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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 16, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                IT NEW AUiiKFELs Vol 148 No 213 16 pgs in 1 section September 1999 TT A V County since 1852 SO cents Annual river cleanup is Saturday WAI Friends for Rivers volunteers clockwise from bottom right Matt Jennings Tom Talcott Ginny Daniel Bums Cleland Amanda Slaughter Billy Wofford Oust Blalock and Zero Rivers will pitch in and clean the Guadalupe River Saturday BY Enm MAORUDER Staff Writer Comal County residents will have a chance to pitch in Saturday at the ninth annual Lower Guadalupe River cleanup Volunteers will remove trash from about 20 miles of river from FarmtoMarket Road 306 at Canyon Dam along River Road to New Braunfels The event is organized by Friends For Rivers a local group formed to promote a balance between the conservation and the use of both the Comal and Guadalupe rivers active member Julie Swift said More than people came out this past year to pick up litter from along the shoreline and in the river See RIVER IF You Go What To Wear Volunteers should wear clothing appropriate for swimming or wading and shoes that will protect their feet from sharp objects Landbased volunteers should wear high top boots or shoes with nonskid soles Long pants and longsleeved shirts are advised What to Bring A flotation device or life jacket for each person as the river is deep in some places Sunscreen A long fish net golf ball pickup stick or gig to pick up trash Lunch and drinks What Not to Bring Too many items or anything that cannot be replaced Dogs or other animals Children shorter than 3 feet tall Who to Ask For Help Coordinator volunteers who will be stationed all along the river wear ing Friends For Rivers staff Tshirts Drainage committee puts work on hold BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer The Drainage Advisory Committee decided Wednesday it would put all work on hold until New Braunfels City Council provided more specific directions Id like to find out what they expect to come out of this president Hal Herbelin said The committee spent nearly two hours dis cussing whether it was to focus on drainage maintenance issues drainage capital improve ment projects or both The sevenmember committee has not accepted any proposed fees but continues to review an ordinance that suggests a possible fee structure to raise money for both mainte nance and construction of drainage facilities City council will have the final say on any fee structure the committee makes recom mendations to council We still have the cart before the committee secretary Mary Cunningham said We need to know exactly or have some idea what the costs are of how much money we need to raise I find it difficult to budget for something when we dont know what were budgeting City engineer Bolner said Youre cor rect we dont know what were funding Bolner handed out a list of drainage projects New Braunfels City Council might place on a future bond election all pricey capital improvement projects But some committee members said they thought the fees they were addressing were to fund only maintenance projects which would cost about a year according to the citys master plan Maybe we should address this as a main tenanceonly Herbelin said Cunningham said the committee should offer funding suggestions for the bigger capi tal improvement projects as well See Smile for the camera AMANDA Rayden Ritcher 18 months and his grandmother Fritzie Ritcher test out a sewer camera Wednesday night at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc Business Trade Show at the New Braunfels Civic Center The camera was on display at the Southwest Plumbing booth Plumbers use the camera to find problems in sewer lines The annual Business Trade Show concluded its twoday run on Wednesday Gunman opens fire at church Eight die seven injured in Fort Worth sanctuary FORT WORTH AP Eight people died and seven others were injured after a man dressed in black walked into a church service filled with teenagers Wednesday night pulled a gun and began shooting before fatally shooting himself police said Fort Worth police Lt David Ellis said three teen agers and three adults were shot to death inside the church in the citys southwest corner Another victim died at a hospital The shooter appears to have been in his 30s Seven others went to hospitals with injuries some of which appeared extremely critical Ellis said No victim names were available A pipe bomb exploded on a balcony inside the sanc tuary after the 7 shooting and a bomb squad was inspecting several suspicious packages found at the church Ellis said Shortly after 8 police told reporters and bystanders to get inside an elementary school across the street from the church because of the explosives Five wounded were taken to John Peter Smith Hospital two to Harris Methodist Hospital and one 12 yearold went to Cook Childrens Medical Center fire officials said Witness Christy Martin 17 told KDFWTV He was very calm and looked normal and was smoking a ciga rette The man walked into the sanctuary pulled a gun and began she said I just saw him point the gun and Scores of teenagers attended Wednesday nights weekly service because of the annual See You At The Pole ceremony The annual gathering where students affirm their faith and concern for the problems of soci ety by holding prayer time around their schools flag pole began in 1990 as an emphasis of the Texas Baptist Convention It takes place on the third Wednesday of September Dax Hughes the churchs college minister said at least 150 young people were inside the sanctuary when the gunman arrived See EAA directors approve habitat conservation plan FROM STAFF REPORTS SAN Edwads Aquifer Authority board of direc tors recently approved a contract to develop the first phase of a Habitat Conservation Plan The plan will address the protec tion of species considered endan gered or threatened in Comal and San Marcos springs two of the ie points The plan also will i that could become listed w endan gered or threatened by the US Fish and Wildlife Service Without the plan the EAA could be prosecuted under the federal Endangered Species Act US Fish and Wildlife Service officials said Phase 1 of the HCP which includes public participation data collection and analysis is expected to be completed by Jan Phase 2 which includes preparing and fflihriitting thft plan is scheduled to to completed in March 2002 INSIDE Woman was moving into home one day before fire damaged it BY PERI STONBPALMOUWT Staff Writer A woman had started moving into a home on Momingside Dri ve the day before fire ravaged it New Braunfels Fire and Res cue officials reported that 2912 Momingside Drive had been vacant but Shelley Thompson said she started moving in on Sunday one day before a fire caused in damage Thompson said she had moved out three months ago but started to move back on Sunday A cursory inventory revealed she lost all of her business records a television videocas sette recorder refrigerator stove dining room table recliner and toys belonging to her three chil dren ages and 13 Thompson is owner of Wolf gangs Keller Restaurant and Bar 295 E San Antonio St I start to think about some thing I need and then 1 realize I lost she said Thompson said her Dustbuster left recharging in the kitchen started the fire The Dustbuster experienced an internal short spaiking flamis that engulfed nearby shelving and traveled into the attic of the wooden house   

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