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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 11, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY Future star training at Newcombe Tennis Ranch 1B 50 CENTS Rraunfels 16 pages in two sections Thursday September Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Keith 145 No 216 Inside SLimmlisch Birthday wishes from the Heraldlettung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Mary Kensing Keith Kfabunde Dean Laird Jackie New Isaac Schmidt 1 Allison Alvarez 5 Viva Rector Cathy Tal cott and Jeremy Garcia Happy Anniversary wishes go to Mr and Mrs Lawrence Weidner 51 To have a birttulay or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Not available Poten measured h parts per otjfc meter of air Wnmafcn provided by Dr Frank Harpel River Information Comal River 308 cubic feet per sec ond same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 04 from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge 465 cfs Canyon Lake inflow 240 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and 521 million gallons of well water were used p Cooler nights warm days prevail Tonight cloudy Low in the mid 70s Light wind Partly cloudy with isolated mainly afternoon showers or thunderstorms Chance of rain less than 20 percent High in the mid 90s Wind becoming southeast near 10mph Saturday and Sunday Partly cloudy with isolated showers or thunderstorms Low in the 60s High in the 90s Monday Partly cloudy with a slight chance of show ers or thunderstorms Low in the 60s High in the 90s Today is an ozone action day Today is an ozone action day People should do what they can to make the air cleaner including avoiding excessive driving and reduc ing driving by carpooling If possible motorists should wait to refuel until after 6 so emissions from the gas will not enter the ozone Project KISS sets public meeting Proponents of the Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreation Center Project KISS will have their fifth annual public meeting today at 7 at the new Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperatives auditorium on FarmtoMarket3159 For more information contact Trish Wyatt at 830 964 4488 Clean up Lower Quadalupe The annual Friends For Rivers Lower Guadalupe Riv er Cleanup will be Saturday Landbased water and diving volunteers are needed Regis tration will be from to at Double Rockin R on Loop 337 or Whitewater Sports on FarmtoMarket Road 306 Volunteers are wel come to a party and meal afterward at Cypress Bend Park For information call 6290939 NB family rebuilds life after home burned By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The day after lightning struck their home and caused a fire that severely damaged their house the Arnold family took the first steps Wednesday to put their lives back together Robert Arnold and his wife Tina surveyed the damage in their home in the 900 block of Encino Drive The home caught tire at about Mon day when lightning from a fastmoving storm struck an outside utility panel New Braunfels Fire Department officials said the fire spread to an inside utility panel and damaged the garage living room attic and kitchen Arnold said he realized he could not fight the fire with a garden hose so he and his family saved the few items they could from their burning home We had an adjuster look through it and do a tew Arnold said He gave me an indication it is bad for damage Arnold said he was not sure what he would do with his home At fhis point I dont know if they insurance company will condemn it or remodel he said Arnold said his family was staying with friends in town and that the insurance company would give his family an allowance to let them either stay in a condo or a house for the time being Trade show tear d6wn HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall The New Braunfels Civic Center looked like Grand Central Station Wednesday evening after the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Business Trade Show ended Approximately attended Wednesdays show while some 700 were there Tuesday night for the sneak preview Renee Votta of Bigger Bangles won the grand prize drawing a sevenday cruise to Cancun Cozumel and Honduras Here several people enter and exit the building breaking down their exhibits NBISD approves tax rate hike m But new homestead exemptions will mean lower tax bills By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict board of trustees conducted a hearing Tues day to get public input on a proposed tax rate increase of cents but none of the handful of members of the public present addressed the board The NBISD board set the maximum tax rate at last week about a percent increase The proposed rate broke down into a maintenance and operations tax rate of an 8cent increase over last year and a debt service rate of cents a decrease of cents Last month the board approved the 1997 1998 budget with expenditures totaling up Its not one of those times when someone can come back and say we passed more of a tax rate than we Lonnie Curtis assistant superintendent for finance With a tax rate of the district would still have to take about out of the fund balance or the districts savings account to bal ance the budget Its not one of those times when someone can come back and say we passed more of a tax rate than we assistant superintendent of finance Lonnie Curtis told the board Curtis said the districts tax base was largely singlefamily residents which means offering an additional homestead exemption cuts into the total tax roll value He