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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 9, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas SATURDAYNEW Braunfels    june    9,2001 16 pages in 2 sections 15 pages in I sec ticHerald-Zeitung l '..................... " : . "J........................... ......;.................................—..................................................,........... IMillMlliMIMiMiKil , -— : I Vol. 150, No. 180 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents Inside Abby................... ............5A Classifieds............ ...........5-8B Comics................. .............3B Crossword............ .............5A Forum................... ..............6A Local/Metro.......... .............4A Movies................... ..............5A Obituaries............. .............3A Sports.................... ...........1-2B Today.................... .............2A Key Code 76 John Groyle passed up a professional football career to help children/Sunday in the Herald-Zeitung Corps exploring ways to promote winter tourism By Ron Maloney Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — A concerted effort could be on the horizon to join the business community with federal planners to attract nature lovers and long-term winter tourists to Canyon Lake. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also announced Thursday it would continue the renovation and rehabilitation of its Canyon Lake campgrounds this summer with work at a pair of north shore facilities. Corps of Engineers lake manager Jerry Brite and his staff conducted its fifth annual informational meeting with interested residents. About 20 who attended were told how the 8,000-acre lake and Se© C0RPS/3AHonoring volunteers CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Jane Mitchell, with the New Braunfels office of the American Red Cross, speaks Friday during the volunteer luncheon. Manford named to second term as fire marshal Water talks CHRIS PACE/Herald-ZeitungCounty Judge Danny Scheel listens as Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority General Manager Bill West goes over a Canyon Lake area map Friday in the Commissioners’ Courtroom in the Comal County Courthouse Annex building. The pair met with Canyon Lake residents who oppose a GBRA proposal to take more water from the lake. GBRA offers agreement to ease Canyon Lake residents’ worries By Martin Malacara Staff Writer Concerned Canyon Lake residents might be on the verge of a compromise with the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority concerning its permit amendment to draw more water out of the lake. In a Friday afternoon meeting facilitated by Comal County Commissioners’ Court, GBRA offered the Friends of Canyon Lake a proposal to supplement the county’s agreement with the river authority. The supplement would include an impact study, paid in full by GBRA, on economic, environmental, recreation and safety issues; an agreement to study facility needs; study contour mapping of the lake and permits from the Corps of Engineers; develop cost sharing and establish funding; and create a multi-agency lake committee. The county’s current agreement with GBRA is to have no more than 24,000 acre-feet directly drawn from the lake annually. Commissioners’ Court made the ‘We need the level of the lake to be a certain level for economic purposes. ” — Bob Wickman Friends of Canyon Lake, executive committee member agreement with GBRA in November 1999 to support its permit amendment request before the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to draw an additional 40,000 acre-feet out of the lake. This amendment would increase the draw from the lake to 90,000 acre-feet, if approved by TNRCC. An acre-foot is 325,851 gallons. However, the Friends oppose GBRA’s permit amendment to draw additional water from the lake and have filed a legal motion with TNRCC to be reconsidered as an affected party. The river authority offered the proposed supplement to the Canyon Lake group in the hopes it would drop its legal motion. GBRA Project Manager David Welsch said, “We’ve tried to be balanced with all this.” Friends executive committee member Bob Wickman said the group’s goal is to voice its concerns with the whole permit process. “We’re a customer too. We need the level of the lake to be a certain level for economic purposes,” Wickman said. Welsch said the Friends would be a part of the multi-agency lake committee, as well as representatives from the county, the Water Oriented Recreation District, the Corps of Engineers, a county municipal water customer, GBRA and representatives from the New Braunfels and Canyon Lake chambers of commerce. The Friends executive committee agreed to discuss the proposal at its Sunday meeting and notify County Judge Danny Scheel of its decision Monday. Friends members said they have concerns about the impact study getting underway after the TNRCC approves the river authority’s permit. “It would be after the fact,” FriendsSee WATER/3A Sandy Morales has retired from the Comal County Sheriff’s Office after a 16-year career, seven which he spent working as the school resource officer at Smithson Valley High School CHRIS PACE/ Herald-Zeitung Smithson Valley school officer retires after seven years By Ron Maloney Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY — Comal County’s largest high school campus won’t be quite the same next year. Sandy Morales, a fixture at Smithson Valley High School for the past seven years as the sheriff’s school resource officer, has retired his post and left a big pair of boots for the sheriff’s office and the Comal Independent School District to fill. He was honored Thursday by Comal County commissioners with a plaque and a proclamation followed by a retirement luncheon at a local restaurant. Sheriff Bob Holder described his career, the kind of man Morales is and said how much he’ll be missed — at the sheriff’s office and on the 1,900-student campus in western Comal County. In a 16-year career with the Comal County Sheriff’s Office, Morales has worked in a number of roles, but the one he has enjoyed the most, he said, was his seven years at SVHS. “I consider those my best years, working with the stu dents and the faculty,” Morales said. The deputy said he loves children. But the school job presented its challenges during the past couple of years, when bomb scares rocked the campus and the school district. The bomb scares began the same year two students shot See OFFICER/3AComal grand jury indicts theft suspect By Ron Maloney Staff Writer A Comal County grand jury this week indicted a 45-year-old New Braunfels man whose roofing and driveway repair business allegedly defrauded a homeowner more than two years ago. Alex Williamson is accused of theft between $1,500 and $20,000, which is a state jail felony. However, because Williamson has two prior convictions for felony theft in Georgia and Ohio, the punishment level under the Texas Penal Code is bumped up to 2-20 years, the same as for a second-degree felony, District Attorney Dib Waldrip said. Bail on the Comal County theft charge was set at $75,500, but Williamson remains behind bars because of a a fugitive theft warrant from St. Louis, Mo. He has an extradition hearing pending in that case, a jail offi cial said Friday. Williamson was arrested on March IO by sheriff’s Detective Donna O’Conner after a months-long investigation. O’Conner reported in her arrest warrant affidavit filed with Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace William Schroeder that Williamson allegedly had driver’s licenses from Indiana, New Jersey, Georgia, Ohio, North Carolina, Colorado and Texas — all with his photo and all with different names. Among the names were James E. Miller, Rojas Kay-beck, Allen Taylor, Alex Taylor and Alex Cord. The company names he allegedly has used in Comal County include Tri State General Contractors and Pave Pro, but there might be others, O’Conner said. Williamson did not have a contractor’s license, O’Conner said.See THEFT/3A with Manford use words such as “tenacious” and “dogged” to describe his dedication to his work. Under his tenure, the Comal County fire marshal’s office has been involved in a number of prosecutions, including the high-profile Adele Hart wig murder case. Hartwig is serving a life sen-tence for her husband’s death in an arson fire. Manford’s office also is investigating the case of Danny Neal, a Canyon Lake man who allegedly shot and killed his mother, Barbara Casey, and set fire to her home in December. Manford is getting help from former sheriff’s deputy and assistant state fire marshal Ibm my Hubertus in the investigation of an arson fire that destroyed Carl Doep-penschmidt’s garage and workshop — along with See MANFORD/3A a second two-year term as county fire marshal. A retired Department of Public Safety MANFORD trooper, Manford first was named to his post two years ago at the request of Comal County Sheriff Bob Holder, also a retired trooper. Manford’s office handles fire investigations in unincorporated county areas as well as fire safety, burn permits and training. Investigators who work By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to reappoint Lin Manford to ;