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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 1, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYUIL puts    New Braunfels in 5A district with Judson, Roosevelt — Page 5. 50 CENTS Inside Editorial...........................................4 Sports..............................................5 Comics............................................7 Market Place.............................8-10 Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Mark Cole, David Alejos, Gladys Steams, Rocky Molina, Trent Wenzel (21 years), Lucy Ordana and Ginger EfTenberger 150 years.) Pollen Count Cedar — 680 Mold —580 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel. Water Information Comal River — 278 Cubic Feet Per Second, down 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.91 feet above sea level, down .01. The Revolutionary Mrs. Adams Celebrate President's Month at Free Tuesday PM at the Children's Museum in New Braunfels, 183 IH-35 VV., at 1 p.m. Feb. 6. Abigail Adams was the wife of the second president of the United States, the mother of the sixth, a farmer, merchant, revolutionary and surprisingly witty and passionate woman. Come meet her, as the Children's Museum presents Rebecca Bloomfield in The Revolutionary Mrs. Adams.’ The 1 p.m. performance is free to families; group rates are available for schools. Mrs. Adams will visit in person with museum patrons between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Staying in character, she will show items from her 'big bag' and discuss , the life and times of revolutionary America. Call 620-0939 for more information. 'Goodbye GM’ Circle Arts Theatre presents a benefit performance of Neil Simon's 'The Goodbye Girl' for the Comal Area League of Women Voters on Feb. 4. Tickets are available at China* N-Things and from Fan Estes, 625-7004. Do you know en Unsung Hero? Each spring, the Herald-Zeitung presents a Citizen of the Year award and several Unsung Hero awards at a reception celebrating the annual Horizons edition of the newspaper. The Herald-Zeitung needs the public's help in finding Unsung Heroes. Do you know a person whose good deeds have gone unrecognized? Let us know about him or her, so they can receive the credit they deserve. The Herald-Zeitung also needs nominations for its Citizen of the Year award. Mail or drop off a letter telling us about your Unsung Hero candidate to: Herald-Zeitung Heroes 707 Landa St. New Braunfels, TX 78130. Nominations may also be faxed to 625-1224. Make sure to include you own name and daytime telephone number. The winning numbers Lotto Texas 17, 25, 26,42, 44,50 Est $22 milton jackpot Crash ••• Slam ••• Crunch Winter blast leaves drivers all over the road — and off it By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A mere sprinkling of ice on area roads wreaked havoc with commuters this morning. “It’s a mess,” said New Braunfels Police Lieutenant John Wommack. Law enforcement manpower was stretched to the limit to keep up with fender benders. The Department of Public safety did not officially close any state roads, but commuters faced long delays on their drive to San Antonio. New Braunfels Police Department computers were too busy processing calls to get an exact accident count by press time, but “’s a good dozen at least,” Wommack said. He said that none of the accidents involved major injuries, as far as he knew. “River Road’s in very bad shape,” said Larry Kearney, assistant county engineer. “There’s a car in the river at the first crossing.” Unfortunately for Canyon Lake area commuters, once they’re on River Road and it turns treacherous, there aren’t side roads leading to better routes, Kearney said. County road crews were spreading sand on trouble spots as commuters were making their way to work, Kearney said. “We do have a sand spreader out and they also have crews putting up barricades,” said C. A. Bolner, New Braunfels city engineer. The city also has a flatbed truck for workers to spread sand in areas like parking lots. City road crews zeroed in on IH-35 and Loop 337 bridges, Bolner said. Bolner said the roads didn’t turn slick until about 6:30 a.m. By that time traffic was already on the roads. “The temperature has been dropping since,” he said. Tomorrow should bring more of the same weather and worse, according to the National Weather Service forecast. It calls for a 60 percent chance of freezing rain with lows in the upper 20s to near 30. Friday should be cloudy, windy and colder, with a 40 percent chance of freezing rain changing to sleet or snow by afternoon. “We’ll be out again tonight,” Bolner said. Wommack said the rules are simple for negotiating the slick pavement — DRIVE SLOWLY. “If you feel yourself starting to slide, don’t slam on the brakes,” he said. Leave early for work to give yourself extra time. “The best thing in this weather — if you don’t have to drive, don’t go out,” Wommack said. Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A teen-age New Braunfels High School student is carried from her car by an EMS worker after she slid off the bridge at the first crossing of River Road this morning. Superstores provide a niche for little guys By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The advent of grocery “superstores” hasn’t hurt Wuest’s grocery stores a bit. In fact, business is so good that the Landa Street Wuest’s is expanding. “The store we have is 15,000 square feet,” said owner Bobby Wuest. “It’s going to be a little less than 22,000 feet.” The huge superstores have created a whole new market for locally owned, service-oriented stores like Wuest’s, he said. “If you take a single parent that doesn’t have time to shop in those big stores, or a family where both parents work, or the elderly — some of the people are intimidated by those stores,” Wuest said. The whole store will have a new look, he said. The frozen foods department at the new Landa Store will be much bigger. “Basically, frozen food is a small department now,” Wuest said. “We’re putting in 49 doors of frozen food.” The dry grocery section will grow, as well as the beer and wine selection. Wuest put off introducing scanning checkouts in the Landa Street store until die expansion — he had upgraded the checkouts in his other stores already. “Some of our customers were actually asking when we would expand the store,” he said. Wuest wouldn’t guess on a completion date — applying to the city for a variance to build a sprinkler system held up the start a month or so. “We’ve found that our niche is as good as it has ever been,” Wuest said, “and we’re pretty happy.” Hispanic Chamber members head to Mexico to drum up business By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The Comal County Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce wants to sell New Braunfels to a whole other customer — Mexico. Two local representatives, GHCC Chair Ron Gonzalez and