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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY Unicorns head to Boeme diamond for tournament See Page 5 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN 19 DAYS New Braunfels Sesquicentennial March New Braunfels HeraldZ 10 pages in one section Thursday March Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of SARAH ELIZABETH VICTORIA LEAHART Vol 143 Inside Sports The Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Kevin Valenta Mary Medina Grace Juarez Pauline Diaz Ashley Williams Elvia Camareno Stephanie Mario Martinez Sarah Victoria Elizabeth Lea hart Good afternoon Todays weather Tonight cloudy with a 40 per cent chance of showers or thun derstorms Lows in the mid 40s Wind becoming southeast near 10 mph Friday cloudy with a 30 per cent chance of showers or thun derstorms High in the mid 60s Southeast wincD10 mph Lotto Texas Wednesday nights winning numbers million jackpot TEXHSr LOTTERV FUMC hosting annual pancake supper The First United Methodist Church of New Braunfels will be hosting their annual pancake supper on Monday March 6 from to 7 The event will be an all you can eat affair The church is located at 572 W Antonio St All proceeds will be donated to local community service agen cies and projects tenter luncheons to begin Friday The First United Methodist Church will present the Lenten Community Luncheons from to The lun cheons will continue each Friday during Lent The community is invited The luncheons will be held in the Wesley Hall located in the tack of the church near Mill St Fridays speaker will be Rev Bert Clayton of Canyon Lake United Methodist Church Soloist for the service will be Cathy Talcott Everyone is asked to bring a sack lunch Beverages will be provid ed For more information call 6254513 Founders Day Prayer Breakfast tickets on sale As part of the 1995 New Braun fels Sesquicentennial Celebra tion the Founders Day Prayer Breakfast will be held at 7 at ttie New Braunfels Civic Center on March 21 1 The event is sponsored by the New Braunfels Chamber of Com merce and planned by the Founders Day Religious Activities Committee The citywide ecumenical event will commemorate the founding of New Braunfels on March 21 1845 Internationally known author pastor Dr Bruce Larson will be vthe keynote speaker Tickets are per person and on sale at the Chamber Sts Peter and Paul Catholic Church St Paul Lutheran Church First Protestant Church and New Braunfels Presbyterian Church This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Only one filing for two posts recorded at CISD By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Only one person has filed thus far for one of the two open seats on the Comal Independent School Board bal lot in May Robert Loop of Bulverde has filed for the seat in District No 6 No per son has filed for District No 7 Filing began Feb 22 The CISD went to a singlemember district format last May to avoid any conflict with Voting Rights Act regu lations Changing from a board full of at large members to one representing single districts could be confusing for some residents at least until all single member districts are filled with elect ed officials by Lee Ikels ran for District 1 last May in the first round of singlemember elections and returned to the board the only one to do so thus far The other two new board members Dan Krueger and Der ald LaRue had not run before Current board member Douglas Kirks seat on the board will be open because his term is up and he docs not reside in either of the districts in this election under the redistricting In fact no current member of the board resides in District 6 Board member Norman Gerlich could run for the District 7 seat if he so chooses but has not filed as yet Candidates have until March 22 to file In order to file residents need only two main qualifications They must live in the district for which they arc running at least six months and they must be a registered voter Jo Schwab of the CISD is coordi nating much of the filing She said all registered voters in the county are now listed in accordance with both the county and CISD precincts so that it would be easy to check which precinct or district the candidate is in Their district number is not on the voter registration card yet but their name is on the voters she said Candidates must file at the CISD Central Office and can contact Schwab with any questions Any vot er who does not know his or her dis trict or precinct can also call to con firm Three of a kind NBU designs plan to attract new jobs here Impact waiver fee policy passed by board to help attract industry HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL A rare seTof lalnb triplets was born recently on the ranch of Lawrence and Eva Pfeiffer near Gruene They said it was the first set of triplet lambs they have seen in moreHthan 50 years of ranching Several feed store owners also commented that they had never seen a set of triplets born to a sheep before Dallas Morning News uncovers Southwestern Bell inaccuracies From staff reports The director of a coalition of businesses and consumer groups fighting for competition in local telephone service said Wednesday that a Dallas Morning News article in todays edition effectively shows that Southwestern Bells promised billion infrastructure investment in high tech telephone service is merely an accounting The article revealed that while Bell is making a pledge of increased spending of about billion it is simultaneously planning to cut its normal capital spending in Texas by almost as much In other words capital spending by Bell in Texas would not increase as promised but would remain flat In essence Bells spending in Texas remains virtually the same despite their own milliondollar advertising cam paign to the said Bill Magness director of the Communication Coalition In the Dallas Morning News article reporter Richard A Oppel Jr reported that Southwestern Bell the dominant phone company in Texas is making state lawmakers this promise Pass laws letting us make bigger profits and well invest billion in Texas over