New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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Schwab said then the current commissioner courtroom and offices could be used for a new county court-at-law if the state legislature approved the formation of it during the 1999 session.
Casteel said a new county court-at-law would be needed within the next two to five years.
“We are already discussing the need for an additional county court-at-law,” Casteel said. “The docket is full”
Casteel said renovating the old Reagan, Burrus, Dierksen, Lamon and Bluntzer building would probably cost the county less than $50,000.
The old law firm’s building is on
an acre of land and has 28 parking
Casteel referred to the late 1980s and early 1990s when the county purchased the First Federal bank building on the plaza for more office space and bought land for the new adult probation complex. She said adding the Reagan Burrus building could pay off several years down the road.
“We are looking to the future, as we have done in the past,” she said.
For the county jail expansion project, commissioners decided to expand the jail by 192 beds. The cost for the jail expansion is projected at $4.6 million.
The Fort Worth architectural firm of BS A Incorporated is handling the project and had given
Commissioners’ Court two other options to expand the county jail, by 96 or 144 beds.
In August the Texas Commission on Jail Standards recommended that Comal County expand the 145-bed jail by 191 beds within nine years, bringing the jail’s bed capacity to a total of 336 beds by 2006.
Included in the $6 million certificate of obligation package are:
• a new justice of the peace building in Sattler that would also house a sheriffs substation and animal control office ($200,000);
• $200,000 to replace the old courthouse roof;
• $189,000 for a mug shot and computer-aided dispatch system for the Sheriffs Office and
• $150,000 to upgrade and add
relay towers for the county’s communication system.
County Auditor David Renken said $4.5 million of the certificates of obligation would be tax free while $1.5 million will be taxed.
Renken said the certificates of obligation would be issued by January or February.
Renken said commissioners court still has to decide whether the certificates of obligation would be paid for over a period of 15, 20 or 25 years.
The package includes fees needed for the purchase of the bonds.
Commissioners approved an interlocal agreement with the city of New Braunfels allowing the county to collect the city's recyclable materials and recycle them.
MRS. MANUEL CASTRO VALDEZ Mrs. Manuel Castro Valdez, age 91, of New Braunfels, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 1997, at McKenna Memorial Hospital. Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 26, at the Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Cemetery with the Rev. Felix Castillo officiating. Everyone is asked to meet at the cemetery for the graveside service. There will be no visitation at the funeral home.
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ty rancher Kermit Heidrich is showing a 1937 Farmall F-12, while Moeller is showing a Farmall F-20. The tractors were purchased by Heidrich’s father and uncle at the Comal County Fair in the 1930s.
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50 feet long, police said. When the three were in the water, Hammond noticed that the boat was drifting away.
Hammond tried to retrieve the boat.
The oldest tractor at the show this year is a Fordson tractor made in the mid-1920s.
Once restored, these machines do not sit in bams or under glass.
“A lot of (the owners) use them,” Moeller said.
Crowds at the fair also will be
treated to an exhibition of an antique thrasher, displayed by Moeller.
Heidrich recalled, “When we were little ole kids, say about 70 or 65 years ago, that’s what we thrashed with.”
Today’s little kids can participate in the first Comal County Fair Kiddie
Pedal Pull Saturday and Sunday. Sign-up and weigh-in will take place between noon and 3 p.m. at the antique tractor show. The pull begins at 3:30 p.m. Trophies will be awarded for first and second place in each of the weight classes. There is no entry fee.
but the vessel drifted away from him, police said. He then tried to rescue one of the women, but could not.
Hammond swam for shore and wound up at Jacobs Creek Park gatehouse, where he contacted the sheriffs office at 11:21 p.m.
Throughout tire weekend, Monday and Tuesday, sheriffs deputies, game wardens, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and private boaters combed the lake for the two women.
On Wednesday, the sheriffs office had to pull its boat off the lake
because of high winds.
After the winds died down, the patrol boat returned to the water but did not locate Salvatieira’s body.
A Department of Public Safety helicopter searched from the air for two-and-a-half hours.
Funding German ‘Bugs’ invade New Braunfels
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sion had asked its staff to provide information on the 1-35 project that was brought to the commission Thursday.
Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Randall Dillard said the action by transportation commissioners meant the project would stay in priority two status.
“They (transportation department) can continue the design plans and the right of way (acqusition) can continue,” Dillard said.
“It is good news,” he said. “We can continue to work and get it ready to go to contract and hope when it is ready to go the money will be there.”
Money will be allocated next year for highway projects under the 10-year Unified Transportation Program. Funds allocated next year would be ready for the project in fiscal year 2002.
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Running on empty?
