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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 17, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 3 s1 . ■ * * < \ ■ ' ' • !■ life, ■■ ■ , > fli • k' f i SWT women Jose to Northwestern — Page ID New Braunfels _____ ■ • ■ « 1 ■* * W    4    jfl Herald 20332 MOO? 10/22/??    80 SO-UEST HICROPUBLISHING 2627 E YANDELL DR EL PASO, TX 79903- 22 pages in two sections ■ Wednesday, December 17,1997 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of J—liter Hellene Koepp Vol. 145, No. 24 Inside Editorial........................................4A Sports......................................1-2B Comics.........................................3B Marketplace.............................4-8B Dear Abby....................................3A SLimmtisi h wmwnomy wisnos irovn ttwHwakUMtung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Debbie Baker, Bob Baker, Carolyn Johnson, Leticia Sanchez, Jennifer Michelle Koepp, Raymond Dietert, Anna Patterson, Shana Mendez (13 years), Christine Noel Martinez (24 years), Manuel Brier, John Daniel Zavala (8 years) and Gregoria Hernandez. Happy Anniversary wishes go out to Floyd and Fern Higginbotham (64 years). To hove a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144. Pollen Count ■ ewee^we ■ wwso ere Molds —1,132 Cedar Elm — 50 (Polen measured in parts per cubic meter of air. Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel.) River Information Comd River — 330 cubic feet per second Tuesday, down 5 from Monday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 625.96 feet above sea level Tuesday, down .01 from Monday. Canyon Dam discharge — 179 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 160 cfs Canyon Lake level — 906.78 feet above sea level. (Conservation pod.) New Braunfels Utilities NBL) reports pumping 6.048 million galore of surface waler Tuesday, and no wet waler was used. hApllP Look for rain on Saturday Today — Mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 60s to near 70. Tonight, mostly clear. Lows in the 30s. Thursday — Mostly sunny and breezy. Highs near 70 to lower 70s. Thursday night, increasing clouds Lows around 50. Friday — Mostly cloudy. Highs in the 60s. Saturday — Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain or thunderstorms. Lows in the 40s to around 50. Highs in the 50s to around 60. Sunday — Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain or showers. Lows in the 30s to around 40. Highs in the 40s to around 50. Woman's cantor shares th# spirit The Holiday River of Lights Sharing the Spirit organization chosen for today was Comal County Women’s Center. 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. Cheer Fund could SINI use donations It s not too late to give to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s Cheer Fund, which is used to buy food baskets for the needy. Make your donations at the Herald-Zeitung offices, 707 Landa St., during regular business hours or mail them. Checks should be made payable to the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Cheer Fund. Recent contributions include: ■ Elks Ladies Klub — $100 ■ Charles and Jane Row — $50 ■ Barbara J. Scott — $25 ■ Grayson Moore — $100 GSD seeks to stop emissions increase By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Comal Independent School district officials are trying to stop a nearby manufacturer’s efforts to nearly double its air emissions of a toxic material used in its production process. Lightning Metals, a company that employs 300 and manufactures metal chassis for computers, has asked the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission to allow it to increase its release of trichloroethylene from 25 tons per year to about 46.5 tons per year, according to TNRCC spokesman Terry Hadley. The chemical is used to clean metal {Nuts that have been die cast in the Lightning Metals plant. ■ For questions about Lightning Metals’ permit to increase trichtoiroethyi-sne emissions, Permit No. 36251, can the Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission at (512) 239-1000. Canyon High School is about 150 feet from Lightning Metals, Canyon Middle School is about 3,000 feet from the plant, and three elementary schools are downwind from the plant about 2,500 feet, according to CISD officials. In a letter to the TNRCC, Supt. Jerry Majors wrote that CISD wanted a public hearing on Lightning Materials request Major’s letter stated: “We feel that a number of our students would be