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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 11, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas A preview on Canyon’s Bi-District foe - Page 8 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN! 402 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1645 March 21,1695 12 Pages in one section ■ Nov. 11, New Braunfels Herald -Zeitung 1993    Serving    Comal    County    ■ Home of ETTA MAE BLAKENSHIP In honor of thota who have served our country - Veterans 'Day- Vol. 141, No. 254 VETERANS’ DAY SPECIAL Today we shine through past remembrance On this day, Nov. ll, the American people of this great country honor all soldiers, sailors, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard veterans who Manuel Coma reno bravely bare our country's cause. As the American people reflea on this day, they will honor all American servicemen who were willing to step toward without hesitation or concern for their lives, and their welfare, and of the families who they left behind. They risked so much to defend the principles and honor of this great, free country. The American Veterans, whom are often called "heroes," have fought in World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and Desert Storm as well as other undeclared conflicts, were there to create and protea the peace without concern for their lives - shine today through the remembrance of the glory days of past wars. For without our Veterans, there would be no freedom as we enjoy today. On this, Veterans' Day, it provides us the opportunity to step back and reflea upon the sacrifices of our Veterans for this country. Today is a very special for me, and for all Veterans of this great nation - and particularly for Veterans of Comal County. As a comrade, member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, and especially to our disabled Veterans, in which I am a true member because of my IOO % service connected disability. It's a great privilege for me to see each and every one of them throughout the year. Families..... Some of us who were called to serve our country were single, some of us were married, some of us were sons and daughters, but we were all proud to serve our country. My own story is one that is shared by thousands of Veterans. We left our wives to take care of our children and some left their girlfriends or their parents. At one time were we not Veterans, but were ordinary civilians. Many of us were fortunate enough to return to our communities and start living the life of a civilian again. We did not ask for anything other than for people to understand us, and that their responsibility was to make sure that those Veterans who needed help would ga the benefits that they so rightly deserved. Our war and fighting days are over so please try to understand why we ask for your help. It is because we need it, we have earned it, and we have fought for our country - regardless of how right or wrong the situation was. As professional servicemen, we served our country to the best of our knowledge and ability and our loyalty to our country will never change. Our principles and our SeeVITIIIANS, Page 2 INSIDE Obituary!..............2 Opinion...............4 Sports Day............8,9 Birthday wlshaal Th* New Braudels Herald-Zeltung «xt«ndi th* following birthday wishMi Bm Mas Bloke nu kip, Jeaote Meades, Stephen Verne, Tina Consoles, Dorothy Femes, Peter Cordova, Usa Mandan, Angle Flakin, Alkine Guerrero HI, Mat-tarot Cadelle, Belated birthdays • Betty J nares Jr, .Vines Games, Sara Vena, Happy Anniversary ta Bay-ITseem Canula. United Way closing in on $260,000 goal United Way donations By MARK LYON Managing Editor The Nov. 12 early deadline originally set by the Comal County United Way has been reset for Dec. I, the firm deadline set by the organization at the start of the 1993 campaign, according to that organization's Executive Direaor Joe Wort. According to Worl, the local United Way's campaign to raise $260,000 had hit a stalemate after an early surge in donations, but has now begun to gain momentum once again. "We had a lot of success there in the early going and then it just kind of stalled on us," he said. "But it looks like things are really beginning to pick up again and I believe we'll probably make our goal. Now it seems to have regenerated." Wort said that currently, approximately 88 percent of the United Way's goal has been ma but was quick to add that sever al United Way contributors have ya to submit their donations. "We've got an estimated $230,000 right now," he said. "We've had some notable contributions but we're expecting some of our banks - about three or four - to come forward with what they've been able to raise near the end of this week. That should put us real close to our goal. And then we have some contributors from Bexar County but live in New Braunfels and Comal County who have not sent theirs in ya. Tm optimistic about this. I think well prob ably make it alright but we need everyone to be involved to make sure we do." United Way president Pam Kraft saki that the Nov. 12 deadline was an internal deadline which was sa in hopes of accomplishing their goal earlier than in previous years. "We're still sa on Dec. I," she said. "We just didn't do it as fast as we had hoped But we are going to make it." Neighboring Bexar County is still some $9 million short of their $20 million gotl with only 20 days before their deadline.; Veterans' Day salute Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Representatives from the New Braunfels Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 (from left John Campbell, Teas Campbell, Lewis ' Coldeway and Lorenz Badlng salute Old Glory during a flag raising ceremony held at the Post Home early this morning In observance of Veterans* Day. Many ceremonies were planned throughout Comal County, Including a ceremony In honor of local Veterans at Canyon High School. Commissioners discuss grant possibilities By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor Comal County is pursuing two grants that would beef up crime prevention efforts at the Sheriffs Department. The grant applications were discussed at Wednesday’s Commissioners Court meeting. The money is available as part of a $150 million effort by the Clinton Administration to put more police officers out on the streets. “Half the money will go to law enforcement agencies directly for hiring more manpower,” said Comal County Sheriffs Department Executive Officer Jim Clifton. “ We can qualify for two S75.000 grants over a three year period.” One grant would fund a Drug Abuse Resistance Education [DARE] officer and the other would fund a crime prevention officer at the department. The county would have to kick in about S6.000 for the two positions over the three years the grants would be in efifea. “The grant program will be very competitive,” Clifton said. “TOere will be a la of people who do na ga them. All we can do is put our name in the pa. We have to justify the positions. I have about 30 pages of narrative on my desk now.” The Sheriffs Department does not have any DARE officers now. The New Braunfels Police Court decides Zain should be prosecuted From Staff and Wire Reporta The West Virginia Supreme Court decided Wednesday that Fred Zain, former chief serologist for the Bexar County medical examiner’s office, should be prosecuted