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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 11, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY Cougars Rangers and Unicorns win See Page 1B 50 CENTS DoiMniofM so nv To contribute United Way call 6207760 Herald 20332 M009 S 0 W E S T MIC R 0 P U Ei LIS HI hi G 2627 E YAMDELL DR 78 22 pages in two sections Wednesday December EL PASO IX 79903 Serving and surrounding areas for more man 144 years Home ot EMMM mg Vol 144 No 282 Inside WISIHIS from The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Earlene Klabunde Kenny Brucks Mark Zamora Ashley Garza Holly Mullins 40 years Cindy Gonzales Billera and Flaco Gomez To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Mountain Pollen measured In parts pe r cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 01 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation Ntw Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Tuesday and no well watar was used Cheer Fund donations sought by newspaper the New Braunfels Herald Zeitungs 15th annual Cheer Fund campaign will provide food for local needy families oh Dec 21 The fund last year provided Christmas food and gifts to 200 families in New Braunfels and Comal County Anonymous Will and Gretchen Ryals Anonymous Lee and Lucille Mensinger Jack and Kathryn Taber Todays total New total 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 For more information call Republican headquarters at 6296442 Center needs Jars diapers The Womens Center is In need of clear gallon size glass jars with lids for food storage and size 5 xxlarge diapers If you are able to help call the Womens Center at 6207520 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 10 children suffer minor injuries in bus accident A New Braunfels Independent School District bus with 28 chil dren on board was struck from the rear Tuesday morning by a truck at the 100 block of West Zipp Road and FM 725 city police said Ten of the students who were ages 5 to 9 suffered minor injuries and were transported by five New Braunfels ambulances to McKen na Memorial Hospital for treat ment Police said the driver of the truck Juan Caballero 39 was charged with failure to control his speed and failure to insure his car Caballero was driving a 1982 Blue Chevrolet utility truck at about when he struck the rear of the bus which was wait ing for traffic to clear before turn ing onto FM 725 police said TxDOT to start 135 work in the fall By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Texas Department of Transportation officials told Comal County commissioners Tuesday they will be ready to start next fall on the million project to expand Interstate 35 to eight lanes through most of New Braunfels The plan calls for expanding the road from four lanes to eight from South Loop 337 to just south of Highway 46 including the Guadalupe River bridge TxDOT commissioners approved the recommendation in August but did not include a section of highway from High way 46 to Highway 306 that local leaders had requested in June Local TxDOT officials are confident that section will be approved in future funding requests Michael Meek president of the New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce said the project will ensure a safe environment for travelers through the city and boost the local economy Literally dozens and dozens of other governments and businesses joined us in this effort because they didnt want Interstate 35 to have a Meek said Every cit izen is impacted by The money will be paid for from the National Highway System fund that is 80 percent federal money and 20 percent is state money A coalition of elected officials and area residents traveled on June 18 to Austin to present its case to TxDOT on why New Braunfels needed to expand the interstate After the presentation TxDOT commissioners indicated the plan would fikely rank high among transportation pro Turn to 135 Page 2A Guadalupe backs aquatic herbicide limits By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Responding to pressure from a local environmental group Guadalupe County Commis sioners Court endorsed a resolution on Monday that calls for the creation of a state permitting system for aquatic herbi cides The commissioners voted unanimously 50 to endorse the resolution backed by Robin Richardson president of Health Awareness and Water Knowledge Members of HAWK are concerned that the herbicide Sonar which was sprayed on 120 acres of Lake McQueeney near Treasure Island by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in March will cause environmental harm to the lake They are concerned that a chemical in Sonar fluridone will break down into Nmonomethylformamide known as NMF In laboratory studies fluridone has broken down into NMF a suspected toxin Richardson fears NMF may show up in the lake risking the health of humans exposed to it Richardson said the commissioners action pleased her It is a wonderful step in the right direction in protecting our surface Richardson said She has drafted a bill that would allow only licensed applicators to use aquatic herbicides on the states lakes and waterways According to her proposal the licensed applicator would have to obtain a permit from the Texas Department of Agriculture before using any aquatic herbicide Richardson said it is easy for people to buy an aquatic her bicide at a local chemical company or store without getting a license She said she wjll now take the proposal to the state Leg islature for consideration during the 1997 session Turn to Herbicide Page 2A Trustees pick candidate remain mum NBISD settles on its finalist for interim school superintendent By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District Board of Trustees nar rowed down the search for interim superintendent to one candidate which will return for a second interview on Saturday but trustees refused to release the candidates name Superintendent Charles Bradberry accepted a position with the Keller Independent School District last month and the board approved his resigna tion Tuesday night Bradberry begins his new job Jan 1 On Monday the board interviewed two candidates for the interim super intendent job but declined to release the names The New Braunfels Her aldZeitimg however learned that the two retired superintendents interviewed were Gonzalo Garza and Thomas Moseley Background information on the two candidates appears on Page Garza contacted today said Mon days interview went as well as could be expected He also added that he believes his experience especially when he was assigned to Eagle Pass ISO to oversee the district because of micro could prove help ful in the local district I dont claim to know everything but experience is the best Garza said Hopefully my experi ence would be a plus to help whatev er is ailing the school board or the dis trict if I were the Moseley told The HeraldZeitung that despite current differences on the board NBISD will continue to be a good school district thanks to parents expectations and dedicated teachers Turn to NBISD Page 2A Aquifer board chooses Beldon as its leader By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The firstever elected board of the Edwards Aquifer Authority reap pointed its former chair Mike Beldon Tuesday and appointed new officers to serve on the 15member board The first board was appointed by the Legislature and served from June to November Members elected in November form the new board Doug Miller Guadalupe and Comal county representative was reappoint ed as treasurer Rogelio Muiioz of Uvalde County vice chair and Carol Patterson of Bexar County secretary Comal County representative Rita Banda who attended her first meet ing of the EAA after winning an uncontested race said she backed Bel don because of his experience With so many new people on the board I thought it should be someone who is already working on the Banda said I think he can be The only other nominee for chair was Bexar County representative Sylvia Mendelsohn who received six votes to Beldons nine Kay Turner water activist from San Antonio accused the board of fixing the vote through special interest groups Im sorry for what Im about to Turner said The EAA also voted to approve a list of possible programs that it could cut when making a request for funding to the Legislature The EAA plans to ask the Legisla ture for million in assistance to help close a million deficit it inher ited from its predecessor the Edwards Underground Water District The cuts include the study on New Braunfels Utilities wells near Comal Springs and other research projects Legislature keeps itself busy even out of session See Opinion Page 44
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