New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, November 5, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

November 05, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Volleyball    teams keep playoff hopes alive — Page * » • * • &K:*-*> ... i sofar — $199,339 Donations To contribute to the United Way, ca» 620-7760 50 CENTS 203-32 no 09 10.oo SO'UEST MICROPUBLISI 83 K.J 4,. /    A 1 » *’ 18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, November 5,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areg® for more than 145 years ■ Home ofi E YANDELL DR EL RASO, TX 79903- rn ING Vol. 145, No. 255Bulverde overwhelmingly approves incorporation By DAVID QEKUNOER Staff Writer BULVERDE — Bulverde residents voted to incorporate their community by a 6-1 margin on Tuesday. “It is history in the making,” Oak Village North resident Diana Schwind said. “It is an historical moment.” She was one of a dozen jubilant supporters who gathered at die Justice of the Peace building in downtown Bulverde after the results from the dime Bulverde elections were tabulated. Residents in Bulverde East (Oak Village North), Bulverde South (Bulverde Hills) and Bulverde North (Bulverde Estates) voted to incorporate each of those areas. In all three areas incorporation passed over whelmingly. The final tally in Bulverde South was 279 for and 38 against. In Bulverde North, 163 people voted for incorporation and 16 were against it. Incorporation proponents received most of their support from Bulverde East, with 464 for and 97 against. A total of 1,057 people voted in the three elec- Tum to Bulverde, Page 2A Incorporation vote Bulverde North 163 16 Bulverde East 464 97 Bulverde South 279 38 Total 906 151 Wurst striates Comal, state OK home equity lending Editorial........................................4A Sports......................................1-2B Comics.........................................3B Market Race.............................4-8B Dear Abby....................................3A Stammtisch Birthday wiihti from tin Hsrald-Zsitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: SusfeWHHuna, Brett Wright, Vlr-I [inis DeLaGarza, Ramona Espinosa and Ruben Leal Jr. (14 years). 7b have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Early voting shows hi^h interest in Comal bond election DAUK KNIGHT Staff Writer Early voting totals for Saturday’s Comal Independent School District bond election topped total voting figures in the 1995 bond election. C1SD taxpayers will vote on a $92,185 million bond issue to fund major expansions and renovations to existing campuses, coratruction of face new ichoob and upgrading technology. As of Monday evening. 1,870 of the district’s wafofo 13901 voters had cast ballots, said CISD bookkeeper Jo Schwab. About 517 more voted by 3l p m. Tuesday. Polls wens open until 5 p.m., and extended boun were offered at two sites Tuesday night In the 1994 bond election, 1,186 early votes were cast The total turnout for the 1995 bond flection, which passed by eight votes, was 2,143. “We’re well abt**#nt," Schwab saki “And, wo*lt still not {bushed.” CISD superintendent Jerry Major said the size of the bond issue, the number of propositions and the number of projects indicated turnout might be high. Board president Dan Krueger said he was excited to see the numbers climbing. The large turnout showed parents were interested and taking notice of what was going on in the schools, he said. Krueger said it was impossible to predict whether the voters heading to the polls were in support or opposition. The last chance for CISD residents lo cast a ballot will be Saturday, when seven polling sites will be open from 7 a m. to 7 p.m. Voters are considering the following propositions: • Proposition I — $38,485,00 for construction and equipment of school buildings rn the district and purchase of the necessary sites. This would include renovations to comply with health and safety code requirements and the Americans with Disabilities Act. • Proposition 2 — $42,390,000 for construction and equipment for a new 1,500-student high school and two elementary schools. This pnce would include technology for the new schools. • Proposition 3 — $9,825,000 for technology upgrades at existing campuses. • Proposition 4 — $1,485,000 for renovations and expansion of existing schools, including band halls for elementary and intermediate schools, exterior lighting and road and parking improvements for campuses.Cook up some of    your-nvn Wurst fest memories — Page 9-10A