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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 11, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAYSt. Patrick’s Day carries religious ties for many - See Church Life, GA 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN! 379 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21.1845 March 21, 1995 New Braunfels Herald 16 Pages in one section ■ Friday, March 11,1994 410    N016 10/22/99    .    196 SO-WEST NICROPUBLISHINO 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 79903- Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of MARY E. PHILUPS-CUELLAR I Vol. 142, No. 86 Inside Obituaries.....................................2A Crossword.......................................3A Opinion.........................................4A Church Life................................5,6A Sports Day.................................7,SA Comics.........................................1B Stcimmtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Courtney Parks, Mary E. Phillips-Cuellar, Usa Perez, Betty Henderson, Egon Jarisch, Charlotte Johnson, Lois Medders, Julius Meyer, Dorothy Schmoldt, Lioness Club hosting garage, bake sale The New Braunfels Lioness Club will have its annual garage and bake sale at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 26, at the former World of Fabrics, 650 S. Walnut. Donations will be accepted Wednesday through Friday, March 23 through March 25. Proceeds from the sale go toward sight conservation and the Texas Lions Camp for special children. American League ladies to meet The American League Ladies Auxillary will meet Thursday, March 17 at Victoria Bank & Trust at 6:30 p.m. Fun Day and other upcoming events will be discussed. Tutoring, improving skills on agenda Tutoring and improving skills will be among the topics discussed by guest speaker Eleanor May- ., field of the Successful Learning Centers, at the next meeting of the Canyon High School Friends of Education, Monday, March 14 at 7 p.m. in the school library. Nursing program on tap at NBISD "Your Patient and Drug Reactions" will be held on March 17 at New Braunfels Independent School District Education Center, located at 430 West Mill St. The informational meeting will last from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The class has been approved by the Texas Nurses Association for 24 contact hours. Registration deadline is March 15, and cost is S20. Call 620-6200 for more information and to register. SOS members marking St. Patrick’s Day Supporting Other Singles (SOS), members are celebrating St. Patrick’s Day on March 13 at 12:30 p.m. A pot luck dinner will be served. For more information, call 303-5669. The business meeting will be held at the El Ranchito Restaurant on March 18 at 6:30 p.m. Parks A Rec swim claes now enrolling The New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is accepting enrollment for summer swim lessons. Classes fill up very fast, so early registration is recommended. There will be five sessions to choose from, beginning June 6. ne other sessions start June 20, uly 5, July 18 and Aug. I For more information, call 608-2160. Stamm tisch (Du Ntw Braunfels Herald I*Hung invites its readers lo submit items to Slammlisch. According lo the Sophienburg Archives and members (J the German community, “Slammlisch" represents a sit ling place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you lo share with us.) Canyon splits tourney games Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Canyon's Chip Parrish blasts a bass hit during th# Cougars' 11-8 win over Lockhart in tbs New Braunfels Baseball Tournament held at New Braunfels High School. The Cougars lost to Pflugerville later In the day, 8-4. The Cougars were ranked No. 6 In the state In class 4A by the Associated Press this week. See rankings, story, page 7A. TRA head encourages involvement By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Texas Restaurant Association President David Cortez encouraged members of the New Braunfels chapter to be involved in local, state and national politics. Cortez spoke to a group of approximately 20 people at ~KYatnHTfc restaurant Thursday night. Cortez encouraged members of the group to get connected. Cortez said he got involved in TRA in 1971 and has served as a officer and state director. “I’ve seen a lot of improvement and progress in the association. We probably have one of the best and largest associations in the United States,” he said. “We are trying to focus on involvement, getting members involved in different things. We want them to be involved in the local chapter, involved in education, involved in the state association, involved in their community and involved in politics and government," he said. Cortez encouraged members to meet with the centers of influence in their community and to join civic groups and volunteer organizations. “By getting involved you will start to deal with people who are the movers and shakers and leaders in the community," said Cortez. "It is always important to get members involved in different areas of the community." Cortez also encouraged members to support TRA’s political action committee. The committee works to raise money to support candidates in their campaigns. "We support candidates who support small business,” he said. Cortez said the group docs not get involved in county or city races but instead deals with state and national races. Some of the issues to be faced on those levels include worker’s compensation, health care reform and minimum wage. "Whether we win or lose if we don’t play the game and we don’t get involved, we’re not going to win,” he said. Cortez discussed the associations Education First program which helps raise scholarship money for students wishing to attend college. “We want to maintain communication with the schools and the parents of our employees who are going to school,” he said. “We want to make sure the kids out there working in the restaurant industry maintain their grades." Former space center director explains decline of U.S. space program at Downtown Rotary Club By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Members of the Downtown Rotary Club got a quick lesson on the history of NASA at their meeting Thursday at Krauses. Gerald Griffin, former director of the Johnson Space Center in Houston discussed what he considers to be the causes of the decline in NASA’s fortunes in recent years. “A lot things this country has done in space lately haven’t gone too well," Griffin said. He said that, when asked, a large majority of Americans will say they are proud of the U.S.A.’s accomplishments in space and they support a strong and robust space program. “Yet what we have today is public apathy and waning support in Washington,’’ he said. Griffin said he saw four reasons for the falling support of NASA. First, there is no longer the apparent threat of the Soviet Union to drive us; second a lack of supportive, charismatic leadership for the space program; third, the space program has no effective lobby in Washington D.C.; and finally, there were three unrelated historical events caused problems for the space program. “Vietnam was the first event," Griffin said. "The war ran from the early 60s to 1973. Those were the glory years