New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
H*r*kl Zeihmg photo by Michael DarnaH
Jmh and Troy WNI—Ida uaa (hair nawiy donated recycling bin.The bin was donated by Wal-Mart to place at an area apartment complex to that naldante may participate In the recycling program that the city of New Braunfels implemented nearly taro yearn ago.
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16 pages in one section ■ Friday, January 10,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas tor more than 145 years B Home of Kevin Carpenter
Vol 145, No 42
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Kcvfo Carpenter, Jennifer Watson, Thomas Watson (Saturday), Richard Free, John Barker, Dawn De Cote, James De Cola, Cody McEiroy (7 years), Martha Holloway (Saturday), Ronald Batey (Saturday), Patricia Frazier (Saturday), Usa Eastin (Saturday), Willie Rojos (Saturday), Lorraine Kennemer, James Mullins (8 years, belated), Ashley Krum-ny, Cynthia Kaberie, Robert Brame, Leon Hebnke (65 years), Usa Bracks and Bob Miller.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Nellie and Wilburn (in hi gin (38 years), Janice and Joseph H. Perron (44 years) and Mr. and Mn. Chester Offerman (52 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, coli 625-9144.
Po ion Count
Mold— 188 Mountain Odar — 282
(Polen measured r pert* per cube meter of Ur. WOrmalon provided by Dr Frank Hampel ]
Comal River — 208 cubic feet per sec
ond, same as Thursday
Munds Muter Pusher Canyon Wet -
Canyon Dam dhohsigs - iuds Canyon Late inflow —im als
Lake level — 009 17 test above (Above conservation pool.)
CanyonU sea level
NSU reports pumping 2.831 muon gator* of turtsoe mate Wednaaday, and 1.825 triton patens of wa! eetsrwsre used.
Tickets for the 78th Annual New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Banquet set for Jan 24 at the Civic Center went on sale this week and will remain on sale until Jan 17.
The theme for the banquet is Invest Wisely ... It s Your Bust ness"
Highlights will include multi pie audiovisuals and award presentations Including the Besserung Award winner. This citizen of the year" award is kept secret until the time of the presentation and is awarded each year to a person who has made a significant contribution to the community.
The event is usually a sell-out so get your tickets early
Call the Chamber office at 625-2385 for more information
tmthe LC9IA building
The group informally known as Power Plant Protectors will meat at 9:30 a m. Jan 11 at the Senior Citizens Center. 665 Lan de St
A video presentation of how several other communities have restored historic buildings for arts centers and museums wit be shown
The group will continue to form committees and groups to plan how the LORA building in Landa Park can be restored as a multi-cultural arts center for the community
For more information call Bet ty Lou Rushing. 625-6362, or WH Ryals, 629-0847
Family Outreach of Comal County continues to have its Tor Kids’ Sake” seminars. They win run twice a month for (ha next two months.
This seminar is to teach parents how to help their children through the transitions of divorce.
More nasty weather on way
Forecast calls for bitter cold with freezing rain, sleet, snow
By DENISE DZIUK
Even though temperatures will rise this afternoon, the weather is expected to take a turn for the worse this weekend, prompting the National Weather Service to advise people to plan ahead so it won’t be necessary to get out Sunday and Monday.
“Enday will be nicer,” said meteorologist Larry Peabody. “But the weather is going to be deteriorating come Saturday. It will stay that way through the weekend."
Peabody said today’s temperatures will reach the low 50s. However, a cold front is expected to come through the area sometime Friday night, bringing with it colder temperatures and a chance of freezing rain, sleet and snow.
"I don’t know (how much of a chance) right now," said Peabody. "We’ii stiU in the process of
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cot D SURVIVAL TIPS
The American Red Cross urges people la keep the following tips in mind when teeing the frcezinf^em-pennons this weekend:
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kifo yow feisty, including bkafcefe. fleshly batteries and extra clothing, yfnelv^gyipeprmntto tniwfoiiiiflnniiHfffindniTik ■ Winterize your home by inau-
doors and windows, and installing storm windows or covering windows with plastic
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Daring s winter storm
■ Listen to NO AA Weather Radu and your local radio and television
■ Mow the difference between a watch sod a warning. A winter Boob wricb mean* a winier storm is posefole rn your ana. A winter storm warning means a winter storm is beaded for your area.
■ Be atett lo changing weather conditions and avoid unnecessary travel during a winter storm watch.
■ Keep combustible materials, including furniture, clothes, drapes told carpeting at least 3 feet away from any brat source and always keep an eye on your heating equip-Btsnt. Turn it off if you are unable to closely motetoc it.
Judge denies Ullrich new trial
By ABE LEVY
State District Judge Jack Robison denied a motion for a new trial Thursday for Paul Scott Ullrich, who was convicted of stabbing to death Ben Kies ling, an off-duty deputy constable almost one year ago at a trailer park off Highway 46 in cast New Braunfels.
