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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 13, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                WEDNESDAY New Braunfels City Junior Golf Tournament tee times Page 2B 50 CENTS 18 pages in two sections Wednesday August HeraldZeituiift QUSt 13 1997 Servina Comal Countv anr surrminriinn amxs for than 145 voarc Homo nf RIIAOKA Serving Coma County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Clarence Bueche Vol 145 No 195 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes Martin Ann Moore Tony Perez Clarence Bueche Connie Brumfield Carrie Sisak Barbara Mathieu Lucy V Godi and Rose Mary Sanchez Happy anniversary wishes to Tudy and Dee Caballero 21 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds 6 2 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 05 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 mil lion gallons of well water were used Expect hot weather little rain Tonight Partly cloudy Eclated eveningthunder storms chance of rain less than 20 percent Low in the mid 70s Southeast wind 510 mph Thursday Partly cloudy and hot High in the upper 90s Southeast wind 1015 mph Friday through Sunday Mostly sunny and contin ued hot days generally fair skies at night Lows in the 70s Highs in the 90s Road work taking place around town If youre running errands in New Braunfels you may want to keep in mind some road projects Ervendberg Avenue has loose gravel on it and crews will begin overlaying the road way on Monday On Landa Street between Walnut and Loop 337 utilities are being expanded for a new grocery store and medical clinic so traffic is being divert ed to one lane both way Expect delays when driving between Loop 337 and Wood Road on Walnut Avenue Work crews are installing a oneandahalfinch overlay that will take until Thursday state transportation officials said Help find armed robber Two separate funds have been set up as rewards for information regarding the man who brutally shot local busi nessman Michael Kivlin Aug 2 Crime Stoppers is offering a reward the maximum the agency can offer The HeraldZeitung and Norwest Bank in cooperation with Crime Stoppers have created a separate fund so the ante can be increased To participate send dona tions to the Michael Kivlin Reward Fund at Norwest Bank or bring your donation to the HeraldrZeitung office at 707 Landa Anyone with infor mation should call 620TIPS or 800 6408422 Historic Landmark Commission members Chore Stratemann and Carol Betton hold up the pro posed New Braunfels city flag HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Committee hopes flag will fly By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels Historic Landmark Commission has recommended a design for a flag that would stand as an official symbol for the city It is something this 152yearold city has never had but an idea that commis sion members say could capture the heritage of the community New Braunfels City Council has seen the proposed design and is expected to consider approving it in two to four weeks Members said the proposed flag would have the following features A seal of the 14 German noble men who negotiated the Fisher and New NBISD board Spain elected president Bedford fills seat of vice president By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School district installed a new board of trustees Tuesday and elected offi cers to steward the district through the coming year Bette Spain was unanimously elected board president Former board vice president Carlos Cam pos declined a nomination for pres ident clearing the way for Spains election by acclamation I think the sky is clear and the sun is Campos said referring to a unified direction for the board The unity of this board is very important so I thereby withdraw my name from Newly elected trustee Don Bed ford was the unanimous choice for vice president again after Campos declined nomination for the office Bedford was a member of the board during the Artne Miller was unanimously elected as the groups secretary Sylvia Sanchez reelected as board representative from District 1 in Sat urdays election declined a nomina tion for the office Bill Biggadike elected to fill the oneyear unexpired term of former board president Jaime Padilla in Dis trict 4 declined nomination for both secretary and treasurer of the board Biggadike cited his newness to the board and his wishes to concentrate on the issues as reasons for declining the nominations Spain Bedford and Sanchez each will serve three years In the only apparent sign of dis sension at Tuesdays meeting Steve Weaver was returned to his office as board treasurer Bedford cast the lone vote against Weaver despite the fact that no one was running against Weaver for the office Bedford said his vote should not be interpreted as a personal action against Weaver but a manifestation of his campaign pledge to oppose the current leadership Two thousand five hundred peo ple voted for me and I won by almost a twotoone Bed ford said I think I had a Weaver said he was probably the most qualified candidate for the office of treasurer citing his status as a Certified Public Accountant He said he harbored no grudge against Bedford as a result of the vote and added he would be able to work with HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Newly elected New Braunfels Independent School District board members Don Bedford Sylvia Sanchez Bette Spain and Bill Biggadike take their oaths of office Tuesday evening at the NBISD board room The unity of this board is very impor Carlos Campos former board vice president Bedford on the board Spain said her goals as president were to bring unity and stability to the board I will encourage communication between every single board mem Spain said I will encourage them to listen to understand where a person with an opposing view is coming from It may not change your mind but ft will make everyone feel Previous attempts to reorganize the board after Padillas resignation in April