New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 24, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
October 24, 1991
Vol. 139, No. 242
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COUNTY I Home of Allan E. Hudson
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Expect a high today around 86 and an overnight low of 63. Winds will be out of the southeast today at IO miles per hour. Tuesday's high temperature in New Braunfels was 89 and the low was 70.
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung wishes Mhappy birthday" today to Susi Bell, Gregory Bryant Elbcl, Julian Castilleja Jr., Kelly Greenlees, Cathy C. Diaz, Victor Reback, Lupe Gonzales, Rodger Mack, Drew Campbell, Barry Brandenburg, Paul Munoz, Steven Link and Dorothy Link.
Belated birthday wishes to Diana Haas, Mark Anthony Villarreal, Rudy Silva, Cindy Moor, Beverly Beck and Becky Fest.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Oive our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we'd like to share in the greetings.
The Comal County Veterinary Medical Association will sponsor its annual rabies drive Saturday, Nov. 2. Area veterinarians will be a Fire Station #1 in Canyon City and at Fire Station #2 on Oblate Drive from 1:30-4 pjn.
Cost will be $10 which includes a rabies vaccination and a county license. Neutered animals with a lifetime county license need only receive a rabies inoculation for $3. Owners must bring the lifetime county license with them to avoid paying the re-license fee. Proceeds from the drive are used to fund the location association’s scholarship program.
Bulverde United Methodist Church is sponsoring a Fall Festival at the church, located at U.S. 281 North, Saturday, Oct. 26 from IO am. to 4 pm. with a bake sale, ahs and crafts, food, drinks and musical entertainment provided. Casino night
Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce will present Casino Night Saturday, Oct. 26 from 7-10 p.m. at Woodlands Country Club. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Advance tickets $25; $33 at the door. Door prizes and Las Vegas style games are planned for the evening. Babysitting will be provided. Tickets are available at a number of locations including the Times Guardian and New Braunfels HeraldZeitung.
The city of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department will ofTer a free Project Wild workshop for adult youth leaders and teachers Tuesday, Oct. 29 and 30 from 5-8 p.m. in the Landa Recreation Center in Landa Park. For more information call 629-PARK.
Six men needed
Needed are six good men to work about 12 hours during the coming year to move donated books from the Drill inger Memorial Library to the Friends of Library sale site at the Municipal Building on Castell Avenue.
Persons who can work any weekday from 9 am. to 5 p.m. and are in good shape should call L. Douma al 629-3048. Persons who donate time will receive an honorary membership in Friends of the Library, a first shot at purchase of donated books, and a book-toters’ banquet.
Entries are still being accepted for the sixth annual New Braunfels Lions Select Shot Golf Tournament slated for Sunday, Oct. 27 at Chaparral Country Club in Seguin from 8 a.m. to noon. Entry fee is $50 per person and includes green fee, cart, food and drink. Contact Steve Schultz at 625-6492 for registration and more information.
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Bank officials praise building sale
Al Wednesday's mid-drive report, United Way officials reported that $184,900 has been raised during the local campaign. See Page 2.
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Corporate officials of Victoria Bank were in town Wednesday and expressed pleasure ai their role in helping the community acquire the First Federal Building on the Mam Plaza for county offices and the Hummel Museum.
The theory all along was that there was some interest from the community standpoint in that particular facility," said D. Michael Hunter, president and chief operating officer of Victoria Bankshares. Inc. The price that it is available at from the RTC (Resolution Trust Corporation) makes it extremely attractive and all we are trying to do is accomodate those community wants and desires by passing on our option to the local community which we think not only helps the community but is something we would like to see happen also. There’s no question that we’re very interested in all the communities that we operate in and community service both from our employees down to actual dollars.’’
D. Michael Hunter, president and CEO of Victoria Bankshares, Inc., left, is joined by T.L. Walker, regional director and Charlet R Hrdlicka. chairman of the board and CEO, both of Victoria Bank and Trust. (Photo by Robert Stewart)
“It’s a great opportunity for the of that building given the fact dial I county to participate in the purchase believe the building was on the tax
rolls at some $2 million and they will have an option to purchase that at $725,000." said Ciwies R. Hrdlicka. chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Victoria Bank and Trust. "Obviously the county has fell very strongly about what the value of what that property is and I think they have a real bargain and I’m glad that they could take our position and take advantage of that bargain for the ciuzens of the county."
