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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 20332 79 PELS SOUEST niCROPUBLI SUING 2627 E YfiNDELL DR EL PESO TX 79903 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 207 54 pages in 5 sections September 5 1999 Qf A V ServinS Coma County since 1852 INSIDE Fair section The Comal County Fair is just around the comer Find out all you need to know to get your cake plant antique handmade item or livestock entered into the 106th annual Comal County Fair See our special Comal County Fair section in todays Herald Zeitung Wins at around Smithson Valley and Canyon win their season foot ball openers on Friday giving Comal County a clean sweep in week Bowling dub marks 89 years Bowling is a German sport so its no surprise the sport has a large fol lowing in New Braunfels Read about the Freiheit Bowling Club which traces its history back 89 years WEATHER We need rain and theres a strong possibility it will arrive today See page 2A INDEX itoy New library to open Oct 16 WAI LVHerakfZeitung The New Braunfels Public Library 700 E Common will open its doors on Oct 16 Dittlinger will close two weeks before that BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer The New Braunfels Public Library will open to the public Oct 16 city officials said Friday We are excited about our librarys new Mayor Stoney Williams said Our goal was to design and construct the most inviting efficient economical and low maintenance library possible within the citys bud get and that goal has been The existing city library the Dit tlinger Memorial Library 373 Mag azine will close permanently 6 Friday Oct 1 Citycontracted movers will take two weeks to relocate books equip ment and furniture to the new site at 700 E Common St Were trying to keep the close to a library director Vickie Hocker said The move should be a smooth one she said We have spent several weeks mapping where things will During the transition patrons should return library materials at the See NEW At your service WAI Pete Resales a staff member at the New Braunfels Community Service Center supervises the centers thrift shop at 132 Caddell Lane Clothing donated by area residents is sold at discount prices Community Service Center fills a void BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Twentyfive years ago needy people in Comal County didnt have a place to go Theyd stop at church after Sunday services sometimes telling the same story and receiving the same items a loaf of bread carton of milk or some money to pay the rent Not only did they have to go searching but churches often duplicated each others efforts and resources In comes the New Braunfels Community Service Center 132 Caddell Lane Those duplications have become much less frequent director Suzie Garcia said The center acts as a hub for information and referrals for the community coordinating with local agencies and churches a service it has provided since the beginning The center was established with a seed grant from Aid Association for Lutherans but center founder Carl Feltner said he didnt know how to use the money initially Here we had money and wanted to do something with it but we didnt know what to he said The grant money was an award to the local branch of Aid Association for Lutherans a national insurance company Feltner was president of the branch See WAI Service Center director Suzie Garcia helped out before and after the flood Garcia leads the way BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer When the flood came in October 1998 Suzie Garcia was there coordinating relief efforts and helping people get back on their feet When the floodwaters recessed leaving See Fire threat increases in Comal BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Life without rain is becoming a lot more dangerous for Comal County residents Drought and unrelenting high temperatures for the past three weeks have resulted in an extreme wildfire threat that spans most of Texas The dryness of even the living vegetation has reached such critical levels that this past Monday President Clinton declared a state of emergency in Texas to provide federal assistance to areas struck by the intense fire hazards The assistance covers about 200 counties including Comal Hays Guadalupe and Travis counties Feder al aid will be used to save lives protect property public health and safety and lesson the threat of cata strophe from fire activity To put the wildfire danger into perspective the Texas Forest Service relies on the KeetchByram Drought Index said Mark Stanford head of the rural fire defense section of the Texas Forest Ser vice KBDI is an indicator of the moisture in the living vegetation Stanford said By measuring the amount of moisture in the soil KBDI can accurately calculate the fire danger for a particular area The KBDI scale ranges from 0 to 800 and anything measuring between 600800 points indicates an extreme fire danger Stanford said On Aug 27 New Braunfels measured 657 on the KBDI scale The average index for this time of year is from the lower to mid 500s Stanford said For the past week the drought index has measured an average increase of four points a day in the New Braunfels area Right now things are very bad in Comal Stanford said At an index level of over 600 all of the vegetation is extremely dry not just the dead stuff This means all of the vegetation can catch on fire which produces more heat spreads faster and is hard er to put And if the heavens do not open up pretty soon conditions could get even worse said Comal County Fire Marshal Lin Manford It is so dry out here all you can see from an air plane is brown and Manford said We need the rain really bad or next week we could be pushing the maximum on the Rain forecasts for this weekend predict a 40 percent chance of thunderstorms and showers in New Braun fels according to the Antonio branch of the See FIRE Growth has NBISD concerned about future needs BY HEATHER TODO Staff Writer With more than new residences on the way within New Braunfels Independent School District boundaries school offi cials are hoping a million plan to expand campuses will help stem the tide of growth A million bond package to upgrade and renovate district campuses will be put to district voters Oct 2 Early voting begins Sept IS School officials said the bond projects were necessary to keep up with a trend of slow steady growth in the district a trend that shows no signs of stopping In 1990 the Census Bureau report ed New Braunfels had a population of The Texas State Data Center estimated the 1997 population for New Braunfels to be well more than NBISD watched stu dent enrollment figures steadily climb in the past 10 years as new residential developments popped up along the southern and northern bound aries In the school year NBISD bad a total student enrollment of This REAV school year enrollment is more than students Total Program Management a school facilities planning and management com pany estimated the district would grow to more than students in the next eight to 10 years Superintendent Ron Reaves said he was confident the districts growth would meet TPMfc projections While enrollment at district campuses was not exceeding school capacities Reaves said overcrowding would be a con cern in the next few years We are getting tight at Seele Elemen See PART OF A SERIES The HeraldZeitung takes a look this week at the Oct 2 bond issue for New Braunfels Independent School District Coming up are TUESDAY Upgrading older campuses WEDNESDAY Improving campus quality of life care of maintenance kitchen facilities FRIDAY How wiU the bond issue affect your taxes See Page 10A for more
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