New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Cougar athletes honored at annual sports banquet. Page 7.
The Lancia Park train
14 Pages in one section ■ Thursday, May 11,1995Herald
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of KENNY MATTHEW MEJIA
Vol. 143, No 128
Class of the Week...............
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to; Kenny Matthew Mejia (five years). Happy belated birthday to Espi Torres (30 years), and happy anniversary to John and Betty Evans (45 years).
Bradzoil Lube-a-thon to help Cancer Society
This Saturday, May 13, is the Bradzoil Lube-a-thon benefiting the American Cancer Society. Have your car's oil and filter changed, fluids and tires checked, windshields washed, and interior vacuumed all for $25 and within 10 minutes.
All proceeds will go to the local unit of the American Cancer Society.
There will be free Carlton sausage dogs and Pepsi, as well as other giveaways.
Bradzoil is located on Mission Drive at Landa Street. The Lube-a-thon runs from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information, call 625-0401 or 629-3338.
The Cancer Society thanks Cameron Bradfute for this generous donation.
Red Cross orientation set
Anyone interested in becoming a Red Cross volunteer is invited to an orientation May 20 at the McKenna Memorial Hospital second floor conference room at 9 a m.
Volunteers are needed at the hospital and at area nursing homes. For registration or for more information, call Lola Behrens at 625-9764.
Nature’s Way to explore migration
The City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department is offering this month’s Nature's Way: Time to Head North. It is summer and some of our feathered friends are going to be leaving to head back north. Join the park ranger and learn where and why these birds migrate. Enjoy games and activities about migration.
The program is Saturday, May 13 from 10 a m. to noon at Landa Park, Area #2 across the river from the miniature train. The fee is $3 per person. Pre-registration is required and will be taken until Friday, May 12 at the parks office Monday to Friday at 110 Golf Course Road. For information, call 608-2160. *
Sign up kids for science camp
Guadalupe River State Park is offering a Science Camp for kids Saturday, May 13. Camp session is $5 and lasts two and a half hours. Two sessions, morning and afternoon, will be offered. Subject is reptiles, amphibians and aquatics. Call 935-4012.
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Sheriff’s Department pledges to step up presence on the river
By DENISE DZIUK
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Gens Mornhinweg, vice-chairman of the Comal County Historical Commission, unveils the new historic marker in front of the Comal County Courthouse at a ceremony Tuesday.
Officials met with homeowners along the Guadalupe River Wednesday night to ask for their help and cooperation is controlling crime on the river this summer.
The main question on citizens’ minds was what can they legally do to protect their families and property from drunken trespassers.
Sumner Bowen, Executive Officer for the Comal Sheriffs Department, said this year’s goal of the department is visibility. He said he wants every person on the river to see several officers.
Bowen said the department plans to almost double the presence of uniformed officers by bringing in law officers and paramedics from San Antonio. He said a gang task force will also be present at high incident areas this summer.
“Each year a goal of the department is to improve service on the river. We’ll measure this by the quality of the environment and life, not by the number of arrests. This year we’ll focus on visibility to achieve this,” said Bowen.
Bowen said citizens could need to ask trespassers to leave and if they refuse, call the authorities. He said it is also important that the property owner make notes of physical traits which may be helpful in identification at a later court date.
“He (the trespasser) is drunk, abusive, and by the time he gets to you, he’s antagonistic. We don’t want you to aggravate him. You do the easy part by calling us, and then, we’ll do ours,” said Bowen.
Bowen also said the Sheriff s Department is in the process of blowing up a detailed map of River Road which will show alternative approaches to a location. A map will be given to each officer and should
‘Not everyone is bad. Sometimes they are cold, hungry, or sick... We’re thinking everyone is a criminal.’
— Bridget McDougall
be ready by Memorial Day Weekend.
He warned though, that response time may be a minute or two longer during the summer due to heavy traffic and a large quantity of calls for minor offenses. Bowen also asked that the “9-1 -1 ” be used only in “emergency situations.” At other times, he said people should call the Sheriff s Office directly, at 620-3400 or 885-4883.
However, several citizens attending the meeting were concerned that people on the river are not given enough places to exit the river and are forced to trespass in order to get off.
