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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 16, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Rangers and Cougars take to the court tonight See Sports Page 5 50 CENTS 8p a Bandstand one Landmark New Braunfels Heral I i ges in one section Tuesday January Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of PATRICK tung 3K WALKER Vol 144 No 45 nside Market Stammtisch irthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Heralcl extends birthday wishes to Patrick Walker Kristofer Kaufman Carol Czer onky and Leslie Pen tccost L 3ollen Count edar Mold 940 measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel ater Information Comal River 290 Cubic Feet Per same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 work on Faust Street and Castell Avenue The sanitary sewer line will be replaced from the intersec tion of Faust Street and Gross Avenue along Faust Street to Castell Avenue then along Castell Avenue crossing Nacogdoches Street and end ing at the railroad crossing on Castell Avenue New Braun feis Utilities is doing the work to increase the systems capacity Excavation will begin Wednesday Jan 17 and will take three to four weeks NBU will restrict work to minimize disruption of traffic to area homes and businesses Chamber Banquet tickets on sale Tickets for the 77th annual New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Meeting and Ban quet on Friday Jan 26 at the Civic Center will remain on sale until Friday Jan 19 The banquet whose theme is A Sesquicentennial will include a drawing for the Sesquicentennial quilt The evening will also include the sealing of the time capsule and the presentation of the Besserung Award For more information call 6252385 Canyon Music Boosters to meet The annual spring garden ing short course presented by the Texas Agricultural Extension Service will be held at the Comal County Exten sion Service office Thursday Jan 4 at 6 The program is open to the public Ladies ninehole golf group starting A new ninehole golf group is starting at Landa Park on Wednesday mornings One Wednesday the group would tee off at the fol lowing Wednesday teeoff would be at 9 at hole There is a signup sheet in the pro shop For informa tion call Doris Mammon at 6201106 Little League registration is Tuesday All boys and girls ages five to 18 as of July 31 1996 can sign up for the 1996 New Braunfels Little League Tues day Jan 16 and 23 from 6 to 8 at the Seele Elementary Cafeteria 540 Howard Registration fee is for ages 5 to 12 and forages 13 to 18 A birth certificate and regis tration fee are required for registration Stops OKd for new city amce By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The pieces are falling into place bit by bit the New Braunfels tri al bus system is coming together Transportation Committee mem bers checked a huge item off the list Friday when they finalized the proposed routes for the first three months of the trial The bus service is scheduled to start March 11 This is really a said Karen K Crandall Main Street director You have to make sure a bus that is making a loop is back at the transfer point at the same time the other bus Each committee member drove the bus routes and gave input said committee member Wes Studdard An artist is still working to merge the winning logos Crandall said 1 know there were a lot of good entries that were reviewed and were taking a combination of those Studdard said When the designs are complete the committee will distribute brochures complete with routes and schedules he said Brochures will be distributed at major businesses orga nizations and news media to try to reach every resident The routes will eventually have names but for now they are identi fied with colors Crandall said residents need to remember that the routes are not set in stone Every three months after checking ridership record we will look at the routes and revise she said We want to stress that this is a trial period Were looking to see where they want the bus to After the first three months when the routes are revised new schedule brochures will be printed and dis tributed Studdard said Were formulating a time period daily during the week that phone calls can be received for input from the Crandall said Cus tomer comment cards will also be available for residents to fill out This is a wonderful way to be able to judge where the greatest rid ership needs she said Bus routes will blanket city with service The buses are scheduled to start rolling in New Braunfels March 11 Transportation Committee members have worked out five routes to try for the first three months The blue route will run only weekends All routes converge at the Hummel Museum where riders can transfer The routes will be given names describing their destinations GOLDEN Hummel Museum Wursthalle Fredericksburg Wood Fredericksburg Howard Fredericksburg Kentucky Oaks Mall Oakwood Tire Service Senior Center Laurel Heights TriCounty Supply Landa Medical Knights of Columbus Hall Hummel Museum PURPLE Hummel Museum Wursthalle Elizabeth across from the Rec Center Torrey by Landa Resorts Torrey by Creative Textiles Eden Home Lakeview Creative Textiles Austin Houston McKenna Memorial Hospital Central North Grant Commerce Rivercrest Professional Building River Acres Kidney Center Grant Common Common Central Common N Liberty Hummel Museum RED Hummel Museum American Legion Wuests Auto Economy El Tejano II Justice of the Peace Krueger Clinic Lone Star