New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 6, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Dwayne Koepp, Nancy Brinkkoeter (Saturday), Hanz J. Kaberle (IO years old), Lucille Kramm (Saturday) and Marie Sacco (40 years old on Saturday).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Kermit and Dorothy Kroesche (50 years on Saturday) and John and Dorothy Nehring (53 years, belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold — 2,965 Cedar —Trace
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River —197 cubic feet per second, down 3 from Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 623.37 feet above sea level, up .01 from Thursday.
Canyon Dam discharge —189 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 207 cfs Canyon Lake level — 908.87 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
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NBU reports pumping 5.31 mitten gallons of surface water Thursday, and no well water was used.
Cheer Fund donations sought by newspaper
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s 15th annual Cheer Fund campaign will provide food for local needy families on Dec. 21.
The fund last year providec Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County.
B Homer Sloan — $25 B Headrick Country Antiques
B Archie and Nancy Ladshaw
— $100 B Jim and Myrtle Clark —
B Anonymous — $10 ■ Mary Cunningham — $50 B Anonymous — $25 B Anonymous — $50 B Glenn Johnson — $25 B Dorothy and Friedrich — $25
B Constance Carpenter and Christine Brown — $100 B Today’s total — $525 B New total —$2,172.48
Cookbooks on aals to fund scholarships
Cookbooks to benefit the Joe Hales Memorial Scholarship Fund are now on sale for $6.50 apiece at Carl Schurz Elementary School. For more information, call Linda Bingham at the New Braunfels Independent School District.
Roach for a Star noods toys, cash
Reach for a Star is looking for donations of toys, cash and time to help give to local children We will be wrapping on Dec
21, starting at 10 am, and Dec
22, beginning at noon, at Red McCombs Universal Motors.
For more information, call 629-9387 or 608-9406.
Family Outreach seminars continuo
Family Outreach of Comal County continues to have its “For Kids’ Sake" seminars. They will run twice a month for the next two months.
Now Braunfels Airport
Goal — $339,000
Donations ao far— $268,000
To contribute to the United Way, call 620-7760
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18 pages in two sections ■ Friday, December 6,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of Dwayne Koepp
Vol 144. No 279
Wassailfest hay ride turns into adventure
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A wagon driver and 15 passengers must have felt like they were in a Western movie when a routine wagon ride turned into an adventure during Wassailfest on Thursday night.
The adventure began in the Plaza area at around 7:30 p.m. after Ronnie Schmid, the wagon driver, had loaded up his passengers for a ride from the Plaza to the Brauntex The
ater on San Antonio Street.
It was a ride that Schmid and the passengers will never forget because once they got going, the horses themselves seemed to feel like they were out on the range.
Schmid said the problem can be attributed to tangled reins.
“The two inside reins had sagged under the tongue of the wagon,” he said. “I didn’t notice it until we got going. They started to walk, then trotted and gradually pulled Turn to Horse, Page 2A
A jotty food tune wifl be hid ty aft in historic Greene this weekend at the annual Gruene Christmas Market Deyi.
Shoppes nd vision can get into the holiday spirit at an Hts end crafts fair as 120 vendors will come together on the grounds of Adobe Verde and Gmenewerics hon) IO un. to6p.ro. on Saturday and Sunday.
Cowboy Kringle, Gniene’s official Santa ClW will ride his hone into town at 6 pin. Saturday to officially turn on the switch to light up Gniene. Cowboy Kringle will hand out candy and good tidings to all.
Among the 25 shope in Gniene, shoppers will have a variety of gills to chose from, according to Mary Jane Nailey, coordinator for the Gniene Merchants Asaoci-
Plenty of entertainment will be on hand at Gniene Had, with The Dead Crickets kicking it off I to 5 p.m. en Saturday. Texas music legendsingerJoTy Jeff Walker wiUoany the flm into the night wi^ a performance aet at 9 p.m. On Sunday, Thad Beckman kicks off the entertainment with a concert from 12 to 3:30 pm Then the True Infidels will perform from 4 to 8 pm.
a numoer of activities planned tor me annual Gruene Christmas Market Days on Saturday and Sunday include:
B An arts and crafts fair from 10 am to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday on the grounds of Adobe Verde and Gruenewerks.
B The Dead Crickets take the stage at Gruene Hall from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday.
B The Whoo8its Big Pile Garbage Band plays at 5 p.m. Saturday in front of the Adobe Verde and Gruenewerks.
a Cowboy Kringle rides into town at 6 p.m. Saturday to hand out candy and seasons greetings.
B Jerry Jeff Walker begins playing at 9 p.m. at Gruene HaH.
a Thad Beckman performs from 12 to 3:30 pm. Sunday at Gruene Hall.
B The True Infidels will play from 4 to 8 p.m. at Gruene Hall.
‘It was organized confusion'’
City evicts firm in response to airport probe
By ABE LEVY
Waldrip resumes pitch to consolidate offices
By DENISE DZIUK
District Attorney-elect Dib Waldrip appeared before the Comal County Commissioners Court on Thursday morning to address concerns over the consolidation of the offices of the county and district attorneys.
County Judge Carter Casteel sent a memo to Waldrip in November listing concerns she had over the consolidation issue. Waldrip addressed those concerns at Thursday’s meeting.
