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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 26, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas 20332 H009 SOWEST 2R7 E D Vol 148 No 200 14 pages in 1 section August 36 1999 Tp opv A Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Fire destroys duplex New clothes among items lost in morning blaze BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer A mother grandmother and four children were forced out of their duplex early Wednesday morning after a fire ravaged a neighboring unit and their attic Smoke pervaded their twobed room red brick home at 123 Morales Court off FarmtoMar ket Road 725 soaking their clothes rugs and bedding with its stench School clothes purchased Satur day with a gift certificate from a boss also were lost But 7yearold Edward Hernan dez a firstgrader at Memorial Primary and 6yearold Ramon a kindergartner at the same school attended the first day of classes Wednesday I tried to pick out clothes that didnt smell too said their mother Yvette Hernandez She did the same for 2yearold Jonathan and 3yearold Karisa who spent the day with their father while Yvette put in a full day at Debonair Cleaners 130 S Inter state 35 Yvette said their loss wasnt sub stantial We didnt have much to begin she said The HeraldZeitung is accepting donations for the family at its office at 707 Landa St Other homes along the duplex lined court all owned by the Hous ing Authority of New Braunfels were not damaged Susie Guerrero who lives nearby at 119 Morales was the first to notice the fire at 121 Morales a vacant unit connected to the Her nandez home Guerrero said she saw the flames through her shades and could smell smoke through an air conditioning vent How To HELP WAI Karisa Hernandez 3 and brother Jonathan 2 stand in their living room Wednesday where damage from an early morning fire is evi dent New clothes for Karisa Jonathan and their older brothers were destroyed in the blaze They were Guerrero said That smoke was pretty Guerrero called 911 and woke up neighbor Ida Hernandez who lives at 117 Morales Yvette didnt know about the fire until Ida pounded on her bedroom window about 5 Wednesday It sounded like she was going to break the Yvette said She woke up grabbed her chil dren who share the bedroom with her and woke her mother Lupe I didnt know what was going Lupe said I followed her out and she said Look Mom a and I was like Oh my I didnt even Units were on the scene within five minutes of dispatch and report ed heavy smoke from both 121 and 123 Morales Three engines a command unit and one EMS unit responded with See The HeraldZeitung is accepting donations for the Hernandez family whose clothes were damaged by smoke in a Wednesday morn ing fire Edward 7 wears size 10 Husky jeans largesized boys shirts and size 2 shoes Ramon 6 wears size 6 pants smallor mediumsized shirts and size 13 shoes Karisa 3 wears size 3 pants and shirts and size 9 or 10 shoes Jonathan 2 wears size 4 pants and shirts and size 8 shoes Donations will be accepted at 707 Landa St during normal business hours For information call Rachelle Garza at 6256913 WAI Sunlight pours through the ceil ing of one of the bedrooms at 123 Morales Court A fire started in the attic in a vacant apartment next door and spread into the home of Yvette Hernandez her mother and four children Bids for river cleanup rejected by city BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer The Guadalupe River will soon be cleaned but the effort wont be funded with city money After three months of discussion New Braunfels City Council opted to reject all three bids Monday for tourismrelated cleanup on the Guadalupe and Comal rivers Since its so late we decided to hold it and do it next Mayor Stoney Williams said Friends for Rivers will conduct their annual vol unteer cleanup Sept 18 on the Guadalupe And Ramon Sons of San Antonio will start floodrelated cleanup work in the next few weeks on the Guadalupe between Faust Street and Grant Avenue as well as the Dry Comal Creek from Landa Street to Altgelt Avenue Council mentioned no plans to clean the Comal River Williams said the city would start looking for bids for tourismrelated cleanup on both the Guadalupe and Comal after the fust of the year Hopefully the process will be smoother than this time around Discussion started in May when District 2 coun cilman Larry Alexander made a motion during budget talks to allocate for river cleanup In June council approved a list of several ways the city could spend the including buying more trashcans and hiring park rangers The list was forwarded to officials in the parks depart ment who were directed to draw up proposals But in July council voted to seek bids on river cleanup instead of hiring their own personnel The city received no bids by its Aug 3 deadline The deadline was extended until Aug 23 and three contractors turned in bids all rejected by council Monday The bid proposal asked that vendors clean the surface of the water five feet down the islands and both banks a minimum of three days a week until Labor Day See Bulverde council votes to keep tax rate BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer of Bul verde will continue to pay property taxes based on an 18cent tax rate in 2000 but senior citizens will ben efit from a homestead exemption Bulverde City Council unani mously voted in favor of keeping Ate current 18cent tax rate Tuesday Alderman Rick Cravens initially voted against the 18cent tax rate because be said it built the citys reserve funds too high He also said he wanted the city to develop a term plan to gain a better under standing of the budget I believed that the tax rate could be lowered until we No 1 find something to do with the reserve Cravens said I think the budget will cover all the expendi tures in the coming year With the 18 cent tax rate I think the reserves will be a little However in a second vote Cravens cast his vote for the 18cent rate Cravens said he made the change because voting against it would only prolong the issue City secretary Elaine KassThomas said if Cravens voted against the tax rate it would have required a revote because Alderman Bill Krawietz was absent An ordinance setting the tax rate requires a fourfifths majority vote of the council Cravens said It would have been a 41 vote no matter how it goes And the county was waiting for our See TAX INSIDE Abby Classifieds Comics Crossword Forum Movies Obituaries Sports Today Television Key code WAI Jarrett Ellis right opens his schultute Wednesday with help from his brother Jacob and mother Becky Bradbury Giving kindergarten students a schultute or school bag is a German family tradition First day has special meaning for local family Schultiite or school presented to new students BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer Forget about firstday jitters for kindergartner Jarrett Ellis While many of his peers might have been anxious about starting school Wednesday morning Ellis was sharing a Ger man family tradition spanning generations The Memorial Primary student received his first schultute German for school bag filled with his favorite candy and school supplies The schultute is a coneshaped gift made out of poster board and filled with small gifts wrapped in tis sue paper Hes been really excited about getting said Becky Bradbury Jarretts mom More than students in New Braunfels Indepen dent School District headed back for classes Wednesday Many were dreading the return to classrooms and homework but the day couldnt come soon enough for Jarrett Jarretts older brother thirdgrader Jacob got a schultute on his first day of kindergarten The tradition of giving kindergartners a gift on the fVKi of schooi is not commonly practiced in the United States but Jarretts grandmother Gertraud McCamant said it was a cus tom she had carried on for two generations For more than 30 years McCamant has made a schultute for her own children including Jarretts mom and for seven grandchildren McCamant a German native said she decided to continue the tradition of giving schultvites as a way to make the day special for the youngsters and to calm their fears about the first day of school No child in Germany goes to school without them The government even gives them to underprivileged children if their families cant afford she said McCamant decorated the outside of Jarretts schultute with markers She said the schultiites given to children in Ger many were more elaborate They buy them there I saw pictures of some firstgraders who had some as big as they were But I make she said Jarretts schultute came complete with a poster of Michael See FIRST WAI Jarrett Ellis grandmother Gertraud McCamant dis plays a photo of her son with his schultute on the first day of school