School Southland Becker Balcones Haus Lacks Furniture Wuests Hummel Museum GREEN Hummel Museum Bridge Street behind NBISD Bridge Santa Clara Sycamore Bridge Chestnut Bridge Live Oak Cross Live Oak Highway 81 Target WalMart Courtyard Shopping Center Rosa Parks Drive New Braunfels Factory Stores Garden Street Hummel Museum BLUE Hummel Museum American Legion Civic Center Hill Country Inn New Braunfels Factory Stores Days Inn Holiday Inn Oakwood Hotel Rodeway Inn Conservation Plaza Gruene Country Inn Downtown Gruene Schlitterbahn Hummel Museum HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The city Transportation Committee spent last week testing the routes Burn ban makes a comeback as dry weather creates dangerous conditions By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Dry conditions and dead vegetation have caused Comal County to once again implement a burn ban in an attempt to curtail the risk of fires The ban went into effect at noon Monday Comal County Judge Carter Casteel said she knew conditions were bad and fires would soon begin to be a problem She said she called the fire marshal Monday morning to discuss the dry conditions with him and he was trying to call her at the same time I started calling the fire marshal Monday morning because I heard they had a lot of problems over the said Casteel Casteel said she heard a meteorolo gist speaking and he said the freeze killed everything theres no moisture and it has been windy Casteel said Comal County has definitely experi enced these conditions and it has cre ated conditions prone to fires It has really been a she said The fire marshal decided it was necessary and I agreed with Comal County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann said the county has not expe rienced any large fires and he wants to keep it that way He said there have been large fires in Blanco and Hays counties and small grass fires in Comal County He said there are a lot of peo ple burning brush and trash and he just wants to make sure those dont get out of hand Weve been thinking about it and watching the said Will mann Its just so dry out there now that one little spark catches and all the grass starts burning It gets out of Willmann said people will get one warning and after that they will get cited He said a good part of Monday was spent informing people of the ban and telling them not to burn Were encouraging them to not bum to prevent any large fires Weve been fortunate this far and our fire fighters work hard at preventing said Willmann A previous bum ban was lifted in September and consideration was giv en to implementing another one in October However heavy rains made the ban unnecessary at that time Surfing the Internet could get cheaper as company looks into local service By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Stumping for the party HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL House Speaker Newt Gingrich visited San Marcos yesterday to campaign for Rep Greg Laughlin R District who switched parties joining the Republican ranks after the last elec tion Gingrich criticized President Bill Clinton saying he has not been willing to compromise on budget issues and has tried to scare senior citizens by saying the Republicans want to cut Medicare Many local residents wanting to surf the Internet are having to go through Internet providers in San Antonio which can mean big phone bills Local users are being charged access fees as well as a long distance charge for the call to a provider Dennis Hermes owner of Centex Office Center is an avid user of the Internet He said people wanting to get on the Internet have to go through an Internet provider and there are none that use local New Braunfels telephone numbers This means people must go through companies in San Antonio Using a provider in San Antonio can be expensive said Hermes First there is a vast range in the pricing He said some compa nies charge 15 a month for unlimited access while others may charge a month for 20 hours of access He added that once people find a provider they may be hesitant to change companies because their EMail address will change Hermes said the cost of using the Internet could be even more for some users Unless you have a metro number to use you have to pay the price of a long distance call said Hermes And the call lasts the length of time the user is on the Internet which could be a couple of You dont want to be charged an extra 10 cents a minute while youre Internet user Dennis Hermes hours People seldom get on and off right away unless theyre just checking said Hermes Most of the time youre browsing or looking for something and it takes time to look for tilings You dont want to be charged an extra 10 cents a minute while youre look Hermes said he expects two or three providers to move into town within the next 12 months He said this will help educate users on the various services as well as reduce the costs some users are paying Steve Northover President of Connect Inter national said his company is looking at pro viding services for a large number of rural areas He said New Braunfeis is on the list However he said he could not go into any detail at this time for fear of giving too much information to competitors Attempts to con tact an official at World Net were unsuccess ful however an employee did say as of right now I dont know of any First Lady answers a lot of questions but none about her new book See Page 4
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