New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, October 8,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Crtesy
Vol. 145, No. 235
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Crissy James, Susan Buck, Lauren Kirkham, Dayna Miller, SU-verio J. Gonzales (75 years), Caleb Smith, Mike Engel, Carnie Cardenas (30 years), Santiaga Aguirre and Lope Dominguez Jr. (21 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Molds —2,910 Ragweed—54
(Pollen measured in pads per cubic meter of ak. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 299 cubic feet per second, up 5 from Tuesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.39 (Pet above sea level, up .05 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 174 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 908.66 feet above sea level. (Conservation pool.)
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NBL) reports pumping 6.733 million gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 1.30 million gallons of we! water were used.
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with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms.
Low near 70. Southeast wind 5-10 mph.
Thursday — Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. High in the upper 80s. East wind 5-10 mph.
Friday — Partly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Highs in the lower and mid 80s Saturday and Sunday — Partly to mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms. Lows in the 60s Highs in the 80s.
•Texas Department of Transportation crews are expanding Interstate 35 between Sol ms Road and Farm-to-Market 3009 No lanes will be closed, but southbound exits, with the exception of FM 2252/FM 482, will be closed. All northbound lanes are open.
• Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane. Once pavement work begins, traffic likely will be reduced to one lane
• In addition to routine repairs, county crews will be working on Barbarosa Lane. The road will remain open to traffic, but temporary lane closures could occur.
• City of New Braunfels street crews will be working on Oasis Street from Business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue through Friday.
• Construction is scheduled to seal coat Old McQueeney Road, Morningside Drive, Mesquite Avenue and Old Marion Road through Friday. Overlay of those streets will begin next week
pup rally Thursday
Alumni of New Braunfels High School are invited to a candlelight pep rally at Unicom Stadium Thursday night in preparation for Homecoming. The event will start at 7 p.m. The rally will end at about 8:30 p.m. with the extinguishing of tights and the playing of the fight song and alma materHummel Museum taps Schaeffer as executive director
By DAVID DEKUNDER
After two years without an executive director, the Hummel Museum Board of Directors named Doreen Schaeffer to the post Tuesday at its general membership meeting.
Board president Tom Purdum made the announcement and said Schaeffer, 44, was
appointed to the position because of her experience as the museum’s business manager for die last two years. She came to the museum when it opened five years ago as the office manager.
“She is very familiar with the museum and its opera-
tions,’’ Purdum said. “This Hummel World is complex — the copyrights and the licensing permits. Furthermore she demonstrates she wants this museum to succeed, and that’s what we want.”
Schaeffer said she would try to get more exposure for the Hummel Museum.
“I would like to see more school tours,” Schaeffer said. “I’d like to try to get educational pro
grams for the children developed — something for them to do when they come here, maybe hands-on painting and drawing.”
The new executive director also wants to boost attendance for the museum, which attracts about 22,000 visitors a year.
“I would like to have more activities, have other artists and other traveling exhibits here,” she said Turn to Hummel, Page 3A
Republic of Texas member arraigned
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
A Republic of Texas member lost her second battle in less than a week against a system she believes is illegal.
Carolyn Carney, whose motion to have a judge removed from her case failed last week, was arraigned Tuesday for the first degree felony charge of aggravated assault against a public servant after District Judge Charles Ramsay denied a hearing on a motion to dismiss the charge.
The charge stemmed from a June incident in which Carney allegedly pointed a handgun at a lawman executing an arrest warrant at her home in Bulverde for failure to appear in court.
Carney, who is secretary of council for the Republic of Texas, said she was nm ready to ****** q pL*** haraiw she still was gathering information in the case, but District Judge Charles Ramsay entered a plea of not guilty for her. He also advised her to hire an attorney.
“I know you probably want to represent yourself and that is fine... but I strongly advise you to get an attorney,” Ramsay told Carney.
Carney, who said she has not decided whether to represent herself, said Ramsay was “prejudiced" against her because she sued him for violation of her constitutional rights. She added that she had been denied access to her file and had not been able to prepare a defense, so she was not ready to enter a plea. She said Ramsay should not have entered a plea for her.
“He’s practicing law from the bench,” she said.
Criminal District Attorney Dib Turn to Arraigned, Page 3A
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Cable panel airs complaints
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Teen Connection helps abused youths
Cable television in New Braunfels could be improving in the future, but like too many wires, entanglements exist every step of the way.
