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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 29, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas ^ jp||||^    20332    N009    10/22/00    70 NEW    O SO -~IjJE S T 111 c RO PU BL I SH T NG 2627 E YANDELL DR EL POSO; TX 79903Herald-ZeitungVol. 148, No. 246    48    pages    in    3    sections    October    29,    1999    y-=\    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Friday Welcoming Wurstfest Frazier Elementary School second-graders clap to the beat of traditional German music during Wednesday’s Mini-Wurstfest celebration at the school, 1441 N. Business 35. The 10-day festival officially begins today with the biting of the sausage at 5 p.m. in Landa Park. Admission to Wurstfest is free from 4 to 7 p.m. today. WA! Ll/Herald-Zeitung Photo contest seeks best of Wurst Inside Today A 20-page guide for the annual “Salute to Sausage” By Betty Taylor Staff Writer Capturing the best of the Wurst is the theme for the 1999 Festival Photo Fun Contest at Wurstfest, which begins today in Landa Park. Festival patrons are encouraged to submit photos taken at Wurstfest or any festival-related activity for the contest, sponsored by Fujifilm and Albertsons. Fuji cameras will be awarded to the top IO winners. Festival organizers want to update and increase their photo files, said C. Herb Skoog, promotions director. “What better way to capture the best of wurst than to invite those who are having a great time to join in the fun?” he said. All photos submitted will be considered for use in future festival promotions. The first-place photographer will receive a Fuji DX-IO digital camera package, including Adobe Photo Deluxe computer software. The prize for second place is a Fuji Endeavor camera and a Fuji Discovery camera outfit will be awarded for third place. Six other winners will receive a Fuji Quicksnap camera. Entry forms for the contest will be available at the booths operated by the Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barbershop Quartet Singing in America (booths 18 and 19) and also can be picked up in the Wurstfest office during normal business hours, Monday through Friday. Disposable cameras and film also will be available at the SPEBSQSA booth. The deadline for photo entries is Nov. 30. Entries will be judged Dec. 15 and winners, along with their photographs, will be presented at the Wurstfest Association’s annual meeting. Canyon Lake Radio hoping suit slows FCC Station owners seek freedom to operate, but others disagree By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — When a car pulls up the driveway at Canyon Lake Radio’s tiny headquarters, everyone inside freezes. Although nearly seven months have passed since federal agents raided the community station, seizing $3,000 worth of equipment, David Huff, who found ed it with wife Lisa in 1998, said he still worries they will return. And he’ll continue to worry until a lawsuit filed in July against the Federal Communications Commission is resolved. “We’re hoping the suit will bring closure,” he said. Huff also hopes the suit will bring a day when his family won’t have to wonder if every passing car is loaded with federal agents intent on raiding their garage, now filled with radio equipment funded by community donations. Huff and a similar radio station in San Marcos also ordered to shut down argue that the FCC violated their First Amendment rights by denying air time to stations operating below IOO watts. Repeated calls to the FCC by the Herald-Zeitung were not returned. The plaintiffs’ Austin-based attorney Jim Simons said FCC had “no jurisdiction” at that frequency level. Canyon Lake Radio (KLCR, 105.7 FM) operates at 30 watts and can be heard only in a five-mile radius. KIND Radio (103.9 FM) in San Marcos, the station that inspired KLCR, operates at 45 watts and can be heard in a 15-mile radius. Although radio’s electromagnetic wave frequency ranges between IO kilohertz and 300,000 megahertz, FCC does not offer licenses for frequencies under IOO watts. Until they do, Huff said, the FCC should allow micro-stations to operate without licenses. But some argue this would result in “chaos.” “What’s to prevent someone from interfering with other stations?” asked C. Herb Skoog, former owner of the New Braunfels-based KGNB-KNBT. Huff said interference wasn’t a problem. “When you’re starting a radio station, See SUIT/5A Woman charged in accident Driver faces intoxication manslaughter, assault charges from