New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, September 3, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

September 03, 1997

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas scnocxs win nave an m-oeptn guide to lead them through the . iftaieonwfft to special section in today's paper. Fans wi be able to prepare for the season by testing about the top players for J each team, the dkection the A teams am taking ft) the new season and the teams they will face in district competition. WEDNESDAY Canyon sweeps doubleheader at home — Page I 50 CENTSNew Braunfels f“r hic-r.,10^, ■ W. Or- /    *-/9ri **0CuU*Ltgur Aft ' ,, tNo 990:::.. 18 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, September 3, 1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Dwayne and Cheryl Koepp Vol. 145. No. 210 Inside Editorial .................*................4A Sports......................................1-2B Comics.........................................3B Market Place.............................4-8B Dear Abby....................................3A ^ Ll mint Neb Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeituvig! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Kicky Velasquez (34 years), Stephanie Ferguson, Jackie Cox, Rudy Garcia, Amada Zamarri-m, Calli Courtney (18 years), Kathy Hartman, Raven Juarez 14 years belated) and Dionne Rizo (15 years belated). Happy anniversary wishes go to Dwayne and Cheryl Koepp and Aaron and Cherry Guerra (8 years Tuesday). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollan Count Molds —1,186    Pigweed — 8 Ragweed—16    Grass —10 Cedar Elm—10 (Poten measured rn puts per cub*c meter of air Information provided by Or. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 299 cubic feet per second, up 5 from Tuesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.32 feet above sea level, down .03 from Tuesday. Canyon Dam discharge — 459cfs Canyon Lake inflow — not available Canyon Lake level — 909.63 feet above sea level (Above conservation pool.) ai ■"*-----*-»- • uiiut now d rn unit?! s uinvuos NBD reports pumping 7.317 rmMon gallons of surface water Tuesday, and 2.996 million gaflons of well water were used «aflaaUP Drag out winter conte Ilia  --■«--alf — it* cooling on Tonight — Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent cnance of showers or thunderstorms Low in the upper 60s. Light northeast wind. Thursday — Partly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms. High in the upper 80s. Northeast wind near 15 mph. Friday and Saturday— Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Lows near 60. Highs in the 80s Sunday — Partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers. Lows in the 60s. Highs near 90. to whiff schedules The days for enjoying local recreation attractions are winding down The Olympic Pool and Spring-fed Pool in Landa Park closed for the year Monday. The Tube Shoot at Prince Sol ms Park will be open weekends only, weather permitting The miniature golf course now is only open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and from 10 a m. to 6 p.m. Sundays, weather permitting. The Landa Park paddle boats are now open from 10 a m. to 7 p.m. only on weekends until October. Schlitterbahn Waterpark now is open only weekends until Sept. 14. Call 625-2351. Ile It suns Memorial has naw Address McKenna Memorial Hospital now has a new address The old address, 143 E Garza St., has changed to 600 N Union Ave. Disaster ssslstofics dasdHns is Frkflsy The deadline for applying for assistance from the Federal Emergency Management Agency is Friday. Comal County was declared a disaster area because of flooding this summer. Call 1-800-462-9029 (TTY 1-800-462-7585) Boogie downNBISD trustees set tax rate limit New exemptions should keep bills lower, officials say By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer 'New Braunfels Independent School District board of trustees can consider a tax rate increase of 4.25 cents or less after a vote taken Tuesday, but residents still should get a smaller tax bill this year. The first step in the process of approving a tax rate for funding a school district budget is to set the maximum rate a district will consider. The NBISD board set that rate at $1.5075 Tuesday night. “That’s the maximum they can pass on the 16th of September,” said NBISD assistant superintendent of finance Lonnie Curtis. “They can go lower but they can’t go higher.” Curtis said the proposed rate broke down into a maintenance and operations tax rate of $1,245, an 8-cent increase over last year, and a debt service rate of26.25 cents, a decrease of 3.75 cents. “The increase (in the maintenance and operations rate) is due to less state money as well as the drop in the values due to the added homestead exemptions, the mandated pay increases for teachers, and so forth,” Curtis said. Last month, the board approved the 1997-1998 budget with expenditures totaling $33,698,933, up $3,521,081 from last year. With a tax rate of SI.5075, the district still would be required to take about $500,000 out of the fund balance, or the district’s savings account, to balance the budget. Turn to NBISD, Page 2A Herald-Zettung photo by Michael DamaH Allssblft H—non puds hor foot above hor hood for the judgee while surfing In tho local Boog* Behn contest at Schlittarbahn Waterpark Tuesday. Haarron end other amateurs competed Tuesday for a spot to challenge professional boogie boarders that will be arriving Thursday. She writes the songs — and sings, too Airport gets state grant money By ABE LEW Staff Writer By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer She started writing songs at the age of 8, and by the time she was IO years old, Virginia Carden was performing for any crowd that would listen. “I loved to write, even when I was really young, and singing just came out of my mouth, and it sounded good,” explained Carden, a 16-year-old New Braunfels High School junior. “I love giving people a message.” Over the years, Carden did not focus her talent chi one type of musical genre. Her writing portfolio includes Christian, country and light rock music. But unlike many songwriters, this young artist also performs the works she creates. Carden said she has