New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in one section ■ Wednesday, January 3,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of JENNIFER ANTONE
Vol. 144, No. 36Inside
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Clarence Timmermann Sr., Pat Koepp, Rhonda Smock, Janet Walker, Dick Robinett, Mike Stevens and Blake Classen.
Cedar — 375 , Mold —1,420
Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of
air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.
Comal River — 294 Cubic Feet Per
Second, down 5 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon
Well — 625.24 feet above sea
level, down .06
Guadalupe River — NA
Former sports editor busted on robbery charge
HURST, Texas (AP) —
Police say a man didn’t bother wearing a disguise of any kind in Las Vegas when he robbed three casinos and a restaurant last fall.
During each robbery, as videotape rolled on security cameras, the man handed a clerk a note demanding money, police said.
“He figured no one in Vegas knew him," said Lt. Wayne Petersen of the Las Vegas metropolitan police.
But after the videotape was aired on a recent edition of the TV show. "America’s Most Wanted." police were deluged with dozens of calls, leading to this Fort Worth suburb where Michael David Condiff, 29, a former sports editor at the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, has been living with his father
Condiff was arrested without incident Tuesday afternoon as he arrived at a North Richland Hills restaurant where he works as a server.
LORA sets workshop
The Lower Colorado River Authority will hold a workshop in New Braunfels on Thursday, Jan. 4, 1996, to inform area leaders and nonprofit groups about LCRA’s new grant program to assist community development projects in its service area.
The workshop will be at the New Braunfels Utilities board room, 263 E. Main Plaza, from 6 to 8 p.m. Those eligible for grants include cities, counties, volunteer fire departments, regional development councils and other non-profit economic and community development groups.
For more information, contact Frank Morgan, LCRA, 1-800-776-5272, ext. 3340.
Garden Club to mast
The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet Tuesday, Jan. 9 at 2 p.m. at the home of Ella Hall. The program will be on the spectacular annual Philadelphia Flower Show held in March.
CASA training this month
CASA of Central Texas will conduct a 40-hour course to train advocates in January 1996. lf you believe that abused, neglected or abandoned children need someone to speak for them in court, you may be just the right person to train as an advocate Call Deborah at 620-5536 for information.
hooksTroutfest starts its 11 -day run tomorrow in Landa Park
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Kids of all ages, choose your bait — Troutfest 1996 starts tomorrow at 4 p.m.
Catching the 10-fish limit will be almost as easy as shooting fish in a barrel, but a lot more fun. This year the trout and catfish will be swimming in the Landa Park Olympic pool due to the renovations under way at the spring-fed pool.
‘It’s not always easy to take your kids up to the lake — this is simple, ifs easy, ifs a controlled environment.’
— Tim Dean
may ban guns in county buildings
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The spring-fed pool at Landa Park is receiving a major renovation, so this year s Troutfest has been moved to the Olympic pool.
“Being back in the Olympic pool it will be more crowded, but it will be easier to catch fish,” said Tim Dean, Parks and Recreation Aquatic Superintendent.
Troutfest is a great fishing experience for kids and first-time anglers, Dean said. “It’s not always easy to take your kids up to the lake — this is simple, ifs easy, it’s a controlled environment.”
The fish travel to New Braunfels in special aerated tractor trailer tankers, Dean said.
The eight to 10-inch trout come from the A. E. Wood hatchery in San Marcos. They can be caught with meal worms, com and power bait.
“The catfish come in a bigger trailer from Arkansas." he said. They probably won’t bite the traditional dough bait, but they’ll bite just about anything else.
“I have seen them bite a lot on cheese, night crawlers — I even saw one guy catch one on a tortilla.”
Most of the catfish will range in weight from one to three pounds, with a few larger fish mixed in.
Children can take home IO fish for $3, adults $5. Troutfest lasts from Jan. 4 through 14 — weekdays 4 to 8 p.m. and weekends IO a.m. to 8 p.m.
“This has gotten bigger every year,” Dean said.
Although it is now legal to carry a licensed concealed handgun in Texas, many places have banned such firearms from their premises. The Comal County Commissioners on Thursday will consider banning guns from county-owned buildings.
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said that the law says a concealed handgun cannot be taken into a courtroom or a place where a governmental body meets. She said this could be interpreted as only those specific rooms, which would allow an individual to carry a gun into the building if they are going to an office such as the tax office or the district clerk’s office.
“Our purpose would be to limit you from bringing it into the courthouse building itself,” she said. “Our suggestion is to leave it in the car.”
Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer said it may take a court precedent to determine exactly where the law prohibits the carrying of a concealed handgun. However, until that time, the county wants to be certain they are not allowed in the building.
“We’re looking at doing it just to be safe,” said Bremer. “It’s just kind of a fail-safe measure.”
Casteel said the county is not worried about licensed citizens bringing guns into the building and creating a threat. However, that would mean some sort of system would have to be established for “checking" guns before entering the courtroom, much like a coat check, she said. However, Bremer said the prohibition would help courthouse security plan that is under development.
“We’re looking at doing it just to be safe. It’s just kind of a fail-safe measure.’
—Sheriff Jack Bremer
“The fewer weapons that are in the building, the safer we are,” he said.
County Commissioner J. L. “Jumbo” Evans said he does not believe the prohibition would drastically increase security. He said the fact that the gun would be concealed, would make it hard to detect.
