New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 13, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 pages in three sections ■ Friday, June 13,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Linda Pinson
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Vol. 145, No. 152
Birthday wishes from the HerakkZeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Linda Pinson (Saturday), Jerry Roberts, Deanna Ryan, riaiiam Norwood (Saturday), Connie Lewis (Saturday), Donovan Harris (8 years Saturday), Kyndal Payne (4 years Saturday), Brittney Grace Behung (2 years), Melissa Voigt, William Max Welbom (9 years Saturday), Marisol Flores (14 years Saturday), Cindy Carter (Saturday), Toni Locke (Saturday), Caroline Martin (Saturday), Maria Valenzuela, Pete Matomonos Jr. and Antonio C. Alvarez (82 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold —2,587 Pollen — 40
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter ot air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 290 cfs, down 4 from Thursday
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.50 feet above sea level, up .03. Canyon Dam discharge — 2,238 cfs (release will be increase — see page 3A) Canyon Lake inflow —1,412 cfs Canyon Lake level — 913.49 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
Mew Braunfels Utilities NBL) reports pumping 6.430 million gallons of surface water Thursday and 971,000 gallons of well water were used.
Pack your sunscreen for weekend outings
Although we’re still a week away from the official start of summer, this weekend will be a great time to head outdoors to the swimming pool, the golf course or the park. But, if you go, you’ll need your sunscreen.
According to the National Weather Service, this afternoon will be partly cloudy and hot, with highs in the low 90s and a southwest wind at 15 mph. Tonight, expect partly cloudy skies and a low in the lower 70s. There is a 20 percent chance of evening showers or thunderstorms.
On Saturday, apply the sunscreen, grab a glass of iced tea and head outdoors.
Cloudy morning skies will give way to partly cloudy skies by the afternoon. The high will reach the mid 90s and there will be a south wind at 10 mph.
Fatter1* Day I* Sunday
Time is running out for picking up that Father’s Day gift. Father’s Day is Sunday, so you might start looking for that perfect gift
Faw 1-35 southbound exits are open
The only Interstate 35 exits open for southbound traffic are Solms Road in southeast New Braunfels and Farm-to-Market Road 2252 in west Schertz.
Officials discourage Guadalupe tubing
Tubing and rafting are strongly discouraged on the Guadalupe River this weekend as the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was to increase the release from Canyon Dam to 4,000 cubic feet per second. See Page 3A for more.
Grand jury indicts businessman, wife
By ABE LEVY
Well-known local businessman Russell Brandt and his wife, Pamela, were indicted Wednesday on charges of embezzlement relating to their former business, New Braunfels Resorts, Inc., which they sold last year.
A Comal County Grand Jury charged them each with two counts of misapplication of fiduciary property, one for an amount between $1,500 to $20,000, which is a state jail felony; and the other for between $20,000 and $100,000, a third-degree
The indictments allege that the Brandts used rental proceeds from their property management company to pay personal and business debts, including New Braunfels Resorts and Freunde, Inc.
The indictments also allege that Pamela Brandt used money from die New Braunfels Historic Museums Association Inc. to pay personal and business debts.
Russell Brandt was the former Wurstfest Association president, former president of the Downtown Rotary Club and the 1995 Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year.
The Brandts and their attorney, Wade Arledge, were unavailable for comment today.
New Braunfels Police arrested Russell Brandt in November three days after Wurstfest 19% had ended. He was arrested on one charge of embezzlement
District Attorney Dib Waldrip said die reason for delaying the indictments for six months was the
Chamber hires new CVB director
Native New Braunfelser starts job July I
By CHRIS CREWS
The New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce on Thursday named native New Braunfelser Judy Young as the director of the chamber’s Conventions and Vis- . ^ „
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Chamber President Michael Meek said he received more than 25 applications from all over the state for the position.
“It became more and more obvious to me and members of the executive committee that Judy was the right person for the position and her accomplishments and work ethic surpassed those of other candidates,” Meek said.
Young, who has been employed by a local travel agency for the past seven years, said she was excited about her new job.
“I love my community and don’t plan on leaving,” Young said. “I appreciate the opportunity to be part of a team that will enhance New Braunfels and my family.”
Young’s duties will include managing and implementing the Chamber’s visitor-related promotional budget, handling convention solicitations and management of the new Highway Visitor Center.
Young will assume the directorship on July I. She replaces Jim Scheele Jr., who is leaving to assume the newly-created position of director of economic development with the chamber.
HerakJ Zeitung photo by Michael Darnait
Karfssa SUgall puts just the right touch on th* ball while putting Thursday afternoon at Lands Miniature Golf Course. The weather Is expected to stay hot and muggy through the weekend.
Canyon Lake woman dies after falling from vehicle
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A Canyon Lake woman died at a San Antonio hospital Thursday night after she fell out of a moving vehicle and injured her head.
Cordelia Cantu-Withoff, 56, died at University Hospital at 9:26 p.m. as a result of head injuries, Lt. Dennis Koepp of the Comal County Sheriffs Office said.
Koepp said Cordelia Cantu-Withoff and her husband Michael Cantu-Withoff were riding in their mini van in the 300 block of Charter Oak Dn-ve in the Startzville area when Cordelia C'antu-Withoff fell out of the van around 7:45 p.m.
