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Vol. 148, No. 96
20 pages in 2 sections
April 2, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
50 centsYellow ribbon campaign begins in Comal County
From staff reports
A Canyon Lake woman has started a yellow ribbon campaign for three US. military men captured by Serb forces Wednesday.
Donna Goodwin said she encouraged local residents and businesses to tie three yellow ribbons around trees to support the safe release of the three calvary scouts. “TTiese men have wives, children, mothers and fathers. We need to think about what we would do if they were our boys,” she said.
U.S. demands release of soldiers
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Clinton said Thursday he holds Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic responsible for the capture of three Army soldiers near the Macedonian-Yugoslav border, warning him to “make no mistake” and release them immediately.
The United States initially branded the capture an illegal abduction on the assumption that Serf) forces had crossedMated story— Page 4A
into Macedonia. But later Thursday, Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon called the soldiers “prisoners of war,” raising the specter that they could be held until the end of hostilities. The Pentagon was investigating the possibility that the soldiers had blundered across the Macedonian border.
Yugoslavia said the soldiers were invaders and would face criminal trial before a military court Friday.
“We’re outraged by that,” Bacon said. “They are covered by the Geneva Convention. Prisoners of war should not be tried.”
The Yugoslav announcement added a new and unsettling element to an expanding Balkan conflict that the Clinton administration struggled to explain.
Mixed with images of Kosovar Albanian refugees fleeing from apparent Yugoslav “ethnic cleansing” operations were television pictures apparently from Pristina, the Kosovar provincial capital, showing the three American soldiers in captivity. They bore facial cuts and bruises.
NATO airstrikes, meanwhile, continued across a broad spectrum of targets Thursday.
Prescription for change
With tears and a smile, Diana VoNbrecht, office manager at VoHbrechfs Pharmacy, 339 Main Plaza, talcs about the dosing the family business.
Above. Dorothy Voilbrecht, who worked alongside her husband, Louis, for 60 years as a local pharmacist, answers the telephone one more time.
Longtime family-owned pharmacy closing its doors on Main Plaza
By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
Like all good things in life, a legacy of friendly family service and a piece of New Braunfels history must also come to an end.
After 45 years of health care service to the community, Vollbrecht’s Pharmacy will close its doors as a family-operated local pharmacy and store on April 30.
The pharmacy department served its last customer March 27, but the
store will continue to sell gifts, over-the-counter medicines and cosmetics until April 30.
For almost 30 years, the antique wooden door at 339 Main Plaza chimed as customers entered the small downtown store looking for medicine or a little piece of friendly advice.
Since the store opened in 1971, the main attraction always has seemed to be the friendly, helpful pharmacist behind the counter, Louis Voilbrecht.
His son Russell followed in his
Diana Voilbrecht, office manager and Russell^ wife, said Louis had a strong relationship with customers and was sought out regularly for advice.
“We would have customers call here two or three times a day to talk to Louis about new medications they’re trying or a condition they might have,” Diana said. “They would have some apprehensions, and they would want to see if he (Louis) had any suggestions.”
Louis, 85, no longer works at the store, but the tradition of friendly service has continued.
The legacy of the Voilbrecht family business dates back to 1935, when Louis began his career as a fledgling pharmacist for Plaza Drug.
After working as a salesman for the drug company E R. Squibb in Corpus Christi, Louis moved his family back to New Braunfels to work as a pharmacist in Richter^ Pharmacy.
KGNB reflects on 49th anniversary
By Chris Crews
C. Herb Skoog began his long association with KGNB radio in 1962, but he spoke of the station’s inaugural broadcast just as if he had been there.
“On April I, 1950, “‘Railing’ Greater New Braunfels came on the air,” Skoog said Thursday during a recording session at the Sophienburg Archives.
Many of the station’s current and former employees gathered to record “Reflections,” a weekly program on New Braunfels history. This week’s program
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“Reflections” airs from 9 to 10 a.m. Sunday on KGNB (1420 AM).
spotlights the radio’s 49-year history.
The program will air from 9 a m. until 10 a.m. Sunday on KGNB (1420 AM). ‘‘Reflections” is a joint venture of the museum and radio station.
Tom Purdum hosted the show, filled
with happy memories and a few poignant moments from the $18000% 49-year history. Bob Freimuth, Ron Friesenhahn, Fritzie Richter, Kelcy O’Neill, Jack Kauf-mann, Don Ferguson, Fred Stockwell and Bobbie Purdum participated.
“We must have been the only radio station in the world at-large that broadcast Little League baseball games,” Kauf-mann said.
Stockwell said the station was preparing features on former employees and would cap off the series with a 50-year celebration in April 2000.
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Easter services focus on hope
By Chrotta Minor
Local churches invite the public to celebrate the resurrection of Christ with special services this holiday weekend.
“Easter introduces us to death. It shows us that life is a journey beyond death. It gives us hope and connects us to where we thought we could never go,” said Pastor Charles DeHaven of St Paul Lutheran Church.
Msgr. Eugene O’Callaghan of Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church said Easter meant salvation.
“Death saved mankind, and the resurrection proved He is Christ,” he said.
For some, Easter is not only a time of remembering, but also a time for creating traditions.
“I have two toddlers, and last year we started the week before Easter explaining to them what Easter meant. Every day we explained symbols related to the death and resurrection of Christ. On Easter, we used an empty plastic egg to represent the resurrection of Christ,” Pastor Regan Miller of First Baptist Church said. “In fact, I plan to use them in the Sunday children’s service.”
DeHaven said his children used to receive personalized ceramic eggs from their grandmother.
“Now that we have grandchildren, my wife has bought some eggs and goodies for them.
“Easter is a time to gather with family and friends for dinner. It is a time for families to get together and enjoy activities. Because it’s spring, it is a good time to be outdoors, especially on Easter.”
St. Paul Lutheran Church will be have Sunday services at 6:15 a.m. sunrise service in the courtyard with worship services at 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m. The church choir will perform “Come to The Table** Easter Cantata in the 9:30 and 11 a m. services.
Holy Communion will take place in each service.
Peace Lutheran Church will have a 6:30 a.m. sunrise service with worship services at 8 and 10:30 un. Sunday.
Oakwood Baptist Church will have four worship services at 7, 8:15,9:30 and 10:45 a.m. This is the second year four worship services have taken place.
First Baptist Church will have Resurrection Sunday services at 8:15 and 10:45 a.m. and 6 p.m.
“This is the first time in several years we have had two services,” Miller said.
Tree of Life Fellowship will present “Risen” at 7 p.m. today and Saturday and at IO a.m. Sunday. Admission is free. This is the first year the pro-
Sts. Peter and Paul eighth-grader Michael Tom drapes doth over the cross before mass begins inside the school gymnasium on Thursday.