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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 24, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 20332 11009 SOWEST 2627 E YONDFLL DR El PfiSO TX 9903 6 MMMpHl gqmpg HERALDZE Vol 148 No 4 52 pages in 4 sections January SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Warrior fates Work War II and Korea veteran William Cooper spent nearly six years compiling his experiences from both result was a 500 page 1C run Three area residents have turned their love of running into a way to help others Find out how these athletes have he leukemia Award winner The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc honors Ramon Chapa Sr at its annual meeting a banquet at the Civic Center Chapa said staying involved was important to 4A WEATHER Expect a sunny Sunday with a high near 70 and a light south wind The warm weather should continue on Monday with slightly cooler temperatures expected on Tuesday Get the details on Page 2A INDEX Abby 20 Business 78B Classified 816C Crossword 2C Forum 6A Local 4A Obituaries 3A Sports 108 TWevlaton Montage History buffs happy revelers gather downtown BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Lovers of history and Comal Coun ty gathered on Main Plaza Friday after noon to celebrate the 100th anniver sary of the dedication of Comal Coun ty Courthouse Politicians and other solid Texans who have carried on the countys day today business for more than a cen tury were there Teenagers and small children who will be the politicians and solid Texans in years to come were there Mother Nature let her presence be known in the form of winds that gust ed up to 35 miles per hour during the ceremony Centennial celebration Comal County parties like its 1899 by recreating courthouse dedication star of the show As Betty Triesch read a translation of the events at the 1899 dedication from the Zeitung the courthouse bells chimed dependable as always and told the crowd it was 2 For those who believe buildings can develop character and a personality it was a subtle nod of acknowledge ment for the superlatives gushed in honor of her birthday State Sen Jeff Wentworth RSan Antonio read a statement proclaiming her one of the states historical trea sures and a product of superior qual ity and Former County Judge Carter Casteel said the courthouse with all of her records and files knows who and what we Casteel said the courthouses color ful history including heated arguments See ROBIN Top left Betty Pfeuffer Triesch smiles as she finishes reading a translation of the events at the 1899 Comal County Courthouse dedication at Fridays 100th anniversary celebration Above Canyon High School marching band members stand at attention in front of the Comal County Courthouse on Friday Tradition heritage seen in many forms BY TOM ERICKSON News Editor The Texas Historic Landmark sign just outside Comal County Courthouse speaks volumes for the rich tradition and history of the area The inscription on the sign erected in 1993 ends with This courthouse reflects New Braunfels German heritage and the spirit of Comal County at the turn of the 20th The spirit of Comal County at the turn of the 21st century could be felt by hundreds on Friday afternoon as residents joined coun ty and city officials historians a German Ingram dispute reaching a summit BY HEATHER Tooo StaffWilter The ongoing dispute between area residents and Ingram Readymix Companys plans build a concrete batch plant off Texas 46 will move to a formal battlefield on Monday An official hearing on the pro posed site for the Ingraft Readymix plant will be conducted by the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission 10 Monday at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative facility The GVTC office is at 36101 FarmtoMarket Road 3159 just north of Smithson Valley High School The formal hearing will be the third round of the continuous struggle between local citizen groups and the concrete manufac turer after the TNRCC sponsored a nonevidentiary hearing July 22 and a local school district spon sored a public hearing March 30 Ingram Readymix is in the mid dle of an application process to obtain a standard exemption mat plant in the Spring Branch and Bulverde area The proposed plant site is about miles west of US 281 and Texas 46 a mile away from Bill Brown Elementary School Arlon Seay Elementary School and Spring Branch Middle School The Bracken Christian School and three day cares are also in an area close to the proposed plant site Terry Hadley a TNRCC spokesman said standard exemp tion is authorized by the TNRCC as a less stringent standard for facilities with lower air emissions Generally a manufacturer applies for a permit if they have greater air emissions and based on where we are right now Ingram Readymix does not meet the con ditions for a Hadley said The general rule for determining whether a manufacturer can apply for a standard exemption is air emissions must be less than 25 tons per year as well as other cri teria Hadley said A spokesman for Ingram Readymix said plants operating under a standard exemption used the best available control technol ogy for their emissions There are certain conditions you must meet to use a standard SeeDISPUTEfcA Lake lowering draws criticism BYBlUOCONNBU Staff Writer Local fishermen objected to the lowering of area lakes on the Guadalupe River this weekend saying the project threatened wildlife Placid and Nolte in Guadalupe County were lowered about six feet as officials from the GuadalupeBlanco River Authority Texas Parks and Wildlife and local volunteers inspected the lakes for public safety hazards and debris left over from the October flood GBRA satf they wpwted to use application fojmoqfly to theNatJooal Resources The authority said the low water level could also allow homeowners OB the takes to inspect private boat ramps and docks Ift been years since the lakes have been lowered so we encour aged homeowners to take advantage of that sit said GBRA president Bill West Some fisherman said lowering the lakes could severety impact the bass and catfish populations What itfe going to do is hurt the fishing for a couple said Michael Frazar a local angler and businessman who along with his wife Kerry owns the Hot Shots Frazar Lake view Camp on Lake MoQueeney The only thing I worry about is the Kerry Frazar said Saturday as she and her hus band removed debm from their property GBRA officials said the lakes could be low ered up to 10 feet in February or March to remove debris identified this week West said the removal phase of the project could take up to two weeks Jay Colby 7 holds up a wriggling fish that was stranded after the GusdakjpeBlanco River Authority bwiNdLit arid others to urwy the
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