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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NFW iriirMjTFri s DR HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 15 14 pages in 2 sections December 9 1999 THURSDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Comal grand jury reindicts woman accused of killing husband FROM STAFF REPORTS A Comal County grand jury Wednesday indicted a local woman a second time on a charge of capital murder in the death of her husband earlier this year Adele Hartwig 61 is accused of killing Harold Hartwig 72 by setting fire to the log cabin they shared on Heuco Springs Loop during the early morning hours of May 4 HARTWIG She was first arrested June 3 after being indict ed June 2 on the capital murder charge The Comal County District Attorneys office presented a new indict ment to the grand jury Wednesday after a judge granted a motion Mon day to set aside the states first indictment State District Judge Jack Robison grant ed a motion by Adele Hartwigs defense attorneys Tom Gamer and John Herrick to set aside the June 2 indictment As a result Adele Hartwig was tem porarily released from the Comal County Jail Monday afternoon She was back in custody on a capital murder charge about 10 minutes later Adele Hartwigs attorneys argued that the June 2 indictment was not set forth in plain and intelligible words so that she would know the nature of the charges against her Wednesdays indictment was not available as of press time The Comal County Dis trict Attorneys office and Adele Hartwigs attorneys could not be reached for com ment According to the June 2 indictment Harold Hartwig allegedly died of severe burns asphyxiation because of car bon monoxide poisoning or smoke inhala tion during the May 4 fire Adele Hartwig was charged with inten tionally starting a fire or causing an explo sion by using a flammable substance to ignite a wall near a bedroom occupied by Harold Hartwig Taste of days gone by First Texas tavern licensed after Prohibition still serving Comal BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer HUNTER The way owner Don na Wilson sees it shes preserving a little bit of history while shes filling frosty mugs of beer and selling pret zels to faithful customers Its been business as usual for Rileys Tavern which reopened in October after a long court battle over renewing its alcohol license For Wilson and the patrons of the tavern located six miles north of New Braunfels on FarmtoMarkefr Road 1102 in Hunter the twoyear closing was like time stood still We have a lot of bluecollar work ers who come Wilson said One person told me three genera tions of his family drank here I kept fighting for the clientele I really appreciate all the friends that helped me through that The favorite hangout not only offers a place for people to unwind after a hard day of work but also serves up a taste of days gone by Donna Wilson and her husband Rick bought Rileys Tavern in 1993 from Elizabeth Riley Elizabeths hus band Riley owned and operated the tavern until 1991 At age 17 Riley was the first per son to get an alcohol license after Prohibition in September 1933 A few days later Rileys Tavern was created I love to study history and restora Wilson said This is a really historic place I restored everything back to almost its original condition We still have most of the original items from the cash register to the outdated beer cans Of course Ive added some Although the tavern is equipped with billiards tables and an outdoor biergarten the Wilsons and patrons of the tavern said the main attraction was the atmosphere Tommy Mills of San Marcos said he visited the tavern several times a week When they reopened it was a real WAI Above Rileys Tavern bartender Abby Robbin serves the downtoearth customers after a hard day of work The bar first opened in 1933 and was reopened in October by present owners Donna and Rick Wilson after a twoyear closing Below Memorabilia such as a restored cash register outofdate beer bottles and pho tos of previous staff and owners give Rileys Tavern its essence as a neighborhood bar WHERE To FIND IT HOW TO GET THERE Take Interstate 35 North to FarmtoMarket Road 306 Turn right on FM 1102 to Hunter The tavern is behind the iron railroad bridge in Hunter SPECIAL EVENT Rileys Tavern 8894 FarmtoMarket Road 1102 will have a Tamale Cookoff from 1 to 5 Sunday Proceeds from the cookoff benefit the Blue Santa program to provide gifts and food for needy children in the New Braunfels area For information call Donna Wilson at 512 392 3132 ly popular he said Theres no trouble here I like that Its out of town so its like a little In May 1996 former Comal Coun ty judge Carter Casteel denied renew al of the alcohol license after receiv ing several complaints about loud music parking problems and large crowds from residents living near the tavern Casteel asked for more informa tion and