New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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20 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, September 24,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of BHI and Bim Thompson
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Birthday wfshas from tho Harald-Zaitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Gordon Garwood, Sue Thompson (68 years), Becky lojo and Johnny Gabriel Rosales (20 years).
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Bill and Sue Thompson (51 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Davis was convicted in 1990 of Balonis’ murder and sentenced to life in prison. A court of appeals reversed the decision in 1992 based on prosecutorial misconduct. Then in 1993, a district court ruled that enough valid evidence remained to try Davis for Balonis' death, despite questions about die validity of serol-ogist Fred Zain’s testimony.
The case was appealed to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals.
Davis’ attorney. Stanley Schneider of Houston, has said that he would file a motion for a rehearing by Oct. I.
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If Jack Warren Davis is retried for the 1989 murder of Bulverde Elementary teacher Kathie Balonis, the county might have to find a new lawyer to prosecute the case.
“I’m going to have to think about continuing," attorney Ray Taylor told the Herald-Zeitung Tuesday.
Judge Robert Pfeuffer asked Taylor to be the prosecutor pro tem in the original trial.
The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals handed down a decision Sept. 17 that Davis be retried.
Molds — 5,660 Pigweed — 8
Ragweed—118 Grass —12
Cedar Elm —22
(Potan measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 294 cubic feet per second, down 5 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed — 625 39 feet above sea level, up .03 from Tuesday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 360 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 908.84 feet above sea level (Above conservation pool)
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Searchers find body of drowning victim
By DAVID DEKUNDER
When they were in the lake, Hammond tried to anchor their boat in 70 feet of water, but the anchor was only 50 feet long, sheriff s spokesman Lt. David Ott said on Monday.
After the three had entered the water, police said Hammond noticed that the boat was drifting away and toed to retrieve it but was unsuccessful.
Hammond tried to save one of the women but could not do so. He swam to Jacobs Creek Park gatehouse where he contacted the sheriff s office at about 11:21 p.m.
The boat itself was found on the south side of the lake near the Turkey Cove/Canyon Lake Hills subdivision near Tom Creek.
Sheriff s deputies, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers park rangers and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens searched Canyon Lake Sunday for the two servicewomen.
Ott said deputies continued their search today. If.Salvauerra's body was found, divers could be called to search the area where Chapa was found Tuesday.
“We will see if we can get a chopper and search from the air (if needed),” Ott said.
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Camail
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Comal County sheriff s deputies and searchers found the body of a Lackland Air Force Base servicewoman Tuesday floating in the middle of Canyon Lake.
Detective Tommy Ward said Comal County Sheriff s deputies and a lieutenant colonel qnd captain from Lackland searching in a sheriffs patrol boat found the body of Maricella Chapa, 27, floating in the lake at noon.
Chapa is believed to have drowned late Saturday night along with fellow Lackland servicewoman Charmeen Salvatierra. 23, whose body has not been found.
Both women were swimming with serviceman Robert Hammond, 30, also stationed at Lackland, when the drowning occurred between 9 and 9:30 p.m. Saturday night, sheriff s authorities said.
The three individuals are believed to have left Fort Sam Houston Recreation Area, gone to Canyon Dam and then headed toward Comal Park before deciding to go to the middle of the lake to swim.
None of the three were wearing lifejackets, authonties said.Inloy faU-lik* wvilhif this week
Tonight — Mostly clear. Low near 60. Northeast wind 5-10 mph.
Thursday — Brief early morning clouds becoming mostly clear. High in the mid 80s. North wind 15-20 mph.
When visitors walk through the gates at the Comal County Fair, they will be taking part in a tradition that dates back to
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opening of the carnival grounds. The fair runs through Sunday and includes livestock judging. a midway, a PRCA rodeo.
SchooFs out Friday for parade
It’s time for the Comal County Fair. Both local school districts will be closed Friday so that teachers, administrators and students can attend the Fair parade and fair activities.
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arts and crafts and a dance each night. first fair wa* staged, visitors were The Comal County Fair Association brought via railroad from Austin and
was launched Jan. 4, 1893. When the .Turn to Fair, Page 2A
McKenna Memorial Hospi tai now has a new address. The old address, 143 E. Garza St., has changed to 600 N. Union Ave
Parents seek solutions to long bus rides in Comal ISD
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He said the buses that covered the 86 regular routes and 12 special education routes traveled a total of about 1.2 million miles in one year. Franklin added that there were no plans to expand the bus fleet.
“Our replacement schedule on buses is just to replace existing buses, not to deal with growth,” he said. “We’re not adding any buses.”
Franklin said his department, w hich took major cuts in this year’s budget process, would need 25 more buses to adequately transport children with
children picked up in the morning are the first dropped off in the afternoon; or • air conditioning the buses.
Comal Independent School District transportation director Kenny Franklin said his office was reviewing the parents’ suggestions. However, he said that was not the only area where children had long rides, and finding a way to shorten the bus routes in such a large district was difficult.
“We’re just trying to accommodate everyone we possibly can with the money we’re given,” Franklin said.
He said the district had 124 buses, but 14 of them of them were special education buses and IO
concerned about the conditions — riding a school bus for more than an hour on a south Texas summer afternoon can be difficult on a child. Brooks said. Her child, sensitive to the heat, almost collapsed after a long bus ride home, she explained.
“It’s more that afternoon ride that’s difficult when it’s hot out,” she said.
Brooks and several other parents in die area self a letter to administrators recommending soluj-tions such as:
• designating a single bus for the area so students would not have to travel lo Garden Ridge and other distant areas:
• reversing die route in the afternoon so the first
By DENISE DZIUK
Kaap ay# out for road work
Motorists driving around town need to be on the look out for work crews in the following areas:
•Crews will be working on Hackberry Street near Katy Street
•Seidel Street is undergoing repairs.
•Texas Department of Transportation crews are continuing work to expand Interstate 35 between Solms Road and Farm-to-Market 3009 No lanes will be closed, but southbound exits, with the exception of FM 2252/FM 482, will be closed. All northbound lanes are open.
•Work on culverts and drainage areas has begun on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane. Work on the actual pavement will probably be delayed until next week because of the recent showers Once pavement work begins, traffic likely will be reduced to one lane.
• Comal County road crews will be working on Stahl Lane and Barbaro6a Road. Drivers should expect some inconvenience.
Kathy Brooks waves goodbye to her children as their school bus leaves the bus stop near Farm-to-Market 3009 and FM 1863 between 6:40 and 6:45 am. On a typical school day, she does not see them again until 4:30 p.m. During the first week of school, they did not get home until 5 p.m.
“A lot of people don’t put their kids on the bus because they don't want them on the bus so long,” she said. “For some parents, they don’t have a choice.”
Brooks and other parents say they also are
City unveils River of Lights plans
By DENISE DZIUK
The sights and sounds of Christmas will come alive in New Braunfels beginning Nov. 14 when the Holiday River of Lights in Cypress Bend Park opens its gates for the first time.
In a press conference Tuesday, Mayor Jan Kennady announced the city-sponsored light display would be open to the public Nov. 14 through Jan. 4. She said the lighted trail would be the first of its find in the southwestern portion of the United Stales, differing from a display in Aiflfabeca ;se the local one would bi tidily animated.
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