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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 12, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                Catch up on your favorite football teams New Braunfels 50 CENTS 24 pages in three sections Friday September ildZeitui Serving Comai uounty and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Andrew Webb 145 No 217 Inside SLimmtisch Birthday withes from the HeraldZeftung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Rosa Hinojosa Ashley Evans Andrew Webb 9 Emily Bracks Murray Macchia Steven Venegas 9 Darline Preiss Saturday and Michael Anthony Resales To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count not available Poten measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 304 cubic feet per sec ond down 4 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 01 from Wednesday 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 Wednesday and gallons of well water were used Partly cloudy skies to prevail Tonight Fair becoming partly cloudy after midnight Low in themid 70s Southeast wind 51 Omph Saturday Morning clouds otherwise partly cloudy with a high in the mid 90s Southeast wind near 10 mph Sunday Partly cloudy with isolated showers or thun derstorms Highs in the 90s Monday and Tuesday Partly cloudy with isolated afternoon thunderstorms Lows in the 60s Highs in the 90s Food bank seeks donations The SOS Food Bank needs to restock its shelves The items needed the most are canned milk canned meats vegetables fruit peanut butter soups cereals laundry items shampoo and bath items To make dona tions call 6293663 or bring them to 248 Merriweather St To apply to receive the food come by the office and fill out an application You will need to state the source of your income and go through a screening process Sheriffs Posse rodeo slated Gather around partners the Comal County Sheriffs Posse Rodeo will take place Saturday at 7 at the Posse Arena Interstate 35 South at Solms Road exit Adult admission for the rodeo and dance is Children get in for More than 50 local contestants will compete in 13 events Spectators are asked to enter at the back gate off Solms Road 135 road work continues Texas Department of Trans portation work crews are con tinuing construction of addi tional lanes to Interstate 35 South between Solms Road and Schertz FarmtoMarket Numerous exits will be closed but traffic lanes should remain open throughout the day The only way motorists can get off of Interstate 35 is by utilizing FM 2252 exit Its time for us to take time for each other and our grandchildren I find that I dont have the time I wish I County Judge Carter Casteel Casteel wont seek reelection County judge makes announcement today By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Page 4A Comal County Judge Carter Casteel announced today that she would not seek another term in office and instead would focus her time on her family and her pri vate law practice Surrounded by family Casteel announced her plans during a press con ference at Comal County Courthouse Casteel who was elected in 1990 will step down from her position Dec Casteel said the decision to leave the office was not an easy one and she had been talk ing to myself about it since March She said her mother died when she was 14 and that gave her a greater appreciation of fami ly The decision not to run for reelection boiled down to having more rime to spend with her husband two children and three grandchildren Casteel1 s son Barron is expected to grad uate from law school in December and to take the bar exam in February Casteel said she wanted to open a law office with the budding attorney I have a real fun opportunity to work with one of my children in helping him get started in his she said He and I are very much alike I hope we dont kill each she added with a grin Casteel who will be 55 in December also said she wanted to have more time for her husband Tom 63 who was supportive of her during her 20 years in public service She said its his time She said part of that time would be spent instilling in her grandchildren the characteristics values and attitudes she learned from her grandparents Its time for us to take time for each oth er and our Casteel said I find that I dont have the time I wish I Casteel who grew up in West Texas said her parents were strong individuals much like herself Despite that she was allowed the opportunity to be her own person During her public service her children Cheryl and Barron had to stand in the shad ows or take criticism for her actions Casteel said She said it was time for her to get out of the way and let them become known for who they were instead of Carters 1 want them to be able to step said HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Surrounded by family County Judge Carter Casteel announces at a press confer ence in commissioners courtroom this morning that she will not run for reelection in 1998 Casteel is joined by her husband Tom a granddaughter and an aunt Casteel I want my kids to have that same opportunity to be seen and recognized for Casteel pointedly said her family had been very supportive of her while in public service and never asked her not to run She said stepping down was not an easy decision but it was the right one I guess all in all you add up all those things and they pretty well say its time to she said Casteel will not be leaving the county when she leaves though She said she would not try to run the county from behind the scenes but would continue to be active with local groups and causes Ill still be involved in the politics and in trying to make this the best county in which to live for the residents of Comal she said Before she leaves her office next Decem ber Casteel said there were several projects she would try to wrap up She said she want ed to see the completion of the Faust Street Bridge project the jail