New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Parks board takes swing at revamped golf course.
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NB Aquatics Club takes first in 5 regional events.
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Deer Park’s cut of 28 teachers caused by finance reform woes.
Seepage 12New Braunfels Thursday
In the cards
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today Noreen Sippel, Megan Marie Fischer, Isabel Luna, Jesica Klar, Bob Duffy, Joshua Salge and Michael M. Rodriguez. Belated best wishes to Pheora Mondin.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Call our receptionist at 625-9144 the day before — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Good Friday holiday
Administrative offices of the city of New Braunfels will be closed in observance of Good Friday, according to city purchasing agent Frank Schaefer. There will be normal garbage pick up that day. New Braunfels Utilities will be closed Friday as will the Comal County Courthouse.
Working the fields
New Braunfels’ National Little League parents will participate in a work day at the baseball fields on Fredericksburg Road at 6 p.m. tonight. Bring shovels, hoes, wheelbarrows and yardworking tools. For more information, call Tim Salge ad 625-4816.
City of New Braunfels street crews will be making street repairs today in two areas of the city. Clearfield Drive will be closed all day. The section of Mesquite Street from Katy Street and Mill Street is expected to open back up today.
Texas Democratic Women of Comal County will caravan to Austin Friday to tour the Governor’s Mansion, lunch together, and then meet with Kirk Adams, who will detail the Governor’s blueprint for “The New Texas’’ and explain how grassroots organizations can facilitate the programs she has planned. Meet at the Kmart parking lot at 9:30 am. Call 620-1522 for more information.
Babe Ruth tryouts
New Braunfels Babe Ruth Baseball league, for 13-, 14-, and 15-year-old leagues, will host registration and tryouts Saturday from 11 a rn. to 3 p.m. at Comal Park Baseball Field. Bring birth certificate. For more information, call Nae ho at 625 2441 or Ella at 629 4505.
Museum open Easter
The New Braunfels Children’s Museum will be open Easter Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. so if you have some young out-of-town guests, or some active New Braunfels youngsters, and you need something for them to do, stop by die museum in Courtyard Shopping Center. Call 620-0939.
The New Braunfels Kiwanis Club Golf Tournament originally scheduled for March 16 has been rescheduled for 9 a.m. April 6. AII Sa* STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2
It should remain mostly cloudy and warm today with a 20 percent cluuice of rain and a high in the upper 70s. Tonight’s low should drop to the mid 60s. The high in New Braunfels was 81 Wednesday, with an overnight low of 53. For more weather information, see Page 2A.
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Newt Editor
STARTZVILLE — Autopsy results are expected to be released today in the case of a 78-year-old San Antonio woman who was found floating in Canyon Lake Wednesday afternoon.
Kathleen Strecklein was found floating off the boat ramp area in Canyon Springs Resort, nearly two hours after she was reported missing by her sister.
Chief Deputy Wayne Hoherz of the Comal County Sheriff's Office was the first to spot the missing woman.
“I saw her floating 20 to 25 feet from shore,’’ Hoherz. said. “I went out in the water and got her to the shoreline.”
Hoherz said the woman was floating in about three feet of water
Mrs. Strecklein, who was visiting her sister at Canyon Springs Resort on Canyon Springs Road. was reported missing to authorities at 11:26 a.m. The resort area is on the northern side of Canyon Lake off FM 2673.
Neighbors told officers they
remembered seeing a woman walking toward the boat ramp earlier that morning, Hoherz said.
Officers from the Sheriff’s Office and the Department of Public Safety combed the area around the subdivision before Hoherz spotted her at 1:37 pm.
Her eyeglasses were found on the boat ramp and her shoes were found in the water
Authorities called divers from the Pleasure Divers shop on Hunter Road to search the water for Mrs. Sureck-lein’s missing purse, Bremer said.
Divers searched dose to an hour in the water, but did not find the purse. The water temperature was about 64 degrees Wednesday.
‘‘She has had health problems here recently,’’ said Sheriff Jack Bremer Mrs. Strecklein was planning to stay with her sister for several days. Hoherz said.
Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart ordered an autopsy and her body was sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner s Office in Austin.
NBU may set
By DANA OVERSTREET City Editor
Long-term and older employees al New Braunfels Utilities could be offered incentives for early retirement following this afternoon’s Hoard of Trustces meeting.
“In an effort to reduce the number of employees and eliminate some job descriptions, we will lake this opportunity to ask some of the older employees, in age and tenure, if they would consider leaving,” said NBU General Manager Bob Sohn, adding that NBU is proposing three voluntary programs from which employees may choose.
Also on the 4:30 p.m. agenda is approval of a drug and alcohol policy for employees. Sohn said employee use of drugs and alcohol is covered in another policy but “we haven't had a specific drug and alcohol policy.”
