New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAYLocal high school soccer teams take to the field. See Sports, Page IO.
10 pages in one section ■ Thursday, January 11,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of LISA BRUCKS
Vol. 144, No. 42Inside
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Lisa Bracks (belated).
Cedar — 5,391 Mold — 780
Potion measured in pails per cubic meter of
air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.
Water Information Comal River — 290 Cubic Feet Per Second, same as yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.16 feet above sea level, down .01.Chamber Banquet tickets on sale
Tickets for the 77th annual New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Banquet on Friday, Jan. 26, at the Civic Center, will remain on sale until Friday, Jan. 19. The banquet, whose theme is “A Sesquicentennial Finale," will include a drawing for the Sesquicentennial quilt. The evening will also include the sealing of the time capsule and the presentation of the Besserung Award. For more information, call 625-2385.Beef stew dinner et 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.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 on gang activities and alternatives to gang membership.
The presentation is free of charge and scheduled for 7 p m to 8 p rn , Thursday, Jan 11 in the Canyon Middle School Commons. The school is located at 2014 FM 1101, New Braunfels.Troutfcst continues
About 1,000 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.
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Toxat8,11, 12,26, 28,47
Est. $4 million jackpot
Arrest made in Live Oak murders
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Access road wreck
Two men were treated and released after a wreck yesterday in front of the Ramada Limited on the IH-35 frontage road. Cleotilde Gonzales of New Braunfels was turning to enter the freeway when his car was hit by H. Leon Epstein’s. Epstein, of Wimberley, told New Braunfels police he did not see a turn signal on Gonzales’ car. Both men were treated and released from McKenna Memorial Hospital. Epstein was charged with failure to yield right-of-way.
Rogers to head United Way
A San Marcos man is in custody on capital murder charges following a double homicide in Live Oak yesterday afternoon.
Robert Lee Elliott III, 22 years old man, was charged with the murder of Lee Carroll ll and William Jeffrey Pylant, according to Live Oak Police reports.
Both victims were 19-year-old Live Oak residents. Their bodies were found in Carroll’s living room, in the 12400 block of Enchanted Oak. Each had been shot once in the head.
Authorities caught up with Elliott in San Marcos. He allegedly used Carroll’s 1993 Ford Probe to flee the scene. The car was found on the Southwest Texas State University campus.
Elliott is being held in the Bexar County Jail on $2 million bond.
By DOUG LOVEDAY
Retiring Smithson Valley Principal Joe Rogers will not be idle for long when he leaves his post in the Comal Independent School District next month.
Rogers has been named the new executive director of the United Way of Comal County, according to ETW President Doug Miller.
Miller replaces interim director Tom Purdum, who took over the post after the resignation of Joe Worl last year.
“We're very excited to have Joe. He’s an enthusiastic person, one who should help us in our fund-raising goals,” Miller said this morning.
“He’s also been in a long-term leadership position in the community and is known through
out the county, especially in Canyon Lake and Bulverde.”
Rogers should be able to increase participation in United Way campaigns among Canyon Lake and other Comal County residents. Miller said. He’ll be working for United Way on a part-time basis until taking over full-time Feb. 15.
“I’m delighted to have been selected at this time. I wasn’t expecting it,” Rogers said.
“Eve followed United Way with great interest all of these years. I also sit side-by-side with Joe Worl in the church choir, so when he left, I thought that would be something that would keep me active in my retirement years,” he said.
Rogers said he is looking forward to the challenge and also not working as many evenings.
“There are some moments that are quite difficult as a school administrator,” he said.
Habitat for Humanity to start work on third home in county
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Comal County Habitat for Humanity house number three is on the drawing board, and Habitat needs to find a family for the home. February I is the deadline to turn in applications to the CCHFH office.
Applications and information sheets are available at the Dittlinger Memorial Library or at the CCHFH office, 260 S. Seguin Avenue.
Habitat will send applications if applicants send a self-addressed, stamped envelope to: Attn.: Application Request, Comal County Habitat for Humanity, P.O. Box 310487, New Braunfels, Texas 78131-0487.
Anyone who has lived in Comal County or New Braunfels for the past two years can apply for a Habitat home. Habitat chooses families who are living in substandard housing and cannot afford safe, decent housing.
Habitat homes have three bedrooms and sell for about $37,000. The price includes a $500 down payment. The loan is financed through Habitat at no interest — payments are about $250 a month.
