New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 Pages in one section ■ Tuesday, May 3,
1994 Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of GWEN MINOR
I Vol. 142, No. 123
lnside I Crime decreased In March, figures show
Birthday withes from the Horald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Gwen Minor, Cruz Rosa Zavala, Lisa M. Alants, James Clement, Nina Pace, James Stouffer, Connie Rydell, Martha May, Larry Burien-heimer, Mary Jones.
The Lighter Side
Newspaper bi Minnesota pays staff with $2 bills
I A newspaper in Minnesota found a way to create a greater awareness m the business community of die newspaper's workforce and payroll. For two consecutive paydays, employees of the newspaper received their wages in two-dollar bills instead of their regular check.
The publisher encouraged his employees to only use die two-dollar bills when they shopped locally. As a result, merchants saw how the staff of the newspaper practices what they preached: they shopped locally.
The assistant publisher even paid his rent in two-dollar bills. He then encouraged his landlady lo continue circulating the bills in the community, rather than just depositing them in the bank.
The promotional idea was enhanced by the fact that most cash drawers do not have a place for two-dollar bills. Consequently, any purchase using the bills gained additional attention.
Disabled American Veterans to meet
The Comal County Disabled American Veterans. Chapter 163 will meet at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4 at the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) home on Peace Avenue.
Canyon Lake Art Guild sponsoring show
The Canyon Lake Art Guild is sponsoring a Fine Arts & Crafts Show on May 21 from IO un. to S p.m.
The show will take place at the Briley building on FM 2673 across from the post office in Sallier.
Booths are $20. For more information, call Bunny at (210) 964-3002.
Masonic Lodge having called moating tonight
The New Braunfels Masonic Lodge #1109 will have a called meeting tonight at 7 p.m. to have a E.A. examination and confer a F.C. degree.
Members and visitors are urged to attend.
Social Security extending hours during May, dune
The Social Security Referral Office located at the Senior Citizens Center, will extend its hours during the months of May and June to 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
The office is located at 655 Landa Si. The telephone number is 625-6996.
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By JENNIFER ROMPEL
After a slight increase in February, major crimes in the city of New Braunfels showed a small decrease during March.
Major crimes numbered 171 in March of this year. This is a decrease of 26 from the 197 major crimes in March 1993. All major crime categories decreased except for sexual assaults and robberies.
New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen said the figures are staying fairly consistent. He said he
did not know if there was one particular reason that the number of sexual assaults increased.
“It could be that women are more aware and centers to deal with rape and crisis intervention are becoming more and more known,” he said.
Sexual assaults increased from two in March 1993 to seven in March 1994.
Also showing an increase were robberies which numbered three in March 1993 and four in March 1994.
The number of burglaries decreased in March. Total burglaries were down from 44 in March 1993 to 41 in March 1994.
Within this category burglaries of a habitation increased from eight to 15; burglaries of a nonhabitation decreased from 12 to three; burglaries of a motor vehicle decreased from 22 to 15 and other burglaries (coin-operated machines, etc.) stayed the same at two.
The decrease in the total burglaries could be attributed to better neighborhood watches, said Headen. He also said the departments are getting more help from the prison system.
“We are being more and more successful in our efforts,” he said.
“The first quarter seems to be encouraging.
We are cautiously optimistic,” said Headen. “We are getting ready to go into the summer.”
The following statistics compare March 1994 to March 1993:
■ Murders remained the same at zero.
■ Assaults decreased from 50 to 52.
■ Theft/shoplifting decreased from 71 to 57.
■ Auto thefts decreased from 15 to IO.
■ Incidents of arson decreased from two to
IDWI arrests were up from 15 to 16.
I Total arrests were down from 182 to 166.
Number of unemployed falls below 5%
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
After a brief increase in February, the unemployment rate in Comal County has shown a decrease and has fallen below 5 percent for the first time this year.
According to statistics from the Texas Employment Commission, the unemployment rate for Comal County is 4.9 percent. In February, the unemployment rate was 5.5 percent.
The unemployment rate is usually cyclical, according to Michael Meek, Executive Vice President of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
He explained that the workforce and the number of people employed is continuing to grow which proves that people are finding jobs. Meek also explained that the decrease in the unemployment rate could be attributed to the fact businesses are hiring more people to prepare for the tourist season.
“In San Antonio and New Brainfels, people are gearing up for the spring and summer tourists seasons,” he said Retail businesses, hotels, resorts, entertainment centers, etc. are all getting ready for the influx of tourists, according to Meek.
According to TEC statistics, 29,131 people are in the labor force in Comal County. Of that number, 27,717 people are employed and 1,414 are unemployed.
The unemployment rate for the San Antonio Metropolitan Area, which includes Comal County, was 5.4 percent in March. The number of unemployed was 37,100 in March, 1,800 below the February figure. Total employment increased by 3,800 from February to March.
The unemployment rate for the state is 5.4 percent.
Rain takes its toll
Herald Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Rains doted Live Oak Street at Dry Comal Creak yesterday and Sunday due to high water. A 20 percent chance of rain continues through today, according to the National Weather Service.
