New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 139, No. 234
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October 13, 1991
Three Sections, 44 Pages
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Joanna Schima, Joe Angel Villanueva, Melissa Ann Guerrer-o, Margo Mendoza, James R. Southerland, Erika Sagebiel, Tammy Herry Philpot, Pete Gonzales Jr., Sean Phillip Worden, Wallie nn Sachtlcbcn and Cherry Key Templeton.
Belated birthday wishes to Cathy Houde, Morgan Johnson, Shannon Schmidt, Bobby Tristan, Jessica Dominguez, Johnny Johnson, R.C. Banda McKinnis and Gloria Banda.
Celebrating a binhday Monday, Robert Michael Cantu, Betty Erben, Anna Clara Ray, Bryan Williams, Brent Free, Troy Moore, Meagan Renae Gomez and J.R. Gallegos.
“Happy anniversary” Sunday to Stella and Paul Anthony Espinoza and on Monday to Gary and Charlotte Schccl and Mr. and Mrs. Pete Gonzales.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call die day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Wade Butler of San Marcos will demonstrate his techniques in opaque watercolor when he paints a river scene with ducks at the New Braunfels Art League meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in the Arts Center, 646 Walnut Square.
Make plans to be on Main Plaza at IO a.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, to enter your jack-o-lanicm in the annual Carved Pumpkin Contest, sponsored by the Downtown Association. Categories for the young (age 16 and under) are scariest, funniest and most creative. Young at heart category (age 17 and over) will be judged for best-all-around and can be carved or painted. Prizes will be given and costumes are welcome. There will be face painters, ghosts and goblins, plus appearances by lite New Braunfels Unicom, Canyon Cougar, Natural Bridge Caverns Dinosaur, Sparky the Fire Dog and EMS Ready Teddy.
The Heritage Society Exhibit, “Schoolroom of the War Years, 1941-1945,” needs the following items for its exhibit, slated for Wurstfest, Nov. 1-10: Round ink bottles with dippers, a wall clock, pencil sharpener, pencil box, lunch kit, round 1/2 pint milk bottle, real tinfoil, IO cent war savings stamps and book, elementary textbooks in good condition, looselcaf notebooks and student’s work, and small or medium sized fish bowl. Call Doris Parks at 625-8871 for more information.
It’s time to tee off for the American Cancer Society’s River Country Golf Tournament al Northcliffe Country Club Friday, Oct. 18. This year’s event, beginning with lunch at 1:30 p.m., will be a two-golfer scramble with flighting by handicaps, with a shot-gun start at I p.m. The American Cancer Society hopes to raise more than twice last year’s funds of $2,000. The tournament entry donation is $50 per person ($100 per team) and
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The Whoosits Goodtime Big Pile Band was among those attracting attention at the Gruene Music Fest. For more on the event, please see Page 1B. (Photos by Robert Stewart)
It was hot time in Gruene
By ROBERT STEWART Stall Writer
The flashback of summer weather and lots of good music led to a hot time Saturday at the Grucnc Music Fest in the Gruene Historic District of New Braunfels.
“I would have to say it was probably the best yet. We’ve had a good turnout all day,” said John Payne, co-director of the event. “I believe this fifth annual Gruene Music Fest has launched us into the future of many Gruene Music Fests for United Way of Comal County to come.”
Payne and Dick Kocglc started the event, now in its fifth year, as a way for local musicians to do something for the United Way campaign.
Payne said that they are already looking at a tentative date during October of next year.
“I believe we did better than last year at our gate and our auction (Friday) night beal last year’s total,” Payne said.
The Fest has given $23,000 to the United Way over four years and hopes to reach a goal of $ 10,000 this year, Payne said. K
During the day, Polynesian Dancers brought men from Ute audience up on the dance floor (actually, the intersection of Gruene and Hunter Roads) to show them new ways to do the two-step. The men, of course, had to put on the obligatory grass skirt to shake, rattle and roll as island drums were pounded.
