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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 21, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas NE1 fcJNFELS Water Restrictions New Braunfels Utilities customers can water any day of the week before 9 and after 7 Use of hand held hoses soaker hoses buckets or drip irrigation is allowed any time RALDZEITUNG Vol 149 No 257 18 pages in 2 sections October 21 2000 SATURDAY Serving Coma County since 1852 50 cents Photo Submitted Comal County Judge Danny Scheel rec ognizes Sammy Zellers nearly 17 years of county service Thursday Sheriffs office retiree cleans out her desk BY RON MALONEY Staff Writer A couple of captains a lieutenant and very few others have been around the Comal Coun ty Sheriffs Office as long as Sammy Zeller 77 has I can count them on both Zeller said Zeller ended a nearly 17year career with Comal County Friday afternoon I started down in the old jail at the court house with Sheriff Walter Zeller said You didnt have the pleasure of knowing old Walter Fellers He was a pleasant man to work with You had a problem talk to him be the first one to talk to him Sheriff Fellers was understanding but he liked to be kept Zeller started in dispatch where she spent several years She ended her work Friday in the warrants department There arent many of us left from when I came she said Zeller came to the sheriffs office a little later on in life than some of her coworkers Before that she was a homemaker she also had worked at McKenna Memorial Hospital I didnt do much work until the week before my 60th Zeller said I start ed with the sheriffs office and Ive been here ever Zeller decided she wanted a job she said to secure her future She soon found though that she just plain liked the work She can remember earlier in her career going out after her shift as a dis patcher to see what happened with a situa tion she had dispatched to Canyon Lake To me that was my call I wanted to know what had Zeller said Zeller has seen her third sheriff in Bob Holder and she has seen a lot of others come and go Back when Zeller started the sheriffs office was a much smaller operation than it is today We had a little section back in the back of See Krauses last perk Longtime regulars play final coffee game Friday K JESSIE Kermit Krause center takes notes as guesses are called out on the days coffeegame number at Krauses Cafe Friday morning George Goepf right chose what might be the final number at Krauses BY K JESSIE SLATEN Staff Writer For almost 50 years the Stammtisch table at Krauses Cafe was the a weekday ing game of skill and change On Friday the players lined up for what might be the last round of the coffee game at the downtown restau rant Krauses Cafe closes its doors about 2 today after 51 years of food service to New Braunfels One of the players former Senator and ambassador Bob Krueger said I feel like Im going to a Kermit Krause the original owner of the restaurant said the weekday coffee game had been around as long as the business For years the game never started without Krauses offi cial go Friday was no different As Krause pushed his speedy wheeledwalker through to the table he asked the rit K JESSIE Members of theDowntown Rotary remove their meeting podium and flags from Krauses Cafe Thursday afternoon ual question Are we ready to play the coffee game Pens and pieces of paper appeared on the table as the men gathered around the oval table and pushed their coffee and breakfast plates aside As required by the game Thursdays winner George Goepf wrote a number between one and 500 OHJI guarded piece o paper j iuv object of the game depending on which way you look at it is to guess or not guess the number The winner bought everyones cof fee Slowly the men called out one number at a time Each number answered with high or With each answer pens scribbled on paper to keep track of the correct range of the numbers The mens responses took on an air of sadness as the play ers realized they were zoning in quickly on the right answer Usually guessing up or down by only one number is frowne4upon in Bob Krueger bids adieu to Krauses See New Braunfels dons red to fight drugs BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer The Safe City Commission wants New Braunfels to see red this week Red Ribbon Week kicks off today and ends Friday after a week of activities to promote a drug free New Braunfels Red Ribbon Week began after the 1985 murder of a drug enforcement agent Schools plan events for Red Ribbon A who was kidnapped and murdered by Mexican drug dealers His friends and family began to wear red badges of satin in his honor The event is now a nation al celebration in which mil lions of people including New Braunfels residents participate each year said Don Ferguson assistant to the city manager The commission is encouraging residents to wear red ribbons throughout the week to show their sup port for the antidrug effort and also asking residents to take part in as many of the activities as Ferguson said Any red ribbon will work he said One of the things we want residents to do during Red Ribbon Week is realize that our community like many others across the country has a drug problem and the way to attack that problem is to join forces and take a stand against Ferguson said Activities planned by the commission for Red Ribbon Week include See OA INSIDE Gridiron roundup Rangers Unicorns clash in District 274A B Cougars Billies meet in big red Developers storm city with plats master plans New projects try to beat proposed drainage rules BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer Plat requests and master plans are flooding New Braunfels city offices these days as a proposed drainage ordinance nears approval The planning commission which meets once a month considers master pans and plats for approval Planning Director Harry Bennett said the commission typically con sidered eight to 10 plat requests each month and master plans once in a great However the city recently received 31 plat applications for commercial industrial and residential developments The planning com mission also will consider six master plans at its next meeting Bennett said We can pretty much guess that theyre try ing to bypass the drainage ordinance and the requirements that are Bennett said The pending ordinance includes two pro posed fees one that would be levied against new development The proposed watershed system develop ment fee would be levied on every piece of land where development is proposed City council will not set the fees until later However the current proposed fees range from an acre to an acre The dif ference in fees depends on whether the land is residential nonresidential singlefamily or multifamily and the amount of impervious cover on the lots One version of the ordinance would have waived the watershed system development fee for developments with final plats filed before the ordinance became law The current version however would waive the fee for singlefamily residential develop ments with a master plan approved by the planning commission and a master drainage plan approved by the city engineer before the ordi nances effective date a final plat approved by the planning and zoning commission or See NSIDE Coming Sunday Key Code 76 tnnfiere we onfy nine days left until M Halloween Do you have your cos 41 tume IJ not area vendors said it is not toq late to find that outfitJLtfistyb 1C School builds patriotism brick by brick Thirdgrade class dedicates flag replicas BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer About 200 third graders wiggling on the cafeteria floor at Memorial Elementary were stilled to attentiveness when two students in teacher Red Garcias class began to speak at a cere mony Friday Garcias class spearheaded the event to unveil two brick replicas of the and Texas flags that eventually will be planted on a berm in front of the school This is what education is about kids teaching Garcia told the audience The kids doing all the work and we teachers just sitting back and enjoying The thirdgraders continued sitting still throughout a speech by Medal of Honor recipient Louis R Rocco and they raised their hands noiselessly to answer even his rhetorical questions Only when they performed three patriotic songs did they spring into the higher gear most adults expect from 9 and 10yearolds They sang with the See OA K JESSIE Students at Memorial Elementary sign and sing America the Beautiful at Fridays dedication service