New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
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New BraunfelsWednesdayFebruary 18,1987
Spotlight Theatre & Arts Group, Etc., Inc. in Bulverde will present the stage production of M.A.S.H. beginning Feb. 19. For more information on this Comal County theatre group, call 438-2339. The latest and most worthwhile production will happen at Krause House on Bulverde Road. Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are available at the door as follows: )6 for adults, $4 for senior citizens and students and $2 for children under 12 years of age. Sunday matinee, by the way, begins at 3 p.m.. Don’t miss this fine production of what is by now a classic of contemporary theater....
Mail for your reservations now for the annual Celebrity Waiters Luncheon, the proceeds from which benefit the Iieukemia Society of America and its research efforts. The “fun-raising” affair will begin at noon Friday at the Holiday Inn. Waiters and waitresses will be some of New Braunfels' finest trying to earn large tips to give to the leukemia group. Past luncheons have featured mayors, bankers and other ‘big names,' so make a reservation, then sit back and relax and have them wait on you a while. It’s for a good cause....
There will be a meeting Monday, Feb. 23, for folks interested in participating in the Guadalupe County Farmers Market. The planning session will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Savings & (nan Association. 205 E. Center in Seguin. Fo’ mo’ info’ on the market, contact Gus Pearson at (512) 379-1972 or Renee Watson at (512 ) 656-2315....
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Carol Grosser sits atop her car at Comal County Courthouse Annex displaying dissatisfaction with a legal system she says has failed to protect her rights as a victim
Selma residents-worst of both worlds
By JOHN KASTNER Correspondent
The quaint, subtle town of Selma. with nothing nore than a church and store, today is an annexed version of Schertz and a tale of upset landowners demanding jurisdiction rights on damages to their property.
Pat and Lucille Osbourn, who moved to Interstate 35 and lx>okout Road near Blue Bonnet Palace Dance Complex 40 years ago when Selma reached into Comal County, today reside in a “three-county dilemma." Two questions continue to pop up. “Who do you call for help'’” and “Does help arrive?”
“We’ve got a real problem out here, who do you call in the event of an emergency?” asked Mrs. Osborn. “Most of the time, so many minutes are lost considering the mileage involved, which really scares me. especially in a medical emergency! ” “We’d just like a little justice.” Mr. Osborn said.
What makes this situation unique is that the Osborns' front yard is in Schertz, their side fence line is in Selma, and they own a piece of Comal County about 1,000 feet from their farm.
This is no bull. Adam Baier, 15, a student at New Braunfels High School and a member, of course, of the FFA, took first place this week in the junior steer riding competition at San Antonio’s Stock Show and Rodeo. Adam’s event took place Feb. 15. His performance garnered him a $500 prize, which he will use to pay for college or put toward another FFA project. There are several things in this world that are under-rated, and one of them is the nerve of anyone who will climb on the back of a not-so-docile steer and go for it. The photograph by step-dad Frank Durland shows Adam breakin’ out of the chute. Apparently Adam suffered a mashed up finger or two in the process, which, by all accounts, he didn’t realize until after the ride....
If you’re between 5- and 12-years-old, or maybe you know someone who is, you're invited to enter a coloring contest. The Comal County Builders’ Assocation is sponsoring the Home Product Show Coloring Contest which gives kids a chance to color a picture of their home and tell the association why they like their house. Entry blanks will be
distributed through local businesses. Rudy Reinter is going after
The deadline for entries is March 4. another term on the New Braunfels
Winners will win a really neat ISO board of trustees. He said
wagon or a super deluxe portable Tuesday his major goal for the next
radio or a television of their very term is to focus improvements in the
own. All entries wiU be displayed at elementary schools,
the Home Product Show March 6-8 “If we don’t do a good job in the
at the Wurethane ... elementary schools, we might as well
wine wsw shut down se high schools,” he said.
Reinter added that NB1SD is working The Menu hard to reduce the student-teacher
COMICS................bo New Braunfels to get our (student-
CROSSWORD...........6B jteacher ratio down to 25:1,” Reinter
DEAR ABBY............6B said about pre-House Bill 72 days. KB
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OPINIONS..............CA waivers from the state.
