New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas «Jl i i ■ WEEKEND, 12 Nelson twins tribute to dad Day Ricky ■ SPORTS, 6 CHS, SVHS renew old softball rivalry ■ NEWS, 3 African Children's Choir to perform at First UMC Texas yfp Newspaper of the Year Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852. 500 ►NB EMPLOYMENT Jobless Man charged in wife’s death rate rises to 6.7% End of holiday season jobs blamed By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung New Braunfels started the year with an unemployment rate of 6.7 percent in January, an .8 percent increase from the December rate of 5.9 percent, according to figures released Thursday by the Texas Workforce Commission. Barbetta Womack, manager of the New Braunfels office ofWorkforce Solutions Alamo, attributed the increase to the loss of temporary retail jobs filled during the Christmas rush. “Once the holidays are over, stores no longer need that help,” Womack said. She said the rate’s seasonal increase is expected, just like the seasonal drop that comes when summer workers are hired by river recreation businesses in the area. “But statewide, New Braunfels remains better off than many, many other cities,” she said. The city’s jobless rates continued to trend well below the state and national rates. The Texas unemployment rate in January was 8.3 percent, and the U.S. rate was 9 percent. New Braunfels The number of New Braunfels residents without jobs in January was 1,880, up from December’s total of 1,620. The number of city dwellers holding jobs in January was 26,211, compared to 25,921 in December, according to TWC. TWC said the size of the city’s labor force in January was 28,141, up from 27,541 in December. Comal County Comal County’s unemployment rate also rose in January, to 7.2 percent from 6.6 in December. The number of residents without jobs in Comal County was 4,190 in January, compared to 3,756 in December. The number of people employed in Comal County in January totaled 53,923, up from 53,157 in December. The county’s labor force in January totaled 58,113. It was 56,913 in December. Mata By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung Paul Casarez Mata, 53, has been arrested and charged with the alleged murder of his wife. The count is first-degree felony, police say. The New Braunfels resident was booked into Comal County Jail around 4 p.m. Wednesday, said Lt. Michael Penshorn of New Braunfels Police Department. The original 9-1-1 call came in on Oct. 15, 2010 from the 400 block of Schmidt Street, Pen-shorn said. “The call came in as a possible overdose,” he said. “The female victim (Diana Mata, 46) was transported to Christus Santa Rosa New Braunfels, but was reported deceased on arrival. “The autopsy indicated she had actually died of blunt force trauma to the head. “Based on investigation, we obtained an arrest warrant (Wednesday).” Mata remains in Comal County Jail in lieu of $100,000 bond. AMERICA’S BEST WATERPARK GETTING BETTER LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung Construction ofTubenbach, a new park area at Schlitterbahn Waterparks, is well under way Wednesday as crews work on preparing the space for four new attractions. TOTALLY TUBULAR New Braunfels’ Schlitterbahn adding four new attractions By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung With splashtacular new technology, Schlitterbahn really is going to be up a lazy river. A new area called Tubenbach will be the biggest change-up in 15 years at the 70-acre park in the center of New Braunfels. A new planned conveyor system unveiled Thursday will make it possible for guests at the New Braunfels attraction to pretty much float “The entire park has turned into a multi-day visit. With the addition of The Falls, we have almost four miles of tubing, and we have very long signature attractions. And no-wait attractions—you just hop in whenever you want.” JEFFREY SIEBERT, Schlitterbahn communications director almost anywhere in the park, said communications director Jeffrey Siebert. “There’s no doubt that The Falls is going to be the superstar for the waterpark industry for 2011. It is tru- ly a lazy man’s water attraction,” said Siebert. Like the other new rides, The Falls won’t be available for Schlitterbahners See NEW, Page 5 »TRASHEDTUBES County OKs using fine for cleanup Final approval needed by Texas Commission on Environmental Quality By Greg Bowen The Herald-Zeitung Inner tubes dumped illegally near Spring Branch would be cleaned up under a plan OK’d Thursday by county officials, who would reclaim a $1,500 fine paid to the state and use it to help fund the cleanup. County Engineer Tom Hornseth said a state program allows the fine, rather than going into state coffers, to be diverted “to environmental cleanup within the county. That’s what this is all about.” If the plan is approved by the state, Hornseth said, “we can clean up a waste site on private property that has been a nuisance in Comal County for some time.” The Texas Commission on See FINE, Page 5 How to donate to Mya Wallace Fund The Mya Wallace Memorial Fund account has been established at First State Bank of New Braunfels to help Herald-Zeitung staffer Kayla M. Carlson and her family with funeral expenses. "We were moved to establish this account because of all the comments and calls from readers who were not only expressing their condolences but wanted a way to help the parents," said Herald-Zeitung Publisher Doug Toney. Readers wishing to donate to Mya's fund, which is account No Account 500081775 at First State Bank, can do so by deposits payable to the Mya Wallace Memorial Fund, First State Bank, 401 Main Plaza, P.O. Box 311536, New Braunfels, TX 78130, For information, call (830) 608-0233. - Ret USAF major general walks away from emergency landing - LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung The pilot of a Cessna 210 Centurion was forced to make an emergency landing Thursday at New Braunfels Municipal Airport after the landing gear malfunctioned. UlUJUUMIUflUU By J. Louise Larson The Herald-Zeitung A Cessna 210 Centurion plane had a hard landing around lunchtime Thursday at New Braunfels Municipal Airport. Pilot Dave Gildart, a retired U.S. Air Force major general, walked away unscathed after the plane's landing gear malfunctioned. Gildart was able to baby the plane down on the runway for as soft a landing as possible, one witness reported. “The gear wasn’t coming down,” said Dwayne Nichols, an airport maintenance staffer who saw the landing. “After many attempts to lower the left landing gear, he raised the gear and performed a flawless gear up landing and walked away,” Chris Penski said. Of the three points of landing gear — one on the nose, two under the plane’s belly—it appeared one underneath the plane wouldn’t lock into place, Nichols said. See PLANE, Page 5 Vol. 158, No. 103 12 pages, 1 section Inside vUL, # CLASSIFIEDS COMICS CROSSWORD FORUM OBITUARIES PLANNER SPORTS TV GRID CLICK p. heraid-zeitung.com 50 cents 10 8 8 4 3 Sunny, windy g High Low « 77 50 11 Details 9 VY < : ii 11111 ¡i s / R e< e pi i on s P.