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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                inside Sports HI Iisch Birthday wlvhea from HftraldZeftungl The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birth day wishes to Betty Jo Powell Linda Dagel Donna Gordon Carl Gray Vicky Krejcl Judy Sollz Patricia Guerra Janet Jackson Andrea Loucks Cindy Manley Julia Reyes Patsy Vann Lynn Rheinlaender Hllmar Remmler Matthew Anthony Sanchez 4 years Lily O Scheel 71 years old Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Carl and Marian Fox 40 Russ and Lisa White house Jesse and Linda Dominguez 26 years David and Marci Martinez 6 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Expect convection oven breezes Highs will be near 100 today Tonight partly cloudy skies will become mostly cloudy after midnight with lows in the upper 70s Monday early morning low clouds will dissipate with highs near 100 Monday night partly cloudy with lows in the mid extended forecast Tuesday through Thursday calls for partly cloudy skies with lows in the 70s to near 80 and highs in the 90s to near 100 western plateau Gramm addresses fire ant control An aide of Sen Phil to visit New Braunfels at Mon day at the Comal County Agri culture Extension Center 132 Water Lane The purpose of the visit is to present Gramms proposed Fire Ant Control Management and Eradication Act of 1997 For more information call Rodriguez conducts town meeting Congressman Giro D Rodriguez plans to conduct a town meeting at 7 Thurs day at the Lone Star Primary School cafeteria 2343 W San Antonio St Switch gears for the new school year Summer is winding down for area students Both school districts will begin the 1997 1998 school year on Monday Drivers need to remember to follow posted speed limits in school zones McKenna entrances are changing The main entrance to McKenna Memorial Hospital will close on Monday Patients and guests may now enter the hospital through the new entrance on Houston Street Limited handicap parking is available at the Houston Street entrance Additional patient and guest parking is available on Austin Street The Houston Street entrance will serve as McKennas main entrance for the next 18 months as a new building is under construction Access to the 100 block of Garza Street will be limited to constructionrelated traffic for approximately 16 months Access is being restricted to protect pedestrians and auto mobiles McKennas emergency entrance on Houston Street remains unchanged McKenna Memorial Hospital will continue offering all health care services throughout the construction process New Braunfels Herald 7990 24 pages in four sections Sunday August Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years Home of Wry O Scheel Vol 145 Mo 198 McKenna Memorial names new CEO By CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Ray Harris McKenna Memorial Hospital announced Friday the appointment of Ray Harris as the hospitals new presi dent and chief executive officer Harris replaces Johnny Johnson who retired from the hospital after holding dual positions for 14 years Harris who will begin his new job on Monday comes to McKenna after serv ing as administrator at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio for 21 years Under his leadership the hospital expanded its capabilities to include heart surgery acute obstetrical care and improved outpatient services McKenna Board of Trustees Chair man Doyle Krueger said Harris had the extensive experience in hospital admin istration the board was looking for in its search to replace Johnson Johnson said Harris was an excellent choice as his successor has been a friend and pro fessional associate of mine for 15 Johnson said He is a consummate administrator who understands doctors A home of your own Finding a place to live in Comal County takes patience knowhow By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Two key points should be reme bered when looking for a place to rent in New Braunfels give your self time and dont expect low prices Gary Flemming property manag er with Coldvvell Banker DAnn Harper Realtors said New Braunfels could claim a strong rental market throughout the year with Winter Tex ans commuters and retirees snatching up available housing However summer is our prime moving he said May through August sees the highest demand for rentals mainly because families take advantage of the sum mer to move and teachers are relo cating to start new jobs This time of the year is always the Flemming said Thats our prime moving season mainly because of Despite the tight market finding a place to rent in New Braunfels is not impossible Sometimes there are plenty of places from which to choose he said It just comes and Flem ming said Sometimes I have 20 properties and other times I only have three Its just not Donna Montalbano property man ager and Realtor for Property Man agement Professionals said the key to finding a place to rent was giving yourself plenty of time con sidering some places have a 30to 60day waiting list The tenant that has the difficulty finding the place is the renter who pulls into town with his Montalbano said New residents flock to lake Bulverde areas By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The pounding of hammers her alds new homes springing up across Comal County Over the past several years Comal Countys population has increased dramatically with young families and commuters moving from the San Antonio area Bulverde and Canyon Lake have seen a great influx of people For real estate agents that has meant a booming business Marsha Wetz an agent with Cold well Banker DAnn Harper Real tors said people were moving in droves to the Canyon Lake area We have plenty of houses avail able for people who want to move Wetz said According to statistics provided by the Census the number of people calling Canyon Lake home has grown by percent from Turn to Residents Page 2A HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Construction worker Greg Cantu pounds down a few nails at a new