said that from the 19861987 school year to the 19971998 year the districts tax base only increased 40 percent while the local share the portion of the budget the state requires the district to fund increased by percent We have to increase our tax rate just to keep up with the local he said Were actually having to do better with the money we do Curtis said the NBISD tax bill would be based on last years values and values assigned in January would not be used until neU years budget He said the average home was valued at last year With a exemption and a tax rate of residents paid in tax es This year the average home was valued at With the exemption and a tax rate of the tax bill would drop to a decrease of or 4 percent In turn even though the tax rate is increasing the tax bill will be Curtis said Board president Bette Spain said the fact that no one spoke to the board might not be bad I think theres more awareness out there and more Spain said The board will approve a tax rate at 7 Tuesday at the Education Center board room 430 St Arnold said it could take several months before he and his family could move back into their home or find a new one Arnold said he was thankiul that the fire occurred during the daytime when his family was awake instead of being asleep at night It was a scary he said By the time the smoke alarm would have gone off at night we would have had one or two minutes to get out It would have been Huisache owners eye downtown endeavor By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Bellenhausen the latest downtown enterprise by Huisache Grill owners Don and Lynn Forres will begin to take form this fall the Forreses said Tues day Set on the ground floor of the Adolph Holz build ing or Lax Appliance building built in 1912 on San Antonio Street the bistro will offer light fare coffees wine with a unique atmosphere Lynn Forres said The name came from a favorite restaurant of ours in Mexico City called Don Forres said Its a madeup The Holz buildings top floor originally planned for apartments will be retail space Lynn Forres said Weve had a lot of interest in the retail space because of the traffic count at the she said Upscale retailers who have done well downtown are considering second projects Architectural draw ings show Bellenhausens store front facing San Antonio Street will look much like the Gruene Antique Company with tall windows and an awning The bistros interior will be furnished with antiques the Forreses have collected throughout their reno vation projects When you walk in youll have a sense that this place has been here for a long Lynn Forres said The dining office and entertainment complex that started with the Huisache Grill and continues with Bellenhausen eventually will extend down the railroad tracks toward Coll Street the Forreses said They acquired two buildings originally owned by the Tietze family an old family home and fachwerk house from former owners Craig and Michelle Oatman The Forreses are continuing restoration work that the Oarmans began The two buildings and their grounds along with the Tietze cabinet shop already Forres property will be developed to expand the Huisache Grill and to have a compound where you could have retail or Lynn Forres said As with the Huisache Grill the Forres seek not to attract tourists with their new developments but satisfy a market that already exists within Comal County Don Forres said We really did this for the local community there are enough customers here he said The Fortes project could help break the ice for other entrepreneurs to renovate and develop down town New Braunfels buildings said Greater New Turn to Downtown Page 2A Literacy program pairs volunteer tutors with students By OENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HeraldZuilung photo by Michael Darnall Lee Hatch Silvia Muritto in English at her home Wednesday afternoon Hatch hM been tutoring for four years Learning to read even as an adult takes the help of someone who is willing to share time and talent The Literacy Council and Adult Educa tion and Literacy Coop is provid ing that help Maggie Cunningham director of the Literacy Council and the Adult Education and Literacy Coop said the coop offers extensive oneon one tutoring to boost students read ing levels so they are ready for a classroom situation The next step is basic education classes where students can earn a General Education Diploma or take an English as a Second Language class Last year the coop served 405 individuals through the two local school districts and 52 people earned GEDs So we serve the A community as extensively as we can Cun n i n g h a m i said Volunteer coordmatof Vernell Mar tinez said peo pie who could not Reading matters read faced a lot of unnecessary problems She said literacy programs aimed not to pry into the lives of the students but to help them achieve their goal of reading We do not act in of judg mental way We just take them where Turn to Reading Page 2A Helping out Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer tutor with Adult Education and Literacy Coop can contact volunteer coordinator Vemell Martinez at 6259480 Each tutor is required to go through a training session The next session is sched uled for Nov 7 and 8 The deadline to reserve a place is about a week in advance To sign up for English as a Second Language class or General Education Diploma classes or to get oneonone 0 help from a tutor call the or 210 0456083 Student meets aviation Page 7A Hummel goes on tour Page 10A   

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