Friday, November 14, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Unicorns gear up far playoff game tonight Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels 20332 l009 s o u E s T n t c R o P u B L 1 s n i N o 2627 DR 80 22 pages in two sections Friday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Milton R Arnold Vol 146 No 1 1L Inside Market SUimmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Richard Ross Giselle Gutier rez Neal Miller Sat Milton R Arnold Sat Jennifer Harios 16 Levy Rinehart Yolanda Huerta Jesse S Garcia Jr Christa Leyba Chloe Diaz Cidelia Saenz 17 years Saturday and Diego Saenz 15 years Happy Anniversary wishes go to Michael and Karen Usey 17 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Poten measured h parts per cubic meter of air Womralion provided by Dr Frank Hampd River Information Comal River 317 cubic feet per sec ond same as Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 03 from Thursday Canyon Dam discharge 169 cfs Canyon Lake inflow 243 cfs Canyon Lake feet above sea level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Thursday and no well water Pull out that winter coat gloves Tonight Becoming cloudy windy and colder with a slight chance of driz zle or showers Lows in the 30s to 40s Saturday Morning clouds and patchy drizzle then partly cloudy and cold by afternoon Highs near 50 Saturday night clearing and very cold Lows near 30 Sunday Clear and cold Highs in the lower 50s to 40s Monday Mostly clear Lows in the 20s to near 30 Highs in the 50s to near 60 Tuesday Partly cloudy and warmer Lows in the 30s and 40s Highs in the 60s Let New Braunfels meet your neighbors We want the rest of New Braunfels to meet your neighbors Write us a letter or essay and tell us why these neighbors are so special Well run them in our Neighbors section in Hori zons Mail your to us at 707 Landa New Braunfels Texas 78130 If you have any questions contact managing editor Margaret Edmonson at 625 9144 ext 220 Help veterans give to drive Tree of Life Fellowship will collect canned goods for homeless veterans during November with the help of Librados restaurant Drop off nonperishable items in the box at the entrance to Librados through today For information call 6292963 Road work Crews are working on FarmtoMarket 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane Take an alternate route if possible City crews will be striping Mesquite Old Marion Road and Old McQueeney Road Arctic blast coming get home ready Look for freezing temps this weekend BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer A cold front this weekend will bring the first freezing temperatures this season and Comal County residents can save on energy costs and protect their houses by winter izing their homes i An will drop temperatures into the 30s tonight and into the 20s and 30s Saturday evening To keep energy costs down homeowners can make simple adjustments that could save them money during the entire winter One big energyeater is air leakage into a house accord ing to David Werley New Braunfels Utilities consumer programs coordinator Cold air sneaking in through doorjambs windowpanes and cracks in walls puts an additional load on a heating system and can account for 20 to 35 percent additional heating costs according to information provided by the Texas Energy Extension Service Much of these drafts can be eliminated with inexpen sive caulking and weather stripping materials owners can apply themselves You can tighten a house said Werley A lot of it is just looking and Cracks around windows doors plumbing and other ser vicerelated entrances account for the greatest losses Drafts can be detected easily whistling near windows and streams of light visible around door frames are sure signs of leakage Werley said Weather stripping can be purchased by the foot or in kits complete with seals and suitable fasteners for a single door or window Weather stripping is available in foam rub fejt flexible yiny and spring metal or plastic tension Turn to Freeze Page 2A Manslaughter case headed for Jan trial From staff reports A New Braunfels man accused of manslaughter in a 1995 automobile accident that claimed the life of a Seguin woman will go to trial in January Shelly Schuetz of New Braunfels could be sentenced to 2 to 20 years in prison and a possible fine of up to SI if convicted He also faces two charges of failure to stop and render aid District court coordinator Martin Allen said the jury date has been set for Jan 26 1998 According to reports Schuetz was driving west in a Chevrolet pickup pulling a trailer on Texas 46 in the inside lane on Dec Russell Fields of Gonzales was dri ving west in an older model Oldsmobile Louisa Carvajal who drove a 1988 Mercury Sable was eastbound According to witnesses Schuetz was weaving in and out of traffic Fields tried to pass Schuetz by moving to the outside lane Schuetz who continued to weave in and out hit Fields vehicle forcing him to lose control He crossed the median and broadsided Carvajals car Carvajal was