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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY NBJGA retains TriCounty Title Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels HeraldZeil 10 pages in one section Tuesday August Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Dr and Mrs Kiwhlar Vol 145 No 199 Inside Dear Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Chuck Engler Clyde Coins Joy Mayfield Arlon Jonas David Jonas 40 years and Marsha Rebiea belated Mon Happy Anniversary wishes go to Dr and Mrs Joe Kuehler 30 years and Ronald and Hazel Dietel 25 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Molds Ragweed Pigweed 4 Grass trace Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 308 cubic feet per sec ond up 4 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 06 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge 729 cfs Canyon Lake inflow 405 cfs Monday Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and million gallons of well water Its going to stay hot Tonight and Wednes day some late night and early morning clouds Other wise generally fair skies this evening becoming mostly sunny Wednesday Low in the upper 70s High near 100 South wind 5 to 10 mph tonight 1015 mph Wednes day partly cloudy High in the 90s to near 100 Friday and Saturday mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms Low in the 70s High in the 90s Mondays high temperature reached 99 degrees while the low was 76 degrees Rodriguez hosts 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 Remember those school zones School is back in session so drivers need to remember to slow down in school zones Drivers also should be remind ed it is illegal in most situations to pass a school bus that has stopped to unload or pick up students Fireflies tryouts taking place tonight Tryouts for the Fireflies Divi sion I soccer team will be con ducted at the HEB soccer fields on Tuesday and Wednesday at 6 Donate to reward fund To donate to a reward fund set up to help find the man who shot Michael Kivlin on Aug 2 send your donation to the Michael Kivlin Reward Fund at Norwest Bank or the HeraldZeitung office at 707 Landa Anyone with informa tion should call 620TIPS or 800 6408422 Baboon shot and killed after attacking woman By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The owner of the Snake Farm shot a 7year old baboon Saturday after it escaped from its cage at the Snake Farm on Interstate 35 and bit a woman Comal County Sheriffs deputies responded to the Snake Farm 5640 Interstate 35 South at after the baboon reportedly had bitten Kathleen Jones 55 of Schertz Lt David Ott said It bit her on the he said New Braunfels EMS took Jones to McKen We never had a prob lem in 30 years at the Snake owner John Mellyn 1 na Memorial Hospital where she was released the same day Comal County Animal Control took the baboons body Turn to Baboon Page 2 School daze Debra Murray helps her daugh ter Brittany pre pare for her first day in the third grade at Memorial Elementary as lit tle brother Brendan looks on After getting Brittany settled in Brendan reported for classes at Memorial Primary School HeraldZeitung photo by Denise Dziuk Lunch on the go Cafeteria work sends Rahe students to community center HeraldZeitung photo by Denise Dziuk Firstgrader Andrew Waterreus packs everything into his lunch bag before getting in line to walk back to class at Rahe Primary School By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Instead of heading for the cafeteria when the lunch bell rang on the first day of school students at Rahe Primary School hiked next door to the Bulverde Commu nity Center Classes in both New Braunfels and Comal school districts started Monday Enrollment figures will not be available for a few days but district officials were expecting growth New Braunfels Inde pendent School District anticipated students showing up for classes on Mon day Comal Independent School Districts projection was closer to The first day of school tested how well Rahe Primary administrators had planned for the lunch hour Principal Barbara Doeppenschmidt said the cafeteria was being renovated to create more seating space for the schools grow ing enrollment A new kitchen is being built and the original kitchen will be con verted to a seating area Doeppenschmidt said the cafeteria was not yet suitable for student use She said the seating area would be complete in a few weeks but the kitchen would not be ready for about three months Lunch will not wait for the projects completion so for the first few weeks of school Doeppenschmidt said students HeraldZeitung photo by Denise Dziuk Students at Rahe Primary School walked to Bulverde Community Center where they ate sack lunches The schools cafeteria is under construction so students are eating next door until the seating area is complete in a few weeks The new kitchen wont be complete for several months would walk next door to the Bulverde Community Center Doeppenschmidt said the school would still provide breakfast and lunch for its students but they would be sack Were just really appreciative