New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 24, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
Sports Day.. Marketplace Dear Abby..
Bnummy wisnvs Irwin th* HwrakMMtungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends die following birthday wishes to: Susan Bartow Debbie Smith, Juan Luna (Monday), laze! Thomas, Kery Noble,
•'rank Paul Rosales (4 years), lana Rethober (25 years), Jill Burrowes (22 years), Tim Bur-rowes, Fritz Bohne Jr. (87 years), ..ais (Fish) Gonazales (Saturday), Tiffany Judkins (16 years) and Robert John Aleman.
Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Elmer and Vera Dietert (SO years), Don and Ann Young (40 years), BUI and Diana Hall (Saturday) and Junior and Sonia Sauced* (13 years)
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Forecast: No rain, highs in tho 90s Sundsy — Partly cloudy and hot. High in the mid 90s. East wind 5-10 mph.
Sunday night — Clear. Low in the lower 70s.
Monday — Partly cloudy and hot. High in the mid 90s.
Tuonday through Thursday — Partly cloudy. Lows in the 70s. Highs in the 90s.
CIMA to lower Lake Dunlap
Beginning Monday, the water level in Lake Dunlap will be about 18 inches below normal so Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority crews can conduct a “washout and inspection” on one of the three spill-gates. Work will be completed by Friday, and the lake level will return to normal before the Labor Day weekend. People using the lake during this week are advised to use caution
Tired of looking at a stack of old telephone books? Comal County’s recycling center, 4755 Texas 46 West, accepts phone books and is open from 8 a m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Other items accepted are: No. 1 and 2 plastics, tin cans, aluminum cans, clear glass, brown glass, newspapers, magazines, junk mail, brown bags, corrugated cardboard and chipboard.
glow down if) school SOROS
School is back in session so drivers need to remember to slow down in speed zones Drivers are also reminded it is illegal in most situations to pass a school bus that has stopped to unload or pick up students
1-35 work tsking
Texas Department of Transportation crews will be working on Interstate 35 this week, applying a new overlay. The northbound lanes through New Braunfels will be reduced to one lane, so be prepared to slow down.
Donat# to help
Local residents and business still can donate to a reward fund established to help find the armed robber who shot pawn shop owner Michael Kivlin on Aug. 2.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward, the maximum the agency can offer.
The Herald-Zeitung and Norwest Bank, in cooperation with Crime Stoppers, have created a separate fund so the ante can be increased.
To participate, send your donation to the "Michael Kivlin Reward Fund” at Norwest Bank or the Herald-Zeitung office at 707 Landa.
Anyone with information can call 620-TIPS or (800) 640-8422.
X- X- X X Xj X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
MXH SAN ANTONIO, TX 780 , x x TEXAS MIXED * x PINK A
X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X X
26 pages in four sections ■ Sunday, August 24,1997 Serving the Comal County area for more than 145 years ■ Home of Bl
* % 8
' I .......■ u
Vol. 145, No. 203
Major John Kuntz, Gunnery SgL Katie Silva and Secretary off the Navy John H. Dalton cut the ribbon for the
Herald-Zeitung photo by Michael DamaN
Marines land at NB museum
Secretary of Navy visits here
By DAVID DEKUNDER
Youngsters who visit and play at New Braunfels Children’s Museum will get to know more about a few good men and women.
Children now can try on a military fatigue uniform, put on
a combat helmet and hop on a jeep, thanks to an exhibit put together by U.S. Marine Corps.
Secretary of the Navy John Dalton and museum executive director Susan Williams were on hand for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the exhibit at the Children’s Museum Saturday afternoon. Dalton was in town after attending combat training exercises at Canyon Lake.
Turn to Museum, Page 2A
Cramming for a test
Comal ISD hits the books to meet facility needs
By DENISE DZIUK
When 700 more students show up for classes each year, where to house
them becomes M - -
*a test of plan- IU ning and space management, and it’s a test for which the Comal Inde-pendent School District is trying to prepare.
C1SD superintendent Jetty Major said the district is in a substantial growth mode, and enrollment figures based on Thursday’s attendance showed an increase of 594 students this school year.
Schools that might not be overcrowded now could be soon. Major said, if steps are not taken to ease the growing pains.
Opening new schools and expanding existing campuses have helped, he said, “but when you’re growing by 700 students a year, it’s difficult.” Board of trustees president Dan Krueger said growth is a definite challenge in C1SD.
“I don’t think anybody would question in his mind that we have to do something to deal with the growth,” said Krueger. “Growth is really good. But, growth that is going so fast you can’t control it can be bad.”
The student population has exceeded projections made in 1993, and C1SD officials have had to make new population projections when planning for the future.
