New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Sheriffs deputies help needy families enjoy Christmas. Seepage Bl.
Veterans’ benefit checks OK’d by Congress
WASHINGTON (AP) — Congress headed hoine for the Christmas holiday, putting negotiations over the federal budget impasse on hold for a week, but not before assuring benefit checks for 3.3 million veterans and dependents and 4.7 million welfare families.
President Clinton signed a mea
sure, given final approval by the Senate hours earlier, to authorize distribution of the payments.
The Senate also approved a proposal to declare the 260,000 federal workers who have been furloughed essential and allow them to return to work on the promise they would be paid later.
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeituiig!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Janet Pomeroy (14 years old), Ysidro Carrizales, Barney Handrtck and Glenn Tlmmer-mann (Monday).
Happy anniversary to Kenneth and Christine Ryals.
New Year** 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 Dis-tancia. 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.
GOR filing party
The Republican Party of Comal County will have a filing party at New Braunfels Smokehouse Tuesday, Jan. 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The candidates for the 1996 primary election will be introduced. Come meet and visit with the candidates. For more information, call Dona Bruns at 625-0872.
City offices holiday schedule sot
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 assistance, call 608-2140 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on any business day.
Tho perfect gift
Still looking for that last gift for someone on your shopping list? It s the Entertainment ‘96 Booklike giving over 1,000 gift certifi-ates. This coupon book is packed with hundreds of two-for-one and up to 50 percent off discounts at your favorite restaurants Save on top local and national attractions, airfare, cruises, car rentals and over 1,200 hotels, plus much more. The book is specifically designed for the San Antonio area with many participating New Braunfels establishments like Gruene Mansion, Applebees and the Children’s Museum. The book sells for $25. Call 629-3920. The book is a benefit for N.B. Blitz Soccer
Hcrald-Zcituitg holiday schedule
The Herald-Zeitung office wil be closed on Monday, Dec. 25 and Monday Jan. 1 in observance of Christmas and New Year's Day.
NBISD closed for the holidays
New Braunfels ISO schools and offices will be closed through Tuesday, Jan. 2. Students return Thursday, Jan. 4, while teachers return a day earlier for staff development.
The NBISD tax Office, where school and city taxes are paid, will be open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a m. to 5 p.m., with the exception of Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 25 and 26 and Monday, Jan. 1.
Texas Lottery numbers wi resume running in the H-Z on Wednesday, Dec. 27.
Inspector faces charges in alleged date disclosure
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — An inspector who has worked for the U.S. Customs Service for more than 20 years was released on bond after she was charged with allegedly disclosing confidential border crossing information.
Estela Aguilar was arrested Thursday by Customs agents, then released Fnday. U.S. Magistrate Janet Ruesch set a $20,000 personal recognizance bond for the senior inspector. She is the also assistant to the port director in El Paso.
Investigators said that Ms. Aguilar, 49, told an unnamed person on July 21 that someone “driving a white Mercedes” crossed one of the ports of entry in El Paso and gave the person license plate information, the El Paso Times reported in Saturday’s editions.
The investigation also showed that Ms. Aguilar allegedly revealed that an individual known as “Woolworth” was an undercover federal immigration agent.
Customs officials also allege that Ms. Aguilar told an
unnamed person on Aug. 18 that “a certain family from Juarez” was under investigation for drug trafficking.
A federal indictment charged Ms. Aguilar with five counts of unlawful disclosure of confidential information. It also charged her with one count of tampering with a witness.
The four-page indictment accuses Ms. Aguilar of telling an unnamed person on July 15 that a “certain person” had been detained at one of the El Paso ports of entry.
The indictment also alleged Ms. Aguilar, a 25-year agency veteran, threatened Alvaro Echevem with exposure as a confidential informant around Aug. 18-20.
All the offenses allegedly occurred between June 22, 1994, and Aug. 20, 1995.
