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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 12, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas I h WEDNESDAY New Braunfels Unicorns head for regional Page 1B 50 CENTS Donations To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 HeraldZeit 20332 Mo09 SOWEST MICROPUBLISHINB E YANDEUL DR EL PASO TX 79903 18 pages In two secfiortg Wednesday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Mrs Howard MoKsnna No 260 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Elaine Ramsdell Mrs Howard McKenna Skylar Koepp Stacie Zercher 35 Cody Chap man 16 Olga Powers Gayle Offerman and Diane Alvarez Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Monty and Tammy Crumrine 9 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Pollen measured In parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 330 cubic feet per sec ond up 18 from Tuesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 07 from Tuesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 232 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level Conservation New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gallons of surface water Tuesday and gallons well water were used Think its cold now Wait until Sunday Tonight Cloudy with a Lows irftjfie 46sio near 50 Thursday Cloudy with a chance of showers in the morning becoming partly cloudy to cloudy inline after noon Highs in the mid and upper 60s to low 70s Thurs day night partly cloudy Lows near 40 to near 50 Friday Partly cloudy Becoming windy and colder late Highs in the 50s to 60s Saturday Partly cloudy windy and cold Lows near 30 Highs in the 40s to near 50 Sunday Sunny and very cold Lows in the 20s to near 30 High in the 40s to near 50 Road work Texas Department of Transportation crews are con tinuing expansion work on Interstate 35 between Solms Road and FarmtoMarket 3009 Southbound exits with the exception of FM 482 will be closed Crews are working on FM 1102 between Watson Lane and Hoffman Lane City crews will be strip ing Mesquite Old Marion Road and Old McQueeney Road Because of the weather no paving will be done this week Instead crews will be conducting road repair work throughout the city Share the Warmth with NBU this year Jackets coats sweaters and blankets are needed this year for Share the New Braunfels Utilities cloth ing drive continuing until Fri day Donations will be accepted at all New Braunfels atea cleaners said David Werley NBU Consumer Programs coordinator until a final appeal for warm clothing will be made in front of NBU from 3 to 6 Friday The donated goods will be given away at Wesfey Hall at the back of First United Methodist Church on Mill Street from 9 Saturday Antiabortion oratory Conservative columnist speaks at benefit for Crisis Pregnancy Center By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Syndicated columnist Cal Thomas appealed to New Braunfels residents to save unborn lives and repair a damaged culture Tuesday evening at the Civic Center Thomas appearance benefited the Crisis Pregnancy Center a ministry formed in New Braunfels in 1986 to offer women alternate solutions to abortion Tickets for the event were S which included a buffet meal and country music Approximately 600 people attended Thomas who was raised in the Baptist faithand attended a Disciple of Christ Church was animated with Biblical refer ences and an attack on the federal govern ment that he said allowed women to choose abortion since 1973 Everything about abortion is a Thomas said Abortion was not the cause of the nations decadence Thomas said rather a reflection of it Modemday problems in America were a matter of heart and soul Thomas said The absence of prayer in schools for the past several years and increased promiscuity of students indicated a trend that had contributed to the decay of a nation he said Our culture has been Thomas said ever since we threw condoms in and took the Gideons Thomas spoke about abortion euthanasia and the taking of human life saying some questioned whether the Hippocratic Oath still was intact A nation that forgets God forgets its son saidThomas He referred to World War II heroes who hid and pro tected Jews and abolitionists who shielded slaves from supremacists during the Civil War as those who risked their lives to save others Thomas said sparing the lives of unborn fetuses was much less complicated than i HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Damall Columnist Cal Thomas addressees a crowd of about 600 Tuesday evening at the New Braunfels Civic Center hiding prisoners of war This brand of saving lives is easy because there are no policemen standing at the he said In closing Thomas described an infi nite 3od who loved everybody There is no sin He God cant saidThomas Lake residents make herbicide concerns known By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SEGUIN More than a hundred people packed the Seguin Independent School District development room Tuesday night for a question and answer session concern ing the use of herbicides and other biological methods to control aquatic weeds in area lakes Officials from the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority and the Texas Parks and Wildlife Depart ment heard suggestions com plaints and compliments from people who live along Lake Dunlap Lake McQueeney Lake Placid H4 Lake Gon zales and H5 Lake In 1996 TPWD in coop eration with GBRA and homeowners groups such as Friends of Lake McQueeney and Preserve Lake Dunlap Association sprayed 102 acres of Lake McQueeney with the herbicide Sonar and Lake Dunlap and parts of Lake McQueeney with Aquathol K The sprayings were con sidered a success for reducing the aquatic weed hydrilla a plant that grows rapidly and forms mats around water ways rendering fishing boating and other recreation activities nonexistent and making waterways inacces sible Lakes Dunlap and McQueeney began to have problems with hydrilla in 1993 After herbicide sprayings and grass carp each were put in Lakes Dunlap and McQueeney environ mental groups expressed con cerns the chemicals made the water unsafe GBRA General Manager Bill West said his agency