New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 5, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Lexie Mims (four years) and Dolly Verela.
River end aquifer Information
Comal River -270 cubtc-feet-per-sec., same as yesterday.
Edwards Aquifer — 624.93 feet above sea level, same.
Guadalupe River — 200 c f s.Concert on the Plaza tonight
The Community Band will play on the Plaza from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 5. The Elderhostel group, visiting New Braunfels from all over the United States, will be present for the evening's concert. Bring your lawn chairs, your picnic baskets and enjoy the music.New Orleans Night in Gruene
The Gruene Mansion Restaurant and the American Cancer Society Gala Planning Committee are hosting New Orleans Night in Gruene, Tuesday, Oct. 17 from 6:30 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.
The Cajun-style dinner buffet will include shrimp etouffee, dirty rice with sausage, blackened chicken, complimentary beer and wine and more. The event will benefit the ACS, and help underwrite the 1996 Starlight Gala. Seating is limited, so reserve your tickets by calling 629-6153 or 606-4115.Antique Show and
The 45th semi-annual Antique Show and Sale will be held at the Civic Center in New Braunfels, 380 S. Seguin St. Quality dealers from all over the state and many out of state dealers will exhibit quality merchandise for sale. The show and sale will be open three days, Friday, Saturday and Sunday Oct. 12-14
Hours will be from 11 a m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
Many door prizes will be given away. Admission is still only $2.50, which is good for all three days. For more information, call 625-0612 or 620-4934.Smd these photos?
Several photos submitted for publication to the Herald-Zeitung for use in our Comal County Fair special section were picked up with other photos in August from the Herald-Zeitung front desk.
The owners of the Fair Queen's Court and Rodeo Queen s Court parade float pictures need those photos returned. Please call the Her-ala-Zeitung at 625-9144 if you have any information about these photographs.The winning numbers
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Emergency workers remove the body of Eleanor Thorvaldson from the Buick LeSabre she was riding in yesterday when it was involved in a wreck in front of Wursthalle.Landa Street wreck kills Florida womanBy MELANIE GERIK
A Florida woman in town for the Elderhostel program died and the program's co-chairwoman is in satisfactory condition after a Wednesday morning car wreck in front of the Wursthalle. * .
Eleanor Thorvaldson, 78. of Palm Harbor, Fla., was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez. Martinez said she died at approximately 11:30 a.m., the same time New Braunfels police said the accident occurred.
New Braunfels police Lt. John Wommack said Elderhostel Co-Chairman Mary Anne Hollmig. with Thorvaldson nding in the passenger seat, was turning left onto I .anda Park Drive from Landa Street in a blue Buick LeSabre as a black OMC double-cab truck traveling south on Landa Street approached the intersection.
The truck hit the passenger side of the ear, crushing the door and making it impossible to open.
Wommack said the New Braunfels Police Department received the first call about the accident at 11:32 a.m. and the First officers were on the scene by 11:35 a.m.
New Braunfels Emergency Medical Service technicians put back and neck supports on Hollmig before removing her from the car and transporting her to McKenna. Thorvaldson was pronounced dead at the scene.
The driver of the truck, 45-year-old Candace Sober of New Braunfels, was not injured in the accident, Wommack said.
A group of Elderhostel participants, including Thor-
The car and truck show heavy damage from the impact.
valdson's husband, were outside of Wursthalle listening to an explanation of the maibaum, but Wommack said they did not see the wreck.
“There were a couple of buses there, so they couldn't see it,” he said.
Clyde Blackman, an organizer of the Elderhostel, said Thorvaldson was returning to the entrance of Landa Park from a doctor’s appointment.
Thorvaldson was taken to Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home, but it will not handle the services.
The Elderhostel is a nationw ide program of classes offered in different cities. Blackman said. The 40 participants selected for the New Braunfels program are staying at the Faust Hotel and are touring historic sites.Alternative school proving to be a success, school official tells board members
By DENISE DZIUK
The alternative school in the New Braunfels Independent School District is succeeding in increasing student attendance, and helping those in attendance pass, according to a report presented to the board of trustees Tuesday night.
