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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 24, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas X kwvBrWater Restrictions ■ New Braunfels Utilities customers with addresses ending in 6, 7, 8 or 9 can water today before 9 a.m. and after 7 p.m. Well users with addresses ending in 6 or 7 can water today before 10 a.m. and after 8 p.m._ AHer ald-Zeii UNG □ Vol. 149 No. 207    14    pages    in    2    sections    August    24,    2000 Thursday Serving Comal County since 1852 50 cents The crowd gathered at Lorraine Brown’s home Wednesday night was split in their emotions as the first person was voted off the last episode of Survivor. K. JES SIE SLATEN Herald-Zeitung Galveston officials: Booze ban successful By Jo Lee Ferguson Staff Writer Eights. Disturbances. Accidents. Rowdy, obnoxious groups of young people drinking. That probably sounds familiar to many New Braunfels residents. It is the root behind many of the complaints about the two rivers that run through New Braunfels, the Comal River and the Guadalupe. Some residents say they have w itnessed everything from nudity, alcohol and drug use to trespassers who defecate on private property. Until about five years ago, these same types of troubles plagued Galveston. The port city has 37 miles of beaches, which attract crow ds of people. Those crowds, combined with alcohol, often got rowdy. That changed in 1993, however. At that time, Galveston City Council enacted alcohol bans on most public beaches. Since that time, Galveston has added to the ban area and tweaked the regulations in other ways. New Braunfels City Council w ill consider an alcohol ban on the rivers inside city limits at its meeting Monday. The alcohol ban in Galveston worked, Galveston Police Chief Kiln Schoolcraft said. “We had our beaches here filled w itll what you could say are undesirable elements,” she said. “There were a lot of alcohol-related incidents on the beaches.” Galveston did not have a problem with nudity, said Lou Muller, executive director of the Galveston park board of trustees. What did happen, however, was that young people would set up lounge chairs on the sidewalk along the sea wall. Those people could be intimidating to families, joggers or bicyclists using the sidewalk, especially ii they had been drinking, Muller said. Drinking and driving, lights, disturbances and accidents were eom- See GALVESTON/8A ‘Survivor’ fans feast on finale Betty Taylor Features Editor Shouts of “Kelly, Kelly, Kelly” emanated from the house on Richter Lane shortly before 9 p.m. as Lorraine Brow n and her family members urged the castaways on the television set to vote for their favorite survivor — the one who would win a million Who won the big money?/3A dollars. Brown was the only one who guessed it right. Richard Hatch, the 39-year-old corporate trainer from Rhode Island, walked away with the cash. Brown and her sister-in-law, Betty Mills, hosted a “Survivor” party for their families and friends last night. By 7 p.m., the Brown house had been transformed into an island paradise complete w ith tiki torches, decorative fish lights and food befitting any castaway. They munched on dirt cake with gummy worms, seaweed salad and white rice served in coconut shells. Chicken See SURVIVORSInside Abby......................... .......5A Classifieds.................. ...3-8B Comics....................... .......8A Crossword................. .......5A Forum......................... .......6A Local/Metro................ .......4A Movies......................... .......5A Obituaries................... .......3A Sports........................ ...1-2B Today......................... .......2A Stocks............................. ........5A www.herald-zeitung com Key Code 76 School dazed HARTWIG K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Above: Kindergartners in Mrs. Korbell’s class say the pledge of allegiance at Lamar Primary Wednesday morning. Right: Harley Rogers waves goodbye to Mom and Dad on his first day at Lamar Primary. New students, administrators learn many lessons on first day instead welcomed NBHS students to the school as classes began for the 2000-2001 school year. Students had a smooth first day at the high school, Fitsko reported. A group of parent volunteers also directed lost students and answered phones during the first hectic day of classes. At OakRun Sixth-Grade Center, new principal Richard Ramirez said he had to open his share of lockers Wednesday morning, but otherwise, he had no problems to report on the first day. At the end of the day, students attended a pep rally to celebrate the See SCHOOL/8A