New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 20, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Chamber banquet takes 20-year view
Pitying tribute to 20 years of accomplishment as it kicks off its new year at a banquet set for 7 p.m. Friday at the Civic Center is the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
Unicorns win 2nd straight 25-5A game
The New Braunfels Unicom girls basketball team won its second district game in a row with a 54-53 win over McCollum. Robin Riedel’s three-point play with four seconds left was the difference for the Unicorns, now 3-4 in district.
The senior center that love built
For at least five years, members of the Comal County Senior Citizens Foundation have been searching for a larger home for the Senior Citizens Center and its programs . Last summer, they found i
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Vol. 139, No. 48
707 Lands St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625
Jan. 20, 1991
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World’s eye on Iraqis, Israelis
IN SAUDI ARABIA (AP) — The skies improved and Desert Storm's bombers thundered off to batter Baghdad and other Iraqi targets Saturday from bases north and south. In a prelude to ground war, U.S. pilots zeroed in cm Iraq’s best troops.
An American air-and-sea assault force made a lightning strike out in the waters of the Persian Gulf, knocking (Hit antiaircraft platforms and coming home with the war’s first Iraqi prisoners.
Baghdad was reeling under long hours of air raids, and communications were devastated, an Associated Press correspondent reported from the Iraqi capital.
Meanwhile, American strategists scrambled to head off Israeli eye-for-eye retribution for Iraqi missile attacks — and a possibly wider war.
From his Camp David mountain retreat, where he was monitoring the Mideast conflict. President Bush telephoned Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir to reassure him that U.S. warplanes were hunting down the Iraqi launchers
SM GULF, Pag* SALocal teens stage protest
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Maw* Editor
A small group of area students staged a quiet protest on Main Plaza Friday and Saturday, shouting disgust for American troops in Saudi Arabia.
“I don’t believe we should be over there. We have no business being over there. It’s stupid fighting for oil and gas,” said Adam Chandler, IS, of New Braunfels.
Less than IO people walked around the Plaza for a couple of hours shouting against the war effort.
“We just want people to know that New Braunfels is affected by this war,” said New Braunfels High School graduate Jana Stepan, 18.
“We want people to know more what’s going on around them. We don’t want them to think New Braunfels has this great protective dome over it and it won’t be hurt," she said. “We are in between two
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Propositions 1,3 passSAFE claims big victory for New Braunfels
By STEPHAINE FERGUSON
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Securing a Future Environment members are claiming victory today after voters went to the polls Saturday asking the city to fight the waste-burning proposal of Lafarge and Sys-tech corporations and to do so with city funds.
“It’s a pretty clear cut victory for SAFE said for the people of New Braunfels,” said SAFE President David Wallace.
“I want them (the city) to fight Lafarge and use city funds. That’s exactly what the people said,” he said from SAFE’S victory party at the Rodeway Inn. “If they are unable to understand what the vote is and they can’t live with this then they need to resign.”
Approximately 2,300 persons went to the polls Saturday to vote on the six-proposition, non-binding referendum, designed strictly to get the city of New Braunfels a poll of the community on their feelings on the issue of storing ad burning waste at the Balcones Cement Plant *
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Paul Pennington of Securing a Future Environment reads a statement
on the outcome of Saturday’s referendum at a gathering of SAFE supporters at Rodeway Inn. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
comfortable I would feel with the results," said New Braunfels Mayor Amo Becker. "I hesitate to say too much because it depends on what everybody else also wants ”
City councilmembers did not take a stand on the propositions. The City Council already has allocated $50,000 to spend for attorney and consultant fees in the fight against the [Hans of Lafarge/Sysiech to secure permits to store and bum hazardous waste at the Balcones Cement Plant.
“We haven’t spent that much money as yet, so we have some time
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New Braunfels firefighters answered a call to Finkel's Salad Bar and Grill, a restaurant located on Interstate 35, about 620 p.m. Saturday. Heavy smoke was visible and several employees were treated at the scene for possible smoke inhalation. The cause had not been determined and no details were available by press-New Braunfels Independent SBIB. (Photo by Erik Karlsson)
lo go over before deciding how much more money to spend in that area,” Becker said.
•Proposition I ariled voters if the city should oppose the permit applications of Lafarge/Systech; 1,810 persons voted for the proposition, 489 against.
•Proposition 2 asked voters if the city should oppose the permit applications by seeking relief through the Texas Legislature; 578 voters said yes, 1,475 said no.
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Celebrating Sanctity of Human Life (SOHL) Sunday throughout Comal County today will be area churches and members of the pro-life community.
According lo George Bokomcy, vice chairman of the Comal County Christian Pro-Life Foundation, a number of pastors in the region will use the annual observance to deliver pro-life messages from the pulpit and include SOHL inserts in their weekly bulletins.
The foundation provided about 2,000 of the inserts to local churches, Bokomey said, and more than twice that amount could have been distributed based on additional requests from other churches.
“Some seven area church will use the occasion to recognize members of their congregations who serve a volunteers at the Crisis Pregnancy Center (CPC),” Bokomey said, noting that these “will be presented with flowers duimg today’s services.”
