New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 2, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung-extends birthday wishes to the following: T. Charles northers 116 years), Addyn Brinkkoeter Monday), Hayiee Elise Baeten (4 years), Becky Malechek, Sandra Wunderlich (Monday), Brad Cry-er (Monday), Paige Hume (16 years), Irene Seif (81 years) and Beatrice Mayo (ll years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Temperatures cool some today Today — Sunny and cooler. Highs in the lower 70s. Tonight, clear and cool. Lows near 40, lower 30s Monday — Sunny. Highs in the lower and mid 70s.
Tuoeday — Mostly clear. Lows mainly in the 40s. Highs in the lower and mid 70s.
Mfodnoeday — Partly cloudy. Lows mainly in the 40s. Highs in the 70s.
Help veterans by giving to food drive
Tree of Life Fellowship will collect canned goods for homeless veterans during November, with the help of Librado’s restaurant. Drop off non-perishable items in the box at the entrance to Librado’s through Nov. 14. For information, call 629-2963.
Cal Thomas speaks in New Braunfels
Cal Thomas will be the featured speaker at the upcoming Comal County Pro-Life Foundation’s fund-raiser banquet at 7 p.m Nov. 11 at New Braunfels Civic Center For tickets and information, -call either a local church or Crisis Pregnancy Center at 629-7565.
Jim's Video conducts food drive
Jim’s Video will have a food drive benefiting SOS Inc. Food Bank. Collection of non-perishable food items will last through Nov. 18 at Jim’s Video For information, call 629-2128
Veterans Day ceremony slated
The students of Sts. Peter and Paul School and the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 35 will observe Veterans Day on Nov 11. The ceremony will be at 9 a m. in the Sts. Peter and Paul parking lot. For information, call 625-3233
• Texas Department of Transportation crews are continuing work to expand Interstate 35 between Solms Road and Farm-to-Market 3009 No lanes will be closed, but southbound exits, with the exception of FM 2252/FM 482, will be closed All northbound lanes are open
• Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane Flagmen will be directing traffic.
• In addition to routine repairs, county crews will be working on Barbarosa Lane The roads will remain open to traffic.
• City of New Braunfels street crews are completing work on Oasis Street from Business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue.
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This year’s Heritage Exhibit theme is “Spreading the News," depicting the changes brought about by inventions and innovations in human communication during the 150 years since the founding of New Braunfels. The exhibit will be open 10 a m. to 5:30 p m at the New Braunfels Civic Center daily during Wurstfest.
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32 pages in four sections ■ Sunday, November 2,1997
Serving the Comal County area for more than 1^5 years ■ Home of T. Charles Borchers
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■The 10-day Wurstfest began Friday and will run through Nov. 9
■ Admission is $6 for adults and free for children 12 and under. Group discounts are available.
■ Nearly 10O different kinds of foods are available.
■ Famed accordionist Myron Floren and Grammy Award winner Jimmy Starr are scheduled to perform during the 37th annual Wurstfest in New Braunfels.
■ Wurstfest takes place just inskb Lands Park along the Comal River.
■ For information, cad 625-9167.
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Visitors to this year’s Wurst-fest danced polkas, consumed sausage and beer and celebrated Halloween in Larvda Park Friday.
Weather was especially accommodating for opening night of the 37th annual festival, with clear skies and cool breezes providing a comfortable atmosphere for trick or treating, vigorous dancing and less physical activities, like eating.
The festival runs through Nov. 9 and will feature some 60 entertainers and groups.
Ron Talaga of Austin and two of his friends have attended Wurstfest for the past three years and keep coming back because the food is great and they always have a good tune. Talaga enjoyed a plate of potato pancakes and summed up his reasons for attending.
Thar’s good beer, good music and sausage—what more can we
ask for?” he said.
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Kathleen Mills and Debbie Lain of New Braunfels, who worked in one of the (kink ticket booths, said they were selling plenty of tickets and meeting folks who returned to their particular booth year after year.
“You know people are enjoying themselves because they’re coming back,” said Lain, who worked at Wurstfest for the past IO years.
