Sunday, September 26, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 26, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas ITUNG Vol 146 No 222 54 pages in 5 sections September SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 Fair parade in pictures Staff photographers Wai Li and Amanda Beck spent this past Friday morning capturing images from the annual fair parade Get a glimpse of what they saw in Lifestyle Tough toss New Braunfels suffered a 287 defeat against San Antonio Roosevelt but Canyon and Smithson Valley posted football victories this past Friday night stocks slip Wall Street investors reported a disappointing run of trading this past week and local experts say comments by a Microsoft executive might have fueled the downward spiral Brokers said they expected the stocks to rebound quickly WEATHER Expect cloudy skies and highs in the 90s today Lows will be in the 60s to near 70 See page 2A INDEX Abpy Business 56B MOD Crossword 2C Forum 6A 4A Movies 14B J 2A Television Montage If s last call at Landa Station Local bar closing Monday night owners say hepatitis scare caused business to dwindle BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Owners of a local bar and live music venue are closing their doors for good Monday after watching business dwindle because of a hepatitis scare more than a year ago Theres going to be a little less live music in New said writer Paul McLaughlin And it seems like theres a little less every McLaughlin has played at Landa Station 381 Landa for about 20 years Irene and Gary Smith have owned the for nine of those years but said they couldnt keep it open any longer If we could hang on longer we Gary Smith said But Jhe restaurant has too much bag gage he said made evident by a sign out front Landa Station is closing September 27 Thank you Former county judge Carter Casteel is one three individuals named in a still pending federal civil suit against Comal County and the city of New Braunfels alleging county and city officials violated their civil rights during the 1997 Hepatitis A outbreak The Smiths and Derrick Tillman a pre vious employee who was diagnosed with Hepatitis A filed the suit against Casteel Comal County New Braunfels sanitation officer Joe Lara the city of New Braunfels and former Comal County Nurse Shel McWilliams The suit has been filed in the US Dis trict Court Western District of Texas San Antonio Division According to the plaintiffs petition Cas teel held a press conference Jan and released the name of Landa Station as employing a waiter with Hepatitis A See LANDA Champion steers Above Tray Garzas steer was named grand champi on and American breed champion on Saturday at the 106th Comal County Fair Garza a member of New Berlin 4H is a student at Marion High School Left Rathbums steer was named reserve champion and European breed cham pion Rathbum also attends Marion High School and is with Marion FFA See page 4A for more fair results CHRISTINA Council will discuss fees for drainage BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council will discuss Monday what kinds of drainage projects need funding from public drainage fees In a recent meeting members of the citys Drainage Advisory Committee said they were unclear what council wanted fees to fund routine drainage maintenance or fees to cover more expen sive construction projects or both The committee which has met regularly since June said they needed more direction from coun cil I find it difficult to bud get for something when we dont know what were bud geting committee sec retary Mary Cunningham said The difference between maintenance and capital improvement projects is substantial The citys master plan estimates yearly drainage maintenance costs at about a year But one capital improvement project can cost more than double that city officials have esti mated the Church Hill Drive drainage project for instance at million Fees to fund such pricey projects would be higher than fees to fund only drainage maintenance projects See COUNCIU9A MEETING WHO New Braunfels City Council WHEN Monday WHERE New Braunfels Munici pal Building 424 S Castell Ave TV Time Warner Cable channel 16 Group opposed to NBISD bonds takes to air Plane carrying banner flies over parade route BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Hundreds of local residents and outof town guests lined San Antonio Street this past Friday morning to see colorful floats and marching jiands but many of them saw another display they werent quite expecting Just minutes before the Comal County Fair Parade made its way down San Anto nio Street a plane bearing the banner No More Bondage Vote No on NBISD Bond Oct 2 flew over the heads of spectators in downtown New Braunfels New Braunfels resident Phillip Leach who owns the plane said a group orches trated the flyover to voice opposition to New Braunfels Independent School Dis tricts million bond election Early voting for the election ends Tues day NBISD patrons will decide the fate of the bond issue on Saturday Leach said the group which does not have a name consisted of about 150 resi dents who opposed any bond election in the Comal County area The principal of the thing is all Leach said Those who use the facilities should be the ones paying for it rather than the entire Leach played a role in a similar demon stration against Comal Independent School Districts bond election He flew a plane over CISD central administrative offices before the May 1 election Both propositions in the CISD election passed Leach said the group opposed the cur rent system of public school funding REAVES Nurturing Program helps local families become healthier happier BY HEATHER Tooo Staff Writer Family nights have become rou tine in the Doyle household A least one night a week Tracie Doyle and her three young sons spend an evening watching movies or playing games as a family My husband Keith Doyle has school on Thursday nights so usual ty we do something that night But we try to do something special every Trade said We like to rent movies or go out and get something to eat and have a The practice of having family nights was something Trade said she picked up during an intensive 12week parenting skills program The Doyles were one of about 10 families that participated in the Nur See which taxes all property owners Why should the elderly or people who dont have children in the schools or will nev er have children in the schools have to pay for facilities they will never use he said Superintendent Ron Reaves said the district was proposing the million plan to provide the best leanv Tracie Doyle center and her three soni Caleb 7 Cody 2 and Joshua 5 look over a booklet they made as a family during a Program session this past fall During the 12week pro gram Tracie said1 she learned different parenting styles WAI UHeraWZettung