New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 16, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from he Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Leo Hermes, Andrea Jo Aguirre, Elsie Bowers, Isaac Sanchez, Megan Anderson, Dot Feigerle, Chris Espinoza (16 years), Davy Luna, Albert Villareal, Jennifer Velez (15 years, and Liz Culpepper (July 17). Happy anniversary to Leonardo and Gregoria Hernandez Sr. (61 years), John and Edna Heake (4J0 years) and Robert and Lyn-nette Woodard (12 years).
Red Cross annual meeting tomorrow
The American Red Cross Annual Board and Volunteer Meeting will be held July 17 at the Eden Home at 7 p.m. Annual reports will be given.
Concert in the Park
Carien Walker will perform free at the dance slab in Lan-da Park Thursday at 7;30 p.m. as the summer Concerts in the Park series continues.
Service League to decide where its money will go
The New Braunfels Service League is accepting letters of application from local charities and organizations to receive a donation from the proceeds of the league's annual fall fund-faiser.
Letters should tell the organization's purpose, budget, structure, and any special needs. This information will help the financial committee in its selection.
Address letters to Chairman Cindy Meyer Maxwell, Financial Committee, New Braunfels Service League, P O Box 311532, New Braunfels,
Texas, 78131-1532 Letters may be sent through July 31.
Habitat house to be dedicated
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.
Eagles 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.
Korean vets welcomed
The President has signed into law a bill making all Korean veterans eligible for membership in the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Post Home 7110, at 600 Peace Ave., will be open from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays in July for veterans who are interested in joining
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Vol. 143, No. 176
Leaving Their Mark
World Changers’ week of work makes a difference for local families
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Angels have been at work in New Braunfels this past week — the 300 plus youth of World Changers. Thanks to their efforts 15 area homes are more livable and literally hundreds of lives have changed.
“The kids from my crew range from Memphis to Las Vegas, Nev., and they are all workers
I guarantee,” said crew chief David Ratcliff of Bulverde.
Ratcliff' works as a remodeling contractor. His crew's project was a home on the comer of West San Antonio and Peach. “The roof was leaking,” he said.
The crew completely rebuilt the roof — not just the surface but the structure underneath.
The work crew forged a close relationship with the family they were helping. The home is owned by a grandmother raising her 12 grandchildren arter their parents’ death two years ago in an auto accident, Ratcliff said.
"Our kids have just fallen in love with them,” he said.
“Our crew wanted to leave something for the kids,” Ratcliff said. They priced sw ing sets, but buying one was too expensive, he said. They decided to build the wood frame and buy the pieces to attach.
I lie spirit of giving w as contagious, Ratcliff said. Bonnie Cadded of Gym-N-I Playgrounds Inc. jumped in and donated the swings, he said. "It’s going to be really hard to say good-bye to the kids.” worker Jennifer Reynolds said.
Herald-Zeitung photo by SUSAN ENGLAND
World Changers Jenny Woo of Houston and Jessica Atkins of Kingwood work on a home in New Braunfels.
"The miracle to me is all of the preparation work,” Bob Martin, an adult from Springfield Mo., said. “By the time we came here all tho materials were ready. So many meals were donated for the kids. It’s hard to say how many people must have worked on this project all told,” he said.
World Changers is a mission of the Southern Baptist Church. "This is one of 24 projects we have this summer 4,(>(MI kids through the summer that’ll he participating,” Project C oordinator Chris Lieberum said.
Locally the W orld Changers were supported by the San Marcos Baptist Men’s Association
Boy, 12, charged in death of brother
From Staff Reports
A 12-year-old boy has been charged with manslaughter in the Thursday shooting death of Paul Alfred Dickens Jr., his 14-month-old step-brother.
Physical evidence did not support the 12-year-old's first version of how the shooting happened, said Guadalupe County Sheriffs Chief Investigator Larry Morawietz.
Guadalupe County sheriffs deputies and New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service responded to a 911 call at 5:44 p.m. Thursday. They found Dickens with a severe chest wound. Deputy Robert Murphy said. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The 12-year-old claimed to have dropped the gun, causing it to go off, according to the deputy’s report.
An autopsy was scheduled for last Friday, to he done by Travis County Medical Examiner Roberto Bayardo.
The 12-year-old is being held at the Guadalupe C ounty Juvenile Detention C enter.
Manslaughter is defined as recklessly causing the death of an indiv idual.
Deal gives San Marcos a park; Schlitterbahn workers scholarships
By DENISE DZIUK
San Marcos w ill soon have a new park, and the creation of that park will create a scholarship aimed at helping some Schlitterbahn employees with paying for their college degree, thanks to a local family's generosity.
