New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 26, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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By CRAIG HAMMETT
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; Lauren Ann Bracks (seven years), George Anthony Garcia Jr., Marcelino Robledo and Heather Manix. Happy belated birthday to Robert Reviea. Happy anniversary to Benito and Louisa Martinez (53 years), Art and Gladys Stearns (37 years), and Mario and Gayle Guerrero (IO years).
Plaza Nltss series wraps up with Terri Hendrix
The Plaza will come alive with New Braunfels music each Thursday night in April. The concerts run from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Bring lawn chairs and picnics. The final concert of the series is Terri Hendrix April 27.
Friends of the Library seek book donations
The Friends of Dittlinger Memorial Library are eagerly seeking books, puzzles, video and audio cassettes and other appropriate items for their fall book sale. Please take the items to the library or call 629-2359 to arrange for pick up.
Chamber starts membership drive
The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce is holding its annual membership drive this week. It ends with a wrap-up on Thursday, April 27. Fifty Blue Coat volunteers and prospective Blue Coats will call on businesses for the 3-day drive to tell them about the advantages of being a Chamber member.
According to Bill Morton, Chair of the Drive, ‘‘The goal has been set for $20,000 in new dues income and IOO new members. We invite you to join our ranks and to take full advantage of the many member programs and services we provide.”
Tsxas Tach sxss to hold scholarship dinner
The Comal County Texas Tech Ex-Students Association will host a Freshmen Sendoff and Scholarship Dinner April 30 at Landa Park Concessions (formerly Pat’s Place in the Park).
This casual event will run from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, April , 30. Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and under. Harrv I burgers and hot dogs will be served.
Door prizes will be awarded and Texas Tech merchandise will be on sale.
The program will include scholarship recipient recognition, freshman introduction, and a live auction.
To donate to the scholarship fund, call Steve Schulz at 629-0539. To attend the dinner, FtSVP to 606-5024 or 629-6643.
American Legion hosts barbecue
American Legion Post and Unit 35 fund raiser for 1995 will be a barbecue served from 11 a m. to 4 p m. Saturday, April 29. Auction at 2 p.m., Rep. Edmund Kuempel, auctioneer. Raffle drawing at 4 p.m. At the National Guard Armory.
United States Congressman Lamar Smith (R-San Antonio) addressed a packed VFW Hall in Sattler Tuesday morning in one of two “town meetings.” The other was in Seguin.
Several subjects were discussed at the meeting, ranging from the everpresent taxes to immigration.
As always, no matter what the crowd, taxes consumed a large part of the questions from residents, especially just after the tax deadline last week.
Smith said talk currently revolving through the halls of Congress concerns the debate over how the government should collect revenue. There are proposals for a flat tax or sales tax.
Smith said he is leaning toward a
Congressman gives his views on taxes, immigration, property rights
flat tax. One bill, offered by another Texas Congressman, Dick Armey, calls for a flat 17 percent tax rate with little or no deductions.
Smith said he is going toward this route, although with deductions for mortgage payments and charitable donations, particularly those to churches.
"Just because of the family values, to enhance home ownership,” he said after the meeting. “Children ought to have the opportunity of having a home.”
When later asked if any deductions
for children were included in cither Armey’s proposal, he said no, but had heard proposals for a $500 credit for each child.
“Frankly, we ought to consider tax deductions for children...with certain limits,” he added.
Others have proposed doing away with the federal income tax and setting up a national sales tax. Several members of the audience expressed their distaste for the Internal Revenue Service and supported the idea.
Smith said he had not made up his mind, but that a national sales tax
would need to be about 24 percent according to a U.S. Treasury report, higher according to other articles.
Other issues such as immigration came up, especially since Smith chairs the House committees on the subject.
Sheriff Jack Bremer stood up and said one city in Arizona had built its own fence and the crime rate had decreased 50 percent. Smith later said he planned to introduce some of the most “sweeping immigration reform measures in a decade” to the House within the month.
Another issue of concern to resi
dents is property rights. Smith has voiced strong opinions regarding the subject, mainly regarding the debate over the U.S. Fish and Wildlife proposed designation of critical habitat for the golden-cheeked warbler.
However, recent'property rights subjects have entered the area of water and whether a person or town or region has the right to pump water that may cause another’s wells or springs to go dry.
Smith summed up the general consensus of those on Capitol Hill, given the involvement of a federal judge, federal agency, State Legislature, and local entities in this regional matter.
