New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
Plane crash injures 2
Ultralight winds up in Comal woman’s pasture
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The Downtown Association presented the Brauntex Performing Arts Theatre Association a check for $500 Friday. From left are Marilyn Hartman, Adam Cork, C.B. “Mack” McCoy of BPATA, Susan Tate, Pete Stocking and Marty Lindsey of the Downtown Association
An ultralight crashed in a pasture near Schertz late Saturday afternoon. Two men were transported to a San Antonio hospital for treatment.
By Erin Magruder
The passenger and pilot of an ultralight were airlifted Saturday evening after the small aircraft crashed nose-first into a pasture on Farm-to-Mar-ket Road 2252 in southern Comal County.
Pilot and instructor Ben Johnson, 40, and Jarred Buoy, 26, both of Bergheim, were in stable condition at University Hospital in San Antonio as of press time Saturday.
Witnesses said the plane had just taken off about 5: IO p.m. from an ultralight field, 20810 FM 2252, when it started to fall from the sky, Department of Public Safety highway patrolman Randy Vetter said.
“The ultralight had just made its first loop, and then it started going down,’’ he said.
Although a parachute was deployed before the crash, it did riot prevent the plane from plummeting to the earth, not far from a sign that reads, “Field of Dreams.”
The plane, a special two-person training ultralight, crashed about 30 feet away from Joanita Reed, whose residence is next door to the airfield.
“I was cleaning my pool and not paying much attention, because I always hear the ultralights flying overhead,” Reed said.
“Then the next thing I knew I heard this loud explosion. My cats went running, my cows went running — and all I thought about was running to save my life. I didn’t know what had happened.” Reed said she turned around and saw the two men trapped under the ultralight.
“They were both still in their seats,
and they were trying to get out,” Reed said. “When I came closer, they were calling out. I could see they both were breathing. The one guy looked very pale, like he was really hurt.”
Reed called 911 and covered the two men w ith a blanket to keep them warm, she said.
“I was so glad I was there to help them,” she said. “I hope they are going to be OK.”
Fire and rescue personnel from Bracken and Shertz arrived shortly after the crash, Reed said. “The two men were still alert and talking when they (EMS) arrived,” Reed said.
Officers from the Schertz Police Department, Garden Ridge Police Department and DPS also responded.
Reed said this was not the first time an ultralight had crashed on her property.
With one week left before Christmas, the weather will take on a more wintry feel. For the complete forecast, see Page 2A.Index
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Area man charged in Seguin slaying
SEGUIN (AP) — A 23-year-old Saturday with bond set at $300,000. man has been charged with capital He was charged with capital mur-murder in the death of a female der in the Friday slaying of Diana neighbor whose body was found in Aguilar, 32. He also was charged her Seguin apartment. with attempted murder in the appar-
Patrick James Holzer Jr. was in Guadalupe County Jail in Seguin on See SEGUIN/9A
Families share Christmas traditionsLocal residents take part in holiday rituals
By Betty Taylor
Now that the holiday season is in full gear, many families are celebrating traditions that are specific to this time of year.
Some are centuries old. Others ate made up by family members to begin a tradition that is unique to their family and one that they can call their own.
The Moss family celebrates both types of traditions.
“Ever since I was 12 or so, my cousin and I would get a Spode place setting each year from our aunts,” Jana Moss said.
She said she did not think much of the tradition at the time, but
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now she has a complete set of the Christmas dinnerware that comes from England and plans to hand down the tradition to her 3-year-old daughter, Madeleine.
“I’ve done a lot of traveling, so we also practice some traditions from Holland,” Moss said. She and her husband, Steve, placed wooden shoes out on Dec. 6 each year for Madeleine in celebration of St. Nicholas Day.
“You put gold chocolate coins in the shoes if the children are good,” she said.
If the children are bad, they get sticks in their shoes. Moss also said she tried to pick up ornaments
during her travels to remind her of the places her family had visited.
“If I can’t find an ornament, then I look for a keychain that will work as an ornament,” she said.
Sue Groff said her children were in their 20s but still practiced family traditions that started when they were young.
“We always have a bird tree outside that we cover with pine cones covered with peanut butter and birdseed, cranberries and popcorn. We’ve also hung oranges on the bird tree before. It was a great way to get the kids interested in nature and outside. We grew up where it was cold, so the birds needed the food,” she said.
Groff’s mother-in-law began another family tradition.
Council supports convention center idea
However, elected officials say bed tax will have to fund it
By Peri Stone-Palmquist
Several members of New Braunfels City Council said they would support building a $6 million convention center here, but only if bed tax money was used to fluid it.
Council members said they would not consider funding the center by raising property taxes or placing the proposal on a proposed $38.6 million bond issue that could go before voters in May.
That’s fine with Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
MEEK “We went into this think
ing it would be funded with hotel/motel tax revenue,” he said. “We don’t want to compete with other priorities in the city.”
Meek said the chamber planned to talk with council in the coming months about how to flay for a convention center now that a $35,000 market study and financial analysis were complete.
The chamber commissioned PRF Consulting of Houston to conduct the study in September and released its results Friday.
Although council hadn’t had a chance to review the study, several council members said Friday their initial response was positive.
“I’m not endorsing it, but I would consider it,” District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson said. “But I wouldn’t want our citizens paying for it.” District 4 councilwoman Jan Kotylo and District 2 councilman Larry Alexander agreed.
“I think the city should seriously look at it, if it could be paid for by bed taxes,” Alexander said. “That would be the easiest way to fund it.”
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Earl Stein has a friend dress up as Santa and pose for Christmas photos with his 3-year-old granddaughter, McKenzie Seidel. This ritual has become part of the family’s holiday traditions.
► Cheer Fund
families have a merry Christmas Volunteers braved the cold
windds on Saturday to help the Herald-Zeitung deliver 200 food baskets to needy families in New Braunfels. See how they did it inside./! 1A
► Hofiday photos
Find out how to capture the beauty of the Christmas lights on film with tips inside from the experts./ 1C
► Longhorns win
Ivan Wagner and the Texas Longhorns men’s basketball team trounced Wofford in a decisive 89-57 win in Austin Saturday./! B
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