New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 2, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
New Braunfels, Texas
January 2, 1987 25 Cents
One Section, 16 PagesMichelle Toon
By SARAH DUKE Staff Writer
^ 1986 Canyon High School graduate is headed for the adventure of a lifetime Michele Toon is leaving Jan. IO to spend one year in a rural area of southeastern Australia Toon will be an American representative of the American Field Service and will attend high school as an exchange student in the rural town of Dubbo.
Maybe it was the lure of the backcountry mystique or maybe it was the rough and rugged people of the country but. whatever it was. Toon couldn't pinpoint her reasons for wanting to go to Australia. “I don't know I have no idea, but about four years ago. I decided I wanted to go," she said And since that time. Toon has been planning and saving money for
her s*ay in the land down under She found out earlier this week that she will be living with a family in Dubbo. Australia Her host parents. William and Pamela Cole, are old hands at the business of hosting foreign students They have had seven students living with them and attending the local hrgh school Toon will be the cou pie s second American student Cecil and Mary Toon, Michele Toon’s parents, also have hosted an exchange student in their home Toon said she feels that living with
Nannie Schrader, a German student who attended Canyon High School last year, gave her an insight into cultural exchange "I’ve been told that your view of the world is different after living in another country,” she said "I understand even after you come back, you have a different way of dealing with people."
Toon said other students who have participated in the American Field Service exchanges gain a new understanding of people that transcends cultural stigma. She added that she feels that understanding will be helpful to her throughout her life "It s kind of neat because I know some of the ups and downs (of living in a foreign country) and some of the things I should do and not do." she said. adding that while she has never traveled greatly, she learned a lot from Schrader “I think one of the important things w as when we had a problem. we talked about it." she added, saying that she hopes the year works out as smoothly as it did for Schrader (inc nice thing about going to Australia, Toon said, is that there is no language barrier She s been reading about die country and already knows some of the differences in speaking
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Other man filling up their tanks on New Year’s Eve. local gasoline buyers have had little reaction to the brand new 5-cent gas tax that went into effect thursday.
"Nobody's said anything, I think they all knew about.” said Melvin, who owns the Kxxon station on US Bl. "There s nothing I can do about -it."
Folks at the Pit Stop Number 6 on South Seguin Avenue feel the same way. "They know that-the tax went up,” said Rosie, one of the employees "We were real busy the 30th and 3ist ... they filled up their cars "
"I even made the point to buy my gas (before year’s end)." added employee Richard.
"What are you gonna do about it?" asked customer Attwell Scholl...
Joyce Wright called to say she found her daughter, Pam Kruse.
The lS^yearold New Braunfels High School student was missing Thursday, and we ran a story about that in Thursday’s newspaper. Apparently all turned out okay and Mrs. Wright called to say thanks for the help No charge, ma’am. Glad she’s
Austin man run over by his own truck Thursday
An Austin man was treated fur injuries after being struck by a pickup in which he was riding Thursday afternoon Gregory Kent Aldrich, 24, was picking up a pair of glasses he had dropped, when the driver of the truck backed up to get him and lost control Aldrich was treated and released at McKenna Memorial Hospital with a sprained left hand and contusions to his left leg The driver of the pickup, Howard Kop-pelmar. of San Antonio, was cited for backing upon the shoulder of a controlled access highway The accident happened about 2
p rn Thursday on the shoulder of the northbound lane of Interstate 35 near the York ('reek exit Department of Public Safety Trooper Jon Lindley reported that Aldrich was retrieving the glasses he had dropped out the window of the pickup ami began walking back to the pickup. Lindley's report states that at that time, the driver decided to back up and pick up his passenger Koppel man failed to control his vehicle and struck Aldrich, the report says New Braunfels Emergency Medical Services took Aldrich to McKenna Memorial Hospital.
Doug Hempel is a real nice guy and interested in photography. Readers may remember the pictures of two people, a man and a boy. being rescued from raging waters at Gruene bridge across the Guadalupe last October published on our front page Amateur Doug took those and took the accident photo on today’s Page I....
