New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 141, No. 155
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends birthday wishes to Matthew Schriever, Juanita E. Morales, Ryan Petrie, Heather Hoffman; Saturday— Rosalie Myra Resales, Nicole Stout,
Gloria Castro. Happy Anniversary to Juan R. and Cml Zavala, Mr. and Mrs. Jesus Morales, Raul and Amelia Rosales.
CISD offers defensive driving
The Comal Independent School District's Community Education Defensive Driving Class, taught by Charlie Rose, is scheduled for 6 p.m. to IO pjn. July 13 and IS in the board room of the CISD Administration Building.
For more information or to enroll, call 625-8576 or 625-8061.
Citizens Against Crime seminar
The public is invoted to hear Larry Hill, Regional Director of Citizens Against Crime, who will present a seminar on "Living Safely in a Dangerous World." Tuesday, June 29 at 7 p.m. at Cross Lutheran Activity Center, 169 S. Hickory.
The talk will center on personal safety for individuals, families, friends and co-workers. Citizens Against Crime is a national organization associated with the National Organization far Victim Assistance, Alamo Area Crime Prevention Association, Texas Crime Prevention Association, and the National Victim Center.
Can You Dig It? program set
The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department's June Nature's Way Program originally planned for Saturday, June 19 has been rescheduled.
The program, "Archaeology -Can You Dig It?" will be held tomorrow from IO a m. until 11:30 a.m. All those who signed up for the first date will be registered for the June 26 program.
The program is open to youths ages 7 to 13 and has a fee of S3. Pre-registration is required and will be taken until Friday at the Parks office at I IO Golf Course Rd.
Tennis Assoc, plans mixer
The New Braunfels Tennis Association will hold a member-only (over 18) mixed doubles mixer tomorrow at John Newcombe’s Tennis Ranch at I pin.
This event will be A, B, and C divisions. Enter individually for $5.
Pairings will be made as part of the formal. Pairings will rotate within each division.
Entry deadline is Wednesday, June 23. To enter or for more information, call Suzanne at 629-3737, Cyndi at 62(>6646, or Beverly at 629-4358.
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Kelly AFB survives!
Base Closure Commission decides to drop Kelly from base closure list
Staff and Wirt reports
The Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission today spared Kelly Air Force Base in Texas from its list of recommended closures.
The independent panel voted 7-0 to keep the San Antonio base open, shortly after voting unanimously to close Newark Air Force Base in Ohio.
The Texas and Ohio bases were among the five Air Logistic Centers nationwide being eyed by the commission for closure.
Newark had been recommended for shutdown by the Pentagon, and the commission later added the four other logistics centers for review.
The commissioners’ spared three other large logistic centers: Tinker in Oklahoma, Robins in Georgia and McClellan in California.
“All of these bases are good depots,'* said Commissioner Rebec
Texans went into today’s vote confident that Kelly would be spared.
‘i'm thrilled,” said Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Texas, who monitored the commission’s deliberations. "I think Kelly came through on the merits.
“Really, this victory was for Kelly, by Kelly,” Mrs. Hutchison said.
Attempts by the Herald-Zeltung to reach Representative Lamar Smith were unsuccessful, and Kelly Air Force Base officials were unable to return phone calls by presstime.
New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Tom Purdum said he was pleased Kelly will remain open, and although he did not have statistics for the base's economic impact on the community, without exact figures he could not gauge the effect closure would have had
San Antonio man arrested for sexual assault, kidnapping
Robert Timothy Jacket in Comal County jail In lieu of $500,000 bond
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Det. Eddy Tijerina and Sgt. David Off of the Comal County Sheriffs Office arrested Robert Timothy Jackel, 30 years old, of San Antonio, on a warrant for aggravated kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault Thursday following an investigation into the abduction of a woman from Comal Park in May of 1993.
According to Chief Elwood W. Hoherz, the woman was pulled Into a car by two men between 6 and 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 30, and taken to a location north
of Canyon Lake where she was sexually assaulted.
Jackel was arrested at his home in San Antonio and bond was set at $250,000 on each charge by Precinct Two Justice of the Peace R. G. Blanchard who said the high bond was appropriate for the seriousness of the charge and to insure the protection of the public.
Hoherz said Jackel did have a criminal history, but could not release details.
According to Chief Hoherz there is an ongoing investigation in the case and it is possible that further charges could be filed as the investigation is carried out.
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Henry Seekatz, of Segkatz Construction In Nsw Braunfels, lays bricks at tha veteran's monument In Prince Solms Park In preparation of the dedication of the walkway during a Sunday, July 4 ceremony.
Sophienburg, local veterans gearing up for Saturday’s citywide July 4 celebration
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
New Braunfels once again will get two parades for the price of one on the Fourth of July — and the price is right Veterans march free and 90 does anyone else who waves an American flag.
This year the parade will be held on Saturday, July 3, and will include the traditional "Main Street USA" patriotic march of citizens waving American flags and Veterans Tho* Veterans who can still fit into their uniforms are encouraged to wear them, but all Veterans are invited to participate
The Sophienburg Museum and the local Veterans organizations who combine their two parades every year are looking forward to greater community involvement this year.
According to Clyde Blackman of the Sophienburg Museum, the event starts at 9 a m. at the old city hall at 200 N. Seguin St., at 9:20 the bells in the courthouse will peal out various tunes and the band concert begins at 9:30. At 9:45 the parade moves down to Market to San Antonio and around the square where a special Fourth of July program is scheduled for IO a m.
