New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 16, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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E I- PO SO , I X 7 9 9 0 3 •Herald-Zeitung
Vol. 148, No. 149 22 pages in 2 sections June 16, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
Skeletal remains found in county; officials working to solve mysteryBones discovered under ledge near dry creek bed
By Chris Crews Staff Writer
Officials are examining skeletal remains found in rural Comal County last week to determine if it was a possible homicide or remains from a time before Europeans arrived in Comal County.
The skull was found this past Friday by a worker on property near Ranch Road 32 in northern Comal County. Sheriff’s investigators worked
with experts from Southwest Texas State University on Monday and Tuesday to recover the complete skeleton.
The remains were found under a rock ledge near a dry creek bed.
“It wasn’t an accident — the body was placed there,” Detective Tommy Ward said.
The remains had been turned over to David Glassman, chairman of the anthropology department at SWT. Ward said Glassman would be able to determine the sex, race, stature and age of the deceased person.
Until Glassman determined otherwise, sher
iff’s officers were investigating the case as a homicide or similar type of death.
Ward said if there was an obvious wound cm die skeleton that Glassman might be able to assist in determining the cause of death.
Glassman said the skeleton was broken into more than IOO parts and that all of its teeth were in place. Until die frame is glued together, it will be impossible to determine its age.
Work on the skeleton should be completed in about two weeks. Glassman said he received calls on similar cases about every 12 days and had worked on other findings across the country.
SWT professor David Glassman (right) watches as SWT student James Mangold (left), Detective John Bell and Detective Tommy Ward search for bone fragments on Tuesday.
By Peri Stone Staff Writer
A member of the Landa Park Golf Course Advisory Board reprimanded the “select few” who responded inappropriately during the fee debate.
“We’ve had too much conversation in an unprofessional stance,” said Jackie Scott at a board meeting Tuesday, adding that the approach was ineffective.
Golf course fees were raised recently by New Braunfels City Council. During the three readings of the ordinance, golfers spoke out against them.
Board president Doug Williams said derogatory names were written on a list that included council members’ names and phone numbers. The list was posted on a bulletin board in the clubhouse.
Also, a group of citizens threatened to recall District 3 Councilman Randy Vanstory if the increased fee structure was approved, Williams said. Vanstory initiated the new fee structure.
New Braunfels resident Bill Gardner argued that no threats were made.
He conducted a meeting at his home to inform people about the process of removing a council member from office before the final vote took place.
Gardner told the advisory board Tuesday he had a right to remove Vanstory because he disagreed with him.
Gardner said it was “totally inappropriate” for the Herald-Zeitung to have printed information of their meeting. Information was taken “out of context,” he said.
During the interview, Gardner never said his comments were off the record.
Scott said she’d like to see golfers come to the board instead of “lashing out in different directions.”
“Our hands were tied because of the behavior of a very few,” she said.
Scott also said she wished council would have met with the board to reach some consensus.
Landa Park Golf Course manager Ward Watson reminded board members, “Nothing’s written in stone.”
Scott said, “We need to bide our time and put our best foot forward.”
Jenniffer Mings (left) of Louisville, Ky., and Katrina Archibald of Elizabeth, Ind., take a break Tuesday afternoon at Schlitterbahn Waterpaik. Mings and Archibald are with the Sunshine Kids, a group of cancer survivors who are spending a week in the area. The group will visit Austin and the state capitol today.
Council approves office park plan
By Peri Stone Staff Writer
An office park complex intended for white-collar jobs in New Braunfels is one step closer to being realized.
As part of an agreement approved Monday by New Braunfels City Council, the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. will help facilitate its development.
Texas Perspectives, Inc. will provide professional technical support.
The two entities are contracted by the New Braunfels Economic Development Corporation, which recommends how the city should spend its 1/2 cent sales tax for economic development.
This is the second two-year contract between the Chamber and EDC that
charges the chamber to “provide marketing and recruitment services to further the economic development program of the EDC.”