By Heather Todd Staff Writer Mike Fitsko, principal of New Braunfels High School, learned Wednesday the biggest difference between the first day of school at a high school and a sixth-grade school. “At OakRun, traditionally on the first day of school I opened 472 lockers. I have not opened one locker since Eve been here,” said Fitsko, who was the head of OakRun until the summer. Fitsko said he did not know w hether older students did not need help or just did not ask for it. But, because he no longer was needed to for locker duty, Fitsko Ranger says no doubt of wife’s guilt Adele Hartwig’s trial enters fourth day today By Heather Todd Staff Writer Texas Ranger Tony Leal testified Wednesday he still believes today that 62-year old Adele Hartwig murdered her husband by setting fire to their home a year ago. Leal, who assisted in the investigation of the fire that killed 72-year old Harold Hartw ig at his home on Heuco Springs Loop Road, said his opinion of Adele Hartw ig s guilt in the murder has not changed since he took her confession a week after Harold's death. “I felt she was guilty,” he told jurors Wednesday in Hartwig’s capital murder trial. “I feel today she is guilty of murder.” The Comal County District Attorney’s office is attempting to prove Adele Hartwig intentionally set a house fire May 4, 1999 that killed her husband because he was preparing to divorce her and she wanted to collect insurance money. Hartw ig could face a mandatory sentence of life in prison if she is convicted of the capital murder charge. The Comal County District Attorney’s office is not pursuing the death penalty. In an audiotaped statement played for the jury, Adele Hartwig said she killed her husband because he physically and mentally abused her and threatened to kill her. Hartwig initially said someone else set the fire and hanged her on a tree several yards from the house. Leal testified he did not believe her story because it was full of inconsistencies. Adele pointed to several different suspects who could have set the fire, including Harold Hartwig’s daughter. Leal said. “Her story changed because you can’t keep a lie straight,” he said. But, Leal said Ilartwig told him three tunes exactly how she set the fire. “That part never changed. She kept that straight every time,” he said. Leal also testified he believed Adele hanged herself on the tree to cover up the murder, not to commit suicide. Under cross examination from defense attorney Tom Gamer, Leal said he did not investigate Adele’s claims of abuse even after he told her he would help her if she killed Harold to stop the abuse. District outlines CIS abatement at meeting of the molds By Heather Todd Staff Writer School officials said Tuesday they implemented temporary measures to prevent mold at Canyon Intermediate School from affecting students and staff while they w ait for a permanent solution to the problem. About 15 families attended a district meeting about the mold problem at CIS, 1275 N. Business 35, to learn what the district had done to remove the mold. Mycotech Biological Inc., an indoor air quality consultant hired by the school district, is conducting daily, weekly and monthly air quality tests to ensure the safety of the classrooms. Mycotech also implemented an air-monitoring program, t arrent air tests in the facility indicate readings typical for indoor buildings. Larry Robertson, president of MBI, said data was shared with the district and provided to the Texas Department of Health. Maggie Hanna, principal of CIS, said data on the mold levels were available to parents. She said if a child was having problems with allergies, parents should look up the mold count for their child’s classroom in a log in the school’s library. Parents then should consult with a doctor to determine whether the mold is the source of the problem. Hanna said the school would move a child to a different classroom if the child w as experiencing problems. ll DR/''Simpson, an engineering firm, also is investigating the problem and is expected to issue a report on the source of the mold problem and how to fix it in about 30 days, consultant Roy Linnartz said Industrial, high-eflficiency filters tire being used to keep the air clean. The building will remain under constant “positive pressure” to prevent the building from being contaminated. Robertson said the school’s air conditioning system was running continuously, which physically holds the organisms in the walls and prevents contamination. Linnartz said mold was discovered inside the exterior w alls of the building this summer. In July, Gerloff Go. began removing wallboard and sheathing from six class-See MOLDS/8A ;