New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 6, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
* February sees fewer building permit applications.
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Comal County’s Youth Show provides years of family activities.
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SV’s Moreno provides third consecutive game-winning RBI.
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Vol. 139, No. 79
707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 (LISPS 377-880) 512-625-9144
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March 6, 1991 25 Cents
One Section, 16 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday greetings today to Janet Hummel, Nancy Dietz, Rosa Rosales and Lyn Eldred. Belated best wishes to Tyler Martin and Julie Heiden.
Happy anniversary to Skylar and Debra Koepp.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Call our receptionist the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Blue Ribbon Gala
Tickets for the Blue Ribbon Gala Dance, sponsored by Comal County Junior Livestock Association, still are on sale at Comal Saddlery, High Brehm Hats, New Braunfels, and Frank’s Western Wear in New Braunfels, New Braunfels Feed and Supply, Producer’s Co-Op, Kanz Feed Store in Sattler and Bulverde Lumber and Hardware. All area FFA students also will be selling tickets. The dance is Saturday at Wursthalle from 9 p.m. to I a.m. with music by Clay Blaker and the Texas Honky Tonk Band.
Canyon High School and the Cougar yearbook staff are hosting an All-American Picnic with Teachers as a spring open house event. Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. tonight. The cost is $2 per plate and tickets are available in advance at CHS. Call 625-6251 for more inf ormation.
American Legion meeting
The American Legion Comal Post 179 meets Thursday at 410 W. Coll St. The executive committee meets at 7 p.m. and the regular meeting begins at 8 p.m. Unit 179 Auxiliary meets at 7:30 p.m.
Blood drive Sunday
First Protestnt Church is sponsoring a Blood Drive Sunday. The South Texas Regional Blood Bank will be accepting donors from 8:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the Seele Parish House on Coll Street. Appointments may be made by calling the church office at 625-6951.
“Those Were the Days” barbershop quartet will help Creative Outlets celebrate its first anniversary Saturday. The quartet will perform in downtown New Braunfels at 2 p.m. and the public is invited.
The New Braunfels High School All-Sports Booster Club will hold a general meeting Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in room B-15 at the high school. Officers for 1991-91 will be nominated. All members are urged to attend.
Benefit garage sale
Ballet Folklorico Infant!I will sponsor a benefit garage sale Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the home of Janie Gonzales, president/director, 135 N. Plum, 629-1737. Mcnudo and breakfast S«* STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2
Car plunges into nursing home
Resident’s injuries not serious
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Nawa Editor
A 77-year-old resident of a local nursing home escaped serious injury Tuesday when a New Braunfels woman accidentally drove her car through the wall of the resident’s room.
Marcellene George was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital from her room at Kir wood Manor, 2500 block of Loop 337, after emergency response personnel reached her through the rubble. Afterward she was treated and released to Kirkwood Manor.
“It appears that when the car entered die room, it just pushed everything up against the bed and sort of rolled her up in a ball with the matless underneath her," said New Braunfels Fire Chief Phil Baker at the scene. “The mattress protected her.”
The 1990 Buick, driven by 70-year-old Genevieve Benavidez of New Braunfels, rammed through the wall at approximately 6:30 p.m.
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A gaping hole and a pile of rubble remain where a car plowed through a brick wall, left, and into a room at Kirkwood Manor in New Braunfels. The 1990 Buick, right, was pulled from the wrekage a few minutes after
the 6:30 p.m. incident. The driver was uninjured and the resident was treated and released by McKenna Memorial Hospital. The scene was photographed by Lt. Bob Reed of the New Braunfels Fire Department.
Baker said the mattress, along with the pillows placed around Mrs. George, may have saved her life.
New Braunfels Police Officer Mike Garcia said Benavidez was preparing to leave the nursing home after visit
ing a resident when the accident occurred.
“She backed up, put it in park, somehow lost control of the vehicle, backed up and struck another vehicle parked in the opposite side of the
parking lot ... she went forward, ran over a sidewalk and went through a building," he said.
“Everything happened so quick. She just remembers putting it in park and striking the car behind her,” Gar
cia said. “The car somehow got into gear, went forward at a high rate of speed and went through the building.” At the scene, Garcia said the investigation was continuing into how fast Benavidez was driving when her car went through the brick wall.
Come ‘bail out’ missing bikes
Police spokesman Martin Mayer stands among 100 bicycles that soon could be put on the auction block if the rightful owners do not come forward. (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON N*wa Editor
Will the rightful owners of close to IOO stolen, missing or confiscated bicycles please stand up and march over to the New Braunfels Police Department to claim them?
lf you don’t, the bikes — which come in all shapes, sizes and colors — will be sold to the highest bidder ai a city auction slated for April.
"We just feel that we may be able to find and return a few bikes to the rightful owners if the people would come down wi^h some kind of indication ... that they probably do in fact own that bike,” said Police Spokesman Martin Mayer.
“A lot of them are in excellent condition,” he said. “Some look like they were off the showroom floor."
The bikes, collected over a nine- to 10-month span, have either been confiscated from persons riding their bikes at night without reflectors and lights or the found abandoned
throughout the city, Mayer said.
