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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 8, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Page 4A — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Tuesday, February 8, 2000County Local State LUXURY MATTRESS SETS $125.00 Have mini-storage unit full of brand new furniture and mattress sets. Still sealed in plastic from the factory. Name brand sets Including frame (Worth $900). Twin $95, Full $125, Queen $150, King $195. Luxury Pillow Top Super Thick Sets, Full $175, Queen $225, King $295. New California King Inner-Spring Mattress for that Stupid Water Bed. $200. White Canopy Bed for a pretty girl, $99. Loverly French ProventialWhlte Bdrm set for a young lady, $300. 6-piece Oak Bdrm Set, $375. Super Thick Poster Bdrm set 7-pieces (worth $3000.) will take $800. New Fancy All Wood Bunk Beds w/mattress, $195. Black Iron Canopy Bed, $65. Nightstand $35, Vanity $65. San Antonio/ Call Hector 210-543-9100 or Toll _Free    1-800-398-4402._From the Dispatch►Criminal mischief A 72-year old white female contacted police about someone throwing a rock into a front picture window at a residence in the 800 block of W. Coll St. around 4 a.m. February 5. There are no suspects in the case. The broken window and blinds were valued at $250. PEC sponsoring meetings to explain business practices Special to the Herald-ZeituNo To better serve its membership and help cope with the accelerating growth in its territory, Pedemales Electric Cooperative has revised its services and business practices. PEC will be holding a series of open houses in mid-February to explain these changes to its members. The First hearing will be Feb. 15 at the Williamson County Annex, 350 Discovery Blvd. in Cedar Park. Hearings will then follow on: • Feb. 16, at the Canyon Lake Country Club, 405 Watts Ln. in Startzville; • Feb. 17, at the Kyle Church of Christ, 3650 Jack C. Hays Trail in Kyle; and • Feb. 19, at the PEC Headquarters Auditorium, 201 S. Avenue F in Johnson City. With the exception of the Johnson City gathering, all events will run from 4 to 8 p.m.; the Johnson City hearing v/ill mn from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. At these meetings, PEC staff will provide information on new service and tariff revisions that will go into effect after March I. These revisions include new payment options via bank draft or credit card. The cooperative also is unveiling the Level Payment Pan, which allows residential members to make monthly payments based on annual estimated billing. This will allow members to budget their month ly utility bills without the normal fluctuations following months of high electrical use. While sign-up for new services will not be available at open houses, members can ask to be contacted by PEC representatives when the services become available. “These new payment options have been among the most frequently requested services that members have discussed with PEC representatives,’’ PEC general manager Bennie Fuelberg said. “We are excited to be offering them to our membership.” The February open houses also will give the cooperative an opportunity to explain revisions in PEC’s fees. “The new structure will have little impact on customers already on the PEC system,” Fuelberg said, “but it will allow the new membership to finance more of the uprising costs placed on the Cooperative.” Additionally, PEC will develop an annual Power Cost Recovery Factor (PCRF) based on the Lower Colorado River Authority’s projected costs for wholesale power. This will replace the monthly PCRF, which is the formula used to calculate fluctuations in the cost of wholesale power. The good news for members is that this will reduce fluctuations in billing even for those members who do not elect to participate in the Level Payment Plan. lf The Flu Buu Visits You, Visit Us! approve Rivers Center SAN MARCOS - The proposed Texas Rivers Center at San Marcos Springs received a strong boost Friday from the Texas State University System Board of Regents. Meeting on the campus of Southwest Texas State University, the regents approved a proposed master plan for the center and also authorized SWT to enter into a contract with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for the center’s maintenance and operation. The Texas Rivers Center at San Marcos Springs will be located at SWT’s Aquarena Center. Its mission is to educate the public about aquatic ecology, serve as a research center and to protect and restore the ecology, archaeology and history of the property. According to the master plan, the center will be developed in three phases. Phase I will renovate the Aquarena Springs Inn and begin restoration of the peninsula at Aquarena. The renovated inn will provide office space for all SWT functions and programs now housed at Aquarena Center, including the Office of Continuing Education. Additional office space will be established for the Center for Freshwater Policy and Research and the Center for Nature and Heritage Tourism. TPWD functions housed in the renovated inn will include the Rivers Study Program and the Aquatic Education Program. Construction on Phase I could begin in August. If you have COPD or Asthma and are currently experiencing flu-like symptoms, you may qualify to participate in a research study of an investigational drug for    tiff influenza. You must be twelve years of age or older and be fXU seen within 36 hours of the onset of symptoms. Doctor’s visit, lab work, physical exams and the study drug will be provided at no extra cost to you while