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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 12, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Thursdays River City Classic results Page f B 50 CENTS Goal Donations so far To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 i New Braunfels HeraldZeit 22 pages in two sections Friday December KL Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Taylor Jones IX 79903 79 Vol 146 No 21 i Inside Stammtisch irthday wishes the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Maria Diaz Teresa Mar tinez Elizabeth Palomo John Tinman Ceretta Daum Satur Christy Jones 26 Taylor Jones 1 Bodo Dietert Jr Lucy Castillija Lena Tim merman Doris Grimm Clayton Mott 9 years Donna Korbell 13 Eva Garcia and Julian Rojas To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count unavailable Pollen measured in parts per cube meter of air Inforniafon provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River cubic feet per sec ond the same as Thursday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet same CanyorvDam discharge 215 cfs Canyon Lake inflow cfs Canyon Lake level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Thursday and gallons of well water Wintry weather continues Today cloudy Highs in the mid 40s Tonight decreasing clouds and cold Lows in the upper 20s Saturday Sunny Highs in the mid to upper 50s Satur day night clear Lows in the 20s Sunday Sunny but cool Highs in the 50s Hill Country Near 60 south cen tral Monday Increasing cloudiness Lows from the 20s to the 30s Highs in the 60s Tuesday Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain Lows in the 40s Highs in the 60s Cheer Fund grows Contributions continue to pour in to the New Braunfels HeraldZeitung Cheer Fund Money from the fund is used to buy food baskets for needy Contributions include Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance Company Branch 136 Col Mrs Joe L Guinn William and Carol Key Lee Lucille Mensinger Prepare for weekend of holiday fun Glowfest 97 launched today at 7 at the Comal County Fairgrounds There will be carnival rides and teth ered balloon rides during the day Saturday at the fair grounds and from 5 to 7 Saturday the balloons will Also taking place this weekend are the Fourth Annu al Tour of Homes call 625 611 d and the Jingle Bell for Family Outreach call Photo by Lsslie to the HeraldZeitung Cheerleaders Summer Smithers and Erin Boyd cheer on their favorite team Seeing blue Unicorn fans pull out all the stops Whats Up INSIDE TODAY New Unicom song Driving directions 2A Chartered buses 2A Editorial 4A Getting ready 1B B The Unicorn football team traveled to Houston to practice in the Astrodome Thursday returning late to finish at home preparations H The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung in con junction with Becker Motors will be distributing free game banners Drop by the papers office at 707 Landa St I Attend the sendoff pep rally today from to at the NBHS cafeteria Relive the games with video high lights meet the Unicorns and get autographs B Have a blue or white unicorn stenciled on your car today from 3 to in the NBHS parking lot One stencil is and three stencils are H Ten chartered buses are reserved to carry more than 450 Unicorn supporters to Saturdays game Buses will leave from the NBHS parking lot at Saturday B Since temperatures in the Astrodome are a constant 72 degrees supporters dont need to bundle up for the for the road trip as a cold front could bring snow and lows in the 20s Tina Gonzales and Vickie Gilstrap mothers of Stores sell jots of Unicornwear SusanJakobsen kXflf uiakKVAHH r BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer As the New Braunfels High School football team prepares to meet Alief Hastings in the region 5A semi final playoffSaturday local merchants are beefing up stocks of Unicorn memorabilia to meet the citys demand Its not just kids and people involved in New Braunfels High School buying Tshirts buttons and signs at Color Express said owner and manager Adam Cork Its an identity NBHS football team is now the city of New Braunfels he said Cork said popular items were signs reading Youve got to that fit in vehicle and storefront win dows Color Express distributed the signs for free before last weekends win against MacArthur but they became so heavily sought after that Color Express began selling them instead Tara Klaehn Vivroux store manager said Vivroux Turn to Stores Page 2A HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Jakobsen Tara Klaehn Vivroux store manager shows Reyes Villarreal Unicorn Tshirts Thursday Villarreal bought a smaller Tshirt for his son Dorothy Overman Officials want you scared of hepatitis A By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Health officials are trying to scare New Braun fels residents scare them into the kind of hygiene habits that will prevent the further spread of hepatitis A Confirmation of two cases Tuesday at a second area day care center prompted County Judge Carter Casteel and county health officials to call a press conference Thursday We want the public to take this Casteel said adding that her grand daughter attended the second day care center Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that produces symp toms similar to stomach flu To date 30 cases have been confirmed since Oct 3 said Comal County Health Official Dorothy Overman Within 17 hours of con firming the cases at the sec ond day care center county health