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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 28, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NfcW INU Vol No 91 52 pages in 4 sections March Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE New again Ron and Lil Mitchell are turning old wood into new furniture See Lifestyle to find out how something old can be new again with some cre ativity and ingenuity 1C Sluggers Smithson Valley Rangers girls soft ball team continued its winning ways Friday against Hays For a look at how other local teams fared see Sports All the richer National sensation Sixpence None the Richer which has ties to New Braunfels is celebrating its Grammy nomination and growing 5A WEATHER Last nights showers likely will be followed with more rain this afternoon Expect the wet weather to continue into Monday See Page 2A for the extended forecast INDEX Downed pilot rescued in Yugoslavia WASHINGTON AP The pilot of an American F117A stealth fighter was rescued hours after his plane went down in Yugoslavia on Saturday the Pentagon said The crash and dramatic rescue marked the most harrowing moment thus far of the 4day military action against Serbian forces pilot and the combat rescue team mat picked him up are all Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon said at a hasti ly called news conference A defense official said the pilot was in good condition Bacon said he could not provide details of die fescue and could not say whethet the plane was shot down or malfunctioned Serb officials claimed the shot down the jet In a statement Pres ident Clinton said he was tremendously proud of the skills of the pilot and the courageous individuals who participated in the He added that despite the risk the NATO operation will go forward as CLINTON First word that die plane was down came from Serb television which showed vivid footage of a burning fighter A few hours later a senior officer at Hollomon Air Force Base in New Mexico where the stealth fighters are permanently based confirmed a plane from his squadron was down The Air Force has 54 F117s which cost million each The downing of the US plane came several hours after President Clinton and unarmed men women and children that is all me more reason for us to stay the Clinton said in his weekly radio broadcast earlier Saturday Even before die air strikes were launched earlier in the week Clinton and senior defense officials had raised the possibili ty that planes could be shot down and pilots could be lost Because of the risks die Pentagon has sent numerous searchandrescue teams to the region including the 24th Marine allied leaders agreed to step up air strikes Expeditionary Unit Marines from the unit near Belgrade rescued Air Force Capt Scott OOrady Serb troops have continued attacks on in Bosnia in 1995 Higher learning Perry proposes new college commission for Texas BY CHRIS CREWS StaffWriter Lt Governor Rick Perry announced Friday he intended to work with Speaker of die House Pete Laney to form a special commission to study Texas colleges and universi ties in die We must think outside die box when it comes to die mis sion for higher ed how Texas organizes and delivers die highest quality education at affordable prices to any Texan that wants Perry told about 500 attendees of die 33rd Annual Texas Leg islative Conference in New Braunfels Attendees of die legislative conference also heard panel discussions on etiucs in gov ernment municipal annexa tion and spending die states budget surplus Panelists included Max Sherman of die LBJ School of Public Affairs at die University of Texas at Austin and Albert die governors office budget director Perry said Texas colleges and universities needed to remain affordable and acces sible while catering to die needs of a new millennium A new commission could examine die viability of com puterized virtual universi ties and night and weekend classes for Texans who worked had children or resided in a rural area he said Under Perrys proposal strengthening die relationship between higher education and the hightech and business Lt Governor Rick Perry explains his form a special to study Texas colleges and universities at the 33nd arffiil Texas Legislative Confetence Friday communities could be anoth er purpose of die new com mission Also die state should be able to improve funding and oupicula for community col leges for inem to achieve their potential of preparing the skilled workforce that was needed now and in the future hesaid Texas colleges are responsible for much of the prosperity Texas has enjoyed in the past 100 years I want to help diem achieve even more in die next Perry said Perry said this commission would be charged with exe cuting die first comprehen sive study of higher educa tion in die state since 1985 Regarding die current leg ROBIN State Senator Jeff Wentworth third from right sits next to State Representative Edmund Kuempel while listen ing to Lt Governor Rick Perry Friday islative session Perry said billion and provided a billion in property tax relief die largest tax cut in die history of die legislature lawmakers were hard at work to improve public education in die state A bill introduced in the Senate this week increased state education funding by Perry said Included in die bill was a billion teacher pay raise Storm dumps rain in Comal BY CHRIS CREWS StaffWriter What had been a dry year became a little wetter Saturday as a Comal County and Central Texas Sat urday night The National Weatiier Service said the main thrust of the storm passed through New Braunfels headed east ward about depositing 62 inch of rain at die airport reporting sta tion A NWS spokesman said residual showers should play out until about mid night with die chance of more showers as daybreak approached Lightning and gusty winds accompa nied die storm that left low lying areas and some city streets in a foot of water or more The NWS said a severe tiiunder stortn warning was issued for the coun ty but die storm pushed through quick ly moving at a rate of 30 to 40 miles per hour The New Sraunfels police reported a few minor attributed to the storm but no emergencylessue opera tions were necessary Braun fels police officer reported tittee or four plastic swimming pools from die Kmart store had blown into die roadway on Texas 46 The Comal County Sheriffs Office reported no accidents or emergency operations related to die weatiier Since rainfall in die greater San Anto nio area was about three inches below normal last nights rainfall was wel comed by many in the area A NWS spokesman said more severe thunderstorms might come through the area Sunday afternoon and continue into die evening HeraldZeitung launches web site The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung offi cially launched its web site today The web page was designed by Greg Mef ford online editor of die Galveston County Daily News with input from the Herald Zeitung staff The web site is another branch of our pub lishing managing editor Margaret Edmonson said It also gives us another way to serve our readers and advertisers who deserve every service that we can See WEB HZ wins 10 state honors ROBIN Greg Mefford online editor for the Qalveaton County Dally News trains advertising director Shelly Boff and com poalna room forewoman Cindy Kissel on tte rm web page which officially was Ittuixihttd tpday SAN ANTONIO The Herald Zeitung news staff won 10 awards dus weekend in The Texas Associ ated Press Managing Editors com petition for best journalism in 1998 including the prestigious Commu nity Service Award The HeraldZeitung newsroom won first place in Division A for Community Service for its cover age of the controversy surrounding the debate of an alcohol ban on the Guadalupe River The newsroom also won first for its coverage of Oct 17 flood and die aftermath Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson also won fust place and honorable mention in the Page One design competition In the two categories tiiat tradi tionally recognize the work of an entire newsroom Margaret and her staff won both said Doug Toney editor and publisher of the HeraldZeitung It was a dif ficult year and the newsroom faced some unique challenges with the SeeHZffA   

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