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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 19, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY SeeCCPLWVs Voter Guide in todays edition See 11016 8 0 W E S T IIIC R 0 P U B 18 HIIM 0 2627 E DR PASO IX 79903 50 CENTS Inside Letters to the Arts Sports 12A The 9B12B Care Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Ruben Pena Steven Schriewer Felix Diaz Daniel Ellis Floyd Hutson Jordan Goodyear 13 Hal D Herbelin Dolores Aleman Sue McLane Owen Renfro Ray Baker Joan na Lewis Raymond Nowotny Jessie Pitcher Priscilla Schae fer Hilmar Scheel Violet Smith MarvinGilbreath Hap py Anniversary to Mr SfMrs Melvin Riedel Historical tour of Landa Park scheduled Wilkommen Its Wurstfest time once again The City of New Braunfels Parks Recreation Department will be offering a Deutsche German Historical Tour of Landa Three tours will be given on Nov Tours will begin at 9 11 and 2 and will last approximately oneanda half hours Each tour is a hike through Landa Park covering his torical markers in the park Also covered is much of the history of New Braunfels and Landa Park including the Landa family and Wurstfest Each tour will begin at the New Gazebo behind the Landa Park office The fee is per person Every one is encouraged to participate however children 12 years and under must be accompanied by an adult Preregistration is recom mended and will be taken at the parks office MondayFriday at 110 Golf Course Road For information call 210 608 2160 or come by the parks Cross Lutheran offers craft booths Cross Lutheran School is offer ing craft booths as part of their Fall Festival on Oct 29 Cost is per table A three by eight foot table will be provided Entrants need to set up with cleanup by 9 The public is encouraged to attend To reserve a booth contact Hummel LookAlike contest set for Nov 5 Main Street congratulates the Hummel Museum which is taking over the Hummel LookAlike Contest The contest will be held Nov 5 from 10 to 11 at the museum Prizes will be awarded to single and multiple figurine winners Look for entry forms in the HeraldZeitung soon For information call Doreen Schaeffer at 6255636 Stammtisch The New Braunfels ir lites its readers to submit terns to According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German community Stammtisch represents a sifting place for members of the community lo Dasher and share the days happen ings We invite you to share with This newspaper Is printed on recycled newsprint New Braunfels HeraldZeitu NBISD calls bond election for Dec 10 million in improvements sought By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Voters in the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District will have a little less than two months to decide if they want million worth of improvements to their schools The NBISD Board of Trustees unanimously voted to call a bond elec tion for Dec 10 The package includes work at Scele Carl Schurz and Memorial elemen taries Lone Star Primary New Braun fels Middle School and New Braunfels High School officials say the bond pack age will add just over five cents to the tax rate They plan to keep that rate under the mandated cap on operations and maintenance by adjusting their longterm debt rate for a 22year peri od Current interest rates are not as high as they were in the 1980s when thfc last NBISD bond package passed although the federal government has already raised those rates several times this year If interest rates go up well have to hold off selling some of the said Superintendent Charles Bradber ry Bradberry called NBISD schools a doubleedged sword because he said they were safe and people wanted to move here but that caused the crowd ing problems Growth projections at campuses such as the high school should level out by the year 2000 until another growth cycle begins School officials said new business es such as an expanded WalMart HEB a new Target and others should help the tax base Property values also rose in the district last year and new growth could also help increase the tax base Board Member Leo Chafin wanted to add a million project to build a new gymnasium at the high school but the measure was not included Photo by LESLIE KRIEWALDT Teacher of the Year honors were awarded last night by NBISD to Trlsha Towal and Shana Behllng Also pic tured are Vel Fischer elementary Rebecca Augustln elementary Trlsha Towal Teacher of the Shana Behllng Teacher of the Year Candy Sober second and David Simmons second final See story page 2A We are going to have to someday in the near future have a new he said afraid if we wait four or five years and there is inflation well be paying more at that Cliff Wilkins head boys basketball coach said he was willing not to use a new facility for varsity basketball just so more room could be had for PE other sports and groups such as the drill team and cheerleaders We need a multipurpose facility We are completely out of he said School administrators said the million would increase the tax rate approximately cents instead of the nickel with a million package this due to further debt restructuring I have no opposition to building a gymnasium at New Braunfels High said Bradberry The question was How much can we go to the pub lic and sell this bond with Some of the larger projects included in the million bond include a million new elementary a mil lion new library at the high and 11 new classrooms at the high school I So far so good Although area has escaped wrath of fains1 more storms are predicted By ROGER CROTEAU City Editor While heavy storms have rav aged parts of south and southeast Texas causing eight deaths and the evacuation of about people Comal County has escaped the heart of the storms so far Aside from a few road closings from high