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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 23, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                NEW Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with 9925 r UNG Vol 149 No 180 42 pages in 4 sections July 23 2000 CJl TXTpV A V Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Quttfest 2000 Quilters from across Texas will travel to New Braunfels July 2830 to participate in Quiltfest 2000 spon sored by the local Track Fi Throughout the year the sport of track and field does not absorb as much attention as some of the team but it can be exciting to B Family Xmas The Sanders Family Christmas is playing at the Circle Arts Theatre 8 on Saturdays 3 on Chance of rain across the state A highpressure ridge over Texas weakened slightly on Saturday setting the stage for a retreat from tripledigit temperatures and perhaps some thun derstorms A few storms cropped up in North Texas but most of the state was clear or partly cloudy with highs in the 80s and 90s The storms in North Texas were most ly north of Wichita Falls and along the Red River counties but some rain did fall in other areas Highs were in the 80s and 90s Sunday should bring partly cloudy skies with a slight chance of thunder storms Highs should be in the 80s to near 100 in the southwest part of the region INDEX Week Key 77 CISD eyes teacher pay hike MEETING Comal school district trustees meet at 6 Tuesday at Bill Brown Elementary School 20410 46 BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Comal Independent School Dis trict trustees could decide Tuesday whether to increase starting salaries for teachers but even with the raise the district still would lag behind area districts Trustees will take a look at pay i raises for all district employees as part of a million budget for the 20002001 school year when they meet 6 Tuesday at Bill Brown Elementary School 20410 W Texas 46 See 20002001 Teacher Comal Bachelor New Before it gets better Interstate 35 work to close FM lanes starting Tuesday K JESSIE The FarmtoMarket Road 725 underpass at Interstate 35 will become even more congested next week as road con struction crews close lanes to make way for I35 improvements BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Starting Tuesday residents fed up with traffic congestion at Walnut Avenue and Interstate 35 will face a similar traffic nightmare at Seguin Avenue and FarmtoMarket 725 The Texas Department of Transportation will close Seguin Avenue and FM 725 down to one lane in each direction under the 135 over pass Ben Engelhardt project manager for TxDOT said We are going to shift the traffic The westbound traffic will move into the eastbound lane and there will be one lane in each The land closures will remain in place for the next year TxDOT officials said they hoped to coordinate two phases of the 135 pro ject so Walnut Avenue would be back open to four lanes when work started on Seguin Avenue and FM 725 But Dean Word the contractor work ing on the 135 project to just north of Walnut Avenue is behind schedule Dean Word Company is working on a portion of the 135 construction project from Solms Road to a halfmile north of Walnut Avenue and is schedule to complete the project by May 2002 The work is part of a million pro ject to widen 135 through New Braunfels In May TxDOT officials said con struction on that portion of the project was behind schedule and could delay the opening of Walnut Avenue until at least July Officials at Dean Word said Friday they hoped to have Walnut Avenue opened to four lanes by midAugust Although Walnut Avenue is not open Engelhardt said Deavers Construction the contractor for the portion of work from onehalf mile north of Walnut Avenue to onehalf mile south of Texas 46 could not delay the closures If we delay the closures then it will delay their he said That means motorists will have to face traffic congestion on two of the citys busiest traffic arteries crossing I 35 To bypass construction traffic motorists need to take Texas 46 Schmidt Street or Rueckle Road to get across 135 Engelhardt said The turnaround at FM 725 also will be closed indefinitely Engelhardt said TxDOT was creating a spur street to allow motorists access to Kuehler Lane and Thompson Street 4H Drill Team on to state FLUME Sales tax proposals put on the line BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Two New Braunfels City Council members will present warring propos als Monday they say could provide more money for streets and drainage The council meets at at the Municipal Building 424 S Castell Ave Councilwoman Debbie Flume will continue her efforts to ask voters to abolish the citys economic develop ment sales tax But shes adopted a dif ferent approach after the council previously rejected two earlier propos als regarding the economic develop ment sales tax She now wants to ask voters to abol ish the economic development sales tax and rededicate that money to streets and drainage pro jects and economic development How ever the money would be under a different type of sales tax currently dedicated to streets and drainage pro jects and other improvement projects 1 think streets and drainage are a higher than economic devel opment Flume said Councilman Larry Alexander wants to leave the economic development sales tax untouched Instead he is proposing to add to the possible uses of the citys sales tax currently restricted to streets and drainage projects and other improvement projects That money is divided into separate pools but Alexander is proposing to ask voters to combine the pool so it See SALES ALEXANDER Hotel tax committee members oppose mayors BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer It takes a lot more than just great horsemanship skills coordi nation and precision to make it to state competition as a 4H drill team it also takes nerves of steel Thirteen young women from Comal County are on their way to Abilene today to compete in the State 4H Horse Show competi tion Not too shabby for a team that was only formed this past year In fact the teams ability to compete at the state level has even impressed their coach Rusty Brady who also serves as youth pastor at Tree of Life Fellowship Church in New Braunfels It usually takes a couple of years or at least a year but these girls have really been working he said Theyve really been working hard to learn how to ride and to control their The Comal County 4H Club Drill Team has been practicing since September or October 1999 to prepare for both local and regional competitions The 4H club is open to boys and girls ages nine to 18 Mem bers of the drill team who are all girls range in age from 10 to 15 years old In order to qualify for the state competition the team first com peted at a county horse show then a district show Teri James the 4H Club man ager and a parent of one of the drill team members said the team would face stiltcompetition at the See Photo Submitted Thirteen members of the Comal County 4H Club Drill Team will compete today in the State 4H Horse Show Competition Trje team has practiced since last fall   

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