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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 28, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Super Bowl XXX — Cowboys go for the crown today. See Sports, Page 6A, The winning numbers 485 Tolle St. Inside Obituaries......................... 2A Opinion............................. '4A Letters.............................. 5A Sports Day........................ 6A-7A Marketplace..................... 2B-9B Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Jayce Marie White, Jim White (SO years), C. Sandy Morales (Monday), Brian Noter (Monday), Elva Noter (Monday), Kathy Koepp, Michael Salazar, Enriquita R. Diaz (one year), Barron Bright (16 years), Jerry Torres, 29 years). Nappy 24th anniversary to Donna and Larry Lehr. Help an area family in need Help an area family in need after losing its home in a recent fire. Needed items include: • Men's pants, size 38, 32. • Men's XL T-shirts. • Lady's clothing, size 16. • Boy's clothing, size 5. • Sheets and other bedding. • Dishes and other kitchen items. • Towels. • Food • Toys appropriate for girls ages 14 months and three years and boys age five years. Donations can be dropped off at New Life Fellowship, 104 Melody Lane in New Braunfels. Monday to Friday, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10:30 a.m. to noon and 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Jan. 29 to Feb. 3 Call 608-0659 or 606-5527 for directions to the church. Rally for Bremer and Dawson A rally is being given for ' Jack Bremer and Jack Dawson at 6 p m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at the Dam Red Barn in Canyon Lake. The event is being sponsored by Dollie Wells and Ruby Swain. Do you know an Unsung Hero? Each spring, the Herald-Zeitung presents a Citizen of the Year award and several Unsung Hero awards at a reception celebrating the annual Horizons edition of the newspaper. The Herald-Zeitung needs the public's help in finding Unsung Heroes. Do you know a person whose good deeds have gone unrecognized? Let us know about him or her, so they can receive the credit they deserve Mail or drop off a letter telling us about your Unsung Hero candidate to: Herald-Zeitung Heroes 707 Landa St. New Braunfels, TX 78130. Ngminations may also be faxed to 625-1224. Make sure to include your own name daytime telephone number. Clarification The author of the poem “In Memory of Ben Kies!ing“ was omitted from the Friday edition of the Herald-Zeitung. The poem was written by Loraine Anne Benjamin. Lotto Toxas 35,9, 46,38 42,12 Est $16 million jackpot ,-TEXflS- LOTTERV Hillary Clinton answers questions at grand jury WASHINGTON (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton, saying she cooperated fully with prosecutors during a historic four-hour grand jury session, professes to be mystified about how her long-sought law firm records suddenly turned up in the White House family quarters. Despite the lengthy interrogation, it was unclear whether the questioning of the first lady by Whitewater prosecutors is finished. Mrs. Clinton spent most of Friday afternoon in a windowless room on the third floor of the U.S. Courthouse being questioned by several prosecutors in a proceeding that — as grand jury sessions always are — was secret. Asked after it was over whether she would rather have been somewhere else, Mrs. Clinton quipped, “Oh, about a million other places.” “It’s been a long day,” she said. Babies On Parade A special 20-page special section inside this paper. FFA Practice Show results Page1B New Braunfels Herald 41° MOI 6 10/22/99,    177 /SOREST I1ICR0PUBLISHINB ' ±0c.7 h. YANDELL SUNDAY $1.00 DR 90 Pages in six sections ■ Sunday, January 28, 1996 Serving Comal County for more than 144 years RHome of JAYCE MARIE WHITE Vol. 144, No. 54 Hunter plant to bum tires By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Texas Industries Inc. (TXI) plans to start burning a promising, but controversial, new fuel at its Hunter cement plant — fuel made from used tires. TXI will start burning the tire-derived fuel (TDFs) along with coal about mid-February, said Harold Green, director of communicahons for TXI. “We believe this makes a pretty good replacement for coal, which is what we primarily bum now,” said J. Lynn Davis of TXI in Hunter. TDFs have several advantages over coal, Davis said. It’s less expensive than coal and bums hotter. Texas generates about 17 million used tires a year. Green said, and more than 60 million shredded tires are available to use as fuel right now. “Under our permit, our plant will be able to utilize a maximum of around three million used tires a year,” Green said. Burning TDFs is not a new idea, Davis said. “In 1987 I visited Germany, and they were using tire derived fuels in West Germany then.” As of 1994, 29 U.S. plants were burning tire derived fuels. TXI had to apply to the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission for a permit amendment to bum TDFs. “In that application we do calculations about what the emissions will be,” Davis said. The TNRCC inspects the plant and TXI has to have its stack emissions tested to qualify for the permit. Burning TDFs in the Buda, Texas Lehigh Cement Plant has aroused controversy among area residents. “Texas Lehigh Cement Plant overstepped the boundaries of human decency today when they started burning tires for fuel in Buda over w idespread community protest,” said Sue Pitman of the Wimberley S.A.F.E. Steering Committee. S.A.F.E. members collected signatures on a petition asking Texas L ehigh to bum natural gas instead of tires. They called and wrote letters to the TNRCC saying there should have been public hearings before Texas Lehigh's permit was approved by the commission. “When we analyzed this material's emissions and compared them to coal, it is very similar,” Davis said. “It just really doesn’t change that much.” TXI in Hunter has permits to bum coal, TDFs, natural gas, or petroleum coke, he said. Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Firefighters battle a grass fire that threatened Peace Lutheran Church Friday afternoon.' Dry, windy conditions feed brush fire By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A few boys may have caused a grass tire that burned a field on S. Walnut at about 4:30 p.m. Friday. The fire came close to the Peace Lutheran Church and to trailer homes bordering the field, but local firefighters kept the blaze from damaging the buildings. A w itness told a New Braunfels Fire Department investigator that she had seen several boys appear to start the fire, then try' to put it out when it got out of control. Firefighters had the fire under control in about an hour. Volunteers David Hartw ick and Danny Medina of the New Braunfels Volunteer Fire Department helped the NBFD fight the flames. The fire could easily have been much worse, Medina said. “With the brush so dry the w ind can play havoc.” he said. "It could blow either way. toward the church or away.” The New Braunfels VFL) has eight or nine members, “.. but we’re trying to get more," Medina said. The NBFD is still investigating the cause of the blaze. Tireless effort on Sesquicentennial projects earns Purdum the Besserung Award By DOUG LOVEDAY Managing Editor The Besserung Award, given annually by the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, honors that member who best exemplifies the concepts of community involvement and improvement. This year’s honoree, announced at Friday’s annual banquet and awards ceremony, exemplifies all of those qualities — and many more. Chamber members gave a rousing ovation to this year’s award winner, Bobbie Purdum, a life-long resident whose tireless work organizing and promoting Sesquicentennial projects and events during the past year left many in awe and others inspired. Some of the Sesquicentennial projects she either created or had a hand in seeing to fruition included: B Placement of granite markers in cities along the route taken by New Braunfels founders; B Handmade quilt project; BTime capsule; Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Carter Casteel congratulates Bobbie Purdum at the annual Chamber of Commerce banquet Friday night. B Marker placed at site of Herman Seele’s first school; ■ First Founders property lot markers; and ■ Sesquicentennial metal etching display at the Civie Center. “Bobbie Purdum is truly an outstanding citizen of this community and has been a dynamic force in the preservation and exhibition of its heritage,” outgoing Chair of the Board Carter ‘Bobbie Purdum is truly an outstanding citizen of this community and has been a dynamic force in the preservation and exhibition of its heritage.’ — Carter Casteel Casteel said. “There could never be a more appropriate time to recognize her major contributions to New Braunfels than at the conclusion of our Sesquicentennial celebration, in which she has played such a major role.” In addition to her work on Sesquicentennial projects, Bobbie w as also a member of the Steering Committee of the first Heritage Exhibit in 1971 and has served every year since then on the Heritage Exhibit Advisory Committee. A life member of the Sophien-berg Musuem, she and Linda Dietert instigated the revival of the July 4th aetiv'nies and she conceived the idea tor Folkfest. It was a special evening for Bobbie’s husband. Tom. as well. He was honored for his many years of service as president of the chamber, which concluded last year. Together, the Pur-dums’ efforts on behalf of the Chamber and New Braunfels did not go unappreciated by any in attendance Friday. “All I can say is, I had a wonderful teacher my husband.” Bobbie told the packed Civic C enter audience. “I love this community w ith all of my heart just like he does. But without people like you, this would nev er happen.” Bobbie Purdum joins other Besserung Award winners, including last year’s recipient, Dennis Heitkamp Other awards were handed out at the banquet Friday, including the Blue Coat of the Year Award, w hich this year went to Ramon Chapa, Sr. To get a complete listing of those honored last night, see the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce sup- ^ plement inside today’s newspaper. Smoky gets his man — in just eight minutes By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A whole neighborhood couldn’t do it in four hours — but it took New Braunfels Police dog Smoky only eight minutes to rescue a missing 78-year-old man Friday afternoon. Friends and neighbors had been searching for about two hours when they sought police help, said NBPD Chief Ray Douglas. The man had been missing from his home on the 1200 block of Bluff Creek since about 9:30 that morning. “They were especially concerned because he had poor eyesight and may have had Alzheimer’s Disease,” he said. Officers filed a missing persons report, then cordoned off the area. “They checked the easy areas first,” Douglas said. Rough terrain and thick underbrush hampered the search. “They called in a K-9 unit and Scott Lange and Smoky arrived on the scene,” he said. Smoky and Lange went into the man’s backyard. “Right away the dog lifted his head up, telling his handler he had found something,” Douglas said. Smoky led Lange to a spot about 300 yards from the house, and pulled up, pointing out the man,. “It took all of eight minutes for the dog,” Douglas said. “(The man) was lying down and looked tired, but he w as OK," he said. “He even w alked under his own power to his house.” Smoky found the man only about 30 yards from a cliff. Lange and his dog displayed a side of police dogs that people don’t often get to see, Douglas said. “They’re trained to run down burglars and bad guys and take bullets for their handlers. They can pick narcotics out of a jar at the bottom of a swimming pool — but they can also track a lost child or elderly person.” Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Helping hands Friends of Charles Luna present him with a check for $2,500 raised by the Saints Peter and Paul School Student Council to help Charles family pay his medical bills. Charles Is battling leukemia.Chamber of Commerce year in review and plans for 1See Special Section inside this paper. ;