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WEATHER..............2A District 5. He works for Southwestern
lf an emergency arises rn the Osborns' Interstate 35 frontage, they call Schertz: an emergency along lookout Road and they call Selma, and finally, an emergency from 1.000 feet along lookout Road to the Comal County lane or inside, call Bracken.
Rosa Fey, now 92. sums up the situation in one word ‘ridiculous.” Fey owns an 84-acre farm — 48 acres in Schertz and 48 in Comal County. She too. is plagued with the same dilemma Some IO years ago she would call Bracken for fire protection, New Braunfels for medical help and either the sheriff’s office in Seguin or New Braunfels for trouble.
The Osborns have had their share of vandalism, property damage, trespassing and trash dumping on their property, along with alcohol consumption, all problems they say are associated with the dance complex. Today, said Mrs. Osborn, that’s their “biggest headache."
The Osborns have errected a double-wire electric fence, some 4,000 feet along I cookout Road where they stock cattle. “Every Saturday and Sunday morning, the fence is cut
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Reinter, Robinette seek NBISD trustee positions; Lloyd will not run again
By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
By SARAH DUKE and DAVID MAY Staff Writers
Carol Grosser is fighting mad. A man who almost killed her is on the streets and she wants to know why.
Grosser said District Attorney Bill Schroeder refused to prosecute her assailant despite the fact that the man tried to kill her Now, through a mistake at the Comal County Sheriff’s Department, the assailant was set free instead of sent to prison on revocation of probation charges stemming from an earlier felony.
After several attempts to contact Schroeder, he was unavailable for comment.
“If I can do anything to keep this man from hurting someone else, even fighting this sit-on-his-butt district attorney, that’s what I’m going to do," Grosser said. The woman has taken her fight to the street — San Antonio Street to be exact — wheVe she was holding a sign Tuesday saying “District Attorney says cerebral concussion is not serious bodily injury. What do you think?"
Grosser suffered a cerebral concussion when a man she was living with broke a .22 caliber rifle across her head Jan. 8. Th<it was only the beginning of her abuse, she said. Schroeder decided there was a lack of evidence for felony charges in the case and her assailant was convicted of misdemeanor charges. Then, the sheriff's department mistakingly released the assailant instead of sending him to prison. Now, Grosser fears for her life.
I he woman pulled a broken rifle barrel from her car — the rifle that was broken across her head. “I don't think that's what my father wanted his coon gun used for.” she said.
She also produced a copy of a letter from Schroeder staling that “without a doctor establishing serious bodily injury, we could not indict on that type of assault.” The woman also carries a copy of a doctor’s letter stating that she suffered a serious blow to the head.
"I got a concussion and the guy who did it got 45 days He’s walking the streets." said Grosser, who lives west of Bulverde near Curry Creek Road. “I've been fighting the system all day to find out why .”
Schroeder was successful Tuesday in obtaining a protective order for Grosser in district court barring Edmund Gaconnet. 33. from making contact with her
County Attorney Bill Reimer said Tuesday that he
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“If I can do anything to keep this man from hurting someone else, even fighting this sit-on-his-butt district attorney, that's what Tm going to do."
Henry files for council seat
Gary Henry, a partner in Bad-Schloss Inc., which operates tltfc Schlitterbahn water amusement park in New Braunfels, became the seventh candidate for one of three at-large berths on City Council w’ith his filing this morning.
Filing deadline for April 4 general elections is todav at 5 p.m. in the city secretary’s office at City Hall"
Henry, who is a licensed certified public accountant. said he will draw on his business background in his candidacy
Other candiates vying for council at-large berths are incumbent James Goodbread. Doug Miller. Dennis Kaderli. George Bigley. Bill Arnold and Bob Pa cha rz ma
Comal County 4-H lobbying officials over youth issues
Bell in Austin and has served on the board since 1974.
Garland Lloyd, trustee representing District 3, announced Tuesday that he will not seek another term on the board. Lloyd, who has served on the NBISD board for nine years, cited personal reasons for not running again. He said he feels certain qualified individuals will step forward to take his place.
