New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
‘God didn’t give you cancer’ topic of tonight’s meeting
Cancer is undeniably a major illness, but not necessarily fatal in itself. The diagnosis of cancer, though, is usually emotionally overwhelming. Many search for answers to questions like “Why me?,” Why now?,” “Why this? ”
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Canyon teams fighting for playoff positions
Canyon’s varsity basketball teams are both trying to keep their playoff hopes alive in District 28-4A games tonight. Both teams are in third place, with the Cou-garettes meeting second-place Clemens at home tonight while the Cougars look for revenge against Tivy in Kerrville. See Page 7
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January 31, 1989
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No injuries were reported Monday when a van pulling a trailer rolled over on Interstate 35 blocking traffic for almost 45 minutes, said a New Braunfels policeman.
Hibbard Oren Kopp, 40, Troy, Mo., was driving a 1984 Dodge van in the 1600 block of Interstate 35 around 2 p.m. when his trailer fishtailed and resulted in an accident.
“He was not doing anything inproper he was trying to pass (a van and 18-wheeler) in the inside lane — still going the speed limiting apparently — and that buffeting just got him and started that trailer swaying side to side,” said officer David Hogan.
The buffeting thrusts were created while Kopp passed the vehicles, he said. “When the trailer rolled over it rolled the van over and they separated and slid.”
The trailer landed in die inside lane and the van rested in the outside line, he said.
Traffic was diverted onto the feeder road for 30 to 45 minutes, Hogan said.
See ACCIDENT, Page 2
Celebrating the arts
A sold-out crowd celebrated local visual and performing arts Sunday night at the ninth annual Dinner With the Arts sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council. “It was a sell-out crowd and it was exciting," said director Elizabeth Elliott. Nearly 40 local performers, including David Houde in “All I Need is a Girl" at left, fol
lowed the “Lullaby of Broadway” theme and
entertained in front of a Broadway marquee-filled backdrop. Along with the collage of performing arts —singing, dancing, poetry reading and comedy and drama — crowds were surrounded with visual arts, including paintings and sculpture by area artists, at right. (Photos by Deryl Clark)
Officials look at ways to stop
Security surveys of Comal Independent School District schools within the New Braunfels city limits could end the rash of burglaries the district has suffered in recent months.
“Basically we’re looking at the buildings and evaluating potential entry points,” said Martin Mayer, New Braunfels Police Department crime prevention officer. “We’re evaluating and discussing possible solutions to overcome and place deter
rents at points of entry or vulnerable places.”
CISD officials, Safe City Commission Director Don Ferguson, and Mayer toured Frazier Elementary School and Goodwin Primary School to identify security problems Monday. Security at the bus bam in the 1400 block of U.S. 81 also was discussed.
See SCHOOL, Page 2
Fires damage business, home
Governor: Taxes would stall recovery
AUSTIN (AP) — Gov. Bill Clements, in his state of the state address to the Legislature, unlay called on lawmakers to help Texas continue its economic recovery and insisted that additional taxes would stall progress now being made.
Clements, speaking to a joint House-Senate session, urged the mergers of numerous state agencies, including several in criminal justice and one which oversees financial institutions.
He called for a legislative review of
the way Texas selects judges, reforms in the way Texans raise campaign funds, and backed the proposed mergers between the University of Texas and Texas A&M with South Texas institutions.
But the governor said the key to continuing successes of the past two years is to leave taxes alone.
“The bottom line is we do not need a tax increase. We must reach a consensus on the budget that fits within our commitment to maintain our economic recovery. A tax increase will
choke it off,’’ Clements said.
“I oppose a tax increase and that includes extension of the temporary taxes (which expire Aug. 31). I reemphasize that our economic development will be placed in jeopardy by increasing any taxes.’’
Some lawmakers have insisted that an additional SI billion will be needed over the S45 billion in state revenue projected for the 1990-91 budget period.
Clements indicated support for plan offered by Comptroller Bob Bullock
that would give the Legislature that SI billion by shifting some state monies from various special funds into the all-purpose General Revenue Fund.
Clements, the only Republican governor this century, said 329,000 jobs have been created since he took office in 1987 and said continuing that growth is the top priority of his administration’s last two years.
“At this time in our history, we have no higher purpose, no greater mission than to enhance and expand our economic development,’’ he said.
Lake center planning $250,000fund drive
By DAVID BUILTA Staff Writer
Canyon Lake Action Center is growing to meet community needs. A fundraising tin vc is under way to meet demands placed on die facility.
Canyon Lake Action Center, which serves the 13,000 residents of the Canyon Lake area, has announced its plan for a fund drive to raise $250,000 to add 5,356 square feet to the present facility’s 2,536 square feet.
“We’re real happy and going ahead full steam,” said Fran Muehleisen, action center director. “It’s been such
a community effort and that has pulled us together.”
The addition to the center will provide space for privacy in interviews and counseling; a hall for lunches, dinners and commodity distribution; an area for hobbies and crafts; and a social center for games, television, and casual use.
On the second Tuesday of each month, 120 to 140 families are recipients of government commodities at the center.
The center’s director and volunteers plan, develop and conduct prog
rams to meet physical, social, spiritual and emergency needs of youth, the elderly, and transients in the area. It also coordinates efforts of area churches and civic organizations.
