New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday withes from tho Horald-Zoltung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Riata Nichole Robledo (I year old!), Nicholas Ellebracht, Julie Padilla (7 years!), Nancy Earnheart, John Spagnola, David Chase.
Music Study Club plans Jan. 12 mooting
The New Braunfels Music Study Club will host the Jan.
12 meeting at the Seele Parish House at 7:30 p.m.
There will be a Founders’
Day observance and the second part of the study book, Clara Schumann, The Artist, The Woman. presented by Robbie Borchers.
Featured violin soloist will be Clive Amor.
In addition to the violin, there will be flute and piano performance by Susan Deschn-er and Barbara Houde, respectively.
The public is invited.
Rohoarsals sot for Mid-Texas Symphony
Rehearsal for the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus will be Sunday, Jan. Ii ai 2 p.m. in the Ayres Recital Hall at Texas Lutheran College.
For more information, call Dr. Fred Frueholz at 625-6420.
Canyon Lako COP women to moot
The Canyon Lake Republican Women will meet at Canyon Lake Action Center at IO a m. Wednesday, Jan. 18 for their regular meeting.
New officers will begin their terms and the guest speaker will be Robbie Borchers, county Republican Party chair.
Interested persons are invited to attend.
Viols! Society to prossnt show and sals
Members of the Magic Knight African Violet Society will present a show and sale at Schulz Nursery in Marion from IO a m. through 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.
Educational exhibits and demonstrations will be presented
A $100 gift certificate door prize will be given away. Admission is free and the public is invited
AARP to mss! Jan. 17 at Ssnlor Cantor
The local chapter of AARP will hold a meeting Jan. 17 at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center, 655 Landa in New Braunfels.
The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. Coffee and cookies from 9 •.rn. to 9:30 a rn.
New members and friends are invited.
Junior Miss workshop sohsdulsd
All participants in the Junior Miss New Braunfels will have a workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m. at Memorial Primary.
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Collision causes damage, injuries
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Texas Department of Public Safety officer Wong inspects the damage left behind after an accident yesterday morning at the intersection of U.S. 281 and Texas highway 46.
Two SVHS students treated and released after wreck
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
SMITHSON VALLEY - Michael Wagner and his brother Matt Wagner were treated and released from University Hospital in San Antonio Tuesday, Jan. IO following a motor vehicle accident which occurred at the intersection of U.S. Highway 281 and State Road 46 at approximately 8:05 a m. Tuesday morning.
The blue Honda Civic driven by Michael Wagner and a pick-up truck owned by the H. B. Zachary Co. collided. The Honda sustained major damage.
The dover of the truck was Billy Semm-ler of San Antonio. He was charged with fail to yield nght-of-way and was uninjured.
Baptist Air Life was called to the scene, but could not respond due to dense fog in the area.
Michael Wagner is a senior offensive tackle-defensive end on the Smithson Valley High School football team and has won Academic All-District honors. Officials said he suffered a broken nose and eye socket while Matt was uninjured and reportedly back in school today.
Shea said both were wearing seatbelts, adding that it may have prevented more serious injuries to both of them.
Family members, officials seeking assistance in finding 15-year-old New Braunfels High School student
By CRAIG HAMMETT
A 15-year-old New Braunfels High School student has been missing for a week and family members and officials are seeking any help in finding her.
Madeline Marshall Baxter, known as Shelley, was last seen at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday in front of New Braunfels High School.
Her mother, Paula Baxter, said she dropped her daughter off at the high school at approximately 7:30 a.m. Wednesday. She later found a computer note at about 10:30 a m. at home from her daughter saying she had run away.
The mother called school officials who had no record of Shelley in class that day. Paula Baxter hopes that any information will surface.
“Even if some kid saw something that morning, that would help," she said.
Shelley Baxter is five feet, two inches
tall, weighs 130 pounds and has goldbrown hair and hazel eyes.
She was last seen wearing jeans, a blue and white print shirt, jean jacket with forest green sleeves and carrying a blue and white pnnt tiro s and a white-ribbed sweater.
Those with information are asked to call the Comal County Sheriff's Office, or the Heidi Search Center in San Antonio at (210) 650-0428.
Vicki Cabiness of the Heidi Search Center said someone can claim report runaways and missing persons immediately.
"No law says you have to wait 24 hours,"
Mayor says he’s done no wrong
Freeman says Fraser told her he consulted with three council members by phone
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
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- Paula Baxter mother of Shelley Baxter
she said. Law enforcement officials across the nation have access to a computer bank which documents runaways, or missing persons.
