Friday, December 19, 1997

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Five Rangers make honorable mention AllState Page 1B 50 CENTS Qoal Donations so far To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 New Braunfels MHHHBi IHHHHi BBHBHi ViHHHHiv 20332 II00 9 SOWEST MlCROPUBLISM 2627 E DR PftSfJ IX 79903 24 pages in two sections Friday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Christyand Paul Jones Vol 146 No 26 Inside Mammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Bertha Chapa Eliza Natal Karen Schwind Scott Seeger 12 Sean P Lopez 8 Mrs Lawrence Weidner Viola Kleck Satur day and Rhanessa Roberts 3 Happy anniversary wishes go to Christy and Paul Jones Jewel and Willie Spicer 65 years Sat urday and Gregg and Renata Goebel 5 To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Cedar Elm Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air Infoimation provided by Dr Frank River Information Comal River cubic feet per sec ond Thursday the same as Wednesday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well feet same Canyon Dam discharge 171 cfs Canyon cfs Canyon Lake level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Thursday and gallons of well water Cooler damper weather in store Today Mostly cloudy and cool with some patchy light rain or drizite Highs in the 60s Tonight mostly cloudy with widely scattered showers and a few thunder storms Lows near 60 Saturday Mostly cloudy and cool with wide spread rain and a few thun derstorms Highs in the upper 50s and lower 60s Saturday night mostly cloudy with rain and thunderstorms ending Lows near 40 Sunday Becoming partly cloudy Highs in the 50s Hepatitis A leads to party cancellation Because of local health policies concerning hepatitis A set forth by Comal County Judge Carter Casteel and sanitation officer Joe Lara the Comal County 4H party set for Saturday has been can celed Cheer Fund now needs volunteers The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung is seeking a few good men and women to help package and deliver food baskets Saturday starting at 8 The food was purchased with donations made to the Cheer Fund which was established to serve this com munitys needy Recent contri butions include SFC Richard Isavel Schuetz Gladys Bill and Will Fortik n Fitness Made Fun Low Impact and Aqua Aerobics Classes of New Braunfels Fred and Helen Koester Archie Elizabeth Culpepper Caroling on the Plaza Stella Hansen left sings Christmas carols with her daughters Marina 8 and Helen 13 months and Mayor Jan Kennady Thursday at the 16th annual Caroling on the Plaza coordinated by The Greater New Braunfels Arts Council HeraldZeitung photo by Tom Erickson Hunter Road to stay twoway BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer The Transportation and Traffic Advisory Board listened to several Gruene residents and merchants and canned a proposal to make Hunter Road a oneway thoroughfare in Gruene The decision came after an hour long debate by some 32 attendees who posed various scenarios to changing Hunter Road to a oneway road Originally a city council member was approached by a merchant about traffic safety and the large number of pedestrians on Hunter Road accord ing to Don Ferguson assistant to the city manager Ferguson opened the meeting by explaining that the rec ommendation came to the board through city council member Jan Kotylo a resident of Gruene I consider myself a said Kotylo Thursday Cops nab robbery suspect Smithson Valley teen accused in eight robberies BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer New Braunfels Police apprehended a 16yearold Smithson Valley student Thursday who they believe is the gun man responsible for several armed rob beries in the city Police said other arrests might follow because they believed other people might be involved The suspect was taken to Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Thursday afternoon where he gave police a statement about the robbery Justice of the Peace Ray Martinez later certified the statement The youth later was transported to a juvenile facility according to NBPD criminal investigator Basel Boatright Police said the teen was very cooper ative after he was taken into custody at Smithson Valley High School about pjm Thursday Police said he also was Very Hes now provided us with details about the said Boatrighl We are certain he is the Law enforcement officials acting on a tip from an anonymous source said they were able to identify the youth as the person wanted for the string of recent rob beries He is your normal 16yearold stu dent who no one would think is capable of doing something like said Boa tright The Smithson Valley student is charged with robberies at Champs on Sept 17 Lees Conoco on Oct 25 HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Jakobsen Investigators Basel Boatright left and Mike Osbome right escort the suspect from Justice of the Peace Ray Martinezs office Thursday afternoon Nov 8 and Nov 14 Planet Video on Nov 22 and Dec 8 Conoco at Huisache and Interstate 35 on Nov 26 and Budget Inn on Nov 30 according to police We started getting information Tues said Boatright The search came to an end Thursday when police obtained a school photo of the boy who was identified by an employee of one of the establishments recently robbed Were still working on said Boa tright We expect to make more If police determine the teen commit ted the eight robberies he would have eight felony charges against him crim inal investigator Mike Osbome said Aggravated robbery is a first degree felony with a possible sentence of 5 to 99 years for subjects 17 years and older according to the Texas Penal Code However if convicted the teen could face a lesser sentence because he is only 16 He also could be tried as an adult The teen has a drivers license and police said they believed he drove him self to New Braunfels prior to some of the robberies However other suspects in the robberies were being investigated Boatright said Early warning system gets fiill funding By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor People living and camping on the Guadalupe River next summer might be able to sleep without nightmares of a flash flood carrying them and their belongings away The Water Oriented Recreation District board of directors signed and sealed