Applicants, along with immediate family, neighbors and friends, must be willing to spend at least 300 hours working on their own home. The homeowner family must put in 150 of those hours.
Once a family moves into a Habitat home, it becomes part of the Habitat family. Homeowners are expected to continue to give of their time and talent to help other families become Habitat homeowners.
Families could be rejected or put on hold if:
■ additional information is not sent to Habitat as requested,
Bi the family misses an appointment for an interview,
■ income is too high; the family could purchase a house on the market,
■ income is not high enough to be able toHow to apply for the Habitat for Humanity home
B The family picks up or mails a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Habitat requesting an application.
Si Family mails in the application along with three (3) letters of recommendation and their 1994 IRS return.
■ The Family Selection Committee reviews the completed application for guidelines of residency, need, and willingness to participate.
■ Committee members interview die families, inspect the current house, and verify credit, income, rental history, and references.
Si Committee interviews final group of prospective homeowners and then presents its recommendations to the Board of Directors.
■ Board makes final selection of Partner families.
afford payments or income is not stable enough,
■ both spouses of a married couple do not apply,
■ credit history indicates a lack of effort
■ family does not complete service hours within a reasonable time,
■ the Selection Committee or the Board of Directors does not recommend for approval.
Habitat encourages applicants to stay in touch and not get discouraged through the application process — it can take time. If applicants have questions about the status of their application or have any changes to report, they are asked to call the CCHFH office
Herald-Zeitung photo by DAVID DE KUNDER
Steve Spalten, the new owner of Schulz Nursery, wants his business to keep growing.
A Blooming Tradition
New owner has big plans for nursery founded in 1958
By DAVID DEKUNDER
MARION - The new owner of Schulz Nursery in Marion promises that the quality of service, selection and courtesy for which the nursery has been known for nearly 40 years will not change under his direction.
“I want to maintain the integrity of this nursery by maintaining the same staff and continuing to have a quality retail nursery,” owner Steve Spalten said. “Schulz Nursery has had an excellent reputation in the industry and with its customers. There is a long established bond between the customers and the nursery.” Spalten bought the nursery from Jim Schulz on Nov. I and from that day on has made his mark on the nursery. Spalten said the improvements he wants to make at Schulz Nursery are to expand the landscaping design business and initiate an orchid growing program, which he has already done. There will be some capital improvements such as adding asphalt, adding a new cash register and filling the greenhouses with plants. Other than that, Spalten said, not much will change at Schulz Nursery
Schulz owned and operated the nursery for 21 years after his father, Hugo Schulz, died in 1974. Hugo founded the nursery iii 1958 when it was originally a lumberyard. That same year Hugo built his first greenhouse, and over the years the nursery grew and has gained a reputation with people coming in from around the country to buy from Schulz Nursery. Jim’s mother, Helna, still works at the nursery on a part-time basis.
Schulz said he decided to sell his interest iii the nursery because he wanted to “take a break” aik! relax for a while.
“My immediate plans are to do some travel
ing and work part-time with Steve in helping him run the nursery,” Schulz said. "The nursery business is something I will not completely get away from. I enjoy this business because it mainly deals with the outdoors, which I like. We have had a loyal customer base and it has been fun dealing with them.”
Spalten has many years in the nursery and floral businesses. Spalten and his wife, Amanda, decided to move their two children, Courtney, 3, and one year old Jack, from California to Spatters hometown of San Antonio in the fall of 1995. Spalten went to MacArthur High School, graduating in 1975. He has degrees from the University of Hawaii in floriculture and Texas A&M University in landscape architecture. Spalten has 12 years experience in the floral and nursery business having operated floral nursery shops in Hawaii and California He also worked in Atlanta as director of floral services for the Ritz—Carlton Hotel Co.
"When we sold our business in California and decided to move back to the San Antonio area, we were looking for a nursery in which I could continue doing the things I did in California," Spalten said “Luckily, Jim was willing to sell his nursery to me I absolutely love it (the nursery). It is a great place to come to everyday.”
Schulz, Spalten said. has been giving him valuable advice on the dynamics of running the nursery
“He has been giving me advice on ilk.* people who work at the nursery , the customers, the tinaikial structure of the nursery aik! the newsletter he produces, which has a 10,000 person mailing list,” Spalten said “He has g vc.i ilk' lots of advice on basically a lot of questions pertaining to the operations of the nursery. It has really been beneficial for me to ask him many questions ”Gun-toting parishioner^? Archbishop says no guns at mass. See Opinion, Page 4.