pronounced dead at the scene According to reports Schuetz did not stop at the scene He was apprehended by police in the 500 block of Farm toMarket 306 near the Coleman Plant after an eyewitness followed him and called 911 on a cellular telephone HeraldZeitung photos by Michael Damall New Braunfels Mayor Jan Kennady and River of Lights organizer Anna Lee Hicks plug in the lights during the opening cere monies Thursday evening Let there be lights Holiday River Lights brightens up hpLiday s BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer With the flick of a switch officials illumi nated Cypress Bend Park with the Holiday River of Lights display alongside the Guadalupe River Thursday evening Leaping reindeer a snowman tossing a candy cane and a fountain surrounded by swans were among displays throughout the park that began glowing and blinking about Mayor Jan Kennady and Anna Lee Hicks chairwoman of the citys holiday lighting display plugged two large extension cords City manager Mike Shands and others fed electricity to the cords by turning on pow er switches simultaneously nearby in the park This is an exciting night said Hicks who said she was overwhelmed the feeling of unity by all who had contributed to readying the displays The drivethrough exhibit is scheduled to open to the public at 6 today and will continue for 51 consecutive days except for Christmas Day Admission varies depending on the size and number of people in vehicles Cars vans and even buses can follow a trail of a mile long that winds through the park alongside the displays and under arcs of lights that outline the path We are excited about this magical journey of sight sound and said Kennady Cars go under a bridge of lights at the end of the drive Holiday River of Lights WHEN Beginning today through Jan 4 6 to SundayThursday 6 to FridayrSaturday WHERE Cypress Bend Park off Common Street and south on Peace Avenue COST for vehicles carrying up to eight for larjie vans RVs for buses for season passes providing unlimited Damp weather and patches of fog disturbed only one reindeer display repaired by city troubleshooters while season pass holders residents along Comal Street and many city and county officials maneuvered their cars along the trail outlined in white The display will be altered as the holiday season progresses according to Hicks Addi tions will be made to change the look of the light exhibit City officials are expecting between and vehicles both local and outof town visitors to pass through the park during the event which runs until Jan 4 German company plans to locate in New Braunfels NEW BRAUNFELS By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by David DeKunder Guenther Fischer president of Germanybased Sternplastics speaks at a press conference Thursday announcing that the plastics processing company has set up its first operations in the United States in New Braunfels A European plastic molding compa ny is planning to build a manufacturing site in New Braunfels within a year At a press conference Thursday at Honors Hall Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce officials announced Germanybased Sternplas tics Corp would make New Braunfels the home for its first operations in the United States The companys plastics processing headquarters are in VillingenSchwen ningen the Black Forest area of Ger many Sternplastics president Guenther Fis cher said the firm opened a sales office two months ago on Interstate 35 South in New Braunfels Fischer said his company chose New Braunfels because of its heritage loca tion and businessfriendly environment The reason why we chose this area The reason why we chose this area it is an area of fine German heritage It makes me person ally feel at Guenther Fischer Sternplastics president it is an area of fine German Fischer said It makes me personally feel at home 1 have been corning here for the last 10 years I am quite familiar with the The company had 200 employees with its plants in Germany Ireland and Switzerland and reported about million in sales a year Fischer said But the big reason Sternplastics decided to settle in New Braunfels was its location to Mexico Fischer said Sternplastics which makes plastics for the automotive computer electron ics chemical and micromechanics industries was doing business in Mex ico with Robert Bosch which makes car parts Fischer said It is a good strategic place Fischer said Fischer said the current office in New Braunfels would act as a sales office for injection molding tools plastic and ceramic parts for knives scissors tweez ers chip carriers nozzles and other products We are looking for customers in San Antonio and Fischer said It looks quite Chamber president Michael Meek said chamber officials had been courting Sternplastics for more than a year and a half Since the company opened a sales office it was not offered incentives immediately Meek explained At such a time when he does build a Turn to Company Page 2A Laugh your worries away Page 8A Salvation Army set to launch kettle campaign Page ft A