New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 15, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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September 15, 1991
Vol. 139, No. 214
Serving NEW BRAUNFELS and COMAL COLIN i I / Home of George B. Wlssman
Four Sections, 58 Pages
Best wishes %J
meeting gets no quorum
The New Braunfels Herald-/eitung wishes “happy birthday” today to Stacy Marie Gutierrez, Greg Addison, Armanda DeLaGarza, Jim Reeves, Charlotte Richter, Vernon Bryant, Shawn Brookovcr, Ted Caffey, Nicky Aguilar, Lupc Caballero, Jim Reeves, Robert Jcntsch and Christine Camarcno.
Best wishes Monday to Kellie Johnson, Frances Bile, Gloria Antclica Cantu, Royd McLaughin, Abraham Jcntsch Jr., Vera Brill, Jerome R. Hcrry and Bryan Johnson.
Belated birthday wishes to Lupe Navarro, Alyssandra Gomez, Rosemary Morales Leal, Bo Hernandez, Gilbert Ortiz Jr., Craig Cadded and Alyssandra Gomez.
Wishes for a happy anniversary today to Red and Lonic Socll and Ron and Ellen Bucche.
“Happy anniversary” Monday to Evelyn and Vernon Wilson and Jackie and Darlene Cadded.
Belated anniversary wishes to Fernando and Linda Hernandez.
Know of a birthday or anniversary? Give our receptionist a call the day before at 625-9144 — we’d like to share in the greetings.
Heritage items needed
Hie Heritage Exhibit Committee is looking for a number of items to borrow for this year’s exhibit, “The Home Front During World War II.” Items needed include: a “V” mail letter, window service flag with a gold star or with several stars, photographs of Comal County service men or women killed during World War II, photos of unusual but typical events (victory garden, children collecting scrap metal, USO dance) the local newspaper (especially the one announcing the onset of the war), memorabilia, local, German, Japanese, French, North African, Indian), military uniforms of the World War II era, especially Navy officers, ladies WAC, WAVE, nurse or Marine. Many uniforms arc needed for the exhibit. For additional information or to loan an item call Iris Schumann A 625-5656, Janelle Berger at 625-4242 or the Sophienburg Archives at 629-1900.
New Braunfels Kinderchoir will begin rehearsals in preparation for Wurstfest performances at 3 p.m. ti day at the Bavarian Village Restaurant stage. For more information call David C. Smith at 629-1785 after 3 p.m.
The Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department will sponsor a spaghetti supper today from 5-8:30 p.m. at Fire Station #2 on Oblate Drive at Farm-to-Market 2673. Plates for children under 8 will be $2; adult plates, $3.50. Proceeds will be used lo help buy new equipment.
Canyon High School FFA or Junior FFA member interested in raising swine have a mandatory meeting Monday, Sept. 16 at the Agriculture Science building at CHS at 7:30 p.m.
Bells will ring
Bells at the Comal County Courthouse and local churches wil ring for 204 seconds beginning at 3
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A 60 percent chance for thunderstorms today, diminishing to 40 percent by evening, could be accompanied by highs in the upper 80s and lows in the nud-60s. Monday's high could reach the low 90s as a 40 percent rain chance lingers.
COMAL COUNTY FAIR ...1-12D
By MARK WARNKEN Staff Writer
Four New Braunfels City Council members on Saturday evening attended a planned emergency meeting to consider removing Mayor James Goodbrcad from office, but the meeting couldn’t be called to order for lack of a quorum.
Mayor Pro Tem Ramon Chapa Jr. said the meeting was requested by four council members and the mayor, who — along with Council Members Rudy Seidel and Paul Fraser — did not attend. Other members in attendance were Bill Arnold, Loraine Kraft and Clinton Brandt.
Four council members are required to request a meeting, and five arc required for a quorum.
“Unfortunately due to no quorum, there will be no action and no meeting,” Chapa said.
The council’s regularly scheduled Sept. 23 meeting has been canceled because several members will be out of town, so the next regularly scheduled meeting of the full council is Oct. 14.
The meeting was called as “an urgent public necessity due to immediate need to resolve conflicts in order to preserve public health, safety and welfare,” according to the agenda for the 6:30 p.m. meeting, posted at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
The two agenda action items read: “(A) Discuss, consider and take action regarding removal of mayor" are! “(B) Action (if necessary) to elect new mayor.”
Kraft, Arnold and Chapa, contacted by telephone Friday, expressed disappointment with the way Goodbread handled a recent investigation of City Manager Paul Grohman based on allegations of a city employee. But Seidel and Fraser said they saw nothing wrong in the mayor’s actions.
