New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 1, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995
16 Pages in one section ■ Friday, April 1,1994Herald -Zeitung
04 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of ROSS PEROT
■ Vol. 142, No. 101
Brewster County report..................2
Dear John letters............................5
Dallas Cowboys special section....8 Up to the minute Holywood news..9
Birthday wishes (rom tho HoraM-Zaltungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Wilde Malted, Johnny Spot, Jack B, Nimble, Hump D. Damply, Jack B.
Quick, April B. Foie, Jim Naysl• am, Barbie Q. Goode, Lawrence A. Ilabia, Conkanee Nag,
Harold Zeitung, IM. Reeder, P. Nut Budder, Ima Bedder, UM. Wright, IM. Kong. Happy Anniversary to John A Jane Doe (IOO yean or more!)
‘How to stop recliner fires’seminar set
A seminar, entitled "How to stop recliner fires," will be featured at the New Braunfels Hilton Inn on Feb. 30,1995.
The seminar will be sponsored by I recliner fire awareness group from Austin.
Some of the topics of discussion will include "Smoking while sitting in your recliner," "Cigars and newspaper reading -a bad combination," and "Keeping a fire extinguisher near your recliner."
For more information, call John Doe at (210) 555-0001.
Former Dallas Cowboys head coach Jimmy Johnson has announced that he will sponsor a contest for local Cowboys fens.
The contest will carry a theme "What I don't like about Jerry Jones," and specifies that entrants should write their thoughts down on why they don't like the Cowboys owner on a small piece of paper and drop it off at any local bar.
A grand prize will be given to any entrant who can successfully include why they don't like Barry Switzer in their entry. Another grand prize will go to the entry which includes why they dont like Buddy Ryan.
tan Antonio group to look at moving Canyon Lako
A group of San Antonio investors will meet this afternoon at Krause's to discuss the possibility of moving Canyon Lake closer to San Antonio.
The move is being considered by the group to promote tourism as they plan to use the lake for water ski championships.
A city official from San Antonio was going to be guest speaker until members of the group found out he wanted to speak on using the lake as a possible water source for the city instead of using Edwards Aquifer water.
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Gold found In Comal River!
By LB. K1DDIN
A 30-year-old New Braunfels man yesterday discovered that there's more value in the Comal River than just a tourist attraction.
There's gold, plenty of it, he said.
Luther Noyl made the discovery Thursday afternoon at approximately 3:30 p.m. while wading through the Comal River with his kids.
"I was just walking along there with my kids enjoying the cool water on my feet when all of the sudden, I kicked a rock with my foot by accident. After I took a few minutes to get over the pain, I
Lucky man finds 100-carat nugget underneath rock near Comal Springs
looked down and sure enough, there was a big nugget of gold right there by my foot. I picked it up and went straight to a local jeweler who confirmed my suspicions of it being real gold."
Noyl, a mechanic by trade, said he would probably retire after collecting the money he will get from the sale of his gold nugget, which he said
could be thousands of dollars.
"There's more gold in that there river," he added. "And you can bet 111 be going back to that same spot looking for more."
City officials said that they will probably allow the man to keep his nugget, since he found it fair and square, but added that they may not
allow any more gold searches by members of the public.
Tile portion of the river where the gold was found is in Landa Park, which is owned by the city.
"This could be a great source of inoome for the city," one city spokesman said under the condition of being kept anonymous. "It could mean that we can lower property taxes with the revenues from the gold market But it is still too early to tell."
This is the first time on record that gold has been discovered in Comal County and also one of the few times gold has been found in the state of Texas.
Hydrilla takes over Plaza Fountain
Rare form of killer Hydrilla invades Plaza
The Downtown Plaza Fountain has been overcome by a rare form of killer hydrilla that invaded the area last night while New Braun-felsers rested peacefully in their beds.
According to reports from eyewitnesses, the killer plant oozed down Seguin Street at approximately 11 p.m. Thursday, destroying anything that crossed its path. Witnesses said foe pint had an eerie look as it hopped gleefully into the Pl— firrmrnfn Several residents in the downtown area heard cheerful cackles believed to have come from the plant as it plunged into the water.