About 9 p.m., Wursthalle was
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accordion sounds of Myron Floret!, who performed on stage with Lawrence Welk. Other musical offerings Friday included master yodeler Kerry Chnstensen and the Original Fichtelgebtrgsmusikan-ten. a band from Mehlmeisel, Ger
Young Samantha Krouse of Seabrook, visiting Wurstfest with her father, dressed as a princess for Halloween and waited anx iously to attend the carnival.
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Jurors don’t buy defense accounts
SA man gets life in prison for killings
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
A Comal County jury deliberated a little more than an hour Friday before convicting John Charles Naef of capital murder in the killing of two Spring Branch residents in 1996.
Naef, of San Antonio, was sentenced to life in prison for the shooting deaths of John Patrick Lamb, 44, and Kelly Dougherty, 33.
Family members of the victims cried as the verdict was read and jurors were polled.
“I’m happy that they found Mr. Naef guilty, but it still won’t bring Kelly or Pat back,” said Kelly’s father Joseph Dougherty, who added the verdict would offer some closure.
Jury foreman George Berg said. “If was an all-consuming deliberation.”
Jurors around the room commented on the trial, he said, but no one raised any questions.
“I think, to the person, everyone was sold on the fact that he did it,” said Berg.
The nine-woman, three-man jury also noted changes in the defendant’s versions of the way Lamb and Dougherty died.
“He kept changing his story,” said Berg. “We’re not sitting there asleep. We picked up on that.”
Berg said he was surprised the jurors reached a verdict so quickly.
“I really had no idea that we’d reach a unanimous
Turn to Jurors, Page 6A
Voters decide fate of 14 amendments
From staff reports
Comal County residents, as well as Texans across the state, will go to the polls Tuesday to cast their votes in the Texas constitutional amendment election.
Tax exemptions, the Texas 1 growth fund, water supply bond authorizations and establishing the Texas Tomorrow Fund as a pro- Page 6A
tected trust fund are among the - — —
issues at stake.
The following propositions are on the ballot:
Turn to Amendment!, Page 6A
photo by Mtattoat Dames
Bulverde counts down to incorporation vote
By DA VK) DEKUNOER
BULVERDE — If the opinions of a few people are any indication, Bulverde residents tore ready to vote for incorporation in Tuesday’s elections.
Richard Smith echoed the sentiments of several Bulverde residents when asked why he favored incorporation.
‘ I want to keep the city of San Antonio out of hoe,” Smith said as he stepped out of Luke’s convenience store at U.S. 281 and Bulverde Road Friday.
Residents in three areas — Bulverde North (Bulverde Estates), Bulverde South (Bulverde Hills) and Bulverde East (Oak Village North) — will decide Tuesday whether they want to incorporate into three separate cities.
Incorporation supporters say that if the three areas of Bulverde do not vote to incorporate, San Antonio’s extra territorial jurisdiction will expand five miles into the Bulverde Air Park on Dec. 31. That is the day San Antonio will annex
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— Jennifer Aroever, Oak Village North resident
Stone Oak subdivision along U.S. 281 Jennifer Aroever, an Oak Village North resident, said she was leaning toward incorporation because she wanted to maintain the small town atmosphere.
“I don’t want to live rn the city, and I don’t want the city to come here," Aroever said as she visited Texas Fned Chicken restaurant on U.S. 281 Larry Vincent, owner of Bulverde Book Store, said he used to live in San Antonio and he did not want to live in San Antonio again.
“I don’t want to be pan of San Antonio,” Vincent said. “That is why I moved. We will have our own govern
ment and set up our own rules.”
Vincent said he realized there was a price with incorporation — taxes.
“Of course, it comes with an added expense, but it comes with the territory,” he said. “But I dunk most people will not object to that.”
Incorporation of Bulverde could mean preserving a way of life. Vincent said.
“I don’t want to live rn that jungle,” Vincent said referring to San Antonio. “I want to sit on my porch and not have someone take a pop shot al me ” Tammy Knott, a clerk at Luke’s, said she liked the way things in Bulverde were and that she wanted them to stay that way. Knott said incorporating Bulverde would keep San Antonio’s problems out of Bulverde.
“We don’t need all the troubles (from San Antonio),” Knott said.
But not everybody agreed that incorporation was a good idea.
Bill McKeeman said he lived in the Bulverde area but that he would not be Turn to Buford!, Pag! 2AReaders take sides in Comal ISO bond election — Page 5A