New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 21, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 131
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY / He of Robert H. Engelke
May 21, 1991
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laical weather ii expected lo continue in lite saute patient for the next few clays: Highs ut Ute high HOS, lows (tear 70 arui a slight dunce of rain. In New Braunfels Monday, Ute high was 86 and the overnight low was 66. For more weather details, see Page 2.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Virginia Villarreal, Duane Bocnig, Nanette Mueller, Blas Gomez Jr., Hylmar Schneider, Blanche Gotthardt and Valenta Pineda.
Belated best wishes to Elton John Rosales.
Belated “happy anniversary” greetings to Kcry and Kathy Nobel and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Powell.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Teen Connection will sponsor a yard sale May 23-25 to raise money for various programs. Persons can drop by Teen Connection at 1414 W. San Antonio St. to “stuff a bag for $1” with items from the Thrift Shop, such as clothing, household items, purses, shoes and other items.
The New Braunfels Chapter of the Texas Restaurant Association will conduct its charter meeting Wednesday at T-Bar-M on Highway 46 West. Both TRA members and those interested in joining arc invited. Social hour begins at 6:30, Ute meal will be served al 7:30 and Ute business meeting should begin about 8 p.m. Cost of the meal is $ 12. RS VP to Jeanne at 625-8942. Party rescheduled
The “Before and After” Party in the remodeled apartments above Gocpf Jewelry has been rescheduled from 5 to 7 p.m. today. Owners Kyra and Larry Brandt, with Ute help of Carol Johnson of Johnson Furniture Co./lnnerworks and the Downtown Association, are cager to share the results.
Canyon High School Project Graduation committees will conduct their last meetings before graduation at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Commons. All junior and senior parents arc asked to attend.
New Braunfels High School Band Boosters will host the 1991 Band Banquet at 7 p.m. Friday in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Hall. 138 W. Austin. Tickets can be purchased at the NBHS band hall for $7 each.
Patsy Ledbetter of Canyon Lake will add the finishing touches to a floral in oil at the 7 p.m. meeting today of the New Braunfels Art League al the Arts Center, 646 Walnut Square. Also on the agenda is the judging of high-school posters for this weekend’s Spring Art Show at the Civie Center. The public is invited.
First Protestant Church is sponsoring a blood drive from 8:30 am. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday. The South Texas Regional Blood Bank will accept donations at the Scele Parish House on Coll Street. Appointments may be scheduled by calling the church office at 625-6951.
Can you read a story, rock a baby, play a game or give a hug? Your skills are needed al lite Children’s Shelter in New Braunfels. Volunteers with two or three hours a week may call Glenda Chandler al 629 0659 to arrange a volunteer interview.
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Leads sought in local man’s stabbing death
CISD trustee leaves post to give wife chance at job
By ROBERT STEWART years and has been working in San
Comal Independent School District Board Trustee William S. “Bill” Smith, of Bulverde, has resigned from the board, effective May 16, citing personal reasons.
Lee lkels, president of the CISD board received notice of Smith’s dcci sion on Monday at the Central Administration Office.
“I have attempted to fulfill my duties with integrity and enthusiasm.
Be assured dial I greatly respect and admire the board of trustees, the administration and lite staff of the Comal Independent School District. I consider it a privilege to have worked with all of them,” Smith told lkels in Ute resignation letter.
Snuih said he is resigning so that lus wife, Susan, can be considered for a library position at CiSD. Stale law would not allow her hiring while lie sits on the board. Smith’s wife previously taught English at CISD for eight
Year-end issues on
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Die New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet at 7 pm today at The Education Center, 430 W. Mill St. in New Braunfels.
Al the meeting, the board will lake care of end-of-the-school-year business and begin to prepare for next year.
The end of-year Community Education report will be presented, as well as an evaluauon of the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program.
Antonio as a librarian.
“I want all lite patrons to understand how much of an honor I consider it to serve the board,” Smith said. “I went through a lot of soul-searching and consideration before making this decision.”
Smith also said he hopes to run for re-election lo lite board in 1992.
Smith leaches computer literacy at Foe Middle School in San Antonio.
The remaining members of lite CISD school bourd will consider replacing Smith at their regular monthly meeting on Monday, May 27. lite trustees have two options. They can either appoint someone to finish the term or call a special election to fill die vacancy. Smith’s term would have expired in May 1992.
New CISD board trustee Connie Cantu was just swom-in on May 13 after winning a special elecuon to complete one-year of an unexpired term after Caner Casteel resigned to become Comal County Judge.
Other business to be dealt with includes approving a contract for the Head Start program, approving the New Braunfels High School Student Handbook for the 1991-92 school year, and approval of a change order regarding OakRun School.
Some kudos will be handed out as the trustees approve this year's Silver Unicom recipients and recognize outstanding achievements of students and educators.
