New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 19, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, August 19, 1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Dr. and Mrs. dos Rushier
Vol. 145, No. 199
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Chuck Engler, Clyde Goins. Joy Mayfield, Artou Jonas, )avid Jonas (40 years) and Siarsha Rebiea (belated - Monday).
Happy Anniversary wishes go to Dr. and Mrs. Joe Kuehler (30 years) and Ronald and Hazel Dietel (25 years).
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Molds —1,159 Ragweed — 14 Pigweed — 4 Grass —trace
(PoNen measured in peds per cubic meter of sir Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River Information Comal River — 308 cubic feet per second, up 4 from Monday Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.67 feet above sea level, down .06 from Monday.
Canyon Dam discharge — 729 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 405 cfs (Monday) Canyon Lake level — 910.21 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
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NBU reports pumping 6.842 million gallons of surface water Monday and 4.20 muon gallons of wen water.
MV to slay hot
Tonight and Wednesday — some late night and early morning clouds. Otherwise generally fair skies this evening, becoming mostly sunny Wednesday. Low in the upper 70s. High near 100. South wind 5 to 10 mph tonight, 10-15 mph Wednesday.
Thursday — partly cloudy. High in the 90s to near 100.
Friday and Saturday —
mostly cloudy with a chance of showers or thunderstorms.
Low in the 70s. High in the 90s.
Monday’s high temperature reached 99 degrees while the low was 76 degrees
Rodrigues hosts town mooting
Congressman Oro D. Rodriguez plans to conduct a town meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Lone Star Primary School cafeteria, 2343 W San Antonio St.
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School is back in session so drivers need to remember to slow down in school zones Drivers also should be reminded it is illegal in most situations to pass a school bus that has stopped to unload or pick up students
FInMm tryouts taking plac* tonight
Tryouts for the Fireflies Division ll soccer team will be conducted at the H-E-B soccer fields on Tuesday and Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Donate to toward limd
To donate to a reward fund set up to help find the man who shot Michael Kivlin on Aug. 2, send your donation to the “Michael Kivlin Reward Fund" at Norwest Bank or the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Lancia Anyone with information should call 620-TIPS or (800) 640-8422.
Baboon shot and killed after attacking woman
By DAVID DEKUNDER
The owner of the Snake Farm shot a 7-year-old baboon Saturday after it escaped from its cage at the Snake Farm on Interstate 35 and bit a woman.
Comal County Sheriffs deputies responded to the Snake Farm, 5640 Interstate 35 South, at 4:15 p.m. after the baboon reportedly had bitten Kathleen Jones, 55, of Schertz, Lt David Ott said.
“It bit her on the leg,” he said.
New Braunfels EMS took Jones to McKen-
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na Memorial Hospital where she was released the same day.
Comal County Animal Control took the baboon’s body.
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Debra Murray halpa her daughter Brittany prepare for her first day in the third-grade at Memorial Elementary, aa little brother Brendan looks on. After getting Brittany settled in, Brendan reported for classes at Memorial Primary School.
HeraW-Zeitung photo by Denise Dziuk
Lunch on the go
Cafeteria work sends Rahe students to community center
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By DENISE DZRJK
Herald-Zettung photo by Denise Dziuk
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Instead of heading for the cafeteria when the lunch bell rang on the first day of school, students at Rahe Primary School hiked next door to the Bulverde Community Center.
Classes in both New Braunfels and Comal school districts started Monday. Enrollment figures will not be available for a few days, but district officials were expecting growth. New Braunfels Independent School District anticipated 6,000 students showing up for classes on Monday. Comal Independent School District’s projection was closer to 9,800.
The first day of school tested how well Rahe Primary administrators had planned for the lunch hour.
Principal Barbara Doeppenschmidt said the cafeteria was being renovated to create more seating space for the school’s growing enrollment. A new kitchen is being built, and the onginal kitchen will be converted to a seating area.
Doeppenschmidt said the cafeteria was not yet suitable for student use. She said the seating area would be complete in a few weeks, but the kitchen would not be ready for about three months.
Lunch will not wait for the project’s completion, so for the first few weeks of school, Doeppenschmidt said students
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Students al Rah* Primary School watkad to Bulverde Community Cantar, wham thay ala sack lunches. The school’s cafeteria is under construction, so students ara sating naxt door until tho Boating ama is complete in a few weeks. The new kitchen wont be complete for several months.
would walk next door to the Bulverde Community Center. Doeppenschmidt said the school would still provide breakfast and lunch for its students, but they would be “sack lunches.”
