New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
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Vol. 143, No. 202
Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Betty Kaufman, Paul Kocian, Ernesto Sotelo and Martha Rogers.
River and aquifer nformation
Comal River -254 cubtc-feet-per-second, up 4 cfs. from yesterday Edwards Aquifer —624.51 feet above sea level, down ,01.
Guadalupe River — 110 cis.
Al Barlow and Friends play free
Al Barlow and Friends will perform the free Concert in the Park I hursday, Aug. 24 The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the dance slab in Landa Park. Bring lawn chairs, but no glass containers allowed.
Register your well
Well owners in the boundaries of the Edwards Underground Water District can pick up registration forms Monday through Friday from 8 a m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Comal County Tax Assessor-Collector office, 150 N. Seguin St., Suite 101, New Braunfels.
County well owners will be required t© register their wells with the EUWD effective Aug.. 22.
Community Chorale rehearsals
The New Braunfels Community Chorale begins rehearsals for the new season Tuesday, Aug. 22 at 7 p m. downstairs in the Friendship Room at Eden Home.
Come and bring a friend.
The concert will be Sunday,
Oct. 15. For information, call Fred Frueholz at 625-6420.
Model train show
New Braunfels Summer Model Train Show will be held from 9 a m. to 5:30 p.m. Aug.
26 at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin.
Admission is $3 for adults and $1 for under 18. Under five free Railroad art, date nails, model trains, operating layouts, building kits and supplies, memorabilia, books, tools. Call 935-2517 for information.
Rec center meeting
Organizers are calling for a large show of support at a public meeting Thursday, Aug 24 at 7 p m at the Canyon Lake Action Center to discuss concerns for the Canyon Lake Community Youth Recreation Center.
Representatives from the county parks committee, Army Corps of Engineers and county officials have been invited to discuss recent actions taken on the proposed site below Canyon Dam.
Cancer support group to meet
The Comal County Cancer Support Dialogue Group, sponsored by the American Cancer Society, will meet at 6:30 p m. Thursday, Aug 24, in the North Building of Victoria Bank and Trust, 1000 N Walnut
Anyone with cancer and their significant others are invited to attend
lf you fiave any questions, call the ACS at 629-5717 or Marian Hicks at 629-1763
Woman makes sure little lost dog does not die on the streets
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Mandy Davis has a true story right out of James Herriott — and she hopes the story will have a Herriott-style happy ending.
Davis saw a little dog hanging around the street near her home in South Bank on Lake McQueeney a couple of weeks ago. “I thought he could be lost or abandoned,” she said.
The dog had survived by eating leftover food thrown away by nearby construction workers, she said.
“You could not dare to go up to him — you could tell he was so frightened,” Davis said. The doc was obviously sick. “He had the mange,” she said. “He was going to die a slow death.”
One neighbor called the Guadalupe County Sheriffs Department and a few other agencies — none could help. Guadalupe County does not have an animal control officer, Davis said.
Davis fed the dog from a distance and called her veterinarian, Dr. Larry Grantham, for advice on how to help him. “Larry volunteered to send someone to help,” she said.
Grantham gave Davis a tranquilizer to put in the dog’s food — that was the only way they could get him to the vet’s office, Davis said. Brandy Stephens and Jay Ann Quilter came from Grantham’s office to help.
“The tranquilizer didn’t quite work,” Quilter said. “Brandy was the sprinter that caught him.”
Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Mandy Davis and Jay Ann Quilter comfort the little dog they helped
save from a slow death.
Grantham examined the dog to see if it could be saved or should be put out of its misery, Davis said. “The mange was devouring his little body,” she said.
Davis is footing the bill for the pup’s treatments — six weeks of medicated baths for the mange. “There are two kinds of the disease, and this kind is more difficult to treat,” Quilter said. Davis hopes that her neighbors will pitch in to pay for part of the treatment, she said.
Grantham estimates that the dog is one to two years old, Quilter said.
“He responded to a pickup truck," Davis said. “He could be looking for the owner who lost or abandoned him,” she said.
“If he’s a lost pet I hope someone will see this article,” Davis said. If no one claims the little dog, she hopes he will be adopted into a loving family.
“It never occurred to me not to try to help him," Davis said. “I’m a person who will not turn my back on a hurt animal.”