officials had given the children and workers at the center shots of immune glob ulin said Comal County nurse Shel Me Williams The inoculation was not a cure she said but it boosted the bodys ability to fight the virus before it made a person sick State health officials have told us that if this outbreak is not contained within the two day cares we are looking at a twoyear Me Williams said If the outbreak went unchecked it could grad ually spread through the entire area population she said Hepatitis A is spread by ingesting the virus or fecaltomouth contact said Texas Department of Health sanitarian Tim Long Though not a foodborne virus it could be present on food or an object touched by someone who is infected Long said Hepatitis A is difficult to contain for several reasons Overman said The problem is that the time youre exposed to the time youre sick is very long two to six she said People could spread the virus without knowing it before they showed symp toms themselves You can be shedding the virus sharing it with family and Overman said Skipping potluck dinners for this Christmas can go a long way toward containing the out break said New Braunfels city sanitarian Joe Lara One person in the serving line who touches a spoon with contaminated hands could spread the virus to everyone who handles the spoon after Turn to Hepatitis A Page 3A Shel McWilliams Proposed aquifer rules better than none say local residents BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Conservation equipment required to sell water rights prompted questions from area citizens dur ing an Edwards Aquifer Authority public hearing Thursday at Comal County Courthouse Others gave nods of approval to proposed per mit and transfer rules the subject of the hearing The proposed regulations affect well owners who have applied for permits to withdraw water from the Edwards Aquifer which supplies 971 municipalities industries and irrigators through out an eightcounty area in South Central Texas Elton Scheel who farms corn and wheat on some 700 acres near Selma asked EAA offi cials about transferring irrigation rights an issue addressed in the proposed rules According to the proposed rules a landowner may transfer irrigation rights to another entity however the transferor can sell only that portion of a permitted grdundwater right for irrigation that is used by equipment designed to conserve water The boards interpretation of that is if its the water not conserved then it cannot be said Greg Ellis EAA general manager However an irrigator may lease 50 percent of his water rights without being required to have conservation equipment intact he said Ellis explained how the rules could be compromised Whats the difference between a sale and a 99 year lease Ellis asked illustrating possible loopholes in the rules Despite hypothetical circumstances like these Ellis said the board intended to follow them if adopted in early January The rules will provide well owners with a tan gible set of regulations and alleviate confusion about pumping transferring and other water issues according to one resident This is beginning to make sense said Ray Bartram who lives in Comal County but has multipleuse wells in Medina County Prior to the proposed rules Bartram said he had nothing to go by when faced with legal matters about water usage Now a simple question will have a simple he said Roger Biggers New Braunfels Utilities assis tant manager of operations also said he was pleased with publishing the rules as they were They the rules might not be perfect but theres not a set of rules anywhere that are per Biggers said EAA board of directors will consider adopting the proposed permit rules during a Jan 13 meet ing Theyll be effective that said Ellis if the board approves the regulations Cisneros indicted on 18 counts WASHINGTON AP Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros was indicted Thursday on 18 felony counts of conspiracy obstructing justice and making false state ments to the FBI about payments to a former mistress Three other people including the former mistress were also charged in the 21count federal indictment Barrett alleged that Cisneros made the false statements to FBI agents conducting a background investigation when he was nominated to President Clintons Cabinet Cisneros allegedly lied about payments to former mistress Linda Jones The indictment made Cisneros the second Clinton Cab inet secretary to be inducted Former Agriculture Secre tary Mike Espy was charged with accepting illegal gifts and lying to investigators From left Trent Woolsey moth er Kendra Woolsey and Brenda Locke hang Christmas lights on Santas cot tages at the North Pole1 Wednesday HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Rynt England North Pole moves to lake By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor The magic of Christmas sparkles in childrens eyes a the North Pole in Sattler Those children include 38year old Ricky Henderson who created the storefront village a la Disney from scrap donated materials and pieces of the Project KISS Spook House he also designed and created Next to the Tye Preston Memor ial Library on FarmtoMarket 2673 the North Pole be open from 4 to 8 today and from noon to 8 Saturday For admission children will be able to indulge in a village full of handson Christmas projects each one in a separate North Pole cot Turn to Lake Page 5A Protect your pipes from freezing Page12A
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