Richard Robinett filed for the District 3 seat Monday. There have been no other filings for the two positions up for election.
Reimer said two problems facing the board are keeping teachers’ salaries competitive with other districts and keeping up with an increasing enrollment.
’’We opened a new elementary school last year and we already need more space,” he said referring to Memorial Primary which opened its
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By DAVID MAY Staff Writer
If a picture is worth a thousand words, a picture outlined with facts windowing daily problems faced by youth will not be overlooked if area 4-H members are successful rn lobbying their elected officials.
4-H Ambassadors representing Comal County 4-H’ers are busy this month distributing “Youth Statistics” packets to local and state government leaders in hopes that those who make key decisions concerning today’s youth may be more aware of the impact of their decisions.
Packets, containing figures relating to problems with drug and alcohol abuse, school dropout rates, pregnancy, trouble at home, law and suicide were given members of New Braunfels City Council, New Braunfels ISD and Comal ISD in the past week. A similar presentation will be made later this week to Comal County Commissioners.
“We feel that since you are in a position to make key decisions about the youth of today that these statistics will help,” said Ambassador Kristie Wunderlich, representing Gruene Kountry 4-H in her Feb. 9 presentation to city council.
Roxanne Hob, ambassador from the Cedar Rock 4-H club, told council, “We think it is important for teen-agers to have good youth programs in order to become productive adults.”
Statistics were compiled and researched by Mate 4-H specialists through seminars attended by thousands of Texas youth and obtained through various state and national reference sources.
’’Many of our youth are in serious trouble,” said aute 4-H Director Zerle L. Carpenter. ’’The presentation of this packet is an ex
pression of concern by our 4-H youth.” Carpenter noted that research points to a close relationship between poor and low self-esteem and drug and alcohol use, school dropout rates, teen pregnancy and suicide.
In the area of self-concept, statistics show that seven in youths dislike themselves and 32 percent are critical of their own personality. Youth who are fat, short or underdeveloped are likely to have a poor self-esteem.
According to the survey, a young person’s most meaningful recognition comes from setting and reaching a personal goal, while the second most meaningful recognition
comes in the use of their names The survey points to incarceration as a reason for a 22 percent decrease in arrests of teens in the past decade. Approximately 50,000 youth are in detention because they have nowhere else to go.
Statistics say $5.2 billion is spent annually by federal, state and local governments for courts, police and prisons for marijuana related crimes, while $112 million in property damage is reported annually during criminal acts.
More than $16.6 billion is lost Nearly in production because the use of marijuana is linked to absee LOBBY. Page 2A
Incumbent Bill Hays seeking re-election
Bill Hays Jr. cited needs for long-range planning as his reasons for filing for re-election as a Comal ISD board trustee.
"There are some things that I want to see through in the building program,” Hays said following a board meeting Monday. "There are some educational issues I would like to see addressed.”
Hays filed for re-election Tuesday morning.
‘‘We really need long-range planning for curriculum,” he said. “It’s been such a busy time with bond issues and building that the administration has been spending its time on those matters, rather than on education.”
Hays said during his first term in office, he has worked mostly with financial and construction matters and has had little time to study educational issues as they related to state wide programs. He added he would Uke to become more involved
in curriculum matters.
Hays lives in the Smithson Valley area and is a mechanical engineer for a San Antonio architectural firm. He said the school district is getting caught up with growth in the county, particularly in Bulverde. It’s time now to turn attention to educational issues such as long-range curriculum development, he said.
The CISD board set April 4 as the trustee election date. Board President I^roy Goodson also has filed for re-election. School district officials said there have been no other filings.
Hays is completing his first three-year term on the board. During his term, CISD patrons passed s $5 million bond issue. Since the bond issue in 1985, the school district has begun construction on a new Smithson Valley High School and Canyon Middle School. Bulverde schools also were expanded to keep up with growing enrollments.
‘He’s walking the streets’
Assault victim claims District Attorney Schroeder sat on her case until her assailant wound up being let out of jail on an error by Comal County Sheriff’s Depart -ment. Now she’s mad.