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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 11, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAYFellowship is the key to FOA chapters' success - See Church Life, 1,2B 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN! 407 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995 New Braunfels 16 Pages in two sections ■ Friday, Feb. 11,1994 Herald -Zeitmis 1994    Serving    Comal    County    for    more    than    142    years    ■    Home    of    CHRIS    WOMMACK    ^ I Vol. 142, No. 66 INSIDE Obituaries..............     2A Crossword..................SA Opinion....................4A Stammtisch.................SA Comics.....................6A Sports Day................7,8A Church Life................1,20 Wheels....................3B Classifieds................3-8B Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Chris Worn-mack, Megan Lemmons (7 . mn!), Nancy Muecke, David G. Gonzales, Martha Crist, Eunice , Dunlap, I ma Fischer, Evelyn i Caderli, Glenn Pipkin, Joyce Veltner, Darryl Brandt (belated), Adolph J, Reininger, Gene A. Sawyer, Cindy Munoz, Zee Simmons. Mardi Gras party at Knights of Columbus Mardi Gras New Braunfels, 1994," will be held Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 8 p.m. to midnight. Advance tickets are $7:50 at Henne Hardware, the Chamber of Commerce, Centex Office Center, China 'N' Things, and New Braunfels Jewelry. Tickets will be $9 at the door. Proceeds benefit German-American Society Scholarship Fund. Railroad crossings raeonslnietion sat Union Pacific Railroad Co. will crossings at ll and Comal Streets today through Monday, Feb. 14 from 6 a.m. until I p.m. Citizens are advised to plan alternate routes ahead of time to avoid any undue delays because of this work. Cardon Club marting scheduled (or Fab. 18 The New Braunfels Garden Club will meet Tuesday, Feb. 15 at 2:15 p.m. at Molly Joe's Restaurant, 1153 Oasis St. Call Mil Duhon at 620-3067 by Saturday for reservations. St. Ann’s to moat Fab. 17 at KC Hall St. Ann's Christian Mother's Altar Society will meet on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m. in the Knights of Columbus Hall. Penelope Church, Dowtown Projects Director, will be the guest speaker. Project Graduation kick aff sat tomorrow Fundraising for the 1994 Project Graduation will begin tomorrow at 10 a.m. at a special kickoff meeting to be held at Luby*s. Project Graduation ii a chemi-cal-ftee party that will be given the night of graduation for each of the three area high schools. Funds for these parties are raised by the seniors and their par-ems with the help of the business community. Luby1! Cafoteris ii donating five percent of any patron's bill to Project Graduation if the patron presents a ticket at the time of payment. The tickets are available at Accents, The Collection and the Senior Citizens Center at no coit to the public. Stammtisch (The New Brouette Herald-Zeitung invites Us readers lo submit items to Stammtisch. According lo the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.) Wal Mart plans new supercenter here Mammoth store to be located adjacent to present store location By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Wal-Mart Stores Inc. recently announced plans to build a Wal-Mart Supercenter on Interstate Highway 35 in New Braunfels. The company has purchased 19.16 acres of land next to the site of the existing Wal-Mart on Interstate Highway 35. The company’s plans were confirmed by Jud Heflin, director of real estate for Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Heflin said the company does have plans to relocate its New Braunfels store to a supercenter on the newly-purchased property. He also said the company was not ready to announce plans for the supercenter and would not comment on why they could not make the announcement. He also confirmed that plans for the supercenter include tearing down the existing store. He said the store could be completed by the first quarter of 1995. The land for the store was purchased late last year from Bluebonnet Savings Bank. According to reports from the San Antonio Business Journal, supercenters combine a grocery store with the general merchandise already sold by Wal-Mart. The stores range in size from 150,000 square feet to 210,000 square feet. The current Wal-Mart stores are reported to average 85,000 square feet. The stores are reported to employ between 200 to 500 people and are normally target rural areas. Most supercenters arc open 24 hours, seven days per week. The stores are reported to contain 36 departments, including a bakery, auto center, pharmacy, electronics center, vision center and photo-pro-cessing center. The first Wal-Mart Supercenter opened March 3, 1988 in Washington, Mo. The company has since opened up 68 locations across the United States including 17 in Texas. The existing Wal-Mart is located on the corner of Interstate Highway 35 and Walnut Avenue. With the acquisition of the new property, Wal-Mart now owns the property on IH-35 from Walnut to Mesquite Street. According to the Comal Appraisal District, the land that was purchased has a appraised value of SI,OI 7,830. According to the San Antonio Business Journal, nine new supercenters are only to open in 1994 nationwide and 64 existing stores will be renovated to use the supercenter format Judge Carter Casteel By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Republican candidate for county judge, Ted Key, denounced the local Republican Party at last night’s League of Women Voters candidate forum. Tm not in this race for the Republican Party,” _aaidJCey in response to a question about why he abruptly left a candidate forum held earlier this week by local Republican dubs. “It became absolutdy clear to me that the control of that party and my (interests) are totally different. It didn’t matter what I said or what I did. I was being belittled and demeaned. I felt I had to go and Republican County Judge candidates dispute WORD, county budget records Tad Key ‘I’m firmly behind WORD. I’m committed to cleaning up that river with user fees, explained their views on the issues most important to them. In his opening statement Key again disputed the financial record of the county during the incumbent County Judge Carter Casteel’s term. Using a Herald-Zeitung article, Key quoted remarks attributed to Casteel and said the audited financial statements for the county do not support her interpretation of the county's financial status. Asked to respond to his state- adopted the department heads manage it.” Casteel’s opening remarks centered on her support for WORD. “I'm firmly behind WORD,” said Casteel. “I’m committed to cleaning up __■■■ that river with user fees not taxes. nottaxM.’ - Judge Casteel ments this morning, Casteel said, He’s getting an audit for 1990 find the constituency that I care to represent.” The county judge race kept the audience of more than IOO in their seats through 26 presentations and question and answer sessions for the contested races. When it was finally time for the county judge race the opponents took their positions and when I wasn’t even on the court What they did in 1990 was pull money out of the reserves to supplement the general fund and avoid increasing taxes. Some of the reserves went there. A computer upgrade used up some more at the end of 1991 and bought the Landa offices. The budget is adopted by Commissioners Court. I’m only one vote on there and once the budget is The WORD issue has been a bone of contention between the two. Key said he opposed WORD because he wanted to be able to elect boards with the authority to tax and he expressed concern over the adverse affect publicity_ about the state of the river could have on the tourism business. “Those who live in the district are very unhappy with it,” he said. “Nobody has shown me one shred of evidence that the traffic today is one bit heavier than seven years ago. In my opinion those problems were so blown out of proportion for publicity (for Casteel and the sheriffs depart- ‘ Those who lino in tho district very unhappy with it... (WORD is) in worse condition than six years ago.’ - Ted Key B See campaign expenses, Page 3A merit.)” He said the river was “in worse condition than six years ago” and cited an editorial by Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Mark Lyon written after a trip down the river las summer. The issue was raised by a ques-about how litter and law enforcement would be handled without WORD. Casteel said the county would have no way to control Styrofoam or glass on the river and would be able to provide law enforcement at a cost to the taxpayer. “It’s better than it was in 1991,” said Casteel although she admitted “we’re not home free.’ Casteel responded to Key’s implication that her efforts to publicize the problems on the river may hurt the local economy saying that she was a member of both Chambers of Commerce in the county and was working to bring “the good kind of tourist” to Comal County. Candidates for county commissioner postions address popular issues By ROBE MARIE EASH Staff Writer Candidate for County Commissioner Precinct WI, Danny Scheel, Mid he would “bring a positive attitude back to Commiaaioneri Court” in his opening statement at last night’s League of Women Voters candidate forum. Scheel Mid he supports “quality, controlled growth for Comal County, law enforcement, EMS, and the fire department.” He Mid he is against the burning of hazardous waste In Comal County and will support effort! to protect water reaourem Including increasing minimum lot sizes. The incumbent for Commissioner Precinct WL, Neil Craigmile, reviewed his seven year record as commissioner and said, “I have a record I can run on. I'm proud of my record.” He strolled his conservative financial rasponribility efforts. Answers to questions ftom the audient provided some difference between the two on specific issues. Responding to a question asking for positions on raise* for oounty employ ees versus raising taxes, Scheel said he supports raises for county employees and thinks it can be accomplished without raising taxes. Craigmile said, “I think employees should be paid wages comparable to the private sector within I 15 mile radius.” Asked their positions on renting jill space, both agreed the county should do so when space is available. Asked their position on combing district and county attorney offices, Scheel had no comment and Craigmile laid h would be a big change and he didn't think there would be any benefit. Asked how they would Improve WORD lo thoro could be more control of trash and alcohol on the Guadalupe River, Scheel said the commissioners must support WORD and the people who use foe river should pay to maintain it Craigmile Mid WORD needs to emphasize clean-up, police and sanitation on foe river. In the County Commissioner Precinct UA race, Ed Nolan opened his remarks with a joke aimed it his opponent, incumbent Moe Schwab. “What it a repeat offender?” Nolan asked. “A politician who runs for re-election.” He stressed that his most important coucem was “freedom of individuals and foe protection of foe pocket book.” Schwab reviewed is three year record as commissioner and spoke of four generations of his family earning HersH-Zatung photo by JOHN HUSETH Republican candidate for precinct 4 oommlealoner, Ed Nolan (loft) addroee-aa loot night'a crowd while Incumbent Moo Schwab (right) Waite hie turn. a living in Comal County. “At this point in my life I want to give something back,” he said. "Vote early and vote often.” Asked the same question about employee raises versus taxes, Nolan said, “We've got to find creative ways to make county government more efficient. If employees tie efficient pay them and that efficiency will provide the money.” Moe Schwab said that employees had received a raise this year although they did not get one last year and he thought the benefits provided by the county were as good as any in the private sector. Asked what they would do to keep the rivers clean, the candidates disagreed. Nolan said, “We’ve been stumbling around with WORD for years. Frankly, I don’t think WORD is the answer.” Schwab said, “WORD was created to have users pay for clean up and police — not the taxpayer.” They were also asked what they would do about subdivision regulations regarding wells, roads, and septic systems. Nolan said the problem in the western part of the oounty may require up to five acres minimum building lots. He also said he thought the roles for sanitation were too restrictive in some cases. Schwab spoke of the excellent condition of oounty roads compared to the surrounding five counties. He acknowledged that the water issue is very serious and said that he felt sanitation restrictions need to be more strict in some areas of the county. Both candidates were against the burning of hazardous waste in the county. Dr. Walker leaving NB for New Mexico By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Bigger and better things are in store for local psychiatrist Dr. John Walker. Although ha ii saddened to be leaving hia patients and New Braunfels, Walker is preparing to retire from medicine and move to Red River, New Mexico. However, retirement will not be slow and easy for Walker. Heil planning to expand his career in speaking and writer into a foll-time venture. The change in Walker's career ii a result of an examination of his values. "When I started looking at my value! I came up with three things — service... creativity and freedom. The moat important thing ii serving other people. I feel I can serve other people best by quaking to hundred*” ha Mid. “I really am going to misa my patients. All of my patients are like fhmily and friends.. I will miss the office personnel.. .I will miM all of them but nonetheless I can serve people best if I speak and write.”For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 A ;