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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 5, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW 1KFELS HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 77 42 pages in 5 sections March 5 2000 A V Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Hopes alive New Braunfels High School Girls Soccer looses to Austin Bowie but retains chance at playoff Road to recovery Local woman donates time to help cancer patients deal with hair loss following chemo therapy treat ments Inside New Braunfels in the 21st Century Business Industry HERALDZBITUNG Take a deeper look at the busi nesses and industries of the area in the HeraldZeitungs first section of HorizonsVlnside todays HeraldZeitung INDEX Week Key code 77 Residents prepared to oppose Walnut plan BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer The Walnut Avenue bond proposition is just too expensive a group of residents said Saturday Its a colossal waste of Bill Baskerville said Baskerville and six others met Satur day at the home of Carolyn and Michael Burrow to discuss ways to defeat the million bond proposition that will go before voters May 6 The City of New Braunfels has said it will use the million to buy up 33 properties on the west side of Walnut and expand the street into four lanes with one continuous turn lane for about seven blocks The actual bond proposition is more vague and legally gives the city more flex ibility The issuance of of general obligation bonds to construct street improvements to Walnut Avenue includ ing drainage incidental thereto and the acquisition of land and the proposition reads Baskerville told the group gathered Sat urday that the project would actually cost and million over the 20 years because of interest costs Anyone who supports a million boondoggle is liberal he said Besides others said the pricey project wont really work Traffic will continue to be slowed by trains they said and less expensive options exist Council hasnt looked at any alterna Don Talley said The group suggested ideas like oneway routes and righthand turn lanes as well as extending Loop 337 Those in favor of the expansion argue Walnut is the only major northsouth thor oughfare in town and needs to expand to accommodate existing traffic The group gathered Saturday a cross section of residents living near Walnut and other parts of the city said they needed to focus on the cost of the project to defeat it The Burrows and others are passing out pledge cards asking people to commit to a no vote on Proposition 7 The group also discussed putting up signs and passing out fliers Calmer days ahead L National Weather Service meteorologist Al Dreumont points out a doppler weather radar map Dreumont is retiring from the NWS after 38 years of service Dreumont leaves the National Weather Service after 38 years BY ERIN MAGRUDER Staff Writer For those with a fear of flying the thought of spending six hours in a tiny aircraft feet above the Atlantic Ocean battling fierce winds and pelting rain in the throws of a monster hurri cane might sound more like a Stephen King novel than a recreational activity For local meteorologist Al Dreumont it was a dream come true Once you punch into the eye of the hurricane it is one huge amphitheater with a great wall of Dreumont 60 said with the matteroffactness of a scientist and the expression of a school boy Most of it is calm You can see all the way down to the Friday was Dreumonts last day on the job at the Antonio Weather Forecast Office in New Braunfels where he has worked since 1994 as the meteorologistincharge Dreumonts more than 38year career with the National Weather Service has taken him to international destinations and from coast to coast He watched his field metamorphose from crude methods of calculation to Doppler radar and geostationary satel lites that are the cutting edge of meteo rological technology See Southern party striving for succession BY PERI STONEPALMQUIST Staff writer The South is under attack and its time to fight back delegates were told at Saturdays caucus for the Southern Party of Texas We are at war with the forces that are out to destroy our Jerry Baxley chairman of the Southern Party of Virginia said Theres no other way to think about Baxley was one of several speakers at the twoday caucus at the Faust Hotel on Friday and Saturday It was the first statewide caucus for the party which advocates Texas peaceful seces sion from the partly because of attacks on Southern heritage like the Confederate flag About 30 people from Texas and other South ern states attended the caucus but about 300 people are involved with the Texas chapter Nationally the Southern Party formed in August of 1999 in Asheville claims mem bers Disillusioned with the federal government Southern Party members seek to form a Con federate States of America similar to the origi nal confederacy founded in 1861 Texas member Jaye Curtis said We are going to try to reestablish constitu tional government without he said But some people feel like the federal govern ment cannot be reformed And if it cannot then we need to take our destiny into our own hands A person cannot say they are in favor of states rights without being in favor of Texas member Patrick Leslie told the group gathered Saturday that the goal in Texas was to launch a ballot access drive during the next two years We want to try to get on the ballot in he said By 2002 we want to start running for county elected positions And then well set our sights on the The Southern Party will focus on low taxes limited government maximum individual liberty See Local schools celebrate Texas Public Schools week BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Local parents and grandparents will be treated to goodies and special programs this week during a statewide celebration of the Texas public education system Students and educators across Texas will kick ofTMeasuring up to the New Millennium Monday in honor of Texas Public Schools Week The weeklong celebration spot lights the array of educational oppor tunities available to the more than 4 million students attending Texas public schools New Braunfels and Comal inde pendent school districts are inviting parents and patrons to visit class rooms and observe special programs highlighting the daily learning process in local schools Texas Public Schools Week was established in 1950 by the Masonic Lodges of Texas to recognize con tributions made by the states free system of education Each year the event has grown and has become an integral part of the curriculum in Texas classrooms for a full week CISD Superintendent Jerry Major said The community is always wel come in our schools This week is See Making deals Alex Ingrim manages her booth Friday evening at the Kids Mart The Kids Mart pre sented by The Childrens Museum allowed chil dren from third through sixth grade to leam about business AMANDA Zeitung
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