New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 20, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, Jan. 20.1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of RITA GARZA
Vol. 142, No. 47
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"£?IPE, Lamar Smith addresses crime, health care
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following xrthday wishes to; Ute Garza, Urn Gonzalez, Ray Martinet, Kerin Schriewer, Rosetta Sent-tkkin, One tut Bradley, Mark Agee, Agnes Hank, Ruth McKee, Edam Fabst, Norise Russell, Joe Shirley, Im Walker, Em Armsworthy,
MM-Texas Symphony Chorus begins Jan. 30
The rehearsals of the Mid-Texas Symphony Chorus will begin on Sunday, Jan. 30 at 2 pm downstairs in the friendship Room of the Eden Home. For for* trier information, call Red Rrue-hotz at625-6420.
Book Rovtow Club to moot Jon. 28
The Book Review Cub will meet a the Senior Citizen's Center, 655 Lands St, Tuesday, Jan. 25 from IO am. to 11:30 am. Coffee will be served at 9:30 arn Dr. Kenneth Peters will review Generations, by William Strauss and Neil Howe, the History of America's Future from 1584 to 2069.
Guests am invited. A $2 donation is requested.
Baaltors haichson aal
The New Braunfels/Canyon Lake Area Association of Realtors will hold a membership luncheon on Jan. 24,11:30 a m. et Molly Joe's Restaurant.
The guest speaker will be Cathey Vackar who will talk on "Juvenile Gang Activity.”
Call 625-6954 cr fox 625-6980 with RS VP.
Msxlean Hasta suppsr/sllsnt auction
The New Braunfels Newcomers Annual Mexican fiesta potluck supper and silent auction will be held Thursday, Jan. 20 a 5:30 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center.
All members are asked to bring a covered dish and an item for the silent auction. Suggestions include ceramics, paintings, aits and crafts, jewelry, baked goods and candy,, and useful household item These will be mariachi entertainment.
All area newcomers and guests are welcome.
Community Chorals conc ort sot Fob. 0
The New Braunfels Community Chorale will have a concert Sunday, Feb. 6 Ut 3 pm. at the New Braunfels Prebyterian Church. Tickets will be available at China-N-Things in Landa Plaza.
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By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Congressman Lamar Smith met with county and municipal officials Thursday afternoon to hear their concerns and advise them of issues he will be addressing as Congress reconvenes next week.
“I’m particularly interested in hearing from constituents on the health care reform issue," said Smith. "How important is it to them to be able to choose their health care provider, how important is it to have portability, that is be able to take their health care coverage with them from
Congressman seeking input on possible health care solutions, crime prevention
job to job, how important is it to coverall of the 37 million who don't have health care insurance and how important cost is to them."
Smith also spoke about crime.
"Crime has gone to the top of the public opinion polls in the last month," said Smith. Tm on the crime subcommittee and co-sponsored a piece of legislation that provides more money for federal prosecutors, more money for federal prisons
and reforms the criminal justice system so we don't have these endless appeals by people on death row, for example. I would also like to have more rehabilitation for first time offenders."
Specific requests for help with local issues came from District Attorney Bill Reimer and City Manager Mike Strands.
Reimer asked for help with judicial reform and Strands requested assistance in locating funds
for the completion of Interstate Highway 35 through New Braunfels.
When the current construction project is completed on 1-35, three lanes of traffic will go north and south, except for a stretch of imenfcie miming through Comal County which will remain as two lanes on each side.
Funding for widening the interstate in Comal County has not been approved.
In attendance were Comal County Judge Carter Casteel, Commissioners Neil Craigmile, Moe Schwab, J.L. Evans and Cristina Zamora, County Tax Assessor/Collector Gloria Clennan and County Treasurer Bart Bartholomew.
Balcones Fault not a danger, geologists say
By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor
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High, shifty winds cause problems for firefighters battling grass fire yesterday near northside neighborhood
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
New Braunfels firefighters responded to a grass fire Wednesday afternoon that occurred near Richter Road and Interstate Highway 35.
At times, because of the direction of the wind, the fire came dangerously close to several houses in the area.
Firefighters received the call at 2:27 pm. Upon arrival, firefighters found a grass fire that covered one and one half acres of land,
according to Capt Ray Hacker, of the New Braunfels Fire Department.
He said one engine was originally called to the scene and later a brush truck and a tanker were requested The battalion chief was also on the scene.
According to Hacker, the fire was started by sparks from a blow torch. He said there were some people from a company who working on a sign near 1H-35 and were using a blow torch.
Because of high winds, the fire spread
quickly, he said
"When the wind blew to the north, it threatened houses to the north side," he said
Firefighters went to the north side to contain the fire and then the wind shifted to the south. However, Hacker said the houses on the south side of the fire were never in danger.
