New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 21, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 109 18 pages in 2 sections April 21, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
SO centsCancer claims life of former county officialJ.L. “Jumbo” Evans dies Tuesday at age 78
By Peri Stone Staff Writer
Retired Comal County Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans, who died Tuesday at age 78, was known by friends as a jokester, mentor and family man.
Funeral services for Evans, who served the county for 16 years and fought a battle
with cancer, were scheduled for IO a.m. Friday at First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio St.
Interment with full military honors will follow the at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery in San Antonio.
Evans was the county commissioner for Precinct I from 1980 to 19%.
“He loved to act like he’d give you a hard time” county tax assessor-collector Gloria German said, recalling times he’d come into their office and yell; “Wake up!” then hand out M&Ms.
German said she knew Evans for about 25 years. One time when she came into a commissioners* court meeting, Evans quipped, “Here comes Madam Queen. We can start now”
Former county judge Carter Casteel, who worked with Evans for six years, said he loved to be at center stage.
“He was a tough, tough taskmaster,” Casteel said. “He’d stay with you until he got the answer he wanted ... We’d argue like two old hens at times, but that was OK.” County clerk Joy Streator said, “He could be challenging at times. He came across as gruff, but he wasn’t really — he was a pussycat at heart.”
Streater, who knew Evans for about 20 years, said he would visit her office at least once a month after he finished his last term as commissioner.
Pct. 4 County Commissioner Moe
Schwab knew Evans for about 27 years and called him a “mentor.”
“He was very well-versed in county government,” Schwab said. “I’ve learned more things from him than I could from a book.” Evans spent 31 years in the military, both as a pilot and in personnel, according to close friend Gus Culwell, die county’s veterans service officer.
Evans also was a member of the Noon Lions Club and the Masons. The Jumbo Evans Sports Park, off U.S. 281 in western Comal County, was named in his honor.
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The Landa Park Golf Course advisory board will discuss possible changes to annual fees at 7 p.m. today at the golf course clubhouse.
Golfers say new fee plan isn’t up to par
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A warning has been sounded and the war of words has begun between the Landa Park Advisory Board and New Braunfels City Council member Randy Vanstory.
The rift began three weeks ago when Vanstory asked course manager Ward Watson to come up with a plan to increase the revenue the golf course returned to the city.
Watson developed a plan that would bring the city $112,000 in increased revenues in 2000.
Members of the advisory board said Watson^ plan took dead aim on senior citizens and others who paid annual fees to play the course.
Residents currently pay $300 a year for unlimited golf privileges.
Under Watson’s plan, seniors would pay $400 a year and others would pay $460. That fee would not include weekend play.
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pass, which would allow everyday access.
Jack Abshire said he did not believe Vanstory had properly consulted the board or the golfers.
“If you need help raising revenues, come to the golfers,” Abshire said, “but don’t pull this increase and tell us we can’t play on weekends.” Watson said by limiting the play of the annual pass holders to weekdays, it would free up weekend tee tunes to generate more money.
He said the move would bring in more out-of-town golfers, who spend more money at the pro shop and clubhouse grille.
CHS cheerleading controversy to be heard by CISD school board members
Bv Heather Togo Staff Writer
Parents of Canyon High School cheerleaders are finding little to cheer about.
• A controversy involving cheerleader selection at the high school has divided parents, and Comal Independent School District trustees are scheduled to consider the matter when they meet at 6 pm Thursday at Bill Brown Elementary School, 20140 Texas 46 West A group of parents are appealing recent
cheerleader tryouts that placed five incoming freshmen on the varsity squad for the 1999-2000 school year.
Canyon High School principal Will Krieg said the decision to open the junior varsity and varsity tryouts to incoming freshmen stemmed from a lack of funds for an additional cheerleader sponsor.
CHS currently has freshman, junior varsity and varsity squads.
“No one on staff wanted to take the job
16-year-old in stable condition after being struck by car Tuesday
From staff reports
A 16-year-old New Braunfels boy was struck by a car while riding his bicycle at Faust Street and McQueeney Road late Tuesday afternoon.
Officer Fred Pfeil with the New Braunfels Police Department said the accident occurred around 4 p.m. when a 1989 Mercury Topaz driven by a New Braunfels woman was heading south on McQueeney Road. The victim was riding on Faust Street down a steep hill. The car and bicycle collided in the intersection.
Pfeil said the woman was cited for failing to yield right of way at an open intersection. The identity of the victim was not released. He was airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio and was listed in stable condition.
Students open fire at high school
As many as 25 reported dead in Colorado ‘suicide mission’
LITTLETON, Colo. (AP) — Two students in black trench coats swept through their suburban high school with guns and explosives in a horrifying suicide attack Tuesday that may have left 25 people dead. Several students said the killers were gunning for minorities and athletes.
It was by far the bloodiest in a string of school shootings that have rocked US. communities over the past few yean.
“One of them opened his cape and had a shotgun. Finally I started figuring out these guys shot to kill, for no reason,” said a student, Nick Claus. The gunman “didn’t say anything. When he looked at me, the guyt eyes were just dead”
The gunmen — both juniors at Columbine High School in this Denver suburb — were found dead in the school library with self-inflicted gunshot wounds and what appeared to be bombs around their bodies, sheriff’s spokesman Steve Davis said “It appears to be a suicide mission,” Sheriff John Stone said Students said the gunmen, whose names were not released apparently belonged to a clique of outcasts called the “Trench Coat Mafia” who wore long black coats, boasted of owning guns and disliked blacks, Hispanics and football players.
Davis said the motive for the attack was unknown and that school officials had no reports of trouble from the students.
The sheriff said 25 people may have been killed students and teachers alike. But by early evening, officers had yet to remove any bodies because of the danger of explosives and the need to preserve evidence. FBI agents and police SWAT teams slowly made their way through the building.
“It’s just going to take us some time because of how many rooms we have bodies in,” Davis said At least 23 people were hospitalized, most of them with gunshot wounds. One girl suffered nine shrapnel wounds. At least 11 victims were in critical or serious condition; one was in guarded condition.
The attack began at 11:30 a.m. The killers, wearing fatigues and trench coats, started firing in the parking lot and then entered the school. They shot as they walked into the cafeteria, then walked upstairs to the library and continued firing with what were thought to be semiautomatic weapons and a shotgun.
Bullets ricocheted off lockers as students sprinted for the exits.
Wade Frank, an 18-year-old senior, said he saw one of the killers shoot someone point-blank rn the back with a 2-foot gun, possibly a sawed-off shotgun. “He was just casually walking,” Frank said “He wasn’t in any hurry.”
Dozens of students hid in classrooms before escaping with the help of police in an armored car. Others were trapped for boun while SWAT teams searched for the gunmen.
Businesses still recovering from flood
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Bv Tom Erckson News Editor
The section of Landa Street between Walnut Avenue and Loop 337 is home to a variety of business and services.
A walk or drive along that stretch doesn't reveal much out of the ordinary.
But in the days and weeks after the Oct. 17-18 flood, the journey was anything but ordinary.
Flood waters filled the street by mid-morning on Oct. 17 and beganThird in a Series
Six months later, the Herald-Zeitung takes a look back at the October 1998 flood, what we learned and what many of us still need to recover.
to collect at the railroad tracks that border the area to the southeast.
By 6 p.m., a lake had formed, with depths of more than six feet.
Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc., was charged with compiling damage reports for area businesses.
“(Federal Emergency Management Administration) asked the chamber to do the initial business assessment,’’ he said. ’They handled all of the homes, and we dropped everything we were doing for several days and got to work ” Meek said other than outfittersSee RECOVERING/^
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