New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
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18 pages in two sections ■ Friday, December 26,1997
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of I
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The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Mena Brown, Peter Mar*
I bargee, Diana Schreefer, Alan ' rollinger, Leticia Caballero Saturday), Stephanie Correia Saturday), Julie Ford (Saturday), Mark Anthony Barbola 22 years Saturday), Donna Brasil and Andie Simmons (22 years).
Happy anniversary wishes go to Saucy and Bill Spence (IS years) and Robert and Darken Mohra.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mold— 512 Cedar Elm — 434
(Raton measured in parts per cubic meter of ar. rtormaion provided by Dr. Frank Harpe!) River Information Comal River —326 cubtc feet per second Thursday, the same as Wednesday. Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Wen — 625.93 feet same.
Canyon Dam discharge —171 cfs Canyon Lake inflow — 165 cfs Canion Lake level — 908.78 New Braunfels Utilities NOU reports pumping 5.641 mtoon gallons of surface water Thursday and 126.000 galona of we! water
Clouds roe out by Sunday
Tonight — Decreasing clouds. Lows upper 20s to near 30
Saturday — Mostly sunny. Highs in the 50s. Saturday night, clear and cold. Lows in the upper 20s to near 30.
Sunday — Clear. Highs in the 50s to near 60.
Monday — Clear Lows in the 30s. Highs in the 60s.
Tuaoday — Mostly sunny and warmer. Lows in the upper 30s to near 40. Highs in the 60s,
School’s out until IMS
Schools and offices of New Braunfels Independent School District will be closed through Jan. 2. Employees return Jan. 5, while students begin the second semester Jan. 6. The Tax Office, which collects taxes for the school district and the city of New Braunfels, will be closed Monday through Friday, but it will be open the last three days of December. Closed on Jan. 1, it will be open Jan. 2. Office hours for the Tax Office are 8 a m. to 5 p m.
Comal Independent School District offices and schools will be closed through Jan. 2. The CISD central office will reopen at 8 a m. Jan. 5.
Oat your recyclable! ruddy for Saturday
New Braunfels residents who missed recycling collection on Christmas will have their recyclables picked up Saturday.
CHMT Fund SUM gaffing donations
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung continues to receive donations for its annual Cheer Fund, which helps buy foods baskets for the needy. Donations have been made by the Merrill family ($125) and Arthur and Betty Richter $25).
After the tinsel is gone^
iRecycle your Christmas tree; turn it to mulch
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
New Braunfels Christmas trees can have a second life after the ornaments and lights have been packed away — nourishing yards, gardens and Landa Parte as mulch.
Today through Jan. 19, people can take their trees to the Landa Parte swimming pool parking lot "They can drop them off in die barricaded area," said park ranger superintendent Todd McClanahan.
"They need to go ahead and take the nails, any metal fasteners and decorations off." s
Starting Monday, two chippers — one owned by the city of New Braunfels and one owned by New Braunfels Utilities — will begin chewing the holiday greenery into mulch.
This year marks the recycling program's lith, McClanahan said. Last year, 916 Christmas trees ended up as mulch instead of going to landfill.
Because bf the Holiday River of Lights, mulch will not be taken to Cypress Bend Park for storage
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This sign st Lands Park is displayed In the area where Christmas trees can be delivered.
until late January, McClanahan said.
Until then, "it will be stored in Landa Park and used to mulch around park areas," he said. "There'll still be plenty left" for the public.
Officials report all quiet on Christmas front
Law enforcement and fire officials reported no major accidents or fires on Christmas.
“We had some calls, but nothing major,” said New Braunfels fireman Ray Hacker.
Texas Department of Public Safety, Comal County Sheriffs dispatch and New Braunfels Police dispatch reported a quiet holiday. •
close for holidays
By SUSAN FLYNT ENGLAND
For some in Comal County, the best “home for the holidays” is a safe haven away from home. Family violence does not stop for Christmas, nor do the Comal County Women’s Center and die Comal County Emergency Children’s Shelter.
“We have four kids here right now,” Children's Shelter administrator Rim Snyder said Wednesday night.
