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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Unicorns top Edison 386 Page 1B 50 CENTS raIdZeit r rU 990 24 pages in three sections Friday September Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Nathan and Cartone Klabunde 45 No 212 Inside Slammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Marcia Keeling Claudia Per ry Rebecca Augustin Meghan Lee Noble 3 Ora Ramsey Melvin Fet ters Betty Jean Evans Satur Joshua Tuggle 15 years and Daniel Rojo Jr Happy Anniversary wishes go to Nathan and Earlene Klabunde and Don and Jeannine Her rmann 10 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Cedar Elm trace Molds Grass trace Ragweed 52 Pigweed trace Poten measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank Rfver Information Comal River 304 cubic feet per sec ond up 5 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 04 from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge 465 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 Wednesday and gallons of well water were used Weekend weather looks promising Tonight Fair skies Lows in the upper 60s Light east winds Saturday Partly cloudy Highs in the lower 90s South east winds 510 mph Sunday through Tues day Partly cloudy Highs in the 90s Lows in the 60s to near 70 Dont forget about Grandparents Day They shower you with gifts love and affection all year long and this weekend is your chance to show them it doesnt go unnoticed Sunday is Grandparents Day so take time out to call or visit Roads will be closed for triathlon Road closures and alter nate routes during the cycling and running portions of the 1997 Texas Hill Country Triathlon at Comal Park Drivers should expect possible delays from to from Old Saltier Road to FarmtoMarket 2673 east Traffic might be delayed at FM 2673 and FM 3159 Drivers will not be able to turn west northbound from FM 3159 onto FM 2673 during the time the bicyclists are coming back to Comal Park No left turns will be allowed south from west bound FM 2673 onto FM 3159 No right turns south from FM 2673 onto FM 3159 Intersection and road closed at the intersection of Dietert Lane Campbell Drive and Old Sattler Road between and Possible delays at the intersection of Gallagher Dri ve and Canyon Bend Motorists can go from Watts Lane north to Gal lagher Drive west to Canyon Bend then turn south on Canyon Bend and then onto FM 2673 and hit the spur across from Dairy Queen United Way kicks off drive Organizers set goal By ABE LEVY Staff Writer Local residents and business own ers Prepare for this years wave of United Way representatives asking for donations to reach the years goal More than 100 people showed up Thursday evening to kick off the 1997 fundraising drive for the United Way of Comal County at Tree Tops Restaurant The effort is an annual campaign to collect money from individuals and businesses that goes to 30 charitable organizations The mood was optimistic that this years goal would be reached The biggest thing Is that were out there supporting agencies that help the James Dunks campaign chairman Weve got a really good group of volunteers that will be hitting the said campaign chairman James Dunks The biggest thing is that were out there supporting agen cies that help the Dunks said the secret for the areas success in generating money for the United Way was direct contact with people who believe in helping the less fortunate Sam Zook secretary of the Board of Directors for the Bulverde Com munity Organization said the United Way helped his agency get started more than two years ago It was a big driving force for us to be able to get off the he said Weve been able to grow the last two Zooks group is a cooperative effort of four churches It received S of the the United Way raised duiinn hist years drive The Buhcale Community Orga nization gives clothes and food to the needy and makes their utility pay ments Zook said Dunks announced that the United Way had already received in advance gifts slightly more than 10 percent of this years goal The 26member United Way board of directors plans to recruit five peo Turn to United Way Page 2A How to give Here are the ways to designate donations through payroll deductions to the United Way 8 For federal employees who give through the Combined Federal Campaign The code is 6000 state employees the code is 416000 For all others write United Way of Comal County825 on the pay roll deduction form For more information call 620 7760 or stop by the United Way office 421 S Seguin Ave HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Carrie White checks the sizes of the new United Way Tshirts at the United Way kickoff Thursday at Tree Tops Restaurant It makes you want to shout HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall The New Braunfels High School Dance team gets in to the football groove Thursday night at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio Tonight Smithson Valley and Canyon High Schools both play at home County hears jail architects proposals By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Seniors sew ugly quilts to help others By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer What became an idea from a magazine article has turned into a way local senior citizens help their neighbors in need One day Ida Sing was browsing through Family Circle when she came upon an article that inter ested her It was by a woman from Pennsylvania who made ugly sleeping bags given to homeless people She offered to send instruc tions to others who wanted to do Sing 79 said A year and a half later Sing and a couple of her friends celebrated the making of their 100th ugly quilt with a party at the Balcones Haus