Grohman has accused the mayor of violating the city charter by privately contacting several staff members and then directing them not to tell the city manager.
The council members contacted Friday said they could not disclose specific information about the allegations against Grohman or the employee making them because the matter was discussed in executive session.
Wednesday night, the council voted 4-3 lo retain Grohman after a four-
hour executive session involving the council, Grohman and staff department heads. Chapa, Kraft, Arnold ami Brandt voted yes, while Goodbrcad, Fraser and Scidcl said no. Grohman requested the meeting.
Chapa has been most vocal about the way the investigation was handled, especially because the mayor revealed information about his investigation beforehand to some council members but not to at least three, including himself.
“I think Jim Goodbrcad has shown bad judgment,” Chapa said Friday afternoon. “I gave him my vole for mayor, but I have really lost trust in him because of the way he handled this issue.”
While Chapa didn’t say Goodbrcad violated the charter outright during his investigation, he said the mayor circumvented the charter’s intent that investigations of city staff members be conducted by the whole council. He also said Goodbrcad has acted unethically and twisted the facts concerning the allegations.
"This issue in not me against the mayor. I respect Jim Goodbread. I like Jim Goodbread. But I think the title of mayor has gone to his head. According to the charter, he’s only one of seven council members,” Chapa said.
Goodbread. in an interview Saturday afternoon, said he knows he angered some council members through his actions, but fell be had no other alternative.
“I shared this information with three of the council members who I felt would keep it in total confidence, and I did not share it with the others until executive session. I wish I felt I could have,” Goodbrcad said.
“The reason I did not contact certain council members is because I felt like it would have gotten right back to Mr. Grohman, whom we were investigating,” Goodbrcad said.
Goodbrcad said the allegations were presented to him one night, and. though he did not seek out such information, he believed it was his responsibility to verify or disprove the charges through other city employees before making an issue of them.
“In my heart, I feel like I have made no violations,” Goodbread said. “I contacted the city attorney, and he
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Deputy Larry Eppard draws hts weapon, ready to shoot at an ■‘attacker" in a video training course owned by the United States Air Force and used this weekend by the Comal County Sheriff s Department (Photo by Robert Stewart)
On-screen events prepare officers for firearms use
By ROBERT STEWART Staff Writar
Officers of the Comal County Sheriff's Department underwent special training Friday with a video system designed to train an officer’s reaction to situations in the field where a firearm may have to be used.
“We finally got summer over with and now we can do some training like this,” Sheriff Jack Bremer said.
The training system consists of a large, wall-sized video screen on which is shown a scenario a police officer might face in responding to a call.
“You and your partner are answering a complaint at a jewelry store where a man has been hanging around for ova two hours. The people rn the store are getting nervous," the narrator says as the man is shown looking at the outside of the store’s windows. As your partner in the video questions the man he becomes belligerent and knocks your partner down with karate kicks. When the suspect comes after you (towards the camera), you must decide when to draw your weapon and fire.
The weapon is a $ 1.650 gun that shoots a laser at the screen. This laser is reflected back to the projector and shows a dot on the target where a bullet would have hit. A display on the screen tells whether the decision to shoot was a good one or if it was a “no-shoot situation."' The number of lethal hits is also reported.
Comal County Deputies did quite well on the system, scoring numerous sternum-splitting lethal hits in the proper situation.
The training was conducted by Larry J. Brown and Thomas D. Presley of the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations. That office owns the
$40,000 training system that includes the screen, projector, laserdisc player, software, computer and laser pistols. Brown said.
“I went through my first police academy in 1970 and this is the best ‘shoot/don’t shoot’ system I’ve seen,” Brown said. “We’ve even put a few judges ’brough it and they’ve discovered how things happen so fast. One judge shot three people in the back.”
There is an average of only 4.4 seconds from the beginning of a threat situation to the point an officer must decide — before it’s too late — whether to use his gun. Brown said.
“You don’t have a whole lot of time to make a decision — the officer must decide instantaneously,” Brown said.
Deputies going through the training said that it was a good program and that it made them think about the many factors that go into the quick decision.
“It’s good to learn it here instead of out there in the field," Presley said. “If this device saves one officer’s life it’s worth it.”
“It’s good because it makes these guys (deputies) think," Bremer said.
Bremer said that his deputies will be going through more training programs in the coming weeks, including the required 4U hour course to maintain Peace Officer Licenses
Cooperation of the Air Force is just one example of how different law enforcement organizations help each other in improving law enforcement techniques and training, he said.
