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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NBW BRAUNFELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities can only water with hand-held hoses and buckets between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. any day of the week. Soaker hoses can only be used around foundations.HERALD-Zpt'tt jNg rn Vol. 149 No. 223    14    pages    in    2    sections    September    12,    2000 Tuesl... NBGS pitches river walk .* Clee I 852 50 cents Melvan man pleads guilty to ’99 murder JOURNEAY By Ron Maloney Staff Writer The wife of a man strangled in New Braunfels more than a year ago faced her husband’s killer in court Monday and said she forgave him. Douglas E. Journeay, 36, of Melvan, pleaded guilty Monday to strangling to death 62-year-old Ted McReynolds in June 1999. In exchange for his plea, he accepted a 45-year prison sentence. The plea allowed him to escape possible lethal injection, had he been convicted of capital murder. McReynolds was found dead in his New Braunfels apartment in June 1999. Police believe he died early on the morning of June 6, 1999, but his body wasn't discovered until family members went to his home in Mill Bridge Apartments at midday June 9. Journeay will be eligible for parole after he serves 22-1/2 years of his sentence, Comal County Assistant District Attorney Ed Jen-drzey said. “He'll be there a good long time,” Jendrzey said. Journeay also will be forced to pay $16,400 in restitution to the McReynolds family at the discretion of the Texas Parole Board. Journeay was indicted on Sept. 8, 1999, in connection with McReynolds’ murder while he was being held in Comal County Jail New Braunfels police and Texas Rangers arrested Journeay on June 15, 1999. in San Antonio in connection w ith the indecency charge. When they arrested him, police found a reportedly stolen vehicle owned by Ted McReynolds nearby. By Monday, Journeay had spent 454 days in jail awaiting trial. After the guilty plea, Journeay, in leg irons, turned and faced tile family of the man he murdered and stood silently as the wife, son, daughter mid son-in-law of the victim addressed him. “I don’t think you have any grasp of the agony you’ve put us through,” said Joann McReynolds, who told Journeay her husband had died on his birthday. Case History • About June 6,1999 — Ted McReynolds, 62, is strangled to death in his New Braunfels apartment. •June 9,1999 — Family members discover McReynolds’ body. • June 15,1999 — New Braunfels police and Texas Rangers arrest Douglas E. Journey of Melvan on an unrelated charge of indecency with a child. McReynolds’ missing vehicle was found near the place where Journeay was arrested. • Sept. 8,1999 — A Comal County grand jury indict Journey for McReynolds’ death. •Sept. 11,2000 — Journeay pleads guilty to murdering McReynolds in exchange for a 45-year prison sentence. “I have struggled with this because God has said I must forgive you. I don’t hold any unforgiveness anymore. My prayer for you is you will find your own forgiveness for your sins in Jesus Christ.” McReynolds’ daughter, Pamela Daviscourt, choked back tears when she spoke to Journeay. “I ani the daughter of the man you killed. I miss my daddy!” she said. “We had a wonderful, special relationship. I cannot stop thinking about the suffering he went through in his death — the suffering caused by you.” Son-in-law Erie Daviscourt told Journeay he too had a special relationship with the victim. He missed his father-in-law “who became by best friend before he was a father-in-law to me.” “Its absolutely terrible to have to explain to a 2-1/2 year old child what death is all about,” Daviscourt said. “But what saddens me more is you have two wonderful parents we've met through this that you’ve put through heck. I know you'd take this all back if you could, but its too late for that.”Inside Abby.....................  7    A Classifieds.......................4-6B Comics..............................3B Crossword........................7A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro........................4A Movies.................................7A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-3B Today.................................2A Key Code 76 Savor the flavors of New Braunfels at Taste of the Town By Sarah Moore Herald-Zeitung Correspondent Picture yourself feasting on gourmet delicacies from the area’s finest restaurants: •Gruene Mansion’s secret Seafood Bisque. •The Gristmill’s Fudge Pie and Orange Roughy in Pineapple Salsa. •Huisache Grill’s secret, innovative new appetizer. •The New Braunfels Smokehouse’s Baby Back Ribs, Wurst-Kebab (a sampling of five different kinds of wurst) and Bread Pudding in butter sauce. With 33 food and beverage service vendors serving dishes simple (Taco Cabana’s crispy tacos) toTickets Tickets are $15 in advance ($18 at the door) and can be bought at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, China-n-Things, the museum in the New Braunfels Marketplace and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. exotic (Giovanni’s Duck Apicious), there’s something to satisfy every craving at Taste of the Tow n, an annual event benefiting the Children’s Museum of New Braunfels. Taste of the Town — 6-9 p.m. Thursday at Wursthalle — also w ill feature food-related door prizes, including complimentary dinners at participating restaurants and gift baskets of tasty treats. Helping you Work oft’all that food will be the popular, high-energy band Two Tons of Steel. Sound pretty good? It’ll get better when you outbid the field at a silent auction featuring a relaxing two weeks amid the magical flora and fauna surrounding a beautiful five-bedroom villa in the Galapagos Islands. Or maybe you would rather choose a three-day, two-night stay See TASTE/5A File photoFolks line up for the goodies at the 1999 Taste of the Town, which took place in October at the Texas National Guard Armory. The event moves to Wursthalle this year. Wasser ■ WHAT: New Braunfels Wasser Strasse, or River Walk ■ WHERE: Between Landa Street and Garden Street, including about two miles of landscaped walkways from Wursthalle in Landa Park, along both channels of the Comal River past the city’s tube chute in Prince Solms Park, past the newest section of the Schlitterbahn and ending at the river exit on Garden Street. ■ OTHER COMPONENTS: • Transportainment — a water transportation system developed by NBGS International; would carry tubers from the Garden Street river exit, across Schlitterbahn property and back up river; NBGS International map Strasse tubers could exit where the old and new Comal channels meet or float down the river again. • Transportainment also would link Schlitterbahn’s two waterparks through Prince Solms Park. • Transportainment could be used in times of low spring flow to capture and recirculate water into the river and ensure more consistent water levels. • Wasser Strasse could include restaurants, shops, entertainment venues and interpretive areas covering local ecology and heritage. • Wasser Strasse would meet the Americans with Disability Act standards. • Wasser Strasse would provide a pedestrian link between the river and downtown. Source: NBGS International Comal River runs through Wasser Strasse proposal By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer A river walk along the Comal River and a water-based transportation system for tubers hold answers to many of the city’s river problems, according to Jeff Henry. Henry is founder and CEO of NBGS International Inc., a sister company to Schlitterbahn Water-park Resorts. Henry also is one of Schlitterbahn’s owners. NBGS, located in New Braunfels, designs and manufactures slides and equipment for waterparks worldw ide. Henry presented the city council Monday with a plan that would change the face of the Comal River and create a system in which Comal River tubers wouldn't have to be shuttled from the river’s exit to their cars. Traffic, trash, bad behavior on the river, money to police the rivers, handicapped accessibility to the rivers. Those issues and others would all be addressed through the proposal, Henry said. “It has been my lifelong dream, my hope to do something for New Braunfels,” Henry said. Henry’s proposal was listed on the agenda as only a presentation, not as a discussion and action item. That meant the council could not make a decision on the proposal Monday. Instead, the council indicated it would decide at its next meeting whether to authorize NBGS to develop a business plan to implement the proposal. Under the proposal, an approximate two-mile landscaped river w alk, or Wasser Strasse, would be built from Landa Street to Garden Street. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Jeff Henry speaks to the city council Monday evening on his Wasser Strasse and Transportation System. The Wasser Strasse would provide a place for arts exhibits, weddings and other events. Restaurants and shops also could locate on the Wasser Strasse. The Wasser Strasse also could provide interpretive areas to educate the public about the Edwards Aquifer, endangered species supported by the Comal Springs and other issues, Henry said. “It’s something we need to educate everyone in this region about,” Henry said. If implemented, Henry said the proposal would provide IOO percent free access to the Comal River for residents and visitors. That includes land Schlitterbahn owns along the Comal Rover. New Braunfels is blessed by its rivers, he said. “We need to get them opened See NBG S/5 A K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung A small group of tubers approaches the Prince Solms Chute Monday afternoon. The area would be key in NBGS’s proposed Wasser Strasse. t ;