Streets in Grucnc were blocked off to allow the crowds lo freely roam about the arca, visiting different stages and booths.
“It’s a great turnout — a lot bigger than last year,” said Ted Rodriguez, festival volunteer. “I like volunteering my time because seeing all these people having a good time makes me feel good.”
The Children’s Museum in New Braunfels added a family emphasis to the event with a “make it and take it’’ area.
‘The kids are making ‘rain sticks’ out of cardboard lubes, nails and gravel,” said Janet Brandi, museum volunteer.
The nails arc stuck in the sides of die tubes and the gravel is sealed inside. When the tube is turned over, the falling gravel sounds like rainfall.
After a record-setting high of 99 degrees south Texas, the forecast for today puts the high in the mid-90s and the overnight low in the 60s. Monday’s high should reach only the low 90s with a cold front due about the middle of the week. For weather details, see Page 2A.
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Education forum Monday
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
It’s not often that taxpayers can talk directly to those who help determine how much money is extracted from their wallets in taxes through their votes in the Texas Legislature.
On Monday, there will be one such opportunity as local representatives come back to Comal County to hear what the people have to say.
Comal Independent School District Superintendent Joe Rogers will be hosting a taxpayer’s meeting with State Senator Bill Sims and Slate Rep. Edmund Kuempel to discuss the state education funding situation.
Rogers plans to open the meeting with an overview of the effect of Senate Bill 351 on students, parents and taxpayers in Comal ISD. The local district has lost almost $1.9 million in state funding for the current school year due to changes in the funding formula and pro-rata losses.
After the superintendent makes his opening comments at the meeting, Sims and Kuempel will be given an opportunity to make opening statements.
Then the floor will be open to questions and comments from the audience.
“This meeting has been scheduled in response to a request from our patrons and taxpayers,” Rogers said. “So we hope that a large number of people will attend.”
Smithson Valley High School, where the meeting will be held, will accommodate nearly 1,000 persons, Rogers said.
The meeting will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 14 at SVHS.
For more information about the meeting call Rogers at 625-8081 or 885-7674.
The Stingrays, performing in front of historic Gruene Hall, stopped traffic in Gruene — the streets were blocked for pedestrian use.
New Braunfels ISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry and his wife enjoyed an afternoon performance by “The Whoosits Big Pile Goodlime Garbage Band.”
The evening was capped off in Grucnc Hall with a dance featuring hometown hero Clay Blaker and his Texas Honky Tonk Band.
NBISD set to consider open forum
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Education Center, located at 430 W. Mill St. in New Braunfels.
Action items at the meeting will include reviewing the sunset provision for the open forum which is due to expire soon. The board will also consider adopting a resolution ordering that the NBISD reapportion single-member districts.
Other action items include:
• Award bid for classroom furniture for OakRun School;
• Approve payments to architects/ contractors/engineers;
• Overnight student trips;
• Approval of change order regarding resolution of the re-roofing project;
• Approval of 1991 tax collection report;
• Adoption of adult basic education cooperative resolution;
• Award bid for agriculture truck;
• Approval of out-of-district student transfers;
• Appointment of textbook selection committee.
Reports will be heard on community/board relations, procedures for adopting textbooks in the NBISD, advisory committees, and outstanding achievements of students and educators.
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
The New Braunfels City Council goes behind closed doors Monday to discuss removal of the mayor and continued employment of the city manager.
An executive session to discuss city manager personnel matters is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. in the meeting room of the New Braunfels Municipal Building, 424 S. Casten Ave., before the regular council meeting at 7:30 p.m.
Agenda items for discussion and action after the executive session arc: “removal of the mayor”; “retention of the city manager”; and “appointment of an interim city manager,” if necessary.
After a two-hour executive session last Monday, Mayor James Good-brcad said the council had reached a “consensus in a positive direction” and that further discussion and possible action would follow this week. Last week, the council was scheduled to decide specifically which allegations of wrongdoing by the city manager and council members would be investigated and which public or private entity would conduct such an investigation.
