Friday, August 20, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 20, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 78 PELS fT rm EL Pflso TX HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 196 22 pages in 2 sections August 20 1999 Comal County since 1852 50 cents Fish camp welcomes freshmen to NBHS Annual event eases fears about high school BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A new class of ninthgrade students learned Thursday theres more to high school life than jUst being a bunch of small fish in a big pond Freshmen walked into the annual New Braunfels High School fish camp with appre hensions about what die new school year would bring Ive been a little apprehensive about high School My mom thought going to the fish camp would help me get over my fears and learn what its all freshman Meredith Barnhill said For others the fourhour introduction to the LCRA weve got the power Record usage hasnt tapped out supply BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Local residents dont need to worry about power outages and blackouts despite recordhigh usage electricity official said Were in pretty good Lower Colorado River Authority spokesman Bill McCann said LCRA supplies electricity for 44 wholesale customers in Texas including New Braunfels Utilities The number of customers being served continues to increase NBU electric connections have increased percent in the past three years Because of this growth especially in the Interstate 35 corridor from New Braunfels to Georgetown electricity use is at an alltime high McCann said LCRAs highest peak demand for electricity so far this summer was megawatts versus this past summer Despite this no one has experienced blackouts he said Blackouts occur when customers use more power than is available LCRA generates power through a coalfired power plant near La Grange and two natural gas power plants in Bas trop and Llano counties It also relies on hydroelectric generators Our power plants have been operating at full McCann said And LCRA has been buying more ptower from independent power produc ers in Houston in order to meet demands for electricity LCRA signed a contract with the independent power producers in 1995 Although outages need not be a cpn qern expensive electricity bills during this hot season are hard to avoid SeePOWEFVSA Getting involved in activities and being a part of the school thats what Unicom Country and New Braunfels is all New Braunfels ISO superintendent Ron Reaves high school campus and student leaders was a way to meet up with friends after the summer break Whatever reason brought them to the high school gym more than 100 freshmen walked away a little more prepared for high school life when classes start About students in New Braunfels Independent School District will head back to class for the beginning of the 19992000 school year on Wednesday morning NBHS enrollment is expected to top students this fall with between 525 and 550 freshmen High school senior volunteers and members of the student council introduced students to the faces theyll see around campus NBISD superintendent Ron Reaves urged all students to become active in high school Getting involved in activities and being a part of the school thats what Unicorn Coun try and New Braunfels is all he said NBHS senior Ashley Michael said the fish camp which had been sponsored by the senior class for several years helped ninthgraders get used to the transition from middle school to high school Its basically to get them used to not being at the middle school We give them a tour of the school and we perform skits We can See FISH New Braunfels High School freshmen from left Ben Campos Kelly Griffin Wendy Kuhn and Megan Perro participate in an icebreaking activity at Thursdays fish camp and orientation session Schools cool WAI Kyle Hoegenauer a preflrstgrader at Goodwin Primary School points to his name Thursday during an exercise on the alphabet in MLiss Brockmans class Comal ISO kindergarten students began the 1999 2000 school year on Thursday Prefirstgrader Kayla Helmke finds the first day at Goodwin Primary a bit exhaust ing after her summer vacation All students in New Braunfels ISO will begin their new school year on Wednesday Take action on ozone High pollution levels could bring increases for gas fees BY PERI STONEPAUMOUIST Staff Writer Comal County residents could pay higher gas prices and vehicle inspection fees if ozone levels in the Greater San Antonio area exceed federal stan dards twice more this year Federal funding for future highway projects also could be cut We need to do our small said Michael Meek president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc Comal Bexar Guadalupe and Wilson counties are included in the San Antonio Metro politan Statistical Area which the Environmen tal Protection Agency currently considers an attainment or an area that measures below federal ozone level requirements But an air monitor recorded an average ozone level of more than 81 parts per billion ovef an eighthour period twice this month If that level is exceed ed two more times in 1999 EPA will consider designating the San Antonio Area a non attainment area a determination that could result in various penalties such as increased gas prices Meek suggested residents carpool to work keep See Share a ride to work or school Try to avoid mom ing rush hour traffic Walk or ride a bicycle Take your lunch to work or school Combine errands into one trip Avoid drive through lanes Postpone refueling until after 6 Dont top off your gas tank Postpone using lawn mowers until after 6 Keep your vehicle properly tuned to keep exhaust levels low INSIDE Kay County denies any wrongdoing with child support checks Mom didnt receive payments for a year BY PERI STONEPAUMQUIST Staff Writer A single mother who didnt receive child support payments for more than a year says the Comal County District Clerk office is to blame Denisa Lawler said the clerks office held her checks for more than a year without contacting her Officials in the clerk office however said Denisa would have received all 18 checks her exhusband sent if she had just lived up to her agreement in a court order In September 1986 Jim Lawler agreed to pay Denisa child support every month for their two children and Denisa was to supply Jim with a current address Jim paid Denisa directly not through the clerks office In September 1998 he wrote a letter to the clerks office explaining that payments he made for his children were returned to him from a post office box in Dallas He said Denjsa had not provided torn wife a new address but that he wanted to contin ue making regular payments Between September 1998 and June 1999 Jim made payments to the district clerks office which held the checks uncashed in a locked vault We were holding the checks in good faith thinking she would contact child support clerk Kathy Jurica said Denisa said she visited the clerks office several times but the checks were never mentioned to her until she came in at the end of July Jurica said Denisa Is visit in July was the first time she had seen her And Ive worked there for three she said In a letter to the HeraldZeitung Denisa asked How is it that a county agency can illegally accept and hold and as they put it were going to deposit for me and open a trust for my kids in child support for a year and fail to mention it to the legal recipient that would be me that it was even in their possession Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip said the district clerks office did nothing Jurica said it would be impossible for her to track down every child support recipient See