New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 1, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Have a happy and healthy 1987!
New Braunfels, TexasThursdayJanuary 1,1987 25 CentsTwo Sections, 18 Pages
No. the national college football championship is not on the line in Dallas today, but the annual Cotton Bowl is always a major spectacle Ohio State is making the Big Ten Conference’s debut, while Texas A&M hopes to become only the second school to win the Classic in back-to-back years.
The 51st Cotton Bowl Classic and the associated hoopla begins at 12:30 p.m. on KENS-TV. For a complete look at the clash, See Sports. Page 8A...
Members only, please The Captain James Jack Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 9:30 a m. Monday at 762 Laurel Lane, home of Delitha Guenzel. The program will be entitled, “Invite Birds to Your Home”....
Comal County Recreational Water District No. I will hold an election to decide three new officers for the coming year. Place is 325 Edgewater Time is all day Tuesday, Jan. 13, 1987....
The Downtown Association will meet at 7 a m Tuesday. January 6, in Krause's Cafe. Watts Wacker will speak on the topic “Recognizing Employee Drug Problems”....
Ah, Boonie. Mr Disque isn’t through yet. The NFL playoffs are but a hair over the starting line and already our pigskin prognosticator is calling last week’s fare “pureed, plain ole pornography.” We really can’t print Boonie’s comments verbatim ’cause if people objected to Ben Sergant, they might re-enact the time they threw Mr. Lin-dheimer’s press into the Comal River if they read in their hometown paper such things as the Washington Redskins going ram hunting, “found sheep and rammed it to them” It gets worse. But about thing* that matter ..Boonie likes the Browns over the Jets by 8. Chicago over the ’Skins by 4, the Giants over the 49ers by that mythical two-point spread, and Denver over New England by 4 points....
Is there a market for specialized firearms and defense tactics training in New Braunfels? We have carried stories about women’s self-defense classes, both passive and not so; firearms instructors, etc. We have been contacted by one Jerry D. Simmons, a certified firearms and combat skills instructor. Mr. Simmons is the real thing and offers instruction in firearms, unarmed street tactics, home defense perimeter protection, all kinds of neat stuff. Anyone interested in contacting Mr. Simmons about offering these advanced skills here can call (512) 443-4574....
McKenna Memorial Hospital has put out its first in-house newsletter. Another will come out in February, good Lord willing and the creeks don’t rise. Look for more about McKenna and IU fine staff in this coming year’s Herald-Zeitungs. McKenna is an unusual hospital, as community hospital’s go. It is neither beast nor fowl, not solely private, but not public in the sense of a Parkland or Wichita General, either. We get letters about McKenna from time to time We got a long one last week that we can’t print ’cause it’s unsigned. Although we have printed unsigned letters in Fbrum, we generally know who wrote them or we find out. Apparently someone likes to write unsigned letters about McKenna to this newspaper, but after three of them, we have to say you would get more of a response, maybe even printed, if you bud the courage to sign your correspondence ...
County Jail time may get common under Prichard
CERYL CLARK/SUM Photo*.
Vernon Taylor of the Happy Jazz Band and members of the Grapes of Wrath became Vern and the Velvet Tones for Wednesday afternoon to perform for the free senior citizens New Year's Eve dance at the New Braunfels Presbyterian Church sponsored by area folks and businesses.
•y DAVID MAY Staff Writer
DW1 offenders, especially repeat offenders, would be well advised to heed the warning of new Comal County Court-At-Law Judge Ron Prichard. Don’t do the crime if you don’t want to do the time.
Prichard, a Republican who has served the past 16 months as assistant county attorney, assumes the Judgeship from the appointed Democratic incumbent Charles Blackley today following swearing-in ceremonies at the courthouse.
Prichard said he plans to aggresively crack down on repeat DW1 offenders, something he says was not practiced by his predecessor, and he also hopes to devise methods to expediate courtroom dispositions
Prichard. 43, is a Waco native and a former marine captain who flew more than 300 fighter pilot combat missions in Vietnam. He received his masters at Southern Methodist University and his doctorate of Jurisprudence from SMU law school. He also played football there for then- Head Coach Hayden Fry.
