New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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James Dunks, Lee Rodriguez, Esther Mendoza, Ray Martinez, Ed Wetzel, Frances Huff and John Stauffer model the new
TUESDAYUnicorns set to play Austin Bowie in volleyball showdown. See Page 5.
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10 Pagesin one section ■ Tuesday, August 29,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of JILL MULHOLLAN
Vol. 143, No. 207
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zehung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Brian Henk, Joan Martinez, Bonnie Sarkozi and Jill Mulhol-lan. Happy 25th anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Daum, happy anniversary to Jaime and Esme DeLeon (three years), and also to Helen and Bob Voss (31 years) and Gary and Linda Schlater (25 years, belated.)
River and aquifer information
Comal River -258 cubic-feet-per-sec., same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer —624.58 feet above sea level, down .02. Guadalupe River —108 c.f.s.
Quarter Moon closes concert series
Country band Quarter Moon will perform the free Concert in the Park Thursday, Aug. 31.
The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the dance slab in Landa Park. Bring lawn chairs, but no glass containers allowed This is the last concert of the series this year.
Black Heritage Society meets
The Black Heritage Society will meet Tuesday, Aug. 29 at the Chamber Honors Hall at 5:45 p.m. Plans will be made for an African Extravaganza Style Show to be held Oct. 28 at the American Legion. Anyone may attend the meeting.
Hermann Sons gather
Members of Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge #106 are reminded of the meeting and social Friday, Sept. 1. The lodge will furnish hamburgers and hot dogs. Members are asked to bring something to go with the meat.
Polio Survivors Support Group to moot
The New Braunfels Polio Survivors Support Group will have its next meeting at 11 a m. Saturday, Sept. 2 at Landa Station restaurant, 381 Landa St. For information, call Debbie at 606-5556, Rena at 620-4473 or Raymond at 625-1363.
Tojano dance at Civic Center
A Pre-Labor Day dance with three bands, featuring Jay Perez will be held at the Civic Center Sept. 3. A portion of proceeds will benefit Project Learning. Presale tickets available at Ruben's Jewelers or call Dora at 606 0433 or Gloria at 625-8753.
Toby's School of Dance registration continues
Toby's School of Dance has expanded its registration until September. For more information, call 629-7974.
Thanks to the Archives
The Herald-Zeitung extends its thanks to the Sophienburg Archives for the use of its microfilm of war-years Herald-Zeitungs, which were reproduced in Sunday's Victory special section.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
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United Way sets goal of $310,000
BY DAVID DE KUNDER
The United Way of Comal County is hoping to raise $310,000 for the 1995 campaign drive which will begin on Friday and mn through December I, Executive Director Joe Wort said.
“The theme of our campaign this year is ‘A World of Difference... One Peace at a Time,’” Worl said. “The message of that theme is that we are trying to bring the world and the community together."
The theme of the 1995 United Way campaign will be illustrated on T-shirts that United Way contributors can buy for $6. The shirts show a world which is made up like a crossword puzzle in red and blue colors. Some of the pieces are missing and Worl said that symbolizes that the United Way is trying to put the world back togeth
er. Each Friday during the campaign drive, United Way contributors and employees will wear the shirts to keep awareness of die drive alive.
Jenny Empett, a New Braunfels artist, came up with the theme and put her design on the t-shirts. Rotan Enterprises of New Braunfels printed up the shirts. Worl said that between 600-700 t-shirts will be distributed.
Wort said he is looking forward to another successful United Way campaign drive. During last year’s campaign drive, the United Way met its goal of $285,000. Wort said that he hopes the United Way continues where it left off last year.
“In the last six years, we have made our goals,” Worl said. “The United Way here in Comal County has always been a tremendous success. We just have dedicated people working here at the United Way."
United Way of Comal County supports 30 agencies. Sixty percent of the county, which is about 35,000 people, benefits from United Way agencies and services, Worl said. Ninety-nine percent of the contributions stay in the county.
"The reason we are so successful is that we put the drive on a competitive basis," Wort said. “The schools in the New Braunfels and Comal school districts have a friendly competition to see who can help the United Way the most.”
Contributors can give their donations to the United Way by filling out a pledge card, payroll deduction and advance gift. The advance gift drive has been going on since August I and will end this Friday. Worl said that the United Way of Comal County will have 150 pledges and will raise between $ 15,000-$20,000 during the, advance gift campaign.
New Braunfels becomes first small city to land Texas Downtown Association convention
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Another first for New Braunfels — the official word came yesterday that New Braunfels will play host to the Nov. 1997 Texas Downtown Association convention.
“This is the first time a small city has gotten to the finals, let alone won,” Main Street Director Karen “K.C.” Crandall said. New Braunfels competed against Abilene, Harlingen, Tyler and Denton in the final competition for the convention, she said.
Three hundred-plus people will converge on New Braunfels the week after the 1997 Wurstfest beginning on Wednesday, Crandall said. Some are expected to come early for Wurstfest and a post-event is also planned, she said.
The time after Wurstfest is usually fairly light for tourism, Crandall said. “It’s great because it’s bringing people down and extending that fall tourist season,” she said.
(More on how the New Braunfels team won the convention will be in tomorrow's Herald-Zeitung.)
