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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY city golf championship results Page 2B 50 CENTS NewBraunfels 20 pages in two sections Wednesday September Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Bill and SIM Thompson TX 7y Vol 145 No 225 Inside Dear Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Gordon Garwood Sue Thompson 68 Becky Rojo and Johnny Gabriel Ros ales 20 Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Bill and Sue Thompson 51 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Pigweed 8 118 Grass 12 Cedar Elm 22 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 Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 03 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge 360 cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Above conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and gallonstif well water were used P Enjoy falllike weather this week Tonight Mostly clear Low near 60 Northeast wind 510 mph Thursday Brief early morning clouds becoming mostly clear High in the mid 80s North wind 1520 mph Schools out Friday for parade Its time for the Comal County Fair Both local school districts will be closed Friday so that teachers administrators and students can attend the Fair parade and fair activities Note McKennas new address McKenna Memorial Hospi tal now has a new address The old address 143 E Garza has changed to 600 N Union Ave Keep eye out for road work Motorists driving around town need to be on the look out for work crews in the fol lowing areas will be working on Hackberry Street near Katy Street Street is undergo ing repairs Department of Transportation crews are continuing work to expand Interstate 35 between Solms Road and FarmtoMarket 3009 No lanes will be closed but southbound exits with the exception of FM 482 will be closed All northbound lanes are open on culverts and drainage areas has begun on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane Work on the actual pavement will probably be delayed until next week because of the recent showers Once pave ment work begins traffic like ly will be reduced to one lane Comal County road crews will be working on Stahl Lane and Barbarosa Road Drivers should expect some inconvenience Fair tradition HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Vanessa Gomez shoots down the enemy from her purple spaceship Tuesday evening at the Comal County Fair amusement midway Tuesday was the beginning of the county fair which lasts through Sunday Comal County Fair steeped in history By DENI8E DZJUK Staff Writer When visitors walk through the gates at the Comal County Fair they will be taking part in a tradition that dates back to 1893 However little has changed over the years Tuesday marked the official start of the 104th annual Comal County Fair with the opening of the carnival grounds The fair runs through Sunday and includes live stock judging a midway a PRCA rodeo FAIR SEPTEMBER aat28 See schedule and map PageSA HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Crowds gathered to watch people ride this ride at the Comal County Fair Tuesday arts and crafts and a dance each night The Comal County Fair Association was launched Jan 4 1893 When the first fair was staged visitors were brought via railroad from Austin and Turn to Fair Page2A Prosecutor might pull out of Davis retrial By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor If Jack Warren Davis is retried for the 1989 murder of Bulverde Elementary teacher Kathie Balo nis the county might have to find a new lawyer to prosecute the case Im going to have to think about attorney Ray Taylor told the HeraldZeitung Tuesday Judge Robert Pfeuffer asked Tay lor to be the prosecutor pro tern in the original trial The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals handed down a decision Sept 17 that Davis be retried Davis was convicted in 1990 of Balonis murder and sentenced to life in prison A court of appeals reversed the decision in 1992 based on prosecutorial misconduct Then in 1993 a district court ruled that enough valid evidence remained to try Davis for Balonis death despite questions about the validity of serol ogist Fred Zains testimony The case was appealed to the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Davis attorney Stanley Schnei der of Houston has said that he would file a motion for a rehearing by Oct 1 Turn to Prosecutor Page 2A Searchers find body of drowning victim By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Comal County sheriffs deputies and searchers found the body of a Lackland Air Force Base service woman Tuesday floating in the middle of Canyon Lake Detective Tommy Ward said Comal County Sheriffs deputies and a lieutenant colonel arid captain from Lackland searching in a sher iffs patrol boat found the body of Maricella Chapa 27 floating in the lake at noon Chapa is believed to have drowned late Saturday night along with fellow Lackland service woman Charrneen Salvatierra 23 whose body has not been found Both women were swimming with serviceman Robert Ham mond 30 also stationed at Lack land when the drowning occurred between 9 and Satur day night sheriffs authorities said The three individuals are believed to have left Fort Sam Houston Recreation Area gone to Canyon Dam and then headed toward Comal Park before deciding to go to the middle of the lake to swim None of the three were wearing life jackets authorities said When they were in the lake Hammond tried to anchor their boat in 70 feet of water but the anchor was only 50 feet long sheriffs spokesman Lt David Ott said on Monday After the three had entered the water police said Hammond noticed that the boat was drifting away and tried to retrieve it but was unsuccessful Hammond tried to save one of the women but could not do so He swam to Jacobs Creek Park gate house where he contacted the sher iffs office at about The boat itself was found on the south side of the lake near the Turkey Lake Hills subdivision near Tom Creek Sheriffs deputies Army Corps of Engineers park rangers and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game wardens searched Canyon Lake Sunday for the two servicewomen Ott said deputies continued their search today body was found divers could be called to search the area where Chapa was found Tuesday We will see if we can get a chopper and search from the air if Ott said Parents seek solutions to long bus rides in Comal ISO By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Kathy Brooks waves goodbye to her children as their school bus leaves the bus stop near Farmto Market 3009 and FM 1863 between and On a typical school day she does not see them again until During the first week of school they did not get home until 5 A lot of people dont put their kids on the bus because they dont want them on the bus so she said For some parents they dont have a Brooks and other parents say they also are concerned about the conditions riding a school bus for more than an hour on a south Texas sum mer afternoon can be difficult on a child Brooks said Her child sensitive to the heat almost col lapsed after a long bus ride home she explained Its more that afternoon ride thats difficult when its hot she said Brooks and several other parents in the area sent a letter to administrators recommending soluj tions such as i designating a single bus for the area so stu dents would not have to travel to Garden Ridge and other distant areas reversing the route in the afternoon so the first children picked up in the morning are the first dropped off in the afternoon or air conditioning the buses Comal Independent School District trans portation director Kenny Franklin said his office was reviewing the parents suggestions How ever he said that was not the only area where chil dren had long rides and finding a way to shorten the bus routes in such a large district was difficult Were just trying to accommodate everyone we possibly can with the money were Franklin said He said the district had 124 buses but 14 of them of them were special education buses and 10 were not used for routes He said the buses that covered the 86 regular routes and 12 special education routes traveled a total of about million miles in one year Franklin added that there were no plans to expand the bus fleet Our replacement schedule on buses is just to replace existing buses not to deal with he said Were not adding any Franklin said his department which took major cuts in this years budget process would need 25 more buses to adequately transport children with Turn to Bus Page 2A City unveils River of Lights plans By DENISE OZIUK Staff Writer The sights and sounds of Christ mas will come alive in New Braunfels beginning Nov 14 when the Holiday River of Lights in Cypress Bend Park opens its gates for the first time In a press conference Tuesday Mayor Jan Kennady announced the citysponsored light display would be open to the public Nov 14 through Jan 4 She said the lighted mil would be the first of its kind in the southwestern portion of the United States differing from a display in because the local one would beJiijjhJy animated We are ewiiipd about this mag ical journey of sight sound and day River of Lights GuaJatupe River in Kennady said The Holiday River of Lights will be in Cypress Bend Park along the Guadalupe Rjjver The Turn to Lights Page 2A HeialdZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Mayor Jan Kennady and lighting committee chairman Anna Lee Hicks unveil the new logo tor a drivethrough light display at Cypress Bend Park Cooking demonstration comes New Braunfels Page 10A
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