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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 16, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYRiver City Classic offers strong tournament field COUNTDOWN! 460 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21.1996 New Braunfels Herald bL p4so, 7X 7?903- 12 Pages in one section ■ Dec. 16,1993 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of PATTI WESTBROOK ■ Vol. 142, NO. 25INSIDE Weather...............2 Stammtisch.............3 Opinion...............4 Leadership New Braunfels. 5 Sports Day...........8,9STAMMTISCIIBirthday wishes! The Now Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Parti Wet tbrook, Melt* Guerrero, Pete Martin, Mulch Hildebrand, MarceBo Dailey, JayUme Seibert Happy Anniversary lo Amo St Olivia Soham. HmnkHMtung Cheer donations continue The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung's Cheer hind campaign donations continue to pour in, according to Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery. The hind's proceeds assist local needy families. To donate, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144. Today's donation was from: ■ Anonymous-$25 ■ Mary J. Billingsley-$50 ■ Henry St Bet-zy Lane - $25 ■ Anonymous -$10 ■ Mr. A Mn. Frank Weber-$25 ■Today's Total—S537IJ02 fUBamBteAdkasteB Bemas iUlei vwDnn tov numamcy open house shits ii Comal County Habitat for Humanity will hold an open house on Saturday, Dec. 18 from 9:30 am. to 11:30 am. at Tree of Life Fellowship Church, 652 N. Loop 337 (back of the building, upstairs.) Anyone interested in learning more about Habitat for Humanity is welcome to attend. For more information, call 625-7005. Tickets still svelleble for "First Silent Night* Tickets are still available for the Comal County Senior Citizen Center's JOY group production of Tint Silent Night." The play will be presented Friday and Saturday nights tithe Comal County Senior Citizens Center starting ti 6 p.m. both nights. Tickets are $10. For more information, call 629-4547. SOS Food Bank sets arend ooenlno The SOS Food bank will hold grand opening ceremonies ti its new location ti 248 Merri weather Street (between S. Casten and Old McQueeney Road) ti IO arn. A brief dedication service will be presented.NMM offering stop aerobic clsssos NB1SD is offering step aerobic classes Monday through Thursday from 5:30 pm. to 6:45 pm. at Academy St Gym. Coat is $2 per dan or $8 a month. As a Christmas present, January is free. For more information, call 620-9636. Unite Ite running ^ Than ar* only 9 J * / mort shopping days unit Christmas! (TIU New Braunfels Herald-Zeitmg hulls* lls readers lo submit Items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophisnburg Archives end members cf lbs German community,"Stammtisch* represems a sitting place fee members cf the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you la ' with ut.) Arrest made in Canyon Lake murder By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Bond for 21-year-old to be set this morning Comal County sheriffs deputies placed a 21-year-old man in custody Wednesday on charges of capital murder in connection with the death of an Odessa woman. Michael Lynn Waller was arrested in Seguin. He was located by officers of the Seguin Police Department who knew the Comal County Sheriffs Office was looking for the man. A warrant was issued by Justice of the Peace Precinct 4 Howard “Curie/* Smith. He was brought to Comal County by CCSO Detective Jimmy Limmer and Texas Ranger Richard Bennie. He was then placed in the Comal County Jail. Bond will be set this morning. “He has been a suspect all along,*' said Chief Deputy Wayne Hoherz. “We had to develop our evidence. There were several indications that pointed toward him.** “Last night we gathered evidence at the place he stayed He apparently had no permanent home. He sometimes stayed ti the lake and sometimes in Schertz. He worked ti the lake during the summer,” said Hoherz. “We want to thank the Seguin Police Department and the Schertz Police Department, along with the Schleicher County Sheriffs Office for helping us with the investigation,** said Hoherz. The body of the woman Waller is suspected of killing was identified Tuesday as Colleen Kay Tailers, 38, ofQJessa The body was identified by two friends of the woman from West Texas. Investigators believe the woman was just vis iting Comal County and was planning to camp ti the lake. Her car, a 1986 Font Escort, was found behind the VFW Hall in Schertz by officers from the Schertz Police Department. Tkllart's purse had earlier been found by Schertz police officers. TaQant’s body was found in the lake ti 11 am. Saturday. The body was found on the south side of the lake near Crane's Mill Park. According to reports, the body was found by a fisherman an fee lake. An autopsy was conducted on Sunday by officials from the Travis County Medical Examiner*! office. Officials said the detih was reported to be the result of strangulation and drowning. Growing a Christmas tradition Harsdd-Zoitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Oscar Hahn, owner of Hahn Tree Farm, hate bean tailing Afghanistan pin# Christmas trass on his farm. Hahn planted his Christmas trass soma 10 years ago and WIN not ba In business next year. Local Christmas tree farmer ending IO years of growing Afghanistan pine Christmas trees By ROSE MARIE EASH , || f i-iA-- sun writtr If you want to pick out a Christmas tree and cut it down yourself, this is the last year you’ll be able to ti the Hahn Tree Farm. “Ifs been a good business,” said Oscar Hann, owner. “But this will be my last year. What’s left after this weekend, I'll cut down. lf I'd sold half as many as I have, I'd have been happy -. I sold some big trees to people as fer away as Abilene, San Angelo, Dallas — a 16-footer and Bay City.” Hahn said he originally planted 2,000 trees about ten yean ago. He now has about 80 big trees left. He plans to sell off the tops of some of them because they’re really too big now for indoor display in most homes — IO to 15 feet. No matter how big your tree may be Hahn offered some tips on keeping a freshly cut tree in good shape for up to three months. “First put it in very hot water to open up the pores so it can drink more," said Hahn. “Then keep it in fresh water and it will stay until March." Generous as Santa, Hahn was happy to recommend the three other Christmas tree