New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 23, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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8 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, January 23,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of JARED MOORE
Vol. 144, No. 50
Birthday wishes from he Herald-Zeltting!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Jared Moore, Sara Holtman (nine years), Randy Adams, Rosalinda Rivas, and Rubin Vfontanez. Happy 5th anniver-ary to Eddie and Sam Davis.
Cedar — 57, 600 Mold —1,090
Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Intonation provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.
Water Information Comal River — 290Cubic Feet Per Second, up 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.07 feet above sea level, down .01.
Annual Chamber Banquet Friday
The 77th Annual Meeting and Banquet of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce will be held this Friday, beginning at 7 p.m. in the New Braunfels Civic Center. The theme of the banquet is “A Sesquicentennial Finale." A drawing for one of the special Sesquicentennial quilts will be held as well as the ceremonial sealing of the time capsule. For more information, call the Chamber at 625-2385.
Hispanic Chamber to
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Deputy constable stabbed to death
The Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will meet Saturday, Jan. 27 from 9 a m. to 3 p.m. for a workshop at the Faust Hotel. For more information, call Sylvia Sanchez at 625-9213.
Fire Department Auxiliary to meet
The New Braunfels Fire Department Auxiliary will hold a short business and social meeting at Fire Station #2 on Loop 337 at 7 p m. on Monday, Jan. 29 in place of the regular meeting Feb 5.
Ifs a Touchdown Dinner
New Braunfels Christian Women’s Club is hosting a guest night dinner Saturday, Feb. 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Holiday Inn.
Tickets are $9 per person. Music by Jim Wesolick and Diana Grohman. Speaker will be Bruce Collie, former San Francisco 49er, who played in two super bowls. Reservations necessary by Thursday, Jan, 25 Call 606-0400 or 899-2277. Free Nursery, call 899-2277.
The club will also hold a prayer coffee Tuesday, Jan.
30 at the home of Michele Bateman, 1936 Squire Circle.
Youth Show registration
Registration for the Comal County Youth Show - Homemaking Art Department, is under way. Entry is open to anyone from grade 3 to age 19.
Entry forms are available at the County Extension Office. Call 620-3440 for details. Deadline to enter is Feb. 1. All Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, FFA, FHA and 4H members are welcome to enter.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A New Braunfels deputy constable was killed yesterday morning, not in the line of duty, but allegedly from a family dispute.
Benjamin Kiesling, chief deputy constable for Precinct I, had already been stabbed when NBPD officers answered a 7 a.m. “assault in progress” call at the Tiger Tote on South Highway 46.
Kiesling, 34, was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital, where he later died.
Paul Scott Ullrich has been charged with murder in Kiesling's death. Ullrich turned himself in at the New Braunfels Police Department at 7:45 a.m. — not long after he allegedly stabbed Kiesling.
“He was a really good peace officer,” said Dist. I Constable Joe Gomez. “He was a really good worker. He had a
lot of friends — he got along well with a lot of people.” The family had filed a complaint with the county attorney, and just last Friday had gotten a temporary restraining order against Ullrich,
“There have been numerous threats over a year,” said a friend. “It was just a piece of paper — there was no protection,” she said.
“Family violence is getting way out of control,” Gomez said. “He wanted to take care of it the right way — apparently that wasn’t enough.”
Judge Ray Martinez magistrated Ullrich and he is being held in the Comal
County Jail on $200,000 bond.
“We’ll miss him more than he’ll ever know,” the friend said.
Barry’s Underpass Saloon is hosting a benefit for the Kiesling family Superbowl Sunday at noon. “It’s for loved ones, friends, anyone who wants to help the family,” said an organizer. “His county pension was about enough to cover the funeral expenses, and that’s it,” she said.
Preservationists, property rights backers square off at meeting
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Passionate historic preservationists turned out in force at last night’s city council meeting to urge passage of the second reading of a historic preservation ordinance amendment.
They went head to head with supporters of property rights.
Passage of the ordinance amendment would make New Braunfels a “certified local government,” eligible for grant dollars for promoting historic buildings and areas.
The ordinance allows “historic districts” to be designated in the city. Property owners in such an area would follow construction and upkeep rules more strict than the regular zoning rules to keep the area’s consistent historic look.
“Once these beautiful old homes are gone, that’s it,” said a supporter.
The historic district is a tried and true idea, a supporter said, citing Arlington, Va., Jackson Hole, Wyo. and Fredericksburg as examples.
Supporters showed a video of several streets — like Mill Street and Comal Avenue — where many residents have voluntarily restored beautiful old homes.
The video also showed homes not restored, some left in relative disrepair. “What does the city plan to do about these?” said David Wallace, who has invested in restoring old New Braunfels homes. Mill Street resident Allen Seelhammer said the First United Methodist Church parking lot expansion and Wesley Hall addition have driven down property values of nearby homes.
“Let me apologize for my ancestors for building churches and stores next to a historic home,” said Mike Grist, former safe city director.
The ordinance, as presented last night, requires approval by I OO percent of the residents of an area before it can become a historic district.
“The effect of the IOO percent is
that you probably would never have a district,” said Luke Speckman of the Historic Landmark Commission.
The city council first voted to change the I OO percent approval to 75 percent. Three council members voted for the 75 percent rule. But they were outvoted by council members Jan Kennady. Ray Sehoch, Freeman and Walker, who voted to maintain the IOO percent approval requirement.
