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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 3, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas LLL! BIST AVAILABLE COPY 25 Cents Vol. 139, No. 162 SO-WES't    2>F Wednesday July 3, 1991 •VX    7" — Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / Home of T.A. Williams Two Sections, 20 Pages Stammtisch Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Meta Hcinemeyer, Brad-ey “Buck” Arnold, Martha 7rcudenbcrg, Elke Robinson, Josie Rivera, Mathew Scott Hernandez, Robert A. Rodriguez, Irma Castil* leja, Irineo Torres Jr. and Richard A. Torres. Belated birthday wishes to Pete losales and Rene Garcia Jr.. ‘Happy anniversary” today to donald and Cathy Pape, Louis and )ora Gonzales, Dick and Kathie Coegle and Eusebio and Jobita 5crez. Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings. July 4 activities Get ready for a patriotic, red, white and blue good time in New Braunfels this July 4 as organizations sponsor a number of family activities. After the parade downtown, activities will be held gt the Comal County Fairgrounds and the American Legion Comal Post #179 at 410 W. Coll St. Beginning at ll a.m. at the Post, members will be serving up sausage dinners. Post members are later sponsoring a western dance from 7 p.m. to midnight with music provided by Texas Country. For more information call 625-0179. Watermelon fest Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department is sponsoring a fundraising watermelon fest July 6 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the comer of Farm-to-Market 306 and Farm-to-Market 2673 in Canyon City, right on the walkway between the horseshoe tubing run. Watermelon will be sold at $1 a slice. Celebrate America Christian Women’s Club in New Braunfels is sponsoring a “Celebrate America” picnic Tuesday, July 9 from IO a.m. to noon at the Krueger Ranch located on Farm-to-Market 1863. Cost is $2. A parade of fashions will be presented by original hats made by guests, joined by singing. For reservations call 629-0070 or 620-5217. For nursery call 620-0337. Red Cross Red Cross volunteers are reminded to turn in money for the July 9 banquet by July 3. The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Holiday Inn. Enter tai nment will be provided by “South Texas Sound.’ Water aerobics New Braunfels Parks and Recre alien Department is sponsoring water aerobics classes at Landa Park pool on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings from 8-9. For more information call 625-9295 or 935-2843. Book sale Friends of Ditilingcr Memorial Library are collecting used paperback and hardbound books, videos, records and puzzles for the annual October book sale. Gel those over stuffed bookshelves cleaned out Donations directly benefit the library through acquisitions anc programs funded by the Friends Bring donations to die library or S— STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2 Partly cloudy conditions with a slight chance for afternoon or evening thundershowers color the forecast for today and Independence Day. Highs in the low to mid-90s, lows in the low to mid-70s and southeast winds at about IO mph are anticipated. Tuesday’s high in New Braunfels was 92 and the overnight low was 71. For more weather information, please see Page 2A. In a Id*: CLASSIFIED  .........4-9B COMICS..................................BA CROSSWORD........................JA DEAR ABBY..........................2B ENTERTAINMENT..................BA HOROSCOPE.........................BA KALEIDOSCOPE.................1-4B OPINIONS...............................4A PRIME TIME...........................BA SPORTS...........................10-11A TV LISTINGS..........................SA WEATHER..............................2A ft *    * ■, Aaa IB San Antonio man arrested in homicide rn Billye Henry, center, snips tt& ribbon officially opening Schlit-terbahn’s Surfenburg addition. She is flanked by her husband Bob Henry and daughter Jana Wilkinson, director of marketing. In the foreground are San Antonio chamber representatives; in the background are, from left, Mayor James Goodbread, Rep. Edmund Kuempel and New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Chairman Manard Ivy. Surfenburg developer Gary Henry, left, chats with a well-wisher during the festivities. Please see related photo on Page 2A. By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer A 22-ycar-old San Antonio man was arrested early today in connection with the homicide of a San Antonio man whose body was found Tuesday along Farm-to-Market 306 near New Braunfels. An autopsy Tuesday by the Travis County medical examiner revealed that Daniel Rios, 28, of San Antonio died of several severe blows to the head, Comal County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Wayne