The New Braunfels Crisis Pregnancy Center is staffed by 22 volunteers, said its director, whose anonymity underscores the confidentiality with SM CHURCHES, Pag* 2A
School District is sponsoring a special blood drive from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 21, at the Education Center, located at Mill and Academy streets. The South Texas Regional Blood Bank, which provides blood at the rate of 40 pints per week to augment military supplies, will assisi in the blood drive. A portion will go to support Operation Desert Storm. Monday's donors will receive a free cholesterol test and a miniphysical as a thank you for giving blood. To be eligible to donate, a person must be between 17 and 72 years of age, weigh at least HO pounds and be in good general health. For more information, call 625-6222 or 1-800/292-5534 on Monday...
New Braunfels ISD Community Education is offering Defensive Driving rn the Education Center, 430 W. Mill, Tuesday md Thursday md all day on Jm. 26. Preparation for the Commercial Driving DPS test also Is being offered on Monday and Wednes-
Sm ST AM MT! SCH, Page SAPost office to be closed on King Day
In observance of the Martin Luther King Day holiday the U.S. Post Office will be closed Monday.
There will be no residential, business or rural deliveries provided. Retail windows for the purchase of stamps and portal products will be closed; however, stamps can be purchased for letters or parcels at the Postal Service Self-Service Postal Centers utilizing the stamp vending machines and scales at theae centers.
Mail will be distributed to Post Office Boxes on Monday.
Express Mail md Special Delivery service will be provided. Mail will be collected from collection boxes on the holiday schedule posted on each box. Business mailers cm deposit their mail at the
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AACOG director asks chance to explain services to council
By DANA OVERSTREET City Editor
After New Braunfels City Council agreed to not continue its association with the Alamo Arca Council of Governments last week, the executive director of AACCX) immediately began a list of reasons the city should remain with the group.
Al Notion said he hopes to be placed on the next council agenda to have an opportunity to explain the benefits of being part of the council of governments.
New Braunfels City Council Jan. 14 voted unanimously to discontinue the mnual payment of $1,180.40 to AACXX}. “I’ve never seen a city not pay their duet,” said City Manager Paul Orohmm at the meeting. “But, we do not get a great deal of service.” Orohmm said grant money through AACCX) is hard to come by because
the city of New Braunfels has a low tax rate and a low bonded indebtedness and is considered an “affluent community.”
“I think we’re just wasting our money,” said Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr.
TIk Alamo Area Council of Governments was formed in 1968 and is a voluntary organization of local governments. AACOG is a “funding funnel” through which local governments are given access to funds available from the state and federal governments, "We alert them where funding opportunities exist” and are involved in the review process, Notzon said.
Notion was surprised of the city's actions Monday night. “From my standpoint, I would have liked to have an opportunity” to explain the role of AACOG.
“I have to assume some responsibility as well,” he said, “I’mLake area voters approve fire district
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Newt Editor
In a highly debated election, voters in the Canyon Lake-StartzviUe area Saturday approved — by more than 200 votes — the creation of a rural fire prevention district for the mea.
“Come along and watch it work, it will work,” said Joe Kid well Saturday night. “Cooperate and don't denigrate "
KklwclL a local attorney, helped represent persons in the area that wanted to create Rural Fire Prevention District #4.
“It certainly falls in line with the rest of the county who has accepted the responsibility for helping themselves,” he said. “To that extent, I think it’s wonderful and I congratulate the people of that mea for laving the foresight to do that.”
The Canyon Lake-StartzviUe area was the last rural area in Comal County to approve the creation of a rural fire prevention district.
Unofficial totals indicate 719 perrons voted for the creation of the dis-
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embarrassed that I didn’t get the word to them.”
Notzon said the city of New Braunfels has been a participant in AACOG “as long as he can remember." Because of that, he said, “I assumed that everyone knew what we do and that was a false assumption ”
Notzon is compiling a list of services the council of governments provides for Comal County and the city of New Braunfels. The most notable recent contribution is the five-year grant which established the Safe City Commission.
Three local homes were upgraded through AACOG’s weather!zation program and three more homes are in progress, Notzon said. And AACXX) provides a three-employee office in New Braunfels for the Job Training Partnership Act employment and
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Burney C. BoeekBoeck’s death mourned
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON New* Editor
Officers of the New Braunfels Police Department are grieving today the loss of former Police Chief Burney C. Bocck, who died
“I don't know how you describe it. but everybody is hurting,” said New Braunfels Police Chief CU. “Dick" Hearten. “They are very emotional They all loved him. Our prayers go with the family.”
Mr. Bocck, who had been the city’s police chief from 1973 to June 1990. was found dead ai his New Braunfels home Friday afternoon Officials believe he died as a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 56.
Services will be ll am. Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church. BurLil will follow ai Guadalupe Valley Memorial Park.
Involved in a number of community activities, Mr. Boeck always had a dream of making New Braunfels a safer place to live and work through resident involvement.
What he went to work rn the chief of police in 1973, he begin • rebuilding program end adopted the departmental mono, “Courtesy, Service end Protection."
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