New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Cougars prevail, Rangers, Unicorns fall in Friday night action. See Sports, Page
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; John Lad-shaw, Midge Haneiwich (72 years), Jason Schom-lorst, Thomas Spencer, Lupe Dominguez Jr. (19 years), Carnie Hernandez (28 years, and Harold Tarlton (belated), Happy anniversary to Malcolm and Ola Fischer, Jr. (35 years), and Malcolm and Adele Fischer, Sr. (57 years.)
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A story in the Sunday. Oct. I edition of the Herald-Zeitung detailed the arrest the prev ious weekend of a Bulverde man on drug charges by the Comal County Sheriffs Department.
Also mentioned in the story were discussions between Sheriff Jack Bremer and a Herald-Zeitung reporter Sept. 28, several days atter the arrest.
Bremer said he did not tell the reporter that the man would not be charged in the case. I ie also said the case was still being investigated when their conversation ux>k place.
In an interview Friday, Oct. 6, he added that any information given out for publication could have jeopardized the investigation.
When narcotics officers had exhausted all avenues of action, charges against the man were announced in a fax sent friday, Sept. 29 to area media.
That morning, Bremer made attempts to reach the Herald-Zeitung reporter by phone to discuss developments in the case, but he was unsuccessful because the office w as closed for the County Fair parade.
Bremer also came by the H-Z office on the afternoon of Sept. 29 after faxing the report, in search of the reporter.
His efforts to contact the Herald-Zeitung were not reported in the previous story.
Bremer and H-Z Managing Editor Doug Loveday agreed last week to maintain open lines of communications between the Sheriffs Department and new spaper editorial department.
The newspaper also agreed to work closely with the Sheriffs Department and continue to protect the integrity of narcotics investigations, especially those in which undercover officers aa* involved.
Gruene comes olive with music
Annual festival brings class acts to historic Gruene. See People, Page IB.
Garden Ridge water hogs to pay the price, council decides
By DAVID DE KUNDER
Garden Ridge residents who use 75,000 gallons or more of w ater per month will have to start paying for it.
The Garden Ridge City Council approved an amendment to the city water ordinance, w hich imposes new fees on those customers who use more than 75,000 gallons of water per month.
Mayor Jay P. Minikin said the addi
tional w ater rates were needed so that Garden Ridge residents will be more conscience when it comes to water conservation. Minikin was told by a water company official that one resident had used 195,000 gallons of w ater in August. Minikin was astounded by that figure.
"That is an astronomical, absolutely exorbitant usage of water," Minikin said.
Under the current water rate struc
ture, the city charges SI5 for 5.000 gallons of water used per month Customers w ho use more than 65.000 gallons of water have to pay $4.25 for each additional I,(MKI gallons of water used.
The new amendment will add 13 additional charges to the water rate structure for each 1,000 gallons of water used over 75,000 gallons per month. A customer who uses up to 85,(KK) gallons of w ater per month w ill
pay $4.75 for each I,(KM) gallons used. The rate goes up 50 cents for each additional 10.000 gallons used. According to the structure sheet, if a person uses 195,(MH) gallons, he or she can expect to pay $ 10.25 for each 1,000 gallons used.
After the council approved the water rates, the council heard from Planning and Zoning Commission member Col. David Wood. Wood told the council that Mission City Development Cor
poration of San Antonio wants to build 16-18 new lots near the Park Lane subdivision, located on Bat Cave Road. Wood said that the council should charge the dev elopers $600 per lot for w ater system enhancements.
On Wood’s suggestion, the council approved a motion to charge Mission City Development Corporation $10,800 “voluntary contribution", which will be paid when the first lot is sold.
Sheriff’s Dept says building site burglary ring smashed
Two suspected key members of a burglary ring were arrested Friday after sev eral w eeks of inv estigation by Comal County Patrol and C riminal Inv estigation deputies, according to a statement by the Comal County Sheriffs Department.
Frankie Hinojosa, 31, of New Braunfels and Robert koeppe, 21, w ho moved to New Braunfels recently from California, were arrested at different locations on charges of possession of stolen property $1,500-$20,(MM), a state jail felony. Koeppe w as also charged w ith burglary of a building.
The two are suspected of stealing from building sites items like construction materials, electric tools, compressors, personal property and trailers.
A residential construction site in the Eden Ranch subdivision was hit by thieves Thursday. Stolen items included chain saws, lumber, leaf blowers, lawn mow
ers, electric tools, and assorted other items. Deputies were able to track some of the stolen lumber to a mobile home construction site off of Landa Street.
