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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung December 29, 1996

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 29, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas NISD trustees look to future of See Page 3A. ■Hon Valley comes up big against Dripping Springs. See Page 1B. Inside Opinion.........................................4A Comics.........................................4B Sports Day................................1-2B Marketplace............................5-1    OB SLimmtisch Birthday wishes from the Horrkl-Zeltung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Sabrina Brinkkoeter, Randy Lucas, Margaret Longest, Lonnie Bostic, Nota Grimes (Monday), Heartd Glaze (Monday), Pamela Jones (Monday), Deann Giese (Monday), Amber Batey (13 years old, Monday), Wm. Hunter Harwood (2 years old, Monday), Joe L. Espinoza, Paul Hudson (Monday), Johnny Weisman, Abyssa Rosas (8 years old, belated), Ardle Snider, Haley McCullough, Meta Schumann (91 years old), Lauren Espinoza (15 years old), Rosie Juarez Hernandez, Janie Gonzales, Sophia Camareno (Monday), Celeste Torres (Monday), Courtney Renee Ramsley, Brooke Campbell (10 years old). Happy anniversary wishes go to: Adon and Myrtle Bailies (45 years), Martie and Bob Maddox, Cherry and Bob Patterson (24 years, Monday), Francine and Tracy Bowling (20 years, Monday), Susie and Lee Graham (11 years, Monday), D A. “Bob" and Loretta Baker (50 years), Larry and Holly Ross (5 years), Lupe and Elsie Paredez (51 years). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. EAA registration deadline nears lf you own a well on the Edwards Aquifer that pumps more than 25,000 gallons per day, you must apply for a permit with the Edwards Aquifer Authority before 5 p.m. this Monday. After that time, the EAA officials will not accept applications, which is the only way to continue use of the aquifer. The only exemption to the permit process is for household and livestock wells unless the livestock well pumps more than 25,000 gallons per day. The EAA is alerting all well owners of this deadline to comply with the Edwards Aquifer Act that requires the agency to regulate aquifer pumping. The filing fee for each permit is $25. lf someone has not metered their well, you can submit an affidavit of the amount you used along with the other evidence. EAA representatives are avail-able to explain the permit process and requirements to anyone. Call for an appointment at (800) 292-1047 Applications can picked up in the following Comal County locations: E Herald-Zeitung office, 707 Landa St., 625-9144 g Comal County Courthouse, 150 N. Seguin Ave , 620-5501 for holiday The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung is distributing its Dec 31 and Jan. 1 editions ahead of schedule to allow employees to enjoy the New Year's holiday Tuesday s paper is a morning edtion and should be delivered by 7:30 a m. Wednesday s paper should be distributed by 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Herald-Zeitung is clos ing its office at noon Tuesday and it will remain closed unti Thursday morning when regular hours will resumeAmarlcavt Cancer Society services The American Cancer Society provides services in Coma County. For presentations to civic, professional or social groups or organizations, call Bob Peter son, chairman of patient ser vices, at 625-3252 NISD goes high-tech with access to the Internet. See Page 12A. So $331,000 Donations so far — $345,656 To contribute to the United Way, call 620-7760. ‘ Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL Braunfels NBI8D Superintendent Charles Brsdbsrry is leaving his post lo take s job wtth tbs Keller Independent ■Peart Hill gill —--- rod worm iris. Bradberry ready to face new challenges By DBNIBE DZIUK Staff Writer Midnight on Tuesday will mark more than just the end of the year, it will mark the end of the administration of New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Charles Bradber- ty Bradberry announced in November, that effective Jan. I, he would be the new superintendent of the Keller Independent School District in the Fort Worth area. Bradberry took the position of NBISD superintendent in 1983. Since that time, Bradberry said he has seen the district grow from 3,600 to roughly 6,000, and the total number of campuses near ly triple. Bradberry, who was named the superintendent of the year in 1988, said during his term as superintendent, the district has earned recognition and reached achievements he is proud of, including the hiring of top notch personnel. “You’re goal should be every time someone leaves to replace them with someone who’s better. I think that’s something we’ve really held to here,” said Bradberry. “Quality people make a difference in a place. That’s the only thing that does make a difference.” Superintendents stay with a school district for an average of slightly more than three years. Bradberry has been with the district for 14 years. He said he moved to New Braunfels when his daughter was in the seventh grade, and promised they would not move again until she graduated. Afer that, he said it was just too hard to leave, and he always found a reason “for it to be bad timing ” “The bottom line is I just felt like I had too much commitment to the people here,” said Bradberry. “The closest friends I have in this world are in this city and this school district. ... It’s been a rare situation for a superintendent.” Bradberry said the situation changed, and there were several reasons for him to take the KISD position. He said Keller is “a diamond in the rough” and he welcomed the challenges it posed. He said he also needed to be at a district where he felt valued. He said Keller offered that at a time when NBISD no longer did. Turn to Challengee, Page 3A The New Braunfels Utilities Board of Trustees will consider Monday whether to participate in a one-year pi Kit program to pay farmers not to irrigate from the Edwards Aquifer