New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 14, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zettung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Brandon Mund, Edward Draven Cruz (one year), Cleburne Caddell (60 years), Bernardino Sanchez (71 years), Gabrie L. Aleman (five years), Christi Perez, Travis Ryals 'eight years), Jesus Ruiz, and Joan E. Neuman (89 years, belated).
Happy anniversary to Dennis and Sheri Williams and Dennis and Cherry Templeton.
Mold — not available Elm —NA Cedar —NA Ash — NA Muberry — NA Hackberry — NA (Poler) measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 242 cubic feet per second, up 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.28 feet above sea level, down .OI.
American QI Forum meets
The American GI Forum will hold its monthly meeting March 14 at 7 p.m. at the American Legion Post 179 hall on Coll Street.
NARFE to meet
National Association of Retired Federal Employees meet at 9:30 a.m., March 15 at the Senior Citizen Center. Program will be presented by Kyra Brandt on her trip to the Rose Bowl parade in Pasadena to help decorate the floats. Visitors welcome. Refreshments will be served.
Lake Dunlap Property Owners meeting
The Lake Dunlap Property Owners Association annual general membership meeting and election of officers will be held at Riverbend Park at 7 p.m. Friday. March 15.
Class off *43 to meet
Class of 1943 New Braunfels High School to meet at Ryans Steakhouse March 16 at 11:30 a.m. for lunch. For information, call Rudy Schrey-er at 625-5352.
The New Braunfels Girl Scouts will have a Cookie Blitz this Saturday, March 16 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. They will sell the cookies for one day only in the HEB parking lot at the corner of Walnut and Highway 81. Don't miss out on the very last chance to purchase cookies in 1996 For information, call Karen McDonald at 625-9548 or Sherryl Gerke at 620-7275.
Homemaking and Art Fair tomorrow
The 1996 Comal County Homemaking and Art Fair will be held at the Comal County Fairgrounds March 15. Open to the public at noon. Baked goods, canned goods, crafts and photography available for sale from 3:30 p.m. Auction of grand champion and reserve winners at 6 p.m.
The wmninq numbers
1,9, 19,24, 38,48
Est. $25 million jackpot
Heraia-zeitung photo by michael uahnai Deputies found Stanley Lindsey dead in his wrecked truck yesterday morning. When they went to notify his family, they found his wife and son shot to death. They later discovered Mr. Lindsey had also been shot.
Triple murder rocks county
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A fatal truck rollover in Smithson Valley turned into a puzzling triple murder yesterday. The Comal County ShenfFs department is looking for clues in the deaths of Stanley Lindsey and Pennye Lindsey, both 43, and son Sheldon Lindsey, 18.
Sheriffs deputies got a report of losse livestock at about 8 a.m. yesterday morning. Deputy Bob Tinnin dealt with the livestock call — then a citizen stopped him and said a truck rolled over off Smithson Valley Road about three miles south of Smithson Valley High School.
Tinnin found a small purple truck heading south on Smithson Valley Road had gone
off the road, through a fence, and rolled over in a grove of trees, a witness said. The truck came to rest upside down about IOO feet from the road, according to the witness.
Stanley Lindsey wasn’t in the truck but was found dead at the accident scene. Lindsey’s truck was cold when Sheriffs deputies found it, indicating that the accident had occurred some time ago, according to Texas Department of Public Safety officer Randy Wells.
Lindsey worked for Union Pacific Railroad, Wells said.
When Wells and DPS Sergeant John Ritter officials went to the Lindsey residence on Angle Pass to notify the next of kin, they found the bodies of Penny Lindsey and her son Sheldon, both shot once in the head.
Sheriffs investigators investigated the accident scene, while detectives went to the funeral home where Mr. Lindsey was taken. During their preliminary investigation they found that Stanley Lindsey had apparanly also been shot in the head. It was unclear at that time-whether he had died of injuries from the crash, or from the bullet wound, according to Sheriff s reports.
The three bodies were taken to the Travis County Coroner, where autopsies were to be performed this morning, according to the coroner’s office.
The Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Laboratory and the Texas Rangers will be assisting the Comal County Sheriffs Department in the investigation.
Sixteen kindergarten students and teacher murdered in Scotland
DUNBLANE, Scotland (AP) — The sweet smiles of 28 youngsters posing for their first school picture shone out across newspaper front-pages today. The effect was more heart-wrenching than any report on the evening news that 16 of them had been slain.
