New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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1.9,1994 Salving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of ALMA BRANDT
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y wishes the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Hutto Berg, Robert Kinkel, Eloise Mullins, Gene Rush, Marvin Sablatura, Louise Walker, James Bredewa-ter, Larry Wiley (40 years!), Marc Valadez, Leonard Hummel, Benson Velez; Mary Ellen CabeUo, Alma Brandt (93 years!) Happy Anniversary to Jimmy A Cathy Petrie.
Railroad crossings reconstruction set
Union Pacific Railroad Co. will be working on the crossings at Jahn, Elm, Casten and Comal Streets starting Thursday, Feb. IO through Monday, Feb. 14 from 6 am until I pm
Citizens are advised to plan alternate routes ahead of time to avoid any undue delays because of this work.
DKT to mMt Saturday at Fork# Store
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, Ferdinand t Jivttwimrr Chapter, will meet on Saturday, Feb. 12 et 12 p.m. at the Forke Stone.
A salad luncheon will proceed the Those attending
should being a salad and the recipe for the salad. The guest speaker will be Dr. George Burke, who lives folk music and has played guitar since he was 11 years old. His semi-professional ' singing career began with perforating at Steak and Ale Restaurants in Dallas and the Guadalupe Smoked Meat Co., in Gruene. Jonathon Burke will accompany his father and will read the Travis letter.
Call Delitha Guenzel, hostess chairman, to make reservations.
Valentine balloon fundraiser scheduled
Emergency Children's Shelter volunteers began cutting and curling ribbon last week in preparation for their annual Valentine fundraising project. Materials will be gathered and asaembled during the upcoming days for delivery on Feb. 14.
According to project chairman Susan Hddrich, this very successful method of raising fonds for the shelter has been conducted for the past five years and is one of three mqjor fundraising activities.
Balloon baskets are SIO and may be ordered by calling the Shelter at 629-0523 for New Braunfols deliveries or by calling 379-3241 or 379-1282 for Seguin deliveries. Orders must be prepaid.
Proceeds from the Valentine Balloon Basket prefect will assist in providing the basic needs of food, clothing and medical care, as well as recrereion and supervision.
Individuals interested in volunteering for the workday scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 12 or to make deliveriee on Monday, Feb. 14 may call Ida at 629-0659 or 379-1282 in Seguin.
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Murder victim’s father files grievance against defense attorneys
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Charles Balonis, father of murder victim Kathie Balonis, has filed a grievance against two of the defense attorneys who have represented the man accused of killing his daughter.
Balonis, a resident of Comal County, said he filed a grievance against Houston attorney Stanley Schneider, and New Braunfels attorney John Curtis. Both have represented Jack Warren Davis,
the man accused of killing Kathie Balonis.
The grievance was filed with the Texas State Bar in late January. The grievance covers 17 areas with which Balonis disagrees. He said the areas deal with the appeal filed by Schneider and Curtis.
Balonis said he recently received a letter from the state bar saying he would receive further information about his grievance in 30 days. Af that time, Balonis should be notified if his grievance was accepted or rejected.
Balonis' daughter was killed in her New Braunfels Oaks Apartments in November of 1989. She had been beaten and stabbed.
Davis was arrested shortly after the incident and charged with capital murder. He was convicted of the offense in 1990. However, the conviction was later overturned.
Davis'case has been brought into the spotlight recently after a hearing was held to determine if enough evidence was available for Davis to stand trial.
The judge in the hearing determined Davis should stand trial. However, during another hewing, the same judge approved a motion for a bond reduction and Davis was released on a $50,000 bond.
lit is currently living in Gulfport, Misrireippi with his family.
Curtis said he had no comment at this time since he has not had the opportunity to read the grievance. Efforts to reach Schneider were unsuccessful as of press time.
No Small Job
Bees make uninvited stop
Richard Wygla, a private beekeep ar In New Braunfels, vaccuma a •warm of baas which wart found all over a gee pump at the Tiger Tote, 1061 Highway SI W. yeeter-day afternoon. The baas ware die-covered by the convenience atore'a manager, Leonard Seltetrom, and wee reported toa New Braunfels fireman who woe passing by. Wygla la ceded on to assist the county when problems with baas ara reported. Wygla said ha was not aura whether or not the swarm area Africanized besa or Killer baas or American honey baas. Ha said ha will take the baas to hie home hives and monitor them.
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enough to require further tests.
"We need to ascertain if this is a threat to human health and the environment,” he said.
A report concerning the LCRA's findings has been submitted to the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Commission.
Officials said tithe LORA and the TNRCC will work together to find a method to clean up the site, if tile findings are determined to be hazardous.
"We will look to them (TNRCC) as part of the leadership role on this,** said Daniel.
