New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 1, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from th* Hsrald-Zsitungt
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Sharon Staats, Alina Ott (IO years!), Barbara Barber, Jean Mach, David Pearson, James Hughes, Clamsy Dietert, Juan Rosales, Jamie Jones, Daniel Markum, Raul Bobadil^.
Canyon Laka COP woman to moot
The Canyon Lake Republican Women's Club will meet Nov. 16 at IO a.m. at Canyon Lake Action Center for their tegular meeting. Officers for the 1995 terms will be elected and Lucille Biegle will bring information on legislative matters.
Interested people may call Patsy Newton at 964-3585.
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The Mid-Texas Symphony Chores rehearsals will start on Thursday, Nov. 3 at 2 p.m. in the Ayers Recital Hall at Texas Lutheran College in Seguin.
For further information, call Dr. Fred Freeholz st 625-6420.
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Advance tickets sales for Wuntfeat *94 att now on sale at the Wurstfest offices in Lands Park.
Adult admission advance tickets will cost S5 if purchased by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. Adult tickets at the gate cost $6. Children 12 years old and under are admitted free. Admission to the Wursthalle is Ate.
More than 60 entertainment groups will appear at the 34th annual Wurstfest, a 10-day showcase of German food, dance, heritage and lim.
Slated this year for Nov. 4-13, Wurstfest is a German/Texas festival that attracts an estimated 100,000 people from around the wodd to New Braunfels.
For more information, call 625-9167.
Historical tow of Landa Pork scheduled
Wilkommen! It’s Wurstfest time once again. The City of New Braunfels Parks & Recreation Department will be offering a ’Deutsche (German) Historical Tour of Landa Park."
Three tours will be given on Nov. 4,1994. Tours will begin at 9 a.m., 11 arn., and 2 p.m. and will last approximately one-and-a-half hours.
Each tour is a hike through Landa Park covering historical markers in the park. Also covered is much of the history of New Braunfels and Landa Park, including the Landa family and Wurstfest. Each tour will begin at the New Gazebo behind the Landa Park office.
The fee is SI per person. Everyone is encouraged to participate; however, children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Pre-registration is recommended and will be taken at the parks office Monday-Friday at I IO Golf Course Road.
By TECLO J. GARCIA
This newspaper is printed On recycled newsprint
An Austin man driving under the influence of twice the legal alcohol limit crashed his car into the Main Plaza fountain Sunday night shattering the landmark into several pieces and leaving several civic leaders in disbelief.
The fountain refurbishing was only a few months old after a very public immunity donation drive funded it.
The twenty-year-old man traveled north on Seguin St. in a 1984 Chevctte, according to New Braunfels Police reports.
The car ran over the cement traffic island, where Seguin meets Main Plaza, 'and going straight across the plaza when it hit a disabled access ramp and then went straight into the plaza at a high rate of speed, crashing into the fountain.
Gibert Martinez of 1410 W. Northloop in Austin was charged with driving while intoxicated and causing an estimated $50,000 worth of damage. Martinez was not insured, nor was the car he was driving, which he did not own.
He was booked into the Comal County Jail.
The passenger in the car, an 18-year-old Austin man, was not wearing a seat belt and Martinez was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital with minor injuries.
According to the police report, Martinez said he had no idea what happened.
Because of damage to the car, some feel spilled onto the ground and that has authorities worried that vegetation could be killed, including a decades old pecan tree on the plaza.
Hemld-ZeHung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL The Plaza fountain la once again mleelng from downtown Now Braunfels (top photo). Tho fountain aat In the bod of a dumptruck yesterday, In oevoral pieces.
City leaders saddened by fountain incident
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Local civic leaders expressed sadness and anger over the news the recently refurbished Main Plaza fountain had been destroyed by an Austin man whose alcohol breath test showed he had over twice the legal limit of alcohol allowed to drive.
What has come to be known as a New Braunfels landmark was shattered into several pieces after the man ran into the fountain with his car.
"The initial thing I felt was shock," said Parks and Recreations Director David Whatley. "Another first thought was to put it back together. I also felt angry because there was no good reason for that to happen.
"Really it destroyed two to three
You know something good sometimes happens when something as bad as this happens. I Just hope this is one of those situations.’
- Karen Crandle Main Street Director
years of work."
Whatley, who was involved in the fundraising for the fountain, said although the fountain was in several large pieces, dozens of smaller pieces have broken off.
He said after the car hit the fountain, the upper portion of the fountain fell into the water basin below, where it broke.
