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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 10, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Ooal so tar To contribute to the United Way call t Cougarettes go against Gonzales In district play See Page 5 Braun 50 CENTS Herald 18 pages in two Tuesday December Serving Carnal County and surrounding areas for more than Home of Blaine Bracks Vol 144 No 281 Inside Market Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Nicholas Carrizales Blaine Brucks Kourtney Koepp Laura Ann Stapper 6 years Beatrice Garcia Zane Granzih 9 years old Artie Guerrero 26 years old and Peggy and David Supulver Happy anniversary wishes go to Felix and Helen Velez belated and Roy and Alice Williams To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 201 cubic teet per sec ond same as Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 02 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge 189cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level 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 Cheer Fund donations sought by newspaper The New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs 15th annual Cheer Fund campaign will provide food for families on Dec 21 The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County Anonymous Todays total New total Downtown group to have mixer tonight The Downtown Association is having a mixer at tonight at the office of Reagan Burrus Dierksen Lamon and Bluntzer Activities include the presen tation of a Lifetime Membership Award to Wallace Johnson for 29 years of Reach 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 OOP tour of homes set for Saturday The annual Christmas Tour of Homes sponsored by the New Braunfels Republican Women is set for 1 to 5 Saturday Tickets are and can be purchased at The Collection ChinaNThings and The Cottage in Gruene For more information call Republican headquarters at 6296442 Family Outreach seminars continue Family Outreach of Cornal County continues to have its For Kids Sake seminars They will run twice a month for the next two months City gives initial approval to lower utility rates By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The New Braunfels City Council approved the first reading of a proposal to reduce electric rates for all New Braunfels Utilities customers at its regular meeting Monday The NBU Board of Trustees approved the plan on Nov 26 at its regular meeting in response to lower power prices from the utilitys wholesale supplier The proposed decrease which requires approval by City Council on three readings would mean a reduction of on the average monthly bill of kilowatts Commerical and industrial cus The proposed decrease would mean a reduction of on the average monthly bill for kilo tomers would see a proportional decrease officials said If council approves the measure in two more readings the earliest the proposed rates could take effect is Jan 27 for the February billing cycle The Lower Colorado River Authority sells the power to NBU which expects to save up to million from the new set of prices in 1997 NBU board President Guadalupe Castillos told the council the proposed reduction passes the savings onto the customers It is one that is as fair and as equitable as we can Castillo said We need to stride toward this light of The council meeting also included A presentation from representatives of Glovvfest 96 Approval of designating the Jacob Schmidt building 193 W San Antonio St as a historic landmark Appointed three members to the Main Street Advisory Board Susan Tate Nora Morales Anna Lee Micks Reappointcd three members to the Com munity Development Advisory Committee Fran cisca Vaklez Rose Marie Zamora Ron Roberts Appointed members to the Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board Arturo Cantu Michael Norton Steve Crosby Awarded a bid for the purchase of a 1997 ambulance remount Council went with the staff recommendation which was the lowest bid with a credit for a tradein The total price will be i Grenade injures Domestic dispute endsih violence By DENSE DZIUK Staff CANYON LAKE A family disturbance at Canyon Lake turned violent when a man detonated a hand grenade outside His home Sunday injuring himself his wife daughter According to a Sheriffs Depart ment report a family disturbance J f t J W of his the report said Qku fled the scene on foot and bloodhounds were Drought in track him down Department of Public Safety Troopers and state game wardens also assisted in the search At about two and a half hours after the explosion Oku was captured near Simon Ridge Drive and Was airlifted to University Hos said Okus hand was seriously injured and required surgery waspretty nian Rick Poindexter said in serious condition for a operated and last J heard hiwas in stable Poindexter said Okus wife Carol and daughter Megan Ruh were near him when the HeralcTZeltung photos by MICHAEL DARNALL Heavily armed DPS officers stake out 490 Simon Crest on Sunday during a search for Sheldon Oku following a grenade explosion grenade went off injuring all three The wife and daughter were taken to McKenna Hospital The daughter was treated and released and the mother was transferred in stable con dition to another hospital in San Antonio Poindexter said police would try to determine how Oku had a grenade Poindexter said Oku has been charged with aggravated assault However he added that the incident investigation and charges could change later A Texas game warden puts his jacket over a bulletproof vest while participating in the search State plans to drop rabies vaccine in region By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer After the first of the year the Texas