New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 12, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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22 pages in two sections ■ Friday, December 12,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Taylor Jones
Vol. 146, No. 21
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Maria Diaz, Teresa Martinez, Elizabeth Paloma, John Turman, Ceretta Daunt (Saturday), Christy Jones (26 years), Taylor Jones (I year), Dodo Dietert Jr. (Saturday), Lucy Castilian (Saturday), Lena Timmerman (Saturday), Doris Grimm (Saturday), Clayton Mott (9 years Saturday), Donna KorbeU (13 years), Eva Garcia and Julian Rojas.
. To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
(Rolen measured in parts par cubic mater cf ar Hormakn prodded by Dr Frank Hampel.) River Information
Comal River —330 cubic teat per second, the same as Thursday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625 93 feet. same.
Canyon Dam discharge — 215 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 151 cfs Canyon Lake level — 906.90 New Braunfels Utilities NBL) reports pumping 5.479 mNon gallons of surface water Thursday and 378,000 galore of we! water.
continues Today —r Mostly cloudy. Highs in the mid 40s. Tonight, decreasing clouds and cold. Lows in the upper 20s.
toturdoy — Sunny. Highs in the mid to upper 50s. Saturday night, clear. Lows in the 20s
Sunday — Sunny but cool. Highs in the 50s Hill Country. Near 60 south central.
Monday — Increasing cloudiness. Lows from the 20s to the 30s. Highs in the 60s
Ti—aday — Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of rain. Lows in the 40s. Highs in the 60s.
CHMT Fund grows
Contributions continue to pour in to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund. Money from the fund is used to buy food baskets for needy Contributions include
■ Hochheim Prairie Farm Mutual Insurance Company Branch 136 —$500
■ Col. (Ret.) & Mrs. Joe L. Guinn — $25
■ William and Carol Key — $25
■ Lee & Lucille Mensinger — $25
Prepare loc witksnd of holiday fun
Glowfest 97 launched today at 7 a m. at the Comal County Fairgrounds. There will be carnival rides and tethered balloon rides during the day Saturday at the fairgrounds, and from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, the balloons will Glow.’ Also taking place this weekend are the Fourth Annual Tour of Homes (call 625-6119) and the Jingle Ben Run/Walk for Family Outreach (call 609-5030).
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Unicom fans pull out all the stops
What s Up
■ INSIDE TODAY
New Unicom song —2A Driving directions — 2A Chartered buses — 2A Editorial — 4A Getting ready — 1B
a The Unicom football team traveled to Houston to practice in the Astrodome Thursday, returning late to finish at-home preparations.
B The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, in conjunction with Becker Motors, will be distributing free game banners. Drop by the paper’s office at 707 Landa St.
pi Attend the send-off pep rally today from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the NBHS cafeteria. Relive the games with video highlights, meet the Unicorns and get autographs.
0 Have a blue or white unicorn stenciled on your car today from 3 to 7:30 p.m. in the NBHS parking lot One stencil is $2 and three stencils are $5.
0 Ten chartered buses are reserved to carry more than 450 Unicom supporters to Saturday s game. Buses will leave from the NBHS parking lot at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.
0 Since temperatures in the Astrodome are a constant 72 degrees, supporters don’t need to bundle up for the game—only for the road trip, as a cold front could bring snow and lows in the 20s.
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Stores sell lots
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
As the New Braunfels High School football team prepares to meet Alief Hastings in the region 5 A semifinal playoff Saturday, local merchants are beefing up stocks of Unicom memorabilia to meet the city's demand.
“It’s not just kids and people involved in New Braunfels High School” buying T-shirts, buttons and signs at Color Express, said owner and manager Adam Cork.
“It's an identity thing... (NBHS football team) is now the city of New Braunfels team," he said.
Cork said popular items were signs reading, “You’ve got to believe,” that fit in vehicle and storefront windows. Color Express distributed the signs for free before last weekend's win against MacArthur, but they became so heavily sought atter that Color Express began selling them instead.
Tara KJaehn, Vivroux store manager, said Vivroux
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Officials want you scared of hepatitis A
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
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Health officials are trying to scare New Braunfels residents — scare them into the kind of hygiene habits that will prevent the further spread of hepatitis A.
Confirmation of two cases Tuesday at a second area day care center prompted County Judge Carter Casteel and county health officials to call a press conference Thursday.
“We want the public to take this personally,” Casteel said, adding that her granddaughter attended the second day care center.
Hepatitis A is a viral liver disease that produces symptoms similar to stomach flu.
To date, 30 cases have been confirmed since Oct. 3, said Comal County Health Official Dorothy Overman.
