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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 14, 1989, New Braunfels, Texas 410 M009 101 SOWEST MICROPUBLISHING 2201 BROOKHQLLOW PLZ SUITE 300 TX 76006 d fruits Ai Virtually all grapes and some other fresh fruits are gone frbm store shelves today as Pood and Drug Administration officials try to determine the source and extent of an appaf ent cyanide poisoning SeePageS Rangers Unicorns clash in key meeting Firstplace Smithsott secondplace New Braunfels will battle at at Unicorn Stadium today in a key District 26 soccer The Rangers are working towards clinching the district crown while Mew Braunfels is fighting for a playoff SeePage Chocolate Extravaganza athocokolks dream The recent Chocolate Extravaganza to benefit the Comal County Child Welfare Board was a big with lots of chocolaterelated including puzzles and and a Cooking with Chocolate contest the winners of which will be featured this See Wednesdays Kaleidoscope New Braunfels 87 707 Landa New Texas 78130 USPS Zeituno 3 377880 5126259144 Tuesday March 1989 25 Cents One 10 Pages axes to increase on area farm land Truss me By STEPHANIE DA VIS Staff Writer Comal County farm and ranch landowners will pay more taxes this year because of an unusual circumstance a falling capitalization rate caused agricultural land val ues to rise while overall land values says the loc al chief This isnt our it wont be an extreme said Chief Appraiser Richard Rhodes of the Comal Appraisal We didnt do This is set by the legislature and when that cap gets set by the state law and when that cap rate went down and the lease amounts stay ed the then the values went Approximately pieces of property in the district receive the agriculturaluse he Those plus properties are going to pay slightly more taxes than they did last After onethird of the land in the Comal Appraisal Dis trict had been revalued in an overall downward trend was noticed and Rhodes predicted farm and ranch land values could be less in 1989 than in But after final the ranch land val ues went up in the Out there in the Hill Country youre talking about a bunch of Rhodes Thats going to only affect those people who have agricultural or openspace Landowners with agricultural or openspace value have See Page 2 Association proposes park tennis complex By DAVID BUILT A Stall Writer New Braunfels Tennis Association is proposing the city build tennis courts in Prince Solms The association appeared before New Braunfels City Council Monday night to propose building four tennis courts at the park to replace those recently torn down in Landa Park because of insurance NBTA would furnish it has in a savings account to build the The association raised the funds for tennis court the association planned to construct courts at New Braunfels High but has since changed Im not sure where we accumu lated the money we but we have approximately of our own money to put into this said Dick president of the tennis Weve gone down this road before as far as getting money pleadgcd from to help us with a tennis Nevilt he believes the city could apply to for a grant of approximately to be used for tennis court The associ ation previously had money pledged by but was unable to follow through with the He said the Prince Solms Park area seems to be an ideal area to build See Page 2 The Sophienburg Museum is getting a little facelift this week by Tex as Heritage Construction which began Monday putting a new roof on the building that previously had a flat roof and many water Instead of continuing to patch the Sophienburg officials decided to replace it with a pitched metal roof constructed to look like houses that are built around the Prince Solms Castle in Photo by Deryl Clark Commissioners rule out variances for systems Comal County Commissioners will not con sider granting variances for septic systems in illegal subdivisions and will require platting on all tracts of land deeded after Commissioners Court set the date at a regular meeting Monday The action means county commissioners will not hear requests for variances for private sewage facilities and More than two years commissioners issued a directive to the county sanitarian not to issue permits for septic systems to subdivisions which were not Spring training The court has been asked to grant numerous variances for septic systems and platting during the past 24 In other commissioners learned emergency service providers in Comal County and New Braunfels will have a National Securi ty Exercise this The last area National Security Exercise was conducted This will be a rough exercise that we are going to conduct this said Emergency Management Coordinator Herb Were going to attempt to do a National Security Exer cise dealing with something to do with a nuclear Syring is working with a program obtained from the Commissioners will design prob lems in a drill April 12 and then conduct a func tional drill May Commissioners will conduct the drills at Gua dalupe Valley Telephone instead of at New Braunfels Police Department which is designated as an Emergency Operations The New Braunfels Police Department where weve held them in the past is not the most suitable site for the unincorporated areas of Comal said Syring in suggesting the He said GVTC has facilities to accom modate emergency operations and the coopera tive is willing to work with the Commissioners also presented Syring with a certificate from the Federal Emergency Man agement The court also discussed plans for construc tion of a county Extension Service Specifications will be accepted and the project