New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 28, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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SPORTS REDFISH BITING
Outdoors columnist Keith Warren writes that anglers can soon enjoy some of the year's best redfish action. Page 5A
FORUM SEX AND KIDS
Guest columnist Kathryn McLeod urges parents to pay attention to the state's pending decision on health textbooks. Page 4A
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WWMU12 city street department employees fired
I employee could face criminal charges in wake of investigation
By Ron Maloney
Staff Writer City officials have fired 12 street department employees in recent weeks and criminal charges are being considered against one of them.
New Braunfels police Det. Bob
Parchman said he would present to District Attorney Dib Waldrip allegations that a recently discharged street department employee had committed theft as a public servant between $1,500 and $20,000.
If proved, the ^legation is a
third-degree felony punishable by two to IO years in state prison and a $10,000 fine.
Parchman refused to identify the fired employee because no formal charges have been filed.
“I was contacted by the assistant city manager because they
were investigating complaints that came up when one of their city street department employees was terminated,” Parchman said. “Mr. (Mike) Short (city engineer) and Mr. (Don) Ferguson (assistant city
See 12 FIRED, Page 3A
“This involves employees in street- and drainage-related jobs from supervisor down to labor positions.”
— Chuck Pinto
Council stands pat on fairgrounds vote
By Scott Mahon
Public discussion to rescind a previous vote to donate the county fairgrounds property to the fair association was abruptly cut off Monday by a majority of the New Braunfels City Council.
And then council members voted against rescinding their earlier vote.
In July, council voted 4-3 to donate the 41-acre city-owned property to the Comal County Fair Association if voters didn’t vote to designate the property a city park in the Nov. 2 election.
That vote followed a series of events, including a land-swap proposal by Schlitterbahn, an appraisal of the
property and a petition to designate the property a public park.
After District 4 Councilwoman Valerie Hull made a motion Monday night to rescind the July vote, Mayor Adam Cork said the discussion had to be “focused” on the motion.
“There’s an item on the Nov. 2 ballot, so we can’t have a discussion that promotes or tries to defeat the item on the ballot,” he said. “And I don't want a two-hour discussion of what we did on July 26. So we need to keep the discussion focused on why we should change our minds.”
District 3 Councilwoman Gale Pospisil, who said last week she
See COUNCIL, Page 3A
D-4 candidates agree with board’s pause on employee bonus
By Leigh Jones
The Comal County Fair Parade was the perfect place to launch a local political campaign, and Bill Biggadike took advantage of it.
With red, white and blue signs and a truck full of supporters, Biggadike publicly announced his intention to replace his wife, Penelope, in the District 4 New Braunfels Independent School Board seat.
“(The campaign) is going really well,” he said.
“The support from across the district is great. I have a cross-section of people supporting me.” Biggadike, who held the seat for one term before his wife took his place, knows what it takes to get elected. He plans on making a lot of phone calls and going door-to-door. And, of course, he will have the obligatory yard signs.
His opponent, Matthew Bettersworth, is off to a slower start.
“I haven’t done a whole
See NBISD, Page 2A
familiar name, unfamiliar territory spica up D-21 congressional race
By Ron Maloney
Congressman Lamar Smith wants voters to remember more than to merely “vote Smith” when they cast ballots for District 21 U.S. representative.
That’s because Smith has drawn for a Democrat opponent Rhett Smith, also of San Antonio.
“We no longer say, Vote for Smith,’” the congressman quipped at a campaign stop Monday in
New Braunfels. “We say, ‘Viva Lamar!”’
Smith, who has served in Congress since 1987, was in New Braunfels seeking support for another term in Washington, D.C.
He serves on the House Judiciary and Science committees and has gained seniority over nearly two decades that Smith hopes could bring him a full chairmanship if re-
See SMITH, Page 3A
S Early voting begins Oct. 18 and runs Monday through Friday until Oct. 29 at:
1) NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill Street, 8 a.m to 5 p.m.
2) The Comal County Courthouse, 150 N. Seguin Avenue, 8 a.m.
to 4:30 p.m. One early voting Saturday is scheduled from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Oct. 23 at the NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill Street.
I On election day, Nov. 2, each district will have one voting location:
District 2 is at Lakeside Baptist Church, 2719 FM 725.
District 4 is at Lamar Primary School, 240 N. Central.
N Mail-in ballots must be returned to the NBISD Education Center by Oct. 26.
Once a Ranger, always a Ranger
John Christopher Worn mack, great-great grandson of Johann Schnabel, reads Schnabel's life history to those gathered Saturday at Comal Cemetery to honor the formerTexas Ranger.
German immigrant’s 15 months of service honored more than a century after his death
By Scott Mahon
StaffWriter Johann Schnabel was honored posthumously Saturday at Comal Cemetery by the Former Texas Rangers Association.
Born in 1831 in Germany* Schnabel immigrated to the United States in 1851, and eventually settled in New Braunfels.
Schnabel was called to duty with the Rangers on Dec. 14,
1854, and was under the command of William R. Henry in Company “C” of the Mounted Volunteers. He was discharged March 14,
“He served as a private, and reportedly was in a number of fights with Indians,” said Schnabel’s great-grandson John Wom-mack, who is a lieutenant with the New Braunfels Police Department. “In the early years, the Texas Rangers didn’t have uniforms. They wore the clothes they had.
They were called to duty to handle a specific problem, and
when the situation ended, they returned to their regular lives.” Schnabel married Elizabeth Ttoeste Oct. 31,1858. They had ll children, and owned a farm between New Braunfels and Marion.
B Stephen F. Austin organized the Texas Rangers in 1823.
N Today, the Texas Rangers are a branch of theTexas Department of Public Safety
B There are 113 Rangers today.
When the Civil War broke out, Schnabel served with the Confederacy.
“He served as a private in theTexas 17th field battery,” Wommack said. Schnabel’s wife died Oct. 18,1886, during childbirth.
Their fifth child,
John, was the father of Alixia (Schnabel Hampe) and Carmen (Schnabel Lee), both who attended Saturday’s ceremony.
Schnabel eventually retired from farming. He died on July 6,1897, at age 66.
Max Wommack Jr., also Schnabel’s great-grandson, also attended Saturday's ceremony.
Three of Schn-able’s great-great-grandsons — Chris,
Travis and Lance Wommack—and a great-great-grand-daughter, Alyssa Wommack Locklear, attended the ceremony.
Retired Texas Ranger Ray Martinez said the Former Texas Rangers Association began malting graves of former Texas Rangers in 1999.
“The first ceremony was at Center Point,” he said. “Thirty-two former Texas Rangers were buried at Center Point.”
There are over 2,000 members of the association today.
Members of the FormerTexas Rangers Association began marking graves in 1999.
After family and friends read the Ranger's prayer Saturday, Martinez unveiled a Texas Ranger memorial cross on Schnabel’s grave. In the background, Dean Schilling played taps.
“Once a Ranger, always a Ranger,” Martinez said.
“Texas Rangers assist local law enforcement agencies,” Martinez said, “They’ve been a branch of the Texas Department of Public Safety since 1935.”
There are 113 Texas Rangers today.