New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Panlaa Torres
20 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, November 19,1997
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The New Braunfels HerakJ-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Cathy Clark, Denise Torres, Essie Slatier, Fayetyn Mills, Andrie Hada, Hertha Schumann Borchers (90 years), Dylan Marten (14 years), Brett Finley (9 yean), Kyle Reynolds (IO years), Anna Marie Quinonez, Bob Seeder, Stephanie Diaz (12 yean) and Amanda Hernandez.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
(Pofen mnursd in parts par cubic mehr of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 322 cubic feet per second, up Shorn Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed — 625.94 feet above sea level, up .01 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge —171 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 207 cfs Canyon Lake level —909.11 feet above sea level. (Conservation pod.)
NBU reports pumping 5.402 mi»on gallons of surface water Tuesday, and no well water was used.
Lows in th# 40s, highs In tho 70o
..▼•flight — Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy with fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s.
Thursday — Morning clouds becoming partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s. Thursday night, partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy with fog after midnight. Lows in the upper 40s.
Friday — Some morning cloudiness, becoming mostly sunny by afternoon. Highs in the 70s.
taturday — Sunny. Lows in the 40s. Highs in tile 60s to near 70.
holiday — Mostly sunny. Lows in the 40s. Highs in the 70s.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is accepting donations for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund.
Every penny of donations goes toward the purchase of food baskets for the needy. Donations will be accepted at the Herald-Zeitung office on 707 Landa Street during regular business hours. Checks can be mailed to the Herald-Zeitung Please make checks payable to the Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund.
Arrangements for pickup donated items can be made by contacting circulation director Carol Ann Avery at 626-9144, ext. 228
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The Holiday River of Lights’ Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was the Kiwanis Club
This non-profit organization WM supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to 9.30 p.m. Wednesday and hand out information.
In return, the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight
Holiday River of Lights draws good crowds so far
From staff reports
More than 600 vehicles passed through the Holiday River of Lights display at Cypress Bend Park during opening weekend, stacking traffic along Peace Avenue on Saturday night.
Visitors from San Antonio and Austin complemented the turnout of New Braunfels residents, many of whom purchased season passes, said assistant to the city manager Don Ferguson.
Admission is $7 for vehicles carrying up to eight passengers, $15 for nine to 24 passengers and $40 for buses. Season passes coit $25.
Developer sets sights on 46 west project
Project will bring grocery, restaurant
By BUSAN JAKOBSEN
New Braunfels will get a new shopping center, grocery store, restaurant and other businesses near Loop 337 and Texas 46 across from First Commercial Barde (Construction is slated to begin in early
1998, according to a Bexar County developer.
Other plans for the area include custom homes, a filling station, office buildings and a greenbelt area.
Tim De La Garza, chief executive officer of Quanalyze, a development company, estimated the entire project would cost more titan $50 million. The company would break ground in January for the shopping center and residential houses and begin road con
struction for the area, he sdid “New Braunfels is a really positive area” for growth and development, said De La Garza. “People want to live in a stable area.”
Residential housing there would include some model homes ranging in price from $150,000 and more, he said. Families living there would have access to other nearby services scheduled for construction.
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“Christmas In the Mountains'
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Those who dread the annual Christmas shopping ntual should head straight for the Civic Center this weekend.
Weinachtsmarkt will turn even the grumpiest Scrooges into enthusiastic shop-pers-until-they-drop.
Weinachtsmarkt (“Christmas fair,” in German) is not a craft fair, event co-chair-woman Nancy Classen was quick to point out.
“It is a juried show,” she said. “We check everything for quality and uniqueness before we accept vendors ”
It is no accident that Weinachtsmarkt has something for everyone on the shopping list.
“Tobacco Haus is new this year,” Classen said “We’ve had a lot of requests for men’s articles.”
Also new this year will be authors of New Braunfels history books on hand to autograph copies of their books, such as “The Sesquicentennial Minutes,” “Tales from the Sunday House,” and tile leather-
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bound pictorial history book selling for $50 — half its original price.
“Christmas fair” aptly describes the Weinachtsmarkt shopping experience. The decor has a different theme each year — this year it is “Christmas in the Mountains.” Christmas music will play in the background, and home-made German goodies like potato soup and chocolate
cake will be available.
“Most of our vendors, when we read their comments, say they will come back just for the food,” Classen said Weinachtsmarkt would have good reason to be if it were just a top notch commercial venture — but it’s not. The three-day shopping fair benefits the Sophien-burg Museum and Archives, said Sophienburg director Michelle Oatman.
“The money raised goes into the annual budget to support the museum and archives,” Oatman said. “It keeps the archives staffed.”
