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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                Wat clefeats WfP Rod again Page 1B 50 CENTS X X X X X X X X X X XX X X X X X X X X X X X XX X X tlXD BAN ANTONIO TX 78 x x TFXAS MIX EU x x PINK A x x x x x x x x x xx x x x x x x x x x x x x 14 pages in two sections Thursday July Serving Cornal County and surrounding areas tor more than 145 years Home of Clary Vol 145 No 181 Inside Market DearAbby SUimnUisrh Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Maria Delia Martinez Jo Ann Sonlitner Leo Schmidt ttena Clary Matt Wells Jeff Fin ley Megan EUse Cantu 4 Walter Fellers 85 Krystal Fay Gutierrez Adan Rivera Kathy Dailey belated and Oscar Barboza Sr To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Not available Pcfcn measured in parts psf cube meter of air Wamalion prowled by Dr Frank River Information I Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 5 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 15 from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 837 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 to be hpt Tonight partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms Low in the mid 70s Southeast wind 5 tolOmph x i Friday partly cloudy and hot with a less than 20 percent chance of showers High in the mid 90s Southeast wind near 10 mph Extended forecast urday through Monday morning clouds becoming mostly sunny days A slight chance of show ers or thunderstorms Saturday and Monday Lows in the 70s Highs in the mid to upper 90s County boat ramps are open All the countyoperated boat ramps on Canyon Lake were opened last weekend The Army Corps of Engineer ramps will remain closed because of high water Parking around the county ramps is limited Get backtpschool immunizations now School will be starting in less than a month and children will need to be immunized prior to the first day of school The last two weeks before the begin ning of a school year is a busy time for the county public health department so get a jump start on this For more information call the county health department at 620 5595 LWV hosts NBISD candidate forum The League of Wojmen Vot ers will hold a voters Iforum at 7 Thursday at the Education Center For more information call Mary Hitch at 6033275 Check out Concert in the Park tonight Heart of Texas Songwriters will perform country music tonight at Landa Park Its part of the Concert in the Park series and will be offered from to 10 at the Dance Slab in Landa Park Glass con tainers are prohibited and pets must be on a leash The series of concerts is a free event Lake businesses recovering Flood brings negative impact for trade By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer HeraldZeltung photo by Michael Damall The road to Canyon Lake Marina and beach area has lowered enough this week to see the road markers CANYON LAKE Recent publicity from Junes flooding at Canyon Lake has had a negative effect on businesses some resort and lodge owrers said Wednes day All of the Army Corps of Engineers parks have been closed since the flood All of the county boat ramps are opened Canyon Lake businesses have been floodedwith calls from people wondering if the lake was completely shut down Boating and swimming are still permitted at Canyon Lake although the Corps of Engineers advises boaters and swimmers to exercise caution John Wilhelm part owner of the Log Cabins at Jacobs Creek said he was trying to fill every cabin he has available We are battling for every thing we can Wilhelm said We are probably at about 75 percent We are usually com pletely full three to four days at a Wilhelm said he is trying his best to lure tourists and fami lies to the Canyon Lake area them whats he said We tell them about the activities on the Comal River and also the guided raft trips on the Guadalupe Turn to Lake Page 2A Senior Center transport fares on the rise Vets look for new way to get to doctor visits New fares take effect Aug 1 to help the center get control over losses in its transportation depart ment and veterans say they need a vehicle of their own See Page 2A Hazing case ends with plea bargain By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Municipal Court Prosecutor Bruce Boyer accepted a plea bargain Tuesday from one of the defendants accused of committing simple assault against a Canyon High School freshman on Get 18 last year The 18yearold defendant pled no contest to the class C misdemeanor charge and was assessed afine of and in court costs Court officials said a plea of no con test which guilt but also does not dispute the courts charges would result in a conviction if no appeal were filed in 10 days The defendant a former varsity foot ball player at Canyon High School paid the fine and has until Friday to pay the court costs Boyer said The victim decided Tuesday to drop the charges against two other defen dants who are 16 and 17 years old and also varsity football players Boy er said The defendants attorney Wade Arledge and the parents of the victim could not be reached for comment Wednesday All three defendants faced a maxi mum fine of and no jail time The settlement resolved the last of two reported cases in which two vic tims alleged they were hazed by CHS varsity football players with coat hang ers Boyer said In April a CHS junior pled no con test and was convicted of the same charge for a January hazing incident involving a 15yearold victim Municipal Judge David Perkins