New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 22, 2000

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

August 22, 2000

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas K&a»WMS* flWlflWVSNewcBr^nfelsHerald Water Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 0. 1 or 2 can water today after 7 p.m. Edwards Aquifer well users with addresses ending in 0 and 1 water from 3 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. i I NG JNG      ■   - Vol. 149 No. 205    14    pages    in    2    sections    August    22,    2000 Tuesday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents Green expenses put golf course in red File photo The Landa Park Golf Course expenses exceeded revenues in 1999-2000. By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Landa Park Golf Course failed to meets its profit goal for the 1999-2000 fiscal year. As a result, city staff is adjusting the 2000-2001 budget and will present the changes to city council for approval. “This is really the first year Landa Park Golf Course had a business forecast to bring a profit,” golf course manger Ward Watson said. The city previously changed its philosophy for operating the golf course. Instead of breaking even, council decided the golf course should earn a profit and put money into the general fund. The 1999-2000 budget projected the golf course would earn $98,000 above the cost of its expenses. However, the golf course actually experienced an operating loss of $9,101, according to information Watson presented to council this past week. Golf course revenues increased a total of $ 130.000, which wasn’t enough to pay for the increased operating costs. “We increased our weekend income more than twofold what we did last year,” Watson said. Weekend green fee revenues went from $65,850 in 1998-99 to $ 131,749 in 1999-2000, he said. However, the city had anticipated a decrease in the number of annual passes that were bought. The annual pass fees were increased this year, and staff expected for the number of passes bought to decrease as a result. Instead, annual pass plays increased. Overall, the number of rounds played at the golf course increased by 12,000. “Our overhead went up too,” Watson said. Several high-price expenses also hit the golf course this past year. The golf course’s three water pumps were rebuilt three times. That caused pump repairs to cost $ 11,000 more than the original $8,356 budget, Watson said. “That’s tied more to the drought than anything else,” he said. During a drought, the pumps work 24 hours a day seven days a week, See GOLF/5A First day holiday? First Day of School Holiday • New Braunfels Middle School — A ‘lea” for parents, 10 to 11 a.m. • OakRun 6th Grade Center — Parent and student breakfast, 7 to 8:45 a.m. in the school cafeteria. • Carl Schurz Elementary — “Coffee, Tea and Sympathy” for the parents in the school’s Parent Room, 8 to 8:45 a.m. • Seele Elementary — Doughnut holes and coffee for parents in the morning before school starts at 8:50 a.m. • Lamar Primary — “Parent Survival Kits” along with doughnuts, coffee and juice for parents after children get settled in their classrooms. School starts at 8:40 a.m. NBISD students still have to go to school but fun events slated By Heather Todd Staff Writer New Braunfels school district is sponsoring activities the first day of school Wednesday to smooth the transition for more than 6,000 students and their parents. Several campuses in New Braunfels Independent School District are taking part in a “First Day of School Holiday” to increase parental involvement on campus. This is the first year NBISD has participated in the holiday, which is sponsored by the First Day Foundation. The foundation, a growing coalition that began in Vermont, encourages school districts across the nation to work with local employers to allow employees time off to participate in school programs. Parents dropping off little ones at Lamar Primary will get a “parent survival kit” to help them cope with the first day of school. The school houses only pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. Parents also will get doughnuts, coffee and juice after their children get settled in their classrooms. Principal Leigh Ann Dees said the parent activities were designed to create “as few tears as possible” for both students and parents. “We see more crying from the parents than from the students,” she said. Lisa Schmidt, a counselor at Lamar Primary, said it was important to reassure parents and let them know their emotional reactions were normal. “It’s just to help the parents ease into school. It’s hard on the parents to turn their kids over to the school. There’s a lot of trust involved there,” she said. “It’s really important that they know that we care. It’s the first school experience for so many of them.” Dees said many parents couldn’t get See SCHOOL/5A CHRIS PACE/Herald-Zeitung Stephen Phipps, a soon-to-be second grader in Carolyn Martin’s class, enjoys a game of marbles Monday afternoon during the