Sunday, March 3, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 3, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Cougar boys reaeh baseball tournament finals Saa Page 6A Future entrepreneurs Children take charge at Civic Center garage sale See Page Bl for more details Junior Miss roundup Winners earn valuable prizes through Junior Miss Scholarship Program See Page 13A AH they can handle Canyon girls play state ranked Marshall tough See Page 6A Inside Sports Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Ashley Williams Barbara Long John Williams Susie Boatwright Josh Randall Sanchez Paul Ryan Castilleja Alysia Jimenez Gary Gaston Mon day Stella Hansmann Ruben Trejo Kimberly Greenlees Monday and Christopher Zamarripa Happy anniversary to Mr and Mrs Felix Velez Sr 34 Good morning Lotto Texas Saturday nights winning numbers LOTTERV Comal County Junior Livestock Show The Comal County Junior Livestock Show Association will meet on Monday March 4 at in the Smithson Valley High School Ag Barn Last meeting before show time New Braunfels Kinderchor beginners practice New Braunfels Kinderchor will have a practice for begin ners only on Thursday March 7 from to at the Senior Center on Landa St For more information please call David C Smith at 6291785 Auditions for choir being held Auditions are now being scheduled for The Central Texas Allegro Girls Choir ages 9 to The Central Texas con Brio Boys Choir ages 9 to 12 and The Central Texas con Spirito Singers ages 12 to Call 512 3963486 week days or 3572174 evenings weekends for information or send a selfaddressed stamped envelope to Central Texas Choirs 285 Cheatham San Marcos TX 78666 Transportation director to speak James Garcia transportation program director for the Com munity Council of South Central Texas will speak at the Intera gency Council meeting at noon March 6 at the Comal County Senior Center Bambi Simpson social service and parent involvement coordinator for Head Start will also speak For information call 6298181 TLC choir performing at Peace Lutheran The Texas Lutheran College Concert Choir is performing at Peace Lutheran Church today at 3 The public is invited Rummage Sale funds go to NBHS Band The NBHS Band and Band Boosters will hold a Rummage Sale from 8 to 5 on Saturday March 9 outside the band hall Money collected will benefit band members trying to earn money to travel to Winter Park Colo Please Bronk at 6253800 for info New Braunfels HICROPUBLISHING 2627 f PR SUNDAY 42 pages in three sections Sunday March Serving Comal County and the surrounding area Home of JOHN WILLIAMS Vol 144 No 80 Guadalupe another victim of drought By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Despite Thursdays rains the Edwards Aquifer remains at a critically low point where mandato ry reductions are being enforced However the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority is working to make the public aware that the endangered species and the San Antonio water supply are not the only ones being hurt When the aquifer is low the Guadalupe River is also affected adversely Bill West general manager for GBRA said the level of the aquifer directly affects spring flow at the Comal and San Marcos springs He said these springs contribute 30 to 70 percent of the Guadalupe Rivers base This means that during a normal year when rains are adding to the As spring flow decreases river level drops river spring flow accounts for 30 percent of the rivers flow During a drought that number jumps to 70 percent The springs contribute enough so that if they dried up you would have a trickle of a he said West said this point is better illustrated by looking at the river flow in Victoria The gener al public tends to believe the further away you get from the source of the water the smaller its impact He said the total flow at Victoria is a third of what it nonnally is As of Wednesday 86 percent of that flow comes from the Canyon Reservoir Release and Comal and San Marcos springs That shows you how much the springs impact it even that far West said If it has that much impact at the end of the river its just as sig nificant if not more higher up where were West said the aquifer is important to endan gered species He said they start to die when the flow gets to about 200 cubic feet per second which is not very far away However he said that as levels continue to drop the river also drops and threatens the basic water supply for many people dependent on the river People have the perception that protecting the aquifer is just about protecting the endan gered West said Its also about peo ples livelihood and the public needs to be made aware of Due to artificial damming of the river at several points it is hard to tell how low the river really However West said when you get out of the impact of the drought and the springs is morei evident He said if the springs do go dry it will be much more evident because the river will be a In the 1950s the Comal Springs went dry There is a better than chance that the Comal Springs will go dry by the end of said West The public needs to understand what that would Slipsliding away HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Will