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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 2, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas BEST AVAILABLE COPY NEW PELS HERALDZE i DNG f Vol 149 No 75 14 pages in 2 sections March 2 2000 THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Chamber surveys members on bond propositions BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer Results of a survey sent out this past week could give the city a peek at how seven bond propositions will fare May 6 The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc sent out more than surveys asking members to check yes or no to the seven bond propositions Surveys are due back Wednes Political party for secession to meet in NB BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer A new political party advocating Texas peaceful secession from the United States chose New Braunfels for its first statewide party caucus this weekend at the Faust Hotel 240 S Seguin Ave Members of the Southern Party of Texas invite interested residents to attend a reception beginning at 7 Friday and a discussion on southern heritage issues and other party activ ities from 8 to noon Saturday at the Faust Hotel said Jaye K Curtis party vicechairman of communica tions We would like anyone of any race and creed who loves and supports the South and wants to reestablish the constitutional government of Texas to Curtis said The people of New Braunfels are known for their kindness and they are also the kind of people we would like to appeal The party which was formed in August also will have a closed ses sion Saturday afternoon where mem bers will elect permanent executive committee members approve by laws and covenants and elect dele gates to attend the Southern Party national convention whose date and location have yet to be announced Any new party members can attend the closed session and vote in the election Curtis said Saturday mornings activities also will feature poetry readings and guest speakers including Southern Party of Texas Chairman Patrick Leslie Southern Party of Virginia Chair man Jerry Baxley and Southern Par ty of Tennessee Chairman Madison Cook The Southern Party of Texas is a branch of the South ern Party formed in August 1999 in Asheville Disillusioned with the federal gov See day and will be made public before the election Itll give us an idea on how the election will Mayor Stoney Williams said But the city wont respond to the results of the survey he said The city isnt going to promote the he said We just put the propositions on the ballot and the citizens can decide from The chamber might not formally respond to the results either chair of the board Dennis Heitkamp said We really respond to our mem he said If the membership comes out 50 50 on something the executive committee probably wouldnt con sider formally supporting it he said But if the membership comes out 100 percent for a proposition wed definitely consider formal sup he said The executive committee already was pretty comfortable Support ing Proposition 1 million toward street and drainage improve ments Heitkamp said That was kind of a he said In previous surveys chamber members have listed infrastructure and drainage as top concerns espe cially after the October 1998 flood The chamber board was not so comfortable offering support on the other six propositions however They sounded good but some people had Heitkamp said The six propositions include for a police commu nication system million for fire department improvements and equipment million for park improve ments million for sports com plex million for activity center and million for Walnut Street improvements Chamber president Michael Meek said the board could not reach consensus on these propo sitions As it stands today the only thing we have consensus on is Proposition he said We decided it wasnt wise to take a stance on the other propositions until we consulted the member INSIDE Key Code 76 Handson learning Students experience science at Natural Bridge Caverns BY K JESSIE SLATEN HeraldZeitung Photographer Romping through the humid depths of the largest show cave in Texas Memorial Primary kinder gartners experienced geology hydrology and earth science first hand Wednesday Group after group of 5 and 6 year olds traversed the winding cavern walkway under the earth they studied in their classrooms Teachers and parents seemed to enjoy the outing too watching small eyes grow wide as students came upon each new eave Theyre just filled with won teacher Mattie Wackwitz said At this point learning for them is a Patient guides pointed out mas sive formations with whimsical names and explained the impor tance of conservation of natural resources to the students Classes such as Wackwitzs have been studying geology for the handson nip Theyve been learning about how the earth was formed the dif ferent layers of the earth the importance of soil erosion said Wackwitz They really absorbed Natural Bridge Caverns has become a major destination spot in Texas and according to owner Joye Wuest has a very good school business especially in the tricoun ty From preK to college school groups come to study treasures offered by the caverns We try to gear the level of information to the age of the said Wuest A learning packet available to teachers helps in their preparation of studies A short videotape on the cavern also is available at each local school library See K JESSIE Chase Akeroyd above strug gles to reach the top platform of the Natural Bridge Caverns dinosaur Wednesday Few of the kindergartners used the more sensible stairs to reach the monsters head Memorial Primary students left viewed formations of stalagmites totem poles and fried eggs in their trek through the caverns Five seek Pet 4 constable position BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer With just two weeks until voters cast their bal lots in the March 14 pri mary election the Repub lican race for Constable Pet 4 is heating up Five Wylie Queen Ben Scroggin Lee Hernandez J Ronald Star Carey and Jim QUEEN vying for the spot left vacant by constable Ed Mullins this year The winner in the pri mary will be unopposed in the Nov 7 general election and will repre sent the Canyon Lake area Two of the candidates running for the posi pays an annual salary of certified peace officers Hernandez 52 has lived in the Canyon Lake area for more than 20 years and became a certified peace officer in 1989 Hernandez has served as the chief deputy constable in Pel 1 for the past three years He also spent six years as a corrections officer at the Comal County Jail and was a Garden Ridge Police Department offi cer for three years Hernandez also is a licensed vocational SCROGGIN HIGDON HERNANDEZ nurse Hernandez said he is it qualified candidate for the position because of his background in law enforcement and his understanding of the job requirements The job would be rel atively going from Precinct 1 to Precinct Hernandez said As constable you have to assume liability for the people you serve and you have to understand how to execute civil If elected Hernandez said one of his focuses would be to increase the visibility of law enforce ment in the community to deter criminal activity For the past 12 years Higdon has worked as a deputy constable in Bexar County He is a certified peace offi cer and water safety officer and has an See
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