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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 2, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY tiens soccer team gefs first victory Page 5 50 CENTS New Braunfels MXD SAN ANTONIO TX 780 x x TEXAS MIXED PINK A XX X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X 10 pages in one section Tuesday September aldZeit Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Wong Vol 145 No 209 Inside Sttimmtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Jana Seibert and Jessi Wong Happy Anniversary wishes go to Mr and Mrs Wilbur Gray 45 years To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Molds Cedar Elm 4 Ragweed 24 Pigweed 4 Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 294 cubic feet per sec ond down 5 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level down 09 from Monday Canyon Dam discharge 459 cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and gallons of well water P Look for cooler weather by Thursday Tonight Partly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of evening showers or thunder storms Low in the low 70s east wind 5 to 10 mph Wednesday Increasing cloudiness with a 40 percent chance of showers or thun derstorms High in the low 90s East wind 510 mph becoming northeast 1015 mph Thursday Mostly cloudy and cool with a chance of showers and thun derstorms High near 80 to low 80s Friday Mostly fair skies Cool in the early morning to warm in the afternoon Lows in the 50s to near 60 Highs in the 80s Saturday Partly cloudy Low in the 50s Hill Country Near 60 to low 60s Highs in the 80s to near 90 City committee hosts meetings tonight The city of New Braunfels Community Development Advisory Committee will con duct neighborhood meetings today at the cafeterias of Lone Star School 2343 W San Antonio at 6 and Lamar School 240 N Central at to discuss social services and projects needed in our neighborhoods For information call 6082100 Parks attractions go to winter hours The Olympic Pool and Springfed Pool in Landa Park closed for the year Monday The Tube Shoot at Prince Solms Park will be open week ends only weather permitting The miniature golf course now is only open from 10 to 10 Saturdays and from 10 to 6 Sundays The Landa Park paddle boats are open from 10 to 7 on weekends until October For information call 6082160 Schlitterbahn Waterpark now is open from 10 to 6 at the Surfenburg section only weekdays The park is open from 10 to 8 on week ends until Sept 14 Call 625 2351 Wild wet weekend Tubers tourists flock to local rivers lawmen stay busy over holiday From staff reports Local tube rentals and river outfit ters reported a successful Labor Day weekend after slow summer business because of flooding earlier this year And the crowds kept law enforce ment officials busy over the week end I think we had a very good week end especially in comparison to the rest of the said Nan Ebert man ager of Gruene River Company The water is good the weather is good and its been a great Debbie Nabe manager of Abbotts 306 River Outfitters concurred We were packed We didnt get a break until we got everybody off the Nabe said saying Saturday was good and Sunday was outra She also said the weekend contrasted with a slow summer because of the high water There was also a good crowd at Schlitterbahn according to general manager Terri Adams who said this years holiday was much better than last years when it rained We had a good crowd enough to make it fun but not enough to make it Adams said adding that many outoftown visitors go home on the third day making it a good time for local residents to enjoy Schlitterbahn with smaller crowds Its one of those secrets we try to share with local she said Crowds kept law enforcement offi cers busy over the threeday week Above The banks of the Comal River were filled with tourists and locals enjoying the water Monday cele brating the last holiday of summer Right The Guadalupe River was swamped with rafters Monday HeraldZeitung photos by Michael Darnall HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Street tuber exit Traffic between dfweelajnd v Lt David Ott of the Comal County Sher iffs Office said deputies responded to a personal vvatercraft accident near Canyon Lake Marina at Sunday afternoon A 15yearold boy was airlifted to Uni versity Hospital after the personal watercraft he was riding ran into another one driven by a 13yearold boy Ott said the 15yearold suffered severe trauma to both the left leg and left side of his head above the ear He was unconscious in the water for three Ott said The 13year old did not need to be hospitalized Ott said the Labor Day weekend was a Turn to Weekend Page 2 At least 23 killed on Texas highways AUSTIN AP At least 23 people have died on Texas roads on Labor Day weekend the Texas Department of Public Safety said Monday Officials set the estimated death total at 30 last week The tally officially began Fri day morning and was to be finalized at A final count of fatalities will not be available until later this afternoon Three of the accidents involved alcohol use DPS reported Five were accidents involving pedestrians In 43 people died on Texas roads over the Labor Day weekend All available troopers were patrolling the highways in an effort to reduce the latest toll DPS officials said More than laws take effect Legislative legacy went into action Monday By MICHAEL