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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 9, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas Hot car Hot rod driver Eric Eoff is surrounded by a cloud of exhaust smoke as his crew makes needed adjustments to his car on Sunday. Eoff will drive the dragster at several qualifying runs this weekend in Ennis. ROBM CORNETT/ HeraJd-Zertung Debutantes turn old customs into support for the fine arts By Heather Todd Staff Writer A few magic words and a fairy godmother might work in fairy tales, but several modern-day Cin-derellas know it takes more than the wave of a wand to get ready for a ball. Thirteen debutantes have spent several months practicing bows in hoop skirts and learning proper etiquette in preparation for a formal “coming out” ball. Although it might sound like something out of the Middle Ages, the debutantes are practicing age-old customs for a very modem cause. The Mid-Texas Symphony Ball and Debutante Presentation, set for Feb. 20, is the largest fund-raiser organized for the Mid-Texas Symphony and helps support one of the area’s greatest artistic treasures. The “Music of the Night” ball will begin at 8 p.m. in the New Braunfels Civic Center. The New Braunfels Chapter of the Mid-Texas Symphony Guild, which oversees the debutante program, sponsors the annual ball as a combination fund-raiser and social event for local high school seniors. “The number one reason for holding the event is as a major fundraising effort for the symphony, but it also gives local teenagers the chance to learn about the symphony and to understand classical music,” said Jan Harrison, head of debutante publicity. In preparation for the ball, the debutantes learned etiquette necessary for formal social situations, such as ballroom dancing, waltzing, formal bows, responding to invitations, and appropriate dress and makeup for different occasions. Linda Brodtmann, future chairman of the debutante committee, said the program began in 1981 and provided local high school seniors with etiquette training necessary for future college and professional careers. “We’re enhancing what the girls already know about proper etiquette and social graces,” she said. “They’re learning about poise and decorum and how to be a cordial host and an appropnate guest, which is something they can use in social situations.” Debutante Meredith Vrba said participating in the ball was well worth the time. “I’m going off to college next year, and I want to join a sorority,” Vrba said. “I think in that kind of situation its necessary to be more eloquent and proper, and think this experience will help a lot to ROMM CORNETT/Hwald-Ztfung Jan Kotylo, far right, shows debutant KeMye Cunningham the coned way to perform a presentation bow as her escort, Clifton Rasher, and father, Jim Cunningham, watch. Music of the Night WHAT: Mid-Texas Symphony Ball and Debutante Presentation WHEN: 8 pm Feb. 20 WHERE: New Braunfels Civic Center TICKETS: $35 per person, available at Celebrations. 275 S. Seguin Ave. For table vations, call Shirley Schmidt at 609-8306. prepare me for that.” Other debutantes saw the program as an opportunity to become more involved with the community and the symphony itself. “I’ve gone to the symphony before and it was really good. I think its great that we have something like that in our community,” Grayson Lybrand said. “I decided to join the program to become more involved in the community and get to know some of the other girls in the area.” Dressed in white ballroom gowns and escorted by a date of their choice, the debutantes could well resemble modern-day Cinderellas. Although the debutantes might not meet Prince Charming at the ball, they will share a dance with another distinguished man — their father. During the event, fathers and daughters get to participate in a special spotlight dance, Harrison said. “That’s another big part of why I decided to become a debutante,” Vrba said. “I’m kind of a daddy’s girl and we are really close, so this gives us one last chance to spend time together and have a really special moment before I leave for college.” The ball, which was raised about $5,000 last year, also features a dinner and a military honor guard from the New Braunfels High School ROI C See BALL/3 7 0 ..'f'] ->    ... r, M-pr)10/2?/99 2 I ' Yf ZLT0?1 ' SH NEW(rty*bjFELSnvMoF( iHerald-Zeitung•Vol. 148, No. 53    12    pages    in    I    section    February    9,    1999    np_    __    _    Serving    Comal    County    since    1852    50    cents Tuesday Landmarks included in planBig changes in mind for downtown area (Editor's Note: Today's story is the third in a series on the comprehensive plan for the city of New Braunfels.) By Chris Crews Staff Writer Eighteen months of work on a comprehensive plan by one consulting company and 300 local resident volunteers has resulted in some grandiose plans for two of New Braunfels’ most identifiable landmarks. The recommendations, submitted by the sub-committee on urban design, main street and historic preservation, included the relocation of the New Braunfels Utilities offices from a comer of Main Plaza and a public/private partnership to acquire and redevelop the LORA building near Landa Park. Proposals for the city’s master plan will be discussed at a public hearing set for 6:30 p.m. on Feb. 16 at the New Braunfels municipal building, 424 S. Castell Ave. Harry Bennett, the city’s director of planning, said he was not familiar with the proposal to relocate the NBU offices. “There are a lot of people who believe that the building would be a better place for shops than a utility” Bennett said. “But that's not on the front burner right now.” Bennett said that consideration to mov-See LANDMARKS/3 RODM CORNETT/HeraidZortunfl Debutante Brooke Korbeil watches as Grayson Lybrand, left, ties the hoop section of Mauri Elbel’s dress before the the girts practiced their presentation bows on Saturday. Korbeil, Lybrand and Elbe! will participate in the annual Mid-Texas Symphony Ball and Debutante presentation on Feb. 20. Having ball SWT suspends fraternities after sophomore pledge dies ; SAN MARCOS (AP) — A sophomore pledge beaten in a Southwest Texas State University fraternity house after a Weekend party died Monday. Police said (hey were looking for four men who had been involved in a Saturday night dis-ferbance at the house. $ San Marcos police said the four men, ■Otho had been asked to leave the Tau Kappa Epsilon party, were wanted for jguestioning. •: Nicholas George Armstrong, a 21-year-old pledge at Tau Kappa Epsilon, died at Austin^ Brackenridge Hospital. The TICE party was over and Armstrong, a Baytown native, was sleeping on the ground floor of the fraternity house early Sunday when he was attacked, Garrison said. Police said two of the men wanted for questioning were seen at the fraternity house 15 minutes before Armstrong was discovered beaten about 3:15 a.m. Frustrated school officials said Monday they suspended the 12 members of the university’s lnterfratemity Council after finding evidence of “excessive and inappropriate” use of alcohol at parties.Inside Abby................................5 Business.............................5 Classifieds.....................9-12 Comics...............................7 Crossword..........................5 Forum.................................6 Kudos.................................6 Local...................................4 Obituaries.............................3 Sports..............................8-9 Today.................................2 Television..............................7 Weather................................2 GB RA shares its flood clearing ideas By Chris Crews Staff Writer SEGUIN — Guadalupe-Bianco River Authority officials met with residents of four hydroelectric lakes Monday and informed them of plans to clear remaining flood debris. “Our goal is to manage the lakes for all purposes,” said David Welsch, GBRA’s director of project development. Welsch said in addition to water for the hydroelectric plants, GBRA wanted to maintain high water quality, water recreation and fishing. He said a ban on watercraft on the lakes would stay on place until cleanup was completed. Specifications for the cleanup, bidding the project and a 45 to 60 window made it difficult to project when the lake cleanup would be completed. Official estimates for completion ranged from late April to June I. Welsch said GBRA was working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to provide funding for the project, estimated to cost between $1.5 and $2 million. Under its Emeigency Watershed Protection project, the NRCS funds 75 percent of the funds for the channel and shoreline cleanup, with the local sponsor providing 25 percent. Allan Cotwick said the shoreline project would remove luge debris from private property but that the removal of small items would not be included. “People are going to expect things to be just like they were before the storm,” he said. “We’re just not going to be able to get every diaper out of every ;