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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 12, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY Junior golfers keep busy See Page 7 50 CENTS New Braunfels Heraici 14 pages in one section Thursday June Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Marsha Kiesling Vol 145 No 151 Inside Market Stanimtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The Afeiv Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Diane Watson Marsha Kies ling Lori Hill Eddie DeVol 18 Dustin Crews 17 Gabbie Resales Kimberley Weaver 12 Linda Con nally Inez Howell Darrel Schneider and Lonie Eicken horst Happy anniversary wishes go to Sue and Maurice Bankston and Roman and Lillian Lehmann 41 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count not available River Information Comal River 294 cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 03 from Wednesday 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 Wednesday and million gallons of well water were used Its looking more like summer Summer weather is upon us A slight chance of rain is in the forecast for today otherwise get ready for temperatures to reach the low 90s with partly cloudy skies and a south wind 10to15mph For tonight expect mostly cloudy skies and lows in the mid 70s with a south wind 5 to 10 mph Friday will be hot with highs reaching the mid 90s and a south wind up to 15 mph This weekends forecast calls for partly cloudy skies a slight chance of rain highs in the 90s and lows in the 70s Citizens invited to TxDOT meeting Citizens interested in com menting on speed limits on Texas highways are invited to a public meeting today at 7 at the Texas Department of Transportation District Office NW Loop 41 Oat Callaghan Road in San Anto nio A large contingent of Comal County residents and elected officials are expected to attend and present safety concerns regarding 281 Written comments may be sent to the Texas Department of Transportation Box 29928 San Antonio Texas 782843601 Dont forget Fathers Day Although he probably deserves to be honored all year long there is one day set aside dedicated solely to the men in our lives called our fathers Fathers Day Sunday so if you better start looking for that perfect gift that says Thank You and I Love whether its a tie golf clubs or a screw driver Watch for those 135 southbound exits The only exits open for Inter state 35 southbound traffic are Solms Road in southeast New Braunfels and FarmtoMarket Road 2252 in west Schertz lUbular HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Bart and Christ Butler take a relax ing float down the Comal River Wednesday after noon Heavy rains have not affected the flow of the Comal River because it depends on the flow from springs YMCA appoints director By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The presence of the YMCA in New Braunfels moved closer to being a reality Tuesday when Gin ny Eanes was chosen from a field of six candidates as the first direc tor of the local YMCA branch We were really impressed with her skills working with children and her ability to work with the said Jane MacDonald a YMCA board member involved in selecting the new director She is going to be a great ambassador for the YMCA and New Braun Joe Bueno executive director of the Northeast San Antonio YMCA said the hiring of Eanes was a big step for the local branch We now have someone who Ginny Eanes can nurture it bring it along and help it Bueno said Eanes said she was anxious to begin her directorial duties Our first goal is to establish the afterschool program and that the YMCA is here to help the kids of the Eanes said Eanes an Austin native has lived in New Braunfels for 25 years with her husband Bill The Eanes have two children Greg 29 of Houston and Jason 27 who lives in New Braunfels with his wife Kim Washing machine fire HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall New Braunfels firefighters put out a small fire at about Wednesday at 1006 Wallahalla St that caused a chair and towel inside a washer to smolder officials said No injuries were reported to the sole occupant an elderly woman who called in the incident Comal ISO eyes major budget cuts By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Lawmen seniors join forces against crime SALT meeting Friday morning By ABE LEVY Staff Writer At 55 years Mac Campbell barely made the age of eligibility to join the Comal County Senior Citizens Center but hes already concerned about falling prey to crime targeted at seniors Moving to McQueeney from Houston five years ago the Scottishborn native said vigilance had become more of a pri ority as he entered the golden years of life If a young person approached me in my younger years I wouldve popped him but I couldnt he said Come nightfall I only go to places I know where Im familiar with If I go anywhere new I keep my eyes He said that awareness was critical to protecting his quality of life as a senior To help prevent the victimization of area seniors local law enforcement offi A proposed group designed to reduce senior crime in the area plans to conduct its third meeting at Friday at the Comal County Sheriffs Office 3005 W San Antonio St For more infor mation call the New Braunfels Police Department at 6082179 or the sheriffs office at 6203400 cials and community leaders are gathering support to form an anticrime awareness group The proposed group would be known as Seniors And Law Enforcement Togeth er or SALT SALTS membership would be made up of mainly seniors organizers said A Triad would be formed through the effort as representatives from the local police department sheriffs office and seniors committed to enhancing senior crime prevention Triads exist on the local state and national level They are endorsed by seniors groups and national police orga nizations who unite to form a cooperative effort The idea is simple Seniors listen to other seniors and know best what law enforcement issues they face For Campbell a lack of respect for the elderly in todays society made seniors a vulnerable target for crime Parents he