New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 24, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 pages in two sections ■ Friday, March 24, 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of MARK CULBERTSON
Vol 143, No.95
Birthday wishes trun the Herald-Zeitiing!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Gabrtela Velez, Ruby Helen Kiesllng, Mike Timmermann, Jaime Aleman, Callye Johnson (18 years), Rafael Martinez and Mark Culbertson (25 years.)
High 89, low 63, partly cloudy and a chance of thunderstorms Tomorrow, cooler, chance of thunderstorms. high 81, low 59
First founders invited to participate in parade
The Comal County Genealogy Society extends an invitation to the "First Founders" descendants to participate in the Sesquicentennial Parade on April 22, 1995 in New Braunfels
The Society is trying to reach the families by mail; however, we do not have addresses and names of all the descendants lf your ancestor arrived by July 31, 1845, to what is now New Braunfels, we would like for you to be in the parade or have somebody to carry a sign with your family name on it We would prefer that you dress in clothing of that period or you may wear casual clothing lf you want to ride a horse or ride in a horse-pulled wagon or buggy, you are welcome to do so Family groups are also welcome
Forms can be picked up at the Comal County Genealogy Society at 200 N Seguin St, New Braunfels, 78130 or call 210-629-1900 for more information These forms must be filled in and returned no later than April 10
New restaurant opens Sunday in Grnene
The Gruene Mansion Restaurant, located on the Guadalupe River behind the Gruene Mansion in Downtown Gruene, will open for business Sunday for lunch and dinner.
Hours will be 10 a rn to 10 pm The four-star restaurant features a large menu of German and French cuisine, with dinners averaging about $10
All major credit cards are accepted
First Protestant Church plans blood drive
First Protestant Church is sponsoring a Community Blood Drive on Sunday, April 2, 1995 The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center will be accepting donors from 8 30 a m until 12 30 p rn at The Family Life Center behind the church at 172 W CollSt
Appointments may be scheduled by calling the church office at 609-PRAY (609 7729)
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Herald-Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock was all smiles as he was honored as the Texan of the Year yesterday at the Texas Legislative Conference. The conference continues today at the Civic Center with speeches by Governor George Bush, Bullock, and U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
Texan of the Year
Former LL Governor Bill Hobby presents Bullock with his award.
Rapist agrees to 30-year
Kirk Wayne McBride was originally sentenced to four 99-year terms
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The New Braunfels Civic Center was chock full of Texas politicians last night. That’s when the Chamber of die Commerce opened the 29th annual Texas Legislative Conference and honored Ll. Gov Bob Bullock as Texan of the Year.
’The people that made the tnp from Austin probably out-number the people from here in New Braunfels,” said Bennie Bock ll. a former legislator and chair of the TLC Arrangements Com
Former Ll. Gov. William P. Hobby gave the Texan of the Year award to Bullock.
“This award represents what state government in Austin is today,” Bullock said. State officials set aside their party differences to do what ’s best for Texas, he said.
“It’s not the award that honors you, it’s the people behind the award that honor you.” Bullock said.
The office of governor is probably not the most powerful in Texas, Hobby said. “Bob Bullock is pretty powerful,”
he said. “Ask casino gambling Ask Texas A&M.”
As slate comptroller. Bullock brought the office into the computer age. Holly said. “I want John Sharp to know he’s the second best comptroller in the state of Texas,” Bullock said
As lieutenant governor, Bullock is known as “Mr. Tort Reform,” Hobby said.
“I pledge to give all my energy, all the talents I might have to make the state of Texas tliat we all love a better place to be," Bullock said.
Kirk Wayne McBride has entered a guilty plea on three counts of aggravated sexual assault and one count of aggravated kidnapping in Comal County District Court, said District Court Administrator Martin L. Allen.
Special Prosecutor William J. Gibbons recommended a 30 year sentence, a plea bargain that outraged the victim of McBride’s attack.
McBride was convicted on those same charges in Aug. 1990 and sentenced to four 99-ycar sentences, Allen said.
The victim in the ease expected a full trial yesterday morning. “We had witnesses in from out of state and the jury was ready to go,” she said. “I’m extremely disappointed that the prosecutor would cop out to a 30 year plea.”
McBride will be sentenced April 11, Allen said.
“I’m a survivor of sexual assault, but I’m a victim of the legal system,” the victim said
The original case was appealed and the verdict overturned in appeals court, Allen said, because the prosecutor had gathered some evidence improperly. “It was then remanded back here to District Court for retrial,” he said.
