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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 14, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas inside opinion ............. 4A Sports Day................................1-4B Marketplace ...................2-12C Dear Abby.................................5A T„- 3T.T 1= F3TF 4 jg-#; ' 1 ll-jut_% V * SM SI,im lutist h Birthday wisha* from tho Herald-Zeitung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to the following: Kristy Castilkja •(Monday), Tanya Gomez (Monday), Alberto Herrera (Monday), Gayna Holden (Monday), Mark Wright (Monday), Jonathan Hull (Monday), Felix Roque, Vernon Eflenberger, Lindsey Nelson, Maria Martinez, David Kiser, Brady Weden Priess (I year Saturday), Timmy Schriewer (Monday), James Moos (17 years) and Jamie Danielle Yzaguirre (I year). Happy Anniversary wishes go to Matt and Dunn Noble (I year) and Rene and Susan Saenz (I year). To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. WtoalP Sunny days, cold nights ahtad Today throtiflh Monday ight — Sunny days and clear nights. Highs near 60. Lows near 30 Sunday, near 40 Monday. Tuesday — Partly cloudy. Highs in the 60s. Wednesday and Thursday — Mostly clear. Lows near 40, 30s. Highs in the 60s. Blowiest continuos today The hot air balloons participating in Glowfest ’97 will fill the skies over Comal County again today. This balloon festival, which is a project of the Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, is free to the public. Parking on the fairgrounds is S3. offers Saturday hours The New Braunfels post office is offering extended hours starting Saturday for holiday mail. Through Dec. 27, the local post office will be open on Saturdays from 9 a m. to 1 30 p.m. Children's Museum shares the spirit The Holiday River of Lights’ Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for Monday is New Braunfels Children’s Museum. This non-profit organization will supply two workers to staff the lights display from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Monday and hand out information. In return, the organization will receive 50 cents per vehicle that passes through Cypress Bend Park Monday. Cheer Fund helps needy The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung is accepting donations for its annual Christmas Cheer Fund. Every penny of donations goes toward the purchase of food baskets for the needy Donations will be accepted at the Herald-Zeitung office, 707 Landa St., during regular business hours. Checks can be mailed to the Herald-Zeitung. Please make checks payable to the Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund. Arrangements for pickup of donated items can be made by contacting circulation director Carol Ann Avery at 625-9144, ext.228 Recent contributions include: ■ Leonard and Carolyn Crim — $25 ■ John and Vesta Lee — $25 ■ Marilyn Jamison — $50 ■ Mrs. Archie Ladshow — $100 New Braunfels WW___ Herald 28 pages in four sections ■ Sunday, December 14,1997 c Serving the Comal County ”sTr’0nICR0PUBLlSHIH6 2627 E YANDELL' DR . EU RASO, TX 79903- T BUNDAY $1.00 -    «ji i ie    or jonathan Hull Vol. 146, No. 22 Magical season ends Unicorns fall to Alief Hastings, 46-23 From staff reports HOUSTON - The Unicom football team’s magical season came to an end Saturday night. But the magic of the season should remain for years to come. Clinton vows crackdown on Medicare overcharges WASHINGTON (AP) — Vowing a renewed crackdown on the “unfair fraud tax” he said costs Medicare billions a year. President Clinton urged Congress on Saturday to pass legislation barring doctors from charging more for drugs than they pay themselves. “Medicare is more than just a program. It reflects our values,” Clinton said in his weekly radio address. “It’s one way we honor parents and our grandparents and protect our families across the generations.” Medicare fraud costs billions of dollars each year and undermines the nation’s ability to care for those most in need, he said. “Taxpayers deserv e to expect that every cent of hard-earned money is spent on quality medical care for deserving patients,” he said. Clinton said that clamping down on drug overcharges would save $700 million over five years. He noted that a recent report by the inspector general of the Department of Health and Human Services found that what Medicare pays for drugs “bears little or no resemblance to actual w holesale pnces that are available to physicians and suppliers that bill tor these drugs.” “These overpayments occur because Medicare reimburses doctors according to the published average wholesale price, the so-called ‘sticker price,’ for drugs,” Clinton said. The Unicorns lost to Alief Hastings, 46-23, ending their season with a 13-2 record. Along their march to the Astrodome, the Unicorns won the District 26,5-A title and the Region IV-5A title. The 1997 Unicorns season was the Game wrap-up, highlights — See Page 1B most successful as a 5-A team in the history of the school. At the end of last season, the Uni corns failed to make the playoffs, with a 4-6 record. Last night marked the final high school game for 36 seniors on the Unicom team. At the end of the game, the players, heads held high, joined the band and sang the school song. In this final salute to their season, it Waiting for movies tqjjf rn Ty Herald-Zeitung photo by Susan Flynt England Jason Hamel, Paul Gathany, Nicola Williams, Karan Mictar and David Villanueva walt at 7:15 p.m. Friday outside the Marketplace 12 Cinema. Customers had been told the doors would open at 6:30 p.m., one said, but they were not allowed to enter until a plumbing inspection was / I' / The 12-ecrsen movie theater did open its doors Friday and gave away free popcorn to every ticket ■kl TW River of Lights draws mbre than 5,000 vehicles From staff reports More than 5,000 vehicles have passed through the city’s