New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 127
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Inside► Star fans
The Force definitely is with many “Star Wars” fans in Comal County. Meet a pair of Smithson Valley High School students who are eagerly anticipating Wednesday’s release of “Episode I — The Phantom Menace.” /1B► Silver medalist
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Canyon senior Eric Baese ends his high school track career with a second-place finish at the state meet. / 10A► Spurs advance
San Antonio won its playoff series with Minnesota on Saturday and will face the Los Angeles Lakers in the conference semifinals beginning Monday at home. / 10A
Today’s forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high near 90. No rain is expected.
Rain will enter the extended forecast on Monday. Showers are possible through Wednesday. See page 2A.
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Officials: Hueco Springs fire was intentioned
By Peri Stone
The Comal County Sheriff’s office said Friday that the fire at 475 Hueco Springs Loop that killed a 72-year-old New Braunfels man was intentionally set.
Family and friends buried Harold Hartwig on Friday, although his wife, Adele, was noticeably absent from the services.
No other details as to how the fire started were released Friday.
Capt. Dennis Koepp said all accidental possibilities were ruled out but officials said they have not found evidence of third
An autopsy revealed Harold Hartwig died as a result of the fire that ravaged his $81,690 log cabin for more than an hour during the early morning hours on May 4.
Harold^ body was found beside the mattress springs in his bedroom.
Adele was found hanging from a tree about 250 yards from the cabin, a white cloth wrapped around her neck and a tree limb, said Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford.
Officials at the scene found her after she called for help about 2 a.m. — almost an hour after the New Braunfels Fire
Department arrived to battle the fire.
Adele has been questioned twice in connection with the fire but has not been charged with any crime.
She is now staying with family in New Braunfels.
According to Neat Baseler, a friend of Harold’s, Adele did not attend the funeral services Friday.
Adele was not listed as a survivor in Harold^ obituary, printed this past Thursday in the Herald-Zeitung.
In a legal notice also printed in Thursday’s paper, Adele and her family were ordered to stay off the property on Hueco Springs Loop, as well as property Harold
owned in Brackettville, until the final disposition was made.
Sheriff’s deputies had responded to more than a dozen calls at the Hartwig home in the past three years — mostly for domestic disturbances and family violence.
A swab taken from Adele’s hand at the scene was taken to the state fire marshal’s lab in Austin last week to be tested for, among other things, any gun powder or gasoline residue.
No official results had been returned, Koepp said.
The investigation will be turned over to the district attorney’s office next week for further review.i
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Smithson Valley assistant softball coach Usa Daigle gives instructions to the Rangers before Friday's Region IV-4A championship game. SVHS advanced to state with a 3-0 win over Castroville Medina Valley.
Smithson Valley earns state softball berth, exorcises demons from 1998 regional final
By Peter Brown
SAN ANTONIO — Make some sandwiches Mom, and gas up the car Pop. Ice down the cooler and load the kids in the back.
Come on now, Mom, let’s not be late. The Smithson Valley Rangers are going to state.
With a 3-0 win over Castroville Medina Valley on Friday night in the Region 1V-4A finals at Frank Tejeda Stadium, Smithson Valley’s softball team qualified for the Class 4A state tournament for the first time in school history.
The Rangers will find out their semifinal round opponent at IO a.m. today at the University Interscholastic League’s office in Austin.
Semifinal games are set for I and 3 p.m. Friday at Austin’s Pleasant Valley Sports Complex.
Class 4A State Softball
Cfm 4A Regional Results
Region I: Weatherford 1, Burkburnett 0 Region N: Waco Midway 4, Keller Fossil Ridge 1 Region IN: Magnolia 7, Friendswood 3 Region IV: Smithson Valley 3, Castroville Medina Valley 0
UIL State Championahipe
at Pleasant Valley Sports Complex, Austin Claea 4A semifinals —
Friday, May 21 1 p.m., 3 p.m.
