New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 27, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAYTodd Mitchell adjusts to life at West Point. See Sports, Page 6.
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14 pages in one section ■ Wednesday, December 27,1995
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of RAUL CARRIZALES JR.
Vol. 144, No.32
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Lauren Espinoza (nine years), Raul Carrizales Jr.,
Richie Perez (18 years),
Stephanie Correia, Sedelia Vela, Alesia Villalobos, and Sarah Wetz.
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.
OOP 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.
LCRA sets workshop
The Lower Colorado River Authority will hold a workshop in New Braunfels on Thursday, Jan. 4, 1996. to inform area leaders and nonprofit groups about LCRA's new grant program to assist community development projects in its service area.
The workshop will be at the New Braunfels Utilities board room, 263 E. Main Plaza, from 6 to 8 p.m. At the workshop, LCRA staff will be available to assist participants in filling out grant applications.
Those eligible for grants include cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other non-profit economic and community development groups.
Invited to the workshops are mayors, city managers, county judges and commissioners, school superintendents, volunteer fire chiefs, chamber of commerce representatives, and general managers of electric cooperatives and other LCRA customers.
For more information, contact Frank Morgan, LCRA, 1-800-776-5272, ext. 3340.
Guada Coma Cardon Club to moot
The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. at the home of Ella Hall. The program will be on the spectacular annual Philadelphia Flower Show held in March.
The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy
New donations include Douglas R. Sims - $50, and anonymous donations of $10, $25, $75 and food.
The 200 food baskets were delivered last week. To donate, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Landa St., or call 625-9144.
Community meal sees poor turnout
Food and toys sent to San Antonio
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Christmas Eve was better for giving than receiving at the Harvest From The Heart holiday meal. “We gave a party and nobody came,” said founder Robert Konkel.
Organizers prepared a traditional turkey dinner for 1,500 people and only about 300 showed up.
The first-time Christmas Eve date just didn’t work well for the meal, Konkel said. “We were competing against church and mass,” he said.
“The worst of it was that we couldn’t find a local shelter that would accept a donation of the left-over food,” Konkel said. The turkey dinners and 50 pounds of toys were eventually accepted at the Children’s Shelter in San Antonio.
“That’s definitely community outreach,” he said.
Konkel, co-founder Dana Overstreet and other organizers were moved by the outpouring of donations from the community, he said. “We’re happy the way it turned out with the fellowship of the community — it was quite a group of people."
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Shoppers pick over marked-down Christmas items at Target yesterday.
Many Happy Returns
Day after Christmas brings shoppers back to the stores
Police enjoy slow weekend
Light traffic and few calls make Christmas a breeze
By DENISE DZIUK
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
“Why can’t we go home? I’m so tired. I’m always bending my knees,” said a young boy. He was waiting in the “returns” line with his mother at Target the day after Christmas.
Retailers across town and across the nation were hoping for big crowds Dec. 26 after a disappointing pre-holiday shopping season.
Long before customers’ patience wore thin or their knees started to buckle, retail employees were bracing for the torrent of after-Christmas shoppers.
“I’d estimate that we have 50 percent more employees working today than on a normal day,” said Leigh Ann Thompson, I arget Team Leader (store manager).
“There was a line this morning at the front door,” said Abram Campos, who was trying to stock shelves as quickly as customers were emptying them. "The people came running back — I wanted to tell them, ‘you don’t have to run; you’re the first ones here.’”
Campos said he would put in from 8 1/2 to 12 hours Tuesday stocking his section of the store — the Christmas specialty section. Shoppers were stuffing carts with lights, ornaments, garland and lawn decorations, taking advantage of post-Christmas pnce breaks.
“I used to have animated dolls on that back wall and it’s blown,” Campos said, pointing to a large expanse of empty shelves, “it’s been exciting. I’m sur
prised how quickly the things are selling.”
Yesterday was a work day for bargain hunters. One mother had two teen-age children helping her search for items on her list. “We’ve got lots to do yet,” she said.
Shopper Amy Allen brought only one of her four children. “He’s driving me crazy,” she said with a wink and a grin.
Armed with a categonzcd list, Allen had her son Christopher perched in one shopping cart and a second cart full of merchandise. “I ought to do my Christmas shopping for next year,” she said.
Target had a special spot set up for returns, with a few conference tables end to end covered with red table cloths and cash registers. Three cashiers were working in the early afternoon and the wait in line was timed at four minutes 35 seconds.
Employees were collecting returned merchandise as quickly as it piled up behind the long red tables. The returned goods would be re-stocked continuously, Thompson said. “We do it all day long."
Phillip Vela was scheduled to serve return customers from IO to 6:30, with two breaks and lunch.
Vela called the customers “guests.” Customers’ attitudes run the gamut, he said. “Some are patient. Some talk to you and tell you about their problems ”
The stream of customers gives little chance for employees to catch their breath. “It comes in rushes,” Vela said. "Then steady, then dead — but only for a minute. It’s like a fast food place.”
If this past weekend was any indication of what the upcoming weekend will be like in terms of traffic, the forecast is good.
Lieutenant Sumner Bowen, with the Sheriff’s Department, said things were “really light” over the Christmas weekend. Bowen said activity in the county, including burglaries and domestic violence, was slow, and some week nights are busier. He said traffic on Interstate 35 was light and there was no bad weather for drivers to contend with, which helped produce few accidents, despite the new, higher speed limits..
