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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 30, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY IVtirsffesf begins Friday See stories below Page 54 50 CENTS NewBraunfels Tx 7 16 pages in two sections Thursday October Serving Coma County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Jacob Velasquez Vol 145 No 251 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitiing The Afew Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Karen Duckworth Blanche Frey Rene Garcia Jacob Velasquez 2 Kathy Noble Rocky Molina n belat Marisa Villanueva Rene Garcia Lawrence Snake Wenzel and Crystal Lynette Happy Anniversary wishes are extended to Luis Fish and Carol Gonzales 14 Bob and Vickie Seeter 15 years belated and Salvador and Sofia Diaz 50 years To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds 809 Cedar Elm trace Ragweed 60 Pigweed trace Pden measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 312 cubic feet per sec ond up 5 from Wednesday Edwands Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge 327 cfs Canyon Lake inflow 199 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Tuesday and gallons of well water Halloween weather looks promising 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 Saturday Mostly sun ny 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 Lake blood drive set Friday 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 Heritage Exhibit dedicated tonight The Heritage Exhibit will be dedicated at 7 today 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 wilt be open 10 to daily during Wurstfest Road work 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 Above Home Depot comanagers Jerry Blair and Mike Murphy break away from the normal ribbon cutting and saw a board in two to open Home Depot on Interstate 35 Wednesday Home Depot sponsored its contractor appreciation night and gave a preview of the store Left contractors eye the power tool sec tion of the new store The store also fea tures square feet of farm and ranch equipment one of the few in the country HeraldZeitung photos Michael Darnall Defense takes aim at 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 complet ed his testimony Wednesday in Naefs capital murder trial Naef 56 of San Antonio is accused of murdering two Spring Branch residents Pat Lamb 44 and Kelly Dougher ty 33 in March 1996 Villarreal 46 testified Tues day that he had been Lambs business partner and friend for four or five years He also tes tified 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 ecution and that he came for ward because it was his friend who was killed Because I became a friend a real good friend who become a brother to me it doesnt matter what tribulation I have to go through to make things right for my friends he told jurors Villarreal said he worked out a deal with the criminal district attorneys office that in return for a complete and truthful tes timony he would be sentenced to three years in prison on a Turn to Witnesses Page 2A Omas opas ready for 37th Wurstfest City OKs for tourism budget By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council approved this week the allocation of more than 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 condo miniums in New Braunfels The funds are the primary source of sup port 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 con dominiums 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 quar terly by room and board companies That 7 percent of the room tax paid to New Braunfels totals more than million in revenues per year according to cham ber officials Of the million 74 percent is allocated to the chamber 11 percent goes to the civic center 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 admin istration expenses totaling and for advertising approximately according to city documents Acarryover of approximately 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 coun teract negative publicity because of uncom promising weather This is a reserve fund pulled to buffer floods and said Meek The 1997 initial advertising budget was before emergency funds of were added in April 1997 after approval from city council according to chamber records Other budget line items include alloca tions of for color brochures graph ics and the reprint of other publications direct mail promotionals of to attract offseason business special events such as thefirstever Holiday River of Lights postage of for visitor inquiry responses and a postage increase and telephone expenses for a free phone number and fax inquiries By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer German music will have toes tapping the smell of sausage will fill the air and beer will flow as the 37th annual Wurst fest springs to a start Friday evening Wurstfest began in 1961 as a salute to the tradition of sausage making and has grown from a oneday event to the current 10day festival Each year thousands of people flock to the Wurstfest grounds in Landa Park to enjoy German food and music beer and fam ily fun We have a good time and its a reasonable Wurst fest President Larry Brumbe low said There will be plenty of This years festival is expect ed to draw a crowd of about people from New Braunfels and the world The kick off begins Friday with a procession and the Wurst Free entertainment will feature accordion player Myron Floren who will be making his 30th appearance at the festi val Then we bite the sausage and the festival will be offi cially Brumbelow said The 10day event will fea ture Floren best known for his appearances on the Lawrence Welk Show Its hard to believe its been 30 years I look forward to Wurstfest each Its like a Floren said Florens last performance will be Wednesday when Grammy award winner Jimmy Sturr and his orchestra perform A 15piece band from Ger many also will entertain visi tors and there will be 10 days Turn to Wurstfest Page 2A Trout count in river down from last year By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE Anglers will not find as many trout in the Guadalupe River this year as usu al because of the summers high water releases from Canyon Dam a state biologist said Wednes day Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologist Steve Magnejia said trout fishing along the Guadalupe River should be fair this winter It is going to be all Magnelia said We wont have the density Magnelia said TPWD would start stocking rain bow and brown trout when the waters of the Guadalupe River started cooling We could probably start stocking right he said tl just want to make sure it is cool We will probably be stocking toward the end of November or the first of Magnelia said die trout stocking would take place at Canyon Dajp Whitewater Sports on Farmto World traveler sells tools oldfashioned way By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall True Value Hardware store owner Mike Unger stocks some of the shelves at his store next to Target on Walnut Avenue Hes traveled around the world on busi ness and livedin South America and Europe but once Mike Unger came to New Braunfels he was able to realize a longtime dream I always wanted to do an oldfash ioned hardware 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 products Unger said being a small merchant meant being able to offer the best service to regular cus tomers and newwalkins too We talk to and help 85 percent of the people who walk Unger said Fifteen percent come in and know what they want and where to Like customer Gary Barnett of New Braunfels who visited True Value recent ly to buy some threeinone all purpose oil and a flame lighter I trade here all the said Barnett He said he enjoyed being able to shop with people he knew True Value can sharpen knives repair glass and mix custommade paints by computer to match any color a customer needs Tnie Value staff will meet unlucky drivers wherever they have locked them selves out of their cars and make new keys for them People need to get their keys and get Unger explained about the ser vice Jim and Stacy Hetchler 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 but an 80hour work week is not uncommon for him Employees have been there late in the evening to open the doors for cus tomers with water leaks and other domes tic emergencies Turn to Tool man Page 2A Goblins and ghouls can make WaHciifVean plains with list of activities Page 3A   

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