New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
20 pages in two sections ■ Friday, April 18.1997
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Vol. 145, No. 112Inside
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Jim McCabe, Barbara Schell-Ketchum (Saturday), Leroy Seibert Jr. (21 years old), Frank Chatham, Dennis Kitch, Cedi King (Saturday), Amy Tate (Saturday), Jennifer Mose-man (13 years old, Saturday), Jeremy Lackey (9 years old, Saturday), Lauren McKinli Schroeder (3 years old, Saturday), Terry Meyer (Saturday), Liz Barboza, Darek Maynard (12 years old), David Herrera Jr. (16 years old), Dan Orth, Vanessa Anne Cruz (5 years old, belated), Raven Caballero (I year old), Ashley Stafford (14 years old, Saturday).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Clifford and Dorothy Pape (55 years).
To Have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Comal River — 274 cfs,same Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Weft — 625.04 feet above sea level, up .01. Canyon Oam discharge — 2,620 cfs Canyon Dam discharge wifl be reduced to 650 cfs by 3 p.m. today Canyon Lake inflow — 96 cfs Canyon Lake level — 913.30 feet above •sa level. (Above conservation pool.)Nominations sought for lawman of year
The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions seek nominations for the 1996 “Ed Murphy Memorial Award — Lawman of the Year.” Residents wishing to nominate a law enforcement officer for the award may pick up nomination applications from 8 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Law Office of Ronald Zipp, 384 Landa St. Completed nominations must be returned to the law office by 5 p m. April 30.Cross Liithoron to hold rummogo sal#
The Dorcas Guild of Cross Lutheran Church is having a bake and rummage sale from 9 a m. to 4 p.m. today and Satur day at the gym at 172 Hickory St. There will be a brown bag sale, $1 a bag, from 10 a m. to noon April 21.Spring flowors bloom at Marlon library
The Marion Community Library presents a program by Schultz Nursery, “What's New in Spring Flowers," from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in the library meeting room today. Refreshments will be served Call (210) 914-2225 for information.NB Aim Cor Club swap moot and show
The New Braunfels Area Car Club and the New Braunfels Rotary Club will sponsor the fifth annual Swap Meet at the Comal County Fairgrounds from 7 a m. until dark today, Saturday and Sunday. The car and truck show will be held from 10 a m. to 4 p.m. Sunday only. Admission is free to the public. Spaces are available for the Swap Meet by calling 620-5950 or for the car show at 620-0622.Help Canyon fund Project Graduation
Lunar Bowling at Comal Bowl from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday will benefit Canyon High School's Project Graduation. The cost is $10 per person.
CISD suspends 9 students, coach
Hazing probe leads CISD to disciplinary measures
By DENISE DZIUK
The Comal Independent School District disciplined nine students and a coach from Canyon High School after an investigation revealed hazing occurred in the athletic department.
According to a CISD prepared statement, the district conducted a thorough investigation into claims of hazing in the CHS athletic department. After interviewing students and administrators, the district determined that nine
students participated in some form of hazing in late 19% or early 1997. Each of the students was suspended for three days, and will be counseled on the “inappropriateness of hazing.” The statement also says several students also were assigned to the district’s discipline center.
CISD Public Information Officer Don Clark said the district is not releasing any other information on the identity of the students or their punishment.
“Federal law allows us some latitude in protecting students and that’s what we’re exercising here,” Clark said.
In addition to the nine students, the district reprimanded a coach with a three-day suspension. Clark said the coach was suspended because he “didn’t provide adequate supervision.” Clark refused to name the coach, saying it was “not appropriate.”
A parent of one the victims, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said he personally did not feel the punishment was severe enough. He said the students needed harsher punishments and the coach deserved to be fired.
• “I think a three-day suspension is making light of the situation,” he said. “It’s almost an insult.”
The parent said hazing has occurred for years, and steps should have been taken to stop it. Although the superintendent and principal were “cooperative” in the investigation, he said more action needs to be taken. He said he will discuss the situation with an attorney, and his next move will depend on what the district does.
