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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 25, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                AN ANTONIO TX TEXAS MIXED McDonald wins af ftebocca Creek Page IB fels aldZeittL 50 CENTS MOOV SOUFRT F YAHIif I I UK PASO TX 77903 77 24 pages in three sections Friday July Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Athtey WKten Vol 145 No I82 Inside Slam in tisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeHungl The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Tim Kingsbury Mary Lewis Dannell Norris Bryan Mark Evans Damon Drake Torres 1 year Rocky Rust Karen Creasman Ashley Witten Rayanne Timmerman 17 Forrest Wells 5 years Claude Wise man 83 Jeff Hand Sat Haley Pfannstiel 3 Bertie Dailey Tammy Braune and Elvia Susong Happy anniversary wishes go to Joyce and Dennis Reininger To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Polton counts Not available River Information Comal River 307 cfs down 6 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 16 from Thursday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow unavailable Canyon jjke level feet above sea level Above conservation flew Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Thursday and million gallons of well water were used More summer weather in store Tonight Mostly fair skies Low in the mid 70s light southeast wind Saturday Some early morning cloudiness becom ing partly cloudy with isolat ed afternoon showers or thunderstorms Chance of rain less than 20 percent High in the upper 90s Southeast wind near 10 mph Extended forecast Sunday partly cloudy with isolated mainly afternoon showers or thunderstorms south central High in the 90s Monday and Tuesday partly cloudy with a slight chance of mainly afternoon and evening showers or thunderstorms mostly south central Low in the 70s High in the 90s near 100 Edwards Plateau County boat ramps are open The county road depart ment opened all the county operated boat ramps on Canyon Lake and the ramps should remain open The Army Corps of Engineer ramps will remain closed because of high water Park ing around the county ramps is limited Road closures The Gruene Bridge will be closed through the weekend Streets to be closed from 1 until about 6 Satur day and Sunday will include Union Avenue from Garden Street to Mather Street and Garden Street from Comal Avenue to the Tube exit Interstate 35 exits from Solms Road to Farmtomar ket near Schertz will be closed Amtrak route eyed Company local leaders discuss tourism train idea HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Ray W Post superintendent of the New Braunfels Historic Railroad and Modeling Societys train museum in downtown New Braunfels checks out the boiler of the steam engine that sits behind the museum The museum is the proposed site in a plan to offer an Amtrak train ride from San Antonio to New Braunfels By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Theres something about a train ride that makes brisket taste better Riding on an Amtrak train from San Mar cos to Dallas with her family this past Spring Cathy Talcott enjoyed a leisurely plate of brisket that left a familiar taste in her mouth Come to find out the memorable meat was from New Brauntels Smokehouse a local restaurant on Texas 46 and Business Interstate 35 It was an overnight trip and it was so the councilwoman for District 5 said We had a choice offish meat or sal ad I chose the meat It was a delicious meal especially knowing where it came If local business leaders and city offi cials have their way that brisket could be served to tourists who make their way to New Braunfels from San Antonio on an Amtrak train Amtrak officials contacted Talcott and met with her other community leaders and downtown business owners Tuesday in New Braunfels to discuss a proposal to ere Is that the New Braunfels choochoo 1 Amtrak officials met with New Bmurifels city councilwoman Cathy Talcott community leaders and downtown business owners Tuesday to discuss a oneday train ride from San Antonio to downtown New Braunfels Those who wish to voice their opinion about the project can write to Joy Smith product line manager for Texas Eagle at National Railroad Passenger Corporation Amtrak Intercity 210 South Canal Chicago 60606 The telephone number to call is 3126553725 and the fax number is 3126552060 Amtraks World Wide Web page can be found at ate a oneday train route from San Antonio to downtown New Braunfels using a Texas Eagle train The train would leave at 10 from San Antonio and after about a oneandahalf hour ride would stop at the downtown train museum that is operated by the New Braun fels Historic Railroad and Modeling Society and is next to Brauntex Theatre The train would include two coaches and one lounge for a total capacity of 144 seats Amtrak officials confirmed this morn ing that they were exploring the idea but that the status of the Texas Eagle was a factor to address before moving forward The state of Texas gave Amtrak a Turn to Amtrak Page 2A NBISD hopefuls address districts reputation By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Five of the nine candidates for seats on the New Brauntels Inde pendent School District board of trustees faced off in a candidate forum Thursday night In the Aug 9 election Henry Garza will challenge incumbent Sylvia Sanchez for the District 1 seat Bill Biggadike and Deanna Villarreal will vie for the remaining term of the District 4 seat vacat ed in April when thenboard president Jaime Padilla resigned Incumbent Bette Spain will face challengers Yolanda Longoria