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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Local teams brace for district play Page 1B New Braunfels 50 CENTS HeraldZeit 22 pages in three sections Friday September Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Linda Kay Vol 145 No 227 Inside Dear Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Amy Mark Veletta Orth Christopher Smith Linda Kay Dietert Phil Pfull mann Erv Schaefer Debbie Flores Alcot Butch Kanz Zachary Resales 2 years belat Amber Garza Doris Chap man Christina Vargas and Tina Marie Diaz Happy Anniversary wishes go to Rachel and Jesse Castillo To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Cocklebur 20 Ragweed Cedar Elm Poten measured in parts per cubic meter ct air Intamafon provided by Dr Frank Harrpel River Information Comal River 299 cubic feet per sec ond same as Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 03 from Thursday Canyon Dam discharge 355 cfs Canyon Lake inflow 204 cfs 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 P Perfect weather in store for weekend Tonight Clear Low near 60 Light northeast wind Saturday Partly cloudy High in the lower 90s East wind 5 to 10mph Sunday through Tues day Morning cloudiness with partly cloudy afternoons Highs in the 80s Lows in the 50s Be prepared 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 undergoing repairs Department of Transportation crews are con tinuing work to expand Inter state 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 pavement work begins traffic likely will be reduced to one lane 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 HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Damall Nicole Elyse Brooks checks out the antique tractors at the Comal County Fairgrounds this week A childrens tractor pull will take place at 3 Saturday near the antique tractors Children travel through time on antique tractors Farm exhibit brings back memories for fair oldtimers By MARGARET EDMONSON Managing Editor Fouryearold Nicole Brooks and her lit tle brother John 2 dart around the wheels of the big tractor playing peeka boo and pointing to the big seat With the help of their fathers strong arms and large hands Nicole lands in the seat of the tractor grabbing the steering wheel with hands barely big enough to go around it This could be a scene from a local ranch about 70 years ago but it really took place Wednesday afternoon at the 104th Comal County Fair The Antique Farm Show with tractors engines and farm equipment brings back those old farming days and exposes youngsters and adults alike to the tools farmers used then and now And it has proven to be one of the more popular attractions of the annual county fair This is the fifth year weve had said one of the organizers Gene Moeller Although he did not know how many tractors would be shown at this years fair he did say there were 39 exhibits at the 1996 fair Fairgoers can see these antique trac tors many of which still work and even climb on for a test sit Tractor owners buy them or inherit them from family members Comal Coun Turn to Tractors Page 2A Rodeo royalty At right 1996 Rodeo Queen Rachel Caven crowned Tiffany Lrttlepageasthe1997 Comal County Rodeo Queen Thursday Above from left are 1997 Rodeo Queen Tiffany UtUepage Miss Rodeo Texas Shauna Ware duchess Ashley Huitron and princess Ashley Sitta HeraldZeitung photos by Michael Damall County OKs funding for improvements Commissioners approve COs for building projects By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners Court Thursday approved S6 mil lion in certificates of obligation The money is earmarked for pur chasing another building con structing a new justice of the peace office building county jail expan sion building renovations and improvements to law enforcement communications systems On the commissioners wish list is buying the old Reagan Burrus Dierksen Lamon and Bluntzer law firm building located across the street from the courthouse at 205225 N Seguin Avenue County Judge Carter Casteel said the county had already con tracted to buy the square feet building for We have entered into a con tract which will be closed by Oct 15 on the Casteel said She said commissioners dis cussed using the building to house the tax assessorcollectors office currently on the first floor of the county courthouse annex The tax office space could be used for oth er county functions Commis sioner Moe Schwab said Commissioners Court could move downstairs and we probably incorporate somebody else with Projects on tap Comal County Commissioners Court approved million in certificates of obligation to help fund several county projects The pro jects include Expanding the county jail to 192 more beds million Purchasing the old Reagan Burrus Dierksen Lamon and Bluntzer law firm building at the comer of Mill Street and Seguin Avenue for Building a new justice of the peace office build ing in Sattier which will also house a sheriffs substation and animal control office Price tag Roofing the old court house and removing asbestos New mug shot and computeraided dispatch system Upgrading countys communication systems by adding relay towers throughout the county us possibly the environmental enforcement Schwab said Turn to County Page 2A Searchers discover body of second drowning victim By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Cornal County Sheriffs deputies and game wardens Thurs day found the second of two ser vicewomen believed to have drowned in Canyon Lake Saturday night The body of Charmeen Sal vatierra 23 was found floating near the Holiday Lodge Boat ramp in the lake at approximately by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department game warden Charlie Koenig Sheriffs spokesman Lt David Ott said Justice of the Peace Howard Curly Smith declared Salvatier ra dead at Ott said Salvatierras body was found two days after the body of Mari cella Chapa 27 was found float ing in the middle of the lake at noon Tuesday Police said an autopsy on Sal vatierras body was performed on at Wilford Hall Medical Center in San Antonio Thursday She Salvatierra was found approximately a half a mile from the first one Ott said Chapa and Salvatierra both sta tioned at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio went boating at Canyon Lake with Lackland ser viceman Robert Hammond 30 between 9 to Saturday When the three got to the mid dle of the lake they decided to go swimming None of the three were wearing lifejackets police said Hammond tried to anchor their boat in 70 feet of water even though the anchor line was only Turn to Drowning Page 2A Ragweed season keeps many residents sneezin By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Keep the facial tissue close at hand ragweed season is here People can expect to sneeze cough and blow their nose through it Dr Frank Hampel a local allergist said ragweed counts have been at mod erate levels so far this year It has actually not been as bad as we thought because we thought we would have a more severe season because of the rain we Hampel said He said ragweed pollen counts had been in the low lOOs Pollen counts above 200 would be considered severe Now with the cold front coming in and the winds picking up it may be a little more severe this Ham pel said Ragweed grows from 1 to 10 teet tall along roadways and areas where the grasses are not cut Hampel said Ragweed pollinates from September until the end of October We havent reached the peak which usually occurs around the last week of Hampel said He said people have different reac tions to the ragweed pollens Some get the itchy nose sneezing watery eyes and running nose while others have more severe reactions Ragweed allergies can be treated with overthecounter antihistamine decongestants and prescription nasal sprays Hampel said Allergy shots taken on a chronic basis year around can help as well To avoid allowing pollens into the home when the pollen count is high Hampel said windows should be closed and air filters should be changed frequently Meet Gizmo Gizmo the rodeo clown scratches his bird legs Thursday evening trying humor the crowd at the rodeo Thursday night was opening night for rodeo action at the Comal County Fair HeraldZeitung photo Michael Darnall 135 funding request still in holding pattern From staff reports The Texas Transportation Com mission took no action Thursday on speeding up the process to expand Interstate 35 in New Braunfels Local civic leaders were hoping that the commission would approve million for the expansion of Interstate 35 between FarmtoMurket 306 and Texas46 for 2001 The project would complete the expansion of 135 through New Braun fels Construction is already set to begip on a million project this tall on 135 from South Loop 337 to south of Texas 46 That project will expand the interstate to eight lanes At its August meeting the commis Turn to Funding Page 2A Winners of the fair dance contest Page 84 fair schedule and map 3A
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