New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 pages in one section ■ Wednesday, January 31,1996
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of BRITTNEY DAWN HENSLEE
Vol. 144, No. 56
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Ladonna Knippa, Susie Graham, Sylvia Leticia Fernandez (belated) and Brittney Dawn Henslee (one year).
Happy anniversary to Lori and Ricky McCoy
Cedar—18,240 Mold —1,840
Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.
Water Information Comal River — 282 Cubic Feet Per Second, same as yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.92 feet above sea level, down .03.
Youth Show registration needed by tomorrow
registration for the Comal County Youth Show - Homemaking Art Department, is under way. Entry is open to grade three to age 19. Entry forms are available at the County Extension Office. Call 438-2772 for information.
Forms must be returned to the Extension Office by 5 p.m. tomorrow. All Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts. FFA. FHA, 4-H or students taking a homemaking, photography, art or craft class in conjuction with classroom curriculum are invited to enter.
Optimists to meet at Molly Joe’s
The New Braunfels Optimist Club will hold its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5, at Molly Joe's Restaurant. At a short business meeting, the planned Optimist Youth Golf Tournament will be discussed. Guest speaker will be Chip Schumacher of the Hill Country Nursery.
Memorial fund for Kiesling family set up
A memorial fund has been set up to benefit the family of Ben Kiesling. lf you wish to contribute, simply go to the Randolph Brooks Credit Union in New Braunfels and tell them you want to contribute.
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. Nominations may also be faxed to 625-1224 Make sure to include you own name and daytime telephone number.
Domino tournament Saturday
Lions' '42' Domino Tournament will be held Saturday, Feb. 3, from 9 a m. to 5 p.m. at the Senior Citizens Center on Landa Street
Catholic Schools Week
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Jan. 29 to Feb. 4 is Catholic Schools Week, and Sts. Peter and Paul School kicked it off in style with a balloon release (left) Monday morning.
Above, Chelsea Smith tells Melanie Madero to "look how high my balloon went."
The Catholic Schools Week celebration continues at Sts. Peter and Paul today with a buddy picnic and relays and a "Mind Jogger" contest. Students will hold a carnival tomorrow and a scavenger hunt Friday, and a book fair is being held at the school all week.
Relief is in sight
February brings end of cedar fever
By DENISE DZIUK
There’s good news for allergy sufferers. The mountain cedar season, which has affected many this year, is coming to an end.
Dr. Donald Kennady, of New Braunfels, said the mountain cedar season is “just about over.” He said typically, the pollen season for mountain cedar in the New Braunfels area runs from mid-December to the end of January, which means relief should be in sight for many.
“We should be getting to the end of the season, and the amount of pollen in the air should start dropping,” said Kennady.
Kennady said he believes the orange pollen, which is released from the male trees, has affected more people this year. He said it has been made worse by other allergens. The immune system is weakened due to reactions to other allergens, such as molds, making it more sensitive to cedar pollen, he said.
“Some people have been allergic (to mountain cedar) this season that have never been affected before,” said Kennady.
He said there are now three antihistamines available in prescription “that work well and do not create drowsiness.” He said these are Seldane. Hismanal, and Clantm. Some of these have been combined with a decongestant. However, he said a lot of the over-the-counter medications are good, and sufferers just need to find one that works for them. He also added that if allergies are really bad, a person may want to consider seeing a doctor about vaccines. Kennady also added that there are a few steps a person can take to ease allergies, like cleaning often, and changing air filters frequently.
New office puts a smile on JP’s face
By DAVID DEKUNDER
BULVERDE —Court is now in session in Bulverde as Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart holds court in the recently completed Precinct #3 building.
Judge Stewart and clerks Donna Allen and Kay Byrd moved into the new building almost a week ago. The new JP building is located a few yards from the old facility, which had been used for 17 years in downtown Bulverde.
“I like it very much," Stewart said. “Our clerks have more room, we have plenty of parking space, it is more convenient for the public to transact legal business and there is plenty of room for everyone during court days.”
The 50 foot x 50 foot steel prefabricated building has a waiting area, a large clerks’ office protected by a large teller window, a break room/jury room, a court room, a storage room for records, judge’s office, an office for County Fire Marshall Milton Willmann and an office for Constable Jim Hanley, if he desires to use it.
Byrd said the facility gives her the opportunity to get more work done.
“I love the space,” Byrd said. “Having the jury room means we will not have to move out when court is in session. There will not be that much noise or confusion in this office.”
In the old 31 x 20 facility, which is still located next to the Bulverde Bakery, there was limited space. The courtroom was crowded and there was not much space for jury tnals. When the jury deliberated, it had to go into the clerks' room, forcing both Allen and Byrd to stop their work and go outside with the judge and the attorneys. Court records and documents were stored and crammed in shelves.
With the new storage room, Allen said, and the county providing a regular maintenance person to take care of the building, it is much
‘Having the jury room means we will not have to move out when court is in session.’
— Kay Byrd,
JP office worker
easier to store current records and take the old ones to the Comal County Courthouse.
“We now have a regular maintenance person sending the files to New Braunfels every week instead of once every two weeks,” Allen said. “It is a lot for Judge Stewart to take the records into New Braunfels himself. Now we are able to clear a lot of old records (from the building).”