studies to be conducted During the court proceedings the Wilsons voluntar ily closed the tav ern and surren dered its license to the Texas Alco holic Beverage Commission In June District Judge Charles Ramsay overruled the previous deci sion He ordered the TABC to immediately issue an alcohol license to the Wilsons Donna Wilson said she was glad to see the tav ern back in business and to be able to offer a place for her cus tomers to relax and enjoy them selves It seems like its out in the middle of she said But people feel comfortable here Women are not afraid to come in alone Some come in after work and some men come in suits It doesnt matter because every ones comfortable I tell people it reminds me of my living Theres a mixture of people who come here and they were all very supportive when we were closed Rileys is a place that deserved to be Toxic spill dumps acid on interstate Highway expected to be reopened in time for morning commute FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS SAN ANTONIO A truck wreck and chemical leak on an interstate highway near downtown San Antonio forced several thousand people from homes businesses and schools Wednesday The tractortrailer rig tipped over during rushhour traf fic about on a curving ramp where Interstate 35 meets Interstate 10 on the northwest corner of downtown San Antonio Fire Department and hazardous materials officers worked to remove the chemical hazard clear the vehicle off the road and check the bridge for any structur al damage before allowing traffic back on the highway said Allen Boozikee of San Antonio Fire and EMS The driver of the truck Steve Reyes 46 of Karnes City was taken to University Hospital for treatment of cnemical burns officials said Paramedics told KSATTV that 32 people were treated on the scene for symptoms such as burning eyes and breath ing problems Of those were transported to area hos pitals as a precautionary measure Some gallons of hydrochloric acid spilled onto the roadway officials said More than students from area schools were taken from their campuses by bus to school district buildings in safe areas Schools call for calendar input BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Officials with two local school districts are seeking input from parents and community members about pro posed calendars for the 20002001 school year Committees with Comal and New Braunfels school districts are planning calendars for the next school year District officials are encouraging parent and patron input before the calendars are approved by trustees in early 2000 In New Braunfels ISO the Dis trictwide Education Improvement Council comprised of teachers parents and community members met Monday to begin work on the 20002001 school calendar NBISD Superintendent Ron Reaves said Members of the DEIC who represent all facets of the community will develop a school calendar to be approved by the school board in February of next year Major issues will be See ListofNBISDs Districtwide Education Improvement Council members Page 7A Melissa Higgins director of Rehabilitation Services at McKenna Sports Fitness and Rehabilitation Center demonstrates how to use easy grip foam tubing tor utensils to perform chores WAIUHeraJd Zeitung McKenna expands care with new rehab center BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Patients recovering from a stroke or orthopedic surgery soon will be spared repeated trips to Austin or San Antonio for rehabilitation services The Rehabilitation Institute at McKenna Memorial Hospi tal scheduled to open Jan 3 will provide a stateoftheart inpatient rehabilitation center The unit is being built on the fourth floor of the hospitals new tower at 600 North Union Ave and is part of the hospitals mil lion expansion project Melissa Higgins director of rehabilitation for McKenna Memorial Hospital said the new unit would offer rehabili tation for patients recovering from postneurological prob lems such as strokes or surgery such as total hip or knee replacements This will be the only acute rehabilitation unit south of Austin and north of San Anto she said Joe Maese director of nurs ing for the Rehabilitation Insti tute said the hospital sent about 40 patients per month from Comal County to centers in the San Antonio and Austin areas We are hoping to capture that he said Higgins said the new unit would offer the same quality of care and services with a more convenient location for Comal residents This is awesome for the community because it offers equipment and nurses and staff that are well educated and she said The inpatient rehabilitation unit will accommodate 20 patients and offer 24houra day nursing care and speech occupational and physical ther apy six days a week Psychological support and social services also will be available Rehabilitation Institute med ical director Maria Lomba said it was often unsafe to send See INSIDE Archives Kay code 7Q