New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 Pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, August 16, 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of MINNA (HAAS) MUELLER
Vol. 143, No. 198
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
Tho New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Minna (Haas) Mueller (95 years), De Anndra Baker, Sabrina Rodriguez, Sandy Santelan, Julisa Lama reno (18 years), Nob berto Farias Jr. Happy anniversary wishes go out to Rick and Yvette Castaneda (9 years), Manard and Dorothy Ivy (56 years), Sandy and Sandy Sanel-lan (14 years), Leone! and Yolanda Rojas (nine years), and Nolberto and (Jrace Farias (40 years.)
River and aquifer information
Comal River -262 cubic-feet-per-second, down 4 c f s. from yesterday
Edwards Aquifer —624 71 feet above sea level, down .02.
NBHS Class of 1966 to reunite
NBHS Class of 1966 is making plans for its 30th reunion, lf you can help with addresses and or telephone numbers for classmates, call Kathy Rhein-lander O'Neal at 629-5192,
Vicki Roth Hamel at 608-0865 or Sherry Seller Toney at 625-6653. Next meeting is Wednesday, Aug. 16 at the O’Aces on River Road at 7 p.m.
NARFE to gather
National Association of Retired Federal Employees, chapter 666, will have a meeting and luncheon at Ryans Family Steakhouse, 11 a rn.
Aug 18. Program is on the Texas handgun law
Bake a cake for the Women’s Center
The Comal County Women's Center invites you to support the center by donating individually wrapped items for a bake sale, which will be held Aug.
19 at 5 p.m. on the Plaza Bring your goodies to the shelter (1547 Common St.) any time Friday or before 4 p m, Saturday. Call 620-7520 for information.
A free immunization clinic will be held from 9 a m. to 12:30 p m Saturday, Aug 19 at Krueger Elementary School in Marion. The clinic is provided by Santa Rosa Children's Hospital.
Parents are asked to bring the child's immunization records and letter from the school nurse if applicable Immunizations will be given to infants, children and teenagers.
Appointments are not needed, but are recommended Call 416-9323 or 914-2646
Model train show
New Braunfels Summer Model Train Show will be held from 9 a m. to 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26 at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for under 18. Under five-years-old are free.
Call 935-2517 for information
Optimist Club to meet Monday
The New Braunfels Optimist Club will meet at 6:30 p.m.
Aug 21 at Molly Joe's Restaurant. The speaker will be Jack Melton of Hospice New Braunfels.
System would answer child support questions
By DENISE DZIUK
The district clerk’s portion of the county budget has been presented, and if it is approved, residents may soon have a new way to check the status of chi ld support payments.
District Clerk Margaret Herbrich said the budget she presented to the commissioners court in July included the addition of a new system — a voice activated computer system.
She said her office was spending the majority of its time taking calls checking on the status of child support payments. In an attempt to limit
Equipment would save time at county clerk’s office; make getting information easier
this, the office limited the hours in which such calls would be taken, and if a call is received after IO a.m., it is forwarded to a recorded message. The message tells the caller to try again between 8 and IO a.m. The office usually receives about 25 calls just during the two-hour period.
“The thing is, when they call after that, someone still has to pick up the phone and forward it
to the message,” said Herbrich.
The system Herbrich is requesting, would allow callers to access their accounts by phone, through a computer. They would then be able to find out when the last payment was received. She said this would free up the staff to concentrate on getting the payments out of the mail, and then forwarding them on.
Herbrich included the system in her budget proposal, and said it would cost the county a one time fee of $8,500.
She said this is for having the program loaded into the current software. The maintenance would then be included in with current maintenance costs.
County Judge Carter Casteel has left the request in her current budget proposal. A public hearing on the county budget will be held on August 24, at IO a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The approved county budget will be filed with the district clerk’s office on Sept. 29.
Doc’s Guns gears up to start handgun safety classes
By DAVID SULLENS
Editor and Publisher
Course needed to carry concealed weapons
Proficiency with a handgun accounts for only about a fourth to a third of the content of classes aimed at enabling participants to meet the certification requirements to obtain a Texas Concealed Handgun License.
