New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
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8 Pages in one section ■ Oct. 26,1993
Serving Comal County ■ Home of HELGARD SUHR
Vol. 141, No. 242
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; Paula Molina, Betty Drawe, George Jackson, Albert Kouri, Mary Pipkin, Dorothy Rheinlander, Doris Stewart. Happy Anniversary to Oscar & Norma Schneider.
Suscan Wittig Albert scheduled to sign books today
Susan Wittig Albert, author of the highly-acclaimcd China Bayles herbal mystery series, will appear at the Book Trade on Seguin St in New Braunfels today from 2 pin. to 4 p.m. to discuss and sign the second book in the series,
The China Bayles books are set in the New
Braunfels-San Marcos area and feature a for-mer lawyer
turned herbalist and amateur
detective.^) Witches Bane, China and her friend Ruby Wilcox find themselves accused of practicing witchcraft and when Ruby organizes a Tarot class, the cards spell MURDER.
Albert makes her home in Burnet. She and her husband. Bill Albert, have written over 60 novels for young adults, including books in the new Nancy Drew and Hardy Boys series.
Dr. R.C. Sproul to appear in Austin for sominar
Dr. R.C. Sproul, well known Presbyterian theologian, will be in Austin Thursday, Friday, and Saturday for a special seminar open to the public entitled "A Quest For Holiness."
Dr. Sproul is a professor of theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida. He is also the president of Ligonier Ministries, and is featured on numerous radio and television program across the country.
For more information call Christ Presbyterian Church of New Braunfels at 629-0405.
In the Wednesday, Oct. 20 issue of the Herald-Zeitung it was incorrectly reported that Comal County Jail inmate Robert Miumar had promised his grandmother he would earn his GED. The article should have read William Burseil had promised his grandmother he would earn his GED. Both received their GEDs on Oct. 19.
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Pottery in the crafting
Hector Tamayo tells council he’s ready to retire
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
City Manager Hector Tamayo announced Monday night that he plans to retire from city service in February.
“I really enjoy it (being city manager), but I’m getting at that age where although it’s not a problem, there are areas that take a little more time for mc to solve,” he said. “I will continue to serve as long as the council wants me to.”
"This will get us past the activity of the holiday season and allow the council time to find a new city manager,” said Tamayo.
"This gives the council enough time to be able to have a meeting and decide what they want to do. If they decide to select someone outside the city staff this will give them the opportunity to get proper advertising,” he said.
"I thank the council for giving me the opportunity to serve the city,” he said. "It was a tough decision but this will probably be the best time for everybody concerned .”
Tamayo has served the city as administrative assistant, assistant city manager, financial director and acting
city manager and city manager.
"It’s been very gratifying to mc,” he said.
Tamayo said he had discussed his decision with his family but had not informed the
city staff of his plans.
"I felt the city council should be the first to know,” he said.
Tamayo said after he retires he plans to turn his attention to some of his business interests in town.
“It was quite a shock,” said New Braunfels Mayor Rudy Seidel. “I sec his side of it. He has been here for 22 years. When he took this job he said then it wasn’t going to be forever."
Seidel said a search for a new city manager will probably begin immediately.
"We will have a workshop and get with the council to see what the plans are going to be,” he said.
Herald-Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Frank Campbell, a local potttr, displayed his craft and talents at the first-ever Texa Clay Festival held at Gruene In the Buck Pottery Barn Saturday. Visitors from all over the area as well as local citizens were able to see some of the region's finest pottery being made.
Local residents ask council not to take their land for airport expansion at meeting Monday
Residential growth coming toBulverde, Spring Branch area
From staff reports
By JENNIFER ROMPEL
Several arca residents living near the New Braunfels Municipal Airport spoke to city council members Monday night in order to persuade the council not to take their land for airport expansions.
Marvin Westmeyer, who lives across the street from the airport, said a member of the city staff had shown him drawings of the proposed airport expansion.
"They show us loosing high fertile, clean, productive land to the airport,” he said.
Westmeyer also said his daughter, Nancy Krueger, could lose her house to airspace for the airport.
"We are sick and heartbroken at such a prospect for our future,” he said.
"We hope you can find a way of improving the airport without taking away the hopes and dreams of our future," he said.
"It’s always a cloud hanging over our head about the possibilities we will have to face,” said Krueger.
"Our home is so precious to us. My father-in-law built it... We won’t ever have a home like the home we have now,” she said. “My home means more to mc than you can ever imagine "Farming is industrial development. We are an industry. Why should the agricultural industry have to suffer instead of other industries,” she said. "We are just as important as they arc.”
Also speaking in support of finding a solution that is favorable to all parties was Canyon Lake resident Ted Key, a candidate for Comal County judge and New Braunfels resident Ted Alexander.
This issue was also discussed cartier this month at the Municipal Airport Advisory Board meeting.