Stats championship game—
Saturday, May 22 Semifinal winners, 4 p.m.
Senior pitcher Rachel Atzenhoffer (22-1) threw a perfect game through 6 2/3 innings, striking out a career high 19 Medina Valley Panthers.
’This one was all about Rachel,” Smithson Valley coach Wayne Daigle said. ‘‘What can you say? I’ve never seen anyone pitch better.
‘‘My wife and I have never been happier for any one player or any one team than we are right now, and we’ve
been in this game a long time .”
Atzenhoffer helped take the Rangers to state with a one-hit shutout.
‘‘I think my pitches were really moving well tonight,” Atzenhoffer said. ‘‘I was just trying to stay settled and throw my best game."
Was it her best?
“Oh, I think so,” she said, smiling.
Medina Valley coach Laurie Klein-
Senate bill could bring water district
By Margaret Edmonson
A bill headed to the Senate floor would create a new water district in Comal County.
However, the proposed water district would not be able to levy a property tax or conduct an election until 2001.
Senate Bill 1911, filed by State Senator J.E. “Buster" Brown, R-Lake Jackson, would create 21 new groundwater districts across the state. One of those districts, the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Consertion District, would cover the part of county over the Trinity Aquifer.
Comal County officials declined to comment on Friday, pending review of the bill.
Brown filed the bill Thursday after two-thirds of the Senate approved a suspension of the rules. The Senate Natural Resources C ommittee, w hich Brown chairs, eiporsed the bill with a 5-0 vote that same day.
Brown cited concern about the number of bills introduced this session requesting creation of water districts.
“My concerns about these districts before the the effects last session s Senate Bill I can be established remains. However, I believe this compromise provides districts adequate protection for their groundwater before next session, w hile leaving the next Legislature's hands free to groundwater decisions w hen we have more information," he said.
Senate Bill I, adopted by the 75th Legislature, established a water management plan based on local input and regional planning.
Brown’s bill allows for county commissioners to appoint temporary directors, who will have the power to permit wells, set space restrictions, exempt areas from permitting and assess permit and registration fees.
However, the temporary districts formed under SB 1911 will not be able to conduct elections, exercise eminent domain, develop management plans, annex or consolidate districts or restrict out-of-distnct transfers.
Only after the 77th Legislature ratifies the districts can thev conduct confirmation elections and elect initial directors to carry out those functions.
“I’ve said all along I understand the concerns behind the groundwater district creation proposals. The main goal is not to ‘jump the gun’ and let any actions derail the long-term benefits, w htch are now being developed. This bill serves to facilitate the concerns of those seeking the pro-
New mayor keeping in touch through e-mail, office
By Peri Stone
New Braunfels’ new mayor should become more available to the public with his own city office and new e-mail address.
Mayor Stoney Williams, who took office on May IO, said he would check in frequently at the municipal building, 424 S. Casten Ave. and consider office hours.
“My office here (at Guada-Coma Mechanical) already has started piling up with city stuff,” he said. “It’ll be good to
keep everything separate.”
Williams said he planned to stop by the municipal building after 4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Fridays.
City manager Mike Shands said the $10,000 spent for the remodeling had been in the budget.
“The only thing that is different is that
the offices became available,” he said A new hire for compliance and the moving of municipal court to the law enforcement center on Seguin Avenue freed up space, he said.
Former mayor Jan Kennady worked out of her home while in office — a situation she found inconvenient, mostly for the people of New Braunfels.
“People would call and say, ‘Sorry to bother you at home,’” she said. “But they didn’t have a choice.”
Residents would have been less hesi-
Mayor Stoney Williams
Office phone; 608-2100, extension 271 E-mail address [email protected]
tam to call or stop by if she had been in a city office, Kennady said “The more available the mayor is particularly, the better the w hole community w ill be,” she said.
The six council members w ill share an office near Williams That office should be ready by the end of the summer, Shands said.