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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas Maryland pair walk with kayaking gold - See Sports, P. 7 _____     V_ _____ COUNTDOWN: 499 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21, 1845 March 21,1995 New BraunfelsHerald 410 NOI 6 10/22/9?    17 SO-WEST NICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL. DR EL PASO, TX 79903: 14 Pages in one section ■ July 30,1993 Serving Comal County ■ Home of DOUGLAS PARKER Vol. 141, No. 180INSIDE Obituaries...... .......2 Opinion....... .......4 Religion....... ........5 Wheels........ ........9 Classifieds...... .....9-13 STAMMTISCH Birthday wishes! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Roger Simmons, Kyle Heitkamp, Jimmie Meckel, Adam Cortez (Sat), Bryan PuUin (belated). Texas Teeh send off scheduled Aug. 1 The annual hamburger cookout, hosted by the Comal County Chapter of the Texas Tech Ex-Student Association, will be held in honor of all freshmen attending Texas Tech. All family and friends are invited to attend Sunday, Aug. I at the Riverwalk on the Wurstfest grounds. Social begins at 5 p.m. with the meal and program beginning at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for children under 12. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund. RSW by calling 629-2163 (Mike Doherty) or 625-7551 (work) or Peggy Morris at 625-9638. NBHS band begins practice Aug. 2 The New Braunfels High School Unicom Marching Band will begin summer band practice on Monday, Aug. 2. The schedule is as follows: Aug. 2-4,7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Frosh, color guard); Aug. 5-Aug. 6,7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. - all band members, Aug. 9-13 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. -all band members. Please call the NBHS Band Hall at 625-6271 for more information. McQueeney VFD plans BBG & picnic The Annual McQueeney Volunteer Flit Department Picnic will be held Saturday, Aug. 14 at the air-conditioned McQueeney Lions Community building on Hwy. 78, six miles west of Seguin. Great barbecue chicken and all the trimmings will be served from 11:30 p.m. and again from 4 pm until 9 pm A drive-thru service will be offered from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm. There will be games for the kids, bingo from 2:30 pm to 6:30 pm, a Ladies Auxiliary auction from 7 pm to 9:30 pm, followed ly a raffle. The raffle prizes will include a Kleinguenther custom rifle and a condo weekend for two to Port Royal plus $200 cash. To get there, take FM 78 to the McQueeney Lions Dub, located one mile east of McQueeney. Call 379-0660 or 557-5621 for more information. Proceeds will go toward expanding the fire station. Rivcrcrcst Night Out slated Aug. 3 The Rivercrtst Heights Neighborhood Association will celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 3 with a meeting at Rivercrest Park. Decorations should be in place by 6 pm. for judging. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. with a special visit from Toby Tuber." Everyone should bring a lawnchair to share the fun and good times. Stammtisdi (Th* New Braunfels Herald Zetlung invites its readers lo submit items lo Stammlisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammlisch" represents a sitting place for members cf the community lo gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you lo share with us.) NEU board approves 4% water hike H&rakJ-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Destructive fire A residence at 1924 Bretzke Lane was destroyed In a two-alarm fire that was reported at 7:21 p.m. yesterday. NBFD responded with two engines and a tanker while Bracken FD responded with two tankers also. The fire damage was estimated at $20,000. "It was pretty much destroyed," one firefighter said. The fire's cause Is under Investigation. By JENNIFER ROMPEL Stiff Writer_ Members of the New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees approved a $56 million budget Thursday that includes a potential raise in water and sewer rates. The increase in rates must be approved by the New Braunfels City Council. Robert Sohn, NBU general manager, said the new rates probably would not go into effect for six months to a year. The increase for residential accounts would be approximately 4 percent if it is approved. The increase in rates will result in some increased revenue for the city, according to Sohn. If the rates are approved, 5 cents per 1,000 gallons of water sold will be transferred to the city. This would result in revenue of $100,000 per year. ‘‘We have never given them anything out of water funds before," he said. The budget also includes a $250,000 transfer of funds to the city of New Braunfels. Sohn said this will be a onetime payment. NBU currently gives more than $1 million each year to the city. Sohn said the city requested more funds this year. NBU transferred the funds from surplus monies. In addition, NBU approved sending out requests for proposals for developing a plan for water conservation. Main Street Project to host series of seminars throughout August By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer_ Penelope Church, director of the New Braunfels Main Street Project announced a series of seminars for small business owners will begin Aug. 4 with a special kick-off session ‘‘How to Succeed in a Competitive Market, or How to Live Well With Discounters.” ‘‘One of the purposes of the Main Street Project is help independent small business people hone their skills and stay abreast of the current marketplace,” said Church. ‘‘One of the ways we try to do that is to come up with small business seminars. This series is geared at staying competitive. “The kick-off is with Tom Guyton. Mr. Guyton has successfully competed with the big discounters as a small business owner and now travels Texas and surrounding states training independent business owners to enhance their business for