The last duck to leave the scene departed at 4:13 pm. No one was injured in the blaze.
New Braunfels may have once seen earthquakes more powerful than the one that killed 27 people and caused billions of dollars in damage in California this week. But that was five to IO million years ago, during the Miocene Era, when the Balcones Fault Zone was formed, according to an Austin geologist.
"There certainly have been earthquakes on the fault, but it was milions of years ago. There is no evidence of it being active in modem tunes," said Charles Woodruff, consulting geologist at the U.S. Geologic Survey office in Austin. "There have been a few tremors, very small, south of San Antonio, but they were probably caused by water injection and other (activities by people.)"
Jourdanton, a small community south of San Antonio, experienced a minor qqpke last summer which registered a little over a three on the Richter Scale.
Asked about the chancaaofa major quake in this area, Woodruff said there is almost no chance, then added, "Famous last words, right?... But it is pretty stable, pretty safe," he said.
The Balcones Fault runs parallel to Interstate 35 and cuts through New Braunfels west of the highway. The escarpment at Landa Park and Comal Springs mark the fault’s location.
Millions of years ago, this was part of the Ouachita Mountain chain, but time and contintental drift caused the mountains lo erode and subside below the surface of the earth. The Aibrided mounters came together with softer rock to the east As South America drifted away from North America, the Gulf of Mexico opened and this area was part of a huge shallow sea.
'If you took a plate of glass and put it on a table, and moved it so that part of the glass is supported by the table and other part by nothing but air, the weight of the glass itself would probably eaux it to break eventually," explained Southwest Texas Stale University Professor of Geology Terry Tilton. "To the west of the fruit, the subsurface rock is crystal and hard rock. East off the fruit it is sedimentary rock, which does not have the strength of the rocks west of the fault."
"Here at the university, the fruit runs past the library. The major springs in the area, Barton and Comal, are along the fruit line," Tilton said.
'The interesting thing about this region is the combination af the fruit, the limestone rock and the warm air from the Gulf, which causes massive thunderstorms," he said The fruit is really a series of parallel cracks in the limestone, and tremendous amounts of waler are taken underground by them and delivered to the aquifer "
Jury selection for McDuff begins
From Blaff and AP Reports
Jury selection fix the trial of capital murder suspect Kenneth Allen McDuff is scheduled to bertin today in Seguin.
McDuff, 47, la standing trial for his alleged involvement in the disappear-anoe of an Austin woman, Colleen Reed Searchers on foot, horseback and in helicopters never found her body.
McDuff was originally sentenced to death in 1966 fix the murder of two teen-age boys and the rape and strangulation of another boy. His sentence was changed to life imprisonment after the U S Supreme Court struck down the death penalty in 1972. He was paroled in 1989.
Because of intenx media coverage, compounded by McDuff a controversial parole, the trial was moved from Austin to Seguin.
Jury summonses were sent to 325 residents of Guadalupe County and District Clerk James Behrend! yjiri Tuesday afternoon that the list had been whittled down to 218 by those claiming cxemp-varioutil ' \
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Connie Cone honored by CIS board
Board selects new officers at Wednesday’s annual meeting
By ROSE MAHE EASH
SNE Writer _
The Communities in Schools board of directors honored Connie Cone, outgoing president, and elected new officers at Wednesday's annual meeting, held at Honors Hall.
Tim Tippett, the new president and Diane Fanning, CIS Executive Director, presented a plaque of appreciation to Cone for her leadership in the development of the local CIS program following the installation of the new officers.
Cone will continue working fix CIS, heading up program development and evalufeion.
"What we'U be doing is looking at the specific programs that we have in place and seeing what we need to do differently three," said Cone. "For our new campuses coming on we'U be looking rn what kind of programs they're going to need. At each campus they're so different because they’re geared
Hereto-Zettung photo by JOHN HUSETH New CIS President Tim Tlppatt presented outgoing president Connie Cone with a plaque of appreciation yester aday for her leaderehlp In the development of the CIS program while CIB Executive Director Plano Penning looks on.
to the kids at each campus."
Tippett q»ke of the plans for the upcoming year and urged more of the community to become involved with the program.
"We're impacting about 1,000 people now with the kids and their families," said Tippitt. "The impact is one kid at a time, but it's worth it. lf you get one of those teds to college and keep them out of jail, it's worth the money, lf we can decrease the
dropout rate, it's worth it.
"We're looking for civic organizations, companies or other groups that have the resources to make one-time contributions to a trust fund for the program so we can really expand it and inure th* it will go on. lf you are interested in helping decrease the drop out rate, keeping kids in school and really making an impact, you can by being part of this program."Looking for a bargain? See the Classifieds