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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Comal County teams set for tourneys See Page 8 50 CENTS To contribute to ttw United Way call 6207760 8 New Braunfels Herald 009 12 pages In one section Thursday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years Home of Martin S Vol 144 No 278 Inside Market Birthday wishes from The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Jennifer Jaksik Mark Edgar 43 years old and Martin S Perez To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count MoW Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank Rlvw Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 3 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 from Tuesday Canyon Dam cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake feet above sea level Below conservation NtwBrMfflfoteUtllHtos NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and no well water was used Fund donations sought by nowspaoor The New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs Cheer Fund kicked off 15th campaign to provide food for focal needy families on Nov trie fund fast year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County Todays total St Nicholas to make visits to citys kids the annual childrens visita tion with St Nicholas the Ger man Santa Glaus will take place at 1 and again at 7 today at the Sophienburg Muse um at 401 W Coll St in New Braunfels For more information call 629 1572 Cookbooks on sale to fund scholarships Cookbooks to benefit the Joe Hales Memorial Scholarship Fund are now on sale for apiece at Carl Schurz Elemen tary School For more information call Lin da Bingham at the New Braun fels independent School Dis trict Roach for a Star needs toys cash Reach for a Star is looking for donations of toys cash and time to help give to local children We will be wrapping on Dec 21 starting at 10 and Dec 22 beginning at noon at Red McCombs Universal Motors For more information call 629 9387 or 6089406 NewComers Club plans holiday party The NewComers Club is hav ing its Christmas party on Dec 6 at the Senior Citizens Center of Comal County Hors doeuvres will be served from to A dance featuring the Seven Dutchmen band will last until Bring your own bottle 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 Discovery of infected bat prompts rabies warning By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The Texas Department of Health issued a rabies warning Wednesday after it confirmed that a dead bat found at a Bulverde home two weeks ago had rabies Troy Hiller an animal disease control specialist for the TDH office in Uvalde said the bat was found Nov 23 Hiller said the person who found the bat picked it up with a paper towel and put it in a plastic bag He took the bat to the Bulverde Bexar Vet Clinic to be submitted for test ing The tests confirmed the bat had rabies Hiller said the resident believed his dog might have picked up the bat in the yard and brought it in The dog had its rabies vacci nation earlier this Hiller said The standard policy under state law is to give the dog its booster immediately and isolate it from any Turn to Rabies Page 2 Fired Comal clerk plans suit Political dismissal by Reimer violated free speech rights lawyer says By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A clerk in the County Attorneys Office who was given a pink slip for supporting a losing candidate in the recent county attorney race plans to file a lawsuit in federal court on the grounds that firing her violated her civil rights Yolanda DAntuonok a clerk and docket coordinator in the County Attorneys Office helped Stephanie Smith Bums campaign for county attorney Bill Reimer who is the current district attorney defeated SmithBurris in the primary elections by a narrow margin SmithBurris is an assistant county attorney After Reimers election in November he notified both women they were being fired effective Jan 1 During a Commissioners Court workshop on Nov 13 DAntuonos husband John DAntuono asked Reimer whether the termination was political and Reimer responded Yes In an interview Tuesday Reimer said the government code allows him to make personnel changes to have people you feel confident Due to past contacts we were redefining the positions and we felt we were better off changing the per sonnel in those Reimer said DAntuonos attorney Sam Kate said his clients termination was a vio lation of her civil rights He said that even if the government code were used as a rationale it is still a violation of her Turn to Reimer Page 2 Bill Reimer Broken line squirrel cause power outages By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A power line breakage Wednesday evening caused a circuit to shut down in Saltier and left about people without power until early this morning officials from the Electric Cooperative said Bob DiFonzo district manager for the electric company said the line broke at a midspan splice at about Wednesday He said workers were able to fix the line by about but