New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 Pages in one section ■ Tuesday, May 2,1995
995 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of JACK AND JAN HARRISON
Vol. 143, No. 122
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; Myrtle Clark and Jack and Jan Harrison.
Friends For Rivers to hold membership meeting
Friends For Rivers, the local non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to education about, and cleanliness of, the Guadalupe and Comal rivers and Canyon Lake, will hold a general membership meeting Wednesday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in the Herb Schneider Room of Victoria Bank and Trust. Members' input is needed for iyyt>-96 goals. New members are also being recruited, and anyone interested in learning more about FFR is encouraged to attend. For information, call 625-5378.
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A new club chapter will be opening at Texas Lutheran Col lege in Seguin. For information on the new club, call Walter Sei-denschwarz or Gilbert Wyckoff at 372-8061.
Historical marker to be dedicated
The Comal County Historical Commission will dedicate a historic marker for the Comal County Courthouse at 10 a m. Tuesday, May 9. Everyone is invited.
Smithson Valley Choir to perform
Smithson Valley High Schoo Choir will perform Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at the SVHS Commons. Public and parents are yvelcome. They will perform songs from their award-winning performances.
Lioness Club to meet
New Braunfels Lioness Club will meet at 11 a m. Monday May 8 at Ryan's. Board meeting at 9 a.m. at the regular location
The second annual Project K.I.S.S. carnival will be held at Mountain Valley Elementary School Saturday, May 6 from to a m. to 6 p.m.
Hermann Sons meet Friday
Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge #106 meeting and social will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5. Members are asked to bring a salad for the meal,
NBHS All-Sports Booster Club to hold Spring Banquet
The New Braunfels High School All-Sports Booster Club Spring Banquet will be held Thursday, May A starting at 6 p m. in the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Athletes will be recognized and honored along with their coaches. Tickets can be bought in advance for $5 each at Unicorn Food Mart and the High School front office
Two bombing arrests made
Reports put men in Oklahoma at time of attack
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Two men were reported injured in an accident yesterday at 10:30 a.m. Department of Public Safety Officer Gilbert Lozano said a Chevy truck driven by Matthew Scheel and a Pontiac Fiero driven by Jorge Reyes were driving west on Highway 1863 toward Bulverde when the accident occurred. Police reports state the Fiero was turning left, when the truck tried to pass on the left.
Man dies in cliff jump
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Sheriffs office personnel investigated the death of a man who died in an apparent accident Sunday.
Edward Gutierrez, 38, of Rt. 2 in Marion died after he jumped from cliffs at Canyon Lake.
Chief Deputy Elwood Hohertz said that according to two friends at the scene, Gutierrez was jumping off cliffs at Northpark at Canyon Lake and apparently hit his head on a rock. These particular cliffs have often
created a problem for authorities trying to prevent people from jumping.
Officials were called to the scene around I p.m. Sunday and Canyon Lake EMS transported the man to McKenna Hospital where he died. Justice of the Peace Howard “Curly” Smith ordered an autopsy be performed before he made a decision on cause of death.
He later ruled an accidental death. The man was apparently killed by the collision with the rocks, not by drowning, he ruled.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Two men being sought as witnesses in the Oklahoma City bombing were taken into custody today in Carthage, Mo., after their car was spotted in a motel parking lot, authontics said.
Gary Allen Land and Robert Jacks were arrested without incident on material witness warrants issued in connection with the bombing, said FBI spokesman Dan Vogel here. He refused to give further details.
A trooper spotted a white Thunderbird with an Arizona license plate about 9 p.m. Monday at the Kel Lake Motel, said Highway Patrol Sgt. Archie Dunn in Carthage. After questioning two men, the highway patrol notified the FBI, he said.
FBI agents secured the arca around the motel, then, at 6:05 a.m. today, entered a motel room and took two men into custody, Dunn said.
The car sought in the FBI bulletin was a white Thunderbird registered in Arizona to Land. Land and Jacks stayed for five months at a motel in Kingman, Anz., a town frequented by bombing suspect Timothy McVeigh.
A motel owner in Vinita, Okla., says two men believed to be Land and Jacks checked into his motel the afternoon of the bombing, left the next morning, and returned that afternoon. Vinita is 180 miles northeast of Oklahoma City on interstate 44; Carthage is 60 miles to the northeast of there, also on the interstate.
Also, The New York Times and Wash
ington Post reported today that two men checked into a motel in Perry, Okla., where McVeigh was arrested by a state trooper about 75 minutes after the blast on unrelated traffic and weapons charges. The men then reportedly returned to the Vinita motel.
Search crews prepared to use machinery today to clear away the rubble of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. The death toll was at 139, including 15 children. At least 40 people were still missing.
Convinced there was almost no chance someone was still alive in the wreckage, rescue workers turned to machinery to search for bodies. A huge backhoe mounted on tracks like a bulldozer was to lift debris from inside the ruins and set it down outside, where it will be searched by hand, said Assistant Fire Chief Jon Hansen.
Hansen said he told families that “there are some people we probably won’t find.’’
On Monday, a revised sketch of the suspect known as “John Doe 2” was released.
