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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 28, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAYRaul Vela is force to be reckoned - P. 7 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN! 416 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March ff, 1845 March 21, 1995 KSS New Braunfels IIa«a 14 Herald 12 Pages in one section ■ Oct. 28,1993 Serving Comal County ■ Home of JOSHUA i Vol. 141, No. 24jt INSIDE Obituaries..............2 Crossword..............3 Opinion................4 Sports Day............7,8 Classifieds..........10-12 STAMMJISCH Birthday wishes! The New Braunfels Herald" Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes; William Bryan III, Phyllis Foerster, Dorothy Rowe, Jesse Medina, Simon Medina, Edmond Vordenbaum, Stephanie Ortiz. Cross Lutheran group hosting Hallelujah Festival The Parent/Teacher League of Cross Lutheran School and Day Care will be sponsoring their annual Hallelujah Festival on Saturday, Oct. 30. The event is geared for family enjoyment. There will be booths to win prizes and goodies, as well as a hayride for children. The Ma ’.et Place will be open with many craft items for early holiday shoppers. Frito pies, nachos, hot dogs, popcorn, and sodas will be served. The public is invited from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Activity Center, located at 169 S. Hickory. Costumes are welcome. Please leave the witches, ghosts and goblins at home. For more information, call Kristen Lams-fuss at 625-3666. Mid-Texas Symphony meeting slated Monday The Mid-Texas Symphony Guild, New Braunfels chapter, will meet Monday, Nov. 8 from 11:30 am. to I p.m. at the Victoria Bank meeting room, 1000 N. Walnut St. The Guild has a number of activities which support the Mid-Texas Symphony, and new members are welcome. Members can bring brown bag lunches to tlj£ meeting. For more information, call Arlene Buhl at 625-6411. Newcomers Club to meet Nov. 2 The monthly meeting of the New Braunfels Newcomers Club will be held Tuesday, Nov. 2 at IO a.m. at the Senior Citizens Center. Guest speaker will be Diane Schulz, a pharmacist at McKenna Memorial Hospital. Schulz will speak on the differences between generic and namebrand drugs. Members are encouraged to buy tickets for the Dec. 7 Christmas dinner dance, held at the American Legion Hall from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. with music from the Seven Dutchmen. Cost is $14 per person. Hsrsld-Zsltung sssks wsathsr drawings The New Braunfels Herald• /titling is seeking weather drawings from local youth. "We're asking any interested youth in New Braunfels and Comal County to draw their best pictures of sunny, rainy, overcast days," said Managing Editor Mark Lyon, "We'll use them in our weather forests each day," Children should include their name, age and parents' names on the buck or their drawings, Send drawings to 707 Lundu, New Braunfels, Texas IHI.IO. St mil nit Itch (the Now Hraenfelt Nereid tritone invite IM retirers to euhmll itemt to iiemmtlttsh. Aeterdmg to the Xtyhtenhwe Ah hive* end members nJ the tlerrmin tommuniiy "Stemmtteeh" rept tit nit e tittles filet?* far member* et the r ttmmenliy to nether end there the deft hefifieningt, We Invite you to there with rn I Kelley found not guilty By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer_ After more than four hours of deliberation, a 12-member jury found Laurel Anderson Kelley, 40, of Houston, not guilty on charges of murder. Kelley stood trial this week on charges that she had shot her estranged husband Dean Terrell Kelley at his home at the Peg’s Place Mobile Home Park in Sattler. The incident occurred in April. Kelley told jurors the shooting was an accident that resulted from a struggle with her husband over the gun. The gun was a .25 caliber pistol. Testimony during the trial showed that Laurel Kelley threw the gun into the Guadalupe River after the incident. Kelley’s attorney Paul Finley, of New Braunfels, said he and his client arc glad the case is over. “She is ready to get on with something new,” he said. Finley said he did not know what the verdict Murder trial comes to an end after four $ hours of deliberation by 12-member jury would be. "We never know for sure. I spoke to four jurors. I think they had a hard time with the charge of intentionally and knowingly causing his death,” said Finley. "She (Kelley) is glad it came out the way it did They (her family) arc happy,” he said. Comal C ounty District Attorney Bill Renner said he was disappointed with the not guilty verdict. "There was a lot of work put into preparing this case. This is what happens with juries. They sometimes want tlx: ease to be presented the wa) they see them on TV They said they felt the investigation didn’t go far enough They thought the officers could have gotten more evidence,” said Reimer Rcimcr said jurors told him after the trial that there was enough of a question to find the not guilty verdict. "If we tried the case w ith a different panel, we might get a different result,” he said. " I he majority of the jurors had a vote for guilt, two were for innocence