Thursday, May 8, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 8, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY Centex to sponsor challenge tournament See Page 7 50 CENTS New Braunfels K Y A Mil I 12 pages in one section Thursday May Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Doyle Brinkkoeter Vol 145 No 126 Inside Market Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Doyle Brinkkoeter Steffanie Mendoza Sarah Stahala Catherine Jockusch Bobbie Hanover Melissa Kennemer Happy anniversary wishes go to Leslie and Anna Lane 60 Pollen Count Mold Oak Pecan 40 Elm Grass River Information Comal River 274 cubic feet per sec ond same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Wednesday and million gallons of well water were used Traffic delays on Interstate 35 today If youre driving south on Inter state 35 expect delays this morning Work crews will be channeling traffic into a newly constructed center lane from Solms Road to FM 482 near Busseys Flea Market That means no exits will be accessible from Solms Road to FM 2252 while the transition occurs officials said The center lane has two lanes and will continue to serve as the main thoroughfare for south bound traffic for six to nine months The move is part of an ongo ing project to expand the high way to six lanes And beginning Monday that southbound lane will be whit tled down to one lane That move is scheduled to last for one week to allow work crews to set up barriers along the sides of the highway The moves may be subject to further changes depending on weather conditions officials said Soggy weather in the outlook for tonight If youre planning an activity outside you might want to start before tonight Todays forecast calls for mostly cloudy skies with highs in the mid80s and southeast winds near 15 mph Clearly a nice day But rain looms on the horizon for tonight with a 40 percent chance of showers or thunder storms with lows in the low 60s and southeast winds of 10 mph Friday the chance of rain increases to 50 percent with highs in the mid70s and a north wind of 15 mph UIL trackand field meet Friday and Saturday Championship Week comes to an end Friday and Saturday with the UIL track and field meet at Memorial Stadium and Clark Field on the University of Texas campus in Austin Athletes from New Braunfels and Smithson Valley high schools will be competing with field events beginning at 9 on Friday Running events follow at Six enthusiastic thumbs up for Reaves Full speed ahead for NBISD with new leader at the helm By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Ron Rea ves The mood was upbeat at Wednesday nights meeting as the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees unanimously approved offering a contract to Dr Ron Reaves to become the next NBISD superintendent The beards action was met with applause cheers and a standing ova tion Board vice president Carlos Cam pos called the evening a happy and historic day for the district He said the unani mous vote sig naled a new era where the board will start I think we brought a focus here to a gentleman that I think will take us to the next level of Campos said Trustee Bette Spain made the motion to make an offer to the Port Neches Groves ISO superintendent and trustee Sylvia Sanchez seconded the motion As the trustees voted each voiced sup port for Reaves You got the full support of this board trustee Leo Chafm said Trustee Steve Weaver said he was one of the fortunate ones who got to visit Reaves district He said after talking with teachers administrators and parents it was very apparent to me after the first meeting that we had a real jewel I think were united on who our next superintendent will be and thats Ron Weaver said Sanchez said Reaves was profes sional direct and had proven success with academics Trustee Anne Miller added that he was caring and support ive of his staff and administrators Im very confident Dr Reaves can lead us in a positive she said Spain said the district had a huge responsibility ahead of it because var ious groups the trustees met Monday and Tuesday at Port NechesGroves Turn to Reaves Page 3 RON REAVES AT A GLANCE Terms off the Contract Length3 years Effective DateJuly 1 1997 Base Experience Earned a bachelor of science degree in education and a master of education degree from South west Texas State University Was awarded his doctorate in education from Texas A M Uni versity Began his education career in North East ISO as a teacher and coach Worked in NEISD for 21 years In addition to teaching and coaching he also served as prin cipal of Robert E Lee High School Omar Bradley Middle School and Will W Jackson Mid dle School Served as the assistant superintendent of secondary edu cation for Alief ISO from 1989 to 1994 Since 1994 he has been serving as the superintendent of Port NechesGroves ISO PNGISD has an enrollment of about students a staff of 686 employees and an annual budget of mil lion Family Facts Wife Jeanette Children a daughter Regina 25 and a son Reagan 21 Source New Braunfels ISO Office of Public Information Safe bikes for everyone Boy Scout Justin Parchman checks his bike for safety HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Citys bike safety is Scouts personal goal By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer When 12yearold Justin Parch man read about two teenagers who had their bicycles stolen in New Braunfels he decided to do some thing about it and help prevent other youngsters from falling prey Two teens were riding their bicy cles on East San Antonio Street Feb 13 when four passengers in a car fol lowing them got out and took the bikes The story in the Feb 16 edition of