New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
A look back at the top 10 sports stories of 1995. See Page 7A
is face first Bosnian battle—with the Sam River
ZUPANJA, Croatia (AP) — After its pride and prestige were threatened by the swollen waters-of the Sava River, the U.S. Army hoped to master the flooded waterway today with a pontoon bridge that will carry thousands of soldiers into Bosnia.
Maj. Gen. William Nash, commander of the 20,000 GIs who will patrol northeastern Bosnia, promised to get troops and hardware moving into Bosnia within 24
“We gotta make it happen,” Nash barked, as three Chinook helicopters skimmed over the river in swirling snow, slowly lowering pontoons to be positioned by engineers in boats on the river.
Nash and his commanders decided to use the helicopters after flooding Thursday washed out U.S. Army engineers camped beside the Sava.
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38 Pages in three sections ■ Sunday, December 31,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 144 years ■ Home of LARRY ALEXANDER
ANDER and META SCHUMANN
Vol. 144, No 25
Booming economy tops local news in *95
Top 10 News Stories of 1995
A hot housing market is just one sign of a healthy local economy.
Herald-Zeilung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
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Sports Day...................... 7A-8A
The Year in Photos......................1B
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zettung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Larry Alexander (SO years), Sherron Laffery, Vera Joyce Koepp, Allyssa Rosas (belated, 7 years), Ardie Snider (belated), Meta Schumann (90 years), Sophia V. Camareno (70 years), Celeste H. Torres (22 years), Courtney Renee Ramsey (3 years), Unsay Leland (I year), Lena Davis, Ruth Goodwin, Sylvia Nollkamper, Juan R. Zavala, Yvonne Garcia, Angie Ybarra (21 on Monday), Isabel Annette Saenz (5 years), and Jessie Luna Jr. (Monday).
Happy anniversary wishes go out to: Lupe and Elsie Paredez (SO years), Timothy and Lise SCHOSSOW (7 years), George end Evelyn Kirst (54 years), and Mark and Mind! Wing.
Tree of Lights raises funds for Hospice
The Hospice Tree of Lights is up atop the New Braunfels Utilities building. Throughout the season, a light will be lit on that tree for every donation made to Hospice New Braunfels. Another tree in McKenna Memorial Hospital’s lobby features a white dove for every donation to Hospice. Donations may be made in person or mailed to 613 N Walnut Ave., New Braunfels 78130.
For information, call 625-7500. The fund drive ends Jan. 4
Christmas tree recycling
The City of New Braunfels and New Braunfels Utilities are sponsoringr the 9th annual Christmas Tree Recycling Program in Landa Park. An area in the swimming pool parking lot is designated as the site to receive the trees. Remove nails and other metal fasteners from the trees to protect the employees and the chippers used to convert the trees into mulch.
McKenna Memorial Hospital will hold a blood drive Wednesday, Jan. 3 from 9 a rn to 4:30 p.m. in the second floor lobby Donors receive a t-shirt, free cholesterol test and mini-physical. Bring a photo ID. For information. call Mauro Garza at 606-9111, ext. 230.
Gardening course offered
The annual spring gardening short course, presented by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service, will be held at the Comal County Extension Service office Thursday, Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. The program is open to the public.
Chorus rehearsals to start
Rehearsals for the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus will begin Sunday, Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. in Ayers Hall at Texas Lutheran College. For information, call 625-6420.
Community Chorale rehearsals to start
The New Braunfels Community Chorale begins rehearsals for the new season Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. downstairs in the Friendship Room at Eden Home. For information, call Fred Frueholz at 625-6420.
Comal County saw its share of news this year, from Norwest Corporation’s purchase of Citizens Bank on Jan. 3 to shootings police believe involved gangs; from Hector Aguirre’s inspirational rehabilitation after being struck in the head by a discus at a track meet, to a contentious debate over drinking hours in the county.
The editorial staff of the Herald-Zeitung had a daunting task trying to select just IO stories as the most important local stories of the year, then ranking them from one to IO.
But after much debate, it became clear that the one thing that will had the biggest effect on the most people is the area’s booming economy.
Ntw Braunfels’ economy surges
I The city saw more new businesses started than anyone can remember in one year. The Chamber of Commerce held 45 ribbon cutting ceremonies in 1995.
Major companies opened here or announced plans to build here, including Checks In The Mail, which created 360 local jobs, with the promise of hundreds more to come. Lightning Metals will invest $4 million in a new plant to be built behind Texas Jacobson, and will employ about 80 people. And speaking of Texas Jacobson,
that firm announced a 36,000-square-foot expansion project. HEB and Target opened major new retail outlets, and dozens of smaller companies opened their doors.
