New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, April 11,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of KIM WUEST
Vol. 143, No. 107
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Birthday wlshas from tho HorakHMtung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday • . wishes to; Kim Wusst (23 ysars), Us Blanksnbsok-srv and Cathsrlns Aims
Mostly sunny and mild, high 75, low 54.
On tho trail from Indianola
(Editor's Note: New Braunfels resident Wemer Kiesling is calling the Herald-Zeitung each morning.during the Sesquicentennial Trail Ride with a report on the events of the day before. The trail riders will arrive in New Braunfels Friday. They left Indianola, on the Texas coast, Sunday.)
Monday's Report: We left yesterday with 12 wagons and buggies and 60 riders. We travelled 20 miles. It has been pretty uneventful so far. Nobody has gotten hurt and everyone is having a good time.
Gerd Rupert and his wife Karen, from Germany are riding with us. Gerd is riding a horse the whole way. We will be at the Civic Center in Victoria at lunch today.
The weather is good. It is overcast today, but we are not expecting rain, lf it does, we'll just keep going down the road.
Tuesday's Report: ‘We're about tojeave from Nursery and it’s cloudy, windy and cold...the riders are holding up real well.
“They unveiled a marker in Victoria yesterday. All the city officials were there and it was real nice.
“The weather was perfect yesterday but its cold today. We're making good time so far. Everybody's having fun."
Music Study Cluh to
The New Braunfels Music Study Club (TFMC, NFMC) will have its April meeting on Thursday, April 20 at 7:30 p.m. at Seele Parish House.
In view of Holy Week, the meeting will be a week later than usual and will feature Junior Festival winners and the final book study portion given by Ethel Saur.
City election fonmn Thursday st NBISD Education Conter
The Comal Area League of Women Voters will host a city election forum Thursday, April 13, at 7 pm, at the New Braunfels ISD Education Center, 430 Mill Street.
Candidates for Districts 1 & 2 will make 5-minute presentations followed by an audience question and answer period. Mayor Paul Fraser and a representative of the recall petition will address District 4 constituents.
Presentations will be made on city charter amendments and the one-half cent sales tax proposition.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
The New Braunfels Sesquicentennial trail riders left Indianola Sunday morning on their trip recreating the route the original German settlers used to reach New Braunfels. Above, the riders leave the beach in Indianola. Above, Mysti Nicholson and Roni Lavach of Kames City ride their horse. At right, area officials and several members of families of the original city founders unveil the historical marker placed at Indianola. The riders will arrive in New Braunfels Friday afternoon and a ceremony will be held at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Saturday night incident at Wal-Mart sent 17 to hospital
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Wal-Mart employees and customers may have been victims of vandalism Saturday night. Seventeen people went to McKenna Memorial hospital, McKenna spokesman Tim Brierty said. One stayed overnight for treatment. The others were treated and released.
Eleven employees and six customers were affected, Wal-Mart employee Dolores Bustos said. New Braunfels Fire Department and Police Department officials responded to the call from the Wal-Mart at Walnut and Interstate 35 at about 9:30 p.m. Saturday. Employees in the check-out area complained of difficulty breathing and burning eyes. They were taken to the hospital and the store was closed for the night.
A freon leak in the air conditioning system was first suspected to be the cause of the symptoms. Blood gas tests run at McKenna were inconclusive,
Some Wal-Mart employees now believe a vandal was responsible for the incident "Someone had gotten pepper spray that we sell in the store and sprayed it in the fait just to be mean,” Bustos said. Employees said similar incidents have happened at other Wal-Mart stores, according to Bustos.
At press time Wal-Mart officials in Bentonville, Ark., neither confirmed nor denied that any incidents have occurred at other Wal-Mart locations.
New Braunfels Fire Department officials have determined that a freon leak was definitely not responsible for the Saturday night injuries, Assistant Chief Elroy Friesenhahn said. What substance caused the symptoms has not yet been determined; pepper spray has not yet been ruled out, he said.
The Fire Department is unaware of any similar incidents at other locations, officials said.
Rumors swirl that retaliation planned for park shooting
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Herald-Zeitung names new managing editor
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung welcomed Doug Loveday Monday as the newspaper’s new managing editor.
Loveday, 32, comes to New Braunfels from Angleton, in Brazoria County, where he worked as managing editor of The Angleton Times, a sister paper of the Herald-Zeitung. Both publications are owned by Southern Newspapers, Inc.
“I'm excited that we were able to attract someone of Doug’s caliber, both as a professional ?nd as a person," said David Sullens, publisher of the Herald-Zeitung.
"I hope as many people as possible will take the opportunity to meet Doug within the near future. I’m sure anyone
who does will quickly be as impressed with him as I am,” Sullens said.
Loveday received his Bachelor of Journalism degree in 1985 from the University of Texas at Austin. He has worked as a sports Loveday editor at the Wise
County Messenger in Decatur and at the Echo-News in Alice. He was also a general news reporter with the Galveston County Daily News, anoth
er Southern Newspapers, Inc. publication.
Loveday’s wife, Holley, is a school teacher at Bellaire Christian Academy near Houston and will be joining him in New Braunfels at the end of the school year.