Hinojosa's home was searched, where, records indicate, more stolen items were recovered, including furniture from another burglary “With the tremendous grow th our county is enjoying, w e w ant lo insure our new and long term residents that we will continue to protect their property ,” Sheriff Jack Bremer said.
"Our department will aggressively approach, correct. and prevent this type of criminal activity, as these two men have found out," Bremer said.
Hinojosa and koeppe were both booked into the Comal County Jail More charges may be brought as the investigation continues. Bail had not been set at the time of the Sheriffs Department's statement.
Benefit for Friends
Clean out your closets, it's time for the second annual “Benefit for Friends' yard sale on the grounds of Hospice New Braunfels Sponsored by the HIV-AIDS Support Group, the sale will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14.
Donations for the sale will be accepted at the Hospice Rock House from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday, Oct. 11-13. Bake sale items also will be accepted at the Hospice Rock House on Friday and Saturday.
People who want to assist with the sale are encouraged to call 625-7500.
Opportunities are available for sorters, organizers and pricers and sales people.
Public gang awareness forum
A public gang awareness forum will be held Monday, Oct. 16 at the Civic Center, sponsored by the New Braunfels Safe City Commission.
The forum starts at 7 p.m. with a display of gang paraphernalia, followed by a presentation at 7:45 p.m., and a question and answer session.
Guada Coma Garden Club to meet
The Guada Coma Garden Club will meet at the Historic Kuebler-Watdrip Haus Danville School Bed and Breakfast Oct 10 at 2 p m.
Canyon FFA Booster Club to meet
The Canyon FFA Booster Club meets Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 7 30 p.m. in the Ag Barn
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a forum on proposed amendments to the Texas Constitution Panelists include Beverly Bunch, assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and Jody Kneijski, of the state comptrollers office A question and answer session will follow the presentation The forum will be at the NBISD Board Room, 430 W. Mill St on Oct 10 at 7:30 p m For more information, call Susie Battle-Ledford at 964-3472 or Darlene Hicks at 629-5167.
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Moment of silence in place at CISD
NBISD has no plans to follow suit
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Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The mothers of the Canyon Cougar cheerleaders and football players donned cheerleader outfits and provided surprise entertainment at the pep rally held Friday at CHS.
Above, Susan Deschner and her daughter Margot cheer to the old Village People disco song YMCA. At right, some of the cheerleaders enjoy the show.
Inspired, the Cougars went on to improve thier record to 4-1 with a victory over Belton. For more on the game, turn to Sports, Page 8A.
By MELANIE GERIK
Although Comal Independent School District board of trustees approv ed the implementation of a moment of silence less than two weeks ago, the idea is nothing new, an administrator said Friday.
Trustees approved on Sept. 27 the implementation of the moment of silence for reflection and meditation at the beginning of the school day. Most schools have made the period a part of their morning announcements, after pledges to the U.S. and Texas flags.
Debbie Swanson, principal at Bulverde Elementary School, said her campus has had a moment of silence for years without any complaints.
“This community is very supportive of it,” she said. “There’s never been an issue about it."
According to the policy, the period of silence will be an individual, private activity. There shall be no attempt by any (CISD) employee to influence in any way another person’s thoughts regarding the period of silence."
Bill Brown Elementary School Principal Tripp Presley said. “My opinion is that even if you said a prayer, it wouldn't be a big deal in this community."
But George Ricker, a retired United Methodist pastor w ho teaches an Old Testament class at Southwest Texas State University, said he is opposed to prayers in public schools, including
‘My opinion is that even if you said a prayer, it wouldn’t be a big deal in this community.’
— Tripp Presley, Bill Brown Elementary School principal
moments of silence.
“It's another way of saying, ‘This is a time of prayer.' " he said.
He added that public schools should take no part in any sort of religious education, which should be left to parents and churches. Ricker said people should “be leery" of government involvement in religious issues.
"Given an opportunity , government w ill use C hnstianity for its own means," he said.
Charles Bradberry. superintendent for New Braunfels Independent School District, said the moment of silence is something "worth looking into" implementing in his school district, although students already can pray or meditate alone informally.
"It doesn t take a law for that opportunity." he said.
Leo Chafin. president of the NBISD board of trustees, said administrators hav e not discussed the possibility yet, but said he feels that “if our teachers want a moment of silence, it would be OK"Sarcasm of letter to Wal-Mart lost on some readers. See Opinion, Page 4A.