New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County • Home of Mitchell Davis Schuetz
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Vol. 141, No. 127
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Lyon named Herald editor
Mark Lyon has been named managing editor of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, Publisher David Sullens announced today.
“I am very excited about Mark Lyon’s agreeing to become a part of the Herald-Zeitung and New Braunfels and Comal County,” Sullens said. “He has a proven record not only of success, but of being the best in anything and everything he does.”
The appointment is effective immediately, Sullens said. Lyon replaces former managing editor Greg Mef-ford, who will assume a computer consulting position with the Herald-Zeitung’s parent company and will be based at the newspaper in Baytown.
“I’m in love with the Hill Country,” Lyon said. “This area, this community and its people are just great and I’m proud to be here. Tm glad to have the opportunity to serve and become an integral part of the community.
“My goal is to help bring the best small daily newspaper in the state to New Braunfels,” he continued. To do that, we will seek constant input from our readers. After all, it is their newspaper. My door will always be open for them.”
A native of Daingerfield, Texas, he is a graduate of Daingerfield High School and Stephen F. Austin State University.
Lyon, 29, is married to the former Tabitha Durland. They have two sons, Matthew, age 6, and Austin, 13 months. The couple is expecting another child in late September.
Lyon has been managing editor for Today Newspapers Inc., in Duncanville for the past four and one-half years, directing five weekly publications and two weekly regional products.
Under Lyon, Today News papers publications won numerous awards, including a sweepstakes award in the North and East Texas Press Association newspaper contest held last month, an award for Excellence in Com rn unity Journalism from the Headliners Foundation, and several other state press association awards.
Lyon also worked for Westward Communications Inc. Henderson Daily News anc Longview Morning Jouma during his 10-year career.
Aquifer bill under attack in House
Staff and wire report
AUSTIN—An Edwards Aquifer Senate bill protecting the Comal Spring flow is under attack in the House according to Doug Miller, Comal County water representative.
The rural interests are really cutting up 1477, watering it down and weakening it to safeguard the irrigators,” Miller said. “At this point, we are analyzing the proposed changes and will meet with our State Rep. Edmund Kuempel on Monday to go over Comal County’s concerns with those amendments.”
Dry hydrant put to test
Officials pump 1,200 gallons per minute
By ROSE MARIE EASH Herald-Zeitung
The first “dry” hydrant of its kind was demonstrated Saturday morning at the Hons’ farm pond located about 2.2 miles east of Bergheim on Highway 46 near the Comal-Kendall county line.
“It was excellent,” said Comal County Commissioner Neil Craig-mile. They demonstrated that it could pump 1,200 gallons a minute. It took about a minute and half to fill an 1,800 gallon tanker.”
Termed “dry" because the hydrants aren’t under pressure — there’s no water in them until the pumping actually starts — they make more water available to volunteer fire departments for rural fire protection.
The installation at Hons’ pond will serve a three mile radius which includes 91 structures and a number of historical homes as well as a business.
Before the hydrant was installed fire trucks had to travel seven miles to refill their tanks, according to Carl F. Englerth, district conservationist with the United States Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service.
In addition to improved fire protection, the hydrant conserves water, saves money and energy, lowers insurance premiums and lowers operation expenses, according to Englerth.
The project is one of many such dry hydrants being sponsored by the Alamo Resource Conservation and Development Council in a nine-county area that includes Atascosa, Bandera. Bexar, Comal, Frio* Guadalupe, Kendall, Kerr and Medina counties.
The purpose of the program is to accelerate the conservation, envelopment and utilization of natural resources to improve the general level of economic activity and to enhance the environment and standard of living.
Among officials present at the demonstration were Craigmile, Englerth, Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Hons, the pond owners, representatives from the Bulverde Volunteer Fire Department including Bill Wilson, president, Ron Richardson, captain, and Raylon Schlueder, fire chief.
Miller: Rural interests weakening Senate version
According to Miller there will probably be a hearing in the House Natural Resources committee on Tuesday on the proposed amendments to Senate Bill 1477. Since the deadline for introduction of House bills has passed, only the Senate bill can be considered now.
Miller said he expected the House to pass a significantly different version of SB1477 and then the two versions will be sent to a joint House and Senate committee for resolution. The House has
until May 23 to vote on the bill.
Another effort which could affect the ultimate outcome of this issue is a measure that has been endorsed in the House clarifying that aquifers are not underground streams, and thus precluding the Texas Water Commission from regulating the Edwards Aquifer.
Rep. Harvey Hildebran, sponsor of the bill, said it would help settle a four-year battle over aquifer regulation. The House passed the bill Thursday on a voice vote. It faces a final House
vote before going to the Senate.
“We want to say once and for all it’s an aquifer and not an underground river,” said Hilderbran, R-Austin.
However, in Comal County the designation of the aquifer as an underground stream is supported.
“We feel that declaring it an underground stream gives the Texas Water Commission the authority to regulate,” said Miller. “It’s not an absolute priority because there are other ways to do it, but we think this is pru
dent and presently it’s the best way.”
In 1992, the Texas Water Commission declared the Edwards Aquifer an "underground stream” and, as such, found the water to be subject to commission regulations.
The commission immediately adopted emergency rules and a moratorium on new wells.
Those rules were overturned in state court.
Hilderbran said his bill, along with a separate measure that would develop a plan to manage the aquifer, would settle the issue of regulation for good.