Promotions Chair Mario Castaneda, will join a trade mission to Monterrey, Mexico, Feb. 7to ll. “Monterrey is the industrial capital of Mexico, along with Mexico City,” Gonzalez said. “They’re the two top cities to do business with.” Gonzalez has several goals for the Monterrey meeting, he said. “I’ll be taking information about businesses on an individual basis into Mexico. I’m also going to be marketing the whole area of Comal County and New Braunfels and what the area has to offer.” The GHCC delegates will explore all possible facets of trade with Mexico, said Cristina Aguilar-Friar, GHCC chair for Cultural Awareness and International Affairs. “There’s a misconception that Mexico is broke,” she said, “but not everyone is broke. In Monterrey itself is a huge industry with beer and tequila, to begin with." Mexico is made up of diverse states, like the U.S., Aguilar-Friar said. “Each state has its own agenda, its own market.” Nuevo Leon is a state with its own needs for goods and services, she said. “For example, Tamalipos is another state. “They’re into the ecosystem, try ing to preserve the environment. Each separate state lias its own agenda." Many Mexican businesses are healthy enough to think about setting up plants in the U.S., and New Braunfels is ideally suited for such expansion, she said. New Braunfels has an ideal IH-35 location for possible expansion, Aguilar-Fnar said. “Being in between San Antonio and Austin makes it a perfect location. If they settle in New Braunfels they can do business in both areas.” The Monterrey mission is a preliminary step to building future international trade partnerships, Aguilar-Fnar said. “With us speaking Spanish and understanding the culture, it facilitates the process,” she said. “We can get together, make contacts, and maybe some of these industnes will want to extend into our area " An estimated 50 major Mexican firms will represent Mexican business interests at the convention, she said. Mexican dignitaries attending include Socrates Rizzo Garcia, governor of Nuevo Leon, and Jesus Hinojosa, mayor of Monterrey. The Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers of Commerce (TAMACC) organized the trade mission. The Comal County GHCC is one of the newest and fastest growing TAM ACC members. The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce has helped the GHCC’s efforts by donating brochures and other literature to effectively showcase the community, Gonzalez said. “I’M also be collecting information from Main Street and any other organization that can assist me in selling the community as a whole,” he said. What’s really exciting about it is that we’ve done it on our own initiative — we’re digging into our own pockets,” Aguilar-Friar said. Gonzalez and Castaneda will foot their own hotel bills for the trip. TAM ACC will provide air fare, she said. The international trade mission is a glimpse of the GHCC’s potential, Aguilar-Fnar said. “I’ve been on trade missions before," Gonzalez said,” but this one is very special for me. This time I’m going to be trying to sell the whole community." Sansing seeks to provide continuity as head of county United Way —TEXAS— LOTTERY By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The United Way of Comal County has changed presidency, but the goals of the organization have remained the same. New President David Sansing said last year was a successful year, and the upcoming year should be the same. Sansing said the key goal of the United Way of Comal County is to access critical needs for services in the county, raise the funds to help support those needs, and determine a way to dispense those funds. He said that is the same goal as the past, but it remains critical. “That’s a pretty general answer, but it’s been a goal every year. We just keep refining it and trying to improve on it,” said Sansing. Sansing said another key point to a successful year with United Way will be the emphasis put on outlying areas within Comal County. He said the organization will be looking to support more programs in the outer parts of the county, and increase community involvement in these areas. He said members will play a big part in that. He added that the recent naming of Joe Rogers as executive director will also be beneficial because he has a lot of contacts in the Smithson Valley Area. “I think this next year, we’re going to emphasize a lot of the programs that have been implemented,” said Sansing. “We want to develop more of a community spint within the county. Sansing This isn’t United Way of New Braunfels. It’s United Way of Comal County." Sansing said last year’s fund-raising dove raised $310,000, which was $25,000 above the previous year. He said these funds helped 29 agencies. He said the year was very successful when you consider the fact that it was the city’s Sesquicentennial. He said United Way had to compete with other projects and efforts for funds, and the goal was still surpassed. However, Sansing said, it was the residents that made the past year a success, and they will be the ones that make the upcoming year a success also. “Myself, as well as the board, appreciates the generosity of residents from last year’s drive and are looking forward to working with them to offer more support,” said Sansing. Sansing became involved with the United Way of Comal County in 1990 as the company drive chair for TXI. After doing this for several years, he joined the board in 1992, and was treasurer in 1993 and 1994 and president elect in 1995. Sansing replaces Doug Miller as president of the United Way of Comal County. Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Overture, curtain, lights A line of dancers practices for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Jack and the Beanstalk, to be performed Saturday at 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Tickets are 14 and are available at the Children’s Museum, and at Sip N Sup at 611 W. San Antonio, Christmas trees make a comeback as mulch All those Christmas trees that residents left at the Landa Park swimming pool parking lot have been ground into mulch by the Parks and Recreation Department. Anyone who wants free mulch can pick it up at Cypress Bend Park between the hours of S and dusk The mulch provides a nice cover for flower beds an Hollis more moisture iii the ground. It also decomposes over time serving as an excellent fertilizer. For information, call 60X-2I60. New BraunfelsHer alc"isi'SH'"” ■“ nnrf EL PASO, TX 7990 ary 1.1996    Servina    Comal    County    and    surroundina    areas    for    more    than    144    years    ■    Home    of    TIM    ENGLAND    * Old New Braunfels Academy 10 pages in one section ■ Thursday, February 1,1996    Serving    Comal    County    and    surrounding    areas    for    more    than    144    years    ■    Home    of    TIM    ENGLAND Vol. 144, No. 57Never hear your kids say    ‘There’s nothing to do' . See Opinion, Page 4. ;