New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, February 15, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

February 15, 1996

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 15, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Salute to the dough boy NewBmunfels Herald 50 CENTS 10 pages in one section Thursday February Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more years Home of KENNE RIDER Vol 144 No 68 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Becky Lombardo Kenne Rider Teresa Unas Joe Sosa Josh Vela Jonie Schmidt and Teresa Martinez Happy fifth anniversary to Kenne and Richard Rider Pollen Count Mold Ashe Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 04 MidTexas Symphony concert Sunday The MidTexas Symphony will feature the MidTexas Symphony Chorus for the sec ond time this season when it presents its fourth concert of the year on Sunday Feb 18 at 4 in the New Braunfels Civic Center Tickets for the concert are for adults for senior citi zens and college students and for students through high school They are avail able at Accents and at the Chamber of Commerce They will also be for sale at the door Canyon High School Project Graduation to meet The next meeting of the Canyon High School Project Graduation committee will take place Monday Feb 19 at 7 in the Commons area of CHS For more information call Luanne Schuetze at 651 9505 HOPE to hold workshop The Hispanic Organization for Public Education is spon soring a workshop Monday Feb 19 at 7 at the NBNB Building 1000N Walnut The topic will be Everything You Wated To Know About The Gifted and Talented Pro gram Speaker will be Marilyn McFarland gifted and talent ed consultant Region XIII Also available to answer ques tions will be local school dis trict officials For information call Sylvia at 6259213 ADD group to meet New Braunfels Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder support group has changed its meeting date to the third Monday of the month The group will meet Monday Feb 19 at 7 at Oakwood Baptist Church Loop 337 Guest speaker will be Dr Car oline Batenburg local child psychiatrist For information call Karen Owens at 6292033 The winning numbers Lotto Texas Est million jackpot LOTTERY This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Supreme Court to rule on pumping limits By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARN ALL Whistle while you work Or play the bagpipes if youve got them Colin Smith owner of Acorn Interlocking Paving of San Antonio practices his bagpipe playing during a break from the sidewalk renovation project on Seguin Street yesterday He plays with the group Clan Destine in San Antonio His assistant Paul Cadena works in the background New event planned at Canyon Lake By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Activities fun and food will be had by all when the inaugural Lakefest 96 starts up in May This will be our first year for this Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce Executive Secretary Wan da Truchsess said We are going to try and make this into an annual Lakefest 96 will be held on Sat urday May 4 at Canyon Lake Dam Proceeds from the event will benefit the Comal County Habitat for Human ity and Comal County Mental Health and Mental Retardation Department The festivities will kick off at 8 with a parade featuring MHMR chil dren At 9 a 5K for children and adults will be run across the dam For more information about the run call Susan Phillips at 210 6095030 The Canyon Lake Golf and Country Club will host a golf tournament at 11 The Dam Red Barn will be cook ing crawfish all day and have horse shoes skeet shooting and arts and crafts For more information about the tournament call Mark Clark at 210 6090978 or 6062060 At 8 the Dam Red Barn will host a dance which will feature live music The Lakefest will conclude with a tennis tournament at TBarM Tennis Ranch on Saturday May 18 For infor mation about the tournament call Leland Cox at 210 6297525 The issue of whether or not limiting pumping violates property rights will once again go into court However this will be the last time The Texas Supreme Court has set the date for oral arguments in the suit involving the Edwards Aquifer Authority The EAA which would have had the power to enforce pumping limits broker water and license wells was supposed to take over regulation of the Edwards Aquifer on Aug 28 replacing the Edwards Underground Water District However the Medina County Underground Water Conser vation District challenged the law cre ating the authority saying it is uncon stitutional After a week of testimony District Judge Mickey Pennington ordered a permanent injunction against the Edwards Aquifer Authority saying the attempt to limit pumping violates property rights and is unconstitutional The EAA appealed the ruling and the state supreme court has set a date for oral arguments said attorney Steve Rogers who is representing the EAA Rogers said oral arguments will be heard on March 20 at 9 He said there is no way to tell how long the arguments could take but it could be two hours Weve asked for an hour for each side which means two hours total Normally they allow 20 minutes per I think they understand the need for them to make a judgment Steve Rogers EAA attorney said Rogers It could be any where in Rogers said a decision will not be handed down right away However he said he does not expect a long wait either He said the case was put on an accelerated timetable because the court realized the importance of getting the issue settled quickly Hopefully a ruling will be made within 6U days but it could conceivably be longer he said There will be a time lapse but I think a judgment will be made fairly soon after the said Rogers I think they understand the need for them to make a judgment Rogers said this is basically the last chance for either side He said the par ty on the losing side of the courts rul ing could file a motion for a rehearing However those are rarely granted he said He went on to say that since the case does not contain any federal issues the state supreme court is the highest court that can hear the case This is the court of last said Rogers The Texas Supreme Court is the final County GOP hopefuls make their pitches at forum By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Candidates for both sheriff and coun ty commissioner made their cases before Republican voters at a forum held at Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative Wednesday night The forum was sponsored by the