New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 6, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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8 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, February 6,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of ROBIN WILLIAMS
Vol. 144, No. 60
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Robin Williams, Diana Campos, Emily Jean Villanueva (IO years), and Tina Gonzales (belated), Happy anniversary wishes to Dana and Gretchen Gold (25 years), and Sonny and Babe Schaefer (50 years).
Mold — 370 Cedar—150
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel)
Comal River — 282 cubic feet per second, up 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well 624.85 feet above sea level, down
Main Street puts on seminars
The New Braunfels Main Street Design Committee will host a seminar on 'Advertising/Marketing Your Business' Feb. 13. Other upcoming seminars include 'Signage in Keeping with Concept and Building' Feb. 27; and 'Good Merchandising - Great and Easy Window Displays’ March 12.
Each of the free seminars begins at 6.15 p.m. at City Hall in the Municipal Courtroom, 424 S. Casten Ave Bring a brown bag dinner. Beverages and dessert win be provided.
Do you know an 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:
707 Landa St.
New Braunfels, TX 78130.
Nominations may also be faxed to 625-1224. Make sure to include your own name and daytime telephone number.
Youth ArtBeat committee is looking for a logo to symbolize the event. The winning entry will be used on T-shirts, programs, and posters. Students may use up to three colors in their designs; for printing purposes, black is considered a color. The theme this year is "Alive with Art."
Designs should be submitted through school art teachers or to the Main Street Office Municipal Building,
424 S. Casten, New Braunfels. Deadline is Friday, March 1. For information, call 608-2100.
Hispanic Organization for Public Information will sponsor a DJ fund-raiser Friday, Feb. 9 from 8 p.m. to midnight at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Hall. Tickets are $3 in advance or $5 at the door. Call Sylvia at 625-9213 for information.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A New Braunfels man may be able to say his pickup saved his life. Oscar Acevedo, 31, was treated and released from the hospital after being shot in the back of the neck Sunday afternoon when he was sitting in his pickup truck, according to Comal County Sheri fps Department records.
The bullet passed through the truck’s window glass and Acevedo’s jacket before hitting him. The bullet may also have passed through the tailgate, Lt. Sumner Bowen said.
Two Solms area juveniles have been detained in connection with the shooting.
Sheriffs deputies were called to the FM 482 Rusch Lane area to help a shooting victim at 2:45 p.m. Sunday. Deputies cordoned off the area, and a white vehicle tried to escape, Bowen said. Deputies stopped the vehicle and the two people inside matched witnesses’ descriptions of the shooters.
Witnesses said two young men had shot several times at Acevedo’s pickup with a rifle and a pistol, hitting the truck at least four times. Three passengers in the truck, an adult male and two small children, were unhurt.
The suspects gave investigators conflicting statements about the cause of the shooting, Bowen said. Although one of the juveniles is an admitted gang member. Sheriff Jack Bremer said he doesn’t believe the assault was gang related. “There are always facts which come out later in the investigative cycle which may change my opinion, but right now gang rivalry does not appear to be the underlying cause,” Bremer said.
The two youths were magistrated by Justice of the Peace Diana Campos. They have been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony. They are being detained at the Hays County Juvenile Facility in San Marcos.
A Canyon Lake teen-ager was injured when she flipped her car on FM 3159 yesterday.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Sand spread on road during storm causes car to flip
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Possible driver inattention and sand left on the side of the road from the recent winter storm caused a one car rollover near Startzville Monday afternoon, a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper said.
Summer Joyce Daharsh, 17, of Canyon Lake was transported by Canyon Lake EMS to McKenna Memorial Hospital for minor
injuries. She was later released. Daharsh was driving a 1987 blue Toyota Tercel coupe when it rolled over at about 1:10 p.m. DPS and Comal County Sheriff s Deputies were called out to the accident scene, which was three miles west of Startzville on FM 3159. The rollover totaled the car.
“She (Daharsh) was going north on FM 3159 going up a hill (and a curve) when she traveled oft'the road into loose gravel (on the shoulder),” DPS Trooper Randy Wells said.
“When she got into the sand, this caused her to lose control and spin. She oversteered and the car turned backwards, with the driver's side hitting the embankment, hitting a road sign, and she flipped over and slid 50 feet.”
Wells said Daharsh did not know how she got off the road and into the sand, but Wells said it might have been driver inattention.
Canyon Lake EMS said Daharsh was able to get out of the car before help arm ed.
New group wants kids to get hooked on fishing, not drugs
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A Canyon Lake woman is urging children to get high on fishing — not drugs.
“Fishing provides a moral foundation for children because it emphasizes conservation, taking a stand against litter and pollution...,” Candy Peyton, owner of Ceramic City in Sattler, said. “Fishing is something they can do on their own and gives them time and space to think. Yet, it is still challenging.”
Peyton, along with pro bass tournament fish
erman Shorty Sutton and the Canyon Lake Evening Lions Club, plans to start up a chapter of “Get Hooked on Fishing — Not Drugs.” The chapter is part of the Future Fisherman Foundation. which is a nationwide organization.
