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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 30, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas AN EW ^tidsNFELS 20132 no09 10/22/99 I SO-WEST MICROPUWL I SHING '2627 E YfHIDE.I I DR OBHerald-Zeitung Vol. 148, No. 116 26 pages in 2 sections April 30, 1999 TT^v A\7 Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents a — , m i -------- Mayoral Candidates District 5 Candidates District 6 Candidates ROBERT KENDRICK STONEY WILLIAMS LEE RODRIQUEZ    CUF COURTNEY DAVID NIGH    JULIET WATSON Campaign time is nearing an end as Saturday’s elections go... Down to the ballotYouth issues dominate city races By Peri Stone Staff Writer New Braunfels residents will elect a new mayor and council members for Districts 5 and 6 on Saturday. At least two new faces will be chosen to address several issues, the greatest of which seems to be leading the city in efforts to reach its youth. Robert Kendrick, a 60-year-old retired architect, and Stoney Williams, 33, a contractor with Guada-Coma Mechanical, are vying for the mayoral seat. Mayor Jan Kennady has reached the end of her term limit. District 5 council member Cathy Talcott said she was moving from her district and would not be eligible for re-election. Stepping in to fill the vacancy are Clif Courtney, 41, a telecommunications specialist with the US. Treasury, and Lee Rodriguez, 39, a local restaurateur. Attorney David Nigh, 32, is challenging incumbent Juliet Watson, who has served one term as the District 6 council member. Williams said having lived in New Braunfels for 29 years set him apart from his opponent. “I know how the city is and was,” he said. Kendrick said he had more than 30 years of leadership experience in youth programs as well as civic and community organizations. He said being retired would allow him to commit to the elected position “full time.” Courtney said his stance on annexation set him apart from his opponent. ‘Tm against massive annexation,” he said, “especially where home owners are against the annexation.” Rodriguez said being self- See CITY/SA , . - • * JSf *    MMF;'*'*' A Roam CORNETTTHeraW-Zeitung Precinct 19 captain Bess Feriet, left, watches as Comal County election official Linnell Hinojosa, center, and Comal County Clerk Joy Streator warm up a machine in which ballots will be counted following Saturday’s election. Crowded schools, credibility hot topics in CISD board races By Heather Togo Staff Writer Student growth and district credibility continue to be the focus of a showdown between eight Comal Independent School District patrons vying for two seats on the board of trustees. Patrons in single member Districts 3 and 4 will head to the polls Saturday to choose representatives charged with addressing the districts exploding student enrollment growth and state funding problems. The $141 million, two-proposition bond package developed by CISD to handle district facility needs for the next IO years has been a hotly debated topic between candidates. Voters also will decide the fate of the bond package at the polls. Patrons voted down a 1997 bond issue to build and remodel schools. - District 4 The results of Saturday’s trustee elections will guarantee at least one new face on the board to represent residents in the south and southeast areas of Canyon Lake. District 4 candidates John Bertelsen, Jim Higdon, Bill Milton and John C, Welch are competing for trustee Doug Nall’s position. Nail cannot run for re-election because he moved out of the district. District 4 candidate Judy A. Holbrook dropped out of the race Monday in order to prevent a split vote between three candidates who opposed the dis trict’s bond election. Bertelsen, a sales representative in the Comal County area and president of Concerned Taxpayers of Comal County, said he was in favor of Proposition I on the bond issue because it addressed the district’s immediate needs. “Proposition I is a solution to the district’s growth problem for IOO percent of the students,” he said. Bertelsen said he was critical of Proposition 2 because the specific location of the new high school still was undecided. Welch, a retired IBM employee and a former school board member in California, said he was in favor of Proposition 2 because a new high school was needed to handle future growth. See BOARD/5A Sample ballots, polling place locations — Pages 4B, 7B CISD voters facing two bond issues By Heather Tooo Staff Writer Saturday's Comal Independent School District bond election will mark the second time voters have gone to the polls in less than two years to cast ballots on a long-range plan to handle rapid