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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 22, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas FRIDAY Unicorns and Cougars hope to build on first half of season. See Page New Braunfels 50 CENTS Herald -Zei ' 10/22/ 99 IBI ^publishing JELL VR 22 pages in two sections ■ Friday, December 22,1995 Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 144 years ■ Home of AD<    p    ^    c>    q    „    T    X    7    9    9 Vol. 144, No.29 Inside Editorial........................................4A Sports...........................................9A Comics.......................................11A Classified...............................2B-7B Stiimmtisch Birthday wishes from the Herald-Zeltung! The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Carol Keller (Saturday), Shirley Huebinger (Saturday), Jesse Castilla (15 years), Richard Gray, Adam Torres, Jeanette Huberus (belated) and Beth Schuetz. New Year’s dance Holy Family Church will hold its third annual New Year’s Eve Dance, Sunday, Dec. 31 from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Music by La Distancia. Advance tickets are $7, or $9 at the door. For more information, call 609-5320 or 620-7678 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Live nativity scene The Holy Family Church Youth Program will hold its fourth annual live nativity on Dec. 22 and 23 from 7 p.m. to ? at the Holy Family Church CCD Center at 245 South Hidalgo Street. OOP filing party The Republican Party of Comal County will have a filing party at New Braunfels Smokehouse Tuesday, Jan. 2 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The candidates for the 1996 primary election will be introduced. Come meet and visit with the candidates. For more information, call Dona Bruns at 625-0872. City offices holiday schedule set All city offices will be closed Dec. 25 and 26 and Jan. 1 in observance of the Christmas and New Year holidays. The Sanitation Department will not pick up garbage on Christmas day, but will be available for regular service on the 26th, and on New Years’ Day. For more information or asistance, call 608-2140 from 8 a m. to 5 p.m. on any business day. The perfect gift Still looking for that last gift for someone on your shopping list? It’s the Entertainment ‘96 Book - like giving over 1,000 gift certificates. This coupon book is packed with hundreds of two-for-one and up to 50 percent off discounts at your favorite restaurants. Save on top local and national attractions, airfare, cruises, car rentals and over 1,200 hotels, plus much more. The book is specifically designed for the San Antonio area with many participating New Braunfels establishments like Gruene Mansion, Applebees and the Children’s Museum. The book sells for $25. Call 629-3920. The book is a benefit for N.B. Blitz Soccer. Cheer Fund The Herald-Zeitung sponsors the Cheer Fund every holiday season, to provide food for the needy. Delivery of food will take place at 9 a m. Saturday, Dec. 23. Volunteers are needed to help deliver the 200 food baskets. To donate or to volunteer to help deliver baskets, come by the Herald-Zeitung at 707 Landa St., or call 625-9144. A Christmas present for Comal Three companies announce plans to move into the county By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer Three new companies are planning to relocate within Comal County lines, and county officials say it is going to spur on the local economy. The county commissioners approved tax abatements with Alamo Holly Sales & Services, Inc., Intsel Southwest, and Vestal Steel Specialties. Commissioner Danny Scheel said the three companies will be a good addition to the ‘They help to broaden our tax base and keep our personal property tax down.’ — Commissioner Danny Scheel local economy. “We have three fine businesses coming to town,” said Scheel. “They help to broaden our tax base, and keep our personal property tax down.” County Judge Carter Casteel said the three businesses will move into an industrial park area on FM 3009 between Interstate 35 and Garden Ridge. Garden Ridge Mayor Jay P. Minikin said if that is where they will relocate, they will not help Garden Ridge, which has seen a decrease in recent sales tax rebates due to two companies leaving the city. “There’s a lot of construction going on out there. But, that’s not really going to affect us,” said Minikin. The court approved a tax abatement of 65 percent for the first two years on personal property and capital improvements, and 45 percent the remaining three years. Casteel said that they will eventually be totally on the* tax rolls, which will help the tax base. However, she said there are additional bonuses to the relocation. All three companies will create job openings. In addition, they will make improvements on the property, creating even more jobs. Casteel said all of this will generate money to be spent in the economy. “The properties probably aren't bringing in revenue right now anyway,” said Casteel. “Any time industry comes into the county, it helps our entire economy.” In other business, the court reappointed Guy Anderson, William Mayo, and Scott Watson to the Water Oriented Recreation District board