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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 27, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Girls Alldistrict teams named See Page 5 50 12 pages in one section Thursday February Serving Comal County and areas for more than 145 years Home of WJ Vol 145 No 76 Inside Market Stnmmtisch BMtMtay wIslMS from ttw The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to W J Parndl John T Wright Jeaimfe Johnson Shirley Posey Joshua Mueller 16 years Mindy Hinson Tasha Granrin Roxanne Campos Josh Hayes Matthew Durbin Susan Miller Johnathon Hernandez 3 years Richard Rhoades Margie Jackson Happy anniversary wishes go to Raymond and Sylvia Zamor ripa 24 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count MOW 569 Mountain Ash 48 PoNen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Infomatkjn provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond up 3 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 02 Canyon Dam cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake feet above saa level Above conservation New BrMinMs Utilities NBLi reports pumping miHfonijal lonl of surface water Wednesday gallons of well water were used Kids The giant fair where kids In sell their creations and usable Items will be from 9 to noon Saturday at the Civic Center Booth rental is for half a cafeteriasized table Admission is free The fair is sponsored by Childrens Commeroial Bank and Call 620 mixer The Womens Chamber and the Hispanic Chamber will join from to 7 today at the Childrens Museum in New Braunfels for a mixer celebrating Black History Month Admission is for members for guests For information on the Womens Chamber call Susan Tate at 609 4004 LMiUm brown bag lunch An ecumenical Lenten brown bag lunch will be held at noon Friday at First United Methodist Church in Wesley Hall The mes sage will be by Fran Shelton of New Braunfels Presbyterian Church Special be by Cathy Talcott Tea and coffee will be provided as well as a nursery The Mission Valley Bowling Club will begin its Junior Leagueat 7 Friday at the club Call 629 0028 for information vV Youth Tonnls Registration Is under way forthe New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Departments Youth Tennis Program Group lessons fqr youth 12 and older will be held from to Mondays at the Prince Solms Tennis Courts The fiveweek program begins Monday The fee per participant Register at Landa Recreation Center Call 6082167 for infor mation the Childrens Museum in New Braunfels will hold its annual Citywide Garage Sale from 10 to 4 Sunday at the Qivic Center Booth rental is for pne for each additional Admission is for adults maxi mum per tamily Donations being accepted now Call for information Gunman robs local familyowned restaurant b By ABE LEVY Staff Writer A clerk watched helplessly as an armed robber cleaned out the cash reg ister of a Chinese restaurant Tuesday afternoon fleeing the scene before New Braunfels Police could arrive law enforcement officials said Police said witnesses described the perpetrator as a white man in his mid 308 who stole more than from the cash register at Shang Hai Inn Chi nese Restaurant 690 S Walnut Ave The man entered the building at approximately 5 wearing a jack et a plastic grocery store bag that he demanded be filled with cash from the female cleric police said He opened his jacket to reveal a small handgun said Michael Lin the clerks son who was not an eye wit ness but spoke on behalf of his moth er Lin said his mother struggles with speaking English and was unable to respond to the robbers demands The robber stepped behind the counter and filled the bag with the cash himself as Lins mother watched Lin 18 who works part time at the restaurant said one customer was in the room where the incident occurred and three employees were in the back kitchen washing dishes and cooking unaware of the situation The robber fled the building on foot at which time Lins mother called for emergency help Lin said in the five year history of the restaurant no crime of this magni tude has occurred Armed robbery is a firstdegree felony charge punishable by five years to life in prison and an optional fine of Police said the matter is under inves tigation and are asking the public to call CRIMESTOPPERS at 620TIPS or I 8006408422 if they have any addi tional information Dont let it happen to you A vfWjijik Digging into classwork HeraldZeilung photo by Michael Darnall Left to right Emily Parfatt Qabbard Beau Sauls ChanlM Boston and Tony Soechtlng work the tulip garden Wednesday In front of Lone Star School The garden was provided by a grant from the American Bulb Association that allowed these tulips to dome directly from the Netherlands Caring for the tulips will be part of the students science and geography studies Fuel spUl prompts cleanup By ABE LEVY Staff Writer TPW awards grant for science camp By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Area sixth graders will get to know more about the outdoors and Honey Creek State Natural Area thanks to a grant from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Depart ment The Friends of Guadalupe River Creek were awarded a grant from the parks and wildlife department for its environmental camp slated for May 523 at Guadalupe River State Park Deirdre E Hisler park ranger said this years camp will target students from Canyon and Arlon Seay Inter mediate Schools The Friends of Guadalupe River Creek have initiated the pilot program working with sixth graders in Comal Hisler said This is the most exciting project our park and friends group has offered back to the Terry Urbanczyk coordinator of the camp said the purpose of the four week camp is to teach children to appreciate and care for nature I hope it gives kids an appreciation for the envi ronment and to make them realize the difference between a protected area Honey Creek compared to a The camp will