This small town in Scotland was grieving today for the 16 kindergarten students and their teacher, gunned down by a local man who burst into their school gym and shot them to death before killing himself.
Wednesday’s shooting was the worst in modem British history.
Twelve other children were wounded in the massacre, several badly, including a 5-year-old boy who was shot three times. Only one student in the room was not shot.
“There were little bodies in piles dotted around the room and items of children’s clothing like shoes... around the floor,” said the first ambulance man to reach Dunblane Primary School.
“The strange thing ... was the virtual silence that we encountered as we walked in. Children were just sitting there in total shock with bullet wounds to their limbs and bodies, unable to cry out or speak,” John McEwen was quoted as telling The Sun newspaper.
Residents of this close-knit, bucolic town at the edge of the Scottish Highlands placed flowers, cards, teddy bears and other toys on the sidewalk outside the school, where frightened parents had waited Wednesday to find out if their children were among the dead.
A doctor treating the wounded at Stirling Royal Infirmary learned that one of her own children was among the dead, said Dr. Jack Beattie. He declined to identify the woman.
Police said disgruntled former youth worker Thomas Hamilton walked through the school’s front entrance just after 9:30 a.m., armed with four handguns. He headed through the dining room, past the assembly hall and into the gym.
There, he opened fire and killed 11 girls and five boys, all aged 5 and 6, and their teacher Gwenne Mayor, 45.
The ambulance man said Mayor looked as though she had been trying to shield the children from the bullets.
“She was directly in front of a group of children who were all beyond hope,” McEwen said, who called the scene a “medieval vision of hell.”
EUWD discusses pumping limits
By DENISE DZIUK
Mandatory reductions for primary users of the Edwards Aquifer were declared almost two weeks ago, and officials with the Edwards Underground Water District may soon be facing the question of when it should return to voluntary conservation.
The board of directors for the Edwards Underground Water District received an update of the Demand Management Plan (DMP) at their meeting on Tuesday. Mike Albach, the district’s Division Manager for Planning and Environmental Management, said Stage I of the DMP, which calls for IO percent voluntary reductions, was declared on Feb. 12, 1996. Two weeks later, Stage II, which is 15 percent mandatory reductions, was declared. Albach said distnct staff will now start determining if primary users are in compliance.
“We’ll begin to compare their targets, which are (determined using) their baselines, to their actual usage, and determine compliance,” said Albach. “It sounds easier than it is.”
However, the district may soon have to address the question of whether or not to stay at Stage ll. Albach said the mandatory reductions at Stage I! go into effect when spring flow at Comal Springs drops to 225 cubic feet per second. He told the board that as of Monday, the IO day average at the Comal Springs was 225 cfs. He said it the flow goes up to 226, the distnct may have to revert back to Stage I voluntary reductions.
“We’re at 225 (cfs) nght now. It may go above that or it may go below that,” said Albach. “I don’t know that our guidelines are flexible in that regard.”
In other business, steps are being taken to see what can be done to protect endangered species if spring flow levels fall below the take level. Bexar County Chair Carol Patterson said the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has a contingency plan which would call for catching as many fish as possible and taking them to a refuge. Patterson said the Special Committee on Endangered Species wants to look at what else can be done. Tile board approved allowing the committee members and distnct staff to work with the Lower Colorado River Authority and New Braunfels Utilities to look at the “well situation at Comal Spnngs,” including well history and location. It is possible a well could pump water into Landa Lake if spnng flows drop too low.
“This is to look and see if there’s anything that can be done....to save the fish they won’t be able to catch to protect the larger gene pool,” said Patterson.
The key well being looked at will be one owned by LCRA, according to Patterson.
‘Easy Rider9 bike the big attraction at auction this weekend.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Harley Davidson — more than a bike, it has become an American cultural icon.
And the most valuable Harley in the world will be auctioned here in New Braunfels this weekend as Kruse International brings another Collector Car Auction and Show to Wursthalle March 16 and 17.
The chopper is the actual “Captain America!’ Harley from the movie “Easy Rider.” It’s the only surviving of two bikes used by Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper in the film, said Bruce Knox, vice president of Dan Kruse Classic Car Productions of San Antonio.
“Dan Haggerty (Grizzly Adams) built the bike himself," Knox said. “That’s actually how he got his start in the movie business.” Haggerty will be on hand for the auction, he said.
