Wednesday, May 9, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 9, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas IEST AVAILABLE COPY NEW BRAUNFELS WEDNESDAY May 2001 18 pages in sections pages in scctx HERALDZEITUNG 153 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents A ride through history CHRIS Sabra of gets on her horse Tuesday morning before the start of the German Heritage Wagon Train and Trail the trailriders make their way down Texas 46 West during the first day of the which ends Saturday in Trail ride honors German settlers BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Just outside New women and children saddled em up and moved em out Tuesday heading westbound on Texas There were wagons and There were the riding out ahead and guarding the women and the youngsters and trying to ensure a safe There was there was and there were horses lots of hors It looked like a wagon and thats what it But this there was no wilderness to worry and the riders are spending the nights sleeping in motor homes and travel trailers rather than on the But it wasnt always that and how it used to be was what it was all about Tuesday for 140 riders on hors wagons and buggies who left New Braunfels for Fredericksburg in this years German Heritage Wagon Train and Trail The conducted in May each five honors the second wave of German the ones who left New Braunfels with John Meusebach in 1846 to found This years 70mile ride and cele bration also honors the 155th anniver sary of the founding of Fredericks where the ride ends on Saturday Each the Heritage Ride now in its eighth repeat is held one year after a similar event commemorating the 158mile trek German immigrants made from Indi anola to New Braunfels when they arrived in Werner Keisling is trail boss of the Heritage He was Tuesday riding up and down the making sure everyone was ready for the 8 Were going to have a wonderful fiveday trail ride in beautiful weath he Well be in Freder icksburg by they rode 14 miles to Spring theyll ride to Kendalia on old roads too rugged to follow with the trucks or the motor which will have to go around on theyll reach Sisterdale another 14 miles and theyll get to theyll finish the last 8mile leg to See State champion After a long three a happy Lauren Walker accepts her University Interscholastic League State Champion medal Tuesday afternoon in girls 4A singles For more see the related story in page JESSIE HeraldZeitung Jury convicts parents of negligence BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A Comal County jury weighed more than 240 exhibits and some 16 days of testimony in about nine hours Monday night and Tuesday before filing back into District Courtroom Num Among those exhibits were the graphic photographs of Joseph and Yevette Heisers emaciated and dehydrated young The photos were taken this past year in an Austin hospital The of Liberty were accused of injuring and endangering their then7 yearold child by nearly starv ing her to death and failing to find her proper medical The jury foreman on Tues day announced a not guilty verdict to the firstdegree felony charge of child injury against the The charge could have sent them to prison for the rest of their But the jury did convict the Heisers of criminal negli gence causing serious bodily injury or bodily injury to the Criminal negligence is a state jail felony punishable by six months to two years Courtesy of the Sun Yevette arid Joseph Heiser at a previous court in a state jail and a fine of up to The Heisers could be placed on probation and never serve jail Tuesday the jury reconvened to decide that issue in a punishment hear ing before 26th Judicial Dis trict Judge Billy Ray Stub Prosecutor Jane Starnes addressed the jury You saw what happened to that little she told Were going to be ask ing you for a sentence of two years in a state I dont think justice will allow any thing Starnes offered into evi dence for the hearing her twoweek case against the See Meeting What Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission meeting When today Where 2105 Building Room Directions to TNRCC Take I 35 North to Exit on Yager The exit will pass over Take a uturn to proceed on the southbound access road of The TNRCC offices will be on the Lake residents take GBRA permit fight online BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Save Canyon Lake Thats the battle cry of a new Web site aimed at stopping a proposed permit to take more water from the A group of business people creat ed the site at to oppose the Guadalupe Blanco River Authoritys permit amendment that will increase the amount of water taken from Canyon Lake mulls lake by The Texas Natural Resource Con servation Commission plans to vote on whether to approve the amend ment at a hearing in Austin The commissioners also could choose to send the amendment to a contested case hearing at the state office administrative Even if the commission approves the the fight is not organizer Bill Womack Its not over it wont be Womack They might win the but they wont win the The home page of the site fills in information about the permit Save Canyon Lake it Are you aware that the GBRA is trying to increase the amoxmt of water they take from Canyon Lake from acreyards to acre yards The actual unit of measurement is One acrefoot equals about gallons of Do you realize that that could lower our lake level by at least 20 feet the site That many boating areas and water access See TxDOT shifting southbound 135 closing two ramps FROM STAFF REPORTS Southbound Interstate 35 traffic will be shifted to the newly built center lanes and a pair of access ramps will be closed until the spring of next Michelle Kopp of the Pepartment of Transporta tion said workers would detour southbound traffic in areas into news lanes on the center of the interstate between 9 today and 6 The southbound Ruekle Road entrance ramp and the southbound Solms Road exit will be closed until next as When you get on there Thursday therell INSIDE Brockman to lead economic development SPECIAL TO THE HERALDZEITUNG Rusty Brockman has accepted a staff position with the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce chamber President Michael Meek Brockman was selected from more than 30 applicants in a nationwide search for the position of director of eco nomic Brock man submitted his resigna tion Friday to the Comal Indepen dent School where he has been the mainte nance coor dinator and purchasing agent for six Brockman expects to begin work at the chamber June Rusty is a very respected BROCKMAN community leader with a suc cessful track With our communitys need for greater emphasis on higher educa tion and community devel he was by far the most qualified Were very excited to have someone of his stature and talent joining the Meek Brockman has lived in New Braunfels since 1986 and has 26 years of experience in pub See