New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 2, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Small Bu siness Week begins today. See our special commemorative section inside!
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-ZeltungX
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Matthew Sultemaler (14 years Saturday), Mitchell Smith (15 years), Archie Schmidt (Monday), Margarita Zamarripa (Saturday), Nancy Jemlgan, Daniel Walker (11 years) and Richard Glenville.
Happy anniversary wishes to: George and Mary Garza (1 year), Gans and Francas Rogers (50 years), Sandra and Joss Gonzales (Monday) and Ron and Brenda DeStefano (17 years).
Cancer survivors to ool-obrato
American Cancer Society Survivors Celebration Day will begin at 1 p.m. today at Cypress Bend Park. The event promotes awareness of and celebrates cancer survival. Dr. John Tieman, president of the local unit of the American Cancer Society, will speak. Refreshments will be served, and games are planned.
Starlight Gala ii aanraUong boing accepted
Reservations are now being accepted for the fourth annual American Cancer Society Starlight Gala. “A Night in Casablanca" is the theme for this year’s Gala. which will feature casino gaming, a gourmet buffet catered by Word of Mouth Catering from Austin, and dancing to the music of the Fairmonts. A silent auction will also be held, and the winner of a year’s lease of a 1996 Chevrolet Tahoe will be announced. Ticket prices start at SICK) per couple, with all proceeds benefitting the local unit of ACS. For information, call 629-6153 or 606-4115.
Material about power plant sought
The L.C.R.A. Power Plant Protectors, a group of more than 300 volunteers dedicated to saving the L.C.R.A. building for a cultural center, has announced formation of a heritage-historical committee. Cochairmen Bucky Smith and Gerry Belton are looking for photographs, news clippings, information, and stories from retired L.C.R.A. employees, relatives of employees or anyone who had connections with the building.
Anyone who can help may call Bucky Smith at 625-9309 or Betty Lou Rushing at 625-6362.
Nsweomsrs Club to
The Newcomers Club will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday at the Senior Center, 655 Landa St. Coffee and donuts at 9:30 a m., meeting at 10 a m. Cloggin Meisters and the Hill Country Dancers will provide entertainment. Bob Peterson of the American Cancer Society will give a presentation. *
Mission Valloy Lunch Bunch to moot
The Mission Valley Lunch Bunch will meet at 11:15 a.m. Tuesday at Mr. Gatti’s Pizza
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Hot tempers cooled by police on plaza
By DENISE DZIUK
Despite shouting that at times drowned out the message the Ku Mux Man was trying to spread, officials say the security measures at the rally were successful, and only three arrests were reported.
New Braunfels Police LL John Wom-mack said the rally, which drew a crowd of between 400 and 500 people, went well. There were three “minor” incidents, resulting in two people being arrested for public intoxication and one for crossing police barricades.
“Everything went just like we wanted it to,” Wommack said.
Security Saturday consisted of about
Ufo did everything we possibly could and did everything right.’
— Ll. John Wommack
111 officers. Police Chief Hay Douglas said numerous agencies assisted, including the Sheriffs Department, County Constables, Garden Ridge Police Department, Comal and Bexar county gang units, and Department of Public Safety. Douglas estimated he would pay out less than $2,000 in overtime to officers. f
Mayor Jan Kennady said the cost was worth it.
“We want to be sure (citizens) are safe,” she said. “We feel veiy justified in
spending whatever it will cost.”
Douglas said a huge part of the security effort consisted of researching how other cities handled similar rallies. He said they “took the good and left the bad” of each plan. Wommack said the only changes made once the rally got under way was moving officers around.
“We did everything we possibly could and did everything right” he said.
Kennady and Comal County Judge Carter Casteel thanked all the agencies that assisted in the security at the rally and commended the officers on a job well done. They were also pleased citizens appeared to follow their advise and stay home. They estimated about “a dozen” of those present were actually from New Braunfels.
Herakj-Zeiturvfl photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Protestors and Klansmsn had heated exchanges Saturday evening, although no violence was reported. A massive show of police force was credited with keeping both skies In line.
Images of anger
Elan sideshow attracts mostly
Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
ame In many forma on Saturday. (Clockwise, from top left) Wan organizer Michael Lows was
w. insults throughout the event Other signs displayed protester* anger at the presence of th#
Wan In New Braunfels. Through no fault of Its own, a baby was also used to send a massage of hate.
