New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
TUESDAYNew Braunfels Jr. League All-Stars take District 31 championship. Page 5.
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The old LORA building.
8 Pages in one section ■ Tuesday, July 18,1995
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Walter Mueller. Happy third anniversary to Craig and Shel-lia Van Ryswyk, happy 20th anniversary to Scott and Cindy Scott, and happy 33rd anniversary to Domingo and Rosa Villalobos.
River and aquifer information
Comal River - 290 cubic-feet-per-second, down 14 cfs from yesterday
Edwards Aquifer — 625.66 feet above sea level, down .06. Guadalupe River —385 cfs
Rehearsals for 'Sisters in Suffrage' will take place on Thursday, July 20, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, Conference Room AB. The event will take place on Aug. 19 at 5:30 p.m. Participants will take part in the parade, the show and enjoy the picnic and music provided until 8:30 p.m. There are small parts available; anyone interested, call 608-2100.
NARFE to moot at Soniors Contor
The National Association of Retired Federal Employees, Chapter 666, will meet at the Senior Citizens Center, Friday, July 21 at 9:30 a.m. There will be a film.
Missions gamo to bonofit musoum
The Children's Museum in New Braunfels invites baseball fans to New Braunfels night at the San Antonio Missions Sunday, July 30 at 6:05 p.m. Tickets are $4 general admission and are available at the museum or Vivroux Sports. Call 620 0939 for information.
City Council soaks new member for committee
At its Aug. 14, 1995 meeting the city council will be considering the appointment of one member to the Community Development Advisory Committee. This is a partial term ending Dec. 13, 1996. Applications are available in the office of the city secretary and must be delivered to the city secretary’s office by noon, Wednesday, Aug 9, 1995.
Concerts in tho Park series continues
Carlene Walker will perform free at the dance slab in Landa Park Thursday at 7:30 p.m. as the summer Concerts in the Park series continues.
Bring a lawn chair to sit on, but no glass containers are allowed.
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.
Hepatitis B vaccine
Hepatitis B vaccine is now available to all adults at the Comal County Health Department. For fee schedule and hours, call the Health Department at 620-5595.
Quick action by bystander aids crash victim
Herald-Zeitung photo by DOUG LOVEDAY
Betty Halsell, a member of the Comal County Habitat For Humanity Family Nurture Committee, and the first local HFH homeowner, presents the keys to the new Habitat home on Bridge Street to Leesa Ryan.
A New Start
Family moves into county’s second Habitat For Humanity home
By DOUG LOVEDAY
"Except the Lord build the house, its builders labor in vain. ” (Psalms 127:1)
The road traveled by Leesa Ryan has not been smooth or without pitfalls.
It was not long ago this mother of three was sleeping in a tent for shelter. She later was living in her car before moving into a one-bedroom apartment.
But yesterday, Leesa Ryan and her kids Christopher, Jessica and Jamie moved into their own three-bedroom home, the second home built by the volunteers of Comal County Habitat for Humanity.
Located on Bridge Street, the new home (which is not a gift — Ryan will be paying monthly payments for 20 years) was constructed with the help of hundreds of volunteers who worked 2,750 hours.
Many of those volunteers joined together Sunday at the dedication of the home, and Ryan expressed her thanks and appreciation for the effort spent. She also remembered the hard road that lead her to that moment.
“I almost count it as a blessing because I appreciate it so much more,” Ryan said. “Every detail is just what I wanted in my heart."
Speaking before the dedication, Ryan said she still couldn’t believe the home was finished and ready for her family to move in.
“It’s still like a dream. I think I’ll be moved in for a year, and ITI still not believe it,” she said. “I got to pick everything out, from the doorknobs to the trim. And my kids arc
This house is not only a testimony to you, those who labored, but is a testimony to what our Heavenly Father can do,’
— Phil Rogers, CCHFH president
ecstatic because we’ve been in a one-bedroom apartment.”
Habitat fbi I lumaniiy is an ecumenical, Clinstian movement whose mission is “eliminating poverty housing from the face of the earth.” The program works by helping poorly sheltered families build and buy simple, decent homes for themselves and their community — without anyone charging interest or making a profit, according to a CCHFH statement.
“This house is not only a testimony to you, those who labored, but is a testimony to what our Heavenly Father can do,” CCHFH President Phil Rogers said at the dedication.
More than 200 construction volunteers helped build the Ryan home (the second constructed by Comal County Habitat for Humanity), with approximately 85 from TARGET.
Those volunteers will be honored with an Appreciation Pot Luck Lunch from I to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12 at the Family Life Center, First Protestant Church, 172 W. Coll.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A quick thinking bystander may have kept a bloody car crash yesterday at FM 725 and Union Wine from becoming a far worse tragedy. Charles Criss of McQueeney rushed onto the scene of the accident before peace officers could arrive and gave vital first aid to accident victim Rene Garcia.
“I just pulled my shirt off and used it to put pressure on his eyes and kept his mouth clear so he could breathe,” Criss said. Garcia’s face was injured when he crashed into the windshield of the car he was riding in. His head was bleeding profusely and glass was imbedded in his face, Criss said.
“He kept his cool better than I’ve seen some professionals do — he kept the man calm while he helped him,” a witness said.