July collision By Heather Todd Staff Writer A Canyon Lake woman is facing charges of intoxication manslaughter and assault with a motor vehicle in connection with an accident four months ago that killed a 3-year-old boy and critically injured four others. Melissa Watson Choina, 31, was taken into custody by Comal County Sheriff’s officers Wednesday and booked into the county jail. Jail officials said Choina remained in custody on Thursday. Bond for the intoxication manslaughter charge was set at $20,000 and $ 10,000 for the intoxication assault. Three-year-old Joshua Rutherford of Canyon Lake was one of six people riding in a Ford Thunderbird struck by Choina’s Ford Mustang around noon July 8 on Farm-to-Market Road 306, just south of Farm-to-Market Road 2673. Rutherford and six others, including a 13-year-old girl riding with Choina, were airlifted to area hospitals with major injuries. Rutherford died two days later at University Hospital in San Antonio. Choina was indicted on both charges by a Comal County grand jury Oct. 13. If convicted of the second-degree felony change of intoxication manslaughter, Choina could face two to 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $ 10,000. She also faces four counts of intoxication assault causing serious bodily injury, which carries a two to 10-year prison sentence and a fine not to exceed $10,000. Texas Department of Safety officers reported Choina’s blood/alcohol level exceeded twice the legal limit at the time of the collision. DPS Trooper Jim Shea said Choina had a blood/alcohol level of 0.26. The legal blood/alcohol level in Texas at the time of the accident was 0. IO. A new state law reduced the legal level to 0.08 on Sept. I. Witnesses said the Thunderbird, driven by Nore-ta Rutherford, was traveling south on FM 306 toward New Braunfels, and the Mustang was traveling north toward Canyon Lake. Witnesses said they saw the Mustang cross into the southbound lane as the Thunderbird veered left and then back right again to avoid the Mustang. The Thunderbird was hit on the right passenger side in the southbound lane. The Mustang was hit on the right front side. Choina and her passenger both were taken by Star Flight helicopter to Brackenridge Hospital in Austin. They were released from the hospital die next day. Three other passengers in the Thunderbird — Brian Hollek, 12, Kyle Hollek, IO, and Annette Webb, 59 —were critically injured in the accident and airlifted to University Hospital. Another juvenile in the Thunderbird, Amanda Hollek, 7, received minor injuries and was transported to McKenna Memorial Hospital, where she was treated for a broken arm. Noreta Rutherford, mother to all four children, was not injured. ll a ■ ii rn I» / * ' ip Ump T J V mm WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Heritage Society president Bobbie Purdum (left) recognizes the sponsors for this year’s Heritage Exhibit at Thursday’s gala. Heritage Society dedicates exhibit Johnson honored for service to city By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer A woman who has dedicated nearly half her life to the preservation of New Braunfels’ heritage was honored for her efforts on Thursday night. Members of The Heritage Society of New Braunfels dedicated this year’s Heritage Exhibit, “The Dawning of a New Century,” to its co-chairman, Sharlene John son. Several hundred people gathered at the New Braunfels Civic Center to honor Johnson and get a sneak peak at the exhibit during the preview gala. The annual event, which features a large scaled model of downtown New Braunfels, opens today and JOHNSON will remain open during Wurstfest. “As we celebrate the close of the century,” Heritage Society president Bobbie Purdum said, “it is appropriate tl^at we dedicate this exhibit to someone who has given almost half her life to the preservation of this community’s unique heritage. “Although an ‘Auslander,’ this person quickly became established as a tireless and dedicated worker on Janelle Bergerk Heritage Exhibit committee in 1979.” See HERITAGE/5A Inside Abby............................ ......7A Classifieds.................... .6-12B Comics........................ ......8A Crossword................... ......7A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro................. ......4A Movies.........................7A 4B Religion........................ .9-11A Sports........................... ...1-3B Today........................... ......2A Television..................... ......8A Key code 76  — ;