New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 31, 1993, New Braunfels, Texas
IN SPORTS DAY
was Alamo Heights
New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March 21,1845 March 21,1995
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes;Chad Wehe,
Erwa L. Friesenhahn, Alex labowski Jr., Alfred Roth, Peggy Pape, Ambaro Aguirre, Lynn Neeley, Connell L. Bading, and Rusty Castaneda.
Turn your clocks back one hour
Daylight savings time began at two o'clock this morning, so if you forgot to set your clocks back one hour before you went to bed last night you were probably an hour early to church this morning. But if you are reading this before leaving for church, relax and have another cup of coffee, you’ve got time to spare.
Newcomers Club to meet Now. 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 differ* ences between generic and namebrand drugs.
Mid-Texas Symphony meeting slated Monday
The Mid-Texas Symphony Goild, 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 the meeting. For more information, call Arlene Buhl at 625-6411.
Myron Florets Birthday Party, the Wurst Soccer Tournament, Mill Store Plaza Trick-or-Treat-ing from 4 pan. to 6 p.m., and a 7 p.m. costume party in Wursthalle, are just a few of the highlights at Wurstfest today. For a complete guide, see the special section inside this newspaper.
Children and their parents are invited to spend Halloween tricker treating safely with the residents at Oak Crest Nursing Home tonight, starting at 6 p.m. Call 625-6941 for information.
Rita Karr bara
Rita Kerr, a Texas author, lecturer and story teller, will be at the New Braunfels Christian Academy Nov. 3. Her new book, based on the original New Braunfels settlers, will be available. Call 629-6222.
(The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtisch. According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community, "Stammtisch" represents a sitting place for piembers cf the community to gather and share the day's happenings. We invite you to share with us.)
Canyon clinches 28-4A championship with 18-12 thriller
Friday Nl*ht Highlights Canyon..........
■ Clemens failed to convert Clemens........
a fourth down at the Canyon n
on for a 13-12 win, which clinched the District 28-4A Uvalde championship. But star run-
injured. Story - 11A
C0UGARETTE8 SET FOR PLAYOFFS!
■ Canyon defeats San Marcos in a warmup match for the playoffs, which begin Tuesday in Austin at 7:30 p m. against Round Rock McNeil.
Canyon 15 .... 15
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■ See volleyball wrap * *;
up,standings - Page 11A ’
I County m Home of ALEX LABOWSKI JR
Vol. 141, No. 246
debate on Nov. 2 ballot
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
Nov. 2 is Election Day and there are 16 proposed Amendments to the Texas Constitution that cover a variety of issues. There are five Amendments that many citizens arc particularly interested in today. Crime and punishment is the topic of much discussion locally and throughout the state. Two of the proposed Amendments deal with this issue — Amendment 12 and Amendment 14.
District Attorney Bill Reinter has mixed feelings about Amendment 14 which authorizes the issuance of bonds for corrections facilities and some mental health and mental retardation facilities.
“Basically, I think the public was sold a bill of goods on the state jail felony, but it’s better than nothing,”
The new Texas Penal Code which will take effect Sept. I, 1994, creates a new class of felonies for some non-violent crimes. Those convicted under these new felonies may be sentenced to “a state jail” for up to two years with the remainder of the sentence served in community corrections. The 1993 Legislature created the State Jail Division to construct and operate these facilities and authorized th building of 22,000 state jail beds. Ten thousand can be built with existing funds, but the other 12,000 depend on the approval of this amendment.
New Braunfels Police Chief Dick Headen alW has mixed feelings about the Amendment.
“What they did with the state jails is ... rewrite the law and put the monkey on the counties' backs,” said Headen.
According to Headen the state will be required to take only violent criminals into the state pen-itentary system and “non-violent” criminals will be sent to the new state jails.
‘The nib is that they reclassified felony offenses such as burglary and dealing in drugs up to huge amounts without anybody involved as nonviolent,” said Headen. “People convicted of burglary .. will have to serve two years, but when you compare that to the amount of time served now for a IO-year sentence — less than one year — that’s more time under the state jail classification than under the felony classification. It’s not as good as it ought to be, (but it’s something.) They’ve taken the deferent out of the system and until they put that back, and lock these people away or we’re going to continue to have to build more prisons.”
Both Headen and Reimer arc in favor of Amendment 12 which denies bail for certain violent or sexual offenses committed while under supervision.
The Amendments concerning a personal income tax, start-up fending for businesses owned by minorities or women and fending for veterans land and housing assistance are also of some concern to many citizens.
Commissioner Cristina Zamora favors Amendment I which provides for the issuance of bonds for the state-financing of start-up costs of businesses owned by minorities and women and for Amendment IO authorizing the issuance of
Where to vote
The polls will be open from 7 a m. to 7 p.m. for the special election Nov. 2. Citizens may vote at the following places:
■ Precincts 4,18,19 — Canyon City Fire Station, F.M. 306
■ Precincts 16,22 and 24 — Faith United Church of Christ at 970 North Loop 337
■ Precincts 1,2, 3, 9 and 23 — New Braunfels Presbyterian Church at 373 Howard St.
■ Precinct 5 — Startz Cafe in Staitzville
■ Precinct 11 — Garden Ridge Municipal Complex
■ Precincts 18 and 13 — Lone Star School at 144 North Hidalgo St.
