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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 3, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zft'tung photo by Michael Damall A group of singers gathers at Oakwood Baptist Church to practice songs for the Billy Graham Crusade in San Antonio which begins tonight Canyon's Paniagua named to all-region team. See Paqe 7 New Braunfels mw: 12 pages in one section ■ Thursday, April 3,1997 2 O'?.?.? PIO Or lo SO-UEST PIICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL. DR EL PASO •, TX 79903 - Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of David Owens Vol. 145, No. 101Inside Editorial........................................4 Sports......................................7 Comics.........................................8 Market Place.............................9-12 Dear Abby......................................3 St.immlisLhBirthday wishes from the Harald-Zattung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Bonnie Dams, Doborah Bot-tenfiekL, Mard French, David Owens (17 years old), Kimberlee Hohensee (16 years old), Kate Mendenhall, James San Miguel. Happy anniversary wishes go to: Terry and Laurie Powell. To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.Pollen Count Mold — unavailable Oak — unavailable Ash — unavailable Mulberry — unavailable Elm — unavailable Hackberry — unavailable Sycamore — unavailable (Pollen measured in parts per cubic mew of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.)River Information Comal River — 286 cubic feet per second, up .36 from Wednesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wed — 624.45 feet above sea level, up .06. Canyon Dam discharge — 707 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — no reading ‘ nyon Lake level — 910.86 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.) New Braunfels Utilities NBL) reports pumping 4.317 minion gallons of surface water Wednesday, and 556,500 gallons of well water were used.Last day to (agistor to vote for council The last day to register to vote in the May 3 City Council races is today. Eligible residents can go to the first floor of the Comal County Annex, 150 N. Seguin Ave. and fill out a voter registration card that is handled by the county tax assessor-collector. Districts 3 and 4 of the city council are up for election and include north and east sections of New Braunfels. For more information, call the city secretary at 608-2100.Tejada seat early voting ends Tuesday Residents in the U.S. Con- ressional District 28 have until uesday to voice their early choice regarding which of the two remaining candidates should be the successor to the late Congressman Frank Tejeda. Democrats Ciro Rodriguez and Juan Solis earned spots in the runoff election by capturing the top two spots in the March 15 special election returns. The runoff will be held on April 12 Early voting for the seat runs through Tuesday. The only early voting poll will be in room 306 in the Comal County Courthouse Annex. Polls will be open from 8 a m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.Fund-raising idaa 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 or 625-3887 to participate.MHI District 4 City Council candidatM Voters can meet 1997 Dist. 4 City Council candidates at 9 a m. April 12 at Gruene Hall, sponsored by the Gruene Homeowners Association. The forum will include position statements and a question-and-answer period.Legion 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 avail able 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. Call 625-0179 for information. More ram, possible flooding on tapBy DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer The rain saturating most of South Texas is not expected to let up for a couple more days, and New Braunfels could even experience some flooding today and tonight. Dennis Cook, a forecaster with the National Weather Service station in New Braunfels, said the New Braunfels Airport recorded 0.12 inches of rain between midnight and 8 a.m. this morning. He said rainfall at the airport RAINFALL TOTALS Total for the Month    1.56 Normal Month to Date    0.12 1996 April Total    0.89 Total for the Year    6.68 Normal Year to Date    5.16 1996 Year End Total 17.80 Totals in inches Source: National Weather Service for Tuesday and Wednesday totaled 0.73. “I think we’re ahead (for the year),” Cook said. “(It’s covering) all of South Central Texas and the Hill Country.” Tammy Valentine, public information officer with the Edwards Aquifer Authority, said the rains have had a positive impact on the aquifer. She said much rain has fallen over the recharge zone, and the rain’s impact will not be known for several days. However, she said it is definitely helping. “The kind of rains we’ve gotten are the most effective kind we can get for the aquifer because it has time to soak in,” she said. “It runs off otherwise.” Val entine said the historical aquifer level average for April is 666.1 feet. The aquifer went up a foot from yesterday to measure 658.5 ft. today, compared to last year’s reading of652.8 ft. Valentine said the level is higher than last year, but that does not mean the regions water problems are over. “W e’re up 6 feet, but we’re still 8 feet below the historical average,” Valen tine said. “(The rain) is good and it is recharging the aquifer, but we’re not out of the woods yet.”rnifiiidino rhnir mpmhprc nuiiuioua ui aren ivaiuviiw aam jwiii iii uiv uhuh. Area folks lend voices, support to crusadeBy ABE LEVY Staff Writer IF YOU RE GOING - Judy Kraft is a self-described, small-town girl. Growing up in such Caldwell County locales as Luling and Lockhart, Kraft knew just about everybody — especially her Sunday school classmates and teachers at First Baptist Church in McMahan. About 50 people — or one fourth of the town’s population — would fill the church where she remembers singing old Baptist hymns and memorizing Bible verses every Sunday morning. So on the day she witnessed 30,000 people fill San Antonio’s Alamo Stadium on July 25, 1958 to hear evangelist Billy Graham speak, it was a little overwhelming for the 12-year-old girl. “You just sat there and were stunned,” said Kraft, now 50. “It was just massive. I just remem- The South Texas Bill Graham Crusade is expected to fill the 63,000-capacity Alam-odome each night of the four-day event. The crusade, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. tonight, runs through Saturday