Tuesday, November 5, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 5, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Volleyball playoffs enter second round See Sports Page 3 50 CENTS Donations so To corrtributo to the United Way call 6207760 New Braunfels M009 50WE8T MlCROPUDLIQHiNb 2627 E YAHDELL UK r 10 pages in one section Tuesday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of SUSIE WILLIAMS Vol 144 No 256 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishts from ttw HmraMZaltiing The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Susie Williams Lalita Pate triplets Indira Ila and Ash Patel Brett John Wright 11 Bob Pullin and Lucille Garcia Anniversary wishes are extend ed to Carl and Ethel Saur 25 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Grass Ragweed Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 3 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea 01 from Monday Canyon Dam cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake feet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and no well water was used Symphony society to hold special mooting A special meeting of the Midtexas Symphony Society in uin dayatNorwestean The purpose of this meeting is to consider a change in the bylaws to include a provision for endow ments Anyone who has con tributed to the MidTexas Sym phony for the current season is a member of the society and is encouraged to take part Canyon FFA boosters hold show mooting The Canyon FFA Booster Club will hold their most impor tant meeting of the year at Monday in the CHS Com mons Registration for all shows will take place High school polka band performs today The New Braunfels High School Polka Band will be per forming from noon to today at the Plaza bandstand Wednesdays Wurstfest Noon Tunes performer will be Michael Wade Middle school book salo continues today Canyon Middle Schools benefit book sale continues from 8 to 4 today through Friday in the school library The sale features books for all ages Parents may come to the school at any time to review books in the sale collection Book orders are paid for at the time of selection and will be filled and ready for pickup on Nov 15 The library receives one book for every five sold Family Outreach seminars continue Family Outreach of Comal County continues to have its For Kids Sake seminars They will run twice a month for the next two months This seminar is to teach par ents how to help their children through the transitions of divorce This newspaper is printed on recycled newsprint Padillas place on board not in jeopardy las position as a New Braunfels school 8teedoesnot pose a conflict of interest h his fuiAtiine job as an appraiser for the Comal Appraisal District a trustee said Monday A legal opinion was requested to determine whether the day job of New Braunfels Independent School District Board president Jaime Padilla con flicts with his position as trustee president NBISD trustee Leo Chafin said he coukjjiot speak about the specifics of the legal opinion but said it did indicate Padillas job poses no conflict of interest as long as he abstains from voting 6n issues relating to his CAD job The boundaries of the district in which Padilla sets property values overlap with NBISD boundaries About two weeks ago the board considered an interlocal agreement for CAD to perform Jaime Padilla some services for NBISD whose contract Padilla would sign as board president During discussions on the agreement Padilla agreed to step down from the board after trustee Bette Spain requested it citing a potential for a con flict of interest Padilla could not be reached for comment Monday but he has said he recognizes the potential for con flicts of interest and normally abstains from voting in such cases Chafin requested the onepage opinion of the dis tricts lawyers in Austin about two weeks ago v Woman By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Three good Samaritans rescued an elderly woman from her burning car Monday afternoon in the Comal County Annex Building parking garage The fire which caused smoke damage to the first level of the park ing garage forced the evacuation of county offices at Angie Espinosa said she had just finished paying her taxes in the Tax Assessors Office on the first floor of the annex when she noticed a strange noise coming from a fourdoor car driven by 90yearold Noraf acker of Canyon Lake the first level of the annex building After hearing the loud noise Firefighters had to contend with heavy imoke during a car fire at the Comal HeraldZeltuna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL mal County Courthouse car they both saw the fire Immediately Angie Espinosa knocked on the car window to tell Espinosa Who was sitting in the cou ples van a few spaces away from Tackers cat J told him Lets go tell Angie Espinosa said Isidro Espirtosa said he saw smoke as he began to walk toward the car As he and his wife got closer to the realize her car was Ori fire She didnt want to get 1 Sandi Shane a paralegal who works for the County Attorneys Office leaving the building t vtoen both Espinosas motioned her tohelp them get Tacker out she helped open the ji door so theEspinosas could pull l i J 1 t r The Espinosas were able to get the reluctant Tacker out of the car catise she had not locked the door 9 TW her jAfte1 she Angie took her in she Tacker didntrealize what was going Isidro Espinosa said she went into the build ing to get a fire extinguisher but the car Was engulfed in flames By the time I got the fire extin guisher the smoke was so thick we er Isidro Espinosa pulled his van away from the burning car and parked it on the second level of the fcpm elderly woman out of the burning j couldnHget to Shane said While his wife was helping Tack Assistant Chief Elroy Fnesenhahn of the New Braunfels Fire Depart ment said firefighters immediately extinguished the fire He said the garage suffered smoke damage and possibly electrical damage Fnesenhahn said the fire was probably caused by a mechanical problem The entire courthouse complex was evacuated Friesenhann said Heavy voter