New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Melodic Grist, Richard Ruiz, Richard Sanchez, Amber Zamarripa, JasonRae Rosales, Jerry Damcll, Cassandra Sparkman and Karin Norton.
Belated best wishes to Tencha Vargas, Louis Hofer, Roger Scow Jr. and Leah Frazier.
Happy anniversary to Pat and Bill Pistor.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Closed today for street construction are Unicom Avenue from U.S. Highway 81 to Merriweather, Towerline from Unicorn Avenue to Magazine Avenue and S.E. Terrace from Unicom to Magazine avenues.
To be closed from 7 am. to 6 p.m. Thursday for street construction are Unicom Avenue from S.E. Terrace to the 1-35 frontage road, Merriweather from Mistletoe to Fem avenues and Perryman from Mistletoe to Fem.
Persons living in Zone IO of the Safe City Commission’s Neighborhood Watch program are invited to a meeting at 6:30 p.m. today at Pavilion 16 (the new one) at Landa Park. This is an organizational meeting for residents of the area from Walnut to California and Panther Canyon to the Loop. Call Jim Mooney at 629-5871 for more information. Power outages
New Braunfels Utilities will be cutting power to some homes in the Rolling Valley subdivision Thursday morning to install new conductors. The outage is scheduled from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m., said Bob DiFonzo of NBU, and customers “should remember to keep refrigerators and freezers closed” to preserve temperature.
Affected will be homes on Rolling Valley, Allison, Kraft Lane and Devin streets.
RV resort opening
An open house and ribbon cutting for new additions to the Hill Country RV-Resort is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday.
The facility at 131 Ruekle Road has added an enclosed heated pool and hot tub. Festivities will include food, drink and prize drawings.
A San Antonio rheumatologist will discuss how to overcome the crippling disease at a special Arthritis Awareness Seminar from 9:30 to ll a.m. Saturday at McKenna Memorial Hospital’s Garza Street classroom. The event is co-sponsored by the Arthritis Foundation’s South Central Texas Chapter and MMR '
Dr. Rober Perscllin is guest speaker.
Blood pressure test
Offering free blood pressure screening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday is the Medicine Shoppe, Se* STAMMTISCH, Page 2A
A cloudy morning should be followed by a sunny afternoon today, with southwest winds gusting to 20 mph and a high of 81 anticipated. Tonight’s low should be about 60. Tuesday’s high in New Braunfels was 73 and the overnight low was 60. For more weather information, please see Page 2A.
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Welsch chosen as Grosse Opa
Native New Braunfelser H. Fritz Welsch has unanimously been selected as Grosse Opa for 1991 by the Wurstfest board of directors.
The Wurstfest Association annually selects one of its members to serve as Grosse Opa during the year. The honorary title meaning “Big Granddaddy” in German is bestowed upon the members who has displayed loyalty, dedication, and willingness to participate.
He became a member of the Wurstfest Association in 1978 and has served as chairman of numerous festival operating committees.
Welsch graduated from New Braunfels High School in 1949. Following graduation from Texas A&M University, Welsch spent the next 22 years in the U.S. Army. He returned to New Braunfels in 1976 after retiring from the Army and currently is a broker at Town and Country Realtors.
His wife, Cora Jane Becker Welsch, also is a New Braunfels native and currently serves as director of the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture.
Dates for this year's Wurstfest are Nov. 1-10.GAWLIK, RANGERS HOLD ON TO NIP LOCKHART, STAY IN 1ST-SPORTS, Page 8A
Vol. 139, NO. 99
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
April 3, 1991 25 Cents
Two Sections, 18 Pages
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Newt Editor
Trimming the fat from the New Braunfels Independent School District budget was the charge given to school board members Tuesday night by a handful of citizens attending a budget study session.
“I think we need to look at every item, every line and just go to bed at night knowing that every dollar we’re getting the most out of,” said local taxpayer Gil Lindsey.
Lindsey, along with approximately 30 other citizens, teachers and school officials, attended the session at the Education Center conducted by the NBISD Board of Trustees.
Superintendent Charles Bradberry and Assistant Superintendent of Finance Lonnie Curtis presented figures on how NBISD compares financially to other districts and made predictions on the 1991 -92 budget.
“I don’t think there’s a lot of fat,” said Trustee Margie Rabom after the meeting. “But I think there is things that can be cut. I understand that Alamo Heights (ISD) is looking at cutting a hundred some positions. I hope we don’t have to cut IOO or some positions but if we have to cut some positions I don’t know what we will do.”
Board President Bob Self said the school board doesn’t take the budget process “lightly.”
“It affects our pocketbooks as well as it affects you people’s pocketbook in the form of taxes,” he said.
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County studying drug-testing options
By JOE BELK Staff Wrl tar
A drug-testing policy for Comal County employees is likely to be adopted in the near future, with county commissioners discussing various options at a Tuesday workshop session.
