New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 11, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAYNBISD hires two new coaches. See Sports Day, Page 5.
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Jessica Charles (13 years),
Jerry Seeger, Bill Hermes,
Jeraniie Hernandez (17 years), and happy belated birthday to Santos Meding. Happy anniversary to Dodo and Vivian Dietert.
River and aquifer information
Comal River — 308 cubic-feet-per-second, same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer — 625 96 feet above sea level, up .04 from yesterday.
Guadalupe River — not available
Hispanic Chamber hosts monthly mixer
The New Braunfels Hispanic Chamber of Commerce will host its first monthly mixer Thursday, July 13 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Adobe Cafe on Highway 81.
Business and Professional Women meet Wednesday
The New Braunfels Business and Professional Women will meet Wednesday, July 12 at the Holiday Inn. Social at 6:45 p.m., dinner and meeting at 7 p m. Guest speaker will be Mary Moore of Moore Consultants, who will speak on ‘How to Change Careers.1’ For information, call Brenda Sullivan at 625-4545.
Circle Arts helps music club
New Braunfels Music Club members and other interested parties may pick up tickets for the Circle Arts Theatre's July 13 performance of 'Hello, Dolly.' at Johnson's Furniture Store.
Tickets are $10. Profits from this performance will benefit the club s Music Scholarship Fund.
All you can eat barbecue
The Canyon Lake Masonic Lodge #1425 will hold an all you can eat barbecue July 15 from 11 a m to 2 p.m. at VFW Post 8573 in Sattler.
Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for children under 12 Public invited
Gruene Market Days this weekend
Historic Gruene Market Days will be July 15 and 16 from 10 a rn to 6 p.m. on the grounds of the Guadalupe Valley Winery.
More than 100 Texas artists offer everything from homemade hot sauce to hand carved furniture. Musical performances at Gruene Hall will include Tracy Lynn, Rotel and Hot Tomatoes and the Tailgates.
Republican Women to host Patriotic Luncheon
The New Braunfels Republican Women will host a Patriotic Luncheon July 17 in the home of Robert and Cristabell West (our newest U S citizen), 1220 Fox Glen in Gruene. Royal Masset from the Republican Party of Texas will be the guest speaker.
Guests are invited to wear patriotic colors to this “Appro- * ciate America" event. Join the fun at noon.
Two killed in plane crash
By DENISE DZIUK
Two men lost their lives Monday, when the experimental plane they were flying in experienced mechanical failure and crashed nose first in northwest Comal County.
Pilot, Richard Meyer, 47,of 2945 Bunker St., and Dante Goldson, 66, of North Charleston, South Caroline, took off from Bulverde Airport in Meyer’s Pulsar XP plane at about 3:55 p.m., said DPS Sgt. John Ritter.
“They had been in the air only a short time before the incident, it seems,” said Ritter.
Ritter said the plane was an experimental aircraft with a fiberglass body, which the FAA believes was built from a kit. He said the two-person plane only weighed about 530 pounds, and was completely destroyed in the crash. Ritter said the FAA told him many people just go for “joy flights” and are not required to make flight plans. He said that is probably what Meyer and Goldson were doing.
According to witnesses, the aircrafts engine started and stopped several times before it crashed nose first near Quail Hill Drive in Spring
‘They had been in the air only a short time before the incident, it seems.’
— DPS Sgt. John Ritter
Branch. Ritter said the wreckage was contained in a small area and was about 150 to 200 yards from the nearest home.
“It didn’t come close at all to any structures. It happened in an area that had some trees but that was it,” he said.
Both the pilot and his passenger died instantly. Goldson’s wife was staying in a motel in San Antonio. Ritter said he believes she contacted the Comal County Sheriff s Department after seeing a report of the accident on the local newscast.
“We were told when we were going out there that there was one fatality. We didn’t know about the second one until we got there,” he said.
Ritter said the FAA is still investigating the accident in an attempt to determine its cause, and the investigation could take some time.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The Federal Aviation Administration is investigating a fatal plane crash yesterday in southern Comal County.
The cure for the summertime blues
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels parents are starting to hear that eternal mid-summer complaint — I’m bored; there’s nothing to do. The New Braunfels Summer Recreation Program has die solution.
“The program is open to residents of New Braunfels within the city limits,” said New Braunfels Recreation Superintendent Usa Morris. Many area residents have the misconception that die program is only open to very low income children.
Although the program is geared toward families with incomes of $27,920 or less per year, 25 percent of those participating can come from any income level, she said. “We will accept above that income line,” Morris said. “With the grant we need 75 percent to be that line or below.”
Parks and rec planners have packed more activities into this summer’s program than ever before, Morris said.
Each week’s activities center around a theme. During Pioneer Week Southwest Texas State University drama students will present “The Bleeding Tree,” a play about Native Americans, Morris said. Kids will also see an Institute of Texan Cultures show on pioneers and a gardening demonstration.
Olympic Week will highlight athletics with children competing for ribbons in active events. J&R Gymnastics
Wheelchair races and wheelchair basketball let participants in the summer recreation program see things from the point of view of disabled people.
will treat kids to a gymnastics demonstration and Total Fitness will give a presentation on biathlons.
The New Braunfels Evening Rotary is sponsoring a traveling planetarium exhibit for Science and Nature Week, Morris said. “The park ranger is doing nature programs also," she said.
“The last week’s theme will be ‘Around the World,’” Moms said. Children will do crafts and play games relating to different countries, she said. Rennert World Travel will give a presentation on foreign countries and cultures.
