New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 2, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Thursday, May 2,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of MARY AND JERRY LEWIS
Vol. 144, No. 123
Birthday wishes from
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Fela Cabello.
Happy anniversary wishes to: Mary and Jerry Lewis (36 years), Scott and Karen Nance (nine years), James and Lorine Startz Sr. (belated), Bill and Sharon Hofferichter (25 years), and Steven and Jennifer Helm-camp (26 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
(Polen measured in ports per cubic meter of
air. Roarings taken yesterday. Information
provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
River Information Comal raver—204 cubic feet per second, down 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wei —623.50 feet above sea level, down .02 from yesterday.
Carl Schurz May Foto coming Friday
Family fun is on the agenda at Carl Schurz School Friday, May 3 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., featuring food, fun, games and prizes. Public invited.
VFW pancake supper lo bo hold Thursday
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 will hold a pancake supper Thursday, May 2 from 5 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Post Home on Peace Avenue. Cost will be $3 per plate, and tickets may be purchased at the Post Home.
For information, call Ski Haneiwich at 620-0223 or the Post Home at 625-9961.
Tan kilomotor walk goos through Qruono
The New Braunfels Marsch-und Wandergruppe will sponsor a 10K walk Saturday and Sunday in conjunction with the annual Folkfest celebration. Registration will be from 8 am to 1 p.m. at the Old Churchill School, across from Conservation Plaza. Walkers get free entry to Folkfest, and the scenic walk goes through Gruene. For information, call Don Hildebrand at 620-6522.
Hormann Sons Lodgo tomsst
Members of Hermann Sons Albert Kypfer Lodge #106 meet Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. Members are asked to bring a salad.
Fro* fingerprinting service
K-Mart and the Independent Order of Foresters are providing free fingerprinting services for your children's identification in case of an emergency or abduction. This service will be extended to the community free of charge, at K-Mart this Saturday. May 4, from 9 a m. to 2:30 p.m.
Peace Lutheran Church Youth Group and Service Committee are sponsoring a rummage sale, Saturday, May 4 in the Church Fellowship Hall. Sales benefit youth activities. Sale begins at 9 a.m. and lasts until 3 p.m. Peace Lutheran is located at 1147 South Walnut.
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O.J. not guilty, again!
Farmers feel pinch as drought drags on
By DENISE DZIUK
As the drought conditions plaguing South Texas linger, many local fanners are starting to see the effects on their crops.
Comal County Assistant Extension Agent Roger Havlak said the growing season for wheat and oats is finished, and yields were poor due to lack of rain. He said he has not been out to look at local hums recently, but he has been told most farmers baled the wheat or grazed it out He was told those that did harvest the wheat only got about five bushels per acre from it.
“Some are not even harvesting it because die production was so low. Some might, but they’ll still have a very low production level,” said Havlak.
Local fanners also had to decide recently whether or not to plant com and milo with no sign of rain in sight.
Havlak said some may have waited a little longer to plant this year to see if any rains would come to moisten the ground. However, the majority did plant, and the recent showers may have helped a little.
“But we will definitely need some more rain soon to keep the plants producing,” he said.
Havlak has been told com is usually knee high by now, but is only a foot high. He said this will mean “a really stunted yield.” The half-inch rain April 9 and the rain the other night has helped the milo crop, but total rainfall still remains “very, very low ” Even if the milo in the fields continues to get the sporadic rains, it will only yield two-thirds of what it ordinarily does because of the lack of moisture lower down.
’That gives you an idea of what it’s like,” said Havlak. “We just need to continue getting these rains. It’s not too late for a good rain to come in and save the crops that are out there.”
Blacks discuss response to Klan rally
By DOUG LOVEDAY
HemM-Zettunq photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Prosecutor Wesley Dean questions 'Al Cowlings1 last night at the Lake Dunlap Volunteer Fire Department, which served as the courtroom for a mock trial of O.J. Simpson held by Boy Scout Troop 387. The jury found Simpson not guilty of murder and Cowlings not guilty on a charge of accessory to murder.
Elected officials and local church leaders are continuing their call for area residents to stay away from a planned Ku Klux (Clan rally June I on the Plaza.
Mayor Paul Fraser Jr., County Judge Carter Casteel and Ministerial Alliance president the Rev. Judy Miller spoke at Tuesday’s Black Heritage Society meeting, and issues like alternative rallies and dealing with the media were discussed.
“Basically what we’re asking people to do is don’t go down and give them any attention. It’s just that sim
ple,” Fraser said Wednesday.
Several activities, including a Unity Rally and an interdenominational prayer service, have been discussed recently by various leaders as a means for local residents to express themselves in regard to the Klan rally and what it stands for. No specifics have been worked out as yet, however.
The Black Heritage Society has made it clear that avoiding the Plaza on the evening of June I is the best strategy citizens of all colors can take, a BHS member said Wednesday.
“That was our thought in the beginning. The best thing is for peo-
‘lf they get the attention they want, they may feel as if they can come back another time.’
pie not to go,” said Walter Ervin. “What we’re going to do is urge people here — all people — to just not show up. They’re looking for attention.
“If they get the attention they want, they may feel as if they can come back another time,” he said.
Bradzoil Lube-a-thon to raise cash for Cancer Society
By DENISE DZIUK
lf you’ve been putting off getting your oil changed, Bradzoil will soon give you a chance to take care of your car while helping others. On May 18, Bradzoil will give all proceeds for the day’s oil changes to the Comal County American Cancer Society.
From 8 am to 5 p.m. on May 18, Bradzoil located at 988 Mission Drive, will provide its full service oil change, including vacuuming, checking tires and cleaning the windshield, for their regular price of $25. The money will then be turned over to ACS to be used for the Starlight
Gala, said Cameron Bradfute of Bradzoil.
