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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 12, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPY 'islatbU 25 Cents 1 west    d* Friday July 12, 1991 TX 7"°3 p kso , ■ Vol. 139, No. 169 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home of H.A. scmameus vino eus "AtW Two Section, 22 Pages Stammtisch Best wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Pete Valdez, Rocky Wilson, Gilbert R. Cardenas II, Beth Shase, Lacey Radla, Elbe Ramo, Jay Erie Pfannotiel, Matthew Rene Martinez, Sara Diaz, Matthew Rene Guerrero, Robert Gonzales and Gloria Luna. Belated birthday wishes to Casey Kennedy, Lupe Chapa, Ele-gin Schneider, Laticia Garcia, Laura Martin, Charlotte Fans, Mary Ann Ricarte, and L. Jr. Castilleja. Happy birthday Saturday to Lone Beasley, Tamy Jones, Nora Sotelo, Tony Fitzsimmons, Armando J. Hernandez and Anita Soto. Celebrating an anniversary today are Colette and Robert Van Horn, Tom and Marsha Kiesling, Mr. and Mrs. Alvino Guerrero Jr. and Richard and Theresa Smith. 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. Red Cross Red Cross board of directors and volunteers will meet at 7 p.m. Monday in Eden Home's Friendship Room at 7 p.m. Meeting postponed Comal Appraisal District board of directors meeting slated for July 15 has been postponed to July 22 at the Comal Appraisal District office, 430 W. Mill St. Meeting lime is 7 p.m. Gardening workshop A fall gardening workshop is slated for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the £omal County Extension Office, 132 South Water Lane. Dr. Jerry Parsons, vegetable specialist from San Antonio, will present the program on fall gardening and include information on soil and fertilizer preparation, planting dates, varieties, insect and discase management and harvest of fall vegetables. All gardeners from Comal County arc urged to attend. Bible school First United Methodist Church has scheduled Vacation Bible School July 15-19 from 9 a.m. to noon each day. The theme is "Jesus Calls: Come Follow." Cost is a $5 donation al the lime of registration. Christmas Bazaar The Women’s Fellowship of First Protestant Church is sponsoring its annual "Christmas in July” Bazaar on Friday, July 26, from 9 a m. to 5:30 p.m. Items for sale include handwork, floral, canned and baked goods. Lunch consisting of potato soup, sandwiches, and desserts will be available after 11 a.m. All are welcome. Rummage sale Iglesia Bethel Pentecostal will sponsor a church rummage sale Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 8 a.m. lo 2 p.m. al 350 N. Grape St. Dance team New Braunfels High School dance team will hold a garage sale from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at 576 Lakeview Circle. Furniture, household goods, adult and child ren’s clothing, and toys are just a few of the itmes to be sold. Teen Connection Support the programs al Teen Connection by shopping at the Thrift Shop *‘$ I a bag sale” Friday, July 12. The yard sale will con- Sm STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2 Good Day A swimmer, above, helps direct a diver searching for a man who slipped under the water near the Gruene crossing of the Guadalupe River about 3 p.m. Thursday. The body of Thuster Barrett of Arlington was located by divers about 5 p.m., approximately 10 feet from where he disappeared. The Quaker Oats employee was tubing with business associates following a conference in the area. (Photos by Annalies Schlickenrieder) Man drowns in tubing incident By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer The body of an Arlington executive was recovered from the Guadalupe River Thursday afternoon shortly after he slipped out of his inner tube and drowned. Thuster Barrett, 50, had just entered the river on an inner tube around 3 p.m. with a group of busi ness associates when the accident occurred, said New Braunfels Police Chief CR “Dick" Hcaden. Barrett slipped out of his tube. surfaced once and yelled what may have been a plea for help and went under, Hcaden said. Barrett was an account executive with Quaker Oats Co. and was in town for two days of business meetings at a local tennis resort conference center. The group had just wrapped up its meeting and had gone to the river for some recreation before returning to Arlington, Hcaden said. The body was recovered by divers about 5 p.m. just below the Gruene river crossing. A member of the victim’s