“Mrs. Withoff and her husband had gotten into a disagreement,” Koepp said. “He was preceding to slow down when she opened (the sliding back door) and then she fell out. She had fallen when
the van was still in motion.”
Koepp said a passerby with a cellular phone called deputies. Canyon Lake EMS responded to the scene as well. Cordelia Cantu-Withoff was then flown to University Hospital.
An investigation would be conducted, he said. “Right now there is nothing criminal at this time,” Koepp said. “We are following up on the information.”
time involved in investigating embezzlement cases.
“The Brandts were very willing to cooperate and provide us with the information to help us with the investigation,” he said.
Because the Brandts have said Pamela Brandt managed most of the financial records for New Braunfels Resorts, she was cited with 13 instances of embezzlement in the two indictments, and Russell Brandt was cited with three, Waldrip said.
District Judge Jack Robison had not set bond for the Brandts as of today, and Comal County Jail officials said they had not admitted them to date.
Comal calls for cut in speed limit
County, school officials plead for slower 281 traffic
By CHRIS CREWS
The Texas Department of Transportation heard three hours of emotional testimony Thursday ranging from tear-filled appeals from people who had lost lov ed ones in traffic accidents to libertarian demands for abolition of speed limits.
An audience of more than 150 Central Texans jammed the TxDOT district office in San Antonio to give opinions on speed limits and other ills they believed afflict the public roads in the state. The meeting at times reached the fervor of an old-time camp meeting as calls of “Amen!” and “Right on!” mixed with spontaneous applause answered speakers with popular points.
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel presented a resolution passed by the county' commissioners’ court requesting that the speed limit be lowered on allofU.S28l in Comal County.
“(U.S.) 281 in our county is in a stress condition, and we plead with you to lower the speed limit on 281," Casteel said.
The strength of the Comal County contingent was ev ident w hen C asteel asked that all people from the county present at the meeting stand. More than half of the crowd rose. The San Antonio district of TxDOT cov ers 12 counties in Central Texas, including Comal County.
Michael Jarrell of Bulverde said, “281 has always been dangerous, but it has now become deadly. The increase in traffic in this area has made traveling a life-threatening gamble. Entenng the roadway has become a crapshoot.”
Dennis Simmons, who lives in Timberwood Park near the Coinal-Bexar county line, commented on a recent school bus-car accident at the intersection of U.S. 281 and Borgfeld Road.
“Seventy miles per hour should apply to interstate highways, not rural roads that have become urban roads, like 281,” Simmons said.
At the meeting, Simmons circulated a petition calling for overpasses at the Borgfeld and Bulverde intersections with U.S. 281.1 Ic said he expected to present the petition to TxDOT ai a July meeting designated exclusively to address the Borgfeld situation.
Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees President Dan Krueger was accompanied by board members Scott Watson and Robert Loop and Superintendent Jerry Major. Krueger presented TxDOT officials a resolution unanimously passed by the board calling for the speed limit to be reduced to 55 mph on U.S. 281 from Loop 1604 to the Blanco County line.
“We have 37 buses and more than 2,500 students who use the road,” Krueger said. “We’ve tried to alter our bus routes to minimize crossing of 281”
Comal County Commissioner Jack Dawson said reducing the speed limit would help the situation on the U.S. 281 and increasing the number of patrols would help as well.
“The (commissioners’) court would subsidize
Turn to Speed limit, Page 2A
Veterans, nation observe Flag Day with Saturday services
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Veterans and the citizens whose rights they protect will pay respect to Old Glory with a Flag Day ceremony at the Elk’s Lodge on Seguin Avenue Saturday afternoon.
The ceremony, to be conducted at 2 p.m., will commemorate the 120th anniversary of the birth of the stars and stripes. The U.S. flag was first authorized by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia on June 14,1777.
Legion Posts 179 and 35, the Sons of the American Revolution, William Hightower Chapter, and Boy Scout Troop 757 will participate in the honor guard.
Richard Kreutler, commander of American Legion Post 179, said Americans should observe Flag Day as
a day to be thankful that they live in a free country.
Kreutler said people should express their thankfulness by showing courtesy toward the flag.
“It means in our country we have to respect the flag, and those who don’t like it should leave our country,” Kreutler said. “We can’t have the best of both worlds. A lot of people died for our flag so it should be respected. It is a shame when people try to bum it or desecrate it.
“It all gets back to veterans and the
people who fought for it. lf it wasn’t for v eterans or the people who fought for it we wouldn’t be enjoying the freedom we have today,” he said.
Retired Lt. Col. Marvin Brown said Flag Day held special significance for veterans and military personnel who currently serve in the armed forces.
“For the last 50 years it has been a welcome symbol to people all over the world and why the American military is there and why we are assisting them,” said Brown, a veteran of World War II, Korean and Vietnam
conflicts. “I think for the civilians here at home it is a symbol of the country ... it is the symbol of freedom.”
Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Jerry Sikes said honoring the flag was part of the Elks’ tradition.
Sikes said the Elks were instrumental in helping start Flag Day in 1894.
“The basic tenets in our organization are belief in God and country,” Sikes said. This (ceremony) is one of the ways we honor our country.”
5.- **•House approves amendment to let Congress outlaw burning American flag. See Page SA