New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 31, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
Canyon baseball team stays unbeaten in district play. See Sports, Page SA.
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeftung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Priscella Noaleigh, Rachel Shockey (Monday), Krystal Marie Madera (eight years), Anthony Cholico (Monday), Linda Lee Stepper (two years), Vierginia Espinoza (Saturday), Helen Velez (Saturday), Diana Marie Perez, Vernon Henry Bind-ner (73 years), Mark Culbertson (Monday), Mason Schmidt (18 years), Crystal Salazar (IO years), and Mason Schmidt (18 years).
Happy anniversary wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Louis Ortiz (23 years), and Mr. and Mrs. Esteban Cordova (22 years).
Being conservative at college
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 meeting
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.
Young Life get-together Monday
All high school students are invited to a Young Life happening at Tree Tops Restaurant, Monday at 7:30 p.m.
Impact of immigration
The Comal Area League of Women Voters will hold a forum on the impact of immigration on Texas on Thursday, April 4 at 7 p.m. at the Victoria Bank and Trust, North Building. Guest speakers will be David Pena of Texas Lawyers for Civil Rights under Texas Laws, and Juan Antonio Flores, Department of Human Services, Office of Immigration and Refugees. There will be a question and answer session following the speakers. Public invited. For information, call Gloria Sasser at 606-0864
One-act play to be performed
Canyon High School drama department will present a public performance of the UIL one-act play, "Blithe Spirit" by Noel Coward, on Thursday, April 4. Performance begins at 7 p.m. in the CHS Commons. Cost: $2.
After hours mixer
Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, April 4, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Sundance Golf Course.
The winning numbers
Est. $4 million jackpot
Freemen standoff continues in Montana
JORDAN, Mont. (AP) — As the Freemen’s standoff with government agents dragged into a sixth day, a cloud of doom hung over the siege: One of the jailed leaders said it will end “worse than Waco.”
A federal judge in Billings refused Friday to release LeRoy Schweitzer, 57, and Daniel Petersen, 53, on bond.
The two were arrested by federal agents Monday and are among 12 anti-government Freemen named in indict
ments. At least some of the others are believed to be holed up on a sprawling wheat and sheep farm.
As Schweitzer and Petersen were being led from the courtroom in chains, both began speaking out. Asketch artist for The Billings Gazette quoted Petersen as saying: “You watch folks, when it goes down, it’s going to be worse than Waco,” a reference to the deadly April 1993 Texas standoff involving the Branch Davidians.
Valley sees worst citrus crop since 1989
HARLINGEN, Texas (AP) — Sporadic weather and weak juice prices have turned the 1996 citrus crop into the worst seen by the Lower Rio Grande Valley since 1989’s killer freeze, industry experts say.
The fruit has been flawed by thick skin, coarse pulp and sheep-nosed or pointed ends, said Bob Smith, president of the Texas Citrus Growers League.
Valley citrus farmers usually get a higher price for
their grapefruit than their Florida competition because of superior quality.
But this year, lower quality forced farmers to sell about half of this year’s crop as juice, bringing a lower price and flooding an already saturated market.
“We’re swimming in grapefruit juice,” Clyde Witte, president of the Texas Citrus Exchange, said Friday. “I don’t see any changes in the next 12 to 14 months.”
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Spring Branch murder victims were shot in head
By MELANIE GERIt^
Preliminary autopsy reports indicated a Spring Branch man and woman were shot in their heads at close range, Sheriff Jack Bremer said Friday.
The bodies of John Patrick Lamb, 44, and Kelley Dougherty, 33, were found early Thursday night at a residence near Farm Market 306.
Lamb and Dougherty may have been
dead for an extended period of time, according to a prepared statement from the Sheriff s Department.
Bremer said Friday the preliminary autopsy reports from the Travis County Medical Examiner did not indicate what type or caliber of weapon was used to kill Lamb and Dougherty.
Bremer added both victims were shot in the head from a distance of less than a foot.
A suspect, whose name Bremer
declined to release, remained in custody Saturday on charges of unlawfully carrying a weapon and drug possession.
The suspect drove up to the scene Thursday as officers were investigating the murders, Bremer said.
The man has not been charged in connection with the murders.
The Texas Department of Public Safety Crime Unit is investigating the murders with the Sheriff s Department.
Braunfels, Solms, Hunter
Canyon Lake, Spring Branch, Crane’s Mill
/ Wednesday— Bracken, Garden Ridge,
Northcliffe, Bulverde —
— Late McQueeney,
Geronimo, Marion, I ake Dunlap
t/Rxky— Gracile, Freiheit, Zom, Gear Springs, Bar bar ossa
Early voting starts tomorrow
Citizen off the Year
HerakhZ&tung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Herald-Zeitung Publisher David Sultans and County Commissioner Moo’ Schwab hold up the Horizons spacial section proclaiming Schwab Comal County’s Citizen of the Year at the annual Herald-Zeitung Horizons reception held at the paper Friday afternoon. About 200 people attended the reception, which honored Schwab and more than a dozen Unsung Heroes. Reed ail about why Schwab waa selected by the Herald-Zeitung Readers Advisory Board for tho honor in the Horizons special section inside this newspaper.
