New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 2, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 pages in three sections ■ Friday, May 2,1997
Voi. 145, No. 122
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Joyce Millett (Saturday), Willie Doege (Saturday), Marcos C. Torres (Saturday), Betty lunt, Jean Schnautz, Stephanie lergquist (Saturday), Noelia )avila (Saturday), Annette Fuqua (Saturday), Cary Skinner (Saturday), David Menden-lall, Sam Giriando, Herbie Snowden, Mark Villalongin, Rosie Moreno (Belated), Chris Caballero (Belated), Julia Schmidt (16 years old).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Jerry and Mary Lewis (37 years), Jeff and Beth Stafford il6 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Comal River — 278 cfs,down 4 from Thursday
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon We# — 625.14 feet above sea level, down .01. Canyon Dam discharge — 750 cfs The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will maintain the outflow throughout the weekend and will reevaluate the discharge Monday morning.
Canyon Lake inflow — 885 cfs Canyon Lake level — 910.56 feet above sea level (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumping 6.028 million gallons of surface water Thursday and 1.512 million gallons of well water were used.
Outstanding small buslnass parson
Small Business Week is observed nationally this year June 1 through June 6. The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce has designated that time to honor our community’s small businesses and to give special honor to the business person who is selected as the Small Business Person of the Year.
During the week, posters will be displayed in businesses; public service announcements will run on TCI Cable and KGNB-KNBT and a special tabloid calling attention to small business will be published by the Herald-Zietung.
Any business with 50 or less employees qualifies as a small business in New Braunfels, and the Chamber takes this opportunity to call attention to the impact they have on the local economy.
Nominations will be taken for the Small Business Person of the Year through today and nomination forms are available at the Chamber office Individ uals are encouraged to nominate a small business owner or manager.
Call the Chamber at 625-2385 for information.
Folkfost and kick-off dance on tap
The music of the Grapes o Wrath and special guest artist Tim DuBois will kick off Folkfest ‘97 from 8 to 11 p.m. today at Conservation Plaza. Folkfest runs 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Satur day and 11 a m. to 5 p m. Sunday.
Exhibits and demonstrations of pioneer traditions, entertain ment, food and drink will fill Conservation Plaza.
Adult admission is $3; children younger than 18 enter free. Call 629-2943 for information.
Guadalupe Co. man faces charges for pointing gun at teens
By ABE LEVY
A Guadalupe County man was arrested Thursday for allegedly pointing a gun at two Canyon High School students as they attempted to pass his vehicle Monday, police said.
Kevin Lee Gonzales, 25, was arrested on two warrants for deadly conduct Thursday and put in the Comal County Jail on a bond of $2,000.
Deadly conduct is a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and an optional, maximum fine of $4,000.
The two students are 17 and 18 years old and were driving behind Gonzales toward New Braunfels near Clear Springs, New Braunfels Detective Basel Boatright said.
The two teens apparently were driving too close to Gonzales’ vehicle, causing him to tap his brakes, he said. They attempted to pass Gonzales when they
heard him shout out,” Hey!” and then saw him point a gun at them, Boatright said.
They and Gonzales pulled over to the side and came to a stop, he said. According to the police report Gonzales got out of the car and pointed “a blue steel revolver” at the teens. They attempted to back up away from him but their car stalled. Gonzales then got back in his car and drove off, Boatright said.
The girls remembered his license plate number, which led police to identify a suspect and make an arrest Thursday, Boatright said. The teens also identified the suspect, he added.
■ A 61-year-old New Braunfels man was arrested Thursday on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a 13-year-old, police said.
Police executed a warrant for Paul Luna, Sr., of 1285 W. Katy St, after the
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
Bobbie Purdum, chairwoman of the Sesquicentennial Commit©©, stands in front of the German Pioneer Monument at Landa Park. The committee found Itself with funds left over after the 1995 celebration and decided to use them to restore several monuments and markers around New Braunfels.
Monuments get much-needed face lifts
By ABE LEVY
Though praised as beacons of heritage and romance, the Confederate and World War I soldiers standing prominently on the Main Plaza are not immune to having bad days like the rest of us.
No one questions the special attention they receive by thousands of tourists - they’re eternal symbols of the sacrifices made by America’s war heroes.
But while accustomed to celebrity life throughout the year, Mother Nature reminds them of the price they must pay each time heavy rains, hail, high winds and the relentless heat of the Central Texas sun chip away at their existence.
It’s not easy being a monument in New Braunfels, but fortunately for them, some concerned citizens and unexpected funding are in the process of smoothing the wrinkles left by Father Time.
The Sesquicentennial Committee found an extra $30,000 that it decided in 1995 should be spent on refurbishing eight monuments, 21 plaques and the creation of four new plaques.
The committee served as the official organizer for the city and the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce as New Braunfels celebrated
its 150th anniversary.
The money, which was generated by sponsorships, fund-raising drives and donations, is kept in the Braunfels Foundation Trust.
Monuments across the city quickly shed their Rodney Dangerfield status when the project began in January of 1996.
Pieces of dirt and grime nestled w ithin sin; ll crevices of statues and plaques no longer blocked the beauty of these creations.
