New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 12, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeltung
Deputy Constable Reagan Grounds, Precinct 2, returned to New Braunfels from the Waco siege after serving there for a week as part of a Shock Trauma Tactical Team with the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and the Federal Bureau of Investigation teams.
“I’ve been up there providing medical service for the ATF and FBI,” Grounds said. “We were originally called up by the DPS and then assigned to ATF and the FBI.
“We’re a team affiliated with the Alamo Area Narcotics Task Force. STAT members are federally-trained in SWAT and Tactical Medicine. That means we can provide medical help in the field and protect ourselves and the patient if necessary *
The confrontation in Waco between the Branch Davidian sect led by David Koresh and law enforcement agencies began February 28 when ATF attempted a raid for illegal weapons.
Four ATF agents were killed and since then Koresh and his followers have refused to surrender to law enforcement agencies who have surrounded the compound.
Grounds is the only member of the AANTF from Comal County who has been in Waco so far.
He said he did not expect to return to Waco unless the confrontation continued past next week. Grounds said the team had been advised to plan their schedule on a four week basis, however.
Grounds arrived at Waco on Tuesday after the initial confrontation on Feb. 28.
He said the team is located with the ATF and FBI command posts about a mile from the compound.
According to Grounds, briefings are done twice daily. He said no one knew how long the siege would go on, but everyone hoped that Koresh would surrender.
“I'm not real sure how it’s going to end up,” Grounds said. “I hope
Koresh OKs men to leave Waco cult
WACO, Texas (AP) — Federal agents locked in a standoff with a doomsday cult for a 12th day were told three men would leave the group’s fortified compound today, the first to exit in nearly a week.
A member of the Branch Davidians told the FBI early today that three men, including an Australian, had received permission from sect leader David Koresh to leave, FBI Agent Dick Swensen said this morning.
Koresh has allowed 21 children and two elderly women to leave the sect since a deadly shootout Feb. 28 with federal agents who tried to arrest him.
One of the men expected to leave was identified as Oliver Gyarfas of Australia, Swensen said. He was unsure of the precise spelling of the man's name.
Koresh, an apocalyptic preacher who has claimed to be Jesus Christ, has not talked with agents since Tuesday evening, Swensen said.
But cult member*He’s still remotely or indirectly involved," Swensen said.
he realizes he needs to give it up."
Grounds said everyone was very concerned about the children who remain in the compound. He was unable to comment on the condition of the children who had been released.
Bobbie Richardson shares a moment with her family moments after opening a door to discover that she was the winner of $1 million. The drawing was held Thursday in WursthaNe. Photo by John Huseth.
Houston woman wins $1 million
By GARY P. CARROLL Hsrald-ZaMung
A bill collector from Houston, collected a few new bills Thursday night — a million bills to be exact
Bobbie Richardson, 50, became the newest Texas millionaire during a drawing held in New Braunfels.
Richardson and the six other finalists in the Texas Lottery’s 20th instant millionaire drawing gathered in New Braunfel’s Wursthalle for the big event Each contestant was guaranteed at least $10,000 for making it to the final drawing, but each one had already made plans for the $1 million prize.
Richardson, a mother of four, said before the drawing that she was going to give her mother a nice birthday party and then buy a new house. Little did she know that only moments later she would win $1 million.
“They told me I’d won 10,000, and I would have been happy with 10,000," Richardson said. "I can’t describe how I feel. I just feel great and I'm really happy. All it takes is one $1 ticket."
Richardson who works as a bill collector in Houston said she plans to continue working in spite of her newfound wealth. However, at the thought of paying more taxes because of her million-dollar pay day, Richardson said she knows how to play that game.
“I know how to get away from them," Richardson said. “After all I know how to run after them and catch them for their money, so I know how to run the gauntlet too."
Runner-up John Christian said that winning $50,000 was not disappointing but did admit he wanted the $1 million.
“lf had won the million I think I would have bought a house, but I didn’t win it," Richardson said. “But I won $50,000 and
I feel great”
Director of the Texas Lottery Nora Linares said she never gets tired of watching people win money, and said each drawing is something new.
“It’s just such terrific excitement to watch people’s faces when they know they’ve won the money," Linares said.
