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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 9, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPY WEDNESDAYNew Braunfels    May    9,2001 ^ pages in I sectionsHerald-ZeitungI    '    ~    -r—-r—    —r——.—•—T  ---I— -» s   —~— -  I_______________________—liMM   I       HH  ti   :  I Vol. 150, No. 153    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents ride through history CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Above, Sabra Booth, of Richmond, gets on her horse Tuesday morning before the start of the German Heritage Wagon Train and Trail Ride. Below, the trailriders make their way down Texas 46 West during the first day of the ride, which ends Saturday in Fredricksburg. Trail ride honors German settlers By Ron Maloney Staff Writer State champion After a long three sets, a happy Lauren Walker accepts her University Interscholastic League State Champion medal Tuesday afternoon in girl’s 4A singles tennis. For more information, see the related story in Sports, page 7A. K. JESSIE SLATEN/ Herald-Zeitung Jury convicts parents of negligence By Ron Maloney Just outside New Braunfels, men. women and children saddled ’em up and moved ’em out Tuesday morning, heading westbound on Texas 46. There were wagons and buggies. There were the scouts, riding out ahead and alongside, guarding the women and the youngsters and trying to ensure a safe passage. There was heat, there was dust, and there were horses — lots of horses. It looked like a wagon train, and that’s what it was. But this time, there was no wilderness to worry about, and the riders are spending the nights sleeping in motor homes and travel trailers rather than on the ground. But it wasn’t always that way, and how it used to be was what it was all about Tuesday for 140 riders on horses, wagons and buggies who left New Braunfels for Fredericksburg in this year’s German Heritage Wagon Train and Trail Ride. The trip, conducted in May each five years, honors the “second wave” of German settlers, the ones who left New Braunfels with John Meusebach in 1846 to found Fredericksburg. This year’s 70-mile ride and celebration also honors the 155th anniversary of the founding of Fredericksburg, where the ride ends on Saturday morning. Each time, the Heritage Ride — now in its eighth repeat — is held one year after a similar event commemorating the 158-mile trek German immigrants made from Indianola to New Braunfels when they arrived in Texas. Dr. Werner Keisling is trail boss of the Heritage Ride. He was hurrying Tuesday morning, riding up and down the line, making sure everyone was ready for the 8 a.m. pullout. Staff Writer A Comal County jury weighed more than 240 exhibits and some 16 days of testimony in about nine hours Monday night and Tuesday before filing back into District Courtroom Number 2. Among those exhibits were the graphic photographs of Joseph and Yevette Heiser’s emaciated and dehydrated young daughter. The photos were taken this past year in an Austin hospital. The Heisers, of Liberty Hill, were accused of injuring and endangering their then-7-year-old child by nearly starving her to death and failing to find her proper medical care. The jury foreman on Tuesday announced a “not guilty” verdict to the first-degree felony charge of child injury against the Heisers. The charge could have sent them to prison for the rest of their lives. But the jury did convict the Heisers of criminal negligence causing serious bodily injury or bodily injury to the child. Criminal negligence is a state jail felony punishable by six months to two years Courtesy of the Williamson County Sun Yevette and Joseph Heiser at a previous court hearing. in a state jail and a fine of up to $10,000. The Heisers could be placed on probation and never serve jail time. Tuesday afternoon, the jury reconvened to decide that issue in a punishment hearing before 26th Judicial District Judge Billy Ray Stubblefield. Prosecutor Jane Starnes addressed the jury first. ‘You saw what happened to that little girl,” she told jurors. “We’re going to bt* asking you for a sentence of two years in a state jail. I don’t think justice will allow anything less.” Starnes offered into evidence for the hearing her entire, two-week case against the Heisers. See JURY/3A “We’re going to have a wonderful five-day trail ride in beautiful weather,” he promised. "We’ll be in Fredericksburg by 10:15 a.m. Saturday. Tuesday, they rode 14 miles to Spring Branch. Today, they’ll ride to Kendalia on old roads too rugged to follow with the trucks or the motor homes, which will have to go around on highways. Thursday, they’ll reach Sisterdale — another 14 miles — and Friday, they’ll get to Luckenbach. Saturday, they’ll finish the last 8-mile leg to Fredericksburg. See RIDE/3A Meeting What: Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission meeting When: 9:30 a.m. today Where: 2105 N. I-35, Building E, Room 201 -S, Austin Directions to TNRCC: Take I-35 North to Austin. Exit on Yager Lane. The exit will pass over I-35. Take a u-tum to proceed on the southbound access road of I-35. The TNRCC offices will be on the right.Lake residents take GBRA permit fight online By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Save Canyon Lake! That’s the battle cry of a new Web site aimed at stopping a proposed permit to take more water from the lake. A group of business people created the site at to oppose the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority’s permit amendment that will increase the amount of water taken from theCanyon Lake mulls incorporation/4A lake by 40,000 acre-feet. The Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission plans to vote on whether to approve the amendment at a hearing in Austin t oday. The commissioners also could choose to send the amendment to a contested case hearing at the state office of administrative hearings. Even if the commission approves the amendment, the fight is not over, organizer Bill Womack said. “It’s not over; it won’t be over,” Womack said. “They might win the battle, but they won’t win the war.” The home page of the site fills in information about the permit amendment. “Save Canyon Lake!” it reads. “Are you aware that the GBRA is trying to increase the amount of water they take from Canyon Lake from 50,000 acre-yards to 90,000 acre yards?” The actual unit of measurement is acre-feet. One aere-foot equals about 325,9(X) gallons of water. “Do you realize that that could lower our lake level by at least 20 feet?” the site reads. ‘That many boating areas and water access See ONLINE/5A TxDOT shifting southbound 1-35 lanes, closing two ramps From Staff Reports Southbound Interstate 35 traffic will be shifted to the newly built center lanes tonight, and a pair of access ramps will be closed until the spring of next year. Michelle Kopp of the Tfexas Department of Transportation said workers would detour southbound traffic in the Ruekle and Solms roads areas into news lanes on the center of the interstate between 9 p.m. today and 6 a.m. Thursday. The southbound Ruekle Road entrance ramp and the southbound Solms Road exit ramp will be closed until next spring, as well. “When you get on there Thursday morning, there’ll be a change,” Kopp said. ■■■■I Inside Abby.......................... Classifieds.................... .6-1 OB Comics........................ ......2B Crossword.................. ......5A Forum.......................... Local/Metro................. ......4A Movies.......................... Obituaries.................... ......3A Sports......................... Today........................... ......2A Key Code 76 Brockman to lead economic development Special to the Herald-Zeitung Rusty Brockman has accepted a staff position with the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc., chamber President Michael Meek announced. Brockman was selected from more than 30 applicants in a nationwide search for the position of director of economic development. Brockman submitted his resignation Friday to the Comal Indepen-dent School District, where he has been the maintenance coordinator and purchasing agent for six years. Brockman expects to begin work at the chamber June 15. “Rusty is a very respected BROCKMAN community leader with a successful track record. With our community’s need for greater emphasis on higher education and community development, he was by far the most qualified individual. We’re very excited to have someone of his stature and talent joining the staff,” Meek said. Brockman has lived in New Braunfels since 1986 and has 26 years of experience in pub-See BROCKMANN a mm ;