and ends with the final service at 4 p.m. Sunday. A children's crusade is also scheduled for 11 a m. Saturday. Doors will open 90 minutes before the services and additional space will be provided nearby at Hemisphere Park where a big-screen TV will broadcast the services. VIA Park and Ride transportation will be provided at Interstate 35 at Randolph Boulevard, Crossroads Mall (1-10 at Crossroads), McCreless Mall (I-35 at New Braunfels Avenue), Northside Stadium (Loop 410 at Culebra) and Kelly AFE I (General Hudnell exit/main gale). For more information, call the crusade office at (210) 1531-2378. ber people coming down and the singing. I don’t know how to put it into words.” Almost 40 years later. Kraft will sing the words to old and new melodies tonight as part of the 5,000-member choir for the Billy Graham Crusade. “The Alamodome is so much larger,” she said. “I sing in church but not ir. the choir. I said that I could do this rather than usher or work in the Turn to Crusade, Page 2 Anti-trust bill aims at making TV more family friendlyBy DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer WHOM TO CONTACT Kelly Saffell, president of the Memorial Elementary-Primary Parent Teacher Association, is concerned about what is being shown on television. “I just think they should have more guidelines,” said Saffell, the mother of a fourth-grader and second-grader. “Even daytime TV (talk shows and soap operas) is ridiculous.” Concerns about TV programs showing nudity, sex and violence during prime time have prompted U.S. Rep. Lamar Smith, R-San Antonio, along with Rep. Joseph Kennedy, D-Mass„ to introduce a bill in Congress that would put pressure on television pro- ■ The state PTA has a number parents can call concerning programs about TV and kids. The number is (800) Talk-PTA. ■ TV Free America, a Washington, D C.-based group, is sponsoring a TV Turnoff Week April 24-30 in which families are challenged to not watch television. Parents who want to participate in the TV Turnoff Week can order a kit from TV Free America by calling (202) 887-0436. ducers to come up with a voluntary code of conduct on what could be put in programs. The bill, which is called the “Television Program Improvement Act of 1997,” would create a permanent antitrust exemption for television producers of programs. ‘The whole idea is to encourage TV and network news stations to jointly get together to create a friendly product for the American people and be responsible to the American people by agreeing to standards on sex and violence,” Smith said. The bill was expected to be introduced in the House after members return from Easter recess Tuesday. The legislation was also introduced in the Senate by Sens. Sam Brown back, R-Kan., and Joe Lieberman, D-Conn. lf the TV networks and producers make changes voluntarily instead of waiting for government action, the new policies would be implemented much more quickly, Smith said. “Under the current law, if they were to collaborate it would be a violation of anti-trust laws,” he said. “So we are providing an1 exemption to free themselves to approve a code of conduct, which is bel ter than what they have right now. We are giving them the exemption st) that they can respond to public concerns.” Smith said the bill would not try to ban certain programs from being shown on tel evision. Turn to TV, Page 2 Cook said the rain could stop as early as Saturday, but the area could get drenched before then. He said areas near Corpus Christi area already experiencing flooding. He said there is a chance for heavy rain, and the New Braunfels area is under a flash flood warning through today and tonight. “That means flooding is possible,” Cook said. “The fact (water) is already there and the ground is saturated makes it worse.” City, state focus on | renewable energy By ABE LEVY Staff Writer To ease demand on long-standing energy sources such as oil and gas, state officials are now encouraging the use of renewable energy sources as a way to protect the environment and improve the economy. Local leaders said they support the effort as a reinforcement of existing projects already in progress. The State Energy Conservation Office launched a campaign last week to raise awareness alx)ut renewable energy, which includes solar power and wind. As the state of Texas embarks on a concerted effort to encourage use of renewable energy, locally the city and the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels are taking steps toward that goal. The city is offering to pick up scrap tires free at New Braunfels High School on Saturday. Last year the city collected almost 2,000 tires that companies used as an alternative fuel source. Tires are also recycled for producing road materials and matting. The city’s tire project is made possible by the state, which lets a company collect the tires and use probationers to help in the effort. “The state of Texas in recent years has taken a very aggressive stand toward looking at alternative forms of power,” said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager and staff representative for the city’s recycling committee. Texas Industries in Hunter uses two million tires each year to bum in its cement kiln, published reports indicate. Susan Williams, executive director of the children’s museum, has been working since November to educate area schools about energy conservation. The education campaign targets youth with the idea that they will then develop conservation habits for the rest of their lives. The museum was awarded a $100,000 state grant to teach IOO schools in the South Texas area about the WATT program. The program teaches children to patrol their school, looking for unused lights to turn off. Museum officials are also working on a energy conservation display to teach its patrons about ways to conserve energy. CITYWIDE CLEANUP The city of New Braunfels is sponsoring a citywide cleanup from 9 a rn. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the landfill on FM 1101 (Frei-heit Road). The city offers the service free of charge only to city residents, and limits the drop to one pickup bad per household The service is not offered to commercial entities In addition, the city is offering free disposal of up to 20 scrap tires per person from 8 a m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the New Braunfels High School. For more information, call Don Ferguson at 608-2100, ext. 18.Kudos to the city and CISD, See Page 4. ;