Friday, February 16, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 16, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Unicorns and Cougars square off on soccer field tonight See Sports Page 5 Market Plaza New Braunfels Herald 50 CENTS1 410 MO 16 8 0 W E S T MIC R 0 P U E IS HIN 0 2627 E YAMDELL EL PASO TX 79903 178 16 pages in one section Friday February Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of SHARON SUCHY Vol 144 No 69 Inside Market Stammtiscri Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald extends birthday wishes to Sharon Suchy Sharon Anderson Linda Dominguez Barry Schu mann Lonie Schmidt Armando Ramirez Shana Austin Edwin Braun Deborah Lain and Audrey Williams Pollen Count Mold Elm Cedar Ashe Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Readings taken yesterday Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 262 cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 05 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 attheNBNB Building 1000 N Walnut The topic will be Everything You Wanted 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 Flag retirement ceremony The Guadalupe Valley American Legion Auxiliary Unit 35 is planning a flag retirement ceremony If you have an American flag that has gotten tattered torn shredded or bleached out and is no longer suitable to be displayed call 6291252 Flags will be picked up and retired properly in an upcom ing ceremony Two killed in headon collision HeraldZeitung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Emergency workers desperately try to free James Ellen Herron from the wreckage yesterday By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The Schertz Police Department is still investigating the cause of a head on collision on IH35 Thursday morn ing which killed two sisters and left a third sister to be airlifted to Brooke Army Medical Center According to Schertz Police Chief Norman Agee the driver of a white 1993 Pontiac Grand Am Rosie Lee Tate 29 was driving northbound on IH35 near the 178 exit when anoth er vehicle tried to cut in front of her Agee in the police report stated Tate tried to avoid the vehicle but that she overcorrected went over the median and collided with a southbound 1994 International semitrailer driven by Henry R Engleman 59 of Uvalde Schertz Police Fire and EMS were dispatched to the scene at Two of Tales sisters Lillian Guz man 30 and James Ellen Herron 22 were passengers in the car Tate and Guzman were pronounced dead at the scene Herron was airlifted to Brooke AiTOjrMedical Center where she was listed in stable condition this morning All three sisters were from Schertz The police report stated that Engle man was shaken up with minor injuries and that he did not need to be taken to the hospital The 1994 International semitrail er is owned by Fleet Line Inc of Lan caster Texas Schertz Police would not release the name of the driver of the third vehicle who they believe caused Tate to go over the median until the inves tigation is completed Firefighters use the jaws of life to pry open the car door Two women were killed in the accident on IH35 in Schertz yesterday and another woman was hospitalized Lake area hit by rash of burglaries By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer It was a heartbreaking Valentines Day for Canyon Lake businesses burglarized during the early morn ing hours on Wednesday Eight Sattler and Startzville businesses including the Post Office in Sattler were broken into Two had attempted burglaries in which nothing was tak en from them and the rest had cash stolen Chief Deputy Elwood Hoherz of the Comal Coun ty Sheriffs Department said investigators are look ing at two possible suspects We have two people which two of our officers stopped in Startzville under suspicious circum Hoherz said The burglaries and attempted burglaries are still under investigation Hoherz said Businesses which were broken into were 0 Daves Bargain Bam 1885 FM 2673 in Sattler attempted burglary 0 ET Lube Shop 8328 FM 2673 in Startzville worth of dimes and quarters and one can of Pepsi were stolen 0 Carpenter Hardware 7719 FM 2673 Startzville attempted burglary 0 Hill Country Nursery 1398 FM 2673 Sattler four dollars in quarters stolen 0 Greenhouse Nursery 8374 FM 2673 Startzville currency and change stolen 0 Canyon Lake Pest Control Sattler S50 stolen Short Stop Sattler attempted 0 Dove Plumbing 1837 FM 2673 Sattler cash and coins stolen In October 10 Sattler businesses were burglarized Cash was stolen in all of those burglaries Hoherz said Sheriffs Department investigators are looking into the possibility that the burglaries in Sattler on Wednesday could be linked to the burglaries that occurred in October Yes we think there could be a possibility of Hoherz said We think there could be a con nection We have people working on that at this Krueger takes Botswana post The President today announced his inten tion to nominate Robert Krueger of Texas currently Ambassador to Burundi as Ambassador to Botswana Before being appointed to his present positions as Ambassador to Burundi Ambassador Krueger served in a variety of positions in public and private life as Senator from Texas Congressman from the 21st District of Texas AmbassadoratLarge and Coordinator for Mexican Affairs Texas Railroad Commissioner a position regu lating the energy and transportation indus tries in Chairman of the Board of Comal Hosiery Mills and Vice Provost and Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Duke University Ambassador Kruegers outstanding per formance in Burundi provided ample evi dence of his dynamism and integrity that will serve him well in his new post When speaking to a group of African heads of state at an Africare dinner in Oct 1995 President Clinton demonstrated his confi dence in Ambassador Kruegers abilities when he said Our symbols need to be people like Ambassador Krueger risked his life to try to keep people alive The process leading to announcement of Ambassador Kruegers successor in Burun di is at an advanced stage and an announce ment is expected soon Ambassador Krueger was born on Sept 19 1935 in New Braunfels He was edu cated in the New Braunfels public school system and holds the following degrees Southern Methodist University Duke University Oxford University M Litt University of St Thomas D Lift His foreign languages are French Span ish and German He and his wife Kathleen have three children Mariana 7 Sarah 6 and Christian three months City opts to let NBU issue bonds without an election By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer The city council hashed out the question of whether to let New Braunfels Utilities issue about million dollars in bonds for over two hours last night A main sticking point was whether or not to put the bond issue on the May 4 ballot which is an option the city council has We have the authority to put this before the said Mayor Paul E Fraser Jr I believe every time we issue bonds it should go before the DiFonzo said most bond issues have taken place without an election The city council finally voted last night to allow the bond issue with Fraser and Councilman Tim Walker dissenting Voting in favor of the measure were Mayor ProTern Bowers and coun cil members Jan Kennady Brenda Freeman and Ray Schoch Councilman Juan Luis Martinez could not attend the special meeting Several citizens voiced their disapproval but less than 10 people showed up to view the pro ceedings Im a said Cheryl Scott who came to watch and to speak her opinion Id like a vote on how much my bonds are going to be and how my moneys being Put it out to the said Jim Hendricks Im a taxpayer Id like a vote on how much my bonds are going to be and how my moneys being Cheryl Scott Put it out to us let us know whats going The city council has been studying whether NBU should issue bonds in open meetings for at least a year off and on Kennady said NBU had been looking at the question for even longer said NBU General Manager Paula DiFonzo Our meetings are open too but who comes she said The public still has a chance to come forward and change the city councils mind to put the bond issue on the May 4 ballot under the rules NBU and city council have to follow NBU must first publish a notice of intent in the newspaper in the form of a paid ad They will try to get the ad in this Sundays paper DiFonzo said Seven days later another notice of intent will be published The law says that during that time cit izens can come forward with a petition asking that the bond issue go on the ballot According to the law citizens have 14 days and 10 percent of registered voters would have to sign the petition but in reality theres more time March 11 is the last day NBU can get the bond process started before it would have to wait until Nov to issue bonds again If we were setting a precedent I would have Kennady said If we present it to the public and they come in gangs we can relook at The 10 percent figure could be arbitrary Bow ers said I think if 500 people called us Id take a hard look at Schoch said Concerned voters should watch the newspaper for the notice of intent then make their opinions known to the city council as soon as possible It wont take 10 percent to make me recon Walker said The city council also took their second of three votes on NBUs proposed rate increase Water rates would increase a total of percent and sewer rates percent over the next year The increases would occur in two steps first in April then in October The second reading on the rate increases passed with Fraser the only dissenting vote A few citizens asked why electric rates couldnt decrease if water and sewer rates increased The revenues from water and sewer are just a small fraction of the amount of money electric brings in said Jeff Thompson NBU assistant general manager for administration and finance If we were looking at bringing water and sewer up to where they should be to break even they would need to increase at least 25 Even a huge hypothetical increase in water and sewer would only equal a tiny fraction of the electric revenues Thompson said With the pro posed increases an equivalent dollar amount refund in electric would likely be less than 1 cent It is feasible but it would be Thompson said The other question DiFonzo said is that although water sewer and electric are under the same umbrella they are subject to different mar ket forces The reason NBU is trying to bring water and sewer up to a point where they break even is that the electricity market is changing Increased competition could make NBU lose some of its large industrial electric customers in the future she said Those large customers not only subsidize water and sewer service they sidize residential electric rates as well 1 NBU Board of Trustee meetings are open to this public The board meets the last Thursday of each month at 7 Ron Paul is still a Libertarian at heart See Opinion Page 4