for information, call 899-7198. Marttaga Exhibit The Heritage Exhibit will be dedicated at 7 p.m. today at the civic center. This year’s theme is “Spreading the News," depicting the changes brought about by inventions and innovations in human communication during the 150 years since the founding of New Braunfels. The exhibit wili.be open 10 a m. to 5:30 p.m. daily during Wurstfest • Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane. • County crews will be working on Barbarosa Lane. • City of New Braunfels street crews are completing work on Oasis Street from Business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue. Making itself at home Abow, Home Depot co-managers Jerry Blair end Mike Murphy breek away from the normal ribbon cutting end taw a board in two to open Homa Depot on interstate Jo weonesoay. nome uepot sponsored He contractor appreciation night end gave a preview of the afore. Left, contractor* eye the power tool section of the new afore. The afore Mao fee* turee 38,000 square feet of farm end ranch equipment, one of the few in the country. Herakl-Zaitung photos Michael Darnel) Defense takes aim ai witnesses Capital murder trial enters fourth day By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer Defense attorneys for John Charles Naef dealt a blow to the prosecution in his capital murder trial Wednesday by painting one of the victims and a key witness as major drug dealers who led dangerous lives. Valentin Villarreal completed his testimony Wednesday in Naef s capital murder trial. Naef. 56, of San Antonio, is accused of murdering two Spring Branch residents. Pat Lamb. 44, and Kelly Dougherty, 33, in March 1996. Villarreal, 46, testified Tues day that he had been Lamb's business partner and friend for four or Five years. He also testified that he often bought and used methamphetamines with Lamb in what he described as a “social” setting. Villarreal said his testimony about his involvement in drugs presented some threat of prosecution and that he came forward because it was his friend who was killed. “Because I became a friend, a real good friend who had ( become a brother to me ... it doesn’t matter what tribulation I have to go through to make things right for my friend’s death,” he told jurors. Villarreal said he worked out a deal with the criminal district attorney’s office that in return for a complete and truthful testimony, he would be sentenced to three years in prison on a Turn to Witnesses, Page 2A Omas, opas ready for 37th Wurstfest By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer City OKs $752,000 for tourism budget By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council approved this week the allocation of more than $752,000 for the New Braunfels Convention and Tourist 1998 budget. The money is income for the convention and tourist fund, derived from room tax funds placed on hotels, motels and condominiums in New Braunfels. The funds are the primary source of support for tourist functions by the convention and visitors bureau, according to Michael Meek, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president. A 13 percent room tax rate currently is levied on hotel and motel rooms and condominiums within New Braunfels. Of that total, 6 percent is paid to the state of Texas and 7 percent is paid to the city of New Braunfels. These payments are made quarterly by room and board companies. That 7 percent of the room tax paid to New Braunfels totals more than $1 million in revenues per year, according to chamber officials. Of the $1 million, 74 percent is allocated to the chamber, 11 percent goes to the civic cento’ and 15 percent is granted to local art and historic groups. For 1998, the majority of convention and tourist funds have been set aside for administration expenses, totaling $375,000, and for advertising, approximately $191,100, according to city documents A carryover of approximately $191,700 from 1997 includes designated reserve funds the chamber can delve into each year for extra “emergency” advertising. In recent years, these funds have been used to counteract negative publicity because of uncompromising weather. “This $191,702.43 is a reserve fund pulled to buffer floods and droughts,” said Meek. The 1997 initial advertising budget was $173,750 before emergency funds of $84,000 were added in April 1997 after approval from city council, according to chamber records. Other budget line items include allocations of $48,700 for color brochures, graphics, and the reprint of other publications; direct mail promouonals of $32,500 to attract off-season business; special events, such as the first-ever Holiday River of Lights, $20,000; postage of $20,000 for visitor inquiry responses and a postage increase; and telephone expenses, $12,000 for a to’! free phone number and fax inquiries. German music will have toes tapping, the smell of sausage will till the air and beer will flow as the 37th annual Wurstfest spnngs to a start Friday evening. Wurstfest began in 1961 as a salute to the tradition of sausage making and has grown from a one-day event to the current 10-day festival. Each year, thousands of people flock to the Wurstfest grounds in Landa Park to enjoy German food and music, beer and family fun. “We have a good time and it’s a reasonable price." Wurstfest President Larry Brumbe-low said. "There w til be plenty of fun.” This year’s festival is expected to draw a crowd of about 100,000 people from New Braunfels and the world. The kick off begins Friday with a procession and the “Wurst Navy.” Free entertainment will feature accordion play er Myron Florcn, who will be making his SM schedule, I related story — Page 5A WURST UM WKKPZ"*'! rn 30th appearance at the festival. "Then we bite the sausage, and the festival will be officially open,” Brumbelow said. The 10-day event will feature Floren, best known for his { appearances on the Lawrence Welk Show . "It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years. I look forward to Wurstfest each year... It’s like a homecoming,” Floren said. Floren’s last performance will be Wednesday, when Grammy award winner Jimmy Shut and his orchestra perform. A 15-piece band from Ger-, many also will entertain visitors, and there will be IO days Turn to WursttMt, Page 2A Trout count in river down from last year By DAW) DEKUNOER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — Anglers will not find as many trout in the Guadalupe River this year as usual because of the summer’s high water releases from Canyon Dam, a state biologist said Wednesday. Texas Parks .and Wildlife Department biologist Steve Magnelia said trout fishing along the Guadalupe River should be fair this Wimer. “It is going to be all right,” Magnelia said. “We won’t have the density of fish.” Magnelia said TPWD would start stocking rainbow and brown trout when the waters of the Guadalupe River started cooling. “We could probably start stocking right now,” he said. *1 just want to make sure it is cool. We will probably be stocking toward die end of November or the first of December.” Magneha said the trout stocking would take place at Canyon Dam, Whitewater Sports on Farm-to-Tum to Trout, Page 3A World traveler sells tools old-fashioned way By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer He’s traveled around the world on business and lived in South America and Europe, but once Mike Unger came to New Braunfels, he was able to realize a long-time dream “I always wanted to do an old-fashioned hardware store,” Unger said. He and wife, Jackie, opened True Value Hardware Store on Walnut Avenue more than two years ago. With a staff of 13 and an offering of more than 22,000 products, Unger said being a small merchant meant being able to offer the best serv ice to regular customers and new walk-ins, too. “We talk to and help 85 percent of the people who walk in," Unger said. “Fifteen percent come in and know what they want and where to go.” Like customer Gary Barnett of New Braunfels, who visited True Value recently lo buy some toree-in-one all purpose oil and a flame lighter. "I trade here all the time," said Barnett. He said he enjoyed being able to shop with people he knew. True Value can sharpen knives, repair glass and mix custom-made paints by computer to match any color a customer needs True Value staff will meet unlucky drivers wherever they have locked themselves out of their cars and make new keys for them "People need to get their keys and get home,” Unger explained about the service. Jim and Stacy (tetchier operate True Value Locksmith Lock and Key out of the shop and can go mobile in a van. Unger keeps the store open seven days a week and tries to keep regular hours, bul an 80-hour work week is not uncommon for him. Employees have been there late in the evening to open the doors for customers with water leaks and other domestic emergencies. Turn to Tool man, Page 2AGoblins and ghouls can make Halloween plans with list of activities — Page 3A ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: October 30, 1997

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