New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 21, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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THURSDAYFull slate of basketball games this weekend. See Page 5.
Goal — $338,000
Donations so far — $192,093
To contribute to the United Way, cad 620-7760
14 pages in one section ■ Thursday, November 21,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of MARILYN ZENGLER
Vol 144, No 268
Birthday wishes from the Nerald-Zeituvtg!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Anji Heidrich, Oscar Schneider, Sr., Iris Johnson. Darrell McLain, Dennis Chandler, Mark Gettys, James Racanelli, Jessie Willis, Marilyn Zengler, Glen Hartman (20 years). Ruby Schwab, Lupe Dominguez, Sr. (21 years), David Morales, Jr. (18 years). Buddy Millet, Lu Boykin and Jim Lehr.
Anniversary wishes are extended to: Debbie and Boyd Fendley (4 years), Nancy and Todd Granzin (15 years) and Bertha and Ernest Stowe.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold — 2,453 Cedar Elm — 4 Ragweed — trace
(Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter ct air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River —177 cubic feet per second, same as Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 623.08 feet above sea level, same as Wednesday.
Calyon Dam discharge —106 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —149 cfs Canyon Lake level — 906.59 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
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NSU reports pumping 6.528 million gallons of surface water Tuesday, and no well water was used.
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The Comal Builders Association meets at 6 p.m. today at Tree Tops Restaurant. Cost is $10 at the door R S V.P. by today. Call Steven Lange at 625-6939 for information.
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The Veterans for Christ Ministry is collecting donations of blankets, adult coats, jackets, sweaters and gloves (men s and women”s) for its fourth annual Christmas Homeless Outreach. These items are provided to homeless veterans.
Call 625-6375 for details.
Woihnachtsmavfct tickets on sale
There are still tickets available for today's Weihnachts-markt Preview Gala at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Tickets are $15 and include a buffet and preview of "All That Glitters" in the German Christmas Market held annually to benefit the Sophienburg Museum and Archives. The $15 gala ticket also covers admission to the market through Sunday. Call 629-1572 for information.
Reading council to moot this afternoon
The Comal County Reading Council meets at 4:15 p.m. • today at the Memorial Primary School library, 1200 W. County Line Road in New Braunfels.
A representative from Rigby Publishing Co. will present the company's new materials. Admission is free for members Non-members must pay $5, but they will be able to attend the rest of the council’s meetings during the year at no cost
Bagios Fish Fry to hoi loin cancer cantor
The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie and Auxiliary will sponsor a fish fry from 6 to 8 p m. on Saturday at Eagles Hall, 257 E South St.
The cost is $5, and proceeds will go to the Eagles state project: The Texas Children’s Can cor Center, Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston.
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Integrity goal of housing authority in wake of theft
By ABE LEVY
Officials from the city’s housing authority believe the recent sentencing of a former employee, who was convicted of stealing money from their agency, will help establish greater integrity in its operations.
District Judge Jack Robison sentenced Helen Juarez Hernandez, 40, of New Braunfels on Nov. 5 to serve 90 days in the Comal County Jail and IO years on probation, to perform 300 hours of community service and to repay more than $5300 to the Housing Authority of the City of New Braunfels.
The theft, which was discovered in the summer of 1995, led to her arrest by New Braunfels police later that fall.
She entered the jail on Nov. 12, jail officials
*7110 money (Hernandez) took was from people who had to scrounge for every penny to pay for rent.’
Nadine Mardock Housing authority executive director
Hernandez was convicted of taking rent payments from low-income families who lived in projects that she managed.
The repayment includes money Hernandez stole from the agency, legal expenses and unemployment compensation she collected after agency directors fired her last year.
“We were very glad (about the sentence),” said Nadine Mardoek, executive director ol the housing authority. “One of the main things tor us is that the people who work here have some integrity. The money (Hernandez) took was from people who had to scrounge for every penny to pay for rent. That’s why it was really offensive to us.”
Hernandez, who declined to comment, pleaded guilty to the original charge on Aug. I.
One of her attorneys, Mark Clark, declined to comment, but confirmed that I lemandez is considering an appeal.
Robert Arellano, Hernandez’s attorney since her arrest, said she will miss her family but accepts the terms of her sentence.
“She accepted the punishment very stoically, regretting that she will miss her family,” Arellano
said. “We believe she will He a very productive citizen of society atter the sentence She recognizes she has to abide by it and is vs tiling to abide with the terms of her pupation, f ortunately, it won’t be forever. I think the time will transpire pretty quickly.”
The housing authority provides units for city and county residents with a total annual budget ol about $2 million from federal subsidies.
The program has 12 employees who oversee an average of 550 families per month, most of them in privately owned buildings.
