New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 2, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in one section ■ Friday, February 2,1996
EL PASO, TX 79903-Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of TINA PARTIDA
Vol. 144, No. 58
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Sports ==;J | Bitter cold air pounds county, ice forces closures
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Nicholas Timmermann (one yeai1); Tefresa Lynn Supulver (18 yea rf), Paige Fout (18 years), and Tina Partida.
Weather shuffles children’s play schedule
Today's performance of the Missoula Children's Theatre production of "Jack and the Beanstalk" has been cancelled.
However, a second show has been added Saturday. Performances will be at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. tomorrow at the Civic Center. Tickets are $4. Call 609-0454 for information.
Junior Livestock Show Association meets
The Comal County Junior Livestock Show Association meets at 7:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 5 in the Comal County Extension Service office at 132 S. Water Lane.
The Revolutionary Mrs. Adams
Celebrate President's Month at Free Tuesday P.M. at the Children's Museum in New Braunfels, 183 IH-35 W„ 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.
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 Fran Estes. 625-7004.
Domino tournament Saturday
Lions' '42' Domino Tournament will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, from 9 a m. to 5 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center on Landa Street.
Optimists to meet at Molly Joe’s
The New Braunfels Optimist Club will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5, at Molly Joe's Restaurant.
Guest speaker will be Chip Schumacher of the Hill Country Nursery.
Downtown Association meets Tuesday
The Downtown Association meets at noon, Tuesday, Feb. 16 at Tree Tops Restaurant.
Guest speaker will be Tamara Feist of San Marcos Transit, on 'What Downtown Can Expect With A New Bus System.'
Herald-Zeituna photos bv MICHAEL DARNALL
New Braunfels Police Corporal Russell Bell directs traffic around a wreck on FM 725. A car slid into the back of an 18-wheeler. No injuries were reported.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND .....
Arctic blasts slammed area school doors shut today, but banks are open for business. The freezing drizzle should continue through Saturday, according to John Patton of the National Weather Service.
“North winds tonight will be 10 to 15 miles per hour, producing wind chills near zero,” he said. Highs Saturday should only reach the upper 20s.
The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning today through Saturday, with Saturday night Hill Country lows near IO.
Icy roads contributed to more than 30 car accidents in New Braunfels yesterday, according to Lt. John Wommack.
Sunday will begin to bring relief, with cloudiness decreasing and highs in the 30s.
Monday will start to see more normal area weather conditions
'I’d say a storm this cold of this duration and area only comes along once in five years.’
— John Patton
— mostly clear and not as cold, with lows in the 20s to near 30. Tuesday, Comal County should see blue skies with highs in the 60s and lows in the 30s.
“If we can survive the weekend, there’s hope ” Patton said.
People can dress warmly, stay inside and throw a few more logs on the fire, but livestock aren’t so lucky. “The problem with newborn calves is the calories it takes to keep them alive in this kind of weather,” Patton said. “Keep them out of the wind — that’s about the only thing they can do.”
Texans transplanted from
Icicles form on a tree at Camp Huaco Springs.
northern climes may be amused at the stir caused by a few days of sub-freezing temperatures, but South Texas doesn’t have much practice at dealing with Old Man
Winter. “Off the top of my head. I’d say a storm this cold of this duration and area only comes along once in five years,” Patton said.
County readies for security system amid string of burglaries
By DENISE DZIUK
Comal County Commissioners opened bids for courthouse security proposals Thursday with the knowledge that a fourth “successful” burglary has occurred in the complex within the last six weeks.
Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer said the most recent burglary occurred Tuesday night. He said there was no sign of forced entry, and about $55 was taken. He said that in all, the-four break-ins have resulted in a weapon and small amounts of cash being taken from various locations in the three buildings.
County Judge Carter Casteel said Tuesday’s burglary marked the fourth “successful burglary” in the complex, and now all three buildings have been involved in the break-ins. Bremer said the four events occurred within the last 30 days to six weeks, but he has no indication that the four are linked. All of them are still under investigation.
“There’s not a lot of leads, bul we’re following up on some things we do have,” said Bremer.
Ironically, the fourth burglary occurred just days before the commissioners opened bids for security at ihe courthouse complex. Casteel said the bids are being looked at, and hopes it will only take a couple of weeks before a recommendation is made. Bremer said there is no way to tell how long it will take to approve a bid and a plan, and get it installed. He said he is implementing an interim plan until then.
“I’m going to take some other measures and get some other things done until then,” said Bremer
Casteel said she believes the burglaries will cause people involved with the plan to “focus” more and come to some sort of agreement on security quicker.
“It’s making some of us quit the arguing about some things, and it’s making all of us focus a little more, I think,” she said.
Bremer said that had the proposed security plan been in place at the time of the most recent burglary, the Sheriff s Department would have been aware of a problem in the building.
“Had we had our security system in place with the motion detectors, any motion after hours would have been noted,” said Bremer.
Flood warning system for Guadalupe pursued
By DENISE DZIUK
Camping along the Guadalupe River between Canyon Dam and New Braunfels will get safer. Plans are underway to develop system to monitor the river and set off sirens if a flash flood hits, according to Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann .
