New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Bending the rules in the name of morals
Today, the Herald-Zeitung will bend a few tules of newspaper style. We're doing it in the name of morals.
For the most part, we make our own rules in deciding how we're going to present our newspaper. But the beauty of that is that we can, when necessary, throw the parameters out the window. Especially when the motive is worthy.
You see, on page I of last Tuesday’s Herald-Zeitung, we ran a story about New Braunfels Police investigating a drive-by shooting in our community.
As an editor, I instinctively felt it was valuable news. News that would command a local reader's attention because of its significance in our community.
Can you imagine a drive-by shooting taking place and our not reporting it, despite having clear knowledge of it? We would be doing readers an injustice because we would fail in our mission to inform the public.
So what do you say to a concerned reader who calls you up and says, in effect, that a story as such is like patting a gang member on the back and could stand as encouragement to do it more?
I agreed with the caller's sentiments for the most part, and while considering the story's value and-the possible negative effects it could spawn, it can become a "Catch 22."
Inevitably, we have to ask ourselves a question. "Are we going to allow gangs to dictate this newspaper's coverage."
What we can do is denounce the violent, gutless and heartless actions such as drive-by shootings. And we can remind gang members that neighborhoods have eyes and ears... and phones for which our police department can count on.
And we can do it on page one, the same place we printed the original story on the incident.
Though our doing this doesn't make everything all right, it does say to gangs-society will not always bow to this type of behavior. We won't accept that as part of our daily lives here in New Braunfels, Texas.
In our community, the kids are bright, talented and have rock-solid morals. They earn swards, participate in civic projects and are law-abiding citizens.
They are our future and we must not let them be denied the same safe life in this wonderful environment that we now enjoy.
(Mark Lyon is Managing Edi-•or of tbs Herald-Zeitung.)
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■ Shannon Young (left), John Holden (center), and Shanna Honk show their lambs at Friday's judging. See page 1B
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I Vol. 142, No. 91
Woman ii\jured in shooting incident
By CRAIG HAMMETT
A New Braunfels woman was taken to University Hospital by AirLife helicopter after being shot in the chest Saturday night.
New Braunfels police responded to the call at 581 Ventura Drive Saturday night.
Police and fire officials said a female, approximaiely 26 years old, had been shot in the upper chest, possibly with a .25 or .32 calibre semiautomatic pistol.
New Braunfels Police Detective Kevin Stephens said the case was still under investigation and could not determine whether the wound was self-inflicted or not. "The wound doesn't appear to be life threatening, but we don’t know at this time,” said Stevens Saturday night
An AirLife helicopter transported the woman to University Medical Center in San Antonio at about 8:25 p.m.
’’We know it was a small-calibre wound to the upper chest,” said New Braunfels Battalion Chief Don Zercher. “I don’t think it’s life-threatening but you never know for sure with gunshot wounds."
* A University Hospital spokesperson said the woman’s condition was undetermined as of 9:35 p.m. Saturday night. The identity of the victim had not been released by police officials at press time.
An investigation into the shooting will continue, police said.
Herakt-Zottung photo by JOHN HUSETH
New Braunfels Fire Department emergency medical personnel assist Baptist AlrUfe personal! load a gunshot victim Saturday evening. University Medical Center officials said the victim's status was uncertain ae of prase time Saturday night
Herald-Zeitung wins honors at APME
Newspaper awarded five first place awards at annual convention Saturday
By CRAIG HAMMETT
CORPUS CHRISTI- New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung staffers captured five first-place awards, seven overall, at the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors 1993 journalism awards held here Saturday.
Managing Editor Mark Lyon, Sports Editor Richard Tijerina and Photographer John Huseth each collected first-place plaques in the Class A division of daily newspapers.
"I’m proud for our newspaper and proud for our community because we shined in front of so many people,” said Lyon. "We still have much to improve and will continue to strive for that improvement on a daily basil. But right now, we're savoring this.”
Lyon and Tijerina each won two titles. Lyon took top honors in both Page One Makeup and Headlines while Tijerina won the Feature Layout and Sport! Column Writing categories of the contest. Huseth earned a first-place plaque in Sports Photography.
Lyon's page-one layout of August 29, 1993
"showed good fundamentals and use of photo combinations" according to judge Jane Shoemaker of the Charlotte (N.C.) Observer.
His award-winning headline, “ A Leap of Fate : Cliffs off of Guadalupe intrigue river rafters to stop and jump” highlighted a special report last summer dealing with the dangerous and illegal practice.
