New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 Pages in two sections ■ Oct. 13
, 1993 Serving Comal County ■ Home of Pat and Bill Plstor
Vol. 141, No. 233
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The Mew Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Min Huber-tev, Marge Mendota, Melissa Aaa Guerrero and Frances Gorda. Happy bebled birthdays ta: Mark 'Bear'Garza and Jes-ska Dominguez
Bluebonnet Orangs observes anniversary
Bluebonnet Orange will be observing its 50th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 17 from 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Extension Service meeting room, located at 132 Water St The Orange is a family service organization for men, women and children 14 year-old and older.
A charter member of the local chapter, Mrs. Vera Hofftnann, will be given special recognition at the ceremonies.
Canyon Lake Tracks Show on tap Oat. 14
The Second Annual Canyon Lake Trade Show will be held Thursday, Oct 14 from 3 p.m. to 9 pan. at the Woodlands Country Club, located off FM 2673 in Startzville.
The event is sponsored by the Canyon Lake Women In Business club.
All proceeds will go to a scholarship fund for local students.
Friends of Dittlingor moot
The next regular meeting of Friends of Dialoger Library will be Thursday, Oct 14 at 7 p.m. at the library, 373 Magazine.
Homo schooloro moot
Families Advocating Instruction in the Texas Home, a support group for home educators, will meet Thursday, Oct 14 at 7 pjn.. For the meeting location and mom information, call Donna at 6204905.
Community Chorale resumes rehearsals
The Community Chorale will resume rehearsals at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct 12 in the Friendship Room downstairs at Eden Home.
Ms. Marsha Carlisle, assistant music professor at SWTSU, will direct music from classical to show times ss well as music by P.D.Q. Bach. Singers are welcome. Call 625*6420 for more information.
New Braunfels Chapter No. 666 of the National Association for Retired Federal Employees will meet Friday, Oct IS, at the Senior Citizens Center, 835 Lands Street at 9:30 ajn. A New Braunfels police officer will present a program on protecting your home when you are away, and Congressional will be scrutinized. Everyone is invited. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Call Wilbur Wieding at 629*6522.
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Home destroyed by lightning-sparked fire
No injuries reported in early morning blaze
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
Lightning touching down in north New Braunfels resulted in a fire this morning that destroyed a home on Saddletree Drive.
New Braunfels firefighters responded to the call st 5:09 un. this morning. The fire was located st 418 Saddletree Drive. No one was injured in the blaze.
New Braunfels Fire Department officials said the fire was started when lightning hit the roof of the home. Reports show one woman was living in the home..
According to Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Friesenhahn, the woman in the home heard the thunder but did not realize it had hit her home. He said a neighbor from across the street also heard the thunder and saw the roof of the home on fire.
“She went to wake the lady up and
told her foe roof was on fire," he said.
Friesenhahn said when firefighters arrived on the scene, the roof of the home was two-thiids involved He sud the rest of the house burned quickly.
Two engines responded to foe fire as well ss several members of the New Braunfels Volunteer Fire Department. Friesenhahn said approximately 25 firefighters were on the scene.
Firefighters had the blaze under con* trol in approximately 45 minutes, said Friesenhahn.
Officials were still at the scene of the fire at press time. Final reports will be returned later this afternoon.
Friesenhahn said the heavy rains last night had little effect on foe efforts of the firefighters.
“I don't think it hindered our operation at all," he said.
Friesenhahn said neighbors were extremely helpful in aiding foe fire victim. He said he believes she will be staying with her son.
HontdJtoOmg photo byJOHN HU8ITH
Members of the Now Braunfels Fire Department and tho Now Braunfels Volunteer Fire Department battle a Ara sparked by a lightning early Wednesday morning. No on# was hurt, but the home at 418 Saddletree Drive was a total lose.
Heavy storms cause power outages, traffic problems in county
Comal and San Antonio members clash at EUWD board meeting
By ROSE MARIE EASH Stall Writer
Comal County board members at Tuesday’s Edwards Underground Water District meeting were in opposition to San Antonio representatives as usual. For example, the EUWD board placed the General Manager Russell Masters on administrative leave with pay for 90 days pending a review at Tuesday’s board meeting.
“I think it was out of order," said Kenneth G. Heels, a Comal County representative on the board. “The vote was 64 with the Comal Cairny delegates and two af the Hays County delegates voting against it."
Ikels said although there had been some problems with the general manager, he felt strongly that the action taken by the board was out of order.
On another issue — the report in the Express-News regarding new estimates which boost the levels of water in the Edwards Aquifer, Ikels said that report had na be officially released and he had na seen it. The Express-News story indicated that the newly discovered levels of additional water could be used to artificially augment the springs — a position favorable to San Antonio’s interests.
“How much of that water could be recovered we don’t know," said Heels. “I personally am na in favor of it. If you take the level down below the springs to pump them all the counties on the recharge zone would be losing water."
The board also adopted a tax rate of $0.00939 per SKK) valuation for foe current tax year although they will na collect the taxes for 1993, becauae they expect the new aquifer authority to take over management of the aquifer.
Grocery stfore sets Oct. 2%ppening 3
By ROSE MARK EASH
The former Kroger store in New Braunfels w$l be one of 15 new Megafoods stores opening in the San Antonio area Oct. 27.
