New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 1, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, April 1,1997
EL PASO, TX 79903-Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Maili Culbarteon
Vol. 145, No. 99
Birthday wishes from the Harald-ZeHung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Zachary William Andrew Well (I year old), Mark Culbertson, Priscilla Nealeigh (16 years old), Anthony ChoHco (15 years old).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold — unavailable Sycamore — unavailable Ash — unavailable Mutoerry — unavailable
(Poton measured in parte per cubic meter of air Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel)
Comal River — 246 cubic feet per second, up 4 from Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Welt — 624.37 feet above sea level, down .01. Canyon Dam discharge — 699 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 515 cfs Canyon Lake level — 910.79 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
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NBL! reports pumping 4.725 million gallons of surface water Monday, and 625,800 gallons of well water were used.
Citywide chanup slated for Saturday
The City of New Braunfels is sponsoring a Spring citywide cleanup Saturday at the landfill on FM 1101 (Freiheit Road) The landfill will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will provide city residents a chance to dispose of waste free of charge up to one pickup load per household. No hazardous materials will be accepted or items such as appliances, batteries or tires. City officials encourage the public to take advantage of this once-a-year opportunity to get rid of waste.
The free offer is not available to commercial or contr acta disposal.
The city will also collect scrap tires for free from 8 a m. to 1 .rn. Saturday at the New raunfels High School. For more information, call Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager, at 608-2100, ext. 18.
Fund-raising Mm for non-profit groups
Need a fund-raiser for your non-profit organization? Get your group together to provide and sell food at VolunteerFest ‘97 on April 12. Call Karen at 62007520 a 625-3887 to participate
Fifturs of Now Braunfels
New Braunfels Title Company and Norwest Bank will sponsor a presentation by Mayor Jan Kennady; John Dierksen, chair man of the city's Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee; Paula DiFonzo, NBU; Greg Malatek, TxDOT and Mike McAnelly, consultant to the city from Wilbur Smith Associates of Houston, on “The Future of New Braunfels." The presentation will be from 9 to 11 a m. April 18 at New Braunfels Hoi iday Inn. For information anc reservations call New Braunfels Title Company at 625-7553 or stop by any of their three Coma County offices in Canyon Lake or New Braunfels.
Arts and crafts/chili cookoff
American Legion Post 179 and Ladies Auxiliary will have an arts and crafts show and flea market from 11 a.m. to 5 p m Sunday along with their fifth annual chili cookoff. Arts and crafts spaces start at $7 Secured off-site parking is available at Krause’s Cafe with free Rockin’ R shuttle bus rides to the events from noon to 6 p.m Admission is free. Food and drinks are available. Attendance prizes and entertainment ta the whole family will be available Call 625-0179 for information.
A final farewell for Adam
Friends, family remember the way teen touched other’s lives
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The rainy, dreary day reflected the mood of hundreds of high school students, friends and parents who gathered for funeral services for Adam Lynn Trollinger on Monday afternoon at Oakwood Baptist Church.
During his eulogy, the Rev. Ray Still said Trollinger will always be
By DENISE DZIUK
Local math teacher Vicky Krejci received a national award recently for her dedication to making sure students succeed in education. ■MHHHHjl Krejci, who has heen teachmg at C arl Schurz Ele-mentary for I I years, was named WB . #9 the 1997 Betty
Bf c "> IB Scharff Memorial Award as Math m\ TH Instructor of the Year by the Vicky Kfe)d national “Help One Student to Succeed” Corporation. Krejci was among eight teachers in the United States honored, and was the only math teacher.
“She deserved it, and I think it’s good when you get an award that everyone feels good about and thinks you deserve,” said local HOSTS coordinator Linda Bingham.
Carl Schurz Principal Dr. Jane MacDonald nominated Krejci, and knew she had a good opportunity to win
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Ex-Unicorn cager expected to coach U.S. women’s team
Staff and wire reports
Former New Braunfels High School and University of Texas standout Nell Fortner is expected to be named coach of the U.S. Olympic women’s basketball team today.
Fortner, an assistant and scout for the 1996 Olympic team, led Purdue to the Big Ten co-championship in her first season as coach.
USA Basketball, the sport’s governing body, has not identified its choice, but Fortner had been mentioned in reports during the weekend as the likely pick.
Fortner directed Purdue to a 17-11 record and a share of the conference title with Illinois and Michigan State. The Boilermakers woe eliminated in the second round of the NCAA tournament.
As national team coach, she would prepare the U.S. squad for next year’s world championships and the 2000 Summer Games in Sydney.
She played basketball and volleyball for Jody Conradt at Texas and has been an assistant coach at Stephen F. Austin and Louisiana Tech.
Fortner attended New Braunfels High School from 1973 to ‘77 and played basketball under coach Karen Fredenburg when women’s basketball was played at half-court.
remembered for the way he touched people.
