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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 15, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Local monuments are expensive to restore -    1B 75 CENTS New Braun Sesqu (centai March 21,1 March 21,1995 New Braunfels Herald-Ze J 4.10 NO 16 10/22/99    177 * s o - w e: s t n I c r o p u b l i s i- i i m g 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 7990S 38 Pages in three sections ■ Aug. 15,1993 Serving Comal County ■ Home of SHEILA SCHUETZ Vol. 141, No. 191 INSIDE Obituaries............2A Opinion...............4A Sports.............10-11A People...............1-B Milestones...........2-3B STAMMTISCH Birthday wishes! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Sheila Schuetz, Elsie Cooper, Jonathan Walske, Suzette Keoghan, Rachel Saenz, Amie Alants, Frank Suhr, Anne Frazer (Mon,), Ray Saenz (belated), Raymond Saenz (belated) Brittni SchroaI (belated), Rose Mary Sanchez (belated), Frank Heynis (belated)27. Happy Anniversary to Jeff & Tammy Hand (6 years), Leonel & Yolanda Rojas. 1993 Rodeo Queen contestants Comal County high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors are invited to compete in the 1993 Comal County Rodeo Queen's Contest. Contestants must be single and enrolled in either Comal County school district as of Aug. 16. Posters and information sheets will be available at the local high schools. Blood drive for Tom Bluntzer scheduled A blood drive for New Braunfels resident Tom Bluntzer has been scheduled for Aug. 23 from IO ain. to 6 p.m. at the law offices of Reagan, Bunns, Dierksen, Damon 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. Eagles Auxiliary hosting Supper The Fraternal Order of Eagles #2999 Auxiliary will have their Birthday Supper on Aug. 17 at 6:30 pjn. June, July and August birthdays will be recognized. Members are asked to bring a vegetable, salad or dessert McKenna seeking historical info McKenna Memorial Hospital needs your help in acquiring any information pertaining to the history of the hospital. McKenna is celebrating its 40-year anniversary in October of this year. The hospital was built in 1953. A brief submission consisting of a short written summary of something unique that happened in a particular year, trivia, photographs of any items of interest in relation to the hospital through the years would be beneficial. Please submit your items to McKenna Memorial Hospital, attn. Tim Briefly, Hospital Development, 143 E. Garza, New Braunfels, 78130. Peace Lutheran to host Rally Day Sunday, Aug. 29 will be Rally Day at Peace Lutheran Church, located at 1147 S. Walnut in New Braunfels. Stammtisch (The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the days happenings. We invite you to share with us.) Heratd-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH (Top photo) New Braunfels Fire Department Captain Wayne Rousseau runs to an emergency vehicle while carrying an elght-year-otd drowning victim Saturday. (Bottom right photo) New Braunfels Fire Department emergency personnel members John Sheppard (left) and Woody Staggs (right) try to revive an elght-year-old drowning victim Saturday near Cypress Bend Park on the Guadalupe River. Captain Wayne Rousseau (far left), Robert Parchman (top) and Iris Neffendorf of the New Braunfels Parks Dept, assist in the unsuccessful rescue attempt. Drowning claims life of 8 year-old Child stumbles into deep spot in Guadalupe River By ROSE MARIE EASH Stall Writer An eight-year old girl drowned Saturday afternoon in the Guadalupe River at Cypress Bend Park, according to the New Braunfels Fire Department The girl was wading in shallow water with three other friends when the group apparently stepped off into deeper water, according to Sgt Mac McEachem of the New Braunfels Police Department. “They were wading and stepped off into a hole there,” said McEachem. ‘Two got out by themselves and one was assisted by an adult, but the other little girl was lost in the water.” McEachem said the girl was thought to have been in the water more than 15 minutes as some time is thought to have past before anyone realized what had happened and were able to call for help. Although immediately put on life support and transported to McKenna Memorial, the child was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Precinct #1 Harold Krueger, who ruled the death an accidental drowning. Battalion Chief Bob Reed of the New Braunfels Fire Department said the child was found almost immediately once emergency personnel got to the scene. Patrolman Robert Parchman of the New Braunfels Police Department found the child in the water. The call for help was logged at the police station at 2:18 p.m. The girl was with her family and was participating in a church outing according to the police. The family lives in San Antonio. By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Incumbent Dick Robinett was reelected to his district 3 seat on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees Saturday. Robinett received a total of 171 votes, 60 absentee and I ll at the polls on Saturday. “It's always a priviledge and an honor that people trust you,” said Robinett. “The bottom line is still the student and the classroom teacher. We will continue to work for them and to get mote participation in the schools — it’s a two-way street. We appreciate everyone's interest in our Gunfire ends in death of Seguin man Saturday By GARY P. CARROLL Nows Editor What was originally thought to be a fatal shooting of a suspect by a New Braunfels Police Officer turned out to be a self-inflicted wound instead, according to information from the New Braunfels Police Department. William Franklin Sproles, 24, of Seguin was pronounced dead on the scene by a Guadalupe County Justice of the Peace after an early morning chase involving the New Braunfels Police Canine Unit Police originally were called to a disturbance cm the northeast side of New Braunfels at approximately 2 a.m. Saturday morning. Upon arrival, officers were fired upon by Sproles who then eluded police and fled the scene. A search for Sproles ensued and the suspect was spotted by a county resident walking down Farm to