The accident happened at about 1:20 p.m. yesterday when a red Ford Escort driven by Rebecca Garcia of New Braunfels allegedly rear-ended a Dodge Neon driven by Carolyn Mason of New Braunfels, Trooper Glen Garrett of the Department of Public Safety out of Seguin said.
Mason was stopped on FM 725 waiting to turn left onto Union Wine, Garrett said.
‘He kept his cool better than I’ve seen some professionals do.’
— Witness at accident scene
Rene Garcia, a passenger in the Escort, may not have been wearing a seat belt, a witness said.
DPS Trooper Robbie Roberson was the reporting officer at the scene. Responding to the 911 call were officers from DPS, the New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service, the Seguin EMS, the McQueeney Volunteer Fire Department, the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department and New Braunfels Police Department. Rene and Rebecca Garcia and Mason were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital by New Braunfels EMS.
“Witnesses did stop and help,” Garrett said.
Mason and Rebecca Garcia were treated and released at McKenna Memorial Hospital. At press time Rene Garcia was listed in stable condition at McKenna.
“This guy deserves a medal,” witness Joan Wissmiller said of Criss.
New Braunfels man killed in wreck on interstate Miss Schlitterbahn crowned
From staff reports
A New Braunfels man is dead following an auto accident yesterday at about 1:55 a m.
Narciso Morales Espinosa of New Braunfels was driving a 1988 Plymouth north in the southbound lane on the Interstate-35 Guadalupe River Bridge, according to New
Braunfels police reports. The Plymouth struck a tractor trailer rig driven by Kim Alan Boyer of Mount Vernon,
The New Braunfels Fire Department rescue unit extracted Espinosa from his car, the police report said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Ray Martinez.
New Braunfels native, Rhonette Adkinson, was named the new Miss Schlitterbahn during the fourth annual Texas Bikini Invitational held at Schlitterbahn Sunday. She is the daughter of local attorney Ron Zipp and his wife Saundra and is a senior at the University of Houston, majoring in biology. She is pictured with first runner-up Shannon Dragoo of San Antonio and second runner-up Crystal Rich of Austin.
Adkinson will represent Schlitterbahn at the U.S. Bikini Invitational national finals in Orlando, Florida this fall. She also received $1,000 in cash, a swimsuit wardrobe and four season passes to Schlitterbahn.
Local ATF bomb investigator reflects on Oklahoma tragedy
By ROGER CROTEAU
It’s not easy for Marshall Littleton to read things like the recent National Rifle Association fund-raising letter that describes agents of the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms as “jackbooted government thugs,” and “Federal agents wearing Nazi bucket helmets and black storm trooper uniforms.”
As a special agent with the ATF, Littleton knows a different agency.
“This is the ATF I know, digging dead firemen out of a burned out building; holding charity golf tournaments for fallen officers; people active in their churches,” he said.
The New Braunfels resident then reached into a file and pulled out a letter, titled ‘The Visit,’ written by a teacher at St. Charles Borromeo Catholic School in Oklahoma City. Littleton and three other agents had visited the school after the federal building there was blown up by terrorists in April.
“I hope they (her students) have learned that real men do cry, and that it is the small kindnesses we show one another that really matter. I hope that they realize that, although there is great evil in the world, there is greater good.
Above all, I hope that they remember the day Jesus came to our school. He wore a dusty blue uniform and heavy boots, and on His head was a halo formed by a hard hat with a lamp. He talked with us, shared a meal with us, and washed our feet with His tears,” the teacher wrote.
The ATF has been the target of criticism from groups like the NRA and constitutional militias for its handling of the raid on the Branch Davidian compound at Mount Carmel, and other raids in which people were killed or injured.
Littleton understands why the agency is a target, but “to be blanketed as a ‘jack-booted government thug’ is frustrating and it hurts,” he said.
“The ATF, from its inception, has been tasked with enforcing the most controversial laws this country has. Prohibition, now gun laws. When abortion clinics are burned or bombed, we investigate that, which puts us in the middle of controversy again. But we don’t write the laws, we just enforce them.
‘It gets a little ridiculous. A little old lady told me she has got an old hunting rifle that belonged to her daddy, and she hoped the ATF would not come and take it.’
— Marshall Littleton
"The militias, they see a faceless government agency and a lot of their fear is based on half-truths and speculations ... It is hard for the ATF to take a lot of their rhetoric seriously because it is so asinine,” he said.
Groups like the NRA and militias try to paint the ATF as a threat to freedom to gain members and donations, he said. “ People use scare tactics to bolster their causes. You kill the devil
and nobody goes to church,” he said.
“It gets a little ridiculous. A little old lady told me she has got an old hunting rifle that belonged to her daddy, and she hoped the ATF would not come and take it,” Littleton said.
Littleton, 38, lives in New Braunfels with his family. He joined the ATF in 1988, after working for the Austin Police Department for IO years. He and his family moved to New Braunfels a short time later. He works out of the San Antonio ATF office and is a member of one of four national response teams and an international response team that investigates fires and bombings. He is a certified tire investigator and a certified bomb investigator.
He said this year has been a busy one. On January 5, he was dispatched to Seattle, Washington where a building collapse had killed four firefighters In March, he was sent to Utah to investigate a fire that destroyed an elementary school. “Then, where did I go
Turn to ATF agent, Page 2German visitor leaves Texas in a state of confusion. See Page 4.