Last year, about 160 cars took part in the Lube-a-thon, about double the number of cars on a typical day. He said he would like to triple a typical day this year, which would raise more than $5,000 for the ACS.
“I felt like we needed to do something extraordinary to get more involvement and to get everyone to put forward more effort,” said Bradfute.
“There’s not very many people that cancer hasn’t touched in some way, whether it was a family member or a friend,” he said.
ACS Gala Chairman Linda Gabbard said the funds raised will be used to offset
tile costs of the Starlight Gala. She said this allows the gala to realize bigger profits, so “it eventually ends up going towards the Cancer Society."
Pennzoil Products Co. is supplying the oil and Allied Sales Co. is providing the filters. Bradfute said he will have additional employees on hand to keep the wait to IO minutes. Gabbard said the New Braunfels Smokehouse and TCBY have also made donations, and free food and drinks will be available for customers.
“It’s a festive event,” said Bradfute. “All the guys are excited about it and all the volunteers are excited too. We just need customers to show up.”
photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Mighty big fun
Ells* Sharon and Lucratla Long an joy a rfda at tha Mighty Thomas Carnival. Tha carnival contlnuas at tha fairground! through Sunday.
Residents prepare to pick new mayor, councilmembers
By DAVID DEKUNDER
New Braunfels voters will go to the polls Saturday to pick from a slate of six candidates for city council and may-oral races.
Three races will be contested: mayor, District 5 and District 6.
Councilwoman Jan Kennady and Cheryl Scott are vying for mayor. The District 5 race features Jim Hendricks and Cathy Talcott. In District 6, Juliet Watson and Mary Lou Eiben are battling for that seat.
For the first time in 30 years, voters will choose the mayor at large, and the two council districts have been redrawn.
Scott vt* Kennady
Scott said the big issue she is concerned about is the recent five percent increase in New Braunfels Utilities rates and the approval of revenue bonds for NBU voted on by the council.
“I believe it is the right for citizens to vote on any bond issues passed by the city council,” Scott said.
Water, traffic and combating crime with good Neighborhood Watch programs were three other issues that Scott said she will address if she is elected mayor.
She also wants to establish informal meetings with citizens in one district per month with her and the coun-cilmember from that district.
“It would be very infernal, people would sit down and address the issues pertaining to that district,” Scott said.
Scott feels her many years as a banker, credit collector and a construction equipment saleswoman give her an understanding for the concerns of city taxpayers.
“I work like everyone else does,” she said. “I will be very conscience of where the money is being spent.”
Kennady, a three year councilmem-ber, said she is concerned about the city’s future concerning water and growth.
"The environment, especially water, green spaces and clean air are my concerns,” Kennady said. “I think we should go ahead and continue a dialogue with San Antonio on the water issue and require fairness from other cities on that issue.”
The city should review its master plan and try to develop better roads and stricter ordinances to accommodate incoming growth, Kennady said.
She said she would try to combat crime by promoting youth programs such as Communities In Schools and DARE.
“I have volunteered in 35 local and
civic organizations and that has brought me up to speed on how citizens fee! and their viewpoints about things," Kennady said.
Hfvtdricks vs. Talcott
Having the peoples voices heard
and growth are two issues that Hendricks want to address.
“The big issue is when they raised the utility rates without the people’s voices being heard,” Hendrick, a real estate appraiser and businessman, said. “People’s voices need to be heard on these issues.”
Hendricks said he wants to use funds from the city’s hotel/motel tax to make improvements to streets and drainage in the city.
“We've got to get ready for the increase in our population," Hendricks said. "We can’t stay in the street and wait for the steamroller to get us.”
To provide adequate housing for newcomers and citizens alike, Hendricks says the city should support efforts to go after funds or grants to
“bring in low cost, affordable hous-* - •• mg.
Talcott said that “maintaining and keeping our resources pristine” will be one of the issues she wants addressed if she is elected to the council.
“Since District 5 has two rivers, the Comal and the Guadalupe, there will always be tourist traffic and that will always be a big concern,” Talcott said. “I have open communication with the owners of Schlitterbahn and the only thing we can do is keep all communication open and talk about it.”
Talcott said she favors summer work programs that keep kids busy and keeps them from joining gangs.
She said her involvement as vicepresident of the Downtown Association and participation in the Leadership New Braunfels program gives her the qualifications to be a good councilman.
Erban va. Watson
Registered nurse and day care owner Erben said traffic congestion is a big concern of hers.
“The main problem in District 6 is traffic in residential areas and I am concerned about keeping the integrity of the neighboihoods,” Erben said.
With more people coming through the residential neighborhoods, she is concerned that crime and vandalism could increase in those areas.
“My responsibility is to keep constituents informed and get their total participation in making the best decisions for them in dealing with these problems,” Erben said.
She also wants to see downtown revitalized so that it will be attractive
for new businesses coming to New Braunfels.
Erben said her years as a registered nurse and business person have given her the skills to work and communicate . well with people.
Watson, an associate psychologist for the Comal Independent School District, said growth is also a concern of hers, especially the issues relating to traffic and water.
“I think we are on the right road (concerning water options for the city),” Watson said.
“We need to work with the San Antonio City Council in urging them to get an alternative water source.”
City services such as police and fire need to be looked at so that they can provide adequate services to the citizens when the growth comes, Watson said.
“We need to redraw our master plan and look at the changes and the dynamics in the city,” Watson said.
Watson cited her service in the city by serving on the river committee and the noise ordinance committee.Water crisis calls for sacrifices, even in ritzy Garden . See Opinion, Page 4.