Karen Simpson, NBISD executive director of Education Services, told the board that the Ombudsman Alternative School is succeeding at keeping kids in school and getting them to attend. She said many of the children in the school have had a lot of attendance problems in the traditional school setting, and usually only had about a 50 percent attendance rate. However, she said once they get to the alternative school, attendance seems to go up. She said attendance still is not 90 or IOO percent, but the increase is encouraging.
“That is our goal, but that improvement is exactly w hat we’re after,” she said.
Simpson said one child had low attendance, a 58 percent rate, at the middle school level. The child’s parent called, and asked that the district file against the child for truancy. Vicki Bariield, principal at the Ombudsman, said the child has already started to attend more regularly.
“She called and said ‘I can’t control this student anymore. Please help me.’ We’re working with the high school on that right now," said Simpson.
Simpson said there are two Ombudsman locations. The Bear Creek Ranch location is for special education students, and current attendance is seven full-time students, and four part-time students. The Courtyard location hits 50 students attending, w hich includes 16 ninth-graders, 12 eighth-graders, and eight tenth-graders. Simpson said spaces at tile school are limited, and she turns dow n two or three requests weekly to attended the school.
"What we didn’t anticipate was how many would be student or parent requests. We know the traditional
O.J. blasts ‘distortions’ of evidence
school environment isn’t working.” said Simpson.
Bradberry said the school will soon have to decided how to handle the distribution of the available space at the school. He said changes in Senate Bill I made it mandatory to send students to alternative school for certain offenses. He said this could result in not having enough space.
"That’s something we’re going to have to deal w ith w hen we get closer to our limit," Bradberry told the board.
Simpson said the Ombudsman is working because it is a "radically different program” from most other classes. SIK* said comments have been made that the program may be too laid back; how ever, she said the requirements are strict. She also said that most kids do not w ant to be there because they are totally cut off from the regular campus, and are only allowed to go to that campus to lake the TAAS test.
“Anyone who says it’s only for three hours, and kids will want to go there, I encourage to go over there and see what it’s about,” she said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — O.J. Simpson called it the source of his “basic anger,” the distortions, as he described them, of the evidence in his double-murder trial.
“Fortunately, for me, the jury listened to what the witnesses said, and not Marcia Clark’s or (Christopher) Darden’s or anyone else's rendition of what they said,” Simpson told CNN Wednesday night, speaking out for the First time since his acquittal.
The surprise phone call to “Larry King Live” came as King interv iewed Simpson’s lead defense attorney Johnnie Cochran Jr.
Simpson didn't speak long, and he tried to get off the phone by saying, “I got to go. I really got to go.” King squeezed in one more question, asking Simpson about his First meeting earlier in the day with his two young children since being arrested on charges of killing their mother.
“It’s been great,” Simpson said.
And so it ended, with Simpson thanking King for being fair. Any more comments from Simpson may have to wait for the TV pay-per-view show in the works, a program that could reap Simpson millions.
Earlier, some of Simpson’s jurors also were speaking out. explaining for the first time why they acquitted him in the slayings of ex-w ife Nicole Brow n Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.
The jurors said they had reason to doubt almost everything prosecutors threw at them: the blood, the glove, the socks, the detectives’ testimony.
They spoke of domestic violence having nothing to do w ith murder.
“Mr. Simpson was not guilty. It was not proven. I did not have enough evidence to convince me that he was guilty,” juror Brenda Moran said during a news conference, w hich w as televised live.
Simpson remained out of sight for most of his second day of freedom. During "Larry King Live” Cochran confirmed that Simpson had met secretly w ith Sydney and Justin.
Then, Simpson broke his silence. He responded to a woman w ho called in asking about prosecution claims that a shadowy Figure seen moving across the driveway of his house was him returning from an attempt to hide the bloody glove on the estate.
Simpson said prosecution testimony from limousine driver Allan Park never showed this — only that there w as a person near the front door "It was me — w alking out of my front door, dropping my bags and going back in," he said. Simpson’s defense had said that Simpson was racing around his house at about 11 p.m. packing for a planned trip to Chicago.
