New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 10, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAYUnicorn girls run to victory Wednesday. See Sports, Page 5.
New Braunfels wafer use restrictions
The city's normal year-round water restrictions have been instituted. No sprinklers or sprinkler systems may be used from 10 a rn. to 4 p.m. Hand-held hoses may be used for watering at any time.
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12 pages in one section B Thursday, October 10,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years B Home of TAMMY HAND
Vol 144, No 238
Birthday wishes from tho Harald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Sammy Tristan, Jr. (4 years), Mary tomes, La Verne Welbom, Tammy Hand, Karl Honnoll (7 years), Roberta Kuempel and Jim Jeath.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Grass — N/A Cedar Elm —N/A Pigweed — N/A Ragweed —N/A (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 174 cubic feet per second, same as Wednesday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 623.04 feet above sea level, down 02 from Wednesday.
Canyon Dam discharge —104 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 74 cfs Canyon Lake level — 904.64 feet above sea level (Below conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities
NBU reports pumping 7.318 million gallons of surface water, and no well water was used (figures from Wednesday).
Aggie game film to be shown today
The Texas A&M Club will be showing a tape of the Texas A&M-Louisiana Tech game at 7 p m today at CCS Pizza
American QI Forum chapter to meet
The American GI Forum Chapter 1014 will hold its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. today at the American Legion Hall on Coll Street.
All new members are invited to attend.
VFW auxiliary plans membership dinner
The Ladies Auxiliary, of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No.
7110 will have its annual membership dinner at 6 p.m. Oct.
21 at the Tree Tops Riverside Grille, 444 E. San Antonio St. The meal is free to all members and those guests who are eligible to join. Membership anniversary pins will be awarded.
To make a reservation, call Lee Courtade at 609-1636 by Monday
Kkflavtiostal program runs through Friday
The New Braunfels Historic Museums Association is sponsoring an elderhostel program that runs through Friday. The program offers an opportunity to meet visitors from throughout the United States Please join the Community Band and visitors for a concert at 7 p.m. today on the Plaza
VISTA volunteer assists disabled
Don Guenther, the VISTA volunteer for Comal County, will be available from 2 to 6 p.m. this week at the Senior Citizens Center to assist citizens with disabilities.
Clothing drive now accepting donations
New Braunfels Utilities along with other area businesses are sponsoring the ‘Share the Warmth" clothing drive this year
Donations of unneeded coats, jackets, sweaters, blankets, etc. are being accepted at local dry cleaners until Oct. 24.
They will be distributed from 1 to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26 at United Methodist Church’s Wesley Hall.
Winsett avoids jail time in sexual assault case
By ABE LEVY
State District Judge Bill Bender sentenced a Canyon Lake man this week to IO years of probation on a conviction of sexual assault and tampering with evidence.
Paul Glenn Winsett, 45, of the 1900 block of Sattler Road pleaded no contest to the charges in early September in a plea agreement after a jury in September remained deadlocked 10-2 on the sexual assault charge.
The charges will be dropped after a 10-year
‘I’m at least appeased because I know I have the ability to send him away for a very long time should he sneeze the wrong way.’
— Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip
period if Winsett avoids any other criminal activity-
Winsett faced a maximum penalty of up to 99
years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
District Attorney Bill Reimer handled the prosecution in the case and was unavailable for comment Tuesday.
Assistant District Attorney Dib Waldrip said the case was difficult with the evidence the District Attorney’s Office possessed.
“We went to trial knowing we didn’t have any concrete evidence,” Waldrip said.
“The chances of a judge changing a ruling is kind of a pitch in the dark. I know that Mr. Winsett is on the hook for 99 years if he messes up in the next IO years. I’m at least appeased because
I know I have the ability to send him away for a very long time should he sneeze the wrong way.” Winsett’s attorney, Charles A. Stephens ll, could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Winsett was charged with sexually assaulting a girl under 17 years of age on April 19.
The charge of tampering with evidence involved a 9 mm gun that Stanley Lindsey, 43, of Bulverde allegedly used to commit suicide after killing his wife and son on March 13.
Winsett was the tow truck driver who responded to an accident where Lindsey’s body was found.
Local pastors help organize Billy Graham crusade
By ABE LEVY
SAN ANTONIO — Three New Braunfels pastors are among a group of500 clergy and lay people who are helping with preparations for a Billy Graham Crusade at the Alam-odome in six months.
The three attended a meeting Wednesday to map out plans for the 77-year-old evangelist’s third visit to San Antonio.
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Rev. Ray Still, pastor of Oakwood Baptist Church. “Most of all, he'll present a clear message that has eternal ramifications."