"This year Msgr. Eugene O'Callaghan will do the blessing
and then the mayor will be introduced — thank God we have a mayor for a long time that was hanging loose, too!" chuckled Blackman.
"Tile mayor will speak bricfiy and introduce the Junior Marine ROIC Color Guard for the presentation of the colors and then will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Mary Beth Smith will sing the National Anthem — she has a fine voice and will also sing America the Beautiful.”
Minutes of the July 3, 1897 city council meeting will be read It was at that meeting that the Plaza Fountain was given to the city.
The Sophienburg is looking for the descendants of the committee members — William Seekatz, Herman Seele, Louis Henne, Joe Faust, Harry Landa,S. V Pfeuffer and C A Jahn. They are especially invited to participate in the celebration
The Veterans organizations are looking for any Veteran whether they arc members of Veterans groups or not to come and march in the parade. The Veterans groups will continue on at the conclusion of the ceremonies planned at the plaza to Prince Solms Park for a "Draping the Chair"’ ceremony in memory of POWS and MI As
"It’s to show that we haven’t forgotten our POW/M1A comrades,"
Comal County Women’s Shelter groundbreaking scheduled for July 8
said Charles R Burgess, American Legion Comal Post Commander Elect "That chair is where the POW or MIA shixild be — attending these functions. It’s a very impressive ceremony. Hic allot guard unfolds the POW/M1A flag very slowly, salutes it, and very slowly moves over to a special wooden “funeral chair'* — their aren't many of them left — and drape the flag over the chair A poem, "The Empty Chair"’ will be recited by American Legion 14th District President Sammy Kail. We’ll post the colors and unfold a garrison flag as "I Am the Flag" is recited There will also be other ceremonies by the other Posts and*« patriotic music.”
Sargcant at Arms Ray Robinson will lead the Comal Post 179 American Legion Color Guard which will lead the Veterans portion of the parade The Ladies Auxillianes will be led by Kail. American Legion 14th District Adjutant Lecn Helmkc and Finance Officer Cedi Konkc! will also participate in the parade Veterans of Foreign Ware Posts 7110 and 11050, Guadalupe Valley Post 35, and P A V. Chapter 163 will also participate in the parade, but every Veteran is urged to march The goal is to have at least 300 Veterans marching in the parade.
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
The Comal County Women’s Shelter is nearing its groundbreaking for a new facility that will nearly quadruple the housing available for emergency shelter for victims of domestic violence — but they still need $39,000 to reach their Capital Campaign Goal of $250,000.
"Our campaign workers still have cards outstanding that we’re trying to get wrapped up,” said Rita Kaufman^ campaign co-chair. "And there are still people who have not been contacted — we've tried to contact as many as we can, but new pledges are always welcome."
The present leased shelter can house only 11 Comal County women and children and occu
pancy has increased an average of 50 percent in the county each year since 1990, according to Cindy Stauffer, executive director of the shelter. In 1991 sixty-one women and IOO children turned to the shelter as a refuge from violence at home. In 1992 the number increased to 108 women and 135 children.
"Right now the shelter has been full — we can’t take anyone else unless someone moves out — since the week before Memorial Day," Stauffer said. "The whole month of June it’s been filii. Throughout the year, we’ve had to turn people away and we’ve had to take some women over to Seguin or Austin”
Kaufmann said the new shelter will provide not only room for more families, but also the
opportunity to break the cycle of family violence through education of the children who have been exposed to it.
"In the new shelter we’re going to be devoting a lot more time and effort to the children to teach thegi that violence is nut a way of life despite what they’ve seen in their homes," said Kaufmann. "The cycle is not going to be broken with us. It’s going to be the next generation, and these children have to learn that that’s not a normal way of life."
Outreach services also provided through the shelter include a 24-hour crisis line, support groups, legal advocacy, emergency transportation, rape crisis advocacy, and assistance with and referrals to other social service agencies. The shelter provided such services
for 91 women in 1992.
In order to provide tho* *r-vices and shelter to Comal County residents who need it, the Women's Shelter also solicits "gifts in kind."
"We get a lot of gifts from businesses,’’ said John Stauffer, Campaign Coordinator. "Like an appliance business — if they give a refrigerator or deep freeze or a television, then we don’t have to buy it.
"It reduces our costs," said Kaufmann. "Then we can do a little more in another area. It helps the whole program. The hard dollars are great, but the physical items themselves are necessary also.”
The Capital Campaign has included presentations to most of the civic organizations in the county as well as individual
oortacts for personal donations "We did presentations for 46 community organizations,’’ said Stauffer. "We reached about 2,300 people through them.” Stauffer said that even though some organizations were unable to contribute from their association funds, many contributions were received from individual members who heard the presentations "The more information people have, the more willing they are to get involved," said Kaufmann. "I was bom and raised in New Braunfels but only when I got involved with the shelter did I know that we had such a family violence problem.
“b's a sad situation. I think all of us that are here in Comal County want to be here... and we don’t want violators of this
nature here and we want them to know that they won’t be tolerated. The more information we get out the more involved people become. We’ve had overwhelming support from the community’’
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new shelter will be held at 5:30 p.m., July 8, at the site located on the extension of Common Street, past G rue ne Road towards Highway 306. Contributions are still needed and those interested in donating may call 620-7520 or send donations to The Comal County Family Violence Shelter, Inc. — Capital Campaign, P.O. Box 310344, New Braunfels, Texas, 78131-0344For news, advertising, or subscription information, call 625-9144