New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 20, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
THURSDAYSee Smithson Valley boys basketball preview - See Page 8
154 [J, *.
fj *» ifrto \
New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21, 1845
41^ t»\ \ CRO*
12 pages in one section ■ Thursday, Oct. 20,1994
Serving Comal County for more than 142 years ■ Home of PERRY DEAN
I Vol. 142, No. 246
Class of the Week..........................6
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Arianna L. Torres, Clara Schriewer,
Wilbur Schultz, Rev. Darryl Higgins, Larry Brandt (40 years!, belated), Lisa Tristan,
Selia Cantu, Tres Ellis, Debrah A. Martinez, Johnny Simmons, Hal D. Herbelin, Benilde Alvarez, Marvin Gilbreath,
Mary Jane Goldstuck, Carl Lavin, Ema Marbach, Dee Miller, Frances Overstreet,
Irene Ronan, Emma Seitner, Preston Staats, George Summers, Jr., Gladys Thibodaux,
Josh Owens (9 years old!).
Historical tour off Lands Park scheduled
Wilkommen! It’s Wurstfcst time once again. The City of New Braunfels Parks 8c Recreation Department will be offering a ‘Deutsche (German) Historical Tour of Landa Park.”
Three tours will be given on Nov. 4, 1994. Tours will begin at 9 a.m., 11 a m., and 2 p.m. and will last approximately onc-and-a-halfhours.
Each tour is a hike through Landa Park covering historical markers in the park. Also covered is much of the history of New Braunfels and Landa Park, including the Landa family and Wurst-fest. Each tour will begin at the New Gazebo behind the Landa Park office.
The fee is SI per person. Everyone is encouraged to participate; however, children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult.
Pre-registration is recommended and will be taken at the parks office Monday-Friday at I IO Golf Course Road.
For information call (210) 608-2160 or come by the parks office.
Wurstffest offers advance tickets
Advance tickets sales for Wurstfcst 94 are now on sale at the Wurstfest offices in Landa Park
Adult admission advance tickets will cost SS if purchased by 5 p m Thursday, Nov 3. Adult tickets at the gate cost S6. Children 12 years old and under are admitted free. Admission to the Wursthallc is free.
More than 60 entertainment groups will appear at the 34th annual Wurstfcst, a 10-day showcase of German food, dance, heritage and fun.
Slated this year for Nov. 4-13, Wurstfest is a German/Texas festival that attracts an estimated 100,000 people from around the world to New Braunfels.
For more information, call 625-9167.
The winning numbers
$18 million jackpot
This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint
Local investment group purchases historic downtown building
By TECLO J. GARCIA
An investment group announced on Wednesday it has purchased one of New Braunfels’ oldest buildings.
Located next to Brauntex Theater at 278 West San Antonio Street the building was bought by The William N. Mayo Family Trust.
The purchase price of the building was not revealed in the announcement.
Although the Mayo Tfust just bought the building, William N. Mayo Investments has occupied the building for the past three years.
“The trust plans to renovate the separate rear building of the bank for use as offices and/or a luxury downtown condominium because of our dedication to downtown New Braunfels and the historical significance of the building.” said William Mayo of the investment group.
Built in 1894, the building was the creation of Joseph Faust and
William Clemens to house the First National Bank of New Braunfels. The bank moved to Main Plaza in 1931 and since then the building has had several owners and been the site of various businesses.
Word of another downtown development was good news for Main Street Project Director Karen Dandle.
“We are very interested in doing several things but we welcome the excitement it brings when someone buys a building and wants to do something with it,” she said.
Crandle said the trust's plans are creative.
“When you have people living downtown you have more business downtownshe said.
The Mayo investment company will continue to operate an office in its present space within the bank building.
Earlier this year another local investor announced tentative plans to develop the old Schmitz Hotel into a commercial and residential venture.
No final plans have come forth.
Voters are warned of voting ‘help’
Secretary of State says ask a ‘trusted friend’ for help
By CRAIG HAMMETT
‘Ifs known to have boon done all over South Texas. I don’t think we have that much off it around hero.’
- Joy Streater
Herakl-2'eitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL
‘Sign’ of progress
(Left photo) Tom Otter pout of Comet Signs puts the finishing touches on the new HEB sign erected yesterday In front of the new HEB Superstore facility still under construction. The new shopping meca will open Nov. 18, according to HEB officials. (Top photo) The sign, before it was mounted near the center.
