New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 20, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 Pages in two sections ■ Aug. 20,1993
Serving Comal County ■ Home of NATHAN KLABUNDE
OI. 141, No. 195
I S I AMM I ISCH
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Jared Fellers, Emil Helmcamp, Candy 0'S-teen, Reynaldo Aghuirre, Jr., Becky Moos, Rosa Rodriguez, Nomie Young, Nathan Klabunde, Denise Cordova (Sat.), Karen Wirlh (belated). Happy Anniversary to Rudy & Ann Juarez (Sat.), Doug & Martha Fellers (Sat.), and Floyd & Ignore Hutson (Sat.)
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 cither 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 a.rn. to 6 p.m. at the law offices of Reagan, Bumis, Dierksen, 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 arc welcome or appointments can be made by calling Debbie at 625-8026.
CAD changing locations Sept. 1
Effective Sept. I, the Comal Appraisal District will be at their new location in Suite IO I of the Landa Offices at 178 E. Mill Street.
The mailing address and phone number will remain the same, however. It is P.O. Box 311222, New Braunfels, Texas, 78131-1222 and 210-625-8597.
Cross Lutheran celebrating 65 years
Cross Lutheran Church of New Braunfels will be celebrating its 65th anniversary on with formal ceremonies and events scheduled for Aug. 29, beginning at 3 p.m.
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 Brierty, Hospital Development, 143 E. Garza,
New Braunfels, 78130.
(The New Braunfels Herald Zenana invites its readers to submit items to Si ammi i sch 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 day's hap penings. We invite you to share with us.)
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Texas Department of Public Safety Trooper Ron McCoy (left) and Comal County Deputy Sheriff Tim Schllchtlng (right) look over an ultralight aircraft after it crashed to the ground in an empty field on State Highway 46 west of New Braunfels. The pilot, 39-year-old Steve Burks of Bulverde, was not Injured.
Bulverde man walks away from crash
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
No injuries were reported in an ultralight aircraft crash that occurred Thursday in an empty field on State Highway 46 west.
According to reports, the ultralight was driving by Steve Frederick Burks, 39, of Bulverde. He was riding in a 1983 Eippa
The accident occurred in an open field owned by Jim Hardin Real Estate on State Highway 46 just 1.5 miles west of U.S. 281.
Reports show, the pilot, who is also an ultralight instructor, landed with the aircraft and walked away from the accident. No damage was done to the property.
According to reports, the aircraft took off
in approximately the same location it had landed. Officers at the scene said the min had attempted to take off got caught in the wind and crashed Departments responding to the scene were the Department of Public Safety, Comal County Sheriffs Office and the Comal County Fire Marshal.
HEB purchases land in SE Comal County
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Officials at H.E.B.’s central office in San Antonio announced they have recently purchased 19 acres of land in southeast comer of Comal County.
According to Mike De La Garza, vice president of public relations for H E B., the newly purchased property is located on Farm to Market Road 3009 and Interstate Highway 35 in Schertz.
De La Garza said officials have not made any definite plans concerning the property at
“We don’t anticipate any construction through 1994,” he said.
According to officials, the property was purchased earlier this year. No price has been disclosed at this time.
Last year, H E B. officials announced plans to build a new store off Interstate Highway 35 and Walnut Avenue in New Braunfels.
According to De La Garza, these plans are still under way and no changes have been made concerning the New Braunfels property
An H E B. grocery store is currently locat-
Gonzales man named to GBRA board, John Specht given extension of leave
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Wrltar
cd on San Antonio Street in New Braunfels. According to past reports, this store will be closed after the new facility is constructed.
Dc La Garza said the property was purchased in October 1992. Plans call for a larger store to be constructed.
According to De La Garza, construction is scheduled to begin in the next six months. He said officials arc hoping to have the facility completed in late 1993 or early 1994.
(Special correspondent John Kastner contributed to this report.)
Jen F. Ripley of Gonzales was elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Guadalupe-Blanco River Authority Thursday.
The special election was calla! due to the resignation of former board chairman Joseph “Pat” Kelly of Victoria who was recently appointed judge of the 24th Judicial District of Texas.
Ripley was serving as vice-chairman and had previously served as Secretary-Treasurer. She had originally been appointed to the board by Gov. Bill Clements in 1969.
Ripley said that she intends to continue to lead the board with “logic, innovation and strength” and looks forward to “new challenges as well as the opportunity to continue the excellent work we have already started.”
