New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 26, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following jirthday wishes to; Chad Laf-fery, Russell Offerman (41 years!), Ester Farias, Glenora Bartels, Leroy Zavala Jr., Lan-ette Plucker, Ronnie Vogel, Helen P. Pittman, Maricela Flores (belated), Melissa Lynn Flores (belated), Laura Poulsen, Connie Sullens, Barbara Wenzel, Teddie W. Voigt Happy Anniversary to Glenn & Beverly Timmermann (22nd!), Clyde Sc Katrina Scott (49th).
Third Doll & Toy Show data la changed
The Third Annual Doll & Toy Show at the New Braunfels Civic Center will be moving to a new date - Saturday, Feb. 11.
The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The agenda for the show will remain the same.
A raffle of several beautiful and valuable dolls is held at 4 p.m. with proceeds going to the Comal County Children's Shelter.
For more information, call Dorothy 625-3245.
Cancor Society to benefit from ‘Rumors’
Circle Arts Theatre’s Sunday Feb. 5 performance of the Ned Simon play "Rumors" will benefit the local unit of the Amencan Cancer Society, and is the premier event promoting the annual ACS Starlight Gala to be held on June 16 this year.
There will be a wine and cheese reception for everyone attending the 7 p.m. performance. Doors to the theatre will open and serving will begin at 6:15 p m.
Tickets are available through Gala committee members and at Circle Arts Theatre
For more information, call Linda Gabbard at 629-6153 or Laurie at 620-1379.
FPO Youth Choir are taking orders for Super Subs
The members of the High School Youth Council of First Protestant Church are taking orders for Super Sub Sandwiches for Super Bowl Sunday.
Sales proceeds will be used to support FPC Youth Projects and the S O S., Inc. Community Food Bank
Cost per 12-inch sandwich is $6. Send your order (with payment) to: SUPER SUB SANDWICH. First Protestant Church, 172 W. Coll St., New Braunfels. Texas 78130.
Sandwiches can be picked up after the 10:30 service, Jan 29 (Super Bowl Sunday).
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Judge chooses not to rule in Kahlig suit
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
District Judge Joe Dibrell chose not to rule yesterday in Gary Kahlig’s civil suit against Mayor Paul Fraser.
The suit alleges irregularities in the May 7 election in which Kahlig opposed Fraser for the Dist. 4 city council seat. The judge could have ruled yesterday that I) Kahlig be declared the winner of the election or 2) that the election be declared void and a new election held or 3) that the suit had insufficient merit to continue.
A tnal date is set for Feb. 7. Dibrell may still make a summary judgment up to that date, informing Kahlig and Fraser if he does rule. He
Mayor’s attorney says Gary Kahlig is ‘complaining about the mail,’ not election
could also inform them that he’ll let the suit go to a jury trial.
Arguments in yesterday’s summary judgment hearing centered on about 20 votes which Kahlig’s lawyer, Ken Anderson, alleged were illegal. The suit alleges one vote was cast in the wrong precinct and that several others may have been miscast.
Other allegations centered around mail-in ballots. Some were allegedly ordered but not
received. Some were allegedly filled out and mailed but not counted because they were not received. Others were allegedly not counted because they were not filled out correctly.
“We cannot have a system where the mail determines the outcome of elections,” said Anderson.
Fraser’s attorney, Ed Nolan, used the election code to counter the suit’s allegations point by point. Nolan conceded that a single vote had
been cast in the wrong precinct, provable by documentation. “We’ve got one voter that voted illegally. That’s not enough to change the outcome of the election,” he said.
Referring to the mail ballots allegedly mailed but not received, Dibrell said, “How are you going to get around the statute where it says the ballots have to be received by 7 p.m. on election day?"
Nolan asserted that the contestant (Kahlig) was challenging the election code itself. “I don’t see how you can challenge the code,” he said, “He’s not complaining about irregularities by election officials; he’s complaining about the mail.”
Bad weather takes its toll
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
At approximately 8:50 p.m. last night, this 1990 Ford Thunderbird driven by Jason Shoppers of San Antonio began to hydroplane on the slick pavement on I-35 and lost control of his car. His car hit the railing and slowed traffic to a snail s pace in the southbound lane near the Conrad and Kohlenberg Roads exit.
May 6 election to decide fate of water district
By CRAIG HAMMETT
SPRING BRANCH - Temporary board members of the proposed Comal County Underground Water Conservation Distnct set an election for May 6, the first Saturday in May to decide the outcome of the distnct.
The board members met last night in Spnng Branch to call the election, which if approved by distnct voters, would create
the underground water distnct and determine a governing board of directors.
Cameron Wiley of Bulverde was elected chairman of the temporary board. He said the campainging w ill begin now with three months until the election “.We’re going to preach,” said Wiley. “...Preserve, conserve and protect the quality and quantity of the w ater.”
Another key component of the distnct would be to find another source of w ater than the Tnntiy Aquifer, which supplies the
The area is one of the fastest growing in the county, but with no surface water system.
“You’ve just got too many people (for water available)," said Wiley.
The distnct would cover roughly 360 square miles, or about 64 percent of the county’s land mass.
A major point of contention are taxes, which would initially be set at .02 cents per $100 valuation, with a .05 cent cap.
Local country artist Clay Blaker to perform benefit concert for liver transplant baby
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Six-month-old Chnstal Davis is in desperate need of help. And New Braunfels country artist Clay Blaker is providing an opportunity for many to offer that help.
