New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 9, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Vol. 139, No. 189
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August 9, 1991
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of Robert Voges
One Section, 16 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes "happy birthday” today to Raymond Saenz III, Donnie Duncan, Marie Lourdes Gonzales, Timothy Rosales, Steve Smith, Jason Hufft, Ricardo L. Munoz, Michael L. Murphy, Lupc Torris, Chris Vetter, Daniel Gutierrez, Maco Leos, Anne Leos, Chris Longoria and Zandra Zurovec.
“Happy birthday” Saturday to Jerry Pribyl, Gloria Cruz, Lola Meta Hanz, Wallace Johnson, Georgia Cutrona and Pete Flores.
Belated birthday wishes to Marie Lynn Coms, Jinny Lee Offerman, Emma G. Offerman, Dawson Brumbelow and Danny Armcndariz.
“Happy anniversary" today to Butch and Ruby Brooks and Alex and Louise Licsman.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Orchid Society
The Hill Country Orchid Society will meet Monday, Aug. 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center, 142 Comal Ave. Mr. Pat Cave of Xanadu Orchids in San Antonio will discuss the cultivation of Vandaccous orchids. Interested persons arc invited to attend.Volunteer training
The Fall 1991 Hospice New Braunfels volunteer training classes will begin Sept. 9 and end Oct. 21. Classes arc scheduled for every Monday afternoon from I to 4:30 p.m. with one Saturday session. Hospice New Braunfels is a licensed,, non-profit organization which provides medical, social, emotional and practical support to families coping wtih terminal illness. Hospice care is provided in the home to residents of Comal County and western Guadalupe County. For more information call volunteer coordinator Christina Smith at 625-7500.Classic cars
A “Rod Run" and classic car meet will take place at the Wha tambur ger parking lot on Interstate 35 every Saturday beginning at 8 p.m. Everyone is welcome to bring their classic cars, street rod or special interest car.Texas Tech alumni
All Texas Tech alumni, students and entering freshmen arc invited to attend a hamburger cookout and swim Sunday, Aug. ll at the Wurstfcst grounds. Swim and social 4:30-6 p.m., dinner and announcements at 6 p.m. Adults $5, children under 12, $2.50. For reservations or more information call Peggy Morris 625-9638.
New Braunfels High School Band boosters will meet in the band hall at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 13. All parents are invited. Freshmen parents are particularly urged to attend. The plans for the new school year will be discussed. The new band director also will be introduced.School registration
All former and new students attending Canyon Middle School for the 1991-92 school year should register at the school on Aug. 13
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Forecasters say Saturday and Sunday likely will see partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of afternoon showers or thunderstorms. Highs should be in the mid-90s, with south winds near IO mph. In New Braunfels Thursday, the high was 94 and the ova night low was 72. No rainfall was recorded. For weather details, please see Page 2.
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Police officers on the scene at Kmart on Interstate 35 in New Braunfels question store employees who witnessed an incident that may be classified as robbery or as shoplifting. A trio of Hispanic males reportedly fled in a red or maroon car after one snatched a handful of Nintendo games from a store display. (Photo by Robert Stewart)
Car found after trio flees Kmart
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The Kmart store at 1050 E. Interstate 35 was robbed around IO a.m. Friday in an incident that may turn out to be shoplifting. A heavyset Hispanic male ran into the store, grabbed about six Nintendo games, stuffed them inside his shirt and ran out of the store, said Officer Russell Bell of the New Braunfels Police Department.
Employees of the store who pursued the suspect into the parking lot and tried to apprehend him but backed off when the man yelled “get
the pistol” in Spanish to two other Hispanic subjects in the vehicle. No gun was ever seen by witnesses but they did sec a baseball bat in the vehi -cie, Bell said.
The suspects fled the scene in a red or maroon car, believed to be an Isuzu or Toyota. The vehicle was found in Universal City soon after the incident. No information was available on arrests as of press time.
The suspect was described as a very large Hispanic male, wearing a blue top and blue jeans
Voters must go to various polls
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Saturday is the time for voters to head to the polls to cast votes on whether they want additional home stead exemptions, senior citizen homestead exemptions and whether they want their personal property taxed like it once was. New Braunfels Independent School District trustees also will be elected.
On Saturday, voters must go to at least two polling places and possibly three to make their choices known Voters residing in the Comal school district in neighboring counties must vote in their county for constitutional amendments.
The first constitutional amendment at the county polling place is a “for or against” vote to “allow the voters of a county education district to adopt certain tax exemptions from the district's ad valorem taxation for residence homesteads and to provide for the taxation of personal property." This measure does not approve the exemptions or the taxation of personal property, but rather just gives the CED the authority to have the voters authorize these individual items at the school district polling place.
The second constitutional amendment on the statewide ballot at the county polling place authorizes “providing for the issuance of general obligation bonds to provide educational loans to students.” This will provide money to the state to make student loans, the demand for which has recently soared. Previously, repayment of loans supplied enough money to supply new loans but demand has exceeded the supply.
The second ballot is at the polling place of the school district. This County Education District ballot will be cast either at NB1SD or CISD locations depending on residence.
There are two ballots to cast for residents of NBISD. The first one is a County Education District ballot containing three propositions All are “for or against” votesTwo constitutional amendments considered by county’s voters
County voters will go to the polls Saturday to decide die fate of two proposed state constitutional amendments.
Polling places will be open 7 a m. to 7 p.m. for voters to cast ballots for or against amendments concerning the tax ing powers of county education districts and bonds for education loans to students.
