New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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12 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, November 11,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areasJot more than 145 years ■ Home of
Vol. 145, No. 254
Birthday wishas from tha Harald-Zaltuitg!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Robert Bracks (belated), Emestina Gonzales, Russell Lackey, Joshua Creasman (12 years), Jeanie Mendez, Brooke (Corbeil, Amanda Hope Gomez (IO years), Danielle Craft (5 years), Margaret Lage (80 years), Dorothy Fetters, Michael Schaeffer (16 years), Julie Mudd, Nicholas Miner and Robert Saenz.
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Johnny and Susie Williams (belated).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Molds —889 Ragweed —10
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 312 cubic feet per second, same as Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.76 feet above sea level, same as Monday
Canyon Dam disct large — 169 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 186 cfs Canyon Lake level — 908.93 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
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NBU reports pumping 4.166 million gallons of surface water Monday and 747,600 gallons of well water
Rain chances increase tonight
Tonight — Cloudy with rain and showers likely, along with a few thunderstorms in the area Lows in the 40s to near 50.
Wtdnndiy — Cloudy with a chance of rain or showers. High in the 50s to near 60. Wednesday night, cloudy with a chance of ram. Lows in the 50s.
Thursday — Cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms. Highs in the 60s.
Friday — Clearing becoming partly cloudy with rain and showers ending Turning colder. Lows in the 30s to 40s High in the 50s to near 60.
Saturday — Fair skies and cold. Lows in the 20s to 30s Highs in the 50s.
Cal Thomas speaks at Civic Cantar
Cal Thomas will be the featured speaker at the Comal County Pro-Life Foundation's fund-raiser banquet at 7 p.m. today. For tickets and information, call a local church or Crisis Pregnancy Center at 629-7565
giving away $5,000
New Braunfels Service League members plan to raise some $12,000 through their $5,000 Night ticket sales beginning at 7 p.m. today at Gruene Hall. At the end of the evening, one lucky winner will walk away $5,000 richer. Call 609-1932.
La! us mast your neighbors
We want the rest of New Braunfels to meet your neighbors, whether it’s someone you work with or someone who lives down the street. Mail your letters/essays to us at 707 Landa St, New Braunfels, Texas 78130
Wurstfest wraps up banner year
Attendance reached nearly 100,000
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Herald-Zwtung photo by Michael Damell
New Braunfels Utilities employ— Joe Camareno pulls down the Wurstfest sign from abo— Lands Street on Monday.
Nearly 100,000 people partied, drank beer, ate sausage and danced during the annual Wurstfest at Landa Park.
Wurstfest Association executive director Suzanne Heibelin said her staff still was counting attendance figures Monday afternoon for the 10-day event, which
“At best we can give an educated guess,” Heibelin said. “We are still counting. Our attendance will be slightly less than 100,000.”
Herbelin said the 1997 attendance figures should match the total for the 1996 event
“It is about in line,” she said. “1996 was the best year for us in the ‘90s.” Within the next day or two the final attendance figures should bi counted, Heibelin said.
“I think our crowds were good as we hoped for,” Herbelin said. “We were
pleased with the attendance. We are fortunate we had nine days of perfect weather. Even the damp weather on Sunday didn’t slow the crowds down. Everything ran really smooth.”
Herbelin said preliminary figures showed the Wurstfest Association would receive more revenues than last year’s event.
“Our cash receipts are up 3 percent from last year,” Herbelin said. “Our concessionaires are still reporting (sales figures). It looks like they had overall Turn to Wurstfest, Page 2
Heinie Hardware owner dies at age 83
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
From local shop keeper to avid golfer, Clifford Henne left a many-faceted mark on the community of New Braunfels.
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well known many athletic circles, died Sunday at the age of 83.
Henne managed the store for more than 20 years and perpetuated a family tradition that began when the first German immigrants began settling in Comal County.
The original Henne Hardware Store was founded in 1857 by Louis Henne, the son of immigrant Johann Henne from Hanover. Germany. Old hardwood floors and dated fixtures evidence a rich history; Henne Hardware is one of the oldest hardware stores in the state of Texas.
Son Adolph Henne followed in his father Louis’ footsteps, managing the hardware store, along with a lumber yard, tinsmithing business and plumbing shop nearby.
Adolph’s youngest son Clifford married Dorothy Platz Oct. 30, 1937, then joined forces with eldest brother Eugene. The two brothers took over the family business in 1945 and continued to operate the hardware store, which offered an assortment of home improvement products and farm implements.
Clifford Henne became sole proprietor of Henne Hardware in 1962. Eventually the shop evolved into a general store ami included a gift section, china and crystal dinnerw are, sporting goods and appliances. As the shop’s product line grew, so did its customer base.
“Clifford would open up the store at any time of the day to help someone,” said niece lmogene Elliott of Houston. Youngsters who came in the shop for gifts during the holidays were able to purchase items ’That just happened to be on sale” that day, and some residents, affording only the bare minimum, could make 50-cent payments on a wringer washing machine every week until they paid of!' the purchase, she said
Clifford Henne retired in 1973 and sold the hardware store to local resident James Goodbread, who with partner Don Stott operated the store until the mid 1980s.