Hoherz said. Steve L. Stewart Jr., 22, of the 300 block of Gray Street in San Antonio, was arrested about 3 a.m. in San Antonio by San Antonio police detectives, Hoherz said. Comal County Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Doc Blanchard this morning issued a murder arrest warrant and set bail at $250,000, Hoherz said. At press time, Comal County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. David On and Detective James Emory were having the suspect arraigned in San Antonio before bringing him back to the Comal County jail, Hoherz said. The body was found by Perdcnalcs Electric Co-op workers about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday a few feet west of FM 306, about thrcc-lcnths of a mile north See BODY, Pag* 2A Schurz details program on cutting dropout risk Henry family honored at Surfenburg opening By JANINE GREEN Managing Editor Ceremonies conducted Tuesday evening served not only to open a water park bul to honor the Henry family for its development. Several hundred people gathered at Surfenburg, the latest in a long line of water amusement areas associated with Schlitterbahn Resort and Waterpark. It is located on the Comal River between Lincoln and San Antonio streets on Ute old Camp Wamccke property. Joining representatives of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce in the festivities were New Braunfels city officials and Comal County officials. Local chamber chairman Manard Ivy praised Schlitler-bahn developer Bob Henry and his family, including sons Gary Henry and Jeff Henry and daughter Jana Wilkinson, for the “ingenuity and entrepreneurship dial truly repre sent the American Way." After comments by State Rep. Edmund Kuempel and San Antonio chamber officials. Gary Henry welcomed guests to the park and described its development. “On March 8, the paper work was signed and dial same afternoon we broke ground. That was 116 days ago," he said. Schlitterbahn takes its name from the German words meaning “slippery road," but Gary Henry’s persistence despite a spring with bcttcr-lhan-avcragc rainfall kept the development on course. Hic new park area lived up to assurances of a pre-July Fourth opening. He also offered die guests a look at or a ride on Boogie Balm, “the world’s first fixed-wave boogie board and inner tube surfing contraption.” Tile water park first opened in 1979 with four water slides. It has been gradually expanded and now is the state’s largest. Schlitterbahn and its affiliated companies employ more than I,(HK) persons. By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees met Tuesday night for its monthly study session. The board heard a report on a proposed pilot program to be conducted at Carl Schurz Elementary aimed at helping at-risk students. These arc students who arc candidates for dropping out of school because of factors like neglect or substance abuse. The presentation was made to the board by Al Gonzalez, a teacher of emotionally disturbed students at Schurz, and Jane McDonald, principal. “Eighty-five percent of all inmates at TDC (Texas Department of Corrections) didn’t finish high school,” Gonzalez said. The program proposes a process for helping at-risk students by developing and expanding a continuum of resources that would be available in the school and the community, he said. “Teacher training would begin as soon as we get die funding approved,” McDonald said. “We’re worried about the student’s who arc falling through the cracks of the current system.” Hic program will be supplemented with funds from the Texas Education "Eighty-five percent of all inmates at TDC didn't finish high school." Association and will be evaluated continuously by Texas AAM. “This program looks so good that AAM wants its name on it,” Superintendent Charles Bradbcrry said. “The program will include longterm tracking of the kids,” Gonzalez said. Parental involvement is also a big part of the program, he said. “This is admirable work,” Trustee Bob Clarke said. ‘These two people have done a lot of hard work on this program.” The item will be placed on the agenda of the next board meeting for possible approval, officials said. The board also approved die new handbook for Scclc Elementary for the 1991-92 school year. Changes included the extended school calender as mandated by die legislature and insertion of a welcome statement from new principal Linda Schlather. Once again, no one took advantage of the chance to address the board at the monthly open forum. The next regular meeting ol the NBISD Board of Trustees will be July 16. State lists July 4 highway construction AUSTIN (AP) — July 4 travelers should encounter only a few slowdowns on highways as a result of construction, the state highway department announced. In downtown Dallas, motorists