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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 27, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas COUNTDOWN: 359 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21.1845 March 21.1995 Inside Obituaries.....................................2A Weather/Water Watch....................2A Opinion.........................................4A Letters to the editor......................SA Unsung Heroes...........................9A Sports Day............................10-13A People..........................................1B Milestones.....................................2B Education.....................................4B Classifieds..............................6-12B Montage..................................1-16C Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; J Mae Voss Braunberger, Angela Pittmann, Debra Diane Garcia, Elizabeth (Polly) Seibert, Jesus Hernandez (48 years!), Megan Gonzales, Isabel Luna (Monday), Mallory Minor (Thursday), Elearnor Ballard (Saturday), DM. Buchanan (Saturday), Lois Lee (Saturday), Doris Lewis (Saturday), Mary Mabry (Saturday), Elvira Russell (Saturday), Gladys Crabill, LaViena Higgins, Rodina Lawson, Bill Leslie, Debra Murphy, Garland Powers, Betty YI ort, Martha Clift (Monday), Thomas Hurst (Monday), Valerie Meyer (Monday), Doris Waterman (Monday), Mavis Wolf (Monday), Elizabeth Chichester (Monday.) Realtor group to meet tomorrow The New Braunfels/Canyon Lake Area Association of Realtors will hold their monthly meeting on Monday, March 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Dragon Place Restaurant, 983 N. Loop 337. Cost for admission is S5.50. A tape from the Texas Association of Realtors on "Seller’s Disclosure Notice’ will be featured at the meeting. Canyon Lake Writers’ Guild announces club project for 1994 The Canyon Lake Writers’ Guild announces its 1994 club project, which is the production of a 96 page paperback book to con tain original short stories. The book is the idea of Guild members who want to stimulate writing and experience the various phases of book production, from manuscript solicitation, to editorial activity, typesetting, layout, printing, sales and distribution. The Guild has teamed up with Morton Falls Publishing Co. to produce the book, which is expected to be released in December 1994. Any writer, published or unpublished, may submit a short story fiction manuscript of up to 3,000 words for consideration. Specific guidelines maybe obtained by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to The Canyon Lake Writers’ Guild, 1850 Old Sattler Road, Canyon Lake, Texas 78132. The deadline for submissions is June 1994. The Canyon Lake Writers’ Guild is in its 8th year and offers seminars, workshops and fellowship for area writers. Stammtisch (The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a silling place for members of the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.) The winning numbers Lotto Toxat 12-46-41-IT-26-40 $3 million jackpot —TEXAS— LOTTERV HORIZONS'94 ■ Our Community ■ Citizen of the Year & Unsung Heroes Comal County Leadership Business &. Enterprise Education & Medicine r/.o Ny PRK9E OF COMAlfCOUN Unicorns advance to Region IV quarterfinals by beating Austin Reagan! - See Page 10A ■ Sid Gosa (left) and Ryan Rogers celebrate Friday night's victory New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung 104 Pages in ten sections ■ Sunday, March 27, 1994    Sen/inn    Cnmfll    Cnuntv    for    more    than    14? wears ■ Hnmft of JESUS HERN ANHE7 SUNDAY 75 CENTS Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of JESUS HERNANDEZ I Vol. 142. No. 95 Kunkel named Citizen of the Year Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH The New Braunfels Herald-Zettung's Citizen of the Year, Larry Kunkel (left) was presented with the award at a reception held Friday at the New Braunfels Civic Canter. Making the presentation was Herald-Zeitung Managing Editor Mark Lyon and Editor and Publisher David Sultans (right). Kunkel, nine Unsung Heroes honored by Herald-Zeitung Citizens Bank purchase expected By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor More than IOO people gathered at the New Braunfels Civic Center Friday afternoon for the annual Horizons Reception sponsored by the Herald-Zeitung to celebrate completion of the 1994 Horizons edition. The highlight of the reception was the presentation of the Herald's 1993 Citizen of the Year and Unsung Hero Awards. Insurance agent Larry Kunkel was named Citizen of the Year by the Herald-Zeitung ■ See Citizen of the Year/Unsung Heroes section inside_ Reader Advisory Board for his impressive efforts in civic endeavors. "It's a little bewildering because a lot of people do a lot of things in New Braunfels. It is humbling and surprising," Kunkel said after receiving his award. Nine other local residents were named Unsung Heroes by the Reader Advisory Board. "I think the reception went great," said Herald-Zeitung publisher David Sul len. "This is one (rfthe more exciting things the paper does. It creates an opportunity to recognize people in our community, who in most cases have no other arena to be recognized." Among those in attendance at the reception were: County Judge Carter Casteel, Mayor Rudy Seidel., Police Chief Dick Headen, Sheriff Jack Bremer, Councilwoman Jan Kennady, City Manager Mike Shands, and two previous Man of the Year recipients, Elliott Knox and Rusty Brockman. The board of shareholders for Citizens Bank gave approval Tuesday to initiate the sale of the bank to InterContinental Banksharcs Corporation of San Antonio. Bank President Bill Cone said the board of New Braunfels Bancshares, Inc, which owns all the Citizens’ stock, authorized a “non-binding letter of intent,’’ beginning the process for the purpose of selling up to one hundred percent of the bank’s stock. The bank will not officially transfer title until shareholders approve the sale and federal regulatory guidelines are met. “This simply sets an agreement to work toward that end,” said Cone. “It is subject to shareholder approval and regulatory approval. What we have now is a purchase