New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
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Water’s low; business slow
By Ron Maloney and Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writers
Business during the Fourth of July holiday weekend hasn’t been everything people might have hoped — although with fewer folks making the tube trip down the Guadalupe River, tourist revenues won’t be the only thing that is down.
Local law enforcement officials Monday afternoon reported no serious incidents such as the major injuries or rock-throwing melee that marred the Memorial Day weekend.
But at around 8:30 p.m., a man was injured when someone allegedly intentionally ran him dowp rn an incident that stemmed from
Council members Robert Kendrick and Debbie Flume give their analysis of weekend behavior./5A
a fight on Gruene Road, in front of Rockin’ R River Rides.
Injured was a San Antonio man, about age 19, who was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital. His friend, Kyle Young, 19, of Dallas, said the driver of a blue/green Jeep Cherokee attempted to run the pair down as they were walking on grass in front of Rockin’ R. The incident grew out of a fight a short time before that had been broken up by police, Young said.
“They drove out into the grass and tried to hit me and my friend. I guess he didn’t see
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Kyle Young talks to his friend after the two of them were
reportedly singled out for a hit and run at dusk Monday night on Gruene Road.
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Vol. 149 No. 163 14 pages in 2 sections July 4, 2000
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1850’s July Fourth; Four days OI rev
By Friedrich Hermann Seele Translated By Randy Rupley
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Editor’s note: The following is a description written in 1850 of New Braunfels’ first July Fourth festivities as observed by Friedrich Hermann Seele, major in the Confederate Army and mayor of the city during the Civil War. Seele also was a teacher, writer, district clerk, state legislator and postmaster. Recruited by Prince Carl, he accompanied the settlers’ wagon train to New Braunfels in 1845. His great-great grandson, Randy Rupley, is translating Seele’s diary from the years 1850 through 1852. In this passage, originally written in German, Seele is describing the culmination of four months of work to build the festival grounds and planting trees. The festival lasted several days with Seele leading one of two parades.
‘We had breakfast, played music, danced, sang and tapped wine from the keg and drank until five in the afternoon.’
Thursday, July 4,1850
The celebration began early this morning with cannon fire. At seven this morning I went to town, thankful I could make it down there. A small parade of singers and sharpshooters carried two flags to the market place.
Once there, songs were sung, the Declaration of Independence was read and after a
few toasts and cheers, the parade continued on to the Comal where the sharpshooters departed with friendly thanks for our accompaniment. They brought back the flag and departed. Rain shower. In the evening I revived in the company of the ladies. A young lady gave me a scarf, which I wore the entire day and often used. I drank cocoa.
I would have liked to have gone to eat with Miss Bianca; but a little too exhausted or disciplined, I stayed behind. After a short nap on a mat, back out in the parade with the singers.
Schon fiillten sich die Griinen Hallen,
Man sah die schonen Damen wallen,
Man horte bald die Propfen Knallen,
Und manches frohe Lied erschallen (Translation: Soon they came and filled the halls of green See the pretty ladies so serene,
Planning for a patriotic party
Dennis Rust takes an order Monday afternoon at Comal Drug. Pharmacies in town have been experiencing phone problems making it hard to reach insurance companies and fill prescriptions.
NB’s telephone problems persist
a significant portion of the traffic that comes in and out of the city there,” Izbrand said.
Phone service was restored about 11 a.m. Friday, but trouble continued over the weekend. Customers experienced problems with Caller-ID on Saturday and phone service remained intermittent through Monday.
It was hard to identify a specific area of town or phone numbers where the problems occurred, Izbrand said. Problems were isolated depending on the amount of traffic in and out of the New Braunfels switch, he said.
“Between that failure and where we are now, there continue to be malfunctions in the system that technicians are trying to work out,” he said.
Pharmacies did their best to help their customers’ who couldn’t wait for their medication.
“It’s a tough situation,” Rust said. “There’s been situations that we’ve had in the last few days where we’ve had to kind of take it on the chin and hope that everything turns out all right.
“We didn’t have a choice. If people had to have something that was very critical, we just went ahead and did it on tile hope that there wouldn’t be a problem.”
The phone problem appeared to have mostly cleared up by Monday afternoon, according to Scott Schumann, pharmacist for Landa Pharmacy. The phones haven’t been completely out since Friday, he said, but the pharmacy still was unable to call doctors outside of New Braunfels on Monday.
Landa Pharmacy also looked for ways to help its customers even though their insurance coverage and
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Jerry and Susan Sonier are preparing for the big birthday bash. Not only is it the country’s birthday, but it also happens to be Jock’s (the couple’s border collie) first birthday. The Soniers and friends will watch the fireworks in Landa Park from their own yard, just up the hill from the park. For a complete listing of today’s celebrations, see 2A.
Local pharmacies, others, endure fourth day of trouble
By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer
Local pharmacies helped their customers as much as possible Monday as New Braunfels suffered through a fourth day of telephone difficulties.
The unreliable Southwestern Bell service wreaked havoc on pharmacy services unable to verify insurance coverage and co-payments online.
The pill was bitter for patients and pharmacists alike.
“That process cannot happen, and it hasn't been able to happen hardly at all since Friday afternoon,” said Dennis Rust, pharmacist manager at Comal Drug.
“There were a few people who just elected to just try to go to San Antonio.”
Some patients had to decide whether to wait to have their prescriptions filled or pay for the medicine in full and seek reimbursement from their insurance companies, he said.
The phones were working better by Monday afternoon, and the pharmacy was playing catch-up to fill its orders, Rust said.
New Braunfels’ phone woes began Friday, when service to an estimated 29,000 to 31,000 telephone customers was disrupted.
A switch in the New Braunfels central office failed along with a backup system, according to Southwestern Bell spokesman Joe Izbrand.
“There are two switches in the New Braunfels central office. Unfortunately, the one that failed handles