New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 12, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 Pages in one section ■ Tuesday, April 12,1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of BOB SOHN
I Vol. 142, No. 108
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following )iithday wishes to; Ethel Canion, Mary Moore, Joyce Nettle, Wanda Roberts, HA. Schlameus, Katherine Voelger.
Democratic, DOP runoffs today
Runoff candidates in both parties will count the votes today to see who advances to the general election in November.
The only runoff featuring local candidates is the Democratic race for the 207th District Court Judge. Nile Riedel of New Braunfels and Jeff Van Horn are vying to see who will face Republican Jack Robison in November to claim the seat held by long-time judge Robert T. Pfeuffer, who is retiring.
Other Democratic races on the ballot are: the U.S. Senate race between Jim Mattox and Richard Fisher and several judicial races.
The Republican ballot features races for State attorney General and judge of the the Court of Crmi-nal Appeals, Place 2.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. A list of polling places was printed in the Sunday Herald-Zeitung.
Masonic Lodge to meet tonight
New Braunfels Masonic Lodge 1109 will have a stated meeting tonight at 7:30 p.m.
Members and visitors are urged to attend.
Fountain dedication set for Saturday
A ceremony to rededicate the Main Plaza fountain will take place Saturday April 16 at IO a m. on the Main Plaza.
Mrs. Lunelle Anderson of Preservation Texas and Texas Historical Commission will be the keynote speaker, and a bronze plaque documenting the fountain’s restoration and honoring major donors will be unveiled.
All New Braunfels citizens are encouraged to attend.
For more information, call 608-2100.
Music study dub to moot Thursday
The New Braunfels Music Study Club (TFMC, NFMC) will be having the April meeting on Thursday April 14 at 7:30 p.m. at the Seele Parish House Auditorium.
Featured will be a program on dance, including ballet and tap.
A second important feature will be the final presentation of the club’s study book on the life of Johannes Brahms. This will be presented by Susan Deschner, member.
Class d *42 to moot Thursday at Krauso’s
The New Braunfels senior class of 1942 will meet at Krause’s Cafe on Thursday April 14. Meeting will start at 6:30 nm.
For more information call 625-3837.
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City moves closer to receiving grant funds
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Council okays venture with AANTF again
Groups receiving funding this year from Community Development Block Grant money may be able to access their dollars in just a few weeks.
The New Braunfels City Council approved resolution Monday night authorizing the city manager to enter into an agreement with the Department of Housing and Urban Development. According to Main Street Director Penelope Church, this brings the city one step closer to receiving the $425,000 available through the Community Development Block Grant program.
Church said the agreement will allow the city to gain access to the funds. Agreements will then be made with the groups receiving the money.
Church said two of tire groups, the Women’s Center and Habitat for Humanity, will be required to undergo environmental assessments on their projects before they can receive funds because they are construction projects.
Several drainage projects are also receiving funding; however, these projects include only planning and will not require an environmental assessment. In addition, the police and parks summer recreation program is being funded.
In other business, the New Braunfels City Council also approved a resolution allowing the city to once again participate in the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force.
The task force is funded by a grant.
This year the state of Texas is requiring some dollar portion match just in case seized assets do not cover the costs.
New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen said the program should not impact the general fund. He said if the state’s seized assets do not cover the costs then the costs can be covered by the police department’s own seized assets fund.
This year’s program is expected to work more closely with the schools and may include the addition of a gang unit.
Headen said he is supporting the program more this year because plans have been made to target
the New Braunfels area more than it has been in the past.
Other business covered by the council includes approval of a resolution allocating funds from the hotel/motel occupancy tax and from Texas Commission on the Arts Grant. Funds were awarded to the Circle Arts Theatre, Compania dc Danza Folklorica, Greater New Braunfels Arts Council, The Hummel Museum, Mid-Texas Symphony, New Braunfels Art League, New Braunfels Children’s Museum, New Braunfels German Folkdancers, The Heritage Society, New Braunfels Conservation Society, New Braunfels Historic Museums Association, New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modelers and the Sophienburg Museum and Archives.
Family gets new home through HFH
By CRAIG HAMMETT
A New Braunfels family will soon have a new home because of efforts by the Comal County Habitat for Humanity. The organization has secured a lot and closed on the plaoe Monday at Stewart Title.
A ground-breaking ceremony is slated for Sunday, April 24,3 p.m. at 951 Lipan St. in the Northview II subdivision, lire house will be built entirely through volunteer efforts.
Vivian Nuhn is heading volunteer efforts and said they need people to “pound nails even if they can’t pound them straight .” Mrs. Nuhn said volunteers are signing up through church or civic organizations to work as crews, individuals are also welcome.
Tire organization would also appreciate any donated materials that can be used on the project.
Habitat fere Humanity, International was founded in 1976 in Americus, Ga. People might remember President Jimmy Carter, lending his hand to the project. The non-profit Christian ministry was formed to help low-income families who could not otherwise secure financial support, move into their own homes.
The local affiliate formed in September of last year. This, their first house, will go to Betty Halseil, a cashier at Luby’s, her 9on Lloyd, and her mother, Billie Rodriguez.