Women who need shelter from abusive spouses can find it on Christmas, New Years Day or any other day of the year, said Women’s Center children’s program coordinator Amy Thompson.
Both shelters, however, have been inundated with help from sea residents.
The children at the Children’s Shelter went to the Children’s Museum in New Braunfels and saw Santa Claus on Wednesday.
“They not only have a lot of gifts here, they’ve been taken down to Wal-Mart to let them pick out first-hand the gifts that they want,” Snyder said. “These kids here are very well taken care of.”
Church groups, civic groups and private individuals donated toys to the Children’s Shelter, he said.
“There’s been a wide range of people who have donated,” Snyder said “It’s pretty overwhelming.”
The Children’s Shelter will save some of its bounty of toys for children it serves throughout the year, he said
Women's Center staff worked to make Christmas as merry as possible for the families staying at the center and for those who recently moved to begin new homes, Thompson said.
“A lot is going on here today,” she said Wednesday. “As fast as they're leaving, people are bringing more in.”
The Women’s Colter served a big Christmas dinner Thursday, she said.
Businesses, civic and church Turn to Shatters, Page 2A
How many lights?
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TMe light display Is ohs of many In tbs Holiday River of Lights st Cyprsss Band Park.
Guess the number, win prizes
Special to the Herald-Zeitung
Just how many lights are there that make up the Holiday River of Lights in New Braunfels?
That’s the question organizers are asking this week as the close of the park nears on Jan. 4.
“Hazard your best guess. We believe people will be surprised at just how many lights there are in the park,” said Holiday River of Lights
Spokeswoman Anna Lee Hicks, “lf you have visited the park, we encourage you to visit again.”
The contest is open to New Braunfels residents and visitors of all ages.
The deadline to submit is Wednesday Jan. 7,1998. All guesses should be written on a piece of paper and sent to the City of New Braunfels, Attn. Holiday River of Lights Contest, 424 S. CasteU, New
Braunfels, Texas 78130.
“Participants are asked to guess how many lights have been used in the park,” said Hicks. “When guessing, contest participants should take into account all lights used, including display lights, runway lights along the street, lights in the trees and on the ground.”
The contest winner will receive a Turn to Lights, Page 2A
Sales tax rebates deliver good news
Economic climate looks good for Comal County
BY SUSAN JAKOBSEN
Local businesses experienced an increase in sales, according to year-end county sales tax figures, and the overall economic climate in Texas is favorable, say state and local officials.
The outlook for the Texas economy continues to outshine that of the nation as a whole, declared state comptroller John Sharp recently. Sharp delivered final sales tax rebates for 1997, altogether $ 164.7 million in payments to 1,087 Texas cities and 118 counties.
This included more than $500,000 to the city of New Braunfels, a 12.39 percent increase over last year’s sales tax returns of some $445,000 for the same period, according to state documents.
Comal County received almost $501,000 in sales tax rebates, an 11.63 percent increase from last year’s $449,000 for December.
The December payments made to Texas cities and counties include local sales taxes collected by monthly filers on October sales, which are reported to the comptroller in November.
“It (the figures) reflects a healthy, growing economy,” said New Braunfels city manager Mike Shantis Traditionally, October is a very slow period for the economy, Shantis said. Summer tourists are long gone and winter Texans, who help bolster the economy through early spring, have not arrived yet, he said.
Year-to-date 1997 totals support a vibrant economy throughout Comal County, too. Some $6,417,793 in sales tax rebates in 1997 represent a 6.41 percent increase from last year’s $6,030,786, according to comptroller documents.
“This is an across-the-board increase,” said Shantis, representing a “comfort level” that allows more opportunities for retail sales.
Guadalupe County reported $327,483 in rebates for December, a IO percent increase from last year’s 297,171. Year-end totals reveal a 6.5 percent increase, $3,978,329, up from $3,733,447, according to state documents
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—Gwen Wilkinson, —Priscilla Harvill,
New Braunfels New BraunfelsIs it As Good as It Gets”? — Page 10A; thanks to local holiday volunteers — Page 4A