“We’re just really appreciative that they’ve agreed to let os use that facility,” Doeppenschmidt said. “Our other option was eat in the classroom.”
Bulverde Senior Center Vice President
Jane Wood said cooperating with the school was never at question, especially since senior citizens already were working on projects with students.
“(We agreed) because our children are our most important asset,” she said. “It was never a consideration that we wouldn’t"
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Gramm aide explains fire ant legislation
Comal residents hear details of proposal
By DAVID DEKUNDER
An aide to Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, briefed 15 Comal County residents Monday on legislation to control tire ants in Texas and other states.
Ed Hodges, state director for Sen. Phil Gramm’s office in Dallas, summarized the Fire Ant Control, Management and Eradication Act of 1997 at the Comal County Texas A&M Agricultural Extension Office.
Gramm, who sits on the Senate Agricultural Committee, is sponsoring the legislation.
Hodges said the act w ould do two things:
1) establish a National Advisory Board of 12 agricultural experts, and
2) establish S43 million in seven years for research grants. The money would pay for four to 13 research grant proposals.
Once the research grants are studied, the National Advisory Board will eliminate all but one or two proposals. Based on those proposals, a national tire ant policy will be made.
“The advisory board will make the recommendations,”
Hodges said. “The (JSDA (Department of Agriculture) will make the final decisions (on the plan).”
Hodges said Gramm was introducing the legislation because of the devastating impact the fire ant has had on the Texas economy. Since the Brazilian fire ant immigrated to the United States in the 1930s, it has spread through the South, including Texas. Fire ants are now present in 26 states.
Fire ants cause an estimated loss of $67 million a year to the state’s cattle industry' and S2 billion a year nationwide.
Fire ants infest 156 of 254 counties in Texas. In the last IO years they have spread to the Panhandle and Wichita Falls, where they were not prevalent a decade ago.
Since Brazilian fire ants have no natural predators, they are hard to stop, Hodges said.
“It is spreading," Hodges said “It is starting to modify to the colder climates.”
Hodges said questions such as whether the Brazilian fly, the fire ant’s natural enemy, should be imported to Texas and why fire ants were attracted to alternating electrical currents would be examined.
Hodges said electrical damage caused by fire ants is the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport’s No. I problem.
“It is becoming a major urban problem now,” Hodges said. “The key is that we get control and manage the Brazilian fire ant.”
Hodges said the bill passed the Senate Agriculture Committee on July 30 and the Senate will vote on it in September.
UPS, Teamsters reach accord
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fleets of familiar brown delivery trucks may be chugging in a few days after UPS and the Teamsters announced agreement today to end a 15-day stoke that coppled the nation’s largest package earner.
United Parcel Service officials warned of possibly 15,000 layoffs as the company struggles to rebuild business lost in a stoke that idled 185,000 workers.
Approval of the deal may come as early as tonight.
The two sides agreed late Monday night to a five-year deal that includes the creation of 10,000 new full-time jobs from existing part-time positions. The company also will raise pay for fulltime workers by $3. IO an hour over the life of the contract and agreed to keep a multi-employer pension plan.
Two suffer injuries in wreck
From staff reports
Two motorists were taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital Saturday after an accident near Farm-to-Market Road 1863 and Texas 46.
Marvin R. Schaefer, 81, of New Braunfels, was still at McKenna on Tuesday morning in stable condition. The second motorist, Audra Britton, 29, of Dripping Springs was dis
New Braunfels Police Sgt. John McEachem said Schaefer was driving a 1973 Chevrolet pickup northbound on the 2200 block of Texas 46 about 11 a m. when he blacked out, veered across the road and hit the Volkswagen van driven by Britton, heading south on Texas 46.
McEachem said there was no evidence of alcohol involved in the crash.
County conducts budget hearings Thursday
From staff reports
The public will have two opportunities on Thursday to voice their opinion about the county’s proposed budget before its adoption Thursday evening.
The court will conduct two public hearings on the budget on Thursday. The first will be at 11 am with anoth
er hearing slated at 5:30 p.m.
Commissioners will consider approving the budget after the evening hearing. Both hearings will be conducted in the Commissioners Courtroom in the courthouse annex, 150 N. Seguin, and the public is encourage to attend.
The proposed budget, which was filed with the county clerk’s office
earlier this month, calls tor an increase in spending and an increase in the tax rate. The 1997 budget included $17,744,758 in expenditures and $16,030,785 in revenue. The 1998 budget calls for $19,686,029 in spending while only taking in $18,401,589 in revenue. The budget will be balanced with the remaining funds coming from the general final.GED program lists testing dates, requirements — Page 2