New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Tuesday, November 18,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of
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Birthday wishas from Ilia Harold Taltuny!
The NewBrwnfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Carolyn Arnold, Heather IQoasner, Jean Kreux, Marietta Madden, Shelby Delavan (6 years), Alexandra Garza (16 yean), Christian Alexander Ord* (I year), Corey Westbrook (20 yean Monday), Kdy Crawford, Mary Biteche and Larry Biteche.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
(Pc*«n measured n parte p« cubic mat* of air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 317 cubic feet per second, same as Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wen — 625.93 feet above sea level, down .01 from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge —171 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —210 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.10 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
NBL) reports pumping 5.776 miRon gallons of surface water Monday and 693.000 gator* of we! water.
Things should wovnt up by wssk’s sud
T#nl0it — Becoming
clear to partly cloudy. Lows in the mid 40s, mid 30s.
WsdMMdsy — Mostly sunny. Highs in the upper 60s. Wednesday night, clear during the evening becoming cloudy late. Lows in the 40s to hear 50.
Thursday — Some morning cloudiness, otherwise partly cloudy. Highs near 70.
Pl May — Some morning cloudiness, becoming mostly sunny by afternoon. Lows in the 50s. Highs in the 70s.
Former cop teaches ways to avoid child abductions
Robert Stuber addresses s crowd of parents who sttsndsd Monday's Fsrspa uWff cnivovwfi ana gfanacniiaron Tram aDauciors.
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
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School to loam how to
Teaching children to detect dangerous situations instead of preaching the proverbial “don’t talk to strangers” warning can improve a their chances of being abducted, according to a program presented in New Braunfels Monday.
Abdbt 50 parents and children gathered at Oakwood Baptist Church Monday afternoon to hear Robert Stuber. a former California police officer and author of “Missing! Stranger Abductions: Smart Strategies to Keep Your Child Safe,” present a re-education for kids about possible child predators.
The program, called Escape School, was offered twice Monday, drawing about 300 attendees at the IO a.m. session. Zoeller Funeral Home sponsored the event.
Stuber said that a child cannot identify a bad stranger by outw ard appearance. Many children are taught simply
“don’t talk to strangers,” when in reality parents rarely define the word “stranger” to their children.
Automatically, a child might think of a stranger as someone who wears dark clothing, carries a gun or doesn't brush his teeth, images that may play through a child’s mind subconsciously. But oflen, abductors don’t look ragged or dangerous — they may look like a “safe” stranger.
“Child predators are insidious, but bright,” said Stuber. “They will go out of their way to look like they’re not a child predator ”
According to “Street Sense for Parents,” printed by Berkeley Publishing Co. in 1995, approximately 4,600 children are abducted by strangers each year in the United States. The majon-
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Master’plan subcommittees review input
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Members of the New Braunfels comprehensive plan steering committee met Monday to discuss the revised draft of results from the master plan forum Oct. 20 and outline the next phase of the plan that begins this month.
Statements from subcommittee members and local residents during the October forum were taken verbatim from flip charts, large paper notebooks in which facilitators recorded citizen comments. These lists were handed to attendees of Monday’s meeting.
“We felt the overall process was successful,” said Mike McAnelly of Wilbur Smith Associates, Inc., consulting engineers and planners of Houston who are helping draft the comprehensive plan. “A lot of input came out of the forum.”
Attended by 270 citizens of New Braunfels, the forum included 70 members of the community who were not members of any committee. City officials said they were pleased with a “good turnout” at the forum.
Each of the nine advisory subcommittees will meet through Dec.
15 to consider the citizen comments received and formulate appropriate changes or refinements of the draft issues, goals and objectives.
By Dec. 19, steering committee members will receive revised drafts from each of the subcommittees.
Later, during a six-month time frame, individual subcommittees will address the steering committee to identify priorities and attempt to locate sources of funds for projects. The first groups scheduled to meet with the steering committee are land use and zoning regulations, education youth population and urban design/main street historic preserv ation.
By Aug. I, 1998, newly revised draft plans will be available from
■ Approximately 270 citizens attended the community forum on Oct. 20 at Now Braunfels High School
■ Each of the nins advisory subcommittees w« meet through DBC. 15 to consider the citizen comments received and formulate appropriate changes
B Individual subcommittees will address the steering committee to identify pci-orities and attempt to locale sources of funds for projects.
■ By Aug. 1,1996. newly revised draft plans wM be available.
all the subcommittees. McAnelly said he anticipated another forum for public comment to be scheduled.
“The format is still to be determined. but it would include a means for citizen input,” said McAnelly.