for two year terms. Hell Week Local trainee makes the cut in the military’s toughest week By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer A lot of people say they’ve been to hell and back — Lance Stephens really has. He made the cut in “Hell Week,” arguably the toughest training a U.S. military officer has to endure. Stephens is on his way to becoming a Navy SEAL (Sea, Air and Land). “Hell Week is pretty tough,” Stephens said. “You start on Sunday night and it doesn't end till Friday. You run, swim, and you’re wet for all week. All you get is 20 minutes to eat.” One hundred fifty SEAL trainees start Hell Week. Only 40 are left by the time the week is over. “It’s so intense that you get the best of the best,” he said. During Hell Week trainees learn to rely on each other — die key to survival once they complete training and perform top secret strategic missions. “If it’s not for your buddy, no one would make it,” Stephens said. “You start to hallucinate. You watch your body deteriorate before you. It’ll shut down; nothing makes sense.” Stephens had two stress fractures, a rolled back and an injured hip after Hell Week. He slept for 17 hours straight. Starting Hell Week was an honor in itself. A Navy man for two-and-a-half years, Stephens had to pass a basic screening test, then wait for orders. He then passed another screening, and then a harder screening, followed by physical screening. The “first phase," long before a trainee makes it to Hell Week, has challenges like 4 a.m. physical training, two-and-a-half mile ocean swims, and drown proofing. "In drown proofing they tie your hands and feet, throw you in the pool, make you bob, float, retrieve your face mask with your teeth,” Stephens said. Stephens still has a few phases of Lance Stephens shows the wear and tear In this photo taken at the conclusion of Hell Week at Navy SEAL training. SEAL training left before his graduation. Then on to jump school and advanced medical training. He’s waiting for his Hell Week injunes to heal before he completes his training. “I ran the Jingle Bell Run five mile race,” he said. Stephens graduated from a high school in Rockport in 1992. He also anended high school at New Braunfels High School and swam with the Dolphins at Landa Park. Stephens credits coach Bud Dall-mann’s training. “I called him up and told him I wanted to be a SEAL and I needed a little more help on my swimming. He was a great help.” Stephens’ parents are Tanya Dun-smore of New Braunfels and Shelby Stephens of Rockport. Being a SEAL was Stephens’ goal since he first entered the Navy. "It’s great experience. You get to learn and do so much that you could do nowhere else.” (The Herald-Zeitung will follow Stephens ’ progress as he completes his training in the coming months.) Burros honored for work on conference The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors named S. Tom Burros as chair emeritus of the Texas Legislative Conference Advisory Committee. The chamber is the sponsor of the annual conference and reception. Chair of the chamber’s Board of Directors, Carter Casteel, said, “It is very appropriate for Tom Burros to be given the title of chair emeritus because he conceived the idea of the conference in 1967 when he was the chamber’s chair of the board. He has always been a devoted member of the conference committee providing leadership and inspiration.” The 30th Annual Texas Legislative Conference is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, March 21-22 at the new Braunfels Civic Center. Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives Pete Laney will be honored as Texan of the Year at a reception Thursday evening and will give the keynote address for the conference Friday morning. Early registration discounts arc available now at the Chamber of Commerce. Not much open on Christmas By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND Staff Writer Just when you thought you had seen enough Christmas lists to last until the year’s 2000, here’s a list that may save a phone call or two — holiday hours of some area businesses and public services. rn Recycling — BF1 will pick up its Monday routes Saturday, Dec. 23, and Saturday, Dec. 30. ■ The city of New Braunfels will collect trash on every day except Chnstmas Day and New Year’s Day. Those that have Monday pickup will be collected on the other regular day, which is Thursday. ■ City offices will be closed Dec. 25 and 26 and Jan. I. ■ First State Bank will be closed on Chnstmas and New Year’s Day only. ■ First Commercial Bank will be open Friday 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. both Dec. 22 and 29. It will be closed Saturdays, Dec. 23 and 30, also on Chnstmas and New Year’s. ■ Bank of Amenca will be closed County officials see ’95 as a productive year By DENISE DZIUK Staff Writer December is quickly coming to an end, and local county officials are expecting the upcoming year to be as good as the one coming to a close. County Judge Carter Casteel said 1995 was a year marked by cooperation between government entities. She said examples of this are the Eikel Field/Faust St. Bridge project and the drive for economic development. "There’s been a better spirit of cooperation between