New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 23, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wistiGS from the Harakft-Zaitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to the following: Lix Adams (Monday), Darren Brinkkoeter (Monday), Kelly Evans, Nina Grlfsby, Francisco Hernandez (Monday), Darlene KjoUer (Monday), Rachel Soils (Monday), Juan Lagunas, James Startz Sr. (Mon
day)) Linda Hermes (Monday), Christopher Dafoe (7 years old), Hilda Hernandez, Monica Vargas, Marie Heaton (Saturday), Deprice Marie Martinez (3 years old), Mary Guerre, Ruben Leal, Carol C. Carson (60 years old), Nicholas Botintiam (8 years old).
Happy anniversary to: Raymond and Caryn Leonard (24 years Monday), Larry and Mary Bueche (belated), Daniel sad Pepper Gutierrez (26 years), Darlene and Bill Grace (14 years), Ruby and Edgar Bueche (60 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Local government offices will be closed later m the week to observe the Thanksgiving holidays.
County and city offices will be closed on both Thursday and Friday and will reopen on Dec 1 However, there will be garbage pickup far New Braunfels residents on beth days
New Braunfels Utilities on Main Plaza will close Thursday and Friday as wed as the Canyon Lake Waler Supply Corp. office in Sallier Both companies will have emergency crews on standby during those days.
Pedernales Electric Cooperative district office n Sattier will dose on Thursday but reopen Friday from 8 am. to 5 p.m.
Banks in New Braunfels, Bulverde and Canyon Lake will close Thursday and open for business on Friday.
All post offices will be closed Thursday, and mail service will resume on Friday
The H-E-B store on Walnut, open 24 hours a day, win be open until 11 p m Wednesday and will dose Thanksgiving Day. H-E-B wi resume normal business hours on Friday.
Wal-Mart will remain open 24 hours a day on Thanksgiving Day. Wuest’s stores will have regular business hours on Wednesday, 7 a m to 10 p.m., and be open Thursday from 7 a rn. to 1 p.m.mppigf
Thanks to the great community response, the Community Council of South Texas Head Start program has decided to conduct the “Campbei’s Labels for Education drive through the 1997-96 school year. Head Start can receive items such as microscopes, globes and activity books in exchange for the coupons . For a complete list of eligible products or for more information call (210) 379-8110.Hsfr ti Mi Herald1 Zeitung tpraid cheer
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 win be accepted at the HerakJ-Zatung office on 707 Landa Street during regular business hours. Checks can also 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 craJalion dreck* Car OI Am Avery at 62&8144, exL228
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32 pages in four sections ■ Sunday, November 23,1997
Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years ■ Home of Liz Adams
Vol. 146, No. 7
Task force aims to be antidote for Texas car thefts
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Car thieves in Comal County and Central Texas could have a harder road to travel because of a 14-county auto theft task force recently implemented along the Interstate 35 corridor.
The task force aims to eradicate auto theft in Central Texas and since early September recovered approximately $500,000 worth of stolen property, according to law enforcement officials in Comal County.
The task force, which began operations in mid-September, was made possible through an Auto Theft Prevention Authority grant, a subsidiary of the Texas Department of Transportation, according to Michael Hemby of the Travis County Sheriffs Office. Part of the funding came from fees Texans paid for auto insurance, said Hemby.
The task force encompasses Comal, Bastrop, Bell, Blanco, Burnett, Caldwell, Colorado, Fayett, Hays, Lee, Llano, Milam, Travis and Williamson counties.
“No officer is assigned to hard posts,” said Hemby.
An interlocal agreement between the officers gives each officer equal power within the 14-county area, an understanding that was limited to the scope of task force operations, said Hemby.
Some sheriffs in less populous counties “were not sure about the city boys coming into their county,” said Hemby, but it took only a little while for the task force members to grow comfortable with one another.
Together, officers learned the tricks
of the auto theft trade and took that knowledge to their counties, Hemby said.
Auto theft continues to be a concern in Comal County, according to the Comal County Sheriffs Office and the New Braunfels Police Department. Stolen vehicles and chop shops — where car thieves take a car to be dismantled and sold for parts or disguised to look like a different automobile, complete with new serial numbers — are nothing new to local officers.
John Bailey, a former policeman
A chicken in every pot
Area organizations feed Comal County hungry during the holidays, year-round
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Thanksgiving Day brings images of family, fun, turkey, football and good times.
But for some families who are trying to make it, Thanksgiving can be a hard time, especially if they don’t have money to buy food.
In the Canyon Lake area, those families who can’t afford to buy food for Thanksgiving have friends at Canyon Lake Action Center who will do it for them.
For the past several years, the center in Sattier has provided food baskets for families and elderly people around the lake area.
Andi Cadena, CLAC assistant director, said this year’s holiday food drive would help 42 families have a happy Thanksgiving.
“It is for families with fixed incomes or working poor families who have it rough and can barely get ahead,” Cadena said.
Widespread community support made the holiday food basket program successful, Cadena said.
“Basically, the holiday program is supported by the churches, the businesses and the civic clubs — the entire community,” she said.
With the help of 25 volunteers, food was distributed to the families Tuesday at Canyon Lake Village club house.
