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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 16, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS 2 in 3 2 11009 MICROPUBLISHING E DR EL TX 70 HERALDZEITUNG 127 50 pages in 3 sections May 1999 SUNDAY Serving Cornal County since 1852 INSIDE Star fans The Force definitely is with many Star Wars fans in Comal Meet a pair of Smithson Valley High School students who are eagerly anticipating Wednesdays release of Episode I The Phantom Silver medalist Canyon senior Eric Baese ends his high school track career with a secondplace finish at the state 10A Spurs advance San Antonio won its playoff series with Minnesota on Saturday and will face the Los Angeles Lakers in the confer ence semifinals beginning Monday at 10A WEATHER Todays forecast calls for partly cloudy skies with a high near No rain is Rain will enter the extended forecast on Showers are possible through See page INDEX C Key code 77 Officials Hueco Springs fire was intentional BY PERI STONE Staff Writer The Comal County Sheriffs office said Friday that the fire at 475 Hueco Springs Loop that killed a 72yearold New Braun fels man was intentionally Family and friends buried Harold Hartwig on although his was noticeably absent from the ser No other details as to how the fire start ed were released Dennis Koepp said all accidental possibilities were ruled out but officials said they have not found evidence of third party An autopsy revealed Harold Hartwig died as a result of the fire that ravaged his log cabin for more than an hour during the early morning hours on May Harolds body was found beside the mat tress springs in his Adele was found hanging from a tree about 250 yards from the a white cloth wrapped around her neck and a tree said Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Officials at the scene found her after she called for help about 2 almost an hour after the New Braunfels Fire Department arrived to battle the Adele has been questioned twice in con nection with the fire but has not been charged with any She is now staying with family in New According to Neal a friend of Adele did not attend the funeral services Adele was not listed as a survivor in Harolds printed this past Thurs day in the In a legal notice also printed in Thurs days Adele and her family were ordered to stay off the property on Hueco Springs as well as property Harold owned in until the final dis position was Sheriffs deputies had responded to more than a dozen calls at the Hartwig home in the past three years mostly for domes tic disturbances and family A swab taken from Adeles hand at the scene was taken to the state fire marshals lab in Austin last week to be tested among other any gun powder or gasoline No official results had been Koepp The investigation will be turned over to the district attorneys office next week for further On a mission ROBIN Smithson Valley assistant softball coach Lisa Daigle gives instructions to the Rangers before Fridays Region IV4A championship SVHS advanced to state with a 30 win over Castroville Medina Smithson Valley earns state softball exorcises demons from 1998 regional final BY PETER BROWN Sports Editor SAN ANTONIO Make sorne sandwiches and gas up the car Ice down the cooler and load the kids in the Come on lets not be The Smithson Valley Rangers are going to With a 30 win over Castroville Medina Valley on Friday night in the Region IV4A finals at Frank Tejeda Smithson Valleys softball team qualified for the Class 4A state tournament for the first time in school The Rangers will find out their semifinal round opponent at 10 today at the University Interscholastic Leagues office in Semifinal games are set for 1 and 3 Friday at Austins Pleasant Valley Sports CLASS 4A STATE SOFTBALL Class 4A Regional Results Region I Weatherford Burkbumett 0 Region II Waco Midway Keller Fossil Ridge 1 Region III Magnolia Friendswood 3 Region IV Smithson Valley Castroville Medina Valley 0 UIL State Championships at Pleasant Valley Sports Com Austin Class 4A semifinals May 21 1 3 State championship game May 22 Semifinal 4 Senior pitcher Rachel Atzenhoffer 221 threw a perfect game through 6 striking out a career high 19 Medina Valley This one was all about Smithson Valley coach Wayne Daigle What can you say Ive never seen anyone pitch My wife and I have never been happier for any one player or any one team than we are right and weve been in this game a long Atzenhoffer helped take the Rangers to state with a onehit I think my pitches were really mov ing well Atzenhoffer I was just trying to stay settled and throw my best Was it her best I think she Medina Valley coach Laurie Klein See Senate bill could bring water district BY MARGARET EDMONSON Managing Editor A bill headed to the Senate floor would create a new water district in Comal the proposed water district would not be able to levy a property tax or conduct an election until Senate Bill filed by State Senator Buster RLake would create 21 new groundwater districts across the One of those the Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation would cov er the part of county over the Trinity Comal County officials declined to comment on pending review of the Brown filed the bill Thursday after twothirds of the Senate approved a suspension of the The Senate Natural Resources which Brown the bill with a 50 vote that same Brown cited concern about the number of bills introduced this session requesting creation of water My concerns about these districts before the the effects last sessions Senate Bill 1 can be established I believe this com promise provides districts adequate protection for their groundwater before next while leaving the next Legislatures hands free to groundwater decisions when we have more infor he Senate Bill adopted by the 75th established a water management plan based on local input and regional Browns bill allows for county commissioners to appoint temporary who will have the power to permit set space exempt areas from permitting and assess permit and registration the temporary districts formed under SB 1911 will not be able to conduct exercise eminent develop management annex or consolidate districts or restrict out ofdistrict Only after the 77th Legislature ratifies the dis tricts can they conduct confirmation elections and elect initial directors to cany out those func Ive said all along I understand the concerns behind the groundwater district creation propos The main goal is not to jump the gun and let any actions derail the longterm which are now being This bill serves to facilitate the concerns of those seeking the pro See New mayor keeping in touch through office BY PERI STONE Staff Writer New Braunfels new mayor should become more available to the public with his own city office and new email Mayor Stoney who took office on May said he would check in fre quently at the municipal 424 Castell and consider office My office here at GuadaComa Mechanical already has started piling up with city he Itll be good to keep everything sepa Williams said he planned to stop by the municipal building after on Wednes days and City manager Mike Shands said the spent for the remodeling had been in the The only thing that is different is that WILLIAMS the offices became he A new hire for compliance and the mov ing of municipal court to the law enforce ment center on Seguin Avenue freed up he Former mayor Jan Kennady worked out of her home while in office a situation she found mostly for the people of New People would call and Sorry to bother you at she But they didnt have a Residents would have been less hesi Mayor Stoney Williams Office phone extension 271 Email address NBMAYOR@texas.net tant to call or stop by if she had been in a city Kennady The more available the mayor is par the better the whole community will she The six council members will share an office near That office should be ready by the end of the Shands
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