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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 10, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Unicorns set for another test Page 1B 50 CENTS New Braunfels HeraldZeit 22 pages in two sections Friday October Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Tammy Hand Vol 145 No 237 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Tammy Hand Jim Beath Roberta Kuempel Kimberley Decker Stephen Skeen Charlie Brown Dora Esquivel Karen Corvan Javier Gonzales 16 years Satur La Verne Welborn Nancy Trejo Gonzales 31 Mar go Friesenhahn Mary I Torres Rozlynn Rosales Saturday and Sylvia Vela To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Ragweed 174 Pollen measured h parts per cubic meter of air Infoimation provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 304 cubic feet per sec ond up 5 from Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 05 from Thursday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and no well water was used Cloudy skies linger for weekend Tonight Cloudy with a 70 percent chance of rain and thunderstorms locally heavy rainfall possible Low in the lower 70s Northeast wind near 10 mph Saturday Mostly cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers or thun derstorms High in the mid 80s Southeast wind tO15 mph Sunday Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms Highs in the 80s Road work Department of Transportation crewsare 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 north bound lanes are open Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane Once pavement work begins traffic likely will be reduced to one lane In addition to routine repairs county crews will be working on Barbarosa Lane The road will remain open to traffic Construction is scheduled to seal coat Old McQueeney Road Morningside Drive Mesquite Avenue and Old Marion Road through Friday Overlay of those streets will begin next week Traffic will be limited to one lane Gruene Music Fest set this weekend Music lovers will be in Gruene this weekend for the Gruene Music Fest 97 rain or shine Most of the perfor mances are in doors or under tents Festivities will kick off tonight with Johnny Dees and the Rocket 88s performing from to midnight Performances are planned for Saturday and Sunday Sheriffs office Comal has warrants pending By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer The Comal County Sheriffs Office has thou sands of outstanding warrants against those charged with crimes in the county according to Corporal Max Wommack We have in the county that havent been arrested or Wommack said A Comal County grand jury Wednesday indict ed Dino Baiza 18 of Seguin for one count of aggravated robbery that took place at The Hunt ing Camp Pawn Shop on Aug 2 During the robbery Baiza allegedly shot own er Michael Kivlin 51 in the head with a handgun Baiza had an outstanding burglary warrant from Guadalupe County when he was arrested on Aug 27 in Jim Wells County for an unauthorized use of a vehicle Baiza was behind bars in Turn to Warrants Page 2A Lawmen schedule warrant roundup Oct 22 Corporal Max Wommackr chief warrant officer for Comal County Sheriffs Office said law enforcement officials would cooperate on a countywide warrant roundup Oct 22 Along with the CCSO officers from the Department of Public Safety and the New Braunfels Police Department will participate If anybody thinks they have an outstanding warrant contact the sheriffs office or the NBPD if it is a municipal Wommack said This is a chance to take care of this with out the embarrassment of going to Were cooking now HOMEMAER SCHOOLS HeraldZeitung photos by Michael Darnall Above hundreds showed up for the Taste of Home Cooking School at New Braunfels High School Cafetorium Thursday night The event sponsored by the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung featured onstage preparation of numerous recipes kitchen equipment and food products and techniques At left Margaret McCutcheon shows the crowd how to cook a pasta dish during the Taste of Home Cooking School Schism leads 1st Protestant to leave UCC Health department stops AIDS testing By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer The Comal County Public Health Department in New Braunfels no longer offers testing for the virus that causes AIDS according to a local official HIV blood tests have been discontinued for quite a few said Comal Coun ty nurse Shel Me Williams A large noshow rate of people who schedule HIV testing has made it difficult to provide thetest as a service to the commu nity Weve had a 60 percent noshow rate for AIDS testing during the past several said Me Williams making it hard to justify the amount of staff time expended for broken appointments Many people will call and be very fran tic and often we can get them in the next day and they dont show she said Small staffing also has forced health department officials to prioritize what treat ments and services are needed the most by Comal County residents she said and HIV testing was not one of them Costs of HIV blood tests vary depending on where they are given The health depart ment charged 10 for the initial test which also covered counseling costs A follow up test was Doctors offices are able to offer the test but costs vary depending on location McKenna Hospital provides the test but it requires a doctors order said Jennifer Cov ington McKenna public information officer The San Antonio Metropolitan Health Department at 322 W Commerce 210 2998830 welcomes walkins who wish to have HIV testing done she said The HTV test is provided at no cost The Community Clinic 219 W Olmos in San Antonio is available through appoint ment only at 210 8215522 both day and evening The Community Clinic also offers the HIV test on a slidingscale fee and free counseling