New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 5, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 Pages in one section ■ Aug. 5,1993
Serving Comal County ■ Home of JACKIE ERBEN
Vol. 141, No. 184
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Jackie Erben, Fem Higginbotham, Samantha Pardda. Happy Anniversary to Edward A Karen Reininger, Domingo A Sandra Vela.
Blood drive for Tom Bluntser scheduled
A blood drive for New Braunfels resident Tom Bluntzer has been scheduled for Aug. 23 from IO ajn. to 6 p.m. at the law offices of Reagan, Bunns, Diericsen, Lam on and Bluntzer, located at 205 N. Seguin.
Two blood mobiles will be on hand in the back parking lot to take donations. Walk-ins are welcome or appointments can be made by calling Debbie at 625-8026.
Sts. Rotor and Paul Rummage Sale sot
Sts. Peter and Paul School Summer Rummage and Plant Sale will be held this week, Friday, Aug. 6 and Saturday, Aug.
7. The sale will be open 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday, and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.
There wil be all kinds of things for sale: clothes, furniture, appliances, toys, housewares, knickknacks, and beautiful plants.
Donations are still being accepted all this week at St. Mary’s Hall on the school campus, where the sale will be held.
For more information, call 625-1729 during the day, or 625-6101.
Friends For Rivers meeting scheduled
Friends For Rivers invites the public to their next meeting on Thursday, Aug. 26 at 7 p.m. at Victoria Bank & Trust, 1000 N. Walnut in New Braunfels. The speaker, Andy Goldbloom, head of Texas Parks & Wildlife Greenway* Program, will address "River and Trail Issues" throughout the state. The meeting will be held in the Herb Schneider Room of the North Building. Call 906-4315 or 210-438-3628 for more information.
(tow Braunfels Lioness masting sat
The New Braunfels Lioness Club will meet Monday, Aug. 9 at Ryans Steak House at 11 a. rn.
Community blood drive set tor Aug. 13
The New Braunfels Community Blood Drive is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 13 from I pm. to 3 pm in the K-Mart parking lot located at 10501-35 B. The community blood supply is currently low, officials have said.
If you are between 17 and 72, weigh at least I IO pounds and in good general health, you can help by donating. The process is safe, simple, and takes aboait 30 minutes.
For more information, contact the South Texas Regional Blood Bank at 1-800-292-5534, ext 217.
Eke New Braunfels Herald-kung Invites Us readers to sub-mb kerns to Stammtisch. According to the Sophlenburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the commonty to gather and share the day’s happenings. We Invite you lo share with us.)
Cause of explosion still unknown
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
SEGUIN - Officials at Enron Gas Company say they have already started an investigation into the cause of a natural gas pipeline explosion that occurred Wednesday morning near Seguin.
The explosion occurred at approximately 2 ain. Wednesday, according to reports from the Seguin Fire Department.
According to reports, it occurred between Mey
er Road and Lehmann Road south east of the Zorn community.
The pipeline is o\Vned and operated by Enron Gas Co. of Houston. Other owners of the line include Dow Company and Tenneco.
Officials said they could not say when the cause of the fire will be determined. They explained the investigation is a lengthy procedure and will be thouroughly reviewed.
Enron officials also said since no injuries were reported, the most important thing will be to get the line back in service.
The land on which the line is located is owned by New Braunfels businessman Carroll Hoffman. It is being leased to Randolph Herzog. Cattle are being raised on the property.
According to reports, several area fire departments were on die scene of the explosion. Those departments responding included the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Office, Texas Highway Patrol from Guadalupe, Hays and Comal counties. Other departments assisting included Seguin Fire Department, New Braunfels Fire Department and San Marcos Fire Department.
Enron representatives said the fire was put out very quickly. Reports show the fire was placed under control when the company shut off the flow of natural gas to the line.
Firefighters extinguished several grass fires caused by the flames. In addition, three homes in the ai ca were evacuated and other residents in a one-mile radius of the explosion were asked not to leave their homes.
The natural gas pipeline runs from FL Stockton in West Texas to Katy, a city near Houston.
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
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New Braunfels police yesterday responded to a report of a boat blocking the roadway at the 2700 block of Hwy. 725. The boat and trailer apparently became disconnected from the vehicle that was towing and was not noticed by the driver, who drove away from th# scsns. The boat Is now In storage, officials said.
Earning its keep
Comal County Jail predicted to raise $750,000 for housing inmates
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Comal County official arc predicting more than $750,000 will be raised during Fiscal Year 1994 from income made by housing federal and state prisoners.
This amount is up from the $419,504 raised so far during the 1993 fiscal year. So far in 1993, $415,404 has been paid by the federal government and $4,100 has been paid by the state.
Money collected by housing federal and state prisoners is placed in the general fund and used to help pay county expenses.
Comal County Auditor Bate Bond said the general fund is used to pay almost all expenses except those paid for by the road and maintenance fund.
County Judge Carter Casteel said effective management in the jail has led to the additional revenue.
“We liave a sheriff who is very active in trying to manage the jail and using vacant space to generate revenue for the county,*’ said Casteel.
However, Casteel said she did not think the jail was originally built as a revenue generator.
“It was built for the future, but I don’t think the jail was built to be a money maker,” she said.
“We had a foresighted Commissioners Court that knew were going to have things happen in the future,” said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer.