in an effort to conserve water supplies during times of drought. The program, dev eloped by the 15-member Edwards Aquifer Authority, is called the irrigation suspension program and would be paid for by large water suppliers like NBU and San Antonio Water System. The benefit for NBU would be increased aquifer flow s through Comal Springs while other water suppliers would benefit from special pumping limits. In Stage IV of the EAA’s drought management plan, participants would be able to withdraw’ I 4 times its average winter use w hile non-participants would be limited to I V Organizers of the pilot program must gamer at least 10,000 acres of farmland from ow ners who then must commit to dryland farming for the next year Half of the w ater that is normally used by irrigation farmers would stay in the aquifer and the rest would go toward increased pumping limits. lf the program does not attract the minimum acreage, the E AA board of directors would determine the pumping limits for Stage IV between 12 and I 4 times the winter average lf the program is successful. E AA bourd members Ila vc said they would consider continuing it on a regular basis. SAWS and Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority have indicated they are Turn to NBU Page 3A New Braunfels    « si.) wt.of u ti,    ti on y YAHL'ELI BK    $1.00 HHH H^HI    Im Herald-Zeitwig 48 patjes in three sections a Sunday, December 29, 1996 Serving the Comal County area for more than 144 years a Home of Ariot) and Myrtle Bartels    Vol    145,    No    33 The dry land approach NBU will consider paying farmers to not irrigate crops By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Three file for Canyon Lake water supply board By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer CANYON LAKE — Three people have thrown their hats in the nng to run for two seats on the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation Board of Directors. Bruce Hurley, William K. Holmes and Thomas M. Hanson are running for the board seats. Water supply cor poration members had until Dec. 20 to file for election to the board of directors. The board election will be held during the water supply corporation’s annual membership meeting Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. at the Canyon Lake Golf and Country Club. Candace Hoskins, corporation administrative secretary, said the ballot will contain a line for write-in candi dates and other board candidates can be nominated from the floor. Hoskins said she w ill start mailing out the short biographies of all three declared candidates to customers Tuesday. Proxy ballots will be mailed out starting Jan. 26 or 27 and must be returned by mid February. The top two vote getters at the general meeting in February will be elected to the board of directors. The two open seats on the board are being vacated by president Col. Lee Roper and secretary Jim Alexander, both of whom decided not to run again. Each board member has a three year term. Hurley, 69, said he wants the CLWSC ratepayers to have a voice on the board. “I think the ratepayers and customers need to have solid input on the existing board,” Hurley said “The current tx Mid of directors seems to be doing things without regard to existing ratepayers Early in their history they past a by-law change which gave the board of directors the right to change the by-laws of the corporation without any input from existing ratepayers ... with simply a majority of the board.” Before he retired. Hurley served Turn to Board, Page 2A City seeks extension for airport negotiations By ABE LEVY Staff Writer City officials have asked state investigators for an extension of at least 60 days to negotiate with tenants at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport where a chain of leases have been found in violation of Federal Aviation Administration rules. The Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Division completed an investigation this fall into the city's airport leases that concludes that Baylis E. Harriss, Jr, president of Brauntex Aviation, has an improper contract that grants him exclusive rights to sell fuel and avionics equipment at the airport. The exclusive rights are in violation of the city’s indenture with the federal government who sold the airport to the city in 1969 with the stipulation that it not grant exclusive rights for goods and services to one person. TxDOT officials gave the city until Dec. 20 to notify them of what measures it has taken to remedy the situation or turn over ownership of the 900-acre airport and reimburse an FAA grant of $874,616. The money has been spent already on various capital improvements, including an overlay of the airport's three runways. TxDOT in previous statements has indicated it is pleased with the city's efforts so far and does not anticipate retracting the airport land or grant. On Dee. 16, TxDOT notified the city that it does not expect it to settle the matter but wants to know the city's course of action by Dec. 20. The city said they are trying to reach a resolution with Harriss and the other parties and need more time to schedule mediation. “I feel optimistic about it because I think we're going to reach an amicable resolution,” City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom said. “We're trying really hard” The city in a letter dated Dee. 20, notified TxDOT investigator Jim Cum- Tum to Airport, Page 3A Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL The Texas Department of Transportation has concluded that New Braunfels is in violation of its indenture with the federal government concerning the granting of exclusive rights at the airportVisit to The Wall’ fitting honor to those who served in Viet Nam. See Opinion, 4A. ;

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Publication: New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

Location: New Braunfels, Texas

Issue Date: December 29, 1996

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