New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 20, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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16 Pages in one section ■ Wednesday, Sept. 20, 1995
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Vol. 143, No. 223
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Felix Aguirre, Bobby Friedel, Tiffany Weidner, Kimberly Millett, Ed Sonier, Paul Dailey and Dustin Bursch (13 years). Happy anniversary to Edward and Maria Samudio (54 years).
River and aquifer information
Comal River -278 cubic-feet-per-sec., up 36c.f.s..
Edwards Aquifer — 624.38 feet above sea level, up .06.
Guadalupe River — 110 c.f.s.
Fair Queen contest Sunday
The Comal County Fair Queen's contest will be held Sunday, Sept. 24 at Canyon High School Commons. The event begins at 7:30 p.m.
There will be 19 young ladies from the three area high schools participating in the contest. The Fair Queen and her court will represent the fair association at surrounding festivals for the upcoming year. The cost is $2 per person, with pre-school children free
Rodeo tickets on sale
The contestants of the Comal County Fair Association Rodeo Queen's contest are now selling tickets for the PRCA Rodeo to be held Sept. 27-30. You may contact the fair office at 625-1505 for more information on how to purchase tickets from these young ladies.
Bond election subject of forum
The League of Women Voters is sponsoring a forum featuring a discussion of the Comal Independent School District Bond Election. Panelists include Superintendent Jerry Majors and Scott Watson of the Long-Range Planning Committee. The forum will be at the Guadalupe Valey Telephone Co-op on Sept 21 at 7 p.m. Call Rose Marie Eash at 980-3188 for information.
Violin lessons offered
The Mid-Texas Symphony is once again offering lessons to local students interested in learning to play the violin or another string instrument. The symphony board has hired a new instructor. Her name is Elizabeth Blackerby and she will also be associated with Texas Lutheran College. Call 651-6789 or 619-0336 for more information.
Bargain Box marks everything down
In preparation for its Sept. 29 closing, the Bargain Box has marked everything in the store down to half price. The store is located on Casten St., near the Civic Center.
Chili cook-off planned in Gruene
Gruene Eyed Chili Kick-Off the first annual chili cook-off to benefit the United Way of Comal County will be held at Rockin R’ in Gruene Oct. 7. Judging will be at 4 p.m. CASI rules, Entry fee is $10 and $3 to get on grounds. For more information call Russell at 629-2305. Entry deadline is 10 a rn. Oct. 7.
Southern Pacific train jumps tracks in Marion
By DAVID DE KUNDER
MARION - Fourteen boxcars from a Southern Pacific train jumped off the railroad tracks last night in downtown Marion and the cleanup is expected to continue into this evening.
“What happened is the lead boxcar jumped the tracks and opened the switch, letting the other cars go,” Marion Volunteer Fire Department chief Roger Scheffel said.
Karen Lott, a member of the Marion Volunteer Fire Department, said she received a call of the train derailment on her pager at 8:40 p.m.The fire department and the Marion Police Department were the first on the scene. Deputies from the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department and the Marion Police Department helped direct traffic throughout the night and the early morning hours.
Scheffel said the track was to be opened by IO a.m. Work crews had taken the cars off the tracks and were in the process of cleaning up the tracks as thunderstorms came through the area.
“We have had four inches of rain,” Scheffel said. “That really slowed us down. But the track will be opened this morning and the rail has already been laid.”
No one was injured at the scene. The boxcars were carrying dry goods, TV's, plastic pellets and fertilizer.
There were no hazardous chemicals being carried and residents did not have to be evacuated.
The train was traveling westward towards San Antonio from Houston. Four boxcars were standing sideways going over into the ditch, just like an accordion being compressed. The railway itself was bent and train wheels from the cars were broken and scattered over the bent track.
Southern Pacific Railroad Police and work crews arrived at the scene at around at 10:45 p.m. Four trucks of Caterpillar cranes and bulldozers were brought in to haul the derailed cars off the tracks
The train derailment caught the residents of Marion off guard.
“it sounded like a regular train, then it shook and rattled my house,” saidMarion High School senior Jeremy Davenport. Davenport lives across the tracks on Farm to Market 78. “My sister, Jennifer, looked out the window and saw the sparks of the train being derailed. I then got out of my chair and ran through the back door and saw the dust and dirt coming out of the can. I got a flashlight and saw what happened.”
Richie Woody was with his friend, Elch Wilkiewicz, both of whom go to Marion High, when the accident happened. Woody had just filled his truck with gas at the Hitching Post on FM 78 and was pulling out when he heard the screeching of the train wheels.
“I heard a big old crash and then we saw what looked liked smoke coming out of the flipped cars,” Woody said. “I then drove down the highway and told people not to go near the wreck because it was smelling real bad. We did not know what was in the cars and we thought it was going to explode.”
Wilkiewicz said the train shook the truck as they were going down the highway.
“I heard a bunch of screeching sounds from the brakes,” Wilkiewicz said. “I saw dust and smoke. As we were going down the highway, it shook the truck.”
lightning strikes keep fire department jumping
By DENISE DZIUK
Bad weather kept emergency personnel busy last night, and is being blamed for an early morning structure fire.
New Braunfels Fire Department Battalion Chief Donald Zereher said they got a call for a fire at the Log Haus restaurant at 4875 1H35, at about 2:30 a.m. Zereher said the fire was actually at an old wooden house about five feet from the restaurant. Lightning hit the roof of the house and caught it on fire. When firefighters arrived at the scene, the roofline was starting to cave in, he said.
“When you get a fire out away from the city, it becomes a problem because you don’t have fire hydrants to hook up to, and you have to worry
"We didn’t go to bed at all last night. We were extremely stressed and busy despite the extra people.’
—Battalion Chief Donald Zereher
about having enough water,” said Zereher.