Canyon High graduate off to odyssey in land of g'day
Family wants dead woman returned to New Braunfels
Maria and Robert Goodwin display their son, David Grant Good win, who was born at 3:26 a.m. Thursday, which made David Grant the first baby born at McKenna Memorial Hospital in 1987. David Grant weighed in at birth af seven pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 and three fourths of an inch in length, a hefty bouncer. Mother and son are reported doing well and should be homeward bound before long. Congratulations to the parents and welcome to 1987, David Grant Goodwin, 1987's first Leslie KsiEWALOT/st*HPhotosr*p«wrnew New Braunfelser.
By DAV ID MAY
Staff Writer --
Relatives say she didn’t deserve to die like she did. They said she was special They hope to bring her home and lay her to rest next to ber mother New Braunfels native Rosa Castro. 45, died at her residence in Seguin on Dec. 12. According to authorities, the woman, who shared her home with a brother and sister-in-law. died as the result of a stroke induced by a blow to the side of the head She also sustained several other injuries, almost mysterious in nature. Exact details of the death remain sketchy, at best, according to Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department and the district attorney
Relatives in New Braunfels were not aware of the woman’s death until an article ran in a San Antonio newspaper on Dec 28 She was buried by her brother in Seguin, according to family members Sandra Martinez, who lives here and is a sister to the deceased, said she believes her brother is responsible for her sister’s death and she wants justice She said efforts are being made by family members to bring the woman to New Braunfels to be buried alongside her mother
"She didn t deserve to die like that." Martinez said, adding that she wants "everybody to know She was spec ial and we loved her ”
Castro was found dead in her living room after police were notified by the brother Preliminary reports say she died as the result of a stroke induced by a blow to the right side of the head. She also suffered numerous broken ribs and. according to Martinez, was bruised over much of her body.
Official ruling of the death is still pending from the Travis County Medical Examiner’s office.
Seguin District Attorney W G Kirkendail said that an investigation is underway. "I can’t speculate at this time.’’the prosecutor said this morning. "We don’t know
if ber injuries were the result of an attack or an acciden tai fail vee re still waiting for a ruling from the medical
Kirkendail said dial the brother. Richard Castro. 35. has t>een served a subpoena to testify before a Guadalupe County grand jury No charges have been filed by authorities and Kirkendail could not say what action the grand jury may Uke An indictment against the brother is a possibility the prosecutor said Richard Castro was unavailable for comment Friday Martinet said she believes Castro may have beaten their sister 'Everybody loved her and she loved everybody," Martinez said According to tile sister. Richard Castro told authorities that the woman was blind and suffered from epilepsy v\e believe site did have some vision impairment.” Kirkendail said As far as epileptic seizures. I can't say. be added He would not commit to any theories or motives in the incident Martinez said V\e never knew anything about her being blind or raving epilepsy The last time we saw her was three or four months ago ”
An uncle saw the San Antonio newspaper story and informed the rest of ihe family Castro was buried quietly by her brother rn Seguin, according to family members She w as never married "We (family > want to have her brought back to New Braunfels to be buried next to her mother." Martinez said The mother. Nicolosa Castro, passed away in 1983 and is buried in rental County Martinez said that the family may seek financial help from a trust fund formed by the local Amigos club to help in costs of bnnging their sister’s body here Mayor pro-Tem Ramon Chapa Jr said Friday morning that he had spoken to the sister earlier rn the week and that he may personally and with friends help to defray the family’s costs of transferring the woman s body to New Braunfels
New Year's Pay was a "working day" for the newly elected Comal- County of ficiais Among those identifiable in the picture are* from left, JP Harold Krueger, JP R.G. 'Doc' Blanchard, County Court at-Law Judge Ron Prichard, JR Fred Stewart, County Commissioner Neil Craigmile, District Clerk Margaret Mar* brich, Constable Ronald Stuebing, and County Judga Fred Clark. District Judga lb skis KBit waldt/state ■"■Yfugiii Robert Pfutffer.