New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, December 16,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Tom Mooting
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Birthday wishas from tho HarakMMftungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Melanie Schulze, Jo Ann tolle, Jose Vega, Tom Kiesling, Kathy Faulkner, Kris! Bier (belated), Edward Alan Campos Sr., Amanda Medrano and Patti Westbrook.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
(PoMan measured in parts per cubic meter at air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hemp* )
Comal River —335 cubic feet per second Monday, up 5 from Friday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed — 625.97 feet above sea level Monday, up .04 from Friday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 212 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —160 cfs Canyon Lake level — 906.79 feet above sea level Tuesday.
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NBU reports pumping 5.626 million gallons of surface water Monday and 604,000 gallons of wet water.
Rain chances don’t "tpyrTri* until woofcond Today — Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower 70s to near 70. Tonight, partly cloudy.
Lows in the mid 30s to 40s.
Waffnasffoy — Mostly cloudy. Highs in the lower 60s to near 60. Wednesday night, mostly cloudy. Lows mainly in the 30s.
Thursday — Partly cloudy. Highs in the 60s.
Friday — Mostly cloudy. Lows in the 40s. Highs in the 60s
Saturday — Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Lows in the 40s to near 50 south central. Highs in the 50s to around 60.
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The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was Lone Star Girl Scout Council, New Braunfels Unit.
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.
Chesr Fund atm could us# donations
It’s not too late to give to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s Cheer Fund, which is used to buy food baskets for the needy.
Make your donations at the Herald-Zeitung offices, 707 Landa St., during regular business hours or mail them. Checks should be made payable to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund
Recent contributions include:
■ Carmetta Horan — $25
■ Ruth Alford-Stee — $30
■ Mona B. Kron — $10
■ Claude W. Dickens — $25
■ Arthur A Gladys Stearns -$50
■ Larry & Joan Crowell — $50
The end of a magical season
Unicorns come back — to clean out lockers
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by SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The business of learning proceeded as usual at New Braunfels High School Monday.
Football players ambled in the halls, talked to girls and sat in classrooms. Their faces showed grins, not tears.
Some emotion might come to the surface (today), though.
“They’re planning a short pep rally (today),” said asistant principal Bob Rodriguez, “from 11:45 to noon.” School officials are planning a three-sport victory dance in January, Rodriguez said The dance will cele-
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brate the achievements of not only the Unicom football team but the girls cross country and volleyball as well.
Unicorns laughed and joked as they cleaned their football lockers.
Asked what they would be doing post-season, a few said, “Rehab!” Even though they lost Saturday’s game against Alief Hastings,, the players did not look sad The camaraderie they had built was not ending.
Head coach Tim Kingsbury said he would remember the season as a suc
“I enjoyed evey moment — practices and games. It was enjoyable to see how the whole town backed us,” he said
That support continued into this week. Signs around town that read
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“We believe” turned into messages of “Great season!”
Assistant principal Mike Reimer showed some regret.
“I would have like to have seen it go on for another week,” he said. “Everything has to end.”
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Search for robber continues
String of robberies now up to eight
From staff reports
A man wanted for a string of robberies in New Braunfels is still on the loose and struck again as recently as last week, according to New Braunfels •police.
The alleged gunman entered Planet Video, 549 Landa St., at approximately 7 p.m. Dec. 8, showed a gun and escaped with an undisclosed amount I
ey, according to Mike Osborne, NBPD criminal investigator.
It was the second robbery committed in less than a month at Planet Video, and the robber in both crimes was described as an Hispanic male, 16-19 years old, weighing between 130 and 160 pounds. The suspect is cleanshaven, has short, black hair, and is between 5-foot 8 and 5-foot IO, according to police reports.
“He hasn’t hit anymore since Planet Video,” said Osborne. “We’ve gotten a few other leads, but at this point, it looks like it is only one person.”
The same description fit a man who entered Planet Video Nov. 22, wearing a black T-shirt with a handgun tucked into the waistband of his baggy blue jeans.
A man fitting the same description robbed Lee’s Conoco Station at 1691 N. Business 35 on Oct. 24, Nov. 8 and Nov. 14. Police believe the same man approached the Conoco Food Mart at 1410 Huisache Ave. on Nov. 26 and robbed the store after showing a gun.
That same day, he attempted to rob the Oakwood Inn near Interstate 35 but was unsuccessful. Several days later, the man tried to rob the Budget Inn, also near the interstate, but fled motel premises when a clerk on duty refused to hand over the money.
The suspect has robbed establishments with no surveillance equipment, and many of the establishments had only one employee (Mi duty, Osborne said. The suspect apparently waits for similar circumstances before entering a place of business.
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Dry vegetation prime for blazes, officials say
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
A fire producing billows of whitish-brown smoke visible from miles away brought New Braunfels, Canyon Lake, Bulverde and Bracken firefighters to a ranch off Texas 46 Monday afternoon.
The fire, approximately six miles west of New Braunfels city limits, was believed to have burned out of control, according to city and county response teams, and area units were dispatched to contain it.
Information from the official report was not available by press time. County Fire Marshal Milton Will-man was unavailable for commemt.
Much to their surprise, area firefighters were sent back to their respective posts after property owners confirmed that the fire was controlled.
“It was a lot of ruckus for nothing,” said John Berber, NBFD Central station battalion chief.
The New Braunfels Fire Department sent a pumper and a brush truck to the controlled bum, said Phillip Baker, NBFD fire chief. At that time, it was not evident that the fire was controlled, he said.
“It sure put up a lot of smoke,” Baker said.
The two NBFD units did not attempt to fight the fire, because confirmation was made that the bum was attended and controlled.
Controlled burning can become dangerous when weather conditions are dry, according to authonties. In fact, hazard warnings soon might be in effect if moisture is inadequate, according to one official.
“lf we don’t get significant moisture in the next couple of weeks, it could start getting dangerous to bum,” said Baker.
Although the ground was moist, a recent freeze in South Texas killed a large amount of area vegetation, and (by bundles of leaves and dead grass could bum quickly, he said.
County residents were allowed to set controlled bums when no hazard warnings were in effect. They were “strongly recommended” for safety purposes to contact county authonties with notification about the area planned for burning, according to Elroy Fnesenhahn, city of New Braunfels fire marshal
“Any grass fire that we would have (under the current weather conditions) could be a potentially bad one,” said Friesenhahn
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Toys for Tots extends drop-off deadline
Donations can be made through Friday
From staff reports
The New Braunfels Jaycees Toys for Tots campaign deadline has been extended so more residents can participate in a program kilt helps area families give gifts and put food on their tables during the holidays.
“Two years ago, we gave a family Christmas who was living in a car,” said Sue Kolath, past president of New Braunfels Jaycees. “It’s a real eye-opener.”
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Toys, new and used, can be dropped off at several area organizations until Friday, including World Car Motors, Advantage Rent-A-Car , Librettos, Century 21, Prodigy Day Care, Fanners Insurance (U.S. ll and Wal
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Local organizations are getting behind the campaign. TCI Cable is accepting a new toy in lieu of installation fees, and the Remote Control Car Club recently conducted a race and made a donation of entry fees to the Toys for Tots program, among others.
In its 14th year, Toys for Tots provides food to more than 125 families and toy* for 300 to 350 children, according to Kolath The families are selected through the Community Service Center, 132 Caddell Ln.
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