New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Check out Roxolin Krueger’s “Around Town” column
on Page 1 SA
Lions Shopping Spree!
Breakfast Lions Club takes children Christmas Shopping. See Page Bl.
Check out these trophy bucks taken by local hunters. See Page 12A.
Clinton vows to preserve
WASHINGTON (AP) — Pushing his latest balanced-budget plan as the right choice. President Clinton promised to veto GOP-spon-sored Medicaid cuts that he says would cost millions of children access to needed health care.
“That is unacceptable in a country that cares about its children,”
guarantee to health care
he said in his weekly radio address. “And I will not permit it to happen.”
Clinton said the Republican budget, which proposes to cut $163 billion from Medicaid over seven years, would repeal the federal guarantee of health care for 8 million people, including poor kids.
Birthday wishes from he Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Sharon Feltner, Blaine Brucks, Kenny Brucks (Monday), Earlene Klabunde (Monday), Margie Erben (Saturday), Laura Ann Stapper (5 years), Anna Danforth (Friday), Nicholas Carrizales, Joe David *erez (Dec. 3) and Melanie Kocian (16 years on Monday).
Happy anniversary to Larry and Donna Allen, and Roy and Alice Williams (35th).
Saturday night’s winning numbs rs
8,16, 26,33, 42,47
Est. $4 million jackpot
Jingle Bell Run next Saturday
A costume contest, Carlene Walker singing carols and a fabulous silent auction all add up to a fun-filled family morning at this year's Family Outreach Jingle Bell Run. Not to mention, of course, the 3 1 mile run. fitness walk at 9 a m. followed by kids’ races at 10 a.m., all at Landa Park. This third annual event benefits Family Outreach of Comal County. For more information, call Race Director Susan Phillips at 609-5030.
Retired Eagles to meet for Christmas dinner
The Retired Eagles Activities Club will meet on Dec. 17 from 2 to 6 p m. at Eagles Hall. The Christmas dinner will be catered by Schwabs Catering Service.
In search of Santa
The Comal County Women’s Center is searching for just the right volunteer to be SANTA for the children at the shelter, (ages range from 2 to 12 years). We are also in need of new, unwrapped toys to give as Christmas gifts and ‘ stockings" for the children. We currently need jar baby food, baby formula, diapers, baby wipes. To help, please call the CCWC at 620-7520
Cheer Fund donations continue
The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy
New donations include: Mrs. Ted Pilcher - $50, R E Moore -$25; Wilbur Thompson - $25; Alan and Betty Bartlett - $25, bringing the fund total to $3,468.11.
To donate, come by the Her ald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa St., or call Fund Chairman Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144
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50 Pages in three sections ■ Sunday, December 10, 1995 Serving Comal County and the surrounding area ■ Home of BLAINE BRUCKS
Vol. 144, No. 20
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Rescue workers extract Russell Fields from hie Oldsmobile, which wee involved In a fatality wrack Saturday afternoon on Hwy. 46.
By DAVID DEKUNOER
Shelly Scheutz, 47, of New Braunfels, was taken Into custody following the accident. No chargee had bean filed at prate time, however.
Charges of DW1 and manslaughter were pending last night against a New Braunfels man who was involved in a three-car accident drat killed one woman and left one man seriously injured Saturday afternoon, police said.
New Braunfels Police Department Lt. John Wommack said charges were pending against Shelly Scheutz, 47. Louisa Carvajal, 43, of Seguin was pronounced dead at the scene. A 13-year-old passenger, who was riding with Carvajal, escaped without any serious injuries. Another injured party, Russell Fields. 70, of Gonzales, was flown to Brooke Army Medical Center, where his condition was unknown at press time.
The accident occurred at 3:30 p.m. on Highway 46 east going towards Seguin. At the time of the accident, Scheutz was traveling westbound on Highway 46 in the inside lane in a 1972 Chevrolet pickup pulling a trailer. Fields was moving westbound in the outside lane in an older model tan Oldsmobile. Carvajal, who drove a 1988 Mercury Sable, was driving eastbound.
According to eyewitnesses. Wommack said, Scheutz was weaving in and (Hit of traffic. Fields was right behind Scheutz and tried to get around him by moving into the outside lane. Scheutz continued to weave in and out and hit Fields, forcing him to lose control of his Oldsmobile.
“When this happened, the Oldsmobile went across the median into the eastbound lane where it broadsided the driver’s side of the Mercury Sable,” Wommack said.
“According to eyewitnesses, when the trailer hit the Oldsmobile, it went up in the air and the tire marks from the trailer hit the front end of the car.”
Scheutz drove on until he was apprehended by police in the 500 block of Highway 306 near the Coleman plant, thanks to an eyewitness who followed him and called 911 on a cellular phone, Wommack said.
An eyewitness, Patti Anderson of Seguin, said she was about 50 feet behind Carv ajal when the accident occurred.
She said it happened pretty fast.
“There was no time for anyone to step on the brakes. They hit pretty hard,” Anderson said.
GHCC celebrates at first awards banquet
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
“En New Braunfels, la vida es buena!” Life was gtHxJ for the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Friday night as it held its first annual awards and installation banquet.
“In our infant stages, we have pulled our membership to the neighborhood of IOO members,” said Roil Gonzalez, chairman of the board. “We have a mission before us to tv a leader in the Hispanic community and the small and minority-owned business community.”
Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr. introduced guest speaker Carlos Manuel Sada Solana, consulate general of Mexico. Solana told GHCC members how
trade with Mexico will become more and more important in the shrinking world economy.
“The border between Mexico and the United States in the most active border in the world,” Solana said. “The potential is there to be exploited by anyone.”
The North American Free Trade Agreement formalized a centuries-old tradition of trade between Mexico and the United States, he said. Rebounding from its recent economic w oes at an encouraging rate, “Mexico is a grow mg market w ith a young population. There is a huge demand for housing, electronics, you name it.” Solana said.
President Nora Morales introduced the 1995 award winners. Mission Valley Mills won the
Community Sen ice award for Corporate Comal County, l ucille Garcia won the Community Ser-vice Award for Individuals. Mr. Aguinaldo and Mrs. Cristina Zamora won the Leadership Award. Larry Sparks won the Business Person of the Year Award. Ramona Reyes won the Mentor of the Year Award for contributions in education.
Carlos Campos M D., chairman for education, recognized the following National Hispanic Students: Rebekah Alvarez, Jesse Castilla. Marissa Escobedo, David O/una, Adrian Rosales, Harold Sanchez, Monica Sanchez, Joshua Sasser and Monica Vargas.
“The National Hispanic Students program teaches them all the skills that w ill allow them to become leaders in the community,” Campos said.
Water issues most important to business community
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Water is at the top of New Braunfels’ business minds, according to an internal Chamber of Commerce survey.
The chamber sent a “Three Minute Survey’ to its members. Almost 600 responded 43 percent of the chamber’s membership “Even though we’ve been fighting this water issue forever, it’s significant that they felt it was the most important issue facing their business,”
said Michael Meek, chamber president
“Spring flow , water, and the v isitor industry are on all business’s minds.” Meek said.
Communicating more with dow nstream communities is a w ay the chamber can help further New Braunfels' water interests, he said.
“We feel that this is the forgotten sector. We took a trip several years ago and tried to educate those downstream communities on these water issues."
In good water years, downstream towns don't worry about water. “When we go into a drought.
they will be keenly aware of it, and it will be too late,” Meek said.
Promoting the tourist industry and attracting new jobs and investment came out second and third on the respondents’ priority list l ong range community planning was also a high priority.
"You can be anti-growth, pro-growth, or middle, but all thought it w ould be a good thing in the community to have some planning,” Meek said.
Low priorities for chamber members responding to the survey were dispute mediation, international trade, and networking.
Affordable housing welcomed by mayor, residents
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
While affordable housing was becoming a buzzword in New Braunfels, a few business men were quietly defying stereotypes and making it a reality. .
The ribbon w as cut on the first three homes in the Lone Star Addition subdiv ision Friday morning. The Katy Street homes, priced in the $64,(KK) to $67,000 range, have the quality construction and amenities of homes tvv ice as expensive or more.
"I know it takes courage to come down here and show the leadership to sum this project,” said Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr.
Builder Carroll Vaughan dev eloped and constructed the homes. Texas C ommerce Bank is providing financing that first home buyers can manage.
“It’s great to finally get a builder to come dow n here and take some entrepreneurial risk." said Ted Cook of Texas Commerce Bank.
Vaughan will build 25 homes in the Lone Star Addition, and qot a cookie cutter in the lot. "I want each one to be different,’’ he said.
The homes have brick veneer on all sides, cement driveways and sidewalks. Vaughan has preserv ed the old pecan trees w here possible.
Those who buy homes yet to be constructed can choose styles and colors. “People who are not used to getting a choice can have a choice," Vaughan said.
“What I see is a whole lot of pluses," said Pat Patton of the New Braunfels Board of Realtors. “The Lone Star project is right on target. It will fulfill a very definite need. We could use two or three more just like it."
Prospects are already good that the "risky” venture will succeed resoundingly. “I he first house in the neighborhood is the hardest one to sell and it’s already been sold.- Cook said.
Many developers choose only to build more expensive homes because it means more profit per home. “The utilities, the kitchens and bathrooms cost about as much to build w hatever the size of the home," Cook said.
“We like to think developers are bad people, out to gouge every body — buy low, sell high.' Patton said.
"I like building small homes,” Vaughan said. Bryan and Jacqueline Rodriguez have the first contract on a Lone Star Addition home. Like all first home buyers, they anxiously aw ait the final w ord on their loan.
“We’re excited. \\ e’re just fortunate that we found something in our price range,’ said Jacqueline Rodriguez. "I’m just trying to keep calm."
The couple moved to New Braunfels from San Antonio and couldn't find good affordable housing at first.
“New Braunfels has a v ery. v ery deep need for modem, low-cost housing," Patton said. "Even rental properties are still hard to come by.” Katy Street residents were skeptical when they saw the first builder’s signs, said Council* man Juan Luis Martinez.
"They were afraid it w ould be more projects,” he said, "but when they saw the houses going up I started getting calls asking how much they cost.”
Developers have shied away from the Katy Street area in the past, not wanting to risk marketing new homes near an older neighborhood w here some homes are in need of repair.
“It's quite possible the effect w ill flow outward from the new homes.'' Patton said For information about buying a Lone Star Addition home, call Remax River Cities at 629-1192.Readers say “No” to troop deployment in . See The Survey Saysf Page