New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 24, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, December 24,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of YskMro Carrizales
Vol. 145. No 29
lirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Ysidro Carrizales, Juan Ortiz, Carl Scheel, Liz Pieper, Donna Medina (belated), Danny Medina (belated) and Allison Fest (I year old, belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Bounty offered on bad guys
Owner seeks vandals who struck house over weekend
By ABE LEVY
A New Braunfels man is offering ~ $1,000 reward in return for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspects who vandalized his northeast house during the weekend.
Kenneth Fielder, the owner of a house at 593 E. Basel St., said the suspects allegedly threw rocks against all 23 windows in the three-bedroom, one-bath residence. A dead possum was also found in the house, which anima! control officials removed Monday, Fielder said.
Pieces of glass fell onto the carpet and tile in the new house, which needs only landscaping and other touch-up work to be completed. Fielder said.
Fielder said he had buried all of the rocks that were lay
ing around the house but found a rock laying in the driveway that could have been used in the vandalism.
Fielder, who is a semi-retired contractor, said he began building the house in July. He plans to sell the property to a person who already has placed a down payment.
He said he built the house to offer affordable housing in New Braunfels.
“The need is very definitely there for housing in the $50,000 to $60,000 bracket," Fielder said. “I saw a void and I filled it. It’s disappointing to say the least. We’ve got to stop it."
New Braunfels Police said the incident caused a total of $1,500 of damage and are investigating the matter.
Police said there have been previous incidents of vandalism at the location and they have identified several suspects.
Herald-Zeituna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Kenneth Fielder is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of whoever vandalized his house under construction.
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By DENISE DZIUK
More than a hundred local families! received an early Christmas gift Sunday when volunteers from the Reach for a Star Foundation delivered food and gifts to their home.
Shari Kasbeig, whose husband Randy heads the preyed, said 114 received
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the community donated its time| energy. Kasherg said a 4-year-old girl named Amber even donated her own doll I house. I
‘*Sbe brought in ha doll houee( Sun-1 day) with her daddy because she knew! some kids don’t have doll houses," Kasherg I said. “It’s just what the Christmas spirit is j *8U
Kasberg said the event, which is growing every year, draws a strong response from the volunteers. Kasberg said there were about 50 volunteers on hand Saturday and Sunday. She said some of these volunteers returned from the deliveries in tears.
This year was the first time Janice Martin volunteered and delivered the packages. Martin said she plans to he even more involved next year.
“Next year I’m making it a priority," Martin said. “It wws one of the most moving experiences I’ve ever had ... We were all moved to teats to see the gratitude. It makes me appreciate what I do have."
Randy Gray and his 8-year-old son Chase have been helping with the project for the past three yean. He said they have fUn delivering the packages, and it’s a learning experience.
“Ifs good for he and I to remember what Christmas is all about," said Gray. “It gives (Chase) a better perspective. It’s good to remember not everyone is as fortunate as
Randy Kasberg Insurance sponsored the event. Universal Motors volunteered
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TLU to offer business classes in New Braunfels
By DENISE DZIUK
Beginning in January, New Braunfels residents can earn college credit in business administration from Texas Lutheran University without ever leaving the city limits.
Arline Patterson, TLU director of extended learning, said upper-level business administration classes are being offered in New Braunfels to expand the options for adults wanting a degree. Patterson said the TLU classes will be different from those offered through San Antonio College.
“SAC is a two year institution, so we are offering classes to compliment their degree plan," Patterson said. "These will be upper level business courses.”
Patterson said a recent survey by the education council showed local residents had
Registration 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 7 at Canyon Highschool
Coat: $113 per credit hour or $339 per three-hour course
Course Schedule: Principles of Management, Tuesdays from 6 30 to 9:16 p m beginning Jan. 11; Principles of Marketing. Tuesdays ♦rom 6:30 to 9:15 p m beginning Jan. 11; Printmaking (art), Thursdays from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. beginning Jan, 13 Course location: Canyon High School For more information about courses, to make suggestions or to learn more about teaching in the division of extended teaming, can Texas Lutheran University at (210) 372-8042.
an interest in continuing their education toward a degree. Patterson said the classes are a way of encouraging adults to reach that goal.
"Really there was no one offering the upper level courses without having to drive,” said Patterson. “We’re encouraging people to participate in an evening program to get their degree."
Patterson said TLU will offer three classes this semester, to "test the waters" to see if people will participate, lf participation is high, new courses will be offered each semester. Patterson said eventually, the program could be expanded to a program such as the one offered at Randolph Air Force Base in Universal City. Patterson said all the courses needed for a degree are offered through the Randolph course schedule.
