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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                FRIDAY Smithson Valley Canyon cagers on tap See Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels M009 70 MICROMJBLISHINB E YANDELL DR EL PASO IX 79903 18 pages in two sections Friday January Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Vol 145 No 47 Inside Market Birthday from The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Isabel Vetez 18 years Elsa Boughton Gail Dolte Lucille McDavidNeuse Jer ry Scheel Dennis Peek Morris Smith Lee Schultz Ashley Bird 13 years old Josua McWilliams 8 years old Satur Dorothy Brinkkoeter Sat Thehna J Lee 85 years old Ernst F Rahe 81 years Heather Fest Agnes Schoellman April Tschoepe Sheri Williams Jason Barth Antonia Medina Sonia Medina Davy Gonzales 5 years Amelia Ortiz Hermi na Happy anniversary wishes go to Rudy and Gloria Castro To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count MoW566 Mountain Cedar Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Or Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down four from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea same Canyon Dam discharge ds Canyon Lake Inflow cfs Capyoh Lake level feet above conservation NBU reports pumping mKNon gallons of surface water Thursday and mil lion gallons of wed water were used Chamber banquet tickets on sale Tickets for the 78th Annual New Braunfels Chamber of Cbm merce Meeting and Banquet set for Jan 24 at the Civic Center remain on sale until Friday The theme for the banquet is Invest Ifs Your Highlights will include multi ple and award pre sentations including the Besserung Award winner This citizen of the year award is kept secret until the time of the presentation and is awarded each year to a person who has made a significant contribution to the community The event is usually a sellout so get your ticketsearly Call the Chamber office at 6252385 for mote information Texas Tomorrow Fund The Comptrollers Office is offer Ing brochures and applications for the Texas Tomorrow Fund The program allows Texas farriilies to provide for their chil drens future college education at a current fixed The current enrollment period ends Feb Formore Information or an appli cation contact the Texas Tomor row Fund at 800 445GRAD or Rep Edmund Kuem pels office at 512 4630602 NatkmalJaycee Week under way The New Braunfels Jaycees are celebrating Jaycee Week through Saturday Make a world of difference right here at home by joining the Jaypees For more information join us at 8 Jan 25 at the Comal County Fairgrounds music by the or sail 4747 TJW9 te qqypr charge Commissioners OK combining CA DA offices By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer In a 41 vote Thursday morning the Comal County Commissioners approved plans to ask the state Legisla ture to grant them the power to abolish the county attorneys office and combine it with the district attorneys office County Attorney Bill Rcimer ran on a campaign of consolidation and won the November elections District Attor ney Dib Waldrip supported the plan and in November discussions began Waldrip came back before the court in December and addressed the com missioners concerns At that time County Judge Carter Casteel directed him to bring the issue back to the court when he felt he had the support he wanted Waldrip stated his case to the com missioners one final time Thursday He said the countys population is increasing steadily with little sign of slowing down Waldrip said consoli dation was one way to continue to ofTcr quality services at a reasonable cost That is in fact my said Waldrip Consolidation is about tomorrow not just about The question I pose to you today is how are we going to serve the 120 to people in Waldrip told the commissioners the savings of consolidating the two offices under one criminal district attorney depends on the level of services the county wants to maintain However he said savings was not the issue and Commissioner Danny Scheel agreed I think his is one additional way Comal County can lead the way in providing superior services for citizens in the said Scheel If we save money thats an added Commissioner Cristina Zamora said she favored consolidation as long as the employees and the citizens were not hurt by combining the offices Com missioner Jack Dawson said he voted in favor of the move because that is what his constituents wanted Casteel who voiced these same con cerns in earlier meetings said most of the concerns had been addressed It sounds like with everyones com mitment we have tried to solve any problems anyone had said Casteel Even though I couldnt have said this three or four weeks ago I feel comfortable with Commissioner Moe Schwab who was the only dissenting vote said he did not believe the savings would be substantial and questioned why an attorney would take a pay cut to run for county attorney He also said that con solidation was not necessary to improve services Why couldnt they provide better services with what they said Schwab They could have done this without even having to vote