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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Unicorns earn first district win See Page 1B 50 CENTS NewBraunfels Herald 18 pages in two sections Friday February Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of KnlfM EL Vol 145 Inside Market SLimmtisch Birthday wishes from tto HeraMZaltung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Becky Stockwdl Roy Thomas Cathy McCoy John Boatright Brandon Hogan Mknelk Duncan Bemfce Knight Domingo Martinez Bryan Navarro 13 years Crissy Hernandez Lupe E Accvedo Mary Ann Fultncr Brad Hill 16 years old Shirley Wymer Andrew Warren Garcia 1 month Victoria Angel Castillo 1 year Happy anniversary wishes go to Jack and Ursla Ehman To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mountain PoHen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Or Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond up 4 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon feet above sea level up 05 Canyon Dam discharge 988 cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above NnvBraunfetaUtilttlM NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Thursday and gallons of wed water were used Community Thrift Shop donations The Community Service Thrift Shop is now soliciting donations All items are welcomed Bring donations to 132 Caddell Lane or contact Pete at 6253439 for pick ups on Tuesday and Wednes day ThriftShop hours are 9 to noon and 1 to 4 Drug alcohol abuse counseling classes The GuadaComa Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse has begun registration for the agencys upcoming Chemical Dependency CouhSelirig classes Classes are limited so sign up early For infor mation call 6089032 Childrens Museum cftywide sale The Childrens Museum in New Braunfels will hold its annu al Citywide Garage Sale from 10 to 4 Sunday at the Civic Center Booth rental is for one and for each additional Admission is for adults with a maximurti of per are now being accepted Call 6200939 for information Peoples Choice win ner on tap Sunday The winner of the for the Peoples Choice ballot entries will be announced in the Sun day issue of the HeraldZeitting Also look for the Peoples Choice winners in a special sec tion in the March 9 edition of the newspaper MV Bowling Club meets tonight The Mission Valley Bowling Club will begin its Junior League at 7 today at the club Call 6290028 for information Habitat volunteers for house Habitat for Humanity of Comal County is building its fourth area house Workers helpers and gofers are needed Come to Katy and Hackberry Saturday mornings until Memo rial Day when the home will be dedicated Meals are provided at noon Confusion highlights early voting for Tejeda seat Only 10 area precincts eligible to cast ballots in special election By DEMISE DZ1UK Staff Writer Comal County early voting in the Congressional District 28 race has been light so far and more people have been turned away from the polls than have voted As of 3 Thursday only 19 of the countys roughly registered voters eligible to participate had voted in the race to fill the vacant seat in the House of Representatives The seat became vacant when Rep Frank Teje da died Jan 30 after battling a brain tumor Gov George W Bush set a March IS date to fill the scat Of those who voted 37 percent were Hispanic Thats about what we County Clerk Joy Streater said We dont expect a large turnout for this election We could be wrong but we dont expect Streater said the light turnout can be attributed to several factors the fact that there is only one seat up for elec tion and only a portion of the county is eligible to vote in the election The fact that only a portion of the county falls in District 28 is causing problems as well Its accounting for some of the con Streater said Weve had 22 people come to vote who thought they were in that district and determine if you vote in this elec tion look at the precinct number found on your voter registration card in the box below your gender If that number is or 30 the congressional district should be listed as 28 If you live in one of these 10 precincts you are eligible to vote in this special election Early voting for the seat will run from 8 to in the Comal County Courthouse Annex until March Cong slot then your are eli gible to vote In the March 15 special election registered voters that reside In Comal County election voting preclnts eight and 30 are eligible to vote in the special election 11 On March 15 four polling places will be open For the special elections precincts 8 13 and 27 will be at Lone Star School precincts 14 and 28 will be at First United Methodist Church Time to tidy up f HeraldZeltung photo by Michael Darnall The Evening Rotary Club planning celebration for Haymarket Park located at the comer of Comal Avenue and Hampe street Club seeks support for park project By ABE LEVY Staff Writer HAYMARKET PARK CELEBRATION Gone are the days when 25yearold Simon Mendoza tested his pigskin prowess at Haymarket Park in East New Braunfels As a young teenager 20 to 30 neighborhood youth would gather each day on the parks open grass field to play pickup football games Men doza recalls A team from the West Side would challenge Mendozas buddies from the park areas East Side in a heated crosstown rivalry where the winner earned coveted bragging rights for the day he said As soon as we got off the bus wed change and then start said Mendoza