New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 6, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, December 6,1995
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of JOSHUA DOERR
Vol. 144. No. 17
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Dwayne K. Koepp, Sandy Moore, Han/. Kaberle (nine years), Joshua Doerr, Jennifer Bow man and Noel Hansen.
The search for the best Christmas lights in town
The Herald-Zeitung will run a page of photos of the homes with the most impressive Christmas decorations in New Braunfels.
But we need your help to find them, lf your house is a winter wonderland, or you know of a house with great decorations, call the Herald-Zeitung by Friday and tell us where the best lights are. Call 625-9144 between 8 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.
Wassailfest planned for downtown
The third annual Wassailfest will be held from 6 p.m. to 9 p m. Thursday, Dec. 7 downtown. The event features open houses, caroling, bell choirs, Santa visits, buggy rides and all the wassail you can drink. Vote for your favorite wassail, door prizes to be drawn on the Plaza at 8 45 p.m. The Brauntex Theatre will show a free Christmas movie at 6 45 p m. for children, while their parents visit Wassailfest. Supervision will be provided by the NBHS Interact Club.
Reach for a Star toy drive
The Reach for a Star Foundation invites you to its second annual toy drive for the children of Comal County. Bring a new or used toy and come join in on Dec. 9 at the Watering Hole from noon to 5 p.m. There will be a barbecue lunch and a special appearance from the Spurs Coyote and Santa Tickets for the barbecue lunch are $5, or just stop by for free to visit Santa and the coyote All proceeds benefit the children of Comal County.
For information or tickets in advance, call 629-9387 or 608-9406 in the evenings, Toys will also be accepted at your child’s day care and at Farmers Insurance Drop-off deadline will be Friday, Dec. 14
Cheer Fund donations continue
The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy.
New donations include: Paul and Jackie Ullrich - $25; Dorothy Friedrich Rest - $25; V. Earl Lowery - $10, and George E. Nowotny - $25; bringing the fund total to $3,058 11
To donate, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Landa St., or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144
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By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
An unseasonably warm fall may make it harder for some of us to get into the Christmas spirit. It can also keep us from thinking about protecting ourselves from the winter flu bug — until it's too late.
The prime time for getting flu shots, from mid-October through mid-November, is already past, said Nanette Burkhardt of the Comal County Department of Health.
It takes about two weeks for the immune system to kick in after getting the vaccination. That's why the earlier the better for the shots, Burkhardt said.
“We will be giving the shots through the month of December, though," she said. Flu season lasts all the way through February, said Dorothy Overman M.D., Comal County health officer. “You can still get vaccine,” she said.
Flu shots are recommended for all adults, especially those who come into contact with a lot of people at work. like teachers.
At risk for serious consequences from a flu infection are people over age 65 or “anyone with long-term illness or health problem — those are the high risk groups," Burkhardt said.
“Who we worry about are the young patients or the elderly — those w ith diabetes, hypertension or asthma.” Overman said. Those patients can contract a sinus infection, bronchitis, or pneumonia, which need to be treated with antibiotics
There is a medication to help elderly people who have the flu. Overman said. “The things doctors worry about is elderly patients not realizing how sick they can get with it.”
lf you think you've already contracted influenza, here are the symptoms to look for high fever, headaches, muscle aches, cough, congestion. Some patients even have vomiting and diarrhea. Overman said.
Recommended treatments are rest and lots of fluids. Stay in bed and keep from sharing your flu virus at the workplace or school, she said. “Any child with fever should not be in school.”
There’s no easy w ay to tell if your flu is developing into a bacterial infection like pneumonia, so “go to see the doctor if symptoms are continuing or getting worse,” Overman said.
This year the health department offers vaccinations against three strains of flu A-Texas, A-Johannesburg, and B-Harbin.
Comal County residents can get flu shots at the Comal County Health Department, 178 E. Mill behind the county courthouse annex. Vaccinations are offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 8 and 11 a m. and I to 4 p.m.
The vaccinations cost $10 at the health department.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Woman escapes injury when car burns
A Canyon Lake woman escaped disaster yesterday when her car burst into flames on Highway 46.
Jean Ann Elliott, 40, of Canyon Lake, was driving toward Canyon Lake on Highway 46 yesterday afternoon near the 2000 block, according to New Braunfels Police records. A tractor was pulling a mower which was mowing the highway's right of way.
Elliott s car hit the outside edge of the mower, police reports said, and spun around, hitting a utility pole. New Braunfels Police, fire and EMS responded to the call at 1:59 p.m.
A man told police he had gotten out of his car to help the woman escape her car. She was not in the car when it caught fire. New Braunfels Police Lieutenant John Wommack retrieved the woman’s purse from just outside the flaming car.
New Braunfels EMS took Elliott to McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Police search for man wanted in fraud case
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Comal County Sheriffs Deputies are on the lookout for an elderly man who allegedly conned a Canyon Lake couple into investing in a fraudulent land deal during the summer. Detective Bill Faulkner said.
On Friday, Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez signed a warrant for the arrest of Floyd Robert Perry, 5 S. of Colleyville, Texas for securing execution of a document by deception. His bond was set at $50,000. Perry is a w hite male w ho is six feet tall, weighs 23S pounds, has brown eyes and dark hair. I Ie is know n to has e various tattoos on his body and has used the aliases Robert Dunn, Floyd Edwards, Bob Edwards and Mason Perry.
