Sunday, January 7, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 7, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas NEW PELS BEST AVAILABLE COPY HERALDZEITUNG 49 38 pages in 5 sections January 2001 SUNDAY Serving Comal County since 1852 INSIDE Music lessons Local music educators believe teaching music to young children boosts their math and learning See Lifestyle to find out about classes starting NBs night The New Braunfels Unicorns took on rival Seguin in the Alamodome Saturday See Sports for a complete Movie review Sandra Bullock steals the show again in Miss HeraldZeitung movie critic Roy Hargrove shares his views on this new Cool front expected to drop temperatures BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS A cool front is expected to move into a good chunk of bringing an end to unseasonably warm though not quite a return to the icy mess experienced by some of the Temperatures were in the 70s over much of southwest and South Fog was reported early Saturday in the lower Rio Grande Valley and along the Coastal The weather service said rain was likely with highs in the INDEX Week Key code 77 Lawmakers ready for session WENTWORTH Comal state senators already have filed 44 proposals BY JENNIFER RODRIGUEZ Staff Writer Comal Countys state senators have a stash of 44 bill and amendment proposals they hope to take up during the 77th Leg islative which starts Tues day in By this past Judith Zaffirini had submitted 31 KEEPING UP Residents can track the bill proposals their senators file by logging on to and clicking on the Search Bills Current proposals are in the 77th legislature bill and Jeff Wentworth had filed who ranks sixth in seniority in the 31member filed nine bills focusing on long term health care eight addressing welfare reform and five dealing with child abuse and foster We want to see an increase in education opportunities for our youth improved access to health care for ourchildren more pro tections for our elderly a con tinuation of economic develop ment protection of the environment in which we live See ZAFFIRINI For the health of it JESSIE Comal Drugs Debbie Love right dips Maryline Jonass hand into a paraffin therapy bath Saturday afternoon at the Health and Wellness The paraffin helps with arthritis pain and dry skin The which was held at the New Braunfels Civic was sponsored by KGNB AM It offered those who attended an opportunity to gather information on a number of health Deborah Ray and Donald hosts of the nationally syndicated Deborah Ray broadcast live from the fees up for vote Council will hear comment during Monday meeting BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council is set to determine a monthly drainage utility fee for local residents and businesses on The council first will conduct a pub lic hearing on the proposed drainage utility fee during its meeting at the Municipal 424 Castell The council will con sider a resolution setting the price of the fees later in the New Braunfels City Council WHEN Monday WHERE Municipal 424 Castell Mayor pitches nosmoking ordinance BY Jo LEE FERGUSON Staff Writer New Braunfels City Council soon could put smoking in public places in the During its meeting council will consider first approval of an ordinance that bans smoking in public places any enclosed area that is open to the public or that is a place of That WILLIAMS includes eating public retail and grocery movie theaters and public and private education The ordinance would exempt private rented hotel and motel private tobacco houses and Mayor Stoney Williams proposed the ordinance after being contacted by the Comal County Medical Williams said he previously sponsored a similar ordinance that would have required restaurants to have a smoking section closed off from the rest of the Restaurants already in exis tence at that time would not have been required to follow the he But he said some restaurants were against the This one does not have a grandfa ther Williams A resolution from the Comal County Medical Society states that primary and secondary tobacco smoke inhalation has been shown to be harmful to health and contributes to several different cancer respiratory deterioration and cardiac and circulatory The societys resolution said it sup ported an ordinance prohibiting smoking in public places in an effort to increase the wellbeing and health of citizens of Comal A number of other cities have similar See JESSIE New Braunfels truck driver Demetrio Chavez said he did not think a no smoking ordinance would pass in New The fee was adopted as part of a drainage ordinance late this past Revenues from the fees will pay for the administration and routine functions of the city storm drainage and flood protection according to city Council did not set fees when it adopted the The proposed which would be assessed against improved lots in the city and its extrater ritorial is per month per family dwelling unit for Commercial property is charged a higher rate based on the square footage of a deter mined by the Comal or Guadalupe appraisal The proposed commercial fee is a month for buildings up to squarefeet a month for a month for feet a month for feet a month for feet a month for feet a month for feet a month for feet See Prison memo Inmates escaped after unsupervised picnic DALLAS AP Seven blamed for killing a police officer had an unsuper vised picnic during the lunch hour that preceded their escape last month from a South Texas a television station report quoting a confidential Texas Department of Criminal Justice Convicts call it laying out a sort of indoor inmates working in the main tenance department of the medi umsecurity Connally Unit told their civilian prisonemployee supervisors that they werent going to the inmate dining according to the memo obtained by KHOUTV in They said they would stay behind to spread their own meal with food they had bought at the prison The seventh inmate then joined the six others probably after their supervisors had left for the memo According to the 10 civilian workers and a guard went to lunch and as each returned to the maintenance the inmates took them in disclosing the memo in its early evening Friday news did not say where it got the which went into detail about aspects of the TDCJ spokesman Glen Castle bury on Saturday said the memo was being taken out of He said the picnic happened on the top of a work table inside the maintenance shop which was inside the fences of the prison unit and was a secure I have less heartburn over the editorial content of the memo than I do about how a police intelli gence document came to be in the hands of the news he Castlebury refused to discuss details of the saying an investigation report about the escape will be released in the coming week The Connally Unit is at 60 miles southeast of San Anto Authorities across Texas con tinued to track leads from callers who think theyve spotted the More than tips have poured in since the 13