New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 4, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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EL PASO, TX 79903-
16 Pages in two sections ■ Friday, March 4,1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of RUBEN PEREZ, JR
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lirthday wishes from the Herald-Zeituiig!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following lirthday wishes to; Kimberly Green Lees, Ruben Peres, Jr., John Williams, Sitfo Boatright, Christi Babbitt, Molly Koepp,
Dan Phillips, Kenneth Elk brach!, Frank Dischinger, Ann Blesser, Wilma Kirby, Howard Ludwig, i Jury MacArthur, Henrietta Sass man, Doris Thomas.
Comal Aggie Moms to elect new officers
Comal County Aggie Moms are meeting on Monday, March 7 at 7 >.m. in the New Braunfels High School Library. Parking will be available on the north side of the building.
The program will be presented yy Dr. Irene Hoadley, Capital Campaign Director for the Storing C. Evans Library. Texas AAM.
Election of officers for the next year will also be held.
Cowboys T-shirts now available at H-Z
Commemorative Dallas Cowboys T-shirts are now available through the New ald-Zcitung.
Customers wishing to order these
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unique shirts may do so b> placing orders at the Herald-Zeitung office,
707 Landa St. Customers aoould allow seven business days for delivery. Payment required upon ordering.
All sizes are available, including youth sizes and large adults sizes.
For more information, call Advertising Director Paul Davis at 625-9144.
Antique Show A Solo sot for March 18-20
The 42nd Semi-Annual Antique Show & Sale will be held March 18-20 at the New Braunfels Gvic Center.
The show will begin Friday, March 18 at 11 a.m. and end Sunday at 6 p.m.
The show will end at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and will start at 12 p.m. on Sunday.
| Admission is $2.50 and is good for all three days.
Hermann Sons to meet Sunday at lodge
The New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge, No. 21 will meet at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6 at the lodge hall.
A Mexican supper will be served. Members may bring salad or deserts.
Troop 163 to host taco breakfast
Boy Scouts Troop 116, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, will host a taco breakfast Sunday, March 13 from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a m. in St. Mary’s Hallfol-lowing Mass at Sts. Peter and Paul. Ticket proceeds will be used for summer camp fees.
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Tests show Landa Park soil is safe
By JENtiFER ROMPEL
TNRCC finds arsenic, but levels are safe
Results finn tests conducted by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission show that arsenic levels found in the soil in Landa Park are within background levels and do not pose a health risk.
The Lower Colorado River Authority had conducted tests with soils from Landa Park and at the site of the Comal Power Plant
The tests showed elevated levels of arsenic were in the soil. However, no source of contamination could be found and no arsenic was found in surface or ground water.
Both LCRA and TNRCC conducted further testing and found the arsenic levels were not as high as reported.
LCRA spokesman Bill McKan said this is good news for both New Braunfels and the
“Obviously we think this is very good news for us and the citizens of New Braunfels. We were concerned about it from the very beginning and put it on the front burner to try to get it resolved,” he said.
McKan said the TNRCC found there was arsenic in the soil but that it was within the normal range.
He said the first tests conducted showed higher than normal levels because of interference from calcium and sodium in the soil.
These two elements were showing up as arsenic, he said.
’’Because we kept seeing higher levels but weren’t finding it in the water, we were suspicious of the numbers,” he said.’’We changed the test to
make sure we were not getting false readings. We did additional tests, and the TNRCC results were comparable to them.”
McKan said LCRA is still working with TNRCC concerning other problems, such as hydrocarbons, at the Comal Power Plant site.
City council members said they were very pleased with the TNRCC’s announcement about Landa Park.
’There was absolutely no doubt in my mind and heart that this was the way it was going to be,” said District 2 council member Mary Serold.
Serold said the ecosystem of Landa Park proves that the soil is healthy.
’’Mother nature proves it out If it was going to be unsafe, wouldn’t we see some evidence of it,” she said.
District 4 council member Paul Fraser said he I has not read the report at this time but said the| announcement is certainly good news.
”1 was hoping for the very best,” he said.
“Ifs pretty obvious to the casual observer that I the park has got a clean ecosystem. It goes back to protecting the aquifer. We have good reason to I have those springs protected,” said Fraser.
“I think it’s wonderful. It’s the best news we’ve I had. I was hoping for it naturally. That’s why I wanted to wait until we got the results before we I made any decisions,” said council member Jan Kennady, referring to the recent discussion at council about ending the lease with LCRA for property adjacent to the park.
