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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 33 PELS TX HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 186 24 pages in Z sections August 1999 FRIDAY Comal County since 1852 50 cents NBISD trustees approve million bond package Project goes before patrons in Oct 2 vote BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School Dis trict voters will decide Oct 2 whether to fund a million bond project that could raise their taxes by over a fouryear period NBISD trustees unanimously approved calling a bond election this fall for con struction and renovation projects at district facilities in a 60 vote Thursday Trustee Jim Callahan was absent but signed a waiver in support of the proposal prior to the meeting Those attending the meeting many who were district staff and facility task force members stood and applauded after the vote was taken Several committee members urged the board to accept the proposals and call an election for this fall Roland DeLaRosa a committee member and father of four said Every line was looked at not just once but twice There was a lot of controversy but we all knew what we were there for I hope you see the decision wasnt an easy one Its important that we enhance the possibilities we afford to our children for the No one spoke against the bond proposal The million bond package was rec ommended by the districts facility task force committee comprised of 37 parents teachers and community leaders as a plan to address steady student growth and upgrade many aging campus facilities The committees plan was scaled back from a million proposal from Total Program Management a school manage ment and planning company based in Grapevine TPM presented a facility land and demographic study in December 1998 Duane Westerman with Southwest Secu rities said if the district sold the bonds at million installments over a threeyear period the debt service rate would increase 13 cents to 28 cents in 2001 The districts current debt service rate set by trustees in July is 16 cents The dis tricts total tax rate for the 19992000 bud get year is with a mainte nance and operations rate and the 16cent debt service rate In 2002 the debt service rate would increase 15 cents to 44 cents In 2003 the debt service rate would drop slightly if the district held off from selling bonds that year Westerman said In 2004 the debt service rate would increase to more than 55 cents Wester man said based on estimated taxable growth the districts debt service rate would slowly decline in the following years NBISD superintendent Ron Reaves said See Century celebration New Braunfels man toasts the first 100 years BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer At his 100th birthday party Thursday Kurt Wiedenfeld thought he had that aging thing under control Everybody tells me the first 100 years are the hardest Its all glo ry years from here on Wiedenfeld said He doesnt show any signs of slowing down either Dozens of relatives and friends gathered at Eden Heights assisted living facility in New Braunfels Thursday afternoon to help Wiedenfeld celebrate his first 100 years Wiedenfeld gets around amazingly well for a man who was around when the Wright Brothers flew their air machine at Kitty Hawk He doesnt drive any more but he J WAI gardens does his own Kurt Wiedenfeld 100 greets a friend attending his birthday party on Thursday at Eden Heights Apartments grocery shopping and is 627 Lakeview Wiedenfeld can trace his familys roots back to the founding of New Braunfels in 1845 He has a regular at the nightly deceased sonSi j n grandchildren 24 greatgrandchildren and five greatgreatgrandchildren domino and card games Hes a super nice man and never says Resident Roland Lorenz 63 said Wieden feld was one of the best contract bridge play ers in the apartment complex Some of the bidding is getting away from him but when he figures out the cards he makes a hand every Lorenz said Wiedenfeld was born in Comfort on Aug and moved to New Braunfels to stay in 1924 But his Comal County roots run deep He said his relatives were among the first settlers here moving to the banks of the Guadalupe River in 1845 His greatgrandfa ther Wilhelm Wiedenfeld was the first trea surer of Comal County Wiedenfeld has seen and done a lot in the past 100 years but he missed out on military service narrowly I was examined and ready to go but they Everybody tells me the first 100 years are the hardest Its all glory years from here on in Kurt Wiedenfeld stopped fighting before we Wiedenfeld said Of course the year was 1918 and it was World War I Melody Walls administrator at Eden Heights said the facility provided trans portation to the grocery store and appointments for those who cannot drive but residents lived independently maintained their own apartments and cooked for them selves if they desired She said Wiedenfeld was a positive influ ence in the community anything bad about anyone His mind is as sharp as a Walls said Wiedenfeld has a large family to support him and many of his relatives attended Thursdays party He had two deceased sons two daughtersinlaw 10 grandchildren 24 greatgrandchildren and five greatgreat grandchildren His only advice for young whippersnap pers of 70 or 80 was to stay But while many people run around won dering what will happen when we hit the new millennium in five months Wiedenfeld said he was not concerned about predictions of great chaos He offered a bit of understat ed philosophy on the subject It will pass just like all of the others Wiedenfeld said CHS chaplain among those favoring prayer before games BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer At least one local high school student says she is ready to lead fans and parents in the tradition al pregame invocation when football season kicks off Kim Clay Canyon High School chap lain said she has not given up hope on the Editorial Board offers its opinion Page 6A CLAY longstanding practice of student led prayers at football games despite a February court ruling that they are unconstitutional Under the ruling made by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans earlier this year school districts could be held liable for allowing stu dentled prayers to occur under the control of school officials such as during the school day or during schoolrelated event Advocates of studentled prayer are hoping the Supreme Court will overturn the decision But school district attorneys are advising school offioiali to bring policies into compliance Many football fans including Clay find nothing offensive about studentled prayers I think the ruling was ridicu lous During the prayers we ask for guidance for the players and the spectators Its not harming she said Clay along with other student elected representatives at New Braunfels and Smithson Valley high schools composes and leads invocations supporting good sportsmanship and the safety of athletes and spectators Clay said the prayers she com posed were nondenominational but did have a Christian message promoting the safety and unity of the football teams I dont want anything bad to happen to the but if youre going to fight for anything it should be for Clay said Many school officials includ ing Comal Independent School District board president Dan Krueger trustee John Clay and football players and coaches also said they would fight to keep stu dentled prayers John Clay said he would like to bring the issue up for board dis cussion The board can authorize the administration however it wants but we certainly dont take light ly what the administration rec ommends I just would like to get it out on the table and see if we can do he said Clay said anything the board authorized would be within the legal limits of the court ruling We dont want to do anything to jeopardize the district in any way or jeopardize the taxpayers were he said Several school administrators suggested a moment of silence as substitute but many said that wasnt enough Id rather have the prayer Its really important to a lot of people and I think we just need said Joyce George mother of a Canyon football player See Shooting suspect surrenders in SA FROM STAFF REPORTS A man wanted by police for a July 25 shooting in New Braunfels is in custody Sm Antonio Police arrested 27yearold Richard Edward Martinez about 2 Wednesday at a res idence in the 500 block of Pennystone in San Anto nio Officers went to the house and Martinez retreat ed inside After about 15 minutes of negotiation Martinez surrendered to police Martinez was booked into the Bexar County jail See INSIDE 6B Key cadi 76 Water fair speakers say growth will require more conservation WAJUHeraMZeitung Comal County Judge Danny Scheel speaks at Thursdays Water Fair BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Local water use has taken a turn for the better but nows not the time to grow complacent That was the message of Doug Miller vice chairman of the Edwards Aquifer Authority who spoke to more than 20 people Thursday night at the Water Fair in the Comal County Senior Citizen Center The Comal County Agricultural Exten sion Service sponsored the fivehour event to increase awareness of the importance of water conservation Several groups including EAA and Texas Parks and Wildlife set up educa tional booths packed with informational brochures ottering water conservation tips Several speakers also addressed conser vation The message I have for you tonight is the world of water in this region is chang Miller said And 1 believe its chang See
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