jtfpup who did not wish to be identifiecRaid that the man was trailing behind the group and decided to get out of his tube and go ashore to catch up with them. “Why don’t they have a law that people have to wear life preservers in the river?," he asked. “He got out of his tube to try to come over to the side and went under,” said Ted Rodriguez, an Lafarge examines firm’s study plan By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor l-afarge and Systech executives now will decide whether to allow Southwest Research Institute lo go forward with a risk assessment of their supplemental fuels project as they review the institute's study plan released this week. Dr. Michael G. MacNaughton, SwRI program director, said if the corporations choose to accept the study plan — which they had no role in developing — the assessment will begin into the risks associated with storing and burning hazardous waste at the Balcones Cement Plant located outside of New Braunfels. “We got a copy along with a proposed budget for it ... and we’ve just started reviewing it.” said Reggie Brashur, assistant to die president of Systech for legislative affairs. “We need to look at and it and need to look at the budget. It’s a considerable amount of money.” MacNaughton has said the assessment could cost as much as $500,(XX). The Lafarge Corporation, which operates the cement plant, and its subsidiary Systech Environmental Corporation announced in January they were pulling the permit process on hold while an assessment was performed. The corporations must secure permits from die Texas Water Commission and the Texas Air Control Board before being allowed to store and bum waste. lf the plan is accepted die assessment will be performed by a multidisciplinary team from three organizations, with advice from a threc-nicmbcr technical oversight panel of nationally recognized experts, Mac-Naughton said. S** LAFARGE, Pag* 2A As many as 20,000 visitors to city likely Highs near 95, lows rn the mid-70s and breezes from the southeast at 10-20 mph are forecast dtrough the weekend. Cloud cover coupled with hot afternoons leaves a chance for isolated thundershowers. For more weather information, please lee Page 2A. Inside: CLASSIFIED................... .8-12A COMICS.......................... ........BA CROSSWORD............... ........3 A DEAR ABBY.................. ENTERTAINMENT ........5 A HOROSCOPE................. RELIGIOUS FOCUS SPORTS ........7 A TV U8TINQS.................. ........BA WEATHER...................... By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer Up to 20,000 tourists are expected lo visit New Braunfels this weekend, which promises a good chance of nice weather. The National Weather Service forecast for the New Braunfels area calls for cloudy skies Saturday, turning to {wily cloudy later in die day. The Saturday forecast also calls for a 20 percent chance of afternoon and evenuig showers or thunderstorms, not unusual for a hot sununer day. Temperatures in the mid 90s are expected, along widi south winds near IO mph. The Sunday forecast calls for (lardy cloudy skies with a chance of isolated showers and thunderstorms. T’he high temperature should be in the 90s and die low in die 70s. At least 1,200 people are expected lo attend lite New Braunfels Book and Paper Show at the Civic Center, said show owner Barbara Meyer, who lives in Georgetown. ITie show is slated from IO a rn. to 6 p m. Saturday and IO a ni. to 5 p.m. Sunday al die Civic Center, 390 S. Seguin Ave. The $2.50 admission is good for both days. Children under 12 enter free. Twenty dtousarid visitors is the typical number for a non-holiday summer weekend with good weadier, according to Jim Scheele Jr., director of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Conmierce’s Convention and Visitors Bureau. Cleanup operations at Rogers Music Company in New Braunfels continued throughout the day Thursday after a burglar apparently drove a stolen auto through the front glass before taking as many as six guitars and destroying much of the inventory (Photo by Robert Stewart) ‘Help End Auto Theft’ program still available By ROBERT STEWART Stet! Writer A rash of auto thefts in New Braunfels has city officials urging citizens to lake precautions “We want to make people aware of what’s going on,” Mike Grist of die New Braunfels Safe City Commission said. “We have all die information to help citizens deter auto theft.” There were six automobile