Sunday, December 14, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Inside Sports Slammtiscli Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to the following Kristy Castilicja Tanya Gomez Mon Alberto Hcrrera Gayna Holden Mark Wright Jonathan Hull Felix Roque Vernon Effenberger Lindsey Nelson Maria Martinez David Kiser Brady Weden Priess I year Sat Timmy Schriewer Mon James Moos 17 years and Jamie Danielle Yzaguirre 1 Happy Anniversary wishes go to Matt and Daun Noble 1 year and Rene and Susan Saenz 1 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Sunny days cold nights ahead Today through Monday night Sunny days and clear nights Highs near 60 Lows near 30 Sunday near 40 Mon day Tuesday Partly cloudy Highs in the 60s Wednesday and Thursday Mostly clear Lows near Highs in the 60s Glowfest continues today The hot air balloons partici pating in Glowfest 97 will fill the skies over Comal County again today This balloon festi val which is a project of the Greater New Braunfels Cham ber of Commerce is free to the public Parking on the fair grounds is Post office offers Saturday hours The post office is offering extended hours start ing Saturday for holiday mail Through Dec 27 the local post office will be open on Saturdays from 9 to Childrens Museum shares the spirit The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for Monday is New Braunfels Childrens Museum This nonprofit organization will supply two workers to staff the lights display from 6 to Monday and hand out information In return the orga nization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park Monday Cheer Fund helps 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 707 Landa during regular business hours Checks 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 Recent contributions include Leonard and Carolyn Crim John and Vesta Lee Marilyn Jamison Mrs Archie Ladshow New Braunfels Herald iHlsTTlCSOPUBLISHIHO YM4DELL 80 r SUNDAY 28 pSiges in four sections Sunday December pASQ TX 79903 Serving the Comal County fc or Jonathan Hull Vol 146 No 22 Magical season ends Unicorns fall to Alief Hastings 4623 From staff reports The Unicorns lost to Alief ings 4623 ending their season with k HOUSTON The Unicorn football 132 record Along their march to the teams magical season came to an end Astrodome the Unicorns won the Dis Saturday night trict title and the Region IV5A But the magic of the season should title remain for years to come The 1997 Unicorns season was the Game wrapup highlights See Page 1B most successful as a 5A team in the history of the school At the end of last season the Uni corns failed to make the playoffs with a 46 record Last night marked the final high school game for 36 seniors on the Uni corn team At the end of the game the players heads held high joined the band and sang the school song In this final salute to their season it Clinton vows crackdown on Medicare overcharges WASHINGTON AP Vowing a renewed crackdown on the unfair fraud tax he said costs Medicare bil lions a year President Clinton urged Congress on Saturday to pass legisla tion barring doctors from charging more for drugs than they pay them selves Medicare is more than just a pro gram It reflects our Clinton said in his weekly radio address Its one way we honor parents and our grandparents and protect our families across the Medicare fraud costs billions of dol lars each year and undermines the nations ability to care for those most in need he said Taxpayers deserve to expect that every cent of hardearned money is spent on quality medical care for deserving he said Clinton said that clamping down on drug overcharges would save million over five years He noted that a recent report by the inspector gener al of the Department of Health and Human Services found that what Medicare pays for drugs bears little or no resemblance to actual wholesale prices that are available to physicians and suppliers that bill for these These overpayments occur because Medicare reimburses doctors according to the published average wholesale price the socalled sticker for Clinton said Waiting for movies HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Flynt England Jason Hamel Paul Gathany Nicole Williams Karen Micter and David Villanueva wait at Friday out side the Marketplace 12 Cinema Customers had been told the doors would open at one said but they were not allowed to enter until a plumb ing Inspection was The 12screen movie theater did open its doors Friday and gave away free pop corn to every ticket holder River of Lights draws more than vehicles From staff reports More than vehicles have passed through the citys Holiday River of Lights display at Cypress Bend Park according to city officials Were getting into the rush period said Don Ferguson assistant to the city manager Were really pleased with the turnout so he said The display features a lighted tunnel holiday trees jumping reindeer and other animated displays Other scenes include large dinosaurs and blue lights in the center of the park creating a river of lights This display differs from lighted trails in