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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Close call on river SUNDAYPeanut butter sandwiches feed athlete’s success - P.11 75 CENTS inside I Economic indicators show continued growth Weather...... ........2A Opinion...... ........4A Letters........ ........5A Sports....... .....10-12 A Milestones____ ..... 3-4B I STAMMTISCH Birthday wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Leon Van Nortwick, Jodi McCullough (Monday), Chad McCullough (Saturday), Jerry Seeger, Christa Crumrine, Robin Fiebrich, Diana Young, Jamie Gomez (belated), Maura Vela (belated), Jennifer CastUleja, Isabel Hernandez (belated). Happy Anniversary to Tom A Marsha Riesling (25 yean). Lodge hosts Deputy Grand Master The New Braunfels Masonic Lodge #1109,1157 W. San Antonio St., will have a Stated Communication, Tuesday, July 13 at 7:30 p.m. District Deputy Grand Master Kellis D. Moore of the Grand Lodge of Texas will make his official visit at the meeting. Members and Masonic visitors are "rged to attend. Christian Women’s Club luncheon set The New Braunfels Christian Women's Club will hold its monthly luncheon at Woodlands Country Cub at Canyon Lake at 12 p.m. Tuesday, July 13. The special feature will be a hat contest - most elegant, most original, funniest. Featured speaker will be Marsha Wall, •principal of the New Braunfels Christian Academy. For reservations, call 620-5205 or 629-2995. For free nursery, call 620-5929. Hop. Kuompel moves Austin office State Representative Edmund Kuempel (R-Seguin) will move his office from the Capitol to the State Board of Insurance Building, room 203, effective immediately. The move, prompted by the State Capitol Renovation Project, will be temporary. Completion of the renovation is expected by December, 1994. Rep. Kuempel may be contacted by writing P.O. Box 2910, Austin, Texas 78768-2910 or by calling 512-463-0602. The State Board of Insurance Building is located to the east of the Capitol at the comer of San Jacinto and 11th Streets. FBC Canyon Lake 'Summer shins1 sat "Summcrshine" will be the theme for Vacation Bible School, set for July 12 through 16 at First Baptist Church of Canyon Lake. Activities and study are planned for children age three through sixth grade. Featured will be Bible stories and study, crafts, and much more as the carnival theme "Summershine" fun continues through the week. For further information, call 964-3457. Stammtisch (The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, 'Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for members of die community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.) Printed on recycled paper Year-to-date figures reveal 29% increase in single family building permits By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer_ Economic indicators for the New Braunfels area show continued growth in single-family homes and professional buildings. Single family building permits issued in May 1993 are 23.1 percent higher than those issued in May 1992. Permits issued are up from 13 to 16 compared to last year. In addition, year-to-date figures show an increase of 29.1 percent in single-family permits. This is up from 55 during this time last year to 71 this year. New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Michael Meek said this increase is significant especially since die number of permits in the county has doubled Comal County permits for singlefamily dwellings have increased from 81 to 177 year to date, an increase of 109.1 percent. Year-to-date permits have increased from 81 to 177, and increase of 118.5 percent. The benefits of the growth are varied, according to Meek. “It give use increased tax revenue and more dollars will come into the community and be circulated around,” he said. Meek said this is not necessarily unique to this area but New Braunfel’s numbers are much high than the state increase. “Texas overall is having an increase. We are coming out of the problems we had in the mid to late 1980s.. .We’re (New Braunfels) located in the Austin/San Antonio corridor. It will be a hot place for the next decade and into the 21st century,” he said. Permits for commercial, industrial and professional buildings in the city of New Braunfels have also increased with two permits being issued this May compared to one last year. However, year-to-date, the numbers have shown a minor decrease from six to five. Meeks said the May increase does not mean a whole lot at this point. ‘To get a good reading, we would have to look over a whole year. Last year, we had a good year. This year we are staying up to that,” he said. Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Now Braunfels EMS personnel ss wsll ss Canyon Lake Firs Department responded to a drowning report at approximal 4 pan. Friday afternoon at the 2nd crossing on tho Guadalupe River. Amie Robinson, a 17-year-old female tuber from Longview, Texas, ares under water for approximately five minutes, was resucttated by bystanders near the river and later taken via AlrUfs to a San Antonio hospital where she was treated and released. Robinson recovered and even came by the Horold-Zoltung office Saturday night asking for a copy of this edition. New Braunfels youth arrested in connection with Saturday morning fire at NOW facility By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer A 17-year-old New Braunfels resident was arrested and charged with arson Saturday morning in connection with a fire that occurred at the New Opportunities and Ways School. Reynaldo Diaz, a resident at the facility, was arrested at approximately 3:30 a.m. Saturday. He is being held at the Comal County Jail on $20,000 bond. The school is located at 2250 Business Loop 35 in New Braunfels. Firefighters were called to the scene at approximately 12:04 a.m. Saturday. According to New Braunfels Fire Marshal John Herber, the fire was confined to the bottom floor in one bedroom and a laundry room. Herber said the investigation is still in the preliminary stages and he is not sure at this time what type of material was used to start the fire. The fire was set during the course of a civil disturbance, say officials. Herber said there was still some unrest at the facility when firefighters arrived. No injuries were reported to residents However, one firefighter was slightly injured while extinguishing the blaze but is reported to be fine at this time. Diaz was arraigned this morning by Justice of the Peace David Perkins. The New Opportunities and Ways school is a educational facility and residential halfway house for males. Drowning investigation continues at Canyon Lake By JENNIFER ROMPEL Buff Writer_ An investigation into the possible drowning of a Florida man at Canyon Lake is ongoing, according to deputies at the Comal County Sheriff s Office Gregory Roland Samsel, of West Palm Beach, Fla., disappeared last Saturday while he was swimming in the lake. According to Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz, deputies are still watching the surface to see if Samsel’s body rises. Reports show, Samsel was at Comal Park with friends last weekend arx! was reported missing by friends on Sunday. He was last seen at 9 a m. Saturday. Deputies conducted a diving search on Monday and Sunday. The search ended Monday afternoon. The search was ended because divers were having a difficult time seeing in the water because of trot lines. According to reports, there are no witnesses who can say whether or not Samsel actually entered the water. Deputies say Samsel and his girlfriend were staying at the park-. Reports show Samsel’s friend and girlfriend spent the night at the park and did not call to report Samsel missing until 9 a m. Sunday. City council meeting scheduled for Monday night at city hall From staff reports & Herald Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Holy matrimony in the Guadalupe! A wedding Joining together Jerry Mane of Dallas (groom, third from right) and Teresa Reid of Mesquite (left) took place et 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning IN th# Guadalupe River. The service wee conducted by Rev. Orville Guinn of New Braunfels while Chuck Wharton (second from right) wee Beet Men end Candy and Tammy McLain ware Maids of Honor. Rev. Guinn said that he has performed three weddings In the river so far this year. The New Braunfels City Council will hold its regular meeting at 7:30 pm. Monday at Room D of the Municipal Building at 424 S. Casten Ave. Items to be discussed will include the 1994 proposed budget for the Comal Appraisal District, a request for approval of construction in the floodway of the Guadalupe River at River- crest Heights Other items include a consideration and approval of first reading of an ordinance by the city of New Braunfels conveying its interest in and to a portion of street right of way to the abutting owner and discussion and consideration of requests for use of public space right of way at 264 W. San Antonio St. and 185 S. Seguin Ave. COUNTDOWN: 519 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995 New Braunfels Herald-Zeitt_ 22 Pages in two sections ■ July 11,1993 Serving Comal County ■ Home of Leon Van Nortwick Vol. 141, No. 166 Today's Texas Lottery numbers are 8-25-27-32-38-45 Jackpot $3 million ;