“These headlines show flair with a purpose and the ability to play with words without losing an appropriate tone, ” said Henry Stokes, Managing Editor of the Memphis Commercial Appeal. Tijerina’s very first column at the Herald-Zeitung wu judged his best, and the state's best. "Treasures can come in a small (town) way” prompted Jack Gibbons, Executive Sports Editor of the Baltimore Sun, to say, ‘Tijerina's observations of kids' disappointment at a rainout captured both youthful enthusiasm of the players and a reporter's delight in uncomplicated ftm.”
Tijerina also tapped the Little League scene for his top feature layout, judged against not only sports pages but all page layouts. He added an honorable mention award for his feature story on Canyon Head Football Coach Larry Nowotny.
Photographer John Huseth earned top praise for his photo of a Canyon football player following the Cougars' regional semi-final football loss to Corpus Christi Calallen.
“This agony of defeat picture is a cut above the cliched images of the same ilk... Anytime a picture communicates on an emotional level, it rises above action pictures,” said Scott Stones, Photo Editor of the Spokane (Wash.) Spokesman-Review. Huseth also garnered a second-place award in the Spot News Photography category for his photo of former U.S. Senator Bob Krueger tossing his wife, Kathy, following Krueger’s concession speech.
The Texas APME awards are held each year in coqjuction with the Texas APME annual convention. The contest includes daily newspapers with circulations ranging from the Class A level of 9,999 to Class A AAA dailies with circulations exceeding 125,000. All judges for the contest come fiom outside Texas.
“This was the most competitive corneal we’ll enter,” said Lyon. “We were judged by some of the best in the business. It feels good to have done so
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extend! birthday wishes to Beatrice Garza, Alvin Bertram, Francisco Urias, Jr., Leticia Cruz, Anthony Camareno, Kandra Layne Ack’ cr, Manny Camareno (belated), Cindy Rodriguez, Irene daisy ar, Sarah Voigt, Marie J arised Larry Krueger, Barbara Mus-selman, Terrell Pittman, Mary Jane Sandberg, Cedi Streier. Happy Anniversary to Johann A Charlene Seyfertk (32 years!), Mr. A Mrs. David Supulver (17 years!)
Valdez receives top honors at Texas Teen event
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Ne* Braunfels Resident Melinda Valdez received top honors at the Miss 1994 Texas Teen Pageant last week in Irving.
Vsldez won the title of Miss Hospitality which carries an award of a $9,200 scholarship to Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.
The competition was held March 11 through March 14 at the Irving Arts Center. In addition to her award for Miss Hospitality, Valdez also received a ranking in the top 15 girls in the pageant.
Contestants were judges on their physical, mental, emotional and spiritual qualities. The emphasis was on finding the girl who fits the description of the‘Total Person.”
“It was a great. I had a lot of fun. It's a great program, and I was happy to make Miss Hospitality. I worked hard for it," she said.
Valdez said she plans to participate in the Miss Texas event in the next few years.
Valdez is currently a student at the University of Texas at San Antonio where she is studying in the pre-med department. She said she will be transferring to Our Lady of the Lake next
She is a 1993 graduate of Canyon High School where the was an honor student. She has obtained her Emergency Medical Technicians license and the volunteers with the Bulverde Emergency Medical Services Unit.
She was the winner of the 1992 New Braunfels Junior Miss Top Eight Talent award, the 1993 All-State Solo Gold and Silver Divisions award and was in the 1993 Top 14 Talent in America’s National Teen Pageant at the Texas Finals. She was a member of the All District and Region choirs and a member of the North American Music Ensemble Touring Group.
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
New Braunfels resident Jim Mooney announced last week that he will run for the position of council person at large for the New
Braunfels City Council.
Mooney, 69, has lived in New Braunfels for IO years He and his wife Muriel moved to the town after both retired.
Mooney said he ii running for council in order to give answers to taxpayers.
“After being stonewalled for the last seven years on many questions that I laked various board and city representatives, I decided to run for New Braunfels city council person at-large,'' he said.
“In as much as I am retired and like to thoroughly research bond issues, city contracts, agreements, etc., and have the time to do this,
I thought “why not?" said Mooney. “In the past several years, I have found that the answers I do get as a taxpayer do not necessarily mean that they are the correct answers, but as a council person many more doors are suddenly opened. This information I now can share with the voters and taxpayers, as it should be "Don’t miss Horizons ’94 - Coming March 27 in the Herald-Zeitung!