New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 7, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 148, No. 252 44 pages in 5 sections November 7, 1999
Serving Comal County since 1852
► NS, Rangers head to playoffs
The New Braunfels Unicorns and Smithson Valley Rangers are turning their sights to next weekend’s opening round of the state playoffs. Find out who they will play and where in Sports./1 B
The Canyon Cougars lost a heartbreaker against Hays Consolidated and saw their playoff hopes dashed./1B
► Brave fight
Grace Faust has learned to put life into perspective as she has fought her own
against cancer, a fight she plans to win. /IC
► Historic hotel
The Faust Hotel celebrates 70 years of history this fall, and the new food and beverage manager is making it his goal to make that history come alive for customers. /5B
Warm days and cool nights appear to be the trend for the next couple of days. A slight chance of rain pops into the forecast on Wednesday. For the complete outlook, see page 2A.
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Tuxedo Junction performs for crowds at Wurstfest on Saturday.
Festival blessed with good weather, big crowds
By Heather Todd
Sunny skies, mild temperatures and the mouth-watering smell of sausage drew large crowds of both young arid old alike to the Wurstfest grounds at Landa Park Saturday.
Business was booming on the second to last day of the 39th annual salute to sausage.
Senior citizens dressed in lederhosen and dirndls, twenty-somethings with cups full of beer, and parents pushing strollers took in the sights, sounds and smells of Wurstfest throughout the day Saturday.
David Lamon, chairman of the Wurstfest festival, credited recent good weather for the large crowds and happy visitors.
“It (attendance) has been really good. Everyone’s having a fine time, and the weather is
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beautiful,” he said.
Officials with the Wurstfest Association were crossing their fingers for good weather this year after heavy rains and flooding threatened the 10-day festival this past year.
Eleven days before the 1998 festival was to open, the October 1998 flood heavily damaged the front entrance to the Wurstfest grounds.
Although the festival went on as planned, Wurstfest officials said five days of rain during the 10-day festival hurt attendance.
Although Lamon did not have
(Free admission after 3 p.m.) Gate 1
11:30 a.m. — Swingin’ Dutchmen 2:30 p.m. — Oma and the OOmpahs
1 to 5 p.m. — Tuxedo Junction
2 to 4 p.m. — Chris Rybak
11:30 a.m. — Cloverleaf Orchestra 4 p.m. — Lufthansa Drawing 4:30 p.m. — Jimmy Sturr Orchestra 8 p.m. — Terry Cavanagh
Das Grosse Zelt (The Big Tent)
11:30 a.m. — Emter Family Button Accordionists
1 p.m. — Alpenfest
2 p.m. — New Braunfels High School Band (Riverwalk)
3 p.m. — Canyon High School Band 4:30 p.m. — Musikverein Reiskirchen 6:30 p.m. — Alpenfest
Das Kleine Zelt (The Little Tent)
11:30 a.m. -- Walburg Boys 1 p.m. — Round Top Brass Band 3 p.m. — Emter Family Button Accordionists 4:30 p.m. — Walburg Boys 6 p.m. — Round Top Brass Band
Blue Santa drive begins
By Erin Magruder
For most children, the approaching holiday season will be a magical time. They will spend weeks deciding exactly what they want for Christmas, and then lay their heads on their pillows Christmas Eve — dreaming of what the next morning will bring.
But for local children whose families struggle to make ends meet, the holiday season might be a time of
sorrow and disappointment.
New Braunfels Police Department and local volunteers are working to make this Christmas a joyful one for all of the children in the community by kicking off the annual Blue Santa program.
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Far left: Zandi Harris, Sue Puetz and Chris Douglas decorate a Christmas tree for the Blue Santa Youth Golf Tournament Nov. 21.
Two injured in car crash
From staff reports
A 50-year old New Braunfels woman and an 11 -year old girl were airlifted to University Hospital in San Antonio Friday evening after a one-car accident on Texas 46 under the Interstate 35 overpass.
New Braunfels Police Department officials declined to release the names of the driver or passenger.
NBPD officials said the woman was driving a 1995
three-quarter ton Chevrolet pickup in the northbound lane of Texas 46 about 5:30 p.m. when she crossed a concrete median into the southbound lanes. The car then collided with a bridge pillar.
Emergency medical officials at the scene reported the woman suffered broken arms and legs and a possibly severe head injury.
The 11 -year old passenger suffered a possibly severe head injury.
The conditions of the victims were not known by press time Saturday.
No skid marks were apparent at the scene, and the front end of the truck was wrapped around the center concrete column. The front windshield was cracked on both the driver and passenger sides and the back window was broken from the impact of the crash.
The accident is under investigation by Lt. John Wommack with New Braunfels Police.
City workers might get 5 percent pay raises
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Council mulls new flood repair deadline
From Staff Reports
New Braunfels City Councilman Larry Alexander wants the city to consider giving local flood victims more time to rebuild, sell or demolish their flood-damaged homes.
Council will consider extending time limits for repair of flood-damaged property at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the municipal building, 424 South Casted Ave.
Alexander said he asked council members review the issue because he wanted an “open discussion” of a one-year time limit the city previously imposed on flood victims trying to repair homes.
“I want to open discussion and get it out in front and see how deep the problem is or if it’s a problem at all,” Alexander said, “or, if there’s something that needs to be done to give people more time.”
The debate about when flood victims should have homes repaired or demolished began a couple of months ago when five residents received letters from die city giving them 30 days to take care of their properties.
The letters said those residents had to demolish any flood-damaged structures or obtain the necessary permits to rebuild or sell the property by the 30-day deadline — the same day as the anniversary of the Oct. 17, 1998, flood.
People who didn’t comply faced a hearing in front of the city’s Building Standards Commission, which could vote to demolish a damaged structure at the owner’s expense.
But, some residents who received the letters said the one-year time limit was unfair.
New Braunfels resident Leonard Dixon, who lived at 1493 Sleepy Hollow at the time of the flood, said 16 feet of water went through his home, knocking its worth from $121,000 to $31,000.
“The city has been very unfair about it,” Dixon said. “People just can’t financially do it.”
Dixon said he was trying to sell his property privately, which probably would let him to break
Dixon still could face a possible hearing in front of the commission, but the city decided to give him, and other residents, a little more time.
City attorney Floyd Akers said all but two of the residents who were sent letters have sent back plans of action detailing how they planned to take care of their properties.
Dixon, for example, has at least a month to sell his house, or as long as council deems appropriate, Akers said.
As long as homeowners comply, they’ll never have to go before the Building Standards Commission, Akers said.
Now, council will have the final say on how long residents have to repair or demolish flood-damaged structures.
Alexander said he did not have a specific time limit in mind when he brought the issue up for discussion.
WAI Ll/Herald-ZeitungNew Braunfels Fire and Rescue personnel work to free the driver and a passenger from a pickup that struck an Interstate 35 bridge pillar on Texas 46 Friday afternoon.