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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 10, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas ilk 11 11 WaSmrn 25 Cents - -vv Thursday October 10, 1991 * Vol. 139, No. 232 Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COK ,    /    Home    of    Louis iiung uls R. Keesee One Section, 14 PagesStammtischBest wishes The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Tina Valadez, Paula Rocsch, Billy Printy, Ricky Priess, Frank O. Perez, Olga Gomez, Debra Lee Ann Supulver, Chris Castilleja, Christy Moreno, Mary Garza Torres, Casey Kneupper and Francis Castillo. Belated birthday wishes to Luke Burke. “Happy anniversary” today to Tony and Betty Casarez. Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.Lawmakers to speak Responding to a request from Comal ISD parents, patrons and taxpayers, Superintendent Joe Rogers has arranged a public meeting with State Sen. Bill Sims and State Rep. Edmund Kucmpcl on Monday, Oct. 14 at 7:30 p.m. at Smithson Valley High School to discuss the school district’s financial situation. Audience participation is invited at this meeting, which is open to the public. For more information call Rogers at 625-8081 or (512) 885-7674.Salado day trip The Sophicnburg Museum and Archives is sponsoring a day trip to historic Salado Wednesday, Oct. 16. The $25 per person fee includes transportation by bus, historic tour, lunch and gratuity. For additional information call 629-1572.Bake and craft sale New Braunfels Lioness Club will sponsor a bake and craft sale Saturday, Oct. 12 in front of Wal-Mart. Proceeds will go toward sight conservation projects.Klnderchor practice Kindcrchor practice is scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 13 at 2 p.m. at Bavarian Village Restaurant. The group is looking for more children between the ages of 4 and 12 to participate in the learning and singing of German folksongs. For more information call David C. Smith at 629-1785.School yearbooks The 1990-91 New Braunfels High School yearbooks will be sold Friday, Oct. ll at the varsity football game for $30. Anyone who wishes to pick up a book that they have already ordered may come by the school during school hours to pick it up.FFA booster clubs Canyon and Smithson Valley Future Farmers of America booster clubs will meet for the first annual social Saturday, Oct. 12 from 6 p.m. to I a.m. at the Comal County Fairgrounds. A $50 donation admits two adults for all you can cat and drink and dancing to the music of Dana Wchrmann with the Texas Top Hands. Proceeds will be used to purchase student animal projects al the Comal County Junior Livestock Auction and provide financial assistance to the chapters. For tickets call (512) 885-7744 or 625-2491.Benefit barbecue Lake Dunlap Arca Volunteer Fire Depanment will sponsor its annual barbecue Saturday, Oct. 19 at the American Legion Post #179, 410 W. Coll from 4 to 11 p.m. Barbecue plates will be $4 for adults and $3 for children. Auction at 6 See STAMMTISCH, Pag* 2 Highs in the low 80s and overnight lows in the high 50s are likely throughout South Central Texas the remainder of the week. In New Braunfels Wednesday, the high was 82 and the overnight low was 52. For weather details, see Pane 2. Inside: CLASSIFIED......................11*14 COMICS....................................8 CROSSWORD..........................3 DEAR ABBY............................0 HOROSCOPE...........................8 KALEIDOSCOPE......................8 RECORDS.................................4 SCRAPBOOK...........................7 SPORTS...............................8-11 TV LISTINGS............................8 WEATHER................................2 Grand jury indicts 16 persons By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Twenty one indictments involving 16 individuals were issued by a Comal County grand jury on Wednesday. Among them were three counts of criminal mischief to a New Braunfels man, Michael McBride, 19, of the 1500 block of Lorelei who allegedly was involved in a July 4 fight, according to officials with the Comal County District Attorney’s office. Training timeBoards get state instruction By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer School board members of the New Braunfels and Comal Independent School Districts met in a joint workshop Wednesday night for training in evaluation of school district superintendents as required by the Texas Association of School Boards. The session was conducted by William P. “Bill” Ncmir from the TASB personnel services division in Austin. “I think that the evaluation instrument should be a planning document for the district," Nemir said. Attending the workshop, held at the NBISD Education Center, were NBISD Superintendent Charles R. Bradbcrry and C1SD Superintendent Joe Rogers. Trustees