New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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8 Pages in one section ■ Tuesday, Nov. 14,1995
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of CHLOE DIAZ
Vol. 144, No. 1
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeftung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Chloe Diaz and Ray Doerfler.
Happy anniversary to Mike and Karen Usey.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -278 cubic-feet-per-sec.,up4from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer — 625.02 feet above sea level, up .02.
Guadalupe River — 200 cis.
Ministerial Association to meet
New Braunfels Ministerial Association meets Thursday, Nov. 16 at noon at the New Braunfels Smokehouse. On the program is Rev. Gene Allen, director of pastoral care?BMHS, who will address continuing education opportunities for clergy. For information, call Rev.
Judi Miller at 625-9191 or Rev. Rich Carse at 609-7729.
Town meeting tonight
County Commissioner Cristina Zamora and City Councilman Juan Luis Martinez will host a town meeting tonight at 7 p.m. at the Lone Star School Cafeteria, 144 N. Hidalgo Street. Items to be discussed include the county budget, juvenile probation, the Housing Finance Corp., Faust Street bridge and Eikel Field development, Bergfield St. drainage, neighborhood clinic and public transportation.
Business mixer today
The Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Comal County and the Bavarian Village Restaurant and Biergarten invite you and a guest to an After Hours Business Networking Mixer on Nov. 14 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. For information, call Mike Cruz at 606-1805 or Nathan Millet at 625-0815.
Rehearsals start for Carolfest
Calling all Joy Singers -rehearsals for Carolfest 2, sponsored by the Senior Center Foundation, begin Thursday, Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m. at the Senior Center. The music is geared for fun singing and easy to learn expressing of the many moods of the Christmas season. Public is invited
Crop Walk coming Sunday
The annual crop walk, to support the millions around the world who labor to supply food and drink to the hungry and thirsty, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 19 On-site registration will be held at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church on Howard Street at 1 30 p.m.. Walk length is 10 kilometers. To become a crop walker or a Crop Walk sponsor register today by completing the Crop Walk registration form and leave the form with a Crop Walk Recruiter. Local churches have received information packets. SOS Food Bank will receive one-quarter of the money raised locally.
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Herald-Zeitung photo by SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Windy, dry conditions made controlling a grass fire near Marion difficult yesterday.
House and bam saved from fast-moving grass fire
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Forty to 50 acres of Tommy Zipp’s pasture went up like flash paper in a grass fire yesterday afternoon — but his house and bam were saved, thanks to the combined efforts of several volunteer fire departments.
A downed electric fence with current still running through it started the blaze at about 2 p.m., said Don McFarland, Guadalupe County deputy sheriff.
“I was the first unit on the scene,” said Roger Scherzi, Marion County fire chief.
“It started burning in a V-shaped pattern,” he said.
Then the wind picked up and kept changing directions, Scheffel said. “We got in front, and it almost got us,” he said. “We backed off and started calling reinforcements in.”
The New Berlin and McQueeney fire departments responded to the call. “All of the volunteer fire departments joined together and kept it from getting the house,” said Travis Payne, Guadalupe County Constable. The fire cut a pattern around the house.
Zipp’s bam and his livestock were also
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
saved, neighbor Alice Hoffmann said.
“Here’s all this grazing that he had, it’s gone,” she said.
Zipp’s hay had just been cut and baled, so the grass that burned was short, said another witness, otherwise the fire would have been much worse.
Zipp penned up his bulls to keep them away from the blaze, too close for comfort, Scheffel said. “The bulls were standing on a little unburnt area. They said, ‘I like you, buddy,’” and locked horns.
“Anything will bum when the humidity is this low ” Hoffmann said.
No major injuries in wreck
A fiat tire made two care jackknife and one of them roll over, but caused no major injuries yesterday.
Jorge Elias, 21, of New Braunfels, was driving a 1983 Grand Prix near the Conrads/Kohlenburg exit on Interstate 35. He was towing a 1982 Ford Escort, said Texas Department of Public Safety Corporal Lin Manford.
The Escort blew a tire at about 8:10 a.m., making it jackknife. The Grand Prix roiled over and came to rest upside down. The Escort went the other way down the embankment. Tiofila Acevedo, 48, of New Braunfels, was a passenger in the Grand Prix and received minor injuries.
City considers historic districts ordinance
Supporters say move would protect heritage, opponents worry about property rights
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Property owners and historic conservationists clashed last night as the city council tried to decide whether to adopt a new ordinance controlling historic preservation.
The new ordinance would let New Braunfels become a “Certified Local Government.” “If we become a CLG we then can be qualified. to receive historic land grants,” said Luke Speckman, chair of the Historic Landmark Commission.
Designating “historic districts” became the bone of contention between the Historic Landmark Commission and property owners.
According to the proposed new ordinance, the city council would consider designating a historic district if owners of 60 percent of the properties in the area were in favor. The districts would have tight restrictions on renovating and improving homes and other buildings in the area in order to conserve the historic value of the homes.
Historic districts could enhance tourism, Speckman said. “That’s part of why people come here — they want to drive around and look at the old houses.”
New Braunfels was founded by people who came here from Germany, where they couldn’t own property, so that they could become property owners, Bennie Bock said.
