New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 26, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAYUnicorns are back in the baseball playoff chase. See Sports, Page 5.
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14 pages in one section ■ Friday, April 26.1996
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Vol. 144, No. 119
Birthday wishes from tho Horald-Zsftung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Goat Monroe, Carol Ward, James Cole, Louise Wolfe, Elizabeth Espinosa, Melissa Krause, Hortence Rojo, and Lauren Bracks (eight years).
Happy anniversary wishes to: Dorothy and John Lehr (SO years), Cynthia and Mark Keith and Oscar and Elizabeth Barbera (21 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Pollen Count Mold—997 Grass—24 Oak—331 Pecan—32 Hackberry—0 Mufcerry—0 (rein mon ii nrl in pant par cubic motor of tit. Roarings Man yesterday. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampoi.)
Comal Rhrer—206 cubic foot per second, down 3 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wet —624.65 feet above sea level, down .05 from yesterday.
Project Graduation mooting
Canyon High School Project Graduation committee will meet Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. in the Commons area of Canyon High School. All senior parents are especially encouraged to attend.
Biaippr In Cibolo
The Cibolo Bowling Club will hold its annual barbecue beef and sausage supper Saturday. April 27, beginning at 11 a.m. Barbecue beef, sausage and all the trimmings will be served. Large plates are $4.50 and small plates are $3.50.
A raffle will be held, with the top prize being a set of patio furniture. Tickets are available at the Cibolo Bowling Club and from club members.
Other activities planned for the day include a country store, a bake sale, old-timers bowl-inQ at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., mixed pot bowling at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m., women's pot bowling at 7 pm, men's pot bowling at 9 p.m.
For informaton, call 658-2248. or Sue Janak at 779-3008.
Sty!* show benefits symphony
On Friday, April 26 at 7 p.m. in the New Braunfels Civic Center there will be a style show, with fashions made from cotton found at Mission Valley Textiles.
The show will be a benefit for the Mid-Texas Symphony Guild. Tickets are being sold by Mid-Texas Symphony debutantes and by Mission Valley Textiles and Retail Outlet.
Call Debbie Meek at 620-4869, Patsy Vann at 625-1422 or Mission Valley Textiles at 620-4607.
Eagles Auxiliary rummage sale will be held Saturday, April 27 at Eagles Hall from 8 am. to 4 p.m. Members are urged to start bringing articles to Eagle Hall so everything can be sorted and marked for the sale.
To get donations picked up, call 625-7243 or 629-3224.
VFW chapter 163 to moot Wednesday
Comal County Chapter 163 meets at 7:30 p.m., May 1, at the Post Home on Peace Avenue. Election of officers will be held.
By MELANI! GERIK
HemM-Zeituna photo by I
Haha Carroll weeps next to the memorial marker ana tree dedicated to Sheldon Lindsey at Smithson Valley High School at a ceremony yesterday.
Students, family memorialize Sheldon Lindsey with tree planting at high school
Betty Klaemer, Sheldon’s aunt, said she was touched by the emotional expression shown by the students.
“This is something that’s only supposed to happen to other people,” Klaemer said. “This is not supposed to happen close to home.”
On the cover of the portfolio was a cross Sheldon designed The drawing also is on a sign in front of the Lindsey house east of Bulverde. Students who visited the house signed their names on the back of the sign.
Also in the portfolio was a winning team entry for a design of a radio-controlled car. Sheldon had made the preliminary drawing, while another student added the finishing touches. The design was entered into regional competition, where it won first place.
The next step is state competition in a few weeks.
“We’re glad that we could keep some of his stuff going,” said Scott Stoore, a TSA adviser, who organized Thursday’s activities.
Smithson Valley High School students remembered their friend Sheldon Lindsey’s “good things in his life” Thursday afternoon.
Mote than SO friends, teachers and relatives gathered around a newly planted tree in front of the high school to pay tribute to Sheldon in song, words and his design work.
Sheldon, 17, was found shot to death with his mother, Pennye Lindsey, 42, in their Oak Village North home in March. The Comal County Sheriffs Office has ruled that the mother and son were killed by Stanley Lindsey, Sheldon’s father, who later shot himself.
In tribute to Sheldon, Tisha Carroll sang “If I Had Only Known,” a song lamenting the sudden loss of a friend without getting the chance to say good-bye.
