New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 14, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 Pages in one section ■ Friday, July 14,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of BITTY JEAN PANKAN
Vol. 143, No. 175
Hispanic chamber thrilled with turnout
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The GHCC’s (Greater Hispanic Chanv ber of Commerce’s) first mixer was true to its name. GHCC officers and members rubbed shoulders and exchanged ideas with the likes of Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr. and New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Blue Coats and city council members Jan Kennady and C. Ray Schoch last night at the Adobe Cafe.
“It’s a better crowd than I expected — it’s a good start," Schoch said, “lf they keep things moving along this track, plenty of good things can be done for everybody in the community.”
“I think it’s a good turnout for the first meeting,” Fraser said.
“It was great to see so many faces,”
‘I expected a few doors to be closed to us, but they haven’t been.’
— Ron Gonzales, GHCC chairman
Main Street Director K. C. Crandall said “I’m looking forward to an exciting new growth in the community.”
Community support for the GHCC is stronger than expected, GHCC Chairman Ron Gonzales said. “I expected a few doors to be closed to us,” he said, “but they haven’t been.”
GHCC charter members are going door to door in their drive for new members, Gonzales said. “I have quite a few
meetings scheduled as a result,” he said The CHCC's goal is to bring more people into full participation m tim day’s
business community, thereby strengthening the entire community, said GHCC Chair of International Trade and Cultural Affairs Cristina Aguilar-Friar said “The idea is to show the community that we’re not a threat, that we want to contribute to the whole community,” she said. “This is an effort to unite us and build up all of our businesses,” she said “The evening is going great,” GHCC Executive Director Nora Morales said. “I’m surprised but ifs a very good surprise.” The night’s turnout proves that the community can unite towards common goals, she said. “It shows the community spirit is there, the cohesiveness,” she said
Boy kills brother in
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Betty Jean Pankan, Janie Zercher, DeAngelo C. Aguirre, Charlotte Bennett and Michelle Timmermann.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A 14-month-old child is dead following a shotgun accident in his home last night. Paul Alfred Dickens Jr., bom May IO, 1994, was pronounced dea2l at the scene, said Guadalupe County Sheriff Melvin L. Harborth.
Two children, the 14-month-old and his 12-year-old brother, were allegedly at home alone when the accident happened, Harborth said.
“The 12-year-old allegedly took the shotgun out of the closet, thinking it was not loaded,” Harborth said. “He apparently aimed.it at the 14-month-old and shot him,” he said.
Guadalupe County Sheriffs officers responded to the 911 call at 5:45 p.m., Harborth said. The address was 209*. Placid Cove in the River Bend subdivision, in Guadalupe County, but a part of New Braunfels.
The Travis County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy on the boy, Harborth said.
“The boy said the gun had always been kept unloaded before,” Harborth said.Bowling we will go
On Sunday, July 16, Spring Branch Lodge #127 will gather at 2:30 p.m. for a short business meeting and an afternoon of bowling at Spring Branch Bowling Lanes. The lodge will furnish sandwiches, so bring your favorite chips, condiments or desserts and let the fun begin.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 invitedGruene Market Days this weekend
Historic Gruene Market Days will be July 15 and 16 from 10 a m to 6 p m. on the grounds of the Guadalupe Valley Winery.
More than IOO 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 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 “Appreciate America” event. Join the fun at noon.Bereavement Support Group meets
Share advice about how to cope with, prepare for, and go on living after the death of a loved one at the Bereavement Support Group meeting at 3 p m. July 13 at the Senior CenterEagles Auxiliary meets
The Eagles Auxiliary will meet at 7:30 p m. Tuesday, July 18. Officers meet at 7 p m Social and anniversary of 43 years. All charter members and Past Presidents are to be honored
River and aquifer information
Comal River — 304 cubic-feet-per-second, down 4 cfs from yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 625.83 feet above sea level, down .02 from yesterday.
Guadalupe River —385 cfsSteady river flow means happy tubers this summer
By DENISE DZIUK
Habitat house to be
The newest Habitat For Humanity home will be dedicated at a ceremony Sunday, July 16 at 3 p m. at the home at 1618 Bridge Street. Local ministers will say a few words and refreshments will be served.
Herald-Zeitung photo by DOUG LOVEDAY
Camp Thunderduck kids
Children taking part in the city's Camp Thunderduck were at Comal Bowl yesterday. Pictured are Evan Matney, Courtney Swain, Avery Riordan, Chelsay Cornelius (kneeling) and Kyle Bowers Vest. The camp is for kids ages six to 12.