governmental entities, and it’s been extremely beneficial to residents,” said Casteel. She said there are also key programs that were begun in 1995, which will carry over into 1996. This includes the development of parks. She said the parks didn’t get opened, but progress has been made. It is hopeful that property for parks in the Solms and Bulverde area can be purchased soon. She said the Canyon Lake park is being worked on, and should be opened in 1996. "We’ve been working at that, but it’s not something that happens overnight. These things take time,” she said. Another program that was begun this year is environmental health. She said it has “done great things,” and more can be expected in the upcoming year. She also added one new program that is questionable is workforce development. She said the guidelines for establishing that board are still being discussed. Casteel said the creation of rural recycling was a big move for the county. She said it put the county on the “cutting edge,” and the county will likely be “taking some steps that will keep us there.” Commissioner Moe Schwab said he is proud of the fact that rural recycling took off so well this year. He said oVer IOO tons of trash were kept out of landfills in the first three months of the program, and the county will try to “keep more things out of landfills.” He said a focus of his will be to implement composting. He said this will reduce waste even more, and save the environment. Schwab also said he will try to operate this off of grant money. “I think the county basically is in good shape. I would like to concentrate a little more on composting and recycling in the coming year,” he said. Commissioner J.L. “Jumbo” Evans said he was happy to see that the economy and percent of employment stayed so strong this year. He said he expects it to stay strong in the future. He also said that the county government is in the business of service, and he believes the focus for the coming year should be on providing those services. “We must concentrate on continuing to provide good services to our citizens, and that means in a variety of ways. We need to give them the services they need and deserve.” said Garden Ridge budget feels the pinch after two businesses leave town Christmas and New Year’s Day. ■ Norwest Bank will be closed Chnstmas and New Year’s Day. ■ Texas Commerce will be closed Christmas and New Year’s. ■ Victona Bank and Trust will be closed Christmas and New Year’s. ■ H.E.B. closes Christmas Eve at 8 p.m. It re-opens at 6 a.m. the day after Christmas. ■ Wuest’s on San Antonio and on Landa will close Chnstmas Eve at 7 p.m. and re-opens at its regular time the day after Christmas. rn H^ndy Andy will close at 8 p.m. Chnstmas Eve and re-opens at 7 am the day after Christmas. ■ K-Mart will close at 8 p.m. Christmas Eve and will be open the day after Christmas from 7 a.m. until 10 p.m. ■ Target will be open from 8 arn. to 6 p.m. Chnstmas Eve and will reopen at 8 a m. the day after Christmas. ■ Wal-Mart will close Chnstmas Eve at 6 p.m. It will re-open at 7 By DAVID DEKUNDER Staff Writer An expected increase rn residential home construction will hopefully soften the blow from two businesses leaving Garden Ridge, Mayor Jay P. Minikin said on Fnday. “Dunng the current fiscal year, we were expecting the construction of IO new homes," Millikin said “Right now, we know of two homes that are ready to get their building permits approved by the city and four more homes which are under contract to be built.” Garden Ridge got some bad news two weeks ago when the latest figures from the state comptroller’s office showed that the city had a significant decrease in sales tax rebates. During the same penod last year, Garden Ridge received a rebate of $5,853 compared to $ 1,548, which is a decrease of 73 54 percent. November’s rebate was 40 percent under last year’s. Payments to date for the city decreased by 30.06 for the san*? penod, from $54,434 to $33,171. In the fiscal year 1995-96 budget, the city had projected $40,000 in sales tax revenues, but the latest figures will more than likely lower those rev enue projections, Millikin said Minikin said the decreases in the sales tax rebates are attnbuted to the moving of two businesses out of Garden Ridge dunng the past year, a roof truss company and a computer supply company. Since the city has only a handful of businesses, Millikin said the two businesses' departures had a very senous impact on die city’s economy and revenues. Millikin said the city is it a disadvantage when it comes to attracting more businesses. “We do not have that much property zoned for business or mdustnal use," Millikin said. “We are hoping the more houses that come to the city, the more the new residents will spend their money at the limited number of businesses we have ” Millikin encouraged more developers to move to Garden Ridge because the city and county tax rates are low. The city tax rate for Garden Ridge is 22.628, which he said is one of the lowest rates in the area.. To adjust to the latest figures, Mil-likm said. Garden Ridge will have to look into reducing spending or increasing revenues. Congressional Republicans stick to their guns at budget talks. See Opinion, Page 4A, ;