New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 22, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Unicorns take to the road to face Uvalde in gridiron showdown. See Page 6.
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16 Pages in one section ■ Friday, September 22, 1995
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of TRAVIS WILLIAMS
Vol. 143, No. 225
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to:Sarah Autumn Koepp, Spike Reeves (Saturday), Travis Williams (Saturday), Kimberly Brown (Saturday ), and Irene Gonzales (Saturday). Happy fifth anniversary to Reuben and Michelle Gonzalez.
River and aquifer information
Comal River -258 cubic-feet-per-
sec., down 4.
Edwards Aquifer — 624.63 feet above sea level, up .10.
Guadalupe River — 114 cfs.
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
Cancer support group meets
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept 28, in the North Building of Victoria Bank and Trust 1000 N Walnut.
lf you have any questions, call the ACS at 629-5717.
Literacy tutor training
Adult Literacy of Comal County will hold a tutor training workshop Oct 6 from 5 30 p.m. to 9 p m and Oct 7 from 8 a m. to 3:30 p m for people interested in tutoring non-readers or low level readers. Registration deadline is Sept. 29. For infor mation, call VerNell Martinez at 625-9480
Chili cook-off planned
Gruene Eyed Chili Kick-Off, the first annual chili cook-off to benefit the Ur nted Way of Comal County, will be held at Rockin R' in Gruene Oat 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.
GHCC to present status report
Tuesday, Sept 26, at 6:30 p.m., at Lone Star Elementary cafeteria, the Greater Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board of directors will present a public status report on its developments, and will reveal future marketing objectives for poten tial small minority- and woman-owned businesses in New Braunfels and Comal County The meeting is free and open to the public.
The caption to the photo of the barid Rosie y los Mucha-chos, which appeared on Page 1 of the Wednesday, Sept 20 Herald-Zeitung, contained incorrect information The pho to was taken at the Sesquicentennial Hispanic Exhibit at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catfiolic Church.
4Jumbo9 Evans to step down after 16 years
By DENISE DZIUK
After 16 years in office, County Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election when his current term expires at the end of next year.
Evans, who is the Precinct I commissioner, said he announced his decision at Thursday's commissioner court meeting so people who want to run for the office will have time to file, and “get all their ducks in a row.”
He said it was just the right time to do it. His term ends on Dec. 31,
In the past 16 years, Evans has seen many changes. He said the biggest change has been the growth in the
county. He said the population has
almost doubled in size since he first took office.
“There’s a greater demand for services now, and at the same time, we’re providing more services too,” he said.
Evans said he does not have any dramatic plans for the future, and his decision was based on the simple fact that he has served for a long time, but added that it was a pleasure serving.
“Don’t you think 16 years is enough? I’m going to just continue to be Jumbo Evans, and continue to enjoy life,” he said.
Evans said he has had remarkable support from the public over the years, and he is grateful. He said having the support of the people in his precinct actually meant more to him than the office.
“I am proud of my service for the county, but I am most proud of the support from the constituents in Commissioner Precinct I,” he said.
Evans had little more to add about his decision not to run for re-election, saying, “there’s not that much to say about it.”
‘Don’t you think 16 years is enough? I’m going to just continue to be Jumbo Evans and continue to enjoy life.’
— J.L. 'Jumbo' Evans
Opening of Canyon Lake Airport a dream come true for Rippenstein
By DAVID DE KUNDER
Cynthia Rippenstein likes aviation so much that she decided to own and operate an airport in the Canyon Lake area.
“I like the freedom of it,” Rippenstein said. “It is something different to do. You have no traffic in the air and there is always a personal challenge when it comes to flying.”
The public is invited to see one of Rippenstein’s challenges come true - -the grand opening of the Canyon Lake Airport on Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Food and refreshments will be offered at the grand opening. The airport is located off of State Highway 306 on Hancock Lane.
The Canyon Lake Airport has been in operation since 1987, but on a small scale. Rippenstein bought the airport on June 2. Ever since then, she has made improvements in the airport facility so that it will be a full service airport The airport has a 2,600-foot lighted runway, a plane wash area, 14 hangars for rent and enclosed tiedowns for the planes. Rippenstein said the airport is undergoing numerous improvements: 20 new hangars, a 24-hour automated fuel system with a
double-walled 10.000-gallon tank, a helicopter port, a play area for children, and local shuttle service, which will take out-of -town pilots to sites in New Braunfels and Canyon Lake.
The finishing touches on a pilot’s shop and lounge were beinly made before the Saturday grand opening. The lounge and shop, which is 1,200 square feet, will include a big screen TV, a kitchen area and an outside deck. Rippenstein said that 100-2(X) pilots will come to the grand opening.
“Both my husband and I love aviation.” Rippenstein said. “Last week, we were at the Reno Air Race, which is the largest air race in the country. We promoted the (Canyon Lake) airport and we found a lot of people who are interested in the Canyon Lake area. You will be surprised how many people come to our airport. A couple of weeks ago, we had a French couple who flew in from Fort Worth. They spoke little English but we gave them pamphlets and brochures about our area.”
Rippenstein is very enthusiastic about the potential of the airport.
“It is real exciting to be operating this airport,” Rippenstein said. “This (airport) has been a diamond in the rough for so long.”