By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Comal County residents joined other Texas voters in heading to the polls Tuesday to approve a constitutional amendment that allows additional liens to be placed against a homestead. Proposition 8 was among 14 amendments to the Texas Constitution up for approval in the election. Total voter turnout in Comal County for the amendment election was 12.55 percent, according to election documents. A total of 3,357 voters, or 57 percent, cast their ballots in support of home equity lending while 2,847, or 43 percent, voted against the measure. Many residents at two New Braunfels polling stations Tuesday expressed distrust over Proposition 8. One resident said she welcomed the ability to further borrow on a homestead while others believed it would be detrimental to many families who already have a significant amount of debt. Cathy Zimmerman, who voted at Peace Lutheran Church Hall, said she favored the ability to borrow against homesteads and was going to vote for Proposition 8. A fellow voter saw potential problems that could result with this new-found freedom. “I’m going to vote against Proposition 8,” said Susan Adams, who also cast her ballot at Peace Lutheran Church Hall. Amendment 8 calls for the expansion of types of liens for home equity loans that a lender, with the homeowner’s consent, may place against a homestead. People might be attracted to the immediate convenience of accessing funds derived from an additional lien on their houses w hen it is time to make a big purchase or pay for something that doesn’t seem affordable, but Adams believed that voting for this proposition could put homeowners in jeopardy. “People think of the short term," said Adams. "Someone’s going to get into trouble and lose their house over their kid’s college education.” Peace Lutheran was the polling site for precincts 7, 12, 14, 15, 17, 26,28, 29 and 30, which represented more than one-third of the county’s total precincts. By mid afternoon, Wilbert Roper, election judge, and three other clerks said turnout had been low. At approximately 2:30 p.m., only 191 votes had been recorded in the ballot box. “It’s been slow,” said Roper. See how Comal County voted on other measures — Page 3A_ Leaders look at making loan changes By PEGGY FIKAC and MICHAEL HOLMES Associated Press Writers AUSTIN —Now that Texas has joined the other 49 states in allowing people to obtain home equity loans, some already are thinking about ways to permit bigger loans for even more purposes, “Once we’ve got it passed, then we can sit down and intelligently, without any emotion, discuss how to make it the way it ought to be,” said Sen. Jerry Patterson, an author of the equity loan constitutional amendment approved T uesday. He said he would like to lift the restriction that says a homeowner’s total debt, including original and second mortgages, can’t be more than 80 percent of the home’s market value. Patterson, R-Pasadena, said he also wains to give people seem to lines of credit secured by a house, which are prohibited. Others said changes won’t be easy — and they’re glad when it comes to consumer protection. Tom Smith of Public Citizen said Texas’ law is one of the best for consumers, citing such measures as caps on fees and mandatory counseling for senior citizens. The home equity lending measure provides for a cooling-off period to allow borrowers to back out of a loan without penalty and has a “non-recourse” provision, so only the home can be taken if someone defaults on a second mortgage. Comal County voters overwhelmingly supported propositions calling for qualifications for constables (72 percent in favor) and dedicating the crime victims’ compensation fund (69 percent in favor). On the amendment calling for tax relief for water conservation initiatives, Comal County voted 59 percent in favor and 41 percent against. Statewide voters approved the measure 62 percent to 38 percent. H*r»k»-Z*<tung photo by Michael Dam*!! Polka orate Mvron Floret! clava a Jaw tunas ai Kirkwood Manor Nursina AP as8a^ss8ssas    avaa assisa    lislm a D ^^41^X4 SAA esswsd ID aa a ■aOfiwi    enjoying in$ iiiU9»c are Maiino DBnwn, i w, a no D993 DBTa9|| a VOV^Bl 9 Mal 9pp$9i9nC9 al OTIB y98v 9 wa UY911981 Will 09 Some of the guitars strummed during this year’s Wurstfest were made by a New Braunfels retiree with a love for the instrument. When Everett P. Fulton graduated high school in 1936, he gave up his hobby in music to join the Navy. During his youth, Fulton said he played a Gibson tenor guitar with his oldest brother, John, and