Thursday, December 11, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Local triathlete wins world championship Page f 13 50 CENTS Goal Donations so far To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 Unmnvwni New Braunfels HeraldZeit 20332 MOO SOREST MICROPUBLISHINO E YANDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 14 pages in two sections Thursday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 146 years Home of Patty McCoy jl 146 No 20 V Inside Market Dear Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Judene Goodson Maria Silva Brinda Valdez Patty McCoy Earlene Klabunde Holly Mullins Tammy Stewart Mark Zamora Cindy Billera and Erik Gonzaies To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Pollen measured h parts per oiDte meter of air Information by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 326 cubic feet per sec ond Wednesday same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level Wednesday down 01 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge 247 cfs Canyon Lake inflow 188 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and gallons of well water P Brrrrrrrrr Its cold outside Today Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of light rain Highs in the mid 40s Tonight cloudy and cold with a slight chance ofllght rain possibly mixed with sleet or snow Lows near 30 Friday Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of light rain possibly mixed with sleet or snow Highs in the mid 40s Friday night partly cloudy with isolated light rain or snow Lows in the 20s Saturday Partly cloudy and cold Highs in the 40s Sunday Partly cloudy A slight chance of light snow early Lows in the 20s Highs in the 50s Monday Mostly sunny but cool Lows in the 30s south central Highs in the 60s March of Dimes shares the spirit The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was March of Dimes This nonprofit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to today and hand out information In return the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight Cheer Fund needs donations The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung is accepting dona tions for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund to purchase food baskets for the needy Dona tions can be made at the Her aldZeitung 707 Landa St Recent contributions are Anonymous Anonymous Eva Noster Troy and Dolores Burch David and Charline John Jim and Myrtle Clark Joyce B Elbel Glowfest 97 takes to the sky this weekend Balloonists looking for friendly landing sites Special to the HeraldZeitung Lloyd Gates will at Glowfest 97 Photo submitted pilot Wanderlust Thirty hotair balloons will launch from the Comal County Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday in Glowfest 97 part of New Braunfels annual Festtage celebration The event will start with a launch of the bal loons at 7 Friday Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds On Saturday the inflated balloons will light up their airborne heaters and create a spectacular look of giant Christmas tree ornaments at the fair grounds The show will last from 5 to 7 During the display Christmas will be added to the festive event i Admission to the launches and the Glow is free to the public Parking within the fairgrounds is During the4hreeday event the gentle giants of the sky will be looking for friendly places to land The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce organizers of Glowfest 97 are asking res idents ranchers and farmers with open land for their assistance in providing potential landing sites Those who dont mind having the balloons land on their property are encouraged to put out a sheet or tarp that can be seen from the air white for yes blue or red for said Dana Gold Glowfest 97 chair Turn to Glowfest Page 2A The balloons win launch at 7 Friday Saturday and Sunday at the Comal County Fairgrounds J M The Glow1 display will take place from 5 to H Adrhisslbn to the launches and Glow is free Parferig within the fairgrounds is Carnival rides will be offered starting at 5 Frilday and from 9 to 9 Saturday at the fairgrounds B Tethered balloon rides also will be offered from to Saturday H For information call 6252385 Lining up support Unicorn fans get there early for game tickets By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor The friendships might last a lifetime friendships forged dur ing the wee hours of the morning waiting in the Unicorn football ticket line I was here at said first inline ticket buyer Denice Rodriguez at Wednes day I was surprised she wasnt She was Nita Heap who vies with Rodriguez for diehardest They were among 30 Unicorn supporters who lined up early Wednesday at New Braunfels High School to buy tickets for the Unicorns state semifinal game Saturday in Houstons Astrodome The Unicorns will play Alief Hastings at 8 Dave Pryor a fiveyear New Braunfels resident who moved here from Baytown has two future NBHS students his chil dren are 6 and 2 My regular standing time is Normally Im third in he said Pryor like the others waiting to buy tickets for themselves and groups of friends relatives and coworkers said he had a propri etary interest in the Unicorns suc cess Ive lived here for five years and had season tickets for five he said t Memorial Primary teacher Renea Ritchie stands in line to buy tickets for fellow teachers Usually it comes to 32 of she said The Memorial Primary students can sing the Unicom fight song by heart Ritchie sing it at school each morning HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Flynt England From left Unicorn fans Renea Ritchie and Jeanelle Crisp become booster