Simpson said prosecutors and legal commentators misconstrued the evidence.
"My basic anger is people I’ve heard say, I followed the case.’ I’ve heard experts say, ‘This was the testimony today,’ and that wasn’t the testimony today,” Simpson said.
Simpson said he went back to his cell many nights and asked: "Were they in the same courtroom that we were in today? Did they hear the testimony today?"
Simpson friend Robert Kardashian. meanwhile, was reportedly behind a SI million photo package offer to the supermarket tabloids that promised exclusive photos of Simpson's post-trial homecoming and the reunion w ith his children.
An unidentified Simpson representative contacted the Globe, National Enquirer and Star to offer the package, said a source at one of the publications who spoke on condition of anonymity.
“Kardashian orchestrated it,” the source said. “The Star bought them.”
Star officials declined to comment on w hat they paid for the photos.
Even though more than IOO reporters staked out Simpson’s Brentwood estate, he reportedly slipped out Wednesday to meet with his children. A local bakery clerk told KCAL-TV she served Simpson and Kardashian banana tofu cakes and scones to go in the morning, and a CNN cameraman said he saw Simpson's "wild embrace" with 7-year-old Justin.
"O.J. was halfway out (of the car), and Justin ran towards him,” CNN’s Grog Canes said. "They embraced. It was a wild embrace, it w as a passionate embrace. ... You could feel the emotion.”
Canes said the reunion occurred on an unidentified part of Mulholland Drive. a winding hilltop street that marks an exclusive neighborhood overlooking the city.
In her first full day free from sequestration, Moran, a black computer technician, said the glove on Simpson's property was key to her decision to acquit.
"Somebody planted it." Moran told more than HK) reporters, signaling she agreed with the defense contention that Simpson was framed by rogue police officers, beginning w uh Detective Mark Fuhrman.
Another black juror. Gina Rosbor-ough, a postal w orker, said on "Oprah" that jurors had "a lot of reasonable doubt from the beginning’’ about the prosecution’s evidence, including the blood.
"I feel in my heart that he did not commit these crimes," she said "If he committed such a blood) crime, then there should have been more blood in that Bronco than this ... little speck that we saw
Although the court days are over, defense attorneys kept on arguing this time with each other. F Tee Bailey responded to an inter\ lew in which Robert Shapiro attacked Cochran for playing up race to the jury and scud he’d never speak to Bailey again
Bailey told WCVB-TV of Boston that Shapiro was a "sick little puppy’ and he criticized Shapiro's abilities as a lawyer. He accused Shapiro of once discussing a manslaughter plea for Simpson, w ith Kardashian as a fall guy.
NBU promotes its Safe Haven program during Public Power Week
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels Utilities will reach out to the community tins week to educate both children and adults as it celebrates Public Power Week.
"We were established as a municipal utility,” said David Werley, NBU consumer programs coordinator. "From its onset NBU has been a public entity.”
NBU will take an arcing demonstration to the public schools this week, show ing the physical properties of electricity — in a dramatic way.
The public can view the same demonstration at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6 in front of the NBU office, located on Main Plaza, Werley said.
NBU hopes to raise public awareness of its Safe Haven Program this week. "Safe Haven was started to let
the kids know that there’s somebody out there besides the fireman and the policeman that they can go to for help in an emergency situation,” Werley said.
Safe Haven uses music and stones to get the message to children from kindergarten through second grade that they can get help by contacting an NBU employee.
“We’ve got in the neighborhood of
IOO vehicles out there every day," Werley said. "We’re highly visible in the community .”
If a child is not at home and has an emergency need, he can come to an NBU truck, Werley said. The NBU employee will contact the dispatcher, who will then contact the proper authonties.
"Project Safe Haven has been going on for 12 or 13 years, and we’re really
proud of it,” W erley said
Oct I through 7 marks the utility awareness observance by publicly owned utilities across the nation, W er-ley said
"Please contact our Consumer Programs Office at 629-8492 for more information about the Public Power Week arcing demonstration or about any programs offered by your utility companyWerley said
Senator Helms stops U.S. foreign policy apparatus in its tracks. See Page 4.