Refuel gasoline-powered equipment away from sparks or flames, buildings and foliage, and make sure the motor has cooled before you fill the tank. For fire-prevention information, call 608-2120.
Browsing through an automobile magazine was all it took for Will Foitik to get hooked on the Volkswagen Beetle.
Foitik, 24, said he started getting seriously interested in owning a Volkswagen Beetle, commonly referred by its nickname, “the Bug,” five to six years ago.
*1 started finding Volkswagen magazines, and I liked the Bug,” Foitik said. “They have a style of their own.”
Six years later, in the family’s garage in the backyard of their home in New Braunfels, Foitik and his father. Bill, are restoring and rebuilding the 1966 Bug he bought years ago.
Foitik will be one of the 200 Volkswagen Bug and Volkswagen owners who will converge on New Braunfels this weekend for the Great Texas Bug Run car show.
The event, expected to draw Volkswagen lovers from across the country, will kick off at 9 a.m. Saturday at the New Braunfels Factory Stores Mall.
The event is being sponsored by Texas Volkswagen Clubs, including
the Houston Volkswagen Club and the Simply German Car Club of New Braunfels, made up of local Volkswagen enthusiasts and headed by Foitik.
Foitik, a Southwest Texas State University senior, started his hobby when he bought two Bugs in disrepair for a total of $400. He used one of Bugs for parts needed to rebuild the other Bug.
Foitik has worked hard to make sure his Bug is in tip top condition. The Bug is painted magenta.
The engine, in the rear of the vehicle, has been rebuilt with 62 horsepower. A stereo system has been added, upholstery has been installed and carpentry has been placed inside the engine compartment.
To top it off, Foitik has placed “eye bug” headlights on the front of the car. They look like they have eye shades on them.
Foitik saki he has gotten a joy out of restoring his ’66 Bug.
“I found they are relatively easy to work on,” Foitik said. “The parts are easy to find and relatively inexpensive. I got about $3,200 (invested in the Bug). It has taken me a year and a half to rebuild.”
Bill Foitik, a retired teacher who
■ New Braunfels Police investigated a report of burglary Wednesday morning in the 1400 block of Interstate 35 North Rip Griffin’s reported someone stole $2,575.50 in change from several coin-operated machines. Police said there were suspects in the case.
■ New Braunfels Police arrested a 16-year-old New Braunfels man for assault with injury Wednesday at 2:46 p.m. in the 1800 block of West Michigan Street. Police said it was a juvenile arrest.
■ New Braunfels Police arrested a 28-year-old Canyon Lake woman for traffic warrants at 3:20 p.m. Wednesday in the I IOO block of Mill Street.
Police said she was being held in Comal County Jail and bond is set at $250.
■ New Braunfels Police arrested a 35-year-old New Braunfels man for municipal court warrants at 1:49 a.m. Thursday in the 2000 block of Farm-to-Market 725. Police said bond was
set at $259.
■ New Braunfels Police arrested a 27-year-old New Braunfels man for possession of marijuana greater than 5 pounds at 3: IO p.m. Wednesday in the 1800 block of Wald Road.
Police said bond was set at $25,000.
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SOFIA ZAMORA Funeral arrangements are pending at the Zoeller Funeral Home for Sofia Zamora, who passed away at her residence in New Braunfels on Friday, Sept. 26, 1997, at the age of 94 years.
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taught at Canyon High School for 31 years, said parts could be found around San Antonio and were shipped from places like Brazil and Germany.
Even though the last Bug rolled into the United States in 1979, the Bug is still being made in Brazil and Mexico by the German automaker because of high demand in those countries. Bill Foitik said.
The Bug craze continues in the U.S. Foitik said he tad a couple of New Braunfels friends who share a love for the Bug started to meet, and last summer they started the Simply German Car Club of New Braunfels.
Foitik said the club had grown to 15 cars and 25 to 30 members.
In the past few years, Will anc Bill Foitik have been to Volkswagen car shows, which include swap meets to trade Volkswagen cai parts, car corrals in which usee Volkswagens are put up for sale anc valve cover races, in which coverec valves have wheels put on them anc are raced from inclines.
Foitik said the phenomenon of the Bug was incredible.
“It is one of a kind,” Foitik said “There is no other car like it. It is not a car, but a cult.”
Man executed willingly
HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A jury took seven minutes to convict Benjamin Stone of killing his exwife and stepdaughter two years ago and seven minutes to decide he should be put to death.
On Thursday evening, the former plumber was pronounced dead seven minutes after lethal drugs began flowing into his arms, an execution Stone insisted he wanted since the July 1,1995 slayings.
“As far as I’m concerned, it’s the only way I’ll find peace of mind,’’ Stone said in an interview last week.
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