The first ballot item reads: “The constitution amendment to allow the voters of a county education district to adopt certain exemptions from the district’s ad valorem taxation for residence homesteads and to provide for the taxation of certain tangible personal property."
The second proposal re.ids: "The constitution amendment providing for the issuance of general obligation bonds to provide educational loans to students."
Polling places and precincts voting there arc:
• Cross Lutheran Church Activities Center, Precincts I, 2
• Garden Ridge Municipal Building, Precincts 4 and 5.
• First United Methodist Church Wesley Hall (Mill Street
entrance), Precincts 6 and 7.
• New Braunfels Presbyterian Church Hall, Precincts 8, 9,
12.22 and 23.
• Bulverde Community Center, Precinct IO.
• Eagle’s Hall, Precincts 11 and 15.
• Startz Cafe(Startzville), Precinct 13.
• Smithsons Valley Middle School, Precincts 14 and 21. •('an> on High School new gym. Precincts 16,17 and 20.
• Canyon City Fire Station, Precincts 18 and 19.City voters will decide on bar hours
New Braunfels voters will cast ballots from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in the city election to decide whether the hours that alcohol can be served at local bars and restaurants should be extended.
Voters will vote for or against: “Enactment of code of ordinances Sections 13-50 through 13-52 which allows licenses and permits to retail dealers, private clubs and mixed alcoholic beverage establishments for authority to sell, serve and consume alcoholic beverages on Sunday
between the hours of I a.m. and 2 a.m. and on any day except Sunday between the hours of 12 midnight and 2
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Voting in city voting District I will be at Lone Star School on Hidalgo Avenue, while voters in District 2 will cast ballots at First United Methodist Church on Mill Street. In District 3, voters will go New Braunfels Presbyterian Church on Howard Street. Eagles Hall on South Street will be the site of District 4 voting.Stronger absentee voting good sign
Higher-than-expected absentee voting turnout indicates relatively high interest in the local city, school districts ami state constitutional amendments elections.
Comal County Clerk Rosie Boscnbury said the 1,164 absentee votes cast by personal appearance at the Courthouse and by mail in the state constitutional amendment election indicate county voters’ interest, perhaps because of the tax implications, she said.
“We didn’t think we’d have that many," she said. “We were prepared for it, but we didn’t expect it.”
A total of 846 people voted absentee in the late mght-hours alcohol sales election in the city of New Braunfels, City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi said.
Neither Sarkozi nor Bosenbury could predict Saturday’s voter turnout.
In the New Braunfels Independent School District election to pick school board trustees and the county education district’s taxing powers, 783 voted absentee.
A loud of 550 people voted absentee in the Comal Independent School District election tm CED taxing powers.
Proposition No. I is for “the exemption of 20 percent of the market value of the residence homestead
from ad valorem taxation in Comal County Educauon District." Proposition No. 2 is for an addi
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By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
New Braunfels voters go to the polls Saturday to decide the issue of extending the hours that alcohol can be served in the local restaurants and bars
The City Council, according to the city charter, was required to call the election on extending sale hours until 2 am. daily aft cr presented with a ped -don with 300 signatures, IO percent of the number who voted in the previous city elechon.
In April 1984, the city’s residents voted to shorten the hours of alcoholic beverage sales by a 2-to-l margin. Since then, alcoholic beverages haven’t be served after I a m Saturday night and midnight the rest of the week
Mayor James Goodbread calls the $3,000 election a waste of taxpayer money because there’s not a single benefit to the community as a whole, other than the financial incentive for bar owners. Besides, the issue was decisively decided in 1984, he said
Goodbread and other opponents also say the ordinance would lead to increased drunken driving, unruly behavior and other problems for police.
Barry Jaroszewski, organizer of the petiuon effort and owner of Barry’s Under Pass Saloon, said the election is well worth the expense because longer alcohol-sale hours would allow local owners to compete fairly with bar owners just outside the city who can sell until 2 a.m. each night.
Jaroszewski says its hypocritical for the mayor to talk about the expense of the election after recently recommending that a city charter review committee study paying salaries of $200 to $300 a month to the mayor and each council member. Council members knew when they ran for election that they would get paid $ I a year, he said.
The extra hour or two a day won’t have a significant effect on either the city’s coffers through tax revenues or
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Average weekend trade likely with partly-cloudy forecast
Weather forecasts for the New Braunfels area on Saturday and Sunday call for partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of afternoon showers or thunderstorms. Highs should be iii the mid90s, with south winds near IO mph.
This weekend, 20,000 daytime and overnight visitors to New Braunfels are expected, the average number for a non-holiday summer weekend I he Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce's Convention and Visitors Bureau had an average of 430 calls and 200 walk-in visitors daily Mon day through Thursday.
The New Braunfels Collectors Exposition is scheduled Saturday and Sunday al the Civic Center, 390 S.
The New Braunfels Collectors Exposition is sche-duled at the Civic Center
Hours are from 9 a.m. to 6 p m Saturday and from IO a.m. to 4 p m Sunday. The $2 admission is good for both days More than 150 tables will feature comics, movie posters, toys, dolls, radio and television memorabilia, postcards, political collectibles, records, newspapers, magazines, sci ence fiction ami fantasy, pulps, music collectibles, nm I liana, stamps, sports cads, rai Iioadiana and much more
An athietic-iooking crew counts helmets at New Braunfela High School, juat one of the many back to school activities under way in the community aa the season s first belt approaches. Schedules, bus tips and supply lists are included in the annual "Back lo School" taction in Sunday's New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung,