New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
WEDNESDAYUnicorns, Cougars notch first district wins, Page 11A
The Plaza bandstand
410 MO 16 10/22/99 189
• W E: S T PlIC R 0 P U B LIS HIN G \7 E YANDELL DR
20 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, March 29,1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of DOUGLAS BRANDT
Vol. 143, No.98
Birthday wishos from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; Katie Bader (16 years), Marie Long, Laura Raquel Pulido (three years), Josh Colvin, Jackie Zamora (27 years), and Douglas Brandt.
Cool and rainy, high about 68. tow 50. Tomorrow continued cool with showers Clearing and warmer by Saturday.
NBU issues advisory to customers
Several customers have called New Braunfels Utilities to say they have received calls at their home from a person identifying himself as an employee of NBU, claiming that they need to enter the home to make inspections to a refrigerator or other appliances. They have also made statements concerning low voltage problems or the customers' need to leave their homes NBU would like to make it clear that it is only under very rare or extreme circumstances that an NBU employee would ever request to enter a customer's home Do not allow anyone claiming to be an NBU employee to enter your home without proper ID or without calling the main office at 629-8400, or central dispatch at 625-8564 to verify the identity of the employee Personnel required to be on your property to read your meter or make repairs to utility service lines should be in an NBU vehicle and in uniform with an NBU logo Customers should feel free to request identification from these personnel as well.
Comal County Aggie Muster coming
The 1995 Aggie Muster will be held Friday, April 21, at the New Braunfels Knights of Columbus Hall Fellowship will begin at 6:30 p m, with dinner starting at 7:15 p m Guest speaker for Muster will be Mr Donald Powell '56, director of business services for Texas A&M University and co-author of The FightirV Texas Aggie Band, a comprehensive history of the Aggie Band from 1894 to the present.
Aggie Muster is open to all former students and their families, parents of students, and students and friends of Texas A&M Reservations can be made by calling 620-0704 Reservation deadline is Tuesday, April 18 Cost including dinner is $10 for adults and $6 for children age 11 and under
Garage Sale Saturday
Xi Alpha Eta Chapter of Beta Sigma Pin International will hold a garage sale Saturday, April 1 from 7 30 a rn to 12 30 p m at 880 Highway 81, adjacent to Lemse s Floral Creations.
Tin# n«wspap«K e punt bd or recycled rewspont
Cops say man on bicycle is a
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Leslie Boone spruces up the Lands Park train for the upcoming season. The train is already open on days when the weather is nice. Tickets are $1.50, children under one year old ride free. The train is a good way to see the entire park without tiring yourself out.
A man came riding up to the HEB parking Monday afternoon on his bicycle and carrying a knapsack, but police said it wasn’t books he was carrying or groceries he was planning to buy.
Instead, undercover and uniformed offi. cers were waiting for the man and arrested him on a charge of delivering 25.85 pounds of marijuana.
Lt. Sumner Bowen of the Sheri fF s Criminal Investigation Department reported officers had allegedly agreed to meet Mano Delgado, a California native, and pay him
$750.00 per pound for the marijuana, which would total about $19,000.
Lt. Bowen said that for New Braunfels, "that was a lot of marijuana.”
Delgado, 29, gave an address in the Rio Grande Valley and was wanted on a felony theft parole violation warrant issued by Hidalgo County. He has also had previous drug and other types of arrests, police said.
Delgado is currently being held without bail in the Comal County Jail on the Hidalgo Co. warrant and is awaiting magistration on the delivery of marijuana (5-50 lbs.) charge, a second degree felony punishable by imprisonment for a period of two to 20 years and/or a fine not to exceed $ 10,000.
Incorporation backers pleased with response
By ROBERT STEWART
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Proponents of a plan to incorporate the Canyon Lake area say they have gotten a good reaction to their proposal.
"I’m extremely pleased with reaction to the article that appeared last week in the Times Guardian and the Herald-Zeitung," said Don Avery of the incorporation committee. "In talking to a lot of the residents in the proposed city of Canyon Lake, they agree the time is here for incofpbration"
Avery is a vice president of Southern Newspapers and former publisher of the Times Guardian
"When the incorporation committee gets all of the questions answ ered, w e w ill welcome an opportunity to speak to any group or organization at Canyon Lake," Avery said. "In the meantime,
I welcome anybody on a one-on-one basis to talk about it.”
Local businessman Richard Smith said he has been surprised at the amount of positive input he has received since last week.
“I’ve had so much good and so little negative that I’m really getting excited about this,” Smith said. “I’ve had quite a few' calls. I’ve had two that were negative but they wouldn't give their names or phone numbers. I’ve had probably 25 people call me and every one of them were for it. I met one guy that was negative but couldn’t offer any reason.”
Smith said some who worked against the last incorporation effort are planning to support this new proposal. He said numerous people have
Canyon Lake residents seem ready to form a city, Avery says
‘I’ve had probably 25 people call me and ovary one of them were for it.’
— Richard Smith
offered help in time and money. The committee is working to establish a bank account in order to accept donations.
Businessman Bruce Jones said he has received mostly pos rive input with only one negative reaction in the last week.