After viewing two videotapes about companies with successful drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation programs, County Judge Carter Casteel said she believed the county would have to implement an employee assistance program in addition to the actual testing.
“We have to have somewhere to refer them,” she said. “I think it’s absolutely mandatory.’’
Casteel said the county would have to contract an outside company to provide the testing and the necessary rehabilitation, and she said the next step for the commissioners would be to hear from various local companies who offer those services.
From watching the videotapes, the judge said she felt it was important for the individual employer to set up a program catering to specific needs.
Mac McCoy, the county’s road
engineer, brought the issue to the commissioners’ attention.
“I would like the county to have (a program), whatever it is,” he said.
Because of the heavy equipment used by the road crews, Casteel said she understood McCoy’s position in wanting to start a drug-testing policy. She said the magnitude — or lack thereof — of the problem among county employees was unknown.
“I have no idea,” she said. ‘‘I’ve not had any reports of problems since I’ve been county judge. We have good employees. But I think we
would be naive to say no one in county government has a drug or alcohol problem.”
Casteel said she didn’t believe the county would do random testing per se, but would test all prospective employees. Current county workers would likely be tested only if there were a perceived reason to do so.
It will be at least two weeks before the county commissioners hear from representatives of health care facilities, at which time the commissioners hope to get a better idea of how the relationship between
the coun ty and the testing/rehabilitation facility will work.
In the meantime, Casteel and the commissioners will study the policy of the city of New Braunfels and one recently adopted by New Braunfels Utilities.
Casteel said she hopes to see the county put in place a fair policy that will provide assistance for those who need it.
‘‘Our whole (rationale) is for the well-being of our employees,” sue said.
Groundskeeper pulls fishermen from lake
By JOE BELK Staff Writer
A Canyon Lake recreation area grounds supervisor rescued four fishermen Sunday morning, apparently getting to the victims just in time, according to reports.
David Long, the grounds supervisor of the Randolph Outdoor Recreation Facility at Canyon Lake, said he was awakened by a camper,
Robert Sandoval, at approximately 2:45 ajn. Sunday.
He said Sandoval reported he had heard distant cries for help from Canyon Lake. After calling an ambulance, they got into a boat and searched the area, finding the four men about three-quarters of a mile from shore.
Long said the military-affiliated
fishermen had gone to check their fishing lines in Turkey Cove, and had trouble with their boat when it would only go into reverse.
They decided to back across the lake, but the boat then started to sink, he said. After the fishermen shed their clothes to help stay afloat, the body temperatures of all of the men fell dangerously low.
After Long and Sandoval pulled
them out of the waler and returned the men to shore, Long said they were treated for about an hour by an Emergency Medical Service crew before being released.
“The EMS people said if we hadn’t gotten to them when we did, we probably would have lost all four of them,” Long said. “They were just real lucky."
NBISD begins its budget
Toya Lindsey addresses New Braunfels Indepedent School District trustees during Tuesday evening s meetings. (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)
Merchants briefed on folk festivals
She said the team will conclude their visit by making recommendations in a variety of areas, and that a town meeting will be held at 2 p.m. April 11 by resource team members. That meeting, she said, is open to the entire community.
Kyra Brandt reported that apartments above Goepf Jewelers are nearing completion and that an open house will be held once they are completed. That open house will be announced in the newspaper, she said.
Also noted was the move to a new location by Celebrations. Making that report was Connie Worley.
Texas Commerce Bank President Bob Smith said downtown merchants and, indeed, the community as a whole, should be excited about the prospect of New Braunfels becoming the home of the world’s largest collection of two-dimensional art by Sister Hummel.
Downtown Association President Bob Schima reminded the group of the upcoming Chamber mixer set for April 18 in the lobby of Texas Commerce Bank. The mixer will be co-sponsored by the bank, the Plaza Diner, the Downtown Association and the Chamber, he said.
By DAVID SULLENS Editor A Publisher
The upcoming Kindermaskenball Parade was the focus of the monthly breakfast meeting of the New Braunfels Downtown Association Wednesday.
Association members heard Charlene Fisher outline the history of as well as plans for the event, which is set for the first weekend in May.
Association members were urged to participate in an effort to place a business crest in front of downtown businesses to lend a more festive air to the parade and to the Conservation Society Fondest, also set for that weekend.
The crests will bear colorful streamers and each will have an outline style logo depicting the individual businesses.
Coordinating the crest project is Kay Lambert of The Furniture Consignment Shop.
Also presented at the meeting, which was held at the Plaza Diner, were reports on a variety of other activities in which the association is involved.
Main Street Coordinator April Coldsmith told the group that a
Kay Lambert, left, of the Downtown Association, and Charlene Fischer of the Kindermaskeball Parade committee examine business crests for display downtown. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
resource team from the state’s Main “They’ll just kind of fan out and
Street Program will be in New will be talking with many of you," Braunfels next week. Coldsmith said.