New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 18, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Comal River............ 308 cfs (up 9)
I*. . Canyon inflow . 466 cfs (down 43)
WB er Qany0n outflow ........ 800 cfs (same)
Edwards Aquifer........ 625.68 (same)
Canyon Lake level .... 911.57 (down .06)
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New Braunfels. Texas
Vol. 94-No. 141
July 18,1985 25 Cents
22 Pages-2 Sections
Canyon Lake home destroyed by fire
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
CANYON LAKE — An unoccupied home in Canyon I^ake Forest was a total loss following an early morning fire Wednesday.
Rolla Skinner, fire chief of Canyon I^ke Volunteer Fire Department, Station No. 2 in Starkville, said he received the first call at 11:50 p.m. and found the house totally involved when he and his crew arrived at the scene.
Located on Lakeview Drive, the two bedroom home belonged to Arthur B. Jones of San Antonio.
The cause of the blaze is unknown, but Skinner said he suspects that it may have started from an electrical problem.
“The breaker box was burned pretty bad and it was all makeshift,” the fireman said.
Fifteeen firemen on five trucks responded to the call. They were aided by members of the volunteer department’s ladies auxiliary, who
brought sandwiches and coffee to the scene.
Skinner and part of his crew remained on the scene until 6 a m. looking for hot spots. He said the floor under one bed was badly burned, leading him to suspect that someone might have been sleeping there during the night. But arson is not suspected as of presstime today.
“The house was way past saving when we got there,” Skinner said. He estimates the value of the home at $40,000.
Republican colleagues agree to back Loeffler
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
County Judge Fred Clark outlined a method that could be used to choose a replacement for County Court-at-* I .aw Judge Ron Zipp
Zipp sent a letter of resignation Monday to county commissioners saying his last day would be Aug. 15. Zipp also offered to stay on as special judge until his replacement is elected.
Clark said he would like input from the Comal County Bar Association in the form of four or five names of
“This is my suggestion for a procedure to choose Zipp’s replacement,” Clark said. “I have not made (the suggestion) formally to the commissioners, but I would like to have the bar association’s input.”
Anyone interested in the position, Clark said, should have at least five years experience as a lawyer and a year’s residency in Comal County. Interested persons may send the comnussioners court a resume.
Zipp cited personal reasons as the motivating factors in his resignation.
Eye on the ball
LESLIE KRIEWALDT HERALD ZEITUNG
Reva Hill, left, and Carmen Paredez watch Hill's granddaughter Pamela Murrow and her teammates on the New Braunfels Angels girls' softball team practice Wednesday night. The Angels are getting ready to play in the national
tournament next month in Georgia.
A 20 percent chance for afternoon thundershowers remains in today’s forecast. Otherwise, it will be sunny and hot. Temperatures should reach the mid-90s and drop to the low-70s overnight. Wednesday’s high was 95, and this morning’s low was 69 Sunset will be at 8.31 p.m. and sunrise will be at 6 .43 a.m.
Both the players and the coach are learning at this summer’s basketball clinic, which wraps up Friday at the
NBMS gym Thursday
Claxton no-billed, but charges pending
A 28-year-old New Braunfels man charged with the Mountain Valley School break-in last May was nobbled by a Comal County Grand Jury Wednesday District Attorney Bill Schroeder said a defective search warrant stopped the burglary -of-a-building charge against James Conrad
Claxton in its tracks.
However, Claxton is scheduled to go on trial Monday on two counts of burglary of a habitation. Those indictments were returned last March.
Schroeder said Wednesday’s no-bill will have no effect on Oaxton’s trial Monday The offense report for the Moun
tain Valley break-in the weekend of May ll stated a warrant was issued after the crime was discovered to searchClaxton’s car by Justice of the Peace Howard Smith. The Sheriff’s Office had received information a Bell A Howell cassette tape player stolen from Mountain Valley would be inside the car, but it was not.