expansion the early Turn to Casteel Page 2A Volunteers will clean Guadalupe Saturday By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer David Kennon and his wife Kay loved camping out on the Guadalupe River so much that they decided to make New Braun fels their home The Kennons moved from Houston in 1991 David Kennon said he and his wife always have had a fondness for the Guadalupe River We fell in love with he said That was one of the rea sons why we The Kennons were some of the first volunteers when Friendsi For Rivers established the lower Guadalupe River cleanup in the early 1990s David Kennon will be busy again Saturday when he will par ticipate in the cleanup Registra tion for the Friends For River cleanup begins at at Double Rockin R on Loop 337 and Whitewater Sports on Farm toMarket Road 306 Volunteers and divers will clean a 20mile section of the Guadalupe River from Canyon Dam to the Interstate 35 bridge This year Kennon will help with volunteers and the logistics of the cleanup He said he sees the river cleanup as his way of giving back to the community I enjoy the people I have met Turn to Guadalupe Page 2A Commissioners OK tax rate increase for 98 By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Out of your pocket According to figures pro vided by the Comal Appraisal District home owners under the current tax rate of paid approximately in county property taxes on a home Under the new tax rate of the tax bill will increase to approximately Comal County commissioners approved an increase in the tax rate Thursday Commissioners Court voted 41 to approve a tax rate of per SI00 valuation for 1998 Commissioner Jack Dawson voted against the tax increase This years tax rate was per S100 valuation Dawson moved to keep the tax rate at 29218 but his motion died for a lack of a second Dawson said he voted against the tax increase because the county could use its reserve funds if an emergency arose We can spend approximately of our reserve Dawson said He said insurance also could cover emergencies County Auditor David Renken said he projected the county would have million in reserves by the begin ning of next year roughly 25 percent of the countys 1998 budget of SI million If we have a disaster we could operate the county for three months without any Renken said Even with the new tax rate Dawson said Comal Coun ty taxpayers were getting a good deal Compared to other counties in the area I still think it is a Dawson said Commissioner Moe Schwab said he voted for a hike in the tax rate so that the reserve fund would remain intact I dont want to spend the Schwab said I want to keep that in case of a We need to keep a healthy Renken said the tax rate is set up this way for general fund for jury fund for indigent health care for debt service for farmto market roads and for flood control County taps architect for jail growth project By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A Fort Worth architect was chosen by Comal County Commissioners Court Thursday to design the proposed expansion of Comal County Jail Commissioners voted unanimously to accept architect Morris Fletcher of BSA plan Fletchers plan was one of two from which commis sioners chose The court also considered a plan proposed by Wayne Gondeck of Dailey Rabke and Gondeck in San Antonio Both architectural firms gave presentations to Com missioners Court last week Fletchers plan would expand the current 145bed coun ty jail in one of three increments 96 beds at a cost of million 144 beds at million or 192 beds at million The Texas Commission on Jail Standards has recom mended the county expand the jail to 336 beds within nine years to meet the increased demand as population in the county grows Commissioners can choose how many beds they want to build under Fletchers plan They will do that at their Sept 25 meeting in the commissioners courtroom in the county courthouse annex Jail administrator Jim Middleton said he wanted to see 192 beds added to the county jail which opened in 1985 I want to get ahead of the game so we can get 20 years out of Middleton said Expanding the jail to 192 beds is expected to serve the countys prisoner population for at least 20 years Figures from Middleton show that the inmate population will grow dramatically over the next nine years In 2000 the projected inmate population will be at 221 247 in 2003 and 272 in 2006 Based on the jail commissions report Comul County Turn to Jail Page 2A Schools boost students struggling to read By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer HaraWZeitung photo by Michael Dainall HOSTS volunteer Uta SehoMOw helps Rocio Martinez read a book at Memorial Primary School Many children are competitive wanting to run faster and farther than the others on the playground but a child struggling to read can not keep up in the classroom Thats why both local school district offer programs aimed putting those kids back on the same reading level as others in their grade Comal Independent School District instruc coordinator Brenda Fielder said the dis trict did not have a program like New Braunfels ISOs Help One Student to Suc ceed for its students but does offer remedial read ing courses at each ele mentary Fielder said the classes which are not commercial programs allow the campuses more flexibility in what they offer Reading matters Theres a lot of really good programs out there but because campus needs they pick the method and material that best suits their said Fielder She said students were taught by trained teachers using a variety of teaching skills The students are brought up to the appropriate reading level for their class and taught various strategies to continue with improvements before being placed back in the regular reading class Turn to Read Page 3A New procedure corrects astigmatism Page 84 go ahead and keep your money Page 6A   

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