a competitive market. He focuses on finding a complimentary niche to avoid competing directly.” The series of four early morning seminars, ‘‘Wake-Up Call,” will be held from 8-9:15 a.m. at the Municipal Building throughout August. Penelope Church Other seminars will include: ■ Aug. 11 — “Expanding Your Customer Base: Where Haven’t You Looked?” presented by Debbie Schueneman, UTSA Small Business Development Center, San Antonio. ■ Aug. 18 — “Effective Advertising: Get the Most Bang for Your Buck in the 90s Market” presented by Janie L. Denton, Director of Marketing and Public Relations, Arts! San Antonio. ■ Aug. 25 — “Visual Merchandising: Stop Traffic and Increase Sales!” presented by Glenn Reynolds and Jerry Shaw, owners, St. Charles Gifts, Antiques St Art, Sixth St. and Barton Creek Mall, Austin. To register for any of the seminars which are open to all local small businesses at no charge, call the Main Street Project office at 608-2100. Final drug checkpoint arrests now convicted By GARY P. CARROLL Nows Editor_ Comal County District Attorney Bill Reinter said the final two defendants arrested during the drug interdiction checkpoints late last year have been convicted; bringing to four the total number of convictions obtained during the checkpoint procedure. The Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force set up a drug checkpoint on Interstate Highway 35 in December of 1992 and pulled over cars for drug checks. Tomas Martinez and Ventura Dias both plead guilty to possession of marijuana while charges against a passenger in Martinez’s car were dropped when Martinez confessed dial the passenger had no knowledge die drugs were present. Martinez was charged with posses sion of between 50 and 200 pouixls of marijuana while Dias was found to have between five and 50 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle. Martinez and Dias will not receive the maximum sentences for their crimes due to the fact that they plead out, but Reimer feels that the sentences will be substantial. “They won’t get the max but I’m sure they’ll do some time,” Reimer said. “Tile court held this at arms length . . . because the last thing it needed was three test cases going on at the same time.” One of those convicted as a result of the checkpoint was found guilty but had appealed the decision claiming the checkpoint violated his constitutional rights of privacy and constituted an illegal search and seizure. No decision has been reached in that case. Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Painting project A youth group from St. Paul Lutheran Church In New Braunfels has begun a house painting project where members paint homes of elderly citizens. This group was found painting the home of Mary Ann Feltner on West Coll St. Kids participating in the project Include Amanda Vetter, Teresa Supulver, Dawn Knudson, Cerise Gillis, David Supulver, Deborah Llnnartz, Matthew Hoffman, Patrick Hoffman, Amber Rauch, Josh Miller, David Gillis, Mark Noble, Ronnie Schwab, and supervisors Kristin Swenson (director of youth ministries), Pastor Judl Miller, Harvey Haas. Local United Way receives $250,000 from GE fund From staff reports Joe Wort, Executive Director of the United Way of Comal County, announced that United Way organizations in the midwest have received a special $250,000 donation from the General Electric Foundation for flood recovery relief. One of the largest corporate responses to date for the flood disaster, the donation was presented to Elaine L Chao, President of United Way of America at a meeting of relief agencies by Martin Hagl, GE Lighting plant manager in St. Louis, Mo. "This generous support will be used by United Ways to sustain vital agency services, ensuring that people affected by the floods are being helped,” said Chao. “We hope the example set by the General Electric Foundation will inspire others to make donations now, when the need is the greatest.” United Way-funded agencies, such as the American Red Cross, have been on the frontline of the relief efforts. The Salvation Army, another United Way-funded agency, is reportedly serving some 75,000 meals a day. Fisher resigns, effective Aug. 31Assistant DA says ‘It’s time to move on to better things’ By GARY P. CARROLL New Editor_ After nearly five years prosecuting cases in Comal County, Assistant District Attorney Robert Fisher has tendered his resignation effective Aug. 31,1993. Citing favorable employment opportunities elsewhere as the key reason for leaving, Fisher said New Braunfels has been a very good experience for him — but now it's time to move on. “I hate to use the old dicfc ‘move on to bigger and better things,’ but that's what I’m going to do,” Fisher said. “I had considered this for quite some time, and in this profession there is a certain window of opportunity in which to seek out employment . . . and now is the time.” Although Fisher admitted that people around town would speculate on reasons for his leaving New Braunfels, he said the decision to leave was his own and he is not leaving because he is unhappy. District Attorney Bill Reimer said Fisher has served the city of New Braunfels and Comal County over the past five years, and feels confident Fisher will succeed wherever he goes. Reimer would not comment on whether or not Fisher’s recent handling of a sexual assault case was involved in his decision to resign. "I've been a wash of controversy ever since the (Curtis Wayne) McBride case," he said in an interview with the Herald-Zeitung earlier this week. When asked if he expected to leave the DA's office during the same interview, he replied "As of right now I'm still employed." “He’s given me five years of hard work,” Reimer said. “He’s done a good job for this community.” Reimer said his office currently is interviewing candidates to replace Fisher and a new assistant district attorney should be named in one week. 50 CENTSFor subscription, news, or advertising information, call 625-9144 ;