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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 14, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas BC,T MAILAIlt copy i. V - V4C. «aML 25 Cents Vol. 139, No. 192 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home of Roberto Carlos Vela Wednesday August 14, 1991 One Section, 16 PagesStammtischBest wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Elvira Moreno, Armando Hernandez, Roberto Carlos Vela, Sabrina Rodriguez, Chris Timmer-mann Jr., Connie Perez, Lara Henry, Shirley Parker, Lynette Walker, William Schroeder, Zina Schroed-er, Vicki Van Delden, Marshal Weber, Leticia Hernandez, Consuete Perez, Carl F. Smith, Rachel Saenz and Ruben R. Gomez. Belated best wishes to Edna Earl St. Clair. “Happy anniversary” today to Pete and Dolores Smith, Ben and Harriet West and Frank and Dora Vela. Belated anniversary wishes to Missy and Mark Meyer. 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.Street closure West Mill Street from North Casten to North Academy avenues will be closed from 7 ajn. to 5 pjn. daily through Friday for replacement of the rail road crossing.Continental Singers Presenting “Set Them Free ... A Concert of Hope and Mercy” ai 7 p.m. today will be the Continental Singers, an internationally known Christian musical group.Dance school Registration for the 1991-92 Hermann Sons School of Dance will be from 1-6 p.m. Thursday at the lodge located at 463 N. Union St. In order to register, students must be members of Hermann Sons and in good standing. Students must be between the ages of 3 and 18. Registration fee per student is $10. For more information call Denise Bird at 625-3093 or Marti Matthews at 625-2977. 4-H benefit Performing from 8 p.m. to midnight Friday al a dance to benefit the Comal County 4-H program will be the Grapes of Wrath. Tickets can be purchased for $4.50 each from any 4-H member, the County Extension Office at 132 S. Water Lane or at the door. The event is set for Eagles Hall. Insurance program A program on auto insurance by Jim Cook of State Farm will be presented at Friday’s 9:30 ain meeting of the National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 666. at the New Braunfels Senior Citizens’ Center. Rummage sales • Mu jct Tcjana, a non-profit organization, will sponsor a rummage and bake sale from 9 a m. to 6 p m Saturday and Sunday at the Weekend Flea Market. 1661 S. Seguin Ave. • New Braunfels' Historic Museums Association is collecting items for an Aug. 22 rummage sate to benefit IU members — Sophicn-burg Museum and Archives, Conservation Society (operators of Conservation Plaza) and Heritage Society (Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture). Donations are being accepted at Conservation Plaza each Saturday morning or pickup can be arranged by calling Dennis Hetikamp at 625-7541 or Pam Brandi at 629-0004. • New Braunfels’ Foursquare Gospel Church will bott a fund tea 8T AMM TISCH, Pap t Cloudy conditions and a strong chance for afternoon or evening thundershowers are forecast today, along with a high in the low 90s and a low in the low 70s. The chance for rain should diminish over the next several days, but the same tempera lure trends should hold out Fur weather details, please sec Page 2. Inside CLASSIFIED COMICS ■■ CROSSWORD---- DEAR ABBY......... ENTERTAINMENT HOROSCOPE........ KALEIDOSCOPE •PORTS__ TV LM TINO! WEATHER -JMS S • 8-7 4 ti • IB-11 • 8 Three-car accident Three New Braunfels residents were transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital after a traffic accident at Seguin Avenue and Garden Street about 11 a.m. Tuesday. A citation was issued for failure to yield right-of-way to Theodara A. Dillon, 85, after she attempted to make a left turn onto Garden Street in her 1983 Mercury Lynx and was struck in the passenger door by a 1990 Chevrolet Lumina, driven by Joy Noel Taylor. The Mercury was forced into a third car waiting at the traffic light on Garden. The driver and passenger of the Mercury and Taylor’s 5-year-okJ child were treated and released at McKenna, officials said. The driver of the third vehicle was not injured. (Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder) Judge denies death date delayGood Day By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer A motion for an extension to delay the execution date of Rodolfo Hernandez was denied by District Court Judge Robert T. Pfeuffer on Tuesday. Hernandez, of San Antonio, was sentenced to death by a Comal County jury in 1985 for murder in the shooting and robbing of five MexicanCrossing due for overhaul By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer Motorist complaints once again are on the rise concerning the bumpy Walnut Avenue railroad crossing just south of Land! Street. But some of this bone jarring is due lo speeding, so residents should heed the new bump warning sign in the road until the crossing receives a scheduled major overhaul in the next few months, City Manager Paul Groh-man said. Union Pacific Railroad is scheduled to begin a major reconstruction project to level the two railroad tracks within the next three months, Groh-man said. Currently, the height of the two tracks differs by several inches. the major factor in the bumpy rule. “Right now, there’s no sense in a costly short-term solution," Grohman said “We’d spend between $10,000 and $15,000 trying to fix it for the next three months, so why not wait for the permanent solution. Historically, the city has tried to make it as smooth as possible by pulling asphalt in. Over time, the asphalt settles, prompting repeated city efforts to smooth the ride and a corresponding waxing and waning of complaints, Grohman said. The city agreed lo donate up to $14,000 in special concrete to a voluntary Union Pacifu project to level the tracks, Grolunan