New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 20, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of LETICIA CRUZ
Vol. 144, No. 92
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Leticia Cruz (IO years), Beni-ta Hernandez, Herminia Mejia, Marilyn Kolacek and Marcia Baumgartner.
Happy 29th anniversary to Jesse and Mary Ortiz.
Mold —Not available Elm — NA Cedar — NA Ash — NA Mulberry — NA Hackberry —NA (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 234 cubic feet per second, same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well 624.17 feet above sea level, down .01.
Garage and bake sale planned
The Dorcas Guild of Cross Lutheran Church will hold its 14th annual garage and bake sale Friday and Saturday, March 22 and 23 from 9 a m to 4 p.m.
Brown bag day will be Monday at 10 a.m. The location is 172 Hickory St.
Anyone who has items to donate for the sale may call 625-3666 or Patty Scheel at 625-7023. Arrangements will be made for the pickup of items.
Canyon Music Boosters to meet
Canyon Music Boosters will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. in the Canyon High School Band Hall. There will be an election of new officers.
Chili Cook-Off Sunday
American Legion Post 179 amateur chili cook-off will be held at noon, Sunday, March 24, at 410 W. Coll St. Call 625-0179 for information. Deadline for entries is today.
National VFW commander to speak
The National Commander-in-Chief of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Paul A. Spera, Texas State Commander Paul H. Duff and other state VFW officers will visit New Braunfels VFW Post 7110, 600 Peace Avenue, from 7:30 a m. to 9 a.m. on Monday, March 25. VFW members, guests and local citizens are invited to attend.
Texas Department of Health Region 8 HIV/STD Education and Prevention Planning Coalition meets 10 a rn to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 at the Rock House behind Hospice New Braunfels, 613 N Walnut.
Public invited. Open forum from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p m For information, call 606-0200
Flag retirement ceremony
Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post #35 and Auxiliary will hold a flag retirement ceremony Wednesday, March 27 at 10:30 a m. at Sts. Peter and Paul School The public is invited to attend
Unserviceable flags are still being accepted Call Joan at 629-1252.
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Texas Supreme Court hears EAA case today
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
A Wichita Falls couple complained of minor injuries after a Tuesday afternoon wreck on the Interstate 35 frontage road north of State Highway 46.
Severiamo Luna, 61, of Martindale, was entering North Interstate 35 from the 1300 block of the frontage road when Walter Brock, 74, of Wichita Falls, failed to yield the right of way and struck Luna’s pick up, according to police reports. “The wheels caught on the curb [of the entrance ramp] and flipped the pickup over,” said Lt. John Wommack of the New Braunfels Police Department.
Luna was not injured in the accident. Wommack said Luna and the Brocks were wearing seat belts.
Walter Brock was issued a citation for failure to yield the right of way.
State leaders to converge on city for Texas Legislative Conference
By MELANIE GERIK
More than 500 state and local leaders will meet in New Braunfels Thursday and Friday to honor the Texan of the Year and to discuss hot political issues at the 30th Annual Texas Legislative Conference.
Rim Purdum, program director for the conference, said local and statewide business, political and other community leaders will attend the conference, the only one of its kind in the state.
James “Pete” Laney, the speaker of the Texas House of Representatives, will be honored as Texan of the Year at 7 p.m. Thursday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Laney was first elected speaker in 1993, and again in the 1995 legislative session. He has been chosen twice by Texas Business Magazine as one of the IO best legislators. He also was
chosen as one of the IO best by Texas Monthly in 1993.
Laney is known for the major changes he has made in House rules to smooth the flow of bills through the legislative process and to give the public better access to what is happening in the Legislature, according to a statement from conference officials.
Purdum said the goal of the conference was “to try to give a chance for anyone to meet state officials and become better informed in public affairs.”
“We tried to establish themes that were popular issues and hot topics," Purdum said.
Joe Kilgore, a former Texas legislator and U.S. Representative for the Rio Grande Valley, is one of three speakers on changing the role of Congress.
“I want all of us to leave with a commitment to move the Congress away from partisanship and towards prob-
i want all of us to leave with a commitment to move the Congress away from partisanship and towards problemsolving.’
— Joe Kilgore
lem-solving,” said Kilgore, who now practices law in Austin and has served on the conference’s advisory committee for 30 years.
Purdum said a leader of “state, if not national, prominence, will replace Tom DeLay, the majority whip of the U.S. House of Representatives, as the luncheon speaker Friday.”
DeLay, a Republican representative from Sugar Land, was unable to leave Washington, D.C., because of voting schedules, Purdum said.
The argument over who will be responsible for protecting the Comal Springs is going on once again today, and this time, the verdict will be final.
The Texas Supreme Court is hearing oral arguments this morning in the suit deciding whether or not the law creating the Edwards Aquifer Authority is constitutional. The EAA, which would have had the power to enforce pumping limits, broker water, and license wells, was supposed to take over regulation of the Edwards Aquifer on Aug. 28, replacing the Edwards Underground Water District. However, the Medina County Underground Water Conservation District challenged its constitutionality, and a district judge ordered a permanent injunction against the EAA.
Doug Miller, one of the Comal County EAA representatives, said the arguments, which started at 9 a m. should be completed by noon. He also added that only the attorneys from the two sides will get to address the court, and if the audience makes too much noise the bench will “have them removed.”