Carroll Colemans ad hoc charter bus table crew while waiting in line for game tickets Wednesday morning Take our special Unicorn sign to the big game Inside today Several Memorial Primary teachers had Unicorns as students she said I had Chad Wehe and Joel Tienda in the first Ritchie said She took it upon herself to call the San Antonio television sta tions and correct their pronuncia tion of Wehes name was after the Judson so tired of them saying He deserved to have his named pronounced right Ritchie and Jeannelle Crisp turn to Support Page 2A New Braunfels Unicorns vs Alief Hastings Fighting Bears Saturday WHERE Astrodome Houston Unicom fans will sit on the visitors side of the stadium Seating first come fJrst served Some stu dent general admission tickets will be oh sale locally and at the Astrodome WHERE TO BUY THEM Tickets can be pur chasikl in advance at New Braunfels High School tpday from 8 to 3 and Friday 8 tpT at the gate HOW TO DRESS Bring a light sweater or jacket DIRECTIONS Take Interstate 10 to Houston then go south on Loop 6iO to Greenbriar Drive The Astrodome is inside Loop 610 on Greenbriar Drive The return trip back to New Braunfels will be more of a problem since only one Interstate 10 West lane will be Department of Transportation officials suggest an alternate route Take Loop 610 west and then north to Texas 59 Victoria then take Texas 59 west to Texas 99 Grand Take Texas 99 north to Interstate 10 west back to Seguin V Hepatitis A outbreak has leaders concerned County calls press conference today BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Carter Casteel Local residents are not taking enough pre cautions to stop the spread of hepatitis A in Comal County according to local officials To promote community and physician awareness and cooperation Comal County officials called a press conference for today at 150 N Seguin in the Commissioners Courtroom The purpose of the press conference is to educate the community on hepatitis A how to curtail the spread and preventive measures everyone should know to protect themselves said County Judge Carter Casteel This is Casteel said and the com munity is not taking this Holiday plans for potlucks at area schools day care and church facilities were altered after Comal County Health Department issued letters to parents Nov 12 forbidding home prepared foods or beverages at classroom parties and warning children not to share food and drinks Health care officials instructed teachers and parents to purchase individually wrapped or sealed foods from stores or commercial estab lishments In the letters Comal County health official Dorothy Overman urged residents to adhere to fastidious hygiene and emphasized cleanli ness for all employees and children at day care facilities Casteel Overman city sanitarian Joe Lara and county nurse Shel McWilliams will make announcements during the press conference They also will address the recent outbreak in an attempt to raise community awareness about an illness that can cause violent flulike symp toms dark urine and yellow skin Her wreaths must be handled with care But they win Gale Bretzke national recognition BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Cactus and barbed wire dont bring to mind festive occa sions let alone Christmas decorations But New Braunfels resident Gale Bretzke used both to construct a Christmas wreath that won her SI00 and recogni tion in the Good Housekeepings Wreaths Winners Circle for December 1997 A lot of people wouldnt attempt said Bretzke who first hacked away some leaves of prickly pear cactus with a machete and used barbed wire to form the back of the wreath She attached the cactus with wire twisty ties using larger cactus at the bottom and smaller ones near the top She finished off the wreath with artificial holly berries and a big red bow Gathering the prickly plant was a touchy situation she said We definitely have a big supply of said Bretzke of Turn to Wreaths Page 2A HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Jakoben Gale Bretzke shows off this years Christmas wreath which is similar to the one that won an award from Good Housekeeping Armed robber still on loose police getting tips from public From staff reports Police continue to search for a lone gunman who robbed several local busi nesses near Interstate 35 A reward offered by New County Crime Stop pers for information leading to the mans arrest prompted local residents to call in dozens of tips according to local law enforcement officials Sketch of robber We are following up on many said Basel Boatright of the New Brauniels Police Department Local lawmen released a sketch of the suspect last week The alleged gunman is described as an Hispanic male 16 to 19 years old and between 5foot8 and 5 foot10 He weighs between 130 and 160 pounds is clean shaven and has short black hair The man is suspected in at least six separate robberies The suspects descrip tion fits a man who robbed Lees Conoco Station on three separate occasions between Oct 24 and Nov 14 Planet Video on Nov 22 and the Conoco Food Mart at 1410 Huisache Ave on Nov 26 The same description fits a man who displayed a gun and tried to rob the Oak wood Inn Nov 26 and the Budget Inn days later NBPD officials contacted police depart ments in nearby metropolitan areas to see if they had similar cases Currently NBPD officials believe the suspect is a resident of New Braunfels or the surrounding area Anyone with information about the suspect or robberies is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 620TIPS or 18006408422 EAA adopts new budget conducts hearing in New Braunfels tonight Page 2A