New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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DEAR ABBY 3E CLASSIFIEDS ID COMICS 4C CROSSWORD 4C FORUM 4A OBITUARIES 3A SPORTS 1B TV GRIDS 2,3CWurstfest headliner dies of cancer
By Ron Maloney
Because of another engagement, Myron Floren will not be coming back to Wurstfest, and our signature sausage and heritage festival will never be the same.
Horen died at his Rolling I lills, Calif, home Saturday morning surrounded by his family. I Ie was 85.1 Ie leaves behind his wife, Berdyne, and five
Myron Floren played in NB 34 years
daughters and their f amilies.
A memorial service will be set in California at a later date. The family has asked that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to a special fund that will be set up to benefit the United Service Organization or USO, which books entertainment for American
troops overseas. The I lerald-Zeitung will provide that information when it is available.
News of Horen’s passing came from Wurstfest spokesman, Herb Skoog, who said the entertainer best-known around the world as Lawrence Welk’s accordion-playing sidekick, suc
cumbed to a long illness.
"We got a call about a week ago, telling us he had probably 24 hours to 48 hours to live, and he nillied,” Skoog said. "Then we lost him this morning.”
Skoog said Horen had passed a very bad time, and his family suggested he lie down and sleep. A couple hours later, they realized he’d slipped away
See FLOREN, Page 8A
City council to reconsider drainage fee
THE WORK NEVER ENDS
By Leigh Jones
The battle between the city and the New Braunfels Homebuilder’s Association over the two-month-old drainage ordinance is almost over — without seeing the inside of a courtroom.
One day before the legal action deadline set in a demand letter from the builders’ attorney, David Pfeuf-fer, City Attorney C har-lie Zech will recommend council remove the ordinance’s mandatory fees — the can-
WHAT DO YOU THINK?
■ To share your opinion on this issue and read what others think, visit www.be-heardblog.com.
■ Council could decide to take over some responsibilities fromTxDOT, page 7A
non shot that started the fight in the first place.
Zech claimed his recommendation had nothing to do with Pfeuffer’s threats to sue the city.
"There is a change in current state law that requires council to revisit this issue,” he said. "All they have to do is remove the mandatory requirement.’’
The state law, which began as HB 1835 during the last legislative session, requires that municipalities show fees charged for infrastructure improvements are roughly proportionate to the development’s impact,
See DRAINAGE, Page 3A
Local school districts reveal their results from recent I AKS tests.
Farmers do what it takes to bring in the crops
By Ron Maloney
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who are, out of all of us, most fiercely independent — and least likely to appreciate government regulation — deal with more of it and the resulting paperwork than anyone, anywhere, except maybe the federal government itself.
But Saturday’s irony for farmers Jackie Kraft and Melvin and Kor-van Kreusler, was that the day the Herald-Zeitung came out to do a story about the beginning of the sorghum harvest, their combine broke down and they and Kraft’s son, David, spent the day dismantling and repairing it instead of harvesting.
Jackie was staying home Saturday as he worked to recover from a medical condition. He and the Kreuslers met early in the after-
Photos by DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
David Kraft, left, tries to remove a broken part from inside a combine while Korvan and Melvin Kreusler look on. With the very expensive machine out of commission, harvesting on the Kreusler farm came to a halt Saturday. Below, Melvin, left, and Korvan Kreusler take a break on the front porch of their farmhouse and reflect on their lives working the land.
noon in t he shade of his porch.
"We started yesterday, and now the mach ine’s broke,” said Korv an, who is als o president of the Comal County Farm Bureau, “lf you’d have heel I here at 5:30 p.m. yesterday, it wa s running fine.”
"The tilling is, you only use it about twi > months out of the year," Melvin said. “The rest of the year, its just sitting there. But that’s the way it is, you have to have it.”
The Kreuslers and the Krafts slim1 the combine, which is priced well up ii ito six figures.
While David Kraft worked, the Kreuslers and his father ux>k some
See FARM, Page 7Aamerican Owned. Bom Herlp. Brewed Here./trJtfs/w The only major brewer that's still American Owned.-
Music may be coming to an end at Gruene museum
By Ron Maloney
GRUENE — One of the city’s cultural resources announced in a Saturday press release that it will close its doors early next month.
The New Braunfels Museum of An and Music will close Aug. 8 at the conclusion of its current exhibition, Executive Director diaries Gallagher said.
“We’re closing the doors on the eighth and are looking at
■ See Tuesday's Herald-Zeitung to find out what's next for the New Braunfels Museum of Art and Music
all the options,” Gallagher said Saturday afternoon. “It would be premature to say anything more.”
Gallagher said the museum had recently stopped accepting new memberships and
See MUSEUM, Page 3ABulverde man dies in rollover accident
By Ron Maloney
Trucking the newsSlashing suspect
LAST WE KNEW: Robert Troy McClure, 28, suspect in a January throat slashing in New Braunfels, was taken into custody July 15 in King Cove Alaska.
LATEST: McClure, now in Anchorage, awaits transportation back to Texas.
NEXT: McClure's extradition is expected to take place within the next several days.
A 74-year-old Bulverde man was killed Saturday in a rollover acc idem on Texas 46.
Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Diana Guerrero pronounced Frankie1 R. Kogel dead at the scene of the 11:49 a.nn. accident, which happened above the Dry Comal Creek just east of South Cranes Mill Road.
Department of Public Safety Accident Reconstructionist Joel Vlachost said Kogel was driving westbound on Texas 46 when his vehicle, a 2004 Nissan Pal blinder, veered off the right side of the road “Witnesses said he swerved off the road, started coming back out onto die road, and when he did, he hit those plastic barrels,”
DAVID INGRAM Herald-Zeitung
Rescue workers tend to Frankie R. Kogel after a rollover accident Saturday.
Machost said, referring to sand-tilled barricades at each end of the Dry Comal bridge. “They (the barrels) threw him out into the
See ACCIDENT. Page 3A