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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 2, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas rn rn m '' MMB .rf’;    ;    ■ ml Hill reflects on Rangers1 season — Page 6 50 CENTS New Braunfels s Zeit 20332    n009 10/22/9p sorest micropublishino *62/ E VANDELL DE EL PASO, TX 79903- •10 pages in one section ■ Tuesday, December 2,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Vol. 146, No. 13 mmmmm rn - Editorial............................ ............4 Sports............................. . 6-7 Comics........................ , ... 5 Market Race...................... 8-10 Dear Abby.......................... ............3 Stjmmtisi/h (Birthday wlihii from | tho HorakMMtung! (The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Patricia Brumfield (belated), Karen PuHdo (belated), Betty Biteche, Jo Cooper, Douglas I Dunlap, Esp! Rodriguez end [Florence Sdurlewer (86 years). ■Happy Anniversary wishes go [to Shiut» and Gene Monroe (20 years) and Naomi and Connor [Matehke (3 years). ■7o have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. urwvaNabie (Pollen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr. Frank Hampel.) River information Comal River — 322cutwc feet per second, same as Friday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wei — 626.02 feet above sea level, up .04 from Friday. Canyon Dam discharge — 244 cfs Canyon lake inflow —183 cfs Canyon Lake level — 900.03 feet above New Braunfels Utilities NSU reports pumping 5.626 milan gallons of surface water Monday and 604,000 galore of wel water. dbMIP Atm cool* oft Today — Cloudy with rain likely. Highs near 60, mid 50s. Tuesday night, cloudy with a chance of showers. Lows near 50, mid 40s. Wadnoaday — Decreasing clouds. Highs in the upper 60s. Wednesday night, partly cloudy. Lows in the 30s to near 40 Thun day — Fair skies and cold. Highs in the 50s to near 60. • Friday mid Saturday_ Mostly clear and cold. Lows in the 30s. Highs in the 50s to near 60. PAZ masts tonight New Braunfels Planning Commission will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at the municipal building, 424 S. Casten. Public hearings include a special use permit to allow a recreational park at 1510 Gruene Road and the proposed rezoning of approximately 19 acres of land east of Rolling Valley Subdivision. Fraternal Ordo? af The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie 2999 This non-profit organization will supply two workers to staff the display from 6 to 9:30 p.m. today and hand out information. In return, the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park tonight. Chaar Fund grows The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung continues to raise money for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund to purchase food baskets tor the needy. Dona tions will be accepted at the Heraid-Zeitung office, 707 Lancia St. Checks also can be mailed to the Herald-Zettung. Recent contributions include: B Anonymous — $25 ■ Salvation Army Serv Unit of New Braunfels — $200 ■ Robert and Patsy Vaon — $60 B New total-$3,055 52 Region title countdown NB shows its spirit Seniors Cody Guthrie, Brian Lee, Kliff Kingsbury and Josh Seige sign Monday to the beck wall of McBee’s Bar-B-Que. Herald-Zeitung photo by Susan Jakobsen CISD calls for checkup of operations Taxpayers asked to provide input By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Comal Independent School District has asked for a complete checkup, and the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts is the doctor. Input from CISD patrons and employees might help determine whether the doctor is in. On Nov. 18, CISD Restaurant puts team slogan on its back wall By MARGARET EDMONSON Managing Editor , if anything is    fat    those who believe, the New Braunfels Unicom football team should have good fortune this weekend with the support of an entire community behind n. The Unicorns (12-1) will face the MacArthur Brahmas (11-2) in the Region IV-5A finals at I p.m. Saturday at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio. McBee's Bar-B-Que, at Lan-da and Walnut, has its support painted on the back wall of its business. The Bible verse, “Anything is possible for he who believes,” (Mark 9:23) not only is emblazoned on the team's shirts but also across the wall behind McBee's. “it’s not always popular to use scripture, but since the team has a Bible verse on the back of their shirts, I thought it was admirable,” McBee’s owner Todd Byrd said. He offered the use of the wall, which was painted by Tasha Henry, Jessica Sullivan, Celeste Salge, Photo submitted The NHS Unicorns took their stolen from a Bible verse Mirk 9:23, end the! Biogen now cen be seen on the beck of McBee’s Bar-B-Que. “Boatly th> com-triunity Has bosn baNnd us the that meant a let to us as rn team.’ — quarterback Kliff Kingsbury Jerald Schroeder and Faye Sullivan Most of the work was tackled on Saturday, just one day after the Unicorns defeated Harlingen 31-21 in Corpus Christi. On Monday, football players signed their names on the wall. Senior Brian Lee, a linebacker for the Unicorns, said the support demonstrated by McBee’s showed the community was behind the team. “If we’re succeeding, then the whole community benefits from ii” he observed. Senior quarterback Kliff Kingsbury echoed those sentiments. “Really the community has been behind us the whole year, and that means a lot to us as a team,” he said. Faye Sullivan, who was putting finishing touches on the wall Monday evening, said she hoped other businesses would follow McBee’s example. “Maybe it will encourage ocher businesses in town to show their support for the team in some way,” she said. Maibj nm Braunfels Unicorns vs. WHO* 1 p.m. Sriurdey WHERE: Alamo tedum /mu ak I,, AI ira i n fin r— kb O — ~ (name Aiamooome; n com Antonia Go south 35, take ■■(■■■Bi Loop 1604 West to    Vvg U.S. 281. I Take U.S. 281 acUhtoHkfebrarid Avenue. Turn right on •     »    -    »—a__ i iRasorana ana Twn nn on Tutoto. TICKETS: On erie