“We’re both very excited about the move to New Braunfels, and I look forward to working with all segments of the local community as managing editor of the Herald-Zeitung,” Loveday said. “This is your paper—your local forum—and I hope everyone will feel welcome to stop by and share their community news and ideas with
A shooting Sunday, April 2 in Landa Park, and a second shooting hours later on Katy Street shocked New Braunfels residents. Both involved juveniles and police fear gangs played a part in the crimes.
Rumors are beginning to circulate that a retaliatory gang attack is being planned for Easter weekend in Landa Park.
The same rumors have been heard by police officials. “We’re trying to establish whether there is any fact in those rumors,” a police spokesman said. Whether the rumors are truth or fiction has not been determined, he said.
“With that in mind, we will still take appropriate steps to prevent a further incident,” Ire said.
Some have noticed an increased police presence in the park. The regular spring police presence in Landa Park has started a week earlier than usual, the police spokesman said. “Regular patrol officers may also have driven
through more often in light of the recent incidents,” he said.
The first April 2 mooting occurred at about 7:15 Sunday evening. One youth drove in a pickup truck to two other youths near the Fredericksburg exit of the park. The three argued, then the youth in the truck pulled out a small pistol and shot the other two, police said. The juvenile was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
Police were called to a second shooting at 1208 Katy at about 9:40 p.m. A youth shot Alonso Serna with a large caliber pistol, police sources said. Serna had half opened the screen door to his house and he was partly standing on the porch. The bullet passed through him but he escaped serious injury.
Allegedly, the youth was across the street from Sema’s house and fired the pistol. He fled the scene in a vehicle waiting nearby, police said.
Police are still investigating the possibility that the second shooting was in retaliation to the first.
Leaders talk about issues with J assistant to Phil Gramm
By SUSAN FUNT ENGLAND *
New Braunfels leaders talked issues Friday with Bill Christian, assistant to Senator Phil Gramm.
Christian specializes in four areas: defense, transportation, space and borders. Some ofthe questions posed him felt within his areas of expertise.
“On the state level we’re concerned that an alternate super-highway would supersede work oft our own section of 1-35 “Chamber President Tom Purdum said.
; “Once we pass the national highway system that automatically gives 1-35 priority for funds,” Christian said.
Comal County Judge
Carter Casteel brought up the issue of the Endangered Species Act and how it has been used here to protect local water supplies. “The Endangered Species Act is important to Comal County,” she said, “lf the springs go dry people all the way down to Port Lavaca will be affected- If it were not for ESA, San Antonio would probably suck dry the Comal Springs,” she said.
Christian said that Gramm is aware of the water situation, and that he would try to divorce the Endangered Species Act from water issues as much as possible.
Purdum suggested that Gramm could help support San Antonio leaders who want to develop and alternate water source.
City council debates Sunbelt contract
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Debate sparked about whether the city should demand the nght to run environmental tests at the Sunbelt cement plant during the second reading of an ordinance creating a contract between Sunbelt and the city of New Braunfels. The contract would require that Sunbelt not bum toxic fuels in the plant.
Paul Pennington of SAFE. (Securing a Future Environment) argued that the contract should include the right to conduct unscheduled tests at the plant at least twice a year. These tests would aim to prove whether Sunbelt was abiding by the contract and not using toxic fuels.
“Things can happen when large sums of money are involved,” Pennington said. “I agree with Ronald Reagan; ‘trust but verify.’" The government conducts standard tests at a cement plant to make sure it is operating under the guidelines of its license, Sunbelt officials said. Under the proposed contract with New Braunfels, Sunbelt would not be licensed to bum toxic fuels, and the govem-men| would test to ensure the plant’s com
pliance, they said.
The government tests are scheduled well in advance, Pennington said, giving a plant the opportunity to prepare for the testing.
Pennington and Sunbelt agreed that Pennington’s group could submit a testing proposal to the city. The city manager and city attorney would then negotiate with Sunbelt regarding the proposal before the third reading of the ordinance.
Each city council member voted “yes” in the second reading except Councilwoman Mary Serold and Mayor Pro-Tern Chris Bowers, who was absent.
“My no vote is like a caution light,” Serold said. “We need to stay ever cautious and ever vigilant.”
At Monday's meeting, residents also questioned the legality of the charter amendments appearing on the May 6 ballot. Was the amendments’ three-year-term mayor elected by a plurality vote against the state constitution, they said.
The charter amendments follow the dictates of a federal order, which overrides the state constitution, City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom said. “In this matter we're going to be
'My no vol# is Ilks a caution light.'
— Councilwoman Mary Serold
trumped by federal regulations — it’s that simple,” Councilman Tim Walker said.
“My legal prediction would be that if we don’t change the charter we would be in danger of a lawsuit,” Cullom said.
In other business, the community development department presented the Consolidated Plan and Strategy (CPS) for its second public hearing. The plan names five priorities for spending Community Development Block Grants for the next five years.
The CPS will be available for residents to read until Wednesday April 26 at 5 p.m. at the Dittlinger Memorial Library, Senior Citizen Center, New Braunfels Housing Authority, New Braunfels Utilities and the Municipal Building.
The city council voted to sell a piece of land on Thompson Street to New Braunfels River Resort for $29,000. The firm plans to build a 54-suite hotel on the site.Call 625-9144 for information about subscriptions to the Herald-Zeitung