Fraud within the process of mail-in ballots is becoming a problem, especially in South and South Central Texas says Comal County Clerk Joy Streater.
Early voting began yesterday for the Nov. 8 election and Streator said she is trying to make people aware of the problem.
“There was a lot of talk at the election school in August,” she said. “The Secretary of State’s office said the area of mail-in ballots is the biggest arca of voting fraud ”
Mail-in voting is restricted to registered voters over 65 years of age and those who arc disabled.
They must request an application from the clerk’s office, mail it in, then mail in their ballot after they have received it from the clerk’s office. ————._
Problems occur when persons try to “help” people with their ballots, by mailing it in for them. A release from the Secretary of State’s office said people will pick up ballots at the county clerk’s office and hand them out to voters, then offer to mail them in for them.
The state recommends voters do not do this, or at least ask a trusted
Another problems occurs often at nursing homes, where employees have told residents they must help them with their ballots.
“It’s known to have been done all over South Texas," said Streater. “I don’t think we have that much of it around here.” She did say that voting fraud does occur in Comal County. Intimidating a voter is a felony offense in Texas The problem is that it is often hard to prove and even harder to prosecute.
Mail-in votes must be mailed in
Requests for an application must be received by Nov. I at the county clerk’s office.
Although the county will not pick up mail-in ballots, the county docs offer curbside voting An employee of the clerk’s office will come to the curb of a voting place and allow voters to vote from a vehicle. Many voters still arc not aware that this service is available.
Streator said Comal County has more than 36,000 registered voters, very good for the percentage of the overall population She said they expect more than I JKK) mail-in ballots for the election
Although voter fraud has mainly centered on mail-in ballots, Streater said no legislation that she heard has been discussed to remedy the problem.
Collision caused by deer on FM2722
By TECLO J. GARCIA
A collision with a deer shattered the windshield of a Canyon Lake man’s van on FM 2722 Wednesday.
Ed Lang was driving west on FM 2722 when a four point buckjumper in front of his Dodge Caravan near Cedar Creek Ranch.
Sheriff’s Deputy Tom Hubcrtus responded to the accident just before 3 p.m..
Lang was not injured in the accident.
“He just came across the road and jumped right in front of me,” Lang said. “I did not see him until it was too late
“It was like a loud explosion that’s all it was. But I’m used to noise, I drive a school bus.
The deer hit the windshield on the drivers side of the van.
Local authorities warn motorists to use caution when driving in and around
New library board president says more space is needed
By TECLO J. GARDA
HcaldZeifurtive-tos by MICHA F.i DARNALL (To photo) Ed Lang's van abfarad significant damaga. (Right photo) Robsrt Sc hee I of TxDOT loads of th# deer's caucus.
New Braunfels because of the area’s large deer population.
A collision with a deer could cause major damage to a vehicle and injure driver and passengers.
The Dittlingcr Memorial Library Advisory Board newly appointed president said acquiring more space for the library is an issue the board will scrutinize.
Lucille Douma became the board’s new president after Kurt Sottman, the previous president, did not resubmit his name to lead the board Douma, on the board for the past year, said she was looking forward to the challenging issues facing the library *
“I think it’s going to be an exciting and good year,” said Douma “There is a lot to think about.”
What Douma and the board must ponder is the proposal made by Mayor Paul Fraser and other city officials to buy the Plaza Bank building and convert it into the new city library. While Douma said the board is not taking a public stand on where or how much the city should spend on expansion, it does see the need to expand She said the library is overcrowded, especially in the children’s section, vwhat Douma call the library’s most vital service to the community “We are concerned with every
library service that tries to meet the community’s needs," she said. “I think anyone who is familiar with the library would not be against getting a larger building.”
The board will meet with the city council in the near future to discuss the proposal. It will be the council that will make the final decision on whether to move to a more spacious location, barring any bond elections if money needs to be raised for such a move “The way we sec our role as the advisory board is one assessing the role a new building could play,” said Douma. “We arc doing arc very best to provide the city council the best information about the status of the building situation ”
Although the old Plaza Bank building has garnered most of the attention as a possible new site for the municipal book bank, the building HEB will vacate in the coming months may also gather dame interest as an alternative Libory Director Vickie Hocker said the H.E. B. building has only come up in informal conversations but has not been talked about at board meetings
“We arc trying to list, criteria for a building that would meet our needs,” Hocker said.For news, advertising or subscription information, call 625-9144 (Metro) 606-0846