of the space program. We had Gemini, Mercury and Apollo. They were all covered OK by the media, but they were overshadowed by Vietnam and campus unrest. We were lost in the mire of the Vietnam War. So I really think the Vietnam War took a lot of luster off the space program.” Next, as NASA prepared for its next big step after Apollo, the Watergate story broke, and again NASA’s plans got lost in the shuffle. "Third was the Challenger disaster. I left NASA a few weeks before it happened, but that was NASA’s darkest day," Griffin said. So those three isolated events have had a big effect on the future of the pro- County dealing with subdivision road problems By ROSEMARIE EASH Staff Writer Two agenda items dealing with the growing problems in older subdivisions in the unincorporated areas of the county took up most of the Comal County Commissioners time at Thursday morning's meeting. “There have been through the years some illegal subdivisions where a property owner with a large tract of land just went out and divided up his property in absolute disregard of the subdivision rales,” said Casteel. “Now the rules that were in place in the late 60s were some different than they are today, but there were rules.” According to Casteel the county’s dilemma is that if they attempt to enforce subdivision rules that were disregarded, the cost of roads can be so prohibitive that a developer would most likely declare bankruptcy and the roads would still not be done. New developers who now own pieces of those illegal subdivisions are asking the court for variances to comply with present county subdivision rules. Should the court deny any variances and enforce the rules as they stand, no one can further subdivide because many of these developments have no public access. A public hearing was held to discuss issues relating to proposed the Karan Subdivision including property division, Comal County Subdivision regulations, road improvements and development within the area coni monly referred to as the Brehm Subdivision. Some Brehm property owners do not want commissioners to approve the further subdivision of parts of the subdivision and arc asking that the commissioners disallow any variances to subdivision or increase the minimum lot size. Residents are concerned about further deterioration of the dirt roads due to the increased traffic and the quality and quantity of water. The commissioners also set a public hearing date to consider calling an election in Tom Creek Estates Subdivision for assessment of property own- Residents are concerned with road deterioration era for road construction. Property owners in the subdivision had recently appealed to Commissioners Court for help in getting the roads in the subdivision up to county standards so that they could be maintained by the county. The catalyst for the request was the denial of mortgage money to prospective buyers in the subdivision because the roads were not being maintained by any legal entity. This type of problem is being faced more frequently as property owners who wish to resell or subdivide property in the various subdivisions in the county are faced with the conser quences of illegally subdivided property, private roads without maintenance entities and new water and septic system requirements. The Commissioners have recently asked the County Engineer and County Environmental Health Officer to review county subdivision regulations and growth in the county and recommend desirable changes to the court. “When you go out into a subdivision and there are not streets with access to public roads there are to be an alarm go off," said Casteel. “When you buy in a subdivision without properly constructed roads you pay $1,000 to ^SJuQOO an acre. When you buy in a subdivision with good roads, you pay $5,000. You pay up front when you buy the lot for county maintenance. If you don’t, we arc not willing to pay for your streets with taxpayer money from people who did pay for their streets. There are provisions for subdivisions to elect to bring their roads up to county standards so they can be maintained, but the property owners will be assessed the cost of that. They must elect to do that. The hearing at Tom Creek will assess whether those property owners want to have an election to see if everyone wants to do that" Gwald Griffin gram,” Griffin said. Griffin said the space program was lucky to get the leadership of Presi dents Dwight Eisenhower and John Kennedy and NASA Director James Webb during its infancy. Herald-Zeitung awarded contract to publish Randolph Air Force Base newspaper From staff reports The Herald-Zeitung has been awarded a contract to publish the Wingspread, the official newspaper of Randolph Air Force Base. The Wingspread is a commercial enterprise newspaper published to provide news and command information to personnel of Randolph Air Force Base. The Herald-Zeitung sells advertising in the Wingspread and through those sales, offsets the costs involved in the printing and delivery of the Air Force newspaper, both of which are handled by the Herald-Zeitung’s sister newspaper, the Seguin Gazette-Enterprise. “It’s an honor to have been awarded the Wing spread contract,” Herald-Zeitung Publisher David Sullens said this week. "The bid process was an arduous one. The Air Force is very thorough and the focus of the whole process was quality." Sullens said the Herald-Zeitung’s having won the contract will strengthen the already strong ties between New Braunfels and the personnel — both military and civilian — at Randolph. “I’ve been a little surprised, as I’ve begun to get acquainted with people on the base, at how many of the people who work on the base live in New Braunfels and Comal County," the Herald-Zeitung publisher said. Sullens said the Herald-Zeitung’s new role as the publisher of the only newspaper permitted total distribution to all the base’s personnel offers New Braunfels advertisers a “golden opportunity" to reach those people — both those who already live here and those who don’t — and bring them to New Braunfels to shop. The Wingspread^s circulation is some 11,000. It is published weekly. The Herald-Zeitung will open an office in Universal City before the end of the month, Sullens said. Currently under construction, that office is at 934 Coronado, in the Coronado Square shopping center. That office will be staffed with sales and administrative personnel to handle the advertising needs — both classified and retail — of the Randolph area community. Sales representatives based in Universal City for the Wingspread are Linda Hardin and Laura Cooper. Michelle Anderson will handle Wingspread classifieds from the Universal City office as well as retail advertising composition. Editorial copy for the Wingspread is produced on base as a function of the Public Affairs office. The Herald-Zeitung provides two writers to assis active duty military staff members in production of that copy. The two writers are Steven Van Wert and Dale Eckroth, both of whom have Air Force public affairs backgrounds. For more information about the Wingspread, New Braunfels business people should contact their Herald-Zeitung advertising representative, Advertising Director Paul Davis, or Sullens at 625-9144.Don t miss Horizons ’94 - Coming March 27 in the Herald-Zeitung! ;