New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 10, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
FRIDAY!Canyon Cougars vie for district title tonight at New Braunfels, P. 5A
£ I SO JAHRE *1
New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21.1845
4.1.0 MOI 6 1.0/22/99
s o - uIE s I ri i c r o p u b l. j: s hi I n g
2627 E YANDELL DE EL PASO, TX 79903-
16 pages in two sections ■ Friday, Feb. 10,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of REID REININGER
I Vol. 143, No. 65
Church Life............................6A, 7A
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Diana Romaro, Randy Laos, Raid Ralningar (5 years!), Cindy Munoz (Saturday), Zee Simmons (Saturday), Arthur Bar-biers, Jr.
Happy Anniversary to Paul & Rita Hudson (45 years!), Howard & Irene Brandenburg (43 years!), Edgar &
Patti Westbrook (22 years).
Herald-Zeitung seeks Citizen of the Year nominations
The Herald-Zeitung is currently accepting nominations for the annual Citizen of the Year award and also the Unsung Heroes awards.
Deadline for submitting nominations is Wednesday, Feb. 15. Nominations can be mailed or brought by the Herald-Zeitung office, located at 707 Landa St.
Citizen of the Year is awarded to the person in our community who has contributed significantly to the betterment of the community and members of the community dunng the past year. Unsung Heroes are members of the community who regularly do things to help others, but do not normally receive much credit for it.
For more information, contact managing editor Mark Lyon at 625-9144.
Parents without Partners reunion
Parents without Partners alumni will hold a reunion for all former members today at 8 p.m. at the Prickly Pear in the New Braunfels Holiday Inn.
The local chapter has been in existance for eight years until it merged wityh the San Antonio chapter last September. About 400 single parents were in the chapter.
AARP tax help continuos
AARP tax aid continues through April 15 at the Dittlinger Memorial Library each Tuesday from noon to 3:30 p.m., Thursday from IO a.m. to I p.m., and Saturday from IO a m. to I p m.
AARP assistance can also be obtained at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center Monday from 8 a m. to noon, Wednesday from I p.m. to 5 p m. and Saturday from 9 a m. to I p.m.
AARP assistance can also be obtained at the Canyon Lake Action Center in Sattlcr on Wednesdays from I p.m. to 4 p m and Saturday from 9 a m. to noon.
All who are interested are asked to bring returns from 1993 and 1994.
Jackpot rises to $28 million
No tickets correctly matched all six numbers drawn Wednesday night for the twice-weekly Lotto Texas game, state lottery officials said.
The jackpot for Saturday night's game will be $28 million, lottery officials estimated
County alcohol sales hours to change March 5
By CRAIG HAMMETT
County Commissioners did what many expected Thursday, voting to repeal the order allowing 2 a.m. alcohol sales in this county.
In a 5-0 vote, the court pushed the time from 2 a.m. to midnight, except on Saturday, when it is I a.m.
The new law will go into effect March 5 of this year.
The law had been in effect since December of 1979.
County bar owners have protested the law will hurt their business and ruin some. They say the county’s tax base will suffer and customers will choose either San Antonio or Austin.
“I hope today’s decision will not restrict the growth of future business opportunities in this county,” said Ron Gonzales, owner of Solms City Limits.
An attorney for a bar and restaurant owners’ group, Nacho Campos, said they opposed the “government intervention into what we consider a private property right ”
County leaders pass resolution to repeal 2 a.m. alcohol sales by 5-0 vote
One bar owner called for a “grace period” through either the summer season or end of the year so owners could add kitchen operations and not lose some entertainment and advertisement investments.
Law enforcement officers have called for the repeal due to late-night traffic from the neighboring counties. The repeal puts the hours at the same time as New Braunfels, as well as Hays and Guadalupe counties.
The state does give counties the option to set the time anywhere between midnight and 2 a m. Some
had argued for a I a.m. across-the-board limit, saying it would be hard to drive to another destination in under one hour, simply for one drink.
“We wanted to be uniform with the neighboring counties,” said Casteel. “(At I a.m.) we would still have the movement of traffic.”
Not only does the repeal include businesses, but any public place in the county.
District Attorney Bill Reimer last week said he was unsure on the technicality of postings outside private campground establishments, whether or not it would be illegal say, to drink by the campfire after midnight.
Thousands of tourists pack campgrounds along the Guadalupe River during the summer.
Sheriff Jack Bremer said his force would continue to patrol places such as these, but mainly respond to disturbance calls and unruly behavior as they currently do.
“We wouldn’t even have enough to people to arrest everybody (drinking past midnight),” he said.
Bob Saulle, owner and operator of the Watering Hole (New Braunfela).
"We look after everybody In our business, including Comal County and New Braunfels residents. We have a one on one relationship with our customers to get them home safe. As business operators, how do we sever our committments?"
Ron Gonzalez, chairman of the Comal County Bar and Restaurant Association and general manager of Adobe Cafe and Adobe Verde.
"Today's issuance of the 2 a.m. ban In a step backward for Comal County. We've made business decisions based on the current growth spurt and now this. The commissioners wasted my time at the hearing. They elready had their minds made up."
