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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 13, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas                                TT If OCTOBER ERALDZEITUNG VOLLIYBALL Canyon beats New Braunfels in volleyball for second time this Page 8A FORUM Writer Pierre Schmitz writes about why we should prepare children for the world by learning a 4A Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 287 16 2 sections C K I SO4 j 9 r cloudy High Low 83 54 Details 10A DEARABBY M COMICS 21 CROSSWORD It FORUM 4A OBITUARIES SA SPORTS 8A TV GRIDS M Sales tax revenues top in August By Scott Mahon Staff Writer New Braunfels sales tax revenues topped million in the second time this summer revenues have hit that Augusts revenues of were just short of Junes record of which was the first time monthly revenues topped the million Augusts sales tax revenues were also 31 percent above August Texas State Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn reported the state collected percent more in sales tax than in August Nine of my 10 economic indicators are positive and we have enjoyed an increase in sales tax collections for 13 months she While the citys sales tax revenues are hitting record the Senate passed a wideranging tax package Monday that would allow Texans who itemize their fed eral tax returns to deduct the states sales See Page 7A Shuttle seats could be limited to By Scott Mahon Staff Writer The River Task Force will recommend to the New Braunfels City Council that the city limit the number of permitted shuttle seats for the Comal River to The task force was appointed to solve overcrowding on the Comal River when the Guadalupe River is and members agreed Tuesday that allocat ing permitted seats annually to river outfitters for the Comal River would prevent the kind of overcrowd ing that occurred this summer when Guadalupe outfitters were allowed to shuttle tubers to the Comal Permitted seats would be allocated based on the percentage each outfit ters river management fees was in rela tion to the total amount of river man agement fees collected the previous For Rockin R River Riders paid in river management fees in which represented 45 percent of the total river management fees paid to the Rockin R would be allocated 504 permitted shuttle or 184 less than the number of permitted shuttle seats it paid for this The city would issue separate shuttle permits for the Guadalupe but would not limit the number of permits for the Guadalupe The city would award shuttle permit seats for the Comal River based on the new and the remaining 100 would be awarded and sold through a lottery See Page 3A REPAIR WORK DAVID New Braunfels High School tennis players Elisa Charlotte Hull and Candace Crittenden take a break from practice on the cracked and pitted tennis court at the school Tuesday Repairing the tennis court is one of nine facility needs listed Monday by Facilities Manager Daryl NBISD to seek bids for repair projects at 3 money to come from surplus DIDYOU By Laigh Jonas Before New Braunfels Indepen dent School District trustees reject ed a proposal to spend money for teacher they agreed to seek bids for three facilities Facilities Manager Daryl Stoker estimated repair work at New Braunfels High new base and surface for the tennis courts and new flooring for two wings of classrooms and new road sur faces and a bridge at Memorial Pri mary and Elementary schools could cost as much as Superintendent Ron Reaves esti mated teacher bonuses would have cost Funds for the facility repair needs will likely come from a million surplus remaining from the 1999 Bond The surplus is a com bination of money saved from oth er projects and interest Trustees selected the three proj ects based on their potential for safe ty Parent and tennis player Winky Smith pulled her hamstring after stepping on a piece of loose court surface last She told trustees the courts were dangerous and When you walk to the they show no part of Unicom Smith Our students are high ly trained and we have the potential for a really bad injury Thanks to their age and the tena cious weeds growing up through the base the courts surfaces are riddled with cracks and Stoker recommended a complete overhaul costing as little as for an asphalt base or as much as for a posttensioned con crete No matter which option is select standard resurfacing will still need to be done every 5 to 6 In the district spent for a new surface but did not have any work done on the Trustee Lee Edwards reminded fellow board members regular resur facing would have to come from budget We need to reserve funds for this work if this is going to be a recurring he While the tennis court situation See NBISD Page 7A FACILITY NEEDS Facilities Manager Daryl Stok er gave trustees a list of nine facility needs The potential price tag came in at Projects included Roof repair and air condi tioning for the high school field house New flooring for two wings of the high school High school tennis court repair High school track repair or replacement Development of Memorial Plaza at the high school Asphalt bus lane at Memorial Primary Asphalt bus lane at Memorial Elementary Bridge between Memorial Primary and Elementary schools Agriculture barn 150 international students participate in Schlitterbahn summer program By Scott Atohon Staff Writer Like many European stu Alex Armenean and his decided to work in America this past Last the two university students from Romania decided to work for Schlitterbahn in New It was their first experience in Although many theme parks recruit international students for seasonal employ it was also Schlitter bahns first One hundred fifty Eastern Euro pean college students were recruited by the local water park to work this It was a pilot program we started this said Stacey Schlitterbahns direc tor of human Smith said she and Toni staff services man flew to Eastern Europe in January to recruit college students from Roma Lithuania and Hiring international stu dents is a popular phenome non tot the amusement indus Degutis said We thought about it for a long time before we decided to do the pilot pro But we like a diversified and we needed more seasonal Armenean attended the job fair in February and signed a contract with It was in Armenean I think there were 400 to 500 students at the We interviewed with an employer from but we decided to come to Page 3A Carat Damond Jewelry factory   

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