■ Precincts 7,12,17 and 20 — Memorial Elementary School at 1900 South Walnut
■ Precincts 14 and 15 — Eagles Hall on South St.
■ Precincts 6, IO and 21 — EMS station onU.S. Hwy 281.
bonds for veteran’s land and housing assistance. She also supports Amendments 14 and 12 dealing with the building of state jails and denial of bail to persons under the supervision of a criminal justice agency.
On Amendment 4, Zamora expressed concern about whether personal income tax revenues would be dedicated to education and limiting the rate of local school taxes if enacted. She does not favor a personal income tax.
Gov. Ann Richards considers Amendment 14 imperative to the fight against crime and urges citizens to approve the building of state jails for non-violent offenders so that the state can follow through with the new sentencing guidelines passed by the last legislative session which included:
■ Any person convicted of capital murder, who doesn't get the death penalty, will have to serve a minimum of 40 years before even becoming eligible for consideration for parole.
m Violent offenders must now serve a minimum of 50 percent of their sentence before even becoming eligible for consideration for parole.
I Those convicted of indecency with a child and murder of a child have been added to the category of most violent offenses meaning they will spend decades behind bars.
She also supports Amendment 4 which prohibits a personal income tax without voter approval, Amendment IO authorizing the state to continue fending the Veterans Land Fund and Veterans Housing Assistance Fund and Amendment 12 will allow a judge to deny bail to persons on probation or parole who att charged with a violent or sexual offense.
County Judge Carter Casteel urged citizens to read the pros and cons provided by Rep. Edmund Kuempel, the League of Women Voters and others and make their own decisions.
Herald Zeitung photo by JOHN HUSETH
Grosse Opa Amo Becker digs into a sausage at the Wurstfest opening ceremony Friday evening. Wurstfest Is In high gear this weekend, with music, food, drink and dozens of activities. Lands Park Is the place. Tickets are $6 and the fun starts at
By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer
The Hispanic Christian community is preparing for a neighborhood March for Jesus on Nov. <5.
“It will be like the June 12 citywide March for Jesus but this will be on West end of town and the music has been translated into Spanish,” said Jaime Guerrero, march coordinator. “The Hispanic churches of Ne w Braunfels hope this will help break some of the racial barriers in our community.”
Like the march held in the summer this march is a celebration of faith and unity in Christianity. The Hispanic Christian community invites all area Christians to participate by gathering at Holy Family Catholic Church at 8:30 a.m. The march is scheduled to start at IO a m.
photo by JOHN HUSETH
The royal couple
AUM* Dyitt was crowned quean and Cody Gawtik king at Smithson Valley High School’s homecoming Friday night. The Rangers lost a clote one to Boerne, 16 to 15. For game coverage, see Sports, 11-A.
‘Walter, The Friendly Ghost’
By ROSI MARU KASH
Late at night at the Faust Hotel doors open and clote, lights go on and off and object! move from place to place.
“People who work at night say they hear things,” laid Ann Bickley, manager of the hotel. “The swinging doors behind the desk will open or the lights in the dining room will go on or off by themselves or they'll hear freaky noises. Sometimes things on a table in a room will be moved — nothing malicious, no one is frightened — they just say ‘hello, Walter.”’
“Walter” is assumed to be Walter Faust, who was instrumental in the original construction of the Travelers Inn as it was called then. According to information provided by the Sophienburg Archives, Faust was the vice president of the Chamber of Commerce and sponsored a com
mittee that raised the money to build the hotel.
It was built to provide the community with a
first-class modem hotel to attract _
conventions, tourists, salesmen | and to provide suitable dining, dancing and meeting fecilitiei for the area’s many local dub! and organizations.
Faust donated the land which wu the original lite of the Faust homestead and S5.000 to build the hotel. It was opened in 1929 to much pomp and circumstance u one of the mort modem and luxurious hotels in the state
Dunng World War II, it wu known as the “honeymoon hotel” because so many servicemen from San Antonio used their three-day passes to honeymoon in New Braunfels. In 1975 it closed and reopened in 1982. Since then it has
wed uvaiyiwieu a Texas Historic Landmark and is on the National Register of Historic Places.
__Faust and his wife actually
I lived in the hotel for several years before his death in 1933. He wu no doubt, quite at home on the site of the old Faust homestead. In feet, after becoming ill while attending an exhibition in Chicago that year, he reportedly told his son, 'If I’m going to kick the bucket, I'm going to do it in my own bed.’
He did make it back home and after staying up quite late, he noted the time at just after the chu reb bells tolled midnight on Sept. I, he passed away that morning at the age of 55.
The hotel was renamed in his honor three years later. We can assume that he was very active in the community and highly regarded from the
comments made about him after his death.
“We will sorely miss him at all our meetings; his enthusiasm, optimism and energy were an inspiration to all pf us irxi we deplore his untimely departure more than words can express “ ’ •
Does Walter Faust still wander the corridor* and rooms of the hotel he was so determined to build? Does he haunt the original site of the Faust homestead? Dues he linger in the place he was determined to spend his last days?
In life he was apparently filii of energy and enthusiasm. Has that spirit remained in the form of a mischievous prankster that occasionally locks guests in their rooms, takes the elevators to floors other than the ones you want and flicks the lights on and off? Why don’t you spend a night in the Faust and see if you’ll get to meet Walter, the friendly ghost?Today's Texas Lottery numbers are I, 6, 8, IO, 12, 23 — Jackpot $3 million