New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The Men’ Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Brent Free, Sarah Berg, Stephanie Ackerman, Sharon euge, Adam Bracks, Troy E. McLeod and Brian Hubertus (belated).
Happy Anniversary wishes go to: Roger and Dorothy Brinkkoeter.
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Molds — 2,534 Ragweed — 60 Cedar Elm— 26 Cocklebur —12
(Poifi measured in parts par cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 312 cubic feet per second, same as Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wet— 625.68 feet above sea level, same as Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge —157 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 909.17 feet above sea level. (Below conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping 5.312 million gallons of surface water Monday and no wet wet water.
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- Clear and cool. Lows in the lower and mid 40s Light and variable winds.
Wodnosday — Sunny Highs in the mid and upper 70s Northeast winds 5-10 mph.
Thursday through Set' unlay — Clear to partly cloudy Lows in the 40s to near 50 Highs in the 70s to near 80.
Motorists should expect work crews in the following areas:
• Texas Department of Trans portation crews are expanding Interstate 35 between Solms 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 Expect delays and lane closures.
• Comal County crews will be working on Barbarosa Lane and Livingston Road in the Whispering Hills subdivision
• City of New Braunfels street crews are completing work on Oasis Street from Business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue
• Crews are applying a hot mix overlay to Old McQueeney Road, Morningside Drive Mesquite Avenue and Old Mar ion. Traffic will be limited to one lane while construction is in progress
• New Braunfels' Community Development Department announced that Mather Street remains closed because of street reconstruction. The affect ed area is the 600 block of Mather between Grant Street and Peace Avenue
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Cypress Bend Park will be closed for public use Monday through Friday until late October to allow electrical contractors to prepare for the city's Holiday River of Lights.
Sheriff: New deputies will reduce warrant backlog
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Sheriff Bob Holder hopes new deputies, due in January, will reduce his backlog of unserved warrants.
A quarter of Comal County’s 11,000 unserved warrants are for felonies.
Holder said beginning in January he would hire five new officers. One of those new officers would help chief warrant officer Max Wommack, who is responsible for both serving warrants and trans
porting juvenile offenders.
“When we get a position to deal with transporting juveniles, it will free Max to take care of the warrants,” Holder said.
Holder said he would hire someone by Feb. I to trans-j port juvenile offenders to and from other counties. Serving warrants is high on Wommack’s priority list, Holder said, but trans-
Sheriff Bob Holder
porting juveniles was higher.
“You have to prioritize your needs,” Holder said. “But things crop up with juvenile situations. You have toflrop everything and do it.”
Not all warrants for felonies or violent crimes go unserved when Wommack is transporting juveniles, Holder said.
“Some of the warrants Max works out with (Lt. David) Ott,” Holder said. “He passes out some of the warrants and distributes them to street officers. lf things are light in die evenings and there are no emergencies, they will serve the warrants.”
The 11,000 unserved warrants cover misdemeanor and felony crimes.
“I’d like to see that cut down drastically,” Holder said.
Holder should find out by June 1998 if the extra officer will be enough to reduce the warrant backlog.
Holder will wait and see if Wommack can handle serving the warrants by himself since he will not have to transport juveniles after February.
“If not we will increase our manpower needs,” he said.
Remembering domestic violence victims
Herald-Zertung photo by Michael Damall
Samantha Maggiani looks solamnly at bar Candia during a candlelight vigil Monday evening remembering domestic violence victims.
Fifty attend candlelight vigil at park
By DAVID DEKUNDER
A procession of about 50 men, women and children released flower petals into the streams of Lamia Park to remember victims of domestic violence Monday night.
Survivors of domestic violence were remembered with white petals and women who have died were honored with red petals at a candlelight vigil.
It was the third year that Comal County Women’s Center sponsored the October event to observe Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Women’s center program director Michdle Butt said the vigil was conducted not only to remember victims and survivors of domestic violence but to bring community awareness to the problem.
“We want people to know this is happening in the community and to help people who are being affected by this," Barr said.
While holding candles, people heard from Kelly, a victim of domestic abuse, w ho told her story about being involved in two marriages that ended in abuse.
Kelly said she suffered physical abuse in one mamage and mental and verbal abuse in the other.
She said her four children still were suffering from the effects of both abusive relationships. Kelly said her 12-year-old son had been placed in a psychiatric hospital for the second time in a year because of the abuse he witnessed.
“I like to say I have gained mental fortitude.” Kelly said. ”1 have been known to lock myself in my room and weep for hours. There is no strength without struggles, I tell myself daily.”
Kelly said women faced many issues when they had to leave an abusive relationship, such as surviving financially alone and fearing their mates would find them or kill them.