Blaker is set to entertain Friday night at a benefit for the baby, who recently had a liver transplant to correct a fatal condition where the ducts outside her own liver were missing. Christal had her operation at the Hermann Hospital in Houston.
“She’s doing fine,’’ said Vonme Leiss-ner, a New Braunfels relative.
Chnstal has many other relatives in New Braunfels, including Cindy and Larry Leissner, Lester and Dolores Leissner, Lena and Leroy Elley and Linda Boos.
The benefit is a night of Blaker’s music, dinner, and an auction at the elegant Son-terra Club at Loop 16(M and Highway 281. All proceeds from the $75 admission pnce and auction go toward offsetting the enormous medical expenses Chnstal’s family faces.
Those expenses include $300,(XX) for the operation and $2,(XX)- $4,(KH) monthly in anti-rejection medication for the rest of Christal’s life. Medical insurance does
not pay for transplant operations or postoperative treatment.
“When something like this happens it’s just amazing how much people w ill do to help," said cousin Cindy l eissner.
The benefit is Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight. To purchase tickets, call Cindy Leissner at (210) 366-8329 or (210) 899-4857.
Anyone wishing to simply make a donation can do so by calling the same numbers or writing a check payable to Christal Davis Trust Fund, attention Cindy Leissner, do LDDS Communications, KH) NE Loop 410 Suite 400, San Antonio, Texas 78216.
WORD board approves 16% budget increase
Law enforcement efforts receive $3,000 boost in new spending plan
By CRAIG HAMMETT
SATTLER - Board members of the Water Onentcd Recreation Distnct passed the WORD budget for 1995, an increase over 1994.
The budget this year includes $ 185,225, up 16.46 percent horn last year’s proposed budget of $159,050. The actual budget in 1994, the amount used, totaled $143,914. For this year's budget, $3,000 was added for law enforcement. River clean up will also see $5,000 more in this years budget as opposed to last year. Several other areas of the budget were increased as well.
Income for this year from user fees is projected at $173,925 of the $ 185,225 total. Actual user fee income last year rose from $143,466 to $ 178,087. Settlements accumulated from year’s past ($68,000) and other items helped push last year’s 1994 total income to $250,245, more than $ I (X),(KX) greater th in 1993.
“It was a good year.” said Board President Guy Anderson.
The hoard tabled a motion for a heanng to review tax rates because a change is not necessary' to meet this budget. The State Legislature will review changes in WORD legislation calling for higher caps on the tax rate, especially in areas such as tube rental, should that be necessary
“We didn’t have to meet in order to lower them either,” said Anderson, explaining a hearing would be needed for either an increase in rate or decrease.
l aw enforcement, the general manager Jim Inman’s salary, and the lower mer clean-up constitute the largest portions of the budget. It was in law enforcement and clean-up that the only conflicts came.
Board member Scott Watson called for more money $36,000 (19.44% of budget) than the proposed $33,OOO The lower river clean-up would account for $21,500 (11.61%) and Inman’s salary $25,000(13.50%).
"I think the most important purpose for WORD is to provide law' enforcement and clean-up. I think that should account for more," he said "It ought to be the lion’s share of the budget.”
Board member Paul Rich objected to the $3,000 increase in law enforcement, saying citizens’ property taxes already pay enough for law enforcement.
“I would really like to see more (in the budget) for clean-up than law enforcement ” he said.
After a 4-2 deadlock without clear majonty (Jack Larimore abstained, Rich and Watson against), members voted 4-1 (Rich against) on a motion by Zero Rivers that pulled $3,000 for law enforcement from legal fees, which arc expected to be less. The board can transfer funds as needed during the year.
■ The Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce requested funds from WORD to go toward publicity for the lake. Charles Stephens spoke on behalf of the chamber requesting any funds WORD could
He said the money would be used for advertising the lake around the state, in areas such as travel magazines The funds would also be used for administrative purposes of extending the hours of a part-time employee or hinng someone for added hours such as weekends during the summer.
■ The WORD hoard re-elected the same officers, Guy Anderson, president, Paul Rich, vicepresident, Scott Watson, secretary, and Bill Mayo, treasurer
San Antonio Spurs and New Braunfels teaming up for fundraising effort Feb. 4
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The San Antonio Spurs and New Braunfels join forces for fun and for future functional beauty of downtow n New Braunfels. Saturday night, Feb. 4, is “New Braunfels Community Night" at the Spurs game against the Sacra
mento Kings "It’s community helping community, and tliat’s the wonderful thing about it,” said Mam Street Director Karen Crandall. The Downtown Rotary Club is sponsoring the event — and the Spurs are donating $4 from each ticket to the downtown sidewalk renovation project
Tickets are still available in price categories ranging from $17.50 to $45.50, said Tobin Hoffmann of the Downtown Rotary. “There arc still blocks of tickets available for groups,” he said.
Reserve tickets by calling Hoffmann at 625-7502.
The Rotarians thought of every thing
for this event, down to reasonable transportation Bus rides to the game can be had for $7 apiece the buses leave the old H I IL parking lot at 6:30. Patrons can pay for bus rides when they arrive, but they must phone 625-7502 for bus reservations, said Hoffmann.
The absolute deadline for ordering
tickets and reserving bus seats is Jan 31.
The downtown sidewalk project evolved when the sidewalks were becoming fia/iirdous as well as uasight-ly, said Community Development Director Penelope Church The sidewalk project will allow for needed repairs.The Marketplace Classifieds - One-stop shopping five days a week!