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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 26, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Fatal wreck leading to changes at NBHS By Heather Todd    iii October, about 40 cadets Staff Writer    from the New Braunfels Almost three months since the fatal accident in front of New Braunfels High School, the memories of Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz have not faded. In honor of the holiday season, students and friends have added a Christmas tree and statues of saints next to the flowers and letters surrounding a small wooden cross beside Loop 337, several yards from where the Oct. 9 accident occurred. On that Saturday afternoon Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program returned to New Braunfels I ligh School from an orienteering trip in San Antonio. Farnsworth, a 16-year old cadet sergeant in the MCJROTC, and Diaz, a 15-year old second lieutenant cadet in the MCJROTC, were leaving the campus about 3 p.m. when their car collided w ith a truck in front of the See NBH SMA Flashback 1999 New Braunfels rides through storms of the past year File photos Images from 1999 captured by Herald-Zeitung photographers — A golfer makes a point during debate about golf fees at Landa Golf Course (top left); a Blackhawk drops water on wildfires in the Fischer area (top center); Interstate 35 traffic slowed to a crawl after New Braunfels resident John Adkins was killed the day before Thanksgiving; and members of the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers!raining Corps served as pallbearers at the funeral of cadets Shelby Farnsworth and Fernando Diaz (bottom photo). Year leaving indelible mark on community From Staff Reports Adele Hartwig, 62, will probably ring in the New Year from her cell at the Comal County Jail. Changes are on the way for New Braunfels Fligh School after two students were killed in a car accident in front of New Braunfels High School. Students in New Braunfels and Comal school districts will benefit from improved facilities and more classroom space after two bond issues were Top Stories of 1999 passed by voters. The year 1999 will leave a mark on New Braunfels because of stories, issues and debates such as these. Inside today’s edition, the Herald-Zeitung takes a look at some of New Braunfels’ top stories of 1999. See pages 4A, 7A, 8A and 9A. Look for more to follow in the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday editions.New Braunfels EL POSO, TX 79903Herald-Zeitung Vol. 149, No. ZZ 48 pages in 5 sections December 26, 1999    DAY    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    $1.00Index Abby.............................................2C Business................................5B-6B Classified................................1-1    OD Crossword....................................2C Forum...........................................6A Local/Metro...................................4A Movies..........................................2C Obituaries.................................3A Sports....................................1-4B Today............................................2A Key code 77 Local stores brace for holiday returns today By Christina Minor Staff Writer ’Tis the season of long lines, bad gifts and huge sales. While store employees in New Braunfels hope everyone was happy with their Christmas gifts, employees and managers are prepared for today — the “biggest return day of the year.’’ “We are going to have extra people working the refund counter that day,” Kmart opera tions manager Edward Pacheco said. “We’re going to have two refund counters to help with returns instead of one.” Kmart also offers the Kmart Cash Card to those who return items without a receipt. The card gives shoppers in-store credit, allowing them to buy items for the same price as returned items. “People will be able to use the card immediately instead of having to wait for it to come in the mail,” Pacheco said. Wal-Mart Supercenter store manager Tony Morrison recommended customers bring receipts. “If they don’t have a receipt, then they need some identifying information like a driver’s license,” Morrison said. Although Target employees are ready for the rush, team relations leader Dion Davis said most people returning gifts came later in the week. “Most of our after Christmas shoppers are those looking for bargains,” she said. Hastings Books, Music and Video manager Randy Jonas said refunds would be given for compact discs and tapes in decent conditions. Most of the stores will have after Christmas sales offering customers up to 50 percent off on Christmas items.Store Hours wmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm •WAL-MART, 1209 Interstate 35 South — open at 6 a.m. • HASTINGS, 651 North Business 35 — open at 9 a.m. • TARGET, 642 S. Walnut Ave. — 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. • KMART, 1050 Interstate 35 East — 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Inside ► Blue Santa New Braunfels police officers were out in force this weekend, but stopping crime was not the only item on their agenda. Area cops brought presents to underprivileged kids./4A ► Stair mtisch Mid-Texas Symphony debutantes and Symphony conductor David Mairs worked a photo-op into their busy schedules recently. For a list of area events, see Stammtisch./ 3C Does this generation of Longhorns and Razorbacks appreciate the history their schools shared during the old days of the Southwest Conference? Arkansas coach Houston Nutt doesn’t seem to think so./1 B Weather Balmy weather is back on the horizon as the countdown to 2000 enters its final week. For the complete forecast, see Page 2A. See STREET/4A Bond Series Today Street and drainage bond projects Tuesday Public safety bond projects and staff requests; street/drainage staff requests Wednesday Communication system Thursday Sports complex Friday Park improvement bond projects City might have to cut some street projects Mayor threatens to vote against propositions if not pared down By Peri Stone-Palmquist Staff Writer New Braunfels’ $16.7 million street and drainage proposition carries the heftiest price tag on the proposed bond ballot — but that could change. Mayor Stoney Williams said he was considering a recommendation to drop some street projects from the proposed ballot. Although council has said streets and drainage are the city’s top priority, Williams said the proposed bond issue was too expensive. If all $38.6 million worth of projects were approved the tax rate would more than double in the next four WILLIAMS    years. “We need to pale this list down, or I'm going to vote against it,” Williams said at the Dec. 13 council meeting. A proposition for a $12 million municipal sports complex would be the largest single item on the bond ballot, and therefore would carry the heaviest tax impact. Staffing and maintenance needs of the sports facility were a large part of the funding plan in the multimillion dollar sports package. Williams didn’t mention which specific projects he would consider cutting. However, city engineer CA. Bolner said Wednesday he believed projects on Church Hill Drive, Gruene Road, Landa Street and Wright Avenue were “most critical.” “Those are the ones that have maximum traffic usage and maximum drainage concerns,” he said. The Walnut Avenue expansion, now listed as a separate item on the ballot, also was a “critical” project, he said. Council has until mid-February to finalize its $38.6 million bond list, which will go before voters in May. If council trimmed the street and drainage proposition and included only the four projects ► Cotton query ;