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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas TUESDAYNew Braunfels boys host district lea Alamo Heights - See Sports 50 CENTS COUNTDOWN! 410 DAYS Now Braunfels Saaquloantannlal March 21,1845 March 21, IMSNew Braunfels 10 Pages in one section ■ Tuesday, Feb. 8, WW    M    -H    n    •    rnHerald-ZeitiuiH 1994    Seeing    Comal    County    for    more    than    142 years ■ Home of LAU C. MONSIVAIS I Vol. 142, No. 63INSIDE Obituaries............... .....2 Restaurant reports........ 3 Crossword.............. 3 Opinion................. 4 Comics................. 6 Sports.................. . ...7 M.immlisch Birthday wishes from th* tteraMMMtungl The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to; Lad C. Mousie vais, Ida StoUeis (94 years!), Betty Fey (belated), Juanita Heman-dez, John McLellen, Ruth Alford, V. Nell Cramer, Virginia Davis, Mary Matthews, Hilda Schwab, Roma Schwab, Ann Seigler, Norma S tuttiCHS block scheduling meeting Feb. 10 Parents and students are invited to attend Canyon High School's second informational meeting to discuss the proposed block scheduling for the 1994-95 school year. The meeting is Thursday, Feb. IO at 7 p.m. in the school commons. Parents with eighth grade students are encouraged to attend as their students will begin the freshman year in the new class block scheduling program. Historic Landmark Commission mooting The City of New Braunfels Historic landmark Commission will meet on Feb. IO at 8:30 ajn. in the New Braunfels Municipal Building, conference room C. Among items listed on the agenda for the meeting are reports from the promotion committee, including an update on the Historic Landmark Articles and consideration of press opportunities. Also listed to be discussed will be an update from the mission statement committee and a review of the Historic Landmark Commission ordinance. Mardi (bras party at Knights off Columbus "Mardi Gras New Braunfels, 1994," will be held Saturday, Feb. 12 at the Knights of Columbus Hall from 8 p.m. to midnight. Advance tickets are $7:50 at Henne Hardware, the Chamber of Commerce, Centex Office Center, China 'N' Things, and New Braunfels Jewelry. Tickets will be $9 at the door. Proceeds benefit German-American Society Scholarship Fund. Comal Elementary garage sale sot Comal Elementary School will sponsor a garage sale on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 9 am. to 3 p.m. Over 300 families have donated to the sale. To get to the sale, take 1-35 to Schwab Rd. and take exit 180, then follow the signs. Walking tour aet for fish hatchery On Feb. 26. the A.E. Wood State Fish Hatchery in San Marcos will offer a walking bird/nature tour from 7 a.m. to IO a.m. Participants will take a guided walk throughout the hatchery facility and along the river. The tour serves as an excellent opportunity for novice and expert bird watchers to mee and exchange information. A passport is required for each person age 17 and over. Passports uiay be purchased the morning of the tour. Reservations are required. Call Katherine Ramos at 353-0572. Stammtisch The New Brawtfth Herald-Zt&mg invito IIs readers lo submit items lo SiamtMisch According lo the Sophi*no*rg Archiv u val members of the German co,rjnmity, *Stammtisch “ represents a silting place for members cf the community lo gather and ihare Ike day's happenings. We invite you o share with us.) Key, Casteel air differences at forum Key makes challenge to debate Casteel By ROSE MARIE EASH Staff Writer County Judge Carter Casteel and challenger Ted Key faced off once again in the candidate forum held Monday night at the Bulverde Comunity Center. “Be careful of a shell game,” said Casteel in response to implications by Key that county funds have diminished during her term of office. “We’re taking long-term money and using it for short term needs,” said Key. Key attacked Casteel’s record in office implying that under her stewardship county funds have actually decreased but have been supplemented by funds intended for long-term projects like county roads and bridges. Casteel took a page from Ross Perot's campaign tactics and presented charts of information she said rebutted Key’s claims. “My first budget was the ’92,” said Casteel. “In 1992 we started with $1,980 million and ended with $1.9 million. In 1993 the unaudited numbers were starting with $1.9 million and ending with $2.5 million and it will probably be more like $2.6 or $2.8 million. “The general fund is better off today than when I started,” she said. “In the road and bridge funds at the end of 1990 there was $1 million, in 1991, $1.7 million, in 1992 $2.7 million and in 1993 it is about the same $2.7 