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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 25, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas 410    MQlro    4TEXAS AMPBTn*    22/S* ^TT: PFTr -rfN Nlr-R0F ATT F - CI. CALLAS, T'ETE: SINCLAIR COX 45436 TX 75245 TOF J LM Sports End of the year track review See £&<7e 70/4 Area Tragedy brings out community spirit See below Police department County helps a needy family See Page 2A Special recipes for New Years, Page1B New Braunfels Herald New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 94-No. 249 Wednesday December 25,1985 25 Cents 28 Pages — 3 Sections The Blockson's burned-out home Bill Parker Herald Zmtung Holiday tragedy brings out community's spirit By SAMM DUKE Staff writer Tragedy replaced the tinsel this Christmas for Charlie and Myrtle Blockson of Canyon Lake, when their home was destroyed by fire Dec. 15. The Blocksons returned home from church to find their mobile home in Tanglewood Shores engulfed in flames. They had lived therefor IO years They lost everything in the fire — Mrs Blockson’s cats, their small dog and irreplaceable photographs The Blocksons had Just finished their Christmas shopping when their gifts and new ornaments were destroyed. Canyon Lake residents proved they know the meaning of Christmas giving when they reached out o help the Blocksons. The couple immediately was flooded with offers of every kind of help from friends, neighbors and strangers. Mary Lou and Keith Potter, of Fischer, asked the couple to stay with them until someplace else could be found “We’ve been here at their mer cy They just took us in,’’ Charlie Blockson. 8k. said at the Potter’s home. “They’ve opened up their hearts and their homes to us. They're two of our dearest friends.” The Potters said they were happy that they were able to help the Blocksons when they needed them. “We’ve always had someone to take care of us when we needed help and now it’s time for us to help them during this crisis,” said Mary Lou Potter. The First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake recently inherited a home from Paul Canada, a church member who died about a month ago. The church has decided to let the Bloc ksons live in the house until their home can be replaced. Church members spent a couple of days last week preparing the home to be lived in. The Blocksons had planned to go to Friendswood, near Houston, to visit Mrs. Blockson’s son for Christmas. Those plans changed after the fire. Mrs. Blockson, 68, said she was glad she had decided to wear her new coat to church because it is one of the belongings she has left. Tears came to here eyes as she described her mother’s handmade afgans that were lost in the fire. Mrs Blockson was relieved that a few photographs of a deceased son were spared in the fire. She said they were some of the only items not destroyed by the fire. “My mother lost many old pictures in a tidal wave in 1939. The things she managed to save are all gone now,” Mrs. Blockson said. The items lost in the fire can never be replaced but the Blocksons said out of the tragedy has emerged a new faith in human kindness Since the night of the fire, the couple has been offered help from several churches and community organizations. A neighbor offered to let the Blocksons stay his mobile home until their home can be replaced. The Mountain Valley Pharmacy has replaced the couple’s medication free of charge Mr Blockson has a pacemaker and doctors feared the shock of the fire might damage his health The Potters said the Red Cross has given the couple vouchers to buy food and made certain they had a place to stay. Mrs. Potter said the whole community has tried to help make sure the See TRAGEDY, Page UA Up to 250 deaths are predicted for holiday By Staff and Wire raper!* CHICAGO (AP) - Between 150 and 250 people will be killed on the nation’s highways during this year’s two-day Christmas holiday, the National Safety Council has predicted. Council spokesman Bob O’Brien said Monday that during a two-day non-holiday period, 170 people could be expected to die in traffic accidents. Between 7,400 and 12,600 people are likely to suffer disabling injuries during the holiday period beginning at 6 p m Monday and ending midnight Wednesday, O’Brien said. That compares with 8,400 expected injuries during a corresponding nonholiday period, he said. During last year’s four-day Christmas holiday, 537 people died and 23,500 suffered disabling in juries, the safety council said The council said that wearing seat belts and placing children in ap propriate cars seats are the best ways to prevent injuries in traffic accidents. Statewide Department of Public Service officials