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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 25, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYOne on one interview withftCISD's Douglas Kirk - Page 3A 50 CENTS I NSH J HP Weather........ .....2A Sheriff's report .. ......2A Opinion......... ......4A Stammtlsch..... ......5A Sports Day...... .....7,8 A Classifieds...... ... 2-6B Birthday wishes! Th* New Braunfels Heraid-ZeUung ex lends the following birthday wishes to; Josh Stolinski, Rufus FUlp, David Sllmptn, Kris A Ka! Rue bier (belated), Kevin Chapa, Zelda Adams, Harold Longmlre, Kathy Fries, Erna Turner, Craig Mayfield, Marvin Jentsch. Mary Serold puts name into hat for Dist. 2 council seat Dan Bremer to seek Dist. 2 seat again Prom staff report* Dan Bremer, former city councilman for district 2 in New Braunfels, has announced that he will again seek the district 2 seat, despite having been voted out of that position on Nov. 2 in a recall election. Bremer confirmed his filing Wednesday, but refused comment, saying he would make a statement in two weeks. Bremer lost the Nov. 2 election by less than SO votes. By JENNIFER POMPEI. Staff Writer New Braunfels resident Mary Serold announced this week that she will run as a candidate for District 2 city council member. Serold filed her application packet with the city secretary on Wednesday. Serold spearheaded the effort earlier this year to have former District 2 council member Dan Bremer recalled. She said one influence on her decision to run wu the large number of calls she has received ftom area residents. ‘In the last week and one half, there has been absolutely non-stop phone tails from people urging me and encouraging me to run,” she said. "Due to the events in recent weeks and days, along with the many phone calls of constant urging and encouragement from across the city, as well as my neighbors in District 2, I feel I have no choice but to answer this call," she said. ‘The need is great in District 2 for open leadership and honest leadership and no-hidden-games-or-agendas leadership.*' Serold said her campaign will be baaed on the following five principles: ■ Electing the mayor at large. ■ Protecting the privilege to vote ■ Continuing with the current council to hold the line on taxes. B Protecting the environment, especially against burning hazardous toxic waste ■ Holding open discussions every two weeks with residents of District 2. The meetings will be held at Serold’s place of business, Mary's {Critter K lippers. Serold, 42, hu lived in New Braunfels for 21 years. She is a past vice president of the New Braunfels Humane Society, and also worked to set up a network for purebred rescue. COUNTDOWN! 481 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1846 March 21,1995 New Braunfels 18 Pages In two sections ■ Nov. 25,1993 HdPl- 1,1993    \    ti    42    years    ■    Horn#    of    KRIS    &    KAT    KUEHLER ■ Vol. 142, No. 10 A time to reflect in the spirit of gratitude Of all our national holidays, Thanksgiving is foe one that is committed uniguely to gratitude. It began in 1621 when foe Plymouth Colony instituted a special day of prayer and thanksgiving following a successful harvest. In time, Thanksgiving Darvl tjccame an annual obser-Y Vance which spread to ofo- Higgins er colonies and states. In 1864, President Abraham Lincoln made it a national holiday and issued the first proclamation calling upon the people to give thanks to God for the nation’s blessings. Thanksgiving Day, in a very unique way, is more than a day of commemoration of something that happened in the distant historical past. It is an occasion for doing again what our forefathers did hundreds of years ago. We express again our gratitude to Almighty God for all that has happened to us, good and bad, right down to the present day. This makes Thanksgiving difficult. Many dedicated people hesitate. How can we be so thankful, they ask, when there has been such pain, suffering and difficulty? We are more mindful of our problems as a nation in this modem era of the mass media and telecommunications. The whole world is aware of our shortcomings as a nation. In light of all of this, can we still be truly thankful? The answer is a resounding yes! The reasons are many. First, there is the biblical experience. It finds expression supremely in the Psalms where the theme of gratitude and rejoicing is paramount. Psalm IOO is a simple example: "Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His OIH with—-praise! Give thanks to Him, bless His name." Men and women are to thank Almighty God for protection and guidance not because of their successes, but in spite of their sufferings and failures. The life of Jesus Christ was a symphony of gratitude. Never do we find Him even in His greatest trials, removed from His identity as the Son of God. He expressed it in love, and obedience and praise. In what was perhqpt His most sacred utterance, the prayer on the eve of His Crucifixion, we find Him expressing His gratitude for God's gift of the disciples and His supplication to God that God will continue to favor and protect them. In a day when our secular society is groping for values, is there any sentiment more elemental in all of our relationships than sincere gratitude? The kind of gratitude required for all of us for Thanksgiving Day, however, must be tempered with confession and selectivity. To celebrate Thanksgiving does not call for undifferentiated approval of everything in our history or everything in our present life as a people. On the contrary, it provides an occasion to reflect, to assess, to select,—all in the spirit of gratitude. Ours is a land of freedom and liberty. The most basic of our freedoms is religious freedom, on which all of our other freedoms rest. Freedom is a question of sacred values, which come from and are rooted in Almighty God, our Heavenly Father. The blessings of America are indeed many. But, it is not the part of gratitude either to idealized our American way of life, or to condemn it, but rather to come to it in honest gratitude, the kind of gratitude that discriminates, that “tests foe spirits to see whether they be of God." It all comes down to the perception of foe individual. Each of us should put to himself or herself some very important personal guerdons this Thanksgiving Day: 1. What is my gratitude level? 2. Am I truly grateful to Almighty God whose will it wu that this great nation should be bom, and who hu been with us all along the wa/? 3. Do I practice the kind of contagious personal gratitude that makes me a better human being, a better neighbor, and a better citizen of my country? 