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
With a cold snap hitting town and bringing rainy weather with it, you had to be a loyal fan to take in last night's junior varsity football game at Eagle Field. Maxine Tienda, llendra Fames, Minerva Tienda and Brittany Tienda cheered the Unicorns on to a 27-0 victory over Uvalde as the temperatures dipped into the 50s.
Contracts complete, work on Faust Street bridge, Eikel Field can start
By DENISE DZIUK
After months of negotiations, the city and county have finally developed a contract that is satisfactory to both parties, and the work on the Faust Street bndge and Eikel Field can begin.
On Sept. 7, the commissioners court adopted a draft of a interlocal agreement. In that agreement, the county agreed to spend $90,000 in county money, as well as grant money, to refurbish tile Faust Street bndge, which was built in 1887. Ibe county agreed to consult with the city during restoration, and upon completion, the city would assume ownership of it. The city would be responsible for daily maintenance, and the county would pay half of the costs for any major structural repairs.
Ibe contract also included an agreement to construct a walking/exercise track at Eikel Field. The city and county would each pay up to $10,500 for
Herald-Zeitung pholo by MICHAEL DARNALL
The county and city have reached an interlocal agreement that will allow the historic Faust Street bridge to be renovated.
the track. County Engineer Tom Homseth said the city will hire a contractor to do the work.
The city council approved the contract with one change. According to the change, the city and county engi-
will attest to the structural stability of the bndge supports and abutments. The contract was then sent back to the county for consideration.
“Basically, if we concur with it, we have a deal," said County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander.
The court altered the wording slightly to say that the county engineer would attest to the fact that it was approved by a consultant and the Texas Department of Transportation. The contract, which expires in 20 years, was approved by a unanimous vote Thursday.
“I’m glad to see we’re doing something to enhance the area and fix it up for the people who live there," said Commissioner Cnstina Zamora
She said there was concern voiced by people saying that $90,000 was a lot of money to spend repairing a bridge. However, she pointed out that it is needed. She said the county has a responsibility to either maintain the bndge or "dispose of it.” She said the
grants became available, and it was cheaper to fix it.
The bndge would have to be carefully taken apart piece by piece in an attempt to protect the river below it. Zamora said this would be a costly venture.
"The money was intended to enhance the bndge. We were very fortunate to get the grant," she said.
Zamora, whose precinct includes both the park and the bndge, said she would like to personally thank the city council and the commissioners couft for being patient and working together. She said residents in the area would benefit front their efforts.
Homseth said that once the contract is executed, he w ill immediately begin working with a consultant. He said he hopes to have the preliminary plans, including detailed cost projections and construction plans, by the end of the year. Actual construction could begin next summer
Cleanup of train wreck in Marion continues
By DAVID DE KUNDER
MARION - Everything is returning to normal in Manon three days after a Southern Pacific train derailed in downtown.
"The track has been cleared and the first tram came through at 11:30 a m. (on Wednesday),” Manon Police Chief Max Wommack said. “The railroad did a good job of clearing the tracks Right now the cars arc parked off to the side of the tracks and they arc waiting for the mud to dry up and the weather to clear up. They are also waiting for word from their headquarters in Denver whether to salvage the cars or redirect them onto the track.”
Fourteen boxcars derailed in downtown Manon on Tuesday night. The Mar-
‘Southern Pacific was very
cooperative and did an excellent job of cleaning up.’
— Max Wommack
ion Volunteer Fire Department and Marion Police responded to the call at 8:40 p.m.
Fire Chief Roger Schetfel said the derailment occurred when the lead boxcar behind the engine jumped the tracks, opening the switch and letting the other boxcars go. No cause for the accident has yet been determined by Southern Pacific officials.
Southern Pacific Railroad Police and
work crews worked all night and late into early Wednesday morning putting the rails back together, getting the derailed boxcars off the track and getting the track back into operation Work crews had four trucks of cranes and bulldozers on the scene to help them with their cleanup.
The train was traveling west from Houston to California at the time of the accident. The train carried dry goods, TV’s, plastic pellets and fertilizer. There were no hazardtms chemicals on the train and no injuries reported.
Wommack praised the efforts of Southern Pacific in getting the tracks cleared quickly and doing it in a professional manner.
“Southern Pacific was very cooperative and did an excellent job of cleaning up,” Wommack said. “They worked well with the citizens of Marion.”
Arbor Day Foundation offers free trees
Ten free live oak trees will be given to each person who joins the National Arbor Day Foundation during Sept. 1995.
The free trees are part of the nonprofit foundation’s Trees for America campaign.
“These magnificent wide-spreading trees will be picturesque additions to your landscape, “ said John Roscnow, the foundation’s president. "T hey were selected because of the shade and special beauty they will give your home. Live oaks grow rapidly when young and may live to be centuries old."
Tile trees will be slnpjvd postpaid at the nght time for planting between Oct. 15 and Dec. IO
with enclosed planting instructions The 6- to 12-inch trees arc guaranteed to grow or they will be replaced free of charge.
Members also receive a subscription to the foundation’s colorful bimonthly publication, “Arbor Day.” an Arbor Day Foundation wall calendar, and "The Tree Book" with information about tree planting and care.
To become a member of the foundation and to receive the free trees, send a $10 membership contribution to TIN Ll VB OAKS, National Arbor Day Foundation, IOO Arbor Ave.; Nebraska City, NI OK4 IO by Sept 30. 1995.
Seniors take in the Mid-Texas Symphony’s season debut. See Page 4.