that theyve agreed to let us use that Doeppenschmidt said Our other option was eat in the Bulverde Senior Center Vice President Jane Wood said cooperating with the school was never at question especially since senior citizens already were working on projects with students agreed because our children are our most important she said It was never a consideration that we Turn to Lunch Page 2 Gramm aide explains fire ant legislation Comal residents hear details of proposal By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer An aide to Sen Phil Gramm RTexas briefed 15 Comal County residents Monday on legislation to control fire ants in Texas and other states Ed Hodges state director for Sen Phil Gramms office in Dallas summa rized the Fire Ant Control Manage ment and Eradica tion Act of 1997 at the Comal County Texas Agricultural Extension Office Gramm who sits on the Sen ate Agricultural Committee is sponsoring the legislation Hodges said the act would do two things 1 establish a National Advi sory Board of 12 agricultural experts and 2 establish million in seven years for research grants The money would pay for four to 13 research grant proposals Once the research grants are studied the National Advisory Board will eliminate all but one or two proposals Based on those proposals a national fire ant policy will be made The advisory board will make the Phil Gramm Hodges said The USDA Department of Agriculture will make the final decisions on the Hodges said Gramm was introducing the legislation because of the devastating impact the fire ant has had on the Texas economy Since the Brazilian fire ant immigrated to the United States in the 1930s it has spread through the South including Texas Fire ants are now present in 26 states Fire ants cause an estimated loss of S67 million a year to the states cattle industry and S2 bil lion a year nationwide Fire ants infest 156 of 254 counties in Texas In the last 10 years they have spread to the Panhandle and Wichita Falls where they were not prevalent a decade ago Since Brazilian fire ants have no natural predators they are hard to stop Hodges said It is Hodges said It is starting to modify to the colder Hodges said questions such as whether the Brazilian fly the fire ants natural enemy should be imported to Texas and why tire ants were attracted to alter nating electrical currents would be examined Hodges said electrical dam age caused by fire ants is the DallasFort Worth Airports No 1 problem It is becoming a major urban problem Hodges said The key is that we get control and manage the Brazilian fire Hodges said the bill passed the Senate Agriculture Com mittee on July 30 and the Senate will vote on it in September UPS Teamsters reach accord WASHINGTON AP Fleets of familiar brown delivery trucks may be chugging in a few days after UPS and the Teamsters announced agreement today to end a 15day strike that crippled the nations largest package carrier United Parcel Service officials warned of possibly lay offs as the company struggles to rebuild business lost in a strike that idled workers Approval of the deal may come as early as tonight The two sides agreed late Monday night to a fiveyear deal that includes the creation of new fulltime jobs from existing parttime positions The company also will raise pay for full time workers by an hour over the life of the contract and agreed to keep a multiemployer pension plan Two suffer injuries in wreck From staff reports Two motorists were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital Satur day after an accident near Farmto Market Road 1863 and Texas 46 Marvin R Schaefer 81 of New Braunfels was still at McKenna on Tuesday morning in stable condition The second motorist Audra Britton 29 of Dripping Springs was dis charged Saturday New Braunfels Police Sgt John McEachem said Schaefer was driving a 1973 Chevrolet pickup northbound on the 2200 block of Texas 46 about 11 when he blacked out veered across the road and hit the Volkswagen van driven by Britton heading south on Texas 46 McEachem said there was no evi dence of alcohol involved in the crash County conducts budget hearings Thursday From staff reports The public will have two opportu nities on Thursday to voice their opin ion about the countys proposed bud get before its adoption Thursday evening The court will conduct two public hearings on the budget on Thursday The first will be at 11 with anoth er hearing slated at Commissioners will consider approving the budget after the evening hearing Both hearings will be con ducted in the Commissioners Court room in the courthouse annex 150 N Seguin and the public is encourage to attend The proposed budget which was filed with the county clerks office earlier this month calls for an increase in spending and an increase in the tax rate The 1997 budget included in expenditures and in revenue The 1998 budget calls for in spend ing while only taking in in revenue The budget will be bal anced with the remaining funds com ing from the general lurid GED program lists testing dates requirements Page 2
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