4. Am I able in giving thanks for America, to affirm what is good, help correct what is wrong, and strive always for ‘liberty and justice for »117" If the answers to these gueetions are affirmative, then Thanksgiving Day, 1993, will be a real celebration! (Daryl C. Higgins Is Senior Minister at First Protestant Church in New Braunfels.) NBPD searches for suspect in attempted robbery By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer New Braunfels police officers are investigating an attempted robbery that occurred Wednesday afternoon at the Holiday Inn on 1H-35 in New Braunfels. According to reports, the suspect approached a couple that wu staying lithe hotel outside their room. The suspect pointed a small caliber handgun at them, according to officers. Reports show one of the victims began screaming, causing the man to flee the scene The incident occurred at approximately 3:45 p.m. Officers are still looking for foe suspect. He is described u being 5'8", with dark hair and a mustache. Reports show he fled the scene in a rod spons car. Hooting leaves one man dead Chase suspect identified, charged with MV assault Suspect ran several vehicles off IH-35 during pursuit By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Kevin Wells, 24, of Rhome, Texas has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault with a motor vehicle and one count of resisting arrest after a highspeed chase that occurred Wednesday morning on Interstate Highway 35 and ended in New Braunfels near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center. The chase involved officers from the New Braunfels and San Marcos police departments. In order to stop the car, officers were forced to shoot at the vehicle, according to reports. Lt. John Wommack, who was also involved in the chase, said Wells ran several vehicles off the road during the pursuit. One of the counts of aggravated assault resulted from these actions. After attempting to stop the vehicle, officers were authorized to shoot at the car in order to prevent any other drivers from being put in danger. Shots began being fired near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center. Both tires on the right side of the vehicle were shot. A total of six rounds were shot, three from a shot gun and three from a .223 rifle. All of foe shots hit the vehicle and all of the bullets have been accounted for. Wommack said he believes the decision to fire at the car was the last recourse for the officers. He said the officers chose to make the shots near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center because of the con crete barriers on the highway prevented any stray bullets from crossing the highway. “We had to do it there because of the concrete walls. Further down, there were no walls,” he said. Wommack also said there were no other cars in the area that would be put in danger by the shots. Officers thought the green Ford truck being driven by the man had been involved in a hit and run in Schertz; however, later reports showed the offense occurred in New Braunfels just north of Engel Road. New Braunfels police officer Tony Celli sported the man driving north on IH-35 near the Wal-Mart Distribution Center just after 8 am. Wednesday. He then pursued the vehicle and was led through a construction zone on the highway before the vehicle stopped in San Marcos. According to reports, two passengers got out of the truck and handed the officer identification. At that point, the driver floored the gas pedal and began driving north on IH-35. The two passengers in the car were not identified No charges are expected to be filed against the pair. The chase continued on IH-35 to the San Marcos River, before the driver changed directions, leading officers toward New Braunfels. He was sloped in the southbound lane of IH-35 near FM 306 Officers said he continued driving for at least one mile after shots had been fired at his vehicle. Wells was taken to the Comal County Jail. Canyon Lake man fires on gun-toting suspect yesterday By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer A 47-year-old man from Flower Mound was killed Wednesday afternoon in a shooting that occurred at a home on Tamarack Drive near Canyon Lake. Roger VanMatre was pronounced dead on arrival by officials at Baptist Medical Center in San Antonio. He was taken to the hospital by AirLife helicopter. The incident was reported at 2:47 p.m. by residents of the home. Comal County Sheriff’s deputies responded to the scene, along with ambulances from the Canyon Lake Emergency Medical Services. According to offioere, VanMatre was shot by Norris Waitschies, the owner of the home where the incident occurred. The incident occurred in the 1400 block of Tamarack. Initial reports at the scene showed VanMatre had approached Waitschies’ home and had a gun in his hand. According to officers, VanMatre had allegedly been to the house previously this week. He had returned and allegedly made threats to Waitschies’ wife, who was in the house. Initial reports show, Waitschies drove Bowling Butterballs HeraJd-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH Tho Now Braunfels High School Student Council sponsored a "Turkey Bowl" at the high school during lunch periods this week. Local businesses donated prizes which students were able to win on the condition that the students could successfully bowl a frozen turkey towards Its Intended target. (They're not called butterballs for nothing I) New Braunfels Senior student Daniel Hansen (pictured) gave It a try with careful aim and fluid motion. Numerous turkeys had to be used In the project due to heavy abuse during collisions with the pins and from the turkeys thawing out quickly. Norris Waitschies (left), explains to Comal from an arca behind his house and saw VanMatre in the driveway. He then allegedly shot VanMatre. The shooting occurred at the gate in front of the Waitschies’ home. Reports show, VanMatre carried a .38 caliber pistol. His vehicle was also at the home. He had been driving a Chevrolet Silverado Heraki-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH County deputies how he fired upon an armed man In front of his home Wednesday. Blazer. Officers said they do not know why VanMatre had come to the Waitschies’ home. According to officers, VanMatre was shot by a .45 caliber revolver. Deputies said they did not know in what part of the body VanMatre had been shot. At this time, no arrests have been made in connection with the incident. “The case will be taken to the district attorney to decide if he will take it to a grand jury or make a ruling out of it,” said Deputy Chief Elwood Hoherz, who was at the scene of the shooting.Happy Thanksgiving from the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung! - - -    ‘      -    - A I * ;