New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 10, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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Donations so far — $182,000
To contribute to the United Way, call 620-7760.
Birthday wishes from the Herakl-Zeitimg!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Robert Brocks* Mick! Laffery Kuen-stler, Robert Whitaker (Monday), David Stephens, Molly Lauren Stewart (1 year), Dolores McCurley (Monday), Daren Crager (Monday),
Bruce Crager (Monday), Dustin Tagliabue (11 years Monday), Lou Ann (Lula Mas) Koepp (Saturday), Dorothy Fetters (Monday), Leslie Gonzalez (4 years), Nick! Rivers (1 year) and Ron Brietzke (41 years Monday).
Happy anniversary wishes go to: Johnny and Susie Williams, and Rhonda and Kenny Preusser (5 years Saturday).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Wurstfest closes out in New Braunfels
The annual Wurstfest celebration in New Braunfels winds down Sunday, with special musical performances and free admission to the grounds beginnng at 3 p.m.
Special performance by Alpenfest will begin at 3:30 p.m., followed by a 20-member male choir from Butjenter, Germany at 5 p.m. The Shanty-Chor “Butjenter Blinkfuer” will perform until 6:30 p.m. in the Wursthalle. A drawing for a free trip for two to Munich, Germany wilj take place at 3 p.m. Wurstfest grounds open at 11 a.m. and will close at 10 p.m.
Symphony society to hold special meeting
A special meeting of the Mid-Texas Symphony Society will be at 7:30 p m. Monday at Nor-west Bank in Seguin.
The purpose of this special meeting is to consider a change in the bylaws to include a provision for endowments.
Anyone who has contributed to the Mid-Texas Symphony for the current season is a member of the society and is encouraged to take part.
Spaces available for craft sale Nov. 16
Craft fair spaces are available for a Nov. 16 fair at Peace Lutheran Church. Call 620-0618 in the morning or 606-OS 13 after 6:30 p.m. for more information.
Canyon FFA Boosters hold show meeting
The Canyon FFA Booster Club will hold their most important meeting of the year at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the CHS Commons. Registration for all shows will take place, so everyone is encouraged to attend
Black Heritage Society to meet
The Black Heritage Society
of Comal County will be meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 19 at the Dittlinger Memorial Library.
Items to be discussed include scholarships, donations for Teen Connection and the Women’s Shelter, the art contest and raffle tickets.
For more information, call 606-6936 or Nancy Green at 608-1625.
Eagles Fish Fry to benefit cancer center
The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie & Auxiliary will sponsor a fish fry from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 23 at Eagles Hall 257 E. South St.
The cost is $5, and proceeds will go to the Eagles state project: The Texas Children’s Can cer Center, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
See Pages 5A and 1B.
Daughter's 13th birthday a milestone for family. See Opinion, Page 4A.
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Weather kind to Wurstfest celebration
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Preliminary numbers show attendance is up during this year’s 1996 Wurstfest celebration.
“This year’s attendance... has been up because of the good weather we have had this year,” Wurstfest Association President Rusty Brandt said. “We have had good publicity and our inquiries before the event were up this year.”
Wurstfest concludes this evening. This year’s sunny days and mild evenings were far better than last year’s Wurstfest, which had more colder days and one or two rainy days.
But Brandt said the Wurstfest Asso-
City to consider employee pay raises
The city council Monday night will consider a recommendation to increase all city salaries by about 4 percent, in a continuing effort to make its salaries competitive.
The raises are based on years of experience and the cost of living and, if approved, would become effective Nov. 30 and paid on Dec. 19.
See related story, Page 2A
The proposed raise would increase city salaries by 4 percent at the average midpoint. Salaries above the midway mark would increase by slightly less than 4 percent and salaries below by slightly more than 4 percent, city finance staff said.
Officials said the reason for the adjustment is to ease the impact of inflation on employees who are on the lower end of salaries.
Overall, the increase will total $197,000 from the general fund of this year’s budget.
City officials said the raises still will not bring salaries to the average for cities about the size of New Braunfels.
>‘lf we don’t keep advancing, we’ll lose employees to other entities,” City Finance Director Sharon Day said. “We’re making steps forward, and we want to continue that.”
The city restructured its pay scale one year ago by freezing salaries that were above average and increasing those that were below by a total of $364,000.
The city would have had to increase
Turn to City, Page 2A
elation also tries to add different types of entertainment and food every year to attract more visitors to Wurstfest.