The first of a series of those classes is to be taught in New Braunfels Sept. 6-7.
According to Mike Cantu-Withoff. owner of Doc’s Guns in New Braunfels, who, with his wife, Cordelia, will instruct the classes, a significant portion of the 10-15 hour course will be devoted to ‘‘peaceful conflict resolution, ways to bring down the level of conflict ... and restore some level of sanity to the situation."
Both Mike and Cordelia underwent extensive training in Austin to qualify themselves to teach the course.
Other course elements include, according to Cantu-Withoff, "handguns nrvd the law. looking pretty closely at the penal code statutes.” Based on those statutes, C'antu-Withoff said, “participants will be strongly encouraged to use a handgun only to protect your person, not to protect property.”
And, Cantu-Withoff said, the course will include instruction on handgun safety and handgun storage. The gun shop owner noted that, w ith a new law that gives into effect Sept. I, "You are criminally liable if a child gets a gun because it wasn’t stored properly.”
Range safety w ill also be taught as a part of the course and a written test w ill be administered.
In addition to two classroom sessions. class participants will also be required to demonstrate handgun proficiency on a range.
C antil-Withoff said each course session w ill include about 20 people. He said that, as of last week, 140 had already signed up to take the $150 course, "but some of those are husband and wife teams," so the number is
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Cordelia Cantu-Withoff takes a handgun safety course registration form from Keegan Arake.
actually higher than that.
T he first two class sessions will be held in the evening, Cantu-Withoff said, and the second set of sessions will be in the afternoon on September 13-14. Dates for subsequent sessions have not yet been finalized, he said.
The license will be issued in one of two categories, Cantu-Withoff said. The first category is "any handgun,” To qualify for that category, he said, an applicant must use a semi-automatic pistol for the range portion of the course.
The other category is "any handgun except a semi-automatic” and it will be issued to those w ho use a revolver for the range portion of the course.
In other words, if a participant shoots w ith a revolver at the range, he or she will be licensed only to carry a revolver. If a semi-automatic handgun is used, the applicant can be licensed to carry any handgun, revolver or semiauto.
Cantu-Withoff said the new concealed carry law does not provide for licensing for a specific make or model of gun. He said there have been many questions and there seems to be significant confusion on that point.
A frequently asked question, Cantu-Withoff said, is whether or not, once a permit is obtained, a handgun must be carried concealed or if it can be carried openly. Cantu-Withoff said the law
requires that the gun be carried concealed.
Successful completion of the course is a requirement for obtaining a concealed carry license, but it in no way ensures acquisition of that license.
Those successfully completing the course will be given a card that can be completed and submitted to the state. The card will require basic personal information and a preliminary check w ill be conducted on the basis of that information before a concealed carry license application is issued to the applicant.
(fiat application will require in-depth personal infomiation, a series of background check authorizations, a certifi-
Mlke Cantu-Withoff, owner of Doc’s Guns, says 140 people have already signed up for his courses.
cate of handgun course completion and must be accompanied by two fingerprint cards and two passport photos when it is returned. The fee for permit application is $140 (or $70 for those over 60 years of age or those w ho are "indigent.”)
The state will have up to two months to grant or deny a permit after the application is submitted.
Cantu-Withoff says the law provides 15 separate eligibility requirements for those seeking a concealed carry permit. Some of those include:
■ Must have been a legal resident of Texas at least six months;
■ Must be 21 years of age or older;
■ Must not have been convicted of a felony or of a class A or B misdemeanor;
■ Must not be chemically dependent;
■ Must not be of "unsound mind;”
■ Must not be delinquent in child support payments;
■ Must not be delinquent in tax payments;
■ Must not be in default on an education loan; and
■ Must not be under any restraining order with regard to a spousal relationship.
"Obviously,” Cantu-Withoff said, "anyone getting a permit is a squeaky clean person.”
Opponents of rezoning celebrate victory
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
District 2 voters came out in force and their voices counted at Monday's city council meeting. The residents celebrated a victory as the city council denied a request to rezone a triangle of land between LM 725 and Old McQueeney Road from R-2 Single Family and Two Family District to M-1A Light Industrial District.
