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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Local football teams head to Austin for road tests this weekend See Page 5 50 CENTS I HTiri The Plaza Bandstand Netor Braunfels Herald 22 Pages in two sections Friday September Serving Coma County and surrounding areas for more than 143 years Home of JUSTIN WRIGHT Vol 143 No 230 Inside Market Stammhsch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Justin Wright Cody Ryan Luehlfing one Jarek Ray Zepeda one Anne Weis man Manuel E Martinez III and Blanca Minihaha1 Farias Happy anniversary to Lionel and Sarah Lopez five Joe and Susie Pina one and Izzy and Maria Alvarado County Fair schedule The 102nd Comal County Fair runs through Sunday at the County Fairgrounds on Common Street Events include Friday Sept 29 Pet Parade downtown Fair Parade 10 down town Local High School Bandsl Dan McCoy 46 Jay Eric and Blieders Creek 8midnight Rodeo 8 Saturday Sept 30 Chili Cookoff 9 Dan McCoy 13 Wimberley Fire Ants 36 Kinder Tanzen Sue Quarter Moorr 9 Rodeo 8 Sunday Oct 1 Childrens best western dress contest Jazz Cowboys 13 Ed Kadlecek the Village Band 35 Carlene Walker 711 Livestock poultry baked goods canning preserving clothing art and crafts and photography will also be on display and judged during the fair There will be a carnival games food and drinks avail able throughout the fair for everyone to drop by and enjoy German choral groups to gather here More than 300 singers from around the state will gather for the 1995 Saengerfest at 2 Sunday Oct 1 at the Saenger halle The Gemischter Chor Har monie of New Braunfels wel comes German choral groups from around the state to this Sesquicentennial event Hermann Sons Lodge to meet The New Braunfels Hermann Sons Lodge will have its meeting Oct 1 at 3 at the lodge hall Meat furnished Members bring a covered dish New Orleans Night in Gruene The Gruene Mansion Restau rant and the American Cancer Society Gala Planning Commit tee are hosting New Orleans Night in Gruene Tuesday Oct 17 from until The Cajunstyle dinner buffet will include shrimp etouffee dirty rice with sausage black ened chicken complimentary beer and wine and more The event will benefit the ACS and help underwrite the 1996 Starlight Gala Seating is limited so reserve your tickets by call ing 6296153 or 6064115 HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Truck crash A truck driven by Erin Pedraza crashed into a tree on Hueco Springs Loop Road yesterday at Pedraza and her passen ger Jennifer Foreman were wear ing their seat belts Both were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital for treatment of minor injuries CISD bond issue OK district says By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Officials from the Comal Independent School Dis trict responded to claims that they were breaking the law with the Upcoming bond vote At Wednesdays board meeting a member of the of Citizens for Education said Jaw claiming aJax bond beusedto pay folr renovations and athletic CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said he has spo ken with Esquivel the districts bond attorney and Marcia Ozer in the public finance division of the Attorney Generals Office He said both said the cur rent bond request is legal Major said the law says the word He said both the attorney and the Texas Attorney Gen erals office have said that the interpretation of con struction has included building new facilities and ren ovating and repairing existing ones Esquivel also said that the term school structures has been expanded to included appendages such as gymnasiums stadium tracks and others that go twice once in 1940 and again inXil land both times the ruling said they could built using tax bonds Basically the petition has no merit according to both Esquivel and said bond was properly called and its our intent tocpntinue with the election on October VVJ HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Rodeo Queen crowned The 1995 Comal County Rodeo Queen and her court were crowned last night at the PRCA rodeo at the county fair Pictured are Queen Christine Phelan Princess Whitney Schneider and Duchess Adrienne Pierce AN ALARMING TREND City police spend a lot of time and money chasing false alarms By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer False security alarms are happening at an alarming rate to the tune of about New Braunfels tax dollars this year Over 90 percent of false alarms are end user owner said Sean Toney of Alarm Automation a division of Seller Fire Equipment Inc The New Braunfels Police Department has responded to false security alarms from Jan 1 to Sept said Administrative Sergeant John McEachern There have been two actual he said Two police officers respond to eaeh alarm McEachern said These are answered in a he said they prepare for the worst case scenario We did a study on it some years back and we came up with per he said Multiplied by the number of false alarms that means about There are 705 security alarms under per mit at this McEachern said Thats a tremendously high proportion of police calls per capita in that segment of the citys popu he said New Braunfels passed an ordinance requir ing alarm system owners to get permits from the city Along with the permits come some McEachern said Each alarm owner is permitted five false alarms a year Each alarm beyond that is con sidered a class C misdemeanor A class C misdemeanor carries a possible fine of not more than per infraction The people who cause the false alarm problem pay for he said It shouldnt be dealt with through the ordinary taxing sys Security industry figures agree that alarm system owners make a lot of mistakes and cause false alarms but they dont have to Toney said Customers get thorough training when they buy their alarms Toney said The installers will give you a