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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Area volleyball teams take the court tonight Page 6 50 CENTS Braunfels 12 pages in one section Tuesday October HeraldZeitung Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 Home of Brent Vol 145 No 239 Inside Market Dear Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Brent Free Sarah Berg Stephanie Ackerman Sharon Feuge Adam Bracks Troy E McLeod and Brian Hubertus Happy Anniversary wishes go to Roger and Dorothy Brinkkoeter To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Molds Ragweed Cedar Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 312 cubic feet per sec ond same as Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level same as Monday Canyon Dam discharge 157 cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Below conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and no well well water Clear and cool weather to prevail Tonight Clear and cool Lows in the lower and mid 40s Light and variable winds Wednesday Sunny Highs in the mid and upper 70s Northeast winds 510 mph Thursday through Sat urday Clear to partly cloudy Lows in the 40s to near 50 Highs in the 70s to near 80 Watch for road work Motorists should expect work crews in the following areas Texas Department of Trans portation crews are expanding 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 Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane Expect delays and lane closures Comal County crews will be working on Barbarosa Lane and Livingston Road in the Whis pering Hills subdivision City of New Braunfels street crews are completing work on Oasis Street from Business 35 to Ridgewood Avenue Crews are applying a hot mix overlay to Old McQueeney Road Morningside Drive Mesquite Avenue and Old Mar ion Traffic will be limited to one lane while construction is in progress New Braunfels Community Development Department announced that Mather Street remains closed because of street reconstruction The affect ed area is the 600 block of Mather between Grant Street and Peace Avenue Cypress Bend Park closed during week Cypress Bend Park will be closed for public use Monday through Friday until late October to allow electrical contractors to prepare for the citys Holiday River of Lights Sheriff New deputies will reduce warrant backlog By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer Sheriff Bob Holder hopes new deputies due in January will reduce his backlog of unserved war rants A quarter of Comal Countys unserved warrants are for felonies Holder said beginning in January he would hire five new officers One of those new officers would help chief warrant officer Max Wommack who is responsible for both serving warrants and trans porting juvenile offenders When we get a position to deal with transporting juveniles it wilt free Max to take care of the Holder said Holder said he would hire someone by Feb 1 to trans port juvenile offenders to and from other counties Serving warrants is high on Wommacks priority list Holder said but trans Sheriff Bob Holder porting juveniles was higher You have to prioritize your Holder said But things crop up with juvenile situations You have to drop everything and do Not all warrants for felonies or violent crimes go unserved when Wommack juve niles Holder said Some of the warrants Max works out with Lt David Holder said He passes out some of the warrants and distributes them to street offi cers If things are light in the evenings and there are no emergencies they will serve the The unserved warrants cover misde meanor and felony crimes Id like to see that cut down Hold er said Holder should find out by June 1998 if the extra officer will be enough to reduce the warrant back log Holder will wait and see if Wommack can han dle serving the warrants by himself since he will not have to transport juveniles after February If not we will increase our manpower he said Remembering domestic violence victims HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Samantha Maggiani looks solemnly at her candle during a candlelight vigil Monday evening remembering domestic violence victims Fifty attend candlelight vigil at park By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A procession of about 50 men women and children released flower petals into the streams of Landa Park to remember victims of domestic violence Monday night Survivors of domestic violence were remembered with white petals and women died were honored with red petals at a candlelight vigil It was the third year that Comal County Womens Center sponsored the October event to observe Domestic Violence Aware ness Month Womens center program director Michelle Barr said the vigil was conducted not only to remember victims and survivors of domestic violence but to bring community awareness to the problem We want people to know this is happen ing in the community and to help people who are being affected by Barr said While holding candles people heard from Kelly a victim of domestic abuse who told her story about being involved in two mar riages that ended in abuse Kelly said she suffered physical abuse in one marriage and mental and verbal abuse in the other She said her four children still were suf fering from the effects of both abusive rela tionships Kelly said her 12yearold son had been placed in a psychiatric hospital for the second time in a year because of the abuse he witnessed I like to say I have forti Kelly said I have been known to lock myself in my room and weep for hours There is no strength without struggles I tell myself Kelly said women faced many issues when they had to leave an abusive relationship such as surviving financially alone and