New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 Pages in one section ■ Wednesday. May 31, 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of FELIPE AND MINERVA CASTILLEJA
Vol 143, No 143
inside | Stats show torrent of river crime now a trickle
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeftung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Lily Guerrero, Stephanie Kivlin (IO years), and Robert Ryan Contreras. Happy 40th anniversary to Felipe and Minerva Castilleja.
Lane to close on Landa Street
Lands Street, underneath the Missouri-Kansas-Texas (MKT) railroad, will be reduced to one lane of traffic on May 31, June 1 and June 2 Texas Department of Transportation will be drilling test holes to check soil foundation for a new bridge at that location. Road workers and a flag man will be present to direct traffic through the area.
Expected hours of closure are 8 a m. to 5 p m. Texas Department of Transportation urges citizens to use caution when in the area.
Dance recital at high school is free
The New Braunfels Hermann Sons School of Dance will present its annual dance recital Sunday, June 4. The theme this year is Stairway to the Stars, featuring 454 students, under the direction of dance instructor Bobbi Ray and assistant, Melissa Bird. The students will perform various jazz, tap and ballet routines.
There will be two performances, the matinee at 3 p m. and the evening performance at 7 p m. The recital will be held at the New Braunfels High School auditorium and admission is free.
Fire Department Auxiliary to meet
New Braunfels Fire Department Auxiliary will hold its business and social meeting at Fire Station #2 on Loop 337 at 7 p m on Monday, June 5.
Emergency blood drive today
McKenna Memorial Hospital is sponsoring an emergency blood drive Wednesday, May 31.
The blood supply for the San Antonio area is low and it will soon be further depleted due to the many needs during the Memorial Day weekend.
McKenna invites all New Braunfels citizens to come to the hospital between 9:30 a m. and 4:30 p m Wednesday, May 31 to donate blood. The drive will take place in the second floor waiting room.
American Legion to meet
American Legion Comal Post #179 meets Thursday, June 1, at 410 West Coll St The executive committee meets at 7 p m and the regular meeting starts at 8 p m Unit #179 Auxiliary meets at 7:30 p m Election will be held
Hermann Sons gather
New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge #21 will meet for its regular meeting June 4 at 3 p rn Meat will be furnished, members bring covered dishes.
Mission Valley FACE to meet
Mission Valley Family and Community Education Club meeting will be field June 6 at the Extension meeting room
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
It was a kinder, gentler Memorial Day weekend on the Guadalupe River this year. Comal County Sheriffs Department officers had less crime to contend with than in recent years.
“While we did have some problems, I was very pleased,” Sheriff Jack Bremer said. “I thought the crowds were much more well behaved than they were last year.”
Officers made 79 arrests in all for the weekend. That’s a lower figure than for last year, Bremer said. “We’ve had no sexual assaults; ordinarily we had several,” Bremer said. “There were no knifings, no cuttings,” he said.
The breakdown of arrests follows:
■ marijuana possession (0 to 2 ounces) — 29,
■ marijuana possession (4 ounces to 5 pounds)
I public intoxication — 26,
I driving while intoxicated -
■ theft — I,
■ disorderly conduct — 7,
■ criminal mischief — I,
■ assault — 2,
■ attempted sexual assault - I,
■ resisting search — I,
■ failure to identify to officers — I,
■ out of county arrests — 7.
A few of the arrests were significant, officials said. Officers arrested a 29-year-old Pasadena man at the Prciss Heights beach for 2 counts of delivery of cocaine and one count of delivery of marijuana Friday, officials said.
A San Marcos woman entered the emergency room of McKenna Memorial Hospital Saturday where deputies arrested her for violation of probation. Her prior charge had been for theft, officials said.
Raymond Morgan, 24, of New Braunfels, was arrested for attempted sexual assault by Deputy Mark Bryan and Sergeant Rick Poindexter Sun-
Strangling on grapevine ruled out in weekend death
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A Mesquite man’s death Sunday in a Comal County wooded arca was not due to strangulation, Travis County Medical Examiner Dr. Roberto Bayardo told Comal County Justice of the Peace Howard “Curly” Smith yesterday.
“The medical examiner says he doesn’t yet know the exact cause of death,” Smith said. “Ile suspects it might be a drug overdose.” Comal County Sheri Ifs officers found Bran
don Edward Houston’s body shortly after they were called to the 1900 block of Hunter Creek Road at about 6 a m. Sunday morning. They found Houston’s body tangled in grapevines, apparently strangled. Ile was 20 years old.
Houston had been behaving strangely before he ran into the brush, witnesses told Sheri IT's officers. He allegedly jumped through a closed window, shouted incoherently and appeared very frightened, witnesses said.
The investigation remains open while Bayardo completes toxicology tests.
day morning, officials said.
Decreased crime on the river shows that Sheriffs Department programs arc working, Bremer said.
“The presence of a uniformed officer is the
best deterrent,” he said. Thanks to support from the Comal County Commissioners Court and the Water Oriented Recreation Distnct, more officers can be on the river where they’re needed, Bremer said.
Don’t like your property appraisal?
Today is the last chance to protest
By DENISE DZIUK
With the deadline quickly approaching, citizens are making one last dash to the Comal County Appraisal District office to protest increased property values.
City property values increased an average 11.4% this year and the increase upset many local residents, who believe the higher property values will cause them to pay higher property taxes.
