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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 20, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                THURSDAY Meet this years 264A AllDistrict VB team Page IB 50 CENTS New Braunfels HeraldZeitu 14 pages in two sections Thursday November Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Timothy Brlnkkoeter Vol 146 No 5 Inside Market Stnmmtiseh Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Timothy Brinkkoeter Amelia Cantu Robert Parchman John Mullins 15 Anna Maria Henera Rose Townsend Leroy Brotze Michael Brotze 30 Louise Liesman 87 years and Katy Usey 6 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Molds Polten measured in parts per cubic meter of ar Information provided fay Dr Frank River Information Comal River 317 cubic feet per sec ond down 5 from Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 03 from Wednesday Canyon Dam discharge cfs Canyon Lake inflow 204 cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Tuesday and gallons of well water Patchy fog expected next few mornings Tonight Partly cloudy becoming mostly cloudy with fogafter midnight A slight chance of rain south central Lows near 50 Friday Brief morning clouds and patchy dense fog becoming partly cloudy and breezy Highs in the lower 70s Friday night mostly clear Lows in the lower 40s mid 30s Saturday and Sunday Morning cloudiness and patchy fog otherwise partly cloudy and cool Lows Sun day in the 40s and 30s Highs both days in the 60s Help us help area needy The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung is accepting dona tions for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund Every penny of donations goes toward the purchase of food baskets for the needy Donations will be accepted at the HeraldZeitung office on 707 Landa St during regular business hours Checks also can be mailed to the Herald Zeitung Please make checks payable to the HeraldZeitung Cheer Fund Arrangements for pickup of donated items can be made by contacting circulation director Carol Ann Avery at 6259144 The most recent contributions include Anonymous New total Noon Lions Club shares the spirit The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was the New Braunfels Noon Lions Club This nonprofit organi zation will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to today and distribute information In return the organization will receive 50 cents per vehi cle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight Unicorns pumped for state VB tourney Community rallies behind team ByTOMERICKSON Sports Editor New Braunfels was in the state volleyball semifinals just two years ago but a lot has changed since then For one the Unicorns were in the Class 4A tournament in 1995 After losing in the sec ond round of the Class 5A playoffs a year ago New Braunfels won the Region IV championship with victories against McAllen Memorial and Judson this past weekend SEE PAGE 2B FOR STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE difference is the fan support Uni corn boosters who had been shuffling from volleyball matches to football games had to make a choice last the region al semifinal volleyball match in San Antonio or the bidistrict football playoff in San Marcos A similar conflict will arise Friday when the volleyball team faces Houston Cypress Creek at in Austin and the football team plays East Central at at Uni4 corn Stadium But the volleyball team has carved its own niche of late so plenty of blueclad fans are expected at the Burger Center said NBHS volleyball coach Phyllis Fowler We have a good backing not just from the Unicorn fans but from people in the Fowler said Were really excited about In fact many boosters from New Braun fels other high school were spotted at the regional tournament A lot of fans from Canyon came to our Friday night game and we really appreciate she said The girls get really fired up when they see Turn to Unicorns Page 2A Goin nuts HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Jakobsen Leroy Suarez Barbara Bernard and Charles White gather pecans along the 600 block of Walnut Street Tuesday afternoon Holiday light work HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Jakobsen Armando DeLeon of Millberger Landscaping hang Christmas lights in trees near the Plaza Tuesday after noon Workers began stringing lights downtown about 10 days ago and are scheduled to finish the project this week EAA hears local budget comments CISD taxpayers air their concerns By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer SMTHSON VALLEY It was not exactly what organizers hoped for but 54 concerned parents and taxpayers Wednesday expressed their opinions on how to improve Comal Independent School District The group met for the first time at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Coop erative auditorium John and Linda Bertelsen and Glenn Wenzel said they were trying to form a group that they hoped would bring peo ple together to come up with ideas to improve CISD We had an agenda and I tried to fol low John Bertelsen said I should have been stronger redirecting the agen da I gave them a chance to voice their opinions and vent their The meetings plan was to circulate a form on which each person could list his top priorities for the district Instead the meeting turned into a forum for people to vent their frustra tions toward the district and a debate between those who favored the bonds and those who did not Bertelsen said he hoped at the groups next meeting in the second week of December that people would come with their list of top prioritiss and the group would start narrowing them Bertelsen said once the group could name its top priorities it would pass the list to the school board What we are trying to do is to come up with ideas that we can support and present to Bertelsen said I dont want it to be a single persons Bertelsen mentioned the recent million bond issue that voters turned down almost two weeks ago and his belief that the board did not listen care fully to the