The third FBI sketch of John Doe 2 shows him in a profile view, appearing stocky and wearing a baseball cap. He is very tan and muscular and may be a weightlifter, said F Bl agent Weldon Kennedy.
John Doe 2 is believed to be the man who was with McVeigh on Appl 17 in Junction City, Kan., when McVeigh allegedly rented the truck that earned the bomb.
McVeigh, the only person charged so far in the worst terronst attack on U.S. soil, is being held without bail.
Early voting turnout light in CISD contests
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Early voting totals for the two seats on the Comal Independent School District are somewhat less than slim, and closer to none.
Fewer than IOO people have voted thus far in the two districts combined according to Abel Campos of the CISD who has been monitoring elections for several years. Last year, when three seats were contested, 300 to 400 voted early.
“It has been very light to say the least,” he said, “...the more people that vote the better. We sure hope it picks up by Tuesday.”
Today is the last day for early voting (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.). Voting locations are the Comal County Courthouse, and Bulverde, Bill Brown, Comal and Mountain Valley ele-mentaries.
The CISD is in the process of switching to single-member districts. The two districts open in this election are mainly in the southern portion of the district and county.
The district seven race includes the Garden Ridge area up to the southern part of New Braunfels. Norman Ger-lich and John Clay are vying for the seat.
Gerlich is now completing his first term on the school board. He said friends and others urged him to seek a second term.
“The main reason is from a standpoint that we started a lot of projects that will improve the quality of education. I’d like to see those through,” he said.
The CISD passed a multi-million dollar bond package last year that includes three new intermediate schools and several renovation pro
“Also I want to help create an environment that prepares students for the hard world outside. We’ve got to give the administration what they need to get there,” he said. “Sometimes that requires a balancing act. My approach is a balanced one.”
Clay has never served on the board but did run the last time his district seat was open. He said he and his wife are both heavily involved with their kids in school activities. Clay served recently on the long-range and architectural planning committees.
“I think I'm more in touch. I’m going to their functions. I know what’s going on in the schools,” he said.
He said there are many issues facing the district, including dealing with the growth the district is expenencing.
“There’s going to be some deci
sions about the new schools and possible additions,” he said. “I also want to have some input on the type of curriculum going into the schools.”
Clay said he has had kids in the district since 1987 and will have until 2003 and will continue to be involved in the district’s activities, one way or another.
Both Districts 6 and 7 have new boundaries under the single-member format. District 7 will have two polling places May 6, one at the Garden Ridge Municipal Building and the other at Comal Elementary. Basically, those living west of FM 2252 and Old Nacogdoches Road vote at Garden Ridge, those living east of that point vote at Comal Elementary.
Those wanting to know what district or precinct they are in can contact the CISD Central Office at 625-8081 or 885-7674.
Guadalupe to receive cleanup effort Saturday
Early voting is strong for city elections
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The May 6 city elections will show q good turnout, if early voting turnout is any indication.
Through this past Saturday, 1,068 people had voted in person and atxrnt IOO through the mail, City Secretary Veronica Sarkozi said. One hundred seventy-five people voted just on Friday and Saturday, she said.
“If you have a good turnout for the early election, the turnout will probably be good for the regular election,” Sarkozi said. The last time the city held a charter election was 1993 The voter turnout that year was 4,542, Sarkozi said The numbers could be comparable this year.
The city ballots include two council seats, the recall of City Councilman Paul Fraser, two propositions that would raise the sales tax and three amendments to the city charter.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Members of the New Braunfels Community Chorale perform at their concert Sunday at First Protestant Church. Tbs Chorale first performed at Wuratfest in 1979, and has grown to perform five times each year in addition to the two regular concerts.
Preparations arc underway for the fifth annual Upper Guadalupe River Cleanup set for Saturday May 6.
The cleanup will include about a 50-mile area from Zoeller Lane to the Demi-John Ranch above Canyon Lake.
Registration will last from 9 -10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Weidner Ranch/Big Foot Canoes, just off FM 311 south of the river. The cleanup will run from 10:30 a.rn. to 5 p.m. and a dinner will follow at the Weidner Ranch.
Officials need to know how many people plan to participate so pre-registration is encouraged as soon as possible. Also, free camping is available Fnday and Saturday at the Weidner Ranch for participants.
Both land- and water-based clean-up participants are needed. Those picking up trash on land will concentrate on the various crossing points as well as the Guadalupe River State Park and Weidner Ranch.
Those participating in water-based clean-up must provide their own water craft and the effort will be water-accessed inlets, respecting the boundaries of landowners’ property.
The event is sponsored by Big Foot Canoes/Weidner Ranch, Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, Friends for Rivers, Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission’s River Cleanup Program, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Water Oriented Recreation District of Comal County, T&D Moravits, Inc. and Texas Waste Systems.
Those interested in pre-registration should contact the Guadalupe River State Park at 210-438-2656. A Friends For Rivers meeting tomorrow at 7 p in. at Victoria Bank and Trust will cover details of the cleanupSales tax election raises questions of who pays, what it will . Page 4