New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 Pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, May 11,1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years
I Vol. 142, No. 129
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Hannelore Braise, Gladys Christensen, James Onie, James Toe.
Canyon Laka Art Quild sponsoring show
The Canyon Lake Ait Guild is sponsoring a Fine Arts & Crafts Stow on May 21 from IO un. to 5
The show will take place at the Bradley building on PM 2673 across from the post office in Saltier.
Booths are $20. For more information, call Bunny at (210) 964-3002.
Canyon Spring banquet on tap
The Canyon Spring Sports Banquet is scheduled for May 12 at 7 pm in the CHS Commons. Awards for foe spring sports, scholarships andtfhletesof the year will be presented. Meal tickets are available at the CHS office with the cost being SS for adults and $1 for students. Tickets should be purchased in advance.
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The New Braunfels Optimist Club will meet Monday, May 16 at FmkeTs Salad Bar A Grill at 6:30 pm The guest speaker will be Keith Warren, "The Texas Angler," outdoors columnist for the Herald-Zeitung who has a program on KMOL channel four.
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The New Braunfels chapter of the National Association of Letter Carriers will host a food drive on Saturday,May 14 to help stock food banks in New Braunfels.
Donations will be asked for in the form of non-perishable food in a sack near their mailboxes before mail is delivered on Saturday, May 14 so that respective letter camera may pick up donations on their mutes.
City mayor Rudy Seidel proclaimed Saturday at "Food Drive Day" in New Braunfels.
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The New Braunfels Historic Landmark Commistion will hold their regular meeting on Thursday, May 12 a 8:30 am. in the New Braunfels Municipal Building, Conference RoomC.
Among items to be discussed a the meeting ire the nomination and election of officers, update from the promotion committee on historic lantknarit articles, consideration of other press opportunities, and review and comparison of historic ordinances.
For more information, contact the city secretary a 608-2100.
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CISD sets bond election
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Comal Independent School District trustees voted Tuesday night to put a $17.6 million bond proposal on the ballot for Sept. IO.
'n* bowl calls for the construction of three new lyrtMmfriiate schools, cafeteria expansions, library expansions and some electrical and mechanical renovations.
The bond proposal came from recommendations in a long-range facilities plan offered by the Long Range Facilities Study Committee and accepted by the board earlier in the meeting.
‘It is my opinion that a bond issue is the way to go,” said beard member Norman Gerlich. “It is a permanent solution to a permanent problem which is growth.”
The bond issue and the school budget currently under proposal are two different items, said Abel Campos, CISD finance director. Campos
said foe bond issue, if passed, would not go into effect for the upcoming school year.
The final budget approval deadline for the 1994-95 school year is not until the last week of September.
Board member Tom Potter said that by calling for the bond election, the board would be “simply allowing the public to decide.”
The OSD held a bond election in the spring of 1993 to build a new elementary in foe Starkville area but that measure foiled.
According the long-range plan, growth projections estimate over 10,000 students in the GSD by the year 2,000.
CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said Tuesday night, that the district anticipates some 300 more students by this summer.
Debate preceding the bond vote centered on this growth and how to deal with it.
Douglas Kirk and Thomas Bruce voted against the bond proposal.
Kirk said the district could cut expenses and reiterated his proposal to do just that, which he estimates could save some $950,000.
“We do not operate at IOO percent efficiency,” said Kirk. “If we recognize that, we could have downsizing of some percentage.”
“We are in a situation where a little money savings aren’t going to solve the problem,” countered board President Jim Middleton. “...I don’t think you go about funding little band-aid things that require a hospital to deal with.”
Added Potter. “How do you build $17 million worth of facilities by 1996 with $14 million? The need is so great you can’t possibly cut that much money.”
The board discussed possible contingency plans in addition to foe bond issue. These discussions included year-round schools, split schedules and adding portable buildings and additions to current structures.
While split-scfaedules were ruled out, the board
decided year-round schools would be further discussed as would portables.
Middleton said immediate needs and situations would force the board to look at a contingency plan in the event the bond issue failed.
“We’re looking at this as a contingency to get us through foe year sort of thing,” said Middleton.
Kirk said the board needed further review of the other options.
“We need to consider this thing with hard numbers,” be said. “Let’s do the homework now.”
Major said the administration had outlined several options and that the time had come for the board to take action or give direction to the administration.
“You seven people are elected to make these land of decisions. I don’t know how long the board wants us to come up with these things then you shoot them down,” he said. “...We’ve been Riced with a board that doesn’t warn to take a stand.”
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Honkt-Zohung photo by JOHN HUSETH highway Patrol Trooper Ron McCoy retired after aervlng the Texas Department of Public Safety tinct 1968.
Trooper Ron McCoy reflects on career with DPS
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Highway Patrol Trooper Ron McCoy has seen it all in Comal County, and then some.
McCoy has been patrolling the streets of Comal County since September 1972.
His days of patrol will end this week when he retires from the department.
McCoy, 49, started his career in law enforcement in 1968. He immediately began working for the Texas Department of Public Safety after his graduation from the police academy.
His first job was in San Antonio, from there he went to Sealy and then to Rosenberg. He finally found his home when he was stationed in the New Braunfels office.
He has now worked his way up to the rank of Trooper 4.