Holiday River of Lights display at Cypress Bend Park, according to city officials. “We’re getting into the rush period now,’’ said Don Ferguson, assistant to the city manager. “We’re really pleased with the turnout so far,” he said. The display features a lighted tunnel, holiday trees, jumping reindeer and other animated displays. Other scenes include large dinosaurs and 5,000 blue lights in the center of the park, creating a nver of lights. “This display differs from lighted trails in Boerne and Austin because many of the (Holiday River of Lights) displays are animated,” said Mayor Jan ken-nady. The park will be open from 6 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and from 6 to 10:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays until Jan. 4. The park will be closed on Christmas night. Cars and minivans carrying up to eight people enter the display for $7 and R. V.’s and large passen ger vans are $15. Season passes can be purchased for $25 at Cypress Bend Park, the municipal building at 424 Castell and the parks and recreation office in Landa Park. “It has been exciting to see families from throughout the area enjoying the Holiday River of Lights,” said Anna Lee Hicks, Holiday River of Lights spokeswoman. Visitors from San Antonio, Austin. Kerrville and Houston have traveled from their respective cities to see the display, according to city officials. was obvious to anyone participating or watching, that the Unicorns were a team of winners. The thousands of Unicorn fans cheered and applauded their team. Alief Hastings, a school on die outskirts of Houston, had noticeable fewer fans than New Braunfels. Turn to Season, Page 2A Police make plans for federal grant funds BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN Staff Writer The New Braunfels Police Department was awarded a $76,000 grant from the U.S. Justice Department, funds that probably would go toward the buying more advanced equipment for the police, local officials said. NBPD chief Ray Douglas and police officers are armed with a “wish list” for some technological equipment already used by larger police agencies. Mobile data terminals, much like laptops for policeman, top the wish list, he said, along with video cameras that would act as a surveillance device much like the cameras that provide video footage for the television show “Cops.” The mobile data terminals, or MDT’s, would allow officers to run license and registration checks from their vehicles instead of calling into dispatch. Information would be readily available because the laptops would be connected to the dispatch system with something similar to a cellular phone hook-up, Douglas said. “It (MDT) would also cut down on radio traffic,” said Douglas, because a lot of the information instantly could be transmitted. Video cameras could provide footage of an officer’s daily duties and be key in their safety, said Douglas. Police departments would be able to make cases and identify attackers when officers are assaulted. City manager Mike Shantis said the grant would enable the police department to enhance its operations whether they choose MDT’s or video cameras. “These are things they would not normally be able to get through the budget,” said Shantis. Policemen need state-of-the-art equipment to help fight high tech criminals, he said. NBPD officials plan to match the $76,000 with money from a seizure fund denved from drug busts. Taxpayers group focuses attention on CISD funding, credibility By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor A self-proclaimed watchdog group of Comal Independent School District taxpayer, which organized Nov. 19 after a bond issuance was voted down, hopes to continue its role at CISD. By the end of its Wednesday night meeting, it had a formal name — Concerned Taxpayers of Comal County. The 20-or-so members who attended picked up agendas. Each also received a two-page document listing the results of a survey that members completed at the previous meeting, listing concerns about CISD and possible solutions to those concerns. “CISD hasn’t had a town meeting, so we figured we needed to have one,” John Berteison said. He characterized the group as fiscally conser- Jorin Be rte!ten vative. ‘That’s why we got involved,” he said. “They see things are wrong with CISD. They’re looking at it from a money standpoint ” Two concerns topped the group’s list: CISD credibility and funding “The people here’s biggest concern is trust in the CISD,” John Bcrtelsen said. The meeting’s agenda followed a pattern future Next meeting The next Concerned Taxpayers of Cornel County meeting will be: WHEN: 7 pm Jan. 15 WHERE: Guadalupe Valley Telephone Cooperative, 100 Farm-to-Market 3159 CALL WITH QUESTIONS: 880* 7530 meetings will mirror, Birdie Bertelscn said. The group discussed highlights of the previous CISD board meeting. An agenda tor the Dec. 18 CISD board meeting was not yet available. However, officers chose four items for discussion that they thought would appear on die CISD agenda, alternatives for cop ing with runaway growth in the student population: • redrawing attendance zones for high schools, • possible separate ninth-grade campus • year-round schooling and • split schedules for high schools. Members were asked to fill out cards with their opinions on the four ideas, which officers could present at the board meeting. John Bertelsen would call each member not attending Wednesday’s meeting and also count those opinions, Birdie Bertelsen said. “Their vote will count, just as much as if they attended the meeting,” he said. Only about IO of the 69-member group live in New Braunfels. The rest are from the western part of the county, John Bertelsen said. Those present Wednesday were asked to fill out concerns forms, which would be tabulated and Turn to OSO, Page2A County should take hepatitis A outbreak seriously — Page 4A t I ;