thefts Wednesday night, according lo New Braunfels police spokesman Marlin Mayer. ‘ Ii’* getting a little bu out of hand,” he said. “'They ’re also using the stolen cars as tools for burglary.” "We fuse a program in New Biaunfels called HEAT (Help End Auto Theft),” Grist said. “This is a free service offered by die Sale City Coomiisstori “lf these peopk** automobiles are out between I IX) a rn. and 5 00 a in. and they have told die police dc* (ut ii i lei it thai under normal con- S** CARS, Pag* 2A employee of a nearby river outfitter. Muddy waters, roots and debris in the river hampered search efforts, according to New Braunfels Fire Department personnel at the scene. The cause of death was determined to be accidental drowning by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace R.G. “Doc” Blanchard There will be no autopsy. he said. Stolen car tool in thefts By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer An unusual tool was employed in the Thursday burglary of Rogers Music Co. at 354 Landa St., said New Braunfels Police Department spokesperson Martin Mayer. A stolen Chevrolet Suburban smashed through the front of lite store at about 2:30 a m. An undetermined amount of merchandise was stolen, said Chuck Weisbnch, store manager. “They took all die shiny ones (guitars) with snakeskin and not some of the more expensive items,” Weisbnch said “B’s a vhume ... They ran over more than they look, as far as we can tell." The vehicle came to rest about halfway dirough the showroom, About seven guitars including a $600 bass were desuoyed along with drums, stands and other items. Other guitars received scrapes and scratches, he said (idler damage included holes rn and scratches on walls as well as oil spots on the carpel from the totaled vehicle Mayer said that a similar tactic was used ut a lobbery ai the Schnapps Haus on Highway 81 last week. Rogers Music Co is offering a cash award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of per sons involved in die burglary. Visiting enforcement officer answers questions about taxes ‘Water Tight Weekend’ event offered at two local stores In a continuing effort to promote water conservation, the Edwards Underground Water District will sponsor its second "Water Tight Weekend" Saturday. Two locauons in New Braunfels — Home Hardware and McCoy’s — will provide free waler conservation kite and other information on how water can be saved in the home and outdoors between 11 a m and 5 p m. that day. ”Even though rainfall has been above average, demand can cause the water level in the aquifer to drop quickly,” said Russell Masters, EUWD general manager. “While we caiuiot control rainfall, we can control the amount of water we use " The conservation kits include a shower flow resinclor, a toilet water displacement bag and die tablets lo test for toilet leaks For more information on being "water tight,” call the EUWD at I 800-292 1047. By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Bobby Buchanan, an enforcement officer with the San Antonio Northwest office of the State Comptroller's Office, was in New Braunfels at die Comal County Courthouse amies lo answer tax questions for area residents “We have tnfonnaiion about any lax — sales, franchise, inheritance,” fie said "There are 30 or so different uses we deal with ” Every quarter, a representative Buchanan from Ute comptroller's office goes to each county lo answer questions and clear up confusion for ciuzens that may not be able lo go to Austin or San Antonio, Buc hanan said “Our coming out here saves problems later for taxpayers,” he said ‘'There are alt kinds of specific dungs This is why we ask them to conte see us.” Buchanan spent an hour rn New Brauidels and then was headed to San Marcos to answer questions for Hays County residents and to do a cash register seizure at a business delinquent rn paying its taxes Buchanan made his visit in order to answer questions preceding the July JO quarterly ftluig deadline for April, May and June sales tax payments Any payment not postmarked by the 20th is obsessed a five percent late fee. he said Ihe San Antonio North west field office serves taxpayers in Comal. Hays. Kendall, Bandera, Kimble. Gillespie and Kerr Comme* Comal County residents can call the San Antonio Northwest office at (512)684 8652 fur help or the statewide, toll-free assistance hotline at (800)-252-5555, Buchanan said His next visit Comal County will be in October ;