"We objected to an industry coming so close to our neighborhood, because we don’t think it’s good for the value of our property,” said resident Ray Martinez.
Consultant l ed Alexander presented Iselin Acquisition Limited’s request to rezone the land so an industrial park could be built there. The added jobs and expansion of New Braunfels’ tax base made the rezoning beneficial in the long run, Alexander said.
"Although we have some very' concerned citizens, we feel what is more important is the good of the broad community,” Alexander said.
Iselin changed its original rezoning request after the residents’ outcry at Planning and /oiling Commission meetings. The company proposed till! a 120-foot strip of land next to Old McQueeney and 4-6 acres next to land owned by A.E. Fricke Jr. be kept R-2.
That wasn’t good enough for area residents.
Residents gave a petition to city council on July 11 requesting that the rezoning be denied. It contained close to 400 signatures, mostly from residents of the Northpark and Palace Heights subdivisions.
"We’re not anti-industry, we’re pro industry, but industry has to be iii its proper place,” Martinez said. "I don’t care if it smells like apple blossoms it’s still an industry.”
‘The developer bought this as R-2 — he ought to use it as R-2,” said Maurice Fischer, w hose family ow ns a large tract of land across Old McQueeney from the land in question.
Alexander cited the chamber of commerce target industry list as a guideline for the type of clean industry to be sought for the rezoned area. The chamber’s target list was not connected iii any way to the Iselin rezoning request, said chamber President Michael Meek
"Our target industry list has nothing to do with where you put an industry,” Meek said.
Nora Morales, of the Main Street Advisory Board and the Comal County Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, urged that residents keep cool heads and a balanced perspective. "What price progress and growth,” Morales said. "We’re constantly changing — we’re not living in a little bubble that's going to protect us from the changes that w ill occur.”
Residents were inflamed by a letter cir-
‘We’re not antiindustry, we’re pro industry, but industry has to be in its proper place.’
— Ray Martinez
culated through the Northpark and Palace Heights subdivision a few days ago.
The letter accused Dist. 2 Councilman Ray Schoch of orchestrating the rezoning protest.
Schoch "was directed by his clients, the ‘old guard,’ to create fear in your neighborhood,” the letter said. It accused Schoch of being "deceitful and misleading.”
"The letter made us seem like a bunch of morons lead around by a pied piper,” Martinez said. "We are not.”
"The main objection I had to the letter is that it was full of innuendos, falsehoods, and misleading statements,” Schoch said. It insulted the intelligence of the residents.” When the rezoning request came up for action, the motion was made to deny the request. Only at-large Councilman Tim Walker voted not to deny the rezoning.
"We agree with what the council did,” said Alexander, the consultant for Iselin. "It was a tough decision.”
New numbers show decline in DWI arrests
By DENISE DZIUK
The Comal County Sheriff's Department maintains that it is too early to see the effects of the change in the county’s drinking hours.
The county commissioners changed the hours bars are allowed to serve alcohol in March, forcing the bars to close one hour earlier each night. Figures provided by the SheritTs Department last week showed little change in the number of driving while intoxicated arrests since the change.
However, the latest numbers from the Texas Department of Public Safety show' a significant decline in the number of driving while intoxicated (DWI) arrests.
Sheriff Jack Bremer said he questioned w hether figures used last week were accurate due to the fact that a computer search was done several times, and each time, a new set of numbers was generated.
He said he contacted DPS and asked them to do a count. The DPS office in San Antonio, w hich houses the records, did a hand count of all DWI arrests in the unincorporated areas of Comal County for the period of March I to July 31 from 12:01 to 4 a m. for both 1994 and 1995.
In 1994, the total was 73 and in 1995 the total was 43.
Bremer said these numbers are a good sign. However, he said the ban would still have to be studied over several years to determine exactly how effective it is.
“I wouldn’t hang my hat on it just yet, because we don’t know that this isn’t just some sort of phenomenon,” said Bremer. "I think in the next couple of years w e’ll see that this was the right decision, and the numbers will bear this out.”
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