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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Unicorns and Cougars hope to build on first half of season See Page 9A ISO CENTS NewBraunfels HeraldZei 1 E 181 22 pages in two sections Friday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of ADi TX 79903 Vol Inside Stainmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Carol Keller Shirley Huebinger Jesse Castilla 15 Richard Gray Adam Torres Jeanette Huberus belated and BethSchuetz New Years dance Holy Family Church will hold its third annual New Years Eve Dance Sunday Dec 31 from 9 to 1 Music by La Distancia Advance tickets are or at the door For more information call 609 5320 or 6207678 between 9 and 5 Live nativity scene The Holy Family Church Youth Program will hold its fourth annual live nativity on Dec 22 and 23 from 7 to at the Holy Family Church CCD Center at 245 South Hidalgo Street GOP filing party The Republican Party of Comal County will have a filing party at New Braunfels Smokehouse Tuesday Jan 2 from to 7 The candidates for the 1996 pri mary election will be intro duced Come meet and visit with the candidates For more Information call Dona Bruns at 6250872 City offices holiday schedule set All city offices will be closed Dec 25 and 26 and Jan 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays The Sanitation Department will not pick up garbage on Christmas day but will be available for regular service on the 26th and on New Years Day For more informa tion or asistance call 608 2140 from 8 to 5 on any business day The perfect gift Still looking for that last gift for someone on your shop ping list Its the Entertainment 96 Book like giving over gift certificates This coupon book is packed with hundreds of twoforone and up to 50 percent off discounts at your favorite restaurants Save on top local and national attractions airfare cruises car rentals and over hotels plus much more The book is specifically designed for the San Antonio area with many participating New Braunfels establishments like Gruene Mansion Applebees and the Childrens Museum The book sells for Call 6293920 The book is a ben efit for Blitz Soccer Gheer Fund The HeraldZeitung spon sors the Cheer Fund every hol iday season to provide food for the needy Delivery of food will take place at 9 Saturday Dec 23 Volunteers are needed to help deliver the 200 food bas kets To donate or to volunteer to help deliver baskets come by the HeraldZeitung at 707 Landa or call 6259144 A Christmas present for Comal Three companies announce plans to move into the county By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Three new companies are planning to relocate within Comal County lines and county officials say it is going to spur on the local economy The county commissioners approved tax abatements with Alamo Holly Sales Services Intsel Southwest and Vestal Steel Specialties Commission er Danny Scheel said the three com panies will be a good addition to the They help to broaden our tax base and keep our personal property tax Commissioner Danny Scheel local economy We have three fine businesses com ing to said Scheel They help to broaden our tax base and keep our personal property tax County Judge Carter Casteel said the three businesses will move into an industrial park area on FM 3009 between Interstate 35 and Garden Ridge Garden Ridge Mayor Jay P Millikin said if that is where they will relocate they will not help Garden Ridge which has seen a decrease in recent sales tax rebates due to two companies leaving the city Theres a lot of construction going on out there But thats not really going to affect said Millikin The court approved a tax abatement of 65 percent for the first two years on personal property and capital improvements and 45 percent the remaining three years Casteel said that they will eventually be totally on the tax rolls which will help the tax base However she said there are additional bonuses to the relocation All three companies will create job openings In addition they will make improve ments on the property creating even more jobs Casteel said all of this will generate money to be spent in the econ omy The properties probably arent bringing in revenue right now any said Casteel Any time industry comes into the county it helps our entire In other business the court re appointed Guy Anderson William Mayo and Scott Watson to the Water Oriented Recreation District board for two year terms HELL WEEK Local trainee makes the cut in the militarys toughest week By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A lot of people say theyve been to hell and Stephens real ly has He made the cut in Hell arguably the toughest training a military officer has to endure Stephens is on his way to becoming a Navy SEAL Sea Air and Hell Week is pretty Stephens said You start on Sunday night and it doesnt end till Friday You run swim and youre wet for all week All you get is 20 minutes to One hundred fifty SEAL trainees start Hell Week Only 40 are left by the time the week is over Its so intense that you get the best of the he During Hell Week trainees leam to rely on each other the key to sur vival once they complete training and perform top secret strategic missions If its not for your buddy no one would make Stephens said You start to hallucinate You watch your body deteriorate before you Itll shut down nothing makes Stephens had two stress fractures a rolled back and an injured hip after Hell Week He slept for 17 hours straight Starting Hell Week was an honor in itself A Navy man for twoanda half years Stephens had to pass a basic screening test then wait for orders He then passed another screening and then a harder screening followed by physical screening The first long before a trainee makes it to Hell Week has challenges like 4 physical training twoandahalf mile ocean swims and drown proofing In drown proofing they tie your hands and feet throw you in the pool make you bob float retrieve your face mask with your Stephens said Stephens still has a few phases of Lance Stephens shows the wear and tear in this photo taken at the con clusion of Hell Week at Navy SEAL training SEAL training left before his gradua tion Then on to jump school and advanced medical training Hes wait ing for his Hell Week injuries to heal before he completes his training I ran the Jingle Bell Run five mile he said Stephens graduated from a high school in Rockport in 1992 He also attended high school at New Braunfels High School and swam with the Dol phins at Landa Park Stephens credits coach Bud Dall manns training I called him up and told him I wanted to be a SEAL and I needed a little more help on my swim ming He was a great Stephens parents are Tanya Dun smore of New Braunfels and Shelby Stephens of Rockport Being a SEAL was Stephens goal since he first entered the Navy Its great experience You get to learn and do so muchthat you could do nowhere The HeraldZeitung will follow Stephens progress as he completes his training in the coming Burrus honored for work on conference The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors named S Tom Burrus as chair emeritus of the