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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Treanor maintains lead at junior golf tourney Page f 8 50 CENTS HXO SAN ANTONIO TX IdZe 14 pages In two sections Thursday July Servirig Coma County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Horiio ui MOOV o w H M i c R D p i r s H i K UK Fl IX Vol 145 No 176 Inside SUimmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZoftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Charles Burgess Grace Farias Liz Culpepper Joe Edler Elsie Bowers Renee Lapaglia David Wallas Albert ViHareal 22 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Not available Poten measured in parts per cubic meterd air Mamallon provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 1 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 04 from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation v New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and million gallons of weU water were used You guessed it and hot Today will sunny and hot when temperatures reach the mid to upper 9ps A 10 mph wind will be blowing out of the southeast to help cool things off just a little Tonight will be partly cloudy with a low in the tower 70s Fridays forecast is a carbon copy of todays except for the addi tion of a 20 percent chance of afternoon showers or thun derstorms Watch for these road closures The only exits for Inter state 35 southbound traffic are Solms Road in southeast New Braunfels and Farmto Market Road 2252 in west Schertz Closed because of high flows on the Guadalupe River are Gruene Bridge and Rebecca Creek Road Over the weekend look for possible closures at Union Avenue and Garden Street because of the high number of tubers and tourists Tale of a never ending story The WORD story that appeared on Page 1A of Wednesdays HeraldZeitung did not jump to Page 2A Because of a computer glitch and human error the jump disappeared into Computer NeverNever Land We found it however and are running it in todays paper For those who want to find out how it really ended see Page 3A Early voting starts Monday Early voting begins Monday for a constitutional amendment election to increase the amount of homestead exemptions when determining school taxes and the New Braunfels Inde pendent School District board election Residents in the New Braun fels Independent School Dis trict are filling two atlarge seats and the district 1 and 4 seats Early voting runs through Aug 5 with the election being held Aug 9 Comal gets disaster designation HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Oamall Owner of Canyon Lake Marina Steve Kennedy power washes some of the residue left by floods at Canyon Lake Impact of flooding estimated By OENISE DZIUK Staff Writer A day after the county judge asked the governor for federal assis tance dealing with the aftermath of recent flooding Comal County was included in the disaster declaration and residents are now eligible for loans and grants County Judge Carter Casteel said she signed a letter to Gov George W Bush Tuesday requesting the declaration and assistance and faxed it to the Federal Emergency Management Agency field office in San Antonio Just after noon Wednesday the county was included in the disaster area declaration Im happy for those citizens and that the county could do its part in Getting help Whats available Housing assistance loans for homes and property family and individual grants loans for agricul ture and small businesses loans for unemployment and additional assistance from local state and federal agencies Where to call 1 8004629029 or TTY 1 8004627585 When to call 8 to 6 seven days a week What youll need Social Security Number address at the time of the flood current address information on damages insurance policy information and a current telephone number where you can be reached getting help for those said Casteel In her letter Casteel cited the damage caused by the rainswollen river and creeks She said 55 fami lies and businesses were flooded 14 families required temporary housing 75 homes were without water electricity or telephones for several days 140 families were water bound and public roads suf fered minor damage County Fire Marshal Milton Willmann who surveyed the dam age said the financial impact of the flood would be at least Its going to be more than that because there were a lot more build ings and businesses that we didnt have dollar figures said Will mann We were pretty happy to be included in the Comal County now joins 14 oth er counties declared eligible for assistance Residents will now be able to get housing assistance home and properly loans grants tor agri culture and small business losses loans for unemployment and assis tance through other state local and federal agencies Residents can also go to a disas ter recovery center in Schertz or Bandcra for help in finding out how to access assistance Jo Moss public information offi cer with the Texas Division of Emergency Management said the center joins city state and federal agencies ready to answer questions on a variety of topics ranging from insurance health and consumer issues Residents can also get help Turn to Disaster Page 2A Blaze erupts on Central Cause of early morning fire under investigation By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Two women and their dog escaped a house fire this morning as it engulfed the porch and back part of their home in the 100 block of Central Avenue New Braunfels Fire Department personnel were called to the scene at about at the intersec tion of Central Avenue and Main