New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 4, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Arctic cold hikes prices of natural gas
HOUSTON (AP) — A deep freeze that gripped the Plains, the Midwest and much of the South this week caused natural gas prices to hit record levels Friday.
Spot gas prices soared to a range of $J2 to $13.50 per thousand cubic feet at Henry Hub, La., a key connecting point where supplies
from the Gulf Coast are shipped north. In Chicago, spot prices jumped to a range of $20 to $26 per thousand cubic feet.
“That is the highest by far — the highest price for gas we've seen ever,” said Dick Sutton, a principal with Jofree Corp., a Houston energy consulting company.
Birthday wlshas from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: April Rhelnlaender (18), Don Knippa, Michael Green (belated), Ben Trleech (belated), like Noble, Mark Hanebauer, acob Montanez, April Love Dohman, Marla C. Cordova and Christy Bading.
Happy anniversary to Jimmy and Dorothy Rheinlaender (48 ).
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Circle Arts Theatre presents a benefit performance of Neil Simon’s The Goodbye Girl’ for the Comal Area League of Women Voters today. Tickets are available at China-N-Things and from Fran Estes, 625-7004.
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.
Downtown Association moots Tuesday
The Downtown Association meets at noon, Tuesday, Feb.
6 at Tree Tops Restaurant.
Guest speaker will be Tamara Feist of San Marcos Transit, on ‘What Downtown Can Expect With a New Bus System.
Optimists will gather at Molly Joo’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.
Tho Rovokitionary Mrs. Adams
Celebrate President’s Month at Free Tuesday P.M. at the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels, 183IH-35 W., at 1 p.m. on 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 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,
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Stranded motorist robbed
Bandits offered help before pulling gun
By DENISE DZIUK
What first looked like an act of kindness turned into a crime when two men helping a stranded motorist robbed him at gun point.
Sgt. David Wilson, with the New Braunfels Police Department, said a motorist was traveling on Loop 337 at about 7 a.m. Saturday when his car stalled near the go-cart tracks and McCoy’s. Wilson said after two males helped the motorist
start the car, they robbed him.
“A couple of characters stopped to help him. They got the car started,” said Wilson. ‘‘The motorist got back out to tell the men ‘thank you’ for their help, and one of them pulled out a small handgun.”
Wilson said the robbers asked the man for his money, got back in their vehicle, and drove back toward Interstate 35 with their headlights off. Wilson said a undetermined amount of money was taken, and the motorist was not injured.
The incident is still under investigation. The two suspects are white males believed to be 30 to 40 years old. One had some sort of beard or mustache, police said. They were last seen driving a white four-wheel drive Ford full-size truck
with large tires.
The truck had a chrome roll bar across the back and also may have had a sticker in the back.
Gun brandished at car dealership
In an unrelated incident, the police department is investigating an incident Saturday at Becker Motor Company in which a gun was pulled on an employee.
Wilson said it appears that a “disgruntled customer” drove up to Becker Motor Company on Seguin St. An individual in the back seat of the car pointed a gun in the direction of an employee, but no shots were fired. Wilson said the vehicle then drove off. A description of the vehicle had not yet been released at press time._
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cold weather, there is some relief rn
local residents dal very food of
is some relief in sight.
Area temperatures are expected to be a little higher today than they have been die past sev-~ etal days. *
Saturday was partly sunny with a north wind of 3 to IO miles per hour. The high was in the mid-thirties.
Saturday night was expected to see clear > cold weather with temperatures in the teens, and alight wind. Today is expected to be tnosdy sunny with highs in the mid 40s and southeast winds st 5 to IO miles per bour.
Dispatchers with die police department and the sheriffs office said traffic was moving well Friday night and Saturday morning.
Artists rendition of now expansion st Schdtterbshn Watermark
Four new rides featured at parti
By DENISE DZIUK
Many local residents have driven by the Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort and wondered what it is they are building. Well, the wondering is over. Schlitterbahn is adding another theme section with four new rides.
“It’s going to be a major new expansion to our park,” said public relations director Sherrie Brammall. ‘‘It’s the most we’ve ever opened at one time. We’ve never opened four new rides at once.”
The addition to the 65-acre waterpark and resort complex will be named Blastenhoff, and will be located at the comer of Unirat and Lincoln streets, adjacent to the Surfenburg section of the park. Tem Adams, gen
eral manager of the waterpark and resorts, said walkways will be included for visitors to follow to the various sections of the park.
Blastenhoff will include a six-sto-ry-tall downhill family raft ride, the park’s first “dark” tube ride, a high-action river ride, and a third uphill water coaster. Brammall said the new water coaster, Master Blaster, is “higher, steeper, and better” than the first two, and should be popular.