sensitive to the type and amount of contaminates being emitted, thus interfering with the educational process.” CISD director of maintenance and operations Roy Linnartz learned about Lightning Metals request when the company asked CISD for help translating its public notice into Spanish. The public notice about the application appeared in the Herald-Zeitung Od 29. “I took it to (superintendent) Dr. Major right away,” Linnartz said. Hadley said TNRCC has not yet decided whether to conduct a public hearing on the permit. He said die permit still was under consideration by the state agency. Hadley said the tonnage request for trichloroethylene, a degreaser, is significantly below the maximum levels allowed by the state. It could take weeks or months for TNRCC to decide whether a hearing would take place, he said. Lightning Metals officials were surprised at the challenge to their permit application, said director of operations Van Holley. Feedback from TNRCC and the engineering consulting firm the company hired to help with the permit process indicated smooth sailing, he said, and the firm was well within TNRCC and Environmental Protection Turn to Permit, Page 2A fit* re % Br-* ” J'™ Herald-Zeitung photo by Susan Flynt England Lightning Metals worker Fabian Hernandez guides metal computer chassis into a machine where a vapor of trichloroethylene and other chemicals will remove grease from the surface of the metal. The reason for the season Harald-Zeituna photo by Susan Ji Children of First Bact!st Church reenacted the Christmas nativity Tuesday avenine in front of the church at re^e eeerer^s a re^e a aa    re^re a a    ^re^re^^re^^rere es mw ire entree e^re^^re a crease ar eree rerei^wi^rei^rer    aaa    na ae a aa ere re^re ae prep see ess^e repe e aurei Cross street and Hants Clara Avenue. White children pm ti a yod Mary and Joseph, shepherds, angels, the three wise man and a live donkey stood by, representing the stead that wea fabled to Mary Into Bethlehem. Adult ■“ bere of First Baptist Church sang Christmas carols while the children performed the nativity. Comal board grapples with crowding, breaks County to decide fate of cardboard recycling Meeting From staff reports Comal County's rural recycling corrugated cardboard pilot program will end tomorrow. Commissioners court will decide at its Thursday meeting whether to add the cardboard collection to the county’s rural recycling program. The meeting begins at 8:15 a.m. “We will continue pickup on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31,” said Commissioner Moe Schwab, “then in January we’re going to move to Thursdays.” County and inmate workers pick up cardboard from businesses within the New Braunfels city limits on Wednesday mornings at no charge to the businesses, Schwab said. The rural recycling program has grown to include IO pickup stations, a chipping program and the recently added cardboard recycling. The county picks up recyclable* ti CommWoners moot at 8:15 ain. Thursday in Hit Comal County Courthouse. at the following times and locations: • Spring Branch area — 8:30 am to noon Monday and every first Saturday, fire station at Farm-to-Market 311 and U.S. 281 • Potters Creek, FM 306 area — I to 4 pm Monday, Canyon Lake Fire Station No 3 • Garden Ridge area — 8:30 am. to noon Tuesday, Gifford-Hill W est exit, off FM 3009 • Bulverde area — I to 4 p m Tuesday and 8:30 to noon every fourth Saturday, Justice of die Peace No. 3 building • Settler Road area — 8:30 to noon Wednesday and every second Saturday, Veterans of Foreign Wars building • FM 306, Purgatory Road area — I to 4 pm Wednesday and 8:30 to noon every third Saturday, FM 306 and Purgatory Road • Comal County Road Department — I to 4 pm Thursday, 4931 Texas 46 • Hunter Road area — 8:30 to noon every second and fourth Friday, Texas Industries entrance, 7781 FM 1102 • Freiheit Bowling Alley area — I to 4 pm every second and fourth Friday, 2157 FM 1101 • Canyon Lake Fire Station No. 2— 8:30 to noon every Saturday, Oblate Drive in Startzville. Commissioners Court will meet at 8:15 am Thursday in the commissioners courtroom on the third floor of the Courthouse Annex. By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND News Editor Comal Independent School District trustees will begin to wrestle with the “what now” question when they meet Thursday. Voters resoundingly defeated the bond propositions Nov. 8, and the school district still must deal with overcrowding caused by a rapidly growing population. With bond money for financing