The Parks Department leader also said he contacted the firm who refurbished the fountain and said they could get it ready in about 90 days, once the
city comes up with the money to repair
Whatley said all the small pieces were picked up.
"What we were trying to do is to make sure we had all the pieces of the puzzle together," he said.
Whatley said the fountain was not insured but the city is looking into whether the city's insurance covers such an accident.
"The initial hurdle we are facing is who is going to pay $50,000 for the repair," he said.
Iris Schumann, who helped the improved fountain become a reality, said she was "just sick" about the fountain’s destruction.
"It’s been a center piece for the community,’’ she said.
"I think the biggest concern is getting it back up for Sesquicentennial. It was a community-wide project that pulled together the community. We just hope that this type of good will will come up again"
Karen Crandle, Main Street Project director, said citizens are already trying to figure out what they can to get the fountain back up.
"You know something good sometimes happens when something ai bad as this happens," Crandle said.
"I just hope this is one of those situations."
Herald Zeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL (Top photo) Kara Scmkft (left) and Cand Ice Parker (right) enjoy them-aetvee at last night's Halloween party held at Kirkwood Manor. (Right photo) Mark Indolottos tries hie luck at bobbing for apples at Kirkwood Manor leat night.
Streator, Scott seeking terms as county clerk
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Early voting off to great start with significant increases seen in totals
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Early voting totals in Comal County show a significant increase with only one week remaining.
As of Saturday, a little more than 3,200 votes had been cast, roughly nine percent of the 35,000 voters registered in Comal County.
"We have been averaging about 385 to 400 a day,” said County Clerk Joy Streater. "At that rate, we’re going to have a great tumout. ..In the past, if we got 150 in a day, we would have thought we we’re flying high."
One reason for the higher turnout, other than several key races on the ticket, is the mobile voting unit being employed by the county this year.
Last Saturday, the unit was stationed at the local HEB.
"The response was great,” said Streater who said 388 persons voted that day. "A lot of people said, ‘Why haven’t you done this before?"
Streater said a goal of 10,000 early votes has been set before Friday’s 4:30 p.m. deadline for early voting.
The mobile unit will visit three more locations in the county this week. They arc:
■ Tuesday, Garden Ridge Municipal Complex, 2-7 p.m.
■ Wednesday, Canyon Lake Action Center, noon - 7 p m.
■ Thursday, Bulverde Community Center, 2-7 p.m.
The courthouse will also be open for early voters during
these diys and Friday, the last day for early voting, from 8 am. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 306 on the third floor of the Courthouse Annex.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8.
Two women will compete for the office of County Clerk in the Nov. 8 election, the only local race featuring two women candidates.
Joy Streater, the Republican incumbent faces a challenge from Democrat Cheryl Scott
The county clerk office’s chief duties include maintaining all legal records for the county, such as deeds and licenses.
The county clerk also supports the Commissioners Court and County Court at Law as official recorder and monitors elections.
Streater has served two years and is running for a full term. She has a background in real estate. Scott has a background in the banking business and currently works for a construction company in San Antonio.
"My strength is my business background," said Streater. "You have to have a knowledge of documents and preservation of history...I also help the Commissioners Court, keep that running smoothly. You have to keep apprised of the changes in legislation ”
"I have gone through two bank mergers,” said Scott, who said this experience has prepared her in dealing with documents. “...You have to know what you can save and not save."
Scott has claimed that Streater’s real estate interests interfere with her job as county clerk.
"Why does she consider herself a full-time county clerk when she's involved with real estate?" said Scott, who claims Streater is still a consultant.
Streater said she sold her real estate
business a year ago.
"Thia (county clerk) is very much a full-time job," s^id Streater. "I’m on call 24 hours a day...Another thing she has mentioned is the trips. We are required to have continuing education.’’
Both candidates have expressed desires to increase voter turnout.
Early voting totals have increased threefold this year, in .part due to mobile voting polls that have been set up on certain days at places in the county.- •
Streater has also tried to increaae voter awareness of election fraud, one of the state’s main concerns regarding elections.
"We’re doing what we can to increase voter turnout," said Streater.
Scott said as an election judge, she didn’t feel workers were getting adequate training when it came to election fraud.
"I didn’t feel she (Streater) was giving us the training that was needed," said Scott.
Early voting comes to an end on Nov. 4. The general election is scheduled for Nov. 8.
Cheryl ScottPlan to visit Wurstfest ’ 94,Nov. 4 —13 at the Wurstfest grounds in Landa Park
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