New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 5, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
INSIDE - Canyon keeps rolling, knocks off Smithson Valley in basketball, see Sports, Page 10A
New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995
Letters to the Editor
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Ken Kuehler, Stella Luerson, Mark Hans-bauer, Grandpa Jeb Kotula, Mike Noble, Carol B. Morales, Robin Williams, Dorothy Voll-becht, Emily Jean Villanueva (9th), and Jeffrey Orth. Happy anniversary to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Young.
Music Study Club sponsors patriotic concert
To commemorate President’s Day. members of the Comal Community Band will present a patnotic concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Seele Parish Hall, 190 W. Coll St. Sponsored by the New Braunfels Music Study Club, the program is free and open to the public.
Ticket sellers needed for barbecue
The Sesquicentennial Commission is planning a barbecue for Saturday, Apnl 22 in the Wursthalle. The commission hopes this event will be the largest barbecue this community has ever seen.
All orgamzatioas in the area arc invited to become involved in selling tickets to this event. The organization will receive SI for each tickerthat it sells.
This could be a great way for organizations to raise funds and serve the community. Call Jim Scheele at the Chamber of Commerce, 625-2385, or Nancy Hargrove at 608-4264.
ArtBsat *95 contest entries due
Youth ArtBeat deadline to enter the art contest and to sign up to entertain is Feb. IO. Needed - jugglers, mimes, bands, vocalists -entertainers of every kind.
Young artists from kindergarten to high school ages are invited to enter the art contest. The Peoples Choice weekend of judging the entries is Feb. 18, with the Youth ArtBeat festival to be held Feb. 25. All the festivities take place in downtown New Braunfels.
For mformanon, call 608-2100 or 609-0454.
Ross clinic at Schul! Nursery
Members of the San Antonio Rose Society will conduct a very informative Rose Clinic at Schulz Nursery in Marion from IO a m. until noon on Saturday, Feb. 11. Pruning, feeding, planting and spraying will be covered. Admission is free. Public invited
Arbor Day ooromony at Landa Park
A Sesquicentennial Arbor Day celebration will be held Feb. 14 at 2 p.m. in the Landa Park Arboretum near Pavilion 7A.
Three trees will be planted. Members of all Garden Clubs are invited to attend, as is the general public.
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New Braunfels Fire Department officials are still investigating the cause of a fire at a group of self-storage units early Saturday morning The fire department responded to the call at 5:43 a.m., said NBFD Captain Ray Hacker.
Located at 1190 Eikel, nine storage units were destroyed and 14 others were damaged. The NBFD was on the scene for more than five hours.
Two arrested in drug raid
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Friday, Feb. 2, at 8:15 p.m. the Comal County Sheriff's Dept, executed a search warrant at 330 South Live Oak in New Braunfels, said Ellwood Hoherz, chief deputy. The Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force assisted in the search.
Approximately 12 ounces of marijuana were seized, along with scales, many weapons, and other contraband. U.S. currency was also seized — $4,305.
Two arrests were made as a result of the search, Senaido "Chino” Rodriguez, 31, and Martha Rodriguez, 32.
They were charged with felony possession of marijuana, over four ounces but under five pounds.
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Baseball is back
High School teams start season Monday. See Page 12A
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When Bees Come Calling
Presence of Africanized strain in county earns bees new respect
By CRAIG HAMMETT crossbred and
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TDH lifts threat of pulling Medicare
By CRAIG HAMMETT
McKenna Hospital is no longer under the threat of losing its connection with the Medicare Program, said McKenna officials Friday.
Johnny Johnson, chief executive officer of the hospital, said officials from the Texas Department of Health completed a three-day repeat inspection. They gave the hospital a clean report which was accepted by the federal Health Care Financing Administration, a state health inspector told Johnson.
* “We are no longer under scrutiny under the Texas Department of Health," he said.
The hospital had been notified of termination of benefits following a complaint and subsequent initial sur
vey. lf they did not comply, Medicare participation would have ended by Feb. ll.
Johnson said the complaint stemmed from a laboratory incident four years ago when proper documentation had not been filed. The complaint was filed recently, however, prompting a call from the federal and state authorities.
"They made a finding of documentation needed, they gave several days to complete the report," he said. “...Then they conducted a full-scale inspection of the laboratory.”
