Thursday, August 3, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 3, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW HERALDZEI Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending In 6 or 9 can water today before 9 and after 7 Well users with address es ending In 6 or 7 can water today before and after 8 1 Vol 149 No 189 14 pages in 2 sections August 3 2000 INSIDE TODAY Find out all you need to know to get ready for the first day of school with the HeraldZeitungs Back to School publication inside todays edition This special secition has school supply lists and dress codes and much more THURSDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Sales tax holiday countdown begins BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Some residents are getting a head start on tax free shopping for backtoschool clothes before the 72hour sales tax holiday begins Friday Lupe Farias soft line manager at KMart 1050 Interstate 35 East said many customers already were putting taxfree items on layaway so they could come in during the weekend and buy the items taxfree Some shoppers were at local stores scoping out clothes to decide where they want to spend their time and money during the taxfree shop ping period Starting at Friday local parents can take advantage of a threeday holiday from local and state sales tax on backtoschool clothes and footwear Senate Bill 441 which the State Legislature passed and Governor George W Bush signed this past year gives Texas families 72 hours of taxfree shopping through Sunday Childrens and adult clothing and footwear costing less than will be completely exempt from state and local sales taxes For local residents the holiday will exempt most items of adult and childrens clothing and See SALES Staff Photo The sales tax weekend kicks off Friday Shoppers will find backto school clothes and other items untaxed throughout the weekend A new downtown flavor K JESSIE SLATEN HeraldZeitung Above Giovanis Executive Chef Bruce Pike prepares a pasta side dish Wednesday afternoon in his new kitchen The herbs and spices used in the kitchen will no doubt entice customers the minute they walk in the door Right Owners Kathleen and Jaime Joaquin were excited to find the diner space up for sale and imme diately quit looking for a place in San Antonio to open their restau rant With the excep tion of the health inspector not showing up on time they said things have just fallen into place Giovanis opening to replace void left by Plaza Diner BY MICHAEL GARY News Editor Chef Bruce Pike will be in New Braunfels at lunchtime today serving up tantalizing dishes of Italian cuisine Giovanis Ristorante Italiano is open for business today serving lunch in Main Plaza The renowned chef has won over competition at the Dominion was featured in Texas Monthly Magazine and has filled up an impressive lunch and dinner menu at the new establishment which serves up high quality Italian food Pike has worked as a chef for the past 25 years and now brings his expertise to the former Plaza Diner in downtown New Braunfels Mark Lauer closed the Plaza Diner May 31 to pur sue other career opportunities See Pebble Brook neighbors win Night Out contest BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Residents of Pebble Brook Drive in Gruene walked away with the Best Block Party award for the 2000 National Night Out Against Crime after they impressed judges Tuesday night with their creative crime prevention methods While other neighborhoods enjoyed food and drinks Pebble Brook residents had to answer multiple choice questions about crime statistics in New Braunfels during a game of Who Wants to be a Crimestopper modeled after the popular show Who Wants to be a Later in the evening residents learned a hard lesson about increasing security around the home when block party organizer Jan Kotylo and others unveiled items taken from residents unlocked cars and open garages during the week This ingenuity that won praise from members olihe Safe City Commission who judged the contest and Don Ferguson assis tant to the city manager The attendance was spectacu lar and they had a strong focus on crime Ferguson said The Evergreen Lane and Willow Avenue neighborhoods tied for second place in the block party contest and the New Kid on the Block award went to the Bonner Street block party Evergreen Lane won the best block party award in 1999 Missing mans body might be recovered Corpse found Tuesday near search area FROM STAFF REPORTS A body found near a ranch north west of New Braunfels Tuesday might be the corpse of a missing man who was the subject of an extensive search 11 months ago Comal Coun ty Sheriffs detectives released no information late Wednesday while they await ed results of an investigation by the medical exam iner However an official familiar with the situation said the body could belong to Roger McCown McCown 55 disappeared Sept 10 1999 from the Schumann Ranch off Elm Creek Road where he lived in a mobile home He was reported missing by folks who arrived at his home to bring him to a medical appointment offi cials reported McCown was taking a number of medications and was reportedly experiencing psycho logical problems officials reported He became the subject of an McCOWN extensive dayslong search that involved a number of sheriffs deputies bloodhounds and offi cials of the Texas Department of Public Safety including a DPS helicopter Despite the search of the 200 acre ranch and its environs McCown was never found Deputies theorized McCown might have caught a ride or other wise left I feel pretty sure had McCown been somewhere on the ranch we would have found a sheriffs sergeant said this past September The body found midday Tues day was in a fall of cedars not far from the search area said an offi cial familiar with the discovery We had everybody under the sun looking for him and we looked for a long time We searched and searched and searched but its real rough out the official said The official also said that during the search this past year he had passed within a few yards of the spot where the body was found Tuesday Sheriffs Del Tommy Ward Wednesday afternoon said he wasnt positive whose body was found and he was waiting for the results of the medical examiners investigation late Wednesday when he would issue a press release No cause of death had been determined by press time Garden Ridge debates higher water charges BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer GARDEN RIDGE The Gar den Ridge City Council imposed Stage 3 watering restrictions in February and has been repeatedly INSIDE Key Code 76 warning its residents to conserve their water In spite of the effort an official reported Wednesday that water usage in the community reached an alltime high in July of 107 acre feet or more than 35 mil lion gallons surpassing the for mer record set last August by more than 7 million gallons Im still shaking my head over said Public Works Director Randy Luensmann in his water pumpage report to city council If the water level in the Edwards Aquifer dips below 636 feet above mean sea level it was feet Wednesday Garden Ridge offi cials will not be the only ones shak ing their heads If the Edwards Aquifer Authority kicks into Stage 3 restrictions it is now wavering just above the threshold for Stage 2 water bills for the heaviest users in Garden Ridge will rise expo nentially under that citys water ordinance 1 hope we never get to See GARDEN