“We have a good pattern,” Brandt said. “Every year we do something to
See today’s Wurstfest schedule, _Page 2A_
keep it fresh and enhance it. We got a German choir, and last Saturday we had a German band touring Texas stop by. This helps other people tell about us, and word of mouth is our best publicity.
“While we feel good about the formation of the festival, everywhere we make changes in entertainment and in
Turn to Wurstfest, Page 2A
New Braunfels Police Officer Spencer Gremmer and K-9 officer Bacchus check out the more than 500 pounds of marijuana seized Saturday night in the Wal-Mart Supercenter parking lot. Police received a call of suspicious activity near a white pickup truck. Upon arriving, Bacchus began barking while still 50 feet away from the vehicle, alerting his handler to the possible presence of drugs. A false wooden bed in the back of the truck concealed packets of compressed marijuana. More was found in the truck's tool box and cab. No arrests were made at the scene, and the license plates were expired as of November 1994 to an owner from Houston, police said. Lt. John Wommack estimated the street value of the marijuana at more than $100,000. The case is still under investigation.
Photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Giving His All
H«rald-Z«rtuna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Jeff Gereneft teens on hie father for support after croealng the finish line Saturday at the stale erose country meet In Round Rock. For a complete wrap-up of Unicom erose country action. See Peoa 1B.
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Just how to go about consolidating the County Attorney’s office and the District Attorney’s office will be discussed during a public hearing before commissioners court this week.
The hearing is scheduled for Wednesday from X a.in. to noon iii the Commissioners Courtroom.
District Attorney Bill Reimer, who won election as county attorney last Tuesday on the promise of abolishing the County Attorney’s office, will present his plans to commissioners at the hearing.
Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip, who w ill succeed Renner as district attorney, will also be present .it the hearing.
Reimer said consolidation could save taxpayers between $50,000 to $ 100.0(H) in direct costs yearly and possibly $125,(KH) in indirect costs, which would include saving money on duplicate tilings of cases in binh offices.
Reimer said he and Waldrip have been working on four different plans and options on how a consolidated office would work and have given them to commissioners.
“Basically, we are tendering an office structure graph which shows the positions that would be created and what their duties and obligations are. and then submitting them for review,” Reimer said.
Waldnp said details of those options and plans would not be released until the plan is approved and finalized by commissioners.
“We are workman it diligently,” Waldrip said. “As far as making the details public, it would be unfair to the employees because it rimy not occur that w ay ”
Under the opposed plans, Renner said the consolidated office would pave programs such as no-excuse spousal pros-f Turn to Consolidation, Page 2A
Paying tribute to America's veterans
Medal of Honor winners remembered
By MANUEL CAMARENO
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
In the more than two centuries of this nation’s existence, rarely has there been an extended period of peace time, such as we know today. Every generation has sent its fathers, sons, husbands, brothers, sisters and daughters to places they had never heard of, to fight a war they had not started, in order to maintain peace. Out of these wars, great names have emerged.
General Douglas McArthur, General George Patton, Commander Bernardo De Galvez, Admiral David Farragut and General Colin Powell
and others. No matter the branch of service, they contributed greatly to our nation’s peace and are rarely mentioned in our history bodes. Millions of us who have served in the armed forces are descendants of immigrants who came to this country to seek a better life and to flee from oppression and fear.
The part of the American history that could be forgotten is the loss of millions of lives in the battle for beedom. The following are names of some of our Medal of Honor recipients who are well known to us. There are several hundred more recipients who performed no less bravely blan the Turn to Medal, Page 5A
Activities honomocal ex-servicemen
By DAVID DEKUNDER
To Ski Haneiwich, Veteran’s Day is close to his heart.
“It is just the fact that all of us veterans lost friends,” said Haneiwich, commander for both VFW Post 7110 and the Disabled Veterans Chapter 163. “Veterans’ Day is for remembering those who didn’t survive. We pay our respects, pay homage and honor those veterans who didn’t come back or those who passed away.”
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to commemorate Veterans’ Day tomorrow.
VFW Post 71 IO will hold a flag-raising ceremony at 9 a.m. Monday at their building at 6(H) Peace Ave. Then a presentation honoring veterans will lie held at 9:30 a m. at the Canyon High School gymnasium at 9:30 a rn.
The American Legion Home Comal Post 179 will honor 24 veterans Monday who have been members of the post for 50 years. The event will start with a social hour at 4 p.m. From 5 to 6:30 p.m., the program will be held with the state legion commander and the department auxiliary president present. Mayor Jan Kennady will Turn to Veterans, Page 5A