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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAYCougan upen distinct baseball season    win    over    Rangers.    See    Page    5. 50 CENTS New Braunfels The Mergele House, 708 W. Mill 14 pages in one section ■ Friday, March 29,1996 Air* M016 10/22/99 SO-WEST rtlCROPUBLISHING 7 E YANDELL DR ie: PASO, TX 79903 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of CHRISTOPHER ELLEBRACHT 40 *amg STOPHER ELLEBRACHT Vol. 144, No. 99 Inside Editorial...........................................4 Sports..............................................5 Comics............................................7 Marketplace...........................10-13 Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Marie Long, Christopher, Ellebracht, Adriana McDonald, Laura Raquel Pulido (four years), Henry SO va Jr. (one year). Happy anniversary wishes to: Leticial Pulido and Juan Carlos (six years, belated), and Herbert and Lucille Ormond (March 30, 56 years.). Pollen Count Mold — 1,455 Ash —trace Oak — 76 Cedar—trace Mulberry — trace Grass — 7 Hackberry — 21 (Porter measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Readings taken yesterday. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 238 cubic feet per second, up 4 from yesterday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 624.19 feet above sea level, up .04. Hummuelfest ’96 starts today Hummelfest ’96 starts early today with a benefit golf tournament at Landa Park. A swap and sell will be held from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. today, with a reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, the New Braunfels Children's Museum will sponsor children's activities at the museum from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Hummel-markt offers gifts and collectibles from noon to 5 p m. Saturday, and a silent auction will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday. Artist Dalhart Windberg will be at the museum to sign prints. Sculptor Paul Tadlock and author Dr. Theodore Gish will also be on hand Saturday comes to a close with an open house at the Hummel Museumfrom 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to the specal Palm Sunday mass scheduled for 10:30 a m. Sunday. Bishop Bernard Popp will celebrate the mass., with the New Braunfels Kinderchor and the Schoenbeck Choir of Germany providing music. Smphony concert at Jackson Auditorium Renowned pianist Laura Spitzer will perform with the Mid-Texas Symphony in concert Sunday, March 31, at 4 p.m. in Texas Lutheran College's Jackson Auditorium Tickets are $9 for adults, $8 for seniors and college students, and $3 for other students. Tickets available at the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office, Accents, and at the door. Boing conservative at eollsgs The New Braunfels Republican Family Club will meet Tuesday, April 2, at 7 p.m. at the New Braunfels Christian Church Fellowship Hall on North Loop 337. Call 629-6442 for information. Topic: Being conservative in the liberal college environment. AIDS Information at mooting The Unitarian Universalist group will meet Wednesday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m. at the Victoria Bank, North Building. Robert Konkel. Comal County Coordinator for the Department of Health HIV/STD Regional Planning Coalition, will speak about AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases. Public invited. Suspect held in Spring Branch double murder By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A suspect is in custody in connection with the death of two people near Spring Branch yesterday. Comal County Sheriffs Department investigators are still probing the case of two people who were apparently shot to death near Spring Branch and discovered Thursday by an individual visiting an acquaintance’s home. The bodies of John Patrick Lamb, 44, and Kelley Dougherty, 33, were identified by Sheriffs Department investiga tors. The bodies were found at a residence near FM 306. “We got a call at 5 p.m. yesterday afternoon from an individual who had seen what he thought to be a body,” Bremer said. When deputies arrived at the scene, they found a second body, Sheriff Jack-Bremer said. Justice of the Peace Fred Stewart pronounced the two individuals dead at the scene. “We have a possible suspect in custody, but it is still an ongoing investiga te have a possible suspect in custody, but it is still an ongoing investigation.’ — Sheriff Jack Bremer hon,” Bremer said. He said the Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Unit in Austin has been working at the crime scene. Autopsies are scheduled this afternoon by the Travis County Medical Examiner's Office and more information will be available at that time, Bremer said. Horizons ’96 - The Places We Call Borne A Supplement to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung /Sunday New Braunfels, Solms, Hunter / Tuesday Fischer, Canyon Lake, Spring; Branch, Crane’s Mill /Wednesday— Bracken, Garden Ridge, Northcliffe, Bulverde /Thursday — Lake McQueeney, Geronimo, Marion, Lake Dunlap Today— Grucnc, IVcihcit, Zorn, Clear Springs, Barharossa Sunday— Citizen of the Year, Unsung Heroes Effort to save LCRA building gets organized By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer Committees are forming to look at all aspects of restoring the Lower Colorado River Authority building. Betty Lou Rushing, who has led the dnve to save the building from demolition, encouraged the approximately IO people attending the Thursday night meeting at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center. Those interested in restoring the LCRA building can join one of four committees which investigate: • ownership options and financing. Currently the building and land around it is owned by the LCRA and leased to the New Braunfels Utilities; • how to use the space inside the building. Terry Adams, who worked at the power plant from its infancy to the early 1970s, said the building has three stones underground and is six stones tall above ground; • determining what the building’s structure can and should hold; and • how to use the land around the building. Rushing has received two letters from LCRA administrators who have said they are committed in working with the local residents in preserving the building. An ad hoc committee of LCRA board members met for the first time last week to discuss the possibilities for the building, according to a letter from General Manager Mark Rose. Rose said in the letter a report on the newspaper survey and feedback from New Braunfels residents was presented to the committee. Rushing told those at the meeting Thursday interested citizens