New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 5, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 144, No. 104
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Amanda Petty, Edna Bindner (66 years), Maylynee Hernandez (28 years), Ronica Urias, Donna Allen, Marie Rodriguez, Ginger Rosales, Ida Rodriguez (Saturday), Marcelo Hernandez, Angel Diane Ortega (one year), and Adolfo Ortega Jr. (17 years).
Mold—1,660 Grass —trace Oak—867 Mutoerry —10 Sycamore —12 Hackberry—15 (Rotan measured in pans per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River—Not available today. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well —Not available today.
Quads Coma Garden Club to meet
The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet Tuesday, April 9,9:30 a.m. at the Lindheimer Home for their Spring Pilgrimage. Martha Rehler, director of the New Braunfels Conservation Society, will conduct the tour of the Lindheimer Home.
Arts and Crafts League forms
Tuesday, April 9, will be the organizational meeting of the Comal County Arts and Crafts League. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. at Ceramic City, 186 Julius in Sattler. For more information, contact Sue at 964-4038 or 899-3012.
Hermann Sons meet
Members of the Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge #106 are reminded of the meeting and social on Friday, April 5 at 7 p.m. Lodge will furnish ham and members bring a covered dish. The Easter Bunny will bring Easter eggs for the children.
Water safety instructor course
Bryan Bunn aquatics director at Texas Lutheran College, and Keith Skogman, American Red Cross instructor trainer, will conduct the ARC 1996 Water Safety Instructor course at the University pool. The precourse session will begin at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 9. Bring a swimsuit and a large towel or a sweatsuit to this session.
Class will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday mornings through April 20. Fee for course is $100. For information, call Shirley Offerman at 606-1999 or K. Skogman at 379-7773.
Friends of th# Library to moot
Friends of the Library will meet Saturday, April 6 at Dit-tlinger Memorial Library at 10 a.m. Public invited. Members will meet to sort books on Tuesday, April 9 at 8 a m. at the new sorting location.
Rural School Rotation
The 31st Annual Rural School Reunion celebration will be held Sunday, April 14, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 111 Landa Street. Ex-students and friends are invited to attend. Registration and fellowship from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Dance to live music from Tommie Vanek 2 to 6 p.m. BYOB, refreshments available.
Hearing set on trout fishing rules on Guadalupe River
A public bearing on proposed fishing regulations on the Guadalupe River and hunting regulations by die Texas Paries and Wildlife Department will be held on Wednesday, April IO at 7 p.m. at the Comal County Courthouse annex in the Commissioners* Chambers.
The fishing regulations have spawned controversy. The proposed regulations would institute a three-fish limit for trout, a 16-inch size requirement, and would ban the use of live bait on a section of the Guadalupe River.
Tree grafting workshop to be held Tuesday
The annual Comal County Tree Grafting Workshop is set for Tuesday, April 9 at 1:30 p.m.
The workshop will discuss a..d explain how to graft pecan trees, peach trees and grape vines.
Comal County Extension Agent Joe Taylor will present the workshop, which is sponsored by the Comal County Horticulture Committee. Public invited. Free graft wood for pecans and peach trees and grape vines will be available.
County sticks by platting rules despite recent court decision
By DENISE DZIUK
The Comal County Commissioners Court opted to table an item regarding the revision of plat requirements for certain subdivisions despite a recent court ruling, and will continue to enforce its existing regulations.
A recent court ruling in the Elgin Bank vs. Travis County suit stated land could be subdivided without having to follow replatting requirements with the county, as long as all of the new sections of land have access to a public right of way. However, current county regulations ck) require the replat.
The court discussed the item at last week’s meeting, when questions were raised about what is considered a public right of way. Several commissioners felt the term needed to be defined, and a revised version was brought before the court Thursday.
“I tried to meet what I thought was the direction the court was going,” said County Engineer Tom Homseth.