District Attorney Hill Kenner said the judge put a lot of thought into the final sentence.
“In light of getting recovery for the taxpayers, she won’t be in that position again,” said Reimer.
“She’s going to be monitored tightly."
Old meets new at Weihnachtsmarkt
By DENISE DZIUK
Residents wanting to get a real jump on their holiday shopping will have a chance to browse a variety of great gift ideas under one roof at this year’s Weihnachtsmarkt, which starts tonight.
The Sophienburg Museum and Archives sponsors the yearly Weihnachtsmarkt, which means Christmas market.
The event, which is advertised across the state, is a major fund-raiser for the museum and archives, said Sophienburg Museum and Archives Director Michelle Oatman.
Oatman said this year’s event in the New Braunfels Civic Center will include 52 booths from both local and out-of-town businesses and private vendors.
Some of the goods and services available at the market will include gift ideas, fudge, gift
wrapping, holiday ornaments, floral creations, wood carvings and stained glass.
“It’s a great way to get in the Christmas spirit and get some of your holiday shopping done all at one place,” Oatman said.
Oatman said the eighth annual event continues to grow.
Last year’s attendance hit the 3,000 mark, and “we’re hoping for that plus some” this year, she said.
The 1996 Weihnachtsmarkt theme is “All That Glitters.” It starts with a preview party at 6 tonight.
The holiday shoppers’ extravaganza, which is part of “Festtage in New Braunfels ‘96,” will be open to the public Friday through Sunday at a cost of $3 a person.
Children under IO are admitted free. Doors will be open IO a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, IO a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Lake pipeline to Bexar County residents studied
By ABE LEVY
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority is looking into building a pipeline from Canyon Lake to provide up to 5.5 million gallons of water per day to Bexar County area residents, GBRA General Manager Bill West said Thursday.
The proposed project could benefit water customers in both Bexar and Comal counties, he said.
“We are talking about a treatment plant which would serve 8 million gallons per day and serve the immediate Canyon Lake area,” West said. “Then there is the potential of serving areas south into northern Bexar County, as well as
Bulverde and Fair Oaks.” Preliminary plans call for an 8 million gallon treatment plant in the Canyon Lake area and a 15-mile transmission pipeline that would run from Canyon Lake to Bulverde. eventually ending up at Fair Oaks.
Bill West The proposed project
would use 8.000 acre feet per year of Canyon Lake water. Canyon Lake already provides 50.000 acre feet of water yearly, with 32,000 acre feet used by dow nstream customers.
Turn to Pipeline, Page 2
"Star Trek First Contact” plays at the Braun-tex, 290 W San Antonio, at least through Nov 26
■ 5:10, 7:20 and 9 30 p m Friday, Monday and T uesday
■ 2:30, 4 40, 7 20 and 9 30 p m Saturday and Sunday
Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, $3 for seniors and $3 for any showing before 6pm Call 625-4411 for more information
A settlement in a civil rights lawsuit against a former Bexar C ounty medical examiner’s official w ill result in file payment of $600,000 to a man accused with the murder of New Braunfels teacher Kathic Balonis, court officials said Thursday.
Jack Warren Davis sued Bexar County over serologist Fred Zain’s testimony in Davis’ 1990 murder trial. Davis alleges that Zain’s testimony misrepresents certain test results.
Davis was a maintenance worker at New Braunfels Oaks Apartments, where Balonis was a resilient and w here she was killed.
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To date, Zain has not been convicted of a criminal aet The settlement was reached through mediation earlier this month with Bexar County prosecutors and is still pending the review of U.S. District Judge ()rlundo (iarcia.
Meanwhile, Balonis’ mother. Louise, called the settlement a sham and contends Dav is killed her daughter She said she has no control over the agreement “I think it’s ridiculous,” Louise Balonis said “Jack Davis murdered our daughter. I don’t think a |x*rson should be paid ti>r murder. This has nothing to do w itll tnith or honesty or the truth of the record.”
Prosecutors and Zain’s attorney could not be reached for comment Thursday.
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Gayle Schleicher, bom md raised in New Braunfels, was in her carty 20s when-“Star Trek” first ran on television. “We bend that they ware going to canoe! it I remember that I wrote a letter to NBO. I had no idea that it would mem something,” she said.
Her letter meant something. It and thousands of othsr Jetten prompted NBG to renew the series H had decided to cancel.
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Kedey Kolacck, 22, will graduate from Tho University of Texas in December with a degree in broadcast journalism. “My father has the old ’Star Trek’ and ’Next Generation’ taped,” she said, “and I have grown up with it on TV.”
Local Trek fans share several reasons for
Turn to Trekkers, Page 2
by MICHAEL DARNALL
Stop smoking today, you may break habit for life. See Opinion, Page 4.