Concerns and complaints from local members of a cable television committee were voiced in a Tuesday meeting at New Braunfels municipal building. Members identified an assortment of problems and discussed them with a representative from TCI Cablevision of Texas, Inc.
Lack of quality programming, poor transmission of some channels and a disregard for customer-friendly service were among frustrations vented during the session.
Committee members Glen Pool, Harry Preston, S.D. David, Carol Rehfeld, Vincent Sampiere, Mava Hillje and Ray Bizer explored the chance for community input into a cable company’s system plagued by contractual obligations and big business and occupied with marketing its own products.
TCI actually owns part of certain programming companies, such as CNN, TNT, C-SPAN and FOX Sports Southwest-What is included in a programming package for a community like New Braunfels can be based on large corporations and what programming is owned by or affiliated with them, according to TCI representative Dennis Moore.
The city of New Braunfels applied for rights to regulate cable rates when a cable contract with TCI was signed several years ago. With these rights, the city should be able to regulate basic service—not expanded—but municipal regulation is really a “moot point,” said Moore, who explained that the Federal Communications Commission does all the regulating.
Supposedly, an open door exists for local cable users to give their input on basic service, but basic rates and other issues are rarely negotiable, according to Moore, w ho listened and responded to concerns and said he would be wiling to speak to management officials at TCI and pursue changes that New Braunfels cable users desired.
A bright point came at the end of the meeting w hen Moore announced that additional channels might be available through new technology called digital compression.
Digital compression allows 12 channels to fit into the same band length one channel normally occupies. The digital signal was immune to many transmission interferences, he said, and would be compatible with the same cable system wiring currently in use in New Braunfels.
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By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Facing domestic violence as a teen can be especially trying because the adults looked to for advice may be foe ones doing foe abusing.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Teens and children are part of the 386 reported domestic violence incidents in New Braunfels and 245 reported incidents in Comal County during 19%.
Help is available through the Teen Connection in New Braunfels, a refuge for girls
and boys between foe ages of IO and 17 who are abused, battered or experiencing some kind of family violence within their homes.
Established in 1983, Teen Connection served young females in crisis situations and
added foe same provisions for boys in 1989. The center has a capacity to provide shelter tor 13 of each gender, said Kyle Barrington, executive director.
Teen Connection’s mission is to provide quality and effective programs and sen ices to assist each individual client in developing resiliency and self sufficiency, Barrington said.
During 1994, Teen Connection prov ided shelter and counseling for more than IOO Turn to Taena, Page 3A
TCI Cabio Rate Comparison-Monthly Ratos
basic service $10.98 expanded service $15.55
■include* 20 additional channels
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Lewis Creek clean-up progressing
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Inmate workers are cleaning up Lewis Creek ahead of schedule. County Commissioner Danny Scheel told Commissioners Court Thursday.
Scheel said inmates participating in foe county’s inmate work-reicase program are expected to get tit*, first portion of Lewis Creek done within days.
“I think we will finish the south side of Farm-to-Market 1863 within IO days and start doing the north side of 1863,” Scheel said.
The inmate work crews have been cleaning foe creek’s embankments of debris and small cedar trees since early September.
Tile comfy decided to help clean
up Lewis Creek after early June floods forced people to evacuate their homes, mostly on Circle Oak Drive in Oak Village North.
Debns and small cedar trees in Lewis Creek may have worsened the flood by not allowing water to drain into the Cibolo Creek, homeowners have said.
The eight inmates assigned to foe cleanup have been working on Lewis Creek from foe Cibolo Creek to FM 1863. Once that portion is done, they will continue to work along Lewis Creek north of FM 1863 through Oak Village North to Smithson Valley Road.
Scheel said when the project began, he thought it would take two months to clean foe southern part of Lewis Creek. The job will probably be complete within a month.
He said foe pace would accelerate with the next section of creek bed.
“I feel like that section will move quicker even though it is longer, because we don’t have the big trees, and it is not as dense in growth as we had on the south side of Lewis Creek,” Scheel saki.
Jail Administrator Jim Middleton said the eight inmates assigned to foe clean -up have been working very hard.
“The inmates have certainly made inroads and strides out there,” Middleton said. “The inmates in the work release program have been working six days, 46 hours a week. The Sheriff (Bob Holder) has made sure that we get the job done property before we get heavy rains that cause property and road damage.”Getting ready for Gruene Music Fest — Page 8A