The ongoing dispute involving City Manager Paul Grohman that divided the council heated up during a four-hour executive session on Sept. ll, after which the council voted 4-3 to retain Grohman. During the executive session, the council questioned department heads and employees about the allegations, which included charges of attempting to influence city elections.
Council members voting in favor of Grohman were Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. and Council Members Bill Arnold, Clinton Brandi and Loraine Kraft. Mayor James Good-brcad and Council Members Rudy Seidel and Paul Fraser voted against Grohman.
Several council members who supported Grohman later expressed disappointment that the mayor shared information about charges against Grohman, made by a city employee whose name has not been made public, will! some members but not others before the closed-door session.
A Sept. 14 emergency meeting — attended by Chapa, Brandt, Arnold and Kraft — lo replace the mayor failed to draw the five-member quorum needed to conduct business.
After another executive session attended by die full council on Sept. 30, the council unanimously voted to hire an outside firm to investigate
Pastors see a need for cooperation
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Some New Braunfels church leaders say it’s time for a spirit of cooperation to prevail at City Hall.
The Rev. Daryl Higgins of First Protestant Church said dialogue, reconciliation and peace are needed in city government.
“I don’t think this is a political issue. It’s one of oneness. The spiritual leaders of this community all believe in the spirituality of prayer,” said Higgins, who counts many civic and elected leaders in his congregation. “Let’s move ahead for the common good. We have a lot to be thankful for.
“We’re all in this together. We all have a stake in this community because we all live here,” he said.
“You look around the world and sec the third world countries and the emerging democracies, and here we arc, in a sophisticated democracy, and our small community with all these precious liberties at our disposal can’t act like a mature practitioner of democracy," Higgins said.
The Rev. Ken Peters of New Braunfels Presbyterian Church said he believes the dispute — which he said is too costly in terms of both time and money — is damaging the city’s image and preventing the community’s long-term interests from being addressed.
“I’m not prepared to say who’s right or wrong, but it’s clear we’re at an impasse. I hope the matter can be amicably settled. I’m not cager for heads to roll,” Peters said.
“I don’t know what the solution is because I don’t know all the facts. Like many other citizens, I’m frustrated and bewildered,’’ he said.
The Rev. W.F. Hathaway Jr. of First United Methodist Church said perhaps the foremost topic that has gone undiscussed by city leaders during one of their recent meetings has been the effect on the daily operation of government.
“I’ve heard accusations back and
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allegations of improper conduct against the city manager and all council members and scheduled last Monday’s meeting.
Seventh arrest revealed in thefts at water park
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Another arrest has been made in the case of employees allegedly stealing money from a New Braunfels water park.
Andres Flores, 21, of the 200 block of Tolle Street was arrested and charged with theft over $20,000. He was released from the Comal County Jail on a $50,000 bond. He is the seventh person to be arrested in the case.
"These were employees that were spread anywhere from admissions to food service," said Detective Basel Boatright of the New Braunfels Police
Department. “Almost all of them had access to handling money. We’re talking about a substantial amount of money — they’re all felonies.”
Flores was allegedly making payments on a new truck purchased with funds stolen from the park facility.
"We’re talking about from the second week of July 1991 back to ... last summer,” Boatright said. “These were summer employees that worked there on a seasonal basis. Some of them are out of town at school now."
There arc still more arrests expected in the case. Officials of the wulcrpark could not be reached for comment Friday.
Herald extendings its office hours
Beginning Monday, Oct. 14, the Herald-Zeitung offices at 707 Landa St. will open at 8 a.m.
“Day after day,” said Editor and Publisher David Sullens, “people come to the paper between 8 and 8:30 a.m. to try and do business with us and wind up
having to wait.
“lf that many people expect us to be ready to help them at 8 a.m., that’s when we need to be ready."
The newspaper's hours had been 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
The closing time will remain unchanged.
“Not just a newspaper, but any business needs to meet the needs of the people who depend on it,” Sullens said. “This is no big thing, but I hope it will help us do that a little bit better.”