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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                side Sports Birthday withes from the New Brauftfete Hwald Zeitung extends the following birth day wishes to Kimberty Brennan Ellsa Btntos Joannie Garza Rose Martinez Christine Durbln Car ol DeHaven Lois Mar tin 91 years George Keoghan Cora Tausch Tyler Handrlck 9 years Saranna Laughner Rose Mary Montanez Adam Morales Eric Dallenbach 30 years Kimberly Cafley Mack Mon Elton Wetz Veronica Sotelo 10 years Monday and Raymond Zamarripa Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Joe and Annie Stoeltje 27 Al and Phylis Cleave 50 Michael and Linda Dietert Joan and Sergei Ceyanes 28 Sue and Bill Groff 28 years and Scott and Irtna Smith 6 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Sunny and hot through Wednesday Sunday High in the upper 90s Light southeast wind Labor Day Continued sunny with a high in the upper 90s Through Wednesday Partly cloudy Lows in the 70s Highs in the 90s 135 drivers forced to slow down Travelers on Interstate 35 may have been slowed a bit on Saturday Minor accidents combined with heavy holiday traffic had 135 backed up early Saturday afternoon Take care when travelng this weekend Highways will be busy this weekend with travelers head ing to various destinations for the Labor Day holiday Leave early and give yourself plenty of time to reach your destina tion Dont forget to buckle up Also dont speed and dont drink and drive City committee hosts meetings The city of New Braunfels1 Community Development Advisory Committee will con duct neighborhood meetings on Tuesday at the cafeterias of Lone Star School 2343 W San Antonio at 6 and Lamar School 240 N Central at to discuss what type of social services and projects are needed in our neighborhoods For infor mation call the Community Development Department at 6082100 Some offices will be closed Labor Day In observance of the Labor Day holiday several local offices will be closed so start running those errands now Local schools will be closed The New Braunfels Munici pal Building and the Comal County Courthouse will be closed Monday City sanitation and recy cling crews will be working Monday However residents are urged to get their bins and trashcans out on the curb as early as possible because crews will be working earlier than usual The county rural recycling program will be closed Postal units will be closed on Monday with the exception of the Airport Mail Facility in San Antonio There will be no distribution to Post Office box es on Monday Mail will not be collected from collection box es on Monday unless a holi day collection is indicated on the label Most banks will be closed The HeraldZeitung will be closed New Braunfels SUNDAY PINK A 32 pages in four sections Sunday August 77 Q TASO Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years Home or Vol 145 No 208 Tuber drowns in river Accident occurs at Slumber Falls By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The Labor Day Weekend got off to a tragic start Friday when a 40year Austin woman drowned while tubing down the Guadalupe River Kathryn ConnellyFletcher was pronounced dead at McKenna Memorial Hospital after a tubing accident that occurred at Slumber Falls west of New Brajunfels Loop 337 Doug Phillips with the Comal County Sheriffs Office Water Enforcement Tactics team said Con nellyFletcher was tubing down the Guadalupe River from the First Cross ing to Gruene at about Fri day As she approached Slumber Falls she floated to the wrong side of the river fell out of her tube and got caught in the current of the river he said They were advised to go river right and went river left She got caught in the said Phillips The force of the water can hold you up against a rock Phillips said others in the area noticed ConnellyFletcher was in trouble and pulled her out of the water Jason Gorden a 22yearold stu HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Damall New Braunfels emergency rescue workers transport Kathryn ConnellyFletcher from Slumber Falls where she was caught under the water and drowned Friday dent from College Station said he was tubing near Camp Huaco Springs when he heard people calling for an ambulance He said he and a friend offered to help We got up there and there was an elderly lady and they were doing CPR on said Gorden They were getting tired so I took The womans mends said she was under the itfater aboftt three minutes before they got her out Gorden said He added that her stomach was full of water and she was not responding to CPR which was performed for about 20 minutes before EMS arrived EMS responded to the scene but could not reach ConnellyFletcher because paramedics could not enter the river at the accident scene WET team members took a raft down the river and carried the victim upstream to Camp Gordefl certified in CPR per formed compressions until Connelly Fletcher was placed in the ambu lance at the campgrounds Probably the toughest part was coming across the river and contin uing compressions across the riv Gorden said Scene of drowning Graphic by Margaret Edmonson