New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 16, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, Nov. 16,1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of SHAWN LAIN
I Vol. 142, No. 265
Birthday wishes (rom th* Hsrald-ZsKungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Jeff Juarez,
Amy Rosales, Jesse Guerrero (belated), Shawn Lain, Severo Gomez, Sr. (92 years!), Fidencio Luna. Happy Anniversary to Kenneth Roy Jr., and Janet Seidel, Jeff & Silvia Martinez.
NBHS band boosters to moot tonight
The last weekend before Thanksgiving the members of the New Braunfels Downtown Association invite you to come to historic downtown New Braunfels for shoping with your favorite merchants, enjoying the sights, touring the museums and attending the sixth annaul Weihnachts-markt (Christmas market) at the civic center, sponsored by the Sophienburg Museums &
Remember to register for the Downtown Dollars to be given away each week. The first drawing will be held on the Plaza during the Tree Lighting ceremony. $250 will be awarded each week to the lucky shoppers. Atom) of 1,000 Downtown Dollars will be given away before Christmas.
First day to register is Friday,
Bushwas counseling available on Tuesdays
The Business counselor from UTSA's School of Business is in the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce office every Tuesday to offer counseling in topics of interest to anyone in business or considering starting a business.
Topics cover financing, personnel, business planning, taxes, expansion and many others. The service is free and confidential. Appointments may be made by caning 625-2385.
Downtown Dollars to bo given away again
To thank the commu Ty for its business during the year, the Downtown Association of New Braunfels is giving away 1,000 Downtown Dollars again this year. Last year, more than 3,500 people registered from all over Texas and six other states.
The public is invited to register at any of the 40 participating businesses each week. Registration will begin Nov. 18 during Downtown Discovery Days and continues until the last drawing on Dec. 20
Four winners will be drawn &ch week on the Plaza, beginning Tuesday, Nov. 29 during the Tree Lighting ceremony and festivities.
Winners will receive IOO, 75,
50 or 25 Downtown Dollars. Stop and register where a gold sign in displayed in the window.
United Way kudos
Congratulations to CKIzana Bank employees who donated $2,042 under the leadership of Carol _. .. .
Qravla. This u™™* represents an average gift of $82 with 100 percent employee participation.
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Annual candlelight vigil set for Thursday
By TECLO J. GARCIA
While most couples that spend time away from each other usually can’t wait to get home to their partner,‘there are many spouses who rather not go home.
They would rather not go home and get physically beaten, mentally abused or both. They would rather stay away from alcoholic binges by their spouse that later leads to abuse.
They would rather just stay away.
It is situations like these that have prompted many members of the community to join together to host an annu-
Vigil to raise awareness of domestic violence in county
al candlight vigil on the Main Plaza. The vigil is performed each year in hopes of raising awareness to the problems of domestic violence and the spin off effects it carries with it.
Not hearing about or knowing the intimate details of the O.J. Simpson case is virtually impossible. Experts say the case has raised domestic violence awareness around the country. Simpson has been charged faith the murder of his cx-wifc Nicole Simpson and a friend of hers.
Here in New Braunfels, it may have
raised people’s awareness, but it certainly has not stopped spousal abuse, if one was measuring by the occupancy rate at the. local women’s shelter.
“When we opened the shelter I said in my speech that I would hope we would never have to use the new building,’’ Robert Konkel, president of the board of the women’s shelter, said. “They say if you build it they will come, and they did. It is unfortunate we have been full ever since we opened, so it is evidence that domestic violence exists.”
-konkel said the shelter is running near capacity with close to twenty women staying in the shelter He said they were at the shelter, some with children, because the can not go home to the abuse and fear.
The women’s shelter will sponsor a candle light vigil in the Main Plaza Thursday night 7 p.m. Konkel said the event is planned to raise the awareness of domestic violence in New Braunfels. Konkel said the event has been coordinated with others in the state and the nation to make people
“The community is not accepting responsibility,” Konkel said. “They see it going on and are not accepting responsibility.”
Shirley Dement, volunteer organizer from the shelter, said she has seen domestic violence victims come from almost every socio-economic group in the city. Dements said the problem is not limited to the poor or to the rich, and she hopes to get that message across with the vigil.
“That’s the point of the whole thing. They are not aware of how much it happens here in New Braunfels,” Dement said. “This is our basic goal.”
DPS seeking information on hit-and-run
By ROBERT STEWART
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Michael L. Mauer, 38, of Spring Branch was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital by Canyon Lake EMS Monday night with injuries suffered when he was sideswiped by a hit-and-run driver on Farm to Market Road 2673 between the Village and Village Shores.
Mauer was driving a 1992 Dodge Colt hatchback toward Sattler. His car went off the road into a ravine but did not roll over.
