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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 28, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY NewBraunfels Find out how to find the right fishing rod See Page 1B 50 CENTS Herald 18 pages in two sections Wednesday May Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Donnle and Sandra Duncan Vol 145 No 140 Inside Dear Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Marilyn DeWalt Joyce Miller Esmeralda Puente Dora Ramirez and Kathleen Rhodes and belated wishes to Alfonso Sandoval Happy anniversary wishes to Donnie and Sandra Duncan To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count mold grass Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 282 cubic feet per sec ond same as Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 01 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Tuesday and gallons of well water were used 135 South exits remain closed Work on Interstate 35 South will continue this week All construction should be done behind the barriers and southbound lanes should be free of closures However several exits will remain closed The Engel Road Schwab Road and FM 1103 exits will remain closed Drivers should use the Solms Road exit to get to these roads This means the rest area on the south bound side of I35 will also be closed Further south the FM 3009 ramp will also be closed and drivers should use the FM 482 exit Dont forget that graduation gift New Braunfels High School will conduct graduation cere monies at 8 Thursday May 29 at Unicorn Stadium If it is raining Thursday cere monies will be moved to the gymnasium Only those with tickets will be admitted Others will be placed in the cafetorium or an extra classroom where they can watch on a large screen television Smithson Valleys graduation also will be Thursday at 8 at Ranger Stadium Inclement weather plans were not avail able by press time Canyon High graduation ceremonies will take place at 8 Friday May 30 at Cougar Stadium In case of rain the ceremonies will be moved to Cougar Den Stu dents will be given 10 tickets marked for gym ceremonies and if the exercises are moved family and friends will need the tickets All three high schools said the location for the ceremonies will be determined at the last possible minute so ceremonies can remain outside if possible Schools release students for school year Wednesday is the last of day of classes in the New Braun fels Independent School Dis trict while students in Comal Independent School District attend classes until Friday ISO students will be released from school early Friday Comal dodges storms bullet At least 32 killed north of Austin no major damage in New Braunfels TT 1 Tornado rips through Jarrell Less than quarter inch of rain 51 mph winds reported By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Though rain hail and heavy winds blew through Comal County Tues the county was for the most part spared the severe weather that plagued Central Texas late Tuesday The National Weather Service recorded 22 inch of rain and a high wind of 51 mph at New Braunfels Municipal Airport Though only 10 inch of rain was reported in San Antonio wind Whats inside See Page 3A Bracken family burned out of home Cops utili ties report on damage gusts reached 125 mph There were no official reports of funnel clouds and no tornado warn ings were issued for Comal County Funnels were spotted in Blanco Travis Williamson and Medina coun ties Comal County was under a severe thunderstorm warning from until and hail was reported at Canyon Lake at It has been a wet year so far espe cially compared to the drought con ditions of 1996 according to NWS officials Yeartodate rainfall for the HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Roland Sanchez parks department maintenance employee for New Braunfels saws one of many branches that fell during storms that blew into the area Tuesday night Very little damage was incurred in the Comal County area San Antonio area this year is inches compared to inches through the end of May 1996 The National Weather service was unable to provide rain fall statistics City postpones vote on bridge By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council unan imously postponed action on a pro posal to reconstruct Gruene Bridge until a special meeting at 7 June 5 at the Municipal Building District 5 councilwoman Cathy Talcott made the motion and cited the need for additional public input and further study before council made a final determination of the proposal I really feel like this is such an important issue that I want to devote it to a separate she said She originally suggested the city hold a workshop but Mayor Jan Ken nady said it should be a special meet ing so council could take action after hearing from the public City staff recommended going ahead with the proposal to address increasing traffic and concerns for water recreational safety The Texas Department of Trans portation and federal government are offering to pay 90 percent of the pro ject estimated to cost up to with the city picking up the rest of the tab City officials want to take advan tage of the offer that could save the city thousands of dollars and would specifically for Comal County The forecast calls for a 40 percent chance of showers today and a 20 percent Thursday Highs both days will be in the mid I really feel like this is such an impor tant issue that I want to devote it to a separate meet Councilwoman Cathy Talcott not be available until another five to 10 years City Manager Mike Shands said Local merchants and residents in Gruene have urged the city not to tear the existing bridge down because of the scenic view it provides local residents and tourists throughout the year They have said the bridges posi tion in a valley provided an attrac tive view for residents and tourists TxDOTs design plan would raise the bridge by several feet on both sides of the Guadalupe River 80s with lows in the mid tohigh 60s Chances for severe weather are slight untiV the weekend with forecasters calling for a 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms JARRELL Texas AP Bits of clothing hung from barbedwire fences dead cattle lay sidebyside telephone poles were snapped in half a tractor trailer lay upsidedown in a field And where the Double Creek Estates once stood there was noth ing Its not there Williamson County sheriffs deputy Raby said of the housing tract that was wiped out by one of several tornadoes that roared through Texas on Tuesday killing