new schools, the district is pressed to figure out a “Plan B.” During their Oct. 9 meeting, board members suggested several options for squeezing the most students into the available space. They are listed on the agenda for discussion but not action: • Realign attendance zones in order to balance enrollment at Smithson Valley and Canyon high schools. • Consider another bond election to expand Smithson Valley and Canyon high schools. • Purchase additional portable buildings and-or lease space. • Increase class size. • Implement year-round, multi-track schools or split schedules as a last resort. Slated for action on Thursday’s agenda is the 1998-99 school calendar. Four calendar drafts are included for consideration. The calendars list the same starting date for the first semester Aug. 17. Spnng break dates comprise the main difference in the four examples: • Calendar No. I has a break from Monday, Feb. 15, through Friday, Feb. 19, and another break from Friday, April 2, through Friday, April 9. • Calendar No. 2 has a break from Monday, March 15, through Friday, March 19 It also has Friday, April 2, and Monday, April 5, as holidays. • Calendar No. 3 has a break from Fnday, April 2, through Friday, April 9. It also has holidays on Friday, Feb. 12, and Monday, Feb. 15. Meeting ■ Comal Independent School District trustees will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Bill Brown Elementary, 20410 Texas 46 West in Spring Branch. ■ Trustees WHI consider the district's options for addressing overcrowding at its campuses after the Nov. 8 bond issue failed. ■ School board members also will debate four options for spring break plans in the 1998/99 school calendar. • Calendar No. 4 has a break from Thursday, Feb. IS, through Tuesday, Feb. 23*and one from Thursday, March 11 through Monday, March 15. CISD is the only area distnct that currently has two spring breaks, said board vice president John Clay. His proposed calendar includes a March spnng break “I just want to know why we can’t get into some similar breaks to what the other distncts do.” Clay said Student performance motivated past boards to adopt calendars with dual spnng breaks, explained board president Dan Krueger, adding that he did not advocate adopting any particular calendar. “What they’d looked at and what we’d done rn the past is to have a break atter the first six weeks atter we’ve come from die holidays,” Krueger said. “That seems to be when the kids are real antsy.” Having week-long breaks between six-week class periods seemed to improve student performance, he said. The CISD board will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at Bill Brown Elementary, 20410 Texas 46 West in Spnng Branch. Residents invited to carol on Plaza From staff reports Residents are invited to join Christmas music makers on the Plaza at 6 p.m. Thursday. Caroling on the Plaza, sponsored by the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council, has attracted between IOO to 200 people in past years and gives each member of the community a chance to sing traditional and contemporary Christmas songs. “We’re encouraging the whole community to come out,” said Arni Young, chairwoman of Caroling on the Plaza. A brass quartet, the Cofnmunity Chorale Singers, directed by Pat Pritchard, and AJ Bartow, a local musician, are scheduled to perform during the program. The group plans to converge near the bandstand, and residents are asked to bring lawn chairs. The caroling will be guided by keyboard-accompamment provided by Jane Haas. Some 19 or 20 songs, including “The First Noel,” “Do You Hear What I Hear'’ and “Angels We Have Heard on High” are planned for the program, Young said. Candles are lobe held and lit during the singing of the last song, “Silent Night.” “it sounds like this Thursday’s weather will be glorious,” said Young, who, along with other paftidpMtK ia hoping for a good anoia. Has program a trepjfSfd to las afront ret? hour. Health officials now urging hepatitis vaccine WISH III NP GqikI Chati? hffltii etiti*. ana t^hrans#: local raaJ® doMto toke oat Sap further is ta spread cf Protect yourself ■ The vaccine against hepatitis A is available through many local physicians. Also available at the Comal County Health Department, the vaccine is $25 per child's injection and $54 per adult's injection and is given from 8 to 11 a m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays on a walk-in basis The test injoprioft ApuM be rnDon't let food poisoning ruin your holidays — Page 11A MHH ;