New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAYUnicorns head into district play on a positive note. See Sports, Page 6.
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Lorraine Kennemer, Robert Braune, and happy 51st anniversary to Chester and Emmie Offerman.
Cedar — Not available Mold — Not available
Paten measured in parts per cubic meter of
air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.
Comal River — 290 Cubic Feet Per Second, same as from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.17 feet above sea level, down .02.Bssf stew dinner at Masonic Lodge
The Seguin Chapter #555 Order of the Eastern Star is sponsoring a beef stew dinner on Jan. 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge, 1945 West Kingsbury. Donations are $4 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12. Proceeds are to be used for scholarships and other projects.Women’s Center needs one large coat
The Comal County Women’s Center is in immediate need of one very large, warm winter coat or jacket. It is for a lady and a size XXL, 2X or 3X will fit. A man's large or extra-large coat would also be accepted. Call the center at 620-7520 if you have a coat to donate.Volunteers needed to help women move
The Comal County Women’s Center needs volunteers to help families moving from the shelter to safe homes in the area. Usually, all can be moved in one trip with a pickup truck, and it takes less than an hour. Volunteers (with or without a truck) are needed. Call 620-7520 if you can help.Gang awareness presentation
As part of a broad community awareness effort about alternatives to gang membership, all area residents and students are invited to attend a public presentation by Jeor-rick High on gangs, gang activities and alternatives to gang membership. He is the author of the book 'Hard Lessons.'
High, a former gang member, was paralyzed by a gang-related drive-by shooting. His brother and father were also killed in gang-related shootings.
The presentation is free of charge and scheduled for 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan.
11 in the Canyon Middle School Commons. The school is located at 2014 FM 1101, New Braunfels.Troutfest continues
About 1 .OOO trout and 1,000 pounds of catfish have been stocked in the Olympic pool at Landa Park for Troutiest, which runs through Jan. 14. Hours are 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a m. to 8 p.m. weekends. Children can take home 10 fish for $3 and adults can take 10 fish for $5. Adults need a valid fishing license with a trout stamp.
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Animal mutilation shocks family
Family pet, prize steer killed, Nazi graffiti left behind
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Sheriffs deputies want to find the man who killed a family pet and mutilated a prize steer at a Canyon Lake home Monday. The man is wanted on cruelty to animals and criminal mischief charges.
Anthony Pearson returned to his 1651 JDJ Drive home Monday afternoon and saw a tall man standing on the back porch. “The man took off running,” Pearson said.
Pearson found his son’s 1,500 pound black Angus steer wrapped in the barbed wire fence covered with blood. “The steer was all tangled up in the
fence from trying to get away,” he said. “Blood was everywhere — it was a blood bath.”
The steer had been gored with a spear made from a knife and a bamboo pole. “It appears that they went through my shed and got an old spear that I had made when I was a kid,” Pearson said.
Pearson asked a Sheriffs officer to shoot the steer. “I couldn’t bring myself to shoot him,” he said. Workers at the processing plant found eight to IO holes through the animal’s hide, he said.
Pearson’s son, a Smithson Valley High School student, had been raising
the steer as a 4-H project He was planning to show the animal at the San Antonio and Comal County livestock shows. “It’s basically a three to four thousand dollar loss,” Pearson said.
The steer was not insured.
As Pearson was surveying the damage in his back yard, lie tripped over something — his pet dachshund. The 10-year-old animal had been hacked to death with Pearson’s own ax. “He was anold dog. He couldn’t chew his food,” he said.
“The cruelty toward the steer was bad enough. That was inhuman,” Pearson said. “The dog — there’s no reason
to kill him. To do it with my own tools, that breaks my heart.”
The Pearsons moved to Canyon Lake from Houston three years ago to get away from violence and crime, Pearson said.
“We’re building our house. This was my retirement dream,” Pearson said.
The Pearson’s house was spray painted with profanity and swastikas.
A few area residents think they saw a man fitting the suspect’s description near the Pearson’s home. The family hopes that anyone who thinks they have evidence will come forward and call the Sheriff s Department at 620-
‘It’s got my wife so scared that she wouldn’t go out to the car this morning without me.’
— Anthony Pearson
“This is pretty scary,” Pearson said. “It’s got my wife so scared that she wouldn't go out to the car this morning without me.
“We used to leave our back door open — now it’s like an armed fortress around here.”
Rheinlander drops out of county attorney raceFireplaces cause two weekend fires
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Fireplaces left burning overnight played a part in two weekend fires. Luck and quick firefighters played a bigger part — there were no injuries and damage was minimal in both cases.
Canyon Lake fire fighters saved Goofy’s Restaurant from major fire damage early Monday morning.
A wood-bummg stove is blamed for the 5:30 a m. blaze, said Deputy County Fire Marshall Al Bohne. “They left the wood-buming stove on all night,” Bohne said.
Damage was estimated at $ 1,500, Bohne said.
Seven New Braunfels Fire Department units responded to a 4:51 a.m. call Sunday at a home on Bobolink, said NBFD Captain Ray Hacker. “When we pulled up we had smoke showing from the house,” he said. “We went inside and it was apparent there was a fire inside the wall above the fireplace.”
Firefighters were able to stop the fire before it spread to the attic or the rest of the house.
Damage to the house was minimal and no one was hurt.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Prospective brides got a glimpse of just a few of the possibilities of gowns to choose from during the 1996 Bridal Showcase Tuesday night at the Civic Center. Twenty-one merchants were on hand to offer advice and flyers on services from a church to financial services. Approximately 500 brides, grooms and family members were expected to attend.
