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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 31, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAYNew Braunfels    August    31,2001 24 pages in 2 sections pages in 2 secticA Ierald-Z eitung IT ,, , —- - — ,nV -v1-............................................... - ~y‘ ................................- ^ ------- — > ■" •" -I.".- I.'. SI- .r,-'. !■'YI'.i JjJV 1 ............................." . ! Vol. 150, No. 251 Serving New Braunfels and Comal County since 1852 50 cents By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer John Clay believes it takes three things to run a golf course: a good golf pro, an adequate budget and the ability to beat the competition. A 30-year pro who runs San Antonio’s seven municipal courses, Clay said the Landa Park Golf Course has nearly all those things — except an adequate budget. For those reasons, he’s offering his help in drafting a plan to change the way the course does business. “I decided it was time get more involved and help out,” he said. “I was just trying to stay out of the way. But I live in Comal County, and if they need help, I’m more than happy to help. You can’t beat the price. What I’d like to do is offer my time. I’d be glad to assist if it could be worked out.” The biggest problem was the elimination of amenities at Landa Park Golf Course, he said. Closing the grill, in particular, was a mistake, he said. ‘You can’t just keep cutting back,” he See GOLF/5A Truck knocks down line, cutting power to KGNB By Amy Clarkson Staff Writer Early morning listeners at KGNB or FM 92.1 in New Braunfels heard only static for about half an hour Thursday morning. An early morning accident cut the power to the station, the Oak Run subdivision and New Braunfels High School. “An 18-wheeler pulled down a telephone line on Rock Street,” NBU Communications Director Gretchen Reuwer said. “The line hit one of our electric lines, which shut down a circuit.” The power went out about 6 a.m. and was restored by 6:30 a.m., she said. See TRUCK/5A Inside Abby.......................... ......7 A Classifieds..................... .5-1 OB Comics......................... ...10A Crossword.................. ......7 A Forum.......................... ......6A Local/Metro.................. ......4A Movies.......................... ......7A Obituaries..................... ......3A Sports........................ ..1-4B Today........................... 2A www.herald-zeitung.coin Key Code 76 Rain gauge ■ Spring Branch: 6.5 inches (reported figure from Spring Branch Fire Department) ■ Bracken: 5.75 inches (as of Thursday afternoon) ■ New Braunfels downtown: 3.96 inches ■ New Braunfels at the airport: 2.32 (as of 7 a.m. Thursday morning) ■ Fischer: 3 inches (no reported information Thursday morning) ■ Canyon Dam: 3.08 (as of 7 a.m. Thursday) Rain Day?— School officials say they will make a decision about possible school closings, early dismissal or after school activities early today, about 5 or 5:30 a.m. Parents should listen to KGNB 1420 AM for details on any possible closings. ■ CISD information:; or call 904-4636. ■ NBISD information: www.newbraunfels.txed. net K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Helen Rodriguez, Alfonso Lagunas, Gilberto Tristan and Mary Lagunas (from left) have a front row seat as crews work to repair a gas leak at West End and San Antonio Street. Lt. John Wommack said he was on his way to a minor accident when Mr. Lagunas flagged him down to report the strong odor of gas. WEATHER COVERAGE INDEX ■ Road closings/8A ■ Related editorials ■ Climatologist: Drought persists/8A ■ Rains pound other parts of state/4A ■ More rain photos/8A County adopts budget By Ron Maloney Staff Writer Comal County Commissioners voted Thursday to adopt a $21 million general fund budget for 2002 that will see a $2 million spending increase from current levels — three-quarters of that to meet unfunded state mandates. Including the “special fund” — meaning expenses not supported by the county’s ad valorem tax rate but by other funding mechanisms such as state or federal funds — the 2002 budget will total nearly $29 million. The 32.3747 cents per $100 of assessed value that pays the $21 million general fund budget will mean a county tax levy of $280 on the average home in Comal County, which has a taxable value of $86,488. The 2002 budget will: ■ Raise elected officials’ salaries 5 percent, employees’ up to 7 percent; ■ Hire 18 new jailers mandated for the county jail by the state of Texas at a cost of $500,000; ■ Allocate $750,000 for mandated medical care for the indigent; ■ Meet increased costs in health insurance and benefits of $400,000; and See BUDGET/5A Fore: Golf pro offers advice for local course School fund-raising arm up, running By Martin Malacara Staff Writer If you don’t know what to spend your tax refund check on, members of the Comal Public School Foundation want to talk to you. The foundation’s board of directors met for the first time Thursday at the T Bar M Ranch to learn the organization’s ground rules and to start soliciting donations. Formally established by the Comal Independent School District’s board of trustees in November 2000, the nonprofit organization will help CISD finance teacher grants to pay for such items as teacher-initiated classroom projects and programs, literacy programs, science and math programs and specialized computer software. CISD Trustee Dan Krueger said, “There’s so much excite ment and so many good things to come out of this.” Many other school districts around the country have established such foundations to supplement innovative teacher projects, Pete Kara-batos said. Karabatos is a consultant for the foundation. He has helped establish about 50 such foundations in Texas. He said foundations were See FUND/5A rain go away From Staff Reports Area schools closed early, officials barricaded low-water crossings and New Braunfels residents held their breath as heavy rains continued for the third straight day on Thursday. While the rain caused few major problems for residents, about 1,440 power customers were without power and two men had to be rescued from low-water crossings throughout the day. Fire Chief Jack Collier said the city appeared to be in no danger of a repeat of the October 1998 flood. “I know people see the rain and anyone who lived through the 1998 flood can’t help but wonder if it’s happening again,” Collier said. “But there’s no need to worry. The rivers here, and the drainage, can handle IO to 12 inches of rain.” About 4 inches of rain has been reported since Sunday at New Braunfels Central Fire Station downtown. And rain is expected to continue through Friday, with chances decreasing during the weekend. Forecasters are calling for a 70 percent chance of rain this morning, decreasing to a 40 percent chance by the afternoon. They estimate rain chances on Saturday also at 40 percent, with a slight chance for showers Sunday and Monday. Rain reported at the New Braunfels Municipal Airport by the National Weather Service was 1.49 inches Thursday and a total of 2.71 inches since Sunday. Because the heavy thunderstorms have not been constant, See RAIN/8A Rain, Storms to blame for accidents, power outages, school dismissal K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung Memorial Elementary students splash through the streets on their way home Thursday afternoon. New Braunfels ISD dismissed students one hour earlier than normal, and Comal ISD dismissed students at 2 p.m. because of inclement weather. K. JESSIE SLATEN/Herald-Zeitung City drainage crews remove debris that got caught up at a Landa Street drainage ditch early Thursday. Police blocked off all but the center of the road as water quickly rose (nearing one foot by the curb). Back hoes were finally called in to move the largest logs and limbs and the water quickly receded. ;