Goodbread said he stopped by to visit Henne’s nephew, Cecil Henne, Sunday and was present when a telephone call from Eden Home notified the family that Clifford Henne had passed away.
“He (Henne) gave me a lot of good advice,” said Goodbread “He was a good fellow.”
Paul and Joy Martinka of New Braunfels bought Henne Hardware assets from Goodbread in ‘96, with plans to incorporate a brewery, pub and deli in the store Joy Martinka said Henne was aware of their conversion
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Downtown conference draws 250 participants this week
By BUSAN JAKOBSEN
More than 250 visitors from around the state are expected to attend the Texas Downtown Association Conference in New Braunfels beginning Wednesday and continuing through Friday.
The 15th annual conference is presented by the Texas Downtown Association and the Texas Historical Commission. Conference leaders will focus on bow to improve downtown areas through a series of workshops and exhibits scheduled at the Civic Center.
“It looks like we’re going to have a good turnout,” said Lynn Fountain, New Braunfels main street manager. During the conference, city representatives will
compete for awards and discuss issues such as landscaping and making city hubs greener and friendlier.
New Braunfels is the smallest city to win the main street conference destination, said Fountain. Last year's conference was in Tyler.
So far. New Braunfels has been able to accommodate the influx of conference registrants, thanks to hotels, motels and more than 23 area bed and breakfasts. Those attending the three-day affair will benefit from the experience. said Fountain.
“This will bring people from all over the state to see how this city ha* dealt with main street renovations,” she said. “Hopefully they’ll pick up new ideas to wrestle with old problems.”
Officials at the Convention and Visitor’s Bureau helped attract participants to the conference by attending preliminary meetings around the state. Room tax funds totaling approximately $600 were used to send out information about the conference via mail, according to Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
“This convention will be bringing in new dollars to the town,” said Meek. “It’s a piece of the big (economic) puzzle in New Braunfels.”
Chamber of commerce employees will be assisting the New Braunfels Downtown Association with registration for the event at the Civic Coiler starting Wednesday.
GBRA, parks department slate meeting
Gathering set at 6 I
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today in Seguin
The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority md the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department will have a town meeting at 6 p.m. today at the Seguin Independent School District administrative offices in
CISD looks at facility options
Trustees seek answers after bond issue fails
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
Oak Park Mall, 1221 East Kingsbury St. rn Seguin.
The meeting will deal with TPWD’s management plan for aquatic plant management in the hydroelectric lakes. Health Awareness and Water Knowledge, a group that favors alternatives to chemicals in treating aquatic plant life such as hydrilla, also will be at the meeting to present its side. *
Trustees now will have to decide what to do with the students who will continue to come to Comal Lnde- * pendent School District after voters rejected all four propositions in Saturday’s $92 million bond election.
The bond package would have paid for major expansions and renovations to existing campuses, construction of three new schools and an upgrade in technology.
Trustees had said passage of the bond package would have addressed growth in the student population for the next five to seven years.
The last bond package to fail was in May 1993. That package was for $7.175 million, including $4.3 million for a new elementary school in Startzville.
With Saturday’s defeat of the bond package, trustees now must go back to the drawing board to determine another approach to handle the influx of students.
“The people are going to keep coming, and by state law we have to educate them,” said board president Dan Krueger.
In October, the board approved a list of options it would consider if the boud proposal failed. That list included reconfiguration of attendance lines, another bond proposal calling for the expansion of both high schools, the purchase of additional portable buildings, leased space or the implementation of year-round, multi-tracked or split schedules.
“I can’t say which way we’ll go at this point because we don’t know yet,” trustee Dora Gonzales said.
Krueger said that without new facilities, approaches used could be just temporary fixes. He added that unless . another bond issue was presented to voters, tire cost for the alternative options would have to come out of the operating budget.
“This will end up costing the taxpayers in the long run,” said Krueger. “That’s the sad part."
Gonzales said that before a decision was made, she would like to get additional input from the many voters who turned out for Saturday's election. She said tincting out why so many residents rejected the plan would be vital.
“I think that's the question: What would it take to get you to vote yes in the future,” she said.
Getting that feedback might be easier than expected. John Bertelsen, who was active in the committee that formed the long-range plan, said a taxpayers group was being formed as a result of some of the issues that came up during the election.
“We think there are enough people out there that are upset, and we’re just going to discuss issues," said Bertelsen. “It was a spin off of this long range planning thing. Some people were already upset, and this was just a spark that ignited that."
The group, which will have its frrst meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 19 at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative, “will not be an angry tax group," Bertelsen said. Instead, the group will attempt to give positive feedback to the board
“It’s a group that is trying to give input to the board and give them ideas,” he said. “Basically, we want to change the direction CISD is going.”
Krueger said the next step for the board will be to canvass election returns at Thursday’s meeting He said the board would probably direct the administration at that time to schedule a future agenda item calling for discussion of the bond package and where to go from hereToday is Veterans Day — see columns on Page 4, stories on Page 5