New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 24, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
► Warrior tales
World War ll and Korea veteran William Cooper spent nearly six years compiling his experiences from both wars.The result was a 500-page booky 1C
► Award winner
The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce,
Inc. honors Ramon Chapa Sr. at its annual meeting a banquet at the Civic Center Chapa said staying involved was important to himV 4A
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Expect a sunny Sunday, with a high near 70 and a light south wind. The warm weather should continue on Monday, with slightly cooler temperatures expected on Tuesday. Get the details on Page2A.
► Healing run
Three area residents have turned their love of running into a way to help others. Find out how these athletes have helped make a big contribution to a local leukemia patienty IB
Ingram dispute reaching a summit
By Heather Tood Staff Writer
The ongoing dispute between area residents and Ingram Readymix Company’s plans to build a concrete batch plant off Texas 46 will move to a formal battlefield on Monday.
An official hearing on the proposed site for the Ingram Readymix plant will be conducted by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission IO am Monday at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative facility.
The GVTC office is at 36101 Farm-to-Market Road 3159, just north of Smithson Valley High School.
The formal hearing will be the third round of the continuous struggle between local citizen groups and the concrete manufacturer after the TNRCC sponsored a non-evidentiary hearing July 22 and a local school district sponsored a public hearing March 30.
Ingram Readymix is in the middle of an application process to obtain a “standard exemption” that would allow building of a new plant in the Spring Branch and Bulverde area.
The proposed plant site is about 2.3 miles west of U.S 281 and Texas 46, a mile away from Bill Brown Elementary School, Arlon Seay Elementary School and Spring Branch Middle School. The Bracken Christian School and three day cares are also in an area close to the proposed plant site.
Terry Hadley, a TNRCC spokesman, said standard exemption is authorized by the TNRCC as a less stringent standard for facilities with lower air emissions.
“Generally, a manufacturer applies for a permit if they have greater air emissions, and based on where we are right now, Ingram Readymix does not meet the conditions for a permit,” Hadley said.
The general rule for determining whether a manufacturer can apply for a standard exemption is air emissions must be less than 25 tons per year as well as other criteria, Hadley said.
A spokesman for Ingram Readymix said plants operating under a standard exemption used the best available control technology for then air emissions.
“There are certain conditions you must meet to use a standard
Lake lowering draws criticism
By Bel O’Connell Staff Writer
Local fishermen objected to the lowering of area lakes on the Guadalupe River this weekend, saying the project threatened wildlife.
Lakes Dunlap, McQueeney, Placid and Nolte in Guadalupe County were lowered about six feet as officials from the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, Texas Parks and Wildlife and local volunteers inspected the lakes for public safety hazards and debris left over from the October flood.
GBRA officials said they expected to use the results of the inspection as the basis for an application for money to the National Resources Conservation Service to clean die lakes.
The authority said the lower water level could also allow homeowners on the lakes to inspect
private boat ramps and docks. “It’s been years since the lakes have beat lowered, so we encouraged homeowners to take advantage of that situation,” said GBRA president Bill West.
Some fisherman said lowering the lakes could severely impact the bass and catfish populations.
“What it’s going to do is hurt the fishing for a couple years,” said Michael Frazar, a local angler and businessman who, along with his wife, Kerry, owns the Hot Shots Frazar Lakeview Camp on Lake McQueeney.
“The only thing I worry about is the fish,” Kerry Frazar said Saturday as she and her husband removed debris from their property.
GBRA officials said the lakes could be lowered up to IO feet in February or March to remove debris identified this week. West said the removal phase of the project could take up to two weeks.
Jay Colby, 7, holds up a wriggling fish that was stranded in a puddle after the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority lowered Lake McQueeney and others to survey the damage and undereatrn obstructions left by the Oct. 17 flood.
Top left, Betty Pfeuffer Triesch smiles as she finishes reading a translation of the events at the 1899 Comal County Courthouse dedication at Friday’s 100th anniversary celebration.
Above, Canyon High School marching band members stand at attention in front of the Comal County Courthouse on Friday.
Comal County parties like it’s 1899 by re-creating courthouse dedication
Tradition, heritage seen in many forms
By Tom Erickson News Editor
The Texas Historic Landmark sign just outside Comal County Courthouse speaks volumes for the rich tradition and history of the area.
The inscription on the sign, erected in 1993, ends with: “This courthouse reflects
New Braunfels’ German heritage and the spirit of Comal County at the turn of the 20th century.”
The spirit of Comal County at the turn of the 21st century could be felt by hundreds on Friday afternoon, as residents joined county and city officials, historians, a German
History buffs, happy revelers gather downtown
By Chris Crews Staff Writer
Lovers of history and Comal County gathered on Main Plaza Friday afternoon to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the dedication of Comal County Courthouse.
Politicians and other solid Texans who have carried on the county’s day-to-day business for more than a century were there. Teenagers and small children who will be the politicians and solid Texans in years to come were there.
Mother Nature let her presence be known in the form of winds that gusted up to 35 miles per hour during the ceremony.
But the grand dame of buildings in Comal County was indubitably the star of die show.
As Betty Triesch read a translation of the events at the 1899 dedication from the Zeitung, the courthouse bells chimed, dependable as always, and told the crowd it was 2 p.m.
For those who believe buildings can develop character and a personality, it was a subtle nod of acknowledgement for the superlatives gushed in honor of her birthday.
State Sen. Jeff Wentworth (R-San Antonio) read a statement proclaiming her “one of the state’s historical treasures” and a product of “superior quality and workmanship.”
Former County Judge Carter Casteel said the courthouse, with all of her records and files, “knows who and what we are.”
Casteel said the courthouse’s colorful history, including heated arguments