“All the refurbishing that has been done in this town has been done by private individuals,” he said. “Who pays the expenses of the land owner who opposes the district?”
Main Street Chair Nora Morales said that she wanted to maintain the integrity of the downtown district and keep the historic “Spanish moss and sauerkraut" heritage.
“If you tear down wonderful old houses in this wonderful old town, you will never get them back again,” said Charlene Hunt, historic home owner.
“I don’t think I should have to go before a commission to take down an outhouse,” O.A. Stratemann said. “We just want to be able to take care of our own property the way we want to take care of it.”
The ordinance does have checks and balances, said Councilman Tun Walker, but it can be tightened up even more.
Mayor Paul E. Fraser Jr. summarized points he thought the city council should consider before passing the ordinance, defining a historic district, condemnation of property in historic districts, how to undo a historic district, what to do with empty lots, and what to do in hardship cases.
The city council voted to have the Historic Landmark Commission rework the proposed new ordinance and present it at the first city council meeting in December.
Voting in favor of reworking the ordinance were council members Juan Luis Martinez, Jan Kennady* Brenda Freeman and C. Ray Schoch. Opposing were Mayor Pro-Tem Chns Bowers, Fraser, and Walker.
“From a home ow ner’s perspective, I would be very leery of having something rammed down my throat,” Freeman said.
In other action, the city council voted to approve pay raises for city employees totalling $340,000 for the remainder of the fiscal year.
"Our approach w as that the lower income workers had been overlooked for so long,” City Manager Mike Shands said.
Schoch advocated hiring a personnel consultant before the $340,000 was specifically allocated.
Wurstfest attendance estimated at 12 percent lower than last year
By DENISE DZIUK
The 35th annual Wurstfest came to a close Sunday, and organizers are calling it a success despite a cold start and slightly lower attendance.
Executive Director for the Wurstfest Association Suzanne Herbelin said
the final numbers are not in yet. She said they are still working on developing an estimate on the number attending this year’s event. Herbelin said it looks like the attendance figures will be lower than last year.
“This is just an estimation, but it looks like our crowd will be down this year from last year by about 12 percent.
However, we had a really good year last year,” she said.
She said the weather played a big role in the lower attendance this year. She said the cool weather at the beginning of the w eek caused a small crowd to turn out.
"When the weather was good, our attendance and sales were good,” she
said. “Once again, we had a really good Wurstfest.”
Overall, Herbelin said the event ran smoothly, and the various committees worked very hard at seeing that everything was ready for the opening.
She said they will now work on completing payroll for the approximately 300 temporary employees who
were hired, and complete work with the vendors. After that is done, it will be time to begin working on next year’s event, which will be Nov. I through IO. She said there will be a meeting within a month to cntique this year’s Wurstfest, and accumulate ideas, and after that, plans will get underway for the 36th annual Wurstfest.
Truck won at raffle donated to help seventh-grader with leukemia
By MELANIE GERIK
A New Braunfels businessman last week donated more than $10,000 to a Sis. Peter and Paul seventh-grader with leukemia.
Steve VanderVorste, owner of amusement companies, and his family donated the money by selling the 1995 Ford truck won at the school carnival to search for a bone marrow donor for Charles Luna, who was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in September.
The truck was the grand prize in a raffle at last month’s school carnival, which was dedicated to Charles.
“I was doing fine before this pickup came along, and IMI do fine after it’s gone,” VanderVorste said.
VanderVorste also collected an additional $1,000 from business associates at die recent Arizona State Fair.
VanderVorste, whose children also attend Sts. Peter and Paul, said he hopes his donation will encourage others to donate to the fund.
“I would hope for the same thing if it was my children,” he said.
Patty Tippit, in charge of the fund for Luna at Texas Commerce Bank, said the Luna family still needs an additional $14,000 to search for a suitable donor.
"They won’t start searching for a donor until he has $25,000,” Tippit said. “Any amount will help him, no matter how big or small.”
Proceeds from angels sold at the Wimberley Market Days next month will be donated to the Luna fund The school also is planning a benefit spaghetti dinner/dance and auction in December.
“You can bet that IMI be there dancing the night away,” VanderVorste said.
Truck, car collision injures woman
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
A New Braunfels woman is in serious condition in a San Antonio hospital after a semi hit her car on Saturday afternoon.
Barbara Nuckols was driving her car north on FM 725 when she pulled over to make a U-tum, according to Department of Public Safety Records.
She started to turn, but didn’t see a Dean Word truck coming up behind her. Barbara Mayfield of New Braunfels, the truck’s driver, put on her brakes and swerved to the left, but the truck hit Nuckols’ car on the driver’s side, DPS reports said.
AirLife took Nuckols to University Hospital, where she remains in serious condition in the surgical intensive care unit.
Herald Zertung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Veterans Day observance
Students at Lone Star Primary School salute their new American and Texaa flags, presented by Woodmen of the World lodges 0347 end 4633 and the Veterane of Foreign Wars Poet #7110 Friday. The Woodmen of the World ere also collecting food for the needy. Call J.R. Feiger at 609-1255 or drop off food at 409 N. Seguin Avenue at the Woodmen Building.Let victims’ families have their say at parole hearings. See Opinion, Page 4.