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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 15, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers wtth addresses ending In or 9 can vyater today after 7 pjn Well users wtth addresses ending In 6 or 7 can water today after 8 So 262 rY V a ZRITUNG Vol 149 No 149 16 pages in 2 sections June IS 2000 TV TT 111 1 HURSDAi rving Comal County since 185 50 cents Help wanted Recordlow unemployment means plenty of jobs available BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer John Henry Boatright is lucky He has a job thats lots of work but lots of fun one thats flexible one where he gets to work on his tan and one where he gets to meet lots of girls Hes a lifeguard at Schlitterbahn and he cant imagine a better job Its why Im in my third year John Henry said John Henry and his peers are not having a hard time finding work this summer In New Braunfels with its recordlow unemployment rate hovering just above 2 percent a lot more jobs are out there than employees to fill them Andy Clapp with the Texas Workforce Cen ter in foe Courtyard Shopping Center 205IH 35 South said that at percent unemployment in the New Braunfels area is at a historical alltime tow translated in April into an available labor pool of 882 people in Comal County Its hard to find people out there because there are so many positions open right Clapp said Employers are having to get real ly creative in how to locate and entice summer and regular employees into coming to work for The New Braunfels TWC is operated by a partnership of the Alamo Workforce Develop ment Board the Alamo Area Development Corporation and the Texas Workforce Com mission The center works directly with a number of area employers trying to match them up with job seekers Clapp said We try to match employers and their require ments with prospective Clapp said Were there to assist any way we of charge All it takes is a phone call There are a multitude of services available here for employers and job seekers alike It works both ways For employers were there as a resource free of charge For job seekers there are many services here mat they just dont real ize exist also free of charge Were committed to help them no matter what If you ever had to pay someone to write a resume for you you know its pretty expensive Well help you do that here on our computers and well fax it to employers for Schlitterbahn is one of those employers the TWC works with In the summertime Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resort is the largest employer in New Braunfels with seasonal workers About 200 people work there year around K JESSIE Lifeguard John Henry Boatright above helps riders into their tubes and along their way down Schlitterbahn Waterparks Raging River Recent Canyon High School graduate Mindy Page top left has worked at Sonic for three consecutive summers bahn employee cafe Sonic the drivein restaurant chain with outlets around the country always is looking for workers like John Henry Boatright Jill Hudson Sonic vice president for human resources said the fast food industry nationwide had about a 300 percent turnover each year in its lower rungs Sonic she said prides itself on having a lower rate about 250 percent That means you basically have a new crew more than twice a she said Its a brutal statistic that has implications for customer service employee morale and the corporations bottom line Turnovers a vicious cycle for us hi New Braunfels you guys are experiencing what a lot Hightech jobs in John Henry found out about working at Schlitterbahn through his parents Basel and Sheila Boatright who bom work there full time and year around Basel Boatright is a retired New Braunfels Police Department detective who heads secu prevention for the waterpark resort Sheila Boatright is the auditor If he wasnt working at Schlitterbahn John Henry might be in a fast food place or maybe in a retail clothing store Im not very good at folding clothes John Henry said smiling and then sipping on a lemonlime drink in the Schlitter Taxfunded newsletter proposed Kendricks comments prompt radio to pull support BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer At least one New Braunfels City Council member says the local media is not doing enough to inform residents and wants to spend about of city tax dollars to distribute a citywide newslet ter District 4 councilman Robert Kendricks comments about the local media have prompted KGNBKNBT Radio to pull out of its part nership with the city to provide free airtime for the Fourth of July fireworks show During the June 12 city council meeting Kendrick dis cussed the possibility of cre ating a monthly newsletter to inform city residents about city events and ongoing projects saying he did not believe enough people read the local newspaper or listened to the local radio station When interviewed Wednes day Kendrick said he was concerned local media were not getting enough informa tion out to the public Not from a lack of trying But there are a lot of things that dont make the he said The radio station has a specific for mat and not all residents like it Every station has its own kind of format and some people like certain sta tions over he said Fred Stockwell general manager of KGNBKNBT Radio said Wednesday that the station would not donate time to the city to broadcast music during the Fourth of July fireworks show or pro vide free promotional time because of Kendricks com ments At this point well still par ticipate but were a business and were in the business of selling time so we have decid See KENDRICK Ceremonial burn K JESSIE Bill Brown far right and Robert Acevedo bum one of the 138 flags gathered by the Knights of Columbus as the honor guard watches Through the help of a New Braunfels Utilities drop site the group was able to gather more than the usual number of tattered and torn flags Public meeting on park master plan slated today FROM STAFF REPORTS Local residents are invited to dis cuss the development of a New Braunfels parks recreation and open space master plan at 7 today at Landa Haus in Landa Park 306 Aquatic Circle Parks and recreation director Iris NefFendorf said the department was pursuing a master plan to direct the future of the citys park system and space resources A series of public meetings will be 1 to gather feedback from We want to get input from the community so Carter and Burgess Inc a planning consultant can pro duce a master plan that will address the needs of the citizens of New Braunfels who use our NetTendorfsaid We encourage anybody who in interested in parks recreation open spaces runners walkers swim Currently the citys parks and INSIDE Accused kidnapper tells jurors gun was for suicide BY HEATHIR Tooo Staff Writer A man accused of kidnapping his exwife at gunpoint earlier this year told jurors Wednesday he had the gun because he intended to commit suicide Johnnie Lee Cooper 26 who said he was distraught over the breakup of his marriage is accused of taking his exwife home near Waco while armed with a 9 mm handgun The sixman sixwoman jury heard from defense witnesses during the second day of Coop ers trial in District Judge Gary Steels courtroom Aggravated kidnapping is a firstdegree felony If convicted Cooper could race life or up to 99 years in prison Cooper was arrested by New PoUca Department officers Feb 1 A month later a Comal County grand jury indict ed Cooper on the aggravated kid napping charge Cooper also was indicted on a second charge of aggravated kidnapping for allegedly forcing the couples 7year old daughter to travel with him Comal Coun ty assistant district attorney Ed Jendrzey said that charge had
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