New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, December 14, 1999

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

December 14, 1999

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 14, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas NEW FBI 3 3 2 hO 09 SOWHS I MICROPUBLISHING li27 F YONDELL PflGO TX fl PRSO IX 73303 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 Nov 18 14 pages in a sections December 14 1999 Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Lions Club bell ringer Altenhoff 72 mans the Salvation Army kettle while R Michael Clark 61 makes a contribution CYNTHIA HeraldZeitung Holiday child care options available BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The upcoming holiday break can be a blessing for kids but a chal lenge for parents For students the twoweek hol iday break from school means only one thing two weeks without homework or tests For working parents the Christ mas break means finding inex pensive safe and educational activ ities to occupy tfierchiiareribefore school resumes in January Parents always have the option of enrolling their children in daycare centers Many local daycare cen ters will be open during the holiday break for parents who work or who have last minute Christmas shop ping Some local child care centers such as Happy Days Day Care Hansel and Gretel Child Develop ment Center and Lollipop Kids Child Development and Learning Center will be open on weekdays but will be closed Christmas Eve and New Years Eve Although kids will be out of school some local daycare providers said the number of par ents needing daycare services usu ally dropped during the holidays Sharon Wiedenfeld director of Hansel and Gretel Child Develop ment Center in New Braunfels said many families took vacations during the holidays or had rela tives in town to look after the chil dren With school out a lot of the older children will look after the younger ones It really slows down during the she said But for parents who cant take days off during the holidays sev eral organizations offer youth pro grams and camps for children YMCA of Comal County is offering a Christmas camp for chil dren ages 4 through 13 at Memo rial Elementary school 1900 S Walnut Ave The program will run to 6 Monday through Dec 23 and Dec 27 through Dec 30 The program also will be avail able Jan 3 YMCA director Ginny Eanes said parents needed to register children for next weeks sessions by Wednesday Parents must reg ister children by Dec 22 for ses sions the next week Eanes said the deadlines helped coordinate staff each day The Christmas camp costs for all nine days of the program or per day Eanes said about 50 children participated in the Christmas camp Holiday giving rings their bells Salvation Army bell ringers prove to be a resilient bunch BY CYNTHIA CIELUCH HeraldZeitung Correspondent We see them and especially we hear them every year during the holidays They are as much a part of Christmas as candy canes carols and Frosty the Snowman They are the bell ringers more than 400 in New Braunfels alone Friendly folks who stand outside of stores collecting money in large red ket tles for the less fortunate All the while they constantly jingle their distinctive bells and cast out holiday greetings to bustling shoppers Lions Club member Bill Kolodzie 74 has been ringing bells for three years and loves every minute of it My favorite part is knowing that Im working for The Salvation Army because they are doing such a great job all over the said Kolodzie a land surveyor and retired elementary school principal Thats the main reason Im ringing the bell I dont mind giving up my time and my he said The Kettle Campaign is probably the most important and wellknown part of the Salvation Armys fund raising efforts Millions of dollars are donated each year See BELL Remembering the children WAI Amanda Farrar attends the candlelight vigil organized by local support group Children Forever at Landa Park on Sunday for the National Childrens Memorial Day Farrars brother Danny Shea was killed in a car accident this past January Many gathered in Landa Park for the ser vice which was conducted to remember children who have died Bond list increases to BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council removed no items Monday from a proposed list of bond projects that if approved could more than triple the citys tax rate in the next four years Instead council actually boost fist by rntwe than million to cover the cost of purchasing property on the south side of Walnut Avenue The esti mated increase Monday brought the Walnut expansion project up to about million Rather than focus on ways to trim the project list council voted on ways to bundle projects on the ballot see which could be brought before voters in May In an interview Friday Mayor Stoney Williams said council would try to pare down the list at Mondays meeting Otherwise wed go from hav ing one of the lowest tax rates in the state to one of the he said In an attempt to possibly cut some street projects Williams asked if sales tax revenue 4B money could fimd some of those propositions but was told this wasnt an option 4B cant handle projects cost ing hundreds of thousands of dol city manager Mike Shands said Council did not discuss alter nate ways to fund parks and recre ation or fire and police projects If the million worth of projects were approved a resident owning a home with a taxable val ue of could pay a year in city taxes by 2004 according to preliminary city pro IN OTHER ACTION Council voted Monday to bundle proposed bond projectsslrvthefoltowmg categories Streets and drainage Walnut Avenue Public safety Fire and police com munication Recreation center Olympic pool and sports complex Park improvements jections That same resident cur rently pays The total projected property tax rate could increase from 31 cents currently to 62 cents in 2001 in 2002 in 2003 and in 2004 Bond repayment is only one rea son for the substantial increases The cost of maintaining staffing and operating certain approved bond projects also would impact property tax If taxpayers agree to raise taxes to build a fire station for instance the city needs to staff and maintain that fire station A bond would not fund staffing and maintenance needs instead the general fund would need a boost Council would decide how to fund that boost but one option would be a tax rate increase This would be decided in the budget process which includes public hearings INSIDE Key code 76 Donate to the Cheer Fund at the HeraldZeitung 707 Landa St from 8 am to 5 Two adults two children injured in Marion accident BY CHRISTINA MINOR Staff writer MARION Four people were hurt Monday afternoon in a headon colli sion on FarmtoMarket Road 78 west of Marion An unidentified Seguin man in his early 20s driving a small passenger ear east on FM 78 crossed the center lane and struck another vehicle driven by a a 63yearold male motorist also of Seguin Marion Police Department patrolman Anthony Plaid said names of those involved in the accident would not be released until an investigation had been completed Plaid said he believed a tire blowout might have contributed to the accident Two children who were passengers of the 63yearold motorist were flown to University Hospital in San Antonio One child suffered an unspecified head injury the others face was cut by bro ken glass The 63yearold suffered a broken arm and knee and the other motorist had a broken collarbone Con ditions on the victims were unavail able at press time No charges had been filed as of late Monday Plaid said Fire and rescue personnel tend to a motorist who was Injured during a headon collision Monday afternoon near Marlon Four people Including two Injured In the accident ;

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