performed in Nashville, Houston, Austin and San Antonio, playing in “whatever club or dance hall will let me in.” In August, Carden submitted her work to a contest called “Songs For The Father,” sponsored by Christian radio station (CSLR of San Antonio. Carden’s four songs were among 114 qualified Vandals strike senior center vans again By ABE LEVY Staff Writ et Officials from the Comal County Senior Citizens Center discovered Monday morning that two of the center’s vans were vandalized for the second time in about two weeks. Someone broke five windows to the center’s 1996 Dodge Ram van and eight in its Fend van, which is used for people in wheelchairs, center officials and police said. Another van, which is owned by the Community Council of South Turn to Vandals, Page 3A Father 5:30to 7 pm VbgMeOwto Saturday at ** r iii Ilia ■ ■ii Mil n Mtmkmi-----J- ww wnaniann waierpwrK wava pool stage. The pubic is invited to to performance of to top IO song* and to announcement of to warner*. Entry to to event is free wlh park admission. entries received from amateur songwriters. The songs were judged based on Christian message, lyrics, music, presentation, originality and judges’ general impression. The field was narrowed to IO finalists. and Carden made the cut. “This year the quality of the entries was phenomenal, and what we’ll see at the finals will reflect that,” said KSLR operations manager Dave Gordon. Carden won a spot in the finals with a song entitled “Whatever It Takes.” She said the song was about different people with problems asking for the Lord’s help. She said each person was willing to mov e forward and would do “whatever it takes.” Carden said she wrote the song w hen she was 13 years old. At the time, her older sister was entering college, and the first verse of the song is about her and the new life she was facing. Carden said tire last verse actually was about herself, because she was looking for direction in her own life. “That’s why I write the songs,” she said. “They’re like a direction for me.” Carden said she entered the songs thinking she would make contacts and gain exposure. She wasn’t expecting to make the finals. However, now that she’s there, she’s ready to sing Saturday. Turn to Singer, Page 2A The city of New Braunfels w ill receive $40,(XX) to help pay for a new terminal building at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport, state transportation commissioners decided last week. The money w as pan of a $6.2 million package the Texas Transportation Commission approved Thursday in Austin to pay for 30 general aviation improvement projects at airports statcw ide Darrell Phillips, city airport manager. said the money would pay for design development of a terminal buikiing scheduled for completion in 1999. Phillips said he applied for the money last year after hearing Texas Department of Transportation’s announcement for a terminal development program to assist airports. The entire terminal building project is estimated at $440,000, w hich will come from the arrport enterprise fund. That fund currently has $500,000, which comes from rental income, an agricultural lease. I percent of the gross on all commercial activities and a 7-cent fuel How age fee. “We definitely need (the grant),” Phillips said. “We do not have a terminal at this time. It will provide a nice terminal for serv ices.” The terminal project includes: ■ A temporary office building for Phillips and fuel and oil service, both scheduled for completion by the end of September, costing about $161,000. B Additional parking for the new terminal building at about $20,000 Phillips said the improvements, including av iation fuel serv ice, are designed to enhance economic activity at the airport. Airport property includes 900 acres of land off Farm-to-Market 758 in west Guadalupe County . City officials said they hoped to break into the market by offering New Braunfels Municipal Airport: ■ The facility has three runways that are about 5,000-feet long and between 100-to 150-feet wide. ■ The airport includes a terminal building, restaurant. 58 T-hangars, six hangars for aircraft maintenance and repairs, two hangars for storage and tie-downs for more than 40 aircraft. Parking spaces allow for a total of 123 vehicles. ■ The National Weather Service built a station on the airport that services the South and Central Texas region. ■ The airport is the primary facility for business aircraft from New Braunfels and Seguin and also serves training flights from San Antonio and Bexar County. ■ The airport captured 4.5 to 5.5 percent of the San Antonio Metropolitan Statistical Area business, including corporate uses by Wal-Mart Distribution Center, Glastron Manufacturing, West Point Pepperell Textile Factories and Outlet Mall, AOM, General Portland, Parker Brothers, 3-M, each from the New Braunfels area, and Holly Farms, Motorola and SMI, Inc. from Seguin, according to a 1965 Texas Aeronautics Commission Study. source: New Braunfels Airport Master Plen, 1990 low -cost fuel service, 24 hours per day w ith a credit card machine. Currently Brauntex Aviation. owned by Bayliss Harms, is the only fuel supplier at the airport. In all, the terminal project could generate as much as $200,000 in profit the first year. That money would be returned to the airport enterprise fund, city officials said. The revenue, city officials said, would keep the city from having to subsidize the airport fund with tax money. STREET TALK What’s your reaction to the death of Princess Diana? It distressed me. She was well thought of | all over to world. ...I’ve watched everything on it, qnd I’M set my alarm for Saturday morning for the funeral. —Nekta 0 tepee s I think it’s a tragedy. I England has lost someone | tot represented tom well. But, I don’t like all to publicity it’s getting, either. —Georgia RoHo It shocked I me because she was so young. ...It relates to everyone’s mortality. —Jim Bredewater I hope the paparazzi are convict-1 ed of some form of manslaughter becauseI they basically chased them to their deaths. —David Smith It I shocked me when I first heard it. ...Her poor sons are left with no mother now. --Jennifer Price Cook up herb-roasted chicken and wow family, friends — Pages 9-1 DA ;