and several were undecided There were a couple of people who were extremely verbal and demanding as to the issues of the investigation,” he said. "They felt the investigation didn’t go far enough. "We take the cv idencc as it is given to us. We can’t manufacture it The Grand Jury decides the charge of murder or manslaughter. I don’t know if a different charge would have resulted in a different verdict," he said. I re investigation into the case was conducted by Sgt. David Ott of the Comal County Sheriffs Office. Ott said he believes tlx: investigation was complete. “We covered it as far as we could go,” he said. “We talked to people in Houston and people at the lake,” he said. Ott also said he believes the not guilty verdict is wrong. Rcimcr said the family of Dean Terrell Kelley was extremely disappointed with the verdict. "The have been very supportive of our office,” he said. Kelly had plead guilty to charges of voluntary manslaughter earlier this year. She was sentenced to 20 years However, she was granted a new trial because of a misunderstanding between her and her former attorney about the plea. Her case was taken back to the grand jury and she was charged with murder. The case was heard by District Court Judge Robert Pfcuffcr. Gas wars? Some local gasoline retailers setting some of the area’s most competitive prices By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writar New Braunfels gasoline prices are somewhat lower than those in surrounding towns leaving the appearance of a gas war taking place in the western section of the city. Unleaded gasoline is selling for 99.9 cents a gallon at most area self-service stations. However, at the Stop N Go on Walnut at Kcrlick Lane, the price is 94.9 cents and at the Circle K on Walnut at Landa the price is 93.9 cents. ‘‘We’re chasing our competition,” said Dick Sparks, Circle K Zone Manager in Austin "We gear our prices off certain competitors and try to stay one cent under them. Stop N Go is who we follow.” "Our strategy is to offer quality gas at the best possible prices," said Ginger Renfroe, Manager of Marketing Service for Stop-N-Go in Houston. "We price by location and the competitive environment in that location." Major petroleum dealers,including the Conoco on the cast side of 1-35 and Highway 46 is selling for 97.9 cents a gallon. The Texaco, Phillips 66, Mobil, Diamond Shamrock, Chevron, Exxon and Fina stations in town arc all selling their least expensive unleaded for 99.9 cents a gallon. * Prices for the least expensive unleaded gas in the northeast portion of San Antonio arc reportedly S1.03 and in San Marcos prices arc S1.02 Gas prices may soon increase, however, due to the Oct. I addition of 4.3 cents in taxes on gasoline and diesel to reduce the deficit under the provisions of the Revenue Reconciliation Act passed by Congress in August Federal excise tax on motor gasoline is now 18.4 cents a gallon. 99 1.15 1.25 MEL ■ jk ■ aim 133rd Wurstfest set to begin tomorrow night From staff reports Of that, 6.8 cents of each gallon taxed is designated for deficit reduction With the 4 3 cents a gallon increase, combined federal, state and local taxes represent about 35 percent of the price of a gallon of gasoline Adding to the expense of gas arc the new Clean Air Act requirement tor low-sulfur diesel fuel for highway use which als*) went into effect Get I Under the new regulation, diesel fuel tor on-road use is limited to no more than 0.05 percent sulfur by weight, the average has been 0.25 percent by weight f ix' Environmental Protection Agency and refiners have estimated that the cost of supplying low-sulfur diesel fuel will be a few cents a gallon more than the cost of the previous high sulfur fuel. The effect of the 4.3 cents a gallon tax increase on the price of gasoline will depend on a number of factors including crude oil prices, current petroleum pnxlucts prices, regional con ditions, competition in the marketplace and the individual decisions of the thousands of independent businessmen who ultimately set the price of the fuels they sell The federal gasoline tax is imposed when the product is withdrawn from terminals and the monies are then sent to the U.S. Treasury More than 60 entertainment groups, including a 44-piece band from Winkcls, Germany, and a special accordion entourage, will appear at the upcoming 33rd annual Wurstfest, a 10-day showcase of German food, music, dance, heritage and fun which begins tomorrow. "With more than 30 years of experience under their belt, members of the Wurstfest Association arc preparing for the best ever festival, which will include activities for each member of the familysaid W’urstfcst PrcsidchfOaryTTirtf Slated for Oct. 29 to Nov 7, Wurstfest is a German/Texas festival that attracts more than I OO,(HK) people from around the world to New Braunfels. The festival features tximpah and polka music, sausage and strudel, and focuses on New’ Braunfels’ rich German heritage. Wurstfest consistently is rated as one of the top events in North America. Among die many entertainers appearing this year arc: ■ Accordion great Myron Florcn, best know n for his days on the Lawrence Welk