New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 6, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in two sections ■ Thursday, November 6,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Art
Vol. 145, No. 256
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DHuiMy wisnos irpni the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Art Brinkkoeter, BUI Hollas, Joel orres Jr., Jeremie Sanchez, Vail Rake (87 years), Marjorie Baboos, Jesse Ryan Castillo (belated) and Bob Puffin (belated).
Happy Anniversary wishes are extended to Elmer alai Evelyn Arp (60 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Comal River — 312 cubic feet per second, same as Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.75 feet above sea level, down .04 from Wednesday
Canyon Dam discharge —192 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —183 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.96 feet above
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NSU reports pumping 6.684 million gallons of surface water Tuesday and 486,000 gallons of well water
Rain rhonroi Iwcraaaa Sunday
TmlfM — Clear Lows 30s to near 40.
Friday — Mostly sunny east and becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the 70s. Friday night, becoming mostly cloudy Lows in the 40s to 50s.
Saturday — Mostly clear Highs in the 70s
Sunday — Increasing cloudiness with a chance of rain late in the day. Lows near 50 to 40s. Highs in the upper 60s to mid 70s
Monday — Cloudy and cooler with a chance of rain. Lows in the 40s Highs in the 50s
Htnld Tattling seeks photos, assays
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is looking for a few good photographers to take photos of goings-on in Comal County on Friday. Bring the photos and outline information to the Herald-Zeitung offices at 707 Landa St by Nov. 14.
Also, the newspaper is soliciting essays from local residents telling us about their neighbors and the special things they do These essays also are due by Nov. 14. Call Margaret Edmonson at 625-9144 ext. 220 for information.Cal
Cal Thomas will be the featured speaker at the upcoming Comal County Pro-Life Foundation’s fund-raiser banquet at 7 p.m. Tuesday. For tickets and information, call either a local church or Crisis Pregnancy Center at 629-7565Motorists should be on the look out for work crews in these areas
• Crews are working on
Far m-to-Market 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane
• County road crews will be paving Rittman Road.
• City crews will be striping Walnut Avenue from San Antonio Street to Landa Street
wivern*! Alvarez, i ana ma ovovov Blanca Alvarez, 8, go head-to-baad Tuesday afternoon in a gams of in-line hockey at the Landa Parti dance slab.
Hvrald-Zeitung photo by Michael Damall
Veterans spearhead food drive
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
Students in New Braunfels Independent School District and Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School have teamed up with a local veterans’ group to make sure the less fortunate have food to eat in the coming weeks.
Veterans for Christ, a Tree of Life Fellowship ministry, is sponsoring a food drive with the help of NBISD, Saints Peter and Paul Church and Librado’s restaurant. Veterans for Christ coordinator Manuel Camareno said the group has worked with the Comal Independent School District
for the past five years on a clothing drive, but decided to expand its focus.
“I had found out that the SAMM (San Antonio Metropolitan Ministry) Shelter is really in need of canned goods,” said Camareno. “The local shelter needs help collecting food too.” Camareno said the shelters were busy year-round and limited resources had to be stretched even further when the weather turned cold “We want to see that everyone we cui help, especially those less fortunate than us, will have food for Christmas,” he said.
The ministry is collecting food to be shared between the two shelters, but
help is being offered Librado’s Restaurant, Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School and NBISD are helping collect food.
NBISD schools will collect food through Nov. 14, and the ministry will pick up the contributions on Nov. 17. Saints Peter and Paul Catholic School will collect food throughout November, and will offer the collection during a mass on Nov. 24.
Anyone wishing to make a contribution may also take a donation to Librado’s Restaurant from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Sunday.
“All they have to do is call,” said Camareno. “We’ll do what we can.”
Students travel from across state for German fest
Heraid-Zwtung photo by Mtcha*! Damon
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By DENSE DZIUK WACHT
Students from across the state filled the stage and dance floor at W urethane Wednesday to show off their mastery of the language.
Wednesday was student day, when about 44 German Clubs from across the state attended Wurst fest to experience the German culture w hile speaking and hearing the language.
“It provides them with the culture, song, food, dress and camaraderie,’’ said Sharon Zillmann, who was one of the day’s organizers.
For many of the students, the day meant of day of learning, but also a day of tim. Singing songs like “Ein Prosit” and “Horch, was kommt von drausscn rein” gave students an opportunity to have fun with the language they had learned.
Beth Lynch, 14, of Sugarland, said it was the first time she had been to Wurst-fest, and the sing-along was the high
light of the event “It’s more than a culture,” she said. “I didn’t expect this to be here. I thought it would be a parade or something.’’
Darin Klaehn, 16, of Navarro Independent School District said he hat) been to Wuretfost several years before The music and singing were favorites of his as well, even though he didn’t understand everything said.
“You pick up a couple of words here and there,” he said with a smile.
Maria Lopez of Elgin said she had been to the festival tor several years, and the ndes had unproved over the years. Her favorite part of the day was the Orbiter ride, which tilts and turns as it spins through the air.
The students visiting the festival were entertained by the New Braunfels High School Polka Band, the Canyon High School German Club, Alpenfest, CHS Polka Band and Seek KJeine Taenzer. Accordionist Myron Floren made a special appearance, playing crowd pleasers like the Chicken Dance and the Bunny Hop.
Now that they had experienced the fun Wurstfest had to offer, several of the students said they might talk to their parents about a return visit.