“There won’t be (anyone) standing up and screaming things out. If they do some of the things they did in the trial
at Medina County, they’ll probably be immediately thrown out,” Miller said.
A ruling on the case will not be made immediately, and Miller said he has heard it could take anywhere from IO days to IO weeks. However, he said he hopes a judgment will come fairly quickly.
“It’s totally up to the (ones) who wear the black robes,” said Miller. “One way or another, we need to get this over with and move on.”
Miller said if the EAA is declared constitutional, they will likely begin addressing the drought and the spring flow immediately. However, if the previous ruling is upheld, the issue will likely go back before the State Legislature. Miller said that if that happens, it is hard to say it they will start all over or simply make changes to the current law.
“It’ll be thrown back into the Legislature (if the ruling is upheld),” said Miller. “Ifs too early to tell what they might do.”
However, Miller said that if it does go back to the Legislature, Comal and Guadalupe counties may be anxious for action to be taken. He said that by January 1997, the area may have experienced one severe drought, and “people here will finally be pressing for something to be done.”
Today is the last day to file for city offices
By MELANIE GERIK
New Braunfels residents wishing to run for city council or mayor have until 5 p.m. Wednesday to file for the May 4 election.
For the first time, the mayor will be elected by New Braunfels citizens rather than the councilmembers.
Seats also are open in the newly-formed Districts 5 and 6.
As of Tuesday, Jan Kennady and Cheryl K. Scott have filed to run for
In District 5, Jim Hendricks and Cathy Talcott will run for the seat.
Mary Lou Erben and Juliet Watson will run for the District 6 seat.
In order to mn for office, applicants must apply with the city secretary at the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Caste!! Ave. Also, before any funds are collected, a campaign treasurer must be named.
Early voting runs from April 15 to 30 at the New Braunfels Municipal Building.
Travel counselors get a tour of the town today
By MELANIE GERIK
More than 125 travel counselors will visit New Braunfels to boogie at Schlit-terbahn, relax in Gruene and drive through Landa Park and downtown this afternoon as part of their week-long training seminar in San Antonio.
“New Braunfels was the only town in the San Antonio area selected for a tour, and that’s why we’re really excited,” said Jim Scheele Jr., convention and visitors’ bureau director for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
The travel counselors work at the 11 visitor information centers on the Texas borders, staffed by the Texas Department of Public Safety.
The training seminar, held annually in different cities throughout the state, will educate the counselors in customer service techniques and also acquaint them with the area.
“They’re getting a tour of New Braunfels and getting first-hand information,” Scheele said. “We can make a good impression and hopefully get a lot of visitors in return.” •
The group will amve in town around noon Wednesday and will be entertained at Schlitterbahn by a Boogie Bahn performance from Milton Meharg, the director of the Texas Department of Public Safety travel division.
After the performance, the counselors will visit the Hummel Museum and take a refreshment break in Gruene. Then they will see the sites of Landa Park and downtown on a driving tour, Scheele said.
A Lesson Well-Learned
High School freshman uses CPR to save a life a week after learning it
By DENISE DZIUK
freshman at Canyon High School did not hesitate to act, and helped perform CPR on a heart attack victim just a week after he had learned it.
Coach Tom Falan is the head trainer at Canyon High School. He said he a lot of what the student trainers learn is "on the job training." However, he said he always tries to find a time to teach CPR because you never know when or where you may ne-^d it. He taught that lesson the week prior to the winter break “I want my kids to understand it and how to recognize the need for it,” said Falan. “I said hey, this is a good time for us to do that”
Freshman student trainer Michael Pnnty was in that class. A week later, Pnnty said, he was at Comal Bowl. He saw a everyone crowding around someone so he started to walk over. Someone called out asking if anyone knew CPR. Printy ran over and gave mouth-to-mouth while another man performed chest compressions.
“I never thought I would need it that soon,” said Printy. “Most of the time you figure it’s something you file away in your mind and won t use for a long, long time.”
Pnnty said people did look at him in a peculiar way when he began to help, and he thinks it may have been due to the fact that he looks so young. Afterwards, everyone was impressed by his actions. Pnnty said he never had a second thought about what he was doing.
“Seconds count. You don’t have time to think about it,” said Pnnty. “All of the sudden the information is being pulled from the back of your mind .and you’re just acting.”
Falan said he was impressed by Printy. He said
Coach Tom Falan watches Michael Printy practice CPR on a dummy. Printy used the lessons Falan taught him to help save a life at Comal Bowl recently.
it is one thing to know how to perform CPR, but it is entirely different from knowing when it is needed. He said Pnnty was able to determine this, and he will use him as a role model for his future lessons.
“He was able to recognize there was a problem and was able to act,” said Falan. “I think that should be acknowledged ”
Falan says knowing how to perform CPR is “an extremely valuable thing,” and said it is "ironic as heck” that the trainers learned CPR just days
before Pnnty was called on to put it to use Pnnty will be recognized for his efforts at the Crossroads Award Luncheon being held on March 25 at the Cadillac Bar ami Restaurant in San Antonio.
Falan said luncheon is given by the American Red Cross and the Amencan Heart Association to honor individuals who have perfonned similar
Pnnty will be among 37 being honored, and will receive a certificate.How the media can improve campaign coverage. See Opinion, Page 4.