Willmann said he has wanted some sort of warning system for “a long time.” However, he said an incident around Memorial Day weekend may have pushed the issue to the forefront. The day after everyone left town on Memorial Day weekend, it started to rain in the middle of the night. Willmann said between six and 11 inches of rain (jell, and several areas flooded. He said no one was seriously injured, but tents and cars were under water. A string of campgrounds line the river along River Road.
“Even the weather service was a little fooled because that little cloud didn’t look like it was dropping that much,” said Willmann. “That’s what sparked the newest interest in monitoring the river.”
Willmann said the system, which is still in the early planning stages, would have gauges to monitor rain in the watershed area, as well as the river level. He said the system would probably be similar to the one in Kerr County, where the gauges are tied by antenna to software in a central monitonng system. He said the software would update conditions every 20 minutes, but a person could also call up current conditions within two to five minutes.
“It can also be program so that when levels reach a certain point, it will alert whoever is watching (the data),” said Willmann.
He said the funding for the system, as well as some of the finer details, will be discussed at a meeting Tuesday afternoon. Representatives from the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, the Edwards Underground Water District, the Water Oriented Recreation District, the National Weather Service, and the Shenffs Department will attend a meeting with Willmann.
One of the points that will be discussed will be who will be responsible for the system and the monitonng. Will
mann said a determination has not been made yet. However, he would like an agency like the National Weather Service to be responsible for the monitoring. He said it could do the predicting and forecasting, and the Fire and Sheriffs departments would be able to access the information to determine when flood warnings need to go out.
“We could then establish historical data that would help us determine when evacuations or warnings would be necessary to give people, especially campers along the river, time to move to a little higher ground,” he said.
Willmann there is still a lot of work that needs to be done on the project and it is hard to estimate a completion date. However, he would like to see something done by the end of April.
In the meantime, Willmann said he has been working with WORD manager Jim Inman to develop an evacuation plan that establishes places people can move to that generally do not flood. He said the plans are about halfway complete, and it is now a matter of getting them written down and agreed to.
HarakJ-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Ann Kuehler, (front, right) won the Sesquicentennial Quilt raffled off at last Friday's Chamber of Commerce Banquet. She is pictured with outgoing Chamber of Commerce Chairman Carter Casteel, Ned Morton and Mary Ann Thompson.
Kuehler, a lifelong New Braunfels resident, said that after serving on several Sesquicentennial committees, winning the quilt was "the icing on the cake."
De Lay and Laney to be featured at annual Texas Legislative Conference
From Staff Reports
Majority Whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, Tom De Lay, and Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, Pete Laney, are headliners at the 30th Annual Texas Legislative Conference to be held in New Braunfels on March 21-22.
De Lay in a U.S. Representative from Houston and as Majonty Whip, he is the third most powerful person in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Laney will be honored as Texan of the Year at a reception on Thursday, March 21, in the New Braunfels Civic Center. He will give the opening speech on Friday, March 22.
De Lay will be the featured speaker at the Friday noon luncheon De Lay is a member of Congress representing the 22nd District of Texas, which includes Brazoria, Fort Bend and Harris counties. Congressman De Lay
began his legislative career in 1978, when he became the first Fort Bend County Republican ever elected to the Texas House of Representatives. In 1984, he moved to the U.S. House of Representatives. He currently holds the third highest leadership post in the House Republican Conference.
The deadline for registenng as an associate sponsor is Monday, February 9, according to Bennie Bock ll, chair of the arrangements committee. Information on associate sponsorships and general registration is available at tile New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce at (210) 625-2385.
Following Laney on Friday morning, a panel of political experts will make predictions on upcoming elections and what issues will be the hot topics in the campaigns. Moderating this panel will be George Chnstian, vice-president of Texas Taxpayers and Research Asso-
Tom De Lay
ciation, and former press secretary to Governor Price Daniel, Governor John Connally and President Lyndon B.
Panelists will include well known political analyst Karl C. Rove and George Shipley. *
Rove has been an advisor to several notable Republican candidates and Shipley has been in similar positions for Democrats, according to Allan Shivers Jr., chair of the Conference Advisory committee.
Shivers added, “This program segment should be very lively and full of humor and candor.”
Another conference feature will be entitled, "Is the Role of Congress Changing?”
This panel will include former U.S. congressmen, Kent Hance, Joe Kilgore and Jake Pickle. Advisory Committee Chair Allan Shivers Jr. said “We are fortunate to have Tom IX* Lay as our principal speaker at the noon luncheon. He is not only in a powerful position.
but this young Texas businessman is becoming increasingly popular on the national scene.”
The conference and Texan of the Year Reception is sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
This year the conference has six cosponsors: Bank of America Texas, Entex, A NorAm Energy Company; Guadalupe Valley Telephone Co-Op. Inc.; Lower Colorado River Authority; PacifiCare in the Southwest and Southwestern Bell Telephone of Texas The conference will celebrate its 30th year on March 21 -22 in the New Braunfels Civic Center. For information on early registration discounts contact the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. P.O. Box 311417. New Braunfels, Texas 7813 l l 417 or call (2IO) 625-2385.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144