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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 6, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas New Braunfels'riiialrlfNew Braunfels, Texas Two Sections, 18 Pages Vol. 134 No. 25 Friday February 6,1987 25 Cents Stammtisch PH««t injured nnr I Sunday's will be a paper full of neat stuff. We’ve told you about the Guadalupe River State Park feature, but also in Sunday’s paper will be another Reader Survey, this one designed to gamer reader views on the Herald-Zeitung itself. Be kind. Also Sunday we will bring you a feature on ultra-light aircraft.... More than I,OOO students from forty Texas schools will be represented when New Braunfels High School’s Marine Corps Junior ROTC hosts its military skills meet Saturday at the Wursthalle. “They (the competitors) come from as far away as Amarillo and Galveston,’’ said Lt. Col. Owen Renfro, NBHS’s ROTC instructor. “It gets pretty crowded. There will be around 1,000 or more (students) involved.” The meet will include male and female color guard units, as well as male and female drill teams. The drill teams will be Judged on inspection. regulation drill and fancy drill. “The judges are from Texas AAM for drill and the color guard is judged by the Marine Corps recruiters from San Antonio,” Renfro said. We wish 'em luck ... Speaking of sharp youngsters,    -    \ Seele fifth graders competed    ,    .    %    * Wednesday in the Invention Convention. Grand prize winner was    _ Bradley Hollas for his Christmas    '    , Light Knot Snitcher, designed to keep Christmas tree lights from get-    ockvl cLsex/itiM ting tangled His invention will be    .    »    *.    ^    ... ,,    • A ^ submitted to a national corniest. Monsignor Anthony Drozd was critically inured in a Thurs sponsored by the Silver Burdett day afternoon accident in the northbound lane of Interstate 35 Company.    lust before Texas 46 exit. Pictured, New Braunfels Fire Three winners were named in Department Sgt. John William, with the Hurst Tool, and each classroom. Winners were:    Scott Ren ken work to free Monsignor Anthony Drozd from Judy Hlnkhouse’s class: Bradley hls vehicle, which was crushed in the accident. No one was Hollas, first place; Mika Elder, se- reported iniured in the Ford Van, which was struck by cond place. The rearview Mirror; Drozd's sub compact car about 5 p.m. DPS Trooper Joe Angel Mesa, third. Ring Washer    Fedor was not available for information as of presstime Candy Hawkins’ class: Ryan Rogers, first, Board-a-Ball; Heidi jnanas*- Friends for Rivers Joe Falsone s class. Dylan Cun-    I    ^    T zmEEszzL*. panel cites need for Safety Pin Finder; Elizabeth Car-    -    B ■ • a •    ■ r    county park d istrict Goode, first. Signal Labels; Carrie Morrison, second, Stick-lt Baby *v * "* duke High Chair and Plate; Leander 5,a,f Wn,#r Brandt, third, Perilous Places Mmeg    Friends    for Rivers is on its way to Debbie Smith', ciao Amy Smith, Improving condition, .long the lint. Dub Wipe.; J.mte Smelser Guadalupe »»«' Comal river*, second. B-Z Pick-Up; Daniel    membensay Amentum, thud. Hie Nailer    Commata*    member, worked tor Susan Ott's claes: Shelby    uVr**.hou"    V”"?** La Bon Ie. lint. Bottu Temp; Bobby determining prtonty projects aimed Cana. second. The Helping Hand »> controlling litter and increasing {or Ice cream cones; and Albert    pubUc aw.raieas ol the riven Munix, third. Paper Shredder    w«    VC got a molly heavy    victor Acting as able judges wen New **“°" coming up on us and I thtok Braunfels ISD Assistant Supering we cai do a W M redpositive dent Linda AvUa. New Braunlels    Ud    Bd McWU lams. the High School science teachen Pay group s c.orttn.toc McWilliams Is , Clarke. James Bultey and James recreation expert at Texas AAM Skarovsky; and New Braunlels Mid University and Jus been lending sup die school teachers Earl Clerum P«» •» Comal County river project, run and Vinco Weisser See pictures (tw monthm two years on page 2A Kids an smart today. Bob    ■“*    Bet    y    Walls    the you know that When Harold was u    *    «op Milena agreed school the winner of the science fair that the most urgent need on the was someone who thought of a dll- rivers is a means to control and latent way to use popslcM sticks ... *B*courageUtter. “We plan to address the litter issue The German-American Society jmmodtaWy/; Jane.i Mid FER will wishes to thank the Wurstfest    Join with the local Keep Texas Association