New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 8, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

August 08, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 8, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas New FELS 20332 hoOO 10/22/99    75 SO-WE ST ii I CRO PU BL I SH J MG 2627 E YANDELL DR EL POSO, TX 79903-Herald-Zeitung Vol. 148, No. 187    56    pages    in    4    sections August 8, 1999 Sunday Serving Comal County since 1852 $1.00 Inside ► SOS assistance Started from scratch 11 years ago, the SOS, Inc. Food Bank now has more than 120 volunteers from area churches who collect and sort donations and work with those in need. Find out how you can help the food bank this week and enjoy a free concert as well./1B ► Astros send Bedeman back Lance Berkman’s stint in the major leagues is over — for now, anyway. The Houston Astros sent the 1994 Canyon High School graduate back to their Triple-A affiliate in New Orleans this past Thursday. Bedeman spent 20 games with the Astros. 711A ► Teaming up Bill Clinton and Al Gore put aside their differences Saturday and praised each other at a series of fundraisers in Arkansas. Some believed Gore, a candidate for the 2000 Democratic presidential nomination, had been trying to disassociate himself from Clinton’s scandals in recent months. 715A Weather It was hot again Saturday across Texas, and it could get even hotter today. With the possibility of a bum ban on the horizon, temperatures could reach triple digits today. See page 2A for a look at the forecast.Index Abby..............................................2B Business....................................5-6B Classified................................1-12C Crossword....................................2B Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Movies..........................................2B Obituaries.................................3A Sports...........................11-12A,    14A Today............................................2A Television............................Montagewww.herald-zeitung.com Key cod* 77Driver in July 8 accident facing charges Canyon Lake woman’s blood/alcohol level found to be more than twice the legal limit By Heather Todd Staff Writer A Canyon Lake woman’s blood/alcohol level exceeded twice the legal limit at the time of a fatal collision a month ago on Farm-to-Market Road 306, a Texas Department of Public Safety official said Friday. DPS Trooper Jim Shea said the 31-year- old woman had a blood/alcohol level of 0.26 at the time of the accident. The legal blood/alcohol limit in Texas is 0. IO. The woman was driving a Ford Mustang when it collided with a Ford Thunderbird on FM 306 about noon on July 8. Joshua Rutherford, 3, of Canyon Lake, was riding in the Thunderbird. He died two days later at University Hospital in San Antonio. Three other passengers — Brian Hollek, 12, Kyle Hollek, IO, and Annette Webb, 59 — were critically injured and airlifted from the scene to University Hospital. The driver of the Mustang could be charged with one count of intoxication manslaughter and four counts of intoxication assault. If convicted of the second-degree felony charge of intoxication manslaughter, she could face two to 20 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $10,000. Conviction on a third-degree felony charge of intoxication assault could result a prison sentence of two to 10 years. Shea, a DPS officer for 20 years, said the accident was difficult because of the death of Joshua Rutherford. “It also seems to be worse when there are kids involved,” he said. The accident occurred about two miles south of Farm-to-Market Road 2673 and FM 306, across the street from Murray Homes, Inc., 10637 FM 306. Witnesses said the Thunderbird was See DRIVER/9A Packing the bus AMANDA BECK/Herald-Zeitung Communities in Schools director Chris Douglas (left) accepts a donation of school supplies Saturday from Acie McAda at H-E-B, 651 S. Walnut Ave. CIS began its fourth annual “Pack the Bus” fund-raiser this past Friday. The drive provides supplies to students and families who cannot afford them. Shoppers fill stores for tax-free buys By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer Taking advantage of tax-free shopping this weekend meant battling traffic, crowds and heat. “It’s a madhouse,” shopper Enereida Melendrez said. The San Antonio resident drove to Austin Saturday morning with tftree kids in tow and headed back south through the day, making stops in San Marcos and New Braunfels to take advantage of Texas’ first sales tax holiday. “There was bumper-to-bumper traffic,” she said. “The main parking lot in the San Marcos outlet stores is closed (because) it’s so full.” Finding a parking spot in New Braunfels wasn’t easy either. Motorists circled the lot Saturday after-Shop Til You Drop WHAT: Tax-free shopping WHEN: Until 11:59 p.m. today at all Texas retailers Clothing and footwear less than $100 are exempt from 8.25 percent sales tax. noon at New Braunfels Marketplace, 651 North Business 35, in search of any available space. Inside, stores looked just as crowded. “We’re very, very busy,” a Bugle Boy Outlet clerk said. “I’d say we’ve had about IOO customers an hour. It’s been crazy.”Se© SHOPPERS/9A Abstinence workshop insertion criticized By Heather Todd Staff Writer Parents of local middle and high school students found more than the usual waiver forms in student registration packets this summer. A flier for an abstinence seminar, sponsored by Comal County Christian Pro-Life Foundation centers. was included in some school registration packets and caused concern for some. The free seminar, “Partners for Purity,*' is scheduled for I to 5 p.m. Aug. 21 at New Braunfels High School gym. It features guest speakers Pam Stenzel and Dr. Kurt Frederick. Les Sutton, the father of a Canyon Middle School student, said the flier was included in his son's registration information, picked up this past week. “Whether I am in favor of or oppose the position of this particular organization is irrelevant I feel that it is inappropriate because it implies the school is promoting certain philosophy or beliefs,” he said. Joannie Grumbles, director of the Crisis Pregnancy Center, said the center asked staff at all local middle and high school campuses to prov ide the information to parents and students during registration. According to the flier, the focus of the seminar is “challenging and inspiring today s youth to understand the values of personal responsibility, selfdiscipline and character.” Grumbles said, “We are not going into the schools. It’s not a school-sponsored event, but they are making them available because it affects the kids who go to school there.” Tax dollars are not being used to fund the event. Grumbles said. The Crisis Pregnancy Center, an outreach of Comal County Christian Pro-Life Foundation, is renting the New Braunfels High School gym. Sutton said he did not see a problem w ith schools having the fliers available on tables for parents and students to pick up but not in the packets. “It should not be forced on parents ” he said Nancy Cobb, C1SD administrative assistant to the superintendent, said campus principals decided whether to put the fliers in registration packets. She said the distnct was not promoting any particular philosophy or political beliefs. “We are not taking a position on it; we're just See WORKSHOPS PERI STONE-PALMQUIST/Herald-Zeitung Enereida Melendrez of San Antonio helps her son pick out new shirts Saturday at Bugle Boy, 651 North Business 35. Shoppers filled stores, taking advantage of tax-free buys. ;

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