New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
StcimmtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Maria R. Garcia, Jaime Padilla, Denise Tuch, Nikki Loftin (Saturday), Christopher verett, Warren Williams, Logan Paul Chighizola (I year old), Craig Bertling (Saturday), Joyce Nettle (Saturday), Sarah tfegason (Saturday), Katherine )enise Baeten, Catherine Anne Welborn, Trey Earl Rust (12 years old, Saturday), Libby Carney Rubbel (Belated), Timmy Canham (40 years old).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Tom and Linda Ruiz..
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.Pollen Count
Mold—862 Oak —27
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)River Information
Comal River — 290 cfs,same Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.01 feet above sea level, up .19. Canyon Dam discharge — 3,922 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — unavailable Canyon Lake level — 913.30 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
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NBL) reports pumping 5.569 (billion gallons of surface water Thursday, and 489,500 gallons of well water were used.Cohocton* showcase has space for doalors
Space for dealers is still available for the Collector’s Showcase and Sale from 9 a m. to 5 p.m. May 31. The event is sport sored by the New Braunfels Conservation Society. Call 629-2943 for information.Sis. Peter and Paul Sock Hop today
A ‘50s Sock Hop to benefit Sts. Peter and Paul Youth Representatives to the National Youth Conference in Kansas City, Mo., will be held for adults 21 and older from 8 p.m. to midnight today. Admission to the non-alcohol party will be $10 a couple and will include refresh ments and entertainment. Call 625-1243 to RSVP.Iris Show slated for Saturday
The New Braunfels Iris Sod ety presents its 31st Iris Show “Catching the Glow" from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church Wesley Hall, 572 W. San Antonio St. There is ample parking on Mill Street directly behind the church Admission is free; plants will be for saleMeet the District 4 candidates
Voters can meet 1997 Dist. 4 City Council candidates at 9 a.m. Saturday at Gruene Hall sponsored by the Gruene Homeowners Association. The forum will include position state ments and a question-and answer period.Lone Oak plans anniversary gala
The Lone Oak Cemetery Association invites all members descendants of families and friends to the 100th Anniversary Celebration 3 p.m. Saturday at Lone Oak Cemetery across from Friedens Church near Geronimo A reception with catered meal follows.
Hepatitis cases confirmed at Memorial ElementaryBy DENISE DZIUK
Four cases of type A hepatitis have been confirmed in Memorial Elementary, and steps have been taken to prevent additional cases from occurring.
“Generally it’s not a terribly scary illness,” local pediatrician Dr. Tim Owens said. ‘‘It’s usually easier on kids.”
Comal County Health Nurse Shel McWilliams said hepatitis-A is a viral infection that affects the liver. She said it usually spreads through the ‘‘fecal-oral route.” She said an infected person contaminates an article or food product. When placed in the mouth, the virus spreads. Once exposed, it can take an
Good hygiene and health practices, such as the following, are the best defense in the spread of hepatitis, type A:
■ Wash hands with soap and water after using the rest room
■ Do not share food or drinks
■ Do not put items or hands in mouth
Source Comal County Public Health Department
average of 28 days for symptoms to appear, but individuals could begin to show symptoms as late as 50 days arter
exposure, she said. McWilliams said it is not a life-threatening illness, and is similar to a stomach virus.
“An adult usually becomes much more seriously ill than a child does,” she said.
Owens said the seventy and length of illness vary from person to person. However, he said it is not something parents need to be extremely alarmed about.
“This is something that always comes around once in a while,” he said. “Normally just sitting in the same classroom is not that big of a deal, so there’s no need for a big alarm.”
McWilliams said the initial case of Turn to Cases, Page 2A
I Abdominal pain and cramp-
■ Nausea and/or vomiting
■ Poor Appetite
■ Appearance of yellowish
skin and eyes ■ Fever
■ Dark urine
■ Light-colored bowel movements
Source Comal County Health Department and the New Braunfels Independent School District
Suspect in bank robbery also charged with Wuest’s heistBy ABE LEVY
New Braunfels police detectives said Thursday they have charged a man suspected in the aggravated robbery of the downtown Wuest’s grocery store last month as the same man federal authorities apprehended for a bank robbery in San Marcos two weeks ago.
John Oliver Manning, 37, of Seguin, remains in custody by U.S. Marshals in Austin as a federal prisoner charged
with the bank robbery of a NationsBank in San Marcos on March 28, FBI Special Agent Darren Holmes said.
Manning, who has a detention hearing scheduled for Tuesday in Austin, was suspected in two other bank robberies but has not been charged, Holmes said.
New Braunfels Police tied Manning to the March 24 incident at Wuest’s after a store clerk identified Manning in a photograph as the alleged robber, said Det. Basel Boatright of the New
Braunfels Police Criminal Investigation Division.
In that incident the robber escaped with $ 1.050 arter walking in dressed in a black cowboy hat, blue jeans, a long-sleeved shirt and a scruffy beard, Boatright said.
His method for obtaining money matched that of the robber in the NationsBank incident, police and FBI officials said.
He demanded money after informing employees that he had an explosive
device that he would detonate if necessary, Boatnght said.
Later it was discovered that the device was not explosive, he added.
In the San Marcos incident, FBI officials said the robber pulled an explosive device out of a briefcase and threatened bank tellers to get them to turn over money.
Boatnght said it is likely the local charge will be dropped pending the outcome of the federal charge.
