New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas
Supreme Court rules against nativity scene
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court ruled Monday that some government-sponsored religious displays are permissible as long as they do not have “the effect of promoting or endorsing religious
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Severe storms drive residents from homes
Flood waters kept hundreds from their homes Monday in three Southern states, and a storm packing 90 mph winds raced across Texas, uprooting trees and chasing Shakespearean actors from an outdoor stage in
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Vol. 137, No. 167Tuesday
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (USPS 377-880) 512-625-9144July 4, 1989 25 CentsOne Section, 12 Pages
Parade Firework fun
It may be hot outside, but that won’t stop the folks of Comal County from celebrating the nation’s independence.
New Braunfels Jaycees will again present the annual fireworks extravaganza at about 9 p.m. tonight. Approximately $10,000 in community donations went toward the purchase of the fireworks.
The best spot for sjicctators to park and sit are the Prince Solms tube chute parking lot and the old tennis courts near the Wurstfest grounds. Fireworks will be detonated near the 16th tee of the golf course, so spectators will best see the display if they face the Schlitterbahn castle.
To minimize danger to the spectators and damage to the golf course, the public is urged not to view the fireworks from any of the Landa Park golf course areas.
Schlitterbahn Water Park celebrates its 10th anniversary on the lational holiday. Live music will be provided by Flashback and Alan Hines and the County Line Band. The Bobby Cordell Magic Show is scheduled for three afternoon shows and one evening show. The 17 water slides, seven tube chutes, three swimming pools and the new family wave pool will be open from 9:30 am. to 11:00 p.m. today. Tickets are available at the Bier Haus, Century 21, Landa Station, Librado’s and Robar’s for S6. lf bought at the door, the tickets will cost $9.75.
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Police arrest youth in high-speed chase
A juvenile was arrested Sunday morning after he and a driver led New Braunfels and San Marcos police officers on a high-speed chase.
New Braunfels police received a call from San Marcos police around 4 a.m. Sunday that two males had stolen a 1983 GMC pickup and that officers should be on the lookout.
“Officers set up on the interstate and observed the vehicle and attempted to pull him over on the interstate and when they activated lights, the guys cinched down in their seatbelts and took off,” said New Braunfels Police Department spokesman Martin Mayer.
The vehicle was southbond on Interstate 35.
When officers attempted to go around the pickup on the
left side, the driver of the stolen vehicle swerved to run the officer off the road. The driver then went onto Ruckle Road and Loop 337, still attempting to force the officers off the road, Mayer said.
The driver of the stolen vehicle then ran into a field where officers chased them for several minutes. Then the two males exited the truck, he said.
“They subdued the passenger — that’s a juvenile — and they attempted to pursue the driver but they lost him in the field,” Mayer said.
Canine units from San Antonio and San Marcos police departments searched for the driver for several hours, he said.
Veterans recall days of combat
New Braunfels Jaycees again are presenting the annual fireworks extravaganza at about 9 p.m. tonight. The best spot for spectators to park and sit are the Prince Solms tube chute parking lot and the old tennis courts near the Wurstfest grounds. Fireworks will be detonated near the 16th tee of the golf course, so spectators will best see the display if they face the Schlitterbahn castle. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Despite barbecue, fireworks and family fun, the Fourth of July is a day to remember how 213 years ago the Declaration of Independence was adopted after a fight for independence.
Local veterans say July 4th is a day to remember their days in combat.
“It means a rededication and certainly a remembrance,” said Clyde Jacobs, who served two tours in Vietnam. ‘There’s a lot of similarities between the fireworks I see in the sky and the fireworks that I was exposed to while flying combat in Vietnam. It docs bring back memories, mostly fond ones, of some wonderful people that I met over there.”
Ixroy Van 7andt served 22 years in the Navy and was stationed near the Gulf of Tonkicn during the Vicuiam War.
When asked what the Fourth of July meant to him, he said, “Freedom and independence. A lot of go<xl people died to preserve that freedom and independence .”
Van Zandt saw sonic of those people die when he was stationed on the U.S.S. Oriskany, an aircraft carrier. The ship was “blown up dead in the water” in cither 1966 or 1968 (he wasn’t sure which year) by jct fighter planes called “migs.” As Van Zandt
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Gramm sees flag as nation’s symbol
A recent Supreme Court decision allowing desecration of the American flag is being fought by President George Bush, and U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm of Texas plans to follow.
“If somebody wants to jump up and say I am an idiot they have a right to do that. If they want to bum the President’s picture or they want to bum a map of the United States they’ve got a right to do that,” Gramm said. “But, in my mind the flag is the national symbol and they do not have a right to desecrate the flag.”
Gramm discussed flag burning and other decisions facing Congress en route to the New Braunfels Airport Saturday after making
a speech at the Comal County Courthouse about die national drug problem.
The Supreme Court ruled last week flag-burning is protected under the First Amendment right to free speech.
