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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                FRIDAY Washington wins Aloha Bowl f B 50 CENTS Coal did it To contribute to the United Way call 6207760 New Braunfels HeraldZeit 18 pages in two sections Friday December Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years Home of Mena Brown Vol 146 No 31 Inside Stammtisch Birthday wishes from the HeraldZeitung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends birthday wishes to Mena Brown Peter Mar gargee Diana Schreefer Alan Trollinger Leticia Caballero Stephanie Correla Julie Ford Satur Mark Anthony Barboza 22 years Donna Bra bill and Andie Simmons 22 Happy anniversary wishes go to Nancy and Bill Spence 15 years and Robert and Darleen Nohrn To have a birthday or anniver sary listed here call 6259144 Pollen Count Mold Cedar Elm Pollen measured in parts per otic meter of air Information 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 cfs Canyon Lake cfs Canyon Lake level New Braunfels Utilities NBU reports pumping million gal lons of surface water Thursday and gallons of well water Clouds roll out by Sunday Tonight Decreasing clouds Lows upper 20s to near 30 Saturday Mostly sun ny Highs in the 50s Saturday night clear and cold Lows in the upper 20s to near 30 Sunday Clear Highs in the 50s to near 60 Monday Clear Lows in the 30s Highs in the 60s Tuesday Mostly sunny and warmer Lows in the upper 30s to near 40 Highs in the 60s Schools out until 1998 Schools and offices of New Braunfels Independent School District will be closed throughJan 2 Employees return Jan 5 while students begin the second semester Jan 6 The Tax Office which collects taxes for the school district and the city of New Braunfels will be closed Monday through Fri day but it will be open the last three days of Decem ber Closed on Jan 1 it will be open Jan 2 Office hours for the Tax Office are 8 to 5 Comal Independent School District offices and schools will be closed through Jan 2 The CISD central office will reopen at 8 Jan 5 Get your recyclables ready for Saturday New Braunfels residents who missed recycling col lection on Christmas will have their recyclables picked up Saturday Cheer Fund still getting donations The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung continues to receive donations for its annual Cheer Fund which helps buy foods baskets for the needy Donations have been made by the Merrill family and Arthur and Betty Richter After the tinsel is gone Recycle your Christmas tree turn it to mulch OMNISTIIEEMCM PROJECT tf s sx a By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor New Braunfels Christmas trees can have a second life after the ornaments and lights Have been packed away nourishing yards gardens and Landa Park as mulch Today through Jan 19 people can take their trees to the Landa Park swimming pool parking lot They can drop them off in the barricaded said park ranger superintendent Todd McClanahan They need to go ahead and take the nails any met al fasteners and decorations Starting Monday two chippers one owned by the city of New Braunfels and one owned by New Braunfels Utilities will begin chewing the holiday greenery into mulch This year marks the recycling programs llth McClanahan said Last year 916 Christmas trees ended up asmulch instead of going to landfill Because of the Holiday River of Lights mulch will not be taken to Cypress Bend Park for storage MMU HeraldZeitung file photo This sign at Landa Park is displayed in the area where Christmas trees can be delivered until late January McClanahan said Until then it will be stored in Landa Park and used to mulch around park he said Therell still be plenty left for the public Officials report all quiet on Christmas front Law enforcement and fire offi cials reported no major accidents or fires on Christmas We had some calls but nothing said New Braunfels fire man Ray Hacker Texas Department of Public Safety Comal County Sheriffs dispatch and New Braunfels Police dispatch reported a quiet holiday Shelters dont close for holidays By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor For some in Comal County the best home for the holidays is a safe haven away from home Fam ily violence does not stop for Christmas nor do the Comal County Womens Center and the Comal County Emergency Chil drens Shelter We have four kids here right Childrens Shelter admin istrator Kim Snyder said Wednes day night Women who need shelter from abusive spouses can find it on Christmas New Years Day or any otherday of the said Womens Center childrens pro gram coordinator Amy Thomp son Both shelters however have been inundated with help from area residents The children at the Childrens Shelter went to the Childrens Museum in New Braunfels and saw Santa Claus on Wednesday They not only have a lot of gifts here theyve been taken down to WalMart to let them pick out firsthand the gifts that they Snyder said These kids here are very well taken care Church groups civic groups and private individuals donated toys to the Childrens Shelter he said Theres been a wide range of people who have Snyder said Its pretty The Childrens Shelter will save some of its bounty of toys for chil dren it serves throughout the year he said Womens Center staff worked to make Christmas as merry as possible for the families staying at the center and for those who recently moved to begin new homes Thompson said A lot is going on here she said Wednesday As fast as theyre leaving people are bringing more The Womens Center served a big Christmas dinner Thursday she said Businesses civic and church Turn to Shelters Page 2A How many lights This light display is one of many in the Holiday River of Lights at Cypress Bend Park Photo submitted Guess the number win prizes Special to the HeraldZeitung Just how many lights are there that make up the Holiday River of Lights in New Braunfels Thats the question organizers are asking this week as the close of the park nears on Jan 4 Hazard your best guess We believe people will be surprised at just how many lights there are in the said Holiday River of Lights Spokeswoman Anna Lee Hicks If you have visited the park we encourage you to visit The contest is open to New Braunfels residents and visitors of all ages The deadline to submit is Wednesday Jan All guess es should be written on a piece of paper and sent to the City of New Braunfels Attn Holiday River of Lights Contest 424 S Castell New Braunfels Texas 78130 Participants are asked to guess how many lights have been used in the said Hicks When guessing contest participants should take into account all lights used including display lights runway lights along the street lights in the trees and on the The contest winner will receive a Turn to Lights Page 2A Sales tax rebates deliver good news Economic climate looks good for Comal County BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer Mike Shands Local businesses experienced an increase in sales according to yearend county sales tax figures and the overall economic cli mate in Texas is favorable say state and local officials The outlook for the Texas economy con tinues to outshine that of the nation as a whole declared state comptrol ler John Sharp recently Sharp delivered final sales tax rebates for 1997 altogether million in payments to Texas cities and 118 counties This included more than to the city of New Braunfels a percent increase over last years sales tax returns of some for the same period accord ing to state documents Comal County received almost in sales tax rebates an percent increase from last years for December The December payments made to Texas cities and counties include local sales taxes collected by monthly filers on October sales which are reported to the comptroller in November It the figures reflects a healthy growing said New Braunfels city man ager Mike Shands Traditionally October is a very slow peri od for the economy Shands said Summer tourists are long gone and winter Texans who help bolster the economy through early spring have not arrived yet he said Yeartodate 1997 totals support a vibrant economy throughout Comal County too Some in sales tax rebates in 1997 represent a percent increase from last years according to comptroller documents This is an acrosstheboard said Shands representing a comfort level that allows more opportunities for retail Guadalupe County reported in rebates for December a 10 percent increase from last years Yearend totals reveal a percent increase up from according to state doc uments STREET TALK Should Terry Nichols be sentenced to death for his role in the Oklahoma City bombing He should get the death penalty You dont coinci dentally kill 168 Chance Sparks Smithson Valley He def initely should get the death penalty I dont think theres any other Sparks Dallas Its an eye for an eye He should get the death I dont believe he should get the death penalty I dont believe Nichols played as I think he should get the death penal ty He should Dick Komorowski Delaware much a role in the bomb have been found guilty ing as on all Wilkinson Harvill New Braunfels New Braunfels Is if As Good as It Page 10A thanks to local holiday volunteers wPage 4A V j t   

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