Any vacancy or vacancies occurring on the Board, whether by death, resignation, forfeiture, lack of qualifications or removal, shall be filled with citizens having the same qualifications as candidates for election, lf a vacancy occurs on the Board, the remaining members of the board may fill the vacancy by appointment until the next regular Board emotion or may order a special election to fill the vacancy for the unexpired term, lf more than one
year remains in the term of the position vacated, the vacancy shall be filled no later than the 180th day after the vacancy occurs.
District 4 is bounded by the Guadalupe River, Highway81, Hickory, Spur, Peach, Michigan, Santa Clara, W. San Antonio, Guenther, Coll, Hill, and Union. Residents can call 620-6200 with questions about whether they live in District 4.
Source: Texas Association of School Board policy BBC(Legal)
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Timmy Canham
Vol. 145, No. 107
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Herald -Zeitung photo by Michael Camail
Cast and craw from Smithson Valley High School’s ‘Thrives’ Carnival’ will perform the fares comsdy st the Tsxss High School Regional Contact April 18 at John Jay High School In San Antonio. The next step for the group if they should place is the stats competition in Austin. The group will perform ‘A Night of One Act s’ fbday at 7 p.m., Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 3 p.m. at SVHS Commons.No fireworks
at first forum for council candidatesBy ABE LEVY
With the exception of voting for their opponents, the four candidates for the two city council races agreed Thursday night that keeping property taxes low, attracting new businesses to the area and preparing for the city’s growth are priorities facing New Braunfels.
Sponsored by the League of Woman Voters, the first public forum was held at the New Braunfels school district central office with about 25 people attending.
The District 3 race includes local businessman Randy Vanstory and former council member and mayor Rudy Seidel. The District 4 race includes retirement activity director Jan Kotylo and electronics store manager Russell McDonald.
Early voting begins Monday with the election day scheduled for May 3.
The candidates stressed their experience and background in various city committees and businesses as qualifications to serve on the council.
They all said growth in the area and specifically involvement in the city’s Master Plan process is an important key to protect the future quality of life in New' Braunfels.
Vanstory, 35, said he wants to secure the future of New Braunfels by making sound policy decisions as the District 3 representative, emphasizing his business expertise as co-owner of Quick Align Brakes and Suspensions, and work with his local church and several city committees.
“As an individual, I’m foresighted,” he said. “I make decisions for the future. I do that in my business and my family, I want to make decisions that are good for 30 years dow n the road ”
Seidel, 72, who emphasized that lie is a native New Braunfels resident and longtime local business owner, said Ik* lias the experience tor the District 3 job f rom serving on the council from I WI to 1993 and then as mayor from I993 to 1994.
“I’m familiar with our city government,” he said. “I have had first-hand experience in running the city, which (my opponent) does not have. I know what goes and what doesn’t go.”
District 4 candidate Kotylo, 57, said her diverse background in volunteer organizations, working for a filmier school distnct superintendent and business consultant and owning her own business have prepared her for public service.
“I’m honest and straightforward and have integnty," she said. “I’m logical and try to see both sides of the stoty. I’ve cleaned streets and killed weeds. I have the ability to see dial things get done.”
McDonald, 39, said his management of five ColorTyme stores and military experience along with an ability to listen to concerns from the public qualify him for the Distnct 4 position.
“What I would bong is an ear to the city council and a voice,” he said. “I will get back to the citizens if there’s a problem.”
Padilla decides to give up NBISD board presidencyBy DENISE DZIUK
New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees president Jaime Padilla will tender his resignation Tuesday night for what he said are personal reasons involving his family.
‘‘After much thought, I decided to tender my resignation,” Padilla said Thursday. ‘‘Family has to come first.... I’ve really enjoyed serving on the board. I think the board was very gracious and I’ve learned a lot.”
Trustees said they were disappointed that Padilla planned tp resign, but understood it was in the best interest of his family“It makes me sad because he put in a lot of time and effort and really cares for the district, but I understand,” said trustee Sylvia Sanchez.
Trustee Anne Miller said, ‘‘I think Jaime’s a really good person and when he thinks for himself he does a wonderful job.”
Padilla, who has a year left on his
term, said he is
asking that his resignation be effective immediately. Interim Superintendent Tom Moseley said the board will have to appoint a replacement until an election can be held in August. Trustee Leo Chafin said he is confident the board can find a quality replacement, but hopes that it is not used as an opportunity to secure the board majority. Without Padilla’s vote, many 4-3 votes would have been tied.
“Both sides are going to try to get somebody on their side. I hope that doesn’t happen,” Chafin said. “Hopefully, the six of us can come together and get some kind of quality person to serve until the term is over.... That’s what we have to do.”
Board vice president Carlos Campos said he thought board members would be able to put aside any differences they may have to find an individual on whom they can all agree. “I think there’s a lot of good people out there that are people everybody can
work with,” he said.
Padilla’s resignation will come just days before the board is scheduled to begin interviews to fill the superintendent vacancy. However, trustees said the resignation should not hinder the search. “I think once they understand
the circumstances surrounding his resignation, it won’t be a problem,” trustee Steve Weaver said.
Campos said he did not believe the resignation would slow down the search process. He said there had been tremendous response to the position from highly qualified individuals, and this should not change anything.
“This is an unfortunate bump in the road, and we’ll continue to move forward with the search as we are now,” Campos said.
“I think we’re going to really have to listen and work together,” Trustee Bette Spain said. “If anything can bring that about, this may be it.”
Campos said many of the “sticky issues” were now “water under the bridge” and the board would be able to work together. Sanchez said she was also optimistic that there would not be a stalemate among the board.
“Personally, I don’t think it’s going to be a problem,” she said. “We’re all adults working for the same goal.”Kudos to McKenna Hospital and Kirkwood Manor. See page 4A