Friday, February 23, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 23, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY The boys of summer are See Sports Page 5 The Plow Bandstand 16 pages In one section Friday February New Braunfels Herald 50 CENTS 17 9 2627 E EL PASO TX 7SJ9Q3 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of CAITLYN CRUMRINE ong FtlNE Vol 144 No 74 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Caitlyn Crumrine Robert Flu grath and Burton Speckman Happy 59th anniversary to Carl and Martha Lavin and happy 47th to Collen and Willimae Schneider Pollen Count Mold Elm Ash 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 down 4 from yesterday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 05 Students to wash cars Saturday The Junior Class of New Braunfels High School will hold a car wash Saturday Feb 24 from 10 to 4 at Jack in the Box and at Oak wood Tire Service on Walnut from noon to 5 Donations are appreciated All proceeds will go to benefit Queen of Hearts activities at NBHS Last singles dance tonight The Carnal County Senior Citizens Center will hold its last singles dance tonight Dance to smooth in the mood music of the 40s and 50s For more information call 629 4547 Head Start to hold garage sale Comal County Head Start 1023 West Bridge St will have a garage sale and raffle this Saturday Feb 24 from 8 to 3 No early birds please Garage sale dona tions are being accepted up until Friday Great prizes too many to list All proceeds go to the children Democrats to meet Tuesday The Comal County Democ rats will meet Tuesday Feb 27 at 7 at Comal Bowl Help the Community Band get to Germany Spaghetti and Sousa will be on the program when mem bers of the Comal Community Band perform at a fundraiser supper and concert Feb 29 at the Oak Run School A spaghetti dinner will be served from to and the band will per form from 7 to 8 Cost ii per person with proceeds going to help the band travel to Germany this summer The New Braunfels High School Jazz Band will perform from to For information call Ken McGuire at 6257728 Patriotic program Canyon Lake Masonic Lodge located at Startzville across Highway 2673 from St Andrew Luther an Church invites everyone to a Washingtons Birthday Patri otic Program Feb 24 at 3 at the lodge For more information call Bud Wright worshipful master of the lodge at 9643154 This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Factory Stores CMNB write fairy tale ending Retailer proyides space for ousted museum By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer If the Childrens Museum in New Braunfels is a damsel in distress then the New Braunfels Factory Stores is the knight in shining armor Were negotiating a lease agree ment that came to us like a gift out of the said CMNB President Howard Schneider He spoke at a lunch brainstorming meeting yesterday They approached Schneider said only did the Factory Stores and its parent company Charter Oak offer the CMNB a new home that home will be rent free said CMNB Director Susan Williams Williams confirmed late yesterday afternoon that the Factory Stores and CMNB had reached a lease agreement Well be responsible for paying util ities and maintaining the she said Having CMNB could help draw customers to the Factory Stores as well as add to the malls image in the community Williams said We feel its mutually said Melissa Krause Factory Stores regional mar keting manager And weve always tried strong and hard to support our local community I think with both of us working together we can help the community move ahead substantial Im thrilled to death that the Facto ry Stores have come said Mayor Paul E Fraser Jr The CMNB moving date is still up in the air The Courtyard Shopping Centers new owner had originally told the CMNB it would have to vacate May 1 Williams said but the museum is still trying to negotiate a later mov ing date Not to be negative about the new Williams said Theyre mak ing improvements to the center and thats a positive thing for New Braun There was never a thought that the Childrens Museum would close Williams said where it would be located My goal is to move the muse um with the least possible interruption in she said Were overwhelmed and gratified with the response from the communi Schneider said But the Childrens Museum still needs all the help it can get to accomplish its move Williams said The new space will be a little small er than the CMNBs current home Somewhere were looking for a ware house and work Williams said it doesnt need to be prime real An electrician has already donated services to make needed electrical changes in the new location Williams said Were going to need moving trucks we need help packing mov ing maybe The CMNB is also looking for someone with interior design back ground to give some time some body to just come and look at that space and tell us how we can best use she said The exterior sign conforming to Fac tory Stores design standards will cost up to Williams said Cash donations will be needed Anything you can do will be appre ciated by our children and grandchil said board member Gary Steel The CMNBs activities will contin ue on schedule Schneider said Com ing up in March is the community wide garage sale Among the CMNBs programs are onceamonth Free teen parenting career studies local Spanish clubs experiencing Mexican culture student employees including a teen Girl Scout campins drawing scouts statewide and Girls Science which encourages girls to stay in sci ence fields CMNB supporters still dream of a permanent home in New Braunfels historic district Schneider said We look at this as a threeto fiveyear pro he said The LCRA is looking at not tearing that old building Williams said Well keep an eye on that wed love to be in Landa Wentworth explains bill that would allow local governments to consolidate By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Onecar accident Two men were airlifted to University Hospital yesterday after they were involved in a onecar accident at Pegg Ranch Road and FM 2673 near Canyon Lake The driver apparently lost control of the vehicle at and knocked over several posts and sideswiped a tree The cause of the accident the names of men and their conditions were not available at press time Post Office cusotmers can now say charge it By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Conducting the majority of money trans actions at the New Braunfels Post Office just got easier As of two weeks ago the post office now takes credit and debit cards Were listening to our said New Braunfels Officer in Charge Hardy Hobbs Many customers prefer the conve nience of credit and debit cards Now they will be able to use their cards at the post Customers will now to