New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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tot Patsy Bueche, Jason Chelf, Avon Smith, David Pearson. Heather Hickman (16 years old), Justin Haley Jr. (8 years old). Benjamin Gomez, Gary Johnson (Monday), Ashley Esquivel (17 years old, Monday). Emberlee Torres (1 year old, Monday). George Hartman (91 years old). Edna Mae Staats, Julie Ann Padilla (9 years old. Saturday), David Smith, Tracy Gaston.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Sue Joe and Bill Boatright (25 years), Mr. and Mrs Bernardino Sanchez (51 years, Monday).
To have a birthday or anniversary Hated here, call 625-9144.
Chamber bmguot tickets on sale
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 Friday.
The theme for the banquet is “Invest Wisely ... It's Your Business.”
Highlights will include multiple audio/visuals 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 cxnmunity.
The event is usually a sell-out so get your tickets early
Call the Chamber office at 625-2385 for more information.
Twas Tomorrow Fund —trolling
The Comptroller s Office is offering brochures and applications for the Texas Tomorrow Fund. The program allows Texas families to provide for their children's future college education at a current fixed cost. The current enrollment period ends Feb. 18. For more Information or an application, contact the Texas Tomorrow Fund at (800) 445-GRAD (4723), or Representative Edmund Kuempel's office at (512)463-0602
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Physical Therapy Unlimited and the South Central Texas Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation will co-sponsor an Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program
Five-week classes begin Jan. 21.
Anyone interested must pre-register, by calling Physical Therapy Unlimited at 609-2000.
Mora Mood donations
Three-year-old Javier Hernandez is a student at Sts. Peter & Paul School in New Braunfels
He is critically ill and in need of frequent blood transfusions.
The mobile unit of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center will be in the Sts Peter & Paul School parking lot from 1 to 7 p m Tuesday
Please come by and be a blood donor for this worthy cause
Fondly Outraaoti somlnars continuo
Family Outreach of Comal County continues to have its "For Kids' Sake” seminars They will run twice a month for the next two months This seminar is to teach parents how to help their children through the transitions of divorce
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Because of the bad weath ar, rehearsals tor the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus wil be moved to Ayers Hall today.
For information call Dr. Fred Fruehotz at 625-6420,
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24 pages in two sections ■ Sunday, January 12,1996
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Vol. 145, No 43
Crime rate up slighty in 1996
Increase largely attributed to rise in burglaries
By ABE LEVY
City and county law enforcement officials report a slight increase in the number of reported cnmes last year as compared to 1995.
The New Braunfels Police Department reports an increase of 12 percent rn total reported crimes while the Comal County Sheriffs Office reports an increase of 6 percent.
Both city and county officials said the increase was largely because of burglaries, which went
up 21 percent during last year in the city with 841 incidents and 17 percent in the rest of the county with 354 incidents.
Reported burglaries include incidents where property is taken from residences, commercial businesses, storage warehouses and motor vehicles.
Authorities agree that the burglaries can be linked to increased population and a growing awareness about reporting crimes to police.
“While the increase concerns us, I think there’s some positives in that they reflect an increase in the reporting of crime,” said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager and a spokesman for the New Braunfels Police. “As people become more aware of crime, they’re more apt to report it. Without knowledge of the crime, it’s very hard to solve it.”
Ferguson said burglaries of motor vehicles have gone up 21 percent and non-habitations up 36 percent, which are attributed largely to bur
glaries of storage facilities early in the year.
The city also saw a surge in the number of thefts that officials said are related to an increase in shoplifting incidents.
Ferguson said the increase is alarming but also reflects the higher number of retail stores in the arca.
County officials said they arc still seeing the same trends each year that tend to influence the crime rate, such as the increase in population throughout western Comal County and increased tourists during summer months.
County official said the major categories of crime that saw increases were reported sexual assaults by 38 percent and criminal homicide. There were six criminal homicides in 1996. There were no criminal homicides in 1995.
County, officials said thefts were down by 4 percent and robberies went from one in 1995 to three this past year.
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Fbi season typically rant from December through February, with ft* possibility of stretch tog into March. Nanette Burkbardt, secretary (far
County Public Health Department, there were 56 cases of ' reported to the county IDS in December of 1995 In /Of 1995, 22 cases were reported. There have bean locales rtported to far in January.
*Ho you can sec the numbers are down this year/ die said “We're not seeing as many cases.** Although these ars cases reported by doctors, Burttfcanfc said she does not believe it is because
people arc not reporting their illness. She said she typically gets a lot of calls asking where to go or what to do for relief, and she has not been getting those calls either.
“I really think, and She! (McWilliams, Public Health Nurse) would agree, it just ham’t really hit this year,” said Burkhardt. ‘‘Ifs slower this year.” Burkhaidt said even if the flu does hit in Comal
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A scholarship hind has been set up
in memory of a Goodwin Primary music teacher who died from a heart attack Jan. 2, as a way to help students become the kind of "contributor” he was known as.
Charles David Schandua, 51, had been an educator for 31 years, and spent 18 of those years in the Comal Independent School. He began with the district in 1967, and stayed until 1970 as a music teacher and band director. He left the district for a short time, and returned in 1979 as a parttime dean and teacher. In 1984 he took the position of music teacher at Goodwin Primary School, where he stayed until his death.
“I was very close to C harles, and he was important to our school,” said Goodwin Primary principal Marlene Moore "He was the man on campus, and we'll all miss him.”
After his death, friends and family began to look for a way to remember and honor Schandua, said Tom Matschek, ( allyou High School ( oun-selor and a friend of Schandua He said Schandua contributed so much to the education system, a memorial scholarship seemed fitting, and the family agreed.»
"His life has been education,” said Malschck. “He contributed a lot to both the public and students. We just
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Schumann’s dedication honored
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Coarsen Award for her efforts with the Lands Parti Arboretum.
Dolores Schumann’s trip to a Seattle arboretum in I9K1 sparked a drive to appreciate trees in New Braunfels.
()n vacation with her husband, she thought Seattle’s trees were beautiful but that Landa Park offered a greater variety of trees that ought to be appreciated
After the trip, Schumann, president of the Guada Coma Garden Club, set out to organize an effort with other club members to identify 54 species of bees in the Landa Park area, which resulted in the dedication of the Landa
Park Arboretum on September 21, 1982
For her work, Schumann was awarded the National Arbor Day Foundation Lawrence Enevsen Award for outstanding people who devote their lives to tree planting and conservation in local communities last month
The city’s parks department nominated her to the Texas Forest Service for an Individual Community Service Award, which after winning, the forest service nominated her for the National Arbor Day award.
The award will be given on April 26, at the 25th annual National Arbor Day Awards Banquet and Ceremonies
in Nebraska City, Neb.
An Arboretum Committee, made up of Schumann, Joyce Kolod/ie, Mane Merrifield and Mary Kaderli, helped organize a fund-raising drive to pant a guide for the trees by gathering and turning in recycled newsprint.
An anonymous donor provided steel markers tfiat were placed in front of the trees.
The arboretum held a ribbon cutting ceremony on National Arbor Day, April 26, 1985, to recognize Landa Park’s arboretum.
The committee was instrumental in helping the New Braunfels Parks and Turn to Schumann, Page 2A
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