Within 17 hours of confirming the cases at the second day care center, county health officials had given the children and workers at the center shots of immune globulin, said Comal County nurse Shel McWilliams. The inoculation was not a cure, she said, btu it boosted the body's ability to fight the vims before it made a person sick.
“State health officials have told us that if this outbreak is not contained within the two day cares, we are looking at a two-year siege.” McWilliams said.
lf the outbreak w ent unchecked, it could gradually spread through the entire area population, she said.
Hepatitis A is spread by ingesting the virus, or fecal-to-mouth contact, said Texas Department of Health sanitarian Tim Long. Though not a food-bome virus, it could be present on food or an object touched by someone w ho is infected. Long said.
Hepatitis A is difficult to contain for several reasons, Overman said.
“The problem is that the time you’re exposed to the time you’re sick is very long — two to six weeks," she said. People could spread the virus wiihout knowing it before they showed symptoms themselves.
“You can be shedding the virus, sharing it with family and friends," Overman said.
Skipping pot-luck dinners for this Christmas can go a long way toward containing the outbreak, said New Braunfels city sanitarian Joe Lara. One person in the sen mg line who .touches a spoon with contaminated hands could spread the virus to everyone who handles the spoon after-
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Proposed aquifer rules better than none, say local residents
BY BUBAN JAKOBSEN
Conservation equipment required to sell water rights prompted questions from area citizens during an Edwards Aquifer Authority public hearing Thursday at Comal County Courthouse.
Others gave nods of approval to proposed permit and transfer rules, the subject of the hearing.
The proposed regulations affect well owners who have applied for permits to withdraw water from the Edwards Aquifer, which supplies 971 municipalities, industries and irrigators throughout an eight-county area in South Central Texas.
Elton Scheel, who farms com and wheat on
some 700 acres near Selma, asked EAA officials about transferring irrigation rights, an issue addressed in the proposed rules.
According to the proposed rules, a landowner may transfer irrigation rights to another entity; however, the transferor can sell only that portion of a permitted groundwater right for irrigation that is used by equipment designed to conserve water.
“The board’s interpretation of that is, if it’s (the water) not conserved, then it cannot be sold,” said Greg Ellis, EAA general manager
However, an irrigator may lease 50 percent of his water rights without being required to have conservation equipment intact, he said. Ellis
explained how the rules could be compromised.
“What’s the difference between a sale and a 99-year lease?” Ellis asked, illustrating possible loopholes in the rules.
Despite hypothetical circumstances Uke these, Ellis said the board intended to follow them if adopted in early January.
The rules will provide well owners with a tangible set of regulations and alleviate confusion about pumping, transferring and other water issues, according to one resident.
“This is beginning to make sense now,” said Ray Bartram, who lives in Comal County but has muhiple-use wells in Medina County.
Prior to the proposed rules. Bartram said he had
nothing to go by w hen faced with legal matters about water usage.
“Now a simple question will have a simple answer,” he said.
Roger Biggers, New Braunfels Utilities assistant manager of operations, also said he was pleased with publishing the rules as they were.
“They (the rules) might not be perfect, but there’s not a set of rules anywhere that are perfect,” Biggers said.
EAA board of directors w ill consider adopting the proposed permit rules during a Jan. 13 meeting.
“TheyTI be effective that night,” said Ellis, if the board approves the regulations.
Cisneros indicted on 18 counts
WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros was indicted Thursday on 18 felony counts of conspiracy, obstructing justice and making false statements to the FBI about payments to a framer mistress.
Three other people, including the former mistress, were also charged in the 21 -count federal indictment.
Barrett alleged that Cisneros made the false statements to FBI agents conducting a background investigation when he was nominated to President Clinton’s Cabinet. Cisneros allegedly lied about payments to former mistress Linda Jones.
The indictment made Cisneros the second Clinton Cabinet secretary to be iodjjcted. Former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy was charged with accepting illegal gifts and lying to inaastif tors.
From teft, Trent Wooteey, mother Kendm Wootesy and
hang Christmas lights on Santa’* cottages at the North Poi*’
HwateZfftune photo by Susan Fly* Enate*
North Pole moves to lake
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
The magic of Christmas sparkles in children’s eyes at the North Pole in Saltier.
Those children include 38-year-okf Ricky Henderson, who created the store-front village a la Disney from scrap, donated materials arui pieces of the Project KISS Spook House he designed md created.
Next to the Tye Preston Memorial Library on fami-to-Market 2673, the North Pole will be open from 4 to 8 p.m. today and from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday For $5 admission, children will be able to indulge in a village frill of hands-on Christmas projects — each one in a separate North Pole “cottage."
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