New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, December 31,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Larry Alexander
Vol 145. No 34
Ushering rn the uew year with firework* iii New Braunfels could be costly since you could be fined
including bums and the loss of fingers and
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Larry Alexander, Vera Joyce Koepp, Jason Filla, Jack Pope, Judy McLeaird, Isabel Annette Saenz (6 years), Jean Whiteside and Adriana Marie Aguirre.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Mary and Carl Terry (41 years), Lisa and Tim Schossow (8 years) and Sheryl and Dan Bremer.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here. call 625-9144.
Interagency Council meeting rescheduled
The Comal County Interagency Council will meet the second Wednesday, Jan. 8, at the Senior Center, 655 Landa St. at noon.
Susan Casey, Prevention Services Program Specialist for Teen Connection, will be the guest speaker.
Please contact Jan Harrison, 629-8181 for further information.
Polio Survivors to moot Saturday
The New Braunfels Polio Survivors Support Group is meeting at 10 a m. Saturday 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 NOU 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
Cancer society needs drivers
The American Cancer Soci ety's Road to Recovery Program for Comal County needs more drivers to transport ambulatory cancer patients to and from their treatments
For details, call Bob Peter son, coordinator, at 625-3252.
Family Outreach seminars continue
Family Outreach of Comal County continues to have its "For Kids' Sake" seminars.
They will run twice a month for the next two months This seminar is to teach parents how to help their children through the transitions of divorce.
Stay safe this New Year’s Eve
Local law enforcement officials are cautioning people to drive safely and practice mod oration when ushering in the new year tonight.
New Braunfels and Coma County police said they will be looking out for people who are drinking and driving, which car ries steep fines of up to $500 for the first offense.
Gruene Top Yellow Check ered Taxi will offer free rides between midnight and 2 a.rn on New Year’s Day.
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City ordinance calls for $150 fine for each violation of policy; safety main concern
By DEH18C DZIUK
“And, we will prosecute any violators we catch, so don't do it.”
Friesenhahn said fireworks pose a risk of injury to individuals and property. In the past, fireworks
fires, and lives have
nance has been in place for numerous yean making it illegal to own, discharge or poaaeas fire* works within the city limits. Friesenhahn said there is ISI 50 fine for each violation, and enforcement will be tight “That could come down to $ 150 for each piece of fireworks a person has,” said Friesenhahn.
“We just fed tike it’s too much of e risk or a hazard to take place,” said Friesenhahn. “We haven't badan incident lately where someone lost a life. I think that's because of our strict enforcement.” Friesenhahn said the July 4th and New Year’s Day holidays are the two times when the numbers
of violators jump. However, he urges residents to find an alternative way to celebrate this year.
“We’re trying to help them,” he said. “There’s bound to be another way to celebrate the new year than with fireworks.”
;t>%> Comal County fire marshal Mi*ann Wittmann aud that since there is no bum bah lh the county, the use of aerial fireworks is not restricted. However, Wiilmann said people need to keep the fireworks on their own property, use caution and make sure children are supervised.
“They need to heed the warnings on fireworks. They all have warnings on them,” said Wiilmann. “Safety is the main thing.”
Elected officials ready to take office
By DENISE DZIUK
Wednesday will be the first day of 1997, and for a group of local public officials, it also will be the first day in
Wednesday morning at 9 a.m., IO elected officials will take their oath of office, followed by numerous deputies for the Sheri IT s Department.
“The purpose of that is to make sure we don’t have any elected offices
uncovered and to provide continuity,” said District Judge Jack Robison.
Robison will swear in the first nine officials. On tap to take the oath are: Jack Dawson, commissioner-elect precinct I; Cristina Zamora, commissioner precinct 3; Jose Gomez, constable precinct I; Lester Le I ss ne r, constable precinct 2; Jim Hanley, constable, Precinct 3; Ed Mullins, constable, precinct 4; Bill Ramer, county attorney-elect; Dib Waldrip, district attorney-elect; and Gloria C’lennan, tax
County Judge Carter Casteel will then swear in sheriff-elect Bob Holder. Following his oath, Holder will swear in his deputies.
“It’s our annual thing. Many of them bring their friends and families to witness the event” said Casteel. “It’s a very nice ceremony. We’re trying to honor those people and (by having family and church representatives present), impress on them the magnitude of the position they hold ”
Old Indian may have saved Jesse James
Photo would be only 20th of outlaw
By ROBERT STEWART
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Looking behind an old photo in a frame produced paydirt when what may be an authentic portrait of outlaw Jesse James was discovered.
