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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 10, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW PELS Ml I Ulf I h I I SHIN HERALDZEITUNG Vol 148 No 254 22 pgs in 2 sections November 10 1999 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Volleyball showdown Canyon and Smithson Valley GAME BY BILL OCONNELL Sports Editor One team has never been this far The other has made a routine of postseason success although a coveted state champi onship still eludes it Smitiison Valley High Schools volleyball team will make its first trip to a regional final at 6 Thursday The Rangers will take on the Canyon Cougarettes a team thats made a habit of deep playoff runs Both teams advanced to Thursdays final at Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio with wins Tuesday Rangers Smithson Valley 31 9 Cougarettes toppled Corpus Christi advance in Calallen at a match held 4A semis Beeville Canyon 25 Page 8A 7 stormed past Pleasan Unicorns ton at the Alamo Con season ends vocation Center in San in Austin Antonio Page 8A The Rangers and Cougarettes split a pair of matches earlier this season Smithson Valley visited Canyon on Sept 28 and lost The Rangersexacted a measure of revenge and took possession of first place in District 274A with a win at home over Canyon on Oct 15 The Rangers went on to win their district A win Thursday would catapult Canyon into the Class 4A final four where its season ended this past year Firstyear coach Heather Sanders said the SANDERS team had talked about a return to the state semifinals in Austin a number of times this season Fortunately I came to a place where thats what kids expect to Sanders said At Smithson Valley getting this far hasnt satisfied the teams desire A chance to knock Canyon out of the playoffs only sweetens the deal Oh yeah its Canyon and its a Comal County rival Itfc going to be a huge Smithson Valley coach Margaret Mitcham said WHO Canyon Cougarettes vs Smithson Valley Rangers WHAT Class 4A Region 4 Final WHEN 6 Thursday WHERE Blossom Athletic Center 12002 Jones Maltsberger San Antonio Tribute to service WAI Vietnam War and Korean War veterans Norm Dack front and ed Tuesday at the Sophienburg Museum and Archives for Joseph Zakrzewski back study the WWII memorabilia exhibit Veterans Day Schools to celebrate Veterans Day BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Students throughout Comal County will show their patriotism Thursday by partici pating in activities honoring local veterans Veterans Day is celebrated each year to honor the men and women who have served in the military About million veterans live in Texas with in Comal County During the day Thursday students in New Braunfels and Comal independent school districts will thank those veterans for their ser vice as well as those who lost their lives for their country Theatrical performances guest speakers and flag raising ceremonies are just a few of the activities taking place at area campuses CISD State Sen Jeff Went worth RSan Antonio will speak at Bill Brown Elementary School 20410 Texas 46 West at 9 WENTWORTH Thursday Wentworth will partici pate in a Veterans Day program that includes a performance by the Smithson Valley High School band and Color Guard Goodwin Primary School 1297 Churchill Drive is sponsoring Veterans Day activities in conjunction with a rededication ceremony for the school Students and staff will reded icate the new school along with a flag pole ceremony at The flag pole cere mony is in memory of Charles Schandua a former music teacher and veteran Bulverde Elementary students will partic ipate in a short play with patriotic songs at 8 Thursday A speaker from Randolph Air Force base will address the students Teachers also will help students learn the meaning behind the Buddy which are donated by the Comal American Legion At Mountain Valley Elementary School fourthgrade students participated in a Vet erans Day program Tuesday night The pro gram America This Dream is our Commissioners to discuss possible groundwater district FROM STAFF REPORTS Comal County Commissioners will discuss the possibility of a new groundwater conservation district Thursday morning in Commission ers Court A law passed this year by the state legislature empowered Comal Coun ty commissioners to create a South east Trinity Groundwater Conser vation District Comal County offi cials had asked the legislature for the power to create an underground water district over the Trinity Aquifer to protect the water resources However the request was lumped in with 20 other water districts in a bill sponsored by State Senator Buster Brown The bill limited the powers of the water districts it created Under the law The Southeast Trinity Groundwater Conservation District will have the authority to control well permits over the aquifer but lack the authority to conduct elections assess taxes make long term management plans have emi nent domain issue bonds or annex and consolidate districts The districts are allowed to regu late but not prohibit the transfer of groundwater out of the district County Judge Danny Scheel said Commissioners would decide Thurs day whether they want to move for ward with the creation of the groundwater conservation district Commissioners also will discuss the powers duties operation and financing of the district Since the law creating the districts prohibits elections the county must appoint board members Scheel said commissioners prob ably would appoint directors next week Another item on the countys agenda is to adopt a resolution endorsing roadway projects for the Texas Department of Transporta tion Rural Transportation Improve ment Program will conduct its annual meeting next Tuesday to get public input on transportation projects in the community projects will be selected from the requests submitted The projects requested by the county will include a list of improve MEETING WHAT The regular meeting of the Comal County Commissioners Court WHEN Thursday WHERE Commissioners Courtroom Comal County Courthouse Annex 150 N Seguin ments to roadways such as Texas 46 and Highway 281 said county engineer Tom Hornseth We have had good luck getting our projects approved in the Hornseth said Commissioners also will vote on the acceptance of two petitions to create rural library taxing districts in Bulverde and the Canyon Lake area Supporters of both the Tye Pre ston Library and the Bulverde Com munity Library want voters to approve special taxing districts to generate funds and meet the growing needs of the communities they serve Recently the Texas Legislature passed a law that gave rural libraries the power to create the districts The proposed districts will generate revenue from a percent age of the sales tax within the geographical boundaries of the districts The sales tax does SCHEEL not include gro ceries or prescription medications The libraries are seeking to raise the sales tax cent If passed the sales tax in the Canyon Lake area will go from cents to cents and sales tax in the Bulverde area will increase from cents to cents County Judge Danny Scheel encouraged the libraries to establish the districts as part of a plan Jo decrease the amount of county dol lars spent on contract services as those provided by the The taxing districts will allow the libraries to grow as the areas qut there he said v If the taxing districts are estab lished the county will not include funding for the libraries in the 20Q1 budget INSIDE Abby 7A Classifieds B Crossword 2B 7A Forum 6A 4A Movies 7A Obituaries 3A Sports OA Today 2A Television 2B www Key Code Future of LCRA sign uncertain BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer The landmark LCRA sign atop the Comal Power Plant could be back by January but not necessarily for good As part of ongoing renovation of the 73yearold plant on Landa Street the Lower Colorado River Authority recently removed the tin LCRA letters that have perched atop the city landmark since the 1940s And plenty of people have noticed We already had a phone call about LCRA environmental supervisor Kenneth Launius said New Braunfels resident Betty Lou Rushing who chaired a city com mittee brainstorming ways to use the old plant explained the sign was his toric of the she said part of the building Theres so many memories of it You can see that building from all over the Rushing said she was eager to see the letters go back up but the old letters never will be part of the land mark again They were all rusted Launius said They werent in good And the white letters were coated with leadbased paint which poses health hazards he said So LCRA is paying Sign Con nections of New Braunfels about to build a new sign with the same dimensions and depth as the old The old letters will be used as a template Phoenix Welding and Machining in San Marcos will build the signs SeeCQMAUSA The Comal Power Plant on Landa Street is missing its sign but not necessarily for good Amanda HeraldZeitung   

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