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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY Spelunkers take a swing at the state title See Page fB 50 CENTS NewBraunfels Herald 18 pages in two sections Wednesday June Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Hunter Moellor PA80 Vol 145 No 160 Inside Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Margaret Conyers Matt Schriewer 14 Nate Skel ton 12 Janey Matulich 7 Hunter Moeller 3 Stephen Morga Patrick Goebel Bridge Schultz 16 Cheryl Keller belated and Kyra Brandt Happy anniversary wishes to Juan and Cruz Rose Zavala To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Not available Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 345 cubic feet per sec ond down 40 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 007 from Tuesday 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 Tuesday and gallons of well water were used P More rain could be on the way Although the area is still recovering from the week ends flooding more rain with possible flooding is expected for the county According to the National Weather Service the area is under a flash flood watch until 6 with a 40 percent chance or thunderstorms Heavy rain is possible today The high will be in the upper 80s with a south wind at 5 to 10 mph Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of thunderstorms tem peratures in the lower 70s and a south wind at 5 to 10 mph Thursday calls for mostly cloudy skies a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms tem peratures reaching near 90 and a south wind at 5 to 10 mph NBISD filing period ends today Today is the last day for indi viduals to make up their minds whether to file for the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees Two atlarge seats the Districts 1 seat and the remaining year on the district 4 seat are up for election Anyone still wishing to file has until 5 today to com plete the paperwprk at the Education Center 430 W Mill St To be eligible to file the potential candidate must have been a resident of the state for 12 months and a resident of the trustee district for six months Donate to Red Cross to aid flood victims The local Red Cross was on the front lines providing flood victims with shelter food and other necessities The best way to help the Red Cross help victims of floods and oth er disasters is with a monetary donation to the Red Cross That money can be used to provide exactly what is need ed at a given time from baby formula to new clothes Send donations to Red Cross 178 E Mill New Braunfels TX 78130 or call 6061999 Chamber tells visitors to splash it up after deluge Effort will focus on counteracting news of flood By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce reacting to the week ends flooding will embark on an aggressive advertising campaign begin ning this weekend to promote New Braunfels summer Chamber President Michael Meek said the group will spend about during the initial thrust of its You Can Still Have a Splashing Soaking Wet and Wild Time in New Braunfels cam paign Meek said the campaign was neces sary to correct the public perception across the state that recent floods had closed tourist attractions in the area We have multiple recreational options including the Comal River and Meek said Peo ple hear about the floods and think the Hill Country is closed That is not the Meek said the chamber would run ads on Sunday in the Dallas Morning News and the Houston Chronicle The group also would run about 300 60 second radio ads across the state on the Texas State Network Friday through July 2 Meek said the shortterm goal of the campaign was to attract visitors for the Fourth of July weekend New Braunfels City Manager Mike Shands said the chamber receives about annually to promote tourism The money is derived from the citys portion of the room tax paid by visitors at local motels and hotels ad campaign is a good appro priate use of the funds because it attracts visitors here and encourages them to Cleaning up planning ahead Weekend flooding leaves residents county pondering options By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Three days after evacuating their homes because of rising floodwa ters flood victims in Bulverde Cibo lo and Schertz were cleaning up their water damaged homes and trying to put their lives back together again Sundays rains which poured any where from six inches in New Braun fels to as much as 18 inches in Ban dera caused several flash floods in Bexar Comal Guadalupe Medina and Bandera counties No injuries or fatalities were reported as rescue personnel evacu ated more than a dozen residents who live on Bulverde Lane and 35 to 40 on Twin Ridge Drive off Farm to Market 1863 Residents of River wood Estates south of Spring Branch had to be evacuated as the Guadalupe River rose and flooded several homes On Tuesday Nelda and Lester Mumme were busy cleaning their home Nelda said she witnessed the flood from a neighbors house which was on higher ground We were standing on the Nelda said I stood and watched the water go in the living Evidence of the flooding was still in the Mummes backyard as a bird house lifejackets and debris from the river were still scattered about While the Mummes are cleaning up their house Nelda said they are staying in a guest house Nelda said people have been real helpful to her during the trying time The people who couldnt help move the furniture went down the block and provided Nelda said The Mummes daughter Arline Turn to Cleaning Up Page 3A x HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Weldon ONeil