“My dad had never even heard of it,” said 14-year-old Audra Schwciger, of Sugarland. "He thought it was like Oeto-berfest.”
County officials study need for additional court
Committee studies possible ramifications
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The dockets for Comal County Court-at-law have more than doubled over the past year and a half. County Clerk Joy Streater said Wednesday.
Because of the increased caseload that faces both the county clerk’s office and the county oour<-at-taw, coram—raws court recently appointed a committee to find out if another county court-at-law is needed.
“Our filings have gone from an average of IOO to 130 to 300 to 400 a month,’’ Streater said. "Our normal docket for us on Mondays was 50 to 75 (cases). But now a normal Monday could run from IOO to 140. With all the family members and the attorneys, it is wall-to-wall people.” Streater and two clerks, chief deputy clerk Bobbie Koepp and court coordinator Kathy Gannaway, arc on the committee.
“I am having court at least four days a week,” Ganna way said. “Our arraignment docket is 80 to IOO or more cases on two Mondays in a month. On the other dockets, we have 30 to 50 cases per day. We have added two additional court dockets in the afternoons.”
Koepp said by the end of this year, the court would handle about 1,850 criminal cases, a big increase from the 1,250 total cases handled in 19%.
“It has been crazy in criminal,” Koepp said. “Criminal has just boomed."
If the special committee decides a new county court is needed, Gannaway said members would have to consider another factor — staffing.
“lf another court is created.
■County court-at-law case Migs have increased from an 10D-130 per month to 300400 a month
■ An estimated 1,850 criminal cases wi be heard in court by tie and of the year, up from the 1,250 total casas in 1006.
■The county has added taro addttonol court sessions in tistetomoon.
■ The amrignmont docket
additional personnel would be needed,” she said. ‘The personnel we have now wouldn’t be able to handle it.
Eleven clerks work rn the county court-at-law office in the old courthouse building.
Gannaway. who works directly under Judge Fred Clark, said additional staffing would be needed to help the judge’s staff and the county clerk’s office.
Gannaway said the committee had not met yet and had not determined how many jobs would be needed for a second county court.
“They will have to consider what the clerk’s office needs in personnel and what the judge’s staff will need,” she said.
Streater said workloads for her staff had increased because of state mandates, also.
Two years ago, the Texas Legislature mandated counties across the stale put data into the Criminal Justice Information system. The system keeps information about when a person was jailed, when he or she went through the court system and when they were released, Streater said
“The work load keeps building.” she said “I think we need to look at growth and how that fits in correlation for the expansion of the county court-at-law justice system.”
Street workers recycle pavement but turn on heatBy SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Road repaving might be moving toward more environmentally friendly methods but not without a few drawbacks, according to city engineers for New Braunfels and San Antonio.
Recycling existing pavement on roadways can improve streets and reduce the amount of asphalt that sits in landfills, however the heat produced from the process can harm plants and trees near those roadways.
A machine that pulverizes existing pavement allows road workers to reuse the material after a series of steps. Fallowing pulverization, the pavement is rotted, graded and compacted. Then the recycled base is repaved with approximately one md one-half indies of new asphalt, according to New Braunfels Cay Engineer C A. Bolner.
“It’s a kit less wasteful,” said Bolner. “Instead of hauling in new base material we can recycle it.”Road projects
Council approved more than $142,300 In Brett and drainage improvements, including: ■Meadow Avenue repaving — $70,000 (eatimato wit! be adjusted,
■Old Marion Road between Pahmeyer and Farm-to-Market 1044 — $19,000 t Cypress Bend Park — $6,000 ■ honda Street/Loop 337 access to Utile League Fields — estimated $20,000. ■Camellia Lane drainage channel, preliminary improvements for $25,000.
Parts of San Antonio and Oasis streets have been repaved with this method, he said. Soon Meadow Avenue will be reconstructed in the same way.
Omit estimates of $70,000 to repave Meadow Avenue were approved by council but were not Bid would be adjusted when more design
work has been completed, said Bolner
San Antonio engineers favored recycling pavement is because it is better for the environment, San Antonio city engineer Razi Josseim said. Used primarily in the mid-1980s in San Antonio, the recycling method was utilized only occasionally in the past few years because of side effects the process produces.
The pulverizing machine generates a large amount of heat while it is breaking the pavement into tiny pieces, so much heat that the process can be detrimental to plant life around it.
During one pavement recycling project on a Bexar County street where trees were close to the roadway, their tops absorbed so much heat they were singed.
Josseim said the city of San Antonio resorts to the recycling method because it curbs waste and is kinder to nature
“Then the Nphal! doesn’t end up going in landfills,” Jossctni said.
Bolner said the city of New Braunfels has experienced good results with the recycling process.Sophienburg hosts exhibit of needlework
One Wurstfest tradition not as well known as some is the needlework at the Sophienburg Museum.
Needle artists from New Braunfels, San Antonio and Canyon Lake set up shop and allow people to watch then. work.
The $1.50 admission fee to the Sophienburg Museum also gains entrance to the needlework exhibit.
The live needlework demonstration will be available through Sunday The museum is open IO am lo 5 pm Monday through Saturday I to 5 pm Sunday. For information about the needfework exhibit or the museum, call 620-1572Archives Anonymous — Page 8A: Wurstfest schedule — Page 3A
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