failed in 33 votes with trustees split between Campos and Spain Spain also commended Campos on his actions I thought his actions showed a willingness to work together and a great deal of she said Trustees bid Chafin farewell New Braunfels Inde pendendlshool District welcomed a new member and three who have served on the board previously the goodbye to one who was stepping down Leo Chafin an at large member of the board for the past five years received a plaque and a heartfelt thanks from the district at Tuesdays meeting Chafin responded with a combina tion of humorous anecdotes a chal lenge to the new board and a tear filled list of thanks to employees and students of the district The standingroomonly crowd at Lao Chafin the NBISD board room responded to Chafins words with smiles laughs and a few tears The last 365 days have not been much Chafin said addressing the board which has often been accused of pettiness and acrimo nious behavior in the past year I dont want you to just forget the I want you to remember the past and dont make the same mis Chafin challenged the members of the new board to stand here one year from today and say I am proud of the job Ive done in the past Chafin did not run for reelec tion during the recent campaign Board member Carlos Campos lauded Chafin One thing you learn from work ing with Leo is that he has a great love of this district and the chil dren of this Campos said Miller Grant from the Republic of Texas several hundred miles northwest of New Braunfels That grant led to the Prince Carl Solms purchase of land that includes Comal Springs where Ger man immigrants settled and founded the city of New Braunfels The German words Verein zum Turn to Flag Page 2A DA wont seek death penalty in Naef trial By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Comal County District Attorney Dib Waldrip said Tuesday he decided not to seek the death penalty in the upcoming capital murder trial of John Charles Naef of San Antonio Naef 55 was indicted almost a year ago on charges of murdering two Spring Branch residents Patrick Lamb 44 and Kelly Dougherty 33 Naef pleaded not guilty at his arraignment last year If convicted at his Aug 25 trial Naef faces a maximum sentence of life imprison ment Waldrip said he would be satisfied with a possible sentence of life in prison because it would require a min imum of 35 years before being eligible for parole After reviewing the evidence Waldrip said it would be difficult to prove that Naef would continue to be a threat to society if convicted the key component to obtaining a death sen tence The facts of the case dont lend themselves to a capitalmurder type of he said When you look at it together yes its a traumatic type of a double homicide but I have to find evidence that shows he will be a con tinual threat to Because of the decision Waldrip said the jury selection should take about one day as opposed to two to three weeks which is typically how long it takes to pick a jury in a capital murder trial Waldrip said he could not comment on any motive for the Naef s defense attorney James Pape of San Marcos said that a life sen tence was preferable to execution Certainly its preferable to the death he said We continue to maintain his innocence He has always maintained While Naef stated to police that he witnessed the shootings Pape said he could not comment as to whether his client could identify another suspect Naef was arrested initially for unlaw ful possession of two firearms and pos session of marijuana and metham phetamines after he drove to the scene on March 28 when sheriffs deputies discovered the two bodies Court records indicate a friend of the victims led deputies to the Lambs Turn to Naef Page 2A CISD accepts school size suggestions By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal Independent School District board of trustees approved Tuesday the long range planning committees report on school size and how to address future growth in the district The decision came after two hours of discussion about what is the best learn ing environment for education and what can be afforded The plan which would address growth for the next six years called for realignment of campuses major additions and renovations at existing campuses and building three new schools The price tag for the entire plan is about million The plan calls for a return to elementary middle school and high school campuses eliminating the intermediate schools It also calls for a high school student population of and lowergrade campuses of 800 One thing that drives everything else is what size you want schools to said trustee Scott Watson who said smaller campuses provide a better atmosphere for students Trustees agreed with the recom mendation of 800 students for lower grade campuses but split on the student recommendation for high school campuses A motion to approve both school size limitations failed on a 33 vote with trustee John Clay absent Trustee Doug Nail said a dent high school would be ideal but CISD could not afford to build a new school to achieve that number He said voters would not support it and it could force the entire bond pack age to fail He said taxpayers might accept expanding Smithson Valley High School or building a ninthgrade center on that campus We are no longer a rural school district We are part of San said Nail I would like to see us max imize our facilities especially if were going to build new Two people who addressed the board said smaller schools had fewer discipline problems and that when actu al programs are compared the financial difference between school sizes was not Turn to School Page 2A Walnut work HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Texas Department of Transportation workers spent most of the day Tuesday repaying the area on Walnut Street between Landa Street and Loop 337 A member of the road crew flattens some of the pavement NBISD bus routes listed Pages 8f 04 find hot spicy recipes Page 54   

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