A flier distributed by the Heidi Search Center says, "It is not a criminal offense to be a runaway, but it is a cnminal offense to harbor a runaway."
Cabiness said statistics show more than 4,000 missing person cases per month are reported in the state for those under 17 yean of age.
National statistics show an average of 1.2 to 1.8 million annually.
A petition to recall Mayor Paul Fraser was presented to City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi by Dist. 4 resident Bill Kotylo at Monday night’s city council meeting.
The petition alleges “incompetence, misconduct or malfeasance in office" on the part of the mayor, relating to two main points:
1) violation of the Texas Open Meetings Act, polling a group of council members about the firing of City Attorney Barry Moore and
2) exceeding the authority of the office of mayor by directing the city attorney to submit his resignation and by directing the city manager not to pay the city’s water negotiator.
Mayor Fraser categorically denied any wrongdoing. “These allegations that I have broken the law, I will patently deny. I defy anyone to find another council member who will say I asked how they would vote on any issue," he said.
Each council member denied having ever been polled by the mayor in violation of the Open Meetings Act.
Council member Brenda Freeman alleged that Fraser phoned her on the day in question and told her that he had spoken to three other council members and based on that had asked the city attorney to resign. "The council members may not have known that others were being called, however," said Freeman
Regarding the payment of Doug Miller, City Manager Mike Shands says that the city received an invoice from Miller in August 1994, Payment was made to Miller with a check dated Aug. 25,94. “Was there a delay? Yes, because at the time he submitted the bill, he did not have an active contract with the city," said Shands.
Shands wrote a letter to Miller advising him that payment would be withheld until the status of his contract was determined. The invoice was paid when Mayor Pro-Tem Chris Bowers indicated to Shands that he had requested the services of Miller.
In the absence of the mayor, Bowers had been asked to attend a water meeting at which he thought the expertise of a water negotiator was needed. "Doug Miller had been water negotiator for so long that I thought it only natural to call him,” said Bowers, "I wasn't aware that the contract had lapsed."
Council’s reactions to receiving the petition to recall vaned, but none were positive. "I have mixed feelings about it,” said Benitez, "Once these petitions come up the only thing we can do is let the voters decide."
Council member Mary Serold said she believes in the petition process in general. "But when a petition is based on outnght lies, it causes more harm than good and demeans the petition process,” she said.
Freeman expressed little surprise that the petition had arrived. "Recalls are inherently a negative thing, but as we learned a year ago, it is the voters’ nght to be heard. We all need to be held accountable.’’
Kennedy called it a sad state of affairs when a recall petition is presented. "I think the city council has done a number of amazing things, though," she said, "We’ve been able to put personal differences aside to make things happen, and we will be able to again."
City council will meet Saturday morning at 7:30 a m. to formally receive the petition. Fraser will have five to 15 days after Saturday to request a public hcanng. Statements may be heard but no action taken by council at the hearing
If the mayor does not resign at that time, a recall election will be called, which will occur at the next regularly scheduled election, which is in May 1995.
County to consider repealing extended hours for alcohol sales
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Commissioner’s Court will discuss the possibility of repealing the order allowing extended hours for the sale and consumption of alcohol in the county at the Thursday weekly meeting, 10 a.m.
A repeal of the order would force establishments outside city limits to stop selling mixed beverages or beer at midnight.
Public hearing on matter may be called by county judge to gather citizens’ imput
County Judge Carter Casteel said Commissioner’s Court will discuss calling a public hearing on the matter, even though the court could pass a repeal without one.
"I feel like it is important to have public or community imput," said Casteel. "...Do we want to have a public hearing?"
Casteel said concern from law enforcement officials had been voiced regarding the issue and prompted the item being put on the agenda.
Currently, establishments within the city limits of New Braunfels must quit selling alchohol, mixed beverages or beer, at midnight while those in the county outside New Braunfels
can sell until 2 a.m.
Sheriff Jack Bremer said many people leave local places at midnight and decide to drive to county establishments, which are open two more hours.
Bremer said San Marcos, which has a similar midnight order, Use supplies late-night traffic to the county.
"Actually, the DPS (Department of Public Safety) really had a concern, but we share the same view,” said Bremer.
Registration for SAC Thursday
San Antonio College will host registration for spring classes Thursday night (tomorrow) at Frazier Elementary in New Braunfels.
The registration will take place from 4 p.m. to 7 p m A bookmobile will be on hand so that books may be purchased on site. The course offerings range from child development to accounting For information, call Cheryl Dickerson at 210-733-2138.The Marketplace Classifieds - One-stop shopping five days a week!