and Lultharua Airlines Beautllul ethyl In a Bendesvom with lor donating two round-trip tickets Rubbish rn for March 7 and I The that wen mined MI to mise bucks anti litter campaign will beautied at for the society’s support M the Ger- Blnrfcud Canyon Lake man Language School. scholarships, J™ « cultural stuff, ate Das is gutcn. , “”*7^ comTlt?e    “J r_    elude hosting a fund-raising event, improving parking and restroom Tickets for the upcoming Up With facilities on the river, improving ac People concert intheCivic Center cess to the river and providing more are available at Rogers Music, The l,w enforcement. Music Hall and the Chamber of    some of the long-range goals set Commerce office. 17 for adults, IS down by members were preserving for students end seniors. Tickets, by ^ natural baauty of the rivers, bittie way, are ll cheaper if pinches- mating an informational campaign od bi advance. Call the UWP folks ^ starting an educational program at OMSK tor ticket information to increase safety on the rivers. md details.... .    Janes dmcribed the organisation Th* M*«u    *• • means for everyone involved J    «    ma    with the rivers to work together to CLASSIFIED...........2-eb    m|U||Uin "Basically, b’s e COMICS..................vehicle tor the whole community to CROSSWORD.............7A    work together for whatever Internet DEAR ABBY.............7A    you may have - businesses, tourists, entertainment    7A    landowners ar others — lo address mn I CVS I AlrinncI* I • *••••»«    ----—— nmhlsms anil rmmllir    tnr 4% Q( em § | js nm g ag rn    AA    Ul® COOlHlOw PnJOlCllll VKI TWI/    »•/    . oagMttilng shout thorn,"    he OPINIONS................«A    ^ SPORTS..................6A    ,(Ten people in a room ere not    go- 'Airplane' passengers, crew have day in court ing to solve all the problems of the Guadalupe River, but a community effort can make a difference.” he said He said the accomplishments of the organization may be as simple as placing more litter receptacles along the river or as large as hiring river rangers to enforce regulations and provide public information. J anc a added that government funds are available to assist the organization in its work. “Even today, matching grants are available from the state for non-profit organizations,” he said “We’ve been basically missing the boat by not raising funds to apply for these grants.” FFR was organized about one year ago after a county-city committee recommended the creation of a permanent organization to deal with river-related issues The Rivers Oversight Committee was appointed as an ad hoc committee charged with drawing up a report of the major problems facing the river and solutions to those problems. The committee brought together people with different interests on the rivers and forced them to work together toward common goals McWilliams, who acted as an advisor to the oversight committee, said the committee's work almost is completed and he Is drawing up their By JOHN KASTNER Correspondent Thirty-one Comal County residents had their day in a Seguin courtroom Wednesday and all pleaded not guilty to charges of participation in an endless chain scheme All now are facing trials in connection with last month’s airplane game arrests in Marion. Steven Craig Baker, 24, of Marion is believed to be the pilot of the scheme. He is scheduled to appear in court this afternoon at 3 p m If found guilty, Baker faces a $650 fine, plus $94 and $50 court costs and a 60-day jail term probated in six months. According to testimony. Baker was fully aware of the illegal situation of the game As one lawyer said, “He was bright, until his time ran out and his plane crashed ” Those defendants found guilty could be assessed up to six months in jail and up to a $1,000 fine According to Linda Larson. Guadalupe County Court coordinator, “In a trial the caliber of this one, you usually expect a lot of surprises This one was just the opposite “ San Antonio lawyer Bob Hale probably summed up the court proceedings by saying. “It was a good, clean hear Building activity down in January Last year's building decrease in New Braunfels appears to have carried over into 1987 with January’s con struction permit values down $l .79 million over the same period last year A total of 91 permits valued at $115 million were granted last month, compared to 134 permits worth $2 946 million in January 1986 Construction permit values in 1986 were off approximately $10 million from