New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Birthday wishes front the Hsrald-Zsitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: James Ray Whitaker, Suzanne Winters, Jay Schriever, Jackie Quarles (51 years), PhyUs Foerster, Martin Luis Gonzales (3 years) and Ashley Ann Hernandez (7 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Molds — 862 Ragweed —10
Cedar Elm—trace (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 317 cubic feet per second, same as Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.83 feet above sea level, same as Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 327 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —199 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.10 feet above sea level (Below conservation pool.)
New Braunfels Utilities NBL! reports pumping 6.389 mHon gallons of surface water Monday and no well water.
Chaoc# of rain
Tonight— Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain. Lows in the mid 50s to upper 40s.
Wodnosday — Cloudy with a chance of rain.
Highs near 70.
Wednesday night, cloudy with a chance of rain.
Lows in the lower 50s to near 60.
Thursday — Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Highs in the 70s.
Friday and Saturday — Partly cloudy. Lows in the 50s. Highs in the 70s.
Blood drlva oat at Canyon Late
The Canyon Lake American Legion Auxiliary will sponsor a blood drive from 9 a m. to 3 p.m.. Friday in the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center vehicle in the parking lot of Frank s Supermarket, 8010 Farm-to-Market 2673. To sign up or for information, call 899-7198
Fvoo flu allots
Influenza vaccine will be available free to Comal County senior citizens age 60 and older from 9 to 11 30 a m. and from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 31 at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center, 655 Landa St. The service is provided by the Downtown Rotary Club and the Comal County Health Department. An additional free clinic will be conducted the same hours Nov 7 at the Canyon Lake Action Center.
KxMMt organisers sat dedication
The Heritage Exhibit will be dedicated at 7 p.m. Thursday at the civic center. This year’s theme is “Spreading the News," depicting the changes brought about by inventions and innovations in human communication during the 150 years since the founding of New Braunfels. The exhibit will be open 10 a m. to 5:30 p.m. daily during Wurstfeat.
Travis County Medical Examiner Roberto Bayardo testified Monday:
• Kelly Dougherty was shot in the right cheek about 1 inch in front of the ear canal.
• John Lamb was shot 3.5 inches above the ear canal.
• Lamb’s wound was not consistent with a self-inflicted gun shot wound.
• Both victims had amphetamines and methamphetamines in their systems.
• Lamb's body was wrapped in $ comforter and a tarp, anawas bound with electrical cord. His head was covered by a bag and wrapped in a terry doth towel.
Haunted Haus preview
Herald-Zwtung photo by Michael Daman
City Manager Mike Shsnds takes a deep breath sflsr a sneak preview of the New Braunfels Fire Dspartmsnfs haunted house at New Braunfels Marketplace (formally the New Braunfels Factory Stores). The haunted house wW open to youngsters on Thursday and Friday nights.Canyon eighth-graders enjoy success
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Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Shealee Brumfield
Vol. 145, No, 244
InsideLocal brokers: Investors should hold On for the long ride
— Page 6
By DAVID Of KUNDER
Db not panic — that’s the advice local investment experts are offering investors after Monday’s 554-point drop in the Dow Jones stock index. Stan Cunningham, a broker with Edward JonesDow plunges again today— Page 5
in New Braunfels, said people should hang on to what they have and only sell if they get a good deal.
“Most folks should hang on to what they have and not be making any changes,” Cunningham
said. “If they bought good quality stocks in the first place, those stocks will be back up, probably sooner than later.”
The 554-point drop Monday was the largest in terms of points for the Dow Jones but represented only a 7.2 percent decline. The 508-point drop in 1987 was a 22.6 percent decline.
James Dunks, an investor for HFS Securities, said investors should hang on to what they have.
“I think those people who are investors are in the market for a long haul,” Dunks said. “People who are in the market right now I think ought to sit tight because we have a good economy and Turn to Investors, Page 2
Residents thrive in garden of Eden
Home offers living on the wild side
By BUBAN JAKOBSEN
A year and a half ago, Eden Home resembled many other nursing homes, but when animals started taking up residence there and children’s groups began to visit regularly, things began to change.
Plants started showing up everywhere. Residents could garden. The warbling of birds changed the indoor surroundings into a natural environment.
“I’ve been at other homes, too,” said Ethel Keester, a resident who just celebrated her 90th birthday at Eden Home with candy, balloons and a feline friend. “Is makes all the difference in the world, being here.”
A tabby cat named Claire that lives in the facility often visits Keester and rests on her bed.
“This cat gc# a lot of attention,” K pester explained.
Raised in Shiner and a resident of Lavaca county.
then Uvalde for many years. Keester moved to Eden Home to be near her daughter, who lives in New Braunfels.
“I am pleased here,” she said.
Eden Home is different for more reasons than its pets and frequent visitors.
“It’s fun,” said Debbie Wiegand, assistant administrator “Why should life stop being fun and start being sterile?”
There are no set visiting hours. Residents get to decide when they want to eat breakfast instead of being told when they should.
Betty Tach has worked at Eden Home for over seven yean and said she has seen dramaUc changes in residents’ mental and physical health since the facility introduced the new living environment 18 months ago.