“It was wonderful. It was as pleasant a weekend as we have had for a long, long time," he said. “But, you’ll never hear us complain.”
Sergeant John Riner with the Texas Department of Public Safety said DPS also had a quiet weekend. He said there were no fatalities or major accidents, and things were generally quieter than previous years.
“DPS had a relatively quiet weekend as far as accidents are concerned,” said Riner.
The New Braunfels Police Department did have a major accident on Tuesday morning, when a man rolled his car several times and had to be taken by AirLife to a San Antonio hospital.
Bowen said there were a few arrests, but
‘It was a delightful Christmas weekend. I hope we can say the same for the New Year's weekend.’
— Lt. Sumner Bowen
most of those were for warrants. He also added that there were only 16 cases or assignments to work on Tuesday. He said he was even able to work on older cases, and catch up on work.
“I’m never able to that,” he said. “You’re always scared to come back after a holiday, or on a Monday, and see the workload.”
Bowen said he hopes people will take the same precautions dunng the upcoming weekend, and end the year on a good note.
“It was a delightful Christmas weekend. I hope we can say the same for the New Year’s weekend," said Bowen.
However, he said the ShenfTs Department will be ready for bad weather or drunk driving. Ritter said DPS will also be looking for intoxicated dnvers because “the tendencies are still there.” Bowen said the task force will be out for a while looking for those dnvers, however, he would like to urge people to “keep up the good work, and don’t rock the boat."
Veterans get their checks, despite shutdown
By DENISE DZIUK
Although the gndlock over the federal budget does not appear to be approaching any sort of conclusion, the federal government has taken action to assure some people dependent on federal benefits that their funds will not be jeopardized.
Comal County Veterans Service Officer Gus Culwell said that the furlough of nonessential workers has not effected veterans or their benefits. He said local veterans have been regularly receiving the benefits despite the impasse in budget talks. How
ever, he said veterans do get concerned when there is a question of whether or not they will receive their benefits.
“Certainly there’s concern. (Veterans) depend on those benefits," said Culwell, “and there’s concern when there could be a delay in those payments. But, they haven’t been effect yet by the shutdown.”
However, the federal government took action last week to ease those concerns. President Clinton signed a measure hours after the Senate approved it, which authorizes the distribution of checks for 3 .3 million veterans and dependents and 4 7 mil
lion welfare families, and assures the checks.
“What they did was approve a continuance to issue benefits for the (fiscal year) 19%. It just kind of guarantees that they will keep issuing them” said Culwell.
Culwell said veterans that still have questions or concerns about receiving their benefits should contact him at 620-5549.
The Senate also approved a measure declaring 260,000 furloughed federal workers as essential. The measure would allow them to return to work with a promise that they will be paid later.
Tye Preston Memorial Library nears $100,000 goal
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Summer chore, winter weather
City employee Dwayne Braune cuts the grass at the Lends Park Golf Course Wednesday morning, as the temperature dipped into the upper 30s.
Local man serious after crash
A New Braunfels man is at University Hospital after a one-car accident early yesterday morning. Baptist AirLife flew Oscar Diaz to the San Antonio trauma center after his vehicle rolled over on Interstate 35 between Solms and Engel roads.
Diaz was driving his black sport truck eastbound on Interstate 35 at about 1:30 a.m. when he lost control of the vehicle, according to New Braunfels Police Department records. Officer Melissa Wein reported on the accident.
His truck left the roadway and flipped at least two times. Diaz was thrown from the truck and landed on the northbound access road, reports said.
Diaz is listed in serious but stable condition.
As the old year winds down, the Tye Preston Memorial Library Brick Parade is within the grasp of reaching its $100,000 goal.
“We are very close to reaching our goal,” Brick Parade chairwoman Anna Paula Casey said.
For the past 11 months, Casey has been spearheading the Brick Parade project, which had reached $97,000 as of Tuesday. The Brick Parade was initiated to raise funds for a much-needed 2,000-square-foot addition for the library. The new addition will be used as a meeting room, study room and expanded children’s area for library patrons and workers. With the new addition, the children’s reading area will double its size. Since the children’s area will be moving to the addition, the cramped work area will be able to expand in the present library space.
The addition is on target to be completed by December 1996, Casey said. Shortly after the addition is finished, the Preston Library will host a regional meeting of the Alamo Area Library System, which about 30-35 members will attend, Preston Library Director Dora Hightower said.
"Hopefully, the final plans (for the addition) will be ready by the first of January when our building committee meets,’ Casey said.
When the plans for the addition are finalized, bids for contractors will be put out so that the building process can begin, Casey said.
The Brick Parade has sold 750 bncks and 43 granite blocks. The bncks and granite blocks have been bought by individuals and businesses from the Canyon Lake and New Braunfels areas. Their names will be put on the bncks and blocks as part of the “Courtyard of Friends,” a pathway which will lead to the library’s main entrance.
The Canyon Lake Golf & Country Club
‘Hopefully, the final plans will be ready by the first of January when our building committee meets.’
— Anna Paula Casey
has pledged to help the Bnck Parade by putting on a golf tournament on Saturday, March 23. Tee time will be at I p m. The tournament will consist of a scramble of four man teams The charge will be $35 per person, which includes a buffet AH the proceeds from the tournament will benefit the library, golf pro Ward Watson said.
“We hope to have a least 36 teams participating," Watson said "We decided to put this thing on since a lot of our members are involved in the (Bnck Parade) project. By doing this, we are giving something back to the community .”For advertising or subscription information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625*9144.