Tuesday, February 8, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PEL HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 58 14 pages in 2 sections February 8 2000 TUESDAY Serving Gomal County since 1852 50 cents Carjacking leaves two dead one in jail BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Two people are dead and a San Antonio man is in custody after a carjacking in New Braunfels early Saturday morning resulted in a fatal collision in Marion John Lee 23 of San Antonio was taken into custody by Comal County Sheriffs deputies Satur day on a charge of aggravated rob bery after he and another suspect who was killed in the collision carjacked a New Braunfels cou ple Trooper Wayne Watson with the Texas Department of Pubic Safety in Guadalupe County said warrants for Lees arrest on two counts of murder also were filed by his office Monday Marion resident Misty Milligan 37 an innocent bystander in a parked car and 22year old San Antonio resident Larry Holt a pas senger in the stolen vehicle both were killed instantly when their cars collided in Marion after a high speed chase Lee remains in the county jail in lieu of a bond Aggravated robbery is a first degree felony If convicted he could face life or up to 99 years in prison and an optional fine up to New Braunfels Police Lt Mike Rust said an 18year old New Braunfels woman and a 21year old New Braunfels man were sit ting in a parked 2000 silver Chevrolet Camaro in the 300 block of Madrid in New Braunfels about Saturday Rust said two black males one armed with a gun approached the couple from the rear of the vehicle and forced them out of the car The men stole jewelry and a cell phone from the woman and about See Show time K JESSIE Smithson Valley FFA Junior Melissa Galloway took home 2nd place Sunday in Class 9 Brangus breeding Heifers at the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo Area students will be showing their animals for the next two weeks Farm bureau HEB check out for SOS Residents can donate to food bank on Food Checkout Day FROM STAFF REPORTS Local residents are encouraged to partici pate in Food Checkout Day Wednesday by donating nonperishable food items today and Wednesday to the SOS Food Bank Donations should be dropped off at HEB 651 S Walnut HEB and the Comal County Farm Bureau are sponsoring the event in con junction with National Food Checkout started in 1997 by the farm bureau By Wednesday the average American has earned enough money to pay for their food supply for the entire year just 40 days In comparison it takes 129 days to earn enough money to pay federal state and local taxes for the year A lot of people today take their food sup ply for Comal County Farm Bureau president Carlon Stapper said But Wednesday is a time for Americans to remember how plentiful safe and afford able food here is he said According to the latest statistics from the Agriculture Department the average Amer ican spends only percent of their dis posable personal income to buy food People in India however spend more than 70 percent said Emilee Trlica Comal Coun ty Farm Bureau agriculture program coor dinator We hope people will pay attention to their receipts when they check she said A large portion of grocery bills isnt food but rather items such as deodorant or dish detergent Trilica says We hope people will recognize that food is a she said And that people will recognize the need to help those not so fortunate she said Any food donated will be added to Comal County Farm Bureaus donation of worth of food and be given to the SOS Food Bank K JESSIE Former astronaut Sally Ride the first woman in space addresses a crowd at Southwest Texas State University Monday A womans amazing ride Former astronaut shares her View From Space BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer SAN first American woman in space Sally K Ride received a standing ovation Monday evening at Southwest State University for her soldout lecture entitled The View From The pioneer astronaut lectured at to a full house of about community members facul ty students and school children from all over Texas at SWTs Evans Auditorium Rides speech was the second annual James Lovell Lecture pre sented by the James and Marilyn Lovell Center for Environmental Geography and Hazards Research in the universitys department of geog raphy Rides presentation included a slide show that gave audience mem bers a guided tour of the earth from the breathtaking vantage point of space The space program has really revolutionized what we know about our own Ride said Ride described her introduction into the space program in 1978 as a 27yearold Stanford University graduate student finishing her in astrophysics Ride said she saw an advertise ment in the student newspaper that stated NASA would be accepting astronauts into the space program for the first time in more than 10 years since the Apollo program In a certain sense you could say I got my job by applying to an ad in the Ride said So keep watching those student newspapers you never know what will show In a certain sense you could say I got my job by applying to an ad in the Sally Ride former astronaut Ride became one of six women accepted into the space program and irr her would complete two Challenger missions and accu mulate more than 343 hours of space flight The corps of astronauts that Ride joined was a more diverse group than the Apollo astronauts who were all male and predominantly trained as pilots not scientists NASAs pioneering shuttle mis sions were completely different in concept than the earlier Apollo explorations Ride said They stood this kind of messy looking thing on a launch pad and hoped it too would slice up into the Ride said There was actually a lot of discussion con cern and analysis whether this was a good concept over the pluses and minuses of the The shuttle which orbits a couple of hundred miles from earth at miles per hour provides a more detailed view of the planet than the big blue marble that is seen from the moon Ride said Ride presented photographstak en from the shuttle that showed earthquake faults hurricanes veg etation in the ocean and on land highways smoke from fires glaci ers craters and erosion from defor estation The view of the earth during nighttime was even more spectacu lar than in daylight Ride said It is hard to take your face away from the window when you are on the night side of the Ride See INSIDE Key Code 76 Bed tax petition organizers out collecting signatures FROM STAFF REPORTS day Thursday and Friday 10 Residents interested in signing to 3 Pm Saturday and 2 to 4 a petition asking the city not to spend tax revenue on a convention center can go to Landa Park and the New Braunfels Public Library this week Petition organizers will be at Landa Parks Pavilion 6 from 10 am to 2 Tuesday Wednesday Thursday and Friday collecting sig natures Organizers will be in the parking lot at the library 700 Common from 4 to 6 Tuesday Wednes Sunday Residents need to bring their vot er registration cards to sign the petition which calls for the city to spend a minimum of per cent for maintenance and improve ment of the civic center historical restoration and preservation pro jects arts historic downtown and other historic buildings city operated promotional programs allowed by state law By state law expenditures fund ed through the citys 7 percent bed tax must be spent to promote tourism and must fit into certain categories outlined in the states tax code With about signatures on a petition or 30 percent of the number of registered voters who voted in the last general election council must consider the propos al according to city code If signatures of registered voters are rounded up council either could approve the petition ordinance as is or call a special election If council votes against the ordinance a special election is automatically called City council currently is consid ering whether to spend part of the citys bed tax revenue on a con vention center The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc pres ident Michael Meek said a con vention center could bring an addi tional in sales tax rev enue and in bed tax rev enue a year to the city It could offer a more steady source of sales tax revenue which funds streets drainage and various other pro jects he said According to a chamberfunded study by PKF Consulting of Hous ton a convention center would be used at least 228 days a year and attract more than persons a year Petition organizer Betty Dunkin said she wasnt convinced this area could support a convention center If the people dont come prop erty tax would have to make up the shortfall she said