New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 23, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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IC pages in one section ■ Friday, Dec. 23,1994
Serving Comal County for more than 143 years ■ Home of MARTHA RICHTER
iVol. 143, No. 30
Birthday wishes from th* Harald-Zaitungl
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following >irthday wishes to; Martha Richter, Doom Medina, Carol Keller, Shirley Huebinger, Shanna Schneider (17 years!), Susie M. Gonzales, Jasmine GU, Lindel Bittick, Viola Rittimann, Nelson Roemisch, Lucille Sched, Judy Stephenson, Edward Sullivan, Ann Beck, Stanley Harris, Eva Gibson belated), Robert L. Fox, Richard Warren. Happy Anniversary to Kenneth & Christine Ryals (Saturday).
Donations to IU Chaar Fund continua
Aiea citizens continue to submit donations to the Herald-Zeitung's annual Cheer Fund campaign, which provides food to needy local families for the Christmas holidays.
Anyone wishing to donate can do so in pereon by coming by the Herald-Zettung office st 707 Linda St., or call Cheer Fund Director Caiol Ann Avery st 625-9144. Delivery will take place Thursday afternoon.
Today's donations include:
■ Richard St Dona Caldwell -. S100
■ Judene, Lucy, Kyla and Colby Goodaon - $25
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A few copies of the New Braunfels Hemld-Zeitungfs Christmas Song Book are available to the public. The songbook has many traditional Uuistmas favorites and is sponsored by local merchants and businesses.
Harvest from tho Heart on tap today
Non-stop phone calls bom prospective vdunteeis have keep workers at Molly Joe*! Catering busy this week as they prepare for the company’s Harvest from the Heart meal Friday evening.
“We were jus overwhelmed with the response from the community,” said Robert Konkcl, managing partner of Molly Joe’a Catering.
“Now, we just need to get the word out to people to come and enjoy a traditional holiday meal st the Gvic Center.”
Harvest from the Heart— from 4 to 8 p.m. today—is deigned for senior citizens and for thole area residents who do not otherwise hive the means to prepare a holiday meal.
Co-aponaors of the meal include Molly Joe's Restaurant, New Braunfels ISD, Maters Paper Co. Cain’s Coffee, Ben E. Leith Foods, Labatt Food Service, OK Meats, Ullrich Produce Jo., the Qty of New Braunfels, KGNB/KNBT, and the New Braunfels Herald-Zettung.
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Site chosen for new CISD school
By CRAIG HAMMETT
A new school site has finally been settled for the western section of the Comal Independent School District.
The district will purchase 62.75 acres of land about one-quarter mile west of Bill Brown Elementary on the south side of Hwy. 46. The CISD will pay about $6,500 per acre, or $407,875 for the property, owned by a William E. Cox of Dallas.
Appraised value for 1994 from the county appraisal district had the land valued at $180,720. Due to agricultural tax breaks, the owner paid taxes on only $5,020 according to appraisal office records.
'That was among the lowest prices available,**
District to purchase 63 acres* nears Bill Brown Elementary for $400,000
said Scott Watson, chairman of the lite selection committee, which has been looking for a little more than two months. Watson said they looked atl9 different sites.
“This is the site we we're hoping would come through," he said. Watson said the spot proved favorable due to access on both Hwy. 46 and Old Boerne Rd Watson said the district was competing with homtowners and developers who want to build in the area.
Voters in .September approved a multi-million
dollar bond package to build three new intermediate (5-6 grades) schools. Two sites, one in Saltier and one in New Braunfels, were available on land already owned by the district.
Buying a large section of land, roughly the same size of the property it Smithson Valley High School, allows the district to have room for additional growth, or sell the additional land in the Alture if it is not needed, said Superintendent Jerry Mq'or.
“As we've gone through the process, we’ve
seen how high prices for land are in the area," said Dr. Mqjor, who added the district will continue to look at additional land to avoid paying higher prices in the future.
The CISD board of trustees will still have to approve the purchase of the property, contingent upon certain tests yet to be performed.
“We're going to have to test the soil and water first," said CISD Maintenance Director Roy Lin-nartz. “...There is an existing well on the property we could use as a backup."
Bill Brown Elementary, dote to the site, has been plagued by lead problems in its pipe system. Linnartz said foe Texas Natural Resource Conservation Commission had tested the soil there several times and found it safe, leading officials to believe the problem lies in the pipe system.
Along for the ride
Now Braunfels resident Gerald McCauley enjoys a brisk walk In the cool morning air on Spring Hill SI. ae hie pet lhaaa apeo "Bandit" ahs beck and enjoys the vide.
HenkFZehuna photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
Commissioners approve changes to streamline platting procedures, costs
By CRAIG HAMMETT
County Commissioners routinely deal with dtizens wanting to change foe makeup of their lots within county boundaries. They even adjusted times for Thursday so address
such requirements in an earlier session.
Commissioners yesterday further addressd the bureaucratic process of platting and replying, approving changes county offidals say will help streamline foe process.
