New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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22 pages in two sections ■ Friday, November 14,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Milton IL Arnold
Vol. 146, No. 1
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The New Braunfels Heraid-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Richard Hon, GfeeQe Gilder* rn (Saturday), Neat Miler (Saturday), Milton R. Arnold (Saturday), Jennifer Harks (16 years). Levy Rinehart, Yolanda Huerta, Jon S. Garda Jr. (belated), Christa Leyba, Chloe Diaz, Cidelia Saenz (17 years Saturday) and Diego Saenz (15 yean Saturday).
Happy Anniversary wishes go to Michael and Karen Usey (17 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Paten Count Molds — 270
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ilfwi nivwmWlOn Comal River—317 cubic Met per second, same aa Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Pusher Canyon Wei — 625 88 feat above sea level, bp 03 from Thursday
Canyon Dam discharge —169 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 243 cfs Canyon lake level — 906.06 feat above
NOU reports pumping 5.123 mOon gallons of surface waler Thursday and no wet waler
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Ton! phi — Becoming cloudy, windy and colder with a slight chance of drizzle or showers. Lows in the 30s to 40s
Saturday — Morning clouds and patchy drizzle, then partly cloudy and cold by afternoon. Highs near 50. Saturday night, clearing and very cold. Lows near 30.
Sunday — Clear and cold. Highs in the lower 50s to 40s.
—anday — Mostly clear Lows in the 20s to near 30. Highs in the 50s to near 60
Two day — Partly cloudy and warmer. Lows in the 30s and 40s. Highs in the 60s
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Mail your letters/essays to us at 707 Landa St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130 lf you have any questions, contact managing editor Margaret Edmonson at 625-9144, ext. 220.
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Tree of Life Fellowship will collect canned goods for homeless veterans during November, with the help of Librado's restaurant Drop off non-perishable items in the box at the entrance to Ubrado’s through today. For information, call 629-2963.
• Crews are working on Farm-to-Market 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane Take an alternate route if possible
• City crews will be striping Mesquite, Old Marion Road and Old McQueeney Road.
Arctic blast coming: get home ready
Look for freezing temps this weekend
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
A cold front this weekend will bring the first freezing temperatures this season, and Comal County residents can ave on energy costs aid protect their houses by winterizing their homes.
An Arctic front will drop temperatures into the 30s tonight and into the 20s and 30s Saturday evening.
To keep energy costs down, homeowners can make simple adjustments that could save them money during die entire winter.
One big energy-eater is air leakage into a house, according to David Werley, New Braunfels Utilities consumer programs coordinator.
Cold air sneaking in through doorjambs, windowpanes and cracks in walls puts an additional load on a heating system and can account for 20 to 35 percent additional heating costs, according to information provided by the Texas Energy Extension Service.
Much of these drafts can be eliminated with inexpensive caulking and weather stripping materials owners can apply themselves.
“You can tighten a house up," said Werley. “A lot of it is just looking and listening."
Cracks around windows, doors, plumbing and other service-related entrances account for the greatest losses.
Drafts can be detected easily; whistling near windows and streams of lig^it visible around door frames are sure signs of leakage, Werley said.
Weather stripping can be purchased by the foot or in kits complete with seals and suitable fasteners for a single door or window. Weather stripping is av ailable in foam, rubber. felt, flexible vinyl and spring metal or plastic tension
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Manslaughter case headed for Jan. trial
From staff reports
A New Braunfels man accused of manslaughter in a 1995 automobile accident that claimed the life of a Seguin woman will go to trial in January Shelly Schuetz, of New Braunfels, could be sentenced to 2 to 20 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000 if convicted He also faces two charges of failure to stop and render aid.
District court coordinator Martin Allen said the jury dale has been set for Jan. 26, 1998.
According to reports, Schuetz was driving west in a Chevrolet pickup pulling a trailer on Texas 46 in the inside lane on Doc. 9,1995 Russell Fields, of Gonzales, was driving west in an older model Oldsmobile. Louisa Carvajal. who drove a 1988 Mercury Sable, was eastbound According to witnesses, Schuetz was weaving in and out of traffic. Fields tried to pass Schuetz by moving to the outside laie. Schuetz, who continued to weave rn and out. hit Fields’ vehicle, forcing him to lose control. He crossed the median and broadsided Carv ajal s car Carvajal was pronounced dead at the scene According to reports, Schuetz did not stop al the scene He was apprehended by police in the 500 block of Farm-to-Market 306 near the Coleman Plant after an eyewitness followed him and called 911 on a cellular telephone
Now Braunfels Mayor Jan Konnady moolas Thursday availing.