Pace Setters will do a talk on personal development and self esteem during the last week also, Moms said.
Between educational programs children will play active games and take field trips to Landa Park to go swimming, she said.
“This year we added a little more of an educational component, and we really worked on trying to get topics that we thought would spark the interests of the kids,” Moms said.
For more information on the Summer Recreation Program, call the Landa Recreation Center at 608-2167.
Sparks fly as council tables bid to pay mayor’s legal bills
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Two teen-agers die in wreck
Smithson Valley High School students worked at Schlitterbahn
By DENISE DZIUK
A head-on collision west of New Braunfels left two people dead and one in critical condition Sunday evening.
David Cooke, 17, of Bulverde, was westbound rn a 1992 Geo on Highway 46, about 1.9 miles outside of New Braunfels at 4:55 p.m. Sunday. Cooke failed to negotiate a right curve and crossed into the Eastbound lane.
Cooke’s Geo collided with a 1984 Chevrolet motor home driven by Aaron Mills, of Brazoria.
Cooke and his passenger, Michelle Bryan, 16, of Bulverde were pronounced dead at the scene by Judge Diane Campos. Denise Rabino, 39, address unknown, was a passenger in the motor home. Rabino was transported to University Hospital, where she is iii Surgical Intensive Care, listed in critical condition.
Cooke, Bryan, and Rabino were all wearing seatbelts. The police report did not state whether Mills was wearing one.
Cooke was entering his senior year at Smithson Valley High School and Bryan was entering her junior year at SVHS. Both were residents at St. Jude’s Home, which is a residential home near Smithson Valley that provides foster care for individuals placed in their care by the courts, said Don Clark, Public Infor-
‘All of us are extremely saddened by this and their presence will be greatly missed. We send out our deepest sympathies to their families.’
— Terri Adams, Schlitterbahn general manager
mation Officer for the Comal Independent School District. The two were also employed at Schlitterbahn as lifeguards.
“All of us are extremely saddened by this and their presence will be greatly missed. We send out our deepest sympathies to their families,” said General Manager Tern Adams.
Sgt. John Ritter, with the Texas Department of Public Safety, said this is the first fatality in the rural area to occur on State Highway 46. Ritter said any time an individual is west of New Braunfels, the dnver must deal with hills, curves and heavy traffic on two-lane roads.
“With all this in mind, accidents will happen. These factors just make it worse," Riner said.
A divided city council tabled the decision whether to pay attorney fees for Paul E. Fraser Jr.’s defense against Gary Kahhg’s lawsuit. Fraser did not abstain from any voting on the payment of Nola* 's fees.
“I move that it be declined in that it is not a proper expenditure of taxpayer money,” Councilwoman Jan Kennady opened. Councilwoman Brenda Freeman seconded the motion.
Suits such as Kahlig’s threaten the election process. Mayor Pro-Tem Chris Bowers said. “I don’t think our election process should have to be held hostage to financial considerations,” he said.
Fraser won the suit in which Kahltg alleged Fraser had won the May/ 1994 election illegally. The suit named city election workers as well as Fras-> er and alleged that irregularities in the election procedure had resulted in Fraser’s beating Kahlig for the Dist. 4 city council seat.
City council tried to intervene in the suit and have the city attorney act as the defense lawyer. The judge in the case denied the city ’s right to intervene.
Attorney Ed Nolan then approached Fraser and offered to defend him free of charge, Nolan said. “This suit is not about the individuals,” Nolan said. “The suit was about the election process.” Attorney Atanacio Campos assisted Nolan in the defense.
The question whether the lawsuit was Fraser’s personal business or a defense of the city’s election process could go both ways, Councilman Tim Walker said. Opinions ran the gamut.
"Lawsuits like these — they discourage ordinary people like me from running,” Councilman Juan Luis Martinez said.
"I think we’re starting a terrible precedent," Kennady said. “We did not hire, we did not monitor. I didn’t even know Mr. Campos was working on this until we got the bill.”
“You could have been up front with us and said you would bill us in the end,” Kennady said.
Nolan read allegations from the original suit. The suit named city employees and their actions in the election process several times. “These are senous allegations,” Nolan said. “I think it’s going to send a message to the voters — don’t bother to vote.”
Kennady received a copy last Thursday of a letter Nolan wrote in October 1994 stating the possibility of eventually billing the city of New Braunfels for Fraser’s defense, she said. “I think we got snookered,” she said.
Legally, the crux of the issue will be whether defending Fraser serv ed a "public purpose” or a "private purpose,” Freeman said. "My problem with this is that our city attorney has a legal opinion that all of this does not constitute a public purpose,” she said.
In simple terms, if a public purpose was served, city council should be able to pay Nolan’s fees lf a private purpose was serv ed, city council should not.
Unfortunately, what may seem right may not be legal. Walker said C. ity council doesn’t have enough legal proof either way to make a decision, he said. “Whatever scant authority I have in front of me says a person who is trying to retain a seat — that is a personal interest," he said.
It’s possible that both private and public interest were served in defending Fraser against Kahlig’s lawsuit. Nolan said.
Hie city council voted twice to table tile issue pending further study. Freeman first moved to table the motion on paying Nolan and it was defeated with Martinez, Freeman and Walker vohnu to table
The second motion to table came from Bowers and it passed with Martinez, Bowers, Fraser, Freeman and Walker voting to table.
City council will wait for more legal proof of what they can do within the law before they vote whether to pay Nolan.
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Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of JERRY SEEGER
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