With the exception of a paid director, the center is run by senior and volunteers of the Canyon Lake Comm un-. ity who are guided by Muehleisen and a volunteer 14-member board .of directors.
Board members are Rev. Lee Griffin, president; Leo Horn, first vice president; Laverne Cudabac, second vice president; Mary James, secret
ary; Bob Smith, treasurer; Leonard and Lula Coble, Bill Brown, Ray Armstrong, Naomi Nentwig, Lillian Kosarek, Calvin Yuill, David Fraser, and Lucille Biegel.
Muehleisen will work with building committee members Leo Horn (chairman), Bill and Laverne Cudabac, Tom Schaeffer, Rev. Lee Griffin, Bob Smith, Mary James, Iris Curtin, Joel and Polly Saunders, and Lucile Biegel.
Construction is expected to begin See FUNDS, Page 2
Two fires damaged local structures during the weekend, but quick responses kept damages to a minimum, say local fireman.
Auto Haus, 619 S. Seguin St., caught fire after a drop cord shorted out at approximately 4 p.m., said New Braunfels Fire Marshal Elroy Fricsenhahn.
“The cord was always scraping over the edge of the workbench and it finally shorted out,” Fricsenhahn said. “The occupant had been in there about an hour and a half and turned the light on prior to the fire.”
Judge opens North trial
WASHINGTON (AP) - The trial of fired White House aide Oliver L. North opened today with efforts to select a jury that has not been exposed substantially to the massive publicity surrounding the Iran-Contra affair.
U.S. District Judge Gerhard A. Gcsell issued a questionnaire to 54 prospective jurors asking them, “Have you read or seen or heard anything about this case before coming to this court.’’
North, dressed in a dark suit, sat at the defense table as Gcsell addressed the prospective jurors. Then they filed out of the courtroom to fill out the questionnaires.
North’s trial on charges of lying to Congress, shredding evidence and conspiring lo commit lax fraud “arises following a period of fairly intense publicity on television, news-
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Volunteers work to preserve ranch
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Stall Writer
A stone’s throw from New Braunfels, there’s a place where a bubbling creek and surrounding ranch are as sacred as die intentions of the people restoring its original beauty.
It’s a place where German immigrants and Indians lived off the land and left behind remnants of history. It’s a place where volunteers and the State of Texas work to preserve the Honey Creek Ranch.
“We want to return the landscape to essentially what is was when it was settled” more than IOO years ago, said Texas Parks and Wildlife Department employee Luke Thompson, who manages the ranch. “There’s an awful lot of work to be done.”
Rain dampens the quiet state-owned area as Thompson maneuvers his pickup truck down a rocky road to show off Honey Creek’s treasures.
“It was once ail grassland” before
the area was settled in the late 1870s by a German immigrant family, the Doeppenschmidts, he said. “We’re using natural methods (including controlled bunting) to bring it back.”
The 1,825-acre preserve, in Comal County between Boerne and New Braunfels off Texas 46, was trans-fened to Texas Parks and Wildlife Deparunent in March 1985 from the Texas Nature Conservancy to be managed as a state nature and wildlife management area.
Palmetto and cypress trees line Honey Creek as its winds through the ranch on its way to the Guadalupe River. Green-throated darters, red breasted sunfish, bluegills and mosquito fish fill the creek which pools in areas and once made popular swimming spots many years ago.
The ranch is also “riddled with sink holes and caves,” said Thompson,
Sm ranch, p»g* 2 Luke Thompson points out springs that bubble up in Honey Creek. (Stephanie Davis photo)
The fire caused approximately SS,(HK) in damage, he said. Eleven firefighters, two fire engines, two Emergency Medical Service ambulances and the fire marshal responded to the fire.
“Damage was kept to a minimum due to early detection and quick extinguishment,” he said, adding there were no injuries during the fire.
Oils, solvents, tires and batteries in the building caused no fire problems, Fricsenhahn said. “In the nature of the
See FIRES, Page 2
Mostly sunny and warm conditions arc expected to continue for the next few days. Today’s high will be 74 degrees with the low tonight at 55 degrees. Wednesday will be partly cloudy and warm with a high of 84 degrees and a low of 58 degrees.
The first practice for New Braunfels Junior Miss contests will be Feb. 19 at lite Athletic Club at 2 p.m. Information given to the Herald-Zettung which appeared in Sunday’s edition was incorrect. It stated the first practice would be today.
Participants and members of Lambda Psi sorority arc selling tickets to raise funds for die events. The grand prize for the fund raiser is a Chuck Wagon barbecue pit donated by Patio Haus. The scholarship fund is in need of more donations. For more information, call Lisa Brucks at 620-9625 or Stacy Stavinova at 899-7038....
Members of the Mill Street Area Association will meet with the Safe City Commission tonight at 7 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church, 572 W. San Antonio, to address concerns about the neighborhood A number of city officials will be present to answer questions and MSA A members are urged to be at the meeting. The sign committee reports the artwork for the neighborhood watch signs is completed and members might be able to see it at the meeting, lf you need a ride to the meeting, call your block captain or Allen or Colleen Seelhammer at 629-7156....
Reunions happen all the lime.
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