(The Herald-Zeitung willfollow up on the little dog s progress in the coming weeks.)
County officials drafted in war on concrete plant
By DENISE DZIUK
Drama school registration is Wednesday
The doors are opening again to Circle Arts Theatre’s school of drama for children, the Fantasy Factory. Registration for the fall semester will take place this Wednesday, Aug. 23, from 5 to 6 p.m. at the theatre located in Landa Park.
The ten-week course offers lessons in stage presence and movement, the tools of the voice, theatre terminology, and ensemble acting. Students, grouped according to age, meet in once-a-week classes, preparing for the public performance that culminates their studies.
According to the school’s super
visor, Roberta Elliott, the course is “not designed to create actors, but to teach the proper use of the voice, and to build the kind of confidence that comes from self-discovery and expression.” Assist-ing Elliott in teaching the classes will be Cathy Clark, experienced actress and music teacher at Mountain Valley School, and Israel ‘Tony” Aviles, trained in theatre at Texas Tech and recently hired as technical director for Circle Arts.
For fees or other information, call 629-4808, between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.
The ‘Bairn’ is on the net
Internet ‘surfers’ all over the world can now visit Schlitterbahn Waterpark and Resorts via the World Wide Web. Computer users point and click their way through extensive information about the park’s history, rides, operating schedule, prices, and special events. Colorful graphics also provide a glimpse at some of the park's attractions. People who decide to visit Schlitterbahn can even print a map and discount coupon on their computers.
Schlitterbahn’s address on the World Wide Web is: http/Avww.schlitterbahn.com.
Residents in the Bulverde area who are opposed to the construction of a concrete plant there presented the county judge with information that may help fight the plant last night.
There are plans underway to construct an Ingram Readymix batch concrete plant at the intersection of Hwy. 281 and FM 1863. Residents are opposed to the plant, saying it will cause air, water, and traffic problems. The residents have asked the county for help in stopping the plant.
County Judge Carter Casteel told residents at a public meeting at the Rnlverde Librarv Monday that ch** would like to help, but she first had to be sure it was legal. She said she and Commissioner Danny Schccl have sent letters asking the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission (TNRCC) to take into consideration what residents are saying. She said any action beyond that must first be approved by an attorney to make sure it is acceptable.
“If someone can show me how to do it, I’ll be the first one out there trying to do something for you. But if I can’t and I try to, I jeopardize the county and its liability,” she told the crowded room.
Kate Mathis, organizer of Citizens League for Environmental Awareness
Now (CLEAN), told Casteel that she had heard from a lawyer who said a local government could make a recommendation to the TNRCC board for a rule, determination, variance, or order of the board if it applies to an area within the local government’s control. The TNRCC board would then give the recommendation maximum consideration.
Casteel said she would look into the issue to see if the county could, in fact, do something. However, she said it sounded like the county could not make a recommendation until the board has actually made a decision. She said this was one of the things she would have to check on.
“If I ’rn going to go argue for something, I want to go with my feet on the ground, and not in the air,” said Casteel.
One resident said she just wanted to know if the county could be counted on for support, both now and after a
‘lf someone can show me how to do it, I’ll be the first one out there trying to do something for you.’
— County Judge Carter Casteel
decision is made.
Schcel said he does support the residents. However, he would also have to make sure it’s an acceptable action before he voted for it in Commissioners Court, because he does not want to
risk a multi-million dollar lawsuit, he
“If I could go out there with my staff and touch the ground and make it all go away, I would do it,” he said.
TNRCC only focuses on air quality, so residents’ concerns about water and traffic are not brought up in the hearings. One resident said the way to bnng the issues to the forefront was to flood the TNRCC with letters about water quality, and flood the Texas Department of Transportation with letters about the traffic conditions.
The residents showed Casteel and Schecl a video of the intersection where the plant will be located. They said traffic is already a concern and the plant would only make the situation worse.
“It’s going to take a (school) bus gening hit by a concrete truck to make something happen,” said another concerned citizen.
Casteel said she realizes the traffic is a problem, and something needs to be done regardless if the plant goes up. She said she plans to call the Department of Transportation ami get one or two of the officials to the intersection during the rush hour to show them the problem and to see what can be done.