The Comal Power Plant has been dosed since 1972 and LCRA bra been working with the dty to find uses for the site.
LCRA officials have worked to dean up asbestos found in the buildiflg and to eliminate traces of PCBS found in some arco.
Officials said they have discovered from interviews with past employees that asbestos may have been buried on the site.
"That was the standard practice of the era to dig a hole and put it in,” said Daniel. "Asbestos is not mobile in water or in earth."
lyifi said because asbestos it only a danger if it is in the air; it may be beM to leave any buried asbestos where it is.
New Braunfels dty council member Paul Fraser asked the LCRA offi-dals to keep the dty apprised of any findings at the rite.
Daniel assured the audience that LCRA will "do this community right"
LCRA was originally created in 1944 as a toil and water reclamation district to protect the Colorado River. The authority put up dams and began selling hydroelectric power. The authority currently sells power to New Braunfels Utilities.
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change people's way of thinking. It to be the disprecher and hire woman to
takes time. They want to know how help me. I'm getting a 15-paiaenger
much it'i going to oost fine, but when van for group transportation."
they find you’re going to be on time There have been some drawbacks,
they're pleased." however.
Moffett has big plans for the Adure. "I do have to wash and vacuum my
She’d Uke to start a shuttle service in mr constantly," Mid Moffett, "It’s la New Braunfels, for lnsanoe. much better shape then it used to be."
"New Braunfels Is little town, but For more information on Huatle-
ws have a transportation problem," abe Burele, call Moffec et 625-1300.
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Representatives from the Lower Colorado River Authority assured New Braunfels residents that further investigation will be done concerning arsenic found in the soil near Lands Park.
Officials from the LCRA and several city residents met Tuesday night at the New Braunfels Civic Crater. The town meeting was sponsored by Securing a Future Environment, an environmental group based in New Braunfels.
Two weeks ago, the LCRA announced to the city councti that higher than normal levels of arsenic Ired been found on the Comal Power Plant rite and in some areas in Landa Park.
Officials said the arsenic may be the result of cotton farming that was present in the area at the turn of the century or the result of lignite burning that was conducted at the rite between 1926 and 1930.
The plant was not owned by the LCRA when lignite was burned.
"There could be several sources. Arsenic is the 20th most abundant demem in the earth," said Dennis Daniel, who works with LCRA’s environmental protection team.
“b's one of those compounds that ut need a little bit of to be healthy," he said.
The metals were found in early January. Daniel said the LCRA is now conducting more tests to address the risk to human health and the environment.
Tests are being conducted re the LCRA lab and a third-party lab. Daniel said it will take two to three weeks to get results.
Samples were originally taken on the site and in nine areas outride the site. Danid said the levels were high
viduals and buainereei."
She's had some unusual requests, but really enjoys the contact with people and the hectic schedule.
"The weirdest one I ever had was someone calling and asking me to go get tome mouse bait for them," said Moffett. "And, one time the Greyhound Bus Station called and uked me to take four of their paaergers in to their station in San Antonio because one of their buses had broken down. Once someone called me to go to Wurstfest and get something special from one of their booths for someone who wu very rick in the hospital "It works with my life. I'm in and out and I'm a people person so I enjoy talking to people."
Huatle-Bufftle ii an 8 to 9 p.m. business seven days i week and Moffett now has some help, forcing her to invest in a mobile phone. She Mid
she's busiest in the afternoon and sometimes on Sundays. She said the new business bu made her with she had a busineM degree.
"It's been a learn ai I go effort," Moffett laid. 'T thought it would be busier in the restaurant deliveries and that han't turned out to be true. The hardeat thing is whet to charge. I had to raise my rates to go to the airport I've learned there are expenses I didn’t think shout — riiy licenses and special insurance, for example."
A typical week sees Moffett transporting children to various extracurricular activities, driving someone to the airport in San Antonio or Austin, taking people to doctor appointments, banks, the tax office or grocery shopping. Although she get! a lot of repeat butine* more are a little hesitant whn they first contact her.
"I’ll meet them and give them ref
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"I wu looking for something totally diffident to do," Brid Leslie Moffett of Hustle-Bustle. 'I didn’t want to be jure a ired. I waned to be an Blatant Thre’a what I’ve alway! been m a secretary.”
Now, Moffett ii everybody'! assistant u the owner of Hustle-Buttle, a busineu which provide! transportation, food courier and errand running setviou. She started Hustle-Bustle last September and bu been running ever ainee.
'I take people to the airport, both in San Antonio and Austin," she Mid. "I take them to their medical sppoint-riwu and I eta grocery shopping, banking, and pore office errands for indi-For news,advertising or subscription , call 625-9144