“Evidently, he is pretty slick,” Faulkner said. “This guy is st> good that this couple took him in as their ow n son. He is able to win people’s confidence.”
Faulkner has reason to believe that Perry may have tried to victimize other elderly couples in the Canyon Lake area. Canyon Lake is not the only place where he has tried to con people, police believe. Perry was arrested in Johnson County for allegedly bilking a 90-year-old man out of his life savings Iii late September, Perry was released from the Johnson County Jail after he posted a $200,000
‘This guy is so good that this couple took him in as their own son.’
— Detective Bill Faulkner
Perry met the elderly couple in early June w hen he was traveling with a friend, who worked with a Dallas area insurance company which sells small burial insurance policies. Faulkner said. Perry had worked for the insurance company before, but had been fired a year earlier, allegedly for trying to get people inv est in fraudulent inv estments, [xiiice said.
“What he (Perry) did is that he came back to his friend who worked at the insurance company and told him he was down on his luck," Faulkner said. “This gentleman told him (Perry ) to travel with him.”
A few weeks later. Perry borrowed his friend’s red Sable and visited the elderly couple by himself. Faulkner said Perry began to talk to the couple about his troubles and that the couple opened their hearts to him and began to talk about their own troubles, especially about the subject of retiring. Perry stayed w ith the couple for three or four days. W hen the couple mentioned how hard it would be for them to retire. Perry told them he had a land deal they could invest in. Faulkner said.
Perry, using the alias Robert Dunn, allegedly told the couple to sell their car and that he would use the money from the sale to invest in the land deal. Taking Perry 's advice, the w ife, accompanied bv Perry , went to a San Antonio used cai dealer and sold the car for $6,000 Faulkner said Perry gave the couple a promissory note of $7,500, which Perry allegedly said would have been the profits from the initial investment plus the interest. It was agreed between the car salesman and the woman that she could buy back her car w ithin two weeks for $'.500, Faulkner said.
But the couple never saw all of their money again, because Perry allegedly gave the couple only SI,500 and disappeared with $6.(MK)
The Sheriffs Department ha' gotten some leads into the case, Faulkner said, faulkner is hoping the man who traveled with Perry the first time will give a statement soon. Perry returned the red Sable to the man. but did run up a $500 bill on the car's cellular phone. Faulkner said
“This is still an ongoing investigation, faulkner said. “There is a possibility that another mdiv idual worked w ith him on the scams. I hope lie did not hurt any other people in this area
Faulkner encouraged those people w ho have a > information that could lead to Perry *s arrest to ..all the Sheriffs Department at 620-34(H) or the lake office at 885-4883.
City community development director looking for new job
By ROGER CROTEAU
Penelope Church Doherty , the city’s community development director, resigned her post last night at a meeting of the Community Dev elopment Adv isory Committee.
IXiherty went to work for the city as Main Street director in 1991, and has been the community development director since 1993. She is responsible for the administration of federal Housing and Urban Development grant funds, and making sure the city qualifies for the funds.
“I have been interested in making a change for some time,” Doherty said. “This is a good time for the program and a good time for me, personally, and my family.”
She pointed out the city is ready to begin four construction projects using grant money — two major drainage projects, the downtown sidew alk renovation and renovation of the old downtown train depot — “and it will
be an easier transition if a new' person can start those projects and not join in midstream,” Doherty said.
Doherty said it is impossible to single out one accomplishment Doherty she is most proud of, but mentioned bringing the Main Street program to the attention of the public, working on the restoration of the Playa fountain and helping build up the Community Development Block Grant program.
Doherty w ill stay at her job until at least mid-January , so that a new community development director can be hired and she can help with the transition. Doherty promised to stay involved in community development issues. “The program is very near and dear to my heart,” she said.
San Antonio College looking for teacher here
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer
Herald Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
United Way of Comal County officials moved the thermometer up to 75 percent Friday. They hope to reach the goal of $310,000 in the next week or so. Pictured are: James Dunks, Bobbie Landrum, Doug Miller, Frances Huff, Mike Fitzko, Cheryl Bremer, and David Sensing.
San Antonio College is looking for more than students for its New Braunfels classes a’s looking for teachers The college needs teachers in the follow mg general education courses: biology, business, chemistry, economics, English, government, history, math, psychology, sociology, Spanish and speech To quality to teach the academic courses, applicants need a master’s degree and IK graduate hours iii the teaching field.
San Antonio College continues to ofter occupational and technical courses — accounting, child dev cloyment, computer information, criminal justice, legal assisting, management, medical assisting, mental health technology, and office ss* terns technology .
Applicants w anting to teach occupational technical courses should have a bachelor's degree (master's preferred) and three years of full-time w ork experience in then teaching field Students can register for spring courses l uesday. Dec 12, 1995, and Tuesday, Jan. 9, 1995.
Ray Lew is, SAC off-campus coordinator has office hours every Tuesday from 4 to 7 pan Hi* New Braunfels office is at the New Braunfels Middle School iii rewin KH)
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