Still, the Rev. Marcus Avalos of Tree of Life Fellowship and the Rev. Perry Taylor of Southlake Baptist Church will spearhead a local effort to increase participation for the event
Graham also led crusades in San Antonio in 1958 and 1968.
Staff members for Graham (who did not attend the organizational meeting) officially accepted the invitation to come to the South Texas area through the following statement
"I am honored to accept the invitation of the churches and community leaders in South Texas to hold a
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will be coming with the singular desire to serve the churches by proclaiming foe Gospel of Jesus Christ"
To prepare for the upcoming event Graham's staff will coordinate prayer "wtinmi and informational meetings with area deray and lay people.
Organizers hope to recruit hundreds pf volunteers for the crusade, including counselors and administrative spiff.
Cliff Barrows, who has worked wifo Gnfoam for about 50 years as music and program director, said the event will offer area Christians an opportunity to unite under one purpose. J
“We hope that many people come to faith in Christ," Barrows said. “The church will have a witness to the community that will be far more reaching than just one church. There’s been so much division, but a crusade like this encourages the
Rick Marshall, the senior crusade director, told the clergy that prayer is critical to bring people to foe Alam-odome.
“Now folks, that’s a 60,000-seat stadium," Marshall said. “I know that when the Spurs play there, they divide it in half. I know it’s our heart’s prayer that we not have to do that.”
Organizers were optimistic about foe health of Graham, who is suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
“He’s looking well, very well,’’ Barrows said. “He’s looking forward with great expectancy to coming."
Master plan for city may include consulting help
By ABE LEVY
Members of a steering committee agreed Wednesday to consider bringing consulting firms in on a two-year project to develop a master plan for New Braunfels.
The steenng committee is made up of a cross-section of representatives from Comal County.
‘We are making •xactly the progress we want... wa absolutely require total public involvament.’
— John Dierksen Steering committee chairman
Committee members moved slowly in deciding what direction they wanted the group to go, but they said the first meeting was a good beginning.
“We are making exactly the progress we want," committee chairman John Dierksen said.
“The main thing is that people need to have patience and remember this may take 18 to 24 months. lf nothing else, we absolutely require total public involvement.’’
Members agreed to ask city staff and the Planning and Zoning Commission to write up a request for a proposal for consultants.
The city would pay for consulting assistance, but Wednesday’s discussion included the possibility of asking New Braunfels Utilities to help pay for it. The steering committee’s next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 8.
The city council will have a choice of two applicants in naming a member to the NBU Board of Trustees.
The applicants are Guadalupe Castillo, the board’s current president and a trustee for nearly five years, and Frank Panebianeo, president of FAP-Co. LLC, a sales service and consulting firm for power and water systems.
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By ABE LEVY
Statements made last week by reassigned school administrator Charles Engler violate the New Braunfels Independent School District’s ethics policy and warrant a reprimand from the superintendent, a school district trustee claims.
School district Trustee Steve
Weaver, in a letter dated Monday, asks Superintendent Charles Birdberry to reprimand Engler, the former assistant principal of New Braunfels High School, for statements he made in Friday’s edition of the Hcrald-Zeitung.
Engler’s comments dealt with the school board’s vote on Oct. 3 to reassign him and NBHS Principal John Turman and the walkout students staged in support of the administrators following their announcement that they were leaving the school. Turman and Engler requested reassignment, citing “philosophical differences” with the board over the accelerated block scheduling system in place at the high school.
“If the community does not pay attention at this time, they may lose this school and this district," Engler said then. “It’s not about Logier getting his job back. I’m staying here, but if we let this slide, you’ll be writing an obituary and it’s called NBISD."
Weaver says in the letter that the statement violates the school district’s mission statement and the District’s Employee Standards of C onduct, both of which call for employees to support public trust and express complaints through “appropriate administrative procedures.”
Weaver told Bradberry he must remedy the situation, and the trustee called for a retraction from Engler printed in the newspaper along with a public apology to New Braunfels High School students.
“I want to put you on notice that I am holding you accountable tor getting Mr. Engler’s behavior under control,” the letter stated, “lf you do not get control of the district’s employees and the situation at the high school, I will encourage this board to pursue whatever legal remedies are available to us. This is a serious matter that demands your prompt attention.”
Bradberry said he forwarded the letter to NBISL) attorneys in Austin for their opinion, but the superintendent said the statement did not appear to be a violation of district policy.
“I told (Weaver) that I was at a loss to know what he’s talking about,” Bradberry said. “That’s something the lawyers would have to verify for me. To my knowledge, Mr. Engler has done nothing so far lo violate our policy. I would say that teachers and employees have some fairly strong rights as individuals.”
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