The city was informed of die initial findings during a city council meeting in January. LCRA officials also met with members of Securing a Future Environment, a local environmental organization, to discuss the arsenic levels.
a ball at the senior prom
Henkt-Zehung photo by JOHN HUSETH Virgil Qrasnsr (right) twirls New Braunfels High School studsnt Alison Damarodas around during a danes at last night's 9th Annual Senior Prom for Senior Citizens held at Oak Run School
Single family permits on rise once again
By JENNFER ROMPEL
Staff Writer •
The number of single family building permits issued in New Braunfels and Comal County is once again on the rise.
Comal County showed a 90.9 increase over January of last year. Permits for single family homes jumped from 22 in January 1993 to 42 in January 1994.
In addition, the number of angle-family home permits in New Braunfels jumped from 11 in January 1993 to 17 in 1994, an increase of 54.5 per-' cent.
The dollar value of the single family permits in New Braunfels is estimated at $1325,000 in January 1994 compared to $863,000 in 1993. In the county, the dollar value is estimated a $4,171,725 in January 1994 compared to $1,858,000 in January 1993.
The increases are an encouraging sign during the first month of the year according to Michael Meek, executive vice president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
“We are always glad to dart ahead,” he said. “lf we start out behind we will always be catching up. This sets the tone for a good first quarter.”
Meek also add 1994 oould end up being a record year in the number of permits issued. He said permit increaseihsve been occurring for mote than two years.
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Panel reveals wide variety of juvenile prograi
By ROSE MARIE EASH
The Comal Area Provisional League of Women Voters panel on Juvenile Violence and Justice revealed a wide variety of programs addressing the issue of juvenile crime.
On the panel were Robert Owens of the New Braunfels Police Department who spoke about the DARE, program which targets chfl-dren in Pre-K through fifth grade, Martha Ellis of the P.R.I.D.B. program which facilitates the development of parenting skills, Marti Woodard of the Comal County Juvenile Probation Department who is developing a first offender program locally and Jensie Madden of the LWV Juvenile Justice Study Committee in San Antonio who presented the status of the League’s statewide study of Juvenile Violence and Juvenile Justice.
“The focus of our studyifrto examine various aspects of the juvenile violence and juvenile justice such as the role of family, the socio-economic factors, prevention and intervention programs, court procedures, the corrections system, the role of schools and the role of social service agencies,” said Madden.’The causes behind juvenile violence are vast We’re putting together a publication called feds and issues to be issued in August to help people work through this issue.
“We study an issue first, then the local leagues answers consensus questionnaire and then a state position is established and we can lobby on that at the next legislative session,” she said. “Consider as you talk to people and study this, what recommendations you would like to make for changes in the law or the revenue resources. After the portion is reached we encourage members to lobby their own legislator — the league usually works through this kind of grassroots level. We did have a paid lobbyist at the last legislative session also.”
“The programs are there, the solutions are there, we know the way to fix kids,” said Maribeth Powers of the Texas Juvenile Probation Department “You have got to give us the tools, the money, to put these programs to work. We need to redistribute our money a little. It doesn’t necessarily mean more taxes, it may mean redistribution.” Powers also said that the solutions to the problems with juvenile violence do not solely rest with the justice system and must start with the birth of a child.
“A child develops a sense of right and wrong and a conscience between birth and three years of age,” she said “We must go back to child abuse and neglect, prenatal care, birth control... I don’t know how to do it all, but we must stem the tide or the system will be so overwhelmed not matter how good the programs are once the children are in school we are still going to have an absolute mess.”
The “consensus” of the forum was that the issue is very complex and will require efforts on the part of parents, schools, communities and state and federal agencies to provide the resources necessary to insure that children have the opportunity to acquire the skills they need to succeed and avoid juvenile crime.
Candidates give last pitches at Smithson Valley forum
By MARK LYON
HarakFZafejng photo by ROSE MARIE EASH
Nancy Williams, tqulna midwife of Lady dana Arabana on FM1B63 In Comal County, holda Alamo's Misty Eva, a 30-hour old minlaturs foal owntd by Jana Macon of San Antonio, owner of Alamo Miniature*.
SMITHSON VALLEY - Candidates seeking election to county commissioners court and county judge gave their final pitches before the March 8 election day last night at the Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce's Candidates Forum, held at Smithson Valley High School.
About 30 people were attendance for the two-hour affeir.
Though no new issues were brought up during the forum, all candidates reiterated their stances and how they differed with those of their opponents.
One issue which drew conflicting views was the appointment of some county government officials, including WORD board members and the Canyon Lake Fire & EMS district.
County Judge challenger Ted Key cited his opponent, incumbent judge Carter Casteel for appointing governing boards within the county. Tftheytax, we should vote on them," he said. "Catter is happy if we can appoint them."
Judge Casteel responded by saying the cxxinty has no authority to have thoee positions elected. "We have to do what the stare says to do," she said "And the state said appoint them, so we did."Don’t miss Horizons 194 - Coming March 27 in the Herald-Zeitung!