New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 15, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Local basketball teams hit the courts again. See Sports Page 8A.
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22 Pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, November 15,1995
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of SHERRY HANNSMAN
Vol. 144, No. 2
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitiing!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Sherry Hannsman (23 years), Sterling Alroy Espinosa and Kerryington Alik Espinosa (one year old), Bob Hohman, Engrid Barth Fans, Euphenia Alvarez and Kathleen Dailey (29 years).
River and aquifer information
Comal River -278 cubic-feet-per-sec., up 4 from yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer — 624.99 feet above sea level, down .02. Guadalupe River — 200 cis.
Great American Smokeout Thursday
Several restaurants in New Braunfels will participate in the American Cancer Society's Great American Smokeout tomorrow by being smoke-free all day.
The participating restaurants are: China Kitchen, Caparelli’s, Cancun Cafe, Molly Joes, TJ's, Plaza Diner, Dragon Place,
Pat's Place, Huisache Grill, Luby's, New Braunfels Smokehouse and Texas Fried Chicken in Bulverde
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
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
Bulverde residents blast TNRCC at rally
Time again for tho Cheer Fund
Each holiday season, the Herald-Zeitung runs the Cheer Fund campaign, which provides food to needy local families for Christmas. Anyone wishing to donate can do so in person by coming by the Her-ald-Zeitung office at 707 luanda St or call Cheer Fund Director Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144.
Last year we got some late donations, which did not get listed in the paper They were from: Caldwell - $100; Good-son - $25. McCullough - $100; The New Braunfels Golf Association - $100; R C. Coreth -$25 and Arnold and Jean Paulen - $25, bringing the beginning balance for this year to $1,817.11
By DAVID DE KUNDER
AUSTIN — CLEAN (Citizens League for Environmental Action Now) members and 25 other citizens protested Tuesday at the Governor’s Mansion about what they perceive as bias by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) towards industries they believe harm the environment.
“I think this (demonstration) is a start,” Bulverde resident Melanie Head said. “A lot of people are not aware what this agency (TNRCC) is doing. People have to learn what is going on.”
Head was joined by fellow Bulverde residents Bob Barton, spokesman for CLEAN, Mary LeRoy and Warren Alston. CLEAN was joined by three other groups from Central Texas that are in battles against companies wanting to build concrete batch plants or, as
in the case of one group, a facultative lagoon. All these groups feel that the TNRCC is not interested in their concerns, only in the concerns of businesses.
Barton spoke to the protesters and gave a brief history of CLEAN’s attempts to fight Ingram Readymix of New Braunfels in building a proposed batch plant in Bulverde at the intersection of Highway 281 and FM 1863.
Citizens in the area have expressed concerns that the plant will emit dust particles off its property line, use exorbitant amounts of water and cause traffic congestion at the intersection, which is one of the busiest in Comal County.
To build the plant, Ingram Readymix must be granted a standard exemption by the TNRCC. Ingram filed for the standard exemption in January, and hearings were held in September. A vote on the matter could take place as soon early next year.
Barton expressed frustration at the way the TNRCC handled the hearings process. He said, through the help of State Rep. Edmund Kuempel, a meeting was arranged with TNRCC Executive Director Dan Pearson on Oct. 5 to express their complaints against the TNRCC staff.
In a press release, CLEAN accused the TNRCC of correcting entries in Ingram Readymix’s application after it became known that a hearing would take place and that 20 of the 50 pages in the application were changed during the first days of the hearings. Barton said during the meeting Pearson found nothing wrong with his staff correcting just a “few pages.”
Scott Humphrey, TNRCC staff attorney, has denied that the TNRCC was biased towards Ingram Readymix and that the hearings were held in a fair and impartial manner.
Herald-Zeitung photo by DAVID DE KUNDER
Bulverde residents opposed to a concrete batch plant in their neighborhood joined people from three other groups to protest what they call bias in favor of businesses by the Texas Natural Resources Conservation Council yesterday at the Governor's Mansion in Austin.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Herald-Zettung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Truck flips on 1-35
A hit-and-run driver caused the beck trailer of a semi to flip yesterday on Interstate 35 at about 11:10 a.m.
Richard S. Pienta was driving Ms semi towing two trailers southbound near where the freeway narrows for construction near the Schertz city limits, said Schertz Police Captain Stephen Starr. Pienta slowed his truck for the narrowing roadway. Then a car zoomed ahead of him and stopped cold, Starr said. Pienta had to slam on Na brakes and the back trailer turned over. The car that caused the accident drove on.
A witness gave police some Information that may lead to tracking down the car, Starr said.
Herald-Zeitung adds new retail advertising director
From Staff Reports
Jack Osteen, a South Carolina native, has been named Retail Advertising Director at The Her-ald-Zeitung.
Osteen comes to New Braunfels from Pans, Texas where he was promotions manager for The Paris News. Osteen also worked in circulation and classified departments and did some news coverage while at The Pans News.
Prior to working in Paris,
Osteen worked in retail and editorial departments at The Daily News in Galveston.
Osteen has been working in Southern Newspapers, Inc.’s management training program since January, 1994.
Osteen is a graduate of The University of South Carolina and has worked at several other newspapers including The State in Columbia, S.C., The Greenville News in Greenville, S.C. and The Item in Sumter, SC.
