New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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The Plaza Bandstand
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Ze'tung extends the following birthday \a ishes to Janet Williams, Irma Castilleja, Mary Cuca Hinojosa, Reno Montanez, Pearl Beiers-dorser, Michael Boatright, Ruben Valdez, Sean Fit* simmons, and Irma Castilleja. Happy anniver-sary to Lupe and Frances Dominguez, Mingo and Amy Maldonado, Lupe and Frances Dominguez, Hilmar and Norma Hammier, and Jimmy and Dora Lagunas.
Parade, fireworks, and more on tap Tuesday
■ The Sophienburg Museum and Archives will sponsor the Annual Fourth of July Celebration on the Plaza Tuesday, July 4 Refreshments will be served at the Sophienburg at 9 a m. Shortly before 10
a m., antique cars, and people carrying the American Flag will parade to the Plaza from the Archives on Seguin Street Everyone is asked to join the parade to the Plaza waving the American Flag. A one-hour program on the Plaza will begin at 10 a m.
Mary Beth Smith will render the National Anthem and other patriotic songs.
■ New Braunfels' fireworks display will be held at dark over Landa Lake Prime viewing spots include the area around the gazebo at Landa Lake
■ In Seguin, July 4 will feature the Firecracker Run, a parade in downtown Seguin at 10 a rn. and fireworks at Starcke Park at 9 p.m.
■ Bob Quent, commander of VFW Post #7110, invites the public to the flag raising at the Post Home 600 Peace Avenue, New Braunfels on July 4 The ceremony will start at 9 a m. Senior District Judge Robert T Pfeuffer will be the guest speaker.
■ Celebrate July 4 at the Bulverde Community Center from noon to 6 p m. Barbecue chicken, $4 50 for adults. $3 for children; country store: bake sale, prize raffle; antique farm equipment and auto show; attendance prizes; games and more
■ American Legion Post
# 179 will be hosting its annual barbecue fund-raiser July 4 from noon to 4 p m at the Post Home, 410 W Coll St.
■ A spectacular fireworks display will highlight Randolph's Fourth of July celebration, which is open to the public Gates open at 3 p m and festivities include a carnival, bands, games and more. The Re-Max Sky Diving Team will open the festivities Admission is free and visitors are asked to enter through the west gate This event had been advertised as starting at 10
a m., but the starting time has been changed
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tor a long time. “I have never taken my full vacations each year, so it will he hard to get used to that.” he said.
Purdum plans to stay close to chamber work both here and in other communities He will do consulting work for some other chambers, as well as work with the New Braunfels chamber to ease the transition to new leadership
"We have an agreement here that I will be a consultant to help out I’ll maintain an office in the building,” Purdum said. Getting the next legislative conference off the ground w ill be a one of Purdum’s primary tasks, he said. Purdum will continue to lend his expertise in the areas of
End of the Road
American Little League season ends at district championship game.
See Page 6A.
Bulverde residents see progress in fight against concrete plant
By DENISE DZIUK
Bulverde residents traveled to Austin on Tuesday to fight a proposed concrete plant in Bulverde and the residents consider it a major victory-
Ingram ReadyMix plans to open a batch concrete plant at the intersection of Highway 2Kl and TM IX63 Many local residents are opposed to the plant, fearing it will cause water, air, and traffic hazards An informal hearing was held w ith the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to determine who would receive party status for the
formal state air permit hearing, w hich is tentatively set for September 7. Groups with party status are then allowed to present a case at the formal hearing, said Kate Mathis, organizer of C L.L A N. (Citizens l eague for Environmental Awareness Now),
At the hearing, party status was awarded to a couple In mg in v ery close proximity to the proposed site. However, the residents also wanted a citizens group to be awarded status to protect their own rights, said Mathis.
“They could settle, and settle for less,” she said. “We wanted a group that would represent more of us to get status.”
Mathis said the group was als*.) pleased with the
if you have a politician on your side, you can get things done.’
— Kate Mathis
date of the hearing. She said it would allow the group more time to collect ev idence and to form a case against the company.
“We need to stall until we can get all our ducks in a row We want to have the strongest case possible when we go to the hearing," Mathis said.