Market Road 725. The police responded and Canine Officer Scott Lange gave chase and released his police dog in an attempt to apprehend Sproles. Police officials say Sproles then apparently turned and fired on Lange and his canine officer with a semi-automatic handgun, at which time Lange returned fire. The suspect fell to the ground and was pronounced dead in the Southbank subdivision — presumably from Lange’s single shot. However, Police Chief Dick Headen said reports from the Texas Rangers and the Bexar County Medical Examiner’s Office found that Sproles died as the result of a single gunshot wound (possibly from a .380 caliber) to the neck and head. Lange’s service revolver is a 9mm and the shot fired from his gun apparently missed Sproles. An initial report from one local media source indicated the death was a result of a bullet from Lange's gun. By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Robinett wins contested race for NBISD board position I NBISD results District 3 Dick Robinett (Incumbent) 171 Tommy Allen 72 District 1 Sylvia Sanchez 24 District 5 John Seidel 50 Dick Robinett schools.” Robinett was challenged by John Thomas Allen who received a total of 72 votes, IO absentee and 62 at the polls. Sylvia Sanchez who ran unopposed to complete her father’s term in the district I seat received 24 votes, 2 absentee and 22 Saturday at the polls. Sanchez will have to run again next year when the term expires, should she decide to keep her position on the board. Also running unopposed was John Seidel for the district 5 seat. He received a total of 50 votes, 17 absentee and 33 votes at the polls. Two NBISD at-large seats on the board of trustees will also be up for election next year. Tedious Corp has announced plans to move its headquarters and manufacturing fadlities from their current location in San Antonio to an area in southwest Comal County. Technoe Corp has purchased property on FM 3009 and Interstate Highway 35 in Schertz. The company will be building a 25,000 square foot plant which will employ 25 people. Technos Corp President and Owner Philip Neal, a resident of Comal County, said the business hopes to be hiring other employees from the Comal County arca “Our business is expanding rapidly,” he said. “In the next couple of years, we hope to double our work force.” Negotiations to purchase the property began four months ago, according to Neal. He said the cost of purchasing the land and constructing the plant is estimated at $500,000. The land, which was used for pasture, was bought from a local group of attorney investors. Neal said the company decided to relocate to the Schertz area partially because of the city’s aggressive efforts to attract businesses. “The city of Schertz was very instrumental in bringing us to the area. . . We had decided to build a new facility and looked in the area. The city of Schertz has instituted a very aggressive marketing strategy for so-called clean manufacturing and dean industrial clients,” he said. Neal said the dty offered tax abatements ami help with permits in order to attract the business to die area Construction on the facility is expected to begin this month. The construction firm is Hancock and Sheridan. The facility should be completed in five months. “Hopefully we will be moved in and under operation by January,” said Neal. Technos Corp manufactures large industrial Vestal Steel plans move to Schertz By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Vestal Steel Specialities Inc. has announced plans to relocate its fadlities from San Antonio to Schertz. Walter Vestal, president of the company, said the company plans to build a shop for structural steel fabrication. He said no definite timeline for the move has been set but he said it could happen within a year. The facility will employ 20 to 25 people. Vestal said no additional employees will be brought in immediately. “It will just be the plant personnel and what we have here... As attrition works I’m sure we will be hiring from this market,” he said Vestal said the shop will be moving only 11 railes. He added the reasons for the move deal with the need for a larger facility. The facility will be located on the far side of Comal County on FM 3009 (Special correspondent John Kastner contributed to this report.) Heratd-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH New Braunfels Detective Kevin Stevens (foreground) and Captain Ray Douglas (left) look for shell casings from William Spoles* gun Saturday morning. Headen said although some of the burden has been lifted off his officer’s shoulders due to the findings of the investigation, there is still more work to do. “On television they shoot people and it doesn’t bother them — in real life it does,” Headen said. “From the sake of my officer it’s good to know that he didn’t take a person’s life; that the person took his own.” Lange will be provided with support services and Headen said even more support will be provided by Lange’s fellow officers. Headen said standard procedure is to place officers involved in shootings on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation which is ultimately turned over to the district attorney for possible grand jury consideration. However, Headen did not feel that Lange would have to be placed on leave. “All indications point to (Lange) acting correctly and it appears to be absolutely justifiable on his part,” Headen said. “Initially I placed him on leave which is normal procedure, but I'm not sure that’s where he’ll stay — more than likely he won’t.” Technos announces plans to move facilities, headquarters to county fans that are used in cement plants, steel mills and power plants. The company has been in business for IO years. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Michael Meek said the moving of the plant will not have much effect on New Braunfels directly but is still beneficial to the area “A strong regional economy helps everybody,” he said. Neal said the company moved after it had outgrown its facility in San Antonio. (Special correspondent John Kastner contributed to this report)Today’s Texas Lottery numbers are 3 - 28 - 38 - 49 - 32 - 5 Jackpot $10 million ;