“It’s a warehouse-type store with a whole new look and new services — a video department with 24-hour drop off, a new deli, beautiful produce,’’ said foe local night manager, Jay Schubert
Schubert is from Seguin and the new local manager is Ron Buckmaster who lives in the Comal County area. According to Schubert some of the former Kroger employees were hired.
The Mesa, Ariz.--bttsed grocery chain is opening foe Texas stores as “TEXANS’ Warehouse Foods." The logo for the new Texas stores is TEXANS in red, white and blue over an outline of Texas.
Megafoods spent ^proximately S9 million to renovate the storest Statewide the chain hat hired approximately 1,700 employees.
making a tremendous qpmmttmcnr off capital and resources,” said founder
and President, Dean Miller.
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By JENNIFER ROMPEL
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Heavy thunderstorms raging through South Texas early this morning left many parts of foe Comal County without power and caused several traffic problems earlier today.
Ag of9 am this morning most electrical power had been restored, according to Bob Sohn, general manager of New Braunfels Utilities.
Sohn said the power outage was a result of a direct hit oflighmingtothe Comal Substation near Landa Park. The hit occurred at 4:30 am
Sohn said this hit damaged a main transformer. Those areas losing electricity as a result included the areas on Highway 81 near the New Braunfels Smokehouse and West Point Pepperell area.
Before foe damaged transformer can be put back in place, testing must be conducted, according to Sohn. He said the transformers are valued at approximately $500,000.
"We are having to do tome extensive tarting on foe big transformer," aid Sohn.
Sohn raid s few other hits caused the company to lose a few small circuits.
As of this morning foe Comal Independent School District repotted having several schools without electricity.
However, classes were still being held.
Traffic lights across the city were also out, according to Lt. John Wom-mack of the New Braunfels Police Department.
Wommack said officers placed many flares around area intersections in order to warn driven.
Four accidents were reported this morning. Wommack said three of these were minor accidents and one was a three-car wreck.
Wommack is urging drivers to drive carefully this afternoon.
“People are na used to the weather. They need to be mote alert. The roads are slick and they need to give more following distance," he said.
Officials at both the Comal County Sheriffs Office and the Department of Public Safety did na report any problems related to last night’s storm.
Officials at the National Weather Service said golf ball size hail was reported on the south tide of Canyon Lake near Startzville rt 4:15 a.m. They said an exact amount of rainfell for the Comal County area would na be available until liter this afternoon.
The forecart for this afternoon tows a slight chance of showers throughout the day.
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Crisis Line and Drug Dependency Council rely on United Way
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Start Writer
The Crisis Line and Drug Dependency Council is dependant on the United Way of Comal County for all of its fonding
The Crisis Line bu been in existence for 20 years and for many years, it was the only crisis line in town.
“Many helping agencies now have their own crisis line," said Crisis Line President Gladys Barding. "We are the last link in the helping chain for Comal County."
“We would hive to fold up if they (the United Way) didn't help us," she said.
The Crisis Line is used for information and referral. Battling said it is also used as a "listening ear."
“When people can't cope anymore, it's hard to make decisions. We try to provide alternatives for them to consider," she said.
“When a person is in a crisis, they sometimes can’t cope with common sense things... We're there when everybody else is closed," she said.
Battling raid the crisis line receives approxi-
Peters serves United Way as allocations chairman
Board member's main job is behind the scenes of local organization's activities
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Blaff Writer
New Braunfels resident Ken Peters, 48, became active in the United Way of Comal County just after he moved to this area four years ago.
Peters, pastor for New Braunfels Presbyterian Church, said friends and associates of his who were on the board encouraged him to become involved in the United Way. He has been on the board for four yean.
Peters currently serves the United Way board as allocations chairman. He said his main job is working with the committee in preparing the
"We work with setting genii and trying to make sure we meet as many needs of the organization! as possible," he said
“My main job is behind the scenes," he raid.
Peten said the budget it prepared by asking agencies to submit requests, looking at budgets and linking inquiries as to scope of the of activities.
Peteraaaid he also works with committees in setting goals and deciding how much money foe group would like to raise. x Peters has also been working with foe speaker’s bureau in order to help get donation!. He said in order to encourage donations he empha
sizes that 98 percent of the money donated to United Way goes to local agendas.
“We have low overhead and low executive costs... Thirty agencies benefit The United Way doei a very good and effective job," he raid.
Peter if allo on the board of directors for the Community Service Center, S O S. Inc., and Communities in Schools.
He is married to Marilyn Peters. They have two children, John and Meredith.
matcly IOO calls per year. The calls are call-forwarded to the volunteer’s homes on evenings and on foe weekends. During the week, the calls come to the Comal County Senior Citizen Center.
Battling said she is currently working on hiring someone to man the lines during foe day and to
answer Social Security questions. The fonds to pay this person will come from the Seguin Social Security office. Battling said they are looking for a person who is bilingual and over the age of 55.
The United Way is expected to give the Crisis Line $500 this year. The expenses of the crisis line
include telephone lines and advertisements in the yellow pages.
Battling said this year, the prices are going up for the phone lines. She said donations will be needed to keep the line operating.
The crisis line is operated 24-hours per day by approximately 12 volunteers.For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144