New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAYLocal triathlete wins world championship — Page 1B
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14 pages in two sections ■ Thursday, December 11,1997Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 146 years ■ Home of Patty McCoy
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Judaic Goodson, Maria Silva, Blinds Valdez, Patty McCoy, Earlene Klabunde, Holly Mullins, Tammy Stewart, Mark Zamora, Cindy Billers and Erik Gonzales.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
(PGknmaaued in parts per cube meter of air. Intamaion prowled by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information
Comal River — 326 cubic feet per second Wednesday, same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 626.01 feet above sea level Wednesday, down .01 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge — 247 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —188 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.02 feet above
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Brrrrmrrf It’s cold outside
Today — Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of light rain. Highs in the mid 40s Tonight, cloudy and cold with a slight chance of fight rain, possibly mixed with sleet or snow. Lows near 30.
Friday — Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of light ram, possibly mixed with sleet or snow. Highs in the mid 40s. Friday night, partly cloudy with isolated light rain or snow. Lows in the 20s
Saturday — Partly cloudy and cold. Highs in the 40s.
Sunday — Partly cloudy.
A slight chance of light snow early. Lows in the 20s Highs in the 50s.
Monday — Mostly sunny but cool. Lows in the 30s south central Highs in the 60s.
March of Pimas shams tbs spirit
The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was March of Dimes.
This non-profit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to 9 30 p.m. today and hand out information. In return, the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight
Chssr Fund needs donationsThe New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is accepting donations for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund to purchase food baskets for the needy Donations can be made at the Her-ald-Zeitung 707 Landa St. Recent contributions are:
■ Anonymous — $25■ Anonymous — $400■ Eva Noster — $25■ Troy and Dolores Burch — $25■ David and Charline Johnson—$100■ Jim and Myrtle Clark — $100
■ Joyce B. Elbel — $25
Glowfest ’97 takes to the sky this weekend
Balloonists looking for friendly landing sites
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Lloyd Cates will pilot Wanderlust at Glowtest ’97.
Thirty hot-air balloons will launch from the Comal County Fairgrounds Friday through Sunday in Glowfest ’97, part of New Braunfels' annual Festtage celebration.
The event will start with a launch of the balloons at 7 a.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the fairgrounds.
On Saturday, the inflated balloons will light up their airborne heaters and create a spectacular look of giant Christmas tree ornaments at the fairgrounds. The show will last from 5 to 7 p.m.
During the display, Christmas mpsic will be added to the festive event.
Admission to the launches and the Glow is free to the public. Parking within the fairgrounds is $3
During the4hree-day event, the gentle giants of the sky will be looking for friendly places to land.
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, organizers of Glowfest ‘97, are asking residents, ranchers and farmers with open land for their assistance in providing potential landing sites.
“Those who don’t mind having the balloons land on their property are encouraged to put out a sheet or tarp that can be seen from the air — white for yes, blue or red for no,” said Dana Gold, Glowfest ‘97 chair.
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Unicom fans get there early for game tickets
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The friendships might last a lifetime- friendships forged during the wee hours of the morning, waiting in the Unicom football ticket line.
“I was here at 3:05,” said first-in-line ticket buyer Denice Rodrigue? at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday. “I was surprised she wasn't here.”
“She” was Nita Heap, who vies with Rodriguez for die-hardest Unicom fan.
They were among 30 Unicom supporters who lined up early Wednesday at New Braunfels High School to buy tickets for the Unicorns’ state semi-final game Saturday in Houston’s Astrodome. The Unicorns will play Alief Hastings at 8 p.m.
Dave Pryor, a five-year New Braunfels resident who moved here from Baytown, has two future NBHS students — his children are 6 and 2.
“My regular standing time is 3:40 (arn). Normally I’m third in line,” he said
Pryor, like the ochers waiting to buy tickets for themselves and groups of friends, relatives and co-workers, said he had a proprietary interest in the Unicorns’ success.
“I’ve lived here for five years and had season tickets for five years.” he said.
Memorial Primary teacher Renea Ritchie stands in line to buy tickets for fellow teachers.
“Usually it comes to 32 of us,” she said.
The Memorial Primary students can sing the Unicom fight song by heart, Ritchie said — they sing it at school each morning.
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Several Memorial Primary teachers had Unicorns as students, she said.
“I had Chad Wehc and Joel Tienda in the first grade.” Ritchie
She took it upon herself to cali the San Antonio television stations and correct their pronunciation of Wehe’s name.
“It was after the Judson game.” rile said. “I got so tired of them saying, ‘Weehce.’ He deserved to have his named pronounced right.”
