New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 27, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas
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14 pages in one section ■ Friday, December 27,1996
Serving Comal County and surrounding areas for more than 145 years ■ Home of Lloyd Cummings
Vol. 145, No 33
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Birthday wishes from tho Horald-Zofitung!
The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends birthday wishes to: Rani CarrizaJes Jr., Mark Barbola, Danny Ryan, Angie Linn, Erin Miller (18 years old), Stacy Rickard (3 years), Ruben Gomez (Saturday), Pamela Miller (Saturday), Bill Goodwin (Saturday), Regina Hicks (Saturday), Laurie Meyers (Saturday), April Nash (Saturday), Diana Lynn Espinoza (belated), Adrian Dominguez (belated) and Tom Jackson.
Happy anniversary wishes go to: (37 years), Martianne and Lonny Hodlock (37 years) and Tom and Irene Jackson.
To have a birthday or anniversary listed here, call 625-9144.
Mountain Cedar —126
(Pollan measured in parts per cube meter of air Information provided by Dr Frank Hampel.)
Comal River — 206 cubic feet per second,same as Monday.
Edwards Aquifer Panther Canyon Well — 623.59 feet above sea level, same as Monday
Canyon Dam discharge — 192 cfs Canyon Lake inflow —199 cfs Canyon Lake level — 909.17 feet above sea level. (Above conservation pool.)
New Braunfels UtMtiee
NBU reports pumping 5.640 million gallons of surface water Thursday, and 515,000 flitone of wed wet
lf you own a well on the Edwards Aquifer that pumps more than 25,000 gallons per day, you must apply for a permit from the Edwards Aquifer Authority before 5 p.m. Monday.
After that time, EAA officials will not accept applications, which is the only way to continue use of the aquifer.
The only exemption to the permit process is for household and livestock wells unless the livestock well pumps more than 25,000 gallons per day.
The EAA is alerting all well owners of this deadline to comply with the Edwards Aquifer Act that requires the agency to reg ulate aquifer pumping. The filing fee for each permit is $25.
lf someone you have not metered your well, you can submit an affidavit attesting to the amount you used along with other evidence.
EAA representatives are avail-able to explain the permit process and requirements to anyone. Call for an appointment at 1-800-292-1047 Applications can be picked up in the following Comal County locations:
H Herald-Zeitung office, 707 Landa St., 625-9144 H Comal County Courthouse 150 N. Seguin Ave , 620-5501
Polio Survivors to moot Jan. 4
The New Braunfels Polio Survivors Support Group is meet ing at 10 a m. Jan. 4 at the Comal County Senior Citizens Center. Patricia Rasor of the Texas Agricultural Extension Ser vice will present a program on food safety. Interested polio sur vivors, relatives and friends are invited. For more information call Debbie at 606-5556, Rena at 620-4473 or Raymond at 625 1363.
Family Outroach laminar I continua
Family Outreach of Comal County continues to have its Tor Kids’ Sake" seminars.
They will run twice a month for the next two months.
Former Unicorns horn in on bowls
By DENISE DZIUK
Two former New Braunfels High School students will do their part to keep the crowd entertained at two upcoming bowl games as part of the halftime shows.
Jennifer Voges is a junior at Texas Tech University, and Sunday’s game between Texas Tech and the University of Iowa will mark the third bowl game she has marched in.
“This one will be more like a regular game for me because it’s so close (to home) and I’ve marched at the Alamodome several times,’’ Voges said.
Voges, who plays French horn, said competition is tough in the Texas Tech marching band. She said there are about 430 people in the band, and only 380 march. The rest are alternates who can challenge the marching members for their spots, Voges said.
“Alternates can challenge anyone in their section each week,” Voges said. “If they win, they get the spot, and
you become an alternate... I’ve always had a spot. I haven’t been challenged.”
University of Michigan freshman Juan Carlos Campos, who will play when Michigan meets Alabama on New Year’s Day in Tampa, Fla., also has had a spot on the marching band for each game this season. Campos said there are 390 students in the band, and only 235 get to march. Each week, the young musicians must compete for a spot among the marching block.
“We (march) in a line, and they watch us and give us a grade,” Campos said. “It’s never the same people in the (marching) block ... It makes the standards higher.” Campos, who plays a French horn, said there are sophomores and juniors who will march in a bowl game for the first time this year, and he feels lucky to be marching as a freshman. He said his dedication has helped him succeed in the music program.
“It does take a lot of practice,” said Campos. “I’ve gone
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Herald-Zeitung photo by MICHAEL DARNALL
New Braunfels High School graduates Juan Carlos Campos and Jennifer Voges will march next week in holiday bowl games.
Weather delays work on asphalt at schools
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Shoppers return to stores in big numbers on day after Christmas
By ABC LEVY
Area residents packed local shopping centers md stores,' returning dr exchanging those not-so-perfect gifts the day after Christmas.
Others were taking advantage of the discounts, which reached as much as 50 percent to 75 percent.
The Target store in New Braunfels moved its returns area to the side of its atole to accommodate the steady line of people after opening.
David Knox stood in line at Target to
return a video of the movie, ‘Tom and Huck,” which he had bought his daughter for Christmas.
“She said she didn’t like it,” said Knox, a teacher at Samuel Clemens High School in Schertz. “It didn’t hurt my feelings. I just thought all little fifth-graders would like it”
Knox alto said his mother had bought him a sweat suit that was too big.