water Comal County has seen no major problems from the rain which started Friday and could continue for another two days In fact the farmers are enjoy ing the rain Up through about an hour ago everything has been County Extension Agent Joe Taylor said late Tuesday afternoon It has definitely helped the wheat aijd oats which were planted abouttwo weeks ago They are coming up real well It will help the winter pastures If it continues and we get anoth er three or four more inches it could be a problem for everyone If it stops now were fine We are just at the saturation point but if it stops now the area producers will be nothing but he said Taylor said he had not yet been out to check whether the rains caused any sub stantial erosion prob lems in area fields but he did not expect to Mf it continues and we get another three or four more inch es it could he a find any major erosion problem for The National Weather Service office at the New Braunfejs Airport has recorded inches the rains started Friday including inches yesterday That is probably a lot less than most of New Braunfels got It kind of skirted us out said Meteo rologist DanKoch Seele Elementary School ed inches of rain yesterday and Cranes Mill has received inch es since Monday San Antonio has received almost three inches since Friday AruJ there coyld be more rain on HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAELDARNALL Ralrjs formed small streams neanoads and highways including this spot along FM 1863 near the Intersection with Hwy 46 the way Its not over Koch said Zavala County has gotten five inches already this morning This started with the remnants of hurri cane Rosa coming through That shifted our weather pattern a little and opened up a lot of moisture from the Gulf and that com bined with the mois ture Rosa brought in from the Pacific We still have a lot of moisture in place and the storms are being Redistricting HaraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Deer didnt seem to mind the rain so much even though some of their food was covered with water due to heavy rains These deer found at Canyon Lake Hills were actually having a little fun In the puddles of water Thousands forced from homes by torrential rains in SE Texas County Extension disturbances Acient kave those upper level dis turbances coming across from Mex Koch said Parts of Harris County have received up to 28 inches of rain in the last three days Governor Ann Richards declared 154 counties state disaster areas including Hays Kendall Kerr Bianco and Travis counties President Bill Clinton has approved federal flood relief for By MICHAEL GRACZYK Associated Press Writer HOVSTON AP Gene Kirsch braved the swirling fire antand snake infested waters of the San Jacinto Riv er to plimb into his floodravaged home andjclaim a treasured memory Its my wedding Slid Diane Kirsch clutching the box and embrac ing her husband of 34 years Its important and Im glad to get it back Weve hid so manyyears together our kids ouj nice life Those are the only valuable things we went back The Kirschs were among thousands forced ftoin jr licences Tuesday by flooding than 2 feet of rain in some i At least eight people were dead and two were missing and presumed drowned from floods that began Sun More than people were estimated to have fled their homes and 42 evacuation centers were opened around southeast Texas for those left homeless Ive seen this city respond in a very orderly Houston Mayor Bob tjanier said after touring flooded areas iq 3 fire truck People may get hurt some property damaged or Among the shelters was the Houston AstrohaU near a southeast Houston area where some 450 people were fer ried out of Cprjsjing waturs of Sims Bayou by tire department airboats and fire trucks elections need revamping By TECLO Staff Writer David Guinn told the 1994 Charter Review Committee Monday New Braunfels might have conduct a trade off in order to satisfy the Justice Department The Baylor School of Law Professor and redistricting specialist said the citymust change the way it elects its city council from current four single member districts and three at large seats with the mayor chosen by the council He said the if the people of New Braunfels want the mayor elected by majority two minority districts would have to be set up in the new redistricting scheme Guinn said with New Braunfels minority population around the 38 percent range it could create six single member districts with the mayor being voted in by an at large plu rality method With the six single districts Guinn said the Justice Department would likely like to see two of the districts designated safe dis 1 We will have to very careful in the we design the two minority Guinn said Race is a factor in redistricting but not only The professor also said the committee not have to submit a proposal to the Justice Department until after an election took place I to change the city charter There is no sense in doing push ups and going through exercises if we going to run into an administrative buzz Guinn said The May 1995 election would leave it to the citizens to decide if they want a change in the way the council and the mayor are elect ed i Committee Chairman David Wallace said in principal he would not like to see two minority districts because he trunks that would develop descent ion among hoods and its residents On the otter hand he S9id the process of meeting federal guidelines must move forward Thats the only way to elect the mayor and comply with the Justice Wallace said Wallace added that Guinns conversation with the committee cleared up several ques tions he had and was thankful for the oppor tunity For news advertising or subscription information call 6259144 Metro 6060846   

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