and above the normal according to a proposal by the companys lobbying The article then reports that papers on file with state reg ulators show that Bell is planning to simultaneously cut its normal capital spending in Texas by almost as much as the new billion there would be almost no additional spending by the A Bell spokesman quoted in the article admitted that the documents showed the companys investment would be nearly flat Any capital spending cuts by Bell would come at a time when state regulators say Texas telephone network risks falling behind those of other states because in part Bell hasnt done enough to improve according to the Dallas Morning News story The Texas Legislature is rewriting the laws that govern how telephone service is regulated in this state On one side are the monopolistic local telephone companies such as Southwestern Bell who want to hold on to as much of their monopoly as possible On the other side are the long distance carriers con sumer groups cable operators and newspaper publishers who want to see local telephone service opened to compe tition This story shows once and for all that Bell believed the Legislature would take them at their word and not check the facts behind their Magness said Bell has some pretty good explaining to do to 181 legislators about why they have been deliberately misleading them for the past two By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Attract new jobs strengthen the local economy New Braunfels Utilities wants to help accomplish these goals for New Braunfels Last Thursday the NBU Board of Directors unanimously passed an impact fee waiver for some industries coming to New Braunfels The utili ty is very interested in the diversified businesses that will be attracted here and we were ready U become said NBU General Manag er Paula Difonzo An impact fee waiver works like this When a new manufacturer comes to town it has to have utilities turned on just like residential customers The impact fee is a startup fee which for a big factory can be a very large sum With the fee waiver a new industry would be exempt from paying part of the startup fee Our waiver fee is in effect said Difonzo Each new industry would have to qualify for the waiver she said To qualify an industry must be a pri mary manufacturer or service industry so their product is sold outside the said Difonzo Each company is evaluated with a formula which includes factors such as number of jobs amount of utilities used economic investment in the com munity etc Then each impact fee waiver is approved by the NBU Board of Direc tors The Board would have the final said Difonzo The impact fee waiver makes New Braunfels more competitive with oth er cities trying to attract new industry Most cities that were aware of that are into industrial development waive fees from the Chamber of Commerce President Purdum Competition among cities for new industry is keen Some prospective industries found the cost to start busi ness in New Braunfels was 10 to 30 percent higher than that in nearby cities said City Manager Mike Shands Were competing against places like Seguin which offers free land in some cases theyre offering to finance build he said I think it is far wiser to forgo some of the up front costs so that the devel opment will come said Shands Attracting manufacturers to New Braunfels is vital to the local economy said Purdum Primary industry pro vides jobs Because it sells goods outside the city new money comes into the local economy and is spent in local con cerns he said But will local rate payers foot the bill for these waivers Absolutely not said Difonzo We wont ever put into rates the recovery of that impact she said The rates paid by the large indus trial customer getting the waiver even tually offsets the initial cost to NBU They certainly have not given any thing said Shands Theyve just delayed getting Five local students named to list of National Merit Finalists Schlitterbahn hosting job fair Saturday Schlitterbahn Waterpark will hold a job fair from 10 on Saturday March 4 at the park s main entrance building located at 400 N Liberty in New Braunfels Schlitterbahn representatives will provide information and take appli cations for approximately sea sonal fulltime and parttime jobs The 65acre waterpark and resort complex has openings for a wide variety of jobs including lifeguards tram drivers admissions and reser vations personnel food service work ers gift shop clerks security guards housekeepers and maintenance By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Comal County can boast five Nation al Merit Finalists this year part of the prestigious nominations including only a small percent of all high school seniors in the country Tillman Cavert and David Dierkson of New Braunfels High Tim Ousley of Canyon Wendy Pursch of Smithson Valley and Jennifer Brockmeier of Bracken Christian School have all been named as finalists Part of a group that includes on of the nations top scholars each of these students will now have the chance to be selected as one of Merit Scholarship winners total ing more than million Colleges and universities often cov et these Merit Scholar winners listing the number they can recruit The award is based on national achievement test scores and oth er activities and is won by less than half of one percent of Jennifer high school Brockmeier seniors Cavert is the son of Tillman and Kathryn Cavert and is considering Col orado State University His classmate Dierksen is the son of John and Kathy Dierksen and plans to Wendy Pursch David Dierksen enroll at the University of Texas at Austin Brockmeier is the daughter of Mr and Mrs William Brockmeier of Bul verde and is considering a liberal arts program in college Ousley is the son of Dr Stephen and Tim Ousley Tillman Cavert Julia Ousley of New Braunfels and plans to attend either Texas A M or the Air Force Academy Pursch is the daughter of William and Victoria Pursch of Bulverde and is considering Trinity Univeristy Call 6259144 for subscription news or advertising information   

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