who still lives in the house where he grew up at 715 Simon which overlooks the parks football field Today only a handful of children are seen occa sionally gathering for recreation at the park Men doza said Overgrown grass stretches across the parks field and graffiti covers a rimless basketball goal The Evening Rotary Club is planning a kickoff celebration at Haymarket Park on the corner of Hampe Street and Comal Avenue The event designed to collect community input about the parks future is free and open to the public Activities are sched uled to begin at noon March 15 and will include A basketball shootout with registra tion beginning in the afternoon on the half hour at and The contest will include three brackets for ages 8 to adults There is no entry fee and competition is scheduled for 1 to 3 Kite contest scheduled from noon to 3 organized by Richard Robertson of Austin a 35year veteran of the Zilker Kite Fest Prizes will be given for the most cre ative homemade kite and the largest home made kite All kites must fly to be eligible for the contest Hotair balloon glow scheduled for 4 to From staff reports and asphalt court While the park is not the neighborhood Mecca of yesteryear the 15member Evening Rotary Club hopes to resurrect memories like Mendozas and countless other local residents by initiating a park cleanup and restoration project together with the City of New Braunfels Parks and Recreation Department The City of New Braunfels acquired the acre park in 1949 The park includes a small park ing lot two picnic tables a court for volleyball and basketball a small playground an open field and a tiny restroom Turn to Park Page 3A precincts and 30 at Eagles Hall and precincts 16 and 17 at Frazier Ele mentary School Fifteencandidates running for the seat New middle school will have extra students By DENISE DZIUK Staff VVriter When the new Spring Branch Mid dle School opens in January it will temporarily house seventhgrade stu dents until the district can decide whether to redraw attendance lines in the county Comal Independent School District Superintendent Jerry Major told the board of trustees Thursday that the original plan was to have the school completed during the summer He said when it opened it house sev enth eighthand ninthgrade students the same as Smithson Valley Middle School Major said delays in selling the bonds to ftmd the project caused the completion date to be moved back Were hoping we can get in there right after Christmas next said Major Major said he has met with admin istrators and parents several times in recent months From input at those meetings he said the best approach is to move the SVMS seventhgrade to the new SBMS for the remainder of the 199798 school years Major said this will avoid splitting up classes teams or groups midyear Since were going to be in the mid dle of the year we wanted to keep those grades in Major said This will give us time to take a good look at what were going to Major said the board would recon sider the issue next fall After looking at attendance projections areas of growth and other demographic infor mation Major said the board will have to consider redrawing attendance lines This time next year well have an extremely difficult decision about what were going to Major said Major said change in attendance lines may be necccssary to deal with continued growth in the district Major said the seventhand eighthgrade classes at SVMS will each have more than 500 students in the fall and the ninthgrade will have about 450 stu dents He said even with the expan sions at Smithson Valley High School the campus will still be crowded with an expected enrollment of more than Children escape mobile home fire By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer HoreldZeltung photo by Michael Darnell Black heritage celebration Two small children can count them selves lucky after they escaped a mobile home fire which occurred between Engle and Doeppenschmidt roads Tuesday night Marion Volunteer Fire Department Chief Roger Scheffel said the two chil dren Jay Schumann HI 2 and his sis ter Mary 3 were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital for smoke inhala tion Scheffel said the two were treated and released the same night Their mother Rebecca Schumann 23 was not injured It was not known whether she was in the mobile home when the fire started Scheffel said The fire began at approximate ly in a small trailer park located at 380 Schmucks Road in Guadalupe County The kids were playing with the Scheffel said The fire went up behind the stove and into the ceiling A neighbor put out the fire with a garden hose When we got there it was still smoldering We ended up taking the ceiling The damage to the mobile home was minimal Scheffel said They mainly had smoke damage on the ceiling above the he said Guadalupe County Fire Marshal Don McFarland said in the wake of recent mobile home fires in the area mobile home residents need to have the abili ty to get out of a fire quickly The biggest thing which is equal ly important to have in all homes is to have smoke McFarland said To have an early warning system is the most important thing you can Three weeks ago a husband and a wife died in a mobile home fire near Geronimo Fire officials said the trailer was not equipped with a smoke detector Turn to Fire Page 3A Sotting a foundation for enlightenment Page 4A
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