Treatment of hydrilla problem on Lake Dunlap postponed
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Heavy rainfall in the last few days has caused Texas Parks and Wildlife officials to postpone spraying an aquatic herbicide on the hydrilla at Lake Dunlap.
According to the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority, the spraying will be delayed only a day or two and could start as early as Tuesday afternoon or Wednesday morning based on present weather conditions said
David Welsch, GBRA director of planning and development
“We don’t want to spend $30,000 on the spraying, have it dillute almost immediately and not do any good," he said.
The GBRA and some local residents are contributing to the project conducted by TP&W.
Welsch said water use restriction schedules would remain in effect, based on the weather Any modifications to previous schedules will be announced by the GBRA.
Rains help replenish aquifer
By ROGER CROTEAU
The rainstorms of this past weekend were just what the doctor ordered for the aquifer ami the area fanners.
The rain that started Friday had dropped two to three inches of rain throughout the Comal County area, with up to four inches falling in a few areas, said Al Dreumont, area manager at the New Braunfels National Weather Service office.
The soaking rains are expected to significantly recharge the Edwards Aquifer, which has been dropping for much of the spring, the time of year when it is usually rising.
“But the farmers in particular were in very bad need of a rain like this Now the soil is saturated. We ought to have good crops,” Dreumont said He said the weekend rain was light enough that it did not cause any significant damage or flooding, but still saturated the soil completely.
Mayor signs proclamation
From staff reports
New Braunfels Mayor Rudy Seidel signed a proclamation declaring the month of May as Better Hearing and Speech
Month thls Rudy Seidel
the Beltone office on South Seguin.
May is the national observance of Better Hearing and speech month, and more than 30 million Americans currently suffer from hearing or speech problems.
The annual observance is designed to educate the public about the warning signs of hearing loss and speech problems and how/where to get help.
For more information call LaDonna Ferguson, audiologist, at 606-2030
Fire destroys top floor of home Sunday
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Firefighters from across the county responded to a fire Sunday that destroyed the top floor of a two-story home.
Officials said the fire was caused by lightning striking the home. Three departments were called to the fire which occurred at 520 Elm Creek Road
The home was owned by Joseph Rushton. Reports show the occupants of the home were in the house when the fire started but no one was injured.
Those departments responding to die fire were New Braunfels, Bracken and Canyon Lake. New Braunfels Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesen-hahn said a full team from NBFD was called to the scene.
“The home had been struck by lightning. The whole roof was on fire when firefighters got there. Due to the diligent efforts of the firefighters, they were able to save the first floor,” he said.
Officials and the homeowner confirmed the cause of the fire. Reports
Firefighters from across county respond to blaze
show lightning struck the home and traveled through the structure via the (ripes and wires.
Friesenhahn said no estimate has been made on the monetary value of the damage.
The call reporting the fire was received at ! :53 p.m. Sunday.
Friesenhahn said firefighters at Fire Station No. 2 were able to see smoke coming from the home. Firefighters remained at the scene until 6:37 p.m. Sunday.
Friesenhahn said one firefighter suffered minor injuries in the Maze. The firefighter had been burned on the back of the neck by scalding water.
Friesenhahn also explained that heavy rains over the weekend did not help with extinguishing the fire.
“It did not help us since the fire burned from the inside out. Structures are built to shed water,” he said.
Elks converge on NB for 69th convention
Convention runs Wednesday to Saturday
By CRAIG HAMMETT
The Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, commonly known as the Elks, will hold their 69th annual state association convention beginning Wednesday and running through Saturday at the New Braunfels Civic Center.
Nearly 1,000 members and their wives are expected to attend the convention hosted by the New Braunfels Elks Lodge No. 2279.
The convention is expected to bring an estimated $600,000 to the local economy.
‘Two years ago we competed with Fort Worth for the opportunity to host the convention With the help of the Chamber and others, we felt we did pretty well competing with the bigger cities,” said Al Malmsten, Exalted Ruler of the local lodge which hosted the state convention eight years ago. “The people love to come here.”
The Grand Exalted Ruler of the national organization, Charles F. Williams of Plano, Texas, will be in attendance Wednesday evening. Mayor Rudy Seidel, a member of the local lodge, will make a special presentation and other civic leaders will speak at the opening ceremony Special events slated for the week include a walking tour of historic New
Braunfels, » German-themed State President's Dinner Thursday, followed by a Western Night on Friday evening and a President’s Ball Saturday at the Civic Center.
In addition to normal business, the Elks will elect a new state president at the convention.
The fraternity claims over 1.3 million members with national headquarters in Chicago and 2,248 subordinate lodges in every state.
The order was founded in 1868 by a group of New York City actors Essentially a charitable organization, in 1992-93 the Elks spent $4 7 million nationally for college scholarships for high school seniors The Elks have alw spent over $6 million in various youth programs The state association has nearly 25,000 members and 74 lodges State associations are involved heavily in projects to aid handicapped children The local lodge was founded in 1963 and today claims over 630 members and a ladies auxiliary.
The New Braunfels Lodge is one of the top ten in membership within the state of Texas Elks members must be male, 21 years of age and citizens of the United States All candidates must also believe in the existence of God and promise to commit themselves to the objectives and purposes of the Fraternal Order of Elks
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