Monroe Miller of New Braunfels, a member of the Public Facilities and Services/Finance/CIP subcommittee. said between 20 and 25 members from that subcommittee have been present for a number of meetings leading up to the free-for-all forum.
“We were rather intensive,’’ said Miller.
The revision process, which would take several months, prompted Miller to ask steering committee members what part the subcommittees — and regular citizens played in the overall plan.
McAnelly replied that all citizen input was valuable and that each subcommittee’^ work was meaningful for the future plan.
NBU maintenance work leaves city in dark for short period of time
Routine maintenance left most of downtown New Braunfels in the dark for a brief period Monday morning, said Roger Biggers, New Braunfels Utilities assistant general manager for technical operations.
Electrical power went out at about 9 50 a m and was back on by about IO a m for an area that stretched from Lamia Street and Walnut Avenue to Main Plaza.
“LCRA (die Lower Colorado River Authority) was doing some preventative maintenance and relay testing at the Comal substation,” Biggers said. The Comal substation is on Lands Street next to the old LCRA building.
One of the (days workers were testing had a problem and cut power at the substation, which routes power to the downtown ana.
“We’re glad it was an outage under these controlled circumstances,” he said, “and we were able to restore power right away ”
School taxpayers meet at GVTC
A group of taxpayers in the Comal Independent School District will meet to discuss their concerns Wefoesday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Guadalupe Valley
Telephone Cooperative meeting room.
For information contact John Bend sen at (830) 899-7350, or Glen Wenzel at 606-3273.
NB’s Prochazkas attend Bush library dedication
By DA VK) DEKUNDER
Most people read about history, but Henry Prochazka wit-i ncssed it when he attended the dedication of the George; Bush Presidential Library and Museum on Nov.6.
Prochazka and his wife Jean were among the 15,000 guests who attended the dedication ceremonies of the new library on the Texas AAM University campus in College Station “I take a lot of pride that we were there to view it as history was being1 made.” he said “I am very proud that th* (George Bush) library board made Texas AAM the setting for the presidential library and archives.” nancy Prochazka Thc p^ha/Jus were invited to the
ceremonies and sat in the reserv e section because of their
S1,000 donation to the library. ii
Proeha/ka, a 1953 AAM graduate, said he and his wife
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The New Braunfels Herakj-Zeitung is accepting donations for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund Every penny goes toward the purchase of food baskets for the needy.
Donations will be accepted at the Herald-Zerti/ig office on 707 Landa St. during regular business hours. Checks, payable to the Herald-Zeitung, also can be mailed.
Arrangements for pickup of donated items can be made by contacting circulation director Carot Aim Avery at 625-9144, ext. 228.
Most recent contributors are:
■ Truoc Thanh or Bruce Aaron — $250
■ New total —$2,180.52
Sons of tfio Republic
The Holiday Rivers of Lights’ Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was Sons of the Republic of Texas.
This non-profit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday and hand out information
In return, the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight.
By DAVID DEKUNOER
A long-time Comal County Jail employee, indicted for allegedly embezzling thousands of dollars from the jail’s commissary fund, is free after posting bond on Fnday.
Karen Elizabeth Cook, 50, of New Braunfels turned herself in at the shentf s office Fnday after a warrant was issued for her arrest. She was released after her attorney. Bill Schroeder, posted a $5,000 bond the same day.
Cook was indicted on Nov. 5 in district court by a Comal County grand jury. Cook was charged with felony theft of $ 1,500 to $20,000 as a result of an investigation by Texas Ranger Tony Leal.
The indictment is a third-degree felony that could mean from two to IO years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.
Cook had been in charge of the inmate commissary fund since 1989, Shmff Bob Holder said.
“She is charged with taking monies out of the commissary funds for personal use,” Holder said.
Holder said he first suspected Cook in July.
”Wc became aware of insufficient checks (made) by officer Cook," he said. “We found out about them and we began an investigation.”
The shentf said he asked Leal to investigate Cook to ensure objectivity.
Once Leal completed his investigation. Holder said he placed Cook on administrative leave with pay on July 21. Cook resigned on Aug.4.
“She decided to resign on her own," Holder said.
Holder said the county auditor’s office did an internal audit of the inmate commissary fund.
Approximately $12,000 was missing from that fund,” he said.
Investigators have turned up irregulanties from the commissary books dating from 1992.
Holder said he had known Cook for 20 years when she was a secretary to ShenfT Walter Fellers and when he was tile Department of Public Safety patrol superv isor in New Braunfels.
Cook could not be reached for comment, because her phone number is unpublished.
Schroeder said he would not comment on the'
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