Kelly urged people participating in the
vigil and in the community to help women leave abusive relationships.
“The first step is getting away and the second step is transition into society,” Kelly said. “If you know an individual or family who needs to make the second step, please help them with what you have.”
Rosalinda De La Cerda, a member of the women’s shelter board, talked about the Clothesline Project on display in one of the pavilions. The Clothesline Project displayed T-shirts bearing messages from children and adults involved in abusive relationships. The T-shirts were painted w ith messages and images about their feelings.
De La Cerda said the project served two purposes.
“First, and foremost, it serves as a therapeutic process for adults and children who have experienced family violence,” she said. “The second thing the clothesline project
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Parents, school cite concerns about bus safety at NB High
By DOBBE DZIUK KNIGHT
Impatient drivers, combined with heavy and swift traffic, are causing some parents and school officials to worry about the safety of buses (hiving onto Loop 337 at New Braunfels High School.
“There’s no traffic control, and ifs creating a dangerous situation,” said parent Tessie Miller, whose son rides a bus that goes to the high school campus. “The problem is there are just too many drivers out there... There are too many cars going too fast.”
Heavy and speeding traffic on Loop 337 made it difficult for buses to leave the high school campus, Miller said. This traffic situation causes buses to arrive kite at other campuses.
In the afternoon, student drivers drive around the buses and in the ditches to get out of the parking lot faster, creating even more of a problem, she said.
NB1LS principal Keith Gannger said administrators recognized die problem buses faced in try-
in th* morning, it's grab* ably wore* bacauan wa hava rush hour traffic with poop!* trying to got to work.’
— Gary Schlather NBISD transportation director
ing to find a break in traffic.
“That’s tough enough when you’re in a car,” said Gannger. “Obviously we want those buses to be safe.”
NBISD transportation director Gary Schlather said the problem existed at the high school for some time but seemed to be worse this year. He said sometimes seven to nine buses had waited in line to exit the high school.
“In the morning, it’s probably worse because we have rush hour traffic with people trying to get to
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Council balks at
Proposed design draws comment from both sides
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Horakt-Zotfung Photo by Mtchooi Damon Use end Jena Herdfrt Stow oft steer canoe (tope aft Qruene HeN Sunday during Gruene Music Feet, which ended Sunday.
What was meant to become a symbol of New Braunfels heritage and unite the city in spirit cliv ided people into opposing camps Monday during a regular city council meeting.
Heated debate over the adoption of an official New Braunfels flag moved more than IO audience members to give passionate opinions about what a city flag should exhibit and what it should stand for.
In the end, city council members couldn't decide either.
Some present at the meeting said the (lag should honor the German immigrants who founded New Braunfels, while some objected to the representation of only German influence and the lack of Spanish and Mexican representation in a design drawn up by the Historic Landmark Commission.
The proposed flag was modeled after a seal appearing on German immigrant documents issued in 1844 and 1845. A flag bearing this seal was flow n during New Braunfels' 150th anniversary celebration in l amia Park The Historic L andmark Commission used this seal on the proposed flag and surrounded it with German text translating into “Society for the Protection of C icrman immigrants.” This ring of text is surrounded by another, reading “City of New Braunfels, Texas, founded 1845 .” The seal and text together became a prototy pe for the city flag that was submitted by NBHLC members with a letter to Mayor Jan Kennady and city council in July, stating, “... we recommend the adoption of the attached flag design ... and feel that it best reflects die history of the founding of New Braunfels.”
The prototype was sent back to NBHLC in late summer after complaints about the lack of Hispanic representation in the future flag, according to city officials.
Cnstina Aguilar Friar, who wrote a letter to the mayor and council suggesting they give credit lo “other cultures that have existed in New Braunfels over the past 150 years,” spoke dunng the meeting As an official flag. Friar said, the symbol should represent the spirit of the community, recognizing that there were Mexican settlers in the area just as there were German immigrants, too.
“History doesn’t just belong to one group of people," Friar said “History belongs to all of us."
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MHMR clinic helps those with mental illnesses
By SUSAN JAKOBSEN
For those struggling with mental illness or chronic mental disorders, accessible treatment is a necessity.
The Hill Country Community Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center reaches out to those coping with mental illness in Coma) Country with a staff of professionals at the Mental Health Clinic at IHI) W Mill in New Braunfels and the Vocational Training Center at 511 North St.
The center’s philosophy is lo prov ide help and hope to people in Comal C ounty who strive to overcome the problems and disabilities of mental illness while remaining in the community.
In 1996 nearly 2.8 million Texans — nearly I in 6 people were identified as having some form of mental illness, accord-
Tum to MHMR, Page 3Comal Area League of Women Voters plans series of meetings — Page 3