He said he was not offended and was grateful to her in any regard since she paid for his family’s cable service for one year and bought him a graduation ring.
“It’s hard to get too disappointed when
she’s bought me these other gifts,” he said.
Nearby Wal-Mart also made special arrangements to deal with the more than 500 returns this year, managers said.
Wal-Mart set up special tables for customers who then received a ticket, which they took to a special cashit. who just handled money returns.
Most of the customers, th* y said, turned back into the store to buy another item after about an average of five minutes of waiting in line.
Don Kjesling had bought a Star Tower
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Despite the warmer temperatures earlier this week, the asphalt still has not been laid at the new Spring Branch intermediate school.
But the school's opening date remains unchanged.
During last week’s Comal Independent School District Board of Trustees meeting, Ken Pritchard of Barnes Architects, said the frigid temperatures delayed the laying of asphalt for the Afton R. Seay Intermediate School driveway.
CISI) Maintenance Director Roy Linnartz said the ground temperature had to be about 50 degrees and rising
Linnartz said Thursday that despite the w indow of w anner temperatures during the weekend and on Monday, the asphalt still did not get laid.
He said the contractor did not have anyone available on those days to do the work.
“They’re shooting for Saturday now,” Linnartz said. “Now they're saying they should be able to get it done then.”
In the meantime, the district is continuing to plan for classes iii the new facility on Jan. 7.
“We just finished moving all the boxes and equipment from Bill Brown and Bulverde elementary," Linnartz said. “Now the teachers are unpacking and getting set up.”
Linnartz said even if the asphalt does not get laid this weekend, the new school should still open on schedule.
“We told them we’re going to nm the buses over that base if they don't get (the asphalt) laid down.” said Linnartz. “We’re planning to open on the seventh.”
Aller the asphalt is laid dow n at the Spnng Branch school, the next project will he to get it laid down at the new Canyon Intermediate School.
That campus is expected to qpen Jan. 21
Pritchard said the asphalt for that campus is second priority.
Buses will use a concrete driveway and faculty and visitors can use an existing parking lot if the asphalt is not ready in time.
Tourism gets closer look at Canyon Lake
By DA VIO DEKUNOER
CANYON LAKE — A tourism consultant has recently completed a study on how businesses can attract more people to Canyon Lake.
Dr. Peter Tallow, president ofTounsm and More, conducted the study in July and submitted the 100-page report to toe Canyon Lake Chamber of Commerce in October.
Tartow’s consulting firm is based in College Station.
Taft ow said the purpose of the study, which was sponsored by the Pedcrnales Electric Cooperative, was to look at the tourism industry at the lake and see what improvements can be made.
“What I wanted to do was to provide a general tourism assessment for Canyon Lake,” Tariow said. “What I did in completing the study was to look at hotels, restaurants, tourism attractions, toe (Comal County) sheriffs department and citizens attitudes towards tourism traffic problems. The materials I looked at were brochures, their maps and the tourism information they gave ouL”
The study focused on the main business areas in Sat-Her, Stottville, Hancock, River Road and the lake itself.
“I followed the areas where the typical tourist would go,” Tariow said.
Tariow said his study report covered three areas.
“One set of recommendations dealt with what they
Hlflwn people go on a vacation they rarely go to a specific town. When you look at an area such as Canyon Lake you are looking not only at a geographic arca but rn sociological tourism arca that will be spread out in other communities ouch aa Now Braunfels.’
— Dr. Peter Tariow president of Tourism and More
were doing well on and trow they could maintain those things. A second set, stated what they were doing poorly on and how they could fix them or improve on them. The third area dealt with acts of God, things beyond your control such as the water problem and rain.” Tariow said he did not limit his study to Canyon Lake. He went and checked the motels in New Braunfels as well.
“I went to every hotel and motel in the area and then I triad to fit Canyon Lake in toe general scene and how
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Bulverde chamber aspires to bigger role
By DAVID DEKUNDER
BULVERDE — Bob Welch, Bulverde Chamber of Commerce president, said the chamber will he a major player in 1997 through its efforts to promote the Bulverde-Sprmg Branch area.
By getting more people involved in the chamber, Welch believes the cliam-ber will do more good for businesses and organizations in the Bulverde-Spring Branch area.
“We are increasing our membership and we want to make it more of a driving force than it is now,” Welch said. “We are working closely with other local organizations on anything we can do to help them grow and benefit our community.”
Welch said he expects the chamber’s membership to double its present number of IOO people in the upcoming year.
Welch said he wants the chamber to be an organization that will help people
deal with growth coming from the San Antonio area.
"We want to provide to businesses with other services, such as access to federal and state programs and anything to do with facilitating the growth of local charitable organizations and businesses in Bulverde,” Welch said.
I o help the Bulverde-Spnng Branch businesses get the exposure they need, Welch said he is putting together a chamber page on the Internet to give the area a nationwide presence.
The city of San Antonio’s potential for annexing the Bulverde area will he a big issue facing both the chamber and residents in ll>l>7, W elch said.
“Obviously, we have to face the growth and control the growth," the chamber president said. “People will have to determine w hat level of government, if any. they want. It is whether we want to incorporate or not.
"Bulverde is moving with or without us. A lot of growth is beating down our door. It is up to us as members of the community that we stay on top of it.”
Jackson softens stance on Ebonics. See Opinion, Page 4.