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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 7, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas                                Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending In or 2 can water today before 9 and after 7 For Information call 6088925 HERALD UNO Vol 149 No 245 18 pages in 2 sections October 7 2000 SATURDAY Comal County since 1852 50 cents MDENCE But those wta wait on to tori sltsll Ihw tirenqiti RESPECT FOB OTHERS B mVw in brttlwl love Honor RON Kelly Vjnson 15 holds up the sign that hangs in his racing trailer The sign lists Scripture that is related to how he con ducts himself as a racing driver Christ is his crew chief Boy races toward future BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A few months ago die night before a big race at Texas motor speedway three young racecar drivers two of whom would tie in die race for a national championship stayed up talking all night The power had gone out die air condi tioning didnt work and there were no lights They werent talking about chassis setups hot engines or who had won the most races They werent even talking about girls which teenaged boys and racers every where probably do Kelly Vinson Michael Umscheid and one of their friends were talking about Jesus Christ The power went out that night and I diink it went out for a said Vinson 15 of New Braunfels He and Umscheid chased each other all summer for die national title in die Young Lions class of Legends auto racing They tied in die end at points each Umscheid got die title on die basis of having one more win over die course of a 39event racing season We just talked and talked and talked We talked about God we talked about faith we talked about die Vinson said Unusual Maybe But Vinson a student at Day spring Christian School whose idea of a fun weekend is spending part of it at 90 miles per hour on some racetrack doesnt think so A lot of race drivers are strong he said He God gets me dirough it My faitii is very important We make die time to pray before each Perhaps praying is a pretty good idea Racing isnt like most other sports You mess up you dont strike out or lose posses sion of die ball You can die as was ham mered home this year with die death of among odiers rising star Adam Petty Petty 19 was the scion of Americas first family of auto racing die Petty family of Randleman His fadier Kyle Petty drove his car for much of die rest of this sea son His grandfather Richard Petty known See Ball kicks up blues in Gruene BY RON MACONEY Staff Writer Marcia Balls career has taken her around the world from her beginnings in Vinton Louisiana on oie wet side of die Texas state line Shes played the BALL White House Friday night in Gruene Hall she brought down the house With her trademark kick Ball blasted off die 14di annual Gruene Music Fest opening a Cajunthemed and Louisiana spiced premiere for a sellout group of 300 lucky fans Her performance scheduled for was delayed a few minutes as Ball greeted fans in a reception line exchang ing pleasantries signing autographs and mugging for photos with anybody who asked Doors opened to the public at The event a benefit for the United Way opened with Mary Jane Nalley thanking sponsors introducing digni taries and then introducing die nights honored guest Marcias one of die first artists who played here for Nalley said And Ball remembers She did two sets Friday night See A Stand the test of time Lovers of historic German homes preserve fachwerk structures L KJESSIE With a fachwerk style wall in the background Cheryle Fuller shows photos of her house before it was restored to its original condition in the 1970s The house originally belonged to Ernst Gruene BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The wave of growth diat hit New Braunfels in die mid 1900s took an eraser to a part of die citys history that is as German as bratwurst fach werk buildings Fachwerk which translates into English as compartment is a type of construc tion diat die German immi grants brought widi diem from dieir homeland Fachw erk buildings have wooden frames shingles on die roofs and wooden siding on outside walls diat protect die bricks on die inside of die building The Germans built homes and businesses using dus type of construction in New Braunfels for about 30 to 35 years from about 1845 to 1880 according to Barron Schlameus Schlameus is chairman of Conservation Plaza a place die New Braunfels Conserva tion Society established to protect die citys history A number of fachwerk build ings and odier structures important to die citys history sit at Conservation Plaza Progress and growth began in 1960 with die com pletion of 135 and Canyon Schlameus said Our old buildings were being torn down to make way for The Conservation Society was established to preserve die buildings and artifacts diat are part of die citys her itage The group began with die Ferdinand Lindheimer home where die citys first newspa per editor lived A local cou ple later donated die group about acres where Con servation Plaza is located The plaza is home to 10 See JO LEE FERGUSON HerakJZeitung Barron Schlameus shows an example of a Fachwerk wall in the restored Forkes Store at Conservation Plaza INSIDE Your guide to New Braunfels River conditions weather what to do where to go road work map Jimmy La Fave plays at today as the 14th annual Gruene Music Fest contin ues For informa tion call 6295077 Waterwise committee hears input on proposal BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Two water utilities told Comal County lead ers Friday that proposed subdivision requiring water systems to be built in advance as a con dition of plat approval were unworkable and unfair Roger Biggers assistant general manager for New Braunfels Utilities and John Houchins an attorney representing the Canyon Lake Water Supply told the Waterwise Growth Study Committee that die proposed regulations made no fiscal sense The pair also argued the proposed regula tions were unfair to current utility customers And in a preview of what can be expected to come in an Oct 19 public hearing a develop er who serves on the Waterwise committee warned that developers cannot afford die reg ulations either Its way beyond a developers ability to provide what youre talking about devel oper Mike Norris said The regulations would impose costs before the first lot is sold or die first home is built in a new subdivision he said CLWSC provides water to customers around Canyon Lake and western Comal County through a combination of surface and groundwater Houchins said Houchins said the proposed rules just were not workable If I have to build that capacity die way thats written CLWSC wont owe die Texas Water Development Board million Well owe it he said And therell be a lynching at our next board meeting when we tell diem Your rates have to go up 30 to 50 And for who People in die future These people who are here now already paid dieir way If you ask me to build capacity for 10 or 20 years down die road youll bankrupt Houchins also asked for consideration on die requirement that CLWSC certify water avail ability As a utility he said CLWSC tries to keep ahead of demand and is only required See INSIDE Coming Sunday switcher tabs a w hobby to f At graveyard to kelp find locations of Old water witch ftfW County approves state agenda lBw ftfl A a I rtf A 1A i i IK BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners Thurs day approved a resolution diat seeks leg islation in a series of growth manage mentrelated measures In discussions conducted at court corn individual effort to have its representatives From Austins view it could be diat sponsor bills in die 77di Texas Legisla the rest of us want more authority to con ture trol you 24 hours a day and tiiats not I think we need to pursue every where were coming Millikin said avenue available to Scheel said The county has been faced with And Pet 2 Commissioner Jay Millikin unprecedented development pressures uiwussiwis UNIUUCICU ai court com an voters to contact dieir legislators and counties in Texas historically have missioners decided to take two approach to desires known as diey per had little control over growdi in unincor es aimed at getting passed an agenda diat to empowering counties to control porated areas will give counties who want them more erowto same ways cities do While Comal County studies and powers to regulate growtii and develop more impact on Legis addresses growth issues a temporary ment ature if citizens are telling diem counties moratorium on high density small lot Comal County will pursue its aims ned more authority dian if Scheel Mil construction was declared in August through an association widi a number of Schwab are doing Millikin aimed at allowing a little breaming room other counties but will also make an See   

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