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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Cougarettes look impressive in scrimmage See Sports Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels Comal County Courthouse Annex 10 Pages in one section Thursday August HeraldZ 191 2627 YAHDELL DK EL PASO TX 79903 Serving Comal County for more than 143 years Home of KYLE RICHEY Vol 143 No 199 Inside Sports Market Place Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Kyle Richey Lynn Rhein laender and Adam Jones Hap py anniversary to Lisa and Russ Whitehouse and to Debbie and Paul Kocian 21 River and aquifer information Comal River 258 cubicfeetper second down 4 from yester day Edwards Aquifer feet above sea level down 06 NARFE to gather National Association of Retired Federal Employees chapter 666 will have a meet ing and luncheon at Ryans Family Steakhouse 11 Aug 18 Program is on the Texas handgun law Bake a cake for the Womens Center The Comal County Womens Center invites you to support the by donating individ ually wrapped items for a bake sale which will be held Aug 19 at 5 on the Plaza Bring your goodies to the shel ter 1547 Common any time Friday or before 4 Saturday Call 6207520 for information Immunization clinic A free immunization clinic will be held from 9 to Saturday Aug 19 at Krueger Elementary School in Marion The clinic is provided by Santa Rosa Childrens Hospital Parents are asked to bring the childs immunization records and letter from the school nurse if applicable Immunizations will be given to infants children and teen agers Appointments are not needed but are recommended Call 4169323 or 9142646 Optimist Club to meet Monday The New Braunfels Optimist Club will meet at Aug 21 at Molly Joes Restaurant The speaker will be Jack Melton of Hospice New Braunfels Texas Exes picnic The Comal County chapter of the University of Texas Ex Students Association will hold its annual family picnic and student sendoff Thursday Aug 24 at Landa Park Picnic Area 16 Special guest will be UT baseball coach Cliff Gustafson The event starts at with dinner at 7 Atten dees are asked to bring a cov ered dish either a vegetable salad or dessert Reservations must be made by Saturday Aug 19 by call ing Mary Walker at 8854375 Stoney Williams at 6297381 Gayle Engler at 6292109 or Tim Zipp at 6259405 The winning numbers Lotto Texas million jackpot LOTTERV HeraldZeitung photo by SUSAN ENGLAND James Stolte Willie Mae Timmermann Meta Timmermann Wanda Timmermann Barren Schlameus Clyde Blackman and Rev Ardie Kendig take part in the ceremony honoring Hermann Seele at the Sophienburg Museum grounds Friday Treeplanting a tribute to a founding father By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer People will be able to gather under an elm tree in coming years just as Hermann Seele did when he taught New Braunfels children 150 years ago New Braunfels dignitaries filled the Sophienburg Museum grounds Fri day to dedicate a memorial elm tree planted there hon oring the famous Seele You know Seeles name means event chair Barron Schlameus said He was not only named but he actually was the soul of the Herb Skoog Sesquicentennial Commission chair served as emcee for the celebration which included songs by Seele Elementary students and the Kinder chor City council members chamber of commerce Blue Coats and Seele descendants were among the standing roomonly crowd The New Braunfels Retired Teachers Association donated refreshments You know what Hermann Seele taught in school he made them aware of said Wanda Timmer mann descendant of Rev Ervendberg Elaine Aniol Wilson Seeles greatgranddaughter came from Chicago for the ceremony We flew down just for she said She brought husband Richard H Wilson her son Andrew Wilson and wife Dana and their two children Megan and Kevin Seeles great greatgreatgrandchildren William Rupley is Seeles greatgreatgrandson I live in Galveston and I hope to become a respiratory ther apist and move up here he said Greatgreatgranddaughter Robin Charlesworth came from Houston with children Brittany arid Allison Seeles greatgreatgreatgranddaughters A plaque marking the very spot of the Seele elm was The original Seele elm sunk into the middle of Coll Street Thursday Flush with the pavement the plaque reads Site of the elm for est that shaded the first church service and school class es in 1845 Rev L Ervendberg H Seele Teacher New Braunfels Sesquicentennial A tree actually stood in the middle of Coll Street until 1955 Ambassador Bob Krueger told the story of that tree with pride for years he said There was a little plaque that read this was the first taxsupported school system in the state of he said This shows that from the time New Braunfels was founded it was looking to the Tax appraisals jump 12 percent Taxable value in city up 10 percent By SUSAN FLYNTENGLAND Staff Writer The 1995 Comal Appraisal District numbers are in and they spell major growth for Comal County said Lynn E Rodgers chief appraiser for the CAD Districtwide appraisal values went up 12 percent this year Rodgers said including new construction and increase in valuation Weve probably almost doubled the increase in value from last he said This year there was million in new construction in the CAD Thats an indication of rapid Rodgers said Most of that is in single family The new construction for 1994 was about to million he said Some taxable values for 1994 and 1995 and percentages of increase are CISD 1994 1995 13 percent increase NBISD 1994 1995 11 percent increase City of New Braunfels 1994 1995 10 percent increase Comal County 1994 1995 12 percent increase These appraisal figures are compiled by adding up the appraised amounts of all the taxable entities within each area The CAD held about informal hearings on individual appraisals Rodgers said In an informal hearing the person just wants to talk to the staff he said About 700800 formal hearings were scheduled but only about half that amount actually heard Rodgers said The formal hearings go before the Appraisal Review Board Were in a real growth Rodgers said It started back in 1993 