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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY Canyons Paniagua named to allregion team SeePage 7 9f 1 50 CENTS New Braunfels Herald HO 09 soWEBv 2627 E PR 03 12 pages in one section Thursday April Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of David Owens Vol 145 No 101 Inside Market Stammtiscli Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Bonnie Dacus Doborah Bot tenfield Marti French David Owens 17 years Kimberlee Hohensee 16 years Kate Mendenhall James San Miguel Happy anniversary wishes go to Terry and Laurie Powell To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold unavailable Oak unavailable Ash unavailable Mulberry unavailable Elm unavailable Hackberry unavailable Sycamore unavailable Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Gomal River 286 cubic feet per sec ond up 36 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 06 Canyon Dam discharge 707 cfs Canyon Lake inflow no reading Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and gallons of well water were used Last day to register to vote for council The last day to register to vote in the May 3 City Council races is today Eligible residents can go to the first floor of the Comal Annex 150 N Seguin Ave and fill out a voter registra tion card that is handled by the county tax assessorcollector Districts 3 and 4 of the city council are up for election and include north and east sections of New Braunfels For more information call the city secre tary at 6082100 Tejeda seat early voting ends Tuesday Residents in the Con gressional District 28 have until Tuesday to voice their early choice regarding which of the two remaining candidates should be the successor to the late Congressman Frank Tejeda Democrats Giro Rodriguez and Juan Solis earned spots in the runoff election by capturing the top two spots in the March 15 special election returns The runoff will be held on April 12 Early voting for the seat runs through Tuesday The only ear ly voting poll will be in room 306 in the Comal County Court house Annex Polls will be open from 8 to Mon day through Friday Fundraising idea for nonprofit groups Need a fundraiser for your nonprofit organization Get your group together to provide and sell food at VolunteerFest 97 on April 12 Call Karen at 62007520 or 6253887 to participate Meet District 4 City Council candidates Voters can meet 1997 Dist 4 City Council candidates at 9 April 12 at Gruene Hall sponsored by the Gruene Homeowners Association The forum will include position state ments and a questionand answer period Legion arts and cookoff American Legion Post 179 and Ladies Auxiliary will have an arts and crafts show and flea market from 11 to 5 Sunday along with their fifth annual chili cookoff Arts and crafts spaces start at Secured offsite parking avail able at Krauses Cafe with free Rockin R shuttle bus rides to the events from noon to 6 Admission is free Food and drinks are available Call 625 0179 for information More rain possible flooding on tap By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The rain saturating most of South Texas is not expected to let up for a couple more days and New Braunfels could even experience some flooding today and tonight Dennis Cook a forecaster with the National Weather Service station in New the New Braunfels Airport recorded inches of rain between midnight and 8 this morning He said rainfall at the airport RAINFALL TOTALS Total for the Month Normal Month to Date 1996 April Total Total for the Year Normal Year to Date 1996 Year End Total Totals in inches Source National Weather Service for Tuesday and Wednesday totaled I think were ahead for the Cook said covering all of South Central Texas and the Hill Tammy Valentine public informa tion officer with the Edwards Aquifer Authority said the rains have had a positive impact on the aquifer She said much rain has fallen over the recharge zone and the rains impact will not be known for several days However she said it is definitely help ing The kind of rains weve gotten are the most effective kind we can get for the aquifer because it has time to soak she said It runs off Val entine said the historical aquifer level average for April is feet The a went up a foot from yes terday to measure ft today com pared to last years reading of ft Valentine said the level is higher than last year but that does not mean the regions water problems are over Were up 6 feet but were still 8 feet below the historical Valentine said rain is good and it is recharging the aquifer but were not ou t of the woods Crusading choir members i HeraldZeiltung photo by Michael Darnall A group of singers gathers at Oakwood Baptist Church to practice songs for the Billy Graham Crusade in San Antonio which begins tonight Hundreds of area residents will join in the choir i Area folks lend voices support to cimsade By ABE LEVY Staff Writer IF YOURE GOING Judy Kraft is a selfdescribed smalltown girl Growing up in such Galdwell County locales as Luling and Lockhart Kraft knew just about every body especially her Sunday school classmates and teachers at First Baptist Church in McMa han About 50 people or one fourth of the towns population would fill the church where she remembers singing old Baptist hymns and mem orizing every Sunday morning So on the day she witnessed people fill San Antonios Alamo Stadium on July to hear evangelist Billy Graham speak it was a lit tle overwhelming for the 12yearold girl You just sat there and were said Kraft now 50 It was just massive I just remem The South Texas Bill Graham Crusade is expected to fill the Alam odome each night of the fourday event The crusade which is free and open to the public begins at 7 tonight runs through Saturday and ends with the final ser vice at 4 Sunday A childrens cru sade is also scheduled for 11 Saturday Doors will open 90 minutes before the services