New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 19, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in one section ■ Friday, April 19,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of ROMA RAHI
Vol. 144, No. 114
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Perry Meyer, Wesley Watson, Ninette Campbell, Inez Davila, Christopher Davila, Ben* jamin Culpepper (three years), Becky Fletcher (14 years, Saturday), and Roma Rahe.
Happy anniversary wishes to Nancy and SJ) David (44 years) and to Kim and John Stevens.
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Mold — Not avaBabie Grass—0 Oak—0 Ash—0 Hackberry—0 Mulberry —0 (Polen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Beatings taken yeeterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
River Information Comal River—215 cubic feet per second, down 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.82 feet above sea level, down .03 from yesterday.
City to got rn spring cleaning
The city of New Braunfels and Waste Management Inc. are sponsoring a citywide cleanup April 20. Each household in the city will be allowed to dump the equivalent of one pickup load of materials free at the Comal County Landfill tomorrow. The landfill will be open from 0 a.m. to 3 p.m. tomorrow. It is located off Frei-heit Road. Call 608-2100 for information.
Oarage sal# benefits St. Jude’s Ranch for Children
The Friends of the Ranch will hold a garage sale April 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the former Bargain Box building at Casted and Coll streets.
Find out about special education
There will be an Admission, Review and Dismissal workshop at the First United Methodist Church community room in New Braunfels at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, April 20. The workshop is sponsored by PATH.
Novice Night at theater
Circle Arts Theatre will hold its annual Novice Night, a workshop on basic acting skills, Wednesday, April 24, beginning at 7 p.m. Experienced actors will be there to assist novices in preparing short skits. There is no fee. Wear comfortable clothes.
The workshop is for ages 17 and older.
Garage sale date moved
A garage sale to benefit the Children’s Miracle Network will be held at the Wal-Mart Distribution Center parking tot, 39201-35 N., Saturday, April 20 from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Snacks and refreshments will be for sale. This sale was originally scheduled for April 21.
One of the three women pictured in the article about making quilts for the homeless on Page 1 of yesterday s paper was misidentified. The woman on the right, identified in the caption as Ida Sing, is Janie Cathcart.
McQueeney man killed by train
By MELANIE GERIK
Emergency workers stand by the body of Robert Claycomo
tie crossing the Guadalupe River Friday morning shortly after 8 a.m., said Det. Sgt Basel Boatright of the New Braunfels Police Department.
“When the train came, he was out in the middle and couldn't get to die other side," Boatright said.
A McQueeney man died after a train hit him on a trestle over the Guadalupe River Friday morning.
Robert Arthur Claycomb, 53, of McQueeney, was walking along die tres-
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
He added Claycomb tried to move off the tracks, but was unsuccessful.
Claycomb fell nearly 75 feet onto the bank of the river near the Nacogdoches Street bridge.
He was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez.
CISD candidates call growth key issue
School board forum draws small crowd
By DENISE DZIUK
Despite the turnout of only a handful of people, candidates for the board of trustees for the Comal Independent School District were on hand Thursday night to discuss their views on education and the role of the board in that endeavor.
Scott Watson and Lois Duggan are vying for the District 3 seat on the board. Watson said he believes there are three key issues facing the district.
First is growth, second is better communication with the public, and third is
managing taxes wisely. He said growth is the biggest of these, and managing it requires planning.
"If you don't have a plan to address the growth and manage the growth, you’re going to have an overcrowded situation again," said Watson.
Duggan said she believes the key issue facing the district is the fact that there has not been a "legal bond election" since Bill Brown Elementary was built. She said bond issues need to be brought to the voters in a legal manner that gives them an opportunity to evaluate the request. She said the board must make sure it is following the law before growth or any other issues can be addressed.
"You must put that in the form of a proper proposition when you go to the voters... I will fight it as long as I’m in the community," she said.
In District 4, Thomas Bruce is being challenged by Doug Nail, Jr. Nail said he
TP&W tables trout rules
By DAVID DEKUNDER
also feels growth is the primary issue facing the district, and will continue to be. He said there must be planning to deal with it! He added that curriculum is another key issue because you don’t hear enough about it.
A third issue is good management of the limited funds available to operate the district. However, despite the last two, he still stressed growth as the key issue to be dealt with.
“That’s the number one issue guys. You can’t have school without a building. You can’t have it outside under a tree," said Nail.
Thomas Bruce did not attend the forum due to a prior commitment.
Early voting for the board of trustees in districts 3 and 4 will run until April 30. Only those living in the two districts can vote, and voters can go to any of the early voting polls.
Because of a public outcry, the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has decided against implementing strict regulations on trout fishing on a 9.5 mile stretch of the Guadalupe River. The new rules would have banned the use of natural baits for fishing, introdued a new 16-inch minimum to keep trout, and introduced a three-trout bag limit.
“We have decided to pull the proposed regulations, get together with all the parties involved and move to a more amenable policy," said Ken Kurzawski, TP&W inland fisheries division staff support specialist.
The regulations would have applied to a 9.5 mile stretch of the Guadalupe River below the Canyon Dam from the easternmost bridge on FM 306 downstream to the second bridge crossing on River Road.
TP&W officials and members of Guadalupe River Trout Unlimited, a group of 1,800 trout fishermen, said the regulations were needed to develop a trophy trout fishery in the Guadalupe River.
Rainbow trout are not a native species to die river. TP&W, with help from Lone Star Beer, began stocking rainbow trout in die Guadalupe River more than 25 years ago. Because of the water release from Canyon Dam, the river’s water is a cool 65 degrees year round, which give the trout a good chance to survive in the river, TP&W biologists said.