Administrators now expect an average annual growth rate of 6.9 percent. Enrollment figures are expected to reach the 10,000 mark this year
H*r«id-Z«<tung photos by Michael Daman
cow independent scnooi mar nor superintendent jerry Ma|or stenos in nom or wnat ta 10 do ma caieiena
St opfHm ErMOCn RMOCM 5CnOOI* v^nSiiyCilOn ID IO DD ihiIBIHKI Iii NOVtHiiOO** PWOW iBfl, COvUluUCuOn WOTK*
ara ftofea conc raja into a future classroom at Soring Branch Middle School, under construction near Taxas
Mi asemia as aa laepaaa^i aa wa —— aa us ^a^ea ai^^iaa nri i — i
46 and U.S. 261. Balow riaht. Raul Gonzsbs retain on the school’s front antranca.
waaaaw aiMstami ean^^l a ® a aama aag a imaaaiw usMSSMMse aaa a awaa^^aaa sea aa aa aaa aaa
and are projected at 13,797 by the 2002-2003 school year.
The question of where to house students and how to provide quality education looms large for this district. Major said any district should have a long-term plan, but when it is
facing the growth numbers like ClSD’s, the planning becomes paramount.
Krueger said trustees did not have time to look in-depth at the numbers and develop a long-term plan for facil
ities in the district. Instead, it established the Long-Range Planning Committee to analyze numbers and develop a recommendation on how to handle the influx of students.
Turn to OSO, Page 5A
Judge delays Naef trial until mid-October
Postponement comes after witness injured in motorcycle accident
ay AM LIVY
The capital murder trial of John Charks Naef of San Antonio was rescheduled from Monday to Oct. 13 because of a recent injury to a key witness, court officials said Friday.
Visiting state charlet judge Frank Maloney approved the new trial (tale that the defense requested after a wit
ness was injured in a motorcycle accident and had to I be hospitalized.
The move makes the courtroom available for a hearing Thursday concerning a Houston man convicted of murdering postal earner Dcbora Sue Schatz more than IO years ago.
The murder case of David lsador Port, who was convicted of the Harris County murder, was moved to Comal County in 1985 because of a request for a change of venue.
Prosecutes in the Naef trial objected to the rescheduling and said they felt the trial could begin Monday despite not having the witness appear.
The witness was scheduled to testify for the prose
cution. District Attorney Dib Waldrip said he had other witnesses who could provide similar testimony.
James Pope, Naef s attorney, could not be reached for comment Friday.
Wakkip said he believed Pope wanted the chance to cross-examine all the state’s witnesses, including the injured witness.
Naef, 55, was indicted almost erne year ago on charges of murdering two Spring Branch residents, Patrick Lamb, 44, and Kelly Dougherty, 33.
Waldrip has said he would not be seeking the death penalty in the case.
Naef has pled not guilty and could face life in prison if convicted during his trial in Comal County.
Lake residents go to court over water
Deer River customers sue developer, CLWSC
By DAVID DEKUNDER
CANYON LAKE — Residents of a Canyon Lake subdivision are suing the former developer, saying he misrepresented facts to residents regarding water availability, rates and service.
The lawsuit was filed in the 22nd district court on Wednesday. Twenty-three plaintiffs from Deer River subdivision are suing Lee R. Roper, Deer River, Inc., his corporation Rin-co of Texas, Inc., Rancho del Lago. Inc. and Canyon Lake Water Supply Corp.
A temporary injunction hearing will take place at 9 a.m. Sept. 18 in the 22nd District Court. The plaintiffs are asking that all water rates paid to the water supply corporation be sent to the court until water system improvements are in place for six months.
Roper and representatives from CLWSC maintain they have all they can to make sure the water supply system is adequate.
Roper owned the Deer River water system until he sold it to CLWSC on April 30. 1996. At that time, Roper was president of the CLWSC board of directors. Roper stepped down as . board president earlier this year.
Roper said he had been Deer River’s developer since 1985.
Along with Deer River, Roper sold four other subdivision water systems
— Rancho del Lago, Crystal Heights, Devil’s Backbone and Hillcrest Estates
— to CLWSC for SI52,000, records indicate.
John Benton, the plaintiffs’ attorney, said the lawsuit was filed because Roper made claims he knew he could not deliver.
“We are claiming fraud because of misrepresentation when he sold them the property,” Benton said.
The lawsuit states that “at the time the representations were made that the water supply and facilities were inadequate, and he (Roper) knew that there was no present intention to improve them to make them adequate. Defendant Roper... knowingly made these false representations with the intent of inducing the Plaintiffs to purchase real property from him...”
Benton said Roper has failed to deliver on three other promises as well.
In order to get Deer River residents to drop a rate protest before the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission in October 1995, Benton said Roper promised water rates would not be raised for a considerable period of time, that a minimum operating pressure of 35 pounds of water pressure would be maintained to homes throughout the Deer River water system, and that Deer River system would never be sold.
“He has not kept that (promise),”
Turn to Water, Page 2A
Meet the Leadership New Braunfels Class of 1998 — Page 8A