student growth. In November 1997, voters did not approve any of the four propositions contained in a $92 million bond package. On Saturday, patrons will decide whether a $141 million, two-proposition package is the answer. CISD board of trustees approved the two-proposition bond package in November 1998 in a 5-2 vote, with Scott Watson and Robert Loop opposed Proposition I, at $89 million, includes: • Three new pre-kindergarten through sixth-grade elementary schools with enrollment of800 students each; • Expansion of Smithson Valley High School to 2,000 students; • Expansion of Canyon High School to 1,750 students; • Expansion of Canyon Middle School to 1,000 students, • Expansion of Comal Elementary to 800 students; See BOND/5A INSIDE Who’s your favorite car dealer? What is your favorite hank? You told us, and we’re telling everybody in the 1999 Best of Comal County Reader’s Choice Award — a special section only in today’s ecRtion.ijgn ROBI CORNE IT/I IxNU-ZeHung Law enforcement officers help an EMS employee carry a 23-year-okJ San Antonio man to an AirUfe helicopter on Thursday. The man’s car was struck by an IS wheel er and fell from the Guadalupe River bridge on Interstate 35.18-wheeler knocks car offI-35 bridge From staff imports Five people were injured Thursday afternoon when an 18-wheeler pushed a car off an Interstate 35 bridge and onto the banks of the Guadalupe River. The truck, which was hauling a trailer full of bricks, was driving south on 1-35 and was unable to stop in time, said a Waring man who was in the second car behind the rig. New Braunfels Police Department officers said traffic was slowed due to ongoing road construction to the south. The truck hit the car of a 23-year-old San Antonio man, pushing it into another vehicle. The San Antonio manfe car then fell off the bridge and landed near the river. The man suffered a head injury and complained of shoulder and arm pain, a New Braunfels Fire and Rescue official said. He was transported to University Hospital in See BRIDGEN Inside Abby............................ ......7A Classifieds.................... 8-14B Comics........................ ......8A Crossword................... ......7A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro............... ......4A Movies......................... 7K 5B Obituaries.................... ......3A Sports....................... ...1-3B Today.......................... ......2A Television..................... ......8A Key code 76 Folkfest, Kindermasken Parade ready to roll By Chris Crews Staff Writer New Braunfels will take a look back at its past this weekend when Folkfest has its annual run on the grounds of Conservation Plaza and the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture. “Folkfest helps preserve the German heritage of the area and lets kids see how things were back in the old days,” said Martha Rehler, director of the New Braunfels Conservation Society. Kids are the focus of the Kindermasken Parade, the kickoff event for Folkfest. For 150 years, children have donned costumes and marched through the streets of downtown. Children wishing to walk in this year’s parade should line up behind the Brauntex Theater by IO a m Saturday. The parade will proceed down West San Antonio Street, around the plaza and along Seguin Avenue, ending in the Sophienburg Archives parking lot. Rehler said an abundance of activities would be available for children. Candle making was one of the annual favorite hands-on activities. “Kids are given a piece of string and they dip and dip until they have made a candle,” Rehler said. Two petting zoos and storytellers with folk toys also should hold the children’s interest. Demonstrations and exhibits will include sauerkraut making, blacksmithing, steam engines, rope making, tortilla making and bread baked in brick ovens. A new demonstration will feature the discharge of an old-fashioned black powder gun and the making of caps and balls used for ammunition. Rehler said adults might be particularly interested rn the “Picker’s Paradise” antique sale on the grounds. Admission is $3 for adults and free for children under 12. Adult admission includes an opportunity to register for two round-trip tickets anywhere in the United States. The prize is courtesy of American Airlines and Rennert World Travel.Folkfest WHO!: 10 am toe pm Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm. Sunday WHERE: Conservation Plaza. Loop 337 at Church HW Drive ADMISSION: Adults $3, children under 12 free WHY: A celebration of New Braunfels’ German heritage. Proceeds benefit the N*# Braunfels Historic Museum Association, Conservation Society and Heritage Society. I I ;