If convicted, Ms. Aguilar could be sentenced to one year in prison on each count, the magistrate said. Ms. Aguilar could be imprisoned for as long as IO years if convicted of witness tampering, she said.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung's Christmas Coloring Contest and prizes were made possible by Target and several area car dealers. On hand for the presentation of prizes to the winners were sponsors (back row, left to right) Eve Wildes of Target; Jim Willis of Milt Ferguson Motors; Don Maxwell of Don Maxwell Chevrolet; Amo Becker of Becker Motor Co.; Spencer Bulger of World Car Mazda; and Natalie Schade and Dion Davis, both of Target. Contest winners were (front row) Austin Smith, 2nd place (won $50 from H-Z); Laura Longer, 1st place (won bicycle and helmet from Target); and Timothy Teat, 3rd place (won $25 from H-Z). The car dealers sponsored the coloring contest pages in the paper.
“Christmas reminds me that God loved us so much that he sent his Son, born of a virgin, to live a perfectly sinless life, so that He could pay our penalty at the Cross of Calvary, only to rise again, so that trusting in Him, we could live forever with Him.”
— David Beatty, Calvary Baptist Church
“Christ was born to bring salvation to the human race by His teachings, Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension in Heaven. By His obedience to His Father in fulfilling His mission on earth, He brought peace, joy and reconciliation to humanity..."
— Fr Edward Bily, Sts Peter & Paul
“...It is that time of the year where we are once again brought off the major freeway and find ourselves on the same trail leading to a stable, where in (he serenity of the night, a star led the way for a new world to be ban in the person of Jesus Christ — Charles DeHaven, St Paul Lutheran
“Fa me, Christmas is a beautiful, yearly reminder that God comes into our broken world and broken lives in the person of Jesus Christ with a powerful message of salvation, hope and peace"
— Daryl C Higgins, First Protestant Church
"It is the profound act of love the Father ta His people in giving the gift of His Son, Jesus Christ, that we may have eternal life.”
— Rev. Richard Oberstar, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church
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Higher speed limits worry Scheel
Shooting victims in wrong place at wrong time
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The two victims of a Thursday morning shooting were probably innocent bystanders, according to New Braunfels Police records.
Ricardo Ortega, 28, and Maria Ortega, 60, were shot shortly after mid
night Thursday morning in the 300 block of Plum Street.
Ortega apparently left his house to investigate what sounded like gunshots when Javier Hernandez, 23, allegedly fired shots, hitting Ricardo and Maria Ortega, NB Police records said.
Hernandez has been charged with
two counts of aggravated assault Judge Ray Martinez set the bond for each charge at $50,000, a total bond of $100,000.
At press time Hernandez was housed in the Comal County jail. Ricardo Ortega and Maria Ortega are both listed in stable condition at University Hospital.
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Because of the recent change in the speed limit law. Precinct #2 County Commissioner Danny Scheel is urging Comal County Commissioners Court to pass a resolution asking the Texas Department of Transportation to move up its planned grade separation of U.S. Highway 281 and FM 1863.
"The resolution will be on the agenda for the Jan. 4 meeting,” he said. "The increase in the speed limit law (from 55 to 70) compounds the danger at the intersection. Since it is a busy intersection, a grade separation is needed.”
Scheel believes a resolution by commissioners court can put the pressure on TxDOT to do something quickly. The purpose of the resolution is to get TxDOT to move the beginning of the project from Aug. 1997 to January or February of that same year.
The FM 1863 and U.S. Highway 281 intersection, which is one of the busiest in the county, has been known in recent years for the number of minor and fatal accidents that occur there. The four lane U.S. Highway 281 has traffic coming northbound and south
bound to and from San Antonio. Motorists sometimes have to wait several minutes before they can get across Highway 281 from either FM 1863 or Bulverde Road.
Plans for the grade separation call for Highway 281 to be built as an overpass over FM 1863. The costs for the project is $4.5 million, said TxDOT resident engineer David Kopp. Kopp said he is encouraged by Scheel’s seeking of the resolution and his support for the project.
“It (resolution) will help, definitely not hurt (the project),” Kopp said.
“A lot of things will have to be settled, such as the acquisition of nght-of-way, environmental documentation and the opportunity for a public hearing, even though I believe that is a moot point because we have overwhelming support for the project in Bulverde.” Kopp said. “Also, the design will have to be looked at.”
As for the issue of the acquisition of rights-of-way, Scheel said he would do the "leg work” needed to get that task done.
“I will negotiate with landowners for the purchase of land needed for nghts-of-way,” Scheel said.What was this year's biggest local story? See Page