said had not instilled discipline in todays children and no respect was cultivated When I was in school you helped seniors The authority figures in life are not there he said They are too afraid of getting sued or losing their jobs to do anything about Issues facing seniors are what the groups organizers want to collect so that they can share prevention tips and become more aware of each others needs orga nizers said want to believe that people are honest but who better to tell them Turn to SALT Page 2 Getting blood out of a turnip that is what the search for money to cover all the needs and requests in the the Comal Independent School District budget could resemble CISD administrators Wednes day night told the board of trustees that money in the district was tight and major cuts would have to be made to prevent the tax rate from reaching the rollback point CISD Superintendent Jerry Major told the board that if princi pals were given the same amount of funds to run the individual cam puses as last year and a minimum 5 percent increase was figured in teachers salaries the district still would have to increase the tax rate roughly 2 cents However he said there was a second list of items including addi tional staffing security utilities transportation maintenance and growth supplies and materials that would take the budget even higher To fund the budget we need would take he told the board We have worked since January to get this thing to work and we just cant get it to However finding the revenue to support that kind of budget would be difficult According to current tax fig ures a tax rate of a 10 cent increase would still leave the district million short of funding its budget Director of Finance Abel Campos said that did not take into account refer endums that would be decided on Aug 9 Voters will decide if homestead exemptions are increased from to and if residents older than 65 years can transfer their tax freeze to a new house He said the appraisal district was running a test for him to see what the impact would be if the measure was passed On your tax bill With a home taking the current state exemption and the 20 percent local exemp tion you would pay the fol lowing in taxes At a rate of you would pay in taxes At a rate of you would pay in taxes At a rate of you would pay in taxes Thats why Im kind of antsy about what the real numbers are will Campos said Major told the board that to avoid reaching the rollback tax rate the district would have to dip into the fund balance for the remaining funds He said that was a business philosophy with which he did not agree Its bad practice to go into your savings account to balance a bud get because next year youll have to dip into it he said That leaves the district with the option of cutting its expenses One of the items on the second list was 56 additional staffing positions The board initially raised the ques tion of whether all the positions were needed Personnel director Caroline Wemli assured the board that she had already cut the num ber and this list of staff is really cut to the very bare The board approved 25 of the 56 posi tions but delayed acting on the remaining ones Trustees said all the items on the list were important and said each item would have to be weighted and possibly cut We just have to look at whats here and just try to squeeze said trustee John Clay The board will approve a budget in August However it cannot set a tax rate until after Sept 1 Dachsund lovers bring pets to New Braunfels Weekend show set at Civic Center By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The invasion is upon us Theyre coming from California Theyre coining from Florida Our deepest fears have become manifest Yes the weeniedogs are here To dog breeders and purists they are dachshunds But to the great unwashed these adorable animals are affectionately known as weeniedogs Whatever you choose to call them breeders from across the country are bringing their animals to New Braun fels for a weekend competition The Dachshund Club of America is hosting its Region III Specialty Dachshund Show in the Civic Center beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday We have entries from California Florida Oklahoma and said Carol McLean secretary for the show Were expecting 65 to 70 ani mals to be She estimated that about half of the dogs entered were coming from out of state Judges for the competition are com ing from California Minnesota Ohio and New Mexico Registration for the show has been Bulverde volunteers clean service center By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer closed McLean said The animals will be judged in three varieties smooth longhaired and wirehaired The dogs also will be divided into two sizes miniature weighing less than 11 pounds and standard There also will be judging of dachshund puppies each day of the show The show will be open to the pub lic from 10 to about 4 Fri day and Saturday and from 9 to about 3 on Sunday There is no admission charge BULVERDE Volunteers were hard at work Tuesday cleaning up the Branch Community Service Center after it was flooded dur ing Mondays stonn that pounded near ly 5 inches of rain on Bulverde The center on Bulverde Lane across from the Bulverde Air Park was one of a few buildings in the area that suf fered flood damage when Indian Creek overflowed its banks Jack Schulz said volunteers were close to reopening the center Right now we are getting every thing under Schulz said We have a bunch of volunteers helping Schulz said the center was sched uled to reopen at 10 today It sus tained 15 to 18 inches of water damage The center was founded in June 1995 and provides families who need assis tance with food clothing handicap assistance equipment furniture and other household goods The Branch Com munity Service Center serves western Comal County and is supported by four Bulverde area churches St Paul Lutheran Church St Josephs Catholic Church Bulverde United Methodist Church and First Baptist Church of Bulverde Canyon Lake tfcamtoer director returns See Page 2   

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