Tuesday, June 20, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - June 20, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas PELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities cus tomers with addresses ending In or 2 can water today after 7 Well users with addresses ending In 2 or 3 can water today after 8 Vol 149 No 152 14 pages in 2 sections June 20 2000 TUESDAY lounty since 1852 50 cents Singing Melittas praises Founder longtime director of Advent Vespers dies at 82 Melitta Frueh who founded the Advent Vespers passed away Saturday File photo BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer It seems trite to call Saturday the day the music died in New Braunfels But thats what it was for gen erations of local students for the New Braunfels Music Study Club and those who loved the annual Advent Vespers and for the Cross and St Paul Lutheran See churches their pastors and their congregations Teacher choir director organ ist and founder and director of the Advent Vespers community Christmas concert Melitta F Frueh succumbed Saturday to illness She was 82 See obitu ary on Page Visitation is through noon today at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home 189 N Seguin Ave Services are 2 today at St Paul Lutheran Church 181 S Santa Clara Ave with the Rev Dr Charles DeHaven offi ciating A community choir will perform during the ser vice Her husband the Rev Milton Riders in the sky K JESSIE Jake Eli and Axel Frazier take a ride on an African elephant at Monday nights circus at the Comal County Sheriffs Posse Arena The threering circus made a onenight stop in New Braunfels Monday Chamber takes swing at enterprise zone Some members of council balking BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Inc is pitch ing creation of a new enterprise zone to reduce unemployment and pover ty in the west and south areas of New Braunfels But at least two city council mem bers Juliet Watson and District 4s Robert Kendrick are not buying Jim Scheele director of economic development with the chamber said the organization spent the past few months identify ing areas eligible for the Texas Enterprise Zone Program admin istered through the Texas Depart ment of Econom ic Development The goal of the enterprise zone program is to encour age job creation and capital invest ment in areas of economic distress Scheele said That doesnt mean its a bad area It just means that theres high unem SCHEELE ployment or a very high poverty lev hesaid In exchange for a company locat ing in the enterprise zone the city offers incentives including tax abate ments sales tax refunds and interest revenue bonds Several areas of portions of the FarmtoMarket Road 306 industrial area the West End area around Katy Street and the south part of the city from Solms Road to the city limits meet the high unemployment and high pover ty level criteria Scheele said Data from the 1990 Census shows those areas have an unem ployment rate of percent and Bed tax committee meets FROM STAFF REPORTS Fourteen New Braunfels res idents appointed to the citys occupancy tax usage committee will meet for the first time Wednesday The committee is charged with recommending how the city should spend its share of tax money and will meet at New Brawn fels Municipal Building 424 S Casteil Avenue The committee also will dis cuss potential uses of bed tax funds amounts of funds col lected and allocation of funds and the purpose of the commit tee v District 2 councilman Larry Alexander appointed Adam Cork and Ray Schoch Mike Dietert and Eddie Tem ple were appointed by District 5 councilman Lee Rodriguez District 4 councilman Robert Kendrick appointed CUf Court ney and Bob Watson District 6 pouncilwoman Juliet Watson appointed Betty Dunkin and Jim Beath District 3 councilwoman Debbie Flume appointed Walt Sears and Mary Serold Mayor Stoney Williams appointed Dave Pryor and Jim Rice and mayor protern Juan Luis Mir tinez annajntgd Sfffflldfl AlVAJft1 INSIDE 7A Classifieds 46B Comics 3B Crossword 7A Forum 6A 4A 7A Obituaries 3A Sports Today 2A Television 3B Fielder will lead MV Elementary FROM STAFF REPORTS administrator appoint ed interim principal of Mountain Valley Elementary School in April was appointed the schools new principal Jerry Major Comal Independent School District superintendent announced the appointment Monday of Brenda Fielder as principal of the 675student school Fielder has served as the interim principal since April 24 when she was asked to fill in for former principal Hope Erickson now at the districts central office Fielder was the instructional coordinator in the districts curriculum and instruction department before transferring to Frueh who was pastor of St Paul Lutheran Church from 1959 to 1978 preceded Mrs Frueh in death on March 22 1990 My history with the Frueh family goes back 58 Rev DeHaven said Monday She and her husband Rev Frueh were there for my parents wed See percent of residents live below the national poverty level The enter prise zone program requires at least 20 percent of residents living below that level The chamber has targeted a square mile area that includes New Braunfels and its extraterritorial juris diction for a new enterprise zone That recommendation will be for warded to New Braunfels City Coun cil for approval June 26 The ordi nance creating the zone must be approved on three readings If council approves creating a new enterprise it men would nominate a See Court bans pregame prayers Ruling could affect other ceremonies FROM STAFF AND WIRE REPORTS A divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that school offi cials could not let students lead stadium crowds in prayer before football games In one of its most important schoolprayer rulings ever the Supreme Court split 63 in its Doe vs Santa Fe decision that praying in public schools must be private The highest courts ruling stems from an April 1995 law suit filed by the American Civ il Liberties Union on behalf of two families in Santa Fe Texas The lawsuit filed in a Galveston federal district court alleged Santa Fe ISO violated the con stitutional ban on government established religion by condon ing prayer and other religious activities The sweeping language of the decision in the Texas case a crushing defeat for school prayer advocates could extend far beyond school sports events eventually affecting gradua tion ceremonies moments of silence and more The court said a school dis tricts policy of allowing such studentled prayers violated the constitutionally required separa tion of government and religion Justice John Paul Stevens wrote for the court Nothing in the Constitution prohibits any public school student from voluntarily praying at any time before during or after the school day But the religious lib erty protected by the Constitu tion is abridged when the state affirmatively sponsors the par ticular religious practice of As the latest word on a polit ically volatile issue that has bedeviled the nations highest court for 40 years the ruling offered a ringing endorsement of a landmark 1962 decision that outlawed organized offi cially sponsored prayers in pub lic schools Worship is a responsibility WHATS ALLOWED Some prayers arid reli gious activities still are allowed in public schools despite the Supreme Courts decision Monday barring schools from letting students lead prayer before football games Some examples Individual students are free to pray as the court said at any time before during or after the school day as long as their prayers do not interfere with other students Groups of students can meet for prayer or worship either informally or as a formal school orga nization as long as other student clubs are allowed at school All students are allowed to pray before eat ing a school meal as long as their prayers are not disruptive In some states lower court rulings allow student led prayers invocations and benedictions at graduation ceremonies Mondays decision could provide new ammunition for attacks against such public school policies In other states such prayers are banned by lower court rulings Some states and pub lic school districts let school officials provide a daily moment of silence during which students who want to pray can do so The court struck down such an Alabama law in 1985 saying the law encouraged students to pray But the court never has said a truly neutral momentofsilence law runs afoul of the constitu tionally required separation of church and state Mondays decision could make It harder for momentofsilence laws and policies to survive court scrutiny It the duty of the courts to distin guish a sham secular pur pose from a sincere the justices said