The city enjoys an unemployment rate that has hovered at the low rate of about 4 percent all year. The city’s sales tax rebate, an indicator of the amount of economic activity, has risen steadily all year long.
The real estate market continues to boom, with a record number of home sales and increasing sales prices.
Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, agreed with the choice of the booming economy as the top news story of the year. “I don’t know what else you’ve got, but it has certainly taken up a lot of my time this year ... We were surprised that ‘95 was as good as ‘94. We thought the slowdown would come in ‘95. Now I think there are some indications that it will happen in ‘96.”
City ctltbwt— 150th birthday
The adjective of 1995 was “Sesquicentennial.” Events throughout the year, too numerous to mention, were
staged with a Sesquicentennial theme. Descendants of first founders became celebrities.
Everett Anthony Fey, president of the Comal County Genealogy Society, published “New Braunfels: The First Founders.” The two-volume book
is the definitive history of New Braunfels' founding, full of primary sources.
A wide array of Sesquicentennial merchandise could be bought throughout the city from children’s coloring books to T-shirts and baseball caps, to mugs and aprons, to crystal and gold
Sesquicentennial events abounded in April, with the arrival of the Sesquicentennial Trail Ride Friday, April 14, marking the high point of the Sesquicentennial year for many. Founders’
Turn to Top Ten. Page 11A
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Zebras in the mist
It might not bs what you would expect to spot in Comal County, but these zebras live on a ranch on Highway 46 wast of New Braunfels.
Li’l Abner heads to CHS
Al Capp’s musical ‘Li’l Abner’ at 8 a.m. in the CHS office. $3 for will be presented by the Canyon High adults, $2 for students.
School Fine Arts Department Jan. Capacity is limited so buy tickets 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. and on Jan. 21 at early. No reserved seating. Tickets 3 p.m. in the Canyon High School will be available at the door also. Commons. Call Jean Wood at 625-6251 for
Tickets go on sale Monday, Jan. 8 information.
Keeping The Beat
Brotze heads to Pasadena as a member of the Northwestern band -
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Canyon High School graduate Todd Brotze will get a chance to do something that no other Northwestern University band member has done in the past 50 years — march in the Tournament of the Roses Parade on New-Year’s Day in Pasadena, California.
Brotze, a 1992 Canyon High School graduate, will march with the rest of the 185-member Wildcat band because the school’s football team madg it to the Rose Bowl for the first time in nearly 50 years. Brotze is the drum captain for the band.
Todd’s mom, Camille, could not be any more proud of her son.
“He is such a well-rounded kid and enjoys life to the fullest,” Camille said. “Todd is very much a creative person.”
Todd, 21, has made the Dean’s List several times at Northwestern, w hich is located outside of Chicago in Evanston, Illinois. Todd is an engineering student who plans to graduate in 1997.
“Todd uses music as a hobby and for enjoyment,” Camille said. “He started to love music when he started playing the piano at the age of four. Todd became a drummer because he enjoyed hearing his brother (Matthew) play the drums.”
Music is a tradition in the Brotze family. In fact, Camille met her husband, Wayne, a native San Antonian, when she was a twirler in the Southern Methodist University band in the early 1960’s. Wayne played baritone saxophone in the band.
The Brotzes have lived in Garden Ridge since 1972 where they raised both Todd and Matthew.
Matthew, Todd’s older brother, kept the family tradition going when he played in the SMU band until he graduated in 1987.
Camille, an Illinois native, said she and her husband have made several trips to Evanston since Todd joined the
Todd Brotze will drum at the Rose Bowl Monday night.
band as a freshman in 1992.
“I go to see him play whenever I can,” Camille said. "We go to parents w eekend and whenever he performs at a special event at the university.”
On Saturday, the Brotzes boarded a plane for Los Angeles to w atch their son march in the parade. They have two tickets for the 82nd Annual Rose Bow I on Jan. I in which they w ill hear Todd play the drums as No. 3 Northwestern dashes against the No. IS USC Trojans among hundreds of thousands of screaming fans.
Camille said Todd has been in the concert and marching band at North
western for four years. Todd is a member of the music honor fraternity Pi Mu Alpha, for w hich he was chosen during his freshman year. I Ie is also a member of the social fraternity Sigma Phi Epsilon.
While he was a member of the Canyon High School Band, Todd was an All Slate Texas Soloist. Recently, Todd recorded an original drum solo for the Northwestern University Marching Band CD entitled "Shockwave Cadence.”
"It was something he worked very hard on and finished writing last spring,” Camille said.For advertising or subscription information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.