present were Lee Ikels, Leroy Goodson, Connie Cantu, Don Craighead and Jim Middleton from Comal (SD and Dick Robinctt, Leo Chafin and Margie Rabom from New Braunfels ISD. S** BOARD, Pag* 2 Also indicted were a New Braunfels couple allegedly involved in the hold-up of a New Braunfels pizza shop. Jesse Lopez Jr., 47, and Esperanza Lopez of the 200 block of W. Mill each were charged with one count of engaging in criminal activity. The couple allegedly was waiting outside the restaurant while another man robbed the establishment. The man, Martin Aleman, 26, of the 200 block of Anhalt, pled guilty to robbery of the pizza shop, a second degree felony and was sentenced to 15 years in prison by District Judge Robert T. Pfueffer. The grand jury also returned several sealed indictments. Other grand jury indictments, with charges listed, were: • Eric Estes, 33, of Spring Branch; DWI, subsequent offense. • Brian Urbansky, 18, of Canyon Lake; burglary of a vehicle. • Edelmira Lopez, 34, of George West; unlawful use of a criminal instrument. • Sandra Gomez, 30, of the 2000 block of W. Bridge St.; robbery, enhancement. • Juan Davila, 17, of the 2800 block of W. San Antonio St.; robbery. • Delta Perza AKA Delta Meza, 32, of the 500 block of Ventura Drive; William P. “Bill” Nemir perches on the edge of a table as he share with school board members from the New Braunfels and Comal Independent School Districts the Texas Association of School Boards' required material on evaluation of superintendents. Visible at left is Charles R. Bradberry, NBISD superintendent. The workshop was held at the NBISD Education Center. (Photo by Robert Stewart) Oak Run School ‘on schedule9 By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer Construction on the New Braunfels Independent School District’s Oak Run School is moving along well, said Superintendent Charles R. Bradberry. “We hope to have the classroom wing completed by the beginning of November and the remainder completed in December,” he said. “We’ll move everybody over during the Christmas break.” The Oak Run School is presently operating at the New Braunfels Middle School. The staff of Principal Bill Hollas, his assistant, secretary United Vteu and a nurse are functioning as a separate unit to ease the transition to the new facility. Oak Run will be a sixth grade campus. Removing sixth graders from the Middle School will ease overcrowding there, Bradberry said. The library, gymnasium and cafeteria are all designed for future expansion in the event that the need may come in the future to broaden the school’s population. “Around the year 2000 we may want to make this into another middle school,” Bradberry said. Half the city’s middle school students would then attend Oak Run while the other half would go to New Braunfels Middle School. The Oak Run School is equipped with a choir room, band hall (with practice rooms), a guidance area, nursing center and full office facilities. “We will have districtwide baking facilities in the kitchen here,” Bradberry said. “This will save money and produce higher quality products.” Bakery products for all NBISD schools will be prepared at Oak Run. Presently, some products are purchased from outside suppliers and some arc made by the district. The school also features separate walkway/driveway facilities for buses and cars. “Everything is going good,’’ said Jim Tollette, construction superintendent. “We’re right on time and we’d like to see more of this (good) weather.” Bradberry said that the Highway Department will be installing warning lights to slow traffic down to 40 miles per hour in front of the school, located on Texas 46 just past Loop 337. There will also be a turning lane to ease access, he said.Good Day IDU (NM UM ll /S pun uni SO (MN CW ll 25 PHII Hill Event includes local performers With pledges totaling $129,016.27 on Wednesday, United Way of Comal County is now at 65 percent of its goal. The annual fund drive, which runs through November, is aiming for $200,000 to be shared among more than 20 member agencies Speakers for groups or businesses can be booked by calling 020-7760 By STEPHANIE FERGUSON City Editor More than 20 bands, many of them local performers, will perform at the 5th Annual Gruene Music Fest slated for Saturday in Gruene, The fest, which was created to raise money for the Comal County United Way, will feature a number of local entertainers. • Schedule includes: Gruene Hall Mike Soukup— 10:15 to 11 a m. Grapes of Wrath — Noon to 12:45 p.m. Don McCalister and Cowboy Jazz — 1:30 lo 2 p.m. Lisa and Roberta Morales — 3 to 3:45 p.m. Inncrvicw — 4:15 to 5 p.m. Terri Hendrix — 6:50 to 7:20 p.m. County Line — 7:30 to 8:15 p m. Sisters Morales — 8:30 to 9:45 p.m. Clay Slaker — IO; 15 p.m. to I a m. Main Stage Straightaway — 9:15 to 10:15 a.m. B.C. Smith & The Breeze Band — 