New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 17, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in one section ■ Friday, March 17, 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of BRIANNE MICHELLE SANCHEZ
Vol. 143, No.90
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Kevin Brinkkoeter, Jose P. Hernandez, Katrina Scott (Saturday), Brianne Michelle Sanchez, Ruby Johnson, John Huff, Jr., Gilbert Alvarez (66 years - Thursday), Armando Gaytan, Herbert Eberhard, Joseph H. WorlKristie Thompson, Sharon Kimball.
Tonight, mostly clear Low in the upper 50s Light and variable wind Saturday, partly cloudy and warmer High in the lower 80s Southeast wind 5-10 mph
44th antique show on tap this weekend
The 44th Semiannual Antique Show and Sale will be held at the New Braunfels Civic Center March 17, 18 and 19 The hours are Friday, March 17, 11 a (.i.-7 p m . Saturday and Sunday, March 18 & 19, noon-6 pm Quality dealers from all over the state and many out of state dealers will be exhibiting quality merchandise for sale.
Included for sale will be fine cut glass, art glass, carnival and pattern glass, furniture (oak, pine, walnut, etc ), primitives. silver, jewelry, coins, toys, linens, quilts, clocks, and many other antiques and collectibles There will be a very large and excellent variety of merchandise- -always something for everyone Since this is my 44th semiannual antique show and sale here in New Braunfels, many great door prizes will be given away during the show Mark your calendar this is going to be an outstanding weekend antique show and sale This is the only quality antique show and sale where the admission is still only $2 50 which is good for all three days For additional information, call Jerry Johnson, 210-625-0612 or 210-620-4934
Founders’ Day Breakfast tickets on sale
As part of the 1995 New Braunfels Sesquicentennial Celebration, the Founders' Day Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7 a.rn at the New Braunfels Civic Center on March 21 The event is sponsored by the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce and planned by the Founders' Day Religious Activities Committee The city wide ecumenical event will commemorate the founding of New Braunfels on March 21, 1845,
Internationally known author -pastor Dr Bruce Larson will be the keynote speaker Tickets are $10 per person arid are on sale at the Chamber, Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church, St Paul Lutheran Church, First Protestant Church, and New Braunfels Presbyterian Church.
For more information, call the Chamber of Commerce at 625-2385
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County income shows growth, more activity
Income from sales taxes, fines & fees, collections rising
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Income collected by county offices over the last few years is just another indication of the growth trend sweeping the area.
County Auditor H. Bate Bond showed Commissioners’ Court Thursday several slides indicating revenue generated over the last few years, mainly through sales taxes, fees and fines.
Sales tax revenue, begun midway through 1988, generated $989,000 the following year. By last year. 1994, that number had climbed steadily to just more than $2 million. The sales tax revenue is estimated to provide 14.2 percent of the 1994-95 budget income, second only to the property taxes which account for about 50%,
The county auditor said all these numbers reflect the simple fact that both growth and business activity are high.
“lf you go to another county this size (population)...it will not be as much as ours," he said.
Fines and fees at various county
COUNTY (41 55%)
I*1' CISD (58 05%)
WORD (0 39%)
offices account for about 16.4% of the projected revenue. They too have shown steady increases over the last three years in most of the county offices. In 1992, county offices collected $1.7 million in fees and fines. Last year, that number was $2.4 million. 30% more than in 1992.
Bond said about 60% of the fines and fees stay in the county, the rest goes to state coffers in Austin.
Justice of the Peace offices collect for such items as traffic tickets, some
thing most people are familiar with. All four Justice of the Peace offices showed increases since 1992. except for JP I.
“That precinct underwent some redistricting and it didn’t have a lot of highway in it." said Bond
JP 4 showed the largest intake, at $547,573 in 1994. up from $3 ’9 425 in 1993 and $315,377 in 1992 J P’s 3 and 4 also accumulated more than $200,000 in fines and fees.
The County Court-at-Law is a \ery
“busy court” according to Bond. Many of the county’s cases involving such things as divorces occur there. The collections have almost doubled in three years, from $255,174 in 1992 to $470,753 last year.
The two clerk’s offices. District Clerk and County Clerk, have also shown income increases. The County Clerk’s office handles areas such as birth certificates, marriage licenses, and also, real estate transaction fees, which include not only standard home and land actions but those on timeshare condominiums. This office collected $462,859 last year, $375,787 in 1993 and $371,671 in 1992.
Tile District Clerk’s office takes care of all fines and fees associated with District Court Last year, they took in
$233,788, up from $190,834 the year before.
Offices such as Environmental Health collect fees for things such as septic tanks. The office took in SI58,025 last year. up from $68,869 only two years earlier.
Outside of fees and fines, the County Tax Office collected $44,841,807 last year. mostly in property taxes and automobile registrations About 58% was collected for the Comal Independent School Distnct w hich the county charged $48,(XX) for the collection service. About 41% is collected for the county which also includes IO different districts such as emergency and fire districts. Another 0 39% included collections of the Water Oriented Recreation District.