Boerne and Austin because many of the Holiday River of Lights displays are said Mayor Jan Ken nady The park will be open from 6 to Sun days through Thursdays and from 6 to Fridays and Saturdays until Jan 4 The park will be closed on Christmas night Cars and minivans carrying up to eight people enter the display for and and large passen ger vans are Season passes can be purchased for at Cypress Bend Park the municipal building at 424 Castell and the parks and recreation office in Landa Park It has been exciting to see families from through out the area enjoying the Holiday River of said Anna Lee Hicks Holiday River of Lights spokeswoman Visitors from San Antonio Austin Kerrville and Houston have traveled from their respective cities to see the display according to city officials was obvious to anyone participating or watching that the Unicorns were a team of winners The thousands of Unicorn fans cheered and applauded their team Alief Hastings a school on the out skirts of Houston had noticeable few er fans than New Braunfels Turn to Season Page 2A Police make plans for federal grant funds BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer The New Braunfels Police Depart ment was awarded a grant from the Justice Department funds that probably would go toward the buying more advanced equipment for the police local officials said NBPD chief Ray Douglas and police officers are armed with a wish list for some technological equipment already used by larger police agen cies Mobile data terminals much like laptops for policeman top the wish list he said along with video cam eras that would act as a surveillance device much like the cameras that pro vide video footage for the television show The mobile data terminals or MDTs would allow officers to run license and registration checks from their vehicles instead of calling into dispatch Information would be readi ly available because the laptops would be connected to the dispatch system with something similar to a cellular phone hookup Douglas said It MDT would also cut down on radio said Douglas because a lot of the information instantly could be transmitted Video cameras could provide footage of an officers daily duties and be key in their safety said Douglas Police departments would be able to make cases and identify attackers when officers are assaulted City manager Mike Shands said the grant would enable the police depart ment to enhance its operations whether they choose MDTs or video cameras These are things they would not normally be able to get through the said Shands Policemen need stateoftheart equipment to help fight high tech criminals he said NBPD officials plan to match the with money from a seizure fund derived from drug busts Taxpayers group focuses attention on CISD funding credibility By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor A selfproclaimed watchdog group of Comal Independent School District taxpayer which organized Nov 19 after a bond issuance was vot ed down hopes to continue its role at CISD By the end of its Wednesday night meeting it had a formal name Concerned Taxpayers of Comal County The 20orso members who attended picked up agendas Each also received a twopage docu ment listing the results of a survey that members completed at the previous meeting listing con cerns about CISD and possible solutions to those concerns CISD hasnt had a town meeting so we fig ured we needed to have John Bertelson said He characterized the group as fiscally conser John Bertelsen Birdie Bertelsen vative Thats why we got he said They see things are wrong with CISD Theyre looking at it from a money Two concerns topped the groups list CISD credibility and funding The people heres biggest concern is trust in the John Bertelsen said The meetings agenda followed a pattern future Next meeting The nextCbncemecl Taxpayers of Comal County meeting will be WHEN 7 Jan 15 WHERE Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative 100 Farm toMarket3159 i CALL WITH QUESTIONS 899 7530 i meetings will mirror Birdie Bertelsen said The group discussed highlights of the previous CISD board meeting An agenda for the Dec 18 CISD board meeting was not yet available However officers chose four items for discussion that they thought would appear on the CISD agenda alternatives for cop ing with runaway growth in the student popula tion redrawing attendance zones for high schools possible separate ninthgrade campus yearround schooling and split schedules for high schools Members were asked to fill out cards with their opinions on the four ideas which officers could present at the board meeting John Bertelsen would call each member not attending Wednesdays meeting and also count those opinions Birdie Bertelsen said Their vote will count just as much as if they attended the he said Only about 10 of the 69member group live in New Braunfels The rest are from the western part of the county John Bertelsen said Those present Wednesday were asked to fill out concerns forms which would be tabulated and Turn to CISD Page 2A County should take hepatitis A outbreak seriously Page 4A