Memorial Elementary “Meet the Teacher" session. Studying the options Students aren’t the only ones hitting the books as NBCA trustees pore over plans to handle growth./8A Comal commissioners get environmental award From staff reports Comal County Commissioners travel to Austin today to get an award for operation of the county’s recycling and mulching program. Pct. 4 Commissioner Moe Schwab said the County Best Practices Award will be presented at 7 p.m. on the Senate floor in the State Capital. Various Texas counties are being recognized in 13 categories by the Leadership Foundation of the Texas Association of Counties. The recognition is granted for the county’s innovations in its rural recycling/mulching program, Schwab said. Schwab created the rural recycling program in 1994 and implemented it in 1995. This isn’t the first time the rural recycling program has been honored in Austin. In the first year of Governor George W. Bush’s administration, Comal County’s pro-gran’. received runner-up recognition. While that was good, Schwab said he had been disappointed that Comal was second to a program in Houston. “All they did was shred paper with a bunch of inmates,” Schwab said. “Here we were, a comprehensive program, recycling glass, paper, plastic and chipping wood. I didn’t have my glass pulverizer at that time.” Wife’s capital murder trial gets under way HARTWIG By Heather Todd Staff Writer Prosecutors say they will prove 62-year-old Adele Hartwig set a house fire that killed her husband for monetary gain. A six-woman, six-man jury heard prosecutor Ed Springer’s opening arguments and testimony Monday afternoon during the first day of Hartwig’s capital murder trial. Hartwig, of Comal County, is accused of killing 72-year-old Harold Hartw ig by setting fire to the log cabin they shared on Hueco Springs Loop Road on May 4, 1999. Hartwig could face life in prison if convicted of the capital murder charge. The Comal County Criminal District Attorney’s office is not pursuing the death penalty. District Judge Jack Robison is presiding over the trial in the 22nd District Court. According to the Dec. 8 capital murder indictment, Harold Hartwig died of severe burns and/or asphyxiation because of carbon monoxide poisoning and smoke inhalation in the fire. Adele Hartwig was charged with starting the fire near a wall where Harold Hartwig was sleeping. Jury selection in the trial started Monday morning with 85 potential jurors reporting for jury duty. Springer said the state would prove Harold Hartwig was in the process of getting a divorce from Adele before the May 4 fire. Harold also changed his will to exclude her as a beneficiary, which would have left her without funds, Springer said. Defense attorney Tom Garner of San Marcos did not give opening arguments Monday. He reserved the right to do so before presenting his case to the jury. San Antonio attorney John Herrick also is representing the defendant. Firefighters arrived at the scene of the May 4 fire about I a.m. Officials said Adele Hartw ig was found about 200 yards from the burning house about 2 a.m., suspended from a tree by the neck but her feet were touching the ground. Lt. Wayne Rousseau with New Braunfels Fire and Rescue, one of several emergency See TRIAL/5A Inside Abby......................... .......7 A Classifieds.................. .. 4-6B Comics....................... .......3B Crossword................. .......7 A Forum......................... .......6A Local/Metro................ .......4A Movies......................... .......7A Obituaries................... .......3A Sports........................ ....1-3B Today......................... .......2A Television...................... 3B www.herald-zeitung. com Key Code 76 CIS ready to talk mold tonight Meeting From Staff Reports Canyon Intermediate School parents can learn more about the campus’s mold situation at 7 p.m. today at the CIS school cafeteria, 1275 N. Business 35. School officials, the Texas Department of Health and Mycotech Biological Inc., plan presentations for the meeting. Mycotech Biological, Inc. is an indoor air quality consultant hired by the school district. The school district has worked to remove the mold since it was found this past school year. • WHAT: Meeting to discuss mold at Canyon Intermediate School • WHEN: 7 p.m. today • WHERE: CIS cafeteria, 1275 N. Business 35 During the summer, the district hired consultant ll DR Simpson to investigate the problem. MDR Simpson, expected to issue its findings soon, will determine the source of the mold problem and how best to fix it. The district also hired Mycotech Biological, Inc. to condue air quality tests. A contractor removed gypsum wallboard and sheathing from six classrooms, and temporary wallboard has been put up in four of those classrooms. Two of the classrooms remain closed so engineers, contractors and architects can find out how moisture is getting in. Mold was discovered inside perimeter walls of the build-See MOLD/5A □ •> ;

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