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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 31, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                Witer Restrictions New Braunftls Utilities cus tomers with in 60 HERALDZRTTUNG Vol 149 Ho 138 16 pages in 2 sections May 31 2000 WED CO41 20332 SO WE ST 111C RO PU I NG E DR EL PR SO TX 7991K since 1852 50 cents Comal trustees mull consultant for Canyon Intermediate mold FROM STAFP REPORTS 1 Comal ndependent School District trustees wiU consider appointing a consul tant tonight to look into a nontoxic mold problem at Canyon Intermediate School Trustees will meet at 5 today in the CIS cafeteria Also on the agenda will be a district strategic planning workshop CISD Public Information Officer Kari Hutchison staff recom mending appoint ft ftfm to con fmn of moid officials to close a pair of CIS classrooms in March The consultant also could make recom mendations about how to remedy the mold problem Hutchison said CISD officials began investigating mold at me after staff members compiained of allergylike reac tions No CIS students were believed affected On March 13 CISD officials had air quality tests conducted at the school by No ordinary nightclub New Braunfels teens find safe place to hang out at Club Vines Above Michael Mahan 11 Austin Higginbotham 12 and Jonathan Henderson 12 all of New Braunfels compete in a hotlycontested twoonone fqosbail game at Club Vines Below Guitarist Luke Leverett of New Braunfels and Christian band Clove performs during a recent Saturday night gig at Club Vines BY J L McMicHAEt Staff Writer The kids who discovered Club Vines arent keeping it a secret and for a good reason When you walk inside you immediately realize this is no ordi nary nightclub People turn to greet you with smiles on their faces and no one is lounging over the bar or melting into intoxica tion because Club Vines is a special nightclub a safe cool hangout for the young and the young at as its posters state Blinking green and white lights hung in scallops on the walls stand out bril liantly against the nightblack walls of the building soft light spills across the stage where three young men are perched on stools singing original songs about their faith while their fin gers flash from chord to chord on their guitars I really like the music the music is the said Anna Pharo 14 I like it here because they dont care what you look like what you think everybody is one She has been coming to Club Vines almost since its beginning one year ago I like the friendly said Michael Martinez 19 motioning toward the game room full of more than 35 youth You dont feel crowded its really Besides the normal chatter laughter and goodnatured ribbing you also can hear more important conversations here and there across the room where kids are gathered in groups of twos and threes I like to come because I get to see my said Rutnie Godoy 13 Anna is spreading the word about Club Vines Ive been telling a lot of my friends about it The games are what get my friends to come My sister Jessica tells Both Anna and Michael heard of Club Vines through Jessica Sponsored by Mercy House Min istries a church in New Braunfels pas tored by Scott Tjernagel Club Vines started out in a small room upstairs in Citations down arrests up slightly for holiday weekend FROM STAFF RiPOfm The water rnigbt have been slow but the Comal County SherirTb Office was anything but sluggish when it game to arresting trou blemakers Memorial Day Weekend During tbe course of the threeday holiday party on fce Guadalupe in some places resembled Mwtdi Grai on water minus toe beads officers arrested 121 people on 148 different ranginfl from public tateBtkintitiHt minor ip nofliwiflToni narcotics assault disorderly Bfljuhurt and public a warrant for not paying a citation issued to him this past Memorial Day weekend at the Guadalupe River CCSO Captain David Ott The seWd year of beefedup security dur ing the tourist season yielded 12 more than this past year total of 109 Most of the arrests made wen alcohol related or for said Comal County Office Lt Ed Whitson Officers banded out little more than 100 citations compared with about 300 this past year Ott think some of the rules like INSIDE HMpniHiivMlllHAnM v v RabaKistner Consultants an engi neering firm specializing in environmental consulting geotechnical engineering and construction testing Officials found traces of mold in 19 class rooms the district said Two of four classrooms behind the school cafeteria were closed About a dozen stu dents used each of the two rooms for die most part for less than two hours each day No children I know of have complained of a consistent illness and connected it with the Hutchison said in late April The mold for the most part was concen trated in the lower walls and baseboard areas of the two most affected rooms Eckerd making another try at Business 35 site BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer New Braunfels residents living near the proposed site of an Eckerd drug store voiced divided opinions Tuesday night about developers hopes to build the store at Walnut Avenue and Business 35 In February 1999 New Braunfels City Council voted 43 in favor of the project However because 20 percent or more of residents in the immediate area opposed it city policy required a 6 1 vote or unanimous vote And it was pretty clear during the informal meeting between residents and developers Tuesday that most people have not changed their minds is t wrong plaice to put your said resident Rachel Cul bertson who lives at 569 Sycamore Ave We dont want you in our neigh Developer Bruce S Shelby with Shelby Estus Realty Group Inc invited residents living within 200 feet of the proposed site to a dinner at Mamacitas Restaurant Tuesday night Eckerd officials plan to ask the citys Planning and Zoning Commission on June 6 for a special use permit to build the store at Walnut Avenue and Business 35 The commission men could make a recommendation to city council Shelby said Eckerd decided to try the location again after Walgreens was granted a special use permit Feb 14 to build across the street Many residents at the meeting Tues day night voiced concerns about traffic congestion along Walnut Avenue and the destruction of the neighborhood To alleviate traffic congestion Shel by said developers would donate right ofway to the city to help widen the intersection to accommodate five to six lanes of traffic Shelby said traffic congestion would only get worse on Walnut Avenue regardless of whether Eckerd built there The best way to alleviate traffic is to add traffic Shelby said Culbertson asked Shelby why devel opers did not want to build the store along Loop Shelby said The existing Eckerd has built up a customer base for 21 years and we dont want to lose that All drugstores are going to freestand ing locations or more like convenience stores You have to modernize to stay He said the existing Eckerd store would close if the new one is built Resident Betty Dunkin who lives off Walnut Avenue said When youve got a commercial building chipping away at the quality of life in your neighborhood tearing down trees and homes and lay ing asphalt its improper and its bad See Girl 8 nearly drowns in lake FROM STAFF REPORTS An 8yearold girl who almost drowned at Canyon Lake Sunday after noon remained on a ventilator in very serious condition late Tuesday at Uni versity Hospital in San Antonio law enforcement officials said The girl was not breathing when she was pulled from the water about by witnesses on the near by shore at the Fort Sam Houston Recreational area of the lake offi cials said The witnesses who rescued the girl from the water performed CPR until Canyon Lake personnel arrived at the scene Comal County Sheriffs Office Sgt Jimmy Limmer said Canyon Lake Fire and Rescue per sonnel continued treatment of the girl while en route to McKenna Memorial Hospital The 8yearold later was transported by helicopter to University Hospital for treatment officials said As of press time Tuesday officials said they were not certain whether the girl was brain dead or whether there was a possibility for recovery Sundays near drowning occurred less than three weeks after a 21yearold German man drowned in deep choppy water at the southern end of Canyon Lake Park concerts start Thursday FROM STAFF REPORTS Residents who want to hear great live music in a picturesque outdoor setting can do so for free Thursday evening at Landa Park when me sixteenth annual New Braun fels Parks and Recreation Concerts in the Park Series kicks off The opening performance will feature local favorite acoustic duet Chris Judy and the outstanding lineup of artists wUl continue from to 10 every Thursday at the Landa Park Dance Slab throughout the summer until the end of August organiaers said Its a greet ofpportunity for families to come out and have seme fun listening to Acoustic ckwt Chris Judy wttl perform the first concert In thi annual Maw V   

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