assessed the same fine and court costs in that case and the victim also dropped charges on one other defendant shortly before the case went to trial At that time Boyer had said the October incident was more severe than the January hazing report The punishment was the same this week Boyer said because the defen dant already had been punished by the school and had graduated this year Given all the circumstances of both these episodes and the changes at Canyon High School I think its he said The important thing is to bring closure to this before the next athletic season Reports of hazing spawned a Comal Independent School District investi gation earlier this year and resulted in the disciplining of nine students and the suspension of Larry Nowotny former head football coach and athletic direc tor with pay for three days Nowotny later resigned from his post alter about a fivehour executive session of the CISD trustees Carl Gustafson replaced Nowotny last month CISD officials hired an outside investigator to conduct a districtwide study of hazing and launched an anti haang campaign to include staff brief ings and student curriculum Police the district attorney and coun ty attorney reviewed the two hazing reports and concluded that only a sim ple assault had taken place although initially they said feey thought sexual assault was involved All wrapped up HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Mandy Walker 9 found an interesting place to wait for her tube outfitter to pick her family up on Garden Street Wednesday evening NBISD facing budget shortfall By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels school district trustees face at least two obstacles in figuring how much money they can count on to pay for the next school years expenses First the 199798 proposed budget has about a shortfall largely because of a proposal to increase salaries across the board officials said It is also because of the creation of 10 new high school personnel which was approved in March and several more at district elementary and middle school facilities Proposed spending includes a percent increase in salaries across the board from the midpoint That proposal equals about million or about a month for an average teacher Moreover school finance officials are waiting for the result of a constitutional amendment election Aug 9 that proposes to increase the homestead exemption for school taxes from to If the tax proposal passes it could mean New Braunfels Independent School District would lose million in taxable value or an estimated 1 mil lion in revenue officials said The state would reimburse only about through the proposal Lonnie Curtis assistant superintendent for business presented the proposed budget to trustees at a work shop Wednesday at the Education Center The proposal he said was preliminary and subject to future revisions he planned to make before the next workshop Aug 5 Trustees then will conduct a public hearing and make a final decision on the pro posed budget two days later Trustees expressed concern that expenditures would need to be cut and that additional sources of rev enue should be found My request would be to look at teachers in class rooms and get rid of the trustee Bette Spain told the board The proposed tax rate is per valua tion up less than 4 cents from this year While trustees indicated they would like to review the salary proposal Curtis said statemandated salary minimums may require the proposal to remain near the same amount Last year salaries were increased by about 4 percent Curtis said The proposed budget is million more than last year and calls for in revenue and GR administrator likes serving By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE With a wealth pf public service experience behind him Mike Castro is more than ready to take on the reins for the city of Garden Ridge Castro 34 has been on the job since July 14 as the citys administrator He was hired to the position in late June by the Garden Ridge City Council On the job for only 10 days Castro already likes what he sees in the resident community of Garden Ridge I like it a Castro said in his city hall office It is a good opportunity to come into a city which is moving for ward Castro has been in public adminis tration for about five years having worked for the Austin Housing Author I like It a lot It is a good opportunity to come into a city which Is moving for Mike Castro Garden Ridge city administrator ity as director of technological services and a few years earlier tor the Harris County Community Development Agency While at the HCCDA he was a quality assurance manager he helped administer the Community Development Block Grants from 1992 Castro said he always had a love for public service 1 was very interested at an early MIKE CASTRO Castro said I have been inter ested in how governments are run since 1 was a Alma Butler HCCDA manager of human resources worked with Castro while he was at the agency He is an exceptional But Turn to Administrator Page 2A Voting update Early voting in the Aug 9 constitutional amend ment election and the NBISD trustee election is taking place from 8 to at Comal County Courthouse annex third 1 SON SeguinSt and from 8 to 5 at NBISD Education Center 430 W Mill St A total of 523 people have voted so far in the NBISD election and 526 people have voted in the special election Find out when to register your child for school Page 3A   

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