Tubular tourism Summer floods dam flow of water tourists By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The summer of 1997 was a tough one for local out fitters and camgrounds along the Guadalupe River After a good Memorial Day weekend the summer got rougher when June flash floods put Canyon Lake levels at 937 feet above mean sea level approxi mately 28 feet above conservation pool level The flash floods forced the Army Corps of Engineers to release as much cubic feet per sec ond of water from Canyon Dam for more than a Turn to Summer Page 2A Winter Texans create second tourist season By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Last year it was Glowfest and this year its the Hol iday River of Lights Slowly New Braunfels has been building tourist events to attract people during nonsummer months especially for the Christmas holidays Turn to Winter Page 2A HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Tubers cross the Comal River Dam heading for the tube chute Saturday Tubing tips Here are some guidelines to fol low to help make the day on the water safe and enjoyable If you dont swim dont go Always wear something on your feet Use sunscreen and lots of it Drink plenty of fluids Bring something like water even if youre drinking beer to replenish the bodys fluids HeraldZeituna photo byMichael Darnall Tubers were out of luck for pan of the afternoon Saturday at Prince Solms Park tujbe rental when it ran out of tubes CISD board decides tax rate will increase no more thian 9 cents By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Comal Independent School District board of trustees can consider a tax rate increase of 9 cents or less after a vote taken Thursday CISD financedirector Abel Cam pos said state law required school dis tricts to begin the tax rate adoption process by setting the maximum tax rate trustees would consider CISD trustees set that rate at per 100 valuation Thursday The cur rent tax rate is Now they can work their way down from or stay at it but they cant work their way Campos said Trustee Scott Watson who moved to accept the rate said the 9cent increase was to make up a loss of million in state fimding The district is getting about million less in state aid this year based on increased property val ues Watson said the district was losing money at the same time it was trying to accommodate more students 1 just hope people will understand whats going Watson said That nine cents is for the million the state took away Wed be in good shape if the state would quit passing with Watson said a rate of would fund the million budget approved Turn to Tax rate Page 5A Crash kills Princess Diana PARIS AP Princess Diana who had been striving a build a new public and private life after her turbu lent divorce died Sunday from injuries in a crash that also killed her compan ion Dodi Fayed The 36yearold princess died at 4 after going into cardiac arrest doctors told a hospital news confer ence The crash happened shortly after midnight in a tunnel along the Seine River at the Pont de 1Alma bridge It came as paparazzi the commercial photographers who constantly tail Diana followed her car police said The death was announced at a 6 hospital news conference by Dr Alain Pavie head of the cardiology department The death of the Princess of Wales fills us all with shock and deep said British ambassador Michael Jay who was at the hospital Dianas death from cardiac arrest came after she suffered heavy internal bleeding in the earlymorning acci dent French radio said the paparazzi were trailing Dianas car on motorcy cles Five photographers were arrested it said Turn to Diana Page 5A City flag sent back to drawing board By ABE LEVY Staff Writer New Braunfels city officials told the Historic Landmark Commission to take a second look at its proposal to create an official city flag City Manager Mike Shands said he sent the proposal back to the com mission for review after receiving telephone calls and letters objecting to the lack of Hispanic representation on the proposed flag design The main question was What is the basis for the he said We thought it would be appropriate to send the proposal back to the Commission members based the proposed flag on a seal by 14 German noblemen whose negotiation of a land grant northwest of New Braunfels led to Prince Carl Solms 1845 purchase of land that includedComal Springs Hundreds of German immigrants came to New Braunfels after Prince Solms of Braunfels Germany bought the land which led to New Braunfels becoming a city Prince Solms bought the land from Mexican nationals Rafael C Garza and his wife Maria Antonio Vera mendi Garza for The flag includes among other items the proposed seal with a bundle of arrows to symbolize the presence of Native Americans in the land grant area Shands said the commission has a Sept 11 meeting scheduled during which members would have oppor tunity to discuss two options revi sions to the design or clarification to support the original proposal Turn to Flag Page 5A wo of minimum wage increase kicks in on Labor Day Page 74   

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