New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 8, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas
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Herald-ZeitungVol. 150 No. 127 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 $1.00
Some question census accuracyCount could be several thousand people short
By Amy Clarkson
Official population figures for the city of New Braunfels have been released, but opinions vary on both the accuracy of the figures and what they mean for the city.
The 2000 Census lists New Braunfels’ population at 36,494 people. That is about 33 percent higher than the 1990 census of 27,334 people.
“The figures show that the growth in the city is about the average of the growth New Braunfels has experienced over the past six decades,” said Michael Meek, president of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce. “So the growth — which some have claimed was phenomenal in the ‘90s — is
really nothing new.”
But some people say the city’s real population is not reflected in the newly released census data. Planning director Harry Bennett is researching the numbers and has found some conflicting data.
Bennett said he believed the area had been “woefully” undercounted — to the tune of more than 4,000 people.
“If you look at the figures, they show that the city’s population over 18 is 27,125,” he said. “The voter registration figures are more than 25,000. That means New Braunfels would have nearly IOO percent of the people who are eligible registered to vote. That’s practically unheard of.”
Bennett said he believed the census figures were inaccurate based on his own department’s figures of new housing starts and building permits. Since 1994 —- the ear-See CENSUS/5A
City of New Braunfels EstimateA New Look
The address remains the same, but www.her-ald-zeitung.com gets a new look and several new features starting today.
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Web edition, first launched in February 1999, has been redesigned to make it more attractive and reader-friendly. New features on the site include full obituaries in place of death notices, the ability to e-mail or print stories, plus special mobile news pages for handheld computers. Readers can subscribe to the newspaper's print edition via the Web and make secure credit card payments online. Newspaper classified ads also will be sold through the site in the near future. The newspaper's discussion area also has been completely revamped to bring forum members better tools for crafting their thoughts and words.
The new site was designed by Greg Mefford, manager of online services for the Herald-Zeitung's parent company, Southern Newspapers.
For information about the Web edition, contact Managing Editor Margaret Edmonson at 625-9144, ext. 220, or e-mail [email protected]
Chinese military takes hard line
BEIJING (AP) — China’s politically powerful military stepped up pressure Saturday for Beijing to take a hard line against Washington in a standoff over a U.S. spy plane. Diplomats said the plane’s detained crew were in “high spirits” after receiving e-mails from their families.
Defense Minister Gen. Chi Haotian said the People’s Liberation Army won’t let Wash
ington “shirk responsibility,” dampening hopes for an early release of the 24 U.S. crew members. The crew has been held on southern Hainan island, where they made an emergency landing after colliding with a Chinese fighter jet. Chis stern tone was in contrast to assurances by diplomats and civilian leaders that Beijing sought an early settlement.
Council to consider requesting 4B funds
By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer
New Braunfels City Council on Monday will consider asking the Infrastructure/ Improvement Corp. to fund several development projects
— including an impact fee study the council approved this past week.
Council meets at 6:30 p.m. in the council chambers at the municipal building, 424 S. Castell Ave.
District 4 councilman Robert Kendrick said he hoped to send several street projects to the Infrastructure/Improvement Commission, or the 4B Board, named after its enabling legislation, for consideration. Other projects include:
• aerial photography and mapping for future planning
• study to implement two additional cross-town con-
What’s Up —
WHO: New Braunfels City Council
WHAT: Regular meeting
WHEN: 6:30 p.m. Monday
WHERE: Council chambers, 424 S. Castell Ave.
Other agenda items:
• Discuss and set the value of the city-approved river-activity wristbands.
• Discuss and set the permit fees for water recreation shuttles.
• Consider proposal for installation of sports lighting at the Camp Comal softball fields.
• Consider bid for antique lighting downtown.
• Consider awarding bid for shelving at the Dittlinger Memorial Library.
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K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-ZeitungThe Kinder Tanzers chicken-dance their way around the Main Plaza Saturday morning during the Kindermasken Parade. For a look at other events this weekend, see Page 10A.
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Key Code 77
By Ron Maloney
A man walked to a table in Wursthalle Saturday night and looked at the violins in front of Jack and Marymichael Rogers.
The man, in his 30s, looked at the instruments a little more, and Jack noticed.
“You’re welcome to pick one up and play it, if you want,” Jack said.
Clearly, the man did, but decided he couldn’t.
“I played for a couple years,” he said. “I wish I’d never stopped, but I quit in the fifth grade.”
Not quite ready to leave, the man kept looking, kept thinking and kept wishing he’d never put the instrument down all those years ago.
For the Rogers family, of Wimberley, the situation has been the reverse. A trim and finish carpenter, Rogers has made a conscious, determined effort to put
down the other things in his life and make room for music.
Jack, Mary michael and son John, 12, participated in contests at Fiddle Fest on Saturday. Jack will finish up today. When they aren’t playing at Fiddle Fest, they’re operating a vending booth right at the front of the Wursthalle Annex. Jack Rogers sells the violins and other instruments he rebuilds and repairs.
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Wimberley family makes music a priority in life
Junior water rights still secure
K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung
Looking for a new bow while she waits to perform in the fiddle contest, Kaiti Anderson tries out a bow strung with 100 strands of imported horse hair by Marymichael Rogers.
By Martin Malacara
BRACKEN— A provision to repeal junior water rights from the state water code has been deleted from upcoming legislation, the county's representative to the Edwards Aquifer Authority said Saturday.
Doug Miller spoke to concerned residents at the Water Fair in Garden Ridge on how new legislation affecting the Edwards and Trinity aquifers would
“As our area and state continue to grow,” Miller said, “our natural resources continue to be at risk.”
Miller said the Senate Natural Resources Committee voted on Thursday to retain the junior water rights clause in Senate Bill 2.
A junior water right is one purchased or permitted from a senior water right. If, for example, a water permit was granted in 2001 from a 1901 right, the senior right does See WATER/11 A