“Not everyone is bad. Sometimes they’re cold, hungry, or sick. I would rather have these people get off on my property than have them go further down the river and cause problems. We're thinking everyone is a criminal,” said Bndget McDougall, who lives on FM 2673.
Jim Inman. Comal County Water Oriented Recreation District Manager, said people are given 18 places on the river where they can get out and rest. He said there is also a sign telling them how far it is until the next stopping place.
“We have spots for them to get out of the river. They shouldn’t need to get on your property,” he said.
Citizens Bank sale completed
Norwest Corporation takes over last locally-owned bank today
By ROGER CROTEAU
New Braunfels no longer has a locally-owned bank. The sale of Citizens Bank to Norwest Corporation, based in Minnesota, became official at midnight last night.
But the change in ownership should be nothing but good news for customers, bank officials said yesterday. “Our goal is to make the change as transparent to our customers as possible,” said Citizens Bank President Carol Gravis.
“I am excited about it. Norwest’s philosophy is that they like to think of themselves as a group of community banks. We will be looking to increase our loans in the area,” she said She added that Norwest’s huge size will allow the bank to offer more banking and investment options for customers.
Gravis said the bank will change its
name later this summer, probably in late July. She said she expects few, if any, changes on the board of directors and no changes among the bank’s management team or employees as a result of the buyout.
Norwest announced yesterday the completion of its acquisition of New Braunfels Bancshares, Inc., the parent company of Citizens Bank, which has assets of $42 million at its one location, 315 Landa St.
“Citizens Bank’s commitment to quality service and local involvement fits well with Norwest’s philosophy of being an outstanding community partner,” said John Stumpf, regional president of Norwest’s banking locations in Texas. “Employees of Norwest and Citizens Bank look forward to expanding the financial products and services offered in New Braunfels. Each employee is committed to continuing to provide ‘To the Nth Degree’ service to make sure all our customers’ needs are
“We’re confident that Norwest will continue to provide outstanding service for our community and our customers,” said Bill Cone, president of Citizens Bank. “We’re pleased to bring to our customers the resources of one of the nation’s most highly-regarded financial service companies.”
Norwest has 137 stores in Texas, including 27 Norwest bank stores with total assets of $2.1 billion, 49 Norwest Financial Services Inc. stores and 47 Norwest Mortgage Inc. stores.
They are part of Norwest Corporation, a $61.8 billion financial services company providing banking, insurance, mortgage, investment and other financial services through 2,878 stores in all 50 states, all IO Canadian provinces, the Caribbean, Central America and elsewhere around the globe.
Texas House sends aquifer bill to Senate
By DENISE DZIUK
The Texas House of Representatives passed legislation which would create the Edwards Aquifer Authority as an elected board, provided the Senate passes it and the Governor signs it.
“This is good news for the people in New Braunfels because there will be someone to supervise the river,” said Doug Miller, Water Negotiator for Comal County, New Braunfels Utilities, and the City of New Braunfels.
In 1993, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1477 which established an appointed board to replace the current Edwards Underground Water District, which is responsible for conservation, education, and research.
However, according to Miller, the Texas Department of Justice received several complaints. These complaints stated that the bill violated the Voting Rights Act by replacing an elected board with an appointed one.
Miller said the new bill, HB 3189, which passed the House of Representatives Tuesday, corrected this problem by making the new board an elected one.
Edwards Aquifer Authority will have the same responsibilities as the old board, in addition to the responsibility of managing and regulating water supply and withdrawal.
“The old board had no regulatory or managing capacity. The new one will have a lot more jurisdiction and responsibilities,” Miller said.
The bill will be sent to the Senate by early next week for a vote. If any changes are made in the bill, it will have to be sent back to the House for a second approval.
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No felony charges to be filed in crash that killed teacher
No felony charges will be filed against former city councilman Dan Bremer for the auto accident which took Annette Hanley’s life, New Braunfels Police Lieutenant John Wommack said.
The Guadalupe County Attorney and New Braunfels Police officials will review the case to decide whether to file misdemeanor charges.
“Everybody would like to get everything done that has to be done in this case,” Wommack said.
Tile wreck occurred at about 5 p.m. Fnday, March IO on Highway 46 near Clear Springs Restaurant. A pickup truck driven by Bremer skidded across the center line and struck Hanley’s car. Hanley was a teacher at Smithson Valley High School.
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