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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 1, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS 20332 110 09 GOWEST I 2627 t JjR IX 7J903 V 2 i ii j j j HERALDZEITUNG 138 12 pages in 1 section June 1999 TUESDAY Gomal County since 1852 50 cents A day to remember Veterans recognize their fallen comrades others spend day in Landa Park BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer For Memorial Day is not about tubing the river or cruising around the its about spending time with family and friends and remem bering those who lost their lives serving their coun American Legion Comal Post 179 placed Amer ican flags beside the graves of veterans at the Coma Peter and Paul Hidalgo Cemetery and New Braunfels starting at A tradition with the the flags are left all day then picked up in the All flags were purchased by the We had maps of each so we knew which graves to place flags said post comman der James Pickett a veteran of the Persian Gulf We try to keep them We added names of those who died within the last the workers went back to the post home for a breakfast cooked by the Ladies We placed around flags on post member Russell Krueger We dont leave them out past sunset in order to preserve We had around 12 areas to Comal Post 179 will have a memorial service at Prince Solms Park on July American Legion Guadalupe Valley Post 35 also placed flags on graves in the Guadalupe Valley Memorial Post members and the Ladies Aux iliary Unit 35 worked together to place 792 flags on the graves of war Post in conjunction with the Boy Scouts of America Troop 133 placed American flags down town along San Antonio Street and Seguin Some of the flags are donated by businesses and others are Joan Helmke It takes about two hours to put the flags Joan and husband Leon Helmke went to four county cemeteries on Sunday to place smaller Amer ican flags on 49 war veterans The flags are left on the Its hard work putting them Leon Helmke Landa Park was another area filled with people cel ebrating Memorial The Community Bible Church of San Antonio reserved a pavilion for their annual More than 400 church members came to Organizers said the time was used to play get to know new members and meet in small The church has been coming to Landa Park for sev en We barbecue chicken and sausage and each mem ber brings their own side said Carl associate pastor in charge of small We always reserve this and this is the first year they have had this We used to have to walk Hats off to Landa Park for building the Mike and Jan Poehling of San Antonio and their two children came with the church for the but also had their own The kids have been on the and were head ed for the tube Jan Poehling Some of the kids have even been Rob and Becky Poindexter of San Antonio and their two also members of the were ROBIN American Legion Post 179 member Hanno Hoffman places a flag next to the gravesite of a fellow veteran at the Comal Cemetery Monday post will have a memorial service for those who served their country on July planning to tube the Comal River Another church from the Good Shepherd Church of God in came to Landa Park because members said it was It was here or We choose said Henrietta Ochoa of Poteet Kids rode the paddle went swimming and played The New Creation Christian Fellowship of San Antonio brought a group of 10 to Landa Park for a church This was a first time the church has been to the Its a nice area to One of the guys had been here before and liked so we decided to minister Curtis Campbell The group went played sports and enjoyed good We wanted to do something for Memorial so we decided to come to the Campbell Thelma Benaviez of San Antonio came for the first time with family and friends to Landa Her Erick Benaviez of was visiting for the We usually barbecue at but we decided to come this year because people said it was real pret ty and its Thelma Benaviez Another family enjoying a picnic was that of Shawn and Angela Overeynder of New They came with their children and Its our first time We came because it lets the kids have a chance to be Weve been on the train and are going Angela The Blain family of San Antonio and the Mills family of Austin got together for a fun day at the As soon as they they rode the train then decided to eat before going We just decided to We wanted to do some thing fun and to get out of the Elaine Blain The Landa Park miniature golf course has been open since spring but recently opened seven See ROBIN A Texas State Guardsman keeps watch Saturday as tubers float on the Guadalupe Guardsmen from Laredo volunteered to help provide security this past More than 100 arrested along river Number of citations similar to Labor Day 98 BY PERI STONE Staff Writer It might have been quieter this Memorial Day weekend on the Guadalupe but law enforce ment officials arrested more than 100 The majority were arrested for possession of mar ijuana and public Ed Whitson of the Comal County Sheriffs Office Other arrests were made for indecent disorderly conduct and More than 200 citations were written along the riv er for minors in possession of lack of floata tion devices and possession of These statistics measured up comparably to Labor Day which was the first holiday weekend with beefed up Approximately 100 arrests were made then and 300 citations were issued in the This was the first Memorial Day weekend with increased security and at least one officer found the noise volume more Its quieter man last CCSO Captain David Ott And I think its because were More than 35 county sheriffs deputies patrolled the banks and the river along River Road Sat urday and An additional 30 noncertified river security personnel were on duty to identify Downstream off of Gruene six New Braun fels Police Department officers patrolled about four too many for one Six seems like a bit said David Rodriguez of San Two might seem more Ive never known of any New Braunfels Police officer Jesse one of the six patrolling the said things were quiet for the most Most of the trouble happens he Officer Terry Flugrath Were more like a PR informational Soon a tourist lugging a huge tube wandered over to the cluster of three officers and asked them where to and do you know what time it the tuber The majority of rivergoers were having We didnt have any said a sunburned James Tarver of No no fuss His Everyones just having she And feeling more People were thanking us for being Ott They said they felt more safe with us Legislature brings open money for teachers BY PERI STONE Staff Writer To Comal Comity the 96th Texas Legislature meant no state bed tax revenue for river cleanup but more open government for the public and more money for Lawmakers also voted to allow several including to set up ground water The Legislature adjourned on This session was a good said Edmund It was not a session filled with many disappoint But there was at least one disappointment for several New Braunfels Senate Bill which initially asked to use a portion of the states bed tax revenue in New Braunfels for river died in a House The bill was changed in the Senate to allow New Braunfels to use city not state bed tax money for river drawing criticism from local businesses and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Com I just thought we should make the mon ey available if the city wanted to spend said Jeff RSan a coauthor of the Wentworth said he was disappointed that the bill But Wentworth definitely had some vic tories to After attempting to pass a bill regarding open records and meetings in and Wentworth finally found success this The bill closes the loophole in the open meetings forbidding elected officials to be briefed in The public needs to see that decision making he Both Wentworth and Kuempel agreed that More on the 96th Legislature Pages a bill infusing funds into the education sys tem was one of the most significant accom plishments of the education bill is the most equi table bill Ive seen this session since Ive been in the Kuempel I was happy that were getting teachers pay raises they so richly deserve and thank them for a job well Lawmakers approved a pay raise See INSIDE Key code 76   

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