New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zettung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Kyle Richey, Lynn Rhein-laender, and Adam Jones. Happy anniversary to Lisa and Russ Whitehouse and to Debbie and Paul Kocian (21 years.)
River and aquifer information
Comal River -258 cubic-feet-per-second, down 4 c.f.s. from yesterday
Edwards Aquifer — 624.65 feet above sea level, down .06.
NARFE to gather
National Association of Retired Federal Employees, chapter 666, will have a meeting and luncheon at Ryans Family Steakhouse, 11 a.m. Aug. 18. Program is on the Texas handgun law.
Bake a cake for the Women’s Center
The Comal County Women's Center invites you to support the center by donating individually wrapped items for a bake sale, which will be held Aug.
19 at 5 p.m. on the Plaza.
Bring your goodies to the shelter (1547 Common St.) any time Friday or before 4 p m. Saturday. Call 620-7520 for information.
A free immunization clinic will be held from 9 a m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19 at Krueger Elementary School in Marion. The clinic is provided by Santa Rosa Children's Hospital.
Parents are asked to bring the child's immunization records and letter from the school nurse if applicable. Immunizations will be given to infants, children and teenagers.
Appointments are not needed, but are recommended. Call 416-9323 or 914-2646
Optimist Club to moot Monday
The New Braunfels Optimist Club will meet at 6:30 p.m.
Aug. 21 at Molly Joe's Restaurant. The speaker will be Jack Melton of Hospice New Braunfels.
Texas Exes picnic
The Comal County chapter of the University of Texas Ex-Students' Association will hold its annual family picnic and student send-off Thursday, Aug. 24 at Landa Park, Picnic Area 16 Special guest will be UT baseball coach, Cliff Gustafson.
The event starts at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a covered dish - either a vegetable, salad or dessert.
Reservations must be made by Saturday, Aug. 19 by calling Mary Walker at 885-4375, Stoney Williams at 629-7381, Gayle Engler at 629-2109 or Tim Zipp at 625-9405.
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Herald-Zeitung photo by SUSAN ENGLAND
James Stolte, Willie Mae Timmermann, Meta Timmermann, Wanda Timmermann, Barron Schlameus, Clyde Blackman and Rev. Ardie Kendig take part in the ceremony honoring Hermann Seele at the Sophienburg Museum grounds Friday.
Tree-planting a tribute to a founding father
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
People will be able to gather under an elm tree in coming years just as Hermann Seele did when he taught New Braunfels children 150 years ago. New Braunfels dignitaries filled the Sophienburg Museum grounds Friday to dedicate a memorial elm tree planted there, honoring the famous “Seele elm ”
“You know Seele’s name means 'soul,'” event chair Barron Schlameus said. “He was not only named ‘soul,’ but he actually was the soul of the tow n."
Herb Skoog, Sesquicentennial Commission chair, served as emcee for the celebration, which included songs by Seele Elementary students and the Kinder-chor.
City council members, chamber of commerce Blue Coats and Seele descendants were among the standing-room-only crowd. The New Braunfels Retired Teachers Association donated refreshments.
“You know what Hermann Seele taught in school he made them aw are of nature," said Wanda Timmermann, descendant of Rev. Ervendberg.
Elaine Aniol Wilson, Seele’s great-granddaughter, came from Chicago for the ceremony. “We flew down just for this,” she said. She brought husband Richard H. Wilson, her son, Andrew Wilson and wife Dana, and their two children, Megan and Kevin Seele’s great-great-great-grundchildren.
William Rupley is Seele’s great-great-grandson. “I live in Galveston and I hope to become a respiratory therapist and move up here eventually," he said.
Great-great-granddaughter Robin C harlesworth came from Houston with children Brittany and Allison. Seele’s great-great-great-granddaughters.
A plaque marking the very spot of the “Seele elm" w as
The original Seele elm
sunk into the middle of Coll Street Thursday. Flush w ith the pavement, the plaque reads: “Site of the elm forest that shaded the first church service and school classes in 1K45. Rev. L. Ervendberg; H. Seele, Teacher. New Braunfels Sesquicentennial 1995.”
A tree actually stood in the middle of Coll Street until 1955. Ambassador Bob Krueger told the story of that tree with pride for years, he said. “There was a little plaque that read this was the first tax-supported school system in the state of Texas,” he said. “This shows that from the time New Braunfels was founded, it was looking to the future.”
Tax appraisals jump 12 percent
Taxable value in city up IO percent
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The 1995 Comal Appraisal District numbers are in — and they spell major growth for Comal County, said Lynn E. Rodgers, chief appraiser for the CAD.
Districtwide appraisal values went up 12 percent this year, Rodgers said, including new construction and increase in valuation. “We’ve probably almost doubled the increase in value from last year,” he said.
This year there was $ 150 million in new construction in the CAD. “That’s an indication of rapid growth,” Rodgers said. “Most of that is in single family residences.” The new construction for 1994 was about $70 to $80 million, he said.
Some taxable values for 1994 and 1995, and percentages of increase are:
■ CISD — 1994, $1,720,261,399; 1995, $1,951,284,579; 13 percent increase
■ NBISD — 1994 - $822,067,451;
1995 - $91 1,875,525; ll percent increase
■ City of New Braunfels — 1994 -$904,071,303; 1995 - $996,154,122; IO percent increase
■ Comal County — 1994 -$2,271,734,032; 1995 $2,539,008,560; 12 percent increase.
