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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 30, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                Water Restrictions I NRW Bfel8 Utilities customers with addresses or 9 can water today before 9 i Well users cannot water today For 116088925 i UNG nr Vol 149 No 186 42 pages in 4 sections July 30 2000 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Gala fashions What will they wear to the Starlight Gala on Aug 4 Find out whats hot locally for for mal evening wear in C Preseason play The Dallas Cowboys will play a preseason game against the Pittsburgh Steelers Coming Thursday Get ready to hit the aisles with our special Back To School section Its jampacked with school supply lists school fash ion dos and donts dress codes school policies and more just in time for the sales tax holiday weekend Aug Chance of rain across the state Scattered showers moving out of Okla homa provided some muchneeded relief to patches of sunparched Texas land early Saturday Thunderstorms had broken out near Wichita Falls and other parts of North Texas early Saturday Elsewhere in the region skies were partly cloudy fore casters said In South Texas skies were mostly clear except for a few clouds over Hill Country At 4 temperatures ranged from 84 at Del Rio to 73 at New Braunfels and San Marcos The forecast calls for a slight chance for thunderstorms out of the south INDEX Week Key code 77 Sales tax taking holiday next weekend BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Getting the kids ready for school next year does not have to put a strain on your pocketbook Beginning Aug 4 parents once again can take advantage of a threeday holi day from local and state sales tax on back Whats taxed whats not on sales tax toschool clothes and footwear Senate Bill 441 which the State Legis lature passed and Governor George W Bush signed this past year gives Texas families 72 hours of taxfree shopping on Aug 4 5 and 6 Childrens and adult clothing and footwear costing less than will be exempt from state and local sales taxes In other words a pair of Levis marked at will cost you exactly The holiday could save shoppers about on every 100 they spend And shoppers also will have no limit on how much they can purchase Sales tax is not due if a customer buys six shirts each priced under 100 But the full tax is due on a shirt if it is sold for the first cannot be exempted Clothing and footwear used primarily for athletic activities or for protective wear See SALES SPECIAL REPORT Despite bars and concrete Texas death row inmates make lifetime commitments to proxy wives Til death do us part AP Photo This gurney inside the Texas death chamber is where death row inmates are strapped before receiving their lethal injections Some inmates are finding solace in their final days by getting married to proxy wives BY FRED ELEVENS Staff Writer Domingo Cantu Jr was spending 23 hours each day in a 60squarefoot cube in Polk County His bedroom living room sink and toilet were accented only by one small window He had one hour each day to exer cise outside alone No cable no telephone no com puter and no otherwise meaningful contact with the outside world Brigitte Cantu was living much more comfortably analyzing chemi cals in water samples and going about life normally as a single mother in Munich Germany By Texas civil statutes they were husband and wife mar ried after Domingo was sentenced to death and Brigitte fell in love with him through an expanding glob al network of people who say they are concerned about statesponsored CANTU Married German woman before he was executed MCBRIDE Matched execution wardrobe with his wife father executions and some who might be capital izing on those emotions Death row marriages are nothing new but inmates awaiting execution especially those in Texas have become martyrs for women liv ing in countries where capital See National Night Out on horizon FROM STAFF REPORTS Hundreds of people in neighborhoods through out New Braunfels and Comal County will be partying in the streets Tuesday night And police and sheriffs deputies who stop by to visit will not close them down they will be guests The 17th annual National Night Out Against Crime will be a twoday event this week It begins at Monday with a com munity party and open house at the New Braun fels Law Enforcement Center 1488 S Seguin Ave The open house will include displays activ ities and information on law enforcement and crime prevention programs offered by the New Braunfels Police Department and the Comal Coun ty Sheriffs Office Then on Tuesday the city of New Braunfels expects to have close to 65 neighborhood block parties in and around the 13 or so block parties around the county will kick off at about and run to Don Ferguson assistant to the New Braunfels city manager said close to 60 parties have regis tered to participate in New Braunfels best block party competition This should be a record year for National Night Out Ferguson said While it is too late to arrange street closures for parties it is not too late to schedule a party Call New Braunfels safe city commission at 608 2100 ext 218 to register In Comal County 13 subdivisions from every corner of the county will be throwing block parties for National Night Out in the second year the county has participated in an organized fashion Participants include Rim Rock Ranch River Oaks Canyon Springs Royal Forrest Mission Valley Estates Lake of the Hills Northcliffe and others said Comal County Sheriffs Deputy Tim Kolbe This is just going to continue to said Kolbe who is in charge of crime prevention for the sheriffs department In speaking with people in the coordinating of these events theres a lot of enthusiasm Theres a growing sense of community commitment out Ferguson asked motorists to use caution Tuesday night Some neighborhood streets will be blocked off for parties but other parties will be held in dri veways culdesacs yards and by pools Barricades will be placed at or near the follow ing locations for National Night Out parties Tues day in New Braunfels 300 block of Raven Ridge 1600 block of Dustin Cade Rolling Valley Drive at Devin Drive 15001600 block of Allison Drive 300 block of Paisano Street See NIGHT School bus drivers needed BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Local school districts once again are racing the clock to fill many school bus driver seats left vacant by a booming job market Banners declaring Bus Drivers Needed can be found on buses and in front of schools across Comal County spelling out the bus driver short age problem facing districts Campuses in Comal Independent School Dis trict will open Aug 14 for the new school year andlransportation director Ken Franklin said the district still was short four or five drivers Were trying to hire regular pool and sub he said Pool drivers are regular employees who report everyday and are oncall while sub drivers are used to substitute as needed he said The district transports more than stu dents or 60 percent of the student population across a roughly 600 square mile area and added several more routes in the western part of the district Thats where the biggest growth he said And the department added one more route in town District staff cut eight buses out of the pro posed 20002001 budget although the trans portation department expects to get eight bus See K JESSIE Comal ISD parked this bus in plain view to advertise for bus drivers for the coming school year NBISD also is looking for drivers   

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