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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 13, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas I' .•' - i*l ?-    '    ll     ............ Inside Opinion..........................................4A | Sports Day................................1-2B Marketplace............................4-14B Dear Abby........................... 10ASt,I in in ti sc h COMAL COUNTY VOTESchools no place to feel threatened. See Opinion, U.S. Representative District 28 totals: Votes Percent Ciro Rodriguez    251    65.36 Juan F. Solis III 133 34.64 Comal County registered voters in District 28: 8,258 Total ballots cast: 384 Percent of voter turnout : 4.65 Source: Comal County election results Music festival keyto expansion By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Pieces of the old Heidelberg Halle dance floor never saw so many feet at one time. The building at 1933 E. Interslate 35 was a local weekend attraction up until the mid-1980s but it wasn't until hundreds of volunteers from the Comal County Senior Citizens Center got a hold of the floor for its new building that it realized its potential. In 1990, volunteers scraped up an esumated 450,000 wooden tiles, hauled them in cardboard boxes to their new building, sanded off old glue and then placed the I-by-6-inch pieces into a square grid with masking tape. An average of about 30 people per day worked for several months to complete the project that now lines the ball room and administration area of the senior center. “I thought it would never go. It was just a mammoth job," said Les Thorn, then-president of the center and one of the volunteer tile scrapers, ‘it was real hot and dusty. There were no air conditioners and it was the summer time. Everyday we’d get so much done and then finally when we got the professionals to put the glaze down, everyone was so tickled to death. You just can’t believe the tremendous effort in the Turn to Key, Page 11A Herald-Zeituna photo by Michael Damal! Clifford D. Wilson, Al Bickham, Frank Fleischmann, Don Anderson and Buzz Mann stand in front of a large barbecue pit that will be used for the Bluebonnet Music Fest on April 26th at Wursthalle.The festival, which benefits the Senior Center’s expansion project, will have music, food and fun of ail kinds. iMMity inside end out workshop Melanie Rae Ambs, Mrs. New Braunfels 1997, is holding “Beauty Inside & Out: A Workshop for Girls." The half-day workshop is for girls ages 13 through 18. Speakers are local business owners, Mayor Jan Kennady and Melanie Rae Ambs. Proceeds will benefit Family Outreach of Comal County . The workshop is April 19 and costs $15. Call 643-0223 for information. Turn to Hazing, Page 12A Comal school district officials and New Braunfels police said they are investigating reports of hazing within the athletic department of Canyon High School by at least two students. The reports, which were filed with the Police Department April 7 and 9, state that two male Canyon students were assaulted with coat hangers by a group of senior football players in October 1996 and January. CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said an investigation into the incident began last week and will continue Monday. “Several names were given to us last week by students and parents, so we are in the middle of an in-depth investigation, and are in the process of determining who is involved,” he said. Major said he did not know how many students were involved, or what their ages were. A decision was made to begin the investigation after complaints were made by parents of the alleged victims, he said. Major also did not know whether similar incidents had taken place Canyon Laka blood drtvo siatod Thursday The Canyon Lake community will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday in the parking lot of Frank s Supermarket, 8010 FM 2673 in the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center vehicle. Call (210) 899-7810 or (210) 899-2173 for information VolunteerFest honors those who give back By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A peek into an average day of Thea Chessher would reveal the 70-year-old woman answenng phones at the Comal County Courthouse information desk, tutoring children at Memorial Elementary or helping in construction of a Habitat for Humanity home. In pondering her numerous volunteer activities, the retired school teacher from the Comal Independent School District summarized the count-Tum to Honors, Page 12A Birthday wishes from tha Harald-Zaltuvtg! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Roy Coy, Aubry Fernandes, Ramona Lopez (Monday), Brian Ormonde (Monday), Mary Margaret Chatham, Jean Morris, Shayna Lynn Jacobs (1 year old), Steel Reeves (14 yeers old, Monday), Charles Richard (8 years old, Monday), Amutfo Vitiate (Saturday), Tina Quinn. Happy anniversary wishes go to: Otis and Lenora Mueller (44 years, Monday), Cecil and Inez Fortson (56 years), Lee Clarice Stange (44 years), Ron and Daria Ruhl (14 years, Saturday), Sonny and Rachel Luna (25 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. In L#oh§ Longue moots Wednesday La Leche League of New Braunfels will be meeting at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the meeting room of NBNB Center North, 1000 N. Walnut St. Breastfeeding mothers and babies, and mothers-to-be interested in breastfeeding are welcome to attend. For more information contact Dana at 625-1240 or Mary at 609-2889. Community Chorale concert today The New Braunfels Community Chorale will present a concert of Broadway tunes at 4 p.m. today at First United Methodist Church. Tickets may be purchased from chorale members, China-n-Things or Johnson Fur-niture/lnnerworks, and will be available at the door Rural schools reunion today The 32nd reunion of schools will be held from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Bring sandwiches, cake, pie, cookies or chips. Tommie Vanek will provide music. For more information call 904-7242. Walking club luau at Landa Park The New Braunfels Marsch und Wandergruppe Club wil meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Landa Park Pavilion 16 for a Hawaiian Luau. Call 625-0742 or 629-2229 by today to make reservations Hazing probe under way By TOM ERICKSON and ABE LEVY Staff Writers Area bank, AACOG team up to offer home loans Hill th* candidates at Paul Davis Park The Garden Ridge Area Republican Women will host Meet the Candidates Night with optional barbecue dinner at Paul Davis Park at 6 p.m. Monday. Dinner tickets must be purchased in advance from members or call 651-9061 or 651-5732. Candidates will be presented at 7 p.m. NRHS Rand boosters meeting The New Braunfels High School Band Boosters will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the high school band hall. The executive board will meet at 6:45 p.m. All interested in supporting the band are encouraged to attend. ration, which is part of AACOG, has raised the funds for the loans through a $15 million bond issue. Rita Kaufmann, vice president of First Commercial Bank, said her hank wanted to get involved from the beginning when it learned about the pre-gram. “Our bank made a concentrated effort to learn more about the program by attending the (AACOG) meeting (in January),’’ Kaufmann said. “We know with the growth of the county that affordable housing is a necessity and that there is not enough housing available for qualified families. We Turn to Lorn, Page 12A By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writ et New Braunfels ww 14 H61 StiU Y $1.00 EL PASO, TX 79903 26 pages in two sections ■ Sunday, April 13,1997 Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years ■ Home of Otis and Vol. 145, No. 108 Herald-Zertung photo by Michael Darned Several volunteers parade around the plaza in downtown New Braunfels on Saturday morning to kick off VoiunteerfesL A local bank and the Alamo Area Council of Governments are participating in a program which will give some home buyers a chance to own a part of the American dream. First Commercial Bank of New Braunfels announced this week that $3.75 million in home mortgage loans will be available to first-time home buyers and people who have not owned a home for at least three years. The loans are for 30 years and are available at 6.95 percent interest. The Alamo Area Housing Finance C'orpo- Staff and wire reports SAN ANTONIO — State Rep. Ciro Rodriguez soundly defeated fellow Democrat and former San Antonio City Council member Juan Solis in a runoff election Saturday to succeed the late U.S. Rep. Frank Tejeda. Rodriguez and Solis emerged as the top two vote-getters in a 15-candidate March special election to fill the U.S. House seat formerly held by Tejeda, who died of brain cancer on Jan. 30. Rodriguez, 50, a state House member since 1987, beat Solis by about 2 to I to win the District 28 seat. With IOO percent of the precincts reporting, Rodriguez had 19,915 votes, or 67 percent, to Solis’ 9,962, or 33 percent. Election officials reported that 4.65 percent of Comal County voters within the District 28 boundaries turned out to vote Saturday and in the early voting period. County Clerk Joy Streater said with only 384 votes cast out of a possible 8,258, the turnout was meager. “I’m disappointed with the turnout. I had hoped for more and we didn’t get it” Streater said. “I just wish people would vote for people that will make decisions that will affect them for the rest of their lives, but what can you do?” Rodriguez declared victory shortly before 8:30 p.m. after walking into a bingo parlor where supporters gathered amid red, white and blue balloons and mariachi music. Rodriguez thanked his volunteers and repeated his campaign themes, ensuring Social Security for the elderly and protecting veterans programs. “It’s our obligation to ensure the young people have access to Social Security. This campaign was also a commitment to our veterans,” he said. “Congressman Tejeda worked hard for our veterans. It’s our job to make sure that commitment remains alive.” Rodriguez nearly won the special election outright, collecting 46 percent of the vote. But by failing to claim a majority, he was paired against Solis, who won 26 percent of the vote in March. Herald-Zertung photo by Michael Darned A New Braunfels firefighter looks over the wreckage of a truck near FM 1102 which was hit by a train Saturday morning. For the complete story, turn to Page 3A. ;