agreement. Our board has only authorized us to enter this agreement.” Citizens Bank is the only independent, locally-owned bank in New Braunfels. Smaller banks are having a hard time competing in a market with large regional banks. However Cone said some might have misconceptions that Citizens is being bought by a large regional bank. “This company is similar in size (to New Braunfels Bancshares, Inc.),” he said. “They stated they do not plan on changing the name or staff at this time.” Cone did not state the bank was in financial trouble, but rather said the shareholders basically received a better deal. “The primary reason for shareholders to sell is that they receive a good offer,” he said. “They (InterContinental) made a very attractive offer.” Cone stressed the motion only gives authorization to initiate the contract of purchase process. Shareholders will have to vote for the sale May 15. If approved, the sale could not happen until the Federal Reserve and the State Banking Dept, approve it which Cone said would take several more months. Cal Thomas to speak here July 14 From staff reports Cal Thomas, a well-known conservative columnist, is debuting the first of several columns today on the Herald-Zeitung’s Opinion page. Thomas has also agreed to a speaking engagement in New Braunfels on July 14 at 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Tickets will cost S20 each with proceeds benefiting the Crisis Pregnancy Center. A catered dinner will be included at the event. More ticket information will be available soon. Thomas is popular for his hard-hitting commentary on politics, society issues and more. The 30-year veteran journalist appears regularly in about 250 newspapers across the nation through the Los Angeles Times Syndicate. Thomas openly admits to being a staunch con servative on many issues and doesn’t hesitate to explain why. “In the past, the religious right was particularly guilty of trying to impose a narrow, religiously based world view on an unwilling population,” he said, noting that he believes the left is now Cal Th Oma* trying to do the same thing. “They are trying to impose a narrow, anti-religious world view on an unwilling population, and using the powers of the government, academia and much of the media to do it. lf liberals say the First Amendment means we have to tolerate 2 Live Crew and Madonna, why can’t some conservative and religiously-based views to be heard in the marketplace?” Thomas has written eight books and is a frequent lecturer. He was a broadcast journalist for 21 years covering the space program, civil rights and Watergate. Two youths arrested near Spring Branch for possession of a bomb By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Comal County Sheriffs deputies took into custody a juvenile and one 17-year-old male Saturday morning for allegedly possessing and manufacturing a “homemade bomb.” According to Deputy Tim Nowell, who responded to the scene, the deputies answered a call of shots fired on U S. Highway 281 two miles south of State Highway 46 near Spring Branch. Nowell said the officers responded to the call and saw several juveniles on the side of the road The juveniles were shooting off fireworks, he said. After approaching the juveniles the officers found three homemade bombs wrapped in duct tape with fuses attached. Nowell said all three items combined would have equaled the power of one stick of dynamite. Nowell said the 137th EOD Bomb Squad from Camp Bulbs was also called to the scene. The officers arrested a 17-year-old male from San Antonio and a 15-year-old male was detained. The 17-year-old is being held in the Comal County Jail. His bond is set at $5,000. The 15-year-old is being detained until a hearing can be held next week. The charge is possession of a prohibited weapon, which is a second degree felony. Second Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day scheduled By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer The second Household Hazardous Waste Collection will be held April 23 at the city-county facility for household hazardous wastes located on Loop 337 near New Braunfels Fire Station No. 2. The event is sponsored by the city of New Braunfels and Comal County. It will be conducted by Laidlaw Environmental Services Inc. The collection day will be partially funded by a grant from the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission and from funds left from the last collection day, according to Elroy Friesen-hahn, project manager and Assistant Fire Chief for the city of New Braunfels. He said $97,000 is available for the event. The same products will be taken on April 23 as were taken during the first collection. This includes leftover household cleaners, paints, pesticides, used motor oil and batteries. Tires have been added to the list of items that will be collected, according to Friesenhahn He said there will be rx> charge for bringing the items to rite collection. “We want everyone in the city and county to start now, saving up old cleaners, paints and pesticides. Box them up and bring them in on April 23 to our newly constructed haz-mat building behind Fire Station No. 2 on Loop 337 south of New Braunfels,” said Frisenhahn. “We tend to think of hazardous waste as just something industry produces, but we have it in our homes too. A lot of household cleaners, pesticides and paints contain chemicals that can be hazardous to people or the environment if they are not handled and disposed of properly. We prefer these substances not go into our county landfills,” he said. The event is open strictly to residents and is not open to businesses Laidlaw will assist the city and county in making sure all wastes collected are disposed of safely. Laidlaw conducted the first city/county collection and has conducted more than 1,100 collection days in Texas and across North America. The effort is being coordinated by a board which includes New Braunfels Mayor Rudy Seidel, Precinct 4 Comal County Commissioner Moe Schwab, Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann and New Braunfels Fire Chief Phil BakerFor subscription, news or advertising information, call 625-9144 (Metro 606 ;