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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYN.B. Diamonds softball team heads to national tournament — Page 8 50 CENTS Inside Obituaries.......................................2 Editorial...........................................4 Sports Day......................................8 Comics............................................9 Market Race...........................10-12 Stammtisch iirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeiftuvtg! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Andrea Campos, Amanda Kennedy, Gilbert Guerreo Jr., Barbara Smart and Irene Zapata. River end aquifer information Comal River -294 cubic-feet-per-second, same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer — 625.55 feet above sea level, down .05. Guadalupe River — 385 cfs Private property rights meeting clarification The meeting scheduled for Monday, July 24, featuring Ed Hodges, state director for U.S. Senator Phil Gramm, sponsored by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce is a luncheon meeting. Mr. Hodges will discuss the Private Property Rights Restoration Act, as well as updating oui community on other hot topics in the Senate. The luncheon will be held at the Holiday Inn at a cost of $6 per plate. Seating is limited and a reservation is required to attend. Call Anna Lee Hicks at the Chamber of Commerce - 625-2385 - by noon Friday. July 21 in order to attend. Musicahcomcdy rehearsal 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. Parlier pants 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. NAVIFE to moot at Seniors Center 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 game to benefit museum 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. Concerts in the 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. The winning numbers Lotto Texas 2,6,24, 31.33, 47 $16 million jackpot WORD looks at stopping ‘river pirates9 By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Water Oriented Recreation District has yet another river issue it must deal with. This time, the board is looking for ways to stop pirating on the river before it gets too far out of hand. “This is a problem we need to address, because it’s only going to get worse,” said Eddie Gillespie, from Camp Huaco, at Wednesday’s WORD meeting. Gillespie said there is a problem with "pirates" flipping rafts and then taking personal belongings that fall out before the owner can gather them back up. People are also jumping in the raft and looking inside. If they see something valuable, they take it and then jump out before the ‘At Slumber Falls, you can’t jump out and run down the sidewalk after your stuff.’ — Zero Rivers people in the raft can do anything about it. Gillespie said he decided something had to be done when he saw men acting like they were helping female rafters, and then pulling off their tops. “When I saw that I said no, this has got to stop, and I went to Zero (Rivers) and said we need to do something,” Gillespie said. WORD manager Jim Inman said there are four areas on the river that pose the biggest problems. These are Huaco Falls, Slumber Falls, Clutter, and the Chute. Inman said he has asked the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority if there was something they could do to limit the activity. Inman said he would like to see “safe zones” where no swimmers or divers can be within a certain perimeter of each area. Inman said it is uncertain whether there is anything GBRA can do. However, they are looking into it. Zero Rivers, WORD board member and owner of Rockin 4R’ River Rides, said he has personally removed several people that he has seen pirating. He said that several years ago, the problem got so bad that pirates were actually stabbing the tubes and rafts. He said something needs to be done to protect the tourists because there is lit tle victims can do to get their possessions back. “At Slumber, you can’t jump out and mn down the sidewalk after your stuff. You can see where the problem is,” he said. Board member Charles Stephens said some of the activity is illegal and questions why a deputy cannot simply cite them. An attorney for WORD said part of the problem is that the officer must see the pirating take place. Rivers said that leads to the problem that pirates know who the officers are before an officer knows who a pirate is. This discussion led to the question of putting more officers in the area, or hiring off-duty officers to watch the areas. Several board members have requested additional officers in the past and were told all the manpower was already being used on weekends. Rivers said one solution to the problem may be for outfitters to get tough on these individuals. He said outfitters need to ask the "pirates" to leave and then escort them off the property. The outfitter could then get a license plate number and pass that number on to other outfitters. “Then, when they go to the next outfitter and ask to park there for the day, instead of taking their $6 and saying okay, they can check their list,” Rivers said. The WORD board assigned the issue to the law enforcement committee for further consideration. The committee will look at the problem and the possible solutions and will make a presentation at a future board meeting. LOTTERV Stats show more crime for first half of year By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Crime increased in New Braunfels from the first half of 1994 to the first half of 1995, according to New Braunfels Police records. The number of criminal offenses increased by 259, about IO percent. The NBPD, EMS and Fire Department processed a total of 20,270 calls January through June 1995. That’s 2,000 more than the first half of last year, about IO percent Total burglaries were down about I percent from last year, but thefts were up almost 20 percent, from 515 last year to 616 this year. There were fewer assaults and sexual assaults this year than last year. Driving while intoxicated arrests were down the first half of this year from 67 to 52, about 22 percent. That could be due to police officers being too busy with other calls to make the DW1 arrests, NBPD Lieutenant John Wommack said. NBPD officers investigated just a few less traffic accidents the first half of this year than last — down from 1,059 to 1,045. NBPD dispatchers and officers had to deal with 1,140 false 911 calls so far this year. That’s about one-seventh of the total calls. “Every time we send an officer to a misdial location that is a waste of manpower and resources,” NBPD Support Services