Mathis said the group is also very disappointed in the lack of interest on the part of the county She read a statement from another member, w hich stated that the I N KCC said the county could stop the construction at any time.
“It’s all political, lf you have a politician on your side, you can get things done,” Mathis -sud However. Mathis >aid her group is not giving up the tight and w ill take it as tar as they have to.
“It’ll cost him a lot of money for the hearing, because we’re not giv mg up or letting the pressure off,” she said.
Bruce Ingram, Sr. refused to comment on the hearing or the pending construction of the plant.
Thrills & Spills
A ride down the Guadalupe River can be full of-surprises See Page Bl.
The survey says...
It’s a unanimous decision as readers support the death penalty.
See Page 4A for poll results and this week’s question on drug testing for student athletes.
The end of an era
Tom Purdum steps down as president of Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce
New Braunfels **« ,3UM>AY
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38 Pages in three sections B Sunday, July 2, 1995 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years B Home of MICHAEL BOATRIGHT Vol. 143, No. 166
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The gav el has passed.
Tom Purdum, w hose name has been sy nonymous w uh the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce for 30 years, stepped down as president of the chamber Friday. Fxecutive Vice President Michael Meek steps in as president effective immediately.
"When I came here our budget was about SI5.000 a year. I had one secretary and mc,” Purdum said. “Certainly a lot of things have happened through the years.”
"I do have mixed feelings,” Purdum viid. "Certainly I will miss being iii the middle of a lot of the activities.”
l iv mg and breathing the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce has been Purdum’s way of life
Employees at the new Target store at Walnut Plaza Shopping Center, are busy putting the merchandise out on the floor in preparation for the grand opening later this month.
Above, Jennifer Laubach, Ben Stouffer, and Sean Preuss stock shelves.
At right, Elaine Campbell hangs shirts.
City crime rate down seven percent from last year
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
There was some good news in the May stats compared to last year Total criminal offenses this May were down from 55S to 519. That's almost seven percent. Total arrests including driving while intoxicated, however, were up 20 percent this May from May of last year from 201 in May 1994 to 254 in May 1995.
New Braunfels Police investigated almost IO percent less traffic accidents this May than last, down from 213 in 1994 to 191 in 1995. NBPD investigated no traffic fatalities this May.
Burglaries are down dramatically this year, about 49 percent. Last May saw 73 burglaries while the NBPl) investigated only 37 this May. More vehicles than buildings were burglarized this May 22 vehicle burglaries. That is the norm, said New Braunfels Police officials New Braunfels Police. Tire and LMS received a total of 3,61b calls for serv ice during May 1995.
New Braunfels Police 911 dispatchers have to deal with a lot of false alarms, according to NBPD May 1995 statistics. In fact 205 out of 1.195 calls they took were hang-ups or mis-dials, almost 20 percent.
Pilot picks it up and goes home
New Braunfels police scrambled A quick investigation turned up
to the scene of a reported plane the fact that the plane that crashed crash at the Sundance Golf Course was a remote-controlled model that at about 7:30 p.m. y esterday . But struck an electrical transformer, and the first officers on the scene could the ow ner had already picked up not find the reported (laming debris, the pieces and gone home.
tourism and industrial development.
Not just Purdum’s continued involvement hut Michael Meek's expertise and experience will keep the chamber moving forward on a smooth path.
“I w ant to step out of the way and let our new president, Mr. Meek, take the Meek helm,” Purdum said.
"I’m still very honored to have been chosen tis take over this position and I sincerely appreciate the support offered to me by the Board of Directors of the chamber," Meek said.
Hiring Meek internally with his seven years of New Braunfels C hamber experience goes a long way to ensure a smooth transition. Meek said
Meek has worked w uh tourism, industrial development and other committees already. “My learning curve, hopefully, will be much shorter,” he said.
Meek shares Purdum’s perception of the chamber's mission. “The chamber’s purpose is to promote the civic and commercial progress of the community." Meek said, “and we are here to work together and improve the economic, civ ie and cultural well-being of Greater New Braunfels.”
“I think it takes a marriage between the private and the public sector to make a community prosper,'” Purdum said. It s to the advantage of the local public sector to take full advantage of all the chamber has to offer, he said.
“We’ve got a long history of doing thing> for the city and the county and the school systems," Purdum said.