Wednesday, November 5, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas T Volleyball fceep playoff hopes alive Page IB 50 CENTS Donations so far To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 New Braunfels 18 pages in two sections Wednesday November Serving Comal County arid surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Susie Williams Vol 145 No 255 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Susie Williams Brett Wright Vir ginia DeLaGarza Ramona Espinosa and Ruben Leal Jr 14 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds 997 Grass Pigweed Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 312 cubic feet per sec ond same as Tuesday EdwardsAquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and gallons well water were used Expect typical fall weather Tonight Clear Lows in the 40s to upper 30s Thursday Sunny Highs rieaf 70 to the Jower 70s Thursday night clear Lows in the lower 409 to mid 30s Friday Mostly sunny Highs in the lower and mid 70s 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 Heritage Exhibit remains on display This years Heritage Exhibit 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 at the New Braunfels Civic Center daily during Wurstfest Cal Thomas to speak in Kew Braunfels Cal Thomas will be the fea tured speaker at the upcom ing Comal County ProLife Foundations fundraiser ban quet at 7 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 fol lowing areas Texas Department of Transportation crews are con tinuing expansion work on Interstate 35 between Solms Road and FarmtoMarket 3009 Southbound exits with the exception of FM 482 will be closed All north bound 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 Rittiman Road but the road will be passable City crews will be striping Walnut Avenue from San Anto nio Street to Landa Street Bulverde overwhelmingly approves incorporation By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer BULVERDE Bulverde residents voted to incorporate their community by a 61 margin on Tuesday It is history in the Oak Village North resident Diana Schwind said It is an his torical She was one of a dozen jubilant supporters who gathered at the Justice of the Peace building in downtown Bulverde after the results from the threb Bulverde elections were tabulated Residents in Bulverde East Oak Village Bulverde South Bulverde Hills and Bulverde North Bulverde Estates voted to incor porate 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 flulverde East with 464 for and 97 against A total of people voted in the three elec Turn to Bulverde Page 2A Incorporation Bulverde North Bulverde East Bulverde 464 97 38 Wurst guitarist i year Barry of Alpenfest strums a New Braunfels resident Everett Fulton as a felfow musician Jim Richards looks on Alpenfest Is one of Wi groups performing at Wurstfest this NB man expresses himself through musical instrument By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Some of the guitars strummed during this years 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 said Fulton 80 The River Oaks resident spent 20 years in the Navy as an aviator and a commander during World War II 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 went 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 vis it sparked an idea I decided to build me he said When he completed his first guitar Fulton started making other kinds of musical instruments classical gui tars acoustic guitars mandolins and mandocellos People began to take notice of Ful tons handcrafted musical instruments and before long he was making instru v HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Polka great Myron Floren plays a few tunes at Kirkwood Manor Nursing Home Tuesday Enjoying the music are Maime Bartlett 100 and Bess Barker 99 Florens last appearance at this years Wurstfest will be today at 8 irrWursthalle brighter but sharper 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 doesnt dent like he said I use it on instruments for sound Fulton said he also repaired musical instruments and some of his hand made 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 Wuensch said The tune Is the sweet thing about it He uses extremely hard hard woods which give it a brighter but sharper Barry Roberts of Alpenfest ments for many professional musicians groups and hobbyists Tuesday agroup of musicians went to Fultons home to play a few tunes In that group was Barry Roberts of Hous ton whose will play throughout the week at Wurstfest Roberts said the guitars Fulton makes have a unique timbre The tune is the sweet thing about Roberts said He uses extremely hard hard woods which giv it a Turn to Guitarist Page 2A Comal state OK home equity lending By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Comal County residents joined other Texas voters in heading to the polls Tuesday to approve a consti tutional amendment that allows additional liens to be placed against a homestead Proposition 8 was among 14 amendments to the Texas Consti tution up for approval in the elec tion Total voter turnout in Comal County for the amendment election was percent according to election documents A total of voters or 57 per cent cast their ballots in support of home equity lending while or 43 percent voted against the mea sure 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 fam ilies 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 newfound freedom Im going to vote against Propo sition said Susan Adams who also cast her ballot at Peace Luther an Church Hall Amendment 8 calls for the expansion of types of liens for home equity loans that a lender with the homeowners 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 when it is time to make a big purchase or pay for something that doesnt seem afford able but Adams believed that voting for this proposition could put home owners in jeopardy People think of the short said Adams Someones going to get into trouble and lose their house over their kids college Peace Lutheran was the polling site for precincts 7 12 14 15 17 26 28 29 and 30 which represent ed more than onethird of the coun tys total precincts By mid after noon Wilbert Roper election judge and three other clerks said turnout had been low At approximately only 191 votes had been recorded in the ballot box Its been 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 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 jripre pur Once weve got it passed then we can sit down and intelli gently without any emotion dis cuss how to make it the way it ought to said Sen Jerry Pat terson an author of the equity loan constitutional amendment approved Tuesday He said he would like to lift the restriction that says a home owners total debt including original and second mortgages cant be more than 80 percent of the homes market value Patterson RPasadena said he also wants to give people access to lines of credit secured by a house which are prohibited Others said changes wont be easy and theyre glad when it comes to consumer protection Tom Smith of Public Citizen said Texas law is one of the best for consumers citing such mea sures as caps on fees and manda tory counseling for senior citi zens The home equity lending mea sure provides for a coolingoff period to allow borrowers to back out of a loan without penal ty and has a nonrecourse pro vision so only the home can be taken if someorie defaults on a second mortgage Comal County voters over whelmingly supported propositions calling for qualifications for con stables 72 percent in favor and dedicating the crime victims com pensation fund 69 percent in On the amendment calling for tax relief for water conservation initia tives Comal County voted 59 per cent in favor and 41 percent against Statewide voters approved the mea sure 62 percent to 38 percent Early voting hifeh interest in Comal bond election By DEMISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer Early voting totals for Saturdays Comal Independent School District bond electjon topped total voting figures in the bond election CISD taxpayers will vote on a million bond issue to fund major expansions and renovations to existing campuses construction of three new schools and upgrading technology As of Monday evening of the districts had cast ballots said CISD bookkeeper Jo Schwab About 5i more voted by 3 Tuesday Polls were open until 5 and extended hours were offered at two sites Tuesday night In the 1994 bond election ear ly votes were cast The total turnout for the 1995 bond election which passed by eight yptes Were Schwab said And werfe stiUnot CISD superintendent Jerry Major said the size of the bond issue the num ber 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 to cast a ballot will be Saturday when seven polling sites will be ppen from 7 to 7 Voters are considering the follow ing propositions Proposition 1 for construction and equipment of school buildings in the district and purchase of the necessary sites This would include renovations to comply with health and safety code requirements and the Amer icans with Disabilities Act Proposition 2 for construction and equipment for a new high school and two ele mentary schools This price would include technology for the new schools Proposition 3 for technology upgrades at existing cam puses Proposition 4 for renovations and expansion of existing schools including band halls for ele mentary and intermediate schools exte rior lighting and road and parking improvements for campuses Cook up some of yoiir o wn Wurstfest 9104 f