This weekend should prove to be another exhilarating weekend for tourists on the Guadalupe River thanks to cooperation between outfitters and those responsible for releasing water out of the Canyon Reservoir.
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Tommy Hill, Chief Engineer for GBRA, said the current rate level is at 400 cfs, and will remain at this rate until further notice.
“This is the same rate that was released during the Fourth of July holiday period,” said Hill. “It is an excellent all-purpose recreation rate for tubing, rafting, and canoeing.”
Jack Welch, assistant manager for Roy’s Rentals, said they are expecting a busy weekend on the river and feel the current release will provide more safety for tourists.
Zero Rivers, owner of Rockin 'R' River Rides, said he also expects a busy weekend, and the water will be at an enjoyable level for everyone. He said any release above 300 cfs is great for the tourist industry.
“It will make the entire river perfect for everyone on the river and everything on the river. There will be something for everyone from 6 years up,” said Rivers.
The GBRA is responsible for releasing water from the “conservation pool” at or below 909 feet mean sea level (msl). Water above this level is considered “flood pool,” and is the responsibility of the United States Corps of Engineers. Water at this level is usually released at rates sufficient to clear the flood pool.
This year, GBRA, Corps officials, and river outfitters held meetings to discuss the possibility of releasing water at a steadier rate. The Corps agreed to release recently captured water at a slower rate, as long as the elevation of the flood pool continued to decline. By releasing at a slower rate, additional water is available to enhance normal river flows.
“Without their cooperation, it would have been another marginal summer. They made it a great one,” said Rivers. “There couldn’t be anything that would improve the tourist industry like what they’re doing right now.”
Hill said that the rainfall during the Fourth of July holiday caused the Corps to increase the release level to 580 cfs to remove some of the excess water. However, the level of the reservoir has decreased, and the release rate has been cut back.
“With the current elevation at 910.09 msl, the Corps has approved a reduced release of400 cfs. We expect to continue this rate until the Reservoir reaches 909 msl,” said Hill.
Rivers said the Corps and GBRA should be commended for their efforts in working with outfitters to make the river more enjoyable. He said it has been great for tourism and for the town and he expects things to continue this way for the remainder of the summer.
“This is wlut we needed to put the tourist industry in Comal County on the map and keep it there,” said Rivers.
County buys new voting machines to keep pace with growing voter registration rolls
By DENISE DZIUK
As the population of Comal County continues its rapid growth, the county must find a way to deal with the large number of registered voters.
In Thursday’s Commissioners Court meeting, the county commissioners authorized the county clerk to obtain a contract for the purchase of IO Eagle Precinct Voting Machines. The purchase will also include the necessary software and the Pak Reading Station.
The number of registered voters in Comal County is increasing at a steady rate. As of today’s most recent count, there are about 38,000 registered voters in Comal County. This is an increase of 2,000 since Jan. I. The largest precinct now has 3,644 voters in it and the county must decide how to handle counting the large number of votes in the next election, said County Clerk Joy Streater.
“You eliminate the duplication (with the machines) and that’s what takes care of lots and lots of time. That’s what killed us,” she said.
The county is being asked to enter into a contract with numerous other counties. The counties will buy them in one big bulk order and will be able to save money, said Streater.
“lf it’s as a group, everyone benefits. It’s cheaper to buy anything in bulk,” she said.
The cost of the machines will be $67,000. Streater said that by rearranging her current budget, the purchase should not require additional funds. Commissioner
J.L. “Jumbo” Evans said he was concerned about getting locked into an expensive repair and maintenance contract. He asked that Streater get a copy of the contract and present that to the court next week for final approval. “Whatever they propose, bnng it back and let us accept the amount then,” said Evans.
In other court business, the commissioners tabled the County Investment Policy until additional revisions could be made. Evans said the current wording and structure of the policy led him to believe the pnmary concern is the income and not the safety of principal.
“I’m saying the emphasis should always be protection of principal. This is taxpayers’ money we’re playing with,” said
J.L. “Jumbo” Evant
Evans. “Before I vote in favor of this policy, I need to see the changes.”
The court also tabled a motion to replat a lot in the River Oaks Subdivision. The new lot would be 2.5 acres, which goes against the 5-acre minimum residents were told was in place when they bought their land. The motion was tabled until a lawyer representing several homeowners could meet with the county attorney. Judge Carter Casteel said she feels the issue may belong in district court.
“It’s kind of like when you were a teenager and wanted to go somewhere and your mom told you to go ask your dad. I think you’re at morn s place, when you need to go ask dad in Distnct Court,” said Casteel.
Judge still dispensing justice at 91 years old, and still going strong. See Page 4
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