Students participating in the Technological Society of America presented portfolios of Sheldon’s computer-assisted drawings and other graphic designs to Sheldon's rela-
County to proceed with Faust St bridge project
By DENISE DZIUK
Despite preliminary figures coming in $120,000 over the estimated cost of refurbishing die Faust Street Bridge, die Comal County Commissioners voted Thursday to proceed with the project with the understanding it is limited to the budgeted amount unless additional grant money is received.
Representatives from LAW Engineering and Environmental Services, Inc. presented a feasibility study to the commissioners. In that study, drey recommended structural repairs, new truss coating, a new wooden headway, new guardrails, new lighting, and the removal of an existing walkway along one side of the bridge, which is “in remarkably good condition.” The estimated total of the project is $570,000. Previous estimates put the cost at $450,000, with $90,000 coming from the county and the remainder from a
“We haven’t gone out for bids yet Conceivably, it could come in lower or higher,” said County Judge Carter Casteel. “This is an estimate on your part”
County Engineer Tom Homseth told the commissioners that the study included structural lighting that was not inducted in the first plans. He recommended the court authorize die project to proceed with the understanding that it is limited to a $450,000 budget. He said the county could then apply for an additional grant to help pay for lighting, painting the underside of die bridge and any additional costs.
Commissioner Danny Scheel said he believed spending any more of the county’s money for the restoration would be a “great injustice.” He cited several concerns of constituents, and said there were only a few people who would benefit at a great cost to the county. He said any additional money
should come from grants or donation*. Commissioner Cristina Zamora said she wanted the project to proceed.
“Destroying it is not cost effective, and is not in die best interest of die taxpayers,” she said.
Casteel said several private entities have already agreed to contribute toward die project, but did not specify how much they would donate. She said the county would also continue looking for support. The court approved Homseth’s recommendation, and a second grant will be submitted by the May I deadline.
In other business, the county celebrated County Government Week this week and tied it to die 150th anniversary of Comal County. The court recognized at their meeting several past public officials, received a presentation on die history of the courthouse, and was given a plaque and the flag that flew over the capitol on the 150th birthday of the county.
Police check out flier calling for gang protest at KKR rally
By MELANIE GERIK
The New Braunfels Police Department is investigating the validity of fliers claiming to call a gang truce in protest of the Ku Khix Klan rally.
“I’m trying to establish a root for it,” said New Braunfels police Lt. Felix Roque.
Police have received one confirmed complaint about the fliers, Roque said.
He declined to identify where the flier was found.
The hand-printed, photocopied flier urges the “blue and red to sign up here” for a 24-hour truce in protest of the Klansmen coming to New Braunfels June I.
“The KKK will meet in our Plaza, but they won’t be the only ones there, the Crips will be there and the Bloods, too,” according to the flier found on the windshield of car owned by a Herald-Zeitung employee.
On the bottom right hand comer, the words Leader, R.C.F., Crips and a symbol are written.
Although the flier may turn out to be fake, the police department will take precautions on the night of the rally, Roque said.
“We’ll prepare for it as if it were real ... just like we’re preparing for the KKK rally,” he said.
The Ku Klux Klan has applied for a permit to rally on the Plaza June. I.
HemU-ZHung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Marcus Puma stands In front of Ma now business.
Purtle brings experience to new car dealership
By DAVID SULLENS
Hazardous waste collection slated Saturday
Now is a great time to clean out the inside of die garage or under the kitchen sink. The city of New Braunfels and Comal County are holding a household hazardous waste collection day Saturday. Residents can bring in recyclable materials such as used motor oil, used oil filters, auto batteries, tires, paint, md antifreeze at no charge. There will, however, be a charge of $1 per pound, including the container, for garage and garden items, cleaning products, and paint supplies.
There are also several items that simply will not be accepted at the collection. These include trash, ammunition, industrial waste, explosives, medical waste, fireworks, commercial waste, flares, smoke detectors, radioactive material, and gas cylinders.
New Braunfels Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn said the collection is scheduled for Saturday, horn 9 arn to 3 p.m. behind Fire Station #2 on Loop 337. He said the collection is being jointly funded by the city and county at
a cost of $60,000 to 90,000. He said this is what it costs to dispose of the material collected.