takes a break from the humid weather during the cleanup of his mobile home at Pecan Grove Mobile Home Park in Schertz on Tuesday afternoon County eyes flood control measures Commissioners to hear drainage study proposal By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall The signs says it all at Potters Creek Park at Canyon Lake Tuesday James Terry cleans up the mess at his home near the Guadalupe River in Riverwood Estates near Spring Branch The water reached the second story and took nearly everything with it including a 1960s model Cadillac HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Western Comal County residents are still trying to recover from the second flood to hit the area in less than two weeks and talk is already beginning to see what if anything can be done to help manage the swollen creeks Comal County Commissioners Court will hear a report Friday on a drainage study of the Lewis Creek Watershed and Oak Village North Subdivision in the Bulverde area County Commissioner Danny Scheel whose precinct was hardest hit by the recent rains said there are currently five flood control dams in the county that were erected in about the 1970s He said the dams are scat tered throughout the county and are located on various creeks including the Bleiders and Comal creeks They prevent a lot of water from flooding those Scheel said Natural Resource Con servation Society will make the pre sentation to the court Friday Turn to County Page 3A Senate endorses boosting Medicare eligibility to 67 WASHINGTON AP Affluent senior citizens would pay up to four times more for Medicare pre miums and the age of eligibility would rise gradual ly to 67 for all recipients under a plan approved by the Senate Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott said the proposed changes were a matter of fundamen tal Why should working people making a year be paying for wealthy people who make to get Medicare he asked Tuesday dur ing debate on the plan The Medicare provisions were part of a massive Why should working people making a year be paying for wealthy people who make to get Medicare Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott bill designed to save billion from Medicare Medicaid and other programs and balance the budget by 2002 The overall bill was expected to pass the Senate by a wide margin today although President Clinton has said he believed incomelinked premiums and a higher eligibility age for Medicare had no place in the balanced budget deal The House also was set today to take up its own version of the bill but it did not call for such dramatic changes in the government health care program for the elderly Under the Senate plan Medicare premiums which otherwise would be for everyone next year would begin to increase for elderly individ uals whose incomes exceed spend money and have a good Shands said Meek said state law governing use of the room tax prevents his group from advertising in the San Antonio and Austin markets because visitors from those areas normally do not stay overnight We are fortunate that those markets are covered by advertising from entities such as Schlitterbahn and the Gruene Shands said City hotel settle suit over back bed taxes Ramada has 30 days to pay debt By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The city of New Braunfels gave a local hotel 30 days to pay back more than in delinquent hotel occu pancy taxes according to an agree ment both parties signed Friday Ramada Limited Motel at Interstate 35 and Walnut Avenue failed to pay taxes for the third and fourth quarters of 1996 and the first quarter of this year City Attorney Jacqueline Cullom said If the amount is not paid within 30 days by July 23 Cullom said the city would seek a temporary restraining order to stop hotel operations until all the taxes are paid Im pretty confident they will pay the money Cullom said Its pretty typical Its not our intent to slow their business down That doesnt mean that if they dont pay we wont seek an The taxes are paid by overnight vis itors who are assessed a 7 percent charge on all room rentals within the city limits Citywide hotel occupancy taxes totaled almost million this past year According to state law the revenue must pay for tourism promotions that attract people to spend the night in New Braunfels hotels and motels Almost three quarters of the revenue goes to the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce in a tourism promotions contract Ramadas total debt which includes past due payments penalties attor neys fees and court costs is estimated at The suit names Monarch Club Man agement Limited Company of San Diego as an unincorporated association whose assumed name is Ramada Limited Hotel officials could not be reached for comment Judge Casteel Mayor Kennady bowl for mixer From staff reports Who is queen of Comal County Mayor Jan Kennady or County Judge Carter Casteel At least when it comes to bowling skills the two are scheduled to settle that question Thursday night Owners of Comal Bowl have sched uled a bowling match for the two rivals during a monthly mixer for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce from 5 to 7 Thursday at the Comal Bowl 1202 Huisache Ave The two are best friends but that didnt stop them from talking some Said Casteel of Kennady Of course Ill beat her because Im a much better bowler I know I Said Kennady of Casteel Thats just like Carter No wonder she plays every Wednesday night Im too busy serving the Want to know who won the ACS car To find out see Kudos Page 44   

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