These appraisal figures are compiled by adding up the appraised amounts of all the taxable entities within each area.
The CAD held about 2,000 informal hearings on individual appraisals, Rodgers said. “In an informal hearing the person just wants to talk to the staff appraisers,” he said.
About 700-800 formal hearings were scheduled, but only about half that amount actually heard, Rodgers said. The formal hearings go before the Appraisal Review Board.
“We’re in a real growth pattern," Rodgers said. “It started back in 1993, and this year it’s tipped the scales. We still have signs that we’re continuing to grow,” he said.
Two new trustees sworn into office
Both members ran for election unopposed
By DENISE DZIUK
Two trustees for the New Braunfels Independent School District took the oath of office for another year Tuesday night, arter each ran an uncontested race.
District 2 trustee Anne Miller and District 4 trustee Jaime Padilla sought to be re-elected to their trustee positions.
Despite the fact that they were uncontested, elections were held. Miller received a total of 12 votes, and Padilla received a total of 20 votes. The votes were canvassed and both took the oath of office for another term.
“Welcome back to the board for another year helping take the district into the 21st century,” said outgoing board president Dick Robinett.
The next item of business was reorganization of the board. Leo Chafln replaced Robinett as president. Chafin commended the outgoing president on his accomplishments and said he will
do his best to continue in the path Robinett has set.
“I appreciate the opportunity. I think Dick has done an outstanding job. I don’t know if I can fill his shoes, but I’ll try,” said Chafin.
Jaime Padilla w as elected vice president, Sylvia Sanchez took the office of secretary, and Anne Miller was elected treasurer.
In other board business, Charles Bradberry announced that the NBISD board of trustees has been named the Region 13 honor board.
He said this takes them to the next level of competition, w hich is the state level.
Dunng the non-agenda items, board member Sylvia Sanchez read a statement she prepared regarding the state’s “low performing” label for New Braunfels High School.
She said a 6.6 percent dropout rate for the Hispanic population is not something she can be proud of, and wants to work toward finding a way to lower it.
Outfitters complain that WORD GM’s comments hurt business on the river
By DENISE DZIUK
An article appearing in an area daily newspaper last week caused a stir among a couple of business owners who said the comments made by the general manager of the Water Oriented Recreation District reflected negatively on the Guadalupe River.
Bndget McDougall, owner of Scenic River Properties, attended the WORD meeting Wednesday night to address comments made by General Manager Jim Inman in a recent news article in a San Antonio paper Inman said the nver levels were low, and outfitters were beginning to take their boats off the river. In a follow-up interview, he told the reporter that rafts were being used on the river and explained that low levels expose rocks, which can damage rails.
McDougall said she has received nonstop calls for cancellations, and that Inman’s comments have greatly damaged her business. She asked for the general manager’s resignation.
WORD President Guy Anderson said Inman did not resign, and the board will not be taking any further action on the issue. He said he feels the paper may have taken some of Inman’s comments out of context, and that board members will try to guard against that in the future.
Bus tour stresses importance of IH-35
By DENISE DZIUK
A coalition has started an international tnp from Kansas City to Mexico City in an effort to emphasize the importance of IH-35 to the future of free trade in the Americas.
The IH-35 Corridor Coalition’s “Whistle Stop” Bus Tour, which embarked form Kansas City on Monday, stopped in San Marcos Wednesday on its way to Mexico City for an international coalition meeting on August 19.
“The IH-35 Corridor Coalition Bus Tour is designed to demonstrate the importance of Interstate Highway 35 to commerce within and among the Americas, and unite the public and private sector around the common goal of enhancing and preserving a trade and transportation corridor of international significance,” said Denton County Texas Judge and Coalition Chairman Jeff A. Moseley.
The coalition reports that close to 75 percent of all U.S./Mexico
IH-35 Corridor Coalition Whistle Stop Tour hits San Marcos on its way to Mexico
cross-border surface trade, and Texas exports to Mexico accounted for nearly half of all U.S. exports, w hich equaled about $23.8 billion in 1994. The coalition contends that this is a reason the corridor must be enhanced and preserved.
Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Michael Meek said the location of New Braunfels between Austin and San Antonio directly off of IH-35 is a primary factor in attracting industries.
“We wouldn’t have been able to attract industries such as the Wal-Mart Distribution Center if we weren’t positioned where we’re at. Location is critical,” he said.
Meek said the impact of IH-35 being designated as an international highway would be felt on a local
level, and the impact would be positive. He said there is a lot of competition for limited funds when it comes to improving highways. The designation would allow expansions and improvements earlier than are currently planned. A w Ider highway and one-way access roads would help ease safety concerns as the volume of traffic continues to increase.
“We’re going to be a bottleneck between Austin and San Antonio and that bottleneck can cause safety problems,” said Meek.
Meek said another benefit would be felt economically. He said it would increase traffic and industry in the area, which would mean gains for the economy of New Braunfels. Meek said a central location in terms of being between
‘We wouldn’t have been able to attract industries such as the Wal-Mart Distribution Center if we weren’t positioned where we’re at.
— Michael Meek
Austin and San Antonio, and good highway access makes New Braunfels a prime place for both industry and tourism.
Meek said the coalition will result in improvements in road conditions, industry, and the economy in New Braunfels, and the Chamber of Commerce is supportive of any group that can benefit local residents.
"This involves a lot of people because the corridor runs all the way from Canada to Mexico. I he impact will be felt at a local level,” said Meek.For subscription or advertising information, call the Herald-Zeitung at 625-9144.