New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 142. No. 5
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends die following birthday wishes; Derek Wamecke, Alice Urbina, Angie Valdez, Jason EWs, Sandra Aguilar, Bruce Boettcher, Howard Goldstucker, Betty Harris, Charles Manes, Claire Stafford, Dan Weaver.
Herald-Zeitung Cheer fund donations sought
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung's Cheer fund campaign to provide food for local needy families is continuing with much success, according to Circulation Director Carol Ann Avery.
Avery said that any type of non-perishable food item can be donated, as well as money.
The Cheer fund goal is to assist 200 local families this year.
Over 1,900 families have received Cheer fund assistance over the last 11 years, Avery noted. "This has been possible due lo the generosity of the community."
To donate, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.
Today's donations were from:
■ Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7110 (from bingo proceeds) -$100
■ District 2 voter - $23.70
League of Women Voters training
The League of Women Voters will conduct a one-hour observer corps training session on Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 pm at the Herb Schneider Room of Victoria Bank and Trust.
The corps members attend meetings of local government bodies and provide reports on policy issues to the League for development of it's policy action program.
Call Thea Chessher at 629-4262 or Olga Lara at 625-2187.
Plaza tree lighting caramony slated
The annual Plaza tree lighting ceremony and holiday festivi-tiesx will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30, beginning at 5:45 pm. This year's program, sponsored by the Downtown Association, includes Lone Star Elementary Choir, Hospice tree, Community Band, Mariachis and photos with Santa, who will arrive in town by flretruck. Call 620-5683 or 608-2100 for more information.
Jingle Bell Run
The First Annual Downtown Jingle Bell Run will be held Tuesday, Nov. 30 before the Plaza tree lighting. Wear a costume and join the fun! Registration is $12 (children $8) through Nov. 23, $16 after that date.
CaU 625-3778 or 629-4832 for information.
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NAFTA wins surprising victory in House
From staff and wire reports
The North American Free Trade Agreement could have significant impact locally according to Tom Purdum, President of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce.
“We’re pleased that it passed,” said Purdum. “We supported it all along.”
Although Purdum said there are good and bad sides to the agreement but in the long run it would benefit the community. NAFTA is expected to especially benefit Texas and the Interstate 35 corridor, although Purdum caution it would be a long term process.
‘The major impact will be in the area of manufacturing and trade,” he said. “For example, we are currently working with a company that would do initial manufacturing here, ship their product
Local impact could be significant, official says
to Mexico for finishing and ship it back here for distribution. It would be an expansion of their business not just a relocation, so it would mean new jobs.”
President Clinton, who had been told by many members of Congress as well as some of his own senior cabinet members that NAFTA was doomed, fought to seal the trade agreement’s victory in the House. The House passed the agreement by a 234-200 margin and brought the unusual circumstance of Republicans and Democrats fighting on the same side.
"We chose to compete, not retreat, to lead a new world economy, to lead as America has done so often in our past," Clinton said after the vote.
Purdum said that most people opposed to NAFTA were afraid of it due to a lack of understanding and some misinformation. He noted that improvement in Mexico's economy could mean less of an illegal immigration problem for the U.S. and a bigger market for American products.
U. S. Senator Phil Gramm was pleased with the House vote and intends to “work hard to assure Senate passage for NAFTA.”
“We will look back on the decision approving NAFTA as a critical turning point in the history of our nation,” said Gramm. “In considering this agreement, America stood at a crossroads. We could either embrace our neighbors or shun Mexico in favor of surrounding the United States
with a wall of tariffs, quotas and barriers. It was a close vote, but the House made the correct choice. NAFTA is right and protectionism is wrong.”
Gramm said he was particularly pleased with the House rejection of protectionism and that no nation has ever been hurt by a free trade agreement.
“When Americans looked at the facts, they found that while fear said ‘no’ to NAFTA, history and logic said *yes,“‘ Gramm said. “My view from start to finish has been that NAFTA will create jobs, growth and opportuni-
ty throughout North America.*
Davis to stand trial despite Zain ruling
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Jack Warren Davis
Hospice open house
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Standing In front of a house recently acquired by Hospice New Braunfels for conference space are Hospice staff members (from left, from row) Shauna Langa, Patsy Thomas, Jackie Schneider, Christina Smith, Opal Umpterre. Back row, front left are Connie Rogers, Larry Lsahy, Nancy Krai, Elaine Craig, Rita Remington, Harriet Sollberger, Carolyn Simpson, Kathy Gwllllm, Anna Vlsco, Edna Schmledlng and Mlnga Hill. An open house was held yesterday for the public to view the new facility and to meet new administrator Lawrence Leahy.
Chappa not same man as first reported
In Wednesday’s edition of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, it was mistakenly reported the former Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. had been arrested and placed in the county jail for not paying child support.
Reports later showed the man arrested was Raymond Chapa and is not the same man as the one who served on the city council.
The information that the man arrested was the former mayor pro tem was provided to the Herald-Zeitung by the Comal County Sheriff's Office. Officials reported that this mistake has been made before.
The Herald-Zeitung apologizes for the mistake and hopes no inconvenience was caused.
Turkey day dinners planned
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Wrier
St. John’s Episcopal and Adobe Cafe will again host Thanksgiving dinners for the community.
“We will be serving anyone who is alone or hungry,” said Rev. Robert F. Keith of St. John’s Episcopal. “We’ve been doing it for about eight years. We’ve fed up to 600 and always had food left over. It really is like the loaves and fishes. It’s a blessing for everyone.”
