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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities cus tomers with addresses end ing In 5 can water today after 7 Well users with idresses ending In 4 or 5 can water today Sf For Information ca HERALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 148 18 pages in 2 sections June 14 2000 WEDNESDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Landa Park golfers looking at 5 percent fiveyear fee hike BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Golfers at Landa Park Municipal Golf Course will pay 5 percent more to tee off next year after New Braunfels City Coun cil approved a fiveyear plan Monday to bring more revenue into the citys general fund Council approved a 5 percent fee hike every year for the next five years in a 43 vote Monday night despite some concerns from council members that the city should wait until the end of the fiscal year to eval uate current revenue District 6 councihvoman Juliet Watson District 4 councilman Robert Kendrick and District 3 councihvoman Debbie Flume voted against the fee changes Watson said it wasnt necessary to raise fees this year because the golf course brought in enough revenue for the city Its not in the red Its always paid for itself and it made money this she said Mayor Stoney Williams said the golf course was being played at saturated lev New golf fee rate els because of annual pass players but the city was not reaping the financial bene fits We can make a ton of money on the golf course and put it back into the golf course I dont understand the negativism to he said Starting July 1 green fees for players 18 years or older will be for week days for weekdays after 5 for weekends and holidays and for weekends and holidays after 5 Annu al golf course fees will increase to senior annual course fees to and junior annual fees to A golf passbook will increase to The ninehole fee will cost Golf cart rentals for 18 holes will cost and for nine holes it will cost Landa Park Golf Course Advisory Board member Ned Lynch said the 5 percent increase would help the golf course stay even with a projected 4 percent increase in expenditures over the next five years Valor hope and reverence Flag Day to be observed today at K of C Hall FROM STAFF REPORTS New and Texas flags fly today over the Knights of Colum bus Hall at 111 Landa Street The Stars and Stripes that until two days ago flew above the pole in front of the K of C Hall will be ceremonially burned along with as many as 200 other flags today at The flag burning considered the proper way to dispose of faded torn or will be conducted by the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assem bly 1791 Flag Day while perhaps over shadowed by the Fourth of July Veterans Day and Memorial Day is the holiday devoted entirely to this nations most important symbol Its a day in which we should all pledge allegiance show respect to the flag and take steps to honor says Jack Sanders who is help ing organize todays ceremony in back of the K of C Hall Wed like to invite1 everybody to join Sanders says The degrees of the Knights of Columbus are Charity Unity Fra ternity and Patriotism The Fourth Degree Patriotism is the highest of the four degrees of the order of the Knights of Columbus It is ded icated to the service of church country and the order Todays ceremony which will follow a Pledge of Alle giance will be con ducted by K of C members wearing the ceremonial regalia of the Fourth Degree based on the dress uni form of a Naval officer of the late 1800s including chapeau K JESSIE The Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly 1791 will conduct a ceremonial burning of old United States flags at today behind the K of C Hall at 111 Landa Street The public is invited World War II unit has reunion in NB BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer For the five surviving members of the 63rd Army Air Corps Sta tion Complement Squadron Satur day morning began with something like a military roll call in reverse Hosted by Jane and Joe Isbell the survivors of the World War II unit met in New Braunfels for the 17th moreorless biennial reunion theyve had since 1968 But the roll one of the mil See ISBELL Oxford England WWII itaryfc most important traditions wasnt called for the handful of men who were present and for as theyre a dwindling group who know one another well and except for Isbell traveled great distances to be here They are Lt Col John Gilmore Denver unit commander First Sgt Joe E Johnston Odessa and soldiers Robert Smith Apex Charlie Maughan Logan Utah and Joe Isbell of New Braunfels The roll was instead a call to order with a prayer an invocation for comrades miss ing and dead Only a dozen or so of the 119man unit activated in South Carolina in May 1943 are known to live today The job of the 63rd was to travel with the front line troops and run tactical airfields They went from Normandy through France into Belgium by way of the diffi cult e Battle of the Bulge in December 1944 and on into Germany Altogether they spent two years in Europe We were a very specialized bunch of men one of onry 10 such Johnston said The unit would take over airfields as the retreating enemy abandoned them and operate them as bases for the Army air But Landa Park Golf Course Advisory board member Dennis Wiesner wrote a letter to council saying the immediate price hike might not be necessary because the golf course would bring in more than expected this year Wiesner said based upon revenues as of May 26 the golf course should bring in about to the general fund which would exceed revenue expectations But Chet Lewis the citys chief financial officer said Wiesners projections were See Ex Cooper threatened to kill her family BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The exwife of 26year old San Mar cos resident Johnnie Lee Cooper Jr tes tified Tuesday he threatened to kill her her father and their daughter before he kidnapped her at gunpoint from her home A sixman sixwoman jury heard opening arguments and testimony from witnesses for the prosecution Tuesday in Coopers aggravated kidnapping trial with District Judge Gary Steel presiding Comal County assistant district attor ney Ed Jendrzey said Cooper is accused of kidnapping his exwife around mid night Jan 31 and taking her from her res idence in New Braunfels to a relatives home near Waco Aggravated kidnapping is a first degree felony If convicted Cooper could face life or up to 99 years in prison Cooper was arrested by New Braun fels Police Department officers Feb 1 A Comal County grand jury indicted Cooper on the aggravated kidnapping charge March 1 Cooper also was indicted on a second charge of aggravated kidnapping for allegedly forcing the couples young daughter to travel with him Jendrzey said that charge had been dismissed but prosecutors planned to present another indictment to a grand jury Laura Cooper testified her exhus band entered her home around midnight Jan 31 without her consent and was armed with a 9 mm handgun She said she and Cooper were divorced in January She also said she and her daughter were forced to travel with Cooper from Comal County toward Dallas before he turned around and went to a relatives home near Waco New Braunfels Police officer Michael Cochran testified Tuesday he contacted Laura Coopers father Feb 1 after he filed a missing person report Cochran said he discovered Laura phone line had been cut after he Search for drowned man ends BY ERIN MAQRUDER Staff Writer The search for a 26yearold Houston area man who presumedly drowned Sunday at Canyon Lake was called off about Tuesday after divers spent another morning combing the cold deep waters near Comal Park Chileanborn Angel Carrasco last was seen swimming about 2 Sunday in calm water about 100 yards off a jutting peninsula at the park off FarmtoMwket Road 2673 in Startzville Carrasco was not wearing a life jacket and relatives said he was a poor swimmer The search for Carrasco Tuesday morning as the Army Corps of Engineers Comal County Sheriffs Office deputies and divers from the San Marcos Area Recovery Team scoured both above and beneath the murky water to no avail Authorities will continue to periodically check the shorelines and water near the peninsula but it is uncertain whether the body of Carrasco will tie recovered CCSO Captain David On said The water is really cold at that depth and there are a lot of big trees on the bot Qtt said Thp family might hire divers to continue searching the area INSIDE Sunny day West Sanders enjoys a carefree day at Schlitterbahn Waterpark through the Sunshine Kids Foundation on Wednesday The group takes chil dren diagnosed with cancer on a trip without doc tors HeraJdZeftung   

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