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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Stars fafce second at tourney Page 1B New Braunfels SO CENTS 0 i 0 o rii i MO vui TV 20 pages in three sections Friday July Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of and Janls Hendrix Vol 145 No 167 Inside SLimmlisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Melinda C Molinar Dr Carlos Campos and his son Benjamin belated Mary Helen Bayona Cathy Hinman Lau ra Perez Janis Hen drix Shannon Marie Espinoza 8 Nancy Gaisford Sat Moe Schwab Allan Spinney Travis Barton 12 years Mathew Sanchez 1 and Benny Garcia Happy anniversary wishes go to Bert and Janis Hendrix and Tito and Mary Chavez 16 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 River Information Comal River 334 cfs up 1 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 01 from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs as ofearly Thursday morning 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 Thursday and million gallons of well water were Perfect weather on tap for Fourth of July weekend Independence Day should be a great day to head out doors for activities and fire works displays with hot tem peratures and less than a 20 percent chance of showers Todays forecast calls for partly cloudy skies this after noon isolated showers or thunderstorms a high in the 90s and a southeast wind at 10 to 15 mph The weather for the fireworks show in Landa Park should be nice with partly cloudy skies isolated early evening showers and a low in the 70s Saturday calls for more of the same with partly cloudy skies isolated afternoon showers a low in the 70s and a high in the 90s Only one boat ramp open at Canyon Lake The only boat ramp open at Canyon Lake is in Canyon Lake Hills at Tom Creek If problems arise because of a high volume of boat users the sheriffs office will have the authority to close the ramp NB ordinance forbids fireworks In city Remember fireworks are banned in the city Anyone caught possessing discharg ing or selling fireworks could be cited with a Class C mis demeanor Dont forget Area code changes Monday Beginning Monday the area code for New Braunfels Canyon Lake Seguin Boerne Gonzales and Ker rville will change from 210 to 830 Residents will have a grace period to get used to the new number Legion losing flags to thieves Group seeking replacement flags By ABE LEVY Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Damall Commander Glenn Morris front and Adjutant Cecil Konkel back roll flags they will fly today for Independence Day celebrations The Guadalupe Valley American Legion Post 35 is missing more than 70 American flags displayed downtown during major holi days and Special occasions in New Braunfels members said Theft is what they said they suspected as causing the original number of 200 flags to decrease to 128 throughout more than three decades of use It doesnt sit said Cecil Konkel a for mer post commander and current finance offi cer who came to New Braunfels in 1964 It angers us to the point that we dont want to put them out The post bought the flags in the early 1960s from a special committee that came under some financial problems with maintaining the The Power of Persuasicn Restoration group maintains vision for arts center By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Betty Lou Rushing has a fire in her belly She has a vision in which the old Lower Colorado River Authority plant is a thriving cultural arts center for the Comal Coun ty community She wrote about the vision in a March 3 The strength of the Comal 1996 guest column for Power plant Restoration Membership the HeraldZeitung When the column hit the news stands Rushings phone began to ring As the calls started coming in I thought I might get five seven sajdV She was deluged with calls she said She learned her dream of giv ing the old power plant new life was shared by more people than she imagined she said What began last year as a core group of people who shared her vision is now the Comal Power Plant Restoration Association that she says now has 300 members That really is die Rushing said to have a cul tural arts center where children could come quiet reading rooms rehearsal rooms everything to promote the cultural An auditorium would be the complexs centerpiece she said New firauntels has outgrown the Civic Center audi Turn to Restoration Page 2A Association Inc lies in its numbers The grassroots group currently has about 300 members Organizers hope to swell the ranks before the Lower Colorado River Authority decides the buildings fate Membership dues are for individuals for families any other amount is wel comed Membership checks should be made payable to CPPRA Inc and sent to 1115 Tumbleweed Drive New Braunfels TX 78130 Top Guests of a CPPRA tour go check out the area that holds the boiler Center CPPRA uti lization committee member Jan Estes walks in front of one of the large windows Left CPPRA interior utilization director Fred Frueholz and Will Ryals CPPRA president look at the new plans drawn for refurbishment of the old Comal Power Plant HeraldZeitung photos by Michael Darnell LCRA will decide structures fate By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The fate of one of New Braunfels most enduring landmarks rests in the hands of an Austinbased state agency The Comal Power Plant at Fredericks burg and Landa streets is arguably the citys most identifiable landmark The build ing and its smokestacks can be seen for miles and anyone who has visited Landa Park or Wurstfest cant help but take note of the magnificent edifice Ironically the buildings future will not be decided locally but by the Lower Colorado River Authority The LCRA created by the Texas Legislature in 1934 to build flood control dams along the Colorado River has owned the building since 1947 and operat ed the power plant until 1973 A spokesman for LCRA said the agency had identified four possible dispositions for the building 1 leave the building as it is and seal it to History lesson 1925 Construction began on the San Antonio Public Service Co power plant Sept The coalburning power plant went on line 1947 The Lower Colorado River Authority took over plant operation 1973 The LCRA plant was taken off line for toe last timei 1987 the ICRAteased approxi mately 18 acres of In acre proper ty to the city of 1996 the LCRA and the city termi nated the tease LCRA paid to cover the incurred devel oping a master plan for the land j Source A Narrathw Hfetory of the Comai Poww Plant by AdMtw prohibit entry 2 perform a partial cleanup of environ Turn to LCRA Page 2A flags Konkel said The group put the flags on parking meters and then after the city removed them placed them on special stands he said While that committee displayed the flags for a fee in front of downtown storefronts the posts flags are displayed for free as a public service he said Its a symbol of veterans service in the military and the buddies theyve lost in service It means a whole lot to Konkel said Turn to Flags Page 3A Firefighters extinguish two fires child hurt From staff reports New Braunfels firefighters put out a small fire Thursday afternoon on the roof of a Wurstfest ticket booth on Landa Park Drive Minutes later fire officials responded to a separate incident in which an 11yearold boy received firstand seconddegree bums Fire officials said the booth fire caused minimal damage to a small spot on the roof and several shingles of the ticket booth The cause of the blaze was unknown despite early suspicions that it could have been some type of aerial fireworks or a cig arette officials said Police and fire officials scanned the area to see if anyone knew about the fire but found no significant information In the other incident the injured boy and three of his friends were playing with gasoline and matches in the OakRun sub division New Braunfels firefighters said Fire officials said the boys were pouring gasoline onto a pile of rocks in an attempt to light them on fire The boy suffered bums to his face neck and chest but appeared to be in fair condi tion firefighters said He was taken by AirLife to Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio Fourth of July planner Sophienburg Archives sponsors its annual parade around Main Plaza beginning at followed by a patriotic celebration featuring singing and speeches Local veterans will march from the Plaza to Prince Solms Park starting at 11 Colors will be posted and speech es will be given Before the march a muster will take place at 9 in front of Faust Hotel A Fourth of July parade will take place in Startzville at 11 A patriotic concert at the Landa Park dance slab featuring the Comal County Community Band the Hiil Coun try Chorus and the Community Chorale at Fireworks display over Landa Lake will begin at Arrive early for good seating Randolph Air Force Base Its a Family Affair opens to the public at 4 with the first band taking stage at 5 The day will include food booths and bands and will culminate with a fireworks display Happy Fourth of July Page 4A Railroad Commission offers safety tips for filters Page 54
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