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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 27, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A HRRALDZBITUNG September 2001 Contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 6259144 Dispatch arrest Police pulled stopped a 26yearold New Braunfels man early Tuesday after he allegedly was speeding Loop During the traffic police found the man was wanted on 12 The man was stopped near New Braunfels High School at 2 police Officers found he allegedly did not have insurance or a current vehi cle registration or insurance When officers ran a com puter check on the they found 12 warrants in three counties issued most for bad checks or theft by In a search of his police found a small quanti ty of The man was being held without bail in Comal County Jail burglary A stereo system and com pact discs worth were reported stolen in a vehicle burglary on Police said someone broke into a sport utility vehicle and took the items along with a bag of No sign of forced entry was tower damaged CANYON LAKE Officials scrambled for two days to repair damage caused in a Sunday night lightning strike that has shut down an important public safety radio Comal County Sheriffs Ed Whitson said Tuesday the countys mutu al aid channel the one fire departments are dis patched on was knocked out of commission when lightning struck one of the county communication tow ers on Startz Hill during the thunderstorm that rolled through Comal County Sunday By repairmen had transferred the broad casts to another antenna while they awaited parts to effect a It was good old light Whitson It got hit a few years and it gets hit occasionally because its the secondor thirdhighest spot in Comal Whitson said Tuesday that he expected the prob lems to be repaired Death ruled homicide CORPUS Texas AP Coastal Bend doc tor has ruled the death of a 1yearold girl was a homi cide that followed a domes tic dispute and police stand off at her parents apart The Nueces County Medical Examiners Office on Monday ruled that Stefani Angel Heinamans 16 death was caused by choking and strangula Lloyd White Stefanis Michael Ray was jailed in connection with injury to a District Attorney Carlos Valdez said the case would be presented Meetings COMAL COUNTY COMMIS SIONERS COURT regular Commissioners third Comal County Courthouse 150 Seguin COMAL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT board of 6 Bill Brown Elementary 20410 Highway 46 Spring SCHERTZCIBOLOUNI VERSAL CITY INDEPEN DENT SCHOOL DISTRICT board of 7 new Dobie Junior High 395 Borgfeld Taming the Beast JESSIE Tim Gruss right gives the first demonstration of the countys new chipper nick named The Beast to Ron Imhoff left and other Comal County workers Tuesday According to the the new chipper can turn 500 yards of brush into 100 yards of useable mulch in an hour or Jobless rate climbs for third straight month Austin too pricey for musicians AUSTIN AP The Texas capital may also be known as the Live Music Capital of the but a new report says musicians can no longer afford to live in the The music industry in Austin is threat ened by the effects of the overall economic success it has helped to according to a report by Texas an economic consulting The report underscores years of grumbling from musicians about how hard it has become to live and play in Music pumps more than million per year into Austins economy and provides the report The industry also has made the city more attractive to those that fueled Central Texas hightech boom in the But the boom also took a toll on the music to the Higher rents pushed musicians away from the and skyrocketing property appraisals squeezed Several longstanding including Liberty Lunch and the Elec tric have closed in the past two An awful lot of the venue owners I talked to are hanging on by the skin of their said Jon managing director of Texas in Wednesdays Austin Paul a musician who moved to Austin in 1980 said the city has failed to control rising rents or help struggling He said he hopes the stumbling economy will bring some If the hightech industry goes maybe it just means there will be affordable housing for musicians Minor The City Council in October will discuss the which suggests the city consider providing incentives for the building of down town music It also suggests helping musicians book shows elsewhere in Central coordi nating social services that support musi cians and mediating differences between the music industry and Peyton who founded the SIMS Foundation to provide mental health ser vices to said he welcomes a report suggestion that the city pay the groups administrative Austin has gone through a tremendous amount of change in a short period of Thats going to throw anyone Wimmer The change is so rapid that its hard to maintain as a working BY AMY CLARKSON Staff Writer Comal Countys unemploy ment rate rose in August for the third month in a According to a press release from Alamo Workforce Devel opment the jobless rate was a slight increase over Julys rate of Despite the threemonth the numbers are not as bad as could Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce President Michael Meek Considering that the lay off at Mission Valley Textiles took effect in it real ly isnt a large he was expecting 6 percent at The small jump indicates that at least some of the workers at the mill found oth er jobs before they were forced to apply for unem ployment Meek Thats the advantage of having so many different companies in the he People can find jobs much more Comal Countys jobless rate remains below 5 percent and is below the states average of infor mation from the Alamo Workforce Development indi cates Comals rate is higher than the overall jobless rate of percent for the 12coun ty The rate increased almost 75 percent from the same time this past According to figures released by Comal County posted an unemployment rate of percent in August Alan interim direc tor of Alamo Workforce blamed the increases during the past three months on two facts a softening economy and the layoffs at Mission Valley Tex I dont think theres any thing to be alarmed about at this he Basical Comal County is experi encing what the rest of the country has But with the size of the the layoffs at the textiles plant there makes a signifi cant difference over the past three The increase during the past year indicates an econo my nearing Meek But he was not willing to say the New Braunfels area was experiencing a Two key that of con sumer confidence and new home are still he In the building permits for new sin gle family homes are still breaking And last year it broke any record we held So the New Braunfels economy isnt headed for a I wouldnt say that at We just have to stay vigilant in providing economic develop ment Comal County cannot afford to take a break from its economic development Meek Efforts to create new jobs and increase job skills are he This shows that nothing is he Were just Eke the rest of the Thats why like the Higher Edu cation Task are so Having that job skills training here is going to make a real catfish fry on tap for this weekend On Canyon Lake Animal Shelter will have a BarkBQ benefit ing the nokill animal shel ter in Awardwinning barbecue cook Jim McKee will be at the grill on the shelter grounds from 11 until 4 Franks Supermarket is supplying the Members of CLASS will provide the trimmings of potato cole beans and Along with a the volunteers are promising a musical This could very well be kazoo playing by all the vol Leah shelter volunteer Presidentelect Jan McLean announced a local The is scheduled to provide enter The suggested donation is Soft drinks and takeout plates will be Last month the shelter adopted out 34 They currently have 42 dogs and puppies plus 52 cats and kittens looking for new The Canyon Lake Republican Women will have their annual catfish fry candidate PAC fund raiser Saturday at the Summit Resort on River Road in Social hour begins at 6 with dinner at DANA JONES Tickets are for for children younger than For tickets and call Patsy The Smithson Valley Europe Travel Experience has selected Britain and Ireland for the summer 2002 The trip is open to juniors and seniors and their The itinerary includes Ireland and includes roundtrip 16 overnight break fast and A fulltime tour director and five sight seeing 16 special attractions and Eurostar train ride are also part of the Students price is approxi mately The price for parents Those interested in the tour should contact Cricket Ingraham at Smithson Valley High or at home Dana Jones is a Herald Zeitung correspondent cov ering the Canyon Lake Click on us Now you can visit us on Saturd Thats While many utilities are closing offices and reducing customer were doing exactly the Starting September 8 all our customer service offices will he open on Saturdays from 8 to 5 Visit any of our 15 offices throughout Central Texas to apply for pay hills or ask serviceor hilling related Saturday office hours from 8 to 5 Just another way were working to hetter serve LJUi 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