New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 4, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeituitg!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes tty Joe Pina,
Roger Estrada, Jr., Linda Stone, Clarence Tlmmermann (belated), Pat Koepp (belated), Rhonda MueUer Smock (belated), Janet Gilbert Walker (belated), Bea Shafer (belated), Lottie Wagner (belated), Joetta Crowell (belated), John Trackman (belated) Jennifer Carbajal, Ruby Rubio, Linda Ann Rodriguez, Janie Gonzales (belated), Rosetta Cavanaugh, Joan Crowell, Martha Ulbricht, Frances Carrillo (belated), John Cleary (belated), Edward Longhorn (belated), Peart Marion, Edna Weber (belated), Marie Williams (belated). Happy Anniversary to Felipe A Elba Delgado (50th!)
Habitat for Humanity moating Jan. 6
Comal County Habitat for Humanity will meet a 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 6 a Dittlinger Memorial Library. Members of the Advisory Board will be introduced tx the meeting. Anyone interested in helping to eliminate poverty housing in Comal County is welcome to attend. Call 625-7005 for more information. For those unable to attend the meeting, donations for the first home (to be built soon) may be sent to CCHfH, P.O. Box 310487, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-0487.
DHT to sponsor spacial seminar
The Daughters of the Republic of Texas, District Vin, is qxmsor-ing a genealogical seminar featuring Mr. Brent Holcomb as the distinguished speaker. He will keep us all engrossed in his lectures about South Carolina. He is a native of Clinton, S.C. and has spoken all through the south from Maryland to Texas, in Colorado, on the west coast and a several national conferences.
The seminar will be held tx foe Terrace, 200 Academy in Austin. The cost is $25. This charge includes luncheon. Four names for surname list and the registration fee may be sent to Sharon Hardin, 4205 Wildwood, Austin, Texas 78722 before Feb. 4 Late registration at the door will be $28.
Hie proceeds from the seminar will be donated by District VHI, DRI to the French Legation Museum, 820 San Marcos,
Troutiest IBM SWI for Jan. • at Land*
Trout** 1994, sponsored by the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will be held it the Linda Park spring-fed pool Jan. 6 through Jan. 16 The program is for the disabled and Comal County residents to fish for rainbow trout and for channel catfish. The channel oat-fish will arrive on Friday, Jan. 7.
Times for the Tioutfost are form 4 p.m. to 8 pin. weekdays and from IO a.m. to 8 pin. week* ends.
(The New Braurfeis Herald-Zeitung Invites IU readers to submit heme lo Stammtisch. According to the Sophlenburg Archives and members pf the German community, "Stammtlsch" represents a sitting place for members rf the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We Invite you to share with ut.)
Real estate foreclosures down by 15 percent In *93
Foreclosure Postings in Comal County
By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor
The New Braunfels real estate market surged in 1993, with the number of sales and sales prices up and the number of foreclosures and homes on the market down. Restore expect die market to continue its strong performance in 1993, spurred by low interest rates and a generally improving economy.
“It’s been unusually active for the holidays," said Toya Ohlrich-Lindsey of JackOhlrich Better Homes and Gardens. “We have more buyers than we have properties to show them. The inventory is really depleted... The market has been improving going on two years now, and a strong real estate market is an indication of a healthy economy in general."
Realtors said single-family homes have shown the strongest recovery from the late-80s bust, and they expect sales of multi-family homes, retail, industrial and raw land to start showing strong gains.
Figures provided by the New Braun-fels-Canyon Lake Area Association of Realtors show the number of sales of single family homes in the area increased 19 percent from 1992 to
1993, from 541 to 644. At the same time, the number of homes on the market decreased from 518 to 393, a 24 percent decrease.
One strong indication ofthe strengthening market is the chopping number of foreclosures. Real Estate Foreclosures Inc. of San Antonio tracks the number of postings for foreclosure in Comal County, but not the actual number of foreclosures. A posting is simply a formal notice to the owner that the property will be foreclosed, and sometimes the owner can avoid the foreclosure. Officials at the company said about 60 percent of the posted properties actually go to foreclosure.
Last year showed the first drop in foreclosure postings in recent years, when the number fell from 803 inl992 to 679, a 15 percent decline in one year.
The drop in foreclosures reflects the strengthening market, but also helps cause the market to keep strengthening
“It shows we finally bottomed out," said Michael Meeks, executive vicepresident of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. “Of course, New Braunfels never had foe problems some places did. We were not totally dependent on oil. We have tourism, retail
and manufacturing too. So when nhe oil bust hit, it did not hurt us as bad as some places."
Meeks said the oil bust of the mid-80s, coupled with a 1986 change in tax law that made interest no longer tax deductible on second homes was a double hit for real estate in Texas. With large number of vacation home s and condominiums in New Braunfel % that change hurt the local market.
“It devalued those properties i mme-diately," Meeks said. “A lot of those properties never sold in the first place. They were foreclosed on befo re the builder ever sold them.