McBride has been in custody since late 1989 or early 1990, Allen said. “He had been convicted in 1986 on drug charges,” he said. “He completed his drug sentence and was then paroled.” The alleged offenses were committed when McBride was on parole. The parole was revoked and McBride was put in the custody of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Allen said.
McBride’n court appointed lawyer. Wade Arledge, was unavailable for comment, as was Gibbons. The judge in the case. Charles R Ramsay, declined to comment on an ongoing case.
Jack Davis back in jail
From staff reports
Jack Warren Davis, who faces retnal in the 1989 murder of local schoolteacher Kathie Baloms in 1989, is hack in jail today.
Charles Ramsay, judge of the 22nd District Court, increased Davis’ bond from $50,000 to $250,000 at a hearing Thursday morning, and Davis was taken
back into custody.
His conviction was overturned due to misconduct on the part of prosecutors, and Davis has been free and living with family in Mississippi since December 1993.
Earlier this year an appeals court ruled he could be rctned in the case, leading prosecutors to ask for his bond to be increased.
No mal date has been set.
Suicide ruled in Tuesday shooting death
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Shooting victim Randy Whinnier died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head, said Travis County Medical Examiner Dr. Roberto Bayardo. Bayardo performed the autopsy on Whinnier.
Whinnier died Tuesday night in a shooting that left his wife, Barbara Whinnier, and step-daughter, Jennifer Blackcock, in critical condition
Barbara Whitmier is now in stable condition at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio.
Blackstock remains critical She is being closely monitored in the intensive care unit of Brooke Anny Medical Center in San Antonio, said BAMC officials
Barbara Whitmier told Guadalupe County Shenff’s Department officials that Randy Whinnier had shot her and Blackstock, said Sheriff Melvin L. Harborth.
Police were called tothe scene on /app Road at 9:08 p.m. Tuesday by a neighbor after Barbara Whinnier^ six-year-old child ran to their house The child was uninjured
No one hurt in Wuest’s holdup
From staff reports
Two masked men robbed the Wuest's Supermarket at Lamia Plaza at gunpoint Thursday night as employees prepared to close the store No shots were fired and no one was hurt in holdup
Two white males entered the store at 9:55 p in
One had a ntle or shotgun They were only in the store for about two minutes, according to New Braunfels Detective Sergeant Basel Boatnght.
A witness in the parking lot saw the men flee in a small, brown, foreign station wagon. Anyone with any information is urged to call the New Braunfels police at 608-2185, Boatnght said Four employees and no customers were in the
"The employees handled themselves pretty well dunng the robbery," Boatnght said. "Everything turned out as it should. No one was hurt, but they were all pretty upset, crying and stuff."
Store management is still going through the accounting process to determine how much money was stolen.
Chamber of Commerce starts seminars to help people who want to start their own businesses
By CYNTHIA CASON
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
The Greater New Braunfels C ital tiber of Commerce’s Business Advisory Committee of the Small Business Council will sponsor an Orientation Program for Small Busienss Startups at the Chamber on Apnl 4, from 9 a rn -10:30 a m. Space is limited and reservations will he taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Tile Business Advisory Committee in alliance withn the UTSA School of Business provides information on the many aspects of operating a business for area busienss owners or individuals who are con
sidering starting a new business.
According to the chairman of the Busings Advisory Committee, Jim Rice, “These seminars have become so successful that we have increased visits by the UTSA business development specialist Debbie Schuene-nian who visits the Chamber office for the day to confer with individuals desiring this service The program began with a counselor coming once a month, then twice a month Now the counselor comes for one day every week ”
Ms. Schueneman travels each week from San Antonio to New Braunfels to meet with small business owners
who want the latest information on starting and maintaining a successful small business.
“I counsel each person individually because each business is unique with its own set of resource needs," she said.
A former schoolteacher, Ms. Schueneman attributes part of her success to her method of “politely beginning at the beginning I don’t assume any new businessperson knows anything about starting a business. That way, I won’t leave out any steps or information crucial to the new businessperson’s success We’re here to help people stall up their busi
nesses and to keep those new start-ups humming "
Ms. Schueneman said that age is no factor “I’ve had retirees start successful businesses because they found retirement was not for them Age really doesn’t matter, but commitment does "
"We will continue to develop seminars and workshops for the small business owner to fill the growing demand we have experienced,’’ said Small Business Council Director Anna Lee Hicks
Seminal space is limited To make reservations, call Anna Lee Hicks at the Chamber, 210-625-2385.
For more information on subscriptions, news or advertising, call 625-9144