New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 25, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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v 25 1996 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of JOANNE COUVILLON
Vol. 144, No. 52Inside
Market Place ...........10-12StammtischBirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Elise Keoghan, Stanley Barth, Thadeus Brzozowski (two years), Laura Rodriguez,
JoAnne Couvillon, Maria Juarez and Larry Lehr (belated).
Happy 54th anniversary to Lidio and Carmen Solis.
Cedar — 90,000 Mold —590
Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.
Comal River — 286 Cubic Feet Per Second, same as yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.02 feet above sea level, down .02.
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 625-2385.
Hispanic Chamber to moot
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.
Red Cross planning first aid course
The local Red Cross will be holding a First Aid/CPR course Jan. 27 at 8 a.m. at 178 E. Mill in the Appraisal District Board Room. The cost is $27, and participants must pre-register and pre-pay to be assured of getting in the class. For more information, call 606-1999.
Youth Show registration
Registration for the Comal County Youth Show - Homemaking Art Department, is under way. Entry is open to current members of Comal County Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, FFA, FHA, 4-H or students taking a homemaking, photograhpy, art or craft class in conjuction with the classroom curriculum from grade 3 to age 19. Entry forms and rules are available at the County Extension Office.
Call 438-2772 for details. Deadline to enter is Feb. 1.
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Drug roundup nets six suspects
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Area law enforcement agencies have cooperated to round up six New Braunfels residents on drug charges. Agents from the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force (AANTF), New Braunfels Police officers and Comal County sheriffs deputies got sealed drug indictments for the six before they made the arrests, according to Sheriffs Department records.
Undercover officers bought marijuana, cocaine, or methamphetamine from the suspects.
Those arrested on the narcotics delivery warrants include Johnny Joe Mendoza Jr., 19; Alonzo Lagunas, 19; Alfredo Ozuna Acevedo, 20; Darrell Lee Pierce, 21; Abby Lou Leos, 22; and Fernando Mendoza, 17. Abby Leos and Johnny Joe Mendoza Jr. were also charged with engaging in organized crime, said sheriffs reports.
They each were booked into the Comal County jail under $10,000 bond.
“This is the fifth roundup we’ve have in New Braunfels since the inception of the task force,” said Comal County Lieutenant Sumner Bowen. “It has dramatically impacted the local drug trade,it has dramatically impacted the local drug trade ■■■
— Lt. Sumner Bowen on the drug task force.
both in price and in availability.”
The Comal County task force began in 1988. Local officers from Bexar and Comal counties, including the sheriffs department and the NBPD, work together on the force.
“It shows the abilities of municipalities and small county units to work
together and really do some good things in the rural counties with assistance from the governor’s office,” Bowen said. The AANTF opened a Comal County branch in 1995.
The task force was ranked second most successful in Texas from June I, 1994, to May 31, 1995. The local task force ranked first from June I to Aug. 30, 1995, according to Eddie Hebisen, director of the Texas Narcotics Control Program.
“I think we’re all in agreement that we’re tremendously successful,” Bowen said. “Certainly the drug dealer insiders and user insiders know that
the task force is here and they look over their shoulders all the time. They are aware that they don’t have carte blanche in the drug trade.”
“This is a prime example of people working together toward a common goal and gives smaller jurisdictions capabilities that they otherwise might not have because of manpower and financial restrictions,” said Sheriff Jack Bremer.
Area law enforcement agencies are combining forces on a gang task force unit. “Our gang task force is a pilot program for the state,” Bowen said. “It’s the first of its kind.”
Wal-Mart plans summer opening for super store
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Wal-Mart has put years of anticipation and speculation to rest as it announced plans to open a super store here by the summer of 1996.
“Until we move further along with the construction phase, there won’t be a specific opening date,” said spokesman Keith Morris of the Wal-Mart Corporate Office in Bentonville, Arkansas. “There’s a wide variety of factors that could come into play.”
The 200,000-square-foot super center will be located at 1209 IH-35 South. The lot has been cleared and work has begun.
“It’ll be the traditional Wal-Mart merchandise," Morris said, with more added — including groceries, a deli, and a McDonald’s restaurant.
Morris said the Wal-Mart McDonald’s probably won’t take any business away from the McDonald’s located next door at IH-35 and Walnut. “The Wal-Mart McDonald’s is usually a satellite or an additional franchise of another McDonald’s in the area,” he said.
The super store will have spaces other franchises or small businesses can lease. “It’s not unusual to have a video rental, dry cleaner, hair salon, or full
service bank within the complex,” Morris said.
Wal-Mart expects to hire 265 new employees in addition to those working at the current Wal-Mart to staff the super store. The new positions will include department managers, cashier supervisors, receiving clerks, jewelry sales, cosmetic sales, sporting good clerks, cashiers and automotive technicians.
A month or two before the super store opens, Wal-Mart will hold an open job fair where interested area residents can learn about employment opportunities, Morris said.
Whether or not Wal-Mart holds an official ground-breaking ceremony depends on how interested the community is, he said, “lf there’s enough interest with the Chamber of Commerce, the mayor’s office, whatever, that may be a possibility.”
Wal-Mart works with United Way and the Children’s Miracle Network at the corporate level, Morris said.,“...but also at each store the associates vote and choose what local organizations they want to represent, in addition to what we do at the corporate level."
Wal-Mart Stores Inc. employs 77,549 people in Texas.