farms in Comal County — Santa’s Forest which is just down Hunter Road from the Hahn Tree Farm, Jolly Time Evergreens farm in near Marback Road off Nacogdoches Road in Bracken and Grandma’s Garden Christmas Trees on Demi John Road off Rebecca Creek Road in the western pan of the county. Hahn said shortly after he started his tree farm there was a total of 13 farms in the county but by 1984, his was the only one left. The Afghanistan pine is what’s grown locally because they require very little water to thrive. Today these four farms are the only ones he knows of in the county and next year there will only be three. lf you haven’t already bought your tree, you might want to be among those who get the last Christmas trees from Hahn's Tree Farm, lf you need a smaller tree, try Santa's Forest whole trees were planted only three years ago or lf you live out in fee county try Jolly Time Evergreen! or Grandma's Garden Christmas Trees — “the kids really enjoy it and they all have real nice trees, too." Sales tax rebate increases by whopping 34% JENIFER ROMPEL Iff Writer Sales tax payments to the city of New Braunfels jumped approximtiely 34 percent from December 1992 to December 1993. Sttie Comptroller John Sharp announced this week that December sales tax rebates were delivered to 927 cities and 111 counties. December rebates include taxes collected by monthly filers on October sales and reported to the comptroller’s office in November The payment to New Braunfels jumped to $285,558thii year from $213328 in 1992. “This is good news. This is the highest percentage increase we have had in any one month," said Michael Meek, executive vioe president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. Payments to date increased 6.17 percent. The 1993 payments to date total $3,181,572 compared to $2,996,657 in 1992. “We were rn the single digits in percentages going into the Christmas shopping season for New Braunfels. If we continue to show increases in November and December ■lea, we oould haves IO percent total growth in 1993," Mid Meek.“I have heard from retail shops that business is good. It is a reflection of our economy.” “Nationwide people are beginning to spend more. The refinancing of mortgages is causing an increase in dollars. People are buying things they have put off for years," said Meek. Settlement reached with Catfish farm EUWD, Living Waters agree to compromise solution Wednesday By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Reporter_ The Living Waters Artesian Springs will remain closed ti least until 1995 or until a permitting authority is available to issue them a withdrawal permit “I’m delighted to have it out of the way," said Jack Ohlrich, one of the Comal County representatives to the Edwards Underground Water District "The funds we didn’t recover were well spent saving the 95,000 acre feet of water that would have been lost." Wednesday afternoon, the EUWD issued a press release stating that a compromise solution to the issue had been reached which consisted of the following provisions: ■ The owners of the “catfish farm” will be required to meet all water quality standards of all discharge permits governing the operation of the facility. ■The agencies which appealed the TNRGC’s decision to grant LWAS a discharge permit and an exemption from air quality standards will withdraw their appeal and the objections submitted to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on the issue of water quality. ■ The owners of LWAS will pay the agencies the sum of $400,000 to help defray the costs of pursuing this action. It will be divided proportionately among the cooperating agencies. ■ The agencies retain the right to present arguments and to be a part of aqy permit process in which a decision is made regarding how much water the operation can use. Acting General Manager for the EUWD Rick Dlgner said, “The moat important aspect of the agreement is that the District preserved its right to participate in any Alture permit process in which a decision could be made regarding how much water the operation will use." “We met our goal which was to shut them down," said Kenneth Ikels, another Comal County EUWD board member. “Any future withdrawal has to abide by permitting quantities and we have a permanent injunction so if they violtfe any permits we can sue." The lawsuit against LWAS was originally filed in October of 1991 by EUWD and the San Antonio River Authority. The injunction will be in place until the owners receive a withdrawal permit from a permitting authority aphorized by law to permit wtfer ftom the Edwards Aquifer, or until June 15, 1995, after the 1995 legislative session. The EUWD, SARA, TNRCC, and Bexar County wert the cooperating agencies involved. TNRCC is scheduled to approve the EUWD votes to support Ikels as water "guardian By ROBE MARIE EASH Staff Writer The Edwards Underground Water District voted in support of Kenneth Ikels ss the proposed water monitor for the Edwards Aquifer at Wednesday's board meeting. Ikels, for-mer Guadalupe Blanco River Authority Manager Jota Specht, and foe Tbtei Neural Resource Conservation Commistion have all been iwnnvin IMIB mentioned as possible prospects for the water monitor position. “I didn’t expect anything from fee EUWD," said Beds after the meeting. T gave fee Sierra Club my resume as an alternative to Jota Specht if he couldn’t serve for some reason. I support Jota completely for this, I only wanted to be considered as an alternate." John Specht rival contacted and said that he considered Ikels sn excellent candidate and was folly qualified for the position. He would not comment on his own candidacy for fee Potation. w WW aes- ■ MpMHlNRV rn    NP *• w hi* m '■ ay however. According to fee Texas Attorney General*! office, Federal District Judge Lucius Bunton ruled last week that he would appoint a water monitor in response to a request by the Sierra Club. He asked that the parties involved try to agree on fee wtfer monitor so feat he could make fee appointment by Dec. 25. The Sierra Dub asked for fee water monitor when fee Edwards Aquifer Authority was prevented from tsking over the overseeing of the aquifer taPBtfi of fee voting rights tauts raised by its appointed board. It is not known whether the judge will choose an individual or an agency such as the TNRCC for the job. agreement ou Friday.Today’s Texas Lottery numbers are I -4-6-20-24-33 Jackpot $3 million ;