By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Members of the First Protes tant Church in New Braunfels voted Tuesday to end a 40year association with the United Church of Christ The split is a result of the con gregations unwillingness to accept UCCs decision to bless relationships between samesex couples More than 300 people attended the special meeting to vote on revising the constitution of the church 172 W Coll St Amend ments included cutting ties with the United Church of Christ denomination and removing all references to the UCC in First Protestants constitution Ehiotional debate frotn First Protestant clergy and members chronicled the UCCs shift toward liberalism since the 1960s a denomination that today upholds partial birth abortions and sup ports samesex domestic partners to the point of offering health ben efit plans to homosexual clergy The congregation voted over whelmingly in favor of leaving the UCC Hand votes were taken at the end of the debate A total of 290 favored breaking away from the UCC while 11 showed their hands in favor of remaining and 11 others cast no vote either way Rev Daryl Higgins senior min ister said the decision meant remaining loyal to the faith and heritage of the church which will continue independently as Evan gelical reformed This church and towns found ings are synonymous with Ger man Evangelicals and the spir it of the Evangelical said Higgins Richard Carse First Protestant copastor resigned his position in the UCC denomination early Wednesday morning Higgins has not resigned his position in the UCC church yet He said that would come at a later time One member who has spanned the years of change in First Protes tant said he welcomed the return to conventionalism 1 was thrilled that this vote happened this said Gene Mornhinweg treasurer of the church whose father began preaching at First Protestant in 1890 when the church was known First Protestant has always maintained as a part of its foun dation the Lordship of Jesus Christ The authority of the Bible is Gods inspired word Anything that would con tradict that is not of God and Rev Daryl Higgins as Erste Protestanische Kirche zu Neu Braunfels First Protestant Church is the oldest recognized Protestant church in New Braun fels Family heritage and person al conviction moved him in sup port of the decision I am very concerned about what happens to our he said Higgins who was ordained in the UCC said the decision affect ed him very personally The vote Tuesday evening lib erated said Higgins Ive felt increasingly abandoned by the UCC denomination he said Some may feel divisive issue is a mild way of describing the UCC stance a blatant departure from Biblicallybased doctrines Another divisive issue for First Protestant members was the issue of abortion A UCC official in Cleveland wrote a letter to Presi dent Clinton last year personally congratulating the president for his decision on partialbirth abor tions signing the letter to include through himself other members of UCC denominations who had no knowledge of such a letter before it was sent Other UCC theology seems to be evolving with the times One minister in a recent UCC newslet ter tried to compare how the cer emony of circumcision that evolved between the Old and New Testaments was akin to the evolution of accepting homosex ual marriages Turn to Church Page 2A GISD trustees consider options if bond election fails By DEMISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer Comal Independent School District board of trustees approved in a split vote Thursday night the options it will consider if the November bond election fails On Nov 8 CISD taxpayers will decide on a million bond issue that would provide funds for renova tions and expansions of existing cam puses construction of three new schools and a technology upgrade Superintendent Jerry Major said dis trict residents have already begun ask ing the adminis tration and trustees what would be done if the bond election failed He said the board needed to start looking at its options and they are the same as previous years JerryMajor You ve seen them he told the board If this bond issue does not move forward and we cant build new schools what are we going to do Major outlined the options which included yearround school more portable buildings increasing class size and changing attendance zones Although class size varies at the high school level the district has tried to maintain a ratio of 25 or 28 students per teacher said CISD public information officer Don Clark Major said having larger classes could be done and would probably save money but Im not sure thats the route anyone wants to Major told the board the strongest option was to change Boundary lines especially at the high school level Oth erwise one school would have students while the other would be clos er to At least the misery will be he said Trustees endorsed the idea saying it would share the If were going to have two high schools we probably need to make some said trustee Scott Wat son If were going to have three high schools it can probably stay the same until the third ones built It kind of depends on what Although trustees agreed changing attendance zones was a viable option they differed on whether to leave the possibility of split schedules and year round school on the list That scares people and 1 personal ly think that needs to be wiped said trustee John Clay who called it a scare tactic Trustee Lester Jonas also said voters could construe it as a threat Board president Dan Krueger said he did not see split schedules and year round schools as a scare tactic He said the other options could be ruled out based on budget and space constraints and that could be the boards only option Turn to CISD Page 2A Archbishop Flores to bless prolife memorial 6A fair winners Page 1OA
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