their portion of an agreement to pay for an enhanced flood warning system for the Guadalupe River area The system should be up and running in time for summer tourists said Kathy Ozment of Guadalupe Blanco River Authority Im hopeful that well have it in place before the spring Ozment said Were shooting for The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Admin istration NOAA monitors rain gauges and stream flow gauges around the Guadalupe River basin That data is combined to predict whether flooding is imminent With the new system theyll have access to data thats updated every six minutes rather than every four hours the way it is Ozment said v Jhe WORD board took time deciding how the early systemshould broadcast warning informa tion Board members Wednesday agreed to use the NOAA weather broadcasting system Ive been struggling to figure out something to use that wouldnt be so enormously said WORD manager Jim Inman Guadalupe River flood warnings will be broad cast on the same system that sends tornado watch es and warnings weather forecasts and data Radio and television states will receive the warnings and then rebroadcast them Businesses and residents close to the river can buy NOAA receivers With a receiver a person Turn to System Page 2A How it works Rain and stream flow gauges strategically placed around the Guadalupe River basin send data electronically to thgJNational Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration v m Jf conditions are ripe for NOAA broadcasts a watch or warning H Area radio and television stations will broad cast trie vyaming People who have NOAA receivers will receive the warning When a NOAA receiver picks up a warning whether or not the NOAA receiver is 1 turned on to a weather forecast it has gn audio alarm idjsplay light will a watch red for a warning a liquid crystal display gray with numbers and letters will spell out the type of warning Although she was not present at the meeting Kotylo said she recently lis tened to traffic and safety concerns from a merchant on New Braunfels Street who feared pedestrianvehicle accidents were likely on Hunter Road because of the high volume of traffic A total of vehicles traveled down Hunter Road during a June 1996 weekend according to Fergu son a combined mix of rivergoers tourists and residents City offi Turn to Twoway Page 2A CISD mulls redrawing districts By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Comal Independent School District trustees could agree on one thing about overcrowding in the district at their Thurs day short term solution is nothing better than the lesser of evils After discussing shortterm solutions trustees asked superintendent Jerry Major to work on plans to implement only one redrawing high school districts to more evenly distribute students between Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools I dont think the way to manage growth is to redraw boundaries Thats a horrible way to manage said trustee Scott Watson but there arent a whole lot of other Trustees also agreed that in the long term a new high school would have to be built They directed Major and his stafFto begin planning for another bond elec tion possibly in the fall In their discussion trustees reexam ined possible shortterm solutions to growth they had brought up during their Oct 9 meeting redraw districts to balance enrollment at the two high schools expand Smithson Valley and Canyon high schools purchase additional portable buildings lease space increase class size implement yearround multitrack schools or split schedules as a last resort No board members were in favor of increasing class size Trustee Dora Gonzales said yearround school deserved more study and asked whether trustees knew of any other dis tricts that had used yearround school ing successfully but other trustees dis missed the idea Student population growth at Smithson Valley High School already is at a crisis said principal Day Geroy We can keep adding he said but that does not take care of restroom facilities Well be serving lunch from 10 to Changing school allegiance and trans portation were some problems trustees saw with redrawing district lines If students have to switch high schools you might as well move from here to Watson said It changes who their peers Trustees ended their discussion by reasserting the need for another bond election to pay for a new high school If the bond had passed we wouldnt be having this said board president Dan Krueger Every one of you feels we need to bring forth another bond CISD 199899 calendar Page 3A Di Beanie Babies will help local groups Gmene General Store to give proceeds to organizations By CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer If you thought Beanie Babies were hot forChristmas just wait until you meet the Princess Diana Beanie Babies You only have to go as far as Gruene where Gruene General Store just received a shipment of the purple teddybear shaped Beanie Babies And in keeping with thememory of the princess known for her charitable works Gruene General Store is donating proceeds from the sale of the Princess Diana Beanie Babies to local charities Gordon Hughes of Gruene General Store said the charities would include Habitat for Humanity Hospice New Braunfels Mental Health and Mental Retardation YMCA Young Life Friends for River Battered Womens Shelter Unit ed Way Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts Buyers can pick the charities they want and make their checks out to those orga nizations The store only has 12 in stock and are selling them to the highest bidder According to Hughes people from around Texas and California and New York have called about this hot The Gruene General Store was one of the few stores around the country to receive the special Beanie Babies Hugh es said The Ty Company has never made this few Beanie Babies According to Hughes people are wanting the Princess Di Beanie Babies as a momenta because of her recent death I feel optimistic that we will sell all of the beanie babies We are hoping for gen erous donors who will give to a good Hughes said Turn to Beanie Babies Page 2A HeraldZeitung photo by Susan Jakobsen Gruene General Stores Jo Marie Seibert Gordon Hughes Tanya Oehler and Concetta Chiiek show off the Diana Beanie Babies Read local childrens Dear Santa lettersPage 14A