housing development on Interstate 35 near Texas Highway 46 The new units are on riverfront property Renters looking for a place in New Braunfels also need to be prepared to pay a little more than average Mon talbano said high demand limited affordable housing in New Braunfels Flemming said a threebedroom twobath house that might rent for or in Houston would go for 800 to locally Everyone wants to move to New Braunfels so the property owners can charge high he said Either renters are going to take it or move to Seguin or San Antonio and they dont want to do that so they just have to pay Montalbano said the situation was not hopeless She said several new apartment complexes had opened were under construction or were being considered for the area She said they should loosen the In the mean time Montalbano offered advice on how to find either a home or apartment to rent in New Braunfels Renters need to give themselves several months to find a new place Turn to Home Page 2A Under construction I The average value of a new home built in Comal County in 1980 was The average value of a new home built in Comal County in 1995 was The number of building permits issued for singlefam ily homes fell to a 20year low in 1990 when only 209 per mits were issued The number of building permits issued for singlefam ily homes reached an alltime high in 1994 when 886 per mits were issued A total of 829 permits for singlefamily homes were issued in 1996 Comal County experi enced its largest percentage drop in building permits 25 percent between 1987 and 1988 Need for lowincome housing on the rise By ABE LEVY Staff Writer The growth in New Braunfels and Comal County has touched lowincome people in need of affordable housing Local housing authority officials esti mated that between 200 and 300 people have remained on a waiting list for governmentassisted housing in the county during the past five years With the average median rent in the city estimated at the local demand for lowincome housing has grown More than 800 units throughout the county are occupied by people receiv ing federal assistance through the Department of Housing and Urban Development or the county and city housing authorities The county and city each have a board of directors to oversee housing assistance managed by the citys hous ing department About half of the units are funded by HUD vouchers and certificates that supplement payments to landlords in For information Persons interested in qualifying for housing assistance in Comal County can visit the city and county housing authority at 300 Laurel Plaza or call 625 6909 Housing authority offi cials said applicants should bring proofs of citizenship veri fication of income such as pay check stubs and their social security cards The application also requires a criminal back ground check private residences throughout the coun ty The other half stay in one of the four privatelymanaged housing complex es in the city or two apartment com plexes that the city housing authority manages Nadine Mardock executive director of the city and county housing author Turn to Lowincome Page 2A nurses and technical Harris said in a prepared statement that McKenna was a progressive insti tution and he was very excited about his new position He said he and his wife Jan were looking forward to moving to New Braunfels from Selma in the coming months Districts start school year with high hopes dreams By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Children will wake early Vlonday lunches will be packed and buses will be taking area students to their first day of school for the 99798 year When the bells ring Monday mom ing the Comal Independent School District will be bursting at its seams Superintendent Jerry Major said there were students in CISD at the end of the 199697 school year Between and are expected for the first day of class Monday 1 would think that when things shake out after Labor Day well be closer to he said The growth is just one challenge facing the district this year Major said improving student performance would be the biggest challenge Our goal is to start moving our schools into the exemplary Major said In addition to new faces in the class room children will see new buildings and improvements Major said most projects would be completed or would be nearing completion when the bells ring Monday That will mark the first full year in three intermediate schools opened in December and January Seventhgrade students at Smithson Valley Middle School will return from the winter break to attend classes at the new Spring Branch Middle School Major said he appreciated the com munity support that allowed the improvements to be made Just getting all those projects com pleted will be a major boost for stu dents and Major said Everyones really excited and ready to start the Teachers and administrators are excited about the start of the school said New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Ron Reaves NBlSDs student population will not jump as much as the CISD enrollment As of Aug 28 1996 there were students in NBISD Reaves said that although the actual numbers would not be known until students show up on Monday the district has been grow ing about I to 2 percent a year New Braunfels 1SD is experiencing slow but steady he said Were only growing by a couple hun dred each The challenges and goals for the coming school year will focus on stu dent achievement and curriculum Reaves said He said the district would evaluate how the states curriculum guidelines compared with those of NBISD He said curriculum alignment standardizing the curriculum across the district would be a key issue He said districtwide curriculum align ment could transfer into higher per formance on standardised tests Its trying to ensure we have the proper scope and sequence between grade he said We want stu dents to be prepared to take do well on these The board established goals several Turn to School Page 3A Chafin leaves large shoes to fill on NBISD board Page 44   

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