11 a.m. to noon Ken Ryan & Crossover — 12:45 lo 1:30 p.m. Texanna — 2-3 p.m. Polynesian Dancers — 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Savannah Rose — 5 to 5:30 p.m. LL CD m f —I HERE! £ Gruene Music Fest October 11-12 Stingrays — 5:45 lo 6:30 p.m. Folk Stage Gutter Snypc — 10:30 lo 11 a m. Humble Brothers — 11:15 lo 11:50 am. David Owens — 12:05 to 12:45 p.m. Mariachis Cardenas — I to 1:20 p.m. Dan McCoy — 2 to 2:30 p.m. Polynesian Dancers — 2:45 to 3:15 p.m. Bill Snipes and Tracy Springer —-3:30 to 4 p.m. Al Barlow —4:15 to4:45 p m. Whoosits — 5 to 6:30 p.m Guadalupe Valley Winery Stage Chris and Judy — Noon to I p.m. Alan Voight — 1:30 lo 4 p.m. The Craze — 5 lo 6:30 p.m. Gruene Music Fest will kick off Friday at Gruene Hall with a private premier party from 6 to 8 p.m. and then the public is invited to an auction at 8 p.m. and the Judy Jenkins Band will perform from 9 p.m. to midnight. Also planned for the fest are food booths, a pottery-making display, arui and crafts, classic car collection, T-shirts and more. Sponsors of the include. Miller Genuine Draft, Y-100, Texas Commerce Bank, Gruene Merchants Association, United Way, Music Fest Association, Gaynes Productions and New Braudels Herald' Zt Uung. For more information about GMF call 629-4457. forgery by passing. • David Machuca, 37, of the 2700 block of Becker St.; forgery by passing. • Pedro Flores, 17, of the Boys Shelter; attempted burglary of a building. • Walter Fugett, 29, of the 200 block of Rhine Rd.; aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.Powerful fun set by NEU By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities has a special afternoon of Public Power Week activities scheduled from 1:30 to 3:30 Friday at NBU’s office on Main Plaza. This year’s Public Power Week, Oct. 6 to 12, also is especially meaningful for the Austin-based Lower Colorado River Authority, which some state officials proposed to sell during the legislative sessions earlier this year to raise revenue to balance the state budget. The benefits of a community owning its own electric utility company will be the focus of NBU’s second annual observance of Public Power Week, which falls during national Energy Awareness Month. After a short welcome on Friday, a demonstration of NBU’s Safe Haven program will be given. Safe Haven is an awareness program for children teaching them to go to any NBU worker when they find themselves in a dangerous situation arui need help. An arcing-safcty demonstration will follow at 2 p.m. The demonstration, described as 7,200 volts of a loud, bright buzz, is designed to raise awareness about the dangers of working around power lines. At 2:45, the afternoon will end with an air-changc lest at an older NBU-owned home at 437 E. Klingemann. The air-change test is used to gauge a home’s energy efficiency by measuring air infiltration. Ratepayers also are encouraged to visit the NBU lobby the entire week to examine displays and pick up brochures about NBU and energy conservation. New Braunfels is one of more than 2.000 publicly owned electric utilities in the United Slates in cities and town in every state expect Hawaii. Earlier this year, the state House Republican Caucus backed a sale of LCRA power-generating facilities, and state Comptroller John Sharp recommended the Legislature study such a sale rn a massive budget dcficil-reducuon plan. State Rep. Edmund Kuempel and the Association of Wholesale Customers of LCRA — citing figures that showed electric rates would need to rise by 30- lo 40-perccm if LCRA were sold, most likely to a private utility — actively opposed die proposed sale. The issue now appears dead due to lack of legislative support. “LCRA is still publicly owned, guided by wholesale customers and a board of directors representing 15 of the counties in the service area, and citizen committees are formed on all rnqjor issues," said General Manager Mark Rose. "We believe that we are a stronger utility because we have made every effort to keep this public uuiity in the hands of the public, and we intend to keep our customers involved in decisions that affect them. That’s what public power is all about .” Until LCRA and electric cooperatives were formed in the late 1930s and 1940s, only a small percentage of rural areas had electricity because private utilities saw no profit in extending lines for long distances to small populations in scattered towns and remote farms. These conditions motivated the creation of publicly owned, non-profit electric utilities in Texas. When LCRA began generating electricity, city officials looking for a reliable power source signed on as LCRA customers. LCRA transmission lines began to inch their way across Central Texas as the demand for power grew. Thirty-three city util-iues are now LCRA wholesale customers, including NBU. ;