Longtime Comal County Fair volunteer anticipating event
By ROBERT STEWART
The 1991 Comal County Fair — with events set lo start next week — promises to be better than ever.
The fair is made possible by lots of hard work donated by hundreds of volunteers.
One such volunteer is Lucille Oberkampf, who has given 54 years of service to the fair in the floral and antiques and heirloom competitions.
“I picked up on it when I got married and when my . .
husband died I stuck with it,” Mrs. Oberkampf said UOerKa p
Her husband. Hilmar Oberkampf, is among past presidents of the Comal County Fair Association.
Mrs. Oberkampf began her fair work in the floral division and now is involved in the heirlooms and antiques competition. She serves on the screening committee which checks all items entered to make sure they qualify. Collectibles must date from 1920 to 1950 and antiques must be at least 50 years old.
“You do want people lo bring things to the fair but sometimes you can tell they aren’t 50 years old,” she said,
Trophies donated by Busy Bee Remodeling Co. go to winners in “best preserved’’ and “most interesting’’categories.
“The fair is a big deal, they even close the beauty shops,” Mrs. Oberkampi said. “The parade is really something.”
This year Mrs. Oberkampf is working iii the antique deportment with Jolcne Erben, she said.
Oberkampf was presented with a plaque in 1987 in appreciation for 50 years of volunteer service at Comal County’s fairs.
They spend the whole day of Wednesday ut the fair judging the entries, she said.
“We’re usually there from 7:30 in the morning until 6 p m that night." she said. “We do want to have a nice exhibit. Thcrc’s always been a competition (with surrounding communities).”
Mrs. Oberkampf said that it is important for die community lo remember things from the past “We’ve tom down so many old buildings,” she said. “Where the First Federal building is there used lo be the I anda House.”
Mrs. Oberkampf applauds die Drover system, which she feels is good foe the fair. Drovers are temporary directors elected annually by the board of directors “They have a good deal there with those Drovers,” she said. “You carnet be a Drover without being a shareholder of the Fair Assocmuon”
Included in today’s cdiuon of the New Braunfels Herald-/eHung is the annual Comal County Fair special section.
It’s release is limed lo allow those entering the various competitions a chance to review the rules before the final entry deadline.
“The sccuon also will serve as a guide to the fair and includes schedules of the many entertainment events and lists when exhibits will be open,” said Herald Managing Editor Janine Green.
“We hope all our readers will keep their copy. It should be a handy guide come September 22.”
1991 Comal County Fair activity officially begins with the Fair Queen’s Contest at 7:30 p.m. Sunday. Sept. 22. at Canyon High School.
Several entry deadlines from parade floats to livestock and oilier exhibits fall over the next few days.
“A Night in Olde New Braunfels” will be celebrated Wednesday, Sept. 25, and family night will be observed al the Heart of Amel lea cai iii val.
The carnival and food mall will be open Thursday, Sept, 26, with die poultry barn opening at IO a.m. and the exhibit halls opening ai noon.
Friday, Sept. 27, is parade day widi the Children’s Pet Parade at 9. W) a rn. and the Comal County I air Parade at IO a m. Schools throughout the court
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Loaning a big screen television thai will help those attending the “Today’s Lifestyles" Homemakers School see each step of recipe pre paragon is Morris Lindsey, right, of Sears Catalog and Appliance Center in New Braunfels With him is home economist Lucinda Kahny. who will conduct the Sept 30 demonstration. (Photo by Annexes Schlickenrieder)
Local sponsors joining ‘Today’s Lifestyles’ show
Lucinda Kahny, Homcnuikef* School home ecol uh in st, is excited to include New Braunfels and Comal County in her “Today’s Lifestyles’ with Homemakers Schools 1991 schedule With mure than IO local sponsors already participating, this year’s presentation promises lo he lively and entertaining,
On stage, Kahny wilt display know how with food md recipes and share hints and lijis, all relating lo “Today’s I ilestyles,” The selection of recipes will include snacks ami desserts. National sj*Misof\ and their products make ii possible to present
the show locally.
those attending will each receive cents off coupons, recipes and the 1991 “Today’s Lifestyles" cookbook.
l"he New Braunfels Herald /eilung stall is planning a special Homemakers School section with recipes and food |4uhos for Sept 29. Area cooks can anticipate this as well as die oilier happenings at the New Braunfels Civic Center on Monday, Scf*. U). the evening of the Homemakers School.
“ Imlay’* l ifestyles ’ is die 1991 onstage pioduchon of Wisconsin-
ConUnuad from Pay* IA