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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 7, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 208 12 pages in 1 section September 7 1999 TT Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Comal River tubers keep cool Monday at the Tube Chute near Prince Solms Park Safety on the Comal and Guadalupe rivers was a major concern as thou sands of recreation Ists flooded the city during the Labor Day weekend WAI Lawmen tourists report smooth ride BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer Despite laige crowds and temper atures in the upper 90s the Guadalupe and Comal rivers pro vided relatively smooth rides for both law enforcement and tourists during Labor Day weekend For a holiday weekend things were pretty toneddown at the said Deputy Ken Hamil ton of the Comal County Sheriffs Department Most people just came out to have a good Twentysix die on Texas highways during holiday See Page 4 Sunday saw the biggest crowd of the weekend when law enforcement officials estimated more than people were on the Guadalupe The Gruene location of Rockin R River Rides rented rafts and tubes to about people Sunday said Donavon Rivers manger of the out fitters first crossing location which is further up river I was very surprised because we were about 75 percent busier this weekend than Fourth of July week Rivers said Thanks to the good job that law enforcement is doing the situation out here has remained under Although no fatalities were report ed at either rivers as of late Monday afternoon the weekend did not go by without its share of incidents Hamil ton said We had a serious head injury in See SMOOTH Byebye Beanie WAI Julie Schubert owner of From Here and There Antiques and Gifts 647 S Seguin displays Maple Special Olympics bear the most expensive Beanie Baby at her store The bear retails for Schubert said sales had tripled since Ty which makes the bean bag animals announced it would retire all its Beanies on Dec 31 End of year brings retirement party for Beanie Babies BY BETTY TAYLOR Staff Writer Oh baby please dont go seems to be the resounding cry among thousands of col lectors who are trying to come to grips with the recent news of a Beanie Baby retirement On Aug 31 Ty the maker of Beanie Babies announced on its Web site On December CST All Beanies will be Y2K seems to have lost its status as the top issue of the new millennium The new worry now seems to be whether Beanie Baby collectors will have the opportunity to complete their sets without going broke before 2000 The Ty announcement has sent collectors scurrying to stores and driven up prices on the Beanie Baby black market When asked how she felt about the retire ment announcement one local collector let out a long tortured sigh There are 13 new said Diane who asked her last name not be published to make sure her collection would not be stolen She frequently visits local stores to check on new Beanie Baby arrivals but demand is high The flea markets will be selling them at such high prices that I am afraid 1 wont be able to get she said The price range for Beanie Babies at local stores ranges from to but prices out side of retail stores often begin at for hardtofind Beanie Babies Diane has been collecting Beanie Babies for nearly two years and owns 175 of the bean bag animals My stepmother began giving them to me as gifts and then I began to shop for her and myself she said See WA The Comal Cemetery on Peace Avenue is a frequent tar get for vandals who steal benches or deface tombstones Genealogy group fights vandalism at local cemetery BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Stealing benches or vases from a cemetery or defacing tomb stones is no way to treat the sacred restingplaces of our ances tors officials from historical groups say Yet that is exactly what has happened at Comal Cemetery on Peace Avenue Sexton Larry Herrmann who has patrolled Comal Cemetery for five years said he noticed an increase in theft the past cou ple of months The city contracts Herrmanns services through Maintenance Management a private contracting company based in San Marcos Theres been an increase in the theft of Herrmann said But if people dont contact me or the police department we wont know about A month ago at least one bench from the cemetery was stolen but Herrmann said hed noticed three missing hi another incident a month ago someone drove a van around the cemetery tearing up grass and driving over tombstones A lot of people dont respect the said Connie Krause vice president of the Comal County Genealogy Society But its the final resting spot of our In response to the vandalism Krause and others are sponsoring a public workshop from 9 to 3 on Sept 18 at the ceme tery to teach people to respect and restoration See INSIDE NBISD bond package will update older campuses BY HEATHER Toon Staff Writer Aging campuses in New Braun fels Independent School District many more than 50 years old would get a major facelift under a proposed million bond package About million or more than 40 percent of the districts proposed bond money will be used to fund campus improve ments and major renovations at all NBISD campuses The bond package will be put to voters Oct 2 Early voting begins Sept 15 NBISD patrons interested in obtaining more information about the bond proposals can get a free publication outlining the bond pro jects at the districts Education Center 430 West Mill St School officials said the dis tricts older campuses many of which were built in the early 1900s were in need of major upgrades to electrical lighting air conditioning and communica Some district patrons ques tioned the use of taxpayer funds to renovate aging and outdated cant puses rather man building new Trustee Carlos Campos said the LamarLone StarSeele attendance area which includes most of the West End would welcome a new school Its not only the amount of the improvements but there hasnt been a new building in mat part of town for quite some he said campuses was the most costeffec tive answer During the last bond referen dum we spent money on improvements for a lot of these campuses and to turn around and walk away now is not the most appropriate thing for the taxpay he said The renovations and improve ments also will keep these cam puses viable for years to Reaves also said it would be 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 Improving campus quality of life THURSDAY Taking care of maintenance kitchen facili ties FRIDAY will the bond issue affect your taxes See Page 4 for more
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