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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 19, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NEW FELF Water Restrictions New Brauntels Utilities can only water with handheld hoses and buckets between 7 and 10 and 3 and 8 any day of the week Soaker hoses can J foundations HERALDZE Vol 149 No 229 14 pages in 2 sections September 19 2000 Serving Cornal County since 1852 50 cents Gruene with a Twang CHRIS Zeitung Lyle Lovett and Ray Benson participate in a filming Monday at Gruene Hall for a 45minute IMAX movie tracing the history of country music which will be released nextJune Costumes and old cars parked in front of the building added to the authenticity of the era for the segment of the film which is tentatively titled Crews shoot country music movie at historic dance hall BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Gruene Hall went through a time warp Monday Parked out front were a dusty old truck a really old truck filled with hay and a couple of old cars circa 1940 or so Along the right side of the building was a row of similar vintage vehicles Inside were a number of dancers two troupes worth wearing depression era hats and clothes It was lights camera action as the dancers performed old style swing yourpartner reels and whirls And the band in its country stylft cottonbrocade shirts and green cotton work pants tucked into black and white cowboy boots were reminis cent of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys The difference was one gui tarist looked an awful lot like Lyle Lovett while the other looked like Ray Benson The rest of the band except for its oldtimey clothing looked just like Asleep at the Wheel which last played Gruene Hall in June and played Sunday night in Lubbock And thats who they were Lovett Benson the band the dance troupes and about 100 extras and crew were shooting Twang is the working title for an Imax feature to be released next spring documenting the histo ry and evolution of country music from its Celtic origins through western swing gospel honky tonk rockabilly cow boy and contemporary music Imax is the threedimension al movie system in 300 stateofthe art theaters around the world on sixstory high 80feetwide diffuse matte perforated screens The perfo rations make the screen acoustically transparent much as the cloth on a speaker grille is creating enhanced possibili ties for wraparound sound to complement the 3D screen The nearest Imax theatre is in San Antonio Artists who will take part in the Gaylord Entertainment Company project include Dolly Parton Loretta Lynn Vince Gill Dwight Yoakum The Dixie Chicks Tim McGraw and other luminaries of the country and western genre And why shouldnt enter tainers of that caliber partici pate in a story of their antecedents especially one produced by Gaylord owners of the Grand OP Opry and a number of other country musicrelated properties See Senator details redistricting to GOP women BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer State Sen Jeff Wentworth wants to remove the selfinterest that nor mally characterizes the redistricting process The United States counts its pop ulation every 10 years as it did this year Based on that count or census states city councils and county com missioners must redraw the lines that define the state senate districts or city council districts for instance Wentworth RSan Antonio how ever sees flaws in the system Texas uses to draw district lines for the Texas Senate and House of Repre sentatives state board of education and the United States Congress He wants to give the responsibili ty of drawing district lines to a cit izens panel The panel would include an equal number of people selected by state Republican and Democratic legislators Wentworth discussed his propos al Monday at the Faust Hotel with the New Braunfels Republican Women The way the system works its a very bad system the major political party gets together and they decide where all the boundaries are for Congress the Texas Senate Texas House and state board of edu Wentworth said The minority party has absolutely no input into that process As a result you have the crazy districts that are Democrats controlled the Texas Legislature each of the last three times the census was completed he said Each time the district lines offended Republicans so much that they filed suit in Federal court The Republicans won in court every time Wentworth said When this happened after the 1990 cen sus and redistricting a federal judge ordered the loser the state of Texas to pay million in attor ney fees for the Republican Party he said As Republicans I guess we have something to be grateful Went worth said But as taxpayers its a bad He said the Legislature should get out of the business of redis 1 shouldnt be drawing lines My colleagues shouldnt be drawing these Wentworth said Wentworth said that in years where redistricting is necessary it becomes the top priority for the Legislature instead of water educa JO LEE Jeff Wentworth spoke to the New Braunfels Republican Women Monday afternoon during a lun cheon at the Faust Hotel tion or criminal justice Political survival depends on where those lines are drawn Went worth said Theres too much selfinterest involved in the process when we draw our own boundary he said You cant remove that selfinter est unless you transfer that respon sibility to some other he said This has been done in 11 states Of those five or six of them have drawn lines that were not challenged in court he said Partisan politics cannot be removed from the process but the people who represent the districts can be he said He said he would propose that the lines be redrawn by an eightmem ber group of The two par ties in the state House of Represen tatives and Senate would each select two people Then those people would select a nonvoting chairperson to lead them He first proposed this measure in 1993 when Democrats held the majority over Republicans Democ rats opposed the measure while Republicans supported it he said The tables are turned now and the Republicans in the Senate have a 16 to 15 majority over Democrats Now Republicans oppose the measure and Democrats support it he said Candidly Ive been disappointed in my colleagues in the Senate in both Wentworth said What Ive been trying to explain See Board says no to city BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels Infrastructure Improvement Corp stood behind its decision Monday to fund half of the citys emergency communication sys tem The city council previously approved a decision by the corpora tions board of directors to fund of the citys new emergency communications system However the council asked the board to reconsider funding the entire sys tem Board members talked with City Manager Mike Shands for more than an hour Monday before voting to leave their recommendations as it was What do yall not understand about no asked Director Bill Mayo The communications system was the one proposition voters approved during a million May bond election Council decided it did not make sense to issue bonds for that amount of money and asked the corporation to fund the system Mayo expressed frustration Mon day at the councils request for more money and at the way the council treated Director Karen McDonell McDonell presented the boards funding recommendations to the council this past week Mayo asked if the board was just a bunch of stooges who pass what See INSIDE Key Code 76 NBISD takes up insurance pay BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer New Braunfels Independent School District trustees could low er health insurance rates for some employees and increase pay for others tonight Trustees will meet at 7 at the Education Center on 430 W Mill Street A little relief from a severe bus driver shortage could go the trans portation departments way if trustees approve a proposal to raise the starting salary of drivers Maintenance Director Gary Schlather has been pushing to increase the base pay of bus dri vers from to an hour MEETING WHAT New Braunfels school district WHEN 7 today WHERE Education Center 430 W Mill St He hopes the move will make the district more competitive with dis tricts around NBISD The proposal is basically along the guidelines we presented Schlather said pay increase will help us recruit oth er drivers and not lose the ones we have to our neighboring dis tricts Increasing base pay to an hour would cost the district about which probably would come out of the districts reserve funds NBISD Superintendent Ron Reaves said this past week The board also will consider lowering insurance rates for aux iliary and paraprofessional employees by per month There are cases where some bodys actually taking home less money than they did that last business manager David Rastellini said Trying to keep bodies in the custodial transportation and cafe teria departments has been hard to See
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