‘They’re going to act, and they’re going to act more than what they’ve done, if we have to go to court to do it,” he said.
In addition to the district’s investi
gation, reports were filed April 7 and 9 with the New Braunfels Police Department stating two male CHS students were assaulted with coat hangers by a groups of senior football players in October 1996 and January.
The police department has completed the report, which included two victims and five offenders. As of Friday morning, no charges had been filed.
Clark said that at this point, the investigation is complete unless new information is brought to the district’s attention.
“We’ve done as much as we can with what we have,” Clark said. “If they turn up something new, we’ll go back and look at everything else again.” According to the district’s statement, it first received complaints of hazing incidents at CHS in January. However, he said, the complaints were in the form of anonymous letters with few
Local heritage lives
Herald-Zetitung photo by Michael Darnall
Tbs Sophienburg Museum has many different displays depicting tbs rich heritsgs of New Braunfels and Comal County. Here docent Tom Call shows Wayne and Devirdre Wick of LeCenter Minnesota diplays.
Museum defines local history
By DENISE DZIUK
New Braunfels has museums that display everything from figurines to furniture to cars. However, there is one association that has been in town for more than 60 years which concentrates its focus on the history and heritage of New Braunfels.
“We were the first museum in New Braunfels and we are the museum of New Braunfels,” said Michelle Oatman, executive director of the Sophienburg Museum and Archives.
Oatman said the Sophienburg Memonal Association began iii 1926 as a place to house a portrait of Ponce Carl Solms. The portrait was sent to
the city of New Braunfels, with the condition that it be displayed in the city’s museum. The H. Dittlinger family kept the painting until a museum was available.
“We didn’t have a city museum,” Oatman said. “Basically it was started from one painting that was sent from Braunfels, Germany, to us to be put in our museum.”
According to a pamphlet highlighting the museum, "Sophienburg” was the name Prince Carl gave the hill overlooking the village that would eventually be called New Braunfels. The name means “Sophia’s Castle,” after his fiance, Lady Sophia, Princess of Salm-Saim. The pamphlet goes on to say the site
of the museum w as originally intended to be the site of a castle. However, Lady Sophia refused to come to Texas, so Prince Carl returned to his homeland to get married.
Oatman said although the association was formed in 1926, the museum did not open until a few years later. She said the Great Depression and other economic and social factors delayed the museum’s construction, and it did not open until 1933.
"When the museum was opened, the same building housed the museum and the city library,” Oatman said. "It wasn’t very big when it started.”
She said Emilie Faust and the “ladies of the museum” dedicated
their time and energy to it, and under them it grew. Oatman said Faust was the driving force behind the museum for many years, and continued to support it through an endowment after her death,
“Many ladies were part of the museum and ran the museum, but Ms. Emilie Faust was the museum,” said Oatman. “She was the secretary of the museum and it was her life.” Oatman said the number of collections grew, and in 1938 the museum expanded and the library was moved to a new building next door. That still did not provide enough room for the history of New Hraun-
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details the district could follow up. The district took them seriously, and an investigation was conducted. Letters were sent home with freshman athletes, and administrators spoke with every athlete. The statement said the investigation at that time turned nothing up, and the students were warned that hazing would not be tolerated.
Parents and students came forward last week with more information, and the investigation was reopened. He said the district spent about two days investigating the claims and found that hazing did occur in January or before.
“Evidently what we did in January was enough to send a message that we’re not going to tolerate hazing,” Clark said. “If that worked, this ought to work too.”
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Walking across the stage and receiving a high school diploma is an event many people remember for the rest of
To make graduation night safer, more fun, enjoyable, all three local high schools will have Project Graduation parties with a variety of activities for seniors and guests.
New Braunfels High School’s event will be May 29 at the First Protestant Church activity center on Coll Street.
