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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 26, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAYUnicorns and Rangers head for district clash tonight. See Sports, Page 5. 50 CENTS Church Hill School Historic Landmark New BraunfelsHerald 16 pages in one section ■ Friday, January, 26,1996 t I... p A S 0 , J x 7 9 y o -t-Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of CHAD LAFFERY Vol. 144, No. 53 Inside Comics............................................3 Editorial...........................................4 Sports..............................................5 Market Place...........................11-15 Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Helen E. Pittman, Chad Laf-fery (21 years), Held! Johnson (one year), Samantha Rich (three years), Keith Simmons, Russell Offerman, Leroy Savala Sr., Shiann Sanchez, Glenora Bartels, Gloria Mesa, Rachel Mesa, Nicole Cole (belated), and Tiffany Holder. Happy anniversary wishes to Clyde and Katrina Scott (50 years) and Glenn and Beverly Timmermann. Pollen Count Cedar — 90,000 Mold — 590 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel. Water Information Comal River — 286 Cubic Feet Per Second, same as yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.02 feet above sea level, down .02. Main Street puts on seminars The New Braunfels Main Street Design Committee will host a four-part series of seminars from Jan. 30 through March 12 on selected Tuesdays. The seminars include: 'Design Affects the Bottom Line' Jan. 30; ’Advertising/Marketing Your Business’ Feb. 13; 'Signage in Keeping with Concept and Building' Feb. 27; and 'Good Merchandising - Great and Easy Window Displays' March 12 Each of the free seminars begin at 6:15 p.m. at City Hall in the Municipal Courtroom, 424 S. Casted Ave. Bring a brown bag dinner. Beverages and dessert will be provided. Annual Chamber Banquet tonight The 77th Annual Meeting and Banquet of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce will be held tonight, 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. 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. 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 conduction 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. Two-way access roads on way out By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Bidding farewell Close to 1,000 people fill the First Baptist Church yesterday to honor the memory of slain Deputy Constable Ben Kiesling, according to New Braunfels Police estimates. Led by Scott Webb and Dr. Gordon Graham, the funeral service ends with a tape recording of Kiesling singing “Love Me Tender” to his wife. Above, pallbearers carry the casket from the church. At left, scores of law enforcement officers join the funeral procession. Herakj-Zertung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL In Memory of {Ben Kiesling He was a man of honor, He was a man of great strengths, He had a heart of gold, and for those he met would go to such unselfish lengths. It was an honor to have known this man, This man of many talents and wonderful qualities He always looked out for the ones he loved, And never criticized our fallacies. I We will always remember the joys he brought to allot the lives he touched. We will always embrace him in our hearts. And remember this man, we all loved so much. May God keep him in our hearts and souls forever more; And may he sleep in peace with the Angels up above. We will always remember you Ben Kiesling, For to each of us—you brought peace, hope, and love. May God bless the family, friends, and loved ones of Ben Kiesling. You will all be in my thoughts and prayers. In a little over a week, work will begin to widen ramps and change what was supposed to be “temporary"' two-way frontage roads along Interstate Highway 35 to one-way. Greg Malatek, Assistant Area Engineer w ith the Texas Department of Transportation, said the signs that say “temporary two-way traffic” were put up years ago, with the intention that the frontage roads would eventually be changed to one-way. He said those signs will all be replaced. “That's a running joke with us because they've been there so long." he said. However, he said, barricades will begin to go up on Feb. 5. and the project, which is estimated to cost about SI million, will get underway. He said the work will include changing all the signals and signs on the frontage roads, as well as pavement markings. He said a seal coat and an overlay w ill also be applied to the roads during the process. “It will look like new pavement when they're done," said Malatek. That will not be the only changes residents will notice. Malatek said the project also includes adding a turn-around at Highway 46 at the south side, building four lanes on Walnut Street under Interstate 35, and improvements on some ramps. Malatek said almost all the ramps will be widened some. However, he said about 17 will receive more work. He said those that “button hook" will be widened and made into a “straight shot.” Malatek said this will require closing the ramps. However, he