The GBRA board also granted a request for extension of 20-year
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Though no themometers in the city showed 100 degress Thursday, the heat Index pushed this 98 degree reading to 105 degrees In New Braunfels
High temps cause alarm for ranchers
General Manager John Spccht’s administrative leave. According to board member Olga Lara, the request was made because Specht’s lawyer has been on vacation for two weeks and requested the additional time to prepare his case.
Specht has been on administrative leave with pay and benefits since June 22 when the GBRA board placed him on a 60-day leave and appointed James Amst to serve as acting general manager.
According to David Welsch, Director of Planning and Development for GBRA, no reason has been given for placing Specht on administrative leave, however, board members have indicated that the action was the result of long term disagreements between the board and Specht. In granting the extension, the board specifically said leave was extended to “September 16 but rax passed that time.”
GBRA is governed by a board of nine directors representing ten counties within the Guadalupe River Basin.
Childrens’ Museum may be forced to close
By MARK LYON Managing Editor
Officials with the Childrens' Museum of New Braunfels said yesterday that if some financial obligations are not met by the museum by the end of October, the facility may be forced to close.
According to Museum board president Kookie Barbosa, the Museum is some $7,000 in debt and must see improvement immediately in paid attendance and/or monetary con
tributions to be able to satisfy the museum's financial obligations
She said the museum board came to the conclusion at a meeting held Wednesday night
"It seems like the harder we try, the harder it gets," she said "We've tried to get the community to participate and support it."
"Tile museum could possibly close," said board member Francis Socchting "We don't have enough revenue to keep the place open. We need to expand, but we haven't been able
to gamer enough support."
The museum has three paid staff members and utilizes several volunteers on a continuing basis, she said.
"We feel this museum is something good for the community," Barbosa said "I feel bad that we're in such a bad financial situation."
Anyone interested in donating funds to the museum can do so in person at the museum's location in the Courtyard Shopping Center or by calling 620-0939.
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
So far crops in the Comal County area have not suffered from the 54 consecutive days without rain; however, cattle raisers may have more cause for concern, according to County Agricultural Extension Agent Joe Taylor.
According to Taylor, the heat and dry weather are “burning the grass up," making it difficult for ranchers to feed their cattle.
Taylor said many cattle ranchers are already thinking about supplemental feeding and some have weaned calves and taken cattle to market a little earlier than they normally would.
Taylor said cattle raisers can afford about one more month without rain before something must be done with their
“If it doesn’t rain they will have to move them or tell
them,” he said.
In Comal County, raising cattle is a $4.2 million industry. On the farming side, Taylor said most area farmers have been lucky. He said the dry weather has helped some farmers in getting the crops out of the fields.
According to Taylor, the most common crops in Comal County are grain, sorghum and com. He said most farmers will be able to go until October before moisture will be needed for planting.
Taylor said he is “watching the weather like everyone else” in hopes of rain. However, this is the 54th day Comal County has been without rain and no showers are forecasted for the next several days, according to officials at the National Weather Service office in San Antonio.
The last rainfall in Comal County occurred June 26, when the area received nine-tenths of an inch Taylor said the records for both Austin and San Antonio are 54 days without rain.
Increase in heat related illnesses can be expected
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Illnesses related to the extreme heat of the summer arc expected to increase in the upcoming months, according to officials at McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Dr. John Flanagan, director of Emergency Room at McKenna, said more cases of heat-related illnesses arc seen in the upcoming months because of the Hill Country Triathlon which is held in this area. He said participants in the triathlon sometimes work out in too hot of conditions According to Flanagan, cases of heat exhaustion arc seen more often than heat stroke. Heat exhaustion occurs when the body temperature goes up and the body begins losing electrolytes, lf these electrolytes are not replaced the heat exhaustion can occur. Heat stroke is a more severe case in which neurological damage can also occur Flanagan said those people who are exercising or working in the heat should be sure to drink plenty of fluids He also said sports drinks, such as Gatorade, arc recommended over water because they help in replacing the electrolytes.
According to Flanagan, alcohol can also play a role in heat related illnesses He said alcohol contributes to the body’s
loss of fluids.
“People end up losing more fluids than they gain,” he said Flanagan also said those people drinking alcohol arc less aware of the problems going on with their body and can go into full heat stroke Those suffering from chronic illnesses arc also more susceptible to heat exhaustion Flanagan those with diabetes, emphysema and high blood pressure arc more vulnerable lo heat illnesses. He also said young children arc susceptible.
Symptoms of heat exhaustion are body cramps, nausea, vomiting and headachesFor news,advertising or subscription , call 625-9144