Hunter and Hrdlicka said that while there still could be a few more bank failures in Texas, 85 to 90 percent of banks are now healthy with stability and growth in the future.
There's no question that Texas is going to lead the nauon out of the cur* rem recession that we're in today," Hunter said. "We see very positive things in all the markets we operate in in terms of the economic environment. We’re not ever going to see the lite '70s and early ’80s ’boom syndrome’ but what we are going to see is
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By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Comal County commissioners expect to hire a new county road engineer within four weeks.
The county received more than 25 resumes for the vacant position before the Oct. 18 application deadline, said County Judge Carter Casteel.
Commissioners will read each resume and rate the candidates, selecting the top applicants. Casteel asked Commissioners Neil Craigmile and Moe Schwab to then compare the individual rankings and determine the top five to IO candidates to be interviewed.
Former County Road Engineer C.B. “Mac” McCoy resigned Sept. 19 after heading the county’s road department for more than seven years. McCoy said he resigned his $42,539-a-year job because guidance and interference from the court during the past six to eight months had left him unable to effectively administer the road department.
Problems in the working relationship between the court and the county engineer arose from commissioners wanting more details about the activities of the road department and to be more responsive to citizens complaints.
Arrests made in theft case
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writer
Two more New Braunfels residents have been arrested and charged with felony theft and one man who was arrested earlier has pled guilty and sentenced in the case of employees allegedly stealing from a New Braunfels waicrpark.
Rodney Holland. 20, of the 1600 block of Bridge St. and Quinton Holland, 18, of the 1600 block of Bridge St. were each arrested and charged Baa THEFT, Page 2
Early voting reported light in county
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Early voting in the Nov. 5 state constitutional amendment election continues weekdays through Friday, Nov. I from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Room 306 of the Comal County Courthouse Annex.
So far, early turnout in the county has been light with about 300 people casting ballots, despite a proposed constitutional amendment that would permit the state to operate a lottery.
The lottery question is one of 13 proposed amendments to be decided by voters.
For the convenience of voters, the
Courthouse Annex will be open for weekend voting on Sunday, Oct. 27 from IO a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will also be three temporary early voting branch locations:
• Canyon Lake Action Center. Saltier, Tuesday, Oct. 29,2 *7 p.m.
• Bulverde Community Center, Bulverde, Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2-7 pm.
• Garden Ridge Municipal Complex, Garden Ridge, Thursday, Oct. 31,1-6 p.m.
Amendment No. ll would permit the state to operate lotteries and to contract with one or more legal endues to operate lotteries on behalf of
the state. The amendment specifically provides that all or part of the operation of the lotteries may be delegated to private firms.
Arguments in favor of the amendment include the fact that a self-supporting lottery will generate an estimated $500 million in net revenue each year that otherwise would be raised through tax increases or new taxes.
Opponents of the lottery say it would generate a relatively small part of the state’s budgetary needs, would not prevent future tax increases, and would be a highly regressive form of taxation since most tickets would be
purchased by low- and middle-income people.
The lottery proposal reads: “The constitutional amendment authorizing astate lottery."
Amendment No. 9 also is important locally because it was included on the ballot specifically to help Comal County rancher Lawrence Steepler get clear title to 60 acres of property at the Comal-Hays county line that his family has owned — or at least thought they owned — for decades.
Stoepler urges residents here to vote “yes” on the amendment, which would authorize the commissioner of the State Land Office to issue patents
for public land held in good faith under the appearance of title for at least 50 years.
A recently discovered minor clerical error made by the state lax! office more than IOO years ago means Steepler's 60 acres legally still belongs to the stele — even though his father bought and paid taxes on the lr aa as pan of a 1.000-acre ranch later inherited by Stoepler and his brother.
Stoepler has all the required legal documents to prove ownership, including the deed, abstract, legal description and tax records — every-
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In conjunction with Red Ribbon Week activities, New Braunfels High School students Wednesday participated in an activity wbare a different student was pulled from a classroom by a police officer every 23 minutes. This represented that a student dies every 23 minutes in the United States because of drug use. All of the students later gathered for an anti-drug pep rally. The event was sponsored by the Student Council. (Photos by Annelies Schlickenrieder)