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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 18, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Vol. 149, No. 151 44 pages in 8 sections June 18, 2000 Sunday Serving Comal County since 1852 $1.00 Roger Keller, Christine Phillips and Larry Phillips are piloting the success of their New Braunfels-based J business. JI Leather Tech’s plush interiors garner national attention By Fred Blevens Staff Writer Three years ago, Larry Phillips was scarring his knees on a patch of asphalt outside a tiny shed next to the tarmac at New Braunfels Municipal Airport. He was cutting carpet for installation in tiny airplanes in need of new interiors. Inside the shed, Phillips cut and stitched leather for new seat covers, the planes tethered to the runway apron. Phillips, a gregarious, aging baby boomer and self-proclaimed hustler, had an idea that he could fill a critical niche in the aircraft industry. It was a dream, he admits, but one that came honestly from parents skilled in upholstery and mechanics and from his own highly successful venture in the van conversion business. Phillips today is living his fantasy as founder of and head cheerleader for Leather Tech, a small but growing New Braunfels business of 15 employees that expects to gross $2 million this year in small airplane restoration, refurbishing and sales. So far, the Leather Tech story is equal parts logic and entrepreneurial-ship. Tucked in the cornfields surrounding the small municipal airport, the company’s two hangars dwarf the cluttered and littered shed in which it was bom. In the general aviation field across the country, the young company has shown its work well at industry shows, consistently attracting attention to its plush interiors on Cessnas, Beechcrafts, Mooneys and Pipers. “It’s amazing,’’ Phillips says. “We’re getting to be known everywhere but here in New Braunfels.”See LEATHER/8A FRED BLEVENS/Herald-Zeitung Victor Gutierrez cuts a padded glare shield in preparation for installation on the Piper Comanche. “It’samazing. We 're getting to be known everywhere but here in New Braunfels.” Larry Phillips founder, Leather Tech New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung launches Saturday edition Inside ► Father's Day Dads are staying home, fighting stereotypes and more importantly, spending more time with the kids/I C► Movie review Cale (Matt Damon) unknowingly holds the key to the future of humankind in “Titan A.E.” See Roy’s review./6C► Aft-Star Teams Local Little League teams start tournament this week./4B Check out team pictures./2 and 4B► Body, mind, spirit A wellness center for locals searching for all natural, organic and alternative health solutions could be just six months away./4A From Staff Reports Beginning July I, the Herald-Zeitung will publish six days a week, delivering Saturday editions to door steps and news racks around the county. The Saturday edition will include local news, features, religion news, the Friday stock market report and sports from Friday. “This Saturday edition will mean a lot to our Friday night football fans who will no longer have to wait until Sunday for complete coverage of our Comal County football games,” Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson said. “We are extremely excited about the opportunity to serve our readers even more.” The Herald, the community’s English language paper, and the Zeitung, the German paper, merged more than three decades ago, and have collectively served the community since 1852. The first Zeitung was dated Nov. 12, 1852. A mass meeting of interested citizens in New Braunfels elected Ferdinand Lindheimer, considered the father of Texas botany, as the newspaper’s first editor from a list of three candidates. The first English-language paper published in New Braunfels, the Herald, first went to press circa 1890. When the Zeitung and the Herald merged in 1957, the paper was printed bi-weekly, with the Zeitung published on one day and the Herald published on another. Finally, the papers merged completely in 1967 and were printed as the Herald-See SATURDAY/5A Parade of Homes K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Dinah Kusenberger of Premier Custom Home Builders welcomes visitors to one of six homes on parade Saturday. See schedule for the week’s events./5ABookkeeper convicted of theft in 1991 Woman accused of stealing from Bulverde VFD confessed prior theft By Erin MAGRUDER Staff Writer When Corinne Schlueder allegedly helped herself to more than $33,000 of the Bulverde Area Volunteer Fire Department’s money, she already had a rap sheet that included a felony conviction for stealing from a former employer. Schlueder was arrested Wednesday morning for allegedly stealing from BVFD. Whether BVFD employees and board members knew about the 36-year-old volunteer bookkeeper’s criminal history still is uncertain. But the conviction would have been hard for BVFD Chief Raylon Schlueder to overlook. The two were married in November of 1990 when Corinne Schlueder confessed to pocketing more than $750 during a six month period while working as a cashier at a Comal County business called Boon Docks, Comal County Court-at-Law records show. Neither Corinne nor Raylon Schlueder could be reached for comment by press time. But in a written confession, Corinne Schlueder said on many occasions she took change out of her own pocket to give to customers and would then keep the money for herself after the sale was made, court records show. Schlueder said the cash that should have been returned to the register was used to pay bills her family —which included two young children — owed during lean financial times. Schlueder only confessed to stealing “maybe a few dollars more” than $750 from Boon Docks, court records show. But owners of the business accused her of walking out the doors with more than $8,000 during her brief period of employment, courtSee BOOKKEEPER/5A New    s 2 0 3 3 2 *• * * *• * * * *• ft L I. F O R ft I) C 7 8 0 Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending rn 5 can water today after J p.m. Well users cannot water today. For information, call 608-8925 OBTr i jBr    SO-LIE ST ii I CRO PU BL I SHING 20    ---- 11    ^ •mr • "m]    7    E    VONDELL    BR    y "m -y- HERALD-^ x JNG Good catch Fish fry makes Father’s Day special By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Catfish were jumpin’ Friday night out back of Colonial Manor Care Center — from the water right into the deep fat fryer. Father’s Days at Colonial Manor Care Center, 821 W. Business Highway 81, are made special each year by a group of staff and volunteers who throw a fishing derby and fish fry for residents. A number of the residents — many in wheelchairs — caught catfish in two metal tanks set up just for the occasion out in back of the facility. Staffers and vol- See FISH FRY/5A Residents, helped by staffers and volunteers, caught catfish for a Father’s Day fish fry Friday night at Colonial Manor. From left, Powell Phillips and David Davila try their luck. Davila caught a few fish, including the one in this photo, ' which was about 18 inches long. RON MALONEY/ Herald-Zeitung Index Abby.............................................2C Business................................5-6B Classified................................1-12D Crossword ........................2C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Movies..........................................2C Obituaries.................................3A Sports....................................1-4B Today ................................2A Television...........................TV    Week Key cod* 77 ;