Police reported nearly 1,000 911 calls were made Thursday night reporting the strange incident. Officers who responded to scene fled in fear as the plant began spurting water and dead fish at the policemen and bystanders.
"I got hit by at least three carps and two dead guppies," said Officer R.U. Crazy, who was transported to the hospital shortly after the incident. “I can’t believe this problem has gotten so out of hand. Time is running out. If I owned a fountain or swimming pool in New Braunfels, I would be draining the sucker and getting out of town fast.”
New Braunfels council members are currently conducting an emergency meeting to determine how to deal with their hydrilla woes. However, representatives from the Wild Plant Protection Society, have approached officials about the possibility of the plant being protected by the Endangered Species Act.
If the rare plant is protected, the city may be faced to "live with" the hydrilla plant. Officials arc frightened about the possibility that tourism will decrease.
Their fears may be put to rest; however, rince some witness have said a portion of the hydrilla plant bears a striking resemblance to former Dallas Cowboy's coach Jimmy Johnson.
Herald Zeitung photo by I C Goode
Tho Plata Fountain, shown bore aa It appeared yesterday, la draped with hydrilla which hat grown out of control.
Family outing turns into nightmare
By U.B. TRICKED
What was supposed to be a family drive in the country Thursday turned into a day-long nightmare fa Phi I ben Finkelstein and his family when their entire care was swallowed by a gigantic pa hole on South Loop 337 in New Braunfels "I wu driving the right lane, when we came around a curve and there it was," Finkelstein said after his rescue. “I'm from Los Angeles, so I’ve seen some potholes in my time, but this wu unbelievable. It wu too late to
swerve, so I just gunned it and tried to jump the thing, but we ended up landing right in it."
Once the car was in the hole, the family, Philbcrt, his wife Lucrctia and their children Pete and Repeat, were trapped It was more than an hour before a passing motorist noticed there was a car in the giant pothole.
After a tow truck failed in its attempts to dislodge the car from the hole, an AirLife helicopter flew to the scene. A chain was secured to the car and the helicopter, which then lifted the family to safety.
"That was radical, huh-huh, hub
bub, huh-huh," Pete said.
"Ditto," added Repeat
New Braunfels city officials considered filling the pahole last June, but since it had been there since the late 1800s, the pahole had achieved historic landmark status, and a plaque was erected. A pothole museum is planned for the location in the near future.
The pothole, known as the Comal Giant to locals, has a long and storied history. Claus Schlameus, a German settler, was the first known victim of the pothole, when he fell in never to be seen again in 1876.
Ross Perot taking hard look at county, New Braunfels
By I M. BIAS
DALLAS - Former candidate for president Ross Pera said yesterday he is seriously considering moving his United We Stand headquarters to New Braunfels.
The announcement came after Perot reportedly changed his mind about having his next presidential campaign convention in Dallas. There were no reports concerning Mr. Perot's reasons for wanting to move out of Dallas.
However, shortly after making the announcement that he would move the campaign to New Braunfels, Perot told reporters that he had changed his mind again and would keep the headquarters in Dallas.
However, moments later, Perot decided against that move and opted to pursue a location in New Braunfels artcraft.
"I think New Braunfels is the place I would like to win the presidency of the United States," he said. "I firmly believe that everyone will agree that it is a beautiful place to be and will give us a beautiful environment for which we can dance to the song "Crazy."
Pera said he will immediatly begin his search for a place in New Braunfels, noting that there might be a vacancy on the Plaza he would be interested in.
"It is still early right now, but I would like to have a place right there in the middle of town so that it would be easy for aft my supporters to find me," he said "We will have loudspeakers outside of our building which will play the song ‘Crazy’ continuously for 24-hours a day. By the time elections roll around, everyone will know the song by heart."
Perot said that he would spend "whatever money is necessary" to locate in the city and would be visiting the New Braunfels Planning A Zoning Commission to inquire about constructing a giant statue of himself along 1-35 so that everyone driving by will know where his home is.
Early indications from PAZ members were that such a statue would be within reason, however, the ears on the structure would have to be sized down in order to meet with city code standards on ear sizes.
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