The City of New Braunfels considered a similar prohibition about a month ago. However, the motion failed due to the lack of a second. Mayor Paul E. Fraser, who made the motion, said he favored a prohibition because of the possible threat a concealed handgun could pose to both the public and the employees.
“You need to have a firm control on what can be used as a weapon in such a potentially volatile situation,” said Fraser. “I just don’t think we need weapons, concealed or not, in any public facility.”
City Council member Jan Kennady said she personally sees both sides of the argument on prohibition. However, she said she believes the item may come back before the council for discussion because employees have a right to be protected. She said people can be calm one minute and “volatile" the next, and that raises concern.
“I think with that in mind, I may ask that it be brought back before the council so we can at least discuss it,” said Kennady.
Lions reach out on ‘Souper Sunday’
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALLThe last of the pecans
Willie Lynn and Glenn Scrutchen pick up pecans under a tree near Torrey Street last Thursday.Filing deadline passesBallot for March primaries now set
The vast majority of people will be watching the big game on Super Bowl Sunday. This will likely include chips, dips and various snack foods. However, many people do not even have a meal, let alone snacks. The New Braunfels Breakfast Lions Club is challenging various groups to reach out to these people.
Richard Martin, Super Bowl Chairperson, said the organization will send out about 170 letters to churches and service clubs issuing a challenge to raise money for those less fortunate in the community. He said they are asking that groups ask members for a $1 donation on Super Bowl Sunday. The group can then send the money directly to the SOS Food Bank.
“We’re the catalysts to get this started. They’re not going through us,” said Martin. “They’re raising the money from their people, and their organization gets to give it directly to the food bank.”
Martin said this is the first year for the challenge. However, he hopes it can become an annual event to help the food bank. He said many of the groups getting letters have large memberships. He said if enough people participate, it could provide a great boost for the food bank.
“Conceivably, we could help the food bank come up with a couple thousand dollars without really straining anybody,” said Martin.
The dnve is particularlv important at this time of year. Martin said people tend to donate more during the holiday season, and afterwards, the food banks
are left'with a small supply of goods again. He said groups collecting a single dollar from every member can help ease this burden.
“The needs of the food bank keep going on. They have hungry' kids and people every day that don’t go away after the holidays," said Martin. “One dollar for most people isn’t that big of a deal, but you start to multiply that by a couple of hundreds, or hopefully thousands, and that’s a lot of money to help augment the supply of food."
Groups wanting to participate can send their donations directly to the SOS Food Bank at 248 E. Merri-weather. Donations should be sent no later than Monday, Jan. 29. The food bank will keep a record of who participates, and how much is donated so results from the community-wide dnve can be tallied.
As of the filing deadline, 5 p.m. Jan. 2, 1995, the following people have filed “appointment of treasurer” forms with the county clerk.
Early voting will start Feb. 21 and run until March 8. The last day to register to vote is Feb. 11, and primary election day will be March 12.
(R) Dibrell W. Waldnp
(R) Nathan B. Rheinlander
(R) Bill M. Reimer
(D) Victona L. “ViCki” Langham
(R) Stephanie Smith-Bums
(R) John “Jack" G. Bremer
(R) James R. “Bob” Holder
(R) Max Womack, Jr.
Commissioner Pct. 3
(D) Cristina Zamora
Commissioner Pct. I
(D) Louis A. “Charlie’ Millican (R) Glenn Jackson (R) Douglas W. Kirk (R) Marian L. Whitson (R) Jack Dawson
Constable Pct. I
(D) Joe Gomez
Constable Pct. 2
(R) Lester L. Leissner
Constable Pct. 3
(R) James P. Hanley (R) Ciary A Zimmerman
Constable Pct. 4 (D) Jim C. Sutton (R) Edward C. Mullins
(D) Gloria K. Clennan
Change in meter readings should help city staff
By DAVID DEKUNDER
At a special meeting of the Garden Ridge City Council on Tuesday night, the council approved a change in water meter readings which will make it easier for the city staff to handle.
“Instead of the Garden Ridge Water Company reading meters at mid month, the company will now read them at the end of the month,” City Secretary Chns Boring said.
Mayor Jay P. Millikin said the changes were made because the city turns in a water report on meter readings to the Edwards Underground Water District every month Millikin said it will help the city in bookkeeping matters.
“It (the change) will help us with our financial reports.” Minikin said. “It will give us mote accuracy in those reports.”
*We are looking for more equitable sharing between the prospective developer and the city...’
— Mayor Jay P. Minikin
The council gave approval for Dela Luckett to sell the property, which is an extension of Gardenia Bend Dnve, to a potential developer without her submitting a pre-plat plan to the council. Millikin said Mission City Development is interested in purchasing the land to build an estimated 17-18 new homes. When Mission City Development buys the land, Millikin said, it will have to submit the pre-plat plan before it can construct any new homes.
Another potential housing development was also the topic of conver
sation at the meeting. The council looked at an offer from ABG Investments, which is interested in purchasing 177 acres on FM 3009 In the letter, Millikin said, the developer offered $75,000 to assist in the expansion of a water transmission line. Millikin said the council found this offer too low because the city wants to build an elevated water storage tank in addition to the water transmission line.
When the elevated storage tank in thrown in, Millikin said, the developer would have to pay $475.1XH) in helping with city water improvements. The city will write a letter back to ABG Investments explaining its position on the matter.
“We are looking for more equitable shanng between the prospective developer and tile city when it comes to water improvements," Million said.Detentions in Bosnia cast pall over peace . See Opinion, Page 4.