Department of Health will drop rabies vaccine baits for foxes in the Hill Country including Comal County Justin Henefy a health department technician in Uvalde said the rabies drop would take place in January after the TDH does its coyote rabies vaccine drop in South Texas on Jan 6 It is the third year the state health department has done the rabies vaccine drops from airplanes The rabies vac cine bait is a cube of dog food with a vaccine packet in it When the fox bites down on the packet it gets onto its tonsils and into the immune Henefy said Henefy said since the rabies drops were initiated three years ago health department officials have seen a dra matic decrease in rabies cases We have seen a drop in canine coyote rabies Henefy said Over two years we have seen a 65 to 70 per cent The announcement of the drop comes after a Bulverde resident dis covered a bat with rabies in his home a few weeks ago Scared but unhurt SCHBOTBUS HeraldZeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNAL workers place a child on stretcher after New Braunfels Independent School District pus Mo was Involved In an acci dent at the Intersection of Zlpp Road and FM 725 on Its way to Memorial Elementary School and Memorial Primary School The 10 children on the were uninjured NBISD narrows choices to two for interim post By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Two retired superintendents inter viewed Monday for the position of interim superintendent at New Braun fels Independent School District and one of them might be offered the job as soon as Saturday NBISD Superintendent Charles Bradberry tentatively will become superintendent at Keller Independent School District on Jan I In an execu tive session Monday night the board of tmstecs interviewed Thomas Moseley and Gonzalo Garza Weve got two very qualified can trustee Anne Miller said Either choice would be good I dont know that we could go wrong with either one of Moseley said if he were chosen for the position his goal would be to maintain stability in the district Me also added that parent expectations have made this district great and it will remain a quality district through the transitions I think everybody wants the same thing They may differ on how to get there but nobody wants said Moseley Yes they had some prob lems when they changed some board members but the important things didnt change Its still a good school The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung was unable to reach Garza after the interview After the executive session the board met in open session and mem bers agreed to discuss the candidates in another executive session tonight Jaime Padilla the joards president said the boards pick would then be invited back on Saturday morning to answer any final questions and the board could act at that time We have two real good Padilla said They have a lot of expe rience and really either one of them would be good We could make that decision on Trustee Bette Spain said Jan i is quickly approaching and the board needs to find an interim superinten dent She said even if the contract need ed negotiating the individual could gel to know the district Im not saying to rush our deci sion but were getting down to the Keller OKs Bradberry contract Its final New Braunfels Independent School District Charles Bradberry has been hired by the Keller Independent School District The Keller school board met Monday night and approved the contract iii1 KISD public information offi cer New 3raunfels HeraldZeitung was a formal Bradberry has been waiting for the contract approval before he would tender his resignation to the local board Tonight is the boards last regular action meeting before Jan 1 when Bradberry begins his new job I havent talked with Keller yet but if everything is in order I will submit my letter of resig nation as soon as Bradberry said That could be later today or The board meetingis at tonight at the Education Center boardroom 430 W Mill St end said Spain On Sunday the New Braunfels Her aldZcitlmg reported that an attorney for the Freedom of Information Foun dation of Texas based in Austin said the school board must release the names of the finalists 21 days before selecting an interim superintendent according to the Texas Open Records Act The time frame would allow the public an opportunity to inform itself about the candidates before board members voted Padilla and Spain said the boards attorney disagreed saying the board did not have to comply because the law only mentioned superintendent not interim superintendent The llcniUIZittitng obtained the Turn to NBISD Page 2 Taylor man charged with marijuana offense By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels police charged a 39 yearold man Sunday with trying to buy about 90 pounds of marijuana from an undercover police officer at the 100 block of Last Interstate 35 Wheeler P Spires a real estate sales man from Taylor was arrested and charged with illegal investments and taken to the county jail with a SI bond jail officials said Police issued a warrant for another suspect they believe is connected to the incident which is the result of a weeklong investigation Police confiscated a 1991 Chevrolet SIO Ulazer and about in cash The Comal County Sheriffs Depart ment also arrested a 29yearold McQueeney man Saturday on charges of molesting three children Deputies arrested Gregory Wilson after receiving a report earlier that day Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez issued warrants for three counts of indecency with a child Wilson is in the Comal County Jail on bonds totaling Simpsons testimony fails to fill holes See Opinion Page 4
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