New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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24 pages in two sections ■ Friday, December 19,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Christy auld Paid Jones Vol. 146, No. 26
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Bertha Chapa, Eliza Natal, (aren Schwind (Saturday), Scott Seeder (12 years), Sean P. Lopez (8 years), Mrs. Lawrence Weidner, Viola (Cleck (Saturday) and Rhanessa Roberts (3 years).
Happy anniversary wishes go to Christy and Paul Jones, Jewel and Willie Spicer (65 years Saturday) and Gregg and Renata Goebel (5 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Today — Mostly cloudy and cool with some patchy light rain or drizzle. Highs in the 60s. Tonight, mostly cloudy with widely scattered showers and a few thunderstorms. Lows near 60 toturdoy — Mostly cloudy and cool with widespread rain and a few thunderstorms Highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Saturday night, mostly cloudy with rain and thunderstorms ending. Lows near 40 Sunday — Becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the 50s.
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Because of local health policies concerning hepatitis A set forth by Comal County Judge Carter Casteel and sanitation officer Joe Lara, the Comal County 4-H party set for Saturday has been canceled.
Choor Fund now Hoods vokmtoers
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is seeking a few good men and women to help package and deliver food baskets Saturday starting at 8 a m. The food was purchased with donations made to the Cheer Fund, which was established to serve this community’s needy. Recent contributions include
■ SFC (Ret.) Richard & Isavel Schuetz — $25
■ Gladys, Bill and Will Fortik
n Fitness Made Fun Low Impact and Aqua Aerobics Classes of New Braunfels — $75
■ Fred and Helen Koester
■ Archie & Elizabeth Culpepper — $25
Caroling on the Plaza
Stella Han—n (left) sings Christmas carols
_ wiu i nor osugmsrs, Marina, a, and Helen, 13 months, and Mayor Jan Kennedy Thursday at the 10th annual Caroling on tho Plaza, coordinated by The Greater New Braunfels Aits Council.
Herald-Zettung photo by Tom Erickson
Hunter Road to stay two-way
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
The Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board listened to several Gruene residents and merchants and canned a proposal to make Hunter Road a one-way thoroughfare in Gruene.
The decision came after an hour-long debate by some 32 attendees who posed various scenarios to changing Hunter Road to a one-way
Originally, a city council member was approached by a merchant about traffic safety and the large number of pedestrians on Hunter Road, according to Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager. Ferguson opened the meeting by explaining that the recommendation came to the board through city council member Jan Kotylo, a resident of Gruene.
“I consider myself a facilitator,” said Kotylo Thursday.
Cops nab robbery suspect
Smithson Valley teen accused in eight robberies
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
New Braunfels Police apprehended a 16-year-old Smithson Valley student Thursday who they believe is the gunman responsible for several armed robberies in the city.
Police said other arrests might follow, because they believed other people might be involved
The suspect was taken to Justice of die Peace Precinct 2 Thursday afternoon where he gave police a statement about the robbery. Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez later certified the statement. The youth later was transported to a juvenile facility, according to NBPD criminal investigator Base! Boatright
Police said the teen was very cooperative after he was taken into custody at Smithson Valley High School about 1:30 pm Thursday . Police said he also was “yay remorseful ”
“He's now provided us with details about the robberies," said Boatnght "We are certain he is the one."
Law enforcement officials, acting on a tip from an anonymous source, said they were able to identify the youth as the person wanted for the siring of recent robberies.
"He is your normal 16-year-old student who no one would think is capable of doing something like this,” said Boatnght
The Smithson Valley student is charged with robberies al Champs #4 on Sept 17; Lee’s Conoco on Od 25,
Investigator* Bassi Boatright, left and Mitts Osborns, right, escort tbs Ray Martinez’s office Thursday afternoon.
Hendd-Zertung photo by Susan Jakobsen
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Nov. 8 and Nov. 14; Planet Video on Nov. 22 and Dec. 8; Conoco at Huisache and Interstate 35 on Nov. 26; and Budget Inn on Nov. 30, according to police.
"W e started getting information Tuesday,” saki Boatnght.
The search came to an end Thursday when police obtained a school photo of the boy, who was identified by an employee of one of the establishments recently robbed.
“We’re still working on it” said Boatright. “We expect to make more arrests.”
lf police determine the teen committed the eight robberies, he would have eight felony charges against him, criminal investigator Mike Osborne said.
Aggravated robbery is a first degree felony with a possible sentence of 5 lo 99 years for subjects 17 years and older, according to the Texas Penal Code.
However, if convicted, the teen could face a lesser sentence, because he is only 16. He also could be tried as an adult.
The teen has a driver’s license and police said they believ ed he drove himself to New Braunfels poor to some of the robberies. However, other suspects in the robberies were being investigated, Boatnght saki
Early warning system gets hill funding
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
People living and camping on the Guadalupe River next summer might be able to sleep without nightmares of a flash flood carrying them and their belongings away.
