New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 22, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

August 22, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas f 0112 9 77 C3 pr7 F YHNDELL BR lllolY FPiO TX 79903 RALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 192 52 pages in 4 sections August SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Bracing for Bret Cities on the lower Texas coast were evacuated Saturday as Hurricane Bret gathered strength The storm the first to threaten the area in more than a decade is expected to make landfall later today Go caving Looking for a way to beat the heat Why not step into one of our areas under ground caves These natural wonders are located in Comal Kendall Williamson Burnet and Hays counties Find out more in vLifestyte Volleyball tournaments Area high school teams had strong showings at weekend events The Unicorns and Cougarettes lead the way with firstand secondplace finishes respectively 711 A WEATHER Hurricane Bret will give many dry areas of Texas some ample page 2A for the forecast TANGLED WEB Internet service provider problems caused a delay in updating our Web site on Saturday We apologize for any inconvenience INDEX Businessman protests potential ordinance 1 Business owner John Howard uses a mannequin to protest a proposed city ordinance on dis playing items on sidewalks BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer A Main Street business owner showed his disgust with a proposed city ordinance by hanging a mannequin with a rope around its neck from the stores sign on Friday A copy of the ordinance Council was pinned to the man preview nequins black Tshirt Paqe This store has a sense of humor that is a little outra said John Howard owner of Picket Fences 264 W San Anto nio St He said the ordinance New Braunfels City Council will consider at its meeting Monday was equally outrageous Does the council have noth ing better to do than annoy us business owners Its absurd to have to pay to help business John Howard Downtown business owner If its adopted as is the ordinance will require storeowners to pay permit fees to display anything on the sidewalks outside their stores They will be required to pay to the city for every subsequent year Its just sort of Howard said Does the council have nothing better to do than annoy us business owners Its absurd to have to pay to help business own But Main Street director Lynn Fountain said the ordinance was intended to help business owners The existing ordinance does not allow storeowners to place anything on the city owned sidewalks although many said this law was not strictly enforced Main Street officials said they believed stores should be allowed to have displays on the sidewalks to attract business A five person subcommittee of the Main Street boards Design Review Committee worked on the ordinance for one and a half years What this ordinance is going to do is See Office Plus closes WAI St Johns Episcopal Church secretary Colleen Ejathon reads about Fridays sudden closing of Centex Office Plus 904 S Seguin Ave She planned to return office supplies she had purchased recently Owners Dennis and Cash Hermes are declaring personal bankruptcy and decided to close their business Competition with national chain proved difficult for local business BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer A local momandpop office supply store closed its doors Fri day because of financial hard ship which Editorial came as a sur PanefiA Prise to cus rageoa tomers staff alike Dennis and Cash Hermes owners of Centex Office Plus 904 S Seguin are declaring personalbankruptcy and shut down their 15year operation Its been Dennis Hermes said on Friday The upshot is we dont have the cash DENNIS AND CASH HERMES to compete in When Office Depot a national chain supply store opened at Interstate 35 and Texas 46 in Jan uary Centex experienced a loss in customers he said The store couldnt continue to offer low prices and compete with others See Teens urged to abstain from sex BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer About ISO area teens heard the mes sage loud and clear Saturday the only safe sex is sex after marriage Nationally known speaker Pam Sten zel told parents and teenagers about the risks of prenwital sex during the Partners for Purity abstinence seminar at New Braunfels High School gym The event which was not school sponsored was organized by Comal County Christian ProUfe Foundation to teach teens and their parents about preg nancy and aexualty transmitted diseases Dr Kurt Frederick a speaker from the Medical Institute of Sexual Health also shared the problems usually asso ciated with nonmarital pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases Stenzel who worked nine years as a counselor at a crisis pregnancy center offered a biblicallybased discussion of sexual issues God created sex and sex is a great thing but God created it with bound aries God created sex for she said If you remember onry one tiling from today remember that if you have sex outside of a permanent monogamous relationship you will pay a price You have to decide what that cost will be and how much you are willing to Stenzel said she wanted to educate teens so they would know the conse quences of their decisions Teens and their parents were separat ed into two groups for questions and discussions One local high school student who asked not to be identified said she attended the seminar to become informed about the risks of having sex SeeTEiNSftA NBISD bond will repair not replace high school Officials New one will be needed within decade BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer A new high school for New Braunfels Inde pendent School District is not included in a proposed million bond package But school and other D Lee local officials said it could Edwards be necessary in the next files for eight to 10 years school board District voters will head Page 4A to Oct2 to cast ballots for a million overhaul of all district campuses and facilities including million for repairs and renova tions to New Braunfels High School Early voting for the bond election will begin Sept 15 The districts 37member facility task force developed the plan to address steady student growth and upgrade aging campus facilities The committees proposal was scaled back from an million plan by Total Program Management a school management and plan ning company based in Grapevine NBHS infrastructure needs The plan calls for 20 percent of that million to pay for repairs and expansion of New Braunfels High School built in 1964 NBISD maintenance director David Owens said the campus needed substantial infra structure repairs including work on the public address system electrical system air condi tioning and classroom lighting Much of the schools structure dates back to the original building Committee member Leo Chafin who pushed for a new high school gym as a trustee during the 1994 bond issue said extensive repairs were needed at the football stadium He specifically noted adding stadium seat ing replacing all wood in the stadium bleach er structure and adding an elevator to the press box Chafin said the repairs were needed now Ite going to take five years to get started on these projects and I dont want us to wait and be faced with unsafe Chafin said Superintendent Ron Reaves said expand ing the high school versus building a new one was a major topic of discussion I think that for the the issue boiled down to additional plans for this high school facility If a new high school had to be built down the road NBHS could still be uti lized for educational he said Reaves also said building a new high school now would not address infrastructure needs at NBHS If we build a new one now this facility will still have renovations and repairs needed he said NBHS principal Keith Garinger said he sup ported renovation projects at the school Ive spent the past two years since Ive been here looking at what we could do and Im excited about getting the chance to see the See HIGH SCHOOU3A ;