With an Internet site, three paid employees and 100-plus volunteers, the Sophienburg Archives has become a nationally known resource center, Oatman said.
“The museum opened its doors and started in 1926 when a painting was sent from Braunfels castle of Prince Carl (Solms),” she said. “They sent it to the ‘city museum.’ The city didn’t have a museum.”
The museum has grown to include a variety of displays on (ierman immigration to Texas and New Braunfels’ founding.
New Braunfels cable customers to see changes
Digital service, new provider might be on horizon
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
New Braunfels will get new cable television channels in the near future and possibly could be served by a new cable company in 1998.
Sometime between November and the end of January, TCI cable service providers plan to offer customers digital cable service, which will augment the existing cable line-up, according to Dennis Moore, TCI general manager for the New Braun-fels-San Marcos area.
Some 36 additional channels will be part of the digital package, including 16 basic pro-gnunming stations, like the History Channel and the Sci-Fi Chahnel.
Other premium services will include HBO, Showtime and the Movie Channel. Also included will be eight pay-per-view stations.
“As we get closer to a launch date, we will have the final information available,” said Moore.
The final line-up most likely will include Home and Garden TV and a number of different Discovery Channels aimed at children.
The new channels are being made possible through digital compression, a process that packs some IO new channels into the same frequency bandwidth that one channel used to occupy.
Everyone who wanted digital service would have to pay for a digital converter and remote control, much like the older converter boxes and remotes but updated technologically, Moore said. The box would decode digital signals and be comparable in price to the current converter boxes
Moore declined to release price information for the digital converters arui service.
A parental control feature would enable comprehensive program searches to block programs where ratings like PG-
Thera is a distinct possibility that Tima Warner Corp. will taka over TCI in *98, bringing TCI under new ownership and management^._
13 are assigned. This would allow parents to edit the content of the programming, “if you didn’t want your 4-year-old to tune in,” to certain lineups. Moore said.
Final pricing information for the digital cable upgrade was not available yet. Moore said. Testing procedures for the digital compression system would begin two weeks prior to the official launching, possibly in early January , he said.
New Braunfels cable television might see an even more radical change in the near future, according to Paragon officials in San Antonio.
There was a distinct possibility that Time Warner Corp. would take over TCI in *98, bringing TCI under new ownership and management, said T J. Connolly, vice-president of public affairs tor Paragon Cable company.
Although there no formal deal was completed yet, Connolly said there was a “clear memorandum of understanding" between the two companies that Time Warner could purchase TCI programming, a large transaction in excess of SI billion. TCI serves customers in the Hill Country and other metropolitan areas.
Paragon would be able to provide fiber optic cable service to New Braunfels viewers, technology currently available to many San Antonio residents through upgrades, Connolly said. Paragon's service area likely would cover outlying areas like Garden Ridge, he said.
The takeover likely would take place the second quarter of 1998, Connolly said.
Local pilots assist in search for missing man
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By DAVID DEKUNOER
Two New Braunfels members of the Civil Air Patrol are aiding in the search for a Texas pilot not seen since Thursday
Major Robert Colson and Lt. Col. David Wagner of the Texas Civil Air Patrol participated in a sortie Monday morning to find the plane flown by Norman R. Ttlford.
According to a release issued by the Texas Wing Civil Air Patrol, Tilford, 62, took off Thursday from Bryan Coulter Field north of College Station at 8 p.m. He was en route to the West Texas town of Van Horh.
“He didn’t contact any of the airports ca the way,” Colson said. Tie
took off and never was heard from
Colson said Tilford did not file a flight plan. Tilford was piloting a 1953 Cessna 180.
The Civil Air Patrol established a search base at Georgetown Airport, and another base was established at Fort Stockton this past weekend.
Colton said many planes and volunteer pilots helped search for Tilford, , a Texas AAM University professor “We have had more than 40 planes searching the last few days,” Colson said “We had 60 people involved in (Monday) yesterday s sortie.”
Search coordinator Lt. Colonel James Gates said the Civil Air Patrol was investigating Tilford’s disappear-
“We have a couple of leads we are working on,” he said Tuesday from the search headquarters in Georgetown. “We had a couple of sightings in the Lake Buchanan area, and we have a couple of planes up there now.”
The Civil Air Patrol is comprised of volunteers who devote their tune to helping with air search and rescue, disaster relief and civil defense, Colson said. He added the Civil Air Patrol was chartered by Congress during World War ll and the Au Force provided training, uniforms and airplanes to the Civil Air Patrol.
Anyone who has information regarding the disappearance of Tilford and his plane can call the Civil Air Patrol search headquarters in Georgetown at (512)869-3449.fleady for Fest!age?See inside today tor special