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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 25, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW 203 37 79903 PELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 199 22 pages in 2 sections August 25 1999 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Y2K forum reveals confidence in business concern for residents BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer SMITHSON VALLEY Local busi nesses and utility providers might be pre pared for Jan but the majority of Comal County could be left in the dark several local residents said Tuesday night About 20 residents turned out for the Comal County Y2K Forum at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative auditorium to get answers to pressing ques tions about the year 2000 issue Representatives from several utility providers and financial institutions includ ing New Braunfels Utilities the Lower Colorado River Authority and Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union gave an overview of the steps being taken to prepare for the new millennium Joane Rylander Y2K coordinator for the LCRA said the company had two plans including testing and checking all com puter and electronic equipment and devel oping a contingency plan The LCRA is a wholesale provider of power to local companies such as NBU and Pedernales Electric Cooperative Inc We will be ready We expect to provide reliable service and dont expect any major problems but if there are we will be ready to Rylander said Resident Mary Dee said preparing busi nesses would only solve half of the prob lem I am encouraged by what you are say ing but we have a serious problem Look at the crowd here tonight Not that many peo ple are interested As citizens we need to make people more aware of what they need to do to prepare such as getting food and she said Christina Smith with the American Red Cross of Comal County said the organiza tion was providing a free checklist brochure to residents to help them prepare for Y2K We are preparing for this as we would for any impending she said Recommended steps included Checking with manufacturers of any essential computercontrolled electronic equipment such as fire and security alarms appliances and electronic locks Stocking disaster supplies to last several days or weeks Keeping extra cash or travelers checks on hand Keeping your car gas tank above half full Planing to use alternative cooking devices and Having extra blankets coats hats and gloves to keep warm Robert Hunt with GVTC also advised residents to check with manufacturers or vendors of cordless telephones to make sure they will work Smith said residents could contact the American Red Cross office at 6061999 for more information See N BCA heads west Christian school begins classes at T Bar M today BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer High school students at New Braun fels Christian Academy will make history when they return to classes today In a rustic log cabin surrounded by the rugged beauty of the Texas Hill Country 32 students will begin the 19992000 school year at T Bar M Dont forget to slow down in school zones Page 2A Above New Braunfels Christian Academy senior Ben Engel applauds during Tuesdays orien tation session Right Tonja left and Tony Perez discuss curricu lum with math teacher Karen Buchanan WAI The move helped accom modate a boost in high school enrollment up from 21 students last year The new campus also will accom modate a graduating senior class the first in school history Stefanie Powell high school office administrator said the campus would have two graduating seniors this year Theyre our she said Representing half the schools new senior class senior Ben Engel said changing history was both exciting and challenging Its such a unique thing but it also comes with a lot of responsibility Youre plowing a path for others to he said Engel spent the past two years at the Christian school after attending Canyon High School as a freshman Engel said he was excited about the prospect of spending his senior year at the T Bar M campus I love the surroundings I think all the students are excited about it We have a lot of athletic students who are involved in sports so I think itll help meet those needs I think other students like it because its quiet So it really meets everyones T Bar M 2459 Texas 46 West is about five minutes west of the Chris tian school All elementary and mid dle school students resumed classes this morning at the original campus at 995 Mission Hills Drive The high school now occupies one existing cabin in a secluded area of the sportscamp The cabin is divided into four classrooms and one office with restroom facilities for boys and girls The Christian school employs five teachers at the high school campus who will teach classes under a rotating block schedule this year Powell said the classrooms were divided by subject with students in different grade levels mixed according to their educational needs We try to place the students in classes according to they need in order to she said Some times students come from other schools with different educational Karen Buchanan a math teacher said she believed the move would be beneficial to students and staff I think the natural setting is really motivating and good for the she said I think the teachers are all very excited about the recreational and educational opportunities Powell said the transition to T Bar M was a yearlong planning project In terms of the work the last few weeks we have really been busy mov ing things she said Buchanan said the transition to the new campus was easy We didnt miss a beat We just moved all our textbooks and supplies over without a she said Administrator Marcia Wall said T Bar M would serve as an interim facility for the next one to three years until a larger site or land could be found Powell said administrators then would buy land or another facility to house a second campus New Braunfels Christian Academy enrolled more than 400 students this school year The school has experi enced steady growth since expand ing its campus to the high school lev el in 1997 The school opened to ninthand lOthgrade students in the 199798 school year and added 11th grade the following year County wants publics input on its budget BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners could adopt a 2000 budget Thursday that includes a 6cent tax rate increase and a 5 percent pay raise for elected officials A public hearing on the proposed budget will begin 10 at the Commissioners Court meeting room on the third floor of the court house annex 150 N Seguin Ave Commissioners will not adopt the budget until after a second hear ing at Thurs day PUBLIC HEARING WHAT Comal County 2000 budget WHERE Commissioners Court meeting room third floor courthouse annex 150 N Seguin Ave WHEN Thursday Comal County Judge Danny Scheel filed the proposed budget on Aug 13 It is available for public inspection at the county clerks office on the first floor of the courthouse the county tax office the Dittlinger Memorial Library Bulverde Public Library and Tye Preston Library Scheel proposed a 2000 tax rate of up from this year For the owner of an average home taxes would increase by or percent compared with the 1999 rate The average home in Comal County was valued at in 1999 with a tax bill of The aver age home in 2000 would have an estimated value of and a county tax bill of based on the proposed tax rate The 2000 budget also reflects more than more in total expenditures Expenditure projections totaled and revenues were projected at Expenditures in 1999 totaled with in revenues County Auditor David Renken said most of the increase in revenue came from a projected increase of in property taxes in revenue from leasing space in the newly expanded jail and a increase in sales tax collections The proposed budget would give county employ ees a 3 percent cost of living raise in January Employees will be eligible for 4 percent merit rais es in July Commissioners also will consider giving them selves and other elected officials a 5 percent pay raise See INSIDE Key Code 76 Charter donor encourages others to support World War II memorial WAILVHerakJZeitung Evelyn Coker displays newsletters from the World War II Memorial Fund organization The New Braunfels resident is a charter member of the memorials fund drive BY PERI STONEPAUMQUIST Staff Writer A local woman was one of the first in the country to give money to fund a World War II memorial almost two years ago New Braunfels resident Evelyn Coker widow of a World War II veteran is anxious to see the fruits of her donations The World War II Memorial Society has raised more than half of the million needed to build its memorial in Washington but time is running out Coker said One thousand World War 11 veterans are dying a she said Theyre afraid there wont be any veterans Cokers husband a World War II veteran died in 1985 My husband was in World War II and served in both fronts Europe and she said And 1 just felt like 1 should do some Others have joined her citizens have donated 19 million according to the WWII Memorial Societys newsletter Corporations have donated million and foundations veterans groups and states including Texas have donated million About million still is needed See MEMORIALS   

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