Linares said that what makes it even better is knowing the money is being spent in the state of Texas and when people buy their lottevy tickets they are putting something back into the state’s economy.
Lottery officials said during the ceremony that to date, Texas has sold more than $1.3 billion in lottery tickets and awarded more than $620 million — both are records for the most successful lottery in the world. The lottery has thus far contributed more than $413 million to the state’s general revenue fund. But Linares See LOTTERY, Page 2
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Friday, March 12,1993 Serving Comal County • Homa of Dehnls J. Gallaher 50 Cents Daily, 75 Cents SundayLions start eye-care fund-raiser
By GARY P. CARROLL Herakf-Zekung
The New Braunfels Noon Lions Chib will be accepting donations for its sight preservation programs this Saturday and Sunday during the club’s annual White Cane Weekend fund-raiser.
Lions will be collecting money at various local businesses and passing out small white canes in an effort to raise money and educate the public, about Ole importance of sight preservation.
Lion William Dobrowolski said White Cane Weekend is important to the community since most of the money raised during the drive stays right here in New
“One-third of the money goes to the Texas Lions Eye Bank at Seton Hospital in Austin,” Dobrowolski said. Two-thirds of the money is utilized locally for pre-screening children entering our school system... and for students all the way through high school who need assistance either through corrective lenses or surgery."
Dobrowolski said the emphasis of the Lions’ program is on sight preservation and preventing sight loss, predominantly in children, but there is a program established by the club to help adults with sight loss after the needs of the children have been met.
White Cane volunteers will be collecting money at area stores including H.E.B., both Wuest’s stores, Kroger, Wa] Mart, K-Mart, Adobe Cafe and Krause’s. Texas Commerce Bank has donated its services for depositing and counting of all cash donations.
Dobrowolski said people can give going in, but it may be easier for them to drop their change off as they exit the stores.
“We have a place for their money, and it’s a lot easier than putting it back in their pocket,” Dobrowolski said.
Last year the Lions raised $4,500 and distributed more than
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Century Paper to locate in City
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zoltung
Representatives of Century Paper Company, Inc. are considering locating a regional distribution center in New Braunfels, Chamber of Commerce officials said Thursday.
The Century Paper Company project alone would include the construction of a 53,000 square foot warehouse and distribution center and the inclusion of 40 to 50 employees.
The reinvestment zone would generate approximately $200,000 in new taxes during the first five years and following the abatement Following the abatement period, approximately $299,000 in taxes would be generated.
The project is tentatively planned for the area off Loop 337 near the City Fire Substation in
which the city will be considering establishing a reinvestment zone to provide companies with a tax abatement incentive to build in the area.
New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President Michael Meek said the issue of a reinvestment zone ordinance goes before the city council next week. Meek said he feels confident that the ordinance will be received favorably.
“I feel very positive about it,” Meek said. ''City leaders had the vision last year to establish a tax abatement policy, and this fits right in with that structure.”
A five-year tax abatement plan for the area would be an incentive for companies to build in the area under favorable taxing conditions, Meek
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Best wishes Legion dance
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Trey Comal Post 179 of the American Legion will host a dance from 8 Lively, Michael Flume and Michael Usey. p.m. to midnight Saturday, March 13 at 410 W. Coll St Music will Saturday Birthday wishes go to Frank Doyle, Frank Knight, be by Prarie Fire, and admission will be $5 per person.
Andy Hartman, Ken Hartman and Fred Doyle.
Anniversary wishes go to Marty and Mary Jane Martinez. Alt LMQUO
Belated Anniversary wishes go ti) Robert and Mary Ann Cruz. Unfa Kerr’s oil paintings of landscapes, animals and baby girls are
featured this month at the Arts Center Gallery, 646 Walnut Square. Rummage MIO Operated by the New Braunfels Art League, the gallery is open from The lith Annual Rumm^e and Boke Sale will be held March 12 and IO am. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays throught Saturdays.
13 at the Cross Lutheran Church Activity Center. Those with furniture
or household items to donate may bring them to the activity center. Continued on page 3
The 9th Annual Austin Founders Trad Ride is traveling 114 miles through the Texas HNI Country March 12-20,heading out from the Comal County Fair Grounds in New Braunfels.
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