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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 9, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Police, sheriff merger is ‘unlikely’ Mary Jana Sandberg Thrift shop care passed to new hand By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung For more than two years, Mary Jane Sandberg has been the manager of the New Braunfels Senior Citizen Center Thrift Shop. During that time, she has reached the financial goal she set for the shop and herself. Now she has turned over the reigns to Rose Hooker. Although she is retired, Sandberg plans to stay active in volunteering at the thrift shop and said she plans to catch up on projects around her house she has not had the time to take care of over the past several years. Tm still going to volunteer on Saturday’s,” Sandberg said. “And who knows, maybe something else will come along that I will want to get involved in again.” Sandberg was instrumental in beginning the thrift shop nearly three years ago, and since has seen the shop increase its space and thrive financially.    * The thrift shop offers customers bargain prices on preused items, including clothing and household items, during Wednesday through Saturday business hours. All of the proceeds from the sale of thrift shop merchandise goes toward paying for the cost of running the Senior Citizens Center. All thrift shop workers are volunteers. Incoming manager Rose Hooker, who has worked at the thrift shop since it opened, said there are 25 volunteers who give their time to the thrift shop and help keep things running smoothly. The volunteers take donations, mark the items and sell them to the customers, and without them the thrift shop could not function. “I just hope that when I’m at an age where I start using the senior center more that the thrift shop is still here,” Hooker said. The Senior Citizen Center Thrift Shop is located behind the Senior Citizen Center on Landa Street. Hours of operation for the shop are Wednesday through Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung New Braunfels and Comal County officials agree combining the police and sheriffs departments could improve service and reduce taxpayers’ costs, but County Judge Carter Casteel called such a merger “unlikely” in the immediate future. Casteel said the Commissioners Court would be willing to hear about the effects such a merger might have on the county. However, Casteel said both the county and the city are “very territorial”, and she felt the likelihood of a merger happening was highly unlikely. “It would be a most interesting process to Elderhostel wraps up spring visit By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeltung Thirty-nine Elderhostelers gathered at the downtown bandstand Thursday night to wrap up a week of exploration and education in New Braunfels. The Elderhostel participants came from as far away as California and Connecticut, and from as near as Houston, but all agreed the week in New Braunfels was a treat no matter how far they had to travel. Elderhostel is a non-profit organization for older adults looking to explore new areas and learn about different aspects of life in the regions they visit. Elderhostel programs are usually associated with colleges and universities, which makes the New Braunfels program somewhat unique, according to Clyde Blackman of the Sophienburg Museum, an Elderhostel volunteer. Since the program began here nearly two years ago, New Braunfels Elderhostel Coordinator Mary Anne Hollmig said she has seen quite a few older adults who simply enjoy life. They don’t want to just sit and let life pass them by," Hollmig said. They want to be a part of it. These are all really vivacious people.” Elderhostelers spent the week learning of New Braunfels’ German heritage, visiting local museums, and enjoying the flavor that this area of Texas has to offer. Events included a trip to the Sophienburg Museum and Archives, Conservation Plaza, and drive down scenic River Road. “They seemed to enjoy the mini-Wurstfest, and they really seemed to enjoy visiting with the local people and the volunteers,” Hollmig said. The volunteers were just so gracious to everyone." The Faigs from Houston, the Jacobs from Mississippi, and the Bischoffs from Oregon echoed til is point. The people have just been so nice,” Mr. Jacobs said. They’ve welcomed us into their community and we’ve really enjoyed it.” The next Elderhostel program in New Braunfels is scheduled for October. go through and I probably won’t see it in my lifetime,” Casteel said. “But that’s not to say that we shouldn’t attempt to always cooperate to conserve taxpayers’ dollars.” Police Chief Dick Headen said a combi-nation of the two departments would streamline the crime prevention and law enforcement processes in the area. Although efforts between the two agencies have been combined through the joint use of the county jail, Headen said he felt it would take intricate political maneuvering for a complete merger to ever come about. ‘There would be an awful lot of elimination of duplicate efforts ... like in administration and communications” Headen said. “But the biggest problem would not be the mechanics of it between (Sheriff Jack Bremer) and I. The biggest problem would be in being able too work it out politically.” Headen said the “Metro” system of law enforcement has a proven track record in cities such as Vernon, Texas and Los Angeles, California. Headen also called Comal County the ideal spot for the combined system since the county has only one major city. Headen said the structure of the system would not be much different than the current law enforcement system. As for who would head the agency, Headen said that was a point to be worked out prior to a merger, but agreed the sher- Bob El flinger of New Braunfels putts around Thursday afternoon on the Landa Park Golf Course. On Sunday, the Herald-Zeitung will begin a series looking at the hardest holes to hit in Comal County and who. a they are found. Photo by Karla Wenzel. iff should take the reigns because of the nature of his office. The sheriff is a constitutional office — he’s elected by the people,” Headen said. “If something like this were to ever happen, he could remain as the top law man and I could be the second in command.” Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer agreed there would be economic benefits to be reaped by a merger, but couldn’t speculate on the possibilities. There is certainly some merit in the economics of it especially in administration and communication,” Bremer said. “But right now, my role would be a factfinding mission and a proposal would be presented to the commissioners.” No charges to be filed in shooting By GARY P. CARROLL Herakl-Zeitung District Attorney Bill Reimer said he will not file charges against a Canyon Lake woman for the April I shooting death of Duddley Alan Franks, based on the results of a Comal County Sheriffs Department investigation. Reimer said an investigation into the incident indicated the the 49-year-old woman shot Franks four times in self defense following a disagreement between the two. The 25-year-old New Braunfels man was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound at 10:30 p.m. by Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Howard “Curly” Smith. Autopsy reports revealed the cause of death as a gunshot wound to the heart. Sheriffs office reports indicated a total of four shots were fired at Franks from a .38 caliber hand gun — three striking him in the chest and one in the wrist. According to Reimer, the results of a sheriffs department investigation did not warrant filing charges against the woman. However, Reimer said the decision not to file charges does not prevent further investigations from being conducted by the sheriffs department. Reimer also said the decision does not completely remove the possibility of future charges being filed against the woman. County, employees cited for safety record By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung A $250,000 savings was realized by Comal County due to outstanding safety records, County Engineer Tom Hornseth told county officials Thursday. “You pay workman’s compensation rates according to tile risk factors assigned to each job," Hornseth said. “Our rate would have cost approximately $360,000, but the Texas Association of Counties ... applies certain discounts and factors based on past performance. By their safe behavior, these employees are saving the county money.” Hornseth presented four awards during the weekly Commissioners Court meeting — three for employees of the Comal County road department and one for the county tax assessor/collector's office. The awards were given by the Texas Safety Association. The tax assessor/collector’s office received the group’s highest award, the Award of Honor, for their record of 18 years without a job related injury or workman’s compensation claim. In the road department, David L. Jonas received an Award of Honor for his 39 years of service in Comal County. Ignacio “Nacho” Martinez received an Award of Merit He has been with Comal County for 18 years. Juan V. Torres received an Award of Achievement for his 12 yeurs of service without an on-the-job injury. In other business, the commissioners voted to designate all county work areas and offices smoke free. The resolution includes the Justice of the Peace offices, sheriff department’s auxiliary offices and other county offices. Commissioner Cristina Zamora reported she was working with the Social Security Administration to improve service for Coma) County which has no Social Security office. She said she had solicited assistance from U.S. Rep. Frank Tejeda and Sen. Bob Krueger and was talking to the Social Security Administration about possibly training volunteers to assist citizens with Social Security issues. Friday, April 9,1993 New BraunfelsHerald -Zeiti__ Serving Comal County • Homo of Jenny Petrie 50 Cents Daily, 75 Cents Sunday    vu..    .    ,1, No. 91 L.--     :........ .    '    ....    —Inside    Stammtisch    Sports AUTO DEALERS ... .......IB CLASSIFIED........... ...2-6B COMICS.................. .....10A ENTERTAINMENT.. . ...8-9A RELIGION............... ...6-7A OPINION................. SPORTS.................. ..11*ltA WATER WATCH..... ........2A WEATHER.............. The New Ii na un ft la Iii raid'Ae it ung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, “Stammtisch’0 represents a sit-ting place reserved for a group of special people — ora time set a suit for members of a community to gather and share the day’s happenings. See more Stammtisch on page 2ABest wishes The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Katie Bishop, Libby Carney, Patricia Nelson, Eric Rodriguez, Jeanette Brandt and Pete Alvarez. Saturday birthday wishes go to Dolly Havekost and Jenny Petrie. Anniversary wishes go to Mr. and Mrs. Sulgencio Caballero Sr., Gilbert and Ortencia Vargas, Steven and Blanca Sanchez and Curtis Tootie Nolte.Friends For Rivers Friends For Rivers will hold their second annual Water Quality Forum beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 29 at Victoria Bank and Trust, 1000 N. Walnut Ave. Speakers representing Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, Larry Anderson's CHS chemistry classes and Annette Hanley’s SVHS Ecology club will detail their involvement in Texas Watch. Sponsored by the Texas Water Commission statewide, and Friends For Rivers locally, Texas Watch is a volunteer network that assists the state in monitoring water quality in area waterways.CHS baseball Johnny Schaas, Canyon's ace starter from 1992, returned to action Thursday night to pitch a five-hitter and strike out 11 in a 10-3 win over Smithson Valley that Included a bench-clearing brawl. Set Sports, Pegs 11A. ;