Texas Legislative Conference Advisory Com mittee The chamber is the sponsor of the annual conference and reception Chair of the chambers Board of Direc tors Carter Casteel said It is very appro priate for Tom Burrus to be given the title of chair emeritus because he conceived the idea of the conference in 1967 when he was the chambers chair of the board He has always been a devoted member of the conference committee providing leader ship and The 30th Annual Texas Legislative Con ference is scheduled for Thursday and Fri day March 2122 at the new Braunfels Civic Center Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Pete Laney will be hon ored as Texan of the Year at a reception Thursday evening and will give the keynote address for the conference Fri day morning Early registration discounts are avail able now at the Chamber of Commerce Not much open on Christmas By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Just when you thought you had seen enough Christmas lists to last until the years 2000 heres a list that may save a phone call or two holiday hours of some area busi nesses and public services Recycling BFI will pick up its Monday routes Saturday Dec 23 and Saturday Dec 30 The city of New Braunfels will collect trash on every day except Christmas Day and New Years Day Those that have Monday pickup will be collected on the other regular day which is Thursday City offices will be closed Dec 25 and 26 and Jan 1 First State Bank will be closed on Christmas and New Years Day only First Commercial Bank will be open Friday 9 to 6 both Dec 22 and 29 It will be closed Sat urdays Dec 23 and 30 also on Christmas and New Years Bank of America will be closed Christmas and New Years Day Norwest Bank will be closed Christmas and New Years Day Texas Commerce will be closed Christmas and New Years Victoria Bank and Trust will be closed Christmas and New Years closes Christmas Eve at 8 It reopens at 6 the day after Christmas Wuests on San Antonio and on Landa will close Christmas Eve at 7 and reopens at its regular time the day after Christmas Andy will close at 8 Christmas Eve and reopens at 7 the day after Christmas KMart will close at 8 Christinas Eve and will be open the day after Christmas from 7 until Target will be open from 8 am to 6 Christmas Eve and will re open at 8 the day after Christ mas WalMart will close Christmas Eve at 6 It will reopen at 7 County officials see 95 as a productive year By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer December is quickly coming to an end and local county officials are expecting the upcoming year to be as good as the one coming to a close County Judge Carter Casteel said 1995 was a year marked by coopera tion between government entities She said examples of this are the Eikel St Bridge project and the drive for economic develop ment Theres been a better spirit of cooperation between governmental entities and its been extremely ben eficial to said Casteel She said there are also key pro grams that were begun in 1995 which will carry over into 1996 This includes the development of parks She said the parks didnt get opened but progress has been made It is hopeful that property for parks in the Solms and Bulverde area can be pur chased soon She said the Canyon Lake park is being worked on and should be opened in 1996 Weve been working at that but its not something that happens overnight These things take she said Another program that was begun this year is environmental health She said it has done great and more can be expected in the upcom ing year She also added one new program that is questionable is work force development She said the guidelines for establishing that board are still being discussed Casteel said the creation of rural recycling was a big move for the county She said it put the county on the cutting and the county will likely be taking some steps that will keep us Commissioner Moe Schwab said he is proud of the fact that rural recy cling took off so well this year He said oVer 100 tons of trash were kept out of landfills in the first three months of the program and the coun ty will try to keep more things out of He said a focus of his will be to implement composting He said this will reduce waste even more and save the environment Schwab also said he will try to operate this off of grant money I think the county basically is in good shape I would like to concen trate a little more on composting and recycling in the coming he said Commissioner Jumbo Evans said he was happy to see that the economy and percent of employment stayed so strong this year He said he expects it to stay strong in the future He also said that the county government is in the business of ser vice and he believes the focus for the coming year should be on pro viding those services We must concentrate on continu ing to provide good services to our citizens and that means in a variety of ways We need to give them the ser vices they need and said Garden Ridge budget feels the pinch after two businesses leave town By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer An expected increase in residential home construction will hopefully soften the blow from two businesses leaving Garden Ridge Mayor Jay P Millikin said on Friday During the current fiscal year we were expecting the construction of 10 new Millikin said Right now we know of two homes that are ready to get their building permits approved by the city and four more homes which are under contract to be Garden Ridge got some bad news two weeks ago when the latest fig ures from the state comptrollers office showed that the city had a sig nificant decrease in sales tax rebates During the same period last year Garden Ridge received a rebate of compared to which is a decrease of percent Novembers rebate was 40 per cent under last years Payments to date for the city decreased by for the same peri od from to In the fiscal year 199596 budget the city had projected in sales tax revenues but the latest figures will more than likely lower those rev enue projections Millikin said Millikin said the decreases in the sales tax rebates are attributed to the moving of two businesses out of Gar den Ridge during the past year a roof truss company and a computer supply company Since the city has only a handful of businesses Millikh said the two businesses departures had a very serious impact on the citys economy and revenues Millikin said the city is it a disad vantage when it comes to attracting more businesses We do not have that much prop erty zoned for business or industrial Millikin said We arc hoping the more houses that come to the city the more the new residents will spend their money at the limited number of businesses we Millikin encouraged more devel opers to move to Garden Ridge because the city and county tax rates are low The city tax rate for Garden Ridge is which he said is one of the lowest rates in the To adjust to the latest figures Mil likin said Garden Ridge will have to look into reducing spending or increasing revenues Congressional Republicans stick to their guns at budget talks See Opinion Page 44
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