"I even had an older man call me to say he wanted to sign the petition as soon as we get it going," Jones said.
Local businessman Charles Billings said he favors incorporation to protect the Canyon Lake area.
"I think the time is right,” Billings said. "I think for our own self-protection it is going to be necessary and with that in mind I do support it. We’re either going to be taken by San Antonio or New Braunfels. We need our own identity and our own officials running the city."
Another local businessman worked against the last incorporation proposal. He is in favor of the idea this time.
‘The forces ... that want more government are going to keep running at us and running at us.’
_—- Ed Nolan
“I think it’s a proper time for us to be looking into it and taking some action towards incorporating—getting all the facts available to us from county officials and others, and going forward if this is what the people want," said Doyle Patton. "I think this is a good idea. Don is going about it the right way this time.”
Patton said the lack of zoning protection jeopardizes property and business owners.
"There are several advantages to us ’ncorpo-rating and I just think the public should listen and learn and make an informed decision." he said. "Keep an open mind. Things have changed since that last election and I do think it's time to look into it. I worked against it last time because it was done so poorly.”
Dr. Sandee Fabling D.C. said she favors incorporation for many reason including enhanced police protection.
"I think that en me is becoming more of an issue for our children. I’m concerned about this.
I think that the county is already stretched very thin on this,” Fabling said, adding that the number of families with children is increasing as many flee the metropolitan cities. “Incorporation appeals to me from the aspect of us looking to the future, not necessarily tomorrow, but our future to protect our children from what’s happening in the cities all around us. It will follow them and we have to be ready.”
Richard Smith added that Canyon Lake must look ahead as hindsight is not very useful.
"Look at Bulverde--they recently had a proposal to do this, they declined, and now they’ve got a problem (the cement plant to be built).
A voice of opposition has spoken out in the form of attorney Ed Nolan. He has formed the CSGG (Committee to Stop Government Growth), primarily to fight the proposed underground water district. Nolan said after that election the committee will focus its sights against the incorporation effort.
"The forces in Comal County that want more government are going to keep running at us and running at us,” Nolan said. "This is the third try at incorporation since I’ve been out here.”
Nolan can be reached by calling 907-3007 or 964-3778 during business hours.
The incorporation committee plans to hold a town meeting on the issue in the near future. An informational mass mailing will also be done. For more information on the committee’s activities contact: Don Avery, 964-3885; Richard Smith, 935-2735; or Bruce Jones, 907-7901.
County poised to start work on Faust St bridge
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Renovation work on the Faust Street Bridge in New Braunfels could begin soon, if Commissioner s Court approves the work Thursday in its regular meeting.
Paperwork is near completion between the county and the slate, which provided a majority of funds for the project through a Texas Department of Transportation grant that totaled about $450,000.
The county will have to provide roughly a fifth of the cost, about $90,000, with hopes of raising a portion of that from donations.
Commissioner Cristina /amora met with residents last week and said the majority were in f avor of the project.
"The ones that went to the meeting, they were very supportive,” Zamora added, saying she had received input from several residents “...Hopefully, we can get some people to put in some money.”
County Engineer Tom Homseth did much of the paperwork in the grant process. He said the funds are there and the paperwork nearly completed so the county could contract with the state and the work actually begin.
‘The ones that went to the meeting, they were very supportive.’
- Cristina Zamora_
The state is providing grants to preserve historical structures, something the county took advantage of,-
"The original intent is to retain the original look of the structure,” he said.
Built in the late 1800s, the bridge crosses near the site of El Camino Real (The King s Highway) established by the Spaniards in the 1600s and is one of the oldest highways in North America.
The Faust Bndge was the first high bridge in Comal County said Homseth and once earned a constant stream of wagon traffic.
Zamora said city officials say the bndge, although closed to traffic, is also a dangerous site because people often try to cross it, despite the bamcades.
Plans call for a pedestrian walkway, with no vehicular traffic. An apartment complex is already going up on the east side of the nver and plans call for another on the other side.
Wetting a line
Dennis Oft found a nice hideaway to fish on hie day off yesterday. He wet trying his luck on the small branch of the Comal River between Hinman Island Park and Prince Solms Park
Herald-Zeitung wins three awards at annual Associated Press Managing Editors contest
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung received three Honorable Mention awards at the annual Associated Press Managing Editors Awards Saturday.
The awards were announced at the annual APME convention held in Galveston.
Intenm Managing Editor Roger Croteau received an Honorable Mention in feature writing for his article “Alone in the Dark," which told the story of an AIDS-infected woman who chose to leave New Braunfels.
Croteau also received an Honorable Mention for business reporting for an article on a local family that has been farming in Comal County for five generations The arti
cle was published in the Horizons '94 edition
Former Photo Editor John Huseth also received an Honorable Mention for feature photography for a photo of police trying to round up a stray buffalo.
The Herald-Zeitung was competing against all daily newspapers in the state with a circulation of less than 15,(XX) copies.
"It is always gratifying to be recognized by your fleers," Croieau said. "In the coming year our editorial staff will strive towards excellence so that we can do even better at next year's awards.’Recycling will be more cost effective if more families do it. See Page 4A