"We’re just starting out small to begin with to see if we can attract some interest (in New Braunfels)," said Patterson. "People
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New sheriff dismisses 5 employees
By DENISE DZIUK
When the new sheriff takes office on Jan I, a handful of employees will no longer work for the Comal County.
Sheriff-elect Bob Holder said five employees — a jail administrator, a patrol sergeant, two deputies and a secretary have received notice that they "will not be rehired” when his temi begins.
“The employees serve at the will and pleasure of the sheriff," Holder said. "Their term of employment actually expires when the current sheriffs term expires."
Of the department’s 106 employees, five were not "rehired," I folder said.
Holder said he determined who would be let go on the basis of how he w ants to rim his office.
“I'm obligated to make sure the taxpayers get their money’s worth,” I folder said. "I've been here 20 years, and I know about the operation there and ob Hokier how it's supposed to run I'm not comfortable with the level of efficiency and production. That’s not to say these aa* not good people."
Holder plans to till the five vacancies, but he said he will not make any decisions until he goes through all the resumes he has received since heating Sheriff Jack Bremer in a runoff election in April
Bremer said the five employees w ho are losing their jobs have been with the county for some time.
He said personnel changes are difficult, and he has no say iii w hat changes are made
“I think it’s a very difficult decision for a new sheriff to
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Herald-Zeitung names Boyd managing editor
From staff reports
Mieah Boyd, 30, has been named managing editor at the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, according to an announcement Monday by Dong I oney, editor and publisher
Boyd comes to the I lcrald-Zeitung from the Valley Morning Star in I larlmgen. w here he was the news editor.
"We’re very pleased to have someone of Micah's experience and skills to lead our newsroom,” Toney said
Boyd, a graduate of Texas A&l, began his journalism career at the Valley Morning Star in the sports department. Afer working as a sports reporter and copy editor, he moved to the copy desk at the Times-News iii Burlington,
North C arolina He was promoted to copy desk chief and worked in fiat posi-lion until hired back by fie Valley Mom- ^
ing Star as its news editor. As news editor, he was iii charge of the copy desk and the daily production of the news pages.
“I’m excited about this opportunity,” Boyd said. "This is a great area and it deserves a great newspaper. I plan to work diligently with the staff to create the high-quality community new spaper our readers expect.”
As managing editor, Boyd w ill be responsible tor the day-to-day operation of the newsroom. I Ie can be reached at 625-9144, extension 220.
Boyd replaces Dong Loveday, who resigned in November.
The Valley Morning Star and Times-News are owned by Freedom Communications Inc, The I lcrald-Zeitung is owned by Southern Newspapers Inc.
Newspaper accepts gifts to Cheer Fund
Volunteers distributed food baskets to 250 families on Saturday through donations to the Herald-Zeitung’s Cheer Fund.
The newspaper will continue to accept donations to the fund, which will be placed into a savings account to help get next year’s drive off to a good start.
The most recent donations include:
■ Christopher, Elizabeth, Trevor and Austin Behai — $40
■ Anonymous — $20
■ S.D. and Nancy David — $50
M Today’s total — $110
■ New total — $6,812.48
for hoNdey schedule
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is distributing its Dec. 24 and 25 editions ahead of the regular schedule to allow employees to enjoy their Christmas holiday.
Today’s paper is a morning edition, and Wednesday’s paper should be distributed by 5:30 p.m. today.
The Herald-Zeitung is closing its office at noon today, and it will remain closed until Thursday morning, when regular hours will resume.
Reece Lutheran plans candlelight services
Peace Lutheran Church is conducting two Christmas Eve candlelight services.
A contemporary service is set for 7 tonight, and a traditional service will be conducted at 9 p.m. at the church at 1147 S. Walnut Ave. in New Braunfels.
For more information, call 620-0618
Polio Survivors to meet Jan. 4
The New Braunfels Polio Survivors Support Group is meeting at 10 a m. Jan. 4 at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center,
Patricia Rasor of the Texas Agricultural Extension Service will present a program on food safety.
Interested polio survivors, relatives and friends are invited.
For more information, call Debbie at 606-5556, Rena at 620* 4473 or Raymond at 625-1363.
City, NBU to recycle Christmas trees
The city of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities are sponsoring the 10th annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program.
Residents can drop off live trees at the Olympic Swimming Pool parking lot off of Landa Park Drive through Jan. 20.
Residents are asked to remove nails and other meta fasteners from the tree’s trunk to protect the employees and chippers used to convert trees into mulch.Guidelines needed for genetic testing. See Opinion, Page 4.