“Is it a function of government to protect somebody's investment?," Walker said. “When people go in and buy. those houses, they know what they're getting into.”
Thirty-six cities in Texas have certified local governments, Speckman said, including Dallas. Houston. San Antonio, and Fredericksburg, with only one-third specifying any percentage approval.
The intent of the histonc preservation ordinance seems to have changed — from gening possible grant funds to rezoning after the fact. Walker said.
“I thought the reason we were doing this was to become a CLG,” Councilwoman Brenda Freeman said. “What about the guy in the middle of the block who doesn’t want to do it?” The city council agreed to go back to the drawing board a second time. They voted unanimously to table the issue and called a Feb. 7 workshop with the Historic Landmark Commission to try to craft an ordinance that reaches a successful compromise between opposing viewpoints.
Attorney David Pfeuffer works in a building that has been in his family for generations, at the corner of San Antonio and Comal, he said. He and his firm are gradually restoring what they can of the old house.
“What scares those of us that have lived here is that these folks move in with their money from Houston or wherever and they either pull up the rope or push people out,” Pfeuffer said.
Herald-Zeitung photo by DOUG LOVEDAY
A night to celebrate the arts
Patrons of the arts gathered at the New Braunfels Civic Center Sunday night for the annual Dinner with the Arts, sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council.
At top: The Compania de Danza Folklorlca dance a traditional Mexican dance.
At right: Ann Kleeman presents K.C. Crandall with the Annual Arts Award, the highest award presented by the Arts Council, for her support of the arts. Crandall was Involved in putting on Junior Theater productions and the Murder Mystery Weekends at the Prince Solms Hotel.
Photo by DANA OVERSTREET
Family rescued from fire doing well
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A mother and her three children rescued from a trailer fire at the C ypress Mobile Home Park on Thursday were released from San Antonio hospitals on Saturday.
Crystal Pape, 24, and her son, Skyler, 5, were released after spending three days in the Brooke Army Medical Center bum unit, said a hospital spokesman.
Crystal had been listed in serious condition last week, while Skyler had been listed in critical condition.
The two other children who were rescued from the fire, Ciera Pape, 3, and Savannah Pape, I, were both released from Women’s and Children Hospital, according to a hospital spokesman.
The three children and their mother were trapped in the fire that started on Thursday morning during cold, windy weather conditions.
All four family members in the house were pulled from the front window of the trailer by three quick-thinking and heroic individuals before the trailer was engulfed by flames. The rescuers — mobile home maintenance man Willie Rangel and residents Steve Cayce'
In the Jan. 19 issue of the Herald Zeitung it was reported that a one year old rescued from the fire was named Veronica Pape and that the other child was Sierra Pape. It should have been reported that the one year old was Savannah Pape and that the three year old was Ciera Pape. In the photo caption, it was reported that the woman in the picture was a neighbor. It should have been reported tliat the woman was the mother of the children, Crystal Pape.
and DeWayne Stinson, made sure the children and their mother were covered with blankets before firemen arrived on the scene.
The cause of the fire is still being investigated.
The children's grandmother, RitaJohnson said the children are doing fine and that everyone has shown kindness towards her family during the ordeal.
“I appreciate what everybody’s done for us,” Johnson said.
Johnson said if anyone wants to help the children and their mother in any way, they can call her at 620-6956.
Chamber of Commerce hears good budget news, plans coming together for annual conference
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The Chamber of Commerce slides into 1996 on about $17,000 of gravy in its budget.
“Income was higher than we expected, and the Convention and Visitors' Bureau expenses were down,” chamber President Michael Meek told the chamber’s board of directors at yesterday’s meeting.
“We came in a little over $5,000 more in income than we had projected,” he said. “Dues income was up, third quarter room tax was up.” Income for the Texas Legislative Conference was up, with two more co-sponsors signed on already than last year.
Some minor budget adjustments were made, but most of the extra dollars went into a contingency fund, Meek said.
Most of the chamber’s tourism bills are due in the first half of the year, but most of the tourism income is realized in the second half. “We have to carry some over to pay all the tourism bills,” he said.
The 1996 Texas Legislative Conference will focus on national issues, said Bennie Bock II, Arrangements Committee chair for the event.
A panel of political experts will predict what the
'This program segment should be very lively and full of humor and candor.’
— Allan Shivers Jr
hot topics will be in national campaigns. George Christian will moderate the panel.
Chnstian is the former press secretary to governors Price Daniel and John Connally and to President Lyndon B Johnson.
Panelists will include political analysts Karl C. Rove and George Shipley. Rove and Shipley have advised prominent candidates on opposite ends of the political spectrum.
“This program segment should be very lively and full of humor and candor,” said Allan Shivers Jr., Conference Advisory Committee chair.
Herb Skoog, chair of the Sesquicentennial Committee, honored key Sesquicentennial organizers with unique gifts — road signs.
“Preparation for the Sesquicentennial began over five years ago,” Skoog said. The last five mayors, the last six Chamber of Commerce chairs, and the Sesquicentennial Committee chairs all took home road signs which read, “German Heritage Center of Texas 1845-1995.”First Lady headed toward grand jury testimony. See Opinion, Page 4.