New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 18, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes today to Wesley Odell, Janine Wright, mesi Hernandez, Norman Gus ischbeck.
Anniversary wishes go to Melvin and Ruby Schwab and Corinne and Joe Gutierrez.
Cable Channel 33 features a New Braunfels High School broadcast journalism class production, “Unic News,” which highlights recent school activities, at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18.
The Canyon Middle School cheerleaders’ “Christmas Mother’s Day Out” will give local moms a break from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21 at JAR Gymnastics, 1275 U.S. 81 East The cheerleaders will teach participants cheers and a dance, and movies, games and lunch will be umished. A “surprise” guest wil visit.
The cost is $10 per child. For more information, call Kathy barranco at 651-6789 or Vick; Stanley at 629-3850.
Middle school dance
Comal County middle schoo students are invited to a drug- anc alcohol-free teen dance, sponsorec by the Safe City Commission of 'lew Braunfels, from 7-11 p.rn Friday, Dec. 27 at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Admission is $1 per person. The “It’s Hot to Not” dance will feature free soft drinks and $ pizza slices. Participants will not be allowed to leave until 11 p.m. unless requested by a parent at the door.
Swimming pass gifts
A season pass to the loca swimming pools would be a great gift for someone who likes swimming. The City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreatio Department is currently selling gift certificates. Resident passes include admission to the Prince Sol ms Tube Chute. Prices for resident season swim passes (those living within the corporate city limits) are $15 for children, $30 for adults, $25 for senior citizens and $50 for families Non-resident passes cost $22.50 for children, $45 for adults, $37.50 for senior citizens and $75 for families For more information, call 629 PARK.
Son of Republic meeting
The Sons of the Republic of Texas will convene for its quarterly state meeting at 7 pm. Saturday, Dec. 2 at the Faust Hotel. A prime rib dinner will be served for $18, and the guest speaker, Barron Schlamcus will present “Prince Solms and the Colonization of Comal County."
It will continue to be rainy and wet today so take your umbrella. The high temperature in New Braunfels Tuesday was 55. The overnight low was 54. As of this morning .98 of an inch of rain had fallen.
It was a good year. It was a bad year. Either way .send gifts.
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The joyful sounds of Christmas could be heard at the Civic Center Sunday at the holiday music concert of the Mid-Texas Symphony. The conceit featured the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus with the New Braunfels High School and Seguin High School choirs performing Vivaldi’s "Magnificat" along with traditional Christmas carols. At left , Amy Reneau. Jennifer Hayden and Shannon Effenberger sell poinsettias tor the Symphony Guild. Proceeds will benefit the Symphony. (Photos by Karla Wenzel)
New Braunfels/Comal County Crime Stoppers is asking for your help in solving this week’s crime of the week, which deals with a homicide that occurred in the 200 block of South Plum Avenue in New Braunfels.
On Oct. 13, 1991, New Braunfels Police Officers responded to assisi EMS in reference to a shooting in the 200 block of South Plum. The victim of the shooting was being treated by EMS personnel but showed no signs of life.
Witnesses at the scene advised officers that suspects were possibly two Hispanic males, possibly wearing some type of mask over their heads.
Police have no suspects at this time
Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to the an-est and grand jury indictment of the person or persons responsible for this crime.
Anyone with information about this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 620-TIPS.
Board OKs store idea
The owner of a local bowling alley may get the chance to turn a Landa Park building last occupied by Pat s in the Park into a concessions store alter meeting the approval af the New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Advisory Board on Tuesday.
“lf a restaurant would make it in the park, (Pat’s in the Park) could make it, and she couldn’t.” board Chairman Hal Herbelin said.“Shc attempted it for five years and it just wasn't profitable, and she’s got a tremendous reputation and following. So we feel that that apparently isn’t what the public wants • a full meal over there.'’
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9-1 -I emergency number making city safer, chief says
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Figures released by the Bexar Metro 9-1-1 Network District for the Sept. 1990 - Oct. 1991 time period indicate that the system is being widely used in New Braunfels and Comal County, said Jerry Marshall, director of the Bexar Metro District.
During the late summer months, Mal shall reports a substantial increase in calls to the New Braunfels Police Department from an average of 403 9-1-1 calls per month from Jan.-July 1991 to 990 calls in August and 940 iii September.
