New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to: Betty Jo Powell, Linda Bagel, Donna Gordon,
Carl Gray, Vicky Krejci, Judy SoUz, Patricia Guerra (Monday), Janet Jackson (Monday), Andrea (Monday), Cindy Manley (Monday), Julia Reyes (Monday), Patsy Vann (Monday), Lynn Rhelalaeader, Hilmar Remmler (Monday), Matthew Anthony Sanchez (4 years old), Lily O. Sched (71 years old Saturday).
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Carl and Marina Fox (40 years), Ross and Usa Whitehouse, Jesse and linda
(20 years Monday), David mnl Marc! Martinez (6 years)
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
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Vol. 145, No. 198
Highs will be near IOO today. Tonight, partly cloudy skies will become mostly cloudy after midnight with tows in the upper 70s. Monday, early morning ow clouds will dissipate, with highs near IOO. Monday night, partly cloudy with lows in the mid 70s.The extended forecast Tuesday through Thursday, calls for partly cloudy skies with tows in the 70s to near 80 and highs in the 90s to near 100 western plateau.
Qramm addresses fire ant control
An aide of U.S. Sen. Phil Gramm plans to visit New Braunfels at 2:45 p.m. Monday at the Comal County Agriculture Extension Center. 132 $. Water Lane.
The purpose of the visit is to present Gramm’s proposed Fire Ant Control, Management and Eradication Act of 1997 For more information, call (214) 767-3000
Rodrigues conducts town meeting
Congressman Ciro DI Rodriguez plans to conduct a town meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lone Star Primary School cafeteria, 2343 W. San Antonio St.
Switch gears for tho now school year
Summer is winding down for area students. Both school districts will begin the 1997-1998 school year on Monday.
Drivers need to remember to follow posted speed limits in school zones.
McKenna entrances ars changing
The main entrance to McKenna Memorial Hospital will close on Monday.
Patients and guests may now enter the hospital through the new entrance on Houston Street.
Limited handicap parking is available at the Houston Street entrance. Additional patient and guest parking is available on Austin Street.
The Houston Street entrance will serve as McKenna s main entrance for the next 18 months as a new building is under construction.
Access to the 100 block of Garza Street will be limited to construction-related traffic for approximately 16 months. Access is being restricted to protect pedestrians and automobiles.
McKenna s emergency entrance on Houston Street remains unchanged.
McKenna Memorial Hospital will continue offering all health care services throughout the construction process.
McKenna Memorial names new CEO
By CHRIS CREWS
McKenna Memorial Hospital announced Friday the appointment of Ray Harris as the hospital's new president and chief executive officer.
Harris replaces Johnny Johnson, who retired from the hospital after holding dual positions for 14 years.
Harris, who will begin his new job on Monday, comes to McKenna after serving as administrator at Northeast Baptist Hospital in San Antonio for 21 years. Under his leadership, the hospital expanded its capabilities to include heart surgery, acute obstetrical care and improved outpatient services.
McKenna Board of Trustees Chair
man Doyle Krueger said Harris had the extensive experience in hospital administration the board was looking for in its search to replace Johnson.
Johnson said Harris was an excellent choice as his successor.
“(Harris) has been a friend and professional associate of mine for 15 years," Johnson said. “He is a consummate administrator who understands doctors.
A home of your own
Finding a place to live in Comal County takes patience, know-how
By DENISE DZIUK
Two key points should be reme-bered when looking for a place to rent in New Braunfels — give yourself time and don’t expect low prices.
Gary Flemming, property manager with Coldwell Banker, D’Ann Harper Realtors, said New Braunfels could claim a strong rental market throughout the year, with Winter Texans, commuters and retirees snatching up available housing.
However, summer “is our prime moving season,** he said. May through August sees the highest demand for rentals, mainly beewise families take advantage of the summer to move, and teachers are relocating to start new jobs.
“This time of the year is always the busiest,” Flemming said. ‘That’s our prime moving season mainly because of teachers."
Despite the tight market, finding a place to rent in New Braunfels is not impossible. Sometimes, there are plenty of places from which to choose, he said.
“It just comes and goes," Flemming said. “Sometimes I have 20 properties and ocher tunes I only have three. It’s just not predictable.”
Donna Montalbano, property manager and Realtor for Property Management Professionals, Inc., said the key to finding a place to rent was giving yourself plenty of time, considering some places have a 30- to 60-day waiting list.
“The tenant that has the difficulty finding the place is the renter who pulls into town with his U-Haui," Montalbano said.
New residents flock to lake, Bulverde areas
By DAW) DEKUNDER
The pounding of hammers heralds new homes springing up across Comal County.
Over the past several years, Comal County’s population has increased dramatically with young families and commuters moving from the San Antonio area.
Bulverde and Canyon Lake have seen a great influx of people. For real estate agents, that has meant a booming business.
Marsha Wetz, an agent with Cold-well Banker D’Ann Harper Realtors, said people were moving in droves to the Canyon Lake area.