Cadena said the people who received food baskets would not be
Herakl-Zwtung photo by Susan Jakobsan
BM Dootttl* of &S Inc., Suzi* Garcia of the Community Service Center and Jo* Guzman of American Legion Comal Poet No. 179 gather turkeys donated by American Legion Poet No. 179 members at SOS Friday. More then 96 pound* of turkey* were provided end win go to the needy In Comal County.
hungry for a while.
“They have all the makings of a perfect holiday,” Cadena said. “They will get dressing, turkey, yams and everything you associate with a holiday meal.”
Donna Pool, holiday program chairwoman, said volunteers were the difference in making the program successful.
“The one thing that was different this year was we had a new assistant, Gloria Loredo,” Pool said. “She
was wonderful working the program. It really made the job a lot easier this year.”
Pool said the volunteers’ reward for their efforts was the reaction of the people when they received the food baskets.
“Most of them are extremely grateful,” she said. “The people, when they come up, always shake our hands and hug us. The volunteers get as much out of it as the people getting the food.”
Each year the center gives away food baskets to more and more families, Cadena said.
“We get more and more families every year,” Cadena said. “We’ve got about IO more families who applied for help every year. We just keep getting more and more because obviously Canyon Lake is growing.” Mary San Miguel, administrative assistant with the Community Ser-Tum to Food, Page 9A
with New Braunfels Police Department who now works as Comal County’s auto theft officer, has been working auto theft crimes for about 15 years.
Bailey said that since the task force began in September, he had recovered more than $50,000 worth of property each month.
“We’re relatively new,” said Bailey, “but we’ve had some pretty good results.”
Task force members attended an auto theft school in early September and
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By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Texas is the first state to implement a statewide vehicle registration program designed to reduce auto theft during nighttime hours.The program helps vehicle owners who nonnally do not use their vehicle between I arn and 5 a.m.
Owners can sign an agreement allowing peace officers to verify ownership if they find the vehicle being driven during H.E.A.T. (Help End Auto Theft) hours.
“By signing a form, it gives a policeman authority to stop the car if it is out after I a.m..” said Michael Hemby of the Travis County Sheriff s Office.
The advantage of the program is that officers throughout the state have immediate access to data. Even if the thief has removed the decal, the officer will know the vehicle is registered in HEAT.
Owners participating in the program register for a four-year period at a cost of $2 per vehicle. A decal then is placed on the back window of the vehicle. The decal authorizes law enforcement to stop the automobile between I and 5 a.rn.
Owners might extend additional authority at the time of registration lo have the vehicle stopped for verification 24 hours a day at the Texas-Mexico border.
For more information about Texas H.E.A.T , call I-800-CAR WATCH.
Unicorns play with heart and soul, but still lose to Cypress Creek
By TOM ERICKSON
AUSTIN — New Braunfels’ playoff run came to a halt in the Class 5A semifinals Friday at the Burger Center, but not without a memorable fight.
The Unicorns (27-11) were eliminated by Houston Cypress Creek (39-
1) 15-5, 15-6 in a match which was arguably a bit closer than the final score indicated.
“They didn’t give up,” NBHS coach Phyllis Fowler said. “They showed a lot of pride and played with a lot of heart. They gave it everything they had tonight.”
Cy Creek jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first game, but junior Jessica Barney closed the gap to just two points with consecutive aces. But that was the closest the Unicorns would get, as the Cougars upped their lead to 8-4 and later went on a four-point run to lead 12-5.
New Braunfels then watched as the Cougars got the final three points for the win.
Barney served to opec the second
game, and things looked up for the Unicorns, who took a quick 3-0 lead.
Fowler said she challenged the Unicorns u> take control of the match after the first game.
“I told them we needed to keep Cy Creek on the defense a little bit,” she said. “When we hit the ball at them, we had a lot of lulls, but we were on defense too much during (the first) game.
“We definitely needed to block more balls. We just didn’t block and they hit very well ”
Cy Creek halted the early New Braunfels run and took a 4-3 lead after getting a sideout. The Unicorns tied the game at 4-4, but the Cougars quickly regained serve and reeled off two points for a 6-4 lead they would never relinquish.
Knsty Rhodes, a 6-foot senior, led Cy Creek in kills with nine and tied for the team lead in digs (seven) and blocks (2.5). The Cougars also had two other players taller than six feet, and that advantage was evident up at the net, Fowler said. “They were pretty big,” she said “We couldn’t stop (Rhodes), and we knew
that was the one player we needed to stop. We didn’t get our hands on a lot of balls at the net.”
Yvette Villanueva led the Unicorns at the net with four blocks. Keliye Rogers had eight kills and Barney chipped in for 22 assists.
Cy Creek increased its lead to 8-4 and appeared ready to put the Unicorns away, bitt Villanueva came up with a big block for a sideout. That gave New Braunfels a chance to climb back into the match, but the Cougars made several key stops down the stretch.
Fowler said while Cy Creek didn’t necessarily dominate on its serve, it made a big difference rn the outcome of the match.
“That’s where we played a little bit uptight,” she said. “We can pass-serve better that that. The girls usually talk a whole lot on serve-receive and the girls were very quiet.”
New Braunfels, which made its sixth appearance at the state tournament bitt its finn in Class 5 A, is still without a win at the Final For. The Unicorns played in the 4A semifinals in 1976,1994,1997,1998 and 1995.
d-Zwtung photo by Tom Eridwon
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