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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 26, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS O Illl llll I HERALDZEI f ONG Vol 148 No 233 14 pages in 2 sections October 26 1999 HPy TT A Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Monster mash WAI New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams celebrates Halloween on Monday with employees of The Scooter Store 1551 N Walnut Ave Results of fair survey inconclusive Association members split on whether or not to find a new home BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Results of a survey asking whether the Comal County Fair should stay put or find a new home were inconclusive The Comal County Fair Association membership as a whole is evenly split about staying or Comal County Fair Asso ciation president Nathan Rheinlander said The fair has called a 34acre site off Com mon Street home for 106 years but the coun ty has grown considerably in that time I see four longterm planning committee chair Doug Miller said We can stay and do nothing find another home acquire property and look to move in five or 10 years or try to revitalize the fair To evaluate the mem berships vision for the fairs future the longterm planning committee sent out surveys to all 650 members at the end of August Glocal Vantage a business and economic development consulting firm in Austin col lected and compiled the data Results were announced this month There was consensus in that the mem bership feels the tradition of the fair and RHEINLANDER 106 years of heritage should be Rheinlander said Responses also indicat ed that the fair should be he said although results did not make clear whether that should be onor offsite To respond the fair association is forming a development committee to assess the needs of the various departments and committees including livestock rodeo dance horticul ture arts and crafts carnival and others Were going to be looking at everyones needs and seeing what will best serve die fair See MILLER A Red Ribbon day Canyon Intermediate School student rep resentatives from left Robin Prosha Ryan Schumacher Van Anderson and Alex Soto sign a commitment to be drugfree Monday the first day of Red Ribbon Week The v commitment will be presented to New Braunfels Mayor Stoney Williams The week is com memorated national ly urging communi ties and local gov ernments to address the problem of drug abuse WAI Comal County students begin week of drugfree activities programs BY HEATHER TOOD Staff Writer Students across Comal County are see ing red this week From pinning red ribbons to their T shirts to dressup days students will be showing support for drugfree schools through Friday Local school districts and the city of New Braunfels are sponsoring a number of different activities in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week The national Red Ribbon Week cam paign began as a protest to the killing of an undercover United States Drug Enforce ment agent in Mexico DBA agent Enrique Camarena was tortured beaten and mur dered by drug dealers in February 1985 As news surfaced across the country groups angered by the killing urged local communities and governments to the problem of drugs In 1988 First Lady Nancy Reagan began an eightday Red Ribbon Week campaign Don Ferguson assistant to the city man ager said the city encouraged all residents to take a stand against drugs in the work place in schools and in the community by wearing red ribbons As part of the citys Red Ribbon cam paign residents are urged to wear red clothing in addition to red ribbons on Wednesday On Thursday Crimestoppers phone lines will be manned from 6 to 9 to take information on drug dealers in the community Residents can call 6208477 or 800 6408422 to report drug activity Crimestoppers will offer cash for informa tion leading to the arrest and conviction of a drug dealer At New Braunfels Middle School sev enthand eighthgraders participated in a pep rally and released red and white bal loons Monday afternoon to show their commitment to drugfree schools Members of the NBMS student council performed a skit testing their fellow peers about how to react when offered drugs Students from the audience got up and told their classmates to say no to drugs and walk away At campuses across Comal County stu dents signed drugfree pledge cards and learned the history behind Red Ribbon Week At Canyon Intermediate School Monday morning fifthand sixthgraders signed See RED Council denies metal building moratorium Watsons proposal amendments fail to receive approval Monday night BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer It was a busy but unsuccessful night for New Braunfels District 6 cpuncihvomanJuliet Watson The item she put on the agenda for Monday nights meeting didnt pass and amendments she made garnered no seconds Council decided not to impose a sixmonth moratorium on the issuance of new building permits for metal buildings It also voted down Watsons proposal to free the city from pay ing for electricity and an amendment asking future businesses to pay their employees more than to qualify for certain property tax cuts Metal buildings Watson said she didnt want New Braunfels character compromised especially in the down town area with metal buildings New Braunfels has such Watson said WATSON A moratorium would last until the Planning Commission could come up with an aesthetics ordinance a directive council gave at their last meeting But this ordinance wouldnt just target metal buildings District 2 councilman Larry Alexander said He argued that Watson was unfairly targeting metal buildings despite councils decision at the last meeting to address aesthetics broadly Well have to include cinder block buildings and anything else peo ple dont Alexander said New Braunfels residents also gave input on the subject One resident said she found metal buildings but several other speakers asked council to rethink the moratorium I certainly do take Perry Wingfield said because thatfc how I make my Ben Wingfield agreed and said Its not right to pass an ordi nance based on your Electricity Taxpayers didnt have as much to say about a proposed amendment freeing the city from paying electricity starting in 2009 Council was considering an ordinance authorizing the issuance and sale of million in bonds for New Braunfels Utilities to fund system According to the ordinance the city would not be allowed free ser vice a policy that has been in affect since the 1940s SeeCOUNCtUSA Receiving a gift of love Childrens center residents receive handmade quilts BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff Writer CANYON LAKE For three months Lil lian Blaschke of Orange Grove worked six hours a day making quilts As the stack of her handiwork grew higher and higher Blaschke came closer to her goal providing handmade quilts to all the resi dents at New Life Treatment Cen ter at Canyon Lake The center provides care for girls ages 11 to 17 with severe emotional and behavioral problems resulting from abuse and neglect Earlier this month Blaschke presented die center with 31 quilts she made while a group of women from Round Rock presented anoth er 10 quilts Their donations meant all 41 girls at the center would have a new warm in time for winter Blaschke became interested in the center after a discussion with Lutheran Social Ser vices See Ashley 16 a resi dent at New Life Childrens Treatment Center at Canyon Lake shows off her handmade quilt made by Lillian Blaschke of Orange Grove Blaschke and a sewing group from Palm Valley Lutheran Church in Round Rock made 41 quilts for the girls at the center CHRISTINA HerakJZeitung INSIDE Key code 78   

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