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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 22, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas iiv rnmmmmm mm**#* New FELS '>033? MD 0 9 10/22/99 SO-WF. ST MICROPUBLI SHIMO 2627 E YANDELL DR EL. PR SO, TX 79903" ll Herald-Zeitung —I-'——~--——-..—_—_ Vol. 148, No. 192    52    pages    in    4    sections August 22, 1999 Sunday Serving Comal County since 1852 $1.00 Inside ► Bracing for Bret rn Cities on the lower Texas coast were evacuated Saturday as Hurricane Bret gathered strength. The storm, the first to threaten the area in more than a decade, is expected to make landfall later today. /10A ► Volleyball tournaments Area high school teams had strong showings at weekend events. The Unicorns and Cougarettes lead the way with first- and second-place finishes, respectively./11A Weather Hurricane Bret will give many dry areas of Texas some ample rainfall.See page 2A for the forecast. Tangled Web Internet service provider problems caused a delay in updating our Web site on Saturday. We apologize for any inconvenience. Index Abby................................... ..........2B Business............................ .......5-6B Classified........................... .....1-12C Crossword......................... ..........2B Forum................................ ..........6A Local/Metro........................ ..........4A Movies............................... ..........2B Obituaries....................... .........3A Sports................................. ... 11 -13 A Today.................................. ..........2A Television............................ Montage Key cod* 77 Businessman protests potential ordinance By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer A Main Street business owner showed his disgust with a proposed city ordinance by hanging a mannequin with a rope around its neck from the store’s sign on Friday. _ A    copy of the ordinance Council was pinned to the man-preview  nequin’s black T-shirt. “Does the council have nothing better to do than annoy us business owners? Its absurd to have to pay to help business owners?’ John Howard Downtown business owner Page 5A WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung Business owner John Howard uses a mannequin to protest a proposed city ordinance on displaying items on sidewalks. “This store has a sense of humor that is a little outrageous,” said John Howard, owner of Picket Fences, 264 W. San Antonio St. He said the ordinance New Braunfels City Council will consider at its 6:30 p.m. meeting Monday was equally outrageous. If it’s adopted as is, the ordinance will require storeowners to pay $ 10 permit fees to display anything on the sidewalks outside their stores. They will be required to pay $5 to the city for every subsequent year. “It’s just sort of ridiculous,” Howard said. “Does the council have nothing better to do than annoy us business owners? It’s Office Plus closes WAI Ll/Herald-Zeitung St. John’s Episcopal Church secretary Colleen Bathon reads about Friday’s sudden closing of Centex Office Plus, 904 S. Seguin Ave. She planned to return office supplies she had purchased recently. Owners Dennis and Cash Hermes are declaring personal bankruptcy and decided to close their business. Competition with national chain proved difficult for local business Editorial — Page 6A By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer A local mom-and-pop office supply store closed its doors Friday because of financial hard- - ship    —    which came as a surprise to customers and staff - alike. Dennis and Cash Hermes, owners of Centex Off ice Plus, 904 S. Seguin Ave., are declaring personal bankruptcy and shut down their 15-year operation. “It’s been coming,” Dennis Hermes said on Friday. “The upshot is, we don’t have the cash DENNIS AND CASH HERMES to compete in advertising.” When Office Depot, a national chain supply store, opened at Interstate 35 and Texas 46 in January, Centex experienced a loss in customers, he said. The store couldn’t continue to offer low prices and compete with others. See BUSINESS/10A Teens urged to abstain from sex By Heather Togo Staff Writer About 150 area teens heard the message loud and clear Saturday — the only safe sex is sex after marriage. Nationally known speaker Pant Sten-zel told parents and teen-agers about the risks of pre-marital sex during the “Partners for Purity” abstinence seminar at New Braunfels High School gym. The event, which was not school-sponsored, was organized by Comal County Christian Pro-Life Foundation to teach teens and their parents about pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Dr. Kurt Frederick, a speaker from the Medical Institute of Sexual Health, also shared the problems usually associated with nonmarital pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases. Stenzel, who worked nine years as a counselor at a crisis pregnancy center, offered a biblically-based discussion of sexual issues. “God created sex and sex is a great thing, but God created it w ith boundaries. God created sex for marriage,” she said. “lf you remember only one thing from today, remember that if you have sex outside of a permanent, monogamous relationship, you will pay a price. You have to decide what that cost will be and how much you are willing to pay.” Stenzel said she wanted to educate teens so they would know the consequences of their decisions. Teens and their parents were separated into two groups for questions and discussions, One local high school student, who asked not to be identified, said she attended the seminar to become informed about the risks of hav ing sex See TEENS/5A absurd to have to pay to help business owners.” But Main Street director Lynn Fountain said the ordinance was intended to help business owners. The existing ordinance does not allow storeowners to place anything on the city-owned sidewalks, although many said this law was not strictly enforced. Main Street officials said they believed stores should be allowed to have displays on the sidewalks to attract business. A five-person subcommittee of the Main Street board’s Design Review Committee worked on the ordinance for one and a half years. “What this ordinance is going to do is See ORDINANCE/5A NBISD bond will repair, not replace, high school Officials: New one will be needed within decade By Heather Todd Staff Writer A new high school for New Braunfels Independent School District is not included in a proposed $75 million bond package. - But school and other D. Lee    local officials said it could Edwards    be necessary in the next files for    eight to IO years. school board District voters will head — Page 4A    to the P°MS Oct. 2 to cast - ballots for a $75 million overhaul of all district campuses and facilities, including $15 million for repairs and renovations to New Braunfels High School. Early voting for the bond election will begin Sept. 15. The district's 37-member facility task force developed the plan to address steady student growth and upgrade aging campus facilities. The committee’s proposal was scaled back from an $85 million plan by Total Program Management, a school management and planning company based in Grapevine. NBHS infrastructure needs The plan calls for 20 percent of that $75 million to pay for repairs and expansion of New Braunfels High School, built in 1964. NBISD maintenance director David Owens said the campus needed substantial infrastructure repairs, including work on the public address system, electrical system, air conditioning and classroom lighting. Much of the school’s structure dates back to the original building. Committee member Leo Chafin, who pushed for a new high school gym as a trustee during the 1994 bond issue, said extensive repairs were needed at the football stadium. He specifically noted adding stadium seating, replacing all wood in the stadium bleacher structure and adding an elevator to the press box. Chafin said the repairs were needed now. “It’s going to take five years to get started on these projects, and I don’t want us to wait and be faced w ith unsafe schools,” Chafin said. Superintendent Ron Reaves said expanding the high school versus building a new one w as a major topic of discussion. “I think that (for the committee), the issue boiled down to additional plans for this (high school) facility. If a new high school had to be built down the road, NBHS could still be utilized for educational purposes,” he said. Reaves also said building a new high school now would not address infrastructure needs at NBHS. “lf we build a new one now, this facility will still have renovations and repairs needed,” he said. NBHS principal Keith Garinger said he supported renovation projects at the school. “I’ve spent the past two years since I've been here looking at what we could do and I’m excited about getting the chance to see the Se© HIGH SCHOOL/5A ► Go caving Looking for a way to beat the heat? Why not step into one of our area’s underground caves? These natural wonders are located in Comal, Kendall, Williamson, Burnet and Hays counties. Find out more in Lifestyle. /3A ;