should expect an hour’s delay on Interstate 30. Also, along Interstate 30, crews will be working near the Interstate 35 junction, and traffic at limes will be restricted to one lane in each direction, the department said Tuesday, In the Panhandle, the department said, motorists should use extreme caution at the intersection of Texas 6 and U.S. 287 in Hardeman County. Southbound traffic along U.S. 287 has been moved to the northbound lanes for a six-mile stretch near Acme, and only one lane in each direction will be open on U.S. 287 near Quanah. Drivers in Houston should anticipate construction on U.S. 59 between Beltway 8 and Shepherd Dnve, and crews will be working on Interstate 45 between Airport Boulevard and Dixie Farm Road, the department said. Travelers on Interstate 35 should take note of construction near Waxahachie and Waco, with traffic occasionally funneled to one lane in each direction, the department said. In the Beaumont area, work on the interchange at Interstate IO and North U.S. 69 will cause westbound traffic lo be reduced to one lane. Fire marshal cautions on fireworks Good Day By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer People using fireworks inside the city of New Braunfels may gel shot down this year, according to Elroy Friesenhahn, city fire marshal, “We will have staff units patrolling the city, trying to apprehend fireworks users,” he said. “There is a possibility we will be issuing citations.” There is a $200 fine for possession or use of fireworks in the city, he said. The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that children under 19 years old suffered three of every five fireworks injuries. Children are four times more likely than adults to be injured by fireworks as adults over 24 years old, the commission said. “I strongly recommend that people watch the public displays,” Friesenhahn said. “The price is right and they’re safe ” The Suite Fire Marshal’s Office lists tai recommendations for using fireworks as safely as possible: • Purchase fireworks only from a licensed vendor that displays a SHMO license certificate. Independence Day The offices of the New Braurfels Herald /tining, like banks, govern mental offices and many local firms, will be closed Thursday. A morning edition of die Herald is scheduled for delivery by 7:30 a m. Phone lines for missed papers will be in operation from 7 to 9 am. at 625-9144. A full day of events is planned by die Welcome Home Troops Committee, Sophienburg Museum and Archives and New Braunfels Jaycees. For a schedule of events and participants, see Page 7A. • Remember that many cities (including New Braunfels) regulate the possession and use of fireworks. • Never let children use fireworks Always designate a responsible, sober adult to ignite the fireworks. • Use fireworks outdoors only, in a clear area away from houses and flammable materials, such as grass, trees, gasoline cans or wooden decks. Be sure that the fireworks, especially aerial fireworks, will not contact or land on potentially dangerous objects, such as power lines or automobiles. • Keep a bucket of water nearby while setting off fireworks. Use the waler to douse any malfunctioning fireworks or accidental fires and to immerse minor bums. • Keep everyone, especially children under 15 years old, a safe distance away from the area where the fire works are ignited. • Read and follow the directions exacdy. lf you don’t understand the instructions, don’t take a chance by lighting the firework. • Never touch a firework after it has been lit. If the firework malfuncuons, do not try to relight it or pick it up. Carefully douse all used fireworks with water. • Never experiment with fireworks. Don’t take fireworks apart or mix anything with the contents. Never make fireworks at home. Don’t set off fireworks in metal, glass or other types of containers. • After you have finished lighting fireworks, cool the remains with water. Then collect all used materials and put them in a metal container. Cover with water again to reduce the chance of an accidental fire. “My main concern is safety,” Fnesenhahn said, reemphasizing that fireworks possession or use is illegal in New Braunfels. “We don’t want to gel anyone into trouble but we will confiscate fireworks and issue citations ” i I Motorists in the Lubbock area should anticipate lane closures along south Loop 289 and construction along Interstate 27 near downtown. Northbound U.S. 87 will be detoured through Lubbock, die department said. There also will be sporadic lane closures along Interstate 20 in Van Zandt and Gregg counties. $300 OOO_ $225.000_ s' 'N $150,000_ $75 000 _ $0____ Contributions totaling $1,400 since Sunday push the “temperature” at the new Senior s Center of Comal County to $239,400. For a list of latest contributors, see Page 5A. ;