retirement center Thursday The New Braunfels branch of First State Bank of Austin sponsored the party Sing said the sleeping bags were named ugly quilts because the woman from Pennsylvania used anything available to make them They were using any old mate Sing said We have tried to make ours Every Thursday for two hours Turn to Quilts Page 2A Proposed tax hike draws residents ire By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer One Comal County taxpayer spoke out against the proposed 1998 tax rate at a public hearing conducted by Comal County Commissioners Court Thursday New Braunfels resident Juan Hinojosa said raising the current tax rate from 29218 cents per S100 valu ation to 3059 cents would put the squeeze on the tax payers Hinojosa said the proposed tax hike was unfair because it would hurt people who were already hurt by tax increases from school districts and the city I dont agree with it going Hinojosa said after the public hearing 1 was raising concerns that people have a hard time making ends meet I think the increase is not County Judge Carter Casteel said the county has open records on the budget and Hinojosa was free to look at them any time We do have a budget book on how much it takes to operate the roads in the county to operate the jail and feed the Casteel said Commissioner Jack Dawson said compared to oth er counties in the area Comal County taxes were rea sonable Regardless if it is 2921 or 3059 it is the best bar gain in Dawson said According to figures from the Comal Appraisal District people under the current tax rate paid approx imately on a home Under the pro posed tax rate that bill would go up to approximately Commissioners will vote on adopting the proposed 3059 tax rate at 11 Thursday at the commis sioners courtroom in the county courthouse annex Two architectural firms gave Commissioners Court proposed jail expansion designs Thursday Commissioners heard presentations from archi tects Wayne Gondeck of Dailey Rabke and Gondeck in San Antonio and Norris Fletcher of BSA Incorporated of Fort Worth Gondecks plan would expand the current 145 bed jail jail by 121 beds Fletchers proposal would expand the jail in increments of 96 beds at a cost of million 144 beds at million and 192 beds at million Last month the Texas Commission on Jail Standards recommended that the county expand the jail to 336 beds within nine years to meet projected population growth Gondecks plan calls for building 12 separation cells eight more eightcapacity multioccupan cy cells two 24capacity dormitories and a new work release weekend unit Gondeck proposed expanding the sally port area where die prisoners and inmates are brought the kitchen laundry room and administration dispatch and records offices His plans called for a new detoxification room a holding area for female inmates a new infirmary new booking areas new storage and exercise areas For the new cells Gondeck proposed a podu lar remote supervision setup in which an officer would guard the prison from a control room The podular setup would have two control rooms with one officer in each control room along the corridor watching inmates There would be a control room for the 14 sep aration cells and another control room for the 14 eightcapacity multioccupancy cells Gondeck said his design would keep the jail secure We are looking at this type of design in clus tering cells around control rooms where you can see the Gondeck said It reduces the staff requirement and makes it more effective for managing of the facility and reduces inmate toinmate and inmatetoofficer Gondecks plan would cost taxpayers Turn to Jail Page 2A Committee focuses on improving education in NB By ABE LEVY Staff Writer What if teachers took summer internships at local businesses and included that experience in their cur ricula each year Just an idea but a result of more than 25 citizens banging their heads together for an hour to talk about helping the next generation The citizens serve on the citys Education Popu lation and Youth subcommittee which met for the fourth time Wednesday at St Paul Lutheran Church The subcommittee is made up of teenagers teach ers business owners and retired residents and is one of nine providing public input to the citys Com prehensive Master Steering Committee The steering committee began meeting more than a year ago to decide how to write a master plan for the Some ideas on the table Helping to address paying for upcoming bond issues for expanding school districts Developers could set aside portions of a sub division for new schools a Junior college or trade school make a point of working vwth schools to develop safe pedesWancross in and traffic flow in neighborhoods Tegeh more vocational skills in high school We working skills in school supervised aftertewm for future development of the city of New Braunfels The subcommittee is in its brainstorming stage and has conjured up ideas such as building a junior college or trade school in New Braunfels or request ing that developers set aside a portion of a subdivision for new schools Weve got to get our teachers and parents to pre pare our kids for the real said Rita Kaurmann vice president and manager of First Commercial Bank and chairwoman of the subcommittee It starts at home but kids are in school for 12 years Weve got to work together to make our kids better people and responsible The nine subcommittees cover a variety of com munity issues including economic development and land use and have been meeting about two times each month since June The city has a goal of compiling a draft preliminary Turn to Education Page 5A Some thoughts on the passing of Princess Diana Page 6A
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