Street battalion chief Wesley Mey er said Meyer said an investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of the blaze This was 50 percent engulfed only on the back portion of the Meyer said The back section of the house had an unusually thick wall Meyer said hindering the firefighters efforts The back section was added on and there is a triple thickness the battalion chief said Instead of having two sections of board we have three sections we have to take Firefighters had to use power saws to cut through the metal roof in the house so that firefighters could get proper ventilation Meyer said he would have to sur vey the house to determine whether or not the fire damaged it com pletely At press time the majority of the fire was extinguished except for a small part in the back of the house on which they were still working The identity of the occupants was not available at press time Above firefighters use a K12 power saw to cut through the roof to get to the attic area Left firefighter Roger Brinkkoeter moves to the other side of a burning house on Central Avenue around this morning Flames were seen shooting through the roof when the New Braunfels Fire Department arrived on the scene HeraldZeitung photos by Michael Darnall CL mans body found by friends By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer The dead body of Allen Belch 34 was found about 10 Wednesday at his home in the Lakeview Park area south of Canyon Lake Sheritrs office officials said the body was found by two friends who had not seen Belch for more than a week and went looking for him They found the body in his mobile home in the 300 block of Spanish Oak and called the sheriffs office The body was found by Pamela Richel and D D Matthews two of his former coworkers at Franks Supermarket in Canyon Lake He was an outgoing and friendly Richel said Officials are handling the case as a questionable death pending the results of an autopsy to be performed today Officials said the questionable death designation is used when an initial determination of death by homi cide accident or natural causes cannot be immediately made Justice of the Peace Howard Smith said the body had been decomposing for at least a week He said the body was found sitting down in the bathtub of his home wearing only a pair of pants The shower the bath room tap and the television in the living area were run ning The body is scheduled to be shipped to Wadena for burial after the autopsy is performed in Austin New GBRA directors take seats Wednesday SEGUIN Pamela M Hodges Catherine R Kay McHaney and Frederick S Fritz Schlather were installed at Wednesdays board meeting as directors of the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority following their appointments to sixyear terms earlier this month by Governor George W Bush Jr Hodges lives in Boerne and will be serving her first term representing Kendall County She is replacing current director Warren P Pat Kirksey of Caldwell County who served two terms on the GBRA board 1 am honored to have been given the opportunity to Turn to GBRA Page 2A WORD establishes ad hoc committee to study fee tax issue By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer S ATTLER The Water Oriented Recreation District set up an ad hoc committee Wednesday to deal with a hew state law Senate Bill 199 would give WORD the power to levy a tax on initiation or membership fees of private clubs which provide water recreation equipment to their members The board decided to go that route after hearing frqm members of a Canyon lake yacht dub who were concerned that a proposed tax on member ship or initiation fees would hurt them Board president Guy Anderson said there was a question Nautical Toys Boat Club which operates boats and rents them to members at Cranes Mill Marina has to pay a WORD tax on initiation and membership fees Because of those questions an escrow account between the boat club and WORD had been set up for the past few years into which Nautical Toys Boat Club has paid a portion of its membership and initiation fees The escrow account has more than in it WORD manager Jim Inman said He said before the legislation was passed the dis trict had been awaiting a ruling on Nautical Toys Boat Clubs status from the state attorney gener als office Mary Kressin commodore tor the Uake Canyon Yacht Club said the legislation could hurt her nonprofit organization Kressin said her yacht clubs members pay slip rental fees Currently the club does not provide any boats for recreational activities but if the club considers purchasing small boats for educational purposes they would be hit again You went to get one organization and you got Kressin said In addition to paying slip tees we would have to pay membership fees if boats are We dont like it at all We dont appreciate we didnt know about Anderson said public hearings were held con cerning changes WORD wanted in the legislation Kressin and club member Ruth Madorsky asked the board to see if it could include language which would exempt them Board member Scott Watson said if WORD would have to be carerul about con sidering such an exemption If we list an exemption for say a nonprofit then a lot of people will stay nonprofit to get away from paying the Watson said Anderson said the board must make a decision by Sept 1 the day the legislation goes into eftect The ad hoc committee which includes two board members and Kressin and Madorsky should have a recommendation by the meeting in August Turn to WORD Page 2A Hat Trick performs in Landa Park tonight Page 5A
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