the circuit was unable to han dle the power after they restored that line squirrels are active and some times in the wrong place at the wrong Roger Biggers NBU assistant general manager The power was finally restored by about today and affected an area from Canyon City down FM 306 to just outside New Braunfels at Hunter Road A squirrel was to blame for a power outage in an area east of Interstate 35 earlier Wednesday New Braunfels Utilities officials said An NBU crew restored power about 90 minutes later The squirrel got into the Morning side Drive circuit of the Sheriff Posse Substation which caused a power out age for residential customers and busi nesses in the Palace Heights area including Target on Walnut Avenue NBU officials said about 300 cus tomers were affected squirrels arc active and some times in the wrong place at the wrong said Roger Biggers NBUs assistant general manager for technical operations Appellate court hears arguments on aquifer use By ABE LEVY Staff Writer AUSTIN The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments Wednesday from the Sierra Club and aquifer pumpers concerning an injunc tion on aquifer withdrawals that the federal court blocked this past sum mer The Sierra Club filed the original lawsuit in June and then sought injunc tive relief in July to reduce pumping of the aquifer under the Endangered Species Act Senior District Judge Lucius Bunton III issued the injunction on Aug 23 and set Oct 1 as the beginning date for compliance San Antonio appealed the order to the appellate court in New Orleans shortly after that That court issued a stay on the injunc tion on Sept 10 San Antonio lawyers argued that the injunction is valid because the com merce clause of the Constitution calls the Endangered Species Act into question That clause mandates that federal laws like the Endangered Species Act can only involve interstate activity and are not relevant to South Texas impact on Comal and San Marcos springs Sierra Club lawyers argued that the aquifer affects the South Texas econ omy which in turn involves other states The Supreme Court has made things difficult with the com merce Sierra Club lawyer The Supreme Court has made things difficult with the commerce clause But every one knows its the lifeblood of the San Antonio Renea Hicks Glub lawyer Rcnea Hicks said But everyone knows its the lifeblood of the San Antonio Hicks said the Sierra Clubs next step is to wait for a ruling that could be issued iiv about two months San Antonio lawyers argued that the state already has the Edwards Aquifer Authority to regulate the aquifer I think it showed there was a sub stantial sensitivity to the issues we were dealing with but yor ran never said John MacLeod a Wash ington lawyer whom San Antonio hired for expertise on the Endangered Species Act City of San Antoniolawyer Russ Johnson said thcjudges questions were touched on issues he has been raising in aquifer court battles I think the judges asked good ques tions Obviously you cant read too much into an oral argument We bite our nails while the court writes an opin ion on our School sees disease harmful to women carrying babies By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer More than a dozen children at Memorial Primary have contracted fifth disease which can cause com plications for pregnant women who contract the disease But a county health department offi cial said slight outbreaks like this are normal for this time of year and preg nant women should not panic Registered Nurse Shel McWilliams with the Comal County Public Health Department said fifth disease was a very minor viral illness that primarily affects A child suffering from fifth disease which is an airborne disease typically is not very sick McWilliams said She said the indicator for the disease is a bright red rash on the cheeks The rash might only last a couple of days but will return when the child gets warm It looks like someone slapped the child with their palm on both cheeks and theyre bright McWilliams said Thats the only disease where we see a rash like McWilliams said pregnant women should take precautions but not panic Pregnant women exposed to the fifth disease could experience coinplica County health department officials said slight out breaks of fifth dis ease are normal this time of year lions with the pregnancy She said women exposed to the disease should talk with their doctors McWilliams said about 15 eases have been reported at Memorial Pri mary in the past couple of weeks Oth er schools have not reported any eases to the public health department McWilliams said Typically we see a few eases here and there especially at this time of McWilliams said Then a school will have a slight breakout of McWilliams said the best preven tion was good hygiene She said fre quent haiulwashing with soap and water would reduce the chances of catching the illness With any illness that McWilliams said It cuts down the transmission Clinton serves Chinese waffles See Opinion Page 4
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