Terry Burton, site selection chairman of the local affiliate, said he read a book by New Braunfels pioneer Hermann Seele, “The Cypress, and other tales of a German pioneer,” which described how early settlers helped each other build civic and residential buildings. Habitat resembles that spirit of an old-fashioned house raising.
New homeowners must put in a minimum of 300 "sweat-cquity” hours on their homes or another project. They also make a small down payment and assume a non-interest bearing mortgage. Payments are used by the local affiliate to build other homes. In December, 1993, the 25,000th home was dedicated by the organization, which now includes 1,000 affiliates.
Nowhere else but Texas
Russian exchange students get to see real cowboy at local ranch recently
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH New Braunfels Po Ile* Chief Dick Headen threw out the first pitch at last night’s American League opening ceremonies.
NEU board to discuss giving city more funds
Resolution declaring ‘NBU not for sale’ expected tonight
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees will hold a special meeting at 7:30 p.m. tonight to discuss the possibility of giving an additional contribution of financial assistance to the city of New Braunfels.
In past city budget sessions, the city council has determined it will ask for an additional $350,000 in the next fiscal year The utilities is already expected to pay $1,115,000 to the city forapayment in lieu of taxes in the 1994-95 budget.
Last year, the utilities opted to give the city an additional $250,000.
During the meeting, the board of trustees is also expected to approve a resolution stating that the electric system of NBU is not for sale.
This became an issue after Mayor Rudy Seidel discussed the possibility of selling the utilities in order to illustrate that the city needs to receive more money from NBU.
Seidel has explained the numbers were used only as an example and he does not want the city to sell NBU
NBU officials ara expected to discuss replacing general manager Bob Sohn, who recently announced his retirement, at tonight's meeting.
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Texas is like no other place in the world, according to two Russian exchange students attending the University of Texas at Austin.
Elizabeth Scherbina and Victoria Melmikova, both from Moscow, had the chance to taste the true flavor of Texas during a recent visit to New Braunfels.
Both of the women had a wish to see a “cowboy” and to ride a horse. Their wish was fulfilled thanks to Don L. “Butch” Offerman, who operates Offerman Ranch on Highway 46 west just a few miles outside New Braunfels.
Scherbina and Melmikova visited the ranch on Sunday after
noon and were treated to a few hours of riding lessons.
Both women came to Texas in August 1993 and will be leaving in May.
They are students at the linguistics university in Moscow. Part of their studies includes visiting the United States for two school semesters
“The purpose is to see how people study here, to get acquainted with people and to practice English,” said Scherbina, 21, who is also studying German.
“I like it here. I have traveled a little bit. I love Texas it is different from the northern states,” she said.
“When I heard I was going to Texas, my friends said go and meet a cool cowboy,” said
Herald-Zeitung photo by JENNIFER ROMPEL (From left) Don L Offerman, Elizabeth Scherbina and Victoria Melmikova.
Scherbina. “I had heard some stories about them They (the stories) were all in the writings of American writers.”
“I thought cowboys were in the past. I didn't think there were a lot of cowboys now. I guess there are some,” said Melmikova, 20, who also studies Spanish.
“I like it here (in Texas). It is exciting. It’s not like the rest of America,” she said “It’s real exciting. I have been exposed to lots of new experiences here.”
Both Scherbina and Melmikova will graduated in May 1995. They are living in a cooperative in Austin. They may visit New Braunfels again to either float down the river During their visit to New Braunfels, the two women were entertained by local residents Marie and Don Offerman and Phylis Offerman Also visiting was Austin resident Jane Raeke, the host of the two exchange students.
The board will also hold an executive session to deliberate the employment of a general manager to replace the current general manager Bob Sohn who announced his retirement last week.
Sohn said he will retire after the board hires a new general manager.
In a past story, it stated that Sohn had received a $2,000 per month raise. Sohn actually received a raise of $200.
Officials stated that the raise was given to help in Sohn’s retirement and because they did not want it to appear that Sohn was resigning because of a conflict with the board
NBHS ‘Odyssey of the Mind’ team takes fourth at competition
By CRAIG HAMMETT
There are a few students from New Braunfels Higl School who really know their MTV, not the kind mc* teenagers know but one of a more technical nature Six youngsters from NBHS recently competed in th “Odyssey of the Mind” competition at Judson Higl School San Antonio where they took fourth out of 2 teams from across the state.
Sophomores Klint Kingsbury, Chris Snider, Ire; Taylor, Alison Damarodas, Sarah Moschcau, an< freshman Kate Bell advanced to state by winning th region title March 5 in Seguin. Coaches are Ron arn Carol Snider, an art teacher at Lone Star Primary The competition included six categories, one whicl involved running Mini Terrain Vehicles, which the stu dents built, through eight obstacles and puncturing balloon at the end Batteries power the MTVs whic are not remote-controlled Points are awarded for eacl obstacle completed and balloon punctured.
A skit must be used to illustrated a theme The stu dents used the idea of their vehicles as animals, tm versing through a rain forest and the effect which tree cutting has on the rain forest.
For their efforts, the students received an OME1 award, which recognizes outstanding features such props, design and mechanics
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