Zereher said he kept a hose for use on the outside, while a crew went inside. He said that when they entered the house, the fire was confined to the attic. They were able to gain entry through the center of the ceiling.
"A one point, the fire was 30 feet into the air,” he said. “Just as we
started to make headway, we ran out of water. But, another engine arrived at about the same time.”
Zereher said the fire was contained in the attic. He said the actual house, including the walls was not damaged, and only a couch was burned when burning material fell on it.
Zereher said the weather had the department busy, despite extra help. He said that lightning also struck the chimney of another house and blew sheetrock off the w alls in the house. He said they received several false alarms before the structure fire, and the crew remaining at the station during the fire answered three more calls.
“We didn't go to bed at all last night. We were extremely stressed and busy despite the extra people,” he said.
Herald-Zeituna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
River cleanup nets 11,000 pounds of trash
The Fifth Annual Lower Guadalupe River Clean-Up on Saturday attracted more than 1,100 people, including 50 divers. She said this was the largest turnout ever, and organizers were just hoping to get 700 people. The cleanup focused on 20 miles of the Guadalupe. David Davenport, President of Friends For Rivers, said 11,000 lbs. of trash was collected, mainly aluminum cans. He said divers also recovered a water cannon and a suitcase filled with clothes. In this photo divers Salvador Carlton, and Doug Rausch hand Richard Santana a bag full of cans and other debris.
Rosie y los Muchachos were just one of the musical acts that performed at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church Festival last weekend.
Decision on Bulverde concrete plant may not come until 1996
By DAVID DE KUNDER
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Purdum to lead development council
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Someone forgot to tell Tom Purdum what the word "retirement” means.
The Texas Economic Development Council elected him president last week at its annual conference. That’s just arter stepping dow n from a long career as New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce president— and while he’s still working as a consultant for the local chamber.
"I’m only the second local chamber member to become president,” Purdum said. "The rest have been people who were with utilities and private development corporations.”
TUX members come from chambers of commerce, cities, utilities, private development companies and the like, Purdum said. About 30 years old, the organization works to draw industry to Texas.
The TUX is targeting four types of industry to
expand in Texas, Purdum said: automotive, telemarketing, electronics/computers and plastics.
“They, too, are very interested in helping existing business expand,” Purdum said. “Our role as a private organization is to counsel with them, to let them know what’s going on in the trenches.”
The advent of the half cent sales tax means the chamber of commerce can target selected businesses for recruitment to New Braunfels, Purdum said. "Hopefully this will help us zero in on w hat we really want in the way of economic development,” he said.
Purdum officially starts as president Oct. I. "I’m already at it, though," he said. The TUX presidency is strictly volunteer, Purdum said. His term of office lasts for a year.
As TEDC president Purdum expects to attend meetings around the state and the nation working to boost the Texas economy. “I think it’s going to be a very busy year,” Purdum said.
It could take until December or January before the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) makes a final decision on whether or not Ingram Readymix of New Braunfels can apply for a standard exemption for its proposed concrete plant in Bulverde, a TNRCC attorney said on Monday.
“Each party in the case is now writing their closing arguments to the administrative law judge (Bill Ehret) to convince him whether or not he should recommend the exemption or reject it,” TNRCC staff attorney Scott Humphrey said.
The standard exemption is over a proposed concrete batch plant Ingram wants to build at the intersection of U.S. Highway 281 and Farm to Market 1863. Since spring. Ingram has been eyeing the property at the intersection. However, Ingram has met opposition from the Citizens League For Environmental Awareness Now, an organization of Bulverde residents who are opposed to the construction of the plant. CLEAN members are worried that the plant will emit too much dust into the air, threaten the water supply in the area and lead to more traffic problems at the intersection, which is one of the busiest in Comal County
Both sides got a chance to state their case at hearings held before the TNRCC on September 7-8 in Austin and last Monday at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative At the hearings, Ingram was represented by Project Manager and Vice-President Gary Johnson and attorney John Holm of San Marcos. Attorney Stewart Henry of Austin and Bob Barton represented CLEAN. The hearings ended in Austin on Wednesday.
Humphrey said the closing arguments for both Ingram and CLEAN have to be turned in to Ehret’s office by Oct. 25. Two other parties in the case, TNRCC' (represented by
Humphrey) and the Public Interest Council (a TNRCC division which represents the public) w ill also w rite closing arguments addressed to Ehret.
Once the closing arguments from all four sides are turned in, Ehret w ill revjew the arguments and make a proposal, Humphrey said. Humphrey said he will review the closing arguments from all four parties and reply in w riting to all four of them.
"When Judge Ehret distributes his proposal to all the parties involved. I will have the opportunity to write exceptions, which arc-legal points made in disagreement to the administrative law judge’s proposal," Humphrey said. "It will be one last chance for him to reconsider his decision based on the exceptions.”
Humphrey said the exceptions are made only if he disagrees w ith Ehret’s recommendation. After Ehret reviews any exceptions and makes a recommendation, the TNRCC commissioners will vote on the proposal at one of their meetings.
The TNRCC standard exemption #71 allows Ingram to build a plant without getting a permit. To be granted the exemption, Ingram would have to meet 11 criteria set by the TNRCC for concrete batch plants lf the exemption is rejected, Humphrey said Ingram would have two choices: abandon building at the site or apply for a permit, w hich would start the process over again.
On the last day of hearings in Austin, an engineer-technician called by the TNRCC testified that she had reviewed the standard exemption for Ingram.
Humphrey said the engineer recommended the standard exemption be granted to Ingram because Ingram met all the requirements needed for the exemption.
“The engineer testified that the plant should not have any adverse impact on the Bulverde area,” Humphrey saidFor subscription or advertising information,call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.