“Back then a 20-year man was paid the same as a man who came right out of school,” said McCoy. “Since then the department has made different levels of troopers. The promotions are based on written and oral exams. To be a Trooper 4, a person must have 12 years of experience. This level is for the career trooper who doesn't want to advance into a supervisory position.
“I have never worked in any other service but the highway patrol. I have never had the desire of having the responsibility of being a supervisor. I have enjoyed driving all of the highways in the county and visiting with the citizens of the county,” said McCoy. “They are the ones who pay my salary, buy my uniforms and our cars.
“Over the years I have made lots of friends in the county, and I have drank their coffee and ate their cookies and pieshe said. “They have meant more to me than anything else. I have placed more value in having the friendship of people in the county than working in a supervisory position.”
McCoy said the officer who trained him when he came to Comal County told him that it was important to spend time with people in the county.
“He said ‘You need to drive every road in the county every day. The people who pay your salary deserve the right to see you and to talk to you,”’ said McCoy.
His job hasn't been easy, according to McCoy. He said he sometimes has to bring bad news to those friends he has met while on patrol.
“One thing I've done over the years is I have watched a lot of children grow up. I’ve watched them learn to drive, and I have had to go out and work their wrecks. I have had to go tell moms and dads that their children have been seriously hurt or killed,” said McCoy. “That is probably the worst part of the job ”
As for as dangerous situations, McCoy recalled the time he chased a suspect all the way from Blanco to San Antonio.
“There was a young man who had stabbed a woman and taken a car. He was headed south on 281... During the chase, he sideswiped a car. He never turned his head lights on. I shot at his car eight times left-handed. I chased him to West Avenue. We went through a 4-way stop on Bitters Road going 105 miles per hour. We went three miles down the road and a lady pulled out in her car. He hit her. The car went in the air and came down on top of a Subaru,” said McCoy.
McCoy explained that the man continued driving, went through a fence and hit a utility pole. The suspect only suffered a bloody nose
“People don’t realize that when we are confronted with a situation, it can be very violent and very serious,” he said. “I’ve had many, many chases. I’ve chased cars to Boerne and Johnson City. I’ve never been hit, and I’ve never been shot at, but I’ve been in several wrestling matches It’s hard to understand the life of a peace officer."
McCoy plans to stay busy during his retirement. He said he wants to “do a little hunting, outfitting, continue to shoe horses and do welding and mechanical work”
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Several defendants named in a lawsuit filed by the owners of Bungy over Texas have been dismissed from the suit.
Jeanette Ormond, Larry Ormond, S.T. Hensley and RJ. Richardson were dismissed with prejudice as defendants. The order from the U.S. District Court states the dismissal is by agreement of all parties.
The suit also names Comal County, the Comal County Sheriff's Office, Preiss Heights Property Owner’s Association Inc, Jim Williams and Daniel Moore as defendants.
Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said the suit against the county might also be dismissed.
‘They (defendants) have suggested it might be dismissed. We have told our attorney to proceed on negotiations to do that,” said Casteel.
Attempts to contact the owners of Bungy over Texas were unsuccessful
as of press time.
The owners of Bungy over Texas have filed the lawsuit last summer. The owners claimed their civil rights were vtotetod white they were opening their business in 1991.
The lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court of the Western Disttict of Texas. It was filed by JF.F. Enterprises, Inc., Robert Weedn, Ray Bullock and Ray Harlow.
The original lawsuit states foe plaintiffs are seeking punitive damages in the maximum amount authorized by law.
Damages claimed to be incurred ate back pay, lost wages, lost business earnings, cost of security, injury to real and personal property, medical expenses, out-of-pocket expenses and attorney’s fees.
Other damages also include impairment to reputation, personal humiliation, mental and emotional distress, indignation, fear, intimidation, frustration, anguish, embarrassment and pain and suffering.
Registration under way for fourth annual river clean up
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Registration is currently under way for foe fourth annual Upper Guadalupe River Clean-up Saturday.
Although the name states Upper River, this is the first time that the Upper River, Canyon Lake and Lower River will all be cleaned at the same time.
The clean-up will begin at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 5:30 p.m. A dinner at Canyon Park will begin at 5:30 followed by a speaker forum.
Deirdre Hisler, coordinator of the cleanup, said volunteers are needed for all aspects, from water cleanups to those done along the banks Divers are
needed as well as people with trucks to haul trash from centralized dumpsters
“It would be nice to be able to get people who are waling to help the diving dubs from the land,” she said.
Hisler said any person wishing to join the clean-up call (210) 438-2656. Persons need to be registered so they can be assigned an area and numbers can be gathered for the picnic following
Hisler said each person will be able to work where they wait Coordinators will assign those who do not have a preference to areas that need more help. For those on the water, coordinators will give registered helpers the names of outfitters close to the area they want to work.
HummelFest BBQ takes on new twist
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
The second annual HummelFest Barbecue will take on a new twist this year with the addition of a dance.
The dance will feature the music of Mogan David and the Grapes of Wrath, a four-man band, playing everything from country and western to 60s rock and pop The (knoe will be begin at 6:30 p m. and will be held at the Corral at the
Comal County Fair Grounds.
Tickets to the dance and barbecue are currently on sale at the Museum The cost is $15 per person. Tickets must be purchased by May 15.
No tickets will be sold at the door. Al90 attending the barbecue will be Alfred Hummel, nephew of Sister Maria innocentia Hummel, the artist who inspired the creation of the Hummel figurines For more information concerning tickets, call 625-5636
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