Bremer agreed that the jail has been able to generate revenue because it has been carefully managed.
v*We only take prisoners or inmates when we have space available,” he said. “We keep enough beds
for our own use."
The jail can house up to 145 inmates. Bremer said approximately 40 to 50 of these are usually county inmates. The rest are federal and state prisoners. The county also has a contract with the immigration service to occasionally provide housing for inmates for one night.
Bremer said the county usually has 90 to I OO extra beds. However, he said additional prisoners are not taken on weekends when the population of county prisoners is higher.
“Management is the key to keeping it functioning properly and not getting overloaded," said Bremer.
The jail was built in 1985. Bond said the costs of constructing the jail have been recouped. However, Bremer agreed it was not built as a moneymaking proposition.
United Way funding important to community’s support agencies
(EDITORS NOTE - The following is the first in a continuing series ofper-tonal profiles on officers and directors for the Comal County United WdyJ
By ROSI MARIE EASH Staff Writer
The United Way of Comal County la guided by a board of directors made up of 29 citizens who give their time and energy to assure that 27 agencies are able to provide services ranging from adult literacy programs to providing food for those in need.
One of thoae directors is David Sutlers, publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
Sullen! reports that the local United Way fundraising campaign is now beginning and those who have contributed in the past are being contacted by letter to renew their support of the agency. Don Maxwell la the chairman fbrthe Advance Gifts fundraising effort and anyone interested In making a contribution may contact him.
“United Way ii important to this
community because it supports all of those agencies that help people who need help,” said Sullens. "It does it in a unified way by permitting us to make one donation that with the donations of others benefits all those agencies that help everybody from foster kids to disaster victims.
"It’s important to realize that money stays here,” he said. “Our participation in the United Way of American and the United Way of Texas is less than two cents of every dollar All the rest of that money stays in Comal County.”
Sullens has been involved with the United Way of Comal County for a little more than two years. He was also active in the United Way in Galveston and Paris, Texas, prior to coming to New Braunfels — for a total of about 20 years.
Sullen! wu the managing editor of the Galveston Dally News for three years prior to coming to New Braunfels. He wu the editor of the Paris News and the public information officer for a three-county region of the
welfare department prior to that and was the general manager for the Van Alstyne Leader.
Sullens and his family moved to New Braunfels three years ago. His wife, Connie, is a teacher at New Braunfels Middle School and the Sullen! have three children, two in college and one freshman at New Braunfels Highschool.
Sullens Is active in the Rotary Club and is on the board of directors for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
Hearing for councilman Bremer tonight
A public hearing concerning a recall petition filed against District 2 City Councilman Dan Bremer will be held Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the New Braunfels Municipal Building Meeting Room.
The hearing is being held to allow Bremer the opportunity to address allegations made against him in the recall petition.
The council wu presented with a petition last month. It contains more than 200 signatures from District 2.
Petitioners claim Bremer hu not represented the wishes of his district and bu threatened the election process
The document requested an election be called to consider the recall of Bremer. The city charter gives Bremer the right to hold a public hearing. However, the charter does not provide a format for th* hearing.
During a past city council meeting, Bremer proposed guidelines for the meeting. However, the city council opted not to take action on it.
Classified ad brings student to
By ROSE MARIE EASH
Martin Zech of Munich, Germany, wanted to find out more about the German emigration to the United States, particularly to Texas, for his “graduation paper” so he put an ad in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung.
“The beginning was that I read in a tourist magazine that in South Africa the state language is German and I was so surprised that in South Africa there was the German language alive,” said Zech. “There were German emigrations to South Africa and German Mennonites in Paraguay. And when I started working on this I found that one of my ancestor? came to the United States in 1890 but he returned lo Germany because he loved his home land so much.”
Zech became interested in the pockets af Germans that existed throughout the world as a result of various emigrations and decided that would be the subject of his “graduation paper.” Edda Buchner, who was instrumental in Zech’s eventual trip to New Braunfels explained that German students are required to write a paper as one of their ‘’finals” in school. Zech and his friend, Christian Weingart will be in the U.S. for about three weeks.
“We’ve been here two weeks and tomorrow we fly to Chicago where I have another good friend who is the president of the Bavarian Club there,” said Zech. "Here we visited Fredericksburg, "Night in Old Fredericksburg,” where there were several German Bavarian bands. It was very interesting to see what people here think is the Bavarian style of life. The bands weren’t very (typical but I think Texans think that it’s true.”
Even though Zech didn't find much except the language that was still typical of modem Germany, he did say that New Braunfels has much better McDonald’s hamburgers than Munich does and he liked the hamburgers in local restaurants even better. He also said he really liked the local Texas barbecue.
Zech had placed an ad in the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung looking for “a German Texas former” to visit. Buchner saw the ad and notified LLoyd Reeh who begin a correspondence with Zech th« eventually resulted in Zech and Wdngart, both 18, visiting New Braunfels to do some research. Zech particularly wanted to visit a rural area where there was s strong concentration of Germans.
"The first colonist I think most of them became formera,” said Zech. "In the country the German language ani other customs are Nill alive — the chances are better there. In New York or the big towns you don't lee many German*."
While here the boys enjoyed tailor^ to locals in their native German tongue.
“Yesterday vee were in Bracken st a bowling club,” laid Zech. "And, we law that mote of the members of the dub were Germans. And N the church in this region we saw many people who could apeak German and we could talk."
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