However, Hornseth said adopting the revised regulation could possibly contradict current policies. Homseth said that as they
are written, the regulations regarding the mandated radii around septic and water wells would not be applicable to the subdivisions that are not replatted.
“It may create some confusion in the Environmental Health Department,” he said.
County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander said if the county did not act on changing the regulations, it could possibly be sued. However, he said that if that happened, the court would have a different set of circumstances to look at from the first case. The outcome could be more favorable, and, at its next session,the Texas Legislature may revise the law governing counties’ authority over subdivisions.
‘‘I think we still have very good reasons for doing things the way we are right now,” said Rheinlander. “I think we have more than a fighting chance at the appellate level.”
Rheinlander said he has looked into the issue. He said that what he has found suggests the county should not act on the regulations at this time. The court unanimously tabled the item.
‘‘It’s been tabled for further consideration," said County Judge Carter Casteel. ‘‘We’ll still enforce (current county regulations) until then.”
Riveijam signals start of tourist season
By MELANIE GERIK
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Com* taka your picture at th* Rockin HRIverjam with tha Easter Bunny, or in your Sumo wrestling outfit. You may even get lucky and win the ’96 Pontiac Sunfire.
Belly dancers, the Easter Bunny, a jalapeno-eating contest and a car giveaway will help celebrate the start of the tubing season Saturday at the Rockin ‘R’ River-jam.
Susan Phillips, event coordinator, said she wants the River-jam to become the starting gate for the summer, similar to how Greene Music Fest in the fall serves as the finish line.
‘‘We want to turn this thing into an annual event,” Phillips said.
The medley of events start at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, when the band Chris and Judy starts an all-day music festival at the Greene I OK Run.
The festival also features Jimmy Spacek and Heavy Traffic, Hat Trick, Freed at Last, Mike Porter’s Jazz Group, Whoosis Big Pile Goodtime Garbage Band, Matt Toon and The Craze.
Belly dancers also will entertain the audience.
Other events, which will be held at Rockin’ R River Rides on the banks of the Guadalupe River in Greene, include:
• Beginning at noon, volleyball players can bump, set and spike all day in a tournament. Each six-member team must have two women, and cost is $30 per team, which includes entry into the Riveijam.
• Riveijammers can set their mouths on fire at the jalapefto-eating contest at 3 p.m. Entry fee is $7.
• Tubers can show their speed
and skill at a tube race at I p.m.. The $10 fee includes the River-jam, tube, life jacket and transportation up the river.
• People ages five and up can gain SOO pounds in five minutes (or just look like they did) when they sumo wrestle. For $12, two people can wrestle each other and have their picture taken.
• Children can jump all day on the Air Castle trampoline, provided by Charles Sandoval from San Antonio.
• Master chefs can show off their best chili recipes at a sanctioned chili cookoff. Entry fee is $1S, including cost of the River-jam.
• The Easter Bunny will be on hand to listen to all of the little jammers’ Easter wishes.
• At 5 p.m., rain or shine, a 1996 Pontiac Sunfire will be given to the person who chooses the
right key in a river of thousands. The car was donated by Red McCombs Universal Motors, one of the sponsors for the event.
Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children and $10 per family. Each ticket has two chances of winning the Sunfire. The first 250 Riverjammers receive free tube coupons.
Potential jammers can purchase tickets at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, 390 S. Seguin St., and at Music Source, 371 1/2 Landa St.
All proceeds from the River-jam, also sponsored by Magic 105 FM, Shiner Bock, Rockin’ R River Rides, Kwik-Kopy, Kiwanis Club and Power Bar, will be donated to Family Outreach, an organization geared to preventing child abuse through education and counseling.
Mission Valley to lay off close to 80 workers
By MELANIE GERIK
Because of slow trends in clothing, furniture and retail industries, Mission Valley Textiles will lay off close to 80 production employees, the company’s chairman said Thursday.
Most of the employees affected will be production workers in the weave
room, said Bill Morton, who recently was appointed chairman of die board of directors and chief executive officer.