taxpayers Everett Williams who was opposed to the bond issue said the group should try to find ways to deal with the growth in the district and address overcrowding at Smithson Valley High School and use of classroom space Williams was a member of the site selection committee that would have decided the site of the new high school one of four propositions on the ballot Now that we have knocked it down we have to do something reasonable and do it he said Kate Mathis a supporter of the bond issue said if people were concerned and upset they should attend board meet ings Most people liked the idea of the Ber telsens have the State Comptrollers Office conduct a performance review audit of the school districts operations and management Some voters were angry at how the bond election was handled by CISD On election day confusion persisted as people had to stand in line for hours County Commissioner Jack Dawson said County Clerk Joy Streater were to meet with school district officials in the future to discuss the possibility of the county contracting to the CISD for its technologically advanced voting machines Fifteen turn out for Comal hearing BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Comal County residents scruti nized the Edwards Aquifer Authori tys budget of more than million Wednesday and asked EAA officials to curb spending in areas they thought were overbudgeted About 15 residents of New Braun fels and the surrounding area attend ed a public hearing on the 1998 EAA budget Wednesday evening at Comal County Courthouse General manager Greg Ellis described the 12month budget in detail on a flip chart Questions ranged from how monthly usage fees would be set to how officials would handle any excess 1998 revenues Ellis explained sources of revenue for EAA and outlined user fees in 1998 Operational fees for municipal usage would be set at S18 per acre foot representing cents per gallons Irrigation and agricultural fees would be per acre foot or cents per gallons Other Central and South Texas water providers sell untreated sur face water for the following prices per acre foot Guadalupe Blanco Riv er Authority per acre foot Low er Colorado River Authority Lavaca Navidad River Authority SEE PAGE 2A FOR BUDGET BREAKDOWN Average homeowners in the EAA usage area used approximately gallons of water per month according to Ellis The 1998 EAA budget includes overseen by a 17rnember board of directors including two from Comal County and for the South Central Texas South Central Texas Water Advisory Committee overseen by a 21member board Personnel expenses were estimat ed at for 28 employees some of whom were scheduled to receive merit raises said Ellis Operating expenses were set at more than million Contractual services including some had been allotted to cover legal fees anticipated for the more than 960 applications received for initial pumping permits Officials said they believed onethird of those would be contested in court Mike Castro city manager of Gar den Ridge inquired about budget saving measures The authority should look for ways to save said Castro It might represent a small portion of the overall budget but it justifies to us that youre being smart with your money We want to support you but we need to hear feedback from you that the board is using money wisely he said Restaurants helping smokers quit Local restaurants will help pro mote a smokefree environment in New Braunfels during the Great American Smokeout today All day Thursday we have asked these patrons to be smoke said Todd Smith chairman of the TobacJ co Control Committee in Comal County Participating restaurants will make individual decisions about staying smoke free the entire day but have agreed to distribute literature about the dangers of smoking They include Cancun Cafe Cicis Pizza Dragon Place Guadalupe Smoked Meats Huisache Grill Librados Pats Place Plaza Diner and Tree Tops Local dad reunited with son after 19 years By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer HeraldZeitung photo by David DeKunder Joseph Walters and Larry Paul Hollandaworth share a hug and get to know pne another after being apart for 19 years Joseph Walters son was only a few days old when the father first saw him It would be nearly 20 years later before Walterssaw his son again Walters was 19 years old when he learned that the girl he had been dating in high school in Missouri was the mother of his child I just graduated from high Walters said We dated all summer and she came back one day and said she was leaving town and said Here is your son I want you to see him before I He was a baby two to three days The story had a happy ending when Walters 38 and 19yearold Larry Paul Hollandsworth were reunited recently in Walters New Braunfels home Both had to endure several years of I just hugged him and wouldnt let him go It was a relief Joseph Walters New Braunfels resident wondering and waiting before the reunion took place Walters said the girls family and the baby boy moved out of town when she was 17 years old Walters said he tried to contact his son through the years but the boys mother made it difficult for him to do so I tried really he said She kind of intervened and would not let me talk to Hollandsworth who grew up with his mother and stepfather in Potosi said he found out when he was a child that his biological father lived elsewhere He Walters called one Christmas when I was about 4 or 5 years old and that is when 1 found out I had another Hollandsworth said When he became a teenager Hol landsworth said he began his search for his father When I was 16 she put me out of the he said So that is when I started my Tracking down his father was not an easy task Hollandsworth said For a little while I gave up hope but I kept on he said Hollandsworth said his mom did give Walters address in Joplin Mo I thought 1 had him in Joplin but he moved Hollandsworth said Turn to Reunited Page 2A Residents extend kudos to their friends neighbors for jobs well done Page 44   

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