pretty good grounding if you let McEachern said But owners often dont follow up to make sure they remember what they learned There are five common user errors Toney said 1 Error entering code 2 Didnt enter code quickly enough to disarm system 3 Armed and moved around inside while interior was still armed 4 Exited while perimeter was armed 5 Authorized entry without code forgot Security alarms do keep criminals away from homes and businesses McEachern said foil Using your systeth fsteiti tested if you aref often OutS1 Iptrient can be replaced hnology that has builK dealer immediately ifn system isnt working who Uses your V I A ystem regularly and drill ijprdcedures If you are not procedures for use and tyoursystem callyour dealer for unfels residents need to t f if I mthe New n f p atfbe picked up at the i oiycan have one mailed per year A renew sAA rear If youre dealing with an alarmed premises that sounds an alarm at that site youll prob ably chase the guy he said Out of two homes one alarmed andone not the choose the house without an alarm Toney said Theyre not looking to make their breakin he said Window decals and yard signs are a good deterrent Toney said If they even see the signs theyll go for another he said Security alarm system features have become fairly standardized Toney said Most come with perimeter protection for doors and windows inside motion detectors indoor or attic sirens and a control panel where you punch in the codes to ami and Also available is monitoring by the security company Alarms are routed to the monitors who then relay information to the police By relaying a password to the monitor the own er can avoid false alarms reaching the police Security alarm systems arent cheap they can run in the thousands of dollars Whether theyre cost effective or not I dont McEachern said They provide a great sense of security for Guadalupe River flow boosted to 170 cubic feet per second The combination of an increased release from Canyon Reservoir plus a warm weekend weather forecast is a bonus for water sports enthusiasts who want to extend the summer recreation season According to Tommy Hill chief engineer for the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority the Canyon Reservoir release was increased to 170 cubic feet per second cfs at 3 Tuesday Sept 26 and will remain at this rate until further notice Hill explained that reservoir level and inflow help to determine the release rate The current level of Canyon Reservoir is feet mean sea level Reservoir water between 800909 feet msl falls within the conservation pool range and is managed and released by GBRA However the Coips of Engineers is responsible for controlling water in the reservoirs flood pool 909 943 feet which captures flood waters to protept people and property downstream The current inflow at Spring Branch is 292 cfs and is higher right now due to recent rainfall and runoff above Canyon said Hill County to fund child abuse position cut by state By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Comal County commissioners approved p contract for about with the Child Protective SJervice Agency 19 help fund a position that was cut from state funding Sherry plume supervisor for child protective services in Comal County said the agency is working hard to help the children in Comal County Last year case of child abuse and neglect were investigated by the agency However the number of chil dren invojved is higher because some of the cases involved up to 10 chil dren she said Comaf County is a great place to live but its not so great if youre an abused or neglected said Flume Flume said she believes headway is being made in reducing the number of cases She said the agency has had 182 cases through August She said the same period last year had 195 cases She said it is only a slight decrease but it is largely due to the Family Preservation Program The goal of the program is to identify families with children who are at largest risk for becoming abused or neglected and work to reduce that risk with the chil dren still in the home She said she expects an even larger decrease after the program has been in existence longer The county currently has 40 chil dren in foster care 1 will not hesitate to remove a child from the home whose life is in danger Some children just cant be main tained at home because its just too she said State funding for the program was cut and one of the positions cut was the social service technician Flume said this is a handson position and works directly with the family The technician transports the family to ther apy and doctor appointments helps obtain services and teaches parenting nutrition and hygiene skills She said she thinks the number of cases would increase if this position were cut Flume asked the county to approve a contract to help fund the position for Comal County is a great place to live but its not so great if youre an abused or neglect ed Sherry Flume one year saying that abused children in Comal County are defenseless and voiceless and need our The county would contribute and the remainder would come from fed eral funds Commissioners court voted unanimously to enter into a contract with the agency Its kind of like pay me now or pay me said Commissioner Moe Schwab If we can save one child from going to juvenile probation or later adult probation its well worth the In other business the court approved a contract with the Water Oriented Recreation District in which WORD gives the county The funds are to be used for buoys and oth er material required for the Canyon Lake Buoy Program A public hearing was also set for Oct 12 at 10 at Commissioners Court to consider proposed street name assignments for the Comal County area The prospect of a lasting peace in the Middle East gets brighter See Page 44
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