tom 8 am. to 3 pm Wednesday and Thunders am. to 1 pmFrtday COST: RMarved section (noteeoto)—$6; general — $6; student—$2; rite gale—$7 SEATING: VMM ride. Cal 6256271 tor tntownriton. How to get your voice heard Comal Independent School District patrons and employees can write to the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts in support of a Texas School Performance Review at: John Sharp Comptroller of Public Accounts P.O. Box 13528 Austin, TX 78711-3528 superintendent Jerry Major mailed the comptroller’s office a request for a ‘Texas School Performance Review” (TSPR) or management audit, ”... basically to get a set of outside eyes to come in and look at all our operations,” Major said. A TSPR is the sort of exhaustive review of operations that corporations and government entities hire consultants to do. When Major decided a management audit was a good idea. lie considered the possibility of hiring a consultant. “We felt that it was too cost prohibitive,” he said. The comptroller’s office does that service for a limited number of school districts each year, at no cost to the districts, said TSPR project manager Betty Russell. Turn to QED, Page 2 Gravel trail leads lawmen to suspects From staff reports A trail of stolen gravel led lawmen to two suspects who allegedly took gravel that belonged to the state highway department. Comal County Sheriff s Office received a report Saturday afternoon that two men were seen loading gravel into a pickup truck on county property. The gravel belonged to the State of Texas, the report said. Deputies followed a trail of gravel through several streets to a house on Walnut Falls in the Horseshoe Falls subdivision, the report said. There they saw gravel in the pickup and on the driveway of the house. Comal County Sheriff s deputies arrested a 39-year-old New Braunfels man at 5:31 p.m. Saturday for theft of less than $50. The New Braunfels man also was charged with motion to provoke probation. He was booked into Comal County Jail Saturday and posted $200 bond Sunday. The other man admitted to stealing the gravel and was issued a citation, reports showed. EAA prepares for Dec. ll public hearing in New Braunfels BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer lf you or your company applied for a well permit to use water from the Edwards Aquifer, you probably should attend a public hearing on Dec. ll in the Annex Building at the county courthouse in New Braunfels. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Commissioners’ Court Meeting room on the third floor. The Edwards Aquifer Authority will listen to comments from well permit applicants concerning the proposed regulations of water usage. lf you want to review the regulations before the hearing, make sure you have plenty of time. The proposed regulations are about 200 pages long. Well owners who applied for permits to use water from the Edwards Aquifer include 971 municipalities, industries and irrigators throughout Central and South Texas. The rules govern how permit applications will be processed and how the EAA will calculate withdrawal amounts, handle water rights transfers and manage proposed permit holders’ authorized w ithdrawals over the next three years, according to EAA officials. “These proposed rules will allow us to review all applications fairly,” said Greg Ellis, EAA general manager “The main goals of this process are to follow the statute that is our guideline for regulating withdrawals, to give everyone a fair hearing and to create a water market to help meet the region’s future water needs.” The proposed rules, which will be published after public approval, may be found in the Nov. 21,1997, issue of the Texas Register, available at Ditthnger Memorial Library, 373 Magazine Ave., near the magazine section. Others may access it on the Internet at or can obtain copies of the rules from the EAA by calling (210)222-2204. Municipal, industrial and irrigation users of the Edwards Aquifer were required by Dec. 30, 19%, to file for an initial regular permit based on water use for each year from 1972 to 1993. The EAA received 971 applications from those users for more than 792,000 acre-feet of water. Through the application review process, the maximum amount and projected statutory minimums are expected to be lower than the original claims, according to EAA officials. After final reviews of the rules are completed, applicants will receive a proposed permit amount Applicants then may protest the amount the Turn to EAA, Page 2 City agrees to participate in labor survey BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer The city of New Braunfels and the economic development committee agreed to help fund a three-county study to measure the available labor pool. City funds totaling $7,600, which includes a $3,000 contribution from the EDC, have been approved for a labor survey to be conducted by Pathfinders, a Dallas firm, for the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and the city of Seguin. The survey will be conducted in Comal, Hays and Guadalupe counties. Results from the survey will be available in the spring. A company planning to expand its operations from California to New Braunfels will be one of the first to benefit from the study. Managers from Palo Alto Design Group, Inc., an industrial design group from Palo Alto, Calif., we negotiating to buy land near the Coleman Company on Farm-to-Market 306. The results of the survey will aid Palo Alto Design Group in its efforts to hire load residents, according to Michael Meek, GNBCC president. According to city documents, the Seguin Economic Development Corp. approved $7,500 for Seguin and Guadalupe County’s share of the survey cost, and San Marcos currently is allocating $7,500 toward the survey. City documents reveal that Palo Aho Design Group will create 70 to 80 jobs Turn to City, Page 2 Wassailfest Harakl-ZsSung photo by Susan Flynt England Of fiMfOOOfOfO    tfcflO    kMMFV* t to 9 pm Thursday lo the dty’a downtown ertSL Tax committee takes another look at Texas system — Page 3 ;