Morton said the layoffs probably will not be immediate, but will be staggered during the next two or three months. Workers with the most seniority may be eligible to apply for other openings in the company.
He added workers who are not
offered other positions will be put on a recall list, as the company has done in past layoffs.
“About a year ago, we went through something similar, and in the interim we brought back a few people,” Morton said.
Menton said die layoffs were needed to adjust to the current market trends, adding that the 750-employee compa
ny was not in danger of closing.
“Our business is film,” Morton said “It’s just not fair for us to keep cutting back shifts and for people not to make their 40 hours each week.”
Mission Valley sells fabrics to apparel, home fashions am] upholstery manufacturers and to craft, quilters and home sewing retailers. Customers include Levi Strauss, Osh Kosh, Hag-
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gar, Lee Apparel Waveriy-Schumach-er, Liz Claiborne, La-Z-Boy and Broy-hill.
Changes will greet visitors to Landa Park this weekend
By MELANIE GERIK
An arboretum trail, a zero-depth pool and an assortment of swings and slides will greet weekend relaxers at Landa Park when the recreational season officially begins Saturday.
Iris Neffendorf, director of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation, said the new features were added to bring back the feel of the Landa Park owned by Harry Landa.
“We are trying to add some of the feel of that period of time,” Neffendorf said.
Visitors will notice some changes to the spring-fed pool. The new shallow pool, for younger park visitors, will have a log slide, characters which spray water, and a play structure with water running in a mushroom formation. The deep end of the pool will have a rope swing and a zip line across the water, Neffendorf said.
The shallow end of the spring-fed pool will have a flume slide “kind of like what you would see at the bigger water parks,” Neffendorf said.
A multi-purpose trail has been added, to allow people with disabilities to maneuver with ease around die park.
“We wanted a path that was accessible to everybody,” Neffendorf said.
The trail is part of an effort to bring the park up to Americans with Dis-
■We are trying to add some of tho fool of that period of time (when Harry Landa owned the park).’
— Iris Neffendorf, parks director
abilities Act regulations.
Other changes to notice Saturday:
• Hinman Island Drive and Playground Drive will be closed to traffic from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. on weekends and holidays through Labor Day.
• Out-of-town visitors will be charged a $5 fee for the use of each picnic table. Park rangers will waive the fee upon proof of New Braunfels residency.
But if a resident uses more than one picnic table, then die tables will cost $5 each to use.
• Pools will be open from 11 a.m, to 7 p.m. on die weekends. Starting May 11, the spring-fed pool will be open daily.
• The Landa Park Boathouse, already open on the weekends, will add weekday hours May 18. Park visitors can ride the Comal Springs Glass-bottom Boat or rent paddle boats.
• The Prince Solms Park Tube Chute opens for business on the weekends starting Saturday. The chute will be open on weekdays starting May 18
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Putting on the Ritz
Residents of Vista Village Retirement Home greet Honey, a cocker spaniel, who was dressed as a sunflower for the home's annual Pet Parade. The children end their pets were from the New Braunfels Christian Academy.
Today is the last day of early voting for Tuesday’s primary runoff elections.
Those wishing to vote can go to Room 306 of the Comal County Courthouse Annex until 4:30 p.m.
For the Comal County sheriff’s race, Republican incumbent Jack Bremer is facing Bob Holder. The Republican winner will not face a Democratic
opponent in November.
Douglas Kirk and Jack Dawson are fighting for the Precinct I county commissioner seat, which is being vacated by retiring J.L. “Jumbo” Evans. The winner will face Louis “Charlie” Millican in the general election.
In statewide elections, Victor Morales and John Bryant are compet
ing for the Democratic candidacy for U.S. Senator.
Polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The runoff election is open to all registered voters
lf voters participated in the March primary, they must vote in the same party for the runoff elections.High court recognizes states’ sovereignty. See Opinion, Page 4.