A public hearing on the proposed regulations was held at the Canal County Courthouse on April lO.The ban on natural baits caused the most controversy because the opponents of that rule said it would discriminate against natural bait fishermen and children who fish along the river.
TP&W biologists said the ban on natural baits was needed because studies have showed that the mortality rate for trout released from live bait is 41 percent compared to a five to ten percent mortality rate for those caught on artificial lures.
The Parks and Wildlife Commission board was scheduled to vote on the regulations at its regular meeting in May before TP&W staff pulled the provisions off the table.
"We are still interested in improving the quality of a trout fishery (on the Guadalupe River)," Kurzawski said. "It (trout regulations) is a new concept for Texas. We want to give people the chance to think about it and see how we can work around this."
Kurzawski said his department hopes to start meeting with the GRTU representatives, property owners and fishermen within the next month or two.
County Judge Carter Casteel said she was pleased with TP&W's decision. She said that she had talked to Inland Fisheries Division Director Philip Durocher last Thursday.
"TP&W realized it needed to woik harder (to get regulations acceptable for all sides),’’ Casteel said. "I told Phil Durocher when he called last Thursday that my office would be happy in helping arrange meetings with all parties."
John Weber, a River Road property owner, said the decision by parks and wildlife officials “shows that they are rational people."
“I am happy because the people who went through the trouble to write the commissioners and go to the hearings, their voices were heard," Weber said. "I hope TP&W gets people and representatives from all sides to talk this thing through and come up with a win-win proposition, which I think is there."
Kurzawski said his staff will talk to all sides, formulate a plan this winter and go before the parks and wildlife commission board in January 1997 and tTy to get them to authorize a public hearing fa* next year.
Attempts to reach GRTU members were unsuccessful.
Rural transit system is there, it’s just not used very much
By DENISE DZIUK
A representative from the Alamo Area Council of Governments appeared before commissioners court Thursday to tell them about a rural public transit system in an attempt to get more people to utilize it.
"I’m going to all 11 counties’ commissioners court to promote the rural public transportation program and teach people how to access it," said Rural Public Transportation Specialist Jeannie Sagebiel.
Sagebiel said AACOG receives both federal and state funds, and in turn subcontracts with the Community Council of South Central Texas to provide the Alamo Coordinated Transit (ACT). ACT vans provide services to 11 area counties, including Comal.
Sagebiel said ACT transit rides are available throughout the county, and provide 24-hour service door-to-door. She said users simply call atoll fire number a day before and get placed on the route. The van will then pick up the person at home. Sagebiel said the rates users pay
are also competitive, with a round-trip ride from New Braunfels to San Antonio costing $8.
"It’s not a taxi service, but it’s the next best thing. The only disadvantage is you may be sitting at the shopping mall waiting for your van to come pick you back up, and we can’t help that. You just have to understand," she said. "If someone gets held up at the doctor, the van has to wait on them, and that will make you have to wait."
Sagebiel said all the vans are wheelchair accessible. She said there are also varying sizes, to accommodate groups of two to 25. Regular rides, whether they are daily, weekly, or monthly, can also be scheduled. However, Sagebiel said the system is not being fully utilized, especially in the New Braunfels and Canyon Lake areas, because people do not know how to accessit.
"It is not being used to its capacity," she said. "I can say there is a lot of room for growth in Comal County.”
For more information on the ACT transit system or to schedule a ride, call 1-800-292-5648.
Parents reunited with son found in San Antonio
By MELANIE GERIK
A 15-year old Canyon Lake boy returned home Thursday night after he was missing for almost two days.
Lawrence (Laity) Moyer, a special education student from Smithson Valley High School, possibly spent two nights on the streets of downtown San Antonio before he was recognized Thursday morning, said Comal County Sheriff Lt. Sumner Bowen.
Moyer was taken by his parents Thursday afternoon to the Wilford Hall Air Force Hospital emergency room for precautionary examinations. He was released later that night.
According to witness interviews, Moyer first rode to Luke's Convenience Store on the comer of Highway 281 and Farm to Market 1863 after school Tuesday.
He then wandered about two miles south on Highway 281, near a construction crew. Moyer, who has the conversation level of someone less than half his age, asked for a ride, and two members of the crew tried to take him to the Salvation Army in downtown San Antonio.
But Bowen said because he had no identification and he is a minor, the Salvation Army could na help him.
Bowen said a homeless woman named "Patricia" took Moyer under her wing and tried to protect him.
Bowen described Patricia as a benevolent "character” who was protective of Moyer.
"She told us that she adopted Larry
Patty Moynr and LL Sumner Bowen
when he was nine, and they had just moved into town from Austin,” Bowen said.
Although Patricia was lying, Bowen said the "protective-type" story was what authorities wanted to hear.
"We know that he was not with a bunch of vagrants who may have caused him harm," he said.
A family friend, who was putting up fliers about the teenager’s disappearance in the area, noticed Moyer and Patricia near the post office.
Moyer was reunited with his family at the post office around 11 a.m. Thursday.
Patty Moyer, the teenager’s mother,
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL at a press conference yesterday.
said she was at an eye doctor’s appointment when she received word her son had been found.
"I told him if there was any news, then I was off," Patty Moyer said.
Patty Moyer said her son had quite a few elaborate stories about his adventures in San Antonio, but she still does not know exactly what happened.
“Lawrence is the only one who can tell us," Patty Moyer said.
Patty Moyer said her son has left home before, but always has called.
She added she will work with her son’s counselors to prevent a similar situation from happening againFor subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.