Lanes turn 25 years of travel into ‘Itchy Feet’
By MELANIE GERIK
When Henry Lane gets what he calls “itchy feet,” he usually plans a trip for himself and his wife Betzy.
But last year when the familiar pangs hit him, Henry kept his suitcase in the closet and instead pulled out the notes and tapes he kept while visiting more than 50 countries over the past 25 years.
“I drought I would keep myself busy writing this book,” Henry said.
After a year of piecing together his experiences, his jokes and histories of the places, then looking for a publisher, Henry himself published a book detailing his travels.
Itchy Feet, the tales and tribulations of the Lane’s 25 years of globetrotting, is now on sale at Book Traders on Seguin Street. Henry said he has sold about 20 copies since the book’s publication rn mid-September.
“It’s been rewarding just to write it down,” Henry said. “I don’t think I’ll give Margaret Mitchell or her Gone With the Wind any competition.”
He added he is starting work on a second book about his trips in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc countries before the Iron Curtain was lifted.
Henry and Betzy Lane, who both had been married before, began their travels together in 1971 after their wedding with a honeymoon to Tahiti. They were en route to South Korea, where Henry was helping to start an oil refinery for Gulf Oil Co.
But both Lanes said their love for travel probably started during World War ll.
“You get away from home ... and it kin-da wets your appetite to see the world,” Henry said.
Henry served rn Europe in the U.S. Army for four years. Betzy escaped her native Norway on a fishing boat a year after Na/' occupation in 1941. She served in the Norwegian army in England dunng the war.
After the war, Henry said he tried to practice law in Cleveland, Ohio, but grew tired of his profession quickly. So he moved to Texas, got a job for Gulf Oil, and “the next
Henry and Betzy Lane
thing I know, I was in Puerto Rico.”
Besides nine years in Puerto Rico, Henry has lived in die Philippines, Spain and South Korea. Betzy also lived overseas, spending 18 years in Venezuela.
When they met more than 25 years ago in Houston through a mutual friend, “Betzy was looking for a vacation, and I was the last resort," Henry joked.
Throughout their travels, the Lanes said they try to stay away from package deals or group tours.
“It’s a lot more fun if you do it by yourself,” Henry said.
The Lanes read up on the countries, acquired a traveler’s knowledge of the language, fly to the country, buy a map and rent a car. They rarely made reservations, staying in cities wherever the mood hit them.
The Lanes said they do not travel as much because of expenses and conflicts in places such as the former Yugoslavia. But they said they still want to make a few more trips, although they have tun out of countries to visit.
“We’re not at the end of the road as far as traveling is concerned,” Henry said “Maybe they’ll find another continent or something ”
Win a trip to Germany at the Weihnachtsmarkt raffle this week
Weihnachtsmarkt (German Christmas market) raffle tickets are now on sale.
Grand prizes are two free round-tnp tickets to Germany, courtesy of Lufthansa Airlines and the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung; and two Christmas area rugs donated by Rhoads Interiors.
Tickets are $2 each or three for $5, and may be purchased from any member of the Sophienburg Museum and Archives, or call 629-1572.
Weihnachtsmarkt will be held Nov. 17, 18, and 19 at the Civic Center.
Norwest to buy out Victoria Bank
By ROBERT STEWART
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Norwest Corporanon and Victona Bankshares, Inc. have signed an agreement for the acquisition of Victoria Bankshares by Norwest in a $275 million deal.
Both banks have banking centers in New Braunfels. Bank officials said no decision has been made yet whether one of the local banking centers will close.
“There are a lot of issues to be addressed very soon, and facilities will be high on the list,” said Carol Gravis, president and managing officer of Norwest Bank, New Braunfels.
Ola Armstrong, president of the Victoria Bank branch at Canyon
Lake, said everything will be business as usual, with more and better services becoming available after the conversion to Norwest in about six months.
"We’re excited about it and it’s going to be a real positive thing,” Armstrong said. “Eventually we’ll be able to ofter a lot more services to our customers.”
Armstrong said the companies are a good match as both do business rn smaller communities, with an emphasis on community banking Gravis agreed, saying she is confident that Victona Bank customers will be impressed with the larger variety of products and services offered by Norwest, such as free checking.
“We’re very excited about it
here,” Gravis said. "They are very similar to us in that they are a community bank. Services will be enhanced. The products with Norwest are wonderf ul and customers at Victona will see a wider array of better services.”
Norwest Corp, based in Minneapolis, Minnesota, has $71.4 billion in assets, including $4 billion in assets in banks in 17 Texas communities. Norwest came to New Braunfels in May, when it purchased Citizens Bank, located at 315 Landa Street. Twenty-two people work at the Norwest bank in New Braunfels.
Victona Bank has assets of $1.9 billion and locations in 33 Texas cities. The New Braunfels bank is located at 217 E Mill Street.
T.L. Walker, president of Victona Bank, New Braunfels, said the move strengthens the company in the banking world.
“With what’s happening in the banking industry, we feel like this is an excellent opportunity for our company," Walker said. "Their culture is similar in that they operate community banks They bnng a large product line and also a lot of technology
The acquisition has been approved by the boards of both companies and requires the approval of regulatory agencies and Victona shareholders The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 19%.
(Roger Croteau contributed reports to this story.)Holocaust story reaction shows the need for education. See Opinion, Page 4A.