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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 6, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW ELS Water Restrictions Naw Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in or 9 can water today before 9 and after 7 well users cannot water today For information call i HERALDZ NG Vol 149 No 192 44 pages in 4 sections August 6 2000 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Gospel brunch For the past three years Gruene Halls Gospel brunch es have soared with popularity among local residents and tourists Find out 1C Warriors The NB Warriors are back from the Triple Crown World Series in Steamboat Springs Colo Find out how they did in Backto school shopping work bills car mainte nance and play dates its enough to drive you over the edge Are you feeling the effects of stress Columnist Mike Fitsko offers a test to help you find Surprise Mostly sunny and hot BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A heat wave across much of the state is expected to continue through the weekend with only a few spots that may get rain A few areas in North Texas including the DallasFort Worth area hit temper atures of 100 degrees and above Satur day Afternoon highs on Sunday through out the region are once again expected to climb near the triple digits Temperatures throughout South Texas will remain mostly in the 90s on Sunday INDEX Week Nobody else is missing Man finds remains of fellow who disappeared in 99 ing sign nearby They are and its McCown who disappeared nearly a K JESSIE Richard Schumann left and Michael Guardado were looking for horses Tuesday when they found remains believed to belong to Roger McCown who disappeared nearly 11 months ago BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Theres a handpainted sign on the gate at the 235acre Schumann ranch northwest of New Braunfels that warns Keep gate closed or stay The reason for the sign isnt that the Schumanns arent friendly even though theres a no trespass probably a good thing because theyve had a lot of extra company over the past week or so Skeletal remains were found on the ranch Tuesday As of Friday a positive identification hadnt been announced However Richard Schumann believes they belonged to Roger No carts but cool hats K JESSIE The New Braunfels Public Library brought some of its favorite things to the BacktoSchool Fair Saturday afternoon at the Childrens Museum of New Braunfels Mom Jennifer Lopez helped son Trevor and daughter Erin not pictured try on the special Cat in the Hat hats School districts keep eye on prices at pump BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer Drivers have seen a slight decrease in gas prices since they soared earlier this summer but local transportation officials arent breathing a sigh of relief just yet Transportation directors still are concerned they might exceed their fuel budgets this year if gasoline and diesel fuel prices rise during the winter months Gas prices soared to about a gallon this summer thanks high crude oil prices and tight petroleum supplies caused by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries production cutbacks Compared to the price of a gallon of gas a year ago less Its still a little on the high side but its stable and its not going up at all right Gary Schlather NBISD transportation and safety director than or around the surge in gas prices created a strain on many pocketbooks Nationwide prices at the pump have crept down from their highs in early June and so far have remained stable Gary Schlather transportation and safety director for New Braunfels Independent School District said Its still a little on the high side but its stable and its not going up at all right now The main thing is its stabi lized Its not quite as much of a concern as it was earlier this Ken Franklin transportation director for Comal Independent School District said It has gone down a few pennies and it looks like its going to continue to go down but I dont think its ever going to get back to what it was earlier this Transportation departments saw a 100 percent increase on fuel costs from May of this past year to this year At the end of the 19992000 school year the district paid about 40 to 45 cents per gallon of fuel Schlather said Earlier this summer school districts were paying 90 cents a gallon School districts do not pay state or federal gas tax NBISD has 37 buses running routes throughout New Braun fels CISD operates about 147 bus es covering a 600square mile area of Comal County The majority of school buses in CISD and NBISD run on diesel fuel which is a little cheaper than gasoline although both districts have buses that run on unleaded gas Typically the NBISD trans portation department buys a load about gallons of fuel every three weeks Franklin said CISD typically bought three loads of fuel See year ago Nobody else is missing around he said Saturday The reason for the sign at the Schumann place is the animals that freely roam the property includ ing 15 or so horses Michael Guardado 11 wanted to See Comal mulls pay hikes BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners are considering a million general fund budget for 2001 that will increase wages for all county employees by up to 4 percent and for commissioners by nearly 10 per cent The budget also includes spending increases in public safety and law enforcement areas The county tax rate will remain unchanged from the current years cents per of assessed val uation county auditor David Renken said The level tax rate will be permitted despite an percent spending increase over this past years million county budget Renken said That is because the countys taxable property valuation as reassessed this spring by Comal Appraisal District has grown by 13 percent The increase is roughly split between new growth and higher assessments of existing property Much of the increase in this years county budget will be in spending at the sheriffs office jail and the court system Renken said A lot of the increase is law enforcementrelated going to costs associated with growth the countys Renken said The county population is growing between 7 and 10 percent each year Pay increases Countywide employees will get costofliving raises of 2 percent with an additional 2 percent in mer it raises added on And support has been expressed on See PAY Trooper remains critical FROM STAFF REPORTS AUSTIN The Texas Department of Public Safety trooper who was critically injured in a violent confrontation near Kyle Thursday managed to get off two shots before he was gunned down in the seat of his patrol car An official with Brackenridge Hospital late Saturday afternoon said DPS trooper Randall Vetter who lives in New Braunfels was still in critical condition Vetter 28 was shot in the head after pulling over Melvin Edison Hale 72 of Kyle for not wearing his seat belt on an Interstate 35 frontage road Hale is being held on 1 million bail in the Hays County Jail on a charge of attempted capital murder of a police officer VETTER DPS spokeswoman Tela Mange said in a prepared statement that investigators deter mined Vetter was able to fire two shots The Texas Highway Patrol Association is collecting donations for Vetters family Dona tions can be made directly to the account Texas Highway Patrol Association Compass Bank Trooper Vetter Fund acct 84065714 Box 9600 Austin TX 78766 Checks can also be sent to Texas Highway Patrol Association Trooper Vetter Fund 8906 Wall Suite 407 Austin TX 78754 Going Mayor Stoney Williams cajoles the crowd at Fridays Starlight Gala at the New Braunfels Civic Center to open up their wallets in the auction Proceeds benefited the American Cancer Society The minia ture corvette was bought by Darren Bueche K JESSIE