Security is also another advantage the new facility has, Allen said.
“Since we have the teller window for legal transactions, we will have more security," Allen said. “We have the door (between the lobby and the clerks area) locked and we will unlock it to allow people to see Judge Stewart.”
Stewart especially likes the new court room since it has a new wood varnish bench, a witness stand, and 30 chairs, which is more space than the old facility held and tables for both the defense and prosecution. Stewart said a jury box will also be added pretty soon.
The new building has central A/C and heat, making it more comfortable for the staff and the judge to work in. This means there will be no more noisy air conditioners or heaters.
Stewart said the new facility finished many years of waiting.
“I really appreciate Comal County and Commissioner Danny Scheel for providing us with this building,” Stewart said.
Dedication ceremonies for the new facility will be at 9 a.m. this Saturday.
Alcohol-free singles dances start this Friday
By DENISE DZIUK
Meeting someone special in New Braunfels just got easier. Single people in town will soon have a new option for how to spend their Friday nights and still meet people.
"There really is a need for this type of thing in just about every community. That’s what we’re trying to address,” said Arlene Sheer, a member of the dance planning committee.
A dance for single people ages 25 to 105 will be held every Friday in February starting this Friday. Gladys Battling, director of the Seniors’ Center of Comal County, said if the first month goes well, it will be continued, and she hopes it is a big success.
“We want to stress it’s for younger people too. We don’t want just the older crowd. We want all ages,” she said.
The dances will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight for singles, “no marrieds allowed,” at the center at 655 Landa. There will be no alcohol, no smoking, no T-shirts, and no tennis shoes. Snacks will be available for purchase, and all proceed will go towards the Seniors’ Center. A DJ will be on hand to provide a wide array of music, said Barding.
“We’ll do everything from German music to the Jitterbug to line dancing,” she said.
Committee chair Ron Rainey said the center needed a way to raise money. When he was in the American Legion in Michigan, they realized a need for a place for single people to go for fun and to meet new people. He said he suggested this may be just the thing New Braunfels needs also.
"Not all of them succeed. It just depends on how you run it, and who runs it,” he said.
“We’re going to give the Roaring ‘20s a little bit of competition,” said Barding. “We would like people to feel comfortable coming to a place all by themselves to meet people.”
Barding said there is no way to tell how many will attend the dance However, shejiopes that a lot of people w ill hear about it and bring friends with them. Barding said it would even be great if it took off so well that it would turn into some form of nightclub for singles. However, she said, that will depend on the response to the dances Advance sale tickets are available at the Seniors’ Center of Comal County for $5 and tickets at the door will be $6.
The planning committee for the first singles dance includes Ron Rainey, Arlene Sheer, Virginia Booth, Gladys Barding, and Jeanne Freese.
New manager sees huge potential at airport
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The New Braunfels Municipal Airport is taking off in a new direction with the hiring of Darrell Phillips as its first airport manager.
Phillips started his new job on Jan.
15 after his hiring was approved by the New Braunfels City Council. Phillips said he wants to be more than just the manager of the airport.
“I think the airport has great potential and a nice location,” Phillips said. “For economic reasons, it is a great opportunity to promote the community. I’m very community oriented. I want to keep in touch with the community.”
Phillips will work directly under City Manager Mike Shands. Phillips said he hopes to make the airport a true part of the community. He wants to do this through a job fair to be held at Canyon Middle School on Feb. 9 and through tours with pre-school, elementary, middle and high schoolers he wants to establish.
“By having these tours, I want to get young people involved in aviation,” Phillips said.
Enhancement, Phillips said, will be the main goal of his while he is airport manager.
“I would like to see an
enhancement development, not in size, but more in terms of a first impression, in which the airport will represent the community and what we have .... to offer," Ph""Ps Phillips said.
With the general aviation field expanding with more companies building and rebuilding aircraft, Phillips believes that the muncipal airport's location will be an added plus.
“One of our adv antages is our location,” Phillips said. “We are located in between Comal and Guadalupe counties which is between III-IO and 111-35. This area is a gotxi funnel into San Antonio. We have the facilities — fuel tanks, hangars aud a restaurant — needed to accomodate the travelers and businessmen who come to this area The airport has great services for that ”
While performing his duties as airport manager, Phillips said he will Iv wearing two hats.
“I am the land tenants' airport representative,” Phillips said. “I will represent them as an executive business person who will go out and promote the airport and get grants which will help with improvements for the airport.”
As for the long term goals for the airport, Phillips said he and the city are working on a master plan for the airport’s future.
“We w ill have to see how it unfolds," Phillips said of the master plan.
Phillips served at Mesquite Metro Airport in Mesquite, Texas, in airport operations for five years. Before he got into the aviation business, Phillips worked as a fanner and an assistant firm manager in Arkansas for IO years (1978-88) before he moved to Dallas iii 1988 to pursue his career in aviation. Phillips attended Mountain View College and completed an associate degree iii av ution technology/career pilot iii 1990 He attended Dallas Baptist University from 1994-95 where he graduated with a bachelor of applied business administration with a major iii aviation management.
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