“We’ve been having complaints for sometime because of costs to hire someone..." said County Engineer Tom Horaeth.
“It cremes a hardship on people both in time and money."
The new requirements involve two or more lots an owner wants to combine into one.
Although offical documents will still be needed and recorded, another survey for the replacing will not.
County Commissioner Neil Craig-mile said tike county needed to “preserve the integrity" of the court over-
"WaVa Kwtn hearing complaints for sometime becauso of costs to him someone. It creates a hardship on people both
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seeing both health concerns regarding septic tanks and development in subdivisions.
“We ought to come back to the Commissioners Court to get their blessing or whatever," said County Attorney Nathan Rheinlander. “...We need to keep Commissioners Court informed about what's going on in foe subdivisions.”
Attorney John Dierkson had advocated a change in policy, citing health reasons by having a for less number of septic tanks.
He said he was prepared to compromise if the new process saved time and money.
“It is very expensive not only for property owners but for the county trying to maintain records," he said of the old requirements.
Police say bicycle gifts should include locks
By TECLO J. GARCIA
Bicycles, one the most popular gifts for kids on Christmas day, should be accompanied with one very important accessory—a lock—experts say.
New Braunfels Police Officer LL John Wonv mack said over IOO bikes a year are reported stolen in New Braunfels, but dozens more bicycle thefts are not reported.
“We recover a lot cf bicycles because people do not write down aerial numbers and don’t get licenses for the bikes," Wotnmack said.
The officer said in addition to getting “ a quality tempered lock,*' and locking up the bike whenever it is not being used, residents should register the two-wheeled people moven
at the police department for a 50 cent fee.
Wommack said if the police have a serial number and the bike is stolen, it will make foe job of recovery easier for the police. Police recover dozens of bikes a year, but cannot match them with their ownen bemire foe bikes are not registered.
More than 450,000 bikes were stolen in the United States in 1992, the moat recent year for which national statistics are available, according to the FBI'i Uniform Crime Report Residents should bring the bicycle's serisl number, slong with s description to the polioe station to acquire the license.
Bike ownen do not have to bring their bicycles to the police station.
Department officials said the registration must be renewed on a yearly basis.
Mason O'Neal, of Buck’s Bikes in San Marcos, said any lock on a bike helps prevent theft, bte he recommended the'IT* lock above chain locks. The “U" locks normally cote between $30-$40. Chain locks usually cote leas than that.
“A “U" lock seems to be a safer lock, and when you lock the bicycle, try to get the frame and the wheel," O’Neal said.
He Mid if foe lock ii jute put over a wheel, the bike will probably get stolen.
“Look for s bike rack, something permanent or cemented tint is not moving to lock your bike to," O’Neal said.
O'Neal said he knew of instances where bikes were locked to a traffic sign, and the sign would get pulled out of the ground and the wire stolen
First Sesquicentennial event planned for New f ear’s Eve
From staff reports
At approximately 11:25 pm. on Saturday, Dec. 31,1994, the flite official Sesquicentennial activity will take place.
Martin Morris, Chair of the Sesquicentennial New Year's Evq CelcbrationCommittee, ii inviting all dttei of New Braunfels to help “kick-off* New Braunfels' 150th birthday on the Main Flan. “We want everyone to help bring in the city'a 130th birthday with a bang, by joining us in fellowship and prayer down
town on foe Main Plaza on New Year's Eve," said Morris. The committee has put together a program which will Include numerous choirs singing.
The New Braunfels Chaute of Commerce, which is the official sponsor of the Sesquicentennial Commiiteon, is sanctkmed by the City of New Braunfels. The Chamber's 1995 Chair of the Board Carter Casteel will give the welcome. Herb Skoog, Chair of tbs Sesquicentennial Commimion, will rcltee whte the immigrants did on New Year's Eve 150 years ago
and include an overview of all upcoming activities throughout 1995. Numerous clergymen will also give thanks to the community.
“The reflection portion of the program it our way of thanking foe Lord for having such «e grate community with wonderful people," said Morris. The grand finale will include a countdown to end 1994 and all churches throughout the community and the Comal County CourfoouM will ring folk balls to bring in foe New Year.
Businesses, offices close for the holiday
From staff reports
The New Brawlis Herald-Zettung will be dosed for foe Christmas holiday on Monday, Dec. 26. Normal business houri will resume on Tuesday, Dec. 27. Also, foe Herald-Zettung will have a Saturday edition tomonow instead of having a Sunday edition.
News deadlines for foe Tuesday, Dec. 27 edition arc at 5 p.m. today.
fledge will be dosed on Monday, Dec. 26.
No garbage service will be available on Monday, Bec. £6
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city hall may can 60$-2140 from 7 am to 4 pjn. on any bustee day. During the weekend and holiday, residents may leave i message on the dt/a tot* rJxinft answerinfl machine. Calls will be returned /faring hours.
The US Pout Office. Comal County CourfoouM hanks will be dosed on Monday* Dee, llBWfli will be open Saturday tan 9|
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