“The new Master Blaster is more of a roller-coaster-style ride than our original Dragon Blaster, which quickly became our most popular ride,” Adams said. “With steeper, longer drops, the new water coaster will be a spectacular attraction for Schlitterbahn fans.”
Adams said the multi-million dollar
project is still undergoing design changes, and there are plans to turn the current tower into part of a castle. She said that “barring any unforeseen weather problems,” the project should be completed by the end of June.
“We’re hoping people will see it under construction, get excited, and come back when it’s finished,” she said.
In addition to the new “thrill rides,” Adams said new condominiums will also be available for overnight guests. Schlitterbahn Resort at the Rapids has acquired six additional units near the Surfenburg section of the park.
Adams said the expansions in accommodations and rides will also result in an expansion of the summer workforce, for which applications are now being taken.
Grant money at stake in amended ordinance debate
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The New Braunfels city council is laboring over an amended historic preservation ordinance. They have sent the Historic Landmark Commission back to the drawing board twice to rework the law.
The commission and the city council will meet in a w orkshop Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to hash out the details once again. The city' council unanimously tabled a vote on the amendment at their last meeting after more than an hour of citizen comments.
New Braunfels, along with 50 to 60 Texas cities, already has a historic landmark ordinance. The Historic Landmark Commission crafted a new one so New Braunfels could become a “certified local government (CLG) ”
As a CLG, New Braunfels could be eligible for historic preservation grant money, according to Texas Historical Commission rules.
“The (Historic Preservation) act provides that at least IO percent of the state’s annual Historic Preserv ation Fund be designated for transfer to Certified Local Government Programs,” the rule says.
But local governments have to shape their historic preservation ordinances after the state model to quality as CLGs — and the proposed ordinance does that.
The newest version of the proposed New Braunfels ordinance w ould provide for “historic districts” (a CLG requirement). Residents ask the city council to become part of a district, not the other w ay around
The ordinance presented at the last city council meeting said that IOO percent of residents in a proposed district would have to approve in order for it to be designated. “A district shall consist of a minimum of two contiguous properties,” the ordinance says.
The ordinance spells out the process needed to form a historic district:
■ IOO percent of property owners in the district submit a written request to the Landmark Commission to designate a district.
■ The Landmark Commission notifies propertv ow ners of a public hearing about the district, then holds the public hearing.
■ The Landmark Commission can then recommend forming the district to the Planning and Zoning Commission within 30 days of the initial request.
■ The P&Z Commission announces a hearing on the proposed district within 45 days of its recommendation from the Landmark Commission
■ The P&Z Commission holds the hearing the same way it would hold
See HISTORIC Page 3A
Noon Lions roar for local poster contest winner, Lori Henze
Lori Henze, an 8th-grade student at Canyon Middle School, has won first place in the District 2S3 Lions International Peace Poster Contest sponsored by the New Braunfels Noon Lions Club (NBNLC).
Lion District Governor Melvin J. Chambers, of Austin, made the announcement at a recent district meeting. “We can’t thank you enough for the time and effort that you put into preparing your poster,” commented Gov. Chambers in a letter to Henze.
“The task of selecting one poster to send to the Multiple-District 2 (Texas) competition was very difficult. Your poster was selected to be entered in the MD-2 competition. It will be February before we know if your poster was selected to represent Texas in the Lions International Peace Poster Contest. We certainly hope that your poster will be an entry but, if it is not, we want you to know that we are proud of you. We encourage you to continue your interest in art,” Chambers said.
Ernie Mendez, chairman of the local Peace Poster Contest for the NBNLC, was elated Lori Henze’s poster was selected as the District 2S3 winner. “Out of 158 posters sub
mitted by the Canyon Middle School art department and judged by our club with 150 members present, Lori’s poster best portrayed the contest’s theme, "Peace Will Set Us Free,” said Mendez. “Leslie Lewis, art teacher at CMS, does a great job with her students.”
“Lori’s poster will face stiff competition through the state round and in three more rounds of international competition if she is to be declared the international grand prize winner,” said Gerald Groves, president of the NBNLC.
Lions Club International sponsors the contest to underscore the importance of peace to young people everywhere.
Ultimately, one grand prize winner will be selected from 24 international finalists. The grand prize includes a cash award of $ 1,500 plus an all-expense paid trip for die winner and two family members to New York City for the awards ceremony at the United Nations building in March 19%. As merit award winners, the remaining 23 finalists each will receive certificates and a cash award of $250.
“We’re all cheering for Lori,” Ernie Mendez said, "and the whole club is anxiously awaiting the next round of competition.”
(I to r) Gerald Groves, president of the New Braunfels Noon Lions Club, Ernie Mendez, chair of the local Peace Poster Contest, and Dr. Jerry Major. CISG superintendent congratulate Lori Henze, winner of the district contest. Lori’s poster goes on to state, and possibly national and international, competition.
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