The first concern was whether or not Waldrip had cut deals with anyone for a position in the consolidated office. Waldrip denied any such agreements.
“I will continue to say there have been no deals nor will there be any deals cue” Waldnp said. “I don’t know how many times I can or need to say
that...I’m not going to bow to that kind of pressure, one way or another.”
Another concern mentioned in Casteel’s memo was the savings. Waldnp said there would be direct and indirect savings, but how much depends on which consolidation approach is taken. Waldrip said if salary’s are left as budgeted for 1997, the savings would be about $35,000 to $40,(XX).
“I am for savings but not at the expense of secretarial staff,” said Casteel.
Commissioner Moe Schwab said any savings would be a false savings because additional staff and resources will be requested each budgeting process.
“So we haven’t chosen anything more than combined offices,” Schwab
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New Braunfels man recalls scene 55 years ago at Pearl Harbor
New Braunfels police, after a month-long investigation, arrested a 54-year-old man Wednesday on a warrant for insurance fraud of more than $20,000 .
Don Lane Stelzer, 54, of 211 W Mem weather St., was arrested about 5 p.m. shortly after he picked up an insurance check for a vehicle he claimed was stolen, according to police reports.
Police said more than one source informed them that Stelzer was looking for a buyer of his vehicle who would take it to Mexico. After the deal, Stelzer would then make an
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By DENISE DZIUK
For one local man, the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, is more than a page in the history books — it’s a page from his life.
Boyd Brugmann joined the Navy in May of 1941 at the age of 16 and was assigned to the USS Curtiss, a sea plane tender. The ship arrived in Pearl Flarbor in June of 1941 and spent the next five months patrolling the surrounding areas and tending squadrons.
“I wanted to go in the Marines, but they wouldn’t take me,” Brugmann said. “I probably wouldn’t be here because all the Marines I knew went to Midway.”
Brugmann was on board the Curtiss at 7:55 a.m. on Dec. 7, 1941, when its crew came under enemy attack. At this point, the hangar at the air station and many of the ships at
In an effort to respond to a state investigation of improper leases at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport, the city served an eviction notice this week to Baylis E. Harriss Jr., president of Brauntex Aviation, whose lease with the city gives him exclusive rights to sell fuel and avionics equipment at the airport, city officials said Thursday.
The eviction notice indicates the city had given Ham ss more than 30 days to remove the exclusive rights clause in his lease and sets a deadline at 4:54 p.m. today to vacate the property at the airport or face a lawsuit.
The property includes two maintenance hangars, two storage hangars, a fixed base operator office and a place to sell airplane fuel.
Phone calls to Harriss at Brauntex Aviation have not been returned this morning and during the past week.
City officials said the eviction was part of an attempt to satisfy requirements of an investigation by the Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Department, which gave the city until Dec 20 to nd the airport of exclusionary contracts at the airport or turn over ownership of the 900-acre land and reimburse a $874,616 grant from the Federal Aviation Administration.
The city obtained ownership of the airport from the federal government in 1969 with the condition that it maintain a policy of competition for airport services and I sos. Tx DOT officials have said the current exclusionary clause in Harriss’ leases is in violation of F AA regulations.
TxlX)T investigator Jim Cummins responded with a written statement that his office was not aware of the eviction notice but that measure alone would not ensure that the city is in compliance.
However, the statement indicated
New Braunfels Municipal Airport services
■ The facility has three runways that are each about 5,000-feet long and between IOO and 150 feet wide.
■ The airport includes a terminal building, restaurant. 58 T-hangars. six hangars for aircraft maintenance and repairs, two hangars for storage and tie-downs for more than 40 aircraft Parking spaces allow for a total w|ri>gj||| , _
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a 1901 lease on a northeast section of the land where it bunt a station that
services the South and Central Texas region.
■ The airport is the primary facttity for business aircraft from New Braunfels and Seguin and also serves training flights from the San Antonio area.
■ The airport captured 4.5 percent to 5.5 percent of the San Antonio Metropiitan Statistical Area market, including corporate uses by Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Glastron Manufacturing, West Point Peppered Textile Factories and Outlet Mall,
ADM, General Portland, Parker Brothers, 3-M, each from the New Braunfels area, and Holly Farms. Motorola and SMI, Inc. from Seguin, according to a 1985 Texas Aeronautics Commission Study.
Source New Braunfels Airport Mastar Plan. 1990
that Tx DOT is pleased with the city’s efforts so far.
“We have previously informed the city that as long as they continue to try to solve any compliance problems with the diligence and effort they are presently demonstrating, we would not seek any repercussions against the city involving the airport property or the repayment of previous grant monies,” the statement says.
City officials said the eviction is
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Resident charged with fraud
By ABE LEVY
dock and in the channel had been hit. The Curtiss began firing on attacking Japanese aircraft and submarines.
“It was organized confusion at first,” said Brugmann, who ran ammunition from the Hight deck to the fighters. “I was scared, sure I was. Everyone was scared.
“You just fire away, do what you can and help who you can. It was a
Boyd Brugmann 'llt*e crazy.”
During the exchange, the Curtiss took several hits, and 79 men on ship died .
“I lost a lot of friends over there,” said Burgeon. “I didn’t expect anything that bad until it was all over.
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