Department of Public Safety Trooper Randy King said a wh5te vehicle, possibly a Cadillac, struck the Dodge and fled toward Startzville.
Anyone with information on a white Cadillac with left-side sideswipe damage in the Canyon Lake area is asked to call the DPS office at (210) 625-8331. The wreck call was received at 8:34 p.m. by 9-1-1 dispatchers.
WORD changes could pit city against county
By CRAIG HAMMETT
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
New Braunfels city council member Chria Bowers honored Barbara Kelly of Freeport yesterday with the prestigious BOrgermelster award, given each year by the city.
The New Braunfels High School Marina Corps Junior ROTC class.
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
ROTC group excels in community service arena
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Most citizens in the community invest in the local arca through service and volun-teerism.
One group, of young people in New Braunfels, however, have done more than their share, some all in one day.
The New Braunfels High School Marine Corps Junior ROTC has chosen community service as vehicle to learn citizenship, said Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Owen Renfro, who has led the program for the last 16 years.
On Saturday Nov. ll, some of his cadets ran up the 622 ft. Tower of Americas in an effort to raise money for Cystic Fibrosis.
The group won a trophy for most money raised by a smaller group. That afternoon, the group volunteered at the Jaycees booth
at the Wurstfest, and that same evening the Marine ROTC had its birthday celebration with a social.
Talk about the few, the proud.
“They are the type that if you go into a restaurant, people want to know where they are from because they are so polite and well behaved,” said Renfro. “It seems like I’m bragging, but it is a fact.”
What is also fact is Monday the cadets presented the city with a chewk for SI,OOO to pay for the city’s insurance deductible on the Plaza Fountain. The Fountain was destroyed by a suspected drunk driver two weeks ago.
While many expressed dismay and some residents had even come forward with talk about raising money, the Marine cadets backed it up.
Mayor Paul Fraser said at Monday’s city
council meeting he was extremely proud of the youth’s gift to the city.
The Colonel said the group thought it could set an example to the community by making the donation.
The cadets were also involved in raising money for the fountain during the drive for its refurbishment.
Renfro said the contributions and the service to community were all part of growing up for the young Marines. He said citizenship is stressed in the program so as adults the cadets “know whit it’s all about.” “They never cease to make me proud of them.” said Renfro. “You see them develop into adults ”
The cadets range from 14 years of age to 18.
Renfro said there are currently 109 students enrolled in the program.
A proposed change in Water Oriented Recreation District regulations could pit one government entity against another in the future.
Section 324.122 of the proposals, adopted by the WORD board and accepted by the Comal County Commissioners’ Court, would if passed prevent one governmental entity from charging recreational taxes against a property already levied with a recreational tax by an entity, such as WORD.
“It was intended to protect the boundaries of the district,” said Holly Gilman, a lawyer for WORD. “I don’t know if this gets us there.”
Titled the “Effect of Incorporation" would try to prevent a city from extending certain taxing powers, such as New Braunfels whose extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) includes a couple of bed-and-breakfast places already in the WORD district, and could expand in the future.
“Most ETJ’s do not extend their hotel-motel tax but they do here,” said County Judge Carter Casteel.
The regulation would also effect any area which chose to incorporate and levy a recreational tax already within the WORD district.
City Manager Mike Shantis said “the state is sovreign” and can pass laws that could give such power to an existing entity. Generally, he said the state was “reluctant” to give such powers for one entity to tell another what it can or cannot tax.
The proposal must go through state representatives such as Rep. Edmund Kuempel and Sen. Jeff Wentworth. It must pass through committees before being approved by the State Legislature
Casteel had some doubts whether this type of regulation could pass, allowing one governmental entity to control the taxing powers of another.
“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” she said.
Crop Walk offers something new for seniors this year
‘Golden Mile’ route available for seniors and handicapped walkers
From staff reports
On Nov. 20 the annual Crop Walk will be held in New Braunfels. This year, something new has been added for senior citizens - "The Golden Mile."
The route will be available for person 55 years and older as well as for handicapped persons. Families with young children are also encouraged to walk the shorter route.
Local school and church young people will be walking the regular route of 10 kilometers (6.23 miles). The Crop Walk will begin at 2 p.m. at New Braunfels Presbyterian Church at 373 Howard St.
Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. with a short presentation and instructions. The public is invited.
Those who cannot walk may sponsor a walker for any church. Material and information is available at Sts. Peter & Paul Catholic Church, Oakwood Baptist Church, First United Methodist Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church, New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, Peace Lutheran Church, First Protestant Church, First Baptist Church and the Comal County Senior Citizens Center.
Funds collected from the walk will be forwarded to Church World Service, an international relief, development and refugee settlement agency of 32 Protestant and Orthodox churches in the United States. Twenty-five percent of the fonds will be returned to Comal County for the local food bank.For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 (Metro) 606-0846