million.” Carter Cast**! The two candidates began by identifying issues they considered most important in their campaigns. Casteel spoke of the need for a juvenile detention center and water as two significant issues. Key again challenged Casteel to a debate and spoke of budget defeats. Following their presentations, questions were randomly selected from the audience. Aside from the county funds issue, Casteel and Key disagreed on the need for a juvenile detention center. “I’m not in favor of a juvenile detention center,” said Key. “Why don’t we as a county look into vocational/technical training. We don’t need to (build and) rent out our jails.” Key then raised the issue of the county providing jail space for state and federal prisoners While local prisoners were turned away. Casteel acknowledged the need for juvenile detention facilities, however, she was in favor of studying the possibility of using space in surrounding county facilities such the proposed Hays County facility or considering the regional facil- Emm ides proposed by “a guber-|H natorial candidate.” BH A question asking if either candidate knew of one local I I prisoner who was turned dS away also brought different fM responses. M “No,” said Casteel. “We built the jail larger for the HI future and we do receive Tsd Key    income from housing state and federal prisoners. If you don’t want us to do that, come to Commissioners Court on Thursday and tell us not to rent those beds out and tax you instead.” “Yes,” said Key. “I have first hand knowledge of that" Key said that the son a good friend of his has tried to turn himself in oh warrants but has been turned away. Sheriff Jack Bremer was present and was asked to comment on Key’s statement. “That’s a crock,” said Bremer. “Do you think if someone walks in to turn themselves in we’re going to turn them away? I have no idea what he’s talking about. I will check the computer in the morning.” Bremer was able to verify that there were outstanding warrants in this case, and verified that the subject was arrested but has since been freed on bail. A question asking what the advantages and disadvantages were for a water district versus a water supply corporation also brought disagreement between the two county judge candidates. Casteel said a water district would be created by election and would therefore be foe decision of the taxpayers and while a water supply corporation may also be a solution to some water problems, the water supply corporation currently proposed in the Canyon Lake area could possibly represent a conflict of interest since many of the water companies that would be bought up were owned by the persons involved with the project. Casteel also noted that rate payers as well as taxpayers need to be protected. She said that financial information that has been requested of those parties has not been forthcoming raising the question of legitimacy. Key urged the audience to make their own decision about the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation by talking to foe parties involved. He a190 stated that he knew of no request for financial assistance concerning the project. Asked to clarify his position later, Key said he does support the Canyon Lake Water Supply Corporation because it immediately addresses quality and delivery problems and is a non-taxing entity. The forum was sponsored in pert by the Comal Area Provisional League of Women Voters. CISD board gives approval for new reporting period The ones that didn’t get away (Top photo) Flfteen-year-old Steven Anza lone (left) proudly displays his 48 pound, 13 ounce striper bess he caught with the help of Keith Johnson (right) while on a canoe on the Guadalupe River below Canyon Dam Sunday afternoon. Anzaione said It took over one hour to haul the big catch In. He added that It will coat his $600 to mount the trophy. (Right photo) Kenneth Seidel Sr., caught this modest or bluecap on Lake Dunlap using a trot line. The big fish weighed 29 pounds and was 33 Inches long. Ha said ha used catfish dough bait By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Members of foe Comal Independent School District voted Monday night to approve a waiver to change the reporting period for first grade classes from six weeks to nine weeks. The change will not take place until the 1994-1995 school year. It will have substantial paybacks in educational benefits for the students, according to Don Clark, public information officer for CISD. “The district already has a nine-week reporting period for kindergarten and pre-first grade. The six-weeks report card does not really give an accurate evaluation of learning,” he said. Cark said foe nine-week period will give teachers more time to meet