The largest project was the overhaul of the German Pioneer Monument in Landa Park whose surface had not been touched since its dedication in 1936.
“The cactus at the front and the little tw ig at ti e side - you never saw any of it before,” said Bobbie Purdom, a committee chairwoman and a native of New Braunfels who said she visited the German Pioneer Monument countless times. “I just feel like the money went for a marvelous restoration project that benefits the whole community. I think everyone who was a part of that sesquicentennial ought to be proud. It’s been very rewarding.”
Bird droppings and wild moss no longer cover the head and back of the World War I soldier, a well-deserved reward in light of the doughboy’s troubled past.
The target of a drunk driver in July of 1986, the statue’s head, both arms and part of a leg fell across the Main Plaza lawn and had to wait another five months to be reunited.
But life should be getting better for the W'WI soldier.
The 65-year-old structure will receive a new musket it has been missing for an unknow n number of years, and his Confederate partner will receive a new bayonet - both gifts resulting from the project, organizers said.
Enough extra money spilled over to encase a Braunfels Castle Hag, donated by citizens of Braunfels, Germany in 1970. The flag will be hung on a wall in the Civic Center, organizers said.
The restoration is nearing completion and organizers plan to celebrate at IO a.m.. May 30, on the Main Plaza with a rededication ceremony. Local elected officials and veterans are scheduled to make presentations in the ceremony.
lf the monuments could speak, “they’d thank us for putting them back in one piece,” said Herb Skoog, the general chairman of the sesquicentennial committee. “There was a crying need to refurbish these monuments. The city didn’t have the budget for it. Who was going to do it?”
Area resident brings back wealth of ideas from volunteer summit
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A local resident who attended the President’s Summit for America’s Future in Philadelphia this week said he was affected by the ideas he heard at the summit.
“There were 4,000 delegates from literally all across the U.S.,” Lee Bailey, 35, of New Braunfels, said. “Every single delegate had a background in volunteerism and they were all there to identify ways to come back and increase volunteer efforts in their own communities, especially relating to the young.”
Bailey was one of IO people in the San Antonio delegation who went to the three day summit. The summit was called by President Bill Clinton „to promote a “•"•V nationwide cam
paign of volunteerism and community service. Former presidents Jimmy Carter, George Bush and Gerald Ford attended the summit as well.
The two year nationwide volunteer
campaign is being led by retired Gen. Colin Powell, tonner chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Bailey said between IOO to 150 Texas cities were represented at the summit.
Bailey was chosen as a delegate to represent the corporate sector iii San Antonio. He works at Valero Energy Corp. as manager for investor relations.
During the large meeting sessions, Bailey said he heard Clinton, Powell and inspired youth speak about volunteerism and the youth.
Bailey was inspired by what he heard.
“I would have to say kids our are future,” he said. “A lot of kids fall by the wayside although a lot of work is being done by kids for the community. It is our responsibility as adults to encourage children to achieve their true potential.”
I here were five themes that were stressed in Philadelphia, Bailey said.
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offense was reported on April 19.
Police said the girl asked Luna, whom police said she knew as an acquaintance, for a ride to Cypress Bend Park on April 19. Luna is accused of assaulting the girl at the park and his bond was set at $10,000 by Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez.
Aggravated sexual assault is a first degree felony punishable by imprisonment for life and an optional, maximum fine of $10,000.
Limits on lawns mulled
Garden Ridge considers year-round restriction on landscape watering
By DAVID DEKUNDER
GARDEN RIDGE — Following the example of other cities, the city of Garden Ridge is considering a proposal which would ban landscape watering during afternoon and early evening hours year round.
Mayor Jay P. Minikin said he made a recommendation to the city's water commission at its meeting Tuesday night.
The water commission recommended the proposal which will be considered by the city council at its meeting Wednesday, Minikin said.
The proposal would prohibit homeowners from watering their lawns w ith automatic and regular sprinklers between IO a.m. to 8 p.m. Watering with hand-held hoses, buckets and a drip irrigation system would still be
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From staff reports
Jason Borchardt, formerly the assistant publisher at the Brehnam Banner-Press, has been named marketing director at the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, according to IX>ug Toney, editor and publisher at the I lerald-Zeitung.
Borchardt, 31, will be in charge of the advertising sales and marketing for the Herald-Zeitung, Toney said.
“Jason bongs a wealth of experience to our new s-paper,” Toney said “Before working in Brehnam, w hich happened to be his hometown, he was the advertising director at the St. Augustine Record in Florida. Jason has a very successful record of helping businesses market themselves in very competitive markets. We know he will be able to use his expertise to help our customers too.”
Before specializing in advertising at community newspapers, he worked in the advertising departments in Austin, Dallas and Lubbock
Bonphardt graduated from Texas Christian University where he played baseball in 1989 with a degree in economics.
“We’re extremely excited about being here,” Borchardt said. “New Braunfels is one of the best, if not the best place to raise a family in Texas. My wife and I are both looking forward to becoming involved in the community.”
Jason, his wife Kristi, and his daughter Makenzie will be living in the OakRun subdivision.
Jason Borchardt. Folkfest ‘97 schedule. See Page