During the last meeting of the Municipal Airport Advisory Board, officials discussed the possibility of obtaining funds from the Federal Aviation Administration which will allow the airport to install an instrument landing system. Any expansion of the airport would not occur for another three to 20 years and if there is no demand, expansions would not occur at all, according to officials.
An indication of the growth the western part of the county is experiencing could be Jim Hardin’s move to affiliate with Century 21, move and expand his real estate business and develop a 363 acres piece of property at Highway 46 and U S 281.
According to Hardin, his affiliation with Century 21 will be official about Dec. I and he will expand his staff from its present seven to at least ten within a short period of time. Hardin will move from the present location of his Hill Country Land Sales at 29965 U.S. 281 North at Farm to Market 1863 to 29760 U S. 281 as the first business locating in the Bulverde Business Park.
He said he will manage the development of the subdivision which will be called Oak Hills Estates It will wrap around the Bill Brown Elementary School and will include a central
water system, a security gate, recreational facilities such as soccer fields, and eight commercial lots with public road access. Hardin said the plan is to sell one acre lots, though he would consider smaller divisions.
Hardin plans to present the plan to Comal County Commissioners within a week to IO days and according to County Engineer Tom Homscth it should go before Commissioners C um in about a month at a minimum.
"These types of developments along 281 have been very attractive and have been filling very rapidly according to reports by the developers,” said Hornseth. "People moving in lag behind sales, but I think its reasonable to expect a population increase in that arca in the very near future ”
Hardin’s wife is a principal owner in the development ll anti n lues been selling real estate in the western part of the county since the 70’s
HILL COUN TRY TALES
‘The Lady in White’
(EDITORS NOTE-The following is the first in a series of local ghost stories to appear in the Herald-Zeitung each day through Halloween. The first - The Lady in White as told by Bert Wall.)
By BERT WALL
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Hill Country Talcs
It was before the days of daylight savings time, and more particularly in the early 1950s, when as a very small boy I witnessed the strange "lady in white.”
We were raised just outside Wimberley on the Blanco River. At that time Wimberley was a town of approximately 750 people and cowboys, ranchers and true Western characters made up our population.
Saturdays were big days for my brother and I because Saturday was the day that we would make our weekly trek to San Marcos so our mother could take care of all the "in town” chores. First we would go to the grocery store, then the feed store and then the old San Marcos Telephone Company where she would make the necessary phone calls that had piled up during the previous week (in the early ’50’s we still did not have our own telephone service in the
Wimberley arca.) After the calls were made and all of the shopping chores were taken
care of, if we had been well behaved, my brother and I were treated to a movie at the old Texas Theater. It was after one of those Saturdays that the following event took place.
It must have been about 8:30 p.m. when Mom pulled the old ’49 Ford out of the theater parking lot in San Marcos and headed out Ranch Road 12 towards Wimberley. It was pitch black or as the old timers would say, ‘it was good dark’ and there was not another car on the road as we made our way towards Wimberley. Perched on a large box which was sitting on the back seat I was able to balance myself and watch the readjust as if I were driving the old Ford.
We were at least six or seven miles out of San Marcos when the lady appeared. She was dressed in a brilliantly white evening gown which looked to have been from the 1800’s
The lady quickly crossed the road moving from left to right. My mother’s reflexes were good and as she swerved to miss the lady she steered the car to the right hitting the road’s shoulder.
By the time the car had come to a complete stop we were just inches from that majestic oak tree which stands in the highway’s right-of-way. It had all happened so fast that my mother just sat there for a minute or two.
She then quickly checked us boys to be sure we were alright and then without saying a word she grabbed a flashlight and got out of the car. I remember she walked across the highway, up the hill to the left and down the canyon to the right, yelling out several times. She could find no one — the lady in white had disappeared
As local legend goes "the lady in white” had been seen before that incident and has been seen many times since. In fact there have been several accidents in that same arca over the years, so if you ever venture out Ranch Road 12 after dark, be on the lookout. You can’t miss the old stately oak tree, it is the one marked with a large diamond-shaped reflector which you may think is to warn drivers of the tree’s presence. Hard tellin’ — but the old timers know to ‘look for the lady in white.'
Kelley trial under way at courthouse today
By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer
The murder trial of Laurel Anderson Kelley, 40, of Houston, is currently under way at the Comal County Courthouse
The trial began Monday and is expected to continue for several days. Testimony will be heard this morning
Kelley is charged with the murder of her estranged husband Dean Terrell Kelley. Reports show, the murder occurred in April in Peg’s Place Mobile Home Park in Saltier.
Kelley had plead guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter earlier this year. However, she asked the plea be overturned because of a misunderstanding between her ami her former attorney about die affirmative finding in the case.
An affirmative finding shows that a deadly weapon was used in an offense and requires the defendant to serve at least one quarter of his sentence before being eligible for parole
Kelley was orginally sentenced to 20 years in the penitentiary
She was indicted again earlier this month. The Comal County District Attorney opted to upgrade the charges to murder because of additional evidence that was collected before the second indictmentFor news, subscription or advertising information, call 625-9144