Before a warrant was drawn up to search Claxton’s cabin at Camp Willow , he consented to let sheriff’s investigators inside where the tape player was found “We had a problem with the U.S. Constitution on this one," Schroeder
See GRAND JURY, Page MA
Mill Street School bids stall progress
Electrical and air conditioning work on New Braunfels ISD’s renovation of the old high school on Mill Street will have to be let for bids again.
The bids for the work came in IOO percent higher than projected Bids, which were opened recently, are scheduled to be awarded at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. But, probably only the bid from the general contractors will be awarded, said Lonnie Curtis, assistant superintendent of finances, after studying them.
“Our total budget is $500,000,” Curtis said. “The base bid on the renovation work came in within budget. But we will probably have to modify the electrical and air conditioning work and rebid it.”
The electrical and air conditioning changes will also necessitate modifying the general contractor’s work, a change order can be used once the general conrector is chosen, said Curtis.
“The changes we need to make to
get the electrical and air conditioning within budget will bring the general contrator’s price down further,” Curtis explained.
Stoddard Construction is the apparent low bidder on the renovation work at $434,000. Other bidders include Pape Construction at $472,172; Stout Construction at $520,000; and Mott Construction at $555,795.
The base bid covers renovation of the second floor only. Contractors also submitted bids for the downstairs work, which added from $9,445 to $21,172. Also, the general contractors submitted bids on the third floor, ranging from $55,452 to $89,000.
"The original plans that the architect I Andrew Perez > drew up kept the high ceilings,” Curtis said, “but that is where our cost in air conditioning and electrical is coming from.”
To hide the air-conditioning duct work without a drop ceiling would
See NBISD, Page 14A
This unoccupied home m Canyon Lake Forest was destroyed by fire late Wednesday night
WASHINGTON (AP) - In a dramatic departure that spotlights an overt intra-party rift among Texas Republicans, three Houston-area House members have signed a campaign letter supporting Rep Tom Ixieffler, R-Hunt, for governor, the Houston Chronicle reported today
The significance is heightened by
Method to replace
the fact that by signing the letter. Reps. Bill Archer of Houston, Jack Fields of Humble and Tom Delray of Sugar I^and are squaring off directly against their state's Republican senator, Phil Gramm.
Gramm has said he expects to support former Rep. Kent Hance, a Democrat-turned-Republican from Lubbock, if Hance enters the race
The signers of the Ixjeffler letter, which is to be mailed by Loeffler's exploratory campaign committee to all Texas Republican households later this month, range from the dean of the Texas Republican delegation, Archer, to freshman DeLay. In his 19 years in public office, Archer has never before endorsed a candidate before a primary, aides said.
See LOEFFLER, Page MA
By DEBBIE DelOACH Staff writer
Kenneth Rheinlander, postmaster in New Braunfels since 1970, has been reassigned to the San Antonio Sectional tenter
Rheinlander, who worked at the New Braunfels Post Office for 35 years, said he accepted the reassignment, due to increasing pressures and demands as local postmaster, and to hopefully preserve his present state of health.
That means New Braunfels is looking for a new postmaster But in the meantime, John Searson, San Antonio Post Office Supervisor, will act as officer-m-charge.
A new main post office is also on its way to New Braunfels, with construction expected to begin in late August. The $1 million facility will be located on a three-acre site on South Seguin Avenue adjacent to Sonic Drive-In.
Searson said being officer-in-charge in New Braunfels is like “coming home.
“I lived here from 1971 to 1973, but New Braunfels is a city now. It’s not a little tow n anymore," Searson said. "I really love this area, and I’m very interested in getting involved in tow n while I’m here ”
He doesn t really know how long that will be, but Searson said officer-in-charge assignments usually last three to six months.
“I'm here to take care of the place until the new postmaster arrives,” he added
But taking care of the U.S. Mail isn’t new to Searson He’s been in post office management for IO years, with a total of 18 years with the U.S. Postal Service. Before he came to New Braunfels on July 8 as officer-m-charge, he was station manager at Beacon Hill in San Antonio.
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