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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 5, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW I PELS Vol 149 No 12 44 pages in 5 sections December 5 1999 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE UT cant hang on Nebraska and its fierce defense herded the Texas Longhorns in a 226 win Saturday in the Alamodome Nebraska captured the Big 12 title as the Longhorns B Waited Si Nick Have you seen this man Witnesses reported see ing him around New Braunfels Saturday night and reports are he will be making an appearance today at the Sophienburg Musem and C 9A Spirit of sharing Students in New Braunfels and Comal school districts are collecting canned goods to share with needy families and veterans in our area Find out how you can help them make a WEATHER After a warm Wassailfest on Friday look for things to cool off today and early this week For the complete forecast see Page 2A INDEX Flood victims called before building standards panel BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer Two flood victims will face the Building Standards Commission Monday about their flooddamaged properties that have gone untouched during the past year At a recent meeting New Braunfels City Council considered extending dead lines given to property owners affected by October 1998s flood but took no action on the item Five homeowners were targeted with letters from the city giving them one year MEETING WHAT Building Standards Commission meeting WHEN Monday WHERE Citys municipal build ing 424 S Castell Ave or until the anniversary of the Oct 17 1998 flood to rebuild sell or demolish their flooddamaged homes Thats less than onehalf of 1 percent of the flood city manager Mike Shands said Two of the five homeowners have not complied he said The commission will have public hear ings for both the Dixon family who owns 1493 Sleepy Hollow and the Sparkman family who owns 245 Rio Drive After the hearings the commission will decide whether action will be taken The commission could vote to demolish a damaged structure at the owners expense but that probably wont happen Monday city attorney Floyd Akers said The property on Sleepy Hollow prob ably just needs to be boarded up and weeds mowed as far as the building standards commission is he said Well probably be happy with New Braunfels resident Leonard Dixon who lived at 1493 Sleepy Hollow when the 1998 flood struck said 16 feet of water went through his home knocking its worth from to See Wassail this about WAI Brenda Freeman of New Braunfels and Dan Chapman of San Antonio take a sip of wassail served at Johnson Furniture 283 S Seguin during Wassailfest Friday night Thousands filled the streets of downtown Friday night for the seventh annual Wassailfest Revelers sampled 50 different kinds of the beverage whose name means to your Compassion Care 489 Main Plaza made the most popular wassail with this past years winner Johnson Furniture coming in second Third place went to The Scooter Store 277 W San Antonio St WAI Above Choir members from New Braunfels Middle and OakRun schools perform Christmas carols under the direction of Ryan Van Amtwerp in front of Gallagher Real Estate Inc Right Mariachi Ecos de America perform in Main Plaza NB gets discount at light display Tuesday City residents can drive through for BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST f Staff Writer New Braunfels residents will be admitted for a reduced price Tuesday at the citys third annual drivethrough light display Instead of paying a carload New Braunfels residents with proof of resi dency can go through the Holiday Riv er of Lights for a carload This is meant to be an early Christ mas present for residents to see their Christmas lights at a discount Don Ferguson assistant to the city manager said This past year the city sponsored a free night for New Braunfels residents Last year it was free It was a gift after the Ferguson said This year its still a gift but we decided to charge a nominal The 52day light display opened in Cypress Bend Park on Nov 12 and at least vehicles have passed through since then Ferguson said Crowds have been he said Were heading into the busy He said the number of vehicles was See RIVER OF LIGHTS WHAT Holiday River of Lights WHEN through Jan 2 HOURS 6 to Sundays through Thursdays 6 to on Fridays and Saturdays including Christmas Eve Christmas and New Years Eve WHERE Cypress Bend Park on Peace Avenue at Common Street TICKETS Admission is a carload Tuesday for New Braunfels residents with proof of residency Admission is normally a carload JONAS Comal launches new bus schedule School bell schedules also changing this week BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer School start and end times and bus schedules in Comal school district will change beginning Effective Monday all elementary1 schools except Frazier Elementary will begin at 8 and end at 3 Secondary schools in CISD including middle and high schools will start at and end at Frazier Elementary will start at and end at because of bus scheduling and traffic Most elementary schools in CISD previously started at or and ended about 3 or Secondary schools previously started at or and got out at or School officials said the changes would improve efficiency in the transportation system and allow some students to get home sooner Parents of children who ride buses should have received specific pickup and drop off information during the last week of November officials said Parents can contact the central administration office at 6258081 or their childrens schools to get information The new bus schedules are part of a plan to improve efficiency and reduce costs in the transportation system Trustee Lester W Jonas who developed the plan said the new bus schedules also would allow elementary and secondary schools to have consistent start and end times The new transportation system initially was approved by the trustees on July 28 It allows each geographical area to have separate buses for secondary and elementary schools which eliminates the need for double routes in most areas Ken Franklin director of transportation for CISD said The new system also will allow us to get secondary students home earlier in the Previously bus drivers had to transport ele mentary students to and from school before picking up secondary students Jonas said many secondary students often waited at school and did not get home from school until after 5 because buses were running other routes The changes to school start and end times and bus routes were scheduled to become effec tive at the beginning of the spring semester Franklin said the district would implement ing the new schedules two weeks before the winter holidays to allow the kinks to be worked out before the second semester starts on Jan 4
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