Married with three children, Prichard has served as both a prosecutor and a defense attorney in his law career.
“I’ve worked both sides of the courtroom and I feel I can be fair. I’m going to call them as I see them.” he said
Prichard said he sought the four-year post mainly because the incumbent was running unopposed and because of frustrations he felt in trying to prosecute repeat DW1 offenders.
“My predecessor was too lenient with those cases He was stacking probations with people who had five or six DWI offenses, ” he said.
He said he felt that elected officials have a duty to protect the people who abide by the law. “'nils court should not be a rehab center for people with drinking problems I think once the word gets around, people here and in other communities will know that this is not the place to come and drink and drive.” the Canyon Lake resident said.
He said that a run-of-the-mill first offense for DWI, barring any aggravative factors, would probably bring probation For a second offense, he said “I don’t even want to hear the word probation Everybody gets one bite of the apple.”
Revocation of probation. Jail time and loss of driver's license would be likely courses of action, according to
"I'm for people having a good time. Many of the local events are designated to bring tourists here to eat and drink, but you have to draw the line somewhere."
Ron Prichard County Court-at-Law
the new Judge “People would rather do Jail time than lose their license, ” he said County court-at-law presides over under-felony offenses. such as DWIs, misdemeanors, assaults, possession. domestic and Juvenile cases Prichard pointed out that SU percent of the cases heard in the court annually are DWIs. some 1,000 cases a year He said that he will not give multiple probations in DWI offenses and will try to raise fines for those offenses, something he said his former boss. County Attorney Bill Renner, completely supports “I believe in paying the piper,” Prichard said “The system should not be used for raising money for the county, but should run cost-free to the taxpayers.’’
He added that he and Reinter share many of the same philosophies about DWI punishments “I’m for people having a good time Many of the local events are designed to bnng tourists here to eat and drink, but you have got to the draw the I me somew here, ’ ’ he said Because he has been serving as a prosecutor for the county in recent months. Prichard said there will be some cases where he will have to excuse himself because of having prior investigative knowledge, handing the cases over lo district court or a visiting judge.
“Since the election. I have disengaged myself from prosecuting procedures and have been handling mainly paperwork and administrative duties,” Prichard said.
He said that there was a small backlog of cases to be heard and hopes to devise a system to expedite cases through the court system He said the current backlog is not serious
“I believe that because of my experience the court will function well I will be fair,” he said
N B Cha mber assessment
'Overall, a very good year'
SY DAVID MAY Staff Writer
A revived tourist industry, Sesquicentennial celebrations, and an extended contract with the city were but a few indicators New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce exeqitlvo vice piaaldint Toro Purdum u* ed to signify a successful year for the chamber.
Runtiest. FollUife Weekend, the Legislative Goth tereoce and other acttvttiae led the chamber in whet Purdum termed “overall a very good lies ”
“So many of our protects this year were ongoing,” he said, citing the culmination of Sesquicentennial protects after three yean of planning and programming. One of the meter things to come of those activities was the permanent organization of the Max ic an-American Heritage Committee, a glihoff group, that Purdum ceiled a very ’’worthwhile
The 1866 Legislative Conference, gponaofgd annuai-ly by the chamber, was unique this year In that it wee the first time ell of the gubernatorial candidates — the three Republican hopefuls end the incumbent Democrat-met in a debate forum. Purdum Mid.
The conference was held at the avie Cont or Just before election primaries. “That was a major debate that received statewide attention,” Purdum said.
Another activity sponsored by the chamber was the Folklife Weekend held at the Conservation Pima and Museum of Texes Handmade Furniture.
“That was very successful. It attracted a lot af visitors end I think that it can develop Into —«#htr major event,” he said.
