New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
Villarreal named top peace officer—again
Jack Massengale practices on the driving range at the Sundance Golf Course Tuesday.
By David Rupkalvis
Golfers in New Braunfels got a surprise over the weekend when they learned Sundance Golf Course was closing its doors.
According to golfers who visited Sundance, the golf course was no longer open. Sue Puetz, who built and owns the course with her husband, Rob, declined to comment on the course s closing, only saying the driving range is still open.
While there was no public sign announcing the closing, golfers wanting to play the 18-hole course were turned away.
Sue and Rob built Sundance almost by accident after visiting New Braunfels while looking for a place to build a driving range. After adding a
golf course, the Puetzes spent their time in New Braunfels working to teach golf to children.
Jeff Koehler got to know Sundance and the Puetzes while driving his daughter down from Seguin for many years. Tuesday, he said he was disappointed when he learned Sundance was closing.
“They did, particularly Sue, lots of things for kids,” Koehler said. “They’re ‘Hook a Kids on Golf’ program was a phenomenal venture. They also took a group of kids for years to a PGA junior tournament. That laid a foundation for these kids that continued to play golf that they didn’t get in other situations.”
While Koehler is not a golfer, he learned to love the sport after his
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By Ron Maloney
When police Capt. John Villarreal was a rookie a quarter centu-
Kago, he had what he called the onor and privilege” of meeting veteran sheriff’s detective Ed Murphy.
Murphy, as cops like to say, enjoyed his work — and was
known for running a tight operation and having the kind of tenacity and attention to detail that put criminals in jail.
He died Sept. 21, 1981, in Startzville, in a helicopter crash that occurred while Murphy was chasing burglars.
Villarreal, who shares some of the no-nonsense attributes that made Murphy successful, is
known throughout the local law enforcement community by his initials, “JV" Tuesday, he received the Breakfast Lions Club’s Ed Murphy "Lawman of the Year” Award.
The Murphy Award has come to be regarded over its 23-year history as the top recognition for a local law officer. It is open to any certified peace officer work
ing in Comal County.
Attorney Ron Tipp, who heads the nomination committee for the Murphy Award, said it was the second time Villarreal had received it.
Both times, Villarreal was nominated by his chief of police — now-retired Chief Ray Douglas in 2000 and Russell Johnson this year.
Zipp outlined Villarreal’s career
at the NBPD, which began as a patrol officer in 1981. Villarreal had been criminal investigation sergeant, detective and patrol lieutenant on his way to his current rank of captain. As captain, he oversees the entire department save for its Criminal Investigation Division.
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HONORING OLD GLORY
Organizations work to ensure flag is treated with respect
By Ron Maloney
As a mournful Union Pacific freight whistle wafted over the Knights of Columbus Hall Tuesday, an honor guard carrying the United States and Texas flags marched toward a ceremonial fire.
The short train passed as the men, dressed in their ceremonial black, white and red, marched up to tables with untold numbers of frayed and faded flags draped across them.
As Eloy Gonzales led the team to a halt,
Jaime Gonzales and Howard Schulz presented the flags and Hector Tamayo led those assembled in a Pledge of Allegiance.
So started at 9 a.m. the first of a number of ceremonial burnings of old flags that occur around New Braunfels on each Flag Day.
■ Hoist briskly; lower ceremoniously.
■ Do not display in bad weather.
■ Place no other flag above the
U.S. flag. __
■When displayed against a wall or crossed, the U.S. flag should be to the right.
■When displayed amongst a group of flags, the U.S. flag should be at the center and highest point.
■ When two or more national flags aro flown, they should be on separate staffs of equal height.
■ Flag should never be displayed with the blue union down except as a sign of extreme emergency or distress. When displayed vertically, it should be to the flag's right, which is the observer's left.
Photos by MANDY REARY/Herald-Zeitung
Cadet Cpl. John Zartman of the New Braunfels Marine Corps JROTC places the current American flag with flags throughout the United State's history during a flag ceremony at the Elks Lodge No. 2279Tuesday evening. Below, Fred Adams, president of the Elks Lodge No. 2279, talks about the meaning of the American flag at the Flag Day ceremony.
Each year for the past 15 or so, the Knights of Columbus has conducted its flag-burning ceremonies at its banda Street hall.
Jack Sanders, project officer for the annual event, said the K of C holds the ceremony for good reason.
“We do it so these flags get properly disposed of instead of being thrown in a trash can,” Sanders said. “We want it done with a little bit of dignity.’’
June 14 — Flag Day —is a fitting day for the effort, Sanders said, because it is tile holiday dedicated solely to the United States flag.
Flag Day is believed to have been first celebrated in a Wiscon
sin school on June 14,1885.
It was adopted in 1891 by the New York State Board of Education, and in Pennsylvania in 1893. In 1894, Flag Day was celebrated in Chicago’s parks by more than 300,000 school children.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 as Flag Day. In 1949, President Flarry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating Flag Day as a holiday dedicated to the United States flag.
As assistants I horn as and James San Miguel looked on, Sanders picked up tile first flag with a metal
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Residents voice concerns about Landa Street improvements
By Leigh Jones
The Texas Department of Transportation was not the most popular governmental entity in New Braunfels Tuesday.
Citizens gave officials an earful as they contemplated lost property and increased flooding potential as a result of the proposed Landa Street improvement project.
Tuesday’s meeting was the last before TxDOT makes its final decision on how to solve problems with vertical clearance under the Union Pacific railroad bridge and horizontal clearance across the Dry Comal Creek bridge.
Every chair In city council chambers was full, with at least IO people lining the back wall and spilling out the door.
When the dust settled, positive comments mostly were directed toward alternative 6, which would construct a new four-lane bridge north of the existing bridge connecting to North Seguin Avenue, and alternative 4, which would construct a new bridge just south of the existing bridge.
Both options would require additional right-of-way purchase but would not require construction on the existing railroad bridge.
Greg Malatek, TxDOT area engineer for New Braunfels, told audience members he did not think alternative 6 would run through any homes or businesses, although he did acknowledge St. Joseph’s Anglican
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Local man joins his sailor son-in-law on a memorable cruise aboard a U.S. Navy vessel.
After helping children for years, Sundance closing its doors
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