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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 16, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas THURSDAY IV t Rangers Unicorns search for respect Page IB 50 CENTS New Braunfels 20332 M009 SOWEST MICRDPUBUBHIMB 2f27 E YAMDELL DR EL PASO TX 79903 16 pages in two sections Thursday October 1f Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Brdnwen Schuetz Vol 145 No 241 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Bmunfets Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Bronwen Schuetz Embry Bevil 1 Marie Garza Becky Jentsch Frutoso Rodriguez Joseph Spence 2 Tim Sisak Thelka Allen Gertrude Soefje 89 Alejandro Gonzalez 14 years Kenneth Ryals and Frances Elise Johnson To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Not available Paten measured h parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 308 cubic feet per sec ond down 9 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge 179 cfs Canyon Lake inflow not available Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New BraunfelsJJtilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Wednesday and 092 million gallons of well water Forecast remains clear and cool Tonight Clear and cool Low near 50 Light north wind Friday Sunny High in the upper 70s Northeast wind 5 to 10mph Saturday through Mon day Mostly clear skies Lows near 50 Highs in the 70s to near 80 NBHS students will be on television Local faces will be on the San Antonio news Friday morning Nearly 100 New Braunfels High School students will be featured on KENSTV chan nel 5 tomorrow morning as part of the Friday Faceoff Cheerleaders pep squad members the drum corps band section leaders and Monoceras dancers will travel to the KENSTV studio Friday morning to face off against students from Roosevelt High School to see who has the most spirit The students will be on tele vision live sometime after 6 during the morning news segment How you can help hurricane victims Relief efforts are under way and residents are cleaning up after Hurricane Pauline hit the resort town of Acapulco Mex ico To help those affected by this international disaster donations may be made to the Red Cross International Response Fund and desig nated for Mexico Donations can be made online at or sent to the local Red Cross at 100 Main Plaza Room 110 New Braunfels TX 78130 Credit card donations can be made by calling 1800HELP NOW or 18002577575 Span Calling for your IRS stories Do you have a story to tell about problems with the IRS Please call Susan Jakobsen at 6259144 ext 224 Lake man rolls new fire dept tanker By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer A Canyon Lake man rolled a new fire department tanker early this morning after apparently driving it andanother truck through the doors at a Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department station Comal County Sheriffs Office Lt David Ott said a couple of deputies were at a SacNPac at FarmtoMarket 2673 and Oblate Drive around today when they heard a loud crash A few minutes later deputies saw a fire tanker run a stop sign and turn left onto FM 2673 The ladder fell off and the 1996 Freightliner truck valued at flipped Ott said It was CLYFD firefighters pride and he said It was their big Michael Brandon Elbel 19 of Canyon Lake was arrested for theft over Above A Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department tanker lies on its side Wednesday night after Michael Elbel 19 allegedly tried to steal it and rolled it at Farmto Market 2673 and Oblate Drive Left Lawmen ques tion suspect Michael Elbel while he sits in a patrol car HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall a first degree felony and burglary of a building which a lesser charge He was crawling out of tne front said Ott The deputies handcuffed him arid put him in the patrol car Ott said when the deputies returned to Fire Station No 2 they found anoth Turn to Tanker Page 3A Firefighters battle fire at Capparellfs Officials suspect arsonist set blaze By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer A suspicious fire ignited this morning at the old Capparellis Restaurant on Interstate 35 North Firefighters with New Braun fels Fire Department were called to the scene at Fire Marshal Elroy Friesen hahn said preliminary findings indicated the fire was set inten tionally It is not Friesen hahn said It is a suspicious fire There was forced entry One win dow was The fire started in three differ ent places in the restaurant Friesenhahn said Firefighters at the scene said they believed they had the fire under control when smoke was spotted coming from the top of the roof near the front of the HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall New Braunfels Firefighters get more air to fight the fire at the former Capparellis Restaurant this morning restaurant They quickly got their hoses ready and went through the front side entrance of the building to extinguish the fire Capparellis has been vacant since August 1996 utility records show New high school might be in Bexar By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer A site selection committee looking for land for a proposed new high school in Comal