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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 27, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW TUHli Ul n U 7 HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 72 44 pages in 5 sections February 27 2000 Qy A xr Serving Comal County si since 1852 INSIDE State contender Smithson Valley High School senior Renee Clark returns from the UIL State Swimming and Diving Meet with fourth place honors She finished 10 points away from third B Watercofor mont New Braunfels Art League cel ebrates the third annual March is Watercolor Month in New Braunfels by placing art in busi nesses and offering demon strations 71C On track See the NBHS Invitational Track meet B BURN BAN The ban on outdoor burning has been lifted until 6 today Residents planning to burn are reminded to do so with extreme caution because of the dry conditions Residents are required to call the Comal County Sheriffs Office at 6203408 and provide dispatchers with the location of the burn INDEX Week Key code 77 Officials eye dams to prevent flooding BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Comal County is leading the pack in its efforts to prevent the devastation of the October 1998 flood from happening again Comal County Judge Danny Scheel and county engineer Tom Hornseth gained regional support for county flood control projects Friday when they met with the Corps of Engineers GuadalupeBlanco River Authority and city and county officials at Texas Lutheran Uni versity in Seguin The group provided input into a Corps of Engi neers Reconnaissance Study that will look at the feasibility of selected watershed projects on the Guadalupe and San Antonio River basins Hornseth presented the pre liminary results of a study iden tifying five potential dam sites that would have a significant impact on flooding in the coun ty and also benefit downstream communities If the Corps includes the county project in its study it could lead to federal funding for the construction of the flood are estimated to cost between and mil lion The countycommissioned study indicated the dams four on the Guadalupe River and one on a tributary to the Dry Comal Creek would reduce water flow at the con fluence of the Comal and Guadalupe rivers by 40 per cent The engineering analysis also predicted the dams could con tain a flood of the same mag nitude as the 1998 flood which some predicted to be off the charts to the 100year flood plain Hornseth said If we can keep it down to a 100year flood even in an extreme event then everybody Hornseth said See ERIN County Engineer Tom Hornseth left and GBRA General Manager Bill West right discuss five potential dam sites in Comal County Searching for clues Communications group organizes mock hunt for missing children ERIN The Comal County Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team mans the control center Saturday afternoon as vol unteers comb acres in Saturdays mock search training exercise BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer Eightyearold Jessica Williams and her threeyearold brother Mikel Williams have been missing since Friday evening when they were allegedly abducted from a Comal County residence by their noncustodial father and another man who is a suspected child molester The two men were last seen about Friday in a vehicle entering the Demi John Ranch off FarmtoMarket Road 311 in the Bulverde area The above description was part of a fic tional scenario given to more than 100 area search and rescue volunteers Saturday morning who participated in a mock search organized by the Comal County Radio Emergency Associated Communications Team and the Heidi Search Center for Miss ing Children in San Antonio Volunteers gathered about 10 at the Demi John Ranch off Rebecca Creek Road in Bulverde to begin scouring about acres of terrain by air horseback and on foot for any traces of the two young victims in the simulated abduction By the first grisly clue had been found A tiny white sock was retrieved by a ground search team and carefully pre served in a plastic evidence bag Before the days end bloodhound teams and cadaver dogs would help volunteers locate the bodies of two murdered chil dren See Primary early voting begins BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal County residents can cast their ballots starting Mon day for local state and presiden tial candidates running in the March 14 primaries Early voting for both Democ ratic and Republican primary races begins Monday and goes through March 10 from 8 to weekdays at the Comal County Courthouse Annex 150 N Seguin See sample on the 8A first floor in room 101 Comal County residents also can participate in early voting at temporary early voting polling locations March 4 HEB 651 S Walnut 9 to 5 March 6 Canyon Lake Action Center 1941 Farmto Market 2673 in Sattler 10 to 7 March 7 Bulverde Com munity Center 1747 E Ammann Road in Bulverde noon to 7 March 8 Garden Ridge Municipal Complex 9357 Schoenthal Road in Garden Ridge noon to 7 Applications for early voting by mail will be accepted at the Comal County Clerks office until March 7 Applications must be mailed after Feb 25 Included should be name registered address address to which the ballot should be mailed reason 65 or older See Real estate appraiser seeks District 3 position BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer A residential real estate apprais er filed Friday for the District 3 New Braunfels City Council seat currently represented by Randy Vanstory Gale OHara Pospisil 54 was the first to file for the position Tobin Hoffman is her campaign treasurer Vanstory said he would not seek reelection in order to devote more time to his business Pospisil said she looked forward to serving her neighbors and friends in District 3 which is split by North Walnut Avenue and bordered by Landa Street to the south the city limits out side Loop 337 to the west and north and California Boulevard to the east The district also includes areas west of Loop 337 within city limits including the Timber Hollow area Pospisil moved to New Braun fels in 1983 when she married POSPISIL Vladimir Pospisil who already was a resident The couple has six chil dren are scattered from Anchorage Alaska to Dripping Springs and four grandchildren In 1985 after 11 years as a sales representative for the Process Con trol Division of Honeywell she earned her real estate license She started a family business Pospisil Appraisal Service in downtown New Braunfels in 1987 Pospisil is a statecertified resi dential real estate appraiser and a See Kendrick files for District 4 council seat PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer A retired architect who ran for mayor this past year filed Friday for the District 4 New Braunfels City Council seat currently represented by Jan Kotylo Robert Kendrick 61 is the second person to file for the open spot His campaign treasurer is wife Betty Kendrick Dave Pry or 35 a self employed life insurance agent filed for the seat Wednesday His cam paign trea surer is Jay Rogers owner See KENDRICK   

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