Accenting to Keith St. John’s Episcopal started their annual Thanksgiving dinner eight years ago when his family had no plans for Thanksgiving and thought back to the best Thanksgiving they’d ever had to plan for the holiday. They agreed it was when they had invited 15 people who had no where else togo. He suggested to the congregation that there might be some people in New Braunfels who had no where to go and the church might offer a meal for them. The congregation agreed and has enthusiastically supported the event.
“People donated their time or money for
turkeys and helped serve,” said Keith. “We planned to serve 330 at about a IOO an hour because that’s all the room we had We found that we could feed twice that many.”
St. John’s Episcopal works through the Community Service Center to find the people in the community who may need a place to go for a Thanksgiving meal. No one is ever turned away, but the church does ask that those interested contact the Community Service Center for a ticket which tells them what time to come. The church can only accommodate IOO at a time so the tickets are used to manage the crowd flow.
“We can also send food home for those who can’t attend,” said Keith. “We start serving at noon on Thanksgiving Day.”
Adobe Cafe will also be providing a hot meal for Thanksgiving on Tuesday, Nov. 23.
The restaurant plans to serve 4,000 tortillas and 700 pounds of ground beef in a free “Hot Meal for the Holidays’’ that will be held at the New Braunfels Civic Center from 4 p m. to 8 p.m.
This will be the fourth year Adobe has served senior citizens and families experiencing financial hardships.
Local school teacher Kathie Balonis, 24, was murdered in her New Braunfels Oaks Apartment on Nov. 17,1989 and now, four years later, the man arrested for allegedly committing the murder has not yet been finally convicted.
Murder suspect Jack Warren Davis has been in jail for the past three years and according to a judge’s ruling on Wednesday, he will be required to stay in jail until he is tried again or until he can post bond.
A hearing concerning a writ of habeas corpus filed by Davis* defense attorney was heard this week in the Comal County Couithcxisrbf7a6gr€tarics Ramsay.
Ramsay decided Davis will be required to stand trial despite the feet Davis’ attorney Stanley Schneider cast doubt on all of the serology testing submitted as evidence in the last trial.
Schneider presented evidence concerning the testimony of Fred Zain, a former aerologist at the Bexar County Crime Lab.
Last week, the West Virginia Supreme Court determined that work conducted by Zain in 600 cases in that state was invalid
Zain testified in the Davis case about DNA tests concerning blood found at Balonis’ apartment and on articles of clothing.
However, a review of Zain’s work in San Antonio was conducted by Dr. Irving Stone, chief of physical evidence at the Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas.
Stone, who testified at the hearing, said his review and report of Zain’s work shows the work conducted in the lab is now suspect. He said three people conducted reviews of the work and each person reviewed 50 to 60 cases.
’There were two things wrong with almost every case,” he testified “No. I was insufficient documentation.. .No. 2 was poor procedures for marking evidence.”
He also testified that statements about blood stains could only originate from two people would be wrong.
“DNA profiles is not, as the news media says, a fingerprint,”. he said.
Schneider said he is surprised at the judge's decision.
“I was expected him to grant it (the writ). This is the most egregious facts base I have ever seen. I am shocked Fred Zain has done this to this community,” he said.
Schneider said notice of appeal has already been given and a bond reduction hearing has been requested and should be held in the next two weeks. Davis is currently being held on a $200,000 bond.
Balonis’ father, Charles Balonis said he believes the judge made the right decision.
“We concur with Mr. (Ray) Taylor. He (Davis) is guilty,” he said.
“There is no doubt in my mind. I know he killed her,” be stressed.
Special prosecutor Ray Taylor said he believes he can still convict Davis without Zain’s testimony.
“Watch carefully when we pick the jurors. I’m going to try this case and try it successfully,*' he said.
“One way or another we will get this to a New Braunfels jury,” said Taylor.
Taylor said he estimates it will be tt least a year before a new trial will be held.
New telephone plan allows toll-free calling to Seguin, San Antonio
Optional plan can be installed when customers return mail-in cards
From staff reports
Local telephone service was expanded earlier this week into the San Antonio area under a new optional toll-free calling plan for New Braunfels customer.
The new optional calling plan allows New Braunfels customers toll-free calling to and from San Antonio, Seguin and Marion for a flat monthly fee.
The expanded toll-free calling plan is
the result of an application filed by Southwestern Bell Telephone and city and county government officials and approved by the Texas Public Utility Commission.
For New Braunfels customers the expanded toll-free calling plan is available for $30.10 per month for residence customers. The sen vice will coit between $72 and $115 for business
customers, officials have said.
For customers subscribing to the optional calling plan within the first 90 days of its availability, the installation charge, which is $38.35 for residence customers, will be waived.
Customers who subscribe to the tdl-free optional calling plan will continue to dial local calls as before.
In addition, they may dial customers
in San Antonio, Seguin and Marion by dialing the seven digit number of the person in these areas.
Calls to other locations will continue to be dialed aa 1+or 0+ long-distance calla.
However, because of technological reasons, customers electing to subscribe to the optional calling plan mull also change their telephone numbers.
“Customers should have received information about the expanded calling plan in the mail recently,'' said Tim Tippit, area manager of Southwestern Bell Telephone.
“Residence customers may order the service by returning the mail-in card from the information packet and business customers may order the service by calling 1-800-552-5954."For news,advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144