Trash fire gets out of hand
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Fire trucks were called to 535 Daniels Drive, off Rusch Lane near F.M. 482, yesterday at about 6 p.m. When firefighters arrived, they found a large trash fire that had spread because of high winds. Deputy Fire Marshal Darren Brinkkoeter said the homeowners were fined because the fire violated the burn ban in place in Comal County.
Benefit slated for Thompson family
A benefit barbecue, auction and dance to benefit the family of Boyd Thompson will be held Saturday, Jan. 27 at the Texas National Guard Armory. Boyd Thompson died at the age of eight months of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome on New Year’s Day.
Arts and crafts will be on sale, and bicycle field events, including a slow race, will be held. A live band will also play.
Barbecue tickets are $5 and a raffle will be held, with tickets selling; for $ I. Food will be served from noon until 3 p.m., with the auction at 4 p.m. and the dance from 6 p.m. to midnight.
For more information, call Gene Lopanex Jr. at 625-2624.
Arbor Day celebration scheduled
One last Sesquicentennial souvenir goes on sale
By DENISE DZIUK
The annual Arbor Day celebration will be held Feb. I at IO a.m. at the Landa Park playground. Steve Spalten, the new owner of Schulz Nursery, will
be the guest speaker. Seele School students will also take part.
The public is invited. Call 625-6739 for more information.
After several years of researching, compiling, writing and editing, it’s complete. The Sesquicentennial Minutes have been made into a book, and yesterday there was a book signing.
Bobbie Purdum, chairman for the Historic Committee for the Sesquicentennial, said she approached Iris Schumann, from the Sophienburg Museum and Archives, in 1992. She said she asked her to help lead a sesquicentennial project. Purdum said the project was to develop minutes much like the ones Walter Cronkite has done.
“I asked her if she would do some work on the project, and be the chair of the committee doing the research,” said Purdum. “It covers 150 years of New Braunfels.”
Schumann began the research, and soon an abundance of material was collected. Work then began on taping the minutes for radio. Roger Nuhn began editing the copy for publication.
“The whole thing was one big volunteer effort. They spent countless hours working on it,” said Purdum. “A lot of the people involved have full-time jobs and don’t have time to volunteer. But for this project they found the time.”
Purdum said a copy of the book will be included in the time capsule, which
Herald-Zeitung photo by DENISE DZIUK
Bobbie Purdum, Wilma Heberling, Ron Zipp, Virginia Baker, Mary Jo Meyer, Alice Oberkampf, John Heberling, Herb Skoog, Iris Schuman and Roger Nuhn sign the new books.
will be sealed at tomorrow's Chamber of Commerce Banquet. She also said the book is a sesquicentennial souvenir, which means IO percent of the cost of each book will be donated to a sesquicentennial fund to be used for the restoration of existing monuments. The remaining money will go to the Sophienburg Museum and Archives. She said the books are $ 15 plus tax, and will be available at the Sophienburg Archives and at the Chamber of Commerce.
Committee members working on the
minutes include Margaret Adams, Virginia Baker, Carolyn Barry, Isabella Campos, Jimmy Castillo, Deanie Chollett, Martha Crist, Rosalinda DeLaCerda, Oil Deaton, Jeannette Felger, John Heberling, Wilma Heberling, Dorothy Johnson, Gloria Kaufman, Mary E. MacArthur. Mary Jo Meyer, Nathan Millett, Alice Oberkampf, Bobbie Purdum, Ins Schumann, Carol Smith, Joyce Smith, Cathy Cnst Talcott, Betty Tnesch. Ella Wilson. Jean Wilson, Elv ira Zengler, and Ronald D. Zipp
Unemployment figures show county economy still growing
By DENISE DZIUK
Despite an increase in unemployment figures, a labor market analyst with the Texas Employment Commission said the economy is in a “growth pattern,” due to a rise in the number of employed.
In a San Antonio Labor Market Report from TEC for December, total unemployment went up by 80 from the previous month. However, TEC
market analyst Alfred Debarros said the monthly figures fluctuate, and do not provide a good picture of the economy. He said the annual figures are a better indication.
However, the annual figures also show an increase in unemployment. The county’s total number of unemployment increased by 16 since last December, from 1,251 to 1,331 people unemployed. However, Debarros said this is still an “insignificant number” because it is so small. He said the total
employment also increased by 1,209 over the year, from 28,580 to 29,789. He said this is the significant number because it shows how many people have jobs. The increase in the number employed brought the unemployment rate to 4.3 percent, down from 4.4 percent last December,
“(Total employment) is kind of the significant number to look at,” said Debarros. ‘That’s the key thing here, lf you have an increase in unemployment and in employment, people are
still finding jobs. We're going on three years of strong growth.”
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek said the increase in the employment numbers shows a strong growth pattern
“More people were in the labor market than before. The significance is that the vast majority of those people have found jobs,” he said.
Meek also added that the county’s unemployment rate is still good. He
said the county’s rate of 4.3 percent is well below the state’s unemployment rate of 6.1 percent. In a list of unemployment rates for metro areas, Bryan College Station had the lowest rate of 3.3 percent, and Comal’s rate was the same as the third best area, w Inch was Lubbock.
“When you look at the numbers, our economy is doing well Ifs on a steady increase. The county is growing, and employment is increasing proportionally,” said Meek.I Chamber of Commerce celebrates a great year tomorrow night See Opinion, Page 4.