Comal representative elected EUWD vice-chairman
At their regular January board meeting Tuesday, Hans Helland was elected chairman of the Edwards Underground Water Distnct (EUWD) Board of Directors.
Helland previously served as vice-chairman and replaces Jerri Martin who resigned from the board in December. Helland will remain chairman until his term expires in January, 1997.
Helland is looking forward to the challenges of the year ahead in his new role. “TTie Edwards District is committed to the protection and preservation of the aquifer. This is a pivotal time regarding management of the Edwards Aquifer. I look at this as a great opportunity to build bridges and voluntarily reach a fair and lasting agreement on aquifer management.” Also at the meeting, Jack Ohlrich,
Comal County director, was elected vice-chairman, and Harry Bishop, Hays County director, was elected secretary.
Helland represents Bexar County and was elected to the board in 1991. He is vice-president and owner of Inland Ocean.
He also serves on the Terrell Hills Planning and Zoning Commission, and is a precinct chairman for the Republican Party.
By DENISE DZIUK
The incumbent office holder for county attorney has withdrawn from the race. County Attorney Nathan B. Rheinlander announced Tuesday he will not seek re-election to a third term. Rheinlander filed as a candidate last week, but has withdrawn his application.
Since Rheinlander has bowed out. the deadline for filing to run for county attorney in the Republican Primary has been extended to Jan. 12.
In a statement released by Rheinlander, he said he believes he could have won re-election. However, the number of candidates would have required a year-long campaign. He said the race comes at a bad time for his family because they are just finishing a new home.
“Completing a race of this duration would have tied up much of the money and all of the time I would have hoped to devote to my family and enjoying our new home," he said. "I hope (the citizens) will understand, however, that for me the bottom line was this—when the first question my four year old asks every evening has become ‘Do you have a meeting tonight?’, it was time to re-evaluate my lifestyle and priorities.”
Since Rheinlander has withdrawn from the race, the filing deadline has been extended. County Clerk Joy Streater said the extension is required by law.
“A lot of people say ‘Hey, I can’t beat an incumbent,’ so they don't file, when they may have if it was wide
“When the first question my four year old asks every evening has become ‘Do you have a meeting tonight?’ it was time to re-evaluate my lifestyle and priorities.”
— Nathan Rheinlander
open," said Streater.
“It’s not a matter of being able to reopen. It’s required by law,” said County Republican Chairwoman Robbie Botchers. “If I don’t do it, they can remove me from my position.”
The deadline for filing for Comal County Attorney on the Republican General Pnmary Election Ballots has been extended to Jan. 12, 1996, at 6 p.m. A designation of Campaign Treasurer must first be filed with the County Clerk. Next, an application for a place on the Republican Pnmary Ballot plus a $600 filing fee (or a Pennon in Lieu of Filing with the prescnbed number of signatures) must be in the hands of Republican County Chairman, Robbie Borchers, pnor to 6 p.m. on Jan. 12.
Other candidates that have filed for County Attorney's GOP pnmary' are Bill M. Renner, and Stephanie Srruth-Bums.
Victona L. “Vicki" Langham has filed for the Democratic Pnmary.
He Left His Mark
Thousands of students influenced by Joe Rogers’ 44 years at school
By DENISE DZIUK
After 44 years of service and touching the hearts and minds of an endless number of young people, Smithson Valley High School Principal Joe Rogers has announced his retirement.
“I think 44 years is enough,” Rogers said, “and I have enjoyed every minute of it.”
Comal Independent School District Superintendent Jerry Major said Rogers has been a positive force in CISD. He has made it a better place to work and go to school. He has also made it a better place to live, said Major.
“Mr. Rogers has done a lot of good for a lot of people over a long period of time,” Major said.
Rogers said his retirement is effective Feb. 15, 1996, or until a suitable replacement is found. Rogers said he is retiring because it is time to move on. He said he already has plans for the future, but those plans will not be released for a couple of weeks.
“I have an interesting opportunity to enter into something else now, and spend more of my time doing something that I enjoy and something less stressful and demanding of my time,” he said.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Joe Rogers will retire as principal of Smithson Valley High School.
Rogers said he hopes the 44 years spent in public education are considered successful. He said he looks at it that way; however, the fight for a quality education is not over.
“We’ve come quite a way over the years, and we still have quite a way to go,” he said.
In looking back over his career in public education, Rogers said it is hard to determine what was his biggest achievement. However, he said at Smithson Valley High School, it is the recognition the school has earned. He said “our” school is recognized both academically and athletically, and it is only fitting to use “our” because the staff, teachers, and students made it happen.
“People now know where Smithson Valley is, where before they didn’t,” said Rogers. “ That’s due to outstanding dedication from the staff, parents, and students.”
“You can’t spend that many years doing something and not miss it. I just think it’s time to move on and do something else,” he said.
Major said the district will begin searching for a replacement immediately. He said the district has several qualified individuals on staff it will
consider, as well as advertising the position. He said the timeline is short, and but the distnct will try to have a replacement when Rogers is ready to leave. He said the distnct also w ishes him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
Rogers began his teaching career in 1949 as a band director in the Mission School Distnct in Hildalgo County. Over the years, he has worked with the Seguin and Kingsville school dis
tricts. Rogers went to work for the New Braunfels I.S D. in 1965. He became a school administrator in 1976, and remained a school pnncipal until 1981. He left NBISD and worked in pnvatc business from 1981 to 1984, and returned to school admimstratton in 1984 with the Comal ISD, Rogers served as a high school pnncipal from 1984 until 1996. with an inferno position as CISD Superintendent from 1992 to 1993.Liberalism to thank for America’s prosperity, security. See Opinion, Page 4.