Defense attorney Wade Arledge said he plans to appeal the case to the 3rd Court of Appeals in Austin
The hearing included almost four hours of arguments about whether comments by a private investigator for the defense w^re admissible during the October trial in which a 12-panel jury sentenced Ullrich to 40 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.'
Arledge said he hired Johnnie Rodriguez to investigate the background of Kiesling’s relationship with ex-girl-friend Lorraine Benjamin.
Unknown to Rodrigue/ or the defense until the trial. Benjamin record-ed the March conversation on tape. which quotes Rodrigue/ as saying Ullrich sulked Kicsling.
The tape, which was played by the prosecution (luting the trial, should huve been revealed to the defense during the pre-trial, discovery period, Arledge said.
The defense attorney said the tape s content damaged his client’s argument of self-defense and objected lo it being admitted as evidence. During the trial, Arledge made a motion* lur a mistrial on the grounds that he did not provide effective legal representation by hiring Rodriguez, which the judge denied.
"I was surprised No. IArledge told the judge aller taking the stand at Thursday’s hearing. “I was pretty angry. I was mostly mad at myself ami then Mr.
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CISD chooses firm to handle lawsuit
By DENISE DZIUK
fheComal Independent Scliool District board of trustees chose the legal counsel to represent the district in the second lawsuit stemming from the demotion of a Smithson Valley High School teacher In September, a federal court jury awarded $793,000 to the estate of Bill MacLcay. At the time of the decision, the attorney for the plaintiff said once attorney tees, cost and interest are included, the total could be around ll million MacLeay filed sui! against (TSD
and several individuals in the district clanning lie was demoted from the head basketball coach and teaching position at Smithson Valley High School to a middle school position alter lie accused the district of substandard math teaching.
I he district contends that MacLeay was demoted because of performance, and is in tile process of filing an appeal "We’re still iii tile process of appealing that one," said board president Dan Krueger "The judge has not ruled anything yet.**
M;tcI xray committed suicide July 16,
IWS, IK months aller the lawsuit was filed. I he district is now being sued for the wrongful death of MacLcay.
"This is another legal action tied to the same incident," said Kaleger On I hursday, the board voted to hire the firm of Walsh, Anderson, Underworld, Schulze and Aldridge to represent the district iii the suit, with Oscar Trevino handling the case. Krueger said it is the same finn that represented the district iii the firs! case “It’s the same law firm,** said Krueger. “We just wanted a chance to interview the individual and sec what
direction he was going."
In the federal suit, the district was represented by I fore as (ireen, who is with the same firm as I rev mo However. Krueger said (ireen is tied up w uh the appeal, st) she will assist I rev im) "She is part of that as well," said Krueger. "She’s just not what you call lead counsel <)scar is going lo be lead counsel I hat s wily we wanted to talk to them tonight ’
Krueger said a trial date has not yet been set tor the wrongful death suit, and legal briefs are iii the process of being tiled
Apartment complex joins recycling program
By DAVID DEKUNDER
C ity of ficials and residents gathered at the Torrey Place Apartments on Thursday afternoon to initiate the first recycling program for apartment dwellers rn New Braunfels.
The gathering took place by the green recycling dumpster located in the back of the apartment complex. The dumpster was one of two given to the city by Wal-Mart arter it disbanded its community recycling program two years ago.
The dumpster has four bins. Two fur newspapers, one tor aluminum and one for clear glass.
ITic city of New Braunfels, UFI and T orrey Place are Liking part in a 6 month pilot program to nee wliether recycling in a apartment complex is feasible.
Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, said he sees the pilot project as a forerunner in the community.
"We hope to start something new and unique." Ferguson said "Arter the first six months of the project, if it is deemed worthwhile ... then we will see how to enhance the project ” Ferguson credited the apartment residents and property manager Kaye Rogers for fighting to get the project off the ground.
"You should be expected to he recognized and (lave the good feeling of taking a stand and helping the environment," he said.
(iabe Garcia, BF! municipal marketing rcpreseiiLitive. said his company is proud to be part of the pilot program.
"This is one step from diverting unwanted waste from the landfills. Hopefully, it will be successful so that
it will branch (Hit to other apartments,’’ (iarcia said
BIT will clifty the dumpster on an on-call basis and Like ll to tx- duni|X‘d al its recycling center iii New Braunfels Ferguson scud it would cost the apurt-mcnt owners SI SO to Like tile dumpster to Sun Antonio and bung it back T orrey Place residents Bi iii and Suzette Kronkosky are thankful that their complex is Liking part in the pilot program
Britt Kronkosky said it will he convenient for them since they currently take their recycled products to Green Guy Recycling iii San Mara* tw ice a month "It reduces the amount of trash that goes to (lie landfill, ami landfill space is increasingly becoming scarce,’’ Britt Kronkosky said "In a small way it will reduce how much we pay for the garbage that is hauled to the landfill."The selling of the presidency. Page 4