The old contract expires June 30 and the renewed one ends June 30,2001.
EDC only received the one bid from the chamber for these services. It advertised in the Herald-Zeitung’s classified section for two days.
District 6 councilwoman Juliet Watson was the only member to vote against the contract Monday, explaining she was concerned the chamber hadn’t recruited
high-paying jobs here in the past.
“We’re not dealing with the past here,” Mayor Stoney Williams said. “Let s stay focused on the proposal.”
Watson argued, “It has everything to do with the past. When you hire a company, you check its credentials.”
She suggested that new companies coming to New Braunfels be required by the city to pay their employees more than $10 an hour.
Williams said the city could not and
Judge reduces bond for woman accused of murder
By Chris Crews Staff Writer
Adele Hartwig used a firm voice Tuesday to enter a plea of not guilty in the murder of her husband.
Harold Hartwig was killed in a fire at their home on Hueco Springs Loop in the early morning hours of May 4.
A Comal County grand jury indicted Adele Hartwig, 61, and charged her with three counts of capital murder in the death of her 72-year-old husband. She was arrested two days later at a local RV park.
State District Judge Gary Steel agreed to reduce Hartwig’s bond from $ 150,000 to $80,000 after her attorney, John D. Herrick of San Antonio, presented an agreement made with the district attorney’s office.
Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said he agreed to the bond reduction with the provisions that Hartwig abstain from alcohol use during her pre-tn-al period and not return to the Hueco Springs property.
Herrick briefly argued against the stipulation on alcohol use, but withdrew his argument when Steel said he would deny the motion if it was removed.
Waldrip said he didn’t oppose the bond reduction because the only person she posed a threat to was dead. He previously said the prosecution would not seek the death penalty because it would difficult ta prove Hartwig was a continuing threat to society. >
The alternative punishment for capital murder ii; life imprisonment.
Herrick said he hoped to raise $8,000 from family members and other sources and that Hartw ig could be free on bond by this afternoon. Persons awaiting trial must make a cash deposit of IO percent of their bail before they can be released.
Herrick said he would file a motion for change of venue. He would like to see the trial moved to a larger city that had not heard the news coverage sur-
Juneteenth helps resident recall changes in education
By Heather Tooo Staff Writer
Margaret Adams has seen the times change during her 78 years.
For Adams, an African-American and lifelong resident of the area, the changes have all been for the better.
“There have been some terrific changes in education, especially for my children,” Adams said.
Adams remembers the one-room classroom on Comal Street where she and other African-American children in New Braunfels attended school, separated from their Hispanic and Caucasian counterparts.
It wasn’t until Adams’ son was in the sixth grade — the 1960s that 62 students from the all-black Booker T. Washington School were integrated into New Braunfels schools.
More than 30 years later, Adams, along with other local residents, continues to celebrate the ending of racist policies on June 19, better known as Juneteenth.
On June 19,1865, word of freedom finally reached slaves in Texas, more than two years after slavery had officially ended in the United States.
Therefore, June 19 is officially recognized each year as Juneteenth Independence Day for African-Americans.
The Black Heritage Society of Comal County will sponsor a Juneteenth celebration on Friday at the Landa Park Haus.
Adams, treasurer and spokeswoman for the Black Heritage Society, said the event would begin with a barbecue beef and sausage dinner from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
On April IO, 1997, the U.S. Senate adopted legislation officially recognizing June 19 as Juneteenth Independence Day, but Adams said celebrations have been held in the New Braunfels area for the last 15 to 20 years.
“I means a lot to us in the black community, thinking about the hard times we’ve been through or our families have beenJuneteenth
WHAT: Celebration of Juneteenth Independence Day WHERE: Landa Park Haus WHEN: Dinners will be served beginning at 11 a m. Friday A style show and dance will follow at 8 p.m.
through,” she said. “It used to be celebrated only among black people in the community, but now itt spread to all races.”
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