fear ing their mates would find them or kill them Kelly urged people participating in the vigil and in the community to help women leave abusive relationships The first step is getting away and the sec ond step is transition into Kelly said If you know an individual or family who needs to make the second step please help them with what you Rosalinda De La Cerda a member of the womens shelter board talked about the Clothesline Project on display in one of the pavilions The Clothesline Project displayed Tshirts bearing messages from children and adults involved in abusive relationships The Tshirts were painted with messages and images about their feelings De La Cerda said the project served two purposes First and foremost it serves as a thera peutic process for adults and children who have experienced family she said The second thing the clothesline project Turn to Vigil Page 2 Council balks at city flag Proposed design draws comment from both sides By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer What was meant to become a symbol of New Braun fels heritage and unite the city in spirit divided people into opposing camps Monday during a regular city council meeting Heated debate over the adoption of an official New Braunfels flag moved more than 10 audience members to give passionate opinions about what a city flag should exhibit and what it should stand for In the end city council members couldnt decide either Some present at the meeting said the lag should hon or the German immigrants who founded New Braunfels while some objected to the representation of only Ger man influence and the lack of Spanish and Mexican representation in a design drawn up by the Historic Landmark Commission The proposed flag was modeled after a seal appearing on German immigrant documents issued in 1844 and 1845 A flag bearing this seal was flown during New Braunfels 150th anniversary celebration in Landa Park The Historic Landmark Commission used this seal on the proposed flag and surrounded it with German text translating into Society for the Protection of German This ring of text is surrounded by another reading City of New Braunfels Texas founded The seal and text together became a prototype for the city flag that was submitted by NBHLC members with a letter to Mayor Jan Kennady and city council in July stating we recommend the adoption of the attached flag design and feel that it best reflects the his tory of the founding of New The prototype was sent back to NBHLC in late sum mer after complaints about the lack of Hispanic repre sentation in the future flag according to city officials Cristina Aguilar Friar who wrote a letter to the may or and council suggesting they give credit to other cul tures that have existed in New Braunfels over the past 150 spoke during the meeting As an official flag Friar said the symbol should rep resent the spirit of the community recognizing that there were Mexican settlers in the area just as there were German immigrants too History doesnt just belong to one group of Friar said History belongs to all of Turn to Flag Page 2 Parents school cite concerns about bus safety at NB High By PBNISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer Impatient drivers combined with heavy and swift are causing some parents and school officials to worry about the safety of buses driving onto Loop 337 at New Braunfels High School Theres no traffic control and its creating a dangerous said parent Tessie Miller whose son rides a bus that goes to the high school campus The problem is there are just too many drivers out There are too many cars going too Heavy and speeding traffic on Loop 337 made it difficult for buses to leave the high school cam pus Miller said This traffic situation causes bus es to arrive late at other campuses In the afternoon student drivers drive around the buses and in the ditches to get out of the parking lot faster creating even more of a problem she said NBHS principal Keith Garinger said adminis trators recognized the problem buses faced in try ln the morning its prob ably worse because we have rush hour traffic with people trying to get to TGary Schlather NBISD transportation director ing to find a break in traffic Thats tough enough when youre in a said Garinger Obviously we want those buses to be NBISD transportation director Gaiy Schlather said the problem existed at the high school for some time but seemed to be worse this year He said sometimes seven to nine buses had waited in line to exit the high school In the morning its probably worse because we have rush hour traffic with people trying to get to Turn to Bus safety Page 2 Gruene dancers HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Oarnall Lisa and Jana Hardin show off a few dance steps at Gruene Hall Sunday during Gruene Music Fest which ended Sunday MHMR clinic helps those with mental illnesses By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer For those struggling with mental illness or chronic mental disorders accessible treat ment is a necessity The Hill Country Community Mental Health and Mental Retardation Center reach es out to those coping with mental illness in Comal Country with a staff of professionals at the Mental Health Clinic at 180 W Mill in New Braunfels and the Vocational Training Center at 511 North St The centers philosophy is to provide help and hope to people in Comal County who strive to overcome the problems and dis abilities of mental illness while remaining in the community In nearly million Texans nearly 1 in 6 people were identified as having some form of mental illness accord Turn to MHMR Page 3 Area League of Women Voters plans series of meetings Page 3
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