said many of the closings w ill be at night, and the crews will try to complete ramps within a couple of days "There w ill be some ramp closures, but we're not going to have two closed at once," he said. "We’ll try to be in and out prett\ fast. The plan is to be completely finished before Memorial Day Weekend." For more information about road closings, contact Malatek at the Texas Department of Transportation at 609-0707. Church finds way to honor its commitment to Luna family By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A sizable donation to the Charles Luna Fund from a Sts. Peter and Paul chanty fund was announced Thursday night, after a review of the Parent-Teacher Club bylaws showed funds from the PTC festival could not be donated to a specific person or fund. Steve VanderVorste, of New Braunfels, told those present at last night’s PTC meeting he wanted to clear up any questions people may have about the money being donated to a fund for Charles Luna, a Sts. Peter and Paul student with leukemia. He said vanous rumors have been circulating regarding the donations, and as a parent in the school and church, he wanted to restore "harmony” among families. “I want to bring our family back together here at Sts. Peter ami Paul,” he said. “I stand here before you with only Charles’ best interest in heart.” VanderVorste read a statement from a group of concerned parents. He said it was earlier reported that a portion of the proceeds from the PTC festival would go to the Luna Fund. However, after reviewing the bylaws, it was determined that this could not be done, he said. VanderVorste then explained since PTC funds could not be donated, the church will donate S5,00() from the St. Vincent DePaul fund, which is a chanty fund. He said this comes out to about IO percent of the revenues from the festival. "This is one way we can still do what we said we were going to do,” said VanderVorste. “Ten percent is a big portion of (the revenues). Let’s just say we’re giving IO percent or up to, and it’s just coming out of a different place.” VanderVorste also explained the money raised front the sale of pins and angels, as well as money donated specifically for the fund on the day of the festival, will still go to the Charles Luna Fund. He said the fund total was about $38,(XX) before the $5,(XX) donation front the church. "I would like to commend the group that got together and got all this figured out,” said a parent. “Throughout this whole ordeal, the people at the church and school have been very, very supportive,” said Mario Luna, Charles’s father. “This contes as no surprise. We’re very appreciative, and we’re also very pleased that the ‘This is on# way we can still do what we said we were going to do.’ — Steve VanderVorste festival was such a big success.” The mother of Charles’ best friend said she spoke with the Luna family earlier in the day. She said “they want everyone to know they appreciate everything that’s been done for them.” She also said two possible bone marrow donors have been found and are undergoing more testing, and the results from those tests should be available in about a week. “So keep them in your prayers that one or two of these donors are the positive results they need,” she said. Another parent also said she wanted to let people know a blood drive for bone marrow donors will be held on Feb. 14 in San Marcos. It is open to people 18 to 55 years old, and Hispanics and African-Americans are especially in need, she said. It will be held from IO a.m. to 7 p.m. behind Blockbusters, across from H-E-B. “I know how simple it is to do the test, and how easy it is to be a donor,” said VanderVorste. Herald-Zeitung photo by SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Luke Speckman, Sherrie Perry, and Rusty Brandt. Two local resort companies merge By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Two prominent resort rental companies have joined to become the largest in New Braunfels. Luke Speckman of RiverCitics Resorts bought New Braunfels Resorts this week. The new company is New Braunfels Resort Accommodations. Speckman will head the new company. "There will be iK) big changes,” he said. "We'll just be working closely w ith the property owners.” RiverCities Resorts will move from its present home at RE MAX Riverl'i-ties across the street to the New Braunfels Resorts building at 405 S. Seguin Avenue. Sherrie Perry, long-time resort man ager for Speckman. will be the resort manager for the new company. J atta Schlegal will remain as assistant manager and Homeowner Association manager. Rusty Brandt. New Braunfels Resorts ow ner, doesn t plan to slow down. “My wife and I have another business ‘Tis the Season We’re going to spend a little more time there Brandt has new projects in the works, he said New Braunfels Resort Accommodations handles condos and individually owned waterfront properties Speckman hopes more riverfront property ow ners will consider renting them through his firm. “We’re booked every w inter and every summer,” he saidNew legislation will help veterans become teachers. See Opinion, Page 4. ;