at least 32 peo ple I dont know of anything anyone can Raby said The states deadliest tornadoes in a decade ripped through four counties in central Texas from Waco to Austin Jarrell a town of about 40 miles north of Austin was hit hardest 30 residents dead scores more injured 50 homes leveled It was like a big vacuum sucked everything said Max Johnson who visited the town after a fun nel cloud blazed a swath of about a mile long and 200 yards wide Ray Westphal manager of a Wendys restaurant in Cedar Park about 25 miles away said he was watching the darkened horizon with others ia his parking lot until the funnel started coming through the sky Then everyone Comal ISD eyes options for growth By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HZ names new managing editor Margaret Edmonson former city edi tor at the Kerrville Daily Times has been named managing editor of the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung editor and publisher Doug Toney announced today Edmonson will oversee newsroom operations at the HeraldZeitung She replaces Micah Boyd who resigned to accept the position of media specialist with the Corpus Christi Hous ing Authority Were very pleased to have Mar garet with Toney said in his announcement We are disappointed yet happy for Micahs opportunity in Corpus Were very fortunate to have someone of Mar garets experience and talents to take over the news Toney said She started her journalism career at the Her aldZeitung eight years ago as a reporter so she knows the Edmonson left the HeraldZeitung to work for the Kerrville Daily Times in 1990 as a general assignments reporter She covered eveiy major beat for the Margaret Edmonson Times including the county city river authority and schools She was pro moted to business and regional editor in 1993 and became city editor in 1996 Edmonson graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University with a bachelor of arts degree in English My family is looking forward to moving to Comal County and we are glad to have the opportunity to remain in the Texas Hill she said Her husband Robert is a research specialist with the Texas Forest Ser vice in Kerrville and they have a 5 yearold daughter Maranda The Edmonspns plan to live in the Bulverde area The long range planning commit tee for Comal Independent School Dis trict reached a consensus Tuesday night to study eliminating intermediate schools and building several new cam puses Ken Niemann a consultant with Pfluger Associates told approximate ly 26 committee members present that the district would experience rapid growth in the next few years By the 20022003 school year the Bulverde and Spring Branch area would have new students the Mountain Val ley area would have 560 new students and the New Braunfels and Canyon area would have about 331 new stu dents he said The committee now had to deter mine the best way to accommodate for all these new Niemann said Niemann presented the group with two options to deal with the growth Option A would maintain the current makeup of schools including prima ry elementary intermediate middle and high schools Niemann said under this option students still would be able to attend school in their neigh borhoods However the plan would call for three new schools and eight major additions at existing campuses to increase capacities The cost of the first option would be about mil lion he said 1 think the enrollment projections The options Option A Maintain the current mix of schools keeping intermediate school campuses Seven major additions at Bul verde Elementary Bill Brown Elementary Mountain Valley Elementary Frazier Elemen tary Comal Elementary Canyon Middle School and Canyon High School Four new schools including two elementary schools one intermediate school and one high school Projected cost of million Option B Eliminate intermediate cam puses leaving elementary mid dle and high school campuses Eight major additions at Bul verde Elementary Bill Brown Elementary Frazier Elemen tary Comal Elementary Canyon Intermediate Elemen Smithson Valley Middle School Canyon Middle School and Canyon High School Three new schools including two elementary schools and one high school Projected cost of mil lion present a pretty dam good picture in the big picture sense of how your dis trict is Niemann said The Turn to Growth Page 2A NBMS drama students do it their way with trip to New York City By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer A traditional field trip for most middle school students might be a jaunt to a local museum or state park But New Braunfels Middle School drama stu dents annually push the limits of tradition by trav eling to New York City Twentytwo students and six adults leave for a Big Apple adventure Thursday and return Sunday June 1 The group is made up of students from NBMS drama classes and their chaperones Bob Watson drama teacher at the school and organizer of the trip for the eighth consecutive year said the trip offers a great deal to the partic ipating students The trip gives the students four days of being on their own and forces them to think for them Watson said They also see the advan tages of being in one of the largest cities in the world seeing the diversity and accepting the dif Plans call for the party to walk down Wall Street ascend the Statue of Liberty tour the Met ropolitan Museum of Art and dine in Little Italy and Chinatown An annual highlight Watson said is attending Broadway shows He said the group has tickets for the shows Phantom of the Opera and for students with parental permission Watson said the unplanned events during the trip often outshine the regular tourist activities One year we were walking through Central Park and a CNN crew stopped us and asked the kids what inventions they expected to see in the Watson said Our kids came up with such creative answers that CNN aired all the responses We came back home and watched ourselves on television al Watson said another annual event is for the group to go to the Today show studio and hope to appear on national television The studio is behind a large glass window and we go down there and Watson said If the people in New Braunfels want to get up at 6 we will certainly wave at The trip costs about per person Watson said and includes transportation and hotel costs as well as meals and admission to all museums and shows He said all expenses are paid by the indi viduals and their families Concerts in the Park series begins Thursday See Page 6A
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