"We (U.S. House) have got to stay clear of it,” he said. “There is nothing we can do at this point.”
Arson arrest made in house fire
Thlrty-seven-year-old Brian Wilson was arrested yesterday afternoon and charged with arson in connection with a fire at his home at 253 Seale Street.
New Braunfels Fire Department was called to the home at 12:02 p.m. yesterday, when residents reported a fire in an upstairs bedroom. The fire was put out, and damage was estimated at $1,000.
Wilson is the nephew of the home owner, Hsttis Mm Millet 78
Wilson is being held on $100,000 bail at the Comal County Jail. Bond was set by Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez.
The arresting officer was Don Zercher, a fireman with the NBFD.
Above, firefighters clean up the scene after the fire.
At left, firefighter Greg Wilson leaves the house.
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Herald-Zeitung welcomes new ad director
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung recently welcomed a new director of the advertising department.
Tracy Stevens joined the Herald last week and assumes duties as director of all facets of advertising, both retail and classified.
Raised in Chicago, she worked IO years for The Daily News in Rhinelander, Wis., where she learned
every aspect of the advertising department, from dispatch clerk, to account representative, assistant advertising director and finally, advertising director.
Shortly before moving to New Braunfels, she joined the Southern Newspaper, Inc. group, which also owns the Herald, and worked for an SNI paper in Liberal, Kan.
While in Wisconsin, she was a member of many civic groups including the Optimist Club, the Cancer Society and a member of the chamber of commerce board of directors. She hopes to continue that involvement here in New Braunfels.
“I just want to be real active in the community,” she said.
BradzoiPs Lubathon to help ACS
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Bradzoil’s Lubathon slides into New Braunfels May 13. That’s when you can lubricate your car, have a good time, and feel good about yourself, all at Bradzoil’s one-day event to benefit the American Cancer Society.
“We’re going to provide our regular service at our regular price with tax of $25,” Cameron Bradfute of Bradzoil said. Then Bradzoil will turn over every penny to the Comal County American Cancer Society.
The regular service includes oil change, filters, fluid and tire checks and a vacuum, Bradfute said. “We’ve set a goal of servicing 200 cars that day,” he said. That would mean a $5,000 contribution to the ACS, because Bradzoil is taking no overhead out of the $25 cost.
“Our Penzoil Co. is going to donate the oil, and our distributor, Allied Sales Co., is going to donate filters,” Bradfute said. These donations will defray some of the cost, but Bradzoil will still be donating labor, fluids and other miscellaneous expenses.
“We’re going to try to make it a festive event,” Bradfute said. Bradzoil plans hot dogs, sodas, door prizes, giveaway items, and a giant balloon to add to the day’s fun.
Lubathon patrons can also buy chances for the year lease on a 1995 Suburban donated by Don Maxwell and Chevy New Braunfels. The Suburban will be on display at the Lubathon, Bradfute said.
The Lubathon will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We’ll have cars backed up and parked in a line,” Bradfute said, “but once we get the car in our bay it should take IO minutes or less to get the oil change.”
Volunteers will prepare cars as they wait, vacuuming and checking tires. “There will be lots of volunteers helping us,” Bradfute said.
Plans for the Lubathon began in November, when Laura Tieman of the ACS and Bradfute began to discuss a Bradzoil ACS benefit.
“What’s really neat is seeing the response the volunteers give,” Bradfute said. •
Meeting to discuss water agreement delayed
By CRAIG HAMMETT
A meeting to discuss the recent agreement between vanous water authorities has been postponed until next Tuesday.
The meeting was originally scheduled for tonight at the Civic Center but has been moved to May 2,6 p.m. at the Civic Center so that the New Braunfels Utilities will have a chance to look at theagisement beforehand, in their regular meeting Thursday.
The new regional agreement is intended to find surface water solutions to reduce pumping of the Edwards Aquifer, including bnnging water from the Guadalupe River to portions of San Antonio which relies solely on aquifer water.
The letter of intent was signed by the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, San Antonio River Authority, San Antonio Water Systeqi, Bexar Metropolitan Water District and Canyon Regional Water Authority.
Next Tuesday’s meeting is for residents of Comal, Guadalupe, Hays and Kendall counties.
Local residents have voiced concern that the Guadalupe River would not have enough water to supply this type of plan.
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