Tammy Gonzalez, owner and operator of Solms City Limits. "Why not make each person responsible for their own actions instead of making everyone in Comal County suffer?"
Purring With Pride
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Members include Katie Bader, Angela Cantu, Concetta Chilek, Laurissa Creel, Melissa Grain, Sasha Perez, Cera Holster, Candice Lehr, Renee Lyles, Tiffany Meek, Kim Nixon, Kim Praise, Shanna Schneider, Amanda Thomas, E.J. Haynes, Alyssa Wommack, Jenny Walker. Emily Mellck is the manager. Allyson DeMasco Siddons is the team's instructor.
Canyon’s Aristocats earn place in national rankings with 17th placing
By THOMAS GODLEY
Canyon High School’s dance team - the Anstocats - lived up to its elite name at the National Dance Team Championships in Orlando, Flonda this week.
Competing among 121 teams, the Anstocats came in 17th in the pom pom category, earning a place in the national rankings and a spot on ESPN to be aired next month.
The ranking narrowly missed putting them into the finals.
“Our goal all year long was to be in the top 25,” Allyson DeMasco Siddons, team instructor, said. “The girls knew they had performed the routine the best they could, but it was a shock when we got the ranking.”
The Anstocats returned home with the recognition Tuesday night.
It was the first national competition for
the 18-member group which last year won the prestigious “Gussie Nell Davis Award” at state competition in Temple. Only four other Texas high schools were represented at the NDTC which is sponsored by the Universal Dance Association.
The Anstocats are also the first dance team in Comal County to place as high in the national rankings “What makes this more special is that a lot of the schools have been in this type of competition for the past IO to 15 years,” Siddons said. “For us it was new, so we feel like we can only get better next year now that we know what to expect.”
All but two of the Anstocats are expected to be back on the team in 1995-96.
Many of the schools also had a jump start because they did not have football games for which to perform dunng the season.
The NDTC judges graded the Anstocats
highly for the pom pom routine which was choreographed to a musical mix from the 1980s. The dancers began practicing in September and spent an average of 15 hours per week fine tuning the performance. A segment of it featured difficult hand and footwork done in silence.
Those who would like to see the show can tune in on television. ESPN’s telecast is slated for March IO and Apnl 15. Candice Lehr, Anstocat team colonel, will perform an opening routine with dancers from all the schools.
While in Orlando, Lehr and the girls were able to visit Disney World, MGM studios, Magic Kingdom and Epcot Center Several parents joined the team on the trip which was paid for through local sponsors, fund-raising events and individual contributions.
The Anstocat team officers are E J. Haynes, Renee Lyles and Angela Cantu
Court of Appeals ruling allows for retrial of Davis
By ROGER CROTEAU
Jack Warren l>avis moved a step closer to being retried for the 1989 sex murder of local schoolteacher Kathie Balonis at the New Braunfels Oaks Apartments.
Davis was a maintenance man at the apartment complex and Balonis was a resident there.
The Third Judicial Court of Appeals in Austin Wednesday ruled that prosecutors may try Davis for the murder a second nme. The ruling, written by Visiting Judge Carl Dally, will be appealed, and could eventually reach the U.S. Supreme Court attorneys on both sides said.
Davis was convicted of the crime in 1990. The conviction was overturned on appeal due to misconduct by District Attorney Bill Renner, atter it was found that he had improperly intimidated a witness.
Further doubt was cast on Davis’ guilt when his attorney, Stanley Schneider of Houston, uncovered dozens of cases, including the Davis case, where former Bexar County Serol-ogist Fred Zain allegedly falsified evidence. Zatn is now standing trial in West Virginia In the Davis case, Zain testified that tests showed that Davis’ blood was found on the carpet between the murder victim’s legs. However, it was later shown that it was Balonis’ own blood.
Davis’ bail was reduced at a hearing in December 1993, and he was freed on $50,000 bond. He is now living in Mississippi
“He is working, living with his wife, trying to get by and rebuild his life,” Schneider said. He said Davis does not have a telephone, so he has not spoken with him since Wednesday’s ruling, but he left a message with Davis’ father, who also lives in Mississippi. “Jack is used to setbacks. We will go forward,” he said.
Schneider said he will appeal Wednesday’s ruling. “The prosecutorial misconduct was so bad in this case Jack Davis could never get a fair trial,” Schneider said.
He said evidence — a tape recorded statement of witness Marcie French — was destroyed by police, and he pointed out the misconduct by Reimer and alleged perjury by Zam. Schneider said neither Zam nor the destroyed evidence was even mentioned in the Wednesday ruling.
“I am asking for a rehearing to deal with those issues,” Schneider said He said the Court of Criminal Appeals would be the next stop if he loses that hearing, and then the U.S. Supreme Court.
Special Prosecutor Ray Taylor, of San Antonio, also said the question of whether Davis can be put on trial again could go to the Supreme Court
“This deals with outrageous conduct on the part of Fred Zain. It is the kind of thing that gets a lot of attention The question is: lf there is enormous misconduct that the defendant can show ... can the case be retried?” Taylor said.
“I have met with the police and examined the evidence and I feel like he (Davis) did it” Taylor said.The Marketplace Classifieds - One-stop shopping five days a week!