Purdum alae noted that the tourist industry began to recover from slumps in recent years, thou#* actual figures relating to the industry won’t be available for some time.
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NBHS students reported missing
Two New Braunfels High School students are missing since Monday night.
Pam Kruse. 15. and Dwayne Har-borth, 18, attended a movie at Walnut Square Monday night about 7 p m Harborth’s younger brother sat in the front of the theater, while Pam and Dwayne sat in the back, according to Pam’s parents. Paul and Joyce Wright. The younger brother exited the movie theater about 9 p m and was picked up by a family member, but he reportedly told Mrs Wright that he lost sight of his brother and Pam inside the theater
When they went to the movie, Ram was wearing blue jeans, a purple long sleeve shirt, brown boots and a gray jacket. She is about 5 feet, six inches tall and weighs about 140 pounds. Dwayne was wearing blue Jeans, a brown shirt, gray Jacket and brown cowboy boots and hat.
The pair were reported missing to New Braunfels police Tuesday.
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of the couple should call New Braunfels police at 625-6872 or the Wrights at 625-0394 or 629-1892.
The Edwards Aquifer
The E U WD board tries to educate the publ ic on the need to conserve water and reduce reliance on a terminal aauifer that means life for the Hill Country
iv SARAH DUKE
The Edwards Underground Water District has gone into the entertainment business. The water district is offering slide presentations to organizations in the Edwards Aquifer region for the purpose of educating the public about future water use in the area
Debra Guerra, administrative officer for the water district, said the presentation has been shown to local Lions Cubs and was met with enthusiasm. She said members of the local organization took time to answer a few questions concerning future water use.
Like others polled in the region, local participants agreed that the aquifer should not be overdrafted and agreed on tho need for surface water development, reuse of water and water conservation.
Guerra said the presentation concerning options for the future of water in this area has been seen by Lions clubs and other civic organizations as well aa
groups, women’s groups and professional organizations “It’s a mixed variety right now of civic and professional groups” that have seen the presentation, she said, adding that the presentation has reached a cross section of the region’s population. “We still need to hit some agricultural groups, ” she said Tom Fox, general manager of the water district, said the presentation has been accepted well by viewers. “We’ve seen quite a bit of positive perceptions or feelings coming out of that,” he said.
Fox added that he feds the results of the poll Indicate the attitudes of the general public. He said that while only a small portion of tho region’s population has baen polled, tho ■ampRwg suggests that other penplr in the region will agree that measures have to be taken to protect future water
Guerra said the poll is not a atrtct representation of the people in the area but it has bean helpful to the water district and
suggests that the presentation is effective
The slide presentation is only one part of the water district’s effort to educate the region's population about the danger relying too heavily on the aquifer as the area’s only source of water.
Recent recommendations made by the water district’s Citizens Advisory Group are being considered by the EUWD board and the San Antonio Qty Council. Comal County representatives to the advisory board are County Extension Agent Bill Schumann, attorney Carter Casteel and businessman Robert Orr.
The advisory board has recommended that new laws be implemented to manage the usa of eurf ace and ground water and that the water district be put In charge of enforcing the new laws. The board also recommended that limitations be puffed on water withdrawal hem the aquifer and that a regional drought cnmingmcy plan ba creeled.
Fok said there is still a long way to go
before any of the advisory board s recon)- • mend at ions become a reality. “There are all pdicy recommendations and some questions have to be resolved as to whether the Edwards (Underground Water District) and some sponsors can transfer these board policy recommendations into actual policy,” he said.
The San Antonio City Council has authorized the formation of a Joint committee formed by council and water district representatives to study the recommendations. Fox said other cities in the aquifer area already ara involved in planning for protecting th* aquifer. He said each city is being informed of ef forts to implemen t new policy of laws lo protect the water supply
“Right now, the city of San Antonio la tho largest user of water on the aquifer and Ow? have the largos! population and they have tbs largest legislative body in the area,” For said. He added that San Antonio official! could have a graal impact on tho advisory
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