Sta cie Rickel Don Bedford and Frank Panebianco for the two at large seats The local branch of the League of Women Voters conducted the forum Panebianco and Bedford were unable to attend because both were out of town Spain missed the forum because of a death in the family Longoria also was unable to attend The other five candidates fielded more than a dozen questions from the audience Turn to NBISD Page 3A Candidates losing many campaign signs By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Candidates in the race for a seat on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees are going through a lot of campaign signs thanks to the work of vandals Nine candidates have filed for four seats on the board In District 1 Henry Sanchez is challenging incumbent Sylvia Sanchez Bill Biggadike and Deanna Villarreal are facing off in District 4 which became vacant in April when then board president Jaime Padilla resigned with a year remain ing on his term In the race for two atlarge seats incumbent Bette Spain is being challenged by Stacie Rickel Yolanda Lon goria Don Bedford and Frank Panebianco During the past weekend campaign signs promoting Panebianco were vandalixed with expletives spray painted on one of them Neither the New Braunfels Police Department nor the municipal court officials said they had record as of Thurs day of anyone being cited for criminal mischief or vandal ism related to campaign signs Of the nine candidates Garza and Villarreal said they were not aware of problems with their signs being vandal ized I feel very very comfort able with my campaign and the way my opponent the incumbent is running her cam Garza said Villarreal said only one sign had been beaten but she did not have many signs out Sanchez said she was not aware of any problems with her signs She said she noticed several knocked down but that was not unusual She added that the signs could fall depending on how they were installed Although other races have not been as fortunate several candidates said they did not see it as unusual Biggadike said he ran for city council sev eral years ago and had signs painted on during that race Its happened in other he said Ive had it happen to me Other campaigns echoed the same sentiment Thats nothing said Bedfords campaign manager Jim Rice It happens every Villarreal said that it actual ly was worse in previous years and the situation had improved But the fact that it was still happening was a shame said the candidates Spain commented I Voter turnout high Turnout in the election of four seats on the New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees looks as though it may be higher than last years election Last year a total of people voted to fill two seats This year 657 people have already voted in the first four days of early voting in the Aug 9 election to fill four seats on the board Early voting in the NBISD election continues through Aug 5 at the edu cation center 430 W Mill and at the Comal County Courthouse annex I50N SeguinAve In the special election for a proposal to increase homestead exemptions 158 individuals voted Thursday for a total of 684 Early voting for the constitutional amendment election which is open to any registered voter iti the county also runs through Aug 5 in the courthouse annex deplore vandalism I am hon ored to have the support of family friends and district patrons and no one needs to raise an eyebrow about their character It is past time to stop all divisive actions and all divi sive Although they are all affect ed by what several of the can didates call most of them say it is probably the work of teens I hate to blame it on kids but whos been putting graffi ti out there asked Longoria Biggadike said I think its just kids being malicious I cant see any adults being involved in Rickel said she did not know who had been vandal izing the signs and she did not want to speculate on who it might be Ive got mixed feelings because signs are a part of the campaign but I have to ask myself if the signs are worth the time and said Rickel who said she has had signs torn down moved and taken I think it distracts from said Garza It just belittles everyone in the Sheriffs department heads pare down budgets for 9798 By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The latest mobile phone bills for the top three Comal County Sheriffs Office admin istrators show the sign of the times Speaking before the Commissioners Court Wednesday afternoon Deputy Chief Richard Bennie said he spent last month Sheriff Bob Holder spent and Chief Jail Admin istrator Jim Middleton got the blue ribbon with a bill for the month The frugality has extended to the entire department Bennie said While last year the Sheriffs Office spent on mobile phone service the depart ment is on track to spend only this year Bennie said We have them for emergencies but as tar as when Im leaving the courthouse I just come back I dont use the phone to call the office This is an attempt to save Bennie said Where we see waste we elimi nate Bennie Holder and Middleton presented their budgets to the Comal County Commis sioners Court and told them they streamlined each line item in an attempt to cut costs The commissioners now have until Aug 2 J to propose a tax rate to pay for countywide department requests and then as early as Sept Turn to Budget Page 3A Duck dinner Cars Anderson 4 tears apart some bread for a true cluck dinner at Landa Park Wednesday evening HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall I n Tim Judkins Who is allowed to take Communion Page 6A   

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