New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 15, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
A sign of love
Students at New Braunfels High School, 2551 N. Loop 337, posted this sign asking drivers to observe the speed limit after an accident killed sophomores Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz this past Saturday.
New public library opens Saturday
By Peri Stone-Palmqust
Anxious residents finally will be able to view and use the cityls new library Saturday — after more than a year of anticipation.
Construction on New Braunfels Public Library, 700 Common St., was started in July 1998.
The 30-year-old Dittlinger Memorial Library, 373 Magazine Ave., closed its doors for good Oct I, leaving patrons without a library for two weeks. But on Saturday, they will
have a public place to read and learn again.
And for the next week, library' officials have planned activities to celebrate.
On Saturday, an open house begins at IO a.m. and ends at 5 p.m.
Library director Vickie Hocker will welcome guests and recognize dignitaries. Mayor Stoney Williams and Julia Ousley, library advisory board president, also will make a few comments and then cut the ribbon.
Library officials will present three
of the last books from Dittlinger, each representing one of the city’s three previous libraries.
“The books will link our past with our present and future,” Hocker said.
Williams then will check out the first book.
Throughout the day, New Braunfels Service League volunteers and library staff will conduct tours of the entire building.
Storytellers and puppets will perform every hour in the children’s
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Taste of the
By Erin Magruoer
Local flavor was celebrated at the Texas National Guard Armory Thursday night at the 11 th annual “Taste of the Town.”
From crispy plantain chips with tangy chimichurri dipping sauce to good old Texas barbecue — plenty of eats could be found at the Children’s Museum of New Braunfels fund-raiser.
Community members feasted on the deserts, drinks, appetizers and special-
Town’ organizers predict record night
ty menu items of 26 restaurants and five beverage companies.
Patrons were able to choose from stuffed quail, cakes, pastries, sausage, champagne, chicken fried steak, wine, clam chowder, ribs and much more.
“I am having an unbelievably good time,” New Braunfels resident Ronnie Davis said. “Great food, nice people and a good cause.”
The event was deemed an overwhelming success by Children’s Museum executive director Julie Swift.
“It is awesome” Swift said. “This is
the best response we have ever had. Our ticket sales and restaurant participation have been incredible.”
Mike Dietert, general manager of New Braunfels Smokehouse, said he was happy to do his part to raise money for the museum.
“We have participated in this fundraiser ever since it started,” Dietert said. “The most important thing is we are supporting a very worthwhile cause, and it also is a good way for us to get our food out to people who have never tried it.”
The event raised $15,000 for the
museum in 1998. With more than 1,000 tickets pre-sold to this year’s event, Swift said they definitely would surpass this past year’s totals.
“It makes me feel great to see the support from the community,” she said. “I have heard a lot of great comments from attendants.”
Money raised will fund the general operation of the museum, 651 N. Business 35, and also support exhibits, outreach and educational programs, Swift said.
Elizabeth Hamilton, 9, enjoys some apple-cinnamon pie at the 11th annual “Taste of the Town” event Thursday night at the Texas National Guard Armory. The benefit raised funds for the Children’s Museum of New Braunfels. Five beverage companies and 26 local restaurants provided food and drinks, while a disc jockey and musicians from Southwest Texas State University entertained those gathered.
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indicted by grand jury
Man accused of hitting senior citizen, leaving scene of June accident
By Heather Todd
A Comal County grand jury indicted Jesus “Jesse” Rodriguez Gomez Wednesday on charges of manslaughter and tampering with evidence after he allegedly fled the scene of a hit-and-run accident that killed a 78-year-old New Braunfels man.
The 38-year-old New Braunfels man also was indicted on a charge of failure to stop and render aid.
Gomez is accused of hitting Ray Biggadike as he crossed Business 35 on his battery-powered scooter about 9:53 p.m. on June 28.
Biggadike, known as “Scooter Man,” was crossing the busy, four-lane thoroughfare from the east toward Avenue A.
Biggadike was thrown 58 feet from his scooter and was pronounced dead on the scene by Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Bill Schroeder.
Authorities investigated the accident as a hit-and-run after witnesses said the unidentified car that hit Biggadike turned right onto a nearby street and fled the scene.
Gomez turned himself in to police July I and was booked into Comal County Jail on a chaige of failure to stop and render aid. He was released July 2 on a $30,000 bond.
If convicted on the manslaughter charge, a second-degree felony, Gomez could face two to 20 years in prison and up to a $ 10,000 fine.
Tampering with evidence is a third-degree felony punishable by two to IO years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
If convicted on the charge of failing to stop and render aid, Gomez could be sentenced to a maximum of five years in prison.
Comal County Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Gomez was accused of concealing evidence during the investigation, including the vehicle he allegedly was driving on the night of the accident.
Skid marks indicated the driver braked
Businesses — new
Ross Dress For Less plans celebration
From staff reports
The local grand opening for Ross Dress For Less, a discount retail clothing chain, is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Saturday.
The 32,000-square-foot building is in the Walnut Square Shopping Center on South Walnut Avenue near Interstate 35.
To help celebrate its opening, the store is sponsoring a shopping spree contest.
Between Saturday and Oct. 24, customers can enter to win a $ 1,000 shopping spree. Second prize is a $500 shopping spree, and five peo
ple could win the third prize, a $ I OO shopping spree.
Ross Dress for Less offers namebrand apparel, accessories and footwear for all ages, providing savings of 20 to 60 percent from department and specialty store prices.
The store also offers similar savings on fragrances and other items for the home.
The New Braunfels Ross Dress for Less is one of about 350 in 17 states.
With more than 20,000 employees nationwide, the store’s 1998 revenues were almost $2.2 billion.
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Schwamkrug’s ready for return
Ross Dress For Less, a discount retail clothing chain, is expected to open Saturday in the Walnut Square Shopping Center.
By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer
A renovated Schwamkrug’s Steakhouse is scheduled to open at 5 p.m. today.
“We’re just waiting on the city’s inspection,” co-owner Judi Howard said.
Judi and husband Terry have spent more than $200,000 renovating the building, 1440 N. Walnut Ave., built in the 1940s.
“We’re trying to get it looking like it did then,” Terry said.
They tore up the linoleum floor to reveal the original antique pine
floor and removed dark paneling on the walls — opting instead for white, textured walls.
The entrance now will be on the side, instead of at the front.
And the “gingerbread house” exterior is now a light tan with white trim, Terry said.
The main dining area seats 195, and 150 others can be seated in the party room.
A bar is expected to open in the back of the restaurant next week.
Terry said the menu was simi-