on it if they just wanted to work The court approved sending a reso photo by MIchaejDarnall i ret Ktonts topk over management of store untilhe sold it to Lintz t Storcs who then sold it to flunlap tjefote the current owners he visits the build jng about pnce a month to fondly k yeas working there It sends buck the good ol feel id Sam Houslori Johnson Lyn Back then 1 know Infrastructure board supports 337Landa connector By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The citys Infrastructure Improve ment Corporation on Thursday threw its support behind a proposed plan to build a roadway on an abandoned rail road track which would connect Loop 337 to Unda Street the corporation boaid voted unani mously to show its support for a plan being supported by McKenna Hospital President and CEO Johnny Johnson McKenna Hospital has submitted the proposal to the Infrastructure Improvement Corporation Johnson had asked the board for their support at its last meeting in October Corporation board President Bruce Boyer said since the board had not received any cost estimates on the pro posed roadway that the board was not ready to allocate any money for the project yet But Boyer said the board should encourage McKenna Hospital to look at and study the plan further It is hard to deny the benefits the project will Boyer said Obvi ously this is very preliminary Are they looking for allocations or for encour agement I think they are looking for The mile railroad track the pro posed roadway would be built on is owned by Union Pacific Railroad The truck has not been used for about eight years Board member Bill Havard asked City Engineer Bolner what esti mate he had heard concerning the road way Bolner said he had heard a figure of million which would be to build a fourlane roadway I have aJiard time putting money in a project that has not been Havard said Johnson believes the roadway would improve access between Landa Street and Gruene and the citys tourist spots and business district Havard said he wus worried that there were no details for the project Boyer said the plan deserves careful consideration by both the McKenna Memorial Hospital Board and the Infra structure Improvement Corporation We believe this is a worthwhile project which needs more study and we want to see the Boyer said lution and proposal to the Texas Leg islature to consolidate offices tivc Sept 1 Casteel said it is uncertain if the legislation will pass with a 41 vote from commissioners court Waldrip said without the Legislatures approval the two offices will continue to function independently I think at that point we would have a mandate from the Legislature that those two offices will operate said Waldrip Even if the Legislature passes the consolidation plan the county will have the option to change the struc ture again in four years Im going to be said Casteel And if it doesnt work its in there that we can go More frigid weather hits area By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer New Braunfelscrs will have to bun dle up again as another cold front blows through the city Although this front is not expected to bring any icy conditions it will cause residents to shiver and stay inside National Weather Service Meteo rologist Roy Pringle said temperatures will reach in the low 30s today with winds of 15 to 20 mph The forecasl calls for cloudy and cold conditions with a 30 percent chance of light snow Tonight temperatures will dip into the 20s with a chance of snow Saturday there will be a chance of snow in the morning with tempera tures hovering in the 20s Pringle said by Saturday aftcrnoSn things will warm up a bit There will be a decreasing cloudi said We should see the sun rise Saturday aficrnoon with a high in the midto upper Sunday the forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with lows in the upper 20s and highs in the midto upper 50s Highspeed chase leads to arrest By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A Comal County Sheriffs deputy arrested a liulcss man early Thursday morning after a highspeed chase on west Comal highways ended when the vehicle crashed on the side of Park Road 31 Deputy Wayne Lehman attempted to stop a 1996 Chevrolet along I ligh way 46 near Highway 281at about 4 The vehicle was headed north ifhd speeding in excess of 90 mph Patrol Lt David G Ottsaid The driver Toree Rocsha Daniel 26 did not stop police said and thun proceeded to weave into the south bound lanes until he finally crashed after the 10minute ordeal Ott said Daniel was arrested on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to deliver a seconddegree felony and endangering a child a firstdegree felony A twoyearold was with Daniel during the chase and did not suffer any injuries Ott said Daniel suffered minor head injuries and was taken to McKenna Memori al Hospital where he was treated and released the same day Daniel whom Ott said also had a Sun Antonio address is in custody at the Comal County Jail and had no been magistrated as of press time Big cable companies dump on small markets Page 4A   

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