Joyce Webb Tate, owner of Wimberley Stained Glass, found the portrait behind an old Indian picture that she saved because she liked the frame.
She gave the Jesse James photo to her friend, Martin DeMasters for his birthday because he is a descendant of the infamous bank and train robber,
DeMasters contacted Tim A. Gibson of The James Gang Portrait Studio at C anyon Lake. Together, with the help of Gibson’s father, Doug Mosher, the trio have embarked on a mission to authenticate the portrait and to perhaps develop a marketing strategy to share the find.
“We started just getting every book
we could find on Jesse James and the comparisons were amazing,” Gibson said.
The group has contacted representatives of the Jesse James Museum and will work with them for further authentication.
A computer analysis lias been done, comparing another James photo with the new find. It matches in almost every detail and dimension.
“This was presented on ‘potato chip’ paper which was only used in Denver and CTacago and at that time Jesse was rn Chicago,” Gibson said. “There are only 19 true images that have been authenticated so this would be the 20th one.
“Even photos in the Time-Life books are confirmed as fakes,” DeMasters said. “lf this picture had not been stuck behind the Indian, light would have ruined it.”
Estimates say the photo was probably made when James was age 25 to 28, IO years before his death in 1882.
WORD focus on safety, cleanup
Signs near dam top priority for agency in 1997
Two pastors from local churches will also be on hand to provide the invocation and benediction Casted said following the swearing in, the county's roughly 22 elected officials will take photographs together Refreshments will also be served The ceremony will be held from 9 to IO a m. in the District ( ourtroom in the Comal County Courthouse Annex. 1150 N. Seguin. “It’s open to the public and we'ld love to have you there,” said Robison.
By DAVID DEKUNDER
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From right, Tim A. Gibson, Martin DeMasters, and Doug Mosher show off the Jesse James portrait.
CANYON LAKE — Guadalupe River safety and cleanup will be the main concerns facing the Comal County W ater Oriented Recreation District during the upcoming year, WORD Manager Jim Inman said.
Inman said one of WORD'S goals for 1997 is to put signs near the second and third dams on the Guadalupe River. The dams are located between Highway 3(X> and the Fourth Crossing bridge*.
The signs would be placed on buoys around the dam directing people to a portage area that would be used for tubers, boaters and rafters to get out of the river, and walk around the dam “We rather would have people portage around the end of the dams rather than attempt to go over the dams,” Inman said.
Since the portage area would be on private property, Inman said he would have to talk to the property owners around the area before the signs could be put up.
On Jan. 8. the WORD hoard will meet at the Canyon Lake Action ( enter to discuss proposed tubing rules and regulations by the city of New Braunfels.
The proposed rules and regulations are a result of a lawsuit the city settled concerning a woman who drowned while tubing several years ago.
At its December 18 meeting, the board heard front New Braunfels City Manager Michael Shands, who explained the rules to the board members.
The purpose of the Jan. 8 meeting is tor the board to adopt a position on the proposed rules, Inman said “I ant sure something w ill come out of the New Braunfels regulations because additional signage will be required on the river.” Inman said.
The WORD board will be looking to formulate its 1997 and 1999 plans and 1907 budget in January Ute plans are an outline on what the district wants to accomplish tor the year.
T he plait covers I I areas such as safety, education. Canyon Lake projects, river and lake cleanups, law enforcement and courtesy patrols, which patrol the river during the tourist season iii the summer
Inman said the WORD planning committee has already met once and will meet again on Monday
I he budget committee still needs to meet and approve the 1997 budget I he board w ill meet again on Jan 22 to consider lx*th plans and the budget
“On Jan 22 I will Iv ready to present to them the 1997 and 1999 plans and 1997 budget tor their approval,” Inman said
I he WORD numagci said he hopes the district will continue to make the strides it made iii river cleanups last year
T his summer’s drought and lack of rainfall made the river flow drop, which made it easier to clean the bottom of the Guadalupe River “Last year the river dropped to a low that we made an enormous (ump on river cleanup,” Inman said
“We want to add signage to reinforce the issue iii the tourist's mind reminding them to enjoy the rivei but to keep it clean.”Designate a driver if you plan to drink tonight, Page 4.
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