“In taking the stories his parents and some of you told me, Adam was a young man full of energy,” Still said. “He wanted to live life to the fullest. You liked that about him.”
Trollinger, 17, died late Wednesday night when the automobile he was driving was struck by an Amtrak train at the Union Pacific Railroad tracks at FM 1102 and Conrads Road. Romina Sanchez, 18, and her close friend from
A memorial service for Romina Sanchez will be held at 4 p.m. today at her mother’s home, 1847 Kuehler Ave., New Braunfels.
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Mexico, Denise Mata, 18, also died in the accident.
Trollinger and Sanchez attended New Braunfels High School. While at NBHS, Trollinger was active in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and lettered in track and football, where he started as a defensive tackle last season for the Unicorns.
Still said Trollinger was always happy-
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One of the passers-by looks at messages Trot linger’s funeral Monday afternoon.
He rakJ-Zettun^ photo by Mtoh—I Damon
on students cars during Adam
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Darnall
New Braunfels Middle School student Jeremy Walter is one of only 100 students to qualify for the state geography bas sponsored by the National Geographic Society.
Geography, not spelling, key to this bee
By DENISE DZIUK
Name the European co-pnncipal-ity whose heads of state are the president of France and the bishop of Urgel. lf you didn’t know the answer was Andorra, you would not have beat a seventh-grader in the 1996 National Geography Bee.
New Braunfels Middle School student Jeremy Walter will go have to
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answer similar questions when he competes against about IOO other students in the state geography bee this week.
Ellen Siskind, spokesperson for the National Geographic Society, said local schools register with the bee and are sent the material to conduct a local bee. Siskind said the
various school level winners then must take a written geography test.
“The top I OO scores in each state are the ones that will compete on the state level,” Siskind said. “Texas is one of the biggest and you had some really good winners.”
Walter, 13, was among those winners, and will compete in a statewide bee Friday at Texas Christian Turn to Bee, Page 2
Erickson joins Herald-Zeitung as sports editor
From staff reports
Tom Erickson, 23, has been named to the position of sports editor at the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung , managing editor Micah Boyd said today. His first day was Monday.
“We look forward to Tom’s contribution here in New Braunfels,” Boyd said. “He brings an enthusiasm for local and participatory sports that should blend well with our area.” Erickson comes to New Braunfels from the Southwest Daily Times in
Liberal, Kan., where he had been sports editor since July 1996. Both the Herald-Zeitung and Southwest Daily Times are owned and operated by Southern Newspapers, Inc.
A 1996 graduate of the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kan., Erickson joined the
staff of the Southwest Daily Times in May 1996 as a sportswriter.
“I’m looking forward to the chal-lege of covering the New Braunfels sports scene,” Erickson said. “Especially those events which include community involvement.”
In college, Erickson spent five semesters on the staff of the University Daily Kansan, and served as its sports editor in spring 19%. He also worked at the Kansan as a copy editor, associate sports editor, sportswriter and columnist.
Round of golf may soon cost more
By ABE LEVY
The New Braunfels City Council sent a stem message to the Landa Park Golf Course Advisory Board Monday night: consider increasing fees to make up for a $194,000 shortfall in budget predictions.
Members of the board were present at the council’s second budget workshop and said the deficit is the result of last year’s drought conditions and current construction projects.
They said the new clubhouse currently under construction keeps people from using the course but that once the construction is complete, the course will make money.
“We can’t even sell golf balls out there.” said golf board member Jack Abshire. “Our personnel has had a hard time selling. We will have to work some to increase fees.”
Abshire said the deficit is because of a nationwide trend of low usage, which has equated to a loss of 7,000 rounds of golf at the Landa Park course this past year.
The council instructed the board to come up with a list of recommendations for consideration at its April 14 regular meeting.
“We see that construction is a problem and the weather is a problem,” Mayor Jan Kennady said. “Make some recommendations that we can sink our teeth into and make up some of this deficit,”
The golf board said it plans to hold a special meeting to discuss increasing such items as annual fees for both residents and winter visitors and also daily green fees.
Members of the golf board expressed reluctance to consider a fee increase but said they understood from council members that they could not operate with the shortfall.
Council member Brenda Freeman suggested creating a special peak fee for when the municipally owned golf course has an abundance of users.
That way the ones who use the course most would pay for its upkeep, she said.
City Manager Mike Shands told the board that the golf course must make money because the city’s sources of revenue are limited.
In other workshop discussion:
The New Braunfels City Council decided to propose a property tax rate of $.287794 per $100 valuation at its Monday workshop. While the proposed rate is less than the current rate of $.29162, it was the highest of the proposed options after factoring in last year’s growth, an increase in valuations and an increase in the city’s sales tax.
The proposed increase is 8 percent more than the effective tax rate for 19% and would require public hearings before adoption by council.
The proposed rate would equal about $200,000 in added revenue to the proposed fund balance.Kudos to Canyon Middle School students, teachers, staff. See Page 4.