Inde pendent School District is eye ing four possible sites and most are in Bexar County Voters in the Comal Indepen dent School District will decide the fate of a million bond issue which calls for a new high school and two new elementary schools The board last month approved forming committees to look for possible sites for the new schools CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said the administration gave the committees areas in which to begin looking for land Trustees considered current pop ulation as well as growth trends for certain parts of the county We designated those general areas as where we think a school would best serve the said Major Theres a lot of land within those areas Theres a lot of land to look at and consider Turn to School Page 2A Nonprofits can share spirit of Holiday River of Lights By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Local nonprofit organizations in New Braun fels will get a chance to reap some benefits from a locallysponsored holiday program that will serve as a support mechanism for the citys first ever Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit is a program that will give local nonprofit organizations an opportunity to share he proceeds from a lighted display park on certain week nights in return for encouraging theirmembership and others to visit the display park scheduled to be located in Cypress Bend Park off of Peace Avenue Any local nonprofit tax exempt charitable organization in New Braunfels is eligible to par ticipate program done simply by submitting for a drawing that will take place soon Atotal of 21 organizations will be selected to par ticipate in the program according to assistant city manager Don Ferguson This is a unique opportunity to share in the spirit of the holidays and of this Fer guson said A different organization will be chosen for each Monday Tuesday and Wednesday night that the Holiday River of Lights is open during its 51day run in Cypress Bend Park Committee members hope the program will increase visitation at the lighted display park on those week nights when the park is expected to be less said Anna Lee Hicks committee chair of the citys Lighting Display Advisory Committee The busiest nights for the park are expected to be Friday and Saturday The Holiday River of Lights will consist of a huge castle entrance into the Cypress Bend Park computerized lighted tunnels reindeer jumping Turn to Share Page 2A Health officials not alarmed by hepatitisA cases By DENISE DZIUK KNIGHT Staff Writer The number of hepatitisA cases reported in Comal Coun ty increased since Sept 1 but a county health official said she was not alarmed Last week the health department reported a thirdgrade student at Memorial Elementary had comedown with hepati tisA a viral infection that affects the liver Health officials compared hepatitisA which is not lifethreatening to a stonv ach virus The latest case makes the eighth in Comal County since Sept 1 According to the Comal County Public Health Depart ment which records the number of confirmed cases two cas es were reported in March four in April one in May five in June and Jyly and two in August The tofal number of cases was three in in 1995 and 26 in 1996 As of August 1997 the department confirmed 15 Corral County Public Health Department nurse Shel McWifjiamsI increased but the be Turn to HepptWi Page 3A Family time HeraldZeitung photo Michael Darnall Crystal Cardenas swings her son Jacob Tuesday afternoon The whole family was playing because of the comfortable weather Local utility supports EAA pumping limits By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer New Braunfels Utilities assistant general manager Roger Biggers applauded the Edwards Aquifer Authoritys decision to keep aquifer pumping limits at acrefeet of water a year Biggers assistant general manager for technical operations said the EAA board made the right decision when it decided to keep all pump ing limits for all municipal industri al and irrigation water users in the aquifer region to a total of acrefeet per year An acrefoot equals gal lons We are in favor of the acrefeet being adhered to because we are not only concerned with our drinking water availability but we are also concerned with Comal Springs and the endangered Biggers said The Sierra Club sued the EAA and water users in federal court asking that pumping limits be implemented to save the endangered species that live in Comal Springs District Court Judge Lucius Bunton agreed with the Sierra Club As a result the Texas Legislature passed Senate Bill 1477 which set the acre feet per year limit in 1993 EAA board member Carol Patter son tried to pass a motion that would not have set pumping limits untii more data on the aquifer was gath ered by EAA staff Since Pattersons motion was not part of an agenda item Chairman Michael Beldon said her motion could be discussed at the boards next meeting on Thursday Oct 30 Biggers who attended the meeting at the San Antonio City Council chambers said for now the pump ing limits should remain at acrefeet In the immediate future there Turn to NBU Pago 3A Get ready for Halloween without breaking the bank Page 7A
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