a high school friend over the radio in San Angelo. But Fulton said his playing days came to an end after he graduated from San Angelo High School in 1936. “I sold the instrument and went into the Navy,” said Fulton, 80. The River Oaks resident spent 20 years in the Navy as an aviator and a commander during World War ll. When he moved to New Braunfels in 1978, Fulton said he wanted to play the guitar again. The yearning for the good old days started when he wen to a San Antonio music shop and found a Gibson tenor guitar. Fulton said the store owner did not want to sell the guitar but that visit sparked an idea. “I decided to build me one,” he said. When he completed his first guitar, Fulton started making other kinds of musical instruments — classical guitars, acoustic guitars, mandolins and mandocettoa. People began to take notice of Fulton’s hand-crafted musical instruments and before long. he was making instru- today te • pm. br Wur athelia. *Th* tun* I* th* SWWI MNIIJp WHVUI It* Mu u— •artfully hard, hut* vootfs whieh glv* It a tun*' — Barry Roberts of Alpenfest merits for many professional muuciaas. groups and hobbyists. Tuesday i group of musicians went to Fulton’s home to play a few tunes. In that group was Barry Robert* of Holton, whose band Alpenfest will play throughout the week at Wurstfest. Roberts said the guitars Fulton makes have a unique timbre. “The tune is the sweet thing about it,” Roberts said. “He uses extremely hard, hard woods which give it a brighter but sharper tune.” Fulton said his instruments were made of strong, durable woods such as Hawaiian mango, black walnut and Honduras mahogany. Those woods make the instruments last longer and sound better, Fulton said. "Mango makes it thin and strong — it doesn’t dent like spruce,” he said. “I use it on instruments for soundboards." Fulton said he also repaired musical instruments, and some of his handmade instruments were sold at The Music Source in New Braunfels and music stores in San Marcos and San Antonio. Local dentist Ed Wuensch received a special gift made by Fulton this year. “My wife surprised me with this classical guitar on my 37th birthday," Wuensch said. Turn to Guitarist, Page 2A NB man expresses himself through musical instrument By DAVID DEKUNOER Staff Writer rotten count Molds — 907    Grass—10 Ragweed— 36    Pigweed —10 (Potion measured in p*rts p«r cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 312 cubic feet per second, same as Tuesday. Edwards' Aquifer Panther Canyon WeN — 625.79 feet above sea level, same as Tuesday. Canyon Dam discharge —192 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 186 cfs Canyon Lake level — 906.96 feet above sea level. (Conservation pool.) a.a ii-----—    I    a^aaa^a-- new oreumets uunuee N6U reports pumping 6.478 mAon galore of surface waler Tuesday, and 511,000 galore wet waler were used. oiQftijaUP Expect typical Batell ■SII Mr OS U ISI Tonight — Clear. Lows in the 40s to upper 30s . Thursday — Sunny. Highs near 70 to the lower 70s. Thursday night, dear. Lows in the lower 40s to mid 30s. Friday — Mostly sunny. Highs in the lower and mid 70s. Saturday — Mostly clear. Lows in the 40s. Highs in the lower and mid 70s. Sunday — Increasing cloudiness. Lows near 50 to 40s. Highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s. Bwkllilt VlBniBgB BAI NIM I remains an display This year’s Heritage Exhibit 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 will be open 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center daily during Wurstfest. Cal Thomas to spsak in Now Braunfels Cal Thomas will be the featured speaker at the upcoming Comal County Pro-Life Foundation s fund-raiser banquet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. For tickets and information, call either a local church or Crisis Pregnancy Center at 629-7565. Road work Motorists driving around town need to be on the look out for work crews in the following areas: • Texas Department of Transportation crews are continuing expansion work on Interstate 35 between Soims Road and Farm-to-Market 3009. Southbound exits, with the exception of FM 2252/FM 482, will be closed. All northbound lanes and exits are open. • Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane. Take an alternate route if possible. • In addition to routine repairs, county road crews will be paving Rittman Road, but the road will be passable. • City crews will be striping Walnut Avenue from San Antonio Street to Landa Street. Inside I a t I ;

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