should meet in about six weeks, unless she receives any word from the LCRA. “There’s no sense in beating our heads against the wall if they say they're pulling the plunger and going to demolish the building,” Rushing said. Workers search for chunks of misplaced history By MELANIE GERIK Staff Writer Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Stars hit town Andi McDowell walks to the set of -Michael," a romantic comedy filming In Gruene. Besides McDowell, the film stars John Travolta, William Hurt and Robert Pastarelli. Most of the filming will be in Gruene Hall. Shooting picks up again Monday and will last until Thursday. Hurt and McDowell play reporters in an Iowa town, where the women are falling for the Archangel Michael (Travolta) and the men are getting angry. The anticipated release date is this Christmas. "The way I play the Archangel Michael, he’s a smoker, a drinker and a womanizer. It sort of revolutionizes the definition of ’angel,’ doesn't it,?” Travolta said. Construction workers replacing the downtown sidewalks were trying to save a part of New Braunfels history. But now a small chunk of the history of a New Braunfels druggist is missing. As the construction crews replace the downtown sidewalks, they remove pieces which have some historical significance. The pieces then are placed back into the refurbished sidewalk, said Harlan Kraft, construction manager for D&M Construction. On Monday, workers removed two markers chiseled in the sidewalk in front of the old R.B. Richter building on West San Antonio Street, Kraft said. One was fully intact and had “R.B. Richter, Druggist, 1910,” inscribed. But Kraft said the other, almost identical to the first, was broken in three or four pieces. Workers placed the pieces in front of Shellaby’s Smart Apparel for Men, but by lunch time the pieces were gone. Kraft said no one he asked knew what happened to the pieces. He guessed a passer-by picked up the sidewalk pieces, thinking the workers were going to dispose of them. “Someone probably said, TU save it because they’re going to throw it away,’ ” Kraft said. John Mullins, assistant foreman for D&M Construction, said the broken nameplate looks almost identical to the one still intact. The letters are indented, and appear as if metal letters once were in the sidewalk. But Mullins said the missing pieces may have the year 1920 instead of 1910 chiseled in the stone. The marker was in front of an annex added to the building IO years later The annex now serves as the Shellaby’s Smart Apparel for Men store. Also, the pieces may not have “druggist" inscribed, but the T in Richter is chipped, Mullins said. A small reward is being offered for the return of the sidewalk pieces, Anyone with information can call the construction company at 625-7205 or Lynn Fountain, Main Street director, at 608-2IOO. Officials worry lawsuit may result in loss of power over subdivisions By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Elgin Bank vs. Travis County decision a blow to regulation A recent court decision regarding the regulation of subdivisions may require a revision to county regulations, and that possibility was the topic of discussion at Commissioners Court on Thursday. The court ruled in the case of Elgin Bank vs. Travis County that land can be further subdivided without requiring a replat with the county as long as all sections of the new land has access to a public right of way. County Engineer Tom Homseth said county regulations require subdivisions to replat. However, that may have to change. “Comal County has historically been real aggressive in regulating subdivisions...! think it’s one of the reasons people chose to come here,” said Homseth. “I think (a change in the regulations) is a step backwards.” Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans said one of the questions surrounding the issue is what is considered a right of way. He said he does not think it would be wise to allow public use of “third rate” county roads that are not being maintained. He also added that problems could arise from not having proper access or meeting state requirements for water wells and septic tanks. “We just want to make sure individuals buying pieces of land will an adequate size and access for using and enjoying it," said Evans. The topic was a discussion item, and no action was taken. However, the court did direct the county engineer to develop a definition for a nght of way. The item will be brought back before the court for further discussion before any action is taken. In other business, the court approved a resolution requesnng a reduction in 'Comal County has historically been real aggressive in regulating subdivisions... I think it’s one of the reasons people chose to come here.’ — Tom Homseth speed limit along U S. Highway 281 within Comal County from the Blanco County line to the Guadalupe River. CISD brings back summer bus service to elementary schools By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Parents who want to send their elementary-aged children to summer school in the Comal Independent School Distnct will be able to send them on a bus rather than drive them to school personally this year. For the first time in several years, CISD will offer free bus transportation to students attending elementary summer school classes. Carol Hall, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, said the lack of transportation is not a big problem for the campuses located in town. However, for the ones in the more rural areas of the county, it is. She said some families live too far away from the campus to bring the child to school for summer classes. “What we want to do is encourage more to attend and make it easier on them,” said Hall. Each school has selected bus stops to pick up the students in “locations central to an area of students.” Hall said in addition to the bus transportation, the distnct will also try to tie in daycare to “provide all-day service” for parents, making it even easier for some students to attend. However, high school students attending summer school at the Comal Leadership Institute will be required to provide their own transportation. “Most of the high school students drive themselves, so there wouldn’t be a demand,” said Hall. Summer school classes for grades kindergarten through sixth grade will be offered at Bill Brown Elementary, Comal Elementary, Frazier Elementary, and Mountain Valley Elementary. Classes will meet Monday through Thursday from June IO to July 18, with a holiday for July 4. Tuition for elementary classes $60, and preregistration is required ^———————T————————-——————The Choice starts Sunday at the First Baptist Church. See Church Life, Page 8. ;