Johnson said he understood people’s concerns, given a federally purchased public notice in Herald-Zeitung and verbage such as "serious and immediate threat," used by federal authorities.
He maintained the hospital corrected the problem after the incident occurred four years ago.
Matt and Lisa Hattoon didn't know what to do when they found a swarm of bees on their house near the downtown area of New Braunfels.
Their concern would probably be mirrored by many in the same situation, especially because of the presence of Africanized, so-called "killer bees” in the region.
“We called everybody. No one could really tell us what to do,” said Lisa.
Eventually, they found an exterminator, Gold Star, that came and killed the swarm. They also contacted a beekeeper, Preston Kennedy, about the situation.
People can call the county extension service, which will give out the names of beekeepers. These beekeepers can remove the queen and her workers. Exterminators are now, under law, allowed to kill the bees
In this case, as always, it was difficult to tell the difference between Africanized and European bees. Both are so similar in appearance a microscope must be used to tell them apart.
“They probably were (Africanized),” said Kennedy, a licensed beekeeper, because the more docile European bees generally do not start swarming until later rn the year.
Africanized bees are much more aggressive than European. Because of this, Kennedy said most bees not under supervision in a beekeepers hive will eventually be
because they arc more likely to protect or attack, they are termed “killer bees.”
The Africanized bees' stings are no more powerful than European bees’, but the Africanized bees will attack with less provocation, attack in greater numbers, and will pursue their target further.
swarm. African- Experts My that ainee you oan never ba aura what type of boat tzed bees swarm you ara dMllng with, you ahould treat all baas like they are the more often,’’said Afrleanlied variety.
Steve Muccke of
GoldStar. “Africanized bees are not as aggressive when they swarm but they can be very protective of the hive.”
Both stressed caution when dealing with bees.
“There is nothing to be in fear of, more like consciencous of," said Muecke. “Treat them all like they are (Africanized).”
Kennedy said Africanized bees have been here several years, but many people did not
notice them. The city environment provides many sources of food, more so than the country.
“We’ve had calls about the new recycling bins, the bees are coming to the soda cans," said Kennedy, an employee of New Braunfels Utilities.
He said people should wash out the cans, and if bees come around, wait until dark when they leave. Bees generally “go home" at night he laid, but will attack a flashlight.
Herat 1 Jeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Carnival feeds the hungry
Meghan Timmerman and Erica Ramirez sit in the middle of the floor of the Saints Peter and Paul School Gymnasium Friday, where they held their Catholic School Week Carnival. Tickets were bought by bringing in cam of food. Each can was worth three tickets. The S.O.S. Food Bank received a truckload of food.
Fire under investigation
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
County prepares to deal with space crunch at annex
By CRAIG HAMMETT
County Commissioners and other officials are trying to decide how to improve space on the third floor of the Comal County Courthouse Annex.
Thursday, the county attorney suggested moving several offices in the third floor, mainly affecting the district Clerk, county attorney and district attorney.
County Attorney Nathan Rheinlan-
der said his office already was being pushed past the point of overcrowding. The county plans to hire another assistant county attorney for environmental areas such as septic tanks, castMl which would only increase the need for space.
Wra got a stopgap msasurs hero.’
— Carter Casteel
"We feel this is the most conservative way of doing this,” said Rhein-lander after showing the court plans for renovations. Rough estimates say the work could top the $100,000 mark.
“We haven’t created anything with this. We are just shuffling people
around,” said County Judge Carter Casteel, who did not support the plan. “We’ve got a stop-gap measure here."
The fourth floor of the annex is used for storage. Commissioner J. L. “Jumbo” Evans suggested that space for office use.
Rhemlander added the adult probation office is expected to double its caseload due to new state laws that provide for increases in probation.
Court members discussed using land directly across Mill St. from the annex
to house a building for probation, or buying the vacated Winn’s building.
In other action, the court approved an increase in liability insurance coverage cost through the Texas Association of Counties The renewal covers automobile, general, law enforcement and public officials’ liability.
Costs will increase by $34,000 to a total of $247,350 per year with major increases coming in public officials (43 percent) and law enforcement (17%) coverage.Do you know an Unsung Hero? See Page 4A to find out how to make nominations