Robert Henry , founder of Schlitterbahn Water-park and Resorts, is donating several acres of San Marcos land and Rio Vista Dam, plus the water rights, to the Southwest Texas Support Foundation at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos.
The land, which is currently a vacant lot, is located on the San Marcos River, and the Rio Vista Dam backs up the water throughout the city and the SWI campus. The transaction has been under negotiation for about two years and is expected to be finalized by August 4.
Ifs a winning situation no matter how you look at it. The best part is that it helps our students. That’s always good.’
— Carroll Wiley, SWT official
According to Gary I lenry. son of Robert I loury and chief financial officer of the Schlitterbahn organization, the foundation has already negotiated the sale of the land, the dam, and the w ater rights to the t ity of San Marcos for $300,000. The City obtained matching funds from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to aid it in preserving the dam and developing the land into a park.
"This transaction among the city of San Marcos, the university and the Henrys will have a monumental effect on the students who attend school here, as w ell us on the environment," said SWT president Jerome Supple.
The foundation plans to establish the Robert Henry Family Endowment using the proceeds from the sale.
The scholarships w ill be funded using 70 percent of the interest income from the endowment fund. The scholarships will he awarded to individuals who aa* employed at Schlitterbahn Water-park and Resorts, and the university should award the first one in the fall of IWO. The 40 scholarships will amount to $20,000 per y ear.
"This is an opportunity for Schlitterbahn to give something back to the kids w ho have been such an important pail of our success over the past IO years," said Gary Henry . "Since the endowment is a permanent fund, the Henry family's
donation can have a lasting impact on many lives."
Carroll Wiley, SW T Director of Dev elopment and Estate Planning, said the transaction, w hich was initially discussed in a meeting between him and the Henry family, will benefit the university and its students in three general ways. First of all, the university will accumulate some income off the endowment for other scholarly expenses. Second, it guarantees the water level running through the city and the campus, which Wiley says adds a lot of character to the city. Finally, it helps students by providing them with scholarships.
"lf the dam would break, I doubt the Henry’s would fix it. But, the city would have un interest in preserving it so they would,” said Wiley. "It’s a vv inning situation no matter how you look at it. The best part is that it helps our students. That’s always good.”
Couple enjoys 80 years of living, laughing together
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
James W. and Anna Belle Barnes have been married longer than most people have been on the planet SO years tomorrow. James is OS years young and Anna is 99. “They were always very close; they always could talk to each other,” daughter-in-law Nancy Barnes said.
"I was born iii the Chocktavv Nation there wasn’t such a thing as a county then in a double log house,” James said. James and Anna attended the same grade school in Oklahoma.
"A cousin of mine made me acquainted with her and said ‘this is the one tor you,’” James said. "I thought he was joking, but it was true.”
The Barneses worked side by side on their farm in Oklahoma. "She did the plowing, I did the hoeing,” James said. "We enjoyed farming,” he said. "It s all we knew.”
James also worked on the Missouri Kansas and Texas Railroad for 37 years, Nancy said.
Farming together was both work and play for James and Anna. “They did a lot of laughing together.” Nancy said. James is a storehouse of humorous happy memories.
One day they were riding in a horse-drawn cart, carrying eggs to scil, James said. The cart hit a rock in just the right way to send eggs flying right into Anna's wide-brimmed hat, he said. He still laughed as he told the story.
James and Anna raised lour children, all of whom are still living son Clarence and wife Lillian Barnes of tape Canaveral, Fla.; daughter Cella and husband William Russell ol Oklahoma City, Okla.; son James W. Barnes Jr and wife Mary of Oklahoma C ity, Okla.; and son Bill and w ife Nancy Barnes of New Braunfels
I hey have 13 grandchildren, 19 greatgrandchildren. and six great-great-grandchildren.
James and Anna now live with son Bill and his wife Nancy in a home overlooking the Guadalupe River Their A-frame is full to capacity this weekend as relatives converge from all over the country to help
Anna Barnes suffered a stroke in the tall w hich left lier disabled, hut until then “our health had always been excellent,” James said. "Annie attributed tlieir long life and good health to eating home grown foods without preservatives,” Nancy said "Way back iii the ’50s, long before it was fashionable. Annie was cooking w ithout preservatives and cutting back on pork,” she said.
"Drink right, eat right, do right, treat people the way you want to be treated,” James said.
In retirement years the Barneses traveled, covering most of the United States "We went through three trailers,” James said.
Advice tor younger couples James keeps it simple. “It she made a mistake, she told me and il l made one I told her.” he said. "We kept nothing from each other.”
“But above all, let the woman rule the house,” James said. "That’s always the way it was iii my house, and I’ve had a great life.”
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