Jones slides down an icecovered high jump cushion at Friday nights soccer game against Kerrville Tivey CHS walked away with the win despite temperatures that dropped into the 30s Raid nets 30 grams of methamphetamine A 43yearold Canyon Lake housewife Christine Cole and a 44yearold man Nathan Morris have been arrested by Comal County narcotics and patrol offi cers after they were served with an arrest and search warrant at their home on Island View in Canyon Lake Officers found approximately 30 grams of alleged methamphetamine during the midnight Fri day raid Measuring scales packaging materials syringes and other narcotic paraphernalia were discovered according to a report from the Comal County Sheriffs Office Because of the quantity of alleged drugs and the packaging materials officers have charged the man and woman with possession of methamphetamine with intent to deliver Sufficient amounts of the alleged drugs were found to elevate the charge to a first degree felony punishable by a prisonterm of five to 99 years and a fine of up to Both have prior convictions for the same types of drug offense and Mr Morris is currently on parole for drug charges Bond has been set at each by New Braunfels Municipal Judge David Perkins Marion cable service upgraded By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer MARION A social contract with the federal government will mean better cable service for Marion residents a Paragon Cable spokeswoman told the City Council on Monday night On March 18 we will start upgrading and marketing our fiber optic system to our Gena Nivens said This will mean more channels a better system and less outages for the Nivens briefed the council on the latest developments at Paragon Cable in regards to a contract Paragons sister company TimeWarner signed with the Federal Communications Commission recently Nivens said the contract has to do with settling claims about rates in other Time Warner systems not Paragons The con tract which is for five years has to do with a settlement TimeWarner had with the FCC concerning the Cable Act of 1992 Underthe agreement Nivens said Paragon will make major improvements to its fiber optic system Between all of our 29 franchise cities we serve we will make million in improvements to our fiber optic Nivens said As part of the social con tract we will put free cable hookups to all schools by 2001 and we will develop a computer modem system which will be available to all Mayor Glenn Hild said Paragon Cable has provided good service for Marion cit ing few problems with the company In other business the council consid ered action regarding the fate of the former square foot post office building next to city hall The city had leased the building to the Postal Service until they moved to their new building on FM 78 a week and a half ago We could utilize the buildings ourselves or we could look into leasing it Hild said It might make a nice site for a physicians office or medical clinic for the Houses set up to sell themselves By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A local realty company has decided to let their houses talk for Starting immediately house hunters will be able to find out about a house by simply driving through the neighbor hood and tuning in their radio Prospective buyers will be able to tune in from the comfort of their automobile gaining an insight into the personality of the said Toya OhlrichLindsey of Jack Ohlrich Realty Inc Small transmitters are being placed in selective homes These transmitters which are the size of a telephone answer ing machine will have a computer chip programmed with a one to two minute message on them highlighting die property The message will repeat continuously 24 hours a day seven days a week Its like having an onsite sales person at all said Lindsey The transmitters are not new to bigger cities such as San Antonio and Austin but are new to New Braunfels Lindsey said 43 percent of buyers find their homes by dri ving around neighborhoods She said typically a sign is put in the yard of the proper ty stating the name of the Realtor and the phone number Prospective buyers then have to write down the number wait until working hours and set up an appointment just to get any information on the property Lindsey said with the transmitters all the prospective buy er has to do is tune into 1610 on the AM radio dial If they want more information they literally have it at their finger tips on the AM on their said Lindsey 1 think its an opportunity to strike when the irons Lindsey said it took the company about a month to gath er the information decide to pursue it and install the trans mitters She said they will be the only one in New Braun fels offering this service and does not expect others to follow in their steps Its a point of she said 1 dont think oth er companies will want to be seen as a See Page SB for more HeraldZeituno photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Jack Ohlrich Realtys new talking houses will allow home buyers to learn about properties while driving through the citys neighborhoods Community could breathe life into old LCRA See Opinion 4A