have estimated that 29 persons will die as a result of traffic accidents during the week long holiday period between Christmas and New Years. Officials said that 12 fatalities are expected in Texas during the 30-hour Christmas period and 17 deaths are expected during the 54-hour New Year period “We’d certainly like to see our fatality estimates prove to be too high,” said Col Jim Adams. DPS director “Unfortunately, thee will be drivers who will ignore speend limits and attempt to operate vehicles after drinking The best way to avoid becoming involved in an accident with a careless driver is to drive in a defensive manner It also makes good sense to be sure everyone uses a safety belt.” Locally. DPS Sgt Bob Holder said troopers will be on the lookout for drunk drivers with extra patrolmen out today and tonight to ensure a safe Christmas Holder added that most fatalities are on the side roads instead of the interstates During the Christmas period in 1984. vehicle accidents caused 43 traffic deaths in Texas, with 42 deaths attributed to the New Years period Warrant issued for armed robber, second expected By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer A warrant was issued late Tuesday for the arrest of a man involved in the armed robbery of a county resident Monday night. “And another warrant should follow soon,” sheriff investigator Rudy Rubio said Two Latin males broke into the home of Tony L. Rodriguez of 18423 Stony Creek and robbed him at 10:30 p m Monday of $50 and a shotgun. Rubio said The robbers had a gun and threatened to kill Rodriguez, which makes the crime aggravated armed robbery, the sheriff’s investigator said Pedestrian-train fatality The victim of a Saturday night pedestrian-train accident died in a San Antonio hospital, Guadalupe Sheriff’s Department said. The victim was identified as Louise Marie Riggs, 47, of Cibolo Riggs died late Saturday following the accident and an autopsy has been order to determine exact cause of death. The woman was seen walking on the railroad tracks late Saturday night. The conductor on the approaching train attempted to warn her by blowing the train whistle but she did not move off of the tracks, witnesses said. Three ambulances showed up at the scene, two from S A F E Ambulance Service of Universal City and one from Seguin Fire Department’s FMS unit “At first they thought she was dead at the scene, so they called me.” Justice of the Peace Ernest Schlater of Cibolo said “Then EMS was able to revive her so they took her to Northeast Baptist Hospital ” Biggs was pronounced dead at 1104 p m Saturday by doctors at the hospital, a hospital spokeperson said The remains were taken to Bexar County Mortuary Service and then shipped to Brenham where relatives reside Inside ... Today's Weather Comal County forecast calls for mostly clear and cool today with a high near 50. Winds will be from the northeast at 15 20 miles per hour. CLASSIFIED 36B COMICS 3C CROSSWORD 2C DEAR ABBY 2B DEATHS 2A KALIDEOSCOPE I-— HOROSCOPE 2C OPINIONS 1C SPORTS 10A Litke steps    in as sanitarian By LILLIAN TNOMAS Staff writer The new county sanitarian sees his move to New Braunfels as a step up. both in his career and to a more progressive community. “I had worked in the Uvalde District 9 office of the Texas Department of Health for three years and I had gone as far as I could without further specialization, which I really didn’t want to do,” David Litke, the Comal County sanitairian, said Litke said he prefers to stay a generalist in the sanitation field and continue to have contact with the public. He had been offered a job of a more technical nature that would have been a desk job, but Litke said he turned it down His Uvalde job also included quite a bit of traveling which puts a dent inDavid Litke his family life “I took this job partly because it would allow more time with my family,” Litke said. “I have two small children now. a 3-year-old, Marla, and a l-year-old, Bryan," Litke said. “Also this puts us closer to my family. My parents live in Austin.” Litke said he and his wife Julie preferred the climate here to the drier climate in Uvalde and they liked New Braunfels “because it’s still a small town, but it’s fairly progressive.” “Out of the 254 counties in Texas, only 60 have private sewage facilities orders or their equivalents,” the new See LITKE, Page UA Christmas preparations rn. t* r Vt *X- -    * ■h OCTYL CLANK/HERA LIV SIT UNG Stan Jankauskas of Cross Lutheran Church prepares for that church's Christmas children's sermon. Most Catholic and Espicopai churches, as well as many Protestant churches will be having Christmas Litiguries today. ;

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