have numerous activities for the stu dents Urbanczyk said We will be doing water samplings and relative Urbanczyk said We will be doing bio monitoring by testing critters in the water and identifying the animals in the creek We will also do a compass activity where they will learn how to use a compass and follow a course and make observations in the Hisler said the pilot program will reach a big audience of students this year This year with the grant we are looking at the poten tial of reaching 750 Hisler said The biggest thing I want to make sure the people know is that it will be no cost to the taxpayers students and Hisler said she hopes the pilot program will be the start of something big Our full intention is to start a year round outdoor education school for all Hisler said We hope to increase it next year to also include fifth graders or some other grade levels The greatest potential we could reach is the Blanco Independent School District and from there go to the inner city of San The science camp will have the curriculum will cor respond to the requirements of the Comal Indepen dent School District Hisler said Urbanczyk said the volunteers and the park staff who work on the camp will learn valuable lessons from the pilot program This is our first step to see how it goes and to sec what changes need to be made so that we can improve it in the she said The Friends arc looking for volunteers to help with the camp 1 need volunteers who can work during the day from 8 to 2 and who can volunteer at least one or more days a Urbanczyk said Hisler said another from the Amy McNutt Foundation will be used for the camp Officials believe faulty hosing caused an estimated 200 gallons of diesel fuel to leak out of a local petroleum products distribution center in Splms Wednes day afternoon A customer noticed the spilled fuel at about 1 and notified managers of Johnson Oil Company 4332 W Inter state 35 and Solms Road the compa nys manger said The fuel flowed from pipes at the distribution center and down hill along Solms Road to FM 482 where Texas Department of Transportation officials spread gravel and sand to contain the spill Larry Simpson manager of com mercial business for Johnson said the company lias a cleanup plan in place as required by state law that officials imple mented in dealing with Wednesdays spill The first priority was to ensure the safety of drivers and residents near the spill which local emergency personnel accomplished after the spill was dis covered New Braunfels Fire Department EMS Police and Comal County Sher iffs Office officials were called to the scene and blocked the access road to I 35 and alqng Solms Road while the cleanup took place Johnson employeeswent on foot to remove some of the fuel by hand and more of the companys trucks were expected to arrive later Wednesday to remove fuel from where it collected in the soil Simpson said he contacted the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Com mission ind was instructed to continue the cleanup process as planned Mobley Environmental Services in Lytle was scheduled to perform part of the cleanup Simpson said The center began operations in the early 1980s iind this spill is the largest in its history company officials said Officials said they were relieved that diesel fuel was the material spilled and not substances with higher ilammabil ity Probation office construction delayed By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer AJbert Qorcis continues work on the CemaJ County Probation Center scheduled for a March 19 opening Recent rains may have sped up the recovery of the Edwards Aquifer but slowed the construction of Comal Countys Probation Complex pushing the completion date several weeks lat er The new complex located on Mill Street next to the Christian Science Reading Room was slated for com pletion tomorrow Comal County pur chasing agent Ed Krai said that date will not be met He said a more realis tic completion date is midMarch Weve had to extend that Krai said general contractor said it will now be March 19 because of the rain days and so Krai said the canopy is currently being added to the building and most of the interior work has1 been completed Krai said the big items still needing completion are installation of the heat ing and cooling units laying carpet running wires from the courthouse annex to new building and complet ing a parking lot The parking lot is whats holding us up Krai said But if we can keep good weather between now and the 19th we should be Krai said the possibility of con struction being completed before that time is slim which means the move in dates for the juvenile and adult pro bation departments will have to be moved Juvenile probation offices were scheduled to begin moving March 11 Director Carol Robison said the delay should not cause problems for her department and it will move into the new building as soon as she is told it is ready We decided we wouldnt set dates Robison said Well just wait until were The adult probation department anticipates moving March 19 Krai said that date could changed as well depending on how work goes in the next couple of days Were going to take another look at it this time next Krai said They say they might be able to get it done Jack Williamson office supervisor for Community Supervision and Cor rections Department said he is keeping the original plans until next week when the situation can be reevaluated Once the probation offices move to the new complex the vacated space in the old courthouse will be used by the county clerk and the justice of the peace precinct 1 to handle the growth in those offices The building is expected to cost approximately Money to pay for the building will come from million in Comal County Texas Tax Anticipation Notes which are sim ilar to certificates of obligation Cloning raises ethical questions Page 4
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