“There’s a tremendous amount of bike theft in New Braunfels and a lot of it goes unreported,” he said.
Mayer said bicycle registrauon is important because if a bike is registered authorities automatically have a serial number and a name to match to a bike that turns up stolen or missing.
“lf we have a bicycle registered, that means we have a good serial number and we can start matching up a lot of bicycles” with their owners, he said.
City ordinances also require all bicycles to be registered.
To claim a bike or to register a bicycle, see officers between 8 aan. and 5 p.m. at the New Braunfels Police Department, 111 W. Garden. Rightful owners must have a good description or serial number to claim a bike. Registration costs 50 cents.
Restaurant site gets easy approval
Debate centers on removal of trees from drainage area
Today’s high in New Braunfels is expected to match yesterdays Fg-ure of 92 degrees. The overnight low was 44 and no rain has been
recorded in the last 24 hours. For a
forecast, see Page 2.
By KATHRYN SCHOEMER Staff Writer
The site for a proposed restaurant was unanimously approved by the New Braunfels Planning and Zoning Commission Tuesday night.
But the master plan for die subdivided property involves the destruction of some trees in order to clear the area for drainage construction. Currently, Texas Commerce Bank owns the land located on U.S. 81 and Interstate 35 near the Holiday Inn.
“We’re going to be improving the drainage, but we’re not doing a great
job for environmentalists,” said Rob Eversberg, an agent of the land.
Commissioner Toya Lindsey expressed concern about some of the area’s old trees that developers would eradicate. Eversberg defended the plan, explaining to commissioners that the shape of the drainage ditch is not conducive to water flow. “It’s full
of trees and brush brought about by years of erosion. They’re all softwood (trees), so don’t get too earned away with it.”
Planning Director Mike Shands said the developers intend to keep the area as natural as possible and would confine tree removal to the ditch area.
Eversberg agreed with Shands and said, “lf any trees land on the right
elevation, they will be left, but most of it is eroded away and those trees are down yonder in another area.” In addition, the restaurant has some landscaping plans for the site, he said.
Developers plan to plat and subdivide only the first 0.863 acres of the 6.7-acre tract. The rest of the land will not be utilized until agents find a buyer or a user.
Other action with the commission included a final approval of the New Braunfels Center, the name Eversberg gave for the subdivision, with addi-uonal easements for the property
Texas Marine dies in land mine explosion
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A U.S. Marine Corps sergeant from Texas who recently became a father was killed when a land mine exploded in Kuwait, his relatives said.
Candelario Montalvo Jr., 25, a 1982 Eagle Pass High School graduate who attended college in San Antonio, married in August and became a father Feb. 2, said his relatives.
Montalvo died Friday six hours after the explosion. Funeral arrangements were to be finalized after his
body is flown to Eagle Pass later this week, relatives said.
His family received a letter from Montalvo the day he died rn which the soldier asked them to send a photograph of his newborn daughter, Brenda.
“It’s really sad because his wife (Adriana) had given birth, and he never got to see his daughter,” his brother, Javier Montalvo, told the San Antonio Express-News. “The town has been very supportive — there’s a
house full of people here nght now — but it’s still a very, very sad time for our family because we’ve always been close.”
Javier Montalvo said the family was expecting a call from the Marine Sunday, but instead was notified by the military of his death.
Montalvo, the oldest of six children, was bom Aug. 23, 1965, and reared in Eagle Pass. He attended classes at the University of Texas at
San Antonio briefly before enlisting rn the Marines ut 1984.
He studied chemical engineering and was stauoned in Yuma, Aru., before leaving in early January for Germany and ultimately the Persian Gulfwar.
Other survivors include Montalvo's parents, Genoveva and Candelario Montalvo Sr.; brothers. Gregorio, Eloy and Jorge Montalvo; and sister, Sylvia Montalvo.
Soldier’s letter says ‘thanks’
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON News Editor
New Braunfels citizens care about the troops in the Middle East, and it hasn’t gone unnouced, accorduig to one local soldier serving in Operation Desert Storm.
The New Braunjels llerald-Zettung received a letter Tuesday morning from Spc. Roberto Rosales, 20. It was posunarked Feb. 20 and enclosed was a short, thoughtful message thanking New Braunfels citizens for their support.
“I am writing to you oil behalf of all the soldiers from New Braunfels, who are currently stationed in Saudi Arabia. I would like to thank you all for your concerns, thoughts, letters, packages and most important of all, lite prayers,” Rosales said ut the letter. ‘These things alone let us know that you all care and support our cause.”
New Braunfels citizens — almost 400 of them — converged on Main Plaza Saturday for a prosupport troop rally to show the men and women serving rn Opera-uon Desert Storm they do support their efforts.
Since the war began local citizens have staged support rallies on Main Plaza for the troops and have sent coundess numbers of cards, letters and care packages.
“I would like to extend special praise and thanks on behalf of myself ... my brother Sgt. Alejandro Rosales and my cousin, Enrique Montanez, to my parents Mr. and Mrs. Pablo Rosales Jr. and from myself to my wife who patiendy awaits my safe return in
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