Tuesday, December 9, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 9, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAY Fifteen Cougars make Academic AllDistrict Page 8 50 CENTS Ooal Donations so far To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 New Braunfels 12 pages in one section Tuesday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Dennis Williams j Inside Stammtisch Birthday wished from the HeraldZeKung The New Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Sue Schwab Dennis Williams 36 Mitchell Still 13 Susan Patterson Cecilia Natter Misty Boenig and Ryan Cardenas 15 years To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen unavailable Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River 322cubic feet per sec ond same as Friday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet above sea level up 04 from Friday Canyon Dam discharge 244 cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level feet above sea level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Monday and gallons of well water Sunny weather gives way to cold Today Sunny and windy Highs in the lower 70s to around 70 Tonight mostly clear Lows in the 30s Wednesday Partly cloudy and cooler Highs in the lower and mid 50s Wednes day night increasing clouds Lows in the lower 30s south central to 20s Thursday Cloudy and cold with a good chance of rain chance of freezing rain in the morning for the Hill Country Highs in the 40s Friday Cloudy and cold with a good chance of rain mixed with freezing rain or sleet Lows near 30 20s Hill Country Highs in the 40s Comal Healthcare shares the spirit The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was Comal Healthcare Foundation This nonprofit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to today and hand out informa tion In return the organization will receive 50 cents per vehi cle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight Cheer Fund donations come pouring in The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung Cheer Fund continues to grow thanks to many of our readers Contributions now total all of which will be used to purchase food for the needy You can drop off donations atthe HeraldZeitung 707 Landa St Checks also can be mailed Recent contributions include Richard and Arlene Buhl Mr and Mrs Goldstucker Anonymous Glenn and Ruth Johnson Bill and Fonda Wetsel Steven Slagle Spirited New Braunfels Unicorns fans like these sup porters at the region final game at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio this past Saturday likely will have the Astrodome rocking when the Unicorns play the Alief Hastings Fighting Bears in the state semifinals Photo by Leslie to the HeraldZeitung Christmas punts for Unicorn football First Protestant cancels annual Christmas journey By SUSAN FLYNTENQLANP News Editor Unicorn football is rearranging engagement calendars and priorities all over New Braunfels And Saturdays state playoff game has some Unicom supporters writing a big X through a Festtage event the Christmas Journey at First Protestant Church The main reason were canceling is the Nativ ity said Jerald Schroeder of First Protestant Church It is put on by the high school youth and theyre involved with a lot of the aspects of the football The depiction of New Braunfels historic Ger man Christmas experience will resume next year Schroeder said The 36 First Protestant Unicorns involved with the Christmas Journey include band members Unicorn handlers football players cheerleaders and twirlers It was not an easy decision to said Christmas Journey chairwoman Celeste Salge We got the whole Christmas Journey committee See related story Page 8 Committee members said the Unicorns were making history and the Christmas Journey would take place next year as it had for the past three years event was publicized in Texas Monthly and Texas Highways magazines Senior Minister Daryl Higgins said If there are people who have come in from out of town were encouraging them to attend the Glowfest because thats going on at the same Salge said Salge has two sons on the football team Josh No 57 and Chad No 28 on the junior var sity team Its been hard to sleep in our house Salge said Its going to be a long we never get tired of talking Senior Josh Salge Unicorns starting defen sive tackle had planned to be a part of the Christ mas Journeys new 1960s booth I was going to dress up as a he said Though disappointed that the Christmas Journey would be canceled Im glad the church and the community are behind the Josh Salge said First Protestant member Kristie Green plays French horn in the Unicorn band and carries a flag during marching formations I want to do Green said but the min Turn to Unicorn Page 2 New Braunfels Unicorns vs Alief Hastings Fighting Bears WHEN 8 Saturday Dec 13 WHERE Astrodome Unicom fans will sit on the visitors side of the stadium Seating will be first come first served Tickets will be at the gafwThese prices are good for all three playoff games Saturday All seats are admission Some adult and student tickets will be on sale locally and atihe Astrodome WHERE THEM Tickets can be purchased in advance at New Braunfels High School WednesdayThursday 8 to 3 and Friday 8 to 1 HOW TO DRESS Bring a light sweater or jacket as temperatures inside the Astrodome tend to be cool DIRECTIONS Take Interstate 10 to Houston then go south on Loop 610 to Greenbriar Drive TheAstrodame js inside Loop 610 on Greenbriar Drive However the word is interstate 10 near Katy is under cpnstruction and traffic might be down to one lane Alternate route Take Interstate 10 to Houston and turn south on the Houston Tollway Continue to Ait 90 and follow it up to Loop 610 then go west The Astrodome is on Greenbriar Drive For information on chartered buses Page 8 Council approves rezoning BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer A San Antonio land development com pany received a goahead from city coun cil Monday evening after members approved the rezoning of land near Texas 46 West and Loop 337 to a general