with parents. With a six-week reporting period, parents and teachers have one conference session; however, with the nine-week period there would be time for two conferences, said Clark. Dark said teachers have shown their support for the change. In other business, the council also heard reports concerning facilities and student growth accommodations options for the 1994-95 school year. Options discussed included half-day kindergarten, capping the enrollment at various schools, purchasing portable buildings and renovating the Goodwin Annex (old Canyon Middle School). Board members suggested a series of public hearings be held to gain input on the options. Board President Jim Middleton said the board must make a decision by March or April concerning what will be done to accommodate students for Fall 1994. Board members also heard a report concerning homestead exemptions. CISD currently has a 20 percent homestead exemption. If the exemption were decreased or taken away, it would shift the part of the tax burden from the non-homeowner to the homeowner, according to Abel Campos, CISD financial director. If the homestead exemption were decreased, the tax rate would also decrease; however, the tax levy would remain the same. This item is expected to be brought before the board again in April. Services for sheriffs deputy set SAFE town meeting to discuss potentially hazardous materials From staff reports Members of Securing A Future Environment, an New Braunfels-based environmental group, are sponsoring a town meeting to discuss a recent report from the Lower Colorado River Authority concerning the discovery of several potentially hazardous materials at a LCRA building site on Lands Street. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Feb. 8 in the foyer of the New Braunfels Civic Center. Recently the IX’RA.announced that ft had discovered arsenic, PCBa, hydro carbons, buried asbestos and other metals on the LCRA property and in Lands Park The announcement of arsenic in the soil near the building and in Lands Park was made at the New Braunfels City Council meeting Jan. 17. Officials said foe levels of arsenic are not believed to pose a hazard Representatives from the LCRA will be present to respond to citizen concerns and answer questions. S.A.F.E. encourages citizens to participate in this opportunity. For more information, call I-800-626-SAFE. Town Meeting ■ WhBfi - Tonight, 7 p.m. I Whir* - New Braunfels Civic Center, (foyer), 390 S. Seguin. ■ Why - To discuss the findings of a recent report from the Lower Colorado River Authority on possible hazardous materials being housed at the vacant LCRA building located on Landa St. Representatives from LCRA will be In attendance to respond to any questions from the audience. By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer Comal County sheriffs deputies are mourning the death of Deputy William Joseph Urban, 38, who died Monday morning. Urban, a resident of Canyon Lake, died of a heart attack that occurred while he was on duty at 11:25 p.m. Sunday. He was taken to McKenna Memorial Hospital and died EI am. Monday. Urban began working for foe Comal County Sheriff a Office in March of 1984 as a detention officer in the jail. He became a patrol officer on Jan. I, 1986. Comal County Sheriff Jack Bremer said Urban was the type of officer on whom officers could depend. “Bill was a deputy when I took office in 1989. He was one of those kind of guys who was strong as a rock. He was always there. He never caused any problems,” said Bremer. “He was a steadying force in the department. Whatever you asked him to do, he was just going to do it and be as happy as he could be,” he Mid. Urban was responding to a call of shots fired Sunday evening. Several officers were already on the scene when Urban arrived. Bremer said one of the officers walked to Urban’s car and told him they had the situation under control. At that time, foe officer noticed th* Urban appeared incoherent. Urban then lost consciousness and officers on the scene began CPR. An ambulance was called to the scene. He was bom in Victoria. He attended St. Joseph’s High School in Victoria, Lee College in Baytown and Victoria College. He worked at the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung as a rural route carrier from May to November 1982. He has also been employed at the Texas Department of Corrections in Rosharon and Alamo Explosives. He also was t volunteer for the Canyon Lake Volunteer Fire Department. Urban is survived by his wife Caron Urban and two daughters. Services are currently scheduled for 2 p m. Thursday at Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home. For nows, advertising or subscription information, c ;