will go out for bids after the commissioners meeting Council seeking bids for plan to develop municipal airport The city is soliciting bids to create a master plan for New Braunfels Mun icipal Airport following the Federal Aviation Administrations return of a million grant application to improve the City Council gave City Manager Paul Grohman unanimous approval to solicit Preliminary inquiries indicate a master plan will cost approximately Under the present grant FAA would pay 90 percent and the city would pay 10 percent of the studys The scope of the study would include justification for a runway forecasts of aviation environmental impact stu noise pollution studies and the additional capacity the New Braunfels Municipal Airport could provide for the San Antonio FAA has indicated such a plan could enhance the citys chances for funding to accomplish the requested said Glenn chairman of the Airport Advisory This is very important to developing our Council also authorized Grohman to accept a proposal from the Accord Group of Richardson for an analysis of computer If a total project authorization See Page 2 Miniature train conductor Davia Schoenvogel this morning packs bal asf into the tracks of the Landa Park miniature train in preparation for tnf Easter weekend of Jfce Easter traditionally roajli ffw PjtuJng ol fas Hew Braunlels summer toyrist Photo by Deryi Clark Trade gap dips to 1985 level WASHINGTON AP The deficit in the broadest measure of trade narrowed to billion last year for the best showing since despite a steep deteriora tion in the balance on investment the govern ment reported The Commerce Department said the deficit in the cur rent also known as the balance of shrank percent from the record imbalance of billion set in The current account is the most important trade statistic because it measures not only trade in merchandise but also transactions in investments and other The big improvement last year came entirely from mer chandise where the deficit shrank by percent to This reflected a 28 percent surge in Ameri can export which was enough to offset a 9 percent rise in merchandise in an ominous sign for the the nations surplus in the investment category shrank by 76 percent Retail sales drop after strong gain WASHINGTON AP Retail sales dropped percent in the biggest decline in almost a as business slowed at car the govern ment reported The Commerce Department said sales fell to a sea sonally adjusted billion last month after rising a strong percent in when business was aided by unusually mild winter The overall rate was held back by a percent drpp in automotive sales last the second straight decline in that Car sales had dropped per cent in January and been virtually unchanged in Excluding which account for almost one fourth of the retail sales edged down percent last month after rising a robust percent in The size of Februarys overall drop in sabs last was matched by a percent drop in April The last time there was a bigger drop was in October when sales plunged Good day The sunshine that followed patchy fog this morning will con tinue for the next few The high today will reach a warm 90 The overnight low will be 64 The forecast for the rest of the week will be simi lar with highs in the 80s and lows in the upper 50s and lower Inside e DEAR 5 5 TV 5 2 Stammtisch Tonights the night for the per formance of the Singkreis Laudate from Germany at First United Methodist Church at 7 The choir consists of 45 members between the ages of 20 and 45 who come from all over West They have prepared a 90minute program of sacred and folk Instrumental players will be Harald professional organist Mathhias professional trombonist of the Rcmscheid Sym phony Orchestra and Arrid a highly regarded flutist of The public is invited to the free after which a freewill donation will be Following the the United Methodist Women will host a reception in Wesley In an effort to gain more vol the Comal County Womens Center is offering train ing for volunteers and other inter ested persons who want to become acquainted with the prog ram on March The threehour training session begins at at the Womens Center San Antonio Hotline volunteers will learn more about active listening and the centers Once volunteers take calls in 12hour The center offers emergency shelter for battered and abused women and their For mere call The hotline number is The New Braunfels High School PTA will have its last general meeting tonight at 7 in the school New officers will be elected and life memberships AH eighth grade students and their parents are urged to attend the Club and Elective Student members of NBHS organizations and clubs will have information tables set up in the halls so eighth grade stu dents may learn about each group and its The New Braunfels Safe City Commission continues its series of neighborhood crime prevention meetings tonight with a gathering for residents of the Broadway and Oasis street neigh The meeting will begin at 7 at the Frazier Elemen tary School and all neighborhood residents are encouraged to In observance of spring the campuses and offices of the New Braunfels Independent School District will be closed from March Classes and offices will resume at their regular hours March This students will be released one hour early from School buses will run according to the early release The NBISD and City of New Braunfels Tax Office at 407 Mill also will be closed for the It will also reopen March The Comal Appraisal District will be open during its normal closing on Good Tiw CAD is Sw Pagt 2
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