able to use Ameri can Express Discover MasterCard and VISA for all purchases at postal retail windows except on money orders passport applica tions and collect on delivery Deb it and ITM cards including Interlink Maestro and Pulse will be accepted on all purchases except passport applications A lot of people will use it to send packages or buy stamps You can use them for just about anything you want at the post office with a few said Hobbs Hobbs said the United States Post Office conducted surveys in a lot of the larger towns The results showed an overwhelming interest in it By 1997 the ease of payment by credit and debit card will be available at all post offices nationwide When this is complete the postal service will be the largest retail opera tion in the world accepting credit and debit cards What the post office did was conduct a nationwide survey and they found over whelmingly that this is what they said Hobbs It was decided to give cus tomers what they Hobbs said the New Braunfels Post Office has been taking the cards for several weeks He said over that time there have not been any problems with the system and service has not been slowed any He said dedicated lines have helped reduce the amount of time spent waiting on approval which prevents a slow down in service Hobbs said the response from customers has already been positive and it is expected to continue to grow in popularity Its something that as people become more aware of it theyll start to take advan tage of it he said Senator Jeff Wentworth was on hand at Thursdays Coun ty Commissioners Court to tell county and city officials about a local option bill for consolidation of city and coun ty governments We were unclear on the so I thought we would go to the said County Judge Carter Casteel Wentworth said the state constitution created specific governmental offices He said if a county wants to get rid of an office such as a constable office or county treasurer the issue must go on a ballot for the entire state to consider as a constitutional amendment He said this does not make sense and more power needs to be given to local governments This is a completely permissive said Wentworth This bill is designed solely to transfer power from Austin back to local Wentworth told those present this is not a new idea He said a resolution similar to the bill he is currently proposing was adopted by the Senate However he said the House of Representatives ran out of time before it could be addressed in that chamber Wentworth said he is proposing two resolutions The first is a resolution for Bexar County and the City of San Antonio only The second resolution to amend the consti tution would include Bexar and other interested counties If the amendment is approved the local government could establish a charter commission This commission would have two years to draft a charter The charter would then be voted on by the citizens In order for a change to occur a majority in the county and the city would have to approve it Wentworth said this charter could include changing all the offices or none of them and that is up to the constituents You do whatever you want You can do all of them or none of them Im not going to give local government pow er if they dont want he said County Commissioner Danny Scheel and Mayor Paul E Fraser Jr questioned what kind of zoning authority this would give the county Wentworth said the resolution would not pass the legislature if it included zoning because of lob byist efforts Casteel said most county residents only appear to want zoning when there is an objection to a specific pro ject and not always Im not sure if you give us that local option that Comal County citizenry would actually want she said Wentworth said a public hearing will be held on March 5 at at the San Antonio City Council Chambers Wentworth said the sole purpose of hearing will be to gath er testimony from the public in reference to it State urges caution as rabies epidemics sweep through Texas By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Two rabies epidemics have been spreading in Texas since 1990 and the Texas Department of Health is urging both residents and veterinari ans to exercise caution to prevent making the situation worse Jane Mahlow a veterinarian with the Texas Department of Health said that since 1990 two epidemics of rabies have been present in Texas One is in South Texas This out break is most common among canines and coyotes The second epidemic the gray fox epidemic is in West Texas Mahlow said Comal County falls right between the two and both have been spread ing ever closer to the county line These outbreaks have resulted in approximately confirmed cases of rabies in animals and two human deaths Mahlow said as a result of the epidemics as well at the threat such a large rur al area creates changes were made to the Rabies Control Act Because of these epidemics we wanted to tighten up on control to make sure they didnt get out of said Mahlow We also have to realize we have all the makings for a large epi demic with a lot of wild animals and a large pop Mahlow said one of the changes is what kind of vaccine cats and dogs are given She said veteri narians have been giving vaccines that are good for one year However people often go longer than a year before bringing their animals back in The veterinarians will now give a vaccine good for three years However she said animals still County is in the hot seat We need to urge people to get their pets Jane Mahlow TDH veterinarian need to be brought in annually and the difference in cost is minimal You should still go back yearly This is just double she said The second change is in the wording in the rule stating when dogs and cats must be vacci nated She said it still must be done at three months the change just clarifies diis The third change is in requirements veterinarians must fol low for quarantine procedures when animals bite Mahlow said people are also reminded that transporting an animal at high risk for rabies even if it is only a block is prohibited These ani mals include coyotes foxes bats skunks rac coons and nonvaccinated dogs and cats She said there are some exceptions but the average cit izen is prohibited from transporting the animal She said it is a Class C misdemeanor if it is a dog or cat and a Class A if it is a wild animal County is in the hot she said We need to urge people to get their pets vacci nated We need to urge people to just stay away from wild She said an infected wild animal often becomes docile and this is just the type of animal a person may approach However she said people should just leave all wild animals alone because you dont know for Catfish farm shows the need for pumping limits See Opinion Page 4