“The movie and the bike itself reflected a whole generational movement,” Knox said.
High-rolling buyers world-wide have already shown interest in the cycle. “We spoke to Planet Hollywood," Knox said. The Elvis Presley Museum, several casinos and large Harley Dealerships may be among the bidders.
“We’ve had calls from all over the country, as well as Japan,” Knox said. Another famous motorcycle lover — Jay Leno — will likely be
This Harley Davidson, ridden by Peter Fonda in the film 'Easy Rider1 will be on the auction block at Wursthalle this weekend.
an absentee bidder.
The “Easy Rider” Harley is only one of several famous vehicles collector Gary Graham will bring to next week’s auction. Bidders can vie for Evel Knievel’s 1970 Harley XR750 — used to make a world-breaking jump.
Knievel’s personal car, a 1974 Stutz Bearcat originally owned by Prince Charles, will also go to the highest bidder, as well as his 1971 custom designed Datsun 240 “Evel Eagle” show car.
The auction will also showcase a whole range of cars and motorcycles for every taste and budget — a 1929 Ford Model A Cabriolet, 1941 Harley Davidson, 1956 Chevy Bel Air con
vertible, 1959 Corvette and 1965 Cobra Roadster are a few.
A few elite car fanatics have sunk staggering amounts of money into their collections, Knox said. “Probably the biggest collection right now belongs to Las Vegas casino owner Ralph Inglestead," he said. “He has 600 to 800 cars in his collection, and a number of them are worth a million dollars or more.”
Not all of the cars at this weekend’s auction are priced for the rich and famous, Knox said. Many can be bought for less money than most new cars. The cars will be auctioned in random order, not by type or value, so patrons will see extraordinary cars at whatever time of day they choose to come, he said.
Hollywood memorabilia will be on display and for sale as well as classic vehicles. Bidders and fans can see rifles and a gold Omega watch belonging to Elvis Presley, Evel Knievel’sjump suit and helmet, and X-rays showing broken bones and pins from Kmevel’s crashes.
Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday with the auction beginning at IO a.m. General admission for one day is $5 for adults, $3 for children, and free for children under five years. Bidder registration costs $25 and includes a weekend V.I.P. pass and V.I.P. seating. For information call Bruce Knox at (210) 697- 9668.
Shows help Laubach decide to pursue ranching education
By DENISE DZIUK
Some young people participate in livestock shows because they like the competition or the idea of winning. A Smithson Valley High School student participates because of his love for animals.
Jason Laubach is a senior at Smithson Valley High School, and is in his fourth year as a participant in livestock shows. He will be showing two pigs at this weekend’s Comal County. He said he participates because of the enjoyment he gets out of it. He said his experience showing pigs has also reinforced the fact that he wants to attend college to learn more about ranch and feed lot operations. Half of any money he earns from the shows goes into an account for his college education.
“I enjoy it. It doesn’t matter if I win or not, although I like to, because I basically just like doing it,” said Laubach. “As I started showing, I just wanted to (learn about ranches and feed lots) all the more.”
However, enjoyment is not the only thing Laubach is getting out of his involvement in livestock shows. He said he has learned a lot, and he and his family have even started to raise them.
Complete Comal County Junior Livestock Show schedule.
— See Page 2
“Basically, I know everything there is to know about a hog,” he said.
That includes how it is feeling. Laubach said pigs are like humans, and each one has a distinct personality. He said some will be gentle, hyper, etc. He said he has learned to tell when a pig is sick by knowing the pig’s personality and watching it to see how’s he’s acting..
“lf he’s not being himself, he’s sick,” said Laubach. “Like when you have a hyper pig that just wants to lay there.”
Laubach said he has been to about six shows this year, and has done pretty well at them. He said he believes a big part of this success comes from the exercise he gives his animals. Regardless of what makes the pigs successful, Laubach said he is ready for this weekend’s show. He is also confident that his pigs will do well.
“I expect to do pretty good,” he said. “I should tat least make the sale.”
The Comal County Junior Livestock Show is being held at the county fairgrounds March 13-16. The sale will begin at I p.m. on Saturday.
Herald-Z&tuna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Jason Laubach says niello to one of his pigs, which he’ll be showing today.Plan for a safe and clean Comal River needs action now. See Opinion, Page 4.