The Water Oriented Recreation Distnct board of directors signed and sealed their portion of an agreement to pay for an enhanced flood warning system for the Guadalupe River area.
The system should be up and running in time for summer tourists, said Kathy Ozment of Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority.
“I’m hopeful that we’ll have it in place before the spnng rains,” Ozment said. “We’re shooting few April.”
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) monitors rain gauges and stream flow gauges around the Guadalupe River basin. That data is combined to predict whether flooding
With the new system, “... they’ll have access to data that’s updated every six minutes rather than every four hours the way it is now,” Ozment said.
The WORD board took time deciding how the carty system should broadcast warning information. Board members W ednesday agreed to use the NOAA weather broadcasting system.
“I’ve been struggling to figure out something to use that wouldn’t be so enormously expensive,” said WORD manager Jim Inman.
Guadalupe River flood warnings will be broadcast on the same system that sends tornado watches and warnings, weather forecasts and data. Radio and television states will receive the warnings and then rebroadcast them
Businesses and residents close to the river can buy NOAA receivers. With a receiver, a person Turn to System, Page 2A
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Di Beanie Babies will help local groups
Gruene General Store to give proceeds to organizations
■y CHRISTINA MINOR
lf you thought Beanie Babies were hot for Chnstmas, just wait until you meet the Princess Diana Beanie Babies.
You only have to go as far as Gruene where Gruene General Store just received a shipment of the purple teddy-bear shaped Beanie Baines.
And in keeping with the* memory of
the princess known for her charitable works, Gruene General Store is donating proceeds from the sale of the Princess Diana Beanie Babies to local charities.
Gordon Hughes of Gruene General Store said the chanties would include Habitat for Humanity, Hospice New Braunfels, Mental Health and Mental Retardation, YMCA, Young Life, Friends for River, Battered Women’s Shelter, United Way, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.
Buyers can pick die chanties they want and make their checks out to those organizations.
The store only has 12 in stock and are selling them to the highest bidder.
According to Hughes, people from around Texas and California and New York have called about this hot item/
The Gruene General Store was one of the few stores around the country to receive the special Beanie Babies, Hughes said The Ty Company has never made this few Beanie Babies. According to Hughes, people are wanting the Princess Di Beanie Babies as a momento because of her recent death.
"I feel optimistic that we will sell all of the beanie babies. We are hoping for generous donors who will give to a good cause," Hughes said
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Although she was not present at the meeting, Kotylo said she recently listened to traffic and safety concerns from a merchant on New Braunfels Street who feared pedestrian-vehicle accidents were likely on Hunter Road because of the high volume of traffic.
A total of 15,000 vehicles traveled down Hunter Road during a June 1996 weekend, according to Ferguson, a combined mix of river-gom, tourists and residents. City offi-Tum to Two-way, Page 2A
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Comal Independent School District trustees could agree on one thing about overcrowding in the district at their Thursday meeting—any short term solution is nothing better than die lesser of evils.
After discussing short-term solutions, trustees asked superintendent Jcny Major to work on plans to implement only one — redrawing high school districts to more evenly distribute students between Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools.
“I don’t think the way to manage growth is to redraw boundaries. That’s a horrible way to manage growth,” said trustee Scott Watson, “but there aren’t a whole lot of other options.”
Trustees also agreed that in the longterm, a new high school would hove to be built They directed Major and hts staff to begin planning for another bond election, possibly in the fall.
In their discussion, trustees re-examined possible short-term solutions to growth they had brought up during their Oct. 9 meeting.
• redraw districts to balance enrollment at the two high schools;
• expand Smithson Valley and Canyon high schools;
• purchase additional portable buildings
and or lease space;
• increase class size;
• implement year-round, multi-track schools or split schedules as a last resort
No board members were in favor af increasing class size.
Trustee Dora Gonzales said year-round school deserved more study and asked whether trustees knew of any other districts that had used year-round schooling successfully, but other trustees dismissed the idea.
Student population growth at Smtthson Valley High School already is at a crisis, sax! principal Day Geroy.
“We can keep adding portables,” he said. “but that does not take care of restroom facilities. We’ll be serving lunch from IO to 2:15.”
C hanging school allegiance and transportation were some problems trustees saw w ith redrawing distnct lines.
lf students haw to switch high schools, “... you might as well move from here to Dallas,” Watson said “It changes who their peers are.”
Trustees ended their discussion by reasserting the need for another bond election to pay for a new high school.
“lf the bond had passed, we wouldn't be hav ing this discussion,” saki board president Dan Krueger. “Every one of you feels we need to bring forth another bond election.”_\
CISD 1996-99 calendar
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Hereto-Zeitung photo by Susan Jefcotoeen
Omena General Store’s Jo Marts Seibert, Gordon Hughes, Tanya Oehter and Concetto Chitak show off Sis Frtnooae Ohms
Read local children's Dear Santa letters — Page 14A