“A lot of those properties have been cleaned up now. That invent! ivy is gone. Getting those properties off the market helps the whole economy,” M^ks said.
CM rich-Lindsey said the lower number of foreclosures has helped home prices recover. “Even people who bought at the peak of the market can get out from under their mortgages now. I haven't seen a seller hate to bring money to the closing table for a long time, and that was common fora while," she said.
“We have absorbed all the foreclosure properties that were available,"
said John Tillman of Tillman and Tillman Realty. “It is evidence of a strong market. There is a lot of demand for property."
He said the lack of‘distress sales’of foreclosed properties will help prices keep rising, since prices are based on other recent sales in the area.
Tillman said that while sellers will benefit from the strength of the real
estate market, buyers can still get good deals since the low interest rates wilt keep monthly payments reasonable, even though the sales price may be high.
“The way it looks now, 1994 is going to be a very good year,” said Tommy Zipp of Town and Country Realtors.
First baby of 1994
Canyon Lake couple arrested Monday for abandoning children
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Comal County sheriffs deputies arrested a Canyon Lake couple Monday after the couple’s children were found abandoned at their home in the 400 block of Rockport near Canyon Lake.
According to Chief Deputy Wayne Hoherz, the names of those arrested are not being released.
He said the children’s mother was arrested for public intoxication and a male suspect was arrested for operating a motor vehicle without a license.
Hoherz said a neighbor had called
the sheriffs office because the children were alone. The children’s ages arc 12,8 and 4. Hoherz said there was no heat in the home.
The couple was arrested after they drove by the home. The arrest was made by Comal County sheriffs deputies Tim Knowell and Russell Brandau.
The children have been placed in the custody of Child Protective Services. An investigation will be conducted by the Department of Human Services. The couple could face charges of abandonment and endangering a child.
Purchase of airspace discussed at workshop
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Herald-Zeitung begins Gene Shelburne column series
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Beginning today, the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung will welcome a new columnist to its fold.
Gene Shelburne, 54, of Amarillo, will be writing weekly columna for the Herald-Zeitung, appearing each Tuesday.
Shelburne was born in Abilene. He attended elementary school and junior high school at Hvy in Kerrville.
He holds a bachelor of arts in Bible from Abilene Christian University and a master’s in English from West Texas State University.
Shelburne has worked for 31 years as the senior editor of The Christian Appeal, a devotional magazine that dm dates worldwide.
He has served for 26 years as a minister for the ^Vnns Street Church of Christ in Amarillo. Ha is tlso in his 20th year ai a teacher of the academic Bible course it Amarillo Highschool.
He ii the president of the Amarillo Ministerial Association and is the past prescient of the Amarillo West R otary Cub. He bu been married for 34 years to Anita (Orick) Shelburne. He has three children and eighth grandchil dren.
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Discussions at a workshop of the New Braunfels City Council and the Municipal Airport Advisory Committee once again centered around the 1994 grant and acquisition of airspace from land owners near the airport.
The workshop was held Monday evening at the New Braunfels Municipal Building.
Rcprerertadvre of the Tom Department of Transportation Aviation division were on hand to answer questions from all interested parties. The 1994 grant ii distributed by the federal government through the TxDOT. The grant ii expected to fond the acquisition of a runway protection zone end improvement! to runways.
David Fulton, director of the aviation division, laid the 1994 grant only requires the acqui aition of airspace for the runway protection zone and will not require any land.
“The prefect the city has requested ii not an expansion project. It is merely a maintenance project,” he said. “Hopefully, it will have little if any impact."
According to Fulton, the acquisition will give planes the right to fly over the land and should have no impact on forming. He said the ffcmiliea will atill have title to the land. The only restriction will be that they will not be able to build certain structures
that would disrupt the airspace.
“It will certainly have no impact on moving farm equipment or cattle. As long as the land stayed in farming use,
I can see where it would have no impact," he said.
The airspace required is currently owned by the Westmeyer family. Marvin Westmeyer said he and his family simply want to keep their land.
“We don't want this cloud hanging over it. We want to pass it on to our children and grandchildren,” he said.
His daughter Nancy Krueger, who also lives on the property, agreed with her father’s statements. “We’ve heard a lot of different stories. It doesn’t matter if you don't need the land right now. Further down it will probably be required. I wish we oould give it Cand) to my kids without this hanging over our heads,” she said.
“By doing some of these improvements, you are affecting our lifestyle.
.. We are fighting to Hoop our home the way we love it,” she said.
Suggestion! were also made (hiring the meeting that the city attempt to change the primary runway from 1331 to 1735. Runway 1331 ii the one pointing toward the Westmeyer’i land Runway 1735 could be extended using existing airport property. However, city engineer William Dobrowolftki said the city has asked the FAA to change the primary runway several times and has been turned down.For news, subscription or advertising information, call 625-9144