and this year its tipped the scales We still have signs that were continuing to he said Two new trustees sworn into office Both members ran for election unopposed By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Two trustees for the New Braunfels Independent School District took the oath of office for another year Tuesday night after each ran an uncontested race District 2 trustee Anne Miller and District 4 trustee Jaime Padilla sought to be reelected to their trustee posi tions Despite the fact that they were uncontested elections were held Miller received a total of 12 votes and Padil la received a total of 20 votes The votes were canvassed and both took the oath of office for another term Welcome back to the board for another year helping take the district into the 21st said outgoing board president Dick Robinett The next item of business was reor ganization of the board Leo Chafin replaced Robinett as president Chafin commended the outgoing president on his accomplishments and said he will do his best to continue in the path Robinett has set I appreciate the opportunity 1 think Dick has done an outstanding job I dont know if I can fill his shoes but Ill said Chafin Jaime Padilla was elected vice pres ident Sylvia Sanchez took the office of secretary and Anne Miller was elect ed treasurer In other board business Charles Bradberry announced that the NBISD board of trustees has been named the Region 13 honor board He said this takes them to the next level of competition which is the state level During the nonagenda items board member Sylvia Sanchez read a state ment she prepared regarding the states low performing label for New Braunfels High School She said a percent dropout rate for the Hispanic population is not something she can be proud of and wants to work toward finding a way to lower it Outfitters complain that WORD GMs comments hurt business on the river By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer An article appearing in an area daily newspaper last week caused a stir among a couple of business owners who said the comments made by the gen eral manager of the Water Oriented Recreation Dis trict reflected negatively on the Guadalupe River Bridget McDougall owner of Scenic River Prop erties attended the WORD meeting Wednesday night to address comments made by General Man ager Jim Inman in a recent news article in a San Antonio paper Inman said the river levels were low and outfitters were beginning to take their boats off the river In a followup interview he told the reporter that rafts were being used on the river and explained that low levels expose rocks which can damage rafts McDougall said she has received nonstop calls for cancellations and that Inmans comments have greatly damaged her business She asked for the general managers resignation WORD President Guy Anderson said Inman did not resign and the board will not be taking any fur ther action on the issue He said he feels the paper may have taken some of Inmans comments out of context and that board members will try to guard against that in the future Bus tour stresses importance of IH35 By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer A coalition has started an inter national trip from Kansas City to Mexico City in an effort to empha size the importance of IH35 to the future of free trade in the Americ as The IH35 Corridor Coalitions Whistle Stop Bus Tour which embarked form Kansas City on Monday stopped in San Marcos Wednesday on its way to Mexico City for an international coalition meeting on August 19 The IH35 Corridor Coalition Bus Tour is designed to demon strate the importance of Interstate Highway 35 to commerce within and among the Americas and unite the public and private sector around the common goal of enhancing and preserving a trade and transporta tion corridor of international sig said Denton County Texas Judge and Coalition Chair man Jeff A Moseley The coalition reports that close to 75 percent of all IH35 Corridor Coalition Whistle Stop Tour hits San Marcos on its way to Mexico crossborder surface trade and Texas exports to Mexico account ed for nearly half of all exports which equaled about billion in 1994 The coalition con tends that this is a reason the cor ridor must be enhanced and pre served Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Michael Meek said the location of New Braunfels between Austin and San Antonio directly off of IH35 is a primary factor in attracting industries We wouldnt have been able to attract industries such as the WalMart Distribution Center if we werent positioned where were at Location is he said Meek said the impact of IH35 being designated as an international highway would be felt on a local level and the impact would be pos itive He said there is a lot of com petition for limited funds when it comes to improving highways The designation would allow expan sions and improvements earlier than are currently planned A wider highway and oneway access roads would help ease safety concerns as the volume of traffic continues to increase Were going to be a bottleneck between Austin and San Antonio and that bottleneck can cause safe ty said Meek Meek said another benefit would be felt economically He said it would increase traffic and industry in the area which would mean gains for the economy of New Braunfels Meek said a central location in terms of being between We wouldnt have been able to attract industries such as the Wal Mart Distribution Center if we werent positioned where were at Michael Meek Austin and San Antonio and good highway access makes New Braunfels a prime place for both industry and tourism Meek said the coalition will result in improvements in road con ditions industry and the econo my in New Braunfels and the Chamber of Commerce is sup portive of any group that can ben efit local residents This involves a lot of people because the corridor runs all the way from Canada to Mexico The impact will be felt at a local said Meek For subscription or advertising information call the HeraldZeitung at 6259144
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