“We have plenty of houses available for people who want to move in,” Wetz said.
According to statistics provided by the U S. Census, the number of people calling Canyon Lake home has grown by 38.9 percent from
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Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael Oamall
Construction worker Grog Cantu pounds down a few nails at a new housing development on Interstate 35 near Texes Highway 46. The new units are on river-front property.
Renters looking for a place in New Braunfels also need to be prepared to pay a little more than average. Montalbano said high demand limited affordable housing in New Braunfels.
Flemming said a three-bedroom, two-bath house that might rent for $500 or $600 in Houston would go for 800 to $900 locally.
“Everyone wants to move to New
Braunfels, so the property owners can charge high rates,” he said. “Either (renters) are going to take it or move to Seguin or San Antonio — and they don’t want to do that, so they just have to pay it.”
Montalbano said the situation was’ not hopeless. She said several new apartment complexes had opened, were under construction or were
being considered for the area. She said they “should loosen the market . ” In the mean time, Montalbano offered advice on how to find either a home or apartment to rent in New Braunfels:
• Renters need to give themselves several months to find a new place.
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g The average value of a new home built in Comal County in 1960 was $48,100
g The average value of a new home built in Comal County in 1995 was $102,000
■ The number of building permits issued for smgle-fam-Hy homes fed to a 20-year tow in 1990, when only 209 permits were issued
■ The number of building permits issued for single-fam-tty homes reached an all-time high in 1994, when 886 permits were issued
■ A total of 829 permits for single-family homes were issued in 1996
■ Comal County experienced its largest percentage drop in building permits, 25 percent, between 1987 and 1968.
Need for low-income housing on the rise
By ABE LEVY
The growth in New Braunfels and Comal County has touched low -income people in need of affordable housing.
Local housing authority officials estimated that between 200 and 300 people have remained on a waiting list for government-assisted housing in the county during the past five years.
With the average median rent in the city estimated at $341, the local demand for low-income housing has grown.
More than 800 units throughout the county are occupied by people receiving federal assistance through the Department of Housing and Urban Development or the county and city housing authorities.
Tire county and city each have a board of directors to oversee housing assistance managed by the city’s housing department.
About half of the units are funded by HUD vouchers and certificates that supplement payments to landlords in
Persons interested in qualifying for housing assistance in Comal County can visit the city and county housing authority at 300 Laurel Plaza or call 625-6909. Housing authority officials said applicants should bring proofs of citizenship, verification of income such as paycheck stubs and their social security cards. The application also requires a criminal background check.
private residences throughout the county-
The other half stay in one of the four pnvately-managed housing complexes in the city or two apartment complexes that the city housing authonty manages.
Nadine Mardock, executive director of the city and county housing author-
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nurses and technical staff."
Harris said in a prepared statement that McKenna was a progressive institution and he was very excited about his new position.
He said he and his wife, Jan. were looking forward to moving to New Braunfels from Selma in the coming months.
Districts start school year with high hopes, dreams
By DENISE DZIUK
Children will wake early Monday, lunches will be packed and buses will be taking area students to their first day of school for the ! 997-98 year.
W"hen the bells ring Monday morning. the Comal Independent School District will be bursting at its seams. Superintendent Jerry Major said there were 9.250 students in CISD at the end of the 1996-97 school year. Betw een 9.750 and 9.800 are expected for the first day of class Monday.
“I would think that when things shake out after Labor Day, we'll be closer to 9,900,” he said The growth is just one challenge facing the district this year. Major said improv ing student performance w ould be the biggest challenge. “Our goal is to start moving our schools into the exemplary status." Major said.
In addition to new faces in the classroom, children will see new buildings and improvements. Major said most projects would be completed or would be nearing completion when the bells nng Monday.
That will mark the first full year in three intermediate schools opened in December and January.
Seventh-grade students at Smithson V alley Middle School will return from the winter break to attend classes at the new Spring Branch Middle School. Major said he appreciated the community support that allowed the improvements to be made.
“Just getting all those projects completed will be a major boost for students and teachers,” Major said. “Everyone’s really excited and readv to start the year.”
Teachers and administrators are “excited” about the start of the school, said New Braunfels Independent School District Superintendent Ron Reaves.
NBISD's student population will not jump as much as the CISD enrollment. As of Aug. 28, 1996, there were 5,794 students in NBISD. Reaves said that although the actual numbers would not be known until students show up on Monday, the district has been growing about I to 2 percent a year “New Braunfels 1SD is experiencing slow but steady growth,” he said. “We’re only growing by a couple hundred each year.”
The challenges and goals for the coming school year will focus on student achievement and curriculum, Reaves said He said the district would evaluate how the state’s curriculum guidelines compared with those of NBISD. He said curriculum alignment — standardizing the curriculum across the distnct — would be a key issue. He said district-wide curriculum alignment could transfer into higher performance on standardized tests.
“It’s trying to ensure we have the proper scope and sequence between grade levels,” he said. “We want (students) to be prepared to take do well on these tests ”
The board established goals several
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