and additional space will be pro vided nearby at Hemisphere Park where a bigscreen TV will broadcast the services VIA Park and Ride transportation will be provided at Interstate 35at Randolph Boule vard Crossroads Mall l10 at McCreless Mall i35 at New Braunfels Northside Stadium Loop 410 at Culebra and Kelly AFE5 General Hudnell For more information call the crusade office at 210 5312378 ber people coming down and the singing 1 dont know how to put it into Almost 40 years later Kraft will sing the words to old and new melodies tonight as part of the choir for the Billy Graham Crusade The Alainodome is so much she said I sing in church but not itii the choir I said that 1 could do this rather than usher or work in the Turn to Crusade Page 2 Antitrust bill aims at making TV more family friendly By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer WHOM TO CONTACT Kelly Saffell president of the Memorial ElementaryPrimary Parent Teacher Association is concerned about what is being shown on televi sion I just think they should have more said Saffell the mother of a fourthgrader and secondgrader Even daytime TV talk shows and soap operas is Concerns about TV programs show ing nudity sex and violence during prime time have prompted Rep Lamar Smith RSan Antonio along with Rep Joseph Kennedy to introduce a bill in Congress that would put pressure on television pro The state PTA has a number parents can call concerning pro grams about TV and kids The number is 800 TalkPTA TV Free America a Wash ington group is sponsoring a TV Turnoff Week April 2430 in which families are challenged to not watch televi sion Parents who want to participate in the TV Turnoff Week can order a kit from TV Free America by calling 202 8870436 ducers to come up with a voluntary code of conduct on what could be put in programs The bill which is called the Tele vision Program Improvement Act of would create a permanent anti trust exemption for television produc ers of programs The whole idea is to encourage TV and network news stations to jointly get together to create a friendly product for the American people and be respon sible to the American people by agree ing to standards on sex and Smith said The bill was expected to be intro duced in the House after members return from Easter recess Tuesday The legislation was also introduced in the Senate by Sens Sam Brown back and Joe Lieberman D Conn If the TV networks and producers make changes voluntarily instead of waiting for government action the new policies wouild be implemented much more quickly Smith said Under thu current law if they were to collaborate it would b a violation of antitrust he said So we are providing ani exemption to free them selves to apjprove a code of conduct which is than what they have right now We are giving them the exemption so that they can respond to public Smith said the bill would not try to ban certain programs from being shown on television Turn to TV Page 2 Cook said the rain could stop as ear ly as Saturday but the area could get drenched before then He said areas near Corpus Christi area already experiencing flooding He said there is a chance for heavy rain and the New Braunfels area is under a flash flood warning through today and tonight That means flooding is Cook said The fact water is already there and the ground is saturated makes it City state focus on renewable energy By ABE LEVY Staff Writer To ease demand on longstanding energy sources such as oil and gas state officials are now encouraging the use of renewable energy sources as a way to protect the environment and improve the economy Local leaders said they support the effort as a reinforcement of existing projects already in progress The State Energy Conservation Office launched a campaign last week to raise awareness about renewable energy which includes solar power and wind As the state of Texas embarks on a concerted effort to encourage use of renewable energy locally the city and the Childrens Museum in New Braunfels are taking steps toward mat goal The city is offering to pick up scrap tires free at New Braunfels High School on Saturday Last year the city collected almost tires that com panies used as an alternative fuel source Tires are also recycled for producing road materials and matting The citys tire project is made possi ble by the state which lets a company collect the tires and use probationers to help in the effort The state of Texas in recent years has taken a very aggressive stand toward looking at alternative forms of said Don Ferguson assistant to the city manager and staff representative for the citys recycling committee Texas Industries in Hunter uses two million tires each year to burn in its cement kiln published reports indicate Susan Williams executive director of the childrens museum has been work ing since November to educate area schools about energy conservation The education campaign targets youth with the idea that they will then develop conservation habits for the rest of their lives The museum was awarded a state grant to teach 100 schools in the South Texas area about the WATT program The program teaches children to patrol their school looking for unused lights to turn off Museum officials are also working on a energy conservation display to teach its patrons about ways to con serve energy CITYWIDE CLEANUP The city of New Braunfels is sponsoring a citywide cleanup from 9 to 3 Saturday at the landfill on FM 1101 Frei heit The city offers the service free of charge only to city residents and limits the drop to one pickup load per household The service is not offered to commercial entities In addition the city is offer ing free disposal of up to 20 scrap tires per person from 8 to 1 Saturday at the New Braunfels High School For more information call Don Ferguson at 6082100 ext Kudos to f he city and CISD See Page 4   

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