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Now Braunfels Unicorns vs* Altef Hastings Fighting Baar*
• WHEN: 8 pm Saturday •WHERE: Astrodome, Houston Unicom tans win sit on the visitors side of the stadium. Seating — first come, first served •TICKETS: Son*4,000ado*and3,000student general admission tickets win be on sate tocaly and at ria Astrodome •WHERE TO BUY THEM Tickets can be purchased in advance at New Braunfels High School today from 8 arn to 3 p.m. and Friday,
8 am to 1 p.m. Students—$5; adults—$8; at the gate —$10
• HOW TO PRESS: Bring alight sweater or jacket
• DEJECTIONS: Take interstate 10 to Houston, then go south on Loop 610 to Greenbriar Drtee. The Astrodome is inside Loop 010 on Greenbriar Drive. The return trip back to New Braunfels wM be more of a problem since only one Interstate 10 West lane wM be open. Texas Department of Transportation officials suggest an alternate route:
Taka Loop 610 west and then north to Texas 59 (Victoria Highway), then take Texas 59 wast to Texas 99 (Grand Parkway). Take Texas 99 north to Interstate 10 west back to Seguin.
Hepatitis A outbreak has leaders concerned
County calls press conference today
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Local residents are not taking enough precautions to stop the spread of hepatitis A in Comal County, according to local officials.
To promote community and physician awareness and cooperation, Comal County officials called a press conference for 1:30 p.m. today at 150 N. Seguin in the Commissioner’s Courtroom.
The purpose of the press conference is to educate the community on hepatitis A, how to curtail the spread and preventive measures everyone should know to protect themselves, said County Judge Carter Casteel.
“This is serious,” Casteel said, “and the community is not taking this seriously.”
Holiday plans for potlucks at arca schools, day care and church facilities were altered after Comal County Health Department issued letters to parents Nov. 12 forbidding home prepared foods or beverages at classroom parties and warning children not to share food and drinks
Health care officials instructed teachers and parents to purchase individually wrapped or sealed foods from stores or commercial establishments
In the letters, Comal County health official Dorothy Overman urged residents to adhere to “fastidious hygiene" and emphasized cleanliness for all employees and children at day care facilities.
Casteel, Overman, city sanitarian Joe Lara and county nurse Shel McWilliams will make announcements during the press conference. They also w ill address the recent outbreak in an attempt to raise community awareness about an illness that can cause violent flu-like symp
toms, dark urine and yellow skin.Her wreaths must be handled with careBut they win Gale Bretzke national recognition
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Cactus and barbed wire don’t bring to mind festive occasions, let alone Christmas decorations.
But New Braunfels resident Gale Bretzke used both to construct a Christmas wreath that won her $100 and recognition in the Good Housekeeping’s Wreaths Winner’s Circle (or December 1997 “A lot of people wouldn’t attempt this,” said Bretzke, who first hacked aw ay some “leaves” of prickly pear cactus with a machete and used barbed wire to form the back of the wreath.
She attached the cactus with wire twisty ties, using larger cactus at the bottom and smaller ones near the top. She finished off the wreath with artificial holly, berries and a big red bow.
Gathering the prickly plant was a touchy situation, she said.
“We definitely have a big supply of cactus,” said Bretzke of
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Armed robber still on loose; police getting tips from public
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Police continue to search for a Ione gunman who robbed several local businesses near Interstate 35.
A $1,000 reward offered by New Braunfels Comal County Crime Stoppers for information leading lo the man s arrest prompted local residents to call in dozens of tips, according to local law enforcement officials.
“We are following up on many calls,” said Basel Boamght of the New BraunieU Police Department Local lawmen released a sketch of the suspect last week. The alleged gunman is described as an Hispanic male, 16 to 19
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years old and between 5-foot-8 and 5-foot- IO. He weighs between 130 and 160 pounds, is clean shaven and has short, black hair The man is suspected in at least six separate robberies The suspect’s description fits a man who robbed Lee’s Conoco Station on three separate occasions between Oct. 24 and Nov. 14, Planet Video on Nov. 22 and the Conoco Food Mart at 1410 Huisache Ave. on Nov. 26.
The same description fits a man who displayed a gun and tried to rob the Oakwood Inn Nov. 26 and the Budget Inn days later NBPD officials contacted police departments in nearby metropolitan areas to see if they had similar cases. Currently, NBPD officials believ e the suspect is a resident of New Braunfels or the surrounding arca.
Anyone with information about the suspect or robberies is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS or 1-800-640-8422.EAA adopts new budget, conducts hearing in New Braunfels tonight — Page 2A