said “We're spending atiout that much each year now uryuig to keep it up,” Grohman said “This is a one time solution that will in the long run will be much, much less expensive ... It will be a very smooth rule.” The project, which should last al least two weeks, will close two lanes of the four-lane street ai a time Two-way traffic will be routed over the other lanes, Oruhman said. Union Pacific also recently installed new crossing arms on Coll Street and renovated the Mill Siree! crossing Nest week, the Bridge Street crossing will be improved, he nationals on a Comal County hillside in 1985. One of the men died in the attack. On July 16. Judge Pfeuffer set the execution date for Aug. 16, which is this Friday. Other appeals in higher courts are expected in the remaining few days. “This is a traditional tactic of requesting a hearing at such a late time to delay an execution," District Attorney Bill M. Reinter said. Attorney Eden Harrington of the Texas Resource Center in Austin filed the motion on behalf of Hernandez. “I want to know what you folks have done other than running in here at the last minute with a boiler-plate motion,’’ Pfeuffer said. “We go through these things in every death penalty case.” “I feel that this is indeed a political motion tm their part,’’ Reinter said. At one point in the argument the court reporter threw up hts hands and asked “Am I on Candid Camera?” He was referring to Harrington’s talking so fast that he could not keep up with the court records. Several times, Good connections Presenting a Mister Fix-It Award to Marc Herman, who repairs donated bicycles and appliances, is Teen Connection Thrift Shop Manager Lucille Garcia Also honored at a Wednesday ceremony at the New Braunfels Smokehouse was Service Award winner Owen Potter Teen Scene volunteer Nita Riggins won a floral centerpiece donated by Fancte Flowers (Photo by Annelies Schlickenrieder) Judge Pfeuffer asked her to repeat statements for the court reporter. “I’m going to deny the application for extension,” Pfeuffer said. Hernandez has been on death row at the Ellis I Unit in Huntsville since his conviction. He has maintained his innocence in previous interviews with the New Braunfels Herald-ZeUung Assault testimony continues By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer The trial of a Kirby man continues in the courtroom of District Court Judge Robert T. Pfeuffer in New Braunfels. Michael Thompson, 51, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child in an incident which allegedly occurred June 30, 1990, in New Braunfels, Assistant District Attorney Robert H. Fisher said. The alleged victim is Thompson's 8-year-old stepdaughter. Thompson was indicted on the charge by a Comal County Grand Jury in September 1990. Fisher is handling the prosecution of the case and the defense is represented by attorney Karen Crouch of the Albert Acevedo law firm in San Antonio. Doctors have testified as to the girl’s psychological and physical condition while the defense has attempted to call the mother's character into que SU on, The trial began July 6 and is expected to conclude today or tomorrow, officials said. Golf course has $5 million price tag By MARK WARNKEN •lait Willer Consultants for the city of New Braunfels have proposed up to a $5.05 million construction project for an upscale, signature-quality golf course Houston-based Club Mark Corpn ration representatives on Monday pre sented the City Council with a 70-page report on their eight month study of the feasibility of a second golf course in New Braunfels The council discussed the proposal during a special meeting Monday night, but took no action. The consultants studied four poien ual sues for a championship-caliber course of at least 180 acres, favoring a site at the comer of Loop 337 and state Highway 46. The $5 million figure includes about $2.5 million for the course itself, plus less -essential features such as a 6,000 square-foot clubhouse that could be seated back or postponed, golf cans thai could be supplied by a concessionaire and maintenance equipment that the city could borrow from as other golf course, City Manager Paul Grohman said Hie $42,000 nine-month study, funded solely through revenue from Em Lands Park Municipal Golf Coyne, involved three phases First, the consultants measured the need for another golf course Consultants then explored the feasibility of t botel and conference in conjunction with the course Lastly, the study included coeis, financing options and estimated revenues. “We believe thai the market does demonstrate the need for both aspects of the project,” said Thomas Hansen, Club Mark vice president The study indicated there is a need for an additional 50,000 lo 95,000 rounds of golf annually in the area market, at least 18 and possibly 36 botes, Hansen said A new upscale course would have 40-percent higher green fees and would appeal to a slightly different segment of the golfing market than the existing 18 hole municipal course at Lands Park “We think it would have very little effect on the Lands course In fact, it would only take tome of the pressure off," Hansen said. “Probably, if you siphoned off half the business ai Lamia right now, it would fill right back up with the excess demand that exists all around you ” Although the hotel market is rela-lively soft across Texas and the nation in general, the study showed that the New Braunfels vee would be a profitable home for a $15.7 million investor-built hotel-conference caner resort facility with up to 225 rooms Grohman said the city hopes to present the information in the study to boul chains and developers who might be interested in building such a facility near a second golf count, “This is a particularly unique mark et because, from Austin to Sen Antonio. there is not a nelly topnotch Bee BOLF, Page! ;