had done everything it could to ensure the herbicide spray ing on the hydroelectric lakes was safe We are reviewing the internal guidelines regarding aquatic plant West said We are confident we followed state and feder al Debbie Magin GBRA regional laboratory director said her agency tested for fluridone a compound of Sonar in Lake McQueeney last year and found it had less than 1 part per billion not enough to make it harmful to the environment according to EPA standards Members of HAWK Health Awareness and Water Knowledge have said fluridone when exposed in the environment could cause birth defects and cancer and make people ill HAWK president Robin Richardson said people around the lakes should be careful of what they put in their lake No adequate testing was done before it was put in the Richardson said All these chemicals are designed to kill We dont need to be drinking from these People along Lake Dunlap get their drinking water from the lake through the Canyon Regional Water Authority Turn to Herbicide Page 2A Wassailfest revelers join city in spirit of recycling By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Organizers of Wassailfest and city officials have combined efforts to recy cle cups after this years downtown celebration The fifth annual Wassailfest sched uled from 6 to 9 Dec 4 is an open house for New Braunfels resi dents that includes caroling a hot air balloon and buggy rides The event also is a means for downtown mer chants to showcase their businesses during the holiday season Since its inception in 1993 with 400 participants Wassailfest attendance has doubled each year reaching almost attendees in 1996 The holiday revelers share more than their spirit they also share their trash There were lots of Wassailfest cups up and down the plaza the next said Lynn Fountain New Braunfels Main Street manager Trash cans were heaped full of the drink containers prompting a mem ber of the recycling committee of New Braunfels to propose a better way of handling the aftermath Ariayrie Mandell said she saw all the trash spilling over and she thought immediately of recycling something that is a normal part of her daily life Recycling isnt just what you put in your recycling said Mandell or something you do every Tuesday Every little tiling that a person can do Turn to Wassailfest Page 2A Veteran salute Veteran Ralph Parr salutes the flag as the National Anthem is played Tuesday morning at Canyon High Schools annual Veterans Day pro gram HeraldZeitung photo by Michael Darnall Local residents share tales of problems with Internal Revenue Service By SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer On May 26 tax troubles for Jerry and Christa Daugherty of Spring Branch began It was on that day the couple received a notice from the Internal Revenue Service seeking payment of their 1996 taxes The problem was they already had paid the amount due in a check dated April 1 and hlid filed their return by telefile So Jerry Daugherty 60 photocopied the front and the back of his canceled check which he said was legible and sent it to IRS officials in Pennsylvania return receipt requested He thought little the scenario until he returned home Aug 7 to hear a mes sage on his answering machine from an IRS representative a message Daugh erty said he immediately returned The representative could not make out a series of numbers on Daughertys How to get help with your problem The Internal Revenue Service begins its most visible response to tax payer complaints T problemsolving days starting Saturday in 33 cities including Austop Dallas and Houston Thejax agertcy at on the spot and send a message of a new commitment to personal attention The IRS urges taxpayers to call aheatf for appointments so staff can research and expedite cases but appointments arent required For information call photocopy of the check because they were concealed by ink from an IRS stamp Daughertys check had been cashed and he asked the representative if the IRS was going to make him pay the amount again She replied Daugherty would still owe the but she would remove the interest for him In a letter sqpn after bearing urgent in Pijhf were paycheck bank account auto or other property We may also file a Federal Tax A penalty and in interest were slapped on the Daugh ertys giving them a new bal arwe of the IRS representative was deliberately harassing me and try ing to said Daugherty It got me upset I thought I was in Cpmai toirnty Jail wrote to public officials in the past about a variety of issues and he said he always got a response from them He decided he would con tact Congressman Lamar Smith at the White House in an effort to straighten out the situation Daugherty forwarded IRS letters along with his own explanation of eyents to Smith Daugherty received a reply from Smiths office on Aug 27 indicating that an inquiry would be initiated Finally on Sept 12 Daugherty received a transcript from the IRS showing the had been applied to his 1996 tax account The Daugherty s later received a letter from Smith thank ing the couple for contacting him Individual people can make said Daugherty Ive seen a lot of Daugherty retired from the US Army severaj years ago after working at mil itary posts in Germany where he met his wife and serving two tours of duty in Vietnam He said he always believed in a government run by the people and stood up for his rights as a lawabiding taxpaying citizen I dont mind paying taxes but theres a lot of people out here plowing fields working low level jobs and theyre scared of the said Daugh erty 1 just took a The Daughertys problem was resolved but it was far from forgotten Their IRS horror story and others like it are what an internal Treasury inspec tor generals report revealed recently The 1993 report obtained by the Associated Press described problems in the IRS1 Buffalo district including Numerous complaints that Buffa lo district managers attempted to manipulate statistics in order to meet goals so executives would qualify for merit pay Turn to IRS Page 3A Campfire cooks prepare for the outdoors Page 94 Circle Arts offers season tickets Page 84
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