Tach, a certified nurse assistant and restorative aide, helps residents stay mobile and encourages them to use their range of motion in a weekly program called Sit and Stretch. *
“Eden Home has turned residents around totally,” said
Turn to Elton, Page 3
H«rald-Z—ung photo by Mich—I Damon Edna Elbel hofcte parakeets Maggie and Jig* at Eden Home. The birde ara uaad aa Btarapy for many of th# akterty residents.
Comal Independent School District officials were crunching numbers this morning to clarify for voters exactly what impact the proposed $92 million bond issue would have on their tax bills.
The CISD business office released figures last month showing the tax rate would increase 7.9 cents over a seven-year period, increasing taxes by $59.04 for a $100,000 home over the same period. However, district officials are now trying to give voters a clearer picture of what the actual tax bill would reflect “Those numbers are correct,” said CISD business manager Abel Campos. “The question I’m being asked now is ’What am I going to pay in taxes.’ The question is different now.” Campos said the projections look at each year separately. For example, the tax rate would increase 4 percent the first year, resulting in a $26 change. In year two, the rate increases by 2 cents, or $14.28. However, in terms of the total tax bill, the increase would be greater than $40 in year two. The 4 percent would cost more the second year because of an increase in values, Campos said. The increased values were used in figuring the 2-percent impact.
“You need to take into account the increase in the value of the home,” he said. “I’m trying to be as realistic as possible.”
The confusion may have been compounded by a CISD press release that states: “The total increase in taxes, over the seven year period from 1998/99 to 2004/2005, is $59. This is an average of $8 a year ” Campos said to find out what the average increase
Turn to CISD, Page 2
Bulverde residents crunch taxing numbers
By DA VK) DEKUNOER
BULVERDE — With a week to go until Bulverde residents decide on incorporation, one resident is trying to figure out how much money it would take to operate a “city of Bulverde."
Stan Blaylock, a Bulverde Hills resident, said he was putting together a preliminary budget on how Bulverde South (Bulverde Hills) would operate.
*W« arx shooting for 20 cants per $100 valuation based on the taxable value of Bulverde South.*
— resident Stan Blaylock
Bulverde South is one of three areas, along with Bulverde North (Bulverde Estates) and Bulverde East (Oak Village
North), that will vote on incorporation on
Blaylock said he and a few other residents cranched some preliminary numbers to see what it would take to start a fledgling
• “It is guess work based on what other people have done,” Blaylock said. “The estimates have been based on what other incorporated (owns such as Fa«r Oaks Ranch, Garden Ridge and Hill Country Village have done.”
Turn to Bulverde, Page 3
Using Styrofoam heads, wooden dowels and photographs, the Travis County medical examiner explained how bullets entered the heads of two victims in the John Charles Naef capital murder trial.
Travis County Medical Examiner Roberto Bayardo took the stand Monday as the first witness in the capital murder trial of John Charles Naef, 56, of San Antonio.
Naef is accused of murdering two Spring Branch residents. John Patrick Lamb. 44, and Kelly Dougherty, 33, in March 19%. Naef pled not guilty and now faces life imprisonment if a Comal County jury convicts him.
Attorney* picked a jury of nine women and three men Monday, with two alternates. The alternates were a man and a woman.
District Judge Jack Robison said that although the court proceedings would end as close to 5 p.m. as possible, he asked jurors to stay late to hear opening remarks and testimony from the medical examiner.
In his opening remarks, assistant criminal district attorney Jim Noble said, “What you’re going to hear about are some very brutal, gruesome, cold-blooded murders committed by this man.”
Although Lamb operated a legitimate business, he manufactured, bought and sold methamphetamines, Noble said. Naef worked for Lamb, and occasionally borrowed money from him, the prosecutor said.
Lamb had $20,000 to $40,000 in cash and drags on him at the time of his death, Noble said, and Naef killed Lamb and Dougherty in the process of robbing Lamb.
Defense attorney Jim Pape told jurors that Naef was not denying that he worked with Lamb, but contended that it was Lamb who owed Naef for back pay.
“What you will hear John
Naef deny is that he owed John Lamb a great deal of money,” said Pape.
Pape said Naef, even at the time of his arrest, stated that Lamb killed Dougherty before turning the gun on himself. Pape went on to say that both victims had drags in their bodies at the time of their death that could lead to violent, aggressive and unpredictable behavior.
“If John Naef could turn the clock back, he probably would have done everything different at this point, right now,” Rape said.
Travis County Medical Examiner Roberto Bayardo testified that Dougherty was shot in the right cheek about I inch in front of the ear canal. The bullet entered her head at an angle from head to toe, and she was shot from a close range, he said.
“By that, I mean the gun was at a distance of 6 to 12 inches from her face,” Bayardo staled.
Lamb was shot 3.5 inches Turn to Trial, Page 2
CISD adjusting tax impact ofbonds
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
Testimony begins in murder trial
By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT
Staff WriterNew Braunfels Marketplace throwing out a different kina of lure — Page 4