BY DAVID DE KUNDER
Recent growth and more traffic coming into Bulverde have kept the Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department busy during the first part of 1995.
“We have had 64 motor vehicle calls last year,” Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department Chief Ray Schleuder said.
This year, Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department has responded to a total of 155 calls. Schleuder estimates that one-third of his department’s calls are for traffic-related accidents. When the fire department is called out to help with traffic-related accidents, the fire department’s responsibility is to assist the Spring Branch EMS at the scene with any rescue if it is needed, make sure the area is secured and safe and to perform any extrication work if it is needed.
In the month of August, Schleuder said the department has answered 31 calls, the majority of them being automobile accidents. In August 1994, the department answered 41 calls, with 22 of them being automobile-related accidents.
Schleuder blames the occurrence in traffic-related calls on the rapid growth of the Bulverde area and the increased traffic coming from San Antonio on U.S. Highway 281.
“As the growth continues, we will have more accidents because we will have more cars on the road,” Schleuder said.
Most of the accidents in the Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department response area occur near or at the intersections of Highway 281 and FM 1863 in Bulverde, State Highway 46 and Highway 281 near Spring Branch and Highway 281 and FM 306. Schleuder said that most of the accidents are caused by careless drivers and that they occur during the traffic rush hours between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m.
“You can say that most of the accidents are caused by driver inattention,” Schleuder said. “What people need to do is to slow down, pay attention and watch out for the other person because the other person may not be paying attention. A lot of these accidents are rollovers and multi-car wrecks.”
Schleuder said that he already knows of two accidents this year in which two people were killed compared to two fatalities for all of 1994. Last year, 97 people had to be taken to area hospitals to be treated for accident-related injuries.
David Kopp, area resident engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation in New Braunfels, said that his department plans to work on improving the Highway 281-FM 1863 intersection, maybe as early as mid-1997.
“At FM 1863 and Highway 281, we plan to make a grade separation,” Kopp said. “That means we will make 1863 go under 281 by building a bridge under 281. That way, people who are coming from FM 1863 will not have to intermingle with traffic coming off 281.’’
The project, Kopp said, will cost $3.7 million and will be budgeted for fiscal year 1998.
City, county continue talks on two projects
By DENISE DZIUK
City and County officials met Fnday in an attempt to further iron out details of an interlocal agreement pertaining to the completion of the Faust Street bridge and Eikel Field projects.
County commissioners, city council members, and staff members met in an attempt to develop a final version of a contract between the two entities. The contract will define what each entity is responsible for in the two projects.
“I’ll remind everyone that if we keep our minds on the goal as we go down the road and not go down any bunny trails, we’ll get there faster,” County Judge Carter Casteel told those present. She then reminded them that the goal was the completion of the projects.
The Faust Street bridge project is a plan to restore the bridge crossing the Guadalupe River, which has been closed for many years. The county received a grant from the Texas Department of Transportation to restore it, and the remaining funds will come from the county, said County Engineer Tom Homseth. However, the agreement between the county and the city will determine who will be responsible for it once it is repaired.
A major concern with the contract is
how much of a financial responsibility the county will carry if the city assumes control of the bridge. The contract discussed at the workshop said the city would pay the initial $5,000 in costs each fiscal year. Any amount over that would be split equally by the city and the county.
Casteel said this differed from the last discussion, when the county informally said it would construct a parking lot and stripe it if the city provided the materials and any curbing. She said the county would then pay for half of any major structural repairs, but did not want to be involved in day-to-day maintenance of it. City Manager Mike Shands said the change was due to the expenses of insurance, law enforcement, and litter control, which the city said would be costly if the bridge became a park.
“Keep in mind, what we define it as now may not be what it is five years from now,” said Shands.
This raised the question of what will happen if the bridge does become a park or attraction area. Councilmember Ray Schoch said he did not see the possibility of the bridge becoming a park as a bad thing. “We need parks where people can access them. It could be an addition in an area that doesn’t already have one,” he said.
Councilmember Jan Kennady said that
i’ll remind everyone that if we keep our minds on the goal as we go down the road and not go down any bunny trails, well get there faster.9
— Carter Casteel
the county should help with any major repairs by paying half. However, whether or not it is developed into a park would be up to the city if it took it over, and if it is too expensive the council can vote against it.
“lf the money is going to be there and somebody else is going to use it if we don’t, even if we repair the bndge and close it, it’s worth it," she said, refemng to the historical value of the site.
The other portion of the agreement refers to the construction of a hiking trail at Eikel Field park. Both the city and the county currently have $10,500 dedicated to the project. Homseth told those present that it may be more ideal to hire an outside contractor to do the work. The recommendation will be considered and brought up at the next meeting.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Shopping spree winner
Jeremy Fisher, who attended a Texas Lions Camp, pulls the name of the winner of the HEB Shopping Spree contest yesterday. The fund-raiser provided $6,455 to send handicapped children to the camp. Also pictured are Ray Parker, of HEB, Camp Director Dennis Heitkamp, and Lion Jerry Groves. The lucky winner was 15-year-old Chase Cochran of Canyon Lake. The three-minute shopping spree will be held Sept. 2/For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.