“I don’t see that has anything to do with freedom of speech,” Gramm said. “The court decision is not the final word. It is the final word as to what the law means, but it is not the final word as to what the law is.”
The senator pointed out the student protestors in China weren’t burning the American flag but building a “statue of liberty.”
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Brothers argue during float trip
Charges expected in stabbing
Comal County Sheriff’s office authorities possibly will obtain a warrant for the arrest of a 21-year-old Smithville man who allegedly stabbed his brother while both were floating down the Guadalupe River Saturday.
“They got into an argument ... die brother took out a knife and cut him in
the upper diigh,” said Sgt. Detective Dennis Koepp. “Upon furthei investigation, I’m sure there will be an arrest.”
The incident occurred at approximately 5 p.m. along River Road.
transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital where he was treated and released.
The suspect faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, Koepp said.
The victim was 20 years old and Smithville is in Bastrop County.
Cars collide at intersection
Driver’s inattention and failing to yield right of way were listed as contributing factors to a two-car accident Saturday afternoon at the comer of Texas 46 and Interstate 35.
The accident occurred approximately 1:15 p.m. when Brian Childers, 22, of Seagoville, Texas, turned his 1984 Monte Carlo left in front of the 1989 Cadillac Sedan de Ville driven by Alvin James Moore, 64, of Ontario, Canada.
Childers was heading north on Texas 46 while Moore was driving south on the same highway at the time.
New Braunfels Police Officer Robert Diaz was at the scene shortly after the accident.
No serious injuries were incurred. The two drivers indicated to Diaz they would receive treatment for their minor injuries at a later time. ^
Airport geared up for show
By STEPHANIE DAVIS Staff Writer
Stunt pilots and aircraft dating back to World War II will be at New Braunfels Municipal Airport July 8 as New Braunfels Aviation gears up for its first airshow.
And airshow officials promise visitors lots of entertainment, excitement and food for the entire family.
“We’re just doing it for the com munity and to let people know the air field is here and to try to generate some enthusiasm,” said air shov* director Bernie Coleman.
Show plans include a static displa y of various types of aircraft includin g the Confederate Air Force, military, World War II, experimental, antiqu e and new craft. Stunt pilots, wing
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Various types of airplanes will be on display this weekend at New Braunfels Municipal Airport during New Braunfels Aviation’s first airshow. (Photo by Deryl Clark)
Officers STEP in on traffic
In an effort to slop drunk drivers and make the roadways safer in the Canyon Lake area the Texas Department of Public Safety is trying three months of a Selective Traffic Enforcement Program.
“We’re trying to be sure people have safe vacations and weekends over there by trying to detect and apprehend drunk drivers ... in the New Braunfels area,” said Seguin’s DPS Sgt. Gilbert Lozano.
Seguin troopers will be assisting New Braunfels DPS with the Comal County STEP program. The program is funded by the federal government. Troopers, on their days off, can work STEP and receive additional pay. “These are additional hours trying to address a problem,” he said.
“We’re assisting the troopers in
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There’s a slight chance of late afternoon showers today, but it shouldn’t dampen the Independence Day celebrations. The high today will be a hot HK) degrees. The overnight low will be 75 degrees. The forecast includes a slight chance of afternoon showers for the next couple of days along with highs near 99 dcgrccs and lows near 75 degrees.
Several public offices and businesses arc closed today in commemoration of the Fourth ol July.
Offices in the Comal County Courthouse, Comal Appraisal District and New Braunfels City Hall are closed, as arc the New Braunfels and Comal independent school district offices, along with the tax offices.
New Braunfels Utilities is closed and customers may use die night deposit box today for bill payments. Emergencies can be reported by calling 625-8564.
Residents’ garbage will be picked up during the regularly scheduled time on Tuesday.
TTie New Braunfels Herald-/chung offices also arc closed. Herald phone lines will be open this morning from 8 to IO a.m. for diose who did not receive their newspaper....
Additional immunization times at the Comal County Health Department have been set for July to facilitate those who need diem to enroll in or to return to school. They are as follows: July 5, July 12, July 19, July 25 and July 31, from 9 to ll a.m. and I to 4 p.m. and July 24 from 8:30 a.m. to I p.m. In Bulverde, appointments may be made on July 21 by contacting the Health Department at 620-5595. The Healdi Department is located in the Courthouse on Main Plaza...
The Gcrman-Texan Heritage Society, an affiliate of the Society for German-American Studies, will conduct its lith annual convention Sept. 8-10 in San Antonio. Headquarters will be the Mcnger Hotel, 204 Alamo Plaza. For more information, call 512-280-3351 or write the GUS, P.O. Box 262, Manchaca, Texas 78652.
The program for this year’s convenuon will include a history of early German business and archaeology in the San Antonio arca. There will be perspectives on historical preservation and views on the future of Texas-German relations. For genealogy buffs, there will be a session on German records available in the
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