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alternatives to Klan event
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The few New Braunfels youth who attended the Ku Mux Man rally on Saturday went for curiosity’s sake, while other area young people decided to avoid the rally altogether.
Thirteen-year-old Brandi Guzman went to the rally with her friend Rosie Rosales, 13, because she wanted to send a message to the Man.
However, most young people decided to heed the advice of city and church leaders who urged residents to ignore the KKR.
Loretta Guzman, 22, and her husband, Albert Guerrero, 21, went to the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church festival held Saturday night.
“I have a daughter who is 20 months old, and she shouldn’t be around that stuff (the rally) and I decided to come with my family,” Guzman said.
“I will be at the unity rally tomorrow and check it out and see what they have to say,” Guerrero said.
At The Walnut 6 movie theaters, brothers Travis and Glen Newsom decided to take in a night at the movies instead of viewing the Man on the square.
“My girlfriend wanted to go to the movies,” Glen, 14, said. “I was going to go (to the rally), but my mom didn’t want me to get in trouble.”
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Unity of spirit
The community la Invited to a spacial Unity Rally, organized by ama pastors, at 7:30 p.m. tonight on the plaza. The plaza will ba closed to traffic from 6:30 p.m. until 9 p.m. Anyone wishing to ba a part of a community choir should ba at tho plaza at 6:30 p.m.
By ABE LEVY
A raucous crowd of about 400 to 500 protested the recruitment rally of Ku Mux Man members on the Comal County Courthouse steps Saturday, police said.
Other crowd estimates were as low as 200 to 250 and only about five members of the Man were on the steps dressed in jeans and white military-style Man shirts.
Klan supporters numbered about 15 and included a 4-month-old baby dressed in a Man outfit.
The Klan’s message was met with loud boos from the mostly minority crowd, which city and county officials said was largely from out of town.
Members of the crowd shouted profanity, at times spitting on rally organizer Michael Lowe and threw ripped-up pieces of Man literature at him.
At other times the crowd chanted, “Go home", “KKR, go away!”, and “Down with the Man.”
The majority of the crowd was young and included mainly Hispanics and a handful of African-Americans.
“I don’t even think they should be doing this. This is just like forming a gang, but it’s legal,” said Marcos Dubois, 20, an African-American from Seguin.
“They shouldn’t even be protected, but this is a German town and you’ve got to accept that.”
Mansmen countered the crowd with speeches affirming the rights of Anglo-Americans.
“We see more and more of our white heritage is being stripped from us,” said Michael Lowe, the Man’s regional director, whose group included one woman and a 17-year-old from Waco. “Let’s be honest, (the crowd) showed the real hatred today."
Three arrests and numerous cautions by police kept the cfowd mostly subdued during the two-hour ordeal.
Officials, who estimated overtime cost for police was about $2,000, were relieved when it
HMldMita) followed what wa talked about and that was, ‘PIMM do not coma down hora’. I didn’t aaa more than 12 (from tho area.)1
— Carter Casteel Comal County judge
was over and were told the Man did not plan another stop in New Braunfels.
“I was very pleased. (Local residents) followed what we talked about and that was, ’Please do not come down here’,” Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said.
“I was pretty proud of the citizens of New Braunfels and Comal County. I didn’t see more than 12 (from the area). We’re glad this is over. I don’t think this hurt New Braunfels at all.” Lowe spent more than an hour of his two-hour limit, passing out literature and speaking to the roughly 35 media from Austin, San Antonio and surrounding communities.
“We were founded to be a white, Christian nation,” Lowe said.
“We can never give (minorities) enough. We can never lower the standards in school to satisfy them.”
Lowe said he gained two new members and plans a rally on June 29 in San Antonio, an Amarillo rally in September and other rallies in Galveston and Corpus Christi.
Art Riklin, co-chair of’the San Antonio chapter of the Anti-Defamation League, who attended the event, was disappointed by the number of onlookers, but said most of them seemed to be anti-Man demonstrators.
Counterdemonstators included Amnesty International from South San Antonio, and United Skinheads Local from Austin, an anti-Man group.Israeli voters display anxiety for nation’s security. See Opinion, Page