for mishandling evidence in court cases in that state. In addition, the court ordered a new trial for anyone imprisoned on the basis of Zain’s testimony, depending on the strength of aha evidence introduced in the cases. During his time in San Antonio, Zain worked on a New Braunfels murder case involving Jack War ren Davis, who is accused of murdering local school teacha Kathie Balonis in 1989. Davis’ attorney Stanley Schneider said the decision of the court will help in his case. “It’s amazing to have a court of appeals, the highest court in die state, rule that a witness’s testimony, as a malta of law, is inadmissible. I have been saying for several months now that every piece of evidence he (Zain) touched can never be used. Every prosecutor should be up at arms,” he said. A hearing concerning a writ of habeas corpus in the case was held earlier this year in New Braunfels. department has two DARE officers, who visit some schools in the county. “They are stretched pretty thin,” Clifton said. He said children in schools in the county would be exposed to more drug education if the county had its own officer. He added that since the New Braunfels officers do na patrol the unincorporated areas of the county, the DARE officers who go to the schools “do na have a repartee with the community,” the way a Sheriffs Department officer would. Clifton said the crime prevention officer is also very much needed. The officer’s duties would include setting up Neighborhood Watch groups, making presentations to neighborhood groups, and doing home security inspections. “We have needed that fa a while,” Clifton said. “It would be wonderful to have someone do it fulltime. There is a la there you can do.” The Commissioners Court will have to make a formal vote expressing the county's intent to hind the two positions after the grants expire in three years. The item is expeaed to be on next week’s agenda. Laidlaw responds to media reports By MARK LYON and JENNIFER ROMPEL Herald-Zettung staff An official with Laidlaw Waste Management Inc., yesterday responded to local and San Antonio media reports which indicated that household hazardous wastes collected by the firm would be burned in cement kilns by saying those reports were misleading. "It is possible that waste collected in Comal County could end up in a kiln somewhere, but that is something that is na definite," said Gary Pearson, director of public affairs for Laidlaw's midwest region. "We far exceed all Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) guidelines and we audit these facilities on a regular basis. We exceed the values sa by the U.S. government." Pearson said that he was afraid that the real value of the program was becoming distorted by the reports. The good m this project far exceeds anything bad you could make of it," he said. Tm afraid this protea could ga lost in all this. The alternatives scare me - people keeping their waste and disposing of it any way they can - and you're (Comal County) in a recharge zone." A meeting of the Household Hazardous Waste Board will be held at 9 a.m. Monday. The board consists of representatives of bah the county and city. The information concerning the the possibility of using the waste fa tules was in the request for proposal fa the project, said assistant New Braunfels Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn, projea manager for the Household Hazardous Waste Collection site. Friesenhahn said 30 to 40 percent of the waste collected could end up being burned in cement kilns across the state and nation. However, the agreement states the waste canna be brought back to New Braunfels. Friesenhahn said the positive aspects of the agreement far outweigh the negative. "The positive point is that it will help dispose of chemicals in a more environmentally safe manner," he said."Right now it ends up in landfills a in people's back yards. That is one thing we are trying to curtail." "It is a very positive move that this community is doing," he explained. Wall sets sights on sharing Spirit of 76 beliefs By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer "lfa nation expects to be Ignorant and free, It expects what novae was and never will be." — Thomas Jefferson New Braunfels resident Ralph Wall ii doing his part to combat ignorance and to educate U.S. citizen! about what he believes were the intentions of the founding fathers of this country. Wall has started The Spirit of '76, an organization currently made up of people from New Braunfels who believe “the God who gave us lift gave us liberty." The group ii currently working to find a location and fundi to start a museum, theater, library, ac in New Braunfels in order to educate people about American history. The current location being discussed is the Lower Colorado River Authority building on Lands Strea. Wall hopes the Spirit of '76 will help strength en the country by educating people as to what the founding fathers believed and what basic documents teach. “I've been concerned about the direction of the government for a long time. And what's happening is na what our founding fathers envisioned,” said Wall. “We’ve strayed from that a long way and the government is involved in many things the founding fathers never intended,” he said. Wall said examples of these things include education, welfare, ac. “The statement about separation of church and state is not in the Constitution," he said. "Most people don't even know that. "The first half of the First Amendment says Congress shall make no laws concerning the establishment of a religion a the free practice thereof. The man who wrae that was Fisher Ames. Fisher Ames also said the Bible should be the No. I textbook in the schools," said Walls. “Did he know what he was talking about?” “Benjamin Rush said “If we take the Bible out of schools, we will waste much time and money punishing crime." "We're a historical group. We are based on religious principles according to what the founding tabers believed," said Wall. “We're here to point out what the founding fathers said about religion and morality which is a la." "We have no new problems and that's why we need to study history the answers are there and they've been there fbr a long 'me," said Wall. "We need to know what our heritage is and what our founding tabers believed," he said. Wall, who is also a western artist, said some of his work may be displayed in the museum, but that will na be a primary usa of the building. Wall ga his start in advertising in Oklahoma City. He then worked in Houston y s commercial artist. He said he developed an interest in history and researched the Plains Indians. “My interest in history spilled over to an interest in government," he said. "Watching what's going on now is something that's _ , hard to watch. I don’t want Will to see our country lost." Wall has shown his work all over the world including Germany. He has also had a piece reproduced by the Franklin Mint, is a member of Who's Who in American Art and won a gold medal in the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame. Wall is married to Marcia Wall, who is the director of the New Breunfbii Christian Academy. His daughter is Stephanie Powell, Preeners of the Republican Women's club and with of Mark Powell. He has two sons, Frank, who Uvas in Iowa, and Brie, who lives in Houston.Today’s Texas Lottery numbers are 1- 5 12-27-36 Jackpot $3 million ;