Canyon Lake Republican Womens Club Republican Business Women of Comal County and the Comal County Republican Mens Club Voters heard from sheriffs candi dates Jack Bremer Bob Holder and Max Wommack Jr Precinct Coun ty Commissioner candidates Jack Daw son Douglas Kirk Marian Whitson and Glenn Jackson All four candidates are running for the seat by vacated by Commissioner Jumbo Evans Bremer the incumbent stressed his record as sheriff and said he would continue to improve on that record if he is reelected Since I became sheriff the crime rate in Comal County has gone down by 12 Bremer said Our department has cleared 90 percent of the violent crimes committed in Comal County 1 am convinced that the Guadalupe river is a safer place since we have implemented our WET team in cooperation with WORD the con stables Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Corps of Engi neers We have made the river better for both tourists and Holder who was a 28year Texas Department of Public Safety officer said he wants to make sheriffs deputies more visible in the county to thwart crimes targeting homes and business es I know how to identify problems and I know what it takes to solve Holder said We need to make our deputies more visible in the subdi visions and businesses within the coun Wommack who is the police chief of Marion echoed Holders sentiments in making deputies visible in the coun ty 1 want to serve the people by having an open door Wommack said 1 know what is needed in terms of law enforcement in Comal County 1 want to make our deputies more visible in the county and have our children form a bond of trust with When it came time for the county commissioners candidates to speak Dawson emphasized his belief in a county government which would encourage people to save for the future I want a stable local conservative government which will allow people to earn work grow and Dawson said 1 am concerned about our rapid growth rate rising property taxes and I am concerned about protecting our environment and precious water Kirk a former Comal Independent School District board member stressed his service on the board and said that he stood for accountability and open ness in government 1 have always worked for cost effec tive solutions and have sought infor mation before I made Kirk said Jackson said he wants to give the voters a government that will serve their needs 1 want to give you good govern ment and I promise to protect the inter ests of the taxpaying citizens of Comal Jackson said The one issue Whitson said she is very concerned about is regulations concerning wells and septic tanks in new subdivisions in the county espe cially since there is more growth com ing into the county I believe we need more stringent guidelines for wells and septic Whitson said County attorney candidates Bill Reimer and Stephanie SmithBurns state senate candidate Randy Staudt State Representative Edmund Kuempel and state representative candidate Harold Bratcher were also present at the forum Federal grant brings more protection to Garden Ridge By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE A recently awarded COPS grant will mean more police protection for the citi zens of Garden Ridge Police Chief Tom Curd said This is a real positive move for the Curd said We are really excited about it We have been one man short and we have gone three nights a week with 24 hour protection but now this grant will permit us to go seven days a week he added The COPS Community Oriented Policing Ser vices grant is funded by the Department of Jus tice Curd said the city applied for the grant in July and received a letter Jan 19 informing the city that it had received the grant Garden Ridge received a threeyear grant which covers the salary of one fulltime officer The city used the funds to upgrade the status of parttime officer Kelly Copelin to fulltime To my knowledge this is the first time the city has received a law enforcement grant of this Curd said With Copelins status being upgraded to full time the Garden Ridge Police Department now has five fulltime and three parttime officers NBISD plans to bring policies into line with new state law By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALU Famous bus Country music star George Straits tour bus was spotted getting cleaned at the Landa Car Wash yes terday but there was no sign of George Ron White cleans the windshield i The Texas Education Code has been essentially rewritten and districts have been left to adopt the new procedures and incorporate them into their own policies New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict will address a third of these changes tomorrow when Policy Update is vot ed on Flo Pacharzina NBISD Director of Per sonnel Services said the Texas Legislature replaced the Texas Education Code with Senate Bill 1 She said the policy update currently under consideration represents the first otthree localized updates that fully incorporate Senate Bill 1 into local policy manuals The Texas Education Code was mas sive and they simplified said Pacharz ina They rewrote the entire education code so were having to redo our policy manuals because theyre now Pacharzina said one big change is in the area of contract employees She said the district has had a policy regarding employ ment all along However she said the dis trict will now be required to supply employees with the policy She said an additional change is in the planning and decisionmaking section The policy man dates who is to serve on committees at the district and campus levels Pacharzina said an additional change in state policy is related to goals and objec tives The state policy now says parents will be full partners in and campuses will be safe and However Pacharzina said this is nothing new for NBISD It doesnt have a major impact on New Braunfels because its something weve always adhered she said Its just kind of moving things around in our poli Karen Simpson Lxeeulue Director of Education Services said the incorporation of the policy into existing district policies will not result in much change She said this is because the district was prepared for the changes We had this when we wrote the con duct thank she said We had a copy of the actual Senate Bill 1 and just didnt have it in policy form Pacharzina said Policy Update 50 will be presented to the board at its next board meeting The board will then vote on adopt ing the policies Buchanan giving Republican rivals fits See Opinion Page 4 ;

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