In other action, NBU Board of Trustees is expected to approve the hiring of an attorney to represent the utility at the Public Utility Commission in April. At the beginning of each fiscal year, NBU and Guadalupe Blanco River Authority project the expenses of operatuig the Canyon Loike Hydroelectric Project and NBU is billed for the whole year. “We are billed for (he full year based on those projections and at the end of the year, we re adjust — reconcile the 8m NBU, Page 2
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(Photo by Bilk Kaneson)
Woman, 78, found in lake
Man arrested on drug charge
Woman now soldier’s ‘grandma'
By JOE BELK Staff Writer
Ruth Hinkle’s cookies are now famous in parts of the Middle East.
The New Braunfels resident — who is in her 70s — did her share in the war effort, sending care packages to a Texan soldier who was among the first troops sent to the Persian Gulf for Operation Desert Storm.
Sgt. Kenneth Steele of Abilene was the beneficiary of Hinkle’s kindness, receiving packages of homemade cookies, raisins, dried fruit, popcorn, and other things that Hinkle knew
would be in short supply in Saudi Arabia.
The two were brought together by a local Post Office employee, Bonnie Thrasher, who is a longtime mend of Steele’s mother
“I had gone to her when they first started the pleas for letters and packages, ’ ’ Hinkle said. “ I had gone to her wanting a Texan.”
Thrasher replied that she knew of one, coincidentally having received a leaer the same day from Steele's mother telling her that he had Teen sent out and how he could be reached.
The 22-year-old Steele, win) was to be flown back to Abilene this week, was one of the first troops sent as part of the 82nd Airborne Division.
The iwo have corresponded throughout the war and alterants, with Steele tuipmg to visit New BrauiUetf soon alter returning to Texas, she said.
’Tm a grandmother, and he just wanted to adopt ne tor Ins gi<uKindlier, ’ ne said. ‘I said, Chic mute won t hun.’ He wrote me as ’Grandma Hume. I nougat thai was just extra iuce.”
Huude said sue did not send more hail one package a week. out would try to ncinj either a large box or two boxes at a tune.
Thrasher said the post office uipioyecs were unpressed with her requeue/ and regularity ut sculling the care packages.
We vc all been just ll oui cd how faith! ul shes been, ’ Thrasnei said. "I [Hunted oui (lo co-wuikeisj how wonder I ut it was that die continued to do that.
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In CISD race, Becker offers time, experience
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Maws Editor
Retired school teacher Seldon “Hap” Becker says his former expert ence in the classroom and plenty of time on his hands make him a good candidate for the Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees.
“I have a very precious item which nobody else has,’’ Becker said.
“I’m retired and I have tune. Tune to read agendas.
Time to meet with PTAs ... lune lo meet with associations."
Becker is running for a three-year
term on the
school board in the May 4 clee non.
Thirteen people have filed for tour positions on the Comal ISI) Board of Trustees.
The trustee candidate taught for ll years in Texas schools and ut the Northside Independent School District before he retired. He earned a master's degree from the University of Houston He also served with the U S. Army ut World War ll aud the Korean War.
He saul the issue of state education funding is expected to hit CISD hard and he is willing to face a head on.
“The whole education process ut the state is in turmoil and that turmoil will definitely affect Comal Indepeu dent School District, ' Becker said. "And I’ve never shrunk from a fight."
session of marijuana over 2 ounces, arider 4 ounces.
He was released from the Comal County Jail after posting a $500 braid set by Municipal Court Judge David Perkins.
He was arrested Jan. 2 in the city’s first drug bust of the new year with the help of the New Braunfels canine ann. Gmta the German shepherd sniffed out about a half-pound of marijuana stuffed in a garbage can at his esidence.
Y/aguirre was cnarged won possession ol marijuana over tour ounces on thai case.
Theft charges pro Dec
Police are continuing lo mvesugaie 3m CRIME. Hug# 4
A diver from Pleasure Divers searches an area off the boat ramp at Canyon Springs Resort Wednesday afternoon for the purse of a drowning victim (Photo by Stephanie Ferguson)
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON Nm* Editor
A 34-year-old New Braunfels man arrested on drug charges in January was apprehended again Wednesday at his West End home on similar charges.
“We’re going to stay after them, ’ said New Braunfels Police Chief C.R. “Dick" (leaden.
"This is the second time this subject has been arrested since January of 1991 on this type offense.”
Jaime Martinez Yzaguirre was arrested in the 1800 block of Michigan Street by New Braunieis police assisted by the canine unit Wednesday after a search warrant was executed, he said.
Yzaguirre was charged with ;x>s-