Lynn Rodgers, Chief Appraiser for CCAD, said there are already 280 formal hearings set with the Appraisal Review Board. He said this is less than last year largely due to the public understanding how the appraisal process works.
“The people are maybe a little bit more aware of what’s going on in the property market and can understand why the values have gone up,” said Rodgers.
Last year 622 people filed protests and scheduled formal hearings with the ARB and 272 of them actually
showed up for their hearings.
Rodgers said his office has heard a large number of informal protests. Rodgers said that during these meetings, few adjustments were made. He said people are generally concerned and simply want explanations.
“Most of the people who live in our district are good level-headed people who have legitimate concerns. We just help ease them,” said Rodgers.
Rodgers said staff members believe the number of calls received Tuesday was nearly twice as heavy as last Friday. The deadline for protesting appraisals either informally or formally is May 31, or 30 days after the postmark on the notice. Rodgers said all appointments for protests must be made by the end of Wednesday.
Rodgers said the formal hearings will begin on Wednesday. He said that by law, the hearings must be completed before July 20, and should be finished well before then.
Individuals wanting to protest their appraisals should go to the CCAD office at 178 E. Mill St. or call 210-625-8597
RSVP now for Downtown Association mixer to be held Tuesday at Tree Tops
The New Braunfels Downtown Association social will be held at Tree Tops on Tuesday, June 6 at 5:30 p.m. There will be finger food, drinks, and a cash bar, and new members will be introduced and honored.
Cost is $6.
Members and prospective members are invited to attend.
Please RSVP to Danna Rice at Gifts and Glitter, 620-5683 by June
Herald Zmtung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
Outfitters on the Guadalupe River are cleaning up after Monday night*s flash flood that sent campers along the river scurrying for higher ground. Three inches of rain sent the river s flow rate from 212 cubic feet per second to more than 7,000 cfs. Officials said it was lucky most of the Memorial Weekend tourists had already left the camping areas, and.the flood has them talking about the need for an early warning system along the river. Above, the truck owned by Jean Older was back on solid ground after rising water pulled it into the river as she slept. Older had to be rescued after she climbed from the truck into a tree. At left, one of several picnic tables swept away from Camp Huaco Springs came to rest in a tree.
Kelly Cone’s extraordinary ACT score earns him a summer vacation to remember
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
. Kelly Conc is going to Duke University to celebrate his 13th birthday. That’s because Duke will honor him for scoring extraordinarily well on the American College Testing program (ACT) when he took it this year — in the seventh grade.
“He scored in the 97th percentile on science reasoning,” mother Connie Conc said. That means his score was as good or better than 97 percent of the students taking that part of the test, including high school juniors and seniors who took the test for college entrance requirements.
“Duke picks out seventh grade students who have scored high on national standardized tests and offers them the opportunity to take the college entrance exams,” she said. Duke will honor students with extra high
scores June S.
“Kelly will make the trip to Duke and go through the ceremony,” Cone said. Cone’s family will top the trip with a stop at Washington D.C. “We’ll visit the Smithsonian and do some of these things that will be both fun and very educational,” she said.
AII of this attention and acclaim has yet to affect Kelly Cone. He doesn’t spend all of his time sitting at a computer, Cone said. “He’s a very normal seventh grader,” Cone said. “We would be very happy if we saw this kind of achievement level with his homework and his current grades,” she said.
Kelly Cone does enjoy Popular Science and the Discovery Channel, his mother said. “He’s very creative — he docs a lot of drawings,” she said. “He thinks he wants to design cars or airplanes or space oriented things."
Except for his tnp this summer, Cone’s achievement won’t change his or his family’s immediate plans for him. “He’s looking forward to the eighth grade,” Cone said.
Hydrilla treatment at lakes called a success, despite rains
By DENISE DZIUK
The heavy rainfall over the Memorial Day weekend has caused lakes Dunlap and McQueeney to return to normal levels and operating procedures sooner than expected following a hydrilla treatment.
Larry Moltz, Manager of Hydro Operations for the Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority (GURA), said that due to the rains, the six-to twelve-inch lowering of the lakes will not be maintained. However, he said the restrictions on using the lake water for irrigation of yards and crops or for watering livestock will remain in efleet until June 7. Moltz said these restrictions are precautions and should be followed.
Moltz said the rainfall has not had any negative effect on the hydrilla treatment conducted on May 22-24 Ile said the chemical is only active for a short time. In a few hours or half a day, the chemical is either absorbed by the plants or it neutralizes, said Moltz
“It had all the time it needed to do its job,” he said, “lf anything, the sick and
‘lf anything, the sick and dying hydrilla plants have been knocked loose and washed downstream, making the lakes look even better.1
— Larry Moltz
dying hydrilla plants have been knocked loose and washed downstream, making the lakes look even better."
Moltz said that since any remaining chemicals are neutralized, downstream water and plants will not be effected.
Moltz said the GBR A regrets any inconvenience this may pose for residents who had planned on doing waterfront repairs or cleanup during the period of lowered lake levels. I Ic said the GBRA will try to set up another time later this year to lower the lakes.
GBRA also warned that the river downstream will be subject to lowbank spills until weather patterns change and residents iii lowland areas should use caution dunng this time.Congressman Lamar Smith pleased with Congress' progress in '95 — See Page 4.