Show’, making his 26th consecutive Wurstfest appearance ■ Fricwilligc Fcucvvchr Winkcls, a 44-piccc brass band, will perform for the first time in Texas ■ Accordion Kings, a music program produced by Texas Foiklifc Resources, which will feature a variety of ethnic music traditions of Texas, including Czech, Creole, Cajun and Mexican-Amcrican. ■ Jimmy Sturr, a six-time Grammy winner in polka music, making his fourth Wurstfest appearance with his orchestra In addition to music and food, special events are being planned for all ages, including an exhibit that will feature hands-on activities for children designed to demonstrate Germany's history and its impact on many current traditions. Wurstfest was organized in 1961 as a salute to the art of local sausage making. The Devil’s Backbone Predator (EDITOR'S NOTE - The following Is the third Installment of a continuing series of local ghost stories,) By BIRT WALL Special to tho Hereld-Zeltung It was sn extremely hot August sfterttoon In 1983 sud we were finishing up the Isnt mile of fencing one of the Devil's Bsckbone ranches. It had been one rough project sud sit of us were glad to see the job coming to sn end One of the older gentlemen In the group hsd worked slung these canyons snd hills of Central Texas for many years. On that hot afternoon I noticed him as he gazed across one of those deep canyons along tile Backbone and when lie took his hat off to wipe the sweat Bom his brow, he began to chuckle I asked what was so fenny. "Oh, not much son," he said, "I Just couldn't help remembering something that happened right here several decades ago Guess i've been around this old courtly tot) long " After a little coaxing, he told the fellowing story, it wax 1948 and most things in Central Texas were getting back to normal with one cho pi ion It seems there was a predator on the lu*c that had lite Ureal ranchers up In arms rn the buzzards continued having a field day This animal killer stalked an area from the Ranch Ruud 12 and Highway 32 junction westward on past the Dev ti s Backbone towards Ultimo, leaving a’s prey of cattle, sheep and goats spread across the conn trysldc First tire ranchers set baited traps In hopes of catching tire predator, but had no luck with that technique, Next they took their hunting dogs arui combed tire hills in an attempt to track down tire animal, but no one even caught a glimpse outre elusive killer Aftei Inn knew til tlo the ranchers gathered ami decided it was time to hire a professional hunter The word went out ami within a short time such a character, an older man who had spent most cif his time in the (luadaiupe Mountains of West Texas, met with the ranchers at the old Forrester's Drug Store, now tire Cypress Creek Cafe, in Wimtrerioy Ile told the* ranchers ta wanted mi contact with them after Ire set up his camp, which would ire in a small valley next til a spring led stock tank Just below one of the Backbone s ridge* I hen In reassured them that within 30 days he would ire Hill Country Tales hack with their predator, collect his pay and head back West. Some 35 days later tire hunter reuppaied at Forrester's He was odiously tiled and haggard and quite anxious to leave a* he relayed tire fellowing report to the ranchers, Not long after setting up camp he found tire predator's trail amt wasted no time in setting his trajts He also had no luck with that technique since Ire would find the traps sprung, but the bait untouched I his gave him the impression that fire pf* datur was playing some sort of game with him, ami he sensed that Ire had become the prey it stalked both day and night After many days of no re in bone first * lair BW i, W Olds It V lith finally got lucky i one afternoon as he sat on a Back* ridge overlooking the trail when he i "predator" He couldn't believe his -•■rn a gnat Yes, an enormous white Ire judged would weigh at least 2(10 This beast had huge red eyes and appeared to exhale fire from it's nostril* The hunter finally spotted the predator's resting place and within minutes he reached the entrance ut the cave. As Ire peered Inside and saw tire glow of the beata's rod eyes intently! staring back at him a cold chill surrounded him. He then real I/al that this animal was truly mn afraid of anything He raised his nile, aimed between the goat's eyes and fired Then a sound roared between his ears, but it was not that of his ride being fired Tills particular sound, he knew only too well, was that of rattlesnakes. The rattlesnakes, literally hundreds of them, were everywhere ami way towards the back of tire eave he caught a glimpse of several chests and what appeared to he some gold coins lying on the flour. Upon finishing this report tire hunter wasted rn) time in collecting his pay and as he opened the cafe ck xx to leave lite Back Is are forever, he turned to the ranchers ami said, "The Devil, yep, I was hunting tire Devil, arui he is still oui ibere " After his departure the massive predatory slaughter of stock did cease for several decades, but what about tire killings out on tire Backbone just three short yeats ago?Today’s Texas Lottery numbers are 1    - 14-24-35-38 Jackpot $3 million A k ;