“This $1 a pound is strictly a token of the total,” he said. “It costs us $3 to $5 a pound to dispose of it.”
Friesenhahn said between 500 and 600 cars participated in the last collection, and 2,000 tires were brought in Volunteers are still needed to help at this year’s collection. Anyone wanting to volunteer or get more information on the collection can call 608-2120.
Restrictions on water use in place in city
New Braunfels residents are subject to waterering restrictions, but those guidelines are not the same as other communities in the area are now facing.
According to a New Braunfels city ordinance, a year-round conservation measure is in effect, banning the use of water sprinklers from IO a.m. to 4 p.m. on any calendar day, said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager.
That ban applies to private and commercial properties.
However, residents are allowed to water their landscape with sprinklers from 4 p.m. to IO a.m. any day of the week.
In New Braunfels, it is also lawful to water your lawn at any time if you utilize a hand-held hose (with a manual or automatic shutoff nozzle), bucket or drip irrigation system, Ferguson said.
The city’s water conservation ordinance used to be much stricter until the city began to utilize surface water for a
majority of its water needs, Ferguson said.
lf drought conditions persist and water usage increases, however, the city ordinance allows for stricter conservation measures to be taken.
Non-compliance with the city’s water conservation ordinance can result in a misdemeanor offense, and upon conviction, a fine of between $50 and $500 can be assessed. Each day’s violation will constitute a separate offense.
Marcus Purtle, formerly general manager for Milt Ferguson Motors in New Braunfels, says his Select Motor Co., the business he left that dealership to found, will offer relatively new vehicles that have been through a certification program.
“We will check everything and if something needs to be done to the car, I will do it or have it done,” Purtle said last week. “When you get in one of our cars and turn the radio cm, you will know it's going to come on...
The new business formally opened April I at a new facility at 719 Landa, next door to the Herald-Zeitung.
“We’ve already sold quite a number of cars,” Purtle said. “The response has been good and everybody has commented on the quality of the cars we have.”
Select Motor Co. focuses, Purtle said, on cars and trucks five years old or newer. “We’ll have some cars older than that,” the firm’s owner said, “but our focus will be the newer vehicles.”
“We’re going to work hard,” he continued, “to get the best transportation with the most popular option packages at below market prices.”
In addition to his certification program, Purtle says he has implemented what he calls “the Select Value Price.”
“We will price the cars competitively and the prices will be posted right on the cars,” he elaborated. “There won’t have to be any of that haggling where the customer asks die price of a car and the salesman asks what the customer is willing to pay and on and on.”
Purtle said he has contacts with a variety of financial institutions and will have finance plans available “to fit anyone. I won’t have to turn anyone down.”
Purtle has earned recognition both
professionally and as a civic leader over the years.
He has been named a Buick Professional Sates Master, a GMC Truck Sales Master, and is a member of the Pontiac Master Sales Guild
And, under his leadership, the Milt Ferguson dealership received awards that included the Oldsmobile Citation of Service, on three different years, the GMC Customer Satisfaction Excellence Award, the GMC 5-Star Performer award, the Buick Award for Excellence and the Pontiac Service Excellence Award
He joined the New Braunfels dealership in 1987.
Puitle’s career began in 1973 when he became a sales associate with Kay Powell Chevrolet in New Boston. In 1975 he moved to Fuselier Chevrolet-Buick in Atlanta, Texas, as that dealership’s general sales manager. He joined George Pharis Chevrolet in Sugarland in 1977 as sales manager, but was quickly promoted to business manager. In 1980 he became one of 32 national sales representatives for The John Henry Company of Lansing, Mich., and developed sales in the South Texas area from 130 active accounts when he began to 1,100 when he left that firm in 1983 to become a managing partner of a Ford-Mercury dealership in Eagle Lake.
Purtle came to New Braunfels from Eagle Lake where he successfully established and managed Riceland Ford-Mercury.
Purtle is a member of the Comal County Fair Association and serves on four committees, publicity, long term planning, entertainment and sponsorship. He also is actively involved at present with a steering committee looking into the feasibili* ty of establishing a YMCA in New Braunfels.
He is a member of Oakwood Baptist Church and he and his wife, Deanne, have three children, Jerry, IO, Jason, 5, and Leslie, 16 months.lf nobody shows up at the Klan rally, the message will not be heard. See Opinion, Page 4.