“ll was probably your summer visitors that were there,” said Jerry Marshall, director of the district. "That was our first summer to have the enhanced system ”
With the new enhanced system, as die caller dials the number the police dispatcher sees information Hashed on a screen including the caller’s name, telephone number, location and what kind of phone the call is coming from (mobile phone, business phone, residence phone or pay phone). The system also instantly tells the dispatcher what agency provides the emergency service for dial telephone “That may not be so important in the city but out in the county where you’ve got eight different volunteer fire departments, that keeps the sheriff's dispatcher from having to know where you're calling from and who has jurisdiction." Marshall said. “You send the right folks out there fast.”
The total number of 9-11 calls from Sept. 1990 through Get 1991 routed to the New Braunfels Police Department was
7,519. The Comal County Sheriffs Department received 3.502 9-1-1 calls during that period.
“It has seriously speeded up the process of our being able to get help to people who need it.’’ said New Braunfels Police Chief C R. "Dick" Headen. "It is one of the greatest benefits to citizens that has come along in my 29-year career ”
Headen added that the system has accomplished the goal of making New Braunfels a safer place to live.
One necessity in implementing the enhanced EMS system in 1990 was the elimination of duplicate street names.
"There were 14 Lakeview Drives in the Canyon Lake area and 12 Live Oaks,” Marshall said “What we warn is one street-one road — we’ve pretty much got that worked out.”
Many private roads were unnamed and had to be assigned a name. The post office has also helped by beginning to convert rural routes and highway contract carriers (M C. routes) from route number boxes to street names and numbers.
“You can't send a firetruck lo a P O Box,” Marshall said.
The 9-1-1 Network is completely funded by an emergency service fee added to monthly telephone bills I tic lee in Comal County is 18 cents per month. Bexar County residents pay 22 cents. Marshall said
Mobile phones are not charged the fee and there is no airtime charge for 9-1-1 calls on mobile phones. Also, no quarter is needed to call 9-1-1 from a pay phone.
“Anytime there is any danger or you feel that there is an emergency, that system is there for you lo use,” Marshall said. "Bul at the same lime. we don't warn you to abuse it by making
crank calls and false alarms.”
Placing a false 9-1-1 call is a crime and is a class "A” misdemeanor. Marshall said. The emergency number should also not be used to call the police or sheriffs departments tor any administrative business, he said.
“We're starting to prosecute some of these people because it is for emergencies only,’’ Headen said. "Thai thing is set up to help people that really need it and only that."
All identifying information that Hashes on the screen is automatically printed on paper and an audio recording is made of ail calls, Marshall said.
“If you have a heart attack and you dial the number and cannot speak the dispatcher will know where you are and will send help,” he said. "Someone is always dispatched to sec what the problem is and that has saved Ijves.”
Technology continues to grow arid the future of 9-1*1 systems includes maps that will light up and flash at the location a call originates. Marshall said.
While not all areas have 9-1-1 yet. plans are being made throughout Texas. A 9-1-1 system has been in place for over tai years iii the San Antonio area but the new system that automatically locates and routes calls to the pioper authority came on-line in September of 199U, Marshal) said.
"What is particularly rewarding is that every time I speak (in public), someone comes up to me and says 'you know, if it wasn’t for that number, I wouldn’t be here,”' Marshall said “And then they relate their personal trauma — it really makes you feel good to know you’re doing good ”
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Cheer fund heads into final days
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sponsored Cheer Fund Drive is nearing its end with a total Unlay of $4,613.19 The goal is $5,000 The money raised will help provide Christmas dinner for approximately 200 needy families iii Comal County.
Daily updates of how much money has been contributed will appear in the Heiald until the delivery date, Dec. 21.
Latest conin bu tor ft are Kcmil and Carol Pepin $25. Anonymous $25.
Lorenz and Louie Bailing $25 To contribute dr op by (fie Met ald offices at 707 I anda St. Hot mort informal ion call 625 9144
Toning up at any age
Sy ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
TTic Senior* Center of Comal County it now open and ii gearing up programs for members, said Gladys Battling, cents* director
Each Tuesday in January, body toning instructor Debbie Carter will be at the center to leach propie how to use the body toning tables that were recently donated by Gaston's Hair Sidon,
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Cantar (Photo by Hobart Stewart)