Herakj-Zeitung photos by Michael Dams!
River of Lights organizer Anna Lee Hicks plug in the lights during tbs opening i
Let there be lights
Holiday River Lights brightens up holidays
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
With the flick of a sw itch, officials illuminated Cypress Bend Park with the Holiday River of Lights display alongside the Guadalupe River Thursday evening.
Leaping reindeer, a snowman tossing a candy cane and a fountain surrounded by swans were among displays throughout the park that began glowing and blinking about 7:35 p.m.
Mayor Jan Kcnnady and Anna Lee Hicks, chairwoman of the city’s holiday lighting display, plugged two large extension cords. City manager Mike Shantis and others fed electricity to the cords by turning on pow er switches simultaneously nearby in the park.
"This is an exciting night;" said Hicks, who said she was overwhelmed at the feeling of unity by all who had contributed to readying the displays.
The dnve-through exhibit is scheduled to open to the public at 6 p.m. today and will continue for 51 consecute e days, except for Christmas Day. Admission vanes depending on the size and number of people in vehicles. Cars, vans and even buses can follow a trail 7/10 of a mile long thai winds through the park alongside the displays and under arcs of lights that outline the path.
"We are excited about this magical journey of sight, sound and motion,'' said Kennady
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COST: 17 tor vehicles carrying up to eight $15 for large vans. RVs $40 tor buses
$25 tor season passes, providing
Damp w eather and patches of fog disturbed only one reindeer display, repaired by city troubleshooters while season pass holders, residents along Comal Street, and many city and county officials maneuvered their cars along the trail outlined in white lights.
The display will be altered as the holiday
season progresses, according to Hicks. Additions will be made to change the look of the light exhibit City officials are expecting between 15,000 and 20.000 vehicles, both local and out-of-town visitors, to pass through the park during the event, w hich runs until Jan. 4.
German company plans to locate in New Braunfels
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Haratt-Ztfiung photo by Oewd OeKunder Quanlhor Rochor, preotalont of Gonmany-baaod SUrnpfcrellco Corp* spooks At • prest contorenoa Thursday announcing that tho plastics precooking compony hat OOI up At flret opovofltono in tho United Stotts
A European plastic molding company is planning to build a manufacturing site in New Braunfels within a year.
At a press conference Thursday at Honor* Hail, Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce officials announced Germany-based Stemplas-ucs Corp. would make New Braunfels the home for its first operations in the United States.
The company’s plastics processing headquarters arc in Villingcn-Schwcn-ningen, the Black Forest area of Germany.
Sternpiastics president Guenther Fischer >aid the firm opened a sales office two months ago on Interstate 35 South rn New Braunfels.
Filcher said his company chose New Braunfels because of its heritage, location and buetness-fheudly environment
“The reason why we chose this area.
wa chose this K is an area of fins heritage. It in# person-
ally feel at home.’
— Guenther Fischer Sternpiastics president
it is an area of fine German heritage.' Fischer said. “It makes me personally feel at home. I have been coming here for the last IO years. I am quite tarm'iar with the area.”
The company had 200 employees with its plants in Germany, Ireland and Switzerland and reported about $20 million in sales a year, Fischer said.
But the big reason Sternpiastics decided to settle rn New Braunfels was its location to Mexico, Fischer said. Sternpiastics, which makes plastics
for the automotive, computer, electronics, chemical and micro-mechanics industries, was doing business in Mexico with Robert Bosch, which nukes car parts, Fischer said.
“It is a good strategic place for our needs,” Fischer said
Fischer said the current office in New Braunfels would act as a sates office for injection molding tools, plastic and ceramic parts for knives, scissors, tweezers, chip earners, nozzles and other products.
“We are looking for customers in San Antonio and Austin," Fischer said. “It looks quite promising."
Chamber president Michael Meek said chamber officials had been courting Sternpiastics tor more than a year and a half.
Since the company opened a sates office, it was not offered incentives immediately, Meek explained
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