the previous year Among the permits issued in January 1986, was a commercial building permit to Comal ISD for a gym. recently completed, which is valued at $1 48 million. Planning Director Mike Shands has said that such large, one-time projects tend to distort building permit values for a year Last month's totals were boosted $133,058 in out-ofscope permits, a new category encompassing such improvements as fences and retaining walls; 27 such permits were issued No commercial building permits were issued in January, in contrast to the five that were issued a year ago for a construction value of $1 748 million The Planning and Zoning Commission issued a permit last month to J Garland Warren for an 18,188-square-foot Sac-N-Pac convenience store to be located at 1424 Texas 46 S at a value of $145,000 In January. IO single-family home permits with construction values totalling $640,500 were issued, surpassing last January 's five permits for $295,000 Thirteen permits for commercial additions and alterations were approved last month at a total value of $124,950 Other permits issued included 28 residential additions and alterations at $58,235. four residential carports and garages. $11,204. four storage buildings. $4,550. and four structures other than buildings, $34,500 ing. Some solid evidence was given. It’s just a shame a verdict couldn't be reached.” Trying to put a case like this Into perspective, usually the first thing that comes into focus is the “publicity factor” involved. In most cases, the defenders feel because the arrests were made in Marion and the court hearings in SEguin, both in Guadalupe County, the outcome could turn sour. “Ifs not publicity that you win court cases, it’s substantial evidence,’' Hale said Seguin lawyer Pat Schmitt lauded the local court system by saying, ‘It s justice that counts.” Six defendants were represented by a lawyer Wednesday. They face a recall on April 28 — James Doughty, Route 6. New Braunfels; Clyde Booth, 863 Albert, New Braunfels, Frances Booth. 33, 863 Albert, New Braunfels. Mark Holt, 31, Route I, Fischer; Mike Abernathy, 27. New Braunfels; and Jesus Diaz, 24, New Braunfels Twenty-four of the 31 defendants also pleading not guilty face separate hearings. None had an attorney present Wednesday They are: Raye Ann Abel, 24, 4124 US 81, New Braunfels; Sammy Bell. 29, 482 Willow, New Braunfels; and Clark Smith. 28, 4120 US 81, New Braunfels; (March 3) Wayne Reynolds, Route 8, New Braunfels; (March 24 > Richard Bailey. 40. 572 Guenther. New Braunfels; Fred Adams, 37. Route 7, New Braunfels; Linda Anderson. 46. P O. Box 1434, Canyon Lake; and William Anderson. 50, P O. Box 1434, Canyon Lake Also.»March 31) Alton Brannan. 41, 986 Canyon Drive, New Braunfels; Joe Burttschell, ll River Oaks, New Braunfels. Richard Goodwin. 941 Canyon Drive, New Braunfels; Jay Goodfriend. 38, 367 Avenue A, New Braunfels, Karen Gerth. 21. 631 Crest Lane, New Braunfels and Julius Felger. 30. 145 Liberty. New Braunfels And, (April 14) Joy McCoy, 30. New Braunfels; Gary Howard. 36. 631 Crest Lane. New Braunfels; (April 21) David Nutt. 39. Route I. New Braunfels; Leroy Phillips. 5 Patricia Circle. New Braunfels; Mark Petrosky, 27. Route 8. New Braunfels, and Jon Schriewer. 28, 353 Lakeview. New- Braunfels, and (April 28) Jerry Reeder. 45. Route IO. New Braunfels. Gregory Oetken, 24. Route 6. New Braunfels, and Ronald Smithers. 36, 1227 River Acres, New Braunfels Outside the courtroom, mixed emotions were evident, with some in the crowd wishing a verdict had been reached Of the small gathering, mostly city employees trying to catch a glimpse of the outcome, many voiced concern As one young girl replied. “Ifs just senseless to get ripped off by such a con artist scheme Most of the time it's those innocent people who get hurt " Texas Ranger Ray Martinez explained the airplane game and a new version of the illegal pyramid scheme, Black Diamond, are sweeping Central Texas like wildfire Twenty of the 31 Comal County residents who appeared in court Wednesday did not have an attorney present. while IO did have representation New Braunfels lawyer Mike Smithers acted as counsel to six of the 31. while New Braunfels lawyer Jim Cornelius represented two Regarding those without legal counsel. Larson explained that most likely the expense was too high “These people know they will have to pay charges plus attorney fees; most of them just don't have that kind of money.’’ she said County park district likely will face opposition - Clark One of the issues facing the FFR Is the creation of a recreational district along the rivers. Such a district would ba a government organization capable of collecting taxes to improve rivers conditions. Janes saki the organisation is following the work of County's Legislative Committee developing a proposal to create the district He said PPR is actively supporting a recreational district but will review the legislative committor's recommendations once completed. Janes added that the non-profit organization kl capable of cleating pocket parks along tho river to provide public parking, river screes and restroom and Utter f arilli ira Ha saki organization member* are working with landowners along the rivers considering donating land for parks •v DAVID MAY Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners and the county judge expect opposition to a proposal to create a parks district through special legislation at the state level The pmding legislation was drafted specifically for the county and is generally seen as a vehicle for managing water-oriented recreational areas in unincorporated parts of the county. No ad valorem property taxes could be generated in support of the district, and officials stress that the only two sources of income the district would have would be user fees and a possible 4 percent hotel-motel tax within the designated boundaries of tho district. Also, county commissioners would not have any authority to apply imminent domain or condemn property within the district for public use County Judge Fred a ark saki he expects opposition to the proposed legislation if for no other reason the" the pfitTfiptton of nrvowif grncntlon Precinct I County Commissioner J. L. "Jumbo" Evans presented the resolution to the court at its Jan. a meeting. He reminded the court that, “filii ie local option. People of Comal County would still exercise control, because an election would bo necessary to establish such a district,” Evans saki. The pfAjeg legislation evolved from e ltB study by the Comal County Growth and Development Committee, chaired by Cheries Knlbbe of Spring Branch. The    for mation of the district as a means of generating revenues through management of areas along the Guadalupe River most popular to tourists. The report shows the district is needed so the county can maintain roads, strengthen public safety and law enforcement agencies, and provide permanent facilities. The parks district will also allow the county to protect and preserve IU water resources The survey, which had a good response according to Evans, revealed most respondents are in favor of treating a water-oriented parks district and support the implementation of user fees Some 400,000 visitors annually take advantage of water recreational activity such as fishing, swimming, piling ami tubing along upper and lower portions of tho Guadalupe River, according to tho report, while mom than 75 percent of those visitors come from outside Cornel County. Witer-orianted recreation Is the second largest industry in Comal. creating $32 million gross income and attracting more than 3 million visitors each year to Canyon Lake and Guadalupe River Water recreation provides part- or full-time employment to more than I,OOO persons. The county currently depends solely on revenues from property taxes for maintaining and developing public facilities The parks district, if approved, would be governed by a commissioners court-appointed board, would establish user fees and may issue revenue bonds The proposed legislation expressly states that any revenue bonds would be amortised through user fees generated at the facilities within the district. Evans said the proposed district is also endorsed by state Sons. Bill Sims and Judith Zaffirini and state Rep Edmund Kuempei Although them is no official sponsor of the bill to allow creation of the district by local option, dark said the belief is that one or all three of the elected officials would carry the matter before the legislature Correction Thursday's edition of the Htrald-Zdltuoi Incorrectly reported that a petition supporting a Garden Ridge annexation effort was pmeantad incorrectly Tile story stated Rudy Houlka was incorrect in his ver bal fker ription of the annexation boundaries. Actually. Haselka was kicoiTect in bls description af the existing city boundaries and not in its description of the proposed annexation boundary. The Herarid Zeitung regrets tho error ;