"We have some really neat games,” NBHS co-chairwoman Kay Reneau said. "We will have a human gyroscope, kids dressed up as sumo wrestlers, bungee running, a DJ and a casino and lots of food.”
Community support for the event has been tremendous, Reneau said.
"It is kind of the community pulling together and providing it for the kids because the kids are important to them,” Reneau said. "We are looking for support from civic organizations so that we can give them a place to go so that tragedies can be avoided. We have had positive community support.”
Canyon High School will have its Project Graduation part) May 30 at Rio Cibolo Ranch oft"of Interstate IO between Seguin and San Antonio.
Janet Allen, CHS co-chairwoman, said school buses will leave the high school at 11 p.m. graduation night.
"The ranch lends itself to western games,” Allen said. “We will hold casino games and there will be volleyball games. We will have something called Cowboy Olympics in which there are five to eight people on
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Platting tiff is septic nightmare for Garden Ridge couple
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A young family forced to use a porta potty outside its $200,000 home near Garden Ridge got a temporary respite from Commissioner’s Court late Thursday afternoon.
Commissioners agreed to alkiw Rolando and Ramona Gomez to use die septic tank on their property for 30 days until they and the county can settle a legal imbroglio involving the 9-acre site, which was not platted following county rules and regulations.
“It is a start,” Rolando Gomez said after Commissioners Court met for more than two hours rn the morning and thirty minutes after 5 p.m. to reach a decision.
The dilemma stemed from the fact that the Gomezes cannot get a septic permit from the county because the proper
ty has not been platted properly. The county requires a 40-foot easement providing access to the property from a public road.
The Gomez’s property must be leached by a 30-foot easement on adjoining property.
The Gomezes acquired the property last year and built the home with assistance from a loan. They began moving into the home in March.
County Engineer Tom Homseth said he received an application for a septic permit March 5. He said a red flag was raised immediately when he reviewed the permit.
“The penna application didn’t have a deed,” he said.
Homseth saki he received a faxed deed for the lot March 18 and determined it did not meet county subdivision regulations.
The lot is located oft" of Valley Park Dr. in tile Park Lane Estates.
The developer who sold the lot to the Gomezes, William Sutton, apparently did not have die property platted before he sold it, Homseth said. Gomez said he has appeared before Commissioners Court four times regarding his pioperty.
"We have invested a lot of our time and money in the American dream and it has become a nightmare,” he said.
The Gomezes bought 12 acres from Sutton in 19%. The family then subdivided the land by selling 3 acres to Tim and Kim Stahl.
Homseth said records indicated Sutton bought 17 acres on the site 15 years ago before he subdivided it.
“We understood from Ins (Sutton’s) broker at the tune that it could be subdivided,” Gomez said. “I didn’t know it
Gomez said the contract said the seller, Sutton, would provide the plat for the property.
The broker w ho represented Sutton, real estate agent Ben Barranco, said an engineer was supposed to plat the lot. He said he was surprised to learn it was not platted.
County Attorney Bill Renner said commissioners could pursue three options in solving the problem: I. a deed w itll a postscript clause warning potential buyers that the property has a public nght of way which isn’t county maintained could be issued; 2. both parties could litigate or settle the case and have it platted; 3. the county could seek reparation from Sutton, which would be costly to the county, Reinter said.
“The parties could litigate it them
selves,” Reinter said. “That is the traditional way of handling it.”
Once Sutton and the Ckmezes came to an agreement, the property could be replatted, Reinter said.
Reinter said the Gomezes could put 141 a $10,000 indemnity bond to help the county pay for part of rite legal expenses if it should ever litigate. The Gomezes and commissioners turned down the idea.
An agreement was reached ut which the Gomezes could use their sewage holding tank for 30 days until a solution was reached.
County Judge Carter Casteel said she would place an item on Thursday’s agenda authorizing the County Attorney’s office to file suit against Slaton or work with him in getting the land platted, which is w hat the Gomezes and the Stahls desireChildren should be celebrated each and every day. See Page 4A