busi ness district designation It was approved during the third and final reading of an ordinance amending a 2 acre and 20acre tract of land in the city lim its that is part of the larger tract of land planned for development Jim DeLaGarza of Quanalyze a San Antoniobased developer sought the rezon ing so Quanalyze officials could proceed with a proposed200acre total million development at Texas 46 West and Loop 337 that would include office buildings a grocery store a steak restaurant and mod el homes among other entities A filling station also scheduled for devel opment there stirred controversy from area homeowners during a Nov 24 council meeting when area homeowners spoke against the development citing concerns a fuel storage facility and increased traffic The homeowners later met with Quana lyze officials but remained unsatisfied with the developers proposed time frame for establishing a road from the development to Texas 46 There will be several thousand extra cars being pressured on to said home owner Jonathan Hull The nature of the rezoning would create a multiple devel opment without enough roads he said Quanalyze representative Diana Weems said a road would be constructed as soon as population density in the development area required the additional access Area homeowner Phyllis Schertz said I am terribly concerned about the safety of the and the A resident of Elm Creek Road Schertz said she has lived in New Braunfels for 50 years Homeowners were concerned that the building proposal called for some gallons of fuel to be stored near the site of the filling station that would be accessed off Loop 337 However previous zoning of the land designated for development as a local business district would have allowed a fill ing station anyway Council member Randy Vanstory moved to approve the rezoning a motion that held But one council woman said the approval was premature I feel very frustrated about the water and traffic issue said Juliet Watson Comal County gets to put Kids in Safe Surroundings By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Comal County officials and residents found that patience pays they cleared the last redtape hurdle for Project KISS Kids In Safe Sur roundings recreational center The Army Corps of Engineers approved last week the lease amendment including the Canyon Lake Youth Recreation Center at Hidden Valley Sports Park said Tom Homseth county engineer and parks manager The park is on about 45 acres of land below Canyon Dam Its kind of like a green he said Every things been The county started work ing its way into the parks business in 1993 said Coun ty Judge Carter Casteel This working with the Army Corps of Engineers has been well worth the effort but it has been an extremely long Casteel said Citizens in a Bulverde community meeting empha sized the need for park space serving the countys rural communities she said Commissioners court Carter Casteel organized an advisory committee to examine whether the county needed public parks It came back a resounding Casteel said And we had realized for a long time that the Corps was interested in allowing to have some sort of lease or use of that land beneath the The Army Corps of Engineers is leasing the park land to the county for nothing We pay zero dollars to the Homseth said The Corps lease is for 25 The county and recreation groups submitted the lease and subleases to the Army Corps of Engi neers and waited for the federal agency to respond at each step of the process Four groups that want to use the park are sub leasing it from the Lake Youth Soccer Project KISS Bexar County Football and Canyon Lake Little League The sublessees are paying the Corps a dollar a year and the subleases are 25 years Homseth said In the countys deal with the recreation groups the county takes care of infrastructure fence parking septic improvements etc The groups would plan and build the facilities they used Homseth said So tar the county has fenced the park land for about Casteel said CLVFD battles blaze From staff reports Canyon Lake firefighters extin guished a house fire before it could burn more than two secondstory rooms Monday night Cause of the fire that damaged Malcolm and Ola Fischers home 3136 Lakeview had not been determined as of Monday evening deputy fire marshal Al Bonne said But it doesnt Bohnesaid The Fischers were not at their Canyon Lake home when the bjaze ignited around but were returning from work Bdbne added The homes smoke alarm alerted an alarm company which notified the Gomal County Sheriffs Office Sheriffs deputies who arrived on the scene saw the fire and called for the fire department Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department responded and the first attack team knocked down the fire which was limited to the front two Bonne said So the first attack team saved thje Spring Branch Volunteer Fire Department assisted at the fire Bohne said the Fischers would not be able to stay at the house because of the damage Kids Christmas gives Lions share to help HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Flynt England A young shopper mulls her decision as she chooses Christmas gifts with the help of Breakfast Lions Club member Jean Dorbandt By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Breakfast conversation at Lubys cafeteria sounded like ths normal fam ily giveandtake Saturday Tenyearold boy My friend knows how to break dance He showed us how to Adult male Whats vibrate Teenage girl Its a dance This family however had formed only that morning from Breakfast Lions vol unteers and young Christmas shoppers A group of Breakfast Lions and local businesses teamed up to treat 25 area children to a morning of Christmas shopping for their families in the clubs annual Kids 1 think its been going on for about eight said Suzie Garcia of the Community Service Center which recommended children for the pro gram The event started with a breakfast at Lubys Cafeteria Each child is Turn to Lions Page 2 Two Ne w Braunfels families recognized for ngMing efforts Page 2