the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung recounted the incident and reminded bike owners of the need to register their bikes as required by a city ordi nance Parchman read the story and was inspired to use it as his Eagle Scout Project I talked with my dad about it and we decided this would be a good Parchman said He said he decided to conduct a bicycle safety day for local youth He has distributed flyers at local ele mentary schools trying to get them to participate in Saturdays activities He said this would give people an opportunity to learn about bike safe ty have their bikes registered and have fun participating in a bike rodeo It really helps out the police department in recovering stolen he said I think it will prevent kids from getting To pull the event off Parchman convinced several community orga nizations to participate The New Braunfels Police Department will register bikes the New Braunfels Optimist Club will sponsor the bike rodeo McKenna Rehabilitation Net work will provide free helmets to the first 50 participants and critical care nurses from McKenna will dis tribute child safety information Refreshments will also be provided organizations are very excited about Parchman said It Turn to Bikes Page 3 Garden Ridge puts the squeeze on its garden hoses By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE The Garden Ridge City Council approved new water restrictions Wednesday night which would ban the use of sprinklers for landscape watering year round between the hours of 10 and 8 Mayor Jay P Millikin said the coun cil voted for the measure which will take effect immediately The council voted for the new land scape watering restrictions as a way to show that the city is serious about conserving water the mayor said The restrictions would be in effect even if the city is not under drought management stages The watering of lawns with hand held hoses buckets and drip irrigation systems would still be permitted any time during the day Last May in response to the severe drought which was ravaging South and Central Texas the city went into Stage IV drought management restric tions At that time those restrictions prohibited the watering of landscapes and yards with sprinklers or automat ic sprinklers Watering could only be done with handheld hoses buckets and drip irrigation systems A month later the council amended the restrictions to allow watering with sprinklers every 10 days based on the last digit of a homeowners address The council did this because some res idents were concerned their landscapes would suffer IN OTHER BUSINESS Canvassed the returns and declared the results of the May 3 city elections Rescinded the appointment of Wendy Katleman as chairman of city parks and recreation com mittee Appointed Dan Rein as chair man of the city park and recre ation committee Accepted the resignation of Roger Johnson city treasurer effective Tuesday Voted to initiate a request to the Texas Natural Resource Con servation Commission to amend the current Certificiate of Conve nience and Necessity CCN for the city of Garden Ridge Water Company to eliminate the provi sions for water service to areas outside city limits between Mar bach Lane east to Garden Ridge city limits Approved a resolution to ded icate Garden Ridge City Hall in the memory of the late Mayor Wal ter A Yohey Jr who served from April 1987 to May 1990 Guadalupe cleanup planned for May 17 By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GUADALUPE RIVER STATE PARK Grab your bathing suits and bring out your canoes and boats The seventh annual Upper Guadalupe River Cleanup is around the comer The cleanup will concentrate on the section of the Guadalupe River from Bergheim on FM 3351 in Kendall County to Rebeccas Creek Crossing in western Comal County covering 23 miles Guadalupe River State Park ranger Deirdre Hisler said She said this years river cleanup will be shorter than in years past because the cleanup has gotten most of its support from Comal County During the past few years the cleanup started at the Guadalupe Riv er near Boerne and ended at Rebecca Creek covering 51 miles Hisler cleanup coordinator said each year the cleanup gets better because so many people are commit ted to cleaning up the river We customarily have 300 to 400 Hisler said We dont nec essarily have the big numbers but we have the commitment of the returning The Upper Guadalupe River Cleanup attracts boating and canoeing groups from many parts of the state which volunteer time to clean up the river Hisler said the upper part of the Guadalupe River does not receive the trash or debris prevalent on the lower part of the river because private landowners do a good job of taking care of the river As was the case last year the cleanup will be held at the Weidner Ranch Helen and Charlie Weidner have been on this section of the river for most of their entire life and they are opening their ranch for free camping for the Hisler said Registration at the Weidner Ranch will be from 9 to The cleanup will be from to 5 After the cleanup is over at a dinner for volunteers will be served at the Weidner Ranch Preregistration forms can be obtained from Guadalupe River State Park by calling 210 4382656 The cleanup is sponsored by Guadalupe River State Park Weid ner Ranch GuadalupeBlanco River Authority Friends for Rivers Texas Natural Resource Conservation Com mission River CleanUp Program Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Comal County Water Ori ented Recreation District BCI Inter national Texas Rivers Protection Association Texas River Recreation Association and Texas Waste Sys tems For more information about the cleanup call Hisler at 210 4382656 Rodeo on wheels See Page 4