A pint sized racer gets some words of encouragement on Saturday morning during McKenna Memorial Hospital s Sixth Annual Toddler run. The hospital sponsors the race to celebrate American Hospital Week, which ran May 10-15. Photo by Karla Wenzel.
Grand jury indicts 14
By GARY P. CARROLL Herald-Zeitung
The Comal County Grand Jury indicted 14 Wednesday on three counts of burglary, four counts of theft, two drug charges and one charge of possession of a prohibited weapon.
Indictments were filed also against Richard Edge of 2436 Farm to Market Road 725, Chet Hadlock, of 1375 Timber Hill Drive, and Charles Hadlock , of 1043 Rivertree, all of New Braunfels.
Each was indicted on 37 counts of engaging in organized criminal activity, 71 counts of tampering with vehicle identification numbers, and 24 counts of misrepresenting governmental records.
Other grand jury indictments included:
• Dylan Polido, 05-31-73,301 Castlewood #10-D, New Braunfels; burglary of a habitation.
• Clint Alford, 12-17-75, #27 Wren Lane, New Braunfels, burglary of a habitation.
• Jesse James Sanchez, 02-03-68, 1927 Lee Street, New Braunfels; possession of a controlled substance — cocaine.
• Delfino Gonzalez, 06-15-75, Marion, possession of a prohibited weapon.
• James Mackillican, 07-17-59, 166 Kentucky Boulevard, New Braunfels; possession of a con trolled substance — cocaine.
• Robert Gutierrez, 11-06-74, 227 East Dit-tlinger Street, New Braunfels; burglary of a vehicle.
• Kenneth Webb, 06-13-70, HC2 Box 243BE, Canyon Lake; theft over $750 but less than $20,000.
• Guadalupe Gonzales, 09-20-65, 1016 Mission Drive, New Braunfels; theft over $750 but less than $20,000.
• James Miller, 05-11-72, Seguin; theft over $750 but less than $20,000.
• Judd Rogers, 05-14-58, no address reported; theft of service.
• Marcos Campos, 02-21-58, Route 6 Box 437-4; criminal mischief over $750.
Wildlife Link, tree trimmers rescue hawk
By ROSE MARIE EASH Hereld-Zekung
A young Red-Tail Hawk will take his place in the wild in a few months thanks to the help of a few new friends.
The hawk was rescued from starvation Friday by a local wildlife advocate.
“There’s no way he would have survived one more day,” said Diane Morman, director of Wildlife Link, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping wild animals. “He was almost dead. We force fed him every 30 minutes for about two hours and then he started to recover. He’s a success story now.”
Barbara and Jim Bisang of 1003 Lone Star in New Braunfels have watched Red-Tail Hawks raise their young in a 50-foot cottonwood tree next door for the past two years.
On Wednesday, they noticed the fledgling hawk in the nest was crying out more often than normal. When they realized the adult hawks had not returned to the nest, they called Wildlife Rescue in Boerne for help.
Wildlife Rescue referred them to help a little closer to home — Wildlife Link in Canyon Lake. They contacted Linda Gass, the assistant director, who livea in their neighborhood. She verified the problem, called Morman and proceeded to try to find a way to rescue the hawk.
Bruno Schwab, owner of Schwab Tree Service, assisted by sending two of his employees, Anthony Gaytan and Pedro Reyes, a truck and equipment to the site to rescue the bird.
Morman said the hawk was about five or six weeks old and will be fed every couple of hours at first and then three or four times a day.
“He’ll eat beef hearts, chicken and mice — they need the fur and bones,” Morman said. “Hell be taught to fly and hunt and then hell be released back into the wild.”
Wildlife Link is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping wild animals and educating the public on the needs of wildlife and the environment. Morman said the hawk’s rescue is one of many they perform this spring She said spring is busy because many young in the wild are attacked by fire ants. Wildlife Link also provides permanent homes for animals suffering permanent debilitating injuries.
The organization depends on donations and volunteers to help them rescue animals and then medicate and feed them. Residents interested in helping can call Denise Morman at (210) 906-2907.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, “Stammtisch" represents a sitting place reserved for members of a community to gather and share the day’s happenings. See more Stammtisch on page 4B.Best Wishes
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung sends Birthday wishes to Mitchell Davis Schuetz, Pamela Jameson, Stacy Mueller, Bob Sparacio, Nolan Koepp, Avis Mittwede, Dwight Hoegenaver, Laurence Weber, Marie Offerman and Kendra Carery. Belated Birthday wishes go to Santiago “Jimmy” Morales. Anniversary wishes go to Lloydd and Doris Westerdelt and Robert and Brenda Helmke.Tennis play day
The New Braunfels Tennis Association will sponsor a fun play day from 1:30-5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 16, at the T Bar M Tennis Ranch. Ladies and men’s doubles will be held. Participants will play against players at their same skill level. No fee required. Partners are not needed. mCall Ben Tucker at 629-4358 or Ray Smith at 625-8680 for details.Hutchison appearance
Senatorial candidate Kay Bailey Hutchison will appear at Krause’s Cafe at 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 17. The candidate will speak on different highlights of the campaign. Coffee and juice will be served. For more information, call 625-0872.Winning numbers
AUSTIN — Here are results of Lotto Texas winning numbers drawn last night by the Texas Lottery:113-20-26-x40-43-48
Estimated Lotto Texas jackpot: $10 million