New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 21, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Basketball season reaches the mid-point. See Sports, Page 6.
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Bonnie Slimpin, America Noel Valenzuela, Sharon Romero, Merry Saegert, Connie Waltisperger, Jonnie Rosales and Alex Rosales.
Happy 40th anniversary to Ernesto and Elida Sotelo.
The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy.
New donations include: Ernest and Bertha Stowe -$35, Aid Association for Lutherans Branch 2382 -$100, Richard and Dona Caldwell - $100 and Mr. and Mrs. Richard Schuetz - $25.
Delivery of food will take place at 9 a m. Saturday, Dec. 23. Volunteers are needed to help deliver the 200 food baskets. To donate or to volunteer to help deliver baskets, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Landa St., or call 625-9144.
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Ann Dickerson sorts packages on one of the the busiest days of the year at the post office.
Move ’Em Out
Postal workers hustle to get Christmas packages delivered on time
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
If you should happen to go behind the scenes at the post office, stay out of the way — those people are FLYING.
The scene looks like an old movie version of Santa’s workshop, where the actors are moving faster than reality. They’re sorting packages and letters faster than humanly possible. One person literally running, dragging two huge bins of packages through heavy doors.
And, believe it or not, they have smiles on their faces.
“Parcels are up over last year, about 25 percent,” said Hardy Hobbs, officer in charge of the post office. “The area’s growing. People are more mobile — they live farther away from their folks and it’s too expensive to travel.”
This past Monday, probably the heaviest day of the season for outgoing mail, area residents filled four semi trucks with their cards, letters and packages.
Postal workers expect today to be the heaviest for incoming mail.
“Some things that normally would fly come by surface transportation,” Hobbs said. “When there’s bad weather, all that mail coming out of there’s going to be delayed.” Packages come and go from around the globe. “We’ve had lots to Alaska. Just a little ’while ago I had one from Japan — they send them everywhere,” said Ann Dickerson, who sorts the parcels at lightning speed into what looks like hundreds of bins.
Packages are going to everywhere U.S. soldiers are stationed, Dickerson said. “Lots to and from the British Isles,” Hobbs said.
Are those postal employees working overtime
‘Everyone has been very, very nice. Everybody’s been patient, I think. Most come in knowing they’re going to have to wait.’
— Ann Dickerson
during the holiday season — you bet. “We can’t hire enough to be staffed for Christmas all year long," Hobbs said. "They hire temps in bigger cines, but not here.”
“They call you in on your day off,” said a mail carrier as he rushed by. “It goes with the territory.” Mail carriers were wearing Santa hats along with their smiles. Dickerson had on a Christmas vest.
Postal customers are bearing the longer lines without complaint. “Everyone has been very, very nice,” said Dickerson, who helps serve customers when the lines get long. “Everybody’s been pattern, I think. Most come in knowing they’re going to have to wait.”
The Christmas spint at the post office has permeated both workers and customers. One of the stamp machines in the lobby malfunctioned — it was giving out extra stamps. “Two ladies came in — they both said the stamp machine had given them too many stamps,” Hobbs said. “We would have lost a lot more money if it weren’t for them.”
“They didn’t tell me their names, but I’d just like to thank them for their honesty,” he said.
Employees are opening all letters addressed to Santa. “If we’ve found some who are needy, we are going to take care of these children,” Dickerson said. “The employees have set up a fund.”
New Year’s dance
Holy Family Church will hold its third annual New Year's Eve Dance, Sunday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Music by La Distancia. Advance tickets are $7, or $9 at the door. For more information, call 609-5320 or 620-7678 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Live nativity scene
The Holy Family Church Youth Program will held its fourth annual live nativity on Dec. 22 and 23 from 7 p.m. to ? at the Holy Family Church CCD Center at 245 South Hidalgo Street.
Sesquicentennial book on sale
The radio program New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Minutes that has been broadcast during 1995 has been reduced to a book and is available for sale. The price is $15, plus $1.24 sales tax. Exact delivery date is not available. But the Sophien-burg Museum and Archives will have book gift certificate available for sale until Friday, Dec. 22. lf you have questions, call 629-1572 or 629-1
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Vol. 144, No.28
Suspect held in west side double shooting
Community rallies to help boy stricken by leukemia
Gruene River Company donates $5,000, bringing the total raised to help Charles Luna to $30,000
City offices holiday schedule set
All city offices will be closed Dec. 25 and 26 and Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays.