HOLMES Associated Press Writer AUSTIN AP The 1997 Texas Legislature may be gone but its decisions are hardly forgotten John Bender communications director of the Texas House said a total of new laws passed during the legislative session that ended June 2 took effect Monday The laws cover everything from saving water to destroying fire ants from separating kids from tobacco to matching them with adoptive parents from getting tougher on sex offenders to making it easier for low income folks to get mortgages The legislation receiving the most attention during the 140day lawmaking session got a jump on the rest of the new laws Thats the billionreduction in local school property taxes It was authorized in a constitutional amendment approved by voters on Aug 9 Some highlights of the new laws State budget Another Sept 1 means another new state budget Lawmakers approved spending billion over the next two years That total includes an increase of billion in state money a percent boost over the past twoyear budget Sex offenders The Legislature got tough on sex offenders Heading the list is a two strikes and youre out law It automatically sentences a person to life in prison if convicted of certain sex offenses two times The convict will have to serve at least 35 years after which parole will be an option if twothirds of the parole board agrees Another law will dramatically increase the number of sex offenders required to register with law enforce ment authorities after release from custody Texas already has registered sex offenders living in neighborhoods with more behind bars At least will be released over the next four years Attorney General Dan Morales has said Now registration will be required by those convict ed as far back as 1970 Offenders who receive probation estimated to be 90 percent of those caught also must register Morales said A third law creates new procedures for sex offenders placed on probation It allows extension of probation Turn to New laws Page 2 Dis popularity soars higher after her death From staff wire reports DALLAS AP Although Princess Diana never made an official visit to Texas her death while pursued by paparazzi an ocean away hus grieved British nationals and Texans alike as flowers and messages pile up outside the embassy here The British Consulate in Dal las is opening a condolence book this week for the princess whose grace compassion and beauty enthralled the world even after her 1996 divorce from Prince Charles See Page 3 for more about Dianas funeral A New Braunfels book store owner said she expect Tum to Diana Page 3 NBISD trustees consider maximum tax rate tonight New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees will discuss possible tax rates and approve a max imum rate at today at the Education Center board room 430 W Mill St Last mofith the board approved the 19971998budget of up from the previous year The board was considering a tax rate of about per 100 valua tion when it approved the budget The district would have to take about out of the fund balance or the districts savings account to bal ance the budget The average home in NBISD was valued at in 1995 With a homestead exemption and a 19961997 tax rate of the homeowner would have paid in taxes Assuming the value the home increased by percent in 1W6 the value of that same home would have increased to This year that same homeowner would pay in taxes if a tax rate of was approved Although the board will not approve a tax rate at tonights meeting it will discuss a possible 1997 tax rate using 1996 values The board also will take a roll call vote on the maximum tax rate it will consider Tonights vote would cap the rate considered by he board for adoption later this month City searches for new finance director By ABE LEVY Staff Writer City of New Braunfels Finance Director Sharon Day accepted a new job in Missouri after almost four years of service here Day will be assistant director of finance for the city of Belton in Mis souri Her last day at the city of New Braunfels will be Sept 19 City officials said they posted the opening in various job listings and hope to fill it as soon as possible The move from New Braunfels will be hard said Day 40 who is a board member of the New Braunfels Womens Chamber of Commerce and treasurer for the United Way of ComaJ County board of directors Sharon 0ay Part of me is excited because change is always different and she said The other part is apprehensive because 1 know what I do and I know the com munity and I think we work well together so 1 dont want to The move will put her closer to her husband Jack who has worked at the Leavenworth Times in Kansas as a circulation manager since February Day has one son who is starting his freshman year at the University of Mississippi The new job was possible because of her faith in God she said I have a lot of faith and I feet like God opened the she said Day came to the city in January 1994 and was instrumental in advo cating the halfcent sales tax propos al that voters approved by a 2tol margin in 1995 She also coordinated the increase in the fund balance of the citys budget by million during her tenure 1 think that she has been a tremen dous asset to the city and certainly to the said Mayor Jan Ken nady She does a lot that people dont realize She is going to be truly Turn to Day Page 2 4ge limits for jury duty 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