participating in the study. Qualified patients will be compensated up to $250.00 Central Texas Health Research Frank C. Hampel, Jr., M.D. _629-9036 102AC1C ►Accident A 22-year old New Braunfels man was involved in a one-vehicle accident around 5:40 a.m. in the 200 block of eastbound Interstate 35 February 5. The man was driving a 1991 Nissan four-door when he ran off the road and hit a guard rail. There were no injuries and no charges have been filed. ►Criminal mischief A 54-year old white female resident of New Braunfels contacted police about hearing someone shoot out the flood lights on her garage in the 400 block of Seele around 11 p.m. January 30, 1999. The flood light was shot out with an unknown weapon. There are no suspects in the case. The light was valued at $100. Upcoming Meetings Briefs COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE — 6 p.m. today, city’s municipal building, conference room a/b, 424 S. Casten Ave. CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS TRANSPORTATION PLANNING WORKSHOP — 6:30 p.m. today, city’s municipal building, council chambers, 424 S. Casten Ave. NEW BRAUNFELS DRAINAGE ADVISORY COMMITTEE — 6:30 p.m. today, city’s municipal building, meeting room b, 424 S. Casted Ave. CITY OF NEW BRAUNFELS HISTORIC LANDMARK COMMISSION — 8:30 a.m. Thursday, city’s municipal building, conference room a/b, 424 S. Casted Ave. NEW BRAUNFELS CITY COUNCIL — 6:30 p.m. Feb. 14, municipal building, 424 S. Casted Ave. By Betty Taylor Staff Writer Winter visitors party on Thursday The New Braunfels Winter Visitors Reception is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the New Braunfels Civic Center, 380 S. Seguin St. Door prizes, hors d’oeuvres, complimentary beer and wine and soft drinks will be available. Music will be provided by Rennie Guenther’s Village Band “The Happy Travelers.” This event is free for New Braunfels’ winter visitors and is sponsored by The Greater New Braunfels Chamber of Commerce, Inc. LWV hosts Wentworth for campaign finance talk The League of Women Voters -Comal Area will host a discussion on campaign finance reform at 7 p.m. on Thursday in the Herb Schneider Room, Norwest Bank, 1000 North Walnut Ave. “Money in Politics and Campaign Reform” will be addressed by Senator Jeff Wentworth and the LWV-Texas Campaign Finance WENTWORTH Reform Chair Maxine Barkan. Flat Stanley A famous snowbird recently visited the New Braunfels area, and he was not your ordinary tourist. In fact, one sixth-grade class in Slayton, Minn., was hoping Flat Stanley would become a world-renowned traveler. They were hoping he would return to their class with souvenirs, stores, adventures and maybe even some new outfits. If you don’t know who Flat Stanley is, don’t worry. Most people know him when they see him. He is short on words but big on character. At first glance, you might judge him to be a little one-dimensional, but as the saying goes, “don’t judge a book by its cover.” A book is exactly where Flat Stanley came from. The book, “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown, is about a boy who is crushed by a bulletin board but goes on to lead an active life frill of many adventures. Sixth graders in Ardis Andert’s class at Murray County Central Elementary School in Minnesota each made a Flat Stanley to send on a road trip via the U.S. Postal Service. “We are sending them into the world to live Flat Stanley adventures of their own,” said Andert, when the students were preparing to send out the cardboard dolls in late 1999. Those who received Flat Stanley were encouraged to spend a little time with him before sending him back to MCC Elementary School in Slayton, Minn. “We hoped that Stanley would return with a souvenir, postcard, picture, new outfit, letter, or something that would help us better understand your city, community, country, or life,” Andert said. Dolls have returned from all around the world including from Switzerland, France, Michigan and Boston. “I have really been impressed,” she said. “People have sent back wonderful, Photo submitted Sixth graders in Ardis Andert’s class at Murray County Central Elementary School in Minnesota made Flat Stanleys to send around the world. This Flat Stanley is now in New Braunfels. Andert encourages families to participate by sending out their own Flat Stanleys, characters based on a book, “Flat Stanley” by Jeff Brown. elaborate information. We have photos of Flat Stanley at the base of a dinosaur display at the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC., and Flat Stanley also came back with a new flight suit after visiting a U.S. Air Force Base. Flat Stanley also returned from California with a new girlfriend who was wearing a bikini.” Andert said her class still was waiting on some dolls to return, including one coming back from Japan. She highly recommended that families and students experience the Flat Stanley adventure by either responding when Flat Stanley visits or by sending their own Flat Stanleys out into the world. What better way to send Flat Stanley back to Minnesota or into the world than with a pair of Lederhosen? Or perhaps a postcard of Landa Park or the Main Plaza? The opportunities are endless. Flat Stanley also might be interested to know more about the person that could be his twin — the gingerbread man. And if he is feeling a little “crushed,” what better way to cheer him up than with good old gemuetlichkeit experienced right here in New Braunfels. This is our opportunity to let him know that “in New Braunfels ist das Leben Schoen.” Meet World traveler makes stop in New Braunfels ;