The Sanitation Department will not pick up garbage on Christmas day, but will be available for regular service on the 26th, and on New Years’ Day. For more information or asistance, call 608-2140 from 8 a m. to 5 p.m. on any business day.
Nan Ebart present* a $5,000 check to Kathy Lokos.
We were making tamales for another benefit for Charles when the call just came in. No one was expecting it, and it was a great surprise.’
— Kathy Lokos
sales. A San Antonio firefighter also ran a 26 mile marathon, with the pledges going to the fund for Charles.
“Everyone’s really jumped on this. Everyone understands that it’s now, and this child can’t wait. Everyone has been generous with their money and their prayers,” said Lokos.
Mano said the community’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. He said it is not often that they see Charles smile. However, when he is told about what someone has done, he gets a big smile, and “that’s something we cherish.”
“He’s a real fighter,” said Lokos.
Mano said his son’s outlook is “like a roller coaster nde’’ and the support he receives really does make a big difference He said that same support, along with their faith, is also getting the family through this time
"We take it day by day We’ve totally committed ourselves to our faith, and it’s an ongoing process,” said Mano. “I’m really proud to see what’s going on here in terms of support.”
There is a benefit fund set up at First Commercial to help the Luna family.
Two injured in attack early this morning
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A New Braunfels man is in stable condition at University Hospital after a shooting incident early this morning. A New Braunfels woman was also dx* and is in fair but guarded condition at University Hospital.
The shootings occurred at two houses on Plum Street shortly after midnight.
Ricardo Ortega, 28, and Maria Ortega, 60, were flown by AirLife to University Hospital with gunshot wounds, according to AirLife._________ — -
New Braunfels Police took Javier Hernandez into custody and charged him with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, according to NBPD records. Bond has yet to be set for Hernandez, age 23, of New Braunfels.
Shots were also fired on a house at the 400 block of Plum, police records aud.
An injured man is loaded onto an AirLife helicopter for traneport to a San Antonio hospital
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
By DENISE DZIUK
The generosity of the community has given a local family a special gift this holiday season. It has given them the gift of hope in a fight against leukemia.
Charles Luna, a 7th grader at St. Peter & rcu! School, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia (ALL) in September. Since that time, the community has come together in support of the
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leukemia is currently in remission. He said a new regimen of chemotherapy has begun, and doctors continue to use aggressive treatment to prevent a relapse.
“The doctors say that his chances are better if he doesn’t have a relapse, so we’re trying to stop that from happening,” said Mario.
Mano said it is also important that he be in remission because a bone marrow transplant cannot be performed if he isn’t. Mano said a tentative date of February has been set to go to the University of Iowa for the transplant. However, he said that is dependent on finding a suitable match, and that is where the community has helped.
The tests for potential donors run about $5,000 each, which the family’s insurance does not cover. Kathy Lokos, a family friend, said fund-raisers have been held, and a benefit fund has been set up to help the Luna family. So for, $30,000 has been raised. However, she said they want to continue to raise more. The latest donation was a check for $5,000 from Gruene River Co.
“We were making tamales for another benefit for Charles when the call just came in. No one was expecting it, and it was a great surprise,” said Lokos.
Nan Ebert, manager for Gruene River, said the money came out of earned income from the year. She said they usually make some sort of donation every year at this time to some cause, and someone knew the Luna family. She said they were able to make the sizable donation because it was a good year for the business, and ‘it was total glee” when it was delivered.
“This is the biggest donation yet, but we’ve had a good year Some of that credit’s due to the employees. We’re just glad we could help,” said Ebert.
Lokos said support for the various fundraisers has been exceptional. Various fundraisers have been dedicated to Charles, including an auction, a spaghetti dinner, and tamale
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The shootings may be gang related, but police are not yet certain, said NBPD Detective Sergeant B. B. Boatright. “It’s possible that this is another shooting in a string of shootings among the same individuals,” he said.
More than one person was shooting from more than one weapon, Boatright said. Police have one weapon that they found at the scene.
New Braunlels Police are still investigating the incident “We are anticipating more arrests,” Boatright said.Pool fee increases are too large to swallow. See Editorial Page 4A.