turnout expected By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Comal County voters are expected to turn out in large numbers today to voice their choice for presi dent state representative state senator Congress and local races to name a few Election officials predict between 70 percent and 72 percent of the registered voters in the county to go to their nearest voting booth County Clerk Joy Streater said people vot ed early and an additional 500 cast their ballots by mail which would push the final early voting total to more than While these figures are good they are down from the voters who voted early for the 1992 elec tions Streater said That years election drew 80 percent of the countys registered voters The polls opened at 7 this morning and will stay open until 7 tonight at 24 polling sites across the county There are 20 contested races on the ballot in Comal County including races for president senator two congressmen a state representative a state sen See Page 2 for polling places ator railroad commissioner seats on the state board of education judicial seats county positions and seats on the Edwards Aquifer Authority board Locally there are three races up for grabs coun ty commissioner for Precinct No 1 constable in Precinct No 4 and county attorney Canyon Lake real estate agent Jack Dawson Republican and Louis Charlie Millican Democ rat are vying for the county commissioner seat in Turn to Election Page 2 HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Voters were out in force early today voting at the polling place at the Senior Citizen Center Just clowning around f I i U t i EAA race contested today By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Voters will choose today from a field of four candidates for the Dis trict 9 position on the Edwards Aquifer Authority Board of Directors Former New Braunfels mayor and insurance agent Doug Miller who helped write the Senate bill that creat ed the authority currently holds the position which represents both Comal and Guadalupe counties Millers opponents are Bob Flume a New resident who works in food service John Jarvis a construc tion estimator from Cibolo and Walter Brown an instrument specialist who lives near Garden Ridge Rita Banda a New Braunfels resi dent who works in home repairs is running unopposed in District 8 which includes Comal County The District 8 position was held by appointedmember Paula DiFonzo general manager of New Braunfels Utilities The Legislature appointed DiFon zo Miller and the 13 other board mem bers to get things started at the 4 monthold agency which began oper ations only after a 34month delay caused by legal challenges Bexar County has seven positions on the board Comal Guadalupe Hays Medina and Uvalde counties each have two The EAA oversees the 180mile long aquifer that stretches across eight counties The board is currently accepting applications for aquifer well permits in an effort to cap aquifer withdrawals lo acre feet of water per year The authority alao is revamping its emergency rules for severe drought conditions which it plans to complete by March The EAA has more powers than its predecessor the lidwards Underground Water District which include assessing fines for violating permits Friday night Feud makes it to football field By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Fans attending the homecoming game between the New Braunfels Unicorns and the Seguin Mata dors saw more than just the Fri day night lights of Unicom Stadi um Skylighters an Austinbased aerialsign company beamed the following messages from a small plane about feet in the air Keep Charles Bradberry Reinstate Tumian and Engler Reassign Campos and Weaver There was a lot of whispering and pointing from the said Leo Chafin a New Braunfels Independent School District trustee and an eyewitness to the series of airplaneassisted signs From where 1 was sitting it was amusing to me that some person would go to that The messages arc part of the continuing saga over the reassign ment of former New Braunfels High School principals John Tur man and Charles Engler lo other positions within the school district more than one month ago The move prompted about high school students to stage a walkout and rally About two weeks ago New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Charles Bradberry was offered a job at a school district near Fort Worth Bradberry is expected to announce today whether hell accept the job Opponents of the rcassignments claim two NBISD trustees Dr Carlos Campos and Steve Weaver are damaging the stabili ty of the school district Supporters of Campos and Weaver have pointed to the 61 vote of the trustees that authorized the reassignment of the two administrators and the August election victories of the two new trustees Attempts to reach Weaver for comment Monday evening were unsuccessful Campos said he was working as the medical doctor for the football game when he saw the sign 1 quickly realized what it was and just ignored Campos said I saw Charles Brad and I just stopped looking at it What else can I say David Savener the pilot of the signcarrying plane said the per son who paid him to fly the messages over the stadium Friday wanted to remain anonymous Wellknown for piloting similar planes during University of Texas football games in Austin Savener has served car dealers TV and radio stations who pay various rates to advertise through his 35 foot message board The board stretches along the length of the planes wings and emits messages from a grid of 252 light bulbs Saveners stop in New Braun fels was only the beginning Alter rounding Unicorn stadi um Savener flew to the George town area north of Austin to broadcast political messages for an aspiring state representative candidate He said he then traveled south to Austin to advertise for a 1 launl cd 1 louse New Brauufels resilient 1 C Reagan who ordered bumper stickers thai say Reassign Cam pos and said he was not the person who ordered the aerial signs but said I think is a clever v1 i V Questions linger for voters

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