From Staff Reports
Early voting for the runoff elections for the sheriff and county commissioner Precinct I Republican races begins Monday, and residents are urged to vote.
For the Comal County Sheriff Race. Incumbent Jack Bremer is facing Bob Holder. There is no Democratic candidate. Douglas Kirk and Jack Dawson will face each other in the runoff for County Commissioner Precinct I, which is being vacated by retiring J.L. “Jumbo” Evans after 16 years. The winner of the runoff will face Louis “Charlie" Millican.
There are also a variety of statewide runoffs in both the Republican and Democratic parties. The top Democratic race is for the U.S. Senate race between John Bryant and Victor Morales. The winner will face Republcan Phil Gramm in the general election.
Early voting is from April 1-5, 1996 at the Comal County Courthouse Annex. Room 306, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30
For those wishing to vote by mail, A mail-out ballot request must be received in the County Clerk's office by April 2, 1996. Applications must indicate Party Preference (Republican or Democrat) For more information on requirements for ballots by mail, contact the County Clerk’s Office at 620-5513 or 620-5538.
Election day is Apnl 9, and voting locations will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A runoff election is open to all registered voters regardless of whether they voted in the March primary. If you did not vote in the March primary, you are eligible to vote in the Apnl runoff.
The only resection is that if you voted in the March pnmary, you have to vote in the same party that you chose in the pnmary . For example, if you voted Democrat in the March pnmary, then you must vote Democrat in the April runoff. If you voted Republican in the March pnmary, then you must vote Republican in the Apnl runoff
Dropping lake level could spell trouble for boaters
By: DAVID DEKUNDER
If the conservation pool level at the Canyon Lake Reservoir continues dropping, recreational activities will be impacted. Corps of Engineers reservoir manager Jerry Bnte said Thursday.
“Well, I don’t expect it to affect recreation within the next 30 days,” Brite said. “But if we don’t get any rain coming in May, it (the use of boat ramps and beadles) could be seriously affected.”
Brite said the lake level is now at 906.8 at the conservation pool level. This is 2.20 feet below
the normal conservation pool level of 909 feet.
“We are having very insignificant reflow from recharge,” Brite said. "The (Guadalupe) River is slowly coming in at 80-90 cfs (cubic feet per second). The nver is usually running at 200 cfs this time of year. With the winds and the extra sunshine, we are getting more evaporation and the reservoir is dropping faster without the rains.”
If the rains do not come in late Apnl, Bnte said the boat ramps, picnic areas and swimming beaches would be "affected a little.” But if the lake level drops to the elevation of 905-904 feet, boat ramps at Jacob’s Creek Park, Canyon Park and Crane’s Mill Park won’t be usable, Brite said.
Then if the conserv ation pool level drops even further to 900-899 feet, betw een 10-12 boat ramps in all the parks and the swimming beaches at Potter’s Creek Park, Canyon Park and Comal Park would be unusable, Bnte said.
Brite hopes that it doesn’t have to come to that.
"I am not expecting this to happen this year,” Bnte said. "I have been talking to hydrologists who say we should get the normal rainfall pattern in May and June, which is our traditional rainy season."
County Engineer Tom Homseth said his department w ill monitor the elevation of the reserv oir
‘With the winds and the extra sunshine, we are getting more evaporation...’
— Jerry Brite
and see how it will affect the useability of its eight boat ramps on the lake.
“Well, eventually w ithout additional rainfall there comes a point when the bout ramp materials become exposed to the levels (of lake),’’ Homseth said. "If both the lake bottom and the ramp become exposed, it w ill become unusable.”
Plaza comes ‘Alive With Art’
By DENISE DZIUK
* « Hwati-Zwtung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Tammy Somas ting* a Youth AitBoet.
In an effort to promote the arts ark! young people’s involvement in them, downtown New Braunfels was “Alive with Art" Saturday morning for the second annual Youth Art-Beat.
Youth Art Beat began when a public information officer from one of the local schools wanted to use various downtown merchants to display students1 artwork. Instead, the idea turned into an event called Youth ArtBeat, with this year’s theme being
“Alive with Art.” It is a way for the community to recognize all kinds of arts, including performing arts, said the events chairman.
“We wanted to expand it to show the good sides of young people’s involvement in any type of arts,” said ArtBeat Committee Chairman Jean Wilson.
The Youth ArtBeat was held Saturday from IO a.m. to I p.m., and there were an array of activities for people to take part in.
A local band, comprised of one eighth grader and two freshmen, provided musical entertainment. In
between their sessions, other entertainment was available including a fiddler. Visitors were also able have their faces painted, make pictures and things for the parade, and attend poetry seminars.
“I w anna go find my picture now,” said one little girl as her mom stopped to talk to a friend.
Following the morning’s activities, those present were led in a parade around downtown. Wilson said the parade was a “sidewalk, Mardi Gras style parade.” The parade was followed by an awards ceremony for artwork.For advertising or subscription information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.