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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Sports Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Brajunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to the following Bobby Mueller Donna Siebrands Beverly Thrift Sam Wotipka Reynaldo Guer rero Douglas Konomos Virginia Morgan Gracia Perez Becky Puckett Mon Benna Schiller Alex Fischer 1 Celia Valdez Estrella Hernandez Tim Klahr Harold Tarlton Frances Medi na Jon Deleon Arturo Cantu Natalie Schendel 13 Steven Lopez 8 years belated and Barbara Lopez 25 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Thunderstorms creep into forecast Sunday Mostly cioudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms Highs in the upper 80s South east winds near 10 mph Sunday night Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers or thunder storms Lows near 70 Monday Mostly cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers or thunderstorms Highs in the mid 80s Fifthgraders return to Dobie Intermediate Classes will resume for Dobie Intermediate School fifthgraders at their campus Monday morning The Dobie students have been in make shift classrooms at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Schertz an electrical fire that damaged the school last Tuesday Dobie sixthgraders will remain at Laura Ingalls Wilder Intermediate School until Tuesday when they will return to their own school Buses will return to regular routes on Tuesday morning Monday the buses will take students to two campuses Sixthgrade walkers will have a bus at Dobie at to transport them to Wilder The top floor of Dobie Inter mediate School will not be used for several weeks Class es on the top floor will move to empty rooms on the first floor All instruction will be usual only homerooms will be differ ent Blood drives takes place today First Protestant Church is conducting a Community Blood Drive from to today at the Seele Parish House on Coll Street Everyone is encouraged to participate Call 6291000 or 6097729 for information Mather Street closed for street construction The city of New Braunfels Community Development Department announced today that Mather Street is closed for approximately 10 days because of street reconstruc tion The affected area is the 600 block of Mather between Grant Street and Peace Avenue Cypress Bend closed Monday to Friday Cypress Bend Park will be closed for public use Monday through Friday until late Octo ber to allow electrical contrac tors to prepare for the citys Holiday River of Lights GBRA cuts release rate The GuadalupeBlanco Riv er Authority reduced the out flow from Canyon Dam to 180 cubic feet per second on Monday The flow will continue at that rate until further notice by GBRA officials The inflow at Spring Branch was 202 cfs New Braunfels SUNDAY 30 pages in four sections Sunday October Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years Bobby Mueller Vol 145 NO 231 L Local elementary notifies parents of hepatitis case By DEMISE DZIUK Staff Writer Parents of students at Seele Elementary School received letters Friday alerting them of a con firmed case of hepatitisA on the campus Seele principal Linda Schlather said one third grader was diagnosed with hepatitisA on Friday Although it was an early release day Schlather said her office was able to send home letters with the students alerting parents pf the case Weve notified the parents of students in that Schlather said We also sent letters to all the parents in the school letting them i According to Comal County health officials hepatitisA is a viral infection that affects the liv er It usually spreads through the fecaloral An infected person contaminates an arti cle or food product which then spreads the dis ease when it comes in contact with another per sons hands or mouth Once exposed an infected person can take an average of 28 days to see symptoms but indi viduals could begin to show symptoms as late as 50 days after exposure HepatitisA is not a life threatening illness and is very similar to a stom ach virus Symptoms of hepatitisA include abdominal pain and cramping nausea vomiting poor appetite appearance of yellowish skin and eyes Turn to Hepatitis Page 2A Unicorns soar over Rockets HeraldZeitung pijiotb by Michael Darnall Unicorn fans whoop and holler after the New Braunfels High School football team scores a second touchdown against the Judson Rockets Friday night The Unicorns beat the Rockets 287 and improved to 50 overall and 20 in District 265A The loss was Judsons third in as many games See Sports Day for more on the big victory County mulls bigger lot size requirements By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Future developers coming into Comal County will have to offer bigger lots if proposed regulations get approved by the county com missioners court and Texas Nat ural Resource Conservation Com mission County Engineer Tom Hornseth is studying proposed regulations that would increase the minimum lot size in Comal County from a half acre to one acre Commissioners on Thursday asked Hornseth to look into revis ing the countys regulations on sewage facilities pertaining to lots Commissioner Danny Scheel said he believed minimum lot size in the county should be increased to prepare for the influx of people expected in the Bulverde area with in the next 10 to 20 years With the introduction of the pipeline in western Comal County Turn to Lot Size Page 2A My fly time Tom Stevenson tries a few casts during the fly fishing school at Rockin R River Rides Saturday morning HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Master plan group eyes tracks for road Subcommittee members say green belt could be included By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor New Braunfels Comprehensive Plan or Master subcommittees have kicked around a spectra n of ideas Those ideas soon will be submitted to steer ing committee members who will sift the workable plans from the pipe dreams and eventually incorpo rate them into the new master plan One such idea is the possible use of a strip of rail road rightofway about 17 miles by 100 feet The land in question goes along the old unused Mis souriKansasTexas railroad tracks that run from near FarmtoMarket 306 to the Solms area Acquiring the rightofway is not a new idea City Manager Mike Shands said These discussions have been going on for at least three Shands said A citizens group Rails to Trails has advocated using the rightofway for a hikeandbike trail and green belt The group has some very said transportation subcommittee member Don Offer man Rails to Trails member David Stinchcomb is also on the transportation subcommittee Offermpn said and he lobbied for the hikeandbike trail Another subcommittee member Bob Hasert began Turn to Tracks Page 2A Chamber names first youth leadership class From staff reports The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce released the names of the first Youth Leadership New Braun fels Class on Friday Twentyseven young men and womenfrom Canyon New Braunfels and Smithson Valley high schools have been selected for the project The program was designed to acquaint the students with current issues community resources opportunities and oth er factors influencing the direction of their communitys future Wes Studdard chair of the Youth Leadership New Braun fels Committee said It was extremely difficult to choose Turn to Youth Page 2A Domestic Violence victims come iri many different forms By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Imagine being the victim of a spouse who hits and kicks you or a child who dreads leaving school each day because of a drunk abusive father at home October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month A very real and pervasive problem domestic violence affected Texans in 1996 New Braunfels police responded to 386 incidents of domestic violence in 1996 while Comal County Sheriffs Office responded to 245 Guadalupe County Sheriffs Office reported 247 domesticrelated inci Problems at home Firsjof a four part dents Scherte Police Department reported 131 and Seguin Police Depart ment had 381 last year These numbers reflect a wife who suffers silently or a child who has to lie about where his bruises came from Texas Department of Public Safetys Crime Information Bureau in Austin defines family violence as an act by a member of a family or household against another member that is intend ed to result in physical harm bodily injury assault or a threat that reason ably places the member in fear of imminent physical harm The agency defines family as indi viduals related by blood or affinity marriage or former marriage biologi cal parents of the same child foster children foster parents and members or former members of the same house hold including roommates Domestic violence doesnt have to take shape in the stereotypical man ner of a man beating his wife explained Peter Olsen crisis interven tion counselor for the Texas Educa tion Foundation and a pastoral coun selor at United Church Social Services Domestic violence can happen between husbands and wives parents and children gay or lesbian couples and anyone who is cohabitating Domestic violence occurs between those who care for each said Olsen Frustration with a loved one can erupt into violence and sometimes people hurt the ones they love the most he said The largest percentage of family violence reports filed last year were those involving married spouses according to reports released by the TOPS Crime Information Bureau The second most commonly report ed relationship among offenders and victims was commonlaw spouses and the third most common relationship was roommates Family violence crimes are on the rise in Texas The total reported num ber of Texas family violence incidents in 1996 was according to Turn to Violence Page 2A More fair winners photos starting on Page 9A
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