“You’ve kept saying traffic is bad, but the best argument you made to me was the tape of the cars stacking up,” she said. “I think the answer may be to put a red and green light there.”
The TNRCC hearing on air quality is scheduled for Sept. 7 in Austin. Another heanng will be held on Sept. 11, in Bulverde.
Mathis has asked that Schcel write another letter of support before then, and he said he would.
Foundation formed to raise money for McKenna Hospital
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
Home grown from grass roots community donations, still non-profit after 40-plus years — not the words one would expect to describe a hospital. But they do describe McKenna Memorial Hospital.
McKenna officials have made a move to ensure future quality care and keep McKenna’s nonprofit status. The hospital is forming The Comal Healthcare Foundation to help raise financial support for the hospital.
The foundation is a separate corporation from the hospital which exists to raise funds for the hospital.
“McKenna was opened with community funds," said Jennifer Covington, development director for the Comal County Healthcare Foundation. “They have records down to a dollar who gave those initial funds.”
A few people gave thousands of dollars back in 1953 when the hospital opened, but many gave much less — whatever they could, Covington said.
Until now, McKenna "hasn’t had to go out and look for funds,” she said.
Hospitals today need to do more with less, Covington said. Reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid are declining. Communities and insurance companies want preventative wellness programs as well as acute care. “Expectations
are rising all around,” she said.
Medical technology continues to increase in leaps and bounds. Covington said, and McKenna wants to be able to provide the latest in care to its patients. It all adds up to a need for more money to stay competitive.
The Comal Healthcare Foundation offers several ways to contribute, Covington said.
People can give to the hospital in someone’s honor through the Commemorative Gift Program. This can be a memorial gift or a tnbute to someone on a special occasion.
Although the most common way to contribute to the Comal Healthcare Foundation is cash, other types of donations are welcome — common stocks, bonds, real estate, life insurance, or planned
gifts such as bequests, Covington said.
Gift amounts are kept private and contributions are tax deductible.
The Comal Healthcare Foundation has a newly appointed board of trustees: Chairman Dr. Stanley Woodward; Vice-Chairman Dr William Reeves; Secretary-Treasurer Dennis Heitkamp; Member Bill Cone; and Member S. D. David.
Speakers are available to talk with civic groups about the hospital through the foundation. To arrange a speaker or for more information about the Comal Healthcare Foundation, Call Jennifer Covington at 606-9111, extension 442.
"The foundation allows us as a hospital to go a step further — to a higher level of care,” Covington said.
Comal Appraisal District passes $745,000 budget with pay raises
Spending increase of $30,000 is a four percent hike
By DENISE DZIUK
The Comal Appraisal District approved a $745,567 adjusted budget for 19%, which is slightly above last year’s budget of $715,569.
There were several changes in the budget. The first was a $23,171 increase in employee expenses. Lynn Rodgers, Chief Appraiser, said the increase includes a salary increase for all employees, a decrease in Texas
Employment Commission costs, and a decrease in group health costs.
Another large change was in the area of deeds and mapping. Last year there was $24,200 budgeted, compared to this year’s $10,000. Rodgers said the decrease is because last year’s budget had funds in it for a geographic information system, which is a computerized mapping system.
“It allows you not only to have maps, but also attributional information,” he said.
The amount budgeted for postage increased by $12,000. It went from $ 15,600 last year to $27,600 this year. Rodgers said this was due to the fact that this budget year will be a reappraisal year, which means a lot of notices will have to be sent out.
"Most of that falls under reappraisal notices. Next year there should be a decrease because it won’t be a reappraisal year," he said.
The $745,567 in the adjusted 19% Comal Appraisal District budget will come from the budget levy of various taxing units. The largest levy will come from the Comal ISI), which will be approximately $397,573. New Braun
fels ISI) will have a budget levy of about $173,620 The budget levy for Comal County will be approximately $103,514, and the budget levy for the city of New Braunfels will be about $47,947. Rodgers said the levies are payments for various services that are provided for the entities He said the levies in the current budget arc estimates, and final versions will be sent out with a 19% effective date. He scud quarterly payments being made arc still being applied to the 1995 budget.United Nations is accused of abandoning Gorazde. See Page 4A