New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, August 11, 2001

New Braunfels Herald Zeitung

August 11, 2001

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 11, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas saturdayNew Braunfels    August    ii,    2001 14 pages in 2 sectionsHerald-Zeitung ...............  I    r—;    7-    ,J    I    'T..........." ' '........>......     I.........................    UM.............. ----.......     —............—I.*...*...-..-...............—.................^...............—I——A..*H—x,—1..„............................>.....    -    . Vol. 150, No. 234    Serving    New    Braunfels    and    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Allied airstrike on Iraq communications center kills one By Pauline Jelinek Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON — In the largest airstrike against Iraq since February, U.S. and British warplanes attacked anti-aircraft sites Friday that the Pentagon said were being used increasingly to try to shoot down allied pilots. The official Iraqi News Agency said the attack killed one person and wounded ll. A government spokesman called the attack “a cowardly operation targeting civil and service installations.” About 20 U.S. and British attack planes and 30 support aircraft carried out the Friday morning strike on three air defense sites in the southern Iraq flight-interdiction zone, the Pentagon said. They targeted a military communications center, a surface-to-air missile launching site and a long-range radar site, all elements of Iraq’s integrated air-defense network, Army Lt. Col. Steve Campbell said. Officials said the communications facility was among targets in the February attack, when 24 allied strike planes targeted five air defense command-and-con-trol sites around Baghdad. “All of these targets were contributing to the effectiveness of the Iraqi air-defense system,” Campbell said. The targets were in the “no-fly” zone that United States and Britain have been enforcing since shortly after the end of the 1991 Gulfwar to protect minority Shiite Muslims against attacks by government forces. Iraq considers the zones to be illegal. In recent months, it has stepped up efforts to shoot down the allied planes patrolling the zones in both southern and northern Iraq — and allied planes have on a number of occasions shot back. Also of late, Iraq has used increasingly improved technology, because it has almost restored what allies had damaged in the February air strike, officials have said. A White House spokesman described the attack as a routine but somewhat heavierSee AIRSTRIKE/3AInside Abby................................5A Classifieds.....................3-6B Comics.............................2B Crossword........................5A Forum.................................6A Local/Metro................  4A Movies.................................5A Obituaries...........................3A Sports............................1-3B Today.................................2A www.herald-zeitung.com Key Code 76Knox knows community service By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Elliot Knox is a man who knows about community service and volunteerism. Today, in his 88th year, Knox is scaling back on his workload, but his contributions will touch the community for years. Friday, Comal County officials honored Knox for 22 years of service on the county’s Industrial Devel opment Authority. Knox stepped down from the board officially on Friday. Replacing him on the board will be Bob Smith. Knox was a founding member, secretary and treasurer of the board that encourages industrial development by facilitating tax-free bonds from the state. The bonds are a financing tool to companies already in this county that meet the guidelines or to companies that choose to locate here to create jobs. During the authority’s history, the board raised $40 million for nine businesses to locate in Comal County, including Lightning Metals and Simpson Racing Products. Those businesses directly or indirectly created more than 4,000 jobs. County Judge Danny Scheel lauded Knox in remarks Friday at Honors Hall at the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. “On behalf of Comal County and myself, I’d like to thank Elliot for the service he’s put in,” Scheel said. “I’m a middle-aged man, but I can remember as a very young person hearing Elliot Knox’s name on every organization in town. I’ve wondered how you could have theSee KNOX/3A CHRIS PACE/Herlad-ZeitungElliot Knox displays his 1968 picture that hangs on the Wall of Honors in Honors Hall. CISD mulls new budget; Campos says keep tax rate By Martin MALACARA Staff Writer Comal Independent School District has a balanced budget for 2001-2002, but it does not have much breathing room, the district’s financial director said Thursday. Abel Campos presented the draft of the new budget to trustees at a budget workshop meeting at Bill Brown Elementary School. The board will meet 6 p.m. Aug. 23 at Canyon High School to hear public comments before adopting the budget. Campos estimated the new budget at more than $65 million, up $5 million from the 2000-2001 budget. However, Campos said he would recommend next year’s proposed tax rate stay the same at $1.85 per $100 valuation. The average home valuation in the school district is $104,677 with a taxable value at $68, 742. If the current tax rate is retained, the average tax bill would be $1,271.73. About 86 percent of the new budget relates to personnel expenditures, with the other 14 percent for non-personnel expenses, such as equipment purchase and repair. In May, the district gave teachers a minimum $2,000 pay raise, along with raises for other employees. The pay .raises cost the district $2.8 million, Campos said. To fund the pay increase, district officials cut $800,000 from the budget, including administrative staff reductions in the central office. The pay increase leaves salaries less than most San Antonio area school districts but about $1,000 more than New Braunfels Independent School District. NBISD has a teacher base salary of $30,000. Schools in the San Antonio area average around $35,000 for base pay. Employee health insurance comprises another large portion of the budget, Campos said, at $900,000. Premiums for single employee coverage increased from $170 to $224, while employee/dependent coverage increased from $239 to $269. The district pays IOO percent of coverage for full-time employees. District employees no longer have dental coverage. Campos said despite the lack of dental coverage and the increased premiums, he believed district employees had one of the better insurance packages compared See CISD/3A Fabulous night K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Above, the Litt’l Fisherman Orchestra plays the classic “Sentimental Journey" as part of the “Fabulous Forties” theme Friday night at the American Cancer Society’s Starlight Gala 2001 at the New Braunfels Civic Center. Left, a table full of ’40s memorabilia greets gala guests Friday night as they wait for their “Fabulous Forties” photos. Area residents turned out in their best attire to support the American Cancer Society. Below, a lone couple takes a spin on the dance floor. The annual black-tie gala features dinner, dancing a silent auction and gaming to help raise money to fight cancer. ;

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