House fire leaves Cranes Mill family needing food, clothes, home
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Comal County residents are being asked to come to the aid of an arca family in desperate need — the Smith family.
Their home in Cranes Mill Mobile Home Estates recently burned to the ground and the family escaped with only their lives and what they could carry.
Nita Smith, 40, cared for both her late husband and her brother-in-law Harold Smith. 72, both Hospice patients, said Rita Remington of Hospice. Harold Smith is still in her care.
Smith has three children, Patrick Smith, C arl Breeks and Edw ard Smith Jr
They attend school in the Comal Independent School District.
“Their most pressing need is for housing,” Remington said. The Smiths hope to find another home within the CISD so the children won't have to change schools.
But the family needs everything — clothes, food, furniture, kitchen utensils, linens, and especially financial help.
“The Canyon Lake Action Center is the collection point for designated donations,” Remington said. To find out specific needs, you can call Patsy Reese at 899-7184.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Close up view
(From left) Steven Dunn, Garrett Bartlett and Will Fischer look for things in the grass with a magnifying glass yesterday at Landa Park. These students and others from Frazier Elementary were having a science fair.
Collector Car Show on tap this weekend in New Braunfels
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Staff W *er
Elvis Presley fans, classic car fans, this is your weekend. An extravaganza of classic collector ears, an Elvis car and Elvis memorabilia will be on display and up for auction at Wursthalle at the 41st Seiru-Annual Greater San Antonio Austin Collector Car Auction and Show .
The show and auction will feature 3(X) collector vehicles including ears, trucks and motorcycles From a 1927 Ford Model T to a 1931 Cadillac Roadster to a 1949 Harley Dav idson motorcycle — cars for every taste will abound.
Fight decades of motor history w ill roll through Wursthalle.
Do you have to come to bid? Absolutely not. The weekend schedule includes times for viewing and for buying The auction can be exciting in itself.
“It is a verbal auction,” said Bruce Knox, general manager of Kruse Classic Car Productions, which runs the show. "The auctioneer calls bids and people in the audience raise their hands.”
How high will the prices go? “Some of the cars do definitely bring high prices," Knox said. "We sold one Bougatti Royale for $6.5 million. There’s a Duesenbcrg in this sale worth one million dollars, maybe."
■ Friday, March 17 Viewing 1*6:30 p m
■ Saturday. March 18 Viewing 9 a rn -7 p rn
■ Saturday, March 18 Auction 10 a rn.-7 p m.
■ Sunday, March 19 Viewing 9a.m.-6p m.
■ Sunday, March 19 Auction 1 p m -6 p.m.
A highlight of the show will be a 1973 Cadillac Brougham D’Elegance formerly owned by Elvis. A wide assortment of Elvis memorabilia will be on display and for sale to the highest bidder.
Some notable items a jacket worn by Elvis in concert on June 20, 1972, shoulder patches and a medal Elvis wore in "G I Blues," gold records, original sheet music 50 items in all.
The auction is affordable fun. Admission is $5 per person with children under three free. For those in the market for a car, on-the-spot financing will be available. Knox said
"You may happen to be there and see the car of your dreams,” Knox said.
“This is a world class event."
■ Painted Pony Noon -1 30 p m
■ Texas Edge -1 45 p m - 3 p m.
■ Revival Brothers - 3:15 - 4 45
■ Country Creek - 5 p m. - 6 p m.
■ Bop Savant - 6 p m - 7 p m
■ Blaze- 7pm. -8pm
■ Hat Trick -8pm. -9 30 pm
■ Mat Toon - 10 p.m. - 11 p.m.
■ Carlene Walker - 11 p.m. -Midnight
■ Jules Gliesche -1 p m - 230 p.m.
■ Terri Hendrix - 2 30 p.rn 4 pm
■ Chris & Judy - 4 p m - 5:30 p.m.
■ Al Barlow - 5 30 p.m. - 7 p m.
■ Dan McCoy - 7 p.m. - 8 30 p m
■ Tim Mitchem 8 30 p m. - 10 p.m.
■ Open Mio - 10 p m - Midnight
Sunday music festival to benefit bar owners’ legal defense fund, Habitat For Humanity
By CRAIG HAMMETT
A large music festival is scheduled this Sunday at the “O” aces (comer of River Rd. and Hucco Springs Loop), with proceeds to benefit Habitat for Humanity and the legal defense fund for the Comal County Bai and Restaurant Association
The lineup ct several entertainers will begin at noon Sunday and last until midnight on two different stages, featuring a list ol mostly local musicians and entertainers playing everything from country to rock
There will be a $5 entrance fee to the event
A raffle will be held with pnzes including raft trips, tul rentals and gift certificates. A face painting booth will I available for kids.
Habitat tor Humanity is a chantable organization th builds homes for those rn need.
Habitat hor Humanity has recently completed their til home project in Comal County and have made plans f more.
Several members of the Bar & Restaurant Association a currently involved in legal action, trying to reverse ti county’s repeal of late-night hours for alcohol salesHappy St. Patrick's Day from the Herald-Zeitung!