The board also will consider possible action on recommended procedures for conducting board mecungs in regard to an open forum
Dennis Heitkamp, left, Legislative Committee chairman, and Manard Ivy, chairman of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce board, discuss some of the legislative issues affecting business in New Braunfels the chamber is tracking. (Photo by Frances Bridges)
Shoplifting, condo sales among chamber concerns
By JANINE GREEN Managing Editor
At the request of New Braunfels' business communuity, a Chamber of Commerce committee has been studying issues ranging from shoplifting arrests to condominium sales.
Senate Bill 1387 “would amend the shoplifting arrest procedure,” Legislative Affairs Committee Chairman Dennis Heitkamp told members of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce board gathered at Krause’s Cafe for a Monday luncheon meeting.
“lf this bill passed a peace officer could issue a citation for Class B or Class C misdemeanor,” Heitkamp said, indicating theft up to $750. “This would lessen both the social and legal ramifications of shoplifting.”
“ll is obviously within the area of chamber policy to support our business community,” said chamber Pres idem Tom Purdum. On a voice vole, the board approved opposing the bill.
"Also studied was the proposal by RTC to include condominium units in New Braunfels, currently under the control of First Federal Savings and Loan and the Resolution Trust Corpo ration, in the ‘affordable housing' program,” Heitkamp reported. “This would allow these units to be bought at no minimum bid by those individuals or couples who qualify. ..." The chamber opposes their inclusion since "the condos in New Braunfels were not built nor intended to be permanent housing” and “removing them from the rental program ... would seriously injure tourism."
Purdum reported that efforts now are concentrated on getting a waiver
to prevent the sales, citing as precedent a waiver granted a Colorado tourist community.
(Jn behalf of the Transportation Committee he chairs, S.D, David reported on efforts to gain reliever status for the New Braunfels Municipal Airport and continued lobbying for lite widening of Interstate Highway 35 through New Braunfels and Comal County.
“The highway department doesn’t have much money for us to spend,” David said, but noted that the chamber is “on record that we would like the widening project to continue." At issue is the widening to three main lanes each direction.
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By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
New Braunfels police continue searching for leads today in the murder of a New Braunfels man, whose body was found early Sunday morning at his residence near the Comal River.
Ronald Snell, 34, of the 200 block of Meuscbach St., was found dead by friends, who came to pick him up for church, said New Braunfels Police Chief C.R. “Dick” Headcn.
“We’ve got a pretty good suspect,” Headen said. “We don’t know what the actual motive was.”
Headcn said a weapon has not been recovered.
An autopsy performed at the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in Austin Monday revealed Snell died of multiple stab wounds. He also suffered a blow to the head, apparently from a blunt object, officials say. The autopsy was ordered by Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace R.D. “Doc” Blanchard.
The murder of Snell, who was a former maintenance employee of the city of New Braunfels, marks the first murder rn New Braunfels this year.
Other information surrounding the murder was not released by the New Braunfels Police Department.
“Nobody is speculating at this time,” said New Braunfels Police spokesman Martin Mayer.
Man Jailed in attack
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
A 21-year-old Canyon Lake man remains in the Comal County Jail today in lieu of posting a $100,000 bond on charges of kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault.
Floyd De wayne Allen Jr., 21, of the Tanglewood Shores area of Canyon Lake, has been allegedly connected to kidnapping a convenience store clerk at Canyon Lake early Sunday morning and then assaulting her, said Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer.
The sheriff s office received a call around 4:30 a.m. from someone reporting there was no clerk at an open convenience store on Farm to Market Road 306 in the Canyon Lake area. Officers checked the store and found that the clerk was gone but her car was still there, Bremer said.
A search of the surrounding neighborhoods resulted in finding a vehicle with the motor still warm parked in the Eagle Peak Ranch subdivision, he said. Officers then found the suspect and the vicum nearby.
He was arrested at 6:44 a.m. At the jail Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace R.G. “Doc” Blanchard set a S50.000 bond on each charge.
The victim had allegedly been sex-
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CAD hopes to fill post by middle of September
By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor
Chairman of the Comal Appraisal District board of directors says he hopes to have a chief appraiser hired by mid-September as directors begin sifting through more than 60 applications for the job.
“I would like to sec us get through all of the (annual value) hearing process and have one by the middle of September,’’ said Board Chairman S.D. David. “That will give those people who now work for appraisal districts, if they should be chosen, an
opportunity to get the (appraisal) roll oui before they leave and give plenty of notice to their agency.”
The board of directors decided Monday at a regular mecung of the board to not appoint a hiring committee among themselves, but to review the applications individually.
“Everybody seems to want to review the applications on their own,” David said.
Directors ait* looking to fill the position previously held by Richard
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Speaking to a breakfast meeting of the New Braunfels Board of Realtors Monday. April Goldsmith, New Braunfels Main Street Project director. left, outlined the role of her office and the status of a number of restoration and renovation efforts completed or under way in the downtown area. The Realtors meet monthly Since it was adopted as a Texas Main Street Project, the local Downtown Project has changed its named to Main Street Project (Photos by David Suiiens)