Supervisor Kelly Holder said. Some misdials can be honest mistakes, Holder said. People calling out of the country start with the digits 0-1 -1. Other misdials occur electronically, When cordless phones are limning low on power, Wommack said. Other calls are deliberate pranks, “lf we catch them, that’s an offense in itself,” Wommack said. Beat The Heat Summer’s sweltering heat is here, and people need to be aware of the dangers By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Temperatures are expected to remain in the high 90s this week, which will leave many people searching for a way to sweat it out. A big part of “beating the heat” is knowing which precautions to take to minimize its dangers. Sweltering temperatures have killed more than 400 people this summer in Chicago alone. Many people are at risk for heat cramps, beat exhaustion, or heat stroke. And while Texans may be used to scorching summers, they still need to be aware of the risks, doctors say. According to the American Red Cross, minor heat symptoms can elevate into a life-threatening condition if they are not managed correctly. “lf a person feels hot and is not sweating, should be a red light signal for them to get out of the sun. That’s when it can be dangerous,” said Donald Kennady, a local family practitioner. Kennady said older and overweight people to be extra careful in the sun. He said people over 50 years of age and even slightly overweight people already have extra stress on their hearts. He said die sun makes the heart work even faster and makes it less efficient. “Heat puts more of a strain cm everyone’s heart and arteries and it may be too much of a these people,” he said. The American Red Cross also offered several tips for people to help them survive the sweltering temperatures. Avoid strenuous work during the hottest part day. Stay indoors as much as possible, and if no conditioning is available, seek other places to go to escape the heat. “Anytime you’re feeling hot and tired, get out of the sun. Even a close tennis match should be stopped so the players can rest,” Kennady said. Wear light-weight, light-colored clothing to reflect the sun. Drink plenty of fluids even if you are not thirsty. However, avoid alcohol and caffeine, which cause the body to dehydrate. “You’re adding fluids to your body, but your kidneys are removing fluids from your system when you drink alcohol or caffeine,” said Kennady. Eat small meals and eat more often to help decrease the body’s metabolic heat. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed by a physician. Kennady said an individual who plans to be out in Hemkt-ZeHunQ photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Patty and Amanda Bollck boat the heat yesterday at the wading pool at Landa Park. The pool la free, and die cool water comet straight from the Edwards Aquifer. die sun should (kink lots of fluids the day before. The best fluids are those drat are high in potassium, such as orange juice, tomato and other citrus juices. Gatorade is also good for younger people, however, older people should avoid it because of the sodium it contains. He also added that outdoor activity should be done during the cooler hours of the day. “You would not want to go out in the hottest part of the day to work if you don’t have to. Go when it’s cooler and easier on your body,” Kennady said. Another important thing Kennady said people need to remember is not to drink ice water after being outside. He said the cold water shocks the body and causes the heart to slow down. “It’s too much of a shock to your system. You never want to shock your heart like that,” he said. New Braunfels produces four National Merit Scholars By SU8AN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer It might be something in the water — or maybe our education system is doing something very nght. The New Braunfels area can claim not one but four National Merit Scholars in 1995: Tillman Cavert and David Dierksen of New Braunfels High School, Tim Ousley of Canyon High School and Wendalyn Pursch of Smithson Valley High School. Pursch, daughter of William and Victoria Pursch of Bulverde, was the valedictorian of the SVHS 1995 class. Her National Merit Scholarship was sponsored by Trinity University, according to the NMSC. Pursch has written a series of children’s books and hopes to be an author. She plans to major in business and minor in communications or English at Trinity University. Pursch draws inspiration from her close family ties and has a reputation for responsi-b i I i t y and high moral standards among Outlay her classmates. Ousley, son of Dr. Stephen and Julie Ousley of New Braunfels, was the 1995 CHS salutatorian. He received one of the prestigious $2,000 National Merit Scholarships. Ousley is headed for Texas A&M to major in computer engineering. Ousley wants to design computers, he said. Ousley credits some of his success to home schooling he Pursch received during his junior high school years. Cavert, the son of Tillman and Kathryn Cavert, received his National Ment Scholarship from the University of Arizona, according to National Ment Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) Public Information Director Elaine Detweiler. He studied environmental science, physics and advanced biology at NBHS with the goal of majoring in wildlife biology. Dierksen, the son of John and Kathy Dierksen, was the salutatonan for the NBHS class of 1995. Journalism will be his chosen field of study, according to the NMSC, and he will pursue it at the University of Texas at Austin. UT Austin sponsored Dierksen’s Merit Scholarship. Dierksen Dierksen was a band colonel and drumline captain at NBHS, playing in the all-•Jistnct band. He edited the literary magazine, and was a : nember of the German Club and Mu Alpha Theta. He was in both the Academic Decathlon and the National Honor Society for two years. Dierksen also played tennis at Cavert NBHS. The NMSC awarded scholarships to 6,900 high school seniors this year, totaling about $26 million. Three types of ment scholarships were awarded: college-sponsored awards, National Ment $2,000 Scholarships, and corporate-sponsored scholarships. National Ment semi-finalists represented only about 1/2 percent of graduating seniors. New Braunfels Vol. 143, No. 179 12 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, July 20,1995    Serving    Comal    County    for    more    than    143    years    ■    Home    of    ANDREA    CAMPOS The old LORA building. Herald-? M016 10/22/9?    183 s □ •••• W E ST rn CR OF I.) B L. 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