”lt is easy to tell kids not to do this (drugs), but it is better to tell them not to do this but to try this (fishing),” Peyton said.
Peyton said the ‘Get Hooked on Fishing — Not Drugs” chapter will target children from elementary to middle school. Children from Mountain Valley Elementary School, Smithson Valley Middle School and Bill Brown Elementary School
are being encouraged to join the chapter and each of the schools will be rotating as meeting places for the children, probably on a monthly basis. Children and adults from all over Comal County and New Braunfels are invited to join.
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the U.S. Corps of Engineers will help the “Get Hooked on Fishing Not Drugs” chapter get started. Jimmy Gonzales of TP&W Inland Fisheries Management Division will conduct a free class for adults to become certified fishing instructors on Sunday, Feb. 18 at 2:30 p.m. at the Rio Raft meeting room on River Road.
A fishing clinic to be sponsored by the Lions Club at Canyon Park on Saturday, April 13 will certify kids to become fishermen. “They will have hands on experience related to the different phases of fishing," Peyton said. At the clinic, Peyton said, kids will take an oath “against drugs and promise to protect the (natural) habitats.” Peyton said the chapter will invite important people such as game wardens and firemen to come out and speak to the group at their meetings.
For more information call Peyton or Sutton at (210) 899-7608 (nights or weekends) or (210) 964-4038 (weekdays).
Ice storm leaves behind happy body repair shop owners
By ROGER CROTEAU
The Big Freeze of 1996 was bad news for most residents, who had to deal with keeping pets warm, frozen pipes, slick roads and traffic jams. But for the owners of auto body repair shops, the freeze is like an early Christmas.
“I’ve been in business for eight years and this is the busiest I have ever been,” said Benny Whitehead, owner of Expert Auto Haus on FM 725. “I’d say it’s at least a 30 percent increase in business and that is quite a bit. We can’t even get more cars in right now, there’s so many of them.” And Whitehead’s experience is far from unique. As one of the wrecker drivers on the city’s rotation, his tow truck was called to several accident scenes, so his shop filled up immediately. But with 35 accident reports taken by New Braunfels police Thursday alone, there are plenty of dented fenders to go around.
Joe Medellin, general manager of New Braunfels Body Shop on Key Industrial Drive, said he gave 14 estimates Monday by 3 p.m. Since he does not operate a wrecker service, Medellin said he is just starting to see the impact of the freeze.
“I figure we’ll get half the jobs we gave estimates for, so we’re looking for a big month,” he said.
Darrell Deptawa, body shop manager at Becker Motor Company on Seguin Avenue, said he did not have a count on the increase, but he had done "way more estimates than normal.” “People are just now getting their
claims done and getting the cars moved over here,” he said.
Whitehead said the icy roads were great for him. “Snow storms, ice storms, we like it all,” he said.
Whitehead advised people whose cars were damaged in accidents to read their insurance policies carefully, and to insist on parts manufactured by the car company that built the car, if their policies allow it. He said after-market parts, not produced by the car manufacturer, are often made of inferior materials and sometimes do not fit as well as factory parts.
He advised people to pay the extra for factory parts even if their car is not covered and they are paying for the work themselves. “It is never worth it (to use after-market parts) to me. It’s like cutting comers on your house.”
Deptawa agreed, unless it is an older car, because “You can save quite a bit. A new fender that might cost $200, you might be able to get for $100,” he said.
Medellin, on the other hand, said there is nothing wrong with after-market parts. “Four years ago a lot of them were worth nothing, but now they are just as good as factory parts. There are some things where I would advise a person to spend the extra for factory parts — rubber bumpers, moldings, chrome.”
He said when picking a body repair shop, people should ask friends for referrals instead of just picking a shop out of the telephone book. And if their insurance won’t pay tor a rental car while their car is being repaired, they should ask if the shop offers loaner cars.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Icy roads last waak moan busy body repair shops this wsek.
County judge’s handgun stolen from courthouse
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Thieves targeted the county building last week — and a gun belonging to County Judge Carter Casteel was one of the items they stole. Casteel discovered the firearm was missing Jan. 29 and filed a complaint with the Sheriffs Department, according to sheriffs records.
The thief had to open several separate locks to get at the gun, which was valued at about $250, sheriff s reports said.
Over $50 cash was reported stolen from the county clerk’s office. That theft probably happened Jan. 30 or 31.
“We’ve had some thefts at the courthouse, but we’re working on it,” Casteel said. “We had a meeting (yesterday) morning with the sheriff, members of the court and some others.”
The thefts happened just as the county was in the process of choosing new, tighter security measures The sheriff is reviewing bid specifications for a new courthouse security system, Casteel said, and w ill present them to the commissioners court soon
The Sheriff s Department is still investigating the courthouse thefts.
“You’re angry,” Casteel said, “because you trust people, and you think everybody out there is fair and honest — but they’re not.”Clinton to give videotaped testimony at Whitewater trial. See ppinion, Page 4.