New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 30, 1985, New Braunfels, Texas
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Houston teen-ager drowns at falls
By SANDRA JACKSON Staff writer
A 13-year-old Houston boy drowned in the Guadalupe River Saturday morning. He was here on a camping trip with his parents.
Michael Shawn Purcell of 5123 Strey Dr. in Houston was pronounced dead by Peace Justice Howard A. “Curly” Smith shortly after his body was recovered at
Purcell had been inner-tubing down the river in the Horseshoe Falls area with two 14-year-old friends when he went over the falls and fell from his tube, said Game Warden Neil Etheredge.
The incident was first reported to the sheriff s department at approximately 10:30 Saturday morning.
“His parents were there when we recovered the body," Etheredge said. Divers had been called to the scene and
were on their way when the body came to the surface,
according to an unofficial report.
“I guess we're just always going to have people drowning at the falls.” said Etheredge, who added, “Just like we re always going to have people jumping off the
cliffs at Preiss Heights.”
I he year's first river drowning in Comal County oc-
See DROWNING, Page 12AWoman dies in wreck on 281
A 33-year-old San Antonio woman died of injuries sustained in a one-car accident on U.S. 281 one mile south of Spring Branch Saturday night.
Kitty Parks Gaiser, 38, died at Medical Center Hospital in San Antonio at 10:30 p.m. as a result of injuries sustained in the accident, which occurred around 7 p.m.
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still waiting for freedom
BEIRUT, Lebanon (AP) -Renewed demands by Shiite Moslem captors blocked the road to freedom Saturday for the 39 American hijack hostages, who spent another night on their roller coaster of hope and despair.
It had seemed clear that the 16th day in captivity would be the last in Lebanon for the Americans, who were homeward bound on a TWA jetliner when two Shiite terrorists seized it June 14 between Athens and Rome. The hijackers killed a U.S. Navy petty officer.
They had expected to be taken to Damascus. Syria had announced a “happy end” to the crisis, and Vice President George Bush planned to meet them in Frankfurt, West Germany.
Then Shiite militia leader Nabih Berri, who is rn charge of the negotiations, demanded pledges from the United States and Israel that they would not launch reprisal raids when the Americans are free.
The demand appeared to stem from President Reagan’s threat in a speech Friday in Chicago to hold to account “terrorists and those who support them.” Berri told reporters at his home late Saturday: ‘We are still awaiting guarantees that no retaliatory military stnkes will be undertaken after the hostages are
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Builders unhappy with drainage law
By DANA OVERSTREET Staff writer
Saying the city’s drainage ordinance has handed them a financial burden, a group of local builders this week plans to ask City Council for a moratorium on that ordinance.
Comal County Builders Association passed a resolution Thursday opposing the city’s ordinance and asking for the moratorium until the city can complete a drainage study and hire a fulltime city engineer to interpret that study.
Last December, City Council passed, on an emergency basis, a drainage ordinance for the city, The city-appointed drainage study committee recommended the or
dinance and also suggested the city complete a drainage master plan.
Builders’ Association secretary James Johnson said the group doesn't oppose a drainage ordinance. But the existing city ordinance was drawn up before problem areas were established, he indicated.
‘ We would like to have a drainage ordinance,” Johnson said. “The city needs to do the study and pay the bill: it’s their problem, not ours.
“They are trying to penalize the builders," Johnson said, adding thai he believes the major drainage problems are in the older parts of town, not in the new developments.
Then the ordinance should be
See DRAINAGE, Page 12AToday's Weather
Sunny and warm days should continue through Monday with nights fair and cool. Temperatures are expected to reach the 90s and drop to the 60s overnight. Saturday’s high was 89 and the low was 58. Sunset will beat8:35p.m.Gamblers lose
A late field goal knocked the Houston Gamblers out of the USFL playoffs, as they fell to Birmingham, 22-20. Details in Sports.
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Seguin puts up new signs to discourage cliff jumpers
By DEBBIE DeLOACH Staff writer
Jumping off the bluff across from Preiss Heights Park is a card game where the stakes are high — life, death or injury. That s why the City of Seguin is trying harder to hoard all the aces and discourage anyone from playing.
Eight new warning signs, at least seven feet high and set in concrete, were installed by Seguin Public Works Department crews Thursday. Six of them were placed along a winding road from FM 306 to the beginning of the rocky bluff, and two were put around the bluff area where at least three men have leapt to their deaths below in the last four years.
Seven of new signs read: “Private Property. Keep out. Trespassers will be prosecuted.” The last and biggest is anchored with eight-inch bolts atop the highest ledge, and reads: "Danger. No Jumping. No Diving."
By Friday morning, two of the new signs had already been used as target practice. “But the important part is they’re still here,” Seguin Public Works Director BUI Polasek said. “The purchase signs we had before were just fiat torn down.”
Seguin owns about 15 acres from FM 306 to the bluff overlooking the Guadalupe River. A 65-foot city well, protected by a steel cage, was activated last summer, and is capable of pumping 2,500-3,000 gallons of water a minute.
When the well is pumping, water travels from the well through a 16-inch steel discharge pipe into the Guadalupe, and down the river to Seguin.
Poiasek said some have reported the pipe as an access point onto the bluff from the river. But there’s a new sign right above it, too, warning the land is private proerty and trespassers will be prosecuted.
“We keep our gate off 306 locked, and the fence across the whole width of Comal Iron Works on 306 has helped (keep people out). The railroad has worked well with us. People used to drive their vehicles down the tracks to get back here, so they have a warning sign off 306, too,” Polasek said.
“The beauty of nature is definitely around us. You can sit here and think you’re anywhere. That’s why to disguise this with a large fence and barbed wire would be a real shame," he added. “I’d rather try other ways first. ’
Installing some type of fence to keep trespassers off the bluff would be costly, as well as extremely hard to do.
“We had enough difficulty putting signs in this rock. I can just imagine how hard it would be to install a fence,” Bob Kypfer, the superintendent of the water and sewer department, said.
Kypfer worked with the crews Thursday, and said he saw three different bunches walking across the railroad trestle that spans the Guadalupe River to get to the bluff area.
“I intercepted 13-14 myself and I know they saw the signs,” Kypfer said, adding he told them to leave, then later saw them shaking on the new signs.
“That sorta got my dander up, so I radioed for help and this DPS (Department of Public Safety) officer
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River Road no-parking action delayed
By LILLIAN THOMAS Staff writer
Opposition to the no-parking zone along River Road Friday caused county commissioners to limit the zone to only the distance from the gate house to the first crossing
Though no opposition surfaced during the public heraring last week, Jane and Steve Abbott, owners of Abbott’s Rentals on River Road, asked commissioners to wait on passing a no-parking zone in front of
the Abbott property.
The Abbotts have operated a canoe rental between the second and third crossing and they have experienced no traffic problems, their attorney William Schmidt said.
“They have their own security people supervise the parking there along the road, and they have never had any